"Music in the soul can be heard by the universe."

— LAO TZU

Al Fingers is a DJ, producer and cultural historian based in London.

William Burroughs – Godfather of the Mashup?

This week, to mark the launch of an exhibition of photographs by William S Burroughs, Gautam Malkani wrote an interesting piece for the Financial Times linking Burroughs’ “cut-up” techniques to modern day mashup and digital remix culture. I met Gautam at The Photographer’s Gallery to preview the show and test out his theories. Read the full article here.

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Muro – Diggin’ Greensleeves

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Diggin’ Greensleeves is a new mix CD by the Japanese “King of Diggin”, DJ Muro, featuring his pick of the Greensleeves back catalogue (recorded from his extensive vinyl collection) as well as dubs from Johnny Osbourne and Ranking Joe. It will be released on AWDR/LR2 on 18 September alongside a limited edition seven-inch of Johnny Osbourne’s “Ice Cream Love” b/w Toyan’s “Children Children”.

The striking cover art is by Novol, who took inspiration from two early Greensleeves LP covers by the artist and engineer/producer, Paul “Groucho” SmykleWeakheart Fadeaway by Ranking Joe (1978) and Goldmine Dub by The Revolutionaries (1979).

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The second Greensleeves LP, Weakheart Fadeaway by Ranking Joe (1978). Illustration: Paul “Groucho” Smykle.

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The fourth Greensleeves LP, Goldmine Dub by the Revolutionaries (1979). Illustration: Paul “Groucho” Smykle.

 

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Limited edition seven-inch release, featuring original Greensleeves label artwork and Uxbridge Road address.

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Diggin’ Greensleeves is released on 18 September on AWDR/LR2.
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See also Greensleeves The First 10 Years.

 

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Rice And Peas X Sassafrass

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Having tried in vain to track down the dancehall poster don, Denzil “Sassafras” Naar, I began to wonder whether he was still alive. But his recent collaboration with Japanese apparel brand Rice & Peas shows that, thankfully, he is!

Using new Sassa illustrations, Rice & Peas (part of Tokyo-based 24×7 Records) have produced a dope selection of tees, totes, mugs and other bits, currently only available at the 24×7 online store and a few select shops across Japan.

See also the Rice & Peas Tony McDermott tee from a couple of years ago.

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Say Watt? Exhibition Celebrates The Cult Of The Sound System

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Launching at La Gaîté Lyrique gallery, Paris this Friday, Say Watt? The Cult Of The Sound System is a new exhibition celebrating the culture and history of the soundsystem, from its origins in Jamaica to its adoption and adaptation around the world. Exhibits include Lick it Back‘s restored King Tubby‘s Hometown Hi-Fi speaker boxes, photographs by Beth Lesser and Lyle Owerko, and the album jacket and poster artwork of Jamaican artists, Wilfred Limonious and Denzil “Sassafras” Naar (both of whom featured recently in the Art in the Dancehall exhibition). The Limonious pieces are from the collection of Chris Bateman, author of the authoritative Limonious blog, In Fine Style, as well as a forthcoming book on the artist’s life and work entitled In Fine Style, the Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious, due for release in early 2014 on One Love Books.

Say Watt? is curated by Seb Carayol and runs from 21 June–25 August 2013 at La Gaîté Lyrique, 3 Bis, Rue Papin, 75003 Paris.

Note >> The gallery has acquired a few copies of the now-hard-to-find Greensleeves The First 100 Covers book I did for Stüssy a few years ago, and are also stocking copies of Clarks in Jamaica, so if you’re in Paris and have been trying to get hold of either of those books, drop by.

Teaser Say Watt from La Gaîté Lyrique on Vimeo.

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IKEA Soundsystem, David Renault, 2012. Photo: Mathieu Tremblin

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From the series, “Mic Men”. Photo: Alex Smailes

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From the series, “Last Dance in Notting Hill”. Photo: Patrick Gherdoussi

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Squeeeque!, Alexis O’Hara, 2009–13. Photo: conception-photo.com

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Clarks in Jamaica Picture Disc: Greensleeves Records for Record Store Day 2013

For this year’s Record Store Day (20/04/13), and to celebrate the publication of Clarks in Jamaica, Greensleeves Records are releasing a ten-inch picture disc in the shape of a desert boot, featuring a Clarks-themed tune on either side: Little John’s Clarks anthem “Clarks Booty” (1985) b/w Errol Scorcher’s “Put On Me Clarks” (1980). The picture used for the disc, shot for the book by the master Pete Canning, is of the Jamaica Black desert boot, first released by Clarks North America in 2007.

This will be a limited pressing, so if you see it, grab it. The disc will also be included in one of fifty Clarks in Jamaica box sets, available soon.

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January 2014

January 2014

  1. Everything Nice
    POPCAAN
    Mixpak
  2. Spirulina
    CHRONIXX
    Zinc Fence
  3. Requiem
    TEN WALLS
    Life And Death
  4. Grabba In My Weed
    DEMARCO
    Starkutt
  5. Royally Prepared
    BUSY SIGNAL & LORDE
    N/A
  6. Untitled
    PAUL WOOLFORD
    Ultra
  7. Partition
    BEYONCE
    Columbia
  8. My Love (feat Jess Glynne)
    ROUTE 94
    Rinse/Virgin EMI
  9. Real Know Real
    D MAJOR
    Penthouse
  10. Loyal
    DEMARCO
    N/A
  11. You’re Not Good Enough
    BLOOD ORANGE
    Domino
  12. Elastic Heart (feat The Weeknd & Diplo)
    SIA
    Universal/Island
  13. Eyesdown (feat Andreya Triana) (Sasha Remix)
    BONOBO
    Last Night On Earth
  14. Mine (feat Drake)
    BEYONCE
    Columbia
  15. Blue (feat Blue Ivy)
    BEYONCE
    Columbia
  16. Pretty Hurts
    BEYONCE
    Columbia
  17. Chamakay
    BLOOD ORANGE
    Domino
  18. Nobody Has To Know
    KRANIUM
    LMR Pro
  19. Million Pound Girl
    FUSE ODG
    3 Beat Productions
  20. Nuh Mek Mi Feel So
    TOMMY LEE
    GuZu Musik
  21. Informer
    CHAN DIZZY
    Frequent Flyers Records
  22. Battyjack
    RIZZLA & BLK.ADONIS
    Mixpak
  23. ***Flawless (feat Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
    BEYONCE
    Columbia
  24. Gecko
    OLIVER HELDENS
    Spinnin’ Records
  25. Strong (Shadow Child Remix)
    LONDON GRAMMAR
    SubSoul
  26. Cirrus
    BONOBO
    Ninja Tune
  27. Him Buy Yu A Drink
    SANCHEZ
    New Millionaire Entertainment
  28. Look Right Through (GotSome Animal Style VIP Remix)
    STORM QUEEN
    Defected
  29. Icon
    KONSHENS
    Dawg House Productions
  30. Afterglow
    WILKINSON
    Ram Records
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January 2014

January 2014

  1. Everything Nice
    POPCAAN
    Mixpak
  2. Spirulina
    CHRONIXX
    Zinc Fence
  3. Requiem
    TEN WALLS
    Life And Death
  4. Grabba In My Weed
    DEMARCO
    Starkutt
  5. Royally Prepared
    BUSY SIGNAL & LORDE
    N/A
  6. Untitled
    PAUL WOOLFORD
    Ultra
  7. Partition
    BEYONCE
    Columbia
  8. My Love (feat Jess Glynne)
    ROUTE 94
    Rinse/Virgin EMI
  9. Real Know Real
    D MAJOR
    Penthouse
  10. Loyal
    DEMARCO
    N/A
  11. You’re Not Good Enough
    BLOOD ORANGE
    Domino
  12. Elastic Heart (feat The Weeknd & Diplo)
    SIA
    Universal/Island
  13. Eyesdown (feat Andreya Triana) (Sasha Remix)
    BONOBO
    Last Night On Earth
  14. Mine (feat Drake)
    BEYONCE
    Columbia
  15. Blue (feat Blue Ivy)
    BEYONCE
    Columbia
  16. Pretty Hurts
    BEYONCE
    Columbia
  17. Chamakay
    BLOOD ORANGE
    Domino
  18. Nobody Has To Know
    KRANIUM
    LMR Pro
  19. Million Pound Girl
    FUSE ODG
    3 Beat Productions
  20. Nuh Mek Mi Feel So
    TOMMY LEE
    GuZu Musik
  21. Informer
    CHAN DIZZY
    Frequent Flyers Records
  22. Battyjack
    RIZZLA & BLK.ADONIS
    Mixpak
  23. ***Flawless (feat Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
    BEYONCE
    Columbia
  24. Gecko
    OLIVER HELDENS
    Spinnin’ Records
  25. Strong (Shadow Child Remix)
    LONDON GRAMMAR
    SubSoul
  26. Cirrus
    BONOBO
    Ninja Tune
  27. Him Buy Yu A Drink
    SANCHEZ
    New Millionaire Entertainment
  28. Look Right Through (GotSome Animal Style VIP Remix)
    STORM QUEEN
    Defected
  29. Icon
    KONSHENS
    Dawg House Productions
  30. Afterglow
    WILKINSON
    Ram Records
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Interview: Bob James

