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Restaurant Review: Hawksmoor, Seven Dials


The arrival of Hawksmoor on the London restaurant scene has caused quite a stir of late. People eulogising about the care and attention to the meat that is prepared has not fallen on deaf ears, and they continue to grow their empire across our fair capital so, after a heavily meat centric twitter discussion between fellow meat fans @zammo, @nu_rave_is and @thesvelteone, a steak centric lunch was planned and Hawksmoor seemed to be the logical choice. After a few more thousand tweets on the subject, we finally managed to get together, joined also by @oh_henry, @waywardgirl100 and my darling wife @mikosoft who opted to be the control for the group (as she's not a fan of beef).

The Seven Dials restaurant itself is a very welcoming and warm space, with lashings of dark rosy varnished woods, beautiful light fixtures & surprising low ceilings (it being in a basement). The staff are friendly and casually dressed, making it a relaxing place to hang out. We started with the cocktail menu which is well structured and innovative, and the drinks were served to match, presented in perfectly matching glasses for each cocktail. I plumped for an Anti-Fogmatic in the form of a "Shakey Pete's Ginger Brew": Gin, homemade Ginger Syrup & Lemon Juice, topped with London Pride, which was presented in a glass tankard, matching the drink's brash bold flavours, Miko (a teetotaler) had an "Apple & Mint swizzle" which, despite being tucked at the back pages of the drinks menu, came in a cut crystal beaker with a beautifully prepared apple and mint garnish (see photo).

Lunch was a three course affair with me choosing the "crab on toast" to start, toasted brown bread with half the slice being laden with an excellent crab mousse and the other half with shredded crab, accompanied with a delightfully light, creamy mayonnaise. Miko had the half lobster which was a bit of a disappointment, lacking real punch, the lobster flavour being slightly drowned in the hazelnut butter. The steak tatare was amazing, being sharp and zesty and showing the diversity and strength of beef in its raw form. However the star (I'm reliably informed) was the spare ribs ordered by tso which sadly, due to my pork intolerance I can't feedback on.

Hawksmoor allow you to order steak by the weight, so that you can order various cuts of beef for your table to share (as well as the serving staff ensuring that you order enough for your table, but not too much). The six steakers chose some  porterhouse and prime rib cuts to divvy up between us, with a variety of sides including two types of chips (the dripping chips are practically roast potatoes) carrots, mushrooms, buttered greens and mac & cheese (Miko went for the Bacon Chop as her main). This sharing option does turn some people rather competitive in ensuring that they get a "fair share" (I include myself in this description) but also does make it a more convivial meal time experience and its a good way to get to taste the various cuts and I (like most of Hawksmoor custom) wasn't disappointed. Though at the same time, not completely wowed, either. Beef is amazing when well prepared & cared for like this, but, to be honest, I've actually had better tasting beef  meals because of their seasonings. This isn't a criticism, just an observation. This is beef perfection, but not beef augmentation.  However there are some superb sauces on offer, such as the sublime blue cheese hollandaise, the spicy and traditional horseradish and the salty but well balanced anchovy butter which do mean that you can enrich the beefy wonderment as you desire. In the non bovine corner, Miko found her Bacon Chop was a bit O.T.T., very smoky and salty like biting into a whole pack of bacon. The sides were great, with warming and homely mac and cheese being an unsung hero.

My desert I chose something  simple, just a some lemon sorbet to accompany a very fine glass of Tawny Port (Quinta de la Rosa LBV), Miko had a selection of macaroons which were most enjoyable. Henry's order of Sticky Toffee Pudding was also very well received as was wayward girls pear and almont bakewell tart getting an honorable mention. Tso wasn't too happy with her cornflake sundae, but to me it tasted exactly as it should have: milky and breakfasty with a light crunch.

The whole meal lasted about 3 and half hours and came to £576 (including service) for 7 people and that included starting cocktails, three bottles of wine (a very drinkable Tempranillo at £24 a pop) and three courses each. No it's not a cheap lunch, but it was an excellent one.

Review: Tim Hecker at St Giles in the Fields, 6 Feb, 2012


What a way to start a Monday. Canadian ambient artist Tim Hecker specialises in creating distant & ethereal sound scapes through affecting traditional keyboards, notably the piano - in his LP "Dropped Pianos" - and, in his latest LP "Ravedeath 1972" the Church Organ. I'd just got familiar and been enjoying Dropped Pianos when Andy from Echaskech texted me that he had a spare ticket to see Tim perform at St Giles in the Fields  (an historic 18th Century Anglican Chapel and the last standing building of London's Lawless "Seven Dials" district and still an active church)  I jumped at the chance. If anything just to hear a church organ being played, without a man in a dress droning on about that chap on the cross, all the time. There were to be two performances - one at 6:30 and another at 9pm, both were sold out; Andy and I were attended the first performance.

Noting that John Mulvey had already written a review for it on Uncut's webzine, this next paragraph is based on my comment on his review (just to give you context):

On arrival, I was disappointed to see the stage full of speakers as I, in my mind I'd imagined it to be a more "organ-ic" affair with the ambient space playing a major role;  after all, church organs live in symbiosis with the space they occupy, the sound being coloured by the room's acoustics . Just before the start of the set the all lights were extinquished (people even hid their illuminating and omnipresent mobile phones) and Tim, hidden from view from us in the pews on the ground floor began the recital of "Ravedeath 1972" and we sat, in the darkness, in silence, in this freezing cold church on hard, wooden benches. As the sound of the wind moving through the pipes began to move through the speakers I immediately got a very odd headache  which passed as quickly as it arrived;  ethereal noises washed and distorted at increasing volumes to a deafening level and then washed away to endless reverberations and echoes of the sounds played. It's a difficult sound to describe as the notes, the tune and melody is mostly hidden within the effects and what you're listening to isn't really the church's organ, but the effected  echo of the multitude of notes, all blending and cascading into a waterfall of sounds.

So was it any good? Well... yes. Mostly. It It was about the effect: the wall of sound being played out within the space. Sure I missed hearing the actual organ, and seeing Tim Hecker himself (as well as some visual accompaniment - but then I would say that, being a VJ), but as an audible experience in a unique space it still worked. The sound moved from utter beauty to threatening menace with ease and expertise and my mind and emotional state was massaged along with it. At points I wanted to see angels, and at others I thought he would wake the dead. At one point the frequencies changed so dramatically that you could feel the air pressure change in the church. Admittely there were also points of boredom and FREEZING COLD (!) but they were rare and part of the experience, respectively. So I still feel the space played an important role, maybe not in the way I was expecting, but it was still a unique experience (both audibly and situationally). At the end I felt my brain had been expertly and vigorously scrubbed clean; I'm very glad I went; but I still  feel that I was slight robbed of a kick ass organ recital. ;)


New lp from aKido


Hello people. Just got this in an email this morning: The new aKido album is called Undark.

For your listening pleasure, download it for free at http://fburls.com/77-v00u5R7N/t/s/txt/cid/810177/sid/145007236

Please spread this music as far and wide as possible. Thank you for being supportive of aKido ...

aKido's last lp, "Gamechanger" was one of my lps of the year, in 2009, and considering it was free that's high praise indeed, so I'm hoping for more of the same.

Dig in!

Welcome to the New Website (and have a couple of mixes while you're here)


Hello you lovely people and welcome to the newly designed DJ Mach V website. Lots of more helpful navigation and catagorisation has been added (above) as well as lots of helpful, handy social media plug ins (over to the right) so you can easily find my facebook page and tweets; there's even a tag cloud down below, which I've been wanting for a while. The work has all been done by my lovely wife, Miko Coffey, who's awesome talents have sourced and customised a brilliant new template for my posts as well as the frankly awesome new customised logo and backdrop, as well as a new backdrop to my twitter page. We've also moved the site onto new servers, which we have more admin control over.  I do hope you like it; please take some time in looking aorund, and please be vocal with your feedback in the comments below (or tweet me at @djmachv , if  you prefer). We've got a few more tweaks and shuffles to do but if you have any suggestions or find anything wrong, do let me know. I'm looking to expand the blog into other areas (occasional reviews, random photos, and anything else that comes to mind) and not just a endless continuum of "here's another mix for you" blog posts, but the new layout and navigation should mean that you can find the content that you want much easier and faster than before. In other news, for now I'm going to stop doing the weekly Back To Mine shows - they've been fun and very cathartic to do, but it's also a lot of work to keep them up on a regular basis. I'm not going to say that it's the death of the format as I'm not getting to play out all the amazing music I find, and I can see me wanting to share that with you all, but for now I need let it rest. The Club, in Second Life, will, of course, remain. If you do want a weekly hit of awesome mixes  I suggest you track the awesome Marky de Sade's 52 mixes project. I know I am.

Not that this means I'm going to abandon your ears completely; I still want to keep up The Bearding Hours, combined with occasional appearances at Monday Hates You, and, now I've migrated over to Traktor Pro 2 and an S2 control surface, it means I can record more live sets for you (most, if not all, the sets I've uploaded have previously recorded by Nicecast when broadcasting from home). Oh and if you ever thought of buying Traktor, it's great. Bye Bye DVS, Bye Bye Torq. It's been great, but, when you go back and read my blog posts over the last couple of years you get a sense of how unreliable Torq actually was and how much I was in denial about it. Traktor's stability, UI and function are worlds apart. But then so's the price. And if you want to argue whether, in using a control surface I'm actually a "DJ" anymore, go ahead, fill ya boots; I'm quite happy with using it. Anyway... I digress. Here are a couple of mixes you might have missed:

The first was recorded at London's Elektrowerks, as an opening set for the awesome new electronica club night "Fields" (@ldnflds) (picture above). As a warm up set I'm really happy with it. I hope it helps keep you warm, too. ;)

Tracklisting is as follows:

Death In Vegas - Your Loft My Acid The Walls - Into Our Midst Specta Ciera - Glowing Colours Alucidnation - Technically Warm The Field - It's Up There Tycho - Coastal Break (Hatchback's Cosmic Caviar Dub) James Yuill - Packt Like Sardines In a Crushd Tin Box LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 Theo Parrish Space Cadet Remix Zed Bias - Koolade ft Toddla T, MdCL Prince - Hot Thing Extended Mix Claude Von Stroke - Big & Round Maya Jane Coles - Focus Now Banco de Gaia _ Gamelah (Dub 3) Martin Buttrich - You Must Be This High Ramadanman/Appleblim - Void 23 (Carl Craig remix) Scuba - Adrenalin Julio Bashmore - Battle of Middle You Buraka Som Sistema - Restless (Julio Bashmore remix) XXXY - Kerpow Dark Sky - Neon Todd Edwards - I hear him (Listen Remix) Rodney P - Trouble (MJ Cole Re-Rub) Sepalcure - Every Day of My Life (Jimmy Edgar Remix)

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The second is from Bar Concrete (@barconcrete ) as part of the continuing residency of Echaskech Presents. It's quite housey (and yes I still have trouble writing that down, let alone saying it out loud), but never mind that here's the...


Posthuman - Europa Sky (echaskech remix) Crazy Penis - You started something Herbert - Audience Claude Von Stroke - Vocal Chords Lee Jones - Duvel Maya Jane Coles - Little One James What - It Feels Wrong (Lee Curtis remix) Martyn - Ghost People George Fitzgerald - Don't You (SCB remix) SCB - Klinik Sepalcure - The One Lando Kal - Further Lee Jones - Moment Max Cooper - Echoes Reality (Si Begg remix) Hot Chip - I Feel Better (Max Cooper remix) Jon Hopkins - Light Through The Veins (Ewan Pearson remix) Jacques Green - Tell Me (Kingdom edit) Radiohead - Feral (Lone remix)

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Mach V @ Back to Mine, 20100316 - irratically weekly till i die


Marky's Venn Diagram of Hugs

(picture courtesy of The Venn & Strick infographic team) 
So what's all this about a weekly show?? ;) Ok fair does - my apologies once again for the lack of musical updates, I've either been not well or having a RL take over, which has prevented me getting behind the decks for you, but I'm back now and next week sees me playing three times in in SL. Monday it's the return of "Monday Hates You" and features djs from four countries - UK, Italy, USA and Netherlands - all set in bringing joy to your Monday as much as they can - at 7:00pm GMT/12:00 SLT/PDT I'll be kicking proceedings off with some garage and melodic techno, at 8:30/1:30 the stream will switch over to Italy and the super sexy nudisco & electroclash stylings of Bibdui will be taking over the dance floor; at 10:00/3:00 we hit state side with Yuzien Born, who brings his awesome Breakbeat and Indie Dance tracks out to play. At 11:30/4:30 we travel to the realms of the magical, with a live performance from ^v Split Phase, a exciting house and techno act featuring the genius of Transient Zeluco, who's DJ sets at Suffugium on a Saturday night we unmissable for me. Lastly, but by no means least, at 1:00/6:00 The maestro of tech and tech house, Noraj Cue finishes off the evening, with warm smiles all round. Then on Wednesday will be Back to Mine (if I'm recovered enough by then!) and on Sunday 27th, 9:00pm it's time for the next delve into the world of acoustic and folk music, with another selection for The Bearding Hour.

