Motown Meltdown once, twice, twice, twice…

I have to say I don’t cover the artier/experimental side of mashups and cutup culture as much as I’d like to, but here’s definitely one release to make up for that – the second volume of Motown Meltdown. I loved the first volume ever since I heard it via Vicki People Like Us’s Do or DIY show and played a Blanketship track from it a couple of years ago.

This new volume carries on the humour and ambience of the first, the idea being that you can only use tracks from the Motown Masters Karaoke discs (yes you might have wondered where those many Motown mashups come from, well they released Karaoke discs made of the actual master tracks, that’s how!) and nothing else. The resulting Vol 2. goes from insane brokenbreaks glitch of Vytear to achingly sad tracks from Blanketship, to more hypnagogic drones from Beaks Plinth and manic cutups and loops of T H E M A Y S and Lord Tang. Definitely not Motown as you’ve heard it before!

My choices? Well ‘I Still Hate You…_ Lavender Dreams’ by Blanketship is definitely recommended as well as these two:

Since I Decided to Go by Rokhausen – a manic jive through the Motortown’s back catalogue, humorous and funky and mad. My kind of track – fuck art let’s dance ;-)

Qulfus – Three Times Twice – I have several factors for why I choose the music for the blog and podcast, one of them is definitely if it makes me laugh. This is probably some kind of profane sacrilege dissing The Lionel but I love the slowed down re-edit/retake of the Commodore’s ever-green (and admittedly slightly mouldy) classic. Brilliant :-D

If you like download the whole album here.

The Best Disco in the World (and it didn’t play Disco)

Those B-boys and DJs should look on in awe to the moves and scenes in this 1977 Granada documentary – for in the late 60’s and 70’s at places like Wigan Casino kids were getting down and dancing amazing moves (some of which are seen now as b-boy breakdancing staples) all night without alcohol and mostly no aggro – and I’m thinking pretty queer-friendly with the likes of Ian Levine DJing on the scene – hyped up on amphetamines and Northern Soul – rare-groove Motown and forgotten 60’s 7″ soul records like Gloria Jones ‘Tainted Love’ – and was a precursor of the later house and rave scenes – indeed many DJs and other music folk started in that scene (most famously Dave Ball of Soft Cell, Norman Cook, Mike Pickering, Pete Waterman, Russ Winstanley and Ian Levine). Northern Soul also had a big influence in DJing – not just in the UK but the concept of building up and breaking it down flow which came more and more important, especially in the later house and rave scenes.

As the guy describes in this video:

‘I think there’s something wrong with the world really, to get enjoyment out of life during their teens and twenties people do have to build more or less an alternative society just to enjoy th’selves because they can’t within the normal channels. They can’t go the normal Mecca/Tiffany’s circuit and enjoy it because it’s just not an enjoyable experience’

Doesn’t that describe just as much the later rave and mashup scenes just as much as punk or northern soul? Thanks to Scott Cairo for pointing me in the direction of this video.

An aside at 9:32 – John used to do that, sell Socialist Worker on the streets at that time. I had to do a doubletake ;-)

RC 163: After Party

After the (Cover Up, Misshapes and Celebrity Murder) Party, we chill out to some new tunes, including some new exclusive-ish DJNoNo and Instamatic bootage from moi.

Asleep at the wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel: (66Mb, 90 mins)

  • Instamatic – Neon Sex People (new mashup!)
  • Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip – Fixed
  • Freerange Meatraiser – MUPPAGE!
  • DJNoNo – Fraggle Ross (new!)
  • CheekyboySmells Like Compton (N.W.A vs Nirvana)
  • Apollo Zero – Gwen Stefani featuring Pharell vs Erlend Oye w Kraftwerk & YMO
  • Neon Neon – Raquel (Extended Edit)
  • Roisin Murphy – Overpowered (Herve & Roisin Remix)
  • Crystal Castles – Crimewave (Crystal Castles vs. Health)
  • DJ not-I – Timber Freq (Dead Prez vs. Coldcut)*
  • Crystal Castles – Courtship Dating
  • Hadouken! – What She Did
  • Dunproofin’ – Go Beats
  • DJNoNo – Cross Channel Pigeon (Wacky Celebrity version – exclusive!)
  • The Cribs – Don’t You Want To Be Relevant
  • Apoptygma berzerk – Electricity
  • Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Look For The Woman (DJ Yoda mix)
  • Hawkins – 1,000,000 Hearts
  • Blanketship – The Warm Up (from Motown Meltdown)
  • ElectroSound – Beyond A Wiked Game
  • Blanketship – Heaven Must Have Sent You (from Motown Meltdown)
  • Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip – Waiting For The Beat To Kick In

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