Woody’s Roundup

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.

Hessle Audio are at Fabric, with Pearson Sound and Joy Orbison, and you could keep it Fabric (we are) by attending the mammoth 5 Years of Leftroom there tomorrow night, with Matt Tolfrey and the Leftroom crew in Room 2 and Hot Natured (Lee Foss and Jamie Jones) in Room 3. We had great fun at Soul Clap’s 90s Jam with Lee Foss at the Star of Bethnal Green on Wednesday, and in between the two Lee’s off to play in Naples, at Gottwood Festival in Wales and DC10 in Ibiza. He was asking anyone on Facebook if he could borrow a pillow…
Glimpse and Miguel Campbell are playing The CAMP for Mutant Disco, Stopmakingme and The Deadstock 33s are playing the Lemonade Launch Party at The Nest, and if you’re headed towards the slightly more hardcore then Spectrum have their Summer Warehouse Party at Ewer Street Car Park with Nero, Kissy Sell Out, Chase and Status and Sinden.

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.

Bassheads – Is Anybody Out There (Greg Wilson Edit) – a walk down memory lane. Huge thanks to Greg for giving this away on soundcloud this week
Joakim – Forever Young (Discodeine Remix)
Jacques Greene – Lay It Down (Nacho Lovers Remix) the original of this is worth your pennies fo sho.
Theophilius London – Flying Overseas (Soul Clap EFunk Remix)
Toddla T – Watch Me Dance (SebastiAn Remix) Also worth your money for the whole release as all the remixes are great.
Lucky Paul – Thought We Were Alone (Gang Colours Remix)
Rainbow Arabia – Blind (Salva Remix) Rainbow Arabia have just announced a summer tour including the Shoreditch 1,2,3,4 festival next week 9th July.

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Woody’s Roundup

We all hate the change of season, but it’s a great time musically as the tracks everyone’s been working on over the summer are hitting the stores with a vengeance. This week’s music blew our minds, and made us shout things out loud in the silent office, like ‘bloody yes!’ and ‘get in!’ – forgetting it was a private earphone experience.

If you want to get out this weekend, Cargo tonight has Justin Robertson and Stopmakingme for Filthy Few Presents Nightmoves, and tomorrow Corsica Studios is hosted by Warm for their 11th birthday, with The Revenge, Sebo K, Horse Meat Disco and Cottam. Or you could head North for the weekend and do Bugged Out tonight at Sankeys with Boy 8-Bit and L-Vis 1990 then double up with Ape 5th Birthday at The Warehouse Project tomorrow, with KRS One, Caspa and Andy C. Dark.

There’s a fair bit of mid-week clubbing next week too, as Wednesday sees Kissy Sell Out‘s San City High tour hit East Village with Blamma Blamma! Zed’s Dead and Urchins, and on Thursday the DeadFish crew host their Family and Friends party in its new home in Dalston Superstore.

Hard to summarise this week in seven tracks, but here you go:
Mumdance & Esser – Battle (Wookie Cover) – the Mumdecent EP is out now on Mad Decent and includes Smasher. Yes yes.
Style of Eye & Magnus – Antidote
Slagsmålsklubben & Style of Eye – Homeless
Vhyce – Basement Horns (Yolanda Be Cool Remix)
Visti & Meyland – Yes Maam (All Nite Long) (Trentemoller Remix)
No Regular Play – Owe Me (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
Cassius – Les Enfants
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Worth the pennies (among about 1 million others at the moment) is ZZT (Zombie Nation and Tiga)’s ZZAfrika, out on Turbo this week. Their catalogue is looking pretty hot right now.

ZZT – ZZafrika by turborecordings


We’ve been spending a surprising amount of time this Summer on British Waterways, since discovering that jumping from our friend Mark’s balcony into the canal at Broadway Market didn’t in fact kill us or give us pink-eye. We’ve utilised house-boats, kayaks, canoes, and our little arms and legs as modes of transport, so were delighted when Kissy Sell Out provided a soundtrack in the form of Bart B More‘s dirty little mash-up of Hues Corporation and his Brap! (released in July on Boysnoize Records), aptly titled, Brap! the Boat.

I love Bart B More for when I’m feeling slightly agressive, perhaps on the walk to work or towards fellow passengers on public transport. I find the metal grind and dischordant techno sounds help me to vent, balanced out by party bass and uptempo beats, giving an overall jacking house vibe.

