Category Archives: reggae

The fantastic Mr Scruff

On 16 October, Mr Scruff played a brilliant 5 hour set in Cambridge. He is not just a fantastic DJ, cartoonist and tea-maker, he is also a very nice man. Everyone who attended this gig was given a ticket with a code that could be used to download the whole show.

As I am quite nice myself, I hereby give you 97 fantastic minutes of Mr Scruff live in Cambridge. Enjoy. Oh and do go and see him if you can, it’s a guaranteed top night.

one of mr scruff's recession busting tips
one of mr scruff’s recession busting tips

J Period Dancehall Soundclash Vol 2 Part 2 boyee

J Period Dancehall Soundclash Well, one day we’ll be back in the sizzling hot sun of summer – stoop parties, hoards at every ice cream parlor, hanging out in parks with boom boxes blaring a boisterous roughneck soundtrack. Well, here in SF we’re still not quite there yet, but let’s start getting in the mood.

I originally posted part 1 of this J Period Dancehall Soundclash mix last year, and due to demand am offering up part 2 here. There’s no let-up in intensity, and we find ourselves once more engulfed in a heady concoction of dancehall, reggaeton, ragga, hip-hop and a spattering of jump-up pop classics.

Here’s the track names:

Lil Jon Interlude
The Workout
Yeah Remix
Elephant Message Remix
Elephant Message
Galang Girl
Get Busy/Egyptian Interlude
Sweet To The Belly
Milkshake Remix
Jook Gal
Move Your Body
Pull Up
Killing A Sound Boy
Sound Bwoie Buriell
Look Into My Eyes
Shake That Thing
Enemies Remix
Paid Not Played
Paid Not Played Exclusive
No No No
Oh Yeah
Bad Boys
Wine Up
Champion Lover
The Chronic
Like A Rock Remix
Neva Scared Remix
Neva Scared Remix

Listen to part one of this mixtape

Dancehall Soundclash from J.Period

A bit of a departure this week from the normal fare of house music and its variants. On a recent visit to the mighty Amoeba Records on Haight Street in SF, I picked up a mix by J. Period.Checking out his bio, this guy has played with everyone from Lauren Hill and Q-Tip to more recent collaborations with the ace Somalian MC K’Naan (featured on this Thug Wife mix).

There’s some serious mixing here as Mr Period manages to jam over 60 tracks onto one CD. Let it be the soundtrack to your party or your chilling at home. Enjoy it as you cook, read, dance, play your favourite games on Getminted, or drive to work. It’s the mixtape of the year! Spanning dancehall and the bootier realm of hip hop, I guess if I had to sum up this mix in one word, then that would be: ’sizzling’. So, crack open a Red Stripe and let this one rip…

Track names:

Move Intro
Anything Goes
You Bring It
Give It To Me
Can You Do The Work?
Bad Man Chi Chi
Give Dem Di Shabba
Gal You Lead
Gal You Lead Remix
She’s Hot
Hey Sexy Lady
Top Shotter
The Struggle
Roll Out
New Millenium
Millenium 2
Millenium 3
Row Like A Boat
Grindin Remix
Dude Grindin
Ay Ay Ay Remix
Puerto Rico Interlude
Ay Que Bueno Reggaeton Remix
Dat Sexy Body
Say Woee
Jack It Up
Deport Them
Like Glue
Nuttin Nuh Go So
Get Low Remix

Part 2 of this mix

SXSW and thereafter

img_0234What a surprisingly delightful place Austin turned out to be. Not exactly sure why I have this latent distrust of Texas; after all you’d have thought I’d have lived through enough racism not to fall into the trap of tarring all with the same brush. But yes, for some strange reason I expected all Texans to live on ranches and spend their spare time regaled in cowboy boots and sturdy hats.

Austin was different. We stumbled into a gay cowboy bar but that was about the extent of that metaphor. The kids were all goth, punk or hip hop. That reflected the live music just about everywhere you turn. And thrown in the mix were a smattering of dance acts, many of whom I’ve featured here…

AA 24/7 (Diplo Remix) – Dance Area
You’ll hear more from Diplo later but this was just a little snippet of what happens to banal acapellas in the hands of a bootie maestro.

Positif (Pink is Punk Remix) – Mr Oizo
He warbles and he’s messy. Welcome to the tripsodasical mind of Mr Oizo. Oh, and watch him turn the tune in a direction you just couldn’t have dreamed when the French woman screams ‘arrêt‘.

Bounce Up – Kyle Watson
Funk + fidget = some quite serious ‘bounce’.

She Got It (Cheap As Chimps vs HeavyFeet Remix) – HeavyFeet
Touring as a three-man DJ/MC combo, these guys cite influences as diverse as Jesse Rose, Timbaland and Old School Rave – all of which are papable, even after Cheap As Chimps have been involved in a thorough scrubbing.

High Roller (iamxl remix) – Ice T
If you do tune into these mixes, you’ll probably know that I’m a sucker for a remix. This time Ice T gets a royal dust-off.

They Live! (Felix Cartal remix) – Evil Nine
The break beat stomper from Evil Nine gets some high throttle disco slapped on top.

Missing You (Howard Who Remix) – Everything But The Girl
See, I told you I was a sucker for the remix. There’s more to come, so just get used to it.

Muscimol (Joachim Spieth Remix) – Bjîrn Scheurmann
Just a little patch of going in deep.

Bot (Original Mix) – Deadmau5
And here the the techno/trance maestro shows how seemingly different genres can come together.

Congoloid (Minimow Remix) – Solo
African rhythms are everywhere these days. From Township Funk through to Diplo you cannot escape. The same here.

