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Tim Westwood Interview

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1998. David Batty missed a penalty, Titanic is the first ever film to gross a billion dollars, Hugo Chavez wins his first election in Venezuela and The Lighthouse Family are still a thing. In amongst these epochal moments for the history of a year where I took my GCSEs I discover that there is somewhere else other than MTV and prowling the import Cd section of HMV to find new hip hop – BBC Radio One.

I was completely oblivious to the presence of Tim Westwood on the nation’s biggest radio station for the best part of my first two years of obsession with hip hop, only discovering it by chance when I stayed in long enough to hear the end of  (I think) Pete Tong’s show one Saturday night. There was basically an explosion, a rapper I had no idea of going “It’s Saturday, It’s Saturday, and what is this, it’s Timmy” before some genuinely legit (to my 16-year-old ears) patois launched into some absolute fire. From then on I was hooked.

It wasn’t always great listening – I can remember an episdoe with Noreaga the same year which confirmed my belief (at the time, since changed) he was horrendous – but it was one of the best ways to discover new music. It also helped me get better and deciphering music I’d heard about trying to figure out who it was (Tim wasn’t always the greatest at saying track names), so I’d read about music in The Source (also discovered in 1998) and then wait till Tim would play it.

One of these tracks was ‘My Name is’, the killer combo of Tim and The Source hyping me up to Eminem months before he released the track. Slim Shady was my first genuine real-time discovery of an emcee (something I’ve talked about on here before), having got only gotten properly into both Biggie and Tupac after they died and being far too young to experience Wu Tang, Snoop and countless others. Westwood was the only British bridge I had to these ridiculously exciting and exotic sounds from over the Atlantic, so to this day I’m hugely indebted for everything he helped me discover music too. People harp on about John Peel, Tim Dog was considerably more worthwhile to me.

So it was a genuine moment when I got to interview him as part of my day job at Skiddle. There are no real revelations in there, just a chat between two white blokes completely enamoured with this brilliant form of music. Read the Tim Westwood Skiddle interview.

DJ Love: Laurent Garnier (article on Skiddle)

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I’ve loved Laurent Garnier as a DJ for most of my adult life, experiencing a life changing set of his a few weeks after my 20th birthday in Jan 2002. The 18 months prior to it I’d been absorbing clubbing to the intense levels anyone does when they’re faced with an abundance of temptation they’ve never had, and after a hectic NYE I’d vowed abstinence from a certain raving fuel. The Cream reopening, with Pete Tong and prog house tyrant of the time Lucien Foort playing the courtyard, was the first test of an ardent hedonist who devoured a plethora of trance and hard dance.

Lucien and Pete were average that night, but it was the man int he Annexe who had only pricked up a small amount of curiosity prior that blew me away. I didn’t even drink, sucked up by the vortex of his otherworldly brilliance. It proved to me I didn’t need to be peeling my face off the wall to enjoy partying, and that this dance music thing had longevity beyond my weekend escapism.

Anyway, suffice to say the abstinence lasted barely a few months but the musical shift had throughly started. It’s the starting point for an article I’ve wrote on Skiddle called DJ Love: Laurent Garnier which highlights a few of my experiences with my favourite DJ of all time over the years. I’ve not referenced the actual review, what with it coming from a competitor of ours at Skiddle in Pulse, but the night he played all night at the WHP looms large. It’s also the last time I saw Garnier, a near four year absence which I’m frantically trying to put right now.

Ropy Ayers ‘Everybody loves the Sunshine’

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“The whole thing sits in this woozy netherworld where jazz, funk and soul collide, never really fitting any of the standard troupes for each and all the better for it.”

Every time the man behind the best vibes in music, in every sense, comes back to the UK we usually bring back my article on Skiddle about his breakthrough UK releases. I am of course talking about Roy Ayers, and the jazz musician heads to Nottingham’s Southbank on Sunday 24th July which, fingers crossed, will follow a day of “folks getting down in the sunshine”. Classic stuff.

The impact of Brexit on the music industry

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“How does voting remain or leave impact on the ravers, gig goers, musicians and festival dwellers of the UK?”

I’ve just co-written a piece on Skiddle which talks about how the impending vote on our status can impact on the music scene. Even though it’s on a music website and clearly focused on what it means for this side of things, the comments section is a hoot.

Craig David’s Born to Do it

Historically I’d never been that much of a fan of Craig David beyond his singles. I’ve always been hugely into turn of the century R&B and the Artful Dodger’s pop garage vibes but the two meeting didn’t appeal that much, but I revisited his debut album for Skiddle.

It’s much better than I remember, and has aged remarkably well – making his revival all the more well timed. The man himself even started following me on twitter as a consequence of it – re-result.

Read the Skiddle article here.

Kendrick Lamar ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Wow, just wow. King Kendrick’s third album has had me more excited than any other release I can think of in recent years, and the best part is the anticipation wasn’t even half the fun. The end result is ridiculous, hugely ambitious, varied in sonic scope and just all round boss. Even the 2Pac interview, which I wasn’t sure on at first, might even be an artistic merit. I wrote a review for Skiddle, but elsewhere the internet lost it’s shit in many ways, as the below video from Complex outlines.

 

Album Review: Caribou ‘Our Love’

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“You can always tell the quality of an album by the ideas that are used for the interludes and skits, and the confidence in allowing these two to develop fleetingly only intensifies the feeling this is a special release.”

Read my review of the new Caribou album over on Skiddle via the above quote. Spoiler, it’s boss.

Gorgon City ‘Sirens’ (Review on Skiddle)

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 “Their slick infusion of pop, house and garage has been an ever present in 2014, whether you’ve partied at a festival, club or just had a boogie to the radio”

I don’t get to write many album reviews on release date over at Skiddle but with this pretty much being the epitome of what our classic readership are into I couldn’t really not. Hit the quote to read more, and failing that watch them below live from Creamfields this year.

Gorgon City – live at Creamfields 2014 from Creamfields TV on Vimeo.

Garlands journey to the bottom of the garden

The Eberle St lunatic asylum is being transplanted elsewhere in September as Garlands take their clubbing experience to a secret stately home. In an event which is wholeheartedly encouraging fancy dress, taking you there in coaches manned by Trannies at promising to lure you in with Freaks and god knows what else, you know it certainly won’t be a dull experience. head on over to Skiddle for ticketing information.

WHP Announce Line-ups

Yesterday the video was out and getting people in the mood, now the full gamut of WHP options is out and established for 2012. Rather than print them all ad hoc here you can check out the full listings AND buy tickets over here at Skiddle, but the ones currently making my eyes pop out a little are the SBTRKT helmed showcase on Sat 6th, TEED bringing Derrick Carter and a few more for a Halloween special on Fri 26th October, Fri 9th November seeing RBMA in the house with Flying Lotus, Squarepusher, Jamie XX and Hessle Audio, and maybe the best of the lot, with Resident Advisor pulling together Orbital, Modeselektor, Chris Liebing, Marcel Dettmann among many more.

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