Article Matter – Vinyl Covers

Whapp’n yesterday?
Gosh, saw four stories regarding the state of vinyl, I wasn’t even specifically looking for them either, plus somebody complaining online about those that fetish over the stuff.  Everybody to their own, safe within what school they came up in, old, new, not conceived yet, just warming up etc.  Mpfreeze give you one thing, the music and are convenient for traveling dj’s, while vinyl gives you the music, plus something to read, learn & inform, put the links together over time re: studios, producers, engineers, musicians, session players, concepts, etc, add as  you see fit.

Record Store Day is apparently hurting those it was mean’t to prop up, the indie sector, yet the majors and dodgy make a quick buck operators are jumping on it, with limited editions already for sale at $1,000.   What else? Oh, Sonic Boom, (great name) a record store in Toronto, is opening up a walk-in record pressing service. Like dat! More on that here via Fact.

Also grabbing my attention was a record cleaning product, then I found out you can use carpenters glue. I had no idea….uh, that I treated my records so badly, so badly, that time has defo arrived to clean some of that ancient gunk and sweat etc. outta them grooves.

I had to move my records lately, so the electrician could get behind them to reach a socket, that he thought was causing the electric box to trip every time we turned a light on.  After all that effort, of course, that socket was not the problem…..grrrrrr.

Moving them has several positive things going for it,  the crazy notion of getting them all in proper alphabetic order, which will be an ongoing ten year job I reckon.  That is some physical exercise yeah.

Thanks to Anna Gavana & Peter Ericsson / Meerkat Recordings for the most recent vinyl jam session that took place in yard, amongst typical Swedish and Canarian foods, sweets, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Former Virgin colleague, Jens Peterson Hallefors also knows what I mean when it comes to putting one’s vinyl collection in order.  Must be a Swedish thing…..

Let me finish on one reason, vinyl is better than mpfreeze, it gives commercial artists work.


Afronaught_Shapin' Fluid
Afronaught_Shapin’ Fluid
Ape Records, London
Barry Adamson_The Negro Inside Me (Mute)
Frederick Galliano ‘Sabar (Le Vent Et La Poussiere) ‘

Ya Dig.

Dig It: 1. To approve of,

To Dig: 1.  As in Crate Digging, to search for records or breaks, samples.

I dig the following clip from the Jackie Brown film, love Samuel’s vocal presence.  The phrase is a killer.  It’s within my dj sets, it’s appropriate, it’s dj battle material.

Here Hear


What do we have hear (sic)?

Ways the re-use vinyl that’s what.

Not that I plan on finding other ways to use what vinyl I have, lord no?

I just liked the picture, courtesy of Web Urbanist.

Now sports….

As I mentioned in an earlier post, on the way back from Urkult Festival, I had one day of record shopping in the noisy big smoke we call Londin.  It had been a year since I was back ‘home’ and so many record shops have closed down since.  Actually a lot of everything has closed down with new things in their place, waiting their turn to experience the financial slaughter.

One place that hasn’t shut down in Soul Jazz Records.  Seems to be a good place to hook up with Kevin ‘Da Bug’ Martin.  He pointed me in the direction of some joints by Onra (Vietnamese beats-master) and Dorian Concept (Viennese beat-maestro in the vain of  Flying Lotus, but very importantly, not a copy of FlyLo).  I didn’t even listen to them, “Carl, add these to the pile please.”   Kev’s missus, Kiki, gave me a  cd by  N’danka N’danka.  Japanese band / artist with excellent hypnotic / tribal drumming, frenzied Idris Muhammad style hi-hat action.  Highly recommended.

Our man in New Zealand, Stinky Jim runs a label called RoundTripMars, and he’s on a bit of a frenzy at the moment, with tons of records coming out.  He supplied a taster of the upcoming split seven inch featuring Jefferson Belt and UniTone HiFi.  The Jefferson track features an almighty Rastafarian spoken-word piece delivered over a weird electronica movement, very unique. RoundTripMars, they don’t do twee.

Skintologist Fritz Catlin dropped their latest production on me last week…the aptly named Biotic Dub.  It does exactly what is says on the label.

So I raise my glass to good friends with excellent taste helping me bring it home.

Ear Conditioning / Here Hear

  • Portishead / Silence (GoDiscs!/Island)
  • Jefferson Belt / The Creeping Tings of the Earth (RoundTripMars)
  • Gaslamp Killer / Hell and the Lake of Fire
  • Nosaj Thing / FWD
  • N’danka N’danka / Gallop  (Lastrum)
  • Onra / The Anthem  (Baked Goods)
  • Speech Debelle / Go Then, Bye – Photomachine & El-B Remix (Ninja Tune)
  • Skintologists / Biotic Dub
  • UniTone HiFi / Sneeze Off  (RoundTripMars)
  • Hue Jah Fink / Out of Reach – Tempest Mix
  • DVA / Nasty Nasty Nasty – Sukh Knight Remix
  • Daby Toure & Skip McDonald / Past Time (Real Word)
  • Silkie / Test (Deep Medi Musik)
  • Joker / Untitled RNS (Tectonic)

This weeks program is available at the following stations and times:

Sunhole Tuesday 22h00 (Repeated every morning at 11h00)

Planet Radio Thursday 23h00

Radio Norte next Tuesday 20h30 (This weeks show will go out next Tuesday at R.Norte)

The Spanish daily newspaper El Pias, recently had  ‘the best clubs/bars in Spain’ list, and I’m glad to report that Txola was one of the three clubs/venues/bars listed for Tenerife nightlife lovers.  Hold tight, Txola will re-open end of this month.

Also for those out Isla Baja way (that’s here in Tenerife) I’ll be returning to Los Silos to take part in the Boreal Festival Sept. 26th. We’ll be bombin’.  Big thanks to Juanjo for thinking of me.

Hasta luego.