Wednesday, June 29, 2011



+/ Intro
+/ Mongo Santamaria : Mambo Mongo Joe Claussell remix (Fania)
+/ Beastie Boys feat. Santigold : don’t play a game that I can win (Capitol)
+/ Nas : nasty (CBS)
+/ Quantic Y su Combo Barbaro : mas pas Dj Day remix (Tru Thoughts)
+/ Colman Brothers : she who dares (Wah Wah 45's)
+/ Hackney Collieri Band : no diggity (Wah Wah 45's)
+/ Floyd Lawson : rooftop sugar (Record Kicks)
+/ Pedders : hankuri (GAMM)
+/ Raphael Saadiq : moving down the line (Columbia)
+/ Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 : african soldier (Knitting Factory)
+/ The Mighty Show Stoppers : shaft in africa (Freestyle)
+/ Colman Brothers : el nino (Wah Wah 45's)
+/ Mongo Santamaria : funk down Joe Claussell Remix (Fania)
+/ Ikebe Shakedown : tujunga (Ubiquity)
+/ Dego feat. Obenewa : love and hate you (2000 Black)
+/ Mizz Beats : pimpin (Eglo)
+/ Azymuth : roda piao Spiritual South remix (Far Out)
+/ Omar & Zed Bias : dancing (Tru Thoughts)
+/ Ramadanman : working with (Night Slugs)
+/ Pinch : Croydon House (Swamp 81)
+/ Four Tet : Pinnacles (Text)
+/ Addisson Groove : work it (Swamp 81)
+/ Pharoahe Monch : feat. Showtyme & Dj Boogie Blind : clap one day (Duckdown)
+/ Quantic y Su Combo Los Miticos del Ritmo : step into the world (Tru Thoughts)
+/ La Banda 20 de Julio de Repellon : la pita (Soundway)
+/ Cantina Y Su Combo : Santa Marta cumbia (Soundway)
+/ Young Montana : sacre cool (Alphapup)
+/ Dimlite : loins (Now Again)
+/ Opolopo feat. Amalia : bonafide (Tokyo Dawn)
+/ Inner Life : make it last forever M&M Mix (BBE)
+/ Randa & The Soul Syndrome : the things (Freestyle)
+/ Brassroots : good life (Brownswood)
+/ Silkie : float (Deep Medi)
+/ Africa Hitech : cyclic sun (Warp)


Saturday, June 18, 2011


Lately, while listening to the radioshows I usually listen to (Benji B, Gilles P, amongst others), I hear the word "legend" too much. "The lengendary this, the outstanding that, this cat is pure legend" are words that are coming very often in one's mouth. If the word fits for the late Gil Scott Heron (for example) or for Lolleata Holloway (Rest In Power, both of you), I don't think it fits when one talks about dubstep or electro artists that released the huge amount of 3 twelve inches and/or half a decent album. Put it on the speed of the 2.0 digital life nowadays, or the need to create characters that stand out; but I trully believe that, for most of those cats, the title "Legend" comes far too early. I even know a belgian deejay that hails himself as a legend in interviews and on posters. When I read or hear that, I have to hold my breath not to die laughing.

Real legends are capable of persistance and stamina; real legends reinvent themselves every so often by adding a sustantial element to their carreer. Real legends are key and influential figures in what they create. Real legends stand the test of time. Wankers eventually stand the test of hype. And when, a legend disappoints, it goes down to a very nice souvenir. Like Rakim, for example. Amongst others. Recently, I went to attend a show by Slayer with Megadeth as an opening act. Two of the Big 4 in thrash metal (along with Anthrax and Metallica). Megadeth went down in the rankings and became a nice memory. Slayer stepped up.

So, on thursday night, my better half took me to the movies. Not to any movie, but to a movie whose subject is a real legend. You may have heard about him. He is called Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister. 49% motherfucker; 51% son of a bitch, as the title of the movie suggests. The man's carreer spans almost 40 years. In bands that made the legend in their own game ... Hawkwind, Mötörhead ... I mean, yo !

Those who know me personaly know that I grew up on rock n roll as much as on hip hop, soul and jazz. You also know I've been to 25 (or so) Mötorhead shows. My son has the name Lemmy as 4th name. Yes, I'm a fan. Althought, I don't buy and listen to their albums (except for the "Live at Hammersmith").

His legend starts being the roadie for Jimi Hendrix, but the carreer started a few years before. Playing in small time bands. Someone suggested that the rest in just bonus. Sorry James but I can't agree on that point of view. The rest is where the real legend begins. And it is still in the making. The stamina, the perseverance, becoming an icon. There stands the legend. Not before. Not further. As Dave Grohl puts it : "while the so-called legends are living the big life in the most expensive hotels in Paris, dating top models and sipping champagne, touring every so often, Lemmy is probalbly drinking Jack and Coke on the road and producing another record". Everything is said in that quote. Lemmy keeps on doing what he needs to do, what he does best. So should I ... so should you. Pursuing the need, the vow of integrity, no matter the changes of hype and fashion.

I organise my beliefs in a very pagan way. Around trees and other natural beauties (I prayed when I first saw the Fish River Canyon in Namibia), musicians, authors, film makers. And I firmly believe that concert halls and sport arenas are the cathedrals of our times. Attending a show by the Beastie Boys, George Clinton, or Mötorhead are pagan celebrations in their own right, attend a football game at Camp Nou with the FC Barcelona Cuvée 2009-11 is a pagan celebration in its own right. Going there, watch a movie by, or with, Clint Eastwood, read a book by James Ellroy or Gary Victor is equivalent to going to church in my opinion. And as much as Church can be an institution, those who remain wild and pagan remain the real guards of the temple. By being so, they open the doors, add new ways of doing things, they make the institution move forward. They make the insiders of the institution look back at it and start the process of improving it. Because they are very much looked at and observed.

Hagiographers tend to be very fast at giving one the status of a legend. Especially when one passed away. It is their core business to do so. But looking back at that point of view should lead you to the conclusion thatAs hagiographical as this movie can be, the legend was made before the film makers even thought about making it. And Lemmy is still alive and kicking. Without him, the world of rock n roll wouldn't be the same. It wouldn't have evolved to what it is nowadays. Lemmy is the guardian of the Rock N Roll temple. Because of his integrity. The rest is history.


Friday, June 17, 2011


Mo & Grazz remixed by Monkey Robot, Smimooz and more quality producers around this small country ... Check this out ... and grab this for free ...


Thursday, June 16, 2011


Paris-based vocalist Sandra Nkaké and friends created 'A Place for You' as their tribute to the late Gil Scott Heron (RIP). Based on Gil's cover of 'Inner City Blues' the tribute features Jean Phi Dary on rhodes, Antoine Berjeaut on trumpet, Matthieu Ouaki on guitar, Jî Drû on flute and of course Sandra Nkaké on vocals.

Sandra asked Mark de Clive Low to remix the song, which he did ...


The complete album is available HERE.


Sunday, June 12, 2011


As the allmighty Wu will be at Vooruit on june 29th ...

Via Hip Hop Chronicle


Saturday, June 11, 2011


Not one, but 2 dope mixes by the Dopeman aka Kenny Dope from Masters At Work fame ... crate-digger, producer, dj ... an icon, really ...

The first mix is dedicated to A Tribe Called Quest :

Underground Tribe Mix by Kenny Dope

The Second mix is a old school joints mix ...

Old Skool (HIP HOP) by Kenny Dope

In both cases, click on the arrow to download ...


Via Kevin Nottingham

Friday, June 10, 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011


As 2000 Black announced the release of the forthcoming album by Dego, Dj Brainchild recorded a mixtape with exclusive material, already released songs by the man, etc ...

Sounds good to me ...



Jazz Neversleeps / JtotheC - Take Care Of You from On-Point TV on Vimeo.

On Point, as a blog, started many years ago with very high quality content. On Point, as a record label started last year. The main release is "Blend" by Uphigh Collective feat. Delvis.
It started as a joke, a birthday present from one friend (Alex, the boss) to another (J to The C, a very talented artist).
This is the forthcoming release from the label. Featuring Jazzneversleeps and J To The C. The vynil pressing is limited to 300 copies and delivered with a downloading code. You can pre-order HERE and HERE.


OP05 - Jazz Neversleeps - TakeCareOfYou ft. Jtothec / Diepgank - snippets by on-point

Liner notes:

After his debut release on On-Point Records' third 7inch single, Jazz Neversleeps has proven to be one bass heavy monster. A mere six months later, and with support from the likes of Omar S, Moodymann, Charles Webster, San Soda, Nosedrip, Ondasonora, Om Unit and Lefto, this single sees him taking things up another notch. Exploring all sides of the dancefloor, latenight, early morning, peaktime craze with the vocal deepness. Genre-hopping like there is no tomorrow.

'Take Care Of You' shows JtotheC in his deepest of modes, multi-layered vocalist extraordinaire, he's been making name since his lo-fi Nono 7inch, and Getta2Getta broken beat anthem have gotten him to share the stage with the likes of Aloe Blacc, Baloji, Selah Sue, Moiano, Fata and many more.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


One of my favorite tracks from the "W.A.R" album by Pharoahe Monch ... feat. Styles P (The Lox) on the rhymes and Phonte (Foreign Exchange) on the chorus ...

Via Soul Culture.


