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Bank Holiday Jammin’ in The Newbury

We’re taking over the Roof Terrace in The Newbury over next Bank Holiday Sunday. Kicking off at 4pm we will be providing a killer soundtrack to the day consisting of Funk, Soul, Reggae, Dancehall and classic Hip Hop & Party Jams!

The Roof Terrace is covered so even the weather cannot stop us!

DJs on the day include: Diamond Sire / DJ Lekski / DJ Stasha / SDM

Pop in The Newbury for more info…

 

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El Michels Affair – 4th Chamber / Snakes 7″

The El Michels affair drop another hot 7″ on April 11th this year. If you remember the 2009 LP ‘Enter the 37th Chamber’ then you already know whats going to happen here, or if you’ve never heard of them prepare yourself for some excellent analogue Wu Tang Clan cover versions..

Listen:

 

New listening material from Mr Scruff

Mr Scruff has been uploading a few of his live sets recently, check em out on this page (only 7 days before the first one expires, so hurry!).

Today’s upload is from Saturday night @ Koko, London and as he says:

Brilliant night at the lovely Koko in that London, with MC Kwasi. To download (for a limited time) enter the code ‘m9u3Bq‘. Cheers!

Cheers yourself dude!

e-Bayconomics

A quick breakdown of the costs of selling 1 x 12″ record for £1 plus shipping (£4.20) via eBay:

Total Sales: £5.20

Total Costs: £4.72

Record Mailer: £0.30
Postage £3.90
Final Price Fee: £0.10
Final Value On Shipping £0.42

That leaves a whopping 48p profit for the sale of the item!?!
Postage is getting bumped to £4.80..

In local news..

West Berkshire Council proposed £730,000 cuts to Library services in order to meet the budgets imposed by the Conservatives last week. As we can see from the LISU’s UK Public And Academic Library Statistics (pdf) library services and funding has been on a downward trajectory for the entire period this report covers which ultimately results in lower income from the Libraries themselves reinforcing the downward spiral. Coupled with the massive cuts on the table the 153,800 odd residents of West Berkshire would end up with just one single library in operation probably with reduced hours. The proposal even made it into Private Eye (Eye 1412 p35).. Services getting the boot would include computer access, mobile libraries, adult education and community groups will be force to find new premises, so the unintended consequences could be far reaching.

A bad thing, most people would consider. Could it really be necessary given the “Austerity” being peddled by Westminister? Who knows?
Clearly not the great and good leading all these cuts. West Berks is also the home to Vodafone, who if you are not aware, are a global corporation generating literally billions in cash each year (for instance: it costs nothing for Vodafone to send and deliver a text message yet they sell them to the public for 12p each..) and use arcane free movement of capital rules end up paying virtually no tax on that massive profit in the territories where it was generated.

You have to wonder whether they have thought this all through; pay less corporation tax and the government has less money to spend, so councils get their budgets cut and accordingly make sacrifices to the public services they offer; the public, at the bottom of the pile are will naturally adjust to reflect those changes, the number of people who cannot read and write will increase, libraries will decline further. Vodafone will find they have to spend more money on educating their locally recruited employees, the council will run out of services to cut (cut the cutters?) and everyone will be wondering were all the money went.

Well here’s a clue: Last September those cheeky chaps on West Berkshire Council agreed to increase their own basic allowances by 16.5%, all in it together, eh guys? And thats not even taking into account the pay structure for the un-elected council employees, as this document states the highest renumeration package offered is £138,418 (£175k berfore tax) and there are a further 3 employees on £100k plus after tax… Money well spent. Big shout out goes to Mr Mark Edwards the Head of Highways and Transport who’s copping a huge wedge despite clearly having no idea what he’s up to. Anyway between those dudes and their best chum Jeroen Hoencamp over at Vodafone HQ, they could cover that £730,00 on an annual basis without breaking a sweat – they probably each have a second home costing more than that.

Our millionaire MP Richard Benyon got so incensed about the issue he arose in PMQ’s today (2nd March 2016) and demanded from David Cameron:

Does the Prime Minister agree that the fishing industry is better off in a reformed EU.

Hang on Benyon, you’re not putting your role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment and Fisheries, ahead of doing your job for your constituents are you?

On a side note the UK are currently investing £25 million pounds into building a prison in Jamaica so there is definitely money in the kitty, this ‘Austerity’ bollocks isn’t fooling anyone anymore.

Monday night!

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Live on Mixlr – Every Monday Night 8pm – 11pm

This has been rumbling on a while already, featuring mostly me drinking and playing some random records. The time for half-assing it is now over so alongside DJ Lekski & regular guests I’ll be trying to lay down 3 hours of quality underground music each week for your listening pleasure.

Hit us up on email or the chat between 8 & 11pm for shouts, requests & whatnot.

This week I’m joined by DJ Lekski and we’ll probably be playing a stack of Hip Hop old and new.. Tune in from 8

Newbilt manufacturing new vinyl presses

Newbilt Machinery, a German startup, have noticed an obvious gap in the market and have started (or will start in Spring 2016) shipping out new vinyl presses. This can only be a good thing!

Technics are back with SL-1200G

Unvelied at the 216 CES Show, these are the turntables to take over where the SL1210 Mk VI’s left off. They are looking good and I’m just glad that one can once again purchase a new set of Technics if one feels the need. 

Looks fresh!
Panasonic say:

Released Later This Year
To celebrate the launch of this new Technics SL-1200 development, the Technics 50th anniversary limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE will be available from summer with a limited serial number plate and restricted global quantity of 1,200 pieces while the Grand Class SL-1200G will be available in late 2016.

Grand Class SL-1200G/SL1200GAE Specifications
All new design for Redefining the Direct Drive Turntable
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  • Twin-Rotor Surface-Facing Direct Drive motor
  • Direct Drive Motor Controller
  • High Sensitive Tonearm
  • Brass-Top Turntable Platter
  • Insulator

Technics Definitive Design

  • Inherited design from the SL-1200 series
  • Heavy Aluminum Top Plate

Turntable Speeds
33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm

Variable Range Pitch
±8%, ±16%

Dimension & Weight
W: 453 mm H: 170 mm D: 372 mm . / 18kg *tentative
*Height: including dust cover

Terminal
Phono output x1 / SIGNAL GND x1