Canadian badman Tiga returns to Crosstown Rebels for their hundredth release in September. Whilst the label is the home of uber cool house these days, if you went back to it’s beginning it was famous for making the music that emerged from the Electroclash genre, not least their first compilation, which feature the stunning ‘Mandate my Ass’ by Le Dust Sucker.
By the time this one came around it was clear label boss Damian Lazarus was pursuing a new musical mandate, and has since managed to stay ahead of the curve. But this release harks back to that original time as well as staying up to date, re-releasing Tiga’s gnarly masterpiece ‘Pleasure from the Bass’ (with a Subb-An remix to bring it up to date to the current Crosstown template) alongside a brand new track. You can catch the Candaian love god playing Sankeys on Friday 17th August as well for a Turbo Recordings showcase.
Mano le Tough first came to my attention with his DJ set at Panoramabar where he showcased an impromptu tribute to Whitney Houston during the weekend she died. Since then I’ve followed his shuffling house productions and this really is special, particulalry the whistful vibe of the vocal and the clicking percussion. And on a completely different tip to the original.
Tribe produced two of the greatest albums in music, not hip-hop but music period, in the early nineties and are the quintessential hip-hop group when judging by quality control. Public Enemy may have done more for the art form, Wu Tang may have altered the landscape to a greater level and De La were arguably consistent for longer, but Tribe never put a foot wrong. Some albums were only good as opposed to jaw-dropping.
This documentary is a must-see for their fans, lovingly being shown in FACT on Thu Aug 9th for those who haven’t seen it already. I have but will probably still go because it’s fucking brilliant. Check the rhime.
LEAF Tea shop will be swinging to an altogether more refined soul beat this weekend as tribute act A Ray of Charles pop in. Fronted by former Christians singer Russell Christian, the covers act have been earning rave reviews for their uncanny likeness to both the sound and energy of the singer popularised by a heady recording career and the Jamie Foxx starring Ray a few years ago. Like Russell’s previous incarnatioon the band is a family affair, with a few of those involved within the project Russell’s daughters and their long term partners, which adds to the tightness of the sound and the welcoming feel of the shows. Fat City Spinner Chris McBride supports, and you can get tickets here.