Wednesday, 28 January 2015

SubVersion Stop 246: Balloon Ascents + Duotone @ The Bullingdon, Oxford, 23.01.15

Balloon Ascents + Duotone @ The Bullingdon, Friday 23rd January 2015

A duo tone, and a balloon ascent, both point to a shape or colour. Musically the monikers Duotone and Balloon Ascents seem equally sharing of colour and shape, as Barney Morse-Brown and the fast rising, late teens indie starlets prove on this double bill from Tigmus promotions.

Duotone, usually a one-man band, evade soulless pomp and on his first track lifted from 2012's "Ropes", the chirpy cello opener "Walking To The Shore". Barney beckons in well-orchestrated loops and exact delivery of his vocals in the manner of the record, but with a sense of place that is warming in the newly-refurbished confines of The Bullingdon. Speaking to the music promoter in the intermission, there seems wanting to put the previously pretense-heavy screen of the "Art Bar" name-change intent aside and make the bullingdon THE venue for live music in Oxford. With a start to the show like this from Tigmus, Barney at least hits his stride with the lilting loveliness of "Little White Caravan", one of Nightshift's tracks of 2015 so far. Peppered with two standouts from his first album "Work Harder..." - "Greetings Hello" and "You Don't Need Church", the result of the crowd's salute to Duotone tonght is shaping and colouring of ambient pop, in the eyes of one mass that doesn't need religiousity to power its group function.

And what a group function Balloon Ascents are in a longer linger around the clouds of shoegazey, dub-inflected indie that post-rock left behind. Subconsciously seeming to owe much bassline-wise to King Tubby, the wandering waltzes never meander in their own shadow, or fall over from friction between instrumentalists. The players all appear to be doing their job with a smile and this energy translates to the crowd. This is Balloon Ascents single ep launch since their Nightshift cover story
in September and the four tracks are "Cutout" and glued into the narrative tonight. Starting with that lead, then working systematically through to my personal highlight, "The Only One", for once a short, sharp shock of a 2-3 minute length works less well for the band, as they stretch their sonic intent further than the clandestine Radiohead influence. So while post-rock has been flipped out of the fold in terms of its peak/trough nature, the progressive nature of Balloon Ascents tracks
remains a strong connector that pushes their work further than genre limitations allow. This makes it sound fresh and exciting, for one, and also in terms of a live experience, they inject more welly into what may come to them by way of wonder. And wonder, duos of tones and shape and colour is certainly what their set is full of this evening.

Monday, 19 January 2015

SubVersion Stop 245: Storyteller + Autumn Saints + Little Red @ The Wheatsheaf, 16th January 2015

Storyteller + Autumn Saints + Little Red @ The Wheatsheaf, 16th January 2015

Just like tonight's headline act name, each performer in tonight's It's All About The Music showcase has a story to tell. Whether they succeed or not, at least on the merits of tonight's landmark crowd attendance (back to a packed 100) is debatable. But for this reviewer, each performer makes a greater sum than the parts, and a defiant showcase all their own.

"Defiant" isn't a word you'd normally associate with the generally wispy songs of folk trio Little Red, but tonight they are lacking a performer in the delicately-voiced Hayley Bell. Narrowing the track selection - seeing as the tunes are built on interplay between gender - say, "What Say You" which features halfway - and underpinned by a dark, bubbling core that deals with themes of love, hope and sometimes even quiet despair. Frontman Ian Mitchell and producer/guitarist Ben Gosling make the most out of a compacted message: more energy - playing to that well-worn stereotype of male strength - and less of the feminine charm that doted their warmly-received "Sticks And Stones" LP from late last year. As a result comparisons with Fink and even Level 42 support The Mercurymen on two of their new tracks bears more weight, but if the over-talkative crowd could shut up while they play so we could hear them in their best light, that would be most welcome.

"It's all vaporous my friend" is a lyric that can also barely be heard from second band, the Americanans Autumn Saints, and despite their set being fairly interesting, pretty much sums them up. They improve as they go, and although the majority are into it, and the Hawkwind/Jethro Tull-esque worded delivery of the vocals sometimes strikes attention, much is show and no substance, and they need a proper rhythm section and astute instrumental variation to reward patience. The Fender Rhodes keyboard style guitar notes that dot throughout the middle of the set brings the quality up a notch, as do the moments where clarity over loudness gives the band the knowledge of what works and what doesn't. They show promise, in short, but we sometimes wish they'd be autumn saints for real, not autumn leaves, blowing in the wind.

Headliners Storyteller take to the stage with a nippy blast of saxophone as the Sheaf upstairs reaches near maximum capacity. Their intriguing mix of jazz, ska and punky pub rock starts out brilliantly as does the turning of a Booker Prize novel. By the end though, with a nicking of almost the entire chorus of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" comes the catch 22. That is, like a story full of ideas, a novel chock full of pages, there's often a lot of chaff that could be edited down. Besides Little Red, who I really enjoyed, and the appreciated energy gradient of the night, Storyteller sometimes pen too many sentences into their sonic diction to leave you a little lost. They have all the elements to really go places, and a dab hand interplay between guitar and saxophonist. But like oversized books, autumn leaves and even maybe a little red, the vapour needs condensing for the ideas to fully blossom into something special.

Monday, 12 January 2015

SubVersion Stop 244: Ideologues Quotes And Clips Pt 3 - Foci's Left - Future Past (EDM Variation 29.12.14) (Unreleased)

003 Foci's Left – Future Past (EDM Variation)

Clip length: full track
Complete track length: 2:16
From: Unreleased, free dls

"Remembering the past can bring hope to the present". ~ Our Daily Bread.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

SubVersion Stop 243: Ideologues Quotes And Clips Pt 2 - DZA - Sakura (Big Bang EP)

002 DZA – Sakura 

Clip length: 2:30 128kbps
Complete track length: 4:41
From: "Big Bang" EP

"Early in his career jazz player Herbie Hancock was invited to play in a quintet with Mies Davis, already a musical legend. In a interview Hancock admitted being nervous but described it as a wonderful experience because Davis was so nurturing. During one performance when Davis was near the high point of his solo, Hancock played the wrong chord. He was mortified. But Davis coninued as if nothing had happened. "He played some chords that made my chord right", Hancock said. What an example of loving leadership. Davis didn't scold Hancock or make him look foolish, he didn't blame him for ruining the performance. He simply adjusted his playing and turned a potentially disastrous misttake into something beautiful." ~ Our Daily Bread.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

SubVersion Stop 242: Ideologues Quotes & Clips - 2015 Personal Archive - Pt 1

Ideologues Quotes And Clips – 2015 –

The premise is simple: to extend the 'Clipticisms' concept from The Dastardly Diaries in 2007 with a audio/visual/textual counterpointing for each piece of information in this folder. A personal archive and document of 2015. Encompassing music you should all hear about; texts that are worth reading ornately; quotes that inspire, self-penned or otherwise.

This folder-bound project will be the book-styled equivalent of the year, whereas the 15 Minutes Of Fame Mixes will have another dedicated folder. That's in the same directory.

Let's kick things off on an ambient tip with my forte music of choice: ambient.
001 36 – Stasis Eject (Version)

Clip length: 2:30
Complete track length: 12:11
From: "Pulse Dive EP"

"The immediate future will always be conducive to shallow reward - the immediate past, less so. It has had time to ferment, to be human" ~SV /

"Ideologues, Quotes And Clips" will appear throughout the year on that last address. I hope you gain something out of them.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

SubVersion Stop 241: Lata's Favourite Muttley Mix (May 2005)

Some might remember I made a dedication mix to Subversive Mind's Lata (previously active on SC up to 2007, a good friend to this day), released through Phuturelabs, called "All Shall Be Well". The blogpost generated over 1,000 views by Summer 2012 and due to worry I decided to delete it because it seemed things were getting out of hand. But seeing her again recently and with the launch of the All Will Be Well record label, whether related or not, my spirit was soothed a bit. Through schizophrenia trusting I have decided to publish this mix that was actually the first set emailed in 3 parts to my sister in 2005, but through agency seems to have had the most affect on Lata in regards to how she puts up with me. The mix is a Drum & Bass mix, all tracks from 2003-2005, and weaves a theme that is still active in my thoughts through the narrative, personalities related, and the mood of the musics.

Blessings to a good friend, and I hipe Pt 7 of's Drip-Feed will excite you.

15 Minutes Of Fame Pt. 77 - Muttley - Forever Switched On
[b]01.[/b] Teebee - Forever Lost (The Legacy LP, Subtitles, 2004)
[b]02.[/b] Klute feat. Meecha - Silently (No-One's Listening Anymore, Commercial Suicide, 2004)
[b]03.[/b] Keaton & Verse - White Crow (Crunch 12')
[b]04.[/b] Artificial Intelligence - Switch On (Commercial Suicide 12', 2004)
[b]05.[/b] Big Bud - Blu 4 U (Soundtrax, 2005)

15 Minutes Of Fame Pt. 78 - Muttley - Closer

[b]06.[/b] Cyantific & Tactile - Love Without Sound (Hospital, 2003)
[b]07.[/b] Blame - Closer (?, 2003)
[b]08.[/b] Spor - Brickbeats (Barcode 12', 2005)
[b]09.[/b] Loxy & BCUK - Clown Killa (Tech Freak, 2004)
[b]10.[/b] Human Resource - Dominator (Raiden remix) (Renegade Hardware 12' picture disc, 2005)
[b]11.[/b] Calyx - Get Myself To You (No Turning Back LP, Moving Shadow, 2005)


15 Minutes Of Fame Pt. 79 - Muttley - Pressure Point

[b]12.[/b] Klute - Saviour (No-One's Listening Anymore LP, Commercial Suicide, 2004)
[b]13.[/b] Dkay - Casali (? 12', 2004)
[b]14.[/b] Psidream & Mechawarrior - Pressure Point (Barcode, 2003)
[b]15.[/b] Dom & Gridlok - Moodswings (Dom And Roland Productions 12', 2005)
[b]16.[/b] The Upbeats - Werewolf (Bad Company Presents Bad Taste CD, 2004)

Lata's first post on SubVersion reviewed by someone (maybe even Lata? if so, hello :wave:) this afternoon.

SubVersion Stop 240: SubVersion's End Of Year 2014 Charts

An example of a previous chart:

2012 (7 contributors - 10 entry format)

This year it's a max of 15 extravaganza with the SV Drip-Feed underpinning everything.

I'm at the bottom for reasons of space. :)


01. Favourite track: Tom Chang - Spinal Tap: Goes to 11

02. Favourite album: various - The Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners (Sub Rosa)

03. Favourite label: Dancing Wayang

04. Favourite mixtape: DJ Trax - Mixrace 92-96 mix (for Blog to the Oldskool)

05. Favourite SC thread: In this thread we post tips to decrease apathy

06. Favourite gig: Dave Phillips, Rammel Club, Nottingham

07. Favourite book: Ivan E. Coyote & Rae Spoon - Gender Failure (Arsenal Pulp Press)

08. Favourite food (or Snax): Borders' Dark Chocolate Gingers

09. Favourite guilty pleasure: I'm too old to feel guilty about pleasure.

10. Favourite random moment: looking at the Championship table today and seeing Brentford in third after a 4-0 win


Label (overall): Samurai
Label (for concept and art direction): Weevil Neighborhood
Snax: almond butter and raw cashew cheese tacos
Remix: Hidden Element and Liquid Break - Outsider Blues (Icarus Remix)
Gig: NOizefest, New Orleans
Streaming platform: Spotify
Dig: Max Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker
Youtube channel: Numberphile
Random moment: Lenny Kravitz strolling down the street while I was walking the dog.
SC thread revivalist: firefinga

Kermit McBollocks Muppet Version 10

Favourite trak - Kermit Ensemble - It's Not Eezy Being Green
Favourite albm - ASC - Troof Bee Told (Soylent Seesawn)
Favourite fred - Kermit's Dictionary Fred, wer I correct der fadar about his grown up werd usage.
Favourite muppet - Muttwee, the ever-stinking ferris Wheel Of Fortune of the internet.
Favwit book - Pool Mackendra - Change Yor Loif In Seven Daze - vewwy moteevational!
Favwit feckwit - Russell Brand, he iz raizin his Sultan status of shitness by der day.
Favoureet telly - Mongrels, so oi can curse at der Nelson for not pimpin der Destinee
Favvit food - caveearr, ho ho ho and a bucket of finest Champagne.
Favourite mix type - Stattzi
Favweet label - Elmo, it bee zee ome of Muttwee's loif in pictures, and in the past tense.



