It’s that time of year where we pack our bags and fly off to our favourite city in the world, Barcelona, for Sonar.
We’re pretty excited about Despacio this year after the mess that was their two nights at The Roundhouse, and of course no visit to any part of the world would be the same without a little Poland in the form of the lovely Catz n’ Dogz. They’ve given us some ear-fodder for the journey.
Miss Emily Goddard is representing for OFTV at BPM Festival so expect to see some slightly blurry crowd shots and videos (!) but for those of us stuck in the office in the rainy darkness, you can live it vicariously through the coverage on BE-AT.TV.
Three reasons to head to Kings Cross this weekend:
1. You get to witness history in the making as Justin Jay of dirtybird fame makes his UK debut
2. Everyone knows Jim Warboy knows how to throw a party… (& a 13 hour one at that)
3. You can finally give yourself a weekend off Secret Warehouse locations and have a proper drink, in a proper club with world class DJs on a killer soundsystem.
What’s not to love?
For those of you who need a little more persuasion, hailing from LA, Justin Jay is Claude Vonstroke’s rising star of choice. After being taken under Claude’s prestigious dirtybird wing back in 2011 with the enormous, How Goes the Dynamite? (everyone remember that one?! … big!), Justin has released a series of great, bass-oozing EPs on dirtybird, Southern Fried and Culprit. These have recently caught the ear of the man we refer to as wise Uncle Pete [Tong] giving him Radio 1 airtime as well. Here are some of our favourites…
Joining Justin, taking things a little bit deeper, will be the excellent Tom Budden. I think it’s fair to say that over the years, Tom has made his mark on our hearts as we happily whiled away time on dancefloors as far apart as Southampton and Miami. Partner in crime to the Zabiela’s and Fanciulli’s of this world at the pinnacle of their careers, Tom has carved out a fresh new presence for himself heading up ALiVE Recordings and through stellar releases on golden imprints such as Pets and Gruuv.
Finally don’t forget to catch your resident & host, Warboy do what he does best as well.
All in all, not to be missed.
We’re all heading South this Saturday to Peckham’s favourite ex-department-store Peckham Palais, where music collective Wholemeal are celebrating their 3rd birthday with the likes of Simbad, Lief, and Outboxx. Wholemeal have been busy in their baby-years, starting with nights at Rhythm Factory to regular shows on NTS Radio, and now returning to their local hood for a Peckham party. We do like a birthday, and this one promises to be a good old-fashioned sweaty little house-fest.
Bloody excited to see headliner Simbad, partner-in-crime to Mala for his recent release on Gilles Peterson‘s label Brownswood Recordings, Mala In Cuba, also with three albums and over 200 of his own productions under his belt. Check out his Worldwide mix for a taste of what he can bring to the party.
To warm you up we’ve got an all-vinyl mix from Wholemeal resident and man-about-town Carter. Get your ears round this:
You’ll recognise a Hypercolour party by the hundreds of people with smiles on their faces; the Miami showcase was a storming affair, and we’re looking forward to being back on their dancefloor. We’ve got two VIP tickets to win, just email [email protected] and tell us: who are the two co-owners of the Hypercolour label?
This week’s offering from me as a bit of a warm up for Vaults at the Book Club next Friday 20 July. See you there!
Real Nice & Cubiq – Had Enough (Kreature Remix)
Tapesh & Maximiljan – You Got It
TKR & Luke Ellis – Don’t Leave Me
Andre Crom – Reality
Black Light Smoke – Lovework (DJ T Remix)
Chopstick & Johnjon – Listen
DifferentME – Back To Tomorrow (Catz n Dogz Remix)
Martin Dawson – Get On Up
Behling & Simpson – Work That Body
Huxley – Box Clever
La Fleur – Cendres
Julio Bashmore – Troglodytes
Bloc have come a LONG way since the two guys who hosted a party in an attic above a club by the river in Norwich, but the ethos has remained the same; search out the best and most unusual venues (they once held Bloc in a fully-functional coastal windmill). So it is only fitting that they should commandeer London’s Pleasure Gardens on only its second weekend in existence, utilising not only the structures already in place but some temporary new ones; the Carhartt Dome, the Ceephas Acid Waltzers, and all the way from The German Democratic Republic, the Motor Ship Stubnitz.