Thursday, 18 November 2010

Roskaaa Roskaaa Roskaaa

Roskaaa Roskaaa Roskaaa! If you know the jingle that I'm talking about, you will know that it's one of those jingles which sticks in the mind, one of those jingles that you subconsciously find yourself uttering. Anyway...

After recently being nominated as the 'Best Producer' in the DJ Mag 2010, Roska reminded us of the very production which resulted in his nomination in the first place. On his usual show on Rinse Fm which takes place on a Tuesday evening, he did something unusual and graced the airwaves with two hours of purely Roska production. Not being one of those producers that are just a one hit wonder within the scene, Roska displayed his consistency, variety and his fantastic ability to produce hit after hit.

When I initially heard him announce that he was going to do a show consisting of purely Roska production, I was quite inquisitive but nonetheless, I knew that we were in for a real treat. He kicked off the show with his remix of a beautiful vocal track entitled 'Promise' by Darkus Beat Company which was released in 2008/9. This eased the show in nicely creating a relaxed and soulful vibe, whilst combining this with that deeper and darker twist which Roska is often renowned for bringing to tracks. Some of my personal favourites which are featured on the show are 'Climate Change,' 'Wonderful Day' and Roska's remix of Hardhouse Banton's 'Reign'! However, don't assume that the show was purely Funky. In case some of you simply thought that Roska was a House and Funky producer, listening to this show will allow you to hear not only the the variety of genres which this producer has delved into throughout his career, but also his experience in genres across the board.

Rather than me continuing to outline some of my favourite Roska tracks which were featured on the show, which is extremely tempting but would take me far too long, why not just listen to it for yourself? You can listen to it here. Whilst, you can alternatively download it by clicking here and scrolling down to the date 'Tuesday - 16th November' where you will then need to right-click on 'Roska' and select 'Save target as.'

It would only be right for me to end this by saying 'Roskaaa Roskaaa Roskaaa!'

Friday, 5 November 2010

Hello Good Morning!

At midday today as most of us were coming up to our Lunch breaks or were perhaps actually enduring them,the Hello Good Morning UK Grime Remix video became available to the public. This track has not only been a major breakthrough for the UK Grime Scene,but also the UK Music scene as a collective.This video is just one product of what occurred when the 'Microphone Champion' Skepta collaborated with Diddy who is arguably one of the most influential men in the World.

Before I get to the actual video in question, I think that it is of relevance to look back at this Skepta freestyle from the year 2006 which was performed live on the SK Vibemaker's radio show.

Now if you watched and listened to that freestlye closely enough,at 3.18 minutes on in the clip you would have heard Skepta state that he wants to 'make P's like Diddy.' People may have laughed at the lyric and perhaps disregarded it, but here we are 4 years later watching the product of what happened when Skepta and Diddy eventually linked up. He is now effectively making P's WITH Diddy!!!

Without procrastinating this any further, this is what actually happened when the King of Grime,Skepta worked alongside the King of Bad Boy Records,Diddy!SERIOUS...

Saturday, 25 September 2010

When travelling on TFL became entertaining...

I’m sure the majority of us know what it’s like enduring a long journey on TFL. I put a strong emphasis on the word ‘long’ because that is exactly what it becomes, even if it is just a quick 10 minute journey. Usually when I travel on TFL I tend to just stick my headphones in and go into my own world with my music to distract myself from the most unpleasant circumstances which go hand in hand with TFL sometimes. You know the ones I mean right? When there’s someone coughing near your neck back with a dirty piece of cough, or when someone comes and sits next to you taking up half of your seat as well as the whole of theirs when there is in actual fact 10 other perfectly adequate and available seats on the bus. However for some reason which I haven’t yet found out, they chose to come and sit themselves next to you. It’s just wonderful isn’t it? How lovely of them...NOT.

