Two figures in the UK’s neo-/post-dub scene–Glynn “Bigga” Bush (Rockers Hi-Fi, Lightning Head) and Rob Smith (Smith & Mighty, Mo Rockers)–met after Bush played an amazing set of mostly his old stuff at Dub Mission on June 10. Smith was in town having played the previous Friday at Club Six. After Maneesh the Twister facilitated the quick hello between the two (Bush was on his way out), I recounted with Smith another SF meeting of the minds in September of ’98. Smith & Mighty had just finished marking their first visit to San Francisco with a set on Beta Lounge when I had the pleasure of telling them that The Scientist (brought into the place by Dub Mission’s DJ Sep) was upstairs in the studio loft where BL was broadcasting, and would they like to meet. They looked at me in disbelief, and clambered up the stairs for a 1-on-2 with one of their top influences, cementing (at least I like to think) a real bond between the duo and San Francisco.
Oh snap: It’s all about Prince Fatty at the moment. Prince Fatty is an all-star band assembled by quality UK producer Mike Pelanconi (producer of Lily Allen’s smash “Smile”, among many others), which features drummer Style Scott from the Roots Radics, Hammond man Bubblers from Ruff Cut, and Afrobeat star Bukky Leo on sax with the Nostalgia 77 Horn Section. Guest vocalists include Little Roy, Winston Francis, and Sex Pistol Steve Cook’s daughter Hollie Cook, who sings with Ari Up in the new Slits. Two Prince Fatty tracks on this episode of Steve Barker’s On the Wire show (tracks 3 & 4) led me to check out the free-to-download “Nina’s Rub-a-Dub”, apparently done for a Stussy ad. Check for the album, Survival of the Fattest, coming soon.
What USB albums mean to the world, I don’t know… but both Bob Marley and the White Stripes (who’s Icky Thump drive costs only $57.50!) have released them. Added value to Marley’s Exodus: 3 bits of video footage from a June ’77 show at the Rainbow Theatre. Same for Icky: it’s in Apple Lossless. Whoooeee!