Thursday, August 23, 2018

vintage 96 rollige

except it was recorded in 2017!

no, but it's great stereo-panning rhythmic psychedelia

like a lost batch of barely recognisable remixes of Goldie tunes done by Source Direct and Hidden Agenda

lead track of OneMind's debut album OneMind presents OneMind

(via Tim Finney)


it still sounds


the future

to me

very odd, that - cos i know it's not, that it's a now classic sound-style...

that it's history... legend...

a mythic and mythologized era

(hell, I done mythologized it myself - not single-handedly but certainly made an outsize contribution there!)

i know that we've gone past this and are looking back at it in the rear-view mirror

except that listening, it feels open and wide and forward-leaning - a full-speed ahead windshield view

perhaps it's just a trick of memory, how I felt then flooding back involuntarily

or that it's all so imprinted in my neurology and brain pathways that those sounds can't be heard any other way

it's not like I don't feel that feeling about some things happening today

(more so than 2009-2010)

but yeah, it feels like  my ears are staring out at a vista, a frontier, when I listen to it

if i played it to my beats and bleeps mad son, I wonder if he's be able to tell it was from the past ?

(not literally from the past obviously, in actual fact made virtually yesterday)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


cool super in-depth piece by Holly Dicker for Resident Advisor on the history - and contemporary influence / resurgence - of EBM  - aka Electronic Body Music

I often used to de-abbreviate the term incorrectly as European Body Music - which i actually think is a better term, given the ancestral role of DAF, Liaisons Dangereuses, Die Krupps, etc

if I was to do Energy Flash again, one of a bunch things I'd add is more on the non-disco, non-American, Euro-industrial prehistory of rave

it's there implicitly and name-checked with the coverage of Belgium, gabba etc - but there is more to say about this other dance-oriented club culture of the Eighties that was going on at the same time as the black street sounds like electro, synth-funk, freestyle, early minimalist rap and proto-house - a scene / sound that was stompy, Euro, and descended out of industrial if veering often into a sinewy sort of fun

mind you, i never found it easy to dance to industrial -  i remember going to a place with the Stud Bros and Stubbs (champions of Front 242, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, a; grumh, et al at Melody Maker), right in the centre of London - it might have been a particular at Gossips now I think about it - and it was dedicated to industrial and EBM - and recall finding that the beat got tiring quickly -  too hard stomping, too nail-gun regular  - there was something missing, a shimmy that house added

an old piece of mine about what I called "industrial disco" circa 1991

Thursday, August 16, 2018


a fan video but conveys / intensifies the nova-psychedelica of now better than any of their own efforts

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


the retrovirus spreads deeper into rap culture (see previous episode)

lame video for mystifyingly poor single choice off otherwise largely splendid album

this is a bit better video wise, and a thrilling single out of many potential ones

Monday, August 13, 2018

nuum nuum nuum - the Matos pirate radio deejay set selection 1989 - 2008

almost every set mentioned in Michaelangelo Matos's Wire Primer on pirate tape recordings from April 2018 issue - UPDATE - MISSING MIXES NOW PROVIDED BY MATOS!!!!

Danny Rampling, Kiss FM, London (December 25, 1988)labeled simply as 1988 (39 min.)

Heartless Crew, Mission FM 90.6, London, part two (May 1988)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

"it’s muuuuweee, muuuuuweee"

Dan Hancox on the history of grime MCs and pirate radio, with particular focus on the quirky early days of vocal-noise and audio-logos

Friday, August 10, 2018

the laugh that launched a thousand tracks (well, 93 at the last count)

a fun and interesting piece  by Marke B. concerning one of the most proliferated and profuse samples of all time - Alison Moyet's liquid chuckle of pure delight from Yazoo's "Situation"