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7 August 2022

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It's been a good few weeks since I last posted any blurb with my music post so I thought I best put something up other than just a tracklist.


If you've been here before then you'll perhaps know that these numbered mixes are being posted weekly throughout 2022 and it is my small effort to try and raise a modest amount for the excellent service provided by the UK charity Sue Ryder. I initially set the target at £250, which when I look at other fundraising efforts is quite a low target, but I don't have a huge amount of friends / family so I figured that would be a tough target to reach. The total raised now stands at £270, so I've raised the bar, just slightly because I don't really expect to get there nevermind any higher, and the goal now stands at £350. So, if you happen to enjoy the mixes I've been posting, and you're in a position to do so, please drop whatever you can or would like over on my Just Giving page - it's honestly a very worthy charity and is much needed and appreciated.


Other than that, I've been gearing up for a motorbike trip which I've got coming up. I'll save the details until I get back so I have something to share. With how I have been feeling this year it's very daunting and I have to be honest and say I'm very much looking ahead and feeling anxious more than any sense of excitement and some days I'm not looking forward to it at all - mostly because of how I feel with health matters. That said, I'll be pushing myself on but it won't be the easiest thing under current circumstances. Fingers crossed that once I get on with it I'll be so focussed on what I'm doing that I'll get a break from my brain and body telling me they're broken. First world problems etc etc etc.


One more thing to mention. I'm gradually going to be replacing all my old mixes on the blog from being Soundcloud hosted over to Mixcloud. In terms of play counts etc there isn't much difference between them, both have been consistently poor this year but Soundcloud is more expensive and just feels like it's really gone downhill. So once my current subscription runs out I'll be down to the basic account on there and all my older mixes will only be found on Mixcloud (although a lot are also on Hearthis I don't update there anymore).


So, now onto the music. I decided to make the month of August a month of House mixes. It'll be be varying shades of House but I'm kicking off with a heavy dose of Disco influence, some might called it Funky House, some might call it cheese. Call it what you like, I've always felt the funky and cheesy stuff works well during the summer months, so this week it's definitely got summer written all over it.


As usual, a linked up tracklist is below the player (Soundcloud for now) and the mix is also posted to Mixcloud.



 

Tracklist

Sister Sledge - Lost In Music (Dimitri From Paris Remix) (Glitterbox Recordings)

First Choice - Let No Man Put Asunder (Dam Swindle Remix) (Salsoul Records)

Purple Disco Machine with Bosk! ft Kaleta - Wake Up! (Columbia Local)

Sugar Hill - 4me (Transa Records)

Bohannon ft. Dr Perri Harris - Let's Start To Dance Again (Dimitri From Paris Remix) (Unidisc Music)

DJ Manuel - Oh Baby (Disco Machine Records)

Hotmood - Taste The Music (Pina Colada Records)

Marvin - I Know Your Ego (V Gentle Edit) (Vehicle Recordings)

Chic - Le Freak (Dimitri From Paris Remix) (Glitterbox Recordings)

Durand Jones & The Indications - Witchoo (Supertaste DJ Edit) (The Basement Discos) << Free Download >>

Supertaste - What D'You Know About Me? (The Basement Discos) << Free Download >>

David Penn ft Romona Renea - Stand Up (Defected)

Purple Disco Machine - Emotion (Club Sweat Records)

Sylvester - Over & Over (Kon Found A Friend Remix) (Kontemporary)

 


 

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10 July 2022

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3 July 2022

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I wasn't intending on posting much in the way of words this week and in fact I had already scheduled my post, tweet and Soundcloud post in advance. I have had to edit my post in account of the fact that inexplicably I pushed through my Just Giving goal of £250.


Granted, a chunk of the total has come out of my own pocket. That's come from me selling some of my records on Discogs, and any orders over a certain amount, I've put a percentage over to my fundraising. But this week, and really it's been a bit out of the blue, I've had 2 donations come in that pushed the total up. If the donors happen to read this, thank you. I've really been struggling this year, not just with this mix per week thing, but generally, so hitting the total and occasional kind word has given me a rare lift of spirits and I appreciate it a lot. More importantly though, Sue Ryder will appreciate your support and believe me when I say this - it really is needed. There is truly not enough support for people with neurological conditions, there are lengthy waiting lists for the services they provide and not enough funding from taxation finds its way through. So, on behalf of Sue Ryder, thank you too.


