Ninja Tune Feature my Friends Fields and Drugs Mix

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Point 1, Ninja Tune are one of the most rightfully respected record labels Britain has ever produced.

Point 2, 18th August 2009, My beautiful Dad suddenly dies in Canada on holiday.  Three days later I’m there with my brothers. Two days after that I’m sat 10 feet away from my Dad’s body  thats lying in a coffin at his funeral. We, thats  me, mom and my two brothers Keith and Duncan are  spending the last 10 minutes we’ll ever spend with our Dad and we chose to spend it holding each other tightly and listening to the  Cinematic Orchestra – To Build a Home my familys most moving moment.

Also Ninja tunes finest.

Point 3,  Nearly exactly a year on, nearly everything has changed theres been more of everything that comes with being human.   Death, sadness, happiness, friendship and love, and if you were with me last Thursday night at the start of The Big Chill festival when I was Dj’ing in a giant whisky barrel, while the sun was making its way towards the horizon. You would have thought and thought rightly that  the next Tuesday would be as far away in my mind  as  the Paralympics are in the thoughts of a moth.  I had a weekend of drinking cider,  listening to tunes and dancing about with my girl and my pals from Purple Radio.  The planets time space continuum had become  a 3 day bubble and Monday could go fuck off and Tuesday  would never exist again.

Tuesday came and hail praise to the Eleventhirtyeight inbox as I read


From : Ninjatune.

I open it up and they want to use a mix of mine on their Solid Steel podcast this week.

So here it is.

Cheers World and cheers Dad.



Whilst watching septegenarians swim up and down up and down up and down in my day job as a lifeguard my mind in its never ending quest to cure the boredom of watching them go up and down inching nearer to a meeting with the reaper or depending on the time of day Breakfast. I came up with the idea of doing some edits of Led zeppellin songs to play out on my radio show. I usually do an hour of fiddling about with stuff I’ve programmed,cut up etc myself but as Variety is the Spice of life (or Variety is the umbrella term for arguably shit or brilliant entertainment of days gone by )a new approach for this weeks show was taken. I took on the tracks No Quarter,Kashmir,Whole lotta love and Babe I’m gonna leave you to make edits of. I try to do these kind of edits as quickly as possible not to make the shittest edit possible by which that statement suggests. But to have something spontaneous and not have grossly slick production values. I get all the audio I’m going to place in the edit ready, press play and record and do live dubs in a similar fashion to all the dub legends of medieval times and jamaicas golden boys. If anything is particularly shit I after Ive done the live mixdown I’ll get rid of it but on the whole i try and keep it solidly what the dub session I just created was when it was performed. So here’s my edit of whole lotta love.
Whole lotta drums, whole lotta love.