Wednesday, 23 February 2011

River View

OK lots of great music about at the minute, but these are a few of the things that have been keeping my ears happy lately.

Firstly from the ‘village former Delegate of Culture, and half of the Skuff and Inja show, Dr Skuff has made his deep covers project available to us all. You can grab a free download here

Speaking of Skuff and Inja you will remember the track “Zen” they did with Mr Scuff.

Mr Scruff 'Zen (with Skuff & Inja)' by Mr Scruff

 Cambridge based readers may wish to get themselves to the junction on Saturday night for “Keep It Unreal” 10-3 advance tickets are a tenner from the junction


Release number one on a new label called 100% Silk, this record is simply brilliant. I played the a side “Ital’s Theme” on the radio show last night and a lovely bit of acid house nonsense it is too. The b side has a couple of amazing tracks also, “Queens” and “Hit and Run” are both killer. Left field dance floor business for  modern disco dandy’s. The ep sleeve as you can see is a thing of great beauty and it’s limited to 350 copies so no dithering. For those of you who are undecided have a listen to “Queens” here

Ital - Queens by

Also check the 100% silk blog here


Edits, a thorny issue at the best of times.
 Often you get a well known charity shop cheapie/reissued to death record/ old classic that even though it’s a “classic” you could happily never hear again with a 4/4 beat on the intro and the outro and some shit effects thrown in. However for every 100 wasted bits of shiny black plastic lurks a gem. And stilllove4music seem to be behind more of the gems.
I cant recommend the “still love for music” ep by Delano Smith enough. 3 tracks and 2 of them are parts 1 and 2 of a cut up of the O’ Jays “I Love Music”, not a rare or expensive or particularly obscure cut. However I cant get enough of it, very Detroit, lots of looped up sections and a female vocal taking about still having love for music. I played part 2 last night, and I also played “Drive It” off the Bim Marx “Make it Hot EP”. The Bim Marx ep has 4 tracks and they are all lovely.
 If disco edits is your thing, or you think you are over them, you should check out the stilllove4music back catalogue, Rahaan, Al Kent, and Rick Wilhite are amongst the treats in store

Any readers who enjoyed Matts recent digital reggae piece should check the Prince Jammy lp “Strictly Dub” reissued on Pressure Sounds, actually if you like reggae full stop check out the pressure sounds label. Too much good stuff , credit cards at the ready heres the website

Booze news
This weeks top tipple Canadian Club whisky, with Canada Dry and a squueze of lemon juice.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Dance Sucker

The Restless Funk Radio Show 21/02/2011 


Billy Paul - Going East (Moton Edit)
Frankie Zhivago - Flying High
Jackson Jones - I Feel Good Put Your Pants On
Skye - Ain't No Need
Entro Senestre - La Caccia
Lone - Angel Brain
Grooveman Spot - Do The Dance
Ital - Ital's Theme
Shelve - This World
Rahaan - Happy People
Bim Marx - Drive It
DJ Mode - This Music (pt 1)
Sleeque - One For The Money (Dance Mix)

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Thursday, 17 February 2011

Fever pitch

Well, shit, I'm just excited as a mofo right now. Everything musical is sending me into a spin. After a certain Rhythm & Sound fan encouraged me to do some digging on the tracklists for their live sets, it slowly dawned on me that a huge inspiration for both their live sets and their productions is the period in reggae music where the analogue morphed into the digital. Prince Jammy was King Tubby's apprentice in the studio and it was he that built one of the first digital riddims which mashed up the dance across the world. Sleng Teng was the name of that riddim and it has been versioned at least 120 times since it's release. Tubby was so impressed with his prodigy's invention that he decided to build a digital riddim too - this being the Tempo riddim. Now here's the freaky shit, just as I'm educating myself about this music, this week, Mark Ainley from Honest Jon's and Mark Ernestus from Rhythm & Sound co-own a record label called Dug Out which decides to reissue a rare 'one riddim' album using none other than the Tempo riddim, vocalists including Sugar Minott and Willie Williams. In addition to this, my favourite Japanese dub speciallists (Dub Store Records) are reissuing a wealth of original King Jammy (the Prince was later crowned King!) 45's in beautiful limited runs of immaculate vinyl pressings with orginal artwork - from the early dancehall period charting the crossover from analogue to digital.