But that's all for next week, you've still got digest this weeks podcast (oh that skream LP is from here ), so without further adieu, here's the


Lost Idol - Organswell 
Lost Idol - Full of Dust & Guitars 
Nicolas Jaar - Space is the Only Noise If You Can See 
Fujiya & Miyagi - OK 
Radiohead - Codex 
Yimino - Firen (reading edit) 
Eskmo - Color Dropping 
Gold Panda - Marriage (star slinger remix) 
Echaskech - Redeploy 
Jacques Green - Tell Me (kingdom edit) 
George Fitzgerald - Painted Jezebel 
Kavsrave vs Joy Orbison - Untightled 
Pearson Sound - Wad 
Cosmin TRG - See Other People (FaltyDl rmx) 
Addison Groove - Footcrab VIP 
Maddslinky - Ruled by YOur emotions 
Trentemoller - Moan (noraj cue edit in my mind) 
Skream - Intro 
Skream - Commercial Sellout 
Working for a nuclear free city - Autoblue 
Nate Dogg (RIP) & Warren G - Regulate

Mach V @ Back To Mine, 20110112


a owl?

Welcome to 2011, Music Miners! Sorry that's taken a while to get the wheels rolling back on the wagon that is Back To Mine, in Second Life, but... well... you know how it is... ;) Anyway we're back on track. I hope you all had a wonderful and restful break and are now all gee'd up for a new year. While I was off I was delighted to find out that I got a special mention in the magical A Strangely Isolated Place blog's 2010 round up under the letter V, as part of the continued sight & sonic enslaught that is Echaskech, which was a wonderful way to round off 2010. I can only once again urge you to subscribe to ASIP as it is an essential musical feast; let's put it this way: if you like these shows you'll love ASIP. On the Echaskech tip, I met up with Dom last night at Echaskech Presents... Concrete for a back to back DJ set and lots of new nebulous Echaskech tracks were given their first light of day, and I have to say the crowd feedback was most encouraging. Many exciting things are being planned and acted upon in the Echaskech sphere: keep 'em peeled and pinned back, peeps cos we've some treats in the pipeline. Thanks to all who came down and made a great night a whole load better. We had a blast. :) Oh and a BIG THANK YOU to whoever added my last blog to StumbleUpon; my web analytics were way up over the festive season and it was all thanks to you. :) Anyway, here's this weeks...


Casino vs Japan - Hello You
Strategy - Cathedral Spark
8Bitch - Orpheus
Actress - Supreme Cunnilingus
Camille - Le Juene Fille aux Cheveux Blancs
Laura Viers - July Flame
Midlake - Roscoe
Hallo Gallo 2010 - Blinkgurtel
Rocketnumbernine - Matthew & Toby
Anthony Shakir - Arise
Gold Panda - Vanilla Minus
Sepalcure - Every Day of my life
James Blake - CMYK
CRST - Roulette
Tokimonsta - Glaring Lights
Anthony Shakir - Detroit State of Mind
Isan - The Race To Be First Home

BTM20110112 by machv

Work Up @ Big Chill Bar


Ok! Ok! I know. I've been ridiculously bad at posting up events on the blog prior to me actually doing them and there's no excuse for that. Well, apart from laziness which as excuses go, is a very good one indeed. Anyway, this month I've been invited to DJ down at the Big Chill Bar with the marvelous Sparky and Edd as part of their regular Work Up night. Come along. Buy drinks. Start dancing. Forget it's a school night. Well, that's my plan...  :D

Work Up @ The Big Chill Bar

Mach V @ Back to Mine, 20101009


Here's the latest of the shows which, to my mind at least, definitely is beginning to sound autumnal in it's track selection. Here's a couple of very necessary plugs and links for you, too: Input Junkie's latest LP "Further Studies" is available from bandcamp. Dialog>'s remix of Gel Sol's "Cool Sweet Awesome Yay!" is available from hermetic as a part of a free download and that awesome "Dub be good to Me" (that I picked up from ASIP you can get for free on soundcloud . But before you digest all that ,here's the


Input Junkie - Headwaltz Yoshinori Sunahara - Life & Space Gel Sol (dialog > rmx) - Cool Sweet Awesome Yay! Beats International - Dub Be Good To Me (Syv2 Un1 rmx) Gold Panda - Suppose I should say 'Thanks' or some shit Wisp - Laff King Midas Sound - Meltdown Mount Kimbie - Field The Field - A Paw in my face Memotone - Come with me The Books - The Story of Hip Hop Danny Breaks - Another Dimension Wagon Christ - Boney L Prefuse 73 - I've said all I have to say about the intro Vital Substance - Beyond Belief Telefon Tel Aviv - What it was will never again Susumu Yokota - King Butterfly Yoshinori Sunahara - Subliminal Dntel - Bluegrass (short) School of Seven Bells - The Wait The Village Orchestra - Many Rooms in my Fathers House

BTM20101006 by machv

Mach V @ Back To Mine 20100908 (+ travel blog)

So it's been almost a month since you got a new show and it was really great to get behind the decks once again, fuelled with all the new music that I've picked up from the festivals. So what have I been up to? Well let's start where I left off... Driving back from the Big Chill I noted that the van's brakes were beginning to grind so I got it booked into a ATS Euromaster to get them serviced - they ascertained that it was the callipers that had seized but despite having the van for a few days, they couldn't get the parts to repair it, so we decided to take it to Green Man and see if we could get it fixed between Green Man and Festinho. Most of the journey to Green Man is motorway so I doubted that it would be that problematic, though coming off the M4 towards Abergavenny/Y Fenni it became apparent that the brakes were getting worse and worse...

Still, we arrived on site at 9:30pm, which was a bit annoying as I was supposed to play records on the Radio at 9pm, but we set up in the pouring rain and bedded down for the start of Green Man.

Green Man is rapidly becoming the best source of new (albeit beardy) music for me. Twice I've looked at the line up and wrinkled my nose at it as nothing seems too familiar, but after some excellent dissection of the program (mostly by Miko, she's organised enough to read it) we came away with a plethora of many new artists - more than I've got from festivals before. On the Americana/folk tip I've learnt about Mountain Man, Mega Faun, The Tallest Man Alive and First Aid Kit, in the psyche rock genre I discovered The Besnard Lakes and on the electronic oeuvre I've picked up on Gold Panda and Bear in Heaven. I spent £80 in the Rough Trade pop up shop just getting cds of artists that I heard at the festival. :) I LOVE THIS! MORE NEW MUSIC PLZ!!! The weather was variable between pleasant British dappled sunshine to torrential down pours, but nothing stops this festival and it's punters enjoying the weekend and the artists. Saturday Night we were all thoroughly entertained by The Flaming Lips who's live show is so impressive (even more so in a field in Wales) - i wouldn't call myself a fan following it, but I would go and see them again, they really are a truly awesome live act. I did a bit of compering on Saturday afternoon on the Main Stage and I loved it. Again: MORE OF THIS, PLEASE!!

Monday rolled around and after an extended morning radio show on GM Radio (3 and a half hours, instead of 2) we packed up, arranged for the van to be seen a LDV specialist that afternoon in Frome (pronounced "Froom") which was sort of on the way between Wales and Weymouth, our destination. The journey was fraught. The brakes were getting worse and worse. We eventually got to the LDV depot and they immediately took the van on to the rack to check out the brakes. The news wasn't good. On both sides of the front axle the callipers were seized, the pads worn down to bare metal and the discs scorched and scratched like an old 78 (and probably just as fragile). The service manager ordered the parts, guaranteeing their delivery the next day at 9am and they rearranged their work schedule to fit us in as a priority job, to get us back on the road to enjoy the rest of our holiday.

