Mixcloud Select: DJ Food & DK – Now, Listen Again – The Remix Superchunk 20/04/2007

MS103 CDrThe Remix was Eddy Temple-Morris’ Friday night radio show on the London-based XFM station. Eddy did the show for 15 years, featuring a 30 minute ‘Superchunk’ guest mix each week and asked DK and I to do one after the release of our second Solid Steel mix, ‘Now, Listen Again’. The first half is a live recreation of the beginning of the mix, as we did it on the tour upon the mix’s release but then it takes off and goes somewhere else using elements that I would subsequently put into my DJ sets.

If I remember correctly this was the first time I put ‘The Number Song’ with ‘Dark Lady’, a mix that was always a winner on the floor. Here it’s a bit wobbly in places but the vibe is there. As The Remix was the radio show that popularised the mash up genre I thought we should end the set with one and the uncredited mix of Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Diana Ross is nothing short of inspired. By 2007 the mash up craze was well and truly old hat but the odd one would pop up and hit the spot and this one does it for me. If anyone knows who did it then please let me know.

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There’s not much more to say on this one, if you saw DK and I do one of our 4 deck sets at any point around 2007-2009 then you probably heard a version of most of this, minus the final bootleg. Great times, we toured the 4 deck mix all over the world for around a year or more and then spent a good part of 2008 learning how to edit video, building an AV version. We used the Videocrash event in London that September to launch the set for the first time and I’m pretty sure we were the first 4 deck AV DJs using Serato’s brand new VSL software of which we had a beta version. We hoped we’d repeat the world tour all over again with a video show in tow but the recession of late 2008 put paid to that among other things.

DJ Food & DK – Solid Steel Intro
MVP – Mic Check 1,2
Z Trip – Listen to the DJ
Timbaland feat. Magoo & Missy Elliot – Cop That Shit
Eric B & Rakim – I Know You Got Soul (acappella)
The Human League – Being Boiled
Area Code 615 – Stone Fox Chase
Cut Chemist – A Peek In Time
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
DJ Shadow – The Number Song (Cut Chemist remix)
X Clan – Rockin’ It (acappella)
DJ Food – Dark Lady
Q Tip – Breath & Stop (acappella)
Pepe Deluxe – Salami Fever
The Roots – Here I Come
FGTH /Diana Ross – Relax, I’m Coming (Bootleg)

Mixcloud Select 102: 14 Hours In May 03/05/2005

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An eclectic mixed bag with no real theme or consistent musical style, more a general round up of tracks from around that time, 17 years ago this week. We had a competition via the Ninja Tune forum to get people to remix the Solid Steel theme jingle and entries poured in over several months leaving us with bags of versions to use at will. I tried to find ones that would fit the mood of each set’s opening track so that most got an airing. Someone called Zoleede kicks off mix in fine style, no idea who this was the alias of but it reflects the show perfectly.

Madlib remixes The Bees in fine fast funk style – was this track in a film at the time (Tarantino?). The Osmonds kick out the jams with their ‘Hold Her Tight’, I maintain that the Osmonds were a decent outfit when they rocked out with their Moog and got their Led Zep funk on, pretty sure there’s live versions of this with full horn section somewhere on YouTube. It’d be a short mix but there’s definitely an Osmonds selector to be made of their finest moments.

Downtempo psych from Koushik on Stones Throw, he was so good and then disappeared. M83 turn in a beautiful electronic epic and Max & Harvey (actually Paul Frankland aka Journeyman and Mark Butt of Dead Sea Sound) grace us with ’Sleep’. There was supposed to be a Max & Harvey album at one point, it was on the Ninja Tune release schedule but never materialised. Looking on Discogs it seems there was a flurry of releases around 2010-2012 on Woob’s Big Amoeba Sounds label including the 2 track 10” that Ninja released this on and an archival EP.

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The Shortwave Set and Viva Voce were both things I was either sent or found secondhand and took a chance on because they looked interesting. I think sometimes promotional companies would send me oddities that didn’t easily fit into a genre because they thought I’d be more likely to play them on the show. I’m usually the guy who rates the last experimental track on the B side over the commercial lead on the A. I’m not sure they’ve stood the test of time tbh – it’s quite winsome folk stuff when viewed with a bit of hindsight although ‘Is It Any Wonder’ is nice. Busdriver, one of the most gymnastic of MCs at that point, excels on ‘Unemployed Black Astronaut’, in an alternate universe this should have been a huge pop hit, great hook in the chorus.

Tom Tyler is another one who’s dropped off the radar after a couple of albums and singles on DC around 2000, he later morphed into Vincent Markowski for a couple of singles though. The second Viva Voce track here is the one I love, part of a 4 track double 7” I think, big drums and vocal harmonies, bit of mellotron in there too, job done. Really odd mix into Kidda, like a dial turn into another station on beat, it’s a bit of a stylistic switch, I quite like the simplicity of it though. We’re into more beat-y sample territory now but even Divine Sounds sticks out like a sore thumb, not sure why this is in here, maybe I finally scored an original 12” or something. A classic track which DJ Cheese used to cut to pieces in his DMC sets with two copies and of course DJ Shadow had a line out of too. Lemon Jelly changes the tone of it somewhat from NYC street rap to English countryside. I have no recollection of the Nylon Rhythm Machine Black Grass mix but it’s a decent hip hop history cut. We round things out with Four Tet’s ‘Smile Around The Face’, I love the looseness of it, drums samples flamming all over the place.

Track list:
Zoleede – Solid Steel intro
The Bees – Chicken Payback (Madlib remix)
The Osmonds – Hold Her Tight
Koushik – Pretty Soon
m83 – Don’t Save Us From The Flames (Boom Bip remix)
Max & Harvey – Sleep
The Shortwave Set – In Your Debt
Viva Voce – The Tiger And How We Tamed It
The Shortwave Set – Is It Any Wonder?
Busdriver – Unemployed Black Astronaut
Tom Tyler – Forward Going Backward
Viva Voce – One In Every Crowd
Kidda – All I Need
Divine Sounds – Do Or Die Bedsty
Lemon Jelly – Baby Battle Scratch
Nylon Rhythm Machine – White Wind (Black Grass remix)
Four Tet – Smile Around The Face

Mixcloud Select 101: Openmind – That’s My Boy! Side B 14-25/03/1994

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The B side to last week’s A – apparently made over two sessions and you can certainly hear at least two tape edits during the set so maybe I was getting more experimental or maybe I made some big mistakes. This one definitely has three decks involved because of some fast transitions and the flange pedal is still in effect. Warning, there’s some NSFW language in this one as well as a few comedy riffs that definitely wouldn’t get a pass these days.

Classic mixtape starter skit with radio dialling from Ice Cube’s debut LP – straight RnB, straight RnB, straight… RnB. More JBs with a mystery breakbeat I can’t identify into the Ultimatum Jungle Beats from the free 12” with the UK edition of the Straight Out The Jungle LP. Funkdoobiest porno skit into the very un-PC Blowfly ode to anal sex. This album was a 10p find at a Surrey car boot in the late 80s, the cover showing a topless lady and a costumed Blowfly with very few other details, I had no idea what it was but thought I should investigate. As with all Blowfly records, funk and soul classics of the day are covered with filthy lyrics and no doubt no royalties paid.
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The first of four Ballistic Brothers Vs The Eccentric Afros appearances – this was Rocky & Diesel with Ashley Beedle, Dave Hill and Uschi Classen, loads of samples, loads of fun. Justin Warfield made the first psychedelic hip hop record, then sadly changed his style but My Field trip To Planet 9 is a classic in a small genre within hip hop. More breaks, a Terminator X skit and then Coldcut’s mighty ‘The Music Maker’ into Tackhead featuring DJ Cheese. During this section I attempt some scratching which not only sounds like the faders were bunged up with glue but also skips several times.
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Ballistic battle with Dust Brothers over several tracks until it all ends with an orchestral flourish and Andrew Dice Clay’s most famous nursery rhyme routine, not for the children. Dice was a comedian on Def Jam (and later Def American) and his shtick was similar to Eddie Murphy’s at the time, un-PC and full of profanity. His signature was a triumphant ‘ooooh!’ after a punchline which was later sampled as the hook to EMF’s ‘Unbelievable’. I think I was trying to be Alex Paterson here, playing odd spoken word over classical music, complete opposites that would raise an eyebrow or a smile.

Tracklist:
Ice Cube – Turn Off The Radio
Jungle Brothers – Jimbrowski
Mystery breakbeat 1
Jungle Brothers – Jungle Beats
Funkdoobiest – The Porno King
Blowfly – Spread Your Cheeks
Ballistic Brothers Vs The Eccentric Afros – Grovers Return
Justin Warfield – Cool Like The Blues
Mystery breakbeat 2
Ballistic Brothers Vs The Eccentric Afros – Save The Children
Terminator X – Juvenile Delinquintz
Coldcut – The Music Maker
Tackhead – Mind At The End Of The Tether
Ballistic Brothers Vs The Eccentric Afros – Anti-Gun Movement
The Dust Brothers – Chemical Beats
Ballistic Brothers Vs The Eccentric Afros – Blacker
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The Dust Brothers – One Too Many Mornings
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – An Der Schonen Blauen Donau
Andrew Dice Clay – Mother Goose
Derek & Clive – Just Another One Of Those Songs

Mixcloud Select 100: Openmind – That’s My Boy! Side A 01/1994

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I’ve been looking back to the early 90s a lot recently, partly because of the passing of my old friend Chantal Passamonte, partly with the anniversary of the Beastie Boys’ Check Your Head this week. Nostalgia can be a comfort at times, not only for the times the songs represent but also for a time when your limited access to media meant you digested things more fully rather than the skim-reading/watching/listening it’s so easy to indulge in with the access we have today. After a run through of Check Your Head (still peerless and possibly their pinnacle) I was hungry for me of the same and dug back to a small caché of personal mix tapes made in the early 90s that weren’t broadcast.
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These were made in my bedroom in the house I shared with Chantal, Mario and David who formed the Openmind/Telepathic Fish collective at the time. I would make tapes live and dub copies for my friends so only a handful of people have heard these mixes. By this time I had two Technics, a Phonic mixer and an old guitar flange pedal that I’d hook up and use occasionally (my mixer didn’t actually have an FX send and return so I’ve no idea how this actually worked). It’s as rough as you like with some terrible scratching in places but all one take to oversaturated cassette. I’ve rebalanced, de-clicked and levelled things out just to make for a more even listen but here is the first That’s My Boy! mix (there were three in total), a name given by David Vallade.

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A quick run through of the tracks: My purile sense of humour still loves the absurdity of Derek & Clive and they crop up on both sides of the tape. Sandoz = Richard H. Kirk at his finest (RIP). Early Dust/Chemical Brothers remix action for The Sandals, loved The Ballistic Brothers vs The Eccentric Afros 12”s, so many great tracks, early trip hop that doesn’t get the props. Manic tempo switch with a snatch of Terminator X’s first LP where the Afros sampled the little sine wave sample from. A needle skipping start to X-rated Schoolly D, gangster before most others, uptempo Cypress Hill before they got obsessed by smoking. Constant record box staple – the Ultimatum (Stereo MCs) beats megamix of the JBs works well into The Orb, then Coldcut’s classic B&P – making the connection to the life-changing Coldcut meets the Orb mix set.

A cringeworthy car crash out of ‘Beats & Pieces’ into Busy Bee freestyle from the Wildstyle soundtrack, never try to beat mix another DJ cutting up two copies of a record. Cypress-sampling Ballistics into Beasties into Depth Charge classic before an A-Team intro insert (?). The Dub of The Sandals’ ‘Nothing’ got some serious play in our house around this time. Transglobal Underground’s ‘Temple Head’ sounds like some kind of cousin to The Primal’s ‘Loaded’ to me, loved this brief era of downtempo piano-led euphoria. The ending with The Prisoner Theme overlaid with more Derek & Clive I’d completely forgotten but still makes me laugh.

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Thanks so much to everyone old and new for tuning in for over 100 uploads now, it’s really appreciated and gives me a motive to digitise my archive each week. Side B next week…

Tracklist:
Derek & Clive – Blind
Sandoz – White Darkness
The Sandals – Feet (Dust Brothers remix)
Ballistic Brothers Vs The Eccentric Afro’s – Valley of The Afro Temple (on 45)
Terminator X – Vendetta… The Big Getback
Ballistic Brothers Vs The Eccentric Afro’s – Valley of The Afro Temple (on 33)
Schoolly D – Saturday Night (X-Rated)
Cypress Hill – Light Another
Jungle Brothers – Ultimatum Ultramix
The Orb – Perpetual Dawn
Coldcut – Beats & Pieces
Busy Bee & DJ AJ – At the Amphitheatre
Ballistic Brothers Vs The Eccentric Afro’s – And It Goes Like This
Beastie Boys – 33% God
Depth Charge – Depth Charge (Death Drum version)
The A-Team TV show intro
The Sandals – Nothing (Dub)
Transglobal Underground – Temple Head (Pacific Mix – Airwaves)
Lynne Hamilton – On the Inside (Prisoner Theme)
Derek & Clive – Coughin’ Contest

Mixcloud Select X-03 DJ Food – Music For 18 Revisions

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Being that one of my favourite pieces of music is Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians I thought I’d explore as many contemporary remixes and versions as I could for this third, exclusive mix for Mixcloud Select. Scouring the web as well as a few pieces in my own collection yielded many different interpretations from the last 15 years or so.

Some are dancefloor versions including Coldcut’s famous remix and Ruoho Ruotsis for official Reich Remixed compilations. A few artists have attempted the whole piece solo, Outbounded creates an electronic version, Erik Hall recorded his piece part by part in a close copy of the score and Rough Fields played along with the original over 18 days in an acoustic style. I’d recommend them all and there are more out there but they didn’t fit stylistically which what I was looking for. There were also several jokey versions although I didn’t include them here (Music for 19 Musicians sees a child playing very randomly over a recording of the original) and I found a band named Music for 18 Magicians.

There’s no attempt to put the parts in order of the original, they were placed more for tempo continuity than anything else. There are also only 9 remixes/versions although some appear several times but 18 reads better than 9. I’ve also added spoken word pieces of Reich from interviews talking about the piece and his practice in general. Weirdly it’s only about one minute shorter than the original ECM performance although it contains more sections. Interesting fact I did not know: the original cover of the record was by Beryl Korot, a video artist and also Mrs Reich.

This was suppose to be upload 100 but I then realised that the exclusive remixes have a different cat no. and anyway, this was actually upload 102. Doh! Back to the regular program next week for MS100.

Track list:
Meridian Response – Enter The Reich
Rough Fields – Steve Reich – Music For 18 Musicians (Rough Fields Overdubbed Version excerpt 1)
Outbounded – Music For 18 Musicians (Electronic version excerpt 1)
Steve Reich – Music For 18 Musicians (Villager Remix)
Erik Hall – Music For 18 Musicians (Section II)
Amistry – Music For 18 Musicians (Section VI for electric pianos)
Outbounded – Music For 18 Musicians (Electronic version excerpt 2)
Immaterial – Music For 18 Musicians (Part 3A remix)
Outbounded – Music For 18 Musicians (Electronic version excerpt 3)
Steve Reich – Music For 18 Musicians (Ruoho Ruotsis Pulse Section Dub Remix)
Steve Reich – Music For 18 Musicians (Coldcut Remix)
Rough Fields – Steve Reich – Music For 18 Musicians (Rough Fields Overdubbed Version excerpt 2)
Outbounded – Music For 18 Musicians (Electronic version excerpt 4)
Rough Fields – Steve Reich – Music For 18 Musicians (Rough Fields Overdubbed Version excerpt 3)

Mixcloud Select : Time For Food Radio 1 Breezeblock mix for Mary Anne Hobbs 11/04/00

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22 years ago this week, just as the ‘Kaleidoscope’ album was released, I was invited onto Mary Anne Hobbs’ Breezeblock show on Radio 1 to record a live mix in the studio. I think this was three turntables and an FX pedal, I can’t quite remember. The set is a few Food bits from the album and contemporary tracks from around the time, peppered with spoken word and the odd jazz piece.

My track, ‘Nocturne’ obviously features elements of Dudley Moore’s ‘The Millionaire’ from the Bedazzled soundtrack so I dropped in a snatch of that just to ram the point home. Position Normal were a really interesting outfit who made sample-heavy cut and paste pieces and were later dubbed ‘the Godfathers of Hauntology’ by Simon Reynolds in typically grandiose fashion. Two Banks of Four were a collective featuring Galliano’s Rob Gallagher and ‘Skylines Over Rooftops’ is from their debut album. Scratched over the top is the flute of Yussef Lateef’s beautiful ‘Lowland Lullaby’, something I would regularly play about with in DJ sets at the time.
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PC’s Hustler’s Convention-sampling ‘Break’ is lightened up by a Dr Rockit’ track which completely escapes me now, I’ve looked for it everywhere in my collection but can’t find it. I think it was on Clear but don’t quote me, if anyone knows… A snatch of Andy Votel and Cherrystones leads into The Third Wave, a quintet of teenage girls who made an album with George Duke on MPS with several covers including Herbie Hancock and The Beatles. This was reissued in 1999 by Crippled Dick Hot Wax! hence it’s appearance here. They overlap into ‘The Sky At Night’ where there may be some tuning issues and then out into the epic finale – ‘Minitoka’ into Bent’s ‘Invisible Pedestrian’ laced with the acappella of Jelisha’s ‘Friendly Pressure’ – all live on three turntables. A brief food-related outro concludes and what you can’t hear here is Mary Anne bellowing “ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!” or some such descriptive, completely destroying the ambience I’d just spent 30 minutes building.

