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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Hang Me Out To Die

One for all the indie-kids...

Merry Christmas all
Love Andy

Hang Me Out To Die

Kasabian - British Legion
Cold War Kids - Hang Me Up To Dry

Monday, 14 December 2009


Is it an album? Yes. Is it behind you, reading these words over your shoulder? Yes. Will there be blood? Yes.

Jim Reeves welcomes you...but does he mean it? Yes.

Something's in the sky, something reflected in the soul. Is it a contradiction? Yes. Is it true? Yes.

There is something, something in the color, something in the black, something in the air. You can't touch it, only sense it. Can it be within and without? Yes. Is it life and death, the beyond and the just-behind-you? Yes. And it wears a wide-brimmed hat.

Are we adrift? Yes. Now float on into the black, into the white...into living tenebrism.

Go? Yes.

Alan Black, Dec'09
1086 Productions

The sequel to this year's Welcome to My World, this journey will take you through dubstep, ambient, downtempo, IDM, computer games, horror soundtracks, requiems and Catholic Mass, my beloved Louise, sci-fi movie trailers, the sounds of the planets, astrophysicists, Shakespeare, and somehow.....Miles Davis . Only the brave need apply. Extremes of light and dark.


Welcome to the Light (and Dark)
Jim Reeves - Welcome To My World
The Prodigy - Weather Experience
Pink Floyd - Goodbye Blue Sky
Burial - In McDonalds
John Carpenter - This Is Not a Dream (from "Prince of Darkness" OST - 1987)"
The Black Hole" (movie trailer sample - 1979)
The Voice of Vrillon
The Voice of Colatron
The Voice of Korton
Burial - Night Bus
Sample from "There Will Be Blood" - 2007

A Light Lunch
Grim on Mbient - Mans Roygbiv
Boards of Canada - Roygbiv
Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner
Boards of Canada - Roygbiv (Cardamar Remix)

Rachael's Lost
Vangelis - Rachael's Song (from "Blade Runner" OST - 1982)
Sample from "Inland Empire" - 2006
Akira Yamaoka - Lost Carol
Sample from "Mulholland Drive" - 2001
Akira Yamaoka - Alessa's Harmony
Sample from "Silent Hill" - 2006
Beyonce Knowles (spoken word sample)
Burial - Pirates

Ghost In The Machine
Sample from "Poltergeist II: The Other Side" - 1986
Burial - Ghost Hardware
Morcheeba - Blue Chair
Sample from "Halloween" - 2007
Pink Floyd - Nobody Home
Sample from "2010: Odyssey Two" - 1984

No Woman No Chill
John Carpenter - The Alley Nightmare
Benga and Coki - Night
Bob Marley (interview sample)
Jeff Pearce - Sudden Light
Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry
various sounds from Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica
Burial - Prayer

A Prayer for Sadness
Krzysztof Penderecki - Quid sum miser - Rex tremendae
Akira Yamaoka - Find the Holy One
John Carpenter - This Is Not a Dream (from "Prince of Darkness" OST - 1987)
Burial - Prayer
John Foxx - Shifting Perspective
Massive Attack - Teardrop
The Lord's Prayer

God - Intermission #1
sample from "There Will Be Blood" - 2007
John Carpenter - This Is Not a Dream (from "Prince of Darkness" OST - 1987)
DJ Shadow - Transmission 1

M83 - Sister (part 1)
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Helen Vendler - Shakespeares Sonnets - 01 1
M83 - Sister (part 2)
Vangelis - Rachael Sleeps (from "Blade Runner" OST - 1982)

Mako - Avec La Tech
REM - The One I Love

Rooflight - Between Darkness and Daylight
Harold Budd and Brian Eno - Lost in the Humming Air
Louise Annette Smart - Nuzzle
Radiohead - Iron Lung

Crowley's Condition
We Have Built Jerusalem (from "Glastonbury: The Film" OST - 2006)
Tycho - Human Condition
Aleister Crowley - The Pentagram
Ozzy Osbourne - Mr. Crowley
Aleister Crowley - The Fingernails
Aleister Crowley - Intro
Aleister Crowley - The Poet

The Nation (and off to the Cosmos) - Intermission #2
Angelo Badalamenti - Haunting and Heartbreaking (from "Lost Highway" OST - 1997)
DJ Shadow - The Outsider
EP Thompson - An Alternative Nation (from "Glastonbury - the Film" OST - 2006)
Harold Budd and Brian Eno - The Pearl
John Carpenter - This Is Not a Dream (from "Prince of Darkness" OST - 1987)
Carl Sagan - Cosmos Introduction

Sleeping in Space
Vocal excerpts from the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery for the STS-120 mission
Morcheeba - Sleep On It
David Bowie - Space Oddity
John Foxx - Return to a Place of Remembered Beauty
NASA radio recordings from Saturn's Rings
NASA Voyager radio recordings from Uranus
NASA radio recordings of Earth
Sounds from Sputnik 1 satellite (1957)
Sounds from Oscar 1 satellite (1961)
Carl Sagan - God, The Universe & Everything Else
Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot

We Could Be Happy (But Something Happened That Day)
Snow Patrol - You Could Be Happy
Miles Davis - Flamenco Sketches
DJ Shadow - Triplicate (Something Happened That Day)

Rapturous Once More
Sample from "21 Grams" - 2003
Autopilot - Once More (Echodub Edit)
Jeff Pearce - Doubt on Dark Waters
Imogen Heap - Hallelujah
Jeff Buckley (spoken word sample)

Losing the Dinosaurs (from "Glastonbury - the Film" OST - 2006)

The Bigger Picture*
DFRNT - Surface
"Starcrash" (Movie Trailer Sample - 1979)
Pink Floyd - Is There Any Body Out There
Burial - Pirates
Burial - Untitled
Burial - Etched Headplate
Boards of Canada - A Beautiful Place Out In The Country
The Shamen - Explanation of a Shamen
Burial - Untitled
Sample from "Bubba Ho-Tep" - 2002

*previously heard on Alan Black's Orson IX

Available in single MP3 mix format (61min 39sec) with artwork (RAR archived files)

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Or split into 16 tracks with artwork

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Once again, a thousand thanks to Alan, Gavin and Tom for continued inspiration and for providing one hell of a crazy year. Looking forward to 2010 guys.

Is there finally and really, anything to life other than food, shit and sex

Sunday, 13 December 2009


Another out-take from the Tenebrism sessions, here's a lesson in how to rid yourselves of pests with a funky endoskeleton and a bassline


Rusko - Terminator
Michael Jackson - Ben
Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love

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And keep checking back here, the biggie is coming very, very soon!


Tuesday, 24 November 2009

The Science of Telephony

Here's something a little different from the House of Colatron. Originally intended to be on the forthcoming Tenebrism album, I've decided not to include it, as it doesn't quite fit with the ambient vibe I've got reaching across the album currently.

But as everyone knows, I love me some dubstep.

A humorous semi-biographical look at the world of telecoms; 911 operators aside, I come across these call centre loons every single day of my working life.

Mr. B.T., I salute your persistence.

The Science of Telephony

Mike Lennon - When Science Fails (Rusko remix)
911 calls - various samples
Blondie - Call Me
British Telecom Customer Services - sample
Ella Fitzgerald - Putting on the Ritz

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Be warned folks, the poor git on the end of the phone to BT, gets a little irate and a few naughty words pop out! If your easily offended, don't pick up the phone!

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Sleeping In Space

Well I've been away for a few weeks, busy constructing new tracks for the forthcoming Tenebrism album. What began several months ago as a dubstep album, has changed drastically, to now encompass ambient, reggae, dubstep, pop etc. The good news is, there's 7 or 8 other new mashes made for the album. The bad news is, it's still some weeks/months away from completion.

As a taster for the album, here's a little ode to dreaming whilst floating through the cosmos...

Sleeping In Space

Vocal excerpts from the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery for the STS-120 mission
Morcheeba - Sleep On It
David Bowie - Space Oddity
John Foxx - Return to a Place of Remembered Beauty
NASA radio recordings from Saturn's rings
NASA Voyager radio recordings from Uranus
NASA radio recordings of EarthSounds from Sputnik 1 satellite (1957)
Sounds from Oscar 1 satellite (1961)

Saturday, 3 October 2009

God in the Mirror

A mash for the self-concious lovers out there...

God In The Mirror

Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight

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Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Don't Upset Timbaland

Ridiculously obvious and cheesy party banger #43....

Don't Upset Timbaland

The Noisettes - Don't Upset the Rhythm
Timbaland (feat. Keri Hilson + DOE) - The Way I Are
Timbaland (feat. Nelly Furtdao + Justin Timberlake) - Give It To Me

I promise I'll get back to the serious stuff soon!

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Hotel F.E.A.R.

Classic Americana meets classic Manc genius. The result is a disturbing night in a hotel that you'll never forget...

Hotel F.E.A.R.
Ian Brown - F.E.A.R.
The Eagles - Hotel California
Burial - Untitled

Right, now where did I leave those colitas....

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Home Baked Pie

A hint of nostalgia. Yearn for the days when hair was big, clothes were spandex and the guy with the most eye-liner got the girl in the tiny denim shorts?

Splicing glam hair metal classic Cherry Pie, with local guitar heroes (local to me at least; several friends were at school with these guys!) and friends of Oasis, The Enemy - a good old fashioned slice of rock n' roll for you all, featuring my first ever mashed guitar solo! Now grab me the glitter hairspray.....

Home Baked Pie

The Enemy - Silver Spoon
Warrant - Cherry Pie

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Home Baked Pie

Air guitar frenzy for this one!

Monday, 20 July 2009

A glimpse of the light...

...and of things to come.


A Happy Heavenly Day

Today marks a special day in the history of us all. And me being an astrophysicist (it's true!), I couldn't resist making this to mark the day.

Originally made for Welcome To My World, then finding it's way on to Ministry of Mashed Sound's excellent compilation (as found down below), what better way to musically celebrate, to my mind, the most important event in humankind's evolution, than a good old Colatron mashup....

A Happy Heavenly Day

Apollo 11 radio broadcasts
Orbital - Halcyon + On + On
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Opus III - It's A Fine Day

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Now go Space Farers and venture into the beyond!

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Summer Booty '09

The days are long, the sun is high in the sky, and a fire is started in my heart. It can mean only one's Summer!

And in what is now becoming tradition for this time of year, the fantastic DJ Useo has once again compiled an amazing collection of some of the best producers on the scene, to give us all his Summer Booty '09 collection. Featuring the likes of DJ Zebra, DJ Spider, ThC, The Reborn Identity, CjR, Voicedude, Eddie Pedalo, Useo himself, and many many more, it's a double CD full of sunshine and fun, so be sure to grab your copy now.

And yeah, I'm on there too with a sultry little number, my first mash in French!

Head on over to
Summer Booty 2009

and kick off the summer in style

Monday, 15 June 2009

I Decided On Marvin

I finally decided on Marvin, if only because I couldn't quite master the troublesome Martha and the Vandellas "(Love Is Like) A Heatwave" pella, which this track was originally supposed to be made with (the resemblance stood out like the proverbial sore thumb when I first heard Solange's track all that time ago).

A toe-tapping-whistle-along-dance-like-it's-a-Friday-night-catchy-as-hell tune for the summer, and the first of what I hope to be many, many collaborations with the incredibly talented Louise Annette Smart

I Decided On Marvin

Solange - I Decided (part 1)
Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On (a)

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Also, a big thanks to Envision from the Ministry of Mashed Sound, for supplying the instrumental. Cheers fella.

Bring on the Summer people!

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Forthcoming attractions....

Yep - pencil the 22nd June in your diaries. That's the day another installment of the fab Summer Booty album, presented by the finestkind DJ Useo, is released, and this year, I'm on there somewhere with a little summery number.

To promote it, DJ Mashup has posted this rather wonderful track featuring the gorgeous Jordin Sparks throwing it down with those old stalwarts of the disco....the Bee Gees. A great taster of things to come (and yep, more details to be posted closer the time)

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Bitter Bridge Symphony

Need an iconic tune to finish the night off, whether it be a party or a DJ Set? Hell, why not use two.....

Bitter Bridge Symphony

The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony (i)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge (a)
Richard Ashcroft - Bittersweet Symphony (excerpt)

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Two of the greatest songs ever written, rolled in to one

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

The Unisex Diner

The Summer starts here people, with my foray in to providing a feel good upbeat summer tune for 2009. Classic laconic Americana everyday life meets uptempo feel good vibes, courtesy of the UK's 'The Rumble Strips' (their tune incidentally featuring in the surprisingly good and highly recommended teen romance flick, "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging" - well worth a watch).

Dedicated for many reasons to the lovely Louise Annette Smart, who inspired this through our conversation on there not being enough handclaps in popular music these days, and who kickstarted my summer with the most excellent of weekend breaks in North Wales. This one's for you me lovely.

