Archive for January 26, 2011
Just when we thought we could get our feet back under the table & to our regular D.J. focuses, up come a veritable feast of compilations & tracks, which have kind of forced our hand (in a good way of course) into filing another newsletter, not two weeks after the last. Indeed, with a pretty hectic February that includes trips to Paris, Brussels, Antwerp & Amsterdam, not to mention the big one, South Africa, we thought it best to get this mountain of mixes to market while they are still fresh in the mind, some which may not have yet made your collections. But just before we do, a reminder to watch out for our first full-on D.J. focus of the year, coming up this week, Tel Aviv’s own Guy Scheiman standing under our spotlight, while February sees an Anglo French special to kick off the month, as well as a special devotion to Lovechild’s music in time for their 2nd birthday.
But back to our mountain and first up is Steven Redant who has had a whirlwind of a time over the last few weeks, having rounded off his 2010 and then kick starting the New Year with a tour of Brazil, followed by trips to Bordeaux, Zurich, & Cologne, not to mention squeezing in his birthday in the first week of this month, meaning that his feet have hardly touched his beloved Barcelona base. So, it is no surprise that his usual stream of compilations have taken a little bit of a nose dive recently, but fear not, as Mr Redant has hit the recording studio to celebrate that Brazilian tour with a 68 minute mix lifted direct from one of his live sets & includes “…full on international tribal house, with exclusive mash-ups & upbeat tracks…” and had us hooked from the start. So, to get your slice of Steven in action, go now to http://stevenredant.com/ and while you’re at it, keep an eye out for his tracks “Naked” & “I Need a Hit”, which are storming up the Billboard dance charts.
Leading on nicely is firm friend of Steven’s, the delectable D.J. Phil Romano, who, like his close pal, was in Brazil for the New Year, mixing business & pleasure in Rio before returning to his Barcelona base & a mossie on down in Madrid on the first weekend of this month. Having had, in his own words, “…one of the best years ever…”, 2011 is not shaping up at all bad either for this Italian stud, with terrific touring trips to Montreal for Valentines, Sydney for Mardi Gras, Hawaii in May & much more besides, let alone the inaugural La Demence cruise, it seeming that the insatiable desires for his services remains just as strong this year as it was last. Plus, Phil is currently working on studio track projects with Steven & Lenz Garcia, not to mention having recently released a new podcast serenading the end to his year, this marvellous mix which is out at http://djphilromano.podomatic.com/ and has already been shared on Sydney Homesexual’s podcast site http://homesexual.podomatic.com/, marking his appearance at club on Mardi Gras weekend in March. So, for this a-typical Phil pulsating & pumping progressive come uplifting splendour a worthy addition to your collection, go click on the links & download away.
Staying with Barcelona boys and a man that really came into his own in 2010, not just landing on London twice in the year, but more importantly having been headhunted by massive club brand Matinee, Mr Medina signing on the dotted line in December & kick starting his Matinee career with parties in Paris, then over in The States for NY, featuring large in Miami & New York and racking up a considerable following Stateside as a result. So, it is most appropriate that, after a drought of nearly four months, our man Javier has laid down a compilation to celebrate his glorious news & mini USA tour, his performance at Pacha in NYC concentrated into a 60 minute mix which is out on his Souncloud page (direct link http://soundcloud.com/javier-medina/pachanyc2011) while two of his track remix works are also Javier jewels, first his remix of Nacho Chapado’s “Aimione”, then another nod to USA with his take on the D.J. Rony & Giese track “Always There For You” which he cutely calls his “I Love America” remix, both out at http://soundcloud.com/javier-medina/. Plus, if you haven’t yet, make sure you grab his “A Night With The Boys In BCN” comp, as it is, in our own estimation, one of his best yet, leaving us to express our hearty congratulations on his magnificent Matinee news & wish him all the best for what looks like a hectic yet fulfilling & fantastic year for him, we proud as punch on his amazing achievement.
Just before we wave farewell to Spain, we kind of thought it would be appropriate to slot in the latest podcast release by Tony English on behalf of Logan presents, Tony as you may have gathered from our previous posts, having a soft spot for all things Spain. And, in terms of tracing tracks & finding out new sounds, there is no-one better connected to do so, this latest compilation come newsletter from Tony very much is THE place to get the hot off the press news on SuperMartXe & other Logan Schmitz projects, let alone all those moovin & groovin tunes that are rocking the European dancefloors. So, with Spanish superstar D.J. Juanjo Martin joining Tony on this January edition, plus with tracks from other Spanish stars, including that rocking release from Steven Redant, “I Need A Hit” kicking off this 81 minute mixed-in music & news issue, go to http://loganpresentspodcast.podomatic.com/ to get right up to date with the L.P. action.
Jumping over the border & into France, we are hoping to do the same next week with a leisurely three day stay in Paris, when we will also be planning a special music post devoted to all things French (& Belgian). However, we couldn’t resist sharing a handful of new releases with you now, the first from Ben Manson, this Paris based D.J. starting his 2011 as he means to go on with an appearance for La Demence’s NYD session In Brussels, while gigs for Thursday night club Urban People at Makassar, Saturday nighter, Spice, as well as legendary club, Scream & the first WE party in Paris, have kept him very busy in his home city since then. So, he could be forgiven for not being in the recording studio, but none of it, as Ben has released a new compilation, shouting for all things Scream which is superb & well worth adding you our collection by going to http://benmanson.podomatic.com/, while track recordings with mixing partner Oliver Malone, gather steam, the latest being a deep house re-work of Jose Diaz’s “Erika”, which is out at http://soundcloud.com/manson-3/jos-diaz-erika-ben-manson-olivier-malone-deep-remix.
Next in our French threesome is Bruno Kauffmann, whom we hope to meet in person in Paris next week, during which time we will be commissioning a fresh new bio & focus on this well established talent, his track release “Feel Me”, which we mentioned in our last newsletter, having been given the remix treatment by fellow Frenchmen, Aurel Devil & Leomeo, links to which we will share in that upcoming bio (oh we are a tease!). However, in advance of our devotion to Bruno, we thought we would share with you, a substantial slice of this man’s style & sound, his latest compilation entitled “I Love Paris”, as good an example as any, his tech house come pumping progressive persuasion, very much reflected here & well worth both listening to & downloading via direct link http://soundcloud.com/djbrunokauffmann/dj-bruno-kauffmann-mix-live-i-love-paris-2011 while we have much more Bruno brilliance coming up in our full focus, so watch out for that.
Now, not a newsletter or post seems to go by without friend & French fancy, Leomeo Carandang issuing a new track or mix, such is his dedication to his art & his feverish work in the studio. Mind you, despite gigs dragging him away from his home city on a weekly basis, Leo was actually in Paris a couple of weekends ago & was part of the launch of a new club in the city. But he was back on the road again before you could say kilometre, travelling 364 of them down to Lyon where he played at La Garçionnière on Saturday and upon returning to Paris, laid down a special compilation to mark the occasion which is so hot of the press it is still smouldering, although this tech house triumph is smouldering in itself, with track re-works of classic Moby & Depeche Mode hits among plenty of others, this is Leomeo at his lavish best & a must for your collection by going to http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/la-gar-ionni-re-the-mix. But the news doesn’t stop there as our Parisian pal now has his own channel, which pulls into one site & source, his videos & tracks, but we once again tease, as more news on this will be released in our upcoming “Parisian Pleasure to Belgian Brilliance” special music post.
Our final continental based bloke for this post, although an Aussie by birth, is Mike Kelly who also gets our singular nod to Australia day (today Wed 26th Jan), although he is far from home, having rested his hat firmly in Cologne now for a few years. Since seeing him play live at Hustlaball when we visited Berlin in October, Mike has remained as busy as ever, not just with gigs across Germany & the further reaches of Europe, but he is active in the studio, while also managing record label Sorry Shoes with recording partner Jean Phillips, the label recently celebrating its 30th release as well as two weekly radio shows hosted by Mr Kelly over the airwaves in both Germany & Brazil. That said, Mike was in the recording studio not a week ago, laying down the second part to his “A Nice Day Shopping” mix, a more progressive production compared to the tech infused first, but both excellent examples of his style, so worth grabbing at http://soundcloud.com/djmikekelly. However, it is Mike’s & Jean’s “Bedroom Muzak” mix of the superb “Show Me Your Love” by Miguel Picasso, featuring Rebeka Brown’s vocals, that really does it for us & is a must have by going to http://soundcloud.com/djmikekelly/miguel-picasso-feat-rebeka-brown-show-me-your-love-jean-philips-mike-kelly-bedroom-muzik , plus as it is just five days released, like Leo’s mix, is still smouldering and is indeed smouldering (if you get our drift!)
Right, well time to head home a rattle through news of some latest podcast releases to hit our desks, the smouldering slant continuing as Chris Brogan, who starred at Industri’s birthday bash last Wednesday, has literally just released a new compilation & very much in the New Year vein, especially with a title like “Resolution”, although it’s the music that does the talking & sets a statement here. With favourite tracks of ours including Chris Lake’s remix of Nalim & Kane’s “Beachball” Dr Kucho’s “Sanity” & Funkagenda’s “Past Dreaming”, as well as Mr Brogan’s edit of Martin Solveig’s “Hello”, the mix is jam packed with gems and is worthy of your collection by going to http://soundcloud.com/djchrisbrogan/resolution, as it has already made ours.
