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50 Cent blind….


Making his mark as one of the industry’s hardest working men, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has signed on to co-star in Stephen Sommers’ adaptation of Dean Koontz’sbestselling novel, titled, Odd Thomas.

Fiddy joins a cast that already includes Anton YelchinGugu Mbatha-Raw (remember her from Undercovers?), Willem Dafoe, and others, in the supernatural thriller, which centers on the title character, played by Yelchin, “a clairvoyant short-order cook who encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark forces.”  50 Cent will play a blind DJ.


Gig News: Bilal play’s London’s Jazz Cafe

Known to music fans from his work with artists such as Jay Z and Erykah Badu, Bilal’s hybrid of soul, rock and electronica gained a sizable acclaim and respect from his peers, many whom noted his ability to sing in a freeform style and his classically trained falsetto. Catch him in support of his latest release “Airtight’s Revenge”. If you like this you might like Sy Smith & Zo! – Sun 6th Mar Jazz Café


Throw back Sunday’s 0034

By 1980, Cameo already had a history as a 13 piece, funk and soul phenomenon. Albums such as Cameosis and Knights of the Sound Table were laid on a foundation of legend.

In the mid-80’s Larry Blackmon and his crew were ready to move on. With Alligator Woman in 1982, the band stripped down to five main members. Blackmon moved the band in a new direction, giving them a cutting edge sound dominated by a drum machine and prominent bass line. He donned ‘a red codpiece’, added his trademark “Ooow!” into the mix and totally reinvented the group.

Cameo’s 1983 release Style was one of the first to come from this new label and was the first disc to capitalize on Cameo’s new sound. She’s Strange came out in 1984 and its ’12-inch mix’ was a major smash in the clubs. 1985’s Single Life was also a major club hit that saw some crossover success, especially in the UK.

Word Up! hit the airwaves in mid-1986, the resulting album turned Cameo into superstars. The follow-up tracks, Candy and Back and Forth, were also huge hits for the funk trio. By this time, the band were included in every mix or album compilation going. Les Adams remixed Word Up! to great effect and soon after the original Cameo Megamix made it’s presence felt. The Cameo Megamix Two is an epic 10 mins of blistering anthems that doesn’t sell you short.

We are including this short clip not only for Larrys codpiece, but we also adore Joan Rivers. The funny moment is when to promote the album Joan picks up what now looks a massive paving stone. In fact it was simply the album on vinyl – we think it’s funny so there…

Two years later, Cameo released Machismo to lukewarm response despite favourable review. It’s a good song with a positive message and yet Skin I’m In sunk without a trace in the UK. It would appear Cameo’s reign was over. Almost in reflection of this, Honey is a short reprise of Candy without a song as such. It simply echoes a song that once was. As always please seek out music from this truly brilliant group and buy it!

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The BEST music is in the UK PERIOD! Jai Paul


We are proud to have told you about new music in this space, so EXCUSE ME when we tell you to watch out for Jai Paul. Now the free download has been on the web for some time and on high rotation on my iPod (other mp3 players are available). This is really exciting music and some of our work colleagues have been gushing at the creativity. It’s like a UK Prince with a street attitude its electronic dub-step funk. Simply put it makes you moist.

This pretty short YouTube clip will give you a taste. XL records usually get it right and I think they may have struck gold. Once again the UK/London proves that’s its melting pot of cultures drives the music industry.

Throw back Sunday 0018


One of the greatest group to EVER grace this planet. If you like music and don’t have any Chic in your collection go stand in the stupid corner!!!

01. Chic Cheer
02. Le Freak
03. Savoir Faire
04. Happy Man
05. I Want Your Love
06. At Last I Am Free
07. Sometimes You Win
08. (Funny) Bone

Throw back Sunday 016

Volumes 1-5 came out a while a go. As I’m doing some D.I.Y. this Sunday I decided to let the funk be the backdrop for a sweaty afternoon. I hope some of the tunes bring back memories and for some form new ones. I alway like comments although hardly get any (however the stats tell me you like the blog even if you don’t tell me). Please go and find Vol 2-5 and buy spread the love and support the artists.

VOL. 1
01. James Brown — Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine (Part 1)
02. Sly and The Family Stone — Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
03. Funkadelic — I Wanna Know If It’s Good To You
04. Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band — Express Yourself
05. King Floyd — Groove Me
06. The Dramatics — Get Up and Get Down
07. The Staple Singers — I’ll Take You There
08. Lyn Collins — Think (About It)
09. Curtis Mayfield — Freddie’s Dead (Theme From Superfly)
10. Fred Wesley and J.B.’s — Doing It To Death
11. Ike Turner Presents The Family Vibes — Garbage Man
12. Eddie Kendricks — Keep On Truckin’ (Part 1)
13. War — Me and Baby Brother
14. Earth, Wind and Fire — Mighty Mighty
15. Parliament — Up For The Down Stroke


Come join us!!

In partnership with FTI Consulting

I can’t believe I have not told you all about where you can catch me spinning some tunes this Thursday 16th September!!!!

Thursdays and Fridays until 21.00

Late Shift offers new ways to explore the Gallery after hours and to socialise after work. CONNECTwith our portraits through special gallery tours and trails. LISTEN to live music and a wide range of talks and lectures. PARTICIPATE in practical art workshops and weekly drop-in drawing sessions.ENJOY dinner in the stunning rooftop Portrait Restaurant or UNWIND with a drink at the Late Shift bar.  Plus look out for Late Shift Extra special guest-curated and themed evenings throughout the year.

Every Thursday and Friday you can EXPLORE our special exhibitions after hours. This autumn’s highlights include the BP Portrait Award 2010 (until 19 September), Camille Silvy (until 24 October),Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance(from 21 October) and the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 (from 11 November).