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12 February 2019

Back To Mine 2019

Back To Mine 2019

What we're gonna do right here is go back, way back... Well, not that far back really, in fact no time at all but it does feel like a lot longer. In 2016, myself and Andy Pye from Balearic Social pulled together some great people who provided some wonderful music in the form of the seasonal chilled mix series. If you scroll through previous posts on the blog you'll find them all. The following year I handed my side of things over to George Mihaly from Quality Music Lovers Society and it was decided that we'd resurrect the classic Back To Mine series.

The concept isn't new, it's been done by countless others in various guises, but the whole 'Back To Mine' feel was is such a great platform to share great music without worrying too much about mixing or sticking in a narrow parameter of genre. Even the title evokes memories of heading home after a good night out and digging through tape, record and cd collections finding gems that carry meaning, memories or simply sounds to get lost in until the morning light starts filling up your room.

I do want to reiterate that this isn't a "mix" and it's not about pulling out obscure, underground tunes from my collection or throwing the latest hot tracks into a mix. It's a compilation that is a personal journey of music that has some memories or meanings attached to it. I really enjoy digging through my music and pulling things out to use for this so don't be surprised if there is a 2020 version down the line. I'll finish my wee blurb with the caveat that I've used (perhaps liberally on occasion) a touch of reverb to help get those tracks to sit together through some of the intros / outros - it's still not a mix though! One last piece of info - the cover image is taken 50 yards further along the road from where the image for the first 'Back To Mine' I put together came from and is round the corner from my house in Aberdeenshire.

If you prefer to use Soundcloud you can find the mix OVER HERE.

If you prefer Hearthis and want a download, you'll find it HERE.


My previous 'Back To Mine' selection was going to include a handful of the tracks on this selection, and [Re:jazz] was one of those artists. Hard to pick a track from them to be honest because I have a few favourites. This is a cover of the classic Jazzanova track on Compost Records from 2001 and I really love the change of direction. Also worth checking out the [Re:Mix] album.

It's a classic song, covered by many an artist but not with this kind of vibe, which to me is a cross between modern soul jazz and trip hop. I have to say I wasn't overly keen on the whole Head Kandi thing but as with a lot of compilation series, it was a good way to find the odd gem.

Drum 'n' Bass wasn't really a big thing in my neck of the woods, so I wasn't exposed to it and artists from that scene as much as someone would be in London / Birmingham for example. That said, there was the odd bit that would appear on radio and Bukem on the Essential Selection was one of those. When I bought this LP it was bought on the strength of his D'n'B material that I'd heard and enjoyed, so when this kicked in it was way off from what I expected to hear and I loved it and opened doors to explore other D'n'B artists.

In the late 90's - early 00's there was a music channel on Sky, the name escapes me but it could have been Music Choice, or something along those lines. It was a channel that had what was effectively sub-channels dedicated to various genres. At the time I lived North of Inverness and was running an Ebay shop, and doing quite well too. I'd buy record collections and sell online. I loved it. This channel would be running in the background a lot whilst I was researching/cleaning/listing/packing records to post, and this track was one of those that came on fairly often. It just stuck in my head, and I think it's aged quite well compared with a lot of music of the time.

I love this man and his music. Perhaps a bit 'pop' for some folk, but I never tire of him and could have included any number of his tracks.

For the life of me I cannot recall where or how I came across Taj Mahal. What I can say is that this track has been sung in the direction of my better half for the best part of 20 years. Ups and downs, yes, but she's still my queen bee. I often refer to her as 'Her Majesty' on Facebook, and this is what is in my mind when I say that.

No great story behind this. A lot of records I've bought in recent times have come via Ed Davies who runs his own online record store via Facebook and Discogs, although he's been in the industry a lot longer than FB or Ogs. I encountered this through one of his many emails and thought it worth inclusion.

My previous 'Back To Mine' included one my all time faves from Jackie Wilson, and this is another that is up there. Jackie Wilson was behind the first record I ever bought. When I say bought, I mean I badgered my Father to pick it up for me, that was Reet Petit on a white 7", long since lost, but it opened up a different world of music to me.

Another track with no great story attached, other than the fact that I adore Nina Simone. It's a toss up between her and Roy Ayers for the most appearances in my record shelves, so it isn't the first I've shared from her, it won't be the last.

