Dancing In The DJ Booth Is Cheating

October 27, 2006 at 7:16 pm (Albums, Blogs, Celebrity Stuff, Crosby, Stills and Nash)

So I went down to Fabric hier soir for Adventures in the Beetroot Fields which was really good. First we saw The Whip from Manchester who were really good although I’m convinced the first tune they played completely nicked the bass line from Seven Nation Army – but yeah as Northern White Stripes Electro re-interpretors go they were great. Then I saw some Circulus which was soooo funny – a bunch of dudes dressed up as druids playing psych-folk-funk versions of 14th Century italian minstrel songs – it was all going really well until they pissed me off by completely rinsing a Grace Slick bass-line and then starting to ‘rock out’ – it was like watching Bill and Ted return from Medieval England with a bunch of wandering types and putting on a show with guitar solos and recorders – seriously I laughed out loud. Then came Cajun Dance Party who I think are fucking awesome – I’ve chatted about them before but I never realised just how young the lead singer is – but yeah the lead guitarist was so good – he looked like a young David Geffen – all jew fro and Keith Richards posing. They made such a good front couple him and the singer. Then came Hot Club De Paris who were awesome too – my favorite bit was when they did some barber shop harmonies of how they’d ‘fuck any thing that walks’ Then things started going down hill – the club was getting packed and Surkin came on and the Sebastian and Kavinsky but seriously, unless you’re gonna give yourself over to the night, that music is too much for a Thursday. Props to People Are Germs for that somthing to midnight Justice track and also Skull Juice for holding down the Bloggers Room before the club filled up. Oh we did see the Sunshine Underground but I’m not that into them.


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Guess Who’s Back?

October 25, 2006 at 8:11 pm (Albums, Blogs, Classics, Future Classic, Mixtape, Summer Banger!!!, Worldwide)

Sorry blog people for being so lame and not updating so much of late but I’ve been working and going out and generally not being sat in front of my computer with a beer which some may say is healthy. Anyway I finished my job today which was sad as all the people that I worked with were really cool and I would have liked to stay but I guess Manchester and NY will be cool. Sometimes I like to think that I could feature in my own TV series about me getting travelling around the world trying to get jobs in the music industry (anyone who’s read David Sedaris will realise that this is a normal thing to do) – I never really focus on the plot but you can bet yo ass that this tune will be the soundtrack. I actually sang this tune to one of the guys in Other Music, not knowing the name of it or the artist, and the dude new what it was exactly – now that’s service.

William Onyeabor – Better Change Your Mind          buy

So yeah I got to listen to a lot of wicked music at my little job and I know have a new favorite tune. The Folk Implosion is Lou Barlow from Sebadoh and some other dude – I never really got into Sebadoh but Lou’s solo album from about 2 years ago blew my mind – kinda like Postal Service for grown ups.

The Folk Implosion – Serge           buy

Serge samples Requiem Pour Un Con which is one of my favorite Serge Gainsbourg tracks and one of the meanest breaks ever. Listening to that puts me in the mind of my favorite pseudo Serge track ‘Elle Et Moi’ by Max Berlin. I know nothing about Max Berlin but this tune is like some amazing Soul II Soul remix of a lost Gainsbourg tune.

Max Berlin – Elle Et Moi

Of late I have kinda become a little obsessed with old style and music magazines. My room is getting cluttered with early nineties copies of THE FACE, i-D, Sleazenation and Straight No Chaser. Straight No Chaser is amazing because back then it seems that the whole scene revolved around Gilles Peterson and James Lavelle. Now Lavelle was a sorta hero of mine back when I was growing up in Norwich, I was 16 when Mo Wax released Endtroducing, Dr Octagon and Attica Blues which were / are 3 very important albums to me – however back in 92 the label hadn’t released much yet he seems to feature so much in the mag its odd. Anyway recently LCD Soundsystem released a tune for Nike to celebrate some old bit of thing which I’m half way through listening to now. Its good, kinda like a segued mixtape but I’ve still got my CD from 1997 when Mo Wax produced a CD for Nike to help launch some Air Max and Zoom Airs – I remember thinking that this tune was AMAZING – anyway I guess whatever you say about Lavelle (and people seem to say a great deal) he’s always been pretty ahead the game even if it is just aligning himself with great people such as the upcoming UNKLE album (I’ve heard from a friend who’s heard it that its fucking amazing).

Mo Wax – Air Zoom Flight 5 (Jason Kidd)

LCD Soundsytem – 45 33 Nike + Original Run

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I met Saul *MF* Williams

October 23, 2006 at 11:35 pm (Baile Funk, Blogs)

seriousy – I met Saul Williams tonight – more updates coming soon – sorry I been so lame – I saw a bunch ‘o bands this week but they were all pretty lame so no postings – ITC and CMJ updates comin soooon!

