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TDK Festival 28.8.05

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Didn't make it to Saturday but Sunday's shenanigans were a blast. Arrived around 6:30PM to host Canvas 3 with a DJ set from 7-8:30PM, then short spins in between acts that included Mocky's great freestyle funk, way out wiggy weirdness from X-Lover (below) & awesome french-tronica from Vitalic whose 'Le Rock 01' caused volcanic crowd noise when dropped by Felix Da Housecat, main stage.

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Popped out in between to meet some regular Rinse listeners like Maitresse Marlene, Geoff C & Amina and caught Soul II Soul on the main stage blending mash-ups with live vocalists like Rose Windross; good bank holiday vibe!

To quote Steinski's 'Lesson 1', "Now we come to the payoff", 11:25PM-ish, the reason why everyone was pretty much at TDK/King's Cross - ladies & gentlemen, Miss Grace Jones. What a woman!!! She growled and purred thru all her hits, got Security to carry her from stage left to right/right to left and in the audience/front row, ending with a new track, if I remember correctly called 'Funky 4' (?) which the crowd picked up on and chanted back in seconds.

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After chatting quickly to Sway (above), (his 'This Is My Promo' mix-CDs are serious street heat & Sway's THE next big UK rap ting, no diggy!), went backstage and bumped into Chris Cunningham (below). If you're new to this guy, please educate yourself now with his deep/dark DVD doozies, 'Rubber Johnny' & 'Directors DVD'. (I've waxed lyrical on Chris's triumphant talent before here.)

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In her festi-van, we hung out with Grace who calmly lifted up my glasses, ensnaring me with a soft steel glaze, and asked if I'd being doing ecstacy (!) then, as she poured me a glass of champagne, cautioned me about being careful with drink. Those who know me well, know I so don't drink or do drugs; maybe my dilated pupils were from being in the presence of such a tigress!!!

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Anyway, no Russell Harty moment, just cool chat and I told Grace to hurry up with a DVD of her work and bring on the Cunningham/Jones visual collab!! Grace still looks strikingly beautiful, such a mutli-talented 80s icon and real celebrity unlike so many manufactured stars. She had, and still has the look and such style. Man, big up her body of work - music with producers like Trevor Horn & Sly & Robbie, those killer pop vids, album covers and overall original look from Jean-Paul Goude (would I love to see a 'Directors DVD' from him!!!! Can't WAIT for the next batch in this magnificent series, hold tight, soon come - Jonathan Glazer, Anton Corbijn, Mark Romanek & Stephane Sednaoui). Where were we? Oh yes, Grace Jones, her film roles as a Bond Girl in 'View To A Kill', Zula alongside guvnor Arnie in 'Conan The Barbarian' and an effortlessy acted yet captivating vampire, Katrina in 'Vamp'. The only other females I can think of who exude such powerful, provocative performances are Bjork and Madonna. All 3 are super-stylin' femme-Pop-Culture right across all media.

Grace is working low-key on a new album and promised me an in-depth interview for 'The Rinse' next week, so keep it locked!!!

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Posted on August 29, 2005 at 05:09 PM

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