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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

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. 

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.



Sunday, 27 January 2013

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 


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

Saturday, 26 January 2013

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.

Monday, 21 January 2013

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

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.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

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

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'. 


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

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.

Monday, 14 January 2013

GEMS FROM THE ARCHIVES: THE SWING SHIFT, GALAXY 101, YEAR-END 1997



Time for another delve into the archives which has turned up my two year-end Swing Shift shows on Galaxy 101 from 1997 - in my opinion the last consistently decent year for R&B and hip-hop before the rot set in!  Listen and enjoy.






Sunday, 13 January 2013

THE SOUND OF NOW. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 12/1/13









KATY B, GEENEUS & JESSIE WARE. AALIYAH (EXTENDED)

DAVID MORALES FEAT. ULTRA NATE. PLANET CALLED LOVE (SAMI DEES FLAMANTIC MIX)

INNER LIFE. AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH (WHITENOIZE REMIX)

DONNA SUMMER. I FEEL LOVE (DJ MEME REMIX)

JAY-Z: PRAY (9TH WONDER REMIX)

MASTA KILLA. FOOD

OLD TO THE NEW:
RAKIM: NEW YORK (YA OUT THERE?) (1997)

RAKIM: BRING IT ON

DJ ELEVEN. LAST BEAT (KUTCORNERS REMIX)

DISCOSOCKS. MOTIVATION 

STREET BEAT OF THE WEEK:
DESTINY'S CHILD" NUCLEAR

URAZ KURT: MISSED CONNECT

CHRISETTE MICHELE FEAT. DUNSON & BILAL: CAN THE COOL BE LOVED

FUNKY DL: ODE TO NUJABES (FUNKYDELIC RE-EDIT)

KAYLA: ONLY LONELY (SUBMERS REMIX)

SAFFIRE D'SOUL: SWEET MUSIC

ARLISSA. STICKS AND STONES (MJ COLE REMIX)

BASENIA FEAT. SARAH FOLEY. GO INSANE

CTA FEAT. FELONY DISCO. WHO CARES (BANVOX REMIX)

SPIN DOCTORS: DJ MONIZ (CARDIFF) HIP-HOP MIX

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

GEMS FROM THE ARCHIVES - JIMMY 'JAM' & TERRY LEWIS BEATMASTERS MIX


Time to exhume some back-in-the-day mixes for another airing. Here's an excursion into 80s and early 90s soul and funk grooves for starters, from the absolute masters of the craft that were Jimmy 'Jam' and Terry Lewis. Enjoy!


Monday, 7 January 2013

MD'S CLUB/ RADIO DATES, JAN/ FEB '13



Friday 11th January
The Living Room, Milton Keynes

Saturday 12th January
The Sound Of Now, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)

Saturday 12th January
The Living Room, Bristol

Saturday 19th January
The Sound Of Now, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)

Saturday 19th January
The Earl, The Second Bridge, Bath


Friday 25th January 
The Living Room, Milton Keynes

Saturday 26th January
The Sound Of Now, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)

Saturday 26th January
The Living Room, Bristol

Saturday 2nd February
The Sound Of Now, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)

Saturday 2nd February
Sumthin' Sumthin', The Living Room, Glasgow, SCOTLAND

Friday 8th February
The Living Room, Milton Keynes

Saturday 9th February
The Sound Of Now, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)

Saturday 9th February
The Living Room, Bristol

Saturday 16th February
The Sound Of Now, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)

Saturday 16th February
The Earl, The Second Bridge, Bath

Saturday 23rd February
The Sound Of Now, OX105FM, Oxford (6-8pm)

Friday 22nd February
The Living Room, Milton Keynes

Saturday 23rd February
The Living Room, Bristol


OXFORDSHIRE GUARDIAN MUSIC COLUMN, 7/1/13



If you want to get a feel on what went down over the past 12 months in music - and the entertainment world generally - Virginia rapper Skillz is your man. Each year for the past decade, he's delivered his Rap Up, a humorous five-minute take on the year. His 2012 offering appeared a couple of weeks ago, covering everything from the birth of Jay-Z and Beyonce's daughter to Drake and Chris Brown scrapping in a club. Sadly, however, Skillz has revealed that this is the last year he'll be doing the Rap Up, after presumably reaching burn-out point. Some consolation comes from the fact that UK rapper Mystro, inspired by Skillz, started producing his British take on the same concept a few years ago, and will hopefully continue holding the baton with this popular annual institution.


Katy B earned herself the questionable title of 'queen of dubstep' when she emerged in 2010 with the likes of Katy On A Mission and Lights On. She's been a little quiet of late, but has clearly been putting in the work as a new EP has now appeared entitled Danger. Its five tracks are highly diverse, but the most familiar treatment comes on the song 'Aaliyah', which turns out not to be about the late R&B singer, but about some random femme fatale. It features Geenus, and one of 2012's brightest discoveries, Jessie Ware, (definitely not to be confused with Jessie J!) It's great, moody, bass-heavy stuff.


The Rub Crew out of Brooklyn, New York City, consists of DJ Eleven, DJ Ayres and Cosmo Baker, and they're known for rocking lively and eclectic parties all over the city. They're also known for venturing into the studio occasionally, and Eleven's latest output is a soulful dance track called Last Beat, vocalled by Sharina Doyle. It comes in various mixes, the Kutcorners version being the one I favour. 


Catch all these tunes and many more like them on my weekly show on OX105FM. The Sound Of Now runs every Saturday from 6 to 8pm.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

THE SOUND OF NOW. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 29/12/12



The off-key vibes permeating the first few days of 2013 have seen to it that there's no Listen Again recording of yesterday's radio show, or indeed, of the classic Fish Out Of Water edition of the other week, (technology - it's 'the future' folks - apparently.) But here at least are the Listen Again links for last weekend's show, putting the lid on 2012 for the last time with many of the favourite tracks that I busted on the show. 



THE SOUND OF NOW, WITH MARK DEVLIN, OX105FM
PLAYLIST FOR SATURDAY 29TH DECEMBER 2012

THE 2012 RETROSPECTIVE, PART 2


BRIA VALENTE. 2NITE (DAVID ALEXANDER CLUB REMIX)

STAFFAN THORSELL: LIVING THE LIFE 

POUSSEZ: PASSIN THRU (SEAN MCCABE VOCAL REMIX)

SUNBURST BAND: IN THE THICK OF IT (JN ENDLESS SUMMER REMIX)

DAVID SHAW FEAT. CAROLYN HARDING: WHEN LOVE CALLS

HANI & ANDREA MARTIN: IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

JOEY NEGRO VS SHEA SOUL. NO SUGAR (JOEY'S LONDON BUMP MIX)

DAVID MORALES FEAT. ROISIN MURPHY: GOLDEN ERA

JOHNNIKK: OPEN UP YOUR EYES

ISAAC CHRISTOPHER: BEEN THRU THE HOUSE

WHO YORK PLAYERS: PARTY GOING ON

HOOLIGAN SOUL: SHOUT LOUD (GLOBAL STEPPERS MIX)

JESSIE WARE: 110 PER CENT

KROITERKOPF. LOUNGING RHODES 

UP YOURS: TONIGHT

JESSE RIVERA. ONE DAY 

JNO: GOOD LIFE (JUAN PACIFICO LONG MIX)

JAY ELECTRONICA: DEAR MOLESKINE

DJ KHALED FEAT. SCARFACE & NAS: HIP HOP

JEAN GRAE: KILL SCREEN

BUDDY FEAT. KENDRICK LAMAR: STAIRCASES

SANTIGOLD: DISPARATE YOUTH (RC MIX)

SPEECH DEBELLE FEAT. ROOTS MANUVA & REALISM: BLAZE UP A FIRE

MASTA ACE: SLOW DOWN

CONSEQUENCE: TRUST FUND BABY

NAS: THE DON

LUPE FIASCO: AROUND MY WAY (FREEDOM AIN'T FREE)

MURS & FASHAWN: THE OTHER SIDE

BIG SHUG: FOR THE REAL

GAME: BLACK JESUS

KAMILAH SUMNER: LOVE OPERATOR







Wednesday, 2 January 2013

DOWNLOAD THE SOUND OF '12 MIXES - EXCITING NEW MUSIC FROM THE PAST 12 MONTHS




Even in spite of the mind-wasting garbage in the mainstream ... 2012 has actually been a fantastic year for real new music!  In March, I started The Sound Of Now on OX105FM in Oxford, which was a new experience for me. Rather than focus on strictly hip hop/ R&B/ 'urban', I started to showcase what I considered to be good new music from across different genres - soulful house, garage, bassline, D&B, as well as the underground hip-hop stuff.

