Sunday, 27 December 2009

Top Ten December 2009:

December 2009
(in alphabetical order)

Anders Ilar: Ulterior Motives (Level)

Aroy Dee: Once You Loved (MOS)

Conforce: CCCP (Modelisme)

Echologist: Ritual (Steadfast)

Egbert: Vette Sounds (GEM)

Jolka: Convection (Sect)

Mike Dehnert: Nano (Clone)

The Parallel: The Parallel (Komisch)

Samuli Kemppi: Rymd (Time To Express)

Steve Parker: Mexilhao (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix) (Weave)

Friday, 18 December 2009

Isomer Shift makes Jack De Marseille Best of '09.

Jack De Marseilles enters Isomer Shift at No.2 in his Top Ten tracks of 2009 for DMC Updates 'Trainspotter' feature.

World Tour 2010:

Monday, 14 December 2009

Balance/Tilted Disco - Boxing Day, London.

Confirmation that I'll be appearing at the Balance/Tilted Disco Xmas bash at the Rhythm Factory in Whitechapel, London. Don't miss this one - checkout that line-up!

Vince Watson mix ft's B12 EP:

Vince Watson

Check Vince's interview and Winter 09 mix at the excellent Infinitestatemachine blog here. Features 'Pugnaxian Wisdom' and 'Traverse' from my recent B12 EP.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Sound Obsession - December 2009:

"ECM - the first decade" Pt I

Mal Waldron Trio - Boo - ECM
Jan Garbarek Quartet - Concentus - ECM
Jan Garbarek Quartet - Afric Pepperbird - ECM
Terje Rypdal - Tough Enough - ECM
Chick Corea - Crystal Silence - ECM
Chick Corea - Return To Forever (Intro) - ECM
Keith Jarrett - Lalene - ECM
Stanley Cowell - Miss Viki - ECM
Dave Holland Quartet - Conference Of The Birds - ECM
Eberhard Weber - An Evening With Vincent Van Ritz (Intro) - ECM
Ralph Towner & Glenn Moore - Re (Person I Knew) - ECM
Julien Priester - Images - ECM
Keith Jarrett & Jack DeJohnette - Pastel Morning - ECM
Ralph Towner - Icarus - ECM
Bennie Maupin - Winds Of Change - ECM
Gary Burton - Three - ECM
Gary Burton Quintet - Unfinished Sympathy - ECM
Steve Kuhn - Trance - ECM
Dave Liebman - Loft Dance - ECM
Gary Burton & Steve Swallow - Sweeping Up - ECM
John Abercrombie - Love Song - ECM
Pat Metheny - Bright Size Life - ECM
Pat Metheny - Sirabhorn - ECM
Barre Phillips - Mountainscape VII - ECM

Thursday, 3 December 2009

ART-DDS1: Release date - January 2010

slightly later than previously announced - ART-DDS1 will be released in January 2010. Exact date to follow....

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Top Ten November 2009:

November 2009 (Alphabetical order):

Agoria: Magnolia (InFine Music)

Clara Moto: Silently (Kirk Degiorgio Remix) (InFine Music)

Ed Rush & Nico: Defect (Peter Van Hoesen Remix) (Perc Trax)

Jim Rivers: Full Tilt (Wehbba Remix) (Tronic)

Kevin Gorman: Shakey Stripped (Mikrowave)

Luke Abbott: Quicunx (Buzzin' Fly)

Max M: Egg (M Rec)

Tom Hades & Marco Bailey: On The Rocks (8 Sided Dice)

Valmay: Distrust (Blueprint)

XDB: Gate (Wave Music)

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Sound Obsession - November 2009:

"Cover To Cover"

