I am a London-based Digital PR/Social Media/SEO Consultant, music producer/anorak, deep sea diver, avid cyclist, worldwide traveller and football-loving technology bod! This page functions as a kind of online scrapbook/resource featuring my favourite blog posts and news items as well as my own personal reviews and recommendations in the worlds of music, sport, travel and technology!

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Getting meta

Getting meta: "

Wikipedia contains facts about facts. It's a collection of facts from other places.

Facebook doesn't have your friends. It has facts about your friends.

Google is at its best when it gives you links to links, not the information itself.

Over and over, the Internet is allowing new levels of abstraction. Information about information might be worth more than the information itself. Which posts should I read? Which elements of the project are at risk? Who is making the biggest difference to the organization?

Right now, there's way too much stuff and far too little information about that stuff. Sounds like an opportunity.


Saturday, 28 November 2009

Boundary makers

Boundary makers: "

Some artists continually seek to tear down boundaries, to find new powder, new territory, new worlds to explore. They're the ones that hop the fence to get to places no one has ever been.

Other artists understand that they need to see the edges of the box if they're going to create work that lasts. No fence, no art.

Can't do both at the same time.

My guess is that you're already one kind of person or the other. When people present you with an opportunity/problem, what's your first reaction? Some people immediately start looking for loopholes or weak boundaries. 'You didn't say we couldn't do xxx'. For these people, the best and most obvious solution is to completely demolish the problem and play by different rules.

Other people, some just as successful, take a hard look at the boundaries and create something that plays within, that follows the rules, but that is likely to win because of this.

In my experience, either can work, but only by someone willing to push harder than most in their push to be remarkable. Going with the flow is a euphemism for failing.


Tuesday, 24 November 2009

New Release: Martyn: Fabric 50

New Release: Martyn: Fabric 50: "

Artist: Martyn Album: Fabric 50 Release Date: January 11 (UK), February 23 (U.S.) Label: Fabric

Tracklist: 01 Hudson Mohawke: 'Joy Fantastic [ft. Olivier Daysoul]' 02 Alec Wizz: 'Drummin' (Louis Benedetti Drumminpella)' 03 Nubian Mindz: 'Bossa Boogie' 04 Maddslinky: 'Lost on Tenori Street' 05 Altered Natives: 'Rass Out' 06 Zomby: 'Little Miss Naughty' 07 Uncle Bakongo: 'Afar' 08 Zomby: 'Light Cycle' 09 Deepgroove & Jamie Anderson: "The Clock (Ben Klock's Timepiece)' 10 DJBone: 'We Control the Beat' 11 Detachments: "Circles (Martyn's Round & Round Mix)" 12 Joy Orbison: 'Brkln Clln' 13 Cooly G: 'Feeling You' 14 Martyn: 'These Words (Roska's Speechless Mix) [ft. dBridge]' 15 Kode9: 'Oozi' 16 Roska: 'Without It' 17 Martyn: 'Friedrichstrasse' 18 Levon Vincent: 'Air Raid' 19 Martyn: 'Is This Insanity? (Ben Klock Mix) [ft. Spaceape]' 20 Martyn: 'Seventy Four (Redshape Mix)' 21 Actress: 'Slowjam' 22 Zomby: 'Mercury's Rainbow' 23 2562: 'Flashback' 24 Martyn: 'Vancouver' 25 Jan Driver: 'Rat Alert' 26 Dorian Concept: 'Trilingual Dance Sexperience' Notes: First DJ mix CD from this Dutch-born dubstep producer."

Massive Attack Announce New Album

Massive Attack Announce New Album: "

Almost seven years after their full studio album, 2003's 100th Window, trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack are ready to release more dubby darkness into the world. Their fifth full-length, Heligoland, is out February 9 via Virgin in the U.S. (February 8 in the UK). (Heligoland is 'a small German archipelago in the North Sea,' according to our friends at Wikipedia.)

The album features an enviable list of vocal contributors: Damon Albarn, TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Martina Topley-Bird, Hope Sandoval, and Horace Andy. Albarn also plays bass on the track 'Flat of the Blade'. The Adebimpe-featuring track 'Pray for Rain' and the Andy-featuring 'Splitting the Atom' were both featured on the recent Splitting the Atom EP.

