Wednesday, 27 January 2010

The Futures Not What It Used To Be.


Here it comes gusting out of the hollows, breathing hard. December 1989, blood on the horizon, the 80's almost over. There's panic on the wind, the youth of the time waiting to see what final shape the decade will take. Growing up in these years we have seen bright and terrible things. We have been witness to the birth of new kinds of music. In seven or eight years we have seen the the coming of The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, A Certain Ratio, The Smiths, Joy Division and New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen, My Bloody Valentine,,, the list goes on. Technology has given form to electronic music and opened a vein from which acid house and it's subsequent sub-genres will leak into the public consciousness. This is a creative conflagration , the likes of which we shall probably never know again in our lifetimes. To grow up in the late 80's and early 90's is also to be part of a change that feels like revolution. "We want the world and we want in NOW!" Jim Morrison famously declared - and it wasn't as easy then as it is now to laugh at his melodramatic insurgency. The late 80's embrace potentials for freedom, anarchy, drugs, sexual liberation, universal emancipation and the ruin of the old order, which is ailing and arthritic, stumped for what to do next that doesn't involve getting the rest of us dead. For this too is a time of war and riot, assassinations and burning cities, bodies piling up in mounds, martyrs everywhere. The worlds end has more than once seemed close, global firestorms, nuclear meltdowns, mushroom clouds and radiation burns haunting our sleep. The howling of these years then is awful to our young ears, as conflict raged earlier in the Falklands and later in the middle east. By the end of '89 over 20,000 British soldiers are posted abroad in areas of conflict, and boys are coming home in body bags almost as fast as the sweatshops in Eastern Asia can make them. Now the Eighties are almost done and we are waiting for what ever it is that marks it's passing.In 1989 so far, there have already been events that will leave their impression on the times, in London in July, more than 20,000 people gather in a large field just off the M25 for the biggest free party of the year held by the organisers of the now legendary 'Raindance' party's. The next month, a record number of people will attend Glastonbury with a host of burgeoning indie and electronic bands for '3 days of love, peace and music'.No explanation or memories, no long winded explanation can get anywhere near knowing that you were there in that corner of time even if it meant nothing.But the euphoria of the one love nation is still-born, soon overshadowed by by the Hillsborough disaster where 97 Liverpool fans were needlessly killed due to a deadly combination of lack of facilities and organisation as well as gross incompetence from an inept police force. The decades end is also scarred from an increase in violent crime. The feral side of the so-called counter-culture is also unmistakably with us.


Right then, music time. Handful of really nice mixes to download this week. Chuggers of the good variety from Mark E, House of the deep flavour from Achim Brandenburg, and slow burn disco of the highest cliber from London's Disco Bloodbath mob and we draw things to a close with disco of the N.Y. mutant variety from Bill Brewster with


Mark E has launched his own record label, entitled MERC. This is the first mix he's put together to promote the label and site so thought I'd slap it up here for anyone interested. As you would imagine, it's a stellar mix of deep disco and slo-mo house before the tempo picks up and morphs into some Brontasaurus, Nu Groove, Tweakin, Sex Tags & Guidance tracks. Proper case of loads of vinyl and CD’s strewn everywhere on a monday afternoon I would imagine..

Mark E * MercMix 1.


Next up, it's a lesson in deep house with an early morning in Berlin feel then get on this mix from Panoramabar resident Prosumer. A nice Chicago/Detroit feel Achim Brandenburg is a bit of a Chicago house and Detroit techno buff, an area of expertise he first picked up as a record buyer for Hard Wax in his hometown of Saarbruecken. That was during the heyday of soulful house labels such as Prescription, all house stabs and soulful vocals

01. DHS - Hypnosis - Tino Cor
02. Djuma Soundsystem + Flip - This Sound (Murat Tepeli Remix) - Brut!
03. Peace Division - Voodoo - Crosstown Rebels
04. Patrice Scott - Atmospheric Emotions - Sistrum
05. Matthew Styles - Codename Mike - Unreleased
06. Jonzon & Rok - The Lure - Space Teddy
07. Herb LF - City Rush Boogie Dub - Farside
08. Mr G - Balance - Careless
09. Swayzak feat Cassy - Smile and Receive (CassyBeatmix) - !K7
10. Millsart - Humana - Axis
11. DW - Endow - Dow
12. Basic Channel - Phylypstrack II - Basic Channel
13. Chaton - Catch The Beat (Agn?s Redive) - Sthlmaudio
14. Schatrax - Restless Nights - Schatrax
15. Prosumer - Brownstone Mix 1 - Running Back
16. Firesteppa feat. Anna Paidoussi - Caus' I Like - OMW
17. Tyree & Tine Renee - Do Yo! Thang - Supa Dupa
18. Curtis McClaine & On The House - Let's Get Busy (Dub Mix) - Trax
19. Two Of A Kind - Like This - Housetime
20. DJ Funk - We Gotta Love - Dance Mania
21. Renegades Of Rhythm - NuPonty - Vigilante
22. Toronto Track Symphony - Do Me Right - DNH

Achim Brandenburg AKA Prosumer mix.


Great mix now from Londons premier pervavors of all things booty shaking Disco Bloodbath. This was broadcast on Tim Sweeney's 'Beats In Space' show a couple of weeks back and I thought it could do with a re-up on the blog. Get amonst it.

1. Nacho Patrol - El Fuego En Nostros Todo - M Division
2. Dhar Braxton - Jump Back (Dubette) - Sleepin Bag Records
3. Old School Rider - Cabin Fever vol 7 - RKDS
4. Janet Jackson - Miss You Much (Shep's House dub) - A&M Records
5. Ulysses - Latin Combo - Wurst
6. Ganymed - Future World - Bellaphon
7. Mugwump - Parser - R&S
8. Reese & Santonio - The Sound - KMS
9. The Urban Bushmen - Logorhythmic Black - Can Can
10. Neville Watson - Time To Lose Control - Dissident
11. Two of China - Los Ninos Del Parque - Future Dance
12. Jock Hattle - Crazy Family - Market Records
13. Wild Geese - Touch (version) - Flashback
14. Barbara Roy - Gotta See You Tonight (Dub) - RCA

Disco Bloodbath * Beats In Space Mix.


Finally, a great little mix that DJ main man Bill Brewster has put together for the release of Bob Blank retrospective 'The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes 1975 - 1985' on the always excellent 'Strut' record label.
Necessity might well be the mother of invention but poverty is the midwife of genius. New York in the 1970s was broke and broken, falling over and burning down, yet gave rise to one of the most creatively fertile periods in popular music.
At the centre of much of the music made during this fruitful period was maverick producer Robert Blank. His studio, Blank Tapes, was at the centre of the downtownscene throughout much of the 1970s and ’80s, and acted as a crossroads for the disco, Latin, jazz and no wave scenes. The album traces the history of his independent studio, Blank Tapes, one of the city’s most important creative dens during the vibrant arts scene of the mid-‘70s to mid-‘80s.
Blank started out in New York in 1973 as a guitarist before producing one of the first 12″ disco records in ‘75 – Jimmy Sabater’s ‘To Be With You’. He opened his own Blank Tape studios a year later. He quickly became an essential port of call for New York’s artistic community, honing the freeform, anarchic visions of August Darnell, Cristina and Lydia Lunch for ZE Records and, with producers Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael, helping to shape the sound of many disco classics. Musique, Inner Life, Instant Funk and Salsoul Orchestra all recorded classics at Blank Tapes. Arthur Russell also recorded much of his most celebrated disco-related output at the studios under pseudonyms Dinosaur L, Indian Ocean and Felix, as well as “Wax The Van” with Blank’s wife, Lola. Other regulars at Blank Tapes included Latin producer Tito Rodriguez, whose Charanga 76 and Eddie Palmieri recordings with Blank which received Grammy nominations.
The brilliant package features a extensive interviews with Bob Blank about his career in music by Bill Brewster and features some amazing rare archive photos of sessions and clubs from Blank’s personal archive. A must for anyone even remotely interested in theis scene.

1. ORS – Body To Body Boogie
2. Lola – Wax The Van (Jon’s Dub)
3. James Blood Ulmer – Jazz Is The Teacher Funk Is The Preacher
4. Bumblebee Unlimited – I Got A Big Bee
5. Archie Bell – Anytime Is Right
6. Aural Exciters – Spooks In Space
7. Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Darrio
8. The Kay-Gees - Tango Hustle
9. Indian Ocean – Treehouse/School Bells

Blank Tapes Radio Mix * Bill Brewster.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist X.

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