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sunday afternoon…

is for cleaning the place up. but there’s football on! it’s come to my attention that pretty much everyone on the dublin dj scene is completely disinterested in sport. bar colin perkins of course. i recently bought this tee and wore it out when djing on night. hardly a word was said about it. oh well.

last night at transmission was a lot of fun. jon averill was playing jungle brothers and rory phillips remixes, while girls in the crowd were asking to hear bedrock. imagine the looks on their faces if i had played this… some day. i was pretty happy with my set. lot of key-mixing. off the cuff yo. i dug out killing puritans last week to possibly play on full moon on tuesday, but i ended up playing koochy last night. wonder if anyone remembers that one.

Tiga – Sex O’Clock (Matias Aguayo Remix)
Out Hud – Put It Away, Put It Away, Put It Away, Dad
Gorillaz – Stylo (Alex Metrix Remix)
Major Lazer – Bruk Out (Foamo Remix)
L-Vis 1990 – United Groove (Kingdom Remix)
Erol Alkan & Boys Noize – Lemonade
Armand Van Helden – Koochy
Schizofonics – 88
Zinc – Blunt Edge
Yeasayer – O.n.e. (XXXchange Remix)
Zombie Nation – Mystery Meat Affair (Shadow Dancer Remix)
Le Le – Breakfast
Housemeister – What You Want (Siriusmo Remix)
Jan Driver – Tellyfoam
Rob 3 – The Chase
Bag Raiders – Fun Punch (Jokers Of The Scene Remix)
Twizzle – Skydiving (Greenmoney Remix)
Delphic – Halcyon (L-Vis 1990 Dub)
Wiley – Never Be Your Woman (Jaymo & Andy George ‘Moda’ Remix)

hot mess!


the latest mixmag podcast just went up today, it’s got some great tunes and an interview with a-trak. it’s a bit sloppy, but worth a listen all the same. check the great michel cleis remix of river ocean’s love and happiness, as well as the embarrassing diddy impression. also – duck sauce (armand and a-trak, if you didn’t know it already) have mixed the next mixmag cover cd. holla!

Mixmag Podcast No. 14

myd sauce


as is hopefully clear from my posts, i try to be pretty eclectic with my tastes. lately i’ve been playing lots of this balearic nu-disco – it’s so funky and summery and nice! – but another sub-genre which is pleasing my ears is what could be called the electro-tribal scene. it’s a sound that offers limitless possibilities, with its relentless use of heavy bass, rattling percussion and eerily dramatic and atmospheric sub-saharan influences. the range of excellent tracks is a joy to behold, stretching from michel cleis‘ epic la mezcla and l-vis 1990‘s staggering remix of crystal fighters, right up to brand new stuff from up and comers like harry benson and his latest track kudzu.

another new name on this burgeoning section of the market is myd, whose train to bamako has been getting praise from people like teki latex, radioclit and brodinski (whose bugged out mix is an essential purchase). with its combination of wonky bleeps and basslines and traditional african chants and instruments, it’s sure to bring a smile to your face. to hear the track in context, have a listen to his massala myd sauce mix, which is full of similarly powerful tracks. keen as i am to show my love for armand, it’s nice to be able to post a mix with jesse rose‘s incredible playmate remix. clearly this boy’s got taste.

Myd – Train To Bamako

Myd – Massala Myd Sauce Mix

Flo Rida & T Pain – Low
Don Diablo – Too Cool For School Medley
K.I.G. – Head Shoulders Knees And Toes
Solo – Afreaka
Myd – Train To Bamako
Buraka Som Sistema feat. Deize Tigrona – Aqui Para Voce
Duke Dumont – Hoy
Zombie Disco Squad – Eurovision
Scottie B & King Tutt – African Chant
Armand Van Helden – Playmate (Jesse Rose Remix)
Toddla T & Hervé – Shake it
Caspa – Where’s My Money (L-Vis 1990 Dubble Step Edit)
High Rankin – No Money For Guns

i’m not a zero

everyone’s going crazy for duck sauce, but i think, as may be the case with major lazer, people seem to be more excited about who’s behind it than the project itself. armand and trizzy both go way back, so their reputation is unquestionable. i still have an armand poster on my wall from around the time you don’t know me came out – i don’t remember what the magazine was but i remember there was an interview with lisa simpson in it… hmm. anyway i found this today – an interview with armand from the now-defunct ministry magazine. june 2001, just before gandhi khan came out. the same magazine gave that album a panning, but why can’t you free some time is a stone cold classic.

the interview features his side of one of my favourite dj-related stories – when armand got booed off the decks at space in ibiza in the summer of 2000. for playing hip-hop at one of the biggest house clubs in the world. while for most people that story cemented steve lawler‘s reputation as the king of space (lawler quickly took over and brought back the pounding pounding techno music), in my eyes van helden became king of not giving a fuck. hero.


Ghostface Killah – Cherchez LaGhost
Armand van Helden – Why Can’t You Free Some Time

good weather for staying indoors and blogging

it’s friday and i’m a little bored. and it’s gone from dry to thunderstorm to sunny to cloudy in the last 90 minutes. currently listening to to old armand van helden tracks. no this isn’t a nostalgia post, just sayin’ 😉 i’m really excited about seeing aeroplane at field day next week. it’s just a dj set but still, they make great music and listen to great music so i think i’ll enjoy it. here’s a funny interview with one of them from dummy magazine:

Do you feel emotional when you play?

Sure! Life is about emotions! But not only good ones unfortunately.

asian dan has a link to their june mix, and i guess their set next week will follow a similar path. i hope so anyway. i guess it’s my mix for this weekend.

another act i’m really excited about seeing is final fantasy. i had the pleasure of seeing him three nights in a row (kind of) in december 2007, but haven’t seen him since. i gather his galway show last month was pretty spectacular, so i’m expecting a lot. maybe a new random cover or something.

half bar loop

it’s no secret that i’m a huge fan of a-trak and armand van helden. i’ve had my eye on (and off) armand since you don’t know me and then that story about him getting kicked off the decks at space (which is why i love cherchez la ghost so much), and have focused my attention in his direction since ghettoblaster. and we all know a-trak has been killing it for the last few years with fool’s gold – see my last post. so when they get together to make music, you know it’s going to be special. aNYway and you’re nasty hit beatport today so check out this awesome interview and make sure you cop the tracks. summer anthems for sure.

Duck Sauce – You’re Nasty

Duck Sauce – aNYway

surkin in the mix

ok so here i have surkin‘s interview and minimix from last night’s show. i didn’t actually stay up to listen to it myself, so many thanks to nicolas aka jowa4 for the link and RoBz for the tracklisting, both from the erol forum. [EDIT: thanks to RoBz for the direct link too] there’s a delightful sense of variety in the mix, but i guess eclecticism is the order of the day right now. love that armand always gets a look in with surkin and bobmo.

Surkin Minimix for Jaymo and Andy George (alternate direct link)

Jaimie Fanatic – What’s Happening To Ya (Way Wut’s Zpping Remix) [ Mad Decent]
Planet Patrol – Play at your own Risk [Drum Loop]
Bobmo – Turn on Cop Out [Institubes]
Renaissance Man – What is Guru (Rivastarr Remix) [Sound Pellegrino]
The Juan MacLean – One Day (Surkin Remix)
Mike Dunn – Deep Down (Afrojack Remix)
Plastique de Reve – Resist ft Radical Cheerleader [DFA]
Bobmo – Back from the Grave [Institubes]
Armand Van Helden – Hear My Name
Boys Noize – Starter [Boysnoise Records]
Laidback Luke – Need Your Loving [Mixmash]
Lifelike – Disco Machine [Drum Loop]
Devone – Energy (Surkin Edit)
Toadally Krossed Out – Toad’s Theme (Surkin Edit) [Mad Decent]
Surkin – Untitled

top 10 for de week

inspired by nialler9, i’ve decided to do throw out a top 10 for the week. this may or may not become a running theme. tunes old and new, all beauties in their own right. where possible i’ll suggest a blog where you may or may not be able to find the track. otherwise, it’s a gem that i hold truly dear…

