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This week's big story has been one of the strangest and most intriguing of the year so far, and potentially also one of the saddest.

It was announced this week that former GangStarr rapper Guru had died after a year long battle with cancer. The news that he was ill first broke in February, when it was revealed that he had slipped into a coma after suffering a heart attack. However, it was announced a week later that after undergoing surgery he was conscious again. The rapper apparently issued a statement assuring fans that he was recovering well.

I say "apparently" because there are questions over a number of details surrounding the rapper's illness. In particular, there was much speculation on Tuesday over the validity of a letter, apparently written by Guru on his deathbed, and published by his producer and recent musical collaborator Solar.

In the letter, Guru said that he wanted Solar to bring up his son, KC, and to manage his charitable foundation, Each One Counts. He also said that he was very proud of the musical legacy he was leaving behind. However, he also went to great lengths to explain that he did not want GangStarr producer DJ Premier, referred to only as "my ex-DJ", to have anything to do with "my name, likeness, events, tributes etc connected in anyway to my situation, including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason".

It was the section of the statement regarding DJ Premier which many fans found particularly hard to swallow, with some questioning whether a man apparently about to die would want his final words to be an angry rant about a former creative partner. It has been suggested by fans, media folk and other members of the hip hop community that this, and other statements issued in Guru's name, were in fact penned by Solar.

Solar has denied this fiercely, and said that "there are those who have the wicked agenda, and just can't accept that Guru and I have handled this thing as men and not children, and this is how men of honour handle their business".

But on Wednesday, Guru's family, who had already claimed that Solar was mishandling the rapper's affairs and blocking them from visiting him in hospital, issued a statement in which they claimed that Guru had never come out of the comatose state he entered in February. Therefore, he would have been unable to write either his deathbed letter, or the earlier statement in which he announced he was getting better.

It's all unfolding like a bad soap opera, and there are certainly a great many questions that require answers. Something isn't right.

Anyway, that was a very long introduction. I now have no space to tell you that this week's Powers Of Ten playlist comes from the brilliant Stephen Bass of Moshi Moshi Records, who has put together an hour and a half of amazing music for us. I also, unfortunately, can't point out that that picture up there features the very nice CMU t-shirt I mentioned last week. Oh well.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU


Former GangStarr rapper Guru died on Monday, following a year long battle with cancer. He was 43. However, details surrounding his death have proved controversial, as many raised doubts about the validity of a letter, apparently written by the rapper on his deathbed, and published by his producer and recent musical collaborator Solar. Guru's family this week said that the rapper had been in a coma since February, so could not have written it, nor a statement released in March saying that he was recovering from surgery after a heart attack.
Malcolm McLaren's coffin, emblazoned with the legend "too fast to live, too young to die", was driven through the streets of north London in a horse-drawn hearse yesterday following a funeral service at St Mary Magdalene church in Camden, before being buried at Highgate Cemetery yesterday afternoon. Fans later turned out onto the streets of Camden to watch the procession go past, and McLaren's family encouraged others to take part in a "minute of mayhem" by listening to loud music for a minute at midday.
Cirque du Soleil has done a deal with the Jackson estate which will result in a Jacko themed version of the famous circus show being launched, incorporating some of the late king of pop's music and dance moves. The Jacko show will tour next year, with the eventual aim of installing it as one of the circus firm's permanent shows in Vegas. It's not the first time Cirque du Soleil have incorporated pop music into their shows, past rock versions of the circus have incorporated the music of Elvis and The Beatles.
The man who attacked Noel Gallagher on stage while Oasis were performing at the 2008 Virgin Music Festival in Toronto has been sentenced to twelve months under house arrest. Daniel Sullivan admitted causing bodily harm to Gallagher in the Ontario Court of Justice last November, though said he was so drunk at the time he couldn't remember why or how he got to be backstage at the gig.
Last.fm this week scrobbled it's 40 billionth track, which is pretty good going for a made up verb. The digital music service, which says it has enjoyed particular growth in terms of traffic and users in the US market in the last year, reports that at its busiest the music service is scrobbling, or recording stats relating to, 800 songs per second. The Killers, Oasis, Muse and Coldplay are the most scrobbled artists overall, apparently, which tells us Last.fm really should be doing more to vet new users.
Dappy from N-Dubz has issued a late in the day apology for sending those abusive texts to the Radio 1 listener who was critical of the urban pop outfit while they were guesting on the Chris Moyles breakfast show back in January. He offered Chloe Moody free tickets to a N-Dubz show of her choice. Though considering this all started because she called the band "losers", I'm not sure she'll be that thrilled.

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Stephen Bass, Moshi Moshi Records
Moshi Moshi Records is known for being one of the UK's premier tastemaker labels, with the likes of Florence & The Machine, Bloc Party, Kate Nash, Friendly Fires, Hot Chip, and The Drums all passing through its ranks on their way to stardom, many though the label's acclaimed singles club. The last two years of releases through that will be collected on the new compilation, 'Moshi Moshi Singles Club - Vol 2', released on 3 May.

You can now also experience the label's output via a new subscription service, which, for just £25 a year, gives you access to downloads of all Moshi Moshi releases before they are released to the general public. As brilliant deals go, you'd be hard pushed to find better.

In celebration of all this (and because we can), we asked Moshi Moshi co-founder to compile us a playlist. It is brilliant. Here's what he says about it: "This playlist is made as a protest against the short-termism of the modern world, and as a reminder to slow down every now and then. I used to listen to a lot of this sort of music, and it includes tracks that I have fondness for, if sometimes a fondness not for the particular song, but for their sense of depth and warmth. I deliberately chose long songs because I find that, these days, it is increasingly hard to have the patience to give things time without thinking 'don't bore us get to the chorus'".

He continues: "So, I guess listening to this mix might be a bit like homework or an exercise. But I think anyone who has the time to lie down on their sofa with nothing much to do, apart from reading a book or nodding off, might enjoy it. The Theo Parrish one might be a little jarring, but that's too bad, and I love aggressive techno too much to not have any on here. I really enjoyed doing this. I hope no adverts come up while you are listening as it will ruin the whole thing! Now you can see why the Moshi Moshi DJs won't ever let me on the decks".

01 Andreas Dorau & Justus Köhncke Bei Manni Un Bine
  I love Justus and think he is brilliant. I stalked him for years after his involvement in a track called 'From Disco To Disco' by Whirlpool Productions. I love the lo-fi simplicity, and also have a weird fondness for the German language.
02 Toumani Diabate Mali Sadio
  I found this while looking for another recording of a musician from Mali. It has the same incredible percussive sounding string instrument in it, which has such a powerful sound, but the production reminds me somehow of something from the 80s, perhaps 'Don't Look Any Further' or something from that period.
03 Fridge Cims I Absimes
  It was a toss up between this song and their old classic 'Anglepoised' (which is fifteen minutes of restrained beauty). Either are great and show just how clever that band were. They were the first band I ever signed as a young paranoid A&R man many years ago. We started up Moshi Moshi Records so that we could hopefully discover bands of a similar calibre and bring them to the world.
04 Pep Leguarda & Tapineria Our Way To Fall
  I think I bought the album this song comes from because its artwork was so beautiful. It's full of long-lost Spanish folk recordings and is one of my favourite albums to relax to. I have bought about eight copies of it to give to friends over the years.
05 Hefner The Greedy Ugly People (Electric Sound Of Joy Remix)
  I was actually looking for some actual Electric Sound Of Joy music to put on this playlist, but this was all I could find. There was an ESOJ seven inch that I had years ago that was another influence on Moshi Moshi, and another reason for starting up a label. This has something of the feel of that record, but is a nicer mellower take on their sound.
06 The Penguin Café Orchestra The Sound Of Someone You Love Who Is Going Away And It Doesn't Matter
  I have had a long love affair with the music of The Penguin Café Orchestra. I have always loved the melancholy and romanticism of this song, which is pretty much captured in its title. I think it was also used as the soundtrack to a TV series called 'Road Dreams', which I have a slight obsession with.
07 Robert Wyatt Heap Of Sheeps
  Another genius not afraid to experiment and not afraid of pain or beauty in music. It breaks my heart that he won't perform live any more, though if he did I think I would be too scared to go and watch him play.
08 Theo Parrish Falling Up (Carl Craig Remix)
  Two great names combining to make one thing of extreme beauty. I guess I can understand this being a little abrasive to some ears, but personally I think it's gorgeous. I wish there was more great techno or whatever this is in the world.
09 Alice Coltrane Turiya & Ramakrishna
  My favourite piece of jazz. Simple but effective.
10 Gavin Bryars Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
  Gavin Bryars recorded a tramp singing what I guess is a hymn and set it to strings. I found this completely spellbinding when I first heard it. More experimental and intellectual music making but also something rare and beautiful.
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Rough Trade co-founder Jeannette Lee berates the music industry for being male dominated and sexist: "If I walk into a room with [fellow Rough Trade boss] Geoff [Travis], people assume I am his PA. I think men are threatened by women who are doing well, and sometimes when I walk into a board meeting, they don't know what to say to me"
Ringo Starr says he's not impressed by the Pope's recent absolution of The Beatles via the Vatican's official newspaper for John Lennon's 'bigger than Jesus' remark: "Didn't the Vatican say we were Satanic or possibly Satanic? And they've still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles"
Record Store Day's UK coordinator, Spencer Hickman, declares it a massive success: "Record Store Day is absolutely the best way to celebrate record store culture around the world. It has been amazing to see the genuine public warmth and excitement created by the event. In just its third year RSD has become the UK's biggest music event after the BRITs and Mercury Music Prize"
Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig says the band are surprised by their success: "I'm amazed that we even chart anyway, frankly. A bunch of knuckleheads like us. Selling records is never really part of our plan, it can't be your objective, playing shows and having people care about your music has to be your objective, to have people psyched to buy your record the week it comes out - it's amazing"
Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels denies rumours that Run-DMC will return without DJ Jam Master Jay, who was murdered in 2002: "A lot of people say Run-DMC was much more than just a rap group to them. Do you really want to see me and Run running around without Jay back there? With some other DJ? It'll be disrespectful. We can probably get back together, but it's got to be in a different form"
Rufus Wainwright doesn't want your stinking applause, alright?: "Rufus has asked us [his official website] to pass on this message to everyone attending his shows on the tour. The first part of the program will be performed as a song cycle with visuals by Douglas Gordon. During the first set, Rufus has asked that you please do not applaud until after he has left the stage. His exit is part of the piece"
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  Blur - Fools Day. You're no doubt aware that a new Blur song was released last weekend as a very limited edition seven inch single for Record Store Day. All 1000 copies were snapped up in a matter of minutes, but the band are giving the track away as free download. I'm still a little unconvinced by Daman Albarn's vocals, but Graham Coxon's guitar playing, the first on a Blur track since 2003, is brilliant - www.blur.co.uk
  Mystery Jets - Flash A Hungry Smile. With their third album, 'Serotonin', out on 5 Jul, these guys are getting in a new release mood already, with a free download of 'Flash A Hungry Smile', the first track to be taken from it. Although I'm not too fond of the artwork (a little too much chewed up food), the track shows the band at their quintessentially English indie-pop best, full of synths and catchy pop-ness - www.mysteryjets.com
  Steve Mason - Boys Outside. 'Boys Outside', due out on 3 May, is Steve Mason's first solo release under his own name. Produced by Richard X, it's an attempt to apply R&B-style production to a simple singer-songwriter album. I'm not entirely sure that plan was carried out successfully, but that's by the by, as the actual result is one of this year's most beautiful records. You can hear it in full on Steve's website now - www.stevemasontheartist.com
  Sage Francis collaborates with Yann Tiersen. Rapper Sage Francis has released a free download of a track from his forthcoming new album, 'Li(f)e'. Entitled 'The Best Of Times'. It was co-written with French composer Yann Tiersen, best known for his soundtracks to the film 'Amelie' and for generally being awesome. And Sage Francis ain't bad, either. The results are very positive - www.sendspace.com/file/bj57gm
  The Rumour Said Fire. Currently Denmark's hottest new property, The Rumour Said Fire's download-only mini-album, 'The Life And Death Of The Male Body', has been in the iTunes top ten in the country since its release last September. The simple guitar lines and vocal harmonies that form the basis of their songs call to mind Simon & Garfunkel, with a little added Sufjan Stevens and Decemberist - www.myspace.com/therumoursaidfire
  Watch the fans waiting for Bieber. Justin Bieber is quite popular, you know. All the kids just love him and his Lego hair. There's something completely hypnotic about this website, Waiting For Bieber, which simply displays Justin Bieber fans on Twitter pleading with him to follow them. As we watch them slowly fade in and out, one question repeats itself over and over in our heads: Why? - www.waitingforbieber.com
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  Q1 How did you start out making music?
EVELYN EVELYN: "Mr Dillard gave us the ukulele and made us play. So, we learned and started making songs. He actually maybe didn't give it to us but when we left the circus we took it. Don't tell him"

