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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

LISTENING SINCE THE PREVIOUS POST:

SLIPMATT AND BROCKIE- 'ABSOLUTE OLD SCHOOL CLASSICS'
LUCIANO- 'SCI FI HI FI VOL.2'
WIGGLE- FABRIC MIX
GET PHYSICAL RECORDS- 4TH ANNIVERSARY COMP.
M.A.N.D.Y- 'BODY LANGUAGE MIX'
FILASTINE- 'BURN IT'
BANG- 'SHOOTING STAR'
FORCE AND STYLES- 'HEART OF GOLD'
Q-TEX- 'POWER OF LOVE'
MARTIN JAY SUNDAY SOCA SHOW ON CHOICE FM.
VARIOUS DANCEHALL PIRATES
VARIOUS HOUSE PIRATES
I-ROBOTS- ITALO ELECTRO DISCO UNDERGROUND CLASSICS
VILLALOBOS- 'ICH SO'
VILLALOBOS- 'CHROMOSOUL/FADUTRON'
THE SOUND OF WILLOW AGAINST LEATHER, DULWICH CRICKET CLUB.
N DOUBLE A PIRATE SET BANGING OUT OF A PASSING CAR
CAT POWER- 'THE GREATEST'
THE VICE CHANCELLOR OF MY OLD UNIVERSITY SPEAKING LATIN FOR OVER AN HOUR.
V/A- 'SUPERLONGEVITY 4'
WOEBOT- 'NOIR DESIRE MIX'
JEFF MILLS- EXHIBITIONIST'


as dizzee predicted all those years ago, it's going to be a hot summer. already is, in fact. over the weekend, even the bits of it where i wasn't sat in a black suit and black graduation gown for hours, we had suffocating bear hugs of heat, the smog turning the london horizon a sickly yellow-brown.
forays were occasionally made to the outside world, to get supplies, or to try and get a tan, but mostly we sat in the cool shadows of the house, listening to the radio, cooking and making salads, watching the world cup.

i love the world cup as i love all international sporting events. i even got quite passionately emotionally involved with the Curling in the winter olympics this year. one thing that's particularly great about the world cup this year is that Trinidad and Tobago are in it (although perhaps not for much longer, if England have their way...). this means that there's an overload of soca tracks about football at the moment, trinidad and tobago being the home of soca. martin jay ran through them on his essential sunday evening soca show on choice fm (96.9 fm). it's been my first weekend of listening to soca for about a year (you really can't listen to it in winter- the day-glo exuberance of it is just exquisitely depressing when it's pissing down with rain outside and it's going dark at 3pm...).

as a soca '06 novice, it's all a bit daunting, really. each year, i forgot how full-on and crazy soca is, constantly going higher and higher into frantic and brilliant kitsch and cheese. really quite absurd. and so: ultimate summer music, of course. much like 90s ardkore records got bringing on the mdma rush down to a fine art and exact science, soca records are pretty ruthlessly clinical in their evocation of good times in sunshine. these guys know what they're doing.

the wealth of soca tracks soundtracking the T&T world cup campaign clearly reveals the superiority of those nations relative to england. they sing along to the mighty Maximus Dan's heart-swelling song of world cup pride and hope, and we get fucking Embrace. and idiots still singing that Baddiel and Skinner shit. really, the problem's right there isn't it?: embrace and david baddiel vs. maximus dan. it's almost enough to make you want to support trinadad and tobago on thursday. almost.

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