Toots And The Maytals

The Maytals: Kingston Superfly The great Toots Hibbert passed away a couple months back, and I've been meaning to spin up a little something in honor of his crew, one of the great shining stars of reggae. The Maytals were one of the first Jamaican group to make a serious splash worldwide, predating Bob Marley … Continue reading Toots And The Maytals

Garden Grooves 008

With the sun hanging like heavy metal fruit in the afternoon sky, there’s no question that summer has finally arrived. With the dawning of summer’s heat, the time has come for planting new shoots into the desert tropical, fractal rows of banana trees, palms, ferns, and cacti playing off one another from north to southwest … Continue reading Garden Grooves 008

Garden Grooves 007

Cresting into the dawning days of springtime, the last frost retreats into the shadows and the culling of the winter weeds. A towering stack of records nestled under the marquee, waiting in the cool of the morning shade, ready to accompany the landscape/ing as the lingering cold slowly recedes beneath the warm rays of the … Continue reading Garden Grooves 007

Yellow Sunshine

Groove, groove, groove, groove with the colour... Down on the boulevard, caught between the heatwave and the afternoon haze, Hotwax Whiskey River on the pavement, the dusted stomp of New Kingdom's Paradise Don't Come Cheap, The 45 King, and traces of Link Wray's Fat Back pulsing through the bone dry breeze. Lost beneath the dull … Continue reading Yellow Sunshine

1988

The year of the album I'd already been working on this little list for awhile now, the concept swirling around in the back of my mind for years (much like the Metal Beat 15 had been). In fact, I was originally planning to post this last weekend, but various real world concerns only pushed it … Continue reading 1988

25 From 91

In a similar spirit to last year, the list crew decided to put together a chart around a specific year. Last year was my call, so I chose 1997 for its pivotal significance in my own musical life (after all, it's the year I tripped and fell into the wonderful world of beats in the … Continue reading 25 From 91

Rob Chant

Bristol's sage of the six-string Ah yes, all the true Bristol heads know what time it is. During the era of Blue Lines and Bass Is Maternal, the name Rob Chant would crop up in the credits for a whole raft of killer sessions to emerge from the city, a reliable indicator of fascinating sounds … Continue reading Rob Chant

Garden Grooves 006

The latest episode of Garden Grooves takes us through the late summer into autumn and right up to the present day, with a selection of records that melt into the sun setting earlier with every passing day... Kemet Crew Champion Jungle Sound Kemet 1995 If memory serves, it all started with some general lawn care … Continue reading Garden Grooves 006

Soundsystem Soul

I quietly observe standing in my space... daydreaming. I've been rolling through the Heights on a wave of rugged roots 'n future in the afterglow of the Mezzanine XXI show, not only Mezzanine itself but surrounding Massive Attack records and the productions of the greater Bristol scene, shearing into a sound often termed soundsystem soul. … Continue reading Soundsystem Soul

Mezzanine XXI

Massive Attack: 3D, Daddy G and Mushroom Vowles Last Sunday, I was lucky enough to catch Massive Attack on their Mezzanine XXI tour with my man Snakes, bringing it all back home with those trip hop vibes from the days of wayback. This tour marks the 21st anniversary of the group's monumental third album Mezzanine, … Continue reading Mezzanine XXI