So it’s that wonderful time of year when Lovebox is upon us, and I’m pretty sure i’ll be ducking out of the office early for Busy Pictionary and Carte Blanche on the Ed Banger Stage and Metronomy and Beardyman on the Main Stage. And as for Sunday, most fun line-up ever?
Of course Lovebox means Lovebox afterparty, and the official soirees are at Cargo with Aeroplane on 15th and Ministry on 16th, with Seth Troxler, Alexis Raphael and Joe and Will Ask. Elsewhere Ivan Smagghe is playing at Plastic People tonight with Tim Paris under their It’s A Fine Line moniker and The Nest invites Grum and Mighty Mouse for Scandalous.
Trouble Vision comes to Corsica Studios tomorrow with dOP and Will Saul, and A-Trak joins Mumdance at XOYO. We’ll be heading to The Lock for Kill Em All with Stopmakingme and Filthy Dukes. You just can’t go wrong with a free party soundtracked by some fine electro sounds.
Here’s a few tracks we’ve been listening to this week:
Beni – It’s a Bubble (Round Table Knights Remix)
Chromeo – When the Night Falls (Hercules and Love Affair Remix)
Douster – Carajo!
Nat Self – Mr Monkey (Rachel Barton Remix)
Only Children – Don’t Stop (Hey Champ Remix)
Mario Ochoa – Shadows
Bottin, Francisco & Rodion – BFR (Space)
Woody 54. Zip
I’m not a fan of retrospectives: it’s not very inclusive to harp on about a brilliant night/festival/set for too long, unless there’s some sort of constructive end to it. Go and see so-and-so here, etc.
BUT festivals like Sonar and Miami WMC are tastemakers and fixers for the rest of the year’s musical delights, and a precursor for the Summer’s selection in Ibiza, so I thought I’d let you know what tracks we heard out and about in Barcelona. Plus, it allows me to re-live it a little bit, so indulge me.
Particular highlights were the RA by Day party on Thursday, poolside on the roof of Hotel Diagonal, which started chilled in the sun, was moved up a level to fun old skool hip-hop and disco by Space Dimenson Controller, then brought to a sundown sweat-fest frenzy by Claude VonStroke. So many new tracks and highlights which we managed to ask him about later, but he warned us we’d have quite a wait, in particular for the release of Justin Martin and Ardalan’s epic follow-up to Mr Spock; LEZGO. I found a very small taster here – only 21 seconds but thank you to ‘Rainingcaps‘ and his dancing-while-filming brother.
A few other greats which you can get hold of now are Claude’s Take a Trip mix of Chilly Gonzales - I Am Europe, and J Phlip‘s new track with Claude under his Grizzl moniker for his vinyl imprint Krush Groov, BkupGrl, and of course my favourite, (another one I’ve been waiting patiently for) J Phlip’s OMG Remix of Russ Yallop‘s Rock Me, which is a bootleg and sadly not due for release (I think)… but you can hear it 12 minutes into this mix from March this year:
Claude VonStroke – March 2011 Tour Mix by Rainbow Venues
Fun fun fun was the Jackmode party on Thursday night in a tennis club high in the hills overlooking the city (complete with a slide and see-saw) and it was nice to see Oliver $ drop his own Doin’ Ya Thang to a crowd very happy to try to sing/shout along.
Oliver $_Doin´ Ya Thang by oliverdollar
Zombie Disco Squad played some old skool classics including a great that we heard again dotted around parties in the week; the MK Dub of Jodeci’s Freek N’ You, from 1995.
Download: Jodeci – Freek N’ You (MK Dub)
All the beautiful people were at Ghoa Beach Club for the Hot Natured party all day on Friday. Dancing bodies filled the pool while we danced on ledges to the stealthy bass of Thugfucker’s Disco Gnome (Tale of Us Remix). Download here.
A-Trak at Sonar Night on Friday was ridiculous. His hands were moving so fast on the decks he looked like a smartly-dressed robot. He gave us a little taster of his new ‘mystery’ track Big Bad Wolf, which when it comes out on Fool’s Gold is going to be immense.
Great sets include Cosmin TRG followed by Tiger & Woods at Sonar Day on Saturday, and the legendary Rico Passerini has kindly uploaded the Cosmin set to Soundcloud for your delight:
Cosmin TRG Live @ Sonar Festival, Sonar Dôme, Barcelona – 2011 by R_co
We rounded the week off in fitting style with the Sunday parties, and a massive thanks to Culprit vs Leftroom for good sunny times on the roof at Hotel Catalonia in the day, then Get Physical for putting on a beach party at Mac Arena Mar through to 3am. Just enough time to pack and get to the airport for a Monday morning flight home (those crazy enough to go to work on Monday). So for now, we put Sonar to bed for another year, and content ourselves with hastily booking some flights to Ibiza, stalking producers until we get our grubby mitts on the tunes we heard, and re-living some of the joy at 5 Years of Leftroom (with Room 2 hosted by Hot Natured) at Fabric on 2 July. See you there.
Has everyone in the world listened to this yet?
