It’s quite possible that many of you will have seen Ninjah perform live and not have realised it. He is the dude with the white dread locks often seen around Cardiff city centre playing random objects, such as bins or benches, with his ever present drum sticks.
Question: What do you get when you put a shed load of Cardiff’s most unhinged creative types in a room together? Answer: Clusterfuck. And this is their latest release. Thirteen slices of deranged floor fillers.
The biggest problem with ‘techno’ (or whatever you want to call it) is that many artists find their killer beat and just rework it time and time again resulting in – erm – repetitive beats. Clusterfuck can never be accused of falling into that trap.
What we have here just shy is fifty minutes of phat beats and dope breaks that get ya ass shaking and head spinning, with each track taking you in a new direction. The common denominator is that the bass lines are deep and heavy throughout, causing involuntary bobbing up and down but the BPM counter always manages to stay below the red line of ‘gabba’.
It helps to fend of the repetitiveness by bringing in a host of ‘special guests’. Efa Supertramp, Keef It Real, Captain Hotknives and Donald Trump are just some of the crew that help this paddle this album down the crazy river. Their irreverence and cheeky sense of humour also prevents this becoming just another boring techno record. Nothing is too serious, too hot or too heavy for these guys.
Drugs, death and Swansea are just a few of the topics covered here. They somehow manage to demonstrate that they are anti-establishment without really saying it. They are probably anarchists but don’t even know it, cos they are too busy having a party to contemplate shit like that. Which is how it should be really.
Get it on, bang a gong, get it on – ow – get it on.
One day, in the dim and distant future, Efa Supertramp will sit down, take a breather, or even possibly sleep. Until then, she is gonna run around fuelled on adrenalin with fingers in all sorts of pies, like this latest project, Killdren.
John Baine (AKA Attila) is not really a Stockbroker. Ray Burns is neither a Captain, nor Sensible. Rhiannon Crutchley, however, really is a Brewer’s Daughter.
When not helping dad out with bottling craft beers her time is split between recording and gigging on her own as The Brewer’s Daughter, playing fiddle with Tarantism, touring with the likes of Back to the Planet and Hawkwind, or just sailing up and down the canal in the narowboat she calls home. She even played the legendary 100 club in 2017. Continue reading THE BREWER’S DAUGHTER: Make Believe (Self Released 2016)→
This is a warts and all documentary reviewing the rise and fall of nineties mega stars, Oasis. Within less than three years they rose from playing in pubs to headlining Knebworth.
Oasis were one of the most over rated and under talented bands the UK has ever produced. Filling arenas with ‘lads’ who had bought into the band, but ultimately a magnificent triumph of style over substance.
With the Winter Solstice around the corner we thought it appropriate to get into party mose so for this show we got loads of choons you can dance to, from ska, folk and punk to full on afrocelticdubdiddlyfolkravecore.
For good measure we chucked in a few alternative seasonal choons, a sneak preview of what is coming your way from Merthyr Rising 2018, some good causes to donate to this christmas and the announcement ofthe first PEPPERMINT IGUANA GIG in many years
Listen again below
Crash and burn: BY EAT STATIC
Skank for Christmas: BY BIG REEL FISH
Walk this land: BY THE EZ ROLLERS
Babylons burning: BY ZION TRAIN
Area code: BY DREADZONE
Hell in M13: BY THE AUTONOMADS
Sons and daughters: BY CAPTAIN SKA
The house that austerity built: BY BEANS ON TOAST
Donkey jaw: BY KING KONG COMPANY
Alcoholic drinks: BY FAB SAMPERI
At home for Christmas: COSMO AND FLAPSANDWICH
I don’t want an i pad: BY SKINNNER AND TWITCHETT
Byker hill: BY KILNABOY
Mr Trump: BY BAD SAM
Cheese and bread: BY DAVID ROVICS
Won’t buy it: BY REGIME
Baneswell express: BY GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN
Sex and drugs and rock and rol: BY IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS
To help Dapper FM celebrate ten years on air, on 5th December we embarked on a three hour radio odyssey showcasing as many of our mates as we could.
No golden oldies or hidden gems just mates from the DIY underground. It was impossible to fit all of our mates on, so apologies for those that missed out. However, a few of those missing from the list can be found on our round up of 2017 show and there will be more on our festive knees up on 19th December.
Putting the play list together was quite humbling. We feel privileged to count so many damn fine creative musicians in our extended Iguana family. Our hats off to you all.
