Let me explain why i consider the following tracks to be the best 5 tracks on the Friction show this week...Continue reading "This Weeks Top 5....And why...."
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Phewww..back to work on air on tuesday but need to paste this pic up, as after the Delhi metro system the 'other' side of India slapped me full on in the face. But more of that in a moment..Continue reading "Friction In The PIND!"
So here we are about to take over the WHOLE Friction show…ummm…Having DJed from the muddy fields in Glastonbury to VIP clubs in India many times in the past with Bobby Friction, this is surely going to be a musical experience of similar eclectic electric proportions…be prepared for aural pleasures from electro to desi to futuristic hip-hop pop with some undiscovered talents thrown in-between…and let us show you how we make our tunes along the way…
I know this is a music blog but i hope no one minds if I post from my 2 week trip to India! I know the likes of Jay Sean and ADF have taken over the Friction show while I'm away and I hope they're doing ok? (are they?).Continue reading "Friction Does Delhi's Underground (Metro) System"
So it’s an hour before going live on air and I have no idea what I'm doing. Thank god I've been blessed with the gift of the gab.Continue reading "Jay Sean"
Check this clip of MIA in a studio in South India gettin samples from some kids - then listen to the track Bird Flu - Another example why MIA is beyond any other British Asian artist.
ps. Can any of our Tamil listeners or blog readers translate what she's asking them?Continue reading "Bird Flu - Original Samples Discovered!"
I Interviewed Mentor on this weeks (March 3rd 2008) Bobby Friction & Nihal show which was all very nice - The nice suprise was him bringing down Menis & Blitzkreig who obviously were not let out the studio till they dropped a freestyle.Continue reading "Blitzkreig & Menis Freestyle on Bobby Friction & Nihal"
This is class - funny and oh so very true...... (ha hah hhha ah a ha ha)
Shall I play it on the show? You Decide....Continue reading "I Can Be Your Pindoo Baby!"
1. Radiohiro – Diabollycal (White)- Intense Bollywood Drum n Bass with a surreal bass driven edge.Continue reading "My Top 5 for this week!"
On a cold December day 2 months ago I witnessed something happen that I'd been dreaming about since I was a Teenager. After spending years watching Top Of The Pops, The Chart Show, Jools Holland etc I was fortunate to not only see, but (co) present a Desi version of those famous shows.Continue reading "Desi DNA & Asian Network Presents…Just What We Need!"
When M.I.A came to Birmingham recently, I made up my mind to get deeper inside the Sister’s head. After watching her progress over the last few years from PR/Art terrorist with beats, to the genuine article in 2007, I realised I knew nothing about the person behind the bass-line.Continue reading "Missing In Action On MIA’s Tour Bus"
The Electric Proms 2007 have finally arrived and take place tomorrow night – and I am Sooooo excited!Continue reading "The Electric Proms are HERE!"
Greetings from the Dance Village East backstage here at Glastonbury, with the echo of the Marley brothers performing 'Exodus' ringing in my ears and giving me a soothing start to Sunday after a manic Saturday night set to a soundtrack set by Annie Mac and Mark Ronson.Continue reading "Glasto 2007 - Mud Masala Mayhem"
Glastonbury, the world’s largest and most famous music festival returns this year and I have seen my teenage dreams come true. For the first time the Asian Network, and Brit-Asian music has a massive presence as we take over the Roots stage on the Friday night. I’ll be hosting the stage and DJ’ing alongside all the other DJ’s and bands as well as doing Friday nights ‘Friction’ show live from backstage!Continue reading "Glastonbury - 1992 to 2007. A British Asian Perspective"
Congratulations to Bobby Friction and the Friction programme team on an important night of success for Asian Network at the Sony Radio Awards.
I'm extremely proud that a show that we launched barely one year ago came through with the Gold . 'Friction' was designed to be not just a platform for unsigned British-Asian music but an absolute open door for new listeners to investigate some of the most exciting new musical trends being created right now.
We have some of the best Specialist Music programmes anywhere on radio and will continue to build on a growing reputation.
Here's to the team behind our winning entry: Bobby Friction, Reju Sharma, Meera Patel and Assistant Editor Khaliq Meer.
Head of Music
This HAS to be the biggest British-Asian music story of 2007. BBC Asian Network decided to get in contact with Rishi Rich after recent rumours concerning his departure from Record Label and Management company 2 Point 9. Rishi issued a first statement exclusively to us.
Why is this such a big story? Rishi Rich and 2 Point 9 have been responsible for most of the major highlights in our scene over the past few years, so it will be interesting to see how both of them move on from this. Will we now see a completely new direction from Rishi, and how do you think 2 Point 9 will move forward and push the major talents that they still have signed to their label? Will we start to see Rishi making bigger steps into the Indian music industry or will he turn his attentions towards the States as rumoured? These two parties reinvented the game.
I'm sure we will now see moves from both camps over the next few months, but I want to know what YOU - the bloggers, blogoids and blogdesi's - really think about this situation. Maybe it will just be business as usual, or whether this will spark a frenzy of musical activity and inject some added creativity into British-Asian music over this summer.
Read the Rishi Rich statement in full, and post your views:Continue reading "New Project for Rishi Rich"
Friction's Top Five Tracks
1. Tigerstyle - Son Of A Sardar (Immortal Productions/Soldier Sound Recordings)
2. Unique Sounds Roadshow feat. Surinder Shinda & Minus P – Jagga (Remix) (Babycamp Records)
3. Sudha – Living By Numbers (White)
4. Davut Guloglu – Katula Katula (Destan Muzik)
5. Timbaland feat. MIA Come Around (Mosley Music)
I look around me and the Desi music industry is full of sheep...WHY? Where is our Bob Marley, Our Beatles, Our Biggie or Tupac for gods sake!!Continue reading "Is Conformism Killing Music?"
1. Wiley - Taliban (Eskiboy Recordings)
2. Plan B feat. The Rolling Stones – Paint It Blacker (Pet Cemetery Recordings)
3. Dhruva & Sharmaji – Koli Stance (Demo)
4. Heavyweight Champion Feat. KRS One – Arrival (Bassnectar Remix) (Om Records)
5. Jehst – Psychedelic Phlegm (Boombox Records)
This my current top 5 on my homepage...
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Friction's Top Five Tracks
1. DJ Xtreme Bollywood Lovers (Demo)
2. MC Flex Sidewinder Raw (Demo)
3. MDK Cartel See Us In The Dance (Oxygen Recordings)
4. Ramzi & Ash King Take It Easy (White)
5. Braze Feat Brass Munk Fall Back (Braze Music)
The USA is on its way, but just doesn’t know it yet. My tour of the States – The British Invasion Tour – was as the name suggested all about another British music Invasion along the lines of the Beatles or the Sex Pistols, but as I found out the dominance of Brit-Asian acts over there may slowly be coming to an end.
Touched down from Delhi late yesterday after 3 and half weeks in India.
On the music side it was very interesting. After 3 years of Brit-Asian artists and albums releasing out there, something's definitely seeped through into Bollywood. Nearly all the new movie tracks by year end had what my ear can define as a vague British sound. Not that anyone there admitted it. Bollywood devours everything in it's path and co-opts like a monster but I could definitely hear it. The largest films by year end were (in ticket sales and in popular opinion) Rang De Basanti, Omkara, Lage Raho MunnaBhai and Don. All of them pointing towards an interesting future for Bollywood, all for different reasons.
The Uni Tour 2006 kicked off last Friday night at Nottingham Trent Uni's Student Union, where we broadcast the show live on the Friction show. It was a homecoming of sorts for me as I studied at Trent in the early (ahem!) nineties. The line up for the night was Me, D-Boy & The Playback Project (feat. Sharifa Shi & Rabbia), Lyppicool (Nottingham’s Best Beatboxer and a serious talent), Raxstar, DJ Kayper & Inja, The Mentor Kolektiv plus The Specialist.Continue reading "Asian Network Uni Tour Kicks Off!"
From the late sixties when Sergeant Pepper fought for cultural space with Ravi Shankar, to the UK Bhangra explosion of the 80’s to Talvin Singh 's Mercury Music Prize victory in the 90’s, our nation's relationship with ‘Asian’ music has always been a one night stand; its cultural importance relegated to a quick fumble under the sheets, not full lights-on-scream-out-loud passion.
John Peel to me was the ‘Truth’ pure and simple. When you look back over your teenage years you remember just how passionate, truthful and heartfelt all your emotions were about friends, politics and especially music. As you get older things get in the way and start chipping away at the edifice until you find yourself in a position where you wish you could hear and feel music or life like you did back then.
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