On a hot weekend it’s definitely worth a road trip to the seaside to see Filthy Dukes at the beautiful Kraken Wakes (from the people that brought you the Lock Tavern) in Portsmouth tomorrow, or, if you tend to gravitate towards the nearest car park for a Bank Holiday rave, look no futher than Bugged Out’s Mad Decent Soundsystem at Union Street with Diplo and Drop The Lime, or Mulletover, celebrating 10 years of Mobilee in Hearn Street, featuring Berlin’s own Anja Schneider.
Release-wise, we’re excited about Poni Hoax’sWe Are The Bankers on Abracada on Monday. Watch out for the excellent Tropicomix by Mustang.
Here are some of the tracks making a stir this week. In particular, the Alex Metric re-edit of the Beastie BoysSabotage – which was a frequent feature of his live sets and has been made available after huge demand from fans and bloggers everywhere. Power to the people!
1. Beginning Of The Heartbreak – Gordon, Peter & Love Of Life Orchestra
2. Primetime (Uptown Express) – Baby Oliver
3. Love Has Come Around – Byrd, Donald & 125th Street NYC
4. I Got My Mind Made Up – Instant Funk
5. I Feel Your Love Comin’ On – Chic
6. Tell Me That I’m Dreaming – Was Not Was
7. Lies – GQ
8. Adventures In Bickett Wood – Mudd
9. Butter Up (Gimme Some Bread) – Elektrik Dred
10. You Got Me Running – Williams, Lenny
11. Like Some Dream (I Can’t Stop Dreaming) – Wang, Daniel
12. Cowboys And Gangsters – Dan, Gichy
13. Theme – Still Going
14. Tablakone – City Of Women
15. Keep On Move – Babytalk
16. Just As Long As I’ve Got You – Love Committee
17. Everybody Get Down – Mouzon, Alphonse Electric Band
18. I Need You Tonight – Punkin’ Machine
19. Hippie Priest Bum Out – LCD Soundsystem
20. Dance To The Music – Junior Byron
21. I Love Music – JT
22. I Feel Good Put Your Pants On – Jones, Jackson
23. Life Is Something Special – NYC Peech Boys
24. Don’t Don’t – Gordon, Peter & Love Of Life Orchestra
Recently I had to take what should have been an incredibly tedious train from London to Edinburgh. Five hours of staring out of the window at the East coast of England, up through the ‘real’North and into the Scottish capital. Yet it flew by, thanks to a man named Neil Barber; better known as Nelski.
Better late than never, this mix is fantastic. Nelski’s used his time wisely here, with favourites from Woody’s Roundup like 1999, Hey Hey, Beachball and the lovely Two Dots scattered tastefully across a jumping 2 ½ hour mix of House and Tech. There are countless hidden gems in here. Nelski, can you please hit us with a tracklist!?
Body Pop was released on 1st May by Rising Music. If you’ve had a taste of the original it will come as no surprise to you, with that piano and those vocals, that official remixes are available from the mighty Radio Slave and man of the moment Made to Play boss, Jesse Rose.
As if that wasn’t enough Nelski for now, we got in touch with him and he dug out this little mash-up of Adam Freeland & Brett Johnson: We Want Your Gypsy Blue. You can download it from his SoundCloud page here.
There’s a little disco-exchange programme going on this weekend between Britain and our oh-so-chic Belgian neighbours. We’ve leant Brussels one of our crown jewels, Monsieur Rory Phillips, to play alongside Mustang at Libertine Supersport at the K-Nal club, and they’ve sent over a case of two of their finest exports, Aeroplane and Villa, playing at Together at the Coronet. Moda and Aeroplane are hosting rooms one and two respectively; resulting in two lineups guaranteed to move your derrière.
The prize for busiest DJ this week goes to Louis Brodinski. The first EP from The Krays (Brodinski and Yuksek), Ready When You Are (feat. Ebony Bones)was released this week on the shiny new Abracada label (my label to watch this Summer), and the wait is finally over for the release of Arnold Classics on Sinden’s Grizzly label. Brodinski’s playing tonight with our good friends Eskimo Twins at Wax:On at the Mint Club in Leeds.
