Andrew Weatherall at Festival Number 6

I had the pleasure of hosting another conversation with Andrew Weatherall, this time at Festival Number 6. There was a sizeable crowd to see him, and there were laughs from the off – and some good heckling from a Glaswegian Love From Outer Space regular. Weatherall is always impressive and I could probably write reams and reams about why he’s so influential, but instead, I’d just like to leave you with a tiny nugget, right from the end of the session. We’d been talking about his BBC6Music radio shows, and specifically, the one where he played the music that made Screamadelica, a show that featured tunes from Can, ACR, Prince Far I and Isaac Hayes. What, I asked, might be on a show that explained the music that makes him right now? 

I’m paraphrasing but the answer is perfect, because it explains why he’s still as relevant now as he was when he and his pals started Boys Own back in the late ’80s. “I value authenticity over originality.” 

Or to put it another way, come as you are. 



You can see my interview with him at last year’s RBMA here.

7s Unda The Stairz

When I say I DJed at Marsha Smith’s 7’s Unda The Stairz night last week, I do so with single quotation marks in the air and with the humble reservation that DJing is a noble art and that the most I can hope to say is that I can select alright.

Lets just say me and the faders need to spend some more time together. I really enjoyed it (apart from the silence when I crossfaded the wrong way) and it was a chance to pull out some of my favourite 7″s. Although I did end up in a bashment cul-de-sac after playing Turbulence’s ‘Notorious’ a little too early. Madlib’s Beat Conductor 7″ EP came in very useful, although I didn’t get to play Furniture’s amazingly brilliant 1986 pop hit ‘Brilliant Mind’. That’ll have to be another time. Ms Smith played a lot of lovely soul records (and some Oran Juice Jones) and Hugo Mendez, a proper DJ, went deep and tropical. More info on what’s shaping up to be a proper London night here.

All pics Marsha Smith.

NME Pick N Mix Tracklist 10/9/10

The show went out on Friday, 8-10pm, with an interview with grime MC Trim, a London Belongs To Me with Eglo singer Fatima, and a live set from Major Lazer recorded at Carnival a few weeks ago. Still trying to sort Listen Again issues, but hoping to have something sorted soon. In the meantime, here’s the tunes and some Youtube links. Next weeks show will have Jah Wobble plus new music from VHS Head, Cooly G and Badness.

‘Drugs’ Ratatat (XL)
‘Slowdance’ Matthew Dear (Ghostly International)
‘It Takes A Muscle’ MIA (XL)
‘Stay Here’ Friendly Fires (XL)
‘Anyway’ P Money and Blacks (Rinse Download)
‘Teknitianz’ DJ Rashad (Planet Mu)
‘Ingredients’ Ikonika (Planet Mu)
Nothing To See’ Four Tet (Soul Jazz)
‘Two Days Of Rain’ Autre Ne Veut (Old English Spelling Bee)
‘Blind Night Errand’ Mount Kimbie (Hotflush)
‘Bass Junkie’ Silkie (Deep Medi)
‘Hey’ Chima Anya feat Sincere (GTA)
‘Back Then’ Synkro (Dubstep For Deep Heads)
‘Renegade Snares’ Omni Trio (Moving Shadow)
‘Do You Really Want It’ Count and Sinden (Domino)
‘Ambush VIP’ Zed Bias (Get Darker)
‘Step 2 Funk’ DVA (Hyperdub)
‘The Worker’ Azari and iii (Turbo)
‘Emily Smile (Sigha’s She’s Still Smiling Remix) Commix (Metalheadz)
‘Groove Me’ Maximum Balloon (Interscope)

NME Radio Show… back on air

My Pick N Mix show went out on Friday night, after a few months off air. Here’s what I played, with a few Youtube links hyperlinked in case you’re interested in how it sounds, because there’s nothing more annoying than getting a list of music you can’t listen to.

The shows should eventually be hosted for listen back on…. but not just yet. Next week’s show is 8-10pm, Friday night, on NME’s DAB station or on Plus there’s a new app.

DJ Nate Hatas Our Motivation (Planet Mu)
Silver Columns Always On (Caribou Mix) (Download)
Matthew Dear Soil To Seed (Ghostly International)
Solar Bears Crystalline (Letherette Remix) (Planet Mu)
Ahu To Love (One Handed Music)
Cooly G Up In My Head (Hyperdub)
Friendly Fires and Azari III ‘Stay Here’ (Download)
Superrisk ‘Find Your Way’ (Mensah Mix) (Punch Drunk Records)
Jon Hopkins Vessel (Four Tet Mix) (Domino)
Katy B ‘Louder’ (Rinse)
DJ Naughty Goosebumps (Roska Kicks N Snares)
Kaseem Mosse ‘We Speak To Those’ (Non Plus)
Count and Sinden ‘Do You Really Want It’ (Domino)
LV and Bears ‘Explode’ (2nd Drop)
Vaccine ‘Cascade Failure’ (Non Plus)
Hell Interface ‘Midas Touch (Skam)

Twin Sister ‘All Around And Away We Go’ (Domino)

Guardian Music Weekly Podcast

I’m recording a guest spot on the Guardian’s Music Weekly Podcast tomorrow, with Dan Hancox and Rosie Swash. So I’ve spent the whole morning trying to work out what the heck to take along as my singles club choice. In fact, I spent a fair few hours over the last few days pondering this, because all the music I like sounds quite different out of context and all by itself. Pop records can easily stand alone and you don’t need anything else before or after to make it make sense; it’s self-sustaining. But an amazing techno mix of a drum ‘n’ bass tune; or a bare-to-the-bones juke track (that’s also unspeakably filthy), or a new bit from a grime producer’s new free-to-download album just sounds a bit strange out there by itself, surrounded by conversation. And it didn’t help not to have any electricity for most of the morning. Out to Alan and Pat the electricians, sorting out my heaters.

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