Record Mirror illustrated covers

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I’m mildly fascinated by these rock illustrations from Record Mirror magazines circa 1978-1981 when artists were asked to interpret pop idols of the day for covers and the odd poster. This was back when Record Mirror was a newspaper of the same size as NME, Melody Maker and Sounds before downsizing to magazine format.

RM Blondie 2

RM Blondie
They LOVED Blondie, she was constantly on the cover, probably because a beautiful woman sold copies. Not sure what to make of the suggestive poster at the top!

RM Bruce

RM BS

RM centre poster

RM Chrisse
Ivor Sexton, Alan Alder, David Street, Bob Zammarchi, Bush Hollyhead, Peter Watson, Mark (Zodiac Mindwarp) Manning, Conny Jude, Chris Chaisty, Chris Preistley and Graham Stevens are just some of the names I can see credited, some are familiar, some not.

RM Clash

RM Elvis 2

RM Elvis 3

RM Elvis

RM Grease

RM Led Zep

RM Linda

RM Marley

RM Metal
There was a trend for this kind of caricature around this time with a whole raft of posters released in similar styles (one of which – the Siouxsie centre spread – is featured here). I’ve posted about them before and there’s more to come…
RM Nick Lowe

RM PIL

RM Sexism

RM Siouxsie 2

RM Siouxsie

RM Stevie

RM Who

RM Springsteen 2

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Mixcloud Select 108: Beating Around The Bush 14/02/2005

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This was a last half hour in early 2005, we’d traditionally save selections like this for the last slot, material that was a bit more esoteric and unusual, something to wind down with rather than kick off the show and risk people turning off. It’s a game of two halves but both are played for laughs with the former being country cover versions of hip hop classics and the latter being George Bush cut ups, mainly focused on the War in Iraq.

Ricky V Valentine’s ‘Ghetto Classics’ (split into two halves here) first appeared on the Souvenirs EP via the Leeds-based C Side Trax label and is – as far as I know – the only thing released under that name by whoever was behind it. It’s a brilliantly observed take off of Grandmaster Flash, NWA, Outcaste and Jay Z and more of a skit than a song. Nina Gordon was in mid 90’s band Veruca Salt, an indie/grungy pop band who the UK press loved for a minute which is why it’s so odd to hear her cover NWA in such a delicate way, brilliantly absurd. I probably got it from the internet but it turned up on what looks like a bootleg 45 years later in 2010 with a Richard Cheese cover on the flip which makes an appearance next with his take on Snoop Dogg’s ‘Gin & Juice’.

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Through the power of Discogs I’ve finally discovered who did the cover of ‘Boyz In (N) The Hood’ – it was alt rock band Dynamite Hack (no, me neither) – there’s a cheesy frat boy golfing video on YouTube to go with it too. Then we have tales from Boris ‘the hip hop roadie’ from Pitman’s second LP, according to Boris he was the catalyst for most of hip hop’s founding moments. No idea where I found the ‘Ace of Spades’ cover (probably online, it was the file-sharing 00’s) but the vocal is a dead ringer for Lemmy or they found the multi-tracks somewhere.

Now comes the George Bush half of the set with the bizarre George Bush Singers shadowing lines cut from Bush speeches. This comes from a whole album entitled ‘Songs In The Key of W’ which I’m now keen to hear and has sent me down a YouTube/Discogs wormhole. Big City Orchestra have been making cut ups in the tradition of Negativland for decades and they have a special take on George, the origin of which I’ve no idea as their discography is so huge. After another blast of the GWB Singers we finish with ‘Bushwhacked 2’ – a collaboration by Chris Morris and Osymyso released on Warp records with this being a remix by Jonathan Whitehead. Dubya was the subject of many cut ups over the years with his speeches an easy target for re-editing, these weren’t the first or the last to be featured on Solid Steel.

PS: As you can see my KLF mix was also archived on this disc although it wasn’t broadcast on this show, to hear it you can go here https://www.mixcloud.com/strictlykev/the-sound-of-music/

Track list:
Ricky V Valentine – Ghetto Classics Pt.1
Nina Gordon – Straight Outta Compton
Richard Cheese – Gin & Juice
Ricky V Valentine – Ghetto Classics Pt.2
Dynamite Hack – Boyz In the Hood
Pitman – Boris
Twistin Tarantulas – Ace Of Spades
The George W. Bush Singers – 4,000 Hours
Big City Orchestra – F The Leader
The George W. Bush Singers – War in Iraq
10NN – Bushwhacked 2 (Gim Ponavesspa conclusion)

Hawksmoor’s ‘Head Coach’ CD designs


A new release for Hawksmoor on the Spun Out Of Control label that I had the pleasure to design recently. Their first CD, it comes in a 4 panel digipak with a 12 pg booklet. The 11 track album centres around the alignment of the town of Milton Keynes with the summer solstice.
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Pictured above are work in progress images including mood boards at various stages of the design of the album. A few of these I like as much as the finished version so I thought I’d share them here.

Hawksmoor SOOC CD1 cover

Initial picture research and ideas started in February, based around the new town of Milton Keynes and the architectural team altering the position of the town by a few degrees so that the main boulevards would align with the summer solstice sunset (all true).

Head Coach inside

Photography of local landmarks, maps, logos and road signage were all considered for a retro 70s look. If you search online there’s some amazing concept artwork dating back to the town’s initial conception. The light pyramid on the cover was a strong image that had to feature prominently, the roundabouts and maze too.

First layouts arrived mid Feb but a rethink was needed, a heavy workload elsewhere meant it was mid March before we started to get the initial look we ended up with. At each step I worked with James Hawksmoor and Gavin for SOOC to refine the designs to their taste. By April we’d nailed it aside from the fine detail but a trip to MK to photograph content for the booklet (not shown here) was needed to which Gavin gamely stepped up.

Head Coach back cover

More tinkering through a busy May and into June to refine the last details and it was done. Thankfully it will take weeks rather than months to manufacture due to it being the label’s first CD.

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Mixcloud Select -107 Satanic Messages in Rock pt 492 Solid Steel 03/02/2003

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This is a silly one, a short collection of mostly comedy, cover versions or mash up tracks that was probably a last half hour in early February of 2003. The CD says ‘Satan’ but the PRS sheet states, ‘Satanic Messages in Rock pt 492’. Opening with Kenny Everett who loved his Jean-Jacques Perry as a backing track, we slide quickly into a laid back Stereolab remix of The Polyphonic Spree’s ‘Soldier Girl’. By this point, the internet was yielding all sorts of audio treats via numerous illegal file sharing sites and the preacher talking about Satanic messages in rock music is spoken word gold and peppered throughout the mix. Including Missy Elliot’s ‘Work It’ chorus which reverses itself was a nice touch. The Queen classic ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ was mentioned so it made sense to include it and showcase exactly what the preacher was talking about, I’ll let you discover it for yourself.

I’ve no idea where ‘I’m A Mormon’ came from but I thought it was funny, apologies to all Mormons out there. Now into a couple of ska cover version, Mancini’s peerless ‘A Shot In The Dark’ from the Pink Panther and ‘Caravan’, always go down well at parties. The Amelie theme song set to an electronic background was probably found on the web, I loved the film so this connected. More preaching over the end of it in the form of a ludicrous list of performers and films that were deemed ‘satanic’ by the church in the 80’s. Back to the silliness and the Perry & Kingsley, this time paired with the ‘Thong Song’ by Frenchbloke & Son, two of the funniest practitioners of the mash up scene and friends to this day. Moog Country meets Missy next with more backwards lyrics and then into Andy Votel’s cover of the ‘Chatanaga Choo Choo’ from the Finders Keepers Jukebox series of 45s.

We play out with an excerpt from the DJs On Strike Solid Steel mix which was so crazy it was vetoed by the powers that be and self-released on CD by the group as ‘Too Hot For Solid Steel’. I excerpted a couple of bits so that you get the gist and added Kenny in for the final few bars.

Tracklist:

Kenny Everett – Hello/Moog theme
Polyphonic Spree – Soldier Girl (Stereolab remix)
Missy Elliot – Work It
Queen – Another One Bites the Dust
Janine Brady & the Brite Singers – I’m a Mormon
Roland Alphonso – A Shot In The Dark (Take 1)
Roland Alphonso – Ska-ra-van (Take 2)
Unknown – Amelie On Ice
Frenchbloke & Son – Unidentified Flying Thong
Dsico – This Is Missy Country
Andy Votel – Chatanaga Choo Choo
DJs On Strike – Too Hot For Solid Steel (excerpt)

John Peel Bonhams auction highlights

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Today sees the auction of items from John Peel‘s amazing collection at Bonhams in Knightsbridge. You can view 200 items from the auction online here from the incredible, often historical, contents. Whilst there are letters, lyrics, acetates, clothing and promos by heavyweights like Bowie, Lennon & Ono, Bolan and Factory Records, those don’t interest me as much as these items below. The notes and photos below come from the Bonhams catalogue entries.
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THE PERFUMED GARDEN: THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY KEN HAYES CREATED FOR JOHN PEEL’S ARTICLE IN THE MAGAZINE ‘GANDALF’S GARDEN’, 1967,
Gouache on artboard, hand-painted by Ken Hayes (Graphics Dept) as an illustration to accompany an article by John Peel in Issue No.1 of the sub-culture magazine ‘Gandalf’s Garden’. The centrepiece of the artwork reading John Peel all at sea in the galaxy with the names of bands such as The Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, Captain Beefheart, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Dylan, The Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd and Donovan among others in the design around it, signed and dated ‘67 by the artist in the bottom right corner, the back of the board with a handwritten football score Chelsea 1 – Liverpool 2, 14 1/2in x 24 1/2in (37cm x 62cm)
*Sold for £4,462.50