PS: I was actually sent a CDr copy of this by Wise Buddah, the promo company that dealt with the show, after the set, complete with stickered, embossed sleeve.

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Tracklist:
Now Is The Time For Food radio ad intro
DJ Food – Nocturne
Dudley Moore – The Millionaire
DJ Food – Nocturne
Position Normal – Nostrils and Eyes
Two Banks of Four – Skylines Over Rooftops
Yussef Lateef – Lowland Lullabye
DJ Food – Break
Dr Rockit – unknown
Andy Votel & Cherrystones – A Patterns Emerges
The Third Wave – Eleanor Rigby
DJ Food – The Sky At Night
DJ Food – Minitoka
Jelisha – Friendly Pressure (acappella)
Bent – Invisible Pedestrian
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Mixcloud Select Telepathic Kev – Solid Steel section 21/09/1994

MS 98 Solid Steel screengrabMy section of a 2hr Solid Steel show from 1994 which clearly shows the transition from the ambient electronic scene into the early days of Mo Wax’s golden period. Global Communication, Future Sound of London, System 7 and Autechre holding the fort for the former and DJ Shadow, RSW, UNKLE and another unknown track at the end for the latter. Not much to say on this but it was a truly golden age, a combination of Matt, Jon, PC and I would troop up to KISS FM on a Friday evening and camp out in the smaller studio to pre-record the 2hr show live in one take, complete with ads. We rarely if ever that I can remember stopped or did a retake, there just wasn’t the option to edit back then, you got it warts and all, live radio. Matt refers to me as ‘Telepathic Kev’ at one point, a hang over from the Telepathic Fish nights we were doing together at the time.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this era this week with the news that my old friend Chantal Passamonte passed away. I was sharing a house with her at this time and things were starting to happen; radio, gigs, we were doing a fanzine about ambient music (Mind Food) and working in the Ambient Soho record shop. Ninja was yet to full take off but things were bubbling and she was doing what she did best, networking with people throughout the electronic scene and making things happen. RIP Chantal aka Mira Calix.

PS: This was from a file I was sent years ago, I forget from who now (sorry), it had been recorded from cassette but the tape was quite speeded up and everything was a bit fast and pitched up, especially noticeable on things like Matt’s voice. I’ve re-pitched the audio down to where I think it sounds normal again.

Track list:
Global Communication – 12:18
Future Sound of London – Lifeforms (excerpts)
System 7 – Gliding On Dutone Curves (Cascade Mix)
DJ Shadow – Lost & Found (S.F.L.)
Autechre – Teartear
Renegade Soundwave – Black Eye Boy
UNKLE – The Time Has Come
Unknown – Unknown

Mixcloud Select 97: Strictly’s Canadian Vinyl Excavation Pt.1 19/02/2001

MS97 CDR In the latter half of the 90s and the early-to-mid 00s I visited North America regularly on tour and binged in the record shops scattered all over Canada, fully taking advantage of the £ to $ imbalance, the cheap prices and absolute glut of vinyl in the country. Every city we hit I’d spend any spare time hunting out records and finding the most obscure stuff I could, the kind of things that would never turn up in the UK. This mix is the first of a three part series showcasing some of the things I picked up at some point in 2000 when I toured with Kid Koala and Amon Tobin in support of our albums at the time.

The Shankar Family & Friends is one of the first releases on George Harrison’s Dark Horse Records and this track is the winner on the album for me, possibly sampled by DJ Shadow on his collar with Zack De La Rocha, ‘March of Death’. Booker T and Maynard Ferguson should need no introduction and these were cheap, easy finds in Canada. The Singers Unlimited cover version of Sesame St is actually a 7” on BASF, a German label, but this turned up in Toronto as did the next three 45s, all at Kops & Vortex (Kops is still open, Vortex is long defunct).MS97 PRS

The Central High School Cafeteria Band is some kind of kids orchestra playing the cutlery draw very loudly. Listeners will probably recognise the opening bars of ‘The Switch Hitch’ from Cut Chemist’s amazing ‘Lesson 6’ track, here’s the full track, from a Disneyland LP entitled ‘Multiplication & Division’. Little Royal & The Swingmasters is a great funk 45 with uptempo breaks and great horns, possibly picked out by Jonny Cuba for my attention. I’m not sure why Hot Chocolate is in there, not that it’s not an amazing track – so nasty and brooding – more because I’m surprised I bought it in Canada when they are easy to find in the UK. Nature’s ‘Everybody Hears A Different Drummer’ is another 45 bought in Kops – full of frantic drums from their sole LP in the early 70s. Tom Elliot’s ‘Variation’ is from one of his many library albums on Media MusicTechnology. Elliot went under several pseudonyms, produced loads of Media Music albums and his real name was Ole Georg Hansen.

Track list:
Shankar Family & Friends – Nightmare Pt 2
Booker T & The MGs – Chicken Pox
Maynard Ferguson – Pochahontas
The Singers Unlimited – Sesame Street
The Central High School Cafeteria Band – First Rhapsody for Knives, Forks & Spoons Pt 1
Jiminy Cricket & Rica Moore – The Switch-Hitch
Little Royal & the Swingmasters – Razor Blade
Hot Chocolate – Heaven’s in The Back Seat of My Cadillac
Nature – Everybody Hears A Different Drummer
Tom Elliot – Variation

Mixcloud Select 96: Kinky Voodoo Hardcore Mix 27/03/2003

Spectrum flyer backWarning – this mix gets a bit full on in places!
Spectrum / Kinky Voodoo was a night put on by John Power as I recall, initially below the newsagent off Tottenham Court Road that originally hosted the mash up night, Bastard. This set was made for Graeme Ross’s 30th birthday party – a big excuse for a nostalgic rave up and this was 20 years ago so it was very early days for the rave revival. I was asked to play and pulled out a bunch of classics from the late 80s and early 90s – 20 years later I’m still playing some of these too!
I snuck Ministry in there just for the hell of it as it was a great crowd up for anything, the intro was put together specially for the night and refused in the mix for radio. The flyer was a knowing homage to the old Spectrum nights at Heaven which helped kick off the acid house craze in ’88. This is a studio recording of some of the mix I did for that night, complete with spoken word overdubs. As you can hear, it degenerated into utter silliness and during John’s set he was so drunk his trousers started falling down (see photo evidence below).

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Tracklist:
DJ Food/A Guy Called Gerald – Kinky intro/Voodoo Ray
KLF – What Time Is Love?
808 State – Cobra Bora
Bam Bam – Where’s Your Child?
Stakker – Stakker Humanoid
Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod
Orbital – Speed Freak (Moby remix)
The Scientist – The Bee (Honey Combed remix)
Hypnotist – House Is Mine
Smart Systems – The Tingler (remix)
Eygptian Empire – The Horn Track
The Prodigy – Out Of Space (remix)
Aphex twin – Digeridoo
Acen – Trip II The Moon pt 2
dsico – This is Missy Country

All change for tonight at BSMT Space

IMG_5560Dear friends, I hate to be the bringer of bad news but the Covid curse has finally struck – and at the worst time possible too.
After evading the bugger for 2 years I tested positive yesterday, the day before tonight’s opening BSMT Space for EPOD‘s first solo show of new work. I was supposed to be there and this has put months of work and prep out the window. Be vigilant, we’re not through this yet, no matter what our government tells us.

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But it’s not all bad news though as my man Ollie Teeba has gamely stepped up to bat at the 11th hour with his box of 45s and two turntables for your delectation tonight. I’m sure he needs little introduction but having hands in The Herbaliser, The Process and Soundsci as well as a solo artist and DJ in his own right is nothing to scoff at – he’ll do us all proud.
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So – the show must go on, get down to BSMT tonight between 6-9pm, there will be excellent art, great music and free beers supplied by Vedett. Maybe even snag one of the limited slipmats or prints being sold on the night?

I’ll be there in spirit and hopefully we can do something once I’m out of isolation. 876353e8-581c-4be0-9236-d58fb30aaf65

EPOD solo show opening at BSMT Space this Thursday


This Thursday – March 10th – .EPOD‘s first solo show opens at BSMT Space in Dalston. EPOD has made a pair of slipmats in five different colourways which will be on sale on the night and exclusively through the gallery. There will also be prints and new canvases plus beers by the Vedett brewery.

QMk3 set upI’ll be providing the music on the opening night from 6pm-9pm via my Quadraphon turntable with the currently unreleased Omnitronic TRM-422 mixer and the Ninja Tune Zen Delay, creating music live with locked grooves and up to four tone arms.
RSVP to [email protected] for entry to the private view on Thursday.

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Mixcloud Select: Starter For Ten 04/02/2002

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Did you spot the opening bars of the first track at the end of last week’s mix?
Neil Richardson’s ‘Approaching Menace’, better known to most as the theme to Mastermind, opens a dark and strange set that I made for the 4th of February Solid Steel show in 2002. I always thought the Mastermind theme would make a good mix with the theme to Jaws. Anyway, Tom Waits (for no man) and is up next with the only track I ever liked by him, the amazing ‘What’s He Building In There?’. I’ve no idea where or how I heard this but love it, genuinely weird. The Aranos & Nurse With Wound fits right in with the mood too, taken from a Brainwashed Recordings compilation free with The Wire magazine.

A very odd mix of Roots Manuva’s ‘Dreamy Days’ follows by Super Furry Animals, I think this was only on the CD single. More hip hop from DSP aka Dynamic Syncopation Productions, a re-christened for the second album, In The Red. ‘No Regrets’ closes out the album featuring Dell Donahue who doesn’t appear on any other release according to Discogs. Telectu – ‘Data No.2’ kicks off the Exploratory Music From Portugal compilation – again from The Wire, they always yielded something good. A rare track from Boards of Canada mixes out of it, ‘Red Moss’ from one of the Boc Maxima tape that had surfaced around this time – oh to have this in high quality.
The finale is quite something, I don’t want to spoil it but it veers so often into laugh out loud over-the-top earnest-ness that I had to check to see if it was a parody. Wink Martindale was an American disc jockey, presenter and game show host with one of those ultra wholesome voices like Ken Nordine or Rod McKuen. He made many spoken word records and this particular track was a B side in the early 80s, a poem written by Robert. N. Test, a pioneer in promoting organ and tissue donations. Someone has made a very tongue in cheek video for it here

Track list:
Neil Richardson – Approaching Menace
Tom Waits – What’s He Building In There?
Aranos & Nurse With Wound – Mary Jane (Marbles mix)
Roots Manuva – Dreamy Days (Super Furry Animals mix)
DSP – No Regrets
Telectu – Data No.2
Boards Of Canada – Red Moss
Wink Martindale – To Remember Me (The Bed Of Life)

Mixcloud Select: Solid Steel – BoC megamix 11/02/2002

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Seeing as it was 20 years since Boards of Canada’s Geogaddi was released last week I thought I’d pull out a show from back in early Feb 2002 where I mixed up a pre-release copy of the album that Warp had given me a few days before release. As far as I know there weren’t any CD promos sent out to journalists, there was a listening party at the Union Chapel which I went to, and there was the blue vinyl ‘Alpha & Omega’ 12” but the first most of us heard of the album was when we bought it. Having connections with Warp I persuaded them to give me a copy a couple of days early so I could absorb it and get a mix down in time for the show and the results you hear are from just a few complete listens.

