Can we talk about Playgroup again....

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I took the album out again after reading Michaelangelo's review on that Joining the Dots thread a few weeks back.

What a beautiful album it is, I mean the word funky so often is used to describe things which are vacuous (be that a good or a bad thing) but there's just so much going on on the whole album. Overflow is an absolute gem, it seems to meld about 5 styles together.

Has Trevor Jackson done other stuff like this at all?

Ronan, Wednesday, 14 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Can we PLEASE talk about them again. OPO, say something interesting, classic or dud.

Ronan, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink


Every tune on it is good.The fact that he let Edwyn Collins play guitar and sing all over it has a lot to do with me liking it too.The early 80's were when I formed a lot of my taste in music,and this record kind of encapsulates that whole era for me.

As far as other stuff like it?There's an Alpha EP("Pepper")which has a remix that sounds like the Playgroup stuff,but most of his stuff as Underdog is a lot more on the dark and moody hip hop tip.

dek1, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Wow, I missed that connection somehow -- so this is the Underdog guy, eh? That explains that really great version of "Films" on the Numan tribute album he did...

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

urg i scanned the record and tossed it when it first arrived in the office

but much to my amazement i did adore the dj kicks comp

maybe ill give the proper alb another try

mark p, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...
Has anyone heard the re-release with bonus CD of remixes? I missed out on this album the first time around, and am considering picking it up -- but I don't know whether this new expanded version is getting released stateside. Worth paying import prices for, or should I just seek out a copy of the original?

Sean Thomas (sgthomas), Wednesday, 11 June 2003 23:18 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

the black strobe remix of number one is fucking wicked.

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 12 June 2003 15:46 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

holy 2001, batman

quickest diminishing-returns record of the decade so far?

jess (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 12 June 2003 15:49 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I've still never heard it. Does it suck? Has it "dated"? Loved his mix cds.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Thursday, 12 June 2003 15:53 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I got it last year and have listened to it a dozen times at least and still can't tell you what it sounds like.

hstencil, Thursday, 12 June 2003 15:55 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i think there's about 4 tracks on it which hold up, and "number one" is still a great single. but so much of it sounds like "ric astley sings and plays your ze records favorites" to me now. subpar songs is most of the problem.

jess (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 12 June 2003 15:56 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

hardly diminishing returns jess, what with output records etc etc etc. wasn't this quite ahead of the game in terms of dfa etc etc?

speaking of this has anyone got the Colder record on Output

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 12 June 2003 16:02 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

haha, actually I just remembered the way I discovered ILM (or more accurately, Freaky Trigger) was googling on in after getting and loving the Party Mix, looking for writing about it and finding Tom's review - a really great bit of writing.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Thursday, 12 June 2003 16:11 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i just realized that i really haven't liked anything trevor jackson's done after about 6 mos: the album, the party mix, the dj kicks record

jess (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 12 June 2003 16:14 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Just about the same situation here. I only play Party Mix when it's for a friend; it's still fun to listen to through her/his ears. I just listened to DJ Kicks for the first time in quite a while -- after almost a year of no play -- and it still excites me in certain spots. I haven't felt the urge to listen to the proper album in quite some time.

Andy K (Andy K), Thursday, 12 June 2003 16:18 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

DJ Martian was praising that Colder album on his blog

s.r.w. (s.r.w.), Thursday, 12 June 2003 16:26 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I'll always love the DJ Kicks mix for "The Sky Is Not Crying" - can't argue with that track!

I also think that "Medicine Man" seems curiously underrated as a track. I never really clicked with the Playgroup album initially, so whenever I do pull it out I actually enjoy it slightly more.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Friday, 13 June 2003 00:18 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Been playing this a lot recently. Rowetta is on it! Can't get too much of Overflow, there's a wonderful moment towards the end where a synth line comes in deep in the mix with that exact same wintry tone that New Order used on the likes of In A Lonely Place and The Him.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Friday, 11 February 2005 15:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hmm. I wonder if I would like this or not. I'll give it a try.

Bimble... (Bimble...), Saturday, 12 February 2005 03:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
So Jess what do you think

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Saturday, 20 August 2005 07:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

thirteen years pass...

Wow, I missed that connection somehow -- so this is the Underdog guy, eh? That explains that really great version of "Films" on the Numan tribute album he did...

ordered a 2 * 2cd set of all the underdog remixes (most unreleased), and this version is indeed rathergood.

mark e, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 11:15 (five months ago) Permalink

ooops, pressed return too quickly.

there are also some excellent new kingdom versions.

mark e, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 11:19 (five months ago) Permalink

of course the remix of "Vicious Circle" by Alex Reece adds loads of "Vicious Games" by Yello into the mix.
bloody fantastic stuff.

mark e, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 11:57 (five months ago) Permalink

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