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I Want To B Digital

December 21st, 2019 Comments off

ODB? You need to understand, the genius of the Old Dirty Bastard. Kiss of a black widow off the Bobby Digital album.

RZA tries really, really hard (lyrically/craziliy) to keep up with ODB… what happens next?

[RZA] “- I’m not doing it right?”
[ODB] “- Do I lock on beyond the break.”

What to say? What to say? What to say? …that is waaaaay past the break.

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Not That Many Days Left Of This Year?

December 15th, 2019 Comments off

No noise 2019?

Not even the mighty Fabio & Grooverider are playing it? Oh, well, it is by far the best dumb’n’bass* this year and for some years and some years to come. Why? It is plain to see, why…?

For one thing, if an album contains one instant classic then that is enough in itself. That will suffice in any given situation. And this one contains more than one, several more songs than one. I mean that “Meridian” warrants the whole thing by itself and then there’s some…

And the context. Was this a foreseeable event in any way what so ever? Does this even closely resemble something that you would assume would actually appear in 2019? No, it does not! So now I’m confused, a bit scared and I feel like laughing and crying at the same time.

In from the sideline?! J Majik on Infrared “suddenly feeling the vibes” after 20 years…? There’s no room left for discussion or debate and even though I get a hard time breathing I simply feel gratitude.

Not that I never doubted, but if there was ever a testament? Surely this must be it: J Majik ‎– Full Circle – Infrared ‎– INFRALTDLP 001 WUT? Relentless breaks, mercilessly constructed by an elder, definitely not holding back on this one, breaking it hard. I mean in a: Rack em’ and stack em’! – I need more power! kind of style.

I feel forced [sic!] to mention/give a shout out to: the entire dB Crew (were ever you are), Blito, Cicci Moon, Lucho, and Yallow. The unimaginable DJ Krazy (The Jazz Clan), DJ Norman Bates (The Kid), MC Sandor (Papa Don) and everybody else, so many more.

– Did you not forget? Each and everybody else?
– But, there are too many to mention individually and plz don’t get offended if your name is not mentioned explicitly.

It does say “Each and everybody”, right? If it does not suffice? Simply write me a little something and you’ll get included (explicitly), it is not personal and I’m an easy going person; Traffic Crew, Under Ten Hurtz, Unknown Factor, Celestial. Manos, Lotek and the mighty Seba too! Everyone involved and loving bass, the music and the scene!

I’m lost for words. The eternal love; the bass, music, sounds, boys and girls, collective, soldiers, crew and the army that was lost.

In one word it is just Magic!

* It has specifically been refered to as dumb’n’bass by one and blipp-blopp by another, but they are both (obviously) misinformed, misguided and simply lacking basic musical insight as are everyone else questioning the drum and the bass.**

** It is a coincidence, temporarily it can’t be. and there’s really no reason to to. The phrase, the name was coined by someone many, many years before the actual music existed. It is truly a state of mind and it shares commons wuth other similar lines of thoughts, to my mind…

*** Nothing but love, I’m just playing.

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You Would Have Thought Or Bringin’ It?

November 17th, 2019 Comments off

That the subject was depleted by now?

Helas, I’m still wondering, thinking and trying to understand how this is this possible? How and by what means did Aphex produce this: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.

– What do you mean?
– Literally I do not understand how or by what means “Xtal + Tha” could ever have been produced at the time. On what hardware? It is the same thing with æ. And if you listen closely , the similarities are unsettling. And that is the seed to drum’n’bass and breaks? It is not Model 500… but how was this feat achieved?

Is is in fact Alien?

Just now. I heard something that I never heard before. In a track that I’ve listened to many, many, many times… literally uncountable times. I think the transcription is: “Bringin’ it” and variations.

Honestly? I’ve never realized that until now and I bought it when it was released… that’s disturbing. Autechre ‎– Anti EP

Apart from the superiority? I loved then and I love it now. Technological pressure. It’s brutal enforcement and there’s no way out. Ever. “Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated!”.

It was like that then (25 odd years ago) and it still is. Musically? It is so futuristic and I’m not getting younger. I don’t like that at all! The more I listen to music and the older I get?

The references, it gets.. impossible. Excel? Right, sure. Is there even any point? Is it worth even trying? It is so technical and funky. It is superior and love/HATE it. It is my life and it is so quintessential UK. They are the worst of the lot. And it never stops.

In the end, if you happen to listen then you know/realize that it will not ever get better. Ever… and that will upset you. Are you still trying to create something (making music) after the fact?

I have nothing but the utmost respect and I wish that I had that determination. I have and am still supporting the effort though! I’m blessed, my friends.

I have said it before many a times… from Scandinavia, Sweden, Finland, Åland, through Scotland via England, Denmark, France, Balkan (twice) and the rest of Europe (almost).

On top off it all I need to change the title of this text as well… damn you!

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There’s Another Track

November 16th, 2019 Comments off

Possibly superseding the best track ever produced. What? It is a track that may supersede: Shadow Boxing! I’m not telling… not for a good year. I’ve heard it and that’s enough for me. I never, ever thought that would happen in my life-time.

It did and I know what it is. Someone, please call the coppers now! “- Killed it.” Oh, My Lord! Now. I’ve heard it and it cannot be undone. We will never hear the end of it. Groove’s very own theme song. That’s the end of it.

I know… we’re not talking about impossibilities. But, I’ve never heard the like and now I’m upset. Fabio & Groove. Or rather… in this case… Groove. And I’m really upset!

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My 3rd Copy

November 11th, 2019 Comments off

I had two copies on vinyl previously, this one is the third and it is the CD version. I also found these (y’all need to stop throwing things…) in the trash.

I remember one night I was jamming in a chili house on Seventh Avenue between 139th and 140th. It was December 1939. Now I’d been getting bored with the stereotyped changes that were being used all the time used all the time at the time, and I kept thinking there’s bound to be something else. I could hear it sometimes but I couldn’t play it. Well, that night, I was working over ‘Cherokee,’ and, as I did, I found that by using the higher intervals of a chord as a melody and backing them with appropriately related changes, I could play the thing I’d been hearing. I came alive.

Charlie Parker in "Hear Me Talkin' To Ya"

I cannot help to notice that neither Kenny Clarke nor Max Roach made it to the front cover of this release and even though I’m more than partial to drums it is still somewhat surprising. The first name became quite famous…, but so did the two not mentioned.

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Disturbingly Good

November 11th, 2019 Comments off

This is work in progress… I’m dazed and confused by Shitkid.

It just seems wrong. Why in the name of the Lord would you ever make a cover of My Favorite Thing? The short and simple answer? You would not ever do that.

On top of it all I’ve been and I still am a haunted man, haunted by the music of the 68:s (it’s not a typo, not 60’s music, but the music of the 68:s); “Nous sommes les soixante-huits?!” – that would be my parents self-proclaimed credo!

A statement, something which there will never be any; contesting/argument or reasoning applied to, ever. An absolute truth if you will.

For the record and the very last time; if you listen to the Stones or Hendrix you do not under any circumstance listen to the Beatles. Ever. Why? Because that is the definition of a contradiction… and it goes on and on.

Pink Floyd will automatically cancel other time specific groups/songs etc. In as many words: I’m going to be haunted for an eternity by one specific year and month. Mai soixante-huit (May 68) and I wasn’t even born at that time.

I need to get the references right. “- Please be gentle with me. I’m not as tuff as I seem.”. Give me a minute will you.

Cut to the chase anytime soon? Right…, the “This is it” EP is excellent! Minimal and with a raw, ruthless and a honesty that is unusual these days. It’s simply not possible to resist the vocals and the un-shameful sampling of earlier works.

If you happen to know anything or have listened to any contemporary music made the last decades or so. I mean Minneapolis, AFX or is it æ in the same song? That’s a wild thing right there. And I love it!

…a very brightly shining star is born. Let’s name her: Shitkid (the name in itself deserves a text. But, I’m just going to let it be, that’ll be one for the road). Excellent.

Tru Steppa

November 9th, 2019 Comments off

Tru steppa, hard steppa? This is as close as you will get to my definition.

