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Month: April 2009

Cubeecraft

Cubeecraft creates templates for papercraft toys which are free to download. The toys feature interlocking tabs for construction (no need for tape or glue). The toys are designed to be printed onto a sheet of standard 8 1/2 X 11 or A4 letter paper. Simply print, cut and fold your model into a paper toy.…

The Daktaris – Soul Explosion

The Daktaris were an Afrobeat group on the New York-based funk revival label Desco, recording compact, Fela Kuti-style grooves that sounded as though they’d come straight out of 1970s Nigeria. At first, Desco did nothing to discourage that perception, packaging their 1998 album Soul Explosion to look like an authentic African collector’s dream, and even…

Earth From Above

Today is Earth Day. Actually, everyday is Earth Day really. So, in an effort to acknowledge this day, I’m posting some information about a phenomenal exhibit that I saw in recently. By chance, when visiting Phuket a few months back, I came across the Earth From Above exhibit by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and what was intended…

Lord Tanamo

Recent months have heard my hi-fi dominated by the sweet sounds of Lord Tanamo aka Joseph Gordon. A man whose importance to the creation of Jamaican music should not be underestimated. His career took flight in the mid-50s when he performed mento, R&B, jazz, and calypso numbers on the streets of Kingston. As the calendar…

The Poets of Rhythm

A long time favorite of mine. Seriously, if you’re not up on this record, do so now. No, don’t wait till tomorrow…now. Amazing soundscapes on this wax from these incredibly versatile musicians. Follow up your investigation with In The Raw recorded under the alias of The Whitefield Brothers. Don’t stop there, hunt down all the…

Ninja Tune

Ninja Tune is a London-based record label started in 1993 by DJs Matt Black and Jonathan More, better known as Coldcut, with a strong leaning towards electronic, alternative hip-hop, instrumental hip-hop, nu-jazz, drum and bass, and chillout music. The label has a number of imprints including Ntone, now defunct; Big Dada, specializing in hip-hop; Counter,…

Betty Padgett

Up next in the list of albums that I cannot obtain ’cause eMusic cancelled their service to Thailand is the long-lost mid-70s gem from Betty Padgett. (out on April 7th via Luv n’ Haight) Who is Betty Padgett? This is the question Shane ‘DJ Sureshot’ Hunt kept asking himself when he recently discovered her self-titled…

The Grant Phabao Recipe

The Grant Phabao Recipe is as follows: Take a smokin’ dancehall hit, a true ganja song. Remove the instrumental crust, usually a digital riddim without much musicanship in it. Take the vocal part and dress it carefully with a brand new 70s-reggae skanking riddim, with Jamaican heavy drumming and delicate percussions, guitar licks and melodious…

Truth and Soul Records

Perhaps I’ll make this a regular series since there are heaps and heaps of records that fit into this same scenario. Below are three fine treats that would be delighting my ears had eMusic not discontinued their service to Thailand. All come from the Truth and Soul camp which is renowned for putting out nothing…

Are you Ready to Get your Guts Kicked Out?

Highly recommended are the plentiful amount of beats offered inna fine style via DJ Dusk’s Root Down Soundclash. Loved the entire reel. Standouts from my initial viewings include Will.I.Am’s Bollywood riddim, Baron Wolfgang von Thes’ 1961 computer and his spinning top-hat, Oh No’s second take, Madlib’s second take, Exile’s Sister Nancy/Beatles/Al Green session and his…