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‘Gandalf’s Garden’ was a publication focusing on a ‘mystical community’ which flourished at the end of the 1960s as part of the London hippie-underground movement. The magazine emerged in 1968 and ran for 6 issues. This artwork can be seen on Page 8 of Issue No.1 alongside John Peel’s article ‘A Dawn Walk In The Mind Of The Musical Gardener’, published 1st May 1968.
JP Pink Floyd poster
PINK FLOYD/JOHN PEEL: AN IMPORTANT AND RARE ‘EVOLUTIONS’ SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY CONCERT POSTER, Friday 26th January 1968,
Printed on metallic paper, for a concert featuring performances by Pink Floyd, John Peel, Incredible String Band, Jimmy Cliff and the Shakedown Sound, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Chicken Shack, Nelson’s Column, held at the Old Refectory, University of Southampton, England, 20in x 30in (51cm x 76cm)
The title of this event is eerily apposite, the date being that on which Pink Floyd effectively sacked Syd Barrett. His increasingly drug-related erratic and difficult behaviour through 1967 and the band’s evolving musical direction led them to seek another guitar player.
At the end of that year they brought in one of Syd’s friends, David Gilmour, and the band played a handful of gigs as a five-piece in January 1968. In his book, Echoes: The Complete History Of Pink Floyd, Glenn Povey writes: “Syd Barrett was clearly never going to come back to the real world, and his role within Pink Floyd was all but over. One solution the band thought of was to use him as an off-stage songwriter in the same way that the Beach Boys retained Brian Wilson. But almost at once they realised that this was an impossibility.” Travelling to Southampton for this gig, the band simply decided not to pick Syd up en route.
As MC/DJ for the evening, this poster was kept as a souvenir by John Peel. It is thought this is the first example of the poster ever to appear at auction and it may possibly be a unique survivor of the small number that would have been put up around the University campus to publicise the concert.
*SOLD for £8,925
JP Hapshash poster
PSYCHEDELIA: A HAPSHASH & THE COLOURED COAT-STYLE POSTER, 1960s,
Printed on gold coloured card, with typical Hapshash-style castle and sky motif and twisting prose about a grain of sand, origin unknown, 20in x 30in (51cm x 76cm)
Hapshash and the Coloured Coat was an influential British graphic design and avant-garde musical partnership in the late 1960s, consisting of Michael English and Nigel Waymouth, who produced popular psychedelic posters. Though this poster has no artist or publishing credit, it bears several stylistic similarities to other well-known Hapshash posters.
*Sold for £637.50
JP Oz trail vest
OZ: AN OBSCENITY TRIAL VEST TOP, 1971,
A fawn cotton vest top printed with brown and pink slogan ‘Oz Obscenity Trial Old Bailey London 1971’, labelled size 34.
Issue 28, May 1970 (the School Kids Issue), which included a very adult Rupert Bear cartoon strip, led to obscenity charges being brought against the three editors. Peel appeared in court as a defence witness for Neville and co-editors at the trial, held at the Old Bailey in 1971. John Lennon was also one of the high profile supporters of the magazine and released the single “God Save Oz” in order to help raise funds for the magazine’s defence. The three were found guilty, but their convictions were overturned following appeal, resulting in an embarrassing defeat for the Establishment.
*(Bonhams neglect to mention that the image is by Robert Crumb)
*Sold for £828.75
JP Frankie flyer 1982
JOHN PEEL: A NORTH CHESHIRE COLLEGE STUDENT’S UNION CHRISTMAS BALL POSTER, 17th December 1982,
Printed on paper, for the John Peel Roadshow at which Peel invited Frankie Goes To Hollywood to do a session that included an early version of ‘Two Tribes’, at North Cheshire College in Warrington, 20in x 29in (51cm x 73cm)
Soon after this show, the group was asked to record a video for their hit ‘Relax’ which was shown by Channel 4 on ‘The Tube’ in 1983. The growing popularity of the group convinced Grammy Award-winning producer Trevor Horn to sign them to his newly formed ZZT [*ZTT actually] Records. The band later performed the song on Top of The Pops before the song was banned from the BBC in 1984.
8Sold for £280.50

Mixcloud Select 105: Strictly’s Hip Hop Hour 29/05/2001

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21 years ago this week I rounded up a bunch of current hip hop and presented the first half of a Solid Steel show that also included mixes from Four Tet and DK. The tracks largely fall into two camps, the serious, ‘backpacker’ kind, pushing things forward like the Anticon crew or the good time party kind with an eye of the 90s like the Quannum and Ugly Duckling camps. Samples are still a thing and the music is all the better for it with a mix of US and European artists. A lot of this has aged very well and I had a great trip down memory lane listening back. After the usual Solid Steel intro there’s a snatch of a US news report about the new phenomenon of hip hop where the newscaster actually raps along with a snatch of Beat Street Breakdown, probably found online.

Bristol’s Aspects open the show proper with a spoken word cut up track straight out of the Cut Chemist mould, possibly sampling the Columbia School Of Broadcasting set of ‘How To Be A DJ’ albums. Porn Theatre Ushers came out strong with ‘Me & Him’ in the late 90s and ‘Blah Blah Blah’ is taken from the follow up, Sloppy Seconds. They only released one album in 2004 which I’ve still not heard. PUTS were mining that classic 90s Primo/Pete Rock production style and always had solid tracks on their releases. DJ Vadim remixes Supersoul who released a bunch of singles and a couple of LPs over a ten year period and there’s another snatch of the vintage news report on hip hop.

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The A-Trak scratch fest is worth hearing if only to catch DMC’s Tony Prince getting his name wrong from the time he won the Disco Mix Club finals when he was still 15. Def Tex were always underrated IMO, soulful production and decent lyrics, self-releasing before signing to Ninja-affiliated Son Records whose back catalogue is full of gems. It’s party time with the next three tunes kicking up the funk factor with The Nextmen remixing Rae & Christian, Cut Chemist all over Ugly Duckling and Pablo from the Psychonauts giving Lyrics Born and the Poets of Rhythm a bit of turntable grit. This track is a contender for the last great record on MoWax. More Aspects and Def Tex before a lesser known DJ Shadow compilation track makes an appearance.

Guru from Gang Starr’s remix sees him in Jazzmatazz mode of the M, M&W track and then we come to one of my fave Def Tex tracks, ‘Sing Sad Songs’. Produced by Francis Gooding (always asleep by midnight at parties) and Liam Large (he painted my windows once you know) under the name the Large Lefties on a one-off 7” that can criminally still be had for pennies. This is the instrumental part 2 with a scratched story over it but the Def Tex-rapped A side is great too. ‘Basmentized Soul’ is taken from Mr Flash’s debut 7”, ‘Le Voyage Fantastique’ and predates his move to Ed Banger by a couple of years. Changing things up a bit we get a Timmy Thomas cut from his debut LP before Canadian Kunga 219 slips into the mix. His sole album is quite a gem with people like Sixtoo, Buck 65, DJ Moves, Sole and more contributing production or rhymes and has since received a vinyl pressing some years back which you can still find copies of on Bandcamp. ‘Seasus’ brilliantly samples one of my favourite George Duke tracks, ‘North Beach’ so it made sense to finish the set with that.

Track list:
Coldcut – Solid Steel intro
Unknown – 80s Hip Hop News intro
Aspects – Correct English
Porn Theatre Ushers – Blah Blah Blah
People Under The Stairs – Underground Run
Supersoul – Sleepwalker (DJ Vadim remix)
A-Trak – Umbilical Chord
Def Tex – Hey Tune In
Rae & Christian feat. The Pharcyde – It Ain’t Nothing Like (Nextmen remix)
Ugly Duckling – Eye on the Gold Chain (Cut Chemist remix)
Quannum/Lyrics Born & The Poets of Rhythm – I Changed My Mind (Pablo mix)
Aspects – Bristol Fingers
Def Tex – Into The Future
DJ Shadow – Untitled Heavy beat 1&2
Medeski, Martin & Wood – Whatever Happened to Gus (Guru remix)
Def Tex – Sing Sad Songs Pt 2
Mr Flash feat. Mike Ladd – Basmentized Soul
Timmy Thomas – Cold Cold People
Kunga 219 – Seasus
George Duke – North Beach

Mixcloud Select 104 – James Brown tribute mix 12/01/2007

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As James Brown passed away on Christmas Day 2006 I thought it would an idea to do a tribute, but rather than the obvious list of classics we’ve all heard a thousand times, play cover versions, spoken word that referenced him and DJ re-edits for an alternate look at the Godfather of Soul.

Franklin Ajaye opens with the title track from his comedy LP ‘Don’t Smoke Dope, Fry Your Hair’, riffing off JB’s quirks, he’d have had a field day with James’ later shenanigans. Enoch Light comes with a funky (for him) cover of ‘Hot Pants’ from The Brass Menagerie 1973. An easy cover of ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’ is taken from side 2 of Bobby & Betty Go To The Moon, a similar feat is performed on the uncredited Happy Monsters LP of children’s songs where they tackle the same track under the title, ‘Clap Your Tentacles’. Derek & Clive’s ‘Bo Duddley’ take off owes more to Mr Dynamite than Mr Diddley, analysing afro-American speech in the most British of ways. DJ Harvey’s re-edit of Dick Hyman’s easy take on ‘Give It Up Or Turn It Loose’ extends the original to nearly nine minutes. The Dick version is from ‘The Age of Electronicus’ LP but this re-edit turned up on a 12” on Black Cock records in the late 90’s.

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I’ve no idea where the reggae cover of Hot Pants comes from, quite possibly cribbed from online somewhere but Nicky Thomas’ version of Soul Power was featured on the ‘Funky Kingston 2 – Reggae Dance Floor Grooves’ compilation in 2005. I’m sure if James was alive today he’d have capitalised on the energy crisis by remaking this as ‘Solar Power’… (I’ll get me coat). Kenny & the Beach Boys’ ‘Big Payback’ was bootlegged on a 45 in 2004 but I’ve no memory of having a copy, Kenny is a dead ringer for James but the band are no relation to Brian Wilson’s boys. The same Orchestra Werner Muller LP that yielded ‘Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine’ was pillaged for not one but two tracks by Bentley Rhythm Ace – a fairly easy album to come by entitled ‘The Strip Goes On’. Salaam Remi’s 40th Anniversary megamix of the hardest working man in show business turned up on a promo 12” in the late 90’s which can still be had for cheap on Discogs.

*Note: this mix was on the same Cdr that last week’s XFM Superchunk mix came from

Track list:
Franklyn Ajaye – Don’t Smoke Dope, Fry Your Hair
Enoch Light & the Light Brigade – Hot Pants
Bobby & Betty – Bobby & Betty Go To The Moon Pt 2
Derek & Clive – Bo Duddley
Dick Hyman – Give it Up Or Turn it Loose (DJ Harvey edit)
Unknown – Hot Pants
Nicky Thomas – Soul Power
Kenny & the Beach Boys – Big Payback
Orchestra Werner Muller – Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine
Salaam Remi – James Brown 40th Anniversary mix

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

Levitation festival posters

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The American Levitation festival has become THE place to see new psychedelic poster art with the organisation commissioning the current crop of 21st Century poster artists channelling the late 60s San Francisco era in new ways. Posters usually come in colour or foil variants, all for an affordable $30-40 compared to the thousands the 60s originals can go for. The two Brian Jonestown Massacre posters above by Weird Beard 72 work individually or join to form a larger image (both ways) and several artists have used this device, sometimes to form a triptych. Buy the posters from here, they also have a nice line in live recordings from their archives too.

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Eno Film by Gary Hustwit


Gary Hustwit (director of Helvetica, Rams, Objectified and more) has announced he’s making a film about Brian Eno. Not only that but, “Rich with access to hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage, and unreleased music from Eno’s archive, Gary Hustwit’s forthcoming documentary Eno will be released in multiple versions and will employ groundbreaking generative technology in its creation and exhibition. Hustwit and his team have been granted unlimited access to Brian Eno’s vast archive, and have digitized and restored approximately 400 hours of material spanning 50 years: interviews, seminal early video art projects, lectures, performances, behind-the-scenes documentation of recording sessions, and more. Most of this material has never been publicly released.”

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“Befitting its subject, Eno will utilize proprietary generative software developed by Hustwit and digital artist Brendan Dawes to provide unique viewing experiences via multiple digital formats, cinema screenings and site-specific installations. “You can’t make a conventional, by-the-numbers bio doc about Brian Eno,” said Hustwit. “That would be antithetical and a missed opportunity. What I’m trying to do is to create a cinematic experience that’s as innovative as Brian’s approach to music and art.”

https://www.hustwit.com/eno

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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
Mystery breakbeat 3
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 more 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
Eat Food outro

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

Mira Calix tribute by David Vallade

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A beautiful tribute to Chantal Passamonte by David Vallade who we shared a house with in the 90s and who went on to illustrate several of her record covers. David says: Hearing the news @warprecords I revisited something I drew back in 2012 for my dear friend @miracalix_ inspired by an evening we spent together with friends at the opening of her installation ‘Nothing Is Set In Stone’. Her spirit will forever resonate within me forever.”

I was reminded yesterday of something we put on the ‘Blechsdottir’ mix album PC and I did on Warp back in the 90’s. We’d got one of the Mira Calix releases late and were finding it hard to fit a track on but wanted to include her. I found a vocal line from ‘Humba’ of her simply saying, ‘do the things they say you cannot do’ looping over and over and flew it over an LFO track. It became one of my favourite moments in the mix and, in hindsight, sums up her outlook on life.

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