Thursday, 29 April 2010
Hi, Ion here, and what a playlist I have for you today. Probably not what you’re all used to, but under encouragement from the Duke (I’ve been unsure whether to post this music for a while), here it is. I warn you now, it’s a bit of a departure from my last disco-house mix! OK, where to begin….ah yes “Soul”Spektrum….recently I believe an American described soul music to Big Face as “…black people’s sex music…” well, that’s probably debatable in itself ….but what is soul?? I know my soul comes from Blighty, as I guess do most of yours, but what do I hear in all of our mixes….quality music with soul for sure, but I think it’s pretty much American influenced sounds. Where’s Blighty’s soul? Most of my life I’ve been a countryside dweller and while I love the urban influenced soul, there is definitely something to be said for Ye olde English music of the fields, barns, woods and inns. As we all know from experience, the tempo of music which suits urban and rural life and differing climates is very different. So, next time you find yourself sitting in the country, staring at a view or smoking a pipe, I plead with you to give this mix its chance…our true souls must come from our anglo-saxoness right?? I’ve been a folk appreciater for many years now and in this mix I’m hoping to share with you lads something of our true heritage. I’ve steered away from the modern folk of people like Nick Drake and John Martyn (who I’m sure you’re all familiar with), who are themselves fantastic folk writers, and tried to make up my mix from songs that have been passed down over the centuries from one generation to the next. On my playlist are traditional acoustic folk songs, folk rock from the revival in the 60/70s and modern re-tellings from recent times….as with most folk albums, I’m going to give you all a little run down of the songs…..it’s a bit of a ramble I’m afraid so I’ve added it all as a comment so as not to fill up the Duke’s page. Sorry if I’m boring you all a bit, but I kind of feel the effort musicians put into continuing these songs throughout hundreds of years deserves a bit of detail.
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
admittedly it's a day late but here is mix to celebrate my brother's 29th (i think) year on earth. none of the music is especially new but a couple of the tracks i have only unearthed recently and there is no particular theme to the mix other than selecting tracks I thought my bro might enjoy on his way to work.
note to bro: i don't think they make the aisles on those new virgin trains wide enough so if you're going to throw any shapes make sure you're not wearing anything sharp or with serrated edges. other than that i hope you had a good knees up and i want you to treat yourself to a warm but expensive can of "euro piss" on your next train ride home. enjoy
those that want to download it for their journey to work can do so here
Saturday, 24 April 2010
Big debates happening this week. I'm not talking UK politics, but the debates inside my head - How to host these mixes? Soundcloud with it's 2 hour limit? Mixcloud with small file size and no downloads, or the anonymity and lack of streaming of rapidshare or equivalent.
As with most decisions I try to decide - I am still undecided. But today, this way seems like a good idea: I've setup a mixcloud account for anyone that wants to stream (Bear in mind that this mix had to be compressed to 160kbps to get down to 100MB).
But for anyone that wants to download a 320kbps copy, you can get it from here.
So, on to the tunes. When I was putting my last mix together, I ended up with the obligatory 'yes', 'no', and 'maybe' folders. Eventually, the 'maybes' started to look like a nice little collection in their own right, but with a different feel to the yes's. And so, this mix was born: The leftovers, the bubble and squeak, the mysterious old takeaway containers found at the back of the freezer.
Featuring some stuff from Lack of Afro and Koop (Only caught on to both of these recently but really like everything I've heard), a personal favourite from Aim, a taste of the new Soil & Pimp album, a few tracks I found on Juno last year, and a nice cover of The Stranglers to finish.
Download it here
Thursday, 22 April 2010
So here you have it - my man JC - "Rare and classic boogie tunes from the late 1970's to the early 1980's collected in over 12 years of working in secondhand record stores. Enjoy!"
JC - Here And Now Recordings.
Monday, 19 April 2010
since MYsoul posted his southport mix (see March archive) i've been obsessed with the michael wycoff track 'looking up to you'. Not as if the original needed reworking but I came across this house version which is a real nice slow burner which i thought i'd share with you.
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Back in 1973, however, it was all a lot more carefree and, following this week's shocking and violent death of Mr. Snuffleupagus which, according to official reports 'had all the hallmarks of a gangland hit', I was prompted to revisit those halcyon, sun-kissed days when I was but one year old and the Sesame Street kids got their little flared Grover-grooves on.
As well as the 123456789101112 kind of thing, they also got some jaw-dropping musicians in to do guest slots. As long as you agreed to spend a couple of minutes discussing the alphabet with a frog puppet, they let you do this. Live.
