Airdrop’s Free Downloads

Thanks to Argentine Airdrop Records for a whole host of free loveliness today. They’ve been booking and producing greats since the label and agency were started in 2006, including launching the mighty Soul Clap (so glad to see Rock the Boat is included in the giveaway below), and we’ve had the pleasure of EPs from Sergio Santos, Tanner Ross and Franco Cinelli, as well as regular Airpod podcasts from the likes of Fritz & Lang, Crazy Larry, Martin Eyerer and Nicolas Jaar.

So we were super happy to see the Airdrop all-stars giving some tracks away for free.
AIRDROP’D | Airdrop’s Free Downloads by Airdrop Records

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.

Woody 52. ZIP

Woody’s Roundup

There’s nothing like the fear of never being able to leave your house again as it’s piled high with drifts of snow to make you rush out and have a dance while you still can. As ever, London has superbly risen to the occasion and offered a few goodies to stagger to after the office Christmas party.

Tonight Stopmakingme, Pete Herbert and Prince Pac play at The Book Club for the Big In Japan Christmas party, Retro/Grade join Villa and Acid Girls for Scandalism at Stokey’s The Nest, Motor City Drum Ensemble play at Plastic People, and Tim Sheridan plays one of my all-time favouritely-titled nights VeryVeryWrongIndeed at Lightbox in Vauxhall. Dollop host XOYO with LuckyPDF and Dollop DJs, and Eskimo Twins are joining David E Sugar free at 93 Feet East.

Tomorrow promises no sleep for the wicked as Jackmode present round two of their Pelski nights at Counter Culture, with the big boys Jesse Rose, Zombie Disco Squad, Oliver $ and Jet Project. Mr Rose was spotted grooving in the crowd to Round Table Knights last time we attended so it’ll be interesting to see how he enjoys making us move. There’s another legendary 2020 Vision party with Tensnake, Lindstrom and Crazy P, and Soul Clap are rocking Hearn Street Car Park with their Yoyoyo 90s Jam Rave E-Dition. If you’re up North (even if you’re not it’s only 2 hours on the pendolino from Euston) Wolf + Lamb have their Christmas party at Sankeys, with Gadi Mizrahi and the lovely Nicolas Jaar. Way down South My Heroes Killed Cowboys in Cornwall hosts Filthy Dukes and Stopmakingme.

Enough to dance those icicles away I’d say.

Here are some tracks to help with that:
Heartik – Wax Works (Mowgli Remix)
Prince Club – La Charma pt. 2 (Prince Club Sub-Marine Mix)
OMD – Sister Marie Says (Stopmakingme Remix)
Lykke Li – Get Some (Beck Remix) [Lykke Li remixed by Beck? Yes please]
Davide Squillace – The Other Side of the Bed
Yeasayer – Madder Red (Munk Remix)
Feed Me – Jolie [Feed Me are the latest signing to Deadmau5’s Mau5trap label. Expect the Feed Me’s Big Adventure EP in January]

The Greatest Show On Earth

Circus – 1: A large public entertainment, typically in an arena, featuring exhibitions of pageantry, feats of skill and daring, intersperced throughout with the slapstick antics of clowns.
2: A troupe of performers, especially a travelling troupe.

Circus Company released dOP‘s first album Greatest Hits last week, and it reminded me just how brilliant and diverse a label they are. Full of ‘reenergised house,’ and leftfield vocals the album is characteristic of the Parisien label, which seems to keep reinventing itself in various quirky guises over the last ten years. They describe their releases as “mostly house and techno, but influenced by jazz and funk,” and it’s easy to hear how the two former have twisted the two latter into the ‘boozecore‘ wonky yet charismatic Circus style.

Nicolas Sfintescu (one half of Nôze) started the label with Mathias Duchemin AKA Sety in 2000, having played on the party scene in Paris together for a long time prior to that. Despite signing artists from different genres all over the world a familiar distinctive Parisien-jazz-bar sound was quickly established and modernised into a form of techno, but much more brass-based than the equivalent from Berlin. Never shy of trying something new and unusual, to say the least, including Dave Aju’s 2008 album Open Wide, which was completely made up of samples he made with his own mouth – every single sound on the record. Aju (Marc Barrite)’s father was a jazz musician, and the Circus sound clearly has a strong jazz ancestry; for example Nicolas Sfintescu was a jazz musician before starting Nôze, and Nicolas Jaar often cites a love of jazz from childhood.

On the surface these quirky jokers seem to do everything by what looks like a laid-back happy coincidence, but they keep their fingers firmly on the pulse, uncovering new and unreleased artists at parties and through mutual friends. This year notable releases include Seth Troxler’s Each Step and Nicolas Jaar’s Marks/Angles EP, and they’re set to release Jaar’s first album Tre in January 2011.