+/ On y est arrivés. C’est la dernière Strictly Niceness de la saison numéro 9. C’est l’anniversaire aussi. En famille. Comme chaque année. Dj Eleven le Fils Prodigue, Dj Reedoo le Divin Chauve, et les résidents Bernard Dobbeleer et Kwak. Une bien belle nuit en perspective.
La prochaine saison verra plusieurs changements notoires. Mais c’est une autre histoire. Plus d’infos suivront très bientôt.

+/ Het is weer zover. De laatste Strictly Niceness van het negende seizoen. Zoals elk jaar vieren we tevens onze verjaardag. Een familiaal gebeuren.. Kom het met ons meevieren op 11 juni. DJ Eleven the Prodigal Son, DJ Reedoo the Divine Baldhead en residents Bernard Dobbeleer en DJ Kwak achter de draaitafels voor alweer een zotte nacht.

Het volgende seizoen zijn er veel veranderingen op komst. Maar dat is een ander verhaal. Binnenkort meer nieuws!

+/ It’s that time of the year again. The last Strictly Niceness of the season number 9. It’s the anniversary also. As every year. A family thing. On june 11th, come and celebrate with us. Dj Eleven the Prodigal Son, Dj Reedoo the divine Baldhead and the residents Bernard Dobbeleer and Dj Kwak behind the decks for a crazy night.
The next season will see plenty of changes. But it’s another story. More info will follow very soon.

Monday, June 6, 2011


Dego, from 4 Hero (thanks Bla for the correction) fame, is about to release a new album with Taylor Mc Ferrin, Nia Andrews, Obenewa or Kaidi Tatham amongst others ... You heard one of the new tracks on The Back To Niceness Show a couple of weeks ago ...
The track presented here will not be featured on the album and is exclusively released via Put Me On It and Rappers I Know.

d e g o "What Ever" feat LuvBugz by ameliaideh


Friday, June 3, 2011


Courtesy of the Mello Music Group, Georgia Ann Muldrow and Dudley Perkins are offering their album called "Mothaship Connect" to their listeners ... The beats are produced by GA, Flying Lotus, Oh No, Black Milk and it features Kool G Rap, MED, Rapper Big Pooh and Black Milk on the Mic device ... Amongst others ...

Dudley smokes it with his complex multi layered and mystical rhyming ... As for Georgia, she does her usual business, between signing and deconstructed melodies ...

All in all, a very nice album ...


Thursday, June 2, 2011


I remember attending a live show from The Foreign Beggars gang lest year at Worldwide Festival. It was nothing but insane. The sound was incredibly powerful, the entered the stage jumping and left the stage one and a half hourt later, they were still jumping. Their energy reminded me of some punk-hardcore and metal shows I attended back in the days with bands like Biohazard, Cro-Mags, Pantera, Slayer amongst others. Their rhyming was tight as a needle's eye, and again, the sound was ferocious. Especially on a Funktion One soundsystem. Sick show, very nice time ... And one question at the end of the show : "What the f*** was that ?"

The Beggars are back with an EP called "The Harder they Fall", to cut a long story short, it has awesome and intricate rhyming upon crazy grime and dubstep beats. Can't wait to listen to that on a big phat soundsystem.

In the shops as from June 6th.

Preorder HERE



Those who know me personally know that I'm a reggae fiend and a fan of David Rodigan. The Gentleman Rudeboy helped launching the rocket called "Reggae Music" in England and therefore, in the entire world. There is a legend saying that if there is one dubplate by Bob Marley, it should be in Rodigan's box ... Anyway, here is another compilation curated by the man and to be released on the mighty BBE label. It's called "Dubwize shower" and it's dedicated to dub as you might have guessed ...

In the shops as from july 25th.

Press Release :

Dub music originated in the studios of Kingston, Jamaica in the early 1970’s as recording engineers began experimenting with analogue tapes using personally customised delay, echo and reverb effects. It was, in effect, the next step on from a straight instrumental recording or version. The idea of breaking down the elements in a traditional recording and choosing to hi-light vocals and various instruments in an echo chamber had a major impact on dancers in the Jamaican lawns, where the enormous sound systems would play.

The main protagonists of this unique development in sound creation were the sound engineers King Tubby (who actually owned his own sound system) Errol T. Thompson, Lee Perry and Sylvan Morris.

This album ‘Dubwize Showers’ is primarily a compilation of classic dub recordings made by those prolific engineers whilst also encompassing the work of younger contributors to the genre such as Alborosie and Da Grynch. The id! eal conditions in which to enjoy these tracks is when they are being pumped out of an enormous, heavy duty sound system where the full effect and legacy of Jamaican Dub music can be fully appreciated.

It was these dub recordings which have influenced and inspired many of our greatest drum and bass and dubstep producers.
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