Strange how a publication on the other side of the world seems to have more insight and information than those right on the doorstep eh? ;)
Though it is many things to many people, the ubiquitous term podcast is fast becoming a valuable signpost to assist music discovery. Like mixtapes, there’s an awful lot of dross to contend with, but, when they are well curated, annotated and presented, they can take a lot of stress out of perusing new sounds.
One of the very best is hosted by Irish website weareie (www.weareie.com), and, as the name Bloggariddims suggests, it draws upon the knowledge and passion of fellow bloggers to supply monthly hour-long mixes that are generally far more involved and detailed than anything you could actually buy in the shops.
Over 36 predominantly crucial episodes, they have delivered everything from terrifying office party hits to deep ambience with an astonishing strike rate, though the most consistent thread is reggae and its myriad offshoots. A little over two years ago, London sound system the Heatwave Affair put together one of the very best, An England Story, which focused entirely on UK MCs from 1984-2006. Now, in concert with the Soul Jazz label, the 21 finest and most licensable tracks have been culled down from the original mix’s 40 and delivered on a double CD with extensive liner notes.
Thanks to Stinkyjim for the heads up on this one.