THE URBAN TOP 40 OF 2008. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR BOXING DAY

THE FM107.9 URBAN TOP 40 OF 2008, WITH MARK DEVLIN
BROADCAST BOXING DAY 2008, 8pm-MIDNIGHT
(WWW.FM1079.COM)

To listen again, just click on the following Download Links:

Part 1:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/2y8zci

Part 2:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/565ttq

Part 3 (Includes The Untouchable DJ Drastic Exclusive Mix):
http://www.sendspace.com/file/lpmqag

Part 4:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/itui5b

T.I: NO MATTER WHAT

KARDINALL OFFISHALL FEATURING KERI HILSON: NUMBA ONE (THE TIDE IS HIGH)

TAIO CRUZ: SHE’S LIKE A STAR

THE GAME Featuring KEYSHIA COLE: PAIN

LLOYD Featuring LIL WAYNE: GIRLS ALL AROUND THE WORLD

RYAN LESLIE: DIAMOND GIRL

LIL WAYNE: MR CARTER

50 CENT: GET UP

CHRIS BROWN Featuring T-PAIN: KISS KISS

MARIAH CAREY: TOUCH MY BODY

KERI HILSON Featuring TIMBALAND: RETURN THE FAVOUR

SOLANGE: I DECIDED

KANYE WEST: LOVE LOCKDOWN

PUSSYCAT DOLLS: WHEN I GROW UP

BRICK & LACE: LOVE IS WICKED

MARK DEVLIN 2008 BANGERS R&B MIX

DJ PALEFACE: DO YOU MIND

JANET JACKSON: FEEDBACK

MIA: PAPER PLANES

JAY Z: JOCKING JAY Z

SNOOP DOGG: SENSUAL SEDUCTION

WILL.I.AM FEATURING CHERYL COLE: HEARTBREAKER

LIL WAYNE Featuring BOBBY V: MRS OFFICER

BOY BETTER KNOW Featuring SKEPTA: ROLEX SWEEP

THE UNTOUCHABLE DJ DRASTIC (NEW YORK CITY) ’08 RETROSPECTIVE MIX

AKON Featuring KARDINALL OFFISHALL: DANGEROUS

JENNIFER HUDSON: SPOTLIGHT

NEYO: MISS INDEPENDENT

CHRIS BROWN: FOREVER

FLO RIDA Featuring TIMBALAND: ELEVATOR

MADONNA Featuring JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: 4 MINUTES

BEYONCE: SINGLE LADIES

MARK DEVLIN 2008 BANGERS BASSLINE MIX

T.I FEATURING RIHANNA: LIVE YOUR LIFE

LIL WAYNE: LOLLIPOP

DIZZEE RASCAL Featuring CALVIN HARRIS: DANCE WIV ME

FLO RIDA Featuring WILL I AM: IN THE AYER

WILEY: WEARING MY ROLEX

USHER: LOVE IN THIS CLUB

RIHANNA: DISTURBIA

NEYO: CLOSER

FLO RIDA: LOW

ESTELLE: AMERICAN BOY

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AUTO TUNE – IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT

P Diddy – somebody send this man a map to Beachy Head

The process of assessing my hottest records of the year has turned out to be illuminating. Although many heavy tunes got made and are always there if you dig deep enough, the fact remains that the majority of (U.S) mainstream hip-hop and R&B output has been pure garbage, making 2008 surely the lamest year yet.

So much of the blame has to be laid at the door of the appalling Auto Tune sound. How the hell has this vomit-inducing method of making ‘music’ been allowed to permeate so far into the culture? Why do consumers not simply refuse to support brainless school disco music, thereby forcing the makers to go back and return with something more credible?

The sound reminds me of those nasty Euro-cheese Summer records that you hear in shit holiday hotspots. Now comes the news that, following Kanye’s piss-poor album, P. Diddy is planning to contribute an Auto Tune album to the world. Why would you do that, Puff? If Kanye told you to go and jump off a cliff would you do that?

Hmmm. P. Diddy jumping off a cliff … now there’s a thought. Somebody give this man a map to Beachy Head.

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’08 – IT’S A WRAP!

TOP OVERSEAS GIGS 2008

DANCE SUMMIT, RIGA, LATVIA (APRIL)
LUX, LISBON, PORTUGAL (JULY)
BIKINI, BARCELONA (JULY)
BAR ROUGE, BASEL (JUNE)
RADOST FX, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (JUNE)
MARASCHINO BAR, ZAGREB, CROATIA (NOVEMBER)
SALONS DU LOUVRE, PARIS, FRANCE (NOVEMBER)
JUPITER, LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA (JUNE)
SOUL CITY, SAN ANTONIO, IBIZA (JULY)
SEDUCTION, TALLINN, ESTONIA (JANUARY)

TOP UK CLUB GIGS 2008

BLOCK PARTY, THE WHEELHOUSE, WINDERMERE (JUNE, AUGUST)
FRONT 2 BACK, BAR RUMBA, LONDON (FEBRUARY, AUGUST)
CYBERNETIC SOUL, REHAB, SWINDON (OCTOBER)
JUNK, SOUTHAMPTON (APRIL)
VIBIN’, BLU, LIVERPOOL (APRIL)
LOUNGE 31, MANCHESTER (SEPTEMBER)
FAB FRIDAYS, BASE, EDINBURGH (MARCH)
THE APARTMENT, SWINDON (MAY, SEPTEMBER)
FORUM TEN-YEAR REUNION, NO. 10, CARDIFF (AUGUST)
THE WORKS, BIRMINGHAM (MARCH)

COUNTRIES VISITED IN 2008

CROATIA
CZECH REPUBLIC
SPAIN
ESTONIA
FINLAND
FRANCE
GERMANY
IBIZA
ITALY
LATVIA
PORTUGAL
SARDINIA
SCOTLAND
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SWITZERLAND
USA

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MD’S TOP ALBUMS OF 2008

1. LARGE PROFESSOR: MAIN SOURCE (Matador)
2. ESTELLE: SHINE (Homeschool/ Atlantic)
3. NAS: N*GGER (Def Jam)
4. JOLEON DAVENUE: MELLOW DEFIANCE
5. SIR SMURF LIL: A NEW BLOODLINE (Grindstone)
6. T.I: PAPER TRAIL (Grand Hustle/ Atlantic)
7. Q-TIP: THE RENAISSANCE (Universal Motown)
8. EPMD: WE MEAN BUSINESS (EP)
9. CHERI DENNIS: IN & OUT OF LOVE (Bad Boy)
10. BEYONCE: I AM SASHA FIERCE (Sony BMG)

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MD’S TOP TUNES OF 2008

Singles:

(A combination of floor fillers and personal favourites, in no particular order other than chronological … although if pushed, top billing would have to go to THE GAME Featuring KEYSHIA COLE: GAME’S PAIN – a modern classic.)

ESTELLE: AMERICAN BOY
MARY J BLIGE Featuring SWIZZ BEATZ, PRECISE & LIL WAYNE: JUST FINE (REMIX)
USHER Featuring YOUNG JEEZY: LOVE IN THE CLUB
RYAN LESLIE: DIAMOND GIRL
RICK ROSS: SPEEDIN’ (REMIX)
JUGANOT Featuring SWIZZ BEATS, BUSTA RHYMES, FAT JOE & REEK DA VILLA: EN WHY CEEQUEL
CHERI DENNIS: PORTRAIT OF LOVE
NE-YO Featuring PLIES: BUST IT BABY
TRINA Featuring LIL WAYNE, RICK ROSS & PLIES: SINGLE AGAIN REMIX
GUILTY SIMPSON: KINDA LIVE
J RAWLS & MIDDLE CHILD: TIL THE SUN COMES
GTA: THE WAY
THE GAME Featuring KEYSHIA COLE: GAME’S PAIN
9TH WONDER & BUCKSHOT: READY (BRAND NU DAY)
LLOYD FEATURING LIL WAYNE: GIRLS ALL AROUND THE WORLD
DJ PALEFACE: DO YOU MIND
STREET POLITIKS Featuring ESTELLE & BASHY: I’LL RIDE
IDIOT SAVANT: MANIFEST DESTINY
NATTY: JULY
NIA JAI Featuring SWAY: HEY GIRL
JOHN LEGEND FEATURING ANDRE 3000: GREEN LIGHT
CRE-8: 3 YEARS LATER
BRICK & LACE: LOVE IS WICKED
M.I.A: PAPER PLANES
SKREINTAX Featuring GRAZIELLA: BREATH
QWOTE Featuring PLIES: 808
DAP-C Featuring TALIB KWELI, LIL WAYNE & ROYCE DA 5’9: MA MONEY
DAS EFX: CAN U FEEL IT
PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS: THE WIZ
MR LIVE: AT THE CROSSROADS/ I’M FRESH
DEVIN THE DUDE: CAN’T MAKE IT HOME
SHAUN BOOTHE: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF JAMES BROWN/ THE UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY OF BOB MARLEY
T.I FEATURING KANYE WEST, LIL WAYNE & JAY-Z: SWAGGER LIKE US
BEYONCE: SINGLE LADIES
THE RITZ: HEARTLESS
LEI-AN: IMAGINE
RZA AS BOBBY DIGITAL: DRAMA
SHEBA SAHLEMARIAM: LOVE THIS LIFETIME
LEA LORIEN: IT’S NOT EASY
EPMD: LISTEN UP

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MD’S TOUR DIARY, DECEMBER ’08

The prospect of fatherhood was becoming a distinct reality by the start of December, with Parveen’s expected delivery date falling on the 17th. This had a bearing on my movements; I’d had to regretfully turn down a couple of overseas offers, instead ensuring I was no more than two hours from home at any given time, should D-day come unexpectedly. A small price to pay for such a great reward!

Getting ahead of myself as far as possible, I’d completed my 2008 Bangers mixes by the start of the month. I’m giving out free CD copies at all my gigs, while the download links are available via the homepage of this site. As ever, the set included an R&B and a hip hop mix – the big hits of the year peppered with the odd personal favourite. On this occasion, the third mix covered the bassline/ grime genres, in recognition of how massive these styles have been in UK clubland during ’08. This one should be of particular interest to overseas heads curious to hear how it’s been going down in London and beyond. Hope you’re feeling ’em.

Legendary guest artist time on my radio show on Wednesday 3rd as I got to chat to Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith, aka original veterans EPMD, now 20 years deep in the game, and having regrouped for the new album ‘We Mean Business’ and introductory single ‘Listen Up’ featuring Teddy Riley. Sadly we didn’t get to meet, the interview being done over the phone to New York. With the album sounding just like anything the group put out in their 90s heyday, Erick pointed out that they continue to make music for the mature heads, and the current Soulja Boy generation can take it or leave it – they couldn’t care less either way. Real talk!

Friday 5th marked the FM107.9 Christmas meal at the Royal Oxford Hotel. Having gone over ten years without attending such gatherings, (largely as a result of not having a proper employer in all that time,) these are still a kind of novelty for me. This year I managed the starter and main course before having to dive off to the palatial Regal in Cowley Road for my weekly resident set. After the meal, the radio lot followed on for an after-party and I got the opportunity to entertain my bosses and fellow DJs for the first time, bringing out the DJ demon in me.

There was strong evidence of the silly season in effect the following night at Que Pasa in Watford, and I succumbed to the temptation to drop Kurtis Blow’s ‘Christmas Rapping’ for the first time. It was a cool night but an unfortunate element arose from a birthday party gathering. A girl from the group asked me to play a track she’d specially burned to CD. Ordinarily I wouldn’t play anything other than my own tunes, but on this occasion I obliged. A while later, a less polite member of the same party asked me to play it again as she’d missed it. I pointed out that everyone else in the venue had heard it once, at which point she found it necessary to remind me her gathering was responsible for a lot of business that night, then went to the manager to ask for me to be instructed to play it. Unnecessary. It’s the sort of scenario that belongs firmly in the ‘Things You Should Never Say To a DJ’ group on Facebook, (well worth an entertaining look for anyone that’s not peeped it already) Just one of those occupational hazards, I guess.

The process of assessing my hottest records of the year has turned out to be illuminating. Although many heavy tunes got made and are always there if you dig deep enough, the fact remains that the majority of (U.S) mainstream hip-hop and R&B output has been pure garbage, making 2008 surely the lamest year yet.

So much of the blame has to be laid at the door of the appalling Auto Tune sound. How the hell has this vomit-inducing method of making ‘music’ been allowed to permeate so far into the culture? Why do consumers not simply refuse to support brainless school disco music, thereby forcing the makers to go back and return with something more credible?

The sound reminds me of those nasty Euro-cheese Summer records that you hear in shit holiday hotspots. Now comes the news that, following Kanye’s piss-poor album, P. Diddy is planning to contribute an Auto Tune album to the world. Why would you do that, Puff? If Kanye told you to go and jump off a cliff would you do that?

Hmmm. P. Diddy jumping off a cliff … now there’s a thought. Somebody give this man a map to Beachy Head.

The bulk of December consisted of regular gigs at venues I frequently play, so there’s not much of interest to recount, other than revisiting familiar territory – the dumb things that punters continue to say to DJs, (‘have you got anything good?’, ‘aren’t you playing any music?’ five minutes after the venue has closed and everyone else has left.) I keep myself going with thoughts of what I plan to say when I’ve decided to give up the whole DJing lark and I’m playing what will be my last ever gig.

Annoying bitch: Me and my friends want to hear Pussycat Dolls and we want to hear it next.
Me: That’s because you’re a spoilt little bitch who’s too used to getting her own way. You can’t always get what you want, which is something your parents clearly never taught you, but I’m only to happy to be your tutor. Now fuck off and get some taste.

Can you imagine? Fantastic! Anyway, enough of that. It’s nearly Christmas and I’m in a good mood…

Fast forward to the last Friday before Christmas, which Northerners always refer to as ‘Mad Friday’. Not that I was in the North this year. Location for the night was Que Pasa in Staines, deep in Ali G territory, a venue now run by Rodney Bennett. Rodney was formerly a part of the Gigolos DJ/ promotion crew who ran many memorable UK Sensations parties throughout the Thames Valley area in the early 00s. With a wide variety of ages and cultures in attendance a very far-reaching set was called for. It was the sort of experience that really tests a DJ’s versatility, and I appreciated the opportunity to try and keep everyone in the room happy for at least a fraction of the night. Hopefully I succeeded. More of the same was called for at the Watford branch the following night.

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VINTAGE AUDIO – MORE TAPE RIPS FROM THE VAULTS

We’ve been busy with the plundering again this month. First off, as it’s year-end, we’ve got a couple more gems from the Swing Shift/ Galaxy 101 archives – the two retrospective shows on 1997 that went out at the tail end of the show’s second year.

The first was broadcast on Boxing Day ’97, followed by part two on 2nd January ’98. Loads of classic gems from a vintage year in there, along with a host of long-forgotten ones. Makes for very interesting listening comparing the sounds that rocked 11 years ago compared with the stuff we’re getting down to today. Here’s the links:

The Swing Shift, Galaxy 101, 26/12/97. Part 1:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/lovxa1

The Swing Shift, Galaxy 101, 26/12/97. Part 2:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/dsunao

The Swing Shift, Galaxy 101, 2/1/98. Part 1:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/z9xb8j

The Swing Shift, Galaxy 101, 2/1/98. Part 2:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/yyuhv1

The Swing Shift, Galaxy 101, 2/1/98. Part 3:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/x5mgs0

Next up – check this. To mark the arrival of 2008 Bangers, here’s the whole of the rest of the Bangers series available to download and enjoy. All the big tunes of every year from 2002 to date. Somewhere around seven hours’ worth of audio! Here they are.

2002 Bangers R&B Mix:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/g4xtvk

2002 Bangers Hip Hop/ Ragga Mix:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/64rjnx

2003 Bangers R&B Mix:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/5tc90e

2003 Bangers Hip Hop Mix:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/2ix2ss

2004 Bangers R&B Mix:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/wcy6hu

2004 Bangers Hip Hop Mix:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/7boyao

2004 Bangers Ragga Mix:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/62in7v

2005 Bangers R&B Mix:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/3fcq59

2005 Bangers Hip Hop Mix:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/cem9dn

2005 Bangers Dancehall Mix:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/upyjlf

2006 Bangers R&B Mix:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/upyjlf

2006 Bangers Hip Hop Mix:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/1vzmy8

2006 Bangers Dancehall Mix:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ttxew5

2007 Bangers R&B Mix
http://www.sendspace.com/file/uonbld

2007 Bangers Hip Hop Mix:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/vbbto2

2007 Bangers Dancehall Mix:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/nzbhyd

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‘JUST BUGGIN’ RADIO NEWS

WE’RE ONLY BUGGIN’

Check out ‘Just Buggin’ with Mark Devlin every Wednesday night from 10.30pm to 12.30am GMT. You can listen live from anywhere in the world (provided you get the time zone changes right!) on www.fm1079.com. Here’s what’s going on over the coming weeks.

Wed 7th Jan ’09
Lock in for our second retrospective on all the big ‘Just Buggin’ anthems of 2008.

Wed 31st Dec ‘08
No show this week as it’s New Year’s Eve

Fri 26th Dec
A Boxing Day special on FM107.9. From 8pm to midnight Mark Devlin presents the Urban Top 40 of 2008 – all the big R&B and hip hop jams that filled the dancefloors over the past 12 months. Plus, The Untouchable DJ Drastic outta New York City, live in the mix.

Wed 24th Dec
Our first retrospective on all our favourite ‘Just Buggin’ anthems of ’08. Plus, as it’s Christmas Eve, we’re giving you half an hour of Christmas hip-hop records in the run up to midnight!

Wed 17th Dec
Two hours of incredible tuneage, plus the USA’s DJ Remedy in the mix.

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‘CLUBBED’ AND OTHER CLUBBING IN THE MOVIES


EVERYBODY BOUNCE

Anyone who goes clubbing will have a bouncer story or two to tell. So what better than a whole movie based around the dodgy lifestyles of four Coventry-based doormen, inspired by the autobiography of real one-time bouncer Geoff Thompson.
That’s the new British flick ‘Clubbed’, and apart from being a cracking good drama, strong appeal comes from the fact that it’s set against the two-tone and soul scene of 1981, with a great soundtrack to match. That and a captivating performance as head doormen Louis by veteran actor Colin Salmon … although we think it’s really 1Xtra’s Ronnie Herel.
Older soul heads will delight at classics from the likes of Chaka Khan, Rose Royce and Gwen McCrae, along with plenty of reggae and ska moments. But whatever your age, ‘Clubbed’ makes for a tantalising glimpse into the darker side of clubland, and its tenuous links to the criminal underworld. It’s due for full cinema release early in the new year. In the meantime, you can watch a trailer on its promotional website – http://www.clubbedthemovie.com/index.html

CLUBBING AT THE FLICKS

Clubland has been depicted in a fair few other British movies in recent years. Here’s a few favourites.

HUMAN TRAFFIC (1999)
The entire movie was based around one debauched weekend of pill-fuelled raving and blunted after-parties in Cardiff, largely based on director/ writer Justin Kerrigan’s own experiences. The general consensus was that it was a fairly accurate snapshot of late 90s UK club life. Cast members included a pre-‘Life On Mars’ John Sim, and an entertaining cameo from Carl Cox as shady club boss Pablo Hassan.

TRAINSPOTTING (1995)
A memorable club-based scene sees the central protagonist Renton, (Ewan McGregor) pick up Kelly Macdonald’s flirty schoolgirl in a warehouse-style club. More entertaining, however, is psycho hardman Begbie’s drunken grope with what turns out to be a very convincing trannie.

RISE OF THE FOOT SOLDIER (2007)
The graphic account of the gangland activities leading up to the infamous so-called ‘Range Rover killings’ of 1995. Ricci Harnett plays real-life former crim Carlton Leach, who spent a spell running the doors in London and Essex clubs in the late 80s. One sequence sees him finally persuaded by his mates to drop E during the emerging Acid House ‘Summer Of Love’. Numerous accounts of this era claim that popping pills calmed many normally psychotic meatheads into friendly, smiling ravers.

YOUNG SOUL REBELS (1991)
If ‘Brokeback Mountain’ was ‘the gay cowboy film’, this largely unsuccessful attempt at capturing the spirit of the London soul scene of 1977 will forever be remembered as ‘the gay soul film.’ The plot centres around Chris and Caz, two pirate radio DJs broadcasting underground soul music against the backdrop of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, and the capital’s emerging punk scene. Great soundtrack, but the film was marred by a muddled plot and over-emphasis on gay love scenes.

24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE (2002)
Steve Coogan plays the recently departed Factory Records boss Tony Wilson, who, along with New Order, was behind one of the most seminal of all British clubs, Manchester’s Hacienda, in 1981. Naturally, the movie covers the venue’s opening, the set re-creating its look almost down to the last brick, and inviting back some original-era clubbers for added authenticity.

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