I too have been guilty of sending more event listings than contributions
about music. But I believe that most of the people who are sending out
playlists and event listings are long time list members whose devotion to
music is now being realized in forms that are less 'talking about it' and
more 'doing it', and I am happy to see them share that with me.
That being said, I have embarked upon the road of making a business out of
the music I love, and I am learning rapidly how interdependent the whole
In our little world, the network of people who love our kind of music -
the music discussed on this list - is so small, that it is important for
us to know what others are doing around the world.
Here is one example: Our record label was recently offered a distribution
deal in Canada. I knew nothing about them, but remembered Denise Benson,
whose playlists and event listings indicated to me that she's very
involved in the music scene in Toronto. So I asked her about this
distributor, and her answer helped us decide to accept the agreement.
The other thing to keep in mind is that most of this music comes to us
from independent labels like mine, who dont have big advertising budgets
and massive promotion campaigns. So the way in which they get to you is
through connections, word of mouth, and very grassroots methods. And I
dont think the content of this list has been compromised.
That being said, here are some things that are rocking my world:
Digital Bled - Caravana - not new, but still just SO FAT. Dubby, middle
Art Konik - Ming Park - uptempo grooves based on layers and layers of
rhythm and percussion, SLAMMIN
Ernest Ranglin - King Tubby Meets the Rockers - this is a promo 12" that I
happened to find in some cheap bin, for an album that came out in 96,
called "below the bass line". This record is incredible!! All the tracks
are live jazz instrumentations of classic reggae riddims. But nowhere near
cheesy, Ernest Ranglin improvises beautifully over these grooves. If you
liked 'Montego Bay Spleen' on St Germain's tourist, I recommend that you
hunt down this CD/record.
Walkner Mostl - Heaven or Hell - newst release on G-Stone, this is an
excellent album full of dubby beats that stays true to G-Stone's
reputation. A couple of tracks are uptempo, they are all beautiful. Seems
like a lot of work is done on this with a super-FX'd-guitar, which gives
it a little more of a 'live' feel than K&D's beats.
Azido da Bass - Dooms Night (Timo Maas mix) - This track is a hard hitting
BEAST - designed for peak dancefloor play. I first heard it played by
Peter Kruder. It's reminiscent of that Mr Oizo track, but has incredible
breakdowns, and makes a crowd freak out!
aiiite... peace everybody & thanks for keeping the music alive
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