1 Redshape – Black Dust
2 Phoenix – Lisztomania (CLASSIXX Version)
3 Britney Spears – If U Seek Amy (U-Tern Remix Instrumental)
4 Empire of the Sun – Walking On A Dream (Treasure Fingers Remix)
5 Passion Pit – The Reeling (Sammy Bananas’ Big Choon Remix)
6 Shit Robot – Simple Things (Work It Out)(Todd Terje Remix)
7 Hostage – Soundboy
8 Major Lazer – Can’t Stop Now (ft. Mr. Vegas & Jovi Rockwell)
9 Radiohead – Everything In Its Right Place (Andi Müller’s Looong Mix)
10 War – Slippin’ Into Darkness (Armand van Helden Dub)

you may or may not hear me play some of these tracks at soundcheck in spy on thursday. come down and find out.

Soundcheck Poster June 25


haven’t had time to blog today – exam time… currently taking a break and watching last year’s adulthood. i enjoyed kidulthood, at least in the sense that i thought it was an impressive piece of work. it’s quite unsettling, and it really makes you wonder about what turns people into that kind of monster.

we’ve just had a moment that was a bit la haine. but hey, nothing compares to la haine… anyway. like its predecessor, it’s got some proper tunes innit blood, including dizzee‘s awesome sirens from 2007. check out paul devro‘s bmore refix too. miles better than bonkers (sorry armand)…

Dizzee Rascal – Sirens (Paul D Obivious Re-Edious) (sic)

i nacho ny

the above makes no sense, i know. tell that to toronto’s nacho lovers, who’ve just done the first fool’s gold podcast. or FOOLCAST as they’ve called it. i like. they can’t really do much wrong in my eyes though – in fact i’m wearing a fool’s gold tee right now… anyway it looks like an awesome mix, it’s a triute to classic 90s house music from new york, hence the title. i’ve just been digging a lot of early armand lately so this is right up my present street.

Nacho Lovers – Foolcast 001 – I Nacho NY

01. Nina Simone – Feelin’ Good (Todd Terry mix)
02. 68 Beats – My House (The Whistle mix)
03. Rob Razor – Hands Up (Hands Uptown Mix)
04. The Funk Junkeez – Got Funk? (Da Mongoloids Funktastic Funk Mix)
05. Norty Cotto – Time To Rock A Party
06. R.B.M. – The Boy (Ralph’s Hard House mix)
07. Cajmere – Brighter Days (Todd Terry’s TNT Dub)
08. DJ Pierre – Muzik (The Siren Mix)
09. Armand Van Helden – Donkey
10. Reel 2 Real – Raise Your Hands (Armand’s Static Head Mix – Seewhale Dub)
11. Circle Children – Indonesia (Sambal Badjak mix)
12. Da Mongoloids – Spark Da Meth (Bangin’ Like A Benzi mix)
13. Raw Junkies – Doe Doe Drummin’
14. Jodeci – Freek’N You (MK Dub mix)
15. Lovebeads – This is the Only Way (Mousse T.’s Raw Mix)
16. Rageous – Cunty (The Feeling)
17. Robbie Tronco – C.U.N.T. (Straight Faggot mix)
18. Robbie Tronco – Runway (Grease Monkey Drag Queen mix)
19. Tronco Traxx – Walk For Me
20. Armand Van Helden f. Clark Cunt – Work Me Gadamit ’96
21. Armand Van Helden f. Clark Cunt – Work Me Gadamit
22. Masters At Work – The Ha Dance
23. Sir James – Special
24. Sir James – Special (Acapella)
25. The Boss – Congo (Tunnel Mix)
26. Club Ultimate – Carnval 93 (The Ani Phearce mix)
27. Barbara Tucker – I Get Lifted (Armand’s Lift Me Up mix)
28. Smooth Touch – House of Love (More / Phearce mix)
29. Tanja Dantzler – In And Out of My Life (Armand’s AV8 Mix)
30. Submission – Women Beat Their Men (Cevin’s Peak Hour Dub)
31. Lil’ Mo’ Ying Yang – Reach (‘Little’ ‘More’ Mix)
32. Planet Soul – Set U Free (Fever Mix)

tonight i’m going to preston’s beats of rage for the first (and probably only) time, i’m looking forward to seeing hostage, egyptrixx, and joe and will ask? – who i will be interviewing later this evening. watch this space.