MD’S DIARY, AUGUST 2010



August won’t go down as my favourite month, with Monday 2nd bringing the unwelcome news that my ‘Just Buggin’ radio show was being dropped from the FM107.9 schedule. It was nothing personal – all ten of the station’s specialist shows fell under the axe. Management had evidently decided to pursue a more ‘upmarket’ breed of advertiser. Apparently, professional people don’t listen to urban or dance music. So the house, electro, D&B, indie and hip-hop shows all got the indiscriminate chop, to be replaced with more computer-controlled generic playlist music.

Needless to say, the other specialist jocks were as gutted as I was. It was unfortunate that none of us were given the opportunity to do a final show to advise listeners of what was happening. But it’s not the first time I’ve lost a show, and my long experience has taught me that this is how all stations operate.

‘Just Buggin’ ran for over three and a half years, and while its loss is a blow, I can’t say it was a huge surprise. If anything, it was incredible that it was allowed to run for so long, given its non-mainstream music policy – a distinct rarity in legal, corporate radio.

Anyway, all is not lost. ‘Just Buggin’ now has a new home on the on-line station Recharged Radio, and runs every Sunday from 8-10pm UK time. We’ve tweaked the format slightly; there’s now a more-or-less equal split of upfront and old-school sounds, all preserving that real boom-bap hip hop sound. You can tune in, or get the Listen Again links all via http://www.rechargedradio.com

My last JB 1079 interview turned out to be with T3 of Slum Village, who have just returned with a new album, ‘Villa Manifesto’. It’s appeared on the Black Sheep mag website. Here’s where to check it out:

On a brighter note, Friday 6th saw the Dr. Dre instalment of my ongoing Beatmasters mix series get an airing on Charlie Sloth’s late night Hip Hop M1x show on 1Xtra. Charlie was rocking out to it if the generous supply of airhorns and effects samples were anything to go by. You can listen back to the broadcast here:

The latest Beatmasters volume is all about the King of New Jack Swing, Teddy Riley, encompassing his very long and varied production career. The full lowdown on that one is right here:

http://soundcloud.com/mark-devlin/teddy-riley-beatmasters-mix

Saturday 7th saw me spinning at The Apartment in Swindon. The spot is know for its soul, funk, R&B and hip-hop events, and draws a loyal crowd of ‘steppers’ who always liven up the dancefloor. King Pin was due to see me spinning alongside 1Xtra’s Ronnie Herel. In the event Ronnie didn’t show due to some mix-up or other, so I ended up playing the whole night myself. I finished the night chatting loudly in a residential street with Swindon DJ Stu Campbell. When lights started coming on and curtains twitching it was time to move on.

Another of my mixes got an airing on Tuesday 17th. This saw the Pete Rock Beatmasters mix getting blasted by Stretch Taylor on his Ghetto Heaven show on London’s Colourful Radio. Stretch is one of the few real DJs keeping it real out there by hammering proper soulful, funky grooves, and the show comes highly recommended. Catch it every Tuesday from 9pm-midnight at www.colourfulradio.com

Bank Holiday weekend involved my monthly set at The Bridge, Oxford on the Saturday. The thought of the sheer weight of the crowds saw me slacking off from attending Notting Hill Carnival for another year, but I did feel inspired to put together a mix comprising many of the flavours of carnival. It starts in reggae territory before moving through jungle and soca, and ending with some blues party-style lover’s rock. You can listen to and download the whole thing from here:

From a personal point of view, August was the dullest month of my year so far, and I’m happy to be rid of the bastard. With trips to Latvia, Ibiza and New York in the diary, September looks to be a whole lot more inspiring. Bring it on!

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JUST BUGGIN. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 29/8/10

MARK DEVLIN
JUST BUGGIN’ ON RECHARGED RADIO (WWW.RECHARGEDRADIO.COM)
PLAYLIST FOR SUNDAY 29TH AUGUST 2010

To listen again (ad-free!), just click on the following Download links

Part 1:

Part 2:

KANYE WEST Featuring JAY-Z & SWIZZ BEATS: POWER (REMIX)

GREENJADE : MY LIFE

J COLE: BLOW UP

OLD TO THE NEW:
RAH DIGGA: BREAK FOOL

RAH DIGGA: DO YOUR NUMBERS

OLD SCHOOL FEW:
BOUNTY KILLER: SUICIDE MURDER (REMIX)

BOUNTY KILLER: CELLULAR PHONE (REMIX)

CAPLETON Featuring METHOD MAN: WINGS OF THE MORNING

CAPLETON: TOUR

MAD LION: OWN DESTINY

FUNKMASTER FLEX & THE GHETTO CELEBS: SAFE SEX, NO FREAKS

OLD TO THE NEW:
RAEKWON: GLACIERS OF ICE

RAEKWON Featuring GAME: ALL ABOUT ME

STREET BEAT OF THE WEEK:
THE 20/20 PROJECT: EXPLAIN THIS

TWISTA Featuring RAEKWON: THE HEAT

JR & PH7: ALL IN A DAY’S WORK

OLD SCHOOL FEW:
WU TANG CLAN: WU TANG CLAN AIN’T NUTTIN TA F*CK WIT

WU TANG CLAN: M.E.T.H.O.D M.A.N

NOTORIOUS B.I.G: UNBELIEVABLE

GANG STARR: THE ? REMAINS

HEATHER B: ALL GLOCKS DOWN

NINE: WUTCHA WANT

OLD SCHOOL FEW (NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL STYLE):
BUJU BANTON: CHAMPION (JUNGLIE MIX)

RED DRAGON: EXPLODE GAL

MEGA BANTON: MONEY FIRST

BUJU BANTON: RAMPAGE

BARRINGTON LEVY: WORK

GUEST DJ MIX: ADAM ‘POOKY’ SPEECHLY (LIVERPOOL) BOOM-BAP HIP HOP REVIVAL MIX, PART 1

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MARK DEVLIN LATVIA DOUBLE-BILL


Thursday 2nd September
JAMMIN’ HARD! (with DJ Ai-Va & DJ Rudd) @
Pulkvedis, Riga, LATVIA

Friday 3rd September
GRAND OPENING (with DJ Ai-Va) @
Club PMK, Saldus, LATVIA

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CARNIVAL FEVER MIX: DOWNLOAD AND CATCH A VIBE

It’s Notting Hill Carnival weekend in London, and for everyone catching the fever all over again, here’s a revival mix to put you right in the zone where you need to be.

We start off in reggae territory, before moving into some speaker-mashing jungle basslines, then moving on to some feel-good soca party vibes that sound even better with a Red Stripe in one hand and a corn cob in the other. Finally, slowing things down is a steaming Lover’s Rock sequence. If this was a blues party there’d be palms banging on the wall and a good bit of whinin’ an’ grinding going on. Check out the two sublime Judy Boucher tracks at the end.

Real music for people who feel music. Straight talk. Download here and enjoy.

MARK DEVLIN: CARNIVAL FEVER REGGAE/ BASHMENT/ DANCEHALL/ JUNGLE/ SOCA/ LOVER’S ROCK MIX, AUGUST 2010

SISTER NANCY: WHAT A BAM BAM
TENOR SAW: RING THE ALARM
LADY G: HALF MY AGE
KRYSTAL & SHABBA RANKS: TWICE MY AGE
DAWN PENN: NO NO NO
PINCHERS: AGONY
HALF PINT: MR LANDLORD
TIPPA IRIE: MISS IRIE
BOB MARLEY Featuring GURU: JOHNNY WAS
SIMPLE SIMON: CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
SIZZLA: RAIN SHOWERS
BUJU BANTON: CHAMPION (JUNGLIE MIX)
RED DRAGON: EXPLODE GAL
MEGA BANTON: MONEY FIRST
BUJU BANTON: RAMPAGE
BARRINGTON LEVY: WORK
SOCA SEQUENCE INC. DEZZIE BOY/ BYRON LEE & THE DRAGONAIRES
GREGORY ISAACS: NIGHT NURSE
JANET KAY: SILLY GAMES
JUDY BOUCHER: DREAMING OF A LITTLE ISLAND
JUDY BOUCHER: CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT

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MD’S CLUB DATES, SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER ’10


Saturday 28th August
BRIDGE @
The Bridge, Oxford
(10.30pm-3am)

Wednesday 1st September
WORDPLAY @
The Cellar, Oxford

Thursday 2nd September
MASH UP @
Pulkvedis, Riga, LATVIA

Friday 3rd September
MASH UP @
Club PMK, Saldus, LATVIA

Saturday 4th September
BRIDGE @
The Bridge, Oxford
(10.30pm-3am)

Thursday 9th September
SOUL CITY @
Simple, San Antonio, IBIZA

Saturday 11th September
THE VAULTS @
The Second Bridge, Bath
(10.30pm-3am)

Wednesday 15th September
REVOLUTION MUSIC FACTORY @
Sunny Beach, Black Sea, BULGARIA

Friday 17th September
FRIDAYS @
Mirage, Aylesbury
(11pm-3am)

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

Saturday 2nd October
SATURDAYS @
Mirage, Aylesbury
(10pm-3am)

