Friday, 23 November 2007

Let's revisit some of the classics...

...perhaps some of the blah blah blah

UK UK- lots and loads of old UK hip hop- late '80's to early '90's. RaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

Melancholy Flowers 1

Love Theme- Depeche Mode
Hurt- Johnny cash
Bitter Things- Christian Kleine
Sylvia- Jens Leckman
Truth (inst)- Dwele
The Heart Knows Better- David Sylvian
Love’s Gonna Getcha (inst)- Boogie Down Productions
Here I Am (Come and Take Me)- Al Green
Like Today (inst)- Atmosphere
Bitch Niggas (inst)- Dr Dre
(See the Sky) About to Rain- Neil Young
Live Water Bonus Beats- Sole
Ain't No Sunshine- Roland Kirk
Ain't No Sunshine- Bill Withers
Keep On Movin'- Soul II Soul
Jewlea- Machine Drum
Trouble, Heartache and Sadness- Ann Peebles
First Sleep- Cliff Martinez
Into the Night- Angelo Badalamenti
Stem/Long Stem- DJ Shadow
Glue- Arab Strap
Love is a Piece of Paper Torn to Bits- Charles Bukowski
The Light- Abfarht Hinwil
Over the Hillside- The Blue Nile
Grace- Hajime Mizoguchi
Impulsive Behavior- Xela
Left Only With Love- Smog
All Love Can Be- Beautiful Mind OST
Pearls- Sade
Last Trak- Plastikman
The Other Woman- Nina Simone
Gorecki- Lamb
Tombant- Biosphere
For the Good Times- Elvis Presley
Just Like You- Climber
Are You Lonesome Tonight?- Elvis Presley
Style it Takes- Lou Reed & John Cale
The Eternal- Joy Division
Peace of Mind (Jazz Edit)- Claro Intellecto
Something in the Way- Nirvana
This Love- Craig Armstrong
Peace of Mind- Clara Intelecto
A Wonderul Life- Carl Craig
Never Can Say Goodbye- Isaac Hayes
A Thousand Kisses Deep- Leonard Cohen
A Volume of Typefaces- The Boats
The Story- Maddslinky
Rise- Josh Rouse
J’ai Dormi Sous L’Eau- Air

Melancholy Flowers 2

Alan Watts- Divine Madness
Talk Talk- I Believe In You
Helios- Paper Tiger
Dub Tractor- Faster
Buck 65- Food (inst)
Bob Dylan- Don’t Fall Apart On Me
Stendec- Raine
Marc Almond- Ends In Tears
Manyfingers- Some Shield
Fila Brazilia- Return Of The Red Hot Brethren
Veda Brown- Living A Life Without Love
Eliot Lipp- Real Tragic
Tom Robinson Band- Long Hot Summer
Van Morrison- Warm Love
Sketchie- Suffragist Down
Andre Gurov- Relevation Of Wrath
James and Boby Purify- I’m Your Puppet
Lord Finesse- Yes You May (remix inst)
Lhasa- My Name
Johnny Osbourne- Give A Little Love
Scientist- Give A Little Love Dub
Barry Adamson- Hollywood Sunset
Clem Snide- Find Love
Scritti Politti- Petrococadollar
Billy Childish- The Humility Of Love
Jacob Golden- Dirty Snow
Arab Strap- Phone Me Tonight
Alias & Ehren- Lillian
Esmerine- While She Swallows Bullets and Stones
Hans Appelqvist- Grammofonnummer
Sufjan Stevens- That Dress Looks Nice On You
Savath & Savalas- Two Blues For Marion Brown
Caural- Sipping Snake Blood Wine (Savath & Savalas Mix)
Art Of Noise- Moments In Love
Zane Trow- Thirtithri
Silicon Scally- Toneworks
Brendon Anderegg- They’re Still Here
Jeff Klein- Nobody’s Favourite Girl
Ammoncontact- Barbeque Plate (Telefon Tel Aviv’s Last Supper remix)
John Martyn- Hurt In Your Heart
Bernard Purdie- Summer Melody
George Russell- You Are My Sunshine
Fat Jon- Romantic Misery
Tindersticks- My Oblivion
Aoki Takamasa- Fly Variation
Souad Massi- There’s Worse
2 Tall- Shifting Tides
Mark Eitzel- Anything
Bill Near- Drumin

I don't like reggae (in the summertime)

As winter approaches it's time to bring out the reggae flavours (flavas). What better way than me me me me me. New mix here courtesy of spannered.

Thursday, 9 August 2007

Big Chill 2007

I played at the Big Chill last weekend, unfortunately I was on at the same time as the institution that is Norman Jay so most people were off being anthemic at the main stage. Nevertheless, I thought my set was OK (a couple of technical problems but I should have known not to mention that the one of the stylus was a bit jumpy- but that's another story), I managed to do what I meant to do and there weren't too many mistakes (starting a record at the wrong speed towards the start was quite obviously a homage to John Peel what with his son playing after me and all).

Any roads ups, you can have a listen to a home recorded version of the mix here.

Monday, 23 April 2007

Grouper- Cover the Windows and the Walls

Just received this today and what a lovely album it is. If you've heard the previous albums you know what to expect-Liz Harris' vocals and guitar (I think) drones hidden under lashings and lashings of reverb heard from the end of a long dark tunnel.

It's limited to 300, vinyl only so be quick before it's gone.

Here's some clips

Cover the Windows and Walls

Heart Current

You Never Came

Buy it

Friday, 20 April 2007

Peter Wright

I've really been enjoying various CDs by drone master Peter Wright this week. I ordered Crater Lake and Unvarnished, Untreated, Unzipped from Volcanic Tongue this week (incidentally, the fastest delivery known to man) and, although I wouldn't say I'm a big fan of the noisier drone stuff (and a lot of Peter Wright's earlier material has been pretty gentle), these built up so well that I was more than able to enjoy the ride.

Although these releases have one long track each (Unvarnished has two performances of the same piece) at no time do they get dull, the drones and effects constantly morph and build to the very end and silence. If anything sounded like a snowball hurtling down a hill and off a cliff it's this. Sort of.

Looking forward to the double CD forthcoming on Students Of Decay too.

The Terrible Realisation We Might Be Wrong

Folk Song For Contradiction

Blue Light District

Mixes galore

Ninja Forum resident Gas has set up a page with links to various mixes from all over the digital joint. Plenty of mine up there (really though, I run this internet game) and plenty more besides.



I now have the ability to transfer old video tapes to digital, and have been digging out some old tapes and putting the best bits on Youtube.

Something for everyone really, provided everyone likes '80s hip hop and a bit of under-rated mid '90s (AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH)trip hop.

Check them out here and maybe leave a daft comment.

For your watching pleasure, here's one I've uploaded with me in it. Back in the future school days (I date everything using a system devised on the shout outs on PE albums) I used to provide the chiddly-whips for Earthling, and you can see me and my enormously long and winding fingers below.

Thursday, 19 April 2007

Movement X

Movement X get no love @ the internet, so here's a track from their album called "I Deal With Mathematics". Always loved the scratches on this.

The album's worth picking up if you see it cheap, the 12" "Freedom's Got a Shotgun" was good too.

Head knowledge

Also, it's well worth a go on this track "Zig Zag Zig", again nice scratches and some super science to your dome. I assume the "I wax the fanny" line doesn't mean what I assume it means.

Deep ish

High Performance

Here's an old favourite of mine, High Performance's Curtis Mayfield sampling "The Hill". Always used to make me feel a little bit sad and a whole lot GONGSTAR.

Keeping it real

Good Hip House shocker

Now most hip hop was un-good, but this track was pretty tasty, KRS One hating Rockwell Noel and the Poet with the one like Massacre. This is the hip hop mix but it still keeps the hip house flavours of the other mixes on the 12" with its Todd Terry keyboards.

Jack the groove here

Funkmaster Flex and Nine Double M

Have a listen to this, Funkmaster Flex (of Funkmaster Flex and Westwood sitting in a tree fame) and Nine Double M (later just Nine) F.A.L.L.I.N.G, a nice 12" on Warlock that you may not know.

Anyway, it's a good 'un.

Peep peep here

Monday, 26 February 2007

Janek Schaefer- Recital In The Old Library

Janek Schaefer has got a new mp3 only album called Recital In The Old Library. It's a 55 minute track recorded live in South Hill Park, Bracknell in January this year.

Another quality release, only 3.33 (I get it) from Janek's website, and a good taster of his stuff (some bits are familiar from his other releases).

If you like hearing sounds floating into and out of each other and crackly skipping records this is for you.

Friday, 23 February 2007

More MMMike

This is Neckthrust One, another of the great tapes Mixmaster Mike had out in the mid '90s.


Wednesday, 14 February 2007

As it's valentine's day why not wallow a bit with these crazy ironic mash-ups. Actually it's part one and two of the infamous Melancholy Flowers mixes.

If you don't have these, get them, enjoy them, cry just a little bit.

Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Aladdin's on a rampage

Here (right here) is one of my favouritist ever DMC sets, DJ Aladdin coming in second to Cutmaster Swift in 1989. He was part of Rhyme Syndicate members Low Profile (with WC) whose We're In This Together album is possibly my favourite album in the He's The Rapper, I'm the DJ style.

Monday, 12 February 2007

Keep it Peel

Outside of the big cities, John Peel was one of the only ways to hear hip hop in the mid-'80s (without joining loads of coat hangers together). I can remember hearing so many great tracks on there (MC Shan, Steady B, Tackhead, DJ Cheese and Word Of Mouth, Mantronx etc etc).

He also had some old-school UK hip hop acts on. Here's a selection-

Cookie Crew
3 Wise Men
Overlord X
MC Duke

Actually, some of these may be from Andy Kershaw's show.

We wear black wranglers

Public Enemy, the greatest hip hop act of all time? I think so. It's easy to say "blah blah blah" (try it) but that makes no sense. Here they are in all their glory (including Professor Griff going off on a completely mental one about tarring and feathering people that start fights at PE gigs...mmmmmm) in 1988 at the Birmingham Hummingbird.

Capital of hip hop apparently (or was that Peters borough?)

I flow with denial

Here's Eric B & Rakim live from 1987 at Hammersmith Odeon (same show as the LL one below).

Scratching to the beat in stereo

Check this out (ah yeah), the top four from the 1986 DMC finals. DJ Cheese (winner) with his all scratching set and the others with more of the old-fashioned disco mixes. I assume that Chad Jackson's ropey scratching is because he's using a grandfather clock or something. Of course he went on to better things (an appearance on the Wide Awake Club) while Cheese (as legend has it) had the honour of signing an autograph for John Peel.

Saturday, 10 February 2007

Public Enemy- Beats and Places

There's a new PE album out, from what I've heard it sounds pretty good. Buy it here.

There's an extra CD with it with videos too and I'm not quite sure why I don't have this yet.

Crushing you like a jellybean

Here's LL Cool J at Hammersmith Odeon in 1987 (the same tour as PE and Eric B and Rakim, and the one that is on Nation of Millions). It's easy to forget what a great MC he was back then, after all the oiled up photo shots and smoothed-out hip hop lite, but he was so there.

Westwood introduces him (Dave Pearce won that particular toss of the coin and was immortalised on one of the all-time albums of all-time), lone man shouts "boo...wanker" when LL enters the stage, LL feels good about Canday and rocks the bells. Just listen.

Sunday, 4 February 2007

The real nitty gritty

Here's a Mantronix gig from ninetyeightysometime, typical bootleg quality, but nice to have and to hold all the same. Take command here


Here's something you won't find anywhere else, Boogie Down Productions live at Essex University in 1990 on the Ghetto Music tour.

I recorded this myself, not the best sound quality but nice and loud. Not sure why it's so short, I do remember there was problems with the motherfucking soundman so they may have not actually played for that much longer.

If you really want world peace, click here

It's the mixmaster

Mixmaster Mike did a series of excellent mixes in the mid '90s. This is the first one I heard, The Unidentrified Essential. Typically random styles, there's even a huge chunk of a Rahzel/Roots/Wu-Tang freestyle from a Westwood show in the middle. Check the phone call with Grand Wizard Theodore at the end.

I think Rescue 916 is probably better but this is exceedingly good cake. Get it here

Check his site out here

Saturday, 3 February 2007

There were men on the moon but they killed them

Here's a nice thing, an Earthling Radio 1 Evening Session.

4 tracks- Ananda's Theme, Nefisa, Infinite M and Planet Of The Apes

Right here

Move With The Quickness

From 1991-ish, a 4-track scratch-fest, me and Dom from the Nextmen


It was 20 years ago today (nearly)

Scary to think it's 20 years this year since Scott La Rock died. I found this on a tape, "Dangerous" Dave Pearce reporting the shooting.

Science yourself up

More shoebox fresh mixes

This ones from 1994, multitracked on a Tascam 4 track, I could scratch better in those days. I used to sell this through Dave the Ruf's mail order, and it's the riches from this that let me continue living in the way I've become accustomed. L.A.R.G.E.

Something Like This Vol.2 side 2

Notorious B.I.G- Juicy (remix)
Da Bush Babies- We Run Tings
Common Sense- I Used To Love H.E.R
Fugees- Nappy Heads (remix)
Masters at Work- Get Up (remix)
Black Moon- Buck 'Em Down (remix)
Bizmarkie- Nobody Beats The Biz
Jeru- You Can't Stop The Prophet (remix)
Uptown- Dope On Plastic
Ini Kamoze- Here Comes The Prophet
Frankie Pacemaker- Move To This
Shadz Of Lingo- Mad Flavas (remix)
UMCs- Set It Straight
Fuschnickens- Breakdown (remix)
Keith Murray- Dip Dip Di
Lady of Rage- Afro Puffs
Kirk- Uptown Style
Crooklyn Dodgers- Crooklyn
KRS One- Hip Hop Vs Rap
Keith Murray- How's That
Jeru- Perverted Monks In The House
Gang Starr- The ? Remains
Common Sense- Communism
Screechy Dan- Boomin' In Ya Jeep

Stonecrop Garage Session vol.1

A "live" mix, probably similar to what I've played at Wax On in Colchester.


Mathew Jonson- The Girl From LBC
Aoki Takamasa- See That Girl
Grim Dubs- Grim Dubs 4
Brimstone 127- Espionage
Boards Of Canada- Nlogax
Ini Kamoze- Here Comes The Hotstepper
Marley marl- He Cuts So Fresh
DJ Food- Turtle Soup (Wagon Christ mix)
Eric B & Rakim- I Know You Got Soul
October- Ya Know
Syclops- The Fly
Phon.o- 313 Dumpsta Railin’
DJ Food- Your Mother
Jonny Miller- Rise
Horsepower Productions- Marseilles Connection
Ardisson- Stop!
N- Type- The Ring
Diamond Ice- KRTS

Friday, 2 February 2007

Straight out of the shoebox

Freshly ripped from cassette, here's a mix I did in 1996, trip hop galore

Side A

Earthling- 1st Transmission (remix)
Mr Scruff- Tubby's Mechanical Friend
Small World- Shuttle 358
DJ Krush- Duality (part 1)
Fugees- Fu-Gee-La (remix)
Herbaliser- A Mother
David Holmes- Gone (remix)
2 Players- Extreme Possibilities (remix)
Spacer- Sad Eyes
Nutsek- Graffiti
Spaceways- Japanese Flute (remix)
Moloko- Fun For Me (remix)

Side B

Luke Vibert- Get Your Head Down
Mighty Bop- Obscure
Propellerheads- Go Faster
Red- Squealer
Sie & N:M Ratio- Deep Blue
Rockmaster Scott- The Roof Is On Fire
Luke Vibert- A Polished Solid
Howie B- Hed West
Information Society- Running
Jenny Devivo- Love Is All I Live For
Obo- Q
Karma- The Best Is Yet To Come

Pass me the Riz there

Have a butchers glisten at this DJ Riz mix from '95-'96ish.

It's a classic multitracked mix, loads of well known hip hop, Chris Isaak and some swingbeat. Go inside, you'll love it.

little small mixes

tiny little things they are

A Tribe Called Quest

Boogie Down Productions/KRS One

De La Soul


Ultramagnetic MCs/Kool Keith

Schoolly D


Steady B

Gang Starr

JU Ice

Speaking of the Juice Crew (if you know me it's either that or Quadrophenia) here's a couple of mp3s, one of the Kane (Asiatic, Nobody's Equal) and Biz (the emmas the emmas the ay ar kay aye ee) at Brixton Academy in 1988. This was taken from a Westwood show.

Bit of a hole in the Biz one but hey, it's free

The links effect

All the links to mixes and tracks should be working again

Friday, 26 January 2007

Squarepusher mix

Did this little Squarepusher mix a while ago for a ninjatune forum thing. 7 or 8 minutes long, lots of different tracks.

He Cuts So Fresh

I reckon I'd scream like a girl if I was there. I did see the juice crew tour in 1988 at Brixton Academy with Kane, Shante, Biz and Kool G Rap but I can't remember if Shan was there. Thanks to bloke with knife by the way. How you doing these days?

More Westwood

From Bad Meaning Good, this was on BBC2 years ago

Classic materialzes, some early London Posse footage. Obviously before Westwood was pimping rides (after he met Dr. Fox then)

Just because it's Public Enemy

now when are all these old PE videos going to end up on DVD?

Return to Mecca

All is not lost, there's a new X Clan album out this year. I (and maybe just I (and maybe I)) am looking forward to this. I have a soft spot for their first two albums and all the associates (Professor X, Queen Mother Rage, Isis, Dark Sun Riders)so this is right up my alley alley.

Point your pink caddy this way

There's also some free mp3s on their site

Weapon X

Funkin' Lesson

Grand Verbaliser

Verbal Milk

Heed the Words

With a key....

Dame Tash

I found this on my computer, Westwood looking mighty fine

Something I prepared earlier

Here's some remixes I did done do from 6 years ago or so, I like them but they may not be good. If they're not, why not enjoy them ironically?

OC- Time's Up (remix)
Alkaholiks & ODB- Hip Hop Drunkies (remix)
ODB- Shimmy Shimmy Ya (remix)
Wu Tang Clan- The Mystery Of Chessboxin' (remix)

all here

Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Dhilan picks a winner

After hours of careful consideration Dhilan's pick this week is William Basinski's Melancholia. A good choice I reckon, even if it is because it's the best teething CD on the market.

Next time he can decide once and for all which is the best De La Soul album. Currently I'm enjoying The Stakes Is High but it's not like I have a say.

An idea

Someone (not me) should put together a book of people's favourite record shops. Some nice photos and their memories of them. I nominate Groove Records and Jays Records.

I've got a Groove Records bag if that helps, it's signed by the Boo Yaa Tribe, I wonder what happened to them?

In fact, that's another good idea, a "where are they now" site for hip hop stars of the past. Shante talking about her career in child psychology, Steady B on his career on Death Row (is he still there?) and so on.

Rice and pea

You like rice and pea? Mmmm....

Don't know about you, and maybe because I'm a contrary bastard but when winter kicks in I'll have a phase of listening to old reggae and digging out old albums. So many memories going through old albums, a lot of the old favourites (Sir Coxsone Sound, Jah Shaka Vs Fatman in a Dub Confrontation, I Roy's Crisus Time) remind of an old record shop in Cambridge where I got all these. I think it was called Flashback but I may be wrong, it moved about a bit, was on Silver Street and on Mill Road too.

I got to know the owner and discovered a lot of stuff there. Got a lot of Sugarhill 12"s there too, though for some reason gave up first choice on an orginal of T Ski Valley's Catch the Beat. Oh well. Shame shops like that are disappearing superfast superbad, maybe my kids will get the same buzz on Soulseek but I doubt it.

Any road, enough reminiscing, there's some nice shows to download in reggae expert Steve Barrow's On The Wire archives, two hour shows of Lee Perry, Harry Mudie, Keith Hudson, Augustus Pablo, king Tubby and more, as well as regular shows of all sorts.

Have a go here:

Mixes mixes mixes

I've got a few mixes around the place, here's links to some of them:

Fuck You and Your Heroes
A Great Pressure
A Glitch Is A Glitch
Wax On Live Mix
Fully Equipped 1 and 2
Tom Waits For No Man
While You're Sleeping
Headbangingbrickwall (Solid Steel mix)
Your Arms Are Too Short To Box With Bob

Official Adventures
Put Me On Water (I'm A Good Floater)
Nice & Easy
Filthy Dirty
Hail the Drum
Pressure Sound Mix


Melancholy Flowers 1

Melancholy Flowers 2

Plenty more to come from the archives, I might rip some old taped mixes at some point