Archive for March, 2011

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Tomorrow night folks, Herv launching his latest audio installment. On tape, so it is.

The External World

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Hilarious, but disturbing, but mostly the sort of thing you’d like to turn into if you were a bunch of sentient vectors with some older pixel cousins who were, like, toadally wild. Cheers to Adrian for sending it on.

>>>BONUS LINK: if the words ‘sunday morning squat party crew’ sound appealing, then listen to this fine Jerome Hill mix, big up to Jasper for that.

Mrpaulmahon & Danleo

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Check it, Kilkenny-based badman artist Danleo at work on a wall, lovely bit of stop motion and some nice panning gives a pretty nice insight into the artist’s approach to the piece. This snippet is taken from Paul’s forthcoming ‘Surrounded‘ documentary, which, so far, features graffiti artists, illustrators and skateboarders. Have a look here for more info on the multitude of projects Paul’s working on.

Session Part Deux / Sibín Festival Fundraiser Friday!!!

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Nyes. Heading up to Dundalk tomorrow night for what promises to be a whopper gig. Richie !K and myself will be warming things up in Room 1, which is deadly cos they’ll have the Hertz-U system there (mmmmmm). Loads of quality bass talent in the other rooms, and it’s the launch party for the mighty Sibín Festival, which might actually have been the best craic of last year. So if yr about, do drop down, and if yr thinking ‘ah sure jayzuz, dundalk’s miles away’, it’s only up the road in fairness. Adventure expedition stylee.

!K Club 23 March – Knxwledge, Thatboytim, Marcus Ignored Playaz

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

!K Club this Thursday sees us host LA beatmaker Knxwledge, check the minimix here for a taster of what he’s gonna be bringing. Also, we’ve got Marcus Ignored Playaz, who’s been responsible for some of the better nights in Dublin the last year or two, bringing over the likes of Ben UFO, Ramadanman, Mosca, Girl Unit, and heaps of others from the post-whatchamacallit spectrum (April 2 will see Addison Groove and Jam City landing over!). Rounding off the whopper lineup is Thatboytim, chairman of Takeover Records, selector extraordinaire and simultaneous badman/niceguy. So yeah, tomorrow night, kicking off at ten bells, basement of Sweeney Mongrels, and feckin free in.

Paddy’s Day Bashy Bashy

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Now this is gonna be proper. For those that don’t know, Noyeahno is one half of the mighty Rag & Bone crew. Alongside partner in crime, Warlock, Noyeahno has been running Rag & Bone Records, as well as co-presenting the consistently badass Rag & Bone show on Sub FM, which for me at least is one of the best (if not the best) shows out there featuring heaps of fresh dubs, tightness pon the ones and twos and just a delicious selection of bass-heavy electronics every two weeks. I strongly advise tuning in. Next show is in two weeks, the 16th March, so if ye likes what ye hears, get yr arse down to O’ Byrnes for what is going to be a right knees-up! Check out this recent Rag & Bone show to get a good idea of what to expect.

!Kaboogie have crewed up with Punky Reggae Party and Soundtracks for Them on this one, so we’re all set to have a bigtime session. The PRP crew will be runnin tings in the front bar, expect ska, punk, soul and reggae. Inside, we’ll have A-Force and myself representing !Kaboogie, and warming the dance up for Noyeahno. Expect to be served a barrage of grimey, ravey goodness, with barrels of bass thrown at you in an Indiana Jones stylee. Cept, unlike with Indy, ye don’t need to dodge these barrels, embracing the full impact is recommended. (On reflection, I think Indy maybe dodged those big rolling stones and also those big swingy knives. But hey, I’ll stick with it, works, non?)

Feck the analogies, see yis down the front!

Maga Bo

Monday, March 7th, 2011

My first experience of Maga Bo’s sound arose from buying this CD from Filastine at a party in the now-defunct La Macabra in Barcelona. Rupture had just finished playing, and it was such a sweatbox I had to buy a new t-shirt (heats for reals). I love buying random mix CDs at gigs, and considering the heavy Soot Records presence on the night, there was a pretty decent chance the CD I just picked up was gonna be seven shades of deadly.

