Blogariddims 24 : Moving South


The final installment in this stunningly good first series of Blogariddims. A big thank you to Droid for putting it together and to all the Blogamuffins – Droid, Slug, Gutta, Mattb, John Eden,, Bassnation, Soundslike, Rambler, Hal, Heatwave, Wayne Marshall, Naphta and DJ Flack – for their excellent contributions. And, of course, thanks to everyone who listens. A second series looks likely, but for now Blogariddims will be taking rest.

This is an end and a beginning of sorts for myself as well. After a long and frustrating musical impasse (simultaneously, too intimate and too distant), I’m feeling a new optimism and creativity, imagining possibilities beyond the constraints of any given form. The question is always how to make a break that isn’t total, that builds on the past without being glued to it. Watching many of the artists collected here find their own way has been helpful.

So this mix is about first steps into new territory and giving over to what may come. It pulls together a lot of the music and ideas that I’ve found most-exciting and least genre-bound in the last few months. Nine of the 22 tracks in this mix come from either Shackleton, kode9 or Mala, each of whom, I’ve often said, is more like a genre unto himself than a representative of any broader style or collectivity. The other major contingent here comes from Bristol in the form of tracks by Pinch, Peverelist and Rob Smith-related projects (Appleblim and Bass Clef were meant to be on here as well but didn’t fit in the end). There are also several remixes on here and a number of others would have made it into a longer mix. It’s only in the last several months that remixes by these artists have begun to appear in numbers and it seems to me that this is where some of the most innovative and interesting music is being made at the moment. Take the Villalobos remix of Shackleton; kode9’s work with the Junior Boys; or Burial’s incredible treatment of the most unlikely of sources in Jamie Woon’s ‘Wayfaring Stranger.’ There’s also the forthcoming Pole remix project with contributions from Appleblim, kode9, Peverelist and Shackleton. In each case, the artists involved are making lateral moves that open up new sonic fields and points of reference that keep the gene pool from going stagnant.

I reluctantly cut quite a few tracks in earlier stages of the mix. Kuma went to the trouble of doing me a VIP of his excellent ‘Lost in Translation’ but unfortunately it didn’t fit with the flow of the mix. ‘Vansan’ was cut for the same reason, as was Shackleton’s remix of Cutty Ranks ‘The Stopper.’ Shack’s ‘New Dawn’ and ‘Massacre’ – both absolute killers from his Scuba release – were supposed to in here, along with Burial’s remix of Jamie Woon’s ‘Wayfaring Stranger,’ Bass Clef’s version of ‘The Grind’ and one of Skream’s Marc Ashken remixes. I also tried Scuba’s ‘Frisco’ but the tone wasn’t right.

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[00:00] Ricardo Villalobos ‘Fizheuer Zieheuer Pt. 1’ (Playhouse)
[02:00] Phylyps ‘Untitled A’ Trak II (Basic Channel)
[06:15] Rhythm & Sound w/ Tikiman ‘Music a Fe Rule’ (Rhythm & Sound)
[11:30] Junior Boys ‘Like a Child’ Carl Craig Remix (Domnino)

‘Fizheuer Zieheuer’ – marching forward, pulling you along. I won’t pretend to know a lot about dub techno/minimal techno but, right now, I really like what these tracks do and the possibilities they open up. The Rhythm & Sound material I’m a bit more familiar with, but my introduction to all things in this vein was actually the first Pole album so, as usual, I’ve been working backward as much was forward. // Just a taste here but the Carl Craig mix of Junior Boys’ ‘Like a Child’ surprised me with its dubwise soul. More lovely than the good, but too cool, remixes by Alex Smoke and Morgan Geist on the JB’s previous remix 12″.

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[14:00] Henry & Louis meets Blue & Red ‘Answer’ Pinch Remix (2 Kings)
[15:30] Shackleton ‘I Want to Eat You’ (Mordant Music)
[20:00] Shackleton ‘Tin Foil Sky’ (Skull Disco)
[22:00] Mike Oldfield ‘Evacuation’ The Killing Fields OST (Virgin)

When I first heard Pinch’s version of ‘Answer’ I actually thought it was an Appleblim refix – it’s vocal hook sounding to my ears like it was saying ‘Vansan.’ Pinch has been doing a lot of exciting work lately, but little of it has made its way beyond the studio and the dancefloor. Watch for his forthcoming album to see why Bristol is probably the most exciting place for music in the UK right now. // Shackleton’s ‘I Want to Eat You’ was one of my favourites of 2006. It comes in two parts: the first is the calm before the storm, rattling percussion and raspy flutes in a delicate and tense balance. The second is all plunging bassline, crashes, ringing and voices in distress. It could easily be a meditation on human chaos unfolding beneath an air raid or a barrage of missiles. // The idea for this section actually goes back to my original plan for last year’s Blogariddims mix which formed during the Hizballah/Israeli war and would have combined Shackleton, Muslimgauze, Sandoz, early-On-U Sound, early-jungle… At the time, I was playing with Shackleton tracks – all percussion and timbral shifting – in combination the odd melodies and similarly tense themes of Mike Oldfield’s score for the film The Killing Fields. When played at 45 RPM, the section I’ve pulled from ‘Evacuation’ actually sounds like it could have come from a 1992 ‘ardkore track. Oldfield’s ‘Etude’ was orginally meant to be in the mix, but it was bumped in favour of the Polmo Polpo track.

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[23:15] RSD ‘Pretty Bright Light’ (Punch Drunk)
[25:30] Massive Music and kode9 ‘Find My Way’ (Hyperdub)
[28:00] Mala ‘Left Leg Out’ (DMZ)
[31:30] Smith & Mighty ‘B-Line Fi Blow’ (Studio !K7)

If there was reason for optimism in last winter’s release schedule, it had a lot to do with this long-anticipated pair from Mala and kode9. Together they signaled a wave of brighter, up style tunes finally moving from dubplate to vinyl and beginning to correct the emotional imbalance of commercially available tracks. // Two selections here as well from Rob Smith-related projects. ‘Pretty Bright Light’ lurches along with clattering snares that bring to mind the disjointed sounds of AWOL circa 1993. Smith & Mighty’s ‘B-Line Fi Blow’ actually dates back to 2002 but it was revived recently by Peverelist in his SubFm set. “B-line fi blow speaker box, selecta drop the needle watch the jumping jacks.” Bound to keep you skanking.

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[34:30] Junior Boys ‘Double Shadow’ kode9 Remix w/ Space Ape (Domino)
[37:15] TRG ‘Put You Down’ (Hessle Audio)

Remixes are where a lot of the most interesting experiments are taking place these days (see recent projects by Burial, Pinch, Villalobos, Skream, and, of course, the forthcoming Pole remix project). Here we have the long-awaited collaboration between kode9 and Junior Boys (although 9’s ‘Stalker’ really was the first) – a lackadaisical near-4×4, Space Ape chatter, and those dissonant synths that have been a fixture in recent kode9 material. // TRG brings sexy back with shades of El-B and Horsepower filtered Loefah and Burial.

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[39:30] Mala ‘Bury the Bwoy’ (DMZ)
[41:30] kode9 ‘Magnetic City’ (Soul Jazz)
[42:30] Peverelist ‘The Grind’ (Punch Drunk)

Derek Walmsley called ‘Bury the Bwoy’ a ‘menacing warrior charge that recalls the more primal reaches of On-U Sound’s catalogue. Crazy D called it ‘the wonky donkey.’ ‘Walkin with Jah’ (Soul Jazz 135-12) may have been the first of Mala’s ‘gallop’ tracks to see a release but ‘Bury the Bwoy’ and ‘Left Leg Out’ are the more convincing statements of departure from halfstep via routes other than 4×4, breaks and 2step. Other Mala tracks in this vein include ‘Hunter,’ along with ‘Forgive’ and ‘Unexpected’ (many them dating back to 2004/5 but only now being released), but the vivid, end-of-days, edge-of-consciousness haze of ‘Bury the Bwoy’ make it the real show stopper. // With its fittingly Ballard-esque title, kode9’s ‘Magnetic City’ conjures a different sort of haze: powerplant-hum, a city lighting the night, escaped signal and current dancing in the atmosphere. Pure electricity. // Peverelist’s ‘The Grind’ was like a breath of spring air when it arrived unexpectedly in my mailbox over the winter. It has since become a focal point of speculations on genetic mutation.

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[44:00] Substance & Vainqueur ‘Immersion’ (Scion Versions)
[46:30] Mala ‘Forgive’ (Deep Medi)

New Basic Channel-style dubby techno pitched to +8 makes for an unexpectedly good fit with this Mala galloper. ‘Forgive’ can come off a bit pious but it really is gorgeous. Built for introspective, eyes-closed skanking during the early morning plateau.

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[52:00] Shackleton ‘You Bring Me Down’ (Skull Disco)
[57:00] Polmo Polpo ‘Like Hearts Swelling’ (Constellation)
[64:00] Burial ‘Gutted’ (Hyperdub)

‘You Bring Me Down’ is one of Shackleton’s most subtle and accomplished tracks to date, a patient, continually shifting timbral antiphony. Like ‘Magnetic City’ it is immersive, more spatial than linear. It never drops, instead unfolding and folding back like a fevered dash through unfamiliar flora, surrounded by unseen rattles and whispering trees. // I saw Polmo Polpo perform in Ottawa in late-2003, the tracks from Like Hearts Swelling set to black and white films of parachutists who would pause mid-drop to be burned from the middle-outward by an overheated projector bulb. A break from his earlier experiments in noisy minimal techno, the luau-drenched tracks on this album paint images of bodies lingering on a cool Hawaiian beach at dusk, vacation dreams falling short, cold bathing suits clinging to chilled skin. By contrast, the title track is all simmering undulation – the heat, liquifying horizons, and time slowing by infinite degrees. // “Have rested and am moving south. All is well…”

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Most of the releases in this mix can be found (mainly on vinyl) at Rooted Records, Chemical or Boomkat. The Skull Disco discography to date can be bought on CD or vinyl direct from Some mp3 versions are available at

15 Responses to “Blogariddims 24 : Moving South”

  1. Ben UFO Says:

    Looks like a great mix 🙂

    Excellent commentary as well. Only one thing – I’m not 100% but I think Walking With Jah is an older Coki tune. I was surprised at first too, but it seems to make sense if you check those strange radiophonic style, haunting melodies…

  2. paul Says:

    Thanks a lot Ben! Funny about the TRG track – it was going to be “Broken Hearts” right until the last minute.

    The label on “Walkin’ With Jah” just says “M. Lawrence” so I’m pretty sure it’s a Mala tune.

  3. kek Says:

    “Bristol is probably the most exciting place for music in the UK right now.” – being a West Country boy meself, you’ve no idea how great it is hear that phrase!! 🙂

  4. Kuma Says:

    fucking brilliant.

  5. Puffin Jack Says:

    nice looking mix mate, good to see lots of Bristol tuneage on there. We are really lucky over here in the west, for years there was a dirth of good music and a complete dominance of second rate d’n’b. There were of course exceptions to this rule, but for the most part there was very little. We now have very strong dubstep and techno scenes, with a healthy crossover between the two. My mates put on Appleblim at the weekend who played a wicked set of proper minimal techno and some tastefull old skool hardcore, sounded bloody marvelous! With dubstep tentatively reaching out to techno (and vice versa) it means the sound can develop and hopefully not end up in a dead end like d’n’b. Keep up the good work…

  6. selector-dub-u Says:

    niceness 🙂 keep up the good work paul.

  7. Don Rosco Says:

    Savage looking mix. Pon the DL!

  8. AndiChapple Says:

    hi Paul – thanks very much for putting that mix together and going through the labour of getting it ready to post & getting it available, it’s work that puts a lot of people off. I’ve listened through a couple of times now and very much enjoyed it.

    is it true what the Feedburner description says about it being an Ableton mix? if so, I wonder if that is responsible for any of the slightly relentless feel the mix has for me – less of the unavoidable human error in beat matching where the DJ’s body sometimes insists on a slight pull back in tempo even when that wasn’t the plan … part of it must be your choice of what sounds like the party end of the music compared to the stuff I’ve managed to get hold of (and the fact that I’ve never heard it mixed in a club) but I’m used to a bit more of the half-step, waves-in-treacle feel. whatever, I enjoyed hearing that energy and I’m grateful to have been shown a side of dubstep I’d not really been aware of.

    I enjoyed the four-on-the-floor beginning, you can’t go wrong with that stuff if you ask me; I liked the end, although it seemed to run into the buffers a bit. going by one or two hints on your site, was the spoken-word bit written by JG Ballard? it didn’t sound like him reading though …

    thanks again mate, and I’ll be checking back to catch your next mix!

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  10. paul Says:

    Thanks for the kind words everyone.

    @ AndiChapple

    Thanks for the comments. It is indeed an Ableton mix and that relentlessness is something I’ve been playing with in my last few mixes, trying to layer and sequence things with a greater degree of intensity than one (especially me) could achieve with vinyl. If you’re interested in the more languid end of dubstep I have one from last year called Autonomic Computing –

    “I liked the end, although it seemed to run into the buffers a bit.”

    That could either be a fault or a success on my part. Derailing dubstep and opening onto somethng rather more formless was the main idea for me on this one. In the end, I’m not sure that the Polmo Polpo bit makes a lot of structural sense in the mix but it certainly does reflect my changing relationship to the music – pulling back from the overcoded and rigidly formed, and moving into something less certain.

  11. Laurent Says:

    Great mix, thanks again.

    ‘I actually thought it was an Appleblim refix – it’s vocal hook sounding to my ears like it was saying ‘Vansan.’ ‘

    ha ha, so i did I until i read your comment. Thanks for clearing that one up for me. Now whenever I hear the track I can actually hear the voice saying answer and not vansan.

    keep up the good work, always inspiring.


  12. Eamonn / D1 Says:

    Great to hear Mike Oldfield’s Killing Fields in there !!!

  13. kilian Says:

    Brilliant, brilliant mix. Fizheuer and Trak II is brilliant

  14. krakabash Says:

    Excellent mix.

    And Most Excellent track listing, etc!!!

  15. looj Says:

    this mix has been in constant rotation since i picked it up as part of Blogariddims v1.0. am listening to it now…much thanks