Monday, 28 September 2009

",,, And your little dog too!"

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Anyone who's recently had the misfortune to have passed through the bucolic paradise that is my hometown of Ashington recently would be forgiven for thinking that they'd taken a wrong turn at the bottom of the spine road and was travelling through a town by the name of 'ASDA'. Such is the size of the wholesale development that the supermarket giant is engaged in on top of the site that was once the legendary Portland Park football ground. This, if any was needed is proof that big business can now ride rough-shod over any council or community they like simply by using the weight of currency and the promise of local 'regeneration'. The Portland Park site was admittedly almost defunct and in danger of becoming derelict but was still once a huge community draw and was designated as not for re-development. However it seems as though the current ASDA site, ironically and literally on the opposite side of the road and not 40 yards from the Football Club is no longer enough to service the shopping needs of it's clientele and a larger 'Mega' ASDA is being birthed. Part of the deal that greased council into approving it's construction was another current favourite in the age of the economic downturn, the an area owned by ASDA near the site, they promise, will be designated for the building of more 'affordable' housing. But how many times have you heard that? It's as though the certainty of separate development evidently allows Asda to thrive and veto any previous council resolutions. But ASDA have also promised that this will be much more than another much needed 'Super-Hyper-Market', no, no. This will be a 21st century 'consumer delivery destination hub' and the 'affordable' housing promised will NOT be just another one of those faceless lumps of transatlantic gated paranoia that seem to be cropping up in this country with an alarming regularity, who's residents are mainly noted for the fact that they don't actually live there. The architectural practice that Asda have engaged as master planners to oversee this brave new world of Soma delivery have described their vision as being 'inherently sustainable'. They have indulged in the type of phrasing and syntax that seems so emptily-acceptable in these times, sentences littered with vaccuous claims of 'careful siteing,' 'innovative design,' 'holistic approach,' 'lifetime appraisal,' 'pro-active sustainability,' 'innovative design solutions,' sustainable, sustainabulous, sustainastic, sustaian-a-licious, sustainicle, sustainia. But this is simply architectural correctness, there cannot be a single architect left on earth that fails to proclaim the mantra of sustainability in everything he touches with his slide rule. Sustainable, which means whatever you want it to mean. Green. So green it rubs off on your fingers and stains your eyes. So green it leeks down the front of your shirt. It's a Slogan of conformist unoriginality matched only by the interchangeable glossy foamo structures nearly all these people seem to design. It's also, in this instance risible seeing as the site that this lot is being dumped on has held so many memories for the local population. Sustainability, for me, seems to mean everything from the bacon I buy to the paper I read, to the paper I flush down the toilet! How can these things and a supermarket share the same 'sustainable' characters? The very act of making a building is energy hungry and vastly wasteful, even if the building is an eco-igloo built of fair trade otter droppings, hand reclaimed ethical vegan meat, carbon neutral panda scraps, organic yogurt blocks and recycled avocado face wipes. The only truly sustainable future is one where we do not build. Do not build, bodge. Make do and mend. It has long seemed preferable to have a moratorium on construction, on it's selfishly disruptive sites, on it's noise, on it's luminous operatives with they're hard hatted code of courtesy, it's illusion of progress and it's huge profits for the fat walleted few. Of course that's just wishful thinking, for now. But every cloud has an entirely organic silver lining and the predictable collapse of the souffle economy that supported the construction industry has initiated an era of abandoned projects and cancelled schemes. The developers vanity has been rudely dampened, but to see if it's been totally extinguished well have to wait and see. Watch that space. There,,, that one. The grassy hill you watched The Colliers play football on as a child. Watch that space there.



Re-up's:
First up, a little bit of housekeeping. A few tracks that we posted up a while back that people have been e-mailing us about seeing as the links have expired of we took them down for one reason or another. Enjoy.


Laughing Light Of Plenty * The Rose

Adriano Celentano - Prisencolinensinainci (Greg Wilson Ruff Edit)

Cwerzone - Gitary (Jackpot Edit)

Motor City Drum Ensemble - Raw Cuts 2

Moodymann * J.A.N.