The LP this came from is one of my all time faves. This and 'Protection' are my two favourite tracks and that is in no short measure down to the vocals of Tracey Thorn. In modern times, not many vocalists come close to her in my book.

The first exposure I had to this track wasn't Bob Marley. Believe it or not, I first heard a version by Annie Lennox that had been remixed by Howie B, a version which I can't find online to link to. There wasn't a huge amount of reggae around my household, although I have a love and appreciation for it now, but the first time I heard this version was actually on an Essential Mix by none other than Paul Oakenfold. It sounds crazy; he was a trance DJ, but he did this one mix for the show that was so out of the norm, both for him and DJ mixes that were broadcast at the time and I still listen to it on occasion to this day.

15 minutes and 52 seconds of brilliance. The marriage between the vocals and guitar is something I'd never encountered before, and will forever be a fave as a result.

I've said it before on social media. This is one of my all time favourite remixes. Possibly the BEST remix of any track for me. Can I call this Drum 'n' Bass? I just have. I hate labelling music, but sometimes it needs done. The way McSherry and Cobby transformed the original into this is just amazing. Probably my favourite Fila Brazillia thing too.

Nothing they have done since has come close to Homework. A classic LP, it'll live with me forever although I appreciate it's marmite for a lot of folk. Not me. It's in my top 10 electronic LPs quite comfortably. This track was overlooked by DJ's in general but I loved it, and it was clearly the start of Bangalter going down the path of those filtered loops that he did so well.

Sneer all you like. The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast came out at a time where I had a lot of difficult stuff going on and it was a bit of a soundtrack through that period when I felt like I too was often pissing in the wind. As a side note, just how good was Joan Collins in that video, and how much of a surprise was it to see her bathing alongside BDB?

I picked this up in error. What a good mistake to make though and led me to picking up the rest of Kings Of Convenience releases which of course, I'd urge to look into if you feel so inclined.

A classic track that has featured on so many compilations through the years, there was a point where I couldn't bring myself to listen. That has happened to a lot of tracks over the years, but this is one of the few that managed to return to the fold. Interestingly, Nightmares On Wax has just released a new Back To Mine release, with the actual series having been resurrected - I wager after the popularity of our homage to the series a couple of years back (tongue firmly in cheek).

This might seem a slightly obscure inclusion to a list like this. I cannot recall where I came across this track but I do know took a while to actually ID it. When I did, I felt that if you never found out the name of the track, you could almost guess. It fits and the mood just resonated with me, probably in the very way the title suggests.

JJ Cale. What do I need to say here? Well, I guess the track everyone knows is Cocaine. It was the first track of his I think I heard, but when you dig deeper, there is a lot more quality to be found. This is one of my favourites and I happen to be a fan of the shrub too :)

Quality soul / northern soul music that stands the test of time. I need say no more.

One of the finest vocalists. Ever. Lost to illness in her prime, I often wonder when listening to her just what we might have had yet to come. This particular track has some sentiment attached to it for me, and dL from Decades actually put together an extremely subtle extended edit for me some years ago. Seek and you will find.

No great story attached to this one. I have a load of Sly in my collection so it felt reasonable to include something. This has always been one of my favourites. That's it.

This is another that came about because of Ed Davies. That vinyl pimp causing us music addicts to spend more money than we can afford. In all seriousness, this is from a great 4 track EP, well worth picking up.

Another classic piece of music, covered by many, but never matched.

If you make your debut at the age of 14, in a golden era of soul music, then you must have something about you. Merry Clayton's self titled album is one to own.

That opening hook. It does hook you in. It's the formula that so much music through the 60's / 70's worked on.

What a label Philadelphia International Records was. I say was because it's now owned by the horrors of Sony, but like so many labels of yesteryear, they are hoovered up by the big boys. You just need to look through the artists The O-Jays, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass to name a few. This Billy Paul track is one of my faves though.

I love a track where there is crowd participation. I also love a good protest song. So this ticks the boxes. It's very shameful of us as a species that we haven't moved on very far since the time of this track. People still being shipped off to far flung countries to fight "wars" that shouldn't be fought, all because someone, somewhere is making coin from it.