But first! Osymyso’s genre-defining ‘Intro-Inspection’ kicks off the show and I believe that this is an early version of Part One that he played on Eddy Temple-Morris and James Hyman’s show, The Remix on XFM. The only place to get this at this point was via a rip of the show on the web, probably from the Boom Selection website that served as a place to find all the latest mash ups. By this point Osy (aka Mark Nicholson), The Freelance Hellraiser and Jonny and Mike from Cartel Communique had started a monthly night in the basement of a newsagent just off Tottenham Court Road in London’s west end. Originally known as King of the Boots it soon morphed into Bastard (named after Bastard Pop, the name given to mash ups by the press) and I can honestly say that it was some of the most fun I ever had clubbing. Osy’s mix does exactly what it says on the tin, a selection of over 100 intros to famous songs mashed up into one long mega mix, inspired by watching the reactions to clubbers on hearing the first bars of each new song at a party. Reasoning that one track consisting of multiple intros would elicit prolonged ecstatic reactions in the crowd he set about compiling his magnum opus (that is, until we hear his fabled second album).

Coldcut and Steinski’s remix of Boom Boom SatellitesChuck D-featuring ‘Your Reality’s A Fantasy’ is full of hard-panning excitement, a total banger with multiple breaks and breakdowns at a breakneck speed. It’s a full on start to the show and rarely lets up for the first 13 minutes, making the Quantic Soul Orchestra seem quaint in comparison. Ramping things down another notch, Koushik’s fuzzed out ’Only Dreaming’ wanders into view before drifting into the aforementioned Boards of Canada mini mix for the next 19 minutes. I’ve not listed all the tracks in this as it will give Mixcloud’s tracklister a hernia and mean some people might not be able to hear it due to multiple artists in one set. Suffice to say I got at least ten in there as well as snippets of others and a little reminder of the debut album for the intro. This was all done from vinyl with an FX pedal and then edited and overlaid in Cubase, probably took the best part of a day to do just this section alone.

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BoC tracks are notorious for using weird tunings and nearly everything they do is out of tune with everything else so very hard to mix without it sounding a bit discordant. I picked up on several backwards passages on the record and reversed them again to add into the mix – the devil is in the details as they say. There’s some very weird off beat panning going on in ‘Alpha & Omega’ where I had two copies playing a beat apart with the delay feeding one side and returning on the other so you get odd ping-ponging in the left and right channels – complete accident but sounds great. I love this album so much, it’s one of the greats and, although the debut is a classic, I can never decide between this and Tomorrow’s Harvest – both dark, dystopian records. Finding ways to condense the tracks without seeming to edit too heavily and then transitioning to new tempos was a challenge but because I wasn’t so au fait with it maybe that helped.

We’re bought back into the real world by Edan with ‘Just Listen’ from the ‘Lexoleum-tile 2’ EP on Lex Records, a fun cut up instrumental as only he can do. A brief telephone message from Ollie Teeba about what I cannot fathom introduces one of my favourite mash ups of the era – Jonny Kawasaki’s ‘My Child Is Bootylicious’. This terrifying vision of Destiny’s Child as if rendered by Aphex Twin post-‘Windowlicker’ and then pitched down to a slow grind was just one of the kinds of avenues the mash up could have gone down if there had been a few more tech-savvy producers putting two and two together. This is more in the Kid 606, Flashbulb vein of cut up; noisy, full of machine gun edits and stretching the subject matter to its very limits – all the more exciting for it too. I thought it appropriate to follow with Squarepusher’s latest promo, untitled at the time it emerged on the subsequent album as ‘Do You Know Squarepusher?’. Switching from 45rpm to 33 near the end takes the tempo down to a less manic level whereby 4 Hero gingerly entires the fray with beats in time but not exactly in the same pocket as Tom Jenkinson’s frantic cut ups. There’s a little of Jammin’s ‘Hold On’ to pad out the ending (Hold It Down into Hold On-geddit?) and then a snatch of next week’s mix at the very end…

Part 2 next week!

Track list:
Osymyso – Intro-Inspection (early version)
Boom Boom Satellites – Your Reality’s A Fantasy (Coldcut vs Steinski Going Under mix)
Quantic Soul Orchestra – Assassin (Part one)
Koushik – Only Dreaming
Boards Of Canada – Sometime In The Future – Geogaddi minimix
Edan – Just Listen
Johnny Kawasaki – My Child Is Bootylicious
Squarepusher – Do You Know Squarepusher?
4 Hero – Hold It Down (Bugz in the Attic remix)
Jammin – Hold On

DOPE. a solo show by .EPOD at BSMT

March 10th – 27th .EPOD presents his first solo show – DOPE. – at BSMT

DOPE will feature .EPOD’s largest works to date, the new canvases will be threaded together within the gallery space in both concept and design. Limited edition prints and collectible slipmats will also be featured as part of the show.

Private view 6-9pm March 10th

I’ll be performing on the opening night using my customised Quadraphon turntable, a brand new, unreleased 4 channel Omnitronic TRM mixer and the Ninja Tune Zen Delay.

RSVP essential: [email protected] for entry to the private view
BSMT 529 Kingsland Rd, London, E8 4AR
Sponsored by Vedett beer.

Mixcloud Select 93: Strictly Session on Coldcut Solid Steel 03/02/1996

MS93 TapeSide B of an old tape from 1996, the A side of which was uploaded last week. Wishmountain aka Matthew Herbert‘s short ’Welcome’ crashes into the Coldcut jingle to start, opening his debut 12” on the Evolution label, ‘Radio’. The next track is from my old mate Mark Nicholson, Osymyso to some, from his second release, ‘Peter And The Wolf’. This is ‘Wolf’ and it was after I played this that we met at The Blue Note one night and a mutual appreciation society was formed. The stuttering track that follows it I have no idea of and Shazam doesn’t know either, anyone? I’d really like to know what this one is actually, the track back at the end identifies it as ‘The Outcast’ but I can’t find anything that fits that name. The Brotherhood’s ‘Mad Heads’ floats in with its refrain of The World’s Famous Supreme Team phone call – super tough UK hip hop with production by The Underdog.

