01 DJ Buzz – Wall Street
02 Nas – Life’s a Bitch
03 Al Hirt – Senteries Charge (DJ Buzz & Preddy edit)
04 Eric B & Rakim – Don’t Sweat the Technique
05 Nickodemus – Give The Drummer Some (Tom Drummond mix)
06 DJ Dope – Jimmy Kill Us
07 Duff Disco – I Need Ya (Eddie C’s Sober Summer remix)
08 Orquestra E Coro – Kriola
09 Los Demonios del Mantaro – Liliana (Dengue Dengue Dengue! Refix)
10 Muyiwa Kunnuji – Everything That Has Breath
11 Eklipse Soul – Psicose
12 Oddisee – When Everything Changed
13 Yambee – Natural Off
14 Mark Duval Big Band – The Race Machine (Bigga re-edit)
15 Eric B & Rakim – Know The Ledge
16 Jamiroquai – Emergency on Planet Earth
17 Bronx Dogs – 212 (The Weya Funk)
18 A Bigga Afro Sound – Fire In The Belly
19 B Boy Breaks – War of the Beat
20 Dego – Da Fuzz
Also check out this lovely track and video from Jung Collective:
My website is now live so apologies for any mishaps during the construction process. Meanwhile here’s the latest news:
After several month’s intensive studio work I finished my new album, “Music By The Yard” in early December and plan to release it as a download in January 2012, hopefully with a CD version following. It’s quite a departure from the previous stuff I’ve done – part beat-tape, part library resource, part abstract breaks/prog rock sampler. The album was created in a flurry of activity between February and December 2011 and features 23 tracks designed to be played in any order.
This is “6 Figure Some”
The album reflects a lot of the stuff I was getting into through 2011, starting with the huge effect Suite For Ma Dukes – an orchestral tribute to J Dilla:
had on me, which then took me back to the hip hop and gave me an appreciation I’d never really had before. I hope I’ve done this justice on the new album…here’s another tune, “The Karaoke Sauron”, named after Marina Hyde‘s acerbic take on the evil mastermind behind the X-Factor.
You can check out my latest Mixcloud session to get more of an idea where I’m coming from.
Another big influence – not only for hairy funk grooves, and prog stompers – but also for brevity of tracks – were Andy Votel’s epic mixes, especially Vertigo Mixed,
….the fuzzed up guitars, leaden drumbeats and wonky time-signatures really took me back to my youth, obsessively staring at the Vertigo spiral as it span on my parent’s radiogram and seemed to go into 3-D (without taking any drugs, honest)
on albums such as Black Sabbath and Gentle Giant’s first eponymous releases, the latter featuring this one:
…so it was quite buzz to hear that Madlib and MF Doom had sampled this track “Funny Ways” on their excellent Madvillainy album:
So the template for this record was essentially short tracks, textures, beat-heavy and with elements of prog rock, library music and LOTS of strings…and plenty of non 4/4 rhythms.
Above all 2011 has been the year I’ve started buying records (as opposed to CDs and mp3s) again, not only from carboots (although these have been particularly fruitful) but also seeking out second vinyl shops, which have been on the up this year. Like the fantastic Disc-O-Box shops in Weymouth and Blandford, Dorset. If you’re in the area, give them your support, they are an invaluable public service, with tons of great vinyl plus CDs and DVDs!
Early in the new year I’ll be posting a special mix of the album, interspersed with lots of spoken word snippets.
Meanwhile here’s another track – Horizontal Hold – with film shot on my Digital Harinezumi.
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:
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:
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.