Russ Yallop Pulse Radio Podcast

The Hot Natured New Year’s Day party at new superclub Pulse in Blackfriars was everything we’d come to expect – a sunny sunny vibe (complete with rainbow lasers and plastic palm trees) despite the January chill outside and a line up to blow your socks off. Miguel Campbell, Maceo Plex, Richy Ahmed, Art Department, Robert James and ending with Lee Foss and Jamie Jones as Hot Natured with Ali Love on vocals.

One of the standout sets was an early one by Russ Yallop, and this podcast has been helping me to re-live some of the highlights of the night, complete with heavy basslines and some storming edits of the likes of Donna Summer (Yallop’s remix of Louie Fresco‘s So Good, forthcoming on the excellent No.19 music). Guaranteed to blow the cobwebs away.
Russ Yallop Pulse Radio Podcast by Russ Yallop
Tracklist
1. Adeline Supreme – What You Got (Russ Yallop Mix)
2. Donovan – Not My lady
3. David August – True Romance (Acapella Edit)
4. Ashley Wild – Laced
5. Wildkats – All My Loving
6. Cozzy D – Aphrodite
7. Clinton Houlker – Party 2nite
8. Alexis Raphael – Beverly Hills
9. Eats Everything – Lo To Hi
10. Jamie Jones – Anytime At All
11. Whiff n Pop
12. Oskar Offerman – Fluffer (Russ Yallop Edit)
13. Coat Of Arms – Tone Music
14. Jenkyns – Moola
15. Jamie Jones – Stop Her
16. Louie Fresco – Owl Night
17. Louie Fresco – So Good (Russ Yallop Mix)
18. Clinton Houlker – The Ride
19. Calor & Mikey Gill – Furious
20. Richy Ahmed & Pete Santos – Downtown
21. Rebel – Goose
22. Jenkyns – Marx
23. Flo & Zeo – I Used To Say
24. Adeline Supreme – Under The Moon

Woody’s Christmas Roundup

2009 was incredibly easy to pick a favourite record, it was without doubt the A-Trak remix of Heads Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This year, largely due to writing this blog I think there’s been a lot of chopping and changing my allegiances between sub-genres, and so my top tracks list has to be quite long. As always, there’ve been a lot of records that have had huge associations for places like the Miami Winter Music Conference. Imagine Aeroplane playing Crave You by the pool as the sun set….

Here’s a my top 20 of 2010’s shining stars which had to be very heavily edited down from the shortlist of 45, and a mix by one of the stars of 2011 – our friend Sylvester, recorded at the Mews Sessions.

Sylvester – 2010 What A Year

Minnie’s Top 20 2010
Flight Facilities – Crave You
Azai & III – Reckless With Your Love
Crookers – Cooler Couleur (Junkie XL remix)
Breakbot – Baby I’m Yours
Justin Martin and Ardalan – Mr Spock

Round Table Knights – Cut to the Top
Cassius – I Love You So
Chromeo – Don’t Turn The Lights On
New Young Pony Club – Chaos (Rory Phillips remix)
Groove Armada – History

Massive Attack – Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix)
Tensnake – Coma Cat
Black Van – Yearning
Marcos Cabral & Shux – Lifetime Groove
Soul Clap – Extravaganza

Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
Nicolas Jaar – El Bandido
LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yourself Clean
Blamma! Blamma! – Beyond 17
The Revenge – Night Flight

Phlip It & Reverse It…

J. Phlip is one of those rare gifted DJs who I love to listen to…”, says Claude Vonstroke. J.Phlip is Jessica Phillipe from Illinois, in fact from a town just 2 hours south of the City of House to be precise. She’s an official member of the dirtybird crew and is currently Claude Vonstroke’s right-hand woman, warming up for him at a string of big name events with her genre-bending sets. In short, J.Phlip started out on a $100 roughed-up set of old belt drives, secured a residency in San Fran., signed to dirtybird, then caught the Berlin bug in Spring 2010 and is supposedly now in Europe.

