Premiered on Abiano, and featured all over the place since, it’s future star Kid Krule (aka Archy Marshall, formerly Zoo Kid) remixing The Street’s classic for the tenth anniversary of the release of Original Pirate Material.
A beautiful understated, floating effort that loses none of the frustrated energy that made Mike Skinner great at his best.
….and this is why you need to hear Kid Krule. Whether it’s your thing or not, it’s certainly an interesting sound.
The rainy rural west of Ireland isn’t known for it’s cosmopolitan disco but a few brave souls have been flying the flag over the years, Disconauts and the lads at 110th St. in particular, and now, one half of the Street, Cyric Briscoe has arrived with his debut production, along with Aisling Kelly. This deep and satisfying slow jam has me hungry to hear more. Free download on the bandcamp.
I must give props to my friend Byron for turning me on to a lot of this new disco, house kinda stuff. I’ve been raiding his facebook page of late for quality electronics. Maxxi is a Brighton based producer who’s taking the 808 sound to new levels. Can you feel it??!
The very idea of Irish hip-hop is often disparaged in Ireland, perhaps down to an expectation of glamourised faraway ghettos, not the bad areas of cities we know. People say they “can’t take the accents seriously”, possibly because what the media portrays from inner cities are toothless junkies, maniac gangland criminals and woeful caricatures, not articulate people with ears for quality sounds. Have a listen to Costello and Lethal Dialect and make your own mind up.
The other, an upcoming documentary about “Tempt” aka Tony Kwan, an LA graffiti artist with Lou Gehrigs disease (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Though rendered completely paralyzed, he has begun to write and paint again, thanks to pioneering new technology.
If anyone’s about London town tomorrow night and fancies hearing some of this kinda thing along with pepperings of Talking Heads, Husker Du, Chic and De La Soul, come along to Catch in Shoreditch, I’ll be behind the ones and twos trying to impress the beautiful folk behind the bar, and maybe you too, if you’re lucky ;)
Here’s the latest, click through to youtube for the full fiddy in a row:
"There is no right way, no pure way of doing it. There is just doing it," he said. "We live in a post-authentic world. Today authenticity is a house of mirrors. It’s all just what you are bringing when the lights go down, its your teachers, your influences, your personal history. At the end of the day it’s the power and the purpose of your music that still matters."
It looks like a Channel 4 indent on industrial grade hallucinogenics. It premiered on NPR today. Amazonico Gravitante is the Argentinian’s debut. I’m told it is a textured mix of dance music and Latin styles. Going on this I’m going to get myself a copy right away.
Finally, a meandering space-disco epic from this Norwegian four-piece. Another track I’ve been unable to ignore of late. Hear the track, then listen to their entire second album, 120 Days II as a continuous piece. Released last week it’s further testament to the quality of dance music as a whole at the moment. Roll on summertime.
New weekly playlist up! If you look up there you’ll see “playlist”. Every week I’ll stick up a new 50 tunes that I’d either play DJing or love to hear on a night out. Expect lots of soul, pop, punk, post-punk, disco, hip-hop, house, that kinda shit. The Red Stripe is out, it’s on like …