I did the soundtrack to a fab short film and it’s now online

Shaun Bloodworth is a well known and excellent photographer who is best known in music circles for his portrait work for Rinse. Those amazing pictures of people like Geeneus, Chef, Skream etc? They’re by Shaun. He did the Margins Music album cover too. So he’s a badman basically. Plus, for this year’s Sonar, Mary Anne Hobbs commissioned Shaun to make a film to act as a backdrop for the artists performing on her stage. This took things to another level, with Shaun using the video function on his stills camera to shoot video of raves in Sheffield, as well as filming video portraits of particular ravers.

The film turned out great.

And then he wanted to have it out there with a soundtrack – and got a slot to premiere it, at prestigious Sheffield art cinema the Showroom. He had someone else lined up to do the soundtrack, but they couldn’t do it, so a week last Wednesday Shaun asked if I could do it.

By midnight that night, I’d delivered. And Wednesday this week, we went to the premiere!

That was an amazing night, with Mark from Wall of Sound and 6Music doing a speech on how amazing Sheffield is for inspirational music, and various art figures and Council big wigs in attendence. Best of all, Martin Ware from the Human League and Heaven 17 was there talking about the great new film about Heaven 17 that also premiered. It was cool!

And now, Shaun’s film is online. Titled Minds Locked Together, it’s a portrait of Sheffield clubbing, putting the crowd to the forefront. There are various DJs and MCs in the film, most importantly and amusingly the mighty Rodigan, but it’s really all about the people. It’s scenius in action.

My sound track starts off with jungle, including the title track, before sliding down into house, funky and sort-of-dubstep. It went off on the big system in the Showroom and I’m really pleased with the way the whole thing comes together.

You can see it here.

Please blog this, write about it etc, it’s really worth supporting!

Post on Brainfeeder here.

Post on the Bleep blog here.


Kalbata: Crucial We Crucial: Amazing reggae DJ mix

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Kalbata owns dubstep right now. But he’s also a fantastic reggae DJ. Check out this truly wonderful mix. Eden – this one’s for you!

RBMA Radio – Kalbata Soul Jazz, Tel Aviv – Train Wreck Mix – Crucial We Crucial

Harry Belafonte – Love, Love Alone
Shinehead – Mama Used To Say
Little John – Brandy
Little John And Billy Boyo – Houseman Connection
Jah Thomas And Barrington Levy – Tribute To Moa Anebassa
Nigger Kojak And Liza – Black Skin, Blue Eye Girl
Captain Sinbad – Sinbad And The Eye Of The Tiger
Determination Band – Gal Dem Papa
O’niel Clarke – Kinfecut
Private Constable – Poor People Priority
General Doggie & Tenor Saw – Chill Out
Eccleton Jarett – Turn On The Heat
Horace Martin – Sting Me A Sting
Courtney Melody – Ninja Me Ninja
Little John – Man Tonic
Frankie Paul – Cassandra
Ninjaman – Murder Dem
Papa San – Big Me Bad
Beenie Man – Too Fancy
Billy Boyo -Billy Boyo In The Area
Yellowman – Lost Me Love
Conroy Smith – Dancehall Posse
Everton Chambers – Hold Yu Corner
Nitty Gritty – Run The World
Risto Benji – Don’t Pirate It
Nicodemus – The Plane Land
Papa Santress – Dance Inna Mount Zion
Early B – Imitator
Shorty Perry – Food Control
Little Twitch – Homoni Corn
Teddy Irie – We Rule The Border
Trinity – Jesus Dread