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taking you back to 95

how appropriate that after last night’s celebration of coldcut’s 95 opus, i can offer you something from an act wanting to take you back to 95. as it happens, that track isn’t the main focus of this post, but hey, it was a nice bit of synchronicity. meanbucket is started out as a blog outlet of prague-based djs quime and tuco, the guys behind the successful dutty weekend club nights in that beautiful city, which have hosted the likes of sinden, mumdance, l-vis 1990 and even those daft upstarts die antwoord. this year they started putting out records, kicking off with dj tuco’s own disco kicks.

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new stuff from me

i’ve been busy with music new and old lately, and i’ve put a few mixes together. the most recent was for sidetracked, that ever-so-groovy friday night dealio in the chocolate bar in dublin. it’s a game of two halves, as i start off with some more groovy stuff like holmes price‘s unbelievably good cover of the juan maclean‘s human disaster and the classic shep pettibone remix of new order’s true faith. then it goes a bit garagey, with some mj cole and todd edwards, before a deep and slightly irreverent finale thanks to carl craig, and his relentless desire for chicken noodle soup. i’ll be playing sidetracked from 2 next friday, so come along and wave/say hi/boogie.

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sidetracked last night was, as ever, a lot of fun. i had a friend who’s not into djing join me in the booth, so i got to explain what i do and how things work and so on. things really got interesting when frank sweeney showed up with serato. frank followed my pop-disco set with a killer slow hip-hop set – some dilla, some flylo, a couple of awesome b.cause edits, it was a joy to watch. if i can be half that good at true stories in a few weeks i’ll be doing well!

after sidetracked i headed down to see ewan pearson at nightflight. as fellow dj jevan described it, ewan started a bit housey, then got techy and glitchy, and finished up with what i’ll call a lot of “reach for the lasers” tunes. you know it’s a good set when you don’t know anything but you still love it – and then towards the end he whipped out this monster…

Mykill – Love Story
Crazy P – Bumcop
Tensnake – Coma Cat
Hot Chip – I Feel Better (Den Haan Remix)
Róisín Murphy – Overpowered
LCD Soundsystem – Too Much Love
Tiga – (Far From) Home
The xx – Shelter (Them Jeans ‘Drum’ Edit)
Talking Heads – Girlfriend Is Better (Bit Funk Edit)
Seelenluft – Manila (Ewan Pearson Remix)
Azari & III – Reckless (With Your Love)
Canyons – Fire Eyes
Eli Escobar – If You Need A Friend
In Flagranti – Brash and Vulgar
Sneaker Pimps – Post Modern Sleaze (Salt City Orchestra Nightclub Mix)

Shadow Dancer interview (part one)

Well this is something special. Normally when you do an email interview, the questions are adequate enough. Sometimes they take things up the wrong way and you’ve no way of qualifying your question. Sometimes they just respond with the bare minimum. In this case, I’ve got so much material that I’m actually going to split it in two rather than cut anything.

So, here you go. Two brothers, Paul and Al Farrier, better known to the world as Shadow Dancer, the formidable duo on Boysnoize Records. They’re not touring right now, but they’re making a special appearance at Transmission next week, and in advance of that gig, they were kind of to answer a series of ridiculous questions from yours truly. Enjoy.

You were born in Liverpool. You’re now based in Manchester. Fill in the gaps?

Paul: We went from Liverpool to Saudi Arabia to Liverpool to North Wales to Manchester (and then I ended back up in Wales, where I currently live, although a move back to Manchester is on the cards as there’s not much in the way of a music scene around here… the K-Klass days are over).

Al: We grew up in Wales, but I was really attracted to Manchester because I was obsessed with Manchester music – New Order. I always wanted to live in a big city, but London didn’t really occur to me. I wasn’t even particularly aware of London, but went to the Haçienda when I was 17 and I was hooked.

Is the sibling dynamic a hindrance or a help? Apart from touring/performing, how much time does the project mean you need to spend together?

Paul: It’s a definite help when touring and performing as Al provides extra hands and options for the live set, and he’s more outgoing than me… I can come across as the “moody DJ” sometimes, but it’s really down to my being shy and occasionally uncomfortable around large groups of people having far too much fun. We haven’t produced together for a long time now, so I don’t know how that would work now. There’d probably still be a lot of arguing.

Al: It’s never been much of an issue really, because we’ve also been best friends since we were kids and we grew up discovering and learning about making music. We spend a bit of time together when we’re not performing. I take a back seat these days in terms of writing and production. Paul’s always buying new bits of kit, and he generally shows me the ropes.
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the sound of failure


i had attempted to write up my thoughts having revisited the flaming lips‘ 2006 album at war with the mystics. i was looking for an album to talk about, and the flips (as i like to call them) are playing electric picnic so i figured i’d give it a whirl. but i found it terribly difficult to get a handle on the album. for one thing i feel ill-equipped to talk about a band when i’m only familiar with three of their 11 albums. secondly, their lyrical content is either bafflingly bizarre or so plainly beautiful it merely bears repeating, rather than any analysis. the really bizarre thing is that the album sounds so out of time, that it doesn’t feel right placing it in 2006. that’s not to say it’s timeless – i’d be naive to assume that this album will last forever; indeed it doesn’t match up to 1999’s the soft bulletin. but for what it’s worth, this is definitely an album that should be listened to more often than i have. if it weren’t for the band’s insistence on returning to this island so often with the same show, i probably wouldn’t have lost interest in their output.

returning to the music. the one-two punch of the yeah yeah yeah song and free radicals really gets the blood pumping, before a series of melancholic down-tempo pieces calls sadder thoughts to mind.

off in the future, maybe there ain’t no heaven,
it’s just you and me and maybe it’s just as well,
’cause if there ain’t no heaven maybe there ain’t no hell?

the glorious the wizard turns on… raises as many questions as the (admittedly wonderful) lyrics above, and even won a grammy for best rock instrumental performance. not that the grammys always get it right… i can still remember sitting in a friend’s living room and feeling the cold grasp of shock when i heard the snarling guitar of the w.a.n.d. in an ad for budweiser. although i can’t be mad when i consider the fact that the night before i was at the crazy bud rising event in the guinness storehouse, where i saw diplo and carl craig. for free. my shock came more from the supposedly anti-establishment flaming lips lending such a song to an ad for beer – “we’ve got the power motherf*cker that’s where it belongs.” the rousing guitar theme is even further contrasted by the dramatic flute-led pompeii am götterdämmerung, which seems to capture the fear, anticipation and exhilaration of the citizens of pompeii as they attempted to flee the wrath of vesuvius. and album closer goin’ on takes things hurtling back to the present, pondering as it does the end of the bush administration.

it’s an album that relies heavily on the use of elaborate sonic textures, using the inimitable whine of the band’s frontman as an instrument in itself, colliding and playing with the warm and lush sounds created beneath him. it’s cinematic in its vision, dramatic in scale, and yet at the same time it speaks to listeners on such intimate terms that the band could be right there in your bedroom. it’s certainly more than just “those songs from the ads.”

The Flaming Lips – Vein of Stars
The Flaming Lips – The Wizard Turns On…
The Flaming Lips – The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat)