Sunday, 27 December 2009

2009,,,,, was that it?

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Here it comes, gusting out of the hollows, breathing hard. The breeze of wind dragging rolling days, hours and minutes across the clocks face. 2010, I think it's safe to say is almost upon us. If you were to review the year and its 'culturally defining' moments - discovering Stephen Fry all over Twitter, the endless 'recession chic 'articles, Barack Obama's dog, the numerous high profile celebrity deaths peaking with Michael Jackson's suitably strange demise, James Cameron returning to cinema with a remake of 'Fern Gully', Robert Pattinson hysteria seemingly in all Women in their mid 20's, Kanye West making a huge cunt of himself AGAIN and of course Swine flu - in the background keeping us sane the music just carried on playing regardless. Attempting to drone out the sounds of the recession were some stonkingly good records - and despite Andy Blake wrapping up what was probably my favourite record label of the last few years when he decided to stop releasing records on his 'Dissident' imprint and in spite of Technics announcing that they were ending production of the SL 1210 - we found solace this year as a new host of characters made it onto our playlists. It is this optimism in music that when the likes of the Daily Mail would have us believe that you shouldn't leave the house due to a combination of social detritus, recession, child murderers and our countries immigration policy, reminds us that there is something deeper that quivers within us that we can call art or call music or call spiritual, we can call it the infinite, but it's that which engages us and no matter how cool we try and be and no matter much we try and separate ourselves from the world with expensive gadgets, bling and attitude, the beauty that is the truth is that we all know that inside we're all very soft people who yearn to love and be loved and art reminds us that is a possibility and music connects us with that important fact about ourselves, that we love love and that anything else is incidental, irrelevant, cynical and not interesting to us fundamentally and it is precisely this feeling which informs us that few things in life are more satisfying than the sight of a grinning Newcastle No. 9 with one arm raised in celebration or the introduction of Columbia's favourite national export to your nasal passages than the simple pleasure of dropping the needle of a record deck onto a slice of black vinyl and hearing that first warm, familiar crackle.

So, onto the main event. We've counted the votes, polled the great and the (not so) good of our favourite DJ's of recent times and asked everyone to chip in with their selections of the best from 2009 alongside our local fav's, and due to tastes and planetary alignments, these are the records we've been digging the most. Regarde,,,,

Tourists albums of 2009:

1. The Horrors * Primary Colours
2. Grizzly Bear * Vecatimest
3. Andrew Weatherall * A Pox On The Pioneers
4. Neko Case * Middle Cyclone
5. The Cribs * Ignore The Ignorant
6. Pink Skull * Endless Bummer
7. Fuck Buttons * Tarrot Earth
8. Richard Hawley * Truelove Gutter
9. Animal Collective * Merriweather Post Pavillion
10. Mayor Hawthorne * A Strange Arrangement

The Tourist collective top 20+1 for the dancefloor of 2009:

1. Junior Boys * Hazel (Ewan Pearson Remix)
2. The Tubes * Slipped My Disco (Handsome Northerners Edit)
3. The Phenomenal Handclap Band * 15 To 20 (The Glimmers Remix)
4. Chanel 7 * Aufgang (John Talalbot remix)
5. The Off Key Hat * Lairy Little Junkie
6. The Manic Street Preachers * Journal For Plague Lovers (Optimo Espacio Remix)
7. Tim Fairplay * U Know U Jack (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
8. The Droyds * All I Ever Wanted (Prince Language Remix)
9. Touche Sensitive * Body Stop
10. Tensnake * Holding Back My Love
11. Heartbreak * Akin To Dancing (Horrors Remix)
12. DJ Hell Feat Bryan Ferry * U Can Dance (Carl Craig/Tim Goldsworthy Remixes)
13. Precious System * The Voice From Planet Earth (Dixon Edit)
14. Stateless * Prism #1 (Prince Language Remix)
15. Etienne Jaumet * Night Music
16. DJ Kaos * Love The Night Away (Tiedye Remix)
17. Matias Aguaya * Rollerskate
18. Chalk Hill Edits/Suzanne Vega * Love Made Real
19. Lion Brothers * Heavy Helmet (Mock N' Toof Remix)
20. Al Usher * Lullaby For Robert (Gatto Fritto Remix)
21. Wild Geese * Macho Disco Master

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Ewan Pearson. (Kompakt/Get Physical)

Here's 10 tracks I really liked this year (in no particular order).

Peter Kruder * The Law of Return
DJ Koze * Mrs Bojangles
Shit Robot * Simple Things (Work It Out) (Todd Terje remix)
Secret Cinema * Kurzweil
Tucillo * Panorama (Kalabrese remix)
Oni Ayhun 03 * Oni Ayhun
Yukihiro Fukutomi/Foog * Open Our Eyes
Delorean * Seasun (John Talabot's Kids & Drums remix)
Andre Lodemann * Where Are You Now?
Bo'tox * Blue Steel

Special thanks to Ewan for taking 5 mins out and doing this for us. His new mix CD 'We Are Proud Of Our Choices' is out on Kompakt in February.

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Ivan Smagghe. (Blackstrobe/Kill The DJ)

The Love Supreme *Dub sugar
Eberhard Schoner * Why don’t you answer
The Glass * superhero (Komka remix)
Aaron Carl - Homoerotic - Detroit Mix Show Extended
Annette - Dream 17 (Derrick May Remix)
Alex Smoke * Lux (Long LP mix)
Arsenal * Shu ki ni de tou fa (Midnight Mike remix)
ERRORS:ERRORS * Rock action
Eurythmics * Take me to your heart
Chris & Cosey * Fantastique (Carl Craig remix)

Check Kill The DJ.com and the Kill The DJ Blog for info and dates for Ivan and his excellent 'Live At Robert Johnson Vol. 3.' mix CD is available now.

Mick Rolfe. (Last Waltz/Dada)

1. The Andrew Allsgood Experience * Macho Wizard. (History Clock) Absolutely brilliant release on the consistently fantastic History Clock label. Who thought Heart could sound so good!

2. Grizzly Bear * The Veckatimest. (Warp) Finding a more focussed & accessible sound on their third & what was truly THE album of the summer to these lugs!

3. Space * Carry On, Turn Me On (An-2 remix). (Tirk) Whey aye! Love all three mixes on the 12" but this 12 minute+ disco epic just pips it!