Another mystery is the next track sampling Soul II Soul’s ‘Back To Life’ – the sounds American to me, going by the track run down near the end of the set it’s DJ Double S’s ‘Feel The Melody’ from the Hip Hop Madness EP, a cut and paste 12” of the time I vaguely remember having an oversized label. So many people think of the UK when they think of trip hop but it was happening over in the US too with labels like New Breed putting out all manner of blunted beats. Octagon Man ‘The Rimm’ is next, this is a bit of an aggro session, lots of distortion and heavy beats, I did like it hard and heavy back then, I think I scared Coldcut and PC a bit sometimes with my preference for the hard stuff.

I’m really not doing well on this track list, Mixcloud is going to be penalising me for having too many tracks by ‘unknown’ in this set. The slow burn acid track I’ve no idea, help me out people, Shazam has given me five different results for this generic roller. The fast breakbeat cut up that slides out of it is by Funky Monkey, ‘LA Riot’ and by a process of elimination I think this is the Channel Zero mix by Andy Bell of Ride / Oasis / GLOK fame no less, according to Discogs. Great stuff, so much has slid under the radar over the years.

There’s a very abrupt change of tempo as I slam into another track I actually know! Aubrey Pasternak’s only release for Clean Up Records, the Star Wars sampling ‘New Hope’ – a great cut up that can still be had for pennies. Primal Scream’s excellent, Weatherall-produced ‘Trainspotting’ from the film of the same name follows, what a delight to hear this again. Matt Black can’t believe it’s them but comes to the rescue with a vague run down of the tracks at the end which saved me from presenting you with a virtually blank sheet for a track list.

At the end of this tape was a section of an ambient mix that I’d taped over, I’d estimate it was probably done three years before as it contains a couple of tracks I recognise from the time that we played a lot at the Telepathic Fish ambient parties that came before I joined the Ninja crew.
The first track I don’t recall but the Twin Peaks-sampling tune was always a favourite of my DJ partner at the time, Mario Aguera. It was the final version of ‘Days In The Trees’ by No-Man from their third single – proper chills down the spine stuff and will set you back £20 at least these days owing to Steve Wilson’s popularity. The brief snatch of track after it is by Hypnotone, an act who have seemingly been forgotten but had a couple of albums at the cross section of bleep, techno and ambient which are well worth tracking down. ‘God C.P.U (Ambient)’ is from their second, ‘Ai’ which, along with The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld, The Shamen’s En-tact and 808 State’s 90, we played to death at the start of the 90s. I’ve left this in as it’s a nice reminder of those times but wasn’t part of the Solid Steel show .

Track list:
Wishmountain – Welcome
Osymyso – Wolf
The Outcast – Unknown
The Brotherhood – Mad Heads
DJ Double S – Unknown
Octagon Man – The Rimm
Unknown – Unknown
Funky Monkey – LA Riot (The Channel Zero edit)
Aubrey Pasternak – New Hope
Primal Scream’s – Trainspotting
– bonus ambient mix section
Unknown – unknown
No-Man – Days In The Trees (Reich)
Hypnotone – God C.P.U (Ambient)

EPOD solo show at BSMT Space, London

EPOD BSMT flyer
Very pleased to be a part of EPOD‘s first solo show after being a fan of his work for years.
Open @bsmtspace in Dalston on March 10th and running until the 27th.

I’ll be creating a live soundtrack during the private view 6-9pm on the 10th using my Quadraphon turntable, Ninja Tune Zen Delay and a brand new mixer I can’t reveal yet…
I’ve been making some further adjustments to the deck and hope to have them ready by March 10th

RSVP to [email protected] for entry on the 10th

Quadraphon set up Mk2

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Mixcloud Select 92: Strictly Session on Coldcut Solid Steel 30/12/1995

MS92 TapeAt the request of Mr Armtone I’ve encoded an old tape from 1995/6 for the next two weeks that shows the breadth of music flowing out in this golden age. Kicking off with what is IMO one of Aphex Twin’s best remixes, Nobukazu Takemura’s (aka Child’s View) ‘Let Me Fish Loose’ – love those strings at the end. A snatch of something by LFO (We R Are? – might actually be Autechre?) comes in over the intro to Ollano‘s – La Couleur – a minor trip hop classic from French label, Artefact – I’d forgotten this but instantly remembered the Real Roxanne sample. The Wagon Christ remix of ‘Turtle Soup’ rather clumsily flops into the mix and this would have been when we got the first test pressings for the Refried Food album so it was hot on the box. What sounds like a posse cut scratch track follows which is actually the work of one DJ, ‘Ghetto On The Cut’ from the first Return of the DJ album.

The Shy FX mix of T-Power’s ‘Amber’ follows with what sounds like DJ Food’s ‘Dub Lion’ over the top at 45 or it could be a jungle tune sampling it, I’m not sure. More DJ Food – not sure I’ve ever played so much – in the form of what could have been the debut spin of Squarepusher’s mighty remix of ‘Scratch Yer Head’ from the forthcoming Refried Food remix album. There’s a bit of time-filling after Jon More’s track run down with Clatterbox’s ‘Sann Sann’ and I’ve left a bit of the news in with a couple of interesting items before the intro jingle for Manassah’s show for an extra bit of nostalgia.

Track list:
Nobukazu Takemura – Let My Fish Loose (Aphex Twin remix)
LFO – We R Are
Ollano – La Couleur
DJ Food – Turtle Soup (Wagon Christ mix)
DJ Ghetto – Ghetto On The Cut
T-Power – Amber (Shy FX remix)
DJ Food – Dub Lion (on 45?)
DJ Food – Scratch Yer Head (Squarepusher mix)
Clatterbox – Sann Sann

The The – Global Eyes DJ Food remix video by People Like Us


Last year I had the pleasure of being asked by Matt Johnson to remix The The‘s ‘Global Eyes’ for the Comeback Special box set. The remix features on an exclusive 10″ that comes with the deluxe book and CD/DVD set and isn’t featured anywhere else. Now you can hear it as well as see a special video made by Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us who did the visuals for the tour while I opened up in the support slot. Matt likes to keep things ‘in the family’ as he calls it and it’s great to see Vicki’s take on my take of the song that opened the concert.

