Archive for June 2011
When we were making our gingerly steps out onto the clubbing scene some twenty years ago, Gay Pride celebrations in the capital were somewhat different to what they are today, our first ever foray being down in Kennington Park, a reasonably sedate affair which was followed by successive years at Brockwell Park, Clapham Common, Victoria Park & Finsbury Park, the big baby being Hyde Park when Pride in London was at its peak. However, sustaining such large park style events & keeping everything free proved a battle the organisers were never going to win. Add to that the surge in popularity & size of competitor pride events in Cologne & Madrid and in the last three/four years Gay Pride in London has become a shadow of its former self, although with the staging of post parade celebrations in Trafalgar, Leicester & Soho Square(s), have seen it regain some of its status in the yes of the public, the central London locale of the celebrations, taking in the gay village of Soho, seems to work well, although it has to be said that the previous park cohesion has been replaced with a more fragmented offering.
Now whilst there is no doubt that we do miss the fabulous dance tents that used to feature large in the park celebrations, we have also enjoyed the replacement dance stages at Soho Pride on a few occasions and there is no doubt that when it comes to London’s current Gay Pride set up, of the three designated square set up’s ,the dance stage is our favourite by far. However, with the this arena being consigned to Leicester Square last year, a whole load of excuses being waged by Westminster Council & the police as to why Soho Sqaure couldn’t be used, while sponsors The Orange Group made the most of a bad job, it wasn’t a patch on the dance stage’s natural home, many complaining about the overzealous security & lack of facilities, plus the feel that everything having seemingly been implemeted & orchestrated by Gay Pride’s organisers at the last minute. That said, we had a terrific time, not least being treated to a back stage pass & in so doing, hooking up with many of the D.J.’s & Orange Group top brass, this outstanding organisation digging deep into its own pockets to support Pride both morally & financially.
So, with London Gay Pride 2011 literally days away, but with there being somewhat of a hush surrounding this year’s festival, we can celebrate in the fact that not only do we have Soho Square back, but the dance stage will once again be hosted & sponsored by Fire. And furthermore, with a whole succession of peripheral parties across the weekend, it seems that London Gay Pride 2011 looks like being dominated by the “Outstanding Orange Offer”, as no less than twelve separate parties will be hosted by the group, making them the biggest single contributor to the Pride festival, Craig Elder & his terrific team very proud to play a prolific part in Pride this year. So, with so much activity, on the clubbing front at least, we thought it only fair to devote a special Weekend Focus post to all things Orange, showcasing their outstanding offer, focussing on club nights Onyx, A:M, WE Party, Beyond, Later, Orange & Open, as well as looking at The Fire Dance Stage, which centre pieces the weekend.
So, while the Orange offer actually starts this coming Wednesday (29th June) with Patrick Lilley’s Work, then continues on Thursday (30th June) with both Deuces at Area & & Gravity at Fire, it is the “I A:M Onyx” party that gets our first full focus, the clever play on words indicating that Onyx will be going head to head with afterhours A:M, spreading across the three rooms of Area on Friday 1st July, very much the group’s main pre-pride affair and combining the tip top talents from both clubs for one night only. And looking at the line-up, it seems we will be in for a magnificent musical treat, as the main room will very much be an Onyx/A:M head to head, with Onyx residents Lee Harris, Jc Christopher, Jonny M & new promoter Verity Mayes squaring up to the might of Gonzalo Rivas & D’Johnny from A:M, making for a lavish line up, especially given given the club is open for just eight hours (we make that 70 mins each!), while it seems to be Onyx business as usual in the other two rooms, regulars Lisa German & Ariel tearing up the terrace with their tech & electro house, while Tasty Tim commands the chapel room ably assisted by Jason Price & James St James, all serving up pop-tastic tunes that make this room the popular place it is. Add to that the Onyx influence of fire eating displays & drop dead gorgeous go-go’s, while the dynamic David H adds the A:M percussionist touch to proceedings, while hosts Chrissy Darling & Glendora share the spotlight both on the door & inside the club, steering you through this spectacular showcase from start to finish. And what of that start?, well this Onyx/A:M head-to-head kicks off from 10 p.m. this Friday (1st July), with the club running through to an advertised “superlate” timing. Advance £5 tickets are on sale online at http://clubtickets.com, while if you get yourselves on the guest list by going to http://gayguestlists.com/onyx, it’s a mere £1 before midnight, while for others its £2 before & £8 after.
