THE SOLID DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW

I’ll let you into a secret: these days, not all musicians, producers and DJs are happy to receive media coverage. While I understand the desire to gain coverage only in hyped publications or on websites that they believe will enhance their credentials with a certain type of listener/reader, it’s frustrating to see those in the […]

THE RETURN OF ABILITY II

Bleep connoisseurs have long spoken in hushed tones about Ability II’s “Pressure Dub”, the B-side of the producer’s one and only release on iconic (if short-lived) Leeds label BASSIC. There’s no denying that it’s a thrillingly good track – a 10-minute journey into heavyweight sub-bass and futurist Detroit electronics that remains one of the style’s […]

THE STORY OF “VOODOO RAY”

I remember a DJ friend of mine once berating The Kelly Twins for playing A Guy Called Gerald’s “Voodoo Ray” at a club night. Apparently it was, “too obvious”. Sean and Dan Kelly got into a heated debate with said DJ, extolling the virtues of this most iconic of British house records. Of course, “Voodoo […]

CHILL OUT ROOMS, POLISH RAVES & LEGENDARY SYNTHESIZERS

  Happy New Year! As 2017 begins in earnest, I naturally found myself looking back over 2016. From a work perspective, it was a busy 12 months.I was fortunate enough to work on some very interesting projects, resulting in some articles I’m particularly proud of. In a bid to keep track of this – and […]

THE FAIRLIGHT CMI STORY

The history of music technology is full of remarkable stories, but few are quite as eyebrow-raising as the tale of the Fairlight CMI. This pioneering “Computer Musical Instrument” has long held power over those who love electronic music. Initially developed in a harbourside basement in Sydney, Australia at the tail end of the 1970s, it […]

THE CONTINUING STORY OF PAPER RECORDINGS

I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Paper Recordings. I first became aware of the Manchester label a little later than most, sometime around the turn of the millennium. By the time I started investigating the catalogue properly, I was working at IDJ magazine. I ended up writing about the label a […]

FROM THE ARCHIVES: MORGAN GEIST

While going through some old magazines the other day, I decided it might be a good idea to start archiving some of my old pieces for posterity. So, earlier today, I picked out an issue of IDJ at random and flicked through to see what I could find. It didn’t take long to find something […]

AMBIENT HOUSE & ME

Earlier today, Red Bull Music Academy Daily posted an in-depth article I wrote last autumn, accompanied by a mix I put together in celebration. Both were labours of love, and saw me re-visit a style of music that genuinely changed my life back in the early 1990s: Ambient House. Recently, I’ve mentioned the article – […]

FOR MY BLEEPS: A VERY PERSONAL ODYSSEY

I’ve always been a little obsessed with the short-lived musical revolution that was “bleep and bass”. It’s for this reason that I was delighted to be given the chance to write about it for Resident Advisor, a project that took over my life for several months.

WORK: FOUR MORE JUNO PLUS REVIEWS

After a fairly hit-and-miss summer, I’ve recently been throwing myself into writing a number of these kind of in-depth reviews for Juno Plus. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve cast my eye over releases from Tornado Wallace, Richard Sen, Herva and Mind Fair