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clive onion

i’ve been a fan of joe and will ask since i first came across their remix of alena’s turn it around – i later discovered they were both as big fans of euphoric 90s trance as i was, hence that remix, and another for mario piu’s communication. you know, that one with the interference and that girl imploring that “somebody answer the phone”… anyway since then they’ve put out a very small number of releases, focusing on quality instead of quantity. fabric of win was one of my favourite tracks last year – in fact i just included it in my round-up of button factory favourites for transmission – and this year i’ve really loved man the cannons and their remix of booka shade. recently they’ve been putting their energy into their new night vikings at ministry of sound in london (you can check out their mixes for the night here), but that’s not to say they’ve been ignoring the tune side of things. new effort clive onion is a massive departure, it sounds completely unlike anything they’ve done before, yet you can still tell it’s a joe and will ask track. as the blurb on the deadly people soundcloud puts it:

The guys were asked to remix Yeasayer. They ended up writing a killer bassline that sounded weird with the Yeasayer parts. So they wrote a brand new song, sampled Arcade Fire and delivered it the next day.

dj sector go-slow

last night i played sidetracked for the first time in a few weeks. i always enjoy those sets as it gives me the chance to play sloooowwwweeer. i started off at 124 and ended up down at 114. mmmmmm. daire jumped in and played this ridiculous(ly good) edit of thriller, but he’s my boss there so who am i to say no.

Junior Boys – Hazel (Ewan Pearson’s Extended Disco Edit)
Walter Jones – Living Without Your Love
Lindstrøm – Grand Ideas (Prins Thomas Radio Edit)
Caribou – Odessa
Lenka – Trouble Is A Friend (Eli Escobar Remix)
Michael Jackson – Thriller (OOFT Phazed Edit)
LCD Soundsystem – 45:33 (Prince Language Remix)
Bent – Swollen (Mighty Mouse Remix)
Azari & III – Hungry for the Power
Veronica’s Veil (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
45 King vs Wale – Roof (DJ Ayres Remix)
The xx – VCR (Matthew Dear Remix)
Woolfy – Absynth (Marcus Worgull Remix)
Holy Ghost! – Hold On

after sidetracked i went to the good bits to see boy 8-bit. it’s always funny watching this long-haired dude in a death metal tee rock out to dance music. but when you think that guy is the man behind such impeccable productions as baltic pine and that remix of florence and the machine, it makes a lot more sense. he even dropped joe and will ask?‘s the rusty pig, which is gas as i’d always thought it shared stylistic tendencies with the boy’s remix of mars. there were a lot more people present than at his show at the twisted pepper last year, which is great, but he really deserves much more attention and credit for his top-notch tracks and perfect djing. boy 8-bit, i salute you.

obligatory year-end list part one

so, since i promised, here is the first half of my non-arbitrary list of songs that meant a lot to me over the past year.

The Juan MacLean – The Station

the future will come was my favourite album of the year, and for a time tonight was my favourite track thereon. the station edged forward for a number of reasons. its lyrics, all about the lack of communication between a man and woman, resonated with personal fears about my own perceived lack of communcation skills and the way i approach my own relationship. unlike some reviewers, i thought the dynamic between juan‘s cold, robotic utterings and nancy whang’s passionate, driven vocals lent the album, and this song in particular, a pathos so often lacking in modern music. this song also holds a special place in my heart as it was the first track i ever played at transmission back in august, something which has come to define the year for me.

