• A short love letter to London…

    11 Nov 2011, 9:04

    Where else would you be able to meet up with a true music industry legend? You’re sitting there sipping on your Guinness whilst listing to his stories of turning down the chance to join the Red Hot Chili Peppers after John Frusciante threw in the towel for the first time immediately followed by another bad call of saying NO to join none other than the self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness Ozzy Ozbourne on his legendary Ozzfest tour. He continues to astonish you with the tales of major label debauchery in the late and the early and the many bands he’s helped to international superstardom. And just when you think that this cannot get any better he reveals himself as the person behind breaking South Park in Europe with the release of Chocolate Salty Balls and let's not forget Mr. Hankey

    Where else would you then stumble upon a mammoth queue of gaming geeks wearing paper masks hailing the release of much anticipated adventure game The Elder Scrolls V: SKYRIM

    Where else would you find a group of drunken students huddle around a friend laying facedown in his own vomit inside the tube station? You’re right of course if this hadn’t been inside the tube station that would be a fairly familiar sight across the country.

    But really where else is so much exhilarating stuff happening all at once impossible to experience it all and for me personally to contain my excitement?
  • Kele's new solo record - The Boxer

    10 Abr 2010, 10:58

    As I'm sure you've heard if you're bothering to read this post, Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke is set to release his first solo album through Wichita / Polydor on June 21. I had the pleasure of being invited to one of the first playbacks at Strongroom studios in East London.

    Before I delve into the album track by track or rather my impressions of it here's a bit of background: according to the press release with Bloc Party currently in hiatus, Kele began his sabbatical at the gym, learning to kick-box and settling into the flat he had just bought. As so many before him he too found it difficult to keep his artistic mind at rest and so he booked himself into the EMI recording studios and alas the creative juices were flowing freely: 'It was just me and an engineer. I plugged in synths that I had no idea what they would do. I began programming drum beats, which I had never done before. It was completely back to the drawing board. It was exciting and terrifying. In Most cases I sat down, pulled a drum beat out of nowhere and arranged stuff around that. This was as exciting to me as the first time I picked up a guitar.'

    Kele 'visibly' enjoyed being the sole decision maker in blazing a musical trail for this record: 'The key for the sound of the record was to take things as harsh and as physical as I could make it. The reason for going there was that these are the sounds that make me the happiest in the world.'

    I was instantly intrigued to read that Kele worked with none other than Brooklyn-based master of the bedroom bedlam XXXChange. Aside from having produced the last Spank Rock record this prodigy has done some amazing remix work for the likes of Santigold, Thom Yorke, Björk, Yeasayer et al - check them out here
    My absolute favourite though still to this day is his take on Deadalus's Make It So out on Ninja Tune (Happy Bday btw - they turn 20 this year!) - KILLER RECORD that graces almost every single one of my (electro house) sets.

    So yeah when learning that XXXchange was producing Kele's solo debut I bugged poor Karen over at Radarmaker until she invited me down to one of the listening sessions - here's what I made of it:

    WALK TALL                    
    - stets the overall electronic tone of the album with a synth bass line that reminisces of a chain saw at various speeds together with a straight kick and clap drum beat.

    ON THE LAM                
    - surprised me by how different it is to the first track, I mean make no mistake this is an electropop album that spans the bow from straight up electronica to tech to a couple of different house facets and even jungle elements like on this track.

    - is the first single of the album set for release on 14th June and OMG what a stomper! It's incredibly phat thumping mix of kick and bass are instantly infectious and get my feet tapping and my head nodding. This is also the first time I thought I heard the familiar Bloc Party sounding vocals. Maybe it's just that there are a lot of background vocals used throughout the record, but I was really impressed with the range and diversity of Kele's vocal work. The synth line reminds me a little of Wiley's Wearing My Rolex and whether it's just that or not I can't say, but one thing is certain this tune is going to be a floor filler across the nation and the globe.

    - I guess it was down to having been so excited about the track before that I haven't taken any notes on this tune apart from the carnival rhythm in the second second half of the track that grabbed my attention underneath the repeated lyric "over to the other side"

    - is the least electronic and most songful (if that makes sense) tune on the album. It is therefore quite fitting that it's a love song. Kele's vocal work amazed me again at this point as I had to ask the person next to me whether that was still him singing.
    NEW RULES    
    - on this tune you can really hear that Kele had a lot of fun going through the no doubt massive sample libraries of the EMI studio playing around with animal noises and answer phone messages etc.

