I Don’t Give A Fuck About Your War… Or Your President

I was channel surfing the other night and discovered the Sy Fy channel, somewhere I don’t think I’d been before. I became distracted by Escape From New York, already about 45 minutes in, but the combination of John Carpenter’s synth score and Snake Plissken’s mission to find the President in Manhattan, a walled in maximum security prison in the year 1997,  kept me from switching over for a while. Escape From New York is always a joy. It occurred to me that if real life had intervened Snake would have been rescuing Bill Clinton.

It put me in mind of this 2014 release by Maurice and Charles, a chunky, moody, acid funk track peppered with dialogue from the film along with some very Byrne-Eno guitar riffs and rhythms.

I, Carpenter

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Fairplay And Carpenter

I keep coming back to the music of Timothy J. Fairplay at the moment and I think you should too. This is a live recording of four covers of John Carpenter soundtracks from the end of September- Assault On Precinct 13, The Philadelphia Experiment, Christine and Halloween- and hits all the right buttons. John carpenter’s synths were always ripe for a slo-mo dancefloor re-boot with a drum machine.

I re-found this hour long mix too, a free download, from the people at Substance, mixing his own stuff (Junior Fairplay and Haunted Doorbell) with that of others (including some of the best artist names I’ve read recently- Grackle, Pagan Sector, R-Zone 13, Paradise Box).

Carpenter

I took a punt on this recently in the ALFOS section in Piccadilly Records, a four track 12″ by Maurice and Charles. Released at the end of last year, the A-side is a trippy, bleepy electronic chugger called Sofa Love plus a remix. The B-side is this tribute to John Carpenter, mixing a dirty bassline, some Eno-Byrne My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts style sounds and some vocal samples from Escape From New York. A moody, funky groove you’ll want to play all over again as soon as it finishes.

In 2011 Maurice and Charles put this out, a sort of acidic disco tribute to Giorgio Moroder.

Moroder In Milan (Original Mix)