Floating Points Live @ Electric Brixton 

Floating points is a name you’ll probably be familiar with for songs like Vacum boogie and Nuits Sonores, really funky fresh dance tunes, with heaps of soul. This trademark sound was incubated through many intimate sessions at London’s Plastic People club, of which has sadly shit its doors at the turn of the year.

That being said, if you look further back into Dr Sam Shepard’s roots you see a highly educated neuroscientist with background in classical music, he started out as a choir boy in Manchester before learning to play an array of instruments. His debut album Elaenia is a cosmic culmination of Shepard’s varied musical career, placing it in genre hard pushed for comparison – spiritual jazz is the phrase which often comes up to describe it. You can read more about his album when he sat down with Katie Hutchinson from the Guardian 

The Live show was a great rendition of the album interspersed with some intense and interesting experimentation and improvisation, a highlight was a five minute techno drum an bass solo with mesmerising strobe lighting throughout. The whole orchestra were incredibly tight, even if they did look a little bored throughout some of the extended breakdowns – bringing out real highs and deep lows, You can fell how much Sam enjoys playing with the crowd.

Overall the gig was a good musical performance and Electric Brixton suited it well – my only criticism was that Shepard lacked much real showmanship such as introducing and closing words, which would’ve really help bring together such a disconnected and experimental set like this; Something he can definitely work on to take the show to the next level from musical expression to spiritual transcendence.

If you enjoyed the album then you should do all you can to try an catch an upcoming live show, if you prefer his older releases and Dj sets then you may be left a little wanting without that persistent funky rhythm to dance to.

Greg Wilson@ MAREH Music festival, Brasil NYE 2015

Jammy vibes throughout with a refreshing dose of re cut classics, Greg Wilson doesn’t disappoint with this mix! It sounded like a memorable party over in Brasil, read Greg wrote all about his time at the beautiful Mareh festival as well as some juicy bits about his Label Super Weird Substance’s first releases over on his blog.

Ever since I first saw Greg at the Williamson Tunnels in Liverpool, I have been captivated by his refreshing disco style of re cutting classics, always putting on a new show. I couldn’t recommend his sets any more, and wish him all the best with Super Weird Substance.

Enjoy the mix below

Check out many more on his Soundcloud
 

Track list

1) Bill Withers – Lovely Day (Copycat’s Slightly Re-edit)
2) Gilberto Gil – Maracatu Atômico (Greg Wilson And Derek Kaye Remix)
3) Sister Sledge – Living Ecstasy (Norinton Remix)
4) Greg Wilson Feat. The Reynolds – Summer Came My Way (Luxxury Club Mix)
5) Pink Floyd – Another Brick in The Wall (Agent 86 Remix)
6) The Doors – Riders on the storm (Luxxury Live Remix)
7) Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love (Luxxury Edit)
8) Fingerman – Too Much
9) Hall & Oates – Go 4 That (Late Nite Tuff Guy Remix)
10) Sweet Tooth T – She Can’t Lovey/Feel The Same (Club)
11) Queen – Another one bites the dust (Agent 86 subliminal messages re-edit)
12) Aretha Franklin – Respect (Raw-Artes Edit)
13) Greg Wilson – Edit the Edit Two Sides Of Symphaty (Greg Wilson edit of pta mash)
14) Fingerman – It’s Your Favourite Foreign Movie
15) Late Nite Tuff Guy – Holiday
16) Psychemagik – Mink & Shoes (Greg Wilson Edit)
17) Eumir Deodato – Whistle Bump (Derek Kaye work in progress edit)

Five years of Grey skateboard magazine video

It’s been a very bleak few years for skateboard print magazines, but luckily we have Grey – a real Phoenix from the ashes. In its small form size its super easy to grab from your local skate store an read on the go. Always packed with the interviews you wanna read an shots you need to see. Grey magazine have been a truly essential part of the UK scene for the past few years, an it shows with this brilliant retrospective

 

Here’s to another five more amazing years of Grey!!!

Cheers guys!!!

How to make a ghetto fisheye for any camera CHEAP!


For only £2.50 you can make yourself a ghetto ass fisheye for all those proper gully angles.

Works best with cameras with small flush lenses like mobile phones or handicams.

Instructions:

Step 1) Buy this (or get cheaper one from your local hardware store)

Step 2) Cut out a gap in a bottle gap to fit the neck of the peep hole in (Not essential, just easier to mount)

Step 3) Unscrew back of peep hole and push the neck through, screw the back on.

Step 4) Mount the finished lens on your camera with whatever you can get your hands on! Tape, blu tack etc… For true security duct tape that fucker!!

Your finsihed ghetto fisheye should look something like this

Ghetto fisheye made from a peep hole

 

Here is some footage of Grant Taylor recorded with this sick little fisheye to show you its true power (about 50 seconds in)

 

 

Chris Oliver goes in for his Vans Excursions part

Chris Oliver keeps to himself, letting his skating do the talking. His latest part for the Vans Excursion series is no different; heavy tricks from start to finish you cant take your eyes away!!!

Nice variety of spots and tricks including fresh takes on many iconic London locations, with a chilled original soundtrack.

This is a proler edit not to be missed.

Four Tet – Live Performance @ ICA, London, August 24th 2015 with Video

In todays day world of USB stick playlists and lip syncing, it’s getting hard to tell what really is ‘live’ music? This goes doubly for electronic shows, where some of the most popular ‘acts’ consistently pump out pre-baked shows for extortionate price tags. Luckily we still have acts like Four Tet, currating ridiculous line-ups for honest prices  while also pioneering a truly live electronic experience – a unique journey through the sound and vision of Kieran’s music.

Four Tet plays live

Four Tet’s show last night at the Institute of Contemporary arts was a prime example of this, a simply beautiful electronic a/v show like nothing I’ve seen before; A perfect matrix of lights dancing to the sounds of his latest piece Morning/Evening sprinkled with classic tunes along the way.

This was a special show and I’m pleased to have grabbed a few clips to share; I can’t recommend enough Four Tet’s Live shows, catch one near you: http://www.fourtet.net/index.php/live/

 

Four Tet's Live setup surrounded by lights
Four Tet’s Live setup

See Kieran go into a few details of his Live setup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KIvnLBF7vU