23.12.16

Force Field: Detroit Techno 1985-1995



This is the conceptual twin to my London's Dreaming mammoth 'Nuum mix of February. Whilst I probably heard Hardcore first, my first musical love in the days of Acid House was Detroit. That's what inspired me to travel around West Africa in 1993 throwing raves. It wasn't seeing Derrick DJ at Bath in 1989 (an alienating experience at the time) or loving the Rhythim Is Rhythim "Emanon" track on the seminal 1990 Network Bio Rhythms compilation which stoked my obsession so much as the influence of my brother-in-law Mike. Later I appreciated David Toop's, and then Kodwo Eshun's writing which included references to Detroit.

Early on in the course of blogging in 2003 I wrote a number of things on Techno which drew me into cahoots with the legendary Kirk Degiorgio, a well-known fellow traveller of those musicians. I think Kirk and I shared a frustration with the discourse around Detroit which in spite of his unquestionable taste and robust support for it, he was perhaps in part responsible for forging. To hear the music as indebted to black music is in some way to negate what makes it so truly exceptional. As a music it doesn't so much as enact the donning of a "white face" (in Fanon's sense) as try to think beyond race. Another way of approaching the topic theoretically it is to try and deconstruct those earlier forms of black music; to look at the likes of Herbie Hancock and George Clinton as transgressive themselves as opposed to automatically belonging to any kind of continuum of Jazz or Funk.

In collecting my thoughts to put this mix together, just shy of 4 hours of my personal favourites of the genre, I read and watched a lot of things on the internet that certainly weren't there in 2003. A few resources stand out: There's the great "Hi-Tech Soul" documentary, also the slightly tedious but ultimately rewarding Red Bull Music Academy interview with Derrick May (hearing Derrick on Ron Hardy and The Institute is powerfully illuminating), Mark Fisher's splendid interview with Mike Banks at The Wire, and finally this excellent Mike Paradinas mix in support of a Heterotic release. What did strike me forcibly was, besides Mike's mix, the almost total absence of a good "classic" Detroit mix online. Think of the multitude of classic Hardcore and Jungle sets! There are many YouTube and Mixcloud shows which feature Detroit legends promising to give an old skool set - but, presumably to the promoter's chagrin, none of the performances contain more than a few great old tracks, and usually much more recent stuff. I can't blame those guys at all, they have moved on and quite rightly so. Derrick, for instance, will always play a few very old tracks, but is also madly passionate about new stuff. If you haven't seen him DJ live, DO NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY.

This mix was done live on the 1210s in three sessions, recorded on a Prism Lyra and spliced together in Audition. Mixing Detroit Techno on the decks always has some funny little gotchas: two of these records spun from the centre to the record's edge; Underground Resistance Records especially are always extremely fast, it takes a lot of forward thinking if you do not want to slow any records down (as I have completely avoided); and many of the records have fragile run-in grooves (funky pressings) which makes it extremely hard to hit the first beat if you spin back a record to it.

The mix of 63 tracks is essentially, but broadly, chronological. It would have been predictably geeky to start with A Number of Names "Sharevari" or Cybotron's "Clear" but I decided that this was to be a Techno mix. To that end the first track is Juan Atkin's "Techno Music", the track which caused Ten Record's "Techno - The New Dance Sound Of Detroit" to be called just that, and not "The House Sound of Detroit". That said the first tracks still have a gorgeous, glistening Electro quality. "Techno Music" itself is as near to a Kraftwerk track in spirit than I think any other record ever made. Startling stuff...

The mix takes in the First Wave, the Second and, er, the Third. There a few markers at which point I don't think it makes sense to still be talking about Detroit Techno in the same way. They don't happen all at the same time - some sooner than others - but all combine to sink nails into its coffin. So for instance when Jeff Mills left Detroit for Berlin - nail. When Transmat started licensing 3rd party stuff more, the "Energy Flash" and "Der Klang Der Familie" releases in particular, nail. Richie Hawtin's Plastikman alias, nail. I like Ghostly International, Ectomorph and Matthew Dear very much indeed - I just happen to think that they are something different, albeit great.

Dedicated to those titans of Detroit, Belleville, Windsor and Kalamazoo.



