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Shufflin’ It Up

This mix is a little different to usual. I’ve been having some Ableton lessons from DirtBox Crew ( http://artist.to/dirtboxcrew ) who play Spiral Tekno & Drum n Bass. I thought it would be nice to whack one of their tunes into the podcast… Trouble is – I usually play about 130bpm house and their music is 180bpm, so there’s a few pitch shifts in this mix. Goes from house to Techno to drum n bass and ends with some nice old skool hardcore. At Shuffle ( http://groups.to/shuffle ) we try to be musically openminded and hate the pigeon-holing and stuck-up-yer-arse attitude that is all too prevalent in the music industry. So here you have Wez G, Shufflin’ It Up. Hope you enjoy! :::TRACKLISTING::: 1.Radiohead – Street Spirit (Funkagenda Mix) [White] 2.Johan Ilves – Wrong Number (Greg Kobe Remix) [Whoop Records] 3. Moby – Pale Horses (Gui Boratto’s Last Window Remix) [Little Idiot] 4. Stan Kolev – Shana (Deep Cinema Mix) [Plastica] 5. Sasha – Chemistry [White] 6. Sam Ball – Kamekaze (Original) [i-fi Music] 7. Erphun – 2wo Butterflies (Quivver Remix) [Therapy Music] 8. Ulrich Schnauss – On My Own [Global Underground] 9. Dirtbox Crew – Dirty Data Recorders [Kaotek Wreckords] 10. Die – Play it for Me [V Recordings] 11. Roni Size – Brown Paper Bag (Original) [Talkin’ Loud Classics] 12. Roni Size & Die – The Calling [V Recordings] 13. Rhythm Quest – Closer to Your Dreams (Hybrid Mix) [Network Records] Wez G – Shufflin' It Up by Wezg on Mixcloud

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Summer Shiftin’

Summer is upon us. Festival season, bar-b-q’s, beaches and sunshine. This mix has a lot of remixes of big bands and also showcases some of the talent we are working with at Shuffle. Following the tracklisting are links to buy some of the tracks. Also – this is the first mix which includes a Wez G production… Doesn’t quite fit with the standard of the rest of the music but I’m happy with Paptrap at this early stage. Get a loud sound system, load up on some bevvies and blast your neighbours away to the sounds of ‘Summer Shiftin’! :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Minus Blue ft. Emma Saville – Be As One (Original) [Phunctional Loungin] 2. Chris Reece – Overflow (Original Mix) [Enormous Tunes] 3. Chris Isaak – Dubbed Out Games (Trentmoller Remix) [White] 4. Telefon Tel Aviv – You Are The Worst Thing in the World (Sasha Invol2ver remix) [White] 5. DJ Lion – Mania (Underground Sound of Bulgaria) [Remixator Records] 6. Wez G – Paptrap [Shuffle Records] 7. Andrelli Blue – Transparent feat. Hila (Jody Wisternoff Remix) [Armada Music] 8. Victor Imbres & Tricia Lee Kelshall – Feel That (Original Mix) [Greenlight Recordings] 9. PJ Doherty – The Voice [Harlem Trax] 10. Radiohead – Everything in its Right Place (Paul Oakenfold New 2008 Remix) [White] 11. Danny Howells – Laid Out (Fully Horizontal Mix) [Dig Deeper] 12. Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal (Acapella) [White] 13. Denis A – Cuba (Original Mix) [DAR] 14. Michael Jackson – Mama Say, Mama Say (Wanna Be StartinG Something Sample Loop) [White] 15. U2 – With Out U Or With U 2008 (S.T. Unreleased Remix) [White] You can buy/download the following tracks using the links: Wez G – Paptrap – Free Download: http://www.last.fm/music/Wez+G/_/Paptrap Victor Imbres & Tricia Lee Kelshall – Feel That – http://tinyurl.com/tlk10 (itunes) Minus Blue ft. Emma Saville – Be As One – http://tinyurl.com/mblue1 (itunes) Shuffle on! Wez G – Summer Shiftin' by Wezg on Mixcloud

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Getting digitized?

As I’ve clearly stated in the past: I’m a vinyl junkie. An analogue dinosaur. In the field of dance music we have often been the very first genre to embrace new technology. Indeed, more than any other musical variety, dance music and audio technology are intertwined. I have watched all this change and although it interests me a lot, when it comes to performance I am an absolute Luddite. Turning up at clubs to watch my dancefloor heroes play on CD decks makes me want to send the sparkling lights and fancy buttons hurling to the ground. Like a nineteenth century cotton mill, the pioneer CDJs 1000, lying in bits would bring a smile of satisfaction to my face. I’m told they’re sexy. I just feel that CD DJing is cheating – not so much the technology aspect, as in principal it is the same technique as vinyl DJing, but that the audience is cheated. I watch with horror as my favourite record shops close down as everyone turns to the cheaper alternative… Anyway – I have stuck to my guns regarding CDs and remain a vinylist. However, it’s not just CDs that have changed the face of DJing. One of my favourite DJs is Sasha. I remember reading several years ago how he was embracing Ableton for production. I remember picking up a (vinyl) copy of Involver in 2004 and being blown away by the ‘new’ sound. The thick bass, the really electronic feel, floor-friendly loops, perfectly cut vocals… It is an ambition to produce music and I’ve always liked the sound of Ableton. I dabbled with Cubase a few years ago but Ableton seems to be the software daddy. Shock horror – I realised that Ableton could be used for DJing. I was at a gig at the Q bar, Cardiff, and the DJ had a laptop and a complex looking MIDI controller. He was playing an Ableton Live DJ set… I trainspotted for a bit, to check how it all works… DJs are anoraks at heart and get a high watching others at work. It is the quickest way to improve your style, by studying others in action. I started to interrupt the guy by bombarding him with questions. It all looked posh and he seemed a bit snobbish, with all his fancy equipment… He was very vague and seemed to be avoiding my answers. I didn’t…

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Angels & Demons

This mix spans from laidback tribal grooves through to slamming Laurent Garnier techno. It starts off with a hot off the press forthcoming single from Shuffle Music’s very own Tricia Lee Kelshall in her awesome collaberation with up and coming producer, Adam Sheridan. Thanks to Enzo at http://www.plastic-music.co.uk for the Italian promos, part of the Plastic Fantastic Label Management project. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Adam Sheridan feat. Tricia Lee Kelshall – State of Calm (Chillout Mix) [White] 2. Presslaboys – Angel (Neverdogs & Davide Ruberto Mix) [Presslab Records] 3. Sergio Fernandez – Sarkis (Saeed Younan Remix) [Baroque] 4. Crystal Waters vs Alex Celler – Under Gypsy Woman (Sebastian Leger remix) [White] 5. Franz Ferdinand – No You Girls (Jon Disco Reversion) [Domino Recording co] 6. Dirty Knight – Black Spot on the Sun [White] 7. Djuma Soundsystem – Bipolar (Original Mix) [Rebirth Records] 8. Cristiano Vinci & Massimo Licari – Vision (Superjuno Mix) [Presslab Electro] 9. Dean Coleman – I Want You (Sultan & Ned Shepard Mix) [White] 10. Daft Funk – Around The World [White] 11. Glenn Morrison – Orange Glow EP (Charlie May Remix) [Therapy Music] 12. Worst Case Scenario – Hot Beef [Rekids] 13. Laurent Garnier – Gnanmankoudji (Horny Monster Mix) [PIAS Recordings] Wez G – Angels & Demons by Wezg on Mixcloud

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Punta Del Este

Ibiza has for long been engrained on the roadmap for travelling clubbers across the globe. In Privelege it has the largest nightclub on the planet. All the top DJs fare their way on the White Isle every summer and the closing parties have become part of nightlife’s folklore. Goa, on the west coast of India, experienced a massive rise in club tourism during the nineties. Its full moon beach parties with flowing melodic trance earned it the accolade of those slightly more adventurous beatniks. There is a war among the travelling clubber cognoscenti to find the best place on the globe for their holiday partying. Oneupmanship is a a reality… In the chillout room of Ministry of Sound or Spundae, nothing sounds better than casually dropping into the conversation about how you ‘discovered’ the latest craze in the dance music world. In this article I aim to explore one of the more exciting emerging resorts in the world which isn’t particularly familiar to European or North American clubbers. Punta Del Este is ‘the St Tropez of South America.’ On the southern tip of Uruguay this small town of about 10000 inhabitants, has long been the destination of wealthy South American playboys. Whether you are an Argentinian cattle rancher or a Colombian drug baron, the chances are your summer hols involve a nice trip to the Punta Del Este. During the southern hemisphere summer months, from December through to February, the population of this ‘village’ swells to a million holidaymakers… The population is mainly European in heritage which gives this coast an Ibizan feel. About ninety percent of people proudly trace their European ancestry, mainly to Italy and Spain. However, unlike other resort towns on the continent which cater to predominantly Europeans and North Americans, Punta del Este maintains its Latin American character. Yachts dot the harbour and glitzy bars and restaurants compliment the luxury hotels. The comfortable surroundings all pave the way for the most hedonistic nightlife in the Western hemisphere. British superclub Cream started doing events in the Punta Del Este a few years ago. Indeed, when their main club in Liverpool closed its doors, Cream still continued in Uruguay, drawing in the crème de la crème of international DJs. It is a regular tour spot and a lot of DJs such as Sasha, Paul Oakenfold and Tiesto, enjoy catching some winter sun while laying down the party beats…

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Is the DJ an artist?

DJing is a relatively new phenomenon. Sure, DJs have existed on the radio for some time, playing song selections on the radio, or providing the soundtrack to weddings and fortieth birthday parties. However, mixing as an art form emerged in the late seventies, early eighties, when DJs such as Frankie Knuckles in America, started doing live edits to underground disco music, seaming tracks together to enhance the flow of the music and boost their party-hard audiences. This was initially done using tape machines. A pair of scissors and some cellotape and your wannabee jock could splice together songs. It was a rudimentary art form but it worked. Modern DJing was born out of this tape splicing when someone realised that the highend Technics 1200 turntable which had been around since the early seventies, had a pitch control unit which enabled DJs to manipulate songs further, and begin to actually beat match and mix them together. DJing was alive and disco and early house music provided the new soundtrack of a generation. Hip Hop jumped quickly on board and the workability of the Technics turntable meant a whole new form of skilled DJs cutting and scratching tracks. Bodypopping and breakdancing was all to the beat of the Technics turntable. I need not continue with the evolution of dance music. Suffice it to say, it has run hand in hand with innovation and technology. DJing became a career option. The problem is, as is very often the case with emerging sciences, how do you categorise a DJ? Are they musicians, artists, skilled, unskilled? Are they on the same level of employment in a nightclub as a barman or cloakroom attendant? Surely they are not creative as they just use other people’s artistic skills… Are they artists in their own right? Is a DJ on a par with a violinist or a concert pianist? When you are in the company of musicians and mention that you are a DJ, scorn is usually poured upon you. You aren’t fit to lace their boots – they are skilled, you are just an operator…. I beg to differ. DJs may use other people’s music for their art (though self-produced DJ tracks are becoming more common during a mixset). Using other people’s creative material is not a new phenomenon in the field of music. Take for example a concert pianist or violinist. Surely they often play symphonies…

