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KryKey Web Radio #IPhone #app – Review

KryKey IPhone App

  Technology is shrinking. We are moving into areas through mobile technology that would have been unenvisaged 20 years ago. Devices bring us together on the move and we share photos, music, film, like never before. The disruptive web radio technology, that is #KryKey, now brings web radio to your pocket, with the release of its eagerly anticipated mobile app. Having just purchased a new #IPhone, I decided to surf over to the Apple App Store and test out what KryKey’s app brings to the table. It’s nice and easy to get hold of this FREE app from the Apple App store… Just a quick search of ‘KryKey’ will list the Premium app for free download and installation time is fast. The app is pretty much streamlined and for the data it handles, works very efficiently. The app builds on the successful web-based platform of http://KryKey.com and brings web radio to your fingertips. The first noticeable thing about the KryKey app is the design. It is structured to look like a traditional radio, with easy to use dials, all app-subscribing radio stations being allocated their own digital frequency, with plenty of space available at present to allow for company growth. Obviously, listeners and app users will remember the frequencies of their favourite KryKey radio stations and be able to simply whirl the dial to quickly tap between shows, in the same manner in which one used to flick through a car radio. There’s an initial sign up to the app which requires a simple email address and some locational information, to tailor the app to your needs. This is non-essential though and the app will function anonymously, if required. You have the pre-mentioned dial, for simplicity, though for the first few uses of app, it might be more advisable to use the search features to get to know the network a bit better. The preset dials can be customised for easy browsing, like any standard, traditional radio. The search features allow radio stations to be navigated by various subdivisions: Music genre, Radio Name, City or wider, by country. The app is only available for broadcast for KryKey Premium stations, that pay the $30 or so monthly fee for the new service. KryKey used to have over 60000 personal radio stations and since the streamlining of the business, ahead of app release, most of the dross has been culled and only the…

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90s Megablast

90s megablast

Wez G – 90s Megablast by Wez G on Mixcloud Here’s a nice selection of influential songs that plugged my walkman ears during through the teenage years. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Mock Turtles – Can You Dig It? [Siren] 2. The Farm – Altogether Now [Produce Records] 3. Martika – Toy Soldiers [CBS] 4. Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World [Arista] 5. Blue Pearl – Naked In The Rain [Big Life] 6. New Order – True Faith [Factory] 7. Womack & Womack – Teardrops [Island Records] 8. OMD – Enola Gay [Virgin] 9. Transvision Vamp – Baby I Don’t Care [MCA Records] 10. Divinyls – I Touch Myself [Virgin] 11. The Las – There She Goes [Go! Discs] 12. Soup Dragons – I’m Free [Big Life] 13. Bomb The Bass – Winter In July [Rhythm King Records] 14. Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U [Chrysalis] 15. Annie Lennox – Little Bird [RCA] 16. Heaven 17 – Temptation [Virgin] 17. Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots [Elektra] 18. Soul II Soul – Back to Life [Virgin] 19. Beats International – Dub Be Good To Me [Go! Discs] 20, Duster – Not So Manic Now [Food] 21. Aztec Camera – Somewhere In My Heart [WEA] 22. Deacon Blue – I’ll Never Fall In Love Again [Columbia]

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Review: Santa Muerte – Mexico’s Mysterious Saint Of Death – by Tony Kail

santa muerte

This book documents the rapidly growing Mexican folk faith that is ‘Santa Muerte’ or ‘Saint Death’. The iconic image of the skulled woman with a scythe gives hope to many discomforted souls on the fringes of Mexican and indeed global society. From the origins of death cults across the world, to the exploration of the faith’s pre-Colombian roots, the author (not a follower of Santa Muerte) assesses what draws followers to the dark mistress. From its fame spread through the Mexican underworld to its iconic presence in Western pop culture, Santa Muerte attracts new followers in their millions and attempts by the Mexican government and Catholic church to stamp out this ‘abomination’ are so far failing. The book is a nice introduction to the subject and although brief, the author does get to grips with enough material and introduces ideas that can be followed up with further study. A concise and interesting read on a new cultural hispanic phenomenon.

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Tribute To The Loft

tribute to the loft

Wez G – Tribute To The Loft by Wez G on Mixcloud The Loft was the location for the first underground dance party (called “Love Saves The Day”) organised by David Mancuso on feb 14th 1970 in New York City. It’s a legendary club where the roots of dance music took hold. This rare Wez G tribute DJ mix explores the Loft’s music and delivers disco beats interspersed with dub, reggae and early house. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Chuck Mangione – Land Of Make Believe [Mercury] 2. Eddy Grant – Living On The Front Line [Epic] 3. The Trammps – That’s Where The Happy People Go [Atlantic] 4. 280 West – Love’s Masquerade (12” Edit) [Kaleidiascope Records] 5. Luna Project – I Wanna Be Free (The Higher Mix) [Black Label] 6. Man Friday – Love Honey Love Heartache [Vinylmania] 7. Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa [Fiesta Records] 8. MFSB – Love Is The Message [Philadelphia International Records] 9. O’Jays – Love Train [CBS] 10. Joe Gibbs & The Professionals – Chapter Three [Crazy Joe Records] 11. Johnny Hammond – Los Conquistadores Chocolates [Milestone Records] 12. Atmosfear – Dancing In Outer Space [Elite] 13. Stevie Wonder – All I Do (Is Think About You) [Motown] 14. Blackbirds – Walking In Rhythm [Master Dance Classics] 15. James Brown – Give It Up, or Turn It Loose [S12] 16. Whispers – And The Beat Goes On [Solar] 17. Ten City – Devotion (Bam Bam’s House Mix) [Atlantic] 18. The Winners – Get Ready For The Future [Ariola] 19. Risco Connections – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now (Version) [Black Rose Music] 20. Lamont Dozier – Going Back To My Roots [Warner Bros. Records] 21. Idris Muhammad – Could Heaven Ever Be Like This [Kudu]

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Review: In Other Words – A Coursebook On Translation – by Mona Baker

in other words

This Mona Baker book is a core text on my Translation (MA) at Cardiff University. We use the text to accompany the Translation Methods Course. The early chapter of equivalence at word level and how to translate non equivalence is particularly interesting, useful and a strong section of the well-written precise coursebook. On occasion there is perhaps an abundance of examples although Baker covers a range of different languages, often straying into non-European, non-standard foreign tongues. In this new edition there is a valuable additional chapter on Ethics and Morality. This is a fashionable area of current Translation research. I feel that the book is an essential read for anyone considering Translation as a profession or those who study it at degree level. To a lay reader, perhaps the in depth detail is a bit profound. However, the book remains very accessible and is an ideal entry level text for students. This book will be well-thumbed in my reference section.

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