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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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MIX: WRONGSPEED 01

We like to try and bring you new and unusual mixes of weird and wonderful music as well as lovingly-crafted selections of heartwarming dancefloor fare. Our latest offering comes from Bedmo Disco’s own bearded grump and former teenage ambient type SELL BY DAVE. It’s called WRONGSPEED 01 and is made up entirely of records played at the wrong speed (hence the title). We’ll let him explain…

Last weekend I had the honour of playing at the Headrush & UFO night at Timbuk2 in Bristol, where I was asked to play a “non dancefloor set” (their words). I’ve done the same thing for them once before, where I had the pleasure of doing a back-to-back weird-out with Tom Govan of Vast & Bulbous and I Feel Space fame (one of the most interesting DJs in Bristol at the moment, in my opinion). This time round, I decided to leave the Serato set-up at home, dig deep in the recesses of the record collection and mostly play records at the wrong speed – either 45rpm cuts at 33, or 33/45 records at -8.

It was one of the most enjoyable sets I’ve played for sometime. Although making people dance and have a great time is why we all DJ, there’s something great about being given the opportunity to just go a bit crazy and play interesting, unusual and downright odd records with no intention of getting feet moving. I spent my formative years as a DJ playing ambient, dub, downtempo, IDM and electronica, and used to spend countless hours recording weird and wonderful mixtapes, where blending and tune selection were far more important than beatmatching. At Headrush & UFO I resorted to that style, picking out records to create a mood.

The feedback was good and I enjoyed it immensely, so I decided to record a “wrongspeed” mix based on that set. It’s not exactly the same, but it does contain some of the same records, albeit in a different order. Some tracks have been re-edited especially for the mix, while others are just given a new lease of life by being slowed down, dropped at 33 instead of 45 or pitched down to -10 (my Vestax decks go down that far, unlike Technics). Musically it’s dark and murky in parts and sounds like it was recorded in a cement mixer – or at least beamed down from outer space (lots of pops and crackles, for some reason) – but it gets a touch more cuddly and, erm, Balearic later on. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it – it’s certainly not a bog standard mix of house and disco.

Listen: WRONGSPEED 01

Tracklist: Wrongspeed 01

1. Bryan Ferry – Oh Me Oh My [Quiet Village Remix – Sell By Dave Wrongspeed Edit]
2. I:Cube – La Bicyclette [Cubo Edit]
3. Blue Pearl – Mother Dawn [Orb Buckaneer Mix 1 – Sell By Dave Wrongspeed Edit]
4. Aardvark – Bloom 2 Mix
5. Shackleton – Deadman [Sell By Dave Wrongspeed Edit]
6. DJ Harry – Aquarium Man [Stranger Dub]
7. Try To Find Me – Make Dance
8. The KLF – What Time Is Love [Moody Boys Remix – Sell By Dave Wrongspeed Edit]
9. Divine Edits – Sermon [Mark 7 Serotonin Edit]
10. Mugwump – Boutade [Miseridub]
11. The Grid – Floatation [Prins Thomas Miks]

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