Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Jimmy Saville & FaltyDL

Hello. First of all, thanks for all the Facebook support and mix downloads so far, we hope you enjoy them as much as we sheepishly apologise for pestering you with them.

We now have flyers in circulation around Manchester, and the debut edition as pictured to the left. Soon enough, hundreds of sodden archive images of Sir Jimmy Saville will be trodden into the gutter of Oxford Road, no doubt. Why not pin him to your wall instead. Jimmy famously dry cleaned his Mother's clothes yearly between her death and his earlier this month, so would theoretically act as a safe omen. In regards to advertising our clubnight with the image of a recently deceased, beloved philanthropist, Saville was in fact a key player of early UK club culture, as acknowledged by the mysterious asteriks swooping in on his head.

During the 1940s, he was one of, if not the first DJ in the world to utilise two turntables, and although this has been disputed, he soon ran a small empire built on musical enthusiasm and 'good times'. He was also infamous for leading troublesome punters down to a basement on a Saturday night, tying them up and not releasing them until Monday morning. However, whilst Work Them will be utilising Saville's twin turntable innovation, we will not be subscribing to his full mantra. At this point...

Anyway, as a blog, we'll mainly be posting new and old releases we suspect we'll be spinning at Work Them itself, and so that's how we'll begin today. We'll also endevaour to feature guest mixes, interviews and longer pieces relevant within our remit, but I'm afraid this is to be a flurry of Youtubes for the moment.

FaltyDL is regarded by many as one of the most innovate producers out of the US in many years. As a young New Yorker once obsessed with UK garage, he was the exact opposite of me, and perhaps you, - A Northern teenager bored of UK garage and obsessed with New York indie rock and roll.  More constructively, he has carved out a distinctive sound that verges between dubstep, glitchy electronica and even melancholy tinged disco, on this year's 'You Stand Uncertain'. His new EP, Atlantis, is a real treat, and his most engaging work yet, and possibly his most weird. At a sort of nu-disco tempo, although massively unlikely to be ever charted by Aeroplane, the highlight is 'Can't Stop The Prophet', which takes elements of classical, RnB and even finishes up with a bit of big drum n' bass.  Enjoy...

Throwing everything against the wall, and dancing to what sticks is easier said than done, unless you're Skrillex, in which case it's done and then you warm up for Korn whilst pretending to be a robot. The above record fortunately served to put me in mind of another, Simon Bookish's remix of 'Keep The Dog Quiet' from Owen Pallet's 2010 album 'Heartland'. Already just one piece of an indie-instrumental epic about an ultra-violent farmer in an imaginary realm called 'Spectrum', Bookish takes the delicate strings and tension of the original recording, and creates something absolutely manic, and crazy fun, that sounds something like the Halle melting.

Owen Pallett - Keep The Dog Quiet (Simon Bookish Remix)

And finally, perhaps better known but just as bold, Flying Lotus' 'Do The Astral Plane'. Still perhaps the only producer alive to send audiences fists into the air with the chord of a violin.

Expect this sort of thing, and alot more (pretentious) and alot less (pretentious) at the night itself, December 2nd, Kraak Gallery, 10:30PM, 3 quid in. Christ, I expect those details to haunt my fingertips in my next round of inane data entry work. Peace. x

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