Sunday, 19 January 2014

FOUND: The Future Sound Of London - Radio 1 Essential Mix - 4th December 1993

After a friend recommended last year's release I'd never heard about - The Cartel by Amorphous Androgynous - I went to search for it on YouTube and also came across this legendary Radio One mix from their original alter-ego Future Sound of London. Having only this on cassette tape I can now share this.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

My helicopting, quad-biking, cocktail-boozing, fine-dining birthday in Brighton/Sussex

What a day! Some luxury birthday presents including a future trip to Minecart Madness near Snowdon. After breakfast I was blindfolded (ooh, kinky) and bundled into the car for a mystery tour by my missus. We drove for about 20 minutes and to my slight disappointment had turned up outside an office. When I got out of the car I realised we were at Shoreham Airport. As we walked towards another office I saw the exciting sign of Helifly!

After being greeted by the pilot and a few moments hanging around watching the seagulls getting moved on from the airfield we were treated to an aerial tour of the south coast past Brighton, turning inland after Rottingdean, over Lewes and headed back to Shoreham over the South Downs.

Still with a smile on my face and my head still in the clouds we headed over to Devil's Dyke pub. Within the 7 years I've lived in Brighton, I'd never visited this landmark. Beautiful the scenery and the pub food was delicious. The complimentary bottle of champagne was a surprise too for both me and Kerry.

Three belly-busting, flavoursome courses later we were on the road again towards Findon, north of Worthing at the South Downs Gun Club. Lucky they didn't ask for a breathalyser test as I'm sure I would have been well over the legal limit. However, for our quad-biking experience it was all off-road in the rolling South Downs' countryside with the gold light of the sun setting. Great fun despite my bike breaking down halfway.

BYOC Brighton
After an hour, it was a quick rest at home and a change of clothes for another surprise in town. BYOC is a relatively new bar that serves your own alcohol but is professionally mixed into the cocktails you love. Kerry has sneakily brought four bottles of booze for us, all partly filled thinking we'd hardly get through it all. How wrong we were!

The barman looked after us for the booked two hours and even arranged for another vodka bottle to be bought for us. It all had the secretive feeling of a speakeasy with a prohibition-like cellar, with another seating area downstairs, a mini-cinema showing old 1920's movies and really friendly-talkative staff. The first cocktail really surprised me as I normally hate cucumber but was far away my favourite (though by late evening my burps could only taste of it). By the third or fourth boozy cocktail it was all getting a little blurry, slurry and sweary. Even the delicious pizza-flavoured popcorn couldn't soak up the alcohol. After our two hours we had to rebottle our last cocktails for a (hair of the) doggy bag.

64 Degrees
The last mystery tour stop was at Brighton's newest restaurant 64 Degrees. Despite being extremely beyond half-cut the bar-dining experience was perfect. Instead of traditional starters, mains etc. the chefs at 64 Degrees serve up smaller portions so they can be shared or sampled. Depending on how greedy or hungry you are there's some great dishes to choose from. My personal favourite was the Kimchi Chicken, the Korean national dish (pictured above).

However, my sweet tooth will argue that the sticky toffee pudding and Kerry's rum bear jelly were equally fantastic. Loved the seating arrangement overlooking the chefs at work seeing all the dishes being prepared right in front of us.

Amazing day and feel extremely spoilt- thanks @lilmismayhem
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Monday, 16 December 2013

Laurent Garnier mix with video

No birthday Laurent Garnier this year as he was DJing in London and didn't fancy the horrible train journey home. Instead we braved the strong winds and headed to the Globe for Kinfolk's last resident night then to Digital, Brighton for PleasureKraft. Horrible crowd, slightly skanky club but we prevailed to at least dance for hours. By 2:30am we got bored on the same tech-house and headed back for the last 30 minutes of Kinfolk.

This is what I really wanted for my birthday captured in a video.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Future Cinema does Ghostbusters at the Troxy, London

I must have seen Ghostbusters a dozen times with two and a bit of them at my old hometown cinema when it was first released in 1984. I say 'and a bit' as the third time I tried to see it I had arranged with a school friend to meet outside the cinema. As I was so keen to meet him and get good seats I was at the start of the queue. As the doors opened and everyone crammed in my 11 year old mind told me I would meet my friend inside.

Being dropped off by his mother they probably thought I hadn't turned up so called my own mum. Whilst I started to watch the film oblivious to the worry caused, I noticed my mum was talking to the cinema's manager looking very worried but decided to duck my head and try to ignore her. Somehow it worked as my mum and manager went back down the stairs to the foyer. Thinking I'd gotten away I continued to watch the film up to the film's library scene.

