Monthly Archives: June 2011


Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy

This is simply a perfect 80’s pop song. The synth is startlingly good, and combined with the yearning vocal give the track a haunting quality which is very arresting.
Not sure what is going on with the random video here, but it was the best quality sound I could find.


Althea and Donna – Uptown top ranking

Another track I have wanted to post for ages. It is a classic tunes with an all time great riff. It is languid. funky and irresistible when heard in the vicinity of a dance floor.


Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz – Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)

Was in the mood today for some old school hip hop and this fits the bill nicely. It has the characteristic of a club anthem – it makes you want to MOVE.

17th June

The Specials – Ghost Town

This is for my buddy is off on a 6 month holiday to Australia next week. We were reminded of it in work today by this article.

Good luck for your trip Matty.

Small Faces – Itchycoo Park

Sometimes, when a DJ speaks to you there is nothign you can do but take notice. I was out for a beer with a couple of old friends last night and I heard this for the first time in ages. Said DJ hit the nail on the head and who am I to argue?

It’s all too beautiful…


15th June

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Hope

Fat Freddy’s Drop are an eclectic New Zealand 7 piece band who put on a great live show. I saw them in East London in September and was very impressed with their energetic performance.

I really like this one in particular because it is so mellow. It has soothed many a hangover. Based on a true story, the album it is taken from, is also well worth a listen and is both one of my most cherished LP’s.


Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata

This song from South African singer Miriam Makeba continues my recent world music motif. The specific reason it came into my mind is the following awesome picture of Miriam and Marlon Brando, which is taken from this website:


Ricardo Villalobos – Fizheuer Zieheuer 

I wanted to post something completely different from yesterday. This is a huge dance tune. It is relentless and hypnotic and I have found it to be spellbinding in recent days.


Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen

Was at a old friend’s wedding tonight and so I wanted to post something suitably cheesy in that spirit and this was one of the songs played that stuck in my mind.


Fatboy Slim and David Byrne feat. Charmaine Clamor – Walk like a woman

This is taken from Here lies love,  a concept album made in collaboration between Fatboy Slim and David Byrne (of Talking Heads). The album charts the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos,  who was first lady of the Phillipines. As I previously mentioned, I am a sucker for songs that double as history lessons or more generally ones that have an interesting concept that makes me think.

The whole album is really stimulating and great in places. It is kind of an opera rapped up in sultry disco beats and features lots of great guest vocals, such as the one here from Charmaine Clamor.