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Digital Kicks 050 – The ‘Pure Imagination’ Mix

Hold your breath. Make a wish. Count to three…

With this mix, the Digital Kicks musical journey is coming to a close. After fifty episodes, I have decided that it is time to move on. From the very first mix I did in a plane, traveling from Madrid to Dublin in March 2006 all the way through to this month’s ‘Pure Imagination’ mix, I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to,  compiling, recording and posting all of my favourite tunes from each month’s new batch of music.

Fifty is a milestone, so I figured now was a good time to change direction. But, fear not faithful listeners, because I am going to begin a brand new series of podcasts next month and embark on an entirely new musical journey. And you will all be invited.

In the meantime, come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination, as we listen to this month’s mix and the very last Digital Kicks.

The tracklisting is:

01. Pure Imagination – Willy Wonka
02. Spacelab – Kraftwerk
03. Good Life (7″ Edit) – Inner City
04. The Light – Common
05. A Love Bizarre (Single Edit Version) – Sheila E ft Prince
06. Maniac (Instrumental Version) – Michael Sembello
07. You Came Out (Album Version) – We Have Band
08. In Focus (Extended Mix) – DJ Inxx
09. Slippage – Land Shark
10. Detroit Moments – John Beltran
11. True (Extended Remix) – Spandau Ballet
12. Why Can’t We Live Together (Lasting Peace Remix) – Timmy Thomas
13. Unicorn – Dizzy Gillespie
14. Theme From Shaft – The Chosen Few
15. Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker
16. You’re Gonna Miss Me – Muddy Waters

Thank you for all of your support and for lending me your ears each and every month.

Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.


Digital Kicks 049 – The ‘Stupid Cupid’ Mix

This month’s Digital Kicks is mixed up good from the start.  Follow this link to hear for yourself.

01. The Voice Of Energy – Kraftwerk
02. Second Principles – Random Factor
03. Motown Spring – Spirit Catcher
04. Night Train – Louis Prima
05. It Must Be Love – Labi Siffre
06. Stupid Cupid – Connie Francis
07. I Don’t Want To Discuss It – Little Richard
08. K-Jee – The Nite-Liters
09. Hurry On Down – Elektrons ft Pete Simpson
10. Hell Is Round The Corner – Tricky
11. The Heat Is On – Glenn Frey
12. Lewis – Yo La Tengo
13. Did I Tell You – Yo La Tengo
14. Little Boxes – Pete Seeger
15. Sabbatical – De-Phazz
16. 3030 – Dan The Automator
17. Chipmunks Are Go! – Madness

Bonus Track
18. Left For Dead – Hunter Gatherer

Digital Kicks 048 – The ‘Funk Ass Rotator’ Mix

It’s funky.  It rotates.  It can be listened to or downloaded here

01. Human Things – From P60
02. Highlights (Charles Webster Remix) – Delgui
03. Don’t Leave Me – Al Green & The Soul Mates
04. Phantom – The Dynamites & Andy Capp
05. Brothers On The Slide – The Dynamics
06. Inhale Exhale (Performed By Venus Malone ft Wordsworth) –
    J Rawls
07. The Pant – Mamaluke
08. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – Louis Armstrong
09. This Town – Frank Sinatra
10. I’m Digging You (Like An Old Soul Record) – Geoffrey Williams
11. ME – Gary Numan
12. Get The Dogs – Speedking
13. The Explorers – CFCF
14. Messages (Greg Wilson Edit) – OMD
15. Funk Ass Rotator – Kraak & Smaak
16. Ride Yor Pony – Lee Dorsey
17. Federated Backdrop – Sound Dimension
18. Formaldehyde Ride – CPEN

Giddy up…

Digital Kicks 047 – The ‘Robots’ Mix

Back from the dead, for your aural pleasure,  is another episode of Digital Kicks.  Navigate here to listen or download the episode.

The track sequence is:

01. Wayback – Hubtone
02. Latina Del Accordion – Daniel Lopez Covas
03. Meltin’ Guitar – Belladonna
04. One Lifetime To Live (Greg Wilson Version) – Gary Davis
05. Stompin’ At The Savoy – Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
06. Trois Gymnopedies (First Movement) – Gary Numan
07. The Robots (2009 Digital Remaster) – Kraftwerk
08. Let The Sun Shine Out (Original Vocal Mix) – Flora Cruze
09. An That’s Saying A Lot (Groove Armada Mix) – Natural Calamity
10. Shimmer – Hanna
11. Armageddon Time – Willie Williams
12. 11th Dimension – Julian Casablancas
13. You Can’t Walk Like A Man (When You’re Too Drunk To Stand) – The Dodge Brothers
14. Dragon – The Amazing

Bonus Tracks
15. The Groove – Darling Android
16. Endless Universe – Digital Daylight

Digital Kicks 026

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.”

Digital Kicks 025

25 volumes
21 songs
01 mix

Here we go…

01. Colder Than The Coldest Winter Was Cold – The Dandy Warhols
02. Maybe Lately – Miracle Fortress
03. Ankle Injuries – Fujiya & Miyagi
04. Death To Los Campesinos! – Los Campesinos!
05. I Want To Be In Husker Du – Let’s Wrestle
06. Fast Cars – Buzzcocks
07. What’cha Gonna Do About It – Small Faces
08. Sunshine Superman – Donovan
09. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive – Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters
10. Move It On Over – Hank Williams
11. Ghost Hardware – Burial
12. If You Really Love Me – Stevie Wonder
13. (What A) Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
14. Mighty Power Of Love (Lars Behrnoth Deep Subtle Koffee Mix) – Leee John
15. No Communication, No Love (Devastating) (Original Version) – Charles Schillings
16. Rock – DJ Spinna
17. American Boy – Estelle ft Kanye West
18. Blacker (Album Version) – Ballistic Brothers
19. Hold Me Now – Johnny Logan
20. Song About Traveling – The Innocence Mission
21. Anyone Else But You – The Moldy Peaches

Colder Than The Coldest Winter Was Cold – The Dandy Warhols
CBS News anchor and documentary show host Bill Kurtis narrates this opening track to the Dandys fifth album ‘Odditorium Or Warlords Of Mars’ and Kub’s 25th Digital Kicks.

Maybe Lately – Miracle Fortress
From the Montreal outfit Miracle Fortress comes ‘Maybe Lately’, a lo-fi song that combines exactly the right amounts of the Beach Boys and Phil Spector without too much of either one.

It’s a lovely little slice of Pop music that makes the world seem like a much better place after you hear it.

