MD AT SOUL TRAIN, RADOST FX, PRAGUE, THIS SATURDAY

All set for a return visit to Prague this Saturday, to spin at Soul Train at Radost FX. Promoter/ resident Rico C has been running this night every weekend since 1998, making it surely the longest-running club night of its kind in the world!  Big J also does his thing. Looking forward also to taking in a bit of Brno, Czech Republic’s second city.
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OXFORDSHIRE GUARDIAN MUSIC COLUMN, 13/11/12

When it comes to having an instantly recognisable, distinctive sound, the Hackney quartet Rudimental appear to have got it nailed.’Not Giving In’, like ‘Feel The Love’ before it, starts with gospel-ish vocal wailings, before building layer by layer into a lively dancefloor stormer. There’s a diverse array of mixes on offer, the standouts being Ed Rush’s D&B-style arrangement, and the Huxley Mix, which is in 4/4 house music territory.
The New York State rapper Saigon first emerged in 2004 with a record deal courtesy of Atlantic. It took far longer for his long-planned debut album, ‘The Greatest Story Never Told’, to appear, however. In fact, it took the rapper’s eventual departure from the label and his linking with the independent Suburban Noize Records for it to finally emerge in 2011. This month, he drops the album’s follow-up, subtitled ‘Bread And Circuses’, and lyrically it goes some way towards explaining his disillusionment at being pressured to take his music in a more pop-friendly direction. He’s not the first major label artist to have come across this scenario, and he surely won’t be the last!  Although Saigon’s vocal style lacks dynamic punch, this set still stands head and shoulders above most so-called ‘hip-hop’ output this year. A particular stand-out is ‘Blown away’, which addresses the ultimate fate of assorted heroes of humanity, from Martin Luther King to John Lennon. An alternative version features Sticman from the group Dead Prez.
In an era when the likes of Rihanna and Lady Gaga can be labelled as ‘R&B’, the term has largely lost all credibility and meaning. It still has a major flag-flyer in US producer/ singer-songwriter Ryan Leslie, however, whose self-styled image as a modern-day Godfather of R&B at least carries some substance. His new album, ‘Les Is More’, lacks the instant appeal of his earlier offerings, which have given more of a nod to organic soul output. It does still have a couple of selling points in ‘Beautiful Lie’ and ‘Ups And Downs’. It appears via his own Next Selection label.
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MD AT SOUL TRAIN, RADOST FX, PRAGUE, ON SAT 17TH NOVEMBER

All set for a return to the Soul Train party at Radost FX in Prague, Czech Republic next weekend. Founder and resident Rico C has been running this strong every Saturday since 1998, making it surely the longest-running weekly black music night anywhere in the world!
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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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MD’S CLUB/ RADIO DATES, NOV/ DEC ’12

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
Friday 14th December
Le Numero 15, Bastille, Paris, FRANCE
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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THE SOUND OF NOW. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 3/11/12



Listen Again/ Download links:
DR MEAKER: FIGHTER (UNREAL MIX) 
LITTLE NIKKI: INTRO INTRO (DJ Q REMIX)
KEISHA WHITE: BUTTERFLIES (MATT ‘JAM’ LAMONT CLUB MIX) 
RITA ORA: SHINE YOUR LIGHT (2 BEARS MIX)
JOURNALIST 103 FEAT. SAIGON & FASHAWN: HEAR ME
JUNIA T FEAT. SLAKAH THE BEATCHILD: YOU AND I
OLD TO THE NEW:
MURS: LET ME TALK (2010)
MURS & 9TH WONDER: IT’S OVER 
9TH WONDER & BUCKSHOT: STOP RAPPING
JAPAN AIRCRAFT: HORNS VS. CELLOS
JESSE RIVERA. ONE DAY 
MELLOW BAKU & THE FRIDAY PEOPLE: MAKE IT BRIGHTER 
KROITERKOPF. LOUNGING RHODES 
STREET BEAT OF THE WEEK:
SUNSEET: DOWNTOWN
THE SOUND OF THEN:
KYM SIMS: TOO BLIND TO SEE IT (HURLEY’S HOUSE MIX) (1991)
ALISON LIMERICK: WHERE LOVE LIVES (MORALES CLASSIC MIX) (1991)
SABRINA JOHNSTON: PEACE IN THE VALLEY (BROTHERS IN RHYTHM MIX) (1991)
TERRACE MARTIN FEAT. PUNCH: IT’S REAL
MURS & FASHAWN: THE OTHER SIDE
SPIN DOCTORS: DJ STU CAMPBELL TRIBUTE MIX, ALONGSIDE DJ CYBERNETIC. LIVE RADIO MIX FROM SEPTEMBER 2009
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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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