Woody’s Roundup

A huge thank you to everyone who came down to Public Life last night for our evening with our friends at Brilliantine, and to The C90s, who had us up on the ledges where we belong. Much fun!

So here we are about to start the first proper Autumnal-feeling weekend, and this can only mean one thing: THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT!!!!! Yes, it’s that time of year, and we’re off to Manchester, and tonight in charge of the decks we have Joris Voorn, Steve Lawler and Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, Wolf + Lamb, Joy Orbison and Krysko.

Back within the M25 there are car parks and lofts to choose from. Tomorrow Adam Beyer invites Chris Leibing and other guests from his DRUMCODE label to Ewer Street car park, and the Electric Minds crew are throwing another secret venue loft party featuring Marcus Worgull and Christopher Rau. I hear good rumblings about these parties and they’ve got a few coming up, including the next on 30 October, so try to get yourselves down to one or two. Tonight Big in Japan take over The Book Club with Leftside Wobble and Jac The Disco‘s Prince Pac. Always a nice vibe and a fun venue for after work dancing.

In anticipation of our journey into the underbelly of Manchester’s arches for another weekend spent in a car park, I’m going a little dark with our tracks this week.
Dem Slackers – Swagger (Clouds Remix)
Djedjotronic – Bit This Thin (Jesse Rose Remix)
Flying Lotus – ….and The World Laughs With You (Feat. Thom Yorke)
Azari & III – Indigo
Azari & III – Reckless With Your Love (Tensnake Remix)
40 Thieves feat Qzen – Don’t Turn It Off (Brennan Green Remix)
Hervé – Together (Edit)
Download them all in a zip file: Woody XXV

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

Mega Mega Moda: Tom Staar Interview

We’re half way through a four-day week and we all know the Easter bank holiday is set to be big. Kicking things off on Thursday here in London is Mega Mega Moda; the marriage of two of the capital’s most banging week night parties Mega Mega Mega (formally at Plastic People) and Moda at The Macbeth. The line up is undoubtedly too big for the small venue, but that’s what its all about isn’t it? With this spectacle of London’s finest fast approaching, we spoke to Tom Staar who, as we mentioned a few weeks ago, is becoming critical to this Thursday night scene. We asked him a little bit about Moda and his own ever-expanding music production line. This is what he had to say…

We’ve been keeping a keen eye on Moda and love the sounds coming out of it. Can you briefly tell us how you got involved with Moda and your history with the label?
I originally set up Moda with Jaymo & Andy George three years ago as a club night in our home town of Lincoln. Since then we have expanded to doing events across the UK and Europe. We now hold regular events at the 1600 capacity Engine Shed in Lincoln and they are always a sell-out. We are also just about to embark on regular parties at a huge venue in London, and we’ll be doing weekly parties throughout the summer in Ibiza. Moda has since become more than just a club night and last year we decided to set up Moda Music to showcase fresh new music from ourselves and others that we feel are really making an impact in the scene.

Can you give us a clue as to what’s coming up on Moda? There must be some stuff brewing for the summer season…
As far as the label goes we have my EP which is next out, it should be dropping around the end of March. It has already had massive support from Annie Mac and others on Radio 1 and has been licensed out to four or five compilations already! After that we have the jewel in the crown of Moda Music, Fenech-Soler, with a new single. This too has had big support on Radio1 and even daytime plays already. This band are absolutely awesome and really are destined for great things this year. Also in the pipe line we have an EP from Jaymo & Andy George that I have been working on with them for what seems like ages, just can’t rush perfection though!

The Mega Mega Moda line-up was released the other week – how did all that come about? That must be your biggest London Moda yet?
We’ve had three sell-out parties already at The Macbeth and we wanted to do something special for the last one. Jaymo & Andy have been good friends with Hervé & Sinden for a while and I’ve just started work on some collaborations with them both in the studio. We felt the time was right to team up on an event as theirs are always huge too. It will be our biggest London event to date.

Apart from the obvious difference in size, how do you think The Engine Shed compares with The Macbeth nights?
Obviously there are a lot of differences between the two parties as the venues are totally different. The Macbeth being a small almost pub-like 400 capacity venue and The Engine Shed, on the other hand, being a huge warehouse type affair. One thing that always is the same though is the atmosphere, it’s great playing at the Moda events because the crowd are always so up for it, it’s just constantly going off which is great!

