Browsing Category : The Rest

Just The Basics: Basic Rhythm and Imaginary Forces Mix by Charity Queen


Kieron aka Charity Queen has been missing from radio – and our general radar (with the exception of the occasional 3rd party ‘Hello’ delivered via Paul) – for the last six years. In fact, I daresay Charity Queen presents A Chronology of Electroacoustic and Electronic Music was one of the last recordings he threw up before the self-imposed hibernation. It’s…

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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


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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Shaun Bloodworth LA Producer Shots (2009)


While we’re in LA I thought it’d be worth putting up these portraits of some of the city’s top producers and DJs that first appeared in our inbox in 2009. Los Angeles was getting it’s proper hype at last, Daddy Kev’s Low End Theory was in full flight and Gaslamp Killer was known as an out there DJ, though yet to…

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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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Pocket Designs Closing Down


Sad news here. Purveyors of the much-touted ‘Sir White’, ‘Bomukun’ and ‘AstroSugar’ constructions of late – Pocket Designs – are closing their doors after a decade of business. Pocket Designs has held it down as the local go-to place for t-shirts for some time now based on quality, and added to it by keeping their costs reasonable where other boutiques didn’t. Not…

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Truth-HZ ‘Crowdsourced’ Live Stream – Studio Sessions


Dope live streaming project here with involvement from Massie aka Daojia of AWK005 ‘Riego Street’ fame. Last seen reviewing tunes while rolling around Glasgow, Truth-HZ is now hooking up with producers to stream and record a makeshift studio session with samples sent in from the viewing community live and before the show. Studio Session 1 went out just over a month ago with…

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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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Pan Finale : A Tribute To Mika Vainio


Along with the rest of the music world we’re saddened to hear of the passing of Mika Vainio. It was Paul Ackroyd / Kamikaze who introduced me to him many years ago, and he remained a constant in our shows and records we’d play each other. Paul’s put together a fitting three hour tribute to the Mika, may he rest in…

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