*) SC Thread of the Year:

Most "current" sounding subvert dnb made in the 2000's?

*)Label of the Year:

Euphony's Omni Music, Pinecone Moonshine, Subtle Audio, R & S

*)Mixtape/Radioshows of the Year:

DJ Trax and Nucleus' "Catch A Groove" Shows, Code's "Sublte Audio" shows, both on
Euphony's Omni Sessions, Law's and eXtreme's mixes.

*)Guilty Pleasure 2014:
Reading the News section on and occasionally posting links on here.

*)TV Show 2014:
Last season of "Breaking Bad"

*)Movie 2014:

*)Book 2014
Bernie Krause "The Great Animal Orchestra"

*)Album 2014:
+)Subtle Audio Vol. III
+)The Bug "Angels & Devils"
+)Dev Null's "Darkside Compilation" on 8205 Recordings:

*)Track of the Year:

DJ Trax and Naibu "All Is Silent" on Subtle Audio Vol. III


01. Favourite track: Too numerous, but the following had me groovin' in my undies; Entama - Primeval Forces (Cadence)

02. Favourite album: Cryogenics - Through the Eons LP or Rainforest - Path of the Warrior LP

03. Favourite label: Monochrome

04. Favourite mixtape: Anything mixed by Cryogenics :)

05. Favourite SC thread:

07. Favourite book: Intelligence in nature (Jeremy Narby), Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness (Sheldrake, McKenna, Abraham) and Ninja by John Man

08. Favourite food (or Snax): My delectable spicy casseroles

09. Favourite guilty pleasure: Walking on my own in the rain

10. Favourite random moment: Either: going out for a pub meal and sitting there complaining about the fact that they had to change the menu, as the previous one was really good and better value, and complained to the staff as a result. We also didn't like the way they had re-decorated, but we kept that whinge to ourselves. Anyway, it wasn't until we were driving home out of the village that we suddenly spied the pub we were meant to (and thought we were!) eating in! d'oh!....That's something my dad would do! jaysus....or: Trying to gatecrash Brad and Angelina's film set in Gozo only to be chased away by dogs


02. Favourite album: Kontext - Dispersal (Absys Limited). Definitely my favourite release this year! I've come to expect original ideas from Stan for a while now and I'm never disappointed.

Daniel Crossley,

08. Favourite food (or Snax): It's cooking fillet steak 'asado style' over the grill outside our van in the many wildcamping spots we found throughout Argentina


01. Favourite track: Maybe not the greatest song eva! But the track I've listened to the most is:

Dawn Day Night - The Re-Animation of Scottie

Have a good New Year y'all! Off to Barca...

01. Favourite track: Grouper - Holding (Kranky, released October 31st 2014).

(1st of Top 20; remainder 19 of Top 20)

Angel Olsen - Windows
Ryan Teague - Scale And Ratio
Digital & Spirit - Wayout
Colo - Doorframe 1
Betty Davis - If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up
Audion - Motormouth
Tropic Of Coldness - Distressing Dilemma Of Rational Choices
Saaad - After Love
Blue Six - No Two Things
Little Red - Down
Bat For Lashes - Skin Song
ASC - Some Other Life
Mizeyesis - Spring Hope
Equinox - Tribulation
VVV - Turn Away
Jo Quail - South West Night
36 - Always
DJ Trax - '89 'Till Infinity
Foci's Left - Anything Becomes Possible With Time

02. Favourite album: Little Red - Sticks And Stones (All Will Be Well)

(1st of Top 5; remainder of Top 5)

Grouper - Ruins
Jo Quail - Caldera
Christopher Willits - Opening
Metamorphosis - Conception 1982

03. Favourite label: For once, as there's too many labels I like to choose from, it's a production house: Novation.

I bought this analog synthesiser in the Summer as a proto-housewarming present, and have since been making several practice live sets with the machine. It looks like this:

Here is the ongoing live sets archive:

04. Favourite mixtape: Little Red @ Old Fire Station, Oxford, Friday 14th November 2014. Second would be Blevin Blectum's Liveondublab set (on SoundCloud), actually from 2012, while following that is SB81's 92 Hardcore Favourites Mix.

The latter two are reposted at, my and Statto's joint account.

Of my own spurious output it's FTAL 005 - Handling Grief (in the 60,000 unique viewers strong For The Ambient Lovers (FTAL) and mixtape archive 001 thread:

05. Favourite SC thread: "today, I..." (begun by Statto in January this year. Because I'm partly a narcissistic bastard).

06. Favourite gig: Little Red + Stuart Clark + Gus Hewlett @ Old Fire Station, Oxford, Friday November 14th 2014.

07. Favourite book: Carlos Castenada - The Art Of Dreaming

(Excerpt from the book, as I haven't really read any other books this year)

"You are not yet ready for a true merging of your dreaming reality and your daily reality", he concluded. "You must recapitulate your life further".

"But I've done all the recapitulating possible", I protested. "I've been recapitulating for years. There is nothing more I can remember about my life".

"There must be much more", he said adamantly, "otherwise, you wouldn't wake up screaming".

I did not like the idea of having to recapitulate again. I had done it, and I believed I had done it so well that I did not need to touch the subject ever again".

"The recapitulation of our lives never ends, no matter how well we've done it once", don Juan said. "The reason average people lack volition in their dreams is that they have never recapitulated and their lives are filled to capacity with heavily loaded emotions like memories, hopes, fears, et cetera, et cetera.

"Sorcerers, in contrast, are relatively free from heavy, binding emotions, because of their recapitulation. And if something stops them, as it has stopped you at this moment, the assumption is that there still is something in them that is not quite clear".

"To recapitulate is too involving, don Juan. Maybe there is something else I can do instead".

"No. There isn't. Recapitulating and dreaming go hand in hand. As we regurgitate our lives, we get more and more airborne".

Don Juan had given me very detailed and explicit instructions about the recapitulation. It consisted of reliving the totality of one's life experiences by remembering every possible minute detail of them. He saw the recapitulation as the essential factor in a dreamer's redefinition and redeployment of energy. "The recapitulation sets free energy imprisoned within us, and without the this liberated energy dreaming is not possible". That was his statement.

Years before, don Juan had coached me to make a list of all the people I had met in my life, starting at the present. He helped me to arrange my list in an orderly fashion, breaking it down into areas of activity, such as jobs I had had, schools I had attended. Then he guided me to go, without deviation, from the first person on my list to the last one, reliving every one of my interactions with them.

He explained that recapitulating an event with one's mind arranging everything pertinent to what is being recapitulated. Arranging means reconstructing the event, piece by piece, starting by recollecting the physical details of the surroundings, then going to the person with whom one shared the interaction, and then going to oneself, to the examination of one's feelings.

Don Juan taught me that the recapitulation is coupled with a natural, rhythmical breathing. Long exhalations are performed as the head moves slowly and gently from right to left; and long inhalations are taken as the head moves back from left to right. He called this act of moving the head from side to side "fanning the event". The mind examines the event from beginning to end while the body fans, on and on, everything the mind focuses on.

Don Juan said that the sorcerers of antiquity, the inventors of the recapitulation, viewed breathing as a magical, life-giving act and used it, accordingly, as a magical vehicle; the exhalation, to eject the foreign energy left in them during the interaction being recapitulated and the inhalation to pull back the energy that they themselves left behind during the interaction.

Because of my academic training, I took the recapitulation to be the process of analysing one's life. But don Juan insisted that it was more involved than an intellectual psychoanalysis. He postulated the recapitulation as a sorcerer's play to induce a minute but steady displacement of the assemblage point. He said that the assemblage point, under the impact of reviewing past actions and feelings, goes back and forth between its present site and the site it occupied when the event being recapitulated took place.

