London Is The Place For Me

So sang Calypso king Lord Kitchener, passenger on the SS Empire Windrush in 1948. And for the next couple of days London is the place for me too so there’ll be nowt happening here until Friday night at the earliest. (School trip innit, taking a group of 6th formers round the Imperial War Museum, Florence Nightingale Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum if we can fit it in and the London Eye). See you later.

London is the Place For Me

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Don’t Fight Control

Claude Flight’s 1925 linocut Speed.

The Chemical Brothers (with Bernard Sumner on vocals) jemmied together with Primal Scream (with Denise Johnson on vocals). As mash ups go this is a tad obvious but good nonetheless. Whether it’s any use to you first thing on a Tuesday January morning I don’t know. You might need to save it for the small hours at the weekend when you’ve had a couple.

Don’t Fight Control

Vortex

Vortex by Cyril Power.

And a connection to yesterday’s postees The Charlatans, whose front man Tim Burgess was invited to sing with The Chemical Brothers on their Exit Planet Dust album- stands up pretty well I think. Some Chemical Brothers stuff has dated a bit to my ears, the huge drums and so on but this is good. A song that sounds like it’s title and looks like this linocut.

Life Is Sweet

Misbegotten

I was once teaching a class of Year 11 students and we were studying the Cold War- something that having grown up since the collapse of Communism, the Eastern Bloc and the Berlin Wall, meant little to them. One lad’s only response to the Soviets crushing the 1956 Hungarian uprising was ‘that girl with the machine gun’s pretty fit.’

The Horrors remixed The Charlatans a few years ago. Nicely electronic.

The Misbegotten (The Horrors Remix)

Saturday Angel

Sonic Boom, him of Spacemen 3 that didn’t go into Spiritualized, with a solo single that should get Saturday off to a narcotic start, spread over one whole side of 12 inches of vinyl.

Angel (Extended Mix)

We’re 50% down in terms of children this weekend- I.T. has gone off on a Special Needs respite city break to Liverpool. It’s very quiet round here.

The Return Of Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 91

Not strictly rockabilly but it’s from Sheffield’s premier 50s throwback Mr Richard Hawley, and let’s face it, at the moment the nights are cold.

Pint of best bitter please bartender, something warming.

The Nights Are Cold (acoustic version)

Take Flight

Claude Flight, linocut artist, dressed in a manner which would surely meet approval from Andrew Weatherall. Who has supplied an hour long mix to White Light Mixes. None of your A Love From Outer Space 110bpm Balearic chuggers here- this is a minimalist, minor chord, repetition, almost modern classical mix with snippets of narration and spoken word, tones, drones,  clarinets and oboes, piano and found sounds, all kinds of oddness. Strangely calming, both modern and a 1950s version of avant garde. You really don’t get this kind of mix from anyone else (actually, that’s a bollocks statement, there could be other people doing this, I just don’t know about them). Free download and well worth it. Get it here.