The Doors, or probably more accurately, Jim Morrison was a bit of an obsession for my other half. It just so happened that when we met I was just discovering their music for myself, and this is up there as one of my favourites.

I opted to finish on a track that I've used to close an actual mix with before. My 'Is Anybody Listening?' mix is probably my best mix. I spent 6 months looking for tracks to us specifically for that mix and it was the last time I planned a mix out to any degree. Since then it's been hit record and see what comes out, and the standards haven't come close. Anyway, I thought this was such a great track to close on, I figured it a good opportunity to plug that mix once more, which you can find here....

11 February 2019

Recommended: Gideon Wolf - Replicas

Gideon Wolf - Replicas (Facture)

I had hoped to have a few more posts up on the blog by this point of 2019. The start of this year, like much of recent times, has been flung into uncertainty and more than a touch of disorganisation. If you know me, or have read any of my previous garbles, then you may be aware of the health issues surrounding my Mum who has Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis at a very advanced stage. Unfortunately her condition has continued to deteriorate over recent years, and she is now at the point of needing assistance in every aspect you could imagine.

The year for my Mum has so far been dominated by periods in and out of hospital (more in than out, sadly) through various infections, two different bouts of sepsis and the rediscovery of a kidney stone that looks like it will need operated on. I say rediscovery because it was known about two years ago, deemed to be of no concern and left to develop unchecked and looks to be the root issue of many health problems she has encountered since. To say I am disappointed is an understatement, but unfortunately that has generally been our experience of dealing with our health and care services since having to look after her and her care needs. Having M.S. is more than enough to contend with, without professionals failing her left, right and centre. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for our health service, and those that dedicate their lives to improving the lives of others, but patently it doesn't work for everyone in the way that we would hope, and that seems the way for us. Fingers crossed that changes going forward because we could do with an upturn in fortunes for my Mum and the family in general. Whilst on the topic of my Mum, the Sue Ryder facility that she resides in is currently expanding to provide much needed care for people with neurological conditions. If you are in a position to do so, and feel it is something you would like to support, you can donate HERE.

Having got that little update out of the way, how about I get on to share some music? As I've said before, I'm not really one for writing 'reviews'. It's something I don't really see the point in if truth be told. I don't mind giving recommendations. For me, words can't do justice to the sounds that people create, and how one person feels about those sounds, or conveys that feeling won't necessarily be felt in the same way as anyone else. I also feel that a lot of reviews are simply formed of loose descriptions stitched together by clichés, and that's something I really want to avoid being a part of. I get that labels and artists love a review, but it won't be from me; you have ears so I'm inviting you to use them here. 

Generally, if I'm recommending an album, it's for the journey provided by the listening experience and by sharing it I invite you to take that journey and hopefully you'll enjoy it as I have. I would urge you to have a read of the artists own description and background to their music which is available on the Bandcamp page, and of course if you enjoy the music, support the artist by making a purchase.

Links -

Gideon Wolf - Soundcloud / Bandcamp / Discogs

25 January 2019

Recommended: B.J. Smith - From The Ash

If you keep tabs of what I post over on the Facebook page you may have already clocked onto this. Of course, you may already be aware of this release through your own internet digging, either way, it's a great release that deserves attention. I originally shared the mixed version that was posted over on Soundcloud, but today see's the release of this excellent album.

I've been a fan of B.J. Smith and the NuNorthernSoul label for a while now, since the 2013 release 'Dedications To The Greats' to be precise. I also featured a B.J. Smith track from the label in my Dusk Dubs selection 2-3 years back. I've not jumped on this as yet (as much as I'd love to), I'm holding out hope for a physical release, but I've not seen or heard anything on that front to suggest it's even being considered, so I may well have to make do with it being digital.

Links - NuNorthernSoul - Facebook / Twitter / Soundcloud / Bandcamp

Links - B.J. Smith - Facebook / Twitter / Soundcloud

4 January 2019

Recommended: Peoples Pleasure with Alive & Well - Do You Hear Me Talking To You?

Well, this is a good start - it's January, and I'm posting on the blog. Let's see if I can keep that up! I'm thinking there will be at least another couple of posts before this month is out, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. One post at a time. Oh, and before I go on, I should say, HNY - to those who visit, read and follow me / the blog - I wish you health and happiness for 2019!

