Main Stem are a small group of music fiends comprising of Rob.J, Ben Shenton, Tim Silver and James Flanagen based out of Stafford and Birmingham. Some of their work can be found here and here for Project Club and Deadstock 33s. They have a new album coming soon which we’ll give more info on when the time is right but until then here is the perfect soundtrack to a Sunday.



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Here’s a banger for the weekend. Over to Jamie to tell you what this one is all about. “The mix takes in all sorts over a C90′s worth of running time, including Weatherall putting the Beat between Meat and Manifesto, one of Arthur Russell’s more abstract Funk Popping moments and a quite frankly awesome stratospheric excursion from Gigi Galaxy and his Disco 2000. It sums up a lot of what I’ve been playing this year, quite prototypical and stripped down, tough in places but with the odd musical flourish here and there. There are also a couple of Cage & Aviary productions on there, one from our forthcoming Migration LP which will finally drop in October.” Looking forward to the album. More news on that as it comes.


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What it says… The label is coming soon and here’s the guys having fun at their monthly World Unknown night.


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Happy to welcome back the chaps from Eden Rock to the house.


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Just finished reading ‘Storming Heaven – LSD And The American Dream’, and this new mix from Phil South of Golf Channel would make a perfect soundtrack to an afternoon into evening session. As Phil says, “best listened to with close friends, a fog machine, a strobe and very strong drugs in a remote place far from neighbours and interruptions. Too country to be house and far too house to be country. Too black to be white and too white to be black… Its country haus. Neck up and get down. You might need a place to lie down or a beanbag at points too.” Totido.


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A two-parter Friday mix special coming up frmo Disco Dawn and Golf Channel’s Phil South. The ying and the yang. First from Disco Dawn (and one for the young guns here) some rocking house (that goes deep at the end for the old fellas), from the guys behind Fool House, Fluokids contributors (good site) and regular DJs at the Rex in Paris – Guilaume Red Hot Car and Mondkopf. They are deep into balearic so we thought we’d let them showcase their style of house here… Rocking.


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We’re really into Mock and Toof at Test Pressing towers and are happy to bring you an exclusive here. This is the Mock & Toof live set that they have been touring over the past year, as they say ‘it’s been a trip!’. For those at the Big Chill they’ll be playing there on August 5th but for everyone else check this mix…


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Rob Hyde is a record collector and DJ and was formerly part of Twisted Nerve’s seriously out-there band Mum & Dad, as well as more recently the motorik Eat Lights; Become Lights. Here he delivers on the psyche, Brasilian soul tip. Perfect Friday sounds.


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You can find Rob on Twitter here.

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This one comes courtesy of Roman Wafers and Michael Kuyck of the Noise In My Head crew and is a mix of purely Australian balearic, electronic and disco sounds. Who knew…


Painting by Tzu-chi Yeh.


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Check the Noise In My Head radio show for more in the way of balearic beats and disco deepeness.

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We have been speaking to the chaps from Azari & III about doing a mix for a while and here Alixander III steps up with a mix of alternative styles going from Spaceman 3 to Chris and Cosey, Swell Maps to the Dum Dum Girls and on… Good taste.


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It was a sad day when we heard about the passing of the genius that was Gil Scott Heron. The good Dr Rob brings a fitting Test Pressing tribute.


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Gil Scott-Heron: April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron: Lady Day & John Coltrane (Flying Dutchman)
Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson & The Midnight Band: The Liberation Song (Arista)
Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson: The Bottle (Live) (Arista)
Gil Scott-Heron & His Amnesia Express: Angel Dust (Live) (Essential)
Gil Scott-Heron: The Klan (Chicken Wings Edit) (Soul In The Hole)
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson: Peace Go With You Brother (Strata-East)
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson: Angola, Louisiana (Arista)
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson: It’s Your World (Soul Brother)
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX: I’ll Take Care Of You (Young Turks)

If I had to choose only one Gil Scott-Heron track then it would have to be the version of “The Bottle” from the live double LP “It`s Your World”. I picked up my copy, which is only half the album, for 50 pence in The Record And Tape Exchange in Notting Hill in the mid-90s. I now know this to be a David Mancuso “Loft classic”, but I can remember being pretty nervous the first time I played it. Worried about audience reactions to the extended percussion break. Needless worries. For at the point when the song kicks back in the whole place literally jumped. Including those folks at the bar. The whole place lifted several feet. Everyone was higher. One of my fondest DJing memories.

Music so life-affirming, so positive, so inspiring and so heart-felt from an intelligent man clearly troubled by personal demons. A man who struggled his whole life with the very things he was warning against. Like Burroughs, a man who totally understood the tools of control, but still couldn’t help himself. The simple true-ism that “Everybody needs something”, a criticism and a confession, is something I’ll be quoting for as long as I`m still breathing.

When I dug the record out again to put this compilation together, and heard the line “Brother says he’s got to have some money, sister told me all she needs is love”, I was reduced to tears. I guess if you don’t understand, then you might count yourself lucky.

Compiled by Dr Rob, with considerable assistance from Tim H.

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Not only named after a brilliant AR Kane record, the A Love From Outer Space night has, by all accounts, been a bit of a success. From talking to one of the chaps involved one night the gist is keep it sub 120BPM. Sounds good to me. Here’s the Hardway Bros mix which was given out at the club on Thursday to celebrate the first birthday.


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Phil South, as many of you know, is the head honcho of Golf Channel records, purveyors of modern twisted disco and balearic beats. Actually, talking of balearic beats and Golf Channel they are about to release a new record which is one of the best things I have heard in ages. Must be an old record but the people with the knowledge that I have asked don’t have a clue what it is. Anyway, if you see a new Golf Channel in the shops in the next week or so check it as it’s a killer. So here’s a mix from Phil live at Electric Elephant last year. Enjoy.


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Don’t worry, there’s no Hue & Cry on this one, well saying that I wouldn’t mind as I quite like that record, but here Niles from Emotional Pop has compiled a mix of some of his favourite European pop records. Cheers Niles.



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Mix: Ku 1985

May 13, 2011

This one came via Jolyon Green who discovered it on a Spanish forum. It sounds authentic – every so often someone says ‘KU’ on the mic. All it said on the file was KU 1984 Discoteca though the music dates it as more like ’85. One for the hardcore balearic heads.


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Thanks to Jolyon.

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Always happy to bring a new DJ to the table, well new to me anyway, and this could be one to watch. A quick potted history for you. Carsten Klemann was born and raised in Berlin and now lives in London and has had long-standing residencies at Watergate, Panorama Bar, Cookies and Paris-Paris amongst others. He has worked under Basic Channel at mastering studio Dubplates and Mastering in Berlin (so his ears are attuned) and records under the name My My. He’s good. And he likes to play through the night from start to end so hopefully this gives a quick take on that. Welcome Carsten.

Image by Robert Longo.


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We like the dudes at Finger Magazine. We wrote about them before but if you missed it they have a magazine full of lists of music to check so if you haven’t seen what it’s all about go here. They currently have a nice mix from balearic heads The Project Club up on site which is well worth checking. So here the Finger Magazine chaps come with their own selection of music for us which starts off on a slow mo tip and builds into disco towards the end. Nice.



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Suono are Danny Potts and Tony Daly who have regularly been running Bank Holiday Sunday parties just outside Newcastle at a venue (well pub really) called The Tanners for over seven years now.

Over that time they’ve had as guests such as Moonboots, Balearic Mike, Mudd, Phil Mison, Daniel Baldelli, The Idjut Boys, Kelvin Andrews and Greg Wilson to name a few. Clearly men of taste. This weekend sees the great Mudd making an appearance with some of the Claremont crew in tow (see below for more details). Looks like a good one. Here’s a mix from the chaps. Starts mellow and builds from there…



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Mix: Spencer James/Life!

April 27, 2011

Spencer James has spent more time in clubs than most and has great taste in music from those well spent years so we asked him to do us a mix of his favourite mellow moments. Enjoy.

Image stolen from Dan Holdsworth.



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Always happy to welcome back our friend Phil to the fold. This mix was originally done for Sonica radio in Ibiza. In Phil related news the Reverso edits album is in the shops now and we expect good things from the next wave of Cantoma. We are also talking about doing a little party soon but we’ll keep you in the loop on that one once we push it on.



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