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London Baile Madness

October 17, 2006 at 10:11 pm (Baile Funk, Blogs, Classics, Future Classic, Mixtape, Summer Banger!!!, Worldwide)

baile_funk.gifSo tomorrow, Wednesday, sees London descend into Baile Funk Madness. Somehow there are two great parties happening, both surely would appeal to the exact same crowd however there not anywhere near each other. DJ Gorky, from Bonde Do Role is DJing at the Old Blue Last which should be great – I saw them perform there a while ago and I realy felt like I was seeing a young Yeah Yeah Yeahs but Brazilian. Then up in Camden at the Proud is a slightly larger party with DJ Sujinho, Sinden and also my quadrangle chum Carmen Selektra – I’m opting for that one, sorry Gorky but I’ve never seen Sujinho before and his tunes are dope.

Bonde Do Role – Melo Do Tabaco (Sinden Remix)

DJ Sujinho – Ai Voce Gosta Featuring Zuzuca Poderosa

Both these tunes are fire – TTL has some Bonde Do Role stuff here and Boomkat has some Sujinho here.

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Mixtape Monday – ?uestlove

October 16, 2006 at 1:20 pm (Blogs, Mixtape, Worldwide)

So I’ve got to be quick – this mix is a year or two old but its great. Its basically ?uestlove playing on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide show. Its all original tunes that people like Kanye, Common and Dre have sampled – great little mix.

?uestlove – Sample Lesson Mix

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Super Quick Post II

October 13, 2006 at 1:54 pm (Blogs, Grumble Grumble, Mixtape, Songs)

Hey so I’ve been a little bit busy of late, working in the days and attempting some sort of life in the evenings. Anyway I’ve got to be quick – get this fucking super amazing mix by Hatchmatik who is part of the Peer Pressure crew from Montreal – has anyone else noticed how fire Canada is right now? This mix is your usual crunk, hip hop, electro mix but I love it and it has my fave tune of the moment which starts 40 minutes into the mix – its a Bmore remix of that Gwen Stefani tune ft Ludacris – Luxurious I think – oh mayng its sooo good.

Hatchmatik – Killing Your Face Vol.1

So recently I’ve been working at Domino which is cool – anyway I found this tune by  Jeffrey Lewis – its all about him meeting Will Oldham AKA Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy in Williamsburg and hilarity ensues.  Anyway I can’t stop listening to this tune – something about being surrounded by hundreds of boxes containing Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy CDs makes it seem so poignant.

Jeffrey Lewis – Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror

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Cajun Dance Party

October 10, 2006 at 8:10 pm (Blogs, Future Classic, Songs)

cajun.jpgJust to clarify, I never started this blog in an attempt to get my writing noticed and further my career as a journalist – I know that I can’t write for shit and to be honest most of the time I don’t understand what the fuck Pitchfork are going on about. However I do love finding new music and new bands – the best thing about finding new bands is being able to go and see them at some tiny venue and song along to the tunes with most of the crowd consisting of the band’s mates – also I can’t stand large venues and I HATE to (read am unable to) book in advance for shows – tickets have just been announced for the Guillemots in February!!!!! Anyway the hype seems to be building around Cajun Dance Party so go see them quick. They’re nice UK Schmindie in that new vein of Los Campesinos! and I really think they could brighten your walk / drive to work this Autumn / Fall.

Cajun Dance Party – Analyse

Cajun Dance Party – The Next Untouchable

So I’m stepping up the Upside Down myspace page – I can’t be fucked to pimp it at the moment but what you will start finding in the blog section are embedded music videos. Today I uploaded an amazing Bessie Smith video of St. Louis Blues and a couple of Gil Scott Heron videos. Seriously the Bessie Smith one is sooooo worth watching. If you haven’t checked the Stupid Hat myspace then check it here.

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H To Tha O V

October 8, 2006 at 9:58 pm (Blogs, Classics, Future Classic, Songs)

jay-z.jpgSo Jay-Z is finally out of retirement eh – seems to me like he’s been more prolific since he retired than ever before. Anyways the new track is all right – my fave bit is where he says ‘Give the drummer some, I already gave the Summer some, its the Winter’s turn‘. Dear Summer was a proper Summer tune, all lazy, hazy and drawn out with the sped up Weldon Irvine vocals from Morning Sunrise. This time round its fall and he’s sampled my favorite tune for this time of year Darkest Light by the Lafayette Afro Rock Band. When I was growing up Wreckx-N-Effect used it for Rump Shaker which was quite good a tune when you were only 12. Anyway I always used to play this when I was DJing, the horn intro is so haunting and the rest of the tune so meandering and sexy – dayums. Show Me What You Got also samples Shaft In Africa by Johnny Pate which was a huge block party tune and featured on those Ultimate Breaks and Beats compilations.