Foxy female MisWhite is the next newsworthy entrant, our Emma having stormed Salvation on NYD with a scintillating set, so decided to put together a mix called “Keep On Rising” which she explains as “…a little something to keep you going through the cold winter detox months…” she further exclaiming of the tracks on her mix “…those of you were at the amazing Salvation at Koko on NYD, will recognise a lot of them, and those who weren’t make sure you at the next one!…”, hear, hear and no whispering from us (in house joke) as we sink into the splendour of this superlative set of sounds, this magnificent mix a must, which is out now at http://miswhite.podomatic.com.
Onward and sticking to the rising theme is Zach Burns, very much a rising star and a talent we spotted a few months ago, although have still yet to laud a full focus on, but with plans to chalk a special report covering new & up-coming talent, Zach will certainly get his share in that, However, in the meantime, we want to share his latest compilation release with you and one lifted direct from his live set just over a week ago at mad Monday nighter, Popcorn, when Mr Burns played out alongside percussionist David H, Zach remarking of the experience, “…playing alongside David again was such a buzz & I enjoyed literally every minute of it…” this euphoria very much reflected in his performance and by this recording, so is well worth a listen at http://djburns.podomatic.com/.
Our final mention (well almost) goes to Brazilian Doug Guimarães , better known behind the decks simply as DouGuim, a talent that was spotted by Lovechild top man Alex Erfan and given a big break at the launch of The Week in London back in September. Mind you, he disappeared under our radar at the time, although has since come shining through with outstanding performances at Beyond, as well as having taken guest spots for Onyx & Later, and holding down as a residency at Ku Bar. Plus, along with the so called “Brazilian Mafia”, Doug’s face is becoming very familiar on the scene, partly why he has been elevated to an intrinsic ingredient in the re-launch of afterhours club brand, Open. But just round the corner, Saturday in fact, when Brazil’s best is back, he will take centre stage at The Week alongside fellow Brazilian Leandro Becker, the London based Mr Guimarães having laid down a special compilation to mark the occasion which is an absolute corker so yet another must for your collection, which you can snap up at http://douguim.podomatic.com/.
Right just before we finish, a quick bit of news about Lovechild, which scooped the SeenQueen crown for Best Monthly Club in their “Your Disco Needs You” poll, but moreover celebrates its 2nd birthday next month. So, naturally, we will be giving it the full music attention, focussing on stars Chris Bekker & Eduardo de la Torre, both who jet in from Germany to star in this special birthday bash. But on top of that we will be sharing the brand new “Lovechild” track, currently being pressed in the studio by Lovechild resident Tony English. Featuring vocals from the amazing Kaysee, who will also be starring at the 2nd birthday & performing the track live for the first time. Add to that mentions & nods for the huge Lovechild resident D.J. team (over a dozen of them) & this will be a music special post to top the lot.
Well that’s it, our latest newsletter covering 12 D.J.’s & 19 compilations/tracks, although there is a 20th and one we unashamedly can’t put down, a self indulgent further mention going to our own “Disco Matt’s Dance-tastic Top 20 Of 2010” collection, a compilation mixed exclusively by Brent Nicholls, whom we paoured plaudits on in our first special music post of the year, “Die-Cast Disco Duo”, and well deservedly so, as he has made this mix available on his own website at http://djbrentnicholls.com/music as well as issuing a special download option at http://brentnicholls.mysites.com/-podcasts/1101-discomatt-2010-top-20-128.mp3, so another big thanks to him. Plus, with any luck the mix will eventually make it to our own podcast & soundcloud pages, the latter incidentally, where you can find segments of our newsletter devotions to various D.J.’s at http://soundcloud.com/discomatt. including some metioned right here.
So, with that self indulgent moment over, and plenty of other compilations & tracks to chose from here, all that’s left to say is, “sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume & let them play, as music IS the answer” (DISCO MATT)
When Brazilian superclub The Week landed on London back in September last year, we certainly weren’t prepared for just what a spectacular reception it would get, yet having not been to Sao Paulo (ahhh!) to witness The Week in action, we poured many minutes & hours into lots of research on this amazing outfit in preparation for their first prolific party in London. So, when it sprung to life in Fire, taking advantage of the new extended main room layout, we were pleased that the reaction of capital’s clubbers was so huge and the even the anglo Brit/Brazilian promotions team couldn’t have been more shocked at just how many people made it down to Fire in that hot September evening. With amazing D.J. performances from headliner Leandro Becker, together with a supporting cast that included Steve Pitron, Mikey D, Paul Heron, Brent Nicholls, Per Q.X. & Gonzalo Rivas, plus some of the most flamboyant stage shows Fire had ever seen, it was no surprise that this brilliant Brazilian brand topped our 2010 charts as Best International Newcomer.
