The Human League return with a fantastic new single that is, to all intents and purposes, the follow-up to 1980's Sound Of The Crowd from the seminal Dare LP. Night People is released with a plethora of mixes through Wall Of Sound Records this week. For my money the Emperor Machine remix is the pick of the bunch with its Moroder and Kraftwerk flourishes. Smashing.
Legendary US DJ and producer Dave Dresden has been a fixture in East Coast clubs for nearly two decades. His recent November mix is cracking fun while his re-rub of the best track (IMHO) from LCD Soundsystem's This Is It album, Hit gives the track a welcome tribal edge.
November Mix Tracklisting
1. The Limousines - Internet Killed the Video Star - Tommie Sunshine's Brooklyn Fire Remix
2. Roy Rosenfeld - Balloons
3. Hybrid - Disappear Here - Antix Remix
4. Martin Solveig - Hello - Michael Woods Dub Mix
5. Dennis Ferrer - The Red Room - Objectivity Vocal Mix
The exact mid-point between De La Soul's Daisyage sampledelia and N.W.A.'s gangsta tales of the street, East-Coast group EPMD influenced a generation of hip hop crews. Here's their first underground hit from 1988, Strictly Business, the title track from their brilliant debut album. Great lo-fi vid, too!
This superb slice of maximum RnB from Nuggets/garagerock legends the Sonics turned up on the James 'LCD' Murphy-curated Greenberg soundtrack recently and sounds as amazing as ever. Not surprising that James chose it as he namechecked (3 times) the Tacoma, WA 5 piece on his brilliant hipster-baiting anthem, 'Losing My Edge'.
We are delighted to be taking part in the Oxjam Kilburn Takeover event next Saturday (23rd October). We'll be putting on an Afterparty at the excellent King's Head bar on Kilburn High Road bringing our regulation mix of the musical unexpected to this fantastic festival. We're on 10-2. More details on our FB Event page.
Tickets to the Takeover event are £10 in advance which gets you into the whole shebang (including our afterparty!). Entry to our shindig is 3 quid. More details from the Oxjam Kilburn site.
To put you in the mood we've also put together a Spotify playlist of H.O.M. classics. Click here to listen.
Have been really enjoying the Maximum Balloon album by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek and featuring a cavalcade of guest stars including Little Dragon and Karen O. I particularly like David Byrne's turn on 'Apartment Wrestling' here in Prince Klassen edit form.
I put together another mix today for your delectation and delight. Hope you like ... :)
1. Chromeo - Don't Turn The Lights On (Christian Martin Remix)
2. Pr1nc 3 - Hot Thing (Dub)
3. Yoko Ono - Give Me Something (Junior Boys Remix)
4. Young & Peoples - I Like What You're Doing To Me
5. The Detachments - H.A.L. (Andrew Weatherall Dub)
6. Konk - Your Life
7. Crazy P - Caught Up (Still Going Dub)
8. KLF - What Time Is Love? (Live At The Land Of Oz 1989)
9. In Flagrante - Brash & Vulgar (Disco 3000 Re-edit)
10. Funboy 3 - Faith & Hope & Charity
11. Simian Mobile Disco - Cruel Intentions (Greg Wilson Re-Edit)
12. Haircut 100 - Ski Club Of Gt. Britain (DJ Shawn Ryan Edit)
King of the re-edit Norwegian spacecadet Todd Terje put on a fine show when he played at London's Secretsundaze earlier this year. The set was captured by Red Bull Academy Radio and sits alongside several other fine TT mixes on their site.
Can't speak highly enough of Red Bull A's fantastic website. Featuring the cream of today's DJs alongside interviews with legends as diverse as Afrika Bambaataa, Todd Edwards, Pet Shop Boys and Carl Craig, it's a rollicking good listen. Click here to have a look.
Big Boi from Outkast's underrated recent LP, Sir Lucious Left Foot, went under a few people's radar when it was released a few weeks back. The single Shutterbug in particular was a real highlight and deserved to do better.
Here it is in (hotter than hot) remix form, re-rubbed by Jack Beats and right now appearing in fashionable DJ sets across the globe.
With the new Tron film and accompanying Daft P soundtrack coming up on the horizon, my thoughts turned to the original French discotechnorobots, Space. And no, not the Tom Jones Tom Jones Female Of The Species Scousers!
Dating from 1977, their debut LP Magic Fly and its title track started off the Spacedisco offshoot and sits alongside those other '77 electronica masterpieces, Trans Europe Express and I Feel Love.
Have a look at the video for Magic Fly and see just how influential they were on Messieurs Bangalter & de Homem Christo...
London-based DJs and producers Steve Nolan and Sam Willis (better known as Allez-Allez) have been tearing up dancefloors across the capital and beyond while making some of the most intriguing new releases around on the Kompact-related Boxer Recordings label (including last year's storming 'Defeatest' single).
Their now-legendary blog has been host to some of the finest mixes on all the interwebs with the likes of Hot Chip, Four Tet, Andrew Weatherall, Lindstrom, Optimo, Ewan Pearson and Joakim all having contributed exclusive sets.
This weekend they will be rocking the Stop Making Sense Festival in Croatia (situated on a woody peninsula in the small village of Petrčane on its stunning Adriatic coast) which is sure to be an incredible event.
To whet your appetite for that, here's their recent and very decent remix of Walls' 'Hang Four'.
Soon-to-be-huge London production duo Mighty Mouse have put together a rather nice summery mixtape over on their Soundcloud page featuring some lovely tunage including 40 Thieves' brilliant 'Don't Turn It Off', the Chicken Lips version of Bell X1 'Flame' and the evergreen 90's banger 'Is there Anybody Out There' by the Bassheads.
Full tracklisting: 1. Naomi 'Note We Never Play' 2. Quasifunk 'Dancing In The Jungle' 3. Douze 'Les Paradis Artificiels' 4. Clock Opera 'A Piece Of String' (Magnets Remix) 5. Blamma Blamma 'Beyong 17' (Mighty Mouse's Lost in Space Remix) 6. Jaga Jazzist 'Banabfluer Overalt' (Prins Thomas Diskmiks) 7. Bell X1 'Flame' (Chicken Lips Version) 8. 4Tech & Nano Tech 'I I I' (Original Mix) 9. 40 Thieves feat, Qzen 'Don't Turn It Off' (Original Version) 10. Stefano E Bene & Hard Ton 'Why Your Love' (Katzbatz Remix) 11. Bassheads 'Is The Anybody Out There) 12. Kitkalitto feat. Petteri Sariola 'Traveler' 13. Health 'Nice Girls' (Little Loud Remix) 14. Severed Heads 'Dead Eyes Opened'
The Hollies (yes, those Hollies!) unleashed a Balearic-before it was-Balearic classic in 1980 in the shape of this slice of Disco heaven. A popular cut at David Mancuso's legendary Loft nights in NYC, so I'm told read!
Thanks to a contributor to the ever-wonderful Popular blog for bringing this fantastic tune to my attention.
Brilliant Radio 4 documentary examining the phenomenon of crate digging. Contains a superb sequence of Coldcut running through all the samples from their mix of Paid In Full in real time (just before the halfway mark).
Thanks to the excellent speechification blog (see link to show below).
Quite simply one of the best and most underrated bands of all time. Looks like we're going to get some new material from Edwyn soon, too :) PLEASE Universal, put out the original OJ albums - it's time they got their propers!!!
... thought is was about time for a bit of Orange J love what with all the talk of The Drums ...
Fantabulous mix for Fabric from Prince Language who's been doing some Stirling remix work for Juan Maclean (Happy House), LCD (45:33) and the Droyds (All I Ever Wanted). sadly no tracklisting but just the thing for a sunny Friday!
Ever wondered what those infernal Stars On 45 Proto Megamix records would have sounded like minus the dreadful cover version bits (well, I have!). Well, wonder no more!! There is a rather ace little disco chugger in there and Trons DJ Edit brings it out - I knew it all along!:)
One of the hottest remixes in the world right now from production duo and all-round midas-touched maestros Holy Ghost!. This rmx of Monarchy's 'Love Get Out Of My Way' has more than a passing resemblance to one of house music's very early classics and one of my fave tunes, 'Trapped' by Colonel Abrams. Or maybe it's just me ...
