Tonight will see Matt Corby playing in the historic Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney, whilst tomorrow, November 16th, will see a number of up & coming local acts doing 30 minute sets with me filling in the gaps. The tour is being run off of the back of Ray-Ban’s Envision series, which aims to inspire undiscovered artists by highlighting the great work being done by inspiring people from across the globe, including LA based electronica-artists and Soundcloud superstar RL Grime and street artist Chase.
I start playing at 10am and end, after a number of great bands have played, at 6 and, with what looks to be rather changeable weather, it’s hard to know what to play. But this is the sort of stuff I’m thinking of – why not come along and have a listen? We’ll be opposite The Steyne Hotel on Manly Beach.
Andy Smith’s Essential Selection mix for Radio 1 is one of my favourite ever DJ sets. Almost as good is his mix album The Document, which led to a number of sequels. And now, years after it first came out, he’s uploaded what would have been Document 4 to SoundCloud so that anyone can have a listen to a previously unreleased masterpiece.
Delivered to Universal records in 2008 to be released as a double pack CD with Document 1 & 4 (to celebrate 10 years since Document 1) but it never came out – I think Universal just wanted to sell the Amy Winehouse CD to every human being on the planet and couldn’t really be arsed about anything else but hey, thats major labels for you! Its been sitting on my harddrive for 3 years so you may as well hear it.
Smith’s mixes are almost instantly recognisable, so if you like the Document 4, why not head over to Andy Smith’s site and actually pay for some of his music.
And now, because you really shouldn’t need a reason, the 1st track from Andy Smith’s Document 4 mix, LL Cool J’s incredible Mama Said Knock You Out
So I was chatting via email with Tom from distilled and we decided it might be fun to organise a night where a bunch of SEOs and other digital types get together. However, rather than just standing round talking about 301 redirects and making robots.txt jokes* (“so the actress said, didn’t you see that I disallowed that section?”), we’d get some SEOs/digital marketers who like to play records to provide musical entertainment.
I’ve already put some tentative feelers out on Twitter and have had a pretty positive response. Already, if people mean what they say, I’ve got 5 DJs, which would probably be enough for the first night. So what I guess I need to know now is whether people would be interested in coming along to the night (if it goes well, we could try to make it a semi-regular event). It’s likely to be in a bar in Central London (quite possibly Soho) and, I guess, on a Thursday night.
I’d hope that it would be free to get in (though there might be a small charge if we have to pay to hire it) and it’s likely to be a BOOB night (buy our own booze). What’s for sure is that it wouldn’t be worth doing if people aren’t interested. Whilst I can’t guarantee what people might play, I’d guess it would be a mix of funk, soul, maybe a bit of hip-hop and probably a drop of house.
So, what do you think? Fancy seeing if geeks can dance? Leave a comment so I can gauge interest.
PS – I do mean play records by the way. For a digital person, I’m also a massive luddite!
Legendary DJ Greg Wilson is to play his first ever set at London’s Plastic People for new club night Misha….
Misha is a new club night playing the very best in dance music, whether it’s soul, disco, electro, funk, or anything else. And to celebrate their occasional residency at Plastic People they’ve acquired the services of legendary DJ & producer Greg Wilson. Greg retired from DJing in the mid 80s, putting his focus on acts such as the Ruthless Rap Assassins, and masterminding essential compilations such as Classic Electro Mastercuts.
So if you fancy a bit of electro funk and who knows what else, get yourself down to Plastic People on Sunday, April 22nd.
Some people say that there is no skill to being a DJ. But the 10 best DJ Mixes are more innovative & exciting than most of the ‘real’ music being released..
I’ve been taking part in a discussion on MOG to come up with the 501 greatest ever albums and was thinking of adding a DJ Mix (the one that I’ve put at No. 1). I thought that it would probably get rejected so decided to compile my own list of the 10 DJ mixes that changed music (for me at least.)
The Psychonauts – Essential Mix: Amazing 3-deck wizards manage to make tunes blend together in a way that seems impossible. Including Oasis’ Wonderwall with breakbeats behind it. No, really.
DJ Premier – The Kings Of Hip Hop: The man behind the beats for Gang Starr puts together a mix of the records that inspired him, and from where he took those beats. 50 Cent & the like should be forced to listen to this.
Bentley Rhythm Ace – FSUK: Part of the much maligned big beat scene, Bentley Rhythm Ace show a very eclectic taste in tunes, and mix up a storming dance floor set.
As you may gave guessed, I’m not much of a fan of house music, so haven’t included any house mixes. If you feel that there are any that I really should have included, then please let me know.
And as a final thought, Morrisey famously once sang “Hang the DJ”. And where is he now? Trading on his past glories like an old pantomime dame, whilst all of these DJ sets sound fresher & more invigorating than anything that he has released in the last 20 years.
Mixed Moods Future Soul Radio is an amazing German internet radio site that I recently stumbled upon; if you like Gilles Peterson then you will love this…
I was trying to find somewhere to download the new Ben Westbeech track Nothing Else, and stumbled on to Mixed Moods by accident. I don’t know much about it except that it’s a German guy playing amazing records on a show which you can stream or download.
The type of music he plays is very similar to that played by Gilles Peterson; broken beat, nu jazz, soul, hip hop, etc…. Seriously worth a listen – there’s normally one every month, so if you start now you’ll have four 2 hour shows to keep you going till the next one in December… Why not sign up to the Mixed Moods podcast (here if you’ve got a Mac), and you won’t even have to check for the next one?
Earlier this summer I went to the rather excellent Lovebox Weekender Festival in London, hosted by Groove Armada…
There were performances from Ben Westbeech, Coldcut, Norman Jay, Jamiroquai and Gilles Peterson to name but a few. And now, to bring back the happy memories, I’ve discovered some podcasts that were done for the Lovebox website.