Last night I had a dream. I was sitting with my father and we were watching a VHS together. We were looking down at the side of a green hill. There was a man, painted head-to-toe in charcoal-black, running around. His movements were in an exaggerated Buster Keaton-style manner. As he jumped up and down, and rolled about, and sprinted hither and thither, I thought: "This is brilliant!" It's weird, funny, and inventive - bonkers! Then I realised that it was me; I was watching a video of myself.

At this point in the video I saw that I started lying down on the hillside, my arms spread wide. And because I was covered in paint I saw that I was leaving figure-shaped marks on the grass. As I moved into another position I made another connecting shape imprinted black on the turf. Suddenly the video looped. Now I was watching the start. This time I was alone watching. There I was, close-up, painting my white face in charcoal-black paint. I pressed my face onto the ground and it left the mark of a large black W. I moved myself around and, printed the letters O, E, B, O, T in a tight circle, a rosary.



Check this fantastic book. A must-see for any London-based Reggae fan of Psychogeographical bent.


R.D. Laing on Music

Adrian Laing's book about his father is interesting and useful, but at the end of the day a bit of a hatchet job. If you want to get in touch with Laing as he really was this YouTube video is pretty much indispensable. It cuts away a lot of the bullshit and reveals Ronnie plainly as a highly intelligent, empathetic individual.

Yes, if you read "R.D. Laing - A Life" he does come across as a shit parent, a really, really shit parent - but even that doesn't negate him as an individual. Some people aren't cut out for parenthood, it's worse than a shame, it's often a disgrace, but it still doesn't necessarily make them bad people. Of course, some bad parents ARE bad people too...

If there's a highlight here it has to be Laing talking about music. Click above to play the relevant section which I've cued up. It's one of those great, insightful cultural moments in my opinion.  I talked the other day about "the window in the sky" - Laing prefers "a connection with the heart of humanity" - but yes, that's precisely why the woeful among us gravitated to music.


Reggae Playlists


Blue Boot : Eric Donaldson
Ghost Dance : Prince Buster
Jack Of My Trade : Sir Lord Comic
Preacher Man : The Stingers
Chi Chi Bud : Max Romeo
Them A Fi Get A Beaten:Reuben : Peter Tosh
Dark Shadows Version : Charles Hanna & The Graduates
Do Your Thing Part Two : The Tornadoes
Milk & Honey : Dennis Alcapone
This is a Welding : Keith & Romay
Finders Keepers : The Crystalites
Dr. Who : I Roy
I've Got a Burning Fire : The Wailing Souls
DJ Special : King Sporty
The Gardener : Julie Anne (Judy Mowatt)
Ontarious Version : Charley Ace
Lorna Banana : Junior Byles
Cow Thief Skank : The Upsetters
Black IPA : The Upsetters
Whole Lot A Fire (12" Mix) : Big Youth
Brimstone & Fire : Clifton Gibbs & The Selected Few


Aily Sound : Lloydie
Guns In the Ghetto : Broadway
Ethiopian War : Roland Alphonso
Bike No License : Easton Clarke
Festive Season : I Roy
Gone Is Love : Inge Larsen
High Locks : Pablove Black
If Loving You is Wrong Version : Busty Brown & The Chosen Few
You're No Good : Ken Boothe
Love of Jah : Vivian Jackson and The Prophets
Tell It Like It Is Version : Glen Brown:King Tubby
Liberty : Junior Ross & The Spears
Freedom : Tappa Zukie
Weeping : Junior Byles
Water Rate : I Roy
Big Cockey Wally : Fay Bennett
Big Pussy Sally:Big Sally Dub (Extended Version) : Lord Creator & The Upsetters
Deck of Cards : Prince Far I
Lagos : Heptones Version
Chim Chim Cheree : The Upsetters
Hard Man Fe Dead : I Roy


Eek a mouse : Virgin Girl
Horace Andy : Spying Glass
Tristan Palmer : Spliff tail
Michigan and Smiley : Nice up the Dance
Nicodemus : Dog is Better than a gun
Michigan and Smiley : Diseases
Tenor Saw : Golden Hen
Sophia George : Girlie Girlie
Reggie Stepper : Cu Oonuh
Nitty Gritty : Hog in a Minty
Super Cat : Si Boops deh
Shelly Thunder : Kuff
Shabba : Roots and Culture
Nardo Ranks : Burrup
Flourgon : Follow me go dancehall
Cutty ranks : Hitman
Ninjaman & Flourgon : Zig it up
Cutty ranks : Pon Pause
Shabba : Respect
Tony Rebel : Chatty Chatty
Shabba : Wicked Inna Bed
Marcia Griffiths/Tony Rebel/Cutty Ranks/Buju Banton : Discovery
Wayne Wonder : I'd Die without you
Papa San : Hippity Hippity Hop
Louie Ranking : No Move
Louie Ranking : Typewriter
Supercat : Don Dada
Shabba : Ting a ling
Dirtsman : Dance fever
Shabba : Caan Dun : Steely & Cleevie
Capleton : Armshouse
Buju Banton : Batty rider
Ninjaman : The World
Buju Banton : Mind behind the wind

RMZ 450

Buccaneer: Skettel Symphony
Beenie Man: Badder than the rest
10%: U Sue Dub
Tanya Stephens: Big Ninja Bike
Beenie Man: Old Dog
Stink: Girls Anthem
Stranger: Dugu Dugu
Beenie Man: Who Am I
Mykhal Roze: One A Wi
Luciano: One Way Ticket
Johnny Clarke: Leggo Violence
Capleton: Mankind
Louie Culture: Bogus Badge
Sizzla: Black Woman And Child
Sizzla: Mama Africa
Vybz Kartel: Picture This
Elephant Man: Fuck U Sign
Sky Juice: Dance Moves
Wayne Marshall: I Will Love The Girls
Beenie Man: Girls Way
Goofy: Fudgie
Beenie Man: Year 4
Red Dragon: Explode Gal
Beenie Man: Row Like A Boat
Sean Paul: Ever Blazin'
Vibes Kartel (sic): Nobody No Dead
Bounty Killer: Sufferer
Vybz Kartel: Send On
Buju Banton: Up Close And Personal
General Degree: Last Night
Elephant Man & Wayne Marshall: War
Elephant Man: Wrong Application
Baby Cham: Wha Dah Fah

Woebot In Dub v2

Dub So True Treasure Isle Dub 2:11
More Dub Version 2 Dub Serial 3:00
Open The Iron Gate part 2 Max Romeo Revelation Time LP
A Who Sey Version 2 Drum Sound 4:41
Beware Yabby You 3:35
Counter Attack Maxfield Avenue Breakdown 3:16
Full Dose of Dub Harry Mudie Meets King Tubbys In Dub... 3:19
Hell and Sorrow Dub Jimmy Radway 12:11
Jah Macka/Natty Locks 2:38
Kunta Kinte Drum Sound 4:21
Ordinary Version 3 Forward The Bass Randys 2:50
Dub with a Difference Harry Mudie Meets King Tubbys In... 2:53
Pick Up The Dub/Tappa Zukie In Dub 3:10
Rebel Dance Strictly Dub Wize Dennis Bovell 3:05
Heavy Duty Dub Harry Mudie Meets King Tubbys In Dub C... 3:03
Rockers Meets King Tubby Inna Firehouse Rockers Meets... 4:00
Rocking Vibration Black Foundation Gussie 2:11
Romans Don't Underestimate The Force. 3:28
Taxi to Baltimore Scientific Dub Scientist3:59
West Dub Dreadlocks in Jamaica Jah Stitch 2:23
Verdict In Dub Randys All Stars 3:10
Glen Brown Black Dub
Jammys On The Move Fatman Dub Contest 3:18
Country Gal Dub Dangerous Dub 3:25


Dr Lloyd's Discs

One of my all-time favourite people Dr Lloyd Berrow, just the most beautiful guy, and a sincere, erudite and passionate music fan, has set up a record store in a van. What a fucking excellent idea!

Check out this great video where you can see Lloyd's Store - running in what looks like very inclement weather. I only wish I had more opportunities to head to Lyon!

And then head over to Mixcloud and hear Lloyd's sweet survey of 2017.


Sunny Murray RIP

An old comic from 1997. Wiki entry.

InterviewMeeting Cecil Taylor: "As a matter of fact, he lived across the hall from me. So through some kind of way we met, and he said 'you're the drummer' and I said 'you're the pianist.' So he said 'do you have your drums' and I said 'Yeah' and he said 'well, bring 'em over here.' So' beboppers had all sorts of controversial opinions about him, like 'are you gonna play with that cat, he's so way out."


Ekoplekz: Cassettera

You'd expect a cassette-only release would be an opportunity to let standards slip to "let the tape spool" so to speak. Even the title, a pun on "etcetera" implies a casual afterthought, something almost not worth mentioning. Au contraire! "Cassettera" contains some of the most martially-coordinated of Ekoplekz tracks. Hearing analogue tones (which so usually splash or splatter, belch or swagger) under such a tight leash is spell-binding.

As much as Ekoplekz continues to make music indebted to the past, the music is rich with yearning for Detroit and UK Techno, Krautrock and NDW and Close to the Noise Floor-era UK Electronics, the sounds are increasingly without precedent. Just as the titles of tracks like "Formative", "Bass 2 Dank", "Jacktrak" and "Seconds too Soon" are progressively obscure riddles in reference to old music, now requiring PhD levels of trainspotter geekishness to disentangle, so Ekoplekz' musical world has become fascinatingly opaque and almost accidentally original.

It could rarely be argued that the cassette as format adds anything to most modern releases. It can become something like a hipster afterthought; but this is not something you could level at this artist. Upstream I know that Ekoplekz has bounced his mix down to tape already. The effect is rather like a marinade. Frequencies bleed into one another as they fall into the narrower available bandwidth. Indeed the process is equivalent to a kind of Compression. Recently Compression has been given a bad rep owing to the nonsense talked about the Loudness Wars but in the recording studio it has always been a critical part of the mix, historically giving an unmistakeable fingerprint to the recording of instruments and voices.

If you've not experienced the sound of cassettes before, their sonic imprimage is something like being "pulled through" rather than being "showed" a sound; almost as though underwater towed by a rope. This might be the perfect place to start.