Thursday, 26 April 2012

Do You?

The Restless Funk Radio Show 25/04/2012

High Feelings - ALF Woman
High Feelings - Leave Norway
Seahawks - Keep On Growing
Blue Aquarius - Foxfire
Marian Williams - Come On People
Actress - Holy Water
Sun Araw, M. Geddes & The Congo's - Happy Song
Andres - Unknown
Alton Ellis - Ska Beat
Psychic Mirrors - The Witching Hour
Jean Luc Ponty - Fight For Life
BB King - Help The Poor
Michael Hurley - I Like Robbing Banks
Grace Jones - Cry Now, Laugh Later (Dub)
Isabelle Antena - Out On The Boat
Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra - Wolf Like Me
Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Along Came Ra
Pollyn - Sometimes You Just Know (Moodymann Remix)
Rene Nadaly Family - Tanki Tanki (4 Trak Alternative)
Mary Ann - Walk On By
Laura Marling - Blues Run The Game
Ijahman & Madge - I Do
Hole In One - Game From Planet Onhcet
Timothy Wright - Testify
Francis Lai - I Need A Man

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Friday, 20 April 2012


It's that sound I just can't get out of my head. Actress, Mark Ernestus, Daphni, Theo Parrish. Just riffing on a beat to abstraction. Taking the electronic toolbox to africa and beyond, rewiring and short circuiting. Sparks fly, neurons collapse, you get burnt but you like it, masochistic. Up it's own arse, certainly. Space Cadet reporting for duty.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012


For Disco Village residents, there is a show at Reworks this Saturday featuring amongst others John Wall. Expect avant garde electronica:

Below is a link to a stream of a John Wall performance, about as far as you can get from disco-but variety is the spice of life:

Reworks is a community workshop space in Cambridge hosting various people & projects working with bikes, art & sustainable technology. Amongst other things that go on there, there's a bike workshop, its a recycled bikes project working with the homeless and vulnerably housed in Cambridge. A community bike workshop with the tools and advice you need to keep your bike running sweet.There are also art projects running there, and many other things.

Here's more info about Reworks:

Andy x

Round up

Speaking of street art, LA based street art collective known as Cyrcle recently passed through London

Read more:

Ooh la la!

Occasional contributor and friend of the ' Village, Squirrelboy, is currently roaming the rue's of Paris armed with his trusty camera. He has promised us that he will bring back some shots of the street art over there.

Here's a little taster from his last visit:

Andy x

Record Store Day

"The independent record shops are true gems of our culture. Who would want them thrown away ?". Johnny Marr ( The Smiths )

 This Saturday 21st April is "Record Store Day" an event I'm in two minds about. Whilst I am saddened by so many vinyl emporiums closing down in recent years and accept that more people in record shops can only be a good thing. I am not sure if hyping a load of limited editions records, most often major labels re-packaging some thing you have had for years - Bizarre Ride To The Pharcyde as a set of 7" singles anyone? Last year a lot of the records for record store were listed on ebay in the evening at stupidly inflated prices. Wouldn't it be better for the companies involved to release these things without warning throughout the year then people have to go to the shops regularly to find them? Just call me the Grinch who stole record store day. All of my moaning aside, several shops have wonderful entertainment lined up for the day, and some of the releases I would like (the Doctor John lp, and BBC Radiophonic workshop releases) and most of all anything that draws attention to the plight of the record shop is a good thing.

Here is a link to a list of the releases and you can all make up your own minds:

And here's a link to whats going on in the various participating stores:

Find your nearest participating shop here:

As cynical as I am, I shall be having my first day off work for two weeks to coincide with the event and may pop to Norwich and have a look about, hangover depending. Speaking of hangovers, keep an eye out for the return of "Booze News" on the blog soon! Whilst taking about record shops it would be silly not to mention this:


Andy x

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Is It Cool pt. 2

The Restless Funk Radio Show 16/04/2012

Omar Souleyman - Salamat Galbi Bidek
"phone in conversation"
Sun Ra - Bad & The Beautiful
Michael Chapman - Trinkets & Rags
Alkibar Gignor - Zeinabou
General Zod & Cougarman - When Sally Met Mandingo
Barry Brown - Dub Confusion
Quantic & Alive Russell with the Combo Barbaro - I'll Keep A Light In My Window
Ken Parker - Telephone To Glory
Sarah Webster Fabio - Alchemy Of The Blues
Santana - Let It Shine
Cesar Mariano - Futebol De Bar
GQ - Is It Cool? (Theo Parrish Ugly Edit)
Vakula - Asuwant
Rev John Wilkins - Let The Redeemed Say So
Unknown - It's A Beautiful World
Dominik Von Senger - Only Love Can Take Us Home (Welcome Stranger Mix 1)
Secret Life - Take Away
Slim Smith - Watch This Sound
The Holidays - Watch Out Girl
Altz meets Roland P Young - Crystaliquid Sky
Bruce Haack - Party Machine
Ramsey Lewis Trio - And I Love Her
John Martyn - Root Love

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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Fly! Er...

Dunno whose birthday this is, but I saw this on and was digging the colours, rad flyer:

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Is it cool?

Thanks Mr Postman - this week has brought me the following which I'd like to wholeheartedly recommend:

I, like many others have been following the output of Jason Letkiewicz for a number of years now. He produces electronic music under a variety of pseudonyms, many of which are listed on his website to be found here

The Alan Hurst LP "Processed World" was one that I picked up when it first came out in May 2010, and I was a little disappointed it wasn't quite in the same vein as some of his other more dancefloor friendly material but over time and especially recently it's an LP that I've found myself coming back to again and again, full of odd but compulsive electronic soundscapes and rhythms.

Funnily enough the guys over at wonderful reissue label Emotional Rescue, Stuart and Chris, (both casual acquaintances of Andy and I; Andy knew Chris through meetings at Pure Pleasure Music, and I knew Stuart from a few record trades and various underground parties) were also digging this LP and when starting Emotional Rescue had also decided to release new music through a sister label Emotional Response - first in line for it's debut release was a new LP from Jason L .under his Alan Hurst moniker! First few listens in and I'm smiling, I know that this is going to be another essential record that I'll come back to again and again. Dunno when it's out proper, but keep an ear out.

Okay, next up are two I've been waiting for with baited breath that finally arrived today, the new material from Joel Martin and Gerry Rooney. I first mentioned this on the blog back amongst the bumpf for Joel's disco selection in the mind-blowing mixes section, so I'll let the boys now do the talking:

Greetings friends & family! Finally the day has come. On the 14th April the first two releases on our new labels 'Lucky Hole' and 'Golden Hole' will be send out to the World for your listening enjoyment! These will NOT be exclusive or Limited but simply available to anyone who so desires them ;-) Much love, Joel and Gerry xx

Velvet Season And The Hearts Of Gold is a brand new project of original music from (veteran) DJ/producers Joel Martin (Quiet Village/Maxxi & Zeus) and Gerry Rooney (Black Cock Records). After spending the last 3 years honing their sound in Gerry’s Ability Studio, these are the first 2 tracks the duo have chosen to set the tone for their premiere release on Lucky Hole Records.

Gerry and Joel would now like to give something back to the people who have supported them. Velvet Season is all about sharing their love of music with the World, having fun and not taking things too seriously.

Gerry (alongside cult leader DJ Harvey) was the first to bring the secret world of the ‘re-edit’ to the underground UK dance scene with their now infamous and highly collectible ‘Black Cock’ Records. These seven coveted twelve-inch singles have gone down in disco history as definitive examples of the cut and paste art form, (continually copied and never bettered.)
Joel is one half of exotica group Quiet Village (alongside Matt Edwards), whose 3 influential singles for New York’s ‘Whatever We Want Records’ led to the critically acclaimed album ‘Silent Movie’, a study in all things esoteric. QV are also known for their extended remixes and since 2005 they have reworked tracks by artists such as Bryan Ferry and The Gorillaz.

From it’s exquisite ambient intro ‘Camel Toe Central’ weaves it’s seductive spell. This is soon dispersed by a solitary kick-drum at heartbeat tempo. The track then teases and builds with layers of p-funk percussion until the sleazy dub-bass drops with speaker shuddering intensity. Throw in some off kilter psych-rock guitar and an exchange between a playful French maid and her Machiavellian master and you’ve got a powerful cocktail ready to ignite the senses with erotic mystique. Ohh la la!
P.S. The one and only true legendary iconic Leader Harvey and fantastique DJ (gentleman and scholar) has chosen to license ‘Camel Toe’ for his special forthcoming Japanese DJ-mix cd on ‘Xland’ Records!