It's been hugely encouraging to see so many great tunes still being made, and I'm genuinely inspired by all this stuff. Being open-minded sure pays off. So this year I'm officially retiring my year-end Bangers series to offer two The Sound Of '12 mixes, highlighting my favourite sounds from the past months of the show. Listen without prejudice for two interesting, inspiring and rewarding audio journeys. (Sadly, the automated Gestapo at Soundcloud objected to the algorithms on one of the tracks, hence Mixcloud. But below are the Mediafire links to be able to download them, meanwhile, as Mixcloud doesn't seem to have caught up with that concept yet.)

Mix 1 (Hip hop to D&B):




Mix 2 (Soulful/ Funky House):



There's so more to music than Rick Ross and Nikki Minaj!

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MARK DEVLIN: THE SOUND OF '12 MIX 1 - 78:29

JAY ELECTRONICA: DEAR MOLESKINE
DJ KHALED FEAT. SCARFACE & NAS: HIP HOP
JEAN GRAE: KILL SCREEN
BUDDY FEAT. KENDRICK LAMAR: STAIRCASES
SANTIGOLD: DISPARATE YOUTH (RC MIX)
SPEECH DEBELLE FEAT. ROOTS MANUVA & REALISM: BLAZE UP A FIRE
MASTA ACE: SLOW DOWN
CONSEQUENCE: TRUST FUND BABY
NAS: THE DON
LUPE FIASCO: AROUND MY WAY (FREEDOM AIN'T FREE)
MURS & FASHAWN: THE OTHER SIDE
BIG SHUG: FOR THE REAL
GAME: BLACK JESUS
KAMILAH SUMNER: LOVE OPERATOR
NY: TROPHY BOY (TODD EDWARDS REMIX)
RITA ORA: SHINE YOUR LIGHT (2 BEARS REMIX)
LITTLE NIKKI: INTRO INTRO (DJ Q REMIX)
NAS & ALRLISSA VS. 10 BELOW: HARD TO LOVE SOMEBODY
DJ FRESH FEAT. MS DYNAMITE: GOLD DUST (SHY FX RE-EDIT)
MILK. BROKE UP THE FAMILY (KENNY KEN REMIX)
DR. MEAKER: MUSIC IN THE NIGHT
DR MEAKER: FIGHTER (UNREAL MIX) 



MARK DEVLIN: THE SOUND OF '12 MIX 2 - 73:47

BRIA VALENTE. 2NITE (DAVID ALEXANDER CLUB REMIX)
STAFFAN THORSELL: LIVING THE LIFE 
POUSSEZ: PASSIN THRU (SEAN MCCABE VOCAL REMIX)
SUNBURST BAND: IN THE THICK OF IT (JN ENDLESS SUMMER REMIX)
DAVID SHAW FEAT. CAROLYN HARDING: WHEN LOVE CALLS
HANI & ANDREA MARTIN: IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
JOEY NEGRO VS SHEA SOUL. NO SUGAR (JOEY'S LONDON BUMP MIX)
DAVID MORALES FEAT. ROISIN MURPHY: GOLDEN ERA
JOHNNIKK: OPEN UP YOUR EYES
ISAAC CHRISTOPHER: BEEN THRU THE HOUSE
WHO YORK PLAYERS: PARTY GOING ON
HOOLIGAN SOUL: SHOUT LOUD (GLOBAL STEPPERS MIX)
JESSIE WARE: 110 PER CENT
KROITERKOPF. LOUNGING RHODES 
UP YOURS: TONIGHT
JESSE RIVERA. ONE DAY 
JNO: GOOD LIFE (JUAN PACIFICO LONG MIX)