Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Back to the early '90s..

So, we march forth into a new decade and what better way to mark this event than with a quick trip back 20 years to the early '90s.

This mix was a 40th birthday present for my very dear friend John Hassay. John and I cemented our friendship in the early '90s a time when I was lucky enough to be DJing at the Coco Club at The Zap Club in Brighton. I started off doing the visuals there and then moved up from back room DJ to warm-up DJ and then occassional filler-in for Chris Coco, who along with the lovely Lene created a very special club night. I will always be eternally grateful that they let me into the family.

Anyway, enough gushing. The mix is a selection of his favourites tracks that I was playing at the time. It reflects Johns love of American House, early British prog, T.E.C.H.N.O., Morales Red Zone mixes and the odd pilled up Balearic anthem.
Having had it to himself for a few months now he has kindly let me put it up on-line for you all to enjoy... But he did make me leave his personalised dedication on.

So I hope you enjoy it..
Feel the birthday love...

oh and the Ethyl Meatplow track has some pretty bad language on there..

To download the mix click on the title post...

here's the tracklisting...

Coco Steel & Lovebomb Feel It
A Certain Ratio 27 Forever (Jon Dasilva Remix)
Ethyl Meatplow
Queenie (MK Dub Mix)
The Daou
Surrender Yourself
Urban Soul
Alright (Sasha Remix)
TC 1991
Robert Owens
I'll Be Your Friend (Morales Remix)
2 House
Go Techno (Tony Humphries Remix)
Happy Mondays
Stinkin' Thinkin' (Junior Boys Own Dub)
Black Grass
Strobelite Honey (Morales Rx)
Say It Loud
4 You
The Formula
Spiritual Vibe
Amber Groove
React 2 Rhythm
Intoxication (Leftfield Rx)
Big Time Sensuality (Justin Robertson Rx)
I'm Gonna Love You

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Sky Saxon, Stigs In Love and my big brother...

It was a pity that Sky Saxon left us 2 days after Michael Jackson, space in the music obituaries sections was at a premium and he didn't get anywhere near the column inches he deserved...But I'm kinda biased, you see, I wrote a song with him... well, technically it looks like I did.. the slightly less glamorous reality is that I sampled one of his records for a track of mine called Stigs In Love.
Sky Saxon was the lead singer of The Seeds an excellent LA based garage rock band from the late '60's. My eldest brother Christopher was a big fan and as a youngster I was always drawn to the artwork for their album 'Web Of Sound'. Sadly Christopher died some 15 years ago. A tiny, tiny crumb of comfort was that I got to have some of his brilliantly obscure record collection. And so this was how I came about 'A Faded Picture' a beautiful track off the album which I subsequently sampled. We sent off for permission which Sky granted very graciously and thus the songwriting credit became Harris/Saxon/Hooper. Something which I'm incredibly proud of.

A Faded Picture is available on i-Tunes and I thoroughly recommend checking out The Seeds. Up In Her Room, another track off the LP is particularly brilliant, it's 15 minutes of frantic building sexual tension/celebration, it's hard to believe it was made in 1967.

So here is a video of Stigs In Love that someone kindly put on You Tube, don't watch it expecting anything to happen though.. it's kinda minimal like that

And finally... Here is a picture of Christopher, It would have been his birthday today, 9th July.. he would have been 51, and he would have hated it, he never liked birthdays. Though he'd probably be missing the cricket..


Friday, 29 May 2009


Well what a terrible start to my year of blogging 2009 is almost half way over and here is my 1st post... shameful..
But what a post.. yes indeed, here is the video for Teddy Bear, a track off General Disarray. It's a cover version of an old C&W tearjerker by Red Sovine. And it's another Midfield General/Kidda Animation Collaboration.. Kidda also did the video for Midfielding, a track from my 1st album that featured Noel Fielding on storytelling duties.. This time it's Ralph Brown, Shakespearean actor, star of Withnail & I, Waynes World 2 and a pilot in the Rebel Alliance, that is telling the story...
It's a long 'un.. 6:10.. but worth every second.. so make yourself a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy... sensitive types might want to have some tissues handy as it's a bit of a tearjerker.. enjoy.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

I'm an Ed Rec Edit Addict

Bonjour Mes Enfants et Bienvenue to the Midfield General Blogsite.

The reason for the bad French is that you have probably be directed here by those lovely people at Ed Banger who have kindly put me on their mail-out.

For those of you who don't know, my connections with Ed Banger started back in 2004 when I licensed Theme From Vicarious Bliss for Skint, then in 2005 I chose Paris for my sabbatical, where I was supposed to start work on my album General Disarray. I was very kindly adopted by the Ed Rec crew, so for 8 glorious months went to their parties, took pictures and tried, unsuccessfully, to explain the theory behind a 'round of drinks'.

So, to explain the title of this entry... For some reason I just can't stop re-editing/remixing their tracks. My first was a remix of Krazy Baldheads 'Crazy Motherfuckers', and then I recently did one for the amazing Positif by Mr Oizo which has been doing the rounds in blog-world. And here is another which is being sent out into the wide world for the first time. It is my re-working of the So-Me remix of Busy P's track To Protect & Entertain. Click on the red writing for a 320 mp3.

I suppose while I've got you hear I should let you know about stuff I have coming up. Next week I'll be releasing some mixes of tracks off my album, there will be one a month available through Beatport and we kick of with Error, with my own disco-ish reworking (which is now on my myspace music player, and the original Rough Dub. Then there will be mixes of other tracks by Fukkk Off, Arveene & Misk, Tronik Youth, OrtzRoka, Broken Hookers, Si Begg, Stenchman and many more. I bet you just can't wait can you?

So, I always try and illustrate each post with a few pictures, so it's only right that I include a few from my time in Gay Paris. 


Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Mix for November for BLAH BLAH BLAH

Evening all...

So, November, dear dear November...
Why so gushing about November eh? I hear you ponder..

Well for a start I get to final wear my big coat, but more importantly it's my birthday on the 4th, and this year it was extra special as I asked for a new American president. And hey ho.. i got one.
I'd been following the election very intently and spent way to much time watching Fox News and their blatant attempts to derail the Obama campaign... As the election loomed I actually started to wonder if I wanted Barack to win to finally put an end to the divisive politics of the Neo Cons, to usher in a new era of hope and optimism, to finally have an America you can like again... OR, just to really piss off Sean Hannity, the hateful piece of shit 'political commentator'.

So it's with great joy that my November mix starts with the moment that Fox, through gritted teeth project Obama to win... glorious.

The mix was done in association with the very nice people from Blah, Blah, Blah. A Brighton based bunch who put on clubs and stuff... click on the red letters for a link to their site where you will find it along with my September mix and the tracklistings.

The pictures are from a recent trip to New Yoik, the first is fairly self explanatory and the 2nd is a friend getting a tattoo whilst out there.. feel the pain.

I Rock With Tourettes at the Discotheque...

Hello loyal readers,
So those frustrating days you've spent hitting refresh every 5 minutes on my blog for my next post are finally over... hallelujah I hear you both cry..

So what do I have for you this time.. Well it's a remix I did for Kid Acne,  my favourite MC in the world. Sliding Doors is taken off his excellent 3rd album Romance Ain't Dead which came out in 2007. This remix never saw the light of day because, er, well I didn't get it finished in time.. I should have blamed some lack of A&R vision.. but no, it's me own fault..

Anyway, I still really like it so here it is..
It's a kinda dirty 112 BPM type thing..
click on the red type to download a 320 mp3.

This isn't my first remix of Kid Acne, hell no... I also did a track from his 2nd album called Squirrel Hunters and it's on his myspace page which lives here...

The picture is Kid Acne rocking the discotheque at YoYo in April 2007, it was the 12th around 9:45 if my memory serves me correctly..

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

New mix for September..

Here's a new DJ mix what I've just done. It's a 50 minute collection of what I've playing right about now.. Click on the red type to download it.. Hope you like it..

I also thought I should repost some of my older mixes as they're getting lost in the depths of my furious posting. And well, I must admit to an alterior motive, my new DJ agent has asked me to put up some mixes so people can get an idea of what I'm playing... so there.