Thursday, 27 October 2011
The time will come when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other's welcome, and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself,
to the stranger who has loved you all your life,
whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
A little mellow and reflective mix with a handfulof up tempo moments. Tracks from The Beatles, The Immortals, Can, Holger Cuzaky, Jimi Hendrix and more.
Download 'The smile doesn't always mean I'm happy' mix by Tourist here.
Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Newcastle seems to be going through something of a musical resurgence of late, the last year or so with things becoming far more stripped back and dare I say it, underground, with the emphasis shifting to smaller events with far more interesting acts/DJ's in a far more focused manner. With this ethos in mind, the chaps behind Endless Race have pulled another blinder out of their bag. Following some brilliant nights with the likes of Bill Brewster, Gatto Fritto and Jamie Blanco they're wheeling out an indisputably, blisteringly hot genuine discoid icon in the shape of non other than Daniel Wang! The Balihu Records boss truely is a DJ of rare talent, a huge draw and in demand the world over for more than a decade and a half.
Born in California and raised in Taiwan, the well-traveled producer Daniel Wang has been among the most restless and classically minded members of the dance music community over the last decade. Wang made a name for himself in the mid '90s Chicago house scene with a series of playful, funky, sample-delic 12-inches on his own Balihu label, compiled on 1998's 'I Was a Disco Malcontent: The Best of Balihu Records'. Rooted in the pioneering disco and techno innovations of Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, Francois K and Arthur Russell, the releases earned Wang a reputation for being something of a dance music purist, a notion underscored by his philosophy that the whole of house music can be summed up in 200 pieces of vinyl, while all the rest are merely variations. Later in the '90s, Wang relocated to New York City, where he forged a friendship with the similarly retro-minded Morgan Geist of Metro Area. By this point, Wang had given up on the samples which cluttered his early releases, taking his back-to-basics ethic one step further. He'd also become an avid theremin enthusiast. In 2001, Geist's Environ label put out Wang's soulful, '70s boogie-inspired album Idealism. Given Wang's love for all things disco, he was an appropriate choice to lead off Ghostly Internationals acclaimed 2002 nu-skool electro comp, Disco Nouveau. He does this in style with the thumping, funky, quite cinematic Moroder homage 'Pistol Oderso'.
If that's whetted your appetite sufficiently there's also a brilliant mix from Daniel on the equally brilliant 'Bodytonic' podcast series you can download by following this handy link.
As well as Daniel, there's a whole host of other musical luminaries from near and far on hand to get your night grooving.
On warm up duties in room 1 there's another special guest to get you in a dancing mood in the form of Glasgow’s Jack Archer, who co-runs Habibi and used to co-run Lovebug. Expect wonderful disco and italo-boogie vibes.
Across in room 2 we have local favourites 'Face your Fate DJs' (members of Road to Rimini in a previous life) and another Glasgow disco stalwart, Joel (Slabs of the Tabernacle/Tabernacle Records) who will be taking over in the cinema for the majority of the night. Not sure what they’ll be doing in there, but for sure they’ll be taking the chance to display the versatility of their tastes. You know they only play good stuff, so that’s quite a selection of brilliant music you have in both rooms.So, there you have it. No reason not to be there, unless you’re really not into dancing to great dance music.
Advance tickets for the night are still available by from 'We Got Tickets' by clicking the link here otherwise it's 8 earth pounds on the door or get along early as it's a mere £7 entry before 11pm!!
So just to recap, that's,
Endless Race present:
Daniel Wang and Jack Archer + Face Your Fate DJ's + Joel (Slabs Of The Tabernacle)
@ The Star And Shadow Cinema
Doors 10pm till 4am.
7 quid on the door before 11 and 8 quid after that.
Check the Facebook event page for more details.
Till next time.
Big love. Tourist X.
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
In the compilation-eat-compilation world of dance music in the late 90's, everyone claimed his or her collection was something special. But the truth was that 99 percent of those were nothing but the ghost of a memory by the time the next copy of Mixmag had hit the doorstep. Few comps/mixes had the longevity to hang around the CD tray for much more than a week or so never mind still stand out more than a decade after they were issued. First released in mid 2000 on Nuphonic, '9 O'Clock Drop' is a fucking great compilation of early eighties, largely British, post punk and leftfield electro. This is one of the comps that really helped fuel the wider interest in this music after the overblown pomp and misery of the God-awful Britpop era.
Utterly indespensible and essential listening.
1. Nice Mover * Gina X Performance
2. Dominatrix Sleeps Tonite * Dominatrix
3. Coup * 23 Skidoo
4. My Spine (is the Bassline) * Shriekback
5. Genius * Quando Quango
6. Water Line * A Certain Ratio
7. Vegas El Bandito * 23 Skidoo
8. Black and White Mix Up * 400 Blows
9. P2E remix * Torch Song
10. Warm Leatherette * The Normal
11. October (love song)'86 version * Chris and Cosey
12. Looks Like We're Shy One Horse * Colourbox
13. Warrior Charge * Aswad
Download 'Andrew Weatherall * The 9 O'Clock Drop' here.
Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X