Collaborations and remix opportunities with the dirtybird family truly show off her production. Most notable is the bass-heavy 2009 hit California; a collaboration with the main man himself. To get a bit more familiar with her style, there’s also her original dirtybird release Rumble Rumble from 2008, or more recently, Droppin Bomz On Your Momz from May this year. She has strayed away from dirtybird at times and Beatport can show you a number of other releases for labels such as Airdrop, Full Flavour and Nightlight Music.

The J. Phlip SoundCloud page houses at least half a dozen great mixes for promo, Proton and Buzzin Fly. What really inspired this post is a vinyl-only mix called The Other Side; highly sentimental, it’s her last vinyl-only mix, recorded in 2006 when she was still in college. There’s a little bit of everything spread across the hour and it still sounds so fresh:

J.PHLIP – THE OTHER SIDE (all vinyl promo mix from 2006) by j.phlip

Here’s a more recent one ticking must-haves off a list of huge tracks from this year, whilst brandishing that oh-so distinctive dirtybird sound stamp:

Tick, Tick, Tick… Boom! Mix

Tracklist
01. Inkwell – Kneesocks
02. Frivolous – Rivers Fate
03. Italoboyz – Dandy Short Mix
04. Luetzenkirchen – Prolly Relaxedd
05. Kink – Elevator
06. Sascha Braemer – Plugged
07. John Tejada – Liquid Mirror
08. Mark Henning – Chav Land
09. SIS – Barbarossa
10. Deadboy – U Cheated
11. The Martin Brothers – Duckface
12. Marc Houle – Salamandarin
13. Justin Martin – Get Low
14. J.Phlip – Dropping Bombz On Yer Momz
15. Julio Bashmore – Square One
16. Jonny MegaByte – 1970
17. The Bulgarian – Midnight Light (Kink Ghetto Mix)
18. DJ Slugo – Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Hoe
19. John Tejada – Torque
20. Claude VonStroke & Bootsy Collins – The Greasy Beat (J.Phlip Remix)
21. Deadboy – Brock Lee Riddim
22. Deepchild – Death Panel My Ass Ms Palin
23. SECT – Searching For Santos
24. Nicolas Jaar – Time For Us

For That Healing Feeling…

Todd Terje

So far, so fun! The most important ingredient for successful rejuvenation after Bank Holiday is a healthy slice of top-quality disco. Tried and tested. Some Norwegian-mixed, leftfield disco from April 2008 should do just the trick.

When asked what to expect, Todd Terje explains: “If your wife allows you out for one hour only, but you still want a full DJ set with the slow beginning and the famous end-of-night smoocher, this is for you.”

Todd Terje RA.098 14.04.2008

Tracklist
01. M.I.A. – Paper Planes (DFA Mix)
02. Sly & Robbie – Triplets
03. Chaz Jankel & Laura Weymouth – Whisper
04. !!! – Must Be The Moon (Emperor Machine Mix)
05. Armand Van Helden – Je T’aime (Simian Mobile Disco Mix)
06. Broke – We Ain’t Got It
07. Mathias Kaden – Rhythma
08. Class Action – Weekend
09. Cole Medina – Red Hot
10. Tron Scott’s Freaks in Space – Prog Rocks And Moon Jocks
11. Mirror Boys – See The Music
12. The Temptations – Law Of The Land (Iskra Edit)
13. Konk – Percussion Jam
14. Mr. Raoul K – Le Cercle Peul
15. Sueno Latino – Luxuria (Cutmaster-G Techno Age Mix)
16. Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire (Cousin Cole Mix)

And relax…

In search of some calm this morning, I dug this gorgeous little mix out from the depths of my iPod. I thought I’d share the love as I’m sure August has already been a hectic month for all and is likely to continue…

Breathe in its Balearic powers and relax with this little blast from the past:

