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.

Jamie who?

Why is everyone I listen to at the moment called Jamie? It’s absurd.

Favourite Jamie: Lidell. Is this guy getting the recognition he deserves or have I just not been paying attention (more likely)?

Favourite track: Burial’s version of Wayfaring stranger is strangely addictive.

Favourite album: James Blake. Funnily enough I don’t listen to it that much. It’s almost like a painting in a museum; I admire it but that doesn’t mean I always enjoy it. I bet it sounds amazing live though.


  • Street – Jamie Woon
  • Your sweet boom – Jamie Lidell
  • Far nearer – Jamie XX
  • Air and lack thereof – James Blake
  • Night air (Ramadanman refix) – Jamie Woon
  • NY is killing me – Jamie XX and Gil Scott-Heron
  • Multiply (Herbert’s Hoedown Bump) – Jamie Lidell
  • Multiply (Hot Chip mix) – Jamie Lidell
  • The City (Four Tet mix) – Jamie Lidell
  • Wayfaring stranger (Burial remix) – Jamie Woon
  • The Wilhelm scream – James Blake
  • Compass – Jamie Lidell
  • She needs me – Jamie Lidell
  • Multiply in a minor key – Jamie Lidell


I have seen a fair bit of the Swedish crime series Wallander on BBC iPlayer recently and have to say I’m growing increasingly fond of the series (this is the Swedish version, with Krister Henrikson as Wallander). This surprised me as I’ve never regarded Wallander or his creator Henning Mankell particularly highly before. I reckon the gorgeous soundtrack by the Fleshquartet has got something to do with it.

Listen to the beautiful song Quiet Night, sung by Anna Ternheim.

The full score is available on Spotify at Fleshquartet – Wallander – The Music (American amigos: in case you didn’t know, Spotify is now available in the US – let me know if you need an invite so that you can support Swedish entrepreneurship : )


Last weekend the Cambridge Folk Festival took place, and the highlight was no doubt – with all due respect to Laura Marling who was also brilliant – Katzenjammer: four very talented girls from Norway who play some kind of balkan-inspired polka punk.

Now I feel like I should say something profound about the massacre at Utöya a couple of weeks ago but it has left me speechless.

Click here to watch the YouTube mix for Katzenjammer. It will cheer you up.

Baobinga in the mix for Pitchfork

Paving the way for the upcoming album ‘Joint Ventures’, Baobinga has thrown together this mix tracing a line from sample-laden acid house of 20 years ago to the jump-up sample-laden dubstep for which the Bristol native is typically known.

If you’re looking for nostalgia, or an education on the history of dance music rhythms, or scrub that, let’s say something to practice those latest Zumba moves to, check out the Joint Fixtures mixtape.

For more info and tracklist, see Pitchfork. (And don’t the image fool you, I’m sure he’s a very nice man who’d get on fab with your ma).

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)



Francois K at Cielo: refreshing in every way

It’s refreshing to know that the guy that remixed Chaka Khan and Prince to such great effect back in day is still around.
It’s refreshing to hear uplifting house music verging on disco still has a place in the world.
It’s refreshing to feel the glow of early-evening spring-time.
It’s refreshing to know that you can just dip into SoundCloud and end up with a smile on your face.

Feeling like some refreshments?

Snow turned to gold

Here is a selection of some of my favourite Jari Haapalainen-produced tracks; some old, some new, all beautiful.

Jari Haapalainen is of course The Bear Quartet’s talented guitarist, who, in addition to producing all BQ albums also works a lot with other bands.

WARNING: contains large doses of Scandinavian melankoli. Sensitive souls are advised not to overdose.

Track listing:

Kind of like you – The Tiny
Birds – Frida Hyvönen
Born in the 70s – Ed Harcourt
Dirty dancing – Frida Hyvönen
This one’s for you – Ed Harcourt
Lloyd, I’m ready to be heartbroken – Camera Obscura
Enemy within – Frida Hyvönen
Been cheating – Nicolai Dunger
In reality – The Tiny
All I need – Heikki
Sorry – The Tiny feat. Ed Harcourt
Picking up the pieces – Nicolai Dunger
My gods – Laakso
Visit from the dead dog – Ed Harcourt
Retribution – Nicolai Dunger
French navy – Camera Obscura
I forget – Rebecka Törnqvist
Until tomorrow then – Ed Harcourt

Best of 2010

Finally. Time to get this out before another year passes. Some of the tracks appeared way before 2010, but all rocked my boat over that 12 month chunk.


Space Bass (Jamie xx’s remix of The xx) – The xx

Running Up That Hill (12″ Mix) – Kate Bush

Paris Is For Lovers – Fet et Moi

Ondulation – Shonky

Grande Torino – Agoria

Let’s All Say Hey! (phantim mashup) – Dennis Ferrer vs. Laidback Luke

Poison Lips – Vitalic

Cosmic Love (Short Club Remix) – Florence and The Machine

These Words (Roska’s Speechless mix) – Martyn ft. dBridge

Cockney Flute (Rusko Remix)

Circulate – 2652

Omen – Prodigy

Solar Sailer (Basic Slack Edit) – Daft Punk

The ilicitronix blog has been on fire – you’ll find a few tracks that came my way from that neon corner of the web. The full list of blogs I regularly plunder, erm, I mean visit are available here.

Happy 2011 to all – keep those ears well-nourished 😉


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


  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