Category Archives: Pioneers

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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Mixmaster Morris is an Irresistible Force 

Inspired by the release of the new album by Mixmaster Morris I put together a selection of tunes by the man himself, a remix and some tunes that he has played over the years that fit in with the sound of his own music. This selection includes 3 tunes from the album Kira Kira as a taster – please check out the bandcamp page (link below) & buy a copy if you like what you hear. 

This album is arguably overdue, but no less welcome for that. A beautiful set of chill out tracks from the maestro of the genre. Musicality, atmosphere, complexity and an eveloping give are characteristics of this release by Morris. 

It was an honour to dj and spend time with Morris when he spent a week in Leeds in July – I look forward to welcoming him back again soon. It would be great if we could also look forward to new material too, hoping it won’t be decades before the next Irresistible Force album.

https://liquidsounddesign.bandcamp.com/album/kira-kira

https://m.mixcloud.com/andyhickford/balearic-mix-54-an-irresistible-force-special/

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.

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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/

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The mix:

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

A Tribute to David Axelrod by Andy Hickford | Mixcloud

By way of recognition of the passing of David Axelrod I put together this mix. Taking a selection of tracks from some of my favourite albums of his, plus throwing in a scattering of productions I hope that this gives a flavour of his peerless musicianship.

Axelrod work came to be widely used as sample material,  sound tracking computer games and as music to be covered.  Jurassic 5, Dr Dre, Beatnuts and more sampled his work, which was arguably ahead of its time in its recording methods and it’s complexity.

An inspiration to many, from Shadow to Madlib and beyond, David Axelrod may have left us, but his music will love on. 

RIP David 1931- 2017

Track list: 
1. Holy Thursday (Songs Of Innocence)
2. My Family (Heavy Axe)
3. Cannonball Adderley Quintet & Orchestra – Tensity 
4. Jimmy T (David Axelrod)
5. David McCallum – The Edge
6. The Human Abstract (Songs Of Experience)
7. David McCallum – House Of Mirrors
8. Songs Of Innocence (S.O.I.)
9. The Shadow Knows (David Axelrod)
10. The Electric Prunes – General Confessions
11. Freedom (The Auction)
12. Get Up Off Your Knees (Heavy Axe)

(Album title in brackets on Axelrod tracks)

https://m.mixcloud.com/andyhickford/a-tribute-to-david-axelrod/

AN IMAGINARY COMPILATION ALBUM : ANDREW WEATHERALL

Two selections of early remixes from the genius that is Andrew Weatherall, put together as a tribute to the great man’s enduring work as a musical Pioneer.

The first selection of Andrew Weatherall’s finest remixes from earlier on in his discography. Featuring Primal Scream, The Orb, Happy Monday’s, New Order and more. All vinyl, so excuse any pops and crackles – these records are a couple of decades old.

Tracklist:
1. Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (A mix of two halves)
2. Primal Scream – Come Together (Weatherall mix)
3. One Dove – Breakdown (Squire Black Dove Rides Out)
4. New Order – Regret (Sabres Slow ‘n Low mix)
5. The Orb – Perpetual Dawn (Ultrabass)
6. The Grid – Floatation (Sonic Swing Mix)
7. Happy Mondays – Hallelujah (Oakenfold & Weatherall Club Mix)
8. My Bloody Valentine -Soon (Weatherall Remix)

https://www.mixcloud.com/andyhickford/tribute-to-andrew-weatherall-1-the-early-remixes/

The 2nd installment of my Andrew Weatherall tribute series. More early remixes featuring tracks from Future Sound Of London, Jah Wobble, the Impossibles and more… All from vinyl again.

Tracklist :

1. Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart – Visions Of You (Secret Love Child of Hank & Jonny Mix)

2. One Dove – White Love (Guitar Paradise Mix)

3. Primal Scream – Higher Than The Sun (Dub Symphony In Two Parts)

4. Flowered Up – Weekender (Aubrey Is A Bit More Partial Mix)

5. Future Sound Of London – Papua New Guinea (Andrew Weatherall Remix)

6. A Man Called Adam – Chrono-Psionic Interface (Godiva Mix)

7. James – Come Home (Skunk Weed Shank mix)

8. The Impossibles – The Drum (12″ Weatherall Mix)

https://www.mixcloud.com/andyhickford/tribute-to-andrew-weatherall-2-more-early-remixes/

THE NEW VINYL VILLAIN

 A GUEST POSTING FROM SWISS ADAM

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The final ICA of 2016 during which there have been so many top-notch guest contributions covering all genres. Today’s is again, something a bit special and epic.  When he dropped the e-mail to me, Swiss Adam said “Please take this off my hands- I keep changing it, adding songs, taking them off, re-doing it. It’s doing my head in.”

Anyone who has ever turned their hand to an ICA will know exactly what he means…..

Andrew Weatherall ‘Just What Is It That You Want To Do?’

‘We want to be free. We want to be free, to do what we want to do. And we want to have a good time. And we want to have a party. And that’s what we’re gonna do. We gonna have a party’

Anyone who’s paid even the most infrequent visits to Bagging Area will know that I…

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Straight No Chaser – The Jazz Messenger

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I’ve been flicking back through old issues of SNC and realised what a vital magazine it was. Back in the early 90’s the internet was pretty much non existent, we found record shops in every market town rather than discogs and we relied on flyers and word of mouth for club and gig news. SNC was a central source that supported all of that.
With sections on clubs nights across the country (and beyond), features on vital vinyl retailers and of course the all important reviews and playlists SNC was THE link to all that was happening in the world of acid jazz, funk, soul, broken beat, Latin and every other related genre.
There for the rise and fall of trip hop, the arrival of drum and bass, nu jazz, bruk and much more SNC ensured you were in touch with folk like Gilles Peterson and could keep your finger at least lightly on the pulse from a Midlands market town. 

Things of course seemdled to move a little slower than too. Records would bubble up over months, even years. Imports may be promised for weeks on end by your dealer – but thanks to SNC you at least knew what to ask for.

Below are some extracts from issue #20 starting with those all important charts.



Wonder if there are still any swifty t’s left? 


How you found out about New releases…



Guest reviews from James Lavelle.

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