Thanks to Mixmag for their DJ Mehdi tribute today.
We made a little stop-off after Miami WMC this year at Disney World and to spend some more time in the sun, so my apologies that this is already a bit tardy and there’s already been a lot of ‘this track that track’ chat.
Our schedule was pretty busy; we arrived on Friday 16th and headed straight to Electric Pickle for the WMC launch party with Catz n Dogz, then had a couple of sun days before DJ Mag‘s Recession Sessions at the Shelbourne and Culprit vs Leftroom at Treehouse Wednesday 21 March, then Thursday Dirtybird BBQ at Villa 221, Hypercolour with Groove Armada at The Delano and the Hot Creations party Shine at the Shelbourne. Friday we headed to the beautiful Standard for lunch before the Ed Banger poolside party to honour DJ Mehdi, which was gorgeous. Saturday we were up early for Haitian food at the amazing Tap Tap restaurant before the all-dayer Get Lost at Electric Pickle, then back to Treehouse for the Get Physical party in the evening. And finally the Sunday marathon; we went back and forth between Giant Throbbing Electric Pickle at Electric Pickle and Last Resort at Villa 221, catching a bit of Soul Clap vs Wolf + Lamb‘s marathon five hour set upstairs at the Pickle then back to Villa for a Hot Creations party and a trip to the suburbs for the sunrise.
New venues worth mentioning are new South Beach spot Treehouse (lovely garden) and the beautiful Villa 221, which hosted everyone’s favourite day parties; the Dirtybird BBQ (Justin Martin‘s Mum and Dad manning the barbeque!) and Last Resort. The lunch, the cocktails and the sunset at The Standard hotel, where all the DJs seemed to be staying, was also pretty stunning – especially when soundtracked by So-Me and Surkin playing Regulate and Snoop Doggy Dog’s What’s My Name in memory of Dj Mehdi.
Standout DJs were without doubt Maceo Plex, who made it hard for anyone to follow him (even the team of Seth Troxler and Damien Lazarus at Get Lost dropping classics like Pink Floyd‘s Another Brick in the Wall) and worked the crowd up to a ridiculously sweaty mess at both Electric Pickle and Last Resort at Villa 221, Catz n Dogz who we saw four or five times and still played us fresh goodies every set (including the track of Miami for me, It’s You by The White Lamp) Solomun, who carefully walked the line between plinky-plonky hazy Miami tracks and booty-shakers, playing the beautiful Angie Stone rework Same Old Story by Frankie J Dickens and Patrick Bodhi, and Maya Jane Coles; big beats from the tiny figure, particularly at the Hypercolour party at The Delano, which made us excited about her forthcoming DJ Kicks compilation.
So here are a few of the tracks that made it special for us this year.
And just a little whinge from me: shame on you to the labels/organisers/venues who took ticket bookings weeks in advance then still kept ticket-holders queueing for hours at the door, often saying venues were at capacity and it was one-in-one-out. We waited outside the Hot Creations party on Thursday for an hour and a half despite paying more for that ticket in early February than any of our others, and in the end we gave up. The guest list queue was longer than the ticket holders queue and most of them had decided to call it a night at 3am when we left. Is it wrong to assume that buying a ticket means entry to the club?
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.
Hold up, did someone say Carte Blanche free mixtape???
Carte Blanche – House Party 2: The Pyjama Jam
CARTE BLANCHE ‘Jack On The Moon’
RYTHM IS RYTHM ‘Strings Of Life’
PROMMER & BARACK ‘The Barking Grizzle’ (Adam Port Remix)
UNKNOWN ‘Your Soul On Mine’
CHROMEO ’Don’t Turn The Lights On’ (Carte Blanche Dub)
RON HARDY ‘Sensation’ (Obi Blanche Edit)
VEEMANJANSSEN ‘Diana Voss’
THOMAS BANGALTER ‘Out Run’
MARBLE PLAYERS ‘Playground’
LARRY HEARD ‘The Sun Can’t Compare’
ROBBIE TRONCO ‘Walk For Me’
STACY KIDD ‘Give It To Me’
RUFFNECK feat. YAVAHN ‘Everybody Be Some Body’
DROP THE LIME ‘Hot As Hell’ (Canblaster Remix)
HAHAHA ‘Adzuki Beans’
AZARI & III ‘Into The Night’ (Renaissance Man Remix)
UNKNOWN ‘Beat My House’
MOODY MAN ‘Shades Of Jae’
MICHEL CLEIS ‘La Mezcla’
MONGOLOIDS ‘Spark Da Meth’
HIJACK & BRABE ‘Boogie’
ROBYN ‘Hang With Me’ (Hot City Remix)
TODD TERRY just wanna dance
CARTE BLANCHE ‘With You’
Friday hangover part III (apparently it was my idea to start adding Jaeger into the mix in the early hours of this morning), and it’s all thanks to our good friends Lunar, who brought the mighty Blawan to The Nest (Moby‘s playing there on Saturday) last night with Goulcher and Waylayers. This is going to be a monthly night so we’ll post the details for the next one and you can come and join us.
