Sunday, 30 September 2007

A Number of Names - Sharevari

The Equals - Funky Like A Train

Marvin Gaye - Funk Me

Leroy Burgess - Heartbreaker

Saturday, 29 September 2007

There is a light that never goes out

After a night out with colleagues from work last night, I'm locking the doors for the weekend and getting down to some serious self-styled hermitology. The Twelves are everywhere at the moment popping up to rework M.I.A's "Boyz" whilst also spreading their Rio vibes over Erlend Oye's "Sudden Rush".

Is it wrong that I like Erlend Oye's Smiths cover?

Black Hollywood - Black Hollywood

Erlend Oye - Sudden Rush (The Twelves Remix)

To My Boy - Model


Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Rex vs Sly

Rex the dog is being posted purely for the intro (although I like a lot of the Depeche Mode stuff) - it keeps finding itself at the start of my ipod shuffle which is weird considering how much is on there. Again it's that analogue electro warmth that draws me to the track but one minute in a unashamedly 80's synth kicks in. Probably on the wrong side of cheesy. Check his Prototype video.

Sly gets on there for no other reason than this track tipped The Family Stone for me. They were always one of those bands that were referenced by all the modern artists that I loved, but I didn't really get them. I had the tunes, paid lip service but deep down I couldn't get into them, until this track. There's bigger tunes from Sly and probably funkier beats but the groove on this one was my wake up call. I think I was trying to master that flicky guitar riff at the time too...

Depeche Mode - Photographic (Rex The Dog Remix)

Sly and the Family Stone - Runnin' Away


Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Liam Howlett presents the Breezeblock Mixshow

Attention all B-Boys and B-Girls!

Today we're taking a break from the norm by providing an amazing mixtape crafted by Liam Howlett from the Prodigy. This classic set was originally aired on Annie Nightingale's Breezeblock show in 1998, taking in breakbeats from The Beatles to Hendrix via the Ultramagnetic MCs. The set had an official release shortly after as Prodigy Presents: Dirtchamber Sessions Vol.1 (buy it here) but with some changes due to copyright difficulties - so if you already own the CD then you'll still love this...

Liam Howlett - The Original Breezeblock Mixshow [YSI] [Divshare]

Monday, 24 September 2007

Analogue Frenzy

Check out the analogue synths being used by Stereolab - a virtual smorgasbord of Moog goodness. I'm lovin' the cheap drum intro on Olv 26 - very DFA.

Stereolab - Olv 26

Boris Gardiner - Melting Pot

Soseme Makonde - Manzara


Friday, 21 September 2007

Jose Feliciano - California Dreamin'

The Congos - Congoman Chant

Gil Scott-Heron - Grandma's Hands

Chicago Transit Authority - I'm A Man [Rub-N-Tug Edit]

Thursday, 20 September 2007

So let me see that fancy footwork...

This is an un-ashamed posting for bringing Friday night forward to Thursday. And  postponing Monday to Tuesday. Long live the extended weekend. Digging around the tracks I've ear marked out for while I suspect these will make you move your feet. Modulation frenzy from Chromeo and MSTRKFT, the brilliant Digitalism remix of The Futureheads and crunchy French electro from Sebastian.

Anyone heading to see Uffie and Feadz at Sankeys? Let us know in the C-Box.

Sebastian - Walkman

Chromeo - Tenderoni (MSTRKRFT Remix)

The Future Heads - Skip To The End (Digitalism remix)

Tuesday, 18 September 2007


I'm shattered tonight so this will be short and sweet. Slick house from Spirit Catcher and some early nineties high pitch hip hop from the Wascals.

That's it.

Spirit Catcher - Harmonize (12" Version)

The Wascals - Stole The Show

Sunday, 16 September 2007

'The Glass' Weekender - Part 2

So for part two of our Glass remixes, Arveene & Misk twist things round plus a Supertroels rework of 'Mad at You'.

Keep an eye for the full EP available from itunes and check out yesterdays post for the links to the 'Fourteen Again' remixes.

The Glass - Mad At You (Arveene and Misk Mix)

The Glass - Mad At You (Supertroels Mix)


Saturday, 15 September 2007

'The Glass' Weekender - Part 1 - New York Noise

This post is part one of an exclusive remix weekend courtesy of Plant Records and The Glass. First of all cheers to the Glen and Dominique for letting us get hold us the files for their up coming EP 'Couples Therapy' which is to be released on their own Plant records. 'Couples Therapy should be out now in Europe and later this month for the US.

Over the next two days I will be posting their remixes from two tracks courtesy of Eli Escobar, UFO, Supertroels and Arveene & Misk so please download now for a quality slice of New York Electro at it's finest. For tour dates and access to more information head to The Glass or to grab hold of their free New York Noise podcast then head here.

Want to purchase more? Buy from here.

The Glass - Fourteen Again (Eli Escobar Mix)

The Glass - Fourteen Again (UFO Mix)


Thursday, 13 September 2007

Bobby Byrd - Soul Man

Heaven just got funkier.

