Woody’s Roundup

Fabric’s delivering another ridunkulous line-up tonight, with Room 1 hosted by Jack Beats, joined by Breakage, Brodinski and Drop the Lime, Room 2 by Kill Em AllFilthy Dukes are joined by Aeroplane, Shit Robot live, Stopmakingme and Punks Jump Up, and Room 3 by Greco-Roman Soundsystem with Joe Goddard (Hot Chip).
Punks Jump Up did a little mix to get you in the mood:

Punks Jump Up – Fabric Live x Kill Em All Promo Mix
Vandroid – Master & Slave (Van She Tech remix)
Mickey – Farfalle (Relish)
Tyson – Die On The Dance Floor (Headman remix) (Relish)
Sideview – New Toy (Version 2) (Faucet Music)
Jesse Saunders – On & On (alt version) (white)
Xinobi – Hawaii (Work It Baby)
In Flagranti – Hollow Discourse (Codek)
Glimmers – Killing Jokes (Gomma)
Giorgio Moroder – The Chase (Martin Brodin dub) (MB Disco)
Shadow Dancer – Cat Moves (Deadstock 33’s remix) (BoysNoize records)
In Flagranti – Worse For Wear (Punks Jump Up remix) (Codek)
Lavinia Claws – Washing Machine (C90’s remix) (Bang Gang)
Casco – Cybernetic Love (Punks Jump Up Percussive Love version)
Remute – Cowbell Mania (Remute)
Say Yes To Another Excess – Say Yes To Another Success (Bang Gang)

It being the first weekend of the month, there’s a number of options for your perusal this weekend.

It’s the second Bang the Box night at XOYO tomorrow, and it’s the turn of Night Slugs to provide the music, bringing Bok Bok, L-Vis 1990 and Egyptrixx to a sweaty east London hangout. Dollop host their third party in the Citipost Warehouse tonight, and Potty Mouth Disco bring their party to a new Hoxton Basement venue at 12 – 18 Hoxton Square, with Sei A and Tape to Tape.

Tomorrow it’s the Queen of Hoxton’s 2nd Birthday, with a rare live appearance from disco legends Odyssey. We’ve got two guest list tickets to give away, email [email protected] and the earliest birds will receive an email from the Queen of Hoxton.

Ewer Street car park sees some action with 20 years of Planet E, with Carl Craig, Radio Slave and Francois K, Seth Troxler‘s at Fabric for Visionquest, Ben Watt and Prins Thomas head to Cable for Buzzin Fly, Ewan Pearson‘s at Corsica Studios for Trouble Vision, and Theo Parrish plays Plastic People. Phew!

Here are some tracks as you’re flying around London from party to party. First off, Stopmakingme’s Rattle EP is out today on Bang Gang. BUY IT!
Stopmakingme – Rattle (Bumblebeez ‘Homeboiz’ Remix)
The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness, I’m so happy to see new stuff by The Strokes
Fenech Soler – Contender (White Version), part of the White Versions EP, given as a free download
Munchi ft Mr Lexx – Shottas (Crookers Remix)
Demis Roussous – I Dig You (Todd Terje House Mix)
When Saints Go Machine – Fail Forever (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
Socalled – Richie (Derrick Carter Remix)
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“Thank you for being so damn, excellent…”

I’ve been staring at a flyer knocking around on my desk for a couple of weeks now, willing the release and launch dates to get closer. Now, little over a week away, plans for yet another bank holiday of music can begin to take shape. The flyer is for the launch of Juan Maclean’s DJ Kicks at The City Arts and Music Project in Shoreditch. It looks set to light up the long weekend with appearances from Juan Maclean himself, Horse Meat Disco, Allez Allez and Riotous Rockers on the cards.
The DJ Kicks series started back in September 1995 on the !K7 label with C.J. Bolland taking the reigns. The series quickly took off and evolved. Starting as a means to release club mixes for audiences at home, the initial techno and house bias expanded to all sounds loosely classed as ‘electronic’. Now !K7 offer up to four compilations a year. Over the last fifteen years mixes have been completed by the likes of Carl Craig, Henrik Schwartz, Four Tet, Tiga, Booka Shade, Massive Attack’s Daddy G, Chicken Lips and Chromeo. They are almost always a little bit edgy and experimental.

This time Juan Maclean adds his ideas to that impressive back catalogue of artists who have come before him. There is little more to say about Juan Maclean that hasn’t already been rolled out in the hype surrounding his next release. Here’s a quick recap: he’s an educated man who has tried his hand at post-punk indie rock, taught juvenile delinquents, produced unmistakable 12” records like Happy House, deejayed internationally and helped to set up one of the most iconic genre-crossing bands and influential record labels of the past decade. In discography as The Juan Maclean, (amongst other things) he released his debut album Less Than Human in 2005, a digital only remix album in 2006, and most recently, 2009’s The Future Will Come
His DJ Kicks mix has been described in other articles as ‘a love letter to classic house’ or a mix where ‘classic tracks rub elbows with recent disco cuts’. Juan himself claims: ‘at the end of the day I just came back to where I had started, which was basically wanting to do something that was representative of where I’m coming from in producing my own music, and also focusing on the current music scene’. In line with his nod to the old (the classics), this DJ Kicks mix was done live with two turntables, filters and a tape delay. This is not a new thing by Maclean’s standards. Old interviews highlight his determination to keep the raw elements of a DJ mix alive, mainly by steering clear of laptop mixing and editing – something of a novelty these days.

In celebration of the next chapter of Juan Maclean, here’s a bit of the old and a bit of the new:  

 Feel So Good – The Juan Maclean (DJ Kicks Exclusive Track)
 Happy House – The Juan Maclean (Cut Copy remix)
 Happy House – The Juan Maclean (Audion vs. Matthew Dear mix)
 RA.086 Juan Maclean (14.01.2008)

Woody’s Roundup

It’s friiidaaay and I’ve put together some tracks which sum up my musical mood this week. It’s a bit of a mash up of chilled, fun and filth, and sometimes even hands in the air, so hopefully something for the whole weekend. We’re off to The Coronet Theatre tonight to catch Hervé, Kissy Sell Out, Mowgli and The Bloody Beetroots for the new Together Club series. So, in tribute to that, I’ve also included The Squatters demo single On Fire from San City High

If you’re in London too don’t forget the mighty Villalobos tearing up Fabric tomorrow, and Sunday brings Simian Mobile Disco to The Lock Tavern’s Small Disco. Lots on, so get involved and have a good weekend!

Divisive (Carl Craig Remix) – We Have Band
Get Low (Original Mix) – Justin Martin
Running Backwards (Original Mix) – Beltek
Try to Understand – DJ T.
Yearning (Original Mix) – Black Van
L’amour Et La Violence (Floating Points Mix: sample) – Sebastien Tellier
On Fire – The Squatters