Now, Listen Again!!

Solid Steel Listening Party and Miami Decompression
The Baltic Room | Wednesday, March 28, 7:00pm

Not sure if you heard the news or not, but the legendary Ninja Tune mix series SOLID STEEL has licensed AC Lewis’ track ‘Tickles’ from SunTzu Sound. The tune appears on the latest cd mixed by DJ Food and DK. We have an advance copy of the mix and want to share it with you before you can buy, download, or steal it! (Official release date is April 2)

Also, Atlee and I are back from WMC 2007 in Miami with plenty of stories and new tunes to share. It was a very important trip for SunTzu and all the up and comers this year.

So, come down to the Baltic around 7 and we’ll catch up and listen to the new mix cd on the Baltic Room Soundsystem! See you there!

[Check the official Press Release for ‘Solid Steel: Now, Listen Again! after the cut’]

Press Release for “Solid Steel presents DJ Food & DK: Now, Listen Again!”

Release Date: 2nd April 2007

Want to hear Rakim dueting on the mic with Phil Oakey from the Human League? Rock drummer Cozy Powell trading beats with DJ Format? Maybe the funky film version of ‘Are You Being Served’ is more to your taste or some West Coast surf-psych in the form of The Dragons’ rarity ‘Food For My Soul’? Resisting all the food puns we can think of (we know you’ll be doing it for us) Solid Steel presents DJ Food & DK with “Now, Listen Again” - the sequel to the mix that kicked off the series in 2001.

Six years ago, DJ Food and DK launched Ninja’s hugely successful “Solid Steel” mix series with “Now, Listen”. The current main movers of the long running and much-loved “Solid Steel” radio show and club night, they laid out the basic template of all that was to follow. A dizzying, kaleidoscopic pile-up of musical styles and spoken word eclectica, all pieced together, layered and re-treated with the sort of attention to detail that only comes from nerdy obsession and music collections that need reinforced floor supports to be held safely.

Now… Listen Again! Ever wondered what these would sound like? Roots Manuva given exclusive makeovers by d’n’b new kids the Qemists and cut ’n’ paste legend Steinski? Primal Scream in Hammond funk mode jamming with a northern soul version of ‘Purple Haze’? The dub mix of New Order’s classic “Blue Monday” (s)mashed into the vicious 2-step grime rhythm of New Flesh producer Part 2 with Fallacy on the mic?

It’s all here plus plenty more besides, picking up (literally) where the last one left off. The emphasis with this compilation is on making the listener want to listen again and again, if not just to peel back the layers of the onion but just because it demands a repeat performance amongst the sea of data we consume these days. Food & DK wanted to make something that stood the test of time, a mix you’ll still want to listen to 5 or 10 years from now, not something that dates quickly because it was trying to be too upfront. As the voice near the start implores: “Listen, Listen, we ask you, NOW LISTEN!”

… then listen again.

Press for “Now Listen”:
“Flat-out, mind-mangling fun.” Recommended compilation - Q
“A condensed course in the joys of eclecticism” - HHC
“Eclectic but never esoteric, ‘Now, Listen!’ makes for enchanting ear candy.” - NME
“MIX OF THE MONTH - Dazed & Confused
“A lesson in the art of putting together DJ mix albums.” - Music Week
“COMPILATION OF THE MONTH - A wonder to behold.” - No.2 in the Top 5 compilations of 2001 - Jockey Slut
“A witty, accessible, unique and utterly brilliant hour of music.” - Independent on Sunday
“The best the artform has to offer.” - Metro
“Mixing all manner of breakbeat business with style, wit and the occasional breathtaking party trick” - Big Issue
“COMPILATION OF THE MONTH - A very, very fine mix album.” - IDJ
“There’s enough flash and sparkle in evidence to keep this on or near your stereo for months to come, Very exciting.” - Time Out
“They’re not just members, they’re the funky precedents, and the mix is absolutely fantastic” - one of the records of the year - The Wire
“Breathtaking” - Muzik
“One of the year’s most diverse selections. The future starts here.” - DJ


