So tomorrow One From The Vaults makes its last trip to the ever-epic Warehouse Project in Manchester, before they finally close the doors on Piccadilly car park on 1 January. We started going in 2008 and it’s been an absolutely amazing four years. It has completely dominated our winters – from buying a million tickets in September, to knocking off work early on a Friday to get drunk on the train on the way up, drinks in the Northern Quarter and popping to the Christmas markets beforehand (and our new love, the North Pole bar – a temporary MDF igloo serving hot boozy apple-juice-and-cinnamon cocktails, which you sip under a rug on a sofa next to a ten foot tall polar bear), checking in huge rucksacks of warm clothing for the morning (sorry door staff), then finally huddling in Manchester station from 5am – 8am for the first train to take us back home again.
Such a huge amount of effort and our friends might think we’re a bit crazy, but there are no words to describe the feeling when you walk in and you can see a flash of light and hear the bass thud from behind an archway, or exploring for the first half hour as there are so many rooms with different vibes, or how many friends we’ve made there, or how emotional it feels when someone drops an epic bassline and those lights in the main room light up everyone’s faces. All the Essential Mixes (complete with our screams embarrassingly immortalised), all the new tracks we’d never heard before, all the ridiculous conversations in the smoking area, all the after-parties including the first year where we microwaved socks and set a kitchen on fire. Of all the places we travel to for clubbing (Miami, Ibiza, Berlin) this club is by far my favourite, and I’ll be very sorry to say goodbye. Keep up the good work WHP, it’s been a pleasure.
So anyway, we’re going up there tomorrow for Rebel Rave with Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Art Department, Robert James, Damian Lazarus and TEED live, but down here there are some big ol’ knees-ups worth getting your little bums down to. Tonight The Future Now continues its strong line-ups at Egg, with Hannah Holland, Dexter Kane and Warboy, and tomorrow Warm at Bussey Warehouse is soundtracked by Pearson Sound and Ben Ufo for Hessle Audio. XOYO tomorrow has Mylo, Villa and Joakim take to the decks, and You Are We has Laura Jones and Adam Shelton at Village Underground.
Some very nice free downloads as Christmas offerings from our favourite DJs this week. Thanks in particular to Jozif and WildKats, who have been giving away an entire series of edits from their DJ sets:
Little Dragon – Crystalfilm (Close Remix)
Wolfgang – Stay And Defend (The Magician Remix)
Leftfield – Not Forgotten (Eats Everything Rework)
Jozif – Thrill Her
Josif – Rollin’
WildKats – Signs (Prince Edit)
WildKats – Whats Goin On (Daft Punk Edit)
Please, sunshine, please last until Sunday, pleeeeeeease?! We’re pretty excited about Creche’s Outdoor Music roof party at the Brickhouse in Brick Lane, Miguel Campbell and Alexis Raphael are gonna play some smooth beats and I can’t wait. Staying on a Sunday theme, Secretsundaze have their ’10 years of’ closing party at Village Underground.
Tonight Basing House continues its rise through the venue ranks, hosting Midland for Gotwood, while Prins Thomas plays a 3 hour set at East Village for Marketing Music, and Jamie XX plays at XOYO for the first part of their 1st birthday celebrations.
Tomorrow there’s a Krankbrother Terrace party with Nick Curly and MANIK (I’ve wanted to see him for tiiiime) but it’s legendary, and therefore sold out, with no tickets on the door as far as I know. XOYO birthday part 2 sees Juan Atkins and xxxy take to the decks, and it’s Ministry of Sound’s 20th birthday, with Joe and Will Ask, Alexis Raphael, Nic Fanciulli and Dennis Ferrer.
I must say, it’s become tough recently to find tracks to offer you guys for free, BUT here are some beauts from some kind peeps.
Joe and Will Ask and Kiwi – I Can’t Get No Sleep
Robert James – Vivid Nights
Urulu – Move On
Talk Talk – My Life (Tensnake Live Edit)
Flight Facilities – Crave You (Bxentric Remix)
Madonna – Bedtime Stories (Danny Daze Dark Rooms Mix)
And finally One From The Vaults, one of countless special records from a very special man. Our thoughts are with Henry, Pedro, Fafi and all the Ed Banger crew at this sad time.
Sunshiiiiiiiine! Make the most of it and find somewhere open air to dance this weekend. We’re in favour of a rooftop, a car park, a boat or a great big field. There are plenty of things of that nature going down in our fair city this weekend, and here are some of the parties that follow them after the sun’s gone down.
Tomorrow is Field Day, with all the parties that follow it, including Leftroom Sessions at Crucifix Lane, with Ryan Crosson, Matt Tolfrey and Laura Jones. There’s also another installment of the Electric Minds loft parties, and Sound of the City brings Dan Ghenacia and Dyed Soundroom to a secret venue. Twisted Society also looks pretty fun, with Alex Celler, Clive Henry and Alex Picone at Village Underground. The official after party is at everyone’s favourite car park Hearn Street, with Four Tet, James Holden and Pearson Sound.
Tonight Jozif‘s gracing our fair city with a set at Basing House on Kingsland Road for N.o.N. Music. Mixmag are also continuing their series of free parties at the Queen of Hoxton, tonight joined by Ben Westbeech and a Dj set from Mystery Jets.
On Sunday head to Brixton for Get Diverted 3 Years on the Terrace at the Brixton Clubhouse, with Butch, Raymundo Rodriguez and Elijah Collins. We had the pleasure of attending a little hoe-down with Elijah last Saturday for the Gimmick launch party at 93 Feet East and it was bloody GREAT fun.
Here are some new tunes to soundtrack your partyings.
Mickey – Trapped feat Colonel Abrahams (thanks to the lovely Mickey for a free download of this beauty!)
Retro/Grade – Mindfighter (Blue Satellite Remix)
Malente and Jay Robinson – What Up
Gemini – Where Do I Go (1997 Remix)
The Black Ghosts – Diamonds from the new album When Animals Stare, released this week on Southern Fried.
As darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand, creatures crawl in search of blood, to terrorize your neighbourhood.
Tonight 29th October
Delphic play at The Warehouse Project London at Ewer Street Car Park with Filthy Dukes, Retro/Grade and Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team (their new mix wins a prize for the most original title: Post Time-Travel Nosebleed. Hear it here).
The foulest stench is in the air, the funk of forty thousand years, and grizzly ghouls from every tomb are closing in to seal your doom…
Tomorrow 30th October
Mulletover have their fancy dress party at a secret warehouse location. They’ve got Steve Bug, Seth Troxler and Ewan Pearson, but it’s sold out, so beware. There is an after party though on actual Halloween from 6am- 11am at Hidden in Vauxhall.
Neon Noise Project have taken over Hearn Street Car Park with Digitalism and Jac The Disco and Late of The Pier Djs. Another spooktacular lineup, another sell-out, but you can get tickets on the door if you get down there early.
Winterwell festival’s putting on a Victorian Villains party with our friends The Jinks at Village Underground.
If you’re in South London get yourselves down to The Rest Is Noise for the third Wholemeal + Spacetime: TRICK OR BEAT, with Addison Groove, Peverelist, Brackles and Esselle.
For you Westies: Black Rabbit’s 4th Birthday sees Severino, Buckwacka! and Tape to Tape at Mason’s Arms in Harrow Road.
Love Fever are hosting one of their secret Dalston Warehouse Parties, and Electric Minds are having one of their loft parties, with James Priestley and Giles Smith. Special vibes at both of these parties.
And though you fight to stay alive your body starts to shiver, for no mere mortal can resist, the evil of the thriller.
Gesaffelstein – Variations. Another outstanding release from Turbo. Go Tiga. (This version is very low quality. Buy it louder on 9 November)
Kisses – Kisses (Stopmakingme Remix)
Chemise – She Can’t Love You (Tronik Youth Lovedit)
Lorenz Rhode feat. Snax – Something Hot (Savage Skulls Remix)
Gold Panda – You (Cassettes Won’t Listen Remix)
Boys Noize – Sweet Light (Boris Dlugosch Remix)