Friday, 27 March 2009

Purple Radio presents: Funkatarium

There’s a new direction music-wise for our monthly knees up at the Prince in Brixton.

Underground disco, vintage house, upfront re-edit action, electro-funk & deep soul will be the Saturday night soundtrack, spun by Purple Radio DJs and friends.

This month we're stoked to have birthday boy Bob (King of the Delta Blues) and Tim and Max from the most excellent Unlimited Soundsystem manning the Funkatarium decks.

The party starts at 10 and wraps up around 3; so simply give us a shout via here for a place on the guestlist (£3 on the door otherwise)

See you on the dancefloor.


Purple Radio

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Just Say Mo' To Drugs


Here's a mix I did especially for our blog (aren't I nice, eh).

Broadcast live on 25th March (err, last night), its an hour or so of chugging slo-mo disco and a few other bits and pieces that seem to fit the bill. It's probably not up to the standard of what our man above can throw down, but I hope you enjoy it all the same.




Luther Ringo ~ Minnie's Dope
6th Borough Project ~ Do It To The Max
Mark E ~ Déjà Vu
Morgan Geist ~ Nocebo
Sylvia Love ~ Extraterrestrial Love (Jaz edit)
Tangoterje ~ Give Me Your Love
Black Cock ~ Blue Love
Creative Use ~ Night Mover
Holy Ghost ~ Walk On Air (Sun & Moon mix)
Trus' Me ~ W.A.R.
Flying Lotus ~ Tea Leaf Dancers
Beatconductor ~ Hangin' Around

Monday, 23 March 2009



A week ago for my show I did a live dub re edit session for 40 minutes or so of four Led Zeppelin songs . I thought maybe you would like to have one to listen to while smashing ants with heavy masonry tools.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009


On my Purple radio show two weeks ago I featured Boston and Hip Hop's best kept secret, The Algorhythms and their beatsmith Doctor Quandary. At time of writing all algorhythms music is free to download. Which is unbelievably kind considering the quality. I particularly like how most of their tunes stick to the punk rock format of around 3 minutes.So get clicking on links, downloading and listening and write them a thank you note.


Check this mix of fine fine female led african music by DJ Debbie done for my show yesterday.
Debbie will be playing at an event this week in London alongside some of the incredible artists you can hear on the mix.Details below. Tracklist here at our facebook group.
March 20th 2009

Inn on the Green,
3-5 Thorpe Close,
London W10 5XL
Stair lift, covered smoking balcony, food, women friendly welcoming venue, taxis easily secured
Bus 7, 15, 23,52,295, Ladbroke Grove tube

8pm - late £5.00

Wom@tt presents Mama Africa: African Women in Concert

A host of wonderful UK based women celebrate International Women’s Month African women in music Style backed by Ray Carless and the inimitable Club Skaaville Lively Up crew:

An all too rare opportunity to enjoy world class UK based African female artists in full flow individually and together. A sonorous and joyful evening ramjammed with excellent music with Kora virtuoso MAYA SONA JOBARTEH (Gambia/UK) who enjoys a distinguished heritage - Toumani Diabate's cousin, VANYA REID & DELPHINA JAMES – Pan Supremos of Engine Room Collective , PAULINA ODURO – Mama Africa incarnate (Ghana), BONOLO (Humble) – 3 piece South African acapella and MEGUMI MESAKU (Ska Cubano)– Saxophonist extraordinaire + a feisty African mash up from DJ TJOMGZ, DJ Debbie and other guest female DJs.

MAYA SONA JOBARTEH celebrates her debut album Afro Acoustic Soul with its bittersweet beautifully crafted tales of live and love; THE ENGINE ROOM COLLECTIVE women play awesome energetic inspiring tenor pans, PAULINA ODURO (AKA Princess Adwoa) has the finest voice honed travelling worldwide with her own and other's bands, whilst BONOLO boast RUBY SERAME an original member of Shikisha and vocal harmonies to send shivers down the spine. Japanese MEGUMI MESAKU has to be seen to be believed – dubbed the world’s finest Ska saxophonist, she brings new verve and style to the African stage - baritone sax played behind your back anyone?

All alongside Ray Carless' (Formerly Jazz Warriors/Incognito) impossibly tight Club Skaaville band who Lively Up the African vibes in all styles. The women perform their own material and then everything explodes into a glorious jam. You'll find it hard to stay in your seats.

Wom @ tt in association with Limpopo Club, Club Skaaville and Outerglobe

For more info:

This Is The One

There's been loads of conjecture and nonsense in the press about Stone Roses reforming to tour again. I doubt and hope it won't happen.

It's nothing more than a PR spin to promote the reissue of 'The Stone Roses'. Which is twenty years old. Twenty. Years. Old.

That means it was twenty years ago this May that I played cricket at some school in Yorkshire and then drove my granny's Fiesta back to the International Two to see the Manchester show, six days after the album's original release. That means that the grey T-shirt I still sometimes wear, and wore that night, is Twenty Years Old.

It also means that Second Coming is fifteen years old. And that it's 15 years since I bought it on cassette in a record shop in Red Eye Records in Sydney.

It's widely agreed that the Second Coming never really arrived. Even Ian Brown recently said as much, stating that whilst it had the "rock", it had lost the "roll" of the first record. It was largely, apart from a few songs, John Squire's work and the guitars are all over it. And it's a shame, because when all the band got involved in the writing, then the groove came back.

Listen to this studio instrumental that went on to be "Daybreak". If they ever do reform, then let's hope it's like this.

Stone Roses - JB Groove (aka Daybreak)

Thursday, 12 March 2009

LuvDup - purple hearts all round!

For those of you of a certain age, the above image might bring back some *very* happy memories. Adrian and Mark (together with 'Junior LuvDups' Alan and Mike - the latter now known as the 'Balearic' one) were responsible for many a great night out, and some very happy memories for me. From the intimate dos at The Venue (just down the road from t'Hac and Canal Bar - that'll certainly date me now!) to hearing some memorable sets at Sat@Home (Victor Simonelli in back room at Home being one of my all-time favourites, honourable mention to Kenny Dope playing hip-hop in the bar to a crowd of grinning northern heads) and Thursday nights at the Paradise Factory - where Moonboots (or was it McCready?) played 'How Soon Is Now' at 1am one night upstairs in the Crows Nest, and my antipathy for The Smiths gave way.

So it's with some delight that I discovered, through the magic of facecrack, that Adrian LuvDup set up a group called The Eclectic Circus - to share some favourites that he never got booked to play - although the Piñata boys have snapped him up for a sesh at the Salutation later this month, which sounds great on so many levels (I can almost taste the Guinness...), and I could definitely see him going down a storm at the Big Chill or Festinho (hint, hint).

Anyway, Adrian has very kindly said we can broadcast his mixes on Purple Radio, and we're delighted to share the love and spread the vibe. This is music from the heart, for music-loving heads (just like us).

Tuesday, 3 March 2009


Stu from eleventhirtyeight writes:

"Get yourself some of this stunning techy mix from the UK's heartland. Birmingham's NONO.

NONO are Jason Moore and Aaron Howells, and for the past couple of years have been ripping club rooms and minds apart with their deep and solid sonic footprint.

They're not as big as they should so get your head round this beauty of blending and spread the word. "

1-Dapayk and Padberg-Khes_Mo's Ferry
2-Sweet n Candy-Pancakes_Einmaleins Musik
3-Tadeo-Fractal (Fusiphorm Remix)_Cray1 Labworks
5-Miss Kittin-Kitten Is High (JoJo De Freq's Beauty Is Terror Remix)_Nobody's Bizzness
6-Boys Noize-The Battery (Album Version)_BoysNoize Recordings
7-Falko Brocksieper-Off The Rack_Sub Static
8-Popof-My Toyz (Nono's Double Drop Re-Edit)_Skryptom Records
9-Ruede Hagelstein_Der Kammblaser_Lebensfreude Records
10-The Cheapers-Fog_Upon.You Records
11-Format B-Mondo Time (Nono's 'Noise Nicker' Re-Edit)_Stil Vor Talent
12-Afternoon Coffee Boys-My Drunk Foot_Clink
13-Heinrichs and Hirtenfellner-I Don't Like a Fault_Highgrade Records
14-Oliver Huntemann-DRP_Confused Recordings
16-Extrawelt-Titelheld_Cocoon Recordings
17-Swayzak-Smile and Receive (Apparat Remix)_!K7

Maybe I'm Amazed

Me and my mate Joe have a long running argument. Jagger vs McCartney. There's no allowing for past form. We have to judge them on their current standing. He's of the opinion that Mick Jagger is still cool, that The Stones still have it and that McCartney is an aubergine-haired national embarrassment.

He's wrong of course. Sir Mick is a drooling, loose-limbed goon, still trotting out increasingly parodic versions of his old hits, whereas Sir Paul still seems to get a buzz out of making new music and keeping his (recently chewed off) ear to the ground.

The proof is in recent their recent output. The godawful Shine A Light documentary, and the occasionally brilliant Fireman record.

And McCartney still surprises. I just discovered Twin Freaks, a collaboration with Freelance Hellraiser. Some marvellous mixes and mash-ups of his solo and Wings output - in particular a brilliant brilliant version of Maybe I'm Amazed. Read all about it.

Twin Freaks - Maybe I'm Amazed.