Isolation Mix Ten

I started compiling this one in my head when the sun was shining and it was hot enough to sit in the garden at night until it went dark without the need for a coat or sweatshirt. Since I started actually putting it together the sun has vanished and the temperature has halved but I’ve ploughed on anyway. It’s a ten song mix with sunshine and balmy nights in mind from the political/ absurdist post- punk/ dub of Meatraffle, the finger picked acoustic guitar and Mellotron magic of Steve Cobby, some chuggy Scandi- disco/house, 80s heroes The Woodentops, a blissed out re- edit of Brian Eno, Andrew Weatherall spinning Toy into a chilled krautrock groove, some Belgian New Beat from 1989 and Grace Jones backed by Sly and Robbie.

Meatraffle: Meatraffle On The Moon

Steve Cobby: As Good As Gold

The Woodentops: Give It Time (Adrian Sherwood Mix)

Brian Eno: Another Green World (The Blue Realm) Mojo Filter Edit

Fjordfunk: Exile (Hardway Bros Remix)

LAARS: None (Full Pupp)

Paresse: Rosarita

Chayell: Don’t Even Think About It

Toy: Dead And Gone (Andrew Weatherall Remix)

Grace Jones: Walking In The Rain

Walking In The Rain

I’ve been listening to Grace Jones’ 1981 album Nightclubbing recently, something about its grooves and atmosphere fit in just right with this extended spell of sunshine we’ve had up here in the north. The opening track Walking In The Rain (a cover of a song by an Australian group called Flash And The Pan) is a powerful opener, driven on by the jawdropping rhythm skills of Sly and Robbie- I could happily listen to a version of this album that was just Sly and Robbie sometimes. Grace’s delivery is bold and the guitars add menace and drama, gathering storm clouds. The rain Grace is walking in isn’t fine Mancunian drizzle or British bank holiday downpour, this is steamy monsoon rain. There’s a seven minutes plus 12″ version that’s worth having a look at too.

Walking In The Rain

Sunday Dubstyle

Here’s the dub I was looking for earlier- Sly and Robbie, rhythm section and production team extraordinaire. They’re estimated to have played on or produced 200,000 recordings. I slipped that in just in case you were thinking you’ve been productive at work recently.

Demolition City Dub