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A Tribute to Ashley Beedle Part 2: Productions, Remixes and Re-Edits

I put together a selection of Ashley productions a year or two ago which I very loosely termed a ‘Best Of’. I was never that happy with that as a description, not because of any doubts about the music included but rather because that sounded a bit too ‘definitive’. To suggest the 10 tracks I had compiled are his ‘best’ didn’t sit right. 

Besides, the man don’t quit… There is new work all the time, including stellar remixes on the Ramrock labels which I would strongly recommend you check. I have particularly enjoyed the work with Future Unit and Mr Bird featuring Greg Blackman. 

Check out the label via Juno here:

https://www.juno.co.uk/labels/Ramrock

So, what to do? A second selection to pay further tribute to one of the central figures of the UK Dance scene was in order. Still doing damage to dance floors through his work as a DJ and producer after decades in the business, Ashley’s output speaks for itself. As with that first selection I have picked productions released under his own name, as well as aliases plus remixes and re-edits; all selected to demonstrate the versatility and genre-spanning work of the man.

Salute to Mr Ashley Beedle! 

https://m.mixcloud.com/andyhickford/a-tribute-to-ashley-beedle-part-2/

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This Is Radio Saint Etienne 

Saint Etienne are far and away one of my favourite bands. Ever since picking up a copy of Fox Base Alpha in the early 90’s I’ve had a soft spot for their blend of pop, Indie, Balearic and post acid house music. Fox Base Alpha is surely one of the defining albums of the post second summer of love era, it’s blend of come-down atmospherics, positivity, pop and nostalgic references was a perfect counter point to the heavier though similarly influenced Screamadelica.

Fox Base Alpha (1991)

So Tough (1993)

Saint Etienne followed up FBA with anyone slice of beautifully measured nostalgia, deep house inspired grooves, and pop, all held together with carefully selected samples. Taking spoken word from the likes of Peeping Tom and Billy Liar ‘So Tough’ played out like a perfect Sunday afternoon. Memories of  music from the night before, washed over with afternoon matinee film references all kicked off with a call for a cup of tea and a bun.

Only Love Can Break Your Heart (1991)



Nothing Can Stop Us Now / Speedwell  (1991)

With their latest ‘Home Counties’ album due next month in June; it seems a good time to share this mix I put together a while back. By no means intended as a best of, these are just a few of my favourite tracks by Saint Etienne. These are pretty much all from the period covered by their first three albums.

Early days image

More info…

Please check out the band’s website for details of the new album, merchandise and tour information.

http://www.saintetienne.com/

Home Counties (2017)

The mix:

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Whilst looking forward to their new work, for me this is the era of classic Saint Etienne.