Everything Is Turbulence

Justin Robertson in his Deadstock 33s guise has a new album out- my first listen has been very rewarding and there’s lots here to get your ears into. Some of it is very much dancefloor oriented (including a Daniel Avery collaboration) but there are many other things going on too, what Justin has called ‘lysergic soul and atomic machine boogie’. This track features his wife Sofia on vocals and has bags of atmosphere.


Vintage Future

Smart lo fi, post punk from American band The Intelligence- the guitars and analogue synths are dreamy and Lars Finberg sings with the world weariness of a man who has seen the future that was promised and doesn’t think very much of it.

These Are Dark Days

One of the records I played early on at the party on Friday night was this 1990 Andrew Weatherall remix, slightly overlooked in his back catalogue I think. Sly and Lovechild were a clubby duo, very of the time, but they never really took off and a 1993 album was their last shot. The remix opens with the voice of ┬áthe Reverend Jasper Williams, full of warnings and dread, and despite the ‘we feel real good tonight’ announcement this song stays moody. Ominous synths, sitar and kettle drums give this a darker edge compared to some of his other work from the period. None the worse for it either.

The World According To…Weatherall (Soul Of Europe Mix)

This Justin Robertson remix of another Sly and Lovechild song, Spirit Of Destiny, has a dub-house groove and horns. Lionrocking.


This was my view from behind the decks at a friend’s 45th birthday party I played records at on Friday night, decks on the decking with fairy lights and a chandelier in the tree above my head. It was good fun, playing records outdoors for a small but appreciative crowd who wore a hole in the lawn. The man from next door (who went to school with Johnny Marr) asked ‘have you got any Northern?’ Guests had been asked to bring any 45s they might want playing and a man from a few roads away turned up with Underworld’s Rez, which somehow I wasn’t expecting.

This new one from East Yorkshire’s Mono Life is a lovely piece of work and bodes well for the new album he’s working on. Slow, down tempo, pushing all the right buttons and with a feel of those few minutes when the shadows lengthen and the sun slips down.

Hardcore Uproar

Simon said he hasn’t been able to read this blog at his place of work because the firewall blocks Bagging Area due to its ‘adult and sexual content’- which is news to me, I don’t think there’s much sexual content here apart from maybe the odd nipple. So today’s blogpost heading won’t help but it’s not that kind of hardcore. Sorry if you were hoping for something else, let’s keep it clean.

Hardcore Uproar is a legendary twelve incher (ahem) from 1990 by Together (Suddi Raval and Jon Donaghy) originally a white label produced with the sole intention of played at the Hacienda. It went on to reach number 12 in the UK charts. Opening with a few one fingered (oop!) keyboard notes, courtesy of John Carpenter, the track builds with some crowd noises and cheers (live from a rave in Nelson, Lancashire that got raided by the police), a couple of vocal samples (one of Ben Obi Wan Kenobi from Stars Wars), goes into bleep territory and finally climaxing (eek!) with all out piano house. Simple, home made, incredibly affecting and effective. It’s probably best experienced in a northern nightclub or warehouse, strobe lights blinking and dry ice swirling, surrounded by people you don’t know who all want to be your friend. As it is you’ll have to settle for Saturday morning in front of your computer.

Together went on to remix Contra-Indications by Durutti Column, the brilliant Together Mix. While working on it Jon and his girlfriend were tragically killed in a motorbike accident in Ibiza.

There’s No Sense In Trying

Factory Friday, in response to Dirk, The Swede and others and because it could be fun. Crispy Ambulance signed to Factory in 1980. I was going to post Deaf but I’ve done it before (years ago admittedly and it is a great song). Dirk mentioned The Presence so I’ve gone for that, all thirteen minutes of it. At first listen you should be able to spot Martin Hannett’s unmistakeable production. Singer Alan Hempsall intones over a proper post-punk sound- gloomy maybe, grey raincoats possibly but with a brightness too.

The Presence

The Presence was the A-side of Live On A Hot August Night, released on Factory Benelux in June 1981. You can fit all of Crispy Ambulance’s back catalogue onto one compact disc and I think you probably should. After signing Crispy Ambulance and failing to sell them in any decent quantities Tony Wilson declared ‘no more bands with stupid names’. Then he signed Stockholm Monsters. Factory’s failure to sell records in the first half of the 80s by anyone except New Order may have had more to do with their refusal to use pluggers. Or buy advertising. But we wouldn’t have it any other way would we? Crispy Ambulance are also immortalised in Half Man Half Biscuit’s epic account of shit gigs and band rivalries.

Running Order Squabble Fest


Gregory Porter asking the pertinent questions about the 1960s, reworked by Opolopo. Jazzy bass, soulful house vibe, Motor City is burnin’. 1960 what?

1960 What? Opolopo Kick Bass Rerub