Saturday, May 14, 2011
I listen to mixes, tons of them, in fact I listen to mixes more than anything else and never fail to be enthused by what I hear. I never really wanted to be in a band; all that endless rehearsing and sound checking to almost certainly play the same stuff night after night with little or no spontaneity. Of course it all depends who you are but when I think about this my mind always goes running back to two gigs from times gone by. The first was Lloyd Cole and The Commotions at The Royal Court in Liverpool in 1985 I think. The second was Sonic Youth on their "Daydream Nation" tour in Kilburn, which must have been in 1988. Anyhow, both gigs were very disappointing due to each band in question playing perfectly flawless sets obviously designed to promote a recently-released album. Sonic Youth in particular were disappointing, I was expecting it from the nervous, fastidious Cole. Sonic Youth were so disappointing that all I really remember from the gig is Mudhoney, who were infinitely better.
So it's a DJs life for me, (hypothetically at least). So much more control, variety and autonomy. With this in mind, here are a few links to some sets I've been listening to recently. Some you'll have already come across, others maybe not.
Seth Troxler's Essential Mix
Has its moments, but could have been better and more up-to-date. Probably recorded a couple of months ago. The mailout that accompanied this has raised a few eyebrows due to Seth seeking recognition for having "mixed it live . . .in one two hour take . . " whatever that means anymore.
Here's the tracklist:
Mirko Loko - I Love Prince Tool (White)
The Mole - T Strings (Unreleased)
Terje Bakke - All Night Long Edit (Unreleased)
The Mole - Laderoke Remix (Unreleased)
DJ Sneak - Delta Trippin’ (a:rpia:r)
Leon - The Power Of Dreams (Viva Music)
Matt John - Hello Again (Unreleased)
DJ Sneak - Delta Trippin (Ricardo Villalobos Lemi Smoke Remix) (a:rpia:r)
Mirko Loko - Butterfly (Unreleased)
Masomenos - Happy Accident (Wtm)
Moodymanc - Black Paint (Larry Heard’s After Dark Mix) (Tsuba Colours)
David K - Baha Road (Unreleased)
Rodriguez Jr. - Orinoco (Claude Monnet Remix) (Unreleased)
Benoit & Sergio - Let Me Count The Ways (Spectral)
Maceo Plex - Fallin’ (Visionquest)
Benoit & Sergio - Everybody (DFA)
Julio Bashmore - Battle For Middle You (PMR Records)
Terry - Time Doesn’t Count (Shaun Reeves And Tale Of Us Remix) (Lowpitch)
4th Measure Men - 4 You (Maya Jane Coles Remix) (Defected)
Alain Ho + Kat Boelskv - Stronger (Unreleased)
Dave Vega - Woes Of Me (feat Seth Troxler) (Exercise One Club Mix) (Exone)
Deniz Kurtel - Make Me Feel (Crosstown Rebels)
Nhar - Innerplace (Perspestiv)
Massimiliano Pagliara - Hypnotic Arpeggio (Playhouse)
Tiga - Gental Giant (Turbo)
Footprintz - Golden Dreams (Reprise) (Visionquest)
Andy Weatherall live at the Electron Festival, Geneva, 21.4.11
I'm about halfway through this as I write and so far so satisfying.
Maceo Plex at IWW, We Are Rebels, Harry Klein, Munich 5.11
Not sure of the precise date for this, I think it's a couple of Fridays ago. It's the whole night so you'll need perseverance. Don't know where Mr Plex pops up. Here's the cast
IWW - We Are Rebels:
MACEO PLEX aka MAETRIK (Crosstown Rebels / Treibstoff, Valencia)
Fabian Kranz (IWW, München)
MAXÂGE (IWW, München)
Sebastian Galvani (IWW, München)
cons-t (IWW, München)
Anyway, into the unknown with this one as I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet.
Richy Ahmed's Fabric mix 4.11
Mr Ahmed is a recent addition to the permanently lubricated stable of Hot Natured artists overseen by Jamie Jones and Lee Foss. This set is perfectly in keeping with their sound and, as such, is slightly predictable, but in a very good way.
FACT Mix 240, John Convex.
This one won't be around for much longer, so get on it. Brilliant, especially that Egyptian Lover track.
FACTMix 244, Aardvarck
Aardvarck looks a lot like a few people I used to buy weed off back in the day. Well he is from Holland.
That's all I can be bothered with for now. In any case I've just switched on the telly and Citizen Smith's on. Haven't seen it for at least thirty years. More later in the week. I am excited.