Digger’s Island Discs explores the collections of Leeds’ most prolific vinyl slingers and groove bringers to present us with the one record they could not live without…
Lee Goater and Boe Dix-Mason are vinyl digging DJ buddies who’ve been playing at festivals, clubs, parties and in random fields for the past 20+ years. Their love of Detroit dance music makes for genre spanning, time-travelling, space-age sets guaranteed to give you super powers. They’re the heroes of the outrageously new, the forgotten and the once lost tunes that make you want to dance your socks off, put them back on and then do it all again. Regularly playing records at Golden Cabinet – Beatherder – Sheaf Street – Lime Tree Festival – Big Disco – etc – etc
Lee Goater (Lx)
Kraftwerk – Computer World
What can I say. It’s amazing. Still sounds fresh today and enjoyed by new generations again and again. I love hearing the samples and noises that became the hip-hop classics, rave anthems and the dance music I’ve enjoyed for decades.
Hearing it brings back so many different memories. I think I heard it first in Boe’s parents car driving to Whitby when we were about 10. It’s a record that’s always been there. I’ve had it in every format and tracks from it are guaranteed to go down a treat any time.
I was lucky and got to go see them play the album live in the turbine hall at the Tate Modern a few years back. It was a great gig. It looked and sounded amazing, made even more bizarre by the audience all wearing old school 3d glasses and the 4 ageing gentlemen wearing lycra body stockings behind computer terminals on stage. The ‘live’ tracks were given a tickle here and there and combined with the lo-fi immersive visuals we had a thoroughly enjoyable night.
Long live Kraftwerk!
Moodymann – Silent introduction
There’s a lot of history when I play any track off this album where I’m transported to a memory of a place – a club, a car journey, friends houses, smelly dank London parties! Musical memories are a powerful feeling and i love them.
For me Moodymanns Silent Introduction album was the beginning of a new era in house music. Kenny and Theo P had been around for a while experimenting with their sound but this started something new. Unclean/Raw disco, funk & jazz loops with almost clashing filtered bass lines made it sound unique with the addition of strange chatter from the man himself and distorted crowd noise/ detroit sound scapes to make you feel like you’re somewhere else…
Each track has its own special vibe. Moody is an understatement – moods in every direction! Real Detroit soul is felt in this. When you look at the history of Detroit and its musicians and where they’ve come from, how they’ve become this sound. It makes sense. They’ve struggled hard or they know someone who has and it comes through in the music.