Parking Meter

Super prolific Brumaican MC Serocee has been going from strength to strength lately, dropping more hot cakes than an arthritic baker. His new track ‘Parking Meter’ produced by Heavy Feet is no exception – With his inimitable quickfire chat effortlessly riding a stuttered beat and bubbling bass you know this one’s gonna do some serious damage on dancefloors all over the shop.

What’s more, those kind folk over at Bass music blog are giving it away for free, so grab your slice of the cake here:

Heavy Feet ft. Serocee ‘Parking Meter’

Also watch out for the Edu K remix and the club mix both available here on Beatport

In other Serocee related news, his collaboration with Mr Benn ‘Rising star’ is due to drop on Benn’s debut LP in early 2011 – watch this space…

Square One at WOMAD

Once again we’ve been lucky enough to be asked to programme a number of acts on one of the stages at this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park festival.

After hours of deliberating and listening to some amazing music from all over the world, here’s what we’ve got in store…



Punk and new wave like it was never intended
From the same mindset that found Hayseed Dixie offering up breathless bluegrass versions of heavy rock classics, Nouvelle Vague also apply a seemingly disparate music style to another. But where the bluegrass boys just did it for one-dimensional laughs, this French collective create something beautiful, dipping fiercely cherished punk and new-wave classics into a sugar-sweet confection of lounge, bossa nova and easy listening. Thus New Order’s Blue Monday is transformed into a cocktail-hour shuffle, while Buzzcocks’ Ever Fallen In Love now struts with a highly unlikely Copacabana swagger. And you’ve got to admire Nouvelle Vague’s ambition – they’ve even managed to neutralise The Dead Kennedys’ Too Drunk To Fuck. For their latest record, last year’s 3, they went one step further by inviting the originators to duet with them; the traditionally surly likes of Terry Hall and Ian McCulloch sportingly got in the spirit to turn those frowns upside down.  (Biography by Nige Tassell 2010)


The leading undertakers of ‘death jazz’
Jazz clubs? Reverential, hallowed sanctums that resemble public library reading rooms, where chin-stroking and moderate head-nodding are permitted but anything more audible than a mouse’s whisper is greeted with a silent chorus of disdainful stares. Yes? Well, nobody told Soil & ‘Pimp’ Sessions that was how to behave. Firing off scattergun drums and blowing furiously on horns as if the next breath will be their last, this Japanese collective play what they’ve coined ‘death jazz’ – the point at which the seemingly incompatible spirits of free jazz and heavy metal converge and entwine. This isn’t music as precious artefact. Their live shows are raucous, high-energy occasions that aim to turn the interaction between jazz musician and audience into more than “a transmitter/ receiver relationship”. Purists might turn a blind ear but they’re unwise to. Think you don’t like jazz? Go see this bunch and prepare to have your preconceptions turned inside out.
(Biography by Nige Tassell 2010)

POIRIER ft. FACE T (Canada/Jamaica)

All hail the Montreal basshead
Ghislain Poirier has little respect. OK, let’s re-phrase that. The producer/remixer from Montreal isn’t too cap-doffing or reverential when he gets his mitts on a tune that he’s eager to bend and reshape to his own means. No rules, no restrictions. Indeed, The Fader magazine was spot-on when it suggested he only respects a song’s “empty spaces because he can fill them with exploding bass”. And exploding bass is very much his calling card. Bashing together hip-hop, soca, dancehall and grime, what emerges is something very much wearing his fingerprints but at the same time something that chimes with his worldwide following. And, most importantly, it’s irresistibly danceable too. Signed to the indomitable Ninja Tune label here in the UK, Poirier’s collaborated – or shared stages – with the likes of Burro Banton, Diplo and Kode9, and his most recent commission is remixing the first single from the new Gotan Project record. His time is now.
(Biography by Nige Tassell 2010)


TY (Nigeria/United Kingdom)

One of the UK’s most adventurous rappers
“I’m probably more disobedient with regards to what is acceptable for a hip-hop artist to do,” Ty once remarked to The Independent, “but I don’t know whether that should be titled with the word alternative. I hate that word.” Whatever he thinks he is, the South Londoner has cemented an enviable reputation as one of the most thoughtful and poetic of British rappers – indeed, one of his four albums, 2003’s Upwards, snagged the ears of the nomination-declaring Mercury Prize panel. His list of acolytes (including Damon Albarn and Lily Allen) is only overshadowed by the queue of his collaborators – people like De La Soul, Arrested Development, Blak Twang and the Scratch Perverts, as well as Afrobeat king Tony Allen, lover’s rock legend Carroll Thompson and jazzer Soweto Kinch. Patrolling such a varied musical landscape shouldn’t be seen as disobedient. It’s merely the sign of a keen, inquisitive mind.
(Biography written by Nige Tassell 2010)


Are you ready for the ‘tropical discotheque’?
As every adman or woman would tell you, brevity is key. ‘Vorsprung durch technik.’ ‘Just do it.’ ‘Ah, Bisto.’ The brand is never in doubt. So when East London DJ collective Sofrito Soundsystem promise ‘heavy Afro-Latin sounds’, you know exactly the kind of tropical tunage that’s going to rumble the floorboards. Like perennial WOMAD favourites Future World Funk, the Sofrito boys play hard and fast with geographical distinctions: Africa, South America, the Caribbean – this is music that’s roasting under the same sun, after all. But while the FWF DJ duo, as their name implies, have always been keen to play tomorrow’s sounds today, Team Sofrito prefer to look back over their collective shoulder as they dust off long-forgotten grooves. Or, more usually, crazily obscure records that were never really known about in the first place. And boy do they exhume some sweet, sweet sounds – Afro-funk, mambo, highlife, ska, cumbia, samba, reggae and beyond. Lord have mercy on our souls…
(Biography written by Nige Tassell 2010)

DON LETTS (Jamaica/United Kingdom)

Your host for a punky reggae party
Of all the DJing jobs in all the world, the gig that helped Don Letts make his name would have been coveted by many. As the record-spinner at London’s iconic punk hangout The Roxy in the late ’70s, it was he who introduced roots reggae to our safety-pin-wearing chums, bringing together two otherwise disparate scenes and planting the seeds of the highly influential Rock Against Racism movement. Since those days, Don has moved through an interesting landscape. He’s been a member of Big Audio Dynamite and a highly regarded film-maker (his productions include The Clash’s Westway To The World documentary and – remember this? – the video to Musical Youth’s Pass The Dutchie). Most recently, Don’s had his own show on wonderful, wonderful 6Music. He remains the foremost expert on the punk/reggae crossover and this knowledge continues to inform his DJing sets, transporting listeners to another time, another place.
(Written by Nige Tassell 2010)



All hail the live hip-hop orchestra
If you could travel back in time to The Bronx in 1979 to tell the assembled hip-hop pioneers that their music would one day utilise the services of a barbershop quartet, you’d be the recipient of some very queer looks indeed. But that’s part of what Kormac’s Big Band delivers. The multi-membered extension of the solo work of Dublin’s DJ Kormac, the band have been described by Radio 1’s Annie Mac as “the most bizarre set-up I’ve ever seen – but it really works”. The 11-piece’s live shows really rock the joint, providing a lively, vivid incarnation for their leader’s tunes – the barbershop quartet are joined by drums, double bass, trombone, clarinet, trumpet and banjo. But at the head of it all, calling the shots and conducting proceedings, is Kormac himself, the master of this new kingdom where scratching meets banjo. Who’d have ever thunk it? Not those guys in The Bronx, that’s for sure.
(Biography written by Nige Tassell 2010)

JAZZSTEPPA (Germany/Israel/United Kingdom)

Live dubstep with horns a-plenty
The name should be a clue. The ‘steppa’ part refers to their love of dubstep; the ‘jazz’ references the fact that, having originally met at a jazz festival, they never take to the stage without a decent arsenal of horns. For this is the world of JazZstePpa, the collective dedicated to taking dubstep – the ultimate sound of solitary, bedroom-bound music-makers – out to the live arena, armed with (gasp!) real, steam-powered instruments. This meeting of digital beats and trombones , trumpets and saxes is unlikely but deeply affecting, the brooding paranoia of the former somehow reassured by the warmth and human effort of the latter. Oscillating between their twin homes of London and Berlin, JazZstePpa have captured the pulse and the pace of the modern European city, a soundscape every bit as mesmerizing as their absorbing live shows. Futuristic but also fun, this is the sound of both today and tomorrow.
(Biography written by Nige Tassell 2010)


Tokyo’s turntablist titan
“I’m always thinking of the turntable.” DJ Kentaro is a singular chap, a man who eats, drinks, lives and breathes beats and breaks – a sonic architect who can’t help but plan his next musical construction. And the one after that. And the one after that. Although still on the sunny side of 30, Kentaro has a list of achievements that stretch from here to Tokyo and his crowning glory undeniably remains his ascension into DJ royalty when he triumphed in the 2002 DMC World DJ Final. He was just 20. Since then, his reputation has advanced beyond merely (merely!) being a supreme, quick-wristed jockey of the discs. His creations – drawing from hip-hop, breaks, drum & bass and turntablism – are complete, full-bodied works that appeal well beyond hip-hop’s trainspotting brigade. As IDJ magazine correctly called it, it’s “not only spotty geezers in puffas and baseball caps who need to look out for him”.
(Biography by Nige Tassell 2010)

Mr Benn – Police ft. Blackout JA – OUT NOW

Mr Benn’s latest single is finally out on our very own Square One Sound label.


1. Mr Benn – Police (Original)
2. Mr Benn – Police (Jpod Remix)
3. Mr Benn – Police (Magic Fly 7″ Remix)
4. Mr Benn – Police (Magic Fly Extended Remix)
5. Mr Benn – Police (Instrumental)

You can buy the limited edition 7″ vinyl here

The digital release will be out on Monday and features 2 extra remixes from The Magic Fly and Canada’a Jpod.  Also included in the digital package is the original instrumental for all you microphone controllers out there…

Here’s the flex…

Everyone’s favourite ragga hip hop skanker is back with another brilliant release on his very own Square One Sound label that’s sure to make your batty wind. Mr Benn has been buried in the studio, recording day and night in readiness for his debut album release later this year. As anticipation grows for the main event, he brings us a taste of things to come with his new single ‘Police’. A fusion of dancehall and hip hop, Mr Benn has bubbled up a stuttered riddim, horn led, low end theory for long time collaborator Blackout JA to flow over in his inimitable style, creating a call to arms in response to the ever growing divide between the public and local constabulary.
Remix action comes courtesy of two of the finest producers to drop onto our radar in recent times. UK’s The Magic Fly comes correct with two remixes, both of which bring that boom bap, bass heavy style that’s bound to make your hands clap. Canadian beat smith Jpod turns it on it’s head, lacing the vocal with a broken beat, wonky dancehall riddim that sounds like nothing else you’ve heard. Both remain true to the original but give it fresh legs in the unique style of each remixer.
Mr Benn’s debut album will be dropping in shops this Autumn and features collaborations with Blak Twang, Terry Lynn, Ragga Twins, Serocee and The Good People’s Emskee amongst others to bring you that true sound of Bristol in the summer time. As well as toiling long and hard to complete the long-player, Mr Benn has been busy of late remixing Horace Andy and Lady Chann and collaborating with Mad Decent’s South Rakkas Crew. It’s hectic round his way to say the least…