Shake your lettuce! The heartwarming story behind the lead track of my new EP, out on May 17th

You might have noticed a banner appearing at the top of this website in recent days, and wondering what it’s all about. Well, it’s the title of my new two track EP, soon to be released on 3rd Way Recordings.

The first record is called “Shake Your Lettuce”. Why the weird name? Well, I’d made this track with a few rhodes chords and a big bassline on it, but wasn’t quite sure what to call it. Around the same time, my 4 year old son started saying “shake your lettuce” a lot. No idea why, but I recorded him saying it and stuck it on the track.

And if that’s not for you, the deeper alternative track will be. “Danny’s Analogous House” is a throwback to the olden days when that organ bass sound was everywhere – although I’m at pains to point out this is not the constantly recurring Korg M1 organ patch!

Track previews and preorder links are now on Traxsource, ahead of the May 17th release…

What’s happening in the world of Amateur At Play?

Good morning and welcome to another week on the blog. It’s been a while since I did one of these posts, so I thought I’d elaborate on what’s going on with me at the moment and what’s coming up soon.

So firstly, I’ve got this out on Traxsource right now. It’s my second collaboration with Morris Revy and it’s all soulful and stuff…

I have a number of remixes that are due for release soon, including for Paolo Maffia, UG Movement, Dwayne W Tyree and quite a few others. Release dates will be made available whenever I know what they are.

Elsewhere, I’m working on more vocal tracks than I’ve ever done before. There’s another one with Morris Revy in the can, alongside a track with Richelle Hicks. I also have yet another one with Morris Revy in production at the moment, and I’m nearly finished on three other things with two singers who I’m contractually barred from naming at this stage!

I’m also trying to clear a sample at the moment for a future release, as well as doing some 2-step remixes. Although anyone reading this ought to know I’m still willing to do the house mixes that I’m known for too!

Finally, I’m also investigating a few things behind the scenes. You’ll be the first to know when they’re published…

Amateur At Play & Morris Revy – Perfect Vacation (OUT 22/03)

Thanks to those of you who have been getting behind this forthcoming release. There’s been the odd “not for me”, but I’ve also seen support from some unexpected quarters. Always nice!

Preorders are now being taken on Traxsource. Simply add it to your basket and you’ll have it on the day of release – March 22nd*.

* Traxsource on March 22nd, everywhere else on April 5th.

Watch me count my money!

I keep a close eye on whose playing my music out there. Partly because of my own personal curiosity and partly because I like to know what’s resonating with people. It’s not always easy to work it out even in this digital age.

So it’s with that in mind I thank Scott Walker’s Weekend Afterparty for playing not one, but two* of my releases on his latest show, which also highlights a large number of 3rd Way Recordings releases. It’s at times like this I’m proud to be associated with the label – my god, they put out some seriously good music!

You can listen to the whole show here. You should, frankly. You won’t regret it.

* The two songs played are “Black Dogs In Car Parks” – one of the Jordan Trove mixes – and the dub of “What You Want” with Morris Revy. Both can be heard from 49 minutes onwards.

Amateur At Play & Morris Revy – Perfect Vacation ++OUT 22/03 ++

Take a listen. You like? That’s the classic vocal mix of “Perfect Vacation” you can hear, the brand new collaboration by myself and Morris Revy. Following the success of “What You Want” last year, we decided to do some more things.

And here’s the dub – a 133bpm 2-step kind of thing with snippets of vocal and some of the elements flipped to play in reverse.

Like it? Preorders are now being taken on Traxsource. Simply add it to your basket and you’ll have it on the day of release – March 22nd*.

DJs on the promo list, you’ll be receiving your copies in the next day or two!

* March 22nd on Traxsource and everywhere else on April 5th.