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
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
(Hover over text for links)
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.
A day in the sickbed gives me the chance to trawl for new stuff including the new Jneiro Janel collab with Doom, aka JJ Doom on Lex Records.
Really interesting interview with JJ on how the album came together:
Well worth checking out JJ’s other stuff to – his aliases include Dr. Who Dat?, Capital Peoples, Panama Blaque, Rocque Wun, Mel Owens, Gwizzo, Phish Bone….
This is a track from the Three Piece Puzzle album:
Nice to check out some hip hop as I’ve been listening to loads of deep house of late, such as Detroit Swindle
Medlar (who also produces as Klic):
and Maxxi Soundsystem:
Also just stumbled across this great blaxploitation video for Luke Vibert’s Respectrum, one of the best tracks from his Toomorrow album:
Have to mention the new Deerhoof album Breakup Songs which I think is real return to form after the slightly disappointing Vs Evil – back to what they do best which is twisted pop songs with nagging hooks and amazing ideas. This is Fête D’Adieu with typically odd video full of them and their geeky mates dancing slo-mo:
My only gripe about Deerhoof’s last two albums is THE DRUMS AREN’T LOUD ENOUGH! Contrast and compare with this warped take on Free’s Alright Now, from Offend Maggie:
Still…..have a look at their FB page to see them in their home studio putting it all together. Apparently they had to avoid making noise which could explain the drums being a bit quiet.
My website is now live so apologies for any mishaps during the construction process. Meanwhile here’s the latest news:
After several month’s intensive studio work I finished my new album, “Music By The Yard” in early December and plan to release it as a download in January 2012, hopefully with a CD version following. It’s quite a departure from the previous stuff I’ve done – part beat-tape, part library resource, part abstract breaks/prog rock sampler. The album was created in a flurry of activity between February and December 2011 and features 23 tracks designed to be played in any order.
This is “6 Figure Some”
The album reflects a lot of the stuff I was getting into through 2011, starting with the huge effect Suite For Ma Dukes – an orchestral tribute to J Dilla:
had on me, which then took me back to the hip hop and gave me an appreciation I’d never really had before. I hope I’ve done this justice on the new album…here’s another tune, “The Karaoke Sauron”, named after Marina Hyde‘s acerbic take on the evil mastermind behind the X-Factor.
You can check out my latest Mixcloud session to get more of an idea where I’m coming from.
Another big influence – not only for hairy funk grooves, and prog stompers – but also for brevity of tracks – were Andy Votel’s epic mixes, especially Vertigo Mixed,
….the fuzzed up guitars, leaden drumbeats and wonky time-signatures really took me back to my youth, obsessively staring at the Vertigo spiral as it span on my parent’s radiogram and seemed to go into 3-D (without taking any drugs, honest)
on albums such as Black Sabbath and Gentle Giant’s first eponymous releases, the latter featuring this one:
…so it was quite buzz to hear that Madlib and MF Doom had sampled this track “Funny Ways” on their excellent Madvillainy album:
So the template for this record was essentially short tracks, textures, beat-heavy and with elements of prog rock, library music and LOTS of strings…and plenty of non 4/4 rhythms.
Above all 2011 has been the year I’ve started buying records (as opposed to CDs and mp3s) again, not only from carboots (although these have been particularly fruitful) but also seeking out second vinyl shops, which have been on the up this year. Like the fantastic Disc-O-Box shops in Weymouth and Blandford, Dorset. If you’re in the area, give them your support, they are an invaluable public service, with tons of great vinyl plus CDs and DVDs!
Early in the new year I’ll be posting a special mix of the album, interspersed with lots of spoken word snippets.
Meanwhile here’s another track – Horizontal Hold – with film shot on my Digital Harinezumi.
In London at the weekend for a rival wedding and a highlight of the day was parading from Sutton House to Chat’s Palace in Hackney, led by the Hackney Colliery Band – an eight-piece drum n brass outfit with a real ear for rousing tunes with bubbling bottom end, funky sousaphone and rampant snare.
Here’s them covering Toto’s Africa: don’t worry, it’s way more palatable than the original.
On the subject of funky sousaphone, or Sousaphunk as I like to call it, here’s the Diesler/BiggaBush remix of that track from the last Lightning Head album. I have a whole album’s worth of remixes from that period that for one reason or another never saw the light of day, so watch this space for more links and release info.
Other stuff that’s been floating my boat this week has been the amazing Madlib/MF Doom collab on Stones Throw from 2004, “Madvillainy”, and wouldn’t you know it, here’s the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble playing one of my top tunes from the album, called Rainbows:
Finally for some reason Hudson Mohawke came into my consciousness over the weekend, someone I originally heard on the excellent first Beat Dimensions comp. Here’s a typically crazy track, sort of Todd Rundgren on helium with gas mark 10 beats and full-on DX7s: