30 Oct 2006, 23:57

    most of hexstatic's releases up until now have been cd/dvd combinations aimed at highlighting their pioneering work in the audio/visual realm. their last outing, 'master view', included 3d anaglyph versions of their music videos and even came with 3d glasses, but though their av work is the duo's bread and butter, they're also decidedly dapper djs - a fact heavily underlined by their solid steel: 'listen and learn' album a couple of years ago.
    'pick 'n' mix' continues where that album left off, focusing purely on the duo's musical side with no visual distractions. as with their solid steel set, they blend a coolly eclectic mix of hip hop, rock, reggae and dance in a surprisingly accessible way. tunes are chosen not for their underground crate-diggin credentials but for their capacity to get floors moving, and what really sets the set apart is the casual yet effective way these wildly varied records are strung together. encompassing everything from grandmaster and melle mel's 'white lines' to the kinks 'you really got me going' and dillinja's 'cocaine (running around my brain)', this is hexstatic at their musical best. also included are cuts by harry j and the all stars, cymnade, hot butter, rjd2, atmosphere, toots and the maytals etc.

    Track list...

    1. Intro (0.35) - Feat. Billy Connolly
    2. Sounds Of The Seventies (0.55) - Tony Hatch
    3. Spacewalk (0.56) - Hot Butter
    4. Dancing In Outer Space (4.50) - Atmosphere
    5. Let The Good Times Roll Pt 1 (3.34) - RJD2
    6. Freestyle (Steinski's Additive Remix) (1.40) - Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five
    7. Chicken In A Box/Ahhhhhh Punch You In The Face (3.13) - Mr. Scruff, Ju Ju, Bloody Moon
    8. White Lines/Cocaine In My Brain (4.41) - Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel, Dillinger
    9. Chip Funk (3.59) - Lost Idol
    10. We Got The Funk (2.49) - Positive Force
    11. Pump Me Up (2.90) - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5
    12. Liquidator (Hex Hop Remix) (Exclusive) (2.37) - Harry J Allstars
    13. The Rip Off (Exclusive) (5.30) - Rareforce
    14. Fug (4.00) - Cymande
    15. Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel/Break Dance Electric Boogie (2.38) - Grandmaster Flash, West Street Mob
    16. Popcorn (2.22) - Hot Butter
    17. You Really Got Me (2.40) - The Kinks
    18. You Are Awful (But I Like You) (1.30) - Dick Emery
    19. Pulse (Dance Mix) (Exclusive) (3.27) - Hexstatic
    20. Na Na, Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) (3.16) - The Pioneers

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  • the trip 2 - navigated by tom middleton

    30 Oct 2006, 19:40

    listen to FULL track
    boards of canada - dayvan cowboy

    Taking the scenic route.
    Lush of beard and eclectic of beat, Tom Middleton has carved a unique nook in the DJ business. His sets are a wonder of organised randomness, as indeed are the mix LPs, his original Trip just one of several memorable selections. Volume two kicks off in a similarly obtuse vein with the old Thames TV and This Is Your Life themes, somehow meshes seamlessly into uptempo funk ‘n’ hip-hop, then takes a more sedate route through leftfield beats and soundtracky bits. It’s alchemy, in a minor key.

    Si Hawkins (BBCi) 19 October 06

    Track Listing...

    Disc One - Vertical

    * 1. Thames TV Ident
    * 2. This Is Your Life-Laurie Johnson
    * 3. Listen-Moonbootica
    * 4. Can't Get Away (From Your Love)-Only Freak [Solid Groove Remix]
    * 5. Finally-Novika [Innocent Sorcerers Mix]
    * 6. The Galactica Suite-Simon Grey
    * 7. Batucada Dub-Skeewiff
    * 8. Mahalageasca-Mahala Rai Banda [Felix B Jazzhouse Dub]
    * 9. Manas Bounce-Recloose
    * 10. Caribbean Festival-Kool & The Gang
    * 11. Bad Tune-Earth, Wind & Fire
    * 12. What U Waiting 4?-Jungle Brothers [Jungle Fever Mix]
    * 13. Follow The Leader-Eric B. & Rakim
    * 14. Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again & Again & Again-Lyn Collins
    * 15. Family Rap-Breakestra
    * 16. Alpha Beta Gaga-Air [Mark Ronson Remix Feat. Rhymefest]
    * 17. We Can Fly-Nicolay
    * 18. Happy People-JD73
    * 19. Bucovina-Shantel
    * 20. Barbatuques-Barbappapa's Groove
    * 21. That's What Love Does-Vincent Montana Jr. & The Philly Sound Orchestra Feat. William 'Smoke' Howard [Vincent Montana, Jr. Original Mix]
    * 22. The La La Song-I Monster
    * 23. Left Bank Two-Wayne Hill