Juan - Techno Music
Model 500 - Night Drive (Thru-Babylon)
First Bass - Seperate Minds
M 500 - Testing 1-2
Eddie "Flashin'" Fowlkes - Time to Express
Rhythim Is Rhythim - It Is What It Is
Model 500 - Off to Battle
Kevin Saunderson - Bounce Your Body To The Box
Reese and Santonio - The Sound
Kevin Saunderson - The Groove That Won't Stop
R-Tyme - R-Theme
Mayday - Wiggin
Suburban Knight - The Groove
Reese - Just Want Another Chance
Ocatve One - I believe
Symbols and Instruments - Mood
Model 500 - Wanderer
Blake Baxter - Sexuality
Eddie "Flashin'" Fowlkes - Goodbye Kiss
Reese - Funky Funk Funk
Suburban Knight - The Art of Stalking
Rhythim Is Rhythim - Emanon
Rhythim Is Rhythim - Kaos
Rhythm Is Rhythm - The Beginning
Psyche - From Beyond
Vice - Constant Ritual
Fade To Black - The Calling
69 - Ladies and Gentlemen
Bango - Wave The Rave Goodbye
Drexciya - Sea Snake
Underground Resistance - Predator
Underground Resistance - The Final Frontier
Carl Craig - Wrap Me In Its Arms
B.F.C - Please Stand By
Drexciya - Wavejumper
69 - Microlovr
Sueno Latino - Sueno Latino (Illusion First Mix)
Octave One - Nicolette
Psyance - EQ
Open House - Aquatic
Prototype - Biotic
Dark Comedy - War Of The Worlds
Kenny Larkin - Metropolis
Shop - Nitwit
B.F.C - Galaxy
Underground Resistance - Amazon
Paperclip People - Oscillator
MK - Feel The Fire
Derrick May -Icon
Urban Culture - Wonders of Wishing
Kosmic Messenger - Soundscape
UR - 046
The Martian - Search Your Feelings
Eddie "Flashin'" Fowlkes - Sex In Zero Gravity
Red Planet - Star Dancer
Robert Hood - Untitled 2
Psychic Warfare - Tails From The Crib
Jay Denham - People's Revolution
Millsart - Gateway Of Zen
Robert Hood - Museum
Dan Curtin - 3rd From The Sun
Morgan Geist - Stillway
Space - Envision

4.12.16

Best of 2016



Didn't feel like waiting for everyone else to post their lists this year.

Tracklisting as follows:

Zara Larsson - Lush Life
Sia - The Greatest
Adele - Send My Love
Beyonce - Hold Up
A Tribe Called Quest - The Trump
Rihanna (feat Drake) - Work
The Weeknd - Star Boy
Future (feat The Weeknd) - Low Life
Young Thug (feat Wyclef Jean) - Kanye West
Lil Uzi Vert - Grab The Wheel
Frank Ocean - Pink + White
Radiohead - Decks Dark
David Bowie - "★"
Emmplekz - Gloomy Leper Techno
Xylitol - Split Upside
Bobby Bisto - It's Greenwich
Spillages - Death Don't Tell Ya
Huerco S - Cubist Camoflague
Harry Bertoia - Nova

13.11.16

Remember you're a Woble


Couldn't believe my luck at the mis-spelling on this recently acquired 7" sleeve. Gold.

Head here to hear my characteristically massive Glam Radio show. I didn't set out to make out a two and half hour show, honest guv, it just turned out like that. Though, given the gigantic size of Reynolds' magnum opus, it is somewhat fitting.

Love Inc - Hot Love (Mike Mix)
T Rex - Hot Love
Eddie Cochrane - Summertime Blues
John Lennon - Cold Turkey
Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in The Sky
Alice Cooper - Caught In A Dream
Todd Rungdren - Wolfman Jack
Jobriath - Blow Away
Halfnelson - Wonder Girl
New York Dolls - Looking For A Kiss
Elliot Murphy - Last of the Rock Stars
Suzi Quatro - Devil Gate Drive
Sweet - Ballroom Blitz
Anthony Newley - Moogies Bloogies
David Bowie - Dodo
Mott The Hoople - Sucker
David Essex - Rock On
Roy Wood - Rock Medley (Rockin' Shoes/She's Too Good For Me/Locomotive)
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Faith Healer
Cockney Rebel - My Only Vice
Roxy Music - Sultanesque
The Damned - Morning Bird
Paul Ryan - Natural Gas
Jimmy Jukebox (aka Kim Fowley) - Motorboat
Iron Virgin - Rebels Rule
Shakane - Love Machine
Sailor - Glass of Champagne
Gary Glitter - Rock'n'Roll Part 2
Kanye West - Black Skinhead
The Young Gods - Did you Miss Me
The Wombles - Remember You're A Womble
T Rex - Metal Guru

Addendum/Notes:

1) The Arena Eddie Cochrane Documentary from 1982 which features an excerpt of Chris Petit's "Rock On" (thanks Carl). The Beatles also owe a debt to Cochrane as it was Paul McCartney's ability to play "20 Flight Rock" that secured him a place in the band.



2) Todd Rundgren on the rear sleeve of "Something/Anything?"



3) A sentence I started but didn't finish: I have sections in my collection for US 1960s and UK 1960s, but Seventies Rock is a single "transatlantic" section. In case you were interested ;-)

9.10.16

Lifeforms



I've been meaning to do this "Lifeforms" mix for so long. After all those purist Hip-Hop mixes I wanted to turn the tables a bit. This not-quite-authentic Hip-Hop has always been frowned on but in the end it has ended up being re-appropriated with surprising gusto. The influence of Techno on "proper" Hip-Hop in particular is undeniable. I've been really pleased with how it came out - how leftfield stuff like Lootpack, Shabazz Palaces, Sensational sits together so beautifully with the beats end of Glitch and Techno.

Sounds of the JHS 126 Brookyn - Chill Pill
Cristian Vogel - Gigantic Tautological Machinery
Roots Manuva - Bashment Boogie
Divine Styler - Make It Plain
Boom Bip - Last Walk Around Mirror Lake (BOC Remix)
The Roots - In The Music
DJ Spooky - Grapheme
Death Grips - The Cage
69 - If Mojo was AM
Infesticons - Theme
Juggaknots - This Morning
New Kingdom - Lazy Smoke
Nearly God - Poems
Boards of Canada - Turquoise Hexagon Sun
Sensational - When I Deal Minze
J Burger - Wunschmaschinenpark
Shabazz Palaces - The Phasing Shift
Scienz of Life - Ghettos tah Galaxiez
Loot Pack - The Anthem
cLOUDDEAD - Unnamed
The Roots - Livin' In A New World
Prefuse 73 - Point To Be
Brandy - What About Us
Sa-Ra - Enter the Sex Shop
Urban Tribe - Covert Action
Cannibal Ox - Iron Galaxy
Nosaj Thing - Caves
Kid 606 - Straight Outta Compton
Run The Jewelz - Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)
DJ Shadow - Influx

28.8.16

Bands a make her dance



I've been loving The Roots. I was wrong about them. From "Do You Want More?!!!??!" through to "Phrenology" that's an amazing four album run.

And I got to thinking about my prejudices towards the concept of Hip-hop with instruments. I've always thought it had to be 2 turntables and a microphone, or an MPC. Some deconstructive virtual shit.

And then I thought a bit deeper - back to the Sugarhill Gang and then further deep into the pre-history of Rap, and naturally of Reggae too. There's always been rapping with instruments. In fact pretty soon the "classic" version of Hip-Hop we know from sampling will seem a small island in time.

I've built this mix - which is a pretty dope history lesson -  in reverse chronological order for a change. To lead your ears out from the present.

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Jay Z - Jigga
NERD - Lapdance
Timbaland and Magoo - Up Jumps The Boogie
The Roots - Double Trouble
Stetsasonic - Pen and Paper
Trouble Funk - Drop The Bomb
Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel - Step Off
Rammelzee and K Rob - Beat Bop
The Younger Generation - We Rap More Mellow
Soul Sonic Force - Zulu Nation Throwdown
Funky 4 + 1 - That’s the Joint
The Treacherous Three - The Body Rock
Xanadu and Sweet Lady - Rockers Choice
Derek Laro and Trinity - Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough
Welton Irie - Shake Your Body Down To The Ground
Fatback and King Tim III - Personality Jock
Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
The Last Poets - Related To What Chant/Related To What/Mean Machine Chant
Big Youth - Jim Squashy
Hustlers Convention - Sport
James Brown - Black President
U.Roy and Eric Donaldson - Festival Time
Pigmeat Markham - Here comes The Judge
Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley

20.8.16

I've got blisters on my fingers!



You know that line dear reader! I kept wandering into situations recently where people were playing The Beatles "Helter Skelter", it must have been at least thrice, and it always sounds as alien and terrifying.

Here's a really nice mix of this grungey, mutated R'n'B-derived sound which has caught my ear. Partly inspired by the new SchoolBoy Q "Blank Face" disc - by rediscovering the bruised sonix of Alex Chilton's lost years - by finally catching up with Tricky's "Pre-Milennial Tension" - by discovering the fucked-up Proto-Rock-Rap coming out of Sun Studios.

The mix starts focused and then descends into a maelstrom of re-imagined Afro-primitivism before riding the brittle linndrums of RSW into the recently discovered (by me) Robert Gordon mix of World Dom's LL Cool J homage.

I hope you can get with this dear readers.

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Gomez - Get Miles
The Cramps - Human Fly
Howling Wolf - Moanin’ at Midnight
Tricky - Christiansands
Black Sheep - Similak Child
Captain Beefheart - Moody Liz
Joe Hill Louis - Gotta Let You Go
Alex Chilton - Bangkok
Jimi Hendrix - Stone Free
Miles Davis - Red China Blues
Schoolboy Q - That Part
Siouxsie and The Banshees - Tattoo
Sam Prekop - Practice Twice
Hype Williams - Untitled
Steel An’ Skin - Afro Punk Reggae Dub
Masikulu Rhythm - Mark Ernestus vs. Konono Nº1
Renegade Soundwave - The Phantom (It’s In There)
World Domination Enterprises - I Can’t Live Without My Radio (Robert Gordon Total Mix)

18.7.16

Empire of Da Senses: Further Adventures in Random Hip-Hop Selection 1987-2016



Seeing if I can outdo myself with the portentous titles. Another smashing Hip-Hop mix. The final in this series. Loaded with personal faves. Chronologically arranged again.

