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 […]

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 […]

JJ JECZALIK: FAIRLIGHT MASTER

There are those within music whose work is arguably overlooked, or whose careers are only celebrated only by a handful of enthusiasts – those fans with a intimate knowledge of their discography. I firmly believe that JJ Jeczalik is one of those artists. Most know of his involvement with The Art of Noise, ZTT Records […]

REST IN PEACE, DAVID MANCUSO

With the passing of David Mancuso, DJ culture has not only lost one of its’ founding fathers, but also a man who understood, arguably better than anyone else, the importance of sound and environment in creating the perfect party. Most will know the basic story. From the early 1970s onwards, Mancuso threw parties in a […]

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 […]

TELEPHONES ON THE BLOWER

Since it returned in website form earlier this year, I’ve been contributing regular features of varying lengths to my old magazine, IDJ. The latest comes in the form of an interview with Norwegian-in-Berlin, Henning Severud, AKA Telephones. Severud has just released his debut album, Vibe Telemetry, on Gerd Janson’s consistently excellent Running Back label. It’s […]