Monday, 28 December 2009


PEPTO BISMOL is relief syrup for Nausea, Heartburn, Indegestion, Upset Stomach and Diarrhea.


As far as rappers are concerned LiL WAYNE currently sells the most albums....

The relationship between the two of them is strange & disturbing. LiL Wayne "The Carter" documentary was produced by QDIII the son of legendary producer Quincy Jones..... and gives us a seemingly first hand insight into the workings behind current day bling, and opens up the psyche behind "A Milli, A Milli..... motherfucker i'm ILLLLL!!!".

ill is the WuRD!!

Apparently Lil Wayne is sueing QDIII, as he didn't see the final cut before it was aired..... and isn't happy about how he is portrayed in the documentary.

There's a few other weirdness's in there. His Tattoos, the relationship he has with his daughter, Baby, the microphone and his manager (?)..... to name a few.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

!! The Worldwide Awards 2009 !! .... in 2010

or is it the other way round?

Darkstar = Most intriguing Breakthrough Act this Year

Floating Points Ensemble = My Favourite Session of the Year


more info & tickets... click here

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

back a' yard...!!!

Maximum to Queen FaTiMA & Steven FuNKINEVEN!!
i'm guessing it's either that Alex Nut or Ventfury on camera duties....

true back a' yard business....!!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

10 from '09 || 12"

Becoming a rarity.... but i'm a DJ that still spins vinyl!! The round vinyl black things with etchings on, that convert into crisp heavy sounds.

Yeah!! Those things... anywayz!! Without trying to sound too smug, here's a list of my top 10 new 12" releases this year!! (in no particular order!!)

Apologies to anyone who feels aggrieved by my selection. Not being able to please everyone is part and parcel of being a DJ..... and life!!

Top 10 albums, compilations and newcomers.... soon come!!

Mount Kimbie - Sketch on Glass - HotFlush

One of many revelations to surface in 2009, Kai & Dom aka Mount Kimbie... make spacey beats with weird sounds, trembling bass lines and wizard like arrangement. They're one of the first "dubstep" acts too successfully re-incarnate their record into a live performance (which also includes fistful twister, James Blake). Make sure you lend them an ear.

Untold - Gonna Work Out Fine - Hemlock

Head Honcho at Hemlock, this EP recently dropped and has been bringing a wry smile to many faces... His weird drops and pulsating rhythms take a while to understand, but this EP brings it together and makes sense of it all. For me, Palamino is the KiLLER. However, I am aware that if your soft spots are located elsewhere... then some of the hitters on this 6 tracker may pull your heart strings. Dope!!

Omar S - Still Serious Inc - FXHE

Possibly my favourite "house" record of the year. "Still Serious Inc" is incredibly serious and takes as deep down detroit tech as you can afford to imagine. The kicks, the snare, the growl instigate shoulder action from another realm. Make sure you cue it up and pay attention.... otherwise you'll miss out!!

LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 (Theo Parrish & Pilooski Remixes) DFA

I never thought this was gonna see an official release.

It would've been an absolute travesty...!!!

Ever since Theo played his remix to me, it's been causing a bit of a stir. I swiftly handed it Gilles, he in turn played it out on the radio.... and the subsequent waves were present and dangerous.

The Pilooski remix isn't half bad either!!

Nacho Patrol // Futuristic Ababa // Kindred Spirits Electronic

A sneaky one from the Electronic subsiduary of Kindred Spirits... This EP fuses electronic sounds nd Ethiopian Jazz into a nice bundle... and it bubbles really nicely!! A bit of a sleeper, but i think it's killer!!

Pearson Sound // So Far Ago - Gambetta // Soul Jazz Records

It took the musty humid heat, and an Electronic Festival (Nuit Sonore) in the South of France for me to fully appreciate the lengths of this tune.

Obviously, I'd been working it through the Soul Jazz channels, and spinning it at whatever opportunity I could find.

However, watching Ramadanman (aka Pearson Sound) spin it to a heap of unsuspecting revellers when we played Gilles' stage at Nuit Sonore raised the appreciation levels.

 dark, percussive, emotional and striped down....

Joy Orbison // Hyph Mngo - Wet Look // HotFlush

All roads seem to lead to Joy Orbison.... now with a Jose James remix, a Fourtet remix under his belt, and birthing his new label DLDRMS.

Hyph Mngo will surely grow to become a genre defining tune... think Benga, Flying Lotus, Roni Size, Ame and EZ rolled into one.

With talent as immediate as this, it only takes one riddim to take yourself to the top of the crop.


