03 Feb #vinyloftheday Friday Selekts with Jonny Dub (LEVELZ, Hold Your Corner)
#vinyloftheday Friday Selekts with Jonny Dub (LEVELZ, Hold Your Corner)
As part of our special fortnightly offerings on #vinyloftheday, we’re kicking of a new segment called Friday Selekts, where we introduce musicians all over the world and get them to share with us their top selections of music that’s on their current playlist, in their latest crate dig, or simply what has influenced and shaped their sound. This week we have DJ/Producer Jonny Dub from famed Manchester-based grime collective LEVELZ and record label Hoya:Hoya, also founder of Hold Your Corner, a weekly mix series featuring sounds from DJs and producers all over the world.
He’s been collecting records for about 17 years, and currently hold a collection of nearly 4000 records across many different genres and styles. Always with a keen ear and an open mind, he doesn’t consider himself a hardcore crate digger, however, he enjoys hearing and finding new music on a daily basis, and sniffing out unusual sounds and samples to make music with.
In this edition, he’s taken the extra effort to share with us pictures of his collection and segregate his top picks by genre (also because he has bashfully admitted that there’s too much to choose from) – of which we are more than happy to comply.
“For me this record more then any other epitomises the sound an feel of early dubstep. Back when it was all about the sub, and well before Dubstep became a dirty word and a precursor to US based EDM. This reminds me of going to Subdub, a legendary night at the West Indian centre in Leeds around the time it came out, and to this day I have never felt bass like I did that night. This is a definite go to record to get the crowd steppin’ and works well early doors as well as late on.”
Jaylib – Champion Sound (Stones Throw Records 2003)
“There’s not much to say about this record that hasn’t been said already. One of the finest hip hop LP’s made by 2 of the finest producers of all time. Instant crowd pleasers and will keep getting played for many years to come.
REGGAE / DUB
My version is a repress, but first editions of this amazing LP go for around £150 these days with even the repress going up in value.”
BEATS / HIP-HOP
MRR/ADM feat. Malcolm Catto – Untitled (not on label 2008)
“Michael Raymond Russell (MRR) & Adam Douglas Manella (ADM) are part of an LA based collective that also includes Gaslamp Killer amongst others, and who have recently have gone on to put out music under the Drumetrics moniker. They make hard as fuck beats and record it all on vintage gear to create their sound. These guys know how to make tough sounding psych funk drum breaks and the tracks always go off in a club.
Limited to 1000 copies on release, this is a sort after gem of a record featuring a few tracks of untitled music. It’s something to keep your eyes out for and pick up if you ever get the chance. Check out their new project here: www.drumetrics.com.”
Alain Goraguer – La Planete Sauvage OST (1973 – pathé)
“I first heard this bits of this music when it was sampled by Madlib on the Quasimoto track “Come on Feet”. It wasn’t until a few years later that I actually came across the movie, which is a 1970’s French psychedelic masterpiece, and the soundtrack by Alain Goraguer absolutely does it justice. I was made up when the LP got a reissue and I managed to grab a copy for myself. Essential listening.”
A Pakhmutova – The Bird Of Happiness OST
Salah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz Band – Egyptian Jazz 1968-73 (Art Yard 2006)
“I found it difficult to choose a favourite from these records, and again I suppose it depends on my mood, but sat here listening to this album again makes me realise what an incredible piece of work it is. Salah Ragab was a drummer and was also credited with forming the first Egyptian Jazz band in 1968. More essential listening.”
Electronic / drone / experimental
Raymond Scott – Manhattan Research Project (Basta 2000)
“This is a 3LP compilation of some of the music, adverts and sounds made by Raymond Scott as part of his Manhattan research project way back in the 1960’s. A true pioneer of electronic music, he was responsible for creating the very first electric sequencer (although never really credited for it) as well as pioneering analogue synthesis (Bob Moog was a kind of student of his). I first heard him on the Jay Dilla track LightWorks, which is basically just his track with additional drums. Listening to this LP you hear all kinds of crazy electronic sound effects and advert jingles then all of a sudden a rhythm that sounds like a precursor to minimal techno comes in, yet it was made in the late 1950’s / early ‘60s on a primitive home made synthesizer called the electronium. Theres a great documentary called “Deconstructing Dad” all about his life. and I would recommend watching it as he was as fascinating as he was genius and innovative.”
Bo Hansson – The Magicians Hat (Charisma 1973)
“A classic piece of 70’s psychedelic prog rock from the Swedish musician Bo Hansson. I can’t remember where I first came across this LP, I think it was just in some record shop and I really liked the sleeve design and title, plus it was super cheap if I remember right. He also did an album which was totally based on the Lord of Rings books because he was such a big fan. What a dude.”
Bo Hansson – The Magicians Hat
Other records to note: (from left to right / top to bottom)
Cybotron – Enter
Funk / Jazz
“Billy Paul sadly passed away towards the end of 2016, so I have been listening to lots of his music again lately as is what tends to happen when a musician you are a fan of passes away. The title track of this album is a 10+ minute masterpiece, and I have enjoyed playing this a number of times at the start of club nights in the past. A beautiful piece of Jazz / Soul that starts off mellow but picks up pace half way though. Will be sadly missed like so many great artists who have passed on, but we will always have the music to be able to enjoy and keep his spirit alive.”
Other records to note: (from left to right / top to bottom)
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