Lukas for Discobelle

Bristol’s finest Luke Turner aka Lukas has delivered a belter in his latest mixtape. This mix is one of those beautiful hybrids of disco, electronica, funk and house; heavy on the cowbell, just the right dubby basslines, a hint of vocal when it’s needed. The label selection on the tracklist says it all; Jackathon Jams, Hypercolour, Rekids, Hot Creations and of course Lukas’s own Futureboogie. It’s one of those where the volume sneaks up and up until by the end of it you’re all dancing around the stereo. I mean, just take a listen to Busta Rhymes on Freaks + Cajmere, naaaaaaasty! The combination of Lukas and my other Futureboogie faves Waifs & Strays on Gimme Luv is explosive, the whole EP is amazing, and well worth your pennies on release to Beatport at the end of the month.

Sorry to pilfer it from Discobelle, but it’s just too good not to share.

The Mole – Lockdown Party (Perlon)
Antonelli – Dubby Disco (Maxi Mix) [Lukas edit] (Italic)
Lukas vs. Waifs and Strays – Gimme Luv (Jackathon)
Kerrier District – Let’s Dance and Freak (Rephlex)
Lukas – Bassoon (Futureboogie)
Freaks + Cajmere – Black Shoes White Socks [Lukas Busta Freaks Janet on Cajmere edit) (HotCreations)
Andre Lodemann – Where are you now [MFR Edit] (Best Works)
Behling + Simpson – What did i do (CDR)
Adessa – Untitled Love (Prime Numbers)
Loose Joints – Is it all over my Face? [Dj Sneak edit] (NRK)
Mr G – One Year later (Rekids)
Axel Boman – Look What You’ve done to Me (Hypercolour)

Circoloco Lifestyle

One of my favourite DJs at one of my favourite clubs, Circoloco have been kind enough to share a set from Richy Ahmed at DC10. Despite having been in the ex-airport hangar since 1999, it’s one of the few clubs on the island that still has this naughty feel to it, like you’re going to an unsanctioned rave. Which is kind of true, being as the authorities are frequently threatening closure, following through in 2008 and still keeping this a very real cloud on an otherwise beautiful horizon.

Richy, the naughty boy of Hot Creations, fits the bill perfectly.

Electric Vocals

After the legendary MK remixed Hot Natured’s Forward Motion we heard rumours that there’d be a collaborative EP with Lee Foss on the way.

We knew it would have some dancefloor pow (see b-side The Dinks) and some signature synths, but what we hadn’t bargained for was the beautiful vocals from Anabel Englund. I can’t find a previous Lee Foss track with a female vocal (except the Brandy sample on Keep My Cool), and it’s a really nice touch, sitting well with his brand of slow-groove house. Great lyrics too; just generally very lovely indeed.

A2 is Goodnight Moon, featuring a sample from the scene in The Wire where Kima Greggs and her son say Goodnight Moon from their Baltimore window. Lee’s already made a track called Stringer Bell so it’s safe to say he might be a fan.

Here’s a preview of the whole release, out 12 November 2012.

Track for the Day

When MK puts his name to anything, you KNOW it’s going to be a dirty, evil little club monster.

I have to say I did get a little saturated by Hot Natured‘s Forward Motion last year, mainly because I put it in early DJ sets where I practised it to death, but one of my favourite things about a perfectly-timed remix is it reminds you of all the things you first loved, and gives the track a new life.

And what a life it is! Out on Hot Creations as part of the Benediction EP, 29 October. Have a listen.

Russ Yallop July Americas Tour Mix

Russ Yallop‘s been all over the place this Summer, managing appearances at Hot Creations presents Paradise at DC10 in between gigs all over North and South America, but he’s still found time to record a mix to get you going in the afternoon. His energy behind the decks is infectious and he always plays down-and-dirty so it’s well worth seeing him if you get the chance.

No tracklist yet but hot damn the track at 33 minutes is a good’un!

This is… Not For Squares!

Nathaniel is a man you just can’t miss. Standing at a towering 6’5″ (with a couple of inches extra for the hair) and usually to be found in the centre of the dancefloor, talking animatedly, waving arms, throwing shapes, and grinning at everyone. As a testament to the super-friendly vibe at Sonar we met him at a cash point, no less, and have been friends ever since.

His style on the decks is damn smooth, and he’s been playing at the Art House in Worcester while organising the Not For Squares nights all over the midlands. He’s sent us a recent mix back to back with 2manyidiots, and we’re promised a Sonar special in honour of our first meeting.

The next Not For Squares is tomorrow at the Arthouse, with special guest, Hot CreationsMark Jenkyns, and it’s pretty special because it’s raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre (MSRC). See you on the dancefloor.

Miami Diary 2012

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.

There were a LOT of great hip-hop breakdowns and edits to bring the tempo down for a bit. I’m trying my hardest to find some of them, watch this space!

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?

Alexis Raphael Ibiza Voice Podcast

What a lovely build – starting off with the smooth and sexy that we’ve come to expect from Alexis Raphael, then ending with some hardcore thumping that’ll warm you up this frosty February.

Sadly no tracklist at the moment but that’s probably because it’s chocka block with unreleased exclusives that we might have to wait for a while for.

Two from the Waifs

Waifs & Strays have been buuuuuuusy. Since we last wrote about them the Bristol pair have played all over the place, had their debut Hot Creations release Body Shiver, and it seems, found time to do some mixes. The first for Moda from December 2011, the second for Crack magazine from January 2012, sadly no tracklist for either.

Moda Yes List: Waifs & Strays by itsmodamusic

Crackcast 013 – Waifs and Strays


We wrote about the collaboration between Luca C and Ali Love that spawned Infinity Ink back in November when Lee Foss included it on his Spybar DJ Mag covermount CD, and we were very excited when a certain vocally-bassy-goodness caught our ears while listening to Damien Lazarus‘s set from Burning Man this year. it seems Games isn’t the only track we can expect from the pair, although it might be a little wait on this next one Infinity, after Games was just released this week on Hot CreationsPost Summer Sampler.

Check it out at 1hr 21minutes into this excellent mix.
Damian Lazarus on the Robot Heart Bus – Burning Man 2011 by Damian Lazarus