Onto Saturday and daytime gives way to the Fire Dance Stage in Soho Square, probably looking to prove itself as the most popular of the three, it coming as no surprise that The Orange Group will be digging deep into their reserves to serve up a colossal combination of D.J. stars & P.A. artists, this Soho arena famed for offering the best in open air clubbing, the intimate yet absorbing atmosphere of the square perfect for this post pride parade celebration & the whole proceedings in the superb & safe hands of tip tip promoter Steven Sharp. Now, having been given exclusive access to the line-up for The Dance stage, we can confirm here & now that, in terms of the D.J performances, Steve Pitron & Mikey D will be playing a special back-to-back set, with other names in the frame include Fat Tony, The Oli, D’Johnny, Jamie Head, & Jonny M, with the likelihood of further names & back-to-back sets, while The Sharp Boys will be closing proceedings around 8 p.m. As for the P.A.’s, Sonique has be confirmed and there will be an extra special guest appearing, although this is very much being kept under wraps, but we are hedging our bets on it being something to do with the word “Stronger”. Plus, we have been reliably informed that prolific percussionist David H will be on hand, along with a host of other artists to compliment the D.J.’s sets. So, with a line up like that & much more surprises in store, the Dance Stage arena will be packed with post pride party goers, although as the capacity within Soho Square will need to be limited for safety reasons, we recommend you get there early, as experience from previous years means that post 4 p.m. you will expect to find a one in one out situation, especially as entry is free, although the organisers do urge you to dig deep & make contributions however big or small, to ensure that London’s Gay pride remains a free festival. More information on this Fire hosted dance stage event can be found by going to http://freclub.co.uk &/or http://pridelondon.org.
Then, when dusk turns to dark, the choice widens to three, between “official” post pride party, Liberation, the chunky & hunky Bear Necessity & the Spanish Sensation WE Party, all things Orange very much catering for all clubbing tastes. So, let’s look Liberation first, this post pride party taking place at Fire this Saturday (2nd July), kicking off extra early at 8 p.m. with a special “Smirnoff Garden Party”, this brand one of the main pride 2011/2012 sponsors & hosting this alfresco offering across the extensive Fire outside space, with expertly made drinks served by the specially selected Smirnoff team, while relaxing ambient music will both serve as a welcome interlude from the frenetic action of the Fire Dance stage, but will also allow you to draw breath before the heated up post pride action inside, which kicks off from 11 p.m. And the Liberation line-up is very impressive, probably the strongest yet, showcasing some of the capitals best talents across four very different & diverse rooms. So what’s on offer?, well the main room will be spearheaded by Fire residents Mikey D, The Sharp Boys, Fat Tony & Lee Harris, while the second space will have a definite Onyx “Pop”, feel to it, residents Tasty Tim, Jason Prince & James St James joined by Gaydar Radio’s Alex Taylor. Then across in room three it’s all about RnB, as Queer Nation’s Big John Freeman Jeffrey Hinton & promoter Patrick Lilley take charge, the fourth space given away to the very cute Ku Bar boys & resident jock DouGuim. Plus, Fire have secured two terrific P.A.’s, Elloitte Williams, famed for the massive hit “Pride (A Deeper Love)”, while Sharlene Hector will also perform her hit “Sunshine Into My Life” and we are also told to expect a very special guest. So, with diversity very much the name of the game & Liberation attracting the glitterati of the Pride Festival, Fire looks set to host Pride’s best “official” party yet, advance tickets available online only at http://fire.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-07/02/liberation-pride-party priced at £12, with door entry at £15, those doors opening to the main event from 11 p.m. & the night running through till 6 a.m.
Across at Area & it’s about chunky, hunky & funky action as big brand Bear Necessity rolls into town for a Pride special party , welcoming special gust Nick Tcherniak to the main room decks, he being joined by Bear Necessity London resident Micky Galliano, while over in the chapel room it will be all about Tonker, head honcho Tim Jones taking turns spinning the sounds with fellow bear brute Paul Coals, while Bruno Knight’s 21st Century men will be spilling the brawn, a line up of the hottest bear god go-go’s gyrating in the many podiums across both rooms, while a special stage show should set the whole event alight with action & compliment the touch tech & dance music. Add to that special host for the night, the attractive Andy Garcia , aka Dr Woof, along with a special pre-party at Tonker on Friday (1st July), Megawoof’s Tim Mcloone taking to The Eagle decks, and the all-in package advance tickets priced at just £14 are already selling like hot cakes and are available at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-07/02/bear-necessity-london-pride, while if you choose just the main party at Area, which kicks off at an early 9 p.m., then the £10 options are also available, while entry will be available on the door, but for more. Now, as the venue will need to prepare for the massive Beyond “Super Pride” party, Bear Necessity will run until 5 a.m. & not into Beyond as before.
However, despite these two amazing attractions, both which should draw their own crowds, there is no escaping the fact that the big party of the weekend (we reckon the second biggest) will be WE party, which, following the massive roadblock sell-out of “WE Candy”, is expected to be a repeat, this “WE Heroes” event having created a real buzz literally days after the last party. And for good reason, as it is clear this brilliant brand has taken over from where SuperMartXe left off, The Coronet proving both a popular & perfect home for the huge lighting, laser & stage installations that WE has become renowned for. So, whilst we are expecting amazing things from this latest party in terms of the stage shows & all the effects that will surely make it one of THE most prolific parties of the Gay Pride weekend, it is the music which should make this “Heroes” happening a real winner. So who can you expect to marvel you with their scintilating sounds?, well it goes without saying that Spain’s best import, Carlos Gallardo, will be making a rapturous return, WE party never quite the same without his inclusion, while he will be joined by our very own Italian Stallion, Pagano, who plays for WE in the capital for the first time & should go down a storm, especially as he seems to excel on the big stage, London WE residents Gonzalo Rivas & D’Johnny completing the current line-up. But the really exciting news for us, is the inclusion of PA Shawnee Taylor, who will no doubt be performing her massive new release “Stronger”, a track that has quickly established itself as the Pitron/DM anthem and is spreading across the dancefloors of the clubbing world like wildfire. Now, given the positioning & size of this event, we expect it to be a complete sell-out, which means you need to grab your tickets fast, advance £18 ones available online at http://wepartylondon.com, similarly priced tickets on sales at Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone, 50 & Solarstation, as well as The Yard, Rupert St & Profile Bar(s). However, if you leave it to get in on the doors, which open at 11 p.m., then expect to pay more & be prepared to get there early as if the last event was anything to go by, the queue will be massive, this latest WE party running through to a planned 7 a.m.
Now, as we head onto the next & what looks like the biggest party of the weekend, we suspect that many of you WE party goers will want to head to Beyond too, the terrific team headed up by Tom Fuller having laid on transport you from The Coronet to Area, the convoy of coaches leaving from 6 a.m. & setting you down at Area, all for the very reasonable price of £5. But here is the real deal clincher on this, as that £5 & coach trip will not only get you free coatcheck for up to two items, but it will also gain you fast track entry into the club, the Barcode side of this Beyond “Super Pride” party set aside for coach arrivals only. However, you will need to be in receipt of a ticket for Beyond, advance online ones at £15 available at http://area.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-07/03/beyond, while the usual outlets in Soho (see above) have tickets on sale too. However, for those of you that don’t manage either, then never fear as £20 ones will be on sale at WE, so keep your eyes peeled for Tom & his team.
So to Beyond, all roads surely leading to Area come Sunday morning (3rd June), the road slightly widened as the club once again joins forces with Barcode to make this a super sized “Super Pride” event. Now for those of you that missed out on Beyond “Super Size” on the last Bank Holiday weekend, then prepare to be amazed & impressed with all that extra space both inside & out, Area’s & Barcode’s frontages combined to make one huge alfresco hangout from the hectic happenings inside, while the usual Beyond three dancefloors will be increased to five with the addition of Barcode’s front & back spaces. In terms of the D.J. line up, we can confirm that the following Beyond all stars will be present, the main room spearheaded by Steve Pitron, he joined by Mikey D, The Sharp Boys & Gonzalo Rivas, while The Chapel Room will sport Paul Christian & D’Johnny, The Terrace space most likely the domain of Jamie Head, The Oli & Fat Tony. However, with the additional two spaces next door to consider, names in the frame include Alessandro Londra, Ariel, Onyx’s promoter Verity Meyes & Beyond promoter Jonny Marsh, although as yet no news on any Barcode D.J.’s. Now, it has to be said that we are far from keen with the idea of a club promoter also D.J.’ing, especially as in this case, Beyond’s super size will need its promoter in the spotlight, but we suspect Mr Marsh will be drawing on additional talent to compliment the line-up, so watch this space for news on that. However, what you can expect of this “Super Pride” event is “…more space, more music, more dancers, more effects, more everything!..,” and Beyond itself will be digging into its own pockets to donate £1 per person to Pride, to keep this festival free. As for the detail, Beyond opens its doors at 6 a.m. the club running through till 1 p.m., online tickets available at http://area.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-07/03/beyond, priced at £15, along with sales at Prowler, Clone Zone 50, Rupert St & The Yard in Soho & Barcode in Vauxhall, a reminder of this & last minute detail on both Beyond & WE “Heroes” coming your way via an Extra Bites post later this week.
