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Review: The Cartel – The Inside Story of Britain’s Biggest Drugs Gang – by Graham Johnson

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When you see the title ‘The Cartel’ you might immediately imagine a book about Colombian or Mexican drug lords. Yet, this book covers a 30 year history of a homegrown cartel, based in Liverpool. Back in the 1970s a pioneering Fred the Rat grouped together his criminal comrades and they moved from bank robberies and burglaries into drug importation and reselling. At its height the Liverpool cartel was importing 60% of the UK’s narcotics. International expansion took cartel employees into Spain, Turkey, North Africa, The Netherlands and South America. Police were oblivious to much of what was going on and characters such as ‘The Analyst’ had their work cut out, only many years later getting serious results through the hard work of the MCU (Major Crime Unit). The story of notorious Scouse trafficker, Curtis Warren is a highlight of the book, most probably his ostentatiousness proving hiss downfall, after appearing in the Sunday Times Rich List, getting busted by Dutch police and serving a long prison sentence in Holland. The global matrix structure of the cartel meant it operated like a large multinational business. The book’s violence is astounding. From street gangs, doormen companies, professional hits, murders (including links to the Crimewatch presenter Jill Dando’s killing), internecine wars and revenge attacks plus the rip off and advantage-taking of gullible workers further down the chain of command, blood is almost always flowing. The murder of the Cream head doorman by a 20 strong gang in a pub with machetes and baseball bats was particularly gruesome. For me, the highlight of the well woven tale was the ongoing saga of the never caught division featuring Poncho, Kaiser, Scarface and Hector. Based mainly in Amsterdam, these renegades dealt directly with the Cali Cartel and were the first to import a metric ton of cocaine to the UK. I found the tandem ascent of the UK Rave scene and dance music culture to be particularly relevant. The author has done good research and knows how to captivate the reader’s attention. I shall certainly be checking out more of Graham Johnson’s books. This book is only short and is divided into 45 chapters of only a few pages long. Yet after each chapter it takes a polite pause of breath to work out what is going on and to let the information seep in. The tale is traumatic. Definitely a five star, truly entertaining and…

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Wez G Sessions – Episode 4

Wez G Sessions - Episode 4

This week’s show has a vibrant mix of pop, rock, oldies and dance music. ENJOY! :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. DNA feat Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner (Original Version) [A&M Records] 2. Younger Brother – All I Want [Twisted Records] 3. Depeche Mode – Enola Gay (Mix) [Mute] 4. Deap Vally – Baby I Call Hell [Island Records] 5. Happy Mondays – Step On [Factory] 6. Sarah Ndagire – Village Woman 7. Dilemma – In Spirit (Biff ’N’ Memphis Mix) [FFRR] 8. Echo & the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon [Korova] 9. Shades Of Rhythm – The Sound Of Eden [ZTT] 10. David Bowie – China Girl [EMI]       Wez G Sessions – Episode 4 by Wez G on Mixcloud

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Rhino Cock Soundsystem – Tease Me 23

Rhino Cock Soundsystem are two of my music mate’s new project. Tommy Tank and Johann Flapsandwich (from Sicknote) are the producers of some mashed out electronic beats. The music is good, but for this track, in particular, the video (made by the legend, Norris Nuvo), is simply astounding. Full of apocalyptic butt-shaking, this vd will have you glued to your screen. I know they’re my mates, but this is simply one of the best music videos out there. Check it out! You’ll love it!

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Dance Music Specific Twitter Lists

Well – Twitter seems more popular these days than even facebook for the dance music industry… I’m on it here http://twitter.com/wezg There are new features these days on twitter and one of the best ways to develop a following and streamline your tweets to read only specific people’s tweets – is to create and maintain twitter lists… Takes a bit of effort but is well worth it… Here are a few I’ve created … Reading the list tweets is like a condensed form of old Mixmag or DJ Magazine for the new digital age… Just minus the journalists and coming direct from the artists themselves. http://twitter.com/wezg/producers http://twitter.com/wezg/record-labels http://twitter.com/wezg/djs http://twitter.com/wezg/djs2 Enjoy – you are free to follow any twitter lists and if you follow me and fall into any of the list categories, chances are you’ll be listed in them and will hence be picking up loads of nice twitter followers from dance music across the world.

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