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’

Book me to DJ at your show. I am cheap. Twitter.





Playlist: Dive Slow @ Peace, 7 December 2012

December 8, 2012

Joey Bada$$

As I’m in the habit of posting playlists after I’ve been out and about playing records at people, sometimes for their enjoyment as well as mine, here’s what was aired, in order, at the Peace show at Brighton’s Green Door Store on 7 December. Thanks to Ed Lilo – follow the man and his events on Twitter – for having me.

It’s fairly brief. But people danced. Energetically. Which was a treat.

Quakers – The Beginning
Joey Bada$$ (pictured) – World Domination
Children of the Night – Kids From Queens
Paul White feat. Danny Brown – One of Life’s Pleasures
Danny Brown – Grown Up
Childish Gambino feat. Danny Brown – Toxic
Terry Urban (Lana Del Rey / Notorious BIG) – You’re No Good For Me
Beastie Boys – Intergalactic (KMD blend)
M.I.A. / Missy Elliott / Rye Rye – Bad Girls (remix)
Jay-Z/Jimi Hendrix – Watchtower Problem (Nasty P mix)
Nas feat. AZ – Life’s a Bitch (Hudson Mohawke blend)
El-P – Drones Over Brooklyn
Hodgy Beats – Bullshittin’
A$AP Rocky – Peso
Curren$y – Smoke Break
Action Bronson – The Symbol
Earl Sweatshirt – Chum
The Pharcyde – Passin’ Me By (Hot Chip remix)

The next Dive Slow night proper – six hours of this sorta stuff, for Absolutely No Money Whatsoever – takes place on Friday 14 December, at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. Starts at 9pm, ends around 3am. December’s SPECIAL GUEST DJ is Mercury Prize-nominated rapper and all-round awesome dude GHOSTPOET. Big.

And then in 2013: 18 January, 8 February.

MD’s Zero Fanfare Top 40 Albums Of 2011

November 17, 2011

Are they in order, from 1 to 40? Perhaps 40 to 1? Yes, no… who cares. Anyway, 40 thoroughly good albums from the year that isn’t quite over (but let’s be fair, there’s nothing but X Factor afterbirth between now and the New Year).

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Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
Katy B – On a Mission
Kuedo – Severant
The Horrors – Skying
Polinski – Labyrinths
Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
Com Truise – Galactic Melt
Björk – Biophilia
9th Wonder – The Wonder Years
True Widow – As High as the Highest Heavens…
Wild Beasts – Smother
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Dark Dark Dark – Wild Go
Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
A Winged Victory for the Sullen – A Winged Victory for the Sullen
FaltyDL – You Stand Uncertain
Mastodon – The Hunter
The Men – Leave Home
The Weeknd – House of Balloons
Other Lives – Tamer Animals
Three Trapped Tigers – Route One or Die
Modeselektor – Moneytown
Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Braids – Native Speaker
Rustie – Glass Swords
Dels – Gob
Iceage – New Brigade
Childish Gambino – CAMP
Machinedrum – Room(s)
Martyn – Ghost People
Azari & III – Azari & III
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – We’re New Here
Emika – Emika
Blanck Mass – Blanck Mass
Nils Frahm – Felt
Drake – Take Care
Kode9 & The Spaceape – Black Sun

Note: Esben and the Witch’s Violet Cries is disqualified from this list because they’re terrible, terrible people. Nah. But I do co-manage them. And that sort of nepotism just ain’t cool.

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Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place

Katy B – Broken Record

Kuedo – Scissors

The Horrors – Still Life

Polinski – Stitches

The Best Music Videos of 2011 – Part Two

November 11, 2011

Part One, right, is over here. This is another ten. Are they the best videos of 2011? I dunno. I just say what I see.

Youth Lagoon – Montana (from the album The Year of Hibernation)

Battles – My Machines (from the album Gloss Drop)

King Creosote and Jon Hopkins – Bubble (from the album Diamond Mine)

Lil Wayne – 6 Foot 7 Foot (from the album Tha Carter IV)

Ghostpoet – Survive It (from the album Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam)

Hooray for Earth – True Loves (from the album True Loves)

Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise (from the album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two)

Three Trapped Tigers – Reset (from the album Route One or Die)

New Look – Nap on the Bow (from the album New Look)

Wild Beasts – Albatross (from the album Smother)

Yeah, I’ll probably do one more of these before the year is out. Fun, right?

Notes from the Mercury Prize

September 7, 2011

By now, you’ll know that PJ Harvey has become the first artist to win the Mercury Prize for a second time, her Let England Shake the pick of the shortlisted 12 at last night’s awards do in London. (Read a review of the album on the BBC, here.) I was at the awards – here’s how it went down, from where I was standing. (Times are estimates only – these are my observations and opinions only, not those of the BBC!)

19.00 – In. No fizz yet. Sort it out, Mercurys.

19.04 – Jools is saying something. Presumably about music. It’s hard to tell as the suits clink their glasses across the tables below us – us being the press scumbags and hangers-on assembled on the balcony. I could really do with a drink.

19.05 – Ghostpoet’s in the building. He’s wearing his trademark pork pie hat indoors. My mum, she wouldn’t like that. Thinks it’s rude to wear a hat indoors.

19.07 – Tinie Tempah is the first performer of the night. “The one and only Tinie Tempah,” announces Jools, ramming his face between the cheeks of a nominated artist for the first time tonight. Thank fuck he’s the one and only, think several of the assembled onlookers. (Okay, perhaps just me.) Mr Tempah plays a medley of his chart hits. Few in the room seem to care. This man is not going home with the Mercury.

19.11 – Anna Calvi now. Like Tempah (and, later, Katy B) she’s dressed in black and red. Danger colours, those. Perhaps we’re in for a fiery performance. Or, perhaps, she’ll just shout for a bit while that friend of hers manhandles a squeezy wheezy box. I’ve never got the fuss surrounding Calvi – an adequate guitarist with some okay songs, but nothing more to these ears. And it must be weird for her tonight, performing in the shadow of PJ Harvey – an artist who’s done what Calvi’s doing for the past 20 years or so, and much better. Calvi’s album has no chance of winning.

19.15 – Jools runs us through all of the nominated albums. Everything is “fantastic” or “wonderful”, of course – this is the way of Jools. Still, he’s a national treasure, the sole televisual window onto the wider musical world for a large percentage of the British public, so I can forgive the sycophancy (and besides, if he’s not going to say these albums and artists are great, who is?). The biggest cheers seem to be for Katy B and Ghostpoet. But that might just be because of where I’m stood.

19.16 – Gwilym Simcock plays. His jazz face, to borrow from a credit card provider that isn’t sponsoring tonight’s proceedings, is priceless. He’s a very talented pianist, but really: his album’s never had a chance of winning, which begs the question of why it’s in the running. There have been better jazz albums in the last 12 months. If you must pick a ‘token’ jazz entry, at least make it one by an outfit with rather more fire in its collective belly. Honestly, this is like riding in a lift…

19.18 – …Until Simcock climbs inside his piano and starts beating it. That makes the room go up. But it might just be sympathy applause – thanks for coming, chap; see you… well, never.

19.28 – After a pause, PJ plays. She’s good, this girl. She’ll do well. A no-frills performance, but she’s an artist with nothing to prove at this stage of her career.

19.34 – King Creosote – who, later, will apparently fall into a swimming pool fully suited – plays, alongside Jon Hopkins on piano. It’s a beautiful moment; the room falls still. That pair had their odds slashed earlier in the day. A sign of success to come? Perhaps – but remember this thing isn’t decided until after these performances, when the judging panel retires to shout at each other until they reach a verdict. I wonder if all of them are ever really happy with the outcome?

19.40 – Metronomy now, with The Bay. Good choice. Good performance. Nice to see a band put a little heart into their live showing tonight. Joseph Mount encourages us to visit Devon. I have done, sir, several times. Paignton Zoo and I, we get along fine. He makes the audience laugh, which is nice. It’s be nicer still if the band’s album, The English Riviera, was to win… but a hunch says it won’t.

19.44 – When does the England match kick off?

19.45 – Oh, about now. Thanks.

19.47 – Nice chat with Gbenga from Metronomy. Apparently Lauren Laverne, who’s here tonight presenting for the BBC, fought for their album to be in the shortlist. Zane Lowe didn’t like it, he tells me. Zane, Zane… Bad form.

19.50 – Katy B. She’s good. Great performance of On a Mission. Beside me, the live-blogger fellow from The Quietus announces that she’s his pick for tonight; later, when we’re surrounded by guys and gals from Rinse (who ‘comically’ threaten to mug us), we’ll both say we’re rooting for her. She seems genuinely pleased to be part of this – as a young artist with her first album just released, I guess everything’s still an adventure for her. She’ll learn, in time. Someone tweets that Polly Jean has the best nose in rock; I counter with Katy B has the best dimples in pop. She does though. Treasures, those.

19.57 – James Blake is on. Somewhere in this noise there’s a song, I’m sure of it.

19.59 – I’m not so sure. He’s a tall lad, Mr Blake. I guess when your head’s all the way up there it’s hard to hear your mates, who are telling you: “James, put some songs on the album… James…? JAMES?! Oh, whatever… make a record that sounds like a Bon Iver remix LP.” Mr The Quietus loved his older stuff – might sound like a muso thing to say, but it’s true: Blake’s pre-album fare was much, much better than what makes up his eponymous debut. He won’t win.

20.00 – The audience seems to be in agreement. They might be quiet out of respect, like they were for King Kenny earlier. More likely they’re asleep, though.

20.07 – Ghostpoet is fantastic – loud, and loving every second of being here. Performance of the night (Cash and Carry Me Home, since you asked).

20.11 – News reaching us that Adele is not going to perform. She’s here, though.

20.15 – Grab a word with Ghostpoet. He seems thrilled to be part of this, and is drinking it in. I wish him the best – it’d be bloody fantastic if his LP, Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam, won this thing. As someone who has only just quit his nine-to-five to focus on his music, that £20,000 will go a long way. He calls me ‘Mr Diver’ too, which I like. (It’s my name, but still.)

20.19 – We’re watching a performance of Rolling in the Deep on the screens. She can sing, this Adele girl. Watch out for her. Bright future, etc.

20.20 – Adele takes to the stage to make a thank-you speech and pick up her one-of-the-final-12 trophies/toilet brushes. She makes people laugh, and snorts a little herself. She’s great, just like one of us. Only absolutely loaded.

20.24 – Everything Everything are dressed like Ghostbusters but aren’t even as entertaining as the second Ghostbusters movie – and that really sagged in places.

20.30 – And now it’s Elbow. Somehow I’ve forgotten about Elbow being here – probably because Build a Rocket Boys! is so utterly underwhelming. Why’s it in the final 12? Because Guy Garvey is a Really Nice Man, that’s why. Can’t be on the strength of the LP in question – if so, clearly the panel has listened to 10 albums all year and then picked two acts on the strength of previous collections. (I might be referring to Adele here – 21 is decent, no doubt, but 6/10 decent rather than 9/10 amazing.)

20.34 – Lippy Kids is the most boring song of 2011.

20.36 – Jools arrives on stage to bury himself up Garvey’s arse. Says something about how we all love Elbow. No, Jools, we don’t. Some of us can’t work out why they’re here in the place of many other more worthy outfits. But, hell, that Guy fella is a smashing chap. Struggles to stand up straight while performing, though. He might want to see someone about that.

20.45 – In the pub. Second half of the England vs Wales match is as dull as Everything Everything were a few minutes ago.

22.02 – Back in the building. Lauren’s over there, speaking to camera. She’s with the chap who presents the 6 Music breakfast show, Sean Keaveny. That’s the same Sean Keaveny who’s failed to get the name of this award correct on his show for the past few weeks/months. An expert, then.

22.05 – Realise how weird it must be for the artists tonight, playing to a room where the majority of people assembled don’t want them to do well. They might like their records, and go to their shows elsewhere – but tonight they’re rooting for a rival.

22.09 – Another music journalist tweets simply: “Fuck Off Elbow.” To the point.

22.26 – And the winner is…

22.26.08 – PJ Harvey! Unprecedented second win for Peej. I’d love to say I’m happy with her win, but… Well, it’s a bit safe, isn’t it? An established artist triumphs again. Might have been nice to see the Mercury celebrate emerging talent a little more – but all of the shortlisted 12 benefit from this exposure, so there are no losers in the room tonight. Plus, PJ is an awesome artist whose catalogue is immense. Let England Shake is an LP I’ve not personally clicked with, but I recognise the love for it from other quarters. Many a friend has told me that it’s the best album of 2011, so…

22.32 – Right, I’m off to the pub for last orders. See ya, the #mercuryprize.

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Watch performances from the night, and interviews and the like, on the BBC Music Showcase pages.

Read reviews of all the nominated albums via the BBC Music Blog.

Fifty favourite albums from 2011 so far.

June 17, 2011

Julianna Barwick

Everybody’s at this sort of thing right now, so why should I be any different? These are in no order, and there have been lots of albums I’ve enjoyed very nearly as much as the ones you see listed below. But 50 is a nice, neat number, so 50 is what you – I – get. Inevitably there are some records that I just haven’t had time to listen to properly; I expect some of these will appear in my favourites come the end of the year. Some, I just haven’t clicked with, like the latest PJ Harvey album and Anna Calvi’s debut (on paper I should love them, but…). Several of these here, though, are really special: Julianna Barwick (pictured, above), Wild Beasts, Bon Iver, Tim Hecker, FaltyDL, Dark Dark Dark, Ghostpoet. Says me, anyway. Click the links to travel to BBC-published words on the respective long-players.

This list covers studio albums released in the UK between January 1 and June 30, 2011. Due to professional association with the band, I have not listed Esben and the Witch’s Violet Cries. But it’s very good, too. Obviously.

Admiral Fallow – Boots Met My Face
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Tao of the Dead
Austra – Feel It Break
Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
Beans – End It All
Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Boxcutter – The Dissolve
Braids – Native Speaker
Cat’s Eyes – Cat’s Eyes
Colourmusic – My ____ Is Pink
Daedelus – Bespoke
Dananananaykroyd – There Is a Way
Dark Dark Dark – Wild Go
Dels – Gob
Destroyer – Kaputt
Diddy Dirty Money – Last Train to Paris
Dutch Uncles – Cadenza
FaltyDL – You Stand Uncertain
Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
Grimes – Halfaxa
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
How to Dress Well – Love Remains
J.Rocc – Some Cold Rock Stuf
Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise
Katy B – On a Mission
King Creosote and John Hopkins – Diamond Mine
Kode9 & The Spaceape – Black Sun
Letlive. – Fake History
Lia Ices – Grown Unknown
Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
Jessica Lea Mayfield – Tell Me
Metronomy – The English Riviera
Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts
Planningtorock – W
Radiohead – The King of Limbs
Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx – We’re New Here
SebastiAn – Total
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Sister Crayon – Bellow
Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde
Three Trapped Tigers – Route One or Die
True Widow – As High as the Highest Heavens and from the Centre to the Circumference of the Earth
tUnE-YaRdS – w h o k i l l
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat – Everything’s Getting Older
Wild Beasts – Smother

I swear my voice doesn’t always sound like this (a Mixcloud thing).

April 3, 2011

Katy B

Okay, it does. It’s way more reedy than even my lamest of dreams ever foresaw. But whatcha gonna do? I’ll tell you what: you get a couple of beers in, a couple of portions of chips, collect together some CDs with a friend and record a Quarter One Report. Albums from the first three months of 2011, discussed. Some, we like. Others, nah. Crap records need love, too, I appreciate that. But there are enough simpletons out there buying this turd-shovelling stuff that I don’t have to acknowledge even the slightest slip of a positive should one be found amongst 12 box-ticking tracks of aural excrement.

(PS: I don’t mean Katy B. Katy B is great. If Katy B was to fill my ears with anything warm and brown it’d be chocolate sauce and I would enjoy it. Find me a few biscuit fingers, I’ll entertain myself for at least the length of one of her fine-indeed modern dance-pop numbers. And then continue the party in A&E.)

Dis Radio 2011 – Sean Adams & Mike Diver's Q1 Report by Drownedinsound on Mixcloud