01. Favourite track: Foci's Left feat. Eschaton - Eternal Sands (The Shapeshifter's Reprise) (Omni Music). My favourite track I've completed, complete with a low boom bass sample from the excellent Eschaton. My favourite tune of 2013 besides my own Foci's Left productions is VUM - Laura Palmer . So graceful and emotive with a really trippy vibe that transforms your environment into a wonderland. Scope it from my Bandcamp collection: https://vummusic.bandcamp.com/album/...are-you-animal
02. Favourite album: EUS - Sol Levit (Contradicta). Closely followed by Goldfrapp's "Tales Of Us" - a real return to the form "Felt Mountain" showcased.
03. Favourite label: Time Released Sound. A favourite non-label would be declassifying valuable schizophrenics as violent offenders.
04. Favourite mixtape: 39 - MaudGlyph - LAST Jungletrain Session September 2013. A great female French DJ on the best Jungle radio station.
05. Favourite SC thread: So, DOA is D(OA). Instrumental into getting me into Drum & Bass and Jungle, whatever negative associations I grew to develop.
06. Favourite gig: Bat For Lashes + Nadine Shah @ Shepherd's Bush Empire, August 2013. An electric performance with great covers of Julie London's "Cry Me A River" and Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannan".
07. Favourite book: Clarissa Pinkola Estes - Women Who Run With The Wolves (Ballantine, 1992 pbk). 8 years have passed and I still haven't finished it!
08. Favourite food (or Snax): Home cooking by my sister. Here's the recipe:
Lamb And Apricot Tagine
Preparation time 20 minutes (plus standing time) - (more like an hour she said). Cooking time 1 hour. Serves 8.
1 2/3 cups (250g) dried apricots
3/4 cup (180ml) orange juice
1/2 cup (125ml) boiling water
2 tablespoons olive oil
900g diced lamb
2 medium red capsicums (peppers) (400g), chopped coarsely
1 large brown onion (200g), chopped coarsely
2 medium kumara (sweet potatoe) (800g), chopped coarsely
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 cup (250ml) dry red wine
1 litre (4 cups) chicken stock
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup loosely packed fresh coriander leaves
3/4 cup (200g) low fat yoghurt (optional)
1 litre (4 cups) water
4 cups (800g) couscous
1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
2 teaspoons finely grated lime rind
1. Combine apricots, juice and the water in a small bowl. Cover; stand 45 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, heat half the oil in large saucepan; cook lamb, in batches, until browned all over.
3. Heat remaining oil in same pan; cook capsicum, cook onion, kumara, garlic and ground spices, stirring, until onion softens and mixture is fragrant.
4. Return lamb to pan with undrained apricots, stock and honey; bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, about 50 minutes or until lamb is tender. Remove from heat; stir in fresh coriander.
5. Meanwhile, make citrus couscous.
6. Serve lamb and apricot tagine on citrus couscous; drizzle with yoghurt. CITRUS COUSCOUS Bring water to a boil in medium saucepan; stir in couscous and rinds. Remove from heat; stand, covered, about 5 minutes or until water is absorbed, fluffing with a fork occasionally.
Per serving 12.8g fat / 1837kJ (439 cal)
: dine :
Besides that: Mongolian Lamb with Egg Fried Rice +- extra chillies. A real kick in the tastebuds with the heat and spices; not even Indian food could touch it this year.
09. Favourite guilty pleasure: Receiving critical acclaim for my first album, "Grumpy Love" on Fluid Radio, plus good reception in Nightshift, Oxford's Music Magazine. I put so much work into it and for it to be well received by those who have listened is a great feeling.
10. Favourite random moment: Discovering Giesuppe Verdi's music on BBC Radio 3 while waiting at the shops, and hearing "Four Seasons" choral sections.
