TONKA'S WEEK: 15.09.17

I think I hate the dance music world, but I can't stop writing about it...

TONKA'S WEEK: 15.09.17

I think I hate the dance music world, but I can't stop writing about it...

< > There is something electric about the beginnings (and the middles) of a full-on social media outrage, especially when it's in dance music. The dance music world is chocka-block of, for want of a better description: MASSIVE FUCKING BASTARDS who we've all brain-washed ourselves into thinking are MASSIVELY FUCKING COOL, so when a DJ like Jeremy Underground falls under the bus it's a right laugh to get online and join in the fun of running him over and reversing back over him again all day. I love the feeling when the glee takes over and we're all in a delirious trance, together. From the glory days of Ten Walls to yesterday's news (JU); every Tweet is hilarious, every Facebook comment is hilarious, every meme is hilarious, every artist response is hilarious. Everything is hilarious - even some of the RA comments are hilarious. All of the forced outrage is hilarious. It's just an utterly joyful and hilarious day, a social media outrage day. Ahh, I fucking love them. In many ways, a good social media outrage is not dissimilar to the feelings of being on ecstasy E tablets in a nightclub: there is a real sense of belonging and community, but with 100% more memes and outrage and hate.

< > What I hate, what I really fucking hate, and find FUCKING BORING, is the day after, when everyone is being earnest and reflective, and the memes have dried up, and the bloke from Asking For a Friend is still doing memes on Facebook, and Wunderground start doing their parody articles, and people on Twitter are writing serious, 10+ Tweet "threads" about it all. After the social media outrage event, I honestly couldn't give a fucking shit if Jeremy Underground works again, doesn't work again, if his agent should get flayed, if his agent should just be left alone to crack on with his job, nobody REALLY cares about this. It's just people pretending to care, just like we all pretended to care that JU and his agent was a cunt in the first place. We all hark back to the glory days of the 90s Superstar DJ era, but when one chancer starts demanding a sauna, everyone blows their top. I don't know, lets make our minds up about what kind of dance music world we want and go with it.

If you're in the world of dance, and take yourself seriously, and are reading this: you're a fucking bone brain. Or you're not. I can't decide if I like DJs who take themselves seriously and demand saunas or if I hate them. I'll have a ponder and let you know next week.

I think I hate the dance music world, but I can't stop writing about it :'-(


< > I was eating a slab of blu tack the other day when I thought to myself, "what the fuck am I eating this bollocks for when there's a strawberry trifle in the fridge?!" I spat out the blu tack into my bin and cartwheeled to the fridge in the kitchen, NOT the one in the bog. I opened it up and, to my surprise, in amongst all of the strawberry trifles, there was a CD. I said, "Hmm, what's a CD doing in the fridge and why has it started to float above the trifles? Why is it slowly advancing on my face?" I literally said all of that to myself.

As if by magic, the fridge door shut by itself and I was now holding a copy of Beaucoup Fish by Underworld, a CD they released in 1999! This was such a curious and bizarre incident, that I  looked around to see if Beadle was about, but I THEN remembered that he was dead, and my instincts took over, and I turned the CD to look at the back. There was an A4 piece of paper Sellotaped to it. It read:

Underworld - Beaucoup Fish

A remastered classic re-released 25th August 2017

4 CD Super Deluxe / 1 CD / 2 x 12” / streaming / download

Pre order 1 CD, Double Vinyl and 4 CD Super Deluxe

Underworld have announced details of the deluxe remastered re-release of their 1999 classic Beaucoup Fish (via Universal Music Catalogue) The album comes as a single CD, a 4 CD super deluxe box set and a double vinyl album. The album will also be available on all streaming and download platforms.

Hugely anticipated on release in the spring of 1999, Beaucoup Fish continued Underworld’s singular vision. From the opening Windy City meets Motor City meets Thames Estuary swoop of Cups through to the flickering low light coda of closing track Moaner, the eleven tracks on Beaucoup Fish collectively served to highlight just how different the wiring of Underworld’s internal logic is.

Whilst some of their peers had spawned lesser imitators, Underworld’s sound on Beaucoup Fish remained resolutely theirs. While many of the prevalent fragmented electronic styles of the day would be assimilated, the end result remained unique. If there had been a mould created when Rick Smith, Darren Emerson and Karl Hyde first made music together in the spare bedroom of a terrace house in Romford, it had long since been broken. There were no imitators. There never have been.

