Something Awesome has arrived. The brand spanking shiny new David Dallas full length album is available in stores and online as of today. New Zealand fans can purchase from iTunes, Amplifier.co.nz or go out and get a CD for a change. Overseas will also be able to purchase from iTunes as soon as Apple upload it to their international stores (shouldn't be more than a couple of days).
Recently Added: A snapshot of all the tunes I gathered in the last week as they appear in my iTunes Recently Added playlist. (click on image for larger view)
It's a pretty standard (to slow) week as far as the number of tracks is concerned but I'd say the ratio of good tunes vs trash is pretty good. I particularly recommend the Duck Sauce, Raekwon "10 Bricks" and both Nipsey Hussle joints. The Jay-Z stuff is mainly for archival purposes but I am anticipating his upcoming album.
Most of these tracks can be found on the net somewhere if you know where to look.
The good people at The Sun in the UK have the exclusive showing of our UK edit of the Everything video (it's actually almost identical to the NZ and youtube version except about 40 secs shorter. We just chopped a little of the start and end to make it fit the 3 minute preferred length [II] in the UK). I had a good lol at the caption under the main image in their story though. Go have a look.
I've been yapping on about Radio 1 a fair bit lately (sorry, but I truely am very excited about having my song on the radio, anywhere for that matter!) but what I almost forgot to post was the incredible fact that we have earned A-LIST Rotation on BBC 1Xtra!! the BBC's own Black Music station. That's a pretty awesome achievement for anyone, let alone a white dude from New Zealand! Much respect to the whole 1xtra staff. They showed love first waaay back in the day when Me and Scribe made a little dip into the UK market [circa 05/06], and they were also giving heavy spins to my joint with Akon "Keep On Callin" from the Magic City album. I remember visiting Rodney P & Skitz when they had a show up there too. So major props to all the DJ's at 1xtra who keep their ear to the streets and have been lookin out for the kid! Lovely.
We moved up to B-List on Radio 1 today! Not bad for a song recorded in my spare room (Shout out to Evan @ Mercury Audio!). This weeks full playlist is viewable here. It is a pretty crazy feeling to have a record popping on the other side of the world. All I know about it is from emails, phonecalls and the odd bit of streaming radio. But I wanna catch the vibe in person! There's nothing like hearing your track in a club or on the street in another country and watching people react positively to it. It's a whole different buzz and one that Im hanging out for once I get to London. Only a few weeks left til I return. I wanna go today! Funnily enough even my Horoscope (i dont read those things usually) told me to chill, all will happen in good time. So Im taking that advice, all in good time.
But when we do get there I imagine the performances to go something like this...
Just what you need on a tuesday morning. Some fresh new Hip-Hop that's actually GOOD. Not just 'good' but superb, lyrically, musically, sonically. From the forthcoming album "Something Awesome" (which aside from rapidly earning it's flamboyant title, will also be available worldwide on iTunes at the end of the month). David Dallas is on some cool shit. I like it. And Im not the only one.
Im not a big fan of reposting shit that I see on my other fav blogs. But for these guys I make the exception! Some brand new hardcore Mash Out Posse music courtesy of Lil Fame and Billy Danze. Beats by DJ Green Lantern. BANG BANG TIME!! ps. It's ok to slap somebody in the grill during the first 30 secs of this song, so long as you have the volume set way past ten and a grimace on your face that looks like you just smelt the foulest shit in the world.
It seems like everyday I get some more great news of our progress in the UK. The team over there are hitting each target with precision and efficiency, which I am very grateful for. All in all it's quite exciting! A quick review of this mornings communications revealed that we have now moved up to a C-List Rotate on Radio 1. We are shooting for the stars with this project and I intend to work even harder to make the most of every opportunity that arises as a result of this success. I give big thanks to every one of my supporters, from my inner circle to my friends and fans here and abroad. Keep that positive mentality!
This is also a moment of reflection for me. This current upswing in popularity and career growth is in complete contrast to the experiences of the first half of my year. I don't usually divulge personal details on this blog but to further highlight what I mean I feel it's necessary to share.
Early in the year one of my Grandmothers passed away, now for many people that's a very emotional and heart wrenching event. But for me unfortunately I'd had no dealings with her or my Granddad for over 15 years and the loss was really quite odd. I didn't feel sad, I didn't feel much at all really. Yet it made me think a lot about my family and how I associate with them. Not long after that I found out my best mates Dad was diagnosed with Cancer. Quite a shock to everyone it was. Then I found out another one of my good homie's had a family member dealing with the same thing. Literally 2 weeks following that news, while I was on tour, my Father had a heart attack. He survived it, but I don't need to tell you I was worried for the worst! For a moment I was frozen, didn't know what to do and it felt like death was getting closer and closer. And then the worst news ever, my best mates father succumbed to the cancer he was battling. He was a great man and father to his kids. He used to coach me in basketball, I felt close to him and his family. It was a big loss.
I guess Im lucky in this regard but I can barely remember going to more than 1 or 2 funerals in my entire life. Death hasn't shown its face much around here. So these events definitely shook me up a bit.
And then the closer, maybe a month or so after all that I get news that my grandfather had killed himself. That is some out of it shit to hear I tell you. I can only assume that the pain and loneliness of being without his partner of all these years (my grandmother whom I first mentioned) was too much strain to bare in his twilight years. The old boy chucked it in. I wish I could have seen him once more. It may have been awkward but I would have liked to see his face, and maybe ask him if anyone in our family ever played music (a question I've never asked, and I'm a bit of an anomaly when it comes to musical ability in our gene pool).
Anyway, its safe to say I/we had a pretty sucky start to the year. Now these current achievements may not console those feelings of loss but it definitely helps to have some good shit happen in your life to restore the balance of things. And like my man Jeru says "when the pendulum swings in favour of one it eventually swings in favour of it's opposite, thus the balance of the universe is maintained". Wise words those.
Keep ya head up people, the light is just around the corner.
My homegirl Edith Bowman (she's my homegirl now, I know we've never met, but so what) has picked "Everything" as her Record Of The Week on BBC Radio 1. Big tings! Seriously quite impressed with this woman's taste. She sure know's a winner when she hears one! ha!
Oh and if you're in the UK or like streaming radio you can catch a live interview with me and Edith this friday between 1-4pm UK time GMT.
The young David Dallas is quite a talent. I have watched, guided and critiqued his artistic development for many years now and it is with much pride that we await his debut album showing "Something Awesome". The album artwork is bright, curious, fresh and inspiring. Just wait til you hear the music...
Last Friday saw my welcome return to the friday morning breakfast show on George FM after a 2 week hiatus. It was great to be back in the studio with Nick and Murry once again. One of my stories coming back from overseas was the chance encounter I had with the Legend that is Nile Rodgers (my friend Zane will attest to this). So, fittingly, we diverted from our usual playlist of all that is new and (reasonably leftfield) in dance music and spun the classic of all classic funk/disco/hip-hop bassline tunes "Good Times" by Chic (of which Nile is producer, bassist, songwriter etc). This spawned a fervent discussion and subsequent request for suggestions as to what would be your top 5 bassline grooves of all time. We opened the TXT lines to our listeners suggestions and I promptly compiled and executed a 15 minute mini-mix of everyone's favourites!
The good people at George have posted the mix on their website for your enjoyment. Handy for those who missed the live broadcast, or if you just wanna relive the moment. Stream or download from the GeorgeFM website
And remember to check for Nick & Pete (me!) on GeorgeFM 96.8 every friday morning 7-10am (GMT+ 12:00).
(ps. this is by no means a definitive list of the greatest basslines. Just a fun selection of our listeners favourites; shout out to Bootsy!)