Friday, 29 August 2014

Coming Soon

The Restless Funk Radio Show 28/08/14


Cos/Mes - Matiki
Kevin Harrison - Ink Man
Deodato - Love Magic
Full Moon Ensemble - Samba Miaow
Michael Soward - What Are You Gonna Do (Inst)
Huerco S - Ausschachtung
The Invisible - Wings (Floating Points Remix)
Floating Points - Arp 3
Boddika & Joy O - Tricky's Team
Nana Love - I'm In Love (Jamal Loves His Nana)
Japan Blues - Half Dead Pulse
James "Jackrabbit" Martin - Only Wanted To Be
Laaraji - Unicorns In Paradise
Iasos - Rainbow Canyon
Sheila Hylton - Falling In Love (Waxist Edit)
Kitty - My Boyfriend
Sheila Hylton - It's Gonna Take A Lot Of Dub (DJ McBoing Boing Laser Dub Edit)
Joni Mitchell - California

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Up In Smoke

Watch Young Marco smoke 80 Gauloise in 1 hour...

Friday, 15 August 2014

Bi the way

The Restless Funk Radio Show 14/08/14


Race of Angels - It's Just Begun
Leisa - The Wondrous Cross
Fatima - Circle
Budgie - Budgie's Groove
Tapes - Pipe Cleaner 12" Mix
Yesterday's New Quintet - Funshine
Leslie Butler - Aquarius
Deodato - Univac Loves You
Roland Young - It Hurts So Bad
Mary Love-Comer - I Wake Up
Don Ray - Standing In The Rain
Miss Misty - Right Size
Tom of England - Bad Leather
Percussions - Sext
Ricardo Miranda - Urbanism
T-Kut - Let Me Take U (Original UK Mix)
Shakeena - Dance Music
Lady Saw - Natiness
Buju Banton - Love Wizard
Shadow - Keep On Wailing
Vance & Suzanne - Can't Get Along Without You
Andy Anderson - High, High, High
Peter Green - Funk Chunk
Tambien - Unknown

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Hooking Up

Yup, it's another one of those smokey, tripped out, facemelting, fry your brains unobtainable records. There's been heat on this one for a long time and the more people know about it the less likely it is I'll get a copy. However, it's had some publicity recently so I guess the game's up anyway.

Monday, 11 August 2014


You may have noticed a few little upgrades and add-on's to the blog recently, slowly creeping in, like the Instagram link and Twitter link (top right) as I try to integrate everything, dragging it all together. I've just added a Mixcloud link beneath the blogroll (aka my morning reading list) to an account where I can upload old and new stuff to (more than soundcloud which limits what I can hold on one account). I won't post here each time I upload something new so keep an eye open for new goodies over there. Here's one I just added that I stumbled across from a few years back when I was digging out the Arthur mixes. It's all from the Philadelphia International Records catalogue, slowjams, disco, soul, the works. I was listening as I was walking down a beautiful street in Cambridge, the sun was shining, I was grinning and even broke out into a little dance. Should have been in a movie really. And when the record starts jumping towards the end (a genuine unintentional fault), let it play, dance along to the skip, and thank me for the goosebumps when the piano drops...

Philly Groove by Matthew Stancombe on Mixcloud

Friday, 8 August 2014

Original Archive Material (Rewind)

The Restless Funk Radio Show 07/08/14


Tin Man - Forever
Phil Manzanera - Caracas (Danielle Baldelli & Marco Diongi Remix)
Charles Cohen - Sunrise; Women/Men
Conrad Schnitzler - Untitled
Vito Ricci - The Ship Was Sailing
Endless Boogie - Vibe Killer
Exotic Prince The Insane One & His Friends The Superstars '74 - Rapping
Gilson et Malagasy - Valaha Ny Dada
Opossum - Amina
Doc Severinson - You Put the Shine On Me (DJ Harvey Edit)
The Brothers - Under the Skin
Roy Brooks & The Artistic Truth - Moi Hombre
Roy Brooks & Aboriginal Percussion Choir - Five For Max
Tommy McCook - Alimawi
Hollie Cook - Looking for Real Love
Earnest Ranglin - Earth Sound (Version)
Carl & Carol - Jam Without Mercy
Helen - Witch

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Monday, 4 August 2014


I needed something to listen to doing some rather monotonous tasks at work and after having an "Arthur" moment on the plane last week I dug around in my archives and found a couple of mixes/compilations I'd done solely with Arthur Russell material from ages ago, chucked them on the iPhone and got on with things. Village regulars will of course have heard of Arthur Russell, but for those who haven't he was a musician who is notable (amongst many other things) for successfully combining the avant-garde with pop music, at least, that was his ambition. In many senses, his work within the discotheque arena of the late 70's early 80's fulfills that brief in full. Tim Lawrence has written an excellent academic biography, "Hold Onto Your Dreams" and Matt Wolf directed a documentary, "Wild Combination" about Arthur's life which I heartily recommend if this entry piques your interest.

Arthur's music is so varied (Folk, Classical, Experimental, Disco, Indie, the names don't really mean anything as it's all one big melting pot) that several hours of listening will not become tiresome, yet remain coherent and distinctively "Arthur". For me, Arthur was the ultimate bedroom producer and listening to this selection makes me weep for the creativity, musicality and inspiration so lacking in much of the self produced "music" that floods the internet. He was pushing many fields forward with a vision and ambition that makes me wonder why no-one today (within my limited field of view) seems to be following his example and aiming for new pastures rather than re-treading soggy ground. Of course there are artists whose ambition remains high although too often let down by their distinct lack of the genius that makes one of my heroes so special.

Here's some of the weirdest songs you can call classics, with the strangest lyrics that make sense, the most peculiar rhythms that make you move, the most curious melodies that make you cry and smile at the same time, the most alien grooves that put you in a trance. As usual my friend Niki introduced me to most of this stuff. First time I heard Another Thought was in the car en route to a Loft Party. Everyone else in the car was like "what is this rubbish, put something else on" but I remember being quite transfixed by it, ultimately succumbing to popular demand however reminding myself to come back to this curio later. Needle-dropping Schoolbell/Treehouse ensures you almost always skip it, however my first time was in my room after a very long listening session polished with a lot of Rum and through the smoke this was deep deep techno of the most psychedelic order. Listen to "Cornbelt", everything is inventive, creative, the guitar line, the Chicago house fills and snares, the disco claps, the wandering and hard grooving bass line, all of it, slowly unravelling, losing control and taking you with it, nothing making sense, like being rolled around in the ocean.

The picture is from a bay or two over from Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, a place I reckon Arthur would have quite liked.