Next up in the all things Orange Pride weekend line-up is Later on Sunday afternoon (3rd July), who roll out one of their infamous “Funfair” parties, this Pride devoted one sure to be popular, especially if the sun is shining. With the team turning out all those fabulous funfair rides, some in miniature scale, the helter skelter is sure to prove a winner again, while the extensive outside space will be packed with revellers who will want to take respite from a sequence of parties already counting seven. But there will be no rest for the wicked inside, as promoter Jay Sharp leans on his towering residents team to turn out truck loads of tech toned tunes, with dollops of dance to delight, D.J.’s The Oli, Paul Martin, Jamie Head, & D’Johnny, sure to pack out the place, advance £8 tickets on sale online only at http://fire.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-07/03/the-later-funfair-pride-party, while entry on the door is priced at £10, although discount stamps will be on offer at Beyond, so make sure you check with Area’s door staff before you head across to Fire. Plus, all Later entrants will be able to get their hands on a free (yes free!) ticket to the “The Only Way Is Orange” Gay Pride closing party.
So that neatly moves onto Orange who, after hosting some of the biggest & most successful Bank Holiday parties this year, have been invited to officially close Gay Pride proceedings this coming weekend, opening their doors on Sunday (3rd July) at 11 p.m., the club running for a massive eight hours until 9 a.m. on Monday morning, promoter Steven Sharp & his team pulling out all the stops to make sure this is a party for Pride to be proud of. And looking at the D.J. line-up, there is lots to savour, the main room masterminded by the famed Orange “Citrus All-Star” residents Paul Martin, The Oli & The Sharp Boys, although the duo of Fat Tony & Tonnic should prove a crowd draw & pleaser too. Add to that shows from Elektra Paris & her dance troupe, while the gregarious Glendora will no doubt attract a flock of followers as she hosts like no other. But it doesn’t stop there as the Orange RAW room will be on duty too, original residents David Jimenez & Gonzalo Rivas welcoming extra special guest Nick Tcherniak to the fold, Nick making his second appearance in this special space. As for entry, it seems that if you make it to any of the Orange Group parties across the weekend & keeps your eyes closely peeled for special free entry passes, then this closing party will prove as a massive thank you for supporting the group & Pride itself. However, if not then £10 advance ticket are available online at http://fire.clubtickets.com/, while a limited number of £5 tickets will be handed out at the Fire Dance Stage post parade celebrations, standard Orange entry prices of £12 before midnight & £15 thereafter applying.
However, whilst Orange officially closes the Pride weekend, it isn’t quite over as Tuesday morning madness Open makes a rare return to London afterhours clubbing for, in the words of the promotions team, “…the party to end all parties!…” and we highly expect that it will, especially for those that don’t have any work commitments on Tuesday (5th July), the club opening at 5 a.m. & running through to an advertised “superlate” timing, which in translation probably means 11 a.m., while this party is also aimed at those scene workers how have toiled away across the weekend, Open giving them an opportunity to let their hair down, now the hard work is behind them. As for the D.J. line up, well none other than Gonzalo Rivas will headline the neat & tidy team of talents, Mr Rivas treating us to a “classic” set that will no doubt include a mixture of the vast genre of sounds within his amazing armoury, while The Sharp Boys, George & Steven, who incidentally are co-promoting this event, will also feature, with guests yet to be announced, but possibly to include DouGuim & Fat Tony. Entry to the club is just £3 before 7 a.m. with a flyer, while for scene staff with suitable I.D., it’s just £2, the Open team out on the streets of Soho on Monday night, handing out special discount flyers, more info available at http://freclub.co.uk/gayparties.
So, that’s The Orange Group’s biggest Gay Pride weekend yet in a nutshell, well not quite a nutshell, more the most comprehensive guide you will find anywhere and testament to the fact that this clubbing company is making a massive contribution to London’s Pride Festival, both in terms of offering clubbers a complete experience from Friday through Tuesday & very much underpinning this “Outstanding Orange Offer” which includes some of the capitals best clubbing brands & artists. Therefore, it goes without saying that we will be joining Craig Elder & his team across this prolific Pride weekend of clubbing & hope that you will also “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
With our focus on all things music right back where it belongs, we are speeding our way through the colossal catch up that we promised we would complete by the end of this month, although for chapter three of four, we pause to take a slightly self indulgent look at the music from our most favourite club, now of all-time. There is no doubt that Beyond now reigns supreme in our twenty or so years on the clubbing circuit, the club also sporting some real superstar D.J.’s, a handful who are also accomplished producers, but talents that never fail to entertain us week in week out, whether on our spot in the main room, under the mirrorball in the chapel space, or treading the terrace rooms boards. So, with a handful of these Beyond stars having recently released tracks & compilations, it seemed appropriate to, in effect, proverbially kill two birds with one stone by combining our catch up with that slice of self indulgence.
