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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

LISTENING SINCE THE PREVIOUS POST:

CLAUDE VONSTROKE- 'THE WHISTLER'
DANNY WEED- 'CREEPER'
DANIELLE BALDELLI- 'PLUTON'
CASSIE- 'ME AND U'
V/A- 'FEEL THE SPIRIT'
TALKING HEADS- 'FEAR OF MUSIC'
DAVID BYRNE- 'THE CATHERINE WHEEL'
DAVID BYRNE- 'LOOK INTO THE EYEBALL'
UNKNOWN DUBSTEP DJ ON RINSE FM, SUNDAY
AFRICAN POP ON 96.4FM PIRATE STATION
HAWK AND TRAE- 'SWANG'
TRIPLE 6 MAFIA- 'STAY FLY'
SIMON REYNOLDS' 'SCREWED AND CHOPPED' COMPILATION
LOCO DICE- 'SEEING THROUGH SHADOWS'
RICHIE HAWTIN- 'DE9-LITE MIX'
WOEBOT- 'BHANGRA 2006' COMPILATION
JAMES FIGURINE- 'MISTAKE MISTAKE MISTAKE MISTAKE'
MOUNTAIN GOATS- 'TALAHASSEE'
ART TATUM- '25 CLASSIC SOLOS'
DJ PRANCEHALL @DIRTY CANVAS
EARS + SCARE DEM CREW @DIRTY CANVAS
NO-LAY B2B RENEGADE BOYS @DIRTY CANVAS
91.9 PASSION FM PIRATE

so i turn on the radio to accompany me when i'm writing this tune and 91.7fm is blasting out electro-house, pirate style! 4/4 striking right back into the hearts of london's youth. oh happy days...luvvit it like cooked food. why does music, any music, always sound more exciting on pirate radio? (check this station by the way- their tag line is, 'tuff dirty electro soul'. what more do you need to know?)

anyway, let's talk about dirty canvas- stream of consciousness grime reportage, just like the old days. hold tight, here we go...


first things first, dirty canvas is a big deal now! just goes to show, persevere with yr good work and eventually the people will come. you want to know how big a deal it is? wiley turned up. that's how big a deal it is. the whole room froze as eskiboy made his entrance. star aura. the force of personality. wiley has to get massive- i don't believe in Destiny or any of that (for i am a man of science...) but, yunno, he just has to. he's a big deal.

hey how come i never realised how great Ears is before? i'd always had him down as alright, but a little overrated. but oh my gosh no, after seeing him live, the man is underrated, if anything. he was doing this brilliantly weird staccato stuff, fucking around with switching the volume of his voice to produce little echo effects. very D-doubleish, i guess, but from where i'm standing there can alway be more of that. a proper performer too, stalking round the place, spitting his lyrics right in the faces of the audience.

(electro-house pirate set has just dissolved into a mess of droning 303s. i think i can hear the ghost of 'washing up' somewhere in the mix. LOVE IT!)

embarressing thing was, with ears' set, that he kept bigging up 'SDC' and at first i was joking that he must be showing some love for my old SilverDollarCircle blog. but then he kept doing it, and you know there was just that nagging thought of, 'actually...may be he is...nah...but, may be, possibly...'. john prancehall put me out of my rapidly self-delusional confusion by informing me that Ears was there with Scare Dem Crew. ooops. there would have been blushes if i'd externalized any of this at the time.

i am not a big deal.


and then no-lay took the stage. no-lay is one of the greatest of all grime MCs. you will have heard her on Run The Road, where she drops perhaps my favourite grime lyric ever- 'MC'S BAWLING OUT BLOODY MURDER- STOP YER BAWLING CUZ WE FUCKIN HEARD YA!'

no-lay has the most amazing voice. it's so sharp and precise and brutal and angry. but live, in person, she's charmingly and disarmingly modest and shy; she apologises that it's just going to be her, and not the full Unorthodox family on the PAs, and asks us to excuse her if they're not all that. she says that she's scared and nervous: we yell out that she needn't be.

but then she starts MCing, and jesus christ, it's honestly like she's spitting fire out there. smashed-glass streams of words screwed up into little balls and then hurled into the air. she stares dead straight into the lens of the camera that's in the front row and never breaks her gaze, chopping her hands in front of her as she creates her impeccably controlled carnage and madness. that's going to be some film. finally, as the set reaches its peak, she snarls her best known bars, 'yeah we don't wanna clash, that's long, cuz we heard yr tracks and you sound swaggish'. the place goes crazy and in a split second no-lay is screaming, 'PULL IT! PULL IT!!!'

dj prancehall complies, and no-lay cuts the silence with: 'easy peasy lemon squeezy. any riddim i can do that. ANY RIDDIM.'

from then on, point proved, she lets up a bit and it's laughter and coy smiles again. we stumble out into the cloying summer-night air, slightly dazed.

4 Comments:

Blogger David M said...

obviously luvvin the review simon, glad you enjoyed the night. we've got ruff sqwad back for our ICA new venue launch on 9th September - along with The Movement (Scorcher, Wretch 32, Ghetto), Plastician and Cameo

D'ya mind me cut'n'pasting the review to our myspace site for some blatant self promotion?

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Blogger simon silverdollar said...

yep, of course that's fine.


can't wait till ruff sqwad and the movement...

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