    - this is one of the more Bloc Party sounding tunes with a solid indie guitar riffs throughout. Potentially another single me thinks, especially liked the acoustic guitar break in the middle.

    - a xylophone start with more female vocals that evolves into quite the electronic basher crescendo.

    - slow building track again with lots of female vocals. He's used those quite a lot, but even though Ben from Wichita was so kind to investigate I still don't know who the female vocals belong to. Not Madonna I've been told.

    - I made absolutely no notes on this one sadly. Sorry.

    - is not part of the official tracklisting so I'm guessing it's the bonus track. Again interesting vocal work and funnily enough I made a note that read "U2 similarities African background" I clearly wasn't fully with it anymore at this stage…

    All in all a great sounding record that establishes Kele as a credible solo artist not shy of Thom Yorke stature.
  • 1st UK and allegedly 1st European gig

    23 Jun 2009, 23:52

    Tue 23 Jun – The Dead Weather

    quite frankly this band is what even the casual observer would call a supergroup. now they're not just an amalgamation of talent of bands you definitely will have enjoyed in the past - no - they are more than the sum of their individual parts... this band is truly and utterly super!

    before I go on the reader must be advised that a) I'm a bit drunk after just having come home and having had what for my puny tolerance is a fucking shed load of Guinness and b) I was literally begging my contact at Columbia for that ticket, so I guess it's fair to say that the journalistic objectivity you would expect is all but your mum's well-meant advise for you to give up smoking... futile in essence and effect.

    So The Dead Weather played their first UK and allegedly their first European gig tonight at this inconspicuous yet honest venue in Tuffnell Park. Amongst the other fortunate enough to be granted access were Zane Low, Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt (better known as "the other guy from Mighty Boosh - joke;), Carl Barat from Dirty Pretty Things and Libertines fame and my old neighbours The Horrors, which I was particularly happy to bump into.

    The stupid sound engineer wouldn't let me have the set list, yet I can confirm that New Pony and Hang From the heavens were the last and second to last tunes of the encore. Both obviously absofuckinglutelymazing, yet the unquestionable zenith of tonight (yesterday night if you wanna get technical) was when Jack White stood up to grab the guitar and performed a heart-wrenching, soul-exposing Will There Be Enough Water intimately sharing the microphone with Alison “VV” Mosshart from The Kills leaving you to wonder what exactly it was that he was caught doing that whoever did catch him at considered a sin...

    here is hoping for some great pictures - please tag them on flickr!

    28 Jun 2007, 18:14

    Eamon from Brakes lost his guitar at the Glastonbury festival and is issuing a plea to anyone who may have found it, lying in the mud outside the Leftfield Tent at Glastonbury, sometime between 3am and 7am on Sunday morning. It was a Gewa Tennesee Bluesbird, not worth very much monetarily (£120), but of priceless sentimental value (most of Brakes' two albums were composed on it). Anyone who knows of its whereabouts, please contact Rough Trade Records on 020 8960 9888 or email with a photo, and Eamon will come and collect it and play you a gig in your front room. It was in a black case and had a 'Bronze Ace' wooden mic pick up, with the 'Bronze' wording rubbed off.

    Eamon had played at 2.30am and was a bit worse for wear.

    19 Feb 2007, 13:53

    Release Date: 16.02.2007

    Silver wedding: Compost Records celebrates it’s 250th release!!! More than 1.700 songs released, in the business for 13 years and still making mad noise! On our 100th jubilee Gilles Peterson said: “With great pleasure I pronounce Compost the most consistent and forward thinking record label of continental Europe.“ Even 150 catalogue numbers later, there is not the faintest reason for doubting this quote. Just take one look at the impressive list of newcomers on Compost in 2006: Nova Dream Sequence, Alif Tree, Marsmobil, Jean-Paul Bondy, Soil & Pimp Session, Muallem, Shahrokh SoundofK. Names you are going to hear from, word! But during the last months there have been reunions with old friends too. Both Karma as well as Koop enchanted us with their new albums.

    „Freshly Composted Vol. 2“ provides on one hand an extensive survey of the most important releases on Compost from the past year but on the other hand also an exclusive forecast to the new Ben Mono album which is going to be released in early spring. Speaking of exclusiveness: besides Ben’s sneak preview „Jesus Was A B-Boy“ there are six more tracks on this CD which were previously only available on 12“ vinyl but now finally make their way into your cd players and car systems. including breathtaking remixes by grandmasters of the game like Carl Craig, Moodymann, Todd Terje or Robag Wruhme. And just like you are used to, this Compost compilation leaves behind stylistic boundaries and offers a diversified mixture of disco, house, techno, soul, jazz, a little bit of pop and cosmic. It is the blueprint of Compost’s musical philosophy for the 21st century. And we won’t stop going straight to #300!

    Linernotes / Quotes:

    1. Beanfield “Tides” C’s Movement #1 (Carl Craig Remix)
    C-A-R-L C-R-A-I-G Remix! Yesss! There could be no better start to this CD. Carl takes Beanfield into endless realms of Detroit deepness. This monumental remix has become one of our most requested tracks and represents perfectly what Compost is all about.
    „I adore the Carl Craig remix! Killer!!!” (Tiga)

    2. Muallem “Shanti Dance” feat. The Droids
    One of the key cuts on Muallem’s debut “Frankie Splits” is an edit of “Shanti Dance”, originally released in the late 70s by the French project The Droids. Heavyweight disco from outer space!
    “Definitely a rocker for ages!” (XLR8R)
    “It blows everyone away..dirty dirty bassline!” (Sasse / Mood Music)

    3. Felix Laband “Whistling In Tongues” (Todd Terje Remix)
    “Dark Days Exist” is a sublime masterpiece of esoteric kindness and warm technology, sometimes a little dark and sinister, always a little melancholic. In his reinterpretation, Todd Terje, the scandinavian disco resurrector from Oslo, enlightens the original version of “Whistling In Tongues” with bright sunlight and takes Felix to the beach.
    “The Todd Terje mix is simply AMAZING!“ (Lindstrom)
    “Balearic disco heaven! Love it.“ (Ewan Pearson)

    4. Marsmobil “Mangia Amore”
    Taken from the album “Minx” - a retro pop extravaganza by multi-instrumentalist Roberto Di Gioia combining the lascivious power of Air, the family feeling of 70s Band America and some of Talk Talk's fragility. Produced by Peter & Christian Prommer.
    "Very delightful to see, that Marsmobil is not to shy and afraid expressing their very professional musical skills with beautiful melodies within complex band concept. Nowadays rare and unique!" (Klaus Doldinger)

    5. Alif Tree “Forgotten Places” (Moodymann Remix)
    Moodymann remixes are rarer than four leaf clovers. So isn’t it self-explanatory that “Forgotten Places” is a really special piece of driving deep jazz music? The beautiful vocal sample was taken from Shirley Horns “L.A. Breakdown”.
    “Record of the Month (Moodymann Mix)!” (Raveline)
    ”Guranteed to impress those with a taste for contemporary interpretations of jazz and cinematic soundscapes.” (Straight No Chaser)

    6. Shahrokh SoundofK “Owlflight”
    Straight outta Karlsruhe comes Shahrokh Dini, a veteran house music producer, DJ and club owner. His minimalistic build up track “Owlflight” aims straight at the dancefloors.
    ”I only had to hear about 20 seconds of Owlflight to know I needed it.“ (Andrew Jervis / Ubiquity Records)
    ”Just takes me back to the days of "pure" house music.“ (Paul Gamblin / Heavy Mannas)

    7. Jean-Paul Bondy “Something Is Not Right” feat. The Blood Of Abraham (Robag Wruhme’s Fukkeldibobb Remake)
    A record grounded in that kind of solid machine funk grooves, synthetic melodies and sci-fi atmospheres that the best electro has always brought us. The bleeps and clonks remix is done by no other than Robag Wruhme. So Freude am Tanzen is granted!
    “Highly recommended!” (
    “An incredible slice of down tempo futurism that shouldn't be missed.“ (Properly Chilled)