Stevie Wonder - Superstition: Sesame Street 1973
You might have seen this before, but even if you have, it bears watching again. Extended workout, fake ending.... Go on, Stevie. No wonder all the Glastonbury-bound are sounding extra-smug this year.
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Living in Vietnam, CDs do not exist - the majority of my music has either been ripped from CDs bought previously or gathered from the virtual ether. Whilst always striving for the highest bitrate possible, sometimes you just have to accept the odd 128kbs tune if it is either have that or not have it at all and, unless I am playing tunes over a big PA system (where low-bit music just sounds wanky), I find this suits at home
Now, this mix.... put together using virtual dj and a semi-retarded external mixer, no headphone use, battered bass filters, hence not even trying to mix properly, more the wedding variety 'fade slowly from the end of one song into another'. I tried mixcloud, but their pesky 100MB limit meant I had to stick it up on soundcloud. Hope the player embeds below.... right, tracklist....
1. Express Yourself - Hopeton Lewis
2. Do it til You're Satisfied - Skin, Flesh and Bones
3. Sala Mosala - Staff Benda Bilili
4. Inspiration Information - Shuggie Otis
5. Why Can't There Be Love - Dee Edwards
6. You Just Keep Me Hangin' On - Jacky Wilson
7. Take Inventory - The Isley Bros.
8. Beggin' - Frankie Valli (Pilooski Edit)
9. Underdog - Sly and the Family Stone
10. Pure Filth - Lack of Afro
11. Don't Leave Me - Holland Dozier
12. Oiling Boiling - Matti Oiling Happy Jazz Band
13. Comin' Home Baby - Skeewiff
14. Warm Heart of Africa (Architecture in Helsinki mix) - The Very Best
15. Let Your Light - The Abbot Kinney Choir
16. Tusk - Fleetwood Mac
17. Do You Like Oscar Harris? - Black Market Audio
A big thanks to all of you who have posted tracks so far - always eagerly consumed in this part of south-east Asia. Keep it coming.
Kitchen sink by kitchen sink
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Thanks Mr Sunday for putting this track on your first Studio 51.15 mix. I'm absolutely loving this track and have had it on continuous repeat much to the annoyance of my lovely wife.
Nice website you've got going on there, i just need to find a few extra hours in the day to listen to so much good music.
keep it coming
Thursday, 8 April 2010
This is mainly stuff I used to listen to and have rediscovered recently. It's called don't judge a book because of the UB40 and Van Morrison, give it a listen before you judge! The Prince track is one of my favourites of his, especially for the Duke!
here it is. the second installment from da duke. first off, apologies for the quality of a couple of tracks but i figured that since people will be listening via their iphones or other portable music devices and people using their computer speakers, it was worth including the tracks.
only since starting this website and the following thoughts shared on sound quality have i realised that my itunes is on a default setting to import any cds at 128kbps (standard cd quality being 192kbps). This means that many of my cds which are now in England are on my computers as lesser beings but since i don't have any great system to play them through, i'm going to love them all the same. Ironically, some of the tunes that i've downloaded for no money are of a higher quality. Not that i'm advocating the free downloading of all music albums. If it's really good then I'll want to buy and own something that i can waft about in my sticky paws. One example is in regards to the "make a smile for me" track which mr sunday (why not monday?) very kindly made available for download. That then prompted me to search out the Bill Withers (I'm not going to tell the duck billed platypus joke) album '+justments' from which it came.
ok enough waffle. sit back and enjoy...
Friday, 2 April 2010
Hi chaps, this does seem to be going awfully well doesn't it?
This is a mix I put together last night rather hastily so please excuse some slightly ropey mixing. It's not like there's elephants running across the turntables but I'm capable of much more.
I can second the dukes recommendation of Soul Power. Fantastic viewing and all audio is immaculate. I could point you to a download of it if you wish, or you could buy it. Yeah, probably just buy it.
So where's the first selection from Musicbrews? I'm told it's not too far away.
Oh and thanks to Kev for putting me on to one particularly special record.
Keep the music coming!
Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues (Drilla's edit)
Marvin Gaye - Heavy Love Affair (Revenge Rework)
Le Loup, Soul Clap - I Want You
Trus'Me - W.A.R
Allen Hoist - Inner City Blues
Allen Hoiset - Inner City Blues (4 Hero VIP Mix)
Waajeed and the Jazz Katz - Musiq