Considering the sad state of major labels and commercial rap radio, you can't blame DJ Premier for wanting to circumvent the whole fucked-up shitstem by independently releasing his fave new joints from his Sirius satellite radio show on discs, mixtape-style, which he can sell online and through indie retailers like Play de Record.
Don't be misled by the cut-rate sleeve graphics on his latest set, Inside Lookin' Out (Year Round); there's some serious heat in these 16 dope tracks. Check out Kanye West 's latest floor-shaker, Can't Tell Me Nothing, KRS-One 's blazing indictment of rap's new jacks, Nothin' New, Royce 5'9's head-nodder Hit Em and Showbiz & AG 's Business As Usual, along with some surprises from Redman , Devin the Dude , Evidence (with Phonte ), Young Buck (with 50 Cent ), Killer Mike and Guilty Simpson rippin' rhymes over Dilla's beats. Yep, you need it. www.yearroundrecords.com .
Seeing the still vital Radio Birdman blast through a brain-scattering set of Aussie-style punk rock 'n' roll at Lee's Palace Friday night was a jarring reminder of how the exciting music from Australia and New Zealand helped get me through the dark ages of corny hair metal and twee electro-pop that dominated the airwaves here in the 80s.
Just as I got the urge to haul out my dusty 7s by the Saints, Birthday Party, Go Betweens, Laughing Clowns, Moodists, Fun Things, Stems, feedtime and others, what should turn up but the double-disc Tales From The Australian Underground, Vol. 2: 1977-1990 (Feel/Shock) singles collection. It just happens to cover some of the best songs by many of those groups in a 45-track barrage split over two discs.
It opens with the original version of New Race, Radio Birdman's warning shot announcing the coming DIY revolution, and the pounding near-hits keep on coming with the Saints ' anthemic Know Your Product - and there's loads more. Since the focus is on singles, underground classics like the Scientists ' Solid Gold Hell and the Triffids ' Raining Pleasure bump up against overlooked gems that never made the digital crossover, like Hot Cakes For Daddy by the Tex Perkins-fronted Salamander Jim , the Hummingbirds ' lovely Alimony and the Shy Imposters ' At The Barrier, featuring a pre-Sunnyboys Peter Oxley and Richard Burgman . Authoritative notes and images of singles sleeves help make this a stellar document. www.feelpresents.com.
Bumpin' Bus Stop
When the whole acid jazz thing collapsed, the members of Mother Earth went their separate ways, and guitarist/keyboardist Mike Bandoni has since thrown himself into a variety of dubious disco, house, electro and triphop projects under aliases like Nanny Tango, Starchild, Ninebar and Victor & Rolf. So, admittedly, I wasn't expecting much from the orange-label Skyline single of Stop The Bus by Funkshone (the credits state that the track was "written and performed by Mike Bandoni") but the hard-bashing Hammond jam is easily the best thing I've ever heard from him. The drums sound immense, more like he's battering some rusty oil drums with a Louisville Slugger. Whump! Whump! Guaranteed to turn heads.
Slightly less bangin' but equally impressive is the recently released Library Vultures Theme (Turbotrax) by Woxy , Cheever J. Loophole and Norton of crate-scavenging Bristol crew the Turbomen , who continue doing their green bit by recycling old KPM and de Wolfe sound library joints for your dance-floor pleasure. A hiphop classic waiting for the right MC to bless. www.turbotrax.co.uk .