Month: January 2022

Here’s One They Made Earlier: first encountered in 2000, but I never did find out what was going on for Mekon…

I first came across this song sometime in the summer of 2000. It was a Saturday night, and my 15-year old self was at home, bored and with very little to do. Desperate to find something to take my mind off this, I switched on the radio and heard a show called The Beat was on. The first song I heard was something quite nondescript, a rather unspectacular remix of…

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After a footballer’s arrest, questions of culture in music too

Yesterday, a rather disturbing video emerged on social media. The roughly one minute long clip contained a picture of a woman who appeared to have been assaulted, and included audio of what I will simply term a disturbing conversation between a man and a woman. The video has since been removed by the account which uploaded it. A man - who is understood to be the 20-year old Manchester United…

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How long until one MILLION can live off Spotify money? Er, prepare for a shock…

Nearly four years ago now, Daniel Ek had more idealist ambitions than he does today. Whereas the Spotify boss nowadays seems to care more about investing his money in defence tech startups and trying to buy football clubs, there was a time when he did appear to have some interesting ideas for his streaming site. In March 2018, Ek gave a speech where he confirmed he wanted Spotify to pay…

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FAC51 The Haçienda have an exclusive at their Good Friday party in London – and they don’t even know it!

The myth of the Belleville Three had a good life, but now it’s time for the final nail in its coffin to be well and truly hammered down. With Derrick May now having effectively been disgraced, it has brought about the revelation in Detroit that they will now never see the three men who perform under this fictional name together again. Nearly a fortnight ago, I published a not terribly…

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Reasons to cancel your Spotify subscription? This blog can cite just a few – and a stupid controversy over $100million shock jock Joe Rogan is not one of them…

This blog makes no pretence of objectivity. I have opinions and I use this blog to express them. I don’t run a news wire service - anyone who comes onto the blog and encounters a story they weren’t aware of will know my opinion will be inside it somewhere. And one company I absolutely do not claim to be objective on is Spotify. Quite simply, I loathe the company. I…

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You’re just trolling us now, Mike! Nervous post THAT photo on Facebook from his Tulum trip with the two label models – and the reaction is just as savage as expected…

For a while there, I was beginning to come to the conclusion that having a go at Nervous Records and their boss Michael Weiss is a little bit like spanking a man in a gimp suit. You’re ultimately using your own time and energy to carry out the act and you suspect that the gimp secretly likes the punishment being doled out. Such was the near total indifference to the…

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Fresh from success over the campaign to get a garage category on Traxsource, Danny J Lewis has started a new crusade – to get legendary producer Joey Musaphia back in the studio…

Dance music producers from the 80s and 90s come in three different varieties. You have your Danny J Lewis types who produced music many years ago and still do to this day - they occasionally mention their archive, but are typically more about the here and now. You have your Carl Craig types who produced good music in the 90s and now milk the archive due to not being as…

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