Did I tell you I’m writing a book?

January 29, 2015

I am, you know.

It’s going to be about video games. Really! Imagine!

So far I’ve spoken to some really lovely people for it. People like Dennis and Jonatan at Dennaton, Tim Schafer of LucasArts/Double Fine fame, Phil Tibiotski of Young Horses, and I’ve a pretty impressive stack of victims interviewees lined up.

I can’t really say much more right now. But, it’s going to be Absolutely Super.

At least, I hope it’s more super than this.


Playlist: Dive Slow, January 17th 2014

January 31, 2014

Run The Jewels

Started with a best-of-2013 mix, closed with some classics. Standard. Next Dive Slow is February 21st at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton. Follow Dive Slow on Twitter for updates and that. Might be a special guest. Entry is free, obviously.

Forest Swords – Thor’s Stone
Run The Jewels (pictured) – 36″ Chain (Blue Sky Black Death remix)
Flatbush Zombies – MRAZ
Tyler, The Creator – Ifhy
World’s Fair – ’96 Knicks
Joey Bada$$ – Death of YOLO
A$AP Rocky – Goldie
Action Bronson – Through The Eyes Of A G
Jonwayne – Yung Grammar
Vic Mensa – Orange Soda
Childish Gambino – 3005
Le1f/Kitty Pryde – Pocahontus
Lizzo – Batches & Cookies
Angel Haze – Echelon (It’s My Way)
M.I.A. – Bring The Noize
Logos – Wut It Do
Machinedrum – Gunshotta
The Bug/Danny Brown – Freakshow
Danny Brown – Dip
Mr MF Exquire – I Was Drunk When I Wrote This
Pusha T – Numbers On The Boards
Earl Sweatshirt – Hive
Supreme Cuts – Down
Thundercat – Oh Sheit It’s X
Flying Lotus – Stonecutters
DJ Rashad – Let U Know
A$AP Ferg – Shabba
Kanye West – New Slaves
The Underachievers – Gold Soul Theory
Bishop Nehru – Mobb Dizzle
TREE – Devotion
Ka – Off The Record
Chance The Rapper – Everybody’s Something
Kilo Kish – Turquoise
Drake – Started From The Bottom
BJ The Chicago Kid – Smokin’ and Ridin’
Mac Miller – Watching Movies
Step Brothers – Step Masters
Run The Jewels – Pew Pew Pew
Blue Daisy – Fuck A Rap Song

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Kanye West – Power (remix w/ Jay Z)
Jay Z/Kanye West – N In Paris
Kendrick Lamar – Backseat Freestyle
Pharrell – Can I Have It Like That?
Daft Punk – Get Lucky / Daft Punk – Da Funk
N*E*R*D – Lapdance
Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says
Big Boi – Shutterbug
Janelle Monae – Tightrope
Kelis – Millionaire
ODB/Kelis – Got Your Money
Mariah Carey/ODB – Fantasy
Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M.
Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell
Jay Z – Dead Presidents
Jay Z / Nasty P / Jimi Hendrix – A Watchtower Problem
Notorious BIG – Juicy
Mobb Deep – Temperature’s Rising
Dr Dre – Still DRE
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(Dan Copeman guest spot…)
Drake – Over
Rihanna – Umbrella
Grimes – Oblivion
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HEALTH – Die Slow (Tobacco remix)
Kanye West – Drive Slow
M.I.A. – Bad Girls (remix)
TNGHT – Buggin’
Hudson Mohawke – Overnight
Radiohead – Bloom (Jamie xx remix)
GSH/Jamie xx – NY Is Killing Me
James Blake – CMYK
Oddisee – Another’s Grind
J Dilla – Baby
9th Wonder – Now I’m Being Cool
Dr Octagon – Blue Flowers
Company Flow – 8 Steps To Perfection
Action Bronson – The Symbol
Children Of The Night – Kids From Queens
JJ Doom – Winter Blues
Madvillain – Accordion
DOOM – Angelz
Warren G – Regulate
Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
Amerie – 1 Thing
Busta Rhymes – Woo Hah (J Dilla remix)
Masta Ace – Sittin’ on Chrome (J Dilla remix)
Q-Tip – Breathe And Stop
Beastie Boys – Get It Together
Danny Brown – Grown Up
Nas – NY State Of Mind / Nas – The Don
El-P – Drones Over Brooklyn
EPMD – Gold Digger
Kanye West – Gold Digger
OutKast – Ms Jackson
The Pharcyde – Passing Me By (Hot Chip remix)
Jay Z – Thank You

Playlist: Dive Slow, December 13th 2013

January 2, 2014

Hudson Mohawke

Songs in the order they were played at Dive Slow’s Christmas Jam. (Which featured a fine guest set from dan le sac – thanks, dan!)

