Sunday, April 20, 2008

Machinhes Are Funky: 19/4/08 Tracklist and Competition Question

Voila, the playlist for last night's show.

Touched Soul - Johnny D (Deep Vibes)
Beach Buggy (Motorcitysoul main mix) - Tiger Stripes (Urban Torque)
Distant Brother (Ran Shani remix) - Pedro Cali (Fine Art)
Conflicting Bells - Octogen (Soma)
Brothers and Ssiters - Tama Sumo & Prosumer (Ostgut Ton)
Murk - Ben Wijay (Phreakin)
Run to the Hills- Mental Overdrive (Love OD/Smaltown Supersound)
DET (Schtrax remix) - Daso & Pawas (Spectral)
Squally Showers - Leif (Fear of Flying)
Ecosystem - Soul Designer (Third Ear)
M.A.M. (Marcel Dettmann remix) - Gowentgone (Vidab)
Out of the Boat - Gerald Mitchell (Reincarnation)
Redemption - Philippe Autuori (Hypercolour)
32 Lineup - B12 (B12 Records)
Seldom Felt 2
WOH (Popof remix) - Delon & Dalcan (Boxer)
Balungan - Alexander Roland (Karmarouge)

There was a competition in the show to win two cds of the forthcoming Mental Overdrive cd "You Are Being Manipulated." The question is . . .

The track "Run to the Hills" is a cover of a famous song by which band?

You can send your answers by email to and mark them "Mental Comp" including all contact details. You can also leave a comment on this blog between this post and the next show tracklisting. If you do this, please remember to leave your email address too. Good luck!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Machines Are Funky: 19/4/08

On this week's show I'll be featuring new music from Ben Wijay, Radioactive Man, Mental Overdrive, Deep Vibes, Octogen, Gerald Mitchell and tons more. There'll also be a competition as I've got a couple of copies of the forthcoming Mental Overdrive cd "You Are Being Manipulated" to give away.

Keep your ear to the ground and keep it locked!

Link on the right of this blog.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Magnum Opuses

magnum opus |ˈmagnəm ˈōpəs|
noun ( pl. magnum opuses or magna opera |ˈmagnə ˈōpərə; ˈäpərə|)
a large and important work of art, music, or literature, esp. one regarded as the most important work of an artist or writer.
ORIGIN late 18th cent.: from Latin, ‘great work.’

That's a few bottles of very expensive champagne where I come from, and that's another bout of unnecessary self-depracation. On with the music. . .

Tripping Among The Stars (A Necessary Journey) - Sound Patrol (Organico)

Derrick Carter on untouchable form. From the "Sweetened, No Lemon LP on Dubtribe's Organico label. He's never done better, and he's done amazingly well on multiple occasions. I'm amazed that this hasn't been picked up by the new deep house mafia yet. Maybe it's because it's from Chicago rather than from Detroit or New York. Anyway, this is my all-time favourite deep house track. You can get off my back now John, it's up.

This review from Discogs says it all. Except that it's 17 minutes + of pure soulful house.

Buy this record for the opener, 'Tripping Among The Stars', an absolute gem of a house track. With a sub-120bpm groove, the first 5 minutes builds to the vocal intro that seals the awesome DEEPNESS of this killer cut. 10 minutes of pure soulful house, an analogue bassline to die for and a track you'll check over and over again when the lights are low. The other tracks are great, but the opener is worth the admission price alone.

I'll never post a better mp3. Fact.

The Meaning - Ron Trent & Chez Damier (Prescription Underground)

From The Language 12", a double-header with The Collective, this is my all-time favourite Prescription track, and like Derrick Carter there've been many wonderful moments. Nothing beats this simple instrumental, complete with coughing, as far as uplifting house music is concerned. Simply brilliant.

Digeridoo - The Aphex Twin (R & S)

Originally released on R & S back in 1992! I've got it from the "Classics" compilation released in the mid-nineties on sky blue vinyl pop pickers. Excellent full-on track that, rightly or wrongly didn't do it for me too much when it was released due to the whole Megadog crusty tribal techno baggage it came along with. Not arguing with it now though.

24-24 - Cabaret Voltaire (Some Bizarre/Virgin)

Diskono - Cabaret Voltaire (Some Bizarre/Virgin)

My all-time favourite beat combo. Both tracks come from "The Crackdown" LP released in 1983, "Diskono" being on a limited edition 12" that soundtracked the "Doublevision" VHS. I remember bumping into Stephen Mallinder at the Notting Hill carnival in 1987 speeding off my head. He looked like he was too.

Anyone spot Chris Watson, (old CV member who'd already left by the time of The Crackdown's release), recording puffins with Bill Oddie on tv a few weeks ago?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Mystery Virus Mix

This is the first mix I've recorded since the similarly named after-an-ailment "Stomach Bug" mix back in September. It's also the first recorded mix in the new Chateau Corey in sunny Haverhill. Needless to say I am currently suffering from a "mystery virus" thus having a little bit of free time on my hands for once.

I haven't even listened back to this mix yet, so here it is with all it's wobbles and glitches, warts and all.

