NTS Radio is looking for new residents and genre specialists to join its roster.
The online network, which broadcasts from global locations and maintains bases in London and Manchester among other cities, has issued an open call. The statement invites interest from new 'radio personalities' and experts in styles such as alte, asakaa, jazz fusion, 2-step soul, 20s-70s blues, outsider country, highlife, min'yo, sanjo, nanyin, metal, classical, gnawa, amapiano, lovers rock, dub and reggae.
EVA808 will release her debut album, ‘Sultry Venom’, this Friday 18th December.
Released on USA heavyweight bass label Innamind Recordings, the 19-track LP follows the success of the Icelandic producer’s singles ‘Prrr’ and ‘Exchange’ - already accumulating a steady stream of endorsement from the likes of Commodo and Hudson Mohawke.
Jamaican reggae producer Bunny Lee has died aged 79.
Born Edward O'Sullivan Lee in Kingston in 1941, and affectionately known as "Striker" Lee, the producer and label head played a pivotal role in bringing reggae music to the UK. He helped to put the likes of Peter Tosh and Horace Andy on the world stage, and was a friend and collaborator with dub pioneer King Tubby.
According to Annette Wong-Lee, mother to four of his children, Lee died from respiratory failure.
Om Unit will release his new EP, ‘Submerged’, this Friday 31st January.
The Bristol-based Cosmic Bridge boss and DJ Mag favourite is on top form across these six tracks, traversing the 160 spectrum with in a typically expert fashion. Stirring a heady mixture of dub, d&b and even a touch of techno, ‘Submerged’ swerves from depth-charge half-time toward full-throttle groove, with a deep, spacious atmosphere tying the whole thing together beautifully.
Ever-reliable Bristol label Livity Sound will release Toma Kami’s new EP ‘Negative Extasy’ this Friday 28th June.
The label’s first release of 2019 – following superb outings from Laurel Halo & Hodge, Facta, Cando, Forest Drive West and more last year – ‘Negative Extasy’ finds Toma Kami on particularly percussive form, bouncing from sharp, dubby trips to the headier hard-drum energy of the title track.
Brighton producer Etch will return with his ‘Ups & Downs’ LP on 19th October. Set for release via Sneaker Social Club x Gully the 12-track album comprises of a wide array of tracks produced between 2014 and 2018 during periods of exciting peaks and difficult lows.
‘Ups & Downs’ is thematically rich and showcases the producer’s – Zak Brashill – continued flourishing as one of the strongest producer’s in the UK’s jungle, half-time and breakbeat sphere.
Don Letts is a true legend of UK punk. A filmmaker, musician and DJ, the London-born icon has stood at the helm of the country’s most vital scene for over four decades, as both a documentarian and participant.
Known for bringing dub and reggae sounds into the punk sphere during his peerless DJ sets at The Roxy and forming the post-punk outfit Big Audio Dynamite with The Clash’s Mick Jones, Letts’ influence cannot be understated.
Half Pint ‘Greetings’
“A rally cry with a wicked bass line that’s an invite to all tribes to come and partake in the festivities”
Cronixx ‘Alpha & Omega’
“One of my current Jamaican favourites with the riddim twins, Sly and Robbie, in full effect - a modern take on the roots vibes that first drew me to Carnival in my early teens”
Chaka Demus & Pliers ‘Tease Me’
“This one’s for the ladies ‘cause once they’re movin’ and groovin’ everything else will take care of itself”
Congo Natty ‘UK Allstars’
“A great tune that perfectly captures the heyday of jungle when it crashed Carnival in the early ‘90s by paying respect to the pioneers of the form"
Bunji Carlin, Kubiyashi & Walsh Fire ‘Chicken and Dumpling’
“....and if you can resist all the culinary delights on offer across the two days of Carnival you're a slimmer being than me!"