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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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