Today brings the unfortunate news that two rhythm-section players from two very big bands have passed away. MTV reports that Isley Brothers bassist Marvin Isley (pictured above left) died of undisclosed causes in Chicago today. He was 56. Also today, the BBC reports that today in South Wales, Welsh police discovered the body of Stuart Cable (above right), former drummer for the British band Stereophonics. According to the BBC, police are not speculating on the cause of Cable’s death, saying that there were no suspicious circumstances. Cable was 40.
Marvin Isley joined his brothers in their long-running R&B institution in 1973, when they were in the process of becoming a full-on funk band. He played on classics like “Fight the Power” and “Between the Sheets” before splitting off in 1984 with two other 1973 recruits, brother Ernie and brother-in-law Chris Jasper, to form Isley-Jasper-Isley. All three rejoined the Isley Brothers in 1991, and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Marvin retired in 1997 because of complications from diabetes, which eventually led to both of his legs being amputated.
Cable was with Stereophonics from their start in 1992. He stayed with the band as they became massively popular festival mainstay in the late 90s and early 2000s, but he left the band in 2003. After his departure, he hosted a radio show on BBC Wales and a TV show and formed a new band, Killing for Company.(pitchfork)
Watch Robyn rock a heartfelt live performance of her single, “Dancing On My Own,” on Swedish program Sommarkrysset. The track will appear on her new album Body Talk PT 1 due out June 15th in the US via Cherrytree Records.
We’ve really pulled out the stops on this one. After the first two releases, ‘Tongue Riddim’ (w/ Roska RMX) and ‘Ride It’ (w/ Untold RMX), the third Build plate comes with two unique and original riddims, attracting (as per usual) the support of all your favourite DJs, and a few more besides.
For this third release, stylishly trimmed in a delightful red hue, we have an A side whereby Ginz (of Purple City fame) and label boss Baobinga team up to create their own crunked-up take on the Purple sound. Long time collaborators, their highly accomplished production skills and well established studio rapport are immediately evident in the crunching analogue synth processing, tuffer-than-tuff hip-hop drum patterns, Timbaland-esque percussion and almost-wonky basslines… Not to mention the soaring melodic content and dynamic arrangement. One for the thugs, but also their gyal dem. And it’s all about the gyal dem.
Meanwhile, on the AA (and it really is a double A), Baobinga flexes on a different tip with Romania’s very own Cosmin TRG. Fresh from releases on Tempa and Rush Hour, ‘I Get Ruff’ was built through the swapping of files from Bristol to Bucharest and back again. Taking as a starting point Cosmin’s new take on house and funky, this 128bpm smasher adds layers of Baobinga’s exuberant bass and percussion, with TRG’s trademark nod to classic chopped up garage vocals providing the icing on the dancefloor-friendly cake. Pure energy, but zero cheese.
Mungo’s Hi Fi – ‘You can add Mungos to your support list these are the boom!! Gonna play these both tonight!’
Martyn – ‘I like the TRG and you one’
Simbad – ‘Bruv that I Get Ruff is a baaaaaaaaaaanger!!!! Fuckin siiiiiiick dancefloor mayhem, another winner for my box yo, you rock!’
Untold – ‘Been dropping I Get Ruff tune in my sets – it’s a tough beat and sounds big on a system’
Rossi B – ‘I Get Ruff is heavy’
Starkey- ‘Played the Ginz collab on the radio show Monday’
Hot City – ‘I Get Ruff is KILLER!!’
Bok Bok – ‘I like the you and Ginz track a lot man, managed to download it the other night when you gave me the link (club wifi is large, should be standard), had a listen, liked it so i played it and it tore it up. Great tune.’
Sinden – ‘Hey I love both tracks, the one for me is the collab with cosmin, really really good.’
Jackmaster – ‘Yo I played I Get Ruff on Ustream the other night and people were going fucking nuts! It’s really good. You should release that asap. if you don’t, I will :) Defo gonna be a staple in my sets for a long time.’
MJ Cole – ‘Cheers Sam. Loving them all. Especially I Get Ruff – Ruff! Will be spinning this weekend for sure!’
Mumdance – ‘All the Build’s have been great, but this one is the best yet – amazing!’
Mary Anne Hobbs- ‘I love the Cosmin and Baobinga collab’
Kalbata – ‘The Cosmin collab is the one’
Drop The Lime – ‘Yoyoyo!!! Loving these! Biiig nasty bad bwwwaa’
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