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There are old moods that come along every once in a while, not so mcuh laboured or tired, sometimes comfortable and comforting. They take you off to another time.
There are days when the textures of rust are something more … they take you along and bring back those memories of times when there was not so much comfort as something easier …
A few things I have been working on recently …
Memoria – deep soulful house – click the link above
As you may have guessed I have something of an eclectic taste in music. Particular forms of music fit with various of my moods – and no I am not just endlessly moody! I do, however, run through a whole gamut of feelings in the average day and so sucha typical day can be filled variously with anything from deep, soulful and chilled house
- I also have a love of old soul from early 60s days through to new soul – nusoul, neo soul – by way of 80s and 90s sounds
- on into moody trip hop – I retain a real love of all sorts of artists from Portishead to London Grammar by way of Bonobo and the list would go on endlessly
- and then to drum and bass, which would include the full range of old jungle, raggaed up or not, and including liquid, atmospheric and intelligent – so my tastes go from Congo Natty to Bukem, from Marcus Visionary to Calibre
click below for the new liquid mix from silverbackdj
click the image below to be taken to a new drum n bass mix from silverback dj
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Coventry, the city in which I grew up, is definitely for me a city of contrasts. During my youth I grew up in an area called Tile Hill – in particular the village, separated off from the newer housing developments by the woods. In our house I had such objects as this grandmother clock and so many other well aged things – athree quarter sized snooker table, bought for my uncle when he was young and ill – he later became a champion cyclist, nearly going off to the Olympics and he was also once one of the most skilled toolmakers in the area working for many years at Coventry Gauge and Tool. On the other corner of our street was the farm, known to us as Bourne’s Farm but properly named Tanyard Farm, originally a tanners yard built in the 18th century. But close by were the factories – Massey Ferguson, the tractor manufacturers, the Standard Triumph works and many more.
This is more of the nature of Coventry now. Part of a city centre shopping centre that is somewhat impressive – if that is your sort of thing. My memories are rather more of the older buildings sat beside more modern efforts in terms of work, industry and music.
The Golden Cross was a major part of my youth – built in 1583 and still standing, perhaps still open. I remember it as the place where I met John Bradbury, later to become drummer with the Specials and Selecter. I tried very hard to impress him playing sax and singing – I was seriously not very good and also quite shy. I failed miserably. I retain my love of the music of that era and beyond. I still create ska and 2 tone mixes and occasionally listen to the music I enjoyed in those days. It was somewhat later that me and friends went off to see a certain Noel Redding, bassist with Jimi Hendrix – he was very good – gave him a Picadilly because he was out of fags.
There are still a whole variety of medieval buildings still standing and still in use.
In a recent visit back home I had the chance to relate some old stories of my old school – Bablake, 670 years old – the stories are a little risque and so I will not repeat them here. Suffice it to say, the old boys had a somewhat lively approach to things and got up to all sorts.
Coventry is quite a city. It is my home town, I now live in Sheffield and have been based there for many, many years. It was good to see the place again. It is certainly a city of contrasts – contrasts that are still present. In recent history renowned for its engineering, car production and at times really high tech indutrial foundation – it has a very long history indeed. I had travelled down for a family event – the day after we had a chance to have a little look around. The history is there in front of you. There is the modern cathedral, of course, a place most have heard of – the past sits resolutely at its side.
The Golden Cross was a pub that had real meaning for me. I met so many people there and made friends. It was in this pub I made friends with a certain John Bradbury, ten years or so later to become the drummer of the Specials and also to be there at the beginning of the Selecter. I must admit I failed in my vocal and saxophonic renditions for him and so the friendship was short but still memorable for me. I have retained a huge love of ska and 2 tone.
I was down in Coventry over the bank holiday weekend for a family event – my great niece’s christening. After the ceremony there was a bit of a bash and this band performed. Not everyone has a taste for covers bands – this band were tremendous – what a range of funk, soul, ska, reggae, disco, recent charts stuff. The Amy Winehouse covers were unbelievable – this band is worth a visit to Cov just for the sake of …