Floating Points // Vacuum Boogie // Eglo

After "LoveMeLikeThis".... the pressure was on. And, Floating Points delivered!! In a big way!! Somewhere in between Dubstep and Jazz based House.... with a tinge of Detroit / Chicago, but definitely from London.

It's all go for Floating Points and Eglo.... Funkineven EP = DoPE, Shaunise on the way!! and Fatima on the boil. Fresher than Fresh!!

All this can filed in "Wicked". However, the Floating Points Ensemble is what interests me more....

FTPS!! Step Forward!!

Kode 9 // Black Sun // Hyperdub

It's been a good year for a lot of people... and i'm guessing Kode9 is counting 2009 as a VERY good year... His label Hyperdub has gone from an imprint that puts out experimental dubstep to becoming a  genre defining outfit...!! Burial, Joker, Martyn, SAMIYAM, Flying Lotus, Kyle Hall, Ikonika, Darkstar.... The alumini is becoming ever impressive.

However, as with any true don... Kode9 eclipses all his proteges with his own work... and Black Sun is the one!!

Scuba // Aeusonic EP // HotFlush

Paul aka Scuba is another man who must've found a whole heap of new friends this year. That' what happens when you release music by the ridiculously talented Mount Kimbie and Joy Orbison.

This is the THIRD Hotflush release in my Top 10.... and it's not just coz I like their logo!!

The sounds of Joy Orbison and Mount Kimbie have the ability to reach beyond the realms of weird independent music.

However, Scuba is in every aspect the root to this sound. Quietly pushing out extremely dark and emotional music for a few years now. Londoner, now based in Berlin is fusing together the raw dubstep sound of London with the minimal techno sound from Berlin....

Scuba....?! Soon to be a Godfather!!

I did....

... and glad for it!!

b. PROTOTYPE (Modeselektors Handbrake Remix)

Don't hold back!! Get your hands on one.... They're strictly limited to 1,000.

Thursday, 3 December 2009


... hold box flat

007 recorded and up on Monday...

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

crew 'dem


Shafiiq Husayn feat Fatima "Lil Girl"


Jay Electronica cameo in there as well... along with a few others!!

BUT!! It's all about @QUEENFATIMA...!! BiG UP!! xx

Lil' Girl from Plug Research on Vimeo.

Monday, 30 November 2009

BLACK...!!! STAR....!!!

Is it true?

Mos & Talib back together?

Please say it is?!!!

Hardly a done deal...?

We live in hope :-(

Anywayz, I got dissed this morning :-|

Gilles left me behind while he went to interview Mos Def....!!

AFTER he moaned about Arsenal ALL the way through Mos's show at the Forum on Sunday.

The interview is broadcast (ALEX...?!!!?!!) on Gilles' BBC Radio One show 2moro night... maybe more BLACKSTAR reunion revelations?

As a reminder >>>>>>

If none of that happens... then there's still hope!!

CENTER EDGE TERRITORY... Curren$y, Jay Electronica & Mos Def...!!


HiP HOP!! back in the crack?

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

can't stop listening to this....

.... with my eyes closed!!


"cool on the outside! Hot in the middle...!!"

Had the pleasure of listening to this live at the Royal Festival Hall the other week with Glasper on the piano, Bilal on vocals & Chris "Daddy" Dave on the drums and i can't remember the name of the guy on bass <--- can anyone help?

I also had the pleasure of meeting the band, and recording a podcast with the Peterson.

>> Robert Glasper & Bilal in conversation with Gilles Peterson (in a hotel lobby) <<

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Life is Amazing!!

It's what the BBC does best....!! Inform n'ting...

It's all about survival!!

I've watched 10 Kimodo Dragons eat a Water Buffalo, an Octopus giving birth and a Seal escape Killer Whales.

I had to watch the insects episode with my eyes closed.

David Attenborough is immense, a complete don... isn't he a "Sir" yet?


Life on the BBC iPlayer

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Little White Lies

is a decent magazine....

Maybe i'm biased because they've got "Where the Wold Things Are" on the front cover... and throughout the whole magazine.

But i've been on a grumble about the lack of decent independent films.... and even tho' I haven't managed to follow any of their leads.

Little White Lies, does seem to provide a trail.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

be advised...

.... if it's not already on your RSS radar. Then make sure you aim it firmly in the direction of Resident Advisor.

Their podcasts are a must..!!

Ricardo Villalobos // Alcachofa // Playhouse Records

// 2003

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Been Told...!!



Stop what your doing

(James Blake & Pangaea

Gonna Work out Fine E.P

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Riding High.....

......with 13th Witness!!