These journeys often become tiring, boring and immensely repetitive so it can be quite entertaining when someone provides a bit of free entertainment. After a few too many drinks, this passenger really did put on a show for the other passengers on the bus and had the majority of the bus in laughter. The first video gives a little snippet of the episode, whilst the second shows just why you don’t interrupt a man in full swing! In my opinion, this individual did no harm to anyone and simply put a smile on the face of all of the passengers who were aboard the service which is hardly a crime. Seeing as the bus driver made no complaints; it really could not have been that much of a problem. The constant utterance of ‘Wah mi seeeeeeh,’ is almost as priceless as Mastercard. Whilst you can’t please everyone, if you can do something within your day to put a smile on someone’s face, I would more often than not say that it was worth it. Despite not portraying himself in the best light possible, he certainly did put a smile on multiple faces on that gloomy Saturday afternoon!

Check out the videos below...

As if that wasn't enough...

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Invading my Street

To be 100% honest to you, I know that I couldn't have survived my 7 weeks in Barbados without Invasion Crew!

They may not have physically been in Barbados with me over the summer, but their mixes certainly were. I’m not just referring to one mix, but instead my whole Invasion Crew collection! For me, this entails Invading the Streets Part 5, Part 6 and Love and Affection. Each of these mixes are similar in the way that they all explore into the Hip Hop 'n' R&B sector, lay down the hardest Reggae and Bashment circulating on the scene, and supply us with the freshest House and Funky flavours! Yet they still manage to have their own unique vibe to them without sounding the same. One of the main functions of the 'Invading the Streets' series is to communicate the songs that are tearing up the Music scene, at that specific time of release, to music lovers as well as the general public. Their ability to do this so accurately differentiates Invasion Crew's mix CD compilations from all of the rest and is one of many reasons as to why I felt the need to share their Musical wisdom with you.

Invading the Streets Part 6 concluded with Tempa T - Next Hype which implied that the next mix being Part 7 was going to be just that, and after listening to Part 7 time and time again, I can confidently say that it wasn't just an implication!...

Invading the Streets part 7 is disgusting (in a good way), dangerous and deadly. The mixes are original, highly addictive, and not usually the obvious ones which would you hear every DJ master. To describe the mix using a different concept, it’s a mix that is concocted to absolute perfection and the almost traditional combination of the 3 genres could be likened to that of Rice and Peas and Chicken on a Sunday! Pure niceness. It may not leave you licking your fingers, but I'm positive that it will provide some sort of satisfaction and leave you wanting more!

Before providing you with this product, I must make you aware of possible side effects....
1 - Leave your Mum dancing and singing Vybz Kartel tunes (Trust me on this one, I’m talking from experience)
2 - Leave you neglecting any other CD's which you may have been listening to until you added this one to the collection (Sorry to any other DJ’s, you can’t get a look in at this precise moment)
3 - Influence you to nod your head, tap your foot or even 'Turn and Wine' in the middle of the street
4 - Intoxicate your mind with lyrics, mixes and Invasion dubplates!

Speaking of dubplates, Invasion Crew can definitely boast about having a catalogue full of these. Their dubplates originate from a range of artists specialising in all different kinds of genres. I'm referring to dubplates from the likes of Gappy Ranks, Calista, Sharky P, Chuckie Star, Bounty Killer and Donaeo.I could go on...

I vow not to spoil the surprise any further; however I can't resist giving you a little insight. There are a number of mixes featured on the CD which are mind blowing and make me wonder how they actually thought of that mix, but I’m only going to mention one for you to listen out for and leave the rest up to you, the listener. The way in which DJ Toddler mixes in “Doom Man – Don’t talk to me” is immaculate. The two beats are synchronised together so perfectly that I could have easily believed that it was an exclusive remix of the track if I was none the wiser. ”D-D-D-D-Don't talk to me” is all I can say if you listen to the mix and don't think that the mix into this tune is an emotional one. Speaking of exclusives, you will find exclusives from the likes of producers such as Fuzzy Logik on this latest compilation, which is definitely a plus for those of you that like to be ahead of the times and yet again, another good reason for you to want to get your hands on Invading the Streets Part 7!