Bobby Byrd - Hot Pants (I'm Coming, Coming, I'm Coming)

Sammy Gordon and The Hiphuggers - Making Love

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Experimental New York

Suicide have had a quite a bumpy ride all told and yet are clearly an influential band, surviving many guises and I actually have a number of tracks that I would love to post. Alan Vega and Martin Rev have been pushing the boundaries of electronic music for a while but haven't moved from cult to legend whilst some of their counter parts have, themselves never really passing into the pop echelons.

Of course the ones who did (Depeche Mode) made millions and then some didn't (New Order). I've realised that I haven't posted any New Order and given they can easily claim the title one of my favourite band, I've shocked myself. Here's the first.

Suicide - Super Subway Comedian

New Order - Face Up


Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Chicago Transit Authority - I'm A Man

Joe Zawinul - In A Silent Way (In Memoriam)

Ozo - Anambra

Spacey - Dancer

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Green and Green

Another trip down the M5/M6 for a weekend in the country left me to sift through some of the tracks that I've been dying to listen to for the past week or so. Grant Green is probably one of the most under-rated jazz guitar players of all time - timelessly cool and a real inspiration. He played with Elvin Jones who drummed for John Coltrane and really started making waves at the start of the sixties with his powerhouse rhythm section. Sadly he died at the age of 44.

You will now do the following;

1. Check out the video.
2. Listen to 'Sookie Sookie'.
3. Pay your dues.

Grant Green - Sookie Sookie

Al Green - I Can't Get Next To You

Friday, 7 September 2007

And for today...

It's Friday so here are a few tunes to move your feet to - have a good weekend! A Phreek tune from '77, big electro from Plus Move and an awesome track from Taj Mahal. Bluesy, but danceable.

Taj Mahal - Chevrolet

Plus Move - Boss

Phreek - Weekend (12" Extended Version)


For Yesterday...

Slack posting again. Very poor show indeed.

After a quick run through the major music web sites I can't seem to find anything about Kazi who made the track below which has got to be worth a mention in itself. He keeps popping up on various Stones Throw stuff and some of the smaller LA labels and he's well worth a listen. I'm a sucker for that slow, soul sample and this track is no exception.

Plus, a Giles Peterson favourite from the multi talented instrumentalist Bonobo, from his 'Days to Come' album  (again definitely worth a listen - beautifully recorded) and my top sea shanty-esque Beirut track, Nantes. Great percussion on both tunes which can only be a good thing so long may it continue.

Kazi - A.V.E.R.A.G.E

Bonobo - Walk In The Sky

Beirut - Nantes


Wednesday, 5 September 2007


Having just returned from the White Isle slightly confused, sunburnt and dehydrated I'm relishing the posting of a couple of tracks for you (thanks to Haydn for keeping things ship shape in the meantime). Funnily enough I can't say I heard anything amazingly ground braking when I was over there but that wasn't really why I went. I have a bunch of friends who've been going out there every year for a while and always stay in San An. When I first went out to Ibiza 7 years ago I was lucky enough to get into most of the clubs free, stayed in a villa in Saint Joseph, and didn't really experience the dirty delights/horrors of San Antonio. This time, funds dictated otherwise. And I loved it...

So a shout out to Wips for selling over-the-counter lager to a group of desperate English ruffians (urban supermarket terrorists so they are), many thanks to the taxi driver who took me home from DC10's despite me falling asleep and not giving fully coherent directions plus a cautionary word regarding sunburn; factor 6 tanning oil does not, I repeat does NOT stop you burning at Bora Bora. It just makes you greasy.

So here's to dancing with people from around the world despite not speaking their language. Two of the highlights were hearing Justice in Space and The Gossip in a tiny bar somewhere in San An.

I didn't hear Booka Shade - I just like them.

Booka Shade - Something Physical

The Gossip - Listen Up (MSTRKRFT Remix)

D.V.N.O (LA Riots Bootleg Remix)


Tuesday, 4 September 2007

The Jackson 5 - Dancing Machine

"Take my hand, let me stand, I'm your Mechanical Man," Jerry Butler

Jackie Mittoo - Hang 'Em High (Removed on request)

Betty Botox - Space Base (Removed on request)

Johnnie Taylor - What About My Love? [Joey Negro Reedit]

Monday, 3 September 2007

The Factory All Stars - Love Will Tear Us Apart

Phill & The Friends - This Man

Magazine 60 - Don Quichotte

The Incredible Bongo Band - Apache [Grandmaster Flash Remix]

Sunday, 2 September 2007

George Kranz - Din Daa Daa

The Roots - Din Daa Daa

Devo - S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain)

Saturday, 1 September 2007

M.I.A. - Jimmy

The Jackson 5 - The Life of the Party

Kelley Polar - Here in the Night

The Williams Fairey Brass Band - Jibaro