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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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Sheaf Street / Duke Studios

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We at Downtown Science have been big fans of Sheaf Street & Duke Studios for a while now, the venue outside of the city centre offers a different vibe to their more central rivals. We have played their Friday Night Residency slot on a few occasions (joining the likes of Justin Roberston, Ewan Pearson, Mr.C and many more who have also played the Friday sessions) as well as DJ’ing at other events – Andy Hickford played disco at their Nicky Siano ‘Love Is The Message’ film screening as well as various members of the crew playing Saturday afternoon sets as part of the Boogie Monster presents sessions.

A recording of a recent(ish) Friday night residency is available here:

As well as the Grub & Grog kitchen (run by Dan Palmer) the venue has also hosted the Veg Out festivals – again with Downtown Science amongst the roster of guest dj’s.

Duke Street has also hosted some exceptional events with Nicky Siano, Psychemagik amongst the stellar dj’s who have held parties here.

Amongst the upcoming events at Duke Studios sees them and Partyfine presenting Yuksek, Get a room! and Andrew Devine. A night of quality club music, deviant disco, indie and electronica headlined by label boss Yuksek. A serious slice of the French electronic dance music, in Duke Studios warehouse and terrace (The Yarden) spaces.

Yuksek is a French electronic music producer, remixer, composer, label manager and music lover. After releasing several singles, dozens of remix’s and two albums, he created his own label, Partyfine, confirming the his ‘Yuksek’ sound.

Irish born Andrew Devine is the exception to our French Rule – has been making waves in Leeds for the past two years. Already a regular DJ at one of Leeds’ biggest parties Flux as well as holding down his Saturday night weekly residency at Belgrave Music Hall, he is one guy not to be underestimated. Supporting the likes of Crazy P, Detroit Swindle, Optimo, Bradley Zero & Or:la you can be sure you will be seeing a lot of his name in the next year. Opening and closing the night expect funk, disco and a peppering of house along with a big dollop of fun from his sets!

 

 

Music For A Sunny Afternoon Part 3 – Bye Bye Mr Cool by Andy Hickford | Mixcloud

This is my 200th upload to Mixcloud. I wasn’t aware of this until after posting a couple more – maybe I should have done something different to mark the ‘occasion’ like a selection of favourite ever tracks??

That said I have always tried to keep my uploads straight forward – whatever I felt like listening to for an hour or so would be what is recorded. That maybe a general dog through the collection for a cross-genre session, listening to an hour of one artist, playing records associated with a label, a dj or club night, or whatever.
The tracks here were recorded one sunny afternoon and we’re just what I wanted to hear at that point in time. I think I’ll maintain that as the central plan behind what I post – hopefully one or two folk will keep wanting to listen.

Thanks for the eara to those who have listened… I’ll get started on the next 200…

Track List: 
1. Gregory Porter – Musical Genocide (St Germain Version)
2. Koom.H – Mr Cool
3. Antena – Bye Bye Papaye (Lexx Remix)
4. Desmond Williams – Theme For A Dream
5. Georges Vert – Freak D’Escape
6. Soane – Tropical Sandstorm
7. Rollercone – Palais Mascotte
8. Povo – Shahib’s Habit
9. Paul Murphy & Marc Woolford – Jazz Room (Spiritual South Mix)
10. Heritage Orchestra – Skybreak (Jazzanova Remix)

Balearic Mix #45 The Original Balearic Classics 

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A few pics from the early years of Ibiza that capture the original Balearic spirt:

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I have put together a selection of some of the original Café Del Mar / Balearic classics as played in the early wide eyed days of sound-tracked sunsets on the white isle. Balearic pop, tropical shufflers and more. Before the advent of Café Del Mar rip-off comps and identikit chill out music, these tracks set the tone for what was to follow.

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Track list:

  1. Art Of Noise – Moments In Love
  2. Antenna – Camino Del Sol
  3. Donna Summer – State Of Independence
  4. Linda Di Franco – TV Scene
  5. Flash & The Pan – Walking In The Rain
  6. Carly Simon – Why
  7. Penguin Café Orchestra – Music For A Found Harmonium
  8. Sueno Latino – Sueno Latino (The Latin Dream)
  9. Tullio de Piscopo – Stop Bajon…Primavera
  10. Richie Havens – Going Back To My Roots
  11. A Man Called Adam – Barefoot In The Head (Remix)

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The mix:

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.

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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.

Perkin’s further adventures into a Blazing Mass of Constantly Emergent Velvet Patterns

Perkins continues his adventures; getting lost in a haze of psychedelic grooves in beautiful junkyards, the labs of wired doctors experimenting with energy, down back alleys, red lit eastern European discos and electronic beat playing hideaways.

Perkins loves to share his adventures in sound, why not join him.

Track list
1. Cherry Stones – A Pattern Emerges
2. Andrzej Korzynski – L’arme Du Milleiieu Parkarz
3. Beard In Dust – Biala Sowa, Biala Darma, Bialy Kruk
4. Fatma – The Dirty Beat
5. Free Association – Heavy Velvet Affair
6. Daniele Baldelli & DJ Rocca – Completto Geometrico (Andy Weatherall remix)
7. The Solid Doctor – A Blazing Mass Of Energy
8. Fur – Pulp
9. Jamie Paton – Telefuture
10. Beautiful Junkyards – Constant Flux
11. Nicolas Peyrak – Rite
12. Family Four – En Hast Utan Namn

Perkins story

Perkins alarm clock had failed him; he consoled himself with the thought that it at least still told the right time twice a day – he’d heard that somewhere but couldn’t recall when or by whom.

Time to rise,  Time to travel,  Time to explore. Like an aural cosmic amalgalm of Mr.Benn, Billy Liar and a beatnik Doctor Who, Perkins traverses time and space in order to uncover adventures in sound.

“I found myself seeking something, an item that would assist with forming order to my days. I needed a device that would somehow categorise, divide and provide instant information on the passing of my days. It must also alert me from my slumber should I need to attend urgent matters. What would such a device be? Who could create such a thing? I must go in search of such a wonder.

I cross continents, speak with psychedelic shamans of percussion, doctors of science trying to control energy as a mass and seek guidance on future developments from technicians of boundless creativity. I only find myself  lost in a dusty village, listening to a familiar tune recounted in an unfamiliar tongue. My travel are not over – I still seek a device to order time itself.”

Perkins – As told to Andy Hickford.

Perkins will return…