Mixcloud Select 119: A Bird In The Boosh 21/03/2005

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Opening with Pedro Chamorra’s entry to the Solid Steel intro competition (we got so many good entries it was hard to pick a winner and I used loads of runner up tracks as intros) and we’re off on an hour journey through time and space, punctuated by excerpts from series 1 of the Mighty Boosh. The first series is still my favourite with Howard and Vince’s riffs on music (jazz vs electro) always a joy to hear.
The Kleptones kick the mix off with an odd collage based on Queen samples from their A Night At The Hip Hopera cut up mix, most of their stuff is still online for free at https://www.kleptones.com/. Soulwax’s incredible mix of LCD’s ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’ builds and builds and was one of those rare things, a remix that improves on the original. Kevin Mark Trail’s track was probably a promo 12” with MJ Cole remixes as was the Bluefoot Project Away team mix, coming from a compilation 12” entitled Interesting Flavours on Chocolate Fireguard Records.

Ms. Thing’s ‘Love Guide’ was the Switch-produced cut from the Two Cultures Clash compilation and predates the sort of material he would go on to make with Diplo as Major Lazer. Vincent made one EP in 2004 and two tracks from it are on this mix, the duo of Phil Donkin (bass) and Simon Vincent (piano) formed the group and the broken beat jazz of the Sentinel EP was the result. More broken beats from the Sun Ra cover of Likwid Continual Space Motion Ope-ra, a collaboration between IG Culture and Bembe Segue on a 25 minute version of the classic ‘Space Is The Place’. Two producers who have since become good friends and collaborators team up next as Johnny Trunk remixes Stephen Coates’ The Real Tuesday Weld’s classic ‘Bathtime In Clerkenwell’ into a reggae skank.
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Meanwhile back at Ninja Tune the label was signing new acts and one – Loka – remixes the other – Blockhead – in fine fashion on his ‘Sunday Seance’. I always liked Loka, they were exactly what I was after at that point and their first album is a hidden classic. I don’t remember where the Def Harmonic track came from, I can’t recall owning one of their records but maybe it was on a comp? Max Sedgley’s follow up to his massive ‘Happy’ single was almost as big and then it’s the second Vincent cut, bringing jazz to the funk – should have waited with that earlier Mighty Boosh sample. Finishing with a remix from Herbert in which I get busy on the loop pedal at the end we wind things down with Atom TM’s glitchy take on Emiliana Torrini’s ‘Sunny Road’.

Tracklist:
Pedro Chamorra – Solid Steel spot
Kleptones – Precession
LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing… (Soulwax remix)
Kevin Mark Trail – D Thames (MJ Cole Dub)
The Bluefoot Project – Little Miss Selfish (Away Team mix)
Ms. Thing – Love Guide
Vincent – Gift
Likwid Continual Space Motion Ope-ra – Space Is The Place (Prelude…)
The Real Tuesday Weld – Bathtime In Clerkenwell (Jonny Trunk mix)
Blockhead – Sunday Séance (Loka remix)
Def Harmonic – The Deep
Max Sedgley – Devil Inside
Vincent – Sentinel
Brazillian Girls – Lazy Lover (Herberts Busy Lover mix)
Emiliana Torrini – Sunny Road (Atom TM’s Future Folk mix)

No Mixcloud Select archive mix this week – a new one!

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Due to being crazily busy this week, not least having to sort a set out for a friend’s wedding on Friday (playing AND taking my decks – this is a real rarity) I’ve not had time to prepare a show this week. But! I did drop a new mix on Sunday for Matt ‘King Megatrip’ King‘s new kickstarter.

Long time listeners to Solid Steel will know the name King Megatrip from back in the 00’s, he was one of the first collectors of old shows online, provided the occasional guest mix and used to send us spoken word samples on CDRs back in the day, culled from old films and records that he would religiously record and edit down. These started as discs with 99 entries as that was the most ‘tracks’ you could fit on a disc and each one had its own cover, track list and number. Slowly the ‘Soundbank’, as it came to be known, grew in size to the point where it was 200 volumes, each track-indexed with the basic premise of the sample and compiled on a DVD. I still use it to this day and Matt has threatened to share a new 200 volume follow up some day.

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He’s been slightly distracted however by his Tales To Enlighten project – the first was a 200 page graphic novel detailing the son of Satan and his robot consort, Manfred’s adventures trying to gain enlightenment. He successfully Kickstarted that last year and it was a blast. Now, the sequel – Tales To Enlighten: The New Testament – is here and it’s a whopping 550 pages with 30 artists and a ton more content. He’s aiming to get $20k which means the whole book will cost just $52 once printed – a bargain – and as of writing he’s already got $17k of it after nearly 2 weeks. Help him out if you want a ton of indie/underground comix full of sex, drugs, violence and blasphemy hitting your doorstep (or just to use as a doorstop) soon. If you fancy pledging then head over to the Kickstarter page, there’s loads of different levels and goodies on offer with extra zines, T-shirts and even original artwork.

To try and help drum up some publicity and as a good excuse to fit a new set of funky religious psychedelia together I constructed Songs of Revelation: Further Religious Rock & Spiritual Spoken Word for him a few weeks back, a follow up to last year’s Songs To Enlighten mix.

Track list:
Reformation – In The Beginning
Otis Skillings – A World Mixed Up
Reformation – Reformation ’71
John E. Schroeder & Richard Koehneke – Doors Are For Locking (excerpt)
Truth of Truths – John The Baptist
The Continental Singers – Step Up, Sit Down
Truth of Truths – The Trial
John Rydgren – Cantata Of New Life (excerpts)
The Crimson Bridge – First Suite by Gary Rand (1st movement Searching For Reality)
W. Cleon Shonsen – The Hippy Psalm (Instant Insanity Drugs excerpt)
John E. Schroeder & Richard Koehneke – The Best Tombs In Life Are Free (excerpt 1)
Kent Schneider – The Church Is Within Us, O Lord
The Crimson Bridge – Birthright
John Rydgren – The Lord Is My Shepherd (New Life spot)
Reformation – Let There Be Light
John E. Schroeder & Richard Koehneke – The Best Tombs In Life Are Free (excerpt 2)
Otis Skillings – Love Can Work A Miracle (edit)
Katarzyna Gartner – Kyrie (excerpt 1 edit)
U.S. Apple Corps – Don’t Do Me Nothing
Peter Link & C.C. Courtney – Deadalus
Katarzyna Gartner – Kyrie (excerpt 2)
The Mission – A Feeling

