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FEATURED MIX CD:
DJ-KICKS by TIGA

THE FEBRUARY HITLIST:
25 ALBUMS

FEATURED ALBUM:
LOVEBOX by GROOVE ARMADA

FEATURED WINE:
Gruet Méthode Champenoise Non-Vintage Brut, New Mexico

2002: THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Ten Major Memories and a number of lists

INTERPOL in concert

JOE STRUMMER: A TRIBUTE

THE DECEMBER HITLIST:
5 ALBUMS, EPs, MIX CDS, COMPILATIONS and SONGS

the iJamming! Book Review
WHY TERRORISM WORKS
by Alan Dershowitz

CABERNET FRANC
The 'Other' Cabernet Grape Takes Root In New York
Part 1: The Basics/Regions
Part 2: New York Wines
Part 3: Loire Wines
Part 4: Conclusions

The November Hitlist
30 Albums 10 Songs

HOW MUCH WILL IT HURT?:
Tips for the marathon virgin.

From the Jamming! Archives:
THE JAM
Interviewed in 1979

The iJamming! Interview: UNDERWORLD
NOW WITH LIVE PHOTOS

Coming and Going
Chapter 3: THE PALACE

The iJamming! Interview
RICHARD BUTLER Part 2

From the Jamming! Archives:
ADAM ANT
Interviewed in 1978

REMARKS REMADE:
Available Now!
The introduction to the new edition of my R.E.M. biography is here.

A Decade In Dance
BT & BANCO DE GAIA
10 Years (Apiece)

2 MANY TASTINGS:
The iJamming! Wine Round Up October 2002, including:
Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay
Pinot Noir
Rhône Rangers
Southern France
Zinfandel

HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT
The whole 1990s catalogue

From the Jamming! Archives:
PAUL WELLER
interviewed in 1978

The iJamming! interview:
CARL COX

GOLDEN SHOT hostess 'Lee Patrick' recalls her time as Keith Moon's amour

HEDONISM:
An intrigue of early 90s New York nightlife.
NEW CHAPTER now online

From the Jamming! Archives:
U2 interviewed in 1984.

iJamming! Wino/Muso:
JOHN ACQUAVIVA

The iJAMMING! interview:
DAVID SYLVIAN

From the Keith Moon archives:
the JEFF BECK interview .

The iJAMMING! chat:
MARK PERRY

TRAVIS.
Fran Healy explains why "you cannot own a song."

From the JAMMING! archives: The Story That Spawned Creation

The iJAMMING! interview:
BOY GEORGE.

The full iJamming! Contents

2003's MIX CDs

PREVIOUS MIX CD REVIEWS: PAGE 1 PAGE 2 PAGE 3

WHO

VARIOUS ARTISTS
2 CD's & MP3's
Novamute


WHAT
Pioneering techno label embraces new technology

TEMPOS
Techno-friendly 120s-140s


WHY YOU SHOULD BOTHER
First up, it's not a mix CD. It's something much more. Novamute has been at the forefront of the techno revolution for over a decade now, progressing alongside the movement from thematic compilations (its licensing deal with Berlin's Tresor club and label) to artist albums (from Richie Hawtin, Echoboy, Speedy J, Steve Stoll and others). But while experimentation is often the name of the novamute game, it's never lost sight of the dance floor, and 2 CD's & MP3's serves primarily to gather together 16 of its better 12" mixes onto a double CD for the first time.

But as the package title (itself a play on Hawtin's Decks, EFX & 909's) indicates, the label then goes a step further. Proudly heralding the fact that "Control of music and technology is passing from the hands of the few, to the de-centralised many," novamute has pre-ripped all 16 tracks as MP3's – and then thrown in a dozen bonus cuts in that same format for the consumer-friendly hell of it. And really, why shouldn't they? This is, after all, a compilation of dance tracks previously only released on vinyl, a format from which it takes several steps to make MP3s. Now the label wants to get that music to the masses, and given that it can only fit so many aiff audio files onto a 70-minute CD, there's no reason not to hand over the extras in whatever format they can manage. Unlike the major labels, Mute knows that you can't turn back the tide of technology, and unlike most majors, nor does it want to. Which makes this a winning package for anyone with iTunes, an I-Pod, or, as some Mute artists are proud possessors of, finalscratch.


PRIME CUTS
Coming at a time when the techno culture is retreating back into to a cult, 2 CD's & MP3's reminds me how damn much I love this music. From Needledust's emphatic 'Wuh!', to Debasser's witty 'Fatty Girls', through label stars Plastikman ('Afrika') and Luke Slater (a minimal electro remix of 'Nothing At All'), and on to the Nitzer Ebb vs. Thompas P. Heckmann remix of 'Join In The Chant', this is one idiosyncratic floor filler after another. Of course, unlike your usual mix CD, you'll have to do the programming if you want to fill a dance floor. But given the mega-bonus presence of two Cabaret Voltaire 'Nag Nag Nag' remixes (one by iJamming!'s previous featured CD mix-master Tiga), there's hardly a DJ on earth who'll lament the opportunity.


WINE
It’s an established independent keeping up with the times. It's value for money. It's high quality. It's "control…passing from the hands of the few, to the de-centralised many." It's finally time to break out the bubbly – without breaking the bank. Paul Goerg's Premiere Cru Brut Champagne 1995 is the way to go.

WHO

TIGA
DJ-KICKS
STUDIO K7

WHAT:
Electro with soul

TEMPOS: 130-135


WHY YOU SHOULD BOTHER

I'm not an electroclash fan, so when I tell you that Tiga, the Montreal-based star behind last year's 'Sunglasses at Night' Corey Hart cover version Euro-hit, has delivered a proper dance mix far removed from the fickle world of Williamsburg fashion, you'll know to take me at my word. (At least I hope you will.) Tiga, when he's not showing up on Top of the Pops singing old 80's hits, is a dance producer, a remixer, an event promoter and a record store and label proprieter. But he's obviously a talented DJ too: he knows beats, loves melodies, understands sequencing and, best of all, fiercely believes in the underground. So while there's a Soft Cell track here ('So') and token remixes by Swayzak and Adult, the majority of the 20+ artists on this CD are resolutely alternative. More importantly, the likes of Traffic Signs, Antonelli Electroc and Volga Select, none of whom I've ever heard before, know that synths aren't for wimps - and that electro is a rhythm, not a trend. A highly seductive blend of funk, glam and good old synthetic sleaze, and ample evidence that this genre has plenty depth beneath its limited surface appeal.


BEST MIXES

Because most of Tiga's DJ-Kicks is instrumental, it's the vocal tracks that stand out. Le Tigre's 'Deceptacon' finds the punk girls screaming along to a sharp DFA mix, and the Red Zone mix of the old Stevie V club hit 'Dirty Cash' sounds so up to date it's alarming. The only ice-cold self-laudatory spoken-word electrocl*sh comes at the album's conclusion, when Martini Bros' 'The Biggest Fan' merges into Tiga's own cover of the Miss Kittin/Felix da Housecat anthem 'Madame Hollywood', which the Montreal maestro manages at once to make sound both more deadpan and more human.


WINE?

Club kids of the electro kind love to be seen with bubbly. But few can afford the real thing. Given Tiga's fondness for credible alternatives, he shouldn't mind my recommending the value-conscious French family Gruet's Non Vintage Brut Methode Champenoise from New Mexico. Yes, New Mexico.


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