Sparkly, shimmery, summertime Indie Pop that will make even the most hardened of cynics smile (maybe even tap their feet).

Ankle Injuries – Fujiya & Miyagi
A record player brand name + the guy from ‘The Karate Kid’ = a couple of guys who like to combine 70s Krautrock and 90s electronic music.

The group apparently met a Sunday league football match, while warming the bench and discussing their mutual admiration for world heavyweight wrestler Kendo Nagasaki.

After spending several years in obscurity, they finally got noticed with the album ‘Transparent Things’ featuring the song ‘Collarbone’ and this little gem.

Death To Los Campesinos! – Los Campesinos!
Aleksandra, Ellen, Gareth, Harriet, Neil, Ollie and Tom are Los Campesinos! Roughly translated as The Farmers! or The Peasants! in Spanish.

This track is from their debut album ‘Hold On Now Youngster…’. Although it may not be the most cohesive piece of work out there it has a lot of catchy tunes, great musicality and proper from-the-heart type Indie music. They are one to watch. That is to say, listen to.

I Want To Be In Husker Du – Let’s Wrestle
Don’t we all?

This is the B-Side to this London trio’s first single, ‘Song For Abba Tribute Record’.

Described as a couple of knock-kneed Indiepop fans with a love of Pop music, who sound like a mixture of Los Campesinos! and Pavement with just the right amount of The Wedding Present thrown in.

If only John Peel were alive today to hear them…

Fast Cars – Buzzcocks
Pete Shelly and Howard Devoto formed The Buzzcocks in Manchester in 1975.
In February 1976, they went to London to see the Sex Pistols.
In July of that year they opened for them at their second gig in Manchester.
At the end of the year they recorded and released ‘The Spiral Scratch’ EP by themselves, making it the very first independent record released.
Then Howard Devoto left the group. He would go on to form Magazine.

Two years later they released their first LP, ‘Another Music In A Different Kitchen’, that begins with this track. ‘Fast Cars’ contains the guitar riff from ‘Boredom’, one of the tracks that put them on the map and featured on their previous EP.

Their strong craftsmanship of Pop songs combined with their rapid-fire Punk energy made them very popular and a huge influence on nearly every band that formed in the 1980s.

The name of their album was based on a piece of art by performance artist Linder Sterling called, ‘Housewives Choosing Their Own Juices In A Different Kitchen’.

And that is the buzz, cocks.

What’cha Gonna Do About It – Small Faces
Small Faces or The Small Faces were from East London and had a huge love of American Rhythm & Blues music. James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Ben E King were just a few of their massive influences.

They are one of the most acclaimed Mod groups and are acknowledged as one of the biggest influences of the Britpop movement in the 1990s.

Things got off to a rough start when the band started playing live. They were kicked out of their first ‘away’ gig in a working men’s club in Sheffield. Feeling rejected, they walked next door to Mod-oriented Mojo Club and played for free. They went down a storm, creating a huge buzz and they soon had a residency in Leicester Square with support from Sonny & Cher.

Their name comes from the fact that all of the band members were around 5’4″ and of the girlfriend’s remarked that they all had “small faces”. The name stuck because the word ‘face’ is Mod slang for a popular, trend-setting individual.

This track is their first single from their first album, ‘Small Faces’, released in 1966.

Sunshine Superman – Donovan
Having begun his musical career as an acoustic Folk musician, Donovan was keen to move on by the mid-1960s. He met Mickie Most and John Cameron, adopted the hippie ‘flower power’ image, immersed himself in Jazz, Blues and Eastern music and discovered Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead.

The result of all this was ‘Sunshine Superman’ – an eclectic blend of Folk, Rock, Pop and Jazz that was innovative and one of the very first psychedelic Pop records of the 1960s.

It made him a superstar, selling hundreds of thousands of records in both the UK and the US. To this day it remains an essential recording from the short-lived (but much-hyped) psychedelic era in Rock music.

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive – Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters
Ac-cent-tchu-ating the positive was (in 1944), is (now) and always will be the key to happiness.

Good advice.

Move It On Over – Hank Williams
The hard drinkin’, Honky Tonk man sings about sleeping in the doghouse after a night of heavy boozin’ in this, his first major Country hit.

Ghost Hardware – Burial
Burial is a Dubstep musician from London. Apparently.

He has released two albums that have received large amounts of critical acclaim. But no one really knows who he is. He has claimed in anonymous interviews that only five people know he makes music.

It was reported in the news earlier this year that his name is William Bevan – the name used for the credits on all of his songs. But it seems that William Bevan is the name of a funeral director in London.

I wonder who this ‘mystery’ man really is?

If You Really Love Me – Stevie Wonder
‘If You Really Love Me’ is from Stevie Wonder’s 1971 groundbreaking album ‘Where I’m Coming From’. It was a very important album for Wonder because it was the first in which he had complete artistic control in the production. It was also the last album in his very first contract with Motown.

Signed as a child prodigy nine years earlier, Barry Gordy had kept very strict control over his company’s productions and his artist’s careers. But that all changed in the early 1970s. Wonder, along with Marvin Gaye, wanted to expand his music with new styles and techniques. When he turned 21 (in 1971) Wonder was approached by Gordy to renegotiate his contract, but thanks to a clause contained in the document he was able to void the agreement and force Motown to accept whatever he recorded.

The result was ‘Where I’m Coming From’ and it foreshadowed what was to come in his next four albums, which would be referred to as his “classic period” and make him one of the most successful and critically acclaimed musicians of his time.

(What A) Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
Considered by many to be the ‘King of Soul’, Sam Cooke recorded and released this song on his first album, ‘Sam Cooke’ in 1960.

It was one of his amazing 29 Top 40 singles in the US between 1957 and 1965.

In addition to his huge contribution to Soul music, he was also a savvy businessman. He founded a record label and a publishing company as an extension to his ‘day’ job as a singer and composer.

He was so astute he even added the ‘e’ to his name because he thought it was classier.

Mighty Power Of Love (Lars Behrenroth Deep Subtle Koffee Mix) – Leee John
1957 – Leee John born in Hackney, London
1970(s) – John works as a back-up singer for The Delfonics, Chairman Of The Board and The Velvettes
1980 – John forms Imagination (the name is a tribute to John Lennon) with Ashley Ingram and Errol Kennedy
1981 – They release the track ‘Body Talk’, which is a huge club hit, goes to Number 4 in the UK Singles chart and sells 250,000 copies
1983 – John appears on Dr Who1996 – John releases ‘Mighty Power Of Love’, which becomes an underground club hit
2000 – Ben Watt releases ‘Lazy Dog’ – a compilation of his favourite tracks from the Lazy Dog club in Notting Hill that features ‘Mighty Power Of Love’. Kub buys the compilation and really likes the track.
2004 – ‘Mighty Power Of Love’ is remixed by Lars Behrenroth and re-released.
2008 – Kub downloads the Behrenroth remix from eMusic and includes it in ‘Digital Kicks 025’.

No Communication No Love (Devastating) (Original Mix) – Charles Schillings
This track is lifted from Schilling’s excellent 2001 Electro-Acoustic album ‘It’s About…’

The album reflected his experiences during six years of DJing around the world as well as his varied musical tastes, ranging from House to Techno to Disco to Funk to Groove to Easy Listening and back to House again.

At the time of it’s release, Schillings was championing the French Touch scene, producing, recording and DJing all over the world. Basically he was busy being one of the biggest names in Dance music.

I first heard this song on the compilation ‘La Mezzanine del Alcazar’, where it was featured on the second disc, mixed by Shade. It’s a quality piece of chilled House that is equally suitable for dance floors as well as armchairs. Pure grooving.

Rock – DJ Spinna
Born Vincent Williams, Spinna first started experimenting with turntables at the age of eleven.

Since then he has recorded, produced, remixed, collaborated and DJed – all with great success. Despite all of his talent and achievements, he has remained largely underground during his career.

This song displays his love of Soul, Funk and Hip-Hop music blended perfectly to create his own unique sound.

American Boy – Estelle ft Kanye West
Song: American Boy
Writer: Will.I.Am
Singer: Estelle
Guest: Kanye West

Her biggest record to date, ‘American Boy’ was a hit in 18 different official charts around the world earlier this year. In the UK, it debuted at Number 72 and jumped 71 places to Number 1 the following week.

That sort of success can buy a lot of Ribena and Penguin bars…

Blacker (Album Version) – Ballistic Brothers
Ashley Beedle, Darren House, Darren Rock, David Hill and Uschi Classen are the Ballistic Brothers.

This song mixes pieces of ‘Brother’ by Gil Scott-Heron and ‘Chameleon’ by Herbie Hancock to create a chilled, electronic, Downtempo, Trip Hop, Jazz masterpiece.

Hold Me Now – Johnny Logan
Johnny Logan is the most successful artist in the Eurovision Song Contest, having won a total of three times between 1980 and 1992.

‘Mister Eurovision’ burst on to the scene in 1980 when he took the top prize at Eurovision for the song ‘What’s Another Year’, which was a huge hit all over Europe and went to Number 1 in the UK.

But his massive success was quickly followed by massive failure when his management team made a huge mistake by releasing two follow up singles simultaneously. Since radio stations had no idea which song to play, both of them flopped. Attempted comebacks in 1983 and 1986 also failed to return the singer to his previous triumphs.

In 1987, he entered Eurovision again with this song and he won for the second time! ‘Hold Me Now’ went on to be a huge hit and million seller. After his second bout of success, he decided to solely concentrate his career in Ireland and Europe.

1992 brought him his third win in Eurovision when he wrote the winning song, ‘Why Me’, for Linda Martin.

Last year this track featured in a McDonald’s Eurosaver Menu ad and introduced a whole new generation to his biggest hit.

Song About Travelling – The Innocence Mission
Husband-and-wife musicians Don and Karen Peris formed The Innocence Mission in the late 1980s in Lancaster, Pennsylvania after meeting at a Catholic secondary school during a production of ‘Godspell’.

Coincidentally, Lancaster is my home town and the secondary school where they met is Lancaster Catholic High School, which is also my Alma Mater.

They began recording in their make-shift studio in their basement but quickly progressed and by their third album, ‘Glow’ (one of my personal all-time favourites), they were selling records and being featured on numerous soundtracks.

This tune comes from their seventh album, ‘Small Planes’, which was recorded during ‘Glow’ but not released until 2001.

Anyone Else But You – The Moldy Peaches
The band from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who began recording in 1999 and then went on hiatus in 2004. Possibly because they released the album ‘The Moldy Peaches’ on September 11 2001 that contained a song called ‘NYC Is Like A Graveyard’. Or possibly because the guitarist, Aaron Wilkinson, left the band and subsequently died in 2003 from a heroin overdose.

Regardless of the reason for the break, this song brought them back from wherever they were when it appeared in the film ‘Juno’ last year and was released as a single on Rough Trade records.

Digital Kicks 024

01. Beautiful Summer Day – Mother
02. 54B – Mudd
03. Back In The Days – The Defloristics
04. Midnight Surprise (Radio Edit) – Lightspeed Champion
05. Down But Not Yet Out – Felt
06. This Charming Man (New York Vocal Version) – The Smiths
07. Hands In The Dark – The Chromatics
08. Rolling Down The Hills – Glass Candy
09. Where Are You – BRS
10. Food Stamps – Leaf
11. Boxe Et Violence – Daniel J White
12 Swan – Tomboy
13. Brain Leech – Alex Gopher
14. Why Don’t You Take Us – Sky King
15. Don’t Take Your Love – The New Sounds
16. Around And Around – Chuck Berry
17. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive – Hank Williams
18. I Get A Kick Out Of You – Frank Sinatra

Set the controls for here to listen to this mix.

Beautiful Summer Day – Mother
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54B – Mudd
Recorded by Paul Murphy (AKA Mudd), released by Rong Music, compiled by Tom Middleton and featured on Renaissance 3D, this tune is a cracker.

A perfect example of ‘chilled out’ music that doesn’t make you want to go to sleep and proof that Mr Middleton is a master at finding and presenting some of the best music around.

Back In The Days – The Defloristics
The Defloristics are Robert Hardt and Harry Zier. They began their careers working with artists like Chaka Khan and Keith Sweat. But now they deliver chilled, polished, electronic Jazzy breaks infused perfectly with Deep House.

This song (and the accompanying album) is an example of music that does not disappoint but that you are unlikely to come across without a recommendation. Well, now it has been recommended. Essential late-night listening.

Midnight Surprise (Radio Edit) – Lightspeed Champion
Devonte Hynes used to be in a band called Test Icicle. But then he changed directions entirely.

In early 2007, he went to Omaha, Nebraska to record his solo debut album with one of the members of Bright Eyes. He stayed for a few months and hung out in a guest house. Lots of musicians came by and they all ended up playing on the resutling album, ‘Falling Off The Lavender Bridge’.

According to Hynes, the album consists of two halves, mixing both dreams and life experiences. This Radio Edit of ‘Midnight Surprise’ is a shortened version of the ten minute track that features on the album.

Down But Not Yet Out – Felt
Ten singles. Ten albums. Ten years.

This is the history of the band Felt. They were from Birmingham, recorded for the labels Cherry Red & Creation and influenced numerous bands, including Belle & Sebastian.

Their sound, defined by an atmospheric, delicate guitar playing, is a perfect example of the Indie scene captured by NME on the C-86 compilation.

This Charming Man (New York Vocal Version) – The Smiths
Arguably, ‘This Charming Man’ is the best and most popular Indie tune of all time.

This version is from the original vinyl release and is a stretched-out, slightly altered remix by the House legend Francois K. Thankfully, he gets it just right and manages to remix the song without losing the plot.

Very good and very obscure.

Hands In The Dark – The Chromatics / Rolling Down The Hills – Glass Candy
Two songs. One compilation. ‘After Dark’ highlights artists who have embraced Italo-Disco, Giorgio Moroder-style, synthesizer music following the Dance-Punk and Electroclash trends.

Creating real atmosphere without the cheesy Eurodisco element, these are two of the stronger tracks from the collection.

Where Are You – BRS
This BRS does not stand for Bristow Group, Ballistic Recovery Systems, British Racing School, Brotherhood Of Railroad Signalmen or the Bureau Of Rural Sciences.

This BRS stands for British Rhythm Services, who formed in 1998. They are DJ Ben Vacara, Rob Evans and Mr Mulatto. They make Downtempo, Deep House like this song that is from the album ‘Gravity’, released in 2002.

Food Stamps – Leaf
Using the leaf as a stamp, press it down carefully onto the white paper. Hold it in place and gently rub the construction paper so that all areas hit the white paper.

Carefully remove the stamp and repeat this process with your other leaves and colors.

Allow to dry completely.

Boxe Et Violence – Daniel J White
Thanks to Mr Thing this little underground break has been restored from obscurity on ‘Strange Breaks & Mr Thing’. It is 116 seconds of pure groovy jazziness.

Swan – Tomboy
Tomboy is Danish producer Tomas Barfod. He makes seriously funky little biscuits like this one. When he’s not busy producing, he plays drums for WhoMadeWho.

Brain Leech – Alex Gopher
Alex Gopher entered the music scene in a pop band known as Orange. He played alongside Etienne De Crecy, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel. When they broke up, they all sold their guitars to buy turntables. De Crecy and Gopher released the infamous French Touch compilation ‘Super Discount’, while Godin and Dunckel formed Air.

After enormous amounts of success with ‘You My Baby And I’ and ‘Wuz’, it seems that Gopher decided to sell his turntable to buy a guitar. The result is this song, which appears on his 2006 self-titled album.

Why Don’t You Take Us – Sky King
Another little beauty uncovered by Mr Thing and included on his strange breaks compilation.

Don’t Take Your Love – The New Sounds
Wigan. Empress Ballroom. Mike Walker. 1973-1981. Northern Soul. Queues around the corner. All nighters. ‘3 before 8’. Drugs. Downfall. Thousands of compilation CDs.

Around And Around – Chuck Berry
This tune was originally released as the B-Side to Johnny B Goode in 1958, which was an autobiographical tale of a coloured boy, who could “play a guitar just like ringing a bell”.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked ‘Johnny B Goode’ as the 7th Greatest Song of All Time and it was chosen as an achievement of humanity for the collection of artifacts placed in the Voyager space craft.

On the flip side, ‘Around And Around’ describes how “the joint was rockin” and has been covered by David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and The Greatful Dead among other artists.

I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive – Hank Williams
Indeed he didn’t.

This was the last single to be released during his lifetime and it reached Number 1 in the Country Singles chart posthumously in January of 1953, after his mysterious death.

I Get A Kick Out Of You – Frank Sinatra
‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’ was originally written by Cole Porter in 1934.

This was the first version that Sinatra recorded in 1953 just before his Oscar-winning role in ‘From Here To Eternity’. After this his career would take off and his life would never be the same again.

Digital Kicks 023

01. Fire (Original Mix) – Soul Khula ft Miss Identity
02. Anywhere You Are – Sunshine Jones
03. Cherry (Jay’s Nude Vocal Mix) – Lisa Shaw
04. Midnight Love – Tennishero
05. Superstar – Lupe Fiasco
06. Stop Complaining (Morcheeba & Capricorn II Remix) – Lyrics Born
07. Sex Education: Ghetto Style – Gil Scott-Heron
08. Pretty Girl With A Crooked Smile – DJ T-Rock & Squashy Nice
09. Morning Child – 4 Hero
10. Appetite – Chin Chin
11. Tomorrow Never Comes – Club 8
12 Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys
13. Vespa – Mike Sammes
14. Up On The Roof – Kenny Lynch
15. Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
16. Old Man Atom – The Sons Of Pioneers
17. Touch And Go – The Cars
18. Tokyo Moon – Windmill
19. You’re All I Have – Snow Patrol
20. Scream Team – Deerhoof
21. You Got Yr Cherry Bomb – Spoon

Fire (Original Mix) – Soul Khula ft Miss Identity
Soul Khula are two studio-boffin-DJ types and a very talented singing sista, all from Johannesburg South Africa. I have a remix of this song on a Cafe del Mar compilation, which I didn’t even realise until I came across this version, the original, on eMusic.

Very good, very chilled and just a little bit deep.

Anywhere You Are – Sunshine Jones
Sunshine Jones was one half of Dubtribe Sound System (along with Moonbeam) in his previous life.

But first he was a punk rocker from the Bay Area in San Francisco. Then he was in to Hip Hop. Then he heard House music. Then he went to Ibiza. And then he formed Dubtribe Sound System, touring non-stop for several years and playing live in an effort to eschew the DJ-centric dance world.

Now he is making deep, melodic House music and still featuring on compilations all over the place, like this one.

Cherry (Jay’s Nude Vocal Mix) – Lisa Shaw
This is a Beatport download that I was delighted to find. I first heard this track two years ago on ‘Es Vive Ibiza 2006’ but it was a mixed effort by Mark Doyle and I couldn’t find the original song anywhere. Until Beatport.

Shaw moved to New York from Toronto in the mid 1990s and quickly found her way in the underground House scene. She guested and sang on tracks for several high profile producers / DJs and finally released her own album, also called ‘Cherry’, in 1995. This song as well as ‘Always’ and ‘Let It Ride’ have featured on dozens of compilations and have been championed by DJs all over the world.

Midnight Love – Tennishero
Tennishero hail from Stockholm and produce quality, chilled out music.

There are debates about whether their name is pronounced ‘Tennis-hero’ or ‘Tenni-shero’. But one thing is for certain – this song, lifted from Hed Kandi’s ‘Kandi Lounge’ compilation is a cracker.

Superstar – Lupe Fiasco
Lupe is a Muslim from Chicago. His birth name is Wasalu Muhammad Jaco and he is the fifth of nine brothers and sisters.

He has won four Grammys, been called a “breath of fresh air” by Jay-Z and hangs out with Jay, Kanye West, NERD and Pharrell.

This track is from his second album, ‘The Cool’, and features Folk singer-songwriter Matthew Santos.

Stop Complaining (Morcheeba & Capricorn II Remix) – Lyrics Born
Lyrics Born is called Tom Shimura by his parents, who are one part-Japanese American and one part-Italian American. Growing up, he lived in Tokyo, Salt Lake City, Berkley and Tampa.

His music encompasses everything, ranging from Hip Hop to Pop to Rock to Funk. His rhyming style is very complex, using techniques such as phonemes and internal rhymes.

He cites the Sugarhill Gang and Ice Cube as influences and has collaborated with artists such as, DJ Shadow, Blackalicious and Jurassic 5.

This song is a remix of the original live song that appears on his 2006 release ‘Overnite Encore: Lyrics Born Live’.

Sex Education: Ghetto Style – Gil Scott-Heron
Poet, musician, spoken word performer and, in some circles, the godfather of rap. These are some of the descriptions placed on Gil Scott-Heron.

He hails from Chicago and was writing, singing, talking about controversial topics long before anyone else was or thought it was cool to do so.

His first album, ‘Small Talk At 125th And Lenox’, was mostly spoken word pieces. And very volatile ones at that. His second album, ‘Pieces Of A Man’, kept the proto-rap approach but combined it with more instrumentation and formal song structures. His third album, ‘Free Will’, was a combination of both. The first side was a musical experience, while the second side was, more or less, a rap session accompanied by a flute and some percussion.

This scathing attack comes from that second side and epitomizes his no-holds-barred, no-topic-is-taboo approach to making music and political statements about society.

Pretty Girl With A Crooked Smile – DJ T-Rock & Squashy Nice
DJ T-Rock was voted “Best God Damn DJ of 2003” by the legendary independent label Hip Hop Slam in San Francisco.

He was also called “The Best DJ You’ve Never Heard” by Bomb Hip Hop, who have introduced most of today’s popular scratch musicians to the mainstream.

Since then he has created a bit of buzz with his recordings and extensive touring schedules though out America and Europe.

In the last decade he has worked with, Afrika Bambaataa, Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys), Z-Trip (Linkin Park) and Cut Chemist.

He is known for his eclectic blend of music and extreme turntable trickery. When asked how he does it, he replied, “It’s simple. There’s no trick. It’s just a simple trick”.

Morning Child – 4 Hero
4 Hero are 4 lads from North London. They formed and began recording in 1990. Since then, they have covered a lot of ground. Their music began as Breakbeat House and Techno, progressed to Jungle and Drum ‘n’ Bass, and has now settled on Broken Beat and Nu Jazz.

This track is from their most recent long player, ‘Play With The Changes’.

Appetite – Chin Chin
Chin Chin are the non-Hip Hop group who record on the Hip Hop label Def Jux.

This tune is from their self-titled release and features their “tighter than your boss with a raise” playing style.

Tomorrow Never Comes – Club 8
Club 8 are a Swedish group, who carefully tread between and experiment with different sounds. They have been known to play Dub, Indie, Trip Hop, Chill Out, 80s Alternative and Bossa Nova.

But instead of sounding like a car crash they manage to hold it all together and produce beautiful, slightly melancholic Anorak Pop.

This track would fit perfectly on any C-86 compilation.

Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys
‘Barbara Ann’ is a cover version of the Regents 1961 hit. The Beach Boys released it in 1965 with Brian Wilson and Dean Torrence (who was one half of Jan & Dean) on lead vocals.

The song appeared on the album ‘Beach Boys Party!’, which was their third LP released in 1965. It came out during the Christmas period and consisted entirely of cover versions.

Vespa – Mike Sammes
Mike Sammes was a musician and vocal session arranger. In 1955 he brought together a core group of singers called, (funnily enough), ‘The Mike Sammes Singers’.

They began working four sessions a day, six days a week and for nearly 15 years provided almost every single note of backing vocals on pop music recorded in Britain. They worked with dozens of singers, including the Beatles on ‘I Am The Walrus’ and ‘Good Night’. They recorded soundtracks, did radio work and sang thousands of radio jingles.

A lot of their jingles, like ‘Vespa’ can be heard on the collection entitled ‘Music For Biscuits’.

Up On The Roof – Kenny Lynch
“When this old world starts getting me down,
And people are just too much for me to face –
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space…”

This is my favorite song in this mix. It really gets me every single time that I hear it.

‘Up On The Roof’ was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and recorded by The Drifters in 1962. Although they didn’t have much success with it, Lynch’s version, released around the same time, was a Top 10 hit in the UK.

Kenny Lynch is a singer, songwriter, entertainer and actor from London. He is best known for numerous appearances on variety shows in the 1960s and his never-ending charity work.

Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
Wilbert Harrison performed and recorded music for years with quite sporadic success. However, in 1959 he hit the big time with ‘Kansas City’.

The song was written in 1951 and became a Billboard Number 1 record for Harrison. It won a Grammy ‘Hall of Fame Award’ and has been named as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s ‘500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll’.

Old Man Atom – The Sons Of The Pioneers
The Sons of Pioneers were an American cowboy singing group founded in 1933 by Leonard Slye, who later took the screen name Roy Rogers.

Their smooth, harmonic western style music was influential and used in several films in the 1950s. Eventually, in 1980, the group were elected in to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

This song is a cover version of the Sam Hinton original and was released by RCA Victor in 1950.

Touch And Go – The Cars
The Cars formed in Boston in 1976. Following the release of their debut album, ‘The Cars’, in 1978, their follow-up, ‘Candy-O’, in 1979 and huge amounts of critical acclaim and success, the band were faced with the ‘difficult’ third album.

In typical fashion, they decided to change direction and go with a more experimental recording, ‘Panorama’, in 1980. It didn’t really work. Fans were disappointed. Critics didn’t like it. In fact, Rolling Stone described the album as, “an out-and-out drag”. But it did contain this little gem of a tune.

It didn’t matter though because bigger success would follow with ‘Shake It Up’ in 1981 and, after a short break, with ‘Heartbeat City’ in 1984, which produced five Top 40 singles and sold four million copies.