The Unisex Diner

The Rumble Strips - Girls and Boys in Love (i)
Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner (a)

Put on your sunnies and head down the's gonna be a hot one

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Orson IX

What happens when two mad men get together to make a soundscape of epic proportions? This happens....

My good friend Alan Black had an itching to create an ambient movie based tour de force of sound and emotion as his latest project, and I was fortunate enough to be asked to come along for the ride. After one month of Trans-Atlantic collaboration, here is the result. It's slightly warped.

Orson IX


various electronics and radio tuning
Boards of Canada: “In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country”
Vangelis, Blade Runner OST: “Deckard Meets Rachel”
Josh Wink: “Don’t Laugh”
Vangelis, Blade Runner OST: “One More Kiss”
Alberto Ginastera: “Malambo: Danza final”
John Williams, Star Wars OST: “Main Title Theme”
Skinny: “The Bus Song”
Underworld: “Kittens”
The Venus in Furs, Velvet Goldmine OST: “Baby’s on Fire”
Bernard Hermann, Psycho OST: “Murder”
Muse: “Blackout”
unknown: “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me”
DJ Shadow: “Transmission 3”
Goblin, Suspiria OST: “Sighs”
John Barry, Midnight Cowboy OST: “Midnight Cowboy”
The Rocky Horror Picture Show OST: “Super Heroes”
This Mortal Coil: “Song to the Siren”
Burial: “Prayer”
The Rocky Horror Picture Show OST: “Science Fiction / Double Feature (reprise)”
Vangelis, Blade Runner OST: “Wounded Animals”
Muhr: “Le Second”
Bloc Party: “Signs”
Antonio Pinto, Collateral OST: “Car Crash”
Mike Patton, A Perfect Twist OST: “A Perfect Twist”
The Beatles: “Come Together”
John Murphy, Sunshine OST: “A Star Within a Star”
Nine Inch Nails: “The Beginning of the End”
DFRNT: “Surface”
Burial: “Pirates”
Burial: “Untitled”
Pink Floyd: “Is There Anybody Out There?”
Burial: “Etched Headplate”
Boards of Canada: “In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country” [again]
The Shamen: “Re:Evolution”
Burial: “Untitled”
Ennio Morricone, Cuore di Mamma OST: ”Ninna Nanna Per Adulteri”
Vera Lynn, Dr. Strangelove, or... OST: “We’ll Meet Again”
Vaughan Williams, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World OST: “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis”
Edith Piaf, La Vie en Rose OST: “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien”
John Zorn: “Kiev 2” and “Kiev 3”
Radiohead: “My Iron Lung”
Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind, The Shining OST: “Theme from The Shining”
Vangelis, Blade Runner OST: “Tears in Rain”
Davies/Gordon/Tognetti, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World OST: ”Full Circle”
Szvorák Kati: “Szépen szól egy harang”
Brian Eno: “An Ending (Ascent)”
Richard Strauss, 2001: A Space Odyssey OST: “Also Sprach Zarathustra”
spoken excerpts:
Orson Welles: Citizen Kane
Orson Welles: It’s All True
Orson Welles (and “Hotel Martinet” excerpt): “War of the Worlds”
Kevin Eldon: “Black Books”
David Lynch: “Twin Peaks”
Ben Kingsley: Sexy Beast
Paul Dano and Daniel Day-Lewis: There Will Be Blood
HAL-9000: 2001: A Space Odyssey [multiple times]
Woody Allen: Manhattan
Brian Cox and Nicolas Cage: Adaptation
Helen Vendler: Shakespeare’s sonnets
Tim Curry: “Sweet Transvestite”
the quinine advertisement
Starcrash movie trailer
HAL-9000: 2010: Odyssey Two [multiple times]
Barry McGovern: Joe Versus the Volcano
Keir Dullea: 2010: Odyssey Two
Rutger Hauer: Blade Runner
Darth Vader: Return of the Jedi
George Innes: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Tom Hanks: Joe Versus the Volcano
Benicio Del Toro, Stephen Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite, and Gabriel Byrne: The Usual Suspects

Please do visit Alan's website to download here

Alan Black feat. Colatron - Orson IX

and be sure to visit the rest of his pages to expand your mind with his completely unique style of mind-melting mash, and also his incredible work on movie scripts.

