The Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom [1980]
May 17, 2011

Ive been having all manner of classics pass my way recently, making it a nice refreshing change to my usual electronica onslaught. Another classic, this one being of the Ska persuasion by The Beat taken from their incredible first album, “I Just Cant Stop”. Incidentally, if you dont own this album, rectify that immediately. Its fantastic!

This was written by The Beat singer and guitarist Dave Wakeling. He told us the story of the song: “I was working in construction at the time, and it was the winter. I had forgotten to hang my jeans up to dry overnight, so when I got into the bathroom to shower up, I noticed my jeans were still on the floor, soaking wet, covered in sand. So I hung them up thinking well, it’s probably best to have them steaming hot and wet. I went to shave, and it was snowing, and I really, really didn’t want to go. So I started talking to myself in the mirror as I was shaving up. And it was weird, because I looked deeper in the mirror, and I could see the little caption on the door behind, and I said to myself, Look, David, there’s just me and you in here. The door’s locked. We don’t have to go to work. Of course we did. Got on the motorbike, and I just started pondering as I skated my way to the construction site on this motorbike. And that’s how it started. It was thinking about how self-involvement turns into narcissism and how narcissism turns into isolation, and then how isolation turns into self-involvement again, and how what a vicious cycle that can become. So then I just started thinking about different situations where people would ostensibly look like they were doing something, but in fact they were checking their own reflection out. And you’d see it perhaps on Saturday afternoon with people window shopping, half the time they’re actually just looking at their own reflection. Then this restaurant opened, and it was a big deal at the time because it had glass tables, and I was like, oh, you can watch yourself.”

Mike “Hitman” Wilson feat Shawn Christopher – Another Sleepless Night [1990]
November 6, 2010

Taking Shawn Christopher’s awesome vocals from “Another Sleepless Night” and mixing it into a deep house belter that became a Sasha & Digweed classic, immortalised on their legendary Renaissance mix cd. I had no idea this was from 1990, its a much more mature sound than a lot of the housey cheese of the time, taking a more progressive angle way before anyone had even considered the term. A driving, pounding masterpiece.