Thursday, May 03, 2007

Mixtape Week: Thursday

Today is Thursday and you know what that means. It means that we're now past the half-way mark in our mixtape week (aww!). Fret not, however, as today's is a corker, featuring kickarse tunes from the likes of Larry Heard, Kathy Diamond and Harry Nilsson, alongside others. Tuck in!


  1. Arto Mwambe - Ombala Mbembo (More technoid badness from Mwambe's superlative Mudhutma! double-header. One of the finest releases of the year so far, make no mistake.)
  2. Moodymann - Technologystolemyvinyle (To fill out Kenny Dixon Jr's prophecy, we have a fully digitised version of his new one that really has to be experienced on vinyl. Hey, new Moodymann is a big deal and not everyone has a record player. We're performing a service here!)
  3. Frivolous - Sooo Savey (Jazzy, grinding minimal house, featuring one of the best cheesy/great vocals I've heard in quite some time.)
  4. Blackjoy - The Bears (Snaking, downtempo disco-house from France's Blackjoy, taken from the latest in Freerange Records' Colours Series: Green. All it needs now is a Prins Thomas remix. Actually, scratch that, it's pretty perfect as it is.)
  5. Larry Heard Presents Mr White - The Sun Can't Compare (Can't believe that it's taken this long for me to put this 2007 DJ mix standard (recently spotted leaving the competition for dust on Dixon's Body Language Vol. 4 and Ellen Allien's Fabric 34) on a mixtape. Found it and loved it last November-ish, but it rightfully takes pride of place here. Better late than never.)
  6. Simian Mobile Disco - I Believe (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) (Thomas gives the original a bit of a slo-mo acid-jacking groove workout feel, without taking away any of the stuff that made the original such a perfect pop tune.)
  7. ESG - Moody (Spaced Out) (No-one does minimalist grooves quite like ESG and this is one of their best, as evidenced by the amount of times it's been sampled.)
  8. Harry Nilsson - Jump Into The Fire (As covered by LCD Soundsystem but even they couldn't improve on the original that features one of the most badarse basslines in the history of badarse basslines.)
  9. Babe Ruth - The Mexican (It's easy to see why the drum break was such a staple of the early b-boy sound. For a rock band from Hatfield, this is hell of funky.)
  10. Kathy Diamond - On & On (Still loving this clav-soaked smoky soul number from Diamond's immense debut album. You all should check her out on the 27th at Po Na Na in Manchester. I'll be there. Will you?)
  11. Frost - Modesty (This, the opener from new album, Love! Revolution! seems to take forever to build, but when the release does eventually come, it's totally devastating. Frost do that low-key grace thing so well that it ain't even funny.)
  12. The Mary Onettes - Lost (This couldn't be more New Order if Peter Hook was on bass and Martin Hannett was producing from beyond the grave. Totally derivative but great stuff all the same.)
  13. New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (Shep Pettibone Remix) (As heard on Hot Chip's DJ-Kicks mix, this doesn't so much improve on the original as just extend all the best bits. The way a good remix should be really.)
Thursday's Mixtape, Ripped, Zipped And Sent Into Space (new link!)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice mix.

how did u get the prins mix so quick.. we only just got it! haha


12:58 pm  
Blogger James said...

Ways and means, fellas. Ways and means.

1:00 pm  
Blogger //TheConsole// said...

babe ruth - the mexican

a classic

4:07 pm  

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