The outer passes away; the innermost is the same yesterday, today, and forever

•September 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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A couple of things for you exploring innermost feelings from O Squared and Anderson M.

First, a mix from O Squared, which he describes as “The start of an inspirational set following a musical journey in Ibiza.” Frustratingly, there’s no track list. Although the set is tagged as techno it’s a more thoughtful mix than you might expect. There’s lots of delicate techno house, some tech house and a great deal of consideration in this mix.

Next, a free download from Ian M Anderson. Innermost is described as breaks/progressive house. That’s about right. The edge of hardness from the breaks offsets prog house’s tendency to wander. A kitchen groover.

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beer, beer we want more beer

•September 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Continuing yesterday’s alcohol theme, here’s Cobra from Martin Iverson, which claims to be named after the popular insipid Indian lager (you want a pale ale to go with that curry, sir). There’s nothing insipid about the track which is a gentle bit of house, taken to the next level through the clever use of kalimba and conga. Percussion heaven.

Cobra comes in three flavours. The best is XL which stretches out the groove, without ever getting too over-wrought. Perfect organic chilling music. Afefe Iku offers a more spaced out interpretation, with extra synth action. Finally, the demo version which shows more strongly the housey underpinnings.

Blurb: More entertaining music from ARCo. head honcho Martin Iveson aka Atjazz. This time in the form of his well sought after ‘Cobra’, a song inspired by Indian Beer, yes!, it’s that basic. This song has been for the most of 2013 & 2014 rocking festival dance-floors, clubs & boat parties worldwide and Martin has kept this well polished jewel under his belt for quite some time. Backing Cobra up with a strong percussive backbone is the one and only Gabrielle Poso, a Yoruba Records regular and a dam fine human being, Clicking out Kalimba loops & conga rhythms really helps cobra to enter into an organic realm. Pulling up along side Martin and dropping and amazingly well crafted deep workout is Yoruba Records’ very own Afefe Iku. A man who does not remix songs willy-nilly and a man that is quite difficult to pin down, Afefe Iku’s tight hold over his sonic output makes this collaboration nothing but an honour for all of us at Atjazz Record Company.

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Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar

•September 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Apparently, he could drink you under the table*. When not drinking he was concerned with ontology or being. That anxiety about being and what is revealed or not revealed is explored in Heidiggerian Angst from Irregular Expression. This manages to combine those natural soulmates existentialist philosophy with instrumental hip hop for the terminally blunted.

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@sensori-collective X Con Design House present “Habitation”

An instrumental hip-hop project composed of a selection of artists with one thing in common… we all inhabit the same space on this earth — San Diego. Each artist provides a unique take on this ever expanding genre and with blends of sounds and textures, offers a brief glimpse into their worlds.

Tapes and digital DL available here: sensoricollective.bandcamp.com/album/habitation

An acquired taste

•September 20, 2014 • 1 Comment

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There’s something to admire about Matt Johnson’s tenacity, given The The has been going since 1979. But there’s an awkwardness and stiffness to his dance funk that makes so much of his output easier to acknowledge intellectually than engage emotionally. It’s therefore a pleasure to find this Slow Waves ‘zoney’ dub of Giant as a free download. I always want Matt to chill out a bit and loosen up. That’s what this dub version does, brilliantly. Lets the track unclench and enjoy itself. Classy.

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Here’s another version of Giant from DJ Food. This 2011 remix of the track, featured reprised vocals from Matt Johnson and got released alongside the original for Record Store Day this year.

 

Sound Of Sheffield Vol. 03

•September 20, 2014 • 1 Comment

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I know we had some The Black Dog yesterday but here’s some more. Not out until October, here are previews for Sound of Sheffield Vol. 03. Darker than yesterday’s offering, this is music for dank, clanking clubs and dungeons.

Pre-order here

And if that’s not enough a free download of their latest radio show

Blurb: Vol. 03 of The Black Dog’s Sound Of Sheffield takes a twist in tone but still has its eye clearly on the dance floor, crafting sounds taken from around their studio in Sheffield.

This release delivers two brand new cuts and a live version taken from Trouw. Fraction Slide is built for the darkest of dance chambers: mind bending bass and drums that hit you in the head while the lead synth leaves a dirty 8-bit wound. In contrast, Riser takes tBd’s work with strings, bass and grooves back to early SoYo with sounds explored by the likes of The Human League and Heaven 17.

Fraction Slide Live @Trouw is taken from a set they are constantly asked to release, recorded downstairs on a massive sound system with no lights, it leaves you with no doubts.

Werk​+​Play

•September 19, 2014 • 1 Comment

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New EP from The Black Dog to support their machinewerks project. This is dark ambient techno.

Atavistic Resurgence (Live Mix) has that classic SoYo Black Dog sound. Techno with a serious face coming from the dark side but managing to be quite danceable. For The Love of Megatron is more in a machine music vein. Wrong Pocket is that brilliant off-kilter ambient sound which I can listen to for ages. A little bit of Mmmm Skyscraper I Love You and even a bit of joy. Lovely track. Theme For The Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire is disappointingly brass band free. Less a hymn to the people than a piano-led lament.

Underworld vs The Misterons

•September 18, 2014 • 2 Comments

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Why didn’t anyone tell me? On 11 October, Underworld are playing at the Royal Festival Hall to celebrate the release of the remastered dubnobasswithmyheadman on 6 October for its 20th anniversary. Obv the RFH has sold out. But the remastered album comes with a whole bunch of unreleased and alternate mixes (see below).

You don’t need me to tell you how good this landmark 1994 album was, albeit that I was less taken with it than D was at the time. But time has been kinder to it than some of the other releases of that era. Alongside the release is an hour’s worth of streaming stuff saved from the cutting room floor “While compiling the 20th anniversary edition of “dubnobass…” the misterons kept a watchful eye on the music that never made the official release… Here’s a peak at what they found.” It’s a quite brilliant, often quite laid back, companion to the proper release

If that weren’t enough, there’s also

Underworld – Cowgirl (Alt Cowgirl C69 Mix from A1564)

Original album tracklisting:

1.DARK & LONG
2.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU
3.SURFBOY
4.SPOONMAN
5.TONGUE
6.DIRTY EPIC
7.COWGIRL
8.RIVER OF BASS
9.M.E

Extra disc tracklistings:

Deluxe CD2:

1. ECLIPSE
2. REZ
3. DIRTY
4.DARK & LONG (DARK TRAIN)
5.SPIKEE
6. CONCORD (3 Comp75 id9 A1771 Aug 93A)
7. CAN YOU FEEL ME? (from A4796)
8.BIRDSTAR (A1558 Nov 92B.1)

Super Deluxe CD2 Singles 1991 – 1994

1.THE HUMP (WILD BEAST)
2.ECLIPSE (released as Lemon Interrupt)
3. REZ
4. DIRTY (released as Lemon Interrupt)
5.DIRTYGUITAR
6.DARK & LONG (HALL’S EDIT)
7.DARK & LONG (DARK TRAIN)
8.SPIKEE

Super Deluxe CD3 Remixes 1992 – 1994

1.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU (JAM SCRAPER)
2.COWGIRL (IRISH PUB IN KYOTO MIX)
3.DARK & LONG (MOST ‘OSPITABLE MIX)
4.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU (TELEGRAPH 16.11.92)
5. DARK & LONG (BURTS MIX)
6.DOGMAN GO WOOF
7. DARK & LONG (THING IN A BOOK MIX)

Super Deluxe CD4 Previously Unreleased Recordings 1991 – 1993

1.CONCORD (3 Comp75 id9 A1771 Aug 93A)
2.DARK & LONG(1struffid3A15512)
3.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU (A1765 Sky Version id4. Harmone6 COMP43)
4.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU (After sky id6 1551 2)
5.CAN YOU FEEL ME? (from A4796)
6. BIRDSTAR (A1558 Nov 92B.1)
7.DIRTY EPIC (Dirty Ambi Piano A1764 Oct 91)
8.SPOONMAN (version1 A1559 Nov92)
9.ORGAN (Eclipse version from A4796)
10.COWGIRL(AltCowgirlC69MixfromA1564)

CD5 Live Jam Kyme Road (Previously Unreleased Live Rehearsal at Lemonworld Studio, 1993)

1.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU
2.IMPROV 1
3.BIGMOUTH
4.IMPROV 2
5.BIG MEAT SHOW
6.IMPROV 3
7.SPOONMAN

 
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