Last July I did a gig at Dance Yrself Clean at YES – a colourful queer dance party celebrating LCD Soundsystem, DFA Records, 80s pop, Chemical Brothers, Simian Mobile Disco, Robyn and the environs. It was nice for me to play outside of my comfort zone (i.e. melancholy soul that makes everyone want to cry and go home). A practice mix that I did for the night came up on shuffle recently and I ended up doing a protracted, ungainly dance-based work-out to it that I’m glad only my houseplants bore witness to.
I thought I’d share the mix with all you fitness freaks and newly-minted runners.
It starts off really big, daft and cheesy and gets quite nasty and menacing at the end – like all the best parties.
There’s an under-appreciated Annie Lennox track on there, some old DFA stuff, a track that sounds a bit like a George Michael B-side, but isn’t, some Thunderdome rave and a slice of Soulwax that I played on my 30 birthday. Back then it sounded absolutely mental – a new adventure in digital weirdness. Not sure it’s stood the test of time, but all ruddy good fun. Perversely I forgot to play any LCD!
Tom Quaye is one of my fave artists – his ability to capture the queer zeitgeist in ridiculous memes is second to none. So I was on cloud nine when he asked me to DJ at his ace club night DANCE YRSELF CLEAN, which is a colourful, inclusive LCD Soundsystem/DFA-inspired soiree at the PINK ROOM at YES, featuring one of the best soundsystems in MCR. Join us – it’s only a fiver. I will be playing a 2-hour marathon of pop, rave and house. Make a request at your peril!
Flyer (reverse) for Where’s Bowie?, 2011. Artwork: R. Marsh
[From the vaults: a mix from 2011]
Back in 2011 I organised a night called Where’s Bowie?. It had two aims: first, to make a noise so loud and glamorous it dragged the much-missed Duke out of retirement (we succeeded!), and second to raise money for MIND – a charity that creates awareness around mental health issues.
We held the event at Night & Day Café, Manchester, on 29th November. We showed a great film – Fritz Von Runte‘s ‘Bowie 2001‘ – a piece that splices Bowie’s remixed back catalogue into the original Kubrick movie. Three bands played: Hooker (now LIINES), Black Antlers and Monte Carlo.
I DJed along with Clair & Rebecca (Bad Timing) and Jane Hector-Jones.
I put together these ‘Bowie-esque’ mixes shortly afterwards as a souvenir for all the pink monkey birds that strutted their stuff on that special night.
01. Sebastian Tellier – Fantino
02. T. Rex – Cosmic Dancer
03. Blur – Strange News from Another Star
04. Brian Eno – Dead Finks Don’t Talk
05. Jobriath – World Without End
06. Luther Vandross – Funky Music (Is a Part of Me)
07. LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver
08. The Emperor Machine – Repetition
09. Tobor Experiment Disco Experience – Station To Station
10. David Bowie – When The Boys Come Marching Home
11. Brian Eno and John Cale – Spinning Away
12. Carla Bruni – Absolute Beginners
13. Brian Eno – I’ll Come Running
14. Warpaint – Ashes to Ashes
15. David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust (Studio Instrumental)
16. Velvet Underground – Rock & Roll