Big in Japan

It’s Big in Japan’s 6th birthday, and the club night that has brought you the likes of Erol Alkan, Daniel Avery, TEED and Todd Terje are back at their spiritual home The Book Club next Friday 30 November for a good old italo-disco knees-up. They’re joined by disco royalty in the form of Ghostly and Balihu founder Daniel Wang, leader of the New York 90s disco pack, and Ray Mang (producer of one of my all-time favourite party records, Bullet Proof).

Alongside them comes the king-of-the-edit Leftside Wobble, and he’s done an homage-mix to Daniel Wang:

 See you on our favourite dancefloor.

Woody’s Roundup

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.

Boy 8-Bit – The Keep (Bowksi Remix)

Also tomorrow is Bugged Out! at XOYO with Matt Walsh and Boys Noize, and Cafe 1001 on Brick Lane has a live appearance from Solomun and Stimming for Holic’s 4th Birthday.Tonight Ray Mang and Pac hit up the east end at Big in Japan at The Book Club, and Warm host Joakim at Plastic People. Apocalypso at Queen of Hoxton sees Dekker (Dekker’s twin-peaks-sampling Stop is still KILLING it on all dancefloors – demo preview here).

Hopefully it’s near enough to pay day to indulge in a little disco dalliance this weekend. See you on the dancefloor.

Arveene & Misk – Love & Lust
Holy Ghost! – Do It Again
Headman – Voices (Hannulelauri Dub)
Lissie – When I’m Alone With You (Tensnake Edit)
Firefox AK – Boom Boom Boom (James Curd Remix)
Spec – Prince vs Booka Shade
Juan Atkins – Dayshift (Oliver’s Nightshift Remix)

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Bonus track (there’s a lot of gooduns out this week): Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Villa Remix)

Legendary Children

Since our good friend Jay Rossi of Jac The Disco went on his travels we’ve been chatting to his partner-in-crime Prince Pac about his solo projects for Legendary Children and Big In Japan. Legendary Children began as a blog and a series of club nights ‘all about classic House Music’ in Stoke Newington a whole year ago, and since then they’ve branched out all over East London and sent Pac DJing around the capital. They’re about to celebrate their first birthday with a huge secret venue warehouse party Saturday 5 March (event details here), so Pac did a little mix to celebrate. Full of smooth disco and acid house, very nice.

Prince Pac – Legendary Children Hot Mix Volume 4

Pac’s also playing this friday alongside Ray Mang for Big In Japan at the Book Club. We’ve been keeping a close eye on Big In Japan since they hosted Fabric‘s room 3 for Kill Em All last month, and this mix sums up the disco vibes we can expect this weekend. Enjoy.

The Life and Times of the Nefarious Prince (Mix for Big In Japan)

Woody’s Roundup

Tonight London’s party scene is nothing short of colossal, and as is often the way, we wish we were omnipresent. The focus is on the South London renaissance, with Together at the Coronet showcasing Cassius, In Flagranti and Kavinsky, Disco System at Brixton Jamm featuring DFA beauties Mock & Toof and Ray Mang, and the opening of the new Peckham Palais, providing a 1000-capacity home for the art-meets-music community of the area, spearheaded by LuckyPDF and the Off Modern crew. DFA have a finger in this pie too, with their man Ben Rymer joining 1-of-The 2 Bears Raf Daddy and a host of live acts. Tomorrow we remain South, at Brixton’s Plan B for the official LCD Soundsystem Afterparty, presented by Durr and featuring our favourites Disco 3000 and the king of uplifting disco Rory Phillips. There’s a flurry of LCD Soundsystem activity before the new album This Is Happening is released on 17 May, and as frontman James Murphy is co-founder of DFA, he’s proving their ability to soundtrack a monumental party.

However, one mustn’t overlook Fabric, who celebrate the launch of Duke Dumont‘s latest contribution to the Fabric Live CD collection, by inviting the Duke, Jesse Rose and newest resident Solo (congratulations are in order) to Farringdon.

Phew! Here’s some party tunes to get you going: Woody VII

Gorillaz – Superfast Jellyfish (Evil Nine Remix)
Sascha Braemer – Go Loco
Yolanda Be Cool feat DCUP – We No Speak Americano
Sinden and SBRKT – Midnight Marauder (on Sinden’s new Grizzly label)
Yelle – Je Veux Te Voir (Club-Club Mix)
The Swiss – Bubble Bath (Glimmers Plastic Edit)
White Lies – Farewell To The Fairground (Rory Phillips White Horse Mix)

Bonus: Jac the Disco‘s excellent April mix ahead of tonight’s set at Brixton Jamm. A shining example of the chime-adorned disco funk we’ve come to expect from them.
Jac The Disco – April Mix 2010 by Jac The Disco

Death From Above


My attention has been repeatedly directed back to the DFA records camp recently. Their rosta is a veritable galaxy, sparkling with the likes of The Juan Maclean, Holy Ghost! Hercules and Love Affair and Shit Robot. Formed as Death From Above in 2001 by Jonathan Galkin, Tim Goldsworthy (Mo’Wax co-founder) and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, they champion records from beyond Manhattan, but unmistakeably influenced by their Lower East Side party roots.

Both the Jac the Disco and The C90s March mixes start with new boy Michoacan, with the Clap Rules remix of In The Dark of the Night, which more than performs its role as set-starter, with shouty lyrics layered over the sythy bassline. If you, like me, hear the original later, it seems like a slightly tipsy version of the remix, and the huge helping of slap-bass funk conjures images of gold jump suits and enormous hair. It soon becomes easy to recognise this as a characteristic of the DFA sound; DFA disco classics begin to come out of the woodwork wherever you are, and you realise they’ve been there all along.

Out next week is The Crystal Ark’s The City Never Sleeps, and my personal favourite is Ray MangBulletproof, which was released on 25 January, and features Lady Miss Kier of Dee-Lite fame.

They’ve kindly offered a radiomixes section of their site, with a selection of mixtapes going all the way back to 2005, and you can stream their own remixes on your very own radio player here here.

Michoacan – In The Dark of the Night (Clap Rules Remix)