Late Night Stargazing

The Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip track I posted on Wenesday certainly met with a mixed reaction, mostly positive, so I thought I’d follow up with this, lifted from the first album of the three they have released so far, Angles.

The music from this revolves around a pretty brutal but awesome¬†sample of Radiohead’s Planet Telex, the opening track from their 1995 album The Bends.

It is, as Joey Tribbiani might say, a real thinker:


Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Letter From God To Man

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Late Night Stargazing

There are so many wonderful versions of tonight’s tune, that, having decided it was going to be the song that I would post, landing on whose interpretation of the Dan Penn and Chips Moman composition took a little¬†longer.

Ultimately, it was came down to either¬†Afghan Whigs’ version, or the one I finally plumped for. This one:


The Flying Burrito Brothers – Dark End of the Street

I look forward to being told why I picked the wrong version by y’all at your leisure.

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Late Night Stargazing

Something a little different tonight.

If you’re especially cool, and¬†just happened to be at a loose end¬†on New Year’s Eve, like all the cool kids did, then doubtless you will have found that there was a new option in the short list of things to do to greet the New Year in.

For as 2017 turned into 2018, as well as the usual choices of getting drunk, sleeping and watching Jools Holland’s Hootenanny,¬† this year there was the added possibility of listening to Erol Alkan on 6Music. He’s also been standing in for Gilles Peterson for the past few¬†Saturday afternoons on the same channel.

Erol’s been a bit of a hero of mine for quite a few years now, ever since me and¬†a little gang of my mates ventured up to a holiday camp in Southport for something called Global Gathering around 15 years ago, and I stumbled across him playing in one of the side rooms.

Alkan is renowned for playing DJ sets which refuse to conform to the standard idea of what a club DJ should be playing, and so it was on this occasion that amongst all of the beaty dance stuff, he dropped tunes like The Cure’s The Walk,¬†The Cult’s She Sells Sanctuary, and Madonna’s Vogue.

I love him, but he’s an Arsenal fan, so I can never¬†truly submit.

Shortly afterwards, back in Cardiff, I was browsing the racks in the now sadly defunct Fopp! when they started playing a mix CD, which piqued my interest. To save anyone’s embarrassment by having to ask the staff, or possibly to limit the amount of time staff spoke to nerdy shoppers, there was a “Now Playing” sign on the counter, with the CD case leaning against it. I knew I had to have it as soon as Soulwax’s E Talking (Nite Versions) featured, and moments later I was striding towards the counter, double CD set clutched in my hand.

The cute girl at the till gave me a knowing look. She knew that I had fallen into the trap, taken the bait she had laid.

“Good choice,” she said, scanning the barcode, a knowing smile playing across her lips.

“So it sounds,” I replied, thinking how clever I’d been to not say “So it seems”¬†like normal people do, the losers, but to change it to “So it sounds” because¬†I could hear the CD I was buying as we spoke.

The conversation went no further and¬†like many other women I’ve met she didn’t sleep with me, but on the plus side I owned an absolutely wonderful¬† double mix CD.

The CD in question was Erol Alkan’s Bugged Out/Bugged In CD, and this is CD2, the 75 minute long Bugged In Mix. The Bugged¬†Out Mix is full of party bangers, the Bugged In Mix is somewhat quieter.

Some of the songs, or different versions of them, may have featured here before, but I thought of posting them all by myself and without any help or inspiration, honest.


Erol Alkan – A Bugged In Selection

Get it whilst my bandwidth can cope.

More soon.

Late Night Stargazing

Last weekend, Channel 4 showed Amy, the documentary about the rise and fall of the wonderfully talented Amy Winehouse.

It’s an incredibly moving piece, charting the troubles with drink and drugs that she¬†faced as she fell in with the wrong crowd, at the same time as she suddenly found herself thrust into the limelight.

It’s made all the sadder by the fact that we all know how the story ends, even more so because her untimely demise is immediately preceded by the news that she was finally sorting herself out and had got herself clean.

If you haven’t seen it, it’s still on All 4 for another ten days.

Here’s one of hers:


Amy Winehouse – Love is a Losing Game

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Late Night Stargazing

Last year, as they were looking for something new to watch on TV, I recommended the third series of Fargo, which was just about to air at the time, to my parents.

Generally,¬†there’s an overlap in our TV tastes, although Dad watches far too many of those American Pickers¬†or fly-on-the-wall documentaries about customs officials than I can stand, and Mum can’t miss Coronation Street or Strictly, but often when it comes to dramas there’s a consensus about the kind of things we like, so I felt on fairly safe ground with this recommendation.

They were initially sceptical, mostly because they were concerned that, since they hadn’t seen the first two seasons of the show, they wouldn’t know what was going on, but I managed to allay their fears, and I think they enjoyed it. Certainly, there were enough positive noises to lead me to buy them the box-sets of Series 1 and 2 for Christmas, which I have told them are much better than Series 3. For whilst the latest¬†series was good, the first two – the second in particular – are magnificent.¬†I’m expecting the feedback soon.

I spent a good few weekends revisiting the first two series on Netflix recently, and you won’t be in the least bit surprised to learn that one of the things I was reminded that I love about the show is the soundtrack.

Here’s a cheerful example from Season 2, which some of you may also recognise from the Coen Brothers’ O Brother Where Art Thou:


Ralph Stanley – O Death

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Late Night Stargazing

Happy Belated New Year!

Apologies for the dead air for the past few day, I’ve been laid up with the flu (again), and, even more seriously, without internet access all week down to some little tykes messing with a BT box round the corner from me.

Anyway, this is a rather lovely way to kick off the new year, a bit of Britpop trip-hop, and the closing track from Sneaker Pimps “Becoming X” album (unless you have the reissue which has a remix of “6 Underground” at the end, that is).

You may know this from a rather fine version which Doves did a few years back, or¬†perhaps you’ll be familiar with¬†the¬†one which appears in a *ahem* quite memorable scene from the original release of “The Wicker Man”…you’ll know what I mean if you’ve seen it….


Sneaker Pimps – How Do

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