Sunday, 22 February 2009

I Want You To Make Me Go Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, or Another Mix

So, the last mix I did was very relaxed - almost classical in parts. And while that was all very pleasant, it wasn't going to get you dancing, which is the point of this mix. Download it. Turn your stereo up LOUD. Share it with the neighbours. They'll thank you for it, I promise.

Must Be a Devil - Diplo
Crimewave (Sinden Remix) - Crystal Castles vs Health
I Believe (Switch Remix) - Simian Mobile Disco
Overpowered (Herve and Roisin In The Garden Mix) - Roisin Murphy
Stuck on Repeat (Fake Blood remix) - Little Boots
Innocence (Simian Mobile Disco 12 inch remix) - Bjork
Hardcore Girls - Count and Sinden
Rikkalicious (Club Mix) - Hervé & Kissy Sell Out
Ready For The Floor (Hot Chip V.I.P. Mix) - Hot Chip
Yeah Yeah Yeah - Dead Soul Brothers
Junk - Machines Don't Care
Il Brutto - Crookers
My Delirium (Toddla T and Ross Orton Remix) - Ladyhawke

download here

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Remastered CDs (or, Am I a sucker?)

Music is a really important part of my life. I listen to music as often as I can. I buy a lot of new music, and I also try and discover a lot of old music. What I don't really do is buy the same music twice. That would be silly.

But I must be getting old, because now, some of my favourite albums are being re-mastered and re-issued. This puts me in a quandry - Do I re-buy albums I already own? Of course, it's never quite as simple as a re-issue. There's always the tease of some bonus material. The first re-issue I bought was Peter Hooks's first band Revenge's album. One True Passion came out originally in 1990 as Peter Hook's response to Bernard Sumner taking a break from New Order to record with Bernard Sumner as Electronic. The re-issue came out on LTM in 2004 with a completely different tracklist and virtually a whole cd of unreleased material, so in my mind, this was worth buying. Last Year, I re-bought 808 State's Ex-El. The original CD is very quiet and sounds quite soft at times, so I was prepared to buy a re-mastered version of this too, especially since the second cd comes with a whole load of extra tracks and hard-to-find remixes. Soon, Saint Etienne are going to re-release their Heavenly albums. I love Saint Etienne, but can I justify re-buying their albums? I'll buy Foxbase Alpha, but that's because my copy has a scratch on the last track. I probably already own the extra material though, whatever it turns out to be. New Order have also re-issued all of their albums - I could see that I owned the bonus material, and there were stories about the discs having obvious sound faults, so I haven't even considered buying them. And just now I've read that Beth Orton's going to re-release Trailer Park, which I absolutely played to death at the time. But does it need a re-master? Perhaps Galaxy of Emptiness could do with a little shining up, but everything else? Probably not?

Anyway, I've rambled for a bit without coming to any particular point. I guess my point is that I'm not going to rush out and buy a remastered album, unless I'm in the shop, and my will is weak, and...