I got hacked sorry for the appearance the site will be returned to its former glory soon
I got hacked sorry for the appearance the site will be returned to its former glory soon
The past week and a half have been truly magical – first on Sunday I experienced the delights of going to Stonehenge for the summer solstice and then 3 days later I spent the week at another sacred site to the UK – I performed at the Glastonbury festival.
It was initially quite daunting – it was my first gig festival I have performed at and in addition it was my first time going to Glastonbury – needless to say it was super exciting. The place lived up to my expectations and much more. The sheer vastness of the site is something to behold it was like living in a mini city for 6 days. Sitting at the top of Glastonbury hill and looking over the whole site was something special – I spent 3 hours up the chilling and talking to randoms and just taking it all in.
Also in Glastonbury are a set of stone circles which are the pot party congregation point for people to chill, talk randomness and watch the sunrise in the morning
Now I’ve been there I truly get why Glastonbury is such a special festival. It could not work anywhere else it truly is a special place – you can really feel that you are standing on sacred ground and that calming vibe pervades through the entire site despite the sheer size and hectic-ness of the place
The gig was amazing too. Block 9 is such an amazing area – to walk up to the site and see that Underground train sticking out from the side of the building is a sight to behold
I’m back home and missing Glastonbury so much already – together with Stonehenge they have been truly conscious expanding experiences
Until next year Glastonbury – Tendai out
P.S. Here is a selection of photos and video that I took there from Instagram
About 7 years ago through pure chance I was given the chance to go to Stonehenge for the summer solstice. Within a couple of hours of being asked if I wanted to go I was at the site in a caveman costume (don’t ask). It was a truly amazing but super intense experience where I felt like I was getting punched in the face with experiences (in a good but hectic way) with experiences
Seven years and many close but missed opportunities later I finally made it back to Stonehenge for the solstice and it was much a different experience to the first time I was there. It was much more of a calming experience than the first time I was there. I was able to take it all in better in the wider sense. I could feel better the unity of all the people there from different walks of life and there for many different reasons from the religious, to the curious to those that were there just to get lit up
I could better feel the spiritual nature of the site. You can feel through your feet that you are standing on sacred ground and it has a humbling and meditative effect. I spent hours on the site not just looking into myself but also my place on this planet – not in a self important sense but more in the sense of what Slavoj Žižek called in The Parallax View the “unbearable heaviness of being divine shit” and the “unbearable lightness of being no-one” in the wider world and universal sense
I did plenty of people watching and met some amazing people, the most profound of which was Phil Wyman a pastor from Salem, Massachusetts who is not your typical pastor if you were to try and picture one in your minds eye. A very forward thinking guy and embraces many spiritual principles outside of that of the church – I had an amazing conversation with him for hours over 12 year aged whiskey and cigars which he happily shared. It was through talking to him that I realised that the reason why my experience here was so different compared to 7 years ago was no so much the people but I am in a different place compared to 7 years ago – if I wanted that same sort of experience this time I could have easily found it there if I so wished
Before we all knew it the sun was beginning to rise and we all gathered around the heel stone. The moment that the first beam of sunlight broke through the horizon was a sight to behold and will stay with me forever, it was both touching and humbling – it is the perfect warm up for Glastonbury this week
The moment that first glimmer of sunlight broke through the horizon. It was such an amazing night filled with people who came from all over the world of all races, colours, religions all there for different reasons whether it be celebratory, religious, or just to let lit. Despite all those differences there was a oneness that was felt – not just to the planet but too each other. We conversed and shared food and drink with people from walks of life so far removed from my own which under any other circumstance would not be possible. The feeling of energy across the whole place was both amazing and humbling #summersolstice #Stonehenge
P.S. Phil has an amazing blog which you can check here – http://http://burningreligion.com
Ahead of Marky & Friends at Fabric this week I did another liquid drum ‘n’ bass mix for the Fabric blog. The original post can be found here – http://www.fabriclondon.com/blog/view/audio-tendai-fabriclive-promo-mix-jun-2015
It contains some liquid funk past present and future selections!!! The download and stream link can be found here:
Chase & Status – Take You There Feat Digga – Ram
DJ Marky, Makoto & A-Sides – Tonite – Innerground
Calibre – Like It Is – Innerground
Intelligent Manners – Love Is Love – Fokuz
Solid State – Just A Vision (Marcus Intalex & St Files Remix) – Renegade Recordings
Command Strange – Surfing – Liquid V
Loz Contreras – Disco Kiss
Random Movement & Focus – Shattered Dreams (Special Marky’s VIP Mix) – Innerground
FD – Change Please -Spearhead
DJ Marky – Roundabout Feat. Makoto – Innerground
Ivy Lab – 20 Questions – Critical Music
Break – Give it Up – Symmetry
Kasper & Satl – Mr. Funky
Saxxon feat. Jon Scott – Talking Jazz feat. Wednesday Amelia – Liquid V
Cutworks – Soulroot – NexGen Music
dBridge and Fierce – Twilight – Quarantine
DRS – What They Do (feat. S.P.Y & Shola) – Soul:r
Calibre – Makes Me Wonder – Signature
Command Strange & Intelligent Manners feat. Pouyah – Do It All Night – Fokuz
Tendai – Glissando
By Tendai – Cognitive Space
Every now and again I go to a concert that flips my who world view on its head and causes me to musically reset and rethink everything I have done. Last night this happened when I went to see the Sun Ra Arkestra down at Cafe Oto in Dalston
No words will ever be able to describe the 3 plus hour cosmic jazz journey they took us through that brings a tear to my eyes every time I see them. Led by the 91 year old Marshall Allen the one surviving member of the original band .
The Sun Ra Arkestra will be back at Cafe Oto is August – make sure you don’t miss out – I’ll be there – you have been warned.
In 2012 I did the DJ Tendai drum ‘n’ bass love mix for valentines – http://www.cognitivespace.co.uk/2012/09/01/tendai-drum-n-bass-love-mix/
It has returned with a fresh new selection for Valentines 2015 – every track in the mix has the word “love” somewhere in the title.
In the selection includes tracks from Calibre, J Majik, Random Movement, dBridge, Shy Fx and more
As always there are stream and download links
Jill Scott – Love Rain (dnb bootleg)
Command Strange – If U Wanna Make A Love
Eveson – Still in Love
Calibre – Say If You Love
Bailey & MC Fats – For The Love
S.P.Y. – Love Hurts
Paul T & Edward Oberon – This Love
Jenna G – Quick Love
Level 2 – Tell me you Love me
Intelligent Manners – Love Is Love
Submorphics – Burning Love
Random Movement – Love Nights
Boosta & Atmos T – All My Love feat. Nicole
Mr Joseph – I Still Love You feat. Kate White
Packer & Rhodes – Love And Live
Influx UK – It’s Love
Impish – About Love
Original Sin – Your Love (Feat. Fexie Muiso)
Dub Phizix & Skeptical – Deeper Love
dBridge – Love U Enough
Breakage – Loved U So
Big Bud – This Kinda Love
J Majik – Love is not a Game (Original Mix)
Mist:i:cal – Love Thing
Command Strange & Intelligent Manners – Talking About Love
Atlantic Connection – Cant Destroy Love (Ft. Minds One & DJ Noumenon & Treason)
Macca & Loz Contreas – I Wanna Be Your Lover
Shy FX & T Power – Lovers Rock (Featuring Yush)
DJ Andy & Mikrob – Put Your Love on the Mainline feat Spoonface
Redeyes – Forbidden Lover
Lenny Fontana – Spread Love (Zero Tolerance remix)
Tendai – Cognitive Space
Whilst out in Japan I did a mix and interview for Drum&Bass Arena. You can check it out here
More updates on the craziness I’m experiencing Japan soon
Redeyes ‘Goodnight Brooklyn’ – Vandal Records
Intelligent Manners ‘Still’ – Fokuz Recordings
BCee ‘Breath In’ – Fokuz Recordings
Dynamic & Command Strange ‘A Girl Like You’ (Random Movement Remix) – Inform Records
Break ‘Coming 4 U’ – Warm Communications
D.Kay ‘Devotion’ – Soul:r
Halogenix ‘Her Waves’ Critical Music
Intelligent Manners feat. Command Strange & Pouyah ‘Do It’ – Fokuz Recordings
Simplification & Translate ‘I Need You Now’ – Liquid V
Cutworks ‘Restrict’ – Occulti Music
Nu:Tone ‘Change’ – Hospital Records
Intelligent Manners ‘All By Myself’ – Fokuz Recordings
Kasper & Satl ‘We Could Always’ – Fokuz Recordings
dBridge ‘China Blue’ – Liquid V
DJ Trax ‘Attack Of The 50ft Amen’ – Tempo
Nu Tone ‘Bay Of Islands’ (feat. Logistics) – Hospital Records
Total Science ft. Grimm ‘So Addicted’ – Warm Communications
Intelligent Manners & Command Strange ‘Stay True’ – Innerground
Redlight feat Lolo ‘Cure Me’ (feat Lolo – DJ Die remix) – Polydor
Roy Green & Protone ‘Jazzy Pants’ – Innerground
Its been a little while but we’re back with our tips for the best things to do in London over the next 2 or so weeks. We have clubs, films, music and a host of new film festivals
Peace, Love, Unity – MC FATS Charity Fundraiser @ Great Suffolk Street Warehouse (Friday 10th October)
Over the last 5 years Moondance 4 Life has raised over £30,000 for cancer charities. We have now teamed up with DJ Hype to organise a special show to help MC Fats. Fats is suffering from severe diabetes which has restricted his ability to work. This unique show will be held on Friday 10th October.
3 ARCHES OF DRUM & BASS, JUNGLE, OLD SKOOL, BASS
Chase & Status / Pendulum (DJ Set) / DJ Hype / LTJ Bukem / Shy FX / Randall
Mampi Swift / A Sides / Bailey / Crissy Criss / DJ Phantasy / Chef
Congo Natty feat. Rebel MC / Fabio & Grooverider / Micky Finn / Darren Jay / Bryan G
Jumpin Jack Frost / Kenny Ken / Brockie / Eastman with Ruddy Ranks / Funky Flirt /
Squarewave / HLZ / Inter & DTA
Shut Up & Dance / Slipmatt / Billy Daniel Bunter / Uncle Dugs / Skie / Squirrel
Twista & Trix / Ashatack / Spice / Sense / Food Junky / Snypa / Genetic / Dan Rewind
MCs: Fats, AD, Verse, IC3, GQ, Harry Shotta, SP:MC, 2Shy, Eksman, Skibadee, Funsta, Ragga Twins, Det, Fearless, Deeizm, LowQui, Five Alive, Moose, Shockin B, Deefa, Cutter, 3Flow, Fusion
Friday 10th October
Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, 29 Great Suffolk Street, Southwark, SE1 0NR
8.30PM – 6AM
Lizzie Finch/Ryan Trecartin Exhibition @ Zabludowicz Collection (2nd October – 21st December)
The first UK solo exhibition by Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, two artists whose collaborative practice is one of the most significant in contemporary art today.
Fitch and Trecartin will push their remarkable exploration of the impact of technology on communication, language and the construction of identity to new extremes. The whole gallery will be turned into a unified space through the application of an internal skin of paint and carpet. Visitors will enter a sealed environment, suggestive of shifted states of experience and perception.
The exhibition is an ambitious and completely new reconfiguration of the installation Priority Innfield. The sculptural theatres are reminiscent of vacant suburban environments such as an empty bedroom or stadium bleachers, combined with details such as a chain-link fence or a pile of sleeping bags. Each space functions as a threshold into Fitch and Trecartin’s universe.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a major new publication, and a programme of live events
2nd October to 21st December (Thursday to Sunday)
Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road, NW5 3PT
12pm to 6pm
London is one of the world’s centres for contemporary art. Mirrorcity shows recent work and new commissions by key emerging and established artists working in the capital today, who seek to address the challenges, conditions and consequences of living in a digital age.
The exhibition considers questions specific to our time such as: ‘How can we navigate the space between the digital and the physical?’ and ‘What is the effect of advanced technologies on our lives?’
The engagement, innovation and complexity of the works selected for MIRRORCITY also directly or indirectly reflect the multi-faceted character of London itself.
Presenting artworks in a wide variety of media including painting, film and video, sculpture, drawing, sound and performance, artists in the exhibition are:
Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Anne Hardy, Ursula Mayer, Katrina Palmer, Laure Prouvost, Hannah Sawtell, Lindsay Seers, John Stezaker and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
Tuesday 14th October – Sunday 4th January
Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
11am – 7pm
BFI London Film Festival @ Various Locations (Wednesday 8th October – Sunday 19th October)
Roll out the red carpet – the London Film Festival is back. 2 weeks and 248 films and all that excitement in the air, talks, Q&As and a whole lot of premieres. Ones to looks out for are The World of Kanako, Fury, and Tokyo Tribe to name a few
BFI London Film Festival
Oxjam Music Festival @ Various Locations (1st October – 31st October)
The Oxjam Music Festival has returned for its 9th year with the aim of creating a network of music-loving people across the UK, all united by a shared goal – to raise money to fight poverty and suffering around the world. This month the nationwide festival takes over a whole host of London venues as well as whole areas with Oxjam takeovers in areas like Camden, Islington, Brixton, Clapham, Notting Hill where one tickets will get you into all the participating venues in that area. Full details can be found here – http://www.wegottickets.com/oxjam/index
Damien Hurst – Schizophrenogenesis @ Paul Stolper Gallery (9th October – 15th November)
Controversial artist Damien Hurst is back with his latest exhibition Schizophrenogenesis. Predominantly based upon the minimalist aesthetic of the medicinal pill, the works on display act as a continuation of Hirst’s life-long investigation into our almost-spiritual relationship with the rigours of science and the pharmaceutical industry.
Sculptures of medicine bottles, pharmaceutical boxes, ampoules, syringes, a scalpel, and drug packaging that all play with concepts of scale – the tallest measuring nearly one and a half metres – combine to form an Alice in Wonderland playground of pharmaceuticals which further Hirst’s enduring exploration of contemporary belief systems; religion, love, art and medicine. The manipulation of scale, is just one of the techniques employed by the artist to analyse the confident aesthetic of the pharmaceutical industry.
9th October – 15th November (open Wednesday to Saturday)
Paul Stolper Gallery, 31 Museum Street, WC1A 1LH
10am to 6am
Ashoka and Arthur Guinness Projects presents Makers of More Summit @ Oval Space (Thursday 16th October)
Over the last 4 years, Arthur Guinness Projects and Ashoka have helped to make a difference to the lives of 20m people through the work of 30 dedicated social entrepreneurs in 12 countries. The “Makers of More Summit” is a unique and interactive experience that will convene social entrepreneurs, leading experts, and hundreds of change makers.
Join us to hear from some of the world’s foremost social entrepreneurs including Tevis Howard of KOMAZA in Kenya, Pamela Chng of Bettr Barista in Singapore, Nayda Fadila Saib of Wansa Jelita in Indonesia, Ken Banks of kiwanja.net & FrontlineSMS in the UK and Joan Webley of Nanook Enterprises in Jamaica.
Guests will also participate in collaborative workshops hosted by MakeSense to develop concrete solutions to solve the world’s most pressing social & environmental problems
Thursday 16th October
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT
4.30pm to 10pm
http://www.changemakers.com/makersofmore // http://www.ovalspace.co.uk // https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/makers-of-more-summit-tickets-12489593711
Hip-Hop vs R&B @ The Jazz Café (Friday 17th October)
The Doctor’s Orders’ Hip-Hop vs R&B parties have fast become one of the most popular nights out in town and now the party returns for a monthly residency at Camden’s legendary Jazz Café. Boasting an incredible line up of residents going back to back in the Hip-Hop vs R&B challenge each month we have Kiss FM’s king of Hip- Hop, Shortee Blitz, joining The Doctor’s Orders resident & best Hip- Hop DJ in the country Mr Thing BBC 1xtra’s Martin 2 Smoove is the new voice of R&B while The Doctor’s Orders resident Russ Ryan will be warming things up month on month with his incredible selection of floor fillers.
As always this will be a great fun night out for guys and gals alike to grab ya mates and get ready to bump and grind!
Friday 17th October
Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, NW1 7PG
10.30 pm – 3am
£5 advance / £10 on the door
Asian Movies Meetup Group – Secret Halloween Movie @ Jetlag Bar (Monday 20th October)
The Asian Movies meetup group returns to the Jetlag bar for its monthly free screening. In true Halloween fashion it will be an asian horror movie which will be revealed on the night.
There will also be a DVD swap shop and an Asian themed food and drink available for purchase at the bar.
Monday 20th October
Jetlag Bar, 125 Cleveland Street, W1T 6QB
Manhunter @ The Prince Charles Cinema (Tuesday 21st October)
If you’re a fan of the Hannibal Lector universe and haven’t see Manhunter you’re slipping!!! It’s set pre Clarice Starling and follows FBI profiler Will Graham (played by William Paterson) on the hunt for a serial killer called the Tooth Fairy, with Hannibal played by the great Brian Cox. This 80s classic directed by Michael Mann far surpasses the 2002 movie Red Dragon which was based on the same Thomas Harris book. This is a rare chance to grab a movie great on the big screen
Tuesday 21st October
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BY
£7.50 / £5
Finding Fela Screening with Q&A on music and politics @ Mildmay Community Centre (Thursday 23rd October)
Part of the Islington Black History Month Festival – Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela’s message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom.
There will also be a Q&A with African history and music consultant Kwaku. Kwaku who saw Fela Kuti at shows in Accra, Ghana, and London, where he interviewed the Afrobeat star.
Thursday 23rd October
Mildmay Community Centre, Woodville Road, London N1 8NA
Nostalgia for the Light @ The Forge Music & Arts Venue (Monday 27th October)
This documentary was recently ranked as the 12th best documentary of all time by Sight and Sound magazine, Nostalgia for the Light is a documentary released in 2010 by Patricio Guzmán to address the lasting impacts of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. Guzmán focuses on the similarities between astronomers researching humanity’s past, in an astronomical sense, and the struggle of many Chilean women who still search, after decades, for the remnants of their relatives executed during the dictatorship. Patricio Guzmán narrates the documentary himself and the documentary includes interviews and commentary from those affected and from astronomers and archeologists
The film will be followed by a discussion about identity and collective memory after state atrocities) and Alborada Soundsystem DJs and playlists offering Latin and global sounds in the bar area.
Monday 27th October
Forge Music & Arts Venue, 3-7 Delancey Street, NW1 7NL
Thats all for now until next time, with more London hints and tips
By Tendai – Cognitive Space
On the 9th August Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager was fatally killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
The killing has sparked underlying racial tensions in not only the US but overseas, much in the same way the acquittal of the police officers who assaulted Rodney King in 1992 sparked the underlying racial tension leading to the LA riots
The resulting civil unrest, that resulted not only from the killing but also to the police response in the aftermath, has led to racial tension in the States as well as highlighting the issues overseas.
On Wednesday 27th August Stand Up To Racism organised a protest outside the US embassy in London in solidarity for the Brown family
Speakers included Diane Abbott MP, Marcia Rigg – the sister of Sean Rigg who died in police custody in 2008 in Brixton, Talha Ahmed from the Muslim Council of Great Britain, Aaron Kiely an executive of the National Union of Students, Denis Fernando of the Rainbow Coalition Against Racism, Josh Holland from Love Music Hate Racism and much more.
This video is a highlight of some of the speakers at the protest
By Tendai – Cognitive Space
Belladonna of Sadness was shown as part of the East End Film Festival at The Red Gallery in Shoreditch with live score by Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs
When you think of Japanese anime a movie of the likes of Belladonna of Sadness would not instantly come to mind. Originally released in 1973 the movie is influenced by Western artists like Gustav Klint and rather than having a traditional animation style as we know it – this movie is animated through lush still watercolours paintings that the camera pans across. The end result is a lush quite hallucinogenic experience on the senses. The movie’s unorthodox style did not go down well on its initial release and it tanked in the box office and lead to the bankruptcy of the studio. In more recent years the movie have achieved a newly founded cult status
The film is based on the Jules Michelet book ‘Satanism and Witchcraft’ and tells the story of a woman who is raped on her wedding night by one of the town leaders and then is later accused of being a witch who later makes a pack with a spirit who turns out to be the devil in exchange for magical powers
This movie is truly psychedelic is more akin to the psychedelic 60s than to traditional anime as we know it. It’s a sort of visual treat that hasn’t been seen in a long since in Japanese anime until the amazing Mind Game
Add to this the location, which were the caverns of Shoreditch’s Red Gallery, it was perfect for this screening. Not to distract from the visual treat of a movie Belladonna of Sadness is Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs were set up on stage behind the screen so you couldn’t actually see them performing. I had never seen the movie before that day and nor had I ever seen The Voyeurs perform so I have no point of reference for how the film was prior to their rescore, but what I witness was the perfect meeting of minds between the score and movie. Synths and long note reverbed psychedelic guitars – the band’s live soundtrack was perfectly matched and echoed around the caverns of the gallery whilst you are exposed to the visual treat on screen
I’m hoping that this show isn’t a one-off as I would see it again. It’s a rare visual treat that should be experienced by all lovers of audio visual showcases
By Tendai – Cognitive Space