Interesting. Trailer is here, could be fun with the kids but my god the music is bad.
Check these out, Kid Acne has unearthed a pile of his old ‘Council Pop’ LPs and given them a makeover inside and out, added new material and more. He’s got them on sale in a very limited edition over here in a package that includes an extra disc of instrumentals and a customised ‘Radio Music’ 12″, the original single from the album. Three customised discs in an edition of 33 for £33 plus postage – bargain.
He made this 10 years ago with fellow artist Req One and it’s a possibly one of the most honest British rap albums you’ll ever hear. Totally unpretentious, Ed writes about what he knows and sees on the street rather than pretending it’s all about bitches, bling and being bad, he’s more likely to rap about dogs, dracula and going down the dole office.
Below is the piece Ed and Req One did that features on the back of the album cover.
I decided that the imagery in the Boards of Canada video I made for ‘Semena Mertvykh’, in the post before, was all wrong. Whilst both being excellent clips, the tone was over-bleak with too much grey and black and there wasn’t any warmth in the film. This track has really captured me from the new ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ album – it’s dark and bleak but there’s warmth, hope and beauty there too, an incredibly hard thing to pull off. I thought it deserved a different approach and decided to make a new edit using the opening scenes from Richard Stanley‘s 1990 film, ‘Hardware’.
This Thursday is a special one-off night that Josh from Posthuman and I came up with called ‘A Few Old Tunes’. This is a Boards of Canada-inspired night of music and visuals that we’ll be doing alongside Tom Central and Mach V at Catch on Kingsland Road. It’s free and we’ll be playing BOC and various things that either inspired them or that they inspired from 8pm until 2am.
The video above is something I edited up this morning using footage from Mischa Rozema‘s ‘OFFF Barcelona 2011 Main Titles’ and a film called ‘Forgotten Places’ by Zac Boyet, both sourced from Vimeo, over the final track from ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’, ‘Semena Mertvykh’.
This week’s Solid Steel has a definite African slant and I kick things off with a mix of music I call ‘Afreaka’. Percussion heavy funk with a tribal feel, from Madlib sample grabs to Malcolm McLaren or Eno & Byrne‘s imagined ethnic soundscapes. For part two we welcome Melt Yourself Down into the guest slot for a whole world fusion of flavours from Ali Hassan Kuban to the Mad Decent stable.
The band release their debut album on June 17th via the Leaf Label after a trio of killer singles that fuse post-punk Pigbag skronk funk with acid electronics. Catch them on tour across the UK right now with a must see live show that recently ripped Jools Holland‘s ‘Later’ show a new one. Check out their site for date, music and merch.
Jon More fills the Solid Steel 25th slot with a mix of African music proper. Over the past quarter of a century, if there’s one continent that has been well represented since day one, it’s Africa. Coldcut have always dug deep into it’s rich musical heritage and Jon More displays another fine selection of Afrobeat and African inspired music. There’s Bala Miller from Nigeria, Alemayehu Eshete from Ethiopia and Julien Babinga from Congo, plus music from Ocote Soul Sounds, Shina Williams and Troubleman.