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

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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
Big KRIT – REM
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.


Playlist: Dive Slow, July 19 2013

July 20, 2013

Souls Of Mischief - 93 Til Infinity

Every third Friday of the month, I play (mostly) hip-hop records at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton. It’s free so, really, there’s no excuse not to come down for a drink, perhaps a pizza, and a nod-along session.

This is the latest playlist. (It’s not always so pop, but when it’s summer…) More of the same, August 15. Wanna book me? Twitter is best.

Big K.R.I.T. – ‘Somedayz’
Souls Of Mischief – ’93 Til Infinity’
Joey Bada$$ – ’95 Til Infinity’
The Underachievers – ‘The Mahdi’
Mac Miller – ‘S.D.S.’
Flying Lotus + Earl Sweatshirt + Captain Murphy – ‘Between Friends’

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JJ DOOM – ‘Guv’Nor’
Madvillain – ‘Accordion’
El-P + Killer Mike + Prince Paul – ‘Twin Hype’
Deltron 3030 – ‘Positive Contact’
Dr Octagon – ‘Blue Flowers’
Quakers / Guilty Simpson – ‘Fitta Happier’
Paul White + Marv Won – ‘Run Shit’
Oddisee – ‘Another’s Grind’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘The Recipe’
ScHoolboy Q – ‘Raymond 1969’
Cadence Weapon – ‘Conditioning’
J Dilla – ‘Baby’
9th Wonder + Mela Machinko/Median – ‘Now I’m Being Cool’
Masta Ace – ‘Sitting On Chrome’ (Ummah remix)
Busta Rhymes – ‘Woo Hah!!’ (Jay Dee remix)
Nas – ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’
Nas – ‘The Don’
Mobb Deep – ‘Shook Ones II’
Eric B & Rakim – ‘My Melody’
A$AP Rocky + friends – ‘1 Train’
Mr Muthafuckin eXquire – ‘The Last Huzzah’ (remix)

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El-P – ‘Drones Over Brooklyn’
42 Ghosts / Death Grips – ‘Culture Shock’
EPMD – ‘Gold Digger’
Kanye West – ‘Gold Digger’
Kayne West + Jay Z – ‘Otis’
Jay Z – ‘BBC’
M.I.A. + Jay Z – ‘Boys’
M.I.A. + Missy Elliott + Rye Rye – ‘Bad Girls’ (remix)
TNGHT – ‘Buggin’
Hudson Mohawke – ‘Overnight’
FLying Lotus – ‘Parisian Goldfish’
Jackson and his Computerband – ‘Arp #1’
Com Truise – ‘Flightwave’
Kuedo – ‘Scissors’
Errors – ‘Pleasure Palaces’
Radiohead – ‘Bloom’ (Jamie xx remix)
Gil Scott-Heron / Jamie xx – ‘NT Is Killing Me’
Angel Haze – ‘New York’
Notorious B.I.G. – ‘Big Poppa’
112 feat. Notorious B.I.G. – ‘Only You’
Lana De Rey + Notorious B.I.G. – ‘Wrong Game’
Ol Dirty Bastard + Kelis – ‘New Money’ (Nasty P blend)
Wu-Tang Clan – ‘Gravel Pit’
Mariah Carey feat. Ol Dirty Bastard – ‘Fantasy’
Pharrell – ‘Can I Have It Like That’
N*E*R*D – ‘Lap Dance’
Jay Z – ’99 Problems’
Pharoahe Monch – ‘Simon Says’

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Biz Markie – ‘Just A Friend’
Beastie Boys – ‘Intergalactic’ (KMD blend)
The Pharcyde – ‘Runnin’ (Philippians remix)
A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Bonita Applebum’
Joey Bada$$ – ‘Sorry Bonita’
Donell Jones + Left-Eye – ‘U Know What’s Up’
Montell Jordan – ‘This Is How We Do It’
Warren G + Nate Dogg – ‘Regulate’
Beats International – ‘Dub Be Good To Me’
Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – ‘Summertime’ (sure)
TLC – ‘No Scrubs’
Aaliyah – ‘Back And Forth’
Nikki D – ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’
De La Soul – ‘Ring Ring Ring’
NWA – ‘Fuck Tha Police’
Public Enemy – ‘911 Is A Joke’
Children Of The Night – ‘Kids From Queens’
El-P/Killer Mike/Big Boi – ‘Banana Clipper’
Big Boi – ‘Shutterbug’
Drake + Rick Ross – ‘Lord Knows’
Kanye West – ‘New Slaves’
Chance The Rapper – ‘Juice’
A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Can I Kick It’
Beastie Boys + Q-Tip – ‘Get It Together’
Blackstar – ‘Children’s Story’
Mos Def/Aretha Franklin – ‘Aretha’s Fat Booty’
Mos Def – ‘Ms Fat Booty II’
Dangerdoom – ‘Old School Rules’
MF DOOM – ‘Hoe Cakes’
DOOM + Tony Starks – ‘Angelz’
Kilo Kish – ‘Turquoise’
Childish Gambino – ‘L.E.S.’
The Pharcyde – ‘Passin Me By’ (Hot Chip remix)

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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: TV On The Radio ATP, May 11 2013

May 14, 2013

ATP logo

Lucky me got to play records, one after another, at the TV On The Radio-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties weekender of May 10-12.

I kept it pretty ‘party’ focused. What with it being midnight ’til 2am, and the day having seen acts like Spank Rock (and Amanda Blank) and El-P bring the rhymes with no little success, it was essentially a pop(ish)-minded Dive Slow set. (Speaking of which, the next Dive Slow is June 21 at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton.)

The set was as follows. Plenty of people danced. Some people fell over.

De La Soul – A Rolling Skating Jam…
Jungle Brothers – Doin Our Own Dang
Busta Rhymes – Whoo Ha (Jey Dee remix)
Masta Ace – Sittin On Chrome (Ummah remix)
J Dilla – Baby
9th Wonder – Now I’m Being Cool
Dr Octagon – Blue Flowers
Company Flow – 8 Steps To Perfection
Wu-Tang Clan – CREAM
Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell
Beastie Boys – Intergalactic (KMD blend)
M.I.A. – Bad Girls (remix w/ Missy Elliott and Rye Rye)
Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On
Angel Haze – Werkin’ Girls
Nikki D – Daddy’s Little Girl
Jay-Z – Hard Knock Life
Jay-Z/Kanye West – N In Paris
Kanye West – Gold Digger
EPMD – Gold Digger
Eric B and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul
Run-DMC – It’s Tricky
LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?
Biz Markie – Just A Friend
Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says
Notorious BIG – Juicy
Dr Dre – Still DRE
Snoop Dogg – Who Am I?
Warren G/Nate Dogg – Regulate
Luniz – I Got Five On It
R Kelly – Ignition (remix)

Thanks for dancing. (If you want a set similar to this, for whatever reason, I’m on Twitter.)