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It’s that first-of-the-month syndrome where everyone decides to put on a night, and when you combine that with the back-to-school, freezing-cold, if-we-keep-dancing-maybe-winter-will-go-away feeling, the results are pretty explosive.

Sooo, tonight is that Mixmag Thing #6, with The 2 Bears and James Priestley all for free at the Queen of Hoxton, and tomorrow there’s about ten things to go to, including Neon Noise Project at XOYO with We Have Band, Surkin, Feadz, Tronik Youth, Punks Jump Up and The C90s. Annie Mac Presents sees Fake Blood, Monarchy and Aeroplane at Koko, but this is sold out so watch out if you’re just planning on turning up. At Corsica Studios we have Phonica’s 7th Birthday, featuring Virgo, Four Tet and Henrik Schwarz, and last but not least, our Eastside favourites Public House, bring Jef K to Drop East in Commercial Street. It’s hard to describe the energy at these parties, so you should really experience it for yourselves.

Lots of notable tracks floating around this week, not to mention new albums, so this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Bot ‘Ox – Blue Steel (Still Going remix)
Barclay James Harvest – Love on The Line (Mustang Re-Dit)
Pleasurekraft – Tarantula
Yelle – La Musique (Lorenz Rhode Remix) – released on Kitsuné on Monday.
Crookers feat. Roisin Murphy – Royal T (Blamma! Blamma! Remix)
Boys Noize – Yeah
Caribou – Sun (Bowski remix) – another great remix from Bowski, just adding the little bit of oomph that this track needed.

Bonus (go BUY the Aeroplane album, it sounds like this):
Aeroplane feat. Jonathan Jeremiah – Good Riddance

Also worth your pennies: the excellent self-titled Bag Raiders album is out today on Modular, and over on Eskimo Recordings, Bottin‘s new Democracy/August EP is out on Monday. Treat yourselves.

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This week we have been mostly listening to: Aeroplane. Actually, that’s not strictly true – we’ve been sampling some of the many August mixes uploaded for our pleasure, and what a pleasure it’s been. The Aeroplane Late July mix is well worth a mention though as it drew our attention to the excellent Grum remix of Everything Everything (the single with all the remixes is out 23 August and the album Man Alive is out 30 August) and the Aeroplane remix of Chromeo‘s Don’t Turn The Lights On, which has been talked about in the twittosphere for a long time. Another notable mix is the Joe and Will Ask? Offering for their Deadly People label, sadly not in downloadable format but available to stream from mixcloud. Their single Rainbow Trout is out 16 August and well and truly lives up to their usual excellence.

Anyway, want to go out clubbing? For free? Mixmag host their forth free That Mixmag Thing party at the Queen of Hoxton tonight, with Joris Voorn on the decks. Tomorrow you have to hand over some cash for Fabric, but it’s so worth it, as they’ve got Seth Troxler and the lovely Nicolas Jaar. Yummy yumyum.

Woody’s tracks this week seem to be all about the remix. I love rediscovering an old favourite with a fresh angle, and special commendation goes out to Grum, who always adds just enough chime to a record to turn it into an emotive little number that brings out the girl in me.

Fenech-Soler – Lies (Herve remix)
Chromeo – Don’t Turn The Lights On (Aeroplane Remix)
Everything Everything – MY KZ YR BF (Grum Remix)
The Count and Sinden feat Mystery Jets – After Dark (Extended Club Mix)
Joe and Will Ask? – Man The Cannons
Silver Columns – Always On (Caribou Remix)
Hot Chip – Hand Me Down Your Love (Wild Geese Remix)

All zipped up: Woody XIX

Listen Up

Ukranian DJ Yaaman‘s background is a hip-hop one, producing Rap and R&B records for other artists until a ‘music revolution’ led him to the electronic dance scene in 2009. At only 25, he has some big achievements under his belt, playing clubs since 2005, hosting a weekly radio show “Mixmagic” on MFM, and creating quintessentially electro-disco tracks worthy of the likes of Aeroplane and Villa. Beautifully crafted and layered, his productions combine the funk elements of hip hop with the finest electropop synths to make something pretty special.

See for yourselves:

Yaaman – Kangaroo

Yaaman – Sweet Dreams

Check out his soundcloud page for more tracks including the excellent Le Telescope.

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Surely the best Glastonbury lineup ever? And the best weather? We’ll be crying into our pints with envy while a few hundred thousand lucky souls are galavanting around the fields to a soundtrack by Stevie Wonder and Chromeo. I could advise you to re-create your own Glastonbury in the myriad open spaces of London, but I think we all know it’s not going to measure up, so why not go clubbing instead.

