HC17: Tenabris Noctis – track-by-track breakdown video

Friday, January 19th, 2018

An unexpected Hectic City bonus. We made a track-by-track visualization of HC17 a while back, but it got copyblocked by one particular tune, thankfully Lone sorted it out, star that he is, so we can now (I hope) present it in all it’s “glory”. Enjoy! ;)

Rewriting History

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Hello folks,

In a fit of activity (and also because YouTube has finally given us the ability to upload long files, after past indiscretions), we’ve uploaded the Hectic City Mixtape collection to You Tube. Some have already been blocked for various obvious reasons, but some survive! Hooray!

Also we’ve taken the liberty to do a small bit of renumbering. As HC’s 3,4 & 5 were a three-parter, we’ve renumbered them 3a, 3b & 3c as that’s the format we used for multi-part mixes after that. However, that has left us with two gaps for 4 + 5, so to fill them in, we’ve picked out two Kleptones mixes from the archives to make up the numbers. So…

NEW Hectic City 4 – Wired Magazine Second Life Office Launch Party!!! (Download MP3 or FLAC)

Way back in 2006, Chris Baker got in touch and asked us if we wanted to DJ at the opening of Wired Magazine’s Second Life office. The above mix is what transpired…

NEW Hectic City 5 – Live At Glastonbury 2010 (Download MP3 or FLAC)

Yep, finally online, the whole set from what, we guess, was our most memorable Glastonbury show to date…


Hectic City 17 – Tenebris Noctis

Saturday, July 30th, 2016


Hello again – Following on from “Lucem Diem”, as promised here’s part two of this lil’ 160bpm diptych, although significantly longer than the first part, as it proved virtually impossible to edit down or leave things out – you know how it is…

So here is the night before the morning after: “Tenebris Noctis“, a 211 minute journey through 177+ quality tracks, some old, lots new, all good. Anyone that caught the last couple of years Glastonbury DJ sets will recognise quite a few choice moments contained within, for sure.

The file’s pretty big (1.4GB for Flac, 490MB for MP3), but a quick poll last week on Twitter indicated that you’re mostly cool with that – apologies if you find it problematic, sure you can find an app online to split it into chunks if you’re that way inclined…

Tracklist is below, so don’t scroll down unless you want spoilers (and on first listen you shouldn’t!)

So… let’s have it, yes?

Download from the above Soundcloud player in MP3 or direct here: MP3 or FLAC.

001 Crypticz – The Atmosphere (Intro)
002 Coco Bryce – Elektro Dynamikx (2014)
003 Tessela – Helter Skelter (2013)
004 Dead Letter Drop – Dead Letter Drop #2 (2007)
005 Nu-Tone – Lightning (Sideswipe VIP) (2015)
006 Addison Groove & Sam Binga – Rzor (DJ Friction Remix) (2013)
007 Moresounds – Altercations (2015)
008 Om Unit & Digital – Midnight Oil (2015)
009 David Heartbreak – Latch Key (2014)
010 DJ Luck & MC Neat – A Little Bit Of Luck (2002)
011 Juke FX – Mark A Juke (2012)
012 Sinistarr – Valhalla 90210 (Instrumental) (2014)
013 Highly Dubious – Get Girl (2014)
014 Dexta & Hyroglifics – Boxgroove (2014)
015 E-Z Rollers – Walk The Land (1998)
016 Paul Van Dyk – For An Angel (Gash & Simtek Remix) (2013)
017 Chemical Brothers – Car Chase (Arp Worship)
018 LFO – Freak (Benncart Getting Your Freak On Juke Edit) (2014)
019 Miko – Weekend Juke (2012)
020 Ils & Solo – In The Area (1995)
021 Fokus – Brave New World (Part 1) (1995)
022 CDBL – Pulse (2014)
023 DJ Ham – Higher (1994)
024 Mike G – Sprung Broke (2013)
025 Top Buzz – Living In Darkness (1992)
026 Lennie De Ice – We Ir E (Om Unit Edit) (2012)
027 Nonfuture – Embrace (Clock Intro VIP – Part 1) (2014)
028 Coco Bryce – Pacific (2014)
029 Lindsay Lowend – Mmmmm (Palmtop Tiger Remix) (2012)
030 Rushmore – 3000 (2013)
031 Ticklish – Miscommunication (2013)
032 Ticklish – Miscommunication (Slick Shoota Remix) (2013)
033 Chango & SysAb – Ilkilkilk (2015)
034 Roni Size & DJ Die – It’s A Jazz Thing (Phillip D Kick Edit) (2011)
035 Fokus – Watch Out (1994)
036 Roni Size & DJ Die – It’s A Jazz Thing (Ladies Mix) (1995)
037 Engineers Without Fears – Spiritual Aura (1994)
038 Aphrodite – Bomber (1995)
039 DJ FLP – Bounce Like (2016)
040 Jonny Megabyte – Homicide (2016)
041 Mutants – Obeah (2016)
042 Bleep Bloop – Something Impossible (2014)
043 Keshob – Time I Am (2016)
044 Nonfuture – Embrace (Clock Intro VIP – Part 2) (2014)
045 Remarc – RIP (Remarc Remix) (1995)
046 Remarc – RIP (Phillip D Kick Edit) (2011)
047 Droppin Science – Firin’ Line (Origin Unknown Remix) (1995)
048 Fresh & Vegas – Heatwave (1998)
049 Outkast – Bombs Over Baghdad (Acapella) (2000)
050 Uncle 22 – Dust (1995)
051 DRS & Kenny Ken – Everyman (1994)
052 Queens Of The Stone Age – Feel Good Hit Of The Summer (2000)
053 Count Vanderhoff – Bruce’s Bridge (2016)
054 Royalston – Slimebanks (VIP) (2015)
055 Pev & Kowton – Vapours (2013)
056 Clap! Clap! – Please Mother Rain Wash Our Souls From Human Evil (2013)
057 Wuki – Di Air (2014)
058 Run The Jewels – Close Your Eyes And Count To Fuck (2014)
059 Atlas – Drifting Thru The Galaxy (1994)
060 MC Det – Stick Up (Elementz Of Noise Mix) (1995)
061 Rido – Back To The Future (2013)
062 Richie Brains – Voyage (2016)
063 Royalston – The Depths (2015)
064 Alix Perez, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn – Make It Worth (2014)
065 Whitney Houston – MDB (Sideswipe Bootleg Edit) (2015)
066 Whitney Houston – Million Dollar Bill (Acapella) (2009)
067 DJ Card-One – Shiny Booty Calls (2014)
068 Hyper-On Experience – Disturbance (Tango Remix) (1993)
069 Deep Blue – Helicopter Tune (1993)
070 Addison Groove & Sam Binga – Rzor (2013)
071 Lastckall – Alevosia (2015?)
072 Intel Inside – Hey Baby (1995)
073 Doc Scott – VIP Drumz (Part 1) (1995)
074 Brock Out Crew – Hard Core Romance (1994)
075 Billy No Mates – Crowd Burst (2014)
076 Acen – Close Your Eyes (Optikonfusion) (1992)
077 Motherland – See No Hear No (1995)
078 DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn & Taso – Passin’ Me By VIP (2014)
079 Richie Brains – Heartbreaker (2016)
080 Machine Girl – Galatea (Nightwave Remix) (2015)
081 Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb (Acapella) (1993)
082 Lone – Backtail Was Heavy (2016)
083 These New Puritans – Organ Eternal (2013)
084 Q Project – Champion Sound (Alliance Mix) (1993)
085 Q Project – Champion Sound (Phillip D Kick Edit) (2011)
086 Special Request – Broken Dreams (2103)
087 Tom & Jerry – Maximum Style (1994)
088 DJ Flow – Journey Into Sound (Part 1) (2014)
089 Hyper-On Experience – Lords Of The Null Lines (Foul Play Remix) (1994)
090 K-Aze – Warrior Groove (2014)
091 Shy FX – Bambaataa (1998)
092 Lone – Pineapple Crush (Sideswipe’s Footwork VIP) (2014)
093 DJ Madd – Untitled808 (2008)
094 Luke Vibert – Don’t Fuck Around (2015)
095 Bandeja Individual – Hot Dog Berenjena (2014)
096 Danny Byrd – Shock Out (2008)
097 Machinedrum – Eyesdontlie (2013)
098 DJ Rap – Spiritual Aura (Silent Code Remix) (2014)
099 CRZKNY – Kisses (2015)
100 MoonDoctoR & DJ Rashad – Can You Feel It (2014)
101 FootMerc & ZSonic – No Rush (DJ Chap Inna Year 4000 Remix) (2013)
102 Static – Siroc (2014)
103 Nonfuture – Gunshot Riddim (160 Intro VIP) (2013)
104 War Machine – Living Weapon (2014)
105 Photek – Ni Ten Ichi Ryu (1997)
106 Origin Unknown – Valley Of The Shadows (1993)
107 DJ Rashad – I Don’t Give A Fuck (2013)
108 Digital & Spirit – Heaven (2015)
109 Glacci – Ice Rave (2016)
110 Corporal F – Prophecy (2014)
111 Fidser – B.U.K. (2014)
112 DJ Fokus – Brave New World (Part 2) (2014)
113 J-Kenzo – Alright (2016)
114 La Funk Mob – Ravers Suck Our Sound (Carl Craig Remix) (1994)
115 DJ Taktix – Hornz For 94 (Phillip D Kick Edit) (2011)
116 RL Grime – Core (2014)
117 David Starfire – Cobra (Sub Swara Remix) (2010)
118 Lloyd Banks – Beamer, Benz Or Bentley (Skeet Skeet Edit) (2010)
119 Thing – Antique (2014)
120 Deco – Polymorphism (2013)
121 Biome – Cromos (2014)
122 Slick Shoota – Keep Bussin’ (2014)
123 Slick Shoota – Keep Bussin’ (Om Unit Remix) (2014)
124 Symbiotic Sounds – Higher (2014)
125 TNGHT – Gooooo (True Key BTLG Edit) (2013)
126 DJ Spinn, DJ Rashad & DJ Manny – Horn Chemist (2012)
127 Baauer – Harlem Shake (2012)
128 DJ Flow – Journey Into Sound (Part 2) (2014)
129 Lung – To Infinty And Be Gone (2016)
130 Moniker – Iktomi (Subp Yao Remix) (2016)
131 Hyper-On Experience – Lords Of The Null Lines (1994)
132 DJ Paypal – I’m Ready (2015)
133 Stray – Ginseng Smash (2013)
134 Digital & Spirit – Phantom Force (T-Power Codeine Remix) (2011)
135 Acen – Trip II The Moon (1992)
136 Doctor Jeep – Badman (2013)
137 Double 99 – RIP Groove (DJ Ransome & SynthForce Bootleg) (2015)
138 20syl – Game, Set & Match (2013)
139 Djemba Djemba – Yah Pop Pop Pop (2013)
140 Omni Trio – Renegade Snares (Foul Play VIP Remix) (1995)
141 Omni Trio – Renegade Snares (Foul Play Remix) (1993)
142 Omni Trio – Renegade Snares (Phillip D Kick Edit) (2011)
143 DJ Earl, DJ Rashad & Taye – Bumbaklot (2013)
144 Special Request – Ride VIP (2013)
145 Special Request – Ride (2013)
146 Fracture – Black Pearl (2016)
147 Roni Size Reprazent – Brown Paper Bag (Sideswipe Edit) (2013)
148 Om Unit & Moresounds – Nuff Music (2014)
149 Outkast – Spottieottiedopaliscious (HugLife Remix) (2012)
150 Alladin – Mashed (VIP) (1995)
151 Firefox & 4-Tree – Warning (1994)
152 Tessela – Hackney Parrot (2013)
153 Dub Warriors – Rocking Out To The Nation (1994)
154 Slick Shoota – Hardcore Junglist (2015)
155 Doc Scott – VIP Drumz (Part 2) (1994)
156 Richie Brains – Buss It (2016)
157 Leviticus – Burial (1994)
158 DJ Rap – Spiritual Aura (Basher Remix) (2014)
159 Paladion – NGC 3982 (2014)
160 Sully – Crystal Cuts (2015)
161 Pulse & Tango – Let The Hustlers Play (1995)
162 Special Request – Lockjaw (2013)
163 DJ Red – The Visit (1996)
164 Siege – Deep (Part 1) (1994)
165 DJ Rashad – Let It Go (2013)
166 Machinedrum – Le Ol’ Skool (2015)
167 Djemba Djemba – Oh OK Yeah That’s Cool (2013)
168 Badman – War in ’94 (1994)
169 Taso – SaxXx (2013)
170 Shy FX – Raver (Breakage’s Pattern Moschino Remix) (2011)
171 Shy FX & UK Apachi – Original Trappah (DJ Cable Remix) (2014)
172 Shy FX & UK Apachi – Original Nuttah (Drum Mix) (1994)
173 Africa Hitech – Out In The Streets (VIP) (2011)
174 Sound Of The Future – The Lighter (1995)
175 Fugees – Ready Or Not (Zinc 1996 Mix)
176 The Trip – The ‘erb (Special Toke Remix) (1994)
177 Morecambe & Wise – Bring Me Sunshine (1969)

Hectic City 16 – Lucem Diem

Sunday, March 27th, 2016


Well hello there, good to see you. Yes it has been a while, hasn’t it? hope you’re all doing well. Apologies for the radio silence but after an extended real-life break, much needed and much enjoyed, we’re happy to announce that we’re back in the musical realms, first with a few new Hectic City mixtapes, and then, if all goes according to plan, a new album.

So… kicking things off is Hectic City 16 – Lucem Diem. The first part of a diptych locked around the 160/80 BPM axis, taking in beats from footwork/juke, jungle/dnb, hip-hop, trap and a whole host of related microgenres. Since moving to Amsterdam I’ve been indulging deeply in the fringes of the city’s club scene, avoiding the all-encompassing house / techno-oriented mainstream to find the weirder beats and tempos that lurk in the shadows, so these two mixes are very much influenced by the sounds found there, along with some excellent continually-developing global online scenes and historical genres that cover similar ground.

This part, as befits the title, is more of a “all back to mine” sun-coming-up kind of mix, a blend of cross-tempo beats with a few appropriate old-school classics scattered here and there. The second part will reflect the deep dark night before the morning after and all that that entails… Hope you enjoy, and please share if you do!

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01 Pilooski ft Jarvis Cocker – Completely Sun
02 Foreign Hits – Emley Moor Transmitting Station
03 Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Atari Baby
04 Somejerk – Molly
05 Dawn Day Night – Higher Plane
06 G Jones – Wormhole
07 Taso x Poppa Doses x Nawte Kong – Intellitrap
08 Boards Of Canada – Roygbiv
09 Om Unit x Danny Scrilla – Gentrification
10 PFM – One & Only
11 Penthouse Penthouse – In The Penthouse
12 Grifta – Adrift
13 Compro – Schala’s Theme (Instrumental)
14 George Pallikaris – In Search Of
15 Jazz Vibes – Sax
16 Monolithium – Sleeping Beauty
17 Crix – A Motive
18 dBridge – Module Eight
19 Gang Colours – I Don’t Want You Calling
20 Om Unit – Wagonist Riddim
21 The Black Dog – Tahr
22 Calibre – Steptoe
23 Akin & 3rdeye – Koroko
24 David Axelrod – Human Abstract (Om Unit Remix)
25 Druid Cloak – Ebon Guardia
26 Frederic Robinson – His Inner Strength
27 James Blake – CMYK (BSN Posse Bootleg)
28 Addison Groove & Sam Binga – 11th
29 El Buho – Twentywell
30 Kromestar – 6th September 2012
31 Mala Rodriguez – Galaxias Carcanas
32 Pinch – Qawwali
33 Peshay – Flute Tune
34 Lydia Ainsworth – White Shadows
35 Mux Mool – Weederlude
36 6blocc – Holdin’ Back (Taso VIP)
37 David Heartbreak – Bombay
38 Monolithium – Bounce For Life (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
39 Foodman – Crow & Sparrow
40 Keeno – Nocturne

Till next time…

Hectic City 15 – Paths To Graceland

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The Graceland Tape
Image borrowed from Paul Simon’s Twitter feed.

