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Mankind Is An Oxymoron

The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.
William Shakespeare


SWITCH OFF. WAKE UP. FIGHT BACK.

Methods Of Dance is 7

So what, eh?

Hopefully, this blog has provided you with a modicum of meaningless distraction from the endless stream of angering and depressing news.

Now, please—let’s all unplug and try to save the world.

Here’s hoping for a better year in 2018.

Thank you.

Shelf

Eisbär

Global warming isn’t a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese government.

Climate change isn’t a conspiracy theory hatched by the mainstream liberal media.

It’s real. And it has consequences.

Climate Change Reality Project

FFRR Classics 1988-1998

Various Artists
“FFRR Classics 1988-1998”
1998 FFRR Records (UK)
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1.01 Salt ‘N’ Pepa – Push It
1.02 Martine Girault – Revival
1.03 Diana Brown & Barrie K Sharpe – The Masterplan
1.04 Jamie Principle – Baby Want To Ride
1.05 Frankie Knuckles & Satoshi Tomiie – Tears
1.06 The Night Writers – Let The Music Use You
1.07 Sterling Void – Runaway Girl
1.08 D Mob – C’mon And Get My Love
1.09 Richie Rich – You Used To Salsa
1.10 Sterling Void – It’s Alright
1.11 Orbital – Chime
1.12 Lil’ Louis & The World – French Kiss
1.13 DSK – What Would We Do
1.14 Club House – Deep In My Heart
1.15 Degrees Of Motion – Shine On

2.01 Utah Saints – What Can You Do For Me
2.02 Together – Hardcore Uproar
2.03 Zero B – Lock Up
2.04 The Clepto-Maniacs – Positive Feedback
2.05 Leviticus – Burial
2.06 JX – Son Of A Gun
2.07 Tinman – Eighteen Strings
2.08 The Good Men – Give It Up
2.09 Sagat – Fuk Dat
2.10 T‐Empo – Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
2.11 The Brand New Heavies – Back To Love
2.12 Orbital – Belfast
2.13 Underworld – Mmm Skyscraper I Love You
2.14 One Dove – White Love
2.15 Goldie – Inner City Life

3.01 Mighty Dub Katz – Magic Carpet Ride
3.02 Stretch & Vern – I’m Alive
3.03 Lisa Marie Experience – Keep On Jumpin’
3.04 Nightcrawlers – Push The Feeling On
3.05 CJ Bolland – Sugar Is Sweeter
3.06 Mory Kanté – Yeke Yeke
3.07 JDS – Nine Ways
3.08 DJ Misjah & DJ Tim – Access
3.09 Quake – The Day Will Come
3.10 Crescendo – Are You Out There
3.11 Lucid – I Can’t Help Myself
3.12 Nalin & Kane – Beachball
3.13 Sex-O-Sonique – I Thought It Was You
3.14 All Saints – Never Ever
3.15 Mass Syndicate – You Don’t Know
3.16 The All Seeing I – Beat Goes On
3.17 Smith & Mighty – Remember Me

Who’s got the power? Pete Tong’s got the power! Founded in 1986, Tong’s FFRR (Full Frequency Range Recordings) label was distributed by London Records until 2003. The imprint was also the umbrella for sub-labels Double F Double R, Ffrreedom, and Internal.

“FFRR Classics” covers the label’s first ten years, showcasing a diverse output that includes house, garage, hip-hop, techno, trance, pop, and breakbeat from the UK, US, and Europe. By the end of disc three, it’s all gone Pete Tong. However, taken as the whole, “FFRR Classics” is a decent dance music time capsule.


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The Liberty Of A Democracy Is Not Safe

President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Message to Congress on Curbing Monopolies
29 April 1938

To the Congress:

Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people.

The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism—ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.

The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living.

Both lessons hit home.

Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing.

This concentration is seriously impairing the economic effectiveness of private enterprise as a way of providing employment for labor and capital and as a way of assuring a more equitable distribution of income and earnings among the people of the nation as a whole.

Read FDR’s full speech on The American Presidency Project.

Roosevelt’s remarks from nearly 80 years ago are even more relevant today, given the shameless collusion between Congress and corporations, and the sinister swamp controlling The White House.

And the newly minted US tax bill serves as a perfect illustration of FDR’s fears: the unpopular legislation further consolidates the monopolies on wealth and power held by a small number of rich, white men—the privileged capitalist elite.

Something To Eat Crow About

Garry Trudeau nails voter suppression with today’s Doonesbury:

Choice: A Collection Of Classics

John Digweed
“Choice: A Collection Of Classics”
2005 Azuli Records (UK)
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1.01 Voice Of Africa – Hoomba Hoomba
1.02 The Grid – Floatation
1.03 T Tauri – Joy To The World (No Felt)
1.04 Hypnotone – Dream Beam (Ben Chapman 12″ Remix)
1.05 Smith & Mighty – Dark House
1.06 Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait
1.07 Propaganda – Your Wildlife (Wet ‘N’ Wildlife Mix)
1.08 The Beat Club – Security (Club Mix)
1.09 Sheer Taft – Cascades (Hypnotone Mix)
1.10 Euphoria – Mercurial (Euphoric Original Mix)
1.11 One Dove – White Love (Psychic Masturbation)
1.12 Dance 2 Trance – We Came In Peace (Digweed Re-Edit)
1.13 Desert Storm – Desert Storm
1.14 Abfahrt – Alone [It’s Me] (Alley Cat Edit)
1.15 Underworld – Mmm… Skyscraper I Love You (Jam Scraper)

2.01 Babble – Beautiful (Blue Mix)
2.02 Waterlillies – Tempted (Apple Crumble Mix)
2.03 INXS – Disappear (Morales 12″ Mix)
2.04 Megatonk – Belgium (Nintendotwo Mix)
2.05 DSK – What Would We Do (Eight Minutes Of Madness Mix)
2.06 Reese & Santonio – Back To The Beat (With ‘The Sound’)
2.07 Jody Watley – I’m The One You Need (Def Dub Version)
2.08 Saint Etienne – Cool Kids Of Death (Underworld Mix)
2.09 Hi-Bias – Drive It Home
2.10 Young American Primitive – Young American Primitive
2.11 DJ H. & Stefy – Come On Boy (Underground Mix Dub)
2.12 Secret Knowledge – Sugar Daddy
2.13 The Cure – A Forest (Tree Mix)

CHOICE: The series in which the worlds top djs bring you what they consider to be their all-time classic tracks. The influences here are what created the dj, the djs themselves have created these classics, and dance music history is hereby made.