We’ve seen that you’ve got some very exciting collaborations coming up – Doorly, Style of Eye, Hervé, your Moda boys Andy and Jaymo – when can we hear some of this? What sort of productions are you working on with them?
I have one collaboration already done with Hervé. It’s turned out how you’d expect- a good half way point between his stuff and mine. We plan on doing a few over the next few months, at least two of which will be released on Moda Music. The Style of Eye collaboration is almost done too. It’s a track from his forthcoming album that he started, sent to me, and I’ve finished off. Sinden is spending a few days in the studio with me at the end of this month with a view to doing an EP for Moda Music and I also have one other MASSIVE collaboration in the pipeline but can’t really say anything else about it for now – it’s a big step up for me and am really excited about it.

As well as the collaborations and original Tom Staar material I spend most of my time producing/engineering for other artists. I’ve been producing Doorly’s and Jaymo & Andy George’s stuff for ages now, the majority of the stuff they have had out has been co-produced by me. I also produce for H2 who have just had an EP out on Popof’s Form label and loads of other more housey acts like Prok & Fitch, Filthy Rich and Darren Emerson.

We love the big basslines coming out of the Tom Staar camp at the moment. Do you always go for a heavy bass vibe?
The stuff I’ve had out so far has definitely been very bass-orientated, it’s what’s working in the clubs right now though and I think it’s obviously a massive part of my current sound. When I’m DJing I play a lot more techno influenced stuff along with my own productions, I think you’ll see this coming through in a lot of my future productions.

Have you got any mixes coming up for people to listen to?
I’m currently working on a new mix tape that will be available exclusively through our Moda website next month. On the DJing front we have the Mega Mega Moda party at the Macbeth on Thursday 1st April and another huge event at The Engine Shed at the start of May. If you can’t make either of them we have our new Moda London event starting at the end of May which really will be something special, insane line up and totally mind blowing production.

Do you get much time to go raving yourself? Where have you been able to get to recently?
To be honest, I’ve not really been out that much recently. I did go to the Ed Banger party at the Coronet a few weeks back which was wicked; great venue and totally rammed in there. Normally when I go out I tend to go to more techno-based nights to see people like Dubfire, Adam Beyer etc., it takes me back to my days living out in Ibiza where I have done three summers!

We’re fast approaching the summer season now (finally!), what are you looking forward to in 2010?
I’m looking forward massively to the continued rise of Moda this year and also getting myself out DJing a lot more. I’ll be out in Ibiza a lot for the Moda parties, which I’m really looking forward to as I do miss being out there over the summer…

Tickets are only available on the door for Mega Mega Moda so get down there early and see Tom for yourself. Their predictions of total road block are bound to be pretty accurate!

Mega Mega Moda have released a brand new Tom Staar Mixtape ahead of Thursday’s event. Here’s a link to the mix and below is the tracklist:
Voodoo Chilli – Love Songs
Riva Starr – Dance Me
Fenech-Soler – Stop & Stare (Jaymo & Andy George Rmx)
Groove Armada – Look Me In The Eyes (Urchins Rmx)
Cassette Jam – Just To Be Near You (Tom Staar Rmx)
Laidback Luke & A-Trak – Shake It
Basement Jaxx – My Turn (Tom Staar Rmx)
Style Of Eye – Other Planets
Cirez D – On Off (Sebastien Leger Rmx)
Tom Staar – Two Tone Simms
Vitalic – Flashmob (Popof Rmx)

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

We Love Thursdays

Summer 2009 saw the return of Herve and Sinden’s club nights Mega Mega Mega on Thursdays at Plastic People in East London. Behind this was Joshua Harvey and Graeme Sinden’s altruistic idea of bringing the public huge DJs at the tiny price of a fiver.

Jaymo and Andy George’s Moda are continuing the trend with huge DJs in a tiny space a la Annie Mac’s minimix. This is the third road trip from their usual home at the 1600-capacity Engine Shed in Lincoln. Tonight the mighty Fake Blood is coming to The Macbeth in Hoxton, joined by Mowgli.

If this isn’t enough for you, here are some of the many events taking place tonight in London town: