Thursday, September 28, 2006

Mixtape Ahoy!

Okay, I've decided to spoil you lot this week. Seeing as it's the last volume in the Giddy Up! series (same shit, different title from next week), I've made it a double. So here we go, with the links for both discs (assuming you actually burn them) at the bottom of the post. Let's get started...


Disc One

  1. Swan Lake - Are You Swimming In Her Pools? (One of the first songs to leak from Swan Lake's album, you probably all have this by now. The hell with it though, it's a beautiful song, written and sung by man of the year, Spencer Krug, with Carey and Dan twittering away in the background on all sorts of instruments. Lovely.)
  2. Love - August (From the massively-overlooked, 'lost' Love album, Four Sail, I actually saw Arthur Lee do this live in Manchester a couple of years back. You can already feel just how much he is missed. The musical landscape just isn't the same without him around.)
  3. Antonio Carlos Jobim & Elis Regina - Aguas De Marco (Inspired by the episode of Sealab 2021 where Marco returns and he and Debbie sing it at the end in an inspired, Dadaist climax. Brilliant song, too. If you don't know what I'm on about, then shame on you.)
  4. Kings Have Long Arms - Pigeons Carry My News (Ooh, it's another nice loungey number about masturbation and being a peeping tom. There seems to be so many around these days.)
  5. R.E.M. - Can't Get There From Here (A bit of an anomaly in R.E.M.'s back-catalogue in that it's actually funky. Not in a James Brown kind of way, like, more a Feelies/Orange Juice manner, but funky all the same.)
  6. The Hot Puppies - Terry (For my Dad. And my friend's cat.)
  7. Archie Bronson Outfit - Dead Funny (Lowdown, dirty, blues-rockin' where the hi-hat gets a serious workout and there's maracas, too. What more could you want?)
  8. Drrtyhaze - Hey Mama (Slightly beardy house tune that's new on Gomma Records and makes liberal use of Robert Plant's voice. It reminds me a little of Reverso 68 with it's laid back, organic feel. Very, very nice indeed.)
  9. Curtis Mayfield - Get A Little Bit (Give, Get, Take And Have) (From the point where Curtis started to go a little disco in order to sell some more records and pander to the public. Luckily for us, he never sacrificed anything artistically. Good enough to stand up against some of his finest work.)
  10. Woolfy - Oh Missy (I'm only just starting to get into the great work being done over at Rong Music and this is one of my favourites from what I've heard so far. Somewhere between the DFA and Bloc Party, with a bit of camp thrown in for good measure.)
  11. Hot Chip - Colours (Fred Falke Remix) (I couldn't believe I hadn't put this glorious French house overhaul of ver Chip's last single on a mixtape before, but Hot Chip have been on so many, I'd lost track of what I had and hadn't put on. One of the remixes of the year, in my opinion.)
  12. Ost & Kjex - Milano Model (I know very little about these Norwegians, but I know that I love this. I've absolutely caned this very fine piece of slightly messy, thrilling techno over the past week, like it was going out of fashion. I think I've heard one of the dance scene's big hopes for 2007.)
  13. Zwicker - Monkey Mood (The highlight of Get Physical's recent Full Body Workout Vol. 3 compilation, this is a nice bit of dirty, twisted tech-house. Oh yeah, and there are monkey noises. Used sparingly, mind, to avoid irritation.)
  14. Outsider - Sex Is Extra (Not something that I normally go for but this is a suitably filthy, jackin', boompty-boomp monster. Just like Derrick Carter used to make.)
  15. Lifelike & Kris Menace - Discopolis (Just brilliant.)
  16. Carole Robert & Improvistas - Le Fruit Defendu (This is what file-sharing's all about! I happened across the compilation of Quebecois girl-groups from which this is taken while just searching random users' files. Like the twenty-first century equivalent of rooting through the record bins in the Oxfam shop. Only not really.)

Disc Two

  1. Brigitte Fontaine - Brigitte (I've got a lot of mileage out of Andy Votel's Folk Is Not A Four-Letter Word comp, but this is one that I always come back to. Simplicity personified, this is just the singer and a guitar, but it's the voice that sends shivers down my spine. Gorgeous.)
  2. Royal Trux - Call Out The Lions (Languid, druggy rock 'n' roll from the Pound For Pound album. If you aren't well up on the genius that is Royal Trux, then you're missing out.)
  3. Pelle Carlberg - Bastards Don't Blush (A future star, Carlberg takes his cues from The Smiths, but adds his own sense of the absurd to proceedings. One of the finds of the year, for me.)
  4. Hot Club De Paris - Bonded By Blood (A Song For Two Brothers) (Deliciously odd, this should assuage any doubters who think that HCDP are just Futureheads copyists. This has got human beatboxing on it, fer fuck's sake.)
  5. Mungolian Jetset - Navigator (MJS' album, Beauty Came To Us In Stone threw me a bit of a curveball when I first listened to it. I don't know what I was expecting, but I certainly wasn't expecting a jazzy, all-over-the-shop sound collage. I love it now, though and so should you.)
  6. Yellow Magic Orchestra - Firecracker (Perfect, just perfect.)
  7. Tina Weymouth - Incognito (Now, I consider myself a big Talking Heads fan, but I had no idea of this track's existence until the other day, when I first ran through Chicks On Speed's excellent new Girlmonster collection. I'm glad I've heard it now, because it is teh awesome.)
  8. Antipop Consortium - Dystopian Disco Force (Superb two-minute wig-out, replete with hammond organ and kickarse drums.)
  9. Killer Mike - That's Life (Angry, superlative diatribe that really takes no prisoners. Chuck D used to spit like this and Killer Mike sounds like his natural successor here.)
  10. Pharoahe Monch - Push (Bold, brassy comeback, upon which Pharoahe chooses to sing the first verse. No-one could ever accuse him of going for the easy option, at least.)
  11. Quiet Village Project - Circus Of Horrors (A rockier affair than most QVP tunes, that features some pretty gnarly fretwork, but is just as cosmic as, say, 'Pillow Talk' or 'Can't Be Beat'.)
  12. Prins Thomas - Is It Big Enough? (Oo-er, missus! Lindstrom's other half gets all saucy on us with this, the flip to his latest Full Pupp release, 'Ferhara'. The answer is, why yes, Mr Thomas, it's a perfect fit.)
  13. Escort - Starlight (I'm pretty sure I've had this on a mixtape in the past, but it's good enough to warrant a return. Stupendously ecstatic disco, the kind of which they don't really make anymore. Well...)
  14. Scissor Sisters - Lights (...these guys come pretty close with this. 'Lights' is one of the best things that Scissor Sisters have recorded so far, it's such a shame that Ta Dah is, quite frankly, a bit shit. In amongst all the Elton John-facsimiles and faux-burlesque hackery is this little pearler. Much like 'The Devil', from The Rapture's latest album, this is almost too corny to be perfect and always skirts around the edges of preposterousness, but somehow, in being vaguely ridiculous, this manages to sound 'realer' than anything else they've ever put down on tape. A moment of genius.)
  15. Shakes - Sister Self Doubt (And just when you think the whole dance-punk well had run dry, Shakes divine this breath of fresh air from its damp, fetid bottom. The production on this gives me an erection. In a purely non-sexual way, of course.)
  16. Talking Heads - Crosseyed And Painless (Remain In Light will always continue to surprise me with every listen. I stuck it on the other day and this nearly made me forget about my migraine to throw myself around the room in a wobbly-limbed, David Byrne kind of manner. Only nearly, though.)
  17. Ultramagnetic MCs - Travelling At The Speed Of Thought (Hip-House Club Mix) (No don't run away! Hip-house may well be one of the most maligned subgenres in the history of music, but this stupid-fresh remix (which I only discovered about a month ago) is utterly deranged in the best way possible.)
  18. Robbie Williams - Lovelight (Soulwax Ravelight Dub) (Yeah, I know what you're thinking. This is actually the second time in the space of a couple of months that I've featured 'that fat dancer out of Take That' on a mixtape, but this deserves its place. I haven't heard the original, but I've no idea how Soulwax got from that to this. This is one of the most aggressive, pumped-up, in-your-face tunes I've heard in years. Fuck Klaxons, this is the nu-rave!)
  19. The What Four - I'm Gonna Destroy That Boy (Watch your back on the way out!)

Disc One

Disc Two



P.S. Don't expect many posts over the weekend. I'm going on a bender!


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