Monday, December 26, 2016

All my heroes are angels...

2016...where to start ?

R.I.P George Michael and through the year, Prince, Phife Dawg, Maurice white and David Bowie. Sure, there were many others who passed on this year, but none shaped my consciousness as much as those 5.

Let's start with Bowie. Slightly before my time so my introduction as a tail end disco kid, first wave hiphopper and  junior funkateer was through one song, 'Fame'.

Fame makes a man take things over.Fame lets him loose, hard to swallow / Fame puts you there where things are hollow (fame) / Fame, it's not your brain, it's just the flame

Before that, i didn't know white guys could be funky or that it was OK to be as weird as you wanna be. So i embraced my weirdness and chased fame for a while, but found out pretty early in the piece i wasn't cut out for it...too damn shy :)

Speaking of weird and funk, which is hard not to, there was the mystical inspired Earth Wind and Fire headed by Maurice White. A big ass black band with a horn section to die for, costumes for Africa and some of the coolest album art and posters...EVER!

Their elemental ancestral iconongraphy was my first introduction to a non christian philosophy/religion. From there i ventured out on my own, spiritually and musically...

Then dearly beloved, came Prince. As prodigious and precocious a talent as anyone and probably never again. He grabbed the funk and moulded it to fit his own out there personality, which was as weird as it symbol and slave anyone ?...Oh FUCK YES!!!

Sign o the times : PRINCE 1987

In my mind, Sign o the Times, the video of the concert, was his pinnacle both in composition and performance, perfectly encaptured in glorious video for all posterity!

The shortest distance between 2 points isn't a straight line when it comes to music.

And so it is that people's instinctive travels and the paths of rhythm cross, especially when you're questing with the tribe crossed with Norman Cook...

Q and Phife, as the main dawgs for A Tribe called Quest, were always on their own tip, spearheading an age of rap enlightenment that countered the darkness of reality rap festering in the ghettoes of niggaville USA.

 "Keep shit hotter than a sauna / Or better yet, the hormones on your Christian daughter / Hey, I tried to warn her"

heh..nah not really...

 One thing that I know for sure, Bad boys stick together, never sad boys...

As a teen i remember strutting up and down the main street of Milton, Sth Otago, ghettoblaster on the shoulder, proudly inflicting the badboy rap of WHAM! to any and all in a town whose staple diet of music consisted solely of  psychedelic guitar rock and country ballads.

George Michael didn't change that, but he profoundly changed me! His impeccable dress sense still inspires me.

It was no coincidence he named himself after an archangel and  dragon slayer, because he looked and sounded like an angel who struggled with a fire breathing dragon symbolizing the devil. He sung a hell of a lot about them, angels in lyrics with the devil in the music.

 If ever there were a tortured musical artist with a messianic complex who sacrificed his guilt to share the pain of others and truly believed that as spiritual beings, we are practising the same religion, it was George...

All my heroes are angels, and we can all be heroes, if only for one day, knowing that another day, the angels will come for us...


Saturday, September 08, 2012

A whole lotta Ruckin n Jerkin goin on...

Its been a long time since i left you
without a dope beat to step to


Me n my son Xander decided to do a radio show here in Nelson NZ. Fortnightly, Wednesdays 9-10 pm NZ time on FRESH FM...CHECK IT OUT!!!


The RUCK n JERK SHOW...bought to you by Ruck n Co Biscuits and The Jerk Shack with grateful sponsorship from "Uncle Dave" at West Indies Spice Traders

We play electronica inclusive of hiphop and some old school jams that may be anything from filthy dubstep to sleazy r'n'b to whatever:) We also have a featured remixer who gets 2 tunes showcased and play at least 2 homegrown NZ songs or songs that feature homegrown artists.

First week we played...

Playlist length: 56 minutes 22 seconds
1. Sleepwalk - Johnny and Santo (2:24)
2. Pocketful of rainbows - Elvis Presley (2:51)
3. One mic - Nas (4:30)
4. Spottiottiedopalicious - Outkast (7:09)
5. Halfway tree (interlude) - Damian Marley (1:46)
6. Trouble - Damian Marley (5:36)
7. Somebody i used to know - (Jr Blender rmx) Gotye feat Kimbra (3:44)
8. Cays crays - (Digital Mystikz rmx) Fat Freddies Drop (5:09)
9. Daddy - (Ifan Dafydd rmx) Emeli Sande feat Naughty Boy (5:01)
10. Lost and found - (Ifan Dafydd remix EDIT) Liane La Havas (4:20)
11. High for this - The Weeknd (4:11)
12. Hometown hero - Big K.R.I.T feat Yelawolf and Adele (4:41)
13. Starry eyed - (Pyramid rmx) Ellie Goulding (5:00)

 last show we played...

