Archive for February 2011
Having given you a taster of what is to come in a specially produced three part special music post in our prologue (direct link ) it’s now time to crack on with our devotion to this multi mixing master that will definitely be missed on the scene when he hangs up his boots on 13th March at Beyond. So, in this first tribute report we take a look at “the man & his mixing”, sharing extracts from posts honing in on this special skill, thus giving you an insight as to what makes Alan quite unique among his equals & peers.
Now, we keep talking of this skill, which for the well informed musical ears in you will be a familiar term, but what is multi mixing and why the association with Alan K? Well, to demonstrate best what we mean, here is a segment extracted from a commissioned biography we issued in July last year.
“…When it comes to the art we call “multi-mixing”, blending three sometime four records into one, there is no doubt that Alan Adams, better known behind the decks as Alan K, is the true master at this art. To say that this man’s work is pure genius is a bit of an understatement, as never have we seen someone create such energy & vitality through his mixing that rouses any audience to such heights that the atmosphere is sent stratospheric and the breath is simply taken away with the dynamism & depth that his mixing skills give to his sets. Studio productions of tracks having a similar effect and not a performance of his goes by where we are not blown away with yet another new Alan creation that leaves us in a dancing dervish…”
To further cement this multi mixing talent of his, in April of the same year we issued a music special entitled “Multi Mixing Maestro’s”, which included a piece on Alan & this superb skill he has for blending beats.
“…his real passion is in mixing, not just one record into the other, but blending a whole host of sounds & tracks, giving immense depth to dancefloor hits recognisable to ardent clubbing fans. This is a continual feature both of Alan’s live sets & his studio work and whilst the constraints of some clubs equipment don’t always allow him to exercise these mixing skills directly in front of his audience, he tirelessly works on recording blends away from the clubs, then arming himself with suitable multi mixed recordings to delight his crowd. We can only imagine how difficult it is to combine three, sometimes four different tracks and just how much hard work & concentration goes into selecting the appropriate tunes to intertwine, but Alan seems to scintillatingly succeed and the results have often left us breathless in admiration, two brilliant examples being a delightful combo of sounds when he played out Celada’s “The Underground” at the As One party on NYD and at Beyond two weeks ago, when floor filler favourite Zoe Baldwin’s “Release Me” benefitted brilliantly from the Alan K treatment.
However, his sets are well & truly littered with other examples, not only making his sound fresh & vibrant, but ensuring, particularly at Beyond, the dancefloor remains packed & the crowd mesmerised by his performances. Now, we highly suspect to achieve this unique sound, the equipment needs to be as good as the D.J. and in amongst the plethora of options & manufacturers choices, Alan explains “…I would love it if someone would come up with a machine that allows me to blend a handful of sounds to create that unique style I aim & crave for, but in the meantime, I do it the hard way…” he going on to say “…all that hard work & managing the limitations of the equipment at my disposal is worth it when you see the reactions on people’s faces to the results…”. And we are definitely one of those people that really admire what he does & how he does it, the sheer enthusiasm that he exudes, either multi mixing live or playing out the studio work results, pure magic…”
All that said, there is nothing like witnessing the main in action and we were very privileged to be invited up behind the decks to watch Alan mixing in, two, three & even four tracks into one, the reactions from the crowds as he crafted his art, second to none.. Indeed, the occasion last year at Beyond was truly memorable, Alan waving up into the Area D.J. booth where we saw this master at work, disc’s spinning simultaneously yet blended brilliantly those rapturous reactions from the revellers below evident for our eyes to see and our ears to hear, whoops, shouts & chants to Alan’s creations adding to the already amazing atmosphere to was building with his unique recipe of tunes. Two further opportunities that cam our way were at Fire, both during Lovechild “Wet” and As One on NYD 2010, the crowd reactions very similar to Beyond, the results of his mixing just the same, additional evidence displayed through some of the podcasts, although that is for forthcoming devotions
So, that “is the man & his mixing”, but what of some of that evidence, well, in part two we will be going into more detail on “the man & his music”, sharing more of those extracts from posts & reviews, as well as linking into some related podcasts he issued, to further highlight just how muck the multi mixing master will be missed. (DISCO MATT)
Well, you couldn’t get any fresher than this, as we have literally landed from another breathtaking Beyond, so it simply had to get our bite sized look in advance of the full review, which joins a growing list of those we still need to pen. But that aside, this “Erotica” event was exceptional, why?…well
We can hardly believe that it has been seven weeks since we last stepped foot into our favourite afterhours, yet braving Beyond was every bit as good as any homecoming should be, the early start for this “Erotica” event not dimishing from the quality of the club & the crowd. In fact far from it, as we arrived at just turned 4.30 a.m. and found the main room already packed & pumping, the dovetail arrangements with Queer Nation in the other two spaces working like a dream. But that wasn’t the end of our dreams that actually became reality, as Jonny M’s rousing opener of a set gave way to yet another pitch perfect & precision performance by Mr Pitron, Steve on top form and clearly revelling in his rapturous reception., a nod & wink in our direction confirming that heavenly homecoming. With a whole string of scintillating selections that saw us dance non-stop for the whole two hours, spinning on our spot, he was always going to be a hard act t follow, but Mikey D, as is tradition, took up the reigns resplendently, his set virtually equal with Steve’s in sublimeness, meaning the supporting cast of Hifi Sean & Paul Christian in The Chapel Room & the rest in The Terrace had difficulty following. Mind you, Sean’s set was a cracker, well from what we have been told, as we didn’t see much of it sadly, the main room getting our devotion for the duration, Paul Heron putting up a very credible crowd pleaser of a performance too, the “Erotica” theme eventually kicking in with Elektra Paris & her close knitted knot of dancers displaying their best on both the stage & the podiums. Add to all that, a bucket load of familiar faces that put recent horrors in our life to bed, for a while at least, photographer Chris Jepson one of many to break that imposter ice, although with a myriad more of mentions to come, we say “…its ready steady go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
There could have been no-one more shocked than us when the news came through that Alan K was hanging up his D.J.’ing boots and disappearing into the disco sunset, the news of his departure from the scene leaving us pinching ourselves to make sure we were not dreaming. But sadly, the reality soon dawned that the man, whose multi mixing talents impressed us from the very first time we met him way back when at Later one Sunday afternoon, would no longer be around to entertain us, whether it be gyrating at Gravity, being audacious at A:M, or pumping at Popcorn. However, all those outstanding outings aside, it is Beyond where Alan’s tremendous talent will be missed the most and we find ourselves still imagining what the landscape at this award winning afterhours will look like without him, days after this shocking news broke.
So, with the sad truth that Alan will be curtain calling his D.J.’ing career at Beyond on Sunday morning 13th March, a final gig we will be missing as we will be about 35,000ft up in the air, given our absence we had to toast his farewell in our own special way. Therefore, marking the momentous occasion of his departure at this awesome afterhours, we have decided to commission a special tribute to the man, his music & those magnificent multi mixing skills for which he will always remain in our memory. And it seems fitting that, while we will be in the upper limits of the atmosphere come 13th March, Alan will surely have the crowd in Area totally stratospheric with another of those scintillating sets that we have so often savoured from our spot in Beyond.
Now, given how much he has impacted the scene with his towering talent, we will be splitting this special tribute into three parts, the first looking at the “the man & his mixing”, highlighting the superb skill he posses through extracts from some of the focuses we have done and the biography pieces commissioned. Then in part two we will hone in on his music & his live performances at clubs, “the man & his music” sharing further extracts, this time from reviews that recapture a whole load of those magical moments we savoured in Alan’s heavenly house hands and also touching on music compilations related to his performances. As for part three, well its seems only right that it is devoted to “the man & his Beyond”, a club with which Alan is synonymous, we hitting the pinnacle by showcasing the man at his brilliant best at Beyond, sharing snippets of our reviews of Alan in action and finally toasting this towering talent.
So, sit back and enjoy our trio of testimonials on the man, his music, his mixing and his mastery behind the decks, as well as what Alan K meant to us & many more, concluding why he will be so sorely missed. (DISCO MATT)
Its definitely feeling like a short month compared to January, as we already find ourselves at the penultimate weekend of February and one that will see us running around in final preparations for our three week trip to South Africa, with more of that international reporting that is figuring in our lifestyle right now. Now, while we will be indulging in a just little bit of bar hopping & clubbing activity before heading to Heathrow, there is plenty on offer to tempt you all out this weekend, so let’s crack on with our choices of where to be & been seen in Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere.
Soho get’s our attention to start and Profile/Lo-Profile our first Best Bite, as it is without doubt becoming a firm favourite on the scene, Profile particularly finding very busy legs of late, tonight (Fri 18th) looking like a packed out affair as Nathan Six returns to the bar’s decks to rev up your weekend with some rip roaring beats, while on Saturday the cheeky Craig Daniels sorts the sounds. With a full-on American diner style food offering & that new Sunday roast option that launched last week & proved a sell-out, Profile is definitely the place to eat, drink & socialise, more details out at http://profilesoho.com, especially as its clubbing sister is just below, Lo-Profile turning up the dancefloor heat this weekend with a terrific line up. On Friday, it’s the friendly duo of Nick Evans & Paul Heron, both sure to pack out the place, while on Saturday D’Johnny & Alessandro have their musical say and with the revised & improved laser & LED lighting, along with the cream of the Soho scene choosing this hip & happening hangout as their destination, Lo-Profile is a winner, with more info available by going to http://loprofile.com.
Our other Best Bite goes to The Shadow Lounge and its Friday that seems to be getting much focus at the mo, last week’s Delice Dream’s pre-party, followed this week by a special shindig for the Miami Winter Party Festival, welcoming rising star D.J. Sonathaq to the decks who joins regular Miswhite, playing plenty of vocal house & pop remixes. With a special comp draw to win gold passes to Miami’s biggest gay party, plus exclusive Winter Party t-shirt giveaways, as well as free Attitude Magazine’s to every entrant, this looks like being a brilliant bash and well worth a visit, while Saturday is just as hot, as Inferno returns with the equally hot Andrew Elmore on the decks. Now, just a quick mention for Thursday’s as Glitz & Glamour now has The Very Miss Dusty O in charge and with Mark Bambach also on the decks, this looks like yet another night to hail the return of Soho as THE place to be & be seen on the scene, more details of this and all of Shadow Lounge’s events available by going to http://theshadowlounge.co.uk.
Now for some Short Shouts and Rupert Street is a worthwhile call-in with D.J.’s on from Friday to Sunday, Minx on duty tonight (Fri 18th), while Alessandro double heads on Saturday & Sunday, more info on this brilliant bar available at http://rupertstrett.com., while Ku-Bar tips the other end of the Soho scale, a good choice for the young set, Saturday’s the busiest with D.J’s P & Sharif dishing up dance disco to delight, but with a full week of activity & details a mere click away at http://ku-bar.co.uk
Barcode is also a great place to pop in & pop out, Friday’s as good early as late, especially with the dynamic duo of Joe Publik & Dilmar Brito on rotational residency, while Industri on Wednesday’s is finding its Soho feet, Minty always attracting a crowd & boys Brent Nicholls & Paul Heron switching sound selection duties each week, further details on this captivating club/bar out at http://bar-code.co.uk.
Onward to Vauxhall and The Orange Group gets our sole Best Bite pick, not least as it sports all the major clubbing events in town this weekend, from Gravity on Thursday to Orange on Monday morning & much in between. Of the nine offerings, two get our attention, Megawoof finding a new slot in the calendar, tomorrow (Sat 19th) to be exact, promoters Daz & Diddy now using Fire as the host home for the muscle-bear bravado of a bash, this latest affair looking like being a packed out one, with the new “Hardware” theme getting a second showing & the legendary Tom Stephan (aka Superchumbo) ruling the roost in the main room, with a supporting cast of Tim Mcloone, Daz Saund, Rob & Massimo across two spaces of sound. Then, Beyond continues the party action deep into Sunday, with a special “Erotica” themed event which should serve up plenty of sexual spice, with scintillating sounds to match, Steve Pitron confirmed in the main room line-up along with special guest D.J. Paul Heron, while Alan K completes the magnificence here, another special guest, D.J. Hawthorne figuring in proceedings, we suspect in The Chapel Room. Add to that Queer Nation in Area on Saturday night running straight into Beyond and “Erotica” will definitely be the place to be, while Onyx, A:M, Later, Booster & Orange will also get their say , further details out at http://fireclub.co.uk/fire-nightclub-london-gay-parties.php.
So to some Short Shouts and first The Eagle, Tonker tonight (Fri 18th) and Horse Meat Disco on Sunday the bread & butter in the sandwich, Luke Howard providing the filling on Saturday as he is welcomed as guest D.J., more info on this horny hangout’s happenings available at http://eaglelondon.com.
The RVT have plenty to tempt you in this weekend, S.L.A.G.S/Chill-out on Sunday spearheading a line-up that also includes Duckie on Saturday, as well as something quite special tonight (Fri 18th) as “Anthem” returns with the Love Muscle-esque might of Marc Andrews, Sean Sirrs & Rich B rolling back time with musical memories from those Halcyon days at the Fridge, details this exceptional event & much more to be found by going to http://thervt.org.uk
Two final Short Shouts go to Barcode which always proves a hotbed of activity, particularly on Saturday’s, info on the action available at http://bar-code.co.uk, while Union is a great alternative to the Orange Group outings, with plenty of action right through the weekend, Epic on Saturday’s headlining their extensive offerings, details out at http://clubunion/co/uk.
So to our alternative antics and The Dalston Superstore (DSS) tops of Best Bite pile this weekend, with a scorcher of a schedule, as tonight (Fri 18th) sees one on the biggest D.J. line-ups anywhere with a massive eight on duty across two floors of frenetic fun, “Back To Back” the event and electro/techno the name of the musical game, special guest John Roman flying in from Toronto to start his UK tour in the heart of the DSS action, while another notable inclusion in the eight is Caligula’s Sigmund Kraftwerk, the back-to-back nature of the D.J. sets serving up stacks of surprises for sure. Then tomorrow (Sat 19th) sees the ever popular “Body Talk” return, keeping it, as the boys say, “…oh so real…”, special guest Dave Kendrick of Macho City delving into plenty of Nu Disco, & 80’s/80’s groove & soul remixed, along with DSS’s own Rokk D.J., while “Oh So Real” residents Marky Mark & Tristan Reed do the business upstairs. Add to all that a new Sunday nighter called “Paris’ Acid Ball”, with Hannah Holland, Dan Beaumont & D.J. Squeaky serving up loads of NYC house, DSS is definitely the place to be out East this weekend, full details of all these events & more a click away at http://dalstonsuperstore.com.
Now to some alternative Short Shouts and to East Bloc first who have both “Disco Fag Bar” on tonight, then new night, “The House Of Fun” tomorrow (Sat 19th) on offer, the latter sporting the fabulous Smokin Jo in the D.J. line up, ore info on East Bloc & its events available at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
While in Shoreditch, you may want to check out Friday night frolic “Haute Vs Shabba Dabba” at Concrete on the High St. there, D.J.’s on duty including Erol Sabadosh, Jim Warboy & Larry tee, plus Shoreditch’s original son, Kris Di Angelis, so the music should be top draw, more details on the venue out via their website at http://concretespace.co.uk/.
Right, well that pretty much about it in this slim-line Best Bites & Short Shouts for another weekend and with our trip to the southern hemisphere kicking off on Sunday, we may well be off-line for the next week or so, re-surfacing in Cape Town at the beginning of March. So, while we are out of reach, the best place to see what’s hot & happening is by going to London’s clubbing bible SeenQueen, who have plenty of events listed & lots of options up to take you to the end of the month & beyond, a whole load of more features, music, pics, video & other links well worth checking out at http://seenqueen.com.
That said and just before we go, here are a selection of our what would be our Best Bite picks for next weekend, WE Party returning to London with their “Paparazzi” offering at the Coronet in E&C on Sat (26th Feb), this being the first of a trio of Orange Group outings , Beyond hosting the “official” afterparty, then Later celebrating its 8th birthday on Sunday afternoon (27th Feb), all three well worth a visit. Then, for the fetish in you, Hard On! at Hidden is a must, this monthly event taking place next Saturday, while another real alternative & another birthday to boot, comes your way courtesy of Gutterslut at The Rhythm Factory in Whitechapel, again next Saturday (26th Feb) and will be a packed out affair for sure.
So, that’s it from us, whatever apart from saying if you are out & about in the scene, you may well catch us hopping around Soho for a while tonight, over in Angel for SuperMartXe’s pre-party “Saturday Night Love’s London t Lola’s”, and then at Beyond “Erotica” on Sunday morning, all which will definitely leave us shouting “get us to the plane on time”. So, if you see us out come say hi, but whatever you are up to and wherever you may be, have a fantastic weekend and as we always say “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Having always planned to produce a special music report to mark our mini European tour, the idea was to create this nod to a handful of talents that we were to touch during our trip to Paris, Brussels, Antwerp & Amsterdam, while we were there enjoying it all. However, having been caught up in the whole emotions of our escapades, Paris particularly sweeping us away in a tide of unforgettable memories, it meant we had precious little opportunity to set aside enough to time concentrate on the task in hand. Yet as we find ourselves back in blighty and tidying up on our trip, we had to follow through on our promise to focus on those D.J.’s that were to provide that Parisian Pleasure To Belgian Brilliance we had anticipated before taking the Eurostar just under two weeks ago, our journey rearing many more magical music moments than we could have expected. So, with planned inclusions & some surprise additions, this is our special anglo French/Belgian look at the music & the music makers that, planned or unplanned, have earned their place in this special post.
So first to Paris and for those of you eagle eyed lot, it was always the intention to devote a segment of this special post to Bruno Kauffmann, a Parisian resident originally the north eastern town of Nancy, although it would be fair to say this prestigious producer come D.J. has laid his hat in a number of principal places in France, most notably St Tropez & Avignon, the south of France his playground for many years. However, it was Paris where Bruno first started his career as a bright eared & bushy tailed radio D.J. for Parisian radio station, NRJ, soon finding himself thrown into the limelight of a burgeoning clubbing scene in the French capital, a residency at “The Club” soon following, Mr Kauffmann spending seven very happy years there. With his reputation in Paris firmly established, the next big step in his career was a resident slot at the famous “Boy” in the city, although it was clear he wanted to spread the good Kauffmann word much further a-filed, his love & association with the south of France forming an indelible bond in 1994, when he moved to the region, residencies at club’s & events including “La Scala”, “Slave Bar”, “Stephano For Ever” & “Dolly Party” keeping him very busy in this part of the world virtually right up to the present day.
With D.J.ing just one strand of Bruno’s talents, his production work & associations with some of the biggest clubs in France has brought him into contact with a list of well known’s in his field that include such greats as David Guetta, Danny Tenaglia, Lurent Garnier & Charles Schillings, while a long list of fellow French stars have touched his life too. So, adding to his continuing radio shows and his occasional D.J. appearances, is his studio work, both on tracks & compilations which definitely keep the Kauffmann name out there and in the limelight, his discography over the years stretching into treble figures, with an amassed 14 tracks (some subject to multiple remix projects) in just the last six months alone. This on top of a collection of compilations, all showcasing Bruno’s very eclectic genre styles, ranging from disco, through electro, progressive to tech & tribal and even deep into minimal house, hardly a style unturned or a direction overlooked.
So, you can imagine that we were keen to hook up with the man while we were in Paris, but timing meant he was away back in the south of France, for a private party in St Tropez no less, although to our delight has laid down a compilation to mark the occasion, titled “The World Of Noise”, which is just on two hours of triumphant progressive & tech house tunes, well worth a listen via http://soundcloud.com/djbrunokauffmann/dj-bruno-kauffmann-mix-the and a mix very much in the Kauffmann superb style. Weeding out other works from the Bruno stable, track releases “Phasing” & “Boy”, featuring vocals from Caisedo & Loreen Chimenti respectively are his most prolific, between them racking up over 10 remixes, while his “Feel Me” track has been treated in the studio by fellow Parisian Leomeo with his own production partner, Fabrice K and is a corker, all these tracks available at Bruno’s soundcloud site via http://soundcloud.com/djbrunokauffmann/. Plus, with a spring in his step, this year looks like being a busy one for this genial gent, so keep your eyes peeled on our forthcoming posts for his next release/releases.
Now, while in Paris, we couldn’t escape with mentioning two guys that really made a difference to our trip, first the lovely Leomeo who was a guide supreme, showing us his city in a way that we could never have imagined, leaving us unforgettably in love with Paris and in deepest gratitude to our Leo Leo for his generous hospitality & fulsome friendship. Now, hardly a music post of ours goes by without giving him a mention and given just how intrinsic he was in our Parisian Pleasure of a stay, we had to pop something in, so a reminder of his fabulous collaborative track “Nirvana Dream” was due, nit least as news on a full release is imminent, so worthy of another mention and definitely a worthy addition to you collection by going to http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/leomeo-javier-medina-presents.
Our other Parisian Pleasure, in the music sense of course, was Ben Manson, this terrific talent blowing our mind with a spectacular set at new bar/club kid on the Paris block, Spyce. In fact we were so impressed, had we known he was playing the 7 a.m. slot at La Demence the following day, we would have made plans to check out of our hotel late and postpone our onward trip to Antwerp, so as to savour a second showing by him, which we were told was just as superb. However, whilst missing out on the latter performance of his, Ben has releived our disappointment on missing out on his Brussels beats, by completing a new mix, titled “From La Demence To Revolver With Love”, Revolver being his third gig in as many days in that weekend and completing a similar triangle of trips to ours, Paris to Brussels to London, making this a must mix in our collection and one for you too, by going to http://benmanson.podomatic.com/.
So, leaving Paris behind and jumping right into some Belgian Brilliance, we also jump from La Demence up to Antwerp and to a D.J. talent that hit us squarely between the eyes with his euphoric & prolific performance at Red & Blue during our mini tour, so just had to get our special focus here. Elof De Neve is, without doubt, an extremely talented D.J. yet clearly one that has been overlooked by the mainstream, missed out by the big club brands and fallen out of the mind’s eye of others, who like us, have been witness to some superb sets of his. That said, through his long standing residency with Antwerp’s finest, Red & Blue, Elof touches the worlds of Matinee, SuperMartXe, Salvation & Lovechild, not just through the special parties these brands hold in the diamond city, but he also gets the chance to play on behalf of them around Europe every now & then (although not often enough in our estimation). Such is his talent & experience, we could spend pages going into detail about the man & his music, but for the purposes of this particular focus, want to concentrate the mind on just what an asset he is to Red & Blue and what he could be to all these major brands.
His set at the “I Wanna F***” event in Red & Blue was one we were so lucky to be part of and was symptomatic of the scintillation & superlatives that flow out of his music selections, lifting any party and any emotional set from flat as a pancake to bouncy as a beachball, dismal to dynamic, monotonous to majestic, his euro-style, vocal drenched & belting beats injecting vitally & vroom rather than doom & gloom. Our review on this Red & Blue outing kind of speaks volumes for Elof’s performance that night, the very rare purple patches that happen in our clubbing experiences, occurring that night, due very much to his spectacular showing. However, as lucky as we were to witness two superb sets, our Christmas trip to Antwerp another example of the De Neve delight, as not everyone gets the chance, there is always his studio compilations to turn to, Elof having a “Finest Selection” series to choose from, Volume 18 getting our attention here and one pretty close to that prolific performance a couple of Saturday’s ago. Mind you with plenty more to choose from, all filled with progressive, vocal tinged & euro-style beats, you can’t go wrong with any of them, seven of his best out at http://soundcloud.com/elofdeneve while more on this man can be found by going to http://www.elofdeneve.com/ and you can even check him out on YouTube at http://youtube.com/elofdeneve.
However, back to that set and we said of him & his performance in our review “…the terrific talent Elof treating us to a storming selection of scintillating sounds, barnstorming beats & vocal infused euphoria that would put many a Matinee D.J. to shame…” adding that “…In Elof De Neve, the Red & Blue team have a terrific talent of a resident D.J. and his performance on this occasion once again impressed immensely…”. Yet, it comes as no surprise to us, that restricting his services to Red & Blue is not in the De Neve rule book, as these next few weeks alone see him spreading his wings form Matinee in Amsterdam, European Gay Ski Week in the French Alpes & the Delice Dream Festival in Barcelona. Plus, we are pleased as punch he will be in London next month for Lovechild, as well as flying the Red & Blue flag at home when Beyond calls in two weeks, all meaning that the world of Elof De Neve couldn’t be better right now.
Staying with Antwerp and another moment of gratitude, as one other person really made the difference to a return visit that had so much expectation in the planning, but little in the way of result, Ruben Winters making that difference. Whilst Paris was always going to be a hard act to follow, Ruben’s last minute absence from Red & Blue not helping either, a day of Belgian Brilliance was to behold us and the chance to get to know Ruben a little better than we already did, his evident passion for D.J.’ing, for music and particularly entertaining his audience, coming through loud & clear in our conversations. As in his sets at Red & Blue, his passion for that journey taking is also neatly diaplayed in the podcasts he produces, a selection of which are available at http://soundcloud.com/d-jayme while there is exciting news on the horizon for this talented rising star, as a new club project in Rotterdam looks set to shine the spotlight on him and elevate his standing in the D.J community. So, we want to be the first to wish him all the best with that & to thank him for his superb hospitality during our stay.
Now, no Belgian Brilliance special post would be complete without mentioning Brussels born Steven Redant, who whilst now firmly based in Barcelona, always sees the Belgian capital as a bit of a homecoming whenever he visits, La Demence the primary reason for his return these days. So, we kind of caught him by surprise when we turned up in his old backyard, but by golly were we glad we did, as his set was something truly breathtaking to behold. Plus, his reception for us was amazing and we were truly honoured to be standing up by the D.J. booth for the whole of his prolific performance, soaking up the splendour of La Demence’s main room in his hands. So, we couldn’t think of a better way of finishing than on a Redant high and by sharing with you the compilation he created following that spectacular showing two Friday’s ago, we needing to say nothing else apart from, go straight to http://stevenredant.podomatic.com/, go grab his Feb 4th La Demence offering and GET IT ON!, as it is the majestic Mr Redant at his brilliant best.
So, that’s it, our look at what made our mini Euro tour so good, the music from all our entrants in this Parisian Pleasure To Belgian Brilliance very worthy of their inclusion, as are the links to their tracks & compilations which we hope you enjoy. But moreover, what they all prove to us, as do so many D.J.’s each & every day, is that “…Music Is The Answer…”. (DISCO MATT)
If there was ever a city to really capture our imagination in such a way that it left us floating on a cloud nine for much longer than we can remember, it was Antwerp, the diamond capital of the Benelux region of Europe and a city steeped in history. Having spent Christmas Day (well Eve & Boxing Day too) submerged in its charms, the substantial snow fall that left the streets & roof tops looking more festive than we could have dreamed for made for an even more enriching experience, however, being on duty along with London’s Lovechild crew, the proverbial jewel in our Antwerp crown was the city’s finest clubbing venue and one that has established a solid reputation, not just in its home city & country, but right across Europe. Connecting with a whole host of major brands from France, Spain Germany & even right here in London, has made it a hotbed of activity and a must visit when in Antwerp, especially on a Saturday, part of the reasons for our rapid if but reactive return.
We kind of fell for Red & Blue on our first visit in December, a little like we had done for the city and one of its inhabitants, the club impressing us from the moment we set eyes upon it, a very stylish affair with sumptuous lighting & decor, intermixed with a brick & steel industrial feel that reminded us of the glory of Fabric back here in London. With multiple levels surrounding the main dancefloor, an ample stage and an impressive D.J. booth, back dropped by a bank of screen’s Red & Blue oozed quality rarely seen in the capital, indeed quite a few clubs back home have followed suit on its style, places like Cable & Fire having adopted the brick look in attracting appeal. So, with this amazing Antwerp venue having attained such greatness in our eyes on just one visit, a return visit was always going to be on the cards, although quite so soon we were not expecting, the emotions we found ourselves caught up within finding plans were made within days of arrival back in London just after Christmas, the question remaining of our return, was it too soon and did it contribute to our almost average Antwerp experience?
With such an unforgettable start to our mini European tour, taking in the French capital with our Parisian pal Leomeo, then riding the crest of this wonderful wave with La Demence in Brussels, our return to Antwerp and to Red & Blue was filled with much anticipation, not least for the reasons we have already gone into, so stepping through its doors at just turned midnight and into the smart & stylish club space would have done a lot to disappoint, this attractive & appealing venue immediately delivering to expectation. Having easily negotiated the entry procedure, handled by the most engaging staff we had seen in out travels thus far, we found Red & Blue as we had left it, a sparkling & sumptuously affair already brimming with hopefuls intent on savouring the extent of the “I Wanna F***” event that was about to unfold. So, winding our way up to the top bar, from where we could get the best view of the rapidly filling dancefloor, we grabbed some energy boosting refreshments, suitably arming ourselves for this sex fuelled and music mounted magnificence.
Finding a space just right of the D.J. booth, a spot that have found our favour during our first visit, but then we tend to find purselves close to the D.J. booth whenever we go clubbing, in the capital or otherwise. Yet from this part of Red & Blue, we had probably the best view of the stage, or the various podiums around the place and, of course, the D.J. booth, a quick glance up confirming we were in the majestic musical hands of resident D.J. Elof De Neve, the man pumping out a superb selection of euro-style beats, uplifting vocal sounds and tech house drenches that had the dancefloor delirious with his selections, podiums topped with bare chested guys gyrating, the Red & Blue lighting & effects already at full tilt and the screens behind Elof flashing up images of the club and of the “I Wanna F***” brand for all to see. And see was now the operative word, as a further glance up towards the D.J. booth saw us connect with the effervescently bubbly & beautiful J.d Cerronez and then with Elof himself, both recognising us in an instant, invoking a hop skip and jump round past the stage & up onto the elevated position next to the D.J. booth to say our hello’s, both J.D. & Mr Neve embracing us like long lost friends, we feeling right back at home and as though we had never been away.
What followed can only be described as one of those purple patch moments in clubbing, an hour or so of excited exuberance in the company of J.d & co, seeing us “Doing The Disco Matt”, trading dance moves with the select bunch we found ourselves with, not to mention masses of moments of hilarity with Mr Cerronez, the music matching these priceless & magical minutes perfectly, the terrific talent Elof treating us to a storming selection of scintillating sounds, barnstorming beats & vocal infused euphoria that would put many a Matinee D.J. to shame. Indeed, the roof short of lifted off Red & Blue when he picked out one of our favourite tracks of now, Danny Verde’s vivacious remix of Blake Lewis’s smash “Till We See The Sun”, sending us into a spinning frenzy and the atmosphere in this “I Wanna F***” inspired event, stratospheric. With the first of a few stage & podium shows also adding to the fantastic feel, Spanish porn stars Ivan Alonso & David Korben making a sex fuelled impact with their steamy encounters, their muscled & hairy torso’s entwined in horny activity that certainly helped raise the blood pressure a notch or four, it seemed our encounter was going from strength to strength.
So now our Red & Blue experience was well underway, Elof & J.d especially helping towards this being one exceptional event to remember, but then entered Spanish guest D.J. Luiggi, who from the start of his set seemed a little out of sorts, a guy that, having topped a recent competition back home in Madrid, should have, on paper at least, been prolific in his performance, yet his apparent lack of enthusiasm, coupled with his evident struggle to capture the imagination of the Red & Blue crowd. Indeed his tough espaniol tainted tunes failed to ignite the same reaction as Elof had before, resigning us to return to our first found spot down on the dancefloor, which was distinctly thinning before our eyes. And with the euphoria of Elof’s scintillating set wearing off fast, with the sudden realisation that the usual in-bound final D.J. Ruben Winters, would not in fact be present, the slot having been given up for another “I Wanna F***” guest, on this occasion Frenchman Pier Mills, what was an astounding outing in this amazing Antwerp club, suddenly became almost average, we in fact wandering whether we would be able to stay the distance until the 7 a.m. finish.
With Elof & J.d melting into the night, along with a sizable amount of what had been a packed out Red & Blue, by the time it was Pier’s turn to ascend to the decks, the dancefloor was, at best, a quarter full, Mr Mills’ task to hold the event together an uphill one. However, his attempts to keep it on the rails was very commendable, the sudden spark of energy that had been missing in Luiggi quite evident in Pier, even the music more accessible & rousing, although grabbing our attention was always going to be difficult, our now virtually complete anonymity only broken by a familiar London face who had clearly spotted us around in Vauxhall or the like, all other traces from our Christmas visit markedly absent. So, with this rather uninspiring end to our second visit to Red & Blue, we took our leave of this stylish & sophisticated spot, wending our way back to our hotel to gather our thoughts on the evening and reflect on some of the heavenly highs and the lamentable lows on what could have been another rapturous Red & Blue re-encounter, but ended up being an almost average Antwerp outing.
Having spread our wings across into Europe in recent months, there is no question that we hold Red & Blue in high regard compared with the handful of other clubs we have visited, the whole feel & atmosphere of the club quite special and the people involved equally so. In Elof De Neve, the Red & Blue team have a terrific talent of a resident D.J. and his performance on this occasion once again impressed immensely, definitely further elevating him in our estimation and, as we hinted before, someone who would put many a Matinee D.J. to shame, especially with the truly tremendous set we had the privilege of witnessing. Yet, Elof aside and the exuberance of J.d Cerronez discounted, the rest of this “I Wanna F***” event failed to inject sufficient enthusiasm in us, the succession of stage shows that delivered plenty of x-rated action but didn’t quite impress enough, the performance by D.J. Luiggi, in our estimation, lack lustre and uninspiring sealing its fate. Add to that the absence of a couple of familiar faces, Ruben Winters especially being missed, and we were left with the conclusion that maybe our return visit was too unplanned & too soon, although thanks have to go Elof & J.d for that perfect purple patch moment that will live in our memory for months. (DISCO MATT)
With a blink of the eye we find ourselves already deep into February and the day of love already escaping us, yet we couldn’t let the moment pass without our own special devotion to the day, deciding to do so with our “Love To Love The Music” special post, With a handful of hot off the press new compilations released with Valentine’s Day in mind, as well as other mixes & tracks that have love underpinning them, we thought it an ideal opportunity to engross in a bit of musical love on behalf of this romantically charged day of the year. So, weeding out some of those releases that may have otherwise made it to our next music newsletter or linked to up-coming reviews, then including some tracks that are really doing it for us right now & that have love in mind, here is our take on Valentine’s Day, through what is without doubt our biggest passion, music.
First in this love inspired music special is Ben Jamin, a D.J. who actually makes his debut in our music posts, although is a terrific talent that has been cutting a stride for a number of years now, our first experience of his superb sounds coming in the days of Crash back at the turn of the century, yet the memories of his majestic music as fresh today as they were back then. His insatiable appetite for taking his audience on a journey with a difference, underpins his passion for his art as well as his skill for finding that new sound or style, very much putting Mr Jamin at the cutting edge of the alternative London clubbing scene that he now finds himself within, Shoreditch & The East End very much leading the way with genre’s like Nu Disco, Future House & the resurgence of NYC style Underground. So, in this special “…Valentine’s make out mix of dark disco & sleazy house…” Ben comes up trumps in that direction with a difference, his aptly named “Romantic And Filthy Minded” mix worthy of our inclusion in this Valentine’s special post and an equally worthy addition to your collection, which you can grab now at http://ben-jamin.podomatic.com/.
Now to another first, our first track related to love, very much in the lyrics rather than the title, a record we re-discovered only a few days ago, yet is a classic corker in our books and comes from our Hed Kandi days of disco heaven, probably a faze that inspired our name. Taken from the dance label & worldwide clubbing brand’s “The Mix : Summer 2004” treble album, Marley’s terrific track “You Never Know” is not one of those soppy love songs, but has love in mind, or should we say “…knocking at your door…” and is a glorious sun drenched scorcher that we simply couldn’t resist including, as like Ben’s offering, is something a little unexpected for Valentine’s Day. Given the LMC dub treatment on Hed Kandi, (http://youtube.com/watch?v=48idQ9CVR1w), the sundrenched element becomes obvious when you click on http://youtube.com/watch?v=XpGJjGG4Nrc and points you in the direction of summer and us, towards our trip home to South Africa.
Back to the love inspired compilations and next up is Chris Brogan, a D.J. that has been making musical waves a-plenty over the last few months, we enjoying a superb set of his when we took to the waves of The Thames back in October for a riverboat party that we will remember for a long time, appearances at Ministry of Sound, T-dance club T.T.D., and hip hop & happening Soho hangout Rupert Street, just three of a whole pile of gigs Mr Brogan has made his presence felt over the last few weeks. But, gigs aside, it is his studio works that continue to grab our attention and this latest creation of his is no exception, Chris stating of Valentine’s, “…it’s that time of year again, some of you dread it, some of us loathe it, but this year I am celebrating it…” he explaining of his mix “…14 track disco-ish tracks that, if you’re alone this Valentine’s, will hopefully make you dance the commercialness of the day away…” and very much has disco credentials, making it another love dedication with a difference. Kicking off with “Stars On 45”, you know that disco is in mind and with artists like Bini & Martini, Hott 22 & Crazibiza, you know that dance is the direction, Dr Kucho’s “Chase” & LRM’s “Lifered” two of our faves, although with plenty more to enjoy, go grab some amour Chris stylee by visiting http://soundcloud.com/djchrisbrogan/amour-disco.
Now to a track that is no stranger to our recent posts, in fact has been dominating airwaves of ours for quite a few months, yet over the last two/three weeks has also hit the dancefloors both here in London and during our trips to Paris, Brussels & Antwerp, alternative offerings a-plenty proving the track still has considerable legs, despite having been released quite a while ago. And with a title of “Stereo Love”, plus having played such an important part in our recent tour into Europe, we couldn’t resist including it here, Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina’s tremendous track having been given a number of remix treatments in it time, but the Molella re-work, available to listen to at http://youtube.com/watch?v=fBef1eVkacs, without doubt our favourite and one that ascended to the top of our 2010 chart. Mind you, the beefed up dance version is also worth a listen, while not having quite have the loving feeling of the former, is equally appealing to the ears and holds nearly as many memories of the Beyond dancefloor, especially as it is the opening track on Mr Beyond, Steve Pitron’s compilation “Ibiza Oening Fiestas 2010 Early Check-In” which you can still grab by going to http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com.
Talking of compilations, our next choice has love running right through its entirety and is full to the brim with love songs that give it probably the best credentials for a Valentine’s dedication here. Compiled just in advance of his own weekend of love in Venice (how romantic), in just four days, D.J. Leomeo’s “Love Story” has amassed well over a ton of downloads and five times the amount of plays, pretty impressive given the usual lack of promotion and plugging from our Parisian pal. Full of some of the finest tunes to really inject that loving feeling into your minds, bodies & souls, this is Leomeo at his romantic best and is much more of a lounge music mix, rather than his usual tech & tribal offerings, the perfect backdrop to any love-in onValentine’s Day or any occasion where romance is in the air. To pick out one or two tracks from this 105 minutes of pure & unbridled love delectation would do the rest an injustice, rather we simply say that you should soak up the splendour of each of these sensual sounds by going to http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/love-story right now.
The next love track in our short stable of Valentine’s devotions makes a sure-fire statement with its title and featured on the dancefloor just this last weekend, reminding us why, like “Stereo Love”, it made our top choices in rounding up 2010’s year of music. A production by one of Spain’s finest, David Penn, who has a discography that stretches back well over 15 years and includes giants such as “The Nighttrain”, “Sun Rising Up” & “From the Stars”, this latest offering is without doubt another fabulous favourite of ours. With vocals crafted & delightfully delivered by Sheylah Cuffy, Mr Penn’s terrific track, “Miracle Of Love” compiled with studio partner Peter Gelerblom, is not an a-typical love song, but with lyrics explaining love & falling in love so well, especially when you hear them clearly in the dub version of this amazing creation at http://youtube.com/watch?v=uCxLwS1gxMU, we had to include it here. Mind you, it was the more familar & danceworthy version that got us “Doing The Disco Matt” on Saturday, one which can be caught at http://youtube.com/watch?v=WDfEK1wo6fs and contains more of those love inspired & falling in love lyrics.
Now, departing slightly from Valentine’s Day for a minute, but with love still in mind, in this instance, “Lovechild”, there are a couple of compilations and one track which we wanted to give a quick mention, first the two compilations by the German duo that took guest slots at Lovechild’s “The Birthday” event on Saturday, Chris Bekker & Eduardo De la Torre, both producing mixes that are worthy additions to your collection, available at the following links, http://chrisbekker.com & http://soundcloud.com/dj-edu-de-la-torre/lovechild-the-second-birthday. As for the track, well it is not quite about love, but more about “Lovechild”, that being the title, yet having seen vocalist Kaysee perform it live for the very first time on Saturday and the full version release imminent, we had to include the only currently available link, at http://soundcloud.com/djtonyenglish/tony-english-feat-kaysee from its producer Tony English here, this 2 minute version give you a flavour of just how great the track is.
Right, to our final Valentine’s Day devoted compilation, one from a D.J. talent that we have been pushing for a while now and who has made a few notable appearances, not least at audacious afterhours outings A:M & Gravity at Fire in Vauxhall, as well as Monday nighter Popcorn at Heaven, in addition to a couple of appearances behind the decks at Soho splendour Rupert Street. With a catalogue of compilations that has stretched into double figures in as many months, Norbert M’s latest addition has love very much in mind, the man explaining of it as “…a Valentine’s medley filled with vocal, funky and progressive house with a touch of love…” and interestingly includes David Penn in the list of artists, along with other hard hitting names in the dance music scene, including K-Klass & Sam Obernik. Aptly titled “The House Of Love”, this is as much a house music devotion as that to love, strands of the latter coming through of you search for them, yet is a composition worth collection, which you can do by going to http://norbertmik.podomatic.com/.
So to our last track and one that takes us pretty much full circle, as it comes from that Hed Kandi album we mentioned earlier and one that we can’t put down, well disc one at least, the Disco Heaven Mix. However, simply from the title of the track, you would never deduce that it has anything to do with Valentine’s Day, or with love, yet when you listen to the lyrics, it becomes clear that it has both very much within it, well we think so anyway. Funkstar De Luxe’s “When I Think Of You” definitely has a distinct house music feel on Hed Kandi’s album, although in full version form at http://youtube.com/watch?v=nPJVFqxZT0c, it seems to have a more dreamy & love feel to it and, as we did on Valentine’s Day this year, we dedicate it here to those of you who, like us, may have just memories of loves lost, but also to those of you that are truly, madly & deeply in love.
Right, so we finish with a compilation and one not dedicated to Valentine’s Day or to love at all really, rather more to lust we suspect, although in dissecting his description of the mix, Brent Nicholls gives a nod to the sensual, so maybe there’s a link there, as tenuous as it may be. No, in actual fact there is no denying that rather than love, the message is more of lust and of sex, as “Music For Pimps, Hookers & Gogo’s”, in its very title invokes those thoughts of lust & sex and as Brent explains “…is kind of Hard On! meets Nu-Funk…” yet again indicating that finding & falling into love is not the deal here, rather he adding that “…the idea was to create a set of sexy tracks with ass pounding beats wrapped in an unusual & risqué title…”. So, at the risk of being risqué ourselves for including it on this Valentine’s special post, why not go check it out at http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/2011/02/03/podcast-music-for-pimps-hookers-gogos/ and see what is shaking Brent’s musical world right now, a fair few of his sex fuelled selections also rocking ours.
So, that’s our somewhat alternative musical look at love & Valentine’s Day, some of our selections stretching the imagination a little, yet, with the possible exception of our final pick, have a connection with love, either in the lyrics, the title or the intent. And with music being our undeniable passion and Valentine ’s Day & love having passion central to their theme, we hope, like us, you “Love To Love The Music” and dig our choices here, as even of this day of love, “Music Is The Answer” . (DISCO MATT)
Continuing what is fast becoming the norm for us now, we step into another “Preview The Review”, this time taking our fresh felt & bite sized look at Lovechild, which celebrated its 2nd birthday last night (Sat 12th Feb) at Fire in Vauxhall.
With club brand birthday bashes appearing with monotonous regularity, Lovechild’s 2nd had a much more distinctly exciting prospect about it, not least as Valentine’s weekend love was definitely in the air, Fire in Vauxhall playing host across three rooms of fun. A rapidly filling main room saw a sparkling opening set from D.J. Savin, a mix of tech house & uplifting beats hitting a high with “Release Me”, then Tony English set the standard with a brilliant opener, Rebeka Brown’s “Offshore”, following it up with some scorching selections, although the new styled ambient come progressive lounge, looked after by Tony Bruno & Gabriele Cutrano, received a more muted reaction. With lighting & pyrotechnic effects a-plenty, plus the injection of the drop dead gorgeous Delice Boys on the podiums, the main room was a hard act to follow, but Brent Nicholls took up the mantle in the Mirrorarch brilliantly, with a prolific performance that saw the space packed for the whole of his scintillating set, a string of successive octane fuelled house hits finding favour, heavenly highlights being “The Miracle Of Love”, “Trapped” & our new Doing The Disco Matt track “Now Or Never”, sending us into a spinning frenzy. With the infamous contact room seeing plenty of audacious action, the amazing atmosphere added to by special Berlin boy guest D.J.’s Chris Bekker & Eduardo De La Torre, as well as PA Kaysee, who treated us to her latest smash hit “Lovechild”, this was a birthday celebration complete. However, we have seen Lovechild’s of old busier, perhaps an indication of how tough Saturdays have become in the capital and the piecing sound in the main room resigned us to an earlier than expected bath, although with so much more to lament on, “…its ready steady go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
With the love weekend under a full head of steam, we bring you the first of three in our new series of posts, this time taking our fresh felt & bite sized reflection on the now annual London leg of Rentboy.com’s “Escort Of The Year” competition, which took place last night at Ku-Bar/Club.
Generally unplanned & unscheduled events in our clubbing calendar tend to turn up plenty of surprises and landing on host venue Ku-Bar/Club for the “Mr London Escort Of The Year” competition was no exception. Rentboy.com top dog Jeffrey Davids was on hand to mastermind the competition, helped along by Lovechild’s Alex Erfan, which saw a packed out club downstairs glued to the stage to see a handful of hopefuls whittled down to two in pursuit of the crown of London’s hottest hunk of an escort. With birthday boy & scene photographer Chris Jepson on hand catch all the stripping down stage action and the pop-tastic & dance dreamy music magnificiently managed by The Very Miss Dusty O & Alessandro Londra, a good time was had by all. Charming company in the form of pals Roni Inan & Danny Shubert, along with friendly encounters a-plenty sealed the fate on a fun filled evening for us and an impromptu outing that was just the tonic we needed. So, with our first trip to Ku-Bar/Club on Lisle Street in a long time a real eye opener of an outing and with much still to report & reflect on, “…its ready steady go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
Having gotten caught up in the raptures and romance of Paris last week, the run up to our weekend was full with sightseeing & socialising, meaning that precious little time was available to share our usual Best Bite shouts back here in the capital, although judging by pictures in the press, it was a reasonably sedate start to the shortest month of the year. However, with Valentine’s Day on our doorsteps, this weekend should prove that love is in the air & clubbing takes charge, with some special parties coming up. So, in our “more choice & less chat” style of Best Bites, as well as new addition, Short Shouts, let’s take a look at what’s on offer across Soho, Vauxhall and elsewhere.
To Soho first and Profile/Lo-Profile the winning combo on Wardour Street, Profile the ideal spot to start with socialising splendour, tomorrow (Fri 11th) seeing rising star Zach Burns spin the sounds, while favourite tearaway Craig Daniels dishes up the delectable dance & house hits on Saturday, the revised layout of Profile going down a treat & the place getting busier by the week. With a fabulous food offer, including a new roasts option launching this Sunday & drinks selections to match, not to mention probably THE friendliest team around, Profile is our popular pick, with more info on this bright & beautiful bar at http://profilesoho.com/. Downstairs in Lo-Profile, it’s all systems go this weekend with a true Beyond flavour to it, why? well all four D.J’s rank in the clubs heavenly history, current Beyond main rooms stars Steve Pitron & Mikey D sure to be a huge hits tomorrow, while on Saturday, Beyond original Brent Nicholls takes the early slot, followed by our favourite (are we allowed?!) Jamie Head, making for a quad of stars that prove an unbeatable combination in our books, more details at http://loprofile.com.
Over at The Shadow Lounge it is very much a “Weekend Of Love”, as Friday sees a special party as the drop dead gorgeous Delice Boys (yum yum) land in London and play host to a special pre-party for their very own “Dream Festival” which takes place in Barcelona in April. So, expect plenty of eye candy & the sweetest of sounds to match, while on Saturday, the equally appealing Andrew Elmore delves into his dance & pop collection to inspire a real “Inferno”. And as part of this “Weekend Of Love” the team are loving you with each night offering 100 free entry offers those first on the guest list, with free entry until 11 p.m. then £5 thereafter for the rest, now that is what we call spreading the love. More details on Shadow Lounge can be found at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk/
Our other Best Bite in Soho goes to Ku Bar on Lisle St, which is very much rocking & rolling the scene & one of the places to be seen this weekend, not least tomorrow (Fri 11th) as they host the “Mr London Escort Of The Year” comp, as NYC outfit Rentboy.com chose the hottest hunk to represent the capital in the big final back in New York later in the year, sounds selected by Alessandro Londra & Dusty O. Then on Saturday resident D.J’s P & Shariff select the pop-tastic tunes downstairs in Ku Klub, while we spill over into Monday (oops!) as the team celebrate four years in Lisle St with a Ku Club Citrus Valentine’s special, Brazilian dream DougUim on the decks. With goodie bags & Valentines shots a-plenty, more info on this event & other at Ku Bar can be found at http://ku-bar.co.uk.
Short Shouts in Soho go to Barcode on Friday’s with The Cave & co, upstairs proving just as much a hot as downstairs with Jo Publik on the ground floor decks, details on this Soho award winner at http://bar-code.co.uk, while Rupert St serve up a roving residency D.J. team on Friday & Saturday, with Alessandro steering your Sunday, more info on the bar at http://rupertstreet.com. One other short shout has to go to Lucky Bitches (remember French & Saunders?!) at No 5 Club on Cavendish Sq, with legendary Tasty Tim playing big 80’s hits & the equally legendary Hazel Dean the special PA, more info on this club & event available at http://no5ltd.com/.
Moving on to Vauxhall and love is definitely in the air at The Orange Group, who have a foursome to fall in love with, the pick of the bunch for us being Lovechild which celebrates its 2nd Birthday at Fire this Saturday, all the detail & much more out in our Focus Special “Second Season Of Love” at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/02/dm-recommends-second-season-of-love-lovechild-the-birthday-saturday-12th-febraury-weekend-focus-special/. Preceding that is Onyx, who go a little anti-valentine (boo hoo!) tomorrow (Fri 11th) with the likes of Dusty O, Lisa German & Ariel Jc Christopher & Jonny M dropping a range of house from dance & uplifting through tech & progressive, across three rooms of fun. Plus with live shows, Gaydar promo goodies and hostess Chrissy Darling dishing out free shots, Onyx entry is the deal of the century at £1 before midnight & £6 thereafter, terms & guest list inclusions available at http://gayguestlists.com/onyx.
Looking at the other half of the foursome, naturally Beyond had to be in the package with their “I Love…” party and it continues the dream package with the likes of Mikey D, Gonzalo Rivas & Alan K (where’s Steve P?!) in the main room, while hard edged sounds are on offer courtesy of Hifi Sean, Paul Christian & D’Johnny across both The Chapel & Sunrise Terrace rooms, the gorge DouGuim kicking everything off in rip roaring fashion. Beyond is sure to be packed & pumping, meaning, save for a treasured discount pass, advance tickets are advisable from http://clubtickets.com. Then Orange go all out later on Sunday, well Monday more like, with their “Language Of Love” party, D.J.’s including Paul Martin, The Oli, Fat Tony & The Sharp Boys in the main room, while RAW residents David Jimenez, Hifi Sean & Gonzalo Rivas rip up the Mirrorarch space with a truck load of tough tech tunes. Offering their very popular “2 People 4 £10” entry before 1 a.m. (single customers £5), love is definitely in mind at this citric splendour.
Forging the foursome together is a special “Love Ticket” offer and one well worth grabbing as it gives you entry to Onyx, Lovechild, Beyond & Orange for just £25, a great deal and one available at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-02/11/the-love-ticket while other parties in The Orange Group stable include Gravity (Thurs), A:M (Sat Morning), and Later & Booster (Sun), more details on all eight can be found at to http://fireclub.co.uk/fire-nightclub-london-gay-parties.php.
So, with all that happening we have room for just one other Best Bite in Vauxhall and it is The Eagle, who on Saturday celebrate their 7th birthday with a special “Valentine Ball”, welcoming back the love him or hate him Liverpudlian, who will perform (surely outrageously?!) live, while D.J. Martyn Fitzgerald & Johnny Kalifornia will make sure the atmosphere of magical mayhem that always exists in this homo haunt should exceed expectations. Add to that the usual doses of Tonker tomorrow (Fri 11th), the hanky panky of Horse Meat Disco on Sunday and The Eagle proves a brilliant alternative to the big club options, so is well worth a look in, more details available at http://eaglelondon.com.
As for our Short Shouts, well it’s all change in top management at Barcode Vauxhall, although the magnificent music & brilliant bar/club feel is just the same, Saturday the scorcher, more details out at http://bar-code.co.uk, while The RVT never fails to delight with Kimono Krush on Friday, Duckie on Saturday & S.L.A.G.S./Chill-out on Sunday, no more needing to be said apart from heading to http://thervt.org.uk for details Finally, Union gets its say with the very ladish Fitladz on Friday & Epic on Saturday, two highlights in a full weekend of frolicking, with more info at http://clubunion/co/uk.
Looking elsewhere and out East to be precise, our first Best Bite has to be the fantastic East Bloc, which continues to create a real stir on the scene, this hip & happening hangout very much the place to be and be seen. And like last Saturday, this (12th Feb) looks hot, hot, hot, as out of this world, The Men Who Fell To Earth crew land on City Rd and open up an extra second room for their “Boy” version for Valentine’s, where you can bring your boyfriend or leave him at home, hosts The Forget Me Knots looking after you regardless. With dirty disco & remixed rock ‘n’ roll from the MWFTE men in the main room, as well as a special PA from Ireland export Bitches With Wolves, this is one alternative & audacious action fest you won’t want to miss, Friday’s illustrious Disco Fag Bar a sure fire certainly too, both combining to make East Bloc a brilliant choice to step out of the norm, more details on what’s occurring available at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
For our other alternative, we head up the road and to The Dalston Superstore (DSS), in, yes you guessed it, Dalston, Dan, Matt & the gang serving which have the usual hot bed of manic madness from Friday through Sunday, this weekend being no exception. So, Feel My Bicep is first up tomorrow (Fri 11th), this monthly popular party back for more with guest D.J. Neville Watson joining regulars John & On and Nasty McQuaid, brining funk, disco & Chicago house to this corner of London. Then on Saturday the hip hop Happy Shopper (a Dale Winton free zone!) outing stands under the DSS spotlight, with the likes of Prince Nelly, Ma Butcher & the Sink The Pink D.J’s in the house, meaning that literally anything goes in this madcap melay or a meet, while Tutti Frutti seals the deal on a whacky weekend, with D.J. Squeaky sorting the sounds on Sunday. And with news that the boys have a new website for all the info on this jewel in the Dalston crown, go check out all the DSS details at http://dalstonsuperstore.com.
As for our alternative Short Shouts, well we don’t actually have any for this week, but there must be some out there, along with more for Soho & Vauxhall, so if you want your bar, club or event included here or even as a Best Bite, then get emailing us at email@example.com or find us on Facebook via http://facebook.com/discomattlondon &/or http://facebook.com/pages/Disco-Matt/112730602119746 where you can plaster our wall(s) or pop us a message and we will do our best to include you.
Right , nearly it, save for our usual mention for clubbing website SeenQueen, who have plenty of their own recommendations for where to be and be seen on the scene, watching out for their “just seen” posts on Facebook and grabbing music & video links, interviews & features plus a whole load more by going to http://seenqueen.com,
So, with Valentine’s day on Monday, but with much more to look forward to before, whatever you are up to and wherever it finds you (maybe finding love – who knows), we wish you a wonderful weekend when hopefully love is in the air, leaving us to say, “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)