is the moniker of Paul Byrne. He runs the highly acclaimed TestPressing website. A blog dedicated to music and culture on the Balearic side of life. He also released records on Leng and Claremont 56, that are blissful to the core.
I was 8. I think we played «Asylums In Jerusalem» to death when I was 8. One to jump and down on the bed to.
Straight to bed for me. Or if we want to carry on then Larry Levan's version of «Padlock» by Gwen Guthrie.
Just a book in there please.
Don't really listen to music on the beach as I like the sound of the sea too much. Not sure as noises go if it gets much better than the water rolling in.
A fresh one would be the Tiago mix of Torn Sail on Claremont. Ace forward thinking music. You can check, er, TestPressing.org for a sample.
«Can't Do Nuttin' For You Man» again. It makes me go quicker.
One for rolling on the floor drunk if the date went well.
I live in Dalston which is pretty raw to be honest so it takes some doing to upset anyone round here.
Or anything by Derrick May sounds good on the motorway.
Would have to be something acoustic like «Peaceful». Luckily my car makes these sort of tracks sound good in the Kent countryside.
Cheesy but «Apollo» is a great one to go off to. Has to be played really really quietly so you can hardly hear it and have to tune into it.
Number one on the running playlist for me is «Can't Do Nuttin' For You Man». One to bound to.
Nothing like kicking yourself when you are down.
I was really really late on this one («Chalo») but it's the perfect mix of melody and vocal and morning. Or «Waltz». That's always a good one.
Anything by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. We all like that in our house.
Something to get lost in. «Music For 18 Musicians» is a great one for that journey.
We had this last summer (honestly) and the last thing you want is music on as you need to hear who is coming down that corridor.
Something sonically amazing is good for being stoned to, «Crusoe» or «Camilla» pls.
Can I choose something from my own blog (2nd time I got it in!) testpressing.org peeps - here? I'll have the recent Jolyon or Psychemagik mix for the site.
It's all there.
Currently it's «Getting Away With It». Clears the cobwebs.
My journals have all got hip hop stickers on them.
At Brixton Academy. Amazing venue and he was truly special from start to finish. You can see a theme here but to me the guy is pretty special. He's like Marmite. You either get it or you don't. I think it was when he thought the world had fallen out of love with him so he rolled hit after hit and we all stood jaw to the floor.
I'm straight edge right now but something with its hands high like «Reachin'». Classic house from Blaze.
Again «Sometimes It Snows In April». Skip. I'm in a good mood.
I am still looking for the Durutti Column album with the sandpaper cover that Peter Saville designed and Joy Division stuck together for some cash. If anyone has one can they get in touch via Test Pressing pls...
Famous for the line «have a drink have a drive». Not sure that would wash these days.
The Bowie one will do but by then I won't care.
The summer that «Blue Lines» and «Club Classics Vol.1» will always be the finest of my youth in my head. Back gardens and good friends.
Bowie came from up the road so we'll have «Heroes» as our towns anthem pls.
Single I can't remember but album I clearly do. Was upstairs in WH Smiths in Bromley with my dad and was «Moving Pictures» by Rush. Felt vindicated years later when I saw the Beastie Boys DJ cutting up the first track on MTV. Knew I was right...
I actually made a ringtone out of «Warning» and looped up the bit where he says «Who the fuck is this». Was a bit embarrassing when it went off on a packed train sat next to a granny so changed it to some apple thing.
I can't write a song for toffee, not for want of trying, but I'd probably choose «(Nothing But) Flowers» as he makes a pretty cheesy eco message sound smart and funny. And Johnny Marr plays the high life guitar on it so its a win all round.