Sunday, 21 December 2008

VA - DJ Morpheus Presents I Can't Live Without My Radio

"Tracked by DJ Morpheus (a.k.a. Samy Birnbach)-former singer of early-'80s post-punks Minimal Compact- Can't Live Without My Radio is from/for the cassette generation. Featuring artists like Virgin Prunes, Love & Rockets, Heaven 17, Shriekback, Head, Timezone feat. John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa, Thrill Kill Kult, 23 Skidoo, and Einst¸rzende Neubauten, this compilation (not "mix") embodies the dry, oblique architecture of '80s college radio captured to Dolby Noise Reduction tape during a Goth-meets-"glam savage" overnight slot. Here, rigid, rhythmic underpinnings vie with murky collages under scorched gloss, coagulating in industrial punk-funk New Wave/New Beat. Urban and humid, while sinister and sterile, songs such as Age of Chance's appropriation of Prince's "Kiss" are as much about gleefully marring pop's veneer as they are calculated designs for social and stylistic change." Thanks to xlr8r

01 Jeff And Jane Hudson - Alamos
02 The Residents - Kaw-Liga (Moody Boys Remix)
03 Virgin Prunes - Pagan Lovesong
04 Medium Medium - Hungry, So Angry
05 Love & Rockets - Ball Of Confusion (7" Mix)
06 Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
07 Shriekback - Accretions (Monstrous Dance Mix)
08 That Petrol Emotion - Dance Your Ass Off
09 Head - I Can't Stop (Mental Metal Mix)
10 World Domination Enterprises - I Can't Live Without My Radio
11 Timezone feat. John Lydon & Africa Bambaataa - World Destruction
12 Age Of Chance - Kiss
13 The Thrill Kill Kult - The Devil Does Drugs
14 Taboo - Number 6
15 400 Blows vs 23 Skidoo - G.I. (Joakim Edit)
16 Einstürzende Neubauten - Yu Gung (A. Sherwood Mix)

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Sunday, 14 December 2008

VA - DJ Harvey Presents Moonshadow

I'm hoping a few of you knowledgable readers will be able to help. Both these mixes I've had lying about for a while, ones just got 'Moon Shadow Part One' written on it whereas the other 'More Moonshadow'. Am I right in thinking their were quite a few more mixes in the Moon Shadow series? If anyone has more info, tracklistings, links to the others in the series or can confirm these are by Harvey even, would be appreciated. Both great selections whoever compiled them.

VA - DJ Harvey Presents Moonshadow Part One
VA - DJ Harvey Presents More Moonshadow
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Thursday, 4 December 2008

Womack & Womack

Sorry about the lack of posts recently, more comps coming soon. Been listening to a lot of Womack & Womack this week for some reason, especially the 'Conscience' LP. Such a great record. Ended up digging out a few more bits & pieces whilst I was at it so might as well share them. Most people probably already have these in some shape or form but here they anyway. Certified SGM classics.

Womack & Womack - Conscience Of My Conscience

Bobby Womack - Inherit The Wind (Revenge Rework)

Womack & Womack - Life Is Just A Ballgame (Ballroom Remix)

Womack & Womack - Baby I'm Scared Of You (Mark E Edit)

Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street

Bobby Womack - Thats The Way I Feel About Cha

Bobby Womack - How Could You Break My Heart

Womack & Womack - Missing Persons Bureau (Folk Version)

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Shriekback - Accretions

Since I've already started the tenuous 1982 link I might as well try to drag it out a bit longer now, so here's another beauty from that musically great year. From their Tench EP, imho still sounding fresher (& better) than most of the new releases I've listened to this week...

Shriekback - Accretions

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Wide Boy Awake - Slang Teacher

I didn't actually plan this but here's another from 1982. Bit of a coincidence but must have been a good year for electronic synth pop type stuff I guess.

Wide Boy Awake - Slang Teacher

Sakamoto & Sylvian - Bamboo Houses

Whilst posting the below, it also reminded of this great track. I'll have to do a proper Ryuichi Sakamoto post one of these days...amazing to think how much brilliant music he's produced over the years. I'd love to know what other peoples favourites are too, feel free to leave any recommendations in the comments below.

Sakamoto & Sylvian - Bamboo Houses (12" Version)

EDIT: Gotta add an excellent edit of this as well. Thanks to Nassau. Go check his myspace for more great stuff...

Sakamoto & Sylvian - Bamboo Houses (Nassau Edit)

Japan - Ghosts

Been listening to a lot of Japan recently, especially the Tin Drum LP. Here's two very different versions of one of my favourite tracks from it.

Monday, 24 November 2008

Explorer - Rabbits

My internet connection is f&cked to put it plainly so posting individual tracks on the upload speed available is the best I can be bothered to do unfortunately. I'll start with this slightly obscure beauty from Explorer's 1982 'Untitled' LP which came out on X Records (Germany). Plenty more to follow...

Explorer - Rabbits

Friday, 21 November 2008

VA - Electronic Body Music

If your not that familiar with much EBM stuff like me, this is quite a good introduction. I can't find much more info about this comp except that it's supposedly a pretty rare Japan only CD that came out as part of some Front 242 box set over there in 1990. Admittedly not all EBM stuff is for me but for a pretty obscure scene of music you can still definitely hear it's influences in a lot of stuff coming out today.

01 Front242 - Never Stop
02 The Young Gods - Rue Des Tempetes
03 Meat Beat Manifesto - Helter Skelter
04 The Neon Judgement - 1313
05 The Weathermen - Heat Seeker
06 A;grumh - Danger Zone
07 The Legendary Pink Dots - Blacklist
08 Borghesia - Young Prisoners
09 The Cassandra Complex - Nice Work (Cellphone Mix)
10 Trisomie 21 - Bamboo
11 Chris and Cosey - Exotica
12 The Young Gods - Longue Route (Remix)
13 Meat Beat Manifesto - Psyche-Out (Version 2)
14 Front242 - Headhunter (v1.0)


Thursday, 6 November 2008

VA - Celluloid - The Electro Years - Why Is It Fresh?

Wicked selection compiled by The Micronauts. More info about Celluloid Records here.

01 Grandmaster D. ST. - Crazy Cuts (Long Version) Intro
02 Grandmaster D. ST. & Infinity Rappers - Grand Mixer C.I.U.!
03 Phase II - The Roxy
04 Time Zone - The Wildstyle (Instrumental Mix)
05 Grandmaster D. ST. & Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin - Mean Machine (Dub Version)
06 Grandmaster D. ST. - Crazy Cuts (Long Dub)
07 Konk - D.J. Mixers
08 Fab 5 Freddy - Une Sale Histoire Part 2 (Male Version)
09 Shango - Shango Message (Edit/Instrumental)
10 Grandmaster D. ST. & Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin - Mean Machine
11 Futura 2000 - The Escapades Of Futura 2000 (The Escapades Rap)
12 Grandmaster D. ST. - Mega-Mix II (Why Is It Fresh?)

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Wednesday, 5 November 2008

VA - RVNG Of The NRD'S Vol 5 (Wade Nichols)

A: Canned Heat - On The Road Again (Wanda Rode Again)
B1: America - Horse With No Name (Horse With No Shame)
B2: The Bottom Line - Disco Dobro (Abracadobro)

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VA - RVNG Of The NRD'S Vol 4 (Lovefingers)

A1: Kentucky
A2: Zoysia
B1: Bermuda
B2: Astroturf

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VA - RVNG Of The NRD'S Vol 3 (Mock & Toof)

A1: Digit 1
A2: Digit 2
B: Digit 3

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VA - RVNG Of The NRD'S Vol 2 (Betty Botox)

A1: Voodoo 1
A2: Fade Away
B1: Voodoo 2
B2: Voodoo 3

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VA - RVNG Of The NRD'S Vol 1 (The Flying Squad)

As requested, all apart from the recent Volume 6. Please check out the info links below for orginal version track names...

A: Munich Machine - Trip One (The Flying Squad Edit)
B: Boney M - Trip Two (The Flying Squad Edit)

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Saturday, 1 November 2008

VA - IG Culture Presents Inspirations

"One of the world's greatest producers gives up all his secrets! IG Culture digs through the crates to put together this excellent package of older tracks -- classic soul, funk, and hip hop numbers from the past 30 years, tunes that have served as a strong inspiration for his own work of the past decade. The feel of this one is similar to the excellent Grass Roots titles on Strut -- in that the tracks are mixed together, but only in a subtle way, not really overlapping each other, or losing the discreet content of each, but just laid out back to back to show the way that IG's mind works when he's picking out beats from the classics." Thanks to Dusty Groove. + Bonus classic: J-88 - Get It Together (IG Culture Basement Jerks Mix)

01 Grover Washington Jr - Hydra
02 Natasha King - AM FM
03 Special Request - Salsa Smurf
04 Tilt - Arcade Funk
05 Crown Heights Affair - Far Out
06 The Players Association - Let Your Body Go
07 The Younger Generation - We Rap More Mellow
08 Trouble Funk - Trouble Funk Express
09 Jamose - The Rhymetologist
10 Boogie Down Productions - Jack Of Spades
11 Oneness Of Juju - River Luv Rite
12 Rick Holmes - Remember To Remember
13 Freddie McGregor - Natural Collie
14 Dennis Brown - Wolves & Leopards

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Friday, 31 October 2008

Friday Tunes

Highly recommend the new Q-Tip LP, been on rotation all week for me and one of the albums of the year, definately hip hop wise anyway. The below Grace Jones remix which I believe won't be getting officially released, no idea why since it's great. Finally, a short but very good cover of an all time house music classic.
Q-Tip - We Fight / Love (feat. Raphael Saadiq)

Grace Jones - Williams Blood (Aeroplane Remix)

Findlay Brown - Promised Land

VA - Voyage: Facing The History of French Modern Psychedelic Music

An excellent compilation that provides a great insight into the psych scene over in Paris (and beyond), covering a number of styles, from really heavy, feedback-laden acid rock, to Stooges-style acid-punk, droning Velvet Underground (or Suicide) style pieces to psychedelic string section-lead songs. Hadn't heard of most of the bands on here before but will be delving deeper, as well as checking more stuff out by the excellent Turzi who compiled it.

01 One Switch To Collison - Smokes
02 Lisa Li Lund - Heavy Horses
03 Aqua Nebula Oscillator - Ready To Fly
04 Koudlam - I Was Down
05 Service - The Dog
06 Juan Trip - High America
07 Butch Mc Koy - Sin
08 Chicros - New Orleans
09 Mogadishow - Mantra I
10 Kill For Total Peace - Psychopedestrian
11 Musikasphaera - Beware
12 Turzi - Tremolo Army
13 Ulysse - The Countess's Smiles
14 Etienne Jaumet - Doudouk
15 Rob - Improvisation

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Thursday, 30 October 2008


Keeping with the random nature of music on this blog, here's three gems I re-discovered whilst digging through some old stuff today (all released in 1997 I believe). The 'Live Garage Version' of Gabriel is still the best but thought I'd post the below remix since it took me a bit by surprise (never properly listened to them all before) and everybody's heard the other version a hundred times already. 'Tings In Time' still sounds great as does the MAW remix.

Rodney P - Tings In Time

The Braxtons - The Boss (Masters At Work Dub)

Roy Davis Jr. - Gabriel (M-Beat Remix)

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Dwele - Rize

After hearing him again on the Recloose track below and also on the new Jazzanova LP (cheers AC), thought I'd post his first demo LP from back in 98/99 which never got an official release. Bootlegged like crazy and all over the net, just in case anyone might have missed it though (and since it still sounds good). Download it here. Also can't seem to find another unreleased demo LP of his anymore, 'Beat Dat'. If anyone has a link, please feel free to share it. A few bonus tracks...

