Monday, 29 August 2011
1. Virgo Four-It's a Crime (Hunee Underground Remix) (buy)
After the hefty box set release of 'Resurrection' earlier this year, Virgo Four were always going to be subject to some remix treatment. Whilst the remix of 'It's a Crime' from Caribou got many people salivating, it was the subtley deep remix from Hunee that got me reaching for my wallet.
2. Boo Williams-Mortal Trance (buy)
More Rush Hour related reissued goodness. This time courtesy of Boo Williams.
3. Jazzy-Lonely (Underground Goodie Mix) (buy)
'Garage' House deepness from 1992 by Cajmere. Ace.
4. Manuel Tur-Most of this Moment (Isolee Remix) (buy)
Stunning rework of a very underrated producer.
5. Rick Poppa Howard-Do What You Have to Do (Vocal) (buy)
Deeply soulful tinged House from the Howard Family.
6. Dorisbourg-Emotion (buy)
A couple of years back I used to absolutely cain abstract, inward looking very deep house music, mainly from Germany. Like this. Tracks like this from Dorisbourg released earlier this year make me do it all over again.
7. Exquisite Taste-It's You That's Happening (buy)
A great reissue of disco that I quickly snapped up. Discovered this gem over at Beat Electric a while back, a site dedicated to unearthing and restablishing forgotten classics.
8. Craft Spells-The Fog Rose High (buy)
More whimsy bedroom pop from the States on Captured Tracks. This track is that good it wouldn't be out of place on early New Order records. They play Islington Mill in October.
9. Chad Van Gaalen-Peace on the Rise (buy)
'Peace on the Rise' is one of many highlights from 'Diaper Island', Chad Van Gaalen's 4th album. Missed this guy playing at the Deaf Institute because of a family wedding only last week. Bugger.
10. Pure X-You're in It Now (buy)
Originally released two years, ago Pure X (formally Pure Ecstasy) have remastered/remixed their first ever EP in anticpation of their album release 'Pleasure' which dropped a couple of weeks back. They play Deaf Institute soon.
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Club nights, parties and the like seem to spring up every five minutes nowadays. It's rare for a night to last a few months let alone a few years as people's attitudes, style, wants, needs, desires etc all change over time. A change in demand often leaves people wanting something new; a new name, a new ethic; a fresh start. When a club night/event does last, it's unlikely that the DJ's and promoters behind the night thought it would. The story is often the same. They start a night for their friends, for the city/place they love, for the love of the music all at the same time wanting to push their night forward with the times to ensure their principles are adhered to. You will find that five, ten years later their principles will remain the same.
Not being a resident of London has prevented me for the most part of experiencing SecretSundaze over the last ten years. The internet has certainly assisted in people all over the world, never mind the UK become aware of the party and want to be part of it. For the tenth anniversary the two founders and brains behind the party Giles Smith and James Priestley have decided to celebrate in style with gigs far and wide in such places as Amsterdam, Tokyo, Croatia and Manchester. They've admittedly saved the best for the clubs home (and on the actual anniversary) with a two day event over the bank holiday weekend featuring Rolando and Moodymann. For the Manchester party this Friday as part of Content at Joshua Brookes, they are joined by Sistrum Recordings head Patrice Scott, who really excelled on his last visit to the city.
They have also decided to release a tenth anniversary double mix cd which aims to be a celebration of the 10 years, as well as reflecting where James and Giles are at the moment looking to the now with an appreciation of what got them where they are today.
James Priestley & Giles Smith-10 Years of SecretSundaze (buy)
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Levon Vincent-Man Or Mistress (buy)
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
King Britt. I guess they don't call him the 'King' for nothing. From his days as the DJ for Digible Planets in the early 1990s; to running revered House and Techno label Ovum with Josh Wink; adventures into Breakbeat, Broken Beat, Deep House and Soul together with his never ending list of quality remixes, the man has pretty much done the lot.
A few years back, I stumbled across a poor soul in the University of Calgary Food Hall selling a load of underground promo CDs for just a couple of dollars each. I picked up quite a bit, some of it was pretty good, none more so than King Britt's Deep Techno project 'The Nova Dream Sequence'. After several house moves since (together with a now dusty barely used CD collection) I didn't even realise I still had it. But I found it the other day and thought it right to share it to the world. Like much of King Britt's output, it was a short-lived project but still very high quality with support from the likes of Derrick May and Alex Barck (Jazzanova).
The Nova Dream Sequence-The Nova Dream Sequence (buy)
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Leonidas - "Theo´s Bassline" (7am Mix) by Traveller Records
OOFT! - "Rawhide" by Traveller Records
Nicholas - "When I Think About It" by Traveller Records
Discoshit - "You Make Me Feel" by Traveller Records
Black Alley - "Trying To Find A Way" by Traveller Records
Koi - "Next" by Traveller Records
Various Artists-Traveller Records Presents Rhythm Kings (buy)
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
It's safe to say the lions share of music 'fans' of most genres have been to a music festival before. Or have they? What actually defines a music festival in 2011? Frankly nowadays they're everywhere; and it seems every available weekend new ones muster up out of thin air all over the country. Unfortunately for the average music fan they are more often than not served the same slice, albeit with a slightly different soundtrack. Each festival usually has the following in abundance; heavy-handed security; bar queues that never seem to end; tasteless and overpriced food, a plethora of annoying pissed-drug addled twats (there exactly for that reason) and BIG headliners for bored journalists and presenters to talk bullshit about.
Fortunately it's not all bad. Whilst many of the problems of festivals will perennially exist simply due to size and money; there's is just about enough to satisfy and entice; such as Field Day in London and the new Beacons Festival in Skipton, North Yorkshire. But there is one festival I experienced recently that is different to them all.
Without everyone settling in for a long night ahead, the festival started off with subtly for the most part, people relaxing in the dome outside catching up with the friends they'd met from years before and many of the resident and guest DJ/Artists skirting around making everyone feel welcome as they gear up for their favourite party of the summer. With the night starting to fall and 'Alice Firefly' performing her fire show, people slowly began to pick up the pace and with the Dome tent only open till 11pm (mithering farmer apparently), many began to nestle inside in greater numbers.
After only ever catching him in his Pigon guise, I was more than a tad excited to catch Efdemin also in Room 1. He didn't disappoint with his trademark deep techy European beats flavoured with some big Chicago house sounds.
Next was a quick jaunt to Room 2, which after well documented previous problems with heat was fitted with a least of couple fans to help control the sweat being brought on by and the sound of some seriously heavy techno.
In the unofficial 'Room 3' it quickly became apparent something was getting was setup. Shortly before 2am Move D stepped up to play his first set of the weekend. Even after several times of seeing Move D DJ, you only left with one guarantee, a first class set. Even though after too many reasonably priced beers from the bar, I still recall hearing some great cuts from the likes of Terje, M.K. and many more I couldn't put my finger on (and still can't, get on soundcloud and get them named if you can).
First I caught a great live set from Tom Ellis (apparently he did it last year to great acclaim). Many of the attendees may have had little sleep (unlike me) but everybody was in great form and the sun was out in full force.
One of the more anticpated sets of the weekend was from Levon Vincent. He stayed glued to his decks throughout his set where he showcased a multitude of genres, only briefly looking up to survey the burgeoning and respondent crowd in Room 1. Chicago Skyway also didn't fail to disappoint, and following his excellent set and a full length promised, his visits to the UK may become much more frequent.
Move D's Sunday afternoon set (since listened to it via Soundcloud) but caught the last half hour or so and surely one the anthems of the weekend, Session Victim's 'Good Intentions' which he also played in his Friday set. XDB's set on Sunday afternoon at the Dome was also highly enjoyable which followed a relatively meandering set from Steve Tang.
After a few too many drinks (and a hefty Sunday lunch), I missed much of the evening's preceedings due to a quick knap (including Soulphiction-bit gutted but least caught a bit of Michael Baumann in seeing Jackmate's set).
This was by far the most wonderful festival I have ever attended. It was shame when it finally had to end. One look at the facebook page of the festival will quickly highlight the fondness everyone who attended has for the event and the fun that they had.
July 2012 really is far too far away.