Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Ugly Talented Mix Series: No 4 - Beat Electric

Sweet lord, Christmas has come early! Yes sir!

And so the Ugly Talented Mix Series rolls on after a brief hiatus and we're kicking this refreshed feature off with one of the best blogs out there. It's a genuine personal favourite of both myself and Haydn plus home to my most used 'smart playlist' on my Ipod.

Beat Electric deliver some of the best unsung and rare Disco-Lazer-Soul-Uber-Funk goodness that you will ever hear courtesy of our San Francisco brethren ripping vinyl 'til their fingers bleed. Subscribe now - your life is about to get so much better.

About 6 months ago our fellow Manchester bloggers 'Cosmic Disco' secured an awesome mix from Beat Electric and I seethed with jealousy for days. I can now finally lay that ghost to rest.

Here's the blurb from the West Coast boogie kings on the mix...

Here is a collection of tunes that have a synthy disco sound and a post disco, boogie feel. Trademarks of this sound are live drums, analogue synthesizers and funky bass lines. The mix follows a continuum of influence and contrasting styles of the music that gets us excited at Beat Electric. This is an all vinyl mix that was executed on a 1978 Bozak mixer that came out of the Midtown Manhattan club Inferno.

You all know how this works - let us know what the tracks are and we'll update you as you post comments. I'll have one eye on the responses and keep the track listing in check as you go.

Many thanks go out to the Beat Electric crew for pulling this together and not telling us where to get off after I did a bit of chasing. 'Tis truly an honour.


Ugly Talented Mix Series; No 4 - Beat Electric - Dancing In The Clouds Mix

Demis Roussos - I Dig You (7") 1977
Stargard - Wear It Out (Instrumental) 1979
Alphonse Mouzon - I'm Glad That You're Here (Disconet Remix) 1981
One On One - Body Music (Long Version) 1981
Tempest Trio - Do You Like The Way That It Feels (12") 1979
Stephanie Mills - Put Your Body In It (12") 1979
Yvonne Gage - Garden Of Eve (Long Version) 1981
Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face? (Female Vocal) 1980
Janice Christie - One Love (12") 1985
Funk Deluxe - This Time (Dub Version) 1984
Legacy - Word Up (Instrumental) 1982
Cashmere - Do It Anyway You Wanna (Instrumental)
First Love - It's A Mystery To Me (12") 1982

If you've not helped yourselves to our other mix series, check out the list on the right hand side of the blog.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Wild Combination

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell looks awesome. Really looking forward to it.

Screenings here...

Dinosaur L - Go Bang (Thank You Arthur Edit)

Quando Quango - Atom Rock (Remix)

Koushik - Be With

Wednesday, 19 November 2008


Nico doing a Bowie cover and Stevie, Marvin, Diana and Smokey getting together for a tribute to 'Pops' Berry Gordy who died a week before this was released.

Nico - Heroes

Pops, We Love You - Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson

Fred Everything - Without

Le Disco: Tele Music Remixed


The DJ History boys have released Le Disco: Tele Music Remixed, a host of library music tracks that have probably been heard very little on the dance floors of Europe.

Have a listen to the Faze Action remix below - if you like it (and you will) head over to the DJ History site for the album that is currently playing on my stereo. It comes with a DJ-mixed version of the album too. Nice.

Tele Music - Disco Free (Faze Action Edit)

Hoping to get an Ugly Talented post up for you all tonight.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Slave - Watching You

I couldn't post Inside Out by Odyssey without pairing it with this tune. Not only are both tunes incredibly similar but I think the lyrics also share a bit of a creepy vibe.

Has anybody got any insight into why these tunes are so alike?

The Shades Of Love - Keep In Touch (Body To Body)

Baby Huey - Hard Times

Blair - Nightlife

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Odyssey - Inside Out

Is Inside Out one of the saddest songs that the usually joyous genre of disco ever threw out? Garry Mulholland wrote a fantastic summary of its lyrical content in his book "This is Uncool: The 500 Greatest Singles Since Punk and Disco".

