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...
http://www.invasioncrew.co.uk/downloads/invading_the_streets_vol7.zip

You can also obtain the other mixes from the ‘Invading the Streets’ series via their website which is...
http://www.invasioncrew.co.uk/

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...
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/invasioncrewradioshow