For hair-of-the-dog healing there’s an impressive array of nightclubbing around the capital this weekend, starting with That Mixmag Thing’s first birthday tonight at The Queen of Hoxton, with Layo and Bushwaka! In Flagranti and Julio Bashmore. For FREEEEEE.
Tomorrow there’s an ultra trendy Love Fever party at Shoreditch Studios, and Fake Blood, Boy 8-Bit and Bowski play at XOYO for Bugged Out, which, needless to say, is going to be BIIIIIIG. Mulletover celebrate their 7th birthday by doing what they do best; a great big dirty rave at the Great Suffolk Street warehouse. Get Physical take over Fabric, with their all-stars Catz n Dogz, Heidi and M.A.N.D.Y. BUT what excites me the most, is the re-launch of Steve Lawler‘s Harlem Nights, moved of course from it’s old home The End to 7 – 9 Crucifix Lane (what was the excellent Counter Culture, great venue). Whoop!
Put on your dancing shoes we’re going to the disco.
It’s a busy week for music submissions too – UNKLE have their new EP Only the Lonely out on Monday, SebastiAn released the first single Embody from his album Total, which I can’t wait for, out in May on Ed Banger, and Holy Ghost! gave us single Wait and See as a taster of their self-titled album, out on Tuesday on DFA. Bibio‘s much-awaited sixth album Mind Bokeh is out on Warp records on Monday, and you can hear single Excuses here.
SebastiAn – Embody
Holy Ghost! – Wait and See
Sophia Somajo – Wristcutters Inc (Style of Eye Dub Mix)
TV on the Radio – Will Do (XXXChange Dancehall Mix)
Yello – Oh yeah (Tom Staar Remix)
Yacht – Dystopia
Dirty Vegas – Change (In Flagranti mix)
Snug as a bug in a rug: Woody 45
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)
A huge huge thank you to the Ed Banger crew for giving us a slice of winter wonderland at The Warehouse Project last week. We’ve included two Carte Blanche tracks this week as Mehdi and Riton absolutely blew the roof off, and I’ve very much enjoyed watching their sets come together this year and distill into something completely reactive. We’re heading North again tonight for another monumental Warehouse lineup: Simian Mobile Disco, Holy Ghost!, Aeroplane and Tensnake to name but a few.
Down in London town tonight FACT magazine host Joy Orbison and Ramadanman at XOYO, and tomorrow XOYO is also the venue de jour for Bugged Out and Durr’s Christmas party, with Rory Phillips, Aeroplane, Holy Ghost! and Tanlines. The Dirtybird and Get Physical crews are heading to me ol’ fave Fabric tomorrow, so not only are Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Julio Bashmore and Catz n’ Dogz playing in room one, but in room two M.A.N.D.Y are live alongside Heidi. Over at Queen of Hoxton Orlando Boom sees Jac The Disco, Blamma Blamma! Mighty Mouse and Joakim shake it up real nice, the ultra cool Off Modern moves from their usual First Thursdays slot to tomorrow at Corsica Studios, with Dels and Egyptian Hip Hop, and Public House sorts out you easties at Drop East with Dana Ruh. Sunday it’s down the hill to The Lock Tavern for Round Table Knights and Duke Dumont playing our favourite Sunday knees-up, Blogger’s Delight.
More Thursday parties too as this week Night Slugs bring Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 to East Village and Counter Culture host Esper Magazine with Homework and Worthy. Counter Culture closes on 1 January so you really should get yourselves down there before then – it’s got that real house party vibe that we love.
Here are some tracks that will help you flick the bird at winter:
Monkey Safari – Stoned
Etienne De Crécy – No Brain (Munk Remix)
Villa – Beats of Love (The C90s Remix)
Moneypenny – Destroy (Midnight Conspiracy Remix)
Kink & Neville Watson – Metropole
Carte Blanche – Politrix As Usual
Carte Blanche & Kid Sister – Do! Do! Do! (Laidback Luke Remix)
Or all together: Woody 34.zip