A huge huge thank you to the Ed Banger crew for giving us a slice of winter wonderland at The Warehouse Project last week. We’ve included two Carte Blanche tracks this week as Mehdi and Riton absolutely blew the roof off, and I’ve very much enjoyed watching their sets come together this year and distill into something completely reactive. We’re heading North again tonight for another monumental Warehouse lineup: Simian Mobile Disco, Holy Ghost!, Aeroplane and Tensnake to name but a few.
More Thursday parties too as this week Night Slugs bring Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 to East Village and Counter Culture host Esper Magazine with Homework and Worthy. Counter Culture closes on 1 January so you really should get yourselves down there before then – it’s got that real house party vibe that we love.
Here are some tracks that will help you flick the bird at winter:
We’re pretty excited about the Kitsune Maison party at Village Underground a week on Friday; not only is it my birthday, but Rory Phillips, Classixx and The Twelves are going to be in the same room, and because last time we attended the one at Heaven it was simply ridiculous. This is of course to celebrate the release of the Kitsune Maison Compilation 10, The Fireworks Issue, and on the tracklisting is Disque Oh! by Vaults favourites BeatauCue. BeatauCue are playing at the Kitsune Club Night at Social Club in Paris with Digitalism this Friday, so they’ve put together the first of their new monthly mix series in honour of the mighty fox. With the excellent Pleasurekraft to start off you can’t go far wrong.
We had a major clubbing conflict this weekend when our attendance at Lovebox prevented a visit to our local the Lock Tavern to see our favourites the Filthy Dukes alongside master of the cowbell Rory Phillips. Free Summer party, going on without us!
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.
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.
Don’t you just hate it when you’re going about the minutae of daily life and suddenly a track comes on the pod that makes you gasp and look around for someone to grab, and there’s no-one to share it? Well I might have frightened some members of the public this weekend in a well-known supermarket chain by gesticulating wildly before running from the shop to get home to my stereo.
It all started a long time ago, with a film called Trading Places. Vagabond and petty thief Billy Ray Valentine is plucked from the streets and installed in silver-spoon banker Winthorpe’s sick crib, and of course, the first thing he does is have a huge party. Drinks are spilled, it all gets a bit rowdy, and eventually tops come off to some funky disco sounds. Since disco fever came over us again I’ve been secretly hoping to hear this party soundtrack somewhere, and imagine my delight when the man to end my long wait is none other than Mr. Rory Phillips.
The track is Do You Wanna Funk, by legendary disco production partnership Patrick Cowley (also making an occasional appearance in Rory’s sets with Megatron Man) and Sylvester (responsible for You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)). Absolute distilled disco. You can hear it 1hr and 17minutes into this mix from Rory’s podcast. However, by no means should you fast forward the rest of the mix, as it is an unadulterated pleasure from start to finish – including favourites from James Curd and Prince.
I recommend downloading ALL the mixes you can get your hands on by Rory Phillips. Go to ALL his gigs, buy ALL his records. You’ll find yourself going about your business with a silly grin on your face.
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
There are just too many fantastic candidates for Track For The Day out there at the moment, I find I want to write something about every song that comes my way. 2010 is already proving itself to be one of those bumper years of creativity where monumental and long-awaited projects come to fruition.These are tracks that were recent runners-up, and have been giving me a lot of enjoyment in the headphones ever since.
Or get them all in one tasty zipped-up nugget here.
Out on Monday:
The album that’s been doing it for me this week is the excellent Tourist History from Two Door Cinema Club, on Kitsuné from 1st March. I can happily listen to the whole thing two or three times in a row. Here’s my favourite track (although there are so many greats to choose from this changes day-to-day), What You Know.