Last month I came across a thread titled ‘Where were you in 1990?’ on the DJ History forum. It wasn’t until I was typing out the comment below that I realised just how momentous a year it was for me – tinged with the bittersweet I should add. Here’s what I wrote:
Archive | October, 2010
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:
My remix of ‘Cocaine Blues’ by Brooklyn’s Escort has been causing a bit of a stir since I started playing it out during the summer, and the buzz has intensified in the last few weeks, having been uploaded onto SoundCloud.
I hadn’t planned it that way, but it turned out to be a nice touch that the ‘Abbey Road’ listening session fell in the same week as John Lennon’s 70th birthday anniversary.
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.
John Lennon would have been 70 years old today.
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.
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.
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.