Whatever happened to … Precious Material?

“… At Basement Records we also wanted the artists to sample as little as possible, to create pioneering and original material, hence the label title ‘Precious Material’. Some of the releases are produced in the studio and some are recorded live performances…”- Phil Wells reflects on the label’s ethos and purpose After a long hiatus,Continue reading “Whatever happened to … Precious Material?”

Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #5): Black Rain – Another Silent World

“… with desolate, even mournful piano notes, oscillating effortlessly between the robust and the fragile, ‘Another Silent World’ is a streamlined, almost cinematic take in a drum & bass context …” The fifth installment of the blog’s “Tracks I Wish I’d Written” series is about an obscure track, produced in 2003 by one of myContinue reading “Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #5): Black Rain – Another Silent World”

“What came first, the music or the obsession?” – Part 2

“We’re suddenly in a period when it’s de rigueur to buy records” – Alan Scholefield, Honest Jon’s Records, London “… but those clerks are still there, still sneering at your bad choices, offering you an understated but supportive raise of the eyebrow for your good ones.” – Nick Hornby, writer “There was always interesting musicContinue reading ““What came first, the music or the obsession?” – Part 2”

“What came first, the music or the obsession?” – Part 1

“I lost the plot for a while then. And I lost the subplot, the script, the soundtrack, the intermission, my popcorn, the credits and the exit sign” – excerpt from ‘High Fidelity’ by Nick Hornby Chapter 1: Intro This is the first of a multi-part thematic series about obsessions, music and obsession with music. BasedContinue reading ““What came first, the music or the obsession?” – Part 1”

Digital Jumps The Q

“I don’t feel I was trying to be anyone else, I was drawing from my influences when I was younger, a bit of reggae, hip-hop … It was coming straight from the heart and I think that’s important” – Digital on his first production steps calling for individuality – Red Bull Music Academy, Rome, 2004Continue reading “Digital Jumps The Q”

On Reflection: Three Years Of Blogging

“A passion for music that gradually escalated over time into a controlled obsession” It has been three years since this blog went online, although its conception goes further back, so I eventually decided it’s about time I shared some thoughts about how it all started, as well as provide a retrospective account of the eventsContinue reading “On Reflection: Three Years Of Blogging”

Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #4): Future Engineers – Eden

“I’m not a big believer in magic. But this place is different. It’s special. The others don’t want to talk about it because it scares them. But we all know it. We all feel it … But what if everything that happened here, happened for a reason? … That’s impossible … I looked into theContinue reading “Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #4): Future Engineers – Eden”

MJAZZ presents the MPOD series

“The music policy – as always with the label – is to be progressive and not be constrained by boundaries or genres” – Tony “Justice” Bowes The MPOD series is a critically acclaimed podcast series, published by the forward-thinking indie label Modern Urban Jazz (MJAZZ). Featuring a plethora of artists, producers, djs, collaborators, affiliates andContinue reading “MJAZZ presents the MPOD series”