Tuesday 7 June 2011Scandinavia - Sounds from the Wilderness
Tatiana Rucinska, compiler of the Beginner’s Guide to Scandinavia (3CD box set released on Nascente in May 2011) talks us through the inspiration for her picks
Monday 16 May 2011Staff Benda Bilili and Fatoumata Diawara - Roundhouse (Live Review)
The huge domed chamber of London’s Roundhouse rocked to the Soukadelic sounds of Staff Benda Bilili and melted at the charms of Fatoumata Diawara
Sunday 17 April 2011Record Store Day with Jonny Trunk & Gilles Peterson (16th April 2011)
At least there’s one day a year when your local independent record store makes the news as Record Store Day returns with lots of special releases on vinyl to collect; and much more too!
Friday 4 March 2011Matthew Halsall - Spiritual Surfing at 60MPC 03/02/11
As much as the mention of Futuristica’s Jazz Chronicle’s session in the Guardian’s Guide on Saturday as their ‘Pick of the Week’ was appreciated, they missed out that Manchester’s finest Matthew Halsall was a special guest DJ!
Thursday 22 July 2010Soil & "Pimp" Sessions - Now We Are 6 with Shacho
Soil & “Pimp” Sessions have release their 6th album this year and they are at the Jazz Café today (and WOMAD tomorrow) so as the warmed up in Camden Town, I grabbed a few words with front man Shacho.
Monday 28 June 2010Music for Lunatics - Here's Jonny II (The Cultural Pottage Cut)
Since The Simonsound appeared on the Jonny Trunk OST Show on Resonance 104.4FM recently, people have noticed that I seem close to obsessed by him; this may be true but I’d not be the only one.
Tuesday 25 May 2010The Simonsound - Slay It Again Pam
Simon’s appearance on Jonny Trunk’s OST show the weekend raised more questions than answers so lets get the man himself to explain more about The Simondsound in a sort of Part 2 exclusive for FLY Global Music.
Friday 4 December 2009Manu Chao Podcast - Born Fighting
Everyone’s favourite global punk protest singer Manu Chao plus interviews with Gilles Peterson, Oumou Sangaré, Gilberto Gil, Ojos de Brujo, Baaba Maal, Tony Allen, Jane Ginsberg and more
Saturday 3 October 2009Standing in the Way of Control - Iceland's Digital Music Conference and Rettir Festival
Zoë Street Howe attends Iceland’s You Are In Control digital / music conference and Rettir music festival for a blast of clean air, bright sparks and fresh thinking
Monday 22 June 2009Jamie Woon - Wayfaring Asset
Jamie Woon is relatively still at the start of his career even after the success of ‘Wayward Stranger’ of a couple of years ago; Hectic grabs a quick chat at Cargo where he’s on the same bill as Joe Bataan and James Pants!
Sunday 7 June 2009Emanative - In Space And On Earth
Not often we get in before Gilles Peterson, but before you get to hear the GP podcast with Emanative, here’s our exclusive interview with Nick Woodmansey (it’s a long one but worth it IMHO)
Thursday 14 May 2009Peyoti for President - The Manifesto
Like Manu Chao, who they recently supported, Peyoti for President is a political act expressed through globe hopping musical adventures. Named after a drug-induced dream for a better society, Peyoti for President is the brainchild of Pietro Dimascio
Tuesday 28 April 2009Louise Gray - The No-Nonsense Guide to World Music
Louise Gray, the music correspondent for the New Internationalist, has written the most thought-provoking and enjoyable exploration of this whole ‘world music’ thing. She tells Fly what led her to write a book unlike any other on this subject
Saturday 15 November 2008Rachael Bell - Pizza Express (Live review)
A must see artist, Rachael Bell is a multi talented singer, acoustic guitarist and pianist
Wednesday 30 July 2008Rich Mix - The Place to be on Sunday Afternoons
Gary Crosby and Peter Edwards — respective members of Nu Troop and Tomorrows Warriors (that’s jazz bands if you were wondering) were over at Rich Mix on Sunday 13th July
Sunday 29 June 2008Beat Generation Special - MamikO' (Amsterdam)
Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide show this week was a slight change in tack as he focused on “In new beats we trust”. But hang on, I recognise that voice, it’s MamikO! What’s she doing in Amsterdam?
Friday 13 June 2008Karen P .... Broadcasting Worldwide
Karen Pearson, better known as Karen P, has just compiled the latest episode of …Broadcasting for Sonar Kollektiv so it was a great time to catch up with the Radio “Oscar” winner to find out why she’s so hectic at the moment.
Friday 1 February 2008Detektivbyrån - Hugs from the Detective Agency
If you recently used the words ‘accordion’, ‘gypsy circus’, ‘warm beats’, ‘glockenspiel’, ‘gentle’ and ‘lullaby’ in the same sentence, then chances are pretty good you were talking about Sweden’s Detektivbyrån
Tuesday 29 January 2008Shantel and the Bucovina Club Orkestar
From deep within the Carpathian mountains comes something both mysterious and mesmeric. DJ Shantel is truly a creature of the night. Beware he is on his way
Monday 28 January 2008Marcina Arnold - A Secret of Talent
Marcina Arnold is a secret talent living in the heart of London. I went to meet her in Stockwell to speak to her about her new release on Counterpoint Records, an EP called ‘Introducing’
Monday 28 January 2008Tawiah - Bubbling Up and Over
You can expect to hear me fooling around coz I like to laugh, you can hear a bit of old school cus I like to remember and you can expect to hear some guitars and strings and oohs and ahhs!
Monday 28 January 2008Roachford - The Best Sex Ever
“It feels natural and I never forget how lucky I am”, says Roachford
Monday 28 January 2008Joy Denalane - Berlin's Queen of Soul
Her international latest album Born & Raised hits the stores, and has reached mainstream markets both in the US and UK. Leaving positive impressions on national press
Monday 28 January 2008Georg Levin - Back in London
“‘When I’m With You’ was only a single. I did a demo of it on a four track tape machine (tedious work, but I had no other equipment, not even a decent computer). Then I recorded it with Dixon, who had his new ‘studio’ set up and I didn’t know how to use most of the machines. It was one of his first recordings as well, so we fiddled around for ages on that track until we were happy with it
Monday 28 January 2008Julie Dexter - Exiled UK Queen of Soul
Once hailed the UK Queen of Soul, Julie Dexter’s career has some what taken a different direction. Julie Dexter says, “I’m satisfied with where I am considering the fact that I’m not a major artist, I’m not signed to a major label. So as an independent artist I’m satisfied, I don’t think I could have done much better independently on my own, so yeah I’m satisfied.”
Monday 28 January 2008Femi Temowo - Jazz Guitarist
Mixing it up with Amy Winehouse hasn’t deflected jazz guitarist Femi Temowo from his mission
Monday 28 January 2008Wunmi - Talk, Talk, Talk!
Wunmi is a true polymath. Dancer, designer, singer — if she said she was going to be a painter, you’d have to expect the art world to take notice. She can also talk and talk. Matthew Daniel tries (and fails) to get a word in
Monday 28 January 2008Ruby Turner - British Soul Diva
Jamaican heritage, classic soul and a touch of Culture Club. Welcome to the eclectic world of a British soul survivor
Monday 28 January 2008Koop - Uppsala, Jazz, and Computers
Uncomfortably numb hyper modern jazz geeks from Stockholm
Friday 18 January 2008Fanfare Ciocarlia - The Speed Brass Express
Balkan music connoisseur Jill Sellner finds out from band members Ionita Nicolae and Costica Trifan what keeps them going with such exuberance after the death of their beloved patriarch, Ioan Ivancea
Saturday 27 October 2007Natural Self - 'The Love Theme' EP
There was only one place to be this week and I didn’t make it. But there’s no time to lament that, as ‘The Love Theme’ EP is here to raise our spirits
Thursday 30 August 2007Basement Jazz Sessions - Out of the Lightness, into the Dark
Out East, the Vortex swirls jazz goodness around but west London has its own pockets of perfect jazz. Our favourite is Hammersmith’s Basement Jazz Sessions. We caught up with accidental jazz entrepreneur Joel Reeves on the eve of Elan Mehler Quartet’s visit
Saturday 25 August 2007Ben Westbeech - Cocky but Cool
“I basically gave a friend of mine my CD but she was like ‘Oh I’ve got a friend who I could play this to’, and I didn’t know who she was talking about. I was just like, ‘oh cool, she’s just given away a CD’. Then, about two months later, I got a call saying Gilles had heard it, and he wanted to sign me to his label
Saturday 25 August 2007Eva Be - Talking After Traveling
Sitting backstage before the gig supporting The Black Seeds in London, Eva Be’s musical journey seemed ready to take off!
Tuesday 14 August 2007Alison Crockett - Becoming an Artist
For those in the know, Alison Crockett is one of the big voices of soul. Matthew Daniel catches up with her as she realeases her new album
Wednesday 18 July 2007Music for Lunatics - Here's Jonny!
