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🎵 Currently playing: Glitterbox Episode 12: Ralphi Rosario

🎵 Currently playing: Housecall EP#162 (tracklist)

Excellent mixture of house and funky/bassline/whatever we’re calling the successor of UK garage this week.

🎵 Currently playing: LTJ Bukem - FABRICLIVE x Promo Mix 27.07.2010, with MC Conrad.

Still amazing after all these years.

🎵 Currently playing: Curtis Mayfield - Live At Ronnie Scott’s (1988)

The Internet of Stings

Every breath you take is measured.

Every move you make is stored on Fitbit.

Every bond you break gets your eBay seller rating downgraded.

Every step you take is in HealthKit.

I’ll be watching you, thanks to FireSheep.

Every word you say, you tell Amazon’s Alexa.

Every game you play is tracked on Steam.

Every night you stay; I’ve hacked your Airbnb.

I’ll be watching you, because I’ve put spyware on your laptop.

Every smile you fake you post on Instagram.

Every claim you stake you store on a blockchain.

Since you’ve gone I’ve been lost without a trace, thanks to turning Location Services off.

I dream at night, I can only see your face, because you hacked my smart TV.

I look around but it’s you I can’t replace, but I’ll keep trying to talk dirty to Siri.

I feel so cold and I long for your embrace, but I’ll make do with a Grindr hookup.

I keep crying, “Baby, baby, please”, mostly on my Tumblr.

Listening to Roy Ayers, master of the funkiest rare grooves ever put on record, at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho. Truly phenomenal.

Wikka Wrap by The Evasions is a funk and rap parody tribute to British TV documentary presenter Alan Whicker. It samplesreuses clips from Tom Browne’s Funkin’ For Jamaica, Chic’s Good Times, the Theme from Shaft and Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off the Sucker) by Parliament.

The only question I have is: why haven’t I heard this earlier? Despite being a parody track, it’s amazing.

Update: an email correspondent told me that as the song was released in 1981, it wouldn’t have used phrase sampling, so my assertion that it samples Tom Browne and Chic and so on is incorrect.

Funky Technicians – Airtight (remix) is my current coding music of choice.

Incognito, Live in London is all on YouTube. 2h42m of funk, soul and all that good stuff. Joscelyn Brown and Maysa!

Alphabet Club Mix of Lady Gaga’s Telephone is bootyshakingly amazing.

John Legend feat. Kanye West – It’s Over

2009 Is Record Year For UK Singles Sales. Just saying.