Vangelis – Sex Power!

Being on a bit of a Vangelis trip recently I decided to check out his back catalogue on Discogs and see what I was missing. One of his first outings was this soundtrack to the French film ‘Sex Power’, starring Jane Birkin amongst others (makes mental note to track that one down).

More reasons why a resource like Discogs is so essential these days (something I touched on a few weeks back) – it may not be complete but it’s as indespensible to me as Wikipedia.

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1/12th scale Ma.K. Krote upcoming from 3A

I know, what the hell does that even mean?

Ma.K (aka Maschinen Krueger or SF3D) = Vintage line of Japanese toys by Kow Yokoyama and was one of (if not THE) originators of the weathered, realistic looking mechs and vehicles.

3A = Ashley Wood and Kim Fung Wong‘s toy company who have taken inspiration from Kow amongst others and raised the level of toy making higher than most in recent years.

Don’t ask when these will be available or how much they will cost because I don’t know, you just have to keep an eye on the 3A blog or sign up to their newsletter.

British Council ‘The Selector’ radio mix now online

The 30 minute mix* I did for The Selector is now on Soundcloud featuring a section of the forthcoming Amorphous Androgynous remix of ‘The Illectrik Hoax’ plus a new unreleased 2econd Class Citizen track amongst others
Show 547 – DJ Food in the mix by British Council

Tracklist:

Neil Norman – Re-Entry
DJ Food Vs The Amorphous Androgynous – The Electric Images In My Mind (Never Die)
DJ Food – Prey feat. JG Thirlwell
2econd Class Citizen – Stop 2 Wonder
Jane Weaver – The Fallen By Watchbird
Plug – Mind Bending
Fracture & Neptune – Trapped In Time

*This is actually only half of the mix, the full, hour-long mix will go online in two weeks

Pepe Deluxé ‘Queen of the Wave’ album launch

In addition to the prep for the Pure Evil gallery exhibition I was playing at the Pepe Deluxe album launch party at the London Aquarium on Monday night, mixing water, sea and surf inspired music before and after their ‘Queen of the Wave’ LP play back. Out came everything from Jaws, James Bond and The Deep soundtracks to Led Zep’s ‘The Ocean’ and Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’. The gig was held in the Ship Wreck Room which has a whole wall of glass looking into a giant fish tank populated by all manner of sharks, fish and three huge Easter Island heads. It was fun to play to an audience who didn’t make requests and gently bobbed their heads to even the most obscure surf soundtracks.

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I finally met Jari and Paul too (Pepe Deluxé) and they gave out mini books containing all the album companions they’d been posting on their site a well as nice little lunch boxes for the post-work crowd to chew on.


Not only is their new album, ‘Queen of the Wave’, (finally) out today but they have a new mix on this week’s Solid Steel too which you can listen to and preview some of the album right now. Buy it here (physical) and here (digital)

There’s also a great grindhouse-esque trailer for the record to give you some sound AND vision – seriously, you need to hear this album, it’s going to be a love it or hate it affair but if you love it you’re going to LOVE it. If you liked ‘Spare Time Machine’ then this is a worthy successor but also even deeper in detail, it takes a fair few listens but will have you humming tunes out of the blue before you know it. In case you hadn’t already guessed, I love this band and record.
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Solid Steel Music Video podcast at No.1 on iTunes!

I’m very proud to announce a new first for Solid Steel, we made No.1 in the iTunes Music Video podcast charts this week with DJ Cheeba‘s new mix after the previous best of Hexstatic‘s at No.3 a few weeks back. 
In the 90’s the idea of an eclectic mix show with minimal presenting and lashings of spoken word was pretty unique thing, today it’s par for the course. I’m glad to say we’re still pushing the envelope but this time with extremely high quality video mixes – check out any one of them on our Vimeo channel.

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ZTT – The Art Of The 12″ vol. 2

First look at the cover and tracklist for next February’s second ‘The Art of the 12″ Two’ compilation via the ZTT Facebook page!

Disc One:

01. ‘you are warmly invited to come inside’

02. Frankie Goes to Hollywood: ‘Two Tribes’ (Keep the Peace) *

03. Paul McCartney: ‘Spies Like Us’ (Art of Noise Remix) **

04. Godley & Creme: ‘Cry’ (Extended Remix) *

05. Instinct: ‘Swamp Down’ (12” Mix) **

06. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: ‘Julia’s Song’ (Extended Version) *

07. 808 State Vs. Art of Noise: ‘Moments in Love’ (Massey Mix One) **

08. Thomas Leer: ‘Heartbeat’ (Extended Mix) *

09. ‘bassline interlude’ **

10. Act: ‘Chance’ (Whammy Mix) **

11. Frankie Goes to Hollywood: ‘War’ (Coming Out of Hiding) **

12. Propaganda: ‘Dr Mabuse der Spieler’ (An International Incident) *

 

Disc Two:

01. Scritti Politti: ‘Absolute’ (Version)

02. Art of Noise: ‘Close Up’

03. Propaganda: ‘Sorry for Laughing’ (12” Mix) **

04. Das Psych-Oh! Rangers: ‘He He Radical’ (Episode 2) *

05. ‘piano interlude’ **

06. Nasty Rox Inc.: ‘What Is It’ (Live Instrumental Wonder) **

07. Mint Juleps: ‘Every Kinda People’ (Parts I, II and III)

08. Anne Pigalle: ‘Hé Stranger’ (Parts I, II and III)

09. 808 State Vs. Art of Noise: ‘Moments in Love’ (Massey Mix Three) **

10. ‘the flash forward’

11. Frankie Goes to Hollywood: ‘Relax’ (Man Has a Sense for the Discovery of Beauty, Part I) **

12. ‘zang tuum interlude’;

13. Art of Noise: ‘Close Up’ (Hop)

14. Propaganda: ‘Dr Mabuse’ (Special Instrumental Mix) *

15. ‘cadenza’

** previously unreleased

* previously unreleased on CD

 

It’s out on Feb 20, 2012 on Zang Tuum Tumb

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Pepe Deluxé album track preview no.2

The second track from the Pepe Deluxé album, ‘Queen of the Wave’, is up for your delectation. ‘The Storm’ redefines the word ‘EPIC’ with tribes of restless natives chanting ‘Listen, listen, God of Thunder!’ over a track so packed full of ideas it should be illegal.

Check for yourselves over at the official Pepe site and stay tuned for a further two exclusives.

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Rinky Dink

My friends Sarah and Leigh at Factory Road sent some lovely custom 45 adapters down the other week. After years of buying up old stocks from US factories they’ve made their own, improved from existing versions and debossed with their logo. They also offer a custom service with your own name or wording on the dinks if you need something special or want some for promo. Contact Leigh at info@factoryroad.net if you want more info – they also make records, prints and T-shirts and are lovely people.

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