Huge apologies for the mahoosive delay in updating the blog. Just getting through the last of the UK Winter has been hard work. Now that the 9-5 has settled and since I bumped into this crew, there has been some sunshine appearing.
KickinRadio.com is managed by Richard Rushton, aka DJ Tubs, a bit of a legend of the Midlands underground scene. Tubs has been calling in all his old mates to drop a set on a Friday night and I got in there at the right time it seems. Taking over the 10pm slot currently, most Fridays.
Now if I can get more of my old DJ mates involved, we could take over Thursday or Saturday nights. Just the Leo in me!
Loads of great mixes from all over the World.
Here’s my Mixcloud Playlist of all my shows, so far.
That’s right, the foot is firmly in the door, with a guest radio slot this week at Rough Tempo thanks to Mini da Minx, an old mate I met in Cape Town. I’m really looking forward to this because of the history of radio work I’ve done in the past.
One of my most anticipated moves in my life. I really did feel like I would return to the UK at some point in my life. I gave it a bash in ’98, but it didn’t feel right; not the right time, whether the UK wasn’t ready for me or I had unfinished business in South Africa. Many things happened in the last 2 years of life in ZA that started the push again and now I feel it is safe to say this time it is for real.
We (blunted stuntman & mrs, spliff) arrived in Leicester on 1 June 2012 and it has taken 6 weeks of visiting family and friends, castles and markets, to realise we should get our ball rolling from the London angle.
I want to take this opportunity to personally thank everybody that was involved with the creation of a blunted stuntman as a name to hear top class beats from all over the spectrum and even the ones that I have cursed in the past, to know what to steer clear of in the future. All the good nights we had together and I hope to make you proud by sending news of some great experiences here in London.
I do have one confirmed gig so far here in London, at the Lockside Lounge in Camden on the 15th September with my old Cape Town connection Mini Da Minx and I am sure she will book a funky line-up for the night.
I am happy to say I have hooked up with Doc Moody to increase the flow of blunted beats and we should have the first 3 mixed and mastered soon. Scrape is here too and I am dying to give something to him for remixing. I think he might be the right person for “Portraits in Sound” with his 5.1 studio doing some amazing work now.
I still have my contacts in ZA and we hope to have a loophole of music flowing between the 2 offices, so please keep the flow of funky music coming through the dropbox (it is still available by invite at email@example.com if you already have an account).
I hope to speak to you all again before the gig, with news of an earlier gig, a new tune to hear or an Ode to a DJ feature, so fare thee well from the new shores.
I would like to thank Mr Bong for inviting me to collaborate on his recently released album, Bongville Stomp, a great achievement for South African music on a whole. The album is released through On A Break Records, based in Cape Town and is doing great on the Beatport charts.
I’ve known Mr & Mrs Bong for a good few years now through my chemical brother-in-law, DJ Afrowhitie and the Two Twiggs Xperiment, who were responsible for quite a few breakbeat events around Johannesburg, including some of the biggest names in music coming to South Africa like Diesel Boy, Cargo 77, DJ Vadim, Pendulum, General Midi and Freq Nasty. Mr & Mrs spent 2 years in the UK, Mr Bong got his sound engineers license and has presented the us with an debut album full of collaborations from around the World.
The collaborations are with Enough Weapons, Crosby, Trenton Birch, Koldproduk, J Rokka, Bakaman, Brotherman, DJ Redwood, AfroWhitie and yours truely. Beats, breaks, dubstep and garage fill this album with a sound to be proud of.
I have finally had a spare moment to get 75% of the Blunted Stuntman flyer collection up onto the Facebook Timeline Page and noticed recently that Myles had responded to this particular flyer which did always make me giggle.
It was 1997 and Joburg town was full of Raves and All-nighters. We wanted to open a Sunday morning Trip Hop hang-out that could catch a few of these loons not quite ready for bed!
With lines like “Don’t burst your bubble anywhere else but @ NEXT” and “for beats that are as broken as you are”, I think we got the direct marketing in place with the couple of hundred flyers we used to deliver across town on a Saturday night.
Noticing, of course, that this was pre-Blunted, as I was still up in smoke about a name to perform under; sure DJ Leyton was not going to be funky enough. Yes, Dr Skunk ’twas!
It’s time again to praise another DJ/Producer I have been very honoured to work with, smoke with and just get to grips with. Fletcher Beadon, known by many as one of the original members of Cape Town’s Krushed & Sorted crew and African Dope Records executives. From big beats and basslines, to locking himself in the studio for 3 months to unearth the African Dope Soundsystem album, Fletcher or DJ Dope as he has been called in the past, deserves a shout out from the Blunted one.
Cape Town has been pushing itself into a more visible spot regarding its musical talents and after the Red Bull Music Academy paid them a visit in 2003, this seemed to be a good progression; A Taste of Sonar.
Fletcher has toned down his beat and bass lifestyle and ventured into his much-loved appreciation for dub and ambient sounds. This is his live set from the Sonar event, which got to see him open for Modeselektor and the Massive Attack DJs. Respect Dude!!!
It was July 1996 when the Mad Blunt Posse played their first nights in Market Street’s Le Club. The first South Africa crew to push the sound of Big Beat hip hop, Dancehall funk and the best place to hear Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Daft Punk and everything else we called different. At the end of the 90′s we all went our separate ways and that meant Shang Hai, China for who we called Missile Myles.
Myles always had a great ear for music and left us on a contract to play the hotels of Shang Hai. After a 7 year absence, Myles came back to visit the folks and see his home town and I managed to slip him a performance at 2012′s Jozifest.
Basically, I pumped him full of all the exciting music I had been collecting over the past couple of years and after his choice, this is the selection we came up with. Using his ear and the M-Audio Xponent, we put this set together to a raving response at the festival.
I’d bought a new laptop especially for the occasion and put it down next to the monitor and buzzed it out on it’s first public appearance. I have never had such a nail biting start to a set and dreamt of my vinyl crate!!! After all the holding on for dear life, we did get started as the last song faded from the Hypnomaniacs.
I did, however, forget to press record on the night and what you hear here is actually my first attempt at piecing a mix together using Ableton Live. Still learning all the knobs and I hope it does justice to our performance on the night.