So, if you want to hear the show again (and you do, trust us) check out the mixycloud thang below
Rise up: BY THE MOB
Dr Benway: BY HEADJAM
Electro tribal: BY SAMP DEAP
Dissident dub: BY BLACK STAR DUB COLLECTIVE
Union man: BY THEE FACTION
Strike occupy resist: BY COSMO
Hard times: BY THE SPORADICS
Black dues: BY DREADZONE
Mercurius rising: BY MERCURIUS RISING
All my friends: BY THE BREWERS DAUGHTER
All my friends are freedom fighters: BY EFA SUPERTRAMP
Freedom fighters: BY SPANNER
Uncontrollable: BY THE REBEL SPELL
Kick out: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
Dubrevolution: BY THE DEFEKTERS
I drank the levellers rider: BY TARANTISM
Dirty field whore: BY MUDDY SUMMERS AND THE DIRTY FIELD WHORES
Millionaires: BY PHAT BOLLARD
Money is not our god dub: BY KILLING JOKE
Last of the high rollers: BY SUNS OF THUNDER
Barefoot in the car park: BY SUZI CHUNK AND THE GROOVY UNCLE
Liar liar 2017: BY CAPTAIN SKA
Jah war dub: BY RUTS DC
Tottenham three: BY AOS3
Smash it dub: BY DUB THE EARTH
Surplus people: BY RADICAL DANCE FACTION
Sky high: BY CULTURE SHOCK
Arcade perfect: BY SONIC BOOM SIX
Heaven’s wrath: BY INNER TERESTRIAL
Riot sound system: BY PRIMEVAL SOUP
Too far gone: BY THE WITCHES DRUM
I loves the port: BY BAD SAM
I love reggae: BY DIRTY REVOLUTION
Trojan city love: BY DUB CITY ROCKERS
Stay free edit: BY THE CLASH
As usual, high five to our sponsors, UNISON, the union for public service groovers
This ‘Selected highlights of 2017’ show is a bit unique, having been broadcast not once, but twice!
“How can that be?” we hear you cry. Well, it was first broadcast on Tuesday 28th November, but after the show finished we managed to break the station and loose the recording. Normally we would just shrug our shoulders and move on. But this was a reflection on some of the year’s best choonage with a rather splendid play list. So we decided to do the show again with the same play list.
On 21st November the legend that is Captain Paranoid joined Peppermint Iguana in the studio for a very special radio show.
Pick a few songs we said. The next thing we knew we had a massive thirty eight track play list and he could not make up his mind which ones to loose. He was even arguing with musicians he has collaborated with over which version of his own songs to play.
We were well over an hour into the show before we finally worked out what the play list was going to look like. But hey, this is what happens when working with people who are all consumed by music and are filled with passion and emotion. It was memorable. To say the least.
To listen to the show again click on the cloudcast below – and below that is what we think the play list was – even now it is hard to keep up with what went on!
Capitol Radio two: BY THE CLASH
Lust for life: BY IGGY POP
Naked: BY TERRORIST BALLET DANCERS FROM HELL
Fight the power: BY PUBLIC ENEMY
Intergalactic: BY THE BEASTIE BOYS
Masses: BY CHARLES BUKOWSKI
Sex and bombs: BY CAPTAIN PARANOID AND THE DELUSIONS
Revolution: BY GROUNDNATION
Typical girls: BY THE SLITS
Words of advice for young people: BY WILLIAM BURROWS
Snake eyes: BY CAPTAIN PARANOID AND THE DELUSIONS
Five and dime: BY CAPTAIN PARANOID AND LARRY LOVE
Doves cry: BY BE GOOD TANYAS
Another girl another planet: BY THE ONLY ONES
The war song demo: BY SUCKAFISH AND CAPTAIN PARANOID
On 21st November, legend of the Cardiff music scene, Chas, AKA Captain Paranoid, will be joining Peppermint Iguana on the decks for a mind bending special radio show.
Expect tales of The Terrorist Ballet Dancers from Hell, Captain Paranoid and the Delusions, Grass Roots Café, hanging out with The Alabama Three and who knows what else. All we need now is for Chas to whittle down his play list from 63 tunes to something a little more manageable.
Get it in your diary now, it’s gonna be mind-expanding.
Live on www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm o’clock on Tuesday 21st November. Expect the unexpected.
The October Revolution in Russia Kicked off 100 years ago this week – on 7th November 1917. As our next show goes out live on 7th November 2017, it would be rude to not run with a play list heavily laced with tunes that have a connection with Russia, revolutions and counter revolutions
Punk from Myanmar, spaced out psychedelic jams from Japan, tribal folk from Cameroon, Ska Punk from Netherlands, hard-core punk from Russia, Dub from France and stoner rock from Cardiff. All in a day’s work at Peppermint Iguana.
Yes, we were back swimming against the tide and beyond the mainstream once more on 24th October. To listen to the show again, check out the cloudcast below
On the 10th October we hit the hit the airwaves once more for a show full to overflowing with hot new releases, and demos.
Throughout the summer we have been concentrating on the UK festival scene, showcasing the bands playing the best of the underground gigs. But the season is finally over. Tents are now being stuffed into attics for the winter, lightweight caravans are being put in storage and hardcore trucks are heading for the sun.
So for this show we caught up with some of the demos and freebies we have had sent to us through the summer, but not got around to playing. Despite cocking up the advertising for the show, twice, forgetting to take our glasses into the studio and leaving the iguana phone back at HQ, it was a blast.
