Monday, 31 May 2010
Just as the dust settles on Andy Blakes former imprint 'Dissident', his new label 'Cave Paintings', dicated to the rough as you like machine music that lives somewhere in techno, house and ebm territory, has begun to bear it's first fruits. All the tracks are done live in one take on old analogue boxes for a loose, organic and spontaneous feel that its impossible to capture when using computers. For the same kind of reason these, as like the Dissident releases, are only available on 12". The mastering and the vinyl itself are an integral part of the sound.The label will initially be an outlet for Andy's own productions, and on this first release he offers up a ten minute straight-up bass-heavy skeletal club groove with hints of a Latin vibe about it and (on side Y) a more grinding and pounding number, in a Nitzer Ebb on quaaludes fashion, relentlessly developing for a full fourteen minutes.
As one of the most forward looking men involved in British dance music his mixes are always a treat. We've already hosted a bunch of brilliant sets from him and this mix, recorded recently at Sao Paulo's 'Hot Hot Club' is definitely no exception. 2 hours or so of amazing tracks. Hope you enjoy it.
Andy Blake * Live at 'Hot Hot Club' Sao Paulo'.
Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X.
Monday, 10 May 2010
Here's a bluffers guide to Krautrock:
Between 1968 and 1977 bands like Neu!, Can, Faust and Kraftwerk would look beyond western rock and roll to create some of the most original and uncompromising music ever heard. They shared one common goal – a forward-looking desire to transcend Germany’s gruesome past – but that didn’t stop the music press in war-obsessed Britain from calling them Krautrock.
Now with the rise of all things Kosmiche & Kraut in recent years and every minimal house producer and techno DJ professing a long standing love of the genre we thought it only fitting that we get a genuine expert on this gear to take us on a musical journey along the autobahn of all things Germanic. Enter local musician, producer, DJ and bon vivant Mr Michael Clark to step in and provide us the next installment of our 'Are You Local' mix series.
'Oh Yeti!' A Krautrock mix by Mickey C.
01). Amon Duul II _ Archangels Thunderbird
02). Ash Ra - Sunrain
03). Faust - So Far
04). Cluster - Caramel
05). Michael Hoenig - Hanging Garden Transfer
06). Tangerine Dream - Betrayal
07). Michael Rother - Karussell
08). Harmonia - Dino
09). Neu! - Isi
10). Eno Moebius Roedelius - Tzima N'arki
11). Can - Oh Yeah
You can check out more of Mick's musings on music and beyond by checking out his blog here. As well as that, you can check out some of Mick's productions, edits and other work, including his work with fellow Newcastle bods The Last Waltz DJ's on his Soundcloud page by clicking here.
There's also a brilliant documentary screened recently on BBC 4 about Krautrock here for you to enjoy with your eyes here.
Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X.
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Another in our series of 'Local Mixes' for you and this time it's a re-up for a mix we hosted here on 'Tourist' an absolute age ago in late 2008. It's a cracking 'New Wave mix' that I came across when I saw it posted by Tadge on the message board for local club night Habit. We popped it up to give it an airing and was immediately surprised by the large number of downloads for what I expected to be one of the more esoteric mixes we had hosted. I also had a whole bunch of e-mails from some unhappy punters who were trying to download it from the blog after the link had expired so I've re-loaded it for your further delectation. It's a great mix so fill ya boots with it while ye can y'all.
Japan - All tomorrows parties
Gary Newman - Bombers (live)
Yazoo - In my room
A Flock Of Seagulls - European
The The - Giant
Lords of the New Church - Dance with me
Cabaret Voltaire - Sensoria
The Units - High Pressure Days
Blamange - Side Two
Fad Gadget - Coitus Interruptus
Human League - The sound of the crowd
Soft Cell - Memorabilia
Download Tadges 'New Wave Mix', here.