Monday, 29 December 2008

Are you happy with the things you do? Erm...yeah

Part 1

Part 2

This is soooo painful. If you're going to interview an electronica innovator try to do it in his own language, because the chances are the guy will be so into electronica he will hardly speak his native tongue let alone Russian through a translator.

This is torturous to watch, it's even harsher than those sandpaper vinyl Richard James released. It's like he's just been trapped in a lift and these guys have sprung out and started vox popping him without knowing the fact he is Aphex Twin. When he asks him "why does he have long hair when other djs have short hair" I started shouting at the screen and crying. "Because I can't be f@@ked to get it cut" is a great response but the Russians probably just think he's an insane homosexual.

Oh yeah and I swear he says "How do you get invitation from nigger..." after about 12 seconds of the second video. Not cool. Well kind of, it depends who it's from.

Part 3

In fact, it's not much better in English. I think the main problem is no-one knew anything about him until about 2008 and the interviewer was blatantly a brit pop tagalong wag of some bloke from Sleeper or Suede. Aphex's "I quite like my voice i've got into it in the last week" is one of the best lines ever by the way.

Part 4

Aphex Twin is definitely best in Holland. He actually couldn't give one toss. Have you noticed he always gets one killer line out amidst all the indifferent chatter?

Part 5 (finally...)

It's at times like this I miss John Peel, he was simply effortless. All these idiots that have come before chatting about his hair and Chris Cunningham's obsession with Razzle and JP just gets down to business and a friendly chat.

Sunday, 28 December 2008


Bon Iver - For Emma

Amadou & Mariam - Sabali

It's happened again. Two songs one melody. Two of the most hyped and respected acts this year, namely Amadou & Mariam everyone's favourite blind Malian Damon Albarn produced crooners and Guardian endorsed super mega ace version of Badly Drawn Boy, Bon Iver. I've found them out though. They've decided to share the same melody and hypnotise every music critic into believing they're next level virtuosos when infact they're just simple average middle of the roaders who could both do with a decent wash. See what you think.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy by Kuresuna Zero

Final Fantasy was such a poor game. If you were into that game you were a full on geek, a border line rapist, a two time douche bag. Oh, what's that you weren't? Well look at Kuresuna Zero up here exposing the inner fantasy of all you fantasyphiles.

Of course don't confuse this guy with Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy fame aka the guy who did the strings for Arcade Fire. No, that guy is even worse than Kuresuna Zero. At a gig in Sunderland he got really annoyed at myself and an equally drunk friend repeatedly shouting for 'Peach, Plum, Pear' by Joanna Newsom, he shouted something about us being the 'problem with this country', WTF?!. Eventually I got so drunk that a threw up into my own pocket and was chucked out, I never did get to see PPP. Perhaps I'm the douche bag? In fact no. Listen to this guy - what a prick.

Final Fantasy - Peach, Plum, Pear (Live in Sunderland)

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Hallelujah or something like that

Leonard Cohen - Avalanche

Watch this video of Leonard Cohen singing Avalanche. Watch it carefully, see how mesmerising and strangely sinister the performance is and how everything about it is captivating.

Then watch this. And ask yourself how the f did Simon Cowell convince Cohen to allow Alexandra 'I'm not as good as Leona Lewis or Beyonce' Burke cover 'Hallelujah'? arguably one of the most genuinely moving pop songs ever written? Especially when Jeff 'I'm dead now' Buckley already recorded the definitive version that made everyone blub after 9/11 (me included). There needs to be some quasi right-wing facebook group formed to stop this abomination.

Ok, i'm not being totally serious but you see my point - on a series which all the judges have been shouting, screaming and a lot of the time crying about song choices this seems to be the coup de grace of song choice stinkers.

It'll probably be Christmas number one as well, unless Leona 'I'm a better version of Alexandra Burke' Lewis's cover of the blatantly already over played Snow Patrol ballad 'Run' doesn't continue to break online sales records for the next week.

Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah-baahumbug

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah-jahtheallmighty

See what I mean?

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

What is happening to me?!

Mavado and Busy Signal - Badman place

There was a piece in the NME the other day about how urban music is knackered and Lil'Wayne and Busy Signal are the only black knights in a field of burnt out piss takers. Well they didn't put it like that, but that was the jist, sort of, if you think in abstract metaphors like I do. Anyway, I totally disagree and after a hiatus of about five years I love urban music again, not just bassline but R'n'B.

There are some amazing club tracks knocking about at the minute - the production value is tip-top and the tracks actually have something of an edge to them. Here are my top three at the minute:

Cassie feat Lil'Wayne - Official Girl

This is just ridiculous, the production reminds me of 'Oops' by Hud Mo which is my favourite tune of the year by a mile. Lil'Wayne features which kind of contradicts my argument but he only has a cameo, so I reckon it doesn't count!

TI feat. Rihanna 'Live your Life'

Ok so if you listen to Galaxy 105 or Radio One you'll be sick of this, but if you listen to those stations you deserve to be disappointed. This has been killed by radio but it is still an amazing song. Big production and even a Trance-hop sample, kind of, Europop-hop would be more accurate.