Estro knetter - Siberia (Luciano Remix)

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Mixtape time now and this weeks offering comes from the legend that is Trevor Jackson.Trevor started his career designing record covers in the late eighties for the likes of Todd Terry, The Jungle Brothers and the Stereo MCs before he moved onto remixing high profile artists such as Massive Attack, UNKLE, Run DMC, U2 and The Sabres Of Paradise in his guise as 'Underdog'. He's also set up a handful of great record labels including Bite It (The Brotherhood, Lewis Parker etc) and the truly seminal Output Recordings. Through Output, Trevor released music from some of the last decades most well respected artists such as Four Tet, Black Strobe and Colder and also played no small part in helping install DFA Recordings as a major force by distributing acts like The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem in the U.K. and Europe. Jackson wound Output up in 2006 and has since been working on a number of new projects. Not just a label head and designer, Jackson has also carved out a very decent reputation as a remixer and DJ releasing an amazing 'DJ Kicks' album on K7! back in 20002 as well as drawing glowing praise still today for the productions under his Playgroup moniker. Jackson has continued to work at the vanguard of audio and visual culture for over 20 years and his design and moving-image work has been exhibited at the Barbican, ICA, Guggenheim as well as at The Baltic here in Newcastle and graced countless seminal record covers. With its emphasis on visual as much as musical artistry and innovation, Jackson’s art direction gave Output its unique and immediate visual identity, one intimately and inextricably linked to the groundbreaking records it released and distributed. In fact Jackson's Output label set a such a high aesthetic standard that prompted a number of critics to declare it this decade’s equivalent to Factory. His early work also featured in Cynthia Rose’s influential 'Design After Dark: The Story of Dancefloor Style.'After 10 years and 100 releases, Jackson closed Output. The 2007 'I Hate Music CD/DVD' compiles some of the label’s most notable offerings. Jackson still remains an in-demand producer, remixer and DJ, and has recently worked with the likes of the Gossip, Doves, Franz Ferdinand and has just released an amazing 18 minute remix for DJ Hell.Anyhow, this is a cracking good 'party mix' from a couple of years back where Trevor takes us through a large chunk of his record collection by way of everything from hip-hop, electro, post-punk, new wave, disco, house, and funk it is all thrown together in classic high temp party mode. An absolute stormer mix.

Intro: Jellybean - Was Dog A Doughnut
Special Request - Salsa Smurf
BeSide & Fab 5 Freddy - Change The Beat (French Rap)
Will Powers - Adventures In Success (Instrumental)
Material - Reduction
Grand Master Flash & The Furious Five- The Message
Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love
Sly & Robbie - Boops (Here To Go)
23 Skidoo - Coup
K9 Corp - Dog Talk
Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express
Donald Banks - Status Quo
Spoonie G - Love Rap
Davy Dmx - One For The Treble
Malcolm Mclaren - Hobo Scratch (She's Looking Like A Hobo)
Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper
Coati Mundi - Me No Popeye
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - Flash To The Beat
Indeep - Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
Newcleus - Jam On Revenge (Wikki Wikki Song)
Whodini - Mr. Magic's Wand
Malcom Mclaren - Buffalo Girls
Konk - Konk Party
Harlequin Four - Set It Off
Fun Boy Three - Faith, Hope & Charity
Sugarhill Gang - Rappers Delight
Grand Master Flash - The Adventures Of Grand Master Flash On The Wheels Of Steel
Chic - Good Times
Blondie - Rapture
Sparkle - Handsome Man
Kurtis Blow - The Breaks
Tilt - Arcade Funk
Futura 2000 - The Adventures Of Futura 2000
Double Trouble - Stoop Rap
Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa
Nairobi and The Awesome Foursome - Soul Makossa
War - Galaxy
Onenesss Of Juju - Everyway But Loose
Liquid Liquid - Cavern
Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel - White Lines (Don't Do It)
Time Zone - The Wildstyle
CD III - Success (Instrumental)
C.O.D. - In The Bottle
Interboro Rhythm Team - Watch The Closing Doors
The Clash - Magnificent Dance
High Fidelity 3 - B Boys Breakdance
Man Parrish - Boogie Down Bronx
Man Parrish - Hip Hop Be Bop
Herbie Hancock - Rockit
Nitro Deluxe- Lets Get Brutal
C-Bank - One More Shot
Rochelle - My Magic Man
Dominatrix - Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight
Newcleus - Jam On It
Serious Intention - You Don't Know
Talking Heads - Once In a Life Time
Scritti Politti - Wood Beez (Acapella)
Art of Noise - Beat Box
Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face
Imagination (Acapella) - D-Train - You're The One For Me
David Joseph - You Can't Hide Your Love
Freeze - I.O.U.
Shannon - Let The Music Play
Yellow Magic Orhestra - Computer Games
West Street Mob - Breakdance (Electric Boogie)
Arthur Baker - Breakers Revenge
The Rolling Stones - Too Much Blood (Arthur Baker Dub)
Yazoo - Situation
Cybertron - Clear
Hashim - Al-Naayfish
Laid Back - White Horse
Prince - Erotic City
Alexander Robotnick - Problemes D'amour
Quango Quango - Love Tempo
George Kranz - Din Daa Daa
A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
Planet Rock - Africka Bambaataa
Information Society - Running
Yello - Bostich
Konk - Your Life
Klein and Mbo - Dirty Talk
Modern Romance - Can You Move
Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinhood
KC Flight - Let's Get Jazzy
Jamie Principle - Baby Wants To Ride
The Flirts - Passion
Was (Not Was) - Out Come The Freaks
Spandau Ballet - Chant # 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)
Prepare To Energize - Torch Song
Bobby O - Native Beat
Bobby O - Still Hot 4 You
Nona Hendryx Feat. The Cage - Do What You Wanna Do
Giorgio Moroder - Evolution
Eddy Grant - Timewarp
A Number of Names - Shari Vari
Lipps Inc - Funky Town
Atmosphere – Dancin' In Outer Space
Bush Tetras - You Can't Be Funky
The Slits - Heard It Through The Grapevine
ESG - Moody
The Jam - Precious
New Order - Blue Monday
Kraftwerk - Tour De France
Egyptian Lover - Egypt Egypt
Ledernacken - Amok
Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart - Invaders Of The Heart
Delta 5 - Mind Your Own Business
James White and The Blacks - Contort Yourself
Dinosaur L - Go Bang
Soft Cell - Memorabilia
Sylvester - Do U Wanna Funk
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
Human League - Sound Of The Crowd
B52's - Planet Claire
Elvis Costello - (I Don't Wanna Go To) Chelsea
Ian Dury - Wake Up and Make Love
Rolling Sones - Miss You
Mikey Dread - Saturday Night Style
Pigbag - Papas Got a Brand New Pigbag
Double Dee & Steinski – Lesson 1
Coldcut - Say Kids
Afrika Bambaata & Jazzy Jay - Death Mix
Run Dmc - Sucker MC's
Tears For Fears - Shout (Acapella)
Word of Mouth - King Kut
Biz Markie - Nobody Beats The Biz
EPMD - It's My Thing
Schooly D - Saturday Night
Boogie Down Productions - South Bronx
Fred Wesley & The JB's - Blow Your Head
Big Daddy Kane - Raw
Rob Base & DJ Easy Rock - It Takes Two
Sugar Bear - Don't Scandalize Mine
Uptown - Dope On Plastic
Danny Krivit - Rock The House
Visage - Pleasure Boys (Dub)
Frankie Bones - And The Break Goes Again
Todd Terry - Bango
Richie Rich - Salsa House
Roberta Flack - Uh Uh Oh Look Out (Steve Silk Hurley Mix)
Adonis - No Way Back
Electribe 101 - Talking With Myself
Impedence - Tainted Love
DSK- What Would We Do
D-Shake - Techno Trance
The Beat Club - Security
Renegade Soundwave - The Phantom
Shut Up and Dance - Lamborghini
Prince - Purple Rain Intro
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Firecracker
LFO - LFO
Twin Hype - For Those Who Like To Groove
Baby Ford - Occhie Coochie
Dionne - Come and Get My Lovin'
LNR - Work It To The Bone
Earth People - Dance
Wish Feat. Fonda Rae - Touch Me (All Night Long)
Lisa Lisa and The Cult Jam - I Wonder If I Take You Home
Maze - Twilight
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Robert Palmer - You are In My System
Cameo - Word Up
Gwen Guthrie - Peanut Butter
Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait
Fresh 4 - Wishing On a Star
Faze O - Ridin' High
Soul 2 Soul - Fairplay
Soul 2 Soul - Keep On Movin
Prince - If I Was Your Girlfriend
Loose ends - Hangin On a String
Carly Simon - Why
Janet Kay - Silly Games
Shinehead - Billie Jean

Trevor Jackson - Playgroup Partymix.

Till next time.
Big love, Moogar X.

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1 comment:

Krippa said...

OUTRAGEOUS.

LEGEND.