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Something Wicked Wicked This Way Comes

February 19th, 2013

If you’ve caught me playing out some time since last summer, you’ve probably already heard this but now thanks to the joint efforts of the nice people of Nice Up and the legends at Fashion Records you can take home a 7″ of my remix of General Levy’s iconic Incredible General.

For those not in the know, Incredible General started life as a dancehall track on The Wickeder General album from ’92, morphing into a jungle relick as Wikkeda!! and then topping the charts as Incredible with M-Beat at the controls a couple of years later.

Flash forward to 2012 and Fashion soon furnished me with the original a capella and the results can be heard below. In the shops on 7″ on March 25th with an equally wicked rework of Cutty Ranks’ As You See It by Daddy G’s mate Mr Benn, til then though…

Super Smashing Teng

February 15th, 2013

I’ve got a super smashing treat for all Wrongtom Meets Deemas J fans here – for those of you who recognised the nod to a certain jungle classic on our LP track Superteng, you can now download the bootleg mix I’ve been playing out for the last few months from the link below, info to follow…

Wrongtom Meets Deemas J “Supersharpteng”

Here is a tried and tested bootleg that Wrongtom has been rocking dancefloors with – Deemas J’s “Superteng” a cappella reworked into DJ Zinc’s classic “Super Sharp Shooter” – and he has now decided to share it as a free download. Spread the love!

An official single release of Wrongtom Meets Deemas J’s original “Superteng” will follow soon.

The second single to be lifted from Wrongtom Meets Deemas J’s critically acclaimed album ‘In East London’, which came out on Tru Thoughts in September, this official single release will feature “Superteng” (Orginal, Instrumental and A Cappella cuts) plus remixes including a floor destroying Benny Page rework of first single “Jump + Move + Rock”.

More info on that soon! Meanwhile, enjoy rinsing “Super Sharp Teng”.

A slice of the praise for ‘In East London’:
• “Essential listening” – 4 STARS – MOJO
• “See how the seeds were sown for everything from Dizzee to James Blake” – BBC MUSIC
• “Perfect” – 4 STARS – Q
• “The strongest modern reggae set to emerge from the UK for many years” – THE WIRE
• “Pushing socio-political concerns to the fore in one instance…setting the party alight
• in the next…compelling” – CLASH
• “Good album, we’ll play more from that” – STEVE LAMACQ (BBC 6MUSIC)
• “Brilliant” – CERYS MATTHEWS (BBC 6MUSIC)

While I Wasn’t Sleeping

February 13th, 2013

So much has been happening since my last bulletin that I’m not sure I have space to fit it all in but here goes…

Spiky Dread’s been doing really well with copies being snatched up across the globe and praise coming in from the likes of Optimo’s JD Twitch and production legend Demus (yep, there’s a lot of Demus’s, or Demi out there) who made some of my favourite LP’s including “Road To Freedom” by The Young Disciples. We even got a request for a copy for the British Library Sound Archive, which was pretty cool. If you still haven’t picked it up, buy it from here, or have a listen below.

I’m also very excited to announce our next Rongorongo offering will be a re-release of a rare as hen’s teeth jazz LP by saxophonist Ralph Thomas – recorded back in 1981, “Eastern Standard Time” is an intoxicating brew of deep and soulful jazz, standing shoulder to shoulder with freedom sounds luminaries such as Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Gary Bartz Ntu Troop and Sun Ra.

We’ll also be including the even rarer Restless Natives single, which found the core quartet from the EST sessions delving into experimental jazz-punk and reggae territories. And if that’s not enough, i’ll be dubbing a track for good measure. I’ll keep you posted with actual release info but expect it on vinyl, CD and digital, and until then, check out a couple of tracks here, and here.

Despite barely being 2 albums in, I’ve also found time to set up a sub-label strictly for my reggae/dub/dancehall productions. Rongorock will be launching in a couple of months with the debut 7″ from NW London soundsystem stalwart Mark Professor, taking us on a 3 minute lyrical journey armed only with his oyster card. Check him below going toe to toe with Deemas J live on stage in Brixton last month…

Speaking of Deemas, the next Wrongtom Meets Deemas J single is ready to drop on April 1st, some of you might be familiar with our LP track “Superteng” but we’ve got a nice package together featuring an extended mix, a couple of tough remixes from Scoop and Mo’matic, and a massive relick of “Jump + Move + Rock” by Benny Page. If you still don’t have the In East London album, grab it here. And come and catch me and Deemas at the Tru Thoughts session at Koko in Camden on Feb 22nd.

I also have a stack of remixes ready to drop over the next few months for the likes of London Posse, General Levy, and Glasweigen Offbeat soundboy Mirrors. Head over to my LISTEN page to check them out along with a few others which were missing from the ever growing list.

and sleep.

Spiky Dread At The Controls

December 7th, 2012

As the Spiky Dread release date looms, a fair few folks have been asking me what it sounds like and how they can get hold of it, and simple answer is you’ll be able to pick it up from all good shops on December 17th but if you can’t wait, you could always order it directly from the Rongorongo shop.

As for how it sounds, well check out the teaser below…

In other news, I just got confirmation from Nice Up towers that my General Levy remix is finally hitting the shops early next year, the instrumental of which has been used on the advert for Nice Up’s NYE hoe down at Big Chill House. And on the subject of new years, don’t forget i’ve joined the lineup at the The Book Club in Shoreditch for a third year running where we’ll be seeing in 2013 with a good old cockney knees up.

Lastly, my Marcia Griffiths remix will be hitting the shops in a week or so so keep em peeled for that too.

A Dreaded Update

November 7th, 2012

I’m rushed off my feet at the moment, drowning in a sea of Spiky Dread CD’s which just showed up from the manufacturer, which means my new label Rongorongo is off the ground with the 1st release hitting the shops on December 17th.

You can read more about this via the ever reliable folks over at CMU who asked me a few questions about the compilation and future plans for the label.

As mentioned above, I’ve already got a sub-label in the works showcasing my throwback dancehall business, and the 1st Rongorock 7″ is almost in the bag thanks to the London transport obsessed Mark Professor but more on that later.

Let’s not forget about the Wrongtom Meets Deemas J album either, recently described in Wire Magazine as “the strongest modern reggae set to emerge from the UK in years” which is something I really can’t complain about.

If you wanna know a little bit more about In East London, I’ve recorded a podcast, discussing some of our influences whilst making it, and chatting about my dad looking like Sean Connery and an old mate who designed My Little Ponys and other important stuff like that, have a listen.

Don’t forget I also put together a couple of mixtapes which are now up on my mixcloud page, go here for Linn Inna Di Dance or follow this link for Dubs So Def which also has a very very very long interview to accompany it.

And if you STILL haven’t bought In East London, for crying out loud, go here immediately!