A true extravaganza.

Deetron feat. Seth Troxler – Each Step
Noze – You Have To Dance
Nicolas Jaar – Marks


I do try not to keep writing about certain artists (Chromeo, Busy P, Stopmakingme, Nicolas Jaar) but they just keep making music that I need to talk about, OK?

Boy-wonder Nico Jaar has just posted previews of his Love You Gotta Lose Again EP, out on Gadi Mizrahi‘s vinyl-only Double Standard Records on 18 October. The title track is particularly captivating in Jaar’s sullen beats-infused style overlaid with eastern strings, muffled piano and vintage soul vocals – listen to the bass at 41 seconds. So very good.

Love you gotta lose again /// Nicolas Jaar (Double Standard Records) by Clown and Sunset

Alchemy Remix Management let us have a tiny preview last week of a remix by Jaar of Azari & III‘s Into the Night, but for whatever reason it was just as quickly hidden away again. It was as piano-tastically beautiful as expected, and we’ll undoubtedly be giving you a listen here as soon as we find out more.

Nico’s Feelin Good

Wolf + Lamb have released a 6-track free EP from the boy with the midas touch Nicolas Jaar. Nico’s work just couldn’t get any smoother – every track on this made me go ooooooh yesterday, including edits of Blue Monday and Love Potion No. 9.

Get it from RA here: Nicolas Jaar – 6 Edits
Come n Get It
Mini Calcutta
Nico’s Feelin Good
Stay In Love
The Beach

Woody’s Roundup

These bones are tired bones, but that’s nothing getting back on it won’t fix. Tonight Corsica Studios hosts the fifth Ekstravaganza party down in Elephant & Castle with Ivan Smagghe and Prins Thomas, and tomorrow the Get Physical crew bring their own brand of dark and dirty to Fabric, with M.A.N.D.Y on the decks. However, this week’s winner is… Soul Clap presents the T Bar Closing Party at Scrutton Street Warehouse tomorrow. The lineup is sent from heaven, in the shape of Soul Clap bringing the efunk, Nicolas Jaar and Floating Points. Did someone say party?

In other news, the Warehouse Project lineups for 2010 have been announced. It’s hard to put into words the excitement that comes from running to Euston after work, working ourselves up into a giggling mess on the 2 hour train journey, alighting in that wonderful city and following the surge of clubbers under the railway arches into the biggest undercover car park club you’ve ever been to. Book tickets here before they all sell out.

Here’s a few of the songs that have been feeding our stereos of late: Woody XVIII
Soul Clap – Extravaganza
Ladyhawke – Paris is Burning (Cut Copy remix)
Junior Boys – Teach Me How To Fight
Crystal Castles – Vietnam (Midnight Conspiracy Remix)
Matthew Dear – Soil to Seed
Green Velvet – Shake & Pop feat. Kid Sister
Diskokaine – Hall of Shame (Sidechains Remix)

The Count and Sinden‘s Mega Mega Mega album is released on Domino Records 23 August, and this track After Dark featuring Mystery Jets has been on repeat this week. A nice little dancing video for a Friday afternoon.

Thanks Justin

Happy days! The sun is still shining and here to stay all week and dirtybird hero, Justin Martin, has done the latest mix for FACT.

FACT mix 160: Justin Martin

  1. Sascha Braemer And Nicone – Nur Mal Kurz (Philip Bader Remix) (Renaissance Man Edit)
  2. Zev – Forget The World Feat. Beckford [Wolf + Lamb]
  3. Super Flu – Nickletoe & Yours, Opa [Monaberry]
  4. Pezzner – Let’s Talk [Physical Graffiti]
  5. Jamtech Foundation – Too Fast (Femme En Foumure Remix) [Discobelle]
  6. Unknown- Unknown (J Phlip Remix) – Unknown
  7. Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo (Mike Monday Hse Mngo Remix) (Justin Martin Special Edit)
  8. Claude Vonstroke – Vocal Chords (Tim Green Remix) [Dirtybird]
  9. Galen & Justin Martin – Dust Devil [Dirtybird]
  10. Kicks Like A Mule – Funky4 (Martin Brothers Donkey Punch Remix) [Fools Gold]
  11. J Phlip & Claude Vonstroke – California (Julio Bashmore Remix) [Dirtybird]
  12. Robbie Hardkiss – Get Up (Zev Remix) [Hallucination Limited]
  13. Nicolas Jaar – Time For Us [Wolf + Lamb]