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Swine Flesh

Ooh dear… We’re all going to die from Pig Flu… While we wait for the disease to engulf the planet, you can get prepared by listening to the Wez G podcast. House music is like a disease and this dirty, dark, melodic, progressive number will have you rolling around in your sty’s muck… Some old classics thrown in to meet some upfront cutting edge vinyl slices. Corking, Porking House Music, to make your ears bleed… :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Perfecto Allstarz – Reach Up [Papa’s Got A Brand New Pig Bag] (Indian Summer Remix) [Perfecto] 2. Apparat – Arcadia (Sasha Invol2ver Mix) [White] 3. Charlie May – Demons Among Us [5ThirtyWest] 4. Undisputed Truth – Let the Drums Speak (Ground Earth Mix) [Plastica] 5. Bedrock – Beautiful Strange (John Digweed & Nick Muir’s Even Stranger Remix) [Bedrock Records] 6. Sunscreem – Love You More (Band of Gypsies) [S12] 7. Deadmau5 – Cat on a Leash [Mau5trap] 8. The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die (Stereo Mono Remix) [White] 9. Da Hool – Meet Her at the Love Parade (Nalin & Kane Mix) [Manifesto] 10. Kraftwerk – Tour De France (2009 Kraft mix) [White] 11. André Sobota – Self Constructive (Original) [Spectrum] 12. Lexicon Avenue – Psycho Killer [White] 13. Rone – Flesh (Sasha Invol2ver Mix) [White] Wez G – Swine Flesh by Wezg on Mixcloud

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Radio Rebelde

In February 1958, Che Guevara, a leading revolutionary in Cuba, set up Radio Rebelde, to help the cause of the July 26th movement. Led by Fidel Castro, this movement had been encamped in the hills of east Cuba, the Sierra Maestra, fighting a guerrilla war against the Cuban army forces of General Fulgencio Batista, the Cuban Dictator. This war had been waged since December 1956. A small band of exiled Cubans had returned to the island under the leadership of Fidel Castro. They sailed from Mexico aboard the Granma. A young Argentinian doctor called Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, formed an integral part of this movement. ‘Che’ would eventually lead his own column in the march out of the Sierra Maestra to the Llano in the final offensive on government forces to seize control of the Cuban cities. In the new Cuban Revolutionary Government, Che would have leading roles. His literate mind and eloquence would make him the most famous revolutionary in the world. In his later job for the Cuban government he would address the United Nations as well as form a key member of the Communist ruling elite. He was to hold the position of Minister of Agriculture and he would also be the key Cuban contact in their relations with the Soviet Union, participating in particular heavily during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. This ‘face of the revolution’ was an idealistic thinker. He was an intellectual. A thinking man’s fighter. Che had been inspired to join the July 26th movement as a result of his motorcycle travels through Latin America where he witnessed the social struggle of the poor and felt directly the effects of US imperialism. In Guatemala, Che witnessed the CIA overthrow of the régime of Jacobo Arbenz. Che had realised the importance of the CIA’s clandestine radio operation in Guatemala. They had set up a station, La Voz de la Liberación, which broadcast propaganda. In Cuba, Batista had been utilising propaganda, manipulating the course of the war, falsely reporting casualties of the Rebels, and lying to the people in general. Censorship had been introduced and correct information was difficult to determine. Several journalists had visited the Rebel bases in the Sierra Maestra but this would not suffice for the anticipated revolution. At Che’s command post, Pata de la Mesa, some radio equipment arrived and the first broadcasts of Radio Rebelde were transmitted. Radio Rebelde was…

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Beautiful Stranger

Beautiful Stranger is about that random woman you cross paths with in the street. The casual glance, the seductive smile, a breath of fresh air in an otherwise dull day. Soundtrack to your mystery encounter, ‘Beautiful stranger’ is melodic, progressive, has some lovely vocals, and finishes with some far out, imaginative guitars and chillout. The tempo of that glare, the heat of the moment, the passion of the parting… Float away into a fantasy of house music… :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Kasper Bjørk – Doesn’t Matter (The Juan Maclean remix) [Plant Music] 2. Cabin Fever Trax – Acid Party [White] 3. The Chameleon Project – Feel [Guerilla] 4. Bedrock – Forge (Tom Middleton Remix) [Bedrock Records] 5. Calvin Harris – I’m not Alone (Herves’s See You at the Festivals Remix) [Fly Eye Records] 6. Infusion – Dog Town (D-Nox & Beckers Remix) [White] 7. Deadmau5 – Brazil (2nd Edit) [Mau5trap] 8. Nootropic – I See Only You (New Nootropic mix) [Hi-Life] 9. Cabin Fever Trax – Beyond Contact [White] 10. Spooky – Candy (Original Version) [Notting Hill Music] 11. Andain – Beautiful things (Gabriel & Dresden Unplugged Mix) [Magik Muzik] 12. Sebastien Tellier – La Ritournelle [Blonde Music] Wez G – Beautiful Stranger by Wezg on Mixcloud

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James Bond: Quantum of Solace (Spanish)

