Searching for The Kings Arms and Wolf + Lamb Black returns a fantastic array of UK pub menus and reviews. That said, I’m sure once the new single No Good for You drops on Gadi and Zev’s vinyl only imprint, these boys will be everywhere.
I’ve learned to place a lot of trust in the Louche series of podcasts and this latest offering from the Leeds based promoters is no exception. Here are sixty funk-fuelled minutes looking into the minds of Wolf + Lamb and No.19’s latest signing, The Kings Arms. I loved it and I hope you do too.
Dr Gonzo – Bust Dem Up (Sam Tiba Edit)
High Powered Boys – Work (Tom Trago Remix)
Para One & Teki Latex – 5th Dimension
Rampage & Nader – Gave You Love (Starks & Nacey Remix)
Melé – Trappin
Myd – Octodip
Savage Skulls – Watching You (Dub Version)
Lorenzo Vektor – Turn it up (Canblaster Remix)
TC Crew – Once Beats (Cosmic Kids Edit)
Steve Santoyo – Cum on y’all
Vinyl Fever – Electronic For Children (Warriors Groove Mix)
Les Rythmes Digitales – Jacques Your Body (Switch remix)
Depressed Buttons – Ow! (Para One Remix)
Kikumoto Allstars – Jack the house
Strip Steve & Das Glow – Calcium
Bobmo – Northside
High Powered Boys – Udon
Brodinski – Manifesto
Marble Players – Marble Players anthem
Marshall Jefferson – Move your body
Josh One – Contemplation (King Britt Funke mix)
Summer’s in the air, and for those of us not joining the non-stop five-day party that is Miami Ultra Festival week (as with anything uber-cool, no-one goes to the main festival, just the plethora of events surrounding it), there are some London treats to keep us going.
Proud 2 (the club formerly known as Matter) hosts Spectrum and The Stanton Sessions for the launch of the Stanton Warriors‘ first artist album The Warriors. Strange to think this is their first, having been an avid follower of them and their Stanton Sessions compilations for years.
Thanks to Breaks of Ten for getting the amazing Bowski to do a mixtape. He makes me want to jump out of my seat and bounce around the office. And he does it without repetition – his track-finding ability is second-to-none. He’s playing at XOYO next Saturday with Fake Blood. DREAM TEAM.
You need no more words from me on this one, just listen.
I like my house music to creep up on me a little bit. A muffled instrument, a sample floating on a breeze, all somehow nostalgic whilst being completely original. That is Lee Foss.
Like a metaphorical milk tray man, Lee Foss beguiles you with melody until he drops a bassline that stabs you in the heart. He’s never let me down, first with The Edge EP on Culprit in November 2009, U Got Me on Hot Creations in 2010, and Your Turn Girl in February this year back with Culprit (which he helped launch alongside friends Droog).
Foss’s rise through the ranks to production king started with promotion and Djing local Chicago parties, through residencies at Avalon and the Culprit Rooftop parties at The Standard to playing the infamous Wolf + Lamb Marcy Hotel parties in New York, and Miami WMC 2009, which has the tendency to throw people to stardom, especially after a legendary performance at the Crosstown Rebels party (God I wish we were going this year). Alongside this, he contributed regular podcasts to Ibiza Voice, which became known globally.
He’s an island-hopping international, having grown up in Chicago, then moving to L.A., and via a three year extended visit to Ibiza, now spends half his time in London, working with good friend Jamie Jones. This collaboration as Hot Natured has given birth to the h.e.a.d.s. EP on Culprit in June 2009, the fantastic re-rub Hot Natured Edits (their takes on MGMT‘s Electric Feel: Jones’s contribution Electric Jones and Foss’s Leectric Feel) on Wolf + Lamb Black and the Equilibrium EP in June 2010. They’ve also made themselves a record label: Hot Creations, releasing Lee and Jamie’s productions, alongside signings Robert James and Clockwork, whose It’s You Again EP was described by Resident Advisor as ‘sex music.’ Another hugely fantastic collaboration is the teaming up of Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Robert James and FB Julian as Pteradactil Disco, releasing the Big Ass Biscuit/Clive’s Alright EP on Hot Creations in January 2011, and there’s yet another moniker: Modern Amusement, a name he’s used this month to release the Cold As Ice EP on Jonny White from Art Department‘s No.19 music. April will see the release of the next Hot Natured EP Forward Motion Feat Ali Love, and there’s also another label in the pipeline, Hot Waves, which will launch quarterly compilations.
