Tensnake on True Romance

tensThe new Freundchen EP from Tensnake on True Romance is a lovely little disco starter-pack, you could almost host a mini-carnival soundsystem by playing the three tracks on repeat as they recreate the journey through Notting Hill this weekend.

The title track is pure disco, a nice little warm up before the full-on summer chords, afrobeat vocals, double handclaps and whistles in the B-side Tazaar. Finally getting a little darker for the afterparty soundtrack No Fool.

The EP is out today, so get it here.


Vaults gonna sort you out

Two from the vaults are playing two dirty little parties this weekend and we can’t wait. The first is for Gimmick Records, an all-day party at 93 Feet East and the second of a monthly series of nights headed by label-boss Coxswain Dado Rey, joined by special guests The Monkey Brothers. We attended the last one and it was ridiculous – just when you thought tech-house couldn’t get any more tech and you couldn’t bounce any longer…

The second party is a Carnival celebration, as our good friends The Jinks present Carnival Jam at Cherryjam in Royal Oak. They absolutely made our Carnival last year and Dan and Chris are some of the few people I know able to reconcile a love for all things electro with smily hands-in-the-air tunes so it’s sure to be electric. You can get half-price tickets here.

See you on the dancefloor.

Woody’s Roundup

Bank Holiday! Just when we were getting used to the five-day weeks. Not that I’m complaining, you understand…

So, let’s celebrate by getting as mashed as we can for as much of the weekend as we can. Tonight we’re seeing the mighty Tiga at XOYO for Bugged Out, then we’re straight off down to New Cross for Lunar presents the Carnival Party. They’re a new monthly night and this is round 2. I can’t tell you how important new nights are to me; catch them early and you get that house party vibe, amazing DJs in cool venues, and that whole feeling of being a bit naughty staying out late. Lunar moved to Release in New Cross because they were spilling out of the doors of The Nest, and Release has just re-opened after 12 months, so it’s time to go back to the South. It’s a car-neeee-vallll so playing are bashment kings The Heatwave, Hipsters Don’t Dance and new DJ collab Twin Peaks (Goulcher and Stocky).

Warm up your shake-it-muscles with a little mix from The Heatwave: Archive Mix for Lunar (particularly Ward 21Hotta Betta Phatta at 16 minutes in).

Tomorrow Black Atlantic brings Moodymann and Joy Orbison to a secret location, and there’s a Love Fever party too at Reliance Square, and Sunday The Old Queens Head have another All-dayer with Hervé. I love these slightly jaded Sunday-day-time affairs. Day parties seem to be the event du jour, as 2020 Underground are hosting Steve Bug and Jozif all day at Shoreditch Underground, then pick yourself up and head off to their nite-version, 2020 Vision Warehouse Party, with Mark E, Maya Jane Coles and Ewan Pearson at Village Underground.

A few notable tracks this week, including Munk‘s new release Mis Labios, out 20 June on Gomma, and another great remix of Monarchy‘s I Won’t Let Go.
One Hump Or Two – Detrot Grand Pubarz – Zombie Disco Squad Bootleg
Munk – Mis Labios (Black Van Remix)
Declaime – Apocalyptic Music (feat. Aloe Blacc)
Depeche Mode – Master and Servant (RSS Remix)
Monarchy: I Won’t Let Go (Jaymo & Andy George Remix)
Krafty Kuts – Lets Go Lets Ride
Chlore – Oh The Revenge – DARYL Remix

High Jinks

Notting Hill Carnival was an unexpected sparkling delight of a weekend, and one that seems far away from the darkness and showers creeping over us as September draws in. Two people who soundtracked our weekend, and who bring Carnival to West London all year round are Dan Savidge and Chris Gau, collectively known as The Jinks.

Releasing on MN2S and Defected, and more recently their own Defected imprint Jinks Inc (whose first signing was legendary Byron Stingily), they’ve been friends for a million years and making records together for five.

This mix is described by Dan as “a collection of tracks that we don’t get to play out when we DJ, but really love, and wanted to put on one mixtape.” It’s been on my stereo for the whole week for gems like Fries and Bridges‘s vocals, Dixie Yure‘s sax, and DJ Gregory‘s piped afro-beats and tribal chants. Of course, it goes without saying that my absolute favourite on there is The Jinks’ own What Happened To Us.

Their latest release is an 8-track remix sampler Jinks Inc Remixed including Jose Carretas and N’Dinga Gaba providing takes on Jinks tracks, and catch them playing out at their monthly residency at Cherry Jam in Bayswater.  For loads more in the way of classic house and high jinks subscribe to their podcast here.

The Jinks – Beatpool Under The Stairs Vol. 1
We Just Won’t Stop – James Curd
By Defection – Dixie Yure
Forever This – Fries and Bridges
Animal (Fake Blood Remix) – Miike Snow
Canoa – DJ Gregory & Gregor Salto
What Happened To Us (Dub) – The Jinks feat Carla Prather
Definition – Loco Dice
Funk Worm – Stimming
Accapella – The Warriors
Will’s Disco Track
See You Dancing – Junior Jack
The Tea (Reel People Remix) – Chocolat

Woody’s Roundup

I must remember not to go to work on Monday…I must remember not to go to work on Monday….
Ha ha, who am I kidding – come Monday afternoon I’ll still be in the corner of a filthy London car park rave somewhere.

Soooo, the low-down for this week is as follows (and apologies – there are hundreds of events this weekend so we just couldn’t list them all): tonight Art Department play at Egg for Blow, BigInJapan sees Prince Pac (Jac the Disco) at The Book Club, and Hidden Cat plays Superfilth at 93 Feet East. If you want to sweat it out in a basement, Tim Sweeney and Tim Goldsworthy play at Plastic People for Warm, who also host a day-to-night party on Sunday with Jamie Jones at the Horse and Groom. Spanning Friday and Saturday is the L.E.D. Festival in Victoria Park (Dalston Superstore pon de afterparty), and Saturday and Sunday join the Cla’am locals (if you dare) for South West Four, both of which have an abundance of afterparties all over the place, including the lovely James Zabiela playing at Plan B in Brixton.

Dollop are hosting the Scrutton Street Warehouse closing party on Saturday night, which has had to move to CAMP after Hackney Council issued a notice preventing events there. Even the closing party? So support them down at CAMP as they have Ivan Smagghe, Thomas Von Party and Matt Walsh providing the entertainment.

Of course Sunday and Monday bring with them the Notting Hill Carnival, with Mad Decent Soundsystem playing a pivotal role once again, and in the evening it’s back into the car parks for Eastern Electrics, with room two hosted by Dirtybird. Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke on the decks at my favourite Union Street car park means a marathon dance session.

Your tracks for today include some carnival vibes from Congorock and Hervé’s Voodoo Chilli, but also a little bit of love from Poka and Cicada. Enjoy.
Matthew Dear – Little People (Black City)
Bonobo – Eyesdown (Warrior One Remix)
Congorock – Babylon (Fare Soldi Babbylorso Remix)
Cicada – Your Love (DCUP remix)
LCD Soundsystem – 45:33 (Prince Language Remix)
Cassius – Sound of Violence (Poka Emotive Dub)
Voodoo Chilli – Dance So Sexy

All zipped up: Woody XXII