No tracklist yet but you know it’s gonna be a good one.
Waifs & Strays have been buuuuuuusy. Since we last wrote about them the Bristol pair have played all over the place, had their debut Hot Creations release Body Shiver, and it seems, found time to do some mixes. The first for Moda from December 2011, the second for Crack magazine from January 2012, sadly no tracklist for either.
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Tom Staar, and we’re delighted that he has a new EP forthcoming on Moda Music. He’s been busy over the Summer at Space & Amnesia, Big Chill, and Lovebox, and it’s time for a darker Autumn focus.
For Death Staar Tom teams up with one half of Spektre, and together they keep it pretty banging all the way through. Definitely a jumper for the dancefloor, as are the B-sides Galaxy and Weekender.
After their Summer residency at Space Moda are back in the UK so you can catch them here:
24/09: Tom Staar @ Electric Brixton w/ Felix Da Housecat
30/09: Moda @ Tokyo, Lincoln w/ Chase & Status, Canblaster
30/09: Moda @ Tokyo, York w/ Chase & Status, Ray Foxx
13/10: Moda vs Annie Mac Presents @ o2 Academy
18/11: Moda @ Fabric, London
Download Marina & The Diamonds: Radioactive (Tom Staar Remix) here.
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
And as for this from Turbo on 30 May: if you don’t know what it is, you should…
The longest month of the year is finally drawing to a close, and hopefully with it the long drought on the ol’ cash flow. Clubworld has cottoned on to the fact that pay day is soon to shine upon us like a weak and distant sun, and there are quite a few tasty options for the weekend.
So, here we go: tonight go east for A-trak at XOYO for Moda, along with Monarchy, Fenech-Soler and Russ Chimes, or Big in Japan down the road at The Book Club, or further east Aeroplane is playing at The Nest in Stoke Newington. If you like things a little harder Pendulum, Doorly and Joker are playing at Ewer Street car park for Spectrum’s 10th birthday, but it will be cooooold. Tomorrow Mulletover returns to Cable with Sebo K and Crazy P, and Plastic People is well worth a visit for Caribou and Floating Points. At the Queen of Hoxton, Apocalypso features Dekker and Girl Unit – Girl Unit huge for Wut last year, and Dekker killed it at Fabric with his Twin Peaks sample Stop (listen here).
Spanning both nights is Double Trouble Vision at Corsica Studios, tonight with Roska and Roller Express (a collaboration of Toddla T, Redlight, Serocee and Drea), and tomorrow with Theo Parrish, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Ramadanman.
There are loads of bits and bobs to listen to on tinterweb this week, including new tracks from Cut Copy‘s Zonoscope album, and Metronomy‘s new video for She Wants, so keep those ears peeled over the weekend, and here are a few little numbers to get you through an afternoon in the office.
Kraftwerk – Computer Love (Remastered)
Cut Copy – Take Me Over (Mylo Remix)
Jesse Rae – d.e.s.i.r.e. [the Deadstock 33s edit]
Jesse Voorn – Somewhere (Bass Kleph Remix)
Vampire Weekend – White Sky (Vamp Dub)
Das Moth – Moon
Death From Above 1979 – Black History Month (Alan Braxe & Fred Falke Remix)
Woody 38. zip
BONUS: Sneak peak at new Fake Blood track Medieval (thanks to Gotta Dance Dirty for this rip).
Not long after supporting Groove Armada on their recent tour, Retro/Grade are in town again. Tomorrow they join headliners Delphic as well as Filthy Dukes, Sound Pellegrino, resident Krysko and Mumdance on the bill for the Warehouse Project’s first attack on The Big Smoke.
Retro/Grade are Serge Santiago and Tom Neville combining their vast experience in the music game. The blend of the downright dirty electro you hear in Pulsar to the italo-disco ringing through in Escape Sequence partnered with the linear laser sequence of two guys crossing the contours of the globe, and only the symmetry of their Mac Books and cheeky nodding heads on show, makes a night with them a memorising spectacle to remember.
Last year their track Moda won support from many a big player on the clubbing scene, with their new single Escape Sequence dropping just the other week on Deconstruction Records and a series of gigs lined up, including December’s Goldfrapp tour, there’s a lot more in the pipeline yet…
Retro/Grade sets come at you hard and fast and certainly aren’t for those unaccustomed to sensory overload. If you’re keen, you can grab your free copy of 2009’s Moda here and we’ll see you down the front at Ewer Street tomorrow.
