Friday, December 28, 2007

Last of 2007

I love Christmas me, but there's only so many oysters you can eat, so much Champagne you can drink, before your thoughts turn back to 4/4/ beats. I've been sent a reasonable amount of stuff but, despite featuring it on my show, I never feel I'm giving that much feedback. Here are a few more reviews. Oh, and did I say the same this time last year? Probably. I'm going to revamp the blog this year, although I do have an affection for its rough and ready style. Feeds and all that . .
Here are a few reviews:

Title: Mango
Artist: Sascha Funke
Label: BPitch
Cat Number: BPC167
Genre: Slow-Burning

This is Sascha Funke's second album and it's a collection of bittersweet, melodic, trance-influenced compositions. It's a subtle spread that works well as a collection and is more than the sum of its parts. God knows why he decided to call it mango. It certainly doesn't remind me of fruit, rather an abstract flowering of nebulous proportions. In any case it doesn't have any real highlights which isn't a criticism, merely an observation which serves to exemplify its subtlety. 'Feather' is melancholic chill-out of the highest order while 'Take A Chance With Me' has a sort of suppressed menace that is continued on 'Double-Checked.' These textures echo throughout the album whose distilled essence is one of delicacy and nuance.

Title: A Picnic With The Hunters
Artist: Let's Go Outside
Label: Soma
Cat Number: Soma CD066
Genre: Sleaze Overall

Why am I reminded of dark Victorian streets and abstract shapes and phantoms while listening to this album? There's something here for everyone (and I know how cliched that is) not just over active imaginations like mine. Anyway Stephen Schieberl, aka Let's Go Outside is certainly fertile in the thought dept. Depth charge beats of varying intensity permeate this collection, along with crafty overdubs and sounds with a muted, shifting pitch. 'I Keep On Trying' is a good example of this wonkiness with its bass offset by what sound like processed pan pipes. There's more full-on bits like 'You Make Me Struggle' and 'I'm Sitting Alone' plus the corrupt musings of 'I'll Lick Your Spine' awaiting a rerelease with remixes by Ivan Smagghe and Massi DL. What I like most about this album, though is its use of vocals with no compromise on the instrumentation.

Title: Snap, Crackle and Drop
Artist: V/A
Label: Clever Music
Cat Number: Clever 023
Genre: Coiled Spring Waiting to Bounce

Mark Henning's Clever Music arrives at number 23 with a various artists EP that has funk and drive written all over it. First up is 'Special Brew' by Audio Dependent. This sounds like someone trying to keep a flea circus under control and losing. It's classic striped-down rolling house with a rolling bass that spirals. I like it a lot. 'Mind Funk' by Toketronic has some strange animal chants in the background and beats the drum for solemn tribalism. 'Le Jockey's 'Chew The Whale Fat' makes use of a prominent bass to guide it along. It's more of a mood setter than the previous two and bridges the gap nicely until we have the metronomic pong (as in the worlds first video game, not smell) of Zhao's 'Question.' The EP closes with 'Orange War Party' by Psycoded and Zoe which highlights some nice rimshot-like noises that breakdown into an insistent, synthetic groove. Good, Clever gear.

Artist: Rodriquez Jnr
Label: Leena
Cat Number:
Genre: Tech-House

Leenas fourth release sees one half of The Youngsters, Rodriquez Jnr take control. Anyway, first off we've got 'Rubber Swingo' which is aptly named as it relies on a prehensile synth line, along with muscular drums, to guide it through the dancefloor undergrowth. There are quite a few tracks out there at the moment utilising a similar technique, the Agaric remix of 'Reduxtion' by Acid Circus being another. 'Soledad' is more atmospheric, and reminds me of a soundtrack to a science fiction film I never made. It's an elegant piece of teched up space-age ambience that gives this double header an edge in the variety stakes.

Tomorrow it's the last show of the year so, as everybody else is busy organising their end of year lists I'm going to buck the trend and rummage around in the vaults for some stuff you may not have heard before. Oh, and the second hour of the show will feature a mix from the Fish from The Priory recorded back in November. The tracklisting will be posted on the 4/1 when I get back from my mum's.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mark Henning at Harry Klein, Munich, 15/12/07

Mr Mark Henning has kindly provided me with links to a mix he did at Munichs Harry Klein club last Saturday. check it out.

Here & Here

I'm playing Le Jockey's Horseplay Records party this Saturday at Cambridges Box Tree. On from 11-12. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Machines Playlist: 15/12/07 & Damo Download

Damo was the guest on last nights show. I interviewed him during the first half, we started chatting during Dan Ghenacia's 'Garden' and 'Spanish Breakfast' by 320.

Beyond the Dark (DJS2 Los Hermanos remix) - Raiders of the Lost Arp (Nature)
Stars End Tazenda - The Model (Underline)
Garden - Dan Ghenacia (Freak N' Chic)
Flederlaus - Stefan Tretau (Heimatmelodie)
526 - Donnacha Costello (Minimise)
Fieberkurve - Andre Crom (Sender)
Spanish Breakfast - 320 (Infine)
005.1 - Mountain People (Mountain People)
Rugby (No Ton edit) - Matthias Tanzmann (Moon Harbour)
Red Cabaret (2000 & 1 remix) - Onur Oezur (Vakant)

Damo "Cognitive Dissonance" mix

01. The Tuss - Synthacon 9 [Rephlex]
02. Sleepless Crew - Zeros (The Wee DJs Remix 2) - [[unreleased]]
03. The Wee DJs - Cheap Shit [[unreleased]]
04. Volsoc - Easy Edit [Spacebar Sentiments]
05. Cane - Reez [Marguerita]
06. Phase Mojo - @cidic Movements [Pyramid Transmissions]
07. Mystery Artist - Ssiwsk []
08. Nymate Association - System Online (C. Mantle Remix) [Subgrade Records]
09. British Murder Boys - Don't Give Way To Fear (Side A) [Counterbalance]
10. Aphex Twin - Isopropophlex [TVT Records]
11. Mescalinum United - We Have Arrived (Aphex Twin TTQ Mix) [R&S Records]
12. Scorn - Gravel Bed [Combat Recordings [unreleased]]
13. Komonazmuk & White Boi - Apocalypse [Combat Recordings]

Here's a direct link to download Damo's mix. I wish I could think of grown-up titles for my mixes. Watch this space.

