Tag Archives: Resident Advisor

halloween is coming

i’m actually going to be in edinburgh this weekend but if i were in dublin i would definitely be going to transmission to see the subs. check out this interview i did with them for the tm blog.

keeping in the spirit of things, the latest ra podcast is crazy good, as is this retro-italo-themed release i blogged about for truants.

a couple of years ago i discovered a track called fulci’s rotting children (possibly on the hllrbrd), and now i want the rest of this compilation. techno frights.

on sunday night when i get home i plan on ordering pizza and watching hammer films.

chart action

i did a weekly chart here for a while, but some time around september i guess it fell by the wayside. then i started to do one for resident advisor (the most recent one is here). but then when i get to thinking what i want to chart, it’s just all a bit….. raaaanghya. yeah, that is an official term for frustration and laziness.

then i wake up to this. white girl lust are getting in on this ra chart business, and they go one better by putting together a mix of their top 10, so you don’t have to go looking for tracks. at your fingertips. nice. i’m especially excited about their remix of ghosts of venice’s her, forthcoming on solid bump records. in the meantime, this is my latest chart. sorry i ain’t got no mix.

June 2010 – Resident Advisor Top 10 by White Girl Lust

scrapes and capers through dance music history

i really splashed out last week – i’ve been commenting of late on the fact that i don’t spend money on cds like i used to. a) because the price has generally come down, and b) because i’m always keen to find a bargain. one collection jumped out at me however, and i was more than happy to shell out €20 for it.


this compilation brings together a host of tracks from the famed junior boy’s own stable. it’s a really british label, and so it’s a really british compilation. i don’t mean that in a bad way whatsoever. some of (if not) the best people in british dance music history feature on this comp – underworld, the chemical brothers, pete heller, and of course, the granddaddy of british techno, andrew weatherall. you’ve also got acts like the happy mondays and primal scream, proving that the whole dance/rock crossover is nothing new, and it was far better before the days of ironic indie boys and pointy haircuts.

i was but a nipper when most of these tracks came out, and a lot of them are completely new to me. i know the whole nostalgia thing is completely clichéd and this release could well be seen as just a cash-in for the label big-wigs, but for me it’s a delight to get a chance to listen to this collection right now, at a time when the electronic spectrum seems completely caught between two generations, neither of which is keen to budge.

this is reflected by the recent appearance of an article on resident advisor article titled “the esoteric art of the opening dj” – an article which has provoked discussion on all of the major dance forums i frequent. everyone seems to agree that warming up is an essential part of a given night and that lashing out anthems as soon as the door is open just doesn’t work – so why do people still do it? one theory i have is that a lot of people who are trying to get into the dj world right now just don’t know their history, or, if they do, they don’t respect it. dance music hasn’t been around that long, and at the moment everyone seems far too concerned with having something brand new and fresh, rather than just playing good music, irrespective of age. this is compounded by the fact that, in today’s climate, something from way back in 2007 will sound ugly and dated, while something from the mid to late 90s will still fit into any set with relative ease.

as in my last post, i seem to be coming off all cantankerous, which is silly. i’m 24. i just see a whole load of problems in this scene, and even thinking about trying to reconcile urgency with respect and reverence with excitement clearly causes a major headache. to return to what started this whole tgv of thought, releases like this seem to serve two distinct purposes: to remind people of the so-called classics, or to introduce young’uns like myself to tracks they should really know already. if there was any justice in the world it’d fly off the shelves and onto the ipods of every budding dj out there. i guess you can’t have everything.

Happy Mondays – Hallelujah (Club Mix)
Sunscreem – Perfect Motion (Boys Own Mix)
Pete Heller – Big Love (Eat Me Edit)



i’m a big fan of james murphy and all things dfa and lcd. he makes great music. he gives great interview. proof can be found at resident advisor right now. he dissects the cultural significance of various different kinds of party and social gathering, as well as examining different styles of dj set:

My favorite DJ sets are often filled with music I don’t know and then suddenly one song I know and love, that’s been earned. That’s as good as it gets. When you’re out dancing, and somebody’s been playing music you just don’t know at all, and then all the sudden something comes in that you know and love, right at a good moment, that’s a little more open or energetic than the previous nine things…I prefer that.

i remember seeing murphy dj at dublin’s antics, a wednesday club night frequented by teens who like to get indie kicks and cheap drinks across three rooms (i’m not knocking it). almost without fail, a bizarre look crossed the face of every kid who wandered into the room murphy was playing in, and they soon wandered off. so when murphy says that “pat mahoney and i started playing disco as a way to make people more uncomfortable,” i can say that i’ve seen the results of this discomfort. it’s hilarious. murphy and mahoney bring their special disco version to electric picnic next month. in the meantime check out their contribution to the fabriclive series.

next week’s hero


resident advisor really know who to pick for their podcasts. whether it’s someone with worldwide clout like richie hawtin or underworld, or up-and-coming heroes such as aeroplane, every week they hit the spot with an hour or two of delightful tunes. this week it’s graeme clark aka the revenge. i’ve never heard of him, but then again, this time last year i’d only heard one aeroplane track so who knows where he’s headed?

RA.166 The Revenge



lack of funds means i will not be going to the nme tour date in preston tonight. this is disappointing, as i’d really been looking forward to seeing heartbreak. their resident advisor mix from last autumn was something special, with its dirty italian grooves and horror film soundtrack music. they even kick things off with the opening lines of dario argento’s tenebrae, how awesome! it’s a bit funky, it’s a bit cheesy, it’s all completely fun, so you should definitely have a listen.

RA.118 Heartbreak (2008-09-01)

1. Heartbreak – We’re Back – Lex Records
2. (Extract from Dario Argento’s Tenebre overlayed)
3. The Why Not – Comet 059 – Max Music
4. X-Ray Connection – Get Ready – Break Records
5. Blind Date – Your Heart Keeps Burning – Ariola
6. Harold Faltermeyer – Shoot Out – MCA Records
7. Bochum Welt – Saint (Heinrich Mueller – Z Version) – Rephlex
8. (Extract from John Carpenter’s The Fog)
9. Ali Renault – Lacrimal – Dissident
10. Xenon – Xenon Galaxy – Radius
11. Muravchix – Tropical Warrior – Dissident
12. Junior Rafael Presents Darkroom Trax – Drug Me – Mighty Robot
13. Steve Pointdexter – Whiplash – Muzique Records
14. Farley “Jackmaster” Funk – Jack the Bass – Trax / Heartbreak – Give Me Action – Lex
15. Japanese Telecom – Kubi – Intuit-Solar
16. Drexciya – Aquatic Beta Particles – Rephlex / Heartbreak – Robot’s Got the Feeling – Lex
17. Rude 66 – As (Nicolas Courtin Remix) – Crème Organization
18. Queen Samantha – Take a Chance – T.K. Disco / Heartbreak – Akin to Dancing – Lex
19. Alex Valentini – Beautiful Life (Flemming Dalum Edit) – Moustache
20. Vicio Latino – Que Me Pasa, Que Me Pasa? – Epic
21. (Extract from John Carpenter’s Dark Star)

as always, ra has some interesting interviews for your reading pleasure, with laurent garnier, dj hell, and sis, the man behind the monstrous trompeta.

For me personally, I don’t care whether one uses vinyl or a laptop, as long as he puts some effort in it and not just stands there synchronizing two tracks in Traktor with a mouse. Even my grandmother could do that.