Turn out the lights, and enjoy...

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Ministry of Mashed Sound

Well, it seems like an age since I posted anything, and to be honest, I've been focusing on other things aside from mashing, but do not fear - I shall return to business shortly, bigger and better than ever with a couple of projects I've been working on/shall be beginning soon.

In the meantime, I contributed a track to the forthcoming album from Envision at the Ministry of Mashed Sound. It's not due for release for a few months on here yet, but you'll be able to hear it as a part of Envision's cracking new album, of which you can hear a brief preview of here

Ministry of Mashed Sound

Featuring such fellow luminaries as The Reborn Identity, Mash2Mix, MadMixMustang, G3RSt, mARKYBOY, and Envision himself, this promises to be the hottest compilation of the month if not the first half of the year. Be sure to grab it as soon as it comes out.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Epic Thinking

Hot pop princess gets an Epic makeover. 'Nuff said

Epic Thinking

Katy Perry - Thinking of You (i)
Faith No More - Epic (a)

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I'd kiss that girl, and I'd like it....

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

The Dancing Girls

After coming down to Earth, following the release of Welcome To My World (see below - described by DJ Brother Darkness as "the full-length mix of the far" - if you don't own a copy yet, shame on you!), I needed to make something unashamedly pop to get the ambient techincal twiddlings out of my head.

What better place to start with than the most obvious coupling you'll probably hear all year. Yep - I sold out and made a Lady Gaga mash....sorry.

The Dancing Girls

Calvin Harris - The Girls (i)
Lady Gaga - Just Dance (a)

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Back to ambient normality next week!

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Welcome To My World

A beginning is a very delicate time.

Raise a hand into the empty air:
Hold on to the emptiness in your palm.

Then: from the depths of space, errant transmissions.
Some add up to something of philosophy.
Others are fragments through the static:
Some leading us to greater insights,
Some leading us into the blackest of dead ends.

Micro and macro, the atom and the universe.
And the human trapped in-between:
Our religions, our cultures, our politics, our endeavors.

The blood pulsing in our veins,
The thoughts large and small puzzling our minds.

Mind, heart, and spirit are in these songs, this mix.
The monumental within the mundane is here.
The crisis within existence is here.
The gamut is run.

Lower your hand from the sky:
Place it over your eyes, your throat, your heart. It’s beginning.

Alan Black, Feb 2009
1086 Productions


Welcome to My World
Toto - Prologue (from the Dune OST)
Vangelis - Prologue and Main Titles (from the Bladerunner OST)
The voice of Vrillon
The Beatles - A Day In the Life
Doris Stokes - Welcome to My World
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah (Live at L'Olympia)

Burial - Endorphin
Imogen Heap - Hallelujah
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah (live at Sin-é)
Burial - Untitled (both tracks from Burial, and opening track from Untrue)
Jeff Buckley - vocal sample
Skream - Midnight Request Line

Where Is Diana's Home
Bloc Party - Where Is Home (Burial Remix)
Sabres Of Paradise - Haunted Dancefloor
Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana
Princess Diana - Martin Bashir interview

I Dreamt Perfect Union
Vangelis - I Dreamt Music (from the Bladerunner OST)
Barack Obama speech - March 18 2008, Philadelphia
The Orb - Toxygene (live)
George W. Bush - vocal samples

Ball Of Colour
Skream - Colourful
The Temptations - Ball of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)
George W. Bush - vocal samples

UNKLE - Breather
Aphex Twin - Heliosphan
Elton John - Your Song

Oxygen Is In the Sky
Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene IV
Ian Van Dahl - Castles In The Sky
Sir David Frost interviews Jean-Michel Jarre (16th Nov 07)
Gardener Chamber Orchestra - Air On the G String

A Wishful Interlude
Burial - Untitled
Burial - Gutted
Barack Obama - vocal sample
Nikolaj Bloch & Sally Herbert (Thomas Newman) - Any Other Name
Beyonce - Wishing On A Star

Blood In The End
John Carpenter - Prologue narrated by John Houseman (from The Fog OST)
Tycho - In The End
Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love

Mel Gibson - vocal sample
Amon Tobin - Easy Muffin
Craig Armstrong - Weather Storm
The Beatles - Come Together

Things Are Changing
The voice of Korton
20th Century Fox presents “Star Wars” (promo)
Four Tet - First Thing
Boards of Canada - Constants Are Changing

