Sunday, 27 February 2011

Splash One present 'Savages Lost Mix'.


To celebrate the release of the new remix EP from Newcastle based band 'Retriever' we've blagged a new mix from the boys at their record label 'Splash One'.
Similarly based in Newcastle 'Splash One' was set up recently when the lads had noticed that something was once again going on in and around the clubs in town, something that’s been missing for a few years but now seemed to be resurfacing, which is kids in bands coming out of the woodwork. There’s some fantastic new Tyneside bands coming dancing at the clubs at the moment, and after chatting to people they had seen drinking or dancing week after week and realising that not only were they in bands but that they were in ‘good’ bands, it just seemed like the right time to start using the Splash One club nights, 'Jukebox' and 'Dragnet' as platforms to show what people what they wanted to do.
The latest fruits born of endeavour from the Splash One stable is a remix EP from Retriever released in collaboration with Berlin's longstanding mutant disco and electronic funk label Relish Recordings. The 4 track's take in the original as well as remixes of the title track 'Murder' by Relish head honcho Robbi 'Headman' Isinna as well as Retrievers label mates Anti Tank and Naked Under Napalm and is well worth a listen.
Anyhow, the chaps thought they would share one of their recent mixtapes with us, and this was what they came up with! The origins of 'Savages Lost Mix' is around a year or so old but manages to sounds box-fresh due to the recent renewed in interest in artists like Nitzer Ebb and the like and makes a great companion piece to the excellent People Get Real 'Alternative New Year Hoedown' mix we posted recently. The mix cuts across dancefloor shaking post-punk, cold wave, EBM and bands more recent artists drawing from that vibe such as current media darlings Factory Floor and the consistently brilliant Battant.
Hope you enjoy,,,,


1. Siouxsie and The Banshees - Christine (Demo)
2. Marie Moor - Pretty Day
3. Cold Cave - Love Comes Close
4. Nyam Nyam - Fate/Hate
5. Padded Cell - Word of mouth
6. The Stranglers - All Roads Lead to Rome
7. Depeche Mode - Never Let me Down
8. Nitzer Ebb - Fun To Be Had
9. Neon Judgement - The Fashion party
10. Grauzone - Film 2
11. Lassigue Bendthaus - Automotive
12. Factory Floor - Lying
13. Suicide - Dream Baby Dream

Splash One present 'Savages Lost Mix'
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Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Friday, 25 February 2011

The Aloof * Sinking


The Aloof we're somewhat of a lost supergroup, their various members and associates being involved in some of the best British records and bands of the last 20 years yet I'd be surprised if 1% of the people who'll read this ever got round to owning 'Sinking'. I know this as almost everyone I know loves this record, yet this is due not to slavish record collecting but to maybe 3 copies of it being constantly passed about, lent and borrowed between my friends during the summer of 96. In fact the copy I ripped this from was, I'm positive once the property of Mr John Arlo Lapworth from the wrong side of the river in sunny Ryton.
Anyhoo, enough misty eyed transgressing and back to the meat and bones of it. Unlike many bands who started out playing more or less straight-ahead rock but in the late '90s began to assimilate electronic elements, the Aloof was formed as a strictly dance squad and only later added a vocalist and employed tighter song structures. The band began in 1990 when DJ Dean Thatcher and producer Jagz Kooner (also a member of 'Sabres of Paradise' alongside Andrew Weatherall) issued the single 'Never Get out of the Boat' on a limited white-label pressing, then on a wider release 8 months later via the legendary 'Flying Records' label, but was only officially launched when 'ffrr Records' gave the single a proper release almost a year later. By then year, the duo added vocalist Ricky Barrow and programmer Gary Burns (also with the Sabres) and recorded several singles for Thatchers fledgling 'Cowboy Records' label.
While playing live PAs at nightclubs around Great Britain, the Aloof grew bored with the burnt-out house scene and had almost, without realising it, become a true live band. Adding drummer Richard Thair (later with Red Snapper) in 1993, the expanded quintet set up their own label, 'Flaw Records', and released their debut album 'Cover the Crime' in 1994.
The album became somewhat of a hit in the British indie charts, and earned the Aloof a contract with East West, which reissued the LP in 1995 and also released their second album, their magnum opus and our focus for today, 'Sinking' one year later. Recorded in a converted Hounslow council flat, and fuelled by Guinness, marijuana, and acid 'Sinking' is a brilliantly realised record of thick floating dub, with Barrows soulful, haunting vocals floating over the devious lines of thick beats with sultry ease, like a tormented postcard home to self-sanity. This, in my opinion is the record that typified the sound of the mid 90's more than any other. The record is sonically equal parts PiL, Studio 1, Massive Attack, The Stone Roses and Primal Scream, without ever really sounding like any (Sinking pre-dates 'Vanishing Point' by 2 years and 'Mezzanine' by 3) and lyrically touches on social consciousness, the mid 90's party drug hangover, weekend excesses, psychosis and political unrest. Uplifting, brooding, sometimes dark but always interesting and never more than right now does it sound like a retrofit for modern beggared Britain.
The group we on to play several festivals during the summer of 1996, opened for 'Leftfield' and had their single 'One Night Stand' reach the British Top 30 later that year. The album 'Seeking Pleasure' followed in 1998, though the group was dropped from East West after weak sales and a shake-up in the label's dance division. By now, almost any inertia had left the group, and Kooner jumped ship soon after, they battled on, moving to 'Screaming Target Records' for 1999's 'This Constant Chase for Thrills' which was at best a lackluster effort, and the group, bereft of most of the original players sadly failed to regain any of the epic drift, majesty and swagger of their sophomore effort.


1. One Night Stand
2. Bittersweet
3. Bitter Sweet
4. Stuck On The Shelf
5. Abuse
6. Wish You Were Here
7. Sinking
8. One Night Stand (2)
9. Hot Knives At Lunchtime
10. Space Dust
11. Losing It
12. Sunk
13. Last Stand

Download 'The Aloof * Sinking'

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

A bunch of Andy Blake (Dissident/Cave Paintings) mixes.


It's no secret that there are 3 or 4 DJ's held in especially high esteem here at Tourist Towers and Andy Blake is one member of that much hallowed group. We always loved Andy's DJ sets and moreover the ethic behind his Dissident label, nearly all tracks sourced mainly from Blake’s circle of friends; the focus was idiosyncratic dance music that touched on house, disco, techno and the psychedelic outer reaches of the Balearic. Among those who contributed to the series were Gatto Fritto, Ali Renault (of Heartbreak), Mark Broom, The Off-Key Hat, Naum Gabo (Optimo’s JG Wilkes) and Blake himself. Following the dissolution of the much loved, and missed Dissident imprint, he has remained an hugely influential figure with his mindburstingly eclectic DJ sets as well as his new 'Cave Paintings' imprint, Blake currently choosing to spend more time in the studio, recording all-analogue, club friendly but uncompromising tracks live in one take, in the true spirit of Chicago house.
As a DJ, his pedigree and influence is considerable with only a handful of DJ's and collectors possessing anywhere near Blakes knowledge of music, as shown by the mixes we've posted. The sets cover almost every conceivable mutated variation of dance music, touching base with everything from uber hard German techno, classic Chicago House and original Disco via Balearic/Cosmic Rock and Turkish psychedelic soul to 60's freakbeat.
We've posted a few of Andys mixes in the past and had a great response to them so we hope you'll enjoy these ones as much as we did.
Also we have to give props to the excellent 'Test Pressing' blog and the ever reliable 'Feel My Bicep' where these ones were originally hosted.

Andy Blake * Strange Days
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Andy Blake * Nuclear Ritual (Music For A World Unknown Volume 12)
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Andy Blake * Mix (F.M.B.)
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Till next time.
Big love, Tourist. X

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Uber Alles


North East record labels, to use a lazy journalistic idiom, are a lot like Buses.
We don't mean that they invlove carrying people and are prone to harmful emmisions, but they do definitely seem to all come at once.
We featured People Get Reals new project, Join Our Club, on a previous post, and we now feel obliged to point out 2 more labels which are not just in the category of 'good local labels', but are simply excellent and just happen to be from the region.

First up is Signals, a project from some (not all) of the people behind one of Tourists favourite (and deeply missed) DJ/Promotion outfits... Road to Rimini.

Signals is only 2 releases old and already they've managed to showcase the diversity that we already associated with their previous projects, or as they describe it...
"House/Techno/Synth Pop/Afro/and most importantly... the Funk"

Their inaugral release 'The One - Lets Get It Straight' managed to impressively combine elements of Early Chicago, via the Hitman and Her and numerous early 80's Discotheques, while rising above it's own influences.
The addition of a remix by Dutch electro legend Legowelt makes this an essential purchase, although you'll be hard pushed to find a vinyl copy now that it's virtually sold out from everywhere that stocked it.

As they describe it, fusing and deconstructing "Hip Hop, Afrobeat, Techno, P-Funk and Dub" their second release 'The Otherside Feat Musa K - Headless Corpse' goes so far beyond a being a musical u-turn from their previous release that it actually seems to traverse dimensions and makes perfect sense as their next step.

It's also a phenomenal record...


[SIG.MMX.II] The Otherside ft Musa K - Headless Corpse/Roadblock by signalsmmx

There's a very long and interesting story regarding how the release came about, which we wont include here because it's theirs to tell, but it's highlights include the 90's, Maxell tapes, driving to Darlington and Nik Kershaw!

You can buy Signals releases from the following link (it's available elsewhere too, but we chose to link to Clone because we're trendy that way)...

Click here for the Clone Records site.

Audio Parallax
Coming from seemingly nowhere, Audio Parallax records have released a flurry of considered Hi Tek Soul releases, all of which sound quite brilliant.

Focusing on local talents and working as community/collective/hivemind/cult (we're not completely sure which is the most apt), people may not have currently heard of artists such as MannMadeMusic, NY*AK or Gareth Cheshire, but based on their musical offerings, they're set for big things (or at least they will be if there's any cosmic justice, which we suspect their isn't, but we're optimists).


APR002: NY*AK - The Vulture [Released 28/01/2011] by Parallax Music Group

We're ashamed to say, while it's just down the road, we've never been to Murton in County Durham, although now we know that it's were label boss David Kenney originates, we can't help but envision the place as being where Dick Jones nicked the idea for Delta City, his futuristic Detroit.

Check out all that's fit to print on their website here

Dave has also produced this mix, which predominantly features his imminent releases...

David Kenney - Eat, Sleep, Dance, Repeat [APR PROMO MIX 002] by Parallax Music Group

Finally, this wouldn't be a true Tourist post without some kind of self serving byline.
The Tourist house band, Last Waltz, will be also throwng their hat into the ring with the launch of their limited vinyl project 'Object of Distraction' in early April.
The first release is a cover of the little known song Criminal World (later covered by Bowie on Lets Dance), featuring a remix by Fat Fuk records Phoreski, as well as their own club interpretation.
1/3 of Last Waltz recently recorded a mix for Spontaneous Rhythm, ANOTHER local label, which time constraints preclude us from detailing too much in this already rediculously long post. Safe to say we'll be featuring info on Spontaneous Rhythm soon enough, but in the meantime...
You can Listen / Download the mix here...

Geoff Leopard - 45 Minutes for Spontaneous Rhythm by Geoff Leopard(Last Waltz)

And familiarise yourself with Spontaneous Rythm here and check them on 'Soundcloud' here people.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Andrew Weatherall * 6 Mix (13.02.11)


The big man recently returned for his latest edition of his 6 Mix residency on his Sunday night BBC Radio 6 show. One of the country's best loved DJ's and producers Weatherall has been thrust back into the public eye as of last November by Primal Scream, when they announced that they'd be touring and performing their Weatherall produced magnum opus - Screamadelica - live for the first time in full. Since then Weatherall has been the subject of an internet fan campaign to get him a weekly radio show to pick up where the much loved, and missed John Peel left off after his untimely death back in 2004. He has confirmed he'll be the Primal's tour DJ when they take Screamadelica on the road over the UK in the spring, celebrating it's twentieth anniversary. As you would expect from Weatherall, in his latest 6 Mix show, he plays a huge variation of music, old and new, from folk to rockabilly, via dub and minimal techno as well as new work and remixes fresh from the Rotters Golf Club studio. In the last 30 minutes he also throws open the doors to the Sunday night disco which features a live 30 minute mix of all things beat-y and banger-y, if that makes any sense? If it doesn't, just have a listen innit folks!


1. the Liminanas * Jes Suis Pas Tres Drogue
2. Wild Nothing * Take Me In
3. RD Burnham * Lekrham Diana Dil
4. The Black Angels * Black Grease
5. Sore Eros * Running Down
6. White Fence * That Mexican Thing/Life Is Too Short
7. Haunted George * The Tomb
8. Seefeel * Faultis
9. Pogo Ltd * Don't Pull Me Down
10. Blank Dogs Goes By
11. Wire Bad Worn Things
12. Pama International Meet Mad Professor * Justified Dub
13. The Two Bears * The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum
14. The Dirtbombs * Cosmic cars
15. Frente Cumniero * Pitchito
16. Gustav Temple And The Blades * Pudding And Pies
17. Secret Lives * Witches
18. Big Boi * Shutterbug
19. Tearist * Headless
20. Pink Industry * Don't Let go

Andrew's Sunday Night Disco:

1. Pablo * Stratus (Weatherall Remix)
2. Alice Gold * Runaway Love (Weatherall Remix)
3. Andrew Weatherall * A Love From Outer Space
4. Soft Metals * Another Goodbye
5. Margo * Vocci Giaga

Download from 'Andrew Weatherall * 6 Mix (13.02.11)

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Saturday, 12 February 2011

I love the smell of nepotism in the morning!


We'd just like to take this quick opportunity to point out that our friends and fellow Newcastle residents 'People Get Real' have a rather excellent new EP out on Beatport for download (The deep-end, proto Tribal Records vibe of 'Let Nobody' being our personal highlight). It's already ruffled more than a few dancefloor feathers and is receiving heavy support from heavyweights like Matt Walsh, Stephan Bodzin, Terry Francis , Kiki, Pig & Dan, Phil Kiernan and X-Press 2!
We think you should buy it, if for no other reason than so the lads can afford new haircuts.

Till next time.
Big love, Tourist. X