Woody’s Roundup

So tomorrow One From The Vaults makes its last trip to the ever-epic Warehouse Project in Manchester, before they finally close the doors on Piccadilly car park on 1 January. We started going in 2008 and it’s been an absolutely amazing four years. It has completely dominated our winters – from buying a million tickets in September, to knocking off work early on a Friday to get drunk on the train on the way up, drinks in the Northern Quarter and popping to the Christmas markets beforehand (and our new love, the North Pole bar – a temporary MDF igloo serving hot boozy apple-juice-and-cinnamon cocktails, which you sip under a rug on a sofa next to a ten foot tall polar bear), checking in huge rucksacks of warm clothing for the morning (sorry door staff), then finally huddling in Manchester station from 5am – 8am for the first train to take us back home again.

Such a huge amount of effort and our friends might think we’re a bit crazy, but there are no words to describe the feeling when you walk in and you can see a flash of light and hear the bass thud from behind an archway, or exploring for the first half hour as there are so many rooms with different vibes, or how many friends we’ve made there, or how emotional it feels when someone drops an epic bassline and those lights in the main room light up everyone’s faces. All the Essential Mixes (complete with our screams embarrassingly immortalised), all the new tracks we’d never heard before, all the ridiculous conversations in the smoking area, all the after-parties including the first year where we microwaved socks and set a kitchen on fire. Of all the places we travel to for clubbing (Miami, Ibiza, Berlin) this club is by far my favourite, and I’ll be very sorry to say goodbye. Keep up the good work WHP, it’s been a pleasure.

So anyway, we’re going up there tomorrow for Rebel Rave with Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Art Department, Robert James, Damian Lazarus and TEED live, but down here there are some big ol’ knees-ups worth getting your little bums down to. Tonight The Future Now continues its strong line-ups at Egg, with Hannah Holland, Dexter Kane and Warboy, and tomorrow Warm at Bussey Warehouse is soundtracked by Pearson Sound and Ben Ufo for Hessle Audio. XOYO tomorrow has Mylo, Villa¬†and Joakim take to the decks, and You Are We has Laura Jones and Adam Shelton at Village Underground.

Some very nice free downloads as Christmas offerings from our favourite DJs this week. Thanks in particular to Jozif and WildKats, who have been giving away an entire series of edits from their DJ sets:
Little Dragon – Crystalfilm (Close Remix)
Wolfgang – Stay And Defend (The Magician Remix)
Leftfield – Not Forgotten (Eats Everything Rework)
Jozif – Thrill Her
Josif – Rollin’
WildKats – Signs (Prince Edit)
WildKats – Whats Goin On (Daft Punk Edit)

Tigersushi Records & Furs


Every great record I hear at the moment is on, or soon to be on, Tigersushi Records. Let’s name some of my favuorites: the darkly epic Night Moves EP from Jackal Doom Disco (all great, in particular The Tapes), Stopmakingme and Deadstock 33sOscillate, newcomer Yes Wizard with Elephant & Castle, and not least, the forthcoming Joakim record Forever Young.

Joakim – Forever Young by Tigersushi Records

Joakim Bouaziz and Charles Hagelsteen started the Parisien label in 2001 while they were still at university, and since then have gone on to pair the best of the old with the freshest of the new, releasing amazing disco-y electro, including Gina X, Joakim’s productions as himself, K.I.M, and Poni Hoax, among others. The man himself has a forthcoming new album Nothing Gold on the label due to hit in September.

Yes Wizard – Elephant & Castle by Tigersushi Records

The tiger wags his tail at the sound of good music, so keep ‘em coming.

Woody’s Roundup

Friday hangover part II, after the legendary Bowski took to the decks last night at The Russian Bar for Joe and Will Ask‘s Vikings 004. If you’ve not been to a Vikings night yet then absolutely get yourselves down to the next one (watch this space for details next month). The energy in Joe and Will Ask sets mingles happy-go-lucky bouncy beats with grinding electronic basslines, and the atmosphere is one of a great house party: friends catch up and dance with infectious smiles. I’ve been waiting to see Bowski play ever since we first¬†wrote about him last April, and he’s still got that ability to truly surprise people. My favourite thing in the whole world is a night where I have homework afterwards – the obsessive tracking down (often with very little to go on other than a hummed melody; after all, there’s only so many tracks in a night that you can pester the DJ for the name of) of new tracks that blow my mind. Thankfully, one that we did ask about was his remix of Cassius I Love U So, part of the new remixes EP on Ed Banger. It’s a beaut.

This all ties in rather nicely to events this weekend, as The Fat! Club are giving away the Bowski remix of Boy 8-Bit’s The Keep to celebrate Boy 8-Bit’s appearance at Chew the Fat! at Cable tomorrow, alongside the mighty Zinc. I see a rooooooaaadddddbbbblooocccckkkk….There’s an exclusive interview with the Boy himself here.

Boy 8-Bit – The Keep (Bowksi Remix)

Also tomorrow is Bugged Out! at XOYO with Matt Walsh and Boys Noize, and Cafe 1001 on Brick Lane has a live appearance from Solomun and Stimming for Holic’s 4th Birthday.Tonight Ray Mang and Pac hit up the east end at Big in Japan at The Book Club, and Warm host Joakim at Plastic People. Apocalypso at Queen of Hoxton sees Dekker (Dekker’s twin-peaks-sampling Stop is still KILLING it on all dancefloors – demo preview here).

Hopefully it’s near enough to pay day to indulge in a little disco dalliance this weekend. See you on the dancefloor.

Arveene & Misk – Love & Lust
Holy Ghost! – Do It Again
Headman – Voices (Hannulelauri Dub)
Lissie – When I’m Alone With You (Tensnake Edit)
Firefox AK – Boom Boom Boom (James Curd Remix)
Spec – Prince vs Booka Shade
Juan Atkins – Dayshift (Oliver’s Nightshift Remix)

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Bonus track (there’s a lot of gooduns out this week): Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Villa Remix)

Track for the Day


Kleerup – Longing for Lullabies (Joakim remix)

Joakim applies his Midas touch to Swedish producer Andreas Kleerup’s Longing for Lullabies, released on Positivia last year. This track reflects Kleerup’s penchant for female vocalists; previous collaborations include Robyn, Cyndi Lauper, Roxette, and The Cardigans way back in 1998. More recently his Until We Bleed features Lykki Li.

This forms part of a very nice double-hit ending from Jac the Disco’s mix for the Fabric blog, alongside the Joakim remix of Friendly Fires – On Board.