Forthcoming DJ Food gigs

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A few gigs coming up – supporting Funki Porcini on the Sunday date of his weekend residency at Iklectik, London, showing his Laserium set which has to be seen in a dark place. I’ll be bringing my Quadraphon turntable for some multi-armed action.
Tickets: https://iklectikartlab.com/funki-porcinis-laserium/

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In two weeks I’ll be opening the Create Music Village festival at Coachworks in Ashford, Kent with an Audio Visual DJ set – come to party.
Tickets: www.ticketweb.uk/event/dj-food-support-casey-coachworks-tickets/12480335

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Mid October I’ll be honouring a gig that was cancelled due to Covid all those years ago and returning to Belfast to play what may well be the final outing of my Selected Aphex Works audio visual set at the Ulster Sports Club.
Tickets: forthcoming…

There’s also a launch party in East London for my forthcoming book on Oct 19th, more about that soon…

Tales To Enlighten Kickstarter mix – Songs of Revelation

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Matt King and James Edward Clark‘s Tales To Enlighten: The New Testament (the follow up to last year’s debut, Tales To Enlighten) went live on Kickstarter on September 1st and has so far racked up over $15k of the $20k needed to print and distribute the 550 page monster they’ve created.
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Like last time, Matt aka King Megatrip – long time Solid Steel fan and contributor – asked me to put together a religious-themed mix set to help promote the book and the new set is titled ‘Songs of Revelation’. An hour of Religious Rock and Spiritual Spoken word, largely taken from the 60s and 70s when flower power and rock operas infiltrated the church and was co-opted to spread the word of the Lord. Who says the Devil has all the best tunes? There are also more mixes coming, including one that already dropped from Top The Cat – go to the King Megatrip page to hear more including my previous mix https://megatrip-power-hour.fireside.fm/

David Bowie Moonage Daydream film

Premiering this Friday (Sept 16th) is a film about Bowie that looks incredible – I’ve already seen it described as ‘the stargate scene from 2001 mixed with unseen Bowie footage’ which is good enough for me. The blurb states; ‘Told through sublime, kaleidoscopic, never-before-seen footage, performances and music, Brett Morgen’s (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Cobain: Montage of Heck, Jane) feature length experiential cinematic odyssey explores David Bowie’s creative, musical and spiritual journey. The film is guided by David Bowie’s own narration and is the first officially sanctioned film on the artist.’

The accompanying album features a lot of specially made mixes and mash ups for the film taken from throughout his career. I can’t wait to see and hear this. There are also some amazing posters for the film featured on Brent’s Twitter feed, sadly all at a tiny resolution for now.
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Mixcloud Select 118 Openmind on Solid Steel 09/09/1994

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A section of a Solid Steel from 28 years ago today(!) that popped out at me when looking through the archive. Matt Black and Jonathan More were also in the studio and I’d wager PC was there too as the four of us would often troop up to the KISS studios on a Friday night to pre-record the Saturday night.
Both Matt and Jon would take turns on the mic and the decks with Patrick and I mixing and writing up the PRS sheets of what was played.
Mixing out of something possibly played by PC, I kick off with an often played S’Xpress ‘track’ – ‘Coma’ from a free 45 given away with Record Mirror – that consists largely of heavy respirated breathing and sonar pings. This always served as a good bridge between sets and styles and I used it a lot in my ambient sets a few years earlier. Running into Pat Metheny’s gorgeous rendering of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint (most likely found via The Orb’s ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’ sampling) and some unidentified ambience (possibly Spacetime Continuum) before DJ Food’s ‘Cosmic Jam’ unsteadily enters the mix.

An overdub of Reich’s ‘Come Out’ interjects and there seems to be up to four sources going here – possibly two decks and two CDs. Mantronix’s ‘Mega-Mix (’88)’ is an often overlooked trip hop precursor, this sounded like the future of hip hop 1988. Justin Warfield was looking back to 1968 to move hip hop forward in the early 90s with his classic ‘My Field Trip To Planet 9’ album and Tim Simenon wisely grabbed him to front the huge ‘Bug Powder Dust’ single from his third Bomb The Bass LP. The Dust Brothers (pre-Chemical) gave it their big beat worker before the term was even coined, nicely cutting up the bass line lifted from ‘Dark Lady’ which in itself was lifted from…

Opening the next section is the famous ‘Closing of Places of Entertainment’ speech that Coldcut often played on the show – segueing into Autechre ‘Flutter’, their protest at the Criminal Justice Bill which stated that any gatherings with repetitive beats could be shut down and prosecuted. They decided to produce a track without repetitive beats, played here on my preference of 33rpm. I was heartened to hear a dedication from Matt for my old flatmate Chantal (Passamonte) who was leaving London for Sheffield at this time to go and work for Warp. Some Ninja business in the form of Up, Bustle & Out’s ‘Nightwalk’ from their debut LP (not ‘Lazy Daze’ as is read out later) into La Funk Mob’s ‘Motorbass Gets Phunked Up’, Ritchie Hawtin’s remix which seems to be jumping all over the place. Slamming straight into this is the no-compromise of Bedouin Ascent’s amazing ‘Internal Bleeding’ and then we’re rocking out with La Funk Mob’s ‘357 Magnum Force’ again from Mo Wax’s original golden run. Orbital’s ‘Sad but True’, my favourite track from their patchy third LP (after the peerless first two albums admittedly) brings the electro funk. The final track is Mu-Ziq’s aptly-titled, ‘Metal Thing #3’, I had a habit of upping the ante with my music choices until things were really quite brutal and it would take one of the others to bring things down a notch, in this case with a reggae set from Jon after the jingle at the end of this set.

S’Xpress – Coma
Pat Metheny – Electric Counterpoint I -Fast
DJ Food – Cosmic Jam
Steve Reich – Come Out
Spacetime Continuum – unknown
Mantronix – Mega-Mix ’88
Bomb The Bass – Bug Powder Dust (Dust Brothers remix)
Autechre – Flutter
Up, Bustle & Out – Nightwalk
La Funk Mob – Motorbass Gets Phunked Up (Electro Funk remix)
Bedouin Ascent – Internal Bleeding
La Funk Mob – 357 Magnum Force
Orbital – Sad But True
Mu-Ziq – Metal Thing #3

Mixcloud Select 117: Unwind Your Mind – Solid Steel 03/07/2000 Pt.2

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I’m fairly sure that this was the first kind of psychedelic mix that I did, largely made up of records bought whilst on tour in North America with Kid Koala and Amon Tobin during the Spring of 2000. It kicks off with something from the Blast First compilation Nothing Short of Total War (Rock Music Report) and then into some whispering piano talk from The Mothers of Invention. John Simon’s ‘Painting For Freakout’ precedes The Electric Flag’s incredible 10 minute … uh, ‘Freakout’ on the All You Can Eat soundtrack which is a fine record in the tradition of the Monkees’ Head and parts of this mix would end up in my rescore for that film later. Rod McKuen jumps on the hippy bandwagon with his soothing tones from the Takes A San Francisco Hippy Trip album with ‘Of Girls’ – warning the cover is more psychedelic than the record. The Three Ring Circus made one single and an album with a clown through a kaleidoscope on the cover which which was enough for me to check it out. Goblin’s ‘Blind Concert’ is from their classic Suspiria soundtrack and the Two Daughters track is from a Cherry Red comp from the early 80s, Perspectives and Distortion, which has all manner of interesting post punk, new wave experimentation on it including an early solo Matt Johnson track.