He is actually Bart van der Meer from The Netherlands, and has been releasing his own productions since 2007 on his imprint Secure Recordings (alongside signings Bassjackers and Destroy Disco), then on to Toolroom, Sound Pellegrino and finally Boysnoize. He fully entered the clubworld’s collective consciousness with So It Goes in 2009 and the huge Romane in February 2010.

One of those nice little loops that happens when you start researching someone for the blog is that Bart B More’s remix of CrookersNo Security is the record that blew us away in Busy P‘s set at the Warehouse Project last October, which was recorded live for his Essential Mix. I’ve been misguidedly searching for it ever since, and never quite getting the right remixer. I should have known.

So head down to Mile End, where a man sits at the Canal-side, and you can hire a canoe for a day. Avoid the commuter crowds by taking British Waterways.
Here’s your soundtrack.
Bart B More and Hues Corporation – Brap the Boat (radio rip)
Bart B More – Brap! (Preview)
Bart B More – Romane (Rubix Remix)
Curses – The Deep End (Bart B More Remix)
Crookers Ft. Kelis – No Security (Bart B More remix)

New Operator Please!

They say everyone remembers where they were the moment Kennedy was shot. I feel the same way about the moment that I discovered Operator Please (especially as it was exactly the same moment that I discovered Late of the Pier). It was 21st July 2007, and Kissy Sell Out had his first ever Radio 1 show, on In New DJs We Trust. A friend had recommended him after hearing his Annie Mac Minimix, and within five minutes we were bouncing around the room to what are now etched in my mind as two of my most influential tracks: Late of the Pier’s Space and the Woods, Just a Song About Ping Pong, by Operator Please.

Their first album, Just a Song About Ping Pong was released on Virgin in 2007; a huge label for such a new band, especially as they were still in school at the time. The Australian five-piece have a new album Gloves, out 23 April, and to celebrate they’re giving away a free download of the first single Logic.
Free Download – Operator Please – Logic

From the vaults: prepare to get happy.
Late of the Pier – Space and the Woods
Operator Please – Just a Song About Ping Pong (Kissy Sell Out’s White Stallion remix)

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

Lee Mortimer + Foamo = Superman!

We’re always excited by a collaboration, especially with two people whose storming filthy-dirty sets we’ve had the great pleasure of sweatily shaking up the front row to. Lee Mortimer and the lovely Kye Gibbon AKA Foamo have worked together on Superman, the follow-up to last year’s It’s Going Down.

The launch party on 13th March at The Rhythm Factory in East London is free to everyone who dresses up as Superman or Superwoman, and Lee Mortimer, when interviewed on Kissy Sell Out’s show last night, mentioned that he might donning a cape for the evening too…

Superman is being released on Lee Mortimer’s Wearhouse Music

Lee Mortimer & Foamo – Superman
Lee Mortimer & Foamo – It’s Going Down

Bring it back

We all know piano-rave is making a huge comeback under its new moniker nu-disco. The A-Trak remix of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Heads Will Roll was my favourite record of 2009, featuring some monster power-chords from the Detroit techno era, and everyone’s been welcoming the piano back for a while. Miami Winter Music Conference 2010 is definitely going to be all over it; in that shiny happy environment it’s difficult not to strip out the bass and add the plinky-plonkies to any track.

Stopmakingme and Kissy Sell Out have both forecast a handbag-house resurgence this year, completely summarised by this track – Reckless with Your Love, by Canadian duo Azari & III. Their album is due for release on Trax records in Spring 2010. On this vibe also are Tape to Tape, with their The Devil Made Me Do It EP released on Relish records. Tape to Tape have Azari & III on their January chart on myspace, which brings us in a nice circle.

CFCF Big Love, which samples Fleetwood Mac at 16 minutes into this Tronik Youth January 2010 mix: those pianos couldn’t be more archetypal noughties nostalia-rave. Straight off the sweaty dancefloor at DTPM on a Sunday night at Fabric. Ahh, those days…

This was Made To Play

Thank you Zombie Disco Squad and Discobelle for this new mix. Absolutely STUNNING – consistent heavy low bass all the way through with ZDS’s signature tribal beats. Very nice!

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.