Been a fan of the Revenge's excellent mixes and also his cracking re-edits ever since I heard his brilliant re-work of Hot Chocolate's Heaven Is The Back Seat Of My Cadillac last year. Here's a great mix from the RVNG's Soundcloud page alongside that fantastic Hot Choc Remix/edit.
1. James Brown - Dead On It (U-Tern Edit) - CDR
2. Isaac Hayes - Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile (Harri & The Revenge Edit) - CDR
3. Casinoboy - Serious - Jisco
4. Rick Wilhite - Ruby Nights (Gilb-r Solo Flight remix) - Third Ear
5. Brother D with Collective Effort - Dib-Be-Dib-Be-Dize (Harri Edit) (Recut) - CDR
6. Black Ivory - Mainline (The Revenge Edit) - CDR
7. The Revenge - Get Up On It - Five20East
8. Andy Ash - Mason In My Basin - L.E.S.S.
9. Popular People's Front - My Baby Stays Out All Night - PPF
10. Andy Ash - Night - Five20East
11. Marius Varied - Disco Drummer - Maxi Discs
12. Craig Smith & The Revenge - Miss World (Demo Mix) - CDR
13. The Revenge - It's Your Hangover - CDR
14. Leroy Hanghofer - Pin - Gomma
15. The Mole - Knock Twice - Wagon Repair
16. Shahrokh Sound Of K - Love Happens - Compost Black
17. Craig Smith & The Revenge - The Soul Part II - Delusions Of Grandeur
18. KLF - 3am Eternal - KLF Communications
London duo Tape To Tape bring the disco goodness on their new In The Mini Mix. Check out their excellent 'Devil Made Me Do It' (on Headman's Relish label) single over on their Soundcloud page.
1.b beat girls : for the same man ( accapella )
2.unknown artist : woman of candy
3.pollyester: german love affair( hal tabac mix )
4.kza : unfaithfull ( fernando remix )
5.headman : private show ( tape to tape remix I )
6.gothernergy : revenge mix 7.dj kaos : rough side
8.glimpse : if i was your girl ( simon baker remix )
9.this aint chicago : ride the rhythm
10.justin martin : get low
11.yazoo : situation ( hercules and love affair remix )
12.justus kohnkce : its gona be alright ( dirk leyers mix )
Malcolm Mclaren's genius was for shining a spotlight on previously hidden corners of the musical world (usually for his own self aggrandisement it has to be said!) and the project which probably best typifies this I reckon is his 1983 album, 'Duck Rock'. Containing some of the first mainstream excursions into "World Music" ('Double Dutch' and 'Soweto') and the seminal 'Buffalo Girls' it also brought the World Famous Supreme Team (and NYC HipHop radio culture)to the world's attention with the WFST acting as the hosts of the globe trotting Duck Rock radio show. Here's their single, 'Hey DJ' which (kind of) first appeared on the album and has been sampled by all manner of artists.
Listening to the new LCD Soundsystem album today (it's a good 'un btw) got me thinking how the post-punk/punkfunk era is still resonating with bands today. A great example of such punk-funk brilliance is Shriekback's 1982 classic My Spine Is The Bassline whose echoes can still be felt today (and on a couple of the LCD tracks!).
1.jacques renault : norma's fire
2.inflagranti : ex ex ex ( hercules and love affair mix )
3.sana doris : pseudo wind
4.who made who : i lost my voice ( golden bug remix )
5.the juan maclean : the future will come ( canyons mix )
6.black van : yearning
7.headman: private show ( tape to tape remix I )
8.simian mobile disco : cruel intentions ( dj pierre remix )
9.reese and santonio : rock to the beat
10.hard ton : flawless ( snuff crew remix )
11.mock n toof : farewell to wendall ( kink and neville watson remix )
12.headman : private show ( tape to tape remix II )
13.shadow dancer : biscayne
14. harvey presents locossolus : gunship
We're back on the decks this Saturday (20th March) at Oxford's fantastic Baby Simple bar from 9 til 2. To wet your whistle for the night, here's one of them there Spotify playlists for ya. Have a listen here.
Hot new Belgian things Villa (great name!) are carving a rather splendid niche for themselves remixing Dan Le Sac, Moby and the Golden Filter to great effect. Here's a recent mix of theirs.
Hardton - Music
Black Van - Yearning
Breakbot - Bay I'm Yours
Golden Bug - Flamingo
Tom Trago - Over & Edit
Robbie Williams - Last Days Of Disco (Still Going Remix)
Headman - Private Show (Tape to Tape Mix)
Late Of The Pier - Best In The Class (Soulwax Remix)
Crookers - Cooler (Junkie XL Remix)
Gorillaz - Stylo (Alex Metric Remix)
Acid Washed - General Motors Detroit America
Dan Le Sac & Scroobius Pip - Get Better - Villa DUB
The Scream at the absolute peak of their powers from the brilliant 'Dixie-Narco' EP. The Primals are playing their truly seminal and greatest album, 1991's 'Screamdelica' at Olympia in London in November this year. Should be a belter.
A track now that was light years ahead of its time and incredibly influential (just play back to back with Blue Monday!). The perfect meeting of Giorgio Moroder's electronics and Donna Summer's soulful vocal this under-appreciated gem dates, amazingly, from 1979!
Aeroplane "Chart Mix" January 2010 by Aeroplane
Another in their monthly series of fantastic "Chart Mixes" by those ever-excellent Italo-Belgos Aeroplane. C'mon lads, when are we going to get an album out of you? :)
One of DFA Records new Young Turks, NYC duo Holy Ghost! look set to be one of the stars of 2010 with a string of great remixes (in particular Phoenix's 'Listomania' and Moby's 'I Like To Move In Here') and a handful of great singles. While we wait for new stuff here's a smashing little mix the lads made for Red Bull Radio.
Martin Circus - Disco Circus - Ballroom
Trusme - Tony Does What Tony Wants - Still Love 4 Music
Neighbourhood Romeo - Laura Winslow - Homebreakin
Runaway - Ain't Afraid To Beg - Wurst
Barfly - Street Talk - Rong
Home Video - Penguin (Loving Hand Remix) - Defend Music
Elitechnique - Fingerfood (Major Swellings Miks) - Clone
Lee Douglas - New York Story - Rong
Drrtyhaze - Drrtyhaze Groove - Tirk
Talking Heads - I Zimbra (Peter Black Remix) - Unknown
!!! - Hello? Is This Thing On? (Rub N Tug Mix) - Touch & Go
One of the great producers Willie Mitchell died last week aged 81. Best-known for his work as the house producer for the legendary Memphis label Hi-Records where he made such crucial cuts as 'I Can't Stand The Rain' with Ann Peebles and 'Take Me To the River' with Syl Johnson. He was also an artist in his own right producing a string of fabulous funky instrumentals which still fill floors at Northern Soul clubs to this day.
His greatest work was however with Al Green in the 1970s where he was at the controls for a series of wonderful albums from 'Al Green Is Blues' through to 'Have A Good Time' in 1976.
From the rather underrated 'Full Of Fire' LP, here's the superb title track.
Roisin Murphy returns with new material for a new decade. It's been a couple of years since her criminally overlooked but influential (hello, Miss Gaga) 'Overpowered' album and the new single 'Momma's Place' (released on 18th Jan) with its wicked old skool house vibe bodes well for a new RM LP in '010.
Following on from their superb Ze Records 30th Anniversary retrospective, the ever-excellent Strut Records have commissioned some smoking Ze re-edits from some of the biggest names around. Highlights include respected disco editist Greg Wilson's tweak of Was (Not Was)'s 'Tell Me That I'm Dreamin', Todd Terje's sublime re-working of Gichy Dan's 'Friendly Children' and a wicked dubbed-up version of Kid Creole's 1982 smash 'Annie, I'm Not You're Daddy'. Have a listen to the whole LP on Spotify here.