Check his photos..... They're dope!!

"If we liked it.... we kept it"

I've been noticing that Sam (Floating Points) has been taking regular trips to Chicago recently, and it's been arousing suspicion....

.... I just bumped into him and shook him down for the info and secrets he's hiding.


Mr Peabody!! Two hench brothers with a lot of records.

"If we didn't like it we'd get rid of it.... If we liked it, we kept it..."

Low and behold Pete (BBE) is already bang on the case.

There's a forthcoming compilation "Real Sound Of Chicago" waiting in the wings.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009


CANNOT!! Wait for this one to hit the wide screens... I'm kidnapping the most suitable under 12 relation I have.... and getting involved!!

Were the Wild Things Were [TRAILER]

The same goes for....

Who's in?

oh yeah..... this is decent!!


Thank yous go to Ratty T x x

003 is the magic number....

TBF // 003



1. the sky is a sea of darkness when there is no sun // Sun Ra // Art Yard [Disco 300]
2. do androids // JAR // CD-R
3. fostercare // Burial // Hyperdub [Hyberdub 5]
4. nothing // Architeq feat. Junior Williams // Tirk
5. untitled // Sbtrkt // CD-R
6. beep 20 // Koushik // Stonesthrow [Beep Tape]
7. alien nature // Paul White // White
8. golly gandom (wheat flowers) // Lloyd Miller // Jazzman Records
9. false flag (Kryptic Minds remix) // Pinch & Move Ninja // Multiverse
10. within // Appleblim // Planet Mu [Mary Anne Hobbs presents "Wild Angels"]
11. Ghostleigh Dubz // Continuum // Ghostleigh
12. Various Productions // Lost (Actress Remix) // Various Productions
13. paint the stars // Hudson Mohawke feat Weds Nite // Warp
14. twlight fades // Chesca // CD-R
15. sirius B (instrumental) // The Heliocentrics feat. Vast Aire // Now-Again Records
16. interplay // Return To Forever feat. Chick Correa // Polydor
17. black magic (DOP remix) // Jose James // Brownswood
18. boredom // Noze // Circus Company
19. Rahan // Le K // Circus Company
20. du rififi au katanga // Destination Danger // Circus Company
21. mevianna boyle dede // Metin H. Alati // DIG
22. sometimes in autumn (Shackleton remix) // Harmonia & Eno '76
23. mazal nesker mazal // Groupe El Azhar //
24. amadou & mariam // 24 Carat Bootleg
25. spacelife // d'Wala // Hold Box Flat
26. watching you // Instra:mental // Non-Plus Records
27. forsaken // Alix Perez feat. Peven Everett & Spectrasoul // Shogun Audio
28. aztec // Martin Kemp // Blunted Roots
29. rawkus // Brackles // Plant Mu
30. oranges // Elan Tamara
31. music box of snakes // Sparklehorse & Fennesz // Konkurrent

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Sure Fire... Get Low... Business...!!

Thursday, 1 October 2009


.... to the DaftTouch application for the iPhone!!

I've been "Never! Power! Faster! Stronger!" for hours now.
The exact reason why I don't own such iPhone / touch ...... whatever?!

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

i Like......!!!

The Hemlock boys dropped into Soul Jazz with a couple of test pressings under their arm a couple of weeks.... I duly hurried one into my bag!!

From the little I've heard from James Blake, I'm assured that he's a name we will be hearing for a LONG time to come. His off kilter production is dope, and provides unexpected drops, synth sounds and his tunes beg a bogle or two.

Check the latest version of Transmit // Box // Flat to hear it....

I'm also giving away a copy of Steppas' Delight Two

Transmit // Box // Flat // 002 by holdboxflat

1. Ecliptic Armilla // Busy // Rush Hour Recordings
2. Scuba // Symbiosis // Hot Flush Recordings
3. Koushik // Beep 01 // Stonesthrow
4. Oh No // Juke Joint // Stones Throw
5. Mos Def // Casa Bey (45:34) // Downtown
6. Pax Nicholas & The Nettey Family // Na Six Feet // Daptone Records
7. Bei Bei & Shaun Lee // Make Me Stronger (Floating Points Remix) // Ubiquity
8. Andreya Triana // Lost Where I Belong // Ninja Tune
9. Sleeping Samurai // Kluger / Vangarde // Library Subscription Discs *
10. Raekwon // New Wu (feat Ghostface & Method Man) // EMI
11. Jannisary // Demdike Stare // DDS
12. The XX // Basic Space (discJokke Remix) // Young Turks
13. LCD Soundsystem// 45:33 (Riley Reinhold Remix) // DFA
16. Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts // Odysee // Circus
17. Thoda Resham Lagta Hai // Bhappi Lahiri & Lata Mangeshkar
18. Arrow Root // MF Doom // Nature Sounds
19. Now Generation // Damu The Fudgemunk // White

