01 Jimi Tenor - Reich Reggae An old favourite, JT does Steve (rather than the Third) Reich in his own inimitable reggae style. 02 Spatial AKA Orchestra - Ghost Planet Recorded live on Later with Jools Holland, Jerry Dammers new take on Ghost Town. 03 Dog With A Rope (Dub) - Quantic presents Flowering Inferno A nice wee slice of latin dub from our man in Colombia.
04 Mos Dub - Ms. Vampire Booty From the excellent mash-up album with Mos Def's vocals over Scientist and other classic dub backings, produced by Max Tannone - Mos Dub.
05 Jackie McLean & Michael Carvin - De I Comahlee Ah (edit) Some pretty intense spiritual jazz from the 1975 album Antiquity. 06 Kings Go Forth - Don't Take My Shadow Kings Go Forth are a current soul band that sound straight out of the 60s, signed to Luaka Bop. They have the only artwork ever done by Mingering Mike for a real (rather than imaginary) album. You'd have to be dead not to be moved by the passion in this performance. 07 Magic Drum Orchestra vs BiggaBush - Afro Drum & Brass A mash-up of horns and drums from the Lion Head stable. 08 Blast Head - In Water Disco (BiggaBush Version) A recent production for the excellent Blast Head from Tokyo on their own Free Hand label. 09 Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen - Mama England (edit) I have mixed feelings about the new collaboration between these two giants of funk and afro...it's fantastic in places, a bit in need of an edit in others. Well worth a listen though. 10 Honor Blackman & Patrick McNee - Kinky Boots Found this 7" in a carboot sale recently. Watch a fab video for this tune here 11 Whitefield Brothers - Breakin Through Raw as ever, from their Earthology album. 12 Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Jupiter Just saw these at the Larmer Tree Festival and they get better every time. Look out for an amzing new track called "Kryptonite". 13 Excerpt from "Addis to Axum" - mixed by Quantic This is a really interesting DJ mix of very obscure records dug out by Will Holand on a trip to Ethiopia in 2004, another one to check. And it's a free download.
14 John Keating Incorporated - Never Never Gonna Give You Up The Walrus of Lurve goes all moogy on us in this 70s take from John Keating Incorporated. Read about the album Hits In Hi Fi here
01 Journey in Satchidananda - Alice Coltrane A beautiful spiritual jazz track that features in Jerry Dammer's Spatial Aka set - check them out if you get a chance. 02 Unmechanical Love - Jack Berkeley Late of Naked and the Boys and now working on something destined to be BIG..that's yours truly on bass and 12 string 03 Butterfly - Henry Mancini The master at work.....check out Herbie Hancock's version too, once sample dby Rockers on a very obscure remix. 04 Sunshine - Blue Planet Sound My mates PK and Sam going all summery on us 05 Soulual Healing - Bigga vs Marvin Couldn't resist slapping a bit of Marvin on one of my more chilled tunes, Sole Sister 06 Let the Happiness In - David Sylvian An all time fave, love those deep deep horns 07 Mellow Planet - Chandra Walker Chandra in mellow mood from a couple of years ago - you should hear his piano playing now. Astonishing. 08 Ghost Town - Up Bustle & Out I don't think this version ever made an official release but it's class in a glass 09 Tom's Version - Herman Marquis I love this because it's that loop from hip hop classic Fortified Live by Reflection Eternal AND it's a really cheesy reggae track to boot 10 Dunce Cap - Herman And The Aquarians Note the Jimmy Saville-esque vocal stylings, guys n gals 11 Lively Up The Street - G Corp mashup From last summer, what could be better than a bit of Streets-wise chit chat over Bob and the Wailers? 12 Doesn't Make It Alright -The Specials Always brings a lump to my throat this one 13 T Jam - Lightning Head My dirty guitar and trombone take on Stpehen Marley's beatbox dancehall joint 14 Southern Gul - Erykah Badu More beatbox beats with THAT voice on top 15 The Man Machine - Kraftwerk Lest we forget the pristine beauty of synths in Dusseldorf circa 1978 16 Bokoor Sound Special (Chico Mann remix) - Lightning Head From the forthcoming 13 Versions album, it'll be worth the wait....
I've been a musician for most of my life, getting into electronic music and sampling when I got together with DJ Dick to form Rockers Hi Fi in 1992. More recently I've combined this with live guitar and recording other instruments, going for an authentic rootsy sound. This has dovetailed nicely with a huge interest in African music, especially funk, highlife and of course afro beat from West Africa in the 1970s. My last album "13 Faces of Lightning Head" was very much in this vein, as well having the usual dub flavours. Right now I'm working on brand new material, with influences ranging from prog rock to hairy funk to orchestral stuff to Bollywood to instrumental hip hop.