Thursday, June 30, 2011

Into The Night - Joy Division Vs Cabaret Voltaire

Not really, but that's what this brand new, beautifully packaged, clear vinyl 10" puts me in mind of. What heady times we are living through. It's all up for grabs isn't it?

You'll like this one, I promise. As I say, it's new, so will only be up till the weekend.

Vinyl rip at 320 Kbps.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Grid - Floatation 12"

The Grid were a duo comprising Dave Ball, ex of Soft Cell and Richard Norris, who later went on to make some brilliant records with Erol Alkan as Beyond The Wizards Sleeve and subsequently as the sole member of The Time And Space Machine.

"Floatation" was The Grid's first single proper, released after a pair of hard to find DJ promo releases. Although they went on to much greater success commercially, I'm not sure the act ever did better than this single artistically.

Andrew Weatherall has a big hand in this as well, and I'm guessing he's the one responsible for the Stone Roses sample at the end of the Sonic Swing Mix.

Dave Ball continues to work, currently recording as part of the promising Celine And Nite Wreckage.

Vinyl rip at 320 Kbps.


Saturday, June 25, 2011


After the releases “in g”, “urlaub” and the Conrad Schnitzler / borngräber & strüver cooperation “Con-Struct” which will be released in August this year, Christian Borngräber – one half of “borngräber & strüver” is working on a solo project which is going to be released early 2012.

For this ambitious project he needs the help from as many contributors as possible. The plan is to create a virtual piano instrument out of as many different pianos as possible. From each real instrument he will use only one note, so the most simple instrument would be formed by 88 different piano notes. But goes further as there will be hopefully about 20 to 30 (or more) soundfiles for each key of the piano.

On the website you can read details about how to contribute. Infos about how this project evolves will be posted soon on

Yazoo - Situation Remix 12"

This remix 12" tries to boost a little house boom currency into the already long established dance moves of the Yazoo classic, "Situation". While not entirely successful, there is much to love here as a period piece as much as anything. And as it is a Mute Records release, it proves yet again that I can never resist the lure of this wonderful label.

Essentially a housey re-tooling of the stripped down electropop genius of the original, I think that these remixes take away as much as they add, although I do remember being blown away by them back in 1990, so maybe it's just that time hasn't been that kind to them. I also feel slightly precious about those original Yazoo tracks, as they stand up today like VERY little else from that period.

However, the surprising winner of this particular cage fight, especially given the stellar pedigree of the "Situation" remixers (Youth and Kevorkian), is the Paul Dakeyne reboot of the lesser track, "State Farm". This is still sounding great to my ears and "State Farm" was never one of my favourite Yazoo tracks.

Whatever. For all of it's faults, this is a nice piece of archaeology and tremendous fun. And there's no doubting the enduring power of Alison's vocals, in whatever context they may appear.

Vinyl rip at 320 Kbps.


Tuff Little Unit - Join The Future 12"

One of the best early Warpers for my money.

Catalogue number WAP12 and issued in 1991. TWENTY YEARS AGO!

Vinyl rip at 320 Kbps.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tricky Disco - Tricky Disco 12"

Tricky Disco has the catalogue number WAP 07. I'm pretty sure the flipside was the first time I'd heard that monk sample a la Enigma. The B side is the better cut for me.

One more to go...

Vinyl rip at 320 Kbps.


Nightmares On Wax - Dextrous 12"

This one is much more like it. From the nascent Nightmares On Wax, a double whammy of electro coolness delivered in two short transmissions. I played this fucker to death back in the day.

Vinyl rip at 320 kbps.


The Step - Yeah You 12"

A strange one, this. Not really carrying the typical Warp sound or vibe and certainly not one of my favourites. The flipside track, "Bulldog" is a bit more like it, but generally, this one hasn't stood the test of time too well. According to Discogs, this was the their first and only release.

Vinyl rip at 320kbs.


LFO - We Are Back 12"

This superb 12", catalogue number WAP 14, is so, so good.

LFO polish their best turbocharged Robo-Kraftwerk moves to the delight of inner space explorers everywhere. This is an amazing track and a true highlight of the early Warp releases.

The more spangly flipside "Nurture" is just lovely. Bouncy and rattly techno which still sounds pretty fresh to me.

Attention! Atention! Acid Dads in the area!

Vinyl rip at 320 Kbps.


LFO - What Is House EP

Here's the "Unlimited Edition" of the brilliant "What Is House?" EP from LFO. Two tracks the same, two tracks different. Worth having for the looy "Mashed Potato" alone.

More LFO and mpore early Warp to come later today.

Vinyl rip at 320 Kbps.


Updates Coming...

I'm going to get as much stuff as I can posted today. Stay tuned for more Warped goodness...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

It's Immaterial - White Man's Hut 12"

You know when I said "imminent"...?

Once again, apologies for the delay in posting. I'm going to try to get a few things up here tonight - starting with this wonderful single from the early It's Immaterial canon.

This is really all about the A side as the flipside songs are a bit weak. But have a listen to White Man's Hut. Especially at 0:35 where the backing chorus comes in. It's a thing of joy and beauty.

Vinyl rip at 320 kbps.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Updates Imminent

Bonjour! I've just got back from La Belle France, hence the lack of blog action. Updates coming as soon as unpacking has been completed and the mountain of washing has been conquered.

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