4. DJ Kaos * Love The Nite Away (Tiedye remix & instrumental mix). (Rong/DFA) A brilliant contrast between the two, the Tiedye mix has a real summer vibe while the original, particularly the instrumental is a proper disco banger, complete with arpeggiated synth & distorted guitar chords, winner!

5. Last Waltz * Criminal World. (Unreleased) As if this wouldn't get a mention! Technically this is a 2010 release but it's definitely more a tune of 2009 to us lot. With a couple of high profile remixes in the pipeline & some brilliant feedback already received from various folk "in the know" this could shape up to be quite a biggie! Try & track down the Metro original on Transatlantic records, brilliant!)

6. Friendly Fires * On Board (Joakim remix). (XL Recordings) A standout track from an album rammed with radio & dancefloor friendly gems gets the Joakim treatment, need I say more?

7. The Phantom Band * Checkmate Savage. (Chemikal Underground) I accidentally caught these live earlier in the year after going to see a friend support them & was absolutely blown away! Sounding kind of like a Krautrock Beta Band & kind of nothing like that at the same time they didn't disappoint on record either!

8. Various Artists * Originals Vol 2 compiled by Mark Seven. (Claremont 56) A superb DJ, Mark's A Slow Blow mix from a few years back still gets heavy rotation round my gaff, as does this amazing comp in a fantastic series from Paul "Mudd" Murphy's Claremont 56 imprint.

9. Gong * Flying Teapot (Joe Claussell Extension). (Virgin) Joe Claussell has taken prog mentalists Gong's classic & toughened up the groove resulting in a 12 minute monster of a track. Cosmic!

10. Everything Everything * Photoshop Handsome. (Another Music=Another Kitchen) The second single from these Manchester based local lads (well, three quarters) kicks off sounding like something from an 80's arcade game, (with lyrics on the subject too) before bursting into a catchy as fuck frantic sounding chorus about airbrushing someone's father, amongst other things!?! Well done to the lads on recently signing to Geffen, with a catalogue of tunes even better than this their debut album will definitely be in plenty other end of year lists for 2010 & not just mine!

El Dee. (Fat Lee/Last Waltz/Dada)

1. O.R.S * Body to Body Boogie (Salsoul)
2. The Chaplin Band * Il Veliero (Pierrot)
3. Hot Toddy * I Need Love (morgan geist rmx) (Eskimo)
4. L.S.B Edits * Shout (Super Discotecha)
5. Charles B * Lack of Love (Desire)
6. Drrty Haze * Make my Body Hot (Redux)
7. G.W. edit * Do it Nice and Easy (Disco Deviance)
8. Foolish and Sly * Come a Little Closer (Cynic)
9. Roch * Hands of Love (Harveys downstairs mix up) (International Feel)
10. Odyssey * Hang Together (RCA)
11. Abels e.p. * Round in Circles (Blackdisco)
12. Eurythmics * I Just Did it the Same (Virgin)
13. The Soft Rocks e.p. * Spank (Blackdisco)
14. Maurice * This is Acid (Breakout)
15. Mike Burns edit * Everybodys Mantra (Discodevil)
16. American standard * Cole Loves Your Insides Out (American Standard)
17. Blackdisco * Mexico (lovefingers barrio edit) (Blackdisco)
18. Last Waltz * Criminal World (Promo CDR)
19. Idjut Boys * Five (Droid)

Geoff Leopard. (Dada)

1. Late Nite Jam * Levon Vincent
2. Hobo * Midnight
3. Brother Johnston's Travelling Disco Consultancy * Andrew Weatherall
4. Skumle Planer * Vareid
5. Forever In Their Debt * The Revenge
6. Siopis * I'm on Miami
7. I'm Burning Inside * Fuckpony
8. Criminal World * Last Waltz
9. I Get Deeper * Late Night Tuff Guy Edits
10. Trust U * Tiefschwarz featuring Seth Troxler (Jamie Jones Mix)

All 3 of the chaps from D a d a will be hosting the late night blow out that is the D a d a NY afterparty at theCUT from 3 AM till 8 AM. Should be an absolute rave!!

Kristian Atkinson. (Dragnet/Jukebox/Splash One!)

Dragnet top tunes 09:
1. Units * High Pressure Days
2. Padded Cell * Konkorde Lafayette (Edit)
3. Al Kent * Disco Sex
4. Phenomenal Handclap Band * 15 - 20
5. Headman feat Dieter Meier * Gimme, Gimme
6. Yacht * Psychic City
7. Depeche Mode * Wrong
8. Detachments * Circles (Weatherall' Of Remix)

Jukebox top tunes 09:
1. The Horrors * Sea Within A Sea
2. A Place To Bury Strangers * In Your Heart
3. Depeche Mode * Wrong
4. Detachments * Make It Easy On Yourself
5. Frankie & The Heartstrings * 12.09.09 EP
6. Yeah Yeah Yeah's * Head's Will Roll
7. Flaming Lips * Silver Trembling Hands
8. The Strange Boys * Be Brave
9. Factory Floor * Lying
10. The Pains Of Being Pure At heart * Come Saturday
11. Crocodiles * I Wanna Kill
12. Yeah Yeah Yeah's * Zero
13. Retriever * Lion

Splash One albums of the year:
1. The Horrors - Primary Colours
2. A Place To Bury Strangers - Exploding Head
3. Higamos Hogamos - Higamos Hogamos
4. Andrew Weatherall - A Pox On The Pioneers
5. Patrick Cowley & Jorge Socarras - Catholic
6. Al Kent - Secret Sounds7. Yacht - See Mystery Lights
8. The Phenomenal Handclap Band - The Phenomenal Handclap Band
9. Richard H Kirk - Kroa Kora Kora (The Cabaret Voltaire Versions)
10. Flaming Lips - Embryonic
11. King Khan & The Shrines - The Supreme Genius of King Khan
12. Pains Of Being Pure at Heart - Pains Of Being Pure at Heart
13. Three Vicars - Psycho Beat!
14. Fever Ray - Fever Ray
15. Crocodiles - Summer Of Hate

Kristian is resident DJ and Promoter at Dragnet & Jukebox and also writes for the 'Splash One' blog.