Dwele - Beep Me, Find Me

New Sector Movements - The Sun (Dwelogy Remix)

Jazzanova - Rockin' You Eternally (feat. Leon Ware & Dwele) (Buy)

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Heaven 17 - Penthouse & Pavement

Hearing the 'Penthouse & Pavment' track on the new Metro Area Fabric mix (buy here) reminded me of how great the whole LP of the same name is. A classic 80's album that I admittedly only discovered a few years ago but has been a bit of a favourite ever since. If you've never heard it before, think you can pick it up in most stores or online for a couple of quid. Well worth it.

4 more random...

..tracks on a similar vibe to the below comp. Deep, dark, driving and slightly 'dubby'? Is that a word. Best enjoyed played at a high volume imho. Also check the Herbert remix of 'Can't Take It' if you never have before, a classic. These four just happened to be easily available here on my HD, can dig a bit deeper for plenty more similar stuff if people enjoy them.

Pépé Bradock - 4

Osborne - Downtown

Oxia & The Hacker - Another Side

Recloose - Can't Take It (Carl Craig Mix)

VA - Soul In Motion

Dug this out again from a few years back. Compiled by Volcov aka Isoul8. Some deep detroit techno/ housey/electro-ish/broken beat 'esque' shit is the best way I can describe it. Shocking description I know but just download it and see for yourself, some good stuff. Thought my reviews would at least be getting better by now...

01 Titonton Duvante - Foreplay
02 Domu - The Long Way Up
03 Art Forest - The Flow
04 Ahab - Held By Love
05 Hanna - Ghost
06 Yellow Magic Orchestra - Indo (4 Hero Mix)
07 Carl Craig - They Were
08 Drexciya - Journey Home
09 Nubian Mindz - Malfunction
10 Nu Era - Breaking In Space
11 Splinterfaction - Ultraism
12 Envoy - Leave This World Behind

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Saturday, 11 October 2008

Sunday Epic

VA - Quiet Village Presents Fragments Of Fear Vol 1 & 2

"Excellent, very hard to find mixes packed with obscure horror themed proto-punk, eccentric glam-rock, disco, supernatural soundtracks and more. Cunningly interspersed with dialogue from the creepiest of giallos and voiceovers from the sleaziest, drive-in, horror double-bills that you can possibly imagine - pure grindhouse!"

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Sunday, 28 September 2008

No Rhyme...

In my current mood of lethargic laziness, embedding youtube links is just about all I can manage. Here's a couple of random tracks I've been listening to. No real reason behind any of them except one kinda reminded me off another & so forth...In fact, theres no real reason behind this post. Don't panic though, 'proper posts' & more comps soon come.

Friday, 19 September 2008

Friday Roule

Went through a box of old records last night and came across a bunch of Roule stuff which I haven't listened to for years, brought back a lot good memories. Will try to rip some of the better stuff when I get round to it but heres some classic's from good ol youtube in the meantime. Anyone else think they still sound pretty good? or is it just me reminiscing & having a soft spot for them :p

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

VA - Black Cock Edits

As requested. Don't know too much about this except for DJ Harvey and Black Cock Edits written on the front of the cdr. Have no idea when or who compiled it. Obviously some sort of bootleg since you can hear the vinyl recordings and it overlapping into the next tracks in some cases. Who knows if they are even all Black Cock related? 11 of them here anyway. Heres a copy & paste job from Harvey's site about Black Cock: 'Gerry and Harvey together are responsible for the highly influential and collectible Black Cock records. The labels' releases are known as foundations for the resurgence of "left field," "warehouse" and "garage" type of music. Black Cock was like a voice in the wilderness when it started up in the early 1990s, as it was very unique and forward-thinking for its era. The dance music world of that time was at a crossroads. Disco dub & techno just starting to be heard out at the disco more, but the Black Cock records were edits reaching a bit deeper into "cosmic," "Balearic" & were just a little more fucked up sounding than the others. The records have had everything and anything appear in their mysterious grooves -- disco re-edits inspired by original tape edits from house music pioneers such as Larry Levan and Ron Hardy; strange sound effects and dialogue; to heavy, spacey drum breaks and samples.While gaining a reputation for being more "out there" than most, at the same time Black Cock was still fun and kept a more tongue in cheek attitude - from it's name, on down to the humorously titled tracks, credits, and logo mascot. However, it might be said that the label was so unique and advanced at one point that in fact, many distributors were unable to move copies and resorted to throwing hundreds of unsold records in the trash bin! Whoops! Fast forward ten or more years and now these elusive slices of sonic mayhem change hands between mania collectors and regularly fetch over hundreds of dollars easily on internet auction sites, as well as stylistically paving the way for a slew of imitators. These days it's not hard to browse thru a glut of modern "left field" "cosmic" "balearic" or "disco dub" re-edits at any well-stocked dance music store, a market that just wouldn't exist if Black Cock hadn't paved the way.' If anyone can id any, provide a tracklist, or even confirm if they are indeed Harvey/Black Cock related, would be appreciated.