Another wee thing I'd like to mention is a project that a friend of mine has undertaken. I've never met David Kenney in person, we struck up a friendship after I had stumbled across an early release on his label Audio Parallax and shared it on my blog, probably around 10 years ago now. In the time since we've both had a similar dislike and an 'arms length' approach to social media, so we keep in touch with a wee email back and forth now and then. Recently he has been dabbling in the world of blogging (a link is on the side menu), so not just a canny label head honcho, a clever website dabbler, an artist and architect, but also a writer... and of course, a good guy too! During this foray into the writing world he has written a short story - The Post-it Note Man. It's a story about grief, loss and the fragility of memory. These are issues none of us can avoid in our life time, so we can all identify with the subject matter. This is a very limited run (9 left at time of typing this) with all of the funds being given to the NHS. Click the image below to find out more or buy a copy.



Finally, back on the topic of the mix / future mixes. This week I put together a mic of house / tech house kind of stuff. The first couple of mixes might be a bit ropey, but keep in mind I'm using a temperamental Traktor software (it freezes and glitches quite often) and I'm a bit rusty with the 4/4 stuff. Also, even though I've hit the target, I'm still carrying on with this for as long as I can. The mix per week thing was a bit of a personal challenge and I'd like to complete it. No promises but I am trying. I already have the next 3 weeks lined up and set to auto post - the next 3 weeks look something like this - 1) A Reggae selection, 2) an ambient mix and 3) a mix of what Beatport calls Organic House / Melodic Techno - whatever they are. I won't be posting much in the way of words - but as usual I will have linked tracklists and really hope that I can add to my total on Just Giving, it would be amazing to keep that moving up!



Tracklist

Caribou - Never Come Back (Morgan Geist Remix) (City Slang)

KH (aka Four Tet) - Only Human (Text Records)

Radiohead - Reckoner (Chambord Remix) (Around Midnight)

Orbital - Belfast (Yotto Remix) (London Music Stream)

Bicep - Closing Sequence (50WEAPONS)

Ahmed Spins - Anchor Point (MoBlack Records)

Axel Boman - Eyes Of My Mind (Studio Barnhus)

FYI Chris - Pizza Dust (Black Acre Records)

Phran - Transformen (Hivern Discs)

DJ Koze ft Sophia Kennedy - Drone Me Up, Flashy (&me Remix) (Pampa Records)

Dr. Feel ft Philasande - ITHONGO (Hanna Hais Donkela Remix) (Bosom)



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26 June 2022

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This week has been in the same vein as most weeks of 2022. Not great, but it is what it is and anyone who has visited on regularly or even on the odd occasion won't be surprised to hear that my Just Giving page is still where it was last week. I did make a reasonable sale over on my Discogs store and I'll add a percentage of it to my fundraising myself - which is where the last 3 have come from. I suspect that will be the way of things from here on; nobody's interested and the world is skint. I'm okay with that, of course I wish it was different, but as I say, it is what it is.


I'm not altogether sure how you'd describe this selection, so I won't go too far with that. It's chilled out and it has guitars and occasional vocals. You can pigeon hole it as you see fit. What I will say is that I enjoyed putting it together and also listening back to it. As always, the linked up tracklist is below the player and I encourage you to purchase any of the music that you may like and support the artists / labels. Also, if you enjoyed the selection, and are in a position to do so, perhaps you might consider a very small donation to my Just Giving page which is raising funds to support the excellent work at Sue Ryder.

 

 

Tracklist

Brecht Ameel - Tropico Fantasma (Hands In The Dark Records)

Good Weather For An Airstrike - Little Rain (Sun Sea Sky Productions)

Massimo Amato - All Related (Electronique.it Records)

WW Audio - Field Recording (Self Released)

Suso Sáiz - Linda Cubana (Music From Memory)

WW Audio - Field Recording (Self Released)

Cass. & Gianni Brezzo - Helge (Growing Bin Records)

Jonathan Fitoussi - Oceans (Obliques / Transversales Disques)

Air - Caramel Prisoner (Virgin)

Jack Cutter - Gift Of Our Fathers (Claremont 56)

Juana Molina - ¿Quien (Domino Recordings)

Ezra Feinberg - Aquainted With The Night (Related States)

Ferdi - Night Talk (Claremont 56)

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Sea Of Vapours (Real World Records)




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19 June 2022

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This week I've pulled together some downtempo, ambient and contemporary jazz, a different pace from last weeks techno mix. As expected, last week didn't get much interest but the spam and porn bots did offer their services. It's a problem that has been around on Soundcloud for years now and they have never dealt with it. Soundcloud is 15 years old now and I still can't help but feel it's a platform that has really lost its way over quite a long period of time. I'll be sticking with it for the moment, but unless it moves in a different direction I can't help but feel it won't be around in another 15 years time.


