Sweet Sounz 9

Our good pal Mikki Dee just sent over this new mix. Sweet Sounz 9 is a summer selection of laid back.. sweet sounz. Tracklist below.

The Thrill is Gone - Static Selekta ft Styles P & Talib Kweli
Soundboy Killing Remix - Mega Banton (dubplate)
Give Thanks a Life - Anthony B
One Step Away - Flowz ft T.C.
Sweetlove - Opensouls ft Ladi 6
Follow - Rira
Mars - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Champion Sound - Yes King ft Kenny Knotts, Baby Chain & Mystro
Casa Bey - Mos Def
Da Feeln - Nightmares On Wax
Maybe So, Maybe No - Mayer Hawthorne
Bring it Fast - Gramatik
One Sweet Love To Remember - Roy Ayres Ubiquity
Whirlybird - Neighbour
Breakthrough - Fat Freddys Drop

Catch Mikki Dee and JB the Deejay at 'Lets Make Party', fridays @ The Village where Mikki does his AV than upstairs and JB keepin it soulful and funky in the bar.

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Michael Jackson 29.08.58 - 25.06.09

So there's millions of incredible MJ videos out there but here are 2 of my favourite live ones- the first is Smooth Criminal - live in Munich in 1997 - on the Dangerous Tour.

The second is Man in the Mirror - live at the Grammys in 1988.

Just 2 examples of his genius.


xxxchange in Dublin...

I will be doing some warming of the crowd this Saturday down at Transmission, before one XXXchange. A bit of a hero round a lot of parts, probably best known for his work with Spank Rock and his awesome remix work (hows about that Les Artistes remix), XXXchange has also produced albums for The Kills, Kid Sister and Amanda Blank. With associations like that it's easy to see why the boy is so damn popular.

I shall be on from before midnight till about 1 and am planning all sorts of ill shit. If you fancy a spot on the G-list hit me up here and I will do my best.

Shock & Transmission Present:
DJ XXXChange (Spank Rock) + Chewy (Climaxxx)
Saturday 27th June, 11pm , 12e


Tickets are available at:

Mos Def's Music Tee: The Ecstatic

Mos Def's lastest album The Ecstatic will be the first full album to be released in tee shirt form. Thankfully nothing like the wearable instrument shirt - (yes it is a real thing) - there's a picture of the album cover on the front, the tracklist on the back, and a hang-tag with a code to download it in MP3 format. Just for the record the tee shirt will look like the picture below and not the one I fashioned above. (sorry)
A collaboration between fashion/music company Invisible DJ and Californian fashion label LnA - Mos Def's tee shirt album retails at €39 - pretty pricey considering you can buy the album for about €9 on Amazon etc. So the ever increasing crossover between fashion and music plays its part in the struggle to find new ways to get people to pay for music. Just like the circle of life but with tee shirts instead of lions.

You can check out some of the new tracks and buy the album on Mos Def's myspace.


Retro review: The Low End Theory from A Tribe Called Quest

This just in - 18 years ago!

While perusing the interwebs recently I came across mention of A Tribe Called Quest's second album - The Low End Theory - from 1991. God knows what I was listening to in 1991- Color Me Badd probably, or worse - but that's no excuse for how I let the last 18 years go by without even knowing this album existed. The general consensus on the internet is that this is a seminal album that helped define hip hop as a blah blah blah - and influenced every future hip hop artist ever. And if that's not good enough for you it is on a bunch of top 100 album lists. Hmm. I was dubious.

Well, it turns out for once the interweb is right! Q-Tip's flow is mesmerising - I could listen to him all day . He and Phife Dawg play off each other and the lyrics are in turn funny, smart and thought provoking; the album touches the topics of getting screwed by record companies, date rape and the trappings of fame. I am pretty happy I got it even if it was 18 years late.

Tune in next week for my review of a movie you may not have heard about yet - where a bunch of crazy guys go around New York capturing ghosts - with hilarious results!!

You can listen to one of Q-Tip's songs "What?" here:


You can buy The Low End Theory from Amazon by clicking here.


Major Lazer album up

The new Major Lazer album just went up on the myspace. You can listen to all the tracks right there which is super awesome, perhaps more awesome is the Twitter feed they have rolling in. It's full of the most badass rudeboy speak mi evah seen. Gems like this -
"big risspeck to mi bedrin dem dung ah trini, video wikkid to bloodcleet "

If you still aint sure who Major Lazer are, check out the previous climaXXX posts on them here.


Everything's better with Zombies!

"Mr. Bennet went about his morning business of dagger sharpening and musket polishing - for attacks by the unmentionables had grown alarmingly frequent in recent weeks. "

I admit: I've never read Pride and Prejudice - no surprises there. But I did watch about 10 minutes of the film with Colin Firth (yuck) once by accident so I know what's going on. Also, I've seen Clueless. It's a classic tale of class divide, love, pride and eh... prejudice, right? Imagine how much better that would be with zombies? Yes, I ask that about many things and I know ( now ) in real life zombies would probably be a bad thing. But here is concrete example of their appeal: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - a world-renowned piece of boring ol' literature made accessible and interesting by the addition of HORDES OF THE UNDEAD.

I haven't read it yet - it's on its way - but I really hope a zombie falls in love. They're people too you know.

You can buy the book on amazon here.

P.S The day after posting this I was kindly informed by a much more learned friend of mine, Matt, that the movie Clueless is in fact based on Jane Austen's novel Emma, not Pride and Prejudice. Boy, is my face red! I shall now attempt to mask my shame by suggesting that perhaps the movie Clueless is another example where the addition of a few rogue zombies might have drastically improved viewing pleasure. Am I right?! I'm right, amn't I? In your face, Matt! Link