Guardian Microplays

Love the two Guardian Microplays (very short 5 minute plays with the Royal Court) so far – the second on the mixtape – Groove Is In The Heart is a subject very close to my heart. It features Ride, New Order and Neneh Cherry but also points out the sort of time travel we all regularly take part in with recorded media. Those memories as I’ve found with going through the old Radio Clash podcasts onto Mixcloud, aren’t always good ones, nor totally welcome. As I said on the 35th episode of Radio Clash, the one I intentionally avoided for nearly a decade due to the raw subject matter of the London Bombing – you should run away screaming from history, making history is usually messy and Not Good. As sometimes are these memories, they can be as much millstones as they can be cushions.

Sadly I can’t embed these, which I think is a bit of a fail for the Guardian – then again they think in terms of advertising so I bet it’s intentional – but the other play so far is a hard-hitting one about food poverty ‘Britain Isn’t Eating’ which includes the very talented Katherine Parkinson, and was created with Jack Monroe, one of my favourite bloggers. Love the dual-stage element to this, and dual role.

Dunproofin’s Grate Compilation

Dunproofin’s genius gets a lot of love on the podcast (he did the remix that is the current intro music) and here on the blog, and he’s released a compilation of his 50 best remixes and mashups over the years, called 50 Golden Grates.

It’s not cheesy, it’s full of golden slices of fried gold such as his FU2 Lady Sovereign remix and Casbah Wonder (The Clash vs Stevie Wonder) a regular in my sets for years, Electro Sandman (a remix of Metallica) which I was going to play in Saarbrucken but got beaten to, Groove Is In The Girls (Dee-Lite vs Prodigy), Lily & The Robot (Lily Allen vs Royskopp), Only Mashups Can Break Your Heart (St Etienne, U2 and Bowie), Britney mashups bordering on musical stalking (see Slave To Fashion vs Bowie and Gimme More Pay TV if you don’t believe me, the latter is like a Goblin horror soundtrack!) several I’ve made videos for (Pjanoo Dance (Bowie va Eric Prydz), Reordered (Eric Prydz again with New Order)), some classic E-Jitz madness and two current favourites which I must have missed or might be new: Just Don’t Care (Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 vs Corinne Bailey Rae) and Don’t Mess which is Neneh Cherry vs Swedish House Mafia.

And I’ve mirrored the file here so you don’t have to mess with slow filesharing sites! Recommended.

The Beat Bash

Friend of Radio Clash Jeb Edwards aka 50 Pound Note is doing a new regular mix series called The Beat Bash named after the radio show he hosted in the early 90’s.

The first installment is up and it’s very good – including tracks from Dead Or Alive, Eurythmics, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Paul Rutherford, Depeche Mode, Meat Beat Manifesto, Severed Heads, Boxcar, Pet Shop Boys and New Order (SURPRISE!). After the Thrill Kill Cult I was expecting it to go into Age of Chance – Kiss or Nitzer Ebb’s Join in the Chant, but I have a feeling at least one of those might make an appearance in the series ;-)

Also as with his other excellent mixes you’ll be able to hear the latest Beat Bash on Radio Clash Live at 12am-1am Sunday GMT as part of the Kiss The Future slot.

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