NINJAH: Keep Britain Lively (Tantrum Records 2018)

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New album from one of Cardiff’s most eccentric artists, on Tantrum Records

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.

Everyone that matters on the Cardiff scene will know him for a different reason though. As well as random drumming he is an accomplished singer, video maker and just all round creative type. Continue reading NINJAH: Keep Britain Lively (Tantrum Records 2018)

CLUSTERFUCK: Pesticide (Tantrum Records 2018)

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.

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KILLDREN: Overkill is Underrated ep (Self released, 2018)

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.

Not satisfied with running her own record label, writing zines, travelling all over Europe playing solo gigs, setting up squatted art galleries, sticking it to the ‘man’ and doing a degree, last year she teamed up with a sampler, a lap top and Nick Ronin from Tunbridge Wells to form rave outfit Killdren. Continue reading KILLDREN: Overkill is Underrated ep (Self released, 2018)

THE BREWER’S DAUGHTER: Make Believe (Self Released 2016)

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)

HEADNOISE Special Effects Improves The Defects (Self released 2017)

South Wales based electro pop band HEAD NOISE with their fourth release; a six track mini album – ep – ish – thing.

This has the vibe of that arty period in the early eighties when post punk was going off in different directions and no-one had quite worked out what synth pop was supposed to sound like. Continue reading HEADNOISE Special Effects Improves The Defects (Self released 2017)

OASIS: SUPERSONIC (Movie)

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.

However. Whilst the music was pretty shite there is no ignoring the fact that that they had rock and roll attitude. Continue reading OASIS: SUPERSONIC (Movie)

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 162 – 2018 let’s be ‘avin’ ya

Les Earthdoctor – not even temperatures below freezing will stop him DJing

We don’t mess about here at peppermint iguana, the festive hangovers are still lingering for some but we already have the first radio show of 2018 under our belts.

As usual, it was old kool, nu skool and too damn cool for skool.

To listen again, check out the mixycloud thingy below

Play list

  1. Into the future: BY THE VIBRATORS
  2. Can’t wait for seventy eight: BY THE WASPS
  3. Death begins: BY CLUSTERFUCK
  4. Freak control: BY TINTIN QUARANTINO
  5. Watcha gonna do dub: BY THE LAST TREE SQUAD
  6. Green fist: BY ROOTS ZOMBIE
  7. All empires crumble: BY KILLDREN
  8. Warrior remix: BY THE INEXPLICABLES
  9. Private revolutions: BY CULTURE SHOCK
  10. Sound: BY THE STINGRAYS
  11. Babylon: BY JOE KELLY AND THE ROYAL PHARMACY
  12. Swingers party: BY RECKLESS BREAKFAST
  13. Rouge trooper live: BY RADICAL DANCE FACTION
  14. Kick out live: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
  15. National lies: BY THE SPORADICS
  16. Dub searcher: BY NUMA CREW
  17. Emergency: BY NINE NINE NINE
  18. Five minutes: BY THE STRANGLERS
  19. Mwd: BY MWSTARD
  20. Elbania: BY ELECTRIC JABALA
  21. Dig it: BY CANTALOOP
  22. Cantaloop: BY US THREE
  23. Enter the haggis: BY THE HAGGIS HORNS
  24. Kind of cool: BY THE BAHAMA SOUL CLUB
  25. Afro pate: BY AFRO BEAT
  26. Island special: BY INTERNATIONAL DUB AMBASSADORS

First broadcast on www.dapperfm.co.uk on 2nd January 2018.

Show sponsored by www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales the union for public service groovers