Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

Mixing and mitching

I’ve spent the last 10 days or so tramping around Toronto and Montreal. The sun has been shining for the most part, the vibes have been pleasant and I’ve mooched around various ‘hoods, avoiding doing much of the work I …

Tue, Oct 2, 2007, 04:53

   

I’ve spent the last 10 days or so tramping around Toronto and Montreal. The sun has been shining for the most part, the vibes have been pleasant and I’ve mooched around various ‘hoods, avoiding doing much of the work I said I’d do while I was here. Mitching, it’s the new rock’n'roll.

Anyway, as I went further along Queen St West, wandered around Cabbagetown or swapped the Plateau for Mile End, I’ve found myself going back again and again to three particular mixes on the iPod

The first mix is the Diplo one which Pitchfork threw your way a couple of weeks ago. Now, I know some of you have problems with him, but I’ve had nothing but love for Diplo since he dropped that “Florida” album and since I caught him slaying the Razzmatazz club in Barca a couple of years ago. Anyway, this mix is delightful, a cheery-picker’s delight.

The second mix is a wonderfully hissy and crackly 1998 Essential Mix from Ashley Beedle. I found it on the Best Foot Forward blog a few weeks ago and only got around to listening to it last week. Beautiful super-skank sounds from Beedle, complete with rewinds and chatter.

The third one is the Fabriclive 36 from LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Pat Mahoney. Yeah, yeah, I know some of you probably have problems with Murphy too – what it with you lot, eh? Anway, if this collection of old-school New York City spiritual disco and rare grooves does not bring a smile to your face and a spring to your step, there is something amiss in your bones. You really have to move your feet and clap your hands when you hear sounds like Donald Byrd & The 125th St NYC’s “Love Has Come Around”, music from a time when the living and dreaming was that bit easier. Call it an alternative soundtrack, if you will, for those mythical Sunday mornings and afternoons at The Loft or Body & Soul which keep playing in your mind.

Anyone have mixes they’d like to recommend?

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