In the meantime we needed to find somewhere else to stay - the LDV guys offered their car park, but I had spied a rather plush looking spa hotel between Bath and Frome on the drive down so I convinced Miko that this was the sensible option as the Travel Lodges and the like would be all booked up with company reps (and after ringing around, they were) and luckily for us the Spa Hotel had a room (£159 for two of us including breakfast and access to the spa) so we booked ourselves into the Homewood Park Hotel. We asked the LDV staff for a cab number, but they didn't seem to like that idea so one of their staff gave us a lift to the hotel instead. How nice is that?? :)

We weren't really packed for staying in such a posh palace, but after a bath and wrapping ourselves up in lush dressing gowns, swim suits and slippers we extensively hydrated ourselves in the jacuzzi (oh sorry "hydrotherapy pool") and in the heated swimming pool, and in the sauna, and in the steam room. All of these were included in the cost of the room. Awesome stuff. In the evening we decided to stay in and order room service however the quality of the food that was delivered to our very comfortable room was good good it surpassed what you'd expect from room service - placing most hotel restaurants to shame. One thing I did notice was that I still had the keys to the van, so I was all prepared to take a cab to take the keys back to the LDV place and sit in their rather sparse waiting room while they worked on the van.

In the morning, we rang the depot and told them about the keys, and they sent a parts van up to the hotel to pick them up, saving me another taxi journey. In the meantime we checked out and asked the reception to look after out luggage while we swanned about the very stately homely reception rooms waiting for the work to finish. At about midday we got a call with some bad news - one of the calliper bolts had seized and they would need to order another, but that meant we'd need to stay another night in the hotel. Oh Dear! What a calamity. :) So we booked ourselves back in to the luxury we were rapidly becoming accustomed to, this time booking ourselves into the restaurant for dinner.

Aaaanyway to cut a long story short (and yes I could go on and on about this, but I realise it's only Tuesday and we've still got two more festivals to cover!) we picked up the van on Wednesday morning, paid the bill (that was less than quoted) and set off on the road again. We'd cancelled the Weymouth Caravan park as one night wasn't really enough to justify the trip and booked ourselves in to a caravan park just outside of Woodstock in the lovely and familiar county of Oxfordshire.

We set up at Bladon Chains (pouring rain) and I set about grabbing my laptop so I could work on the video for the two Echaskech gigs at the weekend... only to find that I'd left the power supply at green man. I wasn't too happy. In fact I was in tears. The pressure of the van repair, the amount of money we'd just spent in two days (well over £1000 - the holiday was only supposed to cost us £60!) , the state of my very red bank balance were all weighing down on me, the dreadful weather and the cramped state of the van (i can't stand up in it - it's very frustrating) and to be let down by my own stupidity (even when I'd made a concerted effort to remember it, only not to) broke me and I wasn't a happy chappy. I wasn't in the best state.

Thursday was a new day with sunshine (mostly) so we packed up and drove to Milton Keynes to visit the Apple Store to pick up a new power supply (I'd tracked my old one down - it was experiencing a week in Edinburgh) and a new leisure battery from Halfords for the van as that had died on us, too. Then onto Festinho! I was already trying to ingratiate myself to somewhere (ANYWHERE!!) that could offer me a power socket so I could work on the set for Festinho but it wasn't going down to well - things were quite fraught with the production team - an appalling lack of volunteers and stewards had really piled on the pressure so the last thing they needed was little ol' me wanting to get in the way of it all. But with a huge amount of thanks to Simon, a corner of the desk was found on Friday afternoon and I set about preparing video for the evening's performance. Which went rather well. :)

Festinho is awesome - I could wax lyrical about how incredibly special, initimate, friendly, well organised, loving (and a million other superlatives) Festinho is, but seriously the only way is to experience it first hand. It's hard to find a more warm, smiling group of both punters and staff. Here's miko's photos of the weekend if you need some encouragement. :) I haven't felt this way about a festival experience since  going to The Big Chill's Enchanted Garden Festivals. Yes, it's that magical. :)

