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Coventry is quite a city. It is my home town, I now live in Sheffield and have been based there for many, many years. It was good to see the place again. It is certainly a city of contrasts – contrasts that are still present. In recent history renowned for its engineering, car production and at times really high tech indutrial foundation – it has a very long history indeed. I had travelled down for a family event – the day after we had a chance to have a little look around. The history is there in front of you. There is the modern cathedral, of course, a place most have heard of – the past sits resolutely at its side.
The Golden Cross was a pub that had real meaning for me. I met so many people there and made friends. It was in this pub I made friends with a certain John Bradbury, ten years or so later to become the drummer of the Specials and also to be there at the beginning of the Selecter. I must admit I failed in my vocal and saxophonic renditions for him and so the friendship was short but still memorable for me. I have retained a huge love of ska and 2 tone.
I was down in Coventry over the bank holiday weekend for a family event – my great niece’s christening. After the ceremony there was a bit of a bash and this band performed. Not everyone has a taste for covers bands – this band were tremendous – what a range of funk, soul, ska, reggae, disco, recent charts stuff. The Amy Winehouse covers were unbelievable – this band is worth a visit to Cov just for the sake of …
As you will know I have quite a liking for the chilled end of things – always gravitating towards the chillout room in any party. I have always had as well a real love of deep house – admittedly that love is generally for the older originators – St Germain (Ludovic Navarre), Ian Pooley, Mateo and Matos, Kevin Yost. I so look back to days in parties involving DIY, Inland Knights and others.
The mixes you can find here hopefully give you a sense of that mmmm! that is part of the whole scene and the whole history of that area of music.
I remember days gone by djing for all sorts of events – one of the core areas I used to play was a whole range of reggae from original steppers on to dancehall. A major event for some years being the Garnett Silk commemoration gigs. I have been brought back to those years courtesy at first of Chronixx. Rooting around in his music led me on to a whole range of others – Protoje, Biga Ranx, Popcaan and many more. All of this has the serious flava of old times and I am enjoying …
All of this revival gives me neww things to chat about with my gal – yes I married a proper country gal, Westmoreland true and through … and she never lets me forget it!
via This is Protoje.
via - Chronixx Music.
As I have said before I used to live in Africa – I spent some time living and working in Maseru, Lesotho. That time and the people I was with remain with me to this day – a big hello to Ipa, Francis, Lebo, Motsi, Teenie and all the rest …
I would love to go back and visit more … the music and those memories are all I can enjoy at the moment.
It seems this is doing well in the charts at the moment …
Trip hop has had quite a revival recently. Some years ago we used to play gigs with a hefty dose of Portishead, Bonobo, Tricky,Lamb, Thievery Corporation, Massive Attack and many more. Now we create mixes using a whole raft of London Grammar, Wildlight, Emika, Coco Rosie and so on.
via rising setting.
Some people are a little surprised at my taste in music given my age and background. I enjoy music ranging from that music core to my youth – the soul, northern (DaveGodin was an old friend), ska, reggae, house of most styles, dnb, breaks, african music across the board, reggae of all styles, 2 step, chillstep and so on.
Here we have a series of the music videos I have enjoyed – a hipster, baroque pop, dream pop cum neo electroish pop type, a Belgian hip hop artists with roots on Rwanda, an Eritrean music video and a whole series of those created by me.
I had to search for music after popping into a local Eritrean restaurant. The food was good, the people great, and I enjoyed the music and tv playing. As I said at the time – I felt like going back to Africa.
It is interesting to note the differences in style between the various music videos. I would so love to make some videos with some of the Eritreans – seems it would be real fun.