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October 15, 2006

LILY ALLEN – LDN: DJ Remixes (3x 12″ Singles)

Regal LDNDJ02 / LDNDJ03 / LDNDJ04: 25th September 2006
LDN (Crack Whore Riddim / Switch Remix / Warbox Original Cut Dub / Wookie Remix / Silverlink’s Future Fix)
“A fella lookin’ dapper, and he’s sittin’ with a slapper, then I see it’s a pimp and his crack whore”

To accompany the copies of ‘LDN’ you’ll find in the regular shops, Regal have released three fantastic 12″s for the DJs among you. As you can see by the catalogue numbers above, I seem to be missing ‘LDNDJ01’, but no matter where I look, it seems that there is actually no such thing, it’s just an anomaly.

First up is the ‘Crack Whore Riddim’ by the South Rakkas Crew. It’s a delirious mix of backwards vocals that sound like eastern chanting, grimey beats, a theme or two from Lemmings, cheapo Keyboards, beautiful strings and robot voices. It almost matches the recent ‘Third Eye Mafia’ remix of Klaxons in the insanity stakes. Annoyingly, Dave Taylor has employed both phone sounds and gunshots for his ‘Switch Remix’. If you stick with it you’ll begin to love it for the start-stop rhythm and Ghostbusters sound effects (Even if it occasionally makes you wonder if the needle has got itself stuck).

Despite the slightly different title, Ashley Beedle’s ‘Warbox Original Cut Dub’ is the same amazing remix that appeared on the CD version of ‘LDN’. It’s a mellow Organ-heavy cut that brings up images of a lazy Sunday in the Caribbean. The ‘Wookie Remix’ is a mix of chilled-out Lemon Jelly style music and what sounds like the Mysterons theme from Captain Scarlet. ‘Silverlink’s Future Fix’ is what it would have sounded like if Kraftwerk lived in Jamaica instead of Germany.

1st prize still has to go to Ashley Beedle’s effort, but the ‘Crack Whore Riddim’ comes a very close second.

Click here to buy Lily’s album ‘Alright, Still’ for the incredible price of £6.99 from HMV.

You can still download all the separate elements from ‘LDN’ so you can make you’re own remix. It’s a huge 262mb Zip file that’s totally free and you can get by clicking here.

Click here to download ‘Alright, Steal’. It’s a compilation of the tracks that Lily has covered, sampled and been influenced by. MusicLikeDirt compiled it with artwork by myself. Enjoy.

Lily Allen Website / Lily Allen MySpace

October 15, 2006

JAMES DEAN BRADFIELD – An English Gentleman (CD & 2x 7″ Singles)

Columbia 88697003182 / 88697003187 / 88697005437: 25th September 2006
1. An English Gentleman
“Now we’re walking down your street again, with our sleeping bags and our plans, and it feels like we’re never going home”
2. Days Slip Away
“It feels so strange, and as time flashes through you, until you think you’re betrayed, as the days slip away”
3. Summer Wind
“And guess who sighs his lullabies, through nights that never end, my fickle friend, the summer wind”
4. Victory & Defeat On The Kendon Hill
“I’m swallowing flies and thick lead petrol, you can only beat yourself they say”
5. Silver Birch Bonfire Blues
“So these people, petrol and broken dreams, are all that stand between you and me”

‘An English Gentleman’ is a tribute to Manic Street Preachers’ late publicist/manager Phillip Hall. Such was his belief in them that he invited the Manics to stay rent free in his house in London to get them started, so he was clearly “An English gentleman”. You’ll find yourself whistling the melancholy melody and it’s also got a typically beautiful Acoustic Guitar solo. But elements of the song are so similar to ‘Golden Touch’ by Razorlight that the lawyers are probably preparing their case already.

Musically, ‘Days Slip Away’ reminded me of those other Welsh sons the Stereophonics, but Kelly Jones was never blessed with James’ ability to slip into such an affecting Falsetto. ‘Summer Wind’ is a cover of James’ favourite song, made famous by Frank Sinatra’s version. It’s a bit average when compared to other unexpected tracks he’s covered like ‘Bright Eyes’, ‘Last Christmas’ and ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’. ‘Victory & Defeat On The Kendon Hill’ is largely built around James’ superb Guitar playing. ‘Silver Birch Bonfire Blues’ has an almost ‘Holy Bible’ era evil Bass line. On average these B-sides don’t match up to the quality of those that backed his last single.

Here are links to watch videos for ‘An English Gentleman’, ‘That’s No Way To Tell A Lie’, ‘Émigré (Acoustic)’ and ‘Ocean Spray’ on YouTube.

Click here to buy ‘The Great Western’ CD album from HMV for only £8.99.

James Dean Bradfield Website / James Dean Bradfield MySpace Page
Manic Street Preachers Website / Nicky Wire Website