Download here.

I'm taking a break from posting mp3s until the new year. Some reviews still to come between now and Christmas.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Machines Are Funky: 15/12/07 with Damo

On this weeks show I'll be welcoming Damo back to 209 Towers, he'll be providing an eclectic mix of electro, techno, and dubstep, amongst other things. I'll also be chatting to him about his involvement with Combat Recordings. This is a label he DJs for and has also done their internet radio show "Ammunition" on Pulse Radio, Samurai FM and Play FM too.

I'll also be playing some stuff myself from, amongst others, Raiders of the Lost Arp, Andre Crom, The Model, Dan Ghenacia and Stefan Tretau.

Machines Are Funky: 105FM in Cambridge 7-9pm GMT

Click on radio link to get the show.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Some Bits and Pieces

Flederlaus EP - Stefan Tretau (Heimatmelodie006)

Bettfluchthemmung (Martin Czubala remix)
Reiner Modern

Stefan Tretau debuts on Andre Crom's Heimatmelodie label with an accomplished four tracker. 'Flederlaus' skanks along with off-kilter synth stabs breaking the metronimic backing track and a spoken word saying "I don't need this shit". 'Bettfluchthemmung' comes in original and Martin Czubala mixes. The original is a dank, threat-filled journey through the darkside which, for some reason, reminds me of The Italoboyz. Martin Czubala's remix injects some funk into the proceedings and bounces along with Plastikmanish percussion. I prefer it to the two versions on offer, there is a muggy, pressurised feel to both though. 'Reiner Modern' offers something a little different to the rest of the EP, its more in-your-face and rawer and made for those dry ice moments. Nothing like a few contrasting loops going on to drive the dancefloor crazy. 'Camille' is a digital-release only track that, although it's described as a dj tool on the press release, still has more than enough subtlety to maintain interest.

Kardio EP - Andre Krom (Sender)


A polished and variety-packed release from Andre Crom. 'Adrenalin' is full of insect menace, and comes on like the bugs out of Starship Troopers in a disorderly phalanx ready for battle. 'Reha' jacks along nicely like what Chicago house would sound like if it had continued to evolve and not got stuck in a rut. 'Endorphin' has a concave feel to it that culminates in a regimental acid hoedown. 'Fieberkurve' with its playful sounding beats uses a muffled vocal sample that, along with Akufen-like stabs repetitively morphs into what sounds like manic laughter. The EP is an exemplary piece of robotic funk with four very playable tracks that could each find their way into most sets when the time is right.

Foundation - The Model (Underline)

Aglomerarea Lemur
Terminus Interlude
Priests of Anacron
Constant Expansion
Stars End Tazenda

This EP comes slow on the heels of last years 'Prelude to Foundation' which I found to be quite a competent piece of work. The titles allude to some sort of science fiction parallel world and there's more than a hint of the cosmic about this ep. 'Terminus Interlude' reminds me of Model 500 while 'Aglomerarea Lemur' relies on a loping bassline to drive it. Without going into exhaustive detail this is a strong release that shows a conceptual approach and a breadth of versatility. 'Priests of Anacron' is a lovely, wistful bouncer that pops and bursts when you least expect it. 'Constant Expansion' has a nice kick and a wiry build while 'Stars End Tazenda' hits the right notes with its medieval cadences. Space music of the highest order from Underline.

The Garden EP - Dan Ghenacia (Freak n' Chic)


Freak n' Chic label boss Dan Ghenacia returns to recording action with this January-bound two tracker. 'Cycle' doesn't do enough for me to keep things interesting. It's a solid enough workout but lacks variety, a good piece of functional mixing gear though. 'Garden' is more appealing and sounds like a more confident piece. It strolls along and has a nice throb to it. It reminds me of something but I can't for the life of me remember what.
'Garden' saunters along while 'Cycle' is more hesitant. Two sides of the same coin. A good release, but one track is visibly more appealing than the other to moi.

Reduxtion EP - Acid Circus (Droid Behaviour)

Reduxtion (Agaric remix)
Unkle Jak
Uncle Jak (Audio Injection 1/2 Weird remix)

'Reduxtion' on its original form is a quirky, funky little beast with an off key melody and a skippiness that reminds me of speed garage. The Agaric remix is an altogether different propostion, taking things deeper and darker, but what I really like about it is are the background effects, that rush in and out and sound like someone tunefully screaming as they're being strangled by violin strings. Played loud this rocks. Unkle Jak is, inevitably, a Chicago influenced belter that gallops along and has some disembodied voices (I love 'em) sinisterly moaning intermittently in the mix. Audio Injection's mix is a bit sparser than the original, but has all funk elements intact.