Essential Mix – Alex Wolfenden Live from Café Mambo – 19th August 2007

Tracklist
Chemical Brothers – Harpoons [Virgin]
Mahatma Ghandi – His Spiritual Message To The World [1931]
Chemical Brothers – One Too Many Mornings [Virgin]
William Orbit – The Story Of Light [I.R.S.]
Jim Morrison & The Doors – Bird Of Prey [Elektra]
Groove Aramada – Paris [Columbia]
The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds (Cumilo Nimbus Mix) [Big Life]
Leftfield – More Than I Know (Wolfenden Re – Rub) [Hard Hands]
Badly Drawn Boy – Pete Herbert (Reverso 68 Dub) [EMI]
D-Note – D-Votion [VC]
The Last Atlanta – Twin Of The Sun [Global Underground]
Royksopp – What Else Is There? [Wall Of Sound]
Orbital – Sad But New (Wolfenden Sunset Edit) [FFRR]
Frankie Knuckles – Your Love [Persona]
Dead Can Dance – Dawn Of The Iconoclast [Rhino / Warner Bros]
Jay Shepheard – Pipes & Sneakers [Compost]
Sia – Breathe Me (Mylo Remix) [Astralwerks]
Deep Dish – Future Of The Future (Stay Gold) With Everything But The Girl [Deconstruction]
Yse – Bounce Back (Burnski Back To Deep Mix) [Lost My Dog]
Francois K – Time And Space Feat. Joe Claussell (Wolfenden Edit) [Wave]
Agoria – Les Violons Iveres [Different]
Depeche Mode – Behind The Wheel [Mute]
Dennis Ferrer & Jerome Sydenham – Sandcastles [Ibadan]
Christian Smith – Transitions (Dubfire Remix) [Sino]
Underworld – Rez (Wolfenden Remix) [JBO]
Strings Of Life – Rhythim Is Rhythim (Reprise) [BBE]
Groove Armada – Save Our Soul [Columbia]
Jaguar – A Hundred Birds (String Apella) [Wave]
Jaguar – A Hundred Birds [Wave]
Orbital – Belfast (Wasted Mix) [FFRR]
Pink Floyd – The Great Gig In The Sky [Harvest]

When Two Become One…

“Hi everybody, It has been nearly 3 years since Stephen and I released our first 12″ on Eskimo. Nearly 3 years since we’ve been doing remixes and touring the world as DJ’s with some success. And for nearly three years we have been enjoying every second of it. Maybe you don’t know this, but Stephen and I have been working together for more than 7 years now. 7 years of good and bad times. 7 years of creating different projects, exploring different directions. Today, we are more excited and passionate than ever about creating new music. Except that since the last months Stephen’s vision and mine were going different ways. That is the reason why we decided that one of us should leave Aeroplane. Not to destroy it, but to make it last. Discussions were intense, and emotional, but Stephen is leaving me in charge of our baby. I will be, from now on, the one and only member of Aeroplane. Why me? Just because recently, I’ve been responsible for most of the music and the studio work. Aeroplane became more mine than his. There is no angriness here, no conflicts to come, just a mature decision to save what we’ve been building together and that both of us do not want to see disappear. Stephen is already working on new projects which you’ll be aware off very soon. Let’s wish Stephen all the luck in the world even though he doesn’t need luck, because he has got talent. He will be back with amazing stuff, trust me, I know him very well. Vito”

Following yesterday’s news from the Aeroplane camp we thought we’d post a little tribute to the guys as they go their seperate ways. We had a little look and dug out some vintage Aeroplane from the vaults:
1. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal – Bella Union
2. Quixote Feat. Lisa Li-Lund – Before I Started to Dance (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) – Versatile
3. They Came From The Stars I Saw Them – Moon Song (Holy Ghost! Remix) – This Is Not An Exit
4. The Shortwave Set – Now Til 69 (Aeroplane Remix) – Wall Of Sound
5. Dolle Jolle – Balearic Incarnation (Todd Terje Mix) – Permanent Vacation
6. Eine Klein Nacht Muzik – La Serenissima – Modular Recordings
7. David Rubato – Circuit (Aeroplane Remix) – Institubes
8. Eddy Meets Yannah – Solid Ground (Crazy P Remix) – Solid Ground
9. Toby Tobias – The Feeling (John Daly Remix) – Rekids
10. Mugwump – Yajna – Disco 45/Kompakt
11. Bostro Pesopeo – Communquis – Permanent Vacation
12. Maelstrom – Enter The Cosmo (Sankt Goran & Erik Sidung Remix) – Solar Disco

Back on the Breaks

 

Little does he know, but Adam Freeland is partially responsible for a very large part of my life. Back in 2003, when my music taste was a little more malleable, I went to Big Bang 9 at Sheffield Ski Village. It was there that Freq Nasty dropped Adam Freeland’s remix of 7 Nation Army catapulting me into a whirlwind of beats, bass and late night dancing fun.

So, forever indebted, it may not come as a surprise to hear that I would probably like just about anything this man throws at me. That said, I think his latest mix for Data Transmission would be pretty tough for anyone to ignore. A healthy dose of bouncing, banging breaks and more; this is 52 minutes and 14 seconds of Freeland at his filthy finest:

Adam Freeland – DTPodcast 103 (28-04-2010)

Tracklist
Keepaway – Evil Lady
Massive Attack – Atlas Air
Hey Today – Talk To Me (Busy P Mix)
Colette – Think You Want It (Hansenn Dub Mix)
Mlle Caro & Franck Garcia – Soldiers (The Revenge Dub)
Golden Bug – The Game
Hijack – Bring the Panic (Elite Force Remix) (snippet)
Light Year – Sex Education / Freeland – Heel ‘n’ Toe(snippet)
Mauro Picotto – Diamond (Adam Freeland Edit)
Booka Shade – Bad Love (Azari and III Remix)
M17 – Rocking Down The House (snippet)
Felix Cartal – Love (Adam Freeland re-edit)
Mr Oizo – Hun (Ninety Hz mix)
Hey Today – Talk To Me 
Mizzbeats – My World (Om Unit Mix)
LCD Soundsystem – 45-33 (Pilooski Mix)
Solomun – Cloud Dancer (Manuel Tur’s Syphon Drum Mix)
  
Freeland from the Vaults:

Do You Wanna Funk?

Don’t you just hate it when you’re going about the minutae of daily life and suddenly a track comes on the pod that makes you gasp and look around for someone to grab, and there’s no-one to share it? Well I might have frightened some members of the public this weekend in a well-known supermarket chain by gesticulating wildly before running from the shop to get home to my stereo.

It all started a long time ago, with a film called Trading Places. Vagabond and petty thief Billy Ray Valentine is plucked from the streets and installed in silver-spoon banker Winthorpe’s sick crib, and of course, the first thing he does is have a huge party. Drinks are spilled, it all gets a bit rowdy, and eventually tops come off to some funky disco sounds. Since disco fever came over us again I’ve been secretly hoping to hear this party soundtrack somewhere, and imagine my delight when the man to end my long wait is none other than Mr. Rory Phillips.

The track is Do You Wanna Funk, by legendary disco production partnership Patrick Cowley (also making an occasional appearance in Rory’s sets with Megatron Man) and Sylvester (responsible for You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)). Absolute distilled disco. You can hear it 1hr and 17minutes into this mix from Rory’s podcast. However, by no means should you fast forward the rest of the mix, as it is an unadulterated pleasure from start to finish – including favourites from James Curd and Prince.

Rory Phillips – Recorded Live in Athens, 19-03-2010

I recommend downloading ALL the mixes you can get your hands on by Rory Phillips. Go to ALL his gigs, buy ALL his records. You’ll find yourself going about your business with a silly grin on your face.

Here’s Rory playing Do You Wanna Funk alongside Erol Alkan at the LCD Soundsystem Afterparty at Plan B in Brixton this weekend. Double hand clap!

Do you wanna funk?

Greco-Roman Music

The Greco-Roman Soundsystem and partnered label were started by Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard in 2007, alongside friends Alex ‘Full Nelson’ Waldron and Dom Mentsh. The Soundsystem itself is made up of not just these 3 friends but also Jeremy Dade aka ‘The Boston Crab’ and Ross Allen & Raff Daddy (who currently have a Thursday night residency at The City Art and Music Project in Shoreditch, London).

 
The rules of a Greco-Roman party are quite simple:
 
No sponsors
No guestlist
No music policy
No listings
No photographers

 
… Which is convenient, because essentially it appears there is little to No organisation either, but that all seems to be part of the fun of it! Acknowledged by the Greco-Roman ‘wrestlers’ themselves, these parties are ‘sporadic, chaotic and organised at the last minute in random venues in different cities’ and consist of ‘rooms of less than 30 people’ with ‘two decks working at the same time’ being ‘merely a bonus’. That said, the Greco-Roman Olympians have attracted internationally renowned artists from all over the DJ Empire. With the likes of Four Tet, Jesse Rose, Busy P, Jack Penate, Late of the Pier, Little Boots, Roll Deep, Metronomy and Noze (to name but a few…) just ‘dropping in’.
 
The Greco-Roman label reflects their only music policy, ‘everything except deep house and minimal’. Releases are available from David E. Sugar (who became the label’s first release with Oi New York, This is London), Buraka Som Sistema, Drums of Death, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Cassette Boy and Grovesnor. Joe Goddard also released his debut album Harvest, and later EP Apple Bobbing, on the label in 2009.

               
 
With the above in mind, you may not be surprised to hear that there are no dates for official parties to get yourselves to just at the moment. Greco-Roman say ‘such are our skills of communication that you will probably hear about each party after it has already happened, but you will still tell all your friends you were there’. The only way to find out about their parties is via Myspace, email or SMS… 
 
So, with the odds stacked against us for getting to the right place at the right time to witness these guys in action we thought we’d bring some of their glory, both past and present, to your iPods instead. Below is a collection of mixes from the Greco-Roman Soundsystem themselves and from the artists of the Greco-Roman label…

Greco-Roman Mixtape – March 2010 [via Contort Yourself]
1. Cassetteboy – Greco-Roman intro – Greco-Roman
2. Hot Chip – I Feel Bonnie – EMI
3. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Friend – Greco-Roman
4. Debruit – Nigeria What – Civil Music
5. Mosca – Square One (Rosca mix) – Night Slugs
6. Green Velvet – Bathroom – Relief Records
7. Mosca – Square One (Julio Bashmore mix) – Night Slugs
8. Fast Eddie – Git On Up – DJ International
9. 2 Bears – Be Strong – Southern Fried
10. Pearson Sound – Wad – Hessle Audio
11. Joe Goddard – Apple Bobbing (Four Tet remix) – Greco-Roman
12. Joe Goddard – Apple Bobbing – Greco-Roman

Buraka Som Sistema Essential Mix (10.04.2010) 

Joe Goddard RA Podcast 179 Nov 09

Drums of Death Mix for IDJ magazine

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Bournemouth [via NME]

FACT Mix 40 by Full Nelson – 20 best hip hop records of all time April 09 

Joe Hot Chip vs. Full Nelson GRECOROMANIA Oct 06

New Operator Please!

They say everyone remembers where they were the moment Kennedy was shot. I feel the same way about the moment that I discovered Operator Please (especially as it was exactly the same moment that I discovered Late of the Pier). It was 21st July 2007, and Kissy Sell Out had his first ever Radio 1 show, on In New DJs We Trust. A friend had recommended him after hearing his Annie Mac Minimix, and within five minutes we were bouncing around the room to what are now etched in my mind as two of my most influential tracks: Late of the Pier’s Space and the Woods, Just a Song About Ping Pong, by Operator Please.

Their first album, Just a Song About Ping Pong was released on Virgin in 2007; a huge label for such a new band, especially as they were still in school at the time. The Australian five-piece have a new album Gloves, out 23 April, and to celebrate they’re giving away a free download of the first single Logic.
Free Download – Operator Please – Logic

From the vaults: prepare to get happy.
Late of the Pier – Space and the Woods
Operator Please – Just a Song About Ping Pong (Kissy Sell Out’s White Stallion remix)