21 July 2010

Fourth helping of WSOM Spotcast

This spotcast is really a good one. I always say that – occasionally only for effect – but this one is no joke. Really great tracks found their way to this playlist and it’s got many songs that have been very meaningful to me during different times of my life. Whether I was driving the Cape Town traffic with Zuluboy loudly on car stereo or when I was walking with my attempt of a street face in Birmigham Rodney P on my headphones. So a lot of greatness there and some new tracks as well; check especially Klashnekoff and Akala.

1. Zuluboy – iQiniso (South Africa)
2. Rodney P – We Don't Like Coppers (UK)
3. Soprano – Halla Halla (France)
4. Klashnekoff – Soon Come (UK)
5. Muph & Plutonic – Walking Tightropes (Australia)
6. Leeroy . – Trop Bon Trop Con (France)
7. Messiah J & The Expert – Bloodrush (Eire)
8. Paleface – Hellsinki Freezes Over (Finland)
9. Lowkey – We Don't Want Them (UK)
10. Timbuktu – Låt nr 92 (Sweden)
11. Promoe – Drowning By Numbers (Sweden)
12. Akala – Find No Enemy (UK)

19 July 2010

Musical linkage

Photo: I swam here yesterday, but it's unrelated to this post.

I’ve been busy editing a few things and quite frankly I’m feeling very happy about how those things are coming together. One audio piece that has taken longish time, but now things are finally happening. My to-do-list has been on steroids for some time and even here it’s mainly been about music such as my spotcasts and a few links. Perhaps indeed that’s suitable summer content for the blog.

I’m not trying to become a music blogger, but have these:

Wiley gave a lot of music for free. Varying standard of songs, but worth having no doubt. Read all about it and download the Zip Files.

Klashnekoff is one of the UK artists that you cannot ignore. All of his records bring passion and varying degrees of wisdom to the table. The new one – Back to the Sagas – is out so download the Soon Come to know what I mean.

If there will be a better record out this year than Akala’s Doublethink then that’ll be a great record indeed. I’ve been thoroughly impressed and enjoyed the tracks – no skipping. While I am waiting to hear the Yours and My Children remix featuring Lowkey, Sway and Black the Ripper which should be on its way, I’ve been listening to Lowkey’s remix of I Believe – it’s called I Still Believe – which features Akala himself and Black the Ripper. It’s on YouTube so watch it if that way inclined.

There was also a downlaod by Ill-Literate-Skill I got, but the link is dead already - maybe later.


15 July 2010

Spotcast vol 3.

Nepal 2

I am only getting used to the Spotify service. It being geographically limited to certain countries and all, and I never took it as my task to figure out how to get around it also as the Internet was limited for the past years. So in my first few spotcasts it had so happened that some tracks I had seleceted were actually only available through my own music library on my computer. Well, these things happen; teething problems one could say. This time however I have made sure that you’ll get to access the list as I initially intended. It’s a good one. But then again, I would say that, wouldn’t I.

There are some quite thoughtful and thoughtprovoking lyrics on the playlist (not all of them). It starts easy and then picks up the pace a bit towards the end. I hope you enjoy it.

1. Klashnekoff – The Revolution (will not be televised on Channel U) (UK)
2. Iam – Revoir Un Printemps (France)
3. Metaphysics – Life - Feat. Wasu (Zimbabwe)
4. Control Machete – De Perros Amores (Mexico)
5. Akala – I Don't Need (UK)
6. Smokey – Ghetto Noir (Gambia)
7. King Kapisi – Soundsystem (New Zealand)
8. Asa – Sanat ei tehnyt tätä laulua (Finland)
9. Fattaru – Presentation (Sweden)
10. Baby J & Fallacy – Down Here It's Raining (UK)
11. Driemanskap & Macho– Go And Ask (Hamb'ubuza) (South Africa)
12. Promoe & Timbuktu – Ge oss Sverige tillbaka (Sweden)
13. Intik – Révolution (Algeria)

5 July 2010

Spotcast for the new week.

Nthabi 11
Photo: Nthabi is there on the spotcast towards the end.

Another week, another spotcast. I must say that I don’t necessarily intend to have this as a weekly thing. To make pompous claims such as that would be an online equivalent of buying an exercise bike or a bread maker – you wish you hadn’t. I also haven't decided to attempt to stick to a specific day or time to have these playlists up so they come when they are posted; that's the only rule. But many cool tracks here again. If you’re not up to speed with what this is about then have a look at the introduction post about the matter from last week and if you live in one of the Spotify countries but don’t have an account, you can get one for free from their website.
1. Lowkey – Wake Up (UK)
2. Makiza – Desafíos (Chile)
3. Promoe – Freedom Fighters (Sweden)
4. Tote King – Empezamos (Spain)
5. Pete Philly & Perquisite – Mystery Repeats (Holland)
6. Iam – Stratégie D'un Pion (France)
7. Konfab – kontraversialfabetiks (SA/Lesotho)
8. Blak Twang – Stop n Search (UK)
9. Paleface – Concentrate (Finland)
10. Muph & Plutonic – Walking Tightropes (Australia)
11. Wawesh – Mjanja (Kenya)
12. Nthabi – Hip Hop (SA)
13. Clotaire K – Maqam (Lebanon)
14. Akala – Welcome To Dystopia (UK)

Some of the songs may be a bit rude, but let's face it, if that bothers you you can stop the playlist and hide underneath your bed or something. Thanks for understanding.


Photo: trying not to let the holiday mindset to stop the things from taking place as they only must.

Time for a few links again. It’s simply too hot to do anything else here. And it has been hot for a few days in Finland. When I say hot I don’t mean hot like January in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, which in itself is no record heat either, but nonetheless a lot hotter than here ever – heat is relative. It is also a bit overrated, but I am not really here to complain about it. I am feeling quite good. Been getting a few good results. On the negative side my wife did hurt her ankle – Achilles tendon to be precise – and is walking with crutches for the moment. I am hoping it isn’t anything too bad. And finally before getting into the links I have promised you, one thing that makes me feel good is the new Akala album Doublethink which is playing in my headphones as I type. I listen to it from Spotify, but the actual physical CD is in the mail about to reach me any day now. I thought I would’ve left listening to it for when it drops to the post box, but couldn’t resist the temptation any longer. It sounds very good.

First of all, and I am very happy to see this, So Real TV is a new video blog from Cape Town, South Africa. When I say new, I really mean very new so it doesn’t yet have wealth of content, but a fistful of videos and a houseful of potential. These kind of services – namely Grime Daily and SBTV – have become tremendously important for the UK scene, and of course while there is still a long way to go for the South African Internet access, it, like everything, must eventually change, and the international exposure to some amazing artistry is inevitable. The question is how much of it and with what kind of results takes place. I really hope this will take off and have the longevity to be the most relevant platform for real musical moves. It could easily be the case.

I was so happy to see someone who I consider a friend recognised internationally. Xolile Madinda from Grahamstown and the crew called Defboyz has organised and compiled a CD full of tracks called Officially Offside and they wrote about it on Huffington Post. Very cool thing to happen. The compilation can be listened to from the Soundcloud so give it a go, why not, and for the time being listen to the first song Shame on the Game.

The last link isn’t a new one. Nothing specific has happened there just now, but it is just a cool blog should you have any interest in the continent of Africa and its concerns. It’s called Africa is a Country. You’d think that by now people would treat the beautiful continent and a diverse and multicultural collection of many kinds of countries, languages and peoples as it deserves, but I am afraid that really isn’t the case at all. I hope that the only stereotype that has been done away with during the World Cup hasn’t been that it actually isn’t always hot in Africa.