Thanks to Mixmag for their DJ Mehdi tribute today.
Oh Fabric, you spoil us! Sweet Jesus this is a pretty line-up. If I were in London tonight there would be absolutely no question where I’d be (although Style of Eye is at The Nest and there is a Christmas offering from consistently superb party-kids Off Modern at the new Peckham Hotel), but our little rave-team is travelling to Manchester for the mighty Warehouse Project once again, to see our favourites Bowski, Fake Blood, Erol, Jacques Lu Cont and Boy 8-Bit.
December weekends have sweeeet DJs playing all over our fair city. Tomorrow there’s a Numbers warehouse party with Jamie XX, Steve Lawler‘s at Hearn Street Car Park for Onemore birthday, The Revenge is adding some disco goodness to the Horse and Groom, Shaun Reeves, Clockwork and Thugfucker are playing at Fabric, Hey Today! Are at Queen of Hoxton for Orlando Boom.
Peace – BBlood (Wax Cotton Remix)
Beni – Someone Just Like You (Style Of Eye Remix)
Cevin Fisher – Music in My Soul (Jamie Jones More Dance Edit)
Claude Vonstroke – Who’s Afraid of Detroit(MunniBrotherz 2011 rework)
Little Boots – Shake (Azari & III remix)
The Opiates – Reality TV (Drop Out Orchestra Dub)
Electronic – Getting Away With It (Greg Wilson edit)
In music news, we were pleased to hear this week that Filthy Dukes‘ second album is almost wrapped up. Take a listen to this beauty (remind me to post the free download when they give it away on the Fabric Blog in the next couple of weeks)
Time To Let Go by Filthy Dukes
This week we’re getting it all for free, free tracks, free parties, with free line-ups that will blow your mind. This begins in earnest tonight, with the most ridiculous list of names ever – check out the flyer:
I mean hell-the-fuck-ohhhhh! The venue only holds 400, and you’re seeing Justice for free, so it will possibly be the most squished you’ve ever been in your whole life. I suggest getting down there about now and setting up camp.
After you’ve unfolded yourself, have a quick nap because you aren’t going to sleep for a while. It’s Fabric 12th birthday and to celebrate they’re putting on one of the legendary On and On…and On parties. It starts at 11pm Saturday and ends 5am on Monday morning. The line-up includes Ricardo Villalobos, Moodymann, Margaret Dygas, Lee Foss, Maya Jane Coles, Pearson Sound and Space Dimension Controller, so it’s a pretty special birthday. Woo!
There are some GREAT free tracks out there this week, and this makes me HAPPY!
Mickey Moonlight – Close To Everything (The Martin Brothers dub)
Metronomy – Everything Goes My Way (Psychemagik Remix)
Kolombo – Endless Summer (Gift Mix)
Miguel Migs – Close Your Eyes (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello) (Salva Remix)
Lil’ Wayne – With You Feat. Drake (Screwed By Brodinski)
MAM – Reel Sweet (the third in the Free EP series from Soul Clap)
MAM – Can’t Live Without Music
Gigamesh – It’s So Intense (Fare Soldi “Enrico Pallazzo” Remix)
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
Oh Busy, you are good to us.
I’ll let the man himself explain:
A bit before the birth of Ed Banger records and just before the last release of Dj Mehdi’s Espionnage label, Feadz, Mehdi and myself decided to drop a family affair 12″
The idea was simple, let’s choose a classic track and remix it. We did something like 300 copies if I remember, distributed worldwide, enough copies to pay the bill of Disco France Industrie.
It was in 2002, it was signed DROPE-NOIPSE-ZDAEF. We are in 2011 and we’re still together, making music and traveling the world, a nice family affair. This 12″ is now available on our Soundcloud, enjoy.
I loved Lovebox last year, the atmosphere is truly a box (well, Victoria Park) full of love, the sun was shining (somewhat painfully, as we attended the sunday straight from Claude VonStroke‘s epic set at Fabric) and people smiled, made best friends, and sang to New Young Pony Club, Cut Copy and Chromeo, one after the other on the same stage. No running around, no missing things, just great great music and arms in the air. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.
The lineup for 2011 has just been announced, including a UK festival rarity from Snoop Dogg (with Warren G in attendance), and the best way to show you is probably in pictorial form, so see below for Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17th July. Check out the Ed Banger Arena on the Friday, Busy P and So Me will be teaming up for Busy Pictionary (I remember hearing about this on the Australian appearances last year – So Me makes live art on stage while Busy’s on the decks), and SebastiAn (watch out for his new album Total, due to hit in May) Cassius and Carte Blanche will be playing as part of Ed Banger’s first festival appearance. Whoop!
