Saturday, July 9, 2011

Lovely Jon – Goddamn Motherfuckers Burn In Hell

Brand new mix CD from Lovely Jon available now from Bleep or possibly from Jon himself if he has any left.
As the Bleep blurb reads "Sonic unpleasantness abound in Lovely Jon's loose follow up to his gnarly trilogy of Grindhouse mixes. A spitting-in-your-eye tribute to the raw exploitation revenge movies that weened him from his childhood. This aggressive mash-up of punk, thrash, Doom, HEAVY dub, electro and backwards hick rockabilly blues grabs you by the balls and won't let go. This mix is not for the faint-hearted, easily offended or politically correct. However, those scalpel-slashing, motorcycle-maniac, raincoat-wearing degenerates amongst you will lap it right up!"
Limited to 50 numbered copies, each has a different personalized scrawl of trashy dialogue...very recommended!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

K-Delight presents FRESH FOR 86

The new K-Delight album is a tribute to the legendary UK FRESH 86 concert and icons of that time Morgan Khan, Chep Nunez, Mantronik and the incredible Mike Allen.
Its an epic mix tape in the traditional sense as it has been recorded with OLD SCHOOL definatly being the theme. Recorded using an old Yamaha multi track tape machine (finding somewhere selling high quality tapes is a story in itself) then mixed down into Cubase where the edits where applied like a wannabe Chep Nunez.
All original vinyl used too, with crackles and all. The album contains original audio from the UK Fresh concert tapes, there's snippets of the legend that is Mike Allen, words of wisdom from Arthur Baker and more cutting and scratching than a possessed Edward Scissor hands!
Even the art work has been specially produced by North East graffiti pioneer Nikos. His style fitted the brief perfectly to give the listener not only an audio but a visual trip back in time to the eighties.

1. K-Delight - Fresh For 86
2. The World Class Wreckin Crew - World Class
3. Pumpkin - King Of The Beat.
4. Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde - Fast Life
5. 2 Live Crew - What I Like
6. The B Boys - Two Three Break
7. Davy DMX - One For The Treble
8. UTFO - Roxanne, Roxanne
9. Rapologists - Hip Hop Beat (Street Mix)
10. Man Parrish - Hip Hop Be Bop (Dont Stop)
11. B.O.S.E - Bass Overdrive
12. High Fidelity Three - B Boys Breakdance
13. Freestyle - Don't Stop The Rock
14. Sparky D v's The Play Girls - The Battle
15. Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic Three -
The Roof Is On Fire
16. Hashim - Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)
17. Fresh 3 M.C.'s - Fresh
18. Kid Frost - Terminator
19. Mixmaster Gee & The Turntable Orchestra -
The Manipulator
20. LA Dream Team - RockBerry Jam
21. Captain Rock - Return Of Captain Rock
22. Twilight 22 - Electric Kingdom
23. Real Roxanne & Howie Tee - Lets Go Go Go
24. Marley Marl feat. MC Shan - Marley Marl Scratch
25. Mantronix - Needle To The Groove
26. Word Of Mouth & DJ Cheese - King Kut
27. Aleem - Release Yourself

Monday, July 4, 2011

FACT Mix 262 : James Pants

FACT Mix 262 is up courtesy of James Pants

Quite a promising track list :
1. RMI Keyboard Demonstration
2. Big Moe – Sippin’ Codeine
3. Alan Parsons – Nucleus
4. Fourth Way – The Far Side Of Your Moon
5. Creme Soda – Keep It Heavy
6. Pink Industry – I Wish
7. TJ the Hustler – Age Of Individualism
8. Race N’Rhythm – Teenage Girls
9. Tones On Tail – Twist
10. JVB – Chipland Liquids
11. Mr. Marcellus – Wood Grain
12. James Pants – Crying In The Midnight Hour
13. Brainticket – Jardins
14. Luie Luie – Touch Of Light

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Highpoint Lowlife : Final Fareware

The excellent Highpoint Lowlife Label waves goodbye with a rather special compilation featuring almost everyone they have worked with over the past ten years, including unearthed and never-released tracks from Twerk, The Marcia Blaine School For Girls, randomNumber and Fisk Industries

Tracklisting :

Friends Of the Jitney - Good Mourning (Leafcutter John remix)
Dalglish - Mordsun
Sideb0ard - Grind
N.Ln - Blackhole
Roof Light - The Heron's Ballad
Depakote - Casnoc is Dead
Fisk Industries - Death is the Final Step
Randomnumber - K Revisited
Marshall Watson - Liquid Solid
Gravious - Ghostly Steps
Brassica - Sautomated
Ali Renault - Dead Cat Bounce
Erik XVI - When Particles Collide
Tigrics - Berez
Twerk - Have 10, Need 20
10-20 - Bloomback
Production Unit - Lord Save Usss
TVO - I'm Everything That Never Happened to You
The Marcia Blaine School For Girls - Loopy Dobber (2001)
Spatial - Checks Out
Hot City - No Matter What I Do
B0ardside and Damaru - Practical Jenny
Kenny Crunk - Baxter Bad Yin
Erstlaub- Team Handed We Go, Into The Night
Mandelbrot - Violet Light
Calika - Diagonal B
Bovaflux - Temazepam
Pausal - Afar

Right now you can listen / download a special mixtape version of the compilation over at soundcloud here

Monday, September 13, 2010

We are back!!

Its been a hell of a long time but still we receive emails regarding new music / releases so we thought it best to jump back onto the horse and start dropping some new info

...stay tuned

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Khan Edison - Harlow Gold

Super sized edit of Kim Carnes from Khan Edison entitled Harlow Gold on the US label Downshift records.
Absolutely loving the squigy acid drop and build at approx 1.40mins in

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Gravious- Futurist EP - Highpoint Lowlife 036

Gravious, otherwise known as Alistair Jackson, is one of Glasgow's finest proponents with a fresh take on Dubstep. Having recently returned from his first ever Australian tour, he is full of energy and as he talks about the ideas and sounds behind his latest release, the 'Futurist EP', which is already gaining radio support and exposure from DJ's such as Mary Anne Hobbs and Ikonika (You can find 'Jupiter Jazz' on Ikonika's recent mini-mix for Vice magazine

Ali started making music in 2001 after being shown the basics of DIY production by a friend. After experimenting in a variety of styles, he was converted to the fresh sounds of Dubstep, Dark Garage and Broken Beat after hearing the selections of DJs such as J Da Flex and Femme Fatale in early 2004. From this starting point, he quickly discovered the bass-heavy productions of Kode9, Digital , Horsepower, Skream, Groove Chronicles and Ghost – and was instantly hooked.

inspiration from these sounds, Gravious also brought in elements from his wider musical tastes in both electronic and traditional music to add new perspectives. Artists most inspirational to him include The Sound of London, Boards of Canada, LTJ Bukem, Kyuss, Aphex Twin, and Autechre.

This is Gravious' fifth release, with 4 previous records under his
belt through the HotFlush imprint, on both the main label and the Scuba sub-label.

Gravious - Futurist EP
Tracks :
1 Jupiter Jazz
2 Vultures
3 World Of Tomorrow

Audio samples of the tracks can be found on the Gravious myspace page.
Futurist EP is out on the 11th May on Highpoint Lowlife

Spatial - Infra 002

Spatial - Infra 002 : Infrasonics

Bit late on this, the Infrasonics label peeps sent me the files a couple of weeks back but things being as they are we missed a drop on it.

, its a 3 track EP from Spatial, two I believe available on a 10" from all good music stores and one creative commons track that can be downloaded here
I dont have the blurb / press details for this handy, however all you need know is the EP is a must for any leftfield electronics meets dubstep lovers

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Azymuth - Jazz Carnival

Just because...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

10-20 : Highpoint Lowlife 034

Artist: 10-20

Title: 10-20

Format: longplayer

Label/Cat: Highpoint Lowlife / hpll034

10-20's self titled album is a claustrophobic hulk of a release, constructed from parts of discarded machinery, short-circuiting currents of krautrock, broken hip hop structures, dense aquatic substreams and spectral elements, all of which are funnelled towards a single cohesive hypnotic pulse.
Based in devon, the coastal and elemental forces of the producer's
hometown are evident in the scope of intricate sounds layered and woven into rough shorn textures, where only a filtered ghostly impression of club-land's influence can be discerned within the resultant sound.
Displaying a versatility in composition the album follows an arc from
opening track 'miluvs''s vaccum sealed melody, the vertiginous ascent of 'nei'; the viscous sluggishness of 'jjuvxszla', confused machine-funk of 'wdtrhjvelgrad', and the amniotic warmth of 'InB'; culiminating in the post-gravitational trajectory of 'arcadeagle' and dub-soaked pressure of 'sA' before the elegiac closing descent of 'unde'.

Track listing :
1. Milvus
2. Nei
3. JJuvxszla : Download Track
4. Wdtrhjvelgrad
5. InB
6. Arcadeagle
7. sA
8. Unde

10-20 is r
eleased on Highpoint Lowlife on March 15th, keep an ear out for it!!

Depeche Mode : SOTU

Debut of the first iTunes Pass with groundbreaking electro legends Depeche Mode. With iTunes Pass, music fans can get new and exclusive singles, remixes, video and other content from their favorite artists over a set period of time, delivered to their libraries as soon as they're available.

The first iTunes Pass debuts today in conjunction with Depeche Mode's forthcoming 12th studio album, "Sounds of the Universe," to be released on April 21 in the US. Fans who sign up starting today get the alternative/dance pioneers' new single, "Wrong," as well as the Black Light Odyssey Dub Remix of the new track "Oh Well." They will also receive the new album on its street date plus great music and video exclusives before and after the album's release over the next fifteen weeks. The Depeche Mode iTunes Pass can be purchased starting today for $18.99.

Also Sounds Of The Universe will be released in a variety of different formats :

Sounds Of The Universe CD

1. In Chains
2. Hole To Feed
3. Wrong
4. Fragile Tension
5. Little Soul
6. In Sympathy
7. Peace
8. Come Back
9. Spacewalker
10. Perfect
11. Miles Away / The Truth Is
12. Jezebel
13. Corrupt

Sounds Of The Universe CD + DVD

1. In Chains
2. Hole To Feed
3. Wrong
4. Fragile Tension
5. Little Soul
6. In Sympathy
7. Peace
8. Come Back
9. Spacewalker
10. Perfect
11. Miles Away / The Truth Is
12. Jezebel
13. Corrupt

Sounds Of The Universe [A Short Film] (10.05)
Wrong (promo video - 3.16)

Sounds Of The Universe in 5.1 surround sound
In Chains - Minilogue's Earth Remix
Little Soul - Thomas Fehlmann Flowing Ambient Mix
Jezebel - SixToes Remix

Sounds Of The Universe Deluxe Box Set

CD 1 - Sounds Of The Universe
1. In Chains
2. Hole To Feed
3. Wrong
4. Fragile Tension
5. Little Soul
6. In Sympathy
7. Peace
8. Come Back
9. Spacewalker
10. Perfect
11. Miles Away / The Truth Is
12. Jezebel
13. Corrupt

CD 2
Bonus tracks
1. Light
2. The Sun And The Moon And The Stars
3. Ghost
4. Esque
5. Oh Well

6. Corrupt - Efdemin Remix
7. In Chains - Minilogue's Earth Remix
8. Little Soul - Thomas Fehlmann Flowing Ambient Mix
9. Jezebel - SixToes Remix
10. Perfect - Electronic Periodic Dark Drone Mix
11. Wrong - Caspa Remix

CD 3
1. Little 15
2. Clean
3. Sweetest Perfection
4. Walking In My Shoes
5. I Feel You
6. Judas
7. Surrender
8. Only When I Lose Myself
9. Nothing's Impossible
10. Corrupt
11. Peace
12. Jezebel
13. Come Back
14. In Chains

Making The Universe / Film (45.23)
Usual Thing, Try And Get The Question In The Answer (55.12)
Sounds Of The Universe [A Short Film] (10.05)
Wrong (promo video - 3.16)
Studio Sessions:
Corrupt (4.08)
Little Soul (3.52)
Stories Of Old (3.24)
Come Back (6.05)

Sounds Of The Universe plus bonus tracks in 5.1 surround sound
1. In Chains
2. Hole To Feed
3. Wrong
4. Fragile Tension
5. Little Soul
6. In Sympathy
7. Peace
8. Come Back
9. Spacewalker
10. Perfect
11. Miles Away / The Truth Is
12. Jezebel
13. Corrupt

Bonus tracks
1. Light
2. The Sun And The Moon And The Stars
3. Ghost
4. Esque
5. Oh Well

Packaging / additional content:
2 piece custom made box with foil blocking.
2 x 84 page hardback books:
The first featuring the lyrics to all the songs from the Sounds Of The Universe sessions accompanied by exclusive photography by Anton Corbijn.
The second featuring exclusive and candid studio photography by Daniel Miller, Ben Hillier, Luke Smith and Ferg Peterkin.
2 exclusive enamel badges
1 poster
5 artcards, sealed in a collectors envelope
1 certificate of authenticity

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Production Unit : Half Of A Hole : Highpoint Lowlife 033

Something new on Highpoint Lowlife by Production Unit, resident DJs at Glasgow's monthly wonky/dubstep/techno night, Numbers, (where Rustie, Jackmaster and that whole crew also stem from), and alongside The Village Orchestra, he's also one of the members of long running art terrorist music makers, The Marcia Blaine School For Girls.

Two distinct tracks woven together through a maximal use of low-end and dancehall derived rhythms and space:
The more technoid attack of 'A Little Hope' comes on with a thundering beat and a snaking synthline, before the wall of bass surges forward and shredded vocal textures create a hypnotic hook, all building toward an epic finale, before finally collapsing into a shimmering pool of syrupy ambience.

'Dem Sirens' on the other hand is a languid and woozy half time steppa, with a slow kick drum pounding out an incessant and skewed, almost hip hop beat, punctuated with finger clicks and tightly locked transparent layers of synth and melody, like a skunk hazed boogie down productions instrumental.

You can listen to full previews over at

Saturday, January 31, 2009


I have just found, hands down my new favorite label,
Trumpett. Maybe known to many of you but this label, which incidentally has been going for 25 years, has up until a couple of weeks ago completely passed me by, and I admit that quite ashamedly. Trumpett has an astonishing back catalogue, squarely in the experimental / synth sound, I urge you to check this label out. Head on over to Trumpettmart for audio samples and to buy the very well priced CDR's. A good start would be with the
"Just Paper And Plastic Promo" 9 CDR set or the bumper 144 track mini DVDR "Trumpett MP3 Sampler 1979-2008"


Sunday, December 21, 2008

End Of Year Top Twenty

Been a strange year musically for me, whilst I have been buying new releases the majority of music purchased this year has been older electro, italo, obscure oddities. But heres a round up of the our fave 20 releases (represses and bootlegs) from 2008

Top Twenty of 2008 (in no order)

1. Conrad Schnitzler - Rare Tracks 1979 - 1982. Erkrankung Durch Musique
An EP collecting four works from Avant Garde musician Conrad Schnitzler including the superb track 4:08 to Paris

2. Dogs Of War - S/T LP Electunes
The Electunes label has unearthed a couple of delights this year and this obscure disco LP from Dogs Of War was the highlight. I believe this was a late 2007 release but did not appear in the shops here until 2008 so i'll sneak it in to the 2008 top twenty.

3. Peter Green - The Darkness : Catalyst CDR
An essential piece of Modern Classical from Peter Green, this release truely blew us away!

4. Zomby - Liquid Dancehall / Strange Fruit - Ramp Recordings
I must admit with the exception of a few Dub Step tunes this genre has pretty much passed me by. This 12" from Zomby however was an essential purchase in 2008 simply for the old skool sounding Bleep meets dub step track
Strange Fruit

5. Lovely Jon - Mean Dog Blues : CDR Mix
Our fave mix so far from Lovely Jon / Jigoku. This is an extremely limited edition mix of lowdown biker rock, raw psych, punk, garage, and beyond! Get it!!

6. Carl Craig & Moritz Von Oswald - ReComposed 2LP
Minimal techno meets Classical from the two masters of the game.

7. Mujava - Township Funk
Well deserves a place in the top twenty, one of those tunes that once heard stays with you and musically a complete breath of fresh air

8. Unabombers present Electric Chair RIP EP - Tirk 12"
Again nothing new on this EP just three solid classics. Gave me the chance to get two tracks off my wants list on one 12" with the Joubert Singers sweet Stand On The Word and Daniel Wang's - Like some dream *saved me a few pennies this 12"

9. Zomby - Where Were U In '92?
Zomby Pops up again with Where Were U in 92, an album which fuses killer old skool hardcore / amen breaks with Dub Step. Why was this only released on CD though?

10. Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Angles 2LP - Sunday Best
Hands down our fave hip hop LP of 2008

11. Quiet Village - Silent Movie LP - K7
Drummed our fingers awaiting this release for ages, got it upon release and after numerous listens still not tired of listening to it

12. Andrew Weatherall v The Boardroom - Rotters Golf Club CD
In this top 20 squarely for the inclusion of the ESC
track The Legacy mixed by Andrew Weatherall. A brilliant tune, anyone know if this is due to be released on vinyl?

13. Explorer LP - X Records
Only just released but 100% needed to go in here. This 1982 LP from Tony carey under the name Explorer is incredibly rare and hard to find but its just been released (bootlegged?) so snap one up!

14. TC - Wheres My Money : Caspa Mix
Quality tune! Possibly my four year old son's fave tune of the year

15. Ali Renault - Our World Is - Dissident 12"

16. Pocketknife & Cousin Cole - Canyon Dancing EP - Flamin Fowl
Liars, Patti Smith, Silver Apples, Yeasayer, Battles, Six Organs of Admittance, and Soft Circle
all receive a Pocketknife & Cousin Cole markover

17. Cutty Ranks - Limb by Limb : Anthology 2LP

18. MIA - Paper Planes : Homeland Security Mixes

19. Galaxy Toobin Gang - Galaxy Toobin - Creme Organization LP
Slow cosmic synth sounds from
Elliot Lipp and William T Burnett

20. Ensemble Pittoresque - For This Is Past - Clogsontronics LP + CD
Originally from 1983. Lavishly repackaged for 2008 with a copy of the LP and CD included.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kanye West : Champion : Cousin Cole Mixes (Flagrant Fowl)

This is a dub version of the “Champion” remix that’s going to be on the next Flagrant Fowl 12″. The 12″ version is an uptempo mainstream house flip on the original Kanye beat with the lyrics intact. For this dub Cousin Cole changed the drum loop, brought up the acid lines, did a new arrangement and reduced the vocals to just a few snippets.

Download links below

BONUS: the dub at a slower tempo for fans of slow-mo house shit.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Hello we are back!! Got a tad lazy there!!
Radioclit just sent us an email with three links. First off two remixes to download (click links below)

Architecture in Helsinki - That Beep - Radioclit mix
DJ Mujava : Township Funk - Radioclit mix

Also they sent us news of a free album download entitled The Very Best from Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit. Get that here
or listen to it direct on the rather nifty player below.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Kung Fu Super Sounds

Due for release on the 22nd October, De Wolfe Music Library are putting out a collection of unreleased soundtracks from the Shaw Brothers Kung Fu Movies.
Compiled by Lovely Jon, Cherrystones and Joel Martin (Quiet Village)
Features 43 original cues from: Return To The 26th Chamber, The Bastard Swordsman, Dirty Ho, Invincible Shaolin, The Kung Fu Instructor, House Of Traps , My Young Auntie, Flag Of Iron, Shoalin Mantis, Martial Club etc
Available to pre order at numerous places right now!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Kool DJ Dust : The Disco Opera

Great artwork, great sounds..
Kool DJ Dust has sampled and edited together super obscure material into 19 perfect disco rocks, which he dramaturgically arranges into a galactic drama, visualised as a graphic story: The unbelievable Disco Opera

Out now on Service
Grab a copy direct from Service or Juno who have sound samples of the 19 tracks

Download : Kool DJ Dust : Comin To Get You


Kwaidan is a one-off project inspired by Masaki Kobayashi's movie of the same name. Mat Ranson, known more for his work under his Fisk Industries guise, turns his hand to a longer format narrative, dispensing with his more usual hip hop styled rhythms for a more fluid darker style of slow burning techno.
Awash with kinetic energy, the music bristles with texture and ghostly treated sound sources, aiming to hint at the eerieness of Kobayashi's original ghost stories. Two tracks, each close to 12 minutes, and wound around a similar trajectory, built upon intricate punchy drum programming, pounding out an incessant rhythm with waves of sawblade synths vying for attention against an aggresive low-end bass, trying to rend and pull apart the forward motion.

Using the longer time frame, themes are able to fully develop and be
explored with subtle nuance, slowly building up a sense of dread and claustrophobic foreboding, whilst simultaneously allowing more space for the sound to breathe, and a more natural flow and ebb to the listening experience.

This is the first in Highpoint Lowlife's series of digital 12"s - high quality mastered releases, available exclusively only as FLAC or 320kbps MP3s.

Sound sample for track 2 : Masaki, is available over at the HPLL site here and you can buy the digital EP for only £3.00 here

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Black Dog : UR RA Mix

Resident Advisor have just put online a mix from The Black Dog which pays homage to Detroit's mighty UR / Underground Resistance, you can also enjoy a lengthy interview with the boys!
Get the mix via itunes here

Tracklisting :
01. Underground Resistance - Antimatter - Underground Resistance
02. Voice Of Electrifying Mojo
03. Underground Resistance - Afrogermanic - Underground Resistance
04. Underground Resistance - Mirage - Underground Resistance
05. Underground Resistance - Windchime - Underground Resistance
06. Underground Resistance - Talkin2Z - Underground Resistance
07. Underground Resistance - Final Frontier - Underground Resistance
08. Underground Resistance - In Or Out - Underground Resistance
09. Underground Resistance - Maroon - Underground Resistance
10. Underground Resistance - Death of My Neighbor - Underground Resistance
11. Underground Resistance - Baghdad Express - Underground Resistance
12. Underground Resistance - Inversions - Underground Resistance
13. Underground Resistance - Technology Gap - Underground Resistance
14. Underground Resistance - Antimatter - Underground Resistance
15. Underground Resistance - I Am UR - Underground Resistance
16. Underground Resistance - Tazumal - Underground Resistance
17. Underground Resistance - Hunting the Program - Underground Resistance
18. Underground Resistance - Toxic Broadcast - Underground Resistance
19. Underground Resistance - Detonate - Underground Resistance
20. Underground Resistance - Orbit (Black Dog edit) - Underground Resistance
21. Underground Resistance - Riot - Underground Resistance
22. Underground Resistance - Base Camp Alpha 808 - Underground Resistance
23. Underground Resistance - Entering Quadrant 5 - Underground Resistance
24. Underground Resistance - Adrenalin - Underground Resistance
25. Underground Resistance - Gamma Ray - Underground Resistance
26. Underground Resistance - Ambush - Underground Resistance
27. Underground Resistance - Sea Quake - Underground Resistance
28. Underground Resistance - Kill My Radio Station - Underground Resistance

Friday, October 3, 2008

Cousin Cole & Pocketknife : Party Allez Time Mix

Cousin Cole & Pocketknife have a new mix available to download for free over at the superb Allez Allez
Below is a detailed tracklist below from CC and Pocketknife themselves:

  • Apocalyptica - Sad But True
  • Apocalyptica did a record of string covers of Metallica songs that was also the soundtrack for Your Friends & Neighbors -- which was a particularly awkward first date movie for me a couple years ago.
  • Frank Hebly - De Tuinslangboogie
  • A fantastically weird record from a couple years ago that I know absolutely nothing about.
  • Rolling Stones - Can't always get what you want (Soulwax Remix)
  • Graveleaf - The Crusade
  • Graveleaf is Mike B & Omar Doom's joint project and "The Crusade" is a hell of a debut!
  • George Kranz - Bass Drum Ma Bass Drum
  • I hadn't heard "Cosmic Disco? Cosmic Rock!" yet when I started working on this mix, but Baldelli was definitely an inspiration, especially in this section.
  • Axel Bauer - Cargo
  • Vastkustska Ryggdunkarsallskapet - Town Out of Order
  • An edit of "Stockholm" by Pugh Rogefeldt.
  • Sly Mongoose - Bad Pulse
  • Dude n Nem - Feet on Fire
  • Just the chorus but I had to throw some rap in. Love this song.
  • Gang - KKK (dub)
  • I only used the drums but this is a really great song.
  • Divine Edits - Sermon (Seratonin Edit)
  • No idea what the story is on this one, but it somehow makes cut up vocals seem totally 80s.
  • Matthew Dear - Sound and Vision
  • This version blew me away when I first heard it and I knew I had to figure out how to fit it in here.
  • Arbeid Adelt - Death Disco (Todd Terje edit)
  • Back to the dancefloor (somewhat). I'm a huge fan of Terje, and I was super psyched when he used my Bruce Springsteen remix in his mix for Resident Advisor.
  • Slab! - Mars on Ice
  • Photonz - Trembler (Discodeine remix)
  • Discodeine is Pilooski and Benjamin Morando. This track is just beautiful.
  • Glissandro 70 "End West"
  • I like how open this song is at the beginning with the loose animal sounds and polyrhythmic percussion. I love when that hard drum drops in over the tapestry and the afrobeat horns come in just after. I can't help but think that the title is a play on West End Records given that the album artwork is an interpretation of the famed label's cityscape logo. My loose joints are getting looser!
  • Yeasayer "Sunrise (Pocketknife's Rise and Shine Remix)" White Label
  • Promo alert! All of the Pocketknife remixes that appear in my section of the mix will be on an upcoming EP entitled "Canyon Dancing." This remix keeps the structure of the original, but just adds the right elements to get the beardos & hippie-sters prancing around. I'm a big fan of what this band is doing.
  • Soft Circle "Earthed (Pocketknife's Terra Cotta Remix)" White Label
  • Hisham Baroocha is that dude. When I heard the bassline of this track it immediately reminded of old Chicago house. I decided to really push those tendencies, but keep the tribal nature of the original. My favourite part is the drum workout in the middle.
  • Gang Gang Dance "House Jam (xxxchange Remix)"
  • Gang Gang Dance has got a great set of diverse influences and they add up nicely. It's my kind of "world music." When I saw that xxxchange had remixed them I about fell out of my chair. I love his work with Spank Rock and as usual he turns in another great remix.
  • Twilight Circus Dub Sound System "Kik"
  • It took me awhile to figure out how to get a Twilight track into a mix, but at last here it is. I like the dub update that Twilight has produced and you can still hear some of the industrial music influences the dude was involved with before. Gang Gang has riddim influences, so it seemed great to create that little connection between the two. The transition into this song is my favourite one of the mix.
  • Liars "A Visit From Drum (Pocketknife's gro├čer Kessel Remix)" White Label
  • These dudes I would sacrifice a lamb or Williamsburg virgin for. They've managed to keep their sound evolving and Drums Not Dead is one of my favourite concept albums. I've wanted to remix a Liars song for a while now and this one had a nice pagan symmetry (with incredibly mic'ed drums!) that allowed for a great reworking.
  • Jandek "Your Other Man (Secret Frequency Crew Remix)"
  • My man Adrian aka Michna, hooked me up with his crew's Jandek remix. Adrian normally drops classic electro heat, but here he takes the original and adds the right elements to give the song an additional haunting character. The 7" actually comes with a facsimile of the correspondence they had with Jandek who gave the official thumbs up for the remix.
  • Gameplayers "Henri Texier" White Label
  • I stumbled upon these Belgian dudes while looking for other peeps who had remixed Beirut. Their remix of the Henri Texier song, "Le Piroguier," is minimal, but so effective. The metronomic percussion/claps adds to the overall hypnotic quality of the original and I dig the added sound effects as well.
  • Patti Smith "Ghost Dance (Pocketknife's Arms Out Remix)" White Label
  • There are a handful of Patti Smith songs that I think are incredible. I don't listen to her music on a regular basis, but she's a pioneer and I respect that. I dug through her catalogue in hopes of finding something with remix potential and this song's ceremonial chants jumped at me. I'd like to think that the Bowery has a lot of ghosts dancing past CBGBs late at night.
  • Bat For Lashes "Trophy"
  • Natasha Khan is the girl you wanted to roll with in art school. Her entire concept for the band is great (videos, visual identity, and most importantly the music). When I heard her album, it sounded like something that I would have liked to produce. I love handclaps, marching rhythms, harpsichords and tambourines – it's all there in her world. This werewolf would love to steal her gold coins!

Ed Drury & Craig Murphy - A Tree On The Tundra

Ed Drury & Craig Murphy - A Tree On The Tundra
Format - Digital Download
Release Date - 10th November 2008

Ed Drury is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who writes music for film and television. He plays in the region of 60 instruments including members of the woodwind, brass, strings and percussion sections and in his spare time he performs, teaches and writes about the Australian Didgeridoo. Ed has featured on countless albums over the years by literally hundreds of artists from around the globe.

Craig Murphy is a musician, composer and producer of experimental music and a multimedia artist working with abstract music videos. Having established the rising Herb Recordings imprint in his native Scotland, Murphy's own output resembles that of a musical odyssey. An obsession with Frank Zappa has seen to a fascination with experimentation and Murphy's many projects span several genres. From the mechanistic, yet poignant electronica of Solipsism, his electro-psychedelic band shoosh with Neil Carlill and multi-instrumentalist Ed Drury, to his recent ambient outlet Murphy's distinctive sound is often abstract, yet retains a rich, melodic and emotional edge.

1. A Tree On The Tundra : DOWNLOAD
2. Autumn River Revisited
3. Over Rolling Hills
4. Dark Sun Rising
5. Shadows On The Horizon

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Shamanic Technology - Doorways

HERB007CD Shamanic Technology - Doorways
Release Date - 19th January 2009

Shamanic+Technology is the brainchild of Bournemouth based Chris Hare, a former Club DJ turned virtuosic Electronica whiz-kid. His debut record, “Doorways” bears all of the hallmarks one has come to expect of Scotland’s Herb Recordings imprint. It’s fresh, exciting and distinctive. “Doorways” comprises 14 tracks in all, each designed with slide-rule precision without the hindrance such attention to detail often brings to the table.
Textures range from the sinister to the playful, with dynamic twists and euphoric turns occurring on a track by track basis. A lively tapestry of electronic pulses, vacuums of nostalgic synths, intricately placed found sounds and contemporary beatwork, finds Shamanic Technology bracketed by luminaries including Plaid, Boards of Canada and Bola – with particular emphasis placed on the anthemic quality of the latter.

1. Rites Of Passage
2. Shamanic Technology (Floating in Ayahuasca)
3. Ode To The Machine
4. Strange Glass Feeling
5. Thought Bubble Experiment
6. Phonic Sky
Electronic Therapy DOWNLOAD
8. My Shadow Casting
9. Xtractions
10. mIrRoRs
11. Moments Of Reflection
12. Pathseeker
13. Toy Vision
14. Nostalgia

Sunday, September 21, 2008

YouTube Electro

For no other reason than I was looking for some LA Dream Team records to buy which in turn lead onto other things and I stumbled across some classic tunes on youtube

LA Dream Team - Rockberry Jam

DJ Unknown and Three D - Beatronic

DXJ & The Bassonlians - Bass It Up

Quadrant six - Body Mechanic

Maggotron - Maggotron's In Your Closet

Key-Matic - Breakin In Space

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Erstlaub - I Am The Line Drawn In The Sand Between The Living And The Dead

The Highpoint Lowlife Label continues to push the boundaries of electronic music with their new release by Erstlaub with I Am The Line Drawn In The Sand Between The Living And The Dead. Isolationism / ambient / sweeping atmospheric drones are the order of the day on this release, but if any of that sends you scurrying for your latest Diplo mix CD then fear not, as whilst this release does require a delicate ear, its by no means harsh or sonically aggressive.
I am the line
gradually builds and takes the listener on a dark electronic trip across its 46 minute duration. The piece was recording in one take using a Nord G2 engine and a couple of delay units with no overdubs or edits.
Many lovers of experimental music have probably at one time or another sat through a lengthy piece of minimal experimental music, only to have it pass them by and then the CD is promptly ejected and left forgotten in the rack, this on the other hand, I feel, many will come back to again and again.

Erstlaub - I Am The Line Drawn In The Sand Between The Living And The Dead is part of Highpoint Lowlife's limited edition runs with just 100 copies pressed and is available to purchase now on CD (at just £5 which is a bargain) and 320kbps MP3 download via the Highpoint Lowlife website.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Peter Green - The Darkness

Just got our order in for the new Peter Green release The Darkness on Catalyst records. Absolutely stunning music.

From the label : For its second release Cataclyst is extremely proud to present 'The Darkness'. An epic, dark modern classical masterpiece from Rephlex/ Machine Codes recording artist and composer Peter Green.

Only 50 copies of this were produced, pressed on a black CDr hand numbered limited edition in black clamshell case with wraparound 200gsm card sleeve housed in heavy duty PVC wallet.

Sound samples are available on Catalyst site here
Buy your copy from the fine folk at Norman records

Lovely Jon - Mean Dog Blues

Lovely Jon is back with a new mix CD entitled Mean Dog Blues, available exclusively at Sounds Of The Universe. The disc is a promo for the garage/punk/noise/scuzz/trash/biker rock/glam/rockabilly night Jon does in Manchester with B Music's Sean Vinylment.
Extremely limited edition, seriously! Get on over to SOTU and grab a copy sharpish!!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Gulp Communications

Support the independents!! East London based label Gulp Communications sent me a couple of MP3's from Andrew Friendly and The Rivers

Download : Andrew Friendly : Bump & Grind 08 Remix
The track that launched the Friendly career to the next level in the UK is back, with a fresh new mix for 2008. The original was caned by everyone from the Plump DJs, Stanton Warriors, Fatboy Slim (who put it on one of his comps), every self-respecting breaks DJ, through to house and electro DJs, and is considered one of the biggest classics in breaks. It was remixed by Krafty Kuts and Santos. It was always sitting at the housier end of breaks, and it’s now been given a relick to bring it firmly into 2008, and a whole new life. And it’s right on target to become a classic all over again, this time to a whole new audience.

Download : The Rivers : Got Something On me - Andrew Friendly Mix

Andrew Friendly -Bump & Grind 08 vinyl out mid-August, Full release 15th of September