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.

Max Cooper – Exotic Contents video by Xander Steenbrugge


It’s rare these days to see something that is so new that there’s little else like it. Xander Steenbrugge‘s video for Max Cooper‘s ‘Exotic Contents’ must be one of the first of its kind. Using AI tech that converts words to images (try Night Cafe Studio if you’ve not seen it yet) this is still mind-boggingly good and how he’s got it to sync with the music as well just seals it for me. AI imaging especially has trouble with faces and words, contorting them into abstractions and this is its charm, I expect we’re going to see more and more of this kind of thing. I’ve been using it recently myself for various design projects and had some incredible results but they very much depend on the parameters and prompts you give the AI.

Punch covers by Geoffrey Dickinson

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I was alerted to the Punch cover above by the excellent Instagram account ephemeramablog and it sent me down a rabbit hole to find more. Geoffrey Dickinson did a fair bit of work for Punch over the years as far as I can ascertain as well as numerous other magazines. From the blog:
Geoffrey Dickinson (1933-1988) created these two cover illustrations for Punch magazine. Born in Liverpool, Dickinson studied at the Royal Academy Schools with the intention of becoming a landscape painter. He became a teacher while also freelancing, producing graphics and animations for BBC TV. Dickinson began contributing to Punch in 1963 and produced numerous covers. He took the position of Deputy Art Editor at Punch while continuing to freelance, working for Reader’s Digest, Which?, Esquire, Highlife, Hallmark Cards and more. In 1966, he also created the notable “Swinging Sixties” cover for Time Magazine. In 1984, Dickinson left Punch and joined the Financial Times, producing a daily pocket cartoon and illustrations for the weekend supplement.

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Work in progress

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Way too much going on at the moment, loads of graphic design jobs ongoing, off to print or at the pressing plant. A few other bits ready to start, music simmering in the background and all sorts of things on the horizon. Not many gigs until the summer but that’s fine at the moment. Here are some things I’ve put my hand to recently, the image below is a Designers Republic design that I’ve been reformatting.

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Below; I’ve been working on upgrading my Quadraphon turntable for a gig on March 10th at BSMT Space in Dalston where I’ll be soundtracking the private view of .EPOD‘s first solo exhibition.
RSVP [email protected] for free entry on the night – 6pm to 9pm

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Syd Mead Celcon Steel brochure images, 1965

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Cover and inside images from the rare 1965 Celanese Celcon brochure that Syd Mead designed – very much referencing that Atomic look of the era but with plenty of the signature Mead style already present. I don’t have a copy of this and forget where I found these images on the web but I believe these were the bulk of the content Mead made for it. UPDATE: original images taken by Hiroshi Matsui, check out his amazing collection @sydmode on Instagram.

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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

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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/

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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

Robert Fripp Blue Rock studio session 1979

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Perusing the download section on DGM LIVE – the King Crimson / Robert Fripp / related website – I ran across this in the very extensive and notated music discography. Possibly a session for Eno and Byrne‘s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts album, which is a personal Desert Island Disc for me. The five track EP is pulled from a reel to reel tape and remastered for download as so many of Fripp’s performances, interviews or Frippertronics sets seem to be. I know he has a reputation for a eye for detail but the amount of material on that site is ridiculous, most available to purchase and download too. This one even came with a printable PDF cover should you want to make your own CD. Personally I’m not convinced I can hear any of this in MLITBOG but it’s still nice to peek into the archives.
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I Wanna Jump Like Dee Dee podcast interview


I did an interview with Giles Sibbald for his I Wanna Jump Like Dee Dee podcast (now on season 5!). I’ve known Giles for a while through MU magazine where he designs and I do the singles reviews and he put me in touch with drummer, Dave Barbarossa who I’ve been working with recently.
We had a long chat about all sorts including creativity, inspiration and technology if I remember correctly (it was a while back) :) Check his podcast out, he’s had many interesting people on already and not your usual run of the mill guests either.
Full links: https://apple.co/3s8rqqJ     https://spoti.fi/3rgEBGR     https://youtu.be/-yODjgBrvFE

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

The 5th Dimension Club, Leicester, Michael English poster

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The Fifth Dimension was a very short-lived club night in Leicester, it only lasted around two months by all accounts. I showcased plenty of acts in its short life though with an average of four gigs a week. It also had the distinction of having an original poster designed by Michael English of Hapshash & The Coloured Coat, printed in red, blue and gold as seen above. The original pencil line work for this was sold at auction many years back and a letter from Michael with it, signed and dated December 1999, explained the genesis and concept of the design.

”Normally, the structural design of our work was created on layout paper and then traced out onto the final artwork card. That layout was then invariably discarded as waste. However the 5th Dimension poster was so complex that it required a great deal more preparatory work. This meant the creation of a master drawing on cartridge paper whose more robust nature allowed us the freedom to erase and re-draw the various parts of the design until we were satisfied with it. That done, a final tracing was then made from it on layout paper which was then transferred to the card.

The complex maze like pattern that comprises the central theme of this poster was intended to give the impression of a window or doorway into a fifth dimension. The flickering effect of the colours together with the pattern creates a mesmerising experience that was supposed to draw the observer into another space. Under the influence of LSD, of course, the effect would have been much more dramatic”.


5th Dimension Leicester drawing

Below is a local paper listing for the opening night of the club, presumably before they had the poster above. By the end of October the night would be over.

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Mixcloud Select 89 – Let’s Have A Dinner Party For Six – 30/10/00 Pt.3

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This is the third part recorded for the show I put up last week. A very Mo Wax-centric mix this time round with five of the tracks being from the label or previously signed to it. Attica Blues had moved on by this time and were signed to Columbia which was sadly the last we’d hear of them with the Test. Don’t Test album that this is taken from. The first part of Nigo’s Japanese exclusive ’Symphony No. 250910 – Escape From Planet of the Apes’ is up next which was from the Ape Sounds LP and literally sampled huge chunks of the POTA soundtrack over heavy beats. Around the same time the album was released in the UK but without this track, possibly for legal reasons.

DJ Shadow’s ‘Dark Days’ soundtrack was out on 7” and his excellent David McCallum-sampling theme was exactly what was needed by an audience fiending for more after the uneven UNKLE album. The Cinematic Orchestra rearranged Krust’s erm… ‘Re-Arrange’ which was probably from their remix album collection as I can’t find it in his discography and contains the same spoken word sample that PC used on his ‘The Sky At Night’ on Kaleidoscope the same year. Nigo Pt.2 is next – this part was remixed and became known as ‘March of the General’ on copies of the album outside of Japan, a highlight in the late period MW catalogue. I seem to remember Jadell did production on this at some stage with the Scratch Perverts, top work.

We end with Shadow’s ‘Giving Up The Ghost’, at that point unreleased but taken here from a mix James Lavelle had done from an acetate. You can hear the quality isn’t great but also it’s very fast compared to the version on The Private Press, but what a track, the follow up to Endtroducing gets a bad rep but for me its every bit as good. The mix is interspersed with various snippets of food-related spoken word, one from the How To Have a Dinner Party album and two from a Warner Bros. comp with skits related to eating vinyl and the quality of the plastic.

Tracklist:
Attica Blues – The Man
Nigo – Symphony No. 250910 (pt 1)
DJ Shadow – Dark Days (Spoken For mix)
Krust – Re-Arrange (Cinematic Orchestra mix)
Nigo – Symphony No. 250910 (pt 2)
DJ Shadow – Giving Up The Ghost