Sleng Teng


But wait, there's more!

After a very long wait, finally the two new albums on the cult label Whatever We Want Records are dropping (and disappearing fast) in the UK. Ex-Cambridge lad Thomas Bullock (partner with DJ Harvey in the Map Of Africa project) and Eddie Ruscha (West Coast psychedelic maestro) are The Laughing Light of Plenty and the first single "The Rose" from their album was simply huge for us here at the Disco Village and around the world:

The self-titled album contains another killer in the form of "The Pulse" and a splattering of other tripped out cosmic space-folk-psyche-rock-disco... Intrigued?

The second LP from Whatever We Want is by UK artist Cherrystones recording under the Pseudonym "Godsy". His LP is reeeaaally out there, exotic soundtracky music, again, super psychedelic ambient/noise/concrete/folk...

Godsy - My Snow Does Not Melt

Of course there is a huge controversy around these releases owing to their frankly insane price tags (up to $50 each depending on where you get them), but as Harvey says "records are luxury items".

More Whatever We Want shizzle here:

 And arrrghhh!!!! There's more!!!! Our good friend Mudd over at Claremont HQ is just releasing a hidden gem from the Post Punk era NYC girl group Dog Eat Dog. With sleeve artwork by Keith Haring and heavyweight vinyl pressing this is a surefire winner:

It's out mid march on vinyl and CD from the claremont store:

You can still find my Claremont 56 retrospective mix over on soundcloud here for a taster of other music on the label:

Tuesday, 15 February 2011


Spot your favourite record store employee - mine is Toru from Vinyl Junkies looking as mysteriously confused as ever:

Bonus points for naming all the stores!

For Lovers

The Restless Funk Radio Show 14/02/2011 


Agnetha Faltskog - Wrap Your Arms Around Me
Vangelis - Memories Of Green
Excerpt from "And God Created Woman" O.S.T.
Rita Lee - And I Loved Him
Eramus Hall - Just Me N You
Jean Carne - I'm Back For More
Foxy - Call It Love
Isaac Hayes - I Want To Make Love To You So Bad
Norman Connors - Be There In The Morning
The Jack Moves - A Fool For You
Isley Brothers - Need A Little Taste Of Love
Jimmy Castor & The Jimmy Castor Bunch - Love's Theme
Original Black Sheep Of The Family - Heaven Must Have Made You Girl
Mayer Hawthorne - When I Said Goodbye
Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins - Melt Your Heart

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Thursday, 10 February 2011


This dear reader is quite frankly, MENTAL. I've obviously not been watching enough kids TV - it's a genuine show on the cbeebies (children's BBC) channel here in the UK. I'm not quite sure why I'm so flabbergasted, but well, I am. I give you, RASTAMOUSE ...!!! Enjoy!

And of course the BIG question - Is "cheese" code for Mary Jane?

Watch more on the Beeb:

Tim Does It Again

Well, well, well - another week, another hot-to-death Beats in Space radio show from Tim Sweeney in NYC. This week, Disco Village favourites Beautiful Swimmers take control followed by Ron Morelli (part of 2 Dogs in a Room production outfit and LIES label boss). Check out the show and tracklisting here:

The Beautiful Swimmers have been releasing their music on the Future Times record label for the last couple of years, remixing also for People's Potential Unlimited records and french imprint Institubes.

