FROM THE ARCHIVE: MAC TALLA NAN CREAG

Earlier today, while half watching a documentary on wildlife in the Highlands of Scotland with my house mate Owain (the man behind the excellent Innate blog), the topic of Firecracker Recordings superb Mac Talla Nan Creag album came up. For the uninitiated, that was an ambitious project that involved creating new musical and visual works […]

RAVE ON AT ROUGH TRADE

This Wednesday (17th January), I’ll have the pleasure of interviewing journalist and author Matthew Collin on stage at Rough Trade Bristol (7pm, free entry). We’ll be discussing his new book, Rave On, and the wider topic of global dance music culture in 2018. As many of you may know, Collin’s first book on dance music, […]

INTRODUCING THE VINYL MANUAL

Last week saw the publication of arguably my highest profile book yet: a contribution to the iconic Haynes Manuals series all about vinyl kit, culture and technique. Yes, you did read that right: a Haynes manual about that most cherished of musical formats, the vinyl record. The manual was the idea of my co-author, Patrick […]

MORE “INSTRUMENTAL INSTRUMENTS”

Last week, Red Bull Music Academy Daily re-booted their Instrumental Instruments series of features, which concentrates on key pieces of music-making hardware and software. Amongst the flurry of features were two written by yours truly. Some may remember that I previously wrote articles for the series focusing on two pieces of kit with vastly different […]

THE STORY OF THE UK ‘ALL-DAYER’ SCENE

Before I go any further, a quick apology for the lack of site updates of late. Before a much-needed three-week summer break, I spent four months frantically working on a book, which is due for publication in the autumn. I’ll be making a bit of noise about that closer to release day, so you’ll just […]

CLAREMONT 56: 10 PERFECT YEARS

At the tail end of last week, the last vinyl masterwork from Paul Murphy’s Claremont 56 label began appearing in record stores. A sumptuous, brilliantly produced box set boasting five slabs of wax (or six if you bag one of the limited-edition options), housed in bespoke sleeves and accompanied by a slick inner sheet, Claremont […]

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 […]

A TRIBUTE TO NORWEGIAN DANCE MUSIC

A week on Friday (20th January), The Cube in Bristol will host a screening of Northern Disco Lights, Ben Davis and Pete Jenkinson’s documentary charting the “rise and rise of Norwegian dance music”. Afterwards, just down the road at The Crofters Rights, one of the founders of the Norwegian scene, Mental Overdrive, will play his […]