Dialogue Incorporated | June Newsletter : Dialogue Incorporated radio show #4 featuring LDN's Roy Shay & an interview with Far Out's Joe Davis
Hosted by Mister Joshua
Did Someone Really Request Burial Last Night?
... I woke up sunday morning and was slowly retracing my steps from the previous nights endeavors at the club. 1:45 am - this dude walks up to me between mixes wanting to make a request. I turn the monitor down and walk over to this unsuspecting guy in a blue button up shirt & glasses. He leans in and says "Do you think you can play any Burial?" I must have looked at him like he was out of his mind. I can remember the thoughts running through my head: "Did he just?! Did this dude really just say Burial?", "I can't play Burial! I'll have a dancefloor riot on my hands and not in a good way... Or worse yet, I'll have no dancefloor at all....". As these thoughts manifested themselves on my face in a combination of bewilderment & disbelief he added "I think it would go really well with what you're playing right now." Really? It was a night of heavy drink & I can't remember exactly what I was playing but chances are it was something along the lines of the new MSTRKRFT remix of Usher's "Love in this Club" or Lil Wayne's "Lollipop". If there is a relation to be traced between either of these songs and Burial it is a distant one. Very distant.
It was a brazen & reckless request. It was dead in the water upon inception. Or was it? I happened upon one of the most tasteful requests at one of the most inappropriate moments. Thankfully there's a time and a place for everything.
Thus begins Dialogue Incorporated Radio 4th edition.
It may have been unfortunate timing on the part of this musically informed stranger but none-the-less the seed was planted and this latest radio program started developing. I'd been caning Burial at the house for the better part of a year. I'd recently added N-Type's Dubstep Allstars vol 5 mix to my cd heavy rotation. Zed Bia's remix of Tawiah's "Every Step" was burning a hole in my pocket (or itunes folder). Redbud had just dropped a dubstep remix by Bigga Bush for their flagship artist Rob Symeonn. The growing dubstep fan base amongst my musical confidantes had put me on to Martyn & Pinch. With this and a wonderful opening warm up from The Cinematic Orchestra (taken from their truly brilliant recent live performance at Royal Albert Hall - accompanied by the 42 piece Heritage Orchestra) the first half of the show was a wrap.
Inspiration for the second part of the show comes from a different angle all together. My fascination with Brazilian music & my latin loving alter ego Dom Ritmo have yet to manifest themselves in the Dialogue repertoire, I felt I had to change this. With the help of key new releases from the prolific London based Brazilian meets Electronic label Far Out Recordings as well as a new project from Quantic & a remix compilation from Fania Recordings I had all the golden nuggets I needed to usher in the warm summer month of June and pay homage to one of my favorite labels: Far Out, one of my favorite artists: Quantic, & one of my favorite places: Puerto Rico. The pieces fell into place, beginning with the new project from WIll "Quantic" Holland, Flowering Inferno. A live band project recorded in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, Flowering Inferno sounds as if it is channeling vintage 60's era Skatalites into a new millenium mix of ska, dub, reggae, & cumbia. Not to be missed. From here we move into new material from the truly vintage Os Ipanemas lifted from their new album, Call of the Gods, for Far Out. With a recording career that began in 1962, Os Ipanemas have been championing their unique vocal samba style all these years and garnered a reputation as being the equivalent of The Buena Vista Social Club, but from Brazil. Concluding my Far Out set I included new tracks from Sabrina Malheiros sophomore effort "New Morning" and from Marcos Valle's new greatest hits collection for the label. Rounding out this set is a mindblowing 10 minute remix/edit of Puerto Rico's Pete Rodriguez, don by NYC house don Joe Claussel for Fania Recordings new remix compiliation: "I Like it Like That". Definitely worth seeking out.
-------- See the end of my earlier posting for an extended interview with Far Out label founder Joe Davis! ------------
From here I pass the reigns to my longtime musical cohort & soon to be regular contributor to Dialogue Inc LDN's own Mister Roy Shay. Originally from Jerusalem Roy's love of hip-hop & soul started at an early age & grew into a desire to spread this love."The second I figured out there is such a thing as playing music to other people, I wanted to do it. It started with putting together the first high-school radio station in my home city, Jerusalem. While the kids in my class were discovering their older brothers' Zed Lepplin and The Who records, I was blasting NWA in the school corridors. From there I made my way into pirate radio for a couple of years, which is where I developed a passion for radio - passion that I had to tragically give up in order to do my military service. Once I finished that, I couldn't wait to get stuck back in and I got my chance in the biggest college-run station in the United States, WNUR out of Chicago. I was playing everything they weren't: Broken beat, underground soul and that heavy, break-yo-neck hip-hop shit in a time slot people were used to hearing Goa-trance and minimal." Expanding our conversation to talk about the direct influences that are moving him in 2008 Shay added "I'm really excited by what's happening with the scene these days. Sure, there's a lot of bullshit out there, but there's also a bunch of guys intent on finding new directions for hip hop, guys who've obviously been influenced by the right kind of music. FlyLo, Hudson Mohawke, Mark Pritchard, Samiyam, Bullion... These dudes are making some exciting, banging music and it's nice to see people are listening. I just wished they played out more! I've also never been above playing popular stuff; I find there's genius in perfectly produced tunes, even if they are directed at a wider audience. Just look at Nas's new joint, or T.I.'s new belter, "No Matter What" - these are massive, infectious productions that sound amazing anywhere you drop them. In general, living all over the world has pulled me in different musical directions, but at the end of the day, at the heart of my selections lies a definite head-nod factor - whatever it is I play, it's usually got a certain knock to it. That's what I'm constantly after and what keeps me going."
On to the mix. "I decided to focus this mix around that sound, to show that smart, raw, soulful, unrelenting music is being made out there, from Glasgow to LA. I'm also hyped about the more commercial producers listening to what's coming out of Europe: That new N*E*R*D tune, Spazz, has a straight drum & bass break in it; I heard Pharrell say it was inspired by hitting up a drum and bass night in some club in Bristol. Seems like there's some back and forth going on here, which I thought was fitting for the whole concept of Dialogue Inc."
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Dialogue Incorporated Radio Show #4
Hosted By Mister Joshua
1st Hour -
The Cinematic Orchestra “Familiar Ground” Live – Ninja Tune
Burial “Homeless” – Hyperdub
Pinch “Qawwali” – Planet Mu
Martyn “Velvet” – 3024
Rob Symeonn “Chosen One” Bigga Bush’s Dubsteppers mix – Redbud
Tawiah “Every Step” (Zed Bias rerub) – Sick Trumpet
Lykke Li “Everybody But Me “ (Diskjokke remix) – cd-r
Quantic presents Flowering Inferno “Alegria en Bella Vista” – Tru Thoughts
Os Ipanemas “Doriva” – Far Out
Sabrina Malheiros “Nova Estacao” – Far Out
Marcos Valle “On Line” – Far Out
Pete Rodriguez “Alejate” (Joe Claussel remix) – Fania
2nd Hour –
Exclusive mix from LDN's Roy Shay:
HudMo “Oops, Oh My” – Lucky Me
FLYamSAM “The Offbeat” – Ghostly International
N.E.R.D. “Spazz” – cd-r
Hudson Mohawke “Trace” – Rush Hour
Kraak & Smaak “That’s My Word” – Jalapeno
Samiyam “Box” – cd-r
Bang Bang “Too Tight” (FS Green remix) – cd-r
AFTA-1 “Believe” – Aftathoughts
Aeroc “Idiom” – Ghostly International
Flying Lotus “Tea Leaf Dancers” (HayZee remix) – cd-r
J.Rawls & Middle Child “Don’t Lock the Drummer Up” – Polar
DJ Spinna “Dillagence” – Cult 45
Madlib “Indian Bells” – Stones Throw
Sa-Ra Creative Partners “Bone Test 192” – cd-r
J. Rawls & Middle Child “Kick in the Door” – Polar
Samiyam “Beat #003” – cd-r
Flying Lotus “Message Situation” – Warp
Harmonic 33 “Call to Arms” – Warp
Caural “I Won’t Race You” – Raw Fusion
Eric Lau “I Don’t Do It To feat Tawiah” – Ubiquity
Ty & Kory “Million Dollar Nigga” – cd-r