If you've visited the blog, or listened to any of my mixes over the past couple of years, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's all about chilled vibes and ambient music. I've definitely found a greater appreciation for those genres / styles over recent times, but I also listen and love and wide range of other genres and I do listen to a lot of funk / soul / disco.

I follow the label Athens of The North on various social platforms, if you don't know the name, they are a great reissue label based in Edinburgh. This LP is a new one to me, although I was aware of the 7" that contains the track 'World Full Of People' - something you could expect to pay anywhere from £500 upwards. There's a nice story behind the AOTN release, so check that on the Bandcamp page for the release. Needless to say, this LP will be in serious demand. Pre-Order it, or you may miss out.

AOTN Links - Facebook / Twitter / Bandcamp / Instagram

23 December 2018

Dum Spiro Spero

As promised, I've managed to get a fresh mix out before the year is out. As has been the case for a while, I'm very much enjoying the ambient and downtempo sounds at the moment, and it's a particularly enjoyable sound to unwind to with all the nonsense going on around politics in the UK, the constant stream of negative news from around the world and the added joys of Xmas and all that entails.

The title of this mix is a latin saying which means 'while I breathe, I hope', something I'm going to carry into the new year. As usual, it's unplanned and recorded live in one take - I hit record and this is what came out the other side.

The embedded player is from Mixcloud, but you can also stream it over on Soundcloud and Hearthis, where you can also download the mix should you wish.


01. Oorlab - Dawn Chorus (Self Released)
02. Romain Turzi - Vers Un Nouvel Age (Tigersushi)
03. Snow Palms - Zoetropia - From the 'Salaam For Yemen' release - proceeds go to War Child
04. Abstract Aprils - Playing Records On Sunday (Self Released)
05. Channelers - Soft Dance (Inner Islands)
06. Luke Howard & Nadje Noordhuis - Ten Sails (Self Released)
07. Marcus Fischer - Lighting The Shadows (Self Released)
08. Ai - Amberica (Hauch)
09. Good Weather For An Airstrike - Every Day's New (Self Released)
10. Penelope Trappes - Carry Me (Houndstooth)
11. Chris Spheeris & Paul Voudouris - Mosaic (Emotional Rescue)
12. Soundstory - Rainstorm (Self Released)
13. The Green Kingdom - Frost Cracks - From the 'Salaam For Yemen' release - proceeds go to War Child
14. Umber - Harvest (Sound In Silence)
15. Roberto Aglieri - Sogno Di Mezzogiono (Archeo Recordings)
16. Briq A Braque - Pax Vobiscum (Hawkmoon Records) - All proceeds go to Young Dementia UK
17. Antonymes - Lost In Waves Of Light (Antonymes Edit) (Fluid Audio)

20 December 2018

Recommended: Gri & Mosconi - Between Ocean And Sky

It's been a while since I've gone down the route of posting recommendations to the blog. There may be one or two on on here, but it was a regular thing before the blog was hacked. It's something I'm going to do again, perhaps not to the extent that I did before, but who knows? We'll see how it pans out. Let's just say that for now, I'll post the odd thing that I discover in my digging around various sites and hopefully introduce others to something new, interesting and enjoyable.

As has always been the case, you won't find things limited to one style here. Through the years and various guises of this blog there have been posts containing music from across a wide range of genres; from funk, soul and disco, to house, techno, trip hop and ambient. I'll only be posting something if I have genuinely loved it. Don't expect lengthy reviews either. The music does the talking, all I'd suggest is that if you are here to listen, then give the music the chance to shine by listening to the whole journey.

I stumbled across this while clicking through a 'best of' list over on Tumblr. Both the artists (Francis M. Gri & Federico Mosconi) and label (Slowcraft Records) are new to me, if it's new to you too, then I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


Slowcraft Records - Website / Facebook / Twitter / Bandcamp

12 December 2018

Thematic Series - Parts 5-8

Following on from the previous post, here is the remainder of the Thematic series as it currently stands. I'm pretty sure it'll be added to at some point, but for now, this is it....

