Mental Combat 912
Monday, 16 June 2008
The German label Unique is a favourite and this year they celebrate 20 years of operation. Now that is something to be proud of indeed. So what do they do- They decide the best way is to not serve up the clichéd ‘best of’ compilation, but to instead grab a couple of DJs to select a grab bag of tunes that reflect their own tastes from any label they desire for the new spin-off with the hit-‘em-between-the-eyes moniker of This Is DJ’s Choice (Unique/Creative Vibes). And who would these lucky upstarts be- Er, the Swiss lads Soulinus & Pun. One wears a cloth cap with scarf and the other dons what looks like an Exacto sweater. So music nerds no doubt. I trust them on clothing apparel alone. Amazingly of the 13 tracks chosen, seven of them are unreleased tunes. The Spanish funk outfit The Sweet Vandals’ Losing Me and Glen Anthony Henry’s excellent Hope are the only Unique releases that come to mind. So all in all it’s a worthwhile compilation that offers up some exclusives that aren’t from the label’s own domain. Some of my own favourites have even turned up on here. The Lack of Afro remix of The Eddie Roberts Quintet’s Giorgio’s Brother and the Tim Wood remix of the Dutch based The JazzInvaders and their track Up & Out. It’s a shame it’s not mixed, but I guess it’s all ready for the Serato kids who’ve been locked out of their favourite MP3 site and need some new beats quick smart from the likes of Keno-1, Leisure All Stars, Beatfanatic, Flevans, Tombee and Quantic.
While I’m typing this, sick with the flu, Peanut Butter Wolf is spinning 45 versions of Arabian Prince’s Strange Life mixed into Connie’s Funky Little Beat at the Oxford Art Factory and I’m here trying to comprehend what is the nature of a fella called James Pants. New clothing label or just a doggone tired marathon runner- You decide, ‘cause I can’t. Let’s just put him under the category of ‘fruit loop’ in the record bins at your localand and watch the spotty kids screw up their faces in amazement. Think Spod, but with better teeth. It’s a healthy mix of two-parts Rich Cason styled electro, a teaspoon of 80’s RNB, some of Howard Jones’ hair, a dob of Delia Derbyshire, a cup full of irony, a measurement of Ant Banks and some healthy knob twiddling via the likes of a Casio sampler. The album is called Welcome (Stones Throw/Creative Vibes). Respect goes to someone who can invoke the charm of Isan with the originality of Les Baxter. There, was that enough references for you to make up your mind- I can’t get the track You’re The One, featuring keyboardist Gary Davis of P&P label fame, out of my head. Top stuff.