2012 Mini Tour MIXXXXXXX

So.

Between April and Julyish, I did a lil’ kind of mini-tour, a load of gigs all over the shop. If you were at one (or more), then gigantic verticals to you… if you weren’t, then you can peep this here mix; it’s a fairly good representation of the stuff I was playing.

It contains a load of tunes that I absolutely love; a fair chunk of Manc heat and far too much Om Unit/Cosmic Bridge related business… tracklist as follows:

1. Slugabed/DOOM: Moonbeam Rider/Figaro

My current favourite track from Slugabed’s album (git it), laced with my favourite DOOM acapella…

2. Zackey Force Funk: Nite Flite

I love the mood of this track; produced by Brighton’s Mute Speaker

3. Slumpty Dumpty: WD4D (Stop Biting)

Sick beat from the STYLSS presents ¿THA FCK? compilation…

4. Danny Drive Thru: Sexy Habit

Wotevs…

5. Danny Drive Thru: Why Do It Like That, Though?

An wot…

6. Mark Pritchard, Danny Breaks, Om Unit: Alien Titchmarsh Riddim

When I saw artists behind this track I geeked the fuck out. More please…

7. dBridge/DJ Vadim & Motion Man: Cornered/Terrorist

I love this Funky Drummer flip, and I reckon the acapella goes over it reet good…

8. Dom Hz/Supercat: Why Not/Scalp Dem

I first heard Jonny Dub playing this beat, and proceeded to pester him, Al Sonar and Dom until one of them sent it to me. This acapella sounds sick over it too…

9. EAN: Pictarus

Firing beat from the Project Mooncircle anniversary compilation, and second of too many Cosmic Bridge related malarkey in this mix…

10. Naive Machine: Electric Eccentric (Pete Cannon’s Gammon Remix)

Nuts remix from Pete Cannon for Naive Machine’s debut 12″ (I think? I might be wrong)…

11. M-Phazes – James Blake Flip

Accident at work? Slip, trip or fall? Whiplash from M-Phazes’ “I Never Learnt To Share” flip? Better call Saul

12. Nas: The Don

First time I heard this was Mr Thing playing it at In The Loop. Next time I heard him play it was a couple of weeks later when we played Madnice Marauders, and he chopped the original live before dropping this… I lost my shit

13. Moresounds/Dub Phizix, Skeptical, Strategy: Shtrakstep/Marka

This Moresounds shit is INSANE… I love the way Marka just nestles in to it, like they were made to go together…

14. Danny Scrilla/Danny Brown: X/Die Like A Rockstar

Going in double Dannys on this one, whilst traversing the Cosmic Bridge…

15. Kromestar: Don’t Make Sense VIP

Alright, alright, enough bloody Cosmic Bridge stuff already… absolutely killer VIP mix of one of the best shits of last year IMO…

16. Busta Rhymes: Shut ‘Em Down 2002

Thought I’d give this one a go, seeing as no-one really plays this version…

17. Celph Titled & Buckwild: Good Hell Hunting

I was well into the Nineteen Ninety Now album, rinsed loads of it out; here’s some shit off Nineteen Ninety More

18. Fatal Lucciauno: The Mad Hatter

Lucciauno goes in undaunted over one of those “oh no you didn’t” Jake One beats… Jake One, you craaaaazy…

19. Foreign Beggars: Palm Of My Hand

Cracking little bubbler produced by Kidkanevil (as if you didn’t know already)…

20. Jehst – Dynamite Sound (Murder He Wrote Remix)

I’ve linked to the original cos I can’t find the remix online. Another one straight outta Brighton, this time from Murder He Wrote; great remix and all, but could do with more cowbell…

21. MC Det & Skibadee: 2X Freestyle

Double time smash from these two jungle MC icons

22. DJ Adlib, Frank Nitt: Bang It Out

Bass on this is nuts, plus I’m fond of the Masta Ace sample

23. Deft: Tesla’s Machine

This is my favourite track so far from Croydon’s finest, plus this is one of the few places you can hear it… Big things coming from this dude…

24. Akira Kiteshi: Arguru

I love the beatsy stuff he does as opposed to the brosteppy stuff, although it is still a little bro-esque… I can’t help but like ‘em though…

25. Opal Block, MC Double Mint: Like That

Cracking tune from the worst-kept secret identity ever (I figured it out without having ever met him (or her???!!!1!!?)) AHEM SCHMETESCHMANNON… keep an eye out for this one; word has it there’s some SICK remixes of it dropping soon…

26. Yosi Horikawa: Grasshopper

Absolutely love this guy’s work, and I really wish I could’ve put Skipping (headphones are best for this one) on here because it’s AMAZING… Maybe next mix…

27. Tipper: Covered In Lobsters

I love that Tipper is putting more stuff like this out recently, because that Doghouse EP really helped shift my focus into more experimental planes when it came out (along with Danny Breaks’ “The Jellyfish“)… “Scabbler” off this EP is a beast to kut to…

28. Ave Blast & Lopez – NTA

This boogie-ish number grabbed me straight away; really understated in the way it chops, in contrast with the HAM drums… and goes perfectly into…

29. Deft: Paradise

…the second Deft track in the mix, just showing how quality his stuff is… I’m well jealous of him, I pretty much wish I’d made every tune I’ve heard of his…

30. Liliea Narrative: Festin Feminin

The EP this came from took me totally by surprise; it’s amazing, really solid beats, dope kuts… Can’t help thinking it would’ve been huge if it’d been released a few years ago… Still could be though…

31. Ilous & Decuyper: L’elu

From one thing which is French, to another thing (if you’re bright you’ll see where this is going) which is also French… yeah smooth… This is taken from Brutus Music’s Dreams Of San Antonio comp, available through Fat City Recordings…

And that be that. Leave me comments, I like them. Bye bye x

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Upcoming Gigs for April/May

Now the mindfuck that is the RBMA application is over with, I can gear up for a good couple of months of gigs. I’ve been collecting a ton of sick music recently, some old bits but mostly new shits; I’m really looking forward to pushing them down your grateful earholes. If you’re about, come through and go “HELLO” at me:

Sat 7th Apr: THIRSTY EAR at The Harley, Sheffield

I’ve been to this night a few times, and it’s always been a cracking night out; shouts to the lads for booking me & Agent J for thissun…

Sat 14th Apr: IN THE LOOP at Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Dope night, I always enjoy playing it. Mecca:83 – producer of one of the stand out releases of last year – is headlining, playing his own stuff and providing beats for the cypher

Fri 20th Apr: RIOT JAZZ SOUNDWAVE LAUNCH PARTY at Antwerp Mansion, Manchester

Something to whet your whistle for the knee-tremblingly awesome Soundwave Festival (so many sick artists playing! Can not wait), The Bugalu Foundation will be tearing yer rugs up, as will meself, Jonny Dub, Rich Reason and of course the mighty Riot Jazz

Sat 21st Apr: SET IT OFF at Rausch and Töchter, Munich

Psyched for my first visit to Munich, I’ve not DJed in Germany for years. Looking forward to hearing KRTS play too. Jay Scarlett has a lot in store for this night, tons of great names coming through for it in the future; keep ‘em peeled…

Fri 4th May: MADNICE MARAUDERS at Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

This one’s gonna be ill. I know this because Mr Thing is also gonna be playing, and he always smashes shit up…

Sun 6th May: SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY at The Old Pint Pot, Salford

Mind On Fire and This City Is Ours join forces to bring this behemoth. There’s so much going on here, but mainly Lapalux and the stupidly talented Shigeto, who’s performance I caught last time he played Manchester. He’s too good to miss…

Fri 11th May: MIND ON FIRE, NEIGHBOURHOOD & FRIENDS at Nook, Manchester

Should be lovely vibes here, it always is. Hosted by the My First Moth family, check out their Peterson-backed releases

Fri 18th May: MIND ON FIRE/FUTURE EVERYTHING FESTIVAL at Islington Mill, Salford

This’ll be a belter. DJ Cheeba will be showing off his AV skills, g kut & I will be Voltronning as HOT VIMTO, plus Jonny Dub, Omas & the MOF residents…

That’s it for now; come down, it’d be lovely to see you…

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Musings on the state of pop

I do music most of the time, but the rest of the time I work out of a van in which I am subjected to the radio, so I get to hear all of that pop music that the kids like these days. This is not something I’m terribly happy about, but something occurred to me today.

I had a gap of about four blissful years where I didn’t listen to the radio at all, and I realised that, since I’ve started listening again, it’s got marginally better.

Not sure why, but I find myself less offended by what I hear these days. Obviously LMFAO is a massive exception; I hate the twats (and what they’re doing to the Gordy legacy), but on the whole I think trends are looking up. People seem to be responding to talented vocalists, and rejecting the Dread Demon Antares

I’m gonna say some names. Adele; Jessie J; Emeli Sande; Ed Fucking Sheeran. Whatever you think about the merit of their creative output, they share a couple of things in common; they aren’t usually autotuned, and if you put them on a stage they can sing. Not necessarily an odd thing for singers to be able to do, but look at the past six to ten years. S Club Seven. Akon. James Blunt. Seriously.

Adele’s had enough said about her recently, so I won’t bother. Jessie J, for all her annoying vocal affectations, has a cracking voice. I’m grateful for all the bum notes I hear in Emeli Sande’s songs, because it means she’s been given a chance to get some right. As for Ed Fucking Sheeran, the Brits was (were?) on in my flat, and of the bits I caught I was bemused to note that his was the best vocal performance. Jeans and t-shirt, guitar and that’s it, and was hitting all his notes. All the others, fancy clothes, dancers, and shite voices.

Isn’t this a positive thing? Singers with voices are selling lots of records, and we’re hearing less and less autotune. The songs are still largely dross, but talent seems to be a more valuable commodity these days.

What do you think?

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Soundwave Croatia 2012

Three magic reasons to get out to Soundwave this year… De La Soul.

As if that’s not enough, the awesome Fink is playing; I’m thinking a Sunday sunset slot would be perfect…

Also, tons of my favourites are on; Kutmah, Mr Thing, Oddisee, Om Unit, Matt Halsall, Jonny Dub & Illum Sphere, Jon K, Kid Kanevil, plus the mighty DJ Kentaro and many many more… What a weekend!

Update: There are some snaps of the new festival site; looks gorgeous, can’t wait!

http://www.soundwavecroatia.com/info/our-new-home/

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If you haven’t already…

…you can pick up my firstest ever solo release from here:

http://www.kudosrecords.co.uk/release/MOF006/Danny_Drive_Thru_Psychedelia_Smith.html

(or if you’re in Japan you can go here: http://manhattanrecords.jp/pc/shop/s/?.pc=200000088559)

COMING SOON: Fat City Producer #3…

Listen/pre-order: http://www.fatcityrecordings.com/site/release.php?rid=247

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STUCK 06: Fink – Perfect Darkness

What a tune.  Just utterly beautiful. The also-titled album’s cracking too; need to give it more listens, for sho.

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STUCK 05: GEMMA BONUS

Gemma keeps humming this, which is brilliant because I love it.

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