And a (partial) playlist for the morn went something like this:
- The Detroit Experiment – Think Twice
the Henrik Schwarz and Mark E mixes of Carl Craig‘s gathering of Motor City jazz vets actually work, with Mr. E’s pair having an edge IMO – and that surprised me.
- Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
the 20th Anniversary edition complete with a replica of the first edition vinyl wrap around sleeve. I DJed at the NZ launch party. I feel old. This album does not sound old. Or maybe it does.
- Liquid Liquid
the collection of just about everything that was out on vinyl in 2005 (as a reissue of a 1997 album just to confuse) and finally made it to CD late last year
- Benga – B4 The Duel
I keep thinking early Bronx hip hop when I listen to this guy. This doesn’t sound much like The Birthday Party but it carries the spirit. I’m not sure I know what I mean.
- Nuance – Loveride
Big thumping electro vox track that we used to thrash at The Playground and The Brat. Yes, indeedy – and all I wanna a do is scream, scream, scream.….
- Prefab Sprout – He’ll Have To Go
a bonus track on the US reissue of Steve McQueen although they called it Two Wheels Good so as not to offend Ali McGraw or something. It’s a Jim Reeves tune init.
- The Saints – This Perfect Day
the other great Saint’s song. Did you know that I’m Stranded was produced by a New Zealander. There you go, we’re everywhere.
- Studio –Origin
Swedish nu-disco troupe successfully imitate New Order circa 1988.
- Diplo –Smash A Kangaroo
on the recent collection of Diplo mixes and from a kind of collaboration with an Australian co-op in 2007. The (intentional) clunky ocker accents are choice.
- Johnny Thunders – Subway Train
poor old Johnny. What is it about tragic old junkies? There always comes a point where the smack overtakes the talent. This big noisy ballad (first done by The New York Dolls on their debut, but clearly Johnny wasn’t happy with that and this kills it) from So Alone, is a pretty strong reason to argue Thunders hadn’t reached that point in ’78. That came shortly after though….
- The Fireman – Nothing Too Much, Just Outasight
McCartney (and Youth who seems to have a pretty token input) did quite well with Electric Arguments. It’s pretty listenable (at least the first 6 tracks or so before it wanders off) and I love this son of Helter Skelter big time. You hang on waiting expectantly for Ringo’s blisters wail each time it ends. Not bad for an old fella and a worthy addition to a body of work that has improved substantially in recent years.
- Andy Stott– Unknown Exception
tech collection from my favourite producer de jour.
- The Viceroys – Heart Made of Stone
Soul wrenching ballad from Sly and Robbie’s piano phase.