Stevie Nicks – Stand Back (Eli Escobar Disco Mix)

the next song i played in that first set back in august was this delightful re-edit of a stevie nicks song done for money lotion by one eli escobar. the isolated strands of guitar licks, the fuzzy synths, the completeness of it all – it’s one of few songs out there that you can listen to, on repeat, for a whole seven minutes and never get bored – everything about this track is respectful to its forebear without being stuck in the past. of course, it is an 80s song, but it fits in perfectly with that resurgent strand of, for want of a better genre-title, nu-disco. but we must bear in mind that it wasn’t just re-edits that eli did this year…

Eli Escobar – Glass House

yes, i’m talking about him yet again. more than anyone else, his work has had a profound effect on me this year. his remixes have been wowing be for a few years, but finally he came out with some original tracks – the dark, relentless groove of glass house contrasted greatly with the euphoric party vibes of good time – both are superb but it’s the title track that edges it for me. the 80s percussion, the heavily-reverbed claps, the brooding bassline, it sounds like a nightmare but it’s more like a dream. compounded with this insane video, it was no doubt one of the most epic releases of 2009.

Joe and Will Ask? – Fabric of Win (ft SaintSaviour)

having met these guys in preston back in may, i’ve been keen to promote and celebrate their work. their latest effort, dewdrops with kris menace, calls to mind binary finary – and joe knows that i only mean that in a good way – but it was fabric of win, with the vocals of saintsaviour, that helped define the latter half of my year. for four months in a row at transmission it found its way into my sets. as joe said of saintsaviour before the track’s release, “she’s an awesome dance music writer, she does it in a kind of cool, edgy way, it’s not bland or boring, like ‘let’s just stick a blonde babe singing something about the weekend’.” this track had the signature beats of a joe and will ask? tune, but bypassed their harder techno sound for a more approachable, housey sound. either way, the boys look like they’ll be around for some time if this is anything to go by.

Curses! – The Deep End (Holy Ghost! Day School Dub ft Nancy Whang)

to be honest, i know i first heard this in early december 2008. that doesn’t matter – it was released in 09. win! it’s kind of hard to be objective on this one. there’s something so deeply moving about all of the different elements of this track – the whining synth, the pummelling bassline, the evocative piano chords, that theme which is essentially just a distorted bass riff – it’s the saddest club track ever written. probably why i’ve never played it out. i remember hearing it played between bands at now wave in manchester when i was waiting for the juan maclean, and i texted a friend saying “have you heard this track? because if you haven’t you should”. i was listening to andrew weatherall’s 6 mix back in may and, as usual, looked at the tracklisting to see if i recognised anything – i didn’t. so it was to my great delight to hear this familiar beat kick in half-way through the mix. of course, “Deep End – Unknown” hadn’t caught my attention 😉 wevvers used all eight minutes of this beautiful track in his half-hour mix, a fitting tribute to a song that requires attention from the first second to the last.


it’s chrrrriiiiiiiiiistmas… all over the world tonight. this is a weird one. my internet – for whatever reason – is acting up like crazy, dragging out facebook chats, making downloads interminable, and generally being rather douche-like. so i’ve nothing new to upload for you. to be even a little bit festive, i’ve got what i think is quite a nice mix to bop to over this holiday period. it’s something i put together a while ago, i think it’s due a cd pressing, and will at some stage be given out at transmission. for now, you can download away to your heart’s content.

i wanted to make something that would both represent what the club is about, and give a flavour of what i like myself. so while the bulk of the mix is comprised of tracks from 2008, it’s peppered with classics from years gone by. i also wanted to include at least on irish act (big up schizofonics) and focus on people who have played at transmission before. eli escobar‘s glass house and joe and will ask?‘s fabric of win are two of my favourite tunes from this year, and at the other end of the spectrum tracks from dj rasoul and plastikman hopefully show that i’m not completely without roots.

it’s in split tracks, so you can shove it on your ipod and not have to worry about haido scrobbling too much, you can lash it on a cd and bump it in your car. do it.