    8. Nova Dream Sequence “Dream 14”
    King Britts returns under the moniker Nova Dream Sequence with a straight Detroit techno project. His definition of sexy-tech. And it’s pumping!
    "This motherfucka hits like electronic music should. Bravo Nova." (Derrick May)
    “With this project he proofs again that his mother couldn't go wrong giving him the name King.” (Alex Barck / Jazzanova)

    9. Karma “Are We?” feat. Michelle Amador (Tony Nwachukwu Remix)
    Being pioneers of the Downbeat business, Karma returns with a latesummer handshake between folk and jazz, downbeat and perfect pop. This remix features Michelle Amadors sweet vocals over a minimalistic Detroit flavoured techno jazz excursion keeping the odd waltz time signature of the original and flipping the tune into an atmospheric future shuffle .
    “Another hot one from Compost." (BPM Magazine)
    "Wonderful warm album for the cold cold winter.“ (Frank Wiedemann / Âme)

    10. Ben Mono “Jesus Was A B-Boy”
    A little teaser to Ben Mono’s second album soon to be released on Compost Records. If god is a DJ I guess Jesus has to be a b-boy making power moves to phat hiphop beats. Forget about Birkenstock, Puma Suede were the original “Jesus Latschen”…

    11. Harvey Lindo “Rugged Individuals” feat. Count Bass D
    Hiphop like it used to be! Harvey Lindo – better known as Modaji – has produced a whole album full of classic hiphop beats defining a likeable counterdraft to the gangster poses and bling bling represented on MTV. He gets lyrical support by Maspyke , Lacks and Count Bass D, who also spits on “Rugged Individuals”.

    12. Soil & Pimp Sessions “Waltz For Goddess“
    These guys are some fuckin’ crazy Japanese jazz cats that are taking no prisoners. Crowned by Gilles Peterson the “Live Performance Act Of The Year” and winner of the “John Peel Play More Jazz” award. This smooth tune is taken from their debut album “Pimp Master”.
    "Soil & Pimp Sessions will make u dance to serious jazz! Warrior energy and poet sensibility! This guys are Jedis of jazz music!" (Eddy Meets Yannah)

    13. Koop „I See A Different You“ feat. Yukimi Nagano
    Welcome to Koop Islands! After four years of waiting for the new album of the Swedish duo has finally arrived. This time they take us back to the orchestral swing and jazz crooners of the 30s spiced with some exotic calypso, mento and chanson elements.
    “Koop are and stay simply great.” (De:Bug)

    Compost 250 - Freshly Composted Vol. 2

  • The Outsider (UMM press release)

    16 Feb 2007, 11:23

    London based up and coming producers Missing In Acton unleash their debut single on one of the hottest underground UK labels. An upfront electro houser in the floor filling style of Martijn Ten Velden, long sweeping hypnotic builds drop to a huge crescendo that’ll drive dance floors wild.

    On the flip Missing In Acton show their dirty streak with a pumped up, thumping bass line for those tougher floors.

    Recommended Tracks

    1. Fonzerelli – Moonlight Party

    2. Qualia – Call My Name

    3. Love Assassins - Teardrops

    4. Miami Dub Machine – Be Free With Your Love

    5. Jonathan Ulysses – Thrill Her

  • Far Away (Nukleuz press release)

    16 Feb 2007, 11:20

    Rave hero Stu Allan unleashes his brand new secret weapon “Far Away”. Teaming up with vocalist Phil Allen who also appeared on his massive anthem "A Feeling", Stu drops another full vocal hardcore bomb sure to fire up dance floors and get hands in the air!

    2005 & 2006 have seen rave legend Stu Allan take his rightful place back on top of the scene. Having mixed some of the biggest hardcore albums around, had his biggest record “A Feeling” signed to Apollo / Universal, the biggest label in the UK as well as releasing numerous huge club anthems on Nukleuz.

    Following on from their success with the Hardcore Nation series alongside Warner Music. Nukleuz have also just teamed up with GTV (Gut Records) to unleash their most exciting project to date, Hardcore Adrenaline on which Stu Allan is the lead DJ!

    On hardcore remix duties the remix machine and winner of the Hardcore Heaven Award's Break Through DJ of the year 2006, Joey Riot. Who pumps things up in his own unique style.

    Pierre Pienaar AKA P.H.A.T.T. & the new head of Nukleuz's Green label slows down the tempo and fires up an emotive big room trance remix as only he can!