Saturday afternoon I met up with Dom and Andy and we packed Dom's dad's car and drove to Silloth in Cumbria where Solfest was - we got there at about 8:30pm and bimbled about, catching a bit of The Wailers and Eat Static. I slept for about an hour and then we got about playing our set in the fantastic Dogs In Space tent, finishing at about 5am - Huge thanks to Michael Dog (yes, he of Planet Dog and MegaDog Fame)  at which point we packed the car back up and drove immediately back to Festinho. We really didn't want to miss anymore of it, because Festinho was all full of friends and love and fun and good times and in agreeing to do this Solfest gig we were missing the best part of it - Saturday night! We got back at 10:30am, and I got into the swing of things and had a wonderful Sunday, managing to stay awake until the end of AGT Rave crew awesome set and then slept for 11hours. :) Home on Monday, back at work on Wednesday.


that's about it - (amazingly) there's quite a lot of detail I've left out, but you'd never know. ;)

Anyway I hope you like this weeks offering, here's the


Verulf - United in Two Variations Origamibiro - Quad Time/Bloodpulse of the Hungry Fingertip Beak - He Descended into his Memory First Aid Kit - Ghost Town Sam Amidon - Way Go Lilly Moon in the Gutter - Jack Rose Gillian Welch - Everything is Free Sarah Jaffe - Even Born Again Quadron - Far Cry Bonobo (ft Andreya Triana) - Eyes Down The XX - Night Time The Arcade Fire - Modern Man The Besnard Lakes - Chicago Train Lost Idol - Wish I was there School of Seven Bells - Dust Devil Yoshinori Sunahara - The First Step Lusine - Auto Pilot Echaskech - Shatterproof Portishead - Roads (Max Cooper rmx) Future Sound of London - Max

BTM20100908 by machv

news: old music is back!

We've just got back from a week of festivals (more on that later) only to find that the lovely ali jamieson has encoded an old ambient drum and bass mix I did about 10 years ago (maybe more) from it's original cassette format into mp3s (in two parts, so you can enjoy that "turn over the tape" moment again) for you to stream, download and listen to. Hope you appreciate it in all it's glorious mid rich TDK AD90 Dolby quality. :) Music for sleeping Robots by @alijamieson

In other news, after a small prod from the lovely Penny Jones I've just uploaded an old bootleg of mine on to soundcloud - The remarkably silly "Bring the Schnauss" is now available free of charge to you, dear reader.

Bring The Schnauss (Mach V Edit) by machv

Echaskech @ Peepshow Innovations, Jamm, Brixton 9pm - 3am April 1st £5 entry


No, you did read that right and it's not an April Fool - a well spent £5 will get you not just Echaskech, but Jon Hopkins and Hexstatic all LIVE  and not only that, but Paddy Freeform, Matt Masters, Peepshow Paddy and The Ableton Alstars on DJ duty whilst VGem, Myogenic and myself will keep your eyes entertained. Phew! I can't think of a better way to start  a four day holiday. See you down there. :)

Isolated Mix No7: Mach V/Echaskech

ASIPIt's about time you lovely people got a new "proper" mix from me, one with planning and no talking and I'm extremely chuffed that it's for the fantastic A Strangely Isolated Place Blog which is one of the best electronica resources on the planet, an aggregator for quality mixes and artist news - definitely one to book mark, if you haven't already.


00:00 Animal Collective – Graze 03:20 Snowblink – Ambergris 08:10 Klimek – Exploding Unbearable Desires 11:30 Jonsi & Alex – Indian Summer 20:04 Halogen – Baked 22:06 Sounds From The Ground – Crystal Beam 25:43 Echaskech – Redeploy 29:04 Dub Tractor – This Is Order 31:50 Zero 7 – Ghost sYMbOL 36:19 Yimino – Migranova 40:07 Landau – Good Morning Gravity 44:24 The Village Orchestra – Lo Pencil (The Village Orchestra remix) 52:14 Beaufort Scale – Dreaming in Binary (Echaskech mix)

isolatedmix 07 - Mach V (Echaskech) by  astrangelyisolatedplace

First Light by Sounds From The Ground


First Light by Sounds From The Ground. Part of John Rixon's "Quiet Voices" show at Tate Britain, January 8th 2010. from mach v on Vimeo.

[best viewed full screen - the bigger the better. ;)] In Autumn 2009 I was extremely privileged to be asked to contribute a visual piece to be included in John Rixon's (a.k.a Amukidi) "Quiet Voices" show at The Tate Britain on January 8th 2010. The music John gave me to interpret was a new piece called "First Light" from Sounds From The Ground (whom I've worked with as their VJ for the last 6 years) and is available as a download only release. The footage itself all comes from various national parks in the South West of USA: We start in the Petrified Forest, move on to Canyon de Chelly and the final scene is from Zion National Park. All the content was shot on a Panasonic HDC HS300 and edited in Final Cut Pro.

