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Dub Asylum: Ba Ba Boom! EP (www.dubasylum.co.nz)

Dub Asylum: Ba Ba Boom! EP (www.dubasylum.co.nz)

If I've been tardy getting to this terrific EP of beats, hip-hop meets reggae culture, and much more it's that I have been so busy backloading the archives. But let it be said that in downtime from that seemingly endless - but endlessly enjoyable - task I have been cranking these five tracks up way, way loud. Largely the sole project of...

KRAFTWERK'S RALF HUTTER INTERVIEWED (2008): The werk ethic

KRAFTWERK'S RALF HUTTER INTERVIEWED (2008): The werk ethic

Ralf Hutter -- founder of the innovative German electro rock pioneers Kraftwerk rarely does interviews. And when he does speak to the press he sometimes doesn’t make it easy. One reporter tells of the constraints being placed on questions: the first being no asking about Kraftwerk. Kraftwerk are, shall we say, different: their...

CHUCK D OF PUBLIC ENEMY INTERVIEWED (2004): Business as usual

CHUCK D OF PUBLIC ENEMY INTERVIEWED (2004): Business as usual

The man whose angry voice once sent shockwaves around the world answers his cellphone with a barely audible, “Hello”. Somewhere in the background a woman’s voice on a high-energy marketing rush is clearly audible talking about recouping costs, the outlay for advertising, and a settlement. I ask if this is a convenient time...

THE UNIVERSE OF KEITH HARING by CHRISTINA CLAUSEN (Madman DVD)

THE UNIVERSE OF KEITH HARING by CHRISTINA CLAUSEN (Madman DVD)

By the time I got to see the work of New York-based artist Keith Haring in the early Nineties there was little to "see": he was everywhere. The originality of Haring's work -- as with that of Australian Ken Done whose briefly interesting landscapes and Australian icons had their currency debased by reproduction,...

Public Enemy: It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)

Public Enemy: It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)

By the late Eighties when this announced itself like a live album with stadium sound from the audience and a siren wail, hip-hop had sprung past the sampling innocence and good times of its early period in Stateside inner-city block parties and cheap steals from bits of vinyl. Within the first few minutes of this confrontational, sometimes...

Blakroc: Blakroc (Blakroc)

Blakroc: Blakroc (Blakroc)

While nu-metal spawned some horrible offspring in terms of rap/rock collaborations or assimilations of one into the other, there has always been more in common between the two genres than many would concede. If nothing else, some of that bad nu-metal at least prepared the mind for this collection where the one-time blues-rock duo Black...

NGATAHI: KNOW THE LINKS, a documentary series by DEAN HAPETA (Kaha DVD)

NGATAHI: KNOW THE LINKS, a documentary series by DEAN HAPETA (Kaha DVD)

Technology may have made the world smaller, but it has also divided it. Consider this: if you are a Satan-worshipping death-metal band in Sweden (and there are an alarming number) you can now have a valid and validated career by selling your music on the internet to like minds across the planet. But at the same time you are also marginalised...

Te Kupu: Ko Te Matakahi Kupu (Kia Kaha)

Te Kupu: Ko Te Matakahi Kupu (Kia Kaha)

Dean Hapeta, of Upper Hutt Posse, always aimed for more than bragging and a catchy hook. He styled himself D-Word and has done spoken-word performances. His new nom de disque is Te Kupu (aka the Word). I guess that all confirms it: Word values the power of the word. As the volatile founder of the Upper Hutt Posse - sometimes favouring...

AFRIKA BAMBAATAA INTERVIEWED (1988): The shape of things hip-hop and political to come?

AFRIKA BAMBAATAA INTERVIEWED (1988): The shape of things hip-hop and political to come?

He answers the phone exactly as you might expect - a booming, stentorian tone like some Old Testament prophet and commands: “Speak.” We speak . . . and the voice changes into the quiet tones of unassuming politeness as he patiently explains his political philosophy -- and there's a lot of it. For this is Afrika Bambaataa,...

dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip: Angles (2008)

dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip: Angles (2008)

Hip-hop's global reach was achieved well over two decades ago now, and because "the word" is the most important medium for a message in any culture it's no surprise that just about anywhere on the planet where there are words, so too there are rappers. In a decade -- from the early Eighties -- rap went from an inner-city movement...

Anthrax: Bring the Noise (1991)

Anthrax: Bring the Noise (1991)

It's hard to believe, but a radio station in New Zealand -- which always seemed to be playing car dealer ads and 20 year old Led Zeppelin on the rare occasions I tuned in -- had as its slogan "No crap, no rap". We can guess they weren't actually distinguishing between the two but by implication rap was crap. It must have come...

Little Axe: Stone Cold Ohio (Virgin) BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2006

Little Axe: Stone Cold Ohio (Virgin) BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2006

Little Axe is guitarist/singer Skip McDonald who first came to attention as a member of the Sugar Hill Gang, the house band for Sugar Hill Records which released such classic rap tracks as Grandmaster Flash's The Message. McDonald went to England and joined Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound crew and was a member of the innovative Tackhead which...

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