#Radio Murray Gray in the mix on DV#24
We had a belting mix from Murray Gray which featured Martyn doing D&B, yummy! Big tunes from Foreign Beggars, Kids in Tracksuits and DJ Jazzy Jeff. DV#24, take it away.
DJ Mentat feat. Roots Manuva & Seani T / Rugged Wid’ It
Foreign Beggars feat. Skinnyman / Hold On
Dizzee Rascal / Fix Up Look Sharp
Handsome Boy Modeling School feat. Casual / It’s Like That
Gift of Gab / Way Of The Light
[MURRAY GRAY – THE VAN GOGH MIX]
Breakage / Plum Fairy
TeeBee + Calyx / The Quest
Drifter / Deeper Love
ICR + Soulproof / It Could Have Been Me
Matrix + Fierce / Tightrope
Martyn / Virgo
Amit / Roots
Digital / Spacefunk Zooo (Nasty Habits Remix)
Sonar Circle / Havoc
Klute / Hell Hath No Fury
Concord Dawn / Say Your Words
Break + Hydro / Immaculate
Leftfield feat. Bambaataa / Afrika Shox (Jedis Electric Bass Remix) *
Kids In Tracksuits / Get Your Kit On (Zero Theory Remix)
Moonstarr / Detriot
Soulphiction / Intro
DJ Jazzy Jeff feat. Erro / Rock Wit U (Yoruba Soul Dub)
* Couldn’t find this one. Boo!
Billed as one of only three live shows this year, the others in Paris and New York, expectation was high. Recommended in Time Out, Flying Lotus would be flanked by a vj set from AntiVJ and supported by Martyn and Kutmah, the former’s new lp already a Dash’n’Verve favourite.
So perhaps I started to let excitement get the better of me as we filed in to the excellent Roundhouse to hear Martyn drop Mega Drive Generation. Though he wasn’t the main event, the Chicago house inspired Masks and enveloping Popgun from the album Ghost People proved Martyn has a lot to offer FlyLo’s label Brainfeeder.
Kutmah with a warm up set next. an amazing version of Shugge Otis’ Aht Uh Mi Hed slinked through the mix and big bouncy r’n’b retakes reminded of the massive influence Hudson Mohawke has had on the genre.
And so to Flying Lotus. The big screen centre stage blinked with a galaxy of stars (or a windows screensaver as a Dutchman behind me quipped) and out Steve Ellison came, fresh white shirt and all. A couple of bass heavy hits in to his Ableton set, Flying Lotus appeared to apologise for something. Whilst it wasn’t clear what the apology was for, it felt to me as though something was supposed to be better. A quick post mortem on the performance…
The AntiVJ visuals were dull – like being trapped inside the crystal maze dome without a hope of reaching 100 gold tokens net. And from the guy who brought us Unexpected Delight, GNG BNG and the matchless Cosmogramma lp, the sound unfortunately matched the visuals. On the aforementioned lp tour, FlyLo drew on the fantastic Thundercat and Austin Peralta to do something truly live with the band Infinity. This was more like going to an expensive Italian restaurant and being served a Dr Oetker pizza.
Yes, the music was great, typified with FlyLo’s finale of Astral Plane followed by the Rolling Stones classic Paint it Black. But playing to thousands of punters paying 25 notes each, you need to offer more than a laptop and an apology.
I’m excitedly awaiting an early end to the day so I can shoot down the road to Piccadilly Records and pick up a copy of Dutch born, US based, heavyweight producer Martyn’s new LP offering – Ghost People.
After the release of his debut full length – Great Lengths – back in 2009, I’ve been a keen follower of his remixes, original cuts and mixes. His selection as the 50th act to represent the Fabric mix brand was a strong shout and brought me over the “Fabric” side after being a snobbish “FabricLive” only listener previously.
If the album lives up the expectations built in me by the first track I heard from it; Viper, then we are all in for a treat. Viper embeds itself in your head like a rapidly rotating sawmill blade, all gritty and aggressive with its metallic sounds. At the same time it retains a refined balance, never getting too wild as it builds through the introduction of sharp hats, breathy pipes and dampened disco claps.
The official video is up for your visual delectation on all your favourite video sharing websites. It reminds me of digital video technology from 1991 but with the colours and sheen of a 2011 production. Have a butchers yourself.
Brainfeeder, the generous tykes that they are, have given Mixmag the whole album to stream on a try before you buy vibe. I, being conscious of how limited people’s attention spans can be, have tacked all the tracks to the bottom of this blog.
Now go buy!