It’s been aaaaages since I’ve heard a DJ T mix, so I thought I’d share it with you immediately. It’s pretty DAMN lovely too. Enjoy.
Phonica is 8! And to celebrate tomorrow they’re commandeering our favourite car park, Great Suffolk Street, with a lineup that defies belief; Heidi, Soul Clap, Matt Tolfrey, Joy Orbison, Waifs & Strays, Benoit & Sergio live, and not to forget the mighty Visionquest. Obviously we’ll be the ones down the front screaming like idiots. If that hasn’t broken you there’s an after-party at Cable until 1pm on Sunday hosted by Jaded.
If you want a little pre-Phonica-birthday warm up there’s loads going on tonight too – keep it car-park with Lola Showcase at Hearn Street, featuring Dan Ghenacia and Seuil, or pop South to Corsica Studios for 2020 Vision’s Crazy P album launch party, or head to Hidden in Vauxhall for Found: Launch with Justin Martin.
The sun is upon us at last, so perfect timing to head to Peckham tonight for the closing party of Bold Tendencies on the roof of the multiplex car park, with the obligatory Bussey Building after party, with Horse Meat Disco and the Off Modern crew.
Here are some tracks for the pod during those jaded early-morning walks home.
Electric Jones – Tribute to Todd Edwards
New Navy – Tapioca (from the Uluwatu EP released 17 October on Future Classic)
Embassy – WasThat All It Was (Ajello Remix)
Landslide – Dig Deeper (WAFA Remix)
Boz Scaggs – Lowdown (Greg Wilson edit)
The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love? (A-Trak Dub aka Dub for Mehdi)
Monarchy – You Don’t Want To Dance With Me (Feat. Britt Love) [Moonlight Matters Remix]
Fabric have done themselves proud this week (Stopmakingme and Death in Vegas live last night, NICE), and in fact the line ups over the next couple of months are pretty damn special (including their 12th birthday On and On from 11pm Saturday 22nd Oct – 5am Monday 24th Oct). Tonight they’re celebrating the Fabric 59 Four Tet issue by hosting Caribou, Four Tet and Jacques Greene in room 1 and Hessle Audio in room 2, and tomorrow they’ve got Jamie Jones and Danny Daze in room 1 and Laura Jones (who we haven’t had the pleasure of seeing yet) in room 3. Now all you need is a tent and a nice warm pitch in their back garden.
Here are some free tunes to keep your Farringdon campsite jumping:
Modern Amusement – Cold As Ice ( TierkratZ Edit ) I’ve heard a few remixes of this track but this one is really very nice indeed.
Tears For Fears/Audionite – Kling Klong Shout [Tommie Sunshine & Disco Fries Bootleg]
Aeroplane – Big Boys Don’t Cry
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Garden (Joe Goddard Remix)
The Magician feat Jeppe – I Don’t Know What To Do (Plastic Plates Remix)
Riva Starr – Sensimilla
Joakim – In Loving Memory – lovely.
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Tom Staar, and we’re delighted that he has a new EP forthcoming on Moda Music. He’s been busy over the Summer at Space & Amnesia, Big Chill, and Lovebox, and it’s time for a darker Autumn focus.
For Death Staar Tom teams up with one half of Spektre, and together they keep it pretty banging all the way through. Definitely a jumper for the dancefloor, as are the B-sides Galaxy and Weekender.
After their Summer residency at Space Moda are back in the UK so you can catch them here:
24/09: Tom Staar @ Electric Brixton w/ Felix Da Housecat
30/09: Moda @ Tokyo, Lincoln w/ Chase & Status, Canblaster
30/09: Moda @ Tokyo, York w/ Chase & Status, Ray Foxx
13/10: Moda vs Annie Mac Presents @ o2 Academy
18/11: Moda @ Fabric, London
Download Marina & The Diamonds: Radioactive (Tom Staar Remix) here.
Joakim promised to dedicate his set at New Guernica in Melbourne last week to DJ Mehdi, and it’s a really lovely collection of nostalgia. It’ll soothe a heavy head.
Please, sunshine, please last until Sunday, pleeeeeeease?! We’re pretty excited about Creche’s Outdoor Music roof party at the Brickhouse in Brick Lane, Miguel Campbell and Alexis Raphael are gonna play some smooth beats and I can’t wait. Staying on a Sunday theme, Secretsundaze have their ’10 years of’ closing party at Village Underground.
Tonight Basing House continues its rise through the venue ranks, hosting Midland for Gotwood, while Prins Thomas plays a 3 hour set at East Village for Marketing Music, and Jamie XX plays at XOYO for the first part of their 1st birthday celebrations.
Tomorrow there’s a Krankbrother Terrace party with Nick Curly and MANIK (I’ve wanted to see him for tiiiime) but it’s legendary, and therefore sold out, with no tickets on the door as far as I know. XOYO birthday part 2 sees Juan Atkins and xxxy take to the decks, and it’s Ministry of Sound’s 20th birthday, with Joe and Will Ask, Alexis Raphael, Nic Fanciulli and Dennis Ferrer.
I must say, it’s become tough recently to find tracks to offer you guys for free, BUT here are some beauts from some kind peeps.
Joe and Will Ask and Kiwi – I Can’t Get No Sleep
Robert James – Vivid Nights
Urulu – Move On
Talk Talk – My Life (Tensnake Live Edit)
Flight Facilities – Crave You (Bxentric Remix)
Madonna – Bedtime Stories (Danny Daze Dark Rooms Mix)
And finally One From The Vaults, one of countless special records from a very special man. Our thoughts are with Henry, Pedro, Fafi and all the Ed Banger crew at this sad time.
If you’ve ever frequented the dingy indie clubs of London town in recent years, I have no doubt that you will have seen these boys grace the stage in one of their previous guises. Their energy and sound has always been exciting. Their unique ability to get a new crowd singing along to their intelligently crafted and catchy hooks has never ceased to amaze me. They have an enviable knack of producing music that you love enough to believe, right there and then, that you’ve heard it a hundred times before. There is always an overwhelming sense of intrigue in the room and it is always complimented by a feeling that there are bigger things to come.
Now embracing all things electronic, I am excited to introduce you to their new project Enfant. They’re already creating a buzz on the scene, so we wanted to hear what’s what from them. They kindly offered us an exclusive interview and here’s what they had to say…
Introduce yourselves in your own words
We are an electronic music trio made up of twin brothers Robin and Ali Owen and Ed Ellis. Enfant only started this summer – but we all know each other from playing in previous bands together. We can’t really tell you who does what as we’re not really sure anymore; everyone writes and everyone plays. It’s a great way to work because you take the egos out and you come up with something that’s unique between the three of you.
What’s your sound and what’s coming up?
We’re definitely electronic and love combining pumped up bass lines with interesting melodies and big choruses. We’ve got several tracks in the pipeline that cover a few different musical bases; some are a bit darker, some more dance focussed and then some you can sing along to. We’re also into our electro, house and techno and will be exploring these sides of us. There are a lot of tracks that we know we want to make which will be different but shouldn’t alienate people who were into these first few tracks; we think that’s a really exciting place to be. We’re also working on a couple of remixes that will be available soon.
Can you tell us a little bit about your first single Waking Up the Sun? What’s the story behind it?
Waking Up The Sun is pure hedonism. It’s about letting go of the rigmarole of life and just saying f**k it, life’s not about work, money or responsibilities. We want the song to bring out the memories of those nights/weekends/weeks we’ve all had (or we hope you’ve had) where nothing else mattered apart from the here and now. For us it’s London, Glastonbury, Ibiza and many more. We’re just in the process of shooting the video for this track, so stay tuned for that too.
Can you each name a couple of people who’ve inspired you from the past and any who you admire now?
We have such a wide variety of influences between us it’s hard to pinpoint specifics, but if we had to then LCD Soundsystem would definitely be in there, as would the Chemical Brothers. Groove Armada’s Black Light album was a defining album for us. Then you’ve got the likes of Filthy Dukes and pretty much any French electro. We’re also really into Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Alex Metric at the moment.
When can we catch you in action?
We’re DJing around London at the moment and our live show is coming very soon. We all come from backgrounds of playing in bands so we’re taking our music to the stage in a way electronic music often isn’t. We grew up playing live and it’s where we feel most comfortable.
If we see you at the bar, what will yours be?
We’ll be having a lager, a Guinness and a Bourbon. Robin has a bizarre allergy to lager and Ed can’t go a day without whiskey!
We are absolutely speechless at the death of Dj Mehdi at the age of 34. We all hoped it was some kind of cruel joke but reports say he fell to his death from a roof last night with two friends, who are currently still in hospital.
Absolutely devastating news, completely unbearable, and our thoughts are with his friends and family.
Let’s remember him at his best.