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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, January 29, 2003
    On the mix
    ItÕs the season of the DJ mix, the compilation. This week IÕm enjoying MorcheebaÕs contribution to the Back to Mine series in which they offer their favourite and influential sounds for easy home listening. Amongst them favourite of mine, surrealist country singer Jim White, and plenty of the sort of trip hop, blues and psychedelia youÕd expect from Morcheeba.

    I have decided to avoid John PeelÕs contribution to the FabricLive series, because his blind devotion to lfc has finally diminished his musical sensibilities; it turns out heÕs ruined what would otherwise be an excellent collection of songs with drop-ins of commentary from ancient cup finals, and a full version of that sad old Marsden dirge the kop still persist in whining out every game. He could do with a few home truths but I doubt heÕd hear them from an Evertonian.

    Instead, four cheers for Rough Trade Shops whose recent compilations on Mute have been exceptionally good, exciting, enlightening. The latest arrived yesterday, Counter Culture 2002, which they describe modestly as Ósome of the things we liked most in the last 12 monthsÓ. ThereÕs 41 tracks, impossible to precis or categorise. On my first couple of plays IÕve had some unexpected Pixies moments - The Polyphonic SpreeÕs Soldier Girl Radio Edit has a Bossonova-like epic madness about it, and how good to hear Kim Deal on a return to form with The BreedersÕ The She. Among other highlights, the thrilling High Voltage by Electric Six, and the untrained children's voices of The Langley Schools Music Project singing Phil Spector's To Know Him is to love Him. Essential listening. I could go on. Writing about music isnÕt enough. LetÕs go listen.