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say hello to my little friend(s)

it’s been a very happy week indeed, dear and patient readers. as the good mittins mentioned (and she is good, she gifted us with the most beautiful bouquet of flowers you could imagine..!), there are two new shenanigrams scuttling round the place now, with last week’s arrival of my beautiful daughters. yes, two of the cheeky monkeys! which is apt, cos the make lots of number twos.. needless to say the are simply delightful creaures, with all the best bits of me (charm, wit and ninja sharp haggling abilities) and all the best bits of their mummy (lovely eyesies and pretty noses and unrefined sugars and exotic spices).. look below, you will see. the top one is asha lily, born two minutes before her identical big little sister, arabella (grace). sigh. arent they lovely? i’m one happy shenanigans alright, and full of love for these offspring of mine. i can tell, i haven’t shoplifted for ages!

asha lily & arabella

so, yesterdays cauldron i was all a-solo, and decided to dedicate it to my new fave girls! you will note lots of wise and beautiful tunes that i wish had been played to me when i was an infant. lots have wisdom and some just sheer beauty. maybe next week i will have another show for them, why not?! you can listen to the broadgramme here, and if you cast your glance downwards, you will see the tracklisty listy..


  • skies are for flying – Conan & the mockasins
  • ruby tuesday – los checkmates
  • come to daddy – the dillenger escape plan (aphex twin cover)
  • johnny b goode – peter tosh
  • illegal gunshot – the ragga twins
  • johnny b goode – peter tosh
  • let your light shine on me – abbot lighthouse choice
  • lean on me – beth orton & terry callier
  • here comes the sun – nina simone
  • don’t let me be misunderstood – santa esmeralda
  • somebody to love – the ramones
  • i got to love somebody’s baby – judy clay
  • somebody’s gonna love you – alice russel feat. Quantic soul orchestra
  • somebody to love – al wilson
  • goin’ up yonder – walter hawkins
  • beautiful babies – plant life
  • jesus wants me for a sunbeam – the vaselines
  • miss my lion – scout niblett
  • california soul – marvin gaye & tammi terrell
  • after the laughter comes tears – wendy rene

lots of love and hugs

daddygans, asha lily & arabella


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nicing up tha riddim

it’s always a pleasure to take over the studio after TMC goodfriend GeorgeC. he leaves it so very tidy and often offers me a crafty beer.. a true gentleman in every sense of the word. and you just know he was brought up proper. also, it was george who introduced me, your 1 shenanigans, to the murkey world of FleetFM, for it was on his show ‘Nice Up Da Riddim’ that i cut my first radio teeth. and i’ve never looked back. especially not in anger. 5-7 onna thursday, you will find geo cranking out all manner of dub, reggae and chillness. you should defo check it out! so as it was in the begining, it is now. i looked after the fleet waves on me lonesome last night, and it was all good. especially when yr mittin rang in! well. i had a whole bunch of fresh tunes i’d scoured from the internet and had a merry time. you can listen here. et voila! le playlist:

brass monkey


  • momma momma – betty barney
  • work song – nina simone
  • soul rebel – bob marlel (afrodisiac sound system remix]
  • michael jackson – the mitchell brothers
  • country boy – charlie ace
  • rebel without a pause – public enemy
  • loose ends – sergio mendez feat. JT paroahe monch will i am
  • the way we lived – wax taylor wiv sharon jones
  • icky thunp – white stripes [hostage mix]
  • sirens coming- dizzy rascal [villa diamante]
  • asian bride magazine – jahcoozi
  • sweet dreams are made of these – vid kids
  • blisters on my brain – lo fi all stars [ david e sugar rmix]
  • straight to hell – the clash
  • paper planes – MIA feat bun b & rich boy
  • papua new guinea – future sound of london
  • malfunction – madlib
  • na leff me spliff – top cat
  • super sharp shooter – dj zinc
  • stronger- kanye west [a trak mx]
  • routine check – mitchell bros feat kano
  • forgot about dre – dre. [kraddy feckup]
  • stereotype – goldielocks
  • business time f.o.t.c. [dj weekends team building]
  • hey fuck u [glitchbitch RmX] – the beastie boys
  • 25 gun salute – gunshot
  • original nuttah – UK apache & Shy Fx
  • skream – dutch flowers [tempa]
  • rumble in the jungle ft. q tip & john forte

kia ora gc, kia ora

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ra kuutia*

there is a wonderful fascination with the heavens in these blessed islands that really just rings my bell. last month/week/yesterday they made or are about to make south island’s magnificent lake tekapo nightskyscape the very first world heritage nightsky area place*. and a few years ago a working replica of stonehenge* was constructed in the wairarapa. it measures the passage of the stars and everything. imagine.. a new henge?! crivens, that must be like the first henge to have been built for like 5000 years! maybe. right on anyway, aotearoa, way to go!

stonehenge aotearoa

stonehenge aotearoa

and last night must have been a bloody good night to be an astormener in new ziland then, cos there was one of those earth sun moon conjunction things going on. an ecclair or something equally wonderful. it had people all across the country out in the cold open air, mouths agasp at the splendid sight to be seen:

la lunar

another bloody moon

well, with all this cosmic craftyness floating around is it any wonder you found yr man shenan up at fleetfleet? coincidence?. you tell me. either way 11 till 1pm on the fm today i took the wheels of steels and drove a rudeboy riddim right ‘roud the fleetosphere. here: you can listen for yourself.. and now, to a moon soaked playlist..

  • juen ko ku (chop ‘n’ quench) – fela ransome kuti & the africa 70
  • stamping ground – moondog
  • shine on harvest moon – leon redbone
  • everyone’s gone to the moon – nina simone
  • sometimes i feel like a motherless child – clarence smith
  • flip ya lid – nightmares on wax
  • after all [mad professor vocal mix] – horace andy
  • stick by me – john holt
  • moving outta babylon – johnnie clarke
  • agboju logun – shina williams & his african precussianists
  • moonlight sonata – fursaxa
  • lidl – afrikan boy [nice one pinglewood]
  • don’t talk – estelle
  • you think you’re right hot – the streets, kano et al
  • buss it up – kano feat. vybz cartel
  • welcome to the terrordome – pharoahe monche
  • paper planes – M.I.A
  • trees [spank rock reMix] – dr octagon
  • stronger [A Trak mixRe] – kanye west [once more, nods to pinglewood]
  • red moon – turing breaks (obviously)
  • toro mata – celia cruz & johnny pacheco
  • tristeza maleza – manu chao
  • red moon – clancey eccles & the dynamites
  • see a man’s face – prince moonie feat. horace andy
  • waking moon – jah wobble
  • babuji bbuji kya loge – dilraj
  • no diggety – blackstreet feat. doc dre
  • flow on [pete rock rEmix] – lords of the underground



*In Maori mythology our “man in the moon” is resolved into the woman in the moon, her name being Rona. The common view of an eclipse of the moon is that Rona, a malignant being, is attacking and destroying it. When the moon does not appear the twain are battling with each other, and so cannot be seen. After the combat the moon bathes in the waiora a Tane, and so returns to us again young and beautiful. Another version credits Maui with the part of moon-darkener.[*]


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how now manu chao


hey, can you hear something? it’s like a whisper, nay, a murmuring.. in maybe six or seven languages, across four or five continents.. it is a buzz which is abuilding for thelong awaited long player La Radiolina from multi-lingual euro-uberfave Manu Chao. Pegged for release on the 4th September, La Radiolina [sung in French, Spanish, Italian, Portugese & English] will be chasing the success of Manu Chao’s previous studio efforts Clandistino (1998), Proxima Estacion: Esperanza (2001) & Sibérie m’était contéee (2004), as well as a critically acclaimed live album, all of which had heads nodding and fists pumping across La Monde. And if the few tunes that have leaked their way onto the internet are anything to go by, then it will certainly be as energetic and earnest as his earlier recordings.

LP cover

forgive yourself if you are unaware of Manu Chao and/or his music, but allow me then to inform you that outside of the english speaking world, Manu Chao is nothing if not a massive musical force. Furthermore, he is some sort of post-che posterboy for that whole anti-globalisation movement thing. The epitome of the global citizen, Chao (born in Paris to spanish parents, natch), is based in beautiful Barcelona, and frequents South America, throwing considerable support behind the Mexican Zapatistas between busking sessions in Columbia. Indeed, he is politically aware and socially awake to the extent that “at the Genoa G8 summit a few years ago, the Italian government asked Chao to represent the anti-globalisation protesters. []”

mc 54

more quotage: “Manu Chao is widely acknowledged as a pioneer of Latin alternative music, which he was making as early as the 1980s as the leader of Mano Negra. His music is multilingual and broadly multicultural, blending rock, reggae, punk, ska, found sounds, and more. (via manuspaz)’

mega city four

Phew indeed, eh? What with the impending release of this album and his current tour in the US, TMC is confidant we are about to see and hear alot more from your one Manu Chao. Enough then, i think you get the point. Readers: save up yer euros for this record, cos it will be a gem. and then you can say you heard it here first! in the meantime, get up to speed with these EMM PEE FREEs and regardez this, one of the three or four video floating around for the first siren drenched single off the new LP. this, the wee TMC favorite, ‘Rainin in Paradize’ is directed by Manu Chao & artist Jacek Wozniak.




mr big fish

***ciao for now***

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