01. Favourite track: Omar Souleyman - Wenu Wenu
02. Favourite album: DJ Sprinkles - Queerifications & Ruins (Mule Music, Japan)
03. Favourite label: Fataka
04. Favourite mixtape: Biosphere - Secret Thirteen Mix 054
05. Favourite SC thread: "be more interesting please" – http://subvertcentral.com/forum/show...resting-please
06. Favourite gig: Consumer Electronics @ Rammel Club #46, March 9th
07. Favourite book: Julia Serano - Excluded (Seal Press)
08. Favourite food (or Snax): Border biscuits' dark chocolate gingers
09. Favourite guilty pleasure: too old to feel guilty about pleasure
10. Favourite random moment: nearly falling into Polperro harbour and then not doing
This should do it...
01. Favourite track:Dub It X Vol. 1 and 6.
02. Favourite album:Don’t know that I have a favourite album, but I will say I have a new favourite net radio station: DubXtra London.
03. Favourite label: Omni. One of the most prolific labels I’ve seen in a while.
04. Favourite mixtape: The Uncle Dugs Congo Natty – Rebel Mix and Omni Sessions Part I and IV
05. Favourite SC thread: “So subverts what have you been reading recently?” and “Be more interesting please” and this one! "SubVersion's End Of Year Charts"
06. Favourite gig: I went to a few gigs this year, and don’t have a favourite. Hmm.
07. Favourite book: I read 25 books this year. Top 5 are:
(1) Diamond, Jared. 2012. The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? New York: Penguin.
(2) Bailyn, Bernard. 2012. The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600 – 1675. New York: Knopf.
(3) Sandburg, Carl. 1993. Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years One-Volume Edition. New York: Galahad Books.
(4) Jones, Dan. The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England. New York: Penguin.
(5) Thornton, Mark and Robert B. Ekelund Jr. 2004. Tariffs, Blockades, and Inflation: The Economics of the Civil War. Wilmington: SR Books.
08. Favourite food (or Snax): Nuclear Spaghetti. Made with brown noodles, Portuguese sausage and a special blend of insanely hot sauce and herbs, eaten with hard-boiled eggs.
09. Favourite guilty pleasure: Watching the show Moonshiners.
10. Favourite random moment: Five friends deciding to get on a plane and go on a day trip, epic day!
Daniel Crossley (www.fluid-radio.co.uk editor)
08. Favourite food (or Snax): "That is easy mate... pie and mash from Roman Road market "
01. Favourite track: Favourite of my own is either Pleaides or Cepheus. From other artists it gets more difficult as there’s so much good stuff I’m sent. I’m currently digging Scale – Drummin’ Till Dawn and on a more mellow tip probably ...Erm, actually it’s impossible to answer as it changes week by week, so I’ll just say I’ve been loving tunes by these guys this year: Infest, Cryogenics, Nic TVG, Okee, Limit and Asymmetric, Scale, Aural Imbalance and Indidjinous.
02. Favourite album: Ignoring anything from Omni, I would say the Aural Imbalance – Legacy LP. Although I’ve been rocking to the new Manix LP the last few weeks too
03. Favourite label: Umm…there’s a lot, but Subtle Audio still hit the mark, but this year I’d possibly say OffWorld Recordings. I’m also partial to a bit of Monochrome Recordings too.
04. Favourite mixtape: Yuambits excellent 2 hour mix of every tune from Digitized Parts 1 and 2 really hit the spot for me. Excellent mixing, well thought out structure, blinding overall. The tunes weren’t bad either
05. Favourite SC Thread: SubVersion's End Of Year Charts - Open For Contribution up to 29.12.13
06. Favourite gig: I’ve been that busy with the label and training this year (as well as recovering from injuries thanks to said training) that I haven’t been to any gigs as such. I went to a few beer festivals and ended up singing if they count?
07. Favourite book: Tryptamine Palace by James Oroc.
08. Favourite food (or Snax): Got to be Pizza
09. Favourite guilty pleasure: Being interviewed by K Mag
10. Favourite random moment: Having a few cheeky brews in the afternoon in my local town and coming across the window cleaner who cleans all the windows for businesses round the town and who calls everyone Ken. No matter if they’re male or female, he calls them Ken. He’ll also greet you when you walk by, by saying ‘Morning Ken’, even if it’s the afternoon. I Struck up a conversation with him and he still never let his guard down, and managed to call both me and my wife Ken numerous times in the midst of his sentences
Ask me again next week and I'll probably have an entirely different set of answers