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Hot ‘n’ sunny

Hot ‘n’ sweaty, hot ‘n’ sultry, hot ‘n’ sulky, or all of the above. As they say round here, it’s well hot. What with moving house around a million times in the last ten years, I’ve lost a lot of my CD collection. So it’s Youtube again for this tasty number from Siouxsie and the Banshees.


As I said earlier, I’ve started a separate project of more floory, beat-driven music. For dancing, like.

It’s probably the most fun to do (to work on), or at least I’m trying to keep it that way. None of those depressing/earnest lyrics to worry about(!) and I have less to lose, because it’s something new that I’ve never done before.

Going for a dance is such a nice buzz, and I always get so teary and emotional at the…’purity of intent’ in propah hard & nasty dancefloor tunes. (Imagine!) Or nice & nasty tunes, or those with just loads of fun and funk and character. There’s something so positive and giving about dance music in general, I find. It’s not trying to ‘say something’ or emote too much, but in that, it says and is so much.

Frankie Knuckles died last week. ‘Godfather of house’, ‘pioneer’ and ‘legend’ were the sort of things being said, quite rightly. I’m not a huge fan of house as it is today – a little bit too tasteful and not exactly edgy – but the looped and extended snippets of pulsating disco tunes, and the kind of trancey simplicity of early house has a really different energy about it. And sure without that, there would have been no techno, and where would we be then?



Possible opener

A new set is in order I think. You get bored of the same ol’ same ol’. 

Some new tunes

Just ideas….

Cooking by Candlelight 6th of March

So, headed up to London on Thursday to play on What a lovely trip! I love radio, there’s something kind of magical about it, especially at night. Like going past lit up windows on a train, the idea of  music playing, drifting out an open window and into all these different homes, is just….I dunno, I love it!

A great welcome from Will and Alicia, moral support from Melissa, and then a long-winded journey home involving four train changes. But thas London, innit. The show should be on Mixcloud soon.

Happy International Women’s Day (late!)

So, a belated Happy International Women’s Day!

I suppose the W word can alienate some of our Y-chromosome bearing brethren, but I don’t feel that’s the intention of the day. As Gloria Steinem said, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights”.


February News

So, with the inevitability and predictability of an out-of-control lorry, I have changed my mind again about how to proceed with these ‘as yet unreleased tracks’. To whit, unreleased tracks are usually unreleased for a reason. I wrote about Intelligent Fast Failure a while back, well this is Stupid Slow Failure. So, it might have taken a few months of dancing around the obvious, but I got there in the end. 

There’s something of the famine road about these posts; a few words on one course of action, a few words a few weeks later on why that course of action was madness, and back and forth… Never going anywhere though. Hum. Just as well I’m such an amazing procrastinator or I’d do all sorts of stupid things. Blah.

Oh, hang on, I’m playing on Cooking by Candlelight next week. That’ll be nice.

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