I hate snakes, but I love Tensnake (above). Resident Advisor haveĀ  (yet again!) inspired one of the finest mixes I’ve heard. Walking the well-trod path between disco and houseĀ  Tensnake manages to make this immense hour and eighteen minutes entirely his own. It also features one of his forthcoming releases on Permanent Vacation, called Coma Cat, which is so good I’m not going to upload it; you need to buy it. It’s a deep disco-house track reminiscent of of the Fantastic Aleems whilst retaining a contemporary big room edge and has a huge tropical breakdown that will have the dance going bonkers. Check the Soundcloud snippet below and the downloadable B-side of the main release.


Coma Cat Soundcloud snippet

Tensnake Myspace


RA. 187 Tensnake

I Need your Loving (Vocal Version) – Tensnake


Wolf + Lamb

Every now and again a label comes along that has the ethos that you’ve been pining for. Wolf + Lamb are just that having released the lion’s share of my favorite tracks of the last couple of years. Their catalog goes from lo-fi minimal house through to inspired retro house-disco edits. A love of the sample, hand claps and analog bass pervades their releases. They’re digital only and can be checked on Beatport and Juno Download.


Love Light – Soul Clap
See Line – Le Loup
Billie Jean – Nicolas Jaar (Nico’s Rework)

Young Spectators

Okay so I know I’m always banging on about RA podcast this and RA podcast that, and also how great Guillaume and the Coutu Dumonts are but this week both teams have outdone themselves. On the latest RA podcast we’re given a dash through various shades of R&B, funk, hip hop, afrobeat and disco that have come to shape Guillaume and the Coutu Dumont’s own inimitable sense of the groove, and it’s pure bliss. This isn’t a trendy disco mix for dilettantes, nor it is a funk mix for unimaginative students who are scared of a regular kick drum, this is something else entirely. Grab it while you can off their site…


RA.185 Guillaume and the Coutu Dumonts

Rick James – Love Interlude
Q-Tip – Life is Better
Linkwood Family – Piece of Mind
ORS – Body to Body Boogie
The Budos Band – Chicago Falcon
Sabu Martinez – Afro Temple
The Daktaris – Musicawi Silt
Zapp and Roger – More Bounce to the Ounce
Banbarra – Shack Up
Mauri Bailey – Soul Pop
The Budos Band – Eastbound
War – Galaxy
Al Green – You’ve Got the Love I Need
D’Angelo – Chicken Grease
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – Beggin’ (Pilooski Edit)

Betsy Dadd

Of all the many millions of gallery opening I’ve been to in Berlin there is one that sticks in my mind. Betsy Dadd, illustrator, animator and hair chopper, makes sublime hand made animations a selection of which can be found below.

The Morning Star is The Evening Star

I was enjoying this until I realized it sounded just like that shit that those guys play down Covent Garden. But come to think of it, I still like it. Plus it’s got a sort of Christmas flavor…


Forbidden Colours – Ryuichi Sakamoto


Both Martyn and Efdemin have been impressing me for yonks now, so when I realized the one had remixed the other I had to hit it. Be warned however, the Bitterwseet Mix has also got a bit of a Covent Garden tinge.


Acid Bells (Martyn’s Dark Mix) – Efdemin

Acid Bells (Martyn’s Bittersweet Mix) – Efdemin



Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence – Ryuichi Sakamoto

The Night Is For You and For Me – Danny Norbury

Prologue – I Can’t Make The Hills (from the Book of Longing) – Philip Glass & Leonard Cohen

Do Easy – William Burroughs

A short film by Gus Van Sant called “Do Easy” based on William Burroughs’ essay of the same title. Below that is a Detroitesque techno take on the reading by Minilogue, right click to download…


Doiicie A – Minilogue