Beaucoup Fish features the singles Moaner, Push Upstairs, Jumbo, King of Snake and Bruce Lee. The deluxe edition’s second disc features eleven previously unreleased outtakes from the recording sessions. The third and fourth disc feature remixes of album tracks by the likes of Fatboy Slim, Slam, Salt City Orchestra and Adam Beyer.

The Beaucoup Fish super deluxe edition comes packaged in a hard case 12”x12” box that complements the acclaimed expanded reappraisals of dubnobasswithmyheadman (2014) and Second Toughest In The Infants (2015). This edition also includes a 60-page booklet with a new essay on the album. As with its predecessors, audio remastering was undertaken by the band’s Rick Smith at Abbey Road Studios. All packaging and artwork has been created by long time Underworld collaborators tomato.

Underworld – aka Karl Hyde and Rick Smith - recently presented an installation piece - Manchester Street Poem - as part of Manchester International Festival 2017. The project spotlighted the stories of those who’ve found themselves homeless in the city. Their last gig – a sold out show London’s Alexandra Palace – was the band’s biggest UK headline show to date.

Beaucoup Fish super deluxe tracklisting:

Disc One  

1.    Cups

2.    Push Upstairs

3.    Jumbo

4.    Shudder / King Of Snake

5.    Winjer

6.    Skym

7.    Bruce Lee

8.    Kittens

9.    Push Downstairs

10.  Something Like A Mama

11.  Moaner

Disc Two

Nifter - 5 A1317 Nov 97
Bruce Lee - Ricks 1st Dobro Mix

3.    UW Orange Bed - Sept97

4.    Skym - A A1317 Nov 97

5.    Jumbo - Diff Bass 2 A1317 Nov 97

6.    Push Upstairs - Alt 1 A1336 July 98

7.    King Of Snake - Garage Mix A1313 Set 97b

8.    Something Like A Mama - Alt Mix A1340 July 98 A Upstairs)

9.    Please Help Me

10.  Yeah Plan - From A1385

11.  Ramajama

Disc Three  

1.    Cups - Salt City Orchestra Remix

2.    Jumbo - Jedi's Sugar Hit Mix

3.    Jumbo - Futureshock Vocal Mix

4.    Push Upstairs - Darren Price Remix

5.    King Of Snake - Slam Remix

6.    King Of Snake - Fatboy Slim Remix

7.    King Of Snake - Dave Clarke Remix

8.    Bruce Lee - Micronauts Remix

9.    Bruce Lee - Buffalo Daughter Remix

Disc Four

1.    Bruce Lee - DJ Hype & DJ Zinc Vocal Mix

2.    Bruce Lee - DJ Hype & DJ Zinc Instrumental Mix

3.    Bruce Lee - Futureshock Remix

4.    King Of Snake - Claudio Coccoluto Remix

5.    King Of Snake - Martinez Remix

6.    King Of Snake - Dave Angel Remix

7.    Jumbo - Rob Rives & Francois Kevorkian Dub

8.    Push Upstairs - Roger S Narcotic Haze Dub

9.    Push Upstairs - Adam Beyer Rmx 2

As soon as I read the last word (that Adam Beyer bit), the piece of paper blew up in flames and the CD had teleported itself to my CD player. I pressed Play and I'm pleased to say that the entire 4 x CDs took my breath away. I urge you to make Underworld richer by BUYING this release. The Dave Angel King of Snake one is fucking ace.

Beaucoup Fish (deluxe remastered) by Underworld is OUT NOW. So buy it here.

< > I think I'm done now. I can't think of anything else to talk about, ladies and gentlemen. I'm bored. I'm looking forward to the Street Fighter II Tournament in October, but that's ages away. The other day, I asked Shabs from Channel 4 Drugs Live if he fancies coming to that and he said that if he can get off work, he'll be there. I'd love to see Shabs from Channel 4 Drugs Live have a fight on Street Fighter II with Ivan Smagghe. Let's make that happen. Yes. Let's have THAT to look forward to, because when North Korea and America blow up the planet, and turn us all into corpses, Shabs from Channel 4 Drugs Live versus Ivan Smagghe on Street Fighter II might be one last happy memory and experience to take with us on our communal journey to Heaven on the Heavenly Barry Bus.

Goodbye, everybody, goodbye.