1. Soul Clap – Take It Slow
2. Groove Theory – Tell Me
3. Voices Of Black – Atom Bomb
4. SECT – HTAD (Jozif Remix)
5. Noir – Cool Phenomenon (Edit)
6. Ben Pearce – Captain Casanova
7. Soho808 – Just To See
8. Lightbluemover – Children Of A Lesser Dog
9. Harry Wolfman – ??? (Unreleased)
10. Behling & Simpson – Good Thang
11. Canyons – See Blind Through
12. Climbers – Equal Responsibility
13. Moon Boots – Off My Mind
14. Raymond Mario – I Wanna Be
Nathaniel is a man you just can’t miss. Standing at a towering 6’5″ (with a couple of inches extra for the hair) and usually to be found in the centre of the dancefloor, talking animatedly, waving arms, throwing shapes, and grinning at everyone. As a testament to the super-friendly vibe at Sonar we met him at a cash point, no less, and have been friends ever since.
His style on the decks is damn smooth, and he’s been playing at the Art House in Worcester while organising the Not For Squares nights all over the midlands. He’s sent us a recent mix back to back with 2manyidiots, and we’re promised a Sonar special in honour of our first meeting.
The next Not For Squares is tomorrow at the Arthouse, with special guest, Hot Creations‘ Mark Jenkyns, and it’s pretty special because it’s raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre (MSRC). See you on the dancefloor.
It was announced last week that Hideout Festival has sold out, and it’s yet another year that we’ve desperately wanted to go and just not got our acts together in time. But, too many festivals, too many DJs, too many countries, too little time, you know? This one is exceptionally good though, on a beautiful Croatian island and with pool/beach/boat parties from the likes of Heidi‘s Jackathon, Wax:On, Crosstown Rebels and Dirtybird.
Our good friends Eskimo Twins are playing, and have been back in the studio working on some new material together. They’ve kindly agreed to give away a rework of Bruce Haack‘s 1970s Program Me from the album The Electric Lucifer, keeping some of the psychedelia and the Apocalypse Now style jungle-mystery and adding in a heavy dose of cowbell and metal-infused whispers.
You can also download their April mix, so whet your appetite with these:
Our dear friend Jay has returned from his world tour, and to celebrate he’s having a little party tonight at The Corner Shop in Shoreditch. It’s called Common Knowledge, and Vaults are taking to the decks alongside ZNTN, Ste V Something (of We Are Your Friends) and Jac the Disco.
It’s free, so come down after work and have a little dance with us.
Whoop! It’s been a while since we’ve had a Wildkats mix, and we did see them partying with the DJ Mag crew at the Miami Winter Music Festival, so I’m bloody glad this is one of the bi-products of that friendship.
Wildkats are absolutely everywhere at the moment and that’s fine by me; I can’t get enough of them. This little number is by two-thirds of the trio Scott Dickie and Stuart Sandeman, and featuring Miguel Puente’s Small Proposition, my absolute favourite track from the man yet, and that’s saying a LOT.
I’m pretty damn excited so let’s have a listen together.
Dan Avery and Matt Walsh have most certainly made us move over the years; whether it be a little chair dancing in the office or a 6am hands-in-the-air moment in the dark depths of Fabric or in a bleak and rainy field in East London. They’ve taught us to trust them; to learn to let go as genre-boundaries are pushed and sounds are mangled.
It is this trust that they’re enlisting tomorrow night as they turn their hand to events management for the first of their Movement series, to take place from April to June at new venue Hysteria in Dalston. The theme here is that the identity of the guest DJ will remain a mystery as the curation skills of Walsh and Avery come to the fore (although their decks skills won’t be forgotten, with sets from them both).
We welcome a new Thursday night, we embrace using our ears properly once again rather than drowning in hype, and we look forward to some forward-thinking sounds.
See you on the dancefloor.
This Monkey Safari mix has been keeping me going this week, happily combining their usual bouncy, afrobeat selves with a more grown-up instrumental side that makes it perfect for listen-at-home. They’ve kept upbeat vocals and layered them with indie and folk to create an intelligently-crafted hour’s musical journey.
We made a little stop-off after Miami WMC this year at Disney World and to spend some more time in the sun, so my apologies that this is already a bit tardy and there’s already been a lot of ‘this track that track’ chat.