Who do Eric B & Rakim’s “Follow The Leader”, De La Soul’s “Keepin’ The Faith” and Ghostface’s “Daytona 500″ all have in common? Bob James, that’s who. The bearded break pianist, who might look like your grandfather, has been one of hip-hop’s most influential artists. Don’t be deceived by his quiet demeanor, Mr James is the bomb ‘ish. Introducing the man who made Run DMC’s “Peter Piper”, Main Source’s “Live At The BBQ” and Onyx’s “Throw Ya Gunz” possible…

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Interview: Lukie D

Lukie D, the R Kelly of dancehall, talks to Al Fingers about his early days, Air Supply cover versions, and getting kuff inna di dance.

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Richie Spice – Earth A Run Red (Waiting In Vain Remix)

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Lionel Richie – Easy (Pass Out Refix)

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Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (Waiting In Vain Remix)

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Smokey Robinson – Being With You (Surfin Remix)

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Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire (Juicy Remix)

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Cher – Believe (Declaration Remix)

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Blondie – Heart Of Glass (93 Til Infinity Remix)

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Sizzla & Morgan Heritage – All I Want (Diseases Remix)

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Mavado & Wailing Souls – Wa Dem A Do (Fire House Rock Remix)

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Capleton – Medley (Pass Out Refix)

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Bob Marley – No Woman No Cry (Love Is A Losing Game Remix)

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Erykah Badu – On & On (Go-Go Club Remix)

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Carl Douglas & Chris Isaak – Kung Fu Fighting (Wicked Game Remix)

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India Arie – Brown Skin (Rub A Dub Remix)

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Mylo & T2 feat Jodie – Heartbroken (Drop The Pressure Remix)

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Greensleeves The First 10 Years

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GREENSLEEVES THE FIRST 10 YEARS is a 56 track mixtape produced by Al Fingers for Stüssy Deluxe, showcasing tunes from the first decade (1977–87) of UK reggae label, Greensleeves Records. It was released alongside the book Greensleeves The First 100 Covers and a series of limited edition tees.

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Combination Mixtape Series Vol 1: Zakee Shariff – Stardust

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A mix produced to sit alongside London-based artist/designer Zakee Shariff‘s “Stardust” collection of clothes and accessories, inspired by a line from Joni Mitchell’s song “Woodstock”: We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden. Although Mitchell was unable to attend Woodstock, David Crosby said that with this song she had “captured the feeling and importance of the Woodstock festival better than anyone who had been there”. This mix is centered around this tune, featuring various versions of it sung by Mitchell at different times, as well as music from Brian Eno, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Jill Scott, Heatwave, Minnie Riperton, John Lennon, and the Khalsa String Band, and poetry from Rumi and James Wright.

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Conscious Mixtape Series Vol 1: Serious Times

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SERIOUS TIMES was compiled in reaction to the tragedy of 9/11 and the subsequent illegal war waged on Iraq by George Bush and Tony Blair. Taking its name from Gyptian’s debut single, the mix features antiwar songs by artists such as Barrington Levy, Bob Dylan, Turbulence, Luciano and Sinead O’Connor, as well as the Truth & Rights remix of Marvin’s Gaye’s classic antiwar tune, “What’s Going On”.

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Silent River Riddim Megamix For VP Records

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Megamix for VP Records: Shane Brown’s Silent River riddim, featuring Demarco’s “God Nah Sleep”, Busy Signal’s “Money Wi Sey”, Mavado’s “Dem A Pree”, Bounty Killer’s “Corrupt” and Assassin’s “Inna Mi Room”.

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Duane Stephenson Megamix

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Duane Stephenson megamix produced for VP Records to promote Duane’s debut solo album, From August Town, a Dean Fraser production that featured one of 2007′s outstanding reggae tracks, the sublime “August Town”, voiced over a remake of Bob Marley’s “Jah Live” rhythm. Former lead singer of To-Isis, Stephenson is a talented singer/songwriter with writing credits for artists including Jah Cure and Tarrus Riley.

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