Solid Steel in association with Serato (25th September) Our guest in Hour 1 needs little introduction, having documented DJ culture for many years through his writing and DJ History website, as well as being a well respected DJ. When asked for a few words, he wrote;
Never forget that DJing is entertainment. As much as us nerds and geeks love digging for new and oddball music, you’ve still got to entertain the crowd in front of you. Which, in this case happens to be you. Hello. How are you?
The advantage of entertaining you rather than a dancefloor is that I can afford to go off the chosen path occasionally and take a few diversions (it’s not that often, for example, you get the chance to play Yoko Ono without the threat of physical violence hovering somewhere in the foreground). Even so, it’s important – to me, at least – to offer something that dips its toes in between the dancing part of the job and the entertaining (pull up a chair, crack open the Diazepam).
As in my most of my club sets, I try and balance between the brand new, new-to-me and ones pulled out of the festering mess where my records reside and combine them into a delightful musical soufflé. If you’re counting the calories, best wait a while before dipping into this.
I’ve spent a decent chunk of this year compiling a series called Sources for Harmless (30 CDs in total… Phew), it’s brought a few old favourites up to the surface to get some air, so Clandestine’s ‘Radio Rhythms’ on Sleeping Bag is on here; arguably the nearest hip hop ever got to country & western. The opener is by Aax Donnell and Eric Malone and is one of those ridiculous and brilliant Italian records that I have a weakness for. Aax Donnell was also in Traks, who cut some great stuff in the early 80s. The Jill Scott song ‘Gimme’, I’ve been playing since it came out over ten years ago and never got bored of playing. There’s a whole raft of new stuff, some of which I got in the past week, some I’ve been playing over the summer.
There are a few things on here you might not know, but equally there’s Fatima Yamaha, my favourite tune of the summer of 2015 (and yes, I’m aware it originally came out in 2004), to even things out and since there’s a new Prince album, a bit of that too (buy it, it’s surprisingly good).
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Aax Donnell & Eric Malone – Golden Cage (Tobacco)
Cowboy Rhythmbox – The Natives Are Having Us For Dinner (Phantasy Sound)
Dan Lissvik – Airwalk (Smalltown Supersound)
Jill Scott – Gimme (Epic)
Contact – Big Fun (Mainline)
Yoko Ono – Never Say Goodbye (Polydor)
T-Coy – Regret (Deconstruction)
Bohannon – Rock Your Body (extract) (Phase II)
FX MCHN – Pieter De Vries (Transit)
Clandestine ft. Ned Sublette – Radio Rhythms (S-I-G-N-A-L S-MA-R-T) (Sleeping Bag)
Bicep – Just (Aus Music)
Fatima Yamaha – What’s A Girl To Do (Dekmantel)
Prince – 1000 X’s & 0’s (NPG)
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