1 MVP - Roc Ya Body,’Mic Check 1,2′ (instrumental)
2 Z-Trip feat Soup - Listen To The DJ
3 Timbaland & Magoo feat Missy Elliot - Cop That Shit
4 Eric B & Rakim - I Know You Got Soul (a cappella)
5 The Human League - Being Boiled
6 Area Code 615 - Stone Fox Chase
7 Cut Chemist - A Peek In Time
8 Pepe Deluxe - Salami Fever
9 Cozy Powell - Dance With The Devil
10 DJ Format - You Hear That?
11 Ram Jam - Black Betty
12 Johnny Jones & The King Casuals - Purple Haze
13 Primal Scream - Revenge of the Hammond Connection
14 Bomb The Bass feat Merlin - Megablast (a cappella)
15 DJ Shadow - Right Thing (Z-Trip’s ‘Get The Party Off’ remix parts 2&3)
16 Giorgio Moroder - Tears
17 AC Lewis feat Ndidi Cascade - Tickles
18 Aphex Twin - Nannou
19 The Irresistible Force - Underground (Ambient mix)
20 New Order - The Beach
21 Part 2 feat Fallacy - One Of Dem Days (remix)
22 Freestylers feat Pendulum & Sirreal - Painkiller (Ed Solo & Skool of Thought remix)
23 5 Deez - Funky (a cappella)
24 TTC - Dans Le Club (instrumental)
25 Rodney P - The Nice Up
26 DJ Zinc - Reach Out (remix)
27 Roots Manuva - Swords In The Dirt (Qemists 03 remix)
28 Pendulum & Fresh feat Spyda & Tenor Fly - Tarantula
29 Roots Manuva - Witness (Walworth Road Rockers Dub Steinski rework)
30 Jo Ann Garret - It’s No Secret
31 Ronnie Hazelhurst - Are You Being Served? Theme(Film version)
32 The Dragons - Food For My Soul

Upcoming Events

07.06.07 - 1LUV in Toronto
07.20.07 - SeeSound Lounge w/ KidHops
07.21.07 - Safari w/ WAAJEED
08.10.07 - Broken Disco w/ King Britt + John Arnold
08.17.07 - Olympic Sculpture Park


Dr.J's Spring-a-lings-n-tings
4Hero - PLAY WITH THE CHANGES - Raw Canvas
JDilla - RUFF DRAFT - Stones Throw
Donald Byrd - STREET LADY
Seiji ft. Nicki Guiland - SUMMER LOVE - Geneon
Quasimode - 1000 DAYS FOR SPIRIT (1LUV Vocal Remix) - CDR
Clara Hill - THAT NIGHT IN THE OFFICE - Sonar Kollektiv
Steve Spacek presents Black Pocket - CYBORG - CDR
Lenny Kravitz - WHAT GOES AROUND (JK Re-Edit) - PR

J-Justice Spring Flings
Elektrons - Dirty Basement - Genuine
Ben Westbeech - LP - Brownswood
F.B.I. - Dark Suite - Raw Fusion
Joe Mojo - Sleeping Giant - CDR
Azymuth - Harmonic 313 Remix - Far Out
Mark Pritchard & Steve Spacek - Turn It On - Sonar
Karizma - LP - R2
Attias - Nebukai - Still
Phil Asher & Dr. J - Little Things - CDR
The Funktastics - Honey - CDR
Djinji Brown - Deep Rooted - Yoruba
Stones Throw Hella International Boxset
Simbad - Supersonic Revelation Marathon Men Rmx - Raw Fusion
Ben Westbeech - Hang Around Wahoo Rmx - Brownswood
James Brown - Since You Been Gone - Polygram

J-Justice - 10 Winter Heaters
Visions of Tomorrow - Galaxy (Charles Webster Edit) - Past Due
Amp Fiddler - Ridin' (Carl Craig Edit) - Genuine
Yannick L - Hotbox - Sonar Kollektiv
Redeyes - Pusherman - Bingo
Amerie - Take Control - Sony
Domu - Something New - TrebleO
Bebel Gilberto - Bring Back the Love (Prins Thomas Remix) - Six Degrees
Afronaught - Transcend Me (Phil Asher Remix) - Fonz
Karizma - Tech This Out Pt. 2 - R2
Detalles - Hello Donee - Kupei Musika