Baby Moon - Itokim (Fine Art)

Baby Moon
Glittering Way

After the success of Basic Unit's 'Fedass' EP, Fine Art look to the east, Japan specifically, to consolidate their success. 'Baby Moon' is a deep, warm, analogous composition that begs to be played on a big system, having said that it's just as likely to make you curl up in a crepuscular ball as make you dance. 'Glittering Way' is a subtle percussive journey lit up along the way by lightness-of-touch synth stabs. A sophisticated release which, for me at least, reminds me of some of Ferox's more melodic moments.

The More Things Change EP - Tom Demac (Hypercolour)

The Clock (Live)
The More Things Change (original)
The More Things Change (Agnes Cardiff Headz remix)
The More Things Change (Agnes Wales Beatdown Reshake)

The live version of 'The Clock' really is hyperkinetic techno of the highest order. A keen ear for squelching that doesn't sound a million miles away from early Daft Punk lays a foundation for grooviness that drives things along nicely. 'The More Things Change' comes in three different versions, (quite why Agnes chose to christen his efforts the way he did is anyone's guess). The original is a restrained moody journey and while it simmers with a brooding intensity, is very different in tone from 'The Clock.' Agnes' 'Cardiff Headz remix' takes things down a notch, retaining the depth of the original but dispensing with the simmering intensity to drift off on a highway of analogue warmth. His 'Cardiff Beatdown Reshake' (what happend, did he bump into Craig Bellamy during a Wetherspoon's happy hour?) is a housier take on the tune which bumps along accompanied on its way by well-chosen squelches and some interesting background orchestral samples cunningly phased to make this a jack track that sounds just that little bit more menacing. Strong release from Hypercolour. All the bits are worth your time.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Size Zero & Andy Mac

Size Zero is Mark Henning's new monthly London residency. It kicks off this Friday and the opener promises to be a belter, with Losoul and Ed Davenport in close attendance. I've got other business so shan't be there, but I won't miss the one after. I've lazily copied the details straight from an email.

Size Zero
The Egg, 200 York Way, London, N7 9AP
10pm til 6am
£10 or £5 list (anyone can msg or txt 07786
264 933 with names)
thin house, skinny techno, boney electro
Friday 14th December
Losoul (Playhouse)
Mark-Henning (Trapez, Freude-am-Tanzen, Einmaleins)
Ed Davenport (Liebe Detail, Leftroom)
Alex Stephens (Size Zero)
07786 264 933

Here's a new mix from Skints A & R man, Andy Mac. I've yet to listen to it but I'm sure it'll be up to his usual high standards. Links where it says parts 1 and 2.

andy mac live at digital, brighton 8.12.2007

claro intelecto - 'dependent' (modernlove)
maurizio - 'm5' (m series)
round two - 'new day' [dub] (main street)
mike huckaby - 'my life with the wave (synth)
tim deluxe - 'you got tha touch' [martin buttrich instr.] (skint)
ame - 'kuma' (innervisions)
mr g - 'song for harri' (unreleased)
lcd soundsystem - sounds of silver [c2 remix] (dfa)
theo parrish - synthetic flemm (sound signature)

theo parrish - synthetic flemm (sound signature)
the youngsters - the third knife (20:20 vision)
mr g. - untitled [radioslave remix] (unreleased)
alter ego - jolly joker (klang)
untitled - untitled
lfo - lfo [burglar tom re-edit] (warp)
simon baker - confused (20:20 vision)
mr g. - untitled [wink remix] (unreleased)
untitled - untitled
unknown - dancing bears [phil kieran remix] (unknown)
soulgrabber - motocross madness [bart b more remix] (loaded records)
filth n dirt - i81u812 (unreleased)

Happy listening. Some reviews on their way before the weekend.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

The New Batch

So Get Up - Underground Sound of Lisbon (Tribal UK)

Comes in original and Junior Vasquez mixes. Camp American accented spoken word intro exhorts you to "Get Up . . ." because the world's about to end. Classic tribal gear that was omnipresent at The Sound Factory at its height. Also available with Danny Tenaglia reworks.

Klugh - David Alvarado (Ovum)

Tribal heaven, bongo fury. The original's the one for me, but DJ Dozia's mix is pretty good too, and an interesting take on the track. Listen and be uplifted.

Spliffhead Remix - The Ragga Twins (Shut Up And Dance)

British rave that pulls together reggae, techno and early drum and bass. From the classic album "Reggae Owes Me Money." Futuristic whilst sounding decidedly retro.

6400 Crew Theme - Onionz & Master D (Tango)

Nothing too distinctive about this one but it works the floor. Early Tango releases, like those of Siesta relied on a similar gene pool of artists and, thus, cultivated a very similar sound. Onionz is a very underrated producer and has recently produced a remix "Ginebra (Onionz Corrosion remix)" for Funk d'Void on Soma. Not as prolific as a few years ago but still top notch.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Machines Playlist 1/12/07 & Bits

Last nights show featured a Horseplay Records showcase courtesy of Johny Davies, aka Le Jockey. There was also a randomly conducted interview which started around the time 'Opium Haze' was played.

Accretion - Kirk Degiorgio (B12)
Sources - Matthew Styles (Horizontal)
Fedass (Gary Beck remix) - Basic Unit (Fine Art)
Craichouse - Metrotek (FVF)
I Feel Speed (Audion remix) - Dubfire (Sci-Tec)
Opium Haze - Gavin Herlihy (Kindisch)
Panic Attack - Audiojack (20/20 Vision)
Albertino - Schneider, Galluzzi & Schirmacher (Cadenza)
Italia Subculture (Slam 'Paragraph' remix) - Subb-An (Leftroom Ltd)
Reduxtion (Agaric remix) - Acid Circus (Droid Behaviour)
Sessions (Main mix) - Mike Hickaby & Pacou (Cache)

Horseplay Records Showcase:

Menys - Lego
Untitled - Tom Akam
Kenpeitai 83-84 - Anthony Reckitt & Le Jockey
Jankovic Bumblebee - Anthony Reckitt & Le Jockey
Roald Dahl - Christian & Le Jockey

All I Can Say - Danton Eephrom (Freak N' Chic)
The Underground Bullshit - Gel Abril (Ovum)

There was also a competition to win some Horseplay records goodies. Here is the question:

Which Cambridge college was Johny Davies head chorister at?

