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The Dead Albatross Music Prize 2017: Results


Take a bow Paul Ackroyd and co, as Dead Albatross season comes to an end with a winner announced (two weeks back…yes we’re incredibly late in posting, we’ve been busy) on what can only be described as some epic live radio. The Dead Albatross Music Prize 2017 topped all previous efforts with a crazy haul of dedicated artist mixes, album features…

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‘Rap Stats’ & ‘The Language Of Hip Hop’


I don’t really know why things like this excite me as much as they do. Hip-hop’s big business and in the digital age where data is power I shouldn’t really be surprised or overly impressed when someone applies a formulaic model to it. But I am, and as such have dedicated countless hours to over analysis of moments in music…

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All My Records Episode 1


Having moved about 4000 records to a third house in three years I’m getting ready to concede that there is a possibility that my wife and parents are right, I’m never going to listen to them all again. And that’s sad, because although I’d consider myself equal parts collector and selector, records are meant to be played. Like a lot…

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The Dead Albatross Music Prize 2017: Shortlist


Hazar! The Dead Albatross Music Prize has officially rolled around for 2017! The season for the award show launched on Wednesday night with Paul Ackroyd aka Kamikaze announcing this year’s shortlist inside a three-hour special on Reel Rebels Radio. For the uninitiated the Dead Albatross Music Prize was kicked off by Paul in 2013 to recognise the best records to…

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Switched On: A Link to The Past


The 8- and 16-bit games that soundtracked my 90’s youth have been going through a revival the last few years, with the likes of Koji Kondo and Hip Tanaka getting the long overdue status they deserve across a more mainstream audience. LP releases from Konami Kukeiha Club, an increase in 8-bit sampling and the brilliant Diggin’ In The Carts series…

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DJ Shadow ‘Find, Share, Rewind’ Radio Show on KCRW 89.9FM


DJ Shadow continues to kill it with a new monthly residency on Los Angeles mainstay KCRW 89.9 FM. Giving us two-hours the first Saturday of each month, the Bay Area record digger, DJ and beat maker manages to not only live up to his legendary status but surpass any expectation even the hardest fan of Entroducing might’ve had. We’re three shows…

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The Style Of Tribe


Came across this shot of A Tribe Called Quest, which is ripe for over analysing. Every time I see images of Phife Dawg and Q-Tip together on stage I can’t help but clock the clashes in personal style that seem to resonate from their unique makeups and, most importantly, in parallel with their differing lyrical deliveries. You could talk for hours on…

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David Rodigan ‘Sound System Special’ on Worldwide.FM


Do yourself a favor and take two hours to David Rodigan and Gilles Peterson in session. Broadcast on Worldwide.fm last week, it’s yet another session that Gilles and crew (shouts to Thris Tian) have delivered for the platform cementing the station as one of the best channels out there. It’s impossible to say people don’t care about radio anymore with…

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