Month: June 2021

As Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja launches artwork for Palestine appeal, here’s one person who definitely won’t be forking out for a limited edition piece

Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack is passionate about charity, in particular War Child. Following recent events in Palestine, they have an ongoing appeal for funds and Del Naja has decided to help - he has created 200 copies of a new version of Help95 artwork, on sale for £250 each. One person, however, who certainly won't be helping out is Pete Tong. Massive Attack and Tong had a falling out in December 2017, but…

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Wednesday Whisper #7 – the DJ dealing with weighty issues all on their own

Which DJ is currently going to quite extreme lengths to stop anyone from finding out they're about to have gastric band surgery? They've had issues with their weight for the past two years or so - but things got really problematic after the first lockdown back in March 2020, and their BMI rocketed accordingly. The DJ has since gone to a doctor and been confirmed as suitable for the weight losing procedure. However, they don't…

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Sensible new strategy for the 21st century or a disservice to new producers? Mixed reactions to King Street’s habit of bundling new remixes along collections of older ones…

King Street Sounds is a record label which is very happy to plunder its own archive for modern gain. If the new music they released now was as good, it might not be an issue - but here we are. Many producers who end up on the label are asked to remix something from the archive. Fizzikx, for example, remixed "Alright" by Stephanie Cooke. It did well on Traxsource, but some people were left scratching…

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The posters may have been made by an 8 year old with Paint, but at least you could read them! As a 1998 festival promo is unearthed, a reminder of a simpler time…

These days, festivals are bigger than ever in more ways than one. Not only are there more of them than ever before, but almost all of them feel the need to put on as many acts as possible. Hence why the average festival attendee has around 35,000 acts per day to choose from. But believe it or not, there was a much simpler time. Back in the days when artists could actually make money from…

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An estranged wife, messy divorce and rumours of two children born to other women – the intriguing story about Black Coffee almost no one outside South Africa seems to know

Black Coffee is one of those names that the dance music press wrote about a lot some years ago. Curiously however, he no longer appears on their pages as he became a huge international star. I can’t help but find it odd that dance music wouldn’t want to celebrate its more successful artists, but I digress. Now, this story has been national news in his native South Africa, but relatively unreported elsewhere in the world.…

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Sorry, WHAT makes you happy, Francesco?! Not so young pianist who rode on Derrick May’s coat tails has his Facebook page hacked… by someone flogging tacky shoes

The music world has many people who make it there on the coat tails of someone else. Far more than we'll ever know. One of those is Francesco Tristano. Some years ago, he met Derrick May and the two decided to collaborate together. At some stage, Tristano found out May couldn't play but went ahead with it anyway. So having sold a load of dodgy stuff to the public already, I notice with interest that…

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What’s with your attraction to rule breakers, Sacha? Mr Lord is on Twitter complaining about Dua Lipa’s tour being postponed – who spent most of lockdown ignoring it

The mind of Sacha Lord is a truly strange and contradictory place. It's a place which condemns plague raves in his native Manchester, yet sees no issue booking plague rave DJs for his Parklife Festival. And now we have another example to add to the list. This morning, Lord was on Twitter complaining about Dua Lipa's tour being rescheduled. I'm not sure why he's mentioned her specifically - perhaps he has tickets himself... https://twitter.com/Sacha_Lord/status/1409791602856452101?s=19 Could…

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Listen to Judge Jules speaking to the Save Our Scene UK temper tantrum yesterday – if you can hear any of it over the protesters, that is…

The Save Our Scene UK event on Sunday had many problems, and it wasn't just the fact the invites given to plague rave DJs. The simple truth is the event had no sense of purpose. Was it a protest against lockdown restrictions? Was there a political aspect to the protest? Or was it just an excuse to have a big rave? Such is the big contradiction that lies at the heart of Save Our Scene…

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That hot Greek sun is going to your head, Sofia! Derrick May’s “passport” posts an utterly tone deaf message about men “thinking like rapists” – so who COULD she have in mind?

"There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know" - so reads an old proverb that dates back several centuries. Either this is what's happened to Derrick May’s Greek girlfriend Sofia Tsagaraki, or that hot Mediterranean sunshine is going to her head. Late last week on her Instagram stories, she published this. It seems she'd been getting contacted in…

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Is apathy why the Government won’t lift a finger to help musicians? UK Music poll reveals support for plight – but reveals indifference too

Being a musician isn't easy. Your parents will secretly spend most of their lives wondering when you'll get a "proper job". And lots of people who say they'll come to your shows or buy your records won't. It's a pretty dejecting existence for many - and the Government knows it. Dominic Cummings recently revealed his view that the Prime Minister is essentially "a pundit that stumbled into politics". He's correct on this - Johnson typically…

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