The Small Things That Make the Difference

I’m visiting a mix on SoundCloud (this one if you care).

The top of the page looks like this:


Then I start playing the mix, and look what happens to my tab:


Spot it? If not let me make it clear…


SoundCloud have always been very good at attention to UX detail and this might seem like just a tiny little thing. But it’s actually really very good. It means that you can spot in a multitude of tabs which one is playing. Love it a lot.

A Springtime Mix From The Loft

I shut myself up in the loft again last Saturday, and another mix popped out.

I think this is my favourite mix that I’ve done in recent times. I don’t know why. I’m just really pleased with the sound. I think it’s because I lucked out on finding a load of tracks that I really like. I hope you like it/them too…

*** Download Mix Here ***


Dayvan Cowboy – Boards of Canada
Woozy with Cider (Jon Hokins Remix) – James Yorkston
Mahogany (Instrumental Mix) – Lexx
Take a Break (Maurice Fulton Remix) – Rollmottie
Get Up (Greg Wilson’s Special Mix) – Elektrons
…The Party’s Upstairs – Jay Shepheard
Move Me (Phonique Remix) – Trickski
Invasion – The Murmers
Little Johnny Brown – Sam Amidon
Roscoe (Beyond the Wizards Sleeve Remix) – Midlake
The Theme (Autechre Mix) – Unique 3
So Weit Wie Noch Nie – Jurgen Paape
One Pure Thought (Supermayer Remix) – Hot Chip
Planetary (Dub) – Booka Shade
Lost (Mazi and Duriez Remix) – Tyree Cooper and Marc Romboy
We Love – Jurgen Paape and Boy Schaufler
Glad To Know You (Todd Terje Re-Edit) – Chaz Jankel
Funkatarium – Jump

As normal, most tracks originally came from – if you like them in mixed format please buy.

Enjoy. Or don’t.

My Balearic Muxtape

Everyone seems to be Muxtaping today.

They’re calling it the easy way to create and share mixtapes. And it is. You just upload your tracks and it puts them together in a nice webpage where people can just click to listen.

They’ve got a blog here:

37 Signals bigged it up so it’s being hammered at the moment (uploading is disabled for the moment as I write this). There’s also obvious issues regarding rights. They do say you should used cleared tracks – but if you look at any of the muxtapes on there most of them aren’t. Including mine (sorry).

My afternoon’s balearic listening can be heard right here:

One of those brilliantly simple sites that does one thing very well.

Computer Music Skillz

Sorry for the flurry of posts. It’s the first excitable surfing I’ve done in a while.

I am so envious of this guy’s ability with his computer music equipment:

Here’s some more beatfoolery:


Poor Portishead

I feel dead sorry for Portishead. They were stunning. And then they became the soundtrack to a thing that no-one wanted to be.

But their music skills are good:

And reading about them in the Observer made me like them again. I love the fact that they’d press samples that they’d create back onto vinyl so they can scratch them and make them sound like records. Dedication.

Looking forward to the new album later in the Spring.

Fun Fun Fun auf der Autobahn

Wowza. This 12 minute tripped out animation for Kraftwerk’s seminal Autobahn is quite something.

Buy the DVD (or VHS) and find out more here.