On a personal note, things are still pretty static. Discogs sales have been pretty slow, I don't feel like I'm moving forward and the fundraising efforts remain stalled. The biggest positive of the week was receiving a Cornish Cream Tea Pack (scones, jam and clotted cream) in the post from my cousin who was visiting Cornwall. I've yet to dig in to it, my stomach hasn't felt great this week, but I'm looking forward to when I do!


As ever, a linked up tracklist is below the player. Please support the artists and labels if you enjoy any of the music and you are in a position to do so. Also, (flogging a dead horse here) if you do enjoy the selection, or any of the mixes I've posted, perhaps you'd consider a small donation to my Just Giving page which is supporting the excellent work of Sue Ryder. Find out more on my Just Giving Page.



Tracklist

Emily A. Sprague - Water Memory Poem (Rvng Intnl)

Phi-Psonics - First Step (Nightnote Records / Gondwana)

Alif Tree - Rain River (Compost)

Melissa Pons - Around The Water (Self Released)

Colorlist - Where Will We Go (Serein)

Olga Wojciechowska - Lazy Indifference (Time Released Sound)

Damm - Just In The Moment (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Alfa Mist - Mulago (Sekito)

Andrew Wasylyk - Awoke In The Early Days Of A Better World (Athens Of The North)

ʕ•͡ᴥ•ʔ - Paus (141201) (Omena Ltd)

Tenderlonious - Journey To Thra (22a)

Max Ananyev - Proportion & Reaction (Whitelabrecs)

Sofie Birch ft. Nana P - Observatory (intercourse)

Chocolate Weasel - The Nonsensical Rambling Of A Lunatic Mind (Ninja Tune)

 

 

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11 June 2022

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For the most part I've been posting my 'year of music' mixes / selections on a Sunday morning. #29 isn't really Sunday morning music, it's more Saturday night music, so I thought I best post it when it would be best suited.


In all the years I've been messing about with turntables, mixers, vinyl, cd's, digital, controllers, I've never put together a mix of full on techno. So I decided to go down the rabbit hole. I went online and picked up some tracks, had a dig around my hard drive, hit the record button and this came out. Is it any good? Probably not, who am I to judge in any case? I'm posting it anyway, it was fun to put something different together and jump out of my comfort zone. It was done in one take, no planning and no practice either 😬. I'm still pretty rusty with the 4/4 stuff and probably don't have a clue what I'm doing for the most part anyway. For all the folk that will likely listen, I'm happy to stick it up in any case.


If you have a listen, and do happen to enjoy it, why not throw a couple of quid into my Just Giving fundraising page? The funds raised are going to Sue Ryder who do an excellent job providing care and support around the country. Some day you or someone you care about might need to lean upon their services, supporting them now makes sure they are around if that time should come.



Tracklist

The Burrell Connection - Acid Rapids (Craigie Knowes)

Confidential Recipe - BLP1 (RSPX)

Kontal - Discord (Setaoc Mass Rework) (Revolt)

Drunken Kong - Spark (Tronic)

Christian Smith - Turn The Lights  (Alessandro Grops Remix) (Tronic)

Danniie - Desordem (Primitive State Records)

Risa Taniguchi - This Guy (Kneaded Pains)

Drunken Kong - Ichi (Tronic)

Aiken - Drive Unit (Non Series)

Stefan Vincent - Renunciation (Symbolism)

Linear System - Static Position (Illegal Alien Recordings)

Keith Carnal - Ape Shit Crazy (Bpitch)

Laurent Garnier - Flashback (F Comms)

Flug - The Punisher (DCLTD)

 

 

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5 June 2022

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It's a been a funny old week this week. The world somehow manages to continue down a very scary path. Whether that be ongoing conflicts and international political shenanigans or the endless stream of reports and studies that show we are heading into the oblivion with regards to climate and the environment more generally, or the mindless madness that is gun ownship and (the lack of) controls in the US. Not to mention here in the UK, Chief Clown in charge, Bozo Johnson somehow clinging on to power, despite the endless stream of lies, deceit and general charlatan behaviour, and the Tory party in general who can't see beyond the edge of their own self interest, greed and profiteering - with the odd sex pest criminal in there for good measure. The Royal Family throwing a puke inducing soiree for Old Lizzie on the one hand while bailing out the Grand Old Paedo of York to the tune of many millions of our diminishing-in-value (not so) Great British Pounds. They're so far out of touch with reality, never mind the average man/woman on the street, all whilst we're in the midst of so many different crises and things visibly crumbling all around us. Pardon my Francais, but what the fuck is going on? That's without even mentioning Gorilla Herpes or the improving (because nobody is being tested anymore) Covid situation. Hey, as long as Ricky Gervais gets cancelled though and people with zero connection to whatever the Depp / Heard nonsense was about get to kick off their next witch hunt, that's the main thing, eh? So much distraction, so little time to deal with the existential issues at hand.

