Sunday, September 11, 2011

Seasonal Affective Disorder

My long summer holiday is finally coming to an end, as is the season itself, if it hasn't already done so. The nights have been visibly shorter for ages, the weather has, of course, been generally shite, and even the indian summer we often get at this time of the year seems a little shy. I've been searching for inspiration, to write some more stuff and to try and say a few more things, but I just haven't been feeling it recently. I'm sure that once I'm back at work I'll have a few more ideas. The fact that I've been dossing at home, having to take care of the kids has raised apathy levels.

Don't know whether to laugh or cry sometimes. While perusing my Facebook feed this morning I noticed that Seth Troxler had posted a joke, from a friend, on the subject of 9/11. They weren't his words, but it came out all wrong and it certainly sounded like he agreed with the sentiments expressed. Sadder still were the stream of comments from "friends" agreeing with it, no doubt because of Mr Troxler's apparent endorsement. Whatever your politics, it's a shit joke:

"What's the main difference between a cow and 9/11? can't continuously milk a cow for a decade."

Come over to the UK, or England, to be more specific. We won the World Cup in 1966 for the one and only time but you'd think it was yesterday. Not only that. We believe that this success, and the fact that we invented the professional gane, gives us the right to believe we can win it every time it comes around. You guys don't know what milking something is . . .

In any case, it's been a reasonable year for mix cds. Marcel Fengler did one for Berghain, following on from Klock and Dettmann. Damian Lazarus has just released a new 'Get Lost' mix on Crosstown Rebels. Prosumer did an excellent one for Panoramabar, my favourite of the year so far. Jamie Jones has just released his Fabric Mix, which, while being solid, wasn't as good as I'd hoped. On a positive note for Seth Troxler, he's about to release a two cd set for NRK as part 3 of their "Lab" series. It's very nice so far; (I've only listened to the first disc.) Two from Cocoon have surfaced recently. The excellent 'Timeless' mixed by Lawrence, and the latest in the 'Green and Blue' series; again a two-disc set, one mixed by Raresh, the other by Sasha Dive. Another double helping comes in the shape of the excellent 'Ten Years Of Secret Sundaze . . ' Significant Fabric live mixes this year came from Jackmaster, Ramadanman and Four Tet. Finally, the DJ Kicks from Motorcity Drum Ensemble was also worth a listen

While we're on the subject of mixes, here are a few more which are worth your while. First, Dopplereffekt's set from the last Bloc. Grab that here . It's hosted by Mixcloud, so if you want to download, go here. FACT magazine's mixes are always worth checking, even if they are more miss than hit most of the time. The latest though is a definite download. It's a live set by Liverpudlian John Heckle. I rarely listen to artists doing pas, but this is excellent. Get on it here. The latest RA podcast, (there'll be a new one tomorrow), featuring DJ Deep is also worth checking. He hasn't physically changed that much since the mid-nineties, when I used to bump into him at Rough Trade in Paris on a regular basis. Him and Smagghe chatting together at the counter was fine for five minutes until you had to warn the pair of them that they were in danger of disappearing up their respective arses. Great DJ though.

One more before I forget. The post-carnival hoe-down at Rinse. Four hours of the Numbers show featuring Jackmaster, Ben UFO, Floating Points, Joy Orbison, Pearson Sound and Bok Bok. It's here.

Finally, the consistently brilliant Promo Mixes site seems to have stalled. Whoever's behind it could you sort it out, please?

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