Don Juan stated that the old sorcerers' rationale behind the recapitulation was their conviction that there is an inconceivable dissolving force in the universe, which makes organisms live by lending them awareness. That force also makes organisms die, in order to extract the same lent awareness, which organisms have enhanced through their life experiences. Don Juan explained the old sorcerers' reasoning. They believed that since it is our life experience this force is after, it is of supreme importance that it can be satisfied with a facsimile of our life experience: the recapitulation. Having had what it seeks, the dissolving force then lets sorcerers go, free to expand their capacity to perceive and reach with it the confines of time and space." ~ Carlos Castenada, The Art Of Dreaming, p147-149.

08. Favourite food (or Snax): Beef Rogan Josh, Slimming World Fakeaway Style, with added Chickpeas.

Rogan recipe (For clarity when using Lamb instead of Beef as in the original Slimming World guidelines - just get some fry Beef Steaks or Boneless Beef for the Beef version and cook for the same time)

"This rich and meaty north Indian stew is infused with enticing spices that leave a lovely warmth in your mouth. We've
added carrots and swede, though you could use other root vegetables like potato or parsnip).

Free on Extra Easy and Original SlimmingW plan, 9 1/2 on Green (more vegetable based weight loss plan, the quickest diet)
Ready in 2 hours.


low calorie cooking spray
500g lean lamb steaks, visible fat removed, cut into bite-sized chunks
2 onions, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2cm piece of root ginger, peeled and finely grated
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cardamom seeds, crushed
4 tbsp medium curry powder
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 tsp sweetener
600ml boiling lamb stock
2 carrots, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 swede, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
salt and freshly ground black pepper
small handful of finely chopped fresh coriander, to garnish

(Me: you might want to add natural yogurt/creme fresh to cool the heat down).

Spray a large, heavy-based casserole pan (or wok) with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat.
Add the lamb and cook for 4 minutes, stirring, or until browned (you may need to do this in batches).
Transfer the lamb to a plate with a slotted spoon.

Spray the casserole pan with low calorie cooking spray again and add the onions.
Cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring often, until soft and lightly browned.

Add the garlic, ginger, cinnamon, chilli powder, paprika and cardamom seeds.
Stir-fry for 2 minutes then add the curry powder and return the lamb to the pan (or wok).
Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes then stir in the tomatoes, sweetener, stock, carrots and swede.
Season well and bring the mixture to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low and cover tightly. Simmer gently for 1 hour 30 minutes or until the lamb is meltingly tender.

Remove from the heat, scatter over the coriander and serve with rice of your choice.


I have had so much amazing food this year, mainly from The First Floor, Cowley, my favourite restaurant in my life so far. Some dishes:

Indian: Mutton Dopiaza / Handi Ghost / Butter Chicken / Chef's Special Lamb / Lamb Madras
Chinese: Szechuan Beef and Sweet Chilli Curry / Lamb in Oyster Sauce / Tofu in Sweet Chilli Sauce / Chinese Seaweed / Chicken in S&S sauce
Thai: Chicken Massaman Curry / Deep Fried Fish / Chicken Satay / Chicken in hot Mustard sauce / Deep Fried Thai Noodles

Other Oxford restaurants that come recommended are: La Cucina Italian (St. Clements); Thai Orchid (St. Clements); Arbat (providing you don't have an unremarkable starter, the Cheese-topped grilled Gammon with a Toffee Madeira Cake for dessert is great - Russian  - Cowley); Majiliss (Cowley); Mirch Masala (Cowley); Rice Box (Cowley); The Beehive (Carterton - particularly Puy Lentil & Sweet Potato curry).

09. Favourite guilty pleasure: losing 1 1/2 stone by Summer to take my weight down to a much healthier 16.7. For 6'5 I want to be getting down to a weight that still isn't overweight - hoping to touch 16st next year.

10. Favourite random moment: Favourite and least favourite at the same time - struggling with personal identity and family relationship as to how my family in relation to my friends fit into my world.

11. In light InfiniteSloth's adaptation list I'm adding two optional to others entries to mine, one being: favourite festival. Which is:

Pindrop Performances Presents: Midwinter Drone Fest @ Modern Art Oxford, 11.12.14 (Petrels, Paddox, After The Thought, James Maund, Lee Riley)

Mind blowing event.

12. Favourite below radar movement: Eilean Rec. -

EOY Charts 2013-2015 SC thread