July 2012 Purchases

Grinderman : Grinderman 2/Grinderman 2 Remixes
These suddenly appeared on eMusic (it seems that some Mute catalogue is on eMusic now) so I thought I’d snag them. It strikes me that it doesn’t matter who else is in the band – Nick Cave’s personality will always dominate…

Dan Le Sac : The Space Between The Words
I love Dan Le Sac v Scoobious Pip so Dan’s first album sans Pip was a must have! Sharp beats, bouncing bass and a more song-orientated approach than you might expect. Great stuff.

Drake Jenson : On My Way To Find You
Country isn’t normally my thing, but Drake is arguably the genre’s first openly gay artist so I thought it was worth investigating. It’s acceptable country-tinged balladeering with enough mandolin to keep it interesting. If nothing else he’s a cute gay cowboy!

Yeasayer : Odd Blood
Quite an old album at this stage, I think they have some new material out soon. I originally saw them support Bat For Lashes and never got around to buying the album. I’d forgotten how good ‘Ambling Alp’ and ‘O.N.E.’ (which got a lot of 6Music play at the time) are…

Marc Almond : A Virgin’s Tale 1 & 2
I don’t know much about the Marc Almond period between the Marc & The Mambas albums and ‘Mother Fist’ – so this is a handy way to catch up. It’s an interesting set of songs from one of Marc’s periodic willfully uncommercial stages.

Sugar : File Under Easy Listening (Deluxe)
I adore Copper Blue and I’m very excited to see that the re-issue is available on eMusic. This month, however, I decided to get F.U.E.L. – the album that, for reasons that escape me, I never actually bought at the time. The Deluxe edition includes the whole of the limited edition live album ‘The Joke Is Always On Us, Sometimes’.

Rufus Wainwright : Out Of The Game
When you hear that Rufus Wainwright is working with Mark Ronson you’re not entirely sure what to expect – a gay man’s version of Back To Black? As it turns out you get a 70s AOR infused album of wistful understated melancholy. It doesn’t have the grandeur of the Wants, harking back more to Poses, but the songwriting maturity is undeniable. very much looking forward to his autumn tour of the UK.

Mixcloud – mixes from the past – Fox Base Alpha #2

This was the second mix I uploaded to mixcloud. This one had an 80s 12″ mix theme (though not all mixes were from the 80s the songs were). A couple of songs here cropped up in the wedding mix – you can tell I have my favourites!

Never Let Me Down Again (Split Mix By Dm + Dave Bascombe) Depeche Mode
What Have I Done To Deserve This? (Shep Pettibone Mix) Pet Shop Boys
Torch – Manhatten Clique Remix (Edit) Soft Cell
Sometimes (Danny Rampling Mix) Erasure
Into The Groove Madonna
People Hold On (Full Length Disco Mix) Lisa Stansfield
Voyage Voyage (Maxi Version) Desireless
Need You Tonight (Liebrand 12` Mix) Inxs
Two Tribes (Annihilation Mix) Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Mixcloud – Fox Base Alpha #6

At the start of the year I discovered Mixcloud – which looked to me to be a great way of getting mixes up online while making sure the artists get their cut.  I’m not sure I’d ever be a DJ as I’m just cack handed when it comes to beat mixing, but I like to think I make a good mix CD and these mixes are kind of a half-way house.

I’ve been rather quiet on the mixes front for a couple of months. This is because I’d been planning my wedding along with moving my boyfriend (now husband!) in. I thought I’d kick things off again by mixing some of the selections we chose for the wedding reception. The party was loads of fun and we used the iTunes DJ mode to automix it and let the guests make requests! As always this mix is mixed live using Djay. From what I can remember all the tracks were played on the night! Enjoy!

Video Killed The Radio Star Buggles
Small Town Boy (Extended Mix) Bronski Beat
Brimful Of Asha Fatboy Slim
Starman David Bowie
I Want That Man Deborah Harry
My Delirium Ladyhawke
Enjoy The Silence Depeche Mode
Voyage Voyage (Maxi Version) Desireless
I’m Coming Out (12″ Mix) Diana Ross
Just Dance Lady Gaga Vs Eurythmics Dj Rizzo
Invisible Light Scissor Sisters
What Have I Done To Deserve This Pet Shop Boys
Pick Up The Phone Dragonette
I’ve Got Your Music Saint Etienne
Let The Music Play 12″ Shannon
Doctor Orbital