Mach V Mix Archive: Mach V & Herby Vor: Songs from The Atrium


Herby and the Mach - Naxos 2002Ok... to make up for the dreadfully poor show by me on Friday and not managing to do my show from Back To Mine (trust me - it was better I didn't: after a very very good night with Dom and Dave G, firstly at The Big Chill's 15th birthday and then on to Fabric for the annual Breakspoll awards) here's a release from the mix archive. It was originally released in December 2005 and was a collaboration between myself and the marvellously talented and scrumptious Herby Vor and was lovingly constructed in Cakewalk. Normal service will be resumed next Friday. Photo taken by Miko Coffey at  Big Chill Naxos, 2002: The most fun a human can actually have.

Track Listing: 1. Beatles – Because (Apple) 2. Your Revolution – DJ Vadim ft Sarah Jones (Killer Kela mix) (Nijatune) 3. Unforscene ft Alice Russell – Don’t You Worry (Wah Wah 45s) 4. Verna Francis – Never Too Late (ChilliFunk) 5. A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? (Jive US) 6. Hardkandy – Summer of ’95 (Catskills) 7. The P.T.A. – Frontin’ (Throw Away Records) 8. Jackson 5 – I Want you Back (Z Trip remix) (Motown Remixed) 9. The P.T.A. – Breakin’ (Throw Away Records) / Lyrics Born – Do That There acapella (Quanum Projects) 10. DJ Nu Mark & Pomo - Blendcrafters : Melody Remix ft MF Doom (Genuine) 11. Jon Kennedy – Tell Me How You Feel (Tru Thoughts) 12. Backini – Where R U (Lumenessence) 13. Talc - Modern Sleepover (Wah Wah 45s) 14. Red Astaire - Whatcha Do (G.A.M.M) 15. Seven Samurai - Marvin (G.A.M.M) 16. Faith Evans - Mesmerized (Capitol) 17. Jimmy Screech - Let’s Get Moving (Banana Klan) 18. Fat Freddy’s Drop - Roady - The Nextmen Walnut Mix (Kartel) 19. Lord Finesse vs. Percee P - Rematch (BBP) 20. Mach Vor - Autumn Rematch (White Label) 21. Coldcut - Autumn Leaves (Ninja tune)

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Event: Echaskech Presents... Roger O'Donnell & Erin Lang @ Concrete, Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre.

It's with great excitement that we bring Roger O'Donnell and Erin Lang to Concrete!Roger co-wrote and performed on 4 albums with The Cure as well as playing with Psychedelic Furs and The Thomson Twins. He now tinkers with synths galore and makes splendid sounds that will be showcased tonight. He has also composed a piece especially for the show! Joining Roger will be the wonderful Erin Lang - bringing her electromantic style to South Bank combining ethereal pop with ambient electronic...and a trumpet!

This promises to be a great evening of music and it will cost you NOWT to attend and enjoy.

See you there!

http://www.rogerodonnell.com/ http://www.erinlang.com

NEW REMIX - Digitonal Vs Echaskech


this is from echaskech.co.uk:


Digitonal - '93 Years On' Single featuring 'Nothing Left to Say' - Echaskech Remix and 'Ana Kata' - 65 Days of Static Remix

Click here to listen or download

"The Echaskech remix is fantastic... what can only be described as liquid sonic ecstasy! when you hear the bassline kick in you will know what I'm talking about." - Vainzine

If you can't wait until next year for a new Echaskech album, then please download this little baby. We were delighted to be asked to remix Digitonal, whats more we were given free choice of which of the album tracks we wanted to tackle...we were spoilt for choice! We chose 'Nothing Left to Say' and we are particularly proud of it.

You have got to hear the whole release in fact, it is blessed with stirring and powerful a 65 Days of Static version of 'Ana Kata'.

A veritable hamper of aural delights to whet your appetite for the Digitonal album, 'Save Your Light for Darker Days' which deserves all to the media acclaim it is receiving also out now.

Digitonal are on the same label as us: the mighty Just Music.