Tokyo Moon – Windmill
Windmill is Matthew Thomas Dillon. Although he is largely unknown, when he released ‘Puddle City Racing Lights’, the comparisons to Arcade Fire, Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev were immediately made. And it’s easy to see why.

The song begins with a simple piano riff, then strange, somewhat heartbreaking vocals come in, followed by huge drums and an orchestra arrangement that would give any of the bands listed above a run for their money.

‘Tokyo Moon’ is melancholia at it’s very finest.

You’re All I Have – Snow Patrol
Released in 2006 ‘You’re All I Have’ is the first track and single from ‘Eyes Open’; the fourth album by Snow Patrol.

The band formed in 1994 and have gradually shifted (or slid) from Indie Rock to Alternative Rock, as heard on ‘Final Straw’ and this song, before plummeting into Power Pop territory with the likes of ‘Chasing Cars’.

Perhaps their last great tune, ‘You’re All I Have’ signalled the end of their rocking with the cool kids and the beginning of their rocking with the dads.

Scream Team – Deerhoof
Deerhoof are from San Francisco. They are often introduced as Satomi Matsuzaki (who usually sings and plays bass), John Dieterich (who usually plays guitar), Ed Rodriguez (who usually plays guitar as well) and Greg Saunier (who usually plays drums).

I’m not really sure what that means other than they must be able to switch instruments and places between recordings, between gigs or even between songs.

But never mind that. The more confusing thing is trying to explain their sound. I have seen them classified as Indie Rock or Noise Rock. I have seen their music described as distinctive, unassuming, hyper-expressive, elastic, odd, harmonic, sophisticated, disjointed, condensed, asymmetrical, unconventional, raw and improvised. And that was just one review.

‘Scream Team’ is the ninth track on their seventh album and sums up everything great about the band in a very concise 160 seconds.

You Got Yr Cherry Bomb – Spoon
Since 1994 Spoon have released six studio albums, five EPs and 18 singles. They have been dropped by labels, fought, lost members, gained members, disappeared and reappeared.

This song is from the album, ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’, which has received a lot of good press and placed them ever-so-slightly on the radar.

But even recording the album was hard. ‘You Got Yr Cherry Bomb’ is a song that the band really struggled with. In the end three versions were recorded and this is the one that appears on the album. It was all probably worth it though because Rolling Stone named proclaimed it Number 16 in the 100 Best Songs of 2007.

Digital Kicks 022

01. I Will Follow – U2
02. Seeing People You Know – The Young Republic
03. Vodka – China Bear
04. Faust Arp – Radiohead
05. Jigsaw Falling Into Place – Radiohead
06. Empire Song – Killing Joke
07. Get It On (Work In Progress) – T Rex
08. I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore – Woody Guthrie
09. Country Trash – Johnny Cash
10. Lively Up Yourself – Bob Marley & The Wailers
11. Apply Some Pressure – Mark Ronson ft Paul Smith
12 Mr Pitiful – Otis Redding
13. Do You Believe In Love – Huey Lewis And The News
14. Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann
15. Casual Sub (Burning Spear) (45 or 33? Radio Edit) – ETA
16. Good Feelin (TNT Bonus Mix) – Swing Kids

Click here to listen to the mix.

01. I Will Follow – U2
Track one, album one.

U2 burst on to the scene with this song in October 1980.

Bono wrote the song only weeks before the band went into the studio to record ‘Boy’. He has said the song is about his mother, who tragically died at the funeral of her father.

The song is one of their most enduring tracks and has been included in nearly every live show they have ever played.

02. Seeing People You Know – The Young Republic
The Young Republic come from Boston and consist of eight lads, who are equally adept with rock and classical instruments.

This song is a non-album track and highlights their happy, poppy, country-tinged, orchestral-infected harmonic sound. Listen and smile.

03. Vodka – China Bear
I lifted this song from a ‘City Lounge’ compilation (number 3 to be exact) and included it because of the groovy, laid back vibe it contains. It makes for great lounge music and was also quite a popular track in Ibiza last year, featuring on a couple of compilations created by those peeps who are supposedly “in the know.”

04. Faust Arp – Radiohead
05. Jigsaw Falling Into Place – Radiohead

The band and the album are so good that I had to include two tracks. Both are from ‘In Rainbows’, released on the interweb last October and in shops this January.

One, two, three, four…

‘Faust Arp’ was a bit of an enigma before the release of ‘In Rainbows’. It began initially as an interlude and then transformed into a proper song as recording progressed. The song features Thom’s voice, guitar and strings blended together perfectly to produce a brilliant, little acoustic tune.

‘Jigsaw’ is a tight, quirky song that reminded everyone of the now pre-electronic, classic Radiohead sound. The track was the first single from ‘In Rainbows’ and made a decent impression in the charts on both sides of the pond. The video also features the entire band together on camera for the first time in years. The technique of using head cams to produce the black and white video just adds to the tense, edgy nature of the song.

06. Empire Song – Killing Joke
Killing Joke started as a Post-Punk Rock band in 1979. Their dark, Gothic sound combined heavy guitars with danceable rhythms that influenced numerous bands and grabbed the attention of a lot of people. One of them was John Peel. He loved them and played them constantly on his show.

Their third album featured ‘Empire Song’ and it became one of Peel’s favourites. Despite the recognition and airplay, the band started to lose the plot. Several of the members became heavily involved in the occult and moved to Iceland in an effort to avoid and survive what they called the ‘inevitable apocalypse’.

Of course the apocalypse never happened and they all eventually copped on and moved back to England where they continued to record and tour until the 1990s.

07. Get It On (Work In Progress) – T Rex
‘Get It On’ or ‘Bang A Gong’ (if you bought the record State side) is one of the most well known T-Rex tunes and arguably the biggest song from the Glam Rock era.

The track is from ‘Electric Warrior’ and was Marc Bolan’s attempt to emulate one of his heroes, Chuck Berry.

This version of the song is a bonus track from the extended ‘Electric Warrior’ CD and contains some in-studio banter between Bolan, the band and the engineers during rehearsals.

08. I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore – Woody Guthrie
Woodrow Wilson ‘Woody’ Guthrie aka ‘The Dust Bowl Troubadour’ is one of the greatest American songwriters and folk musicians of all time.

He was born in 1912 and traveled extensively across the States, looking for work, in the 1930s due to the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.

The Dust Bowl or ‘dirty thirties’ was a period of severe dust storms that swept across the prairie lands in middle America and Canada during the early 1930s. Extreme crop damage and drought forced many men to travel west in search of work.

Guthrie was one of these men and he spent his spare time writing songs and singing about the working people he met.

This track is from ‘Dust Bowl Ballads’ which Guthrie recorded in New York in 1940. It was his first commercial recording and the most successful album that he ever made.

09. Country Trash – Johnny Cash
From the ‘Dust Bowl Troubadour’ to the ‘Man In Black’, Johnny Cash sings about ‘Country Trash’.

Another man all too familiar with pain and hardship, some of Cash’s songs exude feelings of loss and suffering from every single line.

‘Country Trash’ was recorded later in his career and can be found on ‘American III: Solitary Man’.

In the song Cash sings, “My hands don’t earn me too much gold, For security when I grow old. But we’ll all be equal under the grass, And God’s got a heaven for country trash.” Amen brother.

10. Lively Up Yourself – Bob Marley & The Wailers
‘Lively Up Yourself’ is the first track on the politically charged 1974 album ‘Natty Dread’ and is a blues influenced song that captures the spirit of the Rastafarian Movement.

Marley is by far the most widely known and revered performer of reggae and ska music. He is also known for his unwavering beliefs in the Rastafarian way of life. In fact those beliefs cost him his life.

In 1977 he was diagnosed with cancer when a malignant melanoma was found in an old football wound on his right toe. He refused amputation (believing the body must be ‘whole’), all other surgical possibilities and perceived doctors as deceivers. Within three years the cancer had metastasized to his brain, lungs, liver and stomach. Four years after being diagnosed, Marley died at the incredibly young age of only 36. His parting words to son Ziggy were, “Money can’t buy life.”

11. Apply Some Pressure – Mark Ronson ft Paul Smith
Mark Ronson. Producer. DJ. Cover artist. He’s won a few Grammys and BRITs. He plays at celebrity private parties. People either seem to like him or hate him.

‘Version’ is the album this song is from and, as the name suggests, is a disc of cover versions.

In an unusual move, Ronson enlisted Paul Smith, the singer with Maximo Park, to sing on this tune. The result is a not-so-different-than-the-original cover version. Slightly brassier. Slightly more polished and produced. But every bit as cool as the original.

12. Mr Pitiful – Otis Redding
‘Mr Pitiful’ first appeared on the 1965 album ‘The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads’.Then it surfaced as a reference in the fictitious dance song ‘The Crunge’ by Led Zeppelin.Next, it was featured on the soundtrack to ‘The Commitments’.

And now it appears again on Digital Kicks 022. It’s a musical journey.

13. Do You Believe In Love – Huey Lewis & The News
I was watching ‘The Wedding Singer’ a few months ago and heard this track for the first time in years. I used to really like Huey Lewis when I was a kid and this song would have been one of my favourites.

After seeing the film, I scanned my hard drive, found this track buried on a compilation, dusted it off and included it in this mix.

14. Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann
Manfred Mann, who is originally from South Africa, formed a band in London at the end of 1962. Inspired by the Blues scene championed by the Stones and Yardbirds, the group toured non-stop for nearly a year. They signed a record deal with HMV in early 1963 and struck gold with this tune, which was their third single. It went to number one in both the UK and the US. Proof that the third time really is a charm.

15. Casual Sub (Burning Spear) (45 or 33? Radio Edit) – ETA
‘Casual Sub’ was released by ETA in 1997 at the height of the Big Beat scene. It samples ‘Burning Spear’ by Burning Spear, who is a Jamaican born singer and musician.

The song was released as a five track EP and contained this original version as well as some really good remixes. The name comes from the fact that the song can either be played at 33 rpm (for a chilled out vibe) or at 45 rpm (for more of a party, get-down type of vibe). Either way the song is big and it grooves!

16. Good Feelin (TNT Bonus Mix) – Swing Kids
Swing Kids is a moniker for Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez of Masters At Work fame. He used the name when he produced, recorded and remixed this tune in 1991. India’s singing is a perfect match to his classic four-on-the-floor House music.

This track is one of his personal favourites and, by his own admission, very rarely leaves his record box. I lifted it from his brilliant collection, released last year on NRK, called ‘Back In The Box’.

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I’ve been hard at work this month to bring you the latest Digital Kicks. In fact it is bigger and better than ever. So big in fact that this month it had to be split into two sides.

Move your cursor here to listen to Side A.

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FILES – A: The ‘Reverso‘ Side
01. Finger Painting – DJ Part
02. Promises (Reverso 68 Remix) – Badly Drawn Boy
03. Shine – Deep Dive Corp
04. Dizzy – The Royal Blue
05. A Hard Day’s Night – Peggy Lee
06. Something’s Got A Hold On Me – Etta James
07. Trespassing (Chalice Mix) – Cujo
08. Woman Of The Ghetto – Marlena Shaw
09. One More Time (Instrumental Version) – Peven Everett
10. There’s Something On – 808 Funk
11. Drunk Chicken / America – U2
12 I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You – Bee Gees
13. I Love The Rain (Acid Rain Remix) – The Real Tuesday Weld
14. Petootie Pie – Ella Fitzgerald

DATA – Behind the notes

Finger Painting – DJ Part
Shadow Records started in 1995 as a sub-label of Instinct to focus on the more organic side of electronic music. They partnered with Ninja Tunes and released lots of cool, hip ready-made electronica perfect for chilling out and introducing to your mates. Just like this track by DJ Part.

Promises (Reverso 68 Remix) – Badly Drawn Boy
Recipe for a great track:

A. Take the vinyl/download release only song ‘Promises’ by Indie singer/songwriter Badly Drawn Boy
B. Take the remix duo Reverso 68 (otherwise known as Phil Mison and Pete Herbert)
C. Combine the two in a studio
D. Play and mix the song during a slow steady process of layering, building and (re)constructing
E. Repeat as necessary until you have a re-worked, chilled piece of music that soothes while maintaining a groove that makes you smile and nod your head
F. Give permission to Kenneth Bager to release the track on his fifth installment of the Luftkastellet series
G. Stock the CD in all good music shops with better quality and a discerning ear

Ladies and gentlemen we have a winner!

Shine – Deep Dive Corp
Deep Dive Corp are called Bjorn Gerhard and Peter Musebrink by their family and friends. They have quite a beefy output of albums and 12″ singles on various finger-on-the-pulse type labels.

This track is lifted from the very same Luftkastellet compilation mentioned above. And I’m not sure which I like more – the woozy, drunken mumblings or the Pete Hook-esque bass line.

Dizzy – The Royal Blue
Grooooovy baby!..

‘Dizzy’ is a song that was recorded by the All-American, clean-cut, Buddy Holly-inspired, singer Tommy Roe in 1969. It has been the number one single in the US once and the UK on two occasions. The first time was in America in March of 1969 by Tommy Roe. The second was the same version in the UK in June of 1969. The third time was in the UK when the Wonder Stuff covered it with Vic Reeves in November 1991.

This is a lounge version, which I am fairly certain, did not go any where near the charts. I swiped it from a cheesy cocktail compilation that I picked up in America last summer, subsequently lost on the road and sub-subsequently found again when I got back to Dublin. It’s a musical journey…

A Hard Day’s Night – Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee was born Norma Deloris Egstrom in North Dakota in 1920. From her childhood years singing for food on the radio all the way through to her last performances in the 1990s, Lee was a wonder and a successful singer, songwriter and actress. She was the favourite singer of millions of people throughout the years, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong and Judy Garland.

This cover of the Beatles’ classic was also taken from the same cheesy lounge compilation as ‘Dizzy’ but originally appeared on Lee’s 1965 album ‘Pass Me By’. My advice to you is don’t pass her by.

Something’s Got A Hold On Me – Etta James
For the second month running, Etta is back with another killer tune. She’s really just too much woman for only one track.

Trespassing (Chalice Mix) – Cujo
Cujo is the Drum ‘n’ Bass moniker of Brazilian DJ/producer Amon Tobin. He took the name Cujo from the Stephen King novel and he took the name Tobin from his Irish stepfather. After moving to England, he released several EPs and then signed with Ninja Tunes in 1996. Six critically acclaimed albums followed as well as his superb live shows. He is renowned for using sampling in his records to a degree that no one else can even come close to. But when he plays live he takes everything to another level. He only uses a 7.1 surround system for his gigs and with the use of layering and texturing techniques, usually makes the records he plays sound even better than the original studio versions. This track is a great introduction to his work.

Woman Of The Ghetto – Marlena Shaw
Marlena Shaw was signed by the legendary Soul label Chess in 1966 and released this song, probably her most famous, in 1969. Although the live version is probably the definitive one, I prefer this original studio version.

In 1972, Marlena moved to Blue Note and in doing so became the Jazz label’s first female artist. When Disco began gathering steam in the mid 1970s, Shaw moved away from her Soul roots, adopted the new style and released the very first 12″ single for Blue Note.

The live version of this song from the ‘Live At Montreaux‘ album was sampled by St. Germaine and used for his song ‘Rose Rouge’.

One More Time (Instrumental Version) – Peven Everett
Peven Everett is a singer from Chicago who is probably best known for singing ‘Gabriel’, one of the seminal House records from the 1990s, with producer (and mate) Roy Davis Jr. The song sold over 250,000 copies and has been referred to as a ‘classic’ by nearly every single DJ who wants to be taken seriously (including me) and sound like they know what they are talking about when it comes to House music.

I heard ‘One More Time’ on Sirius satellite station #35, otherwise known as ‘Sirius Chill’. A quick search on brought up a link and in only thirty seconds I had purchased the song. Is there anything the interweb can’t do?

There’s Something On – 808 Funk
– refers to:
The Roland TR (Transistor Rhythm) 808 Rhythm Composer drum machine. The TR-808 was only produced from 1980 – 1984 and (by most accounts) was not a very good machine. It sounded nothing like a real drum. But it was cheap, featured more sounds, had more controls and offered more memory than it’s predecessors.

It was embraced and only used by a handful of musicians during it’s production. Perhaps the most famous of them was Marvin Gaye, who used the Roland TR-808 on his song ‘Sexual Healing’ in 1982.

Ironically, when the machine had gone by the wayside in the late 1980s someone discovered that it could actually produce a very deep sub-bass sound. Exactly what early House and Hip Hop producers were looking for. Enter the first phase of DJ and dance culture…

Funk – refers to:
a) body odor or the smell of intercourse
b) the blend of soul, jazz and R&B into a slow, groovy, loose, riff-oriented form of music
c) the genre that was started by James Brown in the mid-1960s, expanded into jazz territory by George Clinton and Parliment in the early 1970s, copied by EVERYONE (and their brothers) in the mid-to-late-1970s and then replaced by machines (including the TR-808) in the early 1980s

808 Funk pay a proper tribute to both parts of their name with this tune.

Drunk Chicken / America – U2
Bono is known, and often derided for, his incessant rambling about most things political. But it is his incessant rambling that actually creates this song, which is an out-take from the Joshua Tree recording sessions and can be found on the 20th Anniversary Collector’s Box Set.

In the song he speaks/mutters, complaining about America and to America. But by the end of the song (about 90 seconds later) he admits that despite all of it’s shortcomings, America is actually an incredible place that he can’t stop being obsessed about.

I’m not sure what a chicken has to do with it and (it seems) he may, or may not, have been drunk when he recorded it.

I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You – Bee Gees
Before the polyester, gold chains and bad hair cuts the Bee Gees were regular guys. Before leading the way during the Disco tidal wave in the late 1970s they were a Soft Rock band in the 1960s. And a good one too.

The three brothers, Barry, Maurice and Robin, grew up in Australia, where they sang and performed at numerous resorts while releasing a couple of singles a year during their adolescence.

Before returning to their home in England in the late 1960s, a demo of theirs found it’s way into the hands of the Beatles manager, Brian Epstein. A five year contract with Polydor followed and the hits started flowing. This tune is from their third album and went to #1 in the UK and #8 in the States.

During the next 35 years, the band would go on to sell an amazing 225 million albums, placing them only behind Elvis, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney in all-time record sales.

I Love The Rain (Acid Rain Mix) – The Real Tuesday Weld
The real Tuesday Weld was an actress born in the 1940s and who starred in a film about rock ‘n’ roll called Rock, Rock, Rock. She also acted beside Elvis, Steve McQueen, Bing Crosby and Jack Nicholson (to name a but a few). She also won a Golden Globe Award.

This Tuesday Weld is a British band fronted by singer Stephen Coates. The band are named after the actress because Coates had a dream about her one night. His nocturnal meanderings influenced him and led to a very unusual, offbeat jazzy cabaret-style of electronica music. One that Coates refers to, himself, as “antique beat”.

My only problem with the song is that I, unlike Stephen, do not love the rain.

Petootie Pie – Ella Fitzgerald
What do you get when you combine Ella Fitzgerald, who was called the “First Lady of Song” with Louis Jordan, who was called the “King of the Jukebox”?

A: A hit record! The two of them sang together and this song and it went to #3 in the charts in 1946. With that much talent, how could it not have been a hit?