Monday, August 25, 2008


Carrying on with today's foodie theme, I'm now offering you a bit of Bouillabaisse, a classic mix (actually something I knocked up very spontaneously this afternoon).

Bouillabaisse Tracklist:

Slave One - Mark E (Running Back)
Idle Blues - Cassy (Cassy)
Rue Montmarte - David K (Supplement Facts)
Space - Brett Johnson (Cynosure)
The Workout - Quarion (Drumpoet Society)
Stloen From The Jake (Lee Holman remix) - Gary Beck (Fine Art)
Herlin - Seth Troxler & Gadi Mizrahi (Raum Music)
Wax 001
What Happened - Abe Duque & Blake Baxter (Abe Duque)
Seldom Felt 2
Kabuki (Pan-Pot remix) - Assem Sharma (High Grade)
Wireblock 2 B - Lory D (Wireblock)
Mr Dry = TG aka Tim Green (Trapez)
Eyes Wide Open - Radio Slave (R & S)
Payback 2 - DJ Jus Ed (Underground Quality)
Knowone Can Take Away The Many - Portable (Perlon)

As ever, contstructed at Castle Corey on two 1210 mk2s, two CDJ200s and an Allen & Heath XOne:32.

Download this veritable hotch potch of a mix here.

Big Up The Hooded Posse

Here's something I came across earlier today on 4Four. Links to some of the best radio shows ever, courtesy of 808 State (well, two of them anyway). Cassette copies of some of these shows kept me in stitches, along with copious quantities of lsd, on campus at Sussex University a long time ago.

Link here.

Machines Are Funky Playlist: 24/8/08

Just back from the steaming depths of Provence where only yesterday I was supping bouillabaisse on the streets of Marseille, avec les petits soupions (which looked like the eyes of small animals). I would have posted this last night but I was knackered after four foirms of transport, so here's Saturdays playlist in all it's prerecorded glory.

Machines Are Funky: 24/8/08

Love Is On The Rocks (Monday Club Maxi Edit) - Lama (Arcobaleno)
DPOMB (Version 2) - Ame, Henrik Schwarz & Dixon (Innervisions)
$26 (Aaron Carl remix) - Justus Kohncke (Kompakt)
Training Day - Le Jockey (CDR)
Feuerwerhraus - Extra Produktionen (Brontosaurus)
Way To The Stars - Sten (Dial)
Train By The Autobahn (DJ remix by Robert Hood) - The Black Dog (Soma)
Fallout - Shaolin (Soapsud City)
Babylon Superstars (Simon Baker Infant remix) - The Youngsters (20/20 Vision)
Happy Five - Nick Curly (Cecille)
Sugar Pain - Click Box (Items & Things)
Microprocessor - Lado (FVF)
Feel (original mix) - Sebastian Bouchet (Hypercolour Digital)
Apropills (Andomat 3000 remix) - Adultnapper (Nummer)
Drink Deep (Mr G's Drunkonrum remix) - Dave Brennan (Bombis)
I Am (Marcus Houle remix) - Alloy Mental (Skint)
Benediction - Celtec Twinz (Nice & Nasty)
Mr Dry - TG aka Tim Green (Trapez)
Stay Out All Night (T's Sun mix) - Josh Wink (Ovum)

I've also got two copies of the really rather Detroit-inspired "Evolutionism" cd by Soul Designer. To win, please answer this really rather easy to research the answer to question.

On which seminal French label did Soul Designer release his first tracks?

Answers to please. Mark your email "Soul Designer Comp" and supply all relevant contact details. Or leave a comment on this blog, and include your email address. The comp is open until my next show, which is broadcast on the 6/9. Good luck.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Next Show

It's a week away but, as I'm on holiday from tomorrow it's already been recorded so here's a cut and paste idea of what to expect . . .

To brighten up your Bank Holiday weekend, I've got some choice cuts from the likes of Alloy Mental remixed by Marc Houle, The Black Dog remixed by Robert Hood, new Nick Curly on Cecille and Justus Kohncke on Kompakt and, of course, tons more.

I've also got two copies of Soul Designer's (Fabrice Lig) new cd "Evolutionism" (Third Ear) to give away too.

September's first show, on the sixth, is a fourth anniversary special and to celebrate I'll be giving away two copies of Octogen's new cd "Gindofask" (Soma).

Keep it locked.

A Quick Word With A Guy Called Gerald

A Guy Called Gerald played in Cambridge over the first May Bank Holiday weekend as part of a Hacienda reunion tour. Yours truly was due to go but was cruelly laid low by a severe bout of gastric flu. I'd also arranged an interview with the man himself but had to pull out for obvious reasons.

Anyway, I phoned what sounded like a sleepy Gerald to apologize and make my excuses. I also asked him if he'd mind answering a few questions by email, to which he agreed. Three months later the answers arrived. I'm not a fan of interview by correspondence as there can obviously be a lack of sponteneity but sometimes it's the only way. Anyway, many thanks to Gerald for answering my mostly predictable questions, and to Megan for setting it up.

A Brief Electronic Chat With A Guy Called Gerald

I've just been reading a book review of Mark E. Smith's autobiography "Renegade: The Life and Tales of Mark E. Smith" and he lays a lot of importance on the necessity to keep developing and not look back production-wise. (Got no direct quotes, sorry).

You're known best for "Voodoo Ray." How far do you agree with what Smith says?

I totally agree with him.

Since starting out you've lived in both New York and Berlin. How have these two cities affected your creativity?

Berlin more so than New York. New York wasn't as adventurous as I thought it was going to be. Berlin is very raw and understated and gives you a chance to interact with other artists on a more humane level than the bling thing and competitiveness of New York. In Berlin I don't feel any danger and I can't be creative if I feel danger.

The last album you put out, "Proto Acid The Berlin Sessions" was aimed squarely at the dancefloor, both in the way it was presented (as a continuous mix) and musically. Is this the way you're generally working now and what can we expect in the future?

That's one direction I'm working. I feel like I'm from an abstract dance background. I feel I'm making music for different areas within dance. Proto Acid was the result of a few sessions I had with this label Laboratory Instinct in Berlin. It was specifically for them. I'm working on a web shop at the moment and you can expect a whole spectrum of rainbows coming out. I am looking forward to finally having one base for all my music - past, present and future. I've been holding back on releasing a lot of music because I didn't feel I could trust the system.

Being a Wallasey native I'm intrigued to know how you're relationship with Rham Records came about. How did you end up signed to them?

They approached me after hearing my demos on Piccadilly Radio in Manchester in 1987.

How did "Trip City" happen and would you consider a similar collaboration in the future?

It happened because we were looking for an interactive club format. Trevor Miller's book was actually written in 4/4 time. Things have moved on since then. No I wouldn't do a book with music there a whole spectrum of mediums to experiment with now.

You've been quoted as saying that the music should be the focus of any live performance and not the artist (something along the lines of people should be dancing, not watching me . . .) Do you think that electronic music ever needs to put on a show?

No. Basically the music initially was designed for the recipient to create their own entertainment. In the old days this was called dancing to the music. Some of the early dance music actually chanted things like "dance, dance, dance, move your body... " these things were actually encouragement to dance. I think current generations have been gradually brainwashed into dependency of visual entertainment and unless they have the visual and the aural they turn off.

What does "keeping it real" mean to you or do you prefer to "keep it unreal"?

Keeping it real to me means just getting on with it really. Not getting involved with the bullshit. I feel like my job is to focus on production and making interesting music.

You get a sizeable mention in Kodwo Eshun's excellent "More Brilliant than the Sun" where he talks about your attitiude to sampling, rhythm and time. He also mentions the "ghost break" and says that your work at the time "Black Secret Technology," "teems with inhumanly detailed percussion, which demands posthuman motor reflexes." What do you think he's getting at here and do you see yourself as carrying on the tradition of Afrofuturism?

Most certainly. I think he's trying to say I'm a twig on a branch of a tree in a jungle of rhythmic diversity which grows out of Africa.

How important an influence was Greg Wilson and what, besides technological advances, has changed in djing and live performance since you started out?

Greg was instrumental in making me realise the possibilities of re-editing already made music when I was around 14. I don't think there's a lot that has changed apart from the technology. It seems that some producers come from a djing background - I think there are very few of us who come from more of a dance background. The dancer is always looking for excitement - something that pushes them physically. Whereas a DJ producer often looks for ease of use - he will often take a pre-set sound over trying to create something unique which seems to create a never ending loop of similar sounding sampled music. Most of the people who are interested in experiencing new sensations within dance often end up drifting into stimulants of other kinds to create the same feeling. Also I find alot of DJs focus on the techniques and the machines rather than the result.

Which artists, past and present, to you share your ideals with?

Any artist who strives to be individual in their sound.

Finally, what was playing in Cambridge like?

Playing in England is always fun. You get a chance to have a laugh.

"In Ya Head featuring Mia" new 12" released on Perlon August 4th.
1995's Black Secret Technology has been remastered and reissued on July 28, 2008.
Look out for a new live mix on's upcoming Berlin Special.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Machines Are Funky: 9/8/08

Here's last night's playlist plus the by now mandatory competition question.

Don't Look Down - John Daly (Wave)
Earth (Ame remix) - Koss (Mule)
Serenity (Soundstream remix) - Prosumer & Murat Tepeli (Ostgut Ton)
Cyber Technological Flying Machine - Octogen (Soma)
Vancouver - Martyn (3024)
Too Wrong - Sputnik O' Hara (Soapsud City)
Pierre et le Loup - Masomenos (Welcome To Masomenos)
Oil Platform 3o5 - Sjaakflut & Lado (FVF)
Back A Yard - Mr G (Oproof)
Floppy - Alex Picone (Cadenza)
Psycho (Burnski remix) - 20/20 Soundsystem (20/20 Vision)
Hard Lovin' - William Kouam Djoko (3120)
Pile Driver - Ron Murphy (Dublin Xpress)
Lost - Peter Grummich (Prog City)
Ethereal - Vince Watson (Delsin)
Crazy Place (Luciano remix) - Dave Aju (Circus Company)
Blah Blah (Aruba mix) - Mr Jones (Night Drive Music)
Mont Blanc - Jackmate (Phil E)

So, I've got two copies of Luciano's "Fabric" mix to give away and all you have to do is answer this devilishly simple question.

Which South American country does Luciano come from?

Answers to please. Mark your email "Luciano Comp" and supply all relevant contact details. Or leave a comment on this blog, and include your email address. The comp is open until my next show, which is broadcast on the 23/8. Good luck.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Tonights Show

This week's show will feature offerings from Masomenos, Octogen's forthcoming long player on Soma, 20/20 Soundsystem remixed by Burnski, Mr G, Vince Watson and many more.

I'll also be running a comp to win two copies of Luciano's recently released Fabric mix cd, and on my Bank Holiday Weekend show, I'll be giving away two copies of Soul Designer's "Evolutionism" cd.

Keep It Locked.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Our August Days

Some really random cuts here, but all good enough in their own respective ways.

Bar Talk - DJ Ghost ft Clarke (Shelter)

Fuzzy backdrop to spoken word Ursula Rucker -type business. Clarke on verse duties. Proper house music.

In The Day - DJ Ali (Leaf)

Ace driving, densely sample-laden piece of sophisticated acid. This got seriously slept on when released. Ripe for a revival.

Back In Circulation (?)

This is a white label that I picked up from a second-hand record shop just off Charing Cross Rd at the turn of the century. Sounds evocative ofdays gone by, and indeed it is, as that type of place doesn't really exist anymore. In any case, I thought it was by Joshua, in his Circulation guise, but I don't know. This track, one of four, certainly sounds like it could be him.

Respect The Cock - Phats & Small (Multiply)

A real party record, featuring an extended vocal sample of Tom Cruise from "Magnolia." This has been included because of the time I played it, by mistake, and it bought the house down at The Octopus, Stoke Newington. Ace throbbing tech-house with a cheesy grin.

Free Lovin' (Discocaine's It's The Club) - Morning Kids (Monkey Fruit)

Originally out on Daniel Wang's Balihu label, and here pepped up a bit by much-missed masters of dubby house Discocaine. A real shuffler.

Visions Of You (Rob Mello's No Ears Dub) - Trevor Rockliffe Feat. Blake Baxter (Intec)

Brilliant combination of Mello's peerless production and Baxter's sleazy vox. This one has everything and closed many of my sets "back in the day." Ace!

Take A Shot - DJ Hell & Richard Bartz (Kurbel)

Samples Phuture's "Your Only Friend." It's a deviously devilish loop made to oscillate between tracks and to be brought into sharper focus as the feeling takes you.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Mix Some Wadsworth

To usher August in I've scrounged a mix of rising house music making scallywag Kris Wadsworth. Kris is the brains (not unsurprisingly) behind the rather excellent "Get Your Wadsworth" EP on Morris Audio that I reviewed for Resident Advisor. He'll be over this side of the pond for a few gigs in September. Meanwhile, here's a little taster. This was recorded in March according to the man himself.

Mix some Wadsworth here.