So where do we start with this Beyond inspired catch up?, well with a D.J./Producer & music industry figurehead that has been part of Beyond from day one, that being back in 2001 when it launched as a one-off party following the Purple In The Park festival, but quickly established itself as an amazing afterhours, slotting into Sunday morning at The Colosseum in Vauxhall. And with the rest pretty much history and with scores of stars having trodden the beyond boards since, there is however only one person that can say he was there from the start, Steve Pitron being that man, we having marvelled at this man’s music from the heady days of Crash where he was also a main room resident. But while we have so many magical memories from Beyond at Colosseum, it is in its current home, Area, that we can count on some of the best times had anywhere in the world & in Steve superb musical hands, our infamous spot seeing week after week of emotional rollercoaster rides as Mr Pitron plunders us with one terrific track after the next. And you only have to see the reaction of the packed beyond main room to realise playing witness to a true legend and someone that remains at the very top of his gain some ten years on
And this year has already seen Steve lay down a truly awesome compilation in “Afterhours”, which we never thought would be equalled or topped, although with the release of “Summer 2011 Vol 1”, Mr Pitron seems to have at least equalled the former, if not exceeded it, 79 minutes of magnificent music that include tunes cherry picked from his stunning sets at Beyond. Opening with The Shapeshifters track “Waiting For You”, one that guarantees a joyful yet tearful reaction from us every time, the rest of this captivating compilation turning up track after track that transport us right to our spot at Beyond. Then with Bob Sinclair’s “Fuck The Disco” leading to real gems in the form of “Offshore”, “Starry Eyed”, “Stupiddisco 2011”, & “You Will Remember”, all having made it into our top ten tracks of 2011 and vying for top spot. And in this prolific Pitron podcast, it seems we may have another chart topper, so one we cannot recommend as an amazing addition to your collection by going to http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/ & scrolling down to “Vol 1”.
Now to another Beyond all star who has also been delighting us at Area for many a moon now, but who, like Steve, goes back to the days of Crash, albeit in the latter years, plus is a terrific talent who occasionally plays back-to-back with Mr Pitron, we having been treated to truck loads of terrfoc turns by Mikey D, both with Steve & solo, from sets at brilliant Beyond to their joint showing at the launch of Brazilian brand The Week in London last year, while Mikey’s solo performances at Later, Onyx, Room Service & Society never fail to hit the mark, very much proving him as one of the scenes most sought after stars. But like so many of its all-star residents, it is at Beyond when Mikey really shines, obviously at Area in London, but also on tour, he have featured large in their world tour last year, this despite, like Steve, keeping down a high powered job in the music industry that has recently precluded him from making as many appearances at Beyond as we would like, although when he does, he proves that the wait has been worth it, as what do they say? “…cream always rises to the top…” and Mikey certainly does that.
And when it comes to compilation releases, Mikey also keeps us waiting, a pretty long time in some respects, having released just one last year. However, what a corker it was, “Get Lifted” only being just piped to the post to topping our 2010 compilation chart. So, after another Dower drought, we were really excited when news hit our desks of a new release, indeed Mikey forwarding us the kink with the words, “…something to help with the recovery Matt…”, this latest podcast entitled “Heavy Baby” showing us a more tech house side to Mikey’s music and one that has seen him storm sets at Later recently, also reflecting how much depth there is to his sound style. And, having given the mix a full play, it quickly grew on us, not least as the departure from the Dower norm is a refreshing one, which, given the current domination of our earwaves by another, is a welcome alternative that we can easily see getting airplay when we are fit enough to spin around London’s roads again. So, get a feel of what’s filling Mikey’s playlists at his residencies across the capital right now, go grab “Heavy Baby now at http://mikeyd.podomatic.com/ as we know you will crave it too.
Right, let’s take a track interlude, the first of five in fact, and one that stormed straight into our top ten of 2011 so far, served up by probably our artists of the year too, as Pink Fluid seem to be able to do no wrong, the brilliant “Bitch Lady” neatly followed up by the spectacular “So Much Love” which, like the former, is given the creative Craziba mix treatment that makes it an absolute corker. Not yet spotted in D.J.’s live set playlists, this is definitely one of our “Summer Scorcher” tips, the full length version out at http://youtube.com/watch?v=kDkA-_-o8ak and one we are hopefully will be out in force next weekend, especially on the beyond dancefloor.
So let’s head to our next Beyond all star resident and one who continues to play an intrinsic part in making the chapel room the popular place that it has become, Sean’s style of future, funky & tech house very much hitting our mark. But he occasionally gets to warm up proceedings in the main room, employing a slightly more uplifting edge to his tech tunes that makes him a popular choice for the promoter. Beyond aside, Sean remains pretty busy both domestically as well as internationally, annual pilgrimages to Folsom in San Francisco, added to appearances in Rome, & Madrid, the latter seeing him play there at the forthcoming pride weekend, while on a personal front, 2011 has been a brilliant one for Mr Dickson, who tied the knot with long time partner Mike Springett, making his inclusion here very much a celebratory one, as well as a well deserved entry. But it is Beyond where we continue to enjoy Sean at his best, especially when we get the chance to dance under that chapel room mirrorball, of course after enjoying with him a characteristic “Hifi High Five” and when he treats us to his fabulous version of the classic “Get Busy” which still wears extremely will with age (a bit like us!).
