Out Of The Window

While this ridiculously good summer continues to send rays of sunshine all over the place Andrew Weatherall sneaks out a second remix of Aussie duo Confidence Man. It’s got a kind of electro-Kraftwerk-gospel vibe, with a lovely twangy guitar part. It’s perfect for a Friday in July.

If you weren’t tripping when you entered the foyer at the Park House Hotel at Heathrow 1968, you were by the time you got to the check-in desk.

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Yab Yum

An Andrew Weatherall remix, 1990 vintage, has just been re-released digitally, and amazingly it is one that I’ve never posted before. Discussions at a Weatherall forum unearthed several different length versions the remix of Yab Yum by Uzma. Hidden Gems Nation can now offer you for the bargain price of £4 the original mix, a 7.38 Weatherall one, a mammoth 15.14 Weatherall mix and a 12.04 Sabers one (although the spelling of Sabers makes me think this may not be a Sabres Of Paradise remix but possibly Danny Saber). The Weatherall mixes open with bells, a pulsing synth and generous cowbell before embarking on a long trancey, trip. One to file close to Weatherall’s Papua New Guinea remix. The original track combines Asian instruments, singing and vibes with early 90s progressive house to very good effect.

Solvency’s Not For Everyone

Back once again, the renegade master… actually, not the renegade master, but Lord Sabre. June’s edition of Music’s Not For everyone went out on Thursday and has the new Death In Vegas single, The Lucid Dream’s blast of acid house SX1000, DJ Khaleb, a new one from the man himself titled The Blue Bullet, Lee Perry, Can and the usual array of stuff you’ve never heard of. Mark E Smith once opened up with ‘Notebooks out plagiarists!’. With Weatherall it’s more a case of ‘chequebooks out enthusiasts!’.

Swimming Not Skimming

I pulled out Two Lone Swordsmen’s 1996 double album Swimming Not Skimming at the weekend, a record I haven’t played for a long time. SNS was a mixture of new tracks from Weatherall and Tenniswood and some remixes. The vinyl always confused me- the tracklist and disc labelling was unclear and I wasn’t sure what the different tracks were called until I became acquainted with the cd version and then later the internet could confirm which track was which. Additionally the cd had 10 tracks to the vinyl version’s 7. Both formats have the same couple of remixes of stand-up bass tour de force Rico’s Helly, almost worth the price of admission on their own. I was half tempted to post the whole thing but it is still available to buy digitally so decided against it. Here’s a couple of tasters, one from the vinyl/cd and one from the cd alone.

This is the one that grabbed me most at the weekend. Blu Jack And Florence is extremely high quality machine funk, riding in on a mechanical rhythm. The bass hits at fifteen seconds and then the keyboards play around over the top. Wait for the synth strings come in at around 3.30. Hair-raising. The drums doubles up and it powers forward unrelenting.

Blu Jack And Florence

In The Nursery Visit Glenn Street was only on the cd (along with the lovely ambient opener Azzolini Ad the Branch Brothers Meet Being), a remix by In The Nursery (who had previously done a lovely, slightly spooky remix of Haunted Dancehall). Klive and Nigel Humberstone pull out the bassline and some ambient bubbling and add sweeping strings, a cinematic and celestial track to counter Blu Jack And Florence’s more earthbound, booty shaking appeal.

In The Nursery Visit Glenn Street

Fifteen

There are two significant events today, June 14th 2018, one personal and one international. The first one, close to home, is the 15th birthday of number two child/number one daughter Eliza. Once, as the picture shows, she was young and cute and happily wore a Clash t-shirt. Now she is 15, growing up into a young woman and probably wouldn’t wear a Clash t-shirt.

Every summer in recent years we’ve driven to France with a stack of music. I get accused of hogging the car stereo. Not true obviously. Finding songs we can all agree on is a bit of an artform. Last summer we got there on this one- I’ve got to say, I think this is a tune. So you can have this one as your birthday song Eliza. Happy birthday.

One of Eliza’s presents is Dolly Parton’s 9 To 5 on 7″ (which she should have opened by the time this is posted). So here’s your birthday bonus song…

We survived our first ‘proper’ teenage house party at the weekend, a mixed group of 15 of them in our garden, with music, dancing, shrieking and  ‘controlled’ drinking (you can control what they drink in your house- more difficult to control what some of them have drunk before they arrive). Apart from some minor damage to our already patchy lawn there was no harm done and much fun had. The party playlist was dominated by 80s pop, some disgraceful 80s soft-rock and some more contemporary stuff. Back in 1985, when I turned 15 this was the UK’s number one single…

19 is groundbreaking in its own way and genuinely memorable, and kept at the number one slot by regular releases of remixed versions. Vietnam was big in the mid-80s. A decade on from the end of the war people were getting to grips with it, what had happened and what it meant. I read somewhere recently that the average age of the combat soldier in Vietnam wasn’t actually 19 but 22. But that doesn’t really change the message of the song or the fact that if you were poor, uneducated or black you were far more likely to end up in Vietnam than if you were wealthier, educated and white. Does it Mr. Trump? Coincidentally I played it to my Year 11 class recently as part of their depth study on The Vietnam War. They weren’t very impressed if truth be told, the sounds were too dated and quaint, the stuttering vocal too cliched and the female backing vox too cheesy. But they took the message and the visuals in.

The other event today is the start of the World Cup, Russia 2018. This is my 11th World Cup. I have some vague memories of Argentina ’78 aged 8, memories of the final at least, which I was allowed to stay up and watch some of. Spain ’82 is the first one I really  remember- in the picture above Bryan Robson celebrates after scoring against France in England’s opening game. Mexico ’86 was a blast, taking place during my O Levels, the magnificence of Diego Maradona in his prime, England out in controversial manner and an epic France v Brazil game. Italia 90 was ace, mixed up as it was with New Order’s World In Motion, No Alla Violenza, Toto Schillaci, Roger Milla and an England run to the semi-finals.

Twenty-eight years on, this is still the only world cup record that really matters.

‘Love’s got the world in motion and we can’t believe it’s true’.

World In Motion (No Alla Violenza Mix)

I See You In The Shrubs

Back in the middle of May I posted Eyes Of Others recent single Lust Unrequited, a top notch release featuring a fine pair of  remixes from Sordid Sound System and Mugwump. Now, fresh off the shelf at Paradise Palms headquarters in Edinburgh, comes a remix of a 2017 Eyes Of Others song by Andrew Weatherall, a seriously dubbed out affair with live sounding drums and melodica, on a journey into time and space.

Forton’s Not For Everyone

I nearly missed this while I was away, the latest from Andrew Weatherall’s monthly shindig Music’s Not For Everyone. You can find the tracklist here which should help you spend next month’s record buying budget.