postcards from L.A #3


For the third instalment of Postcards…our man in LA, Mr Alex Oxley, finds himself within earshot of a reluctant superstar in a Hollywood watering hole, takes us on a musical tour that includes LA’s dollar bins, vintage mixes, Paul Woolford scorchers and Mathew Dear pseudonyms and rounds it all off with a cocktail bar born out of one man’s filmic obsession.

Over to Alex….. 

They say 3 is the magic number, well myself and two friends (see what I did there!) had a pretty magic LA moment earlier this week. Whilst settling into a drink at Hollywood must Dan Tan’s, the booth along from us filled up with quite a sight. Keeping a low profile a gentleman at booth blurts out ‘I’m sick of people noticing me everywhere I go’, this is while wearing leather diamond encrusted gloves, heavy set sunglasses and a jumper over his head. Talk about a finding a needle in haystack, you wouldn’t spot this chap a mile off! Anyway I digress… To the music we go….

Hnny – No

Taking the baton this week Stockholm resident HNNY delivers a mighty fine TLC makeover in the form of ‘No’. His gold standard edit of ‘Nagoya Marimba’ by Steve Reich got many hot under collar, and HNNY has his eye on the prize once again with this top self do over of ‘No Snubs’. 12″ copies of this beast won’t be around for long, so cop yourself a copy here before it’s ‘don’t say I didn’t warn you’ discogs time. 

Akkord – Destruction (Special Request VIP)

When he’s not busy knocking it out of the park in Ibiza Paul Woolford tears up the electronica rulebook as Special Request. Lifted from the excellent HTH vs HTH compilation, his acid tinged remix for Akkord (who’s debut album certainly requires your attention) presses all the right buttons. For more Special Request bumps in the night seek out his album ‘Soul Music‘ from earlier this year, it’s an absolute belter. 

Audion – Sky

Matthew Dear dons his Audion once again. He’s a busy man to say the least, and landing back in the studio after an extensive tour with synth overlords Depeche Mode his fingers gravitated towards the techno leaning project that brought us the incredible ‘Mouth to Mouth‘. A quite different beast, ‘Sky’ is a builder in the true meaner of the word, clocking in at over 11 minutes the wait is worth the pay off. Lock in and take the ride!

The Glimmers

Hacking back to 2004 here to revisit a lesson in the art of dj’ing, courtesy of The Glimmers. Expertly weaving the likes of QueenLiquid LiquidPete Shelley, and WhoMadeWho for a tripped out discotheque rendezvous where the music policy is anything goes. ‘Leave Them All Behind‘ by Whitey makes an appearance, and the almighty ‘We Have Come To Bless The House’ by Severed Heads is always a gift to the ears.


Dollar Bin Sunday

This weeks find comes in the shape of Sudden Impact And The Best Of Dirty Harry. Diamond moody soundtrack action here with all the trimmings. The drums particularly on ‘Scorpio’s theme’ by Lalo Schifrin will have you jaw on the fall.


Ever fancied being transported to Casablanca? Well nows your chance, sort of. Way back when some smart chap turned his mild obsession for the classic Casablanca movie into his own restaurant reality. This place really has got the lot, and is worth a visit for potent cocktails alone!

Alex Oxley