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Darren Williams – October surprise mix

He’s a bit of a curveball thinker, is our Darren. There’s no denying the opinions thrown out there by the resident leftfield thinker of #GJBlog (yes, I’m a proper hashtag wanker now) are off kilter with the rest of society, but that doesn’t make them any less enlightening or entertaining. He’s also a bit of a DJ who throws records together to create interesting and thought provoking ideas.

This in evidence here with the opening three tracks, which sees Aftermath released hip-hop snapping out of a live recording of Joan Baez, before blurring into political discourse on George Bush which is overran atop of jazz. Dubya provides an accompaniment throughout with several soundbites discussing his stewardship segued to the music, which includes freaky funk from Jamie Lidell, social commentary form Gil Scott Heron and re-rubs of Rick James. There’s even a proper mental karaoke cover of Steve Miller Band riding shotgun with the original.

It’s a definite and very deliberate headfuck, much like the articles he throws forward on here. Disturbed and deranged? Yes, but equally it’s cleverely constructed and a hark back to the disco ethos of telling a story with a mix, although where Larry and Nicky focused on love and happiness Your Mother, as Darren’s DJ alter ego goes by, is swinging towards a much more eye-opening experience. Definitely not something you can just leave on in the background. Get stuck in folks.

Tracklisting:

1). “Play Me Backwards” – Joan Baez [Virgin].
2). “Hallelujah” – Bishop Lamont w/t Xzibit [Aftermath].
3). “Analysis of George W. Bush’s behaviour on Tuesday
September 11th 2001 (Jackie McLean ‘Hipnosis’ Blue Note re-edit)” –
Webster G. Tarpley [Tarpley.net].
4). “Jungle Love (MLW.com Konnan’s Faster Backwards Re-fix)” –
Steve Miller Band [Capitol].
5). “When I Come Back Around” – Jamie Lidell [Warp].
6). “Bastards, Keep Jump’in (Remix)” – Blackman [Red Light].
7). “Magic Passport (Grand Theft Auto IV Remix)” – Alex Jones
[Infowars.com].
8). “Headless Heroes” – Eugene McDaniels [Atlantic].
9). “Missy Hyatt is The Numero Uno (Darren from Liverpool Mix)”-
Konnan & Court Bauer [MLW.com].
10). “Super Freak (Ronando’s Extended Freaky Freak Mix)” –
Rick James [Motown].
11). “Missing $ at The Pentagon (Banjo Happiness Remix)” –
American Newsdude [Top Secret].
12). “Equal Rights” – Dennis Brown [Joe Gibbs Music].
13). “How come Dubba-yuh was SO sure?” – Dr. Condoleezza Rice
[Blag].
14). “The Story” – The Matthew Herbert Big Band [Accidental].
15). “People’s Champion” – Katt Williams [White Label].
16). “Home is where The Hatred is?” – Gil Scott-Heron
[Flying Dutchman].
17). “‘Desist Da Black” – Dollis Hill [Metalheadz].

STUART PRICE RETURNS AS JACQUES LU CONT WITH BRAND NEW TRACK ‘CHURCH’

The Thin White Duke is back.

After a series of Djing gigs last year, notably at Fabric, Chibuku and the Warehouse Project, he man known to his mother as Stuart Price returns from a lengthy hiatus production wise with this stomer ‘Church’. It liberally borrows from the Justice template of crushing 80s influenced electro (the link is even more pertinent by this video, which simply turns his Jacques lu Cont moniker into a cross), but considering JLC pretty much invented the sound in this guise we can forgive him. And it has that sumptuous trademark bass which defined the Price production template underpinning it all, and a series of euphoric choir esque vocals. This is stadium dance music.

Jacques lu Cont was something of a hero for me at that point where I just started Djing, dragging dance music out of it’s dull age of twelve minute progressive house records by playing Steve Miller Band’s ‘Abracadabra‘ and Depeche Mode’s ‘I just can’t get enough‘ in between a ferocious mix of house, electro and lost and forgotten eighties dance classics. And then there was that Fabriclive mix; no-one had even contemplated dropping Strauss on a mix cd before and it still stands as one of the most revolutionary compilations of it’s time. Seriously, if you haven’t copped that you are missing out on a piece of EDM history.

In a series of dates in Liverpool he defined a certain period of time clubbing in the city, not least in his run of Chibuku shows when the club was just exploding out of his Lemon Lounge infancy. The best of the lot though was in February 2003 at Bugged Out, where him and Erol Alkan (also just at a point where he was tearing up the rulebook of rave), which I still reckon rankles as the best night clubbing I have ever had. He returns to Bugged Out! at Sankeys on February 17th, and plays his own headlined show Reload a day after in London’s XOYO.

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