01. Willie Hutch - Your Love Keeps Liftin' Me Higher 
02. Gloria Ann Taylor - Deep Inside Of You
03. Mike James Kirkland - Love Is All We Need
04. Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Baby You Give Me A Feeling
05. Jermaine Jackson - You Like Me Don't You?
06. Gwen McCrae - Rockin' Chair 
07. Eighties Ladies - Turned Onto You
08. Tony Joe White - I've Got A Thing About You
09. Harry Nilsson - Love Story 
10. Sue Barker - Lover Man
11. Milton Wright - All I Know Is That I Have You
12. Aaron Neville - Baby I'm A Want You
13. Curtis Mayfield - Give Me Your Love (Love Song) 
14. Eddie Hazel - Physical Love
15. Lyn Collins - You Can't Beat Two People In Love
16. The Voices Of East Harlem - Take A Little Time To Love 
17. Jean Adebambo - Paradise
18. Sonya Spence - Talk Love
19. Finley Quaye - Even After All
20. Kellee Patterson - I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby
01. Charles Bradley - Through The Storm
02. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - Better Days Ahead
03. Laura Allan - Opening Up To You
04. Beginning Of The End - Trip To Nowhere
05. Air - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
06. Idris Muhammad - Piece Of Mind
07. James Mason - Dreams
08. Fatima - Do Better 
09. Matthew Halsall - Music For A Dancing Mind
10. Marvin Gaye - Trouble Man
11. Isaac Hayes - Walk On By
12. Tomorrow's People - It Ain't Fair
13. Minnie Riperton - Alone In Brewster Bay 
14. Kings Of Convenience - Weight Of My Words
15. Bella Figura - Better Man
16. Baby Huey - A Change Is Going To Come
17. Gloria Ann Taylor - Love Is A Hurtin' Thing (12" Version)
18. Bobbi Humphrey - Smiling Faces Sometimes
19. Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Ain't No Sunshine
20. The 24 Carat Black - Synopsis One: In The Ghetto/God Save The World
01. Joe Higgs - Got To Make A Way
02. Devon Russell - Move On Up
03. Marcia Griffiths - The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
04. Matumbi - Ordinary Man
05. Blundetto & Grand Magneto - Everybody's Talkin'
06. Christine White - Caught By Love
07. Gregory Isaacs - Cool Down The Place
08. The Dynamics - 90% Of Me Is You
09. Milton Henry - Gypsy Woman
10. The Cool Notes - People Make The World Go Round
11. One Blood - Be Thankful For What You've Got
01. A Charlie Brown Christmas - Intro
02. Vince Guaraldi Trio - Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)
03. Sally Fletcher - White Christmas
04. Dina Washington - Ole Santa
05. James Brown - Santa Claus, Santa Claus
06. Brook Benton - Soul Santa
07. Charles Brown - Christmas Blues
08. Binky Griptite & The Dee Kays - Stoned Soul Christmas
09. Lowell Fulsom - I Wanna Spend Christmas With You
10. Glenna Bell - Be My Valentine On Christmas
11. Marvin Gaye - Christmas In The City
12. Amos Milburn with Charles Brown - Christmas Comes But Once A Year
13. Herb Alpert - Let It Snow
14. Winston Groovy - Merry Christmas
15. The Granville Williams Orchestra - Santa Claus Is Ska-ing To Town
16. Billy May - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Mambo
17. Pearl Bailey - Jingle Bells Cha, Cha, Cha 
18. Four Imperials - Santa's Got A Coup de Ville 
19. Beginning Of The End - Gee Whiz, It's Christmas
20. Milly & Silly - Getting Down For Christmas
21. Jimmy Reed - Christmas Present Blues
22. Vernon Garrett with Sir Stan & The Counts - Christmas Groove 
23. Funk Machine - Soul Santa 
24. Harvey Avenue Band - Let's Get Together For Christmas
25. Black On White Affair - Auld Lang Syne
26. Jimmy Jules & Nuclear Soul System - Christmas Done Got Funky
27. The Staples Singers - Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas?
28. James Brown - Merry Christmas Baby
29. Freddy King - Christmas Tears 
30. William Clarke - Please Let Me Be Your Santa Claus
31. Lightning Hopkins - Santa
32. Carey Bell - Christmas Train

11 December 2018

Thematic Series - Parts 1-4

A couple of years back I was a little bored of using the Mixamorphosis profile and wanted to do something different, where I could play some of the records on my shelves without the need to worry about the mixing side of things.

Initially I thought of going with a series called 'Unmixamorphosis', but decided after a couple of selections that didn't really work for me. I ended up going down the line of calling the selections 'Thematic' as they were loosely based on a theme or genre. They've never been posted here, so I thought I should stick them up, with tracklists. Bear in mind, the tracklists (as all of the tracklists I post are) are derived from the records where I play the track from, they are often available on other releases or in their own right, so dig around to find things that suit your taste or budget should you wish to support the artists / labels.

There are 8 Thematic selections so far, and I'm going to split them into two posts of four selections. Just a heads up, the final one as it stands is a Christmas themed selection, with a selection of tracks that probably won't be overly familiar, so if you want something festive, that isn't tunes you'll be sick of from hearing year after year, be sure to check that one out.

Thematic 01

01. Ron Rinaldi - Mexican Summer 
02. Jam Band '80 - Jammin' (With The Jam Band)
03. Sunset Gun - Be Thankful For What You Got (Thanks But No Thanks Edit)
04. Carrie Cleveland - Love Will Set You Free
05. Nana Love - Love Feeling (Dance Mix)
06. Rob - Make It Fast, Make It Slow
07. Baby Huey - California Dreamin'
08. Experience Unlimited - Functus 
09. Marvin Gaye - Right On
10. Jeff Floyd - Don't Leave Me
11. Jaye P. Morgan - Let's Get Together
12. Reuben Wilson & The Cost Of Living - Together
13. Frederic Castel - Open Up 
14. Billy Paul - It's Critical (12" Version) 
15. Oby Onyioha - Enjoy Your Life
16. John Ozila - Funky Boogie
17. Bokoor Band - Onukpa Shawarpo
18. Roy Ayers - Africa, Center Of The World ---- (pitched up)
19. BB Seaton - Dancing In The Moonlight

Thematic 02

01. Desmond Dekker & The Aces - Reggae Recipe 
02. Matumbi - Bluebeat & Ska
03. Sonya Spence - Where Is The Love? 
04. The Voices Of East Harlem - Loving You The Way I Do
05. Letta Mbulu - Down By The River 
06. Michael Nesmith - Capsule (Hello People Of A Hundred Years From Now)
07. Mandrill - Getting In The Mood
08. Troublemakers - Lemon
09. Curtis Mayfield - We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue
10. Friend of E. Rodney Jones - Soul Heaven
11. James Brown - Doing The Best I Can
12. Maxayn - You Can't Always Get What You Want
13. The Doobie Brothers - Losin' End

Thematic 03

01. Minnie Riperton - Minnie's Lament
02. Willie Hutch - A Love That's Worth Having
03. Gloria Ann Taylor - World That's Not Real
04. Eunice Collins - At The Hotel
05. The Atomic Crocus - Ombilic Contact
06. Ike & Tina Turner - Come Together
07. Bill Withers - I Don't Want You On My Mind
08. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - This Guy's In Love With You
09. Marvin Gaye - Is Anybody Thinking About Their Living?
10. Gloria Jones - Tin Can People
11. Mike James Kirkland - Doin' It Right
12. Idris Muhammad - Loran's Dance
13. Wendell Harrison - Peace Of Mind
14. George Benson - Lady
15. Curtis Mayfield - Underground
16. Air - Martin
17. Eddie Hazel - California Dreamin'
18. Messengers Incorporated - Frequency Response
19. Rikki Ililonga - Shebeen Queen
20. Cherubin - Sunrise

Thematic 04

01. Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 - Let's Start
02. The Rwenzori's - Handsome Boy (E Wara) 
03. Ekambi Brillant - Nyambe
04. Matata - Wanna Do My Thing
05. Los Issifu & His Moslems - Kana Soro
06. Black Truth Rhythm Band - Ifetayo
07. Tee Mac - Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
08. Sookie with Jeannie Otis - Rhythm On Rhythm
09. Taka A.M. - Black Gold
10. Osibisa - Sunshine Day
11. Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa
12. Buari - Karam Bani
13. Nana Love - Talking About Music 
14. Pat Thomas & Marijata - I Need More
15. Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Roy Ayers - 2000 Blacks Got To Be Free

10 December 2018

2018 - Reboot

 Also on Mixcloud / Soundcloud

Before I go on to write up a post (it might go on a bit), this is a mix I put together earlier this year and I'm rather pleased with how this one turned out. It's the only mix I've done this year although I'm going to try and do another before the year is out. You will find the track list at the foot of the post if you want to skip the writing, which is just a personal post on how the year has been. I should just explain for anyone that's never visited the blog before, this is a personal / music blog and I occasionally share a little update on the personal comings and goings of my life in amongst the odd music post. It's a cathartic thing for me, and it's fair to say, we all face challenges in life at some point or another, if my wee rambles should highlight that, or throw some understanding on some of the things I post, then that's a good thing in my book.

So, that post I mentioned. We've been here a few times now, haven't we? Long periods of radio silence and then a blog post or two out of the blue. I've stated a commitment to being more active on here for a few years now, really since the blog was hacked and 5 years of serious effort and hundreds of posts were lost, but it's never really come to pass. With one thing or another, life has often got in the way and plans I make, goals I've set or even simply things I want to do have often not come to fruition. I'm not complaining, it's just sometimes the way of life and you just have to roll with it as well as you can.

2018 has been another year of ups and downs, dominated by two house moves in the space of 8 months, with some little health hiccups and the ongoing involvement in dealing with care for my Mum. On that latter point, her health continues to deteriorate, which in itself is a hard thing to witness and come to terms with. Over the years at various key junctions of her condition, I've often thought to myself "surely things can't get any worse", and yet, they do. She has been plagued by a constant stream of infections over the past couples of years now, she has pretty much lost all function of her hands so relies on support for absolutely everything, her power wheelchair was taken away this year as she could no longer operate it, which for me was a particularly sad moment as it felt like her legs were being taken away from her for a second time. Aside from the physical progression of her illness, there are now signs of it impacting on her mental health and capacity. A couple of years ago she was chatty and could hold great conversation and was very switched on, but gradually over the past couple of years that has diminished to the extent that it's more a case of talking to her with responses generally limited to one word, occasionally a little more than that, but certainly far from being a conversation and quite often confused in what she says. Yet, despite her challenges and the fact her body is failing, she does not complain. I feel very thankful that she is cared for at the Sue Ryder Dee View Court facility in Aberdeen, where she has been since October 2017. I think it's taken us until now to be able to say that she is starting to settle in and hopefully she will start to come out of her shell a wee bit more as time goes on. I'm sure I'll continue to share the odd update here, who knows, maybe even the odd bit of positivity. There are a couple of shows on at the Music Hall in Aberdeen in 2019 that she would LOVE, so hopefully I can get her out to those, or at least one of them, and possibly share a little on the experience here.

As for me, aside from having a little difficulty dealing with the changes in care and my Mums condition, it's probably fair to say things have been difficult for a while, probably mirrored by the fact that this blog / website / call it what you will, has been very neglected for the best part of 4 or 5 years. Anytime I try to find some spark to move things on, something comes along to put an extra hurdle or two in the way of progress. Again, I'm not complaining, it's just where I find myself at this moment in time, and as always (albeit sporadically at times), I have the mental cogs turning on how to move forward, how to improve my own situation, even in the smallest of ways. From the outside looking in it's not much, but over the past couple of months, I've been making small inroads into freshening up my blog and thinking about how I can try and be a bit more active with it than I have been. If you've been here before, you may have noticed I've given the layout and design a little spruce up and I've changed the logo, although it could be better, I don't have the design tools to do it quite as well as I would like.

I'm patently no expert on website design, social media interaction or graphics, all of which come into play with this music / blog stuff that I find myself involved in to some extent. I'd go as far to say, I'm very amateurish and a lot of it I find quite hard to get my head around. That said, I see it all as a bit of a learning process and with the limited tools and even less knowledge at my disposal I think that's a healthy thing for me to spend time on now and then. Even the main thrust of the blog, music, is not something I consider myself particularly qualified to blog about in any serious way. Some people are sponges that soak up every morsel of information and can retain and recite what they know with ease. I just see myself as a person that loves a wide range of music, constantly on a mission to discover new and interesting sounds, and occasionally share that through mixes. It's just something I have enjoyed doing over the years. Honestly, I'd say I'm not particularly good the mixes side of things either, especially when I compare myself against friends / peers, but that's really not what it's about. I guess, what I am saying in a rather long winded way is that I'm plugging away with things as best I can, and if you're here, reading this post or listening to a mix or two, then you have joined the journey with me. My journey. Where it goes, I do not know, so we'll find that out together, should you choose to stick with me. Do feel free to say hello, or engage in one way or another. There are links here and there for you to click should you wish. 

