Staff Selection: Edition 6 (Lyle Bignon)
Hello. You look hot today. I'm Lyle, I live in Birmingham. During the day, I pester music and news journos, look for pictures of dogs playing guitars to tweet about and write about artists, events and suchlike for two awesome music venues in the city. Over the last six years or so, I've been lucky enough to PR and promote a ton of gigs, concerts and festivals featuring very diverse artists, which has led to a love of discovering music both old and new, and a slightly unhealthy desire to share the Jaysus out of it with anyone who'll listen.
In the dead of night, I try to put words in some semblance of order for the all-amazing 405, as well as for a handful of regional music magazines. I'm an occasional music and media industries lecturer too, which means I get to stand up in front of students who know way more about music and news than I do, and talk about my addiction to listening to and reading about nice sounds.
Speaking of which, I have a tendency to absolutely rinse tracks and albums until I weep from the pure saturation of it all, and it looks like the Matthew E. White's seven-song funk-pop masterpiece Big Inner, the sublime freak-folk of Devendra Banhart's Mala, Janelle Monae's new joint with Erykah Badu 'Q.U.E.E.N.' and the mad stuff coming out of the Activia Benz label are heading that way. Check out the Spotify playlist linked below for a glimpse into the Father Dougal-like musical merry-go-round of my mind.
In amongst those slices of delight, and aside from repping three brilliant talents from my hometown – The Traps, Free School and Laura Mvula - one of my major playlist players at the moment is Wrongtom: a super-talented London producer and one-time Hard-Fi tour DJ with a killer line in UK-flavoured reggae and dancehall tracks full of bouncing bass and booming vocals. Take a listen to Tom's remixes, dubs, bootlegs and edits like latest slice 'Supersharpteng', The Resonators' 'B.A.S.I.C.' and General Levy's 'Incredible' for starters, before enjoying the mighty Duppy Writer, his acclaimed rewrite of Roots Manuva tracks and then 2012's collab with vocalist Deemas J 'In East London'. This is music to bopse/party/skate/bake/whatever to, representative of the flourishing sound-system culture in this country and a welcome antidote to mainstream swill. Give this dance rockers cuts a whirl and let me know what you think via the medium of 140 characters. Tra for now.
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