Monthly Archives: April 2021

People Like Us exclusive audio mix for The Wire

Vicki Bennett compiles a comprehensive soundtrack to her Wire cover feature, piecing together 30 years’ worth of work in a new mix:

“Collage makes sense of things in a manner that our brain understands”, says samplist Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us, speaking to contributor Abi Bliss in The Wire 447. “Because of these fragmental parts and the way we assemble information, collage is like the working of the brain”.

In her cover feature interview, Bennett discusses the influence of Buddhism, the subversion of popular culture and the auto-regenerative nature of cut and paste, as well as her audio-visual multi-screen project Gone, Gone Beyond, which is set to tour the UK and Oslo this year. Here, the prolific artist reflects on 30 years in the field of collage and sampling with a retrospective mix, packed full of solo and collaborative releases and radio works spanning her long career.


People Like Us “Music Of Your Own” (2000)
People Like Us “Smash And Grab” (1994)
People Like Us with Adrian Phillips aka Mr Rotorvator “Country Drives” (1995)
People Like Us “A Crossed Line” (1995)
People Like Us, Wobbly, Peter Conheim & Don Joyce (KFJC California) (1998)
People Like Us, Charles Powne (Chuckles) “Untitled” (KBOO Oregon) (1998)
People Like Us “Jingle” (1999)
People Like Us, Wobbly & The Jet Black Hair People “KZSU 14 Sept 99” (1999)
People Like Us with Rik Patten, Drew Daniel, MC Schmidt, Peter Conheim & Adrian Phillips “Hi There” (2000)
People Like Us “Whistle Song” (2000)
People Like Us “Sugar And Splice” (2000)
People Like Us “Nobody Does” (2000)
People Like Us “Dolphy” (2000)
People Like Us “Millennium Dome” (1998)
People Like Us “Swinglargo” (2000)
People Like Us “Stifled Love” (2002)
People Like Us with MC Schmidt “Scott Slim” (2002)
People Like Us & Wobbly “OB & Cha Cha (Live At Other Cinema, ATA)” (2002)
People Like Us, Wobbly & Don Joyce “Baby is Three II Over The Edge” (2002)
People Like Us “Gongexeva” (2003)
People Like Us & Kenny G “I’ve Got You” (2003)
People Like Us, Matmos & Wobbly “Morning (Live At SF Art Institute)” (2003)
People Like Us, Matmos & Wobbly “Dolly Pardon (Live At SF Art Institute)” (2003)
People Like Us “The Doody Waltz (John Peel Session)” (2004)
People Like Us “Listen To The” (2004)
People Like Us “Downtown Once More” (2004)
People Like Us “Blue Bayou” (2006)
People Like Us “Everyday” (2006)
People Like Us “Stand By Your” (2006)
People Like Us “Social Dance Song” (DO or DIY, WFMU) (2007)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “A Bastard’s Waltz” (2007)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “Pierrot’s Persecution Mania” (2007)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “Snow Day” (2007)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “Soggy Style” (2007)
People Like Us “On The Rooftops Of London” (Mixing It, BBC) (2007)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “In The Waking” (2008)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “Moon” (2008)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “Singin’ Femme Fatale” (2008)
People Like Us “Lavender White” (2010)
People Like Us & Wobbly “Female Convict” (2010)
People Like Us & Wobbly “Pain” (2010)
People Like Us “Sing” (2011)
People Like Us “The Sound Of The End Of Music” (2011)
People Like Us “Abridge” (2013)
People Like Us “Who’s Watching Who” (2014)
People Like Us “Shopping” (2014)
People Like Us “No One Is An Island” (WDR Radio Piece) (2016)
People Like Us “All On A Beautiful Day” (2016)
People Like Us “The Mirror” (2018)
People Like Us “Listen With Your Eyes” (2019)
People Like Us “Forever” (2018)

Read Abi Bliss’s interview with People Like Us in The Wire 447. Subscribers can also read the article online via The Wire’s digital archive.

https://www.thewire.co.uk/audio/tracks/wire-mix-30-years-of-people-like-us

The Wire Cover Pic!

This is on sale at The Wire’s online shop from 13 April 2021 and from selected newsagents, record and book shops from 15 April 2021. The digital edition of the issue is published online at Exact Editions and in the Wire app.

Includes a career-covering interview and the above cover picture. On The Wire website we’ve shared a 4.5 hour (no point trying to be popular now, is there!) mix of People Like Us, Spenser Tomson has made a selection of PLU tracks, and our 2020 movie Fourth Wall will screen later in the month.

ALL COMMISSION ENQUIRIES OR BOOKINGS FOR GONE, GONE BEYOND ARE TO BE DONE DIRECTLY WITH US THROUGH OUR CONTACT PAGE.

Oscillation: Tuned Circuits

Online and Brussels Mill, Belgium
29|04|2021 – 02|05|2021

Four day festival in Brussels taking its name from radio pioneer Daphne Oram. The festival will also broadcast audio via its website regardless. Featuring talks, concerts and workshops from People Like Us, Catherine Lamb, Daphne Oram, Farida Amadou, Lucretia Dalt, Goodiepal & Pals, Áine O’Dwyer, Jessica Ekomane, Jonáš Gruska and Lukas De Clerck. Online and Brussels Mill, 29 April–2 May.

Here’s an interview conducted by Henry Andersen of Oscillation Festival Vicki Bennett about process.

People Like Us will have a special one hour audio mix broadcast on the radio, and you can watch The Mirror online via their website, for the entirety of the festival.

https://oscillation-festival.be/