Anyone unfamiliar with Vicki’s work should check out her many albums and watch for her surround screen & sound films like Gone, Gone Beyond if they’re playing near you. She’s one of the great cut and paste artists of our time with a career that spans three decades now.
For the full Comeback Special gig on vinyl, CD and DVD/Blu Ray plus sumptuous photo book with 10″, extra interview discs and much more merch, head to https://thethe.tmstor.es/

Still 1 Still 7 Still 2 Still 4 Still 6 Still 8

Work has also progressed on my Cineolascape mix too, a version of my opening sets for The The back in 2018. Matt and I were in his studio before Christmas going through it with a fine-tooth comb, editing, refining and adding parts. It’s awaiting a proper mixdown in which Matt wants to ‘spatialize’ elements for a proper headphone experience. Watch this space…

Mixcloud Select 91: Your CD Is Not Skipping 09/12/2002

MS90 CDRHere’s the mix that was on the same CDr as last week’s upload, something that had appeared two weeks earlier at the tail end of 2002. Around the beginning of the 00’s I was pretty heavily into the bootleg/mash up scene and for several years my Solid Steel mixes were full of them. I do cringe at some of them sometimes when listening back, not all have aged well but I like to think I would at least choose the more interesting ones that took the songs to different places. The opening of this set features two downtempo Beatles numbers (hence the title on the disc), Bad Production of which was actually pressed up on a 7” although I can’t find that on Discogs. You wouldn’t get away with that these days! Or you’d have to wait 8 months to do it.

The excellent Beatle-esque Future Sound of London remix of Robert Miles‘Paths’ sounds like a precursor to their Amorphous Androgynous workouts a few years later. I’ve got a feeling this is the single edit version, must get hold of the 7 min version which can be had on Discogs for around £1. More Sixtoo from the as then unreleased CDr he gave me, this turned up the next year on the Outremont Mainline Runs Across Sunset 12” on Vertical Form. There’s also a bit of Alvin Lucier’s ‘I Am Sitting In A Room’ mixed in there, not sure why or where from. The gorgeous Sutekh track, ‘Privacy’ comes from the album Fell which I don’t remember owning but glad I do/did.

JG Thirlwell makes two appearances in his Manorexia guise although I can only identify one, plus a snatch of Beatles near the end. The Japan-only bonus track from Boards of Canada’s Geogaddi LP mixes in using samples from Tony Schwartz Records The Sound of Children LP (Children And God). Food is/was a band front by Iain Ballamy who I found via their first couple of albums on Feral Records, the covers of which were designed by Dave McKean and came in beautifully illustrated card boxes. The skipping CD start is what gave this set its name, ‘Freebonky‘ is from their second album, Organic & GM Food. I think the Steinski track is the Burroughs vocal sampling although it’s hard to tell. 80’s Baby’s version of Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’ is where I start to cringe, these were gentle versions of known pop songs made for babies and there were a whole string of them. I added a subtle bit of the original now and again and a monologue about driving from George Carlin but the joke wears thin very fast after that.

Tracklist:
Bad Production – Bad Production
Avril Plays the Beatles – Becoz
Robert Miles – Paths (FSOL Cosmic Jukebox mix)
Sixtoo – Transfer Please, Perfect Wednesday
Suktekh – Privacy
Manorexia – Canaries in the Mineshaft
Manorexia – Edison Medicine
Boards of Canada – From One Source All things
Food – Freebonky
Steinski – Audio Collage 6
80’s Baby – Cars
Gary Numan – Cars

Mixcloud Select 90: Lysergic Strictly Designs. 20/01/2003

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Given that the new Batman film is about to be released, the tenuous reason I picked this set out is the Snoop Dogg opener, ‘Batman & Robin’ which just bangs with DJ Premier production and offbeat fight sounds. A voiceover from an LSD documentary (I forget which but it may be a Negativland radio show) forms the glue that holds this mix together and accompanies Pedro’s excellent Steve Reich/Phillip Glass-esque remix of Cinema Record Music Library’s ‘Lost’. The RJD2 remix of N.O.W’s ’70’s 80’s’ I’d completely forgotten and it sounds super fresh to my ears 20 years later, perfect summer tune, this is why I love unearthing these old mixes.

During a visit to Canada on tour we passed through Halifax in Nova Scotia and hooked up with Sixtoo who furnished me with a CDR of untitled music, this became ‘Outremont Mainline Runs Across The Sunset’ on Vertical Form and the LSD doc is back over the top of this mellow instrumental. This period of his output is so underrated, definitely one of the more interesting producers from this era before he switched up his style. I don’t remember where the Brian Bennet & Alan Hawkshaw tune came from but it’s mostly likely an excellent French Jazz comp called The Urge compiled by Victor Kiswell with a track from different countries around the world.

I have no idea why Stephanie McKay didn’t make it bigger, her earthy, beautiful vocals sounded so much more appealing than others who came after her and forced a ‘soulful’ delivery. This track was listed as ‘Bluesin’ It’ but I think it’s actually ‘Rising Tide’, track her debut down on Go! Beat, produced by Geoff Barrow from Portishead and Tim Saul from Earthling. The Cliff Martinez tracks that play out are both from the Solaris soundtrack, hard to pick two favourites, the whole album is sublime, must revisit that too, love those pure tones. This set is a real mixed bag but it all makes sense to me and every track stands up two decades later.

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Track list:
Snoop Dogg feat. Lady of Rage – Batman & Robin
Cinema Recorded Music Library – Lost (Pedro mix)
Nightmares On Wx – 70’s 80’s (RJD2 mix)
Sixtoo – untitled
Brian Bennett & Alan Hawkshaw – Name of the Game
McKay – Rising Tide
Cliff Martinez – First Sleep
Cliff Martinez – Wear Your Seat Belts