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WARNING: Long read ahead. I’d be delighted and honoured if you didn’t TL;DR me, simply hit play above and read on down the page – pretend it’s a Sunday paper or something… As always there’s an interesting story behind the mix.

The temptation to call this mix “Gumboots: Accordion Jive Hits, Volume 2” was huge, but it would be misleading.

By way of explanation, if you google “Gumboots: Accordion Jive Hits, Volume 2”, you may well be surprised at the number of results. A popular record, you might think; well known and discussed. But try to find a copy, and you’ll while away a day or more clicking from site to site around the world, maybe chancing upon “Greatest Accordian Jive Hits, Volume 3” or even “Sax & Accordion Jive Hits, Volume 1“. But Volume 2? Not a sniff.

The “Gumboots” album, should you be unaware, has been awarded it’s place in history due to a cassette copy which found its way into Paul Simon’s car stereo sometime in 1984-85 and providing him with the initial inspiration to seek out (and eventually travel to South Africa to record with) the musicians playing on the album. An occurence that has been documented virtually every time the story of “Graceland”s creation has been told, over the course of thousands of interviews, several documentaries, and now again with the release of a 25th anniversary edition and an accompanying tour with Simon reuniting on stage with many of the original album’s participants.

Jive Hits 1So, considering the legacy of “Gumboots”, one would imagine any music-minded enterpreneurial soul, or even Gallo, the label that allegedly released the original album, would jump at the chance to re-issue such inspirational recordings and make a few bucks off the back of the multi-million selling “Graceland”. Standard form for the music industry, indeed, but in this case, nothing.

(I say Gallo allegedly released it, but as no-one I’m aware of has actually seen a copy of the album, and as repeated enquiries to the label from a multitude of Paul Simon fans have gone unanswered, no-one’s entirely sure.)

To further confound the investigation, from information given in interviews by Simon and other musicians, only one track on the original tape is actually identifiable. The “title” track, “Gumboots”, lent it’s music lock stock and barrel to become the backing track of Paul Simon’s song, also titled “Gumboots” on the finished album. Indeed it’s not difficult to imagine Simon driving around singing his prototype vocal melodies and lyrics over the bouncing mbaqanga groove.

But was the original tune actually called “Gumboots”? or did Simon just use the title scratched on the cassette as an identifier? You can see one side of the actual tape above – does it have “Gumboots” written on the other side? (It’s rather doubtful the tape came with a tracklist, as any car-driving cassette fan would understand.) There’s certainly no mention of Gumboots in the lyrics. Further Simon interview comments reveal the track originally involved The Boyoyo Boys, yet any online search for “Gumboots” by The Boyoyo Boys brings back, yup, you guessed it, thousands of results for the phantom “Gumboots Accordion Jive Hits Volume Two” album. Another dead end.

Furthermore, one would imagine somewhere along the assembly of the two very large scale re-issues of the album, someone involved might think to seek out at least this individual recording and add it to the album as a bonus track. But no, nothing.

Indeed, very little previously unheard music has been added to the original album by way of bonus material on these re-issues, despite co-producer Roy Halee’s assertion that there was more than enough material generated during the initial sessions at Ovation studios in Johannesburg: “You should hear some of the out-takes. Even today, there could be two instrumental albums consisting of those fabulous grooves.”

It’s also known, through “Graceland”s writing credits and investigation of the wealth of documentary evidence, that at least two more of the albums tracks are based on presumably pre-existing music – On “I Know What I Know” Simon shares the writing credit with M.D. Shrinda, and on “The Boy In The Bubble”, he shares it with accordion player Forere Motloheloa (part of Tau ea Matsekha, the Lesotho group responsible for the “Bubble” backing track). Although no original titles have surfaced for the music that formed part of these songs, I’ve located what I consider to be reasonably close matches, and included them on this mix.

Jive Hits 1I’ve also included at least a handful of tracks that have surprisingly close links with riffs and melodies used on Graceland, and many, many other excellent tracks that could (and should) be considered forebears of “The Big G”. Note that I’m not making any claims of plagiarism (like I would dare!), simply demonstrating the common trading and development of grooves, basslines, horn, guitar, accordion and vocal riffs that took place between musicians at the time in both South Africa and Lesotho, and still takes place today, I hope.

As for the mysterious “Gumboots” instrumental? With no confirmation of the orginal title, and very patchy availability of The Boyoyo Boys back catalogue, it’s proved impossible to locate. I’ve included a track on the mix that The Boys recorded with Lulu Masilela (co-writer of “Gumboots” as it appears on “Gracelands”) which I consider to be it’s closest locatable relative.

I refuse to delve deeper into the discussion about whether the writing credits on “Graceland” are fair – Indeed amongst Simon’s catalogue “Graceland” is rare in the number of songwriting credits shared – proof that, for once, he was certainly not shy of demonstrating, and remunerating, the collaborative effort involved in producing the finished work.

