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A Bonkers Blast From The Past

13 February, 2014

Now That's What I Call Bonkers!

After re-uploading a bunch of my old DJ mixes a few days ago, I decided to listen to them again for old times’ sake. One of the older mixes, B-Bouncy B-Beats, inspired me to cast my mind back several years, in a rose-tinted, nostalgic stylee, to the second-coming of big beat-inspired silliness…

The year was 2007 and the UK dance music scene had never been healthier. Fidget, aka Wonky House, was leading the charge in clubland with its phasers set to bonkers, its utterly daft, farty basslines filling dancefloors all over the country with a fun, relentless energy that even the recently introduced smoking ban couldn’t extinguish.

The Fidget scene at the time was dominated by the mysterious Fake Blood, who was latterly revealed to be the butch one from Right Said Fred (kids these days know him better as Burial or one of Deadmau5‘s stand-ins when the real Deadmau5 is taking a day off to swim, Scrooge McDuck style, in his mountain of gold coins), along with Burberry fanatics Sinden and Hervé (aka The Count of Monte Cristo aka the Ambassador from the Ferrero Rocher ads), with their oft-copied, signature flatulent bass and choppy, garagey beats.

Today, some might argue that these artists have never escaped the silly stigma of the Fidget days. Their signature sounds were imitated and plagiarised on such a grand scale that some bass-loving rebels were forced to take another popular, but far more underground, genre called Dubstep and re-invent it as The Most Annoying Musical Genre Ever just to distract everyone from the relentless, McDonalds Happy Meal cheesiness of Fidget house.

Fidget became that annoying little bit of dog mess that gets stuck in the zig-zaggy bit on the soles of your Adidas shell toes that you can’t even dig out with a twig. It seemed like it was destined to fade away with the next rain shower, but frustratingly stuck around for ages, stinking up the place. That was until Ministry Of Sound released its Fidget-centric Now That’s What I Call Bandwagon House That Everyone’s Already Sick To The Teeth Of Vol. 69, which effectively sounded the death knell for Fidget and sent it the same way as Big Beat and UK Garage, to the great, big HMV bargain bin in the sky.

A small part of me:- the lager-swilling, stranger-hugging, E4-watching part, misses Fidget. It was silly, throwaway music that didn’t require any chin-stroking or in-depth critical analysis. Its sole purpose was to help people have fun and give them an excuse to wear their baseball caps at a jaunty angle. And few can argue that there’s anything wrong with that. Unless, of course, you have a strong aversion to having fun and wearing your cap at a jaunty angle, in which case you might as well end it all now because you’re most likely dead inside.

Anyway, back to this mix…

As you’ve probably guessed by now, some of the tunes in this mix haven’t dated very well (as well as the aforementioned Count & Sinden, I’m also looking at you, Messrs Tubbs and Rascal!), but there are some modern classics in there, especially those of the Breaks persuasion… Jewelz by Baobinga & ID epitomised the fun and creativity of the breaks scene at the time. There’s a bonkers little ravey number, which I believe is by Basement Jaxx  under their Nifty pseudonym, which bangs hard. There’s also a fine example of the Plump DJs in their absolute pomp with their ultimate party anthem System Addict. Elite Force‘s I Don’t Think So channels late ’90s Chemical Brothers with loads of cosmic synth action and dark, broody bass. And speaking of the Chems, the mix closes with one of Tom & Ed‘s most euphoric Electronic Battle Weapons, Saturate. I’m sure the fun-lovers amongst you would agree that most of these tunes would still smash a party’s back doors in these days too.

Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this daft little slice of mid-noughties nostalgia. Try not to take it too seriously, afterall no-one really did at the time.

You can find B-Bouncy B-Beats, along with all my other mixes, on the DJ Mixes page.

Hubie x

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Download The HUBIE SOUNDS Summer Festival Special!

26 July, 2009

Hiya Brappers!

Thanks for tuning in last night, we hope you enjoyed the summery classics! For those of you who would like to download this show, it is now available from the Brap.FM archives RIGHT HERE!

Here’s the tracklist…
* The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds (Island)
* Fat Freddys Drop – Roady (Kartel)
* The Specials – Ghost Town – Extended Version (2 Tone)
* Dub Pistols feat. Terry Hall – Gangsters – Live at Bestival 2005 (Sunday Best)
* Cypress Hill – Hits From The Bong (Columbia)
* dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Thou Shalt Always Kill – Live at Latitude Festival 2007 (BBC)
* Lemon Jelly – Nice Weather For Ducks (XL)
* Mr Scruff – Get A Move On! (Ninja Tune)
* Fatboy Slim – Talkin’ Bout My Baby – Midfield General’s Disco Reshuffle Mix (Skint)
* Kidda – Under The Sun – Herve’s Ain’t No Sunshine Mix (Skint)
* Wink – Higher State Of Consciousness – Original Tweekin’ Acid Funk Mix (Strictly Rhythm)
* The Chemical Brothers – The Private Psychedelic Reel (Freestyle Dust)
* Freeland – Under Control – Alex Metric Remix (Marine Parade)
* Zero – Emit/Collect – Rennie Pilgrem’s Agatha Stomp Mix (Streetwise)
* S.C.A.M – Put Your Hands Up (Deepcut)
* Dizzee Rascal vs Armand Van Helden – Bonkers – Doorly Remix (CDR)
* The Prodigy – Warrior’s Dance (Take Me To The Hospital)
* DJ Zinc feat. No Lay – Killa Sound (Bingo Bass)
* Christian J – Party People (White)
* 601 – This Is Acid (Polar Red)
* Underworld – Cowgirl (JBO)
* Orbital – Chime – 7″ Single Version (London)
* Muddy Waters – Mannish Boy (MCA/Spectrum)

Keep your eyes peeled for some big Hubie Sounds news coming very soon! We can’t reveal anything at the moment, but watch this space! 😉

Previous Hubie Sounds shows can be downloaded here

Hubie x

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Download Hubie Sounds 02/05/09 Now!

4 May, 2009

Hey everyone!

Thanks for tuning in the other night, we hope you enjoyed the show 🙂

For those of you who would like to download the show, it is now available from the Brap.FM archives RIGHT HERE!

Here’s the tracklist…

* Dizzee Rascal vs Armand Van Helden – Bonkers – Doorly Remix (CDR)
* M.I.A. – Paper Planes – Diplo Remix (XL)
* Deelite vs M.I.A. – Hombre Is In The Groove – DJ Prince Mashup (CDR)
* Myagi feat. The Root Sellers – How To Test – Nick Thayer Remix (Pop And Lock)
* All Good Funk Alliance – On The Prowl (Jalapeno)
* Last Japan – Fucked From Above 1989 (CDR)
* The Prodigy – Take Me To The Hospital (Take Me To The Hospital)

** Hubie Wants To Have Diplo‘s Babies **
* Hot Chip – Shake A Fist – Diplo Remix (EMI)
* Bonde Do Role – Solta O Frango (Domino)
* Diplo – Way More Brazil (Big Dada)
* Spank Rock – Put That Pussy On Me – Diplo Tonite Remix (Big Dada)
* Claude Vonstroke – The Whistler – Diplo Remix (Data)
* Young MC – Bust A Move – Diplo Remix (Delicious Vinyl)
* Diplo – Blow Your Head (Mad Decent)
* Bloc Party – Where Is Home? – Diplo Remix (Wichita)

* AC Slater – Party Like Us (Party Like Us)
* Rico Tubbs – Hip Rave Anthem (Cheap Thrills)
* Djedjotronic feat. Spoek – Dirty & Hard – Stereoheroes Remix (CDR)
* Fatboy Slim – Rockafeller Skank – Riva Starr Remix (Skint)
* Black Eyed Peas – Boom Pow – Riot The DJ Remix (CDR)
* Joachim Garraud – Are U Ready – Roman Salzger’s Your Mama Is Rave Remix (Sneakerz MUZIK)
* The Chemical Brothers – Electronic Battle Weapon 7 – Hubie’s Polekat Edit (CDR)
* DJ Zinc feat. No Lay – Killa Sound (Bingo Bass)
* Udy – Hustlin’ (CDR)
* La Roux – In For The Kill – Hostage Remix (CDR)
* Haggstrom feat. Terri Walker – Be My Baby – Peo de Pitte Remix (Flat Out)
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero – N.A.S.A. Bloody Lobo Remix (CDR)
* LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends – Edit (DFA)
* Nirvana – Sliver (Geffen)
* Missy Elliott vs The Cure – Get Your Freak On – PopChop Mix (PopChop)

Thanks for listening to Hubie Sounds! Make sure you tune into the next show on Saturday 16th May @ 8pm GMT! Live and direct on Brap.FM!

Previous Hubie Sounds shows can be downloaded here

Hubie x

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Hubie Sounds On Air This Saturday Night!

30 April, 2009

Hey everyone 🙂

After a short hiatus, Hubie Sounds is back on air this Saturday night! We’ll be bringing you another action-packed episode chock full of bouncy beats, throbbing basslines and the occasional cheeky bootleg, including fresh new tuna by the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Fatboy Slim, Rico Tubbs and Haggstrom! 😉

Oh and ‘Hubie’s Babies’ is back! This week we’ll be doing a feature on Mad Decent label owner and master of Bmore  Diplo, in Hubie Wants To Have Diplo’s Babies. Expect to hear a kerwality mashup of Diplo’s finest productions old and new 🙂

If you’re unfamiliar with Diplo, or you’d like to learn more about him, check out his myshizzle right here: http://www.myspace.com/diplo

And for more info about his label Mad decent, check out this website: http://www.maddecent.com/

So I hope you can tune in this Saturday, 2nd May @ 8pm GMT, live and direct on Brap FM!

See you in the Brap Chatroom!

For further details, including how to tune in, check out my Radio Show page  )

Hubie x

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