So, having gone a bit gung-ho there (out of frustration), allow me to offer up some more of my own inane nonsense to distract you for the briefest of moments. Mix / Selection number 23 of the year. I'm quite surprised to have got this far given I feel like I've been banging my head against a wall for the most part. I've felt like knocking this on the head so often, yet here I am again, typing into the void. I still don't know where I'm going with this, or much else really. I feel detached from the world; I don't really feel like I have a place, or fit into it anywhere. I don't feel or see how I am able to change that either.

So far, there has been over 26 hours of music posted by the way of mixes / selections. Mostly from my record shelves with a good chunk from my digital collection, across multiple genres, collected and curated over many years. Each cover image has been a photograph I have taken myself (aside from the peace lily / pale blue dot) and manipulated / edited through various apps or programs. Even the ones that don't look like a photograph started out as a photograph that has been chopped, altered and spat out in a different form. I've sat for hours typing out the tracklists and mumped and grumped my way through the blog (it's where my headspace has been unfortunately), doing my best to find and link up where you can buy the music legally, supporting the artists and labels that feature here each week. Not to mention the social media nonsense, the setting up an Instagram account to promote this effort only to be kicked off for no apparent reason.

When I started posting mixes online many years ago now, it was generally for myself and one or two friends who pushed me to do it. Even this blog was started off the back of that encouragement. Over time others tuned in and I thought I had somehow started to find myself within a network of like minded souls - for someone that's always been on the outside that was a big thing. But it appears to have gone full circle, and really, I'm back to posting them for myself in the most part - although that was far from the aim for this at the start of the year, it seems to be where I find myself.

Considering the lack of traction, the lack of engagement and my "circle" having been exhausted a long time back, I think it unlikely there will be any further donations to my page, the last one (aside from my own donations from a percentage of selling some of my vinyl) was over 3 months ago now. I see other people posting Just Giving links to Twitter and I contribute to them when I have seen any, target goals that are set significantly higher than I have set for my page get smashed in days - for great efforts like runs, or just because it's their Birthday and want to raise money because it's their Birthday, not actually doing anything. It's really disheartening and as I think I've mentioned before, it's a constant reminder, week in, week out, of just how small my circle / support network actually is, that's pretty spirit crushing to be honest.

Before I post this weeks mix, I want to say one more thing. I genuinely only wanted for people to chip in a small donation IF they enjoyed this mixes I was posting and of course they were in a position to do so. I really didn't want people donating out of pity and I definitely didn't want people pretending to engage with my posts. If it's not sincere, then I don't want it. I'd sooner have 1 or 2 plays / engagements that are genuine. At least that let's me know where I stand, rather than giving me false hope or the impression that anyone is interested in what I'm doing.

That was a fair rant and ramble today, apologies, clearly needing to get some things off my chest. 

Now. Anyone for a marmalade sandwich?



Tracklist


Andrew Lang - Stark Light (Rusted Tone Recordings)

A Veil Of Water - I Walk With Ghosts (Hidden Vibes)

Endless Melancholy - Still (Hidden Vibes)

Gamardah Fungus - Life Long Journey (Hidden Vibes)

A Winged Victory For The Sullen - There Is One Of Which Your Never Speak (Artificial Pine Arch Manufacturing)

BMRN - Going Down Fighting (eilean rec.)

Brusgenerator - That Was Then, This Is Now (Whitelabrecs)

Carbon Based Lifeforms - Submerged (Self Released)

Penelope Trappes - Nervous (Houndstooth)

Jo Johnson - Discontent Arises From A Knowledge Of The Possible (Self Released)

Dag Rosenqvist - Leave Everything You Love Behind (Hidden Vibes)

Porya Hatami - Restless (DRONARIVM)

Domenique Dumont - Watching Boats Pass By (Leaf)

ZH2 - Ocean Waves (Self Released)

Jörgen Kjellgren - Evening Lul (Past Inside The Present)

Robert Cole Rizzi - Water Stream Skamling (Self Released)

Claire Deak - Dampen The Waves (Past Inside The Present)


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