1. Magnetic – George Fitzgerald // Double Six
2. Hang On (To My Body) – Prince Club // UNRELEASED
3. Crop-Eared – Sable Sheep // DFTD
4. Inkwell – Huxley // AUS
5. Prime Time – Trikk // Hypercolour
6. Pornflake – Quenum // Upon You
7. This Kinda Love – Prince Club // UNRELEASED
8. Rendezvous-Love – DJ W!LD // 2020Vision
9. Detroit – Prince Club // CDR
10. Verish – Djs Pareja // Comeme
11. Underbelly (Berlin Version) – Jesse Rose // PID
12. Kneadin – Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo // Dirtybird
13. Too Much (Prince Club “Sampha” Dub) – Drake ft. Sampha
14. Drowning – Mak & Pasteman // Naked Naked
15. Let’s Go Dancing (Maya Jane Coles Dancing In The Dark Remix) – Tiga VS Audion // Turbo
16. Colt – Dense & Pika // Hotflush
Kornél Kovács is one of the three driving forces behind the Swedish Studio Barnhus label, alongside the excellent Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist. Last year was the real breakthrough year for the trio, with Axel Boman signing his Nattsud EP to Jesse Rose’s digital imprint Play It Down, dropping two well-received EPs (Europa and BARN 003) on his own Studio Barnhus label and his 2010 hit Purple Drank (Pampa Records) being played everywhere by everyone. In addition, Kornél Kovács released his name-making solo hit Down Since ’92 in October, a Studio Barnhus follow-up to his 2010 debut Baby Step.
Studio Barnhus has been releasing records since October 2010 when they launched with a joint EP, Good Children Make Bad Grown Ups (which featured Baby Step and Axel Boman’s Modern Fluids). Releases quickly followed with EPs from Shakarchi & Straneus, Acid Andy, Ex-Pylon, HNNY, Jesper Dahlback and, most recently, Radioactive Orchestra (a unique Axel Boman collaboration with nuclear physicists, Bo Cederwall and Torbjorn Back, and media artist Kristofer Hagbard, based on musical algorithms and models of radiation emitted from various isotopes!).
As is often the case these days, their sound is somewhat indefinable; another reason why Kornél Kovács’ new mix for DJB is well worth a listen. From the man who regularly uses samples from his childhood Casio keyboard, this mix takes on a well-worked fusion of two-step, acid, Detroit, his cheeky Swedish personality and everything in between…
- Detroit In Effect – ‘Shake a Lil Faster’ (M.A.P.)
- Willie Burns – ‘Windows Down’ (Crème Organization)
- STL – ‘Death Proof’ (Something)
- Remute & Riley Reinhold – ‘Jah Wobble’ (Trapez)
- Knowing Looks – ‘Listen to My 45’ (WNCL)
- Bjørn Torske – ‘Langt Fra Afrika (Todd Terje’s Enda Lengre Miks) (Fra Afrika Altså)’ (Smalltown Supersound)
- Mu – ‘Let’s Get Sick’ (Output)
- Neil Landstrumm – ‘DS Attack’ (Peacefrog)
- Marcus Mixx – ‘U Blow Girl (Mouth Mix)’ (Unknown To The Unknown)
- Funkineven – ‘Iron Cloud’ (Apron)
- I:Cube – ‘Transpiration’ (Versatile)
- KiNK featuring Rachel Row – ‘Freakuency’ (Sharivari)
- Mary J Blige – ‘Searching For Some Real Love (Jacques Renault Edit)’ (On The Prowl)
- Pachanga Boys – Time (Hippie Dance)
- Shakarchi & Stranéus – Jamison (Studio Barnhus)
- Scala & Kolacny Brothers – I Touch Myself (PIAS)
Sorry we didn’t bring you a Halloween special last week folks, but Emily and I travelled up to Manchester for a double-header at The Warehouse Project, and frankly with Jamie Jones, Jamie XX, Jesse Rose, Julio Bashmore, Four Tet, Hessle Audio, Homework, Oliver $ and Seth Troxler on the decks, nothing in London could come close.
We’re heading out of town again this week, down to the South Coast for the Dirtybird All-Nighter at Audio in Brighton tonight, with the lovely Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin and Eats Everything. However, if you’re in London they’re doing the whole thing over again at Fabric tomorrow, and tonight you can content yourselves with WildKats at Basing House, and Jesse Rose at The Nest. There’s a lot on this weekend elsewhere too, with the legends that are Puente & Rosch playing at Basing House for Dented Melons, The Juan Maclean album launch party at Queen of Hoxton, and Catz n Dogz gracing the decks at Corsica Studios. We can’t attend any of this crazy fun (until post 1.30 anyway) because Vaults are back on the decks all night at The Hospital club, and you can come and see us for free by emailing your guest list names to [email protected] We’re on the top floor so there should be a pretty good view of the fireworks alongside some dark and dirty tunes.
Oh and if you’re still raring to go on Sunday (and I’ve seen the crowd at these Sunday parties, a very low percentage of them have been to bed) Creche has a stellar line-up once more, with Laura Jones and Waifs & Strays at Queen of Hoxton.
Here are some of this week’s freebies to help you get ready for the weekend.
Lana Del Ray – Blue Jeans (Penguin Prison Remix)
Duran Duran – Girls On Film (Drop Out Orchestra Rework)
Canyons – See Blind Through (DJ Harvey Remix)
Mighty Mouse – Ice Beer (Bootleg Version)
Till von Sein – Sassomon
Kele – Goodbye Horses (Q Lazzarus Cover)
There’s nothing like the fear of never being able to leave your house again as it’s piled high with drifts of snow to make you rush out and have a dance while you still can. As ever, London has superbly risen to the occasion and offered a few goodies to stagger to after the office Christmas party.
Tonight Stopmakingme, Pete Herbert and Prince Pac play at The Book Club for the Big In Japan Christmas party, Retro/Grade join Villa and Acid Girls for Scandalism at Stokey’s The Nest, Motor City Drum Ensemble play at Plastic People, and Tim Sheridan plays one of my all-time favouritely-titled nights VeryVeryWrongIndeed at Lightbox in Vauxhall. Dollop host XOYO with LuckyPDF and Dollop DJs, and Eskimo Twins are joining David E Sugar free at 93 Feet East.
Tomorrow promises no sleep for the wicked as Jackmode present round two of their Pelski nights at Counter Culture, with the big boys Jesse Rose, Zombie Disco Squad, Oliver $ and Jet Project. Mr Rose was spotted grooving in the crowd to Round Table Knights last time we attended so it’ll be interesting to see how he enjoys making us move. There’s another legendary 2020 Vision party with Tensnake, Lindstrom and Crazy P, and Soul Clap are rocking Hearn Street Car Park with their Yoyoyo 90s Jam Rave E-Dition. If you’re up North (even if you’re not it’s only 2 hours on the pendolino from Euston) Wolf + Lamb have their Christmas party at Sankeys, with Gadi Mizrahi and the lovely Nicolas Jaar. Way down South My Heroes Killed Cowboys in Cornwall hosts Filthy Dukes and Stopmakingme.
Enough to dance those icicles away I’d say.
Here are some tracks to help with that:
Heartik – Wax Works (Mowgli Remix)
Prince Club – La Charma pt. 2 (Prince Club Sub-Marine Mix)
OMD – Sister Marie Says (Stopmakingme Remix)
Lykke Li – Get Some (Beck Remix) [Lykke Li remixed by Beck? Yes please]
Davide Squillace – The Other Side of the Bed
Yeasayer – Madder Red (Munk Remix)
Feed Me – Jolie [Feed Me are the latest signing to Deadmau5's Mau5trap label. Expect the Feed Me's Big Adventure EP in January]
This weekend is another one of those where we’d like to be in three different cities, and three different clubs at once, but instead we’re settling for a three day party, which will probably spill over into Monday and make pre-Halloween zombies of us all. Worth it? YES.
So it all starts tonight with On the One at Concrete with Night Flight (Jac The Disco) and Capita!, whilst over the road Made to Play are at XOYO to celebrate 5 years of the label, with Jesse Rose, Zombie Disco Squad and Idiotproof. If you’re South, Trouble Vision at Corsica sees DJ Zinc, SBTRKT and MJ Cole take to the decks.