I'm going to try and keep up with the odd post here and there. Don't expect it to be a deluge of music and writing; we'll just see how it goes, eh? The odd mix from me and sharing the occasional musical discovery, with a wee personal post here and there. Hopefully I can do more than one post a year going forward. As I mentioned before, I'm going to try and do at least one more mix before the month is out and I'm going to post a series of mixes that aren't actually "mixes" that I put together under a different guise and haven't been posted to the blog before.

Before I sign off this post with that tracklist I promised, if you happen to download / enjoy any of my mixes etc, firstly please support the artists. I always try to provide an accurate tracklist. I would also invite you, if you are in a position to do so, to make a small donation to the Sue Ryder charity, and in particular the Dee View Court facility which is currently raising funds to double the amount of residents it cares for. It's a much needed facility where demand far exceeds the availability. All donations are gratefully received. I'm afraid I don't have the website coding knowledge to place a snazzy donation button here, but you can donate via the following link on their own website -

Here is that tracklist for the mix above....

03. Suzanne Kraft - Zé (Melody As Truth)
05. Halo - An Isolated Railway (A Strangely Isolated Place)
06. Hampshire & Foat - Lullaby (Athens Of The North)
07. David Darling - Cello Blue (Music For Dreams) 
08. 36 - Heather Spa (A Strangely Isolated Place)
11. Arovane & Hior Chronik - Morning Fog (A Strangely Isolated Place)
13. Field Recording - Thunderstorm
16. Trance - Ikarus (Growing Bin Records)
18. Wilson Tanner - Odd Low (Growing Bin Records)
19. Peter Pearson - Come Closer (Dreamtime)

11 November 2017

Fire Starter

The fifth, and is it stands, final mix for the year, was a much more light hearted affair than the chillout mixes I'd done earlier. This one was just me letting myself unwind with a few ciders and some tunes from a few (but far from all) of my favourite editors. The reason behind the title is again, just how I've been feeling. I could do with shaking things up, getting away and the image is one I pinched from Tumblr, not sure the original source or I'd credit it, but it just tied in with the story of the year.

If you do know the original source for the graphic, let me know and I'll happily link and credit it. I'll post up the tracklist, but I won't be linking this time, you can do your own leg work. A lot of it will have come via Soundcloud or the likes, a lot probably won't even be there now, but dig around if there are bits that take your fancy. Apologies if any of the tracks are labelled slightly wrong, my hands have been a bit rubbish so my writing isn't great (I write the tracklist as I mix), so with the added ciders, even I'm struggling to read my own writing :)

Link to Soundcloud for the non-hearthis people is [HERE]


01. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Wake Up Everybody (Psychemagick Edit)
02. It's A Small World Disco - Light
03. Paul McCartney - Knocking At The Door (Dicky Trisco & Innerwest Soul Edit)
04. The Dead Rose Music Co. - Listen
05. Hristo - Heat Market
06. Eddie C - From Afar
07. Toto - Africa (LNTG Mix)
08. Keni Burke - Risin' To The Top (Matthew Kyle Edit)
09. Marvin & Guy - Alma Sagha
10. Mary Jane Girls - All Night Long (Unknown Edit)
11. Steely Dan - The Fez (Laura Ingalis WTF Is A Fez Edit?)
12. Marv N' Gaye - Make Me Wanna Holler (Magic Hat Edit)
13. Bill Withers - The Same Love (Whiskey Barons Edit)
14. Timmy Thomas - Why Can't We Live Together? (Block Party Edit)
15. David Bowie - Fame (Mojo Filter Cognito Dub)
16. Capannis - Miracles (V Edit)
17. Stevie Wonder - I Wish (Spaghetti Legs Re-jig)
18. George McCrae - I Get Lifted (Mischief Brew Edit)