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Friday, 5 September 2008

VA - James Pants Presents Ice Castles

As requested and since it's still sitting on my desktop coincidentally, here it is in double quick time for once. Still not too sure about his LP 'Welcome' but this mix is right up my street.
Proper weird, spaced out, electronic, experimental sounds of the highest order. Highly recommended.
01 James Pants/Brian Eno/United States Of America — Ice Castles Intro
02 Godiego — Monkey Magic
03 Dick Hyman — Minotaur
04 Mort Garson/More Jive Rhythm Trax — Concerto for Philodendron & Pothos
05 Racines Synthetiques — Asteroide
06 Yellow Magic Orchestra — Behind The Mask
07 Weather Report — River People
08 Ardy, The Painter Of Love — Pregnant Rainbows For Colourblind Dreamers
09 Tonoto's Exploding Head Band — Cybernaut
10 Mort Garson — Swingin' Spathaphyllums
11 Bruce Haack — Moonlight and Roses
12 Patrick Gleeson — Unacceptable Dance Styles
13 Patrick Gleeson — La Grange Point Five
14 Tangerine Dream — Bent Sidewalk
15 Neil Norman — Phantom Planet
16 Arthur Brown — Triangles
17 Ralph Lundsten — Robbie Is Dancing The Waltz
18 James Pants / Yutaka — Ice Castle Outro

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Sunday, 31 August 2008

VA - Classic Balearic Mastercuts Vol 1

Balearic or not, theres some absolute classics on this...a few which haven't aged so well either it has to be said. Also wasn't sure if there was a reissue out or whether this was still slightly difficult to get hold of? Personally haven't seen many CD version's of it anywhere so here it is for your listening pleasure.

01 Chris Rea - Josephine (La Version Francaise)
02 Sueno Latino - Sueno Latino (The Paradise Version)
03 Electribe 101 - Talking With Myself (Deep Dream Mix)
04 BBG - Snappiness (Original 12" Version)
05 The Blow Monkeys - La Passionara (12" Version)
06 Tullio De Piscopo - Primavera (Stop Bajon) (12" Version)
07 Lola - Wax The Van (Jon's Dub)
08 Moodswings - Spiritual High (State Of Independence)
09 Sheer Taft - Cascades (Hypnotone Mix)
10 The Grid - Floatation (Subsonic Grid Mix)
11 A Man Called Adam - Barefoot In The Head (12" Version)

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Pat Metheny Sunday

Three of my favourite Metheny related tracks (ideal background music for reading the Sunday papers to I find...) , but probably his most well known ones too. I'm sure many of you knowledgeable readers are much more familiar with his vast array of work than me, so what other albums and particular featured tracks of his should I be checking out? (obviously apart from the 3 lp's these are taken from) Any recommendations would be very welcome.

Pat Metheny Group - Slip Away

Pat Metheny Group - Are You Going With Me?