Mark Douglas. (KlickKlack)

1. Noze - 'You Have to Dance' (Mathias Kaden's Beatpolka remix)[Get Physical Music]
2. Matt Star - 'Kuhle Fliege' (Hugo remix)[International Freakshow]
3. Venegas, Leix & Ronro - 'El Cant' [Fumakilla]
4. Mendo - '1992' [Cadenza]
5. Anthea & Celler - 'The Playmaker' (Dyed Soundorom Cougar Remix)[Freak n' Chic]
6. Motor City Drum Ensemble - 'Raw Cuts 3' [MCDE]
7. Tony Lionni - 'Found a Place' [Ostgut Ton]
8. Boris Horel - 'Paranoia Pantomime' [Eklo]
9. Unknown Artist - 'Enrolada' [White]
10. Huner & Chaptal - 'If This World Were Mine' [Area Remote]
11. Martinez - 'Black Mamba' [Cocoon]
12. Luis Groove - 'Eolica' (Main Festival Mix)[Lowpitch]
13. Danny Fiddo & Ronro - 'El Rall' [White]
14. Thodoris Triantafillou - 'Morningrama' (DJ W!ld remix Paulista edit)[Quantized]
15. Massi DL - 'Delerious'[ Cadenza]
16. Johnny D - 'Point of No Return' [OSLO]
17. Sandy Huner - Rare Tap (2000 and One cut)[Remote Area]
18. Nima Gorji - Groove Control [KGBeats]
19. Micha Klang - 'Baby I Am For Real' (Nima Gorji remix)[Safari Electronique]
20. Oxia - 'Whole Life' [8Bit]

Mark is resident DJ and promoter at 'KlickKliack'.

Right then. That's all the charts dealt with so now in return for hanging with us through that we've posted up a stunning mix that's been seldom off my iPod for the last 8 weeks or so. An absolute killer from self proclaimed purveyors of cavernous dub, tearjerking ballads, apocalyptic lovers rock, gangsta house, smack hop, dancehall shoegazing, no-wave blues, slo-fi soul, love, lust, loss and sensuality 'King Midas Sound'. With tracks from session from King Midas Sound themselves as well as the likes of Tanya Stephens, Gregory, My Bloody Valentine, A.R. Kane, Burial, Little Dragon, Sade, Larry Heard and Scritti Politti.

Like, proper!!

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King Midas Sound - Sometimes (Waiting For You)
Lovejoys - All I Can Say (Reggae Vibes)
15/16/17 - The Weather (Magic Touch)
Burial - Night Bus (Burial)
Little Dragon - Twice (Peacefrog)
The Dynamics - 90% of me is you (Points South)
Tanya Stephens - It's A Pity (VP)
Jacob Miller - Baby I Love You So (Greensleeves)
Gregory Isaacs - I'm Alright (VP)
Wayne Jarrett - Live&Love (Wackies)
Sade - Lovers Rock (Epic)
Rhythm & Sound ft Lovejoy - Best Friend (Burial Mix)
Larry Heard - Missing dub (Theo Parrish remix) (Track Mode)
Vincent Gallo - Lonely (Warp)
A.R.Kane - Madonna is with child (Rough Trade)
Scritti Politti - Sweetest Girl (Rough Trade)
Lloyd Chambers - Dry Your Tears (Pressure Sounds)
King Midas Sound - i Dub (Hyperdub)
Scientist ft Johnny Osbourne - In Your Eyes (Greensleeves)
King Midas Sound - Outtaspace (Slow Motion mix) (Hyperdub)
Japan - Ghosts (Virgin)
Kevin Shields - Ikebana (Emperor Norton)
King Midas Sound - One Ting (Dabrye remix) (Hyperdub)
Oval - Do While (Mille Plateaux)
Thomas Koner - Kanon (Virgin)
My Bloody Valentine - Touched (Creation)

King Midas Sound * November Mixtape.

Righty-o, have a happy new year, we're off to re-hab before we re-tox at New Year.

Big love.
Tourist. X.

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Monday, 21 December 2009

The last ever Tourist post from me.

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"Good times for a change"
I'm sure that's how Morrisey would have put it, however always being the blunt instrument I've never been be so eloquent. So to cut it short, if anyone is still reading, this is my last ever 'proper' post on this blog. In a moment of clarity I realised the time I was writing the shite I throw up on here I could be doing something worth while, that's all. So I've knocked it on the head. I'm sure that my good lady wife Geoff is MORE than capable to keep you up to date on stuff from time to time and I'll be putting the end of year lists up next week, but this is, for me, the end of 'Tourist'.

Be good.

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'How Shakespeare Got His Groove Back.'

Ask the average man who wrote the plays entitled Hamlet, Romeo And Juliet, King Lear and Othello, and in most cases he'll snap confidently back with "The immortal Bard of Stratford-Upon-Avon." Ask him about the authorship of the Shakespearean sonnets and see if you don't get the same reply. Now put these questions to to certain literary detectives who seem to crop up every now and again over the years, and don't be surprised if you get answers like Sir Frances Bacon, Ben Johnson, Queen Elizabeth and possibly even Gabrielle Batistuta. The most recent of these theories is to be found in a book I have just read that attempts to prove conclusively that the real author of Shakespeare's works was Christopher Marlow. The book makes a very convincing case, and when I got through reading it I was not sure if Shakespeare was Marlowe or Marlowe Shakespeare or what. I know this, I would not liked to have cashed cheques for either one of them - and I like their work. No, in trying to keep the the above mentioned theory in perspective, my first question is this: If Marlow wrote Shakespeare's works, who wrote Marlowe's? The answer to this lies in the fact that Shakespeare was married to Anne Hathaway. This we know to be factual. However, under the new theory, it is actually Marlowe who was married to Anne Hathaway, a match which caused Shakespeare no end of grief, as they would not let him in the house. One fateful day, in a jealous rage over who held the lower number in a bakery que, Marlow was slain - slain or whisked away in disguise to avoid charges of heresy, a most serious crime punishable by slaying or whisking away or both.
It was at this point that Marlowe's young wife took up the pen and continued to write the plays and sonnets we all know and avoid today. But allow me to clarify. We all realise Shakespeare (Marlowe) borrowed his plots from the ancients (moderns): however, when the time came to return the plots to the ancients he had used them up and was forced to flee the country under the assumed name of William Bard (Hence the term "Immortal Bard") in and effort to avoid debtors prison (hence the term "Debtor's Prison") Here Sir Frances Bacon enters into the frame innit. Bacon was an innovator of the times who was working on advanced methods of refrigeration. Legend has it he died attempting to refrigerate a chicken. Apparently the chicken pushed first. In an effort to conceal Marlowe from Shakespeare, should they prove to be the same person , had adopted the fictitious name Alexander Pope, who was actually Pope Alexander, head of the Roman Catholic Church and currently in exile owing to the invasion of Italy by the Bards, last of the nomadic hordes (the Bards gave us the term "immortal bard") , and years before had galloped off to London, where Raleigh awaited death in the tower.
The mystery deepens for, as this goes on, Ben Johnson stages a mock funeral for Marlowe, convincing a minor poet to take his place for the burial. Ben Johnson is not to be confused with Samuel Johnson. He was Samuel Johnson. Samuel Johnson was not. Samuel Johnson was Samuel Pepys. Peyps was actually Raleigh, who had escaped from the tower to write Paradise Lost under the name of John Milton, a poet who because of blindness was accidentally hanged under the name of John Swift. This all becomes clearer when we realise that George Elliot was a Woman.
Proceeding from this then, King Lear is not a play by Shakespeare but a satirical but a satirical revue by Chaucer, originally titled 'Everyone Loves a Gobby Northerner', which contains in it a clue to the man who killed Marlowe, a man known around Elizabethan times (Elizabeth Barret Browning) as 'Old Vic'. Old Vic became more familiar to us later as Victor Hugo, who wrote 'The Hunchback Of Notre Dame', which most students of literature feel is merely 'Coriolanus' with a few obvious changes. (Say them both fast.)
We wonder then, was Lewis Carroll caricaturing the whole situation when he wrote Alice In Wonderland? The March Hare was Shakespeare, the Mad Hatter, Marlowe, and the Doormouse, Bacon-or the March Hare, Marlowe-or Carroll, Bacon and the Doomouse Marlowe-or Alice was Shakespeare-or Bacon-or Carroll was the Mad Hatter. A pity Carroll is not still alive today to settle it. Or Bacon. Or Marlowe. Or Shakespeare. The point is, if you're going to move, notify your post office. Unless you don't give a shit about posterity.