More importantly, I must thank Paul, who, alongside sterling work by broadcasters John Peel and Andy Kershaw, both promoting similar music at the same time, opened up a new musical world to the young me, giving South African music far more of a UK (and worldwide) audience than it had previously enjoyed, and paving the way for many artists to bring that music out into the world. Also, in my opinion, he made a truly great album that, by blending his New York lyricism with another continent’s grooves, gave my young ears a taste of what marvels can be accomplished when different styles of music collide.

Ethiopian art

01a Tau Ea Lesotho – Nyatsi Tloha Pela’ka
01b Tau Ea Lesotho – Puleng
01c Puseletso Seema & Tau Ea Linare – He O Oe Oe!
02 Mahotella Queens – Umculo Kawupheli
03 The Rainbows – Mashonisa
04 Soul Brothers – Bayeza
05 Dark City Sisters – Ezomculo
06 M.D. Shirinda & The Gaza Sisters – Pfuka N’wavolo
07 Abafana Baseqhudeni – Mubi Umakhelwane
08 Mgababa Queens – Maphuthi
09 Zorro Five – Barcarolle
10 Amazulu Queens – Sankatana
11 Marks Mankwane – Khupa Marama No. 2
12 Naledi Boys – Bump Again
13 Ebrahim Isaacs – Meadowlands
14 John Amutabi Nzenze – Angelike Twist
15 Queue Sisters – Ethembeni
16 Spokes Mashiyane – Kalla’s Special
17 Soul Of The City – Hustle Bump!
18 J.K. Mayengani & The ShingWedzi Sisters – Khubani
19 Mahlathini & Izintombi Zomgqashiyo – Okwamadoda Kuya Bhikwa
20 Izintombi Zodumo – Mississippi River
21 Sannah Mnguni Nesimanjemanje – Ukhulupheka
22 Lulu Masilela & The Boyoyo Boys – Small Time No.4
23 Tempo All Stars – Take Off
24 Paulus Masina – Umalusi
25 Intombi Zephepha – Ingoina Le Nyathi
26 Mgababa Queens – Akulaiwa Esoweto
27 Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens – Bophumthwalo
28 Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje – Awufuni Ukulandela Na
29 African Symphonics – Zulu Roll
30 Kings Messengers Quartet – My Lord

Ethiopian art detail
Images of Ethiopian art, as used on Graceland, borrowed from The Peabody Essex Museum.

Compiler’s note: One of the most appealing yet frustrating characteristics of this music is it’s timelessness, both in arrangement and recording quality. I say frustrating, as it’s tough to tell the difference between an archive 1950s recording, a rather expensive studio recording from 1968 and a lo-fi shed studio recording from 1980, especially considering sound quality alterations due to poor quality vinyl, cassette-to-cassette dubbing and yes, a modern layer of MP3 encoding.

Post-1980 the differences are easier to note, as the introduction of electronic drums and early FM synthesizers give the game away somewhat, but even then dating things is not that easy. According to Global Groove’s blog, the track “He O Oe Oe!” is from a 1985 UK album, but the blog claims the original recording dates from 1981. Also the Tao Ea Lesotho tracks date from an album released in the UK by Sterns in 1988, but “Puleng” was apparently a South African hit a few years before that. The truth is very, very difficult to find, so even if a couple of these actual recordings actually don’t pre-date “Graceland”, the songs and grooves most definitely do!

Apologies also for any spelling errors in the tracklisting, and the largest of thanks to all re-issuers of this music, particularly the “Indestructable Beat Of Soweto” and “Next Stop Soweto” series of albums, and the blogs Afro Slabs, Matsuli, Electric Jive, Global Groove and Soul Safari, who do an amazing job unearthing and digitizing tons of outstanding African music.

There’s plenty more I could add about the above artists, but I’ll save that for another time – Thanks for reading and listening – hope you enjoy the mix!

(Previous Hectic City mixes can be found by clicking here!)

Hectic City 14 – M3B: Mega three-hour mix

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Yowsah! Been wanting to do this for a while, and it seemed like it would be a daunting undertaking, but seeing as Ableton & Soundcloud have donated some extra free storage space for a few months, I thought we’d better use it, and it all seems to have turned out rather splendid indeed. Three one-hour-or-so mixes and a compendium of some of our favourite mashups, remixes, edits and general insanity, or at least the ones that we could string together in some sort of coherant order. If you’ve heard us DJ at any point over the Kleptones lifetime, there will be more than a few familiar things here, for sure…

So here you go, nearly three and a half hours – 72 “tracks” and a few uncredited inserts and nibbles. And there still wasn’t room for any drum’n’bass, or any mellow stuff… and we tried to limit each producer and artist to one appearance only (Tried and failed as a couple are in there twice…) – guess we’ll have to pick all that slack up in future mixes, won’t I?

Hope you enjoy – We certainly had a ball mixing it!

If you’re in a hurry, download all three mixes and a tracklist in one zip file here:
MP3 (450MB) or FLAC (1.5GB)!