Beyonce 'Single Ladies'

Stick with this. It's abit like Shatner's performance of 'Rocket Man' except it's flipping Beyonce and it's not completely mental! this is my favourite thing at the minute, everyday before I go to work I scour the interweb for this video, it's a real pick me up. It's a bit weird when Ellen appears in the audience and Queen Latifah, two of the world's most famous Lesbians - perhaps the director was trying to make a super topical comment on Gay marriage laws or maybe they were the two most famous people in a room full of oinks.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Jerry 'Flipping' Hsu

Jerry 'No Homo' Hsu

Jerry Hsu is ace. For the past couple of days I've got in from work and just watched either Epicly Later'd clips of him or old video parts I found on You Tube.
These two are the best I found although you should hit Epicly Later'd and watch the docu on him and his photographs. If you like Vice style pics you'll like Jerry. He did the cover for the Russian issue about a year and a half ago
and it's one of the best cover pics ever and the story behind it is even madder. Check it out here. Bless

Thursday, 4 December 2008


Metronomy - Radio Ladio

Metronomy - Radio Ladio

Metronomy are top. I'm loving Radio Ladio far too much. There is the video and here is a little Practice Space they did with Jaimie Hodgson who is in everything this month. He's got stuff in i-D, he's on VBS and he's just been made new bands editor for the NME. Big Tings. This is an 'acoustic' version for VBS:

Boston Bounce


This is a piece I originally did for the Guardian but it kind of got spiked amidst some confusion!

Boston bounce was a scene born out of frustration. DJ C aka Jake Trussell lived in the northern American city and was tired of other cities like Detroit, Baltimore and Chicago getting all the attention for creating their own distinct brands of dance music.

"It began as an idea to incubate a new form of dance music to represent Boston." Explains Trussell, "Cities like Chicago, Detroit, New York, London, and Kingston are well known for the music cultures that grew there. Boston didn't have that, so we set out to develop our own scene."

Trussell had already been singled out by John Peel as an en vogue producer and his Mashit label was one of the last ever 'label of the month' awardees on his show.

Tracks like DJ C's remix of EOSS's 'Macko Jacko is Wacko' earned the label a reputation for producing jungle and breakcore that was not only accessible but also original.

After that in 2004 his reputation was enhanced further when he was courted by global music don Diplo and was asked to remix tracks for M.I.A. But it was the development of a scene in his own city that began to dominate his time.

He'd been djing and producing in Boston along with fellow djs and producers like Aaron Spectre and DJ Flack since the mid 90s as part of the Toneburst collective, which tried to create the DIY spirit of the British rave scene.

The sound which became Boston bounce started at Boston club nights like Spectrum, where DJ C, Spectre and DJ/Rupture would play their mixed up sets, which could include anything from dancehall to grime, "We would present an extremely diverse interpretation of dance music. We'd blend Baltimore-club, 2-step, bhangra, and techno with hip-hop, jungle, dancehall, and rock. Basically whatever we liked." Says Trussell.

Those genre blends were hugely influential on the finished sound of Boston bounce as Trussell explains, "A huge part of the sound is about blending genres. We just wanted to create some framework to begin with — a place to grow from."

That growth came when Trussell started his own night, Beat Research, and began to make his first Boston bounce tracks. He slowly introduced them into his sets at Beat Research and they instantly chimed with a crowd that was used to the eclectic side-steps that are the trademark of Boston bounce.

Tracks like 'Boston, you are my bounce' and 'B-Town swing' captured the soundclash style that Trussell and his friends had created a sound and which Trussell admits was heavily influenced by the UK grime and dubstep scene.

Indeed, when his remix of M.I.A's U.R.A.Q.T is heard next to tracks by Shystie and Lady Sovereign on one of Trussell's many online mixes, it's hard to tell where the grime/UK G begins and the Boston bounce ends.

The Boston bounce sound consists of mid-range basslines mixed with bottom end pressure, dubby reverb and breakbeat drums which will sound familiar to fans of dubstep and dancehall, but it also has a freshness and originality all of its own.
That anything goes attitude of Boston bounce producers, made sure the repetitious nature of some sub genres never happened to Boston bounce.

Mashit put together a 'Boston Bounce' compilation that is dominated by Boston producers such like DJ C, Duo:tone and DJ Flack.

Tracks like DJ C and MC Zulu's 'Ransom the Senator' and DJ Flack's 'Dub Surenda' sound like the dubstep offerings of The Bug but with all the harshness and dread removed and replaced by the buoyancy that Boston is now famed for. Whereas tracks like 'Rain Day' by Local Fields shift from a 135 bpm Boston bounce track into a jungle breakdown that DJ C first became notorious for in the early days of Mashit.

Boston bounce is a sound that isn't afraid of switching it up; in fact that is the whole point.

Trussell has now moved away from Boston to Chicago but the Boston bounce scene is still strong and he regularly makes trip back to his beloved Boston to play at Beat Research.

Younger producers from Boston are also making an impact with B.Rich's slightly harder take on Boston bounce being particularly interesting. New nights like Heartthrob are also mixing Boston bounce with the harder electro of New York based producers like AC Slater and Drop The Lime.

The frustration that spawned Boston bounce has translated into a genre and a scene that is built on docking its cap to its influences, and with influences that good it sounds amazing.


Pity it got spiked, been loving DJ C for time. Get some of those mixes down you it'd a big sound.