Wildkats for DJ Mag

 Whoop! It’s been a while since we’ve had a Wildkats mix, and we did see them partying with the DJ Mag crew at the Miami Winter Music Festival, so I’m bloody glad this is one of the bi-products of that friendship.

Wildkats are absolutely everywhere at the moment and that’s fine by me; I can’t get enough of them. This little number is by two-thirds of the trio Scott Dickie and Stuart Sandeman, and featuring Miguel Puente’s Small Proposition, my absolute favourite track from the man yet, and that’s saying a LOT.

I’m pretty damn excited so let’s have a listen together.

X

2012 is going to be the year of Digital Delight, starting on 31 January when they release their tenth EP X, a thirteen-track tonne of hot new talent featuring Death on the Balcony, Miguel Puente, Sishi Rösch and Will Crawshaw.

Their brand of ‘music for adults’ began in 2010 and was honed throughout 2011 by releases such as Rebel‘s Grass Roots EP and Lati & Jonny Cruz‘s storming Up In Smoke, complete with the magic ingredient to any nu-sleaze-bass package, a remix by Miguel Puente. Only fitting, then, that the tenth release should be a collaboration between their wider family, new and old, such as Wildkats joining with The 112.

Catch their guest-mixed podcast series here, and their Barcelona, UK and Mexico parties here, and preview the release below.
Digital Delight “X” by Digital Delight

Woody’s Roundup

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)

WildKats


When I think of the WildKats I feel like that little boy in the John Lewis advert. There’s this amazing gift all wrapped up and ready to give (although a lot of people have been saying the parcel in the advert is a suspiciously similar size and shape to a certain sinister present in Se7en) but it can’t be shared until the right time. It’s been a long wait but since last year when Edinburgh’s Stuart Sandeman and Scott Dickie met US visitor Corey Baker in East London there’s been a buzz of under-the-surface activity, honing re-edits and basslines, getting noticed by the movers and shakers at the right labels and the press that follow them. Making sure everything is ready. In fact, one of my favourite tracks Your A Freak has been on soundcloud for nearly a year now without a release date. System Crank- Russ Yallop & Wildkats by WILDKATS

Well Christmas is here, and we have not one but three very special presents. Your A Freak is to be released later this month on Hourglass Records, the mighty System Crank with Russ Yallop is coming in December on Hot Creations, and the smooth WildKats & Tboy To Be EP (with a Miguel Puente remix just to put the icing on the cake) was released last week on Neim.
Wildkats & Tboy – To Be EP – Neim Records by WILDKATS
And that’s not the only Miguel Puente link – both artists were rightly picked for Hot Creations’ Hot Waves 2, released yesterday, Puente for After Midnight in Your Bed and WildKats for the N.W.A.’s Express Yourself sampling Perpetrating.
Wildkats – Perpetrating – Hot Waves Sampler Vol 2 by WILDKATS

On top of a whole host more releases on labels including Akbal Music, Stranjjur and Lower East taking us well into 2012, there are a few gigs to get yourselves down to, including the Hourglass Records showcase at a secret East London venue on 16 December alongside Puente & Rosch, and all-terrain promoter legends Fresh Out the Box‘s Gottwood warm-up at Basing House 20 January 2012. Unleash the WildKat!

Lower East

Most of the posts I write on this blog are a cross between ‘I love this track!’ and ‘something new is coming out from someone we love.’

Only once in a while do I write about a record label, and when I do it’s because everything they do is so fantastic that I cannot NOT give them credit any longer. It’s lovely when the label is the link across loads of great tracks, because you know where to look for more gems, and it reflects the excellent tastes of the label owner/founder.

That man is Lee Brinx, and yesterday his label Lower East released one of his own EPs, Over You, featuring remixes from Robert James and my current favourites WildKats (Lower East also released WildKats’ debut EP, Addict For You). The previous release was the excellent Kitchens and Bathrooms EP from Alexis Raphael, featuring remixes from Richy Ahmed and Lee Foss.

Lee Brinx, Cozzy D & Ed  Kane (Kanio/Dexter Kane), launched the label in June 2010, with a release every month since, including their own notable numbers in the catalogue – namely Dexter Kane’s Dex Appeal on the From The Ground Up EP, and Cozzy D’s My Mistress on the Bit On The Side EP.

The White Isle, it seems, is to thank for this forward-thinking outlook, as Lee sites a trip to Ibiza over the Millenium as cementing the change from guitar bands to decks, and he started playing in clubs from the age of 17. Now based in East London he is a resident at Creche, the infamous Sunday parties at 93 Feet East, Queen of Hoxton and other venues with open space. The next is ‘The Big One’ with Jamie Jones and Kerri Chandler on 9 October at a secret location from noon until midnight.

It’s a little bit of sunshine on the rooftops of Lower East London.

Buy Over You here.