Vinyl Junkie: ‘Assimilation’ by Cool Breeze

Released in 1995 when the ‘jazz not jazz’ ethos allowed labels such as Dorado, Mo’ Wax and Kevin Beadle’s Clean Up records to unite music makers of simpatico scenes – and in doing so showcasing how London would later give rise to the ‘broken beat’ movement – ‘Assimilation’ by Cool Breeze was more deceptive, much deeper in its construction and objectives than might have been originally thought – as much Bronx as Bristol and an emphasis on guitars and soul together with echo chambers and programmed beats. Continue reading Vinyl Junkie: ‘Assimilation’ by Cool Breeze

Comedy meets fascism: the struggle of Jamali Maddix and Vice in exposing extremism

Essex native Jamali Maddix keeps it real in his own way. He is a comedian of mixed-race heritage who mines the absurdity of various extremist groups through interaction and relatively gentle but persistent conversation. He’s a large, affable guy with a bushy beard and a tat on show. Posted Insta pics show a lager in one hand, a vaping device in the other. Both his ‘Hate Your Neighbour’ series for Vice and his stand-up sets are garnering him fame throughout the UK, Europe and the States.  Continue reading Comedy meets fascism: the struggle of Jamali Maddix and Vice in exposing extremism

Bristol, 1991: Carlton releases Love and Pain. Smith & Mighty on production.

Five years later, a ‘drum and bass mix’ meant something quite different but this qualifies as a roller as much as anything put out by LTJ Bukem on Good Looking. Ten years previously and the likes of Aswad, Pablo Gad and any number of reggae artists were putting out memorable rockers that swayed and and shook forward just as much as Carlton’s falsetto rides the … Continue reading Bristol, 1991: Carlton releases Love and Pain. Smith & Mighty on production.