Playlist: Dive Slow, 17 August 2012

August 22, 2012


Another month, another Dive Slow (me, playing records, one after another). The next is September 21, if you like what you see below and fancy popping along. Flyer after the playlist.

Went a little off-piste the other night. Sorry (?) about that. Crowd influence.

Chilly Gonzales – Rap Race (that’s him, pictured above)
The Pharcyde – Passin Me By (Hot Chip remix)
Paul White feat. Danny Brown – One of Life’s Pleasures
JJ DOOM – Winter Blues
J Dilla – Baby
9th Wonder – Now I’m Being Cool
Childish Gambino feat. RZA – American Royalty
Dangerdoom feat. Ghostface – The Mask
Shape of Broad Minds – Light Years Away
Battles – White Electric (Shabazz Palaces remix)
Shabazz Palaces – Are You… Can You…
THEESatisfaction – Enchantruss
Angel Haze – New York
Kool Keith – New York
Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
Rick Ross feat. Dr Dre, Jay-Z – 3 Kings
The xx/The Notorious B.I.G. – Islands Is the Limit
Aesop Rock – Zero Dark Thirty
El-P – Drones Over Brooklyn
Company Flow – 8 Steps to Perfection
Cadence Weapon – Hype Man
Starkey feat. P-Money – Numb
Daedelus – Hrs:Mins:Secs
HEALTH – Die Slow (Tobacco remix)
TNGHT – Bugg’n
Hudson Mohawke – Overnight
Drake feat. Rock Ross – Lord Knows
Lil Wayne – 6 ft 7 ft
Danny Brown – Grown Up
Mr Muthafuckin eXquire – The Bear Trickz
The Pharcyde – Runnin’ (Philippians remix)
Masta Ace – Sittin on Chrome (Ummah remix)
Busta Rhymes – Woo Hah (J Dilla Bounce remix)
Nottz feat. Black Milk – Blast That
J Rocc – Stay Fresh
House Shoes feat. Black Milk, Guilty Simpson – Crazy
Dr Dre feat. Snoop Dogg – Still D.R.E.
Snoop Dogg – Who Am I
Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
Mobb Deep – Temperature’s Rising
Nas – The Don
The Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out
The Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
Blanck Mass – Icke’s Struggle
Radiohead – Bloom (Jamie xx remix)
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – NY Is Killing Me
Slugabed – Sex
Modeselektor – Berlin
Hint – Aliens Enter
Nikki D – Daddy’s Little Girl
Boss – Deeper
Slick Rick – Children’s Story
EPMD – Gold Digger
Kanye West – Gold Digger
Kanye West & Jay-Z – N_s in Paris
Jay-Z & Jimi Hendrix / Nasty P – Watchtower Problem
Childish Gambino feat. Danny Brown – Toxic
A$AP Rocky – Peso
Nicola Roberts – Beat of My Drum
Anstam – Bitten by the Snake
Flying Lotus – Parisian Goldfish
David Holmes – Rodney Yates
M.I.A. – Paper Planes (Diplo remix)
Curren$y – Smoke Break
Main Attrakionz – Bossalinis and Folliyones
Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You
Young Magic – Night in the Ocean
Purity Ring feat. Young Magic – Grandloves
Bonobo feat. Andreya Triana and Dels – Eyesdown
Phil Collins – IN THE AIR TONIGHT (yes I played this cos a guy REALLY wanted it)
Tim Hecker – No Drums (see what I did there…)
Emika – Drop the Other
Gang Colours – Botley in Bloom
Ghostpoet – Us Against Whatever
Dels – Trumpalump
Fatlip – What’s Up Fatlip? (Breakbot remix)
The Roots feat. Erykah Badu – You Got Me
OutKast – Ms Jackson
Killer Mike – Reagan
El-P – Deep Space 9mm
A Tribe Called Quest – Jazz (We’ve Got)
Stetasonic – Talking All That Jazz
Pigmeat Markham – Here Comes the Judge
Curtis Mayfield – Superfly
Lowell Fulsome – Tramp
Bar-Kays – Humpin
Gloria Jones – Tainted Love
Louis Armstrong – Ain’t Misbehavin
Quakers feat. Guilty Simpson and M.E.D. – Fitta, Happier
Karriem Riggins – J Dilla the Greatest
J Dilla – Body Moving
Paul White – The Dolrums
Samiyam – Pressure
The Beastie Boys – Professor Booty
Eric B and Rakim – I Know U Got Soul
Gang Starr – Just to Get a Rep
Digital Underground – Doowatchyalike
Nice & Smooth – Hip Hop Junkies
Warren G & Nate Dogg – Regulate
Coolio – Gangster’s Paradise
Montel Jordan – This is How We Do It
Beats International – Dub be Good to Me
Jay-Z – Thank You (and goodnight)

On again next month. Come? I won’t play that drummer from Genesis. Promise. Okay, I promise nothing.

Dive SLow playlist


The sharp end of the stick, 2012 edition

November 2, 2011

Tipping season, we’re in it. Any music scribe with a couple of column inches to rub together has, over the past couple of weeks, seen their inbox fill with ‘ones to watch’ messages from major labels, tiny indies, management companies and PR officers alike. For some reason, I get asked to contribute to a few of the more high-profile polls – I’ll let you guess which ones (at least one is completely transparent when it comes to who’s involved, so that won’t take long if you care enough to have a sniff). Apparently some people think I am a voice worth hearing when it comes to This Sort Of Thing. Well, I did nod the way of James Blake last time, so one outta three ain’t bad.

Anyway, here are some names to look for next year. I am not saying they’ll set the charts aflame; neither will they be selling out the o2 this side of Christmas 2013. Well, probably not. They’re just acts I like the sound of right now, acts that just might go some better in the next 12 months and take what can only be described as The Next Step. So long as none of them become The Next Steps, I think they’ll all be okay.

No order. No blurb. (Beyond the above, anyway, promise.) Just clips and links. Listen. Watch. Share? That’s some sort of ident for Radio 1 isn’t it? Bands and stuff…

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The Weekndofficial site / Twitter

Video: The Birds (Part 1) – from the album Thursday (BBC review)

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Frank Oceanofficial site / Twitter

Video: Novacane – from the album nostalgia, Ultra

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Pandr Eyezofficial site / Twitter

Video: Eyes On You – from the EP Eyes On You

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Stumbleineofficial site

Track: Ember – from the EP Rose Tinted

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Bretonofficial site / Twitter

Video: Edward the Confessor – from the forthcoming album Other People’s Problems

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Jessie WareMySpace / Twitter

Track: Strangest Feeling – released as her debut single on November 28

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Cloud Boatofficial site

Track: Lions on the Beach – the duo’s debut single on R&S

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Trophy WifeTwitter

Video: Wolf – from the EP Bruxism (BBC review)

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Niki and the Doveofficial site / Twitter

Video: The Drummer – from the EP The Drummer (BBC review)

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Track: Love – taken from the EP The Wild Youth

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Forgotten Noughties #8: Meet Me in St Louis, Variations on Swing

July 7, 2011

Meet Me in St Louis Variations on Swing

Meet Me in St Louis
Variations on Swing
Big Scary Monsters, 2007

There will be those of you out there who haven’t forgotten this at all – it may even be a favourite to this day. I know that I frequently return to it. But to many Meet Me in St Louis were just a name on a supporting bill, an act that hit its natural ceiling of potential and was never likely to have proceeded further. This album, to these ears, suggests that’s far from the case (and that such observers are/were ignorant dolts). Ostensibly post-hardcore – in so much as its cues can be traced to a handful of turn-of-the-millennium emo bands and the jazz-influenced playfulness of the likes of Spy vs Spy, not to mention the ferocious right-angles riffery of At the Drive-In – it’s an album that dares where so few of its ilk actually did, despite so much hollow boasting. Word was (from the band, at the time) that its producer, Alex Newport, was forced to play catch-up with the band (or simply leave them to it, and nod approvingly), as their chosen timings were too much for the Grammy-nominated fellow to process. And sure enough, at several points this record sounds seconds away from collapse, its players at the very edge of their abilities; cohesion is stretched to near breaking-point, yet somehow the five musicians keep everything under relative control. Ambition is evident from the album’s song titles, most of which refer to films and contain enough twists and turns to fill a dozen Hollywood flicks. There are moments of surprise, touches of tenderness, and everything’s overshadowed by the feeling that this band is giving absolutely fucking everything to the cause. But, like so many bands with the widest horizons before them, relationships within the camp weren’t as perfect as they could be, and vocalist Toby Hayes departed just weeks after this album’s release. The band eventually signed off for good in early 2008. Members have since featured in acts including Colour, Tropics and Shoes and Socks Off.

All We Need Is a Little Energon, and a Lot of Luck

The Torso Has Been Severed In Mid-Thorax