... profile of the band for which he is best-known: Trinity Roots. There's some lovely stuff there, too: photos and clips of an unplugged performance of 'Little Things' and a lovely pre-show warm-up session from 2011.
This reminds me of seeing Trinity Roots in the early 2000s at Jubilee Park in Richmond as part of a council summer festival. Grant Smithies was playing a warm up DJ set when they arrived and started setting up gear. Warren Maxwell did a little tuning on his guitar then plugged in. Smithies was playing some big extended Gil Scott Heron soul/funk mix as Warren just started quietly strumming along, slowly but surely adding melody and then building it up into an absolutely gorgeous full on workout. All off the cuff and absolutely magical. Grant had a big shit eating grin on his face so was obviously pretty chuffed.
Just a shame it was in the days before smartphones made it easy to record these things.
Talking of Christian rock, two bass players + drums Youth For Christ from Christchurch were anything but!
Ha yes, saw them a bunch of times. Good noisy fun!
The travelling Christian supergroup Certain Sounds
Aaarghhh the memories, the terrifying, grisly memories....
Sadness, beauty and happiness, all given it's proper space. That's why I love soul music whether it comes from Kingston, Memphis, Philadelphia or Lagos.
and on that note, I never get tired of this from the late great Darondo;
And after a horrible week where we should all be bigging up the females of this country here's Althea and Donna "Uptown Top Ranking" which always makes me feel good - "See me in me heels and ting!"
- DJ Shadow is actually a native of California.
Yep San Francisco/Berkeley based I think. Originally part of Quaanum group of artists loosely including Lateef, members of Blackalicious, Dan the Automator, Qbert etc... All worth checking out.
If you're a fan of @Peace & El Truento, New York hiphop DJ Oddisee's "Beauty in All/Tangible Dream" double album is gorgeous and great value over at Bandcamp
(Hat tip to Martyn Pepperell for that one)
To get your party started early... For those people nostalgic for those hardcore and garage days of the early 90s filled with badbwoys and gunshots;
That would be no bad thing
Really? That all sounds absolutely terrifying!
I love the original UK dubstep, and sure, genres evolve. But I really wish Skrillex and co had labelled their stuff "EDMstep" or something.
Seems to me the original Dubstep out of the UK (likes of Hyperdub etc..) grew out of garage, jungle and drum & bass. These in turn sampled reggae drum and bass along with electro, hip hop etc... And that's why the sound is good, it comes from that solid foundation.
Skrillex OTOH, seems totally removed from those roots, he starts at the high end and creates a screeching mess with drops. I find that stuff quite painful and without reference point. I love electronic music but have to be able to sense the funk, reggae, punk, synth, new wave origins for it to get to me.