Easter 09 – Another One of Those Mixes

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Sorry it’s been a while.

This was done at the weekend when it was nice and sunny outside. Instead of trying to milk a goat, catch a leprechaun, make friends with my neighbours, learn the flute or anything else so exciting. Instead I popped open the skylights and the first fresh air of the year entered the loft…

I’m not sure exactly where this mix fits in the world. I’d like to think I could pull off a morning slot on a sunny terrace somewhere, but I think they’re becoming increasingly the kind of mixes that only elderly folk will like ;-)

Tracklist:

  1. Midtown 120 Intro – DJ Sprinkes
  2. Mystery of Nazereth – Marco Bernardi
  3. Twighlight (Layo and Bushwacka mix) – Unkle
  4. Light Through The Veins (Ewan Pearsons Downtown Lights Mix) – Jon Hopkins
  5. Poisson Pilote – Rone
  6. Amish Kid (Sasse Remix) – Phonogenic
  7. Lovelee Dae (Tanner Ross & KiloWatts Remix) – Blaze
  8. Inner 8 (Dexters DXR Mix) – Alton Miller
  9. Roman – Trickski
  10. Ellelli (Kalabrese Remix) – Madioko N Rafika
  11. Guinea Pig (DJ Kozes Vocal Variation Remix) – Ben Watt
  12. Song for Marie and Elise (Aeroplane Remix) – Lullabies in the Dark
  13. Who Are You? (Ft Heidi Happy) – Zwicker
  14. Interlude in the Bed – Rone
  15. Swarm (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix) – Art of Trance

You can download the mix from here.

And you should be able to get it through the iTunes Podcast here (once the iTunes machine gets round to updating things).

If anyone fancies booking me to play at the awesomest party in the world ever drop me a line I’m sure it can be arranged.

I Put A Donk On It

I spent my Sunday afternoon making this. Sophie said “why?”.

I was really just using it as an excuse to learn a bit about how iMovie 09 works. And as soon as I stumbled across the beat matching feature I knew I had to do this.

Status Quo vs Scooter

Kind of like Walk This Way by Run DMC and Aerosmith. But the version that would have occurred if Satan was in charge.

And just in case that leaves you in any doubt of Scooter’s genius. Check this.

Kind of like a jumpstyle version of Where The Hell Is Matt.

But did you see the size of those crowds? Yoiks.

The Power of a Decent Remix

This track just totally floored me. It’s a remix of In for the Kill by La Roux which has been done over by dubstep star Skream.

It’s just huge. When it kicks in just after the 4 minute mark it’d be better with a donk on it, obviously ;-) but apart from that it’s a masterful remix. It takes a nice, but unremarkable, original and turns it into something epic.

I would have embedded the original, but Universal have diasabled embedding so I can’t. If you want to make the effort you can go to YouTube and hear the original.

Donk Donk Donk Donk Donk

I’ve just been on a very strange voyage. A voyage into Donk.

I’m going to rewind and retrace my steps so that you can join me. Come with me. Come to the Donkside. Take a trip to the heart of Donkness…

Here’s where the rabbit hole opened up. A simple P.S. at the bottom of an email from Little Boots…

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I click the link. It takes me here. To this video.

I was convinced that it was a spoof. As if there’d be a genre called Donk. Everything is wrong about the video. The knowing subtitles over subtle Northern Accents. The presenter’s slight grin when he’s chatting to folk. The funnily named shops. Everything. There’s no way I’m falling for a prank like that. It reminds me heavily of the episode of Brass Eye where they whang on about Cake (the made up drug). And all the characters and the interviews look like they could be setups or clever edits.

So the I popped out and went round to Curtis’ house and showed it to him. And he (and his son Max) both went “oh yeah, Put a Donk on it”. So much for the fake thing then. And once again I’m behind the curve.

Here are the real Blackout Crew with their real hit Put A Donk On It. With a real 4 million views on YouTube. Holy crap!

Oh yeah, the YouTube page features a link to go and buy the real MP3 from the real iTunes store. Put a Donk on that. Seriously.

So at this point it becomes clear that Donk is no joke. And the donkumentary (sorry) is also no joke. So I watch part 2, and part 3 and part 4 and part 5. Back to back. Mouth agape. Unable to pick my jaw up off the trackpad. It’s fucking incredible. So many amazing moments. So many brilliant lines. So many stunning characters. The films do have a touch of that Vice maggy sneeriness (to be honest, you’d really struggle not to given some of the situations). Having said that it’s a bloody amazing bit of documentary footage and well worth the 20 minutes or so it’d take to watch the whole lot.

It’s an amazing tour of an incredible, almost unbelievable scene that’s rooted in a chunk of the North of England. Although there’s undoubtedly Donk mutations elsewhere. To be honest it’s pretty close to a lot of the hard-dance scene in a lot of ways – fashion, sound, people, drugs. Trakky-wearing gurners with glo-sticks have always existed at ‘that’ end of dance music. But you can’t ignore Donk – it’s just got such an awesome name.

Interesting dress code mutations too…

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There’s a full article about it in Vice Land. Which, if you can’t be bothered to watch the videos (shame on you) is a decent summary of what goes on in the video series. But nothing can quite deliver the faces of Donk quite like seeing them moving and gurning – with blue WKD stained tongues :-p

MUSIC WORLD - DONK - Part 5 of 5 - VBS.TV

What smacked me between the eyes is really how naive I am to things that go on outside London and Brighton. Sure I’ve been to ‘hard dance’ things and danced amongst the day-glo-mong-puppets in my time. And tried in vain to keep up with music that’s twice as fast as my heart. But it’s always been a passing toe-in-the-water at a festival or something like that. I’ve never been and lived the Donk.

I sit in endless meetings where people pretend to understand ‘the young people’. But they only really view it through a really tiny window. A window where the view extends just outside the central line. So the best you’ll get is someone who’s really bloody ‘on it’ because they went to a Dubstep night, once, for 10 minutes, until they felt a bit sick. Or someone will drop Dizzee Rascal, yet again, into a presentation, because it’s a shorthand for urban and street (but not too urban and street).

One day I want to see Donk in a segmentation. Please let it happen. Please. Fuck it. I might even take my next Keynote presentation and ‘Put Some Donk on it’.

Want to hear a bit more Donk?

Here’s what happens when you Put Some Donk on the Ting Tings.

And don’t worry all you London-based marketing agencies – Dizzee’s been Donked too. Imagine that – it’s a north-south Donk mash-up. Stick that in your presso and feel the client Kudos.

This is where my Donk journey ended for today. If you want to carry on there’s plenty of Donk out there, just get searching.

So after all that it’d be easy, and kinda logical, to do what Vice did and conclude:

After a week in the northwest immersed in donk culture, it was impossible to deny that it’s the bottom-feeder of the already bottomed-out dance-music food chain. It’s parochial, drug-centred, racist, sexist and violent, and that’s what makes it so, well, special. For all its flaws, donk perfectly mirrors the generation of kids and the society that created it: totally and hopelessly fucked, in every sense of the word.

But there’s something else in there too. Sure it’s built around escapism and getting fucked out of your mind on pills and cheap booze. And it’s pretty much the soundtrack to getting the living pulp kicked out of you. But at least they’re making something that’s theirs. Doing something together. Sharing in a scene that they own. Something they love.

Oh crap. I can feel it coming on. A silent-flash-Donk-rave at Doncaster Station. Life is for sharing after all.

February Mix Now Live

This latest mix was recorded when it was so cold in the loft that my fingers were numb. Hopefully it hasn’t led to it being a crock of crap.

Actually I’m pretty chuffed with how it turned out. It’s quite chugging and if I had to pick another word, perhaps brooding. Deep and dark brain music…

Tracklist:

  1. You Don’t Answer (When I Call) – Mr. White
  2. Bergwein – Efdemin
  3. Five Boroughs – Stefan Goldmann
  4. Moment – Damian Lazarus
  5. Appently So – Audiofly X
  6. Early Morning – Skatebard
  7. Aranda (Lawrence Mix) – Egoexpress
  8. Pink Flamingos – My My
  9. Colors – Gui Boratto
  10. Hold On – Holy Ghost!
  11. Sunrise – Yeasayer
  12. Sapphire – Zombi

You can download it through iTunes here. Woo!

If you like any of the tracks most of them can be purchased through Beatport or Boomkat. Both excellent vendors of electronic (and other) music.

The Manilow Punishment


Brilliant crime-fitting-punishment story in the LA Times…

So when teenagers land in front of him for blasting their car stereos or otherwise disturbing the peace in this small northern Colorado city, Sacco informs them that they will spend a Friday evening in his courtroom listening to music — of his choosing.

So what kind of thing do they get subjected to:

Young people in Fort Lupton know that if they’re caught, they’re in for a night that could begin with the “Barney” theme song, move on to an opera selection and end with Boy George’s “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.”

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And does it work? Read the article to see some of the results. But it seems to be summed up in this quote from one young offender:

“If you see a cop car, turn your volume down,” said Gehrig, a convenience store clerk.

It’s not changed their behaviour fundamentally. But it works as a kind of deterrent. All they need to do is automate the whole thing: if you get busted (by the robot ears around town) your stereo automatically gets taken over for 24 hours by Judge.fm

Much better (and more fun) than ASBOs for sure.