When Jonny Trunk sends you an email headed “Music for lunatics,” it still comes a surprise to see Bod, moon landings and porno somehow weaved together
Thursday 31 May 2007The Power of Babel - East London's New Jazz Revolution
There’s a new riot of sound coming straight out of East London. It’s beautifully noisy and breaks rules, both musically and culturally. Call it the new ‘alternative’ — in the original sense when the word actually referred to music bristling with ideas, rebellion and youth-powered energy rather than the conveyor belt of insipid indie kids playing over-familiar tunes and chords
Wednesday 16 May 2007Rachid Taha - Street Fighting Man
On stage he’s a wild torrent of punk energy channelled into an eclectic musical output. In person, he locks eyes with you and declares in his accented English, “you are my brother.” Rachid Taha is a self-confessed hippy punk rocker with a big heart
Monday 7 May 2007Florian Meindl - Tears of a Dreamer
The last time we met Florian, we were contemplating what a hectic year he’d had. We’ve had to grab him again as he’s almost exploded with activity since January
Tuesday 1 May 2007United People of Zion - The Middle East Beats Process
Israel’s premiere soul collective are representing soulful music, regardless of genre
Saturday 28 April 2007Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band - Leggo De Lion
The debut album by Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band lives up to everything that the ‘Buddha’ 12” promised. Yep, it’s that good
Tuesday 24 April 2007Ojos de Brujo - Getting Down The South American Way
“And there is Chavez… dancing!” laughs Ojos de Brujo percussionist Xavi Turull, remembering their recent tour in Venezuela, “We even have it on video.” We travel to Buenos Aires to catch up with the band on tour
Wednesday 4 April 2007Rainer Weichhold - Great Stuff Recordings
There was some great stuff on Great Stuff last year but 2007 has started even better. Hectic gets head honcho Rainer Weichhold to explain why their stuff is so great, the relationships with their sub-labels and how they are getting back to their roots.
Monday 26 March 2007Scribble Records Profile - Rollin' with the Irish Times
When Stee Downs got together with Trevor O’Shea a couple of years ago, their main ambition extended as far as getting a club night together to promote soul, jazz, funk, disco, dub, reggae and all the bits in the middle. They’ve come a long way and have recently launch their own label, Scribble Records..
Wednesday 21 March 2007Graham Collier - Words and Music
Ray’s Jazz hosted a talk by one of jazz’s great composers yesterday, Mr. Graham Collier. Hectic was right at the front to make sure he didn’t miss anything
Tuesday 27 February 2007Nick Matthews - Earth Corporation Enterprises
When I met Nick Matthews recently he was telling me that his latest project Earth Corporation Enterprises: “is an arts based web portal for all things creative, inspiring and slightly beyond definition.” Uh huh.
Monday 12 February 2007DJ Nick Luscombe - Jumping to Resonance FM
The good groove will out on the nation’s airwaves and e-waves but finding it is a different matter as it keeps switching locations
Wednesday 7 February 2007Mercan Dede - Contemporary Sufism in Sound
Mercan Dede, born Arkan Ilicali, has his own reasons for using nine different stage names even though his friends believe that “he has a multiple personality disorder.” He explains; by using many names he tries to avoid becoming a popular product with a well-known brand name. For him it does not really matter what you are called or how your name sounds as long as someone calls you with sincere love and affection
Friday 2 February 2007Seth Lakeman - Hippy Homeboy
Seth Lakeman has come a long way since his first taste of the West Country’s folk clubs as a young child but twenty years on he is clearly a musician who doesn’t like to be away from home for long.
Thursday 1 February 2007Fink - Spinning Plates Spinning Tunes
From DJ and remixer to singer-songwriter the dual personality of one of Ninjatune’s hottest artists was an interview Fly couldn’t turn down.
Friday 19 January 2007Florian Meindl - Minimal Flash?
What a twelve months it’s been for Florian Meindl but nothing in his career to-date would indicate he’s in the habit of slowing down.
Thursday 18 January 2007Bellowhead - The Carnival Comes to Town
Bellowhead have enough members to start their own football team, which for an English folk band is fairly impressive (although it would be fairly motley crew of folkies, jazzsters and classical musicians who made up the numbers).
Sunday 7 January 2007Nohno - Soul in Circuitry
Having evolved from experimental, industrial and EBM group Clock DVA in the eighties and early nineties, to solo dance floor techno as Sector, Dean Dennis has arrived at his current Nohno project with an open mind.
Sunday 3 December 2006Daniel Haaksman - Baile Funk Mule
Daniel Haaksman had the look of a man who’d had an early start to the day but as soon as he started talking about baile funk, he lit up as bright as the proverbial Christmas tree
Saturday 18 November 2006New Jazz Station - Goodbye to the Smooth, Hello to the Classics
Digby Fairweather celebrates the news that the operators of Classic FM have secured a license to cast their magic on jazz for a new DAB radio station due to start broadcasting this Christmas — some of our readers are more circumspect though
Friday 10 November 2006Show Of Hands - Opiate of the People
The Show of Hands entourage has a true rock ‘n’ roll ethic in the backstage rituals before their gig at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre, as Fly’s Wyl Menmuir found out…
Sunday 22 October 2006Dr. Rubberfunk - My Life In Funk
Following the debut album The First Cut, the difficult follow up: My Life At 33 has a touch of John Peel about the title but I wanted to get the Dr. (aka Simon Ward) back on the Isle of Wight (so to speak), site of his Bestival triumph
Sunday 22 October 2006A Moment in the Life of Soweto Kinch
When things are painfully simple and from the heart, they can still sound like the most complex of machinery. But open your mind to the true ethos of emotive music and the spirit of what the jazz scene has stood for, and you’ll realise that the message is from the soul and true.
Friday 20 October 2006Dennis Rollins' Badbone & Co - Big CD Giveaway
Dubbed ‘that rarest of jazz beasts: a genuine star’ by The Independent on Sunday, award-winning British jazz musician Dennis Rollins is currently touring to promote his third album, Big Night Out!, his funkiest yet and we have three signed copies to give away!
Tuesday 17 October 2006Akli D - Kabyle Mental - Ma Yela
A Berber born in Algeria, the songwriter and performer, Akli D compares the world to an ocean of riches of which so far he has only had two cups. From street performer to playing at the London Jazz Festival, we join him on his journey
Tuesday 10 October 2006John Peel Day - 12th October 2006
With the compilation CD John Peel: Right Time Wrong Speed: 1977-1987 released on the 9th October and with John Peel Day a recent memory, Hectic gathers reflections from the leftfield scene
Tuesday 12 September 2006Dingwalls - The House that Jazz Built
Patrick Forge recalls the club that was: “inspirational, revolutionary, celebratory, radical. It was a family, it was a congregation. It was our Paradise Garage.”
Monday 19 June 2006Zane Lowe & Breaks Co-Op - The Sound Inside
It’s not often that Hectic hangs out with stars of radio and TV but as Zane Lowe was in the house today, I took the chance to grab a few words with the man of the brown couch fame.
Monday 19 June 2006Gotan Project - Like Tango in Reverse
Ponder the essence of tango for any length of time and soon you’ll realise that it’s a music form like no other. No other genre comes close to the sense of tragedy, tension and melancholy that it exudes. Responsible for spearheading a renaissance of this criminally marginalized music form is the production trio Gotan Project
Thursday 8 June 2006CrazyBread - Global Warming on the Rise
CrazyBread are one of the best bands on the London scene you have never heard of. Funky, soulful, witty and sexy to boot, it’s probably fair to say that their sound is just now gelling together from the impossibly diverse elements making it up
Wednesday 7 June 2006Sidewinder - Returns to Scotland from São Paulo via London
If you’ve been wondering why we haven’t heard from Sidewinder (aka Alan Bryden) for some time, one of the reasons is that he’s just returned from six months living in São Paulo! Hectic tracked the Glasgow resident down to the basement home of Radio Saturn where it was a good time to ask…
Monday 15 May 2006Natacha Atlas - Mish-ion Impossible
Sometimes the best things in life really are free (or at least cheaper than you were expecting) as Conon Murphy finds out when he hooked up with Natacha Atlas, riding high on her best-received album in years
Sunday 30 April 2006¡Ay Candela! - The Latino Underground System in London
DJ Jose Luis has been burning the candela at both ends bringing Londoners endless club nights, and now Latino London has its own show on Resonance FM featuring cutting-edge Latin sounds including reggaeton of course…
Friday 21 April 2006The Wychwood Music Festival 2006 - Broadening Out
Following on from the success of the inaugural 2005 event, The second Wychwood Music Festival will be held over the weekend of 2-4 June 2006 at Cheltenham Racecourse and is already proud to boast an impressive line up of artists including Mercury Nominees, Awards for World Music Winners, Folk Awards Nominees, the most hotly tipped new Indie artists and classic festival bands that is sure to make it one of the most talked about events of the year, again
Wednesday 19 April 2006Greenissimo - Real Change is Growth Within
Three and a half years of writing and production culminated in the release of Greenissimo’s debut self-titled album on Dangerous Drums Records. Comprised of Esther Cowen and Charlyn Green Hashmi, Greenissimo is setting out to make some changes. Breaks with melody. Soul and downbeat.
Friday 14 April 2006Julia Biel - An Unlikely Journey in Music
With a pure voice that charges your deepest emotions and a sound that will keep you entranced, it is unsurprising that Julia Biel is working her way into our musical psyche
Wednesday 12 April 2006Amparanoia - In Search of 'La Magica'
Amparo Mercedes Sanchez, the creative core of Spain’s Amparanoia, is smiling. I get the impression she smiles a lot, and she has every reason to. Her latest Latin-infused album is flying off the shelves helped by a recent BBC World Music Award and her band pack concert venues as reports of their thrilling live performances spread across Europe. It also means Amparo is very busy.
Friday 24 March 2006Gordon Edge - The Trumpet Man
Gordon Edge has amassed a wealth of experience in the last 15 years of DJing and trumpet playing. Taking DJing to a new place by introducing live trumpet playing while spinning records has led Edge to play the world over, from Lithuania to Japan.
Wednesday 15 March 2006Ska Cubano - Reimagination, Reinvention and Reincarnation
Natty Bo, frontman of Ska Cubano, is pure old-school showman. He breezes into the interview in his trademark, distinctly ska-like yellow suit, complete with retro white shirt underneath. A matching hat, white shoes and fingers adorned with countless rings as he grins to reveal a metal-capped front tooth…
Wednesday 8 March 2006Maurice el Medioni - Bringing It All Back Home
The events of 1492 are surprisingly present for Maurice el Médioni. Up until his mother’s generation, the family still spoke the languages of El Andalus (Arabic and Spanish) in their home in Algeria. Some part of Maurice el Médioni was left behind in Spain when the Jews were expelled, just as 460 years later, he would leave something of himself behind in Algeria.
Friday 3 March 2006Sara Tavares - From Saudade to Balancê
Displaced, abandoned and yet somehow triumphant, the Sara Tavares story is as extraordinary as her music. Join her on the journey from saudade to balancê
Wednesday 1 March 2006Soulution Records
Soulution. What a brilliant name for a record label? Not only that, the Paris-based wax makers have put out six 12 inchers to date and they just seem to be getting better.
Saturday 25 February 2006Ammoncontact - Looking For A Voice?
Gerry Hectic digs in the crates for Carlos Niño and Fabian ‘Ammon’ Alston’s project, Ammoncontact
Friday 24 February 2006Juan Carmona - L'Etranger de Flamenco
When the sparkling flamenco fusion album Orillas hit my desk, I sprung into action to get in touch with the author. And then nothing for over a year. It was worth the wait though as we get the skinny on his new album…
Saturday 11 February 2006Walking Into The Baker Brother's World
The Baker Brothers have got a new 12” coming out and it features soul diva Vanessa Freeman. I tracked down the band’s bass player & vocalist Chris Pedley to walk into his world (for a little while).
Saturday 4 February 2006Ojos de Brujo - Hip Hop, Flamenco and Anarcosindicalismo
With the release of Barí, Ojos de Brujo produced not only one of the most exciting releases of recent years but declared a manifesto. Fly caught up with ODB’s DJ Panko to talk flamenco, graffiti and how to beat the multinationals at their own game as their new album drops
Friday 13 January 2006Hip Hop Trends For 2006
EveryUrbanThing.com’s founder AK gives us the lowdown on what’s coming along for hip hop in 2006
Wednesday 11 January 2006Dates 'n' Discs 'n' Going Solo - Beatnik Blockheads Blaze Jazz Trail Into 2006
Ian Dury’s henchmen may still be sex-and-drugs-and-rock ‘n’ roll-ing, but they still find time to shake up the jazz scene with a bevy of solo projects…
Monday 12 December 2005Alessandro Boschi - Day Dreams of Vega
Fly’s Jeremy Balius got in touch with Alessandro Boschi in Verbania in the north of Italy, just as he returned from Granada (from yet more flamenco guitar studying) to find out what’s going on with this ambient flameco guitarist who day dreams of Vega
Sunday 27 November 2005Beats Without Boundaries
“This column is dedicated to all the wonderful international tunes that most people either don’t know about, or can’t be arsed to cover. I hope it inspires you all to start digging a little deeper.” Phil Meadley kicks off a regular feature dedicated to global beats
Saturday 26 November 2005Susheela Raman - Music for Crocodiles
Music for Crocodiles breaks away from the pack and heads for the lucrative world of big name female vocalists but it does so with charm and a sultry flavour all of its own
Saturday 19 November 2005Mixmaster Morris Talks about John Peel
During a recent and, it has to be said, lengthy interview with Mixmaster Morris, the conversation turned to the much missed John Peel
Saturday 19 November 2005Mixmaster Morris of the Big Chill
It was one of those couple of weeks when the Blue Room boys of Chris Coco and Rob da Bank just kept mentioning their mate, Mixmaster Morris. Gerry Hectic tracked down the man himself
Wednesday 2 November 2005No Mole Jazz - Closing Down 19th November
The news that a specialist jazz emporium is closing down is not surprising news these days but for anyone that has enjoyed spending hours flicking through the albums, CDs, cassettes, books, magazines or just hanging out listening to the staff’s choice on the Hi-Fi, it’s a sad start to November
Thursday 29 September 2005Francesco Diaz - And Relax!