Tanya Stephens – “It’s a Pity” (Lulu Rouge Bootleg)
Spellbinding accordian-led dancehall 2-step. Tanya Stephens is new to me, but Lulu R has set me on a track to find out more.

Nadastrom lay down chunky maximal beats on top of Lil Wayne going off on one.

Syrupsniph – Flunk
Dubby, twangy, electro.

WTF (DJ Wool remix) – Tittsworth
I know you shouldn’t have regrets but do wish I’d caught one of T’s SXSW shows.

Must Be A Devil (CSY remix) – Diplo
Here he is again – just couldn’t resist it. This time CSY is pulling the levers.

My Teenager Gang – Minilogue
I actually didn’t realize this slab of techy funk was Minilogue til’ the mix was done.

Darkness.2 (Edit) – James Zabiela
Driving harder, interspersed with as great little ‘pop’.

Black Music (One Kitten vs Chris T-T Remix) – Chris T-T
Anti-folk like you’ve never heard it before.

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thug wife’s favorites from SXSW

Favorites from SXSW 2009

Here it is. Thug Wife digs out some seeeerious classics from Austin this spring.

Miss Lucifer – Primal Scream
Voices In My Head – K’naan
Daniel – Bat For Lashes
Ankles – Chris TT
Nyet Spasiba – Handsome Furs
Mad Dogs And Englishmen – Late Of The Pier
It’s Impossible – Daniel Johnston
Country Mile – Camera Obscura
We Are The Hunters – The D’Urbervilles
Stay Alive – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
The Abduction of Margaret – The Decemberists
Farewell to the Fairground – White Lies
Frustration – The Whip
Whachadoin? (feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A) – N.A.S.A.
Black Music Remix – Chris TT
Letter From America – The Proclaimers
Finster Crumley – Golden Arm Trio

Luscious dancehall courtesy of The Heatwave

As always happens, one search on the web dragged me further than I initially anticipated. In this case, it all turned out OK in the end: I wondered across some wonderful tracks that the UK’s Heatwave posse have shrewdly made available.

A veritable cornucopia of official remixes and “cheeky party-starting bashment/hip hop refixes or mashups”. Pulling from all corners of the urban scene, this collection includes Beanie Man, Coki and Benga, Warrior Queen and New Young Pony Club, amongst others.

Some of my faves:

Shine Eye Gal (Shabba Ranks and Mykal Rose)

It’s on Tonight (Benga and Coki feat Rubi Dan)

If these whet your appetite, check out more Dancehall from The Heatwave.


ok, i’ve been sitting on these for a while, so even though it’s 8 at night and the luscious french coffee has worn off, i shall post.

harry covert and fink on a summery saturday sometime back. we played around with lower bpm’s so expect some fine weirdness from the likes of Prince, Jay Wobble and i have a feeling even The Prodigy have a look-in too.

Mix 1

Mix 2

south coasts

slight delay in getting this together, but after months of planning, finally a mix combining the best hip-hop of two great south coasts – one in england (brighton) the other france (nice, marseille).

Disiz la Peste weighs in heavily for france and the managerie crew maintain the ability to consistently screw with your mind.

Dub Area 51 Break In – Messian Dread & Sticksman
Dream – Yoshi
Soldats de Fortune – Akhenaton
West Terne – Mas, El Toote, Funky Fresh, Demon
Alice Springs – Thomas Fehlmann
Set Me Free – My Plan B
C’est ca la France – Disiz la Peste
Packing it Up – Koaste
Party Ya Ass Off – The Alkaholiks
Pour les Abonnes – El Gaouli
Un Scratch, Un Beat, Un Rap – Disiz la Peste
La Fanfare – Dadoo
On Est – Doudou Masta
It’s a Bitch – Smartzee
Made You Look – Nas
Cash Sex Ride Drogue – CSRD
Tall Boy’s Gramophone – Menagerie
Cobwebs – Sons of the Tribe
9 Months – Skilf
J’Pete les Plombs – Disiz la Peste
Out For The Glory (Final) – The Menagerie
Life is… – Quasimoto

check it out.

popularmusicfront showcase

kind of a mash-up this one, kept on a mellow sunday afternoon tip (okay, with a bit of time travel to friday night). the house is a collection from emusic and the netlabels and the grooves are from all over the web. check out the first installment of the popularmusicfront collection now.
les tracks:

Skin Deep – Beady Belle
Slave to the Hard Drive – Swayzak
Digital Acid – GummiHz
Point One – Mateo Murphy
Stalker – DJ T.
Tonight – M.A.N.D.Y
Body Language (Afrilounge’s deep reconstructed Mix) – M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade
Translucido – Hermetico
Moonlight Dub – Leif
Delirium (Morgan Geist Tongues Remix) – Owusu and Hannibal
The Institute – Rastaboyz
Ici la Femme (XXX Mix) Louise Vertigo – The Lounge King
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover – Playgroup
Another Day – Crown City Rockers
Vuluke Khall (Instrumental Version) – DJ Bootsie
Bersarinplatz – Nicorola
Dubdope – Hardfloor

if it rumbles your fancy, let me know.

dub present on kfm

once in a while something comes along that makes you feel like you have really been looking in all the wrong places.

taking all the best bits of african (infectious basslines, energy), stripping off the noodles that oft bogged down afrobase, applying the latest urban/house production techniques and then wiring this up to the celestial ever-shaking booty that has the power to transform us from wired up computer lumps into…

definitely check out the wonderful dub present from jamahl. new zealand ina booming sound system styleee.