Never has my flavour of the month been so satisfied in a single CD.

Initially it was flicking through records - when i inquisitively put on Watching You by instra:mental, two things happened, (1) i instantly recognised it from hearing it somewhere before, and (2) i listened to the whole track from start to finish, loved it all over the place, and a relationship was born.

From then ive been mixing it, playing instra:mental tunes and mixes relentlessly, and from THAT ive moved into other similar style producers LIKE DBridge, and Alix Perez, Rockwell etc etc etc.

Well done sirs.

Then i found out they released the 50th Fabric Live CD! a high accolade indeed. Fantastic news all round. Had a listen this morning - typical of their style, it's not instant high impact BRRRRAAAAP drum n bass.... takes some building up.... some crescendoes that are satisfied, some that arent, with the pace slowly building throughout. I have to say initially i found myself waiting for something to happen but it was always satisfied with a swwiitch of some kind to a completely different style - albeit impressively without noticeable changeovers between tracks. very smooth all round.

standout tracks still definitely the opener, tune called 'seems like' by Riya - (just something a lil different is all), and im sorry, i know its predictable, but funk me that Watching You by instra:mental still makes my hairs stand on end, proper drift off into the distance bizness.

well done. i suggest you have a listen, maybe not when you're getting ready to go out, id say this is one for the long journey or 'while you're working'.

though that is not to suggest it is anything other than brilliant, which, truly, it is.



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Bit more of a personal note on this one:

2010 is going to be a huge huge year for me, getting married, going to Glastonbury immediately afterwards then onto some cloak and dagger destination for our honeymoon (i can only advertise on departure - for reasons that will become clear) with lots of other hopelessly disorganised plans gsupposedly taking place in between.

This means i will be both mentally busy, and mentally happy, for the next few months.

Few things to consider though, are that i'll be brassic (so number of podcasts likely to steadily increase!!) and also that im a money-hunting fool, meaning that all websites being made (something i do professionally) and evening DJing jobs have gone into overdrive!

I think with the coming year i'm going to keep a personal touch to the blog - going to be an exciting and hectic time, in terms of music and everything else - and i think having a record of all that goes on would be blooming lovely!

Cheers for reading my humble blog. Looking forward to seeing where I stand on the next personal article.... (hopefully Ange won't have got tired of me by then....)


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Right then - the hawk eyed amongst you will have spotted that there have been certain changes going on with both the blog site, and the home site www.stoppauseplay.net. thats becaaauuse its been a rebranding exercise y'all! last thing to go is the youtube channel and actually getting something USEFUL on the facebook page. then we're good to go!

Podcasts still trucking along - fantastic fun to put together. Mostly been listening to Joy Orbison and Instra:mental recently, that kind of glitchy-but-not, garage-inspired but bassier, up tempo but down beat sort of music, right where im at.

check these two mixes for the down low:

Joy orbisons mix for mary anne hobbs

Instra:mental mix @ Reach in Dublin




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