Good Thing

I was playing some records at the weekend, some newly acquired ones and pulling out some older ones. I discovered that my 12″ copy of Come Together by Primal Scream, the one with the Andrew Weatherall and Terry Farley mixes, is pretty knackered. The sleeve is worn but the disc is worse- the condition is such that if you found it in a charity shop for a couple of quid you’d think twice about whether it was worth it. I’ll have to replace it. I suppose it is 28 years old and has been played a lot, often at parties and similar, when maybe I’m not best minded to be as careful as I should be.

On the other hand I pulled out a pair of 7″ singles by The Woodentops from 1986 that looked like they were made and bought yesterday. The first was the 7″ Good Thing single, backed with Travelling Man, a perfect pair of songs, in beautiful and pristine condition.

Good Thing

The other was the double 7″ pack, two discus in a gatefold sleeve, with different sides playing at either 33 rpm or 45, just to confuse me. Disc 1 is Everyday Living and Why and Disc 2 Move Me and Well Well Well. Here are Rolo and co playing Everyday Living at Roskilde in 1987, demonstrating well why they struck a chord with both indie and dance. They had something a little different and flirted with success. I don’t know if they deserved to be huge, they were probably a bit to idiosyncratic to be massive but they were a cracking band.

And until last night I hadn’t ever seen this video, a promo for Give It Time, off 1986’s Giant album.



Following Inga Mauer’s recent remixes of Daniel Avery (out now) and Curses (posted last week) I did some further investigation. Inga Mauer is, according to Avery, the best techno dj in the world right now. She comes from Syktyvkar in Russia so she’s topical too, with our current news about nerve agents, false flags and diplomat expulsions. In 2016 she put out a 12″ called From Cologne To Clone with this hypnotic track, Metadose, on it, which is very good indeed.

I found an ep from last year, four tracks released on Shtum as Shtum 012. It’s dark and intense but not claustrophobic. It also sounds like those classic 90s techno records but modern and futuristic too.

My Flights Without You

I am very taken with this set she did for Boiler Room in St Petersburg. I don’t know much about the Russian techno scene- in fact as we’ve established recently I don’t know much about the UK techno scene either- but this is a masterclass in tension and release, rise and fall and the metronomic beat. The fact that she does the first twenty-odd minutes dressed as a Wookie is even more impressive.


I don’t know if this is an idea that could run or not but…

This song off Prince’s 1985 album Around The World In A Day came up recently and knocked me sideways a little- genuine lightfooted brilliance, a mid-80s funked version of 60s pop-psychedelia about the joys of childhood.

Paisley Park

‘Admission is easy, just say you
Believe and come to this
Place in your heart
Paisley Park is in your heart’

In 1996 the first full length Two Lone Swordsmen album, The Fifth Mission (Return To the Flightpath Estate), contained this track as its closing statement, a loopy, stoned trip through the aforementioned flightpath estate at dawn. The synth chord sequence just after two minutes, and then recurring throughout the eight minutes plus, is rather wonderful.

Paisley Dark

Days From Now

A couple of weeks ago Daniel Avery played a free dj set in eastern Bloc records in town, ahead of an allnighter at Soul Kitchen. The free one in the record shop seemed like a good idea despite the sub-zero temperatures so I ventured out, not really knowing what to expect but half thinking that Eastern Bloc would be a few middle aged techno heads standing around stroking their chins and maybe a handful of other people. I turned up to find a completely packed out Eastern Bloc and a queue. I joined the queue even though I was a good 25 years older than everyone else in it. It was one-in, one-out and there were 8 or 9 people ahead of me. Plus a group of people who went straight to the front of the queue and were let in. The bouncer eyed me a couple times, no doubt wondering why a middle aged man was attempting to gain entry to an event populated by students and locals in their early 20s. Every now and then the door opened and it was obvious a full on techno event was taking place. Young people are into techno. I didn’t know this. I didn’t get in. I stood around in the queue for a while and then went home, deflated.

This 2 hour mix by Avery is ideally suited to the headphones. Some of the subtleties in this might get lost in the car. Set some time aside to really tune in. This Daniel Avery Radio 1 Essential Mix is a set that starts out ambient and gentle and then builds from there, taking its time unfolding over a couple of hours, showcasing the influences that have gone into his forthcoming album.

Daniel Avery – Days From Now
Rote – First Sleep
Hypnoxia – Active Tension
Daniel Avery – Decision Two
Alessandro Cortini – Lotta
Innerst inne – Du Skulle Tagit Med Dig
Oscar Mulero – Depth In Clarity
Saint Etienne – Like A Motorway (Skin Up, You’re Already Dead)
Daniel Avery – Endnote
Daniel Avery – TBW17
Tropic of Cancer – I Woke Up And The Storm Was Over
Nuances – I’m Going To Meet The One I Love
Daniel Avery – Embers
Struktion – Strukture
Volruptus – Hessdalen
London Modular Alliance – Tinker
Dez Williams – On The Verge
Second Storey – Ajunlei 8 (The Exaltics Remix)
Stenny – Fortress
Charles Green – Gamma Rays
Norwell – Transz
Two Lone Swordsmen – Neuflex
Carl A. Finlow – Wafer Thin
Mor Elian – Fairplex Drive
Lanark Artefax – Touch Absence (Intimidating Stillness Mix)
Cleric & Setaoc Mass – 188
Versalife – Missing Link
Daniel Avery – First Light
Daniel Avery – REHBGBV4367


This remix of Baxter Dury’s Miami is going to be released on Record Shop Day. RSD has become redundant, some limited edition releases to be fought over once the eBay scalpers have pillaged the racks plus a load of unasked for reissues. Yes, there are one or two things I’d like. No, I won’t be queuing up to get into a record shop.

Miami is from Baxter’s album that came out last year, that I meant to listen to and didn’t get around to. This expansive, electronic remix with gorgeous sweeping strings, a disco beat and Baxter’s seedy, in character vocal scattered about, is a joy, and comes to us from the combined talents of Parrot and Jarvis Cocker.


Drew posted this song a couple of weeks ago over at Across The Kitchen Table. I loved it the first time I clicked play and have been playing almost daily ever since. I can’t hurt to re-post it here, in case anyone missed it over at Drew’s blog.

The Lucid Dream are from Carlisle and have been around for a decade releasing 3 albums, making a guitar led, psychedelic racket. The new song, SX1000, as a bit of a departure. It sounds like a 1990 acid house remix of an indie guitar band where the remixer has chucked most of the source material away and turned the acid all the way up.

How good is that? Right up my alley and the video is excellent too. It appears judging by the comments at Youtube and elsewhere that The Lucid Dream’s fanbase aren’t all happy about this change in direction. This is Bad Texan, released back in 2016, a full on guitar, northern rock song. Very good too.


This new track from Mr. Fingers, ahead of a new album this year, sets the heart racing a bit. He put an e.p. out at the end of 2016 called Outer Acid which I loved, especially the techno/sci fi track Qwazars. Electron is a lush riot of warm synth sounds, pulses and drum machines.