As for his podcasts, or should we say “Hifi-casts”?, well Sean never fails to impress with his virtual monthly releases in the now long running “Deep House” series that has very much stayed the distance, pretty much taking over from his club dedicated compilations, whether it be for Beyond or to mark his worthy inclusion in the Orange “RAW” team. Indeed, since we last gave Sean a mention in a newsletter of ours, we find ourselves choosing between three offerings in May, aptly named “The Take Off”, “The Orbit” & “The Landing”, very much taking you on his so called psychedelic house journey (and a good one it is too) while his latest mix, “Deep Fried”, probably edges it for us and is symptomatic of Sean’s current style. And with play/download figures stretching into the 1000’s just nine days after posting on his podcast page, it is clear you agree with us that this is a worthy addition to any deep house collection, one which you can grab now by going to http://hifiseandj.podomatic.com/, leaving us to say, Sean, we dedicate this devotion to your future happiness now you have made an honest man of the marvellous Mike.
Onwards to a duo that have been at the cutting edge of the music & D.J. circuit scene for as long as we can remember, The Sharp Boys having travelled to every corner of the globe, their productions having made it to the playlists of some of the biggest names in the industry, as well as being included in main stream compilations on the shelves of the largest record stores in the world. Add to that a whole host or regular residencies across the capitals clubbing circuit, which include Orange, Popcorn, Later, Trade, The Egg and, of course, Beyond and it is clear The Sharp Boys are very much a tore de force on the scene, remaining as popular now as they were when they made those first gingerly steps in the infamous Trade “lite lounge” back in the mid nineties. With one half of the duo, Steven Sharp holding down considerable club promotions duties, not least Orange & now Open, he will also be masterminding proceedings at the Fire dance stage next weekend, while no mention in this Beyond dedicated music newsletter would be complete without hailing his terrific work as promoter of this awesome afterhours, Steve still sorely missed, having very much shown the way for his successor.
Turning to The Sharp Boys studio works, while we have needed to wait a couple of months for their latest “Sharpcast” it has proved well worth it, as the boys have pulled a real corker out of the bag, “Episode 9” kicking off with the truly awesome “You Will Remember” by Michael Gray, a track that could well be our top tune of 2011, albeit that it was brought to our attention by another, while with Stefano Noferini featuring large on this magnificent mix, we particularly liking the boys’ mash up of the magical “Move Your Body”, there are more treats in store on this 73 minute marvel, not least Craziba’s “Donuts & Stew” and the D Ramirez hit “Jump To It” and this is yet another accomplished compilation to add to the stable of others, which you can grab by going to http://sharpboys.podomatic.com/. But the boys are also renowned for producing top quality tracks, their recent release “Dansen” still stand-out, while new projects in the making include remixes of Jose Nunez’s “Are You Ready” & Champagne’s “My Love Is Real”, this on top of their “Sharp Tools Vol 6” which you can grab at http://selektedmusic.com/.
Time for another track interlude and this one has been rocking the dancefloors for quite some time, although this 2011 version is even better than the original, Mark Knight stamping his authority on the classic “You’ve Got The Love”, originally recorded by Candi Station, although this particular version the creation of Florence & The Machine, getting that 2011 twist that gives it an edge over the former. With a whole load of download options & having been included in a prolific podcast that we simply can’t put down, you can check out the track right here at http://vodpod.com/watch/6299122-youtube-mark-knight-vs-florence-and-the-machine-youve-got-the-love and transport yourselves straight to the Beyond main room, while it will come as no surprise when we say it is another of our top ten “Summer Scorcher’s”.
Back to our Beyond residents and next up is Berlin based D’Johnny, a Swede by birth, but a dynamic D.J. who has been part of the London clubbing scene for many years, having first come to our attention during those halcyon Saturday’s at Barcode Soho when he used to play back-to-back with fellow countryman & our super Swede, Per Q.X. However, while Per engrossed himself in the alternative scene out east, Johnny forged ahead with residencies, primarily for The Orange Group, having played for virtually every brand within their extensive family, from Gravity through Later, A:M to Orange and, of course, Beyond, Mr Cermann the only resident that has played in all three rooms at Area, that fact alone testament to the diversity in his music, which ranges from uplifting & chunky, through tech to deep house that makes him one of the most versatile talents we know. Add to that, regular appearances for Lo-Profile as well as for Barcode, Johnny jetting across to the capital virtually every weekend, and he remains as busy as ever, also having played for SuperMartXe & now being a feature of the massive WE Party brand here in London & now in also Madrid.
When it comes to studio works, Johnny is no slouch either, laying down compilations to mark his live performances, although we have to look back to December last year to find one dedicated to beyond, although it is quite special. As for more recent recordings, there are rich pickings that cover virtually every club he plays in the capital, Johnny marking his inclusion in the Orange “RAW” team with a mix from his back-to-back set with “RAW” original David Jimenez, a collaboration that has also worked like a dream in Beyond on more than one occasion. However, since we last gave Johnny a mention, he has produced no less than four mixes, two in this month alone, the first taken from his prolific performance at Saturday morning sensation A:M, on 11th June, when he mixed in those uplifting & accessible beats with the tougher tech tones he is better known for, while it is his Later recording from the following afternoon that does it the most for us, as it is pure & unadulterated D’Johnny delight, the mix flowing fabulously and very much reflecting how comfortable he is with his lot at Later. So, to get your slice of this Swedish sensation and his Later creation, go now http://djohnny.podomatic.com/ and while you’re at it, dig into the Johnny archives for three Beyond devoted compilations.
Now we move to a man that even sends D’Johnny’s versatility into the shade, as Gonzalo Rivas has been there & done it all, contrasting a residency at the techno fuelled Trade with that of the Salvation in his early career, while in more recent times he has played for virtually every club we can think of, stand-out residencies including those for Orange &, you guessed it Beyond, Gonzalo having recently traded spots in the chapel room for regular appearances where he rightfully belongs, under the main room spotlight. Furthermore, no special Beyond bash is quite the same without his inclusion, Gonzalo pitching his performance to match the magnificence of this majestic main room, while fast forwarding to a Monday morning, he is equally outstanding for Orange, but toughing up his offering to meet the “RAW” requirements. But the examples go on & on, he impressing us immensely wherever he plays, Later, A:M, Lo-Profile, WE Party, As One, Lovechild & Gravity all benefitting from this truly towering talent & his dynamic diversity. But his appearances across the clubbing circuit don’t stop there, as Mr Rivas has toured just this year with both Lovechild & Beyond, as well as playing back in his native Spain, his career behind the decks showing no signs of slowing down.
And we guess that such feverish activity means that something has to give, it being close on four months since we have been treated to a podcast, although his last offering “Deep Fried” from March, very much reflects the superb sounds he plays at his long standing Orange RAW residency, Monday mornings pretty much belonging to this beatmaster, So whilst this mix is a must for your collection which you can grab at http://soundcloud.com/gonzalo-rivas, we go back even further to January when he laid down a compilation for Lovechild’s “Snowball” party, Gonzalo picking on many of our favourite producers, including Tom Novy, Lizzat & Voaltaxx, Miguel Picasso, David Penn and in doing so, once again demonstrating that dynamic diversity for which he has become so well known & such an in demand D.J..So, whilst we await his latest podcast with bated breath, if you haven’t yet added this Lovechild compilation to your collection then do it now by going to http://gonzalorivas.podomatic.com/.
Now let’s get back on the track trail and another one that has been added to our “Summer Scorcher” top ten list, another that was brought to our attention by a Beyond all-star who has since included it in that podcast that we can’t put down. Unequivocally uplifting and euphoric in its composition, “Diamonds In The Sky” definitely has the Antoine Clamaran style of sound to it, this prolific producer having remixed the TV Rock & Hook & Sling hit superbly. Featuring the vocals of Rudy, we cannot wait to be standing on our spot in Beyond when the inevitability of its inclusion will send on yet another one of those emotional rollercoaster ride, this very much challenging the current DM/Pitron anthem & one you can catch in fill Clamaran remix glory at http://youtube.com/watch?v=25N2jv21zPg.
Right, onto our next Beyond D.J., although this individual is none other than the clubs promoter, having taken over the role from Steven Sharp back in November last year. Jonny M is probably known to many as the man who headed up Friday night club Onyx, although in his position as director of events for The Orange Group, he has his fingers in lots of pies, this sometimes detracting from his duites at Beyond. However, recently weeks have seen a shift change in all this, a new Onyx promoter allowing Mr Marsh to focus more on beyond, he also taking up the occasional slot behind the decks, whether it be in the terrace or the main room(s). And Jonny is a reasonably accomplished D.J., having started out down in Brighton, making a name for himself with the city’s biggest gay clubbing group, Aeon Events, better known as Wild Fruit, offshoot Rebel a regular slot for him, while he has also played for Matinee up in London, as well as featuring in more than a handful of Onyx parties, along with a slot or two for Later.
Whilst we are not fans of promoters D.J.’ing in their own clubs, a trait that seems to be a regular occurrence in Orange Group events particularly, what it has done in Jonny’s case, is produce a podcast dedicated to Beyond which is crammed full of main room style sounds that make this a very credible compilation. With the “Doing The Disco Matt” 2011 theme “Now Or Never” & the fulsome “Hide You” by Sandy Rivera two of many fabulous floor fillers, this “Wonderland” mix, dedicated to the event of a same name in March this year, is definitely a worthy addition to any Beyond collection and on which you can download via http://jonny_m.podomatic.com/, while you can also grab some of Jonny’s previous mixes there too.
To our final Beyond all-star for this that catch up chapter devoted to the club and to a talent who impressed us from the moment we heard him play, way back when in Orange and has since been hitting our musical sweet spots whenever we get the chance to move & groove to his superb sets. Having very much stole the show at Lovechild’s “Makin Hay” event last June, Oli’s inclusion in the Beyond residency team was a foregone conclusion and whilst he occasionally plays in the main room, it is in the terrace where he really shines, Mr Bell very much loving the energy & vitally of the space. Indeed just a few weeks ago, we soaked up one of the most spectacular sets of his in a long time, dancing from start to finish, Oli mixing in classics with latest hits that made it an absolute winner. A product of the vinyl era, he still has a considerable collection and was famed for the so called “Vinyl Room” sessions at A:M, along with fellow enthusiasts Paul Martin & Jamie Head, while The Oli has also played for brands including Later & Gravity, while no special Bank Holiday Orange session is quite the same without his inclusion. With a varied career including working for Trax Records in Soho, as well as coaching hockey, Mr Bell’s talents show now bounds
As dynamic behind the decks as he is, The Oli has also been pretty busy laying down a succession of compilations of late, we feeling a tad guilty for not including him in our music newsletters for quite a while. So, making amends right here right now, we kick off with his “Promo Clubcast” for Gravity, just on 60 minutes of massive dance hits, very evocative of his style for this Thursday night frolic, neatly followed by his “Funky Weekender” mix, a brilliant blend of disco tipped classics with an updated edge, along with plenty of funky fillers & samples that rank this as one of our favourites of his. However, we then come to his “Never Too Late” podcast and one inspired by the club Later, this collection of tunes bursting with energy making it truly stand-out, Oli remarking “…I that haven’t enjoyed making a podcast as much as this for ages…” and it definitely shows. That said, we cannot conclude our look at Oli without including his latest mix and one lifted directly from his set at, of course, Beyond from two weekends ago (while we were laying in hospital), a performance packed with some of our favourite tracks, along with other gems, highlights including “Enjoy The Ride”, “You Will Remember”, “Pressure”, “Cross The Line” & “Move Your Body”, along with a handful of heavenly acapella inclusions giving added dimension to this prolific production, which made it straight into our collection and should to yours to by going now to http://theoli.podomatic.com/.
To our fourth track inclusion and another one that has made it to our top ten “Summer Scorcher’s” list, the truly terrific “Lift Me Up” having the Disco Matt musical mark all over it, uplifting & euphoric vocals by Michelle Weeks combined with the funky beats of its creator Cambis making it a sure fire hit in our books. Now, while we prefer the full-on club remix by Cambis & Felix, one which is available on a number of download sites, the dub version is pretty credible too and one that gives you a fantastic feel of just have fabulous this track is, so well worth a listen at http://youtube.com/watch?v=oObmxsLJxEM, while that club version can be found on that podcast we can’t put down.
So, by now you are probably wondering exactly what this podcast that we can’t put down is. Well, we kind of take you back to where we started as just seven days ago we were given exclusive access to Steve Pitron’s “Summer 2011 Vol 2” podcast, in the expectation & excitement that it would include some of the tracks that he had been pushing our way in the weeks following the release of “Vol 1”, as well as treating us to these tracks during his sets at Beyond. And we were not to be disappointed in any way, Steve somehow outshining his previous podcasts with this 114 minute marvel which is packed full of towering tunes that have left us breathless in admiration of this colossal creation. To list every track, each one deserving attention, would fill far too much space and we can’t even lay our hat on one track as being an outstanding favourite, although at a push it probably would have be the new Pitron/DM anthem which ends this magnificent mix, so one that just scrapes our vote. However, with the four tracks we have picked out for this newsletter included on this prolific podcast, you can probably gather just what sort of an influence this mix has had on us since its release, while it seems it has also captured the imagination of thousand’s, download figures in the first day alone way in excess of 3500. So if you are not one of those, then make sure you become a