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Tribute to Warsaw

With all due respect to David Bowie, when I listen to the track Warszawa from his Low album I can only think of how  it feeds the conception of a hopelessly dull, depressing city.

For a more rounded picture, here is a selection of 14 tunes with a (sometimes far-fetched, I know) reference to the capital of Poland.

Listen here – tracks are listed below!

Park Lazienki, Warsaw
Warsaw in the sun

Tracks:

  1. Warsaw ragtime – New Orleans Stompers
  2. Warsaw – Dessa
  3. Warsaw or the first breath you take after you give up
    – Them Crooked Vultures
  4. Gangster ska – Warsaw Poland Bros
  5. Warsaw – Groove Armada (James Curd remix)
  6. Warszawa – T. Love
  7. Warsaw – Sneijder (Arctic Moon remix)
  8. Sen o Warszawie – Cieslaw Niemen
  9. Warsawa – 50 HERTZ
  10. Warsaw – Joy Division
  11. Warszawa – Kombajn do zbierania kur po wioskach
  12. Warsaw in the sun – Tangerine Dream
  13. Varshe: Warsaw – Mappamundi
  14. Warszawo, moja Warszawo – Warszawskie Combo Taneczne

Sampled by Miuosh

My obsession with the Polish hip hop artist Miuosh continues. After a year of listening to his stuff practically every day, I started digging into the samples and found some real gems as well as a few odd surprises. Sublime in a funny way.

Tracks:

Love of my life – Wilson Pickett
Don’t leave me lonely – King Floyd
Punish me – Margie Joseph
Fairytale – Alexander Rybak
You needn’t worry now – Smoke
My home – Nneka
I got over love – Major Harris
It’s so hard to break a habit – The Webs
Jeanny – Falco
The way we were – 21st century
Normalnie o tej porze – Kaliber 44
Studda step – Biz Markie
Astrobolid – Jerzy Milian
Eternal love – Stephanie Mills

Pillow Dance Volume 1: the first installment

Here it is.

Fueled by more than a fair share of Balearic and early rave (but not exclusively), Pillow Dance sprang out from a preschooler and his deranged dad’s desire to get the blood flowing towards the end of the day. Pillows are piled high in the middle of the living room, the beats cranked up and we charge tribal-like in a freestyle dance battle.

With the soundtrack, there’s nostalgia but hopefully something deeper, haling back to a time in the late 80’s when spotty white suburban (mainly European) kids discovered a link with disenfranchised urban gay African Americans. Together they set about building a global movement, discombobulated from any one culture, underpinned by beats and bass created by emergent electronic tools such as the Roland TR-808. Sonically, this magpie music was as happy plundering from punk as it was from disco. A particular strand that grabbed me in my Manchester dorm room at the time was the Balearic scene which prided itself on expanding its influences and actively juxtaposing the elements you’d least consider, with the tongue often placed firmly in cheek.

What emerged from this rich tapestry? House music, garage and just about every music genre which now gets labelled as ‘electronica’. It has indelibly impacted hip hop and has traces in most modern pop music.

Well pontificating aside, our pillow dancing sessions are living proof that this music can spark energy across generations. Give it a go and let me know how it works for you…

Tracklisting

Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored (LunaSol’s Acid Hacienda Mix)
Piano Fantasia – Song for Denise
Secchi – Flute On (Voice On)
Primal Scream – I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have
UVX – Bug Dub
KC Flightt – Planet E (House Mix)
Soul II Soul ft Caron Wheeler – Keep on Moving (Big Beat Acapella)-
Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed
Corporation Of One – The Real Life
Vangelis – One More Kiss Dear

Oddities and escapades vol 2

Latest selection of audio slices that are grabbing my goat right now. Some of these tracks have been around for a while (Alexandroid, RA the Rugged Man and Snowboy – actually one of the first albums I owned) mixed up with a bunch of newer numbers.

Given that US Thanksgiving has just passed, I might as well go ahead and say it: I give thanks for all these artists plugging away in their respective genres.

Hope you enjoy.

Tracklisting

Alexandroid – Untitled
Zola Jesus – Vessel
Summer Camp – I Want You
Washed Out – Amor Fati
Ra the Rugged Man – Chains
Shabazz Palaces – Swerve
She Said – Black Leather
Apparat – Ash Black Veil
Snowboy – Mambito
Suckers – A Mind I Knew
Zomby – Natalia’s Song

Oddities and escapades vol 1

here it is. after some time in the making and plenty of tweaking. some old, some new, some newly discovered.

Shiela Chandra – Ever So Lonely
‘the ocean refuses no river’ love the line, not quite sure what the hell sheila chandra is on about. too much time on the ashram munching space cakes, if you ask me.