Elliott Smith * Everything Reminds Me Of Her.

Till, well, actually,,,, never.

Big love to anyone who read us and enjoyed, if not, go suck a fucking lemon and I'll leave the last word to some who deserves it.

"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. "

Moogar. X.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Mixed Up In The Hague Vol 1.

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Well, we wern't gonna put any more posts up till the end of years polls next week but what with Christmas fast approaching we thought we'd toss you one last little prezzie to warm the cockles.

What with the shitehawks draining your account over at eBay and the near pathalogical devotion by a limited few, there are a few records that enter musical folklore as ungettable - with the average punter left to wonder what it must sound like and bemoan the fact that they'll never get near it.
But hush, because what's this I've just come across in the memory banks of thye top secret supa-computa here at Tourist Towers? It's only I-F's 'Mixed Up In The Hague Vol. 1', a record that is widely credited as being the best Italo/Electro mix of the past decade, a mix that in it's original form changes hands for the kind of dollar-dollar bill that makes your eyes water despite it only ever being released on measly CDR.
Seriously though, a crafty adjunct of the Parallax Corporation, I-F's legendary mix really has to be looked at as a masterclass in the art of mixing, taking the blueprint as classic Italio-disco and the golden-age of European electro, I-F stirs together the likes of Alexander Robotnick, Doctor's Cat, Klein & M.B.O. and Mr. Flagio alongside Patrick Cowley and Giorgio Moroder, before topping it all off with teh spannered Autechre-isms of E.O.G, updates from Alden Tyrell and beat-box stylings from Man Parrish. Blessed by the fact it doesn't contain a second of extraneous material (honestly - there's not a below par track in there), I-F capitalises on his keen ear by constructing a mix so intuitive it'll have you wondering how two decks and a mixer can sound so damn good.
Rightly considered by most as who know it as 'the holy grail' of mixes that created the revival of italo-disco and still sounding incredibly fresh today even though it was put together almost 11 years ago. HOT!!

1. E.O.G. * Solid Liquid
2. Patrick Cowley * Primitive World
3. Pluton & Humanoids * World Invaders
4. Giorgio Moroder * Chase
5. Man Parrish * Manmade
6. The Jonzun Crew * Space Is The Place
7. Charlie * Spacer Woman
8. Q * The Voice Of Q
9. Hipnosis * Blade Runner (End Title)
10. Message From Future * Robot Is,,,,,
11. Alden Tyrell * Love Explosion
12. Kraftwerk * Tour De France (Francois K Remix)
13. Camaro's Gang * Super Shuffle
14. Alexander Robotnick * Problèmes D'Amour (Midnight Version)
15. Mr. Flagio * Take A Chance
16. Klein & M.B.O. * Dirty Talk
17. B.W.H. * Livin' Up
18. Doctor's Cat * Feel The Drive (Instrumental)
19. Sun-La-Shan * Catch
20. Electronome * Een Drumcomputer En Een Synthesizer III
21. Electronome * Influence
22. A Number Of Names * Sharevari (Vocal Version)

Mixed Up In The Hague Vol. 1. * Compiled By I - F.

Till next time.
Big love. Moogar. X.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Optimo Pres: Psych Out Mix + Your Xmas Party Weekend sorted.

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Right then, last of the 'mix week' series now. We've pretty much posted one of our favourite mixes every day for 10 days, (except for Saturday and Sunday) and with this last one we thought we'd bring you something a bit special.
We bring you the thoroughly bloody excellent 'Psyche Out' mix by the Optimo lads that brilliantly alternates between acid house, sleazy funk & psychedelic rock. The mix was released on the equally bloody wonderful 'Eskimo' label back in 2005. The surprise was that hardly any time had passed since the critically acclaimed 'Kill The DJ' mix had come out, in fact it was a matter of a few months. Now without being cynical and accusing the chaps of trying to flood the market in a way not seen since Sasha & Digweed in the late 90's this seemed a rather strange move. That is until we find out that there was actually meant to be a nine month gap between the two mixes coming out but due to various problems holding up the release of 'Kill The DJ' they ended up coming out far closer together than anyone intended.
Anyway, with 'Psyche Out' they wanted to do something very different from the 'Kill The DJ' mix and came up with the idea of doing something vaguely psychedelic in flavour. They also wanted to let the tracks play a little longer which is why this mix has half the number of songs that 'Kill The DJ' did. Apart from a couple of tracks, almost everything on this mix is at least ten years old with a couple of songs dating back to the 1960's. The trade mark quality control that the Optimo lads are known for dictated that even with the 'Kill The DJ' album still warm on the shelves it would have been far easier for them to put together a bunch of what were then current 'killer' tracks and bang it out to make a quick buck, but as ever they wanted to ensure that everything on it was something they genuinely loved ensuring that it wouldn't date quickly.
Coming only a few months after their How to Kill the DJ 2 mix, Psyche Out is indeed heavy. HTKTDJ was impossibly flashy and virtuosic - all jump cuts between scene, sound, and mood. Psyche Out is less manic, more rolling, brooding, cosmic. If anything unites the 40 years of music here, it's the compulsive, hypnotic power of repetition. From psyche rock to krautrock to disco to acid house, the tribe vibe of dancing your arse off in a dark, smoky room (or zoning out) though that takes us dangerously close to Lazer Floyd territory so best to keep moving). Still, that definitely does trump doing coke in the toilets and 'networking' all night long.

