Saturday 5th March
The Living Room, Milton Keynes

Friday 11th March
G2/ The Garage, Glasgow, SCOTLAND

Saturday 12th March
Sportsters, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

Sunday 13th March
Espionage, Aberdeen, SCOTLAND

Thursday 17th March

Saturday 19th March
Mirage, Aylesbury

Saturday 26th March
The Second Bridge, Bath

Thursday 31st March
Pulkvedis, Riga, LATVIA

Friday 1st April
Club Illusion, Tartu, ESTONIA

Saturday 2nd April
Gravity, Vilnius, LITHUANIA

Thursday 7th April
The Wheelhouse, Bowness On Windermere

Saturday 9th April
The Living Room, Oxford

Thursday 14th April
Port Mahon, Oxford

Friday 15th April
The Cherrywood Lounge, Farnborough

Saturday 16th April
The Living Room, Milton Keynes

Saturday 23rd April
The Living Room, Oxford

Sunday 24th April
The Living Room, Milton Keynes

Thursday 28th April
The Living Room, Milton Keynes

Saturday 30th April
The Living Room, Milton Keynes

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While ‘Back To Life’ and ‘Keep On Moving’ crossed over to the mainstream, this was always the favoured cut among connoisseurs on Soul II Soul’s truly incredible debut album. The funky shapes being thrown by the shadowy figures in this video gave rise to some of the group’s most iconic imagery. Rose Windross (Norris Da Boss’s sister) is on fine vocal form here, and the track remains a big favourite of the soulful crowd to this day.

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Many a hip-hop head will doubtless be familiar with the hazy, mesmeric groove of this soulful classic without necessarily knowing the name, as it’s been heavily sampled, most notably by The Bushbabeez. More recently, it cropped up on the double compilation album marking 20+ years in the business of Fabio & Grooverider. It clearly made an impression on Groove in his pre-D&B funk/ rare groove days, and rightly so. A more exquisite laid-back vibe it’s difficult to find.

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Friday 11th March – G2/ The Garage, Glasgow, with DJ Ray Woods

Saturday 12th March – Deuces, Sportsters, Edinburgh, with DJ P45 and DJ Fabulous

Sunday 13th March – Sunday Shakedown, Espionage, Aberdeen, with The DJ Of Choice/ Paul Doherty

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The other much-missed US comedian is George Carlin, here in absolute top form just months before his death, telling it like it is with regards to ‘us’ and ‘them’. A true maverick who had life completely sussed out, and had the balls to say so. How few of his kind there are.

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I never used to understand this routine. Now, everything the late, great Bill Hicks said makes perfect sense to me. This man was a visionary and a genius. His passing was a tragic loss. Like he says, ever notice how the good guys die young and the scumbags just go on and on? I can listen to this routine time and time again. Absolutely spot on.

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Another fondly-remembered and much forgotten (if that’s not too much of a paradox) 80s groover. Not much was heard of Rochelle afterwards, but this was very much of its time, 1985, when a distinctive brand of dance music was emanating out of the New York club scene. John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez, Regina and a young Madonna were also a part of it. Very impressed to find an official video for this on Youtube, as few of the offerings around at that time came with one. In the days when 12-inch mixes were so important, this came in a ‘Magic Mix’ and a ‘Samurai Mix’, which were fairly interchangeable. One for the connoisseurs.

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A memory of this absolute belter that will always stay with me is dropping it at my one and only Southport Weekender set, about 6.30 in the morning as the sun was coming up. It revived a tired, flagging dancefloor beautifully. Merging the electro hip-hop style with 80s groove soulful vocals, and produced by Kurtis Mantronik, this remains an energy-fuelled floor filler to this day. Shame there was no official video, hence this rather boring shot of a record label. But boy, what a tune.

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The light bulb’s on and something’s starting to happen
It’s tough to comprehend when your belief system shatters
The world’s not like we thought it was. Reality’s not what it seems
What we’ve been conditioned to perceive. It’s like a dream
But the world is waking up. People are actually starting to notice
And understand that everyone alive’s a part of this whole process
Politicians don’t run the world, bankers do
The situation’s obvious but we never think it through
The BBC, CNN all the daily papers
Just propaganda tools for the real decision-makers
The presidents, prime ministers and chancellors are puppets
And Obama’s no different, people. Some say the biggest muppet
They keep up the illusion that we’re free and play their role
Spouting what they’re told to say as the teleprompter rolls
The New World Order tiptoes on, bankers enslave and rape us
But it’s Jordan’s tits and Rooney ‘s fee that makes the front page of the papers

(Ever noticed how everything about society is structured in favour of the corporations, and never the individual? People say ‘that’s just the way it is.’ But when 99 per cent of the human race are being controlled and enslaved by the one per cent, it’s time for that 99 per cent to change ‘the way it is’. Tax. Just think about that. We all meekly pay it because ‘thats just the way it is.’ But tax is nothing short of legalised robbery. How the hell did we ever fall for that?)

