Rudimental, Roots Manuva, Everything Everything, Hannah Wants and many more acts have been announced for Sea Sessions festival in Bundoran, Donegal this year which takes place from the 22nd to the 24th of June.
Walking On Cars
Ryan Mc Mullan
The Hot Sprockets
Willie and The Bandits
Slow Place Like Home
Waldorf and Cannon
Amber and The Bear
Marc O Reilly
Get Down Edits
New Valley Wolves
A Different Animal
Order of The Mess
Tickets are available from all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and Seasessions.com. Priced from €109.90 for 3 days and €134.90 including 4 nights camping. There’s also limited day tickets available from €49.50 and Surfers Bar (VIP) upgrades from €50 extra.
After their two Dublin gigs last week, Massive Attack have dropped a new Ritual Spirit EP on Virgin/EMI today featuring 4 tracks of collaborations with their old pal Tricky, Roots Manuva, Azekel & Young Fathers.
It’s the first of two EPs to be released this year with an album to follow. Ritual Spirit EP has been written and produced by Robert del Naja and studio collaborator Euan Dickinson. A second Massive Attack EP, written and co-produced by Daddy G, will be released in the spring.
Here’s the video for the dark moody Tricky track, directed by Hiro Murai and starring Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes:
1. Dead Editors (Massive Attack & Roots Manuva) 2. Ritual Spirit (Massive Attack & Azekel) 3. Voodoo In My Blood (Massive Attack & Young Fathers) 4. Take It There (Massive Attack, Tricky & 3D)
Only last week, the band launched the Fantom app – a sensory music player that remixes and reforms songs uniquely using a variety of environmental variables including location, movement, time of day, heartbeat and the integral moving image camera.
Between this weird and wonderful patois wonk of ‘Facety 2:11’ featuring a beat from Four Tet and the B-side, ‘Like A Drum’, featuring production by Machinedrum, our Rodney Smith could be at the start of a rejuvenation period.
Rodney Smith is arguably the greatest rapper ever to emerge from British shores. Over five albums of sonic invention, which, like all great hip-hop records, ran the gamut between funky fun and sharp-eyed lyrical incision, he’s carved out space for rappers in the UK, and become one the iconic voices in hip-hop from anywhere.
Smith describes the tune as ‘a wee spring warmer in voodoo coptic dialect shape shifting: the remit the same as ever in awakening one’s inner, modern-day Sun Ra, ODB and Kate Bush on an overdrive of “doing because we can’t help ourselves…””
There’s always a worry that a talented rapper such as Roots Manuva will only be remembered for his greatest hit, in Rodney Smith’s case ‘Witness The Fitness’.
In my opinion, his last great album was 2005’s Awfully Deep though 2008’s Slime & Reason has its moments and 2013’s ‘Stolen Youth’ was a return to form. But it’s good to hear a Roots Manuva track with production by one of the best. Four Tet provides a weird “boat race”-featuring rhythm for Smith on ‘Facety 2:11’ (Facety is patois slang for being rude). The end result is a weird and wonky tune that makes Smith sound vital and current too.
The B-side features production from Machinedrum too so it may not be a one off for the album to come.
Roots Manuva Mr Williamz Dan Shake John Blek & The Rats Dirty Dubsters King Modo Dah Jevu The Radioactive Grandma Mongoose Dem Fools Val Normal Little xs for eyes Overhead The Albatross The Hip Neck Blues Collective Slackers Symphony Fox E & The Good Hands Cpnhgn The Cardinal Sins Catlovers London Funkadelic Dublin
The Insomniax debut EP The Love She Wants EP went under the radar the first time around I posted about them despite the high calibre of urban London sounds and Roses Gabor on guest vocals. For the current remix EP, Kai Gama and Dr Sydney Velvet drafted in the Rooty Toot Manuva for a special version of the EP standout ‘Friday Comes’. Hang around after in the playlist for Willows’ Bobby Evans and Swede:art remixes too.
New mixtape from Rollie serves as a nice stopgap between Afterparty Babies and what comes after it. It collates his remixes with some of his collaborations (including a sneak peek at a new Bonus Party track).
01 – Roll With The Winners (Prod. Herve & A-Trak) 02 – The Cansecos “Rise Up” (Cadence Weapon Mix) 03 – Pretty Girls Make Raves (Prod. Stuffa, Mapei and Sinden) 04 – Mini T.V.’s (Chad Vangaalen Cover, Live ft. Final Fantasy) 05 – Sailboats Are White “SAW” (Cadence Weapon Hi-Speed Edit) 06 – Sally Shapiro “He Keeps Me Alive” (Cadence Weapon Mix) 07 – Bad Graffiti (Prod. Murge) 08 – Roland Pemberton III “Rupture Vers Le Haut” 09 – The Morning After (Prod. C-Sekshun) 10 – RJD2 “Sweet Piece” (Cadence Weapon’s Ladykiller Remix) 11 – Kennedy Curse 12 – Kid Sister “Damn Girl” (Cadence Weapon Remix) 13 – Shout Out Out Out Out “Coming Home (We Do Acid)” (Demo) 14 – Busdriver “Sun Shower” (Cadence Weapon`s Raleigh Remix) 15 – Junior Bloomsday “Your Perfect Gene” (ft. Cadence Weapon) 16 – The Wet Secrets “The Chinball Wizard” (Cadence Weapon’s Samir-Themed Remix) 17 – House Music Medley (Bird Peterson, A1 Bassline, The Cansecos) 18 – Super Extra Bonus Party “Radar (Demo)” 19 – Roots Manuva “Buff Nuff” (Cadence Weapon Tuff Mix) 20 – The D.B. Buxton Revue “Sex With My Ex” (Cadence Weapon’s No Sex Mix)