This was my first time at The Great Escape and it seems I picked a good one. Now in its 5th year The Great Escape hosts over 300 new artists across a collection of venues in Brighton; pubs, clubs, buses, court yards, beaches…
I kicked off with a taster of Egyptian Hip Hop. The young Manchester boys donned fitting North African attire, strummed deep into their instruments and moved the room with their explosive live show. A very nice welcome to Brighton.
I finally got to see MAY68 live. Self-confessed cow bell addicts with an unwavering ability to move even an uneducated crowd, they should play big club venues and even bigger sound systems (sign them up now Warehouse Project!). Judy Wainwright’s captivating vocals along with her interaction with guitarist Jonny Sture fuels support for ‘ones to watch’ lists being much more than just a PR dream. MAY68 are a pleasure to watch.
Getting from place to place in time for your ideal line-up bears far too great a resemblance to the frustrations felt at The Camden Crawl, but then it’s all about accidental finds. So, taking me away from the beach simply by sound were Poland’s Kamp!, a three-man set up tastefully experimenting with their own brand of electronica. Leaving me out on the street through sheer popularity was Gold Panda, whose live show was described as ”a master-class in multi-tasking – samplers, keyboards and drum machines” by Sean Adams of Drowned In Sound. It sounded great – shame we couldn’t see it!
Huge performances from Everything Everything and Delphic on the Friday night blew my mind. Everything Everything were my first taste of credible indie with three men harmonising, almost like choristers, whilst still keeping some grit. And for Delphic: take a spectacular backdrop (Sankeys’ lights at 45 degrees, or for those of a more artistic disposition think Dan Flavin) and then throw in stadium-worthy vocals from James Cook and no one can deny these boys are on a rapid ascent to super-stardom. Keeping the essence of their former years with beautiful, melodic, spine-tingling instrumentals, they just can’t get better at the moment.
Getting to everyone on Saturday proved tough. With only an endless stream of hearsay to go on, Wild Palms, Esben and the Witch and Lonelady were all first time viewings for me. Wild Palms are an excellent live band, with singer Lou Hill holding attention with the concentrated stare of a troubled soul and a voice that could challenge Brandon Flowers. Esben and the Witch were a sight to behold. They were as enchanting as their name suggests, with chilling, yet beautiful music. Earmarked by The Big Pink as an “organic Portishead” and performing in a pub on the pier that really has seen better days, they pulled a curious crowd and left with an army of converted followers.
Gomma‘s family values are already laid down in the first part of the ‘About’ section on their website: they call themselves “a music (and graphic) collective…Releasing not only new music, but also creating fashion items, starting graphic trends and creating fresh things in popculture.”
Gomma was started by Mathias Modica AKA Munk and Jonas Imbery AKA Telonius, with their first release way back in 1999. The idea of the ‘collective’ consciousness is important to them, as despite being officially based in Munich, the group is somewhat dispersed, with artists such as Rodion in Rome, WhoMadeWho in Copenhagen, Golden Bug in Paris, and even Modica himself currently residing in Marseille. A slightly disfunctional family by traditional standards, but it works as a ‘a network of young heads working on similar ideas,’ and with 150 releases under their belts it works well. Those ‘ideas’ include frequent art exhibitions, music videos, visuals for releases and live shows, a fashion line, and even a magazine. The obvious choice for a band such as Le Le, fronted by world class typographer Parra.
We’re big fans of the music/art crossover, and Gomma live up to expectations, producing Amore Poster Magazine, with art direction from Smal and Paze, alongside guest illustrators and graphic designers. As if all this wasn’t enough, Gomma started sublabel Gomma Dance Tracks last year, and have already released two compilation albums of their favourite bouncy-bouncy dancefloor favourites.
Both Imbery and Modica have released tracks this spring, with Telonius’s Hit Me out on 23 April, and Munk’s La Musica released on 14 May (his first single for more than 2 years). Gomma have given us a taster:
Telonius and Munk have given us sample mixes this month, and these are well worth a download for a flavour of what’s to come on the label. Telonius April Chart Mix
1 Telonius – Hit Me (Cassian Rmx)
2 Poni Hoax – Bankers (Mustang Rmx)
3 LeLe – Number One Girl (Anthony Mansfield Rmx)
4 Arthur Baker feat Nona Hendrix & Ladonna – Tear Down The Walls
5 Cassius – 1999 (Tim Green Rmx)
6 Munk – La Musica (Audiojack Rmx)
7 Barbara Tucker – Stop Playing With My Mind (Full Intention Dub)
8 Acid Washed – Acid Washed (Daniel Haaksmann Rmx
9 Junkie XL – Heart Of Darkness
10 The Juan McLean – Feel So Good
1. The Swiss – Manthem (Tensnake Remix)
2. Headman – Private Show (Telonius Remix)
3. Golden Bug – Flamingo (Pete Herbert Remix)
4. Cecile + Venice – Rimmel
5. Lorenz Rhode – Like a Player
6. Telonius – Disco Tec (Moullinex Remix)
7. Mustang – Try to Dance
8. The C 90´s –1001 (Villa Remix)
9. Zoo Brasil – Fancy
10. Hot Chip – One Life Stand (Carl Craig Remix)
11. Lele – Disco Monster (Mercury Remix)
12. The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band – Baby (Daniel Haaksmann Remix)
13. Bottin – Disco for the Devil (Telonius Remix)
14. Dennis Ferrer – Heyhey
15. Lutzenkirchen – Till I Come to Your Rescue (Psycho Dub Mix)
16. Telonius – Hit Me (Ian Pooley Remix)
17. Gloria Estefan – Turn That Beat Around (Def Conga Mix)
18. Night Communication – Let’s Face the Music
19. The Bucketheads – The Bomb (Kenny Dope mix)
20. The KDMs – Never Stop Believing (Nicky Siano Remix)
21. Susu Bobien – You Don´t Know (Muthafunkaz Tribute Mix – Telonius Re-edit)
We’re very excited about seeing Villa alongside their Ghent neighbours Aeroplane at the Coronet this Friday. Fredo, Thang and Seba chose the name because they read that Villa is the nickname the inhabitants of Ibiza use for Ibiza Town, and they liked the sensual holiday images evoked by the word. This dose of sunshine, alongside the fact that they list Giorgio Moroder and Siriusmo as artists they admire, should give you an idea of the what we’re dealing with here. And to all this, add more than a decade of experience each in hunting for the hidden vinyl gems of old disco.
Their first project together was the Diva Edits, a three-track free download of their take on their favourite divas- Anita Meyer, Agnetha Fältskog, and Tina Turner, to celebrate the 20th EP released by Mindless Boogie. Remixes of Thunderbird by The Golden Filter and The c90s‘ 10:01 shot them into the stratosphere last year, and the tail end of 2009 was spent furiously reworking, remixing, and producing, including taking the reins of the compilation Cosmic Balearic Beats Vol. 2 from Eskimo Recordings. To complete the circle, Mindless Boogie was started by Eskimo’s Dirk De Ruyck, who signed Aeroplane.
Villa generously upload a monthly mix to their Soundcloud page, and we thought we’d let you have a sample of some of their finest work, before you decide to join us in Elephant and Castle this weekend.
Carlos Peron: Breakin’ In
Time: Can’t You Feel It? (instrumental)
Queen Samantha: Take A Chance (Dompteur Mooner edit)
Willie Colon: Set Fire To Me (404 reboot)
K.I.D.: Hupendi Muziki Wangu
Soundstream: Soul Train
Unit 4: Body Dub
Liz Torres: Can’t Get Enough
First Patrol: Patrol Beats
Skatt Brothers: Walk The Night
Silvervince: Mlle B (Mustang rmx)
Chamboche: On The Streets (Toby Tobias rmx)
Air: Sexy Boy
Kaine: Welcoming Idaho
Tullio De Piscopo: Stop Bajon
VillA feat. The New Sins: Beats Of Love