Rockabye Baby – All Apologies
apparently, according to spin, it’s 20 years since nirvana’s nevermind burst on the scene making grunge accessible to accountants everywhere. with the rockabye project those accountants now have suitable ammunition to send their grand kids to slumberland.

Dan Deacon – Snookered
dan deacon set himself out on a trajectory which severly limited his chances of appearing on ‘idol’ (american or otherwise). thankfully the good ship deacon still sails close to that arc.

Santana – Jingo
santana hits up jingo. a more tribal rendetion regales the quaint new-colonial ‘the endless summer‘ documentary.

Tyler the Creator – Radicalz (NewFuture Remix)
jazz, jazz, jazz. gutteral sax strapped to a military beat as amp live takes on tyler.

The Smoking Time Jazz Club – Shake That Thing
next up new orlean’s smoking time jazz band school us on shaking our thing… lessons take place regularly on street corners across nola.

George Krantz – Din Daa Daa
din daa daa… one of the weirder things to come out of the disco era. man vs drum kit. recently graced the dancefloor at oakland’s layover.

Hollywood Holt, Million $ Mano – The Show
so, who want’s to see the show?

The Uma Uma Truth List – PEACE!!!
shouty, gangly.

Borgore – Sunsets (featuring Diplo)
Very deceptive: from shoegaze to spaz-out. some could say grating. i say addictive.

The Mountain Goats – Damn These Vampires
don’t let this one get in your head. featured on the excellent Merge sampler available from those nice folk at Amazon.

Memoryhouse – Lady Troisieme
delicate ambient balladry.

Another Green World – Another Green Waltz
i never got to whirl-y-gig. this strange slab of woodwind makes me want to chalk this up on my list of regrets.

Breaks a la Brighton

For ages I’ve been meaning to upload something upbeat and energetic to balance my previous post – it’s not winter anymore! Finally then, here are the most upbeat and energetic guys I know: Krafty Kuts, Cakeboy and Askillz, all from Brighton.

Best party music ever, and if you’re old and boring like me I can assure you that it works just as well for long distance running. And kickboxing.

The mixes below are from 2010, 2007 and 2005 and are available at Soundcloud and/or Samurai.fm.


Krafty Kuts (Oct 2010)

Krafty Kuts (Fabric Live)

Cakeboy

Askills

D-10

This forth installment features a catchy tune called “The Bike Song.”  It’s fun!

D-10

  1. AM / FM – !!!
  2. Odessa – Caribou
  3. On The Lam – Kele
  4. The Bike Song (feat. Kyle Falconer, Spank Rock) – Mark Ronson and the Business Intl
  5. Internet Killed the Video Star – The Limousines
  6. One Life Stand – Hot Chip
  7. I Can Change – LCD Soundsystem
  8. Solid Gold – The Golden Filter
  9. Call Your Girlfriend – Robyn
  10. Derezzed – Daft Punk

TF-10

Everyone is giving props to Kanye for his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy so I included him here.  Personally, my props go out to the Dougie.

TF-10

  1. Tik Tok – Ke$ha
  2. Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
  3. Like a G6 (feat The Cataracs & Dev) – Far East Movement
  4. California Gurl – Katy Perry
  5. Fuck You – Ce Lo Green
  6. Billionaire (feat. Bruno Mars) – Travie McCoy
  7. Just a Dream – Nelly
  8. Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, & Bon Iver) – Kanye West
  9. Raise Your Glass – P!nk
  10. Teach Me How to Dougie – Cali Swag District

H-10

H-10 highlights include Titus Andronicus, the return of Courtney’s Hole : )  and a couple songs about the devil.

H-10

  1. American Slang – The Gaslight Anthem
  2. Blue Blood – The Dead Weather
  3. A More Perfect Union – Titus Andronicus
  4. Beat The Devil’s Tattoo – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  5. Skinny Little Bitch – Hole
  6. I Was a Teenage Anarchist – Against Me!
  7. The Devil In Stitches – Bad Religion
  8. Immigraniada (We Comin’ Rougher) – Gogol Bordello
  9. Vampire Money – My Chemical Romance
  10. Yeah Yeah Yeah – New Politics

The 10s for 2010

For me, 2010 was one of the best years of my entire life. So many great events occurred in 2010, but none as important as marrying my love Abby. The music was great too.

Each post will contain a list of 10 songs with somewhat of a theme. Don’t think too hard. I’m not very creative when trying to put together song lists with a specific theme in mind so I just went with genre.  Enjoy!

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  1. Floating Vibes – Surfer Blood
  2. Boy – Ra Ra Riot
  3. Friendly Ghost – Harlem
  4. This Too Shall Pass – OK Go
  5. Holiday – Vampire Weekend
  6. Animal – Neon Trees
  7. Heavy In Your Arms – Florence and The Machine
  8. The Ghost Inside – Broken Bells
  9. Post Acid – Wavves
  10. Month of May – Arcade Fire