— JOHN LENNONAl Fingers is a DJ, producer and cultural historian based in London.
Official book launch tonight (24 July) at Rough Trade East, Shoreditch, with a screening of the Sound System Culture documentary, followed by DJ sets from Toddla T, Don Letts and Al Fingers.
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Sound System Culture, Celebrating Huddersfield’s Sound Systems, a new book published as part of Mandy Samra’s Sound System Culture project, is out next month on One Love Books, with prerelease copies available here. Written by Paul Huxtable, who operates Axis sound system out of Huddersfield, and edited and designed by myself, the book documents an important chapter in the history of UK sound systems.
Produced alongside a touring exhibition and documentary.1 Comment
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.1 Comment
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 illustrated by the artist/engineer/producer, Paul “Groucho” Smykle: Weakheart Fadeaway by Ranking Joe (1978) and Goldmine Dub by The Revolutionaries (1979).
The second Greensleeves LP, Weakheart Fadeaway by Ranking Joe (1978). Illustration: Paul “Groucho” Smykle.
The fourth Greensleeves LP, Goldmine Dub by the Revolutionaries (1979). Illustration: Paul “Groucho” Smykle.
Limited edition seven-inch released for the project, featuring original Greensleeves label artwork and Uxbridge Road address.
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See also Greensleeves The First 10 Years.
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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- Everything Nice
Life And Death
- Grabba In My Weed
- Royally Prepared
BUSY SIGNAL & LORDE
- My Love (feat Jess Glynne)
- Real Know Real
- You’re Not Good Enough
- Elastic Heart (feat The Weeknd & Diplo)
- Eyesdown (feat Andreya Triana) (Sasha Remix)
Last Night On Earth
- Mine (feat Drake)
- Blue (feat Blue Ivy)
- Pretty Hurts
- Nobody Has To Know
- Million Pound Girl
3 Beat Productions
- Nuh Mek Mi Feel So
Frequent Flyers Records
RIZZLA & BLK.ADONIS
- ***Flawless (feat Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
- Strong (Shadow Child Remix)
- Him Buy Yu A Drink
New Millionaire Entertainment
- Look Right Through (GotSome Animal Style VIP Remix)
Dawg House Productions
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…2 Comments
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.0 Comments Interviews Archive »
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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.24 Comments
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.1 Comment
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”.2 Comments Mixtapes Archive »
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”.0 Comments
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.0 Comments Megamixes Archive »