‘The Special Place’ makes uneasy yet addictive listening. Midnight music for pitch-black basements where nothing is true and everything is permitted. This is stripped down dance music to the very core. Pure drum and bass, where Punk Rock meets Middle-Eastern Reggae. Is that a belly dancer’s voice yearning for love buried somewhere deep between the grooves? Will you dare to enter the ‘Special Place’? Delights and fantasies beyond your wildest dreams await you!

Velvet Productions brings to you a new adventure of ‘special version’ mixes!

Playful and alluring. Seductive and sleazy. A World where you can do what you are not supposed to, but no one is watching and nobody cares!

Cougarman and General Zod (aka Gerry Rooney & Joel Martin from Velvet Season & the Hearts of Gold) invite you to have a good time and dance your troubles away!

‘When Sally Met Mandingo’ – A tale of love, lust, passion and deceit. Sally was beautiful, fun, playful and sexy. She was charismatic, highly intelligent and very treacherous! Mandingo saw himself as a player but was no match for Sally’s seductive manipulation. She toyed with him as a Lioness toys with her prey. He was left crushed and heartbroken…but begged for more! Mandingo had found love at last!

Breaking news: Famous cutting edge BBC Worldwide radio presenter DJ Gilles Peterson played an exclusive dub plate version of ‘When Sally Met Mandingo’! Also, New York Prelude remix god and international DJ Francois Kevorkian played ‘When Sally Met Mandingo’ at his underground party ‘Deep Space’ in Japan!

‘Afro Symphony’ entices with its hypnotic rhythms, played against a scene of Voodoo rituals, jungle lust and naked dancing girls who hope to be chosen for the ceremony and special attention! ‘Afro Symphony’ brings you the sound of the charge of the cavalry riding to victory, searching for love and finding it in all the wrong places! It felt so wrong but feels so right!

Wonderfully put, boys. I've been looking forward especially to hearing Afro Symphony, being a "special version" of the very rare disco plate by Henry Mancini and his Concert Orchestra - African Symphony, heard on Joel's disco selection for Resonance FM (see Mindblowing Mixes on this blog) and also heard on the Fire Island Disco Breakfast to be found here: 

Mine arrived early from Japan, but Sounds Of The Universe and Piccadilly are both taking pre orders.


Okay, so serendipity strikes again. I met Dennis "Citizen" Kane just recently, only briefly on the stairs as L and myself were leaving one of David Mancuso's Loft parties in London. Dennis was just hanging out with our good friend Paul "Mudd" Murphy who runs the Claremont 56 record label. I'd not seen Paul for ages and it was really unfortunate that we didn't have time to catch up with Paul and chat some more to Dennis. Anyway, here's a quite frankly mind-boggling interview with Dennis where he talks about his art (he's been an artist for most of his life, as well as a DJ), music and how Mancuso's loft parties are the greatest pieces of performance art you've ever seen:


Big Fun In The Big Town DVD
Filmed in a very busy week in NYC in 1986, Big Fun In The Big Town is Dutch film maker Bram Van Splunteren’s documentary about hip hop. Here’s the trailer:


It should be available on DVD from May 22nd 2012, more info here:

via EVR and Scott

Tuesday, 10 April 2012


Tweet, tweet

The Restless Funk Radio Show 10/04/2012

Eddy Grant - California Style
John Hill - Clear In The Black
T-K-O's - Can You Dig It?
The Roundtable - Saturday, Gigue
Chris & Cosey - This Is Me (Beppe Loda Remix)
Strafe - Set It Off
Rhythm Based Lovers - Stargrove
Linval Thompson - Trouble (Version)
Codek - Tim Toum
K.S.B. - Misaluba
Miles Davis - Miles Runs The Voodoo Down
Sun Ra - Space Is The Place
Carlos Nino & Jesse Peterson - I Love You
Don Cherry - Air Mail
Harmut Geerken - Brasilia In Waitawhile (mae oxum)
Ntsamina Spiritual Singers - Weya Tsumu Ma
Apostles Of Music - Wade In The Water
Demis Roussos - Action Lady
Frankie Zhivago - I'm Your's
The SSO Orchestra - Faded Lady
Barbara Mills - Queen Of Fools
Ricardo Morrera & The Group - Babalonia
Group Doueh - Ragsa Jaguar
Francoise Hardy - En T'Attendant