The source is a bit more complicated who-is-who and whatnot production wise according to me. As it was originally stated: La coïncidence n’existe pas.. There are too many similarities and tracks-within-tracks. It is an investigation that will have to wait til’ retirement.

The tracks produced in the golden age? They cannot be defeated, it’s just… “Your Sound”. How many times? Countless, what can I say apart from this single fact: they’re breaks and that’s it, that is the essence of breakbeats.

That’s it! Again.

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It Is Sounding Alright – Can I Get A Third Deck?

November 5th, 2019 Comments off

You have to see/hear it to believe it!

A DJ requesting a third deck (1210)? That is something very special. It is probably a special night and you are well specialized doing something like that.

The added complexity? 1210 x 3? Mixing three instead of two at the same time? And making it all work? I’ve seen/heard that very few times in my entire life. I once saw/heard records physically being played in reverse – an ingenious and surprisingly simple/complicated maneuver.

If you’re playing vinyl on the wheels of steel that is. Aha! It’s the ol’ turn-pickup-upside-down-and-center-apply-the-ashtray-maneuver… if you happen to be listening, if you hear three songs/tracks mixed at the same time, in perfect unison? That’s…

– Can I get a third, deck? Please?
– We have two? A third 1210? Where? A third?
– I want a third… I need a third deck tonight. I’m playing for my friends.

On two/three? Inigo Kennedy and Adam Bayer for sure, there may have been others… on the three. That’s just pure magic! You are well specialized.

– I collect and at times play records.
– So, you are a DJ?
– No, I’m not a DJ. I collect and play records once in a while.

Please, don’t get confused. They are well specialized.

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Bobby Did It (Spanish Fly)

October 23rd, 2019 Comments off

I’m just saying… RZA As Bobby Digital ‎– In Stereo, “Kiss Of A Black Widow” featuring none-other than ODB, (RIP, 1968-2004).

– Do I lock on beyond the break?

This is hip-hop (East-Coast anno 1998) and you need to understand that. It is: 8-bit sample, drum machine and rhymes. It is based/infused in the minimal of the minimal. Why? Because, those were the technical limitations. Either build-your-own or do with what is at hand.

Turntables, 8-bit sample-, drum-machine, microphone, amplifier and speakers. That is the music, there’s no room for discussions or negations, it just not possible.

It is a spiritual thing. It’s Art; like Jazz, Classical or any other music. Defining it? I don’t think it possible*. Is it related to drum’n’bass? Mm, that would be other music. It is not entertainment. It is in fact a question of life and death.

I can not oversee the movies connected: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai or The Man with the Iron Fists. RZA…? I think that it’s better if just for once remain silent and show gratitude thankfulness for the productions.

For the record (no punt intended). I’ve never, ever visited North America, NY, Miami or SF. My father was strongly opposed to the whole idea, that is not the reason though… the East, West, Mid-south and a rocket launch? I might still go. Musically? Please stop joking.

* 30 years later. “Samurai Showdown”? I don’t want to, I will not try to explain how superior this is, the techniques and the ideas… I simply will not do it. This is an: OST. The actual film? It is one of my all-time favorites. The whole thing is just unbelievable/unberable.

Photo:, ©2017

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Damn You A.Rother!

October 20th, 2019 Comments off

PSI49NET 104 by Anthony Rother and the track “Inner Space Odyssey”?

It is complicating my life as we speak. And I don’t even want to talk about: “Bilocation”.

In my mind it is impossible that A.Rother has not heard: the mighty Jaques Lueder or Inigo Kennedy on Cutting Pleasure.

Related: The Jönköping shuffle.

Not heard of Jaques Lueder? That is not possible. I apologize for the geographical reference (Småland), it is completely uncalled for, but it suits my textual needs and the context.

Why? It all has to do with:

“- But, why can you not have the dessert first, then order the starter and finish of with the main course, drink 2 liters of milk, have some green thé and an order of Sushi on the side?”
“- Because, that’s just wrong? : ).”

“Do not let the behavior of others control your inner space.” It is easier said than done, still true and a solid piece of advice never-the-less.

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