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.