You know the drill people. See you on the dancefloor!
It’s Big in Japan’s 6th birthday, and the club night that has brought you the likes of Erol Alkan, Daniel Avery, TEED and Todd Terje are back at their spiritual home The Book Club next Friday 30 November for a good old italo-disco knees-up. They’re joined by disco royalty in the form of Ghostly and Balihu founder Daniel Wang, leader of the New York 90s disco pack, and Ray Mang (producer of one of my all-time favourite party records, Bullet Proof).
Alongside them comes the king-of-the-edit Leftside Wobble, and he’s done an homage-mix to Daniel Wang:
See you on our favourite dancefloor.
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:
See you on the dancefloor yeah? Get tickets here.
Great Suffolk Street warehouse has done us proud over the years, and this weekend its caverns are being taken over by the mighty Hypercolour for their showcase night, featuring Groove Armada, Maxxi Soundsystem, Todd Edwards, Youandewan, Alex Jones (whose Higher Level EP just came out on the label) and Tom Demac (whose Obstructing The Light EP just came out on their picture-disc label Glass Table).
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?
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.
The team behind the venue are responsible for Shangri-La at Glastonbury, so expect audio-visual installations, projections that make use of the derelict dockside warehouse buildings, and the Hub from Glastonbury. All to a soundtrack from DOOM, Art Department, Jackmaster back-to-back with Joy Orbison, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Battles and Orbital (among a LOT of others). It’s shaping up to be a pretty spectacular weekend.
Friday tickets are now sold out but you can buy Saturday tickets here.
Mumdance‘s Different Circles began as a podcast of bits from his own collection that he hadn’t heard in a while. That was the only music policy – no genre rules, no particular BPM. He sites John Peel as an influence; ‘the music he played on his shows was always completely disjointed & all over the place, but his selection and good taste held it all together.’
With four of these mixes out in the world Different Circles has evolved into a club night at Queen of Hoxton, as eclectic as the mixtapes, and launching this Saturday night with Esser, Mumdance b2b with LV (the two have a track coming out on Hyperdub in July)
Have a little listen to the latest in the Different Circles series, and we’ll see you on the dancefloor.
You know those parties when no matter how long the journey has been, how tired you are or what you’re feeling when you walk in, as soon as you step inside the doors some kind of warmth envelops you and the beats make your feet start moving and the bass shakes and all of a sudden you’re throwing some crazy shapes with a silly grin on your face and you can’t stop all night? No. 19 presents Social Experiment at Sonar was like that.
Ali Love‘s voice, Deniz Kurtel‘s sexy basslines, and the strange-yet-winning combination of Art Department then the secret guest Dubfire worked like a charm; impeccably interweaving hard and fast tech beats with moody deep-house melodies that had a dancefloor going absolutely crazy; just one look at the people’s faces on the podium was enough, and absolutely no-one was leaving or slowing down in any way as it carried on through to 7am.
I missed the No.19 showcase at Miami and this was their first journey to Sonar, facilitated by Barcelona events agency WIP. They’d organised five days of Sonar parties starting with the Suol label night on Wednesday 13 June, then we went to Heidi’s Jackathon with Catz n Dogz and Richy Ahmed joining the lady herself on the Thursday, Wetyourself with Cormac and Martin Dawson on the Friday; Cassy, Rampa and Tiefschwarz for Souvenir and Friends on the Saturday, and ending with Social Experiment on the Sunday, which sold out almost instantly.
WIP started as a one-year Barcelona venue in a disused early 1900s warehouse in 2009, and since then have gone on to host screenings, art exhibitions, fashion shows, start a record label and organise events worldwide (they’re heading to London soon so watch this space). The parties this year were held at the newly renovated Wolf Club; Almogavers 86, which hosts their weekly WERK IT parties (no recovery time for them as they’ve got Amirali and Dia on Friday 29 June), and they’re remodeling their new venue to open October this year.
If this is what we can expect from the team whose events in 2010 set an all-time record for attendance at an off-Sonar event then I’m booking some October flights now.