MD’S CLUB DATES, JUNE/ JULY 2009

Tuesday 24th June
SOUL CITY @
Simple, San Antonio, IBIZA

Thursday 25th June
THURSDAYS @
Izi, Witney
(9pm-2am)

Friday 26th June
FABULOUSO @
Mono, Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND

Saturday 27th June
BRIDGE @
The Bridge, Oxford
(10.30pm-3am)

Saturday 4th July
SMOOVE @
Ministry Of Sound, Hurghada, EGYPT

Thursday 9th July
THURSDAYS @
Izi, Witney
(9pm-2am)

Saturday 11th July
BALLIN’ & NAUGHTY SUMMER EDITION JAM @
BBQ, Zurich, SWITZERLAND

Saturday 18th July
VIVENTE @
Que Pasa, Watford
(8pm-1am)

Thursday 23rd July
THURSDAYS @
Izi, Witney
(9pm-2am)

Saturday 25th July
BRIDGE @
The Bridge, Oxford
(10.30pm-3am)

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JUST BUGGIN. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 27/5/09

MARK DEVLIN
JUST BUGGIN’ ON OXFORD’S FM107.9 (WWW.FM1079.COM)
PLAYLIST FOR WEDNESDAY 27TH MAY 2009

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MR HUDSON FEATURING KANYE WEST: SUPERNOVA (G.O.O.D Music)

DJ JS-1 FEATURING LARGE PROFESSOR: LIKE THIS (Cold Heat

THE REGIMENT: OLD SCHOOL VIBE (Soulspazm)

STATIK SELEKTAH FEAT. STYLES P & TALIB KWELI: THE THRILL IS GONE (Show Off)

JMC FEAT. STYLES P: WHENEVER I’M HOME (Vault)

STREET BEAT OF THE WEEK:
BLAQ POET FEATURING N.O.R.E: HATE (Year Round Records)

REFLECTION ETERNAL: BACK AGAIN (Blacksmith)

SHAWN PEN: RESPECT ME (White)

SCRATCH Featuring MUSIQ SOULCHILD: TONITE (Gold Dust)

LINGUA FRANCA: MONEY (Breakin Bread)

OLD TO THE NEW:
DE LA SOUL: BUDDY (Tommy Boy)

DE LA SOUL: FOREVER (AOI Records)

BUSTA RHYMES FEAT. MARY J BLIGE, JOHN LEGEND & COMMON: DECISION (Universal/ Motown)

TAHMAC: GIVE BACK (Tahmac Ent)

CHUBB ROCK & WORDSMITH: OLD 2 THE NEW (Pickwick Records)

GUEST DJ MIX: THE UNTOUCHABLE DJ DRASTIC (NYC) MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MIX

SHAUN BOOTHE: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF JIMI HENDRIX (White)

TRIGGADON: GHETTO BOY (White)

B.A.M Featuring KEITH MURRAY: GO HARDER (War Machine Inc)

KRS ONE & BUCKSHOT: ROBOT (C) (Duck Down Records)

CHARMS (STREET POLITIKS): I AM HIP HOP (White)

D-BLOCK: GET THAT PAPER (D Block)

BLOODSPORT: LAST GOODBYE (White)

TRIGGADON: THAT TIME HAS COME (White)

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‘BUT ANYWAY.’ DOWNLOAD THE MD MIXTAPE SERIES, VOLUME 5

‘But Anyway’ was the last of the cassettes before the series moved on to CD.

This one appeared in May 2000, and featured the usual host of tunes current to the time, a couple of hot ragga riddims, and some dig-deep revivals from the likes of Guy, Christopher Williams, (Kareem in ‘New Jack City’,) TLC and SWV. But the real highlight was the freestyle sequence recorded at an incredible session of Rubber Soul in Cambridge, when Kid Fury, Lethal and Master G completely smashed it on the mics while Stretch Taylor and myself juggled beats. Priceless.

