Sunday, 18 November 2018

The Nastysquad @ Sunrisefm.co.uk [17NOV.2018]



DJ Direct from The Nastysquad has returned this Saturday with one more quality showcase @ Sunrise FM offering fresh Hardcore tunes with the likes of Ellis Dee, Nicky Allen, Sparki Dee, Deadly Nightshade, JMT on a special mixture of oldies and nuskool vibes!





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[SSV5] D.J. Wax - Spandangle Selection Volume 5 [4-Track Rare & Unreleased Jungle 12" Vinyl EP Available To Purchase Now!!!]


A1 - Morning Drums (Dubplate Mix).
A2 - Ohh Oh.
B1 - Moments So Dark (Remix).
B2 - PD-21.

After the resounding success of the previous Bay B Kane release, Spandangle Selection are back once more with yet another collection of rare and unreleased oldskool hardcore and jungle gems on vinyl only. This time featuring four rare and unreleased tracks from D.J. Wax, who earned a place in jungle history with 1993's legendary 'Moments So Dark'.

We are first presented with the exquisite 'Morning Drums (Dubplate Mix)', a lush piece of atmospheric jungle which was only ever made available on dubplate to a very select number of DJ's back in the day, and delivers frenetic drum-programming layered over luscious pads.
Up next we have 'Ohh Oh', also from D.J. Wax's unreleased D.A.T. collection, a string driven slice of uplifting jungle comprised of rolling breaks, booming, descending bass patterns and ecstatic female vocals to get all hands in the air.

The flipside offers up an undisputed and remastered oldskool anthem in the form of the 'Moments So Dark (Remix)', which was played out by many a rave heavyweight back in the day. Adding even more elements from the Art Of Noise classic to create an intoxicating, rush inducing, hardcore jungle classic. 
Rounding off the collection we have 'PD-21', which also appears courtesy from D.J. Wax's very own personal dubplate archives, and features soaring strings layered over thundering breaks and a bouncing, 808 bassline.

With the D.J. Wax 'Spandangle Selection Volume 5' 12" vinyl, the label has once more excelled itself in unearthing and remastering some lost jungle gems, so make sure you grab yourself a piece of rare and unreleased jungle history before they disappear!

The D.J. Wax 'Spandangle Selection Volume 5' EP is available to purchase now from the official Spandangle Selection webstore for £9.99 plus postage & packaging. 

https://spandangle-selection.co.uk/product/dj-wax-spandangle-selection-volume-5/


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Friday, 16 November 2018

[INVSN019] Grinder - Fake Fear EP [Available Now From All Good Invasion Recordings Digital Stockists!!!]


1/ Fake Fear.
2/ Lost Echo.
3/ Blur.
4/ Silence.

Invasion Recordings return to spread their trademark, pitch black neurofunk sound with the release of 'The Fake Fear EP' by St. Petersburg based D&B producer Grinder

We are first launched into the darkness with title track. 'Fake Fear', which layers atmospheric horror/sc-fi samples over thundering 2-step breaks and rasping bass heavy growl. The tension is further increased by scuttling, sound FX which emulate the aural sensation of cybernetic spiders crawling up your spine.

The tech-step onslaught continues with the darkly atmospheric 'Lost Echo', which expertly combines ominous, atmospheric pads set to a steppin' drum pattern and a deep, cavernous bassline that's guaranteed to get your subs rattling.

Opening up the second half we have the unnervingly sinister 'Blur', a track which instantly evokes a sense of dread by layering industrial synth riffs over a relentless drumbeat, locking the listener into punishing, yet perversely irresistible groove. 

Drawing the quartet to a perfect close, 'Silence' rewinds us back to the late nineties, when the likes of of RAM Records, Renegade Hardware and Virus Recordings ruled the airwaves with monstrous bass pulses locked in eternal conflict with twisted, technoid mid-range riffs. 

If you consider yourself a serious neurofunk connoisseur, then the 'Fake Fear EP' will be a must to have in your collection!!!

Grinder's 'Fake Fear EP' is available to download now from the official Invasion Recordings Bandcamp store...

https://invasionrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/fake-fear-ep

...And from all good digital stockists and streaming sites...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

SHUT UP AND DANCE - Michael Caine (Ft. Afghan Dan) [SHUT UP AND DANCE MUSIC]



The real Hackney soldiers and London based pioneers over the last 30+ years, Shut Up & Dance have returned with something fresh & banging!
Of course, none can ever forget their all time classic tunes like the chart topper 'Raving I'm Raving' featuring Peter Bouncer, or '£10 to get in' , '5.6.7.8.' 'Green Man' and many more others that have put their own character to the intense period of Rave movement and all subgenres!


However things are still rolling and the S.U.A.D. are very proud to unleash a 
very fresh and dirty grime bizniz entitled 'Michael Caine' with maybe the most appropriate MC at the moment, the man like Afghan Dan who's in major progress!
'Michael Cane' is said to be the first single and taster off the upcoming "Shut Up & Dance" album due to come out during 2019, exactly 10 years after the 2 decades celebrational 'How the East Was Won 1989-2009' and this will be for sure an essential history release for your collection.
Till then show you love & support with this ultimate grime smasher, which comes out digitally.




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Monday, 12 November 2018

[KAMBO 005] Manarchy - Bass Drama [Kambo Records Single Available To Download Now!!!]


1/ Bass Drama.

Purveyors of the very finest jungle techno, Kambo Records make a long overdue return to the fray with the release of Manarchy's deep, dark and sinister 'Bass Drama' single. 
Steeped in 1993/1994 style, breakbeat meets kickdrum infused energy, 'Bass Drama' layers on an ominous, descending pad melody over a rolling bassline and menacing stabs to deliver a pitch black, jungle techno masterpiece that just oozes with menace.

If you consider yourself a connoisseur of the darker side of hardcore and jungle, then Manarchy's latest production will make a welcome addition to your darkside bestiary!!!

Manarchy's 'Bass Drama' is available to to purchase from the official Kambo Records Bandcamp page for a 'Buy It Now' price. So lay down some cash to support the label and artists to make more music!!!

https://kamborecords.bandcamp.com/track/bass-drama



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Saturday, 10 November 2018

[4 The Floor Recordings] DJ Revive - The Nostalgia EP [4-Track EP Available To Download Now!!!]


1/ Cry Little Sister.
2/ Get On Up.
3/ Never Give Up.
4/ Rockin Your Body.

4 The Floor Recordings and label boss DJ Revive is back again after the successes of the label's first wave of digital releases and his excellent 'The Revival EP' on the Strictly NuSkool Blog's very own freebie label. This time we are presented with four unabashedly ecstatic happy hardcore tracks, coming straight outta the mid to late nineties with the release of 'The Nostalgia EP'

First up we are introduced to an adrenaline packed, 1995 style slice of euphoric breakbeat hardcore with 'Cry Little Sister', which incorporates rolling amens and 'In Complete Darkness' breaks, hands in the air pianos and iconic 'Lost Boys' soundtracks vocals to create a definitive future dancefloor anthem.

Bringing up the rear we have 'Get On Up', a 200 mph combination of thundering, hardcore kicks and breakbeats which are complimented by hi-octane piano melodies and cheese-free, female vocals which expertly meshes together uplifting trance and upfront hardcore elements.

Ecstatic diva vocals, soaring pianos and pounding kickdrums are the order of the day with 'Never Give Up', a track which opens to the sounds if contemporary, detuned synth leads and chopped-up amen break edits, before launching into full-on, 1992 era rave positivity.

Bringing the quartet to a frenetic close, 'Rockin Your Body' piles on lashings of gushing female vox, euphoric trance stabs, relentless 4/4 kicks and heavyweight, tearing breakbeats to ensure that all ravers in the place are on that dancefloor with a smile stamped on their face.

'The Nostalgia EP' sees DJ Revive ensure that upfront and uplifting, breakbeat hardcore is well and truly alive and ready to tear up any rave that it's played out at. An essential addition to the collection of any nuskool hardcore head!!!

DJ Revive's 'The Nostalgia EP' is available to purchase now from the official 4 The Floor Recordings Bandcamp page for £6 in high quality digital format (320 MP3, WAV, FLAC, etc), so if you love your hardcore on the euphoric side, then don't hesitate to picck this one up!!!

https://djrevive.bandcamp.com/album/the-nostalgia-ep



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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

[XHR013] Deadly Nightshade - The Virus [6-Track Digital Mini-Album Available To Download Now!!!]


1/ Ghosts.
2/ The Virus.
3/ Event Horizon.
4/ Lucifer.
5/ The Haunting.
6/ A.I.

After unleashing a slew of upfront rave bombs with 'The Entity' and 'Sound Of Summer 3' albums, Xtrahard Records label boss Deadly Nightshade returns once more to take you on a trip to the darkside with the release of 'The Virus' mini-LP.

Our first entry hits us full-on with a barrage of manic breaks, ominous synth melodies and snippets of menacing movie dialogue to give you a moody, 1992 style slice of dark hardcore with 'Ghosts'. A track which ramps up the tension with it's rich tapestry of cinematic, orchestral stabs and brain scouring mentasm riffs to present a perfect taster for the hardcore mayhem that follows. 

Album title track, 'The Virus' opens up to the sound of tribal drumbeats before morphing into a furious melting pot of twisted hoovers, thundering breakbeats and swirling synths overlaid by a pumping, 4/4 jungle-tekno kickdrum.  

Taking us even deeper into the album's dark core, 'Event Horizon' pilfers sinister movie snippets from it's namesake, sci-fi horror flick and combines them with  a series of ruff and rugged breaks, multi-layered stab melodies and a devastating Renegade Soundwave style bassline that'll get your head nodding in an instant.

Things get positively Satanic with the positively demonic 'Lucifer', which expertly invokes doom-laden bass patterns and monstrous rave riffs set to a monstrous hybridisation of rolling oldskool beats and crunching tech-step, breakbeat edits. 

'The Haunting' up next goes all out 1993 style darkside-jungle by utilising sinister, Euro-hardcore rhythmic elements and interweaving them with tearing, 180 mph amens and Beltram-esque mentasms, which are then expertly contrasted by an immensely powerful drop to die for.

We are brought to spine-tingling close with the sci-fi flavoured, techno-hardcore crossover track, 'A.I.', which lures the listener in with it's richly textured opening third which builds itself up to a positively euphoric drop to shed a shard of light to break all the darkness, before descending back once more.

If your darkside hardcore leanings veer more towards the 1992 end of the rave spectrum, then 'The Virus' will more than satisfy your pitch black audio cravings. 

The Breakbeatscientist's pick of the bunch is the lushly sinister 'A.I.'

'The Virus' mini-album is available to download now from Deadly Nightshade's Bandcamp page for £7.00, or more if you wish to support the label and artists to fund future releases.

https://deadlynightshade3.bandcamp.com/album/the-virus



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Monday, 5 November 2018

THE VIBE CONTROLLER - Raggahappy [RAVESKOOL RECORDINGS]



Scotland's based producer and oldschool hardcore junkie The Vibe Controller returns to the Nu-Rave abundant label of Raveskool Recordings, run by Paul Cronin.
This time our good friend & skillful producer delivers two fresh stormers on his third personal release on the label; dreaming on heaven while being raggahappy.

In other words a piano breaks driven tune up to heaven is followed by an uplifting ragga breakbeat, both forming "Raggahappy".
The very fresh digital EP is available now by Raveskool Recordings and a good weapon for any DJ out there and fan of the Hardcore Breaks scene!



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Sunday, 4 November 2018

[DOHB002] Dr. Colossus (Remarc Remix) / Aaron Spectre / General Waste & Complict / Kinsugi - Destroy Oh Boy #2 [4-Track 12" Yellow Vinyl Available To Buy Now!!!]


A1 - Dr. Colossus - Iron Dub (Remarc Remix).
A2 - Aaron Spectre - Respect This Sound.
AA1 - General Waste & Complicit - Ruff Rugged And Phat.
AA2 - Kinsugi - Rust (Instrumental).

Coming straight out of the jungle with a flurry of razor sharp snares and booming 808 bass, bombs the Destroy Oh Boy camp are back to bring you yet another heavyweight selection of devastating junglist bombs with the release of the 'Destroy Oh Boy #2' EP featuring the likes of Aaron Spectre, Dr. Colossus, General Waste & Complicit, Kinsugi and on remix duties, the one and only King of Choppage himself... Remarc!!!

Surgery is open with Dr. Colossus in session alongside junglist Surgeon General, Remarc, as they perform surgical augmentation to bring you the 'Iron Dub (Remarc Remix)', incorporating expertly sliced and diced Amen and Think breakbeats, layered over a thunderous bassline and ragga vocal alterations of dub reggae anthem 'Chase The Devil'. This one's gonna have the dance rammed!!!
Aaron Spectre up next delivers a potent blend of breakcore junglism with 'Respect This Sound' which lures the listener in with it's down-tempo, head-nodding, hip-hop intro before upper-cutting the listener with a barrage of 180 mph amens and subsonic bass booms that'll get your bass-bins shuddering.

On the flipside we are greeted by the glitched up jungle sounds of General Waste & Complict's 'Ruff Rugged An Phat' which pilfers aggressive rhymes from thug-rap pioneers, M.O.P. and layers them over ricocheting, snares and chopped-up amens set to a devastating twisted and morphing, buzzing bass riff.
Bringing the EP to a rousing close we have Kinsugi who drops 'Rust (Instrumental)', which switches things up a touch, stylistically by adding a little bit of half-speed, drum & bass infused, garage experimentation to the mix, whilst still complimenting it's companion pieces with it's use of fragmented breaks, half-speed beats and soaring, heavenly pads.  


For those of you who are seeking the most ruffneck, choppage fuelled junglism with an added dose of breakcore experimentalism  thrown into the mix, then the Destroy Oh Boy camp more than fulfils those requirements with this tearing collection of jungle gems. Get on the case now!!! 

The 'Destroy Oh Boy #2' EP is available to buy now in both yellow 12 vinyl and digital formats for £10 (plus P&P) and £4 (digital only), from the official Destroy Oh Boy Bandcamp page. All vinyl purchases come with a free digital download.

https://destroyohboy.bandcamp.com/album/destroy-oh-boy-2




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Friday, 2 November 2018

#GLOWBUZZ 003: 5 Super Recommended Hardcore Acts - GL0WKiD Introduces Us To The NuSkool Hardcore Leaders!!!


Calling all the hardcore!!! Are you ready for your latest #GLOWBUZZ infusion? Yes it's time for the Strictly NuSkool Blog's very own GL0WKiD to unleash his very latest video blog entry with #GLOWBUZZ 003 up and ready to view now. 

In this episode, our hardcore ambassador showcases the rave talent that are trailblazing the scene to push the sounds of breakbeat hardcore, jungle and happy hardcore in 2018, including the likes of Kniteforce Records' rising superstar TNO Project, Spain's happy hardcore champion Luffy, Tokyo rave representative, DJ and producer Amaretto, Finnish breakbeat and jungle connoisseurs Aeon Four and Brighton's Calling The Hardcore collective Try Unity.

If you consider yourself a slave to the rave, then you better make sure to tune in, turn on and drop out to #GLOWBUZZ 003!!! 


#GLOWBUZZ Ep. 003 was shot in October 2018 in various places around Athens/Greece.

✶ Presented & Directed by GL0WKiD... https://glowkidmusic.blogspot.com
✶ Video Editing by Akrivi Kollia... https://youtube.com/AkriviKollia
✶ Backstage Photography by Marina.
✶ Intro Music by 2NZY/Damage Inc.
✶ Outro Music... Kokushimusou 'Green Gum Whip' [ATM-001, ANTHEM REC.]

✶ Featured Music:
Neurygma 'Believe' [SF030 - SONIC FORTRESS / RAVESKOOL RECORDINGS]
The Vibe Controller 'Oi Oi' [SF030 - SONIC FORTRESS / RAVESKOOL RECORDINGS]
Baby D 'Let Me Be your Fantasy' [TNO Project Live Piano Cover]
TNO Project 'This Gen-E-Ration' [BREED18 - KNITEBREED RECORDS]
Happy League (aka Luffy) 'Music In Me' [SOUNDCLOUD]
Luffy [Studio Video]
Amaretto 'Plasma' [SF030 - SONIC FORTRESS / RAVESKOOL RECORDINGS]
Aeon Four 'Shrapnel Seeds' [CORE EP - BANDCAMP]
Try Unity 'Calling The Hardcore' [Live @ Volks / Brighton 16th March 2018]

✶ Powered by the Strictly Nuskool Blog... https://strictlynuskool.blogspot.com

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TNO Project... https://soundcloud.com/dj-lukeass
Kniteforce Records... https://kniteforcerevolution.com

Luffy... https://soundcloud.com/oldskoolraver93
The Happy League... https://thehappyleague.com
Casketcrusher... https://soundcloud.com/djcasketkrusher
Nayim... https://soundcloud.com/nayimdj
Chiqui... https://soundcloud.com/faster-harder

Amaretto / Dolphin... https://soundcloud.com/amaretto_old_s...
Rock Up Hard Crew... https://twitter.com/rockup_official
Endor Recordings... https://endorrecordings.com
Nuvision Records... https://soundcloud.com/nuvisionrecords
Rewindback Records... https://rewindbackrecords.com
Dred Collective... https://dredcollective.bandcamp.com
XTRAHard Records... https://soundcloud.com/xtrahard
Sonic Fortress... https://sonicfortress.com
Raveskool Recordings... https://soundcloud.com/raveskool-reco...

Aeon Four... https://soundcloud.com/aeonfour
Yell-O-Phase... https://soundcloud.com/yop-2-1
Nervous & Anxious... https://nervousanxious.com
Boomsha Recordings... https://soundcloud.com/boomsha-record...
Straight Up Breakbeat... https://soundcloud.com/subb1996

Try Unity... https://tryunitymusic.bandcamp.com
Rave Radio Records... https://raveradiorecords.com
Calling The Hardcore... https://facebook.com/callingthehardcore
Codesouth FM... https://codesouth.fm

GL0WKiD would like to thank: Akrivi for the kind contribution behind this video, Marina and of course all the producers, DJs, label managers and all my promoter friends in the Nuskool Hardcore scene (you know who I'm talking to).

Everything on this video was intended for promotion & information purposes only. All pictures & videos on this video are used by the kind permission of the artists.

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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Exclusive Interview with Martin James (We Eat Rhythm The Prodigy Story Part 1)

(Interview & Editorial by GL0WKiD)

Professor, Music Journalist, Doctor, Author, Editor, Writer, Musician, Blogger and a very shinny personality, the man like Martin James from UK, has just released his 3rd book about The Prodigy, which is his best work so far and truly an essential book to read for every fan and supporter of the greatest live band in the world (who have just released their 7th studio album entitled "No Tourists'')
Martin talks exclusively on the Strictly Nuskool Blog about the large progress for his anticipated book, plans for a second one and sharing some of his thoughts within the music scene.


GK: Can you share with us how all started with your third and indispensable book about The Prodigy?
More specifically how you came up with the idea to write a new book about the band and the whole 3 year progress till its release to date?



MJ: I always wanted to do another version of the book because I didn’t like the original versions. I thought I could do a much better job that fans would appreciate.

A part of the motivation was that no one got paid for the last version. That includes me and all of the photographers. The publishers advised me that only 1000 were sold but I know that a lot more than that were shipped and none were returned!

I started looking into the idea of self-publishing about ten years ago but it was too expensive. It’s only in the last two or three years that technology has made self-publishing a cost effective approach. After chatting with one of the band’s fans I decided to go for it and launch the campaign.

To be honest I was going to drop the idea because it had been so long and some of the message boards had pretty negative comments about the planned update e few years earlier.



GK: Are you happy with the response on the campaign you've set about the book?

Ever thought of that achievement?


MJ: I was really blown away by the response. When you’re backing a project on Indiegogo there is no guarantee that it will actually happen. Sometimes projects just fall apart. So people were backing a promise which showed they believed in me. That was a great motivation.



GK: How many books have been printed and what kind of exclusive content is it featured inside?



MJ: There are 1000 copies total and it includes new interviews with people like Sharky and Gizz. It also includes never previously seen photos from magazine shoots and also some from personal collections of people close to the band.




GK: As you've already announced, there will be a second part of your new Prodigy book, which will be titled "We Live For The Beats" a hashtag used a lot the last couple of years by Liam. Is this what the band wanted as a title?


MJ: The band haven’t been a part of the decision to call it that. It may change but until Liam says he doesn't want me to use that title I’ll keep it.

The book was spilt into two books at the request of the band and management so as not to clash with any of their campaigns.


I hadn't expected Liam to drop "No Tourists" at the same time as the book!




GK: Can you give us some good info, an insight of what's coming up next regarding your forthcoming Prodigy book? Any thoughts releasing it via shops?


We Eat Rhythm is only going to be available online via my Facebook pages and website. It’ll never go into shops or Amazon. I want to keep it personal. It would also increase the price considerably.

I will be doing the same with Part 2, which I’m aiming to finish by this time next year, will cover AONO to "No Tourists" and will include loads of unpublished interviews with Liam. It will also include a lot more fan stuff – in fact the final chapter will be dedicated to the fan story which has taken on a new life.
I’m currently talking to photographers about getting new unseen shots for the book.



GK: Since this interview is mainly focused on your new book about The Prodigy; do you remember your first ever interview with the boys back in 1994? How was the whole Jilted era, their dreams back then, any words or interesting facts to share? 


MJ: So, I first met Liam at a rave before I ever interviewed them. I was there with a mutual friend and he seemed like a nice lad. My first interview was strange because the music press were still seen as outsiders by the rave community. I immediately got on with Leeroy though and me and Liam kind of bonded over hip hop.
But it took a white to gain trust. I try really hard not to come over like a journalist who wants great quotes. I tend to make conversation and find stories within that.

My most memorable interview was actually in 1997 in Paris. While I was backstage with the boys and people like Zak from Rage Against the Machine I got a message that my wife was about to have our baby. I flew back to the UK with the band and they made sure I got home in time.
Ruby Blue is 21 now – but still very much a Prodigy baby.



GK: You're next to the band over the last 2 decades.
How can you describe each one of the boys? (Leeroy included) 


MJ: Liam – can be serious, can be moody, can be fucking funny. Always honest and loyal and expects that from people. And his love of music is deep. 

Maxim – quiet, contemplative, thinks about things but is also up for a laugh. 

Keith – Excitable, energetic, lightning fast wit, funny as fuck but also sincere – he always aks about Ruby J 

Leeroy – friendly, practical joker, stoned, loyal and oh my god just so damn funny! 




GK: What's your top favourite all-time Prodigy album and why? 


MJ: This isn’t a popular choice but AONO. I think it’s such a creative album.
There are no limitations on it and Liam is just throwing ideas around. It is the great transitional album where all of the sounds and ideas to come were being explored. It’s a truly funky record and full of punk-styled chaos, but without the chanting choruses. I know Maxim and Keef aren’t on it but that shouldn't be an issue.
I also know Liam finds it hard to listen to because it reminds him of bad times, but if he hadn't have made that album The Prodigy would never have made the records that followed.

It’s also the album that reminded them why they were in the band in the first place. As a record it flattened the ego battles and reminded everyone who The ‘original’ Prodigy was. BUT, my other favourite is Jilted because it just rocks from beginning to end. And it has my favourite track on it - "No Good". 

GK: As far as I've read before, your first gig ever was Pink Floyd, but I'd like you to share with us your most unforgettable ever attended?

MJ: That’s really hard to say. I’ve seen all of my musical heroes from The Clash and the Sex Pistols to Bowie and Iggy Pop and on to the entire electronic music generation. I have to say I love The Prodigy live.

I’ve seen them almost as many times as I’ve seen Iggy Pop (over 200) and still get a buzz. Still look forward to the gigs. I love Underworld live too. They have a truly immersive sound that reminds me of raving so much. I just get lost in their music. The Clash were electric… you felt like you were a part of a revolution when they played.



GK: You're a distinguished leader I'd say in the world of music journalism.
What's the success key of a music journalist?


MJ: You’ve got to love writing, or making podcasts and vlogs. You have to feel a need to do this work. You also need a massive knowledge of all kinds of music – not just the music you like. Oh, and you also need to get on with people. In terms of writing I would say it’s too easy to slag people off so if you need to criticise make sure it’s well thought out. But you have to be honest.

I’ve always been honest with Liam and I think that’s one of the reasons we get on. I had worries about the title of the new album and how it could be misunderstood by nationalists and told him. He didn’t mind, just made it very clear what he actually meant. Always best to speak your mind and ask the artist – just in case you’ve misunderstood. Make it clear and let the artist have a chance to explain.



GK: Did internet revolution and digital platforms kill paperback music magazines?
Do you think that music journalism is on a healthy level at present?



MJ: There’s an interesting revolution having in magazine publishing just now. There are more niche music magazines now than ever before.
NME may be dead, but there are loads of others taking its place. A lot of blogs are really good and sites like The Quietus still encourage great writing. So I would say the Internet has changed things. Initially for the worse but now for the better.


GK: What would you advice someone who has currently started entering the music industry by blogging or expressing himself via music writing/reviewing?


MJ: My advice is always: write, write, read, read, write some more. Make engaging podcasts every week, create vlogs regularly. But make sure you read, read, and read some more and then write just as much. Then, when you have a portfolio of work on your blog use all of the social media platforms available to raise you profile. In the meantime though, you should write a 100 word review of every gig you go to, immediately after the gig!

Then send it to reviews editors straight away so they have it in their email in box the next morning when they start work. An editor wants journalists who are dependable and will hit deadlines. So show them how good you are at this from the very start.



GK: Professor James, I'd like to thank you a lot for this interview and wish you all the best to you and your family. This book seems like gold just before the Prodigy's new album and it's highly recommended to every Prodigy fan, especially those who're still stuck in the Oldschool buzz. Any shouts out to anyone or anything to add?


MJ: Shout out to all of the fans who have backed this project… I owe everyone.





We Eat Rhythm: The Prodigy Story – Part 1 (Prestige Edition)

Martin James (State of Bass Publishing)
isbn: 978-1-912419-35-7
Cost: £45.00 (plus p&p – UK £10, RoW £15)
DoP: Sept 1st, 2018

  • Hardback cover with foil block
  • 210 x 210mm
  • 210 pages
  • 128 images including fan artworks, previously unseen photos and snapshots from personal archives
  • Previously unpublished interviews with Sharky, Gizz Butt and more.
  • Limited run of 1,000 only

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You can catch up Martin James on Sunday 11th November @ The Principal, Manchester talking about his new book, whilst self-publishing and more essential bits & pieces through his journey into words (More info here)







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