MonthJuly 2016

Hieroglyphic Being: the ex-gigolo healing the world with house music

The star of underground Chicago house talks about his Christian parents, the rich white women who paid him for sex, and why hip-hop traps kids in violence ‘How did I go from being a gigolo where rich white women pay me for sex to being a hermit?” wonders Jamal Moss. Now 42, and settling into middle age, the underground dance producer is worried he’s let himself go. “I’ll be off living in my bubble and then, when it comes to interacting with humans, they look at me like, ‘Did you just come out of a cave? You smell like a wildebeest.’” Actually, Moss smells fine and, having flown in from Chicago to play in London, he’s clearly not a very good hermit. He records as Hieroglyphic Being, making lo-fi tracks that sound pockmarked and cobwebbed – the magnificently funky How Wet Is Ur Box was sold by one record store with a note reassuring customers that these weren’t manufacturing errors. Hip-hop pushed a ghetto mentality, house had a global mentality. You had nice shoes and a good hairstyle Related: Hieroglyphic Being’s favourite tracks Related: The secret life of a DJ: a joyous job in a grimly misogynistic industry | Anonymous Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Hieroglyphic Being: the ex-gigolo who makes erotic house music

The star of underground Chicago house talks about his Christian parents, the rich white women who paid him for sex, and why hip-hop traps kids in violence ‘How did I go from being a gigolo where rich white women pay me for sex to being a hermit?” wonders Jamal Moss. Now 42, and settling into middle age, the underground dance producer is worried he’s let himself go. “I’ll be off living in my bubble and then, when it comes to interacting with humans, they look at me like, ‘Did you just come out of a cave? You smell like a wildebeest.’” Actually, Moss smells fine and, having flown in from Chicago to play in London, he’s clearly not a very good hermit. He records as Hieroglyphic Being, making lo-fi tracks that sound pockmarked and cobwebbed – the magnificently funky How Wet Is Your Box was sold by one record store with a note reassuring customers that these weren’t manufacturing errors. Hip-hop pushed a ghetto mentality, house had a global mentality. You had nice shoes and a good hairstyle Related: Hieroglyphic Being’s favourite tracks Related: The secret life of a DJ: a joyous job in a grimly misogynistic industry | Anonymous Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Abuse survivor Kat Ward on Jimmy Savile, Freddie Starr and her fight for legal aid

She was sued by Starr after she claimed he groped her, but succeeded in defending the case. Now she wants to help victims facing similar dilemmas It was bemusement that Kat Ward felt at first, on opening the letter from Freddie Starr’s solicitors. They informed her that the entertainer intended to sue her for slander and libel unless she retracted claims she had made in the media that he’d groped her after filming an episode of Jimmy Savile’s Clunk-Click TV show in the 70s, demanding unspecified damages and a public apology. “I rattled off a reply saying I didn’t have any money,” Ward, who was among the first of Savile’s victims to speak out after his death in 2011, remembers. “What would be the point of pressing ahead when I’m unwaged and I don’t even own my house?” Related: Karin Ward: ‘I’m not angry at Jimmy Savile now’ Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Should I stop buying clothes at Topshop?

Philip Green has been accused enriching himself at the cost of the high-street chain BHS. Perhaps it’s time to stop contributing to the cost of his £100m yacht Given that Philip Green is currently embroiled in potential financial messiness, should I stop buying clothes from Topshop? Karyn, by email Related: Diary of a BHS worker: ‘If there were a Dignitas for department stores, I would make the call’ Related: Tina Green: Lady of leisure or ‘blonde hurricane’ of a formidable partnership? Continue reading… [hmp_player]