Tomorrow The Book Club pits Mumdance against Hold Still for a soundclash, and later on Stopmakingme joins the mighty Erol Alkan and Matt Walsh for Bugged Out’s birthday at XOYO. We Fear Silence brings Theo Parrish to Cable, and Tim Goldsworthy plays for Lostbahnhof at Life. Koko has yet another epic line-up with Mr. Scruff for Ninja Tune XX.
Then Sunday our local Lock Tavern is hosting Kill Em All, with Boy 8-Bit, Justin Robertson and Filthy Dukes. New Stoke Newington venue The Nest sees the launch of Potty Mouth Disco’s Sunday Sessions with Ali Renault. These Sunday parties are free, so swap your roast dinner for a sweaty rave-up, that’s what we say.
A-Trak – Ray Ban Vision (feat. CyHi Da Prynce)
Siriusmo – Wow (Modeselektor Edit)
Doorly – Sausage Party Surely everyone’s favourite kind of party???
Escort – Cocaine Blues
Consistent – Ain’t No Bump
Innerpartysystem – And Together (Midnight Conspiracy Remix)
Aphex Twin – Windowlicker (Renaissance Man Bootcut)
Download: Woody XIX
Sometimes, when I’ve got too much time on my hands, I sit and I try and work out which label is really my favourite – Get Physical, dirtybird, Wolf + Lamb… Most of the time, I can argue any of them up to the top spot. However, the one that takes the title more often than not is Made To Play; consistently brilliant and an asset to the industry, always delivering the skills of a delicious line-up of DJ talent.
For me, the appeal is based largely on trust. Each release and signing is carefully handpicked by label boss Jesse Rose for its style and quality. If you have built a relationship with Made To Play, you have also created one with Jesse Rose’s impeccable taste in music, and it is as reliable as it is exciting.
I’m sure many of you feel the same way, which is why we should all join in the celebrations next month. Made To Play have announced they will mark their 5th Anniversary this year by releasing a brand new double CD complete with a 48 page colour booklet on 25th October. CD 1 will have fresh material from all of the Made To Play crew and CD 2 will be a mix of the best of Made To Play’s last 5 years.
On top of that they will also be on a European tour throughout October. London is lucky enough to have Jesse Rose, Zombie Disco Squad, Renaissance Man, Idiotproof and Oliver $ in town on Friday 15th October (venue TBC), so save the date, and we will be making every attempt to hitchhike to Panorama Bar for this party: Saturday 9th October, Midnight Saturday – Sunday night. Black Rose – Live / Jesse Rose / Heidi / Riva Starr / Round Table Knights / Zombie Disco Squad / Renaissance Man / Oliver $ / Payme.
Full details of the 5 years of Made To Play European tour dates can be found here.
We’re off to the sunny white isle this weekend, and it deserves a round-up in the attempt to convince you to get your little selves on a plane to join us. Tonight we’re heading to Pacha to witness the fitness from Club 75 representatives Cassius, DJ Mehdi, A-Trak, and Jesse Rose. Sunday is, of course, We Love….at Space, with Steve Lawler, Hot Chip and The Juan Maclean, then on Monday we’re joining the depravity at DC10 for Circo Loco with Jamie Jones.
However, London’s due for a Balearic-level heat-wave too this weekend, so let us not forget our homeland completely. It’s all about dirty Dalston fun (our favourite kind) tonight as Stopmakingme plays for BACK to BACK at Moustache Bar on Stoke Newington Road, and our Trouble Vision pals Oli D.A.B & Robin play at Dirty Dalston at The Alibi. A two-party-in-one-night Friday is a great way to start a weekend.
On Saturday you could go to Shameless Disco with Ray Mang at 333, fun fun fun at Public House at The Workshop, Dennis Ferrer at Ministry of Sound, or support the cause at Fabric, with Jamie Jones, Holy Ghost! and The Revenge for the marathon ON, open until 2pm Sunday 11th.
I’m going to keep the tunes dirty today, as we kinda feel that way. Woody XVII.zip
Cirez D – On Off (Sebastien Leger Remix)
Siriusmo – Einmal In Der Woche Schreien
Missing Linx – A Short History Of…
Clyde Brown – Your Wish Is My Command (CAASINO Mix)
Mr Oizo & Gaspard Augé – Rubber
Human Life – In It Together (Acid Girls Remix)
Green Velvet – It’s Time 2 Jack
Recently I had to take what should have been an incredibly tedious train from London to Edinburgh. Five hours of staring out of the window at the East coast of England, up through the ‘real’ North and into the Scottish capital. Yet it flew by, thanks to a man named Neil Barber; better known as Nelski.