It would be redundant to lament the over-saturation of under-produced soulful or chilled out house compilations on the market. Perhaps it is of surprise then to find a house DJ tucked within the pages of Fly
Wednesday 14 September 2005Deborah Jordan - Spreads That Vocal Panacea
With the release of Robert Mitchell’s Trust just around the corner, it’s a good time to catch up on Ms Jordan’s busy year of festivals and releases and to hear about her future plans
Monday 12 September 2005Kate Rusby - The Girl Who Couldn't
Home-loving songstress Kate Rusby is caught in a lacrimonious web of tales of longing, betrayal and loss. No wonder at all then that she is the girl who couldn’t fly
Friday 2 September 2005Nostalgia 77 - The Ben Lamdin Interview
“Oh! And when is the Nucleus gig again?” says Ben Lamdin, aka Nostalgia 77. Ben’s been particularly busy recently, perhaps explaining his forgetfulness…
Tuesday 30 August 2005Pantone Records - From Japan With Love
Pantone Records is the current Brighton based project of Gavin Smith, former Mr. Bongo and Disorient head and DJ extraordinaire
Monday 29 August 2005Give The Drummer Some - Malcolm Catto (Dap Kings)
There aren’t too many times in your life that a guy says to you, “I’m starting a five week tour with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings on Monday.” But that’s exactly what Malcolm Catto said to Brian Cross (aka B+) at the Bank Holiday Cargo ‘Launch Party’ promoting the release of the Keepintime Project DVD and CD.
Friday 26 August 2005La Cédille - Gallic Love and Funky Beats
“You can do hip hop music with a smile,” says MC Solaar on an interview for Radio 4 regarding French hip hop and that’s how I feel about French band La Cédille
Wednesday 24 August 2005Misty Oldland - Finding Soul in the Forest
Misty Oldland is not just determined to maximise her musical impact, she is just as concerned with minimising her environmental one. After a number of albums and collaborations over the last 15 years, she has released Forest Soul on her own label Mistic Discs
Monday 22 August 2005Neil Ardley - Celebrating the Life of a Polymath
Family, friends and fans of Neil Ardley met on Tuesday, 26th July at St. Paul’s Parish Church to celebrate the life and achievements of a true polymath who enjoyed life to the full.
Tuesday 9 August 2005Lura - Body and Soul
Before her sassy performance at this year’s WOMAD in Reading, the glamorous singer Lura shared stories of her unique Cape Verdean ancestry with a slice of cake to celebrate her thirtieth birthday. Beautiful, intelligent and absurdly talented, there is a huge buzz about this young singer who has been likened to the great Cesaria Evora
Friday 22 July 2005Dublex Inc. - Das Ist Jazz, Baby!
It would seem that German hipster quartet Dublex Inc. is founded on the amalgamation of individualities into a synthesized singularity. This sheds light onto the Dublex sound as hip hop, breaks, funk, jazz, samba and madness are all stirred into the same stew.
Saturday 9 July 2005One Deck Pete's Bedroom Madtones
For those that scour old-fashioned airwaves or modern streaming audio, you’ll have spotted that Madtone has made some serious dub From The End Of The Short Wave
Saturday 25 June 2005Aaron Jerome - Mr Soul Blender
If…Music’s Jean-Claude Thompson brought Aaron Jerome to Fly’s attention at the beginning of the year and, true to his prediction, it’s an increasingly busy time for Aaron as his ‘soulblending’ skills are much in demand.
Wednesday 22 June 2005Radio Tarifa - Travelling through Space and Time
Radio Tarifa employ flamenco to decode the DNA of music, travelling back in time or across continents on voyages of discovery, sounds are picked apart, melodies examined and reassembled and from these fragments new creatures are made back in their laboratory. The end results form a fabulous menagerie of impossible music — earthy, tip-of-your-tongue familiar, beautiful and simultaneously challenging, unlikely and on the run
Saturday 18 June 2005Alex Wilson - Afro Saxon Latin Splash
Alex Wilson is an established pianist on the British jazz and Latin scenes at the tender age of 30. He has played with Courtney Pine, Roberto Pla, Gary Crosby’s Nu-Troop and has developed his own solo career more recently. Jose Luis catches up with him before Latin Splash ‘05.
Sunday 15 May 2005Show Of Hands - UpClose
When I asked a friend about one of her favourite bands, Show Of Hands, she said, “Steve is the good looking one and Phil is the cuddly one.” It wasn’t quite what I was after so it was lucky I caught up with them between two of the 100 gigs they’ll be playing this year
Friday 29 April 2005Mariza - Fadista on the Move
Mariza has just begun a major European tour to promote her new album, Transparente. Fly caught up with her somewhere between Cologne and Munich to find out more about her new directions in sound.
Tuesday 26 April 2005Angel Brothers - The Great Rock 'n' Roll Schooltrip
The seven-strong South Yorkshire/ North Indian/ Afro-Caribbean/ Iraqi/ Andalusian musical explosion that is the Angel Brothers are in the middle of "a deranged rock 'n' roll school trip that never ends."