20. Dum Maro Dum // music by R.D Burman, sung by Asha Bhosle (from the film Hare Rama Hare Krishna, 1971)
21.Doston Se Pyar Kiya // music by R.D Burman, sung by Usha Uthup (from the film Shaan, 1980)
22.Baby Let's Dance Together // music by R.D Burman, sung by Tejwant Kittu (from the film Shalimar, 1978)

23. Azaxx // Pianissimo //
24. Martin Cohen Loves Latin Percussion // Sabu Martinez // EFG
25. Untold (James Blake Remix) // Stop What You're Doing // Hemlock
26. Skream // Memories Of Third Base // Digital Soundboy
27. Darkstar // Need You // Soul Jazz **
28. King Midas Sound // Crash and Burn // Soul Jazz **
29. Goldie //Envious // White
30. The Predicate Production Guild // Orderly Violence (Forgiving Interlude) // Disposable Music *
31. Bonobo // The Keeper (Instrumental) // Ninja Tune

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Chocolate Dubstep.....

..... makes it sound all the sweeter.

Steppas' Delight, which had that Bug track with Flo Dan on it, and the Skepta "African Hooter" business, is about to get a volume two ---> Steppas' Delight Two is almost ready to drop.

"Dubstep: Present to Future" is the tag line..... and it does exactly what it says on the tin.

For those who doubt Dubsteps development capabilities.... EAT CAKE!!!

There's some serious heat on here from amongst others..... LD, King Midas Sound, Benga, Joker & Ginz, Darkstar, Crazy Cousinz and a bunch of other dubstep shapers.

These are 2 of the exclusive tracks on the comp.....

LD - Primal Instinct (forthcoming on Steppas' Delight Two) by Soul Jazz Records

Untold - You Didn't Win the Holiday (forthcoming on Steppas' Delight Two) by Soul Jazz Records

Valid Comparison???

Chaka & Erykah

Khan on the Drums.... Badu on the MPC

followed by....

I think Chaka gets it....?! Erykah definitely would!!

** idea stolen from Pakistani International Airways **

And....... here's a recording or Ms. Badu's baby father live on Governors Island, NY on my birthday last Saturday as part of Mos Def current US Tour.

Jay Electronica Live on Governors Island, New York // 12th September 2009 via Grandgood

Sounds like he's moved on a lickle on the live side since the Worldwide Awards 2008 ;-)

With two tickets in hand, and currently residing in New York, i'm still trying to get around the fact that Ms. P managed to miss the gig??!?!?!?!!?!

Anywayz, here's the Dear Moleskin video clip business as well.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

TBF // 001

Hold // Box // Flat is a new project from myself and Neel Dwala

It's basically an excuse to play and put out the music that we love.

Sounds simple? Not so....

Anyways, here's the first installment of our new radio show, it's 2 hours of new music from DoP, Theo Parrish, Omar-S, Mount Kimbie, Floating Points, Tokimonsta, Jaisu and a whole load of others... touching dubstep, beats, hip hop, techno, funk, soul and whatever flaours we're feelin.

Hope your feelin' it too?

Transmit // Box // Flat

1. Midnight // Dwala // Hold Box Flat
2. Vacuum Boogie // Floating Points // Eglo Records
3. 1derful Beings // Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program // Ramp Recordings
4. Time Patrol // Kode 9 & The Spaceape feat. Cha Cha // Hyperdub
5. Squezze My Lime // Darkstar // Hyperdub
6. Fifty Mile View // Mount Kimbie // Hotflush Recordings
7. Space 2 - David Durrah // Soul Jazz
8. Flying Gorgars // Omar-S // FXHE
9. LCD Soundsystem // 45:33 (Theo Parrish’s Space Cadet Remix) // DFA / Parlophone
10. Flying Lotus // Testament Breakage Bills Surf Mix // Warp
11. Tokimonsta // Star Gazing Coma // CD-R
12. Jaisu // Chillinterlude // CD-R
13. Dudley Perkins // Money // Stonesthrow
14. The Heliocentrics // Distant Star (Instrumental) // Now & Again Records
15. Mulatu Astatke // Alemya // Dig *
16. Amanaz // Green Apple // Shadocks Msuic
17. Petalouda // What can you do in your life // Dig *
18. Rainer Truby // Ayers Rock // Compost
19. Africa Music Machine // Tropical // Soul Power
20. Johnny Pate // Shaft in Africa // ABC Records
21. Lonnie Liston Smith // A Garden of Dance // Streetsounds
22. Menahan Street Band // Make the Road Walking // Daptones
23. Jay Dee, Carlos Nino & Miguel Atwood // Antiquity (Dwala edit) // CD-R
24. Floating Points // Truly // Eglo
25. Mono/Poly // The George Machine // Faces Records
26. Seven // Fever Ray (Martyn Remix) // MuteUSA
27. N.B Funky // Riddim Box // White
28. SBTRKT // Repeats // CD-R
29. Scuba // Flesh is Weak // Hotlfush Recordings
30. DoP // The Dust Mast // CD- R
31. Shine - Peter Kruder // CD-R
32. Motor City Drum Ensemble // Frontin // 2020vision
33. Simpha // Simpha // Smithsonian Folkways
34. Dwala // Work Song // Hold Box Flat

