April 7, 2009
March 24, 2009
Dave Lee a.k.a Joey Negro a.k.a Raven Maize a.k.a Akabu a.k.a The Sunburst Band a.k.a Doug Willis a.k.a Z Factor a.k.a Sessomato is a leg-end. In his own front room at least. Dave started Republic Records, released great compilations and wonderful twelves, closed Republic, started Z Records and did it all over again. He has safely kept the flame alive for true disco for nearly 25 years and is probably one of the only UK disco producers featured on Desert Island Discs on Radio 4 (as picked by that poisoning chef Heston Blumenthal). I asked David for a mix for Test Pressing and he gave me a cast off that he already has on a player on his site (worth a look) but as it’s Dave the quality is top drawer. Second part to follow soon. Respect is due.
Joey Negro Eclectic Mix: Part One
I was looking through old tapes the other day and came across one with ‘new house mix’ written on it. I put it on and ‘Odyssey’ by 7th Movement came out of the speakers. And it sounded good. Really good. I was going to upload it but being honest, I can’t find it.
Anyway, Rocky, Diesel and Ashley Beedle were behind 7th Movement, so I got in touch with Rocky, and asked him for something for Test Pressing. In the course of conversation I remembered the three of them had made some balearic mixes, long before the scene with no name made it’s reappearance, and here they are. To me they sum up what this music should really be about. A mixture of tough edges, pop, ambient, disco, mellow, a bit of cheese and some odd electronics, all put together in a way that makes girls want to dance. These mixes go from Bowie to Teddy Pendergrass to Pink Floyd with lots in between. Heavily influenced by Alfredo, they make good listening.
It’s Not How It Used To Be (Part One)
It’s Not How It Used To Be (Part Two)
It’s easy to forget how much they have done between them In the past twenty years, so time for a quick appraisal. It goes something like this; sound system culture, Rocky and Diesel’s balearic beats, Sound Factory anthems with X-Press 2, Ashley’s ‘New Jersey Deep’ (one of the best UK house 12’s in our opinion), Black Science Orchestra keeping the disco light alive, Rocky’s rapping, being on the front end of the down-tempo wave with the Ballistic Brothers, Diesel’s nu-disco on Nuphonic and the continuing Moton, being the sole participants in the failed hip-house revival, making an old-school reggae record so authentic that David Rodigan couldn’t get his head round the fact it was new, and generally being the opposite of ‘Lazy’ (sorry). I think people forget but it’s all out there. The three of them have a new show on London’s Kiss 100 that’s well worth a listen. Get on it.
February 28, 2009
Max Essa: Twilight Horizontal
Test Pressing is growing into a site for anything good that takes our fancy along the way, but we originally started as a home for purely mellow music and the new balearic mellow sound still stays close. Keeping that thread alive we are happy to give you a new mix from our man in Japan, Max Essa.
Max is a man quietly on a mission, collecting and producing wonderful music. He releases the single ‘Drive Time’ b/w ‘Back To The Beach’ (John Daly remix) in the next few weeks with the album ‘Continental Drift’ following soon afterwards. All will be released on the continuously good Bear Funk imprint.
Max has also been working over the seas on two collaborations with Stevie Kotey. First up is the Soiree project on Bear Funk (including party moment ‘Zim Zim’), with their second, Salon De L’Herbe, following soon after on Electric Minds. Look out for those. We asked Max to do us a mix in a low down balearic mixed up fashion a few months back and here it is. Happy listening.
February 6, 2009
Here’s a lovely mix just in from one our good friends in Stockholm, D.J. Alonzo.
Alonzo runs the Stockholm arm of the always good Top Nice night (meet them here on facebook and here on MySpace). He also has a nice facebook group of his own sharing some of his discoveries from along the way. In his own words, ‘I decided on the three first tracks, and from then on I hit the shelf’. Good style.
Mick Karn : Weather The Windmill
Bo Hansson : Wandering Song
Riuichi Sakamoto : Kachakuchanee
Martha And The Muffins : Start To Stop
Yello : She’s Got A Gun (Live At The Palladium N.Y.)
Art Of Noise : Ode To Don Jose
Anna : Systems Breaking Down
Adrian Gurvitz : New World
Eurythmics : Ministry Of Love
Mad Professor : Russian Roulette
Cirkus : Amazonas
New Musik : Warp
America : You Can Do Magic
Hundarna Från Söder : Regn
January 27, 2009
Following Phil Mison’s guest spot at Test Pressing we have another gem of a mix from producer and DJ, Lexx.
Lexx has been eeking out some lovely edits over the past year or so, most of which have appeared on Lovefingers. Lexx has kindly given us his favourite edits for anyone out there who doesn’t have them yet. Enjoy.
January 16, 2009
Slow start over at Test Pressing Towers this year but we are back in a fine style with a lovely Phil Mison mix. Due to there being a few unreleased bits and bobs on the mix it is only available to stream at present, so please respect that, but I will make it downloadable soon.
We have known Phil for many years now at Test Pressing. He, along with
Moonboots and a few others, has always been about the sunset balearic sound – check the piece above from an old copy of Jockey Slut from 1994/95. As many of you know Phil produces as Reverso 68 with Pete Herbert, and as Cantoma by himself, with this year seeing the release of a new Cantoma album which we are already hearing good things about.
Anyway, on with the program. Press play and enjoy.