1. Vapourspace - Gravitational arch of 10
2. Hawkwind - Hash cake '77
3. Silver Apples - Oscillations
4. Delia Gonzales and Gavin Russome - Rise (DFA mix)
5. Dorau / Kohncke - Durch die nacht (Geiger mix)
6. Fast Eddie - Acid Thunder
7. Sinnamon - He's gonna take you home to his house (instrumental)
8. Herbie Hancock - Raindance
9. Sweet Exorcist - Mad Jack
10. Damien Donato - Life Support System
11. Throbbing Gristle - Hot on the heels of love (Carl Craig reversion)
12. Hole In One - Game from the planet onchet
13. The Stranglers - Bear cage
14. Mr. Fingers - Washing machine
15. Chris and Cosey - Walking through heaven
16. Skatt Bros - Walk the night
17. Acid Test - Test one / Simple Minds - Theme for great cities
18. The Step - Yeah you (Robert's mix)
19. Systeme Imaginique - The Sublime moment
20. The Temptations - Papa was a rollin' stone
21. Koenig Cylinders - Carousel
22. Dinosaur - Kiss me again
23. Chamber Bros. - Time has come today
24. Sons and Daughters - Johnny Cash

Optimo Prestents: Psyche Out.

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Well, it's almost here, the end of the year known as 2009 and the close of the 1st decade of the noughties. We'll be going through all the usual best of's, top 10's and such next week in a bumper edition of Tourist once all the usual rasclarts involved have returned their lists and the overworked helper elves here at Tourist Towers have collected and collated all the festive data. Untill then, a couple of big, BIG hitters to tell you about this weekend as we dive headfirst into the collaterall damage of chardonnay, fingerfood and uncomfortable drunken gropes that is the Christmas party season. Regarde,,,,

Friday 18th. KlickKlack Presents,,
Nima Gorji (Welt Recordings/Cecille/Safari Electronique)
@The Cosmic Ballroom.
11PM till 4AM.

Born in Iran in 1972, and since the early eighties a citizen of Denmark, he has been surrounded by music all his life. His father being a keen musician, Nima quickly found out that he wanted to follow in his old mans touring footsteps. At the tender age of 18 Nima had his first stint behind the decks at a local club and hasn't looked back since. From arriving in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, Nima instantly started making an impact on the clubscene, being a resident at the now legendary LUST nights which introduced the city to the concept of wednesday night clubbing alongside major guest DJs as Francois Kevorkian and Les Rythm Digitales back in the late 90's.
Nima quickly got his own night at RUST CLUB keeping his strong position as one of the city's most important djs with his unmatched skills behind the decks. After two remixes for a major label which was part of a certified Gold single release, Nima now focused on creating his very own label WELT RECORDINGS.
In the autumn of 2005 Nima moved IBIZA and managed to succesfully establish himself in the society of the island. Within few months he had made his way to PACHA and quickly created a buzz around his dj set's. Not long into 2006 he had landed himself a friday morning residency on the world famous terrace at SPACE. More recently in Ibiza he has been playing for big nights such as MONZA @ PRIVILEGE, IBIZA UNDERGROUND and who can forget his memorable set at ZOO PROJECT this year, many regarding this as the greatest party of the whole season.

With support:

Doog
Neil Harker
Shaun Estrago
+ Special guest Dean Killen

in the boudoir Heavyweight Dubstep
Dynamix
Funk Ethics

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Next up on Saturday we have this little number,,,,

Xmas Parties are supposed to be all about fun, so we've invited the original party starter, GREG WILSON, to host our Disco-Boudiour for our festive special.
The man needs no introduction, so why the hell would we give him one!!!
Simply not to be missed.

We've also invited 2 of our other favourite northern DJs to host the groundfloor, taking things that little bit deeper...

ALEX GRZYBOWSKI (Suruba, 2020Vision, Asylum)
&
SI QUICK (Habit)

As ever support comes from our residents...
Geoff Leopard
Last Waltz DJS
Remember, this is our "Of
fice Party" so bring your worst tie and your best corny chat up-lines, as it's going to be Miseltoe-a-go-go!

Expect...

*Leftfield Xmas Decor
*Office Fancy Dress Theme (Sultry Seceretarys and IT-Geek Chic)
*Warm Chardonnay in a Plastic cup on arrival

D A D A
Xmas "Office Party"

Featuring

GREG WILSON (Credit to the Edit 2 Tour)
ALEX GRZYBOWSKI (2020 Vision, Asylum, Suruba)
SI QUICK (Habit:)
Geoff Leopard
Last Waltz DJs

Saturday 19th
The Cosmic Ballroom
11-4am

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Till next time.
Big love. Moogar. X.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Disco Bloodbath Mix.

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Disco Bloodbath has risen rapidly since starting back in mid 2007, beginning in that shady old Caribbean restaurant in darkest Dalston. With a mix of disco, italo and early house attracting a healthy following I'm told, that fancied a change from the usual fashionista style, trend led London nights. Bloodbath has changed venues now multiple times due to the sheer demand for space on the dance floor, and with The Sunday Times recently name checking them in an article about the capital's disco renaissance, it looks like the early success and promise is set to continue.
As well as their own club chances are that if you've ever stumbled out of a steamy main room at Bugged Out!, Secretsundaze or Fabric and found yourself strutting to a string-laden disco odyssey, it's likely Disco Bloodbath were responsible.
Whether the success of Disco Bloodbath and other heavyweight disco nights the like Horsemeat Disco, is a reaction to dance music's general shift to harder, fist-pumping sounds in recent years is not for me to say. It's clear that with a good crowd, a set of genuinely interesting DJ's and a real sense of fun, it's likely that the disco vibes will continue to reverberate round the country for a very long while.
The mix kicks off with one of my favourite tracks of the year, the magnificent Buio Omega by Clap Rules and 0over the course of 90 minutes takes in tracks from the likes of Altair Nouveau, Bobby O, Legend, Phoreski, Azari & III, Neurotic Drum Band, Mystery and more.

Disco Bloodbath Mix.

Till next time.
Big love. Moogar. X.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Salvatore Principato (Liquid Liquid) Mix.

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Another of my favourite mixes from the last 18 months comes in the form of a mix that Salvatore Principato from seminal NY post-punk outfit 'Liquid Liquid' did for Tim Sweeney's excellent 'Beats In Space' radio show. Packed full, as you'd expect, of ABSOLUTE killers.
Enjoy.

Tracklist:

1. Y Pants - Off The Hook - 99 Records
2. Liquid Liquid - Rubbermiro (The Loving Hand Rmx) - Domino
3. Beegees - Cole Medina Edit - American Standard
4. Out In The Sticks - Forget Me Vox - Disco Deviance
5. Dennis Edwards - Don’t Look Any Further - Unidisco
6. DJ Kaos - Love The Night Away (Tiedye Mix) - Rong/DFA
7. Laughing Light Of Plenty - The Rose - Whatever We Want
8. Fist Of Facts - Industrial Dub (Mud Edit) - Claremont 56
9. Runaway - Brooklyn Club Jab (Brennan Green Rmx) - DFA
10. Jerome Derradji Vs. Ok Ma - SOS -Stillove4music
11. Patrick Adams - Happy Is The Only Way - P&P
12. Odetta F Gordon - Hit And Miss - Street Beat Reocords
13. The Memphis Horns - What The Funk - RCA
14. The Meters - Funkify Your Life - WB Records
15. The Sequence - Funk You Up - Sugar Hill
16. Slim - Good To Go - T.T.E.D Records
17. Prince - Gay Marvine Edit -
18. Can - I Want More - Spoon Records
19. Kaos - Cerebral Tremelo (Sal P & Brennan Green Edit) - Rong
20. The Beat Broker - Cactus Cooler - Discques Sinthomme

Sal P. (Liquid Liquid) BIS Mix.

Till next time.
Big love. Moogar. X.

Ron Hardy. Live @ Chicago Music Box.

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In a world where tags like 'Legend' and 'Genius' are bandied around with little or no basis for actual status, this is an amazing mix from a legend in the truest sense. Over the course of the 90 recorded here, Ron Hardy plays an absolute shed load of great tracks including 'One For The Money', 'Baby Wants To Ride', 'Welcome To The Club' etc and jams on some fucking crazy backwards version of 'Is It All Over My Face?'
A master class in jacking house, acid and throwing the rule book out the window.

Ron Hardy @ The Music Box, Chicago.

Ron Hardy Live @ Music Box, Chicago - 1986 by R_co

Till next time.
Big love. Moogar. X.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Joel Martin (Quiet Village) * Disco Mix.

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Joel Martin one half of 'Quiet Village' (along with Matt 'Radioslave' Edwards) weighs in with a mix of disco nuggets today. The mix features a number of rare-as-hen's-teeth tracks by the likes of Clymax, Touch of Class and Dennis Coffey. Touch of class for Tuesday innit.

Tracklisting:

1. Bobby Martin - Call Me Your Anything Man
2. Personal Touch - It Ain't No Big thing
3. Touch of Class - I'm in Heaven
4. First Choice - Love & Happiness
5. Cat Stevens - Was Dog a Donut
6. Disco Energy - Disco Energy
7. Demis Roussos - Midnight is the Time I Need You
8. Clymax - Musicland
9. Joni Haastrup - Greetings
10. Barrabas - Woman
11. Rozza & Wine - Disco Boogie Woman
12. Dennis Coffey - Wings of Fire

Joel Martin. Fact Disco Mix.

Till next time.
Big love. Moogar. X.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

MIA & Diplo * Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol 1.

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Something a bit different from the usual style of mixes we post now. This was given out as a CD-R at live shows and never officially released, as such, just take it kind of as the genesis of Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam into M.I.A.
A lot of these tracks came out in other versions on M.I.A's first official album, Arular. On here, as the title suggests, Diplo smashes up the Arular vocals with incidiary stye taking in ragga, hip-hop, electro and 80s pop. The mix with Jay Z's Big Pimpin' is but one stoopid-dumb highlight.
It's not big and it's not clever but just shut ya noise, throw this on and dance. Thats all innit

Tracklisting:
1. Galangaton (Diplo Mix)
2. Galang
4. Fire Bam (Diplo Mix)
5. Fire Fire
6. One For The Head Skit
7. Amazon (Diplo Mix)
8. Definition Of A Roller
9. Untitled
10. MIA
11. You're Good (Diplo Mix)
12. Pop
13. Sunshowers (Diplo Mix)
14. Baile Funk One
15. Bucky Done Gun
16. Baile Funk Two
17. China Girl (Diplo Mix)
18. Baile Funk Three
19. Lady Killer (Diplo Mix)
20. URAQT (Diplo Mix)
21. Bingo (Diplo Mix)

MIA & Diplo * Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol 1.

Till next time.
Big love. Moogar. X.

David Holmes * On The Decks Mix.

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This extremely limited edition mixtape from the Irish DJ and producer is my personal favourite of his. This surfaced around the same time of Holmes' much loved 1998 'Essential Mix' and manages to mine the same infectious blend of uptown euphoria and downtown hysteria. Both are heavy with an extremely rich vein of 60's and 70's funk and r & b, but both are also stitched together and modernized by Holmes' interludes between the decades-old funk songs with instrumentals from The Free Association, Holmes and Steve Hilton's musical side project. Ranging from straight blues to jam-band likenesses to seemingly drug-induced acid trips, the creative instrumentals are so smooth and well-done that they appear improvisational, highlighting Holmes' skill in writing and musical dexterity.
A greater feat is the fact that at no point is Holmes ever in danger of disappearing up his own arse by blindly digging more and more obscure tracks to impress the 'heads'. this is more like he's just dusting off a bunch of classics and showing them in a new light (as on remixes of Verve, Portishead, two of his own tracks as well as excellent cover versions of Light My Fire and Son Of A Preacher man).
Despite the congestion of sounds and styles in this set, the mix is never busy or difficult to follow. And of course, it's never monotonous.