The lucky winner will win a Horseplay cd and vinyl copies of the first two singles. The comp is open until Christmas day. Send entries, marked "Horseplay Comp" to, or to, or leave a comment on this blog. All entries must contain, in addition to the answer, full contact details, and if you leave a comment on the blog include your email address too. Good luck!

Now the weekly installment of grooviness from the vaults.

Mushrooms (Salt City Orchestra Out There mix) - Marshall Jefferson vs Noosa Heads (Airtight)

I was reminded of this track while reviewing for Resident Advisor recently. I think it was Michal Ho's 'Take Away' that had a similar ambience, minus the hallucinogenic, laid-back lyrics. Salt City Orchestra raised this to more rarified heights with their remix. A deep house classic.

Golden Gate - Strange Attractor (Phono)

Jona Sharp aka Space Time Continuum aka Strange Attractor etc made this for the fledgeling Phono label, which was also Herbert's early home, releasing his first four classic eps. This is a nice techy deep house track, rather in keeping with this weeks output. Nice.

Quality of Life - Synchrojack (Ferox)

Sandcastle - Precession (Ferox)

Probably my favourite ever label. Russ Gabriel's seminal British techno label not only laid down a blueprint for all like-minded imprints but released music of consistently high quality for all techy occasions, from Ian O' Brien'slush soundscapes to Synchrojack's funky dancefloor doings (btw, where are Synchrojack now?) through to Steve O' Sullivan's minimal meanderings as Precession. More Steve O' Sullivan and Ferox to come in the future.

Burner - Floorplan (Drama)

Drama, was an M-Plant sub-label and any outlet for Robert Hood's output is fine by me. This is a loop-laden monster that does exactly what it says on the tin.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

A Gruelling Week

It's been one of those weeks. Not enough time to do anything. England knocked out of the European Championships (congratulations Croatia), was pathetic, but generally it's been quite gruelling. Thank god for the music then.

Here's four more of the best.

Who Stole the Soul (Phil Weeks and David Duriez remix) - DJ Linus (Brique Rouge Traxx)

By far my favourite track on this label. It's always reminded me of a more bass-heavy Robert Hood, with vocals! I should probably now this but who does this track sample?

Move Me remixes

Version 1

Version 2

Mood II Swing (Music For Your Ears)

If version one hadn't been made then there would be a big hole in Mark Farina's life, you couldn't listen to a set of his a few years ago without hearing at least the vocal sampled. Mood II Swing in the house in a very big way. I'm not sure about the quality of this red vinyl pressing. Please let me know if it sounds shit.

Joy, Awe, Anguish, Love and Triumph - Chris Nazuka (Classic)

From the "Experience" EP and, sorry for the gushing praise on this post but this is my favourite off Classic. It's psychedelic house man. Derrick Carter's spoken word vocals urge you to "kiss the sky, feel free" and why not? And where is Chris Nazuka now, computer programmer at the MIT or something like that? Same thing with Gemini who also disappeared off the face of the Earth. Some Gemini tunes to come.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Machines Playlist and Indispensable tracks 2

Here's the playlist for tonights show.

The first hour was occasionally interrupted by an interview with George and Sam of The Priory:

Pale Fire - Clara Moto (Infine)
The Devil Is An Englishman - Luke Solomon (Crosstown Rebels)
Take Away - Michal Ho (Tuning Spork)
A Storm - Ekkohaus (Serialism)
20, 000 Freaks - Jackal & Hyde (DeTeLe Funk)
Hook Up - Paul Brtschhirsch (Leena)
Various - Chase HQ (Horseplay)
Johnny Rotten Disco Balls - Le K (Floppy Funk)
Takk Brett - Federico Molinari (Oslo)Que Pasa Maria - Ziggy Kinder (Souvenir)

George in the Mix:

Roby C - Disco Robot - Riva Starr remic (Beiek)
Mark Knight & D Ramirez - System (Toolroom)
Johannes Heil - Artology - Destillat remix (Klang Elektronik)
Carl Craig, Laurent Garnier - Shez Satan (Planet E Communications)
Adonis - No Way Back - Vocal mix (Trax Records)
Hardfloor - ...Me, Three (No Respect)
Alexi Delano - The Acid Sessions - the r-edit (ADLtd)
Alter Ego - Transphormer - Johannes Heil remix (Klang Elektronik)
Laurent Garnier - Crispy Bacon (F Communications)
H-man - Manga - Thomas Schumacher remix (Giant Wheel)
X-Press 2 - Muzikum part 2 (Skint)
Cirez D - Tigerstyle (Mouseville)
Joey Beltram - Energy Flash (Simply Recordings)
Commix - Satellite Song - Underground Resistance remix (Metalheadz)
Adonis, Charles B - Lack of Love (Simply Recordings)

Download the mix here.

And it was a good show too. Now onto some tracks. Not as old as what I usually post.

Feel The Love (Nuit Blanche Edit) - The Spencer Filipsson Experience (Crack and Speed)

The record label with the best name in the world has failed to hit its early heights recently. This is, in my opinion, their finest hour. Sleazy pop electro with a great spoken word that is just the right side of cheese.

