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.”

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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
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Ballistic Brothers Vs The Eccentric Afros – Save The Children
Terminator X – Juvenile Delinquintz
Coldcut – The Music Maker
Tackhead – Mind At The End Of The Tether
Ballistic Brothers Vs The Eccentric Afros – Anti-Gun Movement
The Dust Brothers – Chemical Beats
Ballistic Brothers Vs The Eccentric Afros – Blacker
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The Dust Brothers – One Too Many Mornings
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – An Der Schonen Blauen Donau
Andrew Dice Clay – Mother Goose
Derek & Clive – Just Another One Of Those Songs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beastie Boys’ Check Your Head – 30 today

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30 years old today – Check Your Head by Beastie Boys
This album has such bittersweet memories for me, I listened to it constantly throughout the summer of ’92 on a tape recorded from someone at college. I was ridiculously poor and had recently split from my long term girlfriend at the end of the second year of Camberwell college.
I moved into a house share in East Dulwich where I met Mario Aguera and Lou Carroll and they helped save my sanity. I would troop about the streets of south London looking for a summer job in newsagent windows with Check Your Head on my Walkman until the batteries ran out.
It was a low point in my life for sure but this album helped me through it and things all came good from starting again in that house. Sometimes you have to rip it up and start again and what better soundtrack than this record? A perfect balance of sample-heavy rap tracks but with a new live band edge in the mix. They were so cool as well, playing basketball and skating in their own studio, running a label, putting out a magazine and clothing line. Ah, the 90’s…
Over the years I picked up all the singles but only grabbed the album on CD – weird. So What’cha Want is still one of the best rap tracks ever recorded but there are so many moments on this album. Big record for me and my homey, David Vallade who would later move into the same house share and then things really got going – “yeaaaah, you can’t front on that”

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

Garry Leach RIP

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Another amazing artist gone, RIP Garry Leach, loved his VCs artwork in 2000AD as well as his Zirk and Miracleman for Warrior, hugely underrated and a lovely guy the couple of times our paths crossed.

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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.

The Exploding Galaxy at the Bureau of Lost Culture

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At Xmas I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Jill Drower‘s ’99 Balls Pond Road’ book which is a weighty tome that had been expensive and hard to come by for some time. I devoured it over the holiday and into the new year before deciding that I had to contact Jill and invite her to Stephen CoatesBureau of Lost Culture podcast. Her story of the performance art collective who were part of the first wave of kinetic art and the psychedelic underground in the 60s whilst squatting at the Dalston address of the title is an eye opener.

Finally tracking her down, she kindly agreed to come in and tell her story, a rare female voice in a sea of men who have so far largely written the history of the movement. She doesn’t pull her punches on the inequality of women, the class structure of the underground and the collusion between police and gutter press in suppressing their happenings and invasion of the home.

There are two versions of the book; the original, large format, picture-heavy coffee table book entitled ’99 Balls Pond Road’ which will cost a bit more but is worth every penny. Or the new paperback-sized, picture-light, more affordable version entitled ‘The Exploding Galaxy – Performance Art, LSD and Bent Copper in the Sixties Counterculture’, which is a mouthful but sums up the contents far better than the original title.

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Chantal Passamonte (1970-2022)

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Thinking of my friend Chantal Passamonte today, known as Mira Calix to some. I found out last night that she is no longer with us and it has hit me like a ton of bricks. We shared a house together in the early 90s and did ambient events under the Telepathic Fish name for several years along with fellow housemates David Vallade and Mario Aguera. Above is the only photo I have of the four of us together, outside the house in East Dulwich, about to load the van up and set off for Amsterdam to do the Triple X festival in 1994. Chantal was the last of the four of us to move into the house and we’d already done one of the parties by the time she arrived but she jumped straight in and started to help organise and promote the next one. She was ridiculously well connected compared to us and immediately got the event in the listings of music papers like the NME and Melody Maker, something we had no idea about. Chantal 102 1994Kev Caroline Chantal Paul Roundhouse NYE 1994
Chantal, David and I all did time behind the counter of the Ambient Soho record shop in Berwick St, I think that’s how we came to know her actually, and with her natural ease and inquisitiveness with people she charmed everyone. We had many adventures and nights out, her room was the messiest I ever saw but she always turned up looking immaculate in some amazing new outfit she’d found. We started our careers in that house, she with Warp and I with Ninja Tune and naturally went on our own forks in life, occasionally bumping into each other over the years at gigs and galleries where she was doing something when she moved into that sector. David drew and designed several of her album covers and his bee motif persisted as a logo for her over the years. We’d just veered back into contact over the last few years and seeing her perform at the Tate Modern last year was a heartening moment. Here she was, nearly 30 years later, performing her music with a group of dancers in the Turbine Hall of all places, a far cry from a squat in Brixton. Chantal Glastonbury 1995Chantal Sonar 1996
She was in that sweet spot of having slogged for years in the music and art worlds, no compromises given, with recognition – finally – to the fact that she’d been doing this for 25 years now and had her strongest album yet with a political message that chimed with current events. She’d made it, we were so proud, seeing our friend up there. We connected a final time in December last year for a much smaller gig soundtracking a collage-making night she had organised to go with her album,absent origin’. She was always so positive, even with the world events unfolding around us, she stood up and spoke out, sometimes raging against the injustices, more often than not sending out positive messages of unity. She brought people together, helped them, organised, she was a force for good in the world. I can’t believe she’s gone. My thoughts go out to her family, friends and partner, Andy.

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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

Artifacts #25: Matchbox Adventure 2000 flyer

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Adults of a certain age (ie. over 50) might remember this little promotional flyer for the Matchbox Adventure 2000 line of die-cast toys from the 70s. I found this flyer in Gosh Comics a few years back but remember seeing it in some comics possibly way back and wanting to get this poster so badly. I think I may have even sent off for one to have my name printed on but never received anything back (but that could be the mind playing tricks). I know that I definitely copied the robot in the poster in my sketchbook and wanted there to be a film so badly. I still have a (Land) Raider Command vehicle in its box and my brother and I had the other two vehicles pictured as well, they were well and truly played with until they broke. Did anyone actually get a poster with their name on it?

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Howard The Duck graffiti originals

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Reading some original Howard The Duck comics the other day I came across the original sources for classic NYC graffiti pieces that have been embedded in my brain since seeing the Subway Art / Spraycan Art books back in the 80’s. The Seen / PJay wholecar piece above is probably the first train I ever saw painted as it was part of a magazine review for the book I discovered on holiday in the summer of 1984. This led me to trying to draw my own designs and eventually seek out the book for the bigger picture. I’d never seen lettering like this but was immediately drawn to it and wanted to know more, from then on I wrote graffiti for the rest of the 80s, only stopping when I moved to London in 1990.

The duck on the right seems to be taken from the panel below on the left from issue 2 of the original 1977 run of Howard The Duck, later adapted with added cigar for the top left corner on certain covers. The hat is missing on the train version, possibly due to space, it’s not an exact copy but this is the nearest image I can find and you try painting something 8 ft high in the dark whilst hanging off a train in the freezing cold and getting it spot on. Seen was a master of characters, using many Marvel, DC, Disney and underground comic creations like Cheech Wizard in his pieces.

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ClassicSeen HowardThe duck on the left of the car is much closer to the original source and obviously comes from the cover of the Marvel Team Up issue of Spiderman and Howard seen below. Seen recently underwent heart surgery and is currently resting until given the all clear to go back to painting, something he seems to do 24/7, regularly selling canvases and prints out in minutes. I very much hope he makes it through and can carry on where he left off, he’s one of the greats and hugely influential, one of the Godfathers of the whole graffiti scene.

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Another classic featuring Howard was by Lee Quinones and covered a whole basketball court in 1980 with the original being swiped from the cover of HTD #20.web-CooperLeeHandballScreen Shot 2022-03-19 at 23.30.20

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

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

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