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Can’t stop listening to this tune this morning.
For the boogie minded amongst you, this is gold. Released next month on the splendid Earnest Endeavours label.
Just heard this tune for the first time. It sounds exactly like the kind of something I might have heard at my friend Frank “Dope” Tope’s house, but I’m not sure. It came out on the ever excellent Prelude label, home of Sharon Redd, Musique and D-Train to name a few. If you like your disco boogie and don’t know about Prelude, then you’e in for a treat.
Anyway I just heard it on this pretty brilliant Derrick Carter mix on Mixcloud. So I thought I’d share.
I’m not going to call Dobie a “legend”, because too many people who have been around longer five minutes get labelled that. I will say this though: If you poke around beneath the surface of the UK’s sound system history, you’ll find Dobie Campbell’s name in more places than you might imagine. Soul II Soul, Nomad Soul, Howie B, London Posse, Rodney P, & Roots Manuva are a couple of starter names to warm you up. . FACT magazine have a nice interview with him here,
The new LP “We Will Not Harm You” has just come out on Ninja Tune, and there’s a little album launch at Protein’s 18 Hewett Street Gallery in Shoreditch, tonight. It also features some of Dobie’s photographs, from the late 80’s & early 90’s, documenting some of London’s skaters, rappers and breakers of that era.
That FACT interview attributes this quote to Gilles Peterson. “Dobie is like Stoke Newington’s answer to Ghost Dog”. Which is great, and very true. When I lived in N16, he lived in the next street from me. I’d see him late at night (or early if I’d just got in) as I had a smoke out of my window. He’d come ambling along my road, never in anything remotely like a hurry, on the way back from a bike ride around East London, or just a stroll. Every time I’d ask how he was, what was he up to, what’s good. Every time the same response - a shrug, and a “you know - just doing my thing. Making beats.”
No fuss, and never any fanfare.Tonight is a nice chance to see what he was up to all that time. Can’t wait.
Last night, between Match Of The Day 2 and the Beyonce love-in, I recorded a few roots reggae tracks & called it “Late Night Dub Plates #4”.
I called it that, cunningly, because:
It was recorded at an advanced stage of the evening.
It was all from vinyl.
Hope you enjoy them.
I put together a line up for room 3 at Fabric on February 8th. The main room has got some up & coming guys named Jack Beats & a fella I’m tipping for big things called Mark Ronson. Room 3 has got myself, Moxie, Thefft & West Norwood Cassette Library getting down in that 4/4/ jacking syncopated / bass led grey area that someone will no doubt give a hideous name to before the year is out. Let’s call it House-Step (while punching ourselves repeatedly in the face) and see if it catches on.
I met Ben when he booked me for the Sub Club a few years ago. He started saying lots of nice things about being a fan for years, so I let him continue. He then proceeded to play a set significantly better than mine, while giving me a running commentary about the merits of every tune, as he played it. After the night finished we sat and drank a bottle of whiskey for a lock in, and a firm friendship was formed.
He runs a label called High Sheen now, with artists from Glasgow like Mia Dora, and HaHaHa. You can read more about him here.
This is a promo mix he’s done ahead of the night. It’s really good. Hope you agree. Maybe see some of you on the 8th. Full line up here.
Just stumbled across this doc about legendary mic man Stevie Hyper D. A good enough way as any to start a Monday.
Hip Hop on Soul Train : Public Enemy
This is Public Enemy performing ” Rebel Without A Pause” from the “Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back” LP on Def Jam, then a little introduction to the crew.
One of the best things about the increasing amount of Hip Hop on Soul Train, was the uncomfortable interviews that the avuncular Don Cornelius (RIP) did with these young rap tyros after their performances. This interview with Rakim is another case in point. I still wish he’d been my uncle though.
While André Benjamin is pimpin’ and primpin’ for Gillette (no hate though… that advert has furious style) his erstwhile partner in crime, Antwan André Patton, (no sartorial slouch his own self) has been working towards the December 11th release of his new LP “Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumours”. The first fruits of the project is this new single, entitled “In The A”, out in a couple of weeks on Def Jam and featuring Ludacris and TI. It goes ALL THE WAY down. I can feel an Atlanta inspired day ahead all of a sudden.
“Dolly Baby” was a tune from Supercat’s 1992 album called “Don Dada”. This hip-hop remix featured a young Mary J on backing vocals, and a cameo from His Rap Highness, Notorious BIG.
With those two involved, you can guess that the hook up came via Sean “Puffy” Coombs (as he was then monikered). The results were an underrated Ragga / Hip Hop smash.
This wasn’t Supercat’s only foray into the Hip Hop hemisphere… At the start of the 90’s he was the go-to man for hip hoppers after some of that yard flavour on their releases. Step forward Heavy D, and even those backward dressing stroppy teenagers Kriss Kross. He saved the classics for himself however - the best being the James Brown sampling hip hop remix of “Ghetto Red Hot”, a Furious Styles favourite from the way back whens.
The most recent, and by far the most popular example of Super Cat’s influence on New York’s finest is in the Nas Tune “The Don”, which most of you will know, which samples “Dance Inna New York”, which some of you might not. So here it is.
The official video for new single ” Don’t Deny Your Heart” is a hoot. Directed by Peter Serafinowicz.
Just for balance, here’s a slightly awkward interview from 2006. Everyone has come a long way since being asked things like “Are your lyrics satanic?”, one would think.