My pal Mixmonster, of Tel Aviv funk monsters The Apples, was over in London last week to perform with Kalbata at carnival. They asked along Clapper Priest too…
Every Thursday for the next few weeks (up to Oct 9th), RBMA will be posting a new episode of this documentary series, exploring the legacy and foundation of Japan’s most vital video game music composers. This first episode focus on early eighties Nintendo and some of the earliest Famicom/NES games. The likes of Oh No, Flying Lotus, J Rocc, Havoc and Kode 9 add varied levels of waxing lyrical about musicians such as Junko Ozawa and Hirokazu Tanaka, who in turn reflects on unexpected influences such as Jah Wobble. The games Balloon Fight and Wrecking Crew has the rhythm of Sly Dunbar – Hirokazu Tanaka
Check his cartography (?) here.
Props to producers and directors Nick Dwyer and Tu Neill – the film is shot amazingly. I look forward to next week’s instalment. Completing the cycle somewhat, Daisuke Tanabe has composed the theme for the documentary. Watch out for his LP, Floating Underwater, previewed here.
Homeboy Sandman’s second album for Stones Throw, Hallways, is out now.
My bad I don’t give a shit when you try and show me your iPad…
Hallways sees him work with a range of producers including Spinna, Jonwayne, Oh No, Knx, and J57 to name a few. I love Sands prolific ways – he never lets up, his productivity yielding only quality results. First Of A Living Breed was only the opening salvo, with a range of EPs also seeing release under the nurturing gaze of Stones Throw.
A different kind of preview here, as this one isn’t made yet…
The story goes that three obsessive Scorzayzee fans are on a mission to release the debut album from one of the UK’s finest. Pledge £20 or more and get an exclusive-to-campaign vinyl album and your name in the credits!
It’s put fire in Scorz’s belly and he’s looking forward to laying it down, so go and support after watching the video below.
Only 24 hours in, and hip hop fans have stepped up 44% of the target… looks like we might be on to a winner!
Read the gumpf and find out more…
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Out today, a cheeky bonus release from the Hit+Run crew, who had planned the Road Kill compilation releases to be solely a trilogy.
One of the standout tracks on here has to be this Gojira madness from Kidkanevil and DZA…
Check more from this pair over on the Kaiju EP from Moscow’s how2make label.
There are loads more goodies on the H+R comp obviously, and there’s a limited-to-400 slimline digipack available for those (like me) quick enough on the draw.
Keep an eye on ongoing events from the South Cali / worldwide Hit+Run crew over on their site.
Download the previous three Road Kill comps on their Bandcamp.
Neil Bopperson (that’s him in the middle) is a mega talented chef, both in the kitchen and in the studio… here he’s been messing about with Jacko to produce a slowed down, synthy version of Dangerous-era smash Remember The Time, reimagined as a right fat little stomper.
This will be pressed up as a 7″ single in the autumn but for now, grab a free download here.
A perfect jumping on point for those unfamiliar with Sun Ra’s work and a fitting archive for longtime fans, In The Orbit Of Ra is released on double CD, double LP (including the CDs!) and digital on 22 September 2014.
The collection is timed to coincide with what would have been Sun Ra’s 100th birthday, and is compiled by the longest serving member of the Arkestra, Marshall Allen. My friend Claire Press, on her recent Bicycle Tracks escapade, was lucky enough to catch them in concert at this year’s MOFO festival in Australia.
Mastered from original tapes, this is the first internationally released compilation to provide an introduction to the music of Sun Ra – no easy feat considering his catalogue of over 100 albums. With an ancient Egyptian influence coalescing with a cosmic outlook and poetry, magic and ritual, I’ve never considered myself to know nearly enough about this guy – this will be an essential purchase for me!
Pre-order the album from Strut.
Track listings follow!
1. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – SOMEWHERE IN SPACE 3.01
2. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – THE LADY WITH THE GOLDEN STOCKINGS 7.43
3. SUN RA AND HIS AFRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – SOMEBODY ELSE’S WORLD 3.59
4. SUN RA – SPONTANEOUS SIMPLICITY 7.54
5. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – PLUTONIAN NIGHTS 4.20
6. THE SUN RA ARKESTRA – ANGELS AND DEMONS AT PLAY 2.51
7. SUN RA – ISLAND IN THE SUN (Extended version – previously unreleased) 10.20
8. SUN RA – ROCKET NUMBER NINE TAKE OFF FOR PLANET VENUS 6.18
9. SUN RA – SOLAR DIFFERENTIALS 6.20
1. SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – ASTRO BLACK 10.51
2. SUN RA AND HIS INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – HAVE YOU HEARD THE LATEST NEWS FROM NEPTUNE 5.51
3. SUN RA – DANCE OF THE COSMO ALIENS (Live In Milan, 1978) 11.00
4. SUN RA – TRYING TO PUT THE BLAME ON ME (Live In Rome, 1977 – previously unreleased) 3.37
5. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – PLANET EARTH 4.55
6. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – THE NILE 4.55
7. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 1 – previously unreleased) 3.21
8. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 2) 8.09
9. SUN RA – ANCIENT AIETHIOPIA 9.15
10. SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – INTERPLANETARY MUSIC 2.40
11. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – WE TRAVEL THE SPACEWAYS 3.21
LP (vinyl edition also includes both CD discs as free insert)
A1. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – SOMEWHERE IN SPACE 3.01
A2. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – THE LADY WITH THE GOLDEN STOCKINGS 7.43
A3. SUN RA AND HIS AFRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – SOMEBODY ELSE’S WORLD 3.59
A4. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – PLUTONIAN NIGHTS 4.20
B1. THE SUN RA ARKESTRA – ANGELS AND DEMONS AT PLAY 2.51
B2. SUN RA – ISLAND IN THE SUN (Extended version – previously unreleased) 10.20
B3. SUN RA – ROCKET NUMBER NINE TAKE OFF FOR PLANET VENUS 6.18
C1. SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – ASTRO BLACK 10.51
C2. SUN RA AND HIS INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – HAVE YOU HEARD THE LATEST NEWS FROM NEPTUNE 5.51
C3. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – WE TRAVEL THE SPACEWAYS 3.21
D1. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 1 – previously unreleased) 3.21
D2. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 2) 8.09
D3. SUN RA – ANCIENT AIETHIOPIA 9.15
Antisocial Music have got their act together to release Broken Magic, a compilation of beats and raps which have been stroked by the fingers of label boss Fish. You can check the tracklist in the embed below but expect the likes of Doctor Zoots, Burgundy Blood, Bill Sykes (of The Bluntskins and The Natural Curriculum), Efeks, Elliot Fish, Kista and Dayse & Aver.
Fish has a knack for creating moods from serene, jazzy samples but keeps things non-wimpy with banging drum work. All the MCs here are on-point and non-generic, with a special shout going to some of the Manchester TNC fam, represented here.
Fish has a smashing radio show over on All FM, the archive of which you can lose yourself in over on Mixcloud.