Earth, Wind & Fire - Can't Hide Love - Columbia
Azar Lawrence - Can't Hide Love - Prestige
Gwen McCrae - 90% Of Me Is You - Cat
Vanessa Kendrick - 90% Of Me Is You - Glades
Doris Duke - Woman Of The Ghetto - Scepter
Marlena Shaw - Woman Of The Ghetto - Cadet
Daybreak - Everything Man - P&P
The Main Ingredient - Everything Man - Power Exchange
Eddie Russ - Zaius - Monument
Mixed Bag - Zaius - Tribe
Airto - Wind Chant - CTI
Harris Simon Group - Wind Chant - Baybridge
Natalie Cole - La Costa - Capitol
Ahmad Jamal - La Costa - 20th Century
The Carpenters - (They Long To Be) Close To You - A&M
Isaac Hayes - (They Long To Be) Close To You - Enterprise
Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman - Capitol
Johnny Harris - Wichita Lineman - Warner Bros.
Terry Callier - Just As Long As We're In Live - Cadet
The Dells - Just As Long As We're In Live - Cadet
The Band - The Weight - Capitol
Rotary Connection - The Weight - Cadet
Free Life - Spirit Of Love - Columbia
Eddie Palmieri - Spirit Of Love - Columbia
Odyssey - Don't Tell Me, Tell Her - RCA
Phyllis Hyman - Don't Tell Me, Tell Her - Arista
Cal Tjader - Corine - Fantasy
Flora Purim - Corine - Warner Bros.
Roberta Flack - Feel Like Making Love - Atlantic
Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Feel Like Making Love - Polydor
Bob James - Feel Like Making Love - CTI
Side Effect - Keep That Same Old Feeling - Fantasy
The Crusaders - Keep That Same Old Feeling - ABC
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine - Sussex
Harlem Underground Band - Ain't No Sunshine - Paul Winley
Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues - Tamla
The Impressions - Inner City Blues - Curtom
Sarah Vaughan - Inner City Blues - Mainstream
Pharaoh Sanders - The Creator Has A Master Plan - Impulse!
Louis Armstrong & Friends - The Creator Has A Master Plan - Flying Dutchman
Carlos Garnett - Mother Of The Future - Muse
Norman Connors - Mother Of The Future - Buddah
Electro Keyboard Orchestra - Mother Of The Future - Sony
Al Green - Love and Happiness - Hi
First Choice - Love and Happiness - Warner Bros.
Ramsey Lewis - Whenever, Wherever - Cadet
Minnie Riperton - Whenever, Wherever - Janus
Esther Phillips - Home Is Where The Hatred Is - Kudu
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - Home Is Where The Hatred Is - Flying Dutchman
Maryann Farra & Satin Soul - You Got To Be The One - Brunswick
The Chi-Lites - You Got To Be The One - Brunswick
Willie Hutch - I Wanna Be Where You Are - Motown
Leon Ware - I Wanna Be Where You Are - Motown
Marvin Gaye - I Wanna Be Where You Are - Tamla
Mary J. Blige - I'm In Love - Universal
The Gap Band - I'm In Love - Mercury

Friday, 30 October 2009

Ben Sims charts Isomer Shift:

The well-respected Techno producer & DJ puts Isomer Shift at No.2 in his October Juno chart here...

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Monday, 26 October 2009

Top Ten October 2009:

October 2009 (Alphabetical order):

A Paul: Tethys (Analog Mode)

Andy Stott: Night Jewel (Modern Love)

Anthony 'Shake' Shakir: Arise (Syncrophone)

Contra Communmen Opionem: The Falling Sun (Mathematics)

Function: Disaffected (Ben Klock Remix) (Sandwell District)

James Ruskin: The Outsider (Blueprint)

Jeroen Search: Segments (M Rec)

Miles Sagnia: Sounds From the Abyss (Aesthetic Audio)

Morphology: TriOptimum (Abstract Forms)

Patrick Kunkel: Play The Game (Flux)

Friday, 23 October 2009

Book Choice #20:

Michael Chabon: Kavalier & Clay

Very cleverly constructed story of a Jewish escapee from late thirties Prague teaming up with a relative in New York to embark on a career of superhero comic creation.

Seemingly rather tame until two-thirds the way through when the pace quickens, the plot becomes overwhelmingly absorbing and at the same time - it brings all the previous 400 pages to life.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Clara Moto: Silently (Kirk Degiorgio Remix)

Release date: November 2nd, 2009 - InFine Music (Fr).

Coming soon: ART-DDS1 "Swarm" EP.

Kirk Degiorgio: Swarm / A Way Of Life / Distant Realm (ART-DDS1)

Coming soon on ART, the first EP in the Dance Division Series. Featuring three full-on club tracks recorded at ART Studios.
To be released on vinyl and digital formats via Rubadub Distribution.
Audio teasers to come...

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Sound Obsession - October 2009:

"Blue-Eyed Soul Special"

Marc Jordan - Survival - Warner Bros
Odyssey - Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love - Mowest
James Walsh Gypsy Band - Cuz, It's You Girl - RCA
Dan Penn - If Love Was Money - Bell
Cold Blood - No Way Home - Reprise
Firefly - Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side) - Emergency
The Alan Parsons Project - The Voice - Arista
The Peddlers - I Have Seen - Philips
Christine Perfect - And That's Saying A Lot - Sire
Hall and Oates - Had I Known You Better Then - Atlantic
Christopher Cross - Ride Like The Wind - Warner Bros
Boz Scaggs - What Can I Say - Columbia
The Bendeth Band - Love Collect - RCA
David Sanborn Band - Promise Me The Moon - Warner Bros
Brian Auger's Oblivion Express - Straight Ahead - RCA
Matthew Larkin Cassell - Heaven - Private Pressing
Caroline Peyton - Just As We - Bar-B-Q
The Rascals - Nubia - Atlantic
Colosseum - Elegy - Vertigo
Barbara & Ernie - Play With Fire - Cotillion
Seals & Crofts - We May Never Pass This Way Again - Warner Bros
The Players Association - Everything's Gonna Be OK - Vanguard
Heat - Still Waiting - MCA
Bob James - Sign Of The Times - Tappan Zee
Doobie Brothers - Dedicate This Heart - Warner Bros
The Beach Boys - Baby Blue - Brother
Mike Mainieri & Friends - More To Love - Just Sunshine
Jimmie Spheeris - It's You They're Dreaming Of - Columbia
America - Old Man Took - Warner Bros
Carole King - Haywood - A&M
Laura Nyro - Desiree - Columbia

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

The Black Dog Chart Isomer Shift:

See the latest chart from the electronic trio here...

Top Ten September 2009:

September 2009 (Alphabetical order):

&ME: FIR (Keinemusik)
Adam Beyer & Par Grindvik: Living Wheel (Drumcode)
Aroy Dee: The Planets (Delsin)
Craig Smith & The Revenge: The Soul Pt II (John Daly RMX) (Delusions Of Grandeur)
CV313: Subtraktive (Dub) (Echospace)
Davor: Transitional Objects (Jolka's Remake) (Matrix)
Dennes Deen: Break It Up (Gary Beck RMX) (MB Elektronics)
Obtane/Giorgio Gigli: Transmission (Zooloft)
Robert Hood: Superman (M-Plant)
Somnabulist: Human Dreams (Samuvar)

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Isomer Shift: Boomkat "Recommended Release"

Online music store Boomkat make Isomer Shift a Recommended Release for September. Purchase link here.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Isomer Shift: Resident Advisor 4 Star review

Richard Brophy reviews Isomer Shift on Resident Advisor: click here

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Book Choice #19:

Cormac McCarthy: Suttree

As sedately-paced and murky as the Tennessee River upon which Cornelius Suttree has made his home. An often humorous account of life on the margins in the town of Knoxville - and part auto-biographical, this is perhaps McCarthy's earliest masterpiece.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Sound Obsession - September 2009:

"James Brown Production Special"

James Brown - Cold Sweat - King
James Brown - I Can't Stand Myself - King
Marva Whitney - Unwind Yourself - King
James Brown - I Got The Feeling - King
James Brown - Licking Stick - King
James Brown - In The Middle - King
James Brown - Say It Loud - I'm Black & I'm Proud - King
Marva Whitney - I'm Tired, I'm Tired, I'm Tired - King
Hank Ballard - From The Love Side - King
Marva Whitney - What Do I Have To Do - King
James Brown - Give It Up Or Turnit Loose - King
James Brown - I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing - King
James Brown - Popcorn With A Feeling - King
James Brown - Let A Man Come In & Do The Popcorn - King
James Brown - Mother Popcorn - King
James Brown - It's A New Day - King
James Brown - She's The One - King
Vicki Anderson - Answer To Mother Popcorn - King
Marva Whitney - It's My Thing - King
James Brown - Talkin' Loud & Saying Nothing - King
James Brown - The Drunk - Bethlehem
James Brown - Superbad - King
Vicki Anderson - Super Good - King
Vicki Anderson - Message From The Soul Sisters - King
Beau Dollar - Who Knows - King
James Brown - Soul Power - King
Bobby Byrd - I Know You Got Soul - King
James Brown - Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved - King
James Brown - Escapism - People
The Believers - Across The Track - Brownstone
James Brown - Make It Funky - Polydor
Vicki Anderson - I'm Too Tough For Mr. Big Stuff - Brownstone
Bobby Byrd - Hot Pants - I'm Coming, I'm Coming - Brownstone
The J.B.'s - Givin' Up Food For Funk - People
James Brown - There It Is - Polydor
James Brown - Get On The Good Foot - Polydor
The J.B.'s - The Grunt - People
The J.B.'s - Hot Pants Road - People
The J.B.'s - Soul Power '74 - People
Maceo & The Macks - Cross The Track - People
Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s - Blow Your Head - People
A.A.B.B. - Pick Up The Pieces One By One - I-Dentify

ART8 makes Juno Top 10 Bestsellers chart:

ART8 has made No.9 in the best-selling Techno sales chart for August-September at the large on-line dance music retailer Juno. The sales figures are taken over an eight week period.

