Monthly Archives: March 2012

MIX: VAST & BULBOUS – WRONGSPEED 02

Avid readers of Bedmodisco.com may remember a mix we posted a month or two ago called “Wrongspeed 01”. It was by our own Sell By Dave and featured records deliberately played at the wrong speed, with some 12s pitched down to minus 20 thanks to the wonder of Vestax Ultrapitch. We decided to make turn “Wrongspeed” into a semi-regular series, and asked a number of our favourite Bristol-based DJs to give us their own take on the “wrongspeed” concept.

We’re delighted to present the first interpretation from someone outside the Bedmo Disco camp, and even more delighted that it’s an absolute doozy. “Wrongspeed 02” comes from Vast & Bulbous – aka DJ/producer/tall man about town Tom Govan – and we think it’s rather fine. For those who’ve not come across V&B before, Tom has an intriguingly deep and varied record collection. He’s just as likely to turn up to a gig and play vintage synth-wave, Balaerica or Afro-electro jams as he is druggy disco, house, Italo or EBM. He’s been working hard in the studio, too, and his productions just get better and better.

For “Wrongspeed 02“, he’s delivered a mix that veers between blissful oddeness and druggy curiosity, with plenty of electronic obscurities in between. There’s slowed down deep house, smack industrial and even a dash of Ryuichi Sakamoto put through the blender. The resultant mix is entertaining, inspiring and, of course, more than a little bit wrong.

We asked Tom to jot down a few words about the mix and what he was trying to do. This is what he said:

“Wrongspeed 01 was an awesome musical statement. It was a plesasure to be asked to provide a second helping, although the construction process has been arduous. Sell By’s reverb heavy and dumpling dense ‘cement mixer’ wrongspeed style is uniquely his own, and as such alternative methods had to be invested in to gain what Deborah Meaden would call my USP (unique slowing point). Whilst in the previous installment a cement mixer was the preferred processing implement I have chosen to encase each of these records in a Jersey Island all butter fudge. Nearly 50% of the tunes have undergone the vintage ‘Peel’ style wrongspeed of 45 to 33 or vice versa and the rest, bar one or two, have had the ‘cosmic nudge’, up or down to +8/-8.”

So there you go. If that’s not enticed you to click on the following link, do it anyway – you won’t be disappointed (seriously – Tom is an excellent DJ with his own unique flow and style).

Incidentally, you can catch Tom playing back to back with our own Sell By Dave at the Idle Hands Easter After Hours at TB2, Bristol, on Easter Sunday (well, technically Easter Monday morning) – they’ll be holding down the second room from 3.30am until the close. Expect some wrongspeed selections amongst the late night grooves.

LISTEN (to download, check your browser instructions – basically select the link and save it/download it):
 WRONGSPEED 02 [mixed by VAST & BULBOUS] 

Tracklist – Wrongspeed 02

Intro
Real By Reel – Serene
Ryuchi Sakamoto – Riot in Lagos
Early Man- Alpha (Simon Baker DJ Mix)
Life Force- Reach for the Stars (Instrumental)
Religious Knives- Adam (Pocketknife Remix)
James Asher – Pemulwuy (Aetherius Remix)
Nona Hendryx- Tears
Ritchie Family – Quiet Village (V&B Timid Hamlet Dub)
Curt Cress – Sundance
Wham – Battle Stations
Edwin Starr – Eye to Eye Contact
The Fixx – Liner

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MUSIC: BEDMOCAST 05 – FIVE-STYLEZ’ BOOGIE STYLES

Regular readers of this website will know that we like to give away BedmoCast mixes on a regular basis. They’ll also know that new DJ mixes from our own Five-Stylez are rarer than hen’s teeth, rocking horse excrement and Bristol City winning (this season, at least). You’ll be excited to note, then, that the latest BedmoCast episode has been mixed by… yep, Five-Stylez himself!

As he’s a bit of a digger and doesn’t like revealing some of his sources/finds, there’s no tracklist, but expect a range of boogie, electrofunk and synth-funk gems, including some unreleased tracks from Bedmo Disco (we won’t tell you which ones, just look out for some cheeky hip-hop vocal samples…), new bits from the label, classics from Instant Funk, and much, much more. 68 minutes of thrill-a-minute boogie goodness!