Quebec Nightclub - Akufen (Perlon)

Part of an eponymous double-pack. Marc Eclair has never sounded better. Sampladelic, up for it, stripped-down house music of the highest order.

Lift Off (Extended Instrumental Re-Remix) - The Parallax Corporation (Viewlexx)

Ten minutes of italo madness. It's a 70s grand prix through the alleys of your mind. On Manchester Shitteh blue vinyl. Gertcha!

Smokin Jakkit (Original)

Smokin Jakkit (Luciano remix)

R Rash (

Both sides of the Exact audio rerelease of the Trelik classic. Luciano plays the arse out of "Make Your Body Move" by Minimal Man. This is another of his Trelik faves. His remix hollows it out and makes it an instant warehouse classic.

And again, I've nearly forgotten the competition question.

I've got two copies of the new Steve Bug Fabric mix to part with. Here's the question.

Steve Bug's Poker Flat label has a deeper sister label. What is it called?

Answers to any comments section in this blog between now and the next show, or to, or

Don't forget to leave all contact details, and email addresses if you leave a comment. Mark emails "Bug Comp".

Good luck.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Show and Party News

Tonight's show features special guests Sam, James and George of the Priory, who will be coming in to chat about the state of clubbing play in Cambridge and to talk about their gig tonight at The Junction, as well as occupying the 209 Radio decks for the final hour. I'll also be giving away a couple of copies of the excellent Steve Bug Fabric cd and playing some peerless sounds. Keep it locked.

That is, of course, unless I don't have a show. At the moment, with less than forty eight hours to go, I don't have a Duty Manager to look after the building while I'm in the studio. No DM, no show.

Here are a couple of worthy nights out for those of you planning to get messy in the capital.

Go!Zilla @ Cargo with…
Future Beat Investigators (Sonar Kollektiv / Raw Fusion) / Live ~
Lesser Panda/ Live (Superdark Records) ~
Diesel / DJ (Yellow Sox / X-Press 2) ~
Phil Mison / DJ (Reverso 68 / Eskimo) ~
James Priestley/ DJ (Go!Zilla / secretsundaze) ~
Saturday 24th November
£6 before 9pm/£12 after/ NUS concessions £10
Advance tickets from
Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AY

Go!Zilla and its bi-monthly home of Cargo are the ideal modern day marriage, helping to achieve Go!Zilla’s pursuit to bring together the most intriguing and latest acts from across genres through the fundamental live angle. Cargo’s acoustics combined with dancefloor space ensures the Go!Zilla concept continues to astound crowds and those involved.

November brings Future Beat Investigators, who have made homes at Sonar Kollectiv and Raw Fusion labels within their approaching two-year production partnership. Their sound takes in varying influences to form the perfect balance of old school Detroit influences in a modern house context. In their short time together nearly all tracks have been snapped up for release and their music is causing ripples for Jazzanova to Richie Hawtin to Giles Peterson. This date is their debut live UK performance and one that undoubtedly will exhibit their skills to the full potential.

Lesser Panda are all about energy and drama. Their sets give the crowd the sense of a classic dance record with all the urgency and vigor of live rock. The memorable and elating ‘Happy Birthday’ has been causing hype for the masses with support from John Kennedy on XFM and DFA mixmaster Tim Sweeney from Beats In Space radio.

Phil Mison, former resident of CafĂ© Del Mar, Ibiza and part of the Reverso 68 outfit with Pete Herbert on Eskimo will be offering his freestyle skills on the decks showcasing everything from Balearic soul to cosmic disco taking in some rock, jazz and funk along the way - perfectly in keeping with Go!Zilla’s eclectic musical policy. He will perform alongside Diesel, famed as one third of production outfit X-Press 2 and now as part of ‘Yellow Sox’ with a hot new single ‘Zig Zag’ on the dependable Freerange label.

Our resident James Priestley has had a busy year delivering his first mix CD for secretsundaze, debut production ep for Simple with ‘Chariots’ and co-ordinating and expanding the Go!Zilla concept and dynamic as well as secretsundaze events over the Summer. The Winter months see him take over dancefloors in Milan, Frankfurt at Robert Johnson and London at Fabric. So come take on the beats, sample the unknown and extend your tastes at Go!Zilla in another episode of pioneering, quality dance-based action.

Saturday November 24th
Room 1 ~
Damian Lazarus (Crosstown Rebels)
Matthias Tanzmann (Moon Harbour)
Dan Foat (Phonica)

Room 2 ~ Tayo's Tracksuit Party
Frank Tope
Skull Juice
Hannah Holland (Trailer Trash)
Sick Rick

**Secret Location**
10.30pm til 6am
£8 advance from more on the door

Info: +44(0)7932 869705/
After the astounding success of October Halloween party, mulletover would like to thank anyone that came along and made it so special. The next party is another big event with two rooms full to the brim with talent on Saturday November 24th in, as always, a secret location.

Room 1 welcomes two record label head honchos, Crosstown Rebels’ Damian Lazarus alongside Matthias Tanzmann, the mastermind behind the Moon Harbour label. Lazarus is London-born but has become a global success on the scene in the past few years taking in residencies at Circo Loco, Ibiza and his own infamous Stink parties at the T Bar in London. Matthias Tanzmann has flirted with house and techno through the offerings on Moon Harbour and both labels have proved their ambition and status in releasing many of the influential and lasting records of the scene in their half decade of existence.