Our schedule was pretty busy; we arrived on Friday 16th and headed straight to Electric Pickle for the WMC launch party with Catz n Dogz, then had a couple of sun days before DJ Mag‘s Recession Sessions at the Shelbourne and Culprit vs Leftroom at Treehouse Wednesday 21 March, then Thursday Dirtybird BBQ at Villa 221, Hypercolour with Groove Armada at The Delano and the Hot Creations party Shine at the Shelbourne. Friday we headed to the beautiful Standard for lunch before the Ed Banger poolside party to honour DJ Mehdi, which was gorgeous. Saturday we were up early for Haitian food at the amazing Tap Tap restaurant before the all-dayer Get Lost at Electric Pickle, then back to Treehouse for the Get Physical party in the evening. And finally the Sunday marathon; we went back and forth between Giant Throbbing Electric Pickle at Electric Pickle and Last Resort at Villa 221, catching a bit of Soul Clap vs Wolf + Lamb‘s marathon five hour set upstairs at the Pickle then back to Villa for a Hot Creations party and a trip to the suburbs for the sunrise.
New venues worth mentioning are new South Beach spot Treehouse (lovely garden) and the beautiful Villa 221, which hosted everyone’s favourite day parties; the Dirtybird BBQ (Justin Martin‘s Mum and Dad manning the barbeque!) and Last Resort. The lunch, the cocktails and the sunset at The Standard hotel, where all the DJs seemed to be staying, was also pretty stunning – especially when soundtracked by So-Me and Surkin playing Regulate and Snoop Doggy Dog’s What’s My Name in memory of Dj Mehdi.
Standout DJs were without doubt Maceo Plex, who made it hard for anyone to follow him (even the team of Seth Troxler and Damien Lazarus at Get Lost dropping classics like Pink Floyd‘s Another Brick in the Wall) and worked the crowd up to a ridiculously sweaty mess at both Electric Pickle and Last Resort at Villa 221, Catz n Dogz who we saw four or five times and still played us fresh goodies every set (including the track of Miami for me, It’s You by The White Lamp) Solomun, who carefully walked the line between plinky-plonky hazy Miami tracks and booty-shakers, playing the beautiful Angie Stone rework Same Old Story by Frankie J Dickens and Patrick Bodhi, and Maya Jane Coles; big beats from the tiny figure, particularly at the Hypercolour party at The Delano, which made us excited about her forthcoming DJ Kicks compilation.
So here are a few of the tracks that made it special for us this year.
And just a little whinge from me: shame on you to the labels/organisers/venues who took ticket bookings weeks in advance then still kept ticket-holders queueing for hours at the door, often saying venues were at capacity and it was one-in-one-out. We waited outside the Hot Creations party on Thursday for an hour and a half despite paying more for that ticket in early February than any of our others, and in the end we gave up. The guest list queue was longer than the ticket holders queue and most of them had decided to call it a night at 3am when we left. Is it wrong to assume that buying a ticket means entry to the club?
Tom Flynn is back this month with a new EP on Hypercolour, adding the London based imprint to the broad spectrum of hugely successful labels he has worked with so far. Moving slightly away from the sound he has released on the likes of Anabatic, dirtybird, Deadfish, Circus and Size, the seamless production in his People Everyday EP fits perfectly with what we’ve grown to love about Hypercolour; silky smooth, deep, UK bass. Whilst the whole EP has a lovely warmth to it with well-crafted, delicate basslines, Tokyo Rising and Truth Hurts are personal favourites.
Tom joins a long list of great producers who’ve released on Hypercolour since it was established in 2006, such as Glimpse, Tom Demac, Alex Jones, Matt Star, Kris Wadsworth, and more recently the likes of Christopher Rau, Maya Jane Coles and Huxley.
The People Everyday EP drops on 15 April. Until then, you can check out the sampler here:
One last thing, Tom will be playing at the dirtybird BBQ in London this Saturday, for all you lucky people who’ve bagged yourselves tickets. If you can’t make it down at the weekend, you can keep your eyes peeled for forthcoming dates and tracks via his Facebook and Soundcloud pages. Now bring on those dirtyburgers…
Everyone loves a new party playground and this weekend we get one, and it’s here to stay. This Easter weekend you can get a sneak peak at the brand new permanent east end club, Oval Space. Oval Space officially open their doors for Layo & Bushwacka’s Shake It on Thursday, but it is their in-house night that we’re most excited about, Behind the Hay Bales. Behind the Hay Bales will showcase both the Soulfooled label and the sounds of Berlin super-space, Watergate. Marco Resmann, Fritz Zander and Superlounge will take you through the night like only the Germans can.
The club itself offers you 800 square feet of dancing space, huge windows overlooking the east end of London, full scale lighting, acoustically treated ceilings, a coffee stop, fruit and veg bar, a large smoking area and, coming soon, a roof garden… What more could you want?!