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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

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] 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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