Secret Tracks

Michael’s comment on yesterday’s post reminded me that I have an mp3 of one of Select magazine’s free cassettes- Secret Tracks. Select Magazine gave away several really good cassettes- the Factory tape Michael referred to, two editions of Secret Tracks and a Future Tracks one, often loaded with different versions or unreleased songs. Select started in the Manchester days, got heavily into Britpop and eventually died a death due to the rise of the internet. Given away in April 1994 Secret Tracks Side A is as follows…

The Shamen – Phorever People (Tommy D Phat Mix)
Cud- Somebody Snatched My Action
Cypress Hill- Scooby Doo
Chumbawamba- Give The Anarchist A Cigarette
Danny Red- Rise Up
Therapy?- Knives (Live)
Sabres Of Paradise- Theme II

Secret Tracks Side A

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The Fatty Fatty Sound

Bagging Area loves the reggae and dub of Prince Fatty. He’s currently in the States with Hollie Cook (whose album from two years ago was a joy, as was the offspring dub version lp). Prince Fatty has a ton of stuff up at Soundcloud, including a stream of the full ska/surf/spaghetti Western lp he did with The Mutant HiFi, The Return Of Gringo. It is as good as that sounds, chock full of skank, twang and samples…

There’s also this, a mixtape by Dave Bongo, to celebrate the release of Fatty’s Supersize album back in 2010, including the man himself, Danny Ray, Dennis Brown, Barrngton Levy and Cutty Ranks and others…

Or how about this one, highly recommended, a recent 45 minute live set- amongst it all you get Hollie Cook singing reggae versions of Kraftwerk’s The Model and Amy Winehouse’s You Know I’m No Good, a cover of Cypress Hill’s Insane In the Brain and Eric B and Rakim chucked in the mix as well, free download…

There’s loads more at Soundcloud. Get searching, get skanking.

Playground Mix

Back to the playground (and the classroom) for me today. Let’s start the week with a smashing mix from The Orb, featuring mainly The Orb but also Lee Perry, Madlib, Cypress Hill and Vangelis (from the Bladerunner soundtrack …’I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t imagine…attack ships on fire off the Shoulder of Orion, C-Beams at the Tannhauser gate…’). A pretty relaxed mix all round.

Baghdad Batteries – THE ORB
Interlude – MADLIB
Outland’s (Fountains Of Elisha Mix ) – THE ORB 
Africa – THE ORB Feat LEE SCRATCH PERRY 
Legalise It – CYPRESS HILL
Fussball (Instrumental) – THE ORB 
You’re Heard – DAEDELUS & TEEBS 
No Ice Age – THE ORB Feat LEE SCRATCH PERRY 
Majestic 6 – THE ORB UNRELEASED 
Congo – THE ORB Feat LEE SCRATCH PERRY 
Frogtime – SCREEN 
Moon Building Part 3 Ambient – THE ORB UNRELEASED 
Jahara – TEEBS 
Tears In The Rain – VANGELIS