Monday, 30 May 2011

Gil Scott-Heron April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011

The great man has and will always be one of my inspirations and got me into spoken word. His music has never been far from my stereo. Most recently its been his 1982 album Moving Targets. I saw him at Somerset House last year. I'm not going to write much, many people have written eloquently about the charismatic pioneering activist, poet and musician. I'm not even going to put together a mix or compilation because again, there are many already. So instead here's a run down of the ones I've found:

The fantastic Six Million Steps JJ Smoking Sessions series did a GSH mix this time in 2009, it has music and interview snippets. If you want to find out about the man as well as his music listen here Six Million Steps Streaming and download both available.


Video interview by one of his friends in London on The Guardian site;

Following the release of I'm New Here;


This link has all parts of the BBC  documentary that was part of the Legends series:


This is a beautiful commentary on the man and his music using extensive quotes of his poems and songs:

Patrick Forge reflects on the great man:

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Zentrip series so far...

I thought I'd do a round up of all my Zen Trip series so far. For late nights, Sunday mornings or any time you need some relaxing vibes.

This is a playlist of all Zentrips so far.

Zentrip 1
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Bugge Wesseltoft - Heim
The Cinematic Orchestra - Dawn
Funki Porcini - Sleepy
9 Lazy 9 - Very Gently
Peace Orchestra - The Man Part One
DJ Krush - Coffee Talk
Tosca - Doris Dub
Thievery Corporation - One
Waldeck - It Comes from You
Miles Davis/Bill Laswell - He Loved Him Madly
Boozoo Bajou - Barkensignal
Lonnie Liston Smith - Floating Through Space
Boards of Canada - Wildlife Analysis
Fridge - Harmonics
Tosca - Pearl Off

Zentrip 2
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Nightmares on Wax - I Am You 
Thievery Corporation - Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes

Boozoo Bajou - Same Sun 
Bob Holroyd - Adrift in Kerala

Boozoo Bajou - Tonschraube 
Desmond Williams - Theme from a Dream

Peace Orchestra - Domination 
Koop - Glomd
Fat Freddy's Drop - Ernie
Nightmares on Wax - You Wish
Jazzanova ft. Paul Randolph - Dial a Cliche
Thievery Corporation - Until the Morning

Mudd - Children & Fire
Dwight Trible & The Life Force Trio - Love Is The Answer 

Zentrip 3
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1. Husky Rescue - Good Man
2. Mum - Green grass of tunnel
3. Husky Rescue - New light of tomrrow
4. Mouse on Mars - Download Sofist
5. AIM - The girl who fell through the ice
6. Roberta Flack - Killing me softly with his song
7. Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Mysteries
8. Yann Tiersen - La valse d'amelie (orchestra version)
9. Pink Floyd - come in number 51, your time is up
10. Jerry Garcia - Love scene
11. Pink Floyd - unknown song
12. Fink - pills in my pocket
13. Cinematic Orchestra - Burn out
14. Michael Andrews - Philsophy of time travel
15. Four Tet - Castles made of sand
16. Jimi Hendrix - Rainy day dream away

Zentrip 4
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Zentrip 5

Zentrip 6

Zentrip 7
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Saturday, 14 May 2011

Zentrip 7

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This one starts as it means to go on in the stellar regions. It seems completely natural to me for it go from jazz to ambient like tracks. I hope you find it as relaxing I do.

John Coltrane - Stellar Regions
Skalpel - Flying Officer

Les McCann - Doin That Thing
Indigo Jam Unit - Blue
Erik Truffaz - Indigo
Patrice Rushen - Before The Dawn
Billie Holiday - Crazy They Call Me
Anoushka Shankar and Karsh Kale - breathing under water
Entheogenic - Aranyanyara
Entheogenic - Pagan Dream Machine (vibrasphere remix)
Ulrich Schnuass - Between Us and Them
Anoushka Shankar and Karsh Kale - Abyss
Karunesh - Bombay Pure