Our resident Geddes sees the release of his debut ep, Trial & Error on Tsuba records this month and completes the main room alongside Dan Foat, a familiar face behind the counter at Phonica records and also reviewer, A&R consultant and producer.

Our theme this month is inspired by Tayo’s Tracksuit party in Room 2, an excuse to pull out some moves in 80s style. Tayo has ridden the waves between house, techno and breaks for years, a main player on the scene he knows how to put the energy into a party. His long-term partner in crime, Frank Tope will be gracing the decks alongside him as well as Skull Juice, new talent that has taken the East London scene by storm gaining huge support from Erol Alkan and MSTRKRFT amongst others.

Hannah Holland - familiar for her residency at Trailer Trash and regular sets at Bugged Out - and Sick Rick, both lovers of churning eclectic sets add their touch to the Tracksuit fiesta, ensuring this party keeps everyone’s trainers squeaking on the dancefloor all night long.

That was bloody slack of me. I just pasted the press releases. Beats paraphrasing

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Some Words and Sounds

Title: Le Freaky Fry
Artist: Le K
Label: Floppy Funk
Cat Number: Floppy 15
Genre: Jack is Back

A: Johnny Rotten Disco Balls
B1: Jack Transmission
B2: Give Me A K

Floppy Funk are one of a number of label, Highgrade and Morris Audio in its various offshoots also spring to mind, that are preserving the funk of Chicagos particular brand of jacking funk. I don't keep up with his playlists these days, but this is so up Derrick Carter's street, and Mark Farina's, that they must be down with it. 'Jack Transmission' has the kind of pitch changes that can brighten up any dancefloor and takes 'Johnny Rottrn Disco Balls' a little further. 'Give Me a K', in name at least, is probably single-handedly responsible for the large-scale disappearance of this type of house music from many dancefloors over the last four or five years. A good EP, hardly innovative, but keeping this particular strand of house alive and providing a shot in the arm for many a flat set.

Title; Meiba EP
Artist: So Inagawa
Label: Minimood
Cat Number: Minimood002
Genre: House

A: Sekito (Seiul's Gyoza Addict remix)
B1: Sekito
B2: Usui

The Meiba EP is a ride through a desolate landscape populated by disembodied voices and flanged spurts of sound that come together to induce a funky but simultaneously unsettling effect. Seiul's 'Gyoza Addict remix' is ok, but long, and needs more action in it. 'Sekito' in its original form is more intersting, faster-paced and has some nice liquid vocal snippets that help the track come alive. 'Usui' isn't as funky as 'Sekito' but does share some of the characteristics of Seuil's remix.

Title: Moin Moin Basis
Artist: Freedarich & Stiggsen
Label: Freizetglauben Berlin
Cat Number: FGZ017
Genre: Bass-Heavy Moodiness

A: Moin Moin Basis
B: Maja

Classy, well-produced release from Freedarich & Stiggsen, with 'Moin Moin Basis' taking the honours as an understated stomper that is versatile enough to be played at almost any point in a set. 'Maja' slows things down and is more subtle, it also has a guarded spoken-word that travels down a spiral staircase of melody into the abyss. Both tracks have just enough sophistication to be influential in the right environment.

Title: Demons EP
Artist: Luke Solomon
Label: Crosstown Rebels
Cat Number:
Genre: Mid -Paced Italo-Inflected Meanderings

A1: Demons (Brennan Green remix)
A2: Demons
B1: Return to Darkly
B2: The evil is an Englishman

Now this I like. Luke Solomon shows his versatility here with three cuts classically-influenced electronic disco. Brennan Green's 'Demons' remix is the type of music you'd expect to hear at a fairground, albeit one totally funked-up and proficient in psychedelic voyages. I prefer the tougher original version though. It's much more gutsy and has some nice, kitsch background vocals. 'Return to Darkly' follows the same path as the previous tracks, but adds a sinister acid synth line that squiggles and squirts nicely more or less along the whole length of the track. Oh, and there's also a nice reference to 'Close Encounters . . .' as well. 'The Devil is an Englishman' has a Brett Johnsonesque jaunt about it, indeed, it doesn't sound too dissimilar to his "World of Nonsense mix" of 'I'm Satisfied'. Whimsical and lively, with some off-kilter samples thrown in for good measure, it rounds off a quality package quite nicely.

I remember listening to Radio Nova when I was living in Paris and Luke as being interviewed by Ivan Smagghe the night after he played The Queen on The Champs-Elyssees (which was very good btw) and he wa speaking about wanting to make "slower" house music. Could this be what he meant?

Westworld (Medieval Funk mix)

Westworld (Termination mix)

-Chiapet (Yoshi Toshi)

Supplementing the immortal 'Tick Tock' from the first batch of downoads on the blog, 'Westworld' is an altogether more restrained affair that relies more on John Ciafone's Basic-Channelesque groove than its predecessor. The 'Medieval Funk Mix' is my personal preference, but they both do damage.

The Spy-chiatrist - Foremost Poets (Soundmen on Wax)

Johnny Dangerous on more sterling spoken-word form. This is an imagined couch classic between a psychiatrist and his patient. Disco licks mean that this one comes straight from the disturbed section of the dancefloor. A slept-on classic.

I'm Satisfied (Brett's World of Nonsense mix) - Scopper and Bubba (Classic)

Brett Johnson at the height of his powers on great remix form for Classic. Typical BJ elements are all present, a grinding electroey groove complete with distorted sinister/silly vocals. I'll post Chris Nazuka's 'Experience' as soon as I lay my hands on it.

Celestial Highways - M5 (Metroplex)

Gerald Mitchell on lush techno form for Juan Atkins' Metroplex. Nothing particularly special about this one except that i presses al the correct Detroit buttons. More Gerald Mitchell to come in furture installments. 'Soulsaver' remains his finest hour though.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Machines Playlist 3/11/07, Indispensable Tracks and Hypercolour

Here's the playlist for last nights show:

Suspended (album version) - Chloe (Kill the DJ)
Interspherical Tensions - Jackmate (Freude-am-Tanzen)
Electric Soca (Kaos remix) - Rodion (Gomma)
Be Like the Sun - Dave Aju and the Invisible Art Trio (Circus Company)
Ginebra (Onionz Corrosion remix) - Funk d'Void (Soma)
People from the South - Cesare Vs Disorder (Mean)
Rackadoom - Petre Inspirescu (Cadenza)
Superstar - Micronauts (Citizen)
Sick Note - Mark Henning (Cynosure)
The Whisper Had It - Simon Flower (Poker Flat)
Tick Tock (Jesse Rose dub) - Deadset (Front Room)
Red Coffee (Redshape Sweat remix) - Markus Enochson (Imprime)
Felaz - Glimpse and Alex Jones (Hypercolour)
We Are 10 (A) - Raudive (We Are)

Steve Bug Fabric Mix:

Joparish - Manoo (Deeply Rooted House)
Touched the Sky (Joe's dub beats) - Dennis Ferrer (King Street Sounds)
C'mon Dance - Whitelabel (Wasnotwas)
Spam Bot - Einzelkind (Playhouse)
De Bou! - Petre Inspirescu (Arpiar)
Unreliable Virgin - Argy (Cocoon)
Hunter - Martin Buttrich (Cocoon)

And as if all that wasn't enough, I've once more motivated my lazy fat arse to post four more from the vaults.

Alpha Wave (Plastikmans Acid House mix) - System Seven (Big Life)

Quite simply, your collection isn't complete without it. Probably the longest track I'll put up for download. Nearly twenty minutes of acid house madness courtesy of Mr Hawtin. An evergreen piece of twisted madness that always comes back for more.

The Preacher Man - Green Velvet (Relief)

Quite simply, your collection isn't complete without it. That's the second time I've said that today but it's the truth. Green Velvet proves that he's just as out there as Plastikman, even more so. The title defines itself. Velvet made loads of great tracks but, in my opinion, never bettered this.

Beyond - Glenn Underground (Cajual)

Quintessential piece of house that manages to blend electro. italo and more traditional disco influences effortlessly. It would have been ruined by a vocal, so Mr Underground wisely left it as it was. Spiritual and uplifting. This track and Velvet's define Relief and Cajual for me.

Gravelifter - Foremost Poets (Soundmen on Wax)

I posted 'Moonraker' a while back, so here's 'Gravelifter' the next in Johnny Dangerous' warped spoken word sequence, having said that, the utterances in this track are chanted rather than spoken. It's a minimal tribal 'ting. I'll put 'The Spy-chiatrist' up as soon as I've found it.

Hypercolour are a Brighton-based label who have been kind enough to send me some of their releases, and five tracks old with another about to be released they've hit their stride early. The upcoming release on their schedule is called 'Felaz' and is by Glimpse and Alex Jones, the B side features a remix of the A by the up-and-coming Matt Starr. This is Glimpse's second outing on the label, as well as Alex Jones' having also been behind the first and second releases respectively. Sebastien Bouchet and Frankie Flowerz have also released tracks on the label, and remixers have included Jamie Jones and Jens Bond. Everybody's favourite Chilean maverick Ricardo Villalobos has recently been very positive about the Matt Star 'Felaz' remix, so momentum is gathering and the future looks bright.

Like-minded labels are springing up all over the place at the moment. The UK used to be a techno wasteland. Little by little things are starting to change.

I'd also like to make a little correction to the UR Warehouse Project review in my last post. My erstwhile scribe must have missed it, but I've been assured by the festival promoters that there is, in fact, a smoking area at the venue. I can only imagine he was kippered.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Interstellar Fugitives at The Warehouse Project

UR, Jeff Mills and Francois Kevorkian played The Warehouse Project on the 19/10. Here's a short review that one of my chemically-enhanced operatives wrote for the blog. He also sent me some quite disturbing photographs, but I'm having trouble getting them off my phone. Cheers Pete.

After the disappointment of last years Warehouse Project, because of the deficiencies of the sound system in such a large venue as Boddington's Brewery, this years Detroit themed night was eagerly awaited. With both Jeff Mills and Mike Banks on the same bill the night was promoted by the team at the Warehouse Project as something of a unique event, as well as allegedly being the last time that any of the UR personnel would go out under the name of " Interstellar Fugitives ".
This year the venue is an underground car park adjacent to Piccadilly station. The venue is smaller, with a much lower ceiling. The sound system is excellent with speakers all the way to the back and around both sides. The only problem is the inadequate number of toilets. At least twice as many are required, in my opinion.
Francois Kevorkian was about 20 mins into his set when I arrived and warming things up very nicely with a pretty eclectic set of techno, electro and some old school house thrown in for good measure.
After Kevorkian, Interstellar Fugitives took the stage dressed in black combat gear complete with bandannas and ski masks. Highlights of the set were " Final Frontier ",
" Moor Horsemen on Belarus Five ", " Crackzilla " and the new single " Kill Your Radio Station ". It was an energetic performance that was generally well received although a few people I spoke to complained about " this resistance shit " and asked me " what time is Jeff Mills on this is rubbish". For those who know for those who don't know. The lure of the big name DJ is still prevalent.
After having been introduced by UR as " the greatest DJ on the planet and the reason why we are all here " Mills appeared at 3am. He played a tightly controlled and programmed set which gradually built over two hours. In a word, quality.
Overall the Warehouse Project is much improved this year. Apart from the toilet facilities and the lack of a designated smoking area it was pretty much perfect. It is bizarre not to be able to smoke in a venue where amyl nitrate was on sale! Still a visit to Manchester is highly recommended.

