Six Neglected Drummers Who Deserve Recognition | BBC Culture Online

Though singers and lead guitarists are celebrated by the hundreds in rock annals, drummers are often turned into punch lines

– read the full article @ bbc.com/culture

Stumbled across this piece by Auntie Beeb (or more accurately, BBC journo Greg Knot) celebrating the much maligned backline-beats laid out by drummers. And rightly so!

Despite the fact that this article fails to even mention the pure slice of uncut Funk that is session legend Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (the ‘Hitmaker’, or ‘The World’s Most Recorded Drummer’ – his groove is impeccable, as demonstrated in one of my favourite videos of all time), this article does go some way in helping the reader think with their feet and give the drummer some well-deserved props – as well as demonstrate some nice little rhythmic chops for your listening pleasure.

Do It All Night – The Story of Prince’s Dirty Mind | Pitchfork

“When I brought it to the record company, it shocked a lot of people,” Prince told Rolling Stone of Dirty Mind. “But they didn’t ask me to go back and change anything, and I’m real grateful. Anyway, I wasn’t being deliberately provocative. I was being deliberately me.” 

via Pitchfork – click here for the full article

Even if you know the stories, have heard the album, know about His Royal Badness’ bitter history with the “King of Punk Funk” Rick James (bitch) and dig the context, this great Pitchfork article from their next ‘review’ issue is still a great and insightful read. A lot of people who don’t know much about Prince always peg him as a power-balladeering short guy – who might be gay. Which is hugely selling short the notion of a black artist coming out of (traditionally in the mainstream) white Minneapolis, blending R&B, Rock n’ Roll, New Wave and (Post?) Punk into a truly crossover music, with a mixed-race, mixed-gender band and a deliberately ambiguous omni-sexual image with religious overtones in the lyrics? In the early ’80s?!

Read the article. 😀

Wilsoni’s BBC Playlister Playlist – 30/09/2015


I swear, I’m tagging so many tracks from 6 Music that I can’t keep track of potential doubles in these playlists? But it’s cool – it’s all good listening!

Some Really Heavy Grooves this month, too many to mention – T.S.S. Groove, Gary Clarke, Jr., Tuxedo, Kate Tempest, The Souljazz Orchestra… Plus some heritage tips from the likes of Shuggie, Sly, Liquid Liquid and Jimi, and the Theme from The Warriors to celebrate the gang coming out to play in Coney for one last time earlier in the month Even some reggae thrown in for good measure 😀

Enjoy. Stick it on in the background, and try to stop your toe tappin’.

 

WOKE = FlyLo x Thundercat x Shabazz Palaces (+ George Clinton) | Prog-Soul Supergroup | The Fader

“Lavishments” comes together around a deep bass groove and a staggered hand-clap

via The Fader: http://www.thefader.com/2015/09/28/flying-lotus-shabazz-palaces-thundercat


To call the coming together of this lot a “Supergroup” is something of a misnomer, as it’s hardly the first time they’ve worked together, but then again perhaps it is an accurate description of the level of potential energy on offer. In the official coming together of  Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces as WOKE, the gang could be seen with reference to featured regular Grand Old Man George Clinton as a future-Funkadelic in terms of the accumulating of musicians, experimentation and the openness to cross-contamination on each other’s output.

This single is 17 of 19 singles from Adult Swim, which helped break FlyLo using his instrumentals for their ad break seagues. Check out their other annual singles collections all the way back to 2010, which contain some equally tasty breaks and moods to sit inside.

I think it’s great to have such interesting cats around these days – playing such progressive music but also paying homage to the progenitors and the roots of Soul Music (as an umbrella). Plus they’re crazy, on-the-level people to boot. Also – I have no idea why Adult Swim has such a big involvement in pushing stuff like this but I’m not complaining – the programming block is how I discovered both FlyLo and Trigun. Which shouldn’t make sense, but has happened.

Prince drops new single “FREE URSELF” exclusively on Tidal | OkayPlayer

…perhaps this is Prince telling me and the world to, in fact, free ourselves from the streaming bubbles we’ve been confined to.

via OkayPlayer: www.okayplayer.com/news/prince-free-urself-mp3.html

tidal.com/track/51844380 – 30 sec clip for non-subscribers


It increasingly seems that His Royal Badness has staked his claim to the next generation of online music distribution, releasing this new track exclusively on Tidal after limiting his past Warners catalogue and some relatively rare NPGMusicClub releases to Jay-Z’s service. Whether this is a shrewd move – from the man who helped pioneer online music during it’s relative infancy – is moot. Personally, for someone who previously declared the internet “over” it seems to sit somewhere between putting all is eggs in one basket and a transparent attempt to keep up with the latest trend in an attempt to reach a wider audience – but then Prince is the kind of person with the longevity and the kudos to pretty much get away with anything, even in a musical sense.

As for the track? I managed to find my own copy outside of Tidal (shh!) and it stands up pretty well – more old-skool Prince in pop mode with a real Funky tag, less by-numbers than a lot of his recent stuff, including what I’ve heard from HITNRUN PHASE ONE that I’ve managed to hear without subscribing to the service (I’ll surely buy a physical copy when I have enough pocket-money 😀 ). I actually really like it!

Just as a side note, you can find my own stuff on Tidal here, soon including the Strange People EP. Dig if you will, and if you want to support direct, grab a copy on Bandcamp.

Gilles Peterson: Roy Ayers 75th Birthday Mix | Gilles Peterson Worldwide


Roy Ayers! What a legend. One of my biggest musical influences, widely known as “The Godfather of Neo-Soul” and purveyor of the Jazz-Funk – the man has many a mighty fine groove in his array.

Still going and with a sharp sense of humour at the grand old age of 75, the encyclopaedicly-minded crate-digger king that is Gilles Peterson has honoured this milestone with a mix of the lesser-known numbers from Roy’s back-catalogue (the banger that is Chigago isn’t in there, but Gilles knows his onions so I ain’t complaining 😀 ). Get yourself acquainted. You’ll find the full tracklist on Gilles’ page by clicking here.

If you’re digging on this, I did my own minimix for the Allstar Sonics Soundslikehoney music blog the last time Roy was in London. You can find the mix if you click here.

 

 

Prince – Joshua Welton interview | Cuepoint | Medium.com

Could it be that the master notorious for controlling every part of the mix and playing every instrument, the genius musician who, in a 30+ year career, has only been heard on a song he didn’t produce completely himself three, maybe four times now has a creative partner?

via Cuepoint | Medium – click here for the full article.

It’s a really interesting article – an anything that gives some insight into the method behind the man is relative gold-dust. However…

One of the things I love about Prince is his auteur approach – despite being criticised by Quincy Jones for it – the fact that he writes the lyrics, conceives all the parts, plays everything, and produces the record (short of engineering the mix) is mind-blowingly impressive, especially considering his output, and a big influence on me as a veritable one-man-band. Even when being influenced by Wendy & Lisa during the Revolution years, farming out orchestral arrangements to Clare Fischer and crediting Alan Leeds, Atlanta Bliss and Michael B Nelson for additional horns (apparently he’d usually pitch them parts on keyboards), all the extra musicians acted as a conduit for Prince’s pre-existing creative ideas.

But now, after a few years of records with tracks that seem a bit like ‘writing on auto-pilot’, it seems like he’s either taking a break from 38 years of artistic outpouring and jumping on ideas laid out for him in a production-line fashion (this has been the other way round in the past, most notably with songs like Strange Relationship and infamously with Kiss), or he’s run out of ideas – which would be a tragedy, but perhaps for most other people not unreasonable. It’s been mentioned in the past as saying the contents of ‘The Vault’ are for him to retire on.

Prince has a history of ‘mentoring’ various artists from Vanity 6 to Sheila E to Sheena Easton to Carmen Electra to Lianne La Havas (for better or worse) and perhaps taking young Joshua under his wing is another example of this. There’s also another possibility that taking on a new creative partner who’s more in touch with contemporary trends in music is an attempt to reach a new audience, as seemed to be prevalent with absorbing Doug E. Fresh and Tony M. into the NPG to give the sound a Hip-Hop flavour in the ’90s.

Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to grab my own copy of HITNRUN: PHASE ONE yet, but from what I’ve heard of it, and the Art Official Age record from last year, whilst some of the tracks do have some stank on them they don’t really sound as vibrant and (pretention alert!) expansive as some of His Royal Badness’ previous output even in the last 10 years – though they do seems to have a new energy to them, which could be attributed to Welton. From reading the nature of the collaorative approach in the article, this seems to make sense.

The Jury’s out – I’ll have to listen to more work from the duo to make my mind up.