haido’s Transmission Mix

Au Revoir Simone – Another Likely Story (Aeroplane Remix)
Hugg & Pepp – Sweet Rosie (Turbo Edit)
Eli Escobar – Glass House
Telephoned – Pop Champagne
Cajmere – Brighter Days (Bladerunners Edit)
DJ Rasoul – Oh Baby
Major Lazer – When You Hear The Bassline (ft Ms Thing)
Joe and Will Ask? – Fabric of Win (ft SaintSaviour)
Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity of Huge (ft Chris Keating)
Kid Cudi – Make Her Say (ft Kanye West & Common)(Nadastrom 88 Dub Remix)
Kid Sister – Right Hand Hi (Kingdom Remix)
Rye Rye – Bang (Cousin Cole’s Nifty Refix)
Midfield General – Disco Sirens (Boy 8-Bit Short Vocal)
The Count & Sinden – Mega (Schizofonics Remix)
Rainbow Arabia – Holidays in Congo (Myd Remix)
Plastikman – Fuk
DJ Touché – Vampires
The Virgins – Rich Girls (XXXChange Remix)
Erol Alkan & Boys Noize – Death Suite (DJ Mehdi Simple Acid Edit)
Dakunt – Ta S’urdou
Jokers of The Scene – Baggy Bottom Boys

what the hell’s a noria?!


i always get excited when a new track from myd arrives in my inbox. noria, the latest offering from le mec de club cheval starts off before bringing in some cascading synths that remind me of joe and will ask?‘s insane the rusty pig. there’s a moment about two minutes in that makes me think of crouching tiger, hidden dragon – a bizarre, minute percussive break that sounds like bamboo sticks being dropped in a courtyard.

this track is trippy and hypnotic, but unlike most tracks that carry such a label, it’s in a major key, so it’s more likely to bring a smile to your face than drive you wild. it’s simple, but it hits all the right buttons.

Myd – Noria

tuesday tunes

1 Eli Escobar – Glass House (YES)

2 Joe and Will Ask? – The Rusty Pig
3 Gucci Vump – Sha! Shtil! (L-Vis 1990 Remix)
4 Twista – Hit The Floor (ft Pitbull)
5 Ben Helliker-Hales & John Edward – Tesh And Maccas (Original Mix)
6 Chromeo – Night By Night
7 La Roux – I’m Not Your Toy (Jack Beats Remix)
8 Delphic – Counterpoint (Paul Woolford Remix)
9 The Juan Maclean – Give Me Every Little Thing
10 Sunscreem – Perfect Motion (Boys Own Mix)

White Light 11 - Smalltown DJs

i love it when the internet makes this easier. i was thinking to myself, where the hell can i find a mix of the weekend? getting rusty with old age. but sure enough, just as the summer has finally arrived (in september), this delightful mix has surfaced today like warm sunshine on your tent after an hour of solid rainfall. i’ve been digging this series for some time now, and this one doesn’t look like it’s about to buck the trend. what really bugs me about this latest white light mix, from smalltown djs, is the opening track – dubtribe soundsystem’s do it now. a lot of people claimed it was an influence on the juan maclean‘s happy house last year, and i recently dug it out – i’ve fond memories of hearing it on danny tenaglia‘s basics mix driving down freeways in california in june 2002, so i was keen to fit it into a mix myself – but there’s no way i can compete with this! at least i know this mix will remind everyone what a great track it is, and hopefully it’ll bring some much deserved exposure to joe and will ask? across the pond.


Dubtribe Soundsystem – Do it Now
Eli Escobar – Glass House
Fever Ray – Triangle Walks (Rex The Dog Remix)
LCD Soundsystem – 45:33 (Theo Parrish’s Space Cadet Remix)
James Cur – We Just Won’t Stop feat. JDub
Tensnake – Can You Feel It
Moby – Mistake (Lifelike Remix)
Whitest Boy Alive – 1517 (Morgan Geist Remix)
Pryda – Aflon
Joe and Will Ask? – Fabric of Win feat. Saint Saviour
D-Train – You’re the One for Me
Knightlife – Crusader
Faze Action – I Wanna Dancer (Special Disco Mix)
Neon Indian – Deadbeat Summer

be sure to check out the earlier entries here if you haven’t done so already.