MD INTERVIEWS JAZZIE B


Managed to track down the footage of my interview with Soul II Soul legend Jazzie B from the Swish Ball in Swindon a couple of months ago. 


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GEMS FROM THE ARCHIVES: SWING SHIFT UK SPECIAL, GALAXY 101, 21/4/98

Some 90s radio nostalgia right here. This was the UK Special edition of the Swing Shift on Galaxy 101, Bristol, aired on Easter Monday, 1998. I co-presented this one with a very bubbly Shola Ama, who was the biggest name on the UK street soul scene at the time. It consists of nothing but R&B and hip-hop tracks by British artists. Part 2 rounds off with a live freestyle session between Kent’s Lethal, aka Ill Jargon, and Kelz of Bristol’s 3PM Crew.
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THE SOUND OF NOW. PLAYLIST FOR 26/1/13


THE SOUND OF NOW, WITH MARK DEVLIN, OX105FM
PLAYLIST FOR SATURDAY 26TH JANUARY 2013
STEVE MILL FEAT KEISHER DOWNIE. NOBODY (JAM & KEYS REMIX)
JAM & KEYS: ONLY ONE (ORIGINAL MIX)
DUKE DUMONT FEAT. AME & MNEK. NEED U (100%)
KATY B, GEENEUS & JESSIE WARE. AALIYAH (EXTENDED)
BROTHER ALI: NARDWUAR
ILL BILL. THE TRUTH (PROD. DJ PREMIER)
OLD TO THE NEW:
FAITH EVANS FEAT. THE CLIPSE: GOING OUT (2003) 
RAEKWON FEAT. FAITH EVANS. HOLD YOU DOWN 
RAS KASS FEAT. KENDRICK LAMAR & PROVERB: FOCUS
RAKIM. BRING IT ON
DJ ELEVEN. LAST BEAT (KUTCORNERS REMIX)
TORTURED SOUL: DIRTY (SIR PIERS FOOL’S RE-FUNKED CLUB VERSION)
ARLISSA. STICKS AND STONES (MJ COLE REMIX)
STREET BEAT OF THE WEEK:
DJ KOSS FEAT. CRAIG G: WHUT UP KID
J PINDER FEAT. CHOKLATE. ILLUMINATE 
JAY-Z: PRAY (9TH WONDER REMIX)
BIG NOYD, LARGE PROFESSOR & KOOL G RAP. NATURALLY BORN
DISCOSOCKS. MOTIVATION
INNER LIFE. AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH (WHITENOIZE REMIX)
SPIN DOCTORS: MARK DEVLIN 90s GOLDEN YEARS REVIVAL MIX:
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 
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JUST BUGGIN ILLUMINATI SPECIAL 2013 EDITION

Time for the newest volume of the podcast series that showcases meaningful music for our times from artists who have something worthwhile to say, rather than just going through the motions for corporate profit.
Mark Devlin collates another selection of tracks you’d be hard pressed to find on any mainstream radio station, covering the broad subject areas of truth, consciousness, spirituality and, yes, our old favourite, conspiracy!  
Real music still lives.
DEAD PREZ: LEARNING GROWING CHANGING
VINNIE PAZ: YOU CAN’T STAY NEUTRAL ON A MOVING TRAIN
PUBLIC ENEMY FEAT. LARGE PROFESSOR & CORMEGA: CATCH THE THROWN
SGB: VISUALIZE THE BRIGHTER DAY
CROWSTICK: INFORMATION POWER TO MAN
THA ADVOCATE FEAT. KY WILLIAMS: BEHIND THE CURTAIN
SAIGON: BLOWN AWAY
LONG LASTIN’ FEAT. DAVID ICKE: ME, ME, ME!
DEAD PREZ: THE AWAKENING
STEVE WILKS: MY SKIN
IMANI HEKIMA: NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY THE COVER
30-DAY NOTICE: DEPROGRAM
ERYKAH BADU: NEXT LIFETIME
GARY BYRD & THE GB EXPERIENCE: THE CROWN
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GEMS FROM THE ARCHIVES: QUINCY JONES BEATMASTERS MIX

Notwithstanding Professor Griff’s claims about Quincy’s extracurricular activities (Google it!), here’s a chance to revisit my Beatmasters mix containing all the Q’s classic productions from Michael Jackson onwards. Naturally, it contain’s all MJ’s biggest joints, but there’s a fair few other offerings too, not least some moments from that classic and much underrated ‘Back On The Block’ album.

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JUST BUGGIN ILLUMINATI SPECIAL 2013 EDITION

Time for the newest volume of the podcast series that showcases meaningful music for our times from artists who have something worthwhile to say, rather than just going through the motions for corporate profit.
Mark Devlin collates another selection of tracks you’d be hard pressed to find on any mainstream radio station, covering the broad subject areas of truth, consciousness, spirituality and, yes, our old favourite, conspiracy!  
Real music still lives.
DEAD PREZ: LEARNING GROWING CHANGING
VINNIE PAZ: YOU CAN’T STAY NEUTRAL ON A MOVING TRAIN
PUBLIC ENEMY FEAT. LARGE PROFESSOR & CORMEGA: CATCH THE THROWN
SGB: VISUALIZE THE BRIGHTER DAY
CROWSTICK; INFORMATION POWER TO MAN
THA ADVOCATE FEAT. KY WILLIAMS; BEHIND THE CURTAIN
SAIGON: BLOWN AWAY
LONG LASTIN’ FEAT. DAVID ICKE: ME, ME, ME!
DEAD PREZ: THE AWAKENING
STEVE WILKS: MY SKIN
IMANI HEKIMA: NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY THE COVER
30-DAY NOTICE: DEPROGRAM
ERYKAH BADU: NEXT LIFETIME
GARY BYRD & THE GB EXPERIENCE: THE CROWN
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OXFORDSHIRE GUARDIAN MUSIC COLUMN, 21/1/13


Two rap legends have returned with new output to kick off the year. One is Rakim, the lyricist in 80s duo Eric B & Rakim, regarded by many hip-hop purists as one of the greatest of all time. His ‘Bring It On’ is fairly lacklustre when put beside timeless classics like ‘I Know You Got Soul’ and ‘Eric B Is President’, but still stands head and shoulders above most of what passes for ‘hip-hop’ these days! The other is Raekwon, a stalwart of the Wu Tang Clan. He’s recruited fellow 90s player Faith Evans for guest vocals on his ‘Hold You Down’, which is suitably moody and epic in feel.


Elsewhere in hip-hop, two of the most consistent producers have come with new offerings. 9th Wonder, for a long time the in-house producer of the group Little Brother, has reworked ‘Pray’ from Jay-Z’s ‘American Gangster’, as part of a newly mixed version of the whole album. This features Jay’s missus Beyonce on a cameo, and takes the track into 9th’s usual nostalgia-laden old-school territory, complete with some glorious string samples. 9th Wonder has also reworked ‘Food’ by Masta Killa, another occasional Wu Tang affiliate, in a similar style. 

Meanwhile, possibly hip-hop’s most prolific producer of all time, DJ Premier, shows no signs of slowing down after more than 20 years in the game. The latest in his colossally-sized repertoire is ‘The Truth’ by New York Jewish/ American rapper Ill Bill, which bears all of Premo’s usual solid, punchy trademarks.


Early in the month came the announcement that Destiny’s Child were to reform especially to perform at the US Super Bowl halftime show next month. Ahead of this, a track from the group, ‘Nuclear’, surfaced, and was presented as a ‘brand new single’. It would appear, however, that it’s actually a track that was recorded at the time of their 2004 album, ‘Destiny Fulfilled’, and not used at the time. It’s a tactic employed a few times for Michael Jackson singles by the label Sony/ Columbia, also Destiny’s Child’s label, and the song’s cool, breezy feel is certainly reminiscent of the standard R&B sound of a few years ago, in comparison to today’s electronic-dominated styles. It’s a great track either way.
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THE SOUND OF NOW. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 19/1/13


THE SOUND OF NOW, WITH MARK DEVLIN, OX105FM
PLAYLIST FOR SATURDAY 19TH JANUARY 2013
Listen Again/ Download links:
DUKE DUMONT FEAT. AME & MNEK. NEED U (100%)
KATY B, GEENEUS & JESSIE WARE. AALIYAH (EXTENDED)
STEVE MILL FEAT KEISHER DOWNIE. NOBODY (JAM & KEYS REMIX)
DISCOSOCKS. MOTIVATION
RAEKWON FEAT. FAITH EVANS. HOLD YOU DOWN 
RAKIM. BRING IT ON
MASTA KILLA. FOOD
STREET BEAT OF THE WEEK:
ILL BILL. THE TRUTH (PROD. DJ PREMIER)
DESTINY’S CHILD: NUCLEAR
DJ ELEVEN. LAST BEAT (KUTCORNERS REMIX)
ARLISSA. STICKS AND STONES (MJ COLE REMIX)
SAFFIRE D’SOUL: SWEET MUSIC
BASENIA FEAT. SARAH FOLEY. GO INSANE
CTA FEAT. FELONY DISCO. WHO CARES (BANVOX REMIX)
J PINDER FEAT. CHOKLATE. ILLUMINATE 
JAY-Z: PRAY (9TH WONDER REMIX)
BIG NOYD, LARGE PROFESSOR & KOOL G RAP. NATURALLY BORN
URAZ KURT: MISSED CONNECT
FUNKY DL: ODE TO NUJABES (FUNKYDELIC RE-EDIT)
SKILLZ: THE 2012 RAP UP
IMANI HEKIMA: NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY THE COVER
SPIN DOCTORS: DJ J FRESH (BOURNEMOUTH) REGGAE DUBPLATE MIX
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DISL AUTOMATIC: POWER TO THE PEOPLE MIXTAPE


Music to unplug from the Matrix to!  DISL Automatic fits into the angry/ confrontational/ ‘conspiracy’ music mould, but comes with very real truth and consciousness throughout, and is a razor-sharp lyricist. 

The free mixtape here is about twice as long as it needs to be at over 40 tracks, but at least 20 in are very much on-point. Standout tracks are The Sound Of Freedom, Matter Of Time, Hip Hop 4 Change, and Here I Stand, which samples Ennio Morricone’s score from ‘The Good, The Bad & The Ugly’. 

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GOOD VIBRATIONS PODCAST VOL. 8: CELLO ASSINI & JUSTIN WISEUP

2013’s first instalment steps the subject matter up several notches from previous volumes. Having looked in detail at the many manipulation techniques employed in the music industry – and how this in turn slots into the much wider picture of human control – we now go far deeper into the rabbit hole to address questions of life, human consciousness and the very nature of reality itself!  
Mark Devlin is joined by hip-hop artist-turned author/ researcher Marcello Assini, and all-round switched-on guy Justin Wiseup for a wide-ranging chat of the sort you don’t usually hear in your local pub. This is thought-provoking subject matter for those who have accepted that life is not exactly the way it is presented to us by governments, organised religions and the mainstream media, and are now ready to peer much further beyond the veil to find out more.
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