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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Fripp Blue Rock studio session 1979

Fripp Blue Rock
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

MS90 CDR

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.

MS90 PRS

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

5th Dimension Leicester

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.

Fifth Dimension paper ad

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

MS88 bush house sticker
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

Jeff Pitcher – Crawley

I was really taken with Jeff Pitcher‘s images of Crawley, recently published on his Facebook page, where he has tried to capture the remaining details of the original town. Whilst looking through the 300+ images I was playing a record of Tibetan Bells that I’d just bought. The mix of the two gave the images an eerie atmosphere and I thought I’d put them together for the hell of it.

I grew up near Crawley and have fond memories of visiting it in the 80’s and remember the odd spot here so his photos resonate with me. Jeff is obsessively documenting the vanishing detail of Crawley; the ‘no ball games’ signs, the elegant, 1950s stairs, the final few original doors, handles and shopfronts. The last details of this baby boomer Utopia are fading, being quietly lost, and succumbing to decay and nature.

From his FB page: Crawley was one of eight new towns built in an 20-30 mile radius of London in a plan that began in the 1940s. Each promised an infrastructure designed for cleaner living, employment, and houses rather than high-rises. Londoners poured from the over-crowded, war-scarred capital into what they saw as a brighter future.
As social housing was sold off by the Conservative government of the 1980s, so the new town dream slowly faded. Original shop frontages were replaced with loud signs and corporate logos, and libraries and police stations left to moulder. But it was the small details that went with the least noise. Previously uniform, wood-and-glass doors and Crittall windows were replaced with plastic versions, tiles torn away or concreted over, fences torn up to create parking spaces, staircases ripped out, and the simplicity of the new town was lost in a jumble of UPVC porches, double glazing and extensions.

Jeff is starting a new photography project and would like to track down Crawley residents who’ve lived in the same council/commission house since they moved here. Here’s the thing, you’ll need to have a picture of you outside that house taken in the early years of you living in the town – whether that was in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s or beyond. He’d love to take pictures of you outside your house now, and speak to you about how the area’s changed in the intervening years. Do you fit the bill? Know someone who does? Please get in touch via email [email protected]

UFO Club posters

Having already covered adverts for the UFO Club in a previous post I thought I’d try to match the posters up with the dates. The club started life at The Blarney Club in the basement of the Berkley Cinema at 31 Tottenham Court Road in December 1966. Founded by John ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins and Joe Boyd, the night was first billed as ‘UFO Presents Nite Tripper‘ because they couldn’t decide on a name, it came to be the former, pronounced, ‘You-Fo’.
Listings taken from the UFO wiki page, I’ve tried to match posters to the dates but sometimes bands were announced but wouldn’t play as their fame grew and other commitments called. Most were done by Michael English and Nigel Waymouth who designed under the name Hapshash & The Coloured Coat.

Nite Tripper poster 1
23/30 Dec: Nite Tripper under Gala Berkeley Cinema; Warhol movies; Soft Machine; Pink Floyd; Anger movies; Heating warm; IT god
Poster by Michael English

UFO Jan 67
13 Jan: Pink Floyd; Marilyn Monroe movie; The Sun Trolley; Technicolor strobe; Five acre slides; Karate
20 Jan: Pink Floyd; Anger movie
Poster by Michael English

UFO Jan Feb 2
27 Jan: AMM Music; Pink Floyd; Five Acre Light; Flight of the Aerogenius Chpt 1; International Times; IT Girl Beauty Contest
3 Feb: Soft Machine; Brown’s Poetry; Flight of the Aerogenius Chpt 2; Bruce Connor Movies
Poster by Michael English

UFO Love Festival poster
10 Feb: Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band; Ginger Johnson African Drums; flix – Dali – Bunuel, WC Fields
17 Feb: Soft Machine; Indian Music; Disney Cartoons; Mark Boyle Projections; Feature Movie; ‘erogenius 3 + 4’
Poster by Michael English

Micheal English UFO screen print 2
24 Feb: Pink Floyd; Brothers Grimm
3 Mar: Soft Machine; Pink Floyd
10 Mar: Pink Floyd
Poster by Michael English, below is English’s original artwork, notice there is a mistake with the date, it should have read Feb 24th
Michael English UFO_original

17 Mar: St Patrick’s day off
UFO mk2 Mar
The classic ‘UFO Mk2’ by Hapshash & The Coloured Coat, this is the reprint, stamped and signed by Nigel Waymouth

24 Mar: Soft Machine
31 Mar: Crazy World of Arthur Brown; Pink Alberts; ‘spot the fuzz contest’
7 Apr: Soft Machine
14 Apr: Arthur Brown; Social Deviants; Special: the fuzz
21 Apr: Pink Floyd
28 Apr: Tomorrow; The Purple Gang

(29/30 Apr: The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream at the Alexandra Palace) – To be covered in a future post…

5 May: Soft Machine; Arthur Brown
12 May: The Graham Bond Organisation; Procol Harum
19 May: Tomorrow; Arthur Brown; The People Show
UFO May 2
26 May: The Move, The Knack
2 Jun: Pink Floyd; Soft Machine; The Tales of Ollin dance group; Hydrogen Jukebox
Poster by Jacob And The Coloured Coat (Michael English & Nigel Waymouth)

9 Jun: Procol Harum; The Smoke
10 Jun: Pink Floyd

UFO June

16 Jun: Crazy World of Arthur Brown; Soft Machine; The People Blues Band 4.30am
23 Jun: Liverpool Love Festival; The Trip
30 Jun: Tomorrow; The Knack; Dead Sea Fruit
7 Jul: Denny Laine; The Pretty Things

UFO 19th-21st July, 1967,
A more accurate line up on this new poster for the next two dates
14 Jul: Arthur Brown; Alexis Korner; Victor Brox
21 Jul: Tomorrow; Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

UFO July
28 Jul: Pink Floyd; CIA v UFO; Fairport Convention; Shiva’s Children

After an article published in the News of the World on 30 July, the landlord told Joe Boyd the UFO could not continue at the Blarney and Boyd decided to use the larger Roundhouse venue.

4 Aug: Eric Burdon & The New Animals; Family; The Hydrogen Juke Box
11 Aug: Tomorrow
18 Aug: Arthur Brown; The Incredible String Band
1/2 Sep: UFO Festival: Pink Floyd; Soft Machine; The Move; Arthur Brown; Tomorrow; Denny Laine
8 Sep: Eric Burdon & The New Animals; Aynsley Dunbar
15 Sep: Soft Machine; Family
UFO Roundhouse poster
This fantastic Martin Sharp poster sadly heralded the end of the UFO’s run at the Roundhouse.
22 Sep: Dantalian’s Chariot w/ Zoot Money & His Light Show; The Social Deviants; The Exploding Galaxy
29 Sep: Jeff Beck; Ten Years After; Mark Boyle’s New Sensual Laboratory; Contessa Veronica

Mixcloud Select 88 – Robots/Every Record Ever Recorded – 30/10/00 Pt.1/2

MS88 CD cover A two-in-one offering today as we kick off the year proper with a blend of robot-themed tracks from late 2000. This sowed the seed for my Remember The Future mix seven years later, constructed from records about robots. Jon More fave and Solid Steel spoken classic ‘Music For Robots’ kicks things off then into the Electro The Robot version of MBM’s ‘Original Control’ with samples from an actual robot built by the Westinghouse Electric Corp in the late 30’s.
Kraftwerk should need no introduction and then we have an oddity from a soundtrack by Milton & Anne DeLugg called Gulliver’s Travels Beyond The Moon. ‘Rise, Robots, Rise’ is a stomping brass affair that gives way to an always funky Rufus Thomas dance number, ‘The Funky Robot’.

After that mix of mechanics it’s back to business as usual with the reissued-on-7”-at-the-time ‘Brutus Drums’ by Eddie Warner and a precursor to the first Now, Listen mix in the form of Sabu Martinez’s ‘Hotel Alyssa’. I think this had been bootlegged at the time and the early 00’s were a ripe era for all sorts of ‘unofficial reissues’ popping up in shops no doubt making a few people a bit of cash in return. Much like the web at that point it was still the Wild West and huge shops like HMV regularly carried bootlegs with no questions asked. Freeform Arkestra was always a great tune to play out with that plucked bass sample and building tension. Some chancer called DJ Food follows and then into an evergreen classic from the box, Camping Gaz & Digi Random’s ‘Circus World’. Around this time I found five mint copies of this in the bargain box in Soul Jazz Records (now Sounds of the Universe) for a pound and proceeded to give them away to anyone who would take them. The combination of Circus clowns, ska, screaming children and theremin solo has never been bettered or even attempted by anyone else.

The covers above and below were from a (very short) period where I was going to make a custom cover for each mix, around the year 2000 when I think I got a decent inkjet printer for the first time and could print glossy colour images. This lasted for approximately three Solid Steel mixes but I did make others for one-off themed sets like the Kraftwerk Kovers and the interview shows.

MS88 CD Inlay

Into part 2 of the original show with Robert Klein’s hilarious ‘Record Offer’ of every record ever recorded, “we drive a truck to your house!”. Klein has several 70’s comedy records that are worth tracking down as he covers the usual topics of sex and drugs in a manic style. A Ninja classic from Up, Bustle & Out into Coke Escvedo’s ‘Runaway’ leads into ‘Funkyacidstuff’ from Luke Vibert via a 12” of archive material on Planet Mu, the same one where the track ‘Analord’ gave the Aphex series its name.
Photek’s name has been coming back up a lot recently it seems and ‘Terminus’ was possibly the last track he made that caught my attention before he fell off the radar. A B side on one of the Virgin releases, this huge downtempo monster just tramples over everything else in size and scope, proper widescreen break beats with bouncing bass, distorted drums and synth stabs. The Prodigy were occasionally mining this vein too and another B side, ‘Molotov Bitch’ follows with its ‘Ants Invasion’ sampling melody line. Klute plays us out with ‘Kahno’ from a 12” release on the Certificate 18 label. More spoken word crops up that would later be used on Now, Listen too, this was from an airline travel record about the Far East I think although the name escapes me.

There’s a part 3 saved for next week…

Part 1
Forrest J. Ackerman – Music For Robots
Meat Beat Manifesto – Original Control (Electro The Robot)
Kraftwerk – The Robots
Milton & Anne DeLugg – RIse, Robots, Rise
Rufus Thomas – The Funky Robot
Eddie Warner – Brutus Drums
Sabu Martinez – Hotel Alyssa
Freeform Arkestra – Freeform Theme (Raw Deal mix)
DJ Food – Rubber Samba
Camping Gaz & Digi Random – Circus World

Part 2
Robert Klein – Record Offer
Up, Bustle & Out – Aqui No Mas
Coke Escvedo – Runaway
Luke Vibert – Funkyacidstuff
Photek – Terminus
The Prodigy – Motolov Bitch
Klute – Kahno

Pirate TV Blooper reel 2021

For the last 6 months I’ve been editing the weekly 2 hr Pirate TV audio visual shows that Coldcut‘s Matt Black has been doing with his wife, Dinaz and assorted guests like Mixmaster Morris on Twitch.

Along the way I’ve been setting aside little moments from the sublime to the ridiculous, all in good spirit, mainly because they made me laugh or were special.

Here’s a compilation of those moments while Pirate TV takes a break for a bit, many of the show highlight edits I’ve been making are available to view on Coldcut’s YouTube channel too.

Victor Moscoso – Poster from the Past

Poster, The Miller Blues Band, 1967; Designed by Victor Moscoso (Spanish, active USA, b.1936); offset lithograph on white wove paper; 50.3 x 35.8 cm (19 13/16 x 14 1/8 in.); Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie J. Schreyer; 1979-34-38; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution
Poster, The Miller Blues Band, 1967; Designed by Victor Moscoso (Spanish, active USA, b.1936); offset lithograph on white wove paper; 50.3 x 35.8 cm (19 13/16 x 14 1/8 in.); Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie J. Schreyer; 1979-34-38; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

‘Poster From The Past’ – #2 in the Neon Rose series by the legendary Victor Moscoso  – plus original artwork below. 55 years ago today.

Neon Rose original Victor M

Mixcloud Select X-02 Jagz Kooner Remix selection

DJFood MSX-02In the second of this occasional series for Mixcloud Select subscribers I turn the spotlight on another remixer who’s always been one to check over the last 30 years. Jagz Kooner made his name as one third of the Sabres of Paradise production team, alongside Gary Burns and, of course, the late Andrew Weatherall. Some of the greatest remixes of the 90s were created by the Sabres and Kooner went on to join The Aloof when the group disbanded in 1995.

In demand in his own right as a remixer to just about anyone as well as a producer, he has a precise production style, mainly working in the rock world after leaving Sabres. His Discogs page lists 175 remixes for everyone from Primal Scream, Oasis, Kasabian, The Charlatans, Garbage, Killing Joke, Massive Attack, Soulwax… the list is endless.

This mix is LOUD and has the most brutal waveform I’d seen on a set, Kooner likes his compression it seems and the waveforms on most of these mixes are solid blocks of sound with everything pushed right up to the top. Nevertheless, everything is crystal clear in the mix, with hard as nails drums that sound like they’d hurt you.

If the bands discussed above aren’t your bag then turn away now as plenty feature, toughened up and fed through the grinder to make them fuzzed out and tweaked from the originals. Plenty of the original songs are still fully present, these aren’t complete reconstructions but they wear a new coat of armour. For some reason I just hear metal when I listen to these mixes which mostly lean away from the dance side and more to rock.

Track list:
Kasabian – Club Foot (Jagz Kooner remix)
Regular Fries – Fused (Jagz Kooner mix)
S’Express – SuperFly Guy (Jagz Kooner Tainted Paradise Update – edit)
Kasabian – Empire (Jagz Kooner Remix)
Primal Scream – Miss Lucifer (Hip To Hip) [Remix by Jagz Kooner]
Oasis – The Turning (The Jagz Kooner remix)
South – Broken Head (Jagz Remix)
Oasis – The Shock Of The Lightning (The Jagz Kooner Remix)
Clint Mansell – Coney Island Express (Requiem For A Dream Jagz Kooner Remix)
Freeland – Mind Kller (Jagz Kooner Remix)
Killing Joke – Seeing Red (Jagz Kooner remix)
Leigh Devries – Strange (Jagz Kooner Dub mix)

A Million Volt Light & Sound Rave

Million Volt Rave poster colour

The Million Volt Light & Sound Rave was put on at The Roundhouse over two separate days in early 1967 by the Binder Edwards Vaughan / BEV design partnership of Douglas Binder, Dudley Edwards and David Vaughan.

Sometimes also known as the Carnival of Light Rave, it most famously featured the airing of ‘Carnival of Light’, Paul McCartney’s mythical 14 minute musique concrete piece, specially made for the occasion with the participation of the other three Beatles. Vaughan had painted a piano for McCartney the year before and asked if he would be up for contributing something whilst delivering it. It was played a number of times during the two events and hasn’t been officially released since. Less heralded was a performance of tape music by Unit Delta Plus, the trio of Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson and Peter Zinovieff although it’s unknown if they were there in person to play it or if it was just playback. Also on the bill, Tonics, Soft Machine and Electric Poets which consisted of Soft Machine‘s Daevid Allen and Robert Wyatt with Gilli Smyth and Early Fuggle on welding kit (according to a clipping from International Times). Allen and Smyth of course went on to form Gong. The poster and flyer above and below I’m presuming were done by BEV although I can’t find any confirmation of this anywhere, if anyone knows please leave a comment.

Million Volt yellow
Above, A Million Volt Rave flyer for the first event, these also exist on white, below, detail from BEV headed stationary that was found dumped in a skip outside a mill in Manchester, 1999. The collection of papers included sketches for McCartney’s piano and a list of BEV commissions was found by builder Andy Clynes, more info and photos here. This design has also been found printed on silver paper as a poster (see below) and may be an early draft (I’m speculating here).

BEV Collective (Binder, Edwards, Vaughan)Million Volt Light & Sound IT listing-studio-studio2Here’s Dudley Edwards talking about the event, he reveals that an unknown Jimi Hendrix was also on the bill.

2021

Sample City cropAfter ending on a bummer in the final hours of 2020 as MF Doom‘s death emerged on social media, we awoke to the news on January 1st of The KLF re-entering the music industry via Spotify and YouTube with remastered material in the form of the first of five compilations. By Jan 6th though any hopes of a better year were dashed, despite the historic swing for the Democrats in the Senate and Congress, with the scenes at Capitol Hill and 1k daily deaths reported in the UK. No surprises on Trump‘s acquittal after the second impeachment hearing in February either.

Surprise of the year was that the UK’s vaccination programme rolled out fast and with few hitches – amazing what can happen when you don’t pump billions into untested private companies and instead let a trusted national institution handle it. I won’t go on, it was pretty much downhill from there and some of those promised KLF albums are still yet to emerge.

Anyway, as is usual on Dec 31st, here are some favourites from the last 12 months in no particular order. There’s been an avalanche of amazing music and art again this year, some coming out of the lockdown months, let’s hope it continues and the virus eases up in 2022. Please check out and support these artists if you like their work, Bandcamp is an excellent way to put a large chunk of money straight in musicians and label’s pockets and buying a print, T-shirt or piece of merch at a gig really helps too. Even a share or piece of positive feedback on someone’s post can give them a boost to know that people are watching or listening out there and they’re not shouting into the void.

LPs 2021

Music:
Concretism – The Concretism Archive Vol.1 LP (CiS Subs Library)
Steve Roach – Tomorrow LP (Behind The Sky)
Snow Palms – Land Waves LP (Village Green)
Jane Weaver – Flock LP (Fire Records)
Stereolab – Switched On vol.4 LP (Warp/Duophonic)
Robert Fripp – Music for Quiet Moments (DGM)
DJ Format – Devil’s Workshop LP
Trevor Jackson – Underdog 1993-1998 radio mix (NTS)
The Hauntologists – Tales From The Scary Magic Field 7″ (Bandcamp)
Various Artists – BLE-EP 12″ (Yellow Machines)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Butterfly 3000 LP (Flightless)
CAVS – CAVS 12″ (PHC)
Various Artists – Infected Machinery EP 12″ (Downfall Recordings)
The Nevermen – Treat ‘Em Right (Boards of Canada remix) DL (Lex)
Vanishing Twin – Ookii Gekkou LP (Fire Records)
Jay Glass Dubs – Jungle Shuffle 12″ (The Wormhole)
Brian Eno – The Lighthouse (Sonos HD)
Regal Worm – The Hideous Goblink LP (Quatermass)
Ternion Sound – Dovetail (Kursa remix) 12″ (Next Level)

Podcasts 2021

Podcasts:
Chris Atkins – A Bit of a Stretch (Apple podcasts)
The Alexei Sayle Podcast
Martyn Ware – Electronically Yours
Ed Piskor / Jim Rugg – Cartoonist Kayfabe (YouTube)
Stephen Coates – The Bureau of Lost Culture
We Buy Records (Apple podcasts)
Matt Black – Pirate TV (Twitch/FB/YouTube)
The Bunker/Culture Bunker (Acast)
The Adam Buxton Podcast (Acast)

Events 2021

Gigs / Events:
Vanishing Twin – Pensiero Magico live stream Jan 20th
Alice In Wonderland @ The V&A Museum, London
Savage Pencil @ OrbitalSpace, London
Eno @ Paul Stolper Gallery, London
The Light Surgeons ‘Atemporal’ @ Iklectik, London
Funki Porcini @ Common Ground, Coventry
The The’s Comeback Special premier @ Troxy Cinema, London
Jonny Trunk’s Groovy Record Fayre @ Mildmay Club, London
Vanishing Twin @ Kings Place, London
Levitation Festival, @ Flowergate Hall, Whitby
People Like Us – Gone, Gone Beyond @The Pit Theatre, Barbican, London
Pye Corner Audio @ State 51, London
Anicka Yi – Aerobes @ Tate Modern, London

Cover Designs 2021.2

Design / Packaging:
Hattie Cooke – The Sleepers LP (Spun Out of Control) by Eric Adrian Lee
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – live bootlegs series LP (Fuzz Club)
Krashslaughter feat. Phil Most Chill – Rebel Base 7″
Sync 24 – Inside The Microbeat LP (Cultivated Electronics) by Will Barras
Une – Spomenik LP (Spun Out Of Control) by Eric Adrian Lee
Cos – Mix LP (Finders Keepers) by Andy Votel
Castles In Space Subscription Library series LPs (Castles In Space) by Nick Taylor + more
The Third Man Records shop in Soho, London
Pepe Deluxe – The Phantom Cabinet vol.1 LP (Catskills) by Vilunki/James Spectrum
Thundercat – The Golden Age of Apocalypse 10th anniversary edition (Brainfeeder)
The Zen Delay (Ninja Tune / Erica Synths)
Roger Webb – Shadows of Fear 7″ (Trunk) by Julian House
Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra – Stylophonika (Spun Out Of Control) by Eric Adrian Lee
Brian Eno’s turntable

Comics 2021

Books / Magazines / Comics:
Rain Like Hammers – Brandon Graham (Image)
Breaking Open The Head – Daniel Pinchbeck
Bedroom Beats & B-Sides – Laurent Fintoni (Velocity Press)
Decorum – Jonathan Hickman & Mike Huddleston (Image)
Ultramega – James Harren (Skybound/Image)
Anatomie Narrative – Samplerman
The Black Locomotive – Rian Hughes (Picador)
Cruisin’ with the Hound – Spain Rodriguez (Fantagraphics)
Kane & Able – Shaky Kane & Krent Able (Image)
Tales To Enlighten – Matt King & James Edward Clark (Kickstarter)
The Out – Dan Abnett & Mark Harrison (2000AD)
Electronic Sound magazine
99 Balls Pond Road – Julie Drower (Scrudge Books)

Artists 2021
Artists:

Savant
RX Skulls
Pablo Fiasco
Donk
ZombieSqueegee
Karoline Rerrie
.EPOD
FiftySevenDesign
Minty
Stinkfish
Perspicereartist
Tamar Cohen
Hoxxoh
Lovepusher
Artyom Trakhanov
Prentler
Soda
Smitheone
Raymond Lemstra

Film /TV:
Bathtubs Over Broadway (Netflix)
Wandavision (Disney+)
Dead Pixels (Ch 4)
Grayson’s Art Club (Ch 4)
Sisters With Transistors – Lisa Rovener (BFI)
Loki (Disney+)
What We Do In The Shadows Season 3 (BBC2)
Martha: A Picture Story (Projector Films)
Records – Alan Zweig (TVO)
Big Mouth (Adult Swim)
The Book of Boba Fett (Disney+)

Work 2021

Another year over and what have I done?
A second mix of religious rock for Megatrip‘s ‘Tales To Enlighten’ comic kickstarter
Stuck 300 foil covers to 300 LP sleeves for The New Obsolescents album on Castles In Space which ended up selling out in 25 minutes and went for a repress.
Finally finished the design and packaging for The Real Tuesday Weld‘s ‘Blood’ and ‘Tape Dust Memories’ releases, the first in a trilogy as Stephen Coates winds up his recording project.
Released the Celestial Mechanic LP on Utter with music by Saron Hughes and myself and design by Rian Hughes
Appeared on the Big Mouth, We Buy Records, Sleevenote‘s Under The Covers, KTMusic Online and Bureau of Lost Culture podcasts, had guest mixes featured on the Jonny Cuba & Friends and 45 Live shows
Released the Kaleidoscope/Companion reissue 4xLP on Ninja Tune subsidiary Ahead Of Our Time
Designed the Lo Recordings’ 100th edition library album for a limited edition lathe cut LP
Started the Openmindesign Instagram account for current designs and archive ephemera
Continued the DJ Food Mixcloud Select weekly upload series
Saw designs for Steven Rutter, Amon Tobin, Clocolan and Humanoid released on De:tuned, Ninja Tune, FSOL Digital and Castles In Space
Written the forward for a book about light show picture wheels for Four Corners Books
Remixed The The’s ‘Global Eyes’ for The Comeback Special live box set
Designed a Janko Nilovic & Yeti On the Pads 7″ sleeve
Collaborated with Imeus Designs on a second book of Forgotten Graphics Command LP sleeves
Edited hours worth of Pirate TV audio visual broadcasts for Matt Black
Remodelled my Quadraphon turntable for live performance
Oversaw the repressed New Obsolescents LP with screen printed black prism board
Contributed the singles column to MU magazine each issue
Designed a Hey Duggee zoetrope LP for the BBC
Designed a 25th anniversary Stealth T-shirt for 1 of 100
Mixed a preview CD of Touched Music‘s ‘Project OO’‘DJ Food’s Oona Selecta’
Designed a 3rd fold out Xmas card, ‘Solstice Songs for The Real Tuesday Weld
Finished my Cineolascape mix for The The, due for release in 2022

RIP: Phil Spector, Larry King, Ricky Powell, Double K (PUTS), S. Clay Wilson, Chick Corea, Victor G. Ambrus, Frank Thorne, Lou Ottens, Orbital Comics, Malcolm Cecil, Shock G, James Prigoff, Captain Rock, Ken Garland, Eric Carle, Gift of Gab, Peter Zinovieff, Jon Hassell, Peter Rehberg, Chuck Close, Charlie Watts, Lee Scratch Perry, Sir Clive Sinclair, Richard H. Kirk, Alan Hawkshaw, Orbital Comics, Lionel Blair, Andrew Barker, Mick Rock, Alvin Lucier, Robbie Shakespear, Chris Achilleos, Michael Nesmith, Richard Rogers, Desmond Tutu, Janice Long,

New Year’s resolution: Use less black in my work

Looking forward to:
The return of Saga comic
The Soundcarriers‘ new album, ‘Wilds’
King Gizzard remix album
A mixer to complete my Quadraphon set up
Collaborations…
EpoDJFood teaser

Mixcloud Select 87: Xmas collection 22/12/2003

MS87 CDr Better late than never, Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to all my subscribers for tuning in each week for your vintage slice of archive Solid Steel! Here’s a short but sweet swinging selection from 2003 leaning heavily on the hip jazz end of things and includes my favourite festive song of all time, The Soulful Strings’ version of ‘Little Drummer Boy’.

As I recall, this set takes liberally from an excellent compilation put together by Martin Green called ‘Cool Yule, The Swinging Sounds of Christmas’. Stick it on whilst preparing the dinner and raise a glass to having made it through another year. Have a great one, see you on the other side…

MS87 PRS

Track list:
Tony Rodelle Larson – Cool Yule
Herbie Hancock – Deck The Halls
Bill Darnell & The Smith Bros – We Wanna See Santa Do The Mambo
Bill Cosby – Merry Xmas Mama
John Rydgren – A Christmas Reflection
Lalo Schrifrin – Joy To The World
Billy Taylor & David frost – Bright Star In The East
Soulful Strings – Little Drummer Boy
Dickie Goodman – Santa & The Satelitte Pt 1&2 (edit)
Phil Spector – Silent Night
Ed ‘Kookie’ Burns – Yulesville