James Blake “Limit to your love”(Polydor)
Benga “Electro scratch” (Dubplate)
Masta Killa “Digi warfare”(Toxic)
Clause Four “Be the one”(Modern soul)
Scissor Sisters “Any which way” Carte Blanche remix (Polydor)
Hercules & Love Affair “My house” (Moshi Moshi)
Feadz “Flashin’ outro” (Ed Banger records)
Clement Meyer “Romper stomper” (Ktdj)
Gesaffelstein “Variations” (Turbo)
Jacques Green “(Baby I Don’t Know) What You Want” (Night Slugs)
Tyson “Die on the dancefloor” Mickey remix (Back Yard)
Joie Noire “Multa ilo pt2″ (white)
Brodinski “Manifesto” (Cajual)
Tame Impala “Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind” Erol Alkan rework (Modular)
Gentlemen Drivers “Valdor” Populette remix (Because)
Serge Gainsbourg “Je t’aime Moi non plus au lac vert” (Mercury)
My mother always told me that excitement ends in tears, and to that end I’ve always erred on the side of caution with new albums by my favourite artists. Because when I love someone I believe in them wholeheartedly. Even the smallest things, down to the ‘United Kingdom’ detail on Busy P’s scarf when we met him in Manchester recently. And what if one day it’s just no longer possible to live up to this idolisation?
So I was understandably reluctant to review the new Ed Banger compilation Let The Children Techno. Ed Banger DJs play to the crowd and off each other’s enthusiasm in their live sets, and throw hip-hop-indie-rock curveballs, so I wasn’t sure how this would transfer on to an album, particularly an album of all-new unreleased material. After all, as an electro artist asked to contribute just one track each to a ‘techno’ album what would one submit?
Of course I needn’t have worried, this album is FUCKING fantastic. I try not to swear here, but it really is exceptionally good. What really surprised me was how mature it is, it contains layers upon layers. Each different artist is a veteran and a star of their game, so they bring with them a collection of hugely diverse influences that transcend history. I hear N.E.R.D., I hear Run D.M.C., I hear DJ Mehdi and Busy P…
The compilation as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts, which isn’t to say that individually the tracks are anything less than great, but I couldn’t help but feel that I was being taken on a musical journey, being given an education, that Ed Banger are compiling this as a commentary on what they believe to be the finest music today has to offer.
I was particularly surprised by Riton’s One Night Stand. An impressive dubstep deviance which is the sexy partner to Skream’s Boat Party, sounding incredibly fresh and new. It makes me think that Riton’s travels with Mehdi and the crew this year have broadened his musical horizons, with new influences including perhaps from other contributors to the album, Flying Lotus.
There’s also an important sense of humour. Mr Oizo sets the scene with an announcement that as it is 2017 and World War 5 has now ended, the children should techno, which is juxtaposed with the aggressive synths and vocals in Monseuir Winter’s contribution Procrastinator. Lighthearted and carefree funk appears throughout; in the rhythms and low basslines of Siriusmo’s Idiot, the happy disco of Breakbot’s Shades of Black, and the smooth and beautiful production of Para One and Tacteel’s partnership remix Infinity Riser. There is much beauty to be found, and I particularly love Claude Violante’s vocal in Feadz’s Far From Home.
Mehdi brings us back to his hip hop roots with his offering TragicoMehdi, which, alongside Mattie Safer’s Is That Your Girl? adds some swagger. And we’d feel cheated if there wasn’t a healthy dose of Ed Banger electro-techno too, in the form of Zombie Nation’s Daft Punk-inspired Relax, and present as a running theme that ties all the details together.
This album is the gift that just keeps on giving; just listening to it you feel like you’re involved in something important. I’d call it intelligent techno, and at 20 new tracks even listening on repeat you’ll find songs or details that you hadn’t noticed before. I really cannot rate this highly enough; Busy P has been talking a lot this week about the 8th Anniversary of the Ed Banger label, and it feels here like a group of true musical pioneers has taken that time to really consider where their history has led them, and where they think the future might take them. Five stars, A-plus, ten out of ten.
The album graces stores with its honoured presence on 14th February, and you can sample Ed Banger’s delights (watch out for the curveballs) before then as they’re taking over XOYO this Saturday 5 February for Lovebox’s Bang The Box, with the monster line-up of Busy P, DJ Mehdi and Cassius. Get there EARLY for limited tickets on the door.
Warehouse, oh Warehouse, how I love thee… We were quite disappointed after our first ever visit to Manchester Piccadilly’s arches to find that despite being at the front all night we’d not made any of the photographs on The Warehouse Project website. Then we spotted the little beauty above. That’s commitment.
And as for the Ed Banger crew, did I mention that I love Busy P? It still gives me goosebumps when I hear the Essential Mix from The Warehouse Project last year, with Busy P and DJ Mehdi‘s sets recorded live (complete with screams from me throughout). So tomorrow night we wouldn’t be anywhere else than Chibuku Shake Shake at the Warehouse with Vitalic, Busy P, Carte Blanche (Medhi and Riton), Boombass (Cassius), Brodinski and Matt Walsh.
Lots of great electro tracks and remixes this week, so here’s a few of our favourites:
Aeroplane – Without Lies (Breakbot Remix)
Gorillaz – Doncamatic (Joker Remix)
Daft Punk – Derezzed (Breakdown Remix)
The Subs vs Les Petits Pilous – My Body
Thom Yorke – Nude (Justin Martin Remix)
Boys Noize – Nerve (Hey Today Remix)
Kelis – Bossy (Crookers Remix)
OR. Woody 33. ZIP