Thursday, July 31, 2008

Detachments are playing at the Time Out On The Up gig at The Vortex in Dalston this Sunday. Tickets have sold out but there will be 20 for sale at £5 on the door from 7pm. Should be a good one.
Photos here from the Detachements Pure Groove @ The Macbeth gig:

Friday, July 25, 2008

I saw The Dark Knight last night - a sucker for the hype I'd had my expectations raised through the roof (imdb users for example have given the film a staggering 9.4 average rating making it AHEM the greatest film of all time Warner Brothers have certainly made sure that the hype machine has kicked into overdrive). Anyways it was VERY GOOD - Heath Ledger certainly delivered a stunning performance as The Joker - and there are some incredible sections of the film (the car chase / joker incarceration is an amazing centrepiece) BUT it has elements of it that slightly let it down for me (the bullet fingerprint section, the quite literally stupid mobile phone as eyes....erm, what??!) but overall it's worth checking out on the big screen. And the way it ends leaves it open for a futher film....

My main man Sculpture would make a good character in a comic book film. Here he is performing live at The Elevator Gallery last week which I was going to attend but events conspired against me...

Don't forget that Detachments are playing live at Meat Raffle on Saturday night at Catch on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch. There will also be a DJ set from Simon A. Carr.

Detachments LIVE at 11pm

Simon A. Carr DJ Set at 12 midnight

Plus it's free!!! What more do you want? Sit in the sunshine all day and then come see (hear?) some amazing music!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

And here for your glorious consumption are the records you should have bought over the past year according to the Mercury Music Prize Panel....

Adele - 19
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Burial - Untrue
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Estelle - Shine
Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim
Neon Neon - Stainless Style
Portico Quartet - Knee-Deep in the North Sea
Rachel Unthank & The Winterset - The Bairns
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement

As usual its a bunch of middle ground non-risk taking SHIT. Apart from Radiohead (do Thom and the boys really need the money or the recognition though...?) as In Rainbows is really really good. And Burial Untrue is a staggering work of genius. I wonder who will collect the award and the cheque if Burial won? Will he wear a mask? I have a sneaking feeling Burial might win it - after all Portishead, Tricky and Massive Attack are all back gigging again it's almost like 1995 again when Dummy won. Burial for the prize if only to see dinner parties up and down the land discussing the world of dubstep and garage!

The rest is a pile of crap. Bitter They Came From The Stars didn't get nominated?? Never.....

Monday, July 21, 2008

Single Of The Week - Detachments Fear No Fear
Can I declare a release on my own label to be my single of the week? Of course I can. Why? Because it's head and shoulders above everything else you'll hear this week - it's big f8ck off dance music laced with Post Punk experimentalism with a dark heart and soul and a nod to Warp and Transmat early techno. It's absolutely killer - when I played this at Optimo earlier in 2008 and with strobes and white lights going off I had GOOSEBUMPS it sounded so good and people were so into it.
Plus it comes with an absolutely MASSIVE remix from Moscow which turns it into a 90's acid house piano anthem perfect for the 5am dancefloors. And then there's the 80's tinged Naum Gabo Remix - what more can you say than those guys have remixed everyone from Franz Ferdinand to Hot Chip to Snow with Jonnie DJing every week at Optimo you know the mix is going to deliver.
Go and buy - that's all there is to say.
Unless you only buy things from itunes / digital stores in which case you'll have to wait until next week. Buy a 12" though - the artwork has been done by Detachments vocalist and producer Sebastien and will look beautiful framed on your wall.

Friday, July 18, 2008


1. To behave or move nervously or restlessly.
2. To play or fuss; fiddle: He fidgeted with his notes while lecturing.

To cause to behave or move nervously or restlessly.

1. A condition of restlessness as manifested by nervous movements. Often used in the plural with the.
2. One that fidgets.

