Ok, so it turned into Three on a Friday … though I have a better excuse than the usual “I was drinking tramp juice and fell asleep in a hedge”, as yesterday was mine and the wife’s 5th anniversary, so rather than blogging, I was eating a steak the size of my head whilst swilling decent plonk with the missus down at a posh eaterie – love you honey!.
Ahem, sorry about that. In the word of Dirty Dike “Enough of that soppy bullshit, lets liven things up a little bit …”
Ahhh, and relax. Almost the end of a hectic week, so I’ve cracked a beer – A London Brewers Alliance Collaborative Stout by The Kernel, if you must know – and am trawling tunes. Bliss
How are you lot this week?
Excellent, I’m grand as well, thanks for asking.
Sorry, tunes did say?
Yeah I got tunes.
I’ve decided to get my (increasingly chunky) arse down the gym this week for the first time in a while, so this Three on a Thursday comes with me thoroughly knackered, and ensconced on my sofa – hence the slightly mellower tone than usual.
I’ll also use this brief opportunity to pimp my next night on the 2nd December at Basement 45 in Bristol. A word to the wise, have a rummage in the back of your drawers for the worst jumper you can lay your hands on for the 4th Annual Bad Jumper Party with the Whomp DJs. Big in the Game!
Right – tunes.
By way of making up for my poor show on the last Three on a Thursday, I though I’d shower your ears with some more audio loveliness in the form of the next installment of the Mixtape Madness series, and give you another ‘so-good-it-changes-what-you-think-a-mixtape-can-be’ mix, to chase away the dreary weather outside.
In some sort of vague attempt to make up for the lack of a Ctrl:Alt:TheBeat recording for you this week, I was going to give you some classic Nextmen shizzle as the next in my Mixtape Madness series. Then as if to taunt me, another spanner was thrown in the works when the mix I was going to point you at was taken down so at short notice I’ve selected another for you, and it’s an absolute corker.
To be frank, I’d be slightly surprised if you didn’t know Coldcut / Journeys by DJ – 70 Minutes of Madness, as it’s probably one of the most influential mixes of the last 20 years, spawning many imitators but to my mind, never being beaten.
Looking at the track list it seems almost wilfully schizophrenic, covering genres as from dub, drum & bass, house, techno, hip-hop, poetry, experimental electronica, jazzed up breaks and Dr Who, but somehow Ninja Tune founding fathers Matt Black and Jonathan More manage to not only make it work, but also raise it to an artform, with the tracks forming an almost continuous whole shifting between moods and styles effortlessly. It really is that good.