Steve Reich/Pat Metheny - Electric Counterpoint (Fast - Movement 3)

Monday, 25 August 2008

The Invisible - Jacob and The Angel (Live)

Nearly forgot to mention, saw this lot live the other night and was very impressed. Looking forward to their forthcoming LP on Accidental Records. Check out their myspace in the meanwhile for more info.

Arthur Russell - In The Light Of The Miracle

I originally posted about this documentary in June of last year, so it's taken a while for it to finally get shown over here. Check out the website and trailer. Not much more to say except that it's a must see. It's only showing at the ICA for one week so you'll have to book your tickets pretty quick. I like this story by Theo Thonnessen in the sleevenotes to 'I Like It Vol 1' about this particular track though: 'I wonder how dance music of today would sound, without Arthur Russell's influences. This man was definitely ahead of his time. I got this as a white label from Gilles Peterson years ago when he was playing in our club Into Somethin'. Talkin Loud wanted to put out some of Arthur Russell's unreleased tracks at that time. So a limited number of 12" promos were pressed. Somehow it never came out officially. The morning after Gilles' gig, I came home, put 'In the light...' on and listened to it for hours till I fell asleep next to the turntable. My love affair with deep-house began that day."

Arthur Russell - In The Light Of The Miracle

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Bank Holiday Threesome

Slightly random but heres three classics I've had on repeat today. Verging on the camp but that just makes me love em even more. Bring on the weekend. Scenes.

Chemise - She Can't Love You

Teena Marie - Square Biz

Gwen Guthrie - Padlock (Larry Levan Mix)

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Date For Your Diaries: Fri 5th September

I Can Count
El Paso Basement

Edit: Unfortunately postponed until a new date is decided...

Charlie Dark & Roger Robinson - Prayers For Angry Young Men

Whilst I was posting the below, it reminded me of this great Charlie Dark produced tune on the new Brownswood Bubblers 3 comp. I'm gulity of not normally listening to the lyrics of most tracks with any sort of concentration but these definately struck me on a more deeper & poignant level than the average stuff I come across - especially apt for the current times we are in. Oh yeah, if you haven't got it already, go buy this comp - you need it! Buy here

Charlie Dark & Roger Robinson - Prayers For Angry Young Men

VA - Attica Blues Present Drum Major Instinct

Charlie & Tony compiled this great comp a few years back now but it's only just recently been back on my headphones again. I love the feeling you get when you haven't listened to an album you've had for ages and are surprised by a tune you hadn't really 'got' or listened to properly the first time round for whatever reason. The opening Pal Joey track on here is definately one of those for me that I've re-discovered. Plenty more quality tracks on here as well though. Anyone know if X:Treme records is still going?

01 Pal Joey - Drum Major Instinct
02 O.C. - Times Up
03 Gangstarr - The ? Remains
04 Jamose - The Rhymthologist
05 Innershade - Operator (Attica Blues Remix)
06 Paul Hardcastle - Rainforest
07 NY House'n Authority - Apt 3a
08 Imagination - Burning Up (Dub)
09 DSM - Warrior Groove
10 Corrina Joseph - Lonely
11 No Smoke - Koro Koro
12 Maurice Fulton - In My Mind
13 Nuspirit Helsinki - Orson
14 Spirit - Ice

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Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Re-Up (Gang)

Don't normally do re-ups but made an exception for Jacksoul - quality track and I know its hard to get hold of. Obviously the Sade/Terje one people were having problems with so hopefully this new link should work. Let me know if theres anymore that are playing up. In fact I don't mind re-upping a couple of older tracks people might have missed first time round but no album re-up requests please.

Todd Terje vs Sade - I Never Thought I'd See Glittertind

Jacksoul - Unconditional Love

Monday, 11 August 2008

Clipse vs A Mountain Of One vs Studio

Re-ups coming this week, finally! In the meantime, heres a quick gem I was forwarded from a friend. Guessing he got it online somewhere cos I know he def didn't make it himself, ha - he wishes I'm sure (cheers d - much appreciated though :p) . Anyways, its a 'mashup' (another term I hate) of Studio's remix of Brown Piano by A Mountain of One and a Clipse track (lyrics to be precise). Sounds like an unusual combination but it works a treat. Hopefully the zshare link will work but if it's still giving problems, will change hosts.

