Stereo Action Unlimited “Hi-Fi Trumpet (Rico C Mix)” 1999

Here’s a nice summer vibe from 1999, a mix I did for the excellent Belgian label ¡Ya Basta! which I’m happy to say is still going strong.

Technical note: this was my first Pro Tools mix.

In other news, music fans worldwide are celebrating the reissue of Arnold Turboust’s classic debut album Let’s Go à Goa. You can read my write-up of the album here.

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Test Dept. “Terra Firma” 1987

A nice surprise: the lads called me up out of the blue, flew me to Belgium, got me ratarsed on that lethal cloudy brew they have over there, then threw me in the studio to record them for a couple of days. Flew Me and Threw Me…sounds like a Robin Thicke song. Somebody get Pharrell on the phone. Lawyers on standby.

I would say this is an unusual album on the “industrial” scale of things; not as overtly political as their previous output, it delves more into the politics of personal life, the power of tradition, the power of the feminine, the incontrovertible power of bagpipes. I like it a lot.

The song Current Affairs features your loyal servant banging away on the studio grand, while the crew man the drums in laid back mode. Somewhere somebody is watching Panorama…or is it Un Homme Et Une Femme