Just Ice - Cold Gettin’ Dumb
BDP - Number #1
The DOC - Mind Blowin'
NWA - Niggaz 4 Life
Chubb Rock - Regiments of The Steel
Jamose - The Rapologist
Double Possee - Not Going To Be Able To Do It
Black Moon - Who Got The Props
Gang Starr - No Shame In My Game
Black Sheep - Flavour Of The Month
Del Tha Funky Homosapien - Thank Youse
Shyheim - On and On
Notorious BIG -  Who Shot Ya
Snoop Dogg - Pump Pump
All City - The Actual
Jay Z -  Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)
Juvenile -  U Understand
Ja Rule - Holla Holla
Rampage - Wild For Da Night
Dilla - Won't Do
Erykah Badu - The Healer
Kanye West - Family Business
Ying Yang Twins -  Salt Shaker
Future - Fuck Up Some Commas
Chance The Rapper - NaNa
Future - All Right

12.7.16

Borderless State: Random Hip-Hop Selection 1991-2013


The past month or so I've been checking out Hip-Hop I'd previously neglected. What happened with me and Hip-Hop was this. In very broad brush strokes. OK, maybe forget "White Lines" and "The Message" - we heard them on the TV - it really started in 1987 with Public Enemy's "Yo Bum Rush The Show", LL Cool J's "Radio" and Run DMC's "Raising Hell." Then there was the daisy-age stuff - De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers, ATCQ and KMD - and at the same time harder stuff like Juice Crew and Eric B and Rakim.

Then the "Golden" era - again during which I was very tuned in - Gang Starr's "Daily Operation", Black Moon, later Tribe Called Quest, Diamond, yeah, you know. I loved Gang Starr actually especially "Step In The Arena" which I had on a cassette and caned. I think Gang Starr's reputation has been slightly tarnished recently by all the weird stuff around Guru and his demise :-(

Then there was the whole Wu-Tang explosion which was great for like six LPs. To be honest I sort of started to lose my interest a bit round that time. Around '97 I was listening to 2 step and Timbaland (who I always think of as R'n'B). Then it was all about the pre-echoes of Grime and Grime itself right the way through to 2005. I suppose Grime really was Hip-Hop to an extent. Well, it was rapping at least. I did like some Crunk and I had picked a bunch of twelve inches because they were like "urban". But ultimately I switched off in 1996. Ten years on. Twenty years off.

Here are some of the nice tracks I've heard as a result of my recent researches. Pretty much in precise chronological order. Some are old favourites. Commentary: Tribe were so bloody hot - those middle two LPs are faultless. Gravediggaz - that's an amazing LP which I dismissed without even hearing it at the time. Pete Rock and CL Smooth's "The Main Ingredient" - that might even be better than "Mecca and The Soul Brother". Goodie Mob and UGK - interesting Southern stuff with all the instruments played. Outkast "Elevators" - great to hear this again. Gang Starr's very late "Moment of Truth" - very impressive. Redman's "Muddy Waters" (see the artwork) - astonishingly good album. Three very good LPs by Redman. The Roots "Things Fall Apart" - always dismissed this crew but on the strength of this incredible CD quite wrongly. D'Angelo - everyone knows this. It is Hip-Hop, of course. Clipse's late "Hell Hath No Fury" - best record the Neptunes ever did. Lil Wayne - a bit spotty but good stuff in there. Gucci Mane's "Radric Davis" - brilliant disc. Shabazz Palace's "Black Up" - better than "Lese Majesty". Drake's "Take Care" - wish I understood this guy was riffing on "808s and Heartbreaks" - I would have tuned in sooner - sometimes the most obvious things are never mentioned - this is a really nice record. Danny Brown is OK but probably not really Hip-Hop. Marketing innit. Pusha T "Numbers" - great single - over-rated LP. A$AP Rocky - "LONG.LIVE.A$AP" - that's good.

Sorry this is a bit telegrammatic. Just the data. I know some cunts like proper sentences. And I heard lots of things that were really not at all good. Massively overrated and very crap in fact. Jay-Z "Reasonable Doubt" (horribly dated naff instrumentation - silly Al Pacino impersonations), Kendrick Lamarr's "Section 80" (arrogant and pompous), Company Flow's "Funcrusher Plus" (unlistenable rubbish), Talib Kweli and HiTek "Train of Thought" (weedy tuneless drek), Freddie Gibbs/Madlib (retro boom-bap yawn), Vince Staples (for bourgeois Pitchfork music fans),  Earl Sweatshirt (feeble), and YG (can't even remember why this was unappealing - so, unmemorable as well as substandard).