The EP has been charted by T.J. Kong (Max 404), The Black Dog, Quarion and others. It has also made the 'Recommended Techno' list by Juno themselves and DJ magazine.

ART8 on Beatport:

ART8 is now available in DIGITAL format from all good online retailers, including Beatport.

Go to Beatport.comGet These TracksAdd This Player

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Top Ten August 2009:

August 2009 (alphabetical order):

Bjak: By My Side (Eargasmic)
Johannes Volk: Seed (Snapshot)
Kirk Degiorgio: Isomer Shift (B12)
Marcel Fengler: Gridlock (Ostgut Ton)
Quince: Sleepwalker (Music Man)
Rob Glennon: Bass Shifter (Paul Mac's Dub)(Nice & Nasty)
Shawn Rudiman: Human Amplifier (Minimalsoul)
Silent Servant: La Noche (Historia Y Violencia)
Solotempo: Satellite (Spezial Material)
TJ Kong: The Pearl (Compost)

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Akai APC40 Ableton Controller:

Latest edition to the Studio and Live DJ setup. Akai's APC40 dedicated Ableton Live controller.

Kirk Degiorgio: Isomer Shift (B1223)

Monday, 24 August 2009

Forthcoming: Kirk Degiorgio B1223

Official EPM press release:

Kirk Degiorgio, the man behind Future Past and As One, continues to innovate with unique sounds and dancefloor friendly beats. The Isomer Shift EP is an uncompromising set of progressive dancefloor beats in the tradition of Craig, Saunderson and Beltram.

The four tracks are outstanding 21st century techno, an instant Degiorgio classic with typically syncopated dance beats, beautiful chords and rhythms that create mesmerising and energetic soundscapes.

On the A side, ‘Isomer Shift’ is a perfect example of Degorgio’s relentless rhythmical talents. Twisted beats, beautiful strings and chords combine to create a master work of futuristic funk. ‘Isidora’, the second track brings bigger and space-ier atmospheres to a club fulfilled beat.

The B side takes the future funk even deeper, great strings provide the backing for two tracks that see Degiorgio returning to his previous influences with rhythms and bass lines synonymous with Kirk’s much acclaimed earlier works.

Release date: 28th September 2009.

Audio clips to follow.

Kirk Degiorgio Bodytonic Interview:

Interview conducted August 09 - click HERE.

Monday, 17 August 2009

RIP: Rashied Ali

Rashied Ali (1935-2009)

Drumming colossus - master of the avant-garde.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Book Choice #18:

Thomas Pynchon: Inherent Vice

I've spent the last few days with a permanent - Pynchon would say 'stoners' - grin on my face. A new Pynchon novel is - for me - the literary event of this, or any other year and once again - as with 'Mason & Dixon' and 'Against The Day', this lives up to the billing. 'Inherent Vice' is hilarious. It's Columbo-meets-The Big Lebowski-meets Film Noir-meets-The Simpsons at the tale end of 1969 - post-Manson murders, exactly forty years ago in fact.

The plot is intriguing and navigable - by Pynchon's standards anyway. Drug references galore, a proto-Internet, Nixon-era - Manson fueled paranoia, surf, sex, L.A., L.V., plenty of stoner short-term memory lapses (which is catching as the reader is often victim of the classic Pynchon character overload... 'who? what? where? oh, now I remember...'), flashbacks, zombie surfer-bands, the ancient lost land of Lemuria, etc, etc. All packed into less than 400 pages - which for Pynchon is a novella.

It's Pynchon's most accessible book by far - there are even rumours of film industry interest. It forms a loose trilogy of the California novels with 'The Crying Of Lot 49' and 'Vineland', but there is none of the dark, deeply unsettling undercurrent present in those earlier works. It's full of classic 'stoner' humour with proper laugh-out-loud scenes - often involving Denis (pronounced to rhyme with 'penis' of course). It hints at the future of a paranoid surveillance society - linked to the ARPAnet, an early version of the Internet but really that's as close to a 'bummer' as it gets.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Sound Obsession - August 2009

"The Funky Side of 80's Boogie"

Billy Preston - If You Let Me Love You - Megatone
Goldie Alexander - Spend My Life With You - CBS
Avonn - I Wanna Dance - Champagne
Shades Of Love - Do Your Own Dance - ScorpGemi
Pike - Good Feelings - Penke
Tom Browne - Thighs High - GRP
Future Flight - Walk Don't Run - Capitol
Armenta - I Wanna Be With You - Savoir Faire
Raydio - Still In The Groove - Arista
Enchantment - Settin' It Out - RCA
Slave - Steal Your Heart - Cotillion
Fatback - Take It Anyway You Wanna - Spring
Brass Construction - We Can Work It Out - Liberty
Dayton - One Day Or Another - Capitol
Funk Fusion Band - Can You Feel It - WMOT
Herley Johnson Jr - Do It - Quality
Sunrize - Who's Stickin' It - Boardwalk
Blanche Carter - Straight Down To The Bone - TSOB
Rome Jefferies - Good Love - Rain Forest
Conquest - Body Movement - Prelude
Cameron - Boogie's Gonna Get Ya (Instrumental) - Salsoul
Delia Renee - You're Gonna Want Me Back - Airwave
Laurice Hudson - Feel My Love - Snowflake
Ozone - Come On In - Motown
Colors - Am I Gonna Be The One - First Take
Wish - Nice and Soft - Perspective
Dolette McDonald - (Xtra) Special - BC

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

ART8: Boomkat review

"Long awaited return of seminal imprint A.R.T, the label swinging back into action with three smart club tracks starting with the peaking 'Mass'. This track is made for the proper techno clubs and heads with Berghain-strength dub chords and powerfully straight forward yet carefully ornate machine rhythms executed in his classic style. 'Dipole' on the flip is another useful techno workout, while 'Decoherant' closes out on an emotive neo-Detroit tip. Apparently Kirk has forthcoming gear scheduled for B12 and Planet E sometime soon so keep them ears cocked. Solid twelve - get in."

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Book Choice #17:

Jonathan Lethem: The Fortress Of Solitude

Beautifully written - memoir-like novel - of life growing up in the streets of Brooklyn. Set around the rough and ready Gowanus/Wyckoff projects in the seventies and eighties, it charts the progress of neighbours Dylan and Mingus. The former, an anxious white kid of bohemian parents, the latter a street-smart black kid newly arrived from Philadelphia. Their father-son relationships are at the core of the novel.

Despite leading a hermitic-like existence pioneering a new celluloid art form, Dylan's father unwittingly becomes a sci-fi art legend. Mingus' father meanwhile struggles Marvin Gaye-like, with a judgmental father living under the same roof. A one-time successful soul-singer he makes a half-hearted comeback in a P. Funk band before retreating into his house spending his days freebasing and listening to Donny Hathaway and Shuggie Otis.

Dylan's transition from the Brooklyn streets of tagging and getting 'yoked', to the privileged, liberal college in Vermont is full of tension and one of the books many successes. The magic realism of the 'ring' and it's superhero powers is a tricky element in the story - but such is Lethem's skill that it becomes a beautiful mystery left to the interpretation of the reader.


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Friday, 31 July 2009

RIP: Sir Bobby Robson

Sir Bobby Robson (1933-2009)

There may be better quality photo's of Sir Bobby around, but this is how I'll always remember him. Full of joy as manager of my beloved Ipswich Town, as yet another team are brushed aside by our glorious passing game and team spirit.

My Dad and I hardly missed a home game during the Robson era. Those European nights were special - staying up late despite having school the next day. It was just the accepted thing to do in our town.

I'll never forget Sir Bobby coming to our school to judge a ball-juggling competition. He was the ultimate inspirational figure for all us kids who grew up in Ipswich during the seventies and early eighties.

We are - and shall always be: "Bobby Robson's Blue & White Army".

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Jitter World EP - SOLD OUT:

Abstract Forms were adamant Jitter World should be a very limited edition as a treat for those who still love collecting Techno Vinyl. The initial run - originally intended to be severely limited to 200 copies - was expanded by another 100. These were all snapped up on pre-sale and gone within days.

Abstract Forms have listened to my pleas for them to re-press sometime in the future. They aren't promising anything, but a repress without the hand-stamped inserts is being considered.

Check the Abstract Forms website for further news:

Samuel L. Session charts Jitter World:

Jitter World is No.4 in Samuel L. Session's Juno Top Ten chart for July 2009:

DJ Magazine: Jitter World EP Review

Kirk Degiorgio - Jitter World EP (Abstract Forms) With Luke Slater in firing form and Kirk Degiorgio returning, you'd be forgiven for thinking a UK '90s techno revival was under way. 'Jitter' shows that Degiorgio is as relevant as ever; the title track is a layered deep house affair centred on a swinging rhythm; 'Back in my Head' mines the abstract As One sound with sublime melodies unfolding over a wiry, offbeat groove and 'Traject' is a full-blooded deep techno track. Sublime stuff.
DJ Magazine - August Issue No. 476. Review by Richard Brophy.

Top Ten July 2009

July 2009 (alphabetical order):

A. Mochi: Blackout EP (Figure)
Artis: Skeptic (Numbercult)
John Tejada: The Locus Of Points (Palette)
Mariano DC: Damage Blocker (Varianz)
Obscurum: Dom (Reeko Remix) (Mechanisms Industries)
Oliver Huntemann: Shanghai Spinner (Joey Beltram Remix) (Ideal Audio)
Psycatron: Deeper Shades Of Black (After Dark Mix) (Guilty Pleasures)
Redshape: Violet (Delsin)
Rick Wade: Intelligence (Laid)
Tom Trago: Brothers Of String (Yuro Trago Remix) (Rush Hour)

Monday, 27 July 2009

Book Choice #16:

Nathan Englander: The Ministry Of Special Cases

A harrowing, powerful account of life in Buenos Aires during the seventies. It's as if the military junta took Kafka's 'The Trial' and used it as some sort of social control policy. The odd occupation of Kaddish and the Jewish cultural background to the story add an extra layer of interest.

The writer hits the heights for me with his respect for the 'disappeared' Pato by not revealing his final words written on hidden, crumpled scraps of paper - swallowed by another of the 'missing' and eventually lost as she is dropped to her death from an aircraft.

Reading this novel is akin to one of those 'anxiety' dreams where you can never quite accomplish an abstract goal upon which your life depends.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Book Choice #15:

Roberto Bolano: The Savage Detectives

A vast, sprawling, engaging novel revolving around the members of an obscure Mexican-based poetry movement known as the 'visceral realists'.

Essentially, a story involving a night-time escape from Mexico City by a group of poets protecting a girl from her violent pimp. This escape also becomes a search for an elusive poet in the deserts of Northern Mexico.

But sandwiched between this story are a series of wonderful short stories - told 'talking heads / documentary style' describing various adventures of the poets - taking us from Mexico to Nicaragua, to Paris, Barcelona, Israel, Angola, Liberia, etc.

Such is the scope of this novel that I will probably need to read it again to fully appreciate everything within. A monumental work.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Sound Obsession - July 2009

Michael Jackson Tribute

Jackson 5 - I Want You Back - Motown
Jackson 5 - ABC - Motown
Jackson 5 - Ready Or Not (Here I Come) - Motown
Jackson 5 - Can I See You In The Morning - Motown
Jackson 5 - Darling Dear - Motown
Jackson 5 - Feelin' Alright - Motown
Michael Jackson - I Wanna Be Where You Are - Motown
Jackson 5 - Looking Through The Window - Motown
Michael Jackson - Got To Be There - Motown
Jackson 5 - Ooh, I'd Like To Be With You - Motown
Jackson 5 - It's Too Late To Change The Time - Motown
Jackson 5 - Dancing Machine - Motown
Michael Jackson - We're Almost There - Motown
Jackson 5 - Forever Came Today - Motown
The Jacksons - Show You The Way To Go - Epic
The Jacksons - Man Of War - Epic
The Jacksons - Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) - Epic
The Jacksons - Blame It On The Boogie - Epic
The Jacksons - Things I Do For You - Epic
Michael Jackson - You Can't Win - Epic
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Til You Get Enough - Epic
Michael Jackson - Get On The Floor - Epic
Michael Jackson - I Can't Help It - Epic
Michael Jackson - Rock With You - Epic
The Jacksons - Everybody - Epic
The Jacksons - Your Ways - Epic
The Jacksons - Lovely One - Epic
The Jacksons - Heartbreak Hotel - Epic
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean - Epic
Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Starting Something - Epic
Michael Jackson - P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (Demo Version) - Epic
Michael Jackson - P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) - Epic
Michael Jackson - Baby Be Mine - Epic
Michael Jackson - Human Nature- Epic
The Jacksons - 2300 Jackson Street - Sony

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Richard Maher Agency:

Richard Maher Agency

I'm very proud to announce that Richard Maher Agency are now the exclusive booking agents for my DJ and Live performances worldwide. RMA are one of the most respected agency's in the dance arena and I am really excited to join their roster.

For all future bookings please contact RMA through the website at:

Book Choice #14:

Simon Singh: Fermat's Last Theorem

Singh does an excellent job of explaining the complex mathematics behind a seemingly straight-foward theorem. This theorem however, has defied the world's greatest mathematicians for 350 years until Andrew Wiles finally found definitive proof after years of obsessional work.

The book not only explains the workings behind Wiles' proof, but gives the reader a broad history of mathematics from the Greeks onwards. It's rather bizarre just how many great mathematicians ended their lives tragically.

Despite enjoying the book, the obvious point that Fermat could not possibly have used the same methods when claiming his proof is only touched upon briefly towards the end. Perhaps the historian in me yearned for more research into whether Fermat really did have proof as he claimed.

BBC's Horizon documentary on the subject can be watched here:

Monday, 29 June 2009

Top Ten June 2009:

a new regular feature where I'll be listing my top ten fave tracks at the end of each month:

June 2009:
(alphabetical order)

Andres: Change My Mind (Mahogoni)
Doktrin: Lilum (Limetree)
Gerald Mitchell: Los Sunshine (Ican Prod.)
Kirk Degiorgio: Mass (ART)
Kuba Sojka: Message From Earth (Matrix)
Reade Truth: Crimen Excepta (Planet E)
Samuel L. Session: Can You Relate (Slam RMX) (Soma)
Sons Of The Dragon: Evolution Of Qui Niu (QV313 RMX) (Echospace)
Vince Watson: Fluxion (Pseudo)
Voodeux: The Paranormal (Mothership)

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Currently feeling:

Voodeux: The Paranormal (Mothership)

Superb production, spooky concept and great for the dancefloor too. Eerie soundscapes meet catchy melodies in an odd cocktail of weirdness. Perfect for fans of 'Psychoville'.

Friday, 26 June 2009

RIP: Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Thursday, 25 June 2009

ART 8:

Release date: July 30th, 2009

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Book Choice #13:

Harry Mulisch: The Discovery Of Heaven

This vast novel, by Dutch author Harry Mulisch, comes with a hefty reputation and deservedly so. Although intimidatingly learned at times, the writing style is effortless and the pace increases exponentially as the story draws to its shocking ending.

The tale is of an angel's efforts to control events on Earth for a purpose revealed at the finale. One of the novels many strengths is that the main characters are so likeable; Onno and Max - the linguist and the astronomer who strike up a unique friendship - Ada, Sophia, and of course Quinten - the mysterious savant-like child with the striking looks.

The locations switch from the Netherlands to Cuba to Italy and ultimately to Israel. Against a backdrop of politics, revolution, the Nazi's legacy, religion, dreams and the nature of reality - Mulisch's masterpiece remains gripping over the course of its 700 plus pages.


Saturday, 13 June 2009

Sound Obsession - June 2009

Queen of Soul - Aretha Franklin Special

Aretha Franklin - Don't Let Me Lose This Dream - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - Groovin' - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - I Can't See Myself Leaving You - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer For You - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - Call Me - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - Oh No Not My Baby - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - Daydreaming - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - I Need A Strong Man - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - Mr Spain - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - Angel - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - Somewhere - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - That's The Way I Feel.. (alt version) - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - Master Of Eyes - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - Until You Come Back To Me - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - When You Get Right Down To It - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - It Only Happens (When I Look At You) - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - Jump - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - Look Into Your Heart - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - No One Could Ever Love You More - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - When I Think About You - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - Almighty Fire - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - Half A Love - Atlantic
Aretha Franklin - Jump To It - Arista
Aretha Franklin - Love Me Right - Arista
Aretha Franklin - (It's Just) Your Love - Arista
Aretha Franklin - When You Love Me
Like That - Arista
Aretha Franklin - Get It Right - Arista

Applied Rhythmic Technology - ART 8 EP

coming soon....

Thursday, 11 June 2009

RIP: Kenny Rankin (1940-2009)

Silver Morning from 1975 -  with it's epic title track.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Book Choice #12:

Nicole Krauss: The History Of Love

An intricate plot, beautifully written - and one of the best novels involving Jewish culture since Jonathan Safran Foer's "Everything Is Illuminated". Wonderful characters - especially the two children Alma and Bird.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Plug-In Spotlight #2: NI FM8

Native Instruments - FM8

Although I had no experience of the revolutionary Yamaha DX7, the cut-down DX100 with its short keyboard and simplified editing parameters was a defining sound in early Techno - mostly due to it's use as a cutting edge bass and percussion instrument by Derrick May. 

Via Neuro Politique's Matt Cogger I was fortunate to inherit Derrick's DX100 with it's familiar 'hard bass' preset and made it a feature of my own earliest productions.

FM synthesis seems tailor-made for Derrick May's brand of thoughtful, complex Techno. Sharp, angular with an icy emotion in it's clean, yet far from pristine digital output. With it's lack of deep bass, it also leaves plenty of space in the mix for the layers of percussion in those early Rythim Is Rythim (sic) releases.

FM8 - follows on from FM7 in being Native Instruments modern software equivalent of the Yamaha FM philosophy. 

The DX7 was legendary in it's programming difficulty and complexity. I must admit, parts of FM8 'Expert' editing features elude me, but thankfully there is a useful and quick 'Easy' editing section with the basic parameters that alter timbre and envelope shape. 

My favourite feature of FM8 is the often overlooked arpeggiator which has some powerful preset patterns and a neat randomize feature. The morph square is another intuitive performance tool which NI so excel in and a useful selection of onboard effects make this incarnation of FM synthesis the best yet IMO. Still unbeatable for edgy percussive bass and techy-tones.

Easier to edit than previous hardware FM synths.
Powerful arpeggiator.
Creative Morph feature.

In-depth FM synthesis inherently complicated.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Book Choice #11:

Roy Richard Grinker: Isabel's World

An excellent read for those interested in educating themselves about Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Introduces a different viewpoint from most books on autism as the author is both a father of an autistic daughter and an anthropologist. 

As a father of a six year old son with autism I found the first half of the book useful, if familiar solid ground as it neatly wraps up the current thinking on the rise in autism rates, it's history, possible causes, the role of genetics, etc.

The second half of the book was more interesting to me as this broke further ground than most 'guides to autism' style books, by taking a look at how autism is viewed in different cultures around the world - particularly S. Korea, India, South Africa and Native American.

Recommended to all parents, carers and researchers involved with autistic spectrum disorders.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Plug-In Spotlight #1: NI Massive

My dual quad-core Mac Pro has enabled me to increase the amount of plug-in's to complement my outboard equipment. The past few months have been spent trying out many of the demo's out there for AU as Logic 8 is now my preferred DAW for mixdown, and Ableton Live 8 my preferred DAW for song creation/composition.

Plug-in's have improved a lot since the days of my Pro Tools Mix 24/G4 setup and I now have no reservations regarding sound-quality when used in conjunction with outboard. This is an important point though - I still hear a 'thin/plastic' quality with finished tracks that are created solely with software synths. This is no 'hardware/analogue' snobbery on my part. I genuinely believe software synths are best when used sparingly in tracks consisting mostly of audio from hardware synths.

So here are my findings so far after trying many plug-in's this year, split into two distinct varieties - Instruments and Effects - although some plug-in's blur the distinction between the two.

Firstly let me state my philosophy regarding the concept of plug-in's. Personally I see little value and therefore, tend to avoid, plug-ins that aim to "clone" or "emulate" real hardware devices. I have little time for SSL or API "emulations" or Minimoog or ARP Odyssey "clones", no matter how accurate the coders claim the results to be. To me they are unoriginal and uninspiring. 

For me the excitement in the plug-in world comes from designs that would be either near-impossible or impractical to re-create with hardware. 

However - I do think it is acceptable for soft-synths to improve upon previous digital synth technology, as these clearly can be improved upon with todays computing power - which brings me to the first two plug-in instruments I most currently use, both of which expand upon previous examples of digital synthesis.


Native Instruments - Massive

I've been using NI Massive for over two years now. It reminds me of my old Waldorf Wave, which I reluctantly sold some years ago. It's amazing to think the power of that huge synthesizer with its waveform analysis, analogue filters and multistage envelopes can be superseded by a neat soft-synth with single screen GUI.

Of course, Massive does not have the true analogue 4-pole filters of the Wave, and therefore the general timbre is a touch more digital. However, Massive has dual multimode filters which can be arranged in parallel or series for a multitude of effects far beyond the capability of the Wave. 

Massive has three wave-scanning oscillators - one more than the Wave - and a modulation oscillator to create ring-modulation and filter FM effects. Various effects including bit crushing, delay, etc, can be inserted at different stages thanks to the editable routing system and most parameters can be modulated.

The modulation sources are perhaps my favourite part of Massive. The only drawback being most parameters are limited to one or two modulation sources and single control source. Morphable multi-stage envelopes, LFO's and step sequencers are all on hand for syncable modulation - implemented by an elegant drag and drop system. 

Eight macro controls can be setup for powerful real-time tweaking and of course, any control can be assigned to a Midi controller knob or slider.

Intuitive GUI.
Elegant drag and drop modulation system.
Dual mode step sequencer modulation: stepper or performance.
Powerful multi-stage envelopes.
Three main oscillators plus modulation oscillator.
Unique filter types.
Morphable parameters.
Re-routable effects matrix.

Only eighty-five wavetables currently available.
Limited single or dual modulation slots for most parameters.
Cannot import custom-made wavetables.