Homework for Pulse

Always a good start to the week when there’s a new mix from Homework. This little beaut was for Pulse Radio and includes their new release Rally Racquet Club, which came out on Made To Play in June.

Jackmode Radio Mix For Pulse Radio (Mixed By Homework)

1. An Introduction By Sun Ra
2. Tale Of Us – Dark Song – Visionquest
3. Rampa – Meggy’s Desire – Keinemusik
4. 6th Borough Project – Back To Me (feat. Ricky Reid) – Delusions Of Grandeur
5. Brawther – Do It Yourself (Alternative Mix) – Secretsundaze
6. Dionne – Back On The Plannet – Smallville
7. dOP – Half Naked – Supplement Facts
8. Subb-an feat Beckford – The Lovers Night – Spectral Sound
9. Bas Amro – Soundkilla – Freerange
10. Homework – Rally Racquet Club (Oliver $ Remix) – Made To Play
11. Benoit & Sergio – Everybody – DFA
12. Carter Bros – Full Disco Jacket (Main Mix) – Rush Hour
13. Cristophe – The Force (Julio Bashmore Piano Mix) – Futureboogie
14. Pional – Where Eagles Dare – Permanent Vacation
15. Homework – I’m Into This (Homework All Night Stripdown) – Exploited

Woody’s Roundup

Wow, one pops off to the beach for two weeks and comes back to a world exploded with music. Some absolute greats from Yuksek and The Magician (check out The Magician‘s remix of Yuksek‘s On A Train from the EP of the same name), and Mustang have given us two absolute beauts, with their remix of Golden Bug‘s Sex Beat from the Magia Potagia EP on Gomma, and their remix of Monarchy‘s I Won’t Let Go from the EP of the same name new from Moda Music. Made to Play have made a limited vinyl pressing of Round Table Knights remixes, with contributions from L-Vis 1990 and Homework, and that happy santa claus of techno Claude Von Stroke has remixed Girl Unit‘s 2010 banger Wut, which has made EVERYONE pretty excited, but no release date yet from Night Slugs. Finally Aeroplane releases My Enemy from the We Can’t Fly album, and even if you own the album the EP is worth it for the Rex The Dog remix alone.

Compilations are coming thick and fast too, with Moda Compilation Volume 1 out 23 May, including the first original material from Jaymo & Andy George, starting with their Night Music EP, and last week Lee Foss and Jamie Jones added another string to their bows with the first volume of the Hot Waves compilation, released of course on their own Hot Creations label. Chilly Gonzales brings us ‘orchestral rap’ withThe Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales album on 6 June on Gentle Threat/ Schmooze, and Toddla T‘s new single Take It Back is out on the mighty Ninja Tune on 23 May; a forerunner to his debut album to be released on the label later this year.

Obviously you’ll be spending all your money on these new releases so I’m going to save you some clubbing cash this weekend and tell you of two pretty epic free parties. Tonight, That Mixmag Thing #13 is at the Queen of Hoxton with Oliver Lang, Super Recordings Showcase and my favourites Riotous Rockers (their April mix was a joy as usual), and tomorrow Field Day host a free party with Omar S, Caspar C and Midland at XOYO. Well done all.

Jamie Woon – Night Air (Solomun Edit) – I still can’t get enough of it.
SBTRKT feat. Little Dragon – Wildfire
Zomby – Things Fall Apart (feat. Panda Bear)
Jess Mills – Vultures (MJ Cole Remix)
Fleet Foxes – Grown Ocean
Toddla T – Take It Back – Dillon Francis Remix
Sticky K – Prince of Persia
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And as for this from Turbo on 30 May: if you don’t know what it is, you should…

Woody’s Roundup

When the Round Table Knights play, you GO. What I love about them is how they mix up the vibe and you never really know what you’re going to get, except that there’s likely to be a few chilled beauties like No Regular Play‘s Smiling Faces, and a lot of house-party jumpers. Stomper anyone? So of course, with the new album to shout about, Say What? on Made To Play this week, there’s a celebration in the air and alongside Stopmakingme they’re taking over East Village for Snap Crackle and Pop’s 4th birthday party. FUN.
They’ve given us their new mix as a taster of the evening’s entertainment:
Round Table Knights, Winter Spring Mix 2011
Marc Moulin – Aria
Terry Callier – You Goin Miss Your Candyman
Trickski – Phill Collins
Tornado Wallace – Swimmin
Hercules & Love Affair – My House
Bubba – Makin Contact
Subb-an – What I Do
Session Victim – We Want To Thahounk All Our Friends
Homework – Hold Me Tight
Andre Crom, Martin Dawson – In The City
No Regular Play – Serious Heat
Mount Kimbie – Carbonated (Chris James Refix)
Stuffa – Proof (Wolf + Lamb Remix)
Riva Starr – More (Kink Remix)
Round Table Knights – Paparussi
Joy Orbison – Ladywell
Rick Poppa Howard – About Fourteen

In other news, Dollop continue their Citipost Warehouse series, tonight with Sinden, Homework and Hannah Holland, and Off Modern host their twentieth event at Corsica Studios.
Homework and Sinden have done Dollop mixes, which you can stream here and here.

Tomorrow No Regular Play join Horse Meat Disco at The Red Gallery, and The Revenge joins A Guy Called Gerald at Corsica Studios. Go old school with Derrick Carter at new venue The Basement.