With an eclectic mix that blends Balearic beats, house, techno, trance, and more, John Digweed covers a lot of musical ground in his contribution to the “Choice” DJ mix series.


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Resident. Two Years Of Oakenfold At Cream

Paul Oakenfold
“Resident. Two Years Of Oakenfold At Cream”
1999 Circa/Virgin Records Ltd (UK)
VTDCDX 237

01.01 Y Traxx – Mystery Land (Original Mix)
01.02 Tilt – Butterfly (Tilt’s Mechanism Mix)
01.03 Armin – Blue Fear (Extended Mix)
01.04 The Space Brothers – Shine (Full Vocal)
01.05 Ascension – Someone (Original Vocal Mix)
01.06 Brainbug – Nightmare (Sinister Strings Mix)
01.07 Three ‘N One – Sin City (Original Mix)
01.08 Underworld – Dark And Long (Dark Train)
01.09 B.B.E. – Flash (Club Mix)
01.10 L.S.G. – Netherworld (Vinyl Cut)
01.11 Transa – Prophase (X-Cabs Remix One)
01.12 Man With No Name – Vavoom! (Original Mix)
01.13 Mystica – Ever Rest (Mystica Mix)

2.01 CJ Bolland – The Prophet (Original Mix)
2.02 Tastexperience – Summersault (Original Mix)
2.03 Mansun – Wide Open Space (Perfecto Mix)
2.04 Tilt – Rendezvous (Quadraphonic Mix)
2.05 Stoneproof – Everything’s Not You (Quivver’s Space Mix)
2.06 Tilt – Children (Tilt’s Courtyard Mix)
2.07 Freefall – Skydive (Original Mix)
2.08 Push – Universal Nation (Original Mix)
2.09 Amoeba Assassin – Rollercoaster (Oakey’s Courtyard Mix)
2.10 Planet Heaven – Nautical Bodies (Original Mix)
2.11 Groovezone – Eisbaer (Soul Hooligan Mix)
2.12 C.M. – Dream Universe (Original Mix)
2.13 Agnelli & Nelson – El Nino (Matt Darey Remix)
2.14 Tekara – Breathe In You (Tekara’s M & M Dub)
2.15 Transa – Enervate (Original Mix)

This 1999 collection celebrates Paul Oakenfold’s two-year residency (1997 to 1998) at Cream, the legendary club staged at Nation in Liverpool. The addition of crowd noise may be a distraction for some; however, the track selection and mixing represent arguably the zenith of Oakey’s DJ career, during which time he mainstreamed trance to the masses.


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Pride 1998

Various Artists
“Pride 1998″ (Mixed by Julian Marsh)
1998 Centaur Music (US)

1.01 Mama Cass – Make Your Own Kind Of Music (Yum Club Mix)
1.02 Birdy – Make My Day (Extended VRS)
1.03 Ti.Pi.Cal. – Live For Today (Club Vox)
1.04 Frank ‘O Moiraghi – I Am What I Am (Club Mix)
1.05 Fire Island – Shout It To The Top (Club 69 Vocal Mix)
1.06 DeCaprio – Love Is In The Air (Extended Mix)
1.07 Queen Of Scots – Stand By Your Man (Vocal Club Mix)
1.08 Sarah Washington – Careless Whispers (12″ Pop’d Up Mix)
1.09 Our Tribe – Love Come Home (Sure Is Pure Mix)
1.10 Secret Life – Love So Strong (Brothers In Rhythm Experience)
1.11 Gigabyte – It’s My Life (Extended Club Mix)

2.01 Big C – Daylight (Northern Lights)
2.02 Madagascar – You’re So Beautiful (Original Version)
2.03 Sundance – Sundance (Club Mix)
2.04 Essence – The Promise (Space Brothers Rethink Remix)
2.05 Sunscreem – Love U More (Jimmy Gomez Remix)
2.06 DJ Red 5 – Lift Me Up (Striking Man Remix)
2.07 Mother’s Pride – Floribunda (Big C Remix)
2.08 Indigo – Perfect Day (12” Mix)
2.09 Janice Robinson – Earthbeat (Morales Classic Earth Mix)

Pride in ourselves. Pride in our children. Pride in the freedom to love who we choose. Pride in our friendships. Pride in our jobs. Pride in our contributions to our society. Pride in our society. Pride in our diversity. Pride in our similarities. Pride in showing our love. Pride in knowing how to be loved. Pride in our spiritual evolution. Pride in our tolerance. Pride in our intolerance for hatred. Pride in making a difference in someone’s life. Pride in making a life. Pride in making our own kind of music. Pride in singing your own special song. Pride in our commitment to help each other. Pride in not going quietly into the night. Pride in the dignity we have shown in losing our family. Pride in knowing we are not alone. Pride in taking the road less traveled. Pride in remembering our past. Pride in knowing we have a future. Pride in our ability to show our world that we are one world and one people… just one!


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Do The Evolution