Jay-Z – Show Me What You Got

Johnny Pate – Shaft In Africa

Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Darkest Light

Big Ups to Different Kitchen, Idolator and Nah Right for spreading the love. Amazon has plenty Lafayette Afro Rock Band and also Shaft In Africa.

UPDATE: it would appear that great minds think alike. Somebody just pointed out that the great Soul Sides has posted the exact same thing as me only a few hours before – I swear guv’ I wasn’t copying honest.

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Sunday Blogging

October 8, 2006 at 8:31 pm (Blogs, Classics, Future Classic)

capricorns.jpgOne of my favorite bands is playing a couple of shows in LA today. The Capricorns make lo-fi casio electro punk or is it synth rock, anyway, they’re playing an instore at Sea Level Records in Echo Park and then they’re playing this evening at Mountain Bar. I love these girls so much.

The Capricorns – Pretty Girls

The Capricorns – The New Sound

bloggers.jpgAnyway I can’t go and see them as I’m in LDN and today I played at Bloggers Delight which was wicked – I didn’t hang around too much but I caught Bok Bok from Lower End Spasm and he played some good tunes. I’ve never checked his blog but if you go there now there a great video of some all lady grime tune featuring amongst others No Lay, Shortness, Fury and Lioness (who I think is mates with Bearman).

desert.jpgSo it would appear that James Lavelle is setting up a new label / brand called Surrender All. Its going to be a record label (releasing the 3rd UNKLE album produced by Chris Goss – QOTSA), a fashion label and a series of club nights. Its funny as I was only chatting to someone the other week about Lavelle and I was told that he was super skint and had been selling off all his toys. Anyway I’m excited about a new UNKLE album – I’ve really liked both of the previous ones and Never Never Land really hinted at some sort of desert business – I just checked the UNKLE site and the description given for the next album is ‘a collection of desert songs’ – sweet. Here’s my favorite non Lavelle desert song.

Mark Lanegan – Sleep With Me (Version)

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Super Quick Post

October 6, 2006 at 2:10 pm (Blogs, Classics, Mixtape)

Gotta be quick on this as my luch hour has almost finished and I still need my cup o’ tea and fag.

Went to a talk at the ICA last night hosted by Tom and Will from Lex Records which was wicked – musings to follow soon.

Saw Leo Minor’s debut European performance at Help The Jaded – seriously it was soooo good – I really think he’s gonna be fucking huge – seriously.

NME had this mix on the free CD – for all y’all that don’t want to waste £2.50 on the Grazia of the indie world cop the mix here – Simian Mobile Disco mixing up a bunch of French techno / electro, some Simian remixes and an obligatory Klaxons tune – RAVVVEEEE!!! or not. Actually the mix is pretty good, but I refuse to call it neu Rave, indie kids have been dancing for years and a day glo t-shirt and one kicks like a mule cover does not a stupid genre make.

Club NME present Simian Mobile Disco – Dancefloor Distortion Mix

Oh and Sunday is Bloggers Delight at The Lock Tavern – I’m DJing so come down.   

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Mixtape Monday Postponed

October 2, 2006 at 8:35 pm (Blogs, Classics, Future Classic, Mixtape, random)

butters.jpgSorry for being lame and not having a Mixtape Monday for you guys today, I’ve got a couple of special Stupid Hat mixes being made by various people but you know how DJ’s are with deadlines – also I haven’t been chasing too much as the beatdown has knocked me a little sideways.

Anyway I can tell you that you need to get the Stones Throw podacsts as the latest one is a mix of Turkish funk by Egon – I had the pleasure of attending a rooftop party in LA when Egon was playing and seriously he killed it – just playing all sorts of Turkish, Ethiopian and who knows what funk – subscribe to it here.

The nice people over at Ghostly International have thrown a couple of treats our way – to be honest I don’t know anything about Chris Willits but both Yellow Spring (from his forthcoming solo album) and Shimokitazawa Face (from the just released collaboration with Brad Laner) are amazing. Yellow Spring is a beautiful, intense piece of electronica in the vein of Fourtet or Dabrye. Shimokitazawa Face is a lot harder and could be mistaken for thinking it was a collab between Josh Homme and David Holmes. Both should be played very loud on a late night drive into the desert.

Christopher Willits – Yellow Spring

North Valley Subconscious Orchestra – Shimokitazawa Face

Purchase the North Valley Subconscious Orchestra album from Ghostly here and the Chris Willits album is out on 17th October.

Also I am very excited to announce the return of South Park, the Season 10 premier is Wednesday eve in the states which means that here in the UK you’ll have to get your internet on on Thursday (lunchtime I would suggest). Youtube have the trailer here – awesome.Oh and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to download an amazing Bmore Club mix of Justin Timberlake’s ‘My Love’ from Discobelle before the link runs out.

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