Sunday, 6 December 2009

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.

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