To listen again, check out the cloudcast below innit like
Doozer McDooze has gone and made a music video for a song he is releasing on Tuesday 10th October 2017 for Mental Health Awareness Day.
The Dooze’ told Peppermint Iguana, “This is a topic that means a lot to me, more so as I get older and I’m trying to spread the word in the hope of helping others by them relating to the song and becoming aware of the help that is available. As you know mental health is a universal issue which is becoming an epidemic particularly among young people, and most recently highlighted has been the fact that male suicide has been on the rise”.
“I feel that this topic needs to be spoken about more so that the feelings of stigma and shame which are attached to mental illnesses can become one step closer to being eradicated in our society.
By speaking honestly in this song through my lyrics about my own experiences and allowing my friends, family and audience to see a side of me that is mostly hidden away, I am hopeful that other people will feel compelled to talk to someone about how they feel; because sometimes there is no visible reason for mental illness to become such a huge factor in someone’s life”.
James Rivers Duff is a singer song writer that does not seem to let time or geography get in the way of his art. And this be the video for his latest musical offering.
James has travelled widely, particularly around Africa. He has contributed as a member of the Future Dub Project but is currently taking some time to focus on some solo work.
We asked James to tell us a little about his latest recording. “Time Is Yours is a song about making the most of your life and living in the moment”, James told us. “I asked my friend Jess if she could record some backing vocals but she was in Bali at the time, so she found a studio out there to record. The man in charge Andy Duarsa asked if she’d like to shoot a video for it so we collaborated over the net. I was travelling in Denmark so shot some footage on my phone and sent it over for him to add in”.
The result, as you will see below, features some stunning photography from Bali, James (rather ironically, on a river) and an uplifting but mellow soundtrack from the boy Duff.
Watch out for our next show, which will be an end of festival season party – with guest host Gail Something Else – who will be along to talk about this year’s Something Else in the Dean Festival, which will close the season in style.
This week’s Peppermint Iguana Radio Show will feature the cream of the underground festival scene.
With the first ever Feral Fest coming up over the weekend of 1/2/3 September, and Common Ground 2017 the same weekend, the show will be overflowing with some of our favourite festival bands.
Expect Tribazic, Tribe of Cro, P.A.I.N., Radical Dance Faction, The Sporadics and Dub the Earth to turn up at some point during the show.
Yes, that’s right, the Sporadics. They will be hitting the road again shortly with not one but TWO new guitarists. We can’t F@ckin’ wait.
We are going to have to hold a few of our favourites back though, cos Something Else in the Dean will be bringing the season to close at the end of September – we are already planning our end of season show in anticipation.
Festivals aint the only things happening though – so you can expect a preview of hot gigs coming up with Back to the Planet, Senser and Ruts DC, alongside new releases from Steven Wilson, Blue Forest and Jinx in dub.
All this festival loveliness can be listened to live by going to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm on Tuesday 29 August.
Merthyr Rising 2018 looks set to stay on it’s spiritual home ground. The event will take place over the weekend of 25/26/27 May 2018
Since its monumental success in 2017 where the likes of The Alabama 3 and the Stereo MC’s shook the ground that the festival stood on to their core, there has been talk that the Merthyr Rising Festival had outgrown its spiritual home on Penderyn Square and that the next step was to go to a larger area within Merthyr Tydfil to hold the event in 2018. Continue reading Merthyr Rising 2018 – Sticking with its roots→
Landed? What’s that all about then? Well, it is a cracking little festival in Mid Wales.
The fact that Roughneck Riot, Captain Ska and the Defekters are headlining means the gig is punching above its weight, that’s without all the other awesome bands on the bill, and the amazing location, and the cheap ticket price.
Over the weekend of 18th to 20th August 2017 the hills will be alive to the sound of Landed Festival. We have two tickets, generously donated by the organisers, up for grabs
Snuggled away in the heart of Mid Wales (Between Llandrindod Wells and Rhayader) Landed is one of Wales best kept secrets, mixing live music, DJs, theatre, crafts, healing and stalls, all surrounded by some of the most picturesque scenery in the UK.
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The Peppermint Iguana Radio Show will be coming at ya live and direct on Dapper FM again on Tuesday 1st August and, once again, the focus will be forthcoming festivals.
This summer has already witnessed a plethora of festivals but, as always, things go up a gear in August. There is no excuse for not being able to find a festival to go to next month. Boom Town, Beautiful Days, Shambala, Green Gathering, Green Man, Truefest and of course, ye olde McReading, to name but a few.
Into the mix this year comes Landed, a festival previously held in April, but this year moving to a sunnier (hopefully) place in the calendar.
For this show we will take a peek at some of the festivals coming up in August, but will be focusing mainly on Landed. Why? Well, because it is set in the heart of Mid Wales, which is where we like festivals; it is non commercial and grass roots, which is how we like our festivals to be run and – last but not least – cos they have been generous enough to give us tickets for the festival to give away as a prize.
So tune in on 1st August, hear some of the bands playing landed, find out what landed is all about and, if ya be lucky, win yourself a pair of tickets to the event.