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Gang Starr - Execution Of A Chump (No More Mr. Nice Guy Pt.2)
Lords Of The Underground - Chief Rocka
ATCQ - Sucka Nigga
OC - Word...Life
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Worldwide
Gravediggaz - Blood Brothers
Three 6 Mafia - Long Nite
Smif’N’Wessun - Wontime
Goodie Mob - Dirty South
UGK - Touched
Outkast - Elevators (Me And You)
Gang Starr - New York Strait Talk
Redman - On Fire
The Roots - Act Too...The Love Of My Life
D'Angelo - One Mo' Gin
Clipse - Mr. Me Too
Lil’ Wayne - Let The Beat Build
Gucci Mane - Gingerbread Man
Shabazz Palaces - Free Press And Curl
Drake - Over My Dead Body
Danny Brown - Die Like A Rockstar
Pusha T - Numbers On The Boards
A$AP Rocky - Goldie

11.6.16

Sizzup



This is a very personal selection of Southern Hip Hop that I love. Very old things (Ying Yang/UGK), some positively antique (DJ Jimi/Project Pat), some new tracks from mixtapes (Future/Rich Gang), some things I've only known from YouTube videos (Juicy J/Chief Keef), a new discovery via Martorialist (Apolko Don), two undisputed classics (Rae Sremmurd and Young Thug) and two Screw tracks for good measure. Drink up.

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DJ Screw & UGK - Tell Me Something Good (feat. Pimp C & Bun B)
Young Thug - Stoner
UGK - Pocket Full Of Stones
Future - Perkys Calling
Apolko Don - Get My Paypa Dog
Chief Keef - Citgo
David Banner - Like a Pimp
Juicy J - Bandz A Make Her Dance
Rich Gang - Bullet
Rae Sremmurd - No Type
DJ Screw & 2 Pac - Hearts Of Men
Project Pat - Chickenhead
Lil Scrappy - F.I.L.A.
Ying Yang Twins - Salt Shaker
DJ Jimi - Where They At

4.6.16

Bubbling



(Don’t Ask) - Nah Not Never
Thomas Leer - Letter From America
Schön - Pure Design
The Beat - Whine and Grine/Stand Down Margaret
Carmen - Schlaraffenland
The Lines - Cool Snap
Shriekback - My Spine Is The Bassline
Tall Blonde - Don’t Stop
Ian Dury and The Blockheads - Clever Trevor
Banarama - Really Saying Something
Die Radierer - Angriff aufs Schlaraffenland
Playgroup - Make It Happen
Liquid Liquid - Lock Groove
The Police - Voices Inside My Head
The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
Pylon - Weather Radio
The Rapture - House of Jealous Lovers
Rhoda Dakar - The Boiler
Fad Gadget - Ricky’s Hand
Populare Mechanik - Muster
The Human League - Love Action

30.5.16

Mental Problems



A little thing about the ongoing porosity of German Electronic Music in Hip Hop and Electronica's fragile relationship with head-nodding beats and vocal samples. Featuring and partially inspired by acts from yesterdays woe-begotten promotional thrust.

Monoton - Ein Wort
Young Thug - Constantly Hatin’
Kraftwerk - Neon Lights
Spontaneous Overthrow - All About Money
Dilla - B.B.E.
The Fearless Four - Rockin’ It
Asmus Tietchens - Litia
Ekoplekz - The Glorian Mode
Danny Brown - Detroit 187
Raymond Scott - Lightworks (Instrumental)
A$AP Rocky - Love live A$AP
Zomby - The Lie
Xylitol - Anomie<->Bonhomie
Future - Rotation
IX Tab - The Ministry of Ontological Security
Carl Craig - Elements

14.5.16

Tropical Virtual


Observers - Rich And Poor Dub
Earons - Land of Hunger
Parliament - The Placebo Syndrome
Kid Creole and the Coconuts - Mr Softee
Dennis Brown - impossible
Terry Reid - Dean
Smokey Robinson - And I Don't Love You
Jimmy Cliff - Treat the Youths Right
Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
Cristina - You Rented A Space
Kanye West - Heartless
The Drifters - Saturday Night At The Movies
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Riot in Lagos
Konono No1 - Yambadi Mama
Ginger Johnson - Jool Omo
The Congoes and Sun Araw - Jungle

Mix here.

1.5.16

The Southern Connection



There are many recent collections which pick up aspects of this continuum - Funky Reggae, Country Soul and Bayou Rock but I haven't heard one which covers the whole spectrum. I've been listening to a lot of Soul on Stax and out of Fame and it stuck me forcibly just how incredibly indebted Soul is to Country, so I thought I'd rise to the challenge.

I've not chosen any tracks to prove a musicological point - just tunes I love.