Read more of Evelyn Evelyn's answers
  Q2 What inspired your latest album?
65DAYSOFSTATIC: "Uncertainty. Daft Punk. Noise Complaints. Gregory Crewdson. A lack of funds. 4/4 Time. The Master and Margarita. 17/8 Time. Super Hero Names. Moby Dick. Motown Top 100"

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  Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
PROFESSOR GREEN: "It depends on the type of song. Some songs I write better in private... If it's something dark then I'll listen to some trip-hop to set the mood, but then there's tracks like one I recorded last year with Naughty Boy ['Diamond Rings']. We just got stuck into a bottle of Jameson and let it go wherever it went!"

Read more of Professor Green's answers
  Q4 Which artists influence your work?
STEVE HILLAGE: "For this particular project, Mirror System, we were strongly influenced by artists like Trentemøller and Evan Marc. In a wider context, we have enjoyed great and enriching influence over the years from our close collaborators in the System 7 project, like The Orb, Derrick May, Laurent Garnier and Son Kite/Minilogue, and the great remixers we have worked with like Dubfire, James Holden and Richie Hawtin. In a wider context still, I always say my number one musical influence remains Jimi Hendrix"

Read more of Steve Hillage's answers
  Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB: "Have another listen when you've finished. If you like it, then that won't be a problem"

Read more of Two Door Cinema Club's answers
  Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
PEASANT: "I hope it goes platinum, and I can retire without ever lifting another finger, even though I already have. If the record does NOT go platinum, I will take it as a personal message that people are actually trying to keep me going, striving for something, so to speak. So most likely I will keep writing and recording, and they will keep downloading my music for free, and we will all be happy. THANKS A LOT NAPSTER!"

Read more of Peasant's answers
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#15: Grace Jones v Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is known for outlandish outfits, off kilter pop songs and eccentric style. Who does that remind you of? Grace Jones? No! Not if Grace Jones has anything to do with it.

Queen of the beef, Jones, of course, famously hit talkshow host Russell Harty for turning his back on her. Lady Gaga's biggest talkshow achievement, on the other hand, is for boring everyone silly on 'Friday Night With Jonathan Ross' twice - both by talking and not talking. But it's not Gaga's lack of conversational skills that irks Jones so much that she has point blank refused all requests to collaborate with the 'Bad Romance' singer.
Asked by The Guardian what she thinks of Lady Gaga, Jones simply replied: "I really don't think of her at all. I go about my business".

Which is a brilliant line on its own, but there's more. Turns out Jones has given her some thought, and has come to the conclusion that Gaga's simply trying to travel on her coat tails. Or maybe in her coat. She continued: "I've seen some things she's worn that I've worn, and that does kind of piss me off. I wouldn't go to see her [perform]. She did [ask to work with me], but I said no. I'd just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually".
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