“On this midsummer night, Outer England awakes” track listing

Following from Laura’s post, here is the track listing for the “On this midsummer night, Outer England awakes” mix. I had hoped to have this up for the Solstice on Sunday, but we’re still in midsummer! 1. “Good Lads, Bad Lads” – Jam City 2. “Nocturn” – Kate Bush 3. “Mother” – Goldie 4. londonunderlondon […]

Jam City – Dream a Garden – a dérive – LONDON – May 1st 2015

Guest post by LAURA OLDFIELD FORD Aldgate- spectral zone colonised by international finance. Towering enclaves, marble clad lobbies, burnished monuments to global capitalism. In 2012 these glacial geometries conjured the sound of Classical Curves, a record steeped in hostile seduction, the archisemiotics of power. Now, in 2015 with a creeping imminence, Dream a Garden is […]

This place is nowhere, and it’s forever

Direct download This explores the different senses of hauntology in Ghosts Of My Life and Hidden Valleys – Hidden Valleys unlocks Ghosts Of My Life from the outside … There is a Launch event for Hidden Valleys at the Showroom on June 16 …

“All the straws we clutched at have burst into flame” – track list

Here’s the track list for the mix “All the straws we clutched at have burst into flames”. (I will be posting a new hauntology mix up here later today.) “Eight Methods” – Killing Sound “Liberty City” – Mark Stewart + Maffia “My People” – Erykah Badu “Unite the World (Umgena Za Ulimwengu)” – The Undisputed […]

Abandon hope (summer is coming)

So it was to be a re-run of 1992, after all. It seems that even elections are subject to retromania, now. Except, this time, it is 1992 without Jungle. It’s Ed Sheeran and Rudimental rather than Rufige Kru. Always ignore the polls, wrote Jeremy Gilbert late on election night. “You get a better sense of […]

Don’t let Blairism come back from the dead!

Can anyone who has any influence in the Labour Party please ensure that as many people as possible read the pamphlet Jeremy Gilbert and I wrote last year? It was specifically designed to counter the Blairite monopolisation of the rhetoric of modernisation, so it has many arguments that can be weaponised in the current struggle […]

Pain now …

A grief without a pang, void, dark, and drear, This was the front page of the Guardian on the day my son was born nearly five years ago. That year, my wife and I earned fifteen thousand pounds between us. I was working as an hourly paid lecturer in adult education and in a university, […]

Communist Realism

Normal capitalist realist service was resumed on Thursday, on the BBC Question Time Leaders Special. With the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens absent, horizons contracted, expectations lowered, we were once again asphyxiating in the Oxbridge-Westminster bubble. This was most obviously signalled by a discursive exclusion: “austerity” was never mentioned, so we were back on […]