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.

Beyond the Book Club

Richard Norris has been quietly responsible for a lot of my musical education. Not only his more well-documented work with Erol Alkan as Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve, but also bringing to my attention on the Re-animations album greats such as Chemical BrothersBattle Scars, Goldfrapp‘s Happiness and Tracey Thorn‘s Raise The Roof. He wrote the official biography of Paul Oakenfold, he is one half of The Droyds (go and look up their take on Duran DuranGirls On Pills. If you don’t know it, you should) and to top it all off, alongside Soft Cell‘s David Ball he is one half of The Grid, whose Swamp Thing was my first taste of techno. Most recently he’s been developing his psychedia and ‘freakbeat’ for The Time & Space Machine, and released the self-titled album on Tirk Recordings in March 2010.

Richard is out on the town this weekend, and this Thursday he’s playing for our good friends at The Book Club, alongside Leo Zero and Guilty Pleasures‘ Sean Rowley. Disco and party tunes at their best. See the event page here.

Here’s a little taster of what you can expect:
Richard Norris Minimix February 2011

Hercules and Love Affair- My House (Leo Zero)

Come Get Felt Up: Book Club Birthweek

Fetish Circus Life Drawing from Tuesday 19 October

We like birthdays. So, it seems, does The Book Club. They’ve gone one step further and are having ‘birthweek’ events all this week. We’re doing a double-header; Saturday night for Mumdance vs Hold Still (Tim Filthy Duke) and resident DJs for a 3 record soundclash downstairs, which gets dark and evil compared to the relative relaxation of the ping pong and cocktails above ground, then on Sunday music production workshops with Toby Tobias and Om Unit.

There was so much that we quite fancied this week we couldn’t fit it all into a Woody’s Roundup:
Tonight Thursday 21st October: Come Get Felt Up. Craft materials are given out for a creative competition based on the Mexican Day of the Dead. Prizes, cake, DJs and dead celebs.
Friday 22 October: We Can Talk Goes Kitsch. Rum, Rockabilly and Surf Noir with The Bikini Beach Band and resident DJs.
Saturday 23 October: Birthweek Brawl soundclash with Mumdance.
Sunday 24 October: Beats Sunday Roast. Music production sessions.

Leftside Wobble

While we were at the Warehouse Project this weekend our southern compatriots weren’t left entirely on the sidelines as they moved to the smooth grooves of Leftside Wobble at the Book Club for Big In Japan.

Leftside Wobble seems to be something of an online phenomenon, releasing disco edits mainly for free (although also releasing on Disco Deviance, AutoDiscoteque and Kojak Giant Sounds), earning himself 100,000 downloads and being followed by everyone on Soundcloud. He’s actually been playing for 20 years as Jonathan Moore, including a stint at Paul Oakenfold’s legendary Project Club at Ziggy’s in South London, so I’d say he was in a pretty good position to provide a commentary on Acid House for us.

The title of this mixtape is Acid Soul, and is described by the man himself as “music that’s deep and raw yet still oozes funk and soul.” Capturing the spirit of Chicago House and mixing it with his own edits and more contemporary takes from the likes of Hard Ton and Hercules and Love Affair. Very nice indeed.

Acid Soul part 4 by Leftside Wobble
Hunee – Took My Love
Donnacha Costello – It’s What We Do – Kink & Neville Watson Rework
Eddie C – Tell Me
Stefano E Bene feat Hard Ton – Why Your Love (Katzbatz remix)
Franc Spangler – Forever And A Day
Shiny Objekts – Set It Off
Session Victim – We Want To Thank All Our Friends
Hot Toddy feat Jennifer Rhonwen – Down To Love (Shiny Objekts remix)
Presence feat Shara Nelson – Sense Of Danger (The Popular People’s Front Dangerous dub)
Marvin Gaye – Ego Tripping Out (Valique edit)
Hard Ton – Flawless (Snuff Crew Remix)
A+O – Take Me
Arthur Russell – Wax The Van (Yam Who? rework)
Idris Muhammad – Could Heaven Ever Be Like This (Leftside Wobble Edit)
Aki Bergen – Shine feat. Astral T (Kink Remix)
Hercules & Love Affair – Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix)
Steve Winwood – Time Is Running Out (ashley beedle edit)
Omar – Feeling You (Henrik Schwarz remix)

Woody’s Roundup

A huge thank you to everyone who came down to Public Life last night for our evening with our friends at Brilliantine, and to The C90s, who had us up on the ledges where we belong. Much fun!

So here we are about to start the first proper Autumnal-feeling weekend, and this can only mean one thing: THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT!!!!! Yes, it’s that time of year, and we’re off to Manchester, and tonight in charge of the decks we have Joris Voorn, Steve Lawler and Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, Wolf + Lamb, Joy Orbison and Krysko.

Back within the M25 there are car parks and lofts to choose from. Tomorrow Adam Beyer invites Chris Leibing and other guests from his DRUMCODE label to Ewer Street car park, and the Electric Minds crew are throwing another secret venue loft party featuring Marcus Worgull and Christopher Rau. I hear good rumblings about these parties and they’ve got a few coming up, including the next on 30 October, so try to get yourselves down to one or two. Tonight Big in Japan take over The Book Club with Leftside Wobble and Jac The Disco‘s Prince Pac. Always a nice vibe and a fun venue for after work dancing.

In anticipation of our journey into the underbelly of Manchester’s arches for another weekend spent in a car park, I’m going a little dark with our tracks this week.
Dem Slackers – Swagger (Clouds Remix)
Djedjotronic – Bit This Thin (Jesse Rose Remix)
Flying Lotus – ….and The World Laughs With You (Feat. Thom Yorke)
Azari & III – Indigo
Azari & III – Reckless With Your Love (Tensnake Remix)
40 Thieves feat Qzen – Don’t Turn It Off (Brennan Green Remix)
Hervé – Together (Edit)
Download them all in a zip file: Woody XXV