*taken from Psych Funk 101 compilation

Hold // Box // Flat for more info...!!

Sunday, 13 September 2009

"you make my stomach turn with anger......"

"He no be gentle man at all...."

An unsuspecting hopeful tries his luck pulling some Fela lyrical and moves in front of the West African Idol Panel...!!!

"dis guy?!..... you must be on some wrong pills"

1,000 times more entertaining than the British version.

Thank the twittin' Charlie Dark for 'dis guy!!

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Gilles Peterson is IMPRESSSED....

..... and so am i.

Along with Roots Manuva, Mount Kimbie, Tony Allen, Nostalgia 77, Bugge Weseltoft, Henrik Schwarz, Actress, Keith & Julie Tippets and Speech Debelle.

at the Legendary!! Ronnie Scotts... 17th, 18th and 19th September

Sunday, 6 September 2009

"he's talking to the sea life"....?

Thank yoooou Rodney!!

Breakage vs. Roots Manuva!!

anymore questions?

Saturday, 5 September 2009

15 Fucking Years...!!

... of 55DSL

and this is how they celebrated it at Notting Hill Carnival 2009!!

Skreams Banana Disco

obviously the lively corner?!

is it Ma Dynamite now...? She's not really gettin' away with the "Ms." monkier anymore

Don't hate the hat!!.... Hate the game!!

2 Dynamites in one building?! Must've been 'erm explosive... (sorry, couldn't help it)

not the safest place to rave..!!

Could do a lot of damage with photoshop!!

Pass the soap!!

bass faaaace...!!

from this evidence the sweet 16 should be decent....

Check out the 55dsl blog for more fuckin' 55...!!

I want a pair of these!!

Thursday, 27 August 2009

RuMBLE in the JuNGLE....

.... is usually remembered for the epic clash between Mohamed Ali & George Foreman.

However, I'm not really a big boxing fan.

The whole spectacle of two brutes knocking chunks out of each other doesn't really float the boat..

so.... for me!!

It's all about Zaire '74 the "warm up" festival featuring Miriam Makeba, James Brown, Bill Withers, Fania Allstars, BB King and the All Spinners.

YES....! Immense!!

Jeffrey Levy-Hinte directed a documentary on the festival, Soul Power and it's only just been released.

The constant vibes and sounds throughout the film are catching....

.....and after watching the footage of Bill Withers performing "Hope She'll be Happier".

The lump in my throat nearly suffocated me.

Maximum of the Maximums goes out to Ms. Livinit

Monday, 24 August 2009

when in 'dam... what the dutchmen do!!

Well? I don't know if the dutchmen do..... and!! i wouldn't wanna suggest that all Dutch people do is get high!! There are other delights such as Trams, Kindred Spirits, Mamiko, the Canal, Rush Hour Record Store, K Space.... and erm? really hench but strangely attractive women.

HOWEVER.....!!! I have no shame in stating the obvious when it comes to Snoop.

I was checking out TMZ for more news on who killed Michael Jackson, and came across this picture of one of Snoops bodyguards carrying a 5 ft Marijuana plant back to his hotel room!!

** not that i condone drug taking in any way shape or form **

It also reminded me of a show that Snoop did with Westwood a few years back.... I'm sure it was the same night that Jay Z did his first "last" gig at Earls Court... I remember driving back and listening to it.

Anyway.... Snoop was fucking cained off his head!!

Trying to find a recording of the show, but no luck.

** if you've got the hook on that one. **

on a completely random tip......

** thank yooooou Peggatron **

oh yeah!! I'm loving the football right now... Tottenham need to chill out tho'!!