All posts for the month April, 2008

Random picks from the archive:

Cappella – House Energy Revenge : Sampletastic nonsense from Italy.

Sven Väth – Beauty & The Beast(Underworld remix) : Kind of a missed opportunity this one, good but lacking something. it starts to get good just as it’s ending.

Egyptian Empire – The Horn Track (Foghorn mix) : There’s a Toxic Two remix of this also, but it’s not quite as entertaining. There is also an excellent Luke Slater mix of this track.

Mory Kanté – Mogo Djolo (The Ambush Vocal remix) : Not Yeke Yeke, which I’m sure everyone has heard enough of.

Biosphere – Novelty Waves (Mark Bell remix) : Do Levis still make the same use of music and video to sell their denims? I am grateful for this and Mr. Oizo in particular, but stuff such as Babylon Zoo can piss right off.

Urban Shakedown – Some Justice (Original mix) : For some reason I’ve found myself listening to Gene Krupa most of this week, yet when I went to return the CD to the stack this was sticking out, and is pretty much the antithesis of Gene Krupa.

Liquid – Sweet Harmony : and this one kind of goes hand in hand with the previous track as it also makes some use of Ce Ce Rodgers – Someday.

The Beatmasters ft. the Cookie Crew – Rok Da House(W.E.F.U.N.K.) : someday I’ll finish my Beatmasters post. I’m the rapper, now you’re the dancer.

808 State – The Master (Massey mix) : As previously spoken of. And to repeat my earlier request, any other tracks from this that interested parties might want to anonymously donate would be very welcome. The Resistance is Futile album is easily my most wanted record, edging out Deep Shit and the Black Room.

Jam & Spoon – Stella (Moby Electro remix)

A matter of how much heat you can take.

Rave Family Trees

By no particular intentional design, this is my 150th post according to the WordPress dashboard thing. That would mean that I’ve written an average of 2.5 posts a week since initially putting this place together, and I really didn’t think I was that productive. This post has been sitting in my draft folder for a while, festering while I try to ignore it but with a milestone approaching I must rid myself if the millstone around my neck.

It started coincidentally enough because I was looking through some older posts, and Smith & Mighty stuck out somehow leading me down a smoky alley to their remix of Beats International’s Dub Be Good To Me.

Stepping back a bit from there to before Beats International, Norman Cook’s initial post Housemartins work appeared under his own name as a double A side single with two distinctly different vocal styles. The lead track was Blame It On The Bassline featuring the vocals of Wildski, based on the Jackson 5’s Blame It On The Boogie, and sampling Chic’s Good Times and Matt Bianco’s Wap Bam Boogie, which I referenced earlier in the week. Wildski later produced the Tears For Fears sampling Warrior, but didn’t really seem to find the UK rap niche that was bubbling under and is perhaps indirectly responsible for the Stereo MCs and Dizzie Rascal.

The AA Side of this release was provided by an artist more known for his indie output and general Peel friendliness, Billy Bragg providing a kind of falsetto voice for Won’t Talk About It, and this is why I stumbled on the London remix of Sexuality earlier in the week.

Anyway, back to dubbegoodtome. Dub Be Good To Me is a cover of The SOS Band – Just Be Good To Me and makes use of the bassline from The Clash – Guns Of Brixton. The vocals were supplied by Lindy Layton, who later went on to form Hardknox on Skint but I might be getting ahead of myself there. Post tag fly boss walk jam nitty gritty, Lindy released a cover of Silly Games featuring the vocals of Janet Kaye who had an earlier hit with the same track.
Following the release of Dub Be Good To Me, The Clash track was remixed by Jeremy Healy of one time Haysi Fantayzee success and Ezee Possee infamy and released as Return to Brixton.

To try and get back to the loosely defined subject of this post, there is a Smith & Mighty remix of the Tica reprise of Rock The Casbah. Whatever that is.


Double Trouble & The Rebel MC – Street Tuff (Norman Cook remix) : Which starts with a rhythm very similar to that which used to introduce the cricket on BBC2 and also samples Shaft.

Fatboy Slim – Song For Lindy.

All of this said, I still can’t seem to find the one Beats International track I was thinking of though, I think it might have come from the For Spacious Lies 12″ and it ends in a looped locked groove.

Beats International items on ebay

The Age of Love – The Age Of Love (Jam & Spoon Sign of the Times) : This is the sort of mood I’ve been in lately, one that has The Age Of Love going round inside my head for a while.

Jam & Spoon – Stella (Frank de Wulf Lost Bet remix) : And Age of Love pretty much always ties in with Stella when I think of it more so for the Watch Out For Stella remix of the above.

Felix – Don’t You Want Me(Hooj mix) : I recently heard this in the background of something and had forgotten about it until then.

Billy Bragg – Sexuality (London remix) : This is overflow from another post that currently haunts my draft folder. Remixed in this version by Adam Peters, the other guy out of the previously mentioned Sunsonic.

Capricorn – 20 Hz : Percussion obsession ala Spastik & The Goodmen, but I don’t think it was really popular for some reason. Discogs seems to indicate I’m a bit wrong there though. Also, Capricorn went on to cover Walking On The Moon, which I had previously missed, somewhat thankfully considering the calibre of most rave cover versions.

Toxic Two – Rave Generator.mp3 : Not really aged very well this one. Also, I seem to remember this was pretty much lifted wholesale from another record of the time. Anyone happen to remember if this was the case, or if I’m just making things up again?

Chad Jackson – Hear The Drummer Get Wicked(The Raggnatious remix)

Paul Rutherford – Get Real(Sinister remix) : A slightly less intense version of the original, but still worth a listen. Also, a soapbox moment for me in that there is a recent compilation album with the Happy House mix of this on it mislabelled as Adonis’ Happy House mix. Adonis was nowhere near this track at any time, it was produced by ABC.

Billy Bragg items on ebay.

Growing up in the 70s and 80s Britain led to some extended exposure to Science Fiction in print via 2000AD, in the cinema via Star Wars and on radio from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. On top of this, there was a little known show on BBC called Doctor Who, the focus of which was time travel, and not LSD depressed scientific meddling from a paranoid fugitive who travelled the galaxy in an invisible flying saucer. I’ve always been fond of the concept of time travel, I was speaking with my father on the telephone recently and he told me that he used to go to school with someone that has the exact same name as my son, and it took exceptional strength not to suggest it was actually my son sent back in time to pass on important information to him.

Anyway, last year I posted a track from a never to be released Doctor Who compilation album, and recently one of the other tracks has made it’s way into my hands, the UNKLE Reconstruction of the Doctor Who theme. Along with the Saint Etienne track, There There My Brigadier, this seems to be as much of the album that made it out on to the Internet. So, if Lemon Jelly, Coldcut or The Orb would like to turn up and anonymously sendspace their contributions, that would be lovely.

Other than the above, there have been various versions of the Doctor Who theme, and it was a particular favourite of the Hartnolls.
Orbital – Doctor Look Out

Orbital – Doctor?

Orbital – Doctor Who Theme (Live)

And of course, there are versions veering on the comedic side of things.

Jon Pertwee – I Am The Doctor

The Go-Gos – I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek

The Timelords – Doctorin’ The Tardis

And veering from the comedic to potentially creepy:

The Timelords – Gary In The Tardis(Minimal)

Dub version:

Dub Syndicate – Doctor Who

Disco version:

Mankind – Time Traveller

Terrible shitty charity version:

Who Cares – Doctor In Distress

And I must mention that I’ve recently been playing Space Invaders Extreme on the PSP which is all kinds of awesome if like me you were not quite tall enough to peer into the Taito coin eating device back in 79. The music especially is wonderful, building a techno track around the invaders descent bassline.

And while I’m on that reference, here is the video for Ken Ishii vs FLR – Space Invaders 2003, which is both wonderful and depressing at the time.

Doctor Who music items on ebay.