Bored bored bored by all this fidget house talk recently. It appears that all the kids who were into NURAVE last year have now taken this bouncy bassline fidget house stuff as their new plaything. And it sells SHEDLOADS literally bloody truckloads of the stuff. Shows how much I know!

Rest assured there'll be no fidgeting around these parts. In honour of non-fidgeting I'll be playing Meat Raffle in Shoreditch the weekend after next with the mighty Detachments. Detachments debut single is out on Monday so get yourself to your local record store or itunes and purchase!
This weekend I will be finishing the long awaited Thisisnotanexit Volume 10 - after the last one received nearly 20,000 downloads I'd figured that the new installment would have to live up to expectations and the plan in my head for it is rather special. It will be like nothing you've ever heard before (basically because about 50% of it hasn't been released yet..) Hopefully next week you will see what I mean....
Over and out.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

It's not often I flick through the NME and see something that sounds genuinely interesting but I was intrigued by the page devoted to Salem. Something in the NME that I would find interesting I thought - prtty prtty prtty unlikely. Off I went to myspace though and here you go:

Blimey. The tracks have been on repeat all morning and I've fallen completely for them - comparisons have been made to Burial due to their dubstep leaning and anti-media stance but for me the comparisons are more with Throbbing Gristle and The Knife - those blissed out vocals and synths are just killing me. There are some more crunk and dusbtepesque tracks but it's those such as Brewstreet and Deepburn that are the most exciting.
Apparently there is a limited edition record that has already sold out called YES I SMOKE CRACK so you'd best watch out for one on ebay if you want one....
Don't forget Simon A. Carr & Detachments are playing at The Washing Line in Camden this evening.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

They Came From The Stars I Saw Them played an exclusive live set for XFM's exposure last week - you can download it from here if you missed it!
"Absolutely amazing live" says John Kennedy!
1. The Motherlode
2. The Hot Inc.
3. Down On The Dancefloor
4. Moon Song
5. Rabbit Seal Monkey

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

When I said the Brand Manager of Magners I DEFINITELY meant MAGNERS. Not MANGOES. Just to be clear. Nothing against Mangoes of course.

A regular reader of the Thisisnotanexit blog emailed me today and asked if Thisisnotanexit was sponsored by Magners. I can assure you we are not, but if the marketing manager of Magners is reading this feel free to send me a crate and I'll write about sunshine and cider all summer.
It's pissing down with rain today though - definitely not a Magners day.
Here's some music:
Riz Ortolani - Il Corpo Di Linda
This was made in the 70's by the guy who also did the title track to Cannibal Holocaust but sounds like some sort of futurist techno template with Hot On The Heels Of Love but a distant spec on the horizon. This evening I'll mainly be mixing this with the new Ricardo Villalobos release on Perlon.
This week you should all have the following events in your disco diaries:
Pure Groove party @ The Macbeth featuring Andrew Weatherall, James Pants, Adam Kersher, We Have Band, Simon A. Carr DJ Set and Detachments LIVE!
Washing Line @ The Constitution featuring Simon A. Carr DJ Set and Detachments LIVE!
Come party. Don't forget Detachments Fear No Fear is released on MP3 and 12" on Monday 14th July - as played by Radio 1 this week!!
Over and out. Oh yeah and Mr. Magners hit me up.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

It's a beautiful sunny day here in London town. The kids are out getting burnt as I sit here typing this. Traditionally during summer my record collection and musical choices get a little happier and brighter - must be all that serotonin the sunlight and warmth is generating. Or something. My ipod has been quite dark recently though - a reignited interest in post punk and early 80s sounds that suggest there was never a summer then - just grey.
But today I got sent a link to these guys - Pepe California - from Japan. Dam! There name even says sunshine and summer. The music is as you would therefore expect the sound of the sea, balmy days on the beach, positivity, uplifting, the feeling that today is a good day.
Go turn it up real loud, put your sunglasses and some suntan lotion on and go sit in your back garden with a magners and enjoy this little selection!