Found this one in a little shop in Chichester and it just ‘looked’ good. Made in ’84 it sounds perfect for now and has been the morning record in my house for a while. On the surface it seems quite pleasant but the song is basically about trafficking heroin (‘traveling across the world, selling it to boys and girls’). Seems like there’s lots of digging to be done into the world of Thomas Leer.
Thomas Leer: International (Global Mix)
July 29, 2009
Back before Test Pressing got all serious on itself Jolyon Green did one of the first mixes for the site. It’s here if you missed it. We are happy to welcome him back with a new mix for us which starts with the Durutti Column (as Jolyon says ‘never has a Manc accent sounded so balearic’) and goes from there.
This is from the ‘Off The Beaten Track’ LP. Not only does it have a pile-driving groove, but the mix (by Adrian Sherwood) is phenomenal – everything is constantly shifting and shimmering as he drops the various elements in and out. One of many highlights from the On-U catalogue.
African Head Charge: Throw It All Away
July 29, 2009
This is one of the first Brazilian records I ever bought, and its still my favourite, nearly twenty years later. The credits on the back of the sleeve read like half a Brazilian football team – Joaozinho, Wagner, Dadi, Bidu, Gil, and Jorge. The flute arrangements are by the great Artur Verocai. A very special record.
Jorge Ben: Minha Estrella E Do Oriente
July 21, 2009
September ’86 saw Sheryl Garratt visiting Chicago to cover the emerging house scene. It’s perhaps the best piece on ‘house’ written to date (and that’s without even mentioning Neville Brody’s design). We will be speaking to Sheryl in the near future about her life in clubs.
“Ron mixes “Go bang” by Dinosaur L into a treated tape of Aretha singing “Respect”, the Willie Colon and Denise Laselle acapella leads – unbelievably – into Sade singing “Maureen” without the advanced aerobics on the dancefloor ever slackening…”