The things we say

I took part in London artist Margot Bowman‘s 15 Folds project last month. It’s a bit like Chinese whispers, she told me: one person makes a gif and then the next person responds to it in gif form, and so on. I’d never made a gif before. This is how it turned out.


Sounds Of…Freezing

Here’s the latest Sounds Of… show on NTS with two hours of icy jams, steely beats and songs to warm cold hearts selected by the beautiful Ele Beattie and myself (back together agaiiiiiin). Tracklist below.


Apparat – PV
Clams Casino – Cold War [Lil B]
Deptford Goth – Guts No Glory
CFCF – Frozen Forest
How To Dress Well – Cold Nites
Inc – Black Wings
A/T/O/S – A Taste Of Struggle
London Grammar – Hey Now
Grown Folk X Main Attrakionz – I.C.E (Kuedo remix)
Shlohmo – Out Of Hand
James Ferraro – Blood Flow
Inga Copeland – Speak
James Blake – Retrograde
Dizzee Rascal X Zomby – Stand Up AcquaFresh (Oneman edit)
Pyramids – Don’t Go
Bobby Womack – Love Is Gonna Life You Up (Julio Bashmore remix)
Kanye – Coldest Winter
Cooly G – He Said I Said
Jack Dice – Mr Frosty
DJ Rashad – Rollin
Wayward – Only Flaw
Kidnap Kid – Animeaux
Queenie – And Every
Fyfe – Solace
Sean Nicholas Savage – Other Life
Hyetal – Northwest Passage
Suzanne Vega – Freeze Tag
Gold Panda – Snow & Taxis
Close ft. Scuba & Charlene Soraia – Beam Me Up

Sounds Of…Love

Flying solo on the latest Sounds Of… monthly radio show on NTS, with a whole heap of songs about love, lust, loss and life after <3. (No Cher, tho.) Here’s the tracklist:

LV – Uthando Lwakho ft. Ruffest
Dynoman – Kiran
Hudson Mohawke – All Your Love
DJ Clent – I Love You
Kuhrye-oo – Love Don’t Live Here [edit]
Ikonika – They Didn’t Bury You Deep Enough
Wiley & Cherri V – Favourite Guy
Metronomy – Not Made For Love (Astronomer Remix)
DJ Rashad – Let It Go
Cooly G – Come Into My Room
Prince – Slow Love
Terekke – Damn
SSION – Luvvbazaar
Mary J Blige – Mr Wrong ft Drake
Cassie – Must Be Love (Jacques Greene’s Marriage Proposal mix)
Water – RiRi
Mount Kimbie – Maybes
Julia Kent – Nina & Oscar
Jessie Ware – Devotion (BRONZE version)
Deptford Goth – Real Love Fantasy
Maxmillion Dunbar – Loving The Drift
Space Dimension Controller – When Your Love Feels Like Its Fading
Womack & Womack – Love Wars
Darkstar – Hold Me Down

Are you receiving me?

We seek signal. Every new object – and everything is now object, to be passed around – is an opportunity for opinion; staged with provocation, desperate for response. To be heard is to exist. But what is more valued: an echo or an opposition? Or are we simply all hiding in our own corners, talking to ourselves?

A tickertape machine

“Technology may make it possible to have a continuous feedback to ourselves of information. But at the moment I think we are starved of information. I think that the biggest need of the painter or writer today is information. I’d love to have a tickertape machine in my study constantly churning out material: abstracts from scientific journals, the latest Hollywood gossip, the passenger list of  a 707 that crashed in the Andes, the colour mixes of a new automobile varnish.”

This is J.G. Ballard being prescient again in conversation with the artist Eduardo Paolozzi in 1971 (Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with J.G. Ballard 1967-2008). I prefer Ballard’s vision to today’s reality. He saw an endless stream of information as a feast to gorge on, fuel for his imagination and the landscape of his novels. Today the stream is two-way and, ironically, we’ve lost our way, caught in a cul-de-sac of ego. We don’t leap at the stream, thirsty to absorb it but let it wash over us as we focus instead on building a picture of ourselves in our own heads. 

Spit it out

“Just say what you want to say.” I overheard a school kid say this on the phone to his mum a few weeks back. Least his tone suggested it was his mum. He couldn’t have been more than 10 years old and already he knows when people are talking but not communicating.