1. Portishead - Over (remix)
2. Jungle Brothers - True Blue
3. Unknown
4. Amanda Shankar - Light My Fire
5. Skinny - Failure
6. Sylvia V - Spinning Wheel (Son Of A Preacher Man)
7. David Homes - Don't Die Just Yet (The Holiday Girl - Arab Strap remix)
8. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony (U.N.K.L.E remix instrumental)
9. David Holmes - Gritty Shaker (Richard Fearless remix)
10. The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
11. David Holmes - My Mate Paul
12. The Beatie Boys - 33% God
13. Skylab - Bite This!
14. Ghostface Killer - Daytona 500
15. Wess and the Airdales - Blackout
16. David Holmes - Freaknik
17. Zeenat Aman - Indian Banger

David Holmes * On The Decks.

Till next time.
Big love. Moogar. X.

Ivan Smagghe. Live @ Resonance Festival.

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Reet then. the overworked hard drives here at Tourist Towers are getting a bit full at the minute so I'm gonna be posting some of my favourite old and new mixes this week, one per day so keep 'em peeled for some classic shizz as well as some that may be new to you. We start off with our friend Mr Smagghe, regarde,,,,,

Back in August, one of 'Tourists' favourite DJ's of recent times Ivan Smagghe, was invited to close the first edition of the 'Resonance Festival' which had taken place over the weekend on several landmarks of Avignon’s medieval city center. So he stepped in on the famous half-collapsed Avignon old bridge and played an extended set which probably wouldn’t fit in a 4am sweaty disco room but, according to all reports, just drove people insane on a red hot sunday afternoon.
No tracklist on this one but amongst the epic 2 and a half hours he clocks up here are the likes of Weatheralls 'Doves' remix, and some tracks from WhoMadeWho, Chilled By Nature, Hector, Robert Hood, Roman Flugal and Walter Jones. Outstanding stuff. Low on BPM but high on substance.

Ivan Smagghe, Live @ Resonance Festival, Avignon, 08/09.

Big love.
Moogar. X.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Lee's Pants And Other Mysteries Exploded!!

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There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is, how far is it from Stowell Street and how late is it open? Unexplainable events occur constantly. One man see's spirits, another will hear mysterious voices screaming 'Haway lasses, come and have a look at Lee's pants!'. What does this all mean? How many of us have not at one time or another felt an ice cold hand on the back of our neck while we were in the house alone? (Not me thank God, but some have.) What is behind these experiences? Or for that matter, in front of them? Is it true that men can foresee the future or communicate with a ghostly being? And after death is it good form to wear deck shoes?
Fortunately, these questions about psychic phenomena are answered in my new, soon to be published book, 'BOO!' I have assembled a remarkable history of supernatural incidents that covers the whole range of psychic phenomena, from thought transference to the bizarre experience of two brothers on different parts of the globe, one of whom had a bath while the other got clean. What follows is a small sample of the most shit-scary and most cellebrated cases I came across during my research for the book.


Apparitions:

On Smarch the 16th in 1982 Mr CJ Dubsquat awoke in the middle of the night and saw his younger brother DP Dubsquat, who had been dead fourteen years, sitting at the foot of his bed kicking chickens. CJ Dubsquat being an inquisitive bloke naturally asked his brother what he was doing there, and his brother said not to worry, he was dead and was only back for the weekend. Dubsquat elder then asked his dead brother what it was like in 'the other world' and his brother advised him that it was not unlike Middlesbrough. He said he had returned from the grave to give his elder brother a message, which was that vests and carrot pants are a big mistake.
At that point Dubsquat's wife entered the room to see her husband and his dead brother singing 'Down The Street' by Big Star with great fervor and promptly passed out. As dawn rose, the ghost walked through the wall, and Dubsquat elder, trying to follow, broke his nose.
When I investigated the background to the case I found more evidence to strengthen the argument that spirits have a tendency to be mischevious which a number of noted psychic investigators of some note, attribute to a marked feeling of inferiority they have due to being 'deed'.

Apperitions are often associated with individuals who have suffered an unusual demise. DP Dubsquat for instance, had die under mysterious circumstances when a farmer accidentally planted him along with some turnips.


Precognition:

Mr. Fenton Allentuck describes the following preconative dream. 'I went to sleep at midnight and dreamed that was playing whlst whilst in a feild of chives. Suddenly the dream shifted and, I saw my grandfather about to be run over by a lorry in the middle of the street, where he was waltzing with a shop dummy. I tried to scream, but when I opened my mouth the only sound that came out was chimes and my grandfather was run over.
I woke up in a sweat and ran across to my grandfather's house and asked him if he was going out dancing with a clothing dummy. He said of course not, although he had contenplated posing as a shepherd to fool some of his ememies. Relieved, I walked home, but learned later that the old man had slipped on a chiken-salad sandwich and fallen down in Eldon Square.

Precognitive dreams are to common to be dismissed as pure coincidence. Here a man dreams of a relative's, and it almost occurs. Not everyone is so lucky. In early 1992, Mr R Grimbles of Hendon dreamed he had won 'spot the ball' in the Chronicle. When he awoke his bed had floated out to sea.


Prognostication:

Finally, we come to Aristonidis, the Sixteenth-Century count whose predictions continue to dazzle and perplex even the most sceptical. Typical examples are:

"Two nations will go to war, but only one will win."
(Experts feel this probably refers to the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05- an astounding feat of prognostication, considering the fact it was made in 1547.)

"A man in Istanbul will have his hat spoiled."
(In 1860, Abu Hamid, Ottoman warrior, sent his cap tp the dry cleaners, and it came back with spots on.)

"I see a great person, who one day will invent for mankind a grament to be worn over his trousers for protection while cooking. It will be called 'Abronn' or 'Aprone.'"
(Aristonidis meant the apron, of course.)

"A leader will emerge in France. He will be short and will cause great calamity."
(This is a reference to either Napoleon or Marcel Lumet, an eighteenth century midget who instigated a plot to rub mayonaisse on Voltaire.)

"In the Southern hemisphere a man named Peter Andre will rise with unexplicable powers and become famous."
(No explination necessary.)

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NOW IT'S MUSIC STUFF INNIT:
Bunch of mixes this week from Brennan Green, Danton Eeprom, Andrew Weatherall and Leo Zero. There's also a pretty amazing 2 and a half hour live Ivan Smagghe mix I'm busy uploading at the mo' that I'll put up tomorrow so keep ya eye's peeled for that one. Also, the Brennan Green mix is in MP4 format so you might need to download a player for it, but I'd recommend that you did as the mix is pretty special. You can download the VLC player here for free to play MP4 format.

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New York City DJ and producer Brennan Green has carved his own little niche in dance music's leftfield—between his genre-bending DJ sets and releases on Modal, Balihu, and his own Chinatown imprint, it's hard to predict exactly what kind of otherworldly sonic experience he's about to cook up. On this mix, Green takes it to a whole other level, largely ditching the house and disco sounds he's often associated with in favor of a lengthy psychedelic journey through downtempo, prog, funk, Krautrock, and other sounds on the outer reaches of the aural spectrum. With a protracted moment of silence dedicated to Michael Jackson segueing into a Bruce Springsteen re-edit, it's pretty clear that this isn't the average DJ mix.

Tracklisting:

1. Supersempfft * Pipe Dreams On A Lilypad
2. The Orb * A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld (Orbital Dance Mix)
3. Robert Quine & Fred Maher * Dark Place
4. Rolling Stones * Heaven
5. F.U.S.E. * Dimension Intrusion
6. Air * Modular Mix
7. Kenny Hawkes * Sex Propella
8. Skylab * Seashell
9. Simple Minds * Today I Died Again
10. Brian Briggs * AEO (Parts I & II)
11. Parliament * The Goose
12. Greek Buck * The Music Lover's Butt Is Love
13. John Lennon & Yoko Ono * Two Minutes Silence (dedicated to Michael Jackson)
14. Bruce Springsteen *State Trooper (Brennan Green Suicidal Edit)
15. Ippu Do * IN Side/OUT Side
16. 400 Blows * Perspective 5
17. Ippu Do * OUT Side/IN Side
18. Sons Of Aroa * Be Wise In The Way Of Plants
19. B2 Unit * Riot In Lagos
20. Nu Era * Cydonia
21. Koro Osanago * Mini-Klik
22. Berührt Verführt (Brennan Green/Yas Inoue edit)

Brennan Green * Mix 06/08/2009

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A really tasty mix from last year from another of my favourite producers/DJ's Danton Eeprom now. This first appeard on the excellent 'Get The Curse' website and has been a staple on the stereo here at Tourist Towers ever since.

Danton Eeprom * Get The Curse Mix 09/08

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A recent mix from Mr Weatherall now. Recorded just last month Weatherall turns in a masterclass in WELL dark and dubby disko. A proper blinder.

1. Jahmarama * Knights of the Occasional Table (Dubmission)
2. Love Of Jah Light * RSD (Punch Drunk)
3. Carbon Dub * Brommage (White Label)
4. Direct Action (Weatherall Remix) * Radical Majik (Rotters Golf Club)
5. 91 Ahead * Chaton (Plak)
6. Cabin Fever Vol. 8 * Bate N’ Lemm (Cabin Fever)
7. Marsalissa * Andreas Toth (CDR)
8. Transposer * Markus Homm (High Grade)
9. Ultimo * Tom Clark (High Grade)
10. Built Back Higher (Radical Majik Remix) * Andrew Weatherall

Andrew Weatherall * Bastard Dancehall Mix.

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Strut's newest celebration of Ze Records' rich catalogue is a great snapshot of some of the influential label's classic jams - and it's been in heavy rotation on my CD player for the last month or so. I've always loved Ze's mix of rock and funk and disco and soul and post-punk and the truly diverse and very cool roster of bands. Leo Zero sheds light on even more quality tracks on this promo mix which includes several tracks not featured on the Ze 30 compilation and also acts as a window into Strut's next collaboration with Ze - an album of DJ edits of Ze tunes that include's edits from Leo Zero, Pilooski, Todd Terje, Rub N Tug, Idjut Boys and Optimo. In the meantime get yer groove on to this little mix!

1. Don Armando * I'm An Indian Too
2. Coati Mundi * Say Hey
3. Sweet Pea Atkinson * Dance or Die
4. Daisy Chain * Time to Stop
5. Kid Creole & The Coconuts * Table Manners
6. Cristina * Ballad of Immoral Manufacture
7. Lizzy Mercier Descloux * Fire
8. Material With Nona Hendryx * Bustin' Out (Seize The Beat Version)
9. Kid Creole & The Coconuts * Something Wrong In Paradise (Larry Levan Mix)
10. Garcons * Encore l'Amore

Ze 30 Mix * Leo Zero.

Till next time.
Big love. Moogar. X.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Carl Sagan.

Bit behind on the Tourist Blog this week due to having a 3 day rinse out at the weekend so here's a quick re-up from my other blog 'Thoughts On Love And Smoking' that I thought I'd share till I get some music up and put some semi-coherent writing together this week. Enjoy.

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Carl Sagan was and still is a huge personal hero of mine and he would have been 75 years old last month if he was still alive. He was an educator, astronomer, best selling author, and creator and host of Cosmos, which to this day remains the most widely-watched series in the American T.V. channel PBS' history. He was every bit the hard-nosed scientist while able to somehow, simultaneously not just recognize but celebrate our humanity which he found to be every bit as wonderful and mysterious as the universe within which we somehow managed to find ourselves.
He did many remarkable things remarkably well before leaving us too soon at the age of 62 in 1996. It seems fitting to remember his life, work and continued impact by noting the incredible things that have been discovered and achieved since his passing that he, no doubt, would have liked very much.
Among those that come to mind are the jaw-dropping images that have been sent back from the Hubble Telescope. We have found evidence of water on Mars and the moon alike. And very recently NASA scientists have determined that amino acids, proteins precursors and the building blocks of life, have been detected on the surface of a comet.
Not as contradictory as it may appear on the surface of things, Sagan was highly skeptical of sightings of UFOs and tales of abductions but was also one of the driving forces behind the quest for signs of life out there and served as a trustee for the SETI Institute whose core mission is to explore and explain the existence of life throughout the universe.
He wanted us to celebrate our lives here on earth and to continue the search for it elsewhere. He simply asked that we embrace and employ good, sound methods, and he was genuinely, infectiously enthusiastic about that.
Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we can revisit his groundbreaking series 'Cosmos' in part or in full any time on Youtube. (since none of us probably have the 12 hours to dig in right now)

"For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love." — Carl Sagan.



Moogar. X.