Pleasure - Take A Chance

Brian Bennett - Solstice

Bohannon - Summertime Groove

Tuesday, 28 October 2008


My favourite Beasties tune. A quick post to keep things moving...

Beastie Boys - Alive

MFSB - Love Has No Time Or Place

Magnum Force - Girl You're Too Cool

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Monday, 13 October 2008

Friday, 3 October 2008

The Mix Series Set to Continue

People of the internet, just a quick word to let you know we have a few more mix series bubbling away from our fellow bloggers.

Judging by the quality of the posts these guys put out there I know what's coming will be jaw dropping stuff.

You lucky, lucky people - have a good weekend.

Remember - previous mixes are permanently available on the right hand side of the blog about half way down. Reading this in an RSS aggregator? Head to the blog here - www.uglytalented.co.uk

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Toto - Georgy Porgy

Well, we're back from our holidays.

Electric Elephant was immense fun and I want to give a shout out to the revellers on the Low Life boat party and big respect to Mudd for his awesome Sunday afternoon session.

Balearica is dead, long live Adriatica!

Stevie Wonder - Race Babbling

Baby Huey - Running

Two Lone Swordsmen - Shack 54

DB and BE

These guys are just so intriguing and been at the forefront of music for so long it's great to see them back out with a new album. Possibly more coherent than 'Life in the Bush of Ghosts', but special nevertheless.

And TV On The Radio are back out too - sonic treats for us all. Get buying.

David Byrne and Brian Eno - Poor Boy

TV On The Radio - Dancing Choose

Dam-Funk - Dam Funk

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Monday, 29 September 2008

One for the money...

Personally, I'm about as A-political as you get but please, 700 billion? Privatise the profits, socialise the loses. Never a truer word spoken.

Stevie Wonder - Cash In Your Face

Suicide - Fast Money Music

Dilated Peoples - Trade Money

Monday, 18 August 2008

Let's fly, let's fly away...

Haydn sorted you out on Saturday - I'm leaving with one more post today. Electric Elephant, here we come.

Once we have navigated through Luton...

James Pants - We're Through

Guilty Simpson - Make It Fast

Hi Fi Bros - The Line

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Dancing Into The Stars

We're beside ourselves with excitement at the prospect of dancing through the beautiful Adriatic sunsets at Electric Elephant next weekend. So please leave us a comment if you're going and maybe we can cut a rug together.

Time to get our dancing flip flops on!

Logg - Dancing Into The Stars

Rhythim Is Rhythim - The Dance

The Bar-Kays - Sang And Dance

Monday, 11 August 2008

Third brother of five...

Going acoustic here - Bobby covering 'California Dreamin'' and into Accross 110th Street.

Bobby Womack - Accross 110th Street (Acoustic)

Mos Def - Bedstuy Parade & Funeral March

Spankrock - Rick Rubin (XXXChange Electro remix)

Issac Lee Hayes, Jr - R.I.P.

I was extremely sad to hear of the truly great Issac Hayes passing away a few hours ago and revered here at Ugly Talented.

August 20, 1942 - August 10, 2008

"Black man, born free, I guess that's the way, it's supposed to be."

Friday, 18 July 2008

Glimmer Competition - Hidden Depths Review

Between work and Vegas this is a little late but good lord The Glimmers, Unabombers and GM Flash were incredible last Thursday courtesy of Hidden Depths (source: Haydn).

Considering I missed this night and Haydn remembers very little as reviews go we won't be waxing lyrical like our fellow Manchester blogger Kev but clearly it was a special one-off.

Between funk, hip-hop and the White Stripes much fun was had by all as the legend that is Grandmaster Flash delivered the goods to an intimate but sweaty Joshua Brooks. To commemorate the arrival of such luminaries in our rainy town we have the latest Glimmers CD to give away to if you can answer this question (you need this album for track 2 - punk disco rework of Oliva Newton-John's Get Physical. Seriously.)

Which Blondie tune name-checks the Grandmaster himself (hint - see Haydn's previous post title)?

Email us with the answer - winner chosen at random.

Get to the website to register for the London leg of the tour - Chromeo taking over. Once again, I'm not here for that either...

