Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #21): Nuyorican Soul feat. Jocelyn Brown – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun (4hero Remix)

“The most important thing about any version of ‘I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun’ is the fact that it’s a great, incredible song at the heart. The energy of Charles Stepney’s arrangement will inspire anyone who does a version of that song” – Marc Mac Reinforced Records celebrate their 30th anniversary this year;Continue reading “Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #21): Nuyorican Soul feat. Jocelyn Brown – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun (4hero Remix)”

Killer Smile (The sequel I never thought I’d write)

“The name Killer Smile just seemed to fit with our vision of the label, a multi-genre label putting out dancefloor tracks built around killer breaks and basslines, as well as more emotive tracks made to put a smile on your face…” There’s music that captures and echoes a beautiful time and place, staying with youContinue reading “Killer Smile (The sequel I never thought I’d write)”

Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #16): Bay B Kane – Seconds & Hours (Unfolding Perspective II)

“The words ‘Every second takes an hour’ explained perfectly the strange time-warp-like atmosphere in ‘The Fridge’; it was so easy to lose track of time in there. Then the next line ‘and each one seems the last’ illustrates that feeling of impending doom that I felt at the time …” I have been contemplating aContinue reading “Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #16): Bay B Kane – Seconds & Hours (Unfolding Perspective II)”

South Coast Vibez: Rotation Audio

“I wanted to use a methodical, timeless word, which could have different meanings. Obviously, ‘Rotation’ for circular motion on a turntable, ‘Rotation’ in life’s cycle, ‘Rotation’ in art forms that appear, fade, reappear, ‘Rotation’ as a whole; and then ‘Audio’, because audio production is what we’re involved in”. I have been browsing through my notesContinue reading “South Coast Vibez: Rotation Audio”

On The Outside, Looking In Vol. 1: Sicknote x Soul Beat Runner

Most of the blog’s features are thematically based on informal conversations with my guests. Although I often include verbatim excerpts, it’s been a long time since I posted an actual interview. This is the first installment of a new category introduced to replace one of the blog’s oldest series “Jump The Q”, which has unceremoniouslyContinue reading “On The Outside, Looking In Vol. 1: Sicknote x Soul Beat Runner”

Wandering around invisible cities

GodIsNoLongeraDj cameo appearance for Vykhod Sily Podcast Vykhod Sily (loosely translated into ‘The way the force is coming through’) is a podcast series launched and curated by DJ Rustee (from the Special Request Crew, based in Yekaterinburg, Russia) in 2013. Profoundly influenced by the Autonomic movement and modern electronica, the musical canvas covers a wideContinue reading “Wandering around invisible cities”

“What came first, the music or the obsession?” – Part 2

“We’re suddenly in a period when it’s de rigueur to buy records” – Alan Scholefield, Honest Jon’s Records, London “… but those clerks are still there, still sneering at your bad choices, offering you an understated but supportive raise of the eyebrow for your good ones.” – Nick Hornby, writer “There was always interesting musicContinue reading ““What came first, the music or the obsession?” – Part 2”

Tune Of The Day #3 – Review for drumtrip.co.uk

T.Power – Prospect For Democracy – S.O.U.R. (SOUR029/TPOW001R, 1995) This is my third contribution to the oldschool specialist blog Drumtrip; a review and the background story behind the track Prospect For Democracy by T.Power. You can view the original post, as well the previous installments of the TOTD series here: In 1992, Dave Stone andContinue reading “Tune Of The Day #3 – Review for drumtrip.co.uk”

Law (drumtrip.co.uk) Jumps The Q

A mini-interview with 22 short questions (some personal, some tricky) looking for equally short answers, addressed to artists, producers, promoters, djs, friends and affiliates of the blog in general. The next international guest featuring in the Jump The Q series of the blog is Dj Law; an old school specialist, the mastermind and curator ofContinue reading “Law (drumtrip.co.uk) Jumps The Q”

Whatever happened to … Foul Play?

The seventh installment of the “Whatever happened to …?” series is dedicated to Foul Play; a pioneering, genre-defining and innovative electronic music act, heralding the transition from hardcore breakbeat to jungle/drum and bass. Being active almost throughout the 90s (the band’s synthesis changed twice during its activity, due to unforeseen circumstances) constantly re-inventing themselves, withContinue reading “Whatever happened to … Foul Play?”