Archive for November, 2012

First POPTONES flyer…

Check it out. I mean I’m obviously not the best at graphic design but it’s all there..relatively.

 

This one features the great Upsetter himself…LEE PERRY. Image

 

Feedback appreciated. As long as it’s nice. MESSUN’

 

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Poptones vol. II – 16/11/12

Last night was the first Poptones, we enjoyed it, if you came down, we hope you enjoyed it too! Onto more pressing matters..this week’s mix.

I’ve been mostly listening to properly insulated electronic stuff recently, so the mix inevitably reflects that. Don’t be too put off though, it’s not some wildly inaccessible stuff, everything on here sounds nice and is generally what good electronic music is about. Well, I’ll let you decide for yourselves.

I missed Shabazz Palaces last night, which was gutting, been following them for a while now and they’ve seriously impressed me, so for that reason I’ve whacked Chuch off ‘Of Light’, the tune bubbles along at about 110BPM with nothing but some awesome tribal chanting and a slick beat and bass to accompany Ishmael Butler’s acerbic rhymes. I put another Liverpool debutant on this mix too, Joey Bada$$, who I ALSO missed, he played on Monday in the Shipping Forecast, all reports saying that gig was also amazing. Check out  his mixtape, 1999, it’s free, he’s bound to be huge (listen to him!).

Electronic mainstays Radiohead, Clark, Sebastien Tellier, Autechre (MY FAVZ), and Flying Lotus are on here too, stuff like this just sounds great played super loud when you’ve no intention of leaving your house – winter is here.

Some other weird stuff, namely Can and Gong. I got into Gong by chance on Spotify the other day, listening to Soft Machine. They’re super mad and drugged up heavy 60s/70s prog rock, which is always amusing, the track is called HEAVY TRACK, suitable. I bought the Can Lost Tapes this week too, opening track Millionspiel is ridiculous, truly, check it out. Will I ever get bored of Can? Probably not. Hope not anyway.

SEE YOU THURSDAY BABES. Enjoy the mix:

HERE IT IS:

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Poptones Vol. I – 08/11/12

HEARD YA MISSED ME?! Well I’m back!

It’s been a while, admittedly, but I’m totally ready to commit myself to updating this blog on a weekly basis. I won’t leave you like last time, this time it’s for keeps, baby. I’m going for a slightly different approach now though, by linking up with my Mixcloud account, and by doing this, I’ll upload a mix each week to link up the music that’s been rattling round in my head. Cathartic, don’tcha think?

The good news is, I’ve been offered a cool weekly night in The Attic, starting next Thursday. It’s free, every week, and I call it POPTONES. The whole idea is brilliant, and shows an amazing degree of trust on behalf of the venue, something I’ve come to really appreciate about the place. I pretty much get free reign creatively over what I can play, and for the most part I’m going to be playing truly alternative music, from the afrobeat of Fela Kuti, to the experimental noise of Sonic Youth. I hope you’ll be able to come down for it one time!

In my first mix, I’ve included shoulda woulda coulda Mercury Prize ’12 winners Django Django, whose first record I’m still utterly mesmerised by. Some old school rap courtesy of Kool G Rap and Gang Starr, 80s ragga vibes from Tenor Saw and Johnny Osbourne, an inappropriate amount of alternative and punk related business, from Suicide, Can, and prototypical punk rockers, The Troggs, who obviously massively influenced the mixes opening artist, Bad Brains. All of this is capped off with Public Image Ltd., whose track Pop Tones, not only continues to influence and inform my music taste, but also helpfully gave a name to the night.

Cool anyway. If you have any stuff you think I should hear, don’t hesitate to send me a message, for real!

Hope you enjoy the mix!

HERE IT IS: