Mixcloud Select 82 – SS 15/12/2003 – Symphony In F

MS 81:82 PRSThis half hour comes from a disc with two mixes on it (see MS 81 for the other) although I’m not convinced the date on the disc matches with the actual transmission dates on the solidsteel.net website so I’ve made an educated guess as to the TX date. Sometimes I wrote dates the mixes were made on the discs when archiving which would have been in the files titles. I’d send these off to DK, the show producer, and they would air when he had a slot for them unless they were time-sensitive. In this case, a mix made in November of 2003 saw the light of day over a month later.

An excellent updating of the Meat Beat classic ‘I Got The Fear’ opens the set, just check those drums, no one makes heavy beats like Jack Dangers and with long time collaborator Ben Stokes aka DHS on the remix (his classic ‘House of God’ still stands up) it just gets better. DJ Revolution was always one of the funkiest of the wave of turntablists who came up in the wake of the ISP, X-Men, Beat Junkies era of the 90s. Here he faces off against The Allies, a DJ Craze, A-Trak, Infamous and DVLP coalition of world class DJs in ‘4+1’ from his album, ‘In 12’s We Trust’.

It’s odd doing these mix round ups and checking Discogs for details on records and artists that were made by seemingly major players at the time only to find they haven’t released anything for over 10 years. Koushik seemed to be a unique talent amongst the Stones Throw roster even if he wasn’t as prolific as some on the label and his mix of beats and acoustic guitar songwriting stood out. ‘One In A Day’ comes from his second single of the same name. The Bran Flakes were Otis Fodder and Mildred Pitt’s cut n paste project, full of fun and silliness, and ‘Give Yourself A Stereo Check Out’ comes from their 2000 album, ‘I Don’t Have A Friend’. Otis was running the 365 Days Project on WFMU at this time and we bonded over the weird and wonderful world of vinyl oddities. He would of course do his own Solid Steel guest mix at one point and we still keep in touch to this day.

Nestled inside or on top of these tracks are several other oddities, Not The Nine O’Clock News’ Hi-Fi Shop sketch where Mel Smith wants to buy a ‘gram-o-phone’ and the young salesmen in the shop – played by Griff Rhys-Jones and Rowan Atkinson – give him a hard time over the technicalities of a stereo set up. Also floated in are excerpts from a Tom Baker voice over session outtake compilation that was doing the rounds on the web at the time and has subsequently been sampled by people like Wagon Christ. The internet was throwing up all sorts of material as speeds got faster and people started sharing audio clips on forums and servers.

Belleville Rendez-vous is a beautiful animated film from the same year and this track must have been inspired by the electro swing fad around at the time. The Evolution Control Committee track is an insane bit of cut up fun in a similar style to the Bran Flakes with some samples of a young Ken Nordine in the mix by the sound of it. This track originally turned up on the Free Speech For Sale compilation by Snuggles. The DJ Ordeal track shows how you can also do something poignant and charming with cut ups and dodgy pause buttons and comes from an odd four track 7”. Ordeal released loads of cut up/concrete music in the 00’s but again, another artist who hasn’t had a release for over a decade. The Scala cover of Nirvana’s classic was odd and unique 18 years ago, little did we know that this sort of guff would be soundtracking every Hollywood blockbuster trailer in the future.

Tracklist:
Meat Beat Manifesto vs DHS – Cease To Exist (DHS remix)
DJ Revolution vs the Allies – 4 +1
Koushik – One In A Day
The Bran Flakes – Give Yourself A Stereo Check Out
Ben Charest – Belleville Rendez-vous (version Francaise Par -M-)
Evolution Control Committee – IGA Giant Pineapple Party
DJ Ordeal – You Win 4 I
Scala – Smells Like Teen Spirit

Mixcloud Select 81 – Solid Steel 01/12/2003 – Broken Tape Recorder

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This mix had a lot of current tracks on display, from Luke Vibert’s drum n bass alter-ego, Amen Andrews (vol.5) and the Soundmurderer & SK1 releases on RePhleX at that time kicking things off in a hectic style. The DJ Patife track is actually a remix of a Michel Magnet track on the excellent Cinemix compilation put together by Fred Elalouf aka DJ Oof and contains loads of excellent remixes of French soundtracks by the likes of Carl Craig, Howie B, Sofa Surfers and the ever-present Luke Vibert.
Bonobo’sPick Up’ is expertly worked over by Four Tet, a hang over from our tour of North America in late 2001 where they bonded over clattering jazz drums. Ty’s ‘Wait A Minute’ seems to come in at an odd place in the bar but it all makes sense once the chorus kicks in and the two tracks align melodically but it’s still rough and ready which makes me think this is probably a one-take mix made at home.

Forss’ ‘Journeyman’ is from one of those albums that went under the radar and has remained there but definitely deserves reappraisal. Made by Swedish producer Eric Wahlforss, his debut in a minimal, unassuming blue cover entitled, ’Soulhack’ is a very deep record taking in trip hop, jazz, electronica and drum n bass, earning comparisons with Amon Tobin’s work at the time. Preceded in the mix by Deckard’s photo-enhancement scene from Blade Runner (my inclusion) it takes the set into different territory with a spoken word vocal by Rich Medina that’s rarely been bettered. It’s never been reissued and is freely available cheap on Discogs, go and find a copy. Apparently Eric went on to co-found Soundcloud which might explain why there are only four releases from him in the last 20 years.

The set continues in a similar vein with UK MC HKB Finn aka Huntkillbury Finn who featured on early Music of Life releases in the 90s and later had several releases on Ninja offshoot, Son. This must have been taken from the CD promo as the title was shortened to ‘In The Stillness’ for the 12” release. I wouldn’t call it hip hop in the regular sense, more a commentary on a night out in the city, and it plays the set out in fine style. I’ll feature the other mix, ‘Symphony in F’ next week…

Tracklist:
Amen Andrews – London
Soundmurderer & SK1 – Stylee
DJ Patife – Compartiment Tueurs
Bonobo – Pick Up (Four Tet remix)
Ty – Wait A Minute (acappella)
Forss – Journeyman
HKB Finn – In The Stillness of the Night

Mixcloud Select 79 – Strictly Research Labs PRS 24/07/2000

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I was looking for a Halloween/horror mix for ages for this week’s upload but just cannot find it anywhere (anyone got any ideas?). I’ve chosen this one instead as a little half hour entitled Strictly Research Labs with a mix of electronica from the summer of 2000. This must first play of ‘Monacle’ from the as yet unreleased Quadraplex EP which wouldn’t see the light of day for 6 months. The set is peppered with spoken word snippets taken from the Survival Research Laboratories documentary based on Mark Pauline’s incredible industrial robot performances.

The Wagon Christ remix of David Sylvian appeared on the CD of his ‘Godman‘ single and manages to retain both the original and be quintessentially Luke Vibert at the same time, one of his best remixes IMO. Alder & Elius were on the Skam label with the weird Andy Warhol-sampling 7″, the 23 Skidoo track is from their reformation rather than their golden era. The Federation started out on Mo Wax but this track was from the B side of a 12″ on Indochina. Andy Votel does his thing with The Avalanches before the finish with Stratus, a 12″ on the Pussyfoot label offshoot, Fragments, that contained none other than Martin Jenkins aka Pye Corner Audio.

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Tracklist:
David Sylvian – Godman (Wagon Christ remix)
Alder and Elius – King of Pop
DJ Food – Monacle
23 Skidoo – Ayu
Mos Def – Umi Says
The Federation – Sea of Green
Avalanches vs Andy Votel  – Thankyou Caroline
Stratus – Uplink

Dave Little artwork at the Club Culture screening

Jibaro I was amazed to see the originals of Dave Little‘s covers for S’ExpressOriginal Soundtrack album and Jibraro ‘Electra’ 12″ at the screening of the 1988 documentary, Club Culture tonight at Arboretum. There was a small show of his work including Renegade Soundwave, Spectrum, Junior Boys Own and his Acid screen print. If you look closely at the Jibaro sleeve you can see the stuck on lettering peeling away. You can buy some of these as prints from Dave’s site.

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Mixcloud Select 78: DJ Food (Kev) untitled DAT 29/12/1996

AOOT KevI’ve no idea where this came from, it was on a DAT tape with no info, it’s definitely me playing but I’ve no idea the date aside from these tracks are all from around 1996. It’s trip hop all the way though with UNKLE’s mix of Tortoise opening and on into the Sonic Assault mix of Attica Blues’ ‘Tender’. Danny Breaks‘Science Fu’ Pt.2 is followed by something I just cannot remember and Spotify cannot identify – anyone got any ideas? I’m think it’s maybe European?
UPDATE: Edward ZentaurusMan – one of Solid Steel’s biggest fans – has set me straight, it was by Si Begg and the exact date was 29/12/1996 – thanks Edward!
Brighton graffiti artist Req makes his debut on wax for the Skint label at the end and it’s all done in under 30 minutes. The presence of random spoken word samples makes me think this was recorded up at Ahead of our Time studios in Clink St rather than KISS FM and it’s fairly basic on the mixing side of things. I’m wondering if it was even broadcast, it’s unusual to have no date on something.
Fun fact: I painted and sealed the walls of the studio above once it was built (we never got round to properly painting it after), it stood inside the main office of Ninja Tune in London Bridge, sound proofed and the Journeys By DJ mix, A Recipe For Disaster and Let Us Play were largely recorded there among others.

Tracklist:
Tortoise – Djed (Bruise Blood Mix)
Attica Blues – Tender (Sonic Assault Mix)
Danny Breaks – Science Fu (Pt.2)
Si Begg – Nothing Is True Zen Say
Req – 8 Models In A Sauna

The New Obsolescents LP repress

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The repress of The New Obsolescents‘ LP on Castles In Space is finally ready and the pre-order goes live on Friday 22nd October at 8am UK time on the Castles In Space Bandcamp. Some will also be available in selected record shops and a few left over for the Levitation festival in Whitby on Nov 5th/6th.
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The album is presented in a revised second edition sleeve. After the first run of LPs with the Heliophore foil covers (see below) sold out in 25 minutes I started looking for other options for a repress that would equal the first as the stocks of foil were now depleted.
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I chanced upon a prism effect card which gives the illusion of depth and was a new addition to a card-maker’s stock. Inverting the original design and printing white onto black, I gave them to Jonas Ranson at paperHAUS who (again) expertly screen printed the covers – front and back this time – before they went off for assembly. IMG_3683 As with the cover, we decided on a silver and white hybrid moon surface effect for the vinyl, hopefully making the repress just as covetable as the first.IMG_3692IMG_3688
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Steven Rutter – Close Your Eyes And Breathe 12″

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Mixcloud Select 77: Hip Hop catch up 19/09/2005

MS77 CD I felt like a bit of hip hop and found this hour where I was playing catch up with a load of mid 2005 releases, the quality is outstanding with a leaning towards West Coast artists in particular, the underground was really firing 15 years ago. Not too much to say about this really except that it contains a couple of Soundsci demo mixes that changed a little by the time they were released.

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Tracklist:
Pangea / My Private Utopia – Solid Steel intro
Cage feat. Jello Biafra – Grand ‘ol Party Crash
Stateless – Exit
Blackalicious – Rhythm Sticks (remix)
SoundSci – The Remedy (demo mix)
Porn Theatre Ushers – She’s Busted
Madvillain – Rhinestone Cowboy (Fourtet remix)
Quasimoto – Bully’s Hit
Tom Caruana feat. Arch Co – It’s Arch
Hot Karl feat. MC Serch – Let’s Talk
Madvillain – Strange Ways (Koushik remix)
Madvillain – interlude
Koushik – Too Many Ways
Living Legends – Good Fun
Nextmen feat. Dynamite MC – Spin It Round
Edan – Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme
Natural Self feat. Alice Russell – I Don’t Need This Trouble
Quasimoto – Rappcats 3
Edan feat. Percce P – Torture Chamber (Cut Chemist remix)
SoundSci – The Illness (demo mix)
APSCI feat. Mr Lif – See That?
Ultramagnetic MCs – Poppa Large (Devil McDoom remix)
Ch3vy – Hard Massage

Third Man London store

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I found the time to visit the Third Man London shop today and was completely taken with the whole concept and design. Not only is it a record shop but also houses a small basement for live gigs, a book dispenser, a Record-o-gram booth for recording records and masses of merchandise from clothes, badges, turntables, audio gear and anything you can slap a Third Man logo on. I’d recommend a visit just to see what a lovely piece of interior design it is, part shop, part venue, part curio store and museum of Third Man artefacts. Just a very bold statement of intent.
It’s on Marshall St near Carnaby St in Soho, you can’t miss it.

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Coldcut & Mixmaster Morris – @0 compilation

@0 coverA new ambient compilation is released on Ninja Tune side label, Ahead Of Our Time in November, curated and mixed by Coldcut and Mixmaster Morris in association with Calm, the mental health app designed to help you manage stress, sleep better and live a happier, healthier life. Check the track list below for a seriously impressive line up.
You can listen to a mix of 10 tracks if you use the Calm app here. The comp will be available on 2xLP and 2xCD with nearly 30 tracks on the CD edition. Listen to two previews and order here

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Mixcloud Select 76 – Homespun Solid Steel 26/07/1998

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Recorded to DAT at home (hence the title) and missing the first 10 minutes or so due to an Autechre live track and Boards of Canada’s ‘Aquarius’ Peel session being taped over them. This mix is rough and ready with some brutal half time Bug/Ice beats giving way to jump up D’n’B including UK remixes of The Beastie Boys and Missy Elliot.

Part 2 slows the pace a little and moves into sample territory with the Weather Report-sampling Noise/Paradox ‘Last Night on Earth’ and Jadell’s old school nod, ’Sureshot’ (apologies for the dust on the needle). An unknown track follows that gives way to the techno jazz of Bedouin Ascent’s remix of Move D, such a complex bit of programming. I’m sure I’ve got a tape of unreleased BA music from way back somewhere.

I’ve no idea why Knights of the Turntable is in here, an early 80’s electro B side with all this modern stuff? I must have just got a copy second hand and the tempo was right. CSM’s ‘The Way’ was on Clear offshoot, Reel and Norken’s remix does that rare thing of evoking what I call ‘night time techno’, early hours of the morning headphones music like Elektroids or B12. Jega comes along and ruins that particular mood with his distorted beats and we finish with excerpts from Marshall McLuhan’s ‘The Medium Is The Massage’ which has been laced throughout the mix. You can detect traces of samples that appeared in the following year’s ‘Kaleidoscope’ album in here too in some of the vocal snippets.

For the Solid Steel scholars, the missing tracks from the start of part 1 were apparently:
DJ VADIM – AURAL PROSTITUTION (SWOPE MIX)
STEVE GREY – STEVE GREYMS76 Homespun DAT

Track list:
Part 1
DJ VADIM – LORD FORGIVE ME (BUG DOOMSDAY LINE MIX)
ICE – X-1(UNDERDOG MIX)
BEASTIE BOYS – INTERGALACTIC (P.O.TECH/TMS REMIX)
MISSY ELLIOT – HIT ‘EM WITH THE HEE (GANJA KRU REMIX)

Part 2
NOISE/PARADOX – LAST NIGHT ON EARTH
JADELL – THE SURE SHOT
Unknown – unknown
MOVE D – HURT ME (BEDOUIN ASCENT MIX)
KNIGHTS OF THE TURNTABLE – FRESH DUB
CSM – THE WAY (NORKEN MIX)
JEGA – CARBON 60

 

Mini CDs #26: Various Artists – RolitoMix

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An email from the mysterious ‘Rolito’ arrived one day in 2003 with an offer of being one of 6 designers to customise a new line of toys he was making. Each toy had a tiny body and a large, dome-shaped head inside of which was another, smaller, stash box. I was intrigued as I’ve been a fan of the vinyl toy ‘thing’ since Michael Lau came out with his Crazy Children around 2000 and the thought of having my own one was something that appealed greatly. The other thing that appealed was that Rolito had a crazy website based around a load of characters he had created that inhabited Rolitoland. There was little or no explanation about these creatures but the attention to detail and graphic ideas were more than enough to hook me in.

The brief was open and I decided to adapt my Ninja logo around the toy using various different existing graphics and logos to make a ‘RolitoTune Ninjaboy’. The process for getting the graphics onto the toy were slightly limited so I wasn’t able to do some of the things I wanted to. I suggested we include a 3″ CD in the package with a selection of Ninja music to add to the promotional aspect of the toy so that people who didn’t know where it came from would be introduced to the label via the disc. One of the beauties of the Rolito packaging is that it dismantles without having to tear, cut or unstick anything, this meant that the empty vacuum packing would ultimately become the ‘sleeve’ that would house the CD.

There were only 450 made, Ninja got around 150 I think and sold the lot within a weekend over the net, some of which have since appeared on eBay for up to £99. I also contributed a short soundtrack to an animation on his website that showed the shipment getting stuck at the French customs – a scenario that actually happened.

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The Groovy Record Fayre

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Saturday’s Groovy Record Fayre, organised by Jonny Trunk (Trunk Records) and Ian Shirley (Record Collector) was an absolute blast. Further cohort Pete Williams and I had a table selling vinyl, CDs, ephemera, comics, books and more and it was more than worth our while. Loads of people stopped by to say hello and browse and later on, after the stalls had been cleared, there was a pub quiz on music. After this, Martin Green and Jarvis Cocker stepped up to DJ and some of the tables were cleared for a full on party. It was the first time we’d danced in public for 18 months and it felt fantastic, tune of the night was The Inhuman League with ‘You Were Working As A Waitress In A Cocktail Bar’ – look it up if you don’t know it. Thanks to everyone who came along, said hello and bought something, I hope they do it again next year.

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Doug Shipton (Finders Keepers)

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Mark Pawson (Pawson Novelties)

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Lizzy

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Martin and James (The Karminsky Experience Inc.)

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Julian House (Intro / Ghost Box / The Focus Group)

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L-R James (Karminski Experience Inc.), Edwin Pouncey (Savage Pencil), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth / Ecstatic Peace)

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Andrew (Let It Gibbon)

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Gavin (Spun Out Of Control), Martin Green (Smashing / Duovision), Jonny Cuba (Soundci / Other Mirror)

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The ubitquitous Tony

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Shane Quentin (Garden of Earthly Delights), Edwin & Jill, Alan Gubby (Buried Treasure Records / Revbjelde)

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Martin Green and Mark Moore (S’Express)

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Lawrence (Felt / Denim) and Trevor Jackson (Playgroup / The Underdog / Bite It!)
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Adam Seth-Ward (Kesselrunners) and Robin The Fog (Howlround / The New Obsolescents)

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Hannah Brown and Jonny Trunk

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Martin Green and Jarvis Cocker

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Paul Putner and Jonny Trunk

Mixcloud Select 75 – Strictly’s New Year Homework Pt.2 10/01/1999

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Delayed Pt. 2 to Mixcloud 72 because of the Now, Listen anniversary the past 2 weeks

Recorded over the Xmas break of ’98/99 (where PC and I went to LA to play at a disastrous New Year party which ended in multiple hospitalisations from a bad drugs batch and police shut down). This sounds like a live set recorded at home, possibly on three decks and is full of contemporary electronica, jazz, library and that end of the millennium weirdness where there wasn’t any dominant scene happening.

The King Biscuit Time track that kicks this off is a real anomaly for me, I never founds anything else by them that did it for me but this absolutely rocks. Absolutely joyous with that filthy break and weird bass line. Paddington Breaks were from the same stable as Animals On Wheels, lazily bundled in under the name ‘drill n bass’ on account of them sometimes aping Squarepusher‘s completely style of programming. As you can hear, that was far from the truth with this track, sounding more like vintage Black Dog that anything else.
Stereolab were generally turning anything they touched to gold around this time and their Pastels remix is no exception despite dodgy ‘scratched’ flute sound. John Callaghan has been making music for 30 years and released a couple of 7″s on Warp at the end of the decade. The spooky ‘I’m not comfortable in my own mind’ wasn’t something you’d associate with the label at the time but not a million miles away from Broadcast in tone. More Warp with another BoC Peel Session track before something from Bundy K Brown‘s short-lived Pullman project, an acoustic instrumental outfit with only two albums to their discography.

Bundy was always moving on to different projects from Tortoise, Grey Market Goods or Pullman, his Directions debut EP, Echoes, has just been reissued after 25 years with extra material on Temporary Residence. Air (the German alias of Pete Namlook version – their are over 30 bands called Air on Discogs) appear again with another track from their Fax debut. Major Force West had an album collected on Mo Wax of various tracks from ’97-99, some rumoured to originally be slated for the UNKLE LP before James Lavelle changed direction and producers. To me it’s a brilliant record, full of mind-expanding trip hop in the very best psychedelic sense. Snatches of the moon landing, shortwave recordings, parts of How To Speak Hip and all manner of analogue electronics over a steady breakbeat goes down very nicely.

We finish where we started in part one of this show with the Karminsky‘s and a track from their second single, ‘The Hip Sheik EP’, insultingly files under Electronic: Acid Jazz on Discogs, far from it. Peppered throughout this show and the previous one were snatches of The Tape Beatles from their ‘A Subtle Buoyancy Of Pulse’ debut (or possibly ‘Music With Sound’, I forget). Either releases are incredible cut up/collage albums in the style of Negativland, People Like Us or The Books and The Orb have pillaged the latter for years.

King Biscuit Time – Niggling Discrepancy
Paddington Breaks – Blimsearch
The Pastels – One Wild Moment (Stereolab mix)
John Callaghan – Smearhead
Boards of Canada – Olsen
Pullman – Tall Grass
Air – 1st Impression
Major Force West – Circling Round
The Karminsky Experience – Suspense
The Tape Beatles – Outro