    Disc Two - Horizontal

    * 1. The Wisp-Simian
    * 2. Dayvan Cowboy-Boards Of Canada
    * 3. Here's What's Left-RJD2
    * 4. Transmit Fantastic-Danny Breaks
    * 5. Smokin' With The Motherman-Stereo MC's
    * 6. Hairy Trees-Goldfrapp
    * 7. Morning Sun-Plump Dj's
    * 8. Taking Me Over-Schmoov
    * 9. Heart Full Of U-Robert Mitchell [Shur-i-kan Remix]
    * 10. Elle Et Moi-Cicada
    * 11. A Special Morning-Ralph Myers & The Jack Herren Band
    * 12. Sunny Road-Emiliana Torrini
    * 13. Duet-Breaks Co-Op
    * 14. Metal Bark-Alucidnation
    * 15. Optimystic-Tom Middleton Presents AMBA
    * 16. The Other World-Jakatta
    * 17. The Cosmic Game-Thievery Corporation
    * 18. S.I.P.-Boozoo Bajou
    * 19. Archipelago-Quantic
    * 20. Sleepy Meadows Of Buxton-Fenomenon
    * 21. The Martian Chronicles Theme-Stanley Myers
    * 22. A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultrarworld: Loving You-The Orb [Aubrey Mix Mk II By Jimmy Cauty & Dr Alex Patterson]
    * 23. Love On A Real Train-Tangerine Dream

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  • Warehouse Project @ Boddingtons Brewery (Manchester)

    28 Oct 2006, 13:00

    The Warehouse Project will run from Friday 6th October to December 31st 2006, with around 25 licensed events on Fridays, Saturday and the occasional Sunday/Midweek event. The venue is the converted Boddingtons Brewery building, located at the end of Deansgate next to the MEN arena, and the party is expected to start running in October 2006.

    They say: "The Warehouse Project presents around 30 concerts and unique music based events each bringing a vast array of DJs and live acts to Manchester. A real melting pot of the world’s most innovative and important artists and performers; The aim is to create a truly original enviroment where we can party and watch something special unfold."

    Warehouse Project line-ups

    28th Oct- Ape presents The Three Feet High and Rising party: De La Soul (live), Jehst (live), c2c, Broke N English, Rich Reason

    28th Oct- Ape presents The Three Feet High and Rising party: De La Soul (live), Jehst (live), c2c, Broke N English, Rich Reason

    2nd Nov-Stolichnaya Vodka Workers Club: The Longcut, The Long Blondes, Brakes, Howling bells, Mike Pickering, Eat Your Own Ears DJs

    3rd Nov-The Cosmic Twins, Francois K, Derrick May, Derrick Carter, Andrew Weatherall, Luciano

    4th Nov-The Full Cycle Warehouse Party: Roni Size, Krust, Scratch Perverts, Tony Vegas, Plus 1, Prime Cuts. The Box: Gilles Peterson, Daddy G (Massive Attack), Fingathing (Live), Rich Reason

    10th Nov- The Planet Pendulum Party: Pendulum, Goldie, DJ Hype, Friction. The Box: Daywalkers Live

    11th Nov- Federation takes over the warehouse

    17th Nov- Eat Your Own Ears presents a Transgressive Records Party: Mystery Jets (Live), Larrikin Love (Live), Noisettes (Live), Polytechnic (Live), Battle (Live), Ladyfuzz (Live), Mstrkrft (DJ Set), Eat Your Own Ears DJs, Transgressive DJs

    18th Nov- Chibuku Shake Shake Warehouse Party: Dave Clarke, Green Velvet, Phat Phil Cooper, Spank Rock (live), Digitalism (live), Beat Monkeys, Andro

    22nd Nov- Horace Andy & Lee Scratch Perry

    23rd Nov- Quantic Soul Orchestra: Spanky Wilson, Westbeech

    24th Nov- The Circus Party: Steve Lawler, Yousef + more TBA

    25th Nov- Annie Mac presents: Erol Alkan, Mylo, Switch (live), Klaxons (live), New Young Pony Club (live), Black Strobe (live), Optimo / JD Twitch, Simian Mobile Disco, Mike Pickering

    1st Dec-Jeff Mills & Special Guests. The Box: James Zabiela, Hybrid (live), Evil 9

    2nd Dec-Ape vs Chibuku: The Warehouse Beatdown: DJ Yoda (live), Lemon D & Dillinja (Valve Soundsystem), DJ Marky & Dynamite MC, Mad Professor, The Beat Monkeys, Rich Reason, Metrodome & Jordan. The Box: XFM presents The Remix, Eddie Temple Morris & more TBA

    8th Dec-Fundacion Warehouse Party: Sasha, Spooky. The Box: Krafty Kuts, Justice

    9th Dec-Very special live show TBA

    15th Dec- Zane Lowe's Home Taping Tour

    16th Dec- The Warehouse Project Christmas Party

    26th Dec- Boxing Day Warehouse Project Party (Details TBA)

    31st Dec- NYE Party (Final Planned Warehouse Party): DJs TBA

  • Cohesion Live @ Platt Fields Park 2006

    3 Oct 2006, 19:51

    Cohesian Live 2006 review from Manchester Evening News...

    THE people behind a certain brand of Danish beer don't stage outdoor concerts in Manchester parks. But if they did, it would probably be a lot like Cohesion Live.

    The sunshine strains of an unexpected Indian summer provided the first pleasant surprise of the day.

    Just as warm and fluffy was the family-friendly atmosphere among a crowd entirely devoid of the tense, cocky posturing of Manchester music's not too distant past.

    Finishing touches

    But then this was a charity event aimed at raising the money needed to put the finishing touches to the Manchester Peace Park, a gift of hope from this city to the war-ravaged village of Podujeve in Kosovo, where many families are still struggling for a normal life.

    Inspiration for the day and the park came courtesy of Pam Dawes and the Manchester aid to Kosovo charity, as well as a number of refugees, including 21-year-old Saranda Bogujevci, who settled in Manchester after first arriving here several years ago as a terribly injured young refugee.

    It helped that MaK has powerful allies in a number of influential Manchester musicians, namely Badly Drawn Boy's Damon Gough and Elbow's Guy Garvey. Between them, the organisers assembled a stellar cast of local luminaries who played across nine hours and three stages.

    Graham Coxon gives it his all

    In fact, the only disappointment was that it was impossible to see everyone who turned out to perform.

    Everything we did see felt very special indeed.

    Among early highlights for me on the main stage was the dreamily soothing lilt of I Am Kloot's Johnny Bramwell, the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon in the park.

    He was later to be seen walking around the park with his family and pet dog, chatting with friends and fans along the way. It was that kind of laid-back day.

    By contrast, the Freedom Tent played host to the tense, spine-tingling sound of a stripped-down Puressence featuring only acoustic guitar from Neil MacDonald and trademark searing vocals from James Mudriczki.

    Why they aren't one of the biggest bands on the planet is anyone's guess.

    Back on the main stage there was a characteristically fantastic performance from a band which is attracting the attention it deserves: Elbow.

    Garvey, the genial genius who fronts them, provided some of the only rhetoric on a day which was surprisingly light on politics given that the most senior members of government were coming face-to-face with anti-war protestors just down the road.

    "Three little words. Hounded. From. Office," Garvey said, before leading the band poignantly into Leaders Of The Free World.

    There had been debate about who would headline and in the end it was Badly Drawn Boy. It could have been any number of artists and was probably settled by the flip of a coin.

    Damon Gough, MaK's patron, certainly didn't disappoint. Plans are already been drawn up for Cohesion Live 2007, with Doves early favourites to headline. It will be a tough act to follow.

    A perfect day was topped by easy availability of buses back into Manchester (one positive aspect of Manchester's bus wars).

    All in all, it was probably one of the best festivals in the world.

    Badly Drawn Boy brings the event to a close