Playlist length: 1 hour 55 seconds
1. Jhene Aiko - 3.16am (3:16)
2. Jeremih - Birthday sex (3:48)
3. Tyga - Love game (7:34)
4. Die Antwoord - I fink u freeky (4:42)
5. Kid Sister feat Danny Brown - Gucci ragtop (2:40)
6. Dam Native - The rhymaholic (interlude) (1:43)
7. Dam Native - Sirens in the city (3:51)
8. Homebrew - Fungi (Jet Jaguar RMX ) (4:14)
9. The Temper Trap - Soldier On (Ruskos F'kin Seagull Remix) (5:07)
10. Rustie - Ultra thizz (3:59)
11. Caspa - For the kids (4:27)
12. Rossi B & Luca - Nobody knows (5:16)
13. Benny Benassi - Cinema (Skrillex RMX) (5:07)
14. La Roux - In for the kill (Skrillex RMX ) (5:11)

 next week we'll play... HAH !!! FORGET THAT...TUNE IN AND FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF:)

 or holdtight while i record them as mixes and make them available online as podcasts via our soon to be established Facebook page...where you can go and like us or abuse us in real time during the show or whenever...

...but beware, we will return fire in kind !!!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

11 from 11...(albums)

So many albums made that it's virtually impossible to hear them all !!!

And even going through the blognoscenti end of year lists you feel a bit left out and out of touch, seeing stuff you've never heard from artists you don't even recognize.

Then again, theres people who will have never heard these albums and even if they had would think they're shit.

Oh well...there's just no accounting for some people's taste :) So if you're looking for indie pop crap or rock guitars you better skedaddle right now, cos mostly all your gonna find here is electronic noodlings of various description.

And with that, in no particular order and without trawling the hard drives for other stuff from this year or sucking down more stuff i have yet to hear, heres a selection in no particular order of albums that held together over the course of their playlists enough for me to play them again and again...

Submotion Orchestra - Finest Hour

Real musos playing real instruments with a real vocalist who can really sing some real songs and engineered by an ex dubstepper who can really twiddle the knobs to sublime effect makes for a refreshing change.

Kuedo - Severant

Pinch and Shackleton - self titled

Post dubstep...whatever that means, sees 3 heavy hitters form the first wave create lullaby instrumentals to de stress and nod off to in the dark after a long days doing whatever it is you do during the long days that you need winding down from before sleep takes you to wherever it is sleep takes you in the dark.

Rustie - Glass Swords

Yep Yep stupid stupid fresh fresh good time bounce around the lounge busting your new fangled groove to some crunchy beats and an old school analogue synth sound palette.

Zed Bias - Biasonic hotsauce, Birth of the nanocloud

Breakstep/Dubstep pioneer and O.G UK garagehead gives us the remix and new buzz treatment tied together by some mad scientist vocal shizz. A trans genre jump up booty shaker for people who can jump up and shake booty.

lol - me me

Hard to put a finger on what it is I like about this apart from everything. Gives creedence to Simon Reynolds - Retromania in as much as it's a present day summation of everything thats gone before without looking to the future. Big proggy rock sounding electronica.

Active Child - You are all I see

Ever wondered what an American castrato sounding ex choirboy singing deeply heartfelt lyrics might sound like over ethereal electronica ? Wonder no more. It shouldn't work but it so does.

Collie Buddz - Playback EP

Paleface ragamuffin par excellence from an artist who, though limited by the boundaries of the genre, still manages to add value to every release. Pretty fly for a white guy and if you didn't know, you probably wouldn't pick it.

Mungo's HiFi - Forward Ever

KISS...Keep it simple stupid. No flash basslines, no clever beats, just good old fashioned reggae rhythm section and tasty accompaniments in cleaner than clean digital fashion rounded out by some top drawer vocalists.

Yelawolf - Radioactive

Breakthrough rap artist of the year. Offensive, potty mouthed, speed fuelled white trash rapping in double fast time. Not everyones cup of tea but fuck it, i'm diggin it. Eminem did well to sign a clone who took his steez to the next level.

Angel - 7 minutes before time

UK R'n'B that lays waste to the tried and true boring Eurotrance inspired offerings the likes of Jason DeRulo, Usher, Chris Brown and Ne Yo served up this year. Dudes got the potential to blow up large and probably will.


Funny how they're mostly all guys though...what can i say ? There's a dearth of ladies making electronica ?

Must be time for another selection of ladies to look forward to in the new year.


Monday, December 12, 2011


The countdown has well and truly begun...

To what you may ask ?...To my birthday silly. Not so much this years but next years when i will enact my single revolutionary act designed to bring about a new age of enlightenment and liberty...If only for myself.

I first posted this 2 years ago on 11/10/9 at a site long since banned from and having gone the way of many hubs of social networking...faded into irrelevence and obsolescence :)

Lets Revolt !!!

First a bit of background. The trouble with REVOLUTIONS is they seem to be mostly reactionary and rely on spontaneity with little forethought to planning. So i'm giving myself 3 years to plan in the hope you will all join me. The more the merrier.

Just so you know, i intend to globally mobilise all forms of media 2.0 in all languages. you can help by spreading the word. that said, if nobody minds i'd like to make this forum, thread and post the ongoing hub should things go to plan for my forthcoming REVOLUTION. should things not go to plan i'll create a hub somewhere else but you heard it here first.

I CAPITALISE REVOLUTION because theres an irony in de-capitalising it when the time comes. I'm not going to set an agenda or a thing to revolt against as it's mostly my personal REVOLUTION so by all means personalise your own and decide your cause of action, though you can decide to take my cause for yours. My only request is that you coincide your date with mine.

The date will be my birthday in the year 2012, which incidentally is the 20th of December. Yes... 20/12/2012. A most auspicious date for REVOLUTIONS, given the renewal of the life cycle for yet another Mayan age.

My course of action, my one act of revolt is a simple one. I think it'd be wayyy fun if you adopted it also. On that day, i will march down to the bank or banks as case may be and withdraw all my money but not spend it on anything. On that day C.R.E.A.M. will be my credo. CASH RULES EVERYTHING ABOUT ME. That will be the irony of decapitalising. Then i'm going to go home and stop all my automatic payments. btw 20/12/2012 is a Thursday so the banks should be open :)

However, I'd imagine in revolutions there would be those who aren't so much down with the cause but rather down for the opportunity to take advantage of the chaos and basically line their pockets. In that respect 2012 would be a perfect opportunity. Knowing or seeing someone take out a sum of cash as part of a protest would practically be an invitation for some lowlifes to relieve them of said cash.

I'd suggest a security plan to counter such eventuality. Though i could see groups/gangs of opportunists working together so there would have to be a collective security plan...Safety in numbers perhaps ? But then what do you do about home invasions on the day ?...I say shoot the fuckers.

The other thing is, canceling auto payments requires a startup fee to re initiate them, which defeats the purpose of revolting against banks and their exorbitant fees. In which case as an alternative form of protest, i'm going to take the day of work.

That'll show them who's boss! Though continuing to trade only in cash may be an option

As an update things have moved at such a pace since 11/10/09 that there is the very real possibility the banks may crash of their own accord under the weight of debt by sovereign nations defaulting on their loans.

Not to mention the Occupy movements simple but effective acts of tried and true revolutionary protest. The mass sit in. A favourite amongst Pasifikan protestors such as was used by the Samoan Mau and at Parihaka :(

In any event, my revolutionary act may well and truly be taken on board with the long tailed masses joining me in a bank run simply through synchronicity.

Here's an interesting related scenario of what might occur should people decide to cash up, trade and invest their capital in smaller ventures managed locally and for the benefit of a community of interest...

Can citizen banking neuter the fat cats?

A LOT of people would like to do away with bankers right now. But targeting individuals is not very helpful: most bankers were merely executing the plans of the institutions they worked for. How about ditching banks instead?

Peer-to-peer lenders hope they can undermine banking in much the way that internet upstarts revolutionised the music business. But just as the buccaneering Napster found itself stymied by legal issues, so regulatory concerns have forced the citizen bankers to water down their radicalism

Bank says no? Ditch the bank – borrow from the crowd

What you might not know is that there are technology solutions for banking every bit as powerful as social media such as Facebook that can step into the gap, making it possible, this very minute, for you to borrow or lend money safely online, completely independent of an actual bank. They're called peer-to-peer (P2P) lending services, and they have been around for years. This kind of "citizen banking" should be reshaping the business of borrowing and lending, and shaking the foundations of the financial industry in a way no amount of Occupy Wall Street protesting could accomplish. So what's the hold up?...

...If citizen banking takes off, it could change people's day-to-day reality in the fundamental ways that the now-global Occupy movement is clamouring for. With interest payments going directly to the masses, rather than to banker bonuses and skyscrapers, P2P lending could cause more money to circulate in the real economy. It also naturally distributes risk among many individuals in a potentially more transparent way, rather than concentrating it in large, "too big to fail" institutions.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Living the dream...NZ ELECTION 2011

Congratulations people!!!

You bought the aspirational middle class dream John Key was selling. You didn’t want the reality Phil Goff was selling and why would you ?

The reality is high unemployment, no jobs, stagnant wages, rising cost of living, NZ’s best and brightest leaving NZ in record numbers, an aging population reliant on welfare, an angry youthful demographic also reliant on welfare, a property investment boil that needs lancing and a wealth disparity chasm that will only widen with asset sales.
I mean, who in their right mind wants to face that reality ?…and buy into it, let alone deal with it, when you can live the dream of aspirational middle classiness. You too can come from living in a state house to make a fortune then become Prime Minister. Thats the shit people want to buy into and the shit Key was selling.

And man did we buy it, hook, line and sinker, cos the thing is, everyone thinks they’re middle class these days. There is no working class anymore, only the underclass, consisting of the working poor and the unemployed.

But no one’s going to admit to being underclass. That’s the fucking nightmare class you read about on the news, committing violent crime, breeding for business and living off charity.
Sure, you may be jobless and poor or scraping to get by, but your parents weren’t and they were middles class so you are too eh ? You just have to keep believing, have faith that Key can keep your dream alive. I mean, you’re a real life wannabe kiwi mum and dad whose better times are just around the corner.

But you know, the only trouble with living the dream is, sooner or later you wake up and have to face reality, either by your own choice or by neccessity of someone forcing you to. And don’t you just hate it when the realization dawns on you that the dream you thought you were living was only happening in your mind and for all that time you were just asleep.
sleep tight NZ, don’t let reality bite…Vampires are real !!!

oh and another thing worth remembering is, Key isn't middle class.

He's transcended that to become ruling class...Part of that elite 1% that doesnt really give a shit whether you're middle class, underclass or lacking any class at all, just that you're in the 99% who only have to buy the bullshit the 1% are peddling to keep them ruling.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Luv for the 80's...synthpop

.......................TURN THE MUSIC UP !!!.......................

Sure you could harken back to previous times for the birth of electronica, but you had to love what happened when the great unwashed got hold of those mint as, and now vintage, synths in the 80's...

Lets just forget the fashion, the hair dos, the make up and cheesy videos though...Ok ?

And for goodness sake, though i'm posting in the middle of an election campaign in NZ, it's not the end of the world if Phil Goff gets in or John Key for another term, like it wasn't when Reagan and Thatcher got elected...but it was touch and go there for a while eh ?

Anyway, here's another 80 minutes of crossfaded childhood memories...

1. The Boomtown Rats - Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays
2. The Clash - Straight To Hell
3. Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie
4. Bros - When Will I Be Famous
5. Go West - We Close Our Eyes
6. Living in a Box - Living in a Box
7. Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
8. Yazoo - Don't Go
9. Gary Numan - Cars
10. Heaven 17 - geisha boys and temple girls
11. Flash And The Pan - - Waiting on a train
12. Wa Wa Nee - Stimulation
13. Kajagoogoo - Too Shy
14. Culture Club - Time
15. Elvis Costello - Everday I Write the Book
16. Orange Juice - Rip It Up
17. Naked Eyes - Promises Promises
18. Swing Out Sister - Breakout
19. Curiosity Killed The Cat - Down To Earth
20. Blow Monkeys - Diggin Your Scene
21. Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World
22. China Crisis - Black Man Ray
23. Simply Red - Holding Back The Years


...and don't ask me why there's no WHAM on there cos damn..George Michael was the shit back then !!!....No really...LOOK !!!