Snack Attack, Vol 1

A new occasional piece I will be doing, where if I see some novel snack on my travels, I try it out and offer my thoughts.

First up, we have *drumroll* – Doritos Ultimate Cheeseburger

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People who follow me on instagram or Twitter may have seen me palpitating the other night at finding some new Doritos flavours. Well, the spicy salsa ones were OK, but these… these… these monstrosities… I can only assume they are in a black bag because they taste of the Black Death. “Two flavours destroy one” – I certainly feel like my palate has been destroyed. The scent was innocuous enough, more or less akin to cool original flavour, but the taste…. dear God, that taste…

This always seems to be the case when people have a go at creating a cheeseburger flavoured salty snack. In a sense they succeeded. If you took the corpse of a MacDonalds 99p cheeseburger, reanimated it somehow many years later, and trebled the quantity of pickles, mustard and onion within, you’d have some approximation of what I just ate.

A crime against snacks, an abomination, an absolute disgrace to the Doritos name.

2/10

Mixtape Monday, Vol 19

Solid Steel Radio Show 6/11/2015 – Jungle

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File this mix under “I thought I’d already posted it”. Get ready for a supremely catchy hour of pop-infused soul, hip-hop flavoured beats, wonky neck-snappers and impeccable grooves. This is one of my favourite mixes of the last few years, with a middle section that I absolutely adore. I’m desperately trying to get hold of a copy of JFC – LA Baby (which is apparently Jungle Football Club, a Jungle side project), and just discovered that one of my oldest mates is the personal trainer of one of the guys from the band… It might happen!

I really do love this mix – it’s so well balanced, so well programmed, it flows exactly as it should, patient, logical and satisfying, allowing for peaks and troughs, it is a great example of the art for any aspiring DJs out there. I’m literally dancing in my chair to it now 😂

And if you want a download head here – https://soundcloud.com/ninja-tune/solid-steel-radio-show-6112015-hour-1-jungle

Mixtape Monday, Vol 18

Claude VonStroke presents The Birdhouse – vol 42 with Shiba San

One of my favourite labels is Dirty Bird. One of my favourite DJs is Claude VonStroke. So it’s little surprise that his relatively new Birdhouse podcast is an absolute fixture in my listening schedule!

This latest instalment is especially good, and features a mix from the excellent French producer Shiba San (who, I discovered at Ministry of Sound, also happens to be a demon on the cut!). Enjoy!