01 The Dandelion Set – Game Plan 02 The Dandelion Set – The Third Programme 03 John Barry – 007 & Counting 04 Minny Pops – Kojak 05 Diplo – Sarah 06 Cecil Leuter & Georges Teperino – Electro Sounds No 8 07 Visitors – Visitors 08 Egg – Long Piece No 3 Part 2 09 Casualties of Jazz – Luke’s Wall/War Pigs 10 Flaming Lips – Are You A Hypnotist? 11 Schnauser – I Wuv You Mummy 12 Jon Poole – Swim My Own Blood 13 Bigga Productions – Cyclogyro 14 Lisa Carbon – Dry Clean America 15 Suicide – Rocket USA 16 Craig Armstrong – Starless II
1) Game Plan – The Dandelion Set 2) imagination – Sun Ra 3) Murder – Giles, Giles & Fripp 4) Harps Ascend – The Dandelion Set 5) Apricot – John Greaves & Peter Blegvad 6) Another Suburban Romance horns intro – 7) Catharsis – Barry Forgie 8) Lightworks – Raymond Scott (J Dilla rework) 9) Mongoose – Eden Abhez 10) Jazz Robot – James Beige 11) Songs of Innocence – David Axelrod 12) Duty free – Janko Nilovic 13) 9 Regal – The Dandelion Set 14) The Ice Cream Man Song (demo) – Wendy & Bonnie 15) Cosmic ice-cream van – The Dandelion Set 16) L’antartique – François de Roubaix 17) Geradewohl – Roedelius 18) Vitamin C – Can 19) The Plum Blossom – Yusef Lateef 20) Chemistry – Jon Hassell & Brian Eno 21) You can fall – Broadcast 22) Bloom – The Dandelion Set 23) The Cast & Crew (extract) – Nilsson
01 Theme from ‘Game Plan’ – The Dandelion Set
02 Radio Sweden interval signal
03 Cosmic Ice Cream Van (extract) – The Dandelion Set
04 Death Wish – Geoff Love & his Orchestra
05 Nem Erdekel Amit Mondsz – Illes
06 Primitive Spirit – Raymond Guiot & Guy Pedersen
07 Prologue – Pierre Henry
08 Sonic Re-entry – Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan
09 Along came Sam – Spleen
10 Rainbows -Madvillain
11 Altarra, Princess of the Blue Women – Julian’s Treatment
12 Sonne= Blackbox – Ursula Bogner
13 Glass Menagerie Fantasies – Bobb Trimble
14 Love without Sound – White Noise
15 Emperor’s Main Course – Kid Koala
16 I Spy- Dick Hyman
17 Riding Tigers -Slapp Happy & Henry Cow
18 Man from Nowhere – Jack Arel
19. Singing in the Dark – Bruno Spoerri
20 Xylophagus – Eddie Warner
21. Pamela – Ultimate Spinach
22. Wild Trumpets – Pierre Dutour
23 Speck Vormess – Fid Mella
24 Danse & Atoms – Focus Group
25 Holy Wood – The Dandelion Set
01 The Dandelion Set – Theme from Gameplan 02 Broadcast – The Equestrian Vortex 03 Kalyanji Anandj – Instrumental Music From Rafoo Chakkar 04 Mandingo – War Dance 05 Frank Sumatra & The Mob – The Story So Far 06 Spratley’s Japs – Vine 07 Faust – J’ai Mal Au Dents (J’ai Mal Au Pieds Aussi) 08 The Focus Group – Lifting Away 09 Cogs In Cogs Fanfare (Live 1975) 10 Cogs In Cogs (album version) 11 Gracious – Hell (introduction) 12 Frank Zappa – White Ugliness 13 Gracious – Hell 14 Soft Machine – Helloder/Dada Was Here 15 The Dandelion Set – Cold Heater 16 Henry Cow – Deluge 17 Albert Marcoeur – Tu Tapes Trop Fort 18 The Who – Underture 19 Deerhoof – Numina O 20 Modified Toy Orchestra – Toy RIff I.C. 21 Broadcast – Minim 1 22 Frank Zappa – My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama 23 The Dandelion Set – Theme From Gameplan
01 Gameplan -The Dandelion Set 02 ext from ‘The Third Man’ 03 Title- Bruno Spoerri 04 Hollywood- Ak-Momo 05 Little Red Riding Hood hits the road – Robert Wyatt 06 Now Boarding/The Arrival – Hong Kong in the 60’s 07 Primitive London 1 -Basil Kirchin 08 Cosmic ice-cream van -The Dandelion Set 09 Hu-huhu – Fid Mella 10 G.P.O. Tower – Dudley Moore Trio including extract from 1970’s marijuana warning commercial 11 Teen tonic – Pierre Henry & Michel Colombier 12 The Garden of Earthly Delights – United states of america 13 Brink of Death – Childe Harold 14 Postaeolian Train Robbery – Cos 15 Simple Animal – Nathan Michel 16 Primitive London 6 – Basil Kirchin 17 Maypole – Magnet 18 Elegant Elephant- Broadcast 19 1000 Strands -The Dandelion Set 20 Ole Woam – Brenk 21 Ext. from Birdman -McDonald & Giles 22 Fitter Stoke Has a Bath – Hatfield & the North 23 Ext. from The American way of love – The United States of America
01 The Advisory Circle – Now Ends the Beginning
02 Bedazzled OST – Moon Time
03 Hidden Orchestra – Fourth Wall
04 Prince Fatty – Shimmy Shimmy Ya
05 Les Nubians – Makeda [DJ Spinna and Ticklah Mix]
06 Basic Hip – Del Close & John Brent
07 Letta Mbulu – What Is Wrong With Groovin
08 Badume’s Band & Selamnesh Zemene – Antchi Bizu
09 Bobby Womack – California Dreamin
10 Ray Cathode – Waltz In Orbit
11 Dollboy – Friendly Borders
12 Broadcast – Black Cat
13 Terry Thomas – Bring Back The Cat
14 Zombie Zombie – Assault On Precinct 13
15 MF Doom – Orris Root
16 Lone – Sea Spray
17 Mala – Como Como
18 Geode – Get Dem (Calski Rmx)
19 The Focus Group – Starry Wisdom
20 The Dandelion Set – Cosmic Variations
…speaking of the Dandelion Set, here’s couple of new vids we’ve made:
This is inevitably something of a snapshot of some of the tunes that have floated my boat during the past 12 months (regardless of when they were released). I have intentionally left out tracks that I’ve included on previous mixes – many of which could have qualified for this end of year round-up.
Here’s the tracklist followed by some background info:
1. Scrimshire – Sonolo 2. Super Hi Fi – March of the Frogs (Myles Boisen Mix) 3. Fid Mella – Marling 4. Little Brother – Lovin It (instrumental) 5. Prince Fatty – Shimmy Shimmy 6. Hot 8 Brass Band – Ghost Town 7. Jneiro Janel – Lock Down 8. Brenk – Concrete Jungle 9. Soul Sugar – Bon Esprit (alt mix) 10. Deerhoof – Flower 11. Paper Plane – What You Want 12. Andres – Step To The Side 13. Al Hirt – Senteries Charge (DJ Buzz & Preddy Edit) 14. Broadcast & The Focus Group – The Be Colony 15. Alice Russell – Got the Hunger (Ticklah remix) 16. dZihan & Kamien – Rockit 17. James Beige – 7 Brides 18. Paulo Zavallone – Papillon Rouge 19. James Johnston – Faces & Traces of Home 20. Scrimshire – All I Do (feat. Stac) 21. Brims – Anti Gandja 22. Cosmin TRG – Negligee 23. Lee Fields – Steam Train 24. Shark Move – Evil War 25. Ilaiyaraaja : S.P. Sailaja & Malaysia Vasudevan – Nettrikan – Raja Rani Jaaki 26. Bappi Lahiri – He Met Me In The Guest House 27. Wendy & Bonnie – It’s What’s Really Happening 28. Ennio Morricone – Adonai 29. Andres – Set U Free 30. Cosmin TRG – Broken Heart (Martyns DCM remix) 31. Ruff Sqwad – Xtra
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Scrimshire is a name I’d noticed here and there but not really checked out his stuff till I stumbled across his very lovely re-edit of Stevie Wonder’s Golden Lady. He’s recently released a free mini-album of tracks that didn’t make it onto his “The Hollow” album. He’s also part of the Wah Wah 45 label which in itself is a recommendation.
The Everlasting Mountain is an interesting blog he’s written about aspects of the creative and recording process, well worth a look.
I’ve included two tracks from this ep, Sonolo for it’s widescreen production and shimmering strings, and All I Do, more of which later.
Super Hi Fi – March of the Frogs (Myles Boisen Mix)/Soul Sugar Bon Esprit (Alternate Mix)
“Dis s Good For You” is a nice new afro-flavoured comp from the Paris DJs with some excellent full live afrobeat, funk and reggae tracks.
Fid Mella – Marling/Brenk – Concrete Jungle
Vienna beat-smiths Fid Mella and Brenk Sinatra have been among my most-played this year, hence this track and Concrete Jungle. Fid Mella’s album “Tatas Plottn” (“Daddy’s Discs”) melds his characteristic beat-chopping with a whole bunch of early 70s prog rock, soul and reggae samples, an irresistible combination to these ears.
DJing in Turkey recently I heard these amazing 9th Wonder beats for the first time, sampling The Stylistics heart-rending “One Night Affair”.
Prince Fatty – Shimmy Shimmy Ya
This HAS to be in the playlist a) because it was on Breaking Bad, TV’s own version of crystal meth for straight up addictive qualities and b) because I’ve only just come across Prince Fatty, contemporary dub-meister, in the spirit of the true Jamaican originals. Also just found out it’s an Old Dirty Bastard cover – who’da thunk it?
Hot 8 Brass Band – Ghost Town
Blaring brass and a classic Specials song – nuff said.
Jneiro Janel – Lock Down
Still haven’t got to grips with his collab with Doom, which on paper should be amazing but hasn’t quite hit the spot yet, but here he is on his own doing the biz.
Deerhoof – Flower
Deerhoof still get frequent plays in my day to day travels and their new album Breakup Song is a fine return to form.
Paper Plane Project – What You Want
Feelgood beats and hip hop from Sydney, Australia,
Andres is a producer with a large body of work behind him on both a beats and a house tip. Couldn’t resist his Step to the Side track which samples Roundabout by Yes nor the more uptempo Set U Free.
Al Hirt – Senteries Charge (DJ Buzz & Preddy Edit)
Another tune I picked up in Turkey played by our wonderful host Ahmet Gunes.
Al Hirt was an American trumpet playerwho was nicknamed ‘Jumbo’ and ‘The Round Mound of Sound’. This cut is an edit by Dj Buzz & Preddy, yet more Viennese taste-makers who form part of the Waxolutionistscrew.
Two great friends of mine who are based in Basel, Switzerland and this is a track from their new mini-album Return of Make Believe. Look out for their DJ sets as Golightly and the Duke of Tunes.
Paulo Zavallone – Papillon Rouge
Hard-pressed to choose a favourite library track from the vast amount out there but 2012 was the year I finally got all three of the excellent Music For Dancefloors series on Strut, of which this was the latest.
James Johnston – Faces & Traces of Home
Nice slow burner from the Boogie Originals geezer, see also 6th Borough Project, The Revenge and OOFT!
Scrimshire – All I Do (feat. Stac)
Had to include this as it appears to be a faithful cover of Tammi Terrell’s “All I Do Is Think About You”, as sampled by Medlar on his exquisite Terrell tune, which really should be in this playlist too.
Brims – Anti Gandja/Shark Move – Evil War
Another superb release from Now Again, this time a collection of proggy rock and raw funk from Indonesia, called Those Shocking Shaking Days. Love the extreme Ozzy soundalike on Evil War.
Cosmin TRG – Negligee/Broken Heart (Martyn’s DCM remix)
Another new find, Romanian producer Cosmin Nicolae started out doing dubstep as TRG then moved into D&B and is now heading more into techno and deep house.
Everything he produces seems to have a really fresh sound….the remix of his Broken Heart is a particular favourite.
Lee Fields – Steam Train
Thanks to Alex Cooper (Southsound radio) for this and quite a few other tunes I’ve got into this year. On the excellent Desco (now Daptone) label.
Ilaiyaraaja : S.P. Sailaja & Malaysia Vasudevan – Nettrikan – Raja Rani Jaaki/Bappi Lahiri – He Met Me In The Guest House
A short foray into Bolly-and Kollywood sounds courtesy Andy Votel’s ever-dependable Finders Keepers label. This music never fails to astonish and delight in equal measure. Maybe it’s because it’s composed as a movie score, I just love the way the tunes mutate and switch gear in such a seamless way.
Wendy & Bonnie – It’s What’s Really Happening
Another Andy Votel connection as he picked one of their tracks for his Folk Is Not A Four Letter Word comps. This sees the estranged 60s duo rocking out in a way that clearly was a major influence on Stereolab and Broadcast.
Ennio Morricone – Adonai
….speaking of whom this is the opening track on James Broadcast’s Mix for Outer Church, well worth checking for a diverse range of crazy Italian horror-related music.
Ruff Sqwad – Xtra
A late final addition of instrumental grime from an album perhaps surprising in it’s diversity and historical perspective on the evolution of 00s music…..thanks to these dedicated Fruity Loopers we now have the likes of Hudson Mohawke.
Just managed to catch the last showing of Peter Strickland‘s excellent new film Berberian Sound Studio at the Rex in Wareham, an original cinema staffed by volunteers with red velvet curtains and a cosy bar – the perfect place to see such a retro film.
Here’s an interview with Broadcast’s James Cargill who did much of the soundtrack (plus a great mix if some his top Italian film music) along with the late Trish Keenan, and here is a fascinating selection of some of Peter Strickland’s favourite film soundtracks.
Berberian Sound Studio itself is a must for any lover of analogue sound equipment, lovingly rendered in warm colours and the claustrophobic atmosphere of the studio itself, where melons are mashed, radishes ripped and moustachioed goblins and virginal maidens scream and skrike onto the sound track of an unseen Italian horror flick, or giallo, with shy, retiring and much put-upon sound engineer Gilderoy at the controls. The opening sequence (by Ghost Box/the Focus Group’s Julian House) of the film-within-a-film, The Equestrian Vortex is stunning, all blood-reds and Satanic blacks. You are definitely glad you don’t see any of the unspeakable horrors onscreen. The ending to me seemed slightly unsatisfying, but actually completely in keeping with that era of film, where it all goes a bit mystical and fades to white without any real explanation – a bit like 2001 A Space Odyssey. That said I’ll definitely watch it again.
And now a nice Super-8 film of some dogs from Peter Strickland’s blog:
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