Joy Orbison and Boddika have been making beautiful wax together since the unforgettable ‘walk for me’ vocal on Swims, and their vinyl-only SunkLo imprint has already released two collaborative EPs this year; Froth/Mercy and Dun Dun/Prone.
So understandably, everyone and his dog pricked up their ears when they heard about a collaboration between the two and Pearson Sound, and it’s a great big dirty grinding mammoth of a track. It makes me wanna hurt someone (in a good way).
Part of the Faint/Nil (Reece) EP released today (on SunkLo of course and on a limited run, so heading to all good record stores near you before it sells out fast). Here it is in all its glory:
Bloc have come a LONG way since the two guys who hosted a party in an attic above a club by the river in Norwich, but the ethos has remained the same; search out the best and most unusual venues (they once held Bloc in a fully-functional coastal windmill). So it is only fitting that they should commandeer London’s Pleasure Gardens on only its second weekend in existence, utilising not only the structures already in place but some temporary new ones; the Carhartt Dome, the Ceephas Acid Waltzers, and all the way from The German Democratic Republic, the Motor Ship Stubnitz.
Well pinch-punch-first-of-the-month, which as usual means that there are way too many good nights and not enough time. And as for you with the birthdays, there are DJs to see!
So, tonight, go old school with Marshall Jefferson at Fairchild (car park rave), or go see Waifs & Strays for free at That Mixmag Thing #15 at Queen of Hoxton. Oooh and I’ve just noticed Sishi Rösch is playing at the Horse and Groom for Coconut Ritz. Miguel Puente drew my attention to him and together they’re pretty unstoppable (more dates for both of them in London please!). To give you an example, here’s a little video from one of their Sonar appearances. I’ve been waiting for an excuse to post this as it sounds sweeeeeeet, and I’d pretty much kill to see either and both of them play anywhere at the moment.
I always tell myself I’m going to get out of the city in July as much as possible, and it never happens, simply because the July line ups are ridiculous for the whole month every single year. 2011 is heading that way too, with Nicolas Jaar coming live two days in a row at Fabric at the end of the month, Lovebox bringing everyone I love into Victoria Park, and The Nest continuing a fantastic booking job, with Julio Bashmore and Riton next weekend. Bloody good work London.
Bank Holiday! Just when we were getting used to the five-day weeks. Not that I’m complaining, you understand…
So, let’s celebrate by getting as mashed as we can for as much of the weekend as we can. Tonight we’re seeing the mighty Tiga at XOYO for Bugged Out, then we’re straight off down to New Cross for Lunar presents the Carnival Party. They’re a new monthly night and this is round 2. I can’t tell you how important new nights are to me; catch them early and you get that house party vibe, amazing DJs in cool venues, and that whole feeling of being a bit naughty staying out late. Lunar moved to Release in New Cross because they were spilling out of the doors of The Nest, and Release has just re-opened after 12 months, so it’s time to go back to the South. It’s a car-neeee-vallll so playing are bashment kings The Heatwave, Hipsters Don’t Dance and new DJ collab Twin Peaks (Goulcher and Stocky).
Warm up your shake-it-muscles with a little mix from The Heatwave: Archive Mix for Lunar (particularly Ward 21 – Hotta Betta Phatta at 16 minutes in).
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.
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: