Archive for March 2011
If there was ever a review of ours that was more anticipated it was this one, a reflection of a club night that was established some months ago, yet up till now had escaped our full on coverage, not least because for the first few weeks of its existence we were compelled to support the long standing Thursday social soiree, Industri, though with a change of venue & a change of day, suddenly at the end of last year, Thursday’s became free and we were ready to review Room Service in Soho. However, a much documented & lamented ear infection laid us low and then trips into Europe & then homeward to South Africa left Jodie Harsh’s much talked about night without our planned attention. But enough of the excuses, with the bit between our teeth and a southern hemisphere sunny break having rejuvenated us, our arrival back in London meant that an appearance was now very much on the cards, especially as we were keen to show off our tan & catch up with friendly faces missed while we had be away.
So, with a real spring in our step we made our way down to host venue Diu on Greek Street, a rather chilly Thursday evening in comparison to the ones we had been enjoying in Cape Town, not deterring us from sporting some semi-summer wear, although we had resisted the temptation of rolling up in shorts (would have been a bit much), even if we wanted to show off our sun kissed legs. Arriving at the entrance we could already feel a buzz about the place, a small queue having formed even at our relatively early attendance of 10.30 p.m., a quick check by a much friendlier security guard than we had encountered on our last brief visit for Fat Tony’s birthday bash. Then, it was about to get even better & friendlier as the charming & engaging Jack ticked us off and waved us through down into the club, just the sort of welcome we love & adore, putting us very much in the mood for this, our first full Room Service social soiree.
With a slight confusion over change for the coatcheck suitably managed, we were released into an already brimming Diu main space, a cavernous affair yet sumptuously decorated to give the air of quality that we had anticipated for Room Service, the impression we had got from various press releases, invites & magazine pictures, that this was very much THE place to be & be seen along with the crème of the scene. And within seconds of moving through it became evident that this impression was entirely accurate, a whole host of folk catching our eye & attention, a most beautiful bunch of the best lookers you could imagine, plus a more stylish set & cosmopolitan collective you couldn’t have wished for, with scene faces a-plenty and many familiar to even our three week absent eye, making us feel right at home & in the groove. But with the bit between our teeth following a fulsome trip to South Africa & intent on catching up with fellow holiday maker & Room Service resident D.J. Steve Pitron, we kept the hello’s as brief as possible until we had connected with the man, already well into his stride with a selection of sounds that had us spinning in an instant.
However, refreshments were also calling, but not before we had waded through that sea of familiar faces, people that included the lovely Marky B, over from his Nigerian base for a bit or r&r, the angelic & beautiful Naomi Ruiz, who gave us her usual cheek peck, our fierce partner in crime, Alexis Gregory, sporting a shortened haircut & thinned out designer stubble from the last time we had seen him, the toned & tanned Tim Banham, excellent entrepreneur Michael Collins, SuperMartXe’s own gorge Mauricio Ortiz, Barcode boy Fabio Gaucho, the stylish & sophisticated Suzana Quentin, the list of faces went on (we better not!), all pretty much halting our advance to the bar. But advance we did, eventually, gasping as we arrived, so immediately aimed for the hardtack, although if we were expecting the prices to be the same as those we enjoyed in South Africa, we had to think again, this select Soho spot a little on the pricey side, well £18 for two drinks seemed a bit steep, although both we & Mr D.J. were in need, so hardly a flinch happened as we handed over the cash.
With the drinks suitably delivered and Steve in fine fettle, we took a moments respite from the rapture, steeping up and outside to indulge in a vice picked back up while in South Africa, (well with cigarette’s at £3 a packet, we couldn’t resist), this short reprieve allowing us to gather our minds & thoughts on what was one of THE best week day club nights we had been to in a long time. So, it wasn’t long before we were back down into the thick of the action and just in time as Steve was selecting THE/our tune, yes that “Release Me” anthem, the mix the Sanna/Pitron version then rolling into the original that exploded the already pulsating place of party heads into awe-inspiring action and left us attempting a mini “Doing The Disco Matt”, mini due to the confined space, such was the popularity of both Steve & Room service that night. Indeed, while we had been upstairs indulging, a rather lengthy one-in, one-out queue had developed, we pleased our early arrival had avoided getting tangled in that.
So, with the man in charge delivering a delectable drench of terrific tracks through the whole of his spot on set, the night was always going to be Mr Pitron’s although the incumbent spinner Severino took up the reins superbly, serving a staggering selection of future, old skool & much in-between disco that had Room Service rocking right through till the 3 a.m. finish. Add to that the constant wave of familiar faces, not least host and Harsh caretaker for the evening, the delightful Shoreditch son, Kris Di Angelis, who was thrilled to see us as we were him, our night couldn’t have been more complete. With a final set of drinks ordered from the bar, having caught up with Kris & then once again our fierce partner Lexi, we both taking another moment to “get down to the grooves”, it was time to call it a day on our enthralling experience at Room Service, collecting our bits & bobs, slinking out of Soho and home to reflect on what turned out to be one of the most tremendously terrific times we had enjoyed in many a moon.
Having been left in total admiration of this Soho social sophisticate, there is absolutely no surprise that this Thursday frolic is not just the talk of the town, but walk’s every bit of the walk that we imagined. Having been going a good six months as we hinted earlier, the hard work of original promoters (we being led to believe) the guys from photpgraphy company Shootmeup in association with Jodie Harsh, have created a real step change to the social scene in Soho, so have to be heartily congratulated on their wonderful work. Yet, as Jodie & her new team take Room Service into a new dimension, it is clear that this night is now firmly established and THE place to be and be seen, the, dare we say it, gAylist crowd, taking us back to the days when style & sophistication was the name of the game and fitting faces rather than letting in any old rabble was common place. Yes, Room Service may have an air of exclusivity, yes Diu’s prices may be a bit extortionate, but when you experience this glorious Greek St gathering, it all makes sense, hence why this night is packed week in, week out. Plus, with some of the best D.J.’s on the scene playing there, the amazingly welcome Jack on the door & an amazing atmoshere, social soirees don’t get any better and we can’t wait to return. (DISCO MATT)
With our reviews mounting up we were considering putting on the brakes for a short while, but such was the extent of our enjoyment, courtesy of one man, at the last two Beyond’s, we simply couldn’t resist reporting on it. So, as is now traditional, we give you our bite sized reflection, in advance of yet another full-on review of Beyond, but with a difference……
It is no secret that Beyond has become our most favourite club of all time and in its current incarnation at Area, has blown us away by its brilliance on a number of occasions, not least with the depth of D.J. talent it attracts. When you consider names like Jamie Head, Mikey D, D’Johnny, Fat Tony, Gonzalo Rivas, The Sharp Boys, Hifi Sean, Paul Christian and a myriad of other guests (think Paul Heron, Severino, Pagano), as well as the sadly missed Alan K and this would be more than enough for any other club or clubber. But, without question, Beyond for us belongs to just one man, a talent who has been waving his magical musical wand over us since the days of Crash, huh hum years ago and who sent us away to South Africa smiling & contented with a scorching set at “Erotica” on 20th Feb. So a month later & back in London and Beyond in his hands proved not just heavenly but emotionally charged too, his electric & enthralling set sending us into tears of joy more than once, his constant reassuring peeps over the D.J. booth in our direction making it all the more special. But as good, no great, as his set at “Muscle” was, even better was to come at “Black”, he reassuming his rightful slot of 9 am and blowing us away with the best set we had witnessed since “Tokyo” last October, 2 hours packed with hits from his amazing “Afterhours 2011” podcast, sending us into “Doing The Disco Matt” overdrive. But the pinnacle of this prolific performance was when we were honoured with an invite behind the D.J. booth with the man, watching him weave his musical magic while we danced right next to him, truly awesome. Such is the magnitude of the man, we simply had to devote a special review to him and it could be no-one else but the superb Steve Pitron, so with much more to say, its “…ready, steady, go for this special review…” (DISCO MATT)
Back from South Africa for just over a week and the second review gets handed to cousin Crisco Matt, who stepped into his leather & rubber for a special event at Hard On! and this is what he summarises of the night, all in advance of the full review…….
Getting strapped into rubber for the first time in at least ten years got us right in the mood for this special reunion at Hard On! on Saturday, a meeting of minds with Suzie Krueger’s now long running fetish night, with its former, for the wider press called F… (but for us FIST), the legendary experience that used to regularly draw us into Imperial Gardens in Camberwell & Substation South before that. So, with much promise of a harder edge to this Hard On! supported meet, plus with plenty of meat on offer (if you know what we mean), we were Hidden in Vauxhall bound, arriving at just on 11.30 and immediately into the groove. With not quite the electric feel that FIST used to have, yet with so many up for hot & horny action, a first dip into the playroom found a veritable feast of frolicking, all the slings already full (very disappointing), although our night was made all the better by meeting up with a guy called Stewart who made our experience exceptional rather than average. Equally exceptional was the music, the two rooms serving up different styles, yet both attracted good crowds of cavorters, The Cruise Bar our favourite, not least as Steven Black warmed us up well & then Brent Nicholls notched up the sexy fuelled & funky tunes to leave us spinning on our spot just like our cousin when he “Does The Disco Matt” (maybe we should have our own video1?). With familiar faces a-plenty & with our rear end rammed, “F… Reunion” proved a huge hit, so with major thanks to Suzie & her team and with much more to say, it’s “…ready, steady, go for the review…” (CRISCO MATT)
Getting our feet back under the table has meant that the usual focus posts are still not yet back, but we couldn’t let the moment pass (well cousin Crisco Matt couldn’t) without giving a big shout for a re-union that we have been looking forward to for some time, ever since the news broke on it late last year to be precise. Yes, that fantastically fabulous club FIST (we use the full word, no census here!) is back for a one-off at its successor club Hard On! at Hidden in Vauxhall tonight (Saturday 26th March) and in our now time aged tradition, we wanted to bring you the latest & last minute detail on this meet of meat.
First and foremost the obvious letter of the day is F and whilst the organisers, due to guidance controls, have been unable to advertise the meet it’s its full glory (i.e. FIST!), hence the “F…” appearing across their marketing of the event, we can unequavically state that Fist is back, hopefully bringing with it a whole raft of faces from the halcyon days at Imperial Gardens and even Substation South before it (yes we can remember those days too!). And before we hone in on some of the detail, may we stress that whilst F… will take place at the home of Hard On!, Hidden in Vauxhall, Hard On! itself steps aside to let what will hopefully prove to be a successful concept & one-off into a regular event, or as we prefer to call it, meet (or is that meat!). Plus, the whole ethos of F…, is to re-live some of those edgy & electric days when FIST ruled the fetish waves & was THE place to go let go, exploring the more full-on & raunchy side of sex & sexual intrigue mixed in with mind bending music.
So, with the scene set, what can you expect for “F… Re-Union” tonight?, well definitely a feel more akin to those days of FIST for sure, as the music policy toughens up for a start, the “Red Room”, for Hard On! adorned by the likes of Hifi Sean & Brent Nicholls, actually being given away to more of the FIST original style of sound, D.J.’s Hugo’sland, Dave Randall & Graham D responsible for the hard house & techno tinged tunes that FIST officiano’s will be used to, twisted tech tracks & electro techno to really stretch the limits, while plenty of stretching will be on offer from the very pervy performance coming (maybe cumming too!) at ya from the stage show by “Sexor”, so something to definitely watch out for, the room being labelled not “Red” but the “F… Me Harder Arena”, which says it all when it comes of what to expect.
But the music doesn’t stop there, as in the “Blue Room” (that middle one by the bar), Hard On! residents (they were at FIST too) Steven Black & Brent Nicholls will be providing a little bit (just a bit you understand) of a respite from the tough tech tunes of next door, with some more progressive, funky yet dirty house, ones that Mr Nicholls explains, “…will provide a sanctuary from those beaten into submission by the beats in the red room…”. Plus, we can announce the late addition of special guest Jon Bradley, added into this “F…Me Funky” room.
Now that’s the music, what about the rest? Well, the infamous playroom will be in action with plenty of toys & equipment to fulfil your fetish desires and, of course, plenty of action for which FIST became renowned for. This special space aside, the usual cruising corridors will be teaming to tottie, while the outside terrace space will be the cool down needed from the hot, hot action inside and a change to grab a snack from the specially positioned bar too.
Now, to the all important detail and F… Re-Union takes place tonight (Saturday 26th March) at Hidden in Vauxhall, doors opening at 10 p.m. and the club running through until a planned 5 a.m. closing (that’s winter time folks) with entry at £20 but discounted to £15 for Hard On! members. Now, unlike Hard On!, F… Re-Union does NOT have a members only policy, so all are welcome, but what they do have is a strict dresscode of leather, rubber, uniform, skin gear & simply your boots, but definitely boots not trainers & definitely no regular jeans, you know the score. Plus, this is the last event that the Hard On! team will be holding at Hidden as they will be moving their operations to a new Vauxhall based venue from April, so another good reason to make it to F… Re-Union tonight. More detail, should you need it =, is available at http://hardonclub.co.uk or via our friend’s Fetishpig at direct link http://fetishpig.co.uk/web/2011/03/01/get-f-sat-26-3-2011/.
So, we leave you with the message from promoter Suzie Krueger when she says, “…calling all rubber bottoms, leather tops, tattooed punks, gender bender kinksters & horny hunks….” by joining her in saying, get your arse down to Hidden tonight as we will surely be doing (damn we may have to wear rubber!) as this is going to be one fabulous, fantastic, feisty, fierce & full-on F… of a party. (CRISCO MATT)
As a whole raft of D.J.’s, club promoters, scene faces & party heads begin to make their way down to Alpe d’Huez for the European Gay Ski week, the last thought on our minds is sliding down snow covered slopes, having recently returned from South Africa, soaking up the sun. So if like us, your idea of a good time is NOT being cold halfway up a mountain & falling on your arse constantly, then staying in the relative normality of London seems a far better option this weekend, especially given that there is much celebrating to do, both on the alternative & the fetish side. So, as we shake of those magical memories of our holiday in South Africa, yet bask in some very welcome sunshine here in the capital, what’s on offer to tempt you out this weekend in Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere.
To Soho first and our single and Best Bite goes to Profile & Lo-Profile, a duo of a combination that are striding ahead of the competition in terms of both offer & experience, the ground floor bar gaining popularity by the week, serving fantastic food, superb socialising and masterful music, this weekend the sounds supplied by two true stars of the D.J. scene, Jamie Head steering you into the weekend with bags of brilliant beats on Friday (25th March), while on Saturday, Berlin based D’Johnny flies into London to stoke up your Saturday with a truck load of terrific tunes. Plus, if like us, you didn’t realise what offers those lovely peeps at Profile are serving up, well get yourselves down early (like from 4 till 7), as their happy hour is really pleasing to the pocket, while the food offer is simply delicious & the best way to fuel any party head for the night to come, their Sunday roast offer also proving as popular as the place. Full & further details of this hip & happening hangout can be found at http://profilesoho.com.
Downstairs and the action is hot, hot hot, and when in Soho, there is not really anywhere else you need to be come Friday of Saturday, this weekend being no exception as, yet again, the team have cracked it with a line up that some of the larger clubs in the capital would be proud to sport. Friday sees a combination that will definitely draw a crowd, Nathan Six kicking off proceedings from 10 pm and if his set upstairs we witnessed a few weeks ago is anything to go by, Lo-Profile will explode into action from the off, while D’Johnny takes up the mantle from 1 a.m., sorting the sounds & maintaining the magnificent music as only he knows best. Then on Saturday (26th March), Beyond classic resident D.J. Hugh Stevenson makes a welcome return to this characterful club on Wardour St, revving up the rhythms from 10 p.m., while international playboy & globetrotting guy Paul Heron makes the most of a busy weekend before heading off to the ski slopes with the second of three gigs, masterminding the music from 1 a.m. With lighting & effects that would put some other venues to shame, along with a stylish & sophisticated crowd of cavorters, Lo-Profile has it all with full details of opening times etc available at http://loprofile.com.
To our Soho short shouts and first off is news that Barcode has been sold and is likely to be turned into a restaurant, this change certainly set to affect some, while until the ownership swap happens, it’s business as usual for club events like Industri on a Wednesday’s & Comedy Club on Tuesday’s, while the weekend activity remains as vibrant as always, details of what’s happening available at http://bar-code.co.uk.
That said, there are plenty of other venues around Soho serving up plenty of entertaining action, not least Shadow Lounge that has a week long list of events, a quick visit to their website at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk/ revealing all the detail you need to know, while other Soho strongholds include Rupert St and Compton’s, the latter back in the hands of its best ever manager, Neil, and enjoying a much needed resurgence in popularity, so well worth a look in.
Onto Vauxhall and The Orange Group look set to dominate the weekend again with a whole host of parties starting with Gravity tonight (Thurs 24th) through to Orange on Monday (27th March), while the shining stars of their show remain both Onyx & Beyond, corner stoning the weekend at Area and indeed it is Area that gets much of the focus here, not least as the venue hosts the first ever Black Party in London this Saturday, details of which we will bring you in a special extra bites post. As for the other two, well at Onyx, it’s the new look business as usual tomorrow, while the strong resident D.J. team is set to get even stronger as the team announce that Mikey D will be boosting the beats in the main room, while Tasty Tim orchestrates the more pop plumped anthems theme in the second space. With price busting entry at just £1 before midnight, plus NUS & other concession offers, you can also gain discount entry via http://gayguestlists.com/onyx.
As for Beyond, well the fairytale continues, despite a whole load of tinkering of late and this awesome afterhours sees the likes of Paul Heron, Hifi Sean, Paul Christian, Fat Tony & birthday(ish) boy Gonzalo Rivas joining the maestro that is Steve Pitron, who stormed back into pole position last week after his holiday’s, treating us to one of the most emotionally charged yet thrillingly entertaining sets that also marked our return to our spot in Area. Acting as the afterparty for The Black Party, Beyond is sure to be another amazing affair & kicks off Sunday morning (26th March) at the winter clock time of 4 a.m. rather the seasonally adjusted one. Mind you, Fire also gets its say in The Orange Group weekend, A:M, spearheading the time change with their farewell to winter, “Ice” seeing stars similar to Beyond’s to be honest, but when Fat Tony, Gonzalo Rivas & Paul Heron join forces in the main room, who can argue with that. Details of Beyond, A:M and all other clubs/events, go to http://fireclub.co.uk
Our other Best Bite in Vauxhall goes to The Eagle, who continue to offer a macho alternative to the mainstream clubbing of The Orange Group, it also having a birthday feel to things this weekend, as Friday nighter Tonker celebrates its 8th year in business with a fabulous theme entitled “Brute Fabearge – The Friday Night Fragrance”, Tim Jones & his team welcoming special guests for a champagne reception from 8 p.m., while for us uninvited the main party kicks off from 10 p.m., entertainment coming from Dr Woof! (sounds intriguing) while D.J’s Simon Le Vans & Ross Jones (no relation to Tim) take up the tunes, more info on this special event available direct at http://tonker.co.uk. Then the fun continues on Saturday (26th March) with the “Mister Eagle London 2011” final, hosted by none other than Dorian Black & supported by Tonker, with head poncho Tim Jones steering the sounds. With the winner not only lifting this prestigious title, but pocketing a £1000 prize, even the runner up bagging a made to measure garment from sponsor Expectations, the testosterone will be oozing out of Eagle for sure. Plus, with Sunday sporting another gymkhana gyration that is Horse meat Disco, this is definitely a place to more than just pop into, full details of happenings available by going to http://eaglelondon.com.
Our short shouts go, like Soho, first to Barcode, the management change beginning to bear positive fruit as it seems at long last there could be a marriage of minds between them & Area for certain events, all in the benefit of the clubbing community (hooray!), while events like Deviate & Music Is The Answer, bolster the regular nights of music across the two rooms, this intrinsic part of the Vauxhall scene very much the lynch pin to partying. So, with all these positive vibes we hope to have it ascend to Best Bite status soon, although in the meantime, more details on happenings can be found at http://bar-code.co.uk.
Then, we have to shout for the venerable institution that is The RVT and with nights like Marvellous on Friday (25th March), Duckie on Saturday & S.L.A.G.S./Chill-out on Sunday, the reputation of this long running venue is difficult to match, details of these & other happenings out at http://thervt.org.uk. But, it will be the fetish side that grabs our attention as Hard On! this Saturday host a special reunion (dare we say it, oh what the heck) as Fist returns for a one-off, labelled for the wider press as “F*** Re-Union”, cousin Crisco Matt bringing you the all important detail in a special extra bites post, so watch out for that.
Onward to our alternatives and it’s a rich picking this weekend with three looking like Best Bite offerings, so let’s revel in this glory by first looking to Jodie Harsh’s Circus, which returns for a monthly spectacular shindig at the Paramount on the 31st floor of Centrepoint on Saturday (26th March), this latest event titled “Venus” calling you to embrace your feminine side (we do that all the time!) and also marks Circus approaching five full-on & fantastic years pushing the envelope that is the London polysexual clubbing scene. And the gathering looks gigantic, not least as the sound spinning stars include Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis, the original gender-bender Tasty Tim and a special set from Jodie herself, no Circus event being complete without the bizarre, twisted yet thoroughly entertaining cabaret show from the icon that is Scottee. But that’s not all, as the team welcome the might of Ladytron whose massive worldwide following from hits “Seventeen” & “Destroy Everything You Touch”, as well as remix credentials that extend to works by Blondie, should see him/her make some monstrous musical machinations. We could say much more, but THE single most important message is, don’t miss this one as its is set to be a brilliant biggie for sure, full details of this event & Circus in general available at http://thisiscircus.com.
