Playlist: Dive Slow, May 16th 2014

June 5, 2014


Haven’t posted one of these for a while. So, I figure, I should. Here’s what I played, in the mix, at May’s Dive Slow – the night I put on once-monthly at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton. For this night I was joined by The Invisible‘s Dave Okumu, who delivered a most-excellent guest set. Future Dive Slow dates for your diaries…

June 20 – just me!
July 18 – just me!
August 22 – something of a summer party with Ghostpoet and full supporting bill, more details soon!

Entry is always free. Here’s May’s set…

JJ – ‘My Life’
Lil Wayne – ‘Lollipop’
Run The Jewels – ’36” Chain’ (Blue Sky Black Death remix)
Oddisee – ‘Another’s Grind’
Heems – ‘Tell Me’
Childish Gambino – ‘American Royalty’
Guilty Simpson/Quakers – ‘Fitta Happier’
Shabazz Palaces – ‘They Come In Gold’
Ratking – ‘So Sick Stories’
Bishop Nehru – ‘Mobb Dizzle’
Souls Of Mischief – ’93 Til Infinity’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘The Recipe’
Joey Bada$$ – ’95 Til Infinity’
Mac Miller – ‘Watching Movies’
Chuck Inglish – ‘Came Thru’
Earl Sweatshirt – ‘Hive’
Dr Dre – ‘Let Me Ride’
Masta Ace – ‘Sittin’ On Chrome’ (J Dilla remix)
J Dilla – ‘Baby’
9th Wonder – ‘Now I’m Being Cool’
Madlib + Freddie Gibbs – ‘Deeper’
Madvillain – ‘Accordion’
JJ DOOM – ‘Winter Blues’
Dr Octagon – ‘Blue Flowers’
Company Flow – ‘8 Steps To Perfection’
Killer Mike – ‘Southern Fried’
Big Boi – ‘In The A’
Pharoahe Monch – ‘Simon Says’
Schoolboy Q – ‘Nightmare On Figg St’
A$AP Rocky – ‘Peso’
Jessie Ware – ‘Devotion’ (Distinction remix)
Tycho x Three Six Mafia – ‘Who Run It’ (Hudson Mohawke mix)

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Dave Played Here

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Q-Tip – ‘Breathe And Stop’
Kanye West / Jay Z – ‘N In Paris’
Kanye West – ‘Gold Digger’
Pharrell – ‘Can I Have It Like That’
Kelis + ODB – ‘Got Your Money’
Mariah Carey + ODB – ‘Fantasy’
Dr Dre – ‘Still DRE’
Snoop Dogg – ‘Tha Shiznit’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Backseat Freestyle’
Lizzo – ‘Batches & Cookies’
OutKast – ‘Ms Jackson’
Kelis – ‘Millionaire’
Frank Ocean – ‘Pyramids’
Iggy Azalea – ‘Fancy’
M.I.A. – ‘Bad Girls’ (remix w/ Missy + Rye Rye)
TNGHT – ‘Buggin’
Evian Christ – ‘Propellor’
Mala – ‘Curfew’
DJ Rashad – ‘Let U Know’
Moderat – ‘Bad Kingdom’
Machinedrum – ‘Gunshotta’
Lee Bannon – ‘Prime/Decent’
Lone – ‘As A Child’
Jon Hopkins – ‘Open Eye Signal’
Fuck Buttons – ‘Surf Solar’
65daysofstatic – ‘Tiger Girl’
Errors – ‘Pleasure Palaces’
Robag Wruhme – ‘Tupla Ovi’
LCD Soundsystem – ‘All My Friends’

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Playlist: Dive Slow, November 15th 2013

November 20, 2013

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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.

Playlist: Dive Slow, June 21 2013

July 7, 2013

Dive Slow happens every third Friday of the month at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton. It’s a free-entry night, running from around 9pm until the wee hours of the next morning. I generally DJ for between five and six hours, depending on if I have a guest DJ or two along for the ride. The music policy: generally hip-hop, but with the occasional diversion.

Here’s what I played during the last Dive Slow, on June 21. If you like what you see, I can be contacted on Twitter regarding DJ sets elsewhere. (I do them, you know. You just need to ask.)

Amazingly, someone did ask me for something “more commercial” here. This, during a run featuring Jay-Z, Kanye, Kendrick, Beasties…

Lapalux – ‘IAMSYS (Tape Intro)’
Mac Miller – ‘S.D.S.’
JJ DOOM – ‘Guv’nor’
Joey Bada$$ – ‘World Domination’
Flatbush Zombies – ‘Thug Waffle’
Nas – ‘NY State Of Mind’
BadBadNotGood – ‘Flashing Lights’
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Kanye West – ‘Love Lockdown’
Kanye West / Big Sean / Pusha T – ‘Mercy’
Rick Ross / Dr Dre / Jay-Z – ‘Three Kings’
Big K.R.I.T. – ‘REM’
Killer Mike – Southern Fried
El-P – ‘Drones Over Brooklyn’
Killer Mike and El-P feat. Big Boi – ‘Banana Clipper’
OutKast – ‘Ms Jackson’
J Dilla – ‘So Far To Go’
Busta Rhymes – ‘Woo Ha!!’ (Jay Dee remix)
M.O.P. – ‘Ante Up’ (9th Wonder blend)
9th Wonder feat. Mela Machinko and Median – ‘Now I’m Being Cool’
Paul White feat. Danny Brown – ‘One Of Life’s Pleasures’
Danny Brown – ‘Grown Up’
DyMe-A-DuZiN feat. Joey Bada$$, Capital STEEZ and CJ Fly – ‘Swank Sinatra’
Children of the Night – ‘Kids From Queens’
Action Bronson – ‘The Symbol’
Notorious B.I.G. – ‘Big Poppa’
Terry Urban (Lana Del Rey/Notorious B.I.G.) – ‘Wrong Game’
Angel Haze – ‘New York’
M.I.A. feat. Rye Rye and Missy Elliott – ‘Bad Girls’ (remix)
TNGHT – ‘Buggin’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Backseat Freestyle’
ScHoolboy Q – ‘Nightmare On Figg Street’
Jay-Z / Kanye West – ‘N In Paris’
Kanye West – ‘I Am A God’
Sons Of Mischief – ’93 Til infinity’
The Pharcyde – ‘Runnin’ (Philippians remix)
Jeremiah Jae / Beastie Boys – ‘Bl00d’
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Beastie Boys – ‘Intergalactic’ (KMD blend)
Mobb Deep – ‘Temperature’s Rising’
Dr Dre – ‘Still D.R.E.’
Snoop Dogg – ‘Who Am I (What’s My Name)’
Pharrell – ‘Can I Have It Like That’
Daft Punk – ‘Get Lucky’
Daft Punk – ‘Da Funk’
Public Enemy – ‘911 Is A Joke’
NWA – ‘Express Yourself’
Gang Starr – ‘Just To Get a Rep’
Slick Rick – ‘Children’s Story’
Mos Def / Aretha Franklin – ‘Aretha’s Fat Booty’ (Nasty P blend)
Mos Def – ‘Ms Fat Booty 2’
Oddisee – ‘Another’s Grind’
42 Ghosts / Death Grips – ‘Spread Eagle Cross The Block’
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Tyler, The Creator – ‘Jamba’
Frank Ocean – ‘Pyramids’
D’Angelo – ‘Devil’s Pie’
Action Bronson – ‘Steve Wynn’
Heems feat. Childish Gambino – ‘Tell Me’
Das Racist – ‘Nutmeg’
Kool AD feat. Main Attrakionz – ‘Oooh’
Main Attrakionz – ‘Bossalinis and Fooliyones pt.II’
The Underachievers – ‘Gold Soul Theory’
Kilo Kish – ‘Turquoise’
Cadence Weapon – ‘Conditioning’
Childish Gambino – ‘L.E.S.’
Baths – ‘Maximalism’
Bibio – ‘Wake Up!’
Gold Panda – ‘We Work Nights’
Bonobo – ‘Cirrus’
Errors – ‘Pleasure Palaces’
Jon Hopkins – ‘Open Eye Signal’
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Kanye West – ‘New Slaves’
ScHoolboy Q – ‘Raymond 1969’
Flatbush Zombies – ‘Intro’
Company Flow – ‘8 Steps To Perfection’
The Pharcyde – ‘Passing Me By’ (Hot Chip remix)

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So, the next one of these: July 18. Come along, why not.

Playlist: Talking Heads Night @ The Green Door Store, Brighton 5/4/13

April 8, 2013

Last week I played a brief set at The Green Door Store‘s special Talking Heads night. And this is what got played, so it did:

Talking Heads – I Zimbra
Talking Heads – Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
Talking Heads – Seen and Not Seen
Talking Heads – Uh Oh, Love Comes to Town
Brian Eno + David Byrne – Strange Overtones
Gang of Four – Return the Gift
Magazine – A Song From Under the Floorboards
The Velvet Underground – I’m Waiting for the Man
Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated
Talking Heads – Take Me to the River
Talking Heads – Who Is It?
Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime
X-Press 2 + David Byrne – Lazy
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer

Certainly a theme evident, there.

I’m back at The Green Door Store this Thursday night (April 11), for a taster of a new night I’m starting alongside Daniel he-of-Esben-and-the-Witch Copeman. Called 4/4(ish), or 4/4ISH – I guess we should settle on a style – it’ll see records played that you can Probably Dance To.

Pop along, why not.

Playlist: Dive Slow, October 12 2012

October 16, 2012


Friday just gone: I played a load of records in a relatively pleasing sequence at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton. I do this every month and call the event Dive Slow. It’s a play on both a HEALTH track that I’ve actually only played maybe twice there, and my stupid name.

There are two more Dive Slow nights in 2012. These are free-entry events. Jams are plentiful. Booze is available. I may high-five you if you request a winner.

November 16 and December 14 are the dates of said remaining nights. From 9pm, to 3am. Me, six hours, a stack of records. Click to Sticky Mike’s website thingy for information and that.

The playlist for October 12 is (was?) as follows…

Chilly Gonzales – Rap Race
Quakers – The Beginning
Childish Gambino/Beck – Silk Pillow
JJ DOOM (pictured) – Winter Blues
Prefuse 73/El-P/Ghostface – Hide Yr Face
Flying Lotus/Earl Sweatshirt – Between Friends
Hodgy Beats – Lately
MED/Hodgy Beats – Outta Control
Nottz – You Need This Music
Masta Ace – Sittin On Chrome (Ummah remix)
Busta Rhymes – Woo Hah! (J Dilla remix)
J Dilla – Baby
9th Wonder – Now I’m Being Cool
MOP – Ante Up (9th Wonder blend)
Mos Def/Aretha Franklin – Aretha’s Fat Booty (Nasty P mix)
Mos Def – Ms Fat Booty 2
Jurassic 5 – Jayou
Beastie Boys – Flute Loop
Beastie Boys – Intergalactic (KMD blend)
Beastie Boys – Negotiation Limerick File (Handsome Boy Modeling School remix)
Dr Octagon – Blue Flowers
Dr Octagon – A Gorilla Driving a Pick-Up Truck
El-P – Drones Over Brooklyn
Aesop Rock – Zero Dark Thirty
Cadence Weapon – Conditioning
Cadence Weapon – Limited Edition OJ Slammer
Oddisee – Another’s Grind
Danny Brown – Grown Up
Paul White/Danny Brown – One of Life’s Pleasures
Childish Gambino/Danny Brown – Toxic
Lana Del Rey/Notorious BIG – Wrong Game (Terry Urban)
Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Jamie Woon remix)
James Blake – CMYK
Gil Scott-Heron/Jamie xx – NY is Killing Me
Radiohead – Bloom (Jamie xx remix)
The xx – Basic Space (Pariah remix)
Gold Panda – You (Dam Mantle remix)
FaltyDL – Straight & Arrow (Gold Panda remix)
Gold Panda – Snow & Taxis
Slugabed – Sex
Anstam – Bitten By the Snake
Flying Lotus – Parisian Goldfish
Flying Lotus – Putty Boy Strut
Hudson Mohawke – Overnight
Rustie – Ultra Thizz
Bibio – Fire Ant
Baths – Aminals
Nas/Hudson Mohawke – Life’s a Bitch
Nas – The Don
Mobb Deep – Temperature’s Rising
EPMD – Gold Digger
Kanye West – Gold Digger
Kanye West/Jay-Z – N* in Paris
Rick Ross – Hustlin’
Rick Ross/Dr Dre/Jay-Z – Three Kings
Dr Dre – Still DRE
Snoop Dogg/Cream – White Episode (Nasty P mix)
Grimes – Genesis
Gang Gang Dance – Glass Jar
Bonobo + Dels – Eyesdown
Jakwob + Ghostpoet – Island
Ghostpoet – Cash and Carry Me Home
Angel Haze – New York
Hint- Aliens Enter
Gaslamp Killer – Fuck
J Rocc – Stay Fresh
House Shoes – Crazy
Main Attrakionz – Cloud Body
A$AP Rocky – Peso
Curren$y – Smoke Break
Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)
Danny Brown – Die Like a Rock Star
Tyler, the Creator – Yonkers
Quakers – Fitta, Happier
Childish Gambino/RZA – American Royalty
The Pharcyde – Runnin’ (Philippians mix)
Souls of Mischief – 93 til Infinity
M.I.A. – Paper Planes (Diplo remix)
Battles – White Electric (Shabazz Palaces remix)
Shabazz Palaces – An Echo…
THEESatisfaction – QueenS
Bilal – Robots
Frank Ocean – Sweet Life
D’Angelo – Devil’s Pie
OutKast – Ms Jackson
Big Boi – Shutterbug
Black Star – Children’s Story
Notorious BIG – Juicy
Warren G/Nate Dogg – Regulate
The Pharcyde – Passin Me By (Hot Chip remix)
Jay-Z – Thank You


A few words on Polinski’s Labyrinths

August 10, 2011


I’ve long been a fan of Sheffield’s 65daysofstatic (since day one – well, their very first ‘proper’ release, the Stumble.Stop.Repeat EP), so when I was asked to write some bio/PR words for the band’s Paul Wolinski’s debut solo album – released under the name Polinski (see what he’s done there?), I was thrilled. (Though I did also write similar words for the last 65days album, the mighty fine We Were Exploding Anyway.) As it turns out, though, the words I sent over to Monotreme HQ aren’t to be used in the campaign for Labyrinths – cover art, above. So they’re here, instead! Such a good album – ready your ears now for its October 31 release.

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Electronic music moves almost as fast as the sound that frees itself from speaker cones in sweaty bunkers and heaving arenas the world over. Accessibility of technology has enabled a multitude of effectively bedroom-based musicians to rise to public prominence; and behind their banks of MIDIs and MPCs, Technics and Denons, they remain anonymous to many. The mutations that play out, they do so with such minute shifts in pitch and pace that, on any given dancefloor, a multitude of micro-genres will play out over the course of a single hour.

But Polinski is different. He looks backwards to stride forwards, actively engaging with nostalgia to summon forth music from an era in dance development that many a contemporary producer wasn’t any kind of age to appreciate at the time. And he’s far from faceless, too, having spent the past ten years as a member of one of the UK’s most phenomenal live bands, 65daysofstatic.

Mask lifted – well, never worn – Paul Wolinski’s debut solo album arrives following four critically acclaimed long-players and a raft of EPs from his with-colleagues calling. And fans of said outfit will click instantly of some of what’s on offer across Labyrinths: the sweeping circuit-boards-ablaze cries of ‘Kressyda’, the piano-pitched-into-pandemonium of ‘Tangents’. But while there is an echo of familiarity to (some of) these tracks, an inevitability born of shared personnel, it dares to venture into territories that Wolinski has never explored as part of an ensemble.

“This is the album I daydreamed of writing when I was 15,” says its maker. “I was wrapped up in sci-fi, in the soundtracks to games on the Spectrum and the Amiga, and bands like Orbital, Underworld and The Prodigy.” Truly, Wolinki’s – Polinski’s – dreams have been fantastically realised. The title of this set’s opener, ‘1985-Quest’, establishes a tone before a note has been heard; and, quite brilliantly, the on-paper promise of flashes of 16-bit symphonies accompanying digitised superheroes across a 14” screen in a teenage bedroom is wonderfully delivered. This is John Carpenter as heard in the heads of The Chemical Brothers; Psygnosis sleeves brought to life with synesthesic brilliance. It’s music for a jilted generation that grew up, got jobs and forgot how to lose themselves in a moment, only to rediscover the joy to be had in such release courtesy of a collection that simply doesn’t compromise.

But although Labyrinths might well leave one breathless, it doesn’t run blindly into the past without acknowledging the dramatic evolution that’s occurred since dance music exited planet club and began orbiting wider audiences courtesy of a considerable crossover in the 1990s (‘Firestarter’, anyone?). Wolinski isn’t indulging himself at the expense of the listener, so catchy motifs bearing comparable similarities to chart-bothering producers can be discovered amongst the well-nuanced noise. Naming no names, but the silken synth hook of ‘Still Looking’ might just stir thoughts of one Dizzee-collaborating Scotsman. But at the other end of the electronic spectrum, traces of IDM’s glory years can be heard in the enveloping glitch of closer ‘Awaltzoflight’.

But it’s the man himself who can sum up this remarkable solo adventure better than anyone else. “I’ve become confident, after a decade with 65days, that even if I am expressing ideas that others have previously expressed, I’m doing so through my mouth. Which isn’t quite the shape of any other mouth.” So, the assimilated assumes a fresh identity, reconceived as a whole that is both evocative of the past and singularly striking in its own right in 2011. 65days might have conquered the world, thrilling festivals from continent to continent, but now it’s personal. Man to man, eye to eye, human heart to robotic pulse. Polinski hasn’t reinvented the rulebook, but he’s found a whole new way to interpret it.

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Sometimes I’m just too bloody wordy. #idiotme

A video preview/mix for Labyrinths can be seen below; find Polinski online here.

LABYRINTHS from polinski on Vimeo.