Part One: “A Massage From The Swedish Prime Minister”

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01 Grant Green – Let The Music Take Your Mind (Muro Mix)
02 Muddy Waters – Mannish Boy (Baxter Park Sunbather’s Korova Edit)
03 Aretha Franklin – Rock Steady (Sure Is Pure Mix – Danny Krivet Edit)
04 Hot Chocolate – Cadillac (The Revenge Rework)
05 Beat Conductor – Only A Thrill
06 DJ Melo – Grown Man Shit pt.2
07 Aaron Neville – Hercules (Groovement Inc Remix)
08 Sect – Man Of Wisdom
09 Claptone – Good To You
10 Chic – I Want Your Love (Todd Terje Edit)
11 Bottin – Eagle
12 Barry De Vorzon – Warriors (Cristoff Remix)
13 Frank Sinatra – This Town (Morgan Page Unreleased Remix)
14 Animal Collective – My Girls (El Remolon Cumbia Mix)
15 Andy Ash – Timmy
16 Kraftwerk – It’s More Fun To Compute (Busy P Edit)
17 Tanita Tikeram – Twist In My Sobriety (Alf Tumble Re-Dress)
18 Claptone – Cream
19 Dimitri From Stoke-On-Trent – I Wanna Be Your Lobster
20 Nina Simone – Ain’t Got No, I Got Life (Groovefinder Remix)
21 Radiohead – Nude (Jarrad K Remix)

Part Two: “Stop That, It’s Silly…”

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01 Kool & The Gang – Jungle Boogie (Kovary Nu Jump Up Booty)
02 Josh Wink – Higher State Of Consciousness (DJ Apt One Remix)
03 Sabo – Patchy Moombahton
04 Trick Turner – Sirens Comin’
05 2pac vs Feed Me – Hell To The Stars (Funkanomics Blend)
06 Featurecast – Rock Ya Body
07 Legion Of Doom – Crazy As She Goes
08 The Beatles – The Word (The Captain Remix)
09 Moondog – Lament I (“Bird’s Lament”)
10 Obvious Productions – Standing In The Way Of Your Friends
11 DJ Faroff – Ray No Speak Americano
12 G3rst – We No Speak Cantina
13 Mashup-Germany – Everybody No Speak Americano (Chaos Club Edit)
14 Mad Mix Mustang – Let’s Dance ‘n Stuff
15 Duck Sauce vs Fatboy Slim – The Barbra Skank (DJ Myagi Awesomesauce Mashup)
16 DJ Schmolli – Barbra & Gerry
17 Basement Jaxx – Red Alert (HeavyFeet vs Nick Thayer Bootleg)
18 Rye Rye ft. M.I.A – Sunshine (Smalltown DJs Remix)
19 DJ Topcat – Bust A Flawless Move
20 Big Boi – Shutterbug (Jack Beats Remix – Krafty Kuts Re-Rub)
21 Adele vs Robin S – Show Me In The Deep (DJs From Mars Mashup)
22 Tom Jones vs Lipps Inc – Funkytown Kiss (DMC Mashup – Kleptones Remake)
23 Nate Dogg – All The Girls Get Up (Mr Andersonic Remix)
24 Nero – Crush On You (Sound Remedy Remix)
25 Bell Biv Devoe – Poison (Risk One Bigger Room Bootleg)
26 Rick James vs Salt’n’Pepa – Superfreak Push (Gary G Mashup)
27 DJ Zebra – Happy Friends

Part Three: “I’m Sorry, I’m Going To Have To Shoot You”

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01 Ramones – Blitzkreig Bop (Tea Time Remix Ft. GSUS)
02 Dem Slackers – Swagger (Evil Nine Remix)
03 Nicky Romero – Generation 303
04 Bingo Players – L’Amour
05 Megadeth – Sleepwalker (Kaze V Croma Remix)
06 Fatboy Slim – Ya Mama (Moguai Remix)
07 Faith No More – Epic (Utah Saints Bootleg Mix)
08 Poet – Disco Statuz (JD Live Edit)
09 Daft Punk – Around The World (Kid Dub Remix)
10 Hedflux & Neurodriver – Energy Vibration (Kill Dyl Bootleg Remix)
11 Breach – Fatherless (Doc Daneeka’s MRR remix)
12 Queens Of The Stone Age – Better Living Through Chemistry (Streetlife DJs Remix)
13 Plump DJs – The Volcano Coalition
14 Human Resource – Dominator (DJ Hell Remix)
15 Wolfgang Gartner – Funk Nasty V3 (Krafty Kuts Re-Rub)
16 Exactshit – Crazy Humanoids
17 KRS-One – Sound Of Da Police (heapy’s Brooklyn Fire Bootleg)
18 Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song (Mr Peaches Remix)
19 AC/DC – Thunderstruck (Tittsworth Remix)
20 The Rolling Stones – Satisfaction (Discotech Remix)
21 Benni Benassi – Satisfaction (J. Rabbit Remix)
22 Metallica – Seek And Destroy (Bassnectar Remix)
23 DJ Parker – Iron Mandem
24 The Kinks – You Really Got Me (Diffusion Remix)

(Oh and the “M3B” title? It’s another Monty Python reference which fitted the concept, but proved a bit too long for the titles, so got abbreviated – sure you can figure it out if you’re a fan… ;)

Hectic City 13 – Walking Under Ladders

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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Back with HC13! The unlucky one? Well, I hope not. Just as well I’m not superstitious, isn’t it?

That said, there’s definitely a thread here that I can’t explain in a sentence or two. Which is why it’s a mix, and not an essay. Feel free to try and explain it, it would help me out…!

Everything’s had a bit of a snip, naturally, however the ones titled as edits differ more significantly from the originals in terms of arrangement… I may make them available individually for your own mixing usage – if you want any one in particular let me know :)

01 Flux – The Value Of Nothing (Kleptones ‘I See What You Did There’ Edit)
02 African Head Charge – Unplanned
03 Wally Badarou – Mambo
04 Brian Eno – Ali Click (Rural ‘Doo Gap’ Mix – Kleptones ‘Brianless’ Edit)
05 Thompson Twins – Nurse Shark
06 The The – Soul Mining (Kleptones ‘Lost Johnson’ Edit)
07 Blancmange – Feel Me (Kleptones ‘Feel The Count’ Edit)
08 XTC – It’s Nearly Africa (Kleptones remake/remodel of Apiento Edit)
09 Mental Remedy – Heartbeat Inside Of The African Womb (Outro Rhythm)
10 Keith LeBlanc / Tackhead – Mechanical Movements Dub
11 Daniele Baldelli – Cosmic Parsley
12 Thomas Leer – Saving Grace
13 The Three Johns – Downhearted Blues (Kleptones ‘The Fourth John’ Edit)
14 Fad Gadget – State Of The Nation
15 Pink Skull – u.g.uo.aaaahhhh
16 Bohannon – Summertime Groove (Kleptones ‘Nearly No-Bo’ Edit)
17 Shriekback – My Spine (Is The Bassline)
18 Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria (Kleptones ‘No Plink Plonk’ Edit)
19 New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Big
20 Buzzcocks – Money

Additional riffs and beats from Nitzer Ebb, John Martyn, Grace Jones, Queen, Eurythmics, Peter Gabriel, Vera, Said Mrad and Throbbing Gristle.

Thanks to Grant Martin for the CD source of “Soul Mining” (My vinyl’s past it, sadly…) and Apiento for the idea on “Nearly Africa”. Coincidentally, his version has just been reposted here.

Hope the listening is as much fun as the making was.

Hectic City 12 – No Wrong Show

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

african dialects cover

Okay, a few friends have been asking me to do one of these mixes for a while, so here goes – it focuses on the deeper, funkier and sometimes jazzier end of 70s West African music (okay, Congo is Central Africa, but let’s not split too many hairs) – I’ll do another mix of the more intense stuff sometime in the future.

Docteur Nico & L’Orchestre African Fiesta – Zadio (Congo, 1967)
The Funkees – Acid Rock (Nigeria, 1971)
Bola Johnson – Buroda Mase (Nigeria, 1970s)
Ogyatanaa Show Band – You Monopolise Me (Ghana, 1970s)
Gnonnas Pedro & His Dadjes Band – La Musica En Vérité (Benin, 1979)
Alhaji K Frimpong – Kyenkyen Bi Adu Mawu (Ghana, 1976)
Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination – Ire (Nigeria, 1970s)
Thony Shorby Nyenwi – No Wrong Show (Nigeria, 1978)
The BBQ’s – Aya Lolo (Nigeria or Ghana, 1970s)
Sahara All Stars – Alikali Adajo (Nigeria, 1970s)
Super Mama Djombo – Dissan Na M’bera (Guinea-Bissau, 1970s)
Peter King – African Dialects (Nigeria, 1979)

I didn’t intend to focus so heavily on Nigeria & Ghana, just tried to get a mix of some of my favourites that flowed well. I’ll be giving this a good few spins myself for sure, so it was definitely worth the effort! :D

The original vinyls of these tunes are worth mighty dollars, so these have been grabbed either from the many fine blogs posting this rare stuff or from the great series of compilations on Soundway Records – Thanks to them for making such excellent music more widely available!

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Hectic City 11 – Moombahtronica!

Monday, November 8th, 2010


Another contrast for HC 11 (Isn’t it always though? ;) – This time something a little more dancefloor-friendly, but with a twist, as we enter the world of Moombahton.

I feel this needs a little explaination, but if you’re not in the mood to hear the backstory, just scroll down and hit play – you’ll figure it out.

I’ve been following a few blogs over the last couple of years that promote a range of “Global” dance music. A variety of different styles from around the world, some of which I liked and some I didn’t care for, but it’s always interesting hearing what people around the world are getting off on :)

Through these blogs and the producers I’d discovered there and then followed on Soundcloud, the name “Moombahton” started popping up in the tags. I heard a few things I liked, but then I read this article by Wayne Marshall that gave me the backstory to it’s creation. I’d recommend reading the whole article, but in essence the sound originated (as did Cumbia Dub, I believe) through playing slowed-down European dance tunes, some of which had already picked up on certain offbeat snare rhythms – a very “now” style in Euro-house – listen to Afrojack, for example, who provided the remix that, slowed down, gave the style it’s name (“Moombah”).

But, as is often the way with a style that gains a name so early in its gestation, a lot of people aren’t really that sure exactly what Moombahton is yet, but as with something like dubstep there’s a template; a tempo (roughly round 110) and a rhythmic guide (in this case, the flying offbeat snares over the 4/4 that provide the necessary syncopation).

This obviously is the brightest of green lights to many a producer, who can quickly adapt and remix their own and others work to suit.

So naturally this tweaked my brain considerably, as I’ve been enjoying quite a large chunk of slower dance stuff recently (the “slow house” and “cosmic disco” styles which operate around 110-120 and sometimes slower – not a marked, or new, difference in tempo (more a reversion!) but considerably different to euro-house’s 130 and dubstep’s 140). There’s something that resonates with me also around that tempo – it definitely allows for a bit more space and groove – better to actually dance to, rather than just bounce. However, the tempo has prevented me from DJing the stuff, as crowds generally view it as a warm up to something faster and harder, rather than the main course.

Reading Wayne’s article left me highly inspired to experiment with mixing at that tempo, using the Moombahton tracks that I liked and also adding slowed-down versions of tunes that I already had, some of which I’m not so keen on playing out in their original form as they’re a bit too intense (and also there’s a lot of peeps that do it better than me!).

In the spirit of the speed this sound seems to be mutating I wanted to do it very quickly (also grabbing the inspiration while it was there!), so I spent Friday working my way through a pile of tracks, mostly taken down 15-20bpm (although the odd one pitched up!). It was very surprising to find what worked best – quite an across-the-board selection indeed. I assembled the tracks and spent the weekend jamming with them and putting together this mix (recorded live, but tweaked and edited in Ableton afterwards), which is about 40% “genuine” Moombahton tracks and remixes, and the rest my own slow-down edits, samples and added percussion.

I think it sounds pretty good indeed. I’ve certainly achieved what I set out to do, had a blast doing it and am looking forward to experimenting some more. Have a listen and see if it suits you! :)

01 Sabo – Jesus Creates Moombahtron
02 Stereo 77 – Moombahton 1989
03 Kid Kaio – We Don’t Give A Fuck (Uncle Jesse Fuckin’ Moombahton Edit)
04 Frikstailers – Cumbia Kamisama
05 Switch – A Bit Patchy (Kenny Dope Mix – Kleptones Edit)
06 Mark Knight & Funkagenda – Shogun (Jimpster Remix – Kleptones Edit)
07 D.Ramirez, Mark Knight & Underworld – Downpipe (Kleptones Edit)
08 Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam (Da Fresh Goes To Miami Boot – Kleptones Edit)
09 Moombahtron – Get Stupid (Redlight Remix)
10 Lloyd Banks – Beamer, Benz Or Bentley (Skeet Skeep Edit – Kleptones More Edit)
11 Hostage – Badman Sound (Kleptones Edit)
12 Abe Duque – Acid (Kleptones Edit)
13 Square One – Vesuvius (Justin Martin Remix – Kleptones Edit)
14 Beat Pharmacy – Drifter (Drifting Drums Mix – Kleptones Edit)
15 Alter Ego – Fuckingham Palace (Dirk Leyers Remix – Kleptones Edit)
16 Retrohandz – Turn The Bass Up (Calvertron Remix – Kleptones Edit)
17 Diskjokke – I Was Go To Marroco And I Don’t See You
18 L-Vis 1990 – United Groove (MJ Cole Remix – Kleptones Edit)
19 Benny Benassi – Satisfaction (Afrojack Remix – Morningstar Edit)
20 Hostage – Otis (Kleptones Edit)
21 Audion – Noiser (Kleptones Edit)
22 Ghost – Ghost 2000 (Kleptones Edit)
23 Lykke Li – Get Some (Combo Edit)
24 4hero – Mr Kirk’s Nightmare (Kleptones Edit)
25 Billfold – Knockin’ Boots (Bill’s Fr33ky Edit)
26 Crystal Fighters – I Love London (A-Mac Moombahton Remix)
27 Outlander – Vamp (Kleptones Riff Drop Edit)
28 Emvee – Glitch Dub (Kleptones Edit)
29 Yolanda Be Cool – Afra Nuts (Kleptones Riff Edit)
30 Joey Beltram – Energy Flash (Kleptones Edit)
31 DJ Shadow – Scatter Brain (Kleptones Edit)

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Hectic City 10 – Once Upon A Time In The Seventies

Monday, November 1st, 2010

pucking funk rock

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Haven’t done one of these in…well, far too fucking long. Sorry about that. This time taking a dip into the slightly murky world of groove-influenced 70s rock – an odd time for many artists, some of whom really weren’t known for, or quite sure exactly how to “get funky”, but it produced some interesting tracks for sure. Some things you might know, some things you might not, some are edits, some don’t need editing!

Dire Straits – Once Upon A Time In The West
Suzi Quatro – Can’t Trust Love
Danny Edwardson & Seamus Sell – Stuck In
Bob Dylan – Gotta Serve Somebody
Ian Hunter – Bastard
Ace Frehley – New York Groove
ZZ Top – Cheap Sunglasses
The Equals – Mystic Syster
Bad Company – Burnin’ Sky
Thin Lizzy – Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed
Area Code 615 – Stone Fox Chase
John Lennon – What You Got
Nazareth – Born Under The Wrong Sign
Steve Miller Band – Macho City
Fancy – Wild Thing
Czerwone Gitary – Coda
Sweet – Funk It Up
Status Quo – Don’t Drive My Car

Hope you like it – shouldn’t have to wait as long for the next one, I promise :) x

If you’ve been following on Soundcloud, you might have noticed that we’ve been sticking up a few experimental remixes and edits like the one below – there’ll be more to come, so it’s worth keeping an eye there too!

2 Live Crew ft. Mannie Fresh – I’m 2 Live (The Kleptones um-bia remix) [Direct Download]