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I Am Now On Patreon

Hello, any of you who follow me on twitter know I'm not above begging. So I thought I'd safely tuck my begging away, stop hectoring people, and set up a Patreon page for anyone who'd like to support me in my ongoing damn-fool attempts to make a bit of a living from writing. 
Like anyone else I'm struggling constantly to survive at the moment, have sold everything etc. Thing is, that's not your problem obviously - I just wanted to enable any kind souls who did want to contribute to my writing lack-of-career (even trickier in these days of content-provision) to be able to do so. Thankyou in advance to anyone who is able or inclined to help xxx 
The link is here.

Current Listening Feb 2017: A Quick Rundown of What Hip Hop Is Floating My Boat Right Now

Album of the year thus far I reckon is the new Quelle Chris. Just an astonishing piece of work, his
best yet, start to finish utterly compelling.

Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often by Quelle Chris

Also floating my boat this set of reblends of classic beats from Real Live's massively underrated lost masterpiece of 90s rap 'The Turnaround' with freestyles of the era. Shouldn't work, does a fucking treat. You can also download it from here.




Don't give a fuck that rap-fans with skinny jeans who read Noisey probably don't dig Your Old Droog. His new EP 'What Happened To Fire' if fuckin' boss.



And yeah, I must admit, I find it very difficult to drag my sorry ass away from Chief Keef's 'Two Zero One Seven' right now and why would I want to. Yes some of the tracks are indistinguishable but did you ever hold that against Monster Magnet? Exactly. The flickering half-dead roachtwitching drive and dissipation of right now summated b…

Current listening Feb 2017: GQOM.

Never knowingly ahead of the curve. Yes, I'm slow. But this video peaked my interest.



which then led me to this which is just fucking wonderful and astonishing and utterly addictive. GQOM is Durban-based, SA bass music that makes you step right. Obsessed with these sounds right now. If anyone can tell me/feed me more, please do.

Dominowe - SiyaThakatha by Dominowe

DAFT PUNK. ASTORIA. LONDON, LIVE REVIEW 1997

Melody Maker, 20 November 1997 UNDERGROUND/OVERGROUND, spectacle/black-out, in-yer-face/faceless, pop/music. Dance has to make its choices. Either it believes in its own unique power, rejecting stages, identification, authenticity and the audience/artist gap of reverence and tries to create a totally new kind of night out, or it can be just better rock'n'roll, filling stages with enough flash and bodies to kick shit off, still playing on the same ideas of spectacle and acceptance that rock thrives on. The trouble tonight is that we fall between dance's radical potential and a trad need for "legitimacy"; on the one hand, music so heavenly it makes minds and bodies pop, on the other hand, a spectacle and set-up so dim and dull that hearts and souls wither. Torn between celebrating 12-inch culture and shoring up album culture, it sells both short. Tonight, everyone's made to wait in a heaving Astoria til 11pm, then, a pause, a glance, and "is this them?" …

RIP USTAD ABDUL HALIM JAFFAR KHAN 1927-2017

Ashamed to admit I was unaware that Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan passed on last week. Some of his records are among my favourite sitar albums and this cassette from 1989 features 13 typically exquisite tracks. Enjoy.

Tabla accompaniment is from Ustad Nizamuddin Khan. This tape is also hosted over at the fantastic http://oriental-traditional-music.blogspot.co.uk/ for which many thanks. RIP


CURRENT LISTENING JANUARY 2017

Putting these here as a note to myself so I don't forget - a few new things and a couple that sneaked in at the tail-end of 2016 too late for my best-of-the-year lists. Currently these are the only things digging me out of the Miles Agharta/Pangaea/Dark Magus/Complete On The Corner Sessions Box I currently can't seem to stop scurrying down . . . . . 

AU-DESSUS
XI
(Witching Hour Productions)




CAMP LO
ON THE WAY UPTOWN
(Persia) 


DUTCHY 
TRAVERSAL
(Bandcamp) 
<a href="http://grandgarden.bandcamp.com/album/traversal">Traversal by Dutchy</a>

THE GASLAMP KILLER 
INSTRUMENTALEPATHY
(TheGaslampKiller)<a href="http://music.thegaslampkiller.com/album/instrumentalepathy">Instrumentalepathy by The Gaslamp Killer</a>


INFINITO 2017 
A PROTAGONIST LIFE: UNSCRAMBLING AFRICA
(Bandcamp) 
<a href="http://infinito2017.bandcamp.com/album/a-protagonist-life-unscrambling-africa">A PROTAGONIST LIFE: UNSCRAMBLING…