To sum up this mix in just a few sentences I would say that the constant variations in tempo and rhythm make the CD the phenomenon that it is, and as a listener it’s not difficult to realise that conducting a mix of such quality takes more than a simple 2 hour session in the studio. Listening to mixes like Invading the Streets Part 7 also makes me ponder on the question as to why people still feel the need to pay for Mix CD's when you have CD’s like this available for FREE, but I guess not everyone is feeling the bite of the economic crisis that many of us find ourselves in today.

Without further ado, here is the link to Invading the Streets Part 7...

You can also obtain the other mixes from the ‘Invading the Streets’ series via their website which is...

You can catch Invasion Crew LIVE on Platinum Fm which is 87.5 on your radio dial each Tuesday evening from 8pm until 10pm! Playing the best in Old Skool Bashment and brand new Bashment from the likes of Vybz Kartel, Movado, Aidona and many more...You really don't want to miss it!

Now you can also WATCH Invasion LIVE in the Platinum 87.5 studio on their Ustream channel which is...

Friday, 27 August 2010

Who thought you could whine like that?

So where do I start?I guess you could say that it's been a VERY long time since I last blogged.I feel like I've been slightly neglectful to this blog in fact,but there really is a decent reason behind it.

Well...This Summer I went on Vacation to the beautiful island of Barbados!During this period of time a few of the Bajan artists became very apparent to me for a number of reasons.Although there were quite a few,one of these artists stood out to me a bit more than the others and he goes by the name of Lil Rick or Hypa Dawg!

Firstly coming to my attention because of friends and associates,I begun to listen out for his songs to see just what all the hype was about.Everyone was telling me about one of his songs in particular and informing me that it was bound to be one of the favourites over the Crop Over season.Now after hearing it just once,I begun to realise why all the hype had accumulated around it.However if I'm completely honest,it was only a couple of times after that that I really understood its true essence and just why so much hype had accumulated around it.I tell you what,why don't you have a listen and tell me what you think?

His catchy lyrics and his huge following across the Caribbean later became evident to me as well as the history behind him.He has won a number of competitions over the years and currently boasts an entire catalogue of Music to say the least.This artist has quickly become a personal favourite of mine and I have vowed to keep an eye on him and his work from now onwards.Coming across his talents has made me realise that I was missing out on good talent for too long and it has also reminded me of just how much I love Soca.His music tends to have a feel good factor to it and has an astounding ability to capture a crowd.Saying that,not only does his music capture a crowd,but it's almost like it injects energy into them.

I'm going to sign out with some more music from this artist so up until next time,it's a big hail from me to you to say 'Thanks' for taking the time to read this blog entry!

Barbados Crop Over 2010

Having not visited Barbados for 10 years,12 years to be precise, I set out to get a real feel of what Crop Over in Barbados is really like these days. With the Crop Over experience starting in the first few weeks of July and lasting for a duration of approximately 2 months, there were a number of events taking place in both the nights and days leading upto the long awaited Kadooment Day. Up until Kadooment Day,it really is like a non-stop party!

We begun our Kadooment Day at Eagle Hall where we stood for a while to admire the outfits and the tremendous amount of effort which people had put into their outfits.Not to mention the dancing or shall I say wukking up. In case you weren't aware of what wukking up is I'll provide you with a definition...

Wukking up : Movement of the pelvic area when dancing

So now you've understood what wukking up is we can go back to all the action. With it being Hurricane Season out in Barbados,it was going through a period of time where it rained almost every day whether it be night or day. So with the possibility of rain being quite high you may have thought that there wouldn't have been such a good turnout on Kadooment day.However I can assure you that the rain wasn't stopping the Bajan's enjoying their yearly Kadooment day which only lasts for one day.If you didn't want to solely take my word for it and you needed further evidence,I shall let the Music do a bit of the talking...