It didn’t disappoint: grime, jungle, baile funk, hip-hop, crazy splashes of I don’t know what to call it… the sort of sounds that evoke far away places and superimpose them on the here and now, and I’m not talking wanton exotica either. More like having your ears taken hostage, then getting all Stockholm Syndrome and having a dance around. Perfectly sculpted and blended beats and textures, heaps of live instrumentation, and an impressive array of MCs from, well, everywhere – thems be the ingredients of the Maga Bo sound. His approach involves “traveling often and widely, he stays weeks at a time connecting and collaborating with local musicians and vocalists. His methods are simple and effective. Armed with a laptop and a microphone, a $6 hotel room anywhere turns into a recording studio. Electronic acquaintances and friends of friends, in person, become musical conspirators, teachers and friends. Over time, a deep musical landscape is being creating that is the collective imprint of this community.”

The aforementioned CD lasted a few months cos I played it to death. Hunting down more of his productions, I found mixes of his for Radio Luz Poland, World Up! and the excellent Blogariddims series. Crazy mash-ups of every style going, and those yet to arrive. A good intro to the world of Maga Bo would be 2008’s Archipelagoes, which was recorded in Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Portugal and Zanzibar. Check this video for the track ‘Nqayi’, featuring local MC Teba for a taster. For more recent studio activity, wrap yr ears round the Outras Terras mixtape, 100% Maga Bo productions.

Despite touring constantly from “Sydney to Delhi, to Addis Ababa to Rio de Janeiro, to New York City to Paris to I don’t know where”, he’s nearly finished his second album. Recorded in Brazil (he’s based in Rio), it’s gonna be packed full of Brazilian MC talent, although there’ll be a few international vocalists too. In addition, he’s got an EP coming out on Senseless Records the next couple of weeks which was recorded in Ethiopia with a bunch of local trad musicians. Expect remixes from the aforementioned Filastine, as well as Timeblind and Pacheko.

Studio Setup, Ethiopia 2010

2010 has seen collaborations with Ethiopian jazz legend Mulata Astatke, performances at the Rajasthan International Folk Festival and a slew of remixes, not least this savage version of Bomba Estereo’s ‘Fuego’. Future remixes for Poirier and Sub Swara should be dropping soon also, and if that wasn’t enough, he’s got the Beyond Digital project shaping up (as discussed here previously) and he’s also finding time to put together a couple of documentaries on Mulatu Astatke and Ethiopiques founder Francis Falceto.

Mulatu Astatke and Maga Bo, Ethiopia 2010

Keep an eye on his Kolleidosonic site for updates on releases and gigs. Speaking of which, this one’s for the European promoters out there: he’ll be in Russia May 13 and 14, and is looking for dates either the week before (May 6 to 12) or after (May 15-21). Get on it!

Photos Copyright Maga Bo 2010, check out more on his Flickr page

!K Club 3 March

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

BOOM!

!K Club this Thursday, 3 March, will feature Takeover Records head honcho, Thatboytim, and the man behind Test Promotions, Jay Galligan. Bass activists of the highest order, they’ve been responsible for many’s a bangin set in clubs, raves and living rooms the last few years. Expect prime cuts of techno, electro and mutant bass. Or expect an actual mutant bass creature, with techno for arms, and electro for legs. Standing behind the decks, lashing it out, to an, although at first befuddled, later acceptant and a-dancing crowd.

Help Munchi!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Rotterdam-based producer Munchi came to a lot of people’s attention with an incredibly prolific 2010, lashing out everything from moombahton to mutant soca, with baltimore and cumbia in between. Considering he’s only 21, he’s on the cusp of great things, and has a real ear for the sort of tune that mashes up the dance.

He was on his first tour of the US recently when he “had a seizure caused by an intracerebral hemorrhage, with no prior condition. He spent 9 hours in a coma and 11 days in the hospital recovering. He has no medical insurance in the US. His medication is expensive and he needs to get back to Rotterdam.” His buddies, Dave Nada, DJ Ayres and Tittsworth have put together a donation page to cover the costs of his medical bills and flight home, and will be matching all donations made.

So far, they’ve raised over $5,000, which is an amazing achievement. However, the final cost of hospital bills is difficult to predict, and considering he spent most of his time in ICU, could amount to a lot more than the $2,000 that has been estimated, so if you’re feeling generous, please donate over here and help get Munchi home!