On Adventures In Modern Music this week,
Derek Walmsley will be talking to Simon Reynell of the Another
Timbre label and organiser of this month's Unnamed Music Festival
in London and Leeds. We'll be talking about the state of
improvisation today and Simon will be playing some choice
selections of recent music. Listen live on 104.4FM or online at
the Resonance FM website.
The show is available to download here
... the Tuffnell Park Dome in North London,
that is, straight from Syria. Friday was an amazing Sublime
Frequencies show with Group Doueh and Omar Souleyman.
Footage of Omar Souleyman raving it up
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Two amazing You Tube clips of beatmatching.
Delia Derbyshire on the ones and twos and threes reel-to-reels (via Gutterbreakz)
Greg Wilson, first DJ to beatmatch on UK TV on The Tube, despite being hassled by an irritating Jools Holland (via Dissensus)
A search for Company Flow on Amazon yields the following book suggestion: Natural Laws Applied to Production: Show How Modern Industrial Organization is Based on the Principle of Continuous Flow. by Mathews Conveyer Company. Funnily enough, the title sounds rather like a Company Flow lyric.
An exclusive mix from Glasgow's Jackmaster which was originally
broadcast on our Adventures In
Modern Music programme on Resonance FM last week. Jackmaster is
a resident at Numbers, works at
Rubadub, and has his hands
in a number of labels as well, including Dress 2 Sweat and Wireblock. Originally I asked him for
half an hour, but he provided over an hour's worth of music and
with so much unreleased material, I wasn't going to protest!
I'm not sure what it is about Glaswegian DJs (maybe one day I'll bore you all with my theories about places like Glasgow, San Francisco and Detroit), from Optimo to Kode9 to all of the Numbers crew, but they tend to mix it up a bit more and Jack's tracklist is no exception. A good mix all around which is especially interesting to reflect the changing face of UK dance music, but for my money the latter half really gets things bumping. Download it (128 kps, 71mb) by clicking here.
1. Elecktroids - Future Intro
2. Lando Kal - Fuzzy Ankles (Wireblock)
3. Lunice - Wobble (Unreleased)
4. Guido - The Way You Make Me Feel (Punch Drunk)
5. Shabba Ranks - Mr Loverman D.M. Ragga Hop Remix (Epic)
6. Dials - Riggle Giddum (Unreleased)
7. Rustie - Ultraman Remix (Unreleased)
8. Debruit - Pouls (Musique Large)
9. Redinho - Mo Brap (Wireblock)
10. Ghosts On Tape - Equator Jam (Wireblock)
11. Peter Digital Orchestra aka Fulgeance - Red & White (Wireblock)
12. Apparat - Hold On Modeselektor Remix (Shitkatapult)
13. $tinkworx - Coelacanth (Strange Life)
14. Shadow Dancer - What Is Natural (Boys Noize)
15. L-Vis 1990 - United Groove (Mad Decent)
16. Apple - Chantes (Unreleased)
17. Lil Silva - Different (Unreleased)
18. Sticky - Juneirah Riddim (Ltd.)
19. Emvee - Nocturnal (Wireblock)
20. Secret Agent Gel Feat. Coppa Kid - Crew (Bok Bok Remix) (Unreleased)
21. Starkey - Knob Twiddler (Unreleased)
22. Dorian Concept - Trilingual Dance Sexperience (Unreleased)
23. 77Klash - Pressure (Unreleased)
24. Touchy Subject - Wicked Act (Wireblock)
25. Crime Mob - Knuck If You Buck (Accapella)
26. DJ Oddz - Strung Up VIP (Black Majik)
27. Mr. De' - Detroit Zoo (Electrofunk)
28. Joker - Purple City (Kapsize)
29. Low Deep - I Know (Colourfulstate)
30. Redinho Bare Blips (Wireblock)
31. Clarke - Dirty Pixie (Warp)
32. Ludacris - Pussy Poppin'
33. AFX - Analord 9 Edit (Rephlex)
34. Bonecrusher - Never Scared (So So Def)
35. Rustie - Jagz The Smack (Stuffrecords)
Two highly recommended You Tube selections
for you – on the Fact Magazine site Droid of the Woofah
magazine and the Wearie website has selected
20 ridiculously good ragga tracks. I'm unacquainted with quite
a lot of it, but there's several foundational beats here, including
some of the rhythms that forged reggaeton. With artists with name
such as Major Mackerel and Gregory Peck, you can't really go wrong.
If your appetite was whetted for Omar Souleyman by Clive Bell's piece in The Wire 304, check out this video. I can hardly imagine how good weddings in Syria must be.
Honest Jon's night at Plastic People last night
– Sleeparchive, DJ Pete/Substance and Mark Ernestus of Basic
Channel, some of the best German electronic names essentially
– had a strangely arse-about-face feel. Not that that's
necessarily bad, far from it.
Around 11.45pm Sleeparchive was banging out Minimal Techno, the crowd fully locked-in, although this was unapologetically functional music. DJ Pete then played solely dubstep for an hour or so. For the crowd, which thinned out noticeably, it was odd for someone to come all that way just to lay down the same stuff we're used to hearing week in week out. It was almost like the early 90s, when rock 'n' roll's original Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis, stooped so low as to profess a love of this new MTV fad.
The set certainly 'worked' pretty well, with DJ Pete cranking the faders and EQs maniacally, gleefully unleashing fat basslines, locked in to the music. Strange, then, that the last set by Mark Ernestus, who looked almost unsure of what he was doing, was so much more interesting. Ernestus looked weirdly nervous, filing through his dancehall 7"s again and again, like a DJ wishing he'd bought more tunes. He played each of his dancehall instrumentals in full with a slightly awkward pause in between. It was as refreshing as a blast of cold water in the face, though, these immediate, synthetic recordings, with no sonic detailing or muso production depth, just sharp angles and edges.
It was the one set in the evening which didn't properly 'work', and yet because the building blocks were unfamiliar, it was easily the best of the night...
Just a heads up that I'll be playing Alexis O'Hara's special guest mix tonight (Thursday 7 May, 21:00 BST) on the Adventures In Modern Music show on Resonance FM. She's currently in the middle of constructing her Squeeque: Speakerbox Igloo (yup, an igloo constructed from speakers) at Galerie Skol in Montreal. The exhibition is up for just 2 days. More info here
The tracklist for the mix includes, according to Alexis, "montreal musicians who are all my friends. it runs the gamut from bluegrass to electro to dance to experimental to noise to pop"...