I love music that plays somewhere in that glitterball-lit realm between disco, house, dub, funk, rock 'n roll, and pop. This site will host mixes I've made and songs I like that dance across the genres. Let me know what you think. And if you've got a party or night you'd like moving to this sound, drop me a line on rorychallands (at) gmail (dot) com.

Cold Comforts Mix Pt 2

So do you have a nice log fire ready? Are you wearing your advanced Norwegian knitwear? Well get cracking, people, because the Cold Comforts Mix Pt 2 is a toasty treat.

This collection puts the emotional and the lovelorn before the hedonistic. It turns down the disco, and turns up the swoon. Sure, you'll find some rave here, but it's raving with an ache in the heart. This is the most varied mix I've done for a while. It's also the one I've been most excited about for a goodly time too.

I'm a total Björk fan boy. I'm not sure there are many musical geniuses left these days, but I know she's one of them. Fact. So I've kicked off with the gorgeous It's Not Up To You of her Vespertine album. Then there's a nod to dubstep with the so-hottt-right-now combo of The XX and Joy Orbison. Mmmm... bass. If there's one tune I just can't stop listening to at the moment it's Randy Crawford's early 80s smooth soul classic, You Might Need Somebody. So you get that and a super-sensual dollop of JJ Cale too. Then it's back to the dance floor. Tensnake's Congolal is a wonderful bit of romantic instrumental electro-funk, full of yearning synths and slap bass. And then there's Four Tet. Love Cry is his latest record and it's deep and hypnotic, and I can't praise it enough. Four Tet's done some great stuff over the past decade, but this is possibly his best. And to wrap things up there's a righteous dubby version of Yazz's Fine Time.

Björk - It's Not Up To You, Florence & The Machine - You've Got The Love (The XX remix), José James - Black Magic (Joy Orbison's recreation), Rubies - Diamonds On Fire (Pyramid Dub Version), Blaze - Lovelee Day (20:20 Soundsystem remix), Mayer Hawthorne - Green Eyed Love (Classixx remix), Randy Crawford - You Might Need Somebody, Social Disco Club - 4 Love, JJ Cale - Cherry, Electribe 101 - Talking With Myself (Frankie Knuckles mix), Tensnake - Congolal, Four Tet - Love Cry, Yazz feat. Colonel Mite - Fine Time (12" mix)


Cold Comforts Mix Pt 1

I've been rained on cycling about seven times in the last week. And I don't mean 'ooh, isn't that refreshing' rain. I mean 'tadpoles could flourish in my y-fronts' rain. I read some smugly optimistic tripe in a colour supplement once claiming if you cycled every day of the year, on average you'd only get wet eleven times. That journalist had better be calling in some serious prayers for a drought in 2010, or I'm going to be paying a soggy visit.

So this mix is supposed to be a nice warming one for rain drenched early December. Why not pop it on at your office Chrimbo party? I'm hoping to make it a two-parter, and follow up with some slower paced, more downtempo music - just right for plopping down in front of a log fire, clad in some advanced Norwegian knitwear.

Cold Comfort Pt 1 was recorded live, rather than pieced together over a week or so like most of my other mixes have been. Because of this there's a bit of a rough and ready hue to it, which I hope doesn't detract too much from the flow.

If you've been paying a visit to this blog for a bit there are a couple of tracks you'll recognise. There are some other corkers too... the Staple Singers get all gospel with their cover of Slippery People by the Talking Heads, Kariya's Let Me Love You For Tonight is a screaming bit of late 80s house, and Rory Phillips turns The Units' electro-punk classic into a proper mover. Also, if you are of the right sort of age to have thought the first Renaissance mix album made 1994 the high point of recorded music, then Slid by Fluke needs no additional comment.

Phoenix - Fences (Def Starr version), The Staple Singers - Slippery People, The Joubert Singers - Stand On The Word (Unabomber's Love Touch edit), Kariya - Let Me Love You For Tonight, M - Pop Muzik (Todd Terje remix), Fuke - Slid, Konk - Your Life, Feist - Sea Lion Woman (Pitto Bootleg), The Units - High Pressure Days (Rory Phillips edit), Connie - Get On Down, 40 Thieves - Don't Turn It Off (Brennan Green remix), Sandee - Notice Me, Crazy P - Stop Space Return (Unabombers Dub), Krikor & The Dead Hillbillies - God Will Break It All