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The Boy Dan Good: Mixtape

Fri Oct 11 2013

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The Boy Dan Good is one of The Night Shift’s most regular DJs, and while we don’t have a live DJ on the Pub Tour, you can hear Dan’s work in the mix we play before and after the gigs. We recently asked him to put together some of his all-time favourite tracks for you, a special Night Shift Mix Tape – and here they are.

We’ve provided individual links for each track and there’s a full playlist on Spotify at the end.  Here we go…

The Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore: I find this really difficult to listen to without smiling- when the big drop happens and the anvils kick in it’s just very emotive and above all, just a fun and rousing tune. spotify:track:101ft1qIZAfCbEcwdzp2ab

Gustav Holst- Mars, the Bringer or War: I remember being in music class at school and we got to watch a video about Holst’s Planets. It was too long to watch in one class, so the next week the teacher asked us where we’d got to previously, and we all said “Mars”. I think we managed to watch that video every week for about 4 weeks, always starting from Mars. Schoolboy nostalgia aside, it’s just a brilliant piece- full of energy and bursting with personality- I love the trumpet stabs particularly. It does exactly what it sets out to do perfectly. In dance music terms, it’s an absolute banger. Mars, the Bringer of War by Gustav Holst

Little Dragon: Twice (Aaron Jerome remix). Little Dragon are a great band, and the singer has a beautiful voice. The original track is quite sparse, so I like this remix as it just adds a little percussion, but retains the delicate beauty of the original track. If you listen to this on headphones whilst walking through town it really seems to slow the pace of everything around you. Little Dragon – Twice – Aaron Jerome Remix

Sbtrkt: Look at Stars: This chap has been around for a little while now, but I only really listened to his stuff in the last couple of weeks, but I love it- this tune especially is great- a really nice baseline with a great, simple vocal over the top. spotify:track:1UgNxg96HXLJyMhJsGcmHu

Perrey and Kingsley- The Unidentified Flying Object: Again, I just discovered these guys, but they made music in the 60s, pioneering various early electronic instruments. Some of their stuff is really quirky and forward thinking, but this track just makes me smile a great deal because it’s quite silly. In my head it’s the soundtrack to a black and white silent movie farce- with a man chasing a cat around a house and shaking his fist a lot, which looks odd written down, but will hopefully make sense when you listen to it… spotify:track:3JccctYY66FfSyFkd3JcbF

Santigold: The Keepers. I really like Santigold- her music is really varied and can be quite edgy and tough but also very pretty and uplifting- a combination I’m a real sucker for. When I first heard this tune I listened to it on repeat for at least two days. spotify:track:3AXoBagRfCVOLokemf3xNu

David Bowie: Moonage Daydream. In my opinion, no list of any kind is complete without a David Bowie track on it. I could make a playlist just of his tunes, but if I were pushed I’d say this is my favourite: Beautiful, soaring and interesting, yet with a real rock n roll swagger- a good summary for a lot of his work. spotify:track:7HkDrQ5dkY8TOXOp3ZGgmB

Jacques Dutronc: Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi. I don’t know an awful lot about Jacques but I like his music a great deal , mainly because it all makes you feel like you’re in 1960s Paris being chic, and what’s not to like about that?spotify:track:1JzVqNkx9nXBxZS0vNsKZx

Alt J- Taro: I really like the whole album, but I really like this track in particular- there’s some kind of Indian instrument in there that feels really unexpected when you first hear it, and the whole album is beautifully produced. spotify:track:36ylLzMtvJ2CItc7bN4TcF

Alt J –Matilda (Johnson Somerset Remix): I know I’ve just put in a different Alt J track, but I think this is a great example of how a remix can enhance a track, rather than changing it completely- I love the original, and this takes the core parts and just extends them and makes the whole thing a bit bigger and more dreamy. It’s very nice to listen to on the tube. Matilda (Johnson Somerset Remix) by alt-J

The Stranglers- Golden Brown: When I was about 5 or 6, my brother gave me the Best of the Stranglers on cassette, and I loved it. This was always my favourite track, although for years I thought it was about a big sailing boat called the Golden Brown. I was quite upset when I discovered it was about heroin… spotify:track:4pC4usqAN2930VJNKoA79Q

The Knack- My Sharona: I know no other hits by these guys, and I often forget about this song, but every time I hear it I think it might be one of my favourite tunes ever. I’m not really sure why, I just really like it. I remember being incensed when a DJ was playing it at a festival and then stopped it abruptly to play something by the Style Council… spotify:track:1FTnBp64Iy26qERGibjknm

Listen out for The Boy Dan Good’s work at our remaining Pub Tour Dates.

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