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The Best of Trip Hop

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Trip Hop, that sometimes maligned genre, I thought was worthy of an audio re-appraisal. Certainly there were some coffee table crimes committed in the name of this genre, however I’d love to name a style of music that doesn’t have its fair share of swill amongst the silk.

At its best Trip Hop was innovative (at least at first), evocative, creative and also a genre around which some enduring artists made their names. Kruder & Dorfmeister, Portishead for example are not constrained by their Trip Hop history, but certainly owe a debt to the genre for providing a platform for future success. Artists such as Massive Attack and labels such as Ninja Tune and Mo Wax formed around the nascent Trip Hop scene, drawing in influences from sound systems, hip hop, graffiti and more creating this uniquely UK sound – that went on to influence others further afield – from France to Japan and beyond.

Yes there is a lot of bland ‘trip hop’, the genre did eat itself somewhat & much like ‘Big Beat’ perhaps became overshadowed by its worse elements rather than being celenrated for its best. So a re-appraisal? Lets take the evidence at hand – some of the best of the genre. I have sought to bring together a series of selections that hopefully represent some of the genres high-points. With elements of dub, drum & bass as well as hip hop, soul and a touch of funk I have been a little liberal with the term ‘trip hop’ but certainly aim to stay true to the over-arching ethos of trip hop nights of the time with the choices made. Have a listen – this isn’t supposed to be a definitive best of, there are great records I don’t have – and have a think. Was Trip Hop so bad?

So – to the music…

 

 

 

 

 

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A Balearic Mix – The Dip In The Pool Series

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I really liked the idea of putting together a series of mixes that are within the ‘balearic’ vibe of the mixes I tag with that genre – but are slightly distinct in that they have a bit more of a boogie/pool party vibe to them. More than that I also wanted to give them a bit of a retro feel, as if you could take a time machine back to a hedonistic party in some playboys or playgirls pad, with cocktails, fine food and relaxed atmosphere as the sun sets. Once the booze hits and the moon rises the dancing starts, and as the party gets going many decide to take a dip in the pool…

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Below I will post the links to the mixes in this series. I hope you enjoy…

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Downtown Science Radio Show 28th November 2017 (Box Frequency)

00:00 – 20:40 – Boogie Monster

00:40 – 01:20 – Decknologist

Son of Sam – Fighting Talk (feat Lifford & Blaise B)

Funkadelic – Music For My Mother Andrés Wo Ahh Ay Vocal Mix)

Unknown Artist – Kaleidoscope

Tony Sarfo & The Funky Afrosibi – I Beg

Tala A.M. – Sugar Lump

Homeboy Sandman – Fat Belly

Show & A.G. – Next Level (DJ Premier Remix)

Average White Band – I’m The One

Son of Sam – Put It On Ya (Feat. Mr. Thing & Soundsci)

Neal Hefti – Batman Theme

01:20 – 02:00 – Andy Hickford

Madvillain – Fire In The Hole (Madlib Remix)

Dexter – No Sun

Death From Above – International Headass Network

Lone – Airglow Fires

Sameed – Can’t U

Unknown – Nowin

Donate / Deodato – Whistle Stop

Inezita Barroso – Maracata Elegante

Plantlife – When She Smiles (4 Hero Remix)

Dego & Kaidi – Too Much Ginger

Prince – Black Sweat

Hermann Kelly – A Refreshing Love

22:00 – 22:15 – Decknologist

Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm – Getting Nasty

10cc – The Worst Band In The World

DamFunk – 10 West

https://m.mixcloud.com/DowntownScience/downtown-science-radio-show-28th-november-2017/

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/

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/

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)

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.

Part Two now added: