Mary Anne Hobbs played my folk refix on radio one last night

Big up Mary Anne. First FACT Magazine, now national airplay –  this is a result!

Trying to let Real World know it’s happening, but no response yet. They probably have better things to do than think about some strange garage remix of a folk record! This isn’t coming out BTW – the distributor hated it!!! Hilarious…

“BBC – Radio 1 – Mary Anne Hobbs

Tracklisting: Wednesday 26th November

Flying Lotus – ‘Roberta Flack’ Martyn’s Heart Beat mix from ‘LA EP 2X3’ Warp
Scuba – ‘Tense’ Hotshore Dubplate

Qemists feat Wiley ‘Dem Nah Like Me’ King Cannibal mix Ninja Dubplate

Kwaidan – ‘Hoichi’ Highpoint Lowlife
Silent Witness & Sirius – ‘Proceed’ from the LP ‘All Sounds Electric Two’ Critical Vindicatrix – ‘Private Places’ Shackleton and MM remix Mordant Music
Omar Rodriguez Lopez – ‘Trilateral Commission As Dinner Guests’ from the LP ‘Old Money’ Stones Throw
Kromestar – ‘Pass The Light’ from the album ‘My Sound’ Dubplate

Mount Kimbie in the mix:
Mount Kimbie – ‘Untitled’
Mount Kimbie – ‘Untitled’
Mount Kimbie – ‘Maybes’
Dabrye – ‘Game Over’ feat. Jay Dee & Phat Kat
Jamie Woon – ‘Wayfairing Stranger’
Mount Kimbie – ‘William’ feat. Adonye Green

Appleblim & Geiom – ‘Flame Tree’ Berkane Sol Dubplate

Claro Intelecto – ‘When The Time It Right’ Modern Love
Subeena – ‘Call It Anger’ Imminent Dubplate

Hot City in the mix:
Hot City – ‘No Matter What I Do And Then You Work It’ unreleased
Hot City – ‘Head Work’ Highpoint Lowlife
Hot City – ‘Hot City Bass’ unreleased
Hot City – ‘Setting Me Free’ unreleased
Hot City – ‘Yeah’ Highpoint Lowlife

Stacy Epps – ‘Floatin’ from the LP ‘The Awakening’ Dubplate
Grevious Angel – ‘Darkness The Welcome Sailor Retold’ Dubplate
Distance ‘Free Me’ from the LP ‘Repercussions’ Planet Mu
Kito – ‘What If’ Disfigured Dubz
Radiohead – ‘Reckoner’ Nosaj Thing mix Dubplate”

Grievous Angel folk tune makes FactMagazine’s Top 10 Tracks

Following on from Lady Dub making Pitchfork’s records of the year (courtesy of Blackdown – thank you! and thank you even more for the album!) I am delighted to find that FACT Magazine have made one of my new tunes one of their top 10 tracks of the week.

“FactMagazine – Top 10 Tracks: Week 4


One of dubstep’s most diverse producers expands his palette further, cutting up Sheila Chandra’s vocals from the recent Imagined Village album. As rude as folk gets? — Tom Lea”

This is one of the new “folk” dubstep tunes I’ve been working on which premiered on Blackdown’s show last week – some of you have heard me whittering on about this new direction. I’ve been listening to a lot of folk recently, little of it is terribly pure, but there’s something about a really good vocal folk tune that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and bring tears of joy to my eyes. My relationship with folk is fairly shallow, but it does go back a loooong way. (One day I will tell you the story of when I played the Stonehenge festival with a very rough and ready folk band. We walked ten miles to the stones, and ran ten miles back pursued by police helicopters! But that’s a story for another day, and probably best re-told, and exaggerated, over a beer, face to face…) And in the last couple of months, I’ve become aware that there is a deep connection between folk music and UK Garage. (Yes, I know you’re probably sniggering at this point, but you’re not the one who’s just had his tune bigged up by FACT magazine, so hear me out! 🙂 ) For, it seems to me that good folk music and good garage both share a sense of rollage, a sense which is obvious with UKG, but which to me is also prevalent in the drop of folk music… the way the rhythm hangs in the air, “the one” being dropped or ellided with the same grace as in very fine garage. To me, there was a sense that the two genres needed to come together, and blow me down if it wasn’t a piece of piss to do. The first version of the tune came together literally in half an hour – the edit of the original, the beat, the sawtooth bassline, all of it – which is much more quickly than most tunes happen. Frankly, it was almost spooky. The damn thing nearly wrote itself.  The sample, BTW, comes from an agreeably impure source – an album called The Imagined Village, which is a hybrid record put together by the guys behind Afro Celt Soundsystem (with a big hand from Billy Bragg, it seems) where they marry some serious traditional English folk musicians (Martin Carthy etc.) with some dance people (well, the afro celt soundsystem drummers, who are Indian, and bloody good), some rock people (Weller! jesus…), some left field people (Tuung) and, on one track Benjamin Zephaniah. So – some deeply untrendy names in there, and its on real world, so the usual caveats apply. But there’s some truly amazing music on there (though it gets a bit fiddle-de-dee towards the end), and it’s all traditional folk songs that have been re-arranged, sometimes to stunning effect. It’s the sort of thing I would normally steer well clear of, but I saw some of their performances from the Cambridge Folk Festival on the TV and, well, it totally fucking rocked! The combination of folk voices with big electronic subs and heavy drums and tablas was really exciting and the crowd were clearly going mental. And straight away I thought, “This could be dubstep…” Then, when I bought the CD, some of the tracks jumped out as being ripe for a garage makeover – in particular a version of the old folk tune “The Welcome Sailor”, which had some extremely elevated acoustic backing alongside vocals from Sheila Chandra, the classical Indian singer, whose voice suits these kinds of tunes down to the ground. Making it work was pretty easy and I for one love the result (and I know at least one or two other people like it too) – I think it’s the best thing I’ve done since Lady Dub to be honest. So go to the page and check the link for tunage. It’s very unlikely to come out, and I’m taking it down on the 23rd, so fill your boots. I’ve got my eye on one or two other folk things, but when they’ll happen I don’t know – there’s quite a long to do list at the moment!

Lady Dub in at number 8 in Pitchfork’s Dubstep 2008 charts!

Check it out… in with some amazing company too! I.e. I make it in there against stuff that hasn’t even been released yet. This is a big thrill!

Grime / Dubstep | Pitchfork
Top dubstep singles 2008:

1. Darkstar: “Need You”/”Squeeze My Lime” [Hyperdub]

2. Mala: “Miracles” [Deep Medi]

3. 2nd II None: “Waterfalls Peverelist remix” [Heavy Artilery]/”Clunk Click Every Trip” [Punch Drunk]

4. Kuma: “Dawn Stepped Outside Horsepower remix” [Immerse]

5. Shup Up and Dance: “Epileptic Martyn’s No Strobe Mix” [Z Audio]/TRG: “Broken Heart Martyn’s DCM Remix” [Hessle Audio]

6. D1: “Oingie Boingie” [Tempa]

7. Skream: “Hedd Banger” [forthcoming Tectonic]/”Angry World” [unreleased]

8. Grievous Angel: “Lady Dub 2Step Remix” [Devotional Dubs]

9. Quest: “Stand” [Deep Medi]/Silkie: “Horizon” [unreleased]

10. Ramadanman: “Blimey” [Hessle Audio]

11. TRG: “Feel For You” [Subway]/Al-Haca “Kryptonite TRG remix” [unreleased]

12. Sully: “Trackside”/”Jackman’s Recs” [unreleased]

13. Pangaea: “Router” [Hessle Audio]

14. LD and Cluekid: “Guerrilla Warfare” [unreleased]/ Kode9 vs. LD: “Bad” [Hyperdub]

15. Cult of the 13th Hour: “Wickedness” [Soul Jazz]