The Stanton Sessions is at Cable tonight, with Plump DJs, Deekline and the Freestylers joining the Stanton Warriors. Back in the day when this was at Fabric it was a ritual for us, so it’s indicative of the worrying state of affairs in the London club scene that the night had to find a new home after the Fabric 591 group went into administration last month. It looks like a new buyer has been found, so hopefully it’s back to business soon. In the mean time, to Cable we shall go!

Tomorrow night we head down to Brixton for the lovely Aeroplane at Plan B. The crowd there is always a happy disco one, and this makes us smile, not to mention the wonderful summery music provided by Vito (and Stephen?).

We’ve had some great tracks come our way in the last couple of weeks. Here are selected highlights:
Mr Oizo, Sebastian, Sebastian Tellier – Skatesteak (if only it were longer)
Deekline and Tim Healey feat. Babe Ruth – The Mexican (Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP remix)
Tim Green – Mr Dry
Nicolas Jaar – Love Teacher
The Roots feat. John Legend – The Fire
Inland Knights feat. Jamon – Bite Back
LCD Soundsystem – You Wanted A Hit (Soulwax Remix)
MMMathias – The Answer (Streetlife DJs Remix)
Where is your zip file? Right here: Woody XV

A date for your calendar is 26th July, because this heralds the release of Morcheeba‘s Even Though, with Mustang on the remix. I mean, just take a listen. Woah, right?
Morcheeba: Even Though (Mustang Remix) by Mustang Mixtapes & Tracks

When Two Become One…

“Hi everybody, It has been nearly 3 years since Stephen and I released our first 12″ on Eskimo. Nearly 3 years since we’ve been doing remixes and touring the world as DJ’s with some success. And for nearly three years we have been enjoying every second of it. Maybe you don’t know this, but Stephen and I have been working together for more than 7 years now. 7 years of good and bad times. 7 years of creating different projects, exploring different directions. Today, we are more excited and passionate than ever about creating new music. Except that since the last months Stephen’s vision and mine were going different ways. That is the reason why we decided that one of us should leave Aeroplane. Not to destroy it, but to make it last. Discussions were intense, and emotional, but Stephen is leaving me in charge of our baby. I will be, from now on, the one and only member of Aeroplane. Why me? Just because recently, I’ve been responsible for most of the music and the studio work. Aeroplane became more mine than his. There is no angriness here, no conflicts to come, just a mature decision to save what we’ve been building together and that both of us do not want to see disappear. Stephen is already working on new projects which you’ll be aware off very soon. Let’s wish Stephen all the luck in the world even though he doesn’t need luck, because he has got talent. He will be back with amazing stuff, trust me, I know him very well. Vito”

Following yesterday’s news from the Aeroplane camp we thought we’d post a little tribute to the guys as they go their seperate ways. We had a little look and dug out some vintage Aeroplane from the vaults:
1. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal – Bella Union
2. Quixote Feat. Lisa Li-Lund – Before I Started to Dance (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) – Versatile
3. They Came From The Stars I Saw Them – Moon Song (Holy Ghost! Remix) – This Is Not An Exit
4. The Shortwave Set – Now Til 69 (Aeroplane Remix) – Wall Of Sound
5. Dolle Jolle – Balearic Incarnation (Todd Terje Mix) – Permanent Vacation
6. Eine Klein Nacht Muzik – La Serenissima – Modular Recordings
7. David Rubato – Circuit (Aeroplane Remix) – Institubes
8. Eddy Meets Yannah – Solid Ground (Crazy P Remix) – Solid Ground
9. Toby Tobias – The Feeling (John Daly Remix) – Rekids
10. Mugwump – Yajna – Disco 45/Kompakt
11. Bostro Pesopeo – Communquis – Permanent Vacation
12. Maelstrom – Enter The Cosmo (Sankt Goran & Erik Sidung Remix) – Solar Disco

It’s A Kinda Magic

Abracada really are getting it right. They seem to be plucking releases straight from my happy place and putting them out there every fortnight.

First we had The Krays, then Poni Hoax, now The Aikiu – with remixes of course from Azari & III (it would be a faux pas to release without an Azari & III remix these days, non?) and the mighty Mighty Mouse.

The label is brand new, and was set up by Manu Barron and Dirk De Ruyck in April 2010. Both are absolute party royalty, Manu being responsible for the rise to fame of Brodinski and Das Pop, as well as A&R chief for our favourite Social Club, and Dirk launching Eskimo Recordings and managing both Villa and Aeroplane (and I think we all know how I feel about them).

There’s a little self-conscious reflection on the website about introducing another label into an already-crowded market: “You may ask yourselves; does the world need another record label? Isn’t the music industry a smoking pile of rubble, relentlessly battered during the digital revolution and toppled like house of cards on a windy day in downtown Chicago?” but the difference lies in the level of skill attached to this new venture, and the blurring of boundaries of the genres it encompasses.

The first five Abracada releases are as follows:
17 May: The Krays feat. Ebony Bones – We’re Ready When You Are
31 May: Poni Hoax – We Are The Bankers
14 June: The Aikiu – Just Can’t Sleep
28 June: Villa feat. The New Sins – Beats of Love
12 July: MikIX the Cat feat. Shannon – The Key

I asked Dirk why they’d chosen these as the first records to represent the Abracada mission and he said: “The most important thing for us is to be wide-ranging, not 100% straight-up dance music, and secondly that we build a platform for the artists we manage, what we like and what we want to support.” So pooling their contacts and combining artists under their management umbrella with interesting and topical remixers brings the collaborative element to the fore and produces an ever-dynamic sound.

As for The Aikiu, it’s not hard to see how this made the grade. Alex Aikiu, Julien Vichnievsky and Cedric Pilooski are the maestros behind this new act, formed in Paris after Nile Rodgers (of Chic fame) told Alex he was like ‘Madonna with a dick…but with the voice of Simon Le Bon.’ His haunting new wave vocals are put to good use tackling the subject matter of Just Can’t Sleep: the paranoid, hedonistic glamour of 70s and 80s New York.

So with Villa’s excellent collaboration with The New Sins (responsible for It Doesn’t Work Like That, and keyboards for New Young Pony Club) and MikIX the Cat including remixes from Kingdom and Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team it looks like Abracada is already fulfilling its destiny of uniting the disco with the breaks with the dubstep with the house with the rave to give us one hell of a party.

Exclusive: The Krays ft. Ebony Bones – We’re Ready When You Are (Manaré Remix)

Poni Hoax – We Are The Bankers (Renaissance Man Dub Mix)

The Aikiu – Just Can’t Sleep (Stupid Human Remix)

Pre-order The Aikiu Just Can’t Sleep EP here.

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There’s a little disco-exchange programme going on this weekend between Britain and our oh-so-chic Belgian neighbours. We’ve leant Brussels one of our crown jewels, Monsieur Rory Phillips, to play alongside Mustang at Libertine Supersport at the K-Nal club, and they’ve sent over a case of two of their finest exports, Aeroplane and Villa, playing at Together at the Coronet. Moda and Aeroplane are hosting rooms one and two respectively; resulting in two lineups guaranteed to move your derrière.

In other news, Stag & Dagger take over Shoreditch for another year of art and music, and Fabric is hosting the Crosstown Rebels. Jamie Jones and Damien Lazarus until the sun is well and truly up at 8am. Last but not least, there’s a free Ed Banger party at Life in Old Street tomorrow to celebrate the launch of the Mickey Moonlight Love Pattern EP.

The prize for busiest DJ this week goes to Louis Brodinski. The first EP from The Krays (Brodinski and Yuksek), Ready When You Are (feat. Ebony Bones) was released this week on the shiny new Abracada label (my label to watch this Summer), and the wait is finally over for the release of Arnold Classics on Sinden’s Grizzly label. Brodinski’s playing tonight with our good friends Eskimo Twins at Wax:On at the Mint Club in Leeds.

I haven’t included tracks, as this week it’s all about mixes mixes mixes….
The standard of these is so high I didn’t want you to miss any of them.
Mustang Mixture May 10 (CosyMozzy)
Aeroplane Chart Mix May 2010
Bang Gang podcast 22: Magic Mingle Mansion Mix
Boy 8-Bit Essential Mix
Wax:On Podcast 023: Eskimo Twins – Assorted Nuts and Bolts
Jaymo and Andy George mix for Moda

Nothing Wrong with a Mindless Boogie

We’re very excited about seeing Villa alongside their Ghent neighbours Aeroplane at the Coronet this Friday. Fredo, Thang and Seba chose the name because they read that Villa is the nickname the inhabitants of Ibiza use for Ibiza Town, and they liked the sensual holiday images evoked by the word. This dose of sunshine, alongside the fact that they list Giorgio Moroder and Siriusmo as artists they admire, should give you an idea of the what we’re dealing with here. And to all this, add more than a decade of experience each in hunting for the hidden vinyl gems of old disco.

Their first project together was the Diva Edits, a three-track free download of their take on their favourite divas- Anita Meyer, Agnetha Fältskog, and Tina Turner, to celebrate the 20th EP released by Mindless Boogie. Remixes of Thunderbird by The Golden Filter and The c90s10:01 shot them into the stratosphere last year, and the tail end of 2009 was spent furiously reworking, remixing, and producing, including taking the reins of the compilation Cosmic Balearic Beats Vol. 2 from Eskimo Recordings. To complete the circle, Mindless Boogie was started by Eskimo’s Dirk De Ruyck, who signed Aeroplane.

Villa generously upload a monthly mix to their Soundcloud page, and we thought we’d let you have a sample of some of their finest work, before you decide to join us in Elephant and Castle this weekend.

Mindless Boogie – Agneta (Villa Edit)

Music Go Music – Warm In The Shadow (Villa Edit)

Moby – Wait for Me (Villa Remix)

Villa In The Mix, May 2010

Carlos Peron: Breakin’ In
Time: Can’t You Feel It? (instrumental)
Queen Samantha: Take A Chance (Dompteur Mooner edit)
Willie Colon: Set Fire To Me (404 reboot)
K.I.D.: Hupendi Muziki Wangu
Soundstream: Soul Train
Unit 4: Body Dub
Liz Torres: Can’t Get Enough
First Patrol: Patrol Beats
Skatt Brothers: Walk The Night
Silvervince: Mlle B (Mustang rmx)
Chamboche: On The Streets (Toby Tobias rmx)
Air: Sexy Boy
Kaine: Welcoming Idaho
Tullio De Piscopo: Stop Bajon
VillA feat. The New Sins: Beats Of Love

Aeroplane’s May Mix

Aeroplane “Chart Mix” May 2010 by Aeroplane (Official)

01. John Waynes : “Falling Leaves” (Social Disco Club Remix)
02. Rodion : “Alagoas Cowboys”
03. The Aikiu : “Just Can’t Sleep”
04. Montauk : “Holiday”
05. Anthony’s Games : “Theme From Sunshine Love”
06. Amari : “Tiger” (Cécile Remix)
07. Scissor Sisters : “Invisible Light” (Siriusmo Remix)
08. Headman : “Fluctuation” (Thee Loving Hand Remix Edit by T.G.)
09. Ost & Kjex : “Continental Lover”
10. Jori Hulkkonen : “I Am Dead” (CFCF Remix)

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It’s that time of year: everyone has returned from a whirlwind sunny week by the pool/on a boat/on a roof top/on the beach in Miami to rain, the office and bank balances, and all we have left is the memories to keep us going. Cue rapid googling, youtubing, soundclouding and general sharing of all the things that rocked the week and will set us up for the Easter Bank Holiday.

Of course there were too many parties and DJs to list, and props already went out to some of our favourites last Friday, but we’re just going to mention a few people that have helped us get through this oh-so-tough 2-day week.

1. Joris Voorn. He was everywhere, from SET to the DJ Mag pool party, to Space, to Pete Tong, to The Victor, throwing in a few unscheduled boat party appearances along the way. He adapted his sets to fit the setting with a quick versatility and intelligence that made everything sound incredibly fresh, even a real oldie like Nalin & Kane’s Beachball.
2. James Zabiela. When James smiles, the whole world smiles with him, and it’s certainly a welcome treat to get given an album for free too. James played highlights from his new Renaissance Masters Series compilation, reminding us of his penchant for breaks and ability to play what sounds like an oxymoron; emotive tech.
3.Dennis Ferrer. He was awarded hero status for playing a double length set at the DJ Mag pool party when there was a no-show, and as we splashed around trying to dance knee deep in water on the pool steps we realised just how many releases this man is responsible for. A driving force behind beefy, shiny-happy soulful house; his own Hey Hey was a standout moment.
4. DJ Harvey and the Aquabooty party at Shore Club. Imagine the delight felt by Graeme Clark AKA The Revenge when he walked in just as the goosebump-inducing Stevie Wonder sample from his gorgeous track Night Flight rang out across a crowd whose every arm was in the air. Lanterns in the trees, Aeroplane playing by the pool, a light breeze, and a group of people who, under the influence of vintage vocals and space disco, by the end of the night felt like they’d known each other forever. Not a bad way for Joe Budious to celebrate his last Aquabooty after co-founding the night five years ago.
5. Sander Kleinenberg. Sander at Little Mountain Rocks was our last party of WMC 2010, and the atmosphere was electric from start to finish. So much so that Sander carried on playing until 6.30 after officially finishing at 5, ending with the encore to end all encores including Erotic City by Prince, Survivor’s Eye of The Tiger, and his own This Is Not Miami. The entire crowd became a sweaty mass of cuddling arms and off-key singing, and Sander got on the mic to tell us, “when I wrote this song I pictured it exactly like this.”

The whole ethos behind the Winter Music Conference is to showcase new tracks, so we’re unable to provide download links to a lot of these just yet. The ones we do have are very low quality and won’t play very loud. All the more reason to put them on your radar and go and buy them when they come out in time to recreate our own Miami during the famous UK Summer (!).

Miami tracks include:
Crookers – Cooler Couleur (Junkie XL remix)
Cassius – 1999 (Tim Green remix)
Nalin & Kane – Beachball (Joris Voorn remix)
Sander Kleinenberg – R.Y.A.N.L
The Revenge – Night Flight
Jan Driver – Tellyfoam
Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey

James Zabiela at Pete Tong's Pool Party