Lee Dorsey and Betty Harris - Love Lots of Lovin'
Otis Redding - That's How Strong My Love Is
The Fleets - Please Return To Me
Booker T and the MGs - Chinese Checkers
Dan Penn - Let Them Talk
Otis Redding - Pain In My Heart
The Meters - Dry Spell
The Upsetters - Black IPA
Derrick Harriott - Musical Madness
Toots and the Maytals - Sit Right Down
Garland Jeffries - Bound To Get Ahead Someday
The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There
Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
Bobby Womack - Ruby Dean
Ruby Johnson - I'll Run Your Hurt Away
Wendy Rene - After Laughter
Al Green - Take Me To The River
Tony Joe White - Even Trolls Love Rock'n'Roll
Joe Ely - West Texas Waltz
Bobby Womack - Everything Is Beautiful
Mable John - Your Good Thing (Is About To End)
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Born On The Bayou
Booker T and the MGs - Chicken Pox
Bobbie Gentry - Lousiana Man
Merle Haggard - Waiting For A Train
Bobby Charles - Street People
Chuck Brooks - Love's Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
Isaac Hayes - Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic
Jim Ford - Dr Handy
Larry Jon Wilson - Sheldon Church Yard
Jim Stafford - Swamp Witch
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Run Through The Jungle
Link Wray - Tail Dragger
Little Feat - Lafayette Railroad
Vernon Wray - Prison Song

23.4.16

Fragments - Techno In The UK 1989-1993



A classic bit of troublemaking really. On Billy Bunter's recent show with Floyd Dyce, Floyd pointed to the massive influence of Bleep'n'Bass on his classic "Daydreaming". I got to thinking about of a strictly UK bleep mix that steered several 'Nuum figures (like A Guy Called Gerald and Mark Ryder) into Techno where they also rightfully belong. Also there's the breakbeats of TFSOL and Black Dog. It was never a hard and fast distinction in those days. Also there was the sheer joy of rubbing B12 up against the 'Nuum and rejoicing in beautiful tracks by Kirk Degiorgio and Iueke. On the wheels of steel. No edits at all.

Original Clique - Now Hear Me Now
Unique 3 - Weight for the Bass (3 Ton Mix)
Forgemasters - Stress
Inertia (A Guy Called Gerald) - Fragments
M-D-Emm (Mark Ryder) - Get Acidic
Bang The Party - Instrumental
The Aphex Twin - Delphium
As One - Isatai
Iueke - Tape 4
Likemind - Artifax
Orbital - Belfast
Mark Broom - Seagulls
Reload - Le Sol Et La Mer (Black Dog Productions Remix)
Intelligent Communication - Drive
Musicology - Mondrin
Baby D - Daydreaming

10.4.16

The Clockwork Mouse



I always loved that spangly toy rhythm-box music. It was hearing Peaking Light's under-rated "Lucifer" in my local record store that set me off. (I went to the counter and asked what it was - the temptation these days is to not risk asking a human and turn to Shazam - much less humiliating). I asked them if they had a copy, and bizarrely the guy said, "No but you can get it on Discogs." Dude, that's not the idea. I told him, "er, I'd rather buy it off you." I ended up buying it from Discogs.

There were a bunch of songs I would have included but I realise they've been on other mixes in the past and, well, I hate to repeat myself. So I didn't include the Steve Beresford floot number from Prince Far-I and the Arab's Vol 3. Also not the great Video Aventures. Neither Roj's brilliant "Morning Break". In fact the music box cut up from The Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker" would have been good. (scratches head) I could have even put something from the last Woebot EP on it.

Personally I find the rigidity of clockwork rhythms bracing. I'm quite happy listening to wooden, entirely unflashy repetitive beats. The notion that electronic music needs to be funky or rhythmically "interesting" seems incredibly gauche to me. Of course this is an extended symphony in praise of the Labcast Mouse Groop. But equally I guess one for the Young Cluster Strike.

Cluster - Hollywood
Wally Badarou - Mambo
Shantel - Tosca Session
Hercules & Love Affair - Time Will
Broadcast - Corporeal
Suicide - Touch Me
Young Marble Giants - Cakewalking
Grimes - World Princess
Nini Raviolette - Suis-je normale?
Stereolab - How To Play Your Internal Organs Overnight
Harry Hosono - Honeymoon
Mouse On Mars - Rompatrouille
Peaking Lights - Dreambeat
Little Annie - Third Gear Kills
General Strike - Danger In Paradise
The Focus Group - Salty Sun Tales
Joe Meek - I Hear A New World

6.4.16

Variations in Garage Rock Melancholia



The Replacements - Willpower
The Kinks - The’s A New World Opening Just for Me
Big Star - Nigh Time
Vincent Gallo - So Sad
Love - Virgin Sleep
Illitch - Larsen Lumpen
B_Film - Night Running
Skip Spence - War In Peace
Slint - Untitled
The Charlatans - Codeine
Captain Beefheart - Peon
Tintern Abbey - Beeside
The Beta Band - Dr Baker
The Rest - Raga
Flaming Tunes - Beguiling
Keith West - On A Saturday

10.3.16

Concerns Round Data Collected and Dispersed: Indie Mix



It's a bit of a treat this one. It gets its own "drawn" piccie. Scavenged from an old hard drive. Was originally a C90. Hangs together like the best mix-tapes do. One for the listening crew. Over the years I have made Mrs Ingram hundreds of these tapes. She has a big box full of them. All of them are a sacrament of love, and therefore strictly top secret. However one or two have found their way outside this intimate circle - often as a result of requests by visitors to the house.

In no particular order therefore: Durutti column. Blind Idiot God. Echo and the Bunnymen. Polyrock. Sonic Youth. Television Personalities. Rihanna. Frank Ocean. Dif Juz. Ol' Neil Young. The Field Mice. Beat Happening. The Feelies. Bobbie Gentry. Antena. Family Fodder. The Del Byzanteens.  R.E.M. Galaxie 500. David Sylvian. And a big slug of Roxy Music.


4.3.16

Woebot: Standard Quality C60


In 2013 the indomitable online music retailer Boomkat were planning on making a series of C60 cassettes. I was delighted to be asked to make one for them. Yay! One thing lead to another though and the whole idea was shelved. Boo.

I suspect that their enthusiasm had got the better of them and they hadn’t thought through the copyright ramifications. It would only take one annoyed artist who hadn’t agreed to have their work sold without them receiving any profits for the house of cards to come toppling down. Perhaps they were simply too busy being brilliant ol' Boomkat?

The nice thing about my tape was that I’d tried to use it as an opportunity to reach out to some of my musician colleagues whose work I respected, people who I felt were fellow travellers, and beg them for one of their tracks to include. If I had been crazy enough to have set up a label, and I did toy with the idea, these are people whose work I would have released.

Not any old tracks by this lot either, but personal favourites of mine. There’s connect_iCut, computer music’s own one-man blizzard of rocknoise, with the dazzling “Port Shale”; Xylitol, esoteric synth-punk, represented with his brilliant cover version of Conflict’s “Red Armies”: thorpe acre, bucolic, Brixton-ian, binaural daydreamer with “Ahoy Land Ahead”; and finally the majestic Ship Canal, crazed, degree-zero laptop innovator with “A Fucking Cuddle”. Together we were, momentarily at least, like Voltron. 

Spliced amongst them are a carefully-chosen selection of the chilly and eldritch and the nicest track from the Woebiotic EP, ”Rain” dedicated as it was the deluge of Winter 2012. One last blast of winter then before the spring.

Woebot : Standard Quality C60

Side One 

Li'l Louis -  How I Feel
Ø -  Röntgen
connect_icut -  Port Shale 
Blancmange -  Sad Day
Cypher -  Frozen Boom Erection
Actress -  Crushed
Wladimir M -  Evil
Xylitol -  Red Brigades 
Hashim -  Primrose Path

Side Two

Borsig -  Hiroshima
Casino Vs Japan -  It's Very Sunny
Thorpeacre -  Ahoy Land Ahead 
Holger Czukay -  Schaue vertauensvoll in die Zukunft
Holy Ghost -  Magnet
Woebot -  Rain
Nebula II -  Peace Maker
Ship Canal -  A Fucking Cuddle


20.2.16

London's Dreaming Mix


I know, I thought,  I'll make a Hardcore mix. All my own personal favourite tracks. No, wait a second. What about four mixes? 92. 93. 94. 95-96.

Then, hang on, why don't I just make one massive five-hour continuum style mix spanning the whole era. But was such a thing even possible in human terms? Would I survive such an endeavour?

It took weeks to go through all my old jungle records appraising them. It couldn't be one of those tedious "best of jungle" mixes" that litter YouTube and Mixcloud full entirely of famous tracks which everyone has heard. And I picked up a few new tracks. My, how expensive they have become...

Equally it couldn't be simply obscure tracks, because the big tracks are frequently the greatest. "Personal favourites" - that became the organising principle and there are many tracks in here that even the deepest Hardcore aficionado will never have heard.

If there one was one mix which inspired me it was J Rolla's "Drum Trip" mix - well, I may not be able to beat that but I thought I'd give it my best shot. Rolla's is a brilliant mix. I even stole two tracks from him. Thanks for that J. I may have given him a run for his money but the criteria are different. I haven't had to deal with the dread of repeating myself too much, which anyone DJ-ing and uploading more frequently would have to contend with. But I still avoided tunes from my mixes Joyride,  Ambient Jungle, and Brick Door all of which traverse similar terrain.

I briefly looked into studio mix software, then thought better of that. I rigged up the ol' 1210s (I had to reclaim them from my children) and got my bearings with the beat mixing reasonably quickly. There is some bad mixing - there are a few tense moments. A few cuts are too abrupt (woah, it's going wrong!!!). It was completed in three sessions. The only post work was to bring up the volume of a couple of tunes and splice out Foul Play's original version of "Feel The Vibe" with "Feel The Vibe (Again)" - their remix is SO much better.

Here's to the genius of those wonderful dreamers who gave us these 83 magical tracks.

London is Dreaming track-list in full:

Rhythm Section - Dreamworld
Urban Shakedown - Bass Shake
A Guy Called Gerald - The Musical Magical Midi Machine
Nookie - Give A Little Love
The House Crew - Keep The Fire Burning
4 Hero - Ghost Stories
Ephemerol - 456
MI7 - Rockin’ Down The House
The Brothers Grimm - Exodus
Hyper-On Experience - Assention
Sy-Kick - Follow Me
Sub Love - Maniac Music
Foul Play - Feel The Vibe
Body Snatch - The Strength
Foul Play - Dubbing You
Rufige Kru - Kemistry
Noise Factory - All Crew
Yolk - Music 4 Da People
DJs Unite - Bass Penetrates
Psychotropic - Hypnosis (SL2 Remix)
Andy C - Never Felt This Way
A Guy Called Gerald - The Freak Inside
Q Bass - Funky Hardcore
D’Cruze - What A Rush
Neuromancer of Structural Damage - Pennywise
Wax Doctor - The Stalker
Tango - Timebomb
Bay-B-Kane - Bagpipes in Effect
Timelapse - Sued For a Sample
DJ Rap And Aston - Feel The Magic
Ekude - Common Sensi
DJ Crystl - Suicidal
Hyper-On Experience - Disturbance
Noise Factory - We Have It
Body Snatch - Tuffness
A Guy Called Gerald - Darker Than I Should Be
4 Hero - Journey From The Light
The House Crew - Maniac (The Final Conflict)
Ruffige Cru - Ghosts of My Life
Foul Play - Finest Illusion
Manix and Rufige Cru - You Held My Hand
Noise Factory - Can You Feel The Rush
Doc Scott - Street Knowledge
Trinity - Chapter 19
DJ Hype - Come Again
Dillinja - Untitled
The Whitehouse Crew - Anonymous
Underground Software - Music Maker Possee
Tayla - Remnants
Flatliner - The Big Bang
DJ Kane - Lost
Smokey Joe - Shining Remix
Randall and Andy C - Feel It
International Rude Boyz - Paragone
DJ Solo - Deal Wid It
L Double - What Am I Gonna Do?
AK47 - Body Candone
DJ Flynn and DJ Flora - Jungle Love
Aladdin - We Enter
Noise Factory - Feel The Magic
Fusion - Love for the World Part 2
Roni Size - Fresh
Dillinja - Stompers Delight
Dillinja - Deep Love Remix
Cold Mission - Drug Store Rude Boy
Deep Blue - Helicopter (Rufige Kru Remix)
Low Key Movements - Come Cross!!
Koda - The Deep
DJ Crystl - Crystylize
Gappa G and Hypa Hyper - Roach is Burning
Charlie Recall - Submerged
DJ Nut Nut + Pure Science - The Rumble
DJ SS - Black
DJ Pulse - Stay Calm (Foul Play Remix)
Shimon - Within Reason (Liftin’ Spirits Remix)
Cool Hand Flex - Melody Madness
808 State - Azura (Dillinja Remix)
Maldini - Daze
DJ Die - Play It For Me
Glamour Gold - You Can Run
Firefox - Bass-switch
Capone - Mysteries of The Deep
Firefox - Bonanza Kid

29.1.16

New York Noise Volume 4






It must have been 2008 when I decided that I really wanted a stab at the compilation market. I liked the Soul Jazz New York Noise series and because my pal Stuart Argabright had just compiled the third volume I thought I should give that a crack.

As a result I compiled this selection of very special music, personal faves, records from my collection which they had omitted to include in any of the previous three volumes. I took a lot of care over it. Needless to say, despite dropping the CD by the shop and eliciting a vague promise that the particular person in question would get it, I heard nothing from them.

Combing through my gigantic box of CD-Rs, the best stuff of which I'm drip-feeding into mixcloud, and I came across the CD. I didn't even have a track-listing for it. I was pleasantly surprised how great it is so I've cobbled together a cheeky cover and here below is a more extensive breakout with covers and release information.

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8.1.16

I Wanna Go Zip Pow

About three hundred thousand years ago I wrote a big piece on Todd Terry. At the same time I was feverishly rounding up my old Todd vinyl and going on a binge picking up stray bits and pieces that I had omitted to purchase when they came out. At the same time I must have compiled a CD from vinyl rips of my fave rekkids. I say that because going through a massive box of CD-Rs I found said CD. I think I mailed a copy to one or two people and left it at that.

Having rediscovered it - it has been on constant rotation. It's truly an embarrassment of riches. Todd's drum programming is a total revelation. There is a really tactile sense of these grooves actually being played by a fiercely militant drummer. The sounds are all incredibly raw too. The old woodblock drum machines have an alarmingly organic quality. In retrospect one has to wonder what possibly objections the "turn-off-that-fax-machine-oh-it's-your-music" crew could possibly have had to Todd. Interesting always to hear the same integers that made Jungle and their manifestation in New York.

I have misplaced the track listing. (scratches head) I guess I could probably figure it out but it doesn't really matter. Head over to mixcloud to enjoy this very special treat.