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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Mindblowing Mixes 6

After Matt’s tips in parts 1-5 I thought I would weigh in with number 6 (I like 6’s) . Number 6 in this series is brought to you by The Gaff & Factor and is titled “The Trip Beyond”. This mix originally came out as a CD in 2007, and I came across it a few years later. It was created with 100% original Psych, Rock, Folk, Childrens's Records, Spoken Word Vinyl, Prog, Instructional Lp's and 1 funk drum break hidden in there, skills, and MultiTrack only, oh and all the records are from the ten year period of 1967-77. When I first heard it I was unaware of The Gaff or Factor and I have since found out that The Gaff is resident at the “Get Together” Canada’s leading night out and has been supplying and trading records with some of worlds elite collectors for years. Check his website for more info

Cosmo Baker (The Rub, NYC) says of The Gaff “Gaff got so many ill records it’s fu$*ing mind boggling. I am in awe”. That statement should prepare you somewhat for all the things you are going to hear on this mix. I still know nothing about the mysterious Factor. Enough of my wittering on, here ladies and gentlemen is “The Trip Beyond” a mix of hippy funk, acid folk, heavy drums, and many more good things. It’s a mix I have never got tired of hearing and I doubt I ever will.


Tuesday, 3 April 2012

AA meeting

So, we occasionally get out and about, and last weekend saw us visit the re-opening of the rather groovy art installation space Aid & Abet with the Bibliotheque exhibition. Launch night had the music curated by Village favourites bad timing and featured modular synth geeks Solinas HiFi making kraut-inspired noise to video footage of the Castlemorton party that sounded the demise of free parties in the UK. It's a not unpleasant experience to have your innards vibrated by bass whilst your eyes are confused and entranced by pretty colours (in fact most nightclubs seem to thrive on the premise).

Coming back around

The Restless Funk Radio Show 02/04/2012

Alfredo De La Fe - My Favourite Things (Latin Jazz Ensemble)
Actress - Meets Shaangaan Electro
Sensational Gospel Wings - Trouble About My Soul
Vangelis - Heaven & Hell 3rd Movement
David Bowie - Blackout
The Stepkids - Shadows On Behalf
Rocket Juice & The Moon With Erykah Badu - Manulea (Dub by Mark Ernestus)
Jackie Lee - Dancing In The Streets
Spinners - Honey, I'm In Love With You
Suns Of Arqa - Brujo Magic
Rev G.W. Killens & Mt. Calvary Congregation - Father, I Stretch My Arms To Thee
The Winans - Let My People Go (Parts 1&2 Remixed by John Morales and Sergio Munzibai)
Peter Gordon & The Love Of Life Orchestra - Another Heartbreak
Peter Gordon & The Love Of Life Orchestra - Don't Don't (Redux)
Manzel - It's Over Now (MAW Remix)
Sweet Thunder - Everybody's Singing Love Songs
Prince - Alphabet Street (This Is Not Music, This Is A Trip)
Gala Drop - Brain
Naima Makalou - Kognokoura (Daphni Part 2 Edit)
Bruce Haack - Mudra
Allen Ginsberg - Pacific High Studio Mantras
Alan Hurst - Escape Velocity
Gene Hunt - May The Funk Be With You (Theo Parrish Remix)
3 Generations Walking - Midnight Fanfare
Music Doctor - Going Strong
Bunny Sigler - There's No Love Left
Alan Hurst - Rapid deceleration

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Springtime Again

Spring Is Here

Once there was a thing called spring
when the world was writing verses
like yours and mine.
All the lads and girls would sing
when we set a little tables
and drank May wine.
Now April May and June
are sadly out of tune
life has stuck the pin in the balloon.
Spring is here!
Why doesn't my heart go dancing ?
Spring is here!
Why isn't the waltz entrancing?
No desire, no ambition leads me,
Maybe it's because nobody needs me.
Spring is here!
Why doesn't the breeze delight me?
Stars appear,
Why doesn't the night invite me?
Maybe it's because nobody loves me.
Spring is here I hear.

Lyrics Lorenz Heart Music By Richard Rodgers from the musical "I Married An Angel"

Here are a few versions you may like, I cant pick a favourite: