In the words of Willie Nelson “Ain’t it funny how time slips away“, has this blog really stumbled, crawled and rambled it’s way through 8 years of music? The Virgin Megastore from the first post is long gone (along with 1000’s of other record shops) but there’s still a tide of incredible music so Music Like Dirt will no doubt keep on keeping on in a vaguely unprofessional way.

Enough self congratulation and on with what counts, the music and a few gems from last month starting with something French and exquisitely beautiful, courtesy of Chamberlain. T-ISA is in a similar vein to Chilly Gonzales’s Solo Piano work and one can only hope Apple are looking for a new tune to whip the masses into hysteria over the next ipad – pick T-isa. Listen to more on Facebook & Twitter.
Thanks to for tipping me off.
Below is the tracks gorgeous video and as ever a Whyd playlist of some favourites from last month.

Rubber Pronto MamaPRONTO MAMA

Rubber” follows up on Glaswegian band Pronto Mama’s excellent “Still Swimming” single which was one of my highlights of last year.

Both the video and song are charm personified, beginning with gentle keys, soothing brass and a funky bass line. As is Pronto Mama’s way it doesnt take too long to build to a call and response cacophony of”Open up lets go, we’ll have a meeting of the souls“. Having seen the band live last summer I’d love to witness the singalong po-going mayhem this tune induces at their gigs. Come to London soon please.

It’s available as a free download – which I’d have embedded here but they’ve turned off sharing – and has been universally acclaimed with the except of one curmudgeon on Youtube:

so yees use yer deprived backgrounds as an anchor for your “creative outlets” whilst singing in a regional accent to indie music (SO UNIQUE!!!) to bathe us all in a sea of realism. Yawn.


Warren Peace has remixed Polarbear’s “big jammie” from a few years back as a bonus track on the absolutely essential album “At home with Polar”. Available from Scroobius Pip’s Speech Development records – go buy a copy now for only six english pounds!


Ace DJ, PunkyReggae blogger and artist DJ Wrongtom got his hands on General Levy’s seminal “Incredible”:

For those not in the know,Incredible General started life as a dancehall track on The Wickeder General album from ’92, morphing into a jungle relick as Wikkeda!!and then topping the charts asIncredible with M-Beat at the controls a couple of years later.

Flash forward to 2012 and Fashion soon furnished me with the original a capella and the results can be heard below. In the shops on 7″ on March 25th with an equally wicked rework of Cutty Ranks’ As You See It by Daddy G’s mate Mr Benn”.


Celebrating the birth of his first son, Hercules, Akira The Don unleashes 13 brand new songs on the Akira The Don Mixtape 29.
Your friendly neighbourhood Don spitting scriptures over production from Mike Will Made It, Young Chop, Boyz Noise, Erol Alkan, Blockhead and many more, plus special guest vocals from grime legends Big Narstie and Footsie! Highlights include Big Narstie riding the Django Unchained rhythm and “Stop Watching Homeland” with Akira bemoaning The Sun newspaper and the forenamed series.
Download or stream ATD 29 here


Mr Bongo & The Runaway Orchestra bring us an album of 10 well known tunes given a folk twist and backed with some lush string arrangement. Pete Doherty & Wolfman’s finest moment “For Lovers” works particularly well. More info at


Boom One Sound System team up with lyrical warrior Roots Iric for this Roots Reggae Rockers. Steeped in deep roots reggae and conscious lyrics. There’s a tasty Dub on the B-side, “Cultivation Dub” with Lady Rae. Lady Rae’s turning up the psychedelic delays and heavy bass!


Originally only available on the vinyl version of the “Grief Pedigree” album, “To Our Name” has thankfully broken free for our digital listening pleasure on the hip-hop veterans soundcloud page.

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