Do Not Erase

It’s a long and complicated story but I’m going back to more lyrics in my tunes. Back to how I started. Songs written on an old acoustic then fleshed out with other instruments.

I wanted to make an album that I could still perform if all the technology failed and all I had was my voice and a guitar.

There are things I want to say and sometimes a lyric is the only way.

Hard Wired

I have made another LP. this one is called Hard Wired.

It’s been described as Fela Kuti from a Future Variant and as Electric Afrobeat.

After the disruptor influences that led to the Impaired Vision and Broken Systems LPs, I felt it was necessary to re-boot myself. There are just somethings that I am hardwired to do – Make music that has a distinct Afro feel. It always seeps through, regardless of the technology – drum machines or guitars. It always sounds like me and my heritage. It is easy to spot in the grooves.

Broken Systems

I am back with another LP. this one is called Broken Systems. In many ways it is a companion piece to the Impaired Vision LP, which also features my broken beat, sampler cut up style.

Whilst the Impaired Vision LP was inspired by the world’s reaction to the George Floyd murder, this one was inspired by 2 things –

(1) the notes I made in the 1980s about how the future would look, feel and sound.

(2) My visceral response to the outpouring of racism that occurred in the aftermath of England losing on penalties in the European Championship Finals.

The future we imagined didn’t turn out the way it was meant to be.

World Through Another Window

A Greatest Hits compilation with a difference. 

WORLD THROUGH ANOTHER WINDOW PART 1

As always, I wanted to try something different. Give people something they are not used to from me.

With the World Through Another Window LPs, I serve up World Fusion versions of some of my most well known songs. Opting for organic tones instead of the cone-rattling electronically-fuelled AfroHouse club sound I made my name with. 

Here I put a fresh spin on my voice and songs with the live musicians of the Tru Roots Project. 

Afrobeat, Zouk, Afro-Cuban beats and a multitude of diverse flavours – perfect for late night chillout and open air live music festivals. 

My favourites are I’m Ready and We Can All Be Funky.

Enjoy. 

Songs: 

Bluesman’s Blues, Fantasy (original versions on Dance, Break & Shake LP) 

Moneda Funk (original version on Good Voodoo Afro House Vol 1 LP) 

Chance, The Beholder (original versions on Speaking in Tongues LP) 

We Can Be Lovers, War (original versions on Nomads LP) 

We Can All Be Funky (original version on Time Off for Good Behaviour LP) 

Kinetic Funk (original version on Nu Voodoo Sound LP) 

Live a Little Lie, Do What You Like, One Love, Stop The World, 
Fire and Ice, Nobody Can Hold Me Down, 
Say My Name, I’m Ready (original versions on 24900 Miles From Home LP) 

Revival (original version on Playing With Fire LP) 

Houdini Overtone Dub (original version on Rapture & Lightning Deluxe Edition) 

Say My Name Afrobeat Instrumental (original version on 24900 Miles From Home Late Night Chill LP) 

42 is the magic number

I have lost the ability to count.

I was talking to my friend, the vocalist Frank H Carter III, saying that I had been unintentionally lying to people. I had been saying that I had made 26 albums but when I had counted again I had only made 22. To which Frank replied ‘Dude, what about those remix albums? That’s still work.’ So, including those that pushes the number up to 42.

This is number 42. it is called Impaired Vision. I returned to my cut up style of left field beats for this one. It is my response to the George Floyd killing and BLM.

I have many conversations with Frank in the USA and there are many similarities about how black people get treated over there and how they are treated in the UK.

Origin Stories

When I have an idea it can go in many directions. It can give birth to a symphony or a 3 minute pop song. The Origin Stories tracks are coming from that space. Just like some of my remixes may appear to have no relation to the original to the untrained ear, the Origin Stories series of LPs are tunes that had their roots in other tunes, Like non-identical twins. For example, Mali is a State of Mind, 80’s Child and I Think Therefore I Am all have similar elements but are very different tunes.

Also, these albums, along with the Domineeky Remixed LP, are the first LPs to have my face on without make up. Enjoy.

Rare Roots

I am releasing a compilation of Tru Roots Project tracks called ‘Love is a Dangerous Language (Rare Remixes)’. It’s eclectic, but the music has always been that.

The Tru Roots Project started life because my promoters thought the ‘Beats Without Borders LP’ sounded too different to ‘Good Voodoo Afro House Vol 1’, so I put it out under a different name and made the ‘Sweet LP’. Guess which one was more critically acclaimed and sold more copies? The Tru Roots Project LP. As a side note – I was never happy with the Sweet LP so I remixed it, which is why there is the Sweet LP Afro Edition.

Anyway, back to the Tru Roots Project. It morphed. Always unpredictable – veering from Latin Jazz instrumentals to Rock to Afrobeat. No two albums are the same (but my long time friend and collaborator Akin Fatunmbi is on all of them in some capacity.)

There are many versions of Tru Roots Project tunes. Here, I have compiled the rarest ones. Ones that I love and I hope you will too.

10 Years and Counting

2021 and Britain is still in the grip of a pandemic. I would Neve have guessed 10 years ago when I started the Good Voodoo Music label that the world would be like this.

To celebrate 10 years of the label, there are 3 special LPs being released:

The ‘Foundation’ LP which showcases the original Good Voodoo Sound, ‘Love is a Dangerous Language’ which is a collection of rare versions of Tru Roots Project tunes and finally, ‘Domineeky Remixed’ which is a collection of remixes done by other artists. All of whom bring a different flavour to what I do. Enjoy.

Time Off?

It is ironic that I have been at my most productive whilst remixing my album called Time Off For Good Behaviour. I was going to do one track but things got out of hand and I ended up making 2 LPs of remixes.

Some of the remixes sound like brand new tunes but the titles often give away the original track (plus calling something a remix gets boring after a while) so Solamente Carnivalista is a remix of Only You. Funky Rhythmatics is a remix of We Can All Be Funky and Caught in a Super Halo is a remix of Caught in a Moment.