The line that I wanted to catch your attention was the following...'Ohhhh we having a ball,the Sun could shine,the rain could fall,but that don't stop the way we just drop it drop it...' Enough said.

Like at any other Carnival, the attire was kept to a minimum and there was certainly no shortage of colours nor beads. The vibrant colours which everyone wore glistened in the beautiful hot Sun and when accompanied by the sweet sounding Soca Music, the atmosphere was one of enjoyment and celebration. There were performances from Alison Hinds and other major Soca artists on the day, there were countless food and drink stalls where one could acquire some Jerk Chicken or Rum, and most importantly there were streets full of people who came out to simply have a good time and embrace the Bajan culture.

I'd prefer to let the Music do the majority of the talking because without the music,there is no Kadooment Day. Moreover Music is the basis of the entire celebration. With that being said, I had an amazing experience at Barbados Crop Over 2010 and I hope to return for 2011's installment.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

My top 3 events in Barbados during Summer 2010

There were a vast number of events which occurred in the time leading up to Kadooment Day 2010 which eventually took place on August 2nd. Every weekend there would be something on. People would work hard during the week and carry out their normal day-to-day routines, but once it was Friday night when work was over until Monday morning, you knew what time it was! Below I will give my overall thoughts of a few of the events which I attended whilst attempting to keep it short and sweet.

Party Monarch/Soca Royale at Bushy Park - This was the first Crop Over event which I attended, where I witnessed several well known acts perform a few of their songs in a bid to win over the crowd and the judges. The winners were set to take away brand new cars as well as a lumpsome of money at the end of the night. When it begun, the Sun was at it's hottest and shining brightly. However by the end of the event, the only sources of light were the stage lights, stadium lights and the natural source of Moonlight. Now it doesn't take a genius to work out how long the contest went on for! TC was crowned winner of one event, whilst Blood was crowned winner of the other. It was the 1st time that this venue hosted the contest and certainly shouldn't be the last as it made the most of the space available and the nature around it; whilst still delivering an excellent day/night out.

Friday Nights at Oistins - This is literally a free party which takes place alongside one of the most popular,golden sand beaches on the Island. I'm unsure of what time the night actually begins as I'm not usually an early person when I'm venturing out for the night.There are food outlets in their masses ensuring that you don't get hungry,a number of DJ's on rotation playing the biggest and most requested music of the times,and arts and crafts stores where tourists and locals can purchase items such as souvenirs. If you don't wish to spend a lot of money, but do want to go out somewhere where you can hear upto date music and have a good time with tourists as well as the locals...I'd definitely recommend this night.

Cohobblopot @ The Kensington Oval - My favourite Crop Over event by far (apart from Kadooment Day,) which saw Krosfyah celebrate 20 years in the Business. For the 1st time ever, all of the performers were Bajan so it was a celebration of real homegrown Bajan talent. This took place the night before Kadooment Day so I did end up having a lack of sleep before the long awaited day, but it was worth it every minute. Unlike at the other events, the performers performed more than just 2 songs and went back to some of their classics. I never expected for one minute, to witness TC performing 'Who de hell is Kim' which so happens to be one of my favourite all time Soca tunes, but it seemed as though the event organisers had other plans. The crowd got a real treat and the beauty of the venue went hand-in-hand with the quality of the event. I'd recommend this event to anyone that happens to be in Barbados at the time! It was worth every penny and according to Peter Ram, there wasn't only action on the stage, but also backstage! 'Hit it,hit it,hit it...' is all I will say on the matter!

Monday, 14 June 2010

BM Soho presents Black Coffee 15.05.2010 Review

On Saturday the 15th May 2010 Black Coffee and Bucie were scheduled to make an appearance at BM Soho (formerly known as Blackmarket Records) to showcase their musical talents.

