Tuesday, May 26

SW1 Radio 26th May

Hello Internet People.
Tonight, or 26th May 2009, I presented yet another show on SW1 Radio, from 19:00 through to 21:00. I feel this is the best yet. This is the tracklisting. Enjoy!

Diplo Feat. Santogold 'Guns of Brooklyn'
Pilooski 'Love Is Wet'
Clarence 'Frogman' Henry 'Ain't Got No Home'
Friendly Fires 'Skeleton Boy'
Esser 'Satisfied' (Mad Professor Dub)
Dananananana Akroyd 'Black Wax'
Digitalism 'Idealistic'
Goose 'Bring It On'
Das Pop 'Underground'
Elizabeth Harper 'Let Me Take You Out'
Neon Neon 'Michael Douglas'
Metronomy 'Radio Ladio' (Mai Shi Remix)
Geek Chic Soundsystem 'Why Aborta'
The Neon Plastix 'On Fire'
Ranking Records 'Jah Jah Rain'
La Roux 'In For The Kill' (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Mix)
The Herbaliser 'Clap Your Hands'
Crystal Fighters 'I Love London'
Papples 'Techno Gosh'
Still Going 'Still Going Theme'
Jamie Lidell 'A Little Bit More'
Mocky Feat Taylor Savvy 'Catch a Moment In Time' (Ewan Pearson Remix)
Alexis Taylor 'Baby'
Munch Munch 'Squirel'
Uncle Sam 'Round The World Girls' (Tes Le Roc Remix)
Beirut 'A Night With a Prostitute From Marseille'
Libelula 'Wonderful'
Kevin Ayres 'Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes'
Akira 'Lights In The Sky'
Alex Webber 'You Know How You Feel...'

Thursday, April 16

I did another show!

Nice Easter? Yes, alright, I ate as much as you! Anyhoo, I did another show on Tuesday, 14th April from 7-9pm. Think it was my best yet, everything went really well. Over the two hours I featured tracks from my newly acquired compilation and played some awesome new songs from new artisits. If you get a moment checkout the tracklisting below, I'd love to hear what you think. Just before you go, stay tuned as in a weeks time there will be some very exciting news!


Franz Ferdinand 'Lucid Dreams'
The King 'Come As You Are'
Los Campesinos 'Broken Hearts Sound Like Breakbeats
Princess MC 'Pump Up That Funk'
Libelula 'Wonderful'
Esser 'Satisfied Prof Dub'
Unkle 'Burn Your Shadows'
Mother and the Addicts 'Oh God, Stop Hurting ME'
Goyte 'Leanalilgivanlovin'
Bahamadia 'Paper Thin'
My Tiger, My Timing 'This Is Not The Fire'
Uncle Sam 'Round The World Girls' (Tes Le Rox Mix)
M.I.A. 'Paper Planes'
Heads We Dance 'My Heart Is Set On You'
Alexis Taylor 'Baby'
Munch Munch 'Squirrel'
Subsource 'Breakout'
Queen Latifah 'Ladies First'
Geek Chic Soundsystem 'Why Atorta...'
The Herbaliser Feat. Jessica Darling 'On Your Knees'
The Presets 'Kicking & Screaming'
Tenor Fly 'Bump and Grind'
Hercules & The Love Affair 'You Belong'
Supersystem "Miracle'
Camille Yarborough 'Take Yo Praise'
Ladyhawke 'Dusk To Dawn' (Canyon Garage Disco Mix)
Grovesnor 'Nitemoves'

Sunday, March 22

Tracklisting for my show on SW1 Radio

Over the last few weeks, I have been presenting a, two hour, Tuesday night radio show, on SW1 Radio. I thought I'd put up the tracklisting of the last three shows for you to checkout and pass judgement. Any tracks you think I should checkout please leave a post. Thanks.

3rd March 7-9pm

Theme from UFO
Duke Dumont - When I hear Mu'Sic
Nostalgia 77 feat Alice Russell - 7 Nation Army
Fukkk Offf - I'm a Freak
Count & Sinden feat Rye Rye - Hardcore Girls
Errors - Salute! France
La Roux - In For The Kill (Skream Let's Get Ravey Remix)
ESG - Insaine
U2 - Vertigo (Jacknife Lee 12" Remix)
Twin Freaks - Really Love You
Adam Freeland - Seven Nation Army
Kraak & Smaakk feat Ben Westbeech - Squeeze Me
Blim - My Signal Fluctuates
James Brown - Sex Machine (Readymade Jazz Defector Mix)
Jamie Liddell - A Little Bit More

DJ Frosty 35min guest mix
No Tracklisting available but featured trance and house

MIA - Pull The People
Trespasser William - Vapour Trail
Gonzales - Overnight

10th March 7-9pm

Theme From UFO
Pilooski - Love Is Wet
Justice - D.A.N.C.E
Pointer Sisters - Yes We Can
Tracy Thorn - Raise The Roof (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Remix)
Cool Kids - Mikey Rocks
Count & Sinden feat Rye Rye - Hardcore Girls
Martini Bros - Big and Dirty (Tiga Remix)
Prodigy - Warrior Dance
Yaught - Summer Song
Still Going - Still Going Theme
La Roux - In For The Kill (Skream Let's Get Ravey Remix)
Queens of the Stoneage - Era Valgaris (Richard File Remix)
Candi Staton - You Got The Love (Losers Remix)
Depeche Mode - Route 66 (Beatmaster Remix)

DJ Rich in the mix
No tracklisting available but featured dubstep, trip hop and breaks

The Natural Yoghurt Band - Voodoo

17th March 7-9pm

Theme from UFO
Pilooski - Love Is Wet
Justice - Ttthe Ppparty
Roy Ayres - Everybody Loves The Sunshine
Primal Scream - Loaded
Wax Stag - Short Road
De Falla - Popozuda Rock n' Roll
Cidade De Deus - Cidnho & Doca
CSS - Move
Liquid Liquid - Optimo
Konk - Your Life
ESG - Get Funky
The Contortions - Contort Yourself
A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge
Metric - Monster Hospital (MSTRKFT Remix)
Hudson Mowhawke - Overnight

DJ Frosty in the mix
No tracklisting available but featured 80's remixes from Depeche Mode and Grenadmaster Flash

Holy F - Royal Gregory
Von Sudenfed feat Mark E Smith - That Sound Wiped
Go Home Porductions - Uptight Maggie

Life in Technicolour is bubblicious!

These are two music video's that I've enjoyed recently...

The first is from Rex the Dog, a house producer and DJ. This video was made with stop animation - meaning each shot was taken individually. Bearing this in mind it really shows the art that went into the video...

Thinking that most recent Coldplay music is, well to be honest fairly wank. I was delighted when the band were bought down to size in this video for Life in Technicolour. The song is rather rubbish and droning but the video is really quirky and inventive, with great attention to detail. Dougal Wilson is the director and he's previously made videos for Goldfrapp, Dizzy Rascal, LCD Soundsystem and that video for Benni Benassi - his work can he found here: http://www.colonelblimp.com/music/view-work/item197/Dougal-Wilson/

Obama on Leno

I found this interview really insightful and interesting. I wish the Prime Minister of Great Britain would be this real and also take this standpoint and attack the bonus culture like Obama. Please watch and enjoy!

Saturday, January 31

And the winner is...

2008 saw some of the finest albums this decade has to offer. Some of the so called 'big groups' like Coldplay and Oasis produced albums which just followed on from previous efforts, without pushing any kind of creative barriers. New 'run of the mill' indie bands emerged, old artists, who fill your parents music collections, tried to secure come backs with many greatest hit albums being released and then a whole host of female artists were served up to us to rival Amy Winehouse's big drug filled boots.

Anyway, I thought I'd offer up my personal top five list of albums released in 2008, with a track from each for you to enjoy. However I hit a stumbling block as I just couldn't miss out naming Mr Scruff, so here are my top 6! Enjoy!

6) Mr Scruff 'Ninja Tuna'
This track, 'Music Takes Me Up' features the impressive Alice Russell on vocals. The jazzy, funk track, with cracking music video, is a good taster for the rest of the album which features lots of guest vocalists.

5) Beyond The Wizards Sleeve 'Wizards Sleeve'
Having previously only released vinyl this album is the first CD released from BTWS, who are super DJ/Producer Erol Alkan and DJ Richard Norris. The album samples lots of psychedelic rock and takes you on a journey from start to finish, with 'Get Ready' below, as a good example. I personally love the track 'Winter In June' as it samples Percy Thrower, old presenter of tv's Gardener World, talking about his garden over a dreamy soundscape. BTWS also DJ live and remix, fine example being Young Folks' by Peter Bjorn and John.

4) Neon Neon 'Stainless Style'
So what do you know about legendary car producer John DeLorean? ...erm, well he produced the car DeLorean, which is the car Marty McFly drives in Back To The Future, and.... well, nothing much more. So what you need to do is give this album a listen! This is a concept album by Super Furry Animals Gruff Rhys and producer Boom Bip who go about celebrating the life and times of John DeLorean. He, a legendary playboy of his time, got involved with selling drugs, exploiting workers, dating all of Hollywood's finest and I suggest you check out more here http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/john-delorean-the-man-who-fooled-the-world-529467.html. The album is really memorable with offerings such as Michael Douglas, Raquel and I Lust You, but checkout this...

Oh, and make sure you see them live!

3) Hot Chip 'Made in the Dark'
I started off saying, upon my first listen, that this is album of the year way back in Feb 2008. The end of January 2009 and it's still being played on my ipod and system. The album is really varied, with a bit of something for everyone, spanning from piano ballad 'Made In The Dark' to big single 'Ready For The Floor', which I enjoyed in my wellies at Bestival. The track, which I have up here, is called 'Shake A Fist' and features legend Paul Westerburg's voice. To me it would be awesome in a film, something like Batman, due to it's darkness and mayhem change in pace but maybe that will come. And I hope so. Anyway, until that time arrives this is a perfect driving song for me.

2) Bon Iver 'For Emma'
Just about everyone else has named this their album of 2009 and believe the hype! Man, it's amazing. I think for best results play it really late at night, with a few candles on the go and just enjoy it from start to finish. This track, 'Re Stacks' is just the most perfect way to end the album.

1) Elbow 'The Seldom Seen Kid'
The bands released solid album since way back in 1997 but just had a awful record of being dropped by labels which plighted their progress. Following the last album the band took time out, after yet being dropped from another label, to make an album without any interference which resulted in this masterpiece. The album works on so many levels, Garvey's voice is so raw, his song writing is perfect and takes you on journeys, the orchestral parts on 'On A Day Like This' are magical, there's rock and most of all, following in Bon Iver's write up, it's a album which has to be listened to from start to finish. I strongly recommend you to check out Guy's show on Sunday nights on BBC 6 Music. The track I have chosen is 'Weather To Fly', not the most obvious track from the album but one which sends shivers down my spine. Enjoy.

Other releases you should checkout are Friendly Fires, TV on the Radio and Quite Village...

Monday, January 19

Blue Monday: How does it feel?

So today, the 19th Jan, is defined by social critics as 'Blue Monday'. This is because right about now you're feeling the financial pinch of Christmas, getting back into the old routine after the festive period, an acre away from any holidays and the weather... well, let's not go there! Anyway, I thought as today has this name I'd take this opportunity and write about New Order's very own Blue Monday.

Barney, Hooky and drummer Stephen Morris went about writing a instrumental groove which could be played before the group walked on stage, now they had reformed, mid-eighties, after the death of Ian Curtis. At this time, the group, with producer Martin Hannett at the helm, were dabbling with blending the alternative guitars with electronic music... the song 'Everything's Gone Green' is a fine example. This direction was met with glee, and partly inspired by their record label, Factory Records. The head, Tony Wilson, after a trip to New York, decided a cold and wet Manchester needed a big apple style disco for the kids so The Hacienda was born.

The nightclub was losing money "hand over fist" as Wilson believed it had a social duty to the people of Manchester to be open seven nights a week. When I researched the Hacienda, and spoke to all the key people involved (which I will delve into in further blogs), there is the consensus the track Blue Monday was made purely for the club. The Hacienda building, a former tea warehouse then boat showroom, was big and open, with high ceilings and vast flat concrete areas. This played awful effects on the music as it caused a awful reverb sound that all bands hated. Blue Monday had the correct beat spacing which played with the reverb, making the track stand out and be considered the Hacienda's perfect record.

The 12" was pressed in a elaborate black sleeve, which had a centimeter's width of primary colours down the left, complete with two holes making the sleeve resemble a computer disc. This proved so expensive and the legend says with every sale the band and label combined would lose 12p. Funnily enough the record went on to become the biggest selling 12" inch record to date. Ouch.

Anyway, the record still lives on inspiring many artists from different generations. This is three examples of the record being covered by other artists in various styles. Enjoy!

Nouvelle Vague


Kurd Maverick's Vandalism Remix