So your tracks for this week are as follows:
Melé – Trappin (Contakt Remix)
Contakt – Rhodophyta (Melé Remix) Sinden’s Grizzly label and Local Action Records are offering a free download of Melé and Contakt
Douster – Journey To Tethys Sea (Original Mix)
Amphibious – What Happened?
Malente vs Azzido Da Bass – Hunting (Ado Remix)
Róisín Murphy – Boadicea (Oliver $ Remix)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – How Far (The 2 Bears remix)
And your Zip file: Woody 43

Something to watch out for in the next fortnight is the new Zombie Disco Squad offering, the Pinky & The Brain EP on Made to Play, released 28 March. The previews sound pretty darn good to me, have a listen:
MTP038 Zombie Disco Squad – Pinky & The Brain EP (PREVIEW CLIPS) by Made to Play

Cutting Against the Grain

The Vaults award for best newcomer 2010 has to go to our boys Homework. They’ve come a long way since we interviewed them at the beginning of the year, gracing the rosters of not only Exploited and Made to Play but out and about playing with the Dirtybird crew too. No matter who the DJ or their associated genre, a contribution from Homework sneaks its way in and manages to adapt itself to any dancefloor, and Tom and Zip have honed their sound from something that was always highly intellectual into being deep yet bouncy, culminating in the absolute bangers Fissa Tune and I Got One, which I’d say were pretty much the must-haves of 2010.

This little joy of a mix sums up the Homework sound nicely – play on repeat and it never gets old. It’s a precursor to their EP Hudson Square, out on Exploited in February 2011. Including my favourites In The City by Andre Crom, new album material from the Round Table Knights and Homework’s own Kadenza. Great for those snowy journeys home.

Homework – Cutting Against The Grain Mixtape

0. Introduction by Cornel West
1. Tornado Wallace – Whispering Twirl – Delusions Of Grandeur
2. Mass Prod – 72 Minutes Of Scrubs A Day – Bosconi
3. Nebraska – Arrondissement – Rush Hour 4. Andre Crom & Martin Dawson – In The City – Off
5. Huxley – Shapes – Neurotraxx Deluxe
6. Mr. G – Sunday Blues – Bass Culture
7. Mark Chambers & Cris Slater – Daze – Snubb8. Matthias Meyer – The Rear Window – Liebe*Detail9. Steve Bug – My Sweet Vital Angel – Ovum
10. Ian Pooley & Spencer Parker – Kinderteller – Ovum
11. Zappe – Larrys Exotic Blend (Remastered Version) – Bouq
12. Round Table Knights – Cat Power (Extended Version) – Made To Play
13. AFMB – Backup Days – Drumpoet Community
14. Makam – You Might Lose It (Kerri Chandler Kaoz 623 Remix) – Sushitech Purple
16. Leonel Castillo – Stone Peach (Delano Smith Remix) – Sushitech Purple
17. Fritz Zander – For Your Love – Suol
18. Homework – Kadenza – CDR

Say What?

I’m so very glad that we got ourselves out of bed post-Warehouse Project-and-Fabric to get down to The Lock Tavern this Sunday for Duke Dumont and Round Table Knights. The atmosphere at the Lock is always amazing as things metamorphose before your very eyes from Sunday roasts and sitting chatting across the big tables downstairs, to the darker bass, arms-in-the-air mass of movement upstairs, all under the red glow of the ‘Small Disco’ neon.

If anyone can get me moving when I ache all over it’s Round Table Knights. They played here four years ago and triumphantly returned last night (before a gig in Italy and an Australian tour) for a characteristically bouncy yet beautifully retro set, with plenty of nostalgic vocals and one-two skip beats. One track that very much caught my ears was a deep vocal ‘I guess you’ve got something that I need you to do…say what…say what…say what.’ Absolutely mesmerising.

So I was very pleased to discover it’s their new single, and the title track from their first album, Say What? Due for release on Made To Play in February 2011. The single feat. Ogris Debris is out 20 December, and they’ve kindly given us a little sampler.

Say What?! feat. Ogris Debris by Round Table Knights

Cat Power by Round Table Knights

Can’t wait.

Woody’s Roundup

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.

Single for the week is The C90s Shine A Light, out today on Relish, and a fitting follow-up to the fantastic 10:01. Whoop!

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

Bonus: Erol Alkan live ‘Ganban’ DJ mix just released on his website.

Made To Play’s Birthday Raves

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.

Here are a couple of new tracks we’ve had on repeat over the last week from the Made to Play camp. First is the Jesse Rose remix of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs on Play It Down.

PID003 – Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Garden (Jesse Rose Remix) by Made to Play

Second, a new track called Behind The Fence from those crazy Dutch guys, Homework, who we interviewed back in March. It’s coming out as part of their new Trumpet Express EP on Made To Play.

MTP033 – Homework – Behind The Fence by Made to Play

Full details of the 5 years of Made To Play European tour dates can be found here.

Can you ever have too much clarinet in a dance track?

Well, can you? I don’t think so. I feel like I’m in an episode of Jeeves and Wooster, (looks like I am: check the name of this one) and I like it.

Round Table Knights have done us proud with their latest EP Cut To The Top with vocals from Reverend Beat-Man. Out on Made to Play on 19th July.

MTP031 Round Table Knights – Cut To The Top – ‘Cut To The Top feat. Reverend Beat-Man’ by Made to Play


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 LegionFabric 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 MartinStyle 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.

Hickup – Hickup Theme by HICKUP

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