Both producers have a number of pseudonyms and release a large amount of music under their different guises - check out their websites for an entry point into their world of strange dance music:

Some more related projects (I mean record porn):

And blow me, that's not all folks - Future times is suddenly the label of the month over at Resident Advisor:

This gives us the chance to peep into their world with this fabulous mix of their recent and forthcoming material, download here:
Filesize: 164.7 MB
Length: 01:08:36

01. Confused House - Concrete Dub (2011, Future Times)
02. Protect-U - World Music (2011, Future Times)
03. Beautiful Swimmers - Horizon (2009, Future Times)
04. Protect-U - World Music (2011, Future Times)
05. Max D - Can U? (2009, Future Times)
06. Rhythm Based Lovers - Snow Drift (2008, Future Times)
07. LIES - Comeback Dust (Max D Big Top Dustheads Remix) (2011, Future Times)
08. Protect-U - U-Uno (2011, Future Times)
09. Beautiful Swimmers - Big Coast (2010, Future Times)
10. Beautiful Swimmers - Swimmers Groove (2009, Future Times)
11. Maxmillion Dunbar - Ballroom (upcoming, 2011, Future Times)
12. Protect-U - Protection (2009, Future Times)
13. Slava - Dreaming Tiger (2010, Future Times)
14. Slava - World Of Spirits (2010, Future Times)
15. Protect-U - World Music (2011, Future Times)
16. Sensual Beings - Detached Feelings (2009, Future Times)
17. Simoncino - A Mystery To Me (Unreleased)
18. Kinoeye - Mean Old World (2009, WT)
19. Paradise's Deep Groove - Innermind (1992, E Legal)
20. Gala Drop - Izod (2010, Golf Channel)
21. Drexciya - Danger Bay (1993, Underground Resistance)
22. S.B.B.L. - Purple Pitch (1985, ZYX)
23. Mark-E - Escape (2010, Vibrations)
24. Mood II Swing - Function (1995, Music For Your Ears)
25. The Other People Place - Sunrays (2001, Warp)

Wednesday, 9 February 2011


In other Disco Village related news, the March 2011 issue of The Wire magazine has a piece written about alternative Cambridge featuring local heroes Pete Um and DJ Nochexx as well as a deep and meaningful with the dark lord of heavy detroitian wonkiness, Mr Theo Parrish:

Also, the bods over at sat down for a chinwag with ex Cambridge student turned globetrotting DJ and producer Ewan Pearson where he discusses Cambridge, intellectual dancefloor literature and the price of eggs:

Dancehall Dub

Dancehall Dub by Disco Village

As promised, reggae has been in the air around the disco village and so you see a little inspiration goes a long way. Dubwise selecta!


Heads up, essential afro reissue alert! K Frimpong and his Cubano Fiestas is a bit of a mouthful, and the track titles even more so, but on my music radar I've been hearing bits for a long time from this masterful artist. There are two albums from Mr Frimpong, and the first has been lovinly reissued by Continental Records.

Highly recommended afro dancefloor psychedelia, a gorgeous combination of afrobeat and hi-life, the 1st track on the 4 track album absolutely slays me every time. Non-vinyl heads rejoice, I'm not leaving you behind this time as the 1st track off this glorious album is also available on a CD compilation from the wicked Soundway records (check their entire catalogue for all things afro):

Not only does Ghana Soundz contain the massive K Frimpong track, but also contains the Chez Le Funk afro-disco anthem "Bukom Mashie" - bonus! Buy here:

Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe

It's very strange what some vendors decide to commission to promote their products. Twice recently I've been suprised by relatively unconnected items being used to promote a brand... Both the following available to buy (see captions).

The People's Potential Unlimited records "Stainless Steel Shot Glass"

The Sarcastic Clothing "Pill Cutter"

And Mr Barlow asked me to remember to mention this natty little ice cube tray from DJ, producer and FXHE label boss, Mr Omar S:

Box Fresh

The Virgo Four box set mentioned in the mix post below is available for pre-order from Rush Hour here:

The Ashford & Simpson box set containing all the 12" versions of their greatest dancefloor moments, many played at the loft and the gallery and the paradise garage nightclubs to name but a few is currently going for a song (5xLP's for only £16!!!!!) in many record shops:


Virgo Four - Legowelt Ressurection Megamix by rushhourrecords

Danny Wolfers (Legowelt) throws up a promo mix of unreleased Virgo Four material about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public by those lovely people over at Rushhour records in Holland (

Watch out for Danny's remix of the underground chicago anthem from Superlife - Go Banana's, on the beloved People's Potential Unlimited record label...

Inna dubwise direction

I'm loving the Reggae right now, lookout for a dancehall dubwise selection soon come from the disco village.
Rodigan on the Today programme this morning:

And these Makasound limited releases are just the most beautiful reissues I've seen for a while, 500 pressed of each, don't, as they say, sleep!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

RIP Fitzbillies

Fitzbillies, the Cambridge institution ceased trading last weekend:

Best Chelsea Buns in the world, no doubt! Glad to have been able to taste their sticky goodness. Fitzbillies was establised in 1920, the recipe for their buns has remained a closely guarded secret for 90 years. Damned "Credit Munch" eh?

Now Playing outside your window:

or here:

Sunshine outside the window made me think of these, a blessed relief. It's not springtime yet, but it's not far away.

Springtime Again from Sleeping Beauty LP by Sun Ra originally Saturn, reissued by Art Yard

Ray Of Sunshine, specially recorded for The Tube TV series, 12" B-Side to "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" single release.

Jive Baby On A Saturday Night...

Finally got to DJ at the Loft. Oddly, there IS a party going on underneath me!
Party Playlist:

Foolish & Sly - Rainfalls (Chicken Lips Live Dub)
Hunee - Tour De Force
Mark E - RnB Drunkie
Ace & The Sandman - Let Your Body Run
No Smoke - Koro Koro
Maxxi & Zeus - MZ Medely
The Jellies - Jive Baby On A Saturday Night
Rhythm & Sound - Dem Never Know (Sleeparchive Remix)
Rocha - Feel The Love
Moodymann - It's Too Late 4 U and Me
Convextion - Miranda (Deepchord Remix)
Cos/Mes - Gomezland (TBD Remix)
LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 (Prins Thomas Remix)
Moodymann - Shades Of Jae
Rocha - Feel The Love (Greg Wilson Mix)
Angela - Gotta Little Love
Aril Brikha - Departure In Time

Big up Sarah & Mark for the happy house action, CLF crew for the crazy disco afters and everyone else for turning it out.

It's complicated

The Restless Funk Radio Show 7/02/2011 


Dogs Of War - Love Pirate
Ghost Note II - Albularyo
Brisa - 9th Symphony 4th Movement
Echospace - Sonorous (CV313's Midst Of Something Beautiful Mix)
Aril Brikha - Otil
Rick Poppa Howard - Do What You Do (Instrumental)
Cuba Gooding Jr - Happiness Is Just Around The Bend
Chanson - Don't Hold Back
Barbara Mason - Another Man
Little John & Billy Boyo - Combination
King Kong - He Was A Friend (Version)

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Friday, 4 February 2011


Hardcore pornography
on a school night too, ouch! this was good by the way, breakage little more than interesting, rodigan smashed it and the residents set some dillinger and grooverider loose from back in the day, rinsin'
"bozak schmozack" says RVB ;-) - have fun this weekend, boys

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Dread @ The Controlz

The Restless Funk Radio Show 31/01/2011 


Jackie Mittoo - Ayatollah
Psychedelic Aliens - Okponmo Ni Tsitsi Emo Le
Lee Moses - I'll Be There
Harmonia & Eno - Demoiselles
Heroes Of The Galleon Trade - Winter Island Romance
Richard Schneider Jr - Hello Beach Girls
Jane Birkin - Le Cible Qui Bouge
Kris Kristofferson - If You Don't Like Hank Williams

Moodymann - Freeki MF (Juan Atkins Remix)
Ron Hardy - Ron The Unknown
Urban Tribe - My First Mistake
Moodymann - The Third Track

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