Thursday 7th October
SHE-J COMPETITION (Judging and DJ set) @
411 Club, Cardiff, WALES

Saturday 9th October
THE VAULTS @
The Second Bridge, Bath
(10.30pm-3am)

Saturday 16th October
BLACK SHEEP MAG NORTH WEST LAUNCH PARTY @
Lounge 31, Manchester

Saturday 23rd October
LE NOIR @
Capitol Club, Warsaw, POLAND

Saturday 30th October
BRIDGE @
The Bridge, Oxford
(10.30pm-3am)

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CLASSIC WESTWOOD 1995 RADIO 1 SHOWS FOR DOWNLOAD

Back in the day Westwood’s Radio 1 Saturday show was VERY different to how it sounds now. In the mid-90s, it was home to some of the coolest, most slamming hip hop and street soul known to man.

For me, 1995 was a true golden year of the treasured era. For anyone else who recalls it with fondness – or for anyone curious to know how it used to go down – here’s a bunch of early Westwood Radio 1 gems to download and reminisce to.

First off, a classic show from Feb ’95, packed with the flava:

Westwood 11_2_95 P1 1

Westwood 11_2_95 P2

Here’s the Radio 1 Rap Show’s year-end review of 1995. Three hours of the very hottest joints from that incredible year:

Westwood review of 95 30_12_95 P1

Westwood review of 95 30_12_95 P2

Westwood review of 95. 30_12_95 P3

Here’s the original airing of that much-repeated show when Biggie, Puff Daddy, Craig Mack and the rest of the Bad Boy clique took over the show:

Westwood_ Biggie 17_3_95 P1

Westwood_ Biggie 17_3_95 P2

Westwood’s appearances at Carnival were legendary. Here’s a couple of recordings from that big rig under the Westway. You can just smell the smoke from those open grills. The ’95 session’s guests included The Lost Boyz. In ’96, it was Jeru Tha Damaja:

Westwood Notting Hill Carnival 1995 P1

Westwood Notting Hill Carnival 1995 P2

Westwood Notting Hill Carnival 1995 P3

Westwood Notting Hill Carnival 1996 P1

Westwood Notting Hill Carnival 1996 P2

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MANTRONIX: WHO IS IT?


One of the biggest questions in hip hop, (well, in my mind at least) is whatever happened to MC Tee, the voice of the golden electro years of Mantronix. Kurtis Mantronik himself, of course, has gone on to dabble as a remixer and producer in various genres, notably electro house.

The pair reportedly met when Kurtis was working in a Manhattan record store, and Tee was one of his regular customers. They made a demo, ‘Fresh Is The Word’, and got a deal with Sleeping Bag Records. A slew of slamming electro bangers ensued, including ‘Bassline’, ‘Ladies’ and ‘Needle To The Groove’, (which would hav to be called ‘Laser To The MPEG file’ if it were remade today’,) before the pair parted ways.

There were very few official Mantronix videos. This one is a performance on Channel 4’s The Tube of 1986’s ‘Who Is It’, as good an example as any of the classic Mantronix sound.

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RAS KASS: NATURE OF THE THREAT


Anyone up for having their mind blown? Good. Here’s the 7-minute audio experience to do it.

From the off, Ras Kass was one of the scene’s most controversial rappers. As part of the supergroup The HRSMN, he shared mic duties with fellow heavy guys Canibus, Killah Priest and Kurupt. As a solist, his debut single ‘Remain Anonymous’ instantly hitting the hall of fame for quotable lyrics.

No-one was quite ready for ‘Nature Of The Threat’, a truly spellbinding journey through human history and the comings and goings of civilisations, all delivered from a deeply Afrocentric (or ‘pro-black’) standpoint. There are some bold claims here, many of which were refuted at the time. And with so many deep subjects on display, few would ever have the time to research the validity of what Ras is saying. Either way, it’s an extraordinary and unique record.

‘Let freedom reign with a buckshot, but not just yet.’

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CHANNEL LIVE FEAT. KRS ONE: MAD IZM


Never has a lyrical account of a day spent in pursuit of da ‘erb been put so epicly. The duo that was Channel Live was discovered by KRS One, and hooked up with their mentor for this absolute head-banging classic. It served as the lead track for their first album, ‘Station Identification’. The subsequent two are barely remembered.

This joint is notable for some wickedly entertaining lyrics from KRS, including ‘Like Lionel Richie, your whole style is bitchy’. Who else would dare to make ‘Don’t let me rip out my clothes like Bill Bixby’ rhyme with ‘Gripping the microphone until I’m motherfucking sixty’. Fantastic!

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