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sample alert

just a quick sample post. while in laser earlier on (double plug!) i had my earphones out for a change and was listening to the awesome music the shop was playing. that simple single-bar sample jumped out at me immediately, hey, it’s what easy moe bee sampled for biggie’s warning! and, oh wait, it’s walk on by. damn, why have i never listened to this before? pretty embarrassing that the first time i ever heard was when gabrielle sang it in 97

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on to the next

so oxegen is over… it’s not really, there are a few hours to go, but it seems everyone i know who’s gone down has come home early due to bad weather/performances/behaviour by fellow campers. hate to say i told you so. i still wonder if eminem will really perform tonight. time will tell. jay-z apparently put on a great show, which is a further slap in the face for all the nay-sayers who said rap didn’t “work” at “rock” festivals. it’s all music. it’s all love.

for now, i’m getting to work at getting familiar with the acts i want to see (and haven’t heard of) who are playing pukkelpop. after my sabbatical last year i’m psyched to get back to hasselt this summer. though having seen the recently released day/stage breakdowns i’m already certain i’ll have to miss a good few acts. as a wise man once said, and i’m pretty certain i’ve said this here before, only shit festivals don’t have clashes.

but all this is a month away. for now, i’m excited to get out of the country again, as i head to manchester this week for my other half’s graduation. while over there i’ll be loading up on goodies from fopp, piccadilly records and vinyl exchange, which, over the past two years, has become my favourite shop in the world. psyched! thank god i’m not flying ryanair this time…


who remembers all the little interludes on stankonia, at the end of which there goes up a shout of “BREAK”? sometimes i shout them out in my head. i know it’s probably the most-blogged thing this side of janelle monáe (incidentally, this man’s protegé) but i can’t get enough of big boi‘s latest effort, sir lucious left foot: the son of chico dusty. the beats are great, the rapping is wild, it’s funny and it’s not just full of self-aggrandising nonsense (though, being honest, it’s a rap album so there is some of that). in my opinion, and i know the year is barely half over, it’s the best album to come out in 2010. that i’ve listened to. as i’ve had this one on repeat this past week, i realise that it’s been a very long time since i’ve had one album that has bumped everything out of the equation.
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this is the sound of my dreams

i’m going to see spandau ballet tonight. it’ll be my first gig in dublin’s 02. believe it or not, the only gig i ever went to when it was called the point was jay-z in 2006. true.

“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)

early top 10

i fear some of these charts may be getting a bit repetitive – but hey, i’m just repping what i love you know. glass house is slowly working its way up my tunes of the year list, may well be at the top by december. as for that hell track – yeah there’s been some controversy, but the remix package is to die for. radioslave wins for the sheer balls of making a motherf*ckin’ 28 minute version for the two motherf*ckers that understand it. i’m one of them 😉

1 Eli Escobar – Glass House
2 Kid Sister – Right Hand Hi (Kingdom Remix)
3 Erol Alkan & Boys Noize – Death Suite (DJ Mehdi Simple Acid Edit)
4 Jokers of the Scene – Baggy Bottom Boys (Original Mix)
5 The Count & Sinden – Mega (Schizofonics Remix)
6 Hugg & Pepp – Sweet Rosie (Turbo Edit)
7 Hell ft. P. Diddy – The DJ (Radio Slave Remix)
8 Jay-Z Feat. Rihanna – Run This Town (Fake Blood 1 Minute Mash)
9 Yazoo – Situation (US 12” Mix)
10 Model 500 – Night Drive (Time, Space, Transmat)

cover of a cover of a cover

yesterday pitchfork posted the cover of jay-z‘s forthcoming blueprint 3, and it calls to mind, bizarrely, the cover of a ministry of sound compilation.

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3



it’s not just me right?