I only found out the proper details of the event the night prior to when it was scheduled to take place, but seeing as I had no concrete plans set for the Saturday afternoon, I thought ‘Why not?!’ My initial thoughts were simply ‘I have to attend this event, after all it is the legendary Black Coffee who have produced anthems such as ‘Turn Me On’ ‘Superman’ and ‘Respect Me.’ There was definitely no reason as to why I wouldn’t want to attend an event of such prestige, but as usual there is always something in the way and on this occasion, I wasn’t feeling so well! However, if you thought I would let something that minute stop me, you are so very wrong.

With the event scheduled to begin at 16:00 I thought that I should try my best to arrive slightly earlier to ensure that I secured my space inside of the venue, rather than having to enjoy the showcase from outside in the streets. We all know what English weather is like and I certainly wasn’t taking any chances. One minute it’s hot with the Sun blazing, and then the next it’s freezing and pouring down with rain! Anyway, I arrived at BM Soho at around about 15.30. There were a few people outside, inside the shop was relatively empty and it seemed as though a lot of people had turned up for this one-off special. As I waited, I looked at the new releases which had been put out, looked to see which records remained on display since the last time that I had visited the shop, and within this time I was kindly supplied with a bottle of Kopparberg Pear Cider (yes, that is the nicest one!) By now 16:00 had passed and more and more people started to arrive. Black Coffee were ‘fashionably’ late, and I can safely say that it was a case of better late than never. However, Bucie was unable to attend the event due to unforeseen circumstances. I must admit that this was a slight let down as we were no longer going to have Bucie laying down her sweet, soft and soulful vocals for us live, but there was no doubt that Black Coffee would be spinning countless bangers entailing this. We were now safely in the hands of Black Coffee and the showcase was ready to begin...

Let me just start off by telling you that Black Coffee didn’t mess around. It wasn’t a case of ‘Oh let me have a drink first,’ or ‘Let me have a look around,’ they went straight in! They were in the mix for just over 2 hours dropping some of the freshest and most sought-after tunes of the moment. Of course they played their more obvious tracks such as Turn Me On, Superman (the remix which amuses me) and Respect Me, but don’t ever assume that it was just an afternoon of tracks that we’re all reasonably familiar with because I can assure you that it was the complete opposite. Amongst the tracks mentioned above, they provided us with the finest selection of House Music that I’ve ever heard, and they really did ‘Blow me away.’ The set consisted of a variety of Black Coffee production as well as a number of tunes that I’m not familiar with. Whether or not all of the tunes were produced by Black Coffee, they brought that real tribal sound of South Africa to the streets of Central London and inside of the BM Soho venue! The crowd which they attracted was a mixture of people, from all different walks of life and of all ages, which conveyed just how diverse the House genre really is. When tunes such as ‘Superman’ and ‘Respect Me’ came on, everyone was so familiar with the words and the rhythm that they were able to recognise them straight away. The attendees were raising their arms as the tunes were mixed in and you could hear people occasionally chanting “Ey” and “Oi” as the recognisable tunes were blended into the mix. “Can you be myyyyyyyy Superman?” is just one of the many utterances which filled the venue and left the crowd singing along in unison. On top of the singing, the audience were captivated by the tunes, and if you know me you will know that I was no exception to this. Bussin’ my sour faced skanks, squinting my eyes and moving my shoulders and legs in accordance to the rhythms!

Personally, I LOVED the showcase and I would definitely say that my memory of this event is one that won’t be leaving my mind so easily. It was an experience that I hope to always remember and I’m already heavily anticipating their return. You wouldn’t believe that it was only 30days ago that I saw them!

To sum up the event in a nutshell, Black Coffee were in the mix for approximately two hours straight, the venue was full to the brim resulting with people being forced to enjoy the vibes from outside, and the drinks were in full flow. The selection of both Cherry and Pear Kopparberg Cider and Ginger Beer kept us all refreshed as we danced the afternoon away. This was all thanks to Black Coffee who supplied us with the entertainment, and of course BM Soho who yet again provided us with another outstanding event all for FREE! What is it they say?

The best things in life are free!!!