James Bond es espía ingles que viaja por todo el mundo luchando contra los criminales y los enemigos del Reino Unido. El vigésimo Segundo parte de Bond se llama ‘’Quantum of Solace’. Por esa película las aventuras de alta voltaje de James Bond continúan. Bond investiga una organización que está intentando a cambiar el gobierno de Bolivia. Esta organización de criminales quiere controlar la provisión del agua en el país latinoamericano. Bond trabaja en esta película con una mujer que se encuentra en Haití. La organización se llama ‘Quantum’ y MI6 (la agencia inglesa de los espías) la descubre en Italia cuando Mr White, que está bajo interrogatorio por M, intenta asesinar el jefe de Bond. Esos criminales son mucho más peligrosos de lo imaginado. Hay naturaleza secreta y oculta de villanos de la película a diferencia de las antiguas películas con los personajes de Jaws, Blofeld y Scaramanga. El peligro de que el Mr White y su la banda tiene contactos de alto nivel en el gobierno británico y la CIA, así como en los propios empleadores de Bond. Nuestro héroe tiene que funcionar clandestinamente en contra de los deseos de su país durante la mayor parte de la historia, añadiendo al suspenso. El viaje de Bond pasa por muchos países: Haití, Austria, Italia y Sudamérica. Hay otra razón porque Bond quiera encontrar Mr White es la traición de su novia, Vesper. En Casino Royale, la anterior aventura de Bond, alguien chantaje Vesper, la mujer que amaba Bond. ¡Ahora es el momento de la revancha! La mujer de Bond en esta película se llama Camille Montes. Ella tiene un rencor personal contra la siniestra organización. El principal villano se llama Dominic Greene y es él quien proporciona la última amenaza a Bond y sus aliados. Él es el presidente de una organización ecológica llamada Greene Planet y parte de la sociedad el mal. Greene era el amante de Camille y trata de tener su asesinado. Daniel Craig juega James Bond. La mujer de Bond está jugada por la actriz Olga Kurylenko. Judi Dench es, como siempre, ‘M’. Mathieu Amalric juega Greene y dice que el modelo de su mal carácter en “la sonrisa de Tony Blair y la locura de Sarkozy.” El director se llama Marc Foster. Los productores se llaman Michael G. Wilson y Barbara Broccoli. Yo creo que ‘Quantum of Solace’ es una película buena y la…

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Justice for the 96 – Hillsborough

On April 15th 1989 Liverpool FC played an FA Cup Semi-Final fixture against Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground, Hillsborough. A disaster occurred at the ground and 96 Liverpool fans were killed. As a Liverpool fan who was 11 years old at the time, I wasn’t at the match, but watched at home on television. To watch your team go down playing football is one thing but to watch your supporters die at the match transcends any sport. It is horrific and Hillsborough is one of the greatest calamities in British history. Today is the twentieth anniversary of the disaster and like many people all over the world I will sadly be commemorating the tragedy. Twenty years on and families of the victims feel that they have not received justice. Justice for the 96 is an organisation at the heart of Liverpool football club. It is something I endorse and fully support. I am a keen fan of Liverpool and have watched many games at stadia all over the world. With my Aston Villa supporting Uncle I was actually in the seated area of the Hillsborough stadium a couple of months before the disaster watching Aston Villa play Sheffield Wednesday. From direct personal experience I can say that it was an eerie place. I didn’t feel safe going to the ground, walking through the streets of Sheffield and inside the stadium it didn’t impress me much, certainly the look of those enclosed terraces to the left of where I sat did scare me. At the time it was standard procedure due to the football violence problems in England, that fenced in pens were set up at football grounds. These pens kept supporters from invading the pitch. They were to tall to climb, especially with the way they angled back into the terraces. As a regular attender of rugby stadia I couldn’t understand why the supporters had to be stopped from going on the pitch. At rugby games the most exciting part of the match as a young fan was when the final whistle blew and you could charge onto the pitch to get your favourite players’ autographs. Football was a more sinister sport. Liverpool had been part of the Heysel Stadium disaster of 1985 where 39 people died, a clear demonstration of how dangerous a sport football can be. At Hillsborough, even though Liverpool had a larger support than Nottingham…

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Wintertime Blues

Wintertime winds blow cold the seasonFallen in love, I’m hopin’ to beWind is so cold, is that the reason?Keeping you warm, your hands touching me Come with me dance, my dearWinter’s so cold this yearYou are so warmMy wintertime love to be Winter time winds blue and freezin’Comin’ from northern storms in the seaLove has been lost, is that the reason?Trying desperately to be free Come with me dance, my dearWinter’s so cold this yearAnd you are so warmMy wintertime love to be La, la, la, la Come with me dance, my dearWinter’s so cold this yearYou are so warmMy wintertime love to be[The Doors: Wintertime Love (from Waiting for the Sun album)] Well – the long cold winter is finally over (unless you happen to be reading this in the southern hemisphere!). Vestal virgins are dancing around the sacred fire in preparations for an exciting summer of music festivals. In the UK at this time of year bands are extremely busy hounding festival promoters in order to fill up their summer calendars. The winter hibernation is over and the whole music industry comes to life. The Miami Winter Music conference has just finished and DJs and dance acts are groggily filling planes across the world, returning with their tales of mayhem, and the tracks which will be lacing the summer dancefloors from the Punta Del Este to the streets of San Antonio. The creative spirit comes alive in spring, as flowers blossom and trees flood the countryside with green luminescence from their returning leaves. Like squirrels just run out of nuts, here at KryKey we are plaguing the landscape in search of new food to feast on as we bask in the sun’s rays. At festivals across the globe there is a mad rush by emerging bands and artists to fill the bill in new stages. They need to showcase their music and gain new fans. We have decided to support these emerging artists and have opened the floor of four prime KryKey radio stations for this purpose. London Web Radio, Desert One, Oz Radio and DJ, are all seeking out music from artists to fill the airwaves. We believe that exposing new talent to the masses is a critical aspect of the music industry. Our growing radio network now has a significant impact on the music industry (there are now over 230 global KryKey radio stations) and we…

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Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge – Beauty and the Beast?

Last week the trial began of Comrade Duch, one of five former Khmer Rouge senior personnel to go before a special UN-led war crimes tribunal, investigating the atrocities that were committed in Cambodia during the 1970s. I have studied Cambodia in depth and find it a very interesting subject so I thought it opportune to include an article in the blog. The ancient Angkor kingdom prospered much during the Middle Ages and leaves us remnants today of a magnificent Khmer civilization which was highly advanced and produced some of the greatest architecture ever known to our planet. The highlight of this culture can be seen in the magnificence of Angkor Wat which is one of the most architecturally precise monuments of all time and lies locked away in the Cambodian jungle. During the 1970s, when the US was fighting the North Vietnamese, neighbouring Cambodia became involved in the conflict. As a result of Cambodian government policies at the time, the US were carpet bombing much of the country. The King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk, sided with the political opposition in an attempt to save his country from peril. With massive rural support the Khmer Rouge army, led by Pol Pot, entered the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on 17th April 1975, and seized control of the state. What followed in Cambodia is one of the most startling incidents in human history and resulted in the deaths of approximately 2 million people out of a population of 7.3 million. The Khmer Rouge were communists and had developed their political theories through the study of marxism in foreign universities. Most of the Khmer Rouge leadership had in fact studied in Paris, the capital of the former colonial masters of French IndoChina. Pol Pot, however, the regime’s leader had remained in Cambodia where he had built up his armed forces to a position whereby they were able to seize power. The Khmer Rouge had developed a version of Marxism loosely based on that of Chairman Mao, who had successfully swept his Red Army into power in China in very recent memory. The Khmer Rouge declared Cambodia as the People’s Republic of Kampuchea and set about instantly imposing their political ideals. Under the guise of protecting the people from the ongoing carpet bombing by the Americans, the Khmer Rouge forcibly removed the entire population of Phnom Penh, and indeed the other major cities, into the…

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Letztes Wochenende

I’ve been studying German for half a year now. I usually do my coursework handwritten but the last lot I typed. I thought I’d include it here. It’s only basic but I’m proud of it! Letztes Wochenende habe ich zu tun gehabt. Am samtag hat früh angefangt. Ich bin um acht Uhr aufgestanden. Mit meiner Freundin Nicola haben gefrühstückt. Dann habe ich die Deutschen Hausaufgaben abgeschlossen. Wie gewoht es gab eine Menge Hausaufgaben! Nachmittags danach ich hatte gegessen, ich bin zur Kneipe mit meinen Freunde gegangen. Leider habe ich zu viel Bier getrunken. Ich habe zu den Haus zurückgegeben. Samstag abends war meine Schlafengehen frühe. Am sonntag habe ich spät geschloffen. Deshalb nicht habe ich das Frühstück gegessen aber Nicola hat ein leckes Mittagessen gekocht. Meine Freunde, mit dene Ich bin am Samstag zur Kneipe gegangen, haben zu meinem Haus gekommt. Sie waren immer noch betrunken. Wir sind alle Fans von Liverpool. Liverpool hat gegen Aston Villa gespielt. Liverpool hat funf Tors geschießt und er hat das Spiel gewonnen. Wir waren sehr zufrieden!

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High Horses

This mix takes you on a ride across a tribal plain. It’s like you are traversing the Steppes on a flying horse, a stomping course of deep and funky beats, a journey through house finishing with some wild Arabic grooves. Saddle up and enjoy! :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Vision Masters & Tony King feat. Kylie Minogue – Keep on Pumpin’ It (Angelic Remix) [PWL Records] 2. Mooncat – Exploration (Original Journey) [Plastica] 3. Steve Lawler – Courses for Horses (Original Mix) [Renaissance] 4. Route 33 feat. Alex James – Looking Back (Redanka’s Sunlight Vocal Mix) [Motivo] 5. Jose Amnesia vs Karen overton – Your Loving Arms (Vocal Mix) [Ego Music] 6. Franz Ferdinand – Ulysses (Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve Reanimation) [Domino Recording] 7. Kurd Maverick – Ring Ring Ring [White] 8. Joey Negro – Ride The Rhythm (Joey Negro Club Mix) [Z Records] 9. DJ Eako & Robert Livesu feat. Ezara Sanders – Night Moves (EKD Mix) [P1 Records] 10. Ballroom – Remember Me [Mauritius Music] 11. U-Facilities & Sciatica – Free My Soul (Original Mix) [Harlem] 12. Hybrid – Last Man Standing (Group therapy Mix) [White] 13. Djuma Soundsystem – Les Djinns (Sven Weber Remix) [Critical Mass] Wez G – High Horses by Wezg on Mixcloud

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Kylie’s Groovy!

Being a DJ, it’s all about getting the right vinyl. The party toonage, to deliver happiness. The joy of social networking meant that me old matey (and top DJ) Dean Nightingale, pointed me to a shedload of old vinyl going for cheap on ebay. I got about 20 records for £12. Most of them were naff, but an interesting little track popped up. I must admit, I wasn’t thrilled to see a Kylie Minogue record in the pile, but on banging it on the decks, I was loving it. One of my favourite old skool tunes. Yes – it’s cheezy, but it’s also full of energy and nice Italian piano riffs. Takes me back to the party days when the ecstasy was proper and dancefloors truly rocked. Check out the Youtube above and set your living rooms ablaze with gurns and strange robotic movements… I’m doing a podcast later in the week so I’ll slam it on there… And of course – make sure you catch Wez G playing a load of classics at The Tippling, Caldicot for Journeys Through House on April 11th.

