Monday, December 18, 2006

Saturday's show was the last of the year and was started off by the track everybody's been caning, the Audion remix of Hot Chip's "No Such Thing." Like "Mouth to Mouth" it's not particularly quick off the mark and seems to plod it's way towards relative inconclusion and it could go on forever if given half a chance, but Matthew Dear does seem to be rewriting the sonic rule book through the inclusion of some quite mind-bending sounds in his recent work that seem to contract, constrict, expand and explode in complete harmony with an implicit discord. What the fuck am I on about? I know so make up your own minds. They do what it says on the tin though, and intellectualizing this stuff makes you sound like you've got a one-way ticket up your own arse, so listen up and get dancing.

Swanned along to the Box Tree straight after the show for Jonny Davies' Horseplay Records party and met a few heads. Robin, Justin and Ed from Baadger Attack were there, as well as Mark Henning, who gave me some advance promos of stuff to be released in the New Year, so expect one of those tracks on the first show of next year. Dave Kelso, who's had tracks played on my last couple of broadcasts, finally picked up his copy of "Fear and Lothian" by The Wee DJs, which he won at least six months ago, and also played an interesting set that veered from house in the shape of Natural Rhythm, to techno in the shape of Alexi Delano on Plus 8. Middle-age is coming to meet me with a scythe and knobbly knees, so I left at a very early hour. I'll be back causing mayhem next Saturday though, at The Geldart. Oh, and Jonny hopes that Horseplay will find a monthly home at the Box Tree. The next night there will be on January 6th 'o7, hopefully with yours truly manning the decks.

2Fiveonine - Octogen (Soma) is shimmering machine funk of the highest quality. It all seemed to make perfect sense when we were driving back from Calais last weekend and the post-industrial landscape of lamps on prehensile stalks stretched out as far as the eye could see above the platforms were the cross-channel shuttle was waiting for us to board. I've also taken delivery of Fabric 32 - Luke Slater (Fabric) which is better than I thought it would be. I didn't think it was going to be bad, rather the inclusion of a few of the last year's stalwarts (Full Clip, A Bit Patchy, Here, Mouth to Mouth) might have made it a bit predictable. Luke Slater hasn't been around this long and kept his street cred under wraps for nothing though, and it's an honest mix, in the same way as Dirk Kuyt is an honest centre forward, and Alan Curbishly's West Ham can be expected to play "honestly." In other words, it's all good.

As I write, Alan Curbishly's West Ham are leading the Mancs 1-0. Honestly . . .

Playlist for Machines Are Funky: 16/12/06

Listen to the archive here.

No Such Thing (Audion remix) - Hot Chip (EMI)
Intercity (3 Channels remix) - Johnny Wagner (Trenton)
Baboul Hair Cutting (Gui Boratto mix) - Agoria (Different)
Panic - Jamie Jones (Crosstown Rebels)
Soulsearcher (Passerani's Soulmix) - Octogen (Soma)
Snip Acid VIP - Oslek (CDR)
Asteroids - Dan Berkson & James What (Poker Flat)
Propain - My My (Playhouse)
Funkyhotpancakes - Leftside (CDR)
4304 - For Disco Only (For Disco Only)
Blue Buffalo - Phage & Daniel Dreir (Highgrade)
Just Wanna Get Down (Guido Schneider remix) - Audio Werner (Trapez Ltd)
Jingover - The Mole (Wagon Repair)
Separation - Gaiser (Minus)
Immediatism - Free Agent (CDR)
Rancho Relaxo (Jennifer Cardini & Shonky remix) - Anja Schneider (Mobilee)
Welcome to Zion (Sebo K & Metro remix) - King Roc (Simple)
Trust Me (Cowboy mix) - Kiki (BPitch)

And I almost forgot. Saturday's show featured a competiton to win Sven vath's latest Cocoon competition "The Sound of the Seventh Season." To win one of two comments leave a comment on this blog with full contact details and the correct answer to this question: Which other famous dj was Sven Vath filmed canoodling with recently?

The comp is open until my next show in the New Year. All the best.

Monday, December 11, 2006

The chart is only ever an indication of what I am playing at the time of writing, not necessarily of new releases:

Panic - Jamie Jones (Crosstown Rebels)
Trust Me (Cowboy mix) - Kiki (BPitch)
Intercity (3 Channels mix) - Johnny Wagner (Trenton)
Compilation 5, Bets & Bluffs - Various Artists (Poker Flat)
Tuning 4 (Boxer)
Harissa - Locodice (Cadenza)
5.1 - Moritz von Pein (Kahlwild)
Midnight Magic LP - Skatebard (Digitalo)
Back to Back Compilation - Various Artists (Mobilee)
Bought and Sold - AM/PM (Dreck)

They've been out for a while on import, but are just getting a proper release here:

Interstellar Fugigtives 2 The Destruction of Order - Underground Resistance
Galaxy to Galaxy. A Hi-Tech Jazz Compilation - Galaxy to Galaxy/Underground Resistance (Uncivilized World/Submerge)

While I was writing the above, news came through from Santiago of Pinochet's demise. Let's hope that old crab Thatcher's next eh?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Cock up on the hyperlink front. Click here to get at the archive for the last show.
Sitting in front of the telly having stayed in the previous night is not my idea of an ideal Sunday afternoon. I should have gone to Bottom Heavy last night but decided not to in the end. There are quite a few things coming up this month, not least Christmas, but bigger developments are on the horizon and an upheaval of major proportions is about to take place. Another kid and a new home (probably). I suppose it'll keep me off the streets.

So, no photos from B.Heavy, but I'l be back for the next one, stronger and hungrier. A few things going on in Cambridge this month. On the 16th we've got a party for the launch of the just released "Oliver's Twisted/Stable Boy" by Le Jockey on Horseplay records. There's a strong quadruped association about this one. Jockey hasn't been making music long but his enthusiasm is an example to us all. For the last month he's been crisscrossing the nation with a box of 12" in his boot pushing his wares on unsuspecting record shops old school stylee. It has, at the very least gained places on both Juno's and Phonica's websites, which is nice.

There's a little get-together of sorts at the Cellar Bar (I think) on the 14th, featuring Dave Kelso (track featured in last night's show, see below), Robin Howells, etc; and another Le Jockey evening at The Geldart on the 23rd. There's also a festive Badger Attack, but in Camden, not Cambridge, on the 22nd. The Priory are busy this month with the aptly named "Silent Night Silent Disco" featuring Sam I Am and The Fish as well as the Silent Disco DJ's taking p;lace at The Junction on the 9th. "Silent Disco" is so-called because the music will be relayed by modern technology through the headphones of the punters and not through a sound system. "Imagine the scene . . .1000 clubbers dancing to nothing-well apart from what they can hear through their headphones!" says the flier. 1000 clubbers! They had 18 for "Product a couple of weeks ago. 1000 in The Junction? For The Priory's sake I hope so, but I just can't see it somehow. Anyway I'll be in Calais on a booze and foie gras cruise. Future Priory dates for your diary are Touche in January and the excellent Paul Woolford in February. Can't remember the dates but it's normally the third week of the month on a Thursday. "Do the math . . ." as they say. I really want to see Wooly, but I know as soon as my back is turned that, providing it hasn't already happened, the sprog will drop. Time will tell.

Here's the playlist from last night's show:

Machines Are Funky: 2/12/06

Clap - Skatebard (Digitalo)
The White Rose Dub - Silicon Soul (Soma)
Tosehiw - Dave Kelso (cdr)
Tongue in the Hole (Alex Under mix) - Molder (Audiomatique)
Doradox - Tadeo (CMYK)
Ultimate Desert Ambassador (Mike Shannon's View to Vodka remix) - Lee Van Dowski & Quenum (Soma)
Deuteronomy Brown (I-F re-edit) - Walter Jones (Supersoul)

Jim Masters in the Mix

1st Intergalactic Baptist Church - Underground Resistance (UR)
The Club (Version 2) - Blake Baxter & Marc Romboy (Systematic)
Looking in the Mirror - Mirage (Italians do it Better)
Hober Mallow - The Model (Underline)
Another Late Night - Gummihz (Mobilee)
Midi Shower - Dave DK & Holger Zilske (Playhouse)

This show will be available on the archive here, probably from 5/12 onwards, but check it before. Jim Masters mixed up a storm, thanks very much Jim. Hope everything went well last night and Colin Dale did you proud. Oh, and there was an excellent competition on the show. Two questions, one to win a copy of the new Galaxy to Galaxy compilation and one to win the new Underground Resistance cd "Interstellar Fugitives 2. The Destruction of Order" along with a dvd documenting the making of the album.

For the Galaxy to Galaxy cd, the question is
"How Many Members are in Galaxy to Galaxy?"

For the UR cd the question is
"Which three individuals are credited with forming Underground Resistance?"

The answers will go into my metaphorical hat and be drawn out on New Years Day. You can enter by leaving a comment on this blog, but please leave your name and email address as well.

Chart to follow before the end of this week.