Nelski has been around on the underground scene for some time now as one half of production duo Rhythm Code, who released tracks on labels such as Size, Baroque, Cubism and Killawatt. I picked up his April mix after catching his latest release Body Pop on Heidi’s Radio 1 show.
Better late than never, this mix is fantastic. Nelski’s used his time wisely here, with favourites from Woody’s Roundup like 1999, Hey Hey, Beachball and the lovely Two Dots scattered tastefully across a jumping 2 ½ hour mix of House and Tech. There are countless hidden gems in here. Nelski, can you please hit us with a tracklist!?
Body Pop was released on 1st May by Rising Music. If you’ve had a taste of the original it will come as no surprise to you, with that piano and those vocals, that official remixes are available from the mighty Radio Slave and man of the moment Made to Play boss, Jesse Rose.
As if that wasn’t enough Nelski for now, we got in touch with him and he dug out this little mash-up of Adam Freeland & Brett Johnson: We Want Your Gypsy Blue. You can download it from his SoundCloud page here.
This weekend was supposed to host a German musical invasion across the capital with Made to Play talent Oliver $, Get Physical’s M.A.N.D.Y. and Harry Klein girls Ana & Julietta playing at The Legion, Fabric and Cosmo Bar. However, the ongoing saga of volcanic ash lingering in the UK skies prevented many DJs leaving their home town forcing, perhaps healthily in some respects, promoters to look elsewhere and make the most of homegrown talent still residing in their respective nations. Fortunately, the power of the internet and digital music means that we can still get our fix from abroad, and for the purpose of this post, a taste of the generous array of electronic exports pouring out of Germany.
Today marks the release of Hickup Theme from new up and coming producers / DJs Hickup (or HCKP) on the ‘Future’ chapter of the Five years of Dirty Bird compilation. Dirty Bird is certainly a label known for supporting the brilliant artists coming out of Germany, and more specifically the sounds ruling the Berlin clubbing scene.
Hickup are a duo from North Germany who like their music ‘electronic and ethnic’ and Hickup Theme represents just that. Its core make-up comprises of tribal beats and ethnic melodies. They refer to it as an ‘energentic tribe dance’, and it fits perfectly with the Dirty Bird mentality and other tracks within the release. Hickup Theme has been available as single download since the end of March, but to take it away as part of the compilation, you’ll need to get yourself over to Beatport. The full tracklist looks fantastic including new and old tracks from the likes of Claude Von Stroke, Justin Martin, Style of Eye, Tim Green, Sascha Braemer and The Martin Brothers and it came out today!
Hickup also saw Hickup Theme enter in Thomas Schumacher’s RA chart this month and second track Hakazou! has been gaining support from not only Heidi on her Radio 1 show, but also Jesse Rose, who apparently dropped it recently at Panorama Bar with great success.
They don’t stop at great production either, Hickup are playing in Hamburg, Kiel and Hannover over the next few months (including an evening in June with the UK’s Zombie Disco Squad at the Luna Club, Kiel) and you can find more from HCKP on their Soundcloud page. The boys are currently working on new mixes to further showcase their DJing talent.
So whilst we await some new mixes from Hickup, we’ve found a mix from the main man himself. A man responsible for the signing of so many incredibly influential tracks over the past 5 years of Dirty Bird. Enjoy:
Claude Von Stroke – Dance Under the Blue Moon – 17th April 2010
Nat and Lucas must be reading my mind, as they bring in label-mates Round Table Knights‘ new track Calypso at 35min. Out 15th February on Made to Play, I’ve had it on repeat since Kissy Sell Out dropped it on his Radio 1 show last week. This carnival sound is definitely reminiscent of Zombie Disco Squad’s work, and was the vibe Fake Blood went for when I last saw him play at the Warehouse Project in November. After adding the great Riva Starr to his own bouncy releases, it will be interesting to see who Jesse Rose chooses next for release on his label.
Round Table Knights have kindly offered a veritable feast of seasonal mixes from the last three years on their website for download.