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End of Summer grooves

This is a track called “Smack” by Perez Prado from the Contour album “Now”.  Note the very weird mangled vocals.  Something definitely gained in the translation.  I confess to slightly mangling up the video too.

Also floating my gondolier recently is the very wonderful Letta Mbulu – she grew up in Soweto and ended up working in the US with the god-like genius that is David Axelrod, who produced this track:

which is on his album “The Edge” and also on a great comp called “Letta Mbulu sings Free Soul”.  Sort of Northern soul with an African tinge…love it.

On a recent trip to Brighton I had a good trawl through some second hand record shops and unearthed a comp from 1995 called The Beat Route on Safe and Sound Recordings, kicking off with a beautiful track from Lorez Alexander, “Baltimore Oriole”:

Once I started searching for this track I immediately found the 4Hero version, which interestingly does away with the D & B breakbeat of the original:

and from there it was a short step to their Life:Styles comp on Harmless which is equally worth a listen.

There’s also the classic Nicos Jaritz percussion work out Otao E Eu

which definitely had an influence on my Studio Don album (see earlier post)…

So as summer tails out and we cross our fingers for a mellow and sunny September I’ve also been back in the lab churning out new tunes with a distinctly hip (trip?) hop, beats-go-orchestral, proggy, library-ey flavour.  I have around 30 on the go and will be posting some on Soundcloud very soon.

In the meantime here’s the latest BiggaBush Mixcloud session, not a new mix I’m afraid but some easy-cheesy classics from my carboot faves.

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Method and Madness

Method poster
My band, the Magic Drum Orchestra’s music is featured in a new short film – Method – written by and starring Alexandra Barretto as an aspiring actress who goes to extraordinary lengths to inhabit a role in her bid for stardom.  The film is being shown at the opening of the Palm Springs International ShortFest and making waves on the US indie film fest circuit as I write this.  Nice to hear our stuff in a film soundtrack too – you can check out more of our tunes on Soundcloud or Myspace.  We’re just gearing up for our busiest time of the year with appearances at Larmer Tree, Festinho and Cloud Cuckoo Land Festivals plus various parades, parties and street events this summer.

Currently rocking the pod is the new album from 6th Borough Project, a lovely blend of deep house and disco all the way from Glasgow.  Highly recommended (and thanks to DJ Dick for the tip).

Also on a deep tip some nice work by Andre Lodermann on Bestworks

run by Daniel Best, part of the Sonar Kollektiv/Jazzanova crew who released my first Lightning Head album “Studio Don”

on the Best Seven label back in 2002.

Here‘s a link to a great little documentary about Jazzanova.

More visual treats can be found at Network Awesome, a kind of cool filtered version of Youtube without all the hateful/spiteful/pointless comments you try not to read but just can’t help reading.

Here’s a 1994 doc on Captain Beefheart narrated by John Peel. It’s in 9m chunks and the joins are a bit creaky, but nice to see again.
http://networkawesome.com/embed_clip/75000/

Finally here’s another link to my May Mix on Mixcloud as the one in my last post went a bit weird.

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