The Monkees’ ‘Opening Ceremony’ montage from Head makes an appearance, in the middle of the mix, before we segue into a bit of Barry Gray’s ‘Breakaway’ from the Space 1999 soundtrack, as sampled a few years previously by Tipsy for their ‘Space Golf’ tune. Susan & The Children’s Chorus was a Sesame Street spin off record, not actually on Sesame Workshop, the label of the TV show. I was already collecting funky Sesame St material around this time before approaching the company to license their Pinball Number Count and later put together a compilation. I dived into Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention pretty hard in the early 00’s, spurred on by his music concrete tape collages and Cal Schenkel’s amazing cover art. The Landlords’ ‘The Landlord’ is from the soundtrack to The Landlord – who’d have thought? This was basically an Al Kooper pseudonym and the OST has a few nice bits and pieces on it as well as a great cover.

Along with Zappa I was hoovering up David Axelrod productions including the more far out Cannonball Adderly ones and it took a little while to track down Soul Zodiac where Rick Holmes narrates the 12 signs over spacey jazz. A fairly pedestrian cover of ‘The Sound of Silence’ follows, the amount of cheap easy listening albums with vaguely funky versions of old standards was mind boggling back then. The Beatle’ ‘Jessie’s Dream’ – should probably be Aunt Jessies Dream I think and is from their Magical Mystery Tour film, it probably came from a bootleg of psyche-era stuff I was into along with all the Beach Boys Smile sessions I could find. ‘Bendix 2: The Tomorrow People’ comes from one of the greatest compilations of all time, Raymond Scott’s Manhattan Research Inc. on Basta which was newly released at the time and caught the ear of a certain J Dilla. We play out with the title track from probably the UK’s nearest equivalent to Scott, Joe Meek from his freaky space travel epic I Hear A New World, probably also a bootleg from around that time.

The Mothers of Invention – Are You Hung Up?
John Simon – Painting For Freakout
Rod McKuen – Of Girls
Three Ring Circus – Fantastic Voyage
Goblin – Blind Concert
Two Daughters – Return Call/We Are
The Monkees – Opening Ceremony
Barry Gray – Breakaway
Susan & The Children’s Chorus – The Counting Song
The Mothers of Invention – Flower Punk
The Landlords – The Landlord
Cannonball Adderly – Cancer
Groovin’ Strings and Things – The Sound of Silence
The Beatles – Jessie’s Dream
Raymond Scott – Bendix 2: The Tomorrow People
Joe Meek & The Blue Men – I Hear A New World

Matt King’s Tales To Enlighten: (The New Testament) Kickstarter is go!

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You may remember the original Tales To Enlighten comic my friend King Megatrip made with James Edward Clark last year? Well, the sequel Tales To Enlighten: (The New Testament) is launching on Kickstarter today.

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Everybody’s favourite serial killing Satanists are back! A 550-page Occult Anthology featuring 30 amazing indie artists. HELL YEAH! Pledge here

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Kickstarter projects are generally quite expensive for what you’re getting, right? Wrong on this count, this book is $52, about £45 but less than 10c a page, sure there’s shipping on top but you’re not going to find many deals like that. The talent on show is international in scope with a few Brits including Shaky Kane and Jason Atomic. There are a load of tiers with extra zines, T-shirt and bookmarks and even original art. I’ve done a little promo mix to try and help Matt (I’m sure he won’t need it) – Tales of Revelation – Further Religious Rock Opera & Spiritual Spoken Word which goes online soon.

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There’s a great interview with Matt over on Daniel Moler’s Psychonaut Sessions podcast, talking about the books and showing off a ton or art from the new one

The 14 hr Technicolour Dream

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Set up as a fund raiser to help International Times magazine, the hastily-organised event took place in the Alexandra Palace in North London with stages at each end competing sonically for dominance and a huge line up of the counter culture’s who’s who of the day. Reports vary as to how successful it was, it probably depended what drugs you were on but ultimately it raised very little despite thousands attending. Large numbers of tickets were either stolen or given out with payment required later, a news piece in the next issue of IT berating dishonest resellers who had not yet paid up.
The main poster by Mike McInnerney was printed in a variety of fading ‘split fountain’ colours making it highly collectable. Beware of fakes which have separated colour combinations and John Lennon‘s name added to the line up near the bottom of the list, he was there as a punter but was never down to perform.

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Mixcloud Select 116: Hip Hop 2000 – Solid Steel 03/07/2000 Pt.1

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A quick round up of what can now be seen as a golden age for UK and US independent hip hop from the middle of 2000. This is the first half of an hour long mix that concludes with a psychedelic mix (next week).
Def Tex on the Ninja-affiliated Son Records from their Synchronise EP – hugely underrated IMO, early PUTS from their second album and Jurassic 5 making their second album comeback with lead single, Quality Control. One Cut – straight outta Bristol from a 12” that now goes for an eye-watering price due to its Banksy cover then Mark B & Blade with a crazed cut up instrumental of their ‘Ya Don’t See The Signs’ 12”. Styles of Beyond were from the US and made a ton of singles, this one was actually from 1998 and The Nextmen’s DJ cut from their debut LP, ‘Amongst The Madness’.
‘The Last Tune’ from Task Force’s amazing Voice of the Great Outdoors single samples a snatch of ‘Caravan’ from some easy listening LP I can’t remember now – check the whole 12” if you can. Advertising The Invisible were Brad from The Nextmen and Cept 148 and I totally recognise that bass sound but can’t place it. Yes that is a Morcheeba track but it’s a banger featuring Biz Markie and we finish with a classic from the Jungle Brothers although it’s the remix version.

Track list:
Def Tex – Written Response
People Under The Stairs – Code Check
Jurassic 5 – Quality Control
One Cut – Underground Terror Tactics
Mark B & Blade – Ya Don’t See The Signs
Styles of Beyond – Spies Like Us
The Nextmen – We Originate
Task Force – The Last Tune
Advertising The Invisible – Making Heads Turn
Morcheeba – In The Hands of the Gods
Jungle Brothers – J Beez Comin’ Through (remix)

Mixcloud Select 115: Version Aversion 2 20/05/2002

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Part 2 of the Version Aversion mix kicks off with another ‘dictionaroake’ cover, of Ken Nordine’s ‘Flesh’ of all things! Go here for more of an explanation of this strange medium: http://www.dictionaraoke.com/ I’d always loved ‘The Man With The Golden Arm’ theme, hearing the Jet Harris version on a tape my dad had when I was a kid. What happens if you take three different versions and synch them up to play simultaneously, cutting back and forth frequently? Listen and find out. This strings and drums version of ’Strawberry Fields Forever’ was possibly taken from one of the Anthology compilations, chock full of interesting Beatles outtakes.

The Roy Meriwether Trio take on the Nina Simone’s ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free’ and then we get another excerpt from the Langley Schools Music Project album, this time with excerpts of a radio documentary interspersed telling the story of how it came to be. Bowie’s ’Space Oddity’ gets the treatment and again, the eerie oddness of not quite trained voices with strange arrangements gives it a unique quality. Monk Higgins provides Gang Starr with a sample on ‘Little Green Apples’ from his ‘Extra Soul Perception’ LP and ‘Brother’ John Rydgren pervs out over ‘Music To Watch Girls By’. Finally, a remix rather than a cover, Bill Laswell does the impossible and takes electric Miles Davis and makes something decent out of it from the Panthalassa remix project. This 1998 album is worth tracking down, Laswell gets given the masters to run riot with in the studio and creates four extended soundscapes, each ranging around the 15 minute mark from music written 1969-74. It’s respectful as he doesn’t attempt to contemporize the sounds, instead extended and dubbing them out into Orb-like epics, an hour of fusion-era Miles, reimagined 25 years later by a master.

Track list:
Ken Nordine – Flesh
Billy May & His Orchestra – The Man With The Golden Arm
Jet Harris – The Man With The Golden Arm
Jack Nitzche – The Man With The Golden Arm
The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 7)
Roy Meriwether Trio – Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
Langley Schools Music Project – Space Oddity
Monk Higgins – Little Green Apples
John Rydgren – Music to Watch Girls By
Miles Davis – Rated X /Billy Preston (Bill Laswell reconstruction)

New DJ Food 45 Live mix Fri/Sat night on Dublab

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My now annual mix for those lovely 45 Live people goes out this Friday night (PST) or Saturday morning (GMT) depending where you are in the world. Greg Belson is still running the show which must be approaching its 150th episode soon. Airing on Dublab at 8-10pm every 1st and 3rd Friday, it’ll be available afterward via their site or Mixcloud. I’m again mining the late 80’s for early house, acid and freestyle (lots of Todd Terry productions). I thought I’d exhausted these theme a few years back but tracks just keep popping up and I have more than enough for two more mixes moving into the 90s.

Funki Porcini at Iklectik this October

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I’ll be joining Funki Porcini for a Sunday matinee version of his new Laserium show this October at Iklectik. This will be the first time it’s been seen in London and you’ll have 4 chances to catch it with other DJs performing on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th (matinee and evening shows). I’ll be joining him with my Quadraphon turntable on Sunday 16th for an afternoon show to finish the run. Tickets for all shows are here:
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Mixcloud Select 114: Version Aversion 22/04/2002

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The first of two ‘Version Aversion’ mixes – various covers in all sorts of styles – I love a good cover version, one that takes the original and does something weird with it ideally. The opening ‘Girl From Ipanema’ is a good example – this kind of cover was called ‘dictionaraoke’ – using computer-generated words to voice a cover version. There were a spate of them on the web around this time and I have a feeling it’s connected to Negativland by the mentions on this website http://www.dictionaraoke.com/ . Having just had the beginnings of the mash up craze (which was still gaining momentum) and being perpetually on the look out for the latest thing, I was convinced this was the answer. Instead it was a fun novelty that got old quite fast.

The Lenny Constanza version of Kylie’s ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ I have a vague memory might have something to do with Rob Galliano. The only mention of it on Discogs is on a compilation called The Selector from Hungary but I’m sure I have it on a 7” somewhere.
Julius Brockington’s version of ‘Rock Steady’ gets mixed with a bit of Aretha’s original, not always successfully but there’s some nice scratching in there. Johnny Hammond smooths out Carole King’s ‘It’s Too Late’ into an easy organ instrumental before Breakestra cover The Vibrettes’ ‘Humpty Dump’ in convincing analogue style. Mixing Digital Underground’s ‘The Humpty Dance’ over the top at rapid speed may not have been a good idea but it occasionally works. Christ, an Elbow track! This cheeky rinky dink cover of Destiny’s Child was from something on Twisted Nerve, possibly the Jukebox series of 7”s that yielded all sorts of oddities.

The Langley Schools Music Project was one of those records that just appeared and everyone was talking about it. The first of the privat press ’school music’ recordings I remember being reissued and their take on The Carpenters’ eerie but evergreen, ’Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft’ is so epic it has to qualify as one of the greatest covers ever. Little Miss Trintron was another Twisted Nerve oddity who produced one single and a couple of compilation appearances before disappearing leaving this 8-bit version of The Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’ for us to mull over. Again, placing the original vocal over parts of it at a greatly reduced speed wasn’t maybe the best idea in the world. With all these little mixes where they’re mainly unmixed selections I was trying to tart them up and give value for money by overdubbing spoken word and extras on top, usually using a computer by this stage.

No mix next week as I’m on holiday but there will be the second part of this set once I return.

Track list:
Mittelschmerz – Girl From Ipanema
Lenny Constanza – Can’t Get You Out Of My Bed
Julius Brockington – Rock Steady
Johnny Hammond – It’s Too Late
Breakestra – Humpty Dump
Digital Underground – The Humpty Dance
Elbow – Independent Woman
Langley Schools Music Project – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
Little Miss Trinitron – Hotel California

Hudson Mohawke video by Kingcon2k11

Another AI-generated video using what looks like drone shots added into AI software for Hudson Mohawke‘s new song. The fascinating thing about this is that it’s still in its infant stages, in just a few years it’ll be better, faster, more detailed and adaptable. At the moment I’d wager this is at the same stage as, say, the cover of Warp‘s first Artificial Intelligence compilation in terms of computer graphics. I’d also wager that people will want to keep elements of the weird, almost horror elements that the AI produces in decades to come in the same way that we add grain, crackle and texture to digital recordings now. AI image making is creating a new visual language all of its own but I hope it doesn’t grow up and perfect things too soon, I like the alien-ness of it all.

Hip Hop flyers from the Kool Herc collection

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You may have seen that Kool Herc‘s estate is going under the hammer at Christies this month. Everything from turntables and disco equipment to glasses, photos, belt buckles and records from the man called The Godfather of Hip Hop. Most interesting to me are the reams of flyers for the old Bronx jams featuring home made, hand drawn and collaged examples of the earliest form of Hip Hop promotion. There are plenty by Buddy Esq. probably the most gifted and well known exponent of early rap design work and there are fascinating little details dotted throughout about the way jams used to be from a time long since passed.
Below are my favourites and you can view the full auction online here:

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“no drugs, no weapons, no sneakers”
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“first 25 jazzy ladies free” – who decided?
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“sneakers one nite only” love how cut and paste this is
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How young are the Furious Five here?
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That’s a lot of acts on the bill!
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Lot of Zulu crews there
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‘Guaranteed to perform’, the others might not be there but…
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How many typefaces?
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“giving away $50 to some lucky person, sincerely, Flash” – also “Creole’s got something special for the young ladies”
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“Shea, please call me, love always, herc” – flyer done by Herc
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Do you think that’s Shea?
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Brian Eno – The Lighthouse, what’s on it?

The-Lighthouse-Station-ArtworkI’ve been compiling this, off and on, all year, while listening to the 340+ unreleased tracks on Brian Eno‘s Sonos HD radio station, The Lighthouse. If I had the phone nearby I’d check what’s playing, make a note of the track number and year and write a short description. I was intrigued to see how often tracks repeated (not very often), how long it would take me to hear all of them (over 6 months) and what the ratio of good to average to bad was. It became quite addictive as I’d fill in more each day, a bit like collecting cards in a numbered sequence, filling in the blanks each day. Of course as time went on I’d hear more repetitions and less new tracks so filling in a new entry was like finding another piece of the puzzle. After a while I began to give them star ratings from 1 to 5; 5 being amazing, as good or better than anything he’d ever released, 4 great, 3 good, 2 so-so, 1 skippable.

For those interested, the highest number I’ve heard has been #349 (all the tracks are titled by number and year), the oldest was from 1989, newest from 2021. There were occasional different versions of previously released tracks from Nerve Net and Drawn From Life and many that had similar undertones to albums like Apollo or Ambient 4. The shortest was around a minute, the longest approximately 20 minutes at a guess (there are no times on any of the tracks). If a title has been given to a piece in one of the two Lighthouse interviews it’s included in brackets. It’s impossible to record the stream unfortunately, or at least I’ve not found a way, so it’s hard to get a grasp on how much material is up there. Where there’s no entry, I’ve not yet heard that track on the stream.
If albums on average have 10-15 tracks then that’s over 30 albums worth, or maybe The Lighthouse IS an album? It’s like being let into a secret vault every time you tune in, catching glimpses of precious (and sometimes not so precious) gems as the algorithm cycles through the selection. Similar to Aphex Twin‘s Soundcloud dump a few years back, this is the archive mother lode from one of my favourite artists.
Track list:
001 (2018) Algorithmic rhythm system groove w. male vocal
002 (2018) Almost an I Zimbra remix, Give it up and turn it loose bassline & female vocal – (Funk Groove Reduced) *****
003 (2018) Wooah yay, slow vocal sway**
004 (2019) Night drive passing cars, sudden end***
005 (2010) Slow beats glissando echo***
006 92021) Dark low rumble bass pad, winding in and out***
007 (2019) Short solo keyboard lament**
008 (2019) Gated choir crawl
009 (2019) Stunning beauty but so short *****
010 (2019) Hovering guitar noodle ***
011 (2018) Dark laidback plod with lead electric guitar***
012 (2011) Low sub bass ambience, v. short**
013 (2018) Computer controlled upbeat rhythm w. languid melody /lonely time vocal ****
014 (2018) Uptempo sequencer tightness **
015 (2018) Gated voice over insistent machine rhythm **
016 (2018) Eno brings the machine funk w. female vocals **
017 (2018) Excellent fast paced rhythm w. drums and skronk piano****
018 (2021) Dark piano tension****
019 (2020) Super calm deep drift****
020 (2020) Hovering quiet ***
021
022 (2018) Dinky keyboard workout **
023 (2018) Mid tempo funky wah wah w. distorted vocal sample
024 (2021) Rapid Edits on machine funk***
025 (2018) Spiky funk excellence – love this one *****
026 (2021) Cheeky little number, almost reggae**
027 (2021) Beautiful space drift w. violin and electronics ****
028
029 (2015) Twangy offbeat vocal country song**
030 (2017) Climbing sinister piano **
031 (2017) Airy piano drift / Slow hovering w. minor key piano **
032 (2017) Wistful ambient
033 (2015) Fast double time picking pattern***
034 (2017) Marimba with splashy snare *
035 (2009) Sweet high synth modulations descending***
036 (2009) Solo cautious piano / Wandering solo piano w. birds**
037
038 (2009) Moody Warszaw-ish solo piano patterns (Eagleman 22)**
039 (2009) Hesitant solo keys **
040 (2021) Slow, quiet decaying strings
041 (2019) Slowly unfurling tones ***
042 (2015) ‘Any man…’ Dead Can Dance-ish medieval vocal***
043 (2015) Suspended vocal tones w. odd jungle interlude**
044
045 (2018) Solo soaring/searing string section ***
046 (2011) Very short sinister gongs****
047 (2018) Jaunty bass synth riff*
048 (2019) Bass plod and positive chords
049 (2019) Short ringing, decaying loops
050 (2020) Bright twang guitar and mysterious mood***
051 (2020) Plod bass dreamy underwater w. piano ****
052
053 (2019) Floaty synths, buoyant melody, bit new age-y *
054 (2020) Yawning expanse Fripp-like guitar w. shimmering bottom end rumble****
055 (2017) Chirrups and thunks, fading **
056 (2019) Thumping climber with whistling *
057 (2019) Epic throbbing string soundtrack ***
058 (2019) Sweet solo synth Shimmering ***
059 (2019) Rushing and rising washes of bright synth***
060 (2020) Squalling funky guitar
061 (2011) Slow acoustic lament **
062 (2018) Synth strings, earnest, church- like **
063 (2020) Sawing cello and pitch bent strings*
064 (2020) Underwater electronics **
065 (2020) Lightly gated church organ w. bubbling bright top end**
066 (2020) Dark shifts / Alien beasts viewed from afar
067 (2020) Gently bubbling sorrowful surges****
068 (2020) Swamp ambient w. industrial overtones and buzzing malfunctioning electronics **
069 (2920) Industrial alarm warning with flourishes **
070 (2002) Twanging country vocal tune
070 (2021) High pitched solo synth **
071 (2015) Bright, plucked machine guitar and drums, almost hi-life***
072 (2001) Creepy keys electric mood***
073 (2002) Expansive Bass exploration / winding drone **
074 (2002) Abstract audio synthesis / mysterious world ***
075 (2002) Squalling fast funk w. synth brass ***
076 (2002) Female spoken word (spots) over languid keys and deep bass****
077 (2002) ‘He doesn’t want to be found’, fast vocal song ***
078 (2002) Jaunty sky saw Fripp guitar**
079 (2009) Rolling vistas ambient ***
080 (2002) Frankly awful vocal country *
081 (2002) Meandering country twangy
082 (2002) Gentle vocoder vocal and electric guitar *
083 (2002) Bright keyboard ditty
084 (2002) Twangy guitar and bass idea**
085 (2002) Bouncy pop instrumental **
086 (2021) Low Humming w. signal bleeps **
087 (2021) Ambient lullaby humming w. soaring strings***
088 (2021) Electro thrumming with yawning sawtooth surges***
089 (2021) Quiet keyboard figures**
090 (2021) Deep sea dive ****
091 (2021) Springy bleeps and whirring **
092 (2021) Low night time creeper **
093 (2021) Complex bass bounce, machine beat w. skittering high synth**
094 (2021) Heavy Fairlight beat, Indian scales and time stretch ***
095 (2021) Gravelly spring beat w. odd bass figure**
096 (2018) Fast funky drum, guitar & horn flourishes w. keyboard escapades****
097
098 (2021) Air snares skittering w. bells and industrial kettle drum**
099
100 (2001) Questing solo keys ***

101 (2002) Gorgeous soaring sad keys ****
102 (2002) Tentative keys in reverb soup, short **
103 (2003) Juddering gated bass beat w glissando guitar**
104 (2004) Gnarly distorting bass w bouncing pings****
105 (2004) Vocal guitar dirge *
106 (1998) Swinging Eno vocal song with yearning guitar** (All The Bloody Fighters)
107 (1997) Lilting loop***
108 (1997) Short mysterious piece**
109 (1998) Upbeat xylophone ditty, great chorus***
110 (1998) Building chord sketch for pop song**
111
112 (1998) Wobbling experiments – quite Aphex-ish**
113 (2021) Twinkling synths short **
114 (2015) Bubbling bright synth motifs occasionally coalescing into brief rhythms ***
115 (2021) Beautiful soft focus morning *****
116 (2021) Classic Eno ambient drift voices ****
117 (2021) Synthetic, melodic runs almost identical to Funki Porcini’s ‘6 Minutes To Manchester’ ***
118 (2021) Minimal suspense, fading***
119 (2011) Excellent Fast breakbeat cut up *****
120 (2020) Understated deep pads
121 (2020) Gorgeous ambient drift *****
122 (2000) Vocal choir jolly ditty
123 (2000) Vocal song Run Out of Time **
124 (2000) Short strummy vocal song
125 (1998) Euphoric synth melodies **
126 (1998) Short Eastern synth figure
127 (1998) Ticking filtered sinister apprehension w. disturbances breaking through ****
128 (1998) High pitched atonal crystalline rhythm pattern**
129 (1998) Church organ plays sea shanty*
130 (1998) Odd little bass mood***
131 (2015) Japanese percussion & horns
132 (2015) Mysterious mechanical groove***
133 (2015) Industrial trip hop beats + phased, gated noise – excellent ****
134 (2015) Bright airy synth , fast beats***
135
136 (1998) Stumbling solo piano **
137 (1997) Jolly but slightly annoying descending melody *
138 (1997) Cheeky electronic rhythm**
139 (1997) Apollo-esque ambience *****
140 (2020) Soft reverb piano, contemplative ***
141 (2011) Super lush *****
142 (1998) Distant tinkly reverb piano***
143 (1998) Apollo-ish drift, beautiful as only Eno can do *****
144 (2000) Dreary vocal pop with Bontempi organ *
145 (2002) Minimal Darkness tubular echoes***
146 (2002) Lush strings pulling in and out of focus ***
147 (1997) Slowly see-sawing drone***
148 (1998) Downbeat moody chugger **
149 (1998) Version of ‘Blissed’ from The Drop, piano, bongos and insistent chink ****
150 (1998) Climbing starlight filtered melody, glistening, twinkling***
151 (1998) Electronic bird screeches **
152 (1998) Aimless keyboard doodle*
153 (1998) Stilted electric piano solo*
154 (1998) Icy high keys**
155 (1998) Hesitant flute-esque keyboard exploration *
156 (1994) Scary Deep space choir***
157 (1994) African drums and metallic solo**
158
159 (2009) Solemn/sweet notes suspended ***
160 (?) Beats **
160 (1991) Unreleased Version of Fractal Zoom with distortion *****
161 (1991) Indian Violin and tablas
161 (2011) Slow, soft drifting pads****
162 (1991) Sneaky bar jazz
163 (1991) Sneaky Bar jazz II **
164 (1991) Eno vocal w. acoustic guitar, slap bass and keys – funky breakdown *
165 (1991) Hey nonny nonny, Indian strings, London Bridge is falling down *
166 (1990) Ambient 4-ish – lovely *****
167 (2010) Slight synth figure hovering
168
169 (1998) Purring undulating loop surges building to harsher noise ***
170 (1989) Gentle Amazon forest ambience with birds, insects, building dread drone and bells****
171 (2005) Celestial Drift *****
172
173 (2017) Uplifting full band cut *****
174 (1994) Generative Xylophone noodle jazz *
175 (1994) Insistent chugging machine rhythm w. whipping – long! ***
176 (1994) Industrial hum / Stomping trip hip beat w. shimmering synths – long! ****
177 (1994) Squeezebox & woodblock
178 (1994) Percussive eastern rhythms **
179 (1994) Vocal harmonies and solemn keyboard
180
181 (1994) Menacing loop w. sudden random jazz piano***
182 (1991) Late night wander ****
183 (1991) Nerve Net era snaking bass funk
184 (1991) Off kilter bass mood ****
185 (1991) Another Green World-like guitar and piano journey ***
186 (1991) Atonal melody meander – Aphex before Aphex ***
187 (1991) Frantic urgent twiddling eastern melodies***
188 (1991) Godlike genius ambient *****
189 (1991) Slap bass groove **
190 (1991) Deep broody ambience / ‘The Electrician’-like dread****
191 (1991) Deeper broody ambience / Distant suspense ***
192 (1994) Short, sparse, hesitant bongs*
193 (1994) Light, bobbling, slightly creepy ambience ****
194 (1995) Low strings
195 (1994) Low hovering cello ***
196 (1994) Low whirring menacing drones and strings***
197 (1994) Low synth bass w high weirdo keys*
198 (1994) Military tattoo drums w. metal banging and airy keys*
199 (1994) Waves of voices, rushing, percolating noise, chiming bell, industrial thud ***
200 (1989) Marsh-like Ambient 4 whistling birds ****

201 (1991) Organ-led vocal song
202 (2005) String synths soaring as diving***
203 (1995) Hysterical piano and modulating sub bass machine jazz ***
204
205 )2001) Short filtered rising falling drum**
206 (2018) Live drums w. menace***
207 (2020) Cautious keys, building, dropping***
208 (2021) Fast bleepy keyboard algorithm composition, sounds like early LFO or Autechre***
209 (2021) Gorgeous ambient drift / Distant reverb flutes, this one is lush – long too*****
210 (2020) Soft focus waves ebbing and flowing****
211 (2021) Solo piano algorithms & building strings ***
212 (2021) Violin top note ambience, soft low and slow****
213 (2018) Euphoric ambient pads ***
214 (1991) Eastern keyboard figures *
215 (1991) Wailing vocal ballad with piano **
216 (1991) Soaring synth guitar solo *
217 (1991) Fractal Zoom-ish upbeat funk w. squalling synths, metallic drums ****
218 (1991) Vocal version of another song with different backing** possibly 215
219 (1991) Dark ocean seabed ***
220 (1991) Different version of another track here (maybe 221 or 187?), eastern keyboard melody on fast tapping rhythm – maybe embryonic version of Two Dogs? or Sneaky Bar Jazz (161)**
221 (1991) Arabic jam***
222 (2019) Ambient version of faster break number, excellent slow swoop ****
223 (2021) Guitar and piano meander
224 (1994) Scary swirling ****
225 (1991) High pitched ambience – beautiful and long *****
226 (2001) Singing bowls ***
227 (2001) Choir singing bowls *****
228 (1995) Creeping ambience
229 (1991) Deep ambient, winding drone w. distant movements ****
230 (1996) Quiet swooping string section
230 (1994) Urgent snappy machine rhythm w. bubbling xylophone menace ****
231 (1991) Stately synth bombast *
232 (1994) Solemn synths**
233 (2020) Spatial drift w. skittish surging signals ***
234 (2020) Low droning cello **
235 (2020) Fading mournfulness / Low slow strings sweeps ***
236 (2000) Offbeat machine funk ****
237 (2000) Ominous drone **
238 (2000) Trampolines no beat with fast violin, short*
239 (1996) Sombre strings
240 (2000) Late night radio hiss, bobbing tempo and interference building to gorgeousness ***
241 (2020) Insistent percussion over mysterious drone ***
242 (1995) Digital horns over tepid rhythm  – more sneaky bar jazz?*
243 (1996) Whirring ambience **
244 (1996) Plinky Piano / Duelling solo pianos
245 (2021) Twangy guitar and backwards tape loops **
246 (2000) Early version of ‘Bloom’ from Drawn From Life
247 (2021) Solo piano repeat figures ***
248 (2020) Buzzing gated rhythm surging, ping pong highlights ***
249 (2000) Dark fuzzy menace
250 (1994) Fast throbbing industrial engine rhythm w. floating electronics – long jam***
251 (2020) Desolate windy tundra ****
252 (2020) Short slight tension
253 (2000) Ghostly vocoder ambience / Synthetic vocal poem with eerie accompaniment ***
254 (2000) Acoustic light***
255 (2021) Distant girl reverb ambient ***
256 (2021) Warm bass, high shimmering tones ***
257 (1996) Fast percussion + bass, pursuit ***
258 (1996) Lilting late night keys ****
259 (2021) Double-timed bass with half time percussion and keyboard flourishes ***
260 (1994) Insistent bobbing rhythm w. synth washes and exploratory keys**
261 (1991) Gorgeous ambient, one of the best on here *****
262 (1998) Short bass groove with sinister keys ***
263 (2009) Beautiful rising/falling synth chords w. muted kick drum****
264 (1994) Ominous background riff w. new bulletins and football match ***
265 (2000) Dogs in the night – excellent female spoken voice dark bass groove *****
266 (2019) Undulating pulsing techno ***
267
268 (1996) Banging techno w. very bad scratching down to downtempo trip hop w. Miles Davis trumpet – very odd, very un-Eno****
269 (2000) Odd meandering wordless vocal w. sprightly melodic keys****
270
271 (2021) Downtempo band groove w. synth horns and percussion **
272 (2021) Ringing chime triplets
273 (2018) Speedy skittering techno jazz w. organ solo and distorted vocal*****
274 (2018) Hiiiieeee!!!! ***
275 (2018) Solo tremolo guitar **
276 (2020) Minimal plucked bleeps *
277 (2010) Beautiful sparse chime keys – gorgeous ****
278 (2021) More machine funk, algorithmic edits and high pitched top notes***
279 (2010) Lilting piano and odd strings – (Ross & Cromarty)**
280 (2021) Soft xylophone type melodies
281 (2020) Grinding bass groove ****
282 (2020) Murky reverb keys**
283 (2020) Creepy pings, oriental tones ***
284 (2018) Fast throbbing helicopter drumming***
285 (2006) Banging trip hop beats and breaks ****
286 (2021) Off kilter machine funk ***
287 (2019) Fractured transmissions breaking through, rumbling, becoming clearer**
288
289 (2018) Drum machine edits & wah wah funk ***
290 (2103) Dark ambient kick short
291 (2017) Bell-like tones ****
292 (2017) Mournful ambience ***
293 (2013) Live band jam, wandering guitar plucks, squealing solos, Drawn From Life-ish**
294 (2021) Bass synth noodle & stabs *
295 (2011) Filtered fast breakbeat, throbbing bass and mysterious keys, DnB tempo ***
296 (2016) Mid tempo bobbing gated pad / Gently bobbing keyboard instrumental**
297 (2019) Excellent moody downtempo beats and electronics *****
298 (2020) Arabian Eno vocal, uptempo live drums
299 (1997) Epic choir and State of Independence vibe / pitched vocals ***
300 (2019) Sweet descending reverb motif, building***

301
302 (2018) Meandering lightness & bass drops – long and beautiful! *****
303 (2004) Chugging rhythm w. wordless auto tuned vocal song idea, euphoric keys, short then fade***
304 (2009) Double time kick drum progression under triumphant organ melody**
305 (2005) Vocal song about eyes w. electric guitar and organ accompaniment **
306 (2004) Short spoken word w. piano
307 (2004) Solo Eno vocal and piano **
308 (2006) Brian sounds miserable vocal song *
309 (1996) Choir in space-short***
310
311
312 (2000) Terry Riley-esque organ figures ***
313 (2000) Drums w. echo & keys jam*
314 (2000) Version of ‘Persis’ from Drawn From Life. Plodding beat and strings*****
315 (1999) Stark drum break reverb w. distorted electric bass***
316 (1999) Offbeat dark jazz rhythm w. surging monster sounds****
317 (1999) Shimmering crystal ambience ****
318 (1999) So so-lo synth melody **
319 (2000) Frippertronic-like interweaving ambience ****
320 (1999) Soaring & dive bombing ambience *****
321 (1999) Downtempo beats and drill bass **
322 (1999) Downtempo gated bass, drum machine and 80s-ish synth song arrangement**
323 (1999) Vocoder version of ‘Two Voices’ from Drawn From Life *****
324
325 (2019) Sweet ethereal melodies, Xmas-y **
326 (2021) Short Beautiful solo piano ****
327 (2014) Female vocal experiments bird-like calls ****
328 (2020) Squelchy fast machine funk **
329 (2000) Building Kinetic machine rhythms ***
330 (2012) Neon Lights-ish pleasant synth and drum machine song**
331 (1999) Solo Arabian synth melodies
332 (2021) Abrasive chime reverb drone w. undulating high notes****
333 (1999) Short church organ figure**
334 (2021) Very fast drum machine percussion and wailing eastern synth w. micro edits***
335 (2019) Uplifting synth in 6/8 time ***
336 (1999) Insistent throbbing foreboding click rhythm, snaking melody****
337 (2020) Odd, weird, slow, disjointed **
338 (1999) Oh this is really fucking good! Beautiful soaring ambience *****
339 (2004) Eno vocal harmonies meets odd pop
340 (2021) Insistent strumming w. airy pads – short!***
341
342 (2021) Euphoric synth stomp**
343 (1999) Shimmering high pitched crystals ****
344 (2013) Winding acoustic and piano shimmer **
345 (1999) Funeral procession solo keys**
346 (2020) Galloping almost acid techno fading into ambience ***
347 (1999) Crystals dropping *****
348 (2005) Upbeat vocal pop ditty, down down **
349 (1999) Excellent moody throbbing 6/8 beat & bass, War of the Worlds-ish synth motif *****

PS: Brian announced a new album this week too – Foreverandevernomore – primarily a vocal album is seems, available on LP (black and clear vinyl) and CD – pre-order here (the CD has an extra track apparently)

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Mixcloud Select 113: The Monkees’ Head – DJ Food Rescore, 2001-2005

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This post is dedicated to Bob Rafelson, the director of Head, who passed away this week, RIP.
Back in 2001 I was asked to compose a turntable rescore for a film of my choice for a club night in Budapest, Hungary called Cinetrip. At the time I was really starting to explore psychedelia through digging trips in the US and Canada and thought this would an ideal way to soundtrack something weird and wild that would hold the attention without too much dialogue.

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Sometime around the late 80’s I’d taped The Monkees’ freak film flop from TV as it intrigued me when reading the blurb. I was pretty confounded by it, this wasn’t the squeaky clean boy band with the ‘here we come…’ hi-jinx of their Saturday morning TV series. This contained cut up sequences, solarized freak outs, Vietnam war commentary and more fourth wall-breaking than you could shake the dandruff out of your hair to. It made no sense, consisted of an ever-changing series of completely different scenes designed to link songs and concepts together before looping back on itself and returning to the start. There was little plot to follow, just The Monkees as they jumped from genre to genre, location to location, costume change to character evolution.

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Music choice ranged from present day right back to the 60s, a psychedelic flavour of course but elements of library, soundtracks, jazz, electronics, trip hop and spoken word to fill the few talking moments all fitted over an over-evolving selection that was refined each time I played it. After the initial performance I severely reworked the parts for The Big Chill Festival where it had evolved into a three turntable and FX performance that was so complex and stressful to perform that my legs weirdly seized up the minute I’d finished the set! I did another nine performances – mostly in the UK and Ireland but also playing at the Portuguese short film festival to a bemused audience – until it was retired in 2005.

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After this I decided to preserve the set by making a DVD with both the original and my alternate soundtrack selectable via the audio menu, adding in some of the original film dialogue in the edit to mesh the sound and vision together a little more. The disc came wrapped in mirror board card to mimic the original soundtrack LP packaging and included a random flyer from one of the nine different cigarette card-sized ones made for the Dublin performance. These were sold online via the Ninja Tune forum and later on I uploaded the whole thing to the Internet Archive for posterity. This mix has never been put up solo on the web and I’ve never done a track listing for it, preferring for people to have to work it out. Sometimes it’s good to have a mystery to dig into, although a lot of tracks are fairly obvious to anyone with a decent musical knowledge. Also I sampled a few bits later on…

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So here it is, sans the film of course, but that’s out there if you dig a little

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AI-generated comics, Dave McKean and Carson Grubaugh

McKean Prompt

“A few weeks ago having digested the implications of image creation AI, I decided I could either retire or respond. Here’s my response; a 96-page book of graphic shorts stories created in 12 days. Available at the end of July.” ~ Dave McKean

I’ve been very interested in, and using, AI-generated images since the turn of the year although I’ve not made a big deal out of it or posted much of the work in the way you’ll be seeing it on social media. It’s a fascinating and extremely powerful way of image creating which throws up all sorts of questions of ownership, copyright infringement and such. It’s a huge deal that will see an obvious visual shift across various mediums and another tool in the box of many creatives.
Rian Hughes and I have been trading thoughts and images on this back and forth and he highlighted another comic that purports to be the first of its kind with imagery generated entirely by AI algorithm by Carson Grubaugh. A four issue book due for release in October this year, ‘Abolition of Man’ was generated by lines taken from the C.S.Lewis book of the same name. It looks like it’s set to be beaten to the punch by McKean and, ironically, many of the images inside bear a strong resemblance to his regular non-AI-generated work.

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