The gig / sessions agenda is updated. Some nice sessions coming up. Hope to see you at one of them ;-)
As mentioned earlier this year, I was lucky to have legendary Impact & Randy’s producer Clive Chin in the studio and became involved in his Lost Archives project were he revives riddims from his extensive vault either original unreleased tracks as well as voicing contemporary artists on 70′s riddims. Within this framework my musical friend Collieman recorded ‘What we need is love’ on the Ta teasha’s ‘Oh Jah Come’ riddim by the Wailers. Collieman delivered a kick ass track and I was fortunate to have a go at running the tune through my desk. Mr Chin was happy with the result and my mixes are on it’s way to the pressing plant for a 7″ release !!! Wicked stuff, isn’t it ? Have a listen to the preview below.
For their fifth anniversary Belgian dub crew ‘Reservoir Dub’ has gathered a nice line up of artists to provide a tune for a free download compilation. It features top names such as Dubmatix, Webcam Hifi, Panda dub … to name but a few. Yourstruely is also present on the compilation with a digital rub a dub tune called ‘Stand Strong’ with tuff vocals by my brethrin in crime Siamn-I. So get down to the Reservoir Dub site and download the compilation of fine tunes by Belgian and international artists.
Joined in with the release of the ‘Farmerman Life’ video and all the attention it’s getting. I decided it was definately needed that the tune was available as a digital download. For the time being I decided to set up a bandcamp account but will go for a distribution through a company so that I can reach Itunes, Amazon, Juno … That will probably join in with a next vinyl release.
I also put Money World & Take I Home releases on Bandcamp. Because of copyright/publishing fees the Barry Heptone & Carlton Livingston tracks are not possible through bandcamp. These will follow on other platforms on a later date.
Direct link to bandcamp:
Last Monday the official video of Collieman’s ‘Farmerman Life’ was launched on youtube. Most of the footage was shot while I was on holiday, so I am kinda abscent in the whole thing :-) But that’s fine as the storyboard, filming and editing was a joint project of Collieman and Irie-J Productions. They spent an enormous amount of work on it so all kudos to them. They did a wonderfull job if you ask me. Professional stuff and great story.
Next couple of weeks are gonna be busy. Sessions at Reggaebox (Grootbijgaarden) with Saimn & Collieman, Sunday Rootsday (Liége) with Saimn and Summersplash (Zwijndrecht) with Saimn and Moonshine Horns. After that it’s gonna be quiet for a bit it seems :-S Well, that’s time to be spent in the studio fixing tunes …
As said, some youtube clips of last Saturday’s set a Reggae Geel have popped up. Check out these once by Dreadsmoke.
A vocal version of Parvez (Vibronics & Dub Factory) called ‘Cantankerous’ with live horns by the Moonshine Horns
And the dejaay counteraction called ‘decantankerous’ by the man called Saimn-I ‘Cooooool Down your temper, Mr Cantankerous …’
I am still pretty much nackered from a wicked Reggae Geel festival. Playing the 18 inch corner in front of all these people going down on your music is a truely amazing experience. On top Paul Fox, Saimn-I, Collieman and Moonshine Horns were all on point and did and first class job. Unfortunately my camera had a glitch and I wasn’t able to record any of the show. Although others have filmed plenty, so I expect some clips will surface on youtube soon.
Anyway, big up to all the people in the crowd how came up to me afterwards to big me up. Much thanks, you made me feel on top of the world. Also to meet some of the requests of getting a more music online I put up some of the tracks that were played online on my soundcloud. First one is the intro/opening tune I made specially for Geel. It’s actually a tune I made during my holiday in UK. So fresh bussiness.
The next one is a dub of the ‘Come away’ riddim. A riddim I build together with Paul Fox while staying with him, again during our summer holiday. The vocals and horns are still to be recorded for proper but the dub already flows well on it’s own I think. It went down amazing in the set having us dancing like mad together with the crowd.
Back to the order of the day after a nice holiday :-) Main focus is the preparation for my set at Reggae Geel on the 3rd of August. Bringing together the greater part of my musical friends and partners Saimn, Collieman, Paul Fox and the Moonshine horns in one set does require some preparation. But all cool and going well, really looking forward to this set. Come check us out at 5:30 PM in the 18 inch corner. Following closely after Geel I will perform an hour set with Collieman & Saimn-I at the Reggae Box Festival on the 10th of August and a two hour set with Saimn-I and Moonshine horns at the SummerSplash on the 16th of August.
The line up has been made official so I don’t have to be quiet anymore ;-) So I am delighted to let you know I’ll be playing at on the 3rd of August in the 18 inch corner at Reggae Geel festival. Even more cool is that I won’t be playing alone but will be sharing the stage with a couple of my closest relations in my music:
my close brethrin Saimn-I who joins me often to provide vocal power to my sets, the man with the golden voice Collieman, fabelous singer Paul Fox comes over from the UK and the Moonshine horns will provide some nice brass melodies. This is gonna be awesome. We plan to mix up our tracks and collaborations and have to oppetunity to make it one dynamic set. Come check us out in the 18 inch corner.
Here’s a live preview of a new track in progress with strong vocals by Paul Fox called Survivor. The riddim is an uptempo binghi driven one drop type a thing. I made it during a day off from work :-) meditation vibes. The preview is from the KINGKOP festival where Paul Fox, Saimn-I and me played at the end of April. The track was recorded a couple days prior. We made a quick mix of the riddim to drop it at the festival as we were all excited about it. Saimn dropped a lethal part 2. the plan is now to have saimn do an mc-part at the second part of the song. A bit like in the clip. This however still needs to be recorded. Shouldn’t take to long I hope ;-)
Paul Fox – Survivor part 1
Saimn-I ounteraction part 2
Big up to the KINGKOP festival for the nice set up, Ion Youth for letting us play on there soundsystem and the crowd for the nice vibes.
I added a preview of my 2009 12 inch release with Carlton Livingston & Jah Melodie on my soundcloud for all to listen too. The riddim track was one of the first real riddims I created. Basicly a collage of couple of loops and a tuff bassline on top. It was one of the first glimpses of studio magic I guess. All pieces just came together and it fitted. As I wasn’t at home as much behind the sliders and knobs back then and didn’t have the gear I have now the tracks where mixed by Dougie Conscious (Carlton side) and Shiloh Ites (Jah Melodie side). The end product is pretty hardcore 12 inch which 3 mixes on each side. The 12 inch is pretty much sold out in most shops but looking it issuing them as a digital release. Stay tuned for more news on that.
At the end of March, legendary producer Clive Chin came to visit the UFO. I met Clive briefly when he did a dj-set at Reggae Geel in 2011 and subsequently in the summer 2012 during a quick stop over in Belgium to visit our mutual friends of the Dukes of Skazzard. When he got word of the pending release of ‘Farmerman Life’ he was thoroughly impressed with Collieman’s singing. In view of Clive’s lost archives project, where he wants to revive both released and unreleased material out of the Randys studio with original vocals as well as new talent, Clive came to visit the UFO (he was on tour in EU with the Dukes of Skazzard) with a bag of riddims transferred of the original tapes. We spent a day listening to some amazing music and Collieman worked out a tune on a classic Wailers riddim which was originally released in 1975 with vocals by Ta-Teasha called ‘Oh Jah Come’. A true roots classic. Nonetheless Collieman was able to put down a great version for himself that stands on his own right. When Clive get’s back to NY he will transfer the multi-track from the original tapes so that yours truely can arrange the riddim to Collieman’s needs and run some versions of the desk. Great stuff, to touch the music that was layed down by legends. Thanks for this oppertunity Mr Chin !!! Check out the youtube preview and stay tuned for more news to come.
I am proud to present my new 7 inch release on my own Sir Runnin’ label. It’s a digital roots track called ‘Farmerman Life’ featuring the vocal talents of Belgian singer Collieman. A truely gifted singer but equally talented lyricist he drops a plead to a healthy and positive approach to eating and a critical aim at our ever growing fast food culture. As always the track is produced and mixed by myself. Additional instruments by Saimn-I (Guitar), Mathieu Villain (Trumpet) and Slimmah Sound (Percussion). Clicky the click the play button to listen to a preview.
Currently 7″ inch vinyl release only. I plan to set up a digital release as well. It’s in the pipeline but need to check out some stuff first.
So for all you vinyl heads. It’s already available at following stores:
More stores to come. Get in touch if you want a copy directly from me !!!
My good friend and partner in crime for many thing Saimn-I has recently released a self-produced album, titled ‘More to the picture than meets the Eye’. Versatile as he is Saimn is not bound to one style and thus dropped a wide selection of styles and influences (roots reggae, hip hop, early dancehall …) are present. On top he invited plenty of guests and friends to drop in for some nice collaborations. Yours truly provided a drumline/break that was the backbone for ‘Somewhere’. A digital roots track in which Saimn-I and Collieman team up for a nice melodic track of heart ship and a message of hope.
Check it out !!!
The album is available as a free download. Go and grab it !!!
Greetings all and everyone,
It’s been a while but I am back on my little spot on the web. Lot’s has happened in the music and as things stand lot’s is supposed to happen in the near future. So I aim to keep you posted ;-) and update some of the existing pages. But let’s get on with the next post first …