The War of Staunton
Lemon Jelly - The Staunton Lick
Colonel Bagshot - Six Day War
William Shakespeare - MacBeth (Act 5 Scene V)

Window On My World
M93 - You Appearing
Morcheeba - World Looking In
UNKLE - Back and Forth

Pink Floyd - Marooned
Jeff Buckley – That’s All I Ask

Rabbit Food
Howard Beale sample from 'Network'
UNKLE - Rabbit In Your Headlights (Massive Attack Reverse Light Instrumental Remix)UNKLE - Rabbit In Your Headlights
Talk Talk - New Grass
UNKLE - Glow

A Beautiful Ending
Brian Eno - An Ending (Ascent)
Burial - Forgive
Christina Aguilera - Beautiful

+ various samples/snippets of dialogue

Available for download in two versions

Single 62min MP3, with full artwork

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Full mix split in to 16 tracks, with full artwork

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With thanks to Alan, Gav and Tom at 1086 Productions for the guidance, and to Flying White Dots for the inspiration, and to Scott for the preview.

Welcome to My World

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Landing soon....

"Did you think you heard real sounds.....?"

Hear the new mix album played exclusively on Ramdom Thoughts podcast this coming weekend (7th-8th March)

Ramdom Thoughts

Download to follow on these pages shortly, welcome...

Saturday, 28 February 2009


You don't even want to know the amount of work that went in to this one.....


Oasis - Wonderwall (i)
Jennifer Hudson - Spotlight (a)

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Dedicated as in most cases, to Kayleigh....

Something special is coming...

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

A glimpse of the future....

Taken from my forthcoming mix album "Welcome To My World"

Where Is Diana's Home

Bloc Party - Where Is Home (Burial Remix)
Sabres of Paradise - Haunted Dancefloor
Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana
Princess Diana - Martin Bashir interview

Video by The Reborn Identity

Monday, 16 February 2009

Sycamore Cowboys

Sorry folks - it's been a while since I graced these pages. However, be assured I have not given up the art of mash. Instead, I have been locked away in the Mash-cave working on a new album, which is now complete. More details will follow, but I can tell you its a space-rock ambient extravaganza. 15 new tracks, 1 you already know. It'll introduce you to my world.

As a result, there are one or two bits and pieces left over on my desktop which for space and time constraints couldn't make the final cut. This is one such track.

Part inspired by the Who Boys now classic and genius Strange Pyramid (fusing of all things, Radiohead with Billie Holiday), and heavily inspired by our collection of all things David Lynch last year, the Mashed In Plastic album (if you don't own a copy, shame on you! Over 20,000 downloads and counting) - here's my ode to all things jazzy trip-hop.

Oxymoronic legendary unknown jazz singer (Little) Jimmy Scott, appeared in the finale of Twin Peaks, singing this haunting ballad to the woods, bedecked in suit, looking a million dollars in the Lodge, and possibly out-cooling the Man From Another Place at the same time. It is one of THE standout moments in the whole of the show, and had many a Twin Peaks fan scrambling to get a hold of a copy of the soundtrack. In fact Jimmy is widely cited by his peers as being THE soul singer (Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, Quincy Jones....he even made Madonna cry!) of all time, and yet so few people know about him. For more info visit his site and educate yourselves as to what the human voice can achieve

Pair him with the equally moody trip-hop stylings of pioneers Portishead, and you have a gloomy, nay threatening even, song to go to bed on.

Sycamore Cowboys

Portishead - Cowboys (i)
Jimmy Scott - Sycamore Trees (a)

Thanks to Gav for the Jimmy Scott piccie too.

As I say, much more to come the next couple of weeks.

But until then, I'll see you in the branches that blow....

Monday, 5 January 2009

With A Little Bosh From My Friends

A silly little 60s mash to begin 2009, featuring the Darlings of Wapping Wharf Laundrette themselves, the Small Faces, and some band from Liverpool. I hear they were quite good.

Chilling to think these two tracks are 40 years and 42 years old respectively....

With A Little Bosh From My Friends

The Small Faces - Collibosher (i)
The Beatles - With A Little Help From My Friends (a)

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It's going to be a busy year folks, so please bear with me on the updates... but you can expect a huge one within a month or so with some pretty deep stuff - deeper than the normal A+B stuff I bash out anyway!

Happy New Year,