System Corey is two Technics 1210s, two Pioneer CDJ 200s and an Allen and Heath Xone 32.

The Mystery Virus Mix:

Native to America - Gemini (Relief)
On Drumzzz - Jens Zimmermann (Snork Enterprises)
Promises - Pigon (Dial)
Visions of Mantada - Patrice Scott (Aesthetic Audio)
Lost Tracks from Detroit (?)
Synthetic - Wild Planet (430 West)
Baisbe alt Bass - Rhadoo (Cadenza)
Somelightuntothenight (Troy Pierce Close the Windows remix) - Cassy (Beatstreet)
Humana - Millsart (Axis)
Equalized 01 (Equalized)
Flatbread - Jens Bond (Highgrade)
To the Bone (Jamie Jones Percussion dub) - Danton Eeprom (Tsuba)
Monkier - Bearweasel (Supernature)
I'll be Back, I Promise - Gary Martin (Teknotika)
Berlin Dub - Mixworks (Mixworks)
Backseat Driver (Jason Emsley remix) - Slutbox (Siteholder)
Stash - Mark Henning (Soma)
Red Coffee - Marcus Enochson (Imprime)

I'm not sure if I've spelt the Rhadoo track properly, but I can't be arsed checking. It's forthcoming on Cadenza. Check it yourself.

The Mystery Virus mix can be contracted here.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Autodrive Vs Jahcoozi

I forgot to say a few words about the upcoming offering from Autodrive vs Jahcoozi "Hiding from the Truth" (Tonkind). A varied three-tracker with two mixes of the title track and the surreal cod-reggae of "Sir Your Wife" which I think works really well in a parallel-genre sort of way. I played the Edgar Peng remix of "Hiding from the Truth" on my last show. I may play another bit this weekend.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Great new Wire issue, with Wolfgang Voight on the cover and Carl Craig's invisible jukebox. Also, on their site, there's an Underground Resistance art gallery, like the one on Vision On with the aid of a few mind benders. One of their prints is above. It's "Drexiciya Warroirs Return." The self-mythologising could be said to have gone too far, but I'm a big fan of the black slant on science fiction and nowhere is it more in evidence than in Detroit and the music that it's produced.

Interesting, Very Interesting . . .

Once more I trawl through the cosmic slop that is my record collection, in search of uncut gems. So here are some more . . .

E-Dub - Glory B (Grow!)

Each cut on this four tracker is the business! Grow! came out of Austria in the mid-nineties and as far as I know has yet to be bettered by the land that gave us Red Bull. Jeremiah and Don Disco were two of their most prolific artists, but the "Friday Island" EP, from which this track is taken, is for me the quintessential release. Basic Channel style dubbiness and rasping house-paced metallics made Grow! a label with high quality control and ahead of it's time.

Behind Closed Doors (Theo Parrish remix) - Losoul (Elevate)

Playhouse recording artist Losoul enlists Theo Parrish to remix and the result is a consciously fuzzy tribal affair, not typical of Theo's solo work at the time. A groovesome open-ended affair that doesn't sound like Losoul either.

I Can't Kick This Feeling When It Hits - Moodymann (KDJ)

Needs no intro. Mid-paced house jam that still sounds fresh today. Possibly the Mann's best-known cut along with "Shades of Jae."

I'm The Baddest Bitch (Moodymann remix) - Norma Jean Bell (Pandamoniam)

Kenny Dixon Jnr again, this time on remix duties. This, like "I Can't KickThis Felling . . " was huge when I was living in Paris in the mid-nineties. The sax can be annoying, but that's NJB herself, and she's the baddest bitch!

Windy City - Jack-Tronic (Peacefrog)

Who is/was Jack-Tronic? I don't think he gave up the day job. Pity. One of a clutch of Peacefrog releases that made their mark by artists who have disappeared into the ether. The title, plus the time when it was made when Chicago was at the top of the tree, make this a worthy addition.

My mate Pete has started a blog, he's already fallen behind on his posts though, after his first. Anyway, early days yet. Get yer finger out Pete.

Read Pete's embryonic efforts here

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Post Anfield Euphoria

What a result for the mighty Reds last night against the Arse, who payed their part but seemed to lack mental strength when it was most needed. If things don't go well for them over the next year or so, it's good to know that Arsene Wenger has got a chauffeur career to fall back on.

And I've been trying to find time to get my act together and write some reviews, so here's some words on some imminent "hot shit."

Title: Backseat Driver EP
Artist: Slutbox
Label: Siteholder
Genre: Sinister Minimal Pimp Shit

A1: Jason Emsley's "Lick It, Smack It, Rib It Down Remix"
A2: BumpinUglyRemix
B1: Original
B2: Butane's "Percocet" Remix

"Get your dirty ass in the back" indeed. A menacing four-tracker that throughout it's four incarnations retains a sonar-like synth stab. All mixes function admirably at varying levels of intensity. Personal fave is probably the Jason Emsley remix, along with Butane's slower, more sluggish, spookier offering.

Title: Corian
Artist: Sean Palm
Label: Railyard Recordings
Genre: Warm, Deep Metronomic Grooviness

A: Corian (original mix)
B: Corian (Simon Flower remix)

The original is a simple hip swinger that brings the sound of waves breaking on the shore and vibrant strings into the mix when things are beginning to feel a little empty. It's a gentle, hypnotic piece that never overstates it's case. Simon Flower's remix is similarly warm but deeper still, and more urgent than the original. I'm imagining driving through the Mersey Tunnel at night twatted to this one.

Title: Curd & Whey
Artist: Alland Byallo
Label: Nightlight Music

1: Curd
2: Whey
3: Curd (Mikael Stavostrand Remix)
4: Curd (Michal Ho's Charmed Quark Remix)

The hi-hat in "Curd" is well in tune with one of techno's current trends. Ever since Petre Inspirescu started employing off-beat percussion in his tracks it's become a feature, and a good one at that. It's soon going to be past it's sell-by date though. Not that it is here of course. It's used well and combines with space and a lovely squelchy noise that sounds like a synthesied castanet. "Whey" isn't as lively, making use of muffled harmonies occasionally interrupted by discordant metallic foghorns. Out of the two remixes I prefer Mikael Stavostrand's. More full-on than Michal Ho's, but both have their merits and both will work the floor at different times in the set, Ho's being more of an opener.

Title: Okay No Disco
Artist: Gavin Herlihy
Label: Paradigma Music
Genre: Inventive Twist on Trance and Techno

A: Okay No Disco
B: Sink Or Swim

"Okay No Disco" is moody stuff that works well because of it's grating contradictory rhythm. There's a noise in there that I swear is sampled from "Lost in Space" or some similar fities/sixties sci-fi series. The hook is an aggressive, arpeggiated Plastikman-inspired monster. "Sink or Swim" has me thinking of riding a horse across endless snowy fields in the Arctic Circle. It's a clever trance-techno hybrid that builds it's momentum intelligently.

Title: Godson EP
Artist: Ben Wijay
Label: Phreakin
Genre: Deep/Tech House

A: Godson
B1: Murk
B2: Chicken & Chips

"Godson" is moody, sinister space funk. This is what they'll be playing on the last saucer from Venus as it hurtle past an ever-expanding Sun. It's going to make the fluff stand up on your bra. "Murk" is an acid-tinged grinder that has it's vocal samples well to the fore while the jauntily titled "Chicken and Chips" wears it's deep tech Detroit credentials on it's sleeve. A strong package from Australia's Phreakin' that hopefully brings the talented Mr Wijay to a wider audience.

Title: A Place for Everything and Everything in it's Place
Artist: Leif
Label: Fear of Flying
Genre: Tech House

1: Everywhere I Go I Meet Myself
3: Squally Showers
4: Squally Showers (Polder remix)

"Everywhere I Go I Meet Myself" well, I know how Leif feels. There's a haunted feel to this track in parts, especially when the cavernous voice kicks in. It's a good track, but a little too jerky. I like "OHNH" a lot, and it fairly bounds along, underpinned by undulating chords that give it a space jazz feel, the kind of feel you might get on acid in the Death Star. "Squally Showers" is a mid-tempo upstart of a track that displays Leif's funk credentials on the mantlepiece while Polder's remix speeds things up a bit and adds a bit of Detroit-inspired depth. A strong package from FOF.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Machines Are Funky with Andy Weatherall: 5/4/08 Playlist

Last night's show contained an interview with Andy Weatherall conducted just before he played the Priory's night at the Fez on the 20/3.

Hiding from the Truth (Edgar Peng remix) - Autodrive vs Jahcoozi (Tonkind)
Lament - Falco Brocksieper (Substatic)

AW interview Pt 1

Poppop - Gimmikk (Arearemote)
For our Fathers - Tolga Fidan (Vakant)
Cosmic Ray - Shonky (Freak n' Chic)

AW Interview Pt 2

Baccara - Guido Schneider & Andre Galluzzi (Highgrade)
Europa - Mental Overdrive (Love OD/Smalltown Supersound)
Teckno Minimal - DJ Jus-Ed (Underground Quality)
Rice from the Young Ghost - Soul Designer (Third Ear)
Geezer - Mark Henning (CDR)

AW Interview Pt 3

Dark Knight - Lerosa (A Touch of Class)
Danse avec Moi - Noze (Get Physical)

Corian - Sean Palm (Railyard Recordings)

AW Interview Pt 4

Robuna - Break SL (Philpot)
Seven (Agnes Club mix) - Luna City Express (Moon Harbour)

To download the AW interview in it's unedited form, click here.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Tomorrows Show wiv Wevvers Chat

Great show this week. I'll be featuring an interview I conducted with Andy Weatherall just before he played The Priory's Easter special at The Fez on the 20/3. As if that wasn't enough, great new music from Autodrive vs Jahcoozi, Soul Designer, Mark Henning, Guido Schneider & Andre Galluzzi and Gimmikk . . .to name but a few.

Hope to see you there.

Keep it locked.