Autechre – Basscadet (Tazmx)

I’m one of the old farts who finds most of Autechre’s recent stuff a baffling jumble of noise and maths, but they produced some of my all-time favourite records back in the days when they still wrote beats you could nod your head to. This is taken from the triple-10” box set of Basscadet remixes… Continue reading Autechre – Basscadet (Tazmx)

Dajae – Day By Day (Carl Craig dub)

I suspect I’m not alone in having heard this for the first time on Carl Craig’s absolutely killer 1995 Essential Mix, where it emerges from the Blade Runner soundtrack to start the set off with an almighty bang. Raw-as-fuck drums and an unlikely Steely Dan sample form the backbone, and the only elements from the… Continue reading Dajae – Day By Day (Carl Craig dub)

Playlist: The Drake, Glasgow, 15th November 2013

For the past couple of years, on most Friday nights, I've been lucky enough to play four hours of soul, jazz, hip hop, house and techno at one of my favourite pubs, The Drake in Glasgow. Here's a snapshot of last week's selections for anyone interested. One of these days I might even get round… Continue reading Playlist: The Drake, Glasgow, 15th November 2013

Lark – Tedra

Here’s one to file alongside De-Orbit - a slice of melancholy Detroit loveliness that for my money ranks as Kenny Larkin’s finest moment. It first appeared on Buzz Records’ Virtual Sex album in 1993 - a strong contender for best techno compilation of all time, featuring such monumental classics as Rhythim Is Rhythim’s Icon and… Continue reading Lark – Tedra

C++ – Abnormal

Here’s a raw, bleepy cut from Joshua back in 1995 which still bangs like a motherfucker. Released on Derrick Carter’s short-lived but pretty essential Blue Cucaracha label, in some ways it would have been right at home on Relief with its overdriven, hard-as-nails drums and FM synth weirdness, but the slinky, mid-paced groove, unusual percussion… Continue reading C++ – Abnormal