This time 30 years ago…

I’m updating this post as the year passes! Skip on down here: 29/03/91, 08/03/91, 25/01/91, 11/01/91

5th April 1991

30 years ago this weekend the hardcore continues in these two sets from DJ Gravedigger “The man is gonna put you six feet under!” (aka me DJ Tim prior to settling into the more understated Groovedigger moniker) along with a visit from Marty P and accompaniment from MC Jase (I believe along with some text book mic mumbling from Jim!). And it’s classic Jase this week as he rehearses one of his own raps/toasts. In part two he goes on to confuse the audience with the classic contradictory “Time to get lively, relax yourselves“! ๐Ÿ™‚

Musically it’s more of everything we loved and still love. Highlights from the tracks either I or Shazam or I can remember include: Sub Sub – Space Face, Bitin Back aka Micky Finn – She’s Breakin Up (1990 Mix), Richie Rich – Salsa House, NJOI – Adrenalin, Zero Zero – Sanity Claus, Fresh Trax & Ace 2 – Armageddon, Prodigy – We Gonna Rock, Fierce Ruling Diva – Believe, Bug Kann – Made in 2 minutes

Someone please ID that 2nd track on the first set with that classic sample “dred at the controls, international controller throughout the world, universal beat marshal we no partial we play dubwise selection without objection“.

Marty’s set is classic. What a great mix of True Faith’s Take Me Away into Renegade Soundwave’s Phantom, a mix he was still recreating at the 25th Prism anniversary.

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Legendary & Timeless – Anjunadeep 11 Live @ Printworks

I wanted to immortalise this brilliant DJ set. It’s so much more than a set actually. It’s a lush, deep landscape of music that is so perfectly crafted together, and what’s more-so is that it was performed live as surely one of the last great live electronic dance music events before lockdown.

For me it connects directly with a lot of influences. On first listen it took me back to such masterpieces as the Sasha & Digweed Renaissance Mix Collection CDs. The landscape of music presented is one of the same nature – lots of rolling breaks and low key build ups, all mixed together on the down low rather than on the high point which teases you into a hypnotic progressive house trance. Interestingly Digweed is know signed to this label.

But what really wows me about this set is Jody Wisternoff’s influence. Anjunadeep have always been about a deep house down-tempo alternative to their globally acclaimed Anjunabeats label, but when label boss James Grant signed up Jody Wisternoff to be Anjunadeep‘s A&R guy he brought a legacy of great music production with him.

Jody was one half of Way Out West, a long-lasting partnership with Nick Warren (remember his Back To Mine?), and before that one half of Sub Love along with DJ Die. Jody & Die actually stayed over at my house one night after Die’s guest appearance at Prism at The Oxford Venue back in 1992. Jody’s breakbeat roots and his love for frequency dynamics clearly come through in his influences, specifically on Anjunadeep 11.

The track choice here (to my music taste) is as exemplary as the way they have chosen both the order of tracks and the way they are blended. Unfortunately so many of the great ones (notably the 2nd track here) are still unknown.

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Prism/Spectrum Oxford 30th Anniversary Mix

Prism/Spectrum Oxford 30th Anniversary Mix

Best of Thames Valley Free Rave

2 hours of the best of 1990 – 1995 rave, techno, breakbeat & house as heard at Prism and then Spectrum, the Oxford Venue, Oxford and at various free & paid parties in and round the Thames valley and the south east and south west. Mastered from a live set recorded at the 2018 reunion and including live MC’ing from MC’s Pandy P, MC V & Jase.

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I’ve Seen Things You People Wouldn’t Believe

Fiery the angels fell; deep thunder rolled around their shores; burning with the fires of Orc.

Bladerunner 2049 opened in cinemas in the UK yesterday – 6th October 2017. I was lucky enough to catch the 2nd showing of the day at the Dukes at Komedia cinema in Brighton. Set 30 years after the original film – 2049 – it had a lot to live up to in the wake of many people’s sci fi favourite movie of all time (mine included).

As a film buff and movie goer I’ve learned to manage my expectations, so despite the teasingly pleasing imagery and news of a good producer, cinematographer and cast it wasn’t until the first tweets came in after the press screening last week that I started to lose my shit! Read more »

Toyota HJ60 1/10th RC Scaler Scratch Styrene Build

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Since this blog is becoming more and more something I want to hand over to my son Archie one day I figured I’d start sharing more what he and I do together and this is a fun project thatI’ve been archiving as we went along, so here goes.

As a lad I got well into building model cars and trucks. I even came runner up in a photography competition featuring one of my early (albeit unpainted) masterpieces and got very into customisation as a teen.

Back then I could never afford some of the top end Tamiya models so ended up co-building a Wild Willy (!) with a friend of mine across the street. Oh boy that was fun! So now, in my forties, and reliving those years through my son Archie I’ve bought him a couple of kits for us to build and play with together.

The latter of which was a Deadbolt on the Axial SCX-10 chassis, and having done a fair amount of reading up decided that we’d set about building a custom body for it. Read more »

My Inspiration for Travel

Where did you get yours from?

Growing up in the 70’s & 80’s dad used to drag us around all over the place. My longest lasting memories are of those trips we had in various hired campervans. That’s where I got the bug for the campervan infatuation that I’m passing on to my kids.

What about my dad? Well as an author he thankfully has well-documented experience of travelling that started with his time in the war as part of the Forgotten Army, which took him to Burma (Myanmar), Singapore and Hong Kong. But his independent travelling started in 1966, when he took mum on what was then an epic journey by road (and track) from Oxford to Ohrid in the then Yugoslavia. Read more »

Crazy P – New Album – Walk Dance Talk Sing

How lovely to look forward to Crazy P returning to Brighton to play a full live set later this month. Their new album has only just be unveiled but it is available to stream as of today via Soundcloud, and below. Enjoy. We love the Crazy P and this new one is just as good as all the others – a doozy ๐Ÿ™‚

Crazy P – Walk Dance Talk Sing

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NASA Travel Posters


NASA’s own exoplanet travel posters – awesome!

Wow look at these beautiful pieces of poster artwork commissioned by NASA themselves to help inspire a generation to stay on board with the space discovery missions being run by NASA. Commissioned to look like art deco 1930’s era classic poster-work they certainly evoke memories of some classic science fiction artwork and could easily adorn any boys bedroom wall (and even their dad’s!)

There are brief descriptions of each on NASA California Jet Propulsion website here (where hi-res TIFF versions are also available to download) but the artwork really speaks for itself. Read more »

Submotion Orchestra – a study in bass & production

Formed in Leeds in 2009ย the Submotion Orchestra are touching the zeitgeist with their dynamic frequencies and crisp production. Their sound has been heralded by younger dance fans and ageing beard-stroking musos alike. Influences span the decades, from jazz, to soul, ambient, dubstep, electronica and house but are all nailed firmly to the ground with some very sharp production and use of ground-breaking technology. Read more »

Interstellar is out of this world!

I have to say that I loved the movie Interstellar. There’s something so bold and inspiring about it’s message that to me it feels like a call to action for our generation and that of our kids.

Christopher Nola’s epic magnum opus Interstellar opened on Friday 8th Nov 2014. I saw it in it’s native 70mm IMAX format and it was a simply wonderful visual and sonic feast. With a soundtrack by Hans Zimmer it’s audio mix was sometimes almost too over-powering, and at points over-bearing on the dialogue, but had a stealth and grandeur that matched the breadth and depth of the film and it’s themes. Read more »

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