Three 6 Mafia/Tycho – ‘Who Run It’ (Hudson Mohawke (pictured) edit)
Supreme Cuts – ‘Down’
Flume – ‘On Top’
Earl Sweatshirt – ‘Hive’
Jay Z – ’99 Problems’ (Benji Boko remix)
Roots Manuva – ‘Witness’ (Benjo Boko remix)
Bishop Nehru – ‘Misruled Order’
Beastie Boys – ‘Root Down’ (Free Zone remix)
Beastie Boys – ‘Intergalactic’ (KMD blend)
Champagne Jerry – ‘Yo Kev’
Joey Bada$$ – ‘Death of YOLO’
Dyme-A-Duzin – ‘Swank Sinatra’
Wu-Tang Clan – ‘C.R.E.A.M.’
Nas – ‘Life’s a Bitch’
Souls of Mischief – ’93 til Infinity’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘The Recipe’
Kanye West/Jay Z – ‘N In Paris’
Danny Brown – ‘Dip’
Flatbush Zombies – ‘Palms’
Action Bronson – ‘Modern Day Revelations’
J Dilla – ‘Baby’
9th Wonder – ‘Now I’m Being Cool’
Q-Tip – ‘Breathe And Stop’
A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Jazz (We’ve Got)’
De La Soul – ‘Keepin’ The Faith’
Mekon / Schooly D – ‘School’s Out’
EPMD – ‘Gold Digger’
Kanye West – ‘Gold Digger’
Notorious BIG – ‘Juicy’
112 / Biggie / Ma$e – ‘Only You’ (Bad Boy remix)
M.I.A. – ‘Bad Girls’
M.I.A. – ‘Bad Girls’ (remix feat Rye Rye and Missy Elliott)
Missy Elliott – ‘Lose Control’ (Machinedrum remix)
Sega Bodega – ‘Work’
M.O.P. – ‘Ante Up’ (9th Wonder blend)
Busta Rhymes – ‘Woo Hah!!’ (J Dilla Bounce mix)
Masta Ace – ‘Sittin’ On Chrome’ (Ummah remix)
Action Bronson – ‘Through The Eyes Of A G’
The Pharcyde – ‘Passin’ Me By’

dan le sac’s guest set

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Rage Against The Machine / Beastie Boys – ‘Check The Testimony’
Pharoahe Monch – ‘Simon Says’
Big Boi – ‘Shutterbug’
Kelis / André 3000 – ‘Millionaire’
ODB / Kelis – ‘Got Your Money’
Mariah Carey / ODB – ‘Fantasy’
Destiny’s Child – ‘Bug a Boo’
Sega Bodega – ‘Security’
Katy B – ‘Aaliyah’
Aaliyah – ‘We Need A Resolution’ (Machinedrum remix)
XXYYXX – ‘Fields’
Blackstreet – ‘No Diggity’ (Bondax edit)
Luniz – ‘I Got 5 On It’
Dr Dre / Snoop Dogg – ‘Still D.R.E.’
Snoop Dogg – ‘Tha Shiznit’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Backseat Freestyle’
Jay Z – ‘Dirt Off Your Shoulder’
G.O.O.D. Music / Kanye West – ‘Mercy’
Pusha T – ‘Numbers On The Board’
Kanye West – ‘I Am A God’
Nelly – ‘Hot In Herre’
Pharrell / Gwen Stefani – ‘Can I Have It Like That’
N*E*R*D – ‘Lapdance’
Montell Jordan – ‘This Is How We Do It’
Donell Jones / Left Eye – ‘U Know What’s Up’
Sean Paul – ‘Gimme The Light’
Missy Elliott – ‘Get Ur Freak On’
Justin Timberlake – ‘Rock Your Body’
Justin Timberlake – ‘Suit & Tie’ (Aeroplane vocal mix)
Daft Punk – ‘Get Lucky’
Daft Punk – ‘Around The World’
LCD Soundsystem – ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’
LCD Soundsystem – ‘All My Friends’
Child Of Lov – ‘Call Me Up’
The Pharcyde – ‘Passin’ Me By’ (Hot Chip remix)
Jay Z – ‘Thank You’

The next Dive Slow is on January 17th at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton (INFO). Expect a best-of-2013 mix for a wee while. Entry is free, drinks are plentiful, and fun is always had. Open from 9ish ’til late. So come on down.

Dive Slow has a Twitter account, if you want to follow it.

Playlist: Dive Slow, November 15th 2013

November 20, 2013

dan le sac

Songs in the order they were played at November’s Dive Slow, aka me playing records at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton from when I arrive until everyone goes home.

