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all the freaks

last night i was talking to mr frankie grimes about dj deeon‘s the freaks. name-checked by daft punk, fabriclived by diplo, played by god-knows how many djs over the years, it’s an essential dj tool.

as it happens i picked up tod browning’s freaks this afternoon. that and a dario argento film i’d never heard of, mother of tears. god bless laser.

DJ Deeon – The Freaks


yes on the last day of this year i’m posting the latest in my series of mixes that go some way towards encapsulating what this paste decade meant to me in terms of music, well, from a clubbing point of view at least. 2005 was a strange year – most of my clubbing was spent in what you might call “indie discos”, so i didn’t always get to hear some of the tracks i’ve included. but hey, i damn sure listened to them at home. so i’ve included a few tracks from the rockier side of my clubbing history – interpol, arcade fire, the killers, you know. it was in this year that a new form of dance music seemed to be taking shape – 2manydjs had already wowed the world with as heard on radio soulwax a few years before, but their nite versions album and tour(s) blew that out of the water in my opinion. we also had the debut album from lcd soundsystem, as well as a return from daft punk which, though arguably not as good as the duo’s previous two albums, paved the way for their mindblowing tour a year later.
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“can you play something i can dance to?”

it’s funny how when people end up in a club that really isn’t for them, they try to make out like they’re not the one with the problem. last night at transmission i had a pair of girls come up to me and repeatedly ask for: pop music; songs with words; songs people know; songs people can dance to. at this stage of the night i had already played tracks by boys noize, daft punk and the chemical brothers, so it wasn’t like i was digging my tunes from the depths of obscurity. while the club wasn’t as full as i’ve seen it at present, the dancefloor was by no means empty, and the majority of those on the floor seemed to be enjoying themselves, what with the odd “ooee ooee ooh” chant and some very happy dancing faces.

i understand that when one pays into a venue one can expect that the dj is there to entertain you. i’m relatively new to this game, so i’m not above at least listening to requests. i’ve talked the ear off plenty of djs in my time. at the same time, if you arrive at a night that isn’t playing the sort of music you like, you can’t expect the music policy to shift entirely because you don’t like what you hear. i’m a huge fan of jay-z, have been for over a decade, but i’m not about to play run this town because one girl in the crowd thinks boy 8-bit is “shit”.

i know i’m not the first dj to express this sentiment, and i certainly won’t be the last. i might seem like i’m running off some righteous indignation, and to an extent i am. that said, i couldn’t help but laugh at the situation. especially when the stuck on repeat vocals kicked in and one of the complainers recognised it and, thus, waved her hands in the air and started dancing. maybe playing all 9 minutes of alexander robotnick‘s epic remix was asking a bit much…

anyway, this is pretty much what i played.

Boys Noize – Oh! (A-Trak Remix)
SmartTech – Took The Trompeta
Green Velvet – Flash
The Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar (Pete Heller’s Expanded Mix)
Daft Punk – Around The World
Joe and Will Ask? – Fabric of Win (ft. SaintSaviour)
Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity of Huge
Kid Cudi – Make Her Say (Nadastrom 88 Dub)
Midfield General – Disco Sirens (Boy 8-Bit Remix)
MGMT – Time To Pretend (Diplo Remix)
La Roux – I’m Not Your Toy (Jack Beats Remix)
Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat (Alexander Robotnick Remix)
Machines Don’t Care – Afro Jacker
Telephoned – Pop Champagne
Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
Sharon Phillips – Want 2 / Need 2 (Trentemøller Remix)

wow, neet


cool name for a record label this. how neet. or n.e.e.t. i should say. m.i.a. tweeted about a new track over at the label’s website, and it’s a tough, dirty glitchy track which uses angry stabs and snatches of daft punk under rye rye‘s aggressive flow. check it out. also have a listen to this steel drum rework of bang.

Rye Rye – Bang (Mujava Remix)


in case you haven’t noticed i try and include at least one semi “classic” jam each week, either something i’m really feeling from way back when or something i’ve only just discovered. it doesn’t really make a difference which one it is, but they’re always tracks i think deserve (more) attention.

1 Crystal Fighters – Xtatic Truth (L-Vis 1990 Remix)
2 Diplo – Wassup Wassup (Samim Remix)
3 Mr. Oizo – Gay Dentist (Straight Gyno Edit by Arveene & Misk)
4 Matty C – Wiggly Crow
5 Duck Sauce – aNYway
6 Ricardo Villalobos feat. Los Updates – Baile
7 Black Moth Super Rainbow – Happy Melted City
8 Dance Area – AA24-7 (XXXChange Edit)
9 Major Lazer – Keep It Going Louder (Tom Stevens Remix)
10 Daft Punk – Digital Love (Boris Dlugosch Remix)

what’s the opposite of dramatic irony?


after years of hearing about it, i finally watched irréversible last night. i’ve had 24 hours to think about it and i still don’t know what to say. it’s such a horrific piece of work, that mere description neither does the film nor the subject matter justice. what is baffling is how the film moves from a case of senseless violence in a pit of depravity to a beautiful picture of happiness and expectation. i imagine, since that’s all i can do, that this drastic shift in mood, tempo and everything other emotion, is even more realistic than the awful rape scene that is the film’s centrepiece.

on a lighter note, the music in the film is is provided by one thomas bangalter, better known to the rest of the world as half of daft punk. the party scene, soundtracked by famous tracks of his like spinal scratch and outrun, is imbued with a sense of horror as the viewer is painfully aware of what will follow, at least chronologically. i first came across the dark and angry night beats on james lavelle‘s first contribution to the global underground series, long before i had any idea where it originated. even more terrifying is rectum, which accompanies the frantic search through the club of the same name. it’s haunting, nauseating, and brilliant.

Thomas Bangalter – Night Beats
Thomas Bangalter – Rectum

i’m also just about to finish season two of the wire, and i love the way the greek keeps on keeping himself off the radar. at the same time, i hate the way spiros’ accent changes, becomes more greek, throughout the season. it bugs me. anyway continuing with the film score theme (sorry), have a listen to the short instrumental piece that closes every episode. it’s heartbreaking.

Blake Leyh – The Fall