The Bristol duo also tapped Portishead's Adrian Utley to play guitar on a track, and DFA's Tim Goldsworthy contributed here and there. As previously reported, a Heligoland remix album by none other than Burial is in the works as well.

Heligoland's ten tracks are listed in order below:


01 Pray for Rain [ft.Tunde Adebimpe] 02 Babel [ft. Martina Topley-Bird] 03 Splitting The Atom [ft. Robert del Naja, Grant Marshall, and Horace Andy] 04 Girl I Love You [ft. Horace Andy] 05 Psyche [ft. Martina Topley-Bird] 06 Flat of the Blade [ft. Guy Garvey] 07 Paradise Circus [ft. Hope Sandoval] 08 Rush Minute [ft. Robert del Naja] 09 Saturday Come Slow [ft. Damon Albarn] 10 Atlas Air [ft. Robert del Naja]


Monday, 23 November 2009

5-10-15-20: Aziz Ansari

5-10-15-20: Aziz Ansari: "

Welcome to 5-10-15-20, in which we talk to artists about the music they loved at five-year interval points in their lives. Maybe we'll get a detailed roadmap of how their tastes and passions helped make them who they are. Maybe we'll just learn that they really liked hearing the 'Dinosaucers' theme song over and over when they were kids. Either way, it'll be fun. For this edition, we spoke with comedian Aziz Ansari, star of 'Human Giant', 'Parks and Recreation', and Funny People, age 26.

Michael Jackson: 'Beat It' The only album I remember having was Thriller. I really liked 'Beat It'; that's the only song I remember listening to at that young an age. Obviously, that song is something that connected with a lot of people. It's just super catchy. I remember seeing the 'Thriller' video, and I remember being a kid when they premiered the 'Bad' video on TV. Like most kids that were around my age, I was pretty into Michael Jackson. I don't think there was any kid that is my age that wasn't trying to moonwalk at some point. I remember seeing him perform on the Grammys and things like that, and I would always be so excited. It's so different now. Back then, it was like, 'Michael Jackson's going to perform on this award show, and if I don't see it tonight, I will never see it.' No DVR, no YouTube. Now, if anything cool happens, you can be like,'Oh, I'll watch it tomorrow.' Nirvana: 'Lithium' When I was growing up in South Carolina, that's when I started getting MTV. That was probably around when a lot of the alternative music videos were starting to air a lot, things like Nirvana. I liked 'Lithium'. I remember Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun'. There were all those pretty iconic videos: 'Buddy Holly', even stuff like Stone Temple Pilots. Now, I guess you can really listen to whatever music you want because of the internet. But then, the only music I really knew was what was on MTV and Top 40 radio. There's not really a hip indie rock station in Bennettsville, South Carolina. There was no cool place like that. I'll tell this story because it's funny for me, but I'll get shit for it. I was talking to [LCD Soundsystem's] James Murphy once, and he told me this story of when he was a little kid. He heard the Smiths' 'This Charming Man'. He lived outside New York, so he skipped school to go into the city to get this 12'. He went into Bleeker Bob's or someplace, and he was like, 'I'm trying to get the Smith Brothers?' And the guy's like, 'The Smith Brothers?' And he's like, 'Yeah, the Smith Brothers? 'This Charming Man'?' And he's like, 'Uh, you mean the Smiths.' And James is like, 'It's funny because here I am, this little kid. I'm skipping school to go get a Smiths 12'. It's a UK import; it hasn't even been released yet, and the guy's still giving me crap.' And I'm like, 'Oh wow, James. I have a similar story about begging my mom to take me to Rockingham, North Carolina to buy the 'Ice Ice Baby' cassette.' I think that's a pretty good indicator of how much cooler James is than I am. Also, all that gangsta stuff was huge when I was a kid. Dr. Dre's and Snoop Dogg's albums were humongous; their videos were on MTV all the time. When you think about it, it's like wow. That's how big that stuff got. Some 10-year-old Indian kid in Bennettsville, South Carolina knew all those songs. That's ridiculous. If you think about what they were rapping about and where that music came from, to reach that far is unimaginable. It was the most uncool, rural, redneck town, and everybody knew all that stuff. I was really into it. My favorite songs from those albums were Snoop Dogg's 'Doggy Dogg World,' and Dr. Dre's 'Let Me Ride'. Metallica: 'The Shortest Straw' That's when I was really into guitar playing. I pretty much listened to just Metallica and Led Zeppelin. I was super into playing guitar solos, so I was super into Jimmy Page and Kirk Hammett. I really liked the second Led Zeppelin album, and obviously the fourth one, and then I was big into Ride the Lighting, Master of Puppets, and …And Justice for All, all albums that I still like to this day. There was a really insane guitar solo on 'The Shortest Straw'. I was into some really nerdy guitar stuff. I would listen to Yngwie Malmsteen, the crazy guy who has, like, a scaled guitar. I'd be like, 'Oh my god, this guy's so cool!' And then I'd be like, 'Why are no girls talking to me? Oh, because I'm sitting here with a Yngwie Malmsteen CD.' I never got into the guitar thing hardcore, thank goodness. Back then, if you were a kid, you had limited money to spend on CDs. It's not like now, when you can have every album you've ever wanted. I think you really take that for granted; you don't even have to think about it. Back then, it's like, 'Oh man, I can only get one album when I go to the store this time. What CD do I want to get? Do I want to take a risk on Steve Vai? Or do I want to get another Led Zeppelin album? I'll probably stick with Led Zeppelin.' You buy one Steve Vai album, and you're like, 'All right, maybe Steve Vai's a great guitar player, but I don't know if I want to listen to this all the time. I don't know if this has quite the replay value of Physical Graffiti.' No offense to Steve Vai. The Rapture: 'House of Jealous Lovers' I was going to school in New York City. That would've been around my junior year, and I really liked 'House of Jealous Lovers'. That was about the time all those bands came out. That was when the first Interpol album came out. When I first came to NYU, that was when people were starting to talk about the Strokes, and then all those other bands. I got into that stuff. I was into Radiohead a lot. My freshman year was when Kid A came out, and that was crazy. They did a small show in New York at Roseland Ballroom, and I remember I spent the night waiting for tickets with some friends of mine. That was the first big New York show I saw. That was a big part of the reason I was excited to go to NYU. I was like, 'Oh I'll live in New York, and I'll go to concerts; this will be awesome!' I don't think Thom Yorke's ever been to South Carolina. And I don't think they're ever going to get to South Carolina on any of their tours. I was also really into hip-hop. In late high school, I got really into DJing-- like the really nerdy DJing, scratching and stuff. I though DJ Qbert was incredible. There was this one album called Cut Chemist Meets Shortkut: Live at the Future Primitive, which is a really, really good album. I was really into stuff like Return of the DJ, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. When I started college, I was pretty into scratching. I was pretty decent at it. I was really into DJ Shadow, and that's when that Jurassic 5 EP was coming out; I liked that stuff. So as you can see, there's a trend. Just anything that would repel girls, I got into that. 'Hey, you wanna go see Mix Master Mike with me? Do you want to go see DJ Qbert give this scratching seminar with me? Oh, you don't? You're going to go to a movie? Whatever. You're not cool. I'm going to hang out with these other guys who are into scratching.' Atlas Sound: 'Walkabout [ft. Noah Lennox]' I can tell you some stuff I'm listening to right now. I'm 26; it's close enough. Right now, I've really been listening to 'Walkabout'. I think that's the catchiest song that was released this year. So good. I mean, what song beat that this year? I can't really think of one. 'Never Stops' and 'Nothing Ever Happened', from the last Deerhunter album-- those songs are incredible. I really like Deerhunter and Atlas Sound. Black Lips is another band I really like. I like that Neon Indian song 'Deadbeat Summer'. I got that Nirvana Live at Reading. That's been really good. That Major Lazer song 'Pon de Floor' is really good. I think that's about it right now. I meet people from bands at those music festivals because I'll do comedy stuff at those festivals. Most music people are pretty big comedy nerds. I did something with the Animal Collective dudes and I was really impressed; they knew all these weird British sketch shows that most people don't know. I've been lucky enough to meet a few people I'm a really big fan of, and I'm glad that's happened. I usually get along with people who do music. You know, the way that I find out about music is whatever song plays at the end of 'Entourage', when the credits roll. That's where I find out about all my new music. They actually did play the Dutchess and the Duke one time. They played 'Reservoir Park', which is a really good song. They played it at the end of an episode where E was very bewildered."

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Depeche Mode - "Fragile Tension" (music video)

Depeche Mode - "Fragile Tension" (music video): "Check out the brand new music video for the forthcoming "Fragile Tension" / "Hole To Feed" single! The video was directed by Rob Chandler & Barney Steel. Along with directly......"

soundcheck w/ scientist video!

soundcheck w/ scientist video!: "

While we just got done with L.A. & Austin, we still have lots of video goodies from the NYC tour stop that haven't been released yet.  Many more to emerge soon... like this video, which features a cut of Scientist's presentation on how to mic an then mix a band live.... dubstyle.  Enjoy, and stay tuned...


Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Nov 16 2006

Nov 16 2006: " 'I've got two things to say to you: fuck and off. Capish?' 'Don't talk to me like that. I'm just gonna throw up in your face. Eat the carrots.'

Just what the fuck has happened to ad agencies?

Just what the fuck has happened to ad agencies?: "Chemistry meeting: 9.30 am.
(There's your first problem: 9.30am. Is there any excuse for starting a meeting at that time? How's a chap supposed to have a decent breakfast by that time? Plus it takes a good 2 hours to digest a decent breakfast and have a good, honest, man's dump.)
I arrived at the fourth company on the list of those hoping to be my new agency, then into what was labelled 'Pod 4 - The Inventorium' hoping to see a boardroom table groaning with pork-based breakfast products. It was, instead, groaning with fucking fruit, fucking water and double-fucking green tea.
And just to twist the knife that had been stuck sideways up my fudge-pipe, sitting opposite me with a MASSIVE haircut, a piercing in his gums (in his fucking gums!) and his own special bottle of Japanese water, was a cunting planner.
I won't bore you with the details because...well, I don't remember any. All I remember is watching the ironic retro clock ticking onwards, onwards, onwards while the planner showed me yet another slide that looked like a frantic four-way gangbang between a pie chart, a map of the moon, a parallelogram and a violent sex offender with a marker pen and Parkinson's.
So, as soon as I was released from that horror show, I called the fifth agency on my list.
'What will you be serving at the chemistry meeting?' I asked.
'We really believe in good diet helping good thinking', came the reply, 'so it'll be water, fruit and green tea. It's brilliant for conceptualising.'
'Right', I said. 'Then will you kindly fucking do one.'
So that's it. Five chemistry meetings and all I get is one proper tear up. The other one I had to do myself. One proper old-fashioned roister that fully cemented the client-agency relationship. (I believe so very firmly in cementing that relationship regularly. Ideally every Friday.)
What has happened to ad agencies? When did everyone decide that fucking fruit is good for you? FRUIT! It's fucking awful! And eating it makes you look like a total fucking cunt-pole.
AND GREEN FUCKING TEA? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? It tastes like grass mixed with sick - and I should know! (I once mistook an ornamental lawn for a salad bar. It had been a very long day.)
The upshot is I've got three agencies left on the list and I can't stand the sight of two of them.
I need to make a decision. Luckily that's what I do best. I don't even need to think or anything!
Why? Because I AM THE CLIENT!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009




Usually when you go home and dig through your parents’ stuff all you find is a couple porn mags, massage oils, and a tiny bit of weed that’s been there since the last time you went snooping. But every once in a while you find something weird you swipe and take to work and scan to share on the internet. Something like a chart called The Plan of Ages.

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Sunday, 15 November 2009


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Rhubarb Remix face-off

Rhubarb Remix face-off: "


A classic track by Aphex Twin and one of the most loved ambient tracks out there. Evident purely by the number of DJ’s/producers who have chosen to create their own remixes, fueled by the love of the track, and offered them free to download and share.

Well, to save you doing the digging i have put the best i have found in this post and would love to find out which one is your favourite.

Have a listen, visit the artists website to download the original (free!) and then cast your vote. If you have never heard the original, (shame on you!) then listen here.

Addled Edit Ryan Cavanagh who is half of producing duo Worst Friends, DJ’s as Slowhands, and produces as Addled, adds some sharp techny synths, a snippet of break, delicate symbols, and still manages to keep it as dreamy as the original. View the original source on the ISO50 Blog. Aphex Twin – Rhubarb (Addled’s edit) by astrangelyisolatedplace

Wisp Remix Wisp takes Rhubarb to the next level and adds a dream drum and bass layer. Beautiful beats. View the original source and download on Wisp’s site. Aphex Twin – Rhubarb (Wisp Remix) by astrangelyisolatedplace

James Devane Acoustic Version The original is simplicity at its finest. Now listen to this. View the original source and download on the James Devane website Aphex Twin – Rhubarb (James Devane Acoustic Version) by astrangelyisolatedplace

Child Remix Taking elements of James Devane’s acoustic version, adding a hint of minimal, sweeping strings and still maintaining a downtempo feel. View the original source and download on the Child website Aphex Twin – Rhubarb (Child Deep Techno Remix) by astrangelyisolatedplace

Now get voting!

View This Poll polling Posted in Ambient & Chilled, DnB, Polls Tagged: Addled, Aphex Twin, Child, James Devane, Rhubarb, Richard D James, Ryan Cavanagh, Wisp

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Nikola Tamindzic (Photographer)

Nikola Tamindzic (Photographer): " Nikola Tamindzic is the photographer behind ambrel.net and homeofthevain.com. About: 'Acclaimed New York portrait and fashion photographer, Nikola Tamindzic established his reputation as Gawker's house photographer in 2004. In 2008 the next generation of his work appeared on the notable Home of the Vain, a site composed of daily curated portrait and fashion photography from professional and personal projects...' read full story at homeofthevain

Isolatedmix 04 – Jesse Somfay

Isolatedmix 04 – Jesse Somfay: "

isolatedmix04_jesse_somfay Both unique and genre defining, Jesse Somfay’s productions stretch across melodic techno, delicate ambient and epic heavy drone laden masterpieces. His latest album; A Catch In the Voice captures it all and has remained one of my most played since release. And his early releases on Traum, some of my most treasured vinyl. So let’s just say I was a tad happy when Jesse agreed to put together the 4th installment of the isolatedmix series.

My past experience of Somfay mixes have seen him stick to his production style. A live PA at Cadenza Lucida, ‘Our Lonely Pink Hearts Are Full Of Joy’ mix and a set on ‘Ultramagnetic’ Radio show. However, in a similar vain to his latest Hexahedral mixes, isolatedmix 04 sees Jesse orchestrate a journey into music he loves. Old, new, ambient, acoustic, indie, shoegaze, metal, electronica… and with nearly ten hours to get through, I shouldn’t even really be trying to categorise it.

That’s right, nine hours of music. Titled ‘Aesopica’ its a mammoth 101 tracks, in three parts. The first part available below on Soundcloud, and the other two downloadable should you want to experience the epic trilogy.

Part 1. isolatedmix 04 – Jesse Somfay (Part 1) by astrangelyisolatedplace (Download using the downwards arrow within the player)

Part 1 Tracklisting: 0001 Verse En Coma – Untitled 0002 Death Cab For Cutie – Passenger Seat 0003 Blueneck – Lilitu 0004 Nine Inch Nails – Lights In The Sky 0005 Blueneck – Epiphany 0006 Bosse – VI 0007 Grouper – When We Fall 0008 Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts IV – III 0009 Grouper – We’ve All Time To Sleep 0010 Burial – Forgive 0011 Grouper – Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping 0012 Tiny Vipers – Campfire Resemblance 0013 Kevin Devine – It’s Only Your Life 0014 Tiny Vipers – On This Side 0015 Radiohead – Thinking About You 0016 Division Day – Enjoy the Silence 0017 Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I – IV 0018 Division Day – Reservoir 0019 Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts II – VIII 0020 Sneaker Pimps – Walking Zero 0021 Nine Inch Nails – The Fragile 0022 Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts IV – I 0023 Pyramids – Sleds 0024 Nine Inch Nails – A Warm Place 0025 Boris & Sunn O))) – Fried Eagle Mind 0026 Jodis – Ascent 0027 Pyramids With Nadja – Into The Silent Waves 0028 Nadja – I Make From Your Eyes The Sun 0029 The Angelic Process – Million Year Summer 0030 Pyramids With Nadja – An Angel Was Heard To Cry Over The City Of Rome 0031 The Angelic Process – Mouvement – The Rest Of The World Is Noise 0032 Boris – Luna 0033 Envy – A Road Of Winds The Water Builds 0034 Fall Of Efrafa – Republic Of Heaven

somfay_part2 Part 2 Download Tracklisting: 0035 Boris – Akirame Flower 0036 Jesu – Opiate Sun 0037 Jesu – Losing Streak 0038 The Black Heart Rebellion – Leaving The Capitals 0039 Envy – Life Caught In The Rain 0040 Latitudes – Antechamber 0041 Wolves In The Throne Room – A Looming Resonance 0042 Boris – 8 0043 Envy – Isolation Of A Light Source 0044 Boris – Farewell 0045 Her Name Is Calla – Nylon 0046 Laudanum – Invoke 0047 Kylesa – Unknown Awareness 0048 Floor – Scimitar 0049 Torche – Healer 0050 Magoo – Acid Goldbar 0051 Jucifer – Hennin Hardine 0052 Torche – Across The Shields 0053 Jucifer – Surface Tension 0054 True Widow – AKA 0055 Jucifer – Little Fever 0056 Converge – Grim Heart / Black Rose 0057 Deftones – Pink Maggit 0058 Tragedy – Night Falls 0059 Deftones – Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away) 0060 Dead Swans – When You Sleep 0061 Deftones – Digital Bath 0062 Converge – Jane Doe 0063 Thursday – Unintended Long Term Effects 0064 Fear Before – Get Your Life Together 0065 Thursday – An Absurd And Unrealistic Dream Of Peace 0066 Verse En Coma – Tiny Speakers 0067 Sights & Sounds – Pedal Against The Wind 0068 Fear Before – Fear Before Doesn’t Listen To People Who Don’t Like Them 0069 Sights & Sounds – Neighbours 0070 Fear Before – My (Fucking) Deer Hunter 0071 The Dillinger Escape Plan – Unretrofied 0072 Nine Inch Nails – The Great Destroyer 0073 Primal Scream – Deep Hit Of Morning Sun 0074 Converge – Disintegration

somfay_part3 Part 3 Download Tracklisting:

0075 Sights & Sounds – Night Train 0076 Ruiner – Convenient Gods 0077 Killing The Dream – Fractures 0078 Have Heart – No Roses, No Skies 0079 Tragedy – Recurring Nightmare 0080 Tragedy – Deaf and Disbelieving 0081 Harum Scarum – Systematic Death 0082 Invasion – Evil Forest 0083 A Place To Bury Strangers – It Is Nothing 0084 Health – Eat Flesh 0085 Legion Of Two – Palace (Dub) 0086 Health – In Violet 0087 The Horrors – Sea Within A Sea 0088 The XX – Islands 0089 Silversun Pickups – Growing Old Is Getting Old 0090 A Place To Bury Strangers – Keep Slipping Away 0091 Catherine Wheel – Crank 0092 Division Day – Hurricane 0093 Logh – The Smoke Will Lead You Home 0094 True Widow – Duelist 0095 Silversun Pickups – There’s No Secrets This Year 0096 Dominic – End of Man 0097 Silversun Pickups – Sort Of 0098 Samara Lubelski – Field the Mine 0099 Ulrich Schnauss – Stars 0100 Nine Inch Nails – Hurt 0101 Nine Inch Nails – The Great Below

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