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.
I’ve been meaning to write about Riotous Rockers for a while, and there’s no time like the present as they’ve just released their December mixtape. Iain Bogg and Peter Case always combine elements of happy disco with just enough electro punch to turn a dancefloor into a dirty-yet-smily little sweat-pit. Catch them at ASBO every second Saturday of the month at our local The Lock Tavern.
Featuring beauts like Erol Alkan‘s rework of MGMT’s Congratulations, which most people agree is how that track would have sounded if it was made in heaven, and is so beautifully smooth it really deserves a post all to itself. It’s out now though (23 November) so hunt it down and play it a LOT. Also worth a mention is Serge Santiago‘s remix of Etienne De Crecy‘s No Brain (I highly recommend the Munk remix too). Actually, I could probably gush about every track on this list; Les Enfants, Commotion, Synchronize (Jarvis Cocker’s voice at it’s absolute best – purring like a kitten)… hear them all in one hour thanks to Riotous Rockers: it’s the perfect start to a post-Warehouse-Project week.
Riotous Rockers December Promo Mix
1.Holdin (Maurice Fulton Instrumental) – Nicole Willis (Bubbletease Communications)
2.Congratulations (Erol Alkan Remix) – MGMT (Columbia)
3.Les Enfants – Cassius (Ed Banger)
4.Take Em Up (Marcus Marr Remix) – Shit Robot (DFA)
5.I Can’t Wait (Rob Mello Remix) – Russ Yallop (Crosstown Rebels)
6.Commotion (Tiger and Woods Remix) The Hundred in the Hands (Warp)
7.Synchronize – Discodeine featuring Jarvis Cocker (DFA)
8.Siula Grande (Pete Herbert Remix) – Bonar Bradbury (Needwant)
9.Creature (Faze Action Instrumental Remix) – Andy Butler, Kim Ann Foxman (Mr. International)
10.One to Pray To (Beg to Differ Remix) – Maximillian Skiba (Under The Shade)
11.City to City – Kink & Neville Watson (Snuff Crew)
12.Take Me Down (Back to 1987 Dave Glimmer Remix) – Hermanos Inglesos (CDR)
13.Its The Music (Alden Tyrell Remix) – Murphy Jax (Clone Jack for Daze)
14.Smint (Inflagranti Remix) – StopMakingMe (CDR)
15.Transexual Bass – Hannah Holland (Batty Bass)
16.Work It Out – The 2 Bears (Southern Fried)
17.Blame The Midget – Matthew Johnson (Ambushed)
18.East Village – Christian Smith (100% Pure)
19.Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (C2 Remix 1) – Tiga (Turbo)
20. No Brain (Serge Santiago Remix) – Etienne De Crecy (Dim Mak)
21. Into The Night (Prince Language Remix) – Azari and III (Turbo)
Emily and I like to pepper our office Outlook calendars with clubbing plans so that we don’t feel too all-work-and-no-play. Consequently both Outlook calendars popped up with a little message this morning reminding us both to ‘Kill Em All.’ Now I work at Tate Gallery and Emily works for the government, so I’d say that was a pretty serious threat to national security.
Fabric tonight has a killer line-up and everyone’s involved. Just look at that flyer – they could barely fit all the names on! So we’ll see you at the front. Try and pop into Queen of Hoxton too for That Mixmag Thing #5 as these free parties go from strength to strength (kudos on the dressing-up box last time) and ooooh, they’ve got Matt Tolfrey playing upstairs while Mighty Mouse and The Magician spin those disco decks downstairs.
The DJ Kicks series started back in September 1995 on the !K7 label with C.J. Bolland taking the reigns. The series quickly took off and evolved. Starting as a means to release club mixes for audiences at home, the initial techno and house bias expanded to all sounds loosely classed as ‘electronic’. Now !K7 offer up to four compilations a year. Over the last fifteen years mixes have been completed by the likes of Carl Craig, Henrik Schwartz, Four Tet, Tiga, Booka Shade, Massive Attack’s Daddy G, Chicken Lips and Chromeo. They are almost always a little bit edgy and experimental.
This time Juan Maclean adds his ideas to that impressive back catalogue of artists who have come before him. There is little more to say about Juan Maclean that hasn’t already been rolled out in the hype surrounding his next release. Here’s a quick recap: he’s an educated man who has tried his hand at post-punk indie rock, taught juvenile delinquents, produced unmistakable 12” records like Happy House, deejayed internationally and helped to set up one of the most iconic genre-crossing bands and influential record labels of the past decade. In discography as The Juan Maclean, (amongst other things) he released his debut album Less Than Human in 2005, a digital only remix album in 2006, and most recently, 2009’s The Future Will Come.
His DJ Kicks mix has been described in other articles as ‘a love letter to classic house’ or a mix where ‘classic tracks rub elbows with recent disco cuts’. Juan himself claims: ‘at the end of the day I just came back to where I had started, which was basically wanting to do something that was representative of where I’m coming from in producing my own music, and also focusing on the current music scene’. In line with his nod to the old (the classics), this DJ Kicks mix was done live with two turntables, filters and a tape delay. This is not a new thing by Maclean’s standards. Old interviews highlight his determination to keep the raw elements of a DJ mix alive, mainly by steering clear of laptop mixing and editing - something of a novelty these days.
In celebration of the next chapter of Juan Maclean, here’s a bit of the old and a bit of the new: