Monday, 27 February 2012



New IG Culture album, featuring ID4 Windz, John Robinson and Bilal Salaam.

With ‘Soulful Shanghai’ IG draws a lineage directly from the civil values of jazz musicians like Harry Whitaker’s Black Renaissance and Roy Ayers’ We Live In Brooklyn, to present day music styles via the rhythms of hip hop, electro, house, and other drum machine a.

“I’m an OG,” says IG. “It feels right to me to link the music from musicians like Harry Whitaker, Gil Scott Heron, and the Mizells. They should be household names, but the younger generation don’t necessarily know who these people are.”

Musically, ‘Soulful Shanghai’ mixes it all up while still making sense. Selected vocalists ID 4 Windz and John Robinson, both of east coast hip hop duo Scienz Of Life, Georgia Anne Muldrow conspirator Eagle Nebula, and New Jersey residents Bilal Salaam and K Banger lock IG’s skewed beats together. The hip hop swagger is punctuated by plenty of live jazz tracks, with dedications to the Mizell brothers and Harry Whitaker keeping the swing spiritual. Perhaps the centre-piece of the album is the live rework of ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’, with a 2012 lyrical update by Niles ‘Asheber’ Hailstones, reminding us that images of riots stay the same, and they keep happening round the world, round the clock, from decade to decade.

“The same issues are still relevant today,” IG says. “That’s why we did an update of ‘Revolution’. Same shit, different year. The sense of community and social values from that music is something I respect. At this stage in the game, if I’ve not got something to say then I shouldn’t be doing music, cause it’s not about the money.”

IG isn’t anachronistic though, and he’s quite happy to use the Internet to link up with like-minded artists across the Atlantic. New possibilities and opportunities are always to be embraced, and as the world gets smaller, it seems the same issues affect us all, as the sample of a newsreader on the track ‘Core Exit’ demonstrates.

IG Culture has been releasing music and albums since the early 90’s - that’s over two decades of craft under his belt. He’s no stranger to anyone familiar with groups like New Sector Movements and Quango, a multitude of hip hop and broken beat projects and labels like Mainsqueeze. IG’s blend is about more than the craft though. It’s about why music is important to society, and why we’re moved by it.

Soulful Shanghai is a continuation of jazz and the civil rights of Black Jazz and Strata East. It’s a continuation of the spiritual funk of the Mizell brothers and the spoken word of Gil Scott Heron. It’s a descendant of hip hop and the resistance of the Zulu Nation, a distant cousin of techno and Juan Atkins’ deep space explorations. “Soulful shanghai is a place you navigate, hopefully you find It somehow,” IG concludes. Keep on searching.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Myele Manzanza - ONE

Great debut album by the drummer from Electric Wire Hustle

Myele Manzanza has not only held down the drums as part of Wellington’s Electric Wire Hustle for the past 3 years, he was also a participant at the 2010 Red Bull Music Academy in London. It was there he met fellow participant Amenta who features on his first single “Me I Know Him” together with Myele’s dad Sam Manzanza. The second single is called “Absent” and is now available as a free download over at Myele’s Bandcamp page. His full length debut album “One” is out now and features guest appearances from Mark de Clive-Lowe, Mara TK, Ladi6, Charlie K & Rachel Fraser

Available on

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Podcast 21st February 2012

dj oil – black notes (discograph)
innerzone orchestra – bug in the bassbin – leftside wobble edit (cdr)
myele manzanza ft mara tk  – 7 bar thing (every waking hour)
phil asher ft dwala – piano (restless soul)
azymuth - ta nessa ainda bicho – maddslinky heavy up remix (far out)
gilles peterson’s havana cultura – agita – switch & sinden remix (brownswood)
mike slott – nightingale (project mooncircle)
mancini & the creepers – flamingo (jakarta)
salva ft b.bravo – obsession (fof music)
julien dyne ft ladi6 & parks – who are you – dizz1 remix (bbe)
my panda shall fly & benjamin jackson – data module (five easy pieces)
dj oil – it’s a teenage thang (discograph)
dave aju & the sol percussion ensemble – vibra (compost)
dave holland vs blaze – opolopo bounce tweak (cdr)
myele manzanza ft mark de clive-lowe – big space (every waking hour)
makoto – different rhythm (7even recordings)
badbadnotgood – the world is yours (bbng)
emanative – spacebeats supreme (cdr)
jesse futerman – yusef (cdr)
jessica lauren – white mountain (freestyle)
robert glasper experiment ft king move love – ahmed sirour bossa soula remix (cdr)
esperanza spalding – endangered species (decca)
monster sneaker – tainted lovin (a little something)

Friday, 10 February 2012

R.K. Edits Vol.1 - OUT NOW ON VINYL !!

R.K. is the new musical collaboration between Ronnie Turner (Bulletproofsonics/Blunted Funk) and Kev Beadle (Solar Radio/Southport Weekender). 
On this first release the boys have chosen two much loved classic tracks from back in the day and have respectfully extended and re-tweaked them.

First up the percussive and horn heavy, orchestrated string laden Salsoul Orchestra disco version of the Earth, Wind & Fire classic ‘Getaway’ gets an overhaul extending the track by nearly 3 minutes from the original. 
Charles Earland’s 1980 classic ‘Coming To You Live’ gets the R.K. treatment with an extended intro featuring killer brass, percussion and bassline groove that builds and builds to the hooky vocal drop.


Phil Asher - Love it
Superbreaks -The Charles Earland is great
Eric (Rub n'Tug) - thanks..Getaway
Michael McKenna (Keep Schtum) - Can't make mind up, love them both
Moodymanc - nice edits of a couple of great tracks
Darren Daz Dalton (Get Down Edits) - excellent disco edits right up our streets
LTJ Experience - nice edits release
Erik (Giant Steps NYC) -MAAAAASIVE - need this on wax
Rob Luis - Like them both. Will support
Phil Mison - both great, loving Getaway
Leo Elstob - Two of my absolute faves done up nice and tight for todays floors - I can see my self spinning these edits for many years to come.
Leftside Wobble - The 'Getaway' edit teases and twists yet still remains true to the fantastic original. Class edit.
Daz-I-Kue - Put together neatly. NICE!!!
Rocky (X-Press2) - Some more winners. Well in chaps.
Craig Smith (6th Borough Project) - Top quality edit bizzle, defo been rinsing both these
Mad Mats - Really like the edit of coming to you live. Original has always been a big tune for me so its nice with more dj friendly version.
Rahaan - Nice
Michael Ruetten - first thought: who needs an edit of such a BIG tune like getaway by the salsouls? second thought: nicely done!
Marcia Carr - Cool and sophisticated, these re-edits are fresh for the dance floor, I am sure to rinse them out hard!
Keith Dalton (groovement soul) - Really feeling both edits here. Coming to you live has a kind of smug lazy groove quality to it that just keeps giving.
Sean Gorham - Great Edits made with love and sophistication that seems to be so lacking in most of the edits I receive. A cut above the rest.

Check them here.....

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Our Party at Bronks in Brussels - Sat 31st March

Really looking forward to playing at this one at the end of March and they got a Funktion One sound system so some serious bottom end rumble gonna be happening there !!

Varkensmarkt 15-17
Rue Du Marche Aux Porcs
1000 Brussels

For more details go to:

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Podcast 7th February 2012

makoto – different rhythm (7even recordings)
blu james – spaceships – soulparlor remix (blakai)
azymuth - ta nessa ainda bicho – maddslinky heavy up remix (far out)
dave aju & the sol percussion ensemble – vibra (compost)
id 4 windz – hot ish (holyroller productions)
eric lau ft guilty simpson,fatima & oliver day soul – yesterday (kilawatt)
esperanza spalding – black gold (decca)
personal life – distance can be sweet (solid wax)
miles bonny x timbaland – unknown (cdr)

tall black guy mix
tbg - travelin life
tbg - love to the world
tbg - loosesite
tallest circle – lounge
vanessa simon - better place (tbg remix)
tbg - all for you
robert glasper ft king more 6/8th's love (tbg remix)

krystal klear – from the start (all city)
recloose – feels like magic – carl craig edit (rushhour)
brandt brauer frick ensemble – mi corazon – horror inc remix (k7)
gang colours – fancy restaurant – deft remix (brownswood)
lapalux ft py – moments (brainfeeder)
julien dyne ft ladi6 & parks – who are you – dizz1 remix (bbe)
sepalcure – fleur (compost)
emanative – spacebeats supreme (cdr)
tensei – for the love (plug research)

Suncebeat 3 - Updated Line Up Announced

Plus many more DJs, live acts and boat parties still to be announced!

General release tickets cost £105 each, and this includes unlimited access to the new Barbarella's nightclub, where we can dance under the stars every night of the week! The main event runs over 3 nights and days, but Suncebeat is a week long festival with a programmed line up for 7 nights between Wednesday 25th and Tuesday 31st July 2012.

For travel and accomodation info go to

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Brothers Johnson - Streetwave [KB Extended Edit]

Had a few people asking me for a download of this re-edit I did of this classic Brothers Johnson track, so have made it available for a limited D/L. Just click on this link Streetwave [KB Extended Edit] to go to my soundcloud page......enjoy !

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Podcast 31st January 2012

clare fischer – descarga yema ya (discovery)
etta james – all the way down (chess)
robert glasper experiment ft mos def – black radio (blue note)
brandt brauer frick ensemble – mi corazon – horror inc remix (k7)
nicolas jaar ft scout larue & will epstein – and I say (cdr)
part time heroes ft colonel red - close (wah wah)
dust & soul – elevate (trust in dust)
blu james – spaceships – soulparlor remix (cdr)
radiohead – feral – k2 re-edit (cdr)
jazzanova ft paul randolph – I human – dub (sonar kollektiv)
recloose – feels like magic – carl craig edit (rushhour)
stan smith – get up gospel (tokyo dawn)
jean grae - u & me & everyone we know (blacksmith)
eric lau ft guilty simpson & fatima – can you feel it ? (kilawatt)
tall black guy – up in the sky – too high re-edit (cdr)
d’angelo – right & left – tbrck remix (cdr)
tensei – for the love (plug research)
gang colours – fancy restaurant – deft remix (brownswood)
kaidi tatham – i’m high – trus’me edit (cdr)
natu & envee – embrace (galapagos music)
est – ajar – klic’s 2 step edit (cdr)
2000f & j kamata – you don’t know what love is (hyperdub)
sa-ra creative partners – spacefruit (ubiquity)
marc mac – jazz flares (twisted funk)
moodymann – for one night (kdj)