Note for those coming next time: it’s great that you like what I’m playing, and I’m totally up for being your friend. But I’m not a cloakroom. So please don’t ask me to look after your stuff, as while you’re welcome to leave it on the floor beside my feet, I’m a bit busy to be keeping an eye on it. What with the whole DJing aspect of me being there.

Speaking of Next Time: it’s a Christmas special! It’s on December 13th! It starts at 9pm and is totally free! And there’s a guest DJ, just like there was last year! This year, it’s dan le sac! That’s him pictured! Hooray! FACEBOOK EVENT.

Find out more about dan le sac on his website. Look, a video…

Songs from November’s Dive Slow as follows…

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1. Mr Muthafuckin eXquire – ‘Vanilla Rainbows’
2. Kanye West/Jay Z – ‘Otis’
3. Jay Z – ‘Dirt Off Your Shoulder’
4. Bishop Nehru – ‘Misruled Order’
5. Joey Bada$$ – ‘Hilary Swank’
6. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Jazz (We’ve Got)’
7. Stetasonic – ‘Talkin’ All That Jazz’
8. Jurassic 5 – ‘Jayou’
9. Beastie Boys – ‘Intergalactic’ (KMD blend)
10. Action Bronson – ‘Contemporary Man’
11. JJ DOOM – ‘Winter Blues’
12. Madvillian – ‘Accordion’
13. Dr Octagon – ‘Blue Flowers’
14. Company Flow – ‘8 Steps To Perfection’
15. Run The Jewels – ‘Banana Clipper’
16. Big Boi – ‘Shutterbug’

One, two, miss a few – I played for six bleedin’ hours, you know…

82. Mac Miller – ‘SDS’
83. Children Of The Night – ‘Kids From Queens’
84. Kilo Kish – ‘Turquoise’
85. Shabazz Palaces – ‘An Echo…’
86. Young Magic – ‘Night In The Ocean’
87. Purity Ring – ‘Grandloves’
88. Moderat – ‘Rusty Nail’
89. Moderat – ‘Bad Kingdom
90. Blanck Mass – ‘Sundowner’
91. Radiohead – ‘Bloom’ (Jamie xx remix)
92. Warren G and Nate Dogg – ‘Regulate’
93. Donell Jones and Left Eye – ‘U Know What’s Up’
94. Ginuwine – ‘Pony’
95. Adina Howard – ‘Freak Like Me’
96. Sugababes – ‘Overload’
97. The Pharcyde – ‘Passin’ Me By’ (Hot Chip remix)
98. Jay Z – ‘Thank You’

You get the idea. Between those opening and closing banks, stuff by acts like: A$AP Rocky, Pharrell, Dizzee Rascal, J Dilla, Zomby, Machinedrum, M.I.A., EPMD, Rick Ross, Flatbush Zombies, Nas, Earl Sweatshirt, Souls Of Mischief, Dr Dre, Kendrick Lamar, 9th Wonder, SBTRKT, Drake, Childish Gambino, Danny Brown… and Sisqo. Oh hell yeah. Played ‘Thong Song’. Not for the last time.

Dive Slow always happens at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – information, listings, directions, HERE.

30 Really Good Records Of 2013

October 20, 2013

Deafheaven - Sunbather

So, right now, I’m trying to make sense of the year so far, in order to deliver ranked top tens for a couple of ‘outlets’. (Can I say outlets? You know what I mean. Magazines what I does write for on the sometime.) It’s still early, so I expect my pack will shuffle after delivery (pretty soon) – but right now I think my ten will come from this unranked 30.

Any guidance, anyone?

Run The Jewels logo

Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
Deafheaven – Sunbather
Pissed Jeans – Honeys
Teeth Of The Sea – Master
Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe
James Holden – The Inheritors
Kilo Kish – K+
Forest Swords – Engravings
These New Puritans – Field Of Reeds
Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal

Outfit – Performance
Machinedrum – Vapor City
Julia Holter – Loud City Song
Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
Hookworms – Pearl Mystic
Thundercat – Apocalypse
The National – Trouble Will Find Me
Russian Circles – Memorial
Jon Hopkins – Immunity
Moderat – II

Darkside – Psychic
True Widow – Circumambulation
The Icarus Line – Slave Vows
Tim Hecker – Virgins
65daysofstatic – Wild Light
Daughter – If You leave
The Underachievers – Indigoism
Amateur Best – No Thrills
inc. – No World
Ghostpoet – Some Say I So I Say Light

These New Puritans - Field Of Reeds

Tweet me abuse/recommendations, if you like.

Playlist: Dive Slow, September 20th 2013

October 5, 2013

Mac Miller

Songs in the order they were played at my regular Dive Slow night at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. Every third Friday of the month. Free entry. Brighton, you should totally come. (But not all of you. The bar really isn’t that big.)

JJ – My Life
Lil Wayne – A Milli
Mac Miller – SDS
A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum
Joey Bada$$ – Sorry Bonita
Chuck Inglish – The Drop
The Cool Kids – Mikey Rocks
Mount Kimbie – You Took Your Time
Shlohmo – Don’t Say No
Drake – Marvin’s Room (Shlohmo’s Thru Tha Floor remix)
Wu-Tang Clan – CREAM
Bishop Nehru – Misruled Order
Children Of The Night – Kids From Queens
Souls of Mischief – 93 Til Infinity
Masta Ace – Sittin’ On Chrome (Ummah remix)
Busta Rhymes – Woo Hah!! (Jaydee remix)
The Pharcyde – Runnin’ (Philippians remix)
Nas – NY State of Mind
Sonic Youth – Kool Thing (someone wanted a rock track… and, Chuck D’s on it, so…)
Public Enemy – 911 Is A Joke
OutKast – Rosa Parks
Big Boi – Shutterbug
El-P – Drones Over Brooklyn
Company Flow – 8 Steps To Perfection
Dr Octagon – Blue Flowers
EPMD – Gold Digger
Kanye West – Gold Digger
Jay Z – Dirt Off Your Shoulder
M.I.A. and Jay Z – Boys
M.I.A. – Bad Girls (remix w/ Missy Elliott and Rye Rye)
Missy Elliott – Get Your Freak On
Kelis – Milkshake
ODB + Kelis – Got Your Money
Mariah Carey + ODB – Fantasy
Notorious BIG – Juicy
Kendrick Lamar – The Recipe
Dr Dre + Snoop Dogg – Still DRE
NWA – Straight Outta Compton
Tone Loc – Wild Thing
Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says
Mos Def + Nate Dogg + Pharoahe Monch – Oh No
Mos Def – Hip Hop
Biz Markie – Just A Friend
Beastie Boys – Intergalactic (KMD blend)
Beastie Boys + Q-Tip – Get It Together
Wu-Tang Clan – Da Mystery of Chessboxin
Jungle Brothers – Done By The Forces Of Nature
De La Soul – Keepin The Faith
Eric B + Rakim – You Know You Got Soul
Rob Base + DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two
LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
Run-DMC – It’s Like That
Slick Rick – Children’s Story
Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
Donell Jones and Left Eye – You Know What’s Up
TLC – No Scrubs
SOS Band – Just Be Good To Me
Beats International – Dub Be Good To Me
Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
Edwin Birdsong – Cola Bottle Baby
Daft Punk – Da Funk
Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell
Nas – The Don
Nas – Street Dreams
Run The Jewels – 36″ Chain
Killer Mike – Big Beast
Mykki Blanco – Haze.Boogie.Life
Flatbush Zombies – Mraz
Mr MFN eXquire – I Was Drunk When I Wrote This
Kendrick Lamar – Backseat Freestyle
Jay Z + Kanye West – N In Paris
Jay Z – Thank You

Playlist: Green Man Festival, August 18th 2013

October 5, 2013

Me inside some bloody teeth.

I went to Green Man this summer. It rained. And then it didn’t. On the Sunday, I played a two-hour DJ set inside some teeth. Seriously. Drowned In Sound and Under The Radar mentioned it, so I can’t have been imagining it.

Look, there’s a photo and everything. Here’s what I played – a sort of two-hour snapshot of what I play at my usual Dive Slow night at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton – every third Friday of the month, free entry. Good times.

A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum
Joey Bada$$ – Sorry Bonita
The Underachievers – Gold Soul Theory
Dyme-a-Duzin – Swank Sinatra
Souls of Mischief – 93 Til Infinity
Wu-Tang Clan – CREAM
Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell
Beastie Boys – Intergalactic (KMD blend)
Busta Rhymes – Woo Hah!! (Jaydee remix)
MOP – Ante Up (9th Wonder blend)
Danny Brown – Grown Up
Kanye West – Gold Digger
EPMD – Gold Digger
Nikki D – Daddy’s Little Girl
Eric B and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul
Mobb Deep – Temperature’s Rising
Notorious BIG – Juicy
Jay Z – Dirt Off Your Shoulder
Jay Z + Kanye West – N In Paris
Kendrick Lamar – Backseat Freestyle
Mr Muthaf*ckin eXquire – I Was Drunk When I Wrote This

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M.I.A – Bad Girls (remix w/ Missy Elliott and Rye Rye)
TNGHT – Buggin’
Hudson Mohawke – Thunder Bay
Run The Jewels – 36″ Chain
El-P – Drones Over Brooklyn
OutKast – Ms Jackson
Snoop Dogg – Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)
Warren G – Regulate
Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
R Kelly – Ignition (remix)
Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – Summertime

Come and hear me play stuff like this once a month in Brighton… or wherever you like, if you’re paying. I come cheap. Twitter.