OXFORDSHIRE GUARDIAN MUSIC COLUMN, 29/10/12


It would clearly sound more at home on a yacht in the Mediterranean in August, than anywhere in Britain in November, but the newest offering from the Atjazz Record Company is easy on the ear in any surroundings. ‘Make It Brighter’ by Mellow Baku and The Friday People has just that effect on your day when you give it a spin. It’s a slice of deep and soulful house, but not in the gospel-ish U.S vein. Instead it employs Brazilian-flavoured jazz rhythms in a variety of mixes. On a similar note is ‘Lounging Rhodes’, meanwhile, by Kroiterkopf, who you might imagine to be a contemporary of German legends Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream. The Rhodes bit is presumably a reference to the famous piano, as it makes a strong appearance throughout this cool, blissed-out groove.


It’s getting harder to find any meaningful content in most hip-hop artists’ output these days, and I often wonder if the world really needs another track talking about getting wasted and throwing up money in a strip club to go with the other several million. Thankfully, there are still many great rappers on the underground circuit who don’t concern themselves with mainstream appeal, and just go ahead and say what they feel needs saying. One is the Sicilian-born, Philadelphia-raised MC Vinnie Paz, who’s gained quite a following. His hard-hitting, abrasive style won’t be to everyone’s taste, but if you like call-it-as-you-see-it style lyricism, his new ‘God Of The Serengeti’ album won’t disappoint, particularly the marathon seven-minute ‘You Can’t Be Neutral On A Moving Train.’


For two hours of music of the type you rarely hear anywhere else these days, be sure to tune into my weekly show on OX105FM. It’s called The Sound Of Now, and runs every Saturday from 6 to 8pm. I don’t worry too much about genres and labels. The philosophy is, if it’s good, it’s on. If it’s bland and formulaic, I’m happy to let someone else play it!  I also do a strong line in revival throwbacks each week; you’re guaranteed to have some memories rushing back. If you’re outside of the area, you can always tune in via the listen live function here. Catch you at the weekend!
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MD’S CLUB/ RADIO DATES, NOV/ DEC ’12

Saturday 3rd November
The Sound Of Now, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)
Saturday 3rd November
The Living Room, Bristol
Saturday 10th November
The Sound Of Now, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)
Saturday 10th November
The Earl, The Second Bridge, Bath

Sunday 11th November

Planet X, Radio City Talk, Liverpool (8-10pm)

Friday 16th November
The Living Room, Milton Keynes
Saturday 17th November
The Sound Of Now, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)

Saturday 17th November
Soul Train, Radost FX, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Saturday 24th November
The Sound Of Now, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)
Saturday 24th November
The Living Room, Bristol
Friday 30th November
The Living Room, Milton Keynes
Saturday 1st December
The Sound Of Now, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)
Saturday 1st December
The Living Room, Bristol
Friday 7th December
The Living Room, Milton Keynes
Saturday 8th December
The Sound Of Now, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)
Saturday 8th December
TT Mobiles Christmas Party, Steventon House Hotel, Abingdon
Saturday 15th December
The Sound Of Now, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)
Saturday 15th December
The Earl, The Second Bridge, Bath
Friday 21st December
The Living Room, Milton Keynes
Saturday 22nd December
The Sound Of Now, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)
Saturday 22nd December
The Living Room, Bristol

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GOOD VIBRATIONS PODCAST VOL. 7: LONG LASTIN’

Long Lastin’ is a London-born veteran hip-hop and reggae producer, who also spent time working in Bristol. Always an alternative thinker, several years ago his spiritual side kicked in, and more recently, his raised consciousness allowed him to see through the deceptive veil of the mainstream music industry. 

In this instalment, he talks to Mark Devlin for over an hour of his experiences, observations and outlooks on the industry’s manipulative techniques. He also touches on wider aspects of its occult agenda, and how it feeds into other aspects of life and reality. More no-holds-barred conversation for grown-up people who aren’t afraid to think for themselves!

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THE SOUND OF NOW. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 20/10/12


THE SOUND OF NOW, WITH MARK DEVLIN, OX105FM
PLAYLIST FOR SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2012
Listen Again/ Download links:
NAS VS. ARYLYSSA: HARD TO LOVE SOMEBODY (BENNY PAGE REMIX)
MISHA B: DO YOU THINK OF ME (BENNY PAGE REMIX)
KEISHA WHITE: BUTTERFLIES (MATT ‘JAM’ LAMONT CLUB MIX)
MICHAEL WOODS FEAT. ESTER DEAN: WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN (SUNSHIP REMIX)
KANYE WEST: WHITE DRESS
TERRACE MARTIN FEAT. PUNCH: IT’S REAL
BENEFICENCE. PUT IT ON THE WIRE
SUBSTANTIAL FEAT. KENN STARR & KOKAY: GRATEFUL
OLD TO THE NEW:
PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH: THE MAIN INGREDIENT (1994)
CL SMOOTH. ASK ABOUT ME
SYRON: BREAKING
KROITERKOPF. LOUNGING RHODES 
UP YOURS: TONIGHT
STREET BEAT OF THE WEEK:
JESSE RIVERA. ONE DAY 
JNO: GOOD LIFE (JUAN PACIFICO LONG MIX)
DR MEAKER: FIGHTER (UNREAL MIX) 
THE SOUND OF THEN:
DE LA SOUL: BUDDY (REMIX) (1989)
JUNGLE BROTHERS: DOIN’ OUR OWN THING (REMIX) (1990)
MONIE LOVE: I CAN DO THIS (1989)
SPIN DOCTORS: MARK DEVLIN’S BEATMASTERS MIX: PETE ROCK (PART 2)
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THE SOUND OF NOW. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 13/10/12


THE SOUND OF NOW, WITH MARK DEVLIN, OX105FM
PLAYLIST FOR SATURDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2012
Listen Again/ Download links:
MISHA B: DO YOU THINK OF ME (BENNY PAGE REMIX)
KEISHA WHITE: BUTTERFLIES (MATT ‘JAM’ LAMONT CLUB MIX)
DR MEAKER: FIGHTER (UNREAL MIX) 
MICHAEL WOODS FEAT. ESTER DEAN: WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN (SUNSHIP REMIX)
DJ KHALED FEAT. NAS, SCARFACE & DJ PREMIER: HIP HOP
MURS & FASHAWN: THE OTHER SIDE
MISSY ELLIOTT FEAT. TIMBALAND: 9TH INNING
OLD TO THE NEW:
MARY J BLIGE: REMINISCE (BAD BOY REMIX)
MARY J BLIGE FEAT. JERMAINE DUPRI: EVERYDAY PEOPLE
STREET BEAT OF THE WEEK:
NAUGHTY BOY FEAT. EMELI SANDE: WONDER (KIDNAP KID REMIX)
SYRON: BREAKING
UP YOURS: TONIGHT
JNO: GOOD LIFE (JUAN PACIFICO LONG MIX)
YO YO HONEY: GROOVE ON 2012 (SOULPERSONA REMIX)
LYRICA ANDERSON FEAT. MISSY ELLIOTT: MIXTAPE
BENEFICIENCE FEAT MASTA ACE & TOTAL ECLIPSE: REALITY VS FICTION (ROCK ON)
MONTAGE ONE FEAT. THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE & YAHZARAH: LIE 1
THE SOUND OF THEN:
CLUB NOUVEAU: LEAN ON ME (1987)
GO GO LORENZO & THE DAVIS PINCKNEY PROJECT: YOU CAN DANCE (IF YOU WANT TO) (1986)
SWEET TEE: IT’S LIKE THAT Y’ALL (1987)
MACEO & THE MACKS: CROSS THE TRACK (WE BETTER GO BACK) (1973)
EN VOGUE: MY LOVIN’ (1992)
SPIN DOCTORS: MARK DEVLIN’S BEATMASTERS MIX: PETE ROCK (PART 1)
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OXFORDSHIRE GUARDIAN MUSIC COLUMN, 15/10/12


Rather than a single artist, Dr. Meaker is a group hailing from Bristol who deal in the style of D&B that I love – the melodic soulful stuff with exquisite samples, in contrast to the dark, moody fare that makes club managers start looking for the nearest doorman. I hammered their ‘Music Of The Night’ heavily on my OX105FM show (Saturdays 6-8pm) earlier in the year. They’ve now come with ‘Fighter’ in a similar musical vein, which has a variety of versions. The Unreal Mix is the one I’ve been dealing with. Highly recommended for fans of imaginative, boundary-pushing tuneage. 


There have been some highly creative pairings in underground hip-hop in the past few years; Chubb Rock & Wordsmith, Edo G & Masta Ace, KRS One and Bumpy Knuckles. More recently, Nas & Damian Marley and Jay-Z & Kanye West have taken up the format, though with mixed-quality results! The latest affiliation sees fellow Californian MCs Murs and Fashawn join forces for a volume entitled ‘This Generation’. It’s full of creative lyricism over impactive beats of the type that keeps the true essence of the art form alive, with the final track ‘The Other side’ as a real highlight.


In the same way that Mary J Blige’s current cover of Arrested Development’s ‘People Everyday’ might be cited as pointless by some, certain techno purists may feel the same about JNO’s new reworking of Inner City’s 1988 evergreen ‘Good Life’. It does have its merits, though, the contemporary production style making what was always a great song sound fresh for these times, and opening up its appeal to those too young to remember it from first time around.


Missy Elliott has announced her return to the game with the single ‘9th Inning’, as announced in the last column. She appears to be jumping back on the cameo duties for which she was always known, too, cropping up on the track ‘Mixtape’ by Lyrica Anderson. She’s a new artist signed to Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group label, hence the Missy connection, and the song is a laid-back organic head-nodder of the type that’s now quite rare. A useful antidote to the abrasive electronic sound that still sadly dominates!

MARK DEVLIN
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MD 80s GROOVES REVIVAL MIX


The smaller cousin of the 90s Golden Era mix – a rip through some great 80s soul, funk and electro!
CLUB NOUVEAU: LEAN ON ME 
CASHFLOW: MINE ALL MINE
FATBACK BAND: I FOUND LOVIN’
ORAN ‘JUICE’ JONES: THE RAIN
CHERYL LYNN: ENCORE
MAC BAND: ROSES ARE RED
STEVE ARRINGTON: FEEL SO REAL
GWEN GUTHRIE: AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING ON BUT THE RENT
COLONEL ABRAMS: TRAPPED
JOYCE SIMS: ALL AND ALL
HERBIE HANCOCK: ROCKIT
BOOKER NEWBURY III: LOVE TOWN
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90S GOLDEN YEARS MIX

The ongoing spate of infantile 2000s garbage inspired me to go back to better days, better times, better music, so here’s 70-odd minutes of flava (as we used to say) from the greatest decade of them all – hip-hop soul, new jack swing, REAL hip-hop! A proper nostalgia-fest for fellow old-school heads, and a worthwhile history lesson for the kids. THIS is what R&B and hip-hop REALLY sounds like!
BLACK GIRL: KRAZY (HIP HOP MIX) 
SWV FEAT. WU TANG CLAN: ANYTHING (REMIX) 
EN VOGUE: MY LOVIN’ 
MARIAH CAREY FEAT. OL’ D B: FANTASY (BAD BOY REMIX) 
ZHANE: GROOVE THING 
TONY TONI TONE FEAT. DJ QUIK: LET’S GET DOWN 
BON GARCON: IF YOU NEED A MAN 
PORTRAIT: HERE WE GO 
ERIC GABLE: PROCESS OF ELIMINATION 
MARY J BLIGE FEAT. NOTORIOUS BIG: REAL LOVE (BAD BOY REMIX) 
BEVERLEY KNIGHT: FLAVOUR OF THE OLD SCHOOL 
TRUCE: TREAT U RIGHT 
LOREN: REMEMBER 
TANYA VON: TONITE 
ZHANE: REQUEST LINE 
YVETTE MICHELLE: EVERY DAY & EVERY NIGHT 
JUNIOR MAFIA: PLAYERS ANTHEM 
PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY: ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS 
BRIAN McKNIGHT FEAT. MASE: DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME 
SHAI FEAT. JAY-Z: DON’T WANT TO BE ALONE 
NAS FEAT. LAURYN HILL: IF I RULED THE WORLD 
SNOOP DOGGY DOGG: GIN & JUICE 
DR. DRE: KEEP THEIR HEADS RINGING 
LADY OF RAGE: AFRO PUFFS 
KRS ONE: SOUND OF DA POLICE 
PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH: THEY REMINISCE OVER YOU 
BLACK MOON: WHO GOT THE PROPS 
SOULS OF MISCHIEF: ’93 TO INFINITY 
FUNKMASTER FLEX: SIX MILLION WAYS TO DIE 
SUPERCAT: GHETTO RED HOT 
KRISS KROSS: JUMP (SUPERCAT REMIX) 
ONYX: SLAM! 
MC LYTE: RUFFNECK 
NOTORIOUS BIG: PARTY & BULLSHIT
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