Sunday, March 02, 2014
80's library albums can be a dodgy business, especially anything from '85 onwards. The chances of finding something good are lessened every added year in the decade. That said, there are gems, of course there are. So Anthony Hobson's 1983, electronic opus 'Milennium' for Music De Wolfe is one of those. But dig a little deeper (some of you will probably know this already), and you'll find that Anthony Hobson is also English producer Trevor Bastow. Trevor did a lot of library records for de Wolfe, Bruton, Music House and others. You might also know that his heavyweight 'Hey Disco' album for Programme Music is highly sought after... and for good reason. Bastow was also the man behind several similar releases under the name Unit 9. He was also, incidentally, Geoff Bastow's brother, who is also well known on the library scene. Trevor passed away in 2000. Anyway back to the 80's and 'Milennium' on Music de Wolfe, which has a couple of really great tracks on it; 'Polestar Version 2' is the one most collectors are after. But snuck right at the end of side two is a beauty called 'Savannah Gold' which is the one i'm sharing with you tonight...it's a real treasure. I see that Basso, who knows everything there is to know, put the full album up on his blog back in 2010, so im not breaking any new ground here, but then maybe you missed it...
Anthony Hobson - Savannah Gold
Friday, February 28, 2014
So attempts are being made to re-invigorate this space. Of course you wont expect tons of glorious posts all at once, but as i say attempts are being made... So many newly discovered gems both new and old to share with you, that might perhaps be new to you and your aural receptors, or even old friends to your infintely more wise and learned ears. For instance, i came late to the whole Yan Tregger flurry of a few years ago, his records are not easily found out here in Africa... on a regular dig i mean. So i would have to resort to listening on the internet and importing these very expensive records when & where possible. I dont, as yet, have a copy of his 1985 album 'Hypnosis' with Daniel Scotto; it's a curious shop of horrors if you like, with typical Tregger tricks and treats, and tracks with titles like 'Horror Dolls', 'Terror Time' and 'Driver'. Im not a huge fan of dark horror type stuff (melancholy is my drug of choice), but this record has a number of really interesting tracks on it with unlikely hybrid forms and inverted inversions which are also most listenable. Here is 'Jungle Caravan', a beautiful, smokey, 80's soundtrack for late nights on earth.
Jan Tregger - Jungle Caravan
Friday, February 21, 2014
Jupiter Tuning Center has featured many times on anoe, in various guises. Each of them a quality source of deep rare Jazzy beats. JTC is my favourite; the name is right, the digging is deeper, and space is the place... or Brasil is, in this case.
Last year in June, Editorial put out JTC's 'Soft Landing', a classy rework of an original by Pete Jolly. In 2011, Rotating Soul put out this essential collection of beats from the Berlin resident. There is an untold amount of unreleased material from JTC and his various monikers, you can check out some of them here. One cant help wonder why there arent more releases of his on vinyl, his music is made for vinyl and certainly the source for most of his reworks, mashups, cutups and remixes is vinyl. The man is a heavy digger with strong opinions on the record industry, all the while hammering away at rare Jazz beats in his interstellar recording laboratory almost every night.
JTC is a dj too, of course, and it's geared in this mode that he appears here on anoe today. I've been after a mix from him for years, thus i'm delighted to lend your ears this Brazillian essence of sunshine, this 34 track deep, hour and a half journey into the world of Jupiter Tuning Center. Modern latin tracks rub shoulders with unknown Bossa gems, sultry Samba shufflers bump bottoms with break infested beauties... and so on...hardcore breeze. Get on it below...
press play #73 - jtc - educacao&progresso
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Getting back into the swing of things nicely now... Andrew Allsgood has featured on these pages many times, both in his own capacity and with Alister Johnson as part of Free Association. With a recent appearance on Beard Science and two 12's with Free Association, the man is practically on fire all over again... the imminent third ep from Free Association is a killer Afro leaning 3 tracker that must be aquired at any cost, get it early and avoid the discogs price increases later. This heavyweight record can be heard here. There is something to the lineage of diggers that hail from Canada, it's a different perspective if you like and clearly there's a wealth of left of center and lesser known gems to be found. Andrew says he and Alister mined the three originals on this latest 12 in his hometown of Toronto. It causes me restless nights if i think about it too much.
Anyway what is more important than all of that is the return of Allsgood to the Press Play series. You get a 2hr trip through some stone cold classics, a handful of Free Association fix ups, a couple of tracks i've never heard before, a cover up and something from Amen Brother Disco Band. It's well class!! Thanks go out to Andrew and you lot can get on it below. I do have a tracklist which i'll put up in a bit..
press play #72 - andrew allsgood - psychedelic sunday
Friday, December 20, 2013
You'd be hard pressed to find a man who knows and loves records more than Nick The Record, the name says it all really. Nick aka DJ Friendly aka Soul Ascendants aka East West Acid Test, aka Oneness of Two aka Lifeforce is a name that's familiar to any serious record collector, he's the boss at online store Dj Friendly Records and he's put out a very decent catalogue of excellent records over the years (some of which feature here). He is one of my favourite DJ's, his sets cover a wide range of styles and almost always contain more than a handful of hard to find, slept on tunes. More than that, his sound is freeform, musical, raw and dare i say organic?... or natural?... erm anything i say now will just sound naff... The thing is if u know half the dj's in the Press Play series, you already know Nick The Record, which is why you'll also know how pleased i am to have him join the series. Thank you Nick, the mix is a cracker!
Nick has a couple of gigs coming up... tonight actually, at Amp & Deck at The Waiting Room, check here for details, plus he has a New Years Eve shindig in his home town Brighton. Also keep an eye out for a new record from the man on Japanese label Ene in the new year with the honorable Felix Dickinson. Check it!!
press play #71 - nick the record - lazyblend
Monday, August 12, 2013
Boom! and just like that, we're back! I'll give you a run down on things in an upcoming post but for now let's stick to the job at hand. I got a shout from Leonard Part Sixx a couple of days ago, he tells me he's been working on new material for his Underdog edits project and that there are some new releases lined up. This is exciting news, the way i see it. Back when edit culture was going through perhaps it's biggest rebirth, Leonard's Underdog reworks stood out for his unswerving dedication to underground, slept on tracks... There have been some real dynamite edits in the series thus far. So yes exciting. Then to top it all Part Sixx hands over a recent reworking he's done of the Dave Grusin produced 'Funking For Jamaica' by Tom Browne, for your downloading and dancing pleasure. Score! I always dug the original of course and the Underdog edit adds freshness into the mix with an instrument heavy intro. Nice, very nice!
Of course Leonard also contributed one of our early'ish Press Play mixes which surprised and delighted many readers back in the day (check it if you havent before). There's a good chance he'll be dropping in on the series again... Thanks Leonard for the lovely gift... grab it below.
Funkin' For Jamaica (Underdog Edit)
Monday, May 13, 2013
Since the seasons on both sides of the equator are about to head off in different directions, i thought it apt to drop two Press Play mixes at once, one for each hemisphere if you like. This one here from Dutch Funk, Soul & Disco DJ Mr Mendel is all about ghetto blasters and summer grooving, while the one in the post below from Andy Pye traverses more insular wintery sounds.
Mr Mendel, for those that dont already know, is a man to keep an eye on. Not that he's new on the scene; Mendel hosts top class nights I Love Vinyl and The Daisy Age in his hometown Amsterdam and he's been digging hard since he made the cross over to more varied sounds from his Hip Hop early days. One need only to listen to any one of the mixes he has up on his soundcloud page to discover the depth of his skills at both digging and spinning. One might argue that Mendel is amongst the next generation of a lineage that runs through Rahaan, Kon & Amir, Rich Medina, Sadar Bahar and even our friend Marcel Vogel. With some edits of his own beginning to surface, it's pretty clear the guy has a little bit of what we love written all over his future.
As always i feel blessed to have dj's like Mr Mendel drop in on a.n.o.e. Thank you so much for this truly feel good session Mendel. Get on it people...
press press play #70 - mr mendel - sunshine boogie
(to follow soon)
Monday, April 08, 2013
I love a good Balearic mix; done right, it can open portals of light leaks on antique memories of lush places you've never visited. It needn't even be beaches, as was traditionally expected of or referenced in this somewhat undefinable category. Andy Pye curates an extensive and truly wonderful series of mixes with his Balearic Social radio show, if you know this area of music, you're already tuned in. People from all over the planet who obsess about music more than most have featured; Moonboots, Graeme Fisher, Paul Jenks, Seahawks, Frank Tope & Balearik Soul amongst them. Andy's one of them, those that obsess about music more than most, i mean. Actually he does the job very well; I'm delighted to have a mix made especially for us here at a.n.o.e. from the man. It's fitting also that it turns out to be called 'Tropical Winter', so those of us heading into the darker colder hours will find the selection goes well with pale sunned mornings and icy sunsets. Thank you so much Andy.
press press play #69 - andy pye - tropical winter
Thanks to the help of one Dicky Trisco, I managed to get some questions to the two guys behind Drop Out Orchestra. Their 6 track EP of original Disco 'The Power Of Music' is currently in stores and doing the rounds with a bunch of underground heavyweights. Check out clips of the release after the words if you havent heard them yet; my favourite by far is 'The Blue Train'.
Here's the interview, it went rather well i think...
Tell us about Drop Out Orchestra, How did you meet and decide to work together? Who does what in the group?
Right now there are two of us, Gary Baldi who djs and does most of the studio work, and Inko who is the guitar and bass player. We've known each other for years, and we've played on each others tracks a lot. Somehow the idea to bring the electric bass to the djs booths came up, and we took it from there.
I am loving the 6 originals release, as well as all the remixes that you guys have put through File Under Disco. Are they brand new tracks or have they had a longer life? How did you guys decide who would should remix your tracks? Did it concern you what the artists you chose might do with the originals?
Glad you like em. All six are brand new, we wrote them specifically for this project, we wanted to make an ep with a special sound - lots of live instruments, lots of strings, no vocals.
We listen closely to what the remixers do, but part of the charm to us is not to have too many opinions on what their work, but rather let them play with the parts as they please. The end result is usually more interesting that way.
I see you have been touring all over the place, obviously playing out is a very important thing for you as artists. Would you say the music you make is designed primarily for playing out? I mean is the dance floor the main reason you make music?
Yes and no. Most of our tracks are made to fit our performance, others are more pop oriented with vocals, but we don't play them so much live. We'd get bored if we did only the one sound all the time.
What's it like working with File Under Disco?
Fantastic. Mr Dicky Trisco has to be one of the most professional label managers in the business, and we've seen a few.
Please tell us about your biggest musical influences and some of your absolutely favourite records.
Gary Baldi: Biggest musical influence has to be Kraftwerk, Beach Boys and Chic. Records I always return to are Trans-Europe Express, Pet Sounds, the first two Ramones albums and Madman Across The Water by Elton John. Among the dance records I still think work today and that I still play out would be Brothers by DAF, Number One by Ray Mang, French Kiss by Lil Louis. And Over and Over by Sylvester is simply untouchable.
Clearly File Under Disco is all about current original disco productions, it's an exciting project given that so much of the Disco we get to hear is in a re-edit format (i have no issue with the basic premiss of doing re-edits of course). Tell us do edits actually play any part in influencing the way in which you make your particular brand of Disco?
We only make edits to play out. Sure, some of that stuff is cool but we much prefer original stuff. There's a lack of good songwriters in our genre. Where are the Gamble & Huffs, the Thom Bells and the Arthur Russells of the 2010s?
Lastly could you tell us what your game plan for the next year is. Where to from here?
We'll be touring a lot, making new music - probably turning to more vocal stuff for a while now - and perhaps we'll be trying out new tricks for the live set.
Thanks for the chat, nice one.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Ok well i missed my February deadline on a bunch of things that were meant to go up on anoe, not unusual really given the frenetic pace of life outside of the blog these days, not unusual given the ever increasing gaps between posts on the blog. It should be said though, i continue at the very least to hunt out new (and old) participants for our top line of mixes; sterling dj's who love their trade more than air... well almost. I have some other things that must go up too..
So February has traditionally become the month in which Marcel Vogel drops in on our little corner of the www and hands over a new mix for the Press Play series. As already mentioned, i missed the February deadline, so rather belatedly here it is. The mix comes off the back of Marcel's recent mini tour of the States and includes a few tunes from digging sessions out there. What a great mix it is too. Once again, as is often the case when listening to one of Marcel's sets, i'm inspired to go record hunting, as well as to harass the man about who done what track.
Mr Vogel's label Lumberjacks in Hell is really doing the business right now what with those killer Hugo H tracks hitting shelves about a month back. If you aren't aware, however, that Marcel has also launched a second label called Intimate Friends then 'like' this page. With its focus on original music and some amazing producers, I.F. promises to be a rather splendid affair. I've heard a bunch of tracks made for the label and can say i'm itching to get my hands on all of them. Friends kicks off with a ltd edition 7" featuring remixes of Marcel and Milos Gersi's remake of 'Body to Body'; one by Ruf Dug, the other by Jordan Czamanski, both killer items.
For now however, download this...
press play #68 - marcel vogel - who let jeff in?
Thursday, January 10, 2013
And so the final part of Rahaan's 6 hr Basement Session. Truly great stuff indeed. I'm hoping there are at least a few completest types out there who'll have grabbed all three volumes. I certainly did.
Rah tells me that he started dj'ing in 1988, but that he was buying records from '84. I asked him if he knew what the first record he bought was, to which he said that 'The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight' by Dominatrix was one of the first (though he couldn't be sure if it was the very first). I have twisted dreams about going through Rah or Theo's records.... I know, it's not normal.
So there it is folks, the whole enchilada, the full 6 hours. It's been an honour to have the man drop in and share his grooves with us. I'll definitely be bothering more great dj's to join the series and am hoping to get a couple of guys back in for a visit. Keep em peeled....
press play #67 - rahaan - the basement session pt 3
Monday, December 31, 2012
It's been another quiet year on a.n.o.e., well relatively quiet compared to it's formative years. That said, as far as Press Play mixes go, we've had a bunch of really top class guests hand over some amazing journeys into sound.... and for this i am truly grateful (kinda like in the prayer... kinda). More of the same in 2013 as i continue to bother great dj's to sign on for the greatest mix series on the www.... well kinda....
By way of saying thank you to you readers I wanted to hand over something both special and mysterious, as i did last year for Christmas. Sometimes it's best to just listen to a track without knowing who it's by or when and where it was made. Listening without preconceived ideas or parameters so to speak. Here's wishing you all a fantastic year ahead... may it be prosperous, good fun and a treat.
Monday, December 24, 2012
I'm really quite chuffed about this mix from Theo Lawrence. Theo and I have been chatting over the www for sometime now, he's a digger/ collector of the Balearic'ish variety. Obviously we share an interest in lesser known records from all over the planet. Anyway I've been bugging the man to do a mix for this here blog because i believe he has some wonderful records in his collection, turns out he does indeed.
So maybe you're wondering who Theo Lawrence is, well he's a transit van driver mainly in the north west of the UK. He dj's occasionally (personally i think he should do this a lot more), but mainly his very deep passion for music gets a thorough workout over the many hours spend on the road. He says 'I listen to a lot of really great mixes of evidently quite amazing record collectors with some serious diggin skills going on. It's where i listen to music the most, and possibly how i enjoy it the most....'. Without wanting to sound like a clever dick, I'd have to say there is a definite travelogue feel to Theo's brilliant 'Fragments Of Freedom pt1.' mix, but also a surprising essence of sunshine for someone who drives the dark northen roads. What i really wanna say is i love love love this mix a lot, it's Press Play quality for sure. The fact that Theo is not a big name dj matters not, what matters is that you know him now and you'll surely remember his name once you give this a listen... i reckon! Mix of the year? Definitely perfect for the holidays!
Huge thanks go out to you Theo, for the rest of ya, you know where to get it... Happy holidays everyone.
press play #66 - theo lawrence - fragments of freedom pt1.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Recently Lumberjacks released their 8th 12". Lumberjacks in Hell that is, of course. On the flipside of the big Red Greg 'Inner Rhythm' edit are two burning hot tracks by Amsterdam resident O.Boogie aka Olivier Boogie or even Olivier Tuineir. As far back as 2007, if you can remember that far back, Rush Hour Recordings included the man on their excellent Beat Dimensions compilation (the first one) and followed it up with a couple of 12"s with various other players (check Discogs if ya llike). Since then Olivier has gained a reputation as a very much on fire DJ with appearances in New York, his home town Amsterdam, Flanders and a bunch of places in between. With the least amount of searching you'll find a few eclectic mixes already on line by the Boogie, some of which i have heard and loved. The Boogie plays a heady mix of edits, hard to find tracks, current underground releases and forgotten gems, across a tight range of genre's.
So, continuing with December's big Press Play push (which will probably spill over into January at this rate), I'm delighted to hand over this new mix for your boogieing pleasure, and you will surely boogie, from O. Boogie.... Thanks so much Olivier for dropping by, the rest of you know exactly what to do next...
press play #56 - olivier boogie - the boogie is on....
Pollyn - Sometimes You Know (DJ Harvey Remix)
Sir Won - Hooked (Kon's Nite Time Remix)
Dr. togo - Be Free (Extended Version)
Chris Rea - Josephine (Le Edit 123)
Boof - Joi Is Smiling
Intrigue - I Like It (TZ Would Rather Have The Money Edit)
Patchworks Ginger Xpress - Brother's On The Slide (Brooklyn Mix)
Unlimited Touch - In The Middle (Jski Extended)
Salsoul Orchestra - Ooh I Love It (Love Break)
Ten City - Devotion (Melon Drumapella Edit)
Pezzner - Mesh (Zepp01 Remix)
Carol Jiani - Hit 'N Run Lover (Ebokai Edit)
Central Line - Suprise Suprise (Olivier Boogie Edit)
Wuf Ticket - The Key (Numatik Edit)
Eli Escobar - Come Go With Me
Thursday, December 06, 2012
December should be rather excellent on the ol' blog if all goes according to plan, a month of heavyweight Press Play action along with a few track posts thrown in for good measure in fact. First up is the second part of Rahaan's epic 6hr 'Basement Session'.If you're a fan like i am or if you enjoyed pt1 you're already downloading pt2. If you're just discovering the man then read this and check out both parts. Rahaan goes deeper and deeper into Disco & Funk madness, spinning both classic underground hits and plenty far lesser known items. Being that Rah is from Chicago, he has an insiders knowledge of the practically insurmountable history that went down as dance music flourished over three decades in the city. Is it corny to say it's in his blood and you can hear it? Anyway thanks again to the man and keep em peeled for the final 2 hrs...
press play #64 - rahaan - the basement session pt2
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Well it's not like I need to explain who Rahaan is, except to say that along with Sadar Bahar, Theo Parrish, KDJ and Marcel Vogel, he's at the top of my personal top 5 Dj's list (yeah i know lists suck). It is thusly a big big thing for me to have the man drop in with a 6hr exclusive set for a.n.o.e. Yip you read that right, 6hr's of pure Rahaan grooving. I'm gonna put the entire session up in 3 parts of more or less 2hr sections over the next month or so. Rahaan digs deep with generally hard to find Disco bits n' pieces, Afro goodies, funkyfied Funk, Soulful Gospel, some House gems, a few Latin bombs and some uncategorisable stuff. The mixing is right on the money Rahaan style, it's a monster pack of beauties and beasts, plus it's an uplifting, deeply moving and damn near religious session. Grab it, share it, turn it up and get your groove on, right there in your lounge, studio, office, kitchen, basement, garden shack, wherever, now!.... Dance i said, Dance!
I have to say thank you so much to head Lumberjack Em Vee for hooking up the connection and also a massive thanks and big love to the Dj's Dj Rahaan for this epic mix.
press play #63 - rahaan - the basement session pt1
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I had a bit of a moment playing Ron Basejam's remix of Drop Out Orchestra's 'Day Vague' at my last gig. Hearing it on a big system was quiet special, this is a hot hot remix that deftly combines delicious House and Disco elements in a very deep (there just isnt another word for it) way. The crowd of course loved it, especially the girls (usually a good sign in my book).
So the 12", which is a taster of an upcoming 6 track release from DOO called 'The Power Of Music' (out in February), has the aforementioned Basejam monster and a fantastic Dicky Trisco remix of 'Blue Train' on the flip. Instead of me describing the tracks with limiting references and inadequate lingo for you, check the soundclips below instead and grab it in stores over the next days.
Mr Trisco's File Under Disco is getting lots of attention from underground good guys from all over the planet, it is a testament to the kind of quality new original Disco the label is pushing. Ashley Beedle, Rahaan, Bill Brewster, Harri, Downtown Party Network and Jacques Renault are amongst those dropping the new 12" and showing love for these two future classics. Now on their 3rd release File Under Disco are already a go to imprint for discerning floor pleasers but also a label that's pushing the Disco sound forward; Nu Disco this is not, rather you'll find calling it Modern Disco, Disco Disco or even just Disco more accurate. Support!!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
So much good music around, so little time to write anything half decent about it.That said things are picking up on a.n.o.e...
Many moons ago Andrew Allsgood contributed a lovely mix to our then fledgeling Press Play series, this just as he was beginning to make his way into international waters with his unique Rock/ Dub/ Disco edits. Over the years Andrew and I have chatted a fair bit over the www, more recently he mentioned a project that he'd been developing with Alister Johnson aka Catalist (a guy who incidentally rocked local dance floors on his recent visit to South Africa). Well it seems Alister & Andrew have their first ep hitting store shelves in vinyl format pretty damn shortly; Their debut Free Association record is, as i had imagined, mad good. You can listen to at least one of the ep's tracks 'Goodie Goodie' here on youtube, it's a dubbed to hell 'n back reshuffle of... you got it 'Money' (the Bob-A-Rella version i think) with lots of extra production, twists and general bump and hustle! Damn fine! The rest of the ep excites as much and it also contains 'River Styx', an exquisite mid tempo percussive groove with floaty meandering bits on top, a track with an unstoppable goose bump effect! You'll hear it soon enough and want it as much as i do. Tracks range from Disco to Rock to the uncategorisable, all of them given the Free Association fix, plus it comes in a Myth Paradise custom art sleeve (not the pic shown). SImply not to be missed.
Alister & Andrew are giving a.n.o.e. readers a dynamite, 320k, re-wired, Free Association take of 'Pistolero' for your downloading, dancing, dj'ing pleasure. It's exclusive to you and not on the ep.A huge thank you FA.
Free Association - Pistolero
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Ok first let me say there are some heavy heavy Press Play mixes incoming, amongst them is this new one from Cutloose man Paul Jenks. We've had Paul up on the blog before with his absolutely stunning 'Wildwood' mix which you can find on the right hand bar under 'anoe exclusive mixes'. This time round Mr Jenks drops a killer travelogue journey into lesser known sounds inspired by Chris Watson, of Weather Report's album of field recordings 'El Tren Fantasma'. This review of the album outlines the release as 'a composite document of a train ride across Mexico, describing a passage from Los Mochis to Veracruz, [from] coast to coast, Pacific to Atlantic'. Paul's mix takes it a little further with diverse beats & songs from a similar journey but set in the past; almost as if one had a radio on the train with a particularly fine dj playing music from various regions along the way. In less wordy terms, it's a diggers delight with rich soul tugging beauties all the way through. Every track is a gem!
For those of you who don't know (and might like to) Paul runs the very classy Cutloose night in Manchester. They've hosted guests like Theo Parrish, Lovefingers, Mark Seven, Phil Mison, Thomas Bullock, Daniele Baldelli, Dj Nature, Brennan Green and many more. There isnt a single guest they've had on that i don't already have massive respect for. This December they host the very excellent Sadar Bahar. Anyway same goes for Paul too, he's a consummate collector and digger, i love his selections and have a great deal of respect for the man and his vision.
So, thank you so much Mr Jenks for the lovely contribution to the series. Check it people!!
press play #62 - paul jenks - el tren fantasma