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Posted in Music at May 10th, 2008 / No Comments »

We made it, how fast are the weeks flying by at the moment? Soon it will be summer and the festival season will be starting. Which festivals are you thinking about going to? having survived the downpours last year at Glade and Glastonbury I am trying a different approach and leaving it all until September when its more or less guaranteed sunshine.

Yes, I’m talking about Bestival 2008 in the Isle of Wight.  Bestival began in 2004 and is organised by “Rob da Bank” who also runs associated record label Sunday Best. Bestival is known for its non corporate feel and many say that it feels like Glastonbury once did. Highlights this year are  My Bloody Valentine, Amy Winehouse, Underworld, Aphex Twin, CSS, Hot Chip, Will Young, The Coral, Sugarhill Gang, The Breeders, George Clinton, Gary Numan, The Human League and 808 State.

I am personally looking forward to seeing Hot Chip, Laurent Garnier (3 hour set!!!), Underworld, Carl Craig, Justin Robertson and The Sugarhill Gang. I am also looking forward to sitting in the sun with crazy party people who aren’t just Guardian reading tourists

Increasing commercialism and the apparent need to attract “younger” people to Glastonbury has been its undoing this year. The first nail in the coffin was the rain in 2007 which killed it for many people. When it was announced that Jay Z would be headlining this year it was an easy choice for many to boycott this years Glasto. The thought of sharing Glastonbury with a bunch of chavs playing music out loud on their mobiles really did not appeal.

However, it all seems to have backfired, the Jay Z effect has damaged ticket sales, with ~35,000 remaining, when in the past tickets sold out in a matter of hours. I don’t think it is anything to do with the fact that Glasonbury is predominantly a middle class and white festival. Cypress Hill and Del La Soul (who were shit) have headlined in the past. Maybe Glasto, like everything else that becomes popular is just suffering from the long awaited backlash and is a victim of its own success.

In recent years the organisers of Glastonbury have  packed more and more people in to the point where it became unbearable at times. Inflation seems to have attacked Glasto too, with prices going through the roof meaning that you need something in the order of £300-£400 at least to get through the 3-4 days. Having been to Glasto on and off for the past 13 years, I think its time for me to move on.

Have fun whatever you do this summer.

Phil Barry in Cubanate

Phil Barry used to be in Cubanate [old industrial group] and now he produces electronic dance music. He has kindly put some of his secret weapons up for download.

He saysThey have all been tested up the Boomslang [Cambridge] over the last few years by Vigi and Mr B so they arent no ‘Mr Blobby, If you wish to thank me i accept Sex or Drugs.”

Thanks to Phil Barry.

His Myspace is here

Download them here from Sendspace…

http://www.sendspace.com/file/dcbi7m Nightfalls boot

http://www.sendspace.com/file/8t0fhp Cubik boot

http://www.sendspace.com/file/zjw53s Housequake boot

http://www.sendspace.com/file/147c3d Maneater boot

http://www.sendspace.com/file/fg796q Outkast boot


Whilst cruising nuskoolbreaks.co.uk I found this video for Mr No Hands new track. Just in case you haven’t heard of him, here is some info on him….

Every now and again an artist like Mr No Hands comes along breathing fresh air into proceedings with an unconventional approach to production and performance. Dave Clough aka Mr No Hands, a name inspired by his love for BMX tricks, is fast emerging as a creative force to be reckoned with through his ever popular video series which have accompanied his last few releases and seen his creative vision compared to the likes of Mr Scruff and Lemon Jelly.

He likes to make songs that go Pow! and Whop! and has released several of these on labels including Diverted Traffic, Envision and Sound Of Habib. ‘Adrenaline Ltd’, his mighty collaboration with the Bassbin Twins, was awarded ‘Tune of the Month’ in DJ Magazine and Mixmag rated his electrophonic smash ‘Hit and Hope’, the same. His remix of Nuboy’s ‘U Cant’ was widely hailed as one of the finest remixes of 2007 with support coming from DJs Ali B, Tayo and The Stanton Warriors. Meanwhile he’s been wowing crowds with his trademark ‘exo-funk’ sound through his monthly residency at Air, Cargo, London, alongside fellow resident DJ Janette Slack and resident house band Diverted.

2008 sees the launch of Mr No Hands’ new forward thinking video-MP3 label, No Handed Music, a division of Ali B’s Air Recordings label with each release accompanied by one of his trademark animated films. Through his Youtube channel he has already enlisted an army of fans who regularly look forward to viewing his latest capers, which are typically crafted in a modernist lo-fi Lowry style, without the bad weather and the drab colours. He has also caught the attention of Myspace who have regularly featured him on their front page as a hotly tipped artist.

The first release for the label is Boingy Boingy Zappy Wap, which combines Daves’s two loves, old skool arcade games and his drum kit which he’s been playing since he was 13. This and his other full stereo productions were all constructed using one speaker due to a sincere lack of finance. Now, though he’s not exactly high rolling, he’s at last using two.