Robyn posted the A-Trak remix of her new track Indestructible yesterday and there have been over 23,500 plays. I’ve always found her voice a little grating, but if anyone can add some electro-rave magic to a track it’s A-Trak, and the power synths alongside rave violins are absolutely epic. The man’s a genius.
We’re off to the sunny white isle this weekend, and it deserves a round-up in the attempt to convince you to get your little selves on a plane to join us. Tonight we’re heading to Pacha to witness the fitness from Club 75 representatives Cassius, DJ Mehdi, A-Trak, and Jesse Rose. Sunday is, of course, We Love….at Space, with Steve Lawler, Hot Chip and The Juan Maclean, then on Monday we’re joining the depravity at DC10 for Circo Loco with Jamie Jones.
However, London’s due for a Balearic-level heat-wave too this weekend, so let us not forget our homeland completely. It’s all about dirty Dalston fun (our favourite kind) tonight as Stopmakingme plays for BACK to BACK at Moustache Bar on Stoke Newington Road, and our Trouble Vision pals Oli D.A.B & Robin play at Dirty Dalston at The Alibi. A two-party-in-one-night Friday is a great way to start a weekend.
On Saturday you could go to Shameless Disco with Ray Mang at 333, fun fun fun at Public House at The Workshop, Dennis Ferrer at Ministry of Sound, or support the cause at Fabric, with Jamie Jones, Holy Ghost! and The Revenge for the marathon ON, open until 2pm Sunday 11th.
I’m going to keep the tunes dirty today, as we kinda feel that way. Woody XVII.zip
Cirez D – On Off (Sebastien Leger Remix)
Siriusmo – Einmal In Der Woche Schreien
Missing Linx – A Short History Of…
Clyde Brown – Your Wish Is My Command (CAASINO Mix)
Mr Oizo & Gaspard Augé – Rubber
Human Life – In It Together (Acid Girls Remix)
Green Velvet – It’s Time 2 Jack
We’re in Berlin this week, so we’re missing out on the flurry of Bank Holiday weekend activity in the UK. We’ll report back from Bergheim instead, where we’re seeing Radioslave, Luke Solomon and Spencer Parker for Rekids Nacht tonight.
We’re relying on you to represent in our absence, so here are a few of your options:
Off Modern‘s last big blow-out before the summer is on Friday at Corsica Studios, featuring My Panda Shall Fly, The Boogaloo Crew and Zarcorp (Late of Pier). Off Modern are curating the entire weekend, also providing a free party at The Rest is Noise in Brixton on Sunday.
On a hot weekend it’s definitely worth a road trip to the seaside to see Filthy Dukes at the beautiful Kraken Wakes (from the people that brought you the Lock Tavern) in Portsmouth tomorrow, or, if you tend to gravitate towards the nearest car park for a Bank Holiday rave, look no futher than Bugged Out’s Mad Decent Soundsystem at Union Street with Diplo and Drop The Lime, or Mulletover, celebrating 10 years of Mobilee in Hearn Street, featuring Berlin’s own Anja Schneider.
Here are some of the tracks making a stir this week. In particular, the Alex Metric re-edit of the Beastie Boys Sabotage – which was a frequent feature of his live sets and has been made available after huge demand from fans and bloggers everywhere. Power to the people!
Or download them all at once: WoodyXI
You’d never think from their cheeky faces how busy these two have been. BeatauCue are Alexis and Mederic from Caen, who met at school when they were 15.
People (The Crookers, for one) started taking notice when they remixed Major Lazer’s Pon Di Floor, and they’ve also remixed Boys Noize’s Jeffer, Noob & Brodinski’s Peanuts Club, Drop the Lime, Pony Pony Run Run AND French Fries, among other hot names. Actually, anyone you can think of, and they’ve probably done a remix.
Now they’ve reworked the best track (in my opinion) on the excellent Tourist History album from Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work. The Tourist History album is released 1 March on Kitsuné and this track will also be released on the label as an official remix some time in the near future. Watch this space.
Here’s their February 2010 mix, an exclusive from A-Trak’s blog.
BeatauCue mix for A-Trak
For more information, check their myspace: http://www.myspace.com/beataucue
We all know piano-rave is making a huge comeback under its new moniker nu-disco. The A-Trak remix of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Heads Will Roll was my favourite record of 2009, featuring some monster power-chords from the Detroit techno era, and everyone’s been welcoming the piano back for a while. Miami Winter Music Conference 2010 is definitely going to be all over it; in that shiny happy environment it’s difficult not to strip out the bass and add the plinky-plonkies to any track.
Stopmakingme and Kissy Sell Out have both forecast a handbag-house resurgence this year, completely summarised by this track – Reckless with Your Love, by Canadian duo Azari & III. Their album is due for release on Trax records in Spring 2010. On this vibe also are Tape to Tape, with their The Devil Made Me Do It EP released on Relish records. Tape to Tape have Azari & III on their January chart on myspace, which brings us in a nice circle.
CFCF Big Love, which samples Fleetwood Mac at 16 minutes into this Tronik Youth January 2010 mix: those pianos couldn’t be more archetypal noughties nostalia-rave. Straight off the sweaty dancefloor at DTPM on a Sunday night at Fabric. Ahh, those days…