FourFromFoodFridays #17.28

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Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things I’ve been loving in the last seven days. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:

Raymond Scott – Three Willow Park (Basta) 3xLP+booklet – A treasure trove of electronic experiments, jingles and curios with a 12×12″ booklet full of photos and info.

Various Artists – Popular Electronics (Basta) 4×7″ boxset – Facsimile copies of four 7″s of from the middle of the 20th century which would certainly cost you more than the €50 they want here if you could even find them, all held in a red velvet box with embossed title. Check the Basta site for more.

Nevermen – Mr Minute (Boards of Canada remix/instr) (Lex) 7″ picture disc – Physical release of the BOC remix, backed with an instrumental version.

Various Artists – Calibre Cuts (Calibre) 7″ – A recent discovery, a British disco medley with tape edits, rough loops, FX and dodgy ‘soundalike’ covers that Morgan Khan had a hand in from 1980 (beating Grandmaster Flash by a year).

FiveFromFoodFridays #17.25

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Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things I’ve been loving in the last seven days. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:

The Allergies – Entitled To That / Get Down On You (Jalapeno) 7″ – Northern Soul-styled summer smasher from the Bristol duo to set up album no.2. Drops in two weeks, pre-order now.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe (Heavenly / Flightless) LP – Absolutely insane concept album by Australia’s most inventive psych / prog / jazz / rock band

Ilia Gorovitz – Turmoil/Simmering With No End (Rassh Records) 7″ – Fuzzed up heavy beats out of Jerusalem

Bogus Order – Stooge (Ahead Of Our Time) DL – From Zen Brakes vol.2 – a follow up to the first ever Ninja Tune release 27 years later by the one and only Coldcut, full album out today.

 

FiveFromFoodFridays #17.24

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Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things I’ve been loving in the last seven days. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:

Si Begg – Blueprints (Shitkatapult) LP – Hauntological, radiophonical transmissions inspired by his grandfather’s old notebook.

Global Warming Records – Expanding Arid Zones (Bandcamp) Hand sprayed cover LP with a double album of experimental techno workouts largely played live by Franziska Lantz

Aeon Seven – Seven Breaks / Christian Madden – Everybody Get In Line (45 Live) 7″ – Two new releases from the 45 Live crew this week – get a discount when you buy both.

Paul Hartnoll  – Numbers (Electronic Sound) 7″ – Cover version of the Kraftwerk classic only available when you order the magazine from their online shop.

Two new 45 Live 7″s – Aeon Seven and Christian Madden

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Following the inaugural release of Boca 45′s ‘Soul on Top’ in late 2015, 45 Live has not one but two new releases out this week. A nifty little break-filled dance floor number by Aeon Seven and an organ and horn-led couple of cuts from Christian Madden – best known as keyboardist with The Earlies. Both tracks are taken from his latest album, ‘The Wrecking Place’, released earlier this year. and the B-side, ‘Eating It All’, is the one for me here with its spy jazz touches and spindly keyboard and odd meters.

45L7003 AAeon Seven serves up a slice of mid tempo wah-wah, horn and organ funk with accompanying Chuck D sample that will nicely slide into any dance floor set.

Get Christian Madden – ‘Everybody Get In Line’ here

Get Aeon Seven – ‘Seven Breaks’ here

Or get a 45L7002 & 45L7003 Double-pack offer at a cheaper price for both here

Elsewhere the 45 Live collective goes from strength to strength with festival appearances (this year’s Masked Ball was huge), an enlarged roster of nearly 25 DJs and a new night in Manchester at Band On The Wall from October. The fortnightly radio show on Dublab, hosted by Greg Belson, continues with the station recently gaining an FM license and I’ll have a new mix appearing over the summer.

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FourFromFoodFridays #17.23

FourFromFoodFridays 20.23Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things I’ve been loving in the last seven days. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:

Smoove – Main Sourced (Wack Records) 7″ – The ‘Breaking Atoms’ album recreated from the original sample sources to brilliant effect, his ‘Return of the Beats’ 45 from last year is still in the box.

Mongrels – Attack The Megalith (Invisible Spies) Hand sprayed white vinyl LP + insert / patch / badge – Attack The Monolith remix album with the usual high quality packaging by Kid Acne

Remaniacs (Audioboom) podcast – A new, balanced podcast for people who won’t just shut up and accept Brexit. Whether we like it or not, this is happening, be informed about what’s coming and how it will affect you.

Danny Ben-Israel – The Katmandu Sessions (Anazitisi Records) – Reissue of a crazed lost Israeli psych holy grail

FourFromFoodFridays #17.22

FourFromFoodFridays 17.22Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things I’ve been loving in the last seven days. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:
Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology (Fire Records) – Still listening to this excellent record, one of the best of the year so far.
The Heliocentrics – A World Of Masks (Soundway Records) – New album of vocal-led jazz, beats and electronics, yet another step in a new direction.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – King Gizz 360 (YouTube) – Watch the full 360 degree concert playing two sets of brand new and old material and move the camera about in any direction. Can’t wait to see them live in two weeks
Lingua Lustra – Myst (Where Ambient Lives) Three tracks of deep, dark ambience

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Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology LP

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The new Jane Weaver album is absolutely blinding, debuting at no. 50 in the UK charts this week too, the highest selling record in independent shops around the UK last week. Available on limited vinyl, regular, CD and digital, it’s an instant contender for album of the year lists. Buy it here

The artwork by Andy Votel is beautiful too, full of detail and tiny design flourishes, the foil printing being beautiful to touch.

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FourFromFoodFridays #17.21

FourFromFoodFridays 17.21Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things I’ve been loving in the last seven days. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. SO much good music about at the moment, from top left:
Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology (Fire Records) – Fantastic new album, didn’t think she could better The Amber Light but this is already up there
Jon Brooks – Autres Directions (Clay Pipe Music) – Recorded on location in France, beautiful ambient soundscapes from Jon Brooks aka The Advisory Circle
Danny Scrilla – Ancient Musical Box (Cosmic Bridge) Cassette/DL – A surprise from Om Unit’s Cosmic Bridge label, in the form of an album on cassette and DL full of short ambient synth pieces with not a beat in sight.
Jean-Jacques Perry – Et son Ondioline (Forgotten Futures) LP – New reissue label unearthing unreleased early JJP recordings direct from his archive, beautifully packaged too.

FourFromFoodFridays #17.19

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Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things that have been doing it for me. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:
Markey Funk has been busy of late, releasing several 45s on his Delights label and he’s about to go on tour in Europe too, catch him near you soon.
Kunst – Kunst (Clone) LP – D’n’B producer dgoHn meets Jodey Kendrick which results in an incredible 4th World / post punk / drum n bass / gamelan hybrid.
Daisy Clan – Love Needs Love (Golden 12) 7″ – The guitar line from the Theme to Peter Gunn underpins this heavy, early 70s pop number from Germany.
David Vorhaus – The Vorhaus Sound Experiments (KPM) LP – post White Noise, early 80s electronica from Vorhaus on the KPM 1000 Series.

Further at the Portico Gallery

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The reason it’s been a bit quiet on here recently is because of a little (big!) thing called Further that’s been occupying my time for the last few months. Myself and Pete Williams hatched this idea last summer, started talking about it seriously in the autumn and stockpiling equipment over the winter. A studio space was found early in January and we started planning an event that brings together lots of the things we love into one space. Music, visuals, records, food & drink, analogue techniques and leftfield artists. After a test run a couple of weeks ago, at the behest of Alex from The Orb, at the Royal Festival Hall we unveiled the first evening at the Portico Gallery in West Norwood on Saurday May 6th.

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Featuring guests Jim Jupp & Julian House from Ghost Box records playing an AV set and Howlround presenting the premiere of their live rescore to Steven McInerney‘s film ‘A Creak In Time’, we opened and closed the night with our own multi-projection slide / oil / video sets. Local café/deli Pintadera came over to provide delicious Italian food and Michael Johnson from the Book & Record Bar down the road set up a record stall selling records by the artists and music sympathetic to the event. The whole thing wouldn’t have been possible without the support of John Price at the Gallery who let us use the building as our own for the night and Martin LeSanto-Smith who helped set up on the day and managed to take amazing photos all night whilst simultaneously being on a date!

Further @ Portico 2web Nathan AdamsI’ll be posting photos of each of the acts each day here and we’ve set up a new Facebook page for the venture where you can get an early peek at the photos right now, please ‘like’ our page if you do that sort of thing whilst you’re there. There should be a video by the end of the week too but there’s a lot of footage to go through. To give you a taste, here are just a few of the photos harvested from social media, Tuesday I’ll post Ghost Box images, then Howlround, then us on Thursday with the video to follow by the end of the week.

