New Old Music

Lady Buggin'The back tattoo is getting closer to reality now that I’ve had an idea for what I’d like added to Scott’s painting.

On one side I envisage the notes that float from the leaves of the trees drift over my shoulder and start to fall, on my upper arm, into musical notation, wrapping around twice before tapering off. All fairly straightforward until I throw in my curve-ball; in a sort of rockabilly style.

No, I can’t quite explain what I mean when I say that, I can see the sort of look in my head but I can’t articulate it, you keep drawing and I’ll say hot or cold to guide you…wait, better put the kettle on now, this could take a while.

Once the tattoo goes from paper to skin I’ll finally get the chance to try out Forever Ink’s Ink Balm. Reviews I’ve read online have been scarce so far but all fairly positive. I tried Forever Ink’s Ink Shield for a few months and it seems to be a good product.

What with taking up new hobbies, going to the gym and pondering tattoo designs I’m frantically trying to play catch-up with new Drum n Bass releases. Often the reason for the delay is because I get side-tracked by a track that I just like to listen to.

Very often I fully intend sitting down and mentioning it but recent experience has shown that all I do is sit down, crank up the volume and get lost in a trip back in time. This is certainly the case for a wonderfully filthy track that has become part of the daily commute.

The main track is Soldiers from Mampi Swift however it’s pairing track, The Silence, is no less impressive. The tracks are rumoured to be from an album that Mampi is working on (rumoured to be called History, you heard it here first) and it’s going to be well worth a listen if these are anything to go by.

Mampi SwiftSoldiers and The Silence both have such a feel to them; they transported me back to the late ’90s and early ’00s when I used to frequent the DnB room to hug the speakers into the wee, small hours.

There’s no gentle seduction on these tracks from Mampi so forget candles, scented bubble bath and staying up late in the hope of getting lucky.

Instead, expect a full on, sexually charged sound. Drum n bass at it’s filthy finest, pounding your ears before climaxing directly onto your cerebellum. Such a joy to listen to on loop. OK, that may be overkill to many but I kinda like what Mampi is doing here. Here’s the SoundCloud clip so you can make up your own mind.

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You can pick up each track for a paltry £1.30 over at Beatport. 2 great tracks for less than a bottle of craft ale in a hipster bar in Shoreditch, you can’t go wrong with that!

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