If any of you lucky bods are in Miami this year catch Lee playing at our favourite the Electric Pickle (chilled vibes in the garden, sweaty disco upstairs) on 26th and 27th March, and he’s playing his first London gig of 2011 on Sunday (!) 3 April for Creche at Queen of Hoxton.
He’s working on a solo album for release later this year, and there are a number of podcasts to keep you going until then, including the most recent from Hot Natured:
Worth a note: the beautiful Warriors from the Your Turn Girl EP has a familiar sample, which I’m ashamed to say I remember from Jean Jacques Smoothie‘s 2001 Two People, but which originally comes from the 1975 Minnie Ripperton’s Inside My Love. See how pretty?
DJ T‘s much awaited third album The Pleasure Principle was sent from Get Physical last week and hit us like a giant house meteor. The success of the first track Burning, featuring Nick Maurer (one quarter of Greenskeepers with James Curd) and its Art Department remix was phenomenal (seemingly everything they touch turns to gold), and the album is a collaborative affair, featuring the likes of Jaw (dOP), and Dave Aju, which gives it the quirky Circus Company essence, coupled with the depth of a Get Physical release. Intense and deeply melodic, it traverses the boundary between club and afterparty.
Alongside the release, Thomas Koch (also previously editing German magazine Groove as well as co-managing Get Physical and being responsible for the opening of Frankfurt superclub Monza) is on a world tour all the way from April to December, starting with Miami and Berlin for album release parties and concentrating on Europe for the summer. Catch him at Fabric Saturday 2 April alongside Catz n Dogz, Heidi and M.A.N.D.Y.
In the mean time, here’s a little preview of The Pleasure Principle, which you can buy here.
01. Same Plane feat. Jaw & Ginger
02. Opera Buffa
03. Unconditional Love
04. Burning feat. Nick Maurer
05. Yesterday, Tomorrow feat. Dave Aju
06. Nothing Even Comes Close
07. City Life feat. Cari Golden
08. Sense feat. James Teej
09. Pattern Exit Drama
10. Leavin Me feat. Khan
11. Remember the Future feat. Jaw
When the Round Table Knights play, you GO. What I love about them is how they mix up the vibe and you never really know what you’re going to get, except that there’s likely to be a few chilled beauties like No Regular Play‘s Smiling Faces, and a lot of house-party jumpers. Stomper anyone? So of course, with the new album to shout about, Say What? on Made To Play this week, there’s a celebration in the air and alongside Stopmakingme they’re taking over East Village for Snap Crackle and Pop’s 4th birthday party. FUN.
They’ve given us their new mix as a taster of the evening’s entertainment: Round Table Knights, Winter Spring Mix 2011
Marc Moulin – Aria
Terry Callier – You Goin Miss Your Candyman
Trickski – Phill Collins
Tornado Wallace – Swimmin
Hercules & Love Affair – My House
Bubba – Makin Contact
Subb-an – What I Do
Session Victim – We Want To Thahounk All Our Friends
Homework – Hold Me Tight
Andre Crom, Martin Dawson – In The City
No Regular Play – Serious Heat
Mount Kimbie – Carbonated (Chris James Refix)
Stuffa – Proof (Wolf + Lamb Remix)
Riva Starr – More (Kink Remix)
Round Table Knights – Paparussi
Joy Orbison – Ladywell
Rick Poppa Howard – About Fourteen