Sunday, 4 October 2009

Spirit of Relaxation CD3 - Ocean Surf

The third and final in the Spirit of Relaxation Series. These are good but it's not just ocean sounds it's ocean sound + synthesisers. What more could you ask for?

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Dolphins and Whales

Spirit of Relaxation CD2 - Dolphins and Whales

Just to warn you that this does contain ambient synthesiser noises as well as our watery friends. This makes it brilliant and my favourite of this box set.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

The Spirit of Relaxation

People living in the 90s had it tough and the only way to sort your self out was to listen to a tree playing a synthesiser. This box set contains three CDs and according to the blurb on the back:

"Life in the 90s, as we reach the new millennium, could not be more stressful. The Spirit of.... series will sooth, heal and regenerate your mind, body and soul. You will feel refreshed and better equipped to deal with all aspects of your life on this planet."

This first CD is different from a previous rainforest album that I've posted before but is similar in sound. It is 39 minutes of bird noises, streams and gentle synthesisers. I'll post the other two CDs in the near future.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

I Want To Die Like Jesus Christ

60 Minutes of Jangle Pop - A Faceplant Mixtape
The missing link between Post Punk and Shoegazing is Jangle Pop. Indie music is hard to subdivide into categories since it is such a dodgy label to begin with. With hindsight I think certain bands from the late eighties and early nineties share a certain jingle jangle sound that comes from the equipment they used and the way their records were produced. According to Wikipedia, Jangle Pop was all about bands emulating the sound of the Byrds but as far as I can tell it had sod all to do with them and was more a continuation of punk under the shadow of 80s industrial decline.

I've tried to encapsulate that jingle jangle sound in the songs I've squashed together. It's a bit like an indie disco run by leather clad shuffling amateurs with sub goth frissy hair. Brilliant!

More Jangle Pop can be found here: Jangle Pop Boutique or Take The Pills!

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Future Funk Phenomena from the Past

Mixmag Presents Planet Progressive Mised by Cass

1) Bad Company – Coma
2) Yunus – Nefes
3) Sound 5 - The Hacienda Must Be Rebuilt (Soul Mekanik Re-Edit)
4) Ben Shaw - So Strong (Sander Kleinenberg Mix)
5) Electroliners - Loose Caboose
6) Science Department - Breathe (Danny Howells Drifting Dub)
7) Jimmy Van M & Young American Primitive - Forget Time (Dub Mix)
8) Pollon - Lonely Planet
9) Loafer – Travelog
10) 2B - Trust Ur Receiver
11) Evolution - Crocodile Man

Free with Mixmag in 2001. On the inside sleeve it says:
What exactly is progressive? Is it a form of trance? Is it an offshoot of house? Or is it a deep tribal sound? Look up 'progressive' in the dictionary and you'll find that it means 'moving forward', 'modern' and 'without strict discipline'. And that's what this mix CD is all about. Cass (half of much vaunted production duo Cass & Slide) has put together a forward thinking collection that swaggers between genres with ease and reflects the scope of music you'll hear him play in his DJ sets all over the world, from Twickenham to Twilo. Welcome to Planet Progressive.

Elle Cafe

1) South Froggies feat. Alan - Jazzion
2) Ultimate K feat. Deise Mikhail - K Dance
3) 2 Minds - So fine
4) Karkhabuz - Mandol
5) De Cambord feat. Miguel - Oh yeah!
6) Mandarina Dub - Syrenus odyssey
7) Aalfa - Rave Vox
8) Annaba - Binkerin
9) Boccador - Yebo
10) Pablo Heintz - Coffee shop

I'm really impressed with this compilation which I found in Oxfam. It dates from 2003 and is an excellent collection of downtempo, future jazz tracks put together by a Portuguese label called Difference. I'm not sure if it was given away by Elle magazine or not but it was well worh the £3.49 I paid for it. Strangely the 10 tracks are also half of another compilation called Alcantara Cafe released by the same label. The first track does contain the lyrics "Jazz sex in a freestyle nation" which is a bit odd but I could be hearing it wrong.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Venerable Bede - The Morning Star

The Morning Star

Complete new album by The Venerable Bede.

1. Mamacup
2. Tone Pad Superbad
3. Viragelic 1
4. Spin
5. The Light Bearer
6. Sheol
7. Day Star
8. Guidelines
9. Son Of The Morning
10. Acidic Picnic
11. Viragelic 2
12. Symmetrical Plink
13. Venus Encounter
14. I Am Frog

It was dawn - dawn in the desert. Far to the east, beyond this sandy waste, a flicker of light illuminated the heavens, which, since two hours after midnight, had grown densely dark, while the moon and the myriad of stars which had peeped down upon the encampments below. Tomkins and his fellows, had disappeared entirely.

Creative Commons License

All music by The Venerable Bede is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License

Friday, 28 August 2009

The Breaks III

Skye Presents The Breaks III - Original B Boy Street Funk & Block Party Classics

1 Ralph Carmichael-The Addict's Psalm (1:14)
2 All The People - Cramp Your Style (2:15)
3 Black Heat - Love The Life You Live (6:29)
4 Eddie Bo - Hook And Sling (2:41)
5 The Jackson 5 - Hum Along And Dance (8:31)
6 Yellow Sunshine - Yellow Sunshine (4:09)
7 Vernon Burch - Get Up (5:58)
8 Boobie Knight & The Universal Lady - The Lovomaniacs (3:43)
9 King Errisson - Well, Have A Nice Day (6:00)
10 Nina Simone - Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter (5:20)
11 Jerry O - Funky Charge (3:09)
12 Alvin Cash Scott Bros Orchestra - Keep On Dancing (Instrumental) (2:49)

That makes it a full set! Very satisfying to have all four in the series.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

This Is Techno CD Box Set - 1996

I found this in a charity shop about a year ago but after buying it I left it in the car for months where it ended up under the passenger seat. I've only just got round to listening to it and I've been quite impressed. The box had no details on but I've managed to work out the track listing.

This is Techno Free Bonus Mix

01 Fantasy Flight Hypnotic State (3:36)
02 Mantra (21) Progression (5:52)
03 De Force Tour (5:08)
04 Eclipse (23) Collision (6:04)
05 Mark Broom Time (6:06)
06 Underworld Dark & Long (Dark Train Mix) (8:59)

It was mixed by Colin Dale back in 1996 and it's like being on a magical preision engineered techno train made out of glo-sticks headed for Dusseldorf.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

The Venerable Bede

The Venerable Bede - Acidic Picnic EP

This is my own Ambient/Electronic creation. It's a warning from history.

Track Listing:

1) Acidic Picnic 3:43
2) Dronescape 3:22
3) Vexille Froggy 9:03
4) Guidelines 2:54
5) In A Jar 24:10

All music by The Venerable Bede is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. Which means it's free and legal to download!

Venerable Bede website here.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

The Breaks I

Dj Pogo Presents The Breaks - Original B Boy Street Funk & Block Party Classics

1) Apache - Incredible Bongo Band
2) It's Just Begun - Castor, Jimmy Bunch
3) Ashley's Roachclip - Soul Searchers
4) Humpty Dump - Vibrettes
5) Funky Drummer - Brown, James
6) SWAT - Rhythm Heritage
7) Back In The USSR - Lewis, Ramsey Trio
8) God Made Me Funky - Headhunters
9) Let A Woman Be A Woman And Let A Man Be A Man - Dyke & The Blazers
10) Scorpio - Coffey, Dennis
11) 24 Carat Black - 24-Carat Black
12) Funky Mule - Turner, Ike & His Kings Of Rhythm
I found the first installment! Apache is freaking brilliant.

The Breaks II

1) N.T. (Part 1 & 2) - Kool And The Gang
2) The Assembly Line - Commodores
3) I Can't Stop - John Davis And The Monster Ochestra
4) Mephis Soul Stew - King Curtis
5) Melting Pot - Booker T & The M.G.'s
6) Take Me To The Mardis Gras - Bob James
7) Hercules - Aaron Neville
8) The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron
9) Chove Chuva/Mas Que Nada - Samba Soul
10) The Message - Cymande
11) It's A New Day - Skull Snaps
12) Underground - Curtis Mayfield
After some investigation, It turns out I have the 2nd and 4th installments of a series of breaks compilations released by Harmless Recordings about ten years ago. I'm going to attempt to track down the other two. I bought this at the same time as the other one in a car boot sale for 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' which is a mighty track.

Friday, 21 August 2009

The Breaks IV

Skye Presents The Breaks - Original B Boy Street Funk & Block Party Classics

1) I'm Chief Kamanawanalea - The Turtles
2) I Just Wanna Do My Thing - Edwin Star
3) It's The Music That Makes Us Do It - Magnum
4) Sneakin' In The Back - Tom Scott And The L.A. Express
5) You're Getting A Little Too Smart - Detroit Emeralds
6) Blind Alley - The Emotions
7) Swamp Fever - Mel Brown
8) Phenomena Theme - In Dearch Of ... Orchestra
9) Love Is Such A Good Thing (Parts 1 & 2) - Proffessor Funk
10) Latin Slide - La Clave
11) Can't Get Enough Of You - Blues Magoos

I found this at a car boot sale. It was 50 pence.

60 Minutes of Electronic Music History

DJ Faceplant - Where's That Bleep Coming From?
A 60 minute mix that takes in almost 100 years of electronic music. Starting with Futurism in Italy and then Musique Concrete in France it bounces backwards and forwards between London, Berlin, Leeds, Dusseldorf, New York City before being beaten to death by an electronic frying pan in Cornwall. Electronic bleepitude is not only the future, it's also from the past and er.. the present.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

DJ Faceplant Live

I DJed between some of the bands from the Single Cell Collective who were performing as part of the Manchester Eurocultured Festival. Despite the odd massive change in volume, I think it went rather well. The Single Cell Collective are mighty and you can download their compilation album here.

DJ Faceplant Live at Eurocultured Festival 2009

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

A White Ball of Healing Light

A White Ball of Healing Light (right click and save)
A mixtape dedicated to the joys of working for a living. Woo.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

G Force

DJ Faceplant is old school hardcore gangster evil.
Music For Cooking - A 60 Minute Mixtape of Gubbins.
(right click and save)
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