Sharing Best Bite status and looking every bit as good (oh the choice!), is Gutterslut, the way out & whacky wonderment that has been strutting its stuff across London’s East End for a handful of years now, but comes slightly closer into town, returning to its new home, East Bloc on Old Street, this Saturday (26th March), but holds a special celebration as it is Gutterslut original, Per Q.X.’s birthday, the main man flying back from a break in Sweden in time for this exceptional event. And with a cast that includes Nic Fischer, Ralf Obergal, M.C. Crystal and Ma Butcher, all spinning the sounds across the two rooms, Ma also playing host for the evening, this is one birthday bash that you don’t want to miss (see what we mean about choice!?!). With more detail and concession entry available by dropping the gang an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, if, like us, you can’t make it to this magnificent mash-up, fear not as Per has recorded a special birthday mix to show you exactly what you will be missing, this colossal compilation available for download at http://soundcloud.com/perqx/. As for host venue East Bloc, don’t forget the Friday night naughtiness that is Disco Fag Bar, info on this and other events at this Old Street operation available by going to http://eastbloc.co.uk.
To our final of three at The Dalston Superstore signs off this show with another corker of a weekend, centre-staged by yet another birthday bash, this time for Guy Williams’ Paradise 45 which celebrates its first this Friday (25th March), with a dream worthy line-up of D.J’s including Ben Jamin whose jams at Crash have legendary status, the fabulous Faze Action who completely wowed us at Guy’s other club night Reverse, last spring, while the main man also takes to the decks downstairs, while upstairs Paul Dragoni & guests duck & dive the disco. And talking of disco, it’s this all the way, whether it be of the future variety, the old skool 80’s classic slant, or the Italio style, Paradise 45 by name alone shouts disco, disco disco & we love it!! But what we love even more is that’s its all free of charge, yes free folks, but be warned as guy rightfully say’s “…please arrive early disco troops as its gonna be a heavin!…” early being before the 10 p.m. start. As for the rest of the DSS weekend, Saturday sees the return of Paris On Acid, with the likes of Hannah Holland, Dan Beaumont & Squeaky sorting the sounds, while on Sunday (27th March), that man Squeaky returns for his own serenade to the end of the 7th day with another Tutti Frutti social soiree splendour, more of the detail on this and other DSS happenings available at http://dalstonsuperstore.com.
Right, well we have ranted on for long enough, although it is good to be back doing our Best Biting & Short Shouting after a good 4 weeks, so if you fancy being included in future posts, a reminder that if you want your bar, club or event included, 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.
So, the weekend is here and it’s time to paaaarty, we kicking off with a trip up to Dalston for Paradise 45 tomorrow (Friday 25th March), while Saturday sees us join forces with cousin Crisco, he heading to hard On!, while we pop into The Black party, Sunday morning seeing us both brave Beyond and, hopefully, another scintillating set from Steve Pitron. So, if you see us out, come say hi, although wherever you are & whatever you are up to, have a great time, don’t forget those clocks go forward on Sunday (early), but remember what we love to say, “…Go There! Be There!…” (DISCO MATT)
Being back in blighty and with our feet under our most creative spot in the world, our own study desk, we are revving up our motors with a whole host of reviews to celebrate our trip away in unforgettable sunny South Africa, but before all that, we had to try and get back up to date with our music motions, especially given the names coming up, many who have been busy making music while we have been away soaking up the rays in Belitto & Cape Town. And, when you see who we have chosen, you will see that this a selection of the cream of the scene, some who have been delighting the dancefloors for many moons, but who can still strut their stuff in style, while others are more recent entrants to our crème de la crème list, but take their place with pride. But it’s not just about the music, but about the makers too, so brief news slots will compliment the tracks & comps choices and hint towards things to come from our favoured few.
So, with the scene set, lets hit the ground running and in the best possible way as top of the tree slot simply had to go to Steve Pitron, the spinning star that has been making our musical waves since the days of Crash, huh hum years ago and sent us off to South Africa in style with a scintlating set at Beyond four Sunday’s ago. So, arriving back in London on Wednesday, we had our eye on a return to Beyond, although not before checking out Room Service where he stole the show & entertained us to more of that Pitron perfection. However, not three days after we stepped on that plane to Durban, Steve was in the studio finalising his latest podcast, which we were itching to download while away, but have saved ourselves to give it full justice back here in London, which we are doing right here right now, rocking around our study while the sun is shining.
But by golly did we wish we had popped it onto our iPod in Cape Town, as it is a sunshine splashed collection of terrific tunes, which gets you in the mood for smiling in the sunshine, with a glorious mix of new tracks & oldies rehashed, including a fab Madonna remix, a re-work of “Make Your Move”, a brilliant rendition of “Upside Down” & the amazing “Missing” from Everything But The Girl in amongst many others new & newly re-made if you know what we mean. Indeed, with one track after the next sending us into a spin, we could go on & on (and will in a special post – watch out for that) but simply say, go get your copy now by heading to http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com and feel that Pitron perfection once again and as one track within this 142 minute mix suggests, “Get On The Dancefloor”, as this magnificent mix will surely inspire you to do, not least at Beyond where Steve is forever at his brilliant best.
Hot on Steve’s heels is another D.J. who has been filling our musical boots with banging beats since those Crash days and never fails to get us ”Doing The Disco Matt” these days, whether it be at Industri, down in Lo-Profile, across at Lovechild or even away from the sling at Hard On! (oops that’s cousin Crisco Matt!) and more often than not, when we are peddling around London’s roads. Indeed, while we were away in South Africa, Brent’s compilations were filling our ears by the poolside, down on the beach & even up on Table Mountain, not least his latest & third creation of 2011, harping back to his “No Americano” release a few months ago, but this one crammed with up to date Latino beats. Indeed, when you think of Latino music mixed in the modern way, there is no better exponent of this art, Brent?, well Brent Nicholls of course.
So in “Casa Latino” (full title includes “No Americano Two”) he pulls of the Latin beats brilliantly and we simply couldn’t resist downloading it while in Cape Town and bouncing along Seapoint’s main road laughing, grinning & getting weird looks as a result, that’s how entertaining we find this compilation. And from the off, Mr Nicholls gets you in that Latino mood with a catchy number “Swing Time”, although it was (and still is) “Mi Cha Cha” that caused those hilarious outbursts in Cape Town, although with a full 18 tracks to choose from, all brilliantly blended by Brent, this departure from the dancefloor norm is amazingly addictive. So rather than succumbing to substances, slide into this substance of a set ala compilation style, by going to http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/2011/03/04/podcasts-casa-latino-2011-no-americano-two/ and download or stream to complete satisfaction.
Onward and to our next big star, our Parisian pal no less, whom we spent three fabulous days with in the French capital in February, we walking away having secured the place & our pal a special slot in our heart. But, whilst we didn’t indulge in some of his music while in Paris, our Leo Leo proved the perfect guide to the gastronomic delights & the scenic sights of this awe inspiring city, leaving an indelible impression on our minds & souls for which we remain eternally grateful for. And who was better to show us Paris in such a superb way but resident of the French capital, Leomeo Carandang, our three day frolic allowing us the time to get to know each other even better than we did before, so thus cementing an already burgeoning bond of friendship between us. But that’s not what we are here to talk about, rather that music that this magnificent maker creates and by golly does he do so at a rate of knots, on average one a month, very much matching his exhaustive gig schedule that takes this amiable & adventurous man right across the globe.
So, what’s this latest Leomeo mix then? Well, “Me Gusta” has all the elements that tend to make up this man’s music compilation, banging beats, the odd drench of vocals to keep you focussed & staying on track (check the lyrics of one of the tunes), although with a minimal amount of tribal influence which is usual for Leo, this 60 minute marvel is much more in the house music vein, a selection of sounds that would easily fit a Lovechild main room, a Beyond second space or even a SuperMartXe showing. So, with this latest production of his, our Mr Carandang displays his diversity & ability to hit the mark within a wide range of house genres and “Me Gusta” had our feet tapping & hips swaying from the off, so should you too by going to http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/me-gusta-mix-by-dj-leomeo. Plus, if you are into your skiing and have made the European Gay Ski Week a date, then you will catch him playing similar sounds to supplement all that snow, the man fresh from a trip on the sunnyside of the world, Miami no less, while watch this space for news on a re-work of his track “The Sound Of C”, which has just been given a 2011 make-over by a big production star.
Next up and we kind of hop over the border from France to Spain, well in respect of the fact that Spain, Seville to be exact, as this is the home city of the long time London based Spanish superstar D.J. Gonzalo Rivas, who, like Brent & Steve, has been entertaining with enthralling music for well over 10 years. Indeed here in the capital, there is hardly a major club that hasn’t benefitted from his talents, the list extending to biggies, Trade, Salvation, Orange, Beyond, A:M, Juicy, Action, Heaven, the list goes on & on, Mr Rivas having to sort of fervent following & resounding reputation that has meant he has remained one of the hottest properties across the scene for as long as he has. But what really stands Gonzalo out from the crowd, is his amazing ability to match the club, the atmosphere & the mood with his music style, which ranges from disco, to electro, from tech to techno, from pop to progressive & virtually every genre in between, hence why he features at such a wide range of clubs & events, so many both at home & abroad that we could take another paragraph just to list them.
Yet, it is his music that does the most of the talking and Mr Rivas is just as prolific in the recording studio as he is out in the clubs, a regular set of compilations coming our way on a regular basis, his love for deep tech & progressive house, displayed through his series of “Deep” podcasts, this love most likely coming from those legendary slots in the Trade main room at Turnmills & the RAW room at Orange. And in his latest March offering, Gonzalo continues the tradition of hitting the mark with his music selections, 12 terrific tech tunes that would be no strangers to his sets at either events, so for those of you that have not been witness to his performances, going to http://gonzalorivas.podomatic.com/ is the next best way to receive some Rivas rapture, the man also serving these recorded sets up via Soundcloud at http://soundcloud.com/gonzalo-rivas. Over & above all of that, we are right pleased to include him here as a mini birthday treat as his big day is tomorrow & is a biggie too, but you can also join in wishing him well by turning up to his regular gigs for Orange “RAW”, A:M, and particularly Beyond, where he has become a feature of the main room, one so well deserved.
Next in our cream of the scene selections and the second special birthday inclusion, is Hifi Sean Dickson, a scot by birth but who has made London his home, virtually immediately making an impressionable impact at the then superb Saturday weekly wonder that was Juicy, Sean’s musical magic also extending to Hard On!, Barcode & Beyond, more recent conquests including DTPM and the mighty Orange, where he was welcomed to the hallowed turf that is the RAW room, starring alongside original’s Gonzalo Rivas & David Jimenez. So, with this sort of pedigree, it is no surprise that he is part of our special selection, not least as he is just as prolific in the recording studio as he is behind the decks, his future, deep & tech fuelled house winning him hoards of fans wherever he goes, international dates no stranger to the Sean schedule, San Francisco having already featured & summer dates across Europe looming.
But like our first four, it is the music that we hone in with Hifi, checking out his latest two compilations, not known as podcasts, but “Hifi casts” (we love it), which are issued now on a monthly basis. So, with February finding us here, there & everywhere, but March finding us back on track, both month’s releases get our attention, each one crammed with a-typical Sean sounds, elements of the future house he has become so well known for, funky, deep, soulful & tech toned tunes that have made him so popular not just at RAW (one of his most favourite gigs) but also at Beyond, where just yesterday he had The Chapel Room rocking well past 10 a.m. in a 3+ hour set showing. Having danced under the mirrorball of happiness to Sean’s sets in the past, his Hifi casts evoke exactly the same feelings, so we cannot recommend them enough, by going to http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/dj-hifi-sean-psychedelic-house/id374015604 where ALL the downloads are offered by Sean for free (what a generous man!) and our small token of appreciation of this generosity is to wish Sean a very happy birthday on this the 21st March 2011.
So to selection six and a guy that never fails to entertain us through his music, through his appearances and through his party attitude that is un-paralleled with any of our entrants so far, a man that generally spells trouble for us, as it is this awesome attitude that so often drops our guard and sees us let go with gusto. And just hours ago at Area was yet another example when Nick Tcherniak’s attendance & influence had us in stitches of laughter and moments of madness, dancing, drinking and delighting in his company. Yet Nick stands for so much more, from being the face of Trade way back when, through regular appearances for clubs like Discotec, Fiction & DTPM, to masterminding the music for Trade’s more recent parties, back-to-back sets with studio partner Steve Thomas, often stealing the shows, that studio work gaining incredible momentum last year with hits “My People”, “Deep Water” & “The Answer” hitting the big time in both download charts & dancefloors.
So, we simply had to mention his music here and his latest two podcasts, which were (like many) released while we were on our travels, the first his February session and very much evoking his sets for DTPM, where tech tones are neatly mixed in with vibrant vocals to produce a irresistible mix of genres that so often see him filling floors wherever he goes. But the second is a real corker and one lifted from his live performance at SuperMartXe just over a week ago and marked the first ever (yes ever) set on new club Pulse’s main room, this special recording also including the live PA of Abigail Bailey, so a memorable mix to add to your choice collection for sure. So where do you grab these two gems, well by going to http://nicktcherniak.podomatic.com/ and clicking on the relevant two, plus keep your eyes peeled for Nick’s next DTPM & SMX gigs coming up in April, among appearances at Barcode, as well as more of that studio work, news of which we will bring you in forthcoming posts.
So to number seven of eight (yes we are nearly there!), this prestigious player hardly ever failing to hit our newsletters in some form or another, whether it be through his tracks or his compilations. Indeed he was part of our first music catch up post of this month, although we didn’t have enough space to mention his studio works on tracks in the pipeline as well as already laid down & doing it. And it is his studio work that Danny Verde is perhaps best known for, although you should know by now (especially from our last post) what these smash songs/tracks are, although 2011 has already marked the resurrection of one of his biggest “Pushin To The Top”, this collaborative track with producer Halmadaxx, originally released in 2008, which had been brought bang up to date with four remix treatments by Hector Fonseca, Pagano, and the two original’s, Halmadaxx giving it a trance feel, while Danny adds his “Miami 011 remix” (our favourite) to the pile, all which you can grab at https://beatport.com/it-IT/html/content/release/detail/335060/pushin-to-the-top-2011-remixes.
But, while Mexico, Brazil & dates in Europe have been stealing his time, just today, Danny confirmed that he is back in the studio working on finalising a new remix production for Ellie Golding’s “Starry Eyed” (more news on this soon) while his production for Eva Universe and their track “Ashes”, which was given the initial Soundcloud release a short while ago, is yet another Danny smash, plenty of lyrics & vocals making their mark that should see this appeal to a broad range of dancefloors & clubs, not to mention music loving ears. With heaps of the euphoric & uplifting tones that always mark a great Verde version of a track, “Ashes” is no exception, follows his last huge hit “Till We See The Sun” in the same vein and looks set to be the spring/summer sensation for sure, that initial sample release still available by going to http://soundcloud.com/eva-15/ashes-danny-verde-remix. As for Danny, well he will be right here in London next weekend for the Black Party at Area, followed by April dates across Europe, including the Delice Dream Festival in Barcelona, dates in Hawaii & The U.S. also penned, so as busy D.J’ing as he is in the studio.
So to our final specialist selection and a chap that made such a big impression on both us and London on the first day of this year, playing a superb set for Salvation at Koko and then a spectacular set at Fire for As One, the marriage of minds brand that ended up being THE party of the NY celebrations in the capital, Guy Scheiman instrumental to rocking Lovechild’s room to its foundations. Having made such a splash, we then splashed out on a full-on focus at the back end of January and have been itching to include him in our posts since, such is the magnitude of his music mixing. Yet, while this impressionable Israeli boy struts his stuff on the Tel Aviv scene with regular residencies, like so many D.J.’s of his ilk, breaking into Europe has been quite tough, although his style of sounds are entirely suitable to the scene, this being suitably displayed in his latest compilation, “Winter Session 2011”, which he released while we were grabbing some summer in South Africa, the 80 minute mix crammed with corkers, not least that Danny Verde remix of “Pushin To The Top” we mentioned earlier, along with four of Guy’s own remix productions, truly reflecting this man’s talents, a compilation already in our collection and should be in yours by going to http://soundcloud.com/guysc/winter-session-2011-mixed-by.
But it is his studio work on tracks that we want to really shout about, a whole band of remixes already having made playlists around the world, a project with Jack & Joy featuring vocalist Belle, topping a long list of remixes that he has worked in just the last couple of months, “Break This Down” a stand-out selection which is out on Beatport & available via https://beatport.com/en-US/html/content/release/detail/336374/break-this-down#. But that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg as projects currently under a full head of steam include UK artist David Jonson’s single “Get Down & London Beat’s “Thinking About You”, while releases bubbling under the surface include Guy’s TLV mixes on Amada Morra’s “Heartbeat” and the track “Music Takes Control”, both which are set to make in big in The States & Canada where they are due to be published. So, this is definitely one prolific producer in the making, Guy as busy in the studio as anyone we know and with passion for music running through his veins just as much that will surely see him crack that much need breakthrough into the European scene.
Right that’s it for this rather selective newsletter, the eight inclusions very much deserving their place as each have produced some truly magnificent music in the last few weeks while we have been on the other side of the world, so a major thanks to each & every one of them. Looking forward, the third in our catch up newsletters has already been formed and, unlike this, will be a quick fire affair, a list already extending to eighteen D.J.’s & likely to grow even further by the time it is released next weekend, so keep your eyes peeled for that, plus the next two in our “Focus” series, looking at D.J,’s Savin & Marco Gee.
We close with three quick mentions, first for the new Facebook group “iMIX – Podcasts For The People Form The World’s Best D.J.’s, which was created by none other than Brent Nicholls and has, in the six or so weeks it has been going, has taken off amazingly, with daily posts from a whole range of D.J.’s. So it is well worth checking out by going to the group link http://facebook.com/php?sk=group_126968997375548, or by dropping an e-mail in to find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org. Next quick mention goes to Fidel Trotman, who celebrates his birthday today (March 21st) and who is part of that 18 strong cast for our next newsletter, so happy birthday Fidel. Finally, for those of you, like us, that missed Alan K’s final set at beyond, fear not as in conversation, he has hinted to us that a podcast commemorating the event is due very soon and, of course, we will be the first to bring it to you.
So all that remains to say is, we hope you like our specialist selections here and of so you know what to do, “…sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume & let them play as Music Is The Answer…” (DISCO MATT)
Welcome to the latest edition in our increasingly popular series, where we take a bite sized look at club experiences fresh in our minds, in advance of the full length review, this time we going to print as rapidly as possible on Lovechild’s latest party, which we think has marked a tide change in the brands positioning in the capital, why?, well…..
Trying to hit the ground running after a three week vacation in unforgettable & sunny South Africa was always going to be a hard task and it seemed that Lovechild’s latest incarnation, “Muscle”, would, in the seemingly last minute shift from its latest & recognised home Fire to sister club Area, would prove a notable nemesis, not least as right from the off, everything felt a bit on the back foot. But in true Disco Matt style, we made the most of a muddled meet, taking advantage of a show stopping set from the new to Lovechild, Marco Gee, who had The Chapel Room (yes we know that’s a Beyond phrase!) packed & pumping with a glorious collection of new tunes & older tracks rehashed (very vogue!). And the experience was made all the more pleasant by the company of his boyf & by another D.J’s boyf, namely Tom Marchant, the excitement only getting better when the man, Nick Tcherniak, arrived, which always spells trouble if not plenty of hilarity. So, he wasn’t going to disappoint in this respect, remarking “oh I get the theme, Muscle, now”, as we starred at testosterone & steroid pumped men on the podiums, this innocent remark reducing us to fits of laughter which then laid siege for the rest of the night. But, hilarity aside, there was nothing much else to smile about, as the main room opened late, Lizzie France’s PA performance was good but not great, and it seemed everyone was a bit bamboozled with being in Area rather than Fire. That said, Mattias ended the night in superb style, although by this time, it was Beyond & not Lovechild that was stealing the limelight. Competing with Megawoof & a free party, both at Fire, was “Muscle’s” biggest obstacle and one that was never going to shift, so with much more to say its “Ready Steady Go For The Review”. (DISCO MATT)
With the days of February coming & going quicker than we could say month 28 times, March is already steaming along at break neck speed, although up to now we have been engrossed in South Africa & Cape Town particularly, plenty of extracurricular duties precluding us from devoting time to our writing duties. Yet as amazing as Cape Town was, there was a force blocking us from getting our writing head on, but as we find ourselves into our second full day back in London and back at our creative best, we thought it high time to come back up to music speed. Indeed, since our last newsletter in January, there is now a mass of music to share, so in this first of three posts, this one aptly called, “Catalogue Of Compilations To Choose”, we cast you back to Jan/Feb releases before forging into the month of March.
So let’s crack on and take you back to Lovechild’s birthday which took place on Sat 12th Feb and brought to the London fore, two Berlin based boys as guest D.J.’s for the night, the first being Chris Bekker , who arrived on a high, as his track “Upgrade” was not only getting loads of dancefloor attention across Europe, but had just been given the remix treatment by Steven Redant & Lenz Garcia, and featured large in his storming set in Fire’s main room that night. With a video trailer well worth a look at http://youtube.com/watch?v=i4jRZzzLkzU, which includes Chris in action at Berlin’s GMF club, a taster & selections of Mr Bekker’s sounds are also available via http://chrisbekker.com and we will be sharing his latest track release details in our forthcoming newsletter, “TrIBIZA” already getting lots of attention. Plus, with it being Chris’ birthday tomorrow (at 19th March), his inclusion here seems all the more approriate, so many happy returns Chris, keep up the magnificent music.
The other Berlin based boy was, of course, Eduardo De La Torre, a face familiar to the London scene, not least as he used to live & work here. Jetting across from his latest home last month saw him mark the occasion with a special compilation release dedicated to Lovechild’s “The Birthday” event, and was definitely, as he explained at the time, “…a taste of what you guys will get on Saturday…” With 56 minutes of Mr De La Torre in terrific tech house & euro beat mood, with lots of vocals to inject the sort of vitality that is stand out in his sets, this marvellous mix that is well worth adding to your collection is still available at http://soundcloud.com/dj-edu-de-la-torre/lovechild-the-second-birthday, while like Chris, we have more music of Edu’s to share in our forthcoming newsletter, so watch out for that.
Just before we head away from Lovechild for this music devotion, another talent that caught our eye & impressed at “The Birthday” event was D.J. Isavin, a Romanian born but now London based boy who was spotted & scouted by the clubs promoter Alex Erfan and who made his mark pretty much immediately, the second Saturday of this February being no exception. With a rousing performance that set the standard for this celebratory event, if you happened to miss out on his superb showing, then you can do no wrong by checking out his specially devoted podcast which is still available at http://isavin.podomatic.com/ and watch this space for a special focus on this talent who will be centre stage in Area for this month’s Lovechild event tomorrow (19th March).
Now, moving on and to a terrific talent who all too often slips under our radar yet, having entertained us enthrallingly for many years now, it’s high time this our “Super Swede” got some attention. Per QX is a name synonymous with the scene in London, not least for being an intrinsic link in the way out & whacky Gutterslut, an East End based club that has his style written all over it. Yet aside from club promoting, there are many strings to Per’s bow, his studio production works one of the strongest, a whole raft of track releases catching our eye, the most notable being “Blow My Trumpet” which made it big last year. However, of the many that have passed our eyes recently, the one that gets a shout here is his remix of Daniel Bovie & Roxy Rox’s “My Destiny”, which gets the Per electro/tech twisted treatment and is featured on his compilation “Only For DJ’s Magazine Mix”, both the track & the mix available by going to http://soundcloud.com/perqx/. But like the trio before, there is more from this pint sized producer coming in our next music delectation, a Gutterslut birthday mix no less.
Now to someone who is from a similar mould to Per, not least as he is also East End based, but another guy that has been entertaining us for years and just last night was an incredible host at the resplendently superb Room Service. But like Mr QX, Mr Di Angelis is just as accomplished in the studio as he is out there promoting on the club scene, promotion which includes Circus & new kid on the block “Meat (excuse the pun), while that recording work includes a long list of original productions, set compilations and remix works that are all fabulously electro tainted house music monsters. However, we particularly like his work with Ben Dobe and their “Making Love” track, a re-work of the Phyllis Nelson classic “Move Closer” & is a corker so well worth a listen at http://soundcloud.com/krisdiangelis/sets in the “original productions” section, while there are plenty more mixes & comps to choose from, all of which will please for sure. Plus, watch this space for news on studio works from Kris in collaboration with the mighty Tom Stephan aka Superchumbo.
Next up is yet another scene favourite that has been rocking our boat for years, from Crash through to Beyond and plenty more in-between, recent showings at clubs like later, Lo-profile and even WE party confirming him as one of those delightful D.J.’s that make it high in our rank of all time greats. Jamie Head certainly knows how to cut a considerable stride in music terms, often nodding to the more experimental sounds that push the boundaries & break from the norm, although his WE party devoted podcast filled our ears in our Euro mini tour prior to heading off to South Africa. However, having completed his first podcast ever, we thought our calls for a follow up would not fall on deaf ears, his cutely called “Tech Head” mix, much more in the Jamie style that makes him a hit in the Terrace room at Beyond and is so deserving of a shout here, it, like the former, having made our collection and should yours too by going to http://soundcloud.com/jamie-head, while for the WE party mix, go get it at http://jamiehead2.podomatic.com.
Now to another Jamie, this time Mr Hammond, who continues to carve his own niche in & around the scene, both in London & internationally, Muccassassina in Rome being a regular port of call away from home. With Monday nighther Popcorn still on his schedule here in the capital, recent shakeup’s at Onyx (many we don’t approve of) have seen him being overlooked, although he always entertained us there and is, for us, a force to be reckoned with. So, given that, its comes as no surprise that we find our way to mention him here and a compilation which was pressed at the end of January and explained as one “…made for my gym workouts…” and is a departure from his usual progressive beats, rather a nod to the matinee style, with vocals & euro beats a-plenty. Aptly titled “Matinee Style House”, this is one that found immediate favour with us and will surely you too, especially given the inclusion of a Madonna remix (no need to hang your head in shame Jamie), so is well worth grabbing at http://d-jamie.podomatic.com/ while is usual style of mix for March is also now out.
Neatly dovetailing in is another talent that features large at Muccassasina yet is a true globe trotter, having spent the last few weeks over in Mexico & the Brazil wowing the audiences there with his barnstorming beats & equally appealing good looks. Danny Verde, has in the twenty four months or so he has been on the international D.J. circuit has certainly made a name for himself and has gained scores of followers, although his true pedigree lies in his studio work, with tracks like “Pushin To The Top”, “Express Yourself”, “Open Your Heart” & “Let Me See Your Underwear” just four of a long list of releases from his hallowed Holab turf, while the odd full compilation here & there helps remind us of just what a talent he is, not to mention a damn good friend too. So, with his latest offering which was made for the club of the same name, “Love In Traffic” showcases many of those tracks we mentioned, plus a new(ish) remix with Hector Fonseca of Katy Perry’s smash “Peacock” and made our iPod playlist as soon as we got drift of this 60 minute marvel, which should be filling yours too by going to http://dannyverde.podomatic.com/, while there is much more to come in our next newsletter as he has been busy on a number of new track projects which we want to share.
Now we just want to rattle off a few brief mentions before we bow out with a biggie and a long overdue podcast producer, but more on that in a min. First let’s give mention to new compilations from German based Aussie Mike Kelly of Sorry Shoes fame, who has laid down three “live” mixes, each with two part’s, so well over 6 hours of music and all done in February too. With Greenkomm, Space Of Sound & NightKomm to choose from, check them all out at http://soundcloud.com/djmikekelly. Then another well known name has been busy compiling too, Rob Sykes having served up three podcasts in just over a week, “Happy Horny Guy”, “Beyond Live” & “Dance And Sing, Get Up And Do Your Thing”, all full of vocal thrillers, while it was his “Let Me Tell You Something Deep” offering that was destined to get the proper mention, as like he explains “…it’s really deep & sexy…” and, yes, we do love it as much as you do Rob, and we are sure you will too, taking your choice of his four at http://djrobsykes.podomatic.com/. Then to complete the trio of short shouts, enter stage left Zach Burns, whom we caught up with briefly before we headed off to South Africa and has been a busy bee with no less than three comps out while we have been away, one his regular monthly edition, while to mark his appearance of The Circuit Party pre-party in Brighton on 1st April, as well as his showing at Lo-Profile on 4th March, there are two others to add to this mention, all three available at http://djburns.podomatic.com/.
Right, well that now just leaves us with our final and very special entrant, one we have been itching to include for a while, Gaydar’s own Phil Marriott having been the lynch pin in our Friday frolics down at Profile for much of last year, while its all change this, perhaps giving him the nudge he needed to get those podcasts recorded. That said, it seems, unbeknownst to us, he did record one back in September last year for Onyx, another club he has played for away from the radio. However, it is this year we are concentrating on and one which for our Mr Phil is full of change & promise, gigs at both gay & straight venue’s keeping his live performances fresh, while the is exciting news on the ClubNation front, a live house music mix show he used to beam live from Profile each Friday, but gets a brand new look from tonight (Fri 19th March). But we digress from this equally exciting podcast news, his February offering posted while we were away sunning ourselves, yet is equally as sunny in its make-up with some scorching sounds, not least the Bills & Hurr Mix of Erick Morillio’s “Live Your Life”, Roger Sanchez’s “2gether” which is given the Pitron & Sanna mix treatment, as well as the Alesso mix of Therese’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, three smoulders in amongst 13 tip top tracks in a collection worthy of yours and available at http://djphilmarriott.podomatic.com/. Now, Mr Marriott is a busy bee right now with this new ClubNation show, but has promised us a full up-date and maybe a trip down to Gaydar Towers to see it all in action, so we will bring you news of that as soon as.
So, that kind of begins to fill the February gap of music left in our wake while we swanned around in South Africa, although there is much more to come to get us & you right up to date, not least new compilation releases from the mighty Steve Pitron & Brent Nicholls, along with inclusions for Hifi Sean, Alan X & Jonny M. Plus, with devotions to works from Spaniards Javier Medina & Ivan Gomez, as well as step re-traces on Mike Kelly & Danny Verde and special inclusions for Leomeo & Guy Scheiman, we aiming to bring you all this & more within the next day or so, in what will be the second of three newsletters this month, this upcoming one entitled “March Wind Of Wonderful Music”. And don’t forget that both Chris Bekker & Eduardo De La Torre will get a further shout, planned for our third newsletter, “Three’s Company”, later this month.
However, in the meantime, to get a taster of what is to come, you can always pop across to our friends SeenQueen who have recently updated their music list to include some of the above and a few others too. Plus, with a music links page that reads like a gay scene D.J. who’s who, as well as their very own top 10 jukebox, you can do no wrong by going to http://seenqueen.com/web/music/.
We finish by mentioning, not unashamedly for the first time, a track that saw us on our wending way to Heathrow for our trip to South Africa, having featured large across that departing weekend, not least at Beyond, which, courtesy of a stellar set from Steve Pitron, also sent us on our happy way, we declaring at the time that the truly brilliant Lizzat & Voltaxx remix of the classic “Now Or Never” was the official new Doing The Disco Matt” theme tune. And we also promised a new DM video viral, which we aim to get recorded when our video editor returns from Canada, although in the meantime cannot resist sharing Tom Novy’s video link again, which we never fail to enjoy and hope you do to by going to ! http://youtube.com/watch?v=yFmvB13R_Jc.
So, that’s its, 12 artist inclusions and well over 20 track & mix link mentions that make up this our “Catalogue of Compilations To Choose”, so we hope you dig our choices here, leaving us to say, “sit, back, select those sounds, turn up the volume and let them play as Music Is The Answer”. (DISCO MATT)
If there was ever a club review of ours that was more anticipated it was going to be Room Service’s, the creation formed in association with the peeps behind photography company “Shootmeup” and currently steered by Circus’s Jodie Harsh along with Kris Di Angelis, that made wonderful waves right from the first innings a good six months ago, yet until this day had somehow missed our cavorting calendar. But with the bit between our teeth following a fulsome trip to South Africa & intent on catching up with fellow holiday maker & Room Service resident D.J. Steve Pitron, Diu on Greek St was a date and we weren’t to be disappointed. Arriving at a neat time of 10.30 pm, the place was already pulsating with the most beautiful bunch of the best lookers you could imagine, a more stylish set & cosmopolitan collective you couldn’t have wished for, with scene faces a-plenty and many familiar to even our three week absent eye, making us feel right at home & in the groove from the start. With the man in charge delivering a delectable drench of terrific tunes through the whole of his spot on set, especially THE/our tune, yes that “Release Me” anthem, in amongst many other classics, the night was Mr Pitron’s, although the incumbent spinner Severino took up the reins superbly, serving a staggering selection of future, old skool & much in-between disco that had Room Service rocking right through till the 3 a.m. finish. Having been left in total admiration of this Soho social sophisticate, there is absolutely no surprise that this Thursday frolic is not just the talk of the town, but walk’s every bit of the walk that we imagined, so with so much more stupendous superlatives to splash out, it’s “ready steady go for the review”. (DISCO MATT)
You find us ready to post the next in our instalments of bite sized reflections, soaking up yet more of the scorching South African sunshine and relaxing in the tranquillity of the gorgeous guest house, Villa Costa Rose in Cape Town’s Seapoint district. However, such has been the hectic schedule we have been keeping, this comes to you a little later than planned but with our enthralling experiences of this Mother City Magnificence, especially both Cape Town Pride and then Crew Bar/Club, which we took in on Saturday (5th March), still fresh in our mind, but time against us, we thought we would combine the two and then bring you a further one on the scene & the scenery later this week.
Cape Town Pride
On yet another clear blue sky day we arose to the excitement of our very first Pride parade & party in this most breathtaking city which had captivated us so much on many a visit before and was doing the same on this very special celebration day. A liaison with a be-friended boy made the day more enticing than we could have imagined and joining the parade which had all the lure of London, the magic of Madrid & the rapture of Rio, bit in a small & neat package was the real highlight of a full-on day. Best float had to go to “Beefcake”, the burger bar come restaurant that is the hottest ticket in gay De-Waterkant town, so following them around the whole route ended up a must. Then, with a backdrop of Table Mountain, framed by the magnificent Greenpoint football stadium, the setting couldn’t have been more stunning, a whole succession of stage showings keeping the entertainment factor fulsome, while our company kept us captivated, not least the effervescent Eric, another Cape Town conquest, who fired up our emotions beyond belief. Yet, admitting that this was a small scale affair compared to other gay celebrations around the world, the 3500 strong supporters a drop in the ocean in other cities, but a really positive turnout for Cape Town meant the presence of Pride was as strong as anywhere, so with much more to tell, its “ready stead go for the review” (DISCO MATT)
Crew Bar Pride
Having ventured out on the Cape Town circuit scene for a few nights already, the familiarity of Crew Bar, one of the latest kids on the block since our time of South African residence, meant we eased into post Pride partying with consummate ease, especially as an initial jaunt into rival venue Bronx found us bumping into London based Brazilian boy wonder Giovanni, the realisation that we were not anonymous an initial shock, but the result quite satisfying. So, with our masterful man grabbing us by the hand and taking us down to Crew and his crew of lovable Londoners, we were quickly into the zone, especially with some extracurricular assistance that soon found us in the newly discovered upstairs club space and getting down to some major music motions, a mix of popular tunes making it big in South Africa, along with some familiar sounds from the London dancefloors too. With Giovanni in the zone we soon found ourselves “Doing The Disco Matt” and showing the way for others to follow right up till the 4 a.m. finish, spinning on our spot by the D.J. booth deliriously to the delight of the all around. So, with much more to report on rapturously, it’s “ready stead go for the review” (DISCO MATT)