Dan Avery and Matt Walsh have most certainly made us move over the years; whether it be a little chair dancing in the office or a 6am hands-in-the-air moment in the dark depths of Fabric or in a bleak and rainy field in East London. They’ve taught us to trust them; to learn to let go as genre-boundaries are pushed and sounds are mangled.
It is this trust that they’re enlisting tomorrow night as they turn their hand to events management for the first of their Movement series, to take place from April to June at new venue Hysteria in Dalston. The theme here is that the identity of the guest DJ will remain a mystery as the curation skills of Walsh and Avery come to the fore (although their decks skills won’t be forgotten, with sets from them both).
We welcome a new Thursday night, we embrace using our ears properly once again rather than drowning in hype, and we look forward to some forward-thinking sounds.
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.
Warehouse, oh Warehouse, how I love thee… We were quite disappointed after our first ever visit to Manchester Piccadilly’s arches to find that despite being at the front all night we’d not made any of the photographs on The Warehouse Project website. Then we spotted the little beauty above. That’s commitment.
And the good news is… Matt Walsh has made his set from Bugged Out’s birthday at XOYO last weekend available for download. It was clearly a well thought-out set, meticulously crafted with incredible build; from sounds that wouldn’t have seemed out of place in eighties Manchester, trippy at times, it naturally progresses through to some fresh acid-disco with a healthy dash of funk. Matt then accelerates into the third hour, plunging us into a crescendo of cutting edge tech and electro; hugely synonymous with Bugged Out. At times, perhaps somewhat appropriately for the headliner that night, I was also reminded of my student days in London through the odd sentimental nod to the late, great Trash.
For those who are unfamiliar with Matt Walsh, here’s a brief intro. He’s a resident of the mighty Bugged Out and was hand-picked by Tiga to release on his label Turbo Recordings. Matt releases under his own name and also Clouded Vision, where he collaborates with his studio-partner Steve Cook. Clouded Vision then became the name of their record label too. Both solo and with others, Matt has also released on Kitsune, Wax:On, Seinan Recordings and Southern Fried.
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.
It’s been a while since an Eskimo Twins EP has graced the inner-ears of One From The Vaults, and we’ve been getting excited about this for some time. Following on from Horror in November, the Judas EP is out on Wax:On on 6 September (on Beatport from 23 August).
Nathan and Tim have been backwards and forwards to Ibiza for most of the summer for their Reclaim the Dancefloor residency, and while they’ve been away both Judas on the A-side and Droid on the flip have been creeping into DJ sets we’ve heard out and about, as well as Droid being hammered out by Kissy Sell Out on Radio 1 this week. With such differing ancestry as Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder, Eskimo Twins productions contain a signature melodic component with a heavy heavy addition of mangled metal and bass, which gives us a little clue to what might be in store here. And of course, both Judas and Droid are characteristically bleepy and filthy-dirty.
Do you ever feel like the weekends are actually reality, and the working week is just like a bad dream in between? Except the weekends have a slightly hazy, dream-like quality to them. Where did this week go?