The Long Champs | Mix & feature on Y Llwynog | Released March 2016 | Tici Taci.

Here is a mix from Lloyd Jones ‘The Long Champs’. Pretty out there and very eclectic to say the least.  I love it.. The track list can be found in picture form at the bottom of this post.. To go with Lloyd’s selection is the story behind his release on Tici Taci last year ‘Y Llwynog’  quotes, stories, footage and  links to all  those involved.

I first heard  Y Llwynog  one afternoon  whilst on a Youtube Journey last Summer.. The base line grabbed me straight away and also the quick build up, within 2 mins you’ve got acid, guitars, vocals, harmonica all the many layers, elements and riffs just work. I thought this was a classic track that had passed me by in the early nineties. The guitar riff sounded Weatherall-esque and with the Piano break together I thought -yup, a classic that got past me. I was wrong it been released earlier on in the year on Tici Taci Duncan Grays Label and with the remix in the hands of Rich lane- Cotton Bud. it became my track of the year.

Y Llwynog  ‘The Fox’ in English… Follows in suit with Tici Taci’s other releases, music that definitely makes you feel happy. Below is the link to the track.. Scroll down after to read first hand the story behind the track from Rich lane and Duncan Gray, also to see the footage of Weatherall and Sean dropping it during the ALFOS Live Set-24th September 2016 at-

The story behind ‘Y Llwynog’ Rich Lane- Cotton Bud.

Typical of the lovely Adam Pear to be thinking of others at the party of the year. He’s captured my remix of Y Llwynog by The Long Champs being played by ALFOS in Carcassonne castle back in September. For those that may not know the story, exactly one year before at the same festival my good friend Lloyd Jones found out that his sneaky wife Delyth had passed a load of demos of his music to myself for an opinion.

He had mentioned that he ‘dabbled’ before but I had no idea he had been learning his craft so thoroughly, and I was blown away by the range and talent on that memory stick. I had to then sneakily get a second opinion myself from my trusted second set of ears, Duncan Gray from tici taci. He was mightily impressed too, and one track in particular ‘Y Llwynog’ was screaming out for release on his fine label. So he and I and label star Kieran Holden all set about doing a remix each.This was the news that Lloyd got whilst in France (on the same day that he also lost his passport – talk about a rollercoaster!).

The original is a quirky masterpiece but also instrumental and I like a bit of vocal on my remixes if possible – so I asked Lloyd and Delyth to record Del saying the last lines of the eponymous foxy poem by R Williams Parry (in English – their choice!). She famously did this in about 10 seconds on Lloyd’s laptop whilst cooking the weekly Sunday roast, and her dulcet South Walian tones fitted the track perfectly.

ALFOS dropped this remix for the first time at Salford in February. That was my personal highlight of the year – Del, the Belle of The Ball, up on the podium whilst her voice rang out of the speakers, and the ever humble Lloyd down on the dancefloor taking it all in. And a massive sense of thankfulness and celebration all round. Anyway, as ever, work commitments meant I couldn’t make Carcassone in September, but thanks to Mr. Pear I get some sense of this collaboration amongst the best of friends working its magic once more.

Duncan Gray-Tici Taci.

” I get sent quite a lot of tracks by artists who would like to release on tici taci, and of course that’s very flattering, but a lot of the time I have to turn those tracks down because they sound too straightforward. It’s great that technology is giving a greater number of people the opportunity to make tracks but that doesn’t always translate to really original material. With Lloyd that’s not an issue. Y Llwynog is just the first of many great and very original sounding tracks he’ll be releasing – I am grateful to Delyth for giving the process a helping hand. As soon as I heard Y Llwynog I knew it was ideal for the label – and right away I could hear that it was perfect for a remix by Kieran Holden. Then Rich Lane weighed in with his remix and the story was complete. From a hidden demo to radio 1 airplay in just a few short months, with support from Andrew Weatherall, Sean Johnston, Ewan Pearson and many other fine DJs. It’s a success story to warm the heart.”

Below is the footage filmed by Adam Pear. Adam has been doing the visuals/backdrop for the Glasgow ALFOS recently. Adam and Lloyd were introduced by Alan Suszek when Lloyd  and Delyth first went to ALFOS in Glasgow back in 2013, they became instant friends with Adam and his wife Emma. This footage was filmed on Adams’s  IPhone during ALFOS live set last September at Carcassonne.

Adam who’s said to have a spidey sense when it comes to recognizing a track within milliseconds of hearing it, left Lloyd standing way before it blew in, he had to get somewhere clear to film as a promise he’d made to Lloyds Wife Delyth. This is that moment……

Y Llwynog  also came in 3rd on Cowbell Radio’s  poll for tune of the year, click this link for Ed Mahon and Mark Davies  Ont’ Wireless Show Festive 50 to hear the whole 4 hour show in all it’s festive glory.

A great track made by great people. Eternally popular and as close to an Alfos anthem as you’ll get, I’ve never heard them play any other track 4 times in one year wherever it is played, whenever and by whomever the reaction is always big love, smiles, grins and great memories.”-Ed Mahon.

Other than to say I have played it a fair few times – it has created a lot of happiness, rocks castles and Adriatic boat parties, I’m not sure what more I could add..” – Sean Johnston.


By Grant Williams.

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