Kalbata: Crucial We Crucial: Amazing reggae DJ mix

kalbata crucial we crucial

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

Move Down Low VIP now out on Soul Jazz Records!

Move Down Low VIP - out on Soul Jazz
Move Down Low VIP - out on Soul Jazz

Yup. I got a release on Soul Jazz records. I am soooo excited! Taken almost a year to come out but I am so pleased.

It’s out on Monday but its in the Soul Jazz web shop now.

It’s a new funky remix of Move Down Low. The main draw is the VIP – which is, though I say so myself, absolutely massive. Goes off every time in the dance. Best thing I’ve ever done. All massive drums, big drops, snatch of Rubi Dan’s vocal – latin funky apocalypse. Like the Ice Rink b-side mix but bigger and ruder. Sinden’s been caning it for months.

The A-side is the original funky mix – not the one that came out last year on my Devotional Dubz imprint, the one I did for Kode 9. As has passed into legend, I made the tune, sent it to Kode that night, he cut it the next day and played it at the first of Rinse’s Beyond funky sessions. He’s been playing it ever since and it’s on the new DJ Kicks mix CD he’s done. So it’s a result all round.

Will be in all the usual stores any day now.

Listen to the A-side here.

OneMan on Doc Daneeka

“O: All the values I enjoyed in early garage, especially the bpm, the shuffle, the beat base – it’s all coming back again with this new stuff. The whole 'new Wot Do U Call It dark house, Martin Kemp, Doc Daneeka thing” is that I think it fills a gap in where house is meeting dubstep at the moment and I think its really important and relevant to both scenes, because its like what I hear in those records is what definitely what I heard in dubstep in 2004/05 – just a sense of space and atmosphere, not so much about the melody but just bass beats and weird odd sounds.”

Amply demonstrated at Doc Daneeka’s fantastic set at the Harley last night. The pure rhythm, garage-tempo bass and drum, massive subs and crisp beats, that’s what’s working right now.

Though interestingly the biggest reaction of the night was for speed garage, really made the whole venue jump. Bodes well for my remix of Gremino’s Bee and Cee which pretty much merked it on Blackdown and Dusk’s Rinse show in January.

I missed Ben UFO last night though, just too knackered to make it. Would have been good to see what the best DJ in the country is drawing for at the moment to triangulate with Doc Daneeka and OneMan.

Oh my god I’m playing Exodus / DMZ

Exodus DMZ 4th birthday

Yes. I’m playing Exodus / DMZ next month.

Warming up for El B and the magnificent Heatwave.

Most of my dubstep heroes in room 1. Kode, Mala, Loe, Scuba, Silkie…

Absolutely fucking mental. I cannot believe it.

They want 80s dancehall and “your own productions”. So there’ll be some new funky stuff, maybe the Shabba / Wicked Inna Bed remix that’s I’ve been working. Dying to play some Congo Natty too – probably Your Love, since it’s the greatest record ever made.

This is so fantastic…

Clean living in difficult circumstances: Haiti

Clean living in difficult circumstances: Haiti
None of these facts really point towards a supernatural cause belying the natural disasters that Haiti and New Orleans have endured. I’m a strong believer that “The Devil” only really exists as a personification of the horrors that human beings perpetrate upon one another and upon the planet. Such as slavery, for instance. Or being so abjectly terrified of a free black territory that has violently thrown off the yoke of slave owners, that you conspire to undermine its economy and stability in such a way that the repercussions are still being felt centuries later.
Gypsy Lantern on the demonisation of vodoun within the coverage of the Haiti earthquake disaster.

Hollow Earth

Hollow Earth
“though a longtime Mac-user (since Mac OS 8)”
Ah, a new boy! I helped run the introduction of OS7 when I was working in the Mac business. I go back to system 4 and a bit of system 3, but I used System 6 (and for a while, 5) professionally – including when I was a Mac journalist.

