Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Stateless - Mashin' Down the Walls...

Thanks to all that came out and rocked Amnesia this past Saturday - a packed house was treated to some serious beats and live sonics. I will be posting some audio over the next week, so keep checking back...

The special agent k started out with an early set, starting with roots and lover's rock, progressing into UK steppers, and then ending with some dubstep. All with his usual dubwise soundsystem approach - dropping siren sounds, reggae vocals, and even a speech by Nehru, (India's first prime minister) and dubbing it out with tape delays and spring reverb... Hold tight for his dubwise tabla sets which will be coming your way soon...

Tomas took the stage next as our featured DJ, and played some deep and dubby techno and house. I've never been much into house, but this was some spatial and soulful business here. Big up to DJ Tomas for a wicked set.

Lemonade came on next, our featured live act. They are a three person project with vocalist, bassist and kit drummer. It was a sort of Liquid Liquid meets Systemwide type of thing. I seriously enjoyed their set which was nice and raw, both noisy and thick with soul...

D Wurkur played a great set next, one which made the packed dancefloor dance and holler like crazy. I'm bummed that the minidisc player cut off halfway through his set, but it's still a tasty 30 minutes to listen to.

Roots and Wires Hi-Fi selector special agent k closed the evening with some drum and bass, mainly with south asian and reggae elements - including some killer more rockers tracks.

Make sure and make it out to the next Stateless in Febuary. We will have a soon to be announced guest DJ and live act. As well, we are working on getting some visuals going, so stay tuned as 2006 is going to be a good year for the Roots and Wires Hi-Fi sound!


Peter Broggs & Dub Creator - Igzabihier Yakal

Carrying on from my Music Beyond Borders show, I wanted to drop a post to highlight a recent album by Peter Broggs and Dub Creator.

For those who are not familiar, Peter Broggs is one of many reggae journey men who have been quietly blessing the world with their beautiful music despite very little in the way of monetary gain. Broggs has been recording since the late 1970s.

I was first exposed to him way back in the mid-1980s when I came across his 1982 album "Rastafari Liveth." It was a revelation to my young ears. More recently, music lovers have been able to hear the reissue of his debut album, 1979's "Progressive Youth." A cracking Roots Radics backed set with Scientist at the mixing boards.

Peter has been championed by the UK digital roots movement as well. In the early 2000s he recorded with the UK's Steve "Jah Warrior" Mosco. Out of this creative firmament came the brilliant vocal album "Jah Golden Throne."

A dub set, "Jah Golden Throne Dubwise," followed on the now defunct BSI records out of Portland, Oregon, USA.

Unfortunately, hard times have befallen Peter as he had a stroke some time ago. All of the revenue from his latest set backed by Amsterdam's Dub Creator and released on the King Shiloh Imprint will go to pay for his medical bills in Jamaica.

I would encourage all lovers of strong digital roots stepping time dubwise to check for this album. At the time of writing EBreggae and ReggaeMusicStore have it in stock.

Andy G

Music Beyond Borders Playlist

I am writing this one on a heavy dose of coffee after two hours of sleep. The old 4 AM to 6 AM radio slot that used to be so easy back in the university days is rough in this time.

The show went smooth despite the youth "Quieto" having some problems with his alarm clock. He awoke from his slumber and got to the station just as the second hour began.

The playlist went as follows:

Brian Eno & Harold Budd - Lost in Humming Air
Sacred System - Amrita Flux
Rootsman - Cheb Ragga
Alex Haley - Spoken Word
African Head Charge - Some Bizarre
Orlando Julius & the Afro Sounders - Alo Mi Alo (pts. 1&2)
Mitsuhiro Toike - Landing
Eddie Hazel - California Dreaming
Bollywood Brass Band - Gur Nalon Ishk Mitha
Peter Broggs - Signs of the Times
Dub Creator - Warning Signs dub
Can - Halleluhwah
Bembeya Jazz National - Sina Mousso

And than Quieto's set:

2/5 BZ - Kurtulus Yok
Cameron de la Isla - Al Verte Las Flores Lloran
Daara J - Boomerang
Immortal Technique - Peruvian Cocaine
Nettle feat. Aziz Aridi - Cancion Hip Hop Arabe
Ove Naxx - Man Man Man Man!
Super Etoile de Dakar - Cely
Welmo - La Causa
Ifang Bondi - Saya

You can check the set out by clicking here. Just scroll down to "Music Beyond Borders Tuesday, January 31, 2006 4:00 am." Hope you enjoy the set.


Monday, January 30, 2006

Roots and Wires Returns to the Radio! Yu Learn!!

Roots and Wires return to the airwaves!

On Tuesday 31 January 2006 Roots and Wires sound dimensional selector Andy G will be returning to the airwaves of 90.1 KPFT FM Houston Pacifica radio’s Music Beyond Borders show.

This two hour session will find Andy G selecting a broad range of dubwise and global sounds along side a former student of his. The teacher meets the student in educational sonic conference. No doubt the teacher will become the student when the rolls reverse and Carlos Delclos a.k.a. “Quieto” drops a varied selection of tunes culled from somewhere between Barcelona and the blogsphere.

Quieto is a progressive youth with roots in Spain. Folklorist, activist, travel writer, and cultural commentator are just a few of his many guises. He is an active writer having contributed to Fait POUM! Magazine as a scribe and editor. He also regularly posts on his blog, La Mancha (http://lmncha.blogspot.com <http://lmncha.blogspot.com/> ).

He will be sending plenty of ruff sounds out into the ether: Camaron de la Isla, Ove Naxx, Liebert, Pau Riba, Ghislain Poirier, and Welmo are just a few.

So check it. You can tune in live from 4 to 6 AM Central Time on 90.1 FM KPFT Houston or stream it 24/7 by visiting this link and scrolling down to “Music Beyond Boarders Tuesday, January 31, 2006 4:00 am”