Unfortunately, instead of hearing Bill Murray's voice it was blanked out by the cinema's PA and the voice of the manager announcing "Could Robin ***** please come to the foyer, your mother is waiting for you". All I remember from running out of the cinema was the audience laughing and not from the film's comedy script. Probably the most embarrassing true story of my lifetime.

Saturday night at the Troxy
Fast forward 30 years(!) and Future Cinema puts on Ghostbusters at the Troxy in East London. Despite the potential nightmare of a return journey the venue looked incredible. Plus, as soon as the ECTO-1 car drove past and the Walter Peck character waving his hands around warning us we soon forgot about the travel problems. The queue to enter went down quickly and the actors welcomed us in without a hitch. Once inside the stringed quartet played sophisticated chamber music and there were a couple of interactive areas such as the ESP laboratory. Loved the demon sofa chair with scary hands that spooked the girls.

Plenty of good 80's costumes around including the threesome appearing as ECTO-1, Adam Ant, Michael Jackson and a guy in a very homemade but funny Ghostbusters logo. The tables in front of the stage looked like a great place to get close to the action but we found the front row of the balcony allowed excellent views and some actor engagement.

Some clever use of projections, fantastic costumes and acting, and great timing and interaction with the movie made it one of the best events Future Cinema has done for ages.

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Friday, 30 August 2013

Pan-Pot Sonar by Day and Night Soundcloud mix

Great couple of DJ set mixes from this German duo

Sonar by Day mix Tracklist:
  • Evaporerar ut fran sitt gomstalle (Original Mix) - Minilogue
  • Burnin - Mihai Popoviciu
  • ET2 (Original Mix) - Martin Landsky
  • Emperor feat. Kali (Maceo Plex Last Disco Remix) - Kali, Ali Love
  • Magic Bazar (Original Mix) - Luna City Express
  • A Better Light feat. Dilo (The Martinez Brothers Remix) - Dilo, Santos Resiak
  • The Cave - D-Nox & Beckers
  • Over and Out (Original Mix) - Marc Romboy, KiNK
  • Propeller (Original Mix) - Mathias Kaden
  • The Doppler (Original Mix) - Shlomi Aber
  • Another Earth (Original Mix) - Tale Of Us
  • All the Time (Original Mix) - Tapesh, Maximiljan
  • What is Room 101 (Original Mix) - Martyn

Sonar by Night Tracklist: 
  • Aery Canary - Booka Shade
  • True South - Glimpse
  • Black Ball - The Dolphins
  • Trashbend - Gaiser
  • Fraaz - Ron Costa
  • Destination unknown - Green Velvet / C2 Detroit-Chicago Unity Dub
  • Bubbles - Pig & Dan, Mark Reeve
  • 51 Mexicans - Matador (IE)
  • Nighttide Lover
  • George Fitzgerald / Trikk Re-Dub - Manhattan
  • Moteka - Energie
  • Broombeck, Felix Kröcher - Polyester
  • Sam Paganini - The Robbery
  • Coyu - Berghain (Darkroom Mix) - Locussolus 

Another classic French house track: Pépé Bradock - Deep Burnt

Unbelievably I've only discovered this track and cannot get enough of it. Looks like there's only vinyl format unless anyone else can point me in the right direction.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

How to insert an embedded Facebook status into Blogger

Following news that Facebook has released the option to embed the HTML code of a Facebook status here's my attempt with a mixed up result.

Looks like the post will be viewable depending on your choice of browser and if you're logged on to Facebook. If you see your Facebook icon like this below then you can simply click on the 'switch' link/image to turn on the missing post.

Not seeing the above post?
However, if you don't see anything then I'm not sure what needs to happen. Any ideas via commenting would be greatly appreciated (keep it simple as I'm not that technical).

How I embedded the post
  • Facebook: click on the \/ arrow at the top right side of the post and click on Embed Post

  • Facebook: right click and copy the code onto your clipboard
  • Blogger: After creating a new post switch the view to HTML and paste in the code

How to insert a Twitter embedded post into Blogger

With news that Facebook is offering embedded posts I thought I'd experiment with both Facebook and Twitter. Here's an example of a Twitter embedded post:

Been struggling embedding the code with a previous attempt not showing the content. Couple of screenshots to show you how its done on Twitter and Blogger:

Twitter: Click on More then Embed Tweet
Twitter: copy the HTML code

Blogger: Click on HTML after starting new post then paste in the code