Monthly, Every last Saturday, 22:00 – 23:00 UK & Ireland time
Describe your show in 10 words or less?
Beats, Hip Hop, Funk, Jazz, Soul, Electronic, Experimental and more!
What do you consider to be the greatest year for music?
That’s a hard one, I was initially thinking about answering 1993. I think this was certainly a big year for Hip-Hop, with releases like Midnight Marauders (ATCQ), 36 Chambers (Wu-Tang Clan), 93 til Infinity (Souls Of Mischief), Doggystyle (Snoop Dogg), Buhloone Mindstate (De La Soul), Return Of The Boom Bap (KRS-One) and I could go on.
I am going to give a different and possibly controversial answer instead though and say 2016. I’m not so sure this was a particularly great year for more commercial/popular releases (no Hipster), but I’ve personally found a lot of music I really like. I am a big fan of Bandcamp and that is where I go to discover new music mostly these days.
2016 is also the year I got back into posting music on the Collective Resonance blog and started to do the show here on Frission again after a year long (ish) hiatus. It’s the year we lost a lot of beloved celebrities and Harambe. The year of the Brexit vote and Trump. All a bit depressing for many of us. But at the same time, there have been some great moments and a lot of good music in my opinion. Some of my favourite releases from 2016 are…
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thankyou 4 Your Service
Mndsgn – Body Wash
NxWorries – Yes Lawd
Soft Glas – Late Bloom
De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody
Devonwho – Luz
Jordan Rakei – Cloak
Elusive – Headspace
TV Blonde – Changes
Chongo – Sensual Moments
SPELLWRKS – Transitions
What was the first record you owned or begged someone to buy you?
I’m pretty sure it was a CD copy of Dr. Dre’s “2001” album. My brother got it for me as a birthday present when I was about 11-12 ish. Probably a bit young for all the mother-effing hoes and whatnot really.
Name 5 albums that should be illegal for people not to own?
Herbie Hancock – Headhunters
Queen – Greatest Hits
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
DJ Shadow – Entroducing
You can put together a band of any musicians, dead or alive, to play at any venue – who, where, why?
I’d opt for a kind of mad “supergroup” including, in no real particular order…
Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, James Brown, Anderson Paak, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, J Dilla, Madlib, MF DOOM, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Andre 3000, Danger Mouse, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Kaytranada, Mndsgn, Amy Winehouse, Jill Scott, Freddie Mercury, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Gil Scott-Heron, Alice Coltrane, Pharrell, Bjork, Jimi Hendrix, John Frusciante, John Klemmer, Ravi Shankar, Prozak Morris, Minnie Ripperton, Kaelin Ellis, DJ Shadow, Roots Manuva, Damon Albarn, Posh Spice and MC Grindah from PJDN.
I’d have them play in my back garden, partly because it’s convenient for me and would cost less. I think they’d like to see my little greenhouse too and maybe even sample some of the chilli peppers, tomatoes and cress. I think I’d do it as one of those silent discos with headphones, as I don’t want to upset the neighbours. I was also thinking of adding Rick James to the list, but I quite like the couch.
Recommend another show on Frission?
I think the Collective Resonance Replay is pretty damn good. It’s like the normal show, but just again, at 2am (GMT) on a Tuesday. Naughty Ego, stop it! In all seriousness though, I’d highly recommend listening to Ding’s show. It’s called “Sensitive Soul” and it’s on every other Saturday at 6pm (UK & Ireland).