Here’s a sneak preview of what’s in store:
After a Summer frequenting the LDN – IBZ flight path to host for their weekly Moda residency at San Antonio’s Eden, Jaymo and Andy George have returned with a huge track of their own. Hold Me Back features Roll Deep’s J2K and encompasses all the elements that, if you listen to their diverse Radio One show, you will have come to expect from these boys; huge electro bass, techy little bleeps and a grimy J2K vocal.
Hold Me Back dropped today on their very own Moda Music with remixes from BeatauCue, Subskrpt and Thomas Gandey (aka Caged Baby) and is available to buy here. We’ve got the Thomas Gandey mix to give away, so why not give it a spin:
There’s a little disco-exchange programme going on this weekend between Britain and our oh-so-chic Belgian neighbours. We’ve leant Brussels one of our crown jewels, Monsieur Rory Phillips, to play alongside Mustang at Libertine Supersport at the K-Nal club, and they’ve sent over a case of two of their finest exports, Aeroplane and Villa, playing at Together at the Coronet. Moda and Aeroplane are hosting rooms one and two respectively; resulting in two lineups guaranteed to move your derrière.
In other news, Stag & Dagger take over Shoreditch for another year of art and music, and Fabric is hosting the Crosstown Rebels. Jamie Jones and Damien Lazarus until the sun is well and truly up at 8am. Last but not least, there’s a free Ed Banger party at Life in Old Street tomorrow to celebrate the launch of the Mickey Moonlight Love Pattern EP.
The prize for busiest DJ this week goes to Louis Brodinski. The first EP from The Krays (Brodinski and Yuksek), Ready When You Are (feat. Ebony Bones) was released this week on the shiny new Abracada label (my label to watch this Summer), and the wait is finally over for the release of Arnold Classics on Sinden’s Grizzly label. Brodinski’s playing tonight with our good friends Eskimo Twins at Wax:On at the Mint Club in Leeds.
I haven’t included tracks, as this week it’s all about mixes mixes mixes….
The standard of these is so high I didn’t want you to miss any of them.
Mustang Mixture May 10 (CosyMozzy)
Aeroplane Chart Mix May 2010
Bang Gang podcast 22: Magic Mingle Mansion Mix
Boy 8-Bit Essential Mix
Wax:On Podcast 023: Eskimo Twins – Assorted Nuts and Bolts
Jaymo and Andy George mix for Moda
We’re half way through a four-day week and we all know the Easter bank holiday is set to be big. Kicking things off on Thursday here in London is Mega Mega Moda; the marriage of two of the capital’s most banging week night parties Mega Mega Mega (formally at Plastic People) and Moda at The Macbeth. The line up is undoubtedly too big for the small venue, but that’s what its all about isn’t it? With this spectacle of London’s finest fast approaching, we spoke to Tom Staar who, as we mentioned a few weeks ago, is becoming critical to this Thursday night scene. We asked him a little bit about Moda and his own ever-expanding music production line. This is what he had to say…
We’ve been keeping a keen eye on Moda and love the sounds coming out of it. Can you briefly tell us how you got involved with Moda and your history with the label?
I originally set up Moda with Jaymo & Andy George three years ago as a club night in our home town of Lincoln. Since then we have expanded to doing events across the UK and Europe. We now hold regular events at the 1600 capacity Engine Shed in Lincoln and they are always a sell-out. We are also just about to embark on regular parties at a huge venue in London, and we’ll be doing weekly parties throughout the summer in Ibiza. Moda has since become more than just a club night and last year we decided to set up Moda Music to showcase fresh new music from ourselves and others that we feel are really making an impact in the scene.
Can you give us a clue as to what’s coming up on Moda? There must be some stuff brewing for the summer season…
As far as the label goes we have my EP which is next out, it should be dropping around the end of March. It has already had massive support from Annie Mac and others on Radio 1 and has been licensed out to four or five compilations already! After that we have the jewel in the crown of Moda Music, Fenech-Soler, with a new single. This too has had big support on Radio1 and even daytime plays already. This band are absolutely awesome and really are destined for great things this year. Also in the pipe line we have an EP from Jaymo & Andy George that I have been working on with them for what seems like ages, just can’t rush perfection though!
The Mega Mega Moda line-up was released the other week – how did all that come about? That must be your biggest London Moda yet?
We’ve had three sell-out parties already at The Macbeth and we wanted to do something special for the last one. Jaymo & Andy have been good friends with Hervé & Sinden for a while and I’ve just started work on some collaborations with them both in the studio. We felt the time was right to team up on an event as theirs are always huge too. It will be our biggest London event to date.
Apart from the obvious difference in size, how do you think The Engine Shed compares with The Macbeth nights?
Obviously there are a lot of differences between the two parties as the venues are totally different. The Macbeth being a small almost pub-like 400 capacity venue and The Engine Shed, on the other hand, being a huge warehouse type affair. One thing that always is the same though is the atmosphere, it’s great playing at the Moda events because the crowd are always so up for it, it’s just constantly going off which is great!
We’ve seen that you’ve got some very exciting collaborations coming up – Doorly, Style of Eye, Hervé, your Moda boys Andy and Jaymo – when can we hear some of this? What sort of productions are you working on with them?
I have one collaboration already done with Hervé. It’s turned out how you’d expect- a good half way point between his stuff and mine. We plan on doing a few over the next few months, at least two of which will be released on Moda Music. The Style of Eye collaboration is almost done too. It’s a track from his forthcoming album that he started, sent to me, and I’ve finished off. Sinden is spending a few days in the studio with me at the end of this month with a view to doing an EP for Moda Music and I also have one other MASSIVE collaboration in the pipeline but can’t really say anything else about it for now – it’s a big step up for me and am really excited about it.
As well as the collaborations and original Tom Staar material I spend most of my time producing/engineering for other artists. I’ve been producing Doorly’s and Jaymo & Andy George’s stuff for ages now, the majority of the stuff they have had out has been co-produced by me. I also produce for H2 who have just had an EP out on Popof’s Form label and loads of other more housey acts like Prok & Fitch, Filthy Rich and Darren Emerson.
We love the big basslines coming out of the Tom Staar camp at the moment. Do you always go for a heavy bass vibe?
The stuff I’ve had out so far has definitely been very bass-orientated, it’s what’s working in the clubs right now though and I think it’s obviously a massive part of my current sound. When I’m DJing I play a lot more techno influenced stuff along with my own productions, I think you’ll see this coming through in a lot of my future productions.
Have you got any mixes coming up for people to listen to?
I’m currently working on a new mix tape that will be available exclusively through our Moda website next month. On the DJing front we have the Mega Mega Moda party at the Macbeth on Thursday 1st April and another huge event at The Engine Shed at the start of May. If you can’t make either of them we have our new Moda London event starting at the end of May which really will be something special, insane line up and totally mind blowing production.
Do you get much time to go raving yourself? Where have you been able to get to recently?
To be honest, I’ve not really been out that much recently. I did go to the Ed Banger party at the Coronet a few weeks back which was wicked; great venue and totally rammed in there. Normally when I go out I tend to go to more techno-based nights to see people like Dubfire, Adam Beyer etc., it takes me back to my days living out in Ibiza where I have done three summers!
We’re fast approaching the summer season now (finally!), what are you looking forward to in 2010?
I’m looking forward massively to the continued rise of Moda this year and also getting myself out DJing a lot more. I’ll be out in Ibiza a lot for the Moda parties, which I’m really looking forward to as I do miss being out there over the summer…
Tickets are only available on the door for Mega Mega Moda so get down there early and see Tom for yourself. Their predictions of total road block are bound to be pretty accurate!
Mega Mega Moda have released a brand new Tom Staar Mixtape ahead of Thursday’s event. Here’s a link to the mix and below is the tracklist:
Voodoo Chilli – Love Songs
Riva Starr – Dance Me
Fenech-Soler – Stop & Stare (Jaymo & Andy George Rmx)
Groove Armada – Look Me In The Eyes (Urchins Rmx)
Cassette Jam – Just To Be Near You (Tom Staar Rmx)
Laidback Luke & A-Trak – Shake It
Basement Jaxx – My Turn (Tom Staar Rmx)
Style Of Eye – Other Planets
Cirez D – On Off (Sebastien Leger Rmx)
Tom Staar – Two Tone Simms
Vitalic – Flashmob (Popof Rmx)
Since we first saw him take to The Macbeth decks last year, his tracks have been getting air time from all the choice electro stars and not just because Moda’s label bosses have access to some of the most influential radio desks in the country.
The Tom Staar and Console EPs were just warm ups to the Disney’s Space Mountain sampling, bassier, dance floor smashing Heavy Artillery EP (due for March 2010 release on Moda) which houses Two Tone Simms, Cannon and Sling Shot .
Remixes of We Have Band, Basement Jaxx, Cassette Jam and Yello have already been completed and can be found on his MySpace page, and if what we’ve read is true productions with Doorly are being cooked up now…
Be it an introduction or a reminder – get your ears around Two Tone Simms on SoundCloud. School night raving just wouldn’t be the same without him!
Moda’s eye for talent doesn’t stop there either with singer Ben Duffy from the label’s hit band Fenech-Soler appearing on Paper Romance; Groove Armada’s excellent recent single from their new album Black Light (which was released on Monday).