So, with such an amazing reception for its first foray at Fire, a return was surely on the cards and this Saturday (26th Jan) marks that return, although given the huge response to the launch in London, the promotions team have decided to give The Week the full- theatrical style treatment by switching it to The Coronet in Elephant & Castle, a huge venue that first made gAylist scene notoriety as the home for Spanish brand SuperMartXe, which bowed out late last year to be replaced by new brand phenomenon, WE Party. However, whilst there may be a small Spanish jetwash for The Week to step through, the stunning stage & the spectacular lighting that The Coronet offers, should suit The Week down to the ground, plus the space will allow the team to fully express & display the delights of this carnival style colossus, which, in the words of the team, will encompass “…extravagant production and an absolute army of dancers and performers, stepping up the pace to bring you the ultimate feel & glamour of Brazil in heart of London…” they further adding “…expect the sexual tension of Copacabana Beach, the sheer visual feast that is Rio Carnival as well as the world class sophistication that is Sao Paulo…”.
Having tapped into the London promoter just this morning, we can certainly endorse the promotions team in saying that the shows will be something to behold and with more feathers than an ostrich flock or a drag queen dozen, the collection of Samba & Carimbo crafted costumes will surely captivate & scintillate like no other show seen at this South London venue, the whole essence of carnival, Brazil & Brazilians, evident for all to see. Plus with the brilliance of Brazilian dancer/choreographer Thiago Drewry together with the Mardi Gras magnificence of Ashley Swift on board, as well as promised wave of gorgeous Brazilian go-go’s, we are sure the huge London contingency will respond just like they did at the launch party in September and pack out the place right from the kick off at 11 p.m. Add to all that, the specially imported lighting & effects that the team from Sao Paulo will be bringing with them, as well as plenty of pyrotechnic displays to give a real sense of carnival at The Coronet, all meaning this is one night you simply won’t want to miss and we haven’t even touched on the magnificent music yet.
So what about that music?, well as he did back in September, Brazilian beaut Leandro Becker will be headlining, no doubt treating us to a full-on feast superb sounds, that made him such a stand-out star when he last landed in London at Fire & then at Paris’s Supersize Pool party the following week, we quoting of his performances, in London, “…the drop dead gorgeous & muscular to boot, Leandro Becker, had taken charge of the decks, his tougher sounding house finding favour…” while in Paris “…the arrival of The Week resident Leandro Becker lifted our spirits considerably, the music taking on much more of a familiar & favoured ring to it, plenty of electro, funky & tech tracks intermixed with octane fuelled beats…”, so come Saturday, he will definitely be grabbing his fair share of the limelight and treating us to more of that tech, electro, funky & vocal infused house that we so much loved last year. Joining Leandro will be fellow Brazilian & new sensation in London, DouG’uim, who debuted at The Week at Fire back in September, but somehow disappeared under the radar at the time. However, a solid set of performances has seen him emerge as a firm favourite at Beyond, he has made an impact in guest slots at Onyx & Later and has been intrinsic in the re-launch of afterhours brand, Open, so his Brazilian looks & charm will fit his appearance at The Week like a glove. Plus, he has produced a special podcast to mark the occasion, a 62 minute celebration of the pure Brazilian samba & carnival sound , intermixed with plenty rousing tech & vocal infused house with an a real euphoric & uplifting feel from start to finish that will surely see him make a splendid splash on Saturday, this magnificent mix out now at http://douguim.podomatic.com/. Completing the line up & adding the London influence is Mikey D, who makes his Coronet debut, but who was a real star at The Week back in September, so is a worthy addition to the line-up, plus is definitely going to be a big draw.
Right, so let’s wrap up this focus look at The Week by sharing the all important detail, this bold & beautiful Brazilian brand, taking The Coronet in Elephant & Castle by storm, this Saturday (29th Jan), from 11 p.m., the event running through until a planned 7 a.m. finish. Advance tickets are still available both online at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-01/29/the-week, as well as at the usual Soho outlets, priced at £15 (sorry, all early bird £10 ones have gone), while we are sure a limited amount of discount passes or concessions will be knocking around at the official pre-party on Friday at Ku Bar, as well as at Lo-Profile later. Plus don’t forget the “official” afterparty at Beyond, promoter Jonny Marsh & his team lining up a “The Week” celebration, details of all three pre/post parties coming up in our Best Bites report.
So, its time get sashaying to some samba, select your colourful costume, brush up on your Brazilin beats, as The Week this Saturday, Brazilian or not, will definitely be the place to be, leaving us to simply say, “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)