And although this has been heavily blogged already, go out and buy this months Wire. resplendent with a Mad Mike interview.

Simon Flower

Read my RA review of Simon Flower's 'The Whisper Had It' here.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Todd Bodine & Goldfish und der Dulz

Read my RA reviews of Todd Bodine and Ludwig Coenen's 'Globetrotter' EP and Goldfish und der Dulz's '13 Klange here and here.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

End of the Month Necessities

Posts are becoming few and far between at the moment but at least I can always squeeze in a few essentials for those dark winter nights ahead, so here's four more of the best.

You Can Dance If You Want To (D) - Moodymann (KDJ):

Bit of a rarity this one. Released as a double 12" in a plain black sleeve, all tracks untitled and coming correct with soft porn labels (all of which I've gratuitously stuck above), this was ,as far as I know, hastily withdrawn due to it using uncleared Prince samples. This, of course, makes it highly collectable and it has apparently gone for around £200 on Ebay. The track above is the floor filler of the quartet.

I'll always remember the review in Jockey Slut when this was released. The reviewer spent almost as much time bemoaning the "sexism" of the label art as talking about the music. I wonder if I'll get the same treatment?

Asphyx - Sterac (100% Pure):

Sterac, aka Steve Rachmad, is one of my favourite producers having never let his guard down and always produced state-of-the-art high quality emotive techno heavily influenced by Detroit and, in most cases, surpassing these influences to create melodic mood music that is difficult to equal in any genre. 'Asphyx' was released back in 1995 and I remember Laurent Garnier opening a set with it at one of the infamous Soma parties in Paris (nothing to do with the Glaswegian record label). Ostentatious trance is blended with techno to great effect.

Contemplation (King Britt's Funke Mix) - Josh One (Electromatrix):

A repetitive "open up you mind" vocal amidst driving disco strings is all this one needed to become a classic. Simplicity is the key. It does what it says on the tin, etc . . . Highly effective.

Freaky (The Bar Heads Mix) - Lou 2 (Strictly Rhythm):

Louie Vega and Little Louis united to make this deadly deep house battle weapon. I'm a sucker for spoken word vocals and this is one of the best. As far as I know this was a one-off and they didn't collaborate again. Am I right? Answers in comments below if you can be arsed.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Last Nights Playlist and some Classics

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

Desertification - Matt Chester (11th Hour Recordings)
Squeeks and Kaos (Jamie Jones Pacific remix) - Active Kaos (Immigrant)

PBD - Cobblestone Jazz (Wagon Repair/K7)

Meteor Im Eis (Tadeo remix) - Tom Clarke (Highgrade)
Vacuum - Teenage Bad Girl (Citizen)
Mumbling Yeah - Kabale und Liebe feat. Daniel Sanchez (Remotearea)

Hunted - Martin Buttrich (Cocoon)
What's Up Adults? - Peter Grummich (Sthmlaudio)
Cure (Oil of Mars Vs Samim remix) - Miguel Toro (Moon Harbour)
Every Week - Miss Fitz (Freak n' Chic)
Fixation - Three Channels present Catz n' Dogz (Dirtybird)

Eclipse - Oener Ozer (Vakant)
Sacred Time - DJ3000 (Motech)
Tin Solidier - Red Robbin and Jacob Hilden (Trapez Ltd)
Innocent Robot - Animaltek (Treibstoff)
Arsid - Infant presents Burnski (20/20 Vision)
My Black Sheep (LB Dub Corp remix) - Len Faki (Figure)
Noh Ngamebo - Arto Mwambe (Brontosaurus)

The competition question is, I've got a couple of copies of Gui Boratto's new double mix cd "Addicted Vol 2" (Platipus) to give away. Here's the disgustingly easy question.

What is the name of Gui Boratto's breakthrough single, which featured a remix by Supermayer?

Answers to, or Mark your emails "Boratto Comp" or you can leave a comment in any comment box on this blog from this post to the next playlist post. In all cases, leave full contact details, plus your email address if you leave a comment. Good luck.

Now here are some more succulent temptations.

Paper Moon - 51 Days (Touche)

All time deeper than the Mariana Trench epic from the mid nineties on the classic Touche label. All tracks on this 12 are the business, but it's this one that will go down as an all-time classic. Superb deep tech-house hybrid from the once ubiquitous Dobre and Jamez.

Purple Heart - Tan- Ru (Trelik)

Peter Ford's other label, in addition to Ilfach. Trelik was that little bit more clubbier and a little less experimental than it's sibling. "Purple Heart" was a favourite round these parts for its rolling, popping bassline. The brains behind this track is also responsible for R Rash, whose "Smoking Jakkit" was remixed by Luciano. I'll post the original soon.

Jungle Bill - Yello (Mercury)

From "Baby," an epic pumper in its own right. Remixed by Andy Weatherall. This is the original and its all good. I need to dig out a bit more Yello. Goes down a storm if correctly inserted in a set.

Version 5 - Swag (Junior Boys Own)

Same thing with Swag. Chris Duckenfield and Richard Brown were my favourite producers for a very long period, almost until they stopped making records together. Having said that, they may just be having a hiatus. In any case this was one of their first, and best. It's the one with the sirens.