Ten years of Blogging

Ten years ago today I signed on at Blogger* and kicked things off with posts on an article by Greg Mario Whitfield about Bass Culture and a new issue of Datacide Magazine. Paul Meme and I had been avidly following Simon Reynolds’ Blissout website for a few years and had noted his move to Blogger …

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Bars For Change: who polices the police?

I wrote quite a lot about UK policing earlier in the year in relation to the failure of policing (at best) that lead to the death of Smiley Culture. News about that case was always going to ebb and flow, not least because it is now in the bureaucratic hands of the Independent Police Complaints …

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tongue in cheek: the eternal return

I have no idea if I am the first person to comment on this or not, but Dizzee’s new album (almost) shares a title with an ancestor of his – Smiley Culture, one of the most commercially successful UK MCs of the eighties. Shall I bore you with the parallels and divergences? Yes, I think …

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Who say Prancehall favour Boy George?

PRANCEHALL on Dominic, a white MC who rocked up in JA in the 80s and ended up recording tunes with Jammys and Penthouse, includng this one: …which is blatantly a rip off of “Cockney Translation” by Smiley Culture, but is saved by dint of Dominic’s ridiculous sub-“Minder” stylings. And of course Peter Metro, who recorded …

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Answer Riddim Clash – John Eden round

Here is my contribution to this week’s big news. John Eden – Answer riddim mix clash by Johnedenuk on Mixcloud

45 minutes of prime reggae, rocksteady and dancehall – on varied (but all excellent) cuts of the Answer Riddim. A one take live mix, with a few exclusive contributions from Hackney’s best female MC. …

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Born to Chat – The Asher Senator Story

“Jah man me go a kill you with originality Me name Asher Senator at the mic MC Me bredren them a call me human dictionary Abbreviation Qualification a me speciality” Asher Senator was born Peter St Aubyn and grew up in Clapham. At the age of 14 he was already grabbing the mic at house …

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Why you are WRONG about Maxi Priest

“What? Is this some kind of post-ironic ironic thing?” – a fictional uncarved blog reader… Cos, obviously he’s rubbish reggae, isn’t he? The apotheosis of crossover crapness – watered down JA vibes for tourists on beaches and that guy from accounts who made an arse of himself at this office party. It’s reggae-lite for people …

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Unsound Feb 2005

It was always going to be good, but… Brixton in the freezing cold, trudge trudge trudge. I was already fairly boxed before I got there, which turned out to be exactly the right state to be in for the rest of the night… Dubversion up to his usual tricks on the decks, warming the place …

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today I started slogging again

Well, if you thought about going to the UK-Dance party and you missed it, you qualify as a primo SUCKA in my book. Wall to wall quality, mate. A few hiccups with the sound in the main room meant that me and Paul did our set kind of late and frenzied. We also managed to …

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