A big hello to all you listeners out there and welcome to Digital Kicks 026. I’m your host-with-the-most DJ Kub. This month’s mix is a special one because it features double shots of some of the best artists making some of the best music around.
Things kick off with Olaf Gutbrod, who goes by the artist name of Ohm G. He is currently the resident DJ at Atzaro in the lovely island of Ibiza. When he isn’t spinning dance grooves on the wheels of steel, he is busy recording chilled out ambient music with the knobs and dials of style. Here he is with two tunes of heavenly synths and silky beats.
01. Almost Alive – Ohm G
02. La Fleur De Vie (Ambient Mix) – Ohm G
Next up we move to the man with a plan who puts the bass in your face. It’s Julien Jabre and his unique, deep House sounds. His tracks have something for your body and your mind.
03. That Day – Julien Jabre
04. Deliverance – Julien Jabre
Our next double shot takes us back to the halcyon days of the late 1970s. Gary Numan and Paul Gardiner met in 1977 in the ‘Big Smoke’. They played in both Punk and New Wave Bands together before accidentally discovering synthesizers and their shared love of science fiction. 1979 saw the release of their second long playing album, ‘Replicas’, which made them Electro pioneers and eventually, when combined with bad fashion sense and dodgy haircuts, became a major influence for the New Romantics.
05. You Are In My Vision – Tubeway Army
06. Are ‘Friends’ Electric (Early Version) – Tubeway Army
Now we are gettin’ serious people. Listen up. From a seven piece group singing to an eight piece group rapping, you better give it up for the Witty Unpredictable Talent and Natural Game Clan. And they ain’t nothing to f’ wit. They are the Wisdom, Universe, Truth, Allah, Nation and God Clan. And I am telling you they ain’t nothing to f’ wit.
07. Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing To F’ Wit – Wu-Tang Clan
08. Shame On A Nigga – Wu-Tang Clan
Two songs! Seven piece band! Them playing! You listening! Don’t touch that dial! It’s Los Campesinos!
09. We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives – Los Campesinos
10. It Started With A Mixx – Los Campesinos
You are listening to Digital Kicks. I am DJ Kub, playing all the platters that matter and dropping the beats from the streets, including these two tracks from the hippest, sharpest dressed man in all of Hip Hop today
11. Flashing Lights – Kanye West ft Dwele
12. I Wonder – Kanye West
Let’s take it down a notch now with some heartbroken Soul music from Adele Laurie Blue Adkins. Adele has said that she was influenced by Etta James and Dusty Springfield by complete accident. She claims that she went to HMV one day and was looking through the sales section for some ideas for a new hairstyle when she discovered CDs by both artists. She bought them, took them home, played them and started singing immediately. Now if she could just do something with her hair…
13. Right As Rain – Adele
14. Chasing Pavements – Adele
This month’s Digital Kicks wraps up with a couple of legends. Ella Fitzgerald grew up listening to Jazz records by Louis Armstrong. In 1956 the pair teamed up and released an album of standards called, ‘Ella And Louis’ on the Verve label. Both these tracks are taken from that recording.
15. A Foggy Day – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
16. Cheek To Cheek – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Thanks very much to all of you for listening. I would like to leave you with a quote from the great Ella Fitzgerald herself: “It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.”