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Thursday, 29 November 2012

TALES FROM THE FLIPSIDE: ON THE CHRISTMAS HUSTLE!




Wednesday, 28 November 2012

MD GUESTS ON PLANET X, RADIO CITY TALK (DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO)



Here's the downloadable audio of my guest spot on Planet X a couple of weekends ago, on Liverpool's Radio City Talk. Here we really go in on the various manipulations and mind control techniques employed by the mainstream music industry, and how the game's noticeably been getting stepped up. 

Topics covered include the MK Ultra mind control of artists, the real reason behind the proliferation of Autotune, non-resonant recording frequencies, satanic symbolism in videos and stage shows, and the suggestion that the music industry sacrifices its own artists in covert occult rituals. 

The show, hosted by Neal Atkinson, is weekly, and is great stuff, addressing all kinds of alternative and suppressed subjects that the mainstream media rarely goes near. 


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

LISTEN AGAIN TO MD GUESTING ON PLANET X, RADIO CITY TALK


Finally managed to lay my hands on the audio to my guest spot on Planet X a couple of weekends ago, on Liverpool's Radio City Talk. Here we really go in on the various manipulations and mind control techniques employed by the mainstream music industry, and how the game's noticeably been getting stepped up.  The show is weekly, and is great stuff, addressing all kinds of alternative and suppressed subjects that the mainstream media rarely goes near. Catch it here.

OXFORDSHIRE GUARDIAN MUSIC COLUMN, 27/11/12


Like LL Cool J before him, Game is a rapper whose output has always been touch or go. When he's bad he's particularly lame, but when he's on form, his tracks are on fire. Such is the case with his new offering, 'Black Jesus', which will may well be considered a touch controversial by Christians. To be fair, much of its appeal comes from the sublime head-nodding beat courtesy of producer Sap, which reminds me of the one used on Styles P's 'The Life' a decade ago. It has 'banger' stamped all over it, and it's significantly different to other hip-hop output of the moment. Game's fifth album, entitled 'Jesus Piece', is due mid-December.


It's been shown so many times that artists have to display some patience in waiting to break through to pubic acclaim, and it doesn't happen before it's ready. I'm really hoping that the time has now come for the vocalist Chrisette Michele to make the transition. Her latest solo offering, 'Rich Hipster', is wonderfully classy and soulful and instantly catchy, with lyrics all about the good life, and a guest rap cameo from Wale. It's a taster for Chrisette's upcoming 'Audrey Hepburn: The Mixtape' project. Her fourth LP, 'Better', is to follow.


In today's over-crowded and fast-moving scene it's rare for a track to maintain a shelf life of three months, let alone for three years straight. This is an accolade that looks like being set by producer DJ Fresh, however, with his evergreen dancefloor destroyer 'Gold Dust'. First appearing in instrumental form in 2010, it benefitted from a vocal overhaul last year, launching it straight into universal banger status. Its impact is now extended further by another package of remixes. Most notable is the new working by drum & bass producer Shy FX, which starts out deceptively in reggae territory, before launching into full-blown furious D&B style. It's the sort of track that's likely to go down well everywhere, from the biggest superclub, right down to your local Yates'.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

THE SOUND OF NOW. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 24/11/12



Listen Again Download links:




DJ FRESH: GOLD DUST (SHY FX RE-EDIT)

RUDIMENTAL: NOT GIVING IN (ED RUSH REMIX)

LITTLE NIKKI: INTRO INTRO (DJ Q REMIX)

WILLY MOON: YEAH YEAH (A1 BASSLINE MIX)

JOURNALIST 103 FEAT. SAIGON & FASHAWN: HEAR ME

JUNIA T FEAT. SLAKAH THE BEATCHILD: YOU AND I

OLD TO THE NEW: 
JAY-Z FEAT. CHRISETTE MICHELLE: LOST ONES

CHRISETTE MICHELLE FEAT. WALE: RICH HIPSET

TERRACE MARTIN FEAT. PUNCH: IT'S REAL

STREET BEAT OF THE WEEK: 
GAME: BLACK JESUS

JAPAN AIRCRAFT: CHOIRS & NA NAS

SUNSEET: DOWNTOWN

PESHAY: PIANO TUNE

GOLDIE PRESENTS THE METALHEADZ: INNER CITY LIFE

MELLOW BAKU & THE FRIDAY PEOPLE: MAKE IT BRIGHTER

RITA ORA: SHINE YOUR LIGHT (2 BEARS MIX)

SAIGON: BLOWN AWAY

MURS & 9TH WONDER: IT'S OVER

THE SOUND OF THEN: 
STETSASONIC: TALKING ALL THAT JAZZ (1988)

PUBLIC ENEMY: DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE (1988)

ROB BASE & DJ EZ ROCK: IT TAKES TWO (1988)

SPIN DOCTORS: DJ STORMSKI NEW JACK WING REVIVAL MIX (PART 2)

THE SOUND OF NOW. PLAYLISTS & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 10/11/12 & 17/11/12



Here are the links to the last two weekends' shows too, previously unavailable due to assorted technical fails!





MD'S CLUB/ RADIO DATES, DECEMBER '12


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

Monday 24th December
CHRISTMAS EVE
The Green Man, Hemel Hempstead

Wednesday 26th December
BOXING DAY
Old School Jams, Yates', Bicester

Thursday 27th December
Fish Out Of Water, OX105FM, Oxford (7-9pm)

Saturday 29th December
The Sound Of '12, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)

Saturday 29th December
The Living Room, Bristol

Monday 31st December
NEW YEAR'S EVE
The Green Man, Hemel Hempstead


Wednesday, 21 November 2012

DEDICATED TO EVERYONE WHO'S EVER SAID ANY KIND OF DUMB SHIT TO A DJ...



STUPID SHIT PEOPLE SAY TO A DJ IN A CLUB/
THE EQUIVALENT THING TO SAY TO A CHEF IN A RESTAURANT

CAN'T YOU PLAY SOMETHING WE CAN DANCE TO?/
CAN'T YOU COOK SOMETHING WE CAN EAT?

CAN'T YOU PLAY SOMETHING WITH A BIT OF A BEAT?/
CAN'T YOU COOK SOMETHING WITH A BIT OF FLAVOUR?

IF YOU PLAY RIHANNA NEXT, EVERYONE WILL DANCE/
IF YOU COOK A SHEPHERD'S PIE, EVERYONE WILL EAT

YOU'VE GOT TO PLAY TO THE CROWD ... MAKE PEOPLE DANCE/
YOU'VE GOT TO COOK FOR THE DINERS... MAKE THEM EAT

I'M AN MC, BRUV. LET ME SPIT LYRICS ON THE MIC FOR A BIT, YEAH?/
I'M A COOK, BRUV. LET ME STIR UP A QUICK STEW ON YOUR OVEN, YEAH?

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S CALLED OR WHO IT'S BY, BUT IT WAS ON RADIO 1 LAST WEEK/
I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE DISH IS OR WHAT'S IN IT, BUT JAMIE OLIVER ONCE MADE IT

DO YOU HAVE THE NEW SOULJA BOY?
NO
HANG ON, I'VE GOT IT ON MY PHONE. CAN YOU PLAY IT OFF THAT?/ 
DO YOU HAVE TAGLIATELLI VERDI?
NO
HANG ON, I JUST BOUGHT SOME FROM WAITROSE. CAN YOU COOK IT UP FOR ME?

CAN YOU PLAY BRYAN ADAMS 'SUMMER OF 69' AND JASON DERULO 'RIDIN' SOLO'?
(IT'S AN UNDERGROUND HIP-HOP NIGHT/ 
CAN I HAVE SUSHI, FOLLOWED BY CHICKEN KORMA?
(IT'S A MEXICAN RESTAURANT)

HEY MR DJ! (WHILST MIMING ACTION OF SCRATCHING RECORD WITH HEADPHONE CUPPED TO EAR)
HEY MR CHEF! (WHILST MIMING ACTION OF WHISKING AN EGG WITH ONE HAND AND ROLLING SOME PASTRY WITH THE OTHER.)
*
HERE'S THE BOTTOM LINE. NO-ONE WOULD BE MORONIC ENOUGH TO SAY ANY OF THE SECOND PHRASES TO A CHEF 
IN A RESTAURANT, (OR WOULD BE MADE TO FEEL LIKE A TOTAL PLUM IF THEY DID), AND NO CHEF WOULD PUT UP WITH IT.

SO WHY DO WE DJ'S HAVE TO SUFFER THIS MONUMENTAL STUPIDITY EVERY FUCKING WEEKEND!
NOW DO YOU GET IT?!

Monday, 19 November 2012

PHOTOS FROM SOUL TRAIN, RADOST FX, PRAGUE



Pics from Saturday's excellent session of Soul Train at Radost FX, Prague, CZ.



Thursday, 15 November 2012

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.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

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.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

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!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

MD GUESTING ON PLANET X LIVE, RADIO CITY TALK, LIVERPOOL, THIS SUNDAY


Looking forward to getting up to Radio City Talk in Liverpool this Sunday to guest on the Planet X show. All about the Hidden Hand operating behind the scenes of the music industry.



Wednesday, 7 November 2012

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!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

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




Sunday, 4 November 2012

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

Thursday, 1 November 2012

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!



DJ STU CAMPBELL MIX ON 'JUST BUGGIN', SEPT 2009



Here's the recording of when Stu Campbell came in to guest on my radio show in September 2009, alongside DJ Cybernetic, aka Dale Colsell. They dropped a mix of 80s grooves and jazzy/ funky hip-hop, and we had a couple of little chats. Great memories.


R.I.P STU CAMPBELL, AKA DJ KAMBALICIOUS





Very saddened to hear my good DJ buddy Stu Campbell lost his long battle with illness and passed away today. Only a couple of days ago Stu announced on FB that he was dying and already he's gone. It's no sugar-coated flannel when I say Stu really was one of the most selfless and friendly people you could meet in an industry not renowned for its pleasant characters. 

He had a great sense of humour and an impeccable taste in soulful music, and I have happy memories of sharing many great gigs with him. It seems he was just too good for this nasty place and it was time for him to go home ... as we all will one day. Here's to an all round great guy, finally released from his pain. Thanks for the great memories, brother, and see you on the other side. It was a great gig.