Friday, 11 July 2008

Flash is fast, Flash is cool

Well, I've just had my worst day at work since the day after my Stag do - and it's all because of the brilliant Grandmaster Flash.

The next time Hidden Depths put on a night near you make sure to check it out. Many thanks to the lovely people at DBM Pulse and especially San Miguel.

Monday, 7 July 2008

Hidden Depths in Manchester with The Glimmers- 10th July

The guys over at Hidden Depths are putting on another party in Manchester at the Joshua Brooks (which will be undergoing a bespoke art and design rework for the night).

This time round it's the turn of The Glimmers plus some very special guests. And in this case, I mean seriously special. Bound to secrecy, I can only mention the word 'Pioneer'. And worst of all I can't go because I'm not here on Thursday.

The full line up is announced on the night but it's a chance to get up close and personal with the artists and the guest musicians who have inspired the headliners at some point in their career.

You can't buy tickets as this is invite only but being bloggers of the people here at Ugly Talented we don't adhere to any forms of elitism so register and get signed up to get your hands on tickets.

To the lucky, lucky people of Manchester (and those willing to travel), time is running out - get yourselves sorted now.

Sunday, 29 June 2008

Tenuous at best...

'What kind of fuckery is this,
You made me miss the Slick Rick gig...'

A tenuous link from one of my favourite lyrics leading to one of my favourite guilty pleasures, Slick Rick - Street Talkin' feat. Big Boi.

Slick Rick - Street Talkin' feat. Big Boi

Foxy - Mademoiselle

Kongas - Tattoo Woman

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Gladys Knight and The Pips - Friendship Train

Harmony is the key my sisters and brothers
Oh yes it is I say
Harmony is the key my sisters and brothers
People can't wait 'cause another day might be too late
Come on get on the friendship train

Chris Clark - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)

Roy Ayers - I Really Love You

Dayton - The Sound Of Music

Friday, 13 June 2008


A lifetime's ambition will be fulfilled this September when Stevie comes to Manchester.

Sarra, you're the best.

Saturday, 7 June 2008

The Ugly Talented Mix Series

This year we have been privileged to have fellow bloggers Cosmic Disco, Another Night On Earth and Innersounds who put together a collection of excellent tunes for us to post.

Haydn and I are working on getting more posted for you in the coming months but in the meantime we have added a new section on the blog so you can always access these mixes.

For those of you viewing us through Google Reader (other RSS aggregators are available by the way) then you may want to visit us direct if you haven't got your hands on these mixes yet.

Stay tuned for Ugly Talented Mix Series #4 - coming soon...

Footage Issues

I was trying to find some other footage and Archie but other than 'Tighten Up' it's pretty rare. Anyway, enjoy the video - love the guitarists.

Archie Bell and the Drells - Glad You Could Make It

Otis Williams - I Love The Way You Love Me

Beat Conductor - Marrakech


Friday, 6 June 2008

Junior - Mama Used To Say

It's ages since I promised to post some more Brit Funk YouTubes so here's a no expense spared video from Junior.

I don't know much about Junior Giscombe's background other than he scraped the Top 10 in the US with this song in 1982 and his nephew is Richard Blackwood. Never mind.

Let us know if you want to see any more from the Brit Funk archives.

Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Sun Is Shining

Ephraim Uzomechina Nzeka - Zombie

Galaxy To Galaxy - Timeline

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Friday, 30 May 2008

19 Days

I can't believe we haven't posted for 19 days - unforgivable. Joey Beltram's 'Classics' out now - look it up. Have you all got your tickets for Electric Elephant? See you all out there....

Joey Beltram - Jazz 303

Idris Muhammed - Could Heaven Ever Be Like This

James Pants - Ka$h


Sunday, 11 May 2008

Still Paris

Kistune stabled 'Cazals' with a Justice/Daft Punk/DJ Mehdi styled remix - nice,

Cazals - Somebody, Somewhere (Moulinex Remix)

Santogold - L.E.S Artistes [xxxchange remix]

Howdi - Kiss and Tell

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Roy Ayers - Everbody Loves the Sunshine

If you're heading out to enjoy the rare British sunshine then stop a minute to stick these sunny tunes on your iPod.

Let us know in the comments how you are making the most of the sun, Tom and I will be sinking a few jars in Castlefield this afternoon so be sure to say hello if you are passing.

John Gibbs & The US Steel Orchestra - Trinidad

Sean Escoffery - Days Like This [Spinna & Ticklah Club Mix]

Orchestra Los Van Van - Que Se Sepa

Friday, 2 May 2008

Bob James - Angela (Theme from Taxi)

I don't recall Garfield ever being this funny.

I've been sitting on this video for months wondering whether or not to post it given that it's one of the most surreal things I've seen on YouTube. Can anybody out there explain what it is all about?

Leave a comment or hit us up in the C-Box to enlighten a brother.

DJ Jazzy Jeff - Go See The Doctor 2k7 feat. Two

Bill Withers - You Got The Stuff (Special Disco Version)

Ana Rosely - Skim Dum Dum Dum

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Apologies Part 2

Part two is all about the soul. Three tracks sampled by the UT favourite J DIlla (and Common) .

Dionne Warwick - You're Gonna Need Me

Syreeta - Black Maybe

Jerry Butler - Just Because I Really Love You

Apologies Part 1

Neglecting my responsibilities over the past month, I'm now trying to make amends with a double post. As they say, they don't make them like they use to...

A Certain Ratio - Water Line

Geraldine Hunt - Can't Fake The Feeling

Parallels - Ultralight

Friday, 11 April 2008

Herbie Hancock Demonstrates his Fairlight CMI

Seriously, we've posted a few Sesame Street videos on Ugly Talented but this one just takes the piss.

Not only have we got futureshocker Herbie Hancock schooling the kids on a $20,000 sampler but he also plays out with an electro version of the show's theme tune.

Also look out for a young Tatyana Ali from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Aah, but that's not all folks, check out this video of Herbie showing off his toys to Quincy Jones.

Billy Paul - Let The Dollar Circulate

Conquistador - Fruit Loopy

Marvin Gaye - A Funky Space Reincarnation [Alternative Extended Mix]

Monday, 7 April 2008

Soul Train Willie

Willie Hutch on Soul Train doing 'Slick' from 1973. Awesome footage of the main man responsible for the soundtracks for 'The Mack' and 'Foxy Brown' - early seventies blaxploitation in all it's pomp. 'Brother's Gonna Work It Out' available below...

Willie Hutch - Brother's Gonna Work It Out

Weldon Irvine - We Gettin' Down

Bumblebee Unlimited - Funk For Days (Underdog Edit)

Tuesday, 1 April 2008


Given the huge post courtesy of 'Another Night on Earth' this is a rather understated return to the blog. I really struggled to find a decent YouTube video for the tracks below. That's a first...

Ahzz - New York Moving

James White and the Blacks - Contort Yourself

Pieces of Peace - I Still Care

Thursday, 27 March 2008

Ugly Talented Mix Series: No.3 - Another Night On Earth

Once again we are honoured to present an amazing mix from our friends electric. This time we present a mix from the foremost mp3 blog in the Southern Hemisphere, Another Night On Earth.

Chris Keyz, who runs this fine blog, will need no introduction to many of you as his blog reaches far and wide - but this isn't just down to Chris being one of the nicest blokes out there, no Sir. It is basically due to his high musical standards and impeccable eye (as can be seen in his choice of picture for his Hot R.S - Slow Blow post from a few weeks back).

There's plenty in the pipeline from Chris to look out for but in the meantime make sure to check out his Press Play series of mixes as well as more of his own mixes which you can find strewn across cyberspace if you know where to look. For this mix Chris gives us an insight into his love of midtempo groovers mixing new releases with some firm favourites thrown in for good measure.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr Chris Keyz...

LoveBubble a mix by Chris Keyz for Ugly Talented

Thanks to all who contributed to the playlist challenge. Chris has now put us out of our collective misery - many thanks go out to him again for a fantastic mix.

01. Tom Scott - Burundi Beat
02. DJ Harvey - Shine On (edit of Bill Withers - You Got The Stuff)
03. Be - Provelove (remix/edit of Ned Doheny - To Prove My Love)
04. Hot Coins - Dance Valet
05. Randee Jean - Pruning
06. Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady
07. Jackson Jones - Put Your Pants On (Pilooski Edit)
08. Modern Sound Corprotaion - Safari pt2
09. Escort - Starlight
10. Beauregard, Violetti & Ste-Claire - Ce Soir (Mike Burns Edit)
11. Fern Kinney - Groove Me (Cosmo Vitelli Re-Edit)
12. The Main Stem - Nubile Disco (sketch)
13. Lovefingers - Zoysia
14. Caroline Crawford - Coming On Strong (Floordub 'Coming On Slow' Edit)
15. Coke Escovedo - Runaway

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Minnie, Sammy and Richard

Minne Riperton, Sammy Davis Jnr and Richard Pryor. Plus a lion. And some guy on the end who I don't know - but he's not important.

Minnie Riperton - Every Time He Comes Around

The Long Blondes - Five Ways to End It (Erol Alkan 12" Mix)

King Tubby - I Jah Dub

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Greg Wilson - On The Tube

Respect to Mr Electrofunk himself for schooling the nation about how to dj back in the Eighties.

I'm not going to even mention the perm, instead I'm going to point you in the direction of Greg's excellent web site where he gives the full story of his first appearance on The Tube...


Sugardaddy - Love On The Attack

Only Child feat. Amp Fiddler - You Bring Me Vibes [Theo Parrish Ugly Edit]

Fresh Band - Come Back Lover

Sunday, 16 March 2008

It's taken until March...

... but I've finally heard an album that's blown me away. Hercules and Love Affair eponymous debut is cracking - truly brilliant. We posted a few bits of them recently but go and buy it or download it here. There's also a free track from their website if you sign up.

Movin' on we have Danny Wang, GQ plus Regeneration and Stanley Cowell for your aural pleasure. Check out GQ in the video above...

Daniel Wang - 24 To Vector Z

GQ - DIsco Nights (Rock Freak) 12" Version

Regeneration and Stanley Cowell - Trying To Find A Way

Sunday, 9 March 2008

The Good Stuff

Tim Golsdworthy getting his hands on Joakim, the much loved and truely 'Ugly Talented' Emperor Machine and Frankie doing 'Blind'.

Joakim - Lonely Hearts (Loving Hands Remix by Tim Goldsworthy)

Emperor Machine - Slap On

Hercules and Love Affair - Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix)




Sunday, 2 March 2008

The Loosener

Just getting back into this as promised - Iwas listening to my iPod on my way back from Scotland and came across this FM Doom and Aesop Rock tune with Prefuse 73. Hip Hop with live instuments has Ugly Talented written all over it. Check out some of their live videos on Youtube but this clip is fromThe End of Biters - I love the effort that goes into animated videos these days...

Prefuse 73 ft. FM Doom & Aesop Rock - 13 Black List

Q - The Voice of Q

Creative Source - You Can't Hide Your Love

Saturday, 1 March 2008

Hold on...

... I am posting shortly.

Between moving jobs this week and leaving my old role Haydn has single handedly kept the ship on an even keel - and done a beautifiul job of it too. I should go missing more often to keep the quality high.

I've literally listened to nothing in the past month so I am dying to get back into the swing of things. There are a few changes to our hosting happening in the next 24 hours - once we clear that I can get the tracks posted and away we go.

I think I need to get down to Piccadilly Records and the Vinyl Exchange to bolster my musical library given that Haydn has blown me out of the water with nothing but funky goodness since January.

Only 789 posts to clear on Google Reader and normality shall ensue.

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Buddy Miles R.I.P.

Buddy Miles, awesome drummer and singer who played with Jimi Hendrix, sadly died on Tuesday night at the age of 60 in Austin, Texas.

Miles, Hendrix, and Billy Cox were the infamous Band of Gypsys but before Buddy joined the legendary band he drummed and sang in his own band, The Buddy Miles Express. He later went on to work with Carlos Santana and was also the vocalist behind the famous California Raisins adverts in the 80s.

Here is my favourite Buddy Miles track which I posted to kickstart 2008...

Buddy Miles - Pull Yourself Together

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Freeez - Southern Freeez

How good were the British pop charts in 1981? The Passions, Talking Heads, The Jam and Beggar and Co? Awesomo.

Watch out for more classic Brit Funk over the coming weeks.

Grace Jones - Walking In The Rain

Manzel - Space Funk

The Funk Brothers - Tell Me It's Just A Rumor Baby [Instrumental]

Thursday, 21 February 2008

The World's Greatest Music Collection

Act now and get $10 back if you use the eBay Mastercard!!

Patience Is A Virtue

Ladies and Gentlemen, between a rather hectic week at work and a change of hosting domains we will pick up our posting responsibilities in the next few days.

We haven't forgotten you.

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Diana Ross - Love Hangover

Click here for an iPhone friendly video

I originally wanted to put the video of Kanye West performing Stronger with "Daft Punk" working the Jazz Mutants at the Grammys last week but they don't seem to last 5 minutes on YouTube.

So why not enjoy some classic Miss Ross instead?

Muallem - Cheerleader feat. Shawn Lee [Phreek Plus One Cosmic Vox Mix]

Foster Sylvers - Misdemeanor

First Choice - Love Having You Around

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Rap Lyrics Explained With Charts and Graphs

What do you get if you cross a Hip Hop MC with high school math 101?

I bet you thought the answer was something like E=MC2? Nope, you get these genius charts...

Rap Lyrics Explained With Charts and Graphs

Hercules and Love Affair - Blind

How good is Tempest Trio's Do You Like The Way That It Feels? Pure, distilled disco goodness - the spirit's in it.

As for Marvin, well y'all know the Troubleman rules.

Tempest Trio - Do You Like The Way It Feels

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On [Danny Krivit Edit]

Hildegard Knef - Holiday Time

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Haydn has a few stories up his sleeve in regards to the great Gil Scott Heron - he may regale them another time. But for now, check out the DX7 action.

Gil Scott Heron - Home Is Where The Hatred Is

DJ Medhi - Leave It Alone (Edit)

Kaos - Cerebral Tremolo (Brennan Green Edit)




Monday, 4 February 2008

Ugly Talented Mix Series 2: Cosmic Disco

You lucky people!

The generous lads over at Cosmic Disco have put together a mix for us in an effort to carry on the good work from Jez last month. Head over to Cosmic Disco if you haven't already - get subscribed .Many thanks to our fellow Manchester-based bloggers THP, Niles and Simon (special props to THP for the 'heads down, red light and a basement' mix).

Download it here.

  • Botox - Tragedy Symphony

  • Enzo Ponzio - Italian Boy (original mix)

  • They Came From The Stars - Signals (Emperor Machine dub remix)

  • Baldelli - Pluton

  • Shit Robot - Chasm

  • Inflagranti - Additional Alpha Blocker (original mix)

  • Unknown - Rotation (dub classic mix)

  • - Contact

  • Bangkok Impact - You Are Rubber I Am Glue

  • Black Devil Disco Club & In Flagranti - On Just Foot Forever (Inflagranti remix)

  • - - -

  • LSB - Voodoo Man (Highway To Delight Supermix)

  • Humans Close To Orgasm - Enter The Furnace

Thursday, 31 January 2008

From The Beginning

From the start of Stones Throw to the end of the world. Bad weather warning tomorrow. Haydn and I may not be back from north of the border. Wish us luck.

Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf - My World Premiere (12 Inch Version)

Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom - Revelee (DFA Remix)

Matthew Dear - Elementary Lover (DJ Kose Remix)

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Funk - Soul - Acoustic Reggae

Israeli funk, 60's super soul and the Modern Lovers doing acoustic reggae - I think.

Kutiman - No groove Where I Come From

The Stylistics - Funky Weekend

The Modern Lovers - Coomyah




Wednesday, 23 January 2008


I've been on my travels this week so Haydn's been looking after you all, in style, as always.

Fujiya & Miyagi - Uh

Hercules and Love Affair - Classique #2

Silver Apples - Fantasies


Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Paris Is Burning

Respect to the legendary Angie Xtravaganza, Pepper LaBeija, Avis Pendavis, Willi Ninja and Dorian Corey who all ruled the ballroom and also to Faith Strobelight Honey.

You better werk!

MFSB - Love Is The Message [Danny Krivit Re-Edit]

Marshall Jefferson - Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem)

The Players Association - Love Hangover

Saturday, 19 January 2008

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Tom Cruise's Leaked Scientology Video

Click here to see the full, jaw droppingly funny 9 minute version.

"Earth calling Tom Cruise, Earth calling Tom Cruise."

OK, so this is not the usual kind of video that we link to but think of this as a public service. We have a right to know, what narcotics are these Scientologists handing out with KSW?

El Coco - Coco Kane

Masters At Work - Justa Lil' Dope

Ebony Rhythm Band - Drugs Ain't Cool (Instrumental)

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Basslines from God

Awesome bass line intro for All Lined Up from Shriekback in the video. Interesting stockpiling of nitro-keg lager should the apocalypse catch the band unawares.

Shriekback - My Spine (Is The Bassline)

Marvin Gaye - I Want You (Vocal)

NoMo Heroes - Rub Me Hard (Agentss remake)


Sunday, 13 January 2008

I Was The First Person Playing Talking Heads To The Rock Kids in CBGB's

Big fans of talking heads here at Ugly Talented. Early video from the mid 70's live from the hallowed club, sadly no longer with us. The club that is.

Talking Heads - Found A Job

Radio Trip - Whole Wide World



Friday, 11 January 2008


Here's the video that I should have posted yesterday.

Thanks to our anonymous friend who spotted the error.

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Kid Creole & The Coconuts - Stool Pigeon

Now then, now then. From one of my all time favourite albums, "Tropical Gangsters".

Space - Carry On, Turn Me On

Delta 5 - Mind Your Own Business

The Supremes - Come Into My Life

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Follow the flow

From soul, to eighties electro to electro soul and back.

Darondo - Didn't I

23 Skidoo - Coup

Unklejam - Love Ya

Friday, 4 January 2008

Tony Allen Holding Class

Tony Allen at Toronto University ending a lecture with a show of his skills. The other two tunes I have wanted to post for a while - just clearing out the last few tracks of 2007. Enjoy your weekends...

Tony Allen - Love Is A Natural Thing

Studio - Life's A Beach (Prins Thomas Remix)

Escort - A Bright New Life (Morgan Geist Edit)


Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Ugly Talented Mix Series: No.1 - Innersounds

Do we have a real treat for you guys today?

After Jez Proctor kindly invited us over to the awesome Innersounds for a quick chat and a virtual brew we thought it would be nice to return the favour.

So for the first mix in a brand new series it is a pleasure to introduce Jez's Ugly Talented mix which, as you can see from the great selection below, is a trip which moves effortlessly from mellow to groovy via boompty boomp.

For the few who haven't been over to Innersounds yet then make sure to set your cursors to download as there is always loads of fantastic tunes to, erm, borrow. Jez can also be found over at DJ History where, if memory serves, he recently had a music (not music) scene named after him.

Download here and enjoy...

The Aggrovators - Sun Is Shining Dub
Shirley Caesar - Message To The People
LL Cool J - Goin' Back To Cali
Eddy Grant - Timewarp
Macho - Cos There's Music In The Air (Innersounds Edit)
- LCD Interlude -
Marcello Giordani - I'm Not Bladerunner
Ron Trent - Morning Factory
Lexx - Axis Shift
Aeroplane - Pacific Air Race (Dub Club Mix)
Ronnie Dyson - All Over Your Face
Jimmy Senyah - Your Sweetness Is My Weakness
-Outro - (The Bees - Listening Man)

p.s. Look out for further adventures on the wheels of steel from some of our favourite bloggers.