The biggest scam inflicted on humanity is money
It rules our lives, but it doesn’t even exist. It’s kinda funny
You’d have to laugh, it’s kinda tragic. Figures appear on a screen by magic
And your bank gives you a loan. As you become another drone
But there’s no money in their coffers, so it’s illusory what they offer
Imaginary credit. Nice work if you can get it
And so the debt goes down the line, with more and more applied
And when the rent gets late, because of what the banks create
They just create more credit. And the public never get it
You’re not supposed to win. You’re only supposed to lose
And doze and snooze. And doze and snooze

(If all the money lining the pockets of the soulless devils pulling the strings of this world stage day in day out were re-distributed fairly throughout the world, and if governments issued money directly rather than being slaves to these same cartels of private bankers masquerading behind the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England, poverty, starvation and squalour could be completely eradicated
Still, don’t worry about it. The X Factor’s on and, OMG, what is Cheryl wearing??!)

The elephant’s in the room and it’s shocking what your mind edits
What’s been right in front of our eyes our whole lives, but we still don’t get it
It’s not like the subtle reminders aren’t everywhere you look
You got to hand it to the masons, man, they’ve got their game on lock
Why the depictions of the occult aimed at kids in films from Disney?
Why’s a Babylonian goddess featured on the Statue of “Liberty”?
Far too many all-seeing-eyes in the videos of Rihanna
Jay’s a puppet too, an Illuminati tool like Lady GaGa
When rastas talk of Babylon, you’ve got to question what they mean
Because it’s more significant than a locked-down mind can glean
The land between two rivers is what we call Iraq today
And it’s from here that the plan for world control began to play
But the evidence and artifacts are being destroyed forever
While the cover story tells you that it’s all a War on Terror
The Church of Babylon upped its roots and set up shop in Rome
Renamed itself the Catholic Church and drove its doctrines home
Christianity and Islam followed, manipulated mentalities
To keep the masses frightened, meek and blunted to reality
The most effective way to control the masses? Feed them fear of Hell
And that we’re all just sheep. And edit whatever else you tell
But if the truth’s too inconvenient and guys like me are nutters
Hey, just keep the blinkers on and batten down the shutters

(Does anyone ever stop for a second to question the insanity of war? Let’s break it down – you don’t agree with me and I don’t agree with you, so let’s kill each other. That’ll make everything OK again! The wholesale slaughter of human life – whether in the armed forces or not – is tolerated on a daily basis because ‘war is peace.’ Funny thing though. Notice how it’s never the sons of presidents and government ministers who go out to get their limbs blown off on the frontline. Wonder why?)

OK, children Gather round and get your bedtime story
With Saddam Hussein as the big bad wolf while the US basks in glory
Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, Henri Paul was drunk
September 11th was planned from a cave and McVeigh was just some punk
President Bush got voted in all good and fair and square
He’s really just a regular kind of guy like Tony Blair
Yeah, I know I’ve lost my mind. I’ve lost the fucking plot
That’s OK. You don’t have to listen. You can be happy with your lot
I just saw some stuff on MTV. Hot girls and champs on tap
Now, who needs harsh reality when you can fill your mind with that?

You never get the truth in all the lies the media hands to us
But connect the dots, and it’s clear that’s nothing’s random or by accident
Speed cameras, chips in pets, unfettered immigration
Electromagnetic soups from phones and micro radiation
Doctors paid by Big Pharma to dish out all those pills
If swine flu doesn’t get you, damn sure the vaccine will
The zeitgeist’s changing rapidly and the elites are getting primed
To dish out everything they got, ‘cos they’re running out of time
To keep us in a five-sense state, and oblivious to truth
Of who we really are and what we’re on our way back to
The awakening is happening, the process is underway
And a higher level of all of us chose to be living here today
To be a part of bringing in the process of mutation
The system can’t go on if we change the frequency of vibration
It’s time to face the facts that we’re actually the last generation
That stands a chance of stopping the move towards a global nation
George Orwell’s 1984 is what’s waiting for our families
Unless we refuse to co-operate with this agenda of insanity
The few control the many only because we’ve let it happen
Remove the base from the pyramid and the whole damn structure’s flattened

It’s on

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