Few protest songs have made such an impact on me when it comes to protest songs that doesn’t deal with racism such as Bob Dylans “Masters of War” from 1963. He takes a real stab at the military industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned about in his famous speech in 1961. He doesn’t hold any punches, and I love his harsh tone, especially in the last verse:
I would love to be in an open field either somewhere in at an ancient native territory in the U.S or deep into the jungle of Amazonas and having this on the highest volume on the biggest speakers you can think of. Immediately when the track starts out you’re just right there and then it keeps building up and when the crescendo at the end hits, you feel euphoric … almost like an out of body experience (not that I have ever had one).
“Breathe Me” is the lead single from Sia’s third studio album Colour the Small One. It’s a sad, orchestral ballad about being in depression and needing a friend for comfort. It was introduced to me at the series endings of HBO’s amazing five season Six Feet Under. It always get me in an extreme melancholic mode, thinking about life & death, what’s the point of everything (if any), how we don’t really appreciate friends and family until it’s too late.
ON an evening in late February at a club here called the Monkey House, there was a family reunion of sorts. As the band Rough Francis roared through a set of anthemic punk rock, Bobby Hackney leaned against the bar and beamed. Three of his sons Bobby Jr., Julian and Urian are in […]
The 10th of November marked the anniversary of Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass, when Nazi Germany carried out a pogrom against Jewish-owned businesses, homes, schools and hospitals at the start of the Holocaust. Aside from the shattered storefronts and buildings, people were burned, and 30,000 Jews were carted off to concentration camps. Of course yesterday also […]
This post is mainly for those new to the genre or rather concept of Northern Soul. Those that already know can find a couple of documentaries to watch or to download the book “Northern Soul: Music, drugs and subcultural identity” as a pdf further down this on the side. I Loooooooove Northern Soul, the cheer […]
This is a legendary book about the Top 500 Northern Soul records. Unfortunately I don’t have a copy myself but hopefully will find one somewhere since it’s now out of print. The playlist with the 500 tracks never gets boring, it goes on repeat pretty often at my house. You can listen to it either […]
Record collectors are accustomed to dishing out the dough for coveted vinyl. When not digging in the discount bins, maybe you splurge regularly on new releases to keep your collection up-to-date. Perhaps you’ve paid a pretty penny for that one holy grail. But have you ever dropped a cool $40,000? Since 2018, one record has […]
Born Randall McNei on the 2nd of April 1970. He began attending raves whilst working as a messenger in the World Trade Centre in London. His first bookings, after sending out tape demos, was at Delirium in London, playing Thursdays and Saturdays He then began his own show on Centreforce FM and became Resident DJ […]
UK label founded in 1989 by Leroy Small and Eidris Hassam. Really got going by 1992 and released countless classics of darkside hardcore/jungle over the next couple years. The label evolved with the times and by 1994 was one of the leading jungle labels. They also have like a million sub labels, or how about $ Recordings, 100% […]
This blogpost is mainly for those new to these music genres, but the veterans might enjoy the documentaries included on this page. A BBC documentary from 1994, one on LTJ Bukem, Goldie etc.
I mainly have experience and knowledge within the Drum ‘n Bass scene, the 1990’s is what is closest to my heart, and especially the so-called “Liquid” stuff without vocals is what gets me.
Rude boy, rudeboy, rudie, rudi, and rudy are slang terms that originated in 1960s Jamaican street culture, and that are still used today. In the late 1970s, there was a revival in England of the terms rude boy and rude girl, among other variations, being used to describe fans of two-tone ska. The use of these terms moved into the more contemporary ska punk movement as well. […]
Drum & Bass: The Movement explores how a unique UK club culture rose from the underground to become a global phenomenon infiltrating and influencing disciplines from mainstream pop music to video games. From dubplates to mainstream crossovers, to some of the labels, tracks and clubs that helped shape the scene, Drum & Bass: The Movement […]
Most people equals skinheads with racism and neo-nazis. That’s not how it all started, but the nazis hi-jacked the concept and they where the ones making headlines in the newspapers, so today most people think all skinheads are racist scumbags. The Oppressed was flying the Anti Racist flag in the 1980’s and still do today.
I have no idea why I call this style of 1990’s techno “British Hooligan Techno”. But all I see infront of me is white British Adidas wearing working class guys on ecstasy dancing in big green fields. But the album I mainly associate this group with, Interspecies Communication is more of a spiritual journey that much like their 1998 movie takes you on a journey around the globe to people who doesn’t live like we in the west do.