Click on the link below to listen. You can download it, too – check your browser instructions on how to download a “linked file”.

BedmoCast 05_ FIVE-STYLEZ

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MUSIC: FREE BEDMO DISCO BOOGIE DUB DOWNLOAD

As a thank you to all those who pushed Bedmo Disco Records above 1000 followers on Soundcloud, last week we posted a free track to download. It’s called “I want Your Dub Back” and is available to download as a mastered WAV. It was due to be included on a future Bedmo Digital release, but we’ve decided to let you have it for gratis instead. Good, eh?

You can listen and download on the Soundcloud player below. If you’ve yet to follow us on Soundcloud, get your arse over to our Soundcloud profile and click on “follow”…

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MUSIC: COMING SOON – JIMMY THE TWIN’S 505 FUNK

After a number of annoying delays, BEDM005 by JIMMY THE TWIN is on its way to the pressing plant. Called “505 Funk (with an 808 Boom)”, it features four heavy re-edits crafted using vintage drum machines. More info is available from the BEDM005 release page, while you can listen to low-res clips on Soundcloud by clicking above.

It should be out on 12″ in April 2012, with a digital release to follow soon after…

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MUSIC: BEDMOCAST 04 – AWON’S SYNTH BOOGIE JAM

For the latest instalment of the BedmoCast series, we’ve enlisted Bedmo Disco studio member, label artist and regular DJ partner AWON. He’s given us a vintage mix recorded this time last year – a slick, ever-changing synth boogie jam that boasts a mix of classic 80s electrofunk flavas, from singalong anthems and bona fide bangers to little-known cuts, obscure dubs and slept-on tracks. We reckon it’s rather ace.

No tracklist this time around, but expect tracks from the likes of I-Level, Freez, Krystol, Donna Allen, Rene & Angela, D-Train and many, many more. Think fat synth basslines, twiddly LFO “funk buttion” action, vintage synths and gorgeous vocals. Plus, of course, a dash of slap bass!

Awon is a firm part of the Bedmo Disco family and has been working with us in the studio, adding his musical skills – keys, guitar, bass, wooden frog, MPC manipulating – to our productions. Two of his tracks – one of which we had a hand in constructing/arranging – will be featured on BEDM006, due for release later this spring, alongside two cuts from Bedmo Disco (which, erm, he also played on). More about that EP soon, so stay tuned for info. There will also be a solo Awon EP later in the year, too, which will probably drop in September or October.

Awon will be joining Sell By Dave and Five-Srylez behind the decks as part of a newly-expanded Bedmo Disco DJ crew at a number of events this year, including Soundwave Croatia, the Globe in Brighton (April 7) and the next label party at Big Chill Bristol (24 March).

Anyway, enough of that – give the mix a whirl and let us known what you think. We reckon it’s lush!

Listen: BEDMOCAST 04 – AWON

(Note: It is possible to download all our mixes – it usually requires right clicking or on Macs, CTRL+ click, then selecting ‘download’ linked file or similar. Check the help section of your browser software for details!)

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MUSIC: “Monkees in dub hell”

Yesterday’s news of the sad death of Monkee Davy Jones reminded us of our own tribute to the Prefab Four – Sell By Dave’s 2010 re-cut of “Pleasant Valley Sunday”.

He originally did it as part of a tailor-made re-score/alternative soundtrack to 60s horror film The Masque Of The Red Death, which he played at a Caravan Records party at TB2 in Bristol in November 2010. We can’t honestly remember what scene it was used to soundtrack, but the idea was that the Monkees’ cheery beat pop would offer a twisted alternative to the darkness and abject horror appearing on screen. High concept stuff. Incidentally, you can listen to The Masque Of The Red Death Re-Told here.

At the time of the ‘performance’ at TB2, one of our good friends Andy Clarkson – one of Bristol’s premier crate-diggers and a man with an absurdly good record collection – described the “Pleasant Valley Sunday” rub as “the Monkees in Dub Hell”. It’s quite, erm, trippy – at least in terms of the reverb and delay-laden sound. See what you think by giving it a listen/downloading it below.

RIP Davy.

Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday [Sell By Dave’s Pleasant Valley Dub]

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