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MD’S TOUR DIARY. JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL, DUBAI, UAE. MAY ’09

Whatever the music, Dubai’s a major nightlife destination by anyone’s standards. It’s also a fascinating place, more like a state than a city, and full of cultural contrasts and contradictions. I last played there in early 2005, so was well chuffed at the chance to go out again this month to spin at Smooth Grooves at The Apartment.

I set off only 48 hours after getting back from Macedonia, with my flight only being booked the day before. Incredibly, we managed to get a rate of £247 return with Gulf Air, travelling out and back via Bahrain. A real bargain in these costly times.

I got into Dubai at 9.30 on the morning of Thursday 15th, and got taken to the mindblowing Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which was to be my home for the next couple of days. On the way my driver pointed out the large amount of construction works left half-finished after their commissioners ran out of money. Following years of monumental economic growth, the recession has hit hard in Dubai.

The JBH is part of the same complex as the iconic Burj-Al-Arab, famous for being the world’s only seven-star hotel. While I’ve lodged in no end of crusty dives, I’ve also been fortunate enough to stay in some amazingly swanky hotels, but there’s little to compare with the impeccable service levels and plush grandeur of the Jumeirah Beach. With 22 restaurants, a water theme park, private beach, marina and three pools it’s not hard to understand why it’s such a big hit with families. But with rooms starting at 4,000 dirhams a night (about £700,) it’d be a once in a lifetime experience for many.

Spinning in The Apartment that night was British DJ Simon ‘Schoolboy’ Phillips, who moved to Dubai a couple of years ago and hosts a show on the city’s Radio 1. Schooly was having Serato headaches, with every other track stopping mid-flow, every DJ’s nightmare. Scottish jock David Craig and his singer/ model wife Clarita also moved to Dubai last year, so it was only right we took the opportunity to hook up. Dave dodged the appalling drivers to give me a whistle-stop tour of his new home, including the Burj Dubai tower, the tallest building in the world, looking like a giant syringe on the skyline.

The JBH is the sort of place where you could quite happily stay in the air-conditioned luxury all day. But there was no way I could pass up the chance of a swim in the Arabian sea and pool on Friday. After meeting promoter Avtar for a drink in the circular 360 club/ bar venue, and sampling colossal amounts of the hotel’s food, Friday night’s gig rolled around. I did my best to smash it, and the night was hugely enjoyable on all levels.

With my airport pick-up due at 5.30am, there seemed little point in going to bed, so I ordered a room service breakfast for 4.30, (£25!) and reluctantly headed back to the airport.

Touchdown at Heathrow was around 3.30pm. With that night’s gig in nearby Watford starting at 8, there wasn’t sufficient time to justify heading home, so a desperately-needed 90-minute nap at the mother-in-law’s it had to be. Back down to earth with a bang.

Getting back to Parveen and Zaina just after 2am I had the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend off, apart from presenting another instalment of my Urban Anthems show live on FM107.9 on Monday night. Another hugely rewarding opportunity to rinse out some feel-good classics that you rarely hear out any more. The show’s available to download and listen back to using the following links:

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URBAN ANTHEMS. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 25/5/09

MARK DEVLIN’S URBAN ANTHEMS, FM107.9, OXFORD (WWW.FM1079.COM)
MONDAY 25TH MAY 2009, 7-10PM

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AALIYAH: BACK & FORTH

112 Featuring NOTORIOUS BIG: ONLY YOU (BAD BOY REMIX)

DRU HILL: IN MY BED (SO SO DEF REMIX)

BIG PUN: STILL NOT A PLAYER

TRUCE: TREAT U RIGHT

ZHANE: REQUEST LINE

DOUG E FRESH: THE SHOW

WHISTLE: (NOTHING SERIOUS) JUST BUGGIN’

CUTTY RANKS: WHO SAY ME DUN

SINGING SWEET: WHEN I SEE YOU SMILE

TANYA STEPHENS: GOGGLE

RAYVON: BIG UP

TENOR FLY/ NADINE SUTHERLAND: ACTION

PATRA Featuring YO YO: ROMANTIC CALL

DE LA SOUL: A ROLLERSKATING JAM NAMED SATURDAYS

BIG DADDY KANE: WARM IT UP KANE

CHUBB ROCK: TREAT EM RIGHT

SUGAR BEAR: DON”T SCANDALIZE MINE

ROB BASE & DJ EZ ROCK: IT TAKES TWO

DJ MIX 1: FATMAN SCOOP PARTY BREAKS MIX

JENNA G: IN LOVE

LETHAL BIZZLE: POW (FORWARD RIDDIM)

SLK: HYPE! HYPE!

SO SOLID CREW: 21 SECONDS

SL2: ON A RAGGA TIP

DJ MIX 2: DJ MASEO (DE LA SOUL) MP3 CLASSICS MIX

DJ MIX 3: MARK DEVLIN LIVE AT URBAN, BERLIN, EDINBURGH

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MD’S TOUR DIARY, MACEDONIA/ BULGARIA. MAY ’09

Like many of the other Balkan states, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, (to give its full and officious title,) has yet to adapt itself to the tourism market. Following the closure of the one at Ohrid, the country has only one airport, all flights there are unfeasibly expensive, and there are no direct routes there from anywhere in the UK. It’s a shame, as it’s a stunningly beautiful country, and the people are the friendliest you could hope to meet.

My second visit started on Saturday 16th, and, as with the previous occasion, involved flying to Sofia in neighbouring Bulgaria, then being driven over the border as the only way of keeping costs at a vaguely sensible level. Unfortunately, British Airways only operates one flight a day from Heathrow, and it’s at the ungodly hour (if you’re a DJ) of 8.30am. As I’d worked on Friday night in Watford, there was barely time for a snatched three hours of sleep before heading off to the airport. On the flight, I heard the two guys sat behind me exchanging music talk. They turned out to be the electronic music duo Spooky, headed to a gig in Sofia that night alongside Sasha, (who used to be famous for failing to show up for bookings, but has apparently cleaned up his act in recent years.) Naturally I attempted to flog them both a copy of ‘Tales From The Flipside.’

The day was to become possibly the longest period of unbroken travel I’ve experienced yet. At Sofia, I was picked up by Radina and Shosho to begin the long road trip. The guards at the border were clearly more interested in eating doughnuts, scratching their arses and lazily swatting at flies than checking passports. In the end it took five hours to get to the Macedonian capital of Skopje where we picked up the country’s key player, DJ Boogieman and his manager Danny Boy. It’s a wonder Shosho’s spine wasn’t permanently bent at 90 degrees following another three hours at the wheel to the South-Western city of Bitola.

There was ample time to get the usual history and statistics en route; Macedonia’s entire population is only two million, a quarter that of Greater London. A large portion is made up of ethnic Albanians, and the country shares its language and cyrillic alphabet with Bulgaria, with which it used to be joined in the decades before Europe’s borders were re-carved. Right, lecture over. And there’s no love lost between Macedonians and Greeks, following centuries of territorial disputes.

By the time we eventually rolled into Bitola I was delirious from lack of sleep, and staggered, red-eyed, to Rascekor nightclub with the others. I span alongside Boogieman, as the familiar DJing adrenalin (and Red Bull) kicked in. We span from a highly dangerous DJ crow’s nest accessible only by fire ladder, from where we had an excellent view of the VIP balcony, where the party was definitely going on. A great night, and worth the road miles – just.

Somehow we all managed to make our hotel breakfast before cramming in the motor headed back to Skopje. The mountainous scenery was truly mindblowing and reminiscent of Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands. Danny’s day job is as a chef in an Italian restaurant, and he cooked us all a spectacular meal that was enough to get even a non-foodie like me excited.

A blessed hotel disco nap followed with the AC on full blast, before Sunday night’s gig instalment at Hard Rock Club, one of Skopje’s best-known venues. My set was hugely enjoyable, the crowd responding nicely to the hip hop selection, without much need to go down the poppy commercial route. My two hours zipped by in a flash.
Sadly, so did the two hours of sleep before the rudely early pick-up and plod back to Sofia, and then on to Heathrow, (mother-in-law’s statutory Duty Free fag order in hand, of course). I always appreciate the opportunity to visit places that are off the usual DJ gig trail, and the parties generally turn out to be hugely satisfying as a result. Hopefully this won’t be my last visit to this particular location this year.

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ANGELS & DEMONS MOVIE REVIEW

ANGELS & DEMONS (12a)

Dan Brown’s ‘Angels & Demons’ was always a far more cinematic novel than its contemplative follow-up ‘The Da Vinci Code’, so a straight transfer to film was always going to be a winner. Director Ron Howard doesn’t disappoint, keeping up the pace as the high-octane action blends with deep, but manageable dialogue. With kidnap, ingenious murder, riddles, old-fashioned detective work, and an underlying plot pitching religion against science, the story has enough elements to appeal to all but the most selective of movie-goers.

Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon – a kind of latter-day Indiana Jones with a blazer instead of a whip. He’s called on when a device containing deadly anti-matter is stolen from a research institute, at the same time as four cardinals are kidnapped from The Vatican. The crimes are attributed to The Illuminati, a seemingly resurrected version of an old enemy of the Catholic Church.

What follows is a good old-fashioned race against the clock before the anti-matter explodes, and the cardinals are picked off in ever more gruesome ritualitic ways. Arguably, the film belongs to Ewan McGregor, who shines as an ambitious young Catholic priest, while Ayelet Zurer makes a curiously glamourless leading lady. Naturally, all is not as it seems, with a couple of crucial plot twists, and a few subtle deviations from Brown’s novel to keep even its readers on their toes.

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JUST BUGGIN. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 13/5/09

MARK DEVLIN
JUST BUGGIN’ ON OXFORD’S FM107.9 (WWW.FM1079.COM)
PLAYLIST FOR WEDNESDAY 13TH MAY 2009

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KERI HILSON Featuring KEYSHIA COLE & TRINA: GET YOUR MONEY UP (Mosley Music Group/ Interscope)

B.A.M Featuring KEITH MURRAY: GO HARDER (War Machine Inc)

KRS ONE & BUCKSHOT: ROBOT (C) (Duck Down Records)

JMC FEAT. STYLES P: WHENEVER I’M HOME (Vault)

FUNKY DL: SO SEXY (BBE)

SHAWN PEN: RESPECT ME (White)

STREET BEAT OF THE WEEK:
THE REGIMENT: OLD SCHOOL VIBE (Soulspazm)

STATIK SELEKTAH FEAT. STYLES P & TALIB KWELI: THE THRILL IS GONE (C) (Show Off)

MELANIE FIONA: ISLAND BOY (Island)

SERANI: NO GAMES (Universal Republic)

OLD TO THE NEW:
BUSTA RHYMES Featuring ERYKAH BADU: ONE (Elektra)

BUSTA RHYMES FEAT. MARY J BLIGE, JOHN LEGEND & COMMON: DECISION (Universal/ Motown)

SHAUN BOOTHE: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF JIMI HENDRIX (White)

TRIGGADON: GHETTO BOY (White)

CHARMS (STREET POLITIKS): I AM HIP HOP (White)

REFLECTION ETERNAL: BACK AGAIN (Blacksmith)

BLOODSPORT: LAST GOODBYE (White)

TRIGGADON: THAT TIME HAS COME (White)

D-BLOCK: GET THAT PAPER (D Block)

NEMESIS & ARROGANCE Featuring MR. TI2BS: LISTEN TO YOUR HEART (Real Records)

THE JACKA: GLAMOROUS LIFESTYLE (Jacka)

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URBAN ANTHEMS WITH MARK DEVLIN, BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY ON FM107.9

On Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May, Mark Devlin returns with another instalment of Urban Anthems on FM107.9. It’s three hours of classic old-school throwbacks, spanning hip hop, R&B, new jack swing, hip hop soul and garage.

On this occasion, watch out for De La Soul’s DJ Maseo in the mix, plus a classic hip-hop party breaks sequence from the mighty Fatman Scoop. Listen from anywhere, 7-10pm GMT, (8-11pm CET/ 2-5pm EST/ 11am-2pm PST) on www.fm1079.com

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