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Photo credits: Top: Neil Mason (Electronic Sound), 2x panoramas: Nathan Adams, slide stills: Spectrascopic, Howlround silhouette: Zoe Plumb, video: Tony Coleman (London Electricity)

FourFromFoodFridays #17.18

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Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things that have been doing it for me. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. These are some selections for the first Further event this Saturday. From top left:
Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia – Obsidian (Deconstructure) (KK Records) 12″ – a 20 minute ambient trance classic and Further anthem if such a thing existed
Stereolab – Come And Play In The Milky Night (from ‘Cobra & Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night’) LP (Duophonic UHF) LP – Fabulous album closer from the ‘lab.
Sheila Chandra – One and Mecca (from Roots & Wings) (Indiepop) LP – beautiful vocal drones and harmonies.
Markey Funk – JLM 1913/1921 (no label) – as yet unreleased album of music for two silent documentaries about Jerusalem

FourFromFoodFridays #17.17 (Record Store Day Edition)

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Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things that have been doing it for me. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. As with all record store day releases, there’s a period of time that shops who didn’t order have to wait until the releases are officially available so some of these aren’t immediately easy to pick up. From top left:
The Future Sound Of LondonArchived : Enviromental : Views (Jumpin & Pumpin) 3xLP – Triple collection of new and old material never before on vinyl (not available until next Friday)
The Comet Is ComingDeath To The Planet (Leaf) 12″ – New cosmic jazz from the trio on orange vinyl
Vanishing Twin Dream By Numbers (Soundway Records) 10″ – incredible new 6 track EP on red vinyl
The TheWe Can’t Stop What’s Coming (Cineola) 7″ – New song from the live broadcast last summer with etched B side (it doesn’t appear to be on the web yet but you can hear it open my 5hr set last Sunday at Spiritland)

What a weekend part 2 – Record Store Day

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Saturday was Record Store Day 2017 and dragging myself out of bed and down to Rat Records in Camberwell was well worth missing a lie in for. The shop was heaving when I got there after 10.30am with one punter reportedly spending £1,400 already!! The bulk of a huge collection from a Scottish indie collector was making its debut in the shop and there were multiple copies of some sought after items flying out the store. I spotted the 10″ Rephlex 4×10″ Radiophonic Workshop compilation on the wall, a couple of copies of the JAMMs ‘1987′ LP and multiple 45s of The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’. I ended up spending far too much and all of it secondhand, no official RSD releases at all. Sadly I don’t have any photos of that but it was a blast and it’s always a pleasure to chat to Philippe, Pete and a rare sighting of owner, Tom.

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After a quick lunch break it was over to West Norwood to The Book & Record Bar to score some new releases and play a set in store after Alex Paterson, Andy Higgs, Mr Parker, Dave Laine and Pete Williams. I decided to play something quite ‘up’ and plowed through a pile of beaty hip hop and classic house/acid/rave 7″s to a bustling shop. I also managed to score all my wants and start going through a small collection of German 45s that had just come into the shop before giving way to Oliver Sudden on the decks.

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All in all a fantastic day, not chasing crazy limited editions up in town but staying local and going to the record shops and hanging out in them which is what we should be doing first and foremost. People buying and selling records on the web are missing the point of RSD, it’s called Record STORE Day, go and support yours on more than one day a year. Shops like the ones above are hubs for people to come together and connect, form alliances and get creative, I’ve met so many good people through them, long may they flourish.

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What a weekend part 1 – The Orb at the RFH

OrbscreenRFH Friday saw myself and Pete Williams as part of the bill for the Orb‘s extravaganza at the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank, doing a test run for our Further event on May 6th. Upon being asked to play on the 5th floor balcony area by Alex Paterson, we decided to use a load of our equipment to projection all along the roof of the outside area overlooking the Thames. We got in around 1pm and were just about set up by 7pm when Michael from The Book & Record Bar and DJ Dadaist aka George Holt arrived. Teething trouble with getting the lights turned off or down so that we could see the projections were dealt with as were security who suddenly roped off the public space and would only let ticket holders for the gig in the main auditorium in. As the daylight faded and the projections along the balcony pointing across the ceiling appeared, everything clicked into place.

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Tons of friends turned up and we managed to get a lot of great photos and footage before the 11.30pm curfew. I even managed to see a bit of The Orb with Youth painting a huge canvas live onstage, walking in just as one of my favourite tracks, O.O.B.E. was playing. Strip down of the equipment took two hours by the time we were loaded out, then driving back to unload and retiring to our beds saw that it was 3am by the time I hit the sack. All worth it though, a very memorable night and a success in terms of what we wanted to achieve.
(Many thanks for the photos above: Martin Le Santo-Smith, and below: Mike Oscar)

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FourFromFoodFridays #17.16

FourFromFoodFridays 17.16Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things that have been doing it for me. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:
Various Artists – Radiophonica – (Electronic Sound) CD – Unreleased / unheard Radiophonic Workshop gems both old and new – available only from the ES shop.
Various Artists – Electric Psychedelic Headswirlers (Rubble) 11xCD box – totally bootleg collection of psych wonders with sitar present in the mix
Andy Partridge – Powers (Ape House) CD – finally reissued, his alien soundworlds inspired by Richard Powers’ artwork.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (Heavenly) LP/CD/DL – Yep, still listening to this on loop, gets things done