Friday 22 April 2005Black Country Route - Label Profile
The Black Country area is famous for being the cauldron of the Industrial Revolution. Arguably, the most musically famous offspring are Robert Plant (West Bromwich) and Beverley Knight (Wolverhampton). Hopefully, independent label Black Country Route will improve matters.
Wednesday 20 April 2005Introducing Lupen Crook - Broken Folk
It's tempting to file Lupen Crook under'Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter' when there's not much else to go on. All I knew of him less than a week ago, was a short set in a marquee five minutes walk from Camden Town tube station.
Tuesday 29 March 2005BiggaBush - Acid Fly
Also going under the name Lighting Head, you may have come across Glyn 'BiggaBush' Bush previously as he was a member of Rockers Hi Fi -- whose tracks regularly appeared on compilations such as the influential Kruder & Dorfmeister Sessions...
Saturday 12 March 2005Dom Servini - Wah Wah 45s and Nippon-Speedy-Express No. 17
Nippon-Speedy-Express No. 17 is now up and running on Samurai FM. As promised, Gerry Hectic meets up with Wah Wah 45's boss Dom Servini on the Platform before the Express departs.
Saturday 5 March 2005Zeljko Kerleta - Non-Aligned Cosmic Sounds
Of late, my record collection has been attacked by an increasing amount of yellow. This is no cowardly statement. If anything, the exact opposite as it represents the covers of one of the most out-there jazz labels around. London based Cosmic Sounds. It was time Hectic got more info from their top man, Zeljko Kerleta.
Thursday 24 February 2005Break Reform - The Japanese Connection
Break Reform are Simon S, JJ Webster & Nanar. With a Gilles Peterson Worldwide session planned, two recent 12"s and a new album coming out, it seems to be all coming good all at once. Just to make sure Fly doesn't miss out, Gerry Hectic tracks down Simon S to get updated and find out about the Japanese connection.
Wednesday 23 February 2005Ghanaian Food - Soul Food for the Highlife
Fly might be about music mostly but every now and then we like to consider our readers other needs. Amma reflects on Ghanaian food inside and outside Ghana
Wednesday 23 February 2005Every Urban Thing - Being Urban in the UK
New website Every Urban Thing has set out to be a one-stop shop for all things UK and urban. We asked main man AK to give us his top picks of the moment.
Tuesday 22 February 2005The Gospel According to Andy Sheppard
Andy Sheppard makes himself out to be a bit of a hired gun, one day working with Massive Attack, the next playing a gig in Italy, the next recording a version of 'New York, New York' for an advert, and all the while touring a series of gospel and spiritual improvisations around the UK.
Friday 18 February 2005Gilles Peterson - Figurehead for the Nu-Jazz Generation
Gilles Peterson on the music, the biz, DJing, girls, Brazil, radio, Selfridges, his mum, smoking and Elton John
Monday 14 February 2005Africa 05's Leading Instigator - Augustus Casely-Hayford
Augustus Casely-Hayford, or just Gus to most people who know the urbane and influential leading light behind Africa 05, talks to Fly about turning round public perceptions of African arts.
Wednesday 2 February 2005Interview with the Man Behind 'The Quest', Mod X
I'd not heard of Mod X (real name, Vincent de Azevedo) before but apparently he's got a background in classical piano, successful commercials and an ability to mix up hip hop, house, raga, soul and afro.
Friday 28 January 2005Nitin Sawhney - Philtreing out the Bullshit
Multi-instrumentalist Nitin Sawhney must have one of the most hectic schedules in the business. In between writing orchestral pieces and film scores, DJing, playwriting and planning his next tour, he is putting the finishing touches to his new album when I catch up with him at his South London studios.
Wednesday 12 January 2005Beatsmith v Wordsmith as Fly Meets Amon Tobin
Each sound that Tobin gets his hands on (which has in the past included spitting and motorbikes) is warped and sampled, eventually weaving a bit of a spell around the unsuspecting listener. His latest victim: none other than Fly's Zoe Street...
Thursday 6 January 2005Jazz Britannia Rules the Airwaves with BBC Four's Brit Jazz Celebration
Ensuring a very happy New Year for beatniks everywhere, here is a huge 'hurrah' for British jazz from BBC Four, in the form of a star-studded landmark series balancing archive treasures, personal testimonies and highlights from a weekend of high profile concerts at London's Barbican.
Tuesday 9 November 2004London Jazz Fringe Festival - BeatTree
Having spent the best part of his twenties playing in bands all over the capital, drummer Brian Hedemann fuses his experience in hip hop, jazz, drum n'bass and garage to finally realise his own musical vision.
Monday 1 November 2004Carla Marciano - Following in Trane's Groove
Astonishingly talented young saxophonist Carla Marciano has been taking people's breath away with her mastery of Coltrane's techniques and her own fresh style. We caught up with the new horn voice from Italy.
Thursday 21 October 2004Dead Combo - Tales from Way Out West
This duo's haunting music, inspired by the melancholia of the Portuguese soul, is refracted through the prism of the spaghetti western. They create open musical spaces in which to contemplate where fatalism meets fatality.
Friday 15 October 2004This is Paul Murphy!
This is the boss of Afro Art! This is one half of the Paul Murphy and Marc Woolford Project that had one of the biggest 12’s of the year with the Spiritual South Remix of ‘Jazz Room’. So when it comes to compiling your own label’s ‘Best Of’ CD you know it’s going to be No. 1 on the tracklisting.
Friday 8 October 2004London Jazz Fringe Festival - Joy
The doors are locked, the fuse is lit! Bring some Joy into your life at the London Jazz Fringe Festival
Monday 4 October 2004London Jazz Fringe Festival - Polaris
Coming out of Ed Simpson's band, Davide Mantovani went on to form Polaris. We catch up with him as part of our season of interviews with the artists at the London Jazz Fringe Festival
Monday 4 October 2004London Jazz Fringe Festival - Lautrec
First in a series of profiles to prepare you for November's London Jazz Fringe Festival at the Ritzy. Lautrec frontman Ed Simpson tells us about his band and how he decided to start a festival one day.
Monday 27 September 2004Hackney Library's Greatest Hits (Volume 1)
While they're rubbish for the latest chart hits, public libraries across the UK offer a chance to find music and artists you haven't heard. In the first in a regular series Paul Murphy checks out some old tunes to be found in East London's Hackney Library, starting with two discs of legendary reggae producer Joe Gibbs.
Monday 26 July 2004Mariza - The Fado in Her
With her incredible voice and distinctive look, Mariza has taken the beautiful Fado music of Portugal to a global audience. Fly talks to her about fame, frocks and music.
Saturday 13 September 2003Futura: In Never, Never Land Nothing Ever Changes
To coincide with the release of UNKLE's second album Never, Never Land the ICA held a four- day design showcase entitled Subject 2 Change. This small exhibition coincides with UNKLE's first release since 1998's Psyence Fiction.
Friday 18 August 2000Fused & Bruised
If you like your beats hard, loud and dirty with an experimental edge, then Fused and Bruised are a label that you should seriously get into. (Feature from the vaults)
Friday 18 August 2000The Black Dog: Beyond Pythagorus
The Black Dog were perhaps the most mysterious and influential so-called Techno act to appear in the burgeoning late eighties/ early nineties dance scene. Little was known about this collective apart from the fact that they were a threesome, that they didn't like their pictures being taken for publicity and that there was a collective interest in Egyptology.
Monday 14 August 2000Aziza Mustafa Zadeh
Aziza does not hold opinions, she deals only in articles of faith. She tells a good story though…
Tuesday 18 August 1998Luke Vibert: The Cheesy Beat Sample King
Phil Meadley caught up with Mr Fromage himself a few years back...
Monday 18 August 1997Brian Auger
From the vaults of Fly interviews, we present Brian Auger and tales of London Jazz.
Tuesday 29 April 1997Pussyfoot Profile
If you look closely, you will find a jewel in the record store. Amidst the vinyl obsession and hype of the last couple of years, a small London based label called Pussyfoot has peacefully released a distinguished catalogue of music. Richard Houston investigates.
Tuesday 29 April 1997Sourcelab
One of the brightest and most exciting new scenes to emerge in recent years has been that of the nouveau French dance scene. Perhaps the label most responsible for bringing these fresh new sounds to a wider audience, has been Source records. Their stunning Sourcelab compilations have helped promote the talents of exciting new producers such as Air, Zend Avesta, Gilb-R, and DJ Cam, whilst confirming the genius of artists such as La Funk Mob, The Mighty Bop and Eric Rug.
Tuesday 29 April 1997Jean Jaques Perrey
Since its beginning, electronic music has touched many aspects of art, but popular electronic musician Jean-Jacques Perrey has, apart from having worked with such stars as Edith Piaf, Charles Trent and Walt Disney, really been the pioneer of popular electronic music. With Gershon Kingley he made probably the most humorous and innovative records of the '60s and '70s, long before the likes of Kraftwerk the Detroit techno originators. So take your chance to meet him. Jean-Jacques is here, from France, talking to Fly!
Sunday 18 August 1996A Guy Called Gerald: Far From the Madding Crowd
Colin Carlisle chatted to A Guy Called Gerald way back when...
Tuesday 14 May 1996The Mo' Wax Effect
Edo van Duyn on the original Mo' Wax Label published a few years back.
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