Monday, August 20, 2007

Bugged Out! Classics: 1994-2007

Despite Bugged Out beginning at the tail end of 1994 this is the first opportunity we've had to document the music that has defined the night. The choices are subjective of course, what I may consider a Bugged Out classic may differ to someone who chose to go to the club only whenever we put a Detroit techno dj on or who enjoyed our brief flirtation with big beat. Also the choice of Tiga record on the collection may not be his finest moment but it's the one that means the most to the night. I wanted to include music from the early days but it seemed healthier to include more of the recent past. Dance music has been in rude health for the past six years (despite the media claiming it had carked it in 2002) and I wanted to reflect that. What was most heartening from this venture was that from my initial wish list there were only a couple of tracks we could not get. One of them we had to leave off as no one, artist included, could work out who legally owned the rights anymore! A few well placed e-mails to the artists themselves helped cut through some red tape with Carl Craig himself giving the thumbs up to let us include his superlative Desire track from 1995. Mark Bell from LFO also let us use a version of Tied Up that originally came free as a limited flexi disc with Jockey Slut. He didn't have the original anymore though so we had to master from the flexi disc. Despite being from the mid nineties it still sounds utterly contemporary, which I suppose is the point of techno. Of course now that the collection is out in the world I look forward to reading on forums and receiving e-mails about what amazing tunes have been left off. But then, hopefully, there will be a volume two...

John Burgess is co-founder and promoter of Bugged Out!

Bugged Out! Classics (3 CD set) is out now. Buy here

Friday, August 17, 2007

Devendra Banhart: 'High, Happy and Free'

Great new Devendra tracks from his forthcoming album 'Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon' out on XL on Sept 25th. We can't wait.

Plus 'video/making of doc' for epic new Miles Davis/The Doors/Led Zep influenced track 'Seahorse':

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Justice Live, Field Day, Victoria Park, London, 11/08/07

Dummy cover stars Justice at the low on facilities but high on ideas Field Day in London's Victoria Park. With more toilets, bars and volume promised next year you've got to think that they will pull it off second time around...

Friday, August 03, 2007


Are Gary Numan fanciers Late of the Pier (featured in Dummy issue 3) the hottest/coolest unsigned band in Britain?


Thursday, August 02, 2007

Field Day - Sold Out!

New London Dummy sponsored festival Field Day featuring Dummy cover stars Justice plus cult Yanks Battles, hot new bands Late of the Pier and Foals, Mercury nominee Bat for Lashes plus shock jocks Erol Alkan and Jo Jo De Freq is all sold out. See you there.

Field Day Myspace

Envelopes Present Soup of Germs

You may already know that Sweden's Envelopes are inspired by Talking Heads and The Pixies but did you know that they're also in awe of Oz Mutantes and Salt N Pepa. In advance of their new album due early next year they've put together this free mix (with sleevenotes) so that you know where their heads are at...

Download here