The Clipse - Fast Piano (Studio Remix)

Sunday, 27 July 2008

VA - Relics - A Transmat Compilation

'Far superior to its vinyl counterpart, the CD version of Relics adds numerous full-length tracks and intervals that were not included on the (often bootlegged) vinyl version. Regarded by many not only as one of the definitive Detroit techno comps, but also as one of the greatest releases electronic music has ever known. The best versions of "Wiggan" and "Strings of Life" are right here. The Carl Craig intros and tracks sound as if they were beamed to the early nineties from the very distant future....often imitated & never duplicated brilliance.' & 'Detroit at its finest. Many hard to find rarities sit alongside more common tracks, all of them linked trough small pieces courtesy of Derrick May, give to this compilation a true album feel, that you want to listen to from start to finish in one go. Beautiful soundscape and darker grooves alternate perfectly. This music comes from (what was at the time, 1987-92) one of the hardest cities in the world, yet I put it on myself to escape unpleasant realities.' Two short but concise reviews on discogs which sum it up really.

1 Long Ago - A Relic
2 Derrick May - Interval 1
3 Rhythim Is Rhythim - Beyond The Dance (Re-Mix)
4 Derrick May - Interval 2
5 BFC - Evolution
6 Derrick May - Interval 3
7 Long Long Ago - Another Relic
8 Derrick May - Interval 4
9 Model 500 - Info World
10 Rhythim Is Rhythim - Strings Of Life (Unreleased Mix)
11 Derrick May - Interval 5
12 Mayday - Wiggan (Re-mix)
13 Psyche - Intro Crackdown (Re-mix Part 1)
14 Psyche - Intro Crackdown (Re-mix Part 2)
15 Psyche - Intro Crackdown (Re-mix Part 3)
16 Psyche - Crackdown (Re-mix)
17 Derrick May - Interval 6
18 Mayday - MS6
19 Derrick May - Interval 7
20 Rhythim Is Rhythim - The Dance
21 Derrick May - Interval 8
22 Suburban Knight - The Art Of Stalking
23 Derrick May - Interval 9
24 Longer Than Long Ago - A Relic
25 Derrick May - Interval 10
26 Rhythim Is Rhythim - Drama
27 Suburban Knight - The Groove

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008

VA - Cosmo Baker Mixes

Apologies for the short post but just thought I'd quickly share a few quality Cosmo Baker mixes which have soundtracked my day today. Just click the links to be re-directed to the links/tracklistings. Starting with my favourite of the bunch:
Feeling Good Mix
Love Break Mix
Too Much Posse Mix + some others
+ many more to purchase here

Saturday, 19 July 2008

VA - Morgan Geist Presents Unclassics

Great mix CD from the Environ boss which is an excursion through obscure electronic funk and disco from 1978-1985. Featuring rare cuts from A. Robotnick, Plastic Mode, Gaz Nevada, Zodiac & many more. Wicked artwork by Julian Morey (Factory Records, Hacienda) as well. Read a much better review about it here. As ever, if you like what you hear, please try & purchase the CD/Vinyl/MP3 etc.

01 Untro
02 Discotheque - Disco Special
03 Zodiac - Pacific
04 Pluton and The Humanoids - World Invaders
05 Unrhythm Trax - Humanoid Beat
06 Margueritas - Maguerita (Hot Edit)
07 Eurofunk - Manshortage (Eli-173 Edit)
08 Victor - Go On Do It (Radio Version)
09 Plastic Mode - Baja Imperial
10 Dance Reaction - Disco Train (Morgan Geist Caboose Mix)
11 Purple Flash Orchestra - Freedom Now (Break Edit)
12 Purple Flash - We Can Make It
13 Gaz Nevada - Special Agent Man (Female Version)


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Wednesday, 9 July 2008

88-Keys - Wasting My Minutes Ft. Kid Cudi

Yeah, I'm a bit late on 88 Keys, every other blog in the world has posted it already etc. But this particular track! All I'll say is I'm sure I'm not the only one who is/can really relate to it... Get the rest of his mixtape here . Think his forthcoming LP 'Death of Adam' is being executively produced by Kanye West so it could turn out shite, maybe great or most likely a combination of both, some great tracks mixed with a lot of fillers - can only wait & see. Believe he's also playing Plastic People on the 29th this month, might see some of you down there...

88-Keys - Wasting My Minutes Feat Kid Cudi

Monday, 7 July 2008

The Jacksons - Living Together (Tribute To Ron & Bill Hardy Version)

As requested and since it's been around on the net for ages anyway, here's the superb Julien Love edit of Living Together. The original Gamble & Huff produced track appeared on the self titled 1976 LP 'The Jacksons'. Check out some more quality edits & mixes by Mr Love here. One of the funkiest tunes you'll come across. Ever.

The Jacksons - Living Together (Tribute To Ron & Bill Hardy Version)

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

VA - Tigersushi Presents More G.D.M.

' The ‘More G.D.M.' series is an eye-opening multi-genre compilation from French label cum website, Tigersushi. There have already been five vinyl EPs in the series, but this compilation pulls together their entire contents plus five exclusive bonus tracks. The idea behind the series is that it brings to light quality electronica cuts of yesteryear and sets them alongside the musical works of contemporary visionaries. German artist Gina X's 80s offering, ‘No G.D.M.' (that's ‘No Great Dark Man') - forms the title track. The punk-electro march with Gina's Germanic-android vocal was (perhaps unsurprisingly), a favourite at New York's infamous Danceteria club way back in 1981. Then there's Bush Tetras' mad Banshees-style guitar track, ‘Things That Go Boom in the Night', Max Berlin (the French underground's own Barry White), with ‘Elle et Moi' and even Seven Grand Housing Authority's 90s feel good US house track ‘Love's Got Me High' which all stand out. In fact, the retro element here has a lot more to offer than the contemporary – save for French act Alice Machine with seedy electro offering ‘Night Hunt', nu wave tech house bod, John Tejada - who adds a smattering of dub with ‘Present Pretense' - and the Tigersushi Bass System featuring Jamalski, which warns of a dangerous “funk invasion” while detonating its own hip hop/electro explosives. Pretentious? Well, it does have a tendency to go off the deep end in places; Silver Apples ‘Salad' cacophony and Tokow Boys insane juvenile ditty ‘Swinging Pool' had me scratching my head and looking up “post modernism” in the dictionary, but in general this is a great collection of obscure goodies.'

01 Gina X - No G.D.M.
02 Metro Area - We Also Not
03 Maurice Fulton - Feel The Same
04 Silver Apples - Salad
05 Bush Tetras - Things That Go Boom In The Night
06 Alice Machine - Night Hunt
07 Tokow Boys - Swinging Pool
08 Max Berlin - Elle Et Moi
09 Chapter three - Smurf Trek
10 T.B.S Feat Jamlski - Extraterrestrial Manoeuvres In...
11 Shalark - Shalade (Salad Remix)
12 Material - Secret Life
13 S.G.H.A - Love's Got Me High
14 John Tejada - Present Pretense
15 Cluster - Hollywood

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Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Matrix & Futurebound - Family Feat. Robert Owens (Nu Tone & Logistics Remix)

It randomly dawned on me today that I haven't posted any drum & bass for a while. What better way to begin the track posts again eh. From Factory Records to this, ha. I'm far from up to date on whats going on within the 'scene' at the moment or on any of the big tunes either. The below Matrix & Futurebound track being the last current thing I have. What tracks do I need to check out, taking into account the more soulful/musical style of d&b I personally prefer? Any recommendations or even links would be much appreciated. Merci beaucoup.

Matrix & Futurebound- Family Feat. Robert Owens (Nu Tone & Logistics Remix)

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+ great video of one of my favourite D&B tunes (check out the buy here link to find out more)
PHONEHEADS - subject beautiful

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