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This is Serbia Calling

In a previous blog, I discussed the impact of Radio Caroline, how it altered the status quo for British radio. Here, I wish to present to you a book which had a deep impact on me and inspired me to become involved with internet radio broadcasting. The book is ‘This is Serbia Calling’ by Matthew Collin. It is a factual account of the history of independent Belgrade radio station B92 during the Balkans conflict. During the nineties, Europe was engulfed by its worst conflict since the Second World War. The breakup of the former-Yugoslavia turned into an horrifically bloody ethnic conflict. Religion separated the ethnic groups of Yugoslavia and the dark aspects of humanity presented themselves to the inhabitants as Serbian and Bosnian orthodox christians fought with Croatian and Bosnian Roman Catholics and Bosnian / Kosovan Muslims. The religious divide went back to the times of the Ottoman Empire and had always been a simmering bowl of contention but during the communist years of Yugoslavia and the protection of the Soviet Union, somehow the population had remained glued together. Political upheavals led to a rise in nationalism during the early nineties and the fragile bonds broke, releasing the full fury of suppressed anger amongst the ethnic populations as they fought for power in the region. To read more about the conflict I highly recommend Tim Judah’s book ‘The Serbs’ which provides a detailed factual analysis of the ensuing war. ‘This is Serbia Calling’ is a case study of the remarkable work of independent radio station B92. It was run by youth and developed into an active resistance movement as the war progressed. During times of conflict the power of media becomes elevated. The history of warfare has been dotted by technological media movements. Propaganda is an essential part of warfare and masters of propaganda are usually in the boss seat during a conflict. Ideological dissemination is vital to all sides of the conflict. What B92 did was to use their radio station to express the youth’s anger with the horrific happenings in their nation. It was a station which transcended the ethnic divides that were ruining Yugoslavia. A discontented youth movement emerged that would shake the very foundations of the empire that Slobodan Milosevic was attempting to create in Belgrade. The voice of the revolution was born and B92 was at the critical cultural edge. The DJs sought to keep…

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I’m an addict

I have an addiction. A proper addiction. It’s untreatable. There is no cure. I am a junkie. I hang around in darkened alleys, change jingling in my pocket, waiting for the dealer’s shop to open. I rush in and start filtering through the shelves. I am a vinyl junkie and record stores are where I score my fix. It’s a strange addiction, I know. People laugh and don’t recognise the condition. But it exists, I swear. Black plastic gives me a buzz. Has done since I was ten years old. All of my spare money goes on this disgusting habit. But it’s beautiful. I love needles in the groove and the sound of dustmites crackling in the speakers. Vinyl is not just a habit, it is a passion. People think that DJing is all about glamour. They read in their glossy clubbing magazines about Paul Oakenfold, Sasha and John Digweed, touring the world, hanging out in swanky nightclubs and getting paid a small fortune for doing so. I tell you – they suffer the same craving as any other proper DJ. They like nothing more than getting their hands dirty, flicking through record racks, in search of that ultimate rarity. The picture disc, the deleted album, the white label. DJing isn’t just a technical ability. As a technical skill it’s actually quite easy. If you can count you can beatmatch. Simple as. Anyone can flick a crossfader. The art of DJing is to inject passion into your skill. Selecting tunes for the audience, to educate and entertain is the artform. Danny Tengalia wrote quite a few years ago about ‘finding the groove’. He performed marathon ten hour DJ sets and therefore should truly understand a dancefloor. It’s all about seaming tunes together in a constant groove. To do that, you need to know your music inside out. A DJ I once worked with, Anthony Pappa, impressed me a lot. He had risen to stardom by winning the DMC Mix championship. I warmed up for him and was pleased to do the honour. He arrived, same as any other professional DJ, courteous, nice greeting, appreciative nod to the sounds you were spinning. He then cast open his box, to prepare his set. DJs are nosy animals and I couldn’t help looking at his tunes. They were all marked up with stickers. I’d seen BPM labelling previously, but Pappa’s was different. They…

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Camembert

Camembert is made from unpasteurised cow’s milk, and is ripened by the moulds Penicillium candida and Penicillium camemberti for at least three weeks. It is produced in small rounds, about 350 grams (.55 lb) in weight, which are then typically wrapped in paper and packaged in thin wooden boxes. When fresh, it is quite crumbly and relatively hard, but characteristically ripens and becomes softer and strongly flavoured as it ages. 1. Thugfucker – Knightrider [Reykjavik Massive Music] 2. M83 – Coleurs (Sasha Invol2ver Mix) [White] 3. Depeche Mode – Only When I Lose Myself (Lexicon Avenue Mix) [White] 4. Josh Wink – Jus’ Right [Ovum] 5. Joey Negro – Make a Move on Me (Soul Avengerz Remix) [Hed Kandi] 6. Fabio Gianelli – Trinidad e Tobago [Thirtyonetwenty] 7. Josh Wink – What used to be called used to be [Ovum] 8. Noir – My MTV (The Dolphins Remix) [Toolroom Records] 9. Dire Straits – Flashing for Money (Deep Dish mix) [White] 10. Yoshimoto – Do What U Do (Markus Shulz Remix) [iO Music] 11. Underground Sound of Lisbon – So Get Up (Phunk Investigation Turbolento Mix) [Twisted] Wez G – Camembert by Wezg on Mixcloud

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Liverpool victorious in clash of titans

When the draw for the first knockout round was recently made, a shiver of excitement ran down my spine. Liverpool drew Real Madrid. It was to be a two-legged clash of European titans. Real Madrid are the most succesful side ever in the European Cup, having lifted the ultimate club football trophy on no less than nine occasions. Liverpool rank third in the overall list with their satisfying tally of five European Cups. As a Liverpool fan, playing the big sides inspires me not with fear but with eager anticipation. You cannot gauge your team when they play poor footballing sides. When they play a really decent side, you see the true game of football, where players are fired up and the beautiful game flows. This would be the biggest game in European football for many years, perhaps even eclipsing the two finals Liverpool have played against AC Milan in recent years. Milan are sandwiched between us and Madrid in second place of the overall European Cup League. Milan are seven times winners. Real Madrid last met Liverpool in the 1981 European Cup Final in Paris which Liverpool won to lift their thrid European Cup. Matches between these two giants are therefore rare and something to be cherished. Rafael Benitez is a lifelong supporter of los Blancos and used to work for them so the fixture took on extra importance for him. Madrid came into the fixture with an impressive run of domestic form under their new coach, Juan de Ramos. They were unbeaten in nine games. Liverpool’s league form has been faltering since Christmas and they have all but surrendered their chances of winning domestically to Manchester United. This placed the importance of the European knockout stages at a premium. Our season’s business this year is the European Cup. it’s the only realistic trophy we are able to still win. Appetite whetted, the first game took place at the legendary Bernabeu a fortnight ago. At the Santiago Bernabeu, Yossi Benayoun scored an 82nd minute winner to score a landmark victory in one of the toughest places to visit in world football. Real Madrid had to now brave the gauntlet that is Anfield on a European night, in order to salvage their European season. Tonight’s match saw the mighty redman set out their stall from the start, putting immense pressure on los Galacticos and defending their lead. Fernando Torres scored…

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Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch (Sasha – Invol2ver remix)

I featured this track on the Wez G Podcast episode, Fire and Brimstone about a month ago. It’s just such a catchy track and I cannot get it out of my head. Much better than the original Ladytron version. It gets right into your head, this one – follows you everywhere! I thought I’d blog it up so I ain’t the only fool wandering around ‘destroying everything I touch‘ If you want to buy it on vinyl try http://www.plastic-music.co.uk where they have it on exclusive white label. The entire Sasha Invol2ver album can be bought on CD at Amazon

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Taliban House

DJ Set 16 Taliban House

Listen to Wez G – Taliban House byWez G on hearthis.at    Shuffle are always at the cutting edge of house music. Here we have created a new genre ‘Taliban House’. My boss who sidelines in tech warfare is off to Afghanistan on a sortie in a couple of weeks so I thought I’d prepare him for the trip and give him something to play in the helicopters and humvees. He’s been blown up four times in Iraq and I know Afghanistan is pretty damn dangerous so I thought I’d prepare him properly with a fired up mix. During the first gulf war, Iraqi troops at the front line were tortured with incredibly loud renditions of Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA. I’m hoping that the Wez G Taliban House will go down a bit better with the enemy and maybe help bring peace to the region. They might lay down their arms and get grooving in the caves. Who knows? It’s worth a try. Look out for a Wez G Shuffle gig at Bagram Army base in the very near future… :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Jim Morrison – To Come of Age [Elektra] 2. The Disco Evangelists – De Niro (The Journey – 93 E.Q.) [Positiva] 3. Fluke – Atom Bomb (Atomix 3) [Virgin] 4. The Chemical Brothers – Galvanise [Virgin] 5. Thievery Corporation – Warning Shots [ESL Music] 6. Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life [Becket Records] 7. Black Box – Ride on Time (Original 12” Mix) [S12] 8. Adamski – Killer [P&C] 9. Meeker – Save Me (Futureshock Mix) [Underwater] 10. Superchumbo – The Revolution (Volta Vocal Mix) [Twisted] 11. David Guetta feat JD Davis– The World is Mine (Deep Dish Remix) [Virgin] 12. Ladytron – You Destroy Everything You Touch (Sasha Invol2ver Mix) [White] 13. The Doors – This is The End (Dirty South Mix) [White] 14. Trafik – Surrender (Trafik’s No Retreat No Surrender Mix) [Global Underground] 15. Slacker – Scared (The Lonely Traveller) [Loaded] 16. Lost – Final Faze Mix [White] 17. Dee Patten – Who’s the Bad Man (Sound System Mix) [Hard Hands] 18. 2 Bad Mice – Bombscare (Original Mix) [Moshed] 19. The Doors – The End [Elektra]   KryKey Blog article: http://krykeywebradio.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/taliban-house-by-wez-g.html Wez G – Taliban House by Wezg on Mixcloud

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KryKey Website translation blurbs

I’ve been using linguistic skills and writing up blurbs for the international KryKey websites. Here are some (in addition to Chinese already posted): French, Spanish, Italian, German. Translating is an area where I aim to do a lot more future work… If you might be interested is using my services please get in touch. Bienvenue à vous! Nous nous appelons KryKey et nous sommes un nouveau service internet où vous pouvez créer ou écouter à votre propre station de Radio. En ce moment il existe à KryKey les stations de radio partout dans le monde: aux États-Unis, en Australie, en Grande Bretagne, en Russe, et en Chine. Naturellement, nous voudrions prendre le service de KryKey à la belle France; aux emissions et aux auditeurs, tous les deux. La radio sur l’internet est un service qui se développe rapidement. Nous sommes contents et fiers d’introduire le KryKey à la France et les pays francophones. http://www.krykey.com ¡Bienvenido a KryKey! Somos un Nuevo servicio de web donde se puede crear o escuchar su propria emisora de radio. Ahora, en Krykey, hay emisoras por todas partes del mundo: los Estados Unidos, Australia, Inglaterra, Rusia y China. Sobre todo, queremos dar el servicio KryKey al mundo hablante español, por ambos los oyentes y locutores. La radio sobre el internet progresa de prisa. Estamos contentos y orgullosos de presentar KryKey al mundo español. http://www.krykey.com Benvenuto a KryKey! Siamo un nuovo servizio dell’internet dove Lei può creare o ascoltare la sua propria stazione radio. Adesso, a KryKey, sono programme dappertutto il mundo: I Uniti d’America, l’Australia, il Regno Unito, la Russia e la Cina. Soprattutto, vogliamo offrire il servizio KryKeyal mundo Italiano, ai entrambi ascoltatori e trasmissione. La radio all’internet sviluppare rapidamente. Siamo soddisfatti e fieri de presentare KryKey alla Italia. http://www.krykey.com Wilkommen zu KryKey!Wir sind ein neu Dienst im Internet wo Sie können Ihr eigenes Radio schaffen und hören. Jetzt es gibt zu Krykey Sendung in die ganze Welt: die Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika, Australien, das Vereinigtes Königreich, Russland und China. Vor allem, wollen wir dem KryKey Dienst zu die Hörer und zur Rundfunkund Fernsehpersönlichkeit ins Deutschland bringen. Das radio im Internet entwickelt schnell. Wir sind glücklich und stolz. Wir stellen KryKey ins Deutschland vor. http://www.krykey.com

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A New Dawn?

I conduct a lot of research into esoteric knowledge on mind control techniques, psychic ability and centralised one world government system control. The internet is a minefield for this type of research and based on a lot of my personal experiences I have been drawn into the murky world of information mining. This article is presented with a few of these thoughts in mind. It hopes to awaken some of the reader’s ideas, encourage him to conduct further research and prepare himself for the dangers indentified for today’s world and tomorrow’s future. We live in a technological age. That is for certain. New technologies have, since the last century, developed at an accelerated rate and the rate of change just keeps increasing. My grandparents grew up in an age where globalisation was limited. They lived through the Second World War, survived rationing, relied on traditional media such as books and newspapers and saw the emergence of radio as a commercial medium. The world was a lot smaller a place. Travel wasn’t as cheap and easy, and technologies, although significant, didn’t allow for the communication as we see it presently. The world was not an ideal place. As I mentioned the Second World War dominated the mid century. Conflicting ideologies had arisen and men across the world shed their blood in the name of freedom. After the war we entered a nuclear era and a cold war which sparked a rapid succession of technological developments. Aside from the nuclear weapons technology, man developed the ability to travel to the moon and consumers saw their lives changed with the advent of television. By the 1980s, the computer age loomed. We have skipped on 30 years with computers becoming a dominant force in our lives. New tech such as mobile phones, sat nav systems and laptops are now essential consumer items throughout the world. The ability to communicate has never been wider. When I grew up, we just started learning about computers in school and most people had access to old machines for gaming and simple programming. The youth of today is surrounded by this new technology and absorbs it at an incredible rate. Their education is now reliant on computing and new technologies. Tomorrow’s world is daunting as adults today who are only just becoming computer literate will be far surpassed by the next generation’s tech abilities. It may appear scary, it…

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Radio Caroline – Pirate Radio

Radio Caroline – Pirate Radio The sixties saw a massive boom in popular music. It was the golden age of Rock n’Roll. The youth of the world had a voice, and despised as it often was by the authorities, rock and roll redefined global culture. The birth of Pop music created a huge broadcast requirement. Vinyl making factories boomed as billboard artists fought for market share. Consumer society had a new outlet and the music industry seized control. In order to generate sales and introduce new music to the masses, a strong, effective medium was needed. Radio came into its own and Rock and Roll stations sprung up across America, beaming the controversial culture to the enthralled audience. In the UK there was no pop music radio station. Yet Britain was a country at the cutting edge of the revolution with the Beatles riding on a global crest of a wave. America had an easier time with its expansive commercial radio networks, though seizing the airwaves for pop music was not without its own battles there. In Britain the radio network was in government hands and tightly regulated. Radio Caroline looked for the loophole and found it in setting up an offshore broadcast, thus avoiding terrestrial regulations. Ronan O’Rahilly and Oliver Smedley set up radio Caroline, named after President Kennedy’s daughter, and began broadcasting in international waters 5km off Felixstowe on 28th March 1964. It was not the first maritime radio broadcast. The Americans had conducted maritime radio stations since the 1930s. Also, in the North Sea, the Dutch and the Swedes had set up maritime radio during the 1950s. However, Radio Caroline was the first English language broadcast in the area and was specifically a pop music broadcast channel. Quickly dubbed ‘pirate radio’, Radio Caroline battled with the technologies and began to rapidly acquire a huge listenership. Logistically, running maritime broadcasts was a costly affair, in terms of finance, equipment, staff and dealing with constantly changing regulations. To generate income, Radio Caroline relied on advertising revenue and also subbed itself out to evangelical and religious broadcasts. As a business it was more a cutting edge technology, a disruptive technology, a people’s technology, rather than a money-making venture. As a cultural enterprise it was very successful. It gave birth to the careers of such legendary DJs as Tony Blackburn, Johnnie Walker, Dave Lee Travis and Tony Prince. From day one,…

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