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John Eden: Wire 400 Mix #4

May 2017

From Woofah co-founder and blogger John Eden, the fourth in our series of Wire 400 mixes is filled with “deathly dub, soundsystem seagulls and wrong-headed reggae”

London based writer John Eden does the next in our series of mixes set to celebrate 400 issues of The Wire. Blogging at, Eden also co-founded Woofah, a short-lived fanzine covering reggae, dubstep and grime, and, following a 20 year hiatus, he recently resurrected his Turbulent Times 'zine. On Sundays he can be found on twitter with his #ironingsoundtrack posts, which he says brings “comfort to hungover middle aged men everywhere.”

Talking of this mix, he says: “The first copy of The Wire I bought (rather than skimming it in the newsagents or round mates' houses) had Photek on the cover. I am amused and alarmed to realise this was the May 1997 issue, published exactly 20 years ago. In that time my music tastes have broadened in direct proportion to the reduction of my anxiety about keeping up with new releases. The Wire has been an integral part of that process.

“This mix is an outernational showcase of slightly wonky tracks I've acquired over the years – cheap records bought off market stalls as a teenager nestle up against more recent acquisitions direct from the labels. If there is a theme it's bass, noise, echo and reverb: deathly dub, soundsystem seagulls and wrong-headed reggae.”

Track list:

Spatial “Walking Off”
Raymond Dijkstra “Dadaphon (Part One)"
Death Dub “23 (Version)”
Kostis Kilymis “Crystal Drops”
I-LP-O In Dub “Paradise Capital”
Maurizio Bianchi “Surgical Flagellation”
Arv & Miljö “Svulsmen I Skyn”
Ekoplekz “Meek Street”
Jay Glass Dubs “Compound Dub”
Jean Michel Jarre “Wooloomooloo”
Brilliant “It's A Man's Man's World (Mad Professor’s It's A Dub Dub Dub World Mix)”
Art Of Noise “A Time To Hear (Who's Listening)”
Fish From Tahiti “Decal Baby”
Ichimanjaku “Radio Babylon”
Sabres of Paradise “Ysaedub”
Phantom “Rockabilly Vampires”
Crass “Walls”
Terminal Cheesecake “Coils: Chapter II”
Flying Lizards “Money B”
Tones On Tail “Shakes”
Blue Zoo “Off To Market (Dub)”
Libbe Matz Gang “Toluene Blues”
Seekers International “CheryLinn”
Jah Excretion “Kaze Wo Atsumete (Happy End)”


Very happy to hear a new mix from the man like Eden. I'll be sharing this one.

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