EARLIER this year, for reasons too complicated to go into here, I had reason to be looking for kids from an estate in Preston who made their own music.
It turned out that the supposedly uncommunicative and hard-to-reach youth on this particular estate were absolutely into communicating with the outside world, but you’d only know about it if you looked on MySpace.
Although broadly ‘urban’ in origin, the music they’re coming up with ranges from grime and dubstep to 4×4 bassline and straightforward hip hop. In the comments for each profile, it’s all about barz, beefs, merking and endz and a lot of the time I don’t have a fucking clue what they’re on about, to be honest – though I have a pretty good idea – but one name seems to crop up time and again.
Dub P is the local producer who puts together the tracks many of the MCs rhyme over, and the guy clearly has talent. It also seems like he takes no shit from the boyz in the hoodies he works with.
According to his profile: “I don’t care about who u run with, who u beef, as long as u can spit on time, clear an real, then I’ll sort u out ..”
I like Dub P a lot. Check his stuff out here.
Even earlier this year, an old friend and colleague who, unlike me, is still held in enough regard by what remains of the music industry to get free albums sent to him, gave me a link for the full press download of Love, the latest album by San Francisco stoner-rock legends Flipper. Yeah. So fuck you, Mr Music Biz-Man.
Oh. They released it themselves.
Erm, anyway, I liked them well enough back in the day to buy Ha Ha Ha, Sex Bomb, Generic and some live ROIR cassette but I was never into Flipper like I was the Fall or the Buttholes, for example.
They were a bit slow for me. And there was never much chance of seeing them live in the UK. Having said that, I’ve been playing the album – which is released by their own Flipper Records – a lot. Maybe my metabolism has finally slowed down enough for me to appreciate them fully.
There’s no great stylistic leap forward, and Love is made up of the same sludgy, basic drone-rock Flipper have been cranking out for the best part of three decades, with singer Bruce Loose still angry, still resentful, still addressing the longstanding Flipper concerns of love and sex and not doing your homework. It’s tried and tested but it works for me.
Have a listen for yourself. Here’s the album’s opener, Be Good, Child.
After all that serious bloke music stuff, time for something lighter – though you should be warned that rain and Blackpool feature heavily.
It’s probably about five years ago now since me and my old friend Mondo del Fuego (a former bassist with the Abrasive Wheels, trivia fans), put together a ‘re-edit’ of killer new-wave disco tune Kiss Me Again by Dinosaur (also known as Arthur Russell and Nicky Siano – please do your homework if you don’t know who these people are).
Mondo provided the studio, the production expertise and the musical ability and I provided the glamour. I also skinned up a lot. Okay, I might have done a little one-fingered keyboard playing too. We never did anything with the track in the end and it’s not as if Kiss Me Again really needed re-editing in the first place. But y’know, I like it.
So last week, the missus and me were going to Blackpool anyway, it was raining and I wanted to do some filming with my beautiful new Flip Ultra, so I thought I’d stick our edit, Again & Again, over the top of the footage I took and see what happened.
Well, here is what happened. I know it’s a bit crappy and amateurish but I really enjoyed putting it together and I think I’m going to do a bit more of this kind of stuff, so don’t complain that you haven’t had fair warning. I’m sure I’ll get better at it, eventually. Most likely.
And finally, against my better judgement, I’ve re-upped a load of tracks I’ve featured on Expletive Undeleted in the past. I say against my better judgement because, as much as I like people being able to listen to the stuff I’m talking about, I don’t really see why I should expose myself to possible bandwidth strangulation for the type of people who download stuff and then fuck off into the wild blue yonder without even thinking about leaving a comment. To me, that’s just fucking rude.
So have a mooch around the site for stuff by people like Jah Shaka, Wire, Swans and the Cramps etc – I’ll be putting more stuff back up and generally sorting out the site over the next few days – but leave a comment if you find anything you like. Or not.
Either way, you’ll get a free tune. But if you don’t leave a comment the karmic imbalance will have far-reaching and profound implications for your future well-being.
Let’s be careful out there people.