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Archive | October, 2010

Kate Bush Videos

With the next Living To Music selection being ‘Hounds Of Love’ by Kate Bush, thought it might be timely to link to a few of her videos. It’s a shame, and somewhat surprising, that there’s never been a DVD compilation of her promo videos made available (apart from bootlegs) to update ‘The Whole Story’ compilation issued on VHS back in 1986. But never fear, thankfully they’re instantly accessible via the wonderful resource that is YouTube  – here are four singles from her four 1980s albums:

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Lovely Lovely Ludwig Van

Just a few days after I’d mentioned one of my favourite piano pieces, Debussy’s ‘Clair De Lune’ (in the Hazy Cosmic Jive blog), I caught a great half hour programme on Radio 4 about another – Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, aka ‘The Emperor’, which includes the awe-inspiring second movement (Adagio). This was broadcast as part of the stations ‘Soul Music’ series. My wife had heard it a few days earlier and was raving about it, so it was bonus beats when it came on again whilst I was driving back from London.

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Galactic Eclectic – Janelle Monáe

I was listening to Radio 4 on my way back from Bestival last month and there was an interview on their arts programme that really caught my attention. It was with Janelle Monáe, an American recording artist who’s been getting big acclaim for her album ‘The Archandroid’. I was fascinated with the off the wall stuff she had to say – she certainly looks at things from a novel perspective. Apart from being intrigued to hear first-hand what the fuss was all about with her music, which I was informed covered a whole spectrum of styles, I also had an ulterior motive – having learnt that it was a concept album set in a science fiction future, I wondered if there was anything on there that might suit the mix I was about to put together for Beats In Space (see the ‘Hazy Cosmic Jive’ previously posted). So when I got home I ordered myself a copy.

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International Feel

If you’re involved in making music / working within the music industry, I’d urge you to take the time to listen to this interview with Mark from International Feel, the Uruguayan based label that’s been making a big stir within underground dance circles. It’s great to hear such a refreshing perspective, one which articulates many of my own feelings about how artists and their music should be A&R’d and marketed in the current climate.

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Hazy Cosmic Jive

Beats In Space, the cult New York radio show hosted by Tim Sweeney, has a dedicated audience of groove aficionados and is held in high regard by the underground dance community worldwide. Tim asked me to do a mix for the show as far back as 2006, but a US tour that was in the pipeline never materialised, so the idea went on the backburner and, although my intention was to find the time to do something special for the show, life moved on and, before I knew it, it was 2010.

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