All of which shows nothing more than that I’ve got a few more grey hairs than the eternally youthful Mr Ingram 🙂

Incoming: Elijah and Skilliam Mix

Elijah and Skilliam of Butterz have done a wicked new grime mix! You’ll love it. Lots of purple influence on there, not just Joker and Starkey tunes but some fab new stuff on their own label and Terror Danjah’s fantastic Acid, forthcoming on Hyperdub. You will love this. No wonder Blackdown’s been making grime recently.

It’s here.

Butterz clearly a label to watch in 2010.

Here’s the tracklisting – read it and weep!

Swindle – Open Your Mind (Butterz)
Royal T – Hot Ones Remix (Unreleased)
Terror Danjah – Acid (Hyperdub)
Swindle – ‘Trending Topic’ (Butterz)
DVA feat P Money – Wind It Up (No Right Turn)
Rude Kid – Absolut Vodka (No Hats No Hoods)
DOK & Terror Danjah – Hysteria (Butterz)
Swindle – Air Miles (Planet Mu)
Silencer – Miss Asia (Wow Bass Level 3)
Joker – Output One Two (Tectonic)
Rude Kid & Terror Danjah – The Best Crawler (No Hats No Hoods)
Tempa T – Boy Off The Ting (No Hats No Hoods)
Terror Danjah – Bipolar (Butterz)
OGZ – Hot Ones (Deeco Remix)
Maniac – Lengman Tune (Unreleased)
Terror Danjah – Sidechain (Swindle Remix) (Planet Mu)
SRC – Powerman 9 (Unreleased)
DOK – Keep Making Grime (Unreleased)
Rude Kid – Electric (Earth 616)
J Beatz – Life & Death (SCUK)
Terror Danjah – Air Bubble (Butterz)
Starkey – Ok Love (Planet Mu)
????? – ?????? (Teaser)

Also soon come is the first release on their own label – and they’ve only scored terror danjah’s fantastic bipolar.

Butterz001 – Terror Danjah – Bipolar EP from Butterz on Vimeo.

Review of my year


2009 has been the most exciting year since 2005, loads of great stuff coming out and the clubs have been FIRING, people have really gone for it. Every time I’ve played out the vibe has been fantastic, less so in London obviously but everywhere else has been cracking. People have wanted it. Bad.

I’ve loved the way that funky has turned so much around. Both in itself – Cooly G’s Love Dub is my tune of the year, alongside her Dis Boy – but also in its ripples and echoes. Dubstep heads took the hint and created a spectrum of new sounds from Ramadanman / Pearson Sound, Brackles, Untold and many more. The best of the old garage heads saw funky for what it was – an attempt to deal with the unfinished business of UK Garage, and Zed Bias and MJ Cole made some fantastic tracks as a result. Mind you, most of them aren’t out yet.

Dubstep itself was all about the dark rollage of people Kryptic Minds and SP:MC, the psychedelic grime of Joker, and the percussive deepness of Peverelist, Ramadanman and Untold. I’ve done quite a good mix of this stuff for Inverted Audio: http://www.inverted-audio.co.uk/$blog/2009/12/29/_i_a__mix_07_grievous_angel?_c=1

Musically it’s been a big year for me. There’s nothing like seeing a big room go off to your tunes and I’ve seen my funky and garage gear light up crowds – it’s an enormous privilege, I’ll treasure those memories forever. Kode in particular has been caning Move Down Low for months. Loads of DJs have been playing my stuff… Skream, Blackdown, Atki2, Tim Dub Boy, MJ Cole, Jamie Vex’d, Paul Hotflush, Mary Anne Hobbs… I’ve put out three singles (Loser, Soundclash, my funky refix of the grime classic Ice Rink ) that have done well. There are some more to come in 2010. I’ve done a DJ mix for Radio 1 and had loads of play on the pirates. I’ve done guest mixes for loads of websites. I’ve just put another album out, my remix / DJ mix / dub album of the entirety of Blackdown and Dusk’s Margins Music. It’s been one hell of a ride. And I moved into the house I built.

It’s been a great year!