Monday, 27 February 2012

Smoke n mirrors

A Hymn to the Dope 
Goddess of the murmuring courts,
 Nicotine, my Nicotine, 
Houri of the mystic sports,
 trailing-robed in gabardine, 
Gliding where the breath hath glided, 
Hidden sylph of filmy veils, 
Truth behind the dream is veiléd 
E'en as thou art, smiling ever, ever gliding, 
Wraith of wraiths, dim lights dividing
 Purple, grey, and shadow green Goddess, 
Dream-grace, Nicotine. 

Goddess of the shadow's lights,
 Nicotine, my Nicotine, 
Some would set old Earth to rights, 
 Thou I none such ween. 
Veils of shade our dream dividing, 
Houris dancing, intergliding, 
Wraith of wraiths and dream of faces, 
Silent guardian of the old unhallowed places, 
Utter symbol of all old sweet druidings, 
Mem'ry of witched wold and green,
 Nicotine, my Nicotine: 

 Neath the shadows of thy weaving 
Dreams that need no undeceiving, 
Loves that longer hold me not, 
Dreams I dream not any more, 
Fragrance of old sweet forgotten places, 
Smiles of dream-lit, flit-by faces 
All as perfume Arab-sweet 
Deck the high road to thy feet 

As were Godiva's coming fated 
And all the April's blush belated 
Were lain before her, carpeting 
The stones of Coventry with spring, 
So thou my mist-enwreathéd queen,
 Nicotine, white Nicotine, 
Riding engloried in they hair 
Mak'st by-road of our dreams 
Thy thorough-fare. 

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Dubwise 1,2

The Restless Funk Radio Show 21/02/2012

Lee Perry & The Upsetters - Disco Devil
Stranger Cole - The Time Is Now
Leroy Heptones - Revolutions
Dillinger - Truth & Rights (Tubby's Mix)
Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Running's Irie
Willie Williams & Cousin Marshall - Rocking Universally (Alternate Mix)
Bunny Wailer - Armagideon Dub
Bunny Wailer - Rule Dancehall
The Congo's - Congo Man (Carl Craig Edit)
The Mighty Three's - Sata (Disco Mix)
Little John - 51 Storm
Tenastelin - Burial Tonight
Jimmy Cliff - Roots Radical (Radikal Roots Edit)
Joe White - You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
Leroy Brown - Gone, Gone
Bunny Wailer - Rise & Shine (Version)
Ini Kamoze - World-A-Music
Kiddus I - Fire Burn
Willie Williams - Sweet Home
Vernon Maytone - Old Pan Tone
Pampidoo - Ghetto Rock
Little John & Billy Boyo - What Do You Want To Be?
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Tuesday, 14 February 2012


...slight return

Settling into our new studio was always going to be a bit stressful as the first part of the triumphant return shows; poor selections, records pulled, awkward flow. So, no different to a normal show then - yes, Restless Funk Radio Show is back, broadcasting from the Disco Village to the world. Be warned, the show goes from terrible generic pap to overblown avant garde noodles...

The Restless Funk Radio Show 30/11/2011

The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (Radioslave Edit)
Pizzy Yelliot - Could You Be Loved? (Mongolian Jetset 303 Mix)
Cloud One - Don't Let This Rainbow Pass Me By
Futura 2000 & His Escapades - Escapades Dub
Marcus Mixx - Special Creme
Sun Ra & His Orchestra - We Travel The Spaceways
East New York Ensemble de Musical The Helm - Sun Flower
Jeri-Jeri - Mbeuguel Dafa Nekh
Bobby Hamilton Quintet Unlimited - In The Mouth Of The Beast
Steve Colson & Unity - Triumph Of The Outcasts Coming
Alice Coltrane - IHS
Kiddus I - Give I Strength (Version)
Jaki Whitren & John Cartwright - Stay Cool
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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dem's tha breaks

And another one. Classics this time. It doesn't matter how many times you hear them, they still work. Guess that's why they call them classics. And no, do you really need a tracklist?

Lovely Bump

Mo' idiot sounds from the Village. Consider it a warm up for the Restless Funk Radio Show, back on air and online coming soon!

Porn for your ears and your eyes:

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Mindblowing Mixes 3

Joel Martin is an avid record collector. He's also a film conossieur who works producing and compiling film soundtracks. He notably compiled the alternative soundtrack for the cult zombie movie Dawn Of The Dead including much of the incidental music missing from the initial soundtrack release like the music from the shopping mall scenes. Curating his own label Moscovitch Music he has unearthed Terror / Prey - The Original Unreleased Soundtracks by IVOR SLANEY, two underground horror movies from the 70's containing my folk/balearic favourite: 'Way Of A Stranger' featuring vocals by Val McKenna. In addition to this he works with the legendary DeWolfe library music who have produced music for Dr Who, Monty Python, Emmanuelle, American Gangster and Brokeback Mountain to name but a few cinematic excursions, Joel recently producing a compilation of musical excerpts from the Shaw Bros. universally acclaimed Kung Fu movies, sampled by everyone from Wu Tang Clan to Quentin Tarantino. In 2008 as DJ Zeus he released the mix cd "Esoteric Disco", a natural successor to Harvey's Sarcastic selection and subsequently achieved huge popularity as one half of Quiet Village with Matt Edwards of Radio Slave, using their shared love of library and soundtrack music to ride the balearic resurgence on the achingly hip Whatever We Want records. Currently working with Gerry Rooney (Harvey's old sparring partner in Black Cock records) as "Velvet Season & The Hearts of Gold" to release on Golden Hole/Lucky Hole records with such catchy titles as 'Camel Toe Central'. 

Obviously he likes disco records. A lot. This radio show recorded in the fledgling days of London radio station Resonance FM is Joel showcasing some quite special disco records that grew into a feature for FACT magazine on Joel's top 20 disco records. It's particuarly nice as Joel shares some knowledge and background and occupies a special place for me as it's the only time I've heard a copy of the extremely rare 12" version of Candido's Thousand Fingered Man with it's more electronic slant than the commonly heard version. Enjoy.

The obvious but obligatory 'wow, like we've never had snow before' post.

Out the door even before breakfast!
Barbour + Hunter = Winter stylez
Sunday service
Homeward bound

Friday, 3 February 2012

TGI Friday, phew!

Disco Village February Selection

Lot's of older records this time, some all time jams on here though and again, not really a mix although I get busy wrecking a few mangled dubs towards the end. Playlist soon come, ooh, exciting!

Marnimix – Issimo 1 
Killer version of the cheese classic. First heard on Baris K's Eurasia mix series, but obviously a huge cosmic classic with Baldelli et al. Marni was Tutu on DJHistory(.com) He's a lovely austrian fellow who used to run a website selling afro-cosmic music before it blew up following Harvey's Sarcastic mix. I bought a few weirdo records off him and he got quite excited that anyone might be interested and very kindly sent me an absolute bucketload of Loda and other DJ mixes including quite a few names that still haven't surfaced regarding that scene (my lips are sealed).
MC1 – Basic 
Speaking of cosmic, here's a Beppe Loda stormer. I got most of the Typhoon classic bootleg 12"s as orignal presse's from Flexx records in Belgium, but ran out of cash before the last couple and hence had to grab the version with the nasty graphics, boo. Although this 12" has a wicked Depeche Mode cosmic'd Enjoy The Silence.
Geno Jordan - You're A Peachtree Freak On Peachtree Street (Max D Edit) 
Part 3 is a 10 minute disco dubathon. Here Max makes us an offer we can't refuse.
Rhythm Based Lovers – Stargrove 
Remains one of my favourite tracks of the last few years. Lost on a smoky dancefloor at 5am repetition gives way to euphoria.
Metro Area – Nerves 
Overlooked after the initial smash hit's MA Vol 1-4, but check the production, there's everything in there. It's instantly familiar, soothingly comfortable and machine fabricated exactness. Standalone housemusic.
Smith & Hack – To Our Disco Friends 
Devastatingly simple but it's the juddering cuts that make it effective, sampling Bohannon.
Mach – On & On 
It was already a classic but THIS: made it famous.
Soundstream – Rainmaker 
I play all the tracks off this 12", and it never works on a dancefloor. Does Not Compute.
Rick ‘Poppa’ Howard – About Fourteen (Remix) 
Tevo's dad give us Melancholia. Saw that movie the other day (Von Trier) and it was exquisitely shot, stays with you, although not as mental as Anti-christ, but Charlotte Gainsbourg looked prettier.
Roshell Anderson – Wild Dreams 
B-Side to the PPU reissue of Hill's Delicate Rose which I was going to play as it sounded like an 80's version of 'About Fourteen", but though I'd had enough of wailing men.
Innergaze – Perception-Reception 
Dark. As with all the Letkiewicz stuff, there's more to each track than originally appears as it's not simply layers of production but thoughtfully composed electronica. I'm liking the Organs of Love 12" on optimo music too...
Jamie Principle – Waiting On My Angel (Dub Mix) 
L.I.E.S. – Comeback Dust (Max D's Big Top Dustheads Rmx) 
Jamie Principle – Waiting On My Angel (Radio Edit) 
Did Max nick that riff from Octave One? That Jamie dub is sooo gorgeous. Another favourite record, picked up in San Francisco, so extra happy points! 
Hamilton Bohannon – Bohannon Disco Symphony 
HB wrote records to be used as tools by DJ's I reckon, as there's never quite the crescendo such a groove deserves.
The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love? (Emperor Machine Remix) 
Recent favourite from the London Loft party. Hat's off to Cosmo, you've gotta have balls to drop some Underground Resistance to that crowd, although of course thinking deeper it makes perfect sense.