Archive for the ‘music’ Category

ladies night

November 25, 2009

It was my birthday. I got a bit Sister Sledge. Wanted all my sisters with me.

Free – Deniece Williams

Love of my Life (an Ode to Hip Hop) – Erykah Badu

Who was I Trying to Fool – Iman

Lovefool – The Cardigans

Big Time Sensuality – Bjork

No More – J Davey

Glory Box (live) – Portishead

Reasons – Minnie Riperton

Everybody Got their Something – Nikka Costa

Gimmee – Jill Scott

Warship Touchante – Brides of Funkenstein

What’s my Name – Native Sol

I Am Woman – Betty Wright



November 14, 2009

i am pretty much addicted 2 deviation


it has been running 4 2 years on the first wed of evry month


its always big


november saw sa-ra creative partners bless us with their gifts


it was glorious


full album on fbook


im a freak

October 17, 2009

mark pritchard winding it up







dont 4get 2 check the birth of the bubble

chocKlate Kake

October 15, 2009

taught a lovely class 2day


here’s the cake we made


lavender & purple corn & he shou wu & suma


heres daedelus at village underground last friday.

alfred is such the gentleman. he said 2 me, “im goin2 get sum food. but of course nothing is as good as ur raw food.” hes the best.

i believe in miracles

October 8, 2009

new ecstatic mix specially 4 the party on sat


lightworks – j dilla

i believe in miracles – the jackson sisters

move on up – curtis mayfield

les fleur – minnie riperton

calling occupants of interplanetary craft – the carpenters

mothership connection – parliament

sunshine – raul midon

so good 2day – ben westbeech

daisy age – de la soul

can i kick it – tribe called quest

masterplan – diana brown & barry k sharpe

golden – jill scott

got 2 give – brand new heavies

AND my favrite song from last year is out as a single

fall in love

September 16, 2009


Since I’ve got my Ruff Draft tattoo, I’ve been talking to people more about Dilla and what the music means to me. Which is a good thing, because I love talking about it but people are usually more often interested in asking me if I know a recipe for raw hummus or if I can get them a discount on a dehydrator.

I’ve always loved music, ever since I was 10 and I was the only person I knew who bought Smash Hits. I’ve always loved dance music, ever since we were 15 and we used to go to Cinderella’s and the Mud. I’ve always loved hip hop, ever since I was 17 and wore out my copy of It takes a Nation of Millions by playing it so repeatedly I wore out the grooves and had to buy a second copy. Peoples Instinctive Rhythms was the first CD I ever bought. I can’t pinpoint exactly when I fell in love with Dilla. He is so underground, contemporary conscious hip hop is so deeply imbued with his sound, the chances are you fall in love with his music before you even know his name. But to me his music represents the next rung on the ladder, the next evolutionary link in the chain of finding the sounds that uplift my spirit to a whole new level.

Dilla’s music touches that sweet place in my soul in the way no other musician can. Sure, everyone makes tunes that do that at times, and that’s why we love music so much. But Dilla does it every time, he hits the honey, he starts the show, he plays the ace card.

I have my dark days like everyone else, and when I’m feeling low there’s two things I’ll do straight away. Make a cake and play some Dilla. Listening to his music always makes me feel that I’m not alone, that everything is OK, and that pain can be sweetened with the right tunes and the right dinner.

“J Dilla Changed my Life” is a hip hop cliché. But Dilla didn’t just change my life, he saved my life. His music gives me the strength to go on in those moments when I forget how. His music makes me feel totally at home in a way other artists have touched on before – Prince, Minnie Riperton, Stevie Wonder – but not so consistently and so currently. Prince reminds me of when I was 13. Q Tip reminds me of when I was 17. Dilla makes me feel alive now.

Which is all I ever really want. To feel that sense of being fully open to the moment and its unfolding. Dilla has given me that gift more than any other musician I have come across in this lifetime. And music has given me that gift more than any other path I have come across in this lifetime. Raw foods, a close second, and yoga third, but always first in my heart is the music.

For that I hold Dilla in the very highest esteem, and in recognition of his greatness, I chose to have the Ruff Draft logo tattooed on my arm. For those that know, I hope it will give them as much pleasure seeing it there as it does me. And you know what they say – for those that don’t know, get to know.

RIP James Yancey 1974-2006.


Nothing Like This – Dilla mix


Intro – J Dilla

For my Man’s – Madlib

Baby –  J Dilla feat. Guilty Simpson

Nothing like This – J Dilla

The Light – Common

The Love – A Tribe Called Quest

Time: Donut of the Heart – J Dilla

So Far to Go – J Dilla

Sacrifice (Beataholic Thoughts) Madlib

Lightworks – J Dilla

Raise it Up – Slum Village

Fuck the Police – Jay Dee

Wild – J Dilla

Look of Love – Slum Village

Crushin – J Dilla

Starz – Jaylib

See That Boy Fly – J Dilla feat Illa J

Sometimes – Brand New Heavies feat. Q Tip

The Healer – Erykah Badu

Stop – J Dilla

Fall in Love  – Carlos Nino & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

My August mix is downloadable here.

goddess made me funky

September 4, 2009

phil asher played brighton last weekend


2 B honest, the night was a bit lame


not phil’s usual sort of crowd


but shea soul made up 4 it all


gorgeous girl


gorgeous voice


chris was over & he enjoyed sampling the brighton nightlife


& i always have fun



September 3, 2009

U may remember me banging on abt mayer hawthorne not so long ago & now his debut album is straight in the itunes top 10


well heres another singer who i guarantee will go 2 the tippy top top


marques toliver is from brooklyn, & he has a talent thats from heaven


he described his music 2 me as a cross between lauryn hill & vivaldi

id call it totally unique & heart-stoppingly beautiful


look at the crowd he draws when hes busking in the laines

ive never seen so many people stop 4 a busker like this


i cant find a clip that does him credit so make sure u check him if hes in ur neighbourhood



Jus A Little of What i am Enjoying Right Now

August 30, 2009

heres my new mix

its jus what i am liking right now

it gets a bit overexcited in the middle then it calms down at the end


i dont normally bother with a tracklisting but im feeling industrious so here u R

Supermagic – Mos Def

The Music – Ebony Bones!

Witness – Roots Manuva

Reality TV – J Dilla feat. Black Thought

Oops – HudMo

Box n Locks – Mpho

Casa Bey – Mos Def

F**k the Police – J Dilla

Doncha – Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes

Bonkers – Dizzee Rascal

Stuck – Peven Everett

Squeeze Me – Kraak & Smaak feat. Ben Westbeech

Messages from the Stars – the RAH band

Starz  – Jaylib

Superpowers – my Toys Like Me

Bopgunn – Heralds of Change

Flashlight – Parliament


heres some older mixes as well if U like

the other mj

August 22, 2009

its been mj cole month in my world


1st of all at deviation in shoreditch


then at funky buddha in brighton, where these pics were taken


since then, his name keeps cropping up all ova the place



happy days