Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Monday, 26 September 2011

Quote of the week.

"he who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice."
Albert Einstein

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Saturday, 24 September 2011

Jump Starter Crankshaft Remix

X-Amount- Jump Starter (Crankshaft Mix) by X-Amt

Another remix for your downloady and listening pleasures.

I did this one slightly differently. As I wanted to add more synths, I moved the whole track's parts into Logic Express, and remixed it there. I created some new versions of Andi's building site loops, and added some madness using Logic's ring modulator and spectral filters. Again, it was intended to be more DJ friendly.. I am considering abusing people's ears with an X-Amount DJ set somewhere soon. Offers?

Simon x

A disco mix for an Indian Summer

I put together a mix of some of my current disco favourites in hope/celebration of an Indian summer. Its looking good here. The weatherman said it could reach the 80's..

The mix features old tracks, re-edits and new tracks, but it all stays firmly rooted in a funky disco box.

There are a lot of tracks here that come from the work of Al Kent. I have been an admirer and collector for a while now. Check out his blog at: http://www.milliondollardisco.com/

The voice you hear at the beginning is a 1970's Philadelphia DJ called Ramona. I stole it from this YouTube audio recording: 

The track by New Ghetto Express is a cover version of the Funkadelic track "Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On".

The Dinosaur track is an Arthur Russell piece, I love his stuff, I play it out whenever I can get away with it. This one has David Byrne freaking out on guitar. I am really into the whole home-made/improv style Arthur Russell has. Genius. If you need to begin your Arthur Russell collection try this: The World Of Arthur Russell.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy the mix.. please let me know if you do, and I will put more up.

Thanks for listening.
Simon x

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Ian Boddy

In turning us down for his DiN label, Ian Boddy said of our "Degraded" album: "Enjoyed the music, some nice feel to the grooves and cool atmospheres over the top". Thanks Mr.Boddy, we like that.

Here is a link to DiN: DiN

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Quote of the week

" I don't care much about music. What I like is sounds "
Dizzy Gillespie

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Saturday, 17 September 2011

"Morodo" Bananas remix

X-Amount - Morodo (Bananas mix) by X-Amt

Here is a remix of "Morodo" for your downloady and listening pleasure.. well I say pleasure.. I wanted to do a DJ-friendly mix of Morodo, but ended up going a bit mental in the middle. It's ended up sounding more scary than I intended, but in this case, dark is good, I reckon. As a friend of mine often says "give me some filth!".

Incidentally, its called the "Bananas mix", because Andi's daughter sings on Morodo "I like bananas". She does, too.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Quote of the day

" advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket "
George Orwell

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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Quote of the day.

" art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it "
Bertolt Brecht.

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Monday, 12 September 2011

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Reel History Of Britain


> Check out the this link. My dear friend Paul Taylor's Aunty Carole is on this show talking to Mr Bragg.
> It's on 13th september BBC2 @ 6:30 Reel History of Britain
> Ax

> http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00kc3hf

Quote of the day

" sitting and sedition don't mix "
Bertolt Brecht

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Friday, 9 September 2011

Quote of the day.

" you can't write poems about trees when the woods are full of policemen" Bertolt Brecht.

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Sunday, 4 September 2011

New album "Degraded" out now on BandCamp

The new album "Degraded" is out now on BandCamp.

You can download in a variety of formats, full quality, lossless or mp3. You can choose to download for free or make a donation, its entirely up to you.

When you download the album, you get the full artwork plus a bonus track.

We hope you like it. Please let us know what you think..