Archive for December, 2009

Happy New Decade!

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

To everyone in real life, on the interwang, and those reading via the magic of that Bookface thing somewhere in between: A very Happy New Year, and all the best for the next 10 coming years…

Who would have thought we’d all come such a long way in 10 years, eh?

MIHTEEL : The Bomb!

Monday, December 28th, 2009

(This is the 3rd in an occasional series of Music I Hate That Everyone Else Liked – guaranteed to make you want to hit me with your record box.  Enjoy!)

If there’s one word that can describe a lot of UK house music from the mid-90s, it’s flaccid.  Whilst European ravers pummelled their ears with the massively tuned kick-drums of gabber, British clubbers bopped apologetically to beats that wouldn’t burst a paper bag.  Leading this Charge of the Wet Brigade were The Bucketheads and their tedious anthem The Bomb!

Kenny Dope presents The Bucketheads – The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)

Another grand example of house glued together with irritating sound-effects, The Bomb!‘s repertoire comprises some kind of alarm noise and a clipped sample of some yelping ladies, presumably excited by the tune’s unique percussive stylings of a haddock being slapped against a clothes-horse.  It’s the 9-minute version from the Positiva Classics series that’s forever etched on my brain; it’s not so much the eternal build-up that’s galling – though it’s bad enough – but the let-down when you get there.  4-or-so minutes of wiggling to a frenzied yet random arrangement of the aforementioned three samples should be paid off with a little more than a man with a bugle, and then some more of those three samples.  Not even a vocal lifted from Chicago can lift it for me, guys.  Sorry. Even after recent listening, why people ever liked this remains beyond me.

It’s not all bad news.  Michael Moog took the basic melodic idea, chucked out all the FX, added some more sensitive percussion and released a more satisfying albeit cocktail-loungey version in That Sound.  It has a chunkier if typical Full Intention remix-by-numbers on the flip and is generally worth seeking out if you’re desperate for some of this riff in your life.

Snow on the range

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Just thought I’d share a couple of pics of around my house from a day or so before Xmas:

Jingle all the way

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

A lazy afternoon of bingo awaits.  I lie in my old room surrounded by the accumulated trappings of previous years and wonder how on earth I’m going to fit all the old extraneous stuff from my flat back in here temporarily.

Christmas has been pleasant as usual, if a little rushed, thoughI can finally let my proverbial hair down at least – I’ve got a new place in Hammersmith from mid-January.  (Pictures when I move in, though if you know me personally you can harass me in advance.)

So, Merry After-Boxing-Day Day, and here’s to next week’s new decade.  (Lawks – it’s almost like growing up.)

Snow Business

Monday, December 21st, 2009

The view from outside my office right now…