I was brought here today after watching some old footage recorded in Scotland 2002. Stuart from Diskono Records was talking with myself and Dan R, in the video, which re-jolted memories ending today at this point.
Thinking about my dearest friend Rebecca who's back in out, today, songs that include the word back, or rhyme are on the agenda, big love and vibrations via musics from the Mother Mack!!!
Better out than in! Thanks to Simona for the support today, all over me.
My Grandfather George passed away today , death has shown itself to me again. Loss, life, time, maintain. For those who leave us, they are well, it´s those here that are left to remember. I cannot say I knew my Grandfather well, but the last 3 years we have had some time to enjoy. I was lucky to say fair well to him and for him to shake my hand and say goodbye. He thought I was getting on a plane, I thought I was coming back, I told him I would see him soon, and he said ´´see you soon, that will be right´´, in a sarcastic tone. He was right, I wont see him for quite some time.
Without any doubt, we are living in incredibly turbulent and surprising times. Around every corner lurks something else. Today I have had Birthdays, Record Captures (fish), Weddings and Death. It´s impossible to sort them and prioritize. The death of LFO´s main man Mark Bell is indeed a blow, I remember meeting Mark back stage at here in Madrid, it was a big show, Bjork was also hovering around, since it was her gig, Mark introduced me too Bjork with such a big up, it was hard to take in. I remember his gusto, energy and enthusiasm towards previous works I´d been involved with at V/Vm. He told me that day, he had just been listening to one of our tracks, and encouraged Bjork to do the same, saying something like, ´´this is the guy that made that track I was just playing´´, Bjork was not impressed.
Mark was a great man, fantastic energy, the track above he never made, but I always thought he had. I knew this was our LFO guys that had brought us the LFO Leeds Warehouse track. It´s hard to really express what Mark delivered and the way he ripped the dancefloor to bits.
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Most probably a northern thing being able to move people in such a way. A lot of passion and emotion in it. Mark was the real deal, that´s why Bjork picked up on him. He managed to make brilliant music that made you freak.
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However, the day I met him at Ventas in Madrid, he really made me Freak when he gave me his email. I couldnt believe his email was the name of a song I´d written. Mark, you made me Freak, but I know I also made you too, wish I could have had more contact with you, but your music is with us for always.
My man James Leyland Kirby just sent me a link to this Hungarian piece from Bela Tarr. When you watch, you have to think about human sensibility, dignity, people real people, it looks like someone is on the edge, thinking about a horrible split and a situation gone.
James, has for long time, been able to position himself into uneasy spots musically. Rest in unrest, the audio here compliments the broke, gone theme, its defiantly finished, as the words go;
´´It's all over, Over, And there won't be another, it won't be good, ever again, Never more, Maybe never more, It's like a nightmare.
Take it or leave it, this is what you're stuck with, what can you do? What would you do, have you been here before?
It won't be good
Maybe never more
He's got my soul
Things are going his way
This world is barren
Life is full and happy
Maybe never more
There's no end
No end now
It can't fade
And it won't fade
Maybe never more.
The classic Tarr black and white mood and slow intimate movement encapsulate and round off and seal the collapse. Here in the darkness, someone exists and something has ended, its been over for a long time, in the dim smokey spotlight at the back of the club.
It is good, to know that utopia exists!
I am loving the choreography in this Kwabs here. The dance moves from this crew, compliment so well, the director has captured and blended a great international London centric cocktail, very much of now. Kwabs, have been on my playlist these last few months, check it!
Hang on to it, just 20 views on Youtube today this song has, almost 20 years have passed and at least 12 since I last heard this, a certain Mr Acid reminding me of this today. I was hoping to squeeze, and do as Frank does here in San Sebastian this weekend, but the camino has taken me physically to another place. Hanging on to it. !!
It's impossible to imagine the effect this would have had in the market back in the day. Just reading comments on Youtube makes me wonder. Puzzled at how it's taken me so long to not actually see this. Amazing!