Post 666: We're all going to hell.

I noticed a few months ago that I was coming up on my 666th post, and ideas started churning about how it could be a Satan special, filled with tracks that would leave most parents convinced that the poster of the blog was an evil mastermind with a mission to corrupt the young. It was then at the beginning of the month I realised that the 666th post might fall around today, so yesterday was spent catching up with a whopping 5 posts to get us to this point. Anyway, here's some tunes to see you through the spookiness of the day.

I love the Rapture, and recently I've not needed much of a reason to include them in a post. Hopefully they'll be back with some new material soon, but in the meantime indulge yourselves with their recent !K7 mix and the track below from "Pieces of the People we love".

MP3 The Rapture - The Devil

Dubstep and Minimal seem to have become rather good friends of late, with both being the preferred obscure dance movement for hipsters that usually listen to other stuff. Shackleton and Villalobos swapped remixes last year, so here's what the latter came up with for the former.

MP3 Shackleton - Blood on my hands (Ricardo Villalobos Apocalypse Now mix Part 2)

Fake Blood is actually Theo from the Black Ghosts. Not sure if I should have blurted that out, but fuck it, if Burial can reveal who he is etc...

MP3 Fake Blood - Blood Splashing (Theme)

The Thermals and No Age are two of my favourite noise specialists of the last couple of years. Here, the Thermals turn in a nice loud rock number, while No Age go all quiet.

MP3 The Thermals - I might need you to kill

MP3 No Age - Things I did when I was dead

I'm not much of a Ladytron fan. In fact, I'm not a Ladytron fan at all. Still, 'Ghosts' isn't a bad song, and this mix amps up the spooky ethereal factor, resulting in a pretty fine piece.

MP3 Ladytron - Ghosts (Modwheelmood Remix)

And to round things up, here's a tune from last years "Lust Lust Lust" album by Danish twosome, the Raveonettes. Happy dead people day.

MP3 The Raveonettes - Dead Sound


The one and only singer/songwritery song I've been able to stick this year has been provided by James Yuill, who's song 'This Sweet Love' has stood out on the 6Music playlist due to it's inaudible yet present 4/4 kickdrum. Scandie disco head Prins Thomas also noticed this, so has made it slightly louder, and rearranged certain bits to turn it into a buildup/comedown stomper. He's at the Deaf Institute on Saturday night if you fancy catching him live.

MP3 James Yuill - This sweet love (Prins Thomas Sneaky Edit)

Bon soir.

New York female threepiece Au Revoir Simone have been making a little noise lately, and have also featured on the Aeroplane remix of Friendly Fires' 'Paris'. Here, Ruff and Jam get their hands on 'Lark', and make a rather nice job of it too. One for an afternoon of Italian styled pop goodness.

MP3 Au Revior Simone - Lark (Ruff and Jam Remix)

"What the fuck did I do?"

About 12 weeks ago, I found myself caving into peer pressure, and sitting down with Season One of 'the Wire'. The first couple of episodes were a little slow, but after that point I was absolutely hooked. I've borrowed boxsets from various friends, and last night, I watched the final episode. It's a little sad, as watching 'the Wire' had turned into a real comfort for me, something I could watch when I wanted some time to myself, and be surprised and entertained at every turn. If you've not seen it yet, it's honestly worth the time. There's a pretty decent soundtrack to the series out too.

MP3 Paul Weller - I Walk on Guilded Splinters

MP3 Diplo - Must be a devil


I've been really digging the mixes by Parisian "Compression-pop" specialist Breakbot, who's turned in some great mixes of Metronomy, Pacific, Van She and Late of the Pier. While he's buddies with the whole Parisian set, his mixes don't fall into the durrrrr trap, and actually have a nice swing to them, making his stuff essential tools for the dancefloor. Check out the two choice mixes below.

MP3 Pnau Vs. Breakbot - Baby

MP3 Sneaky Soundsystem - When we were young (Breakbot Remix)

Sugar me.

The 90's house revival seems to be picking up speed, with crowds going wild for the likes of Livin' Joy and Armand Van Helden. 12 years ago, when I first started going to clubs, the following two tracks would always be mixed together, as it was absolutely guaranteed to pack a dancefloor. I didn't really like it at the time - I was there because my friends were - but I've now started to find myself playing similar mixes, and seeing a new generation going crazy for it. Check them out.

MP3 CJ Bolland - Sugar is Sweeter (Armand Van Helden Drum and Bass Remix)

MP3 Tori Amos - Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix)

Can't. Get. Enough.

Here's just a quick post before I have to head back to the office - a couple of tunes I've not been able to get enough of over the last couple of days. One being a masterclass in Italo, the other a starring feature on the recent Rapture !K7 that's sounded so good of late.

MP3 Mr Flagio - Take a Chance (12" Extended Mix)

MP3 Dances with White Girls - Everyone's got make a living


I've always got time for a kooky soul led cover of a rock tune, so thanks to my boy Gav for introducing this to me today. I know nothing about the band, and to be honest I won't be chasing them up, but this is a nice rework of Kings of Leon that should get your girlfriend going wild. Expect to hear it this Saturday night if you find yourself at my weekly Shoplifters gig. Yowzer.

MP3 The Bamboos - King of the Rodeo (feat. Megan Washington)


Not at my best today, loads of different things going on at the moment. Sleep isn't coming too easy either, but that'll pass. Been listening to Nada Surf's 2002 album "Let Go" today which was only brought to my attention a few weeks ago when planning my latest venture. I never really thought that the band would be my kind of thing, but the album is a really pleasant slice of alternative rock. Fans of the genre should give it a go, if they're not already as late to the party as me of course.

MP3 Nada Surf - Blonde on Blonde


Arctic Monkey Matt Helders has carved a new niche for himself as a DJ of late, and has his first mix coming out on the popular "Late Night Tales" series. His choice of cover for the set is Livin' Joys 'Dreamer', and a damn good job he's made of it too, even though the original is a tough one to beat.

MP3 Matt Helders - Dreamer (Feat. Nashreen Shah)

Phantom Pages.

OK, this is a little old for me as I've been playing it out for about a year, but if you've not heard it before, I think you'll like. My DJ pal and fellow Shoplifter knocked this up (he's got an ear for that sort of thing) and it's been a hit on the dancefloor each and every time it's played out.

MP3 Justice vs. The Streets - Turn the Phantom Page (Jon Claude Edit)

Wild Combination.

A new DVD titled "Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell" drops on 3rd November following a rather splendid sounding launch at the ICA Bar in London with a Russell inspired DJ set from Optimos Twitch. The film is a portait of the avant jazz/disco superstar who died from AIDS in 1992 and contains rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur's family and friends.

MP3 Arthur Russell - Keeping Up

MP3 Arthur Russell - Springfield (DFA Remix)*

* I first posted this a couple of years ago, but it's way too good not to hear again.


It's In the City at the moment, so as per most of the music industry seems to be flying around various bars trying to catch hold of the ever illusive next big thing. I've been asked to speak on a couple panels this year, and I've just got back from the Record of the Day round table, where some people like John Robb, John Kennedy, Bethan from Radio 1 and other important industry types talked about their favourite tracks of the moment, and what they think will be big in the next 12 months. I took along Little Boots, while Mumford and Sons, Frederick Stanley Star and Tom Jones(!) were also notable inclusions. I'll do a more complete try-before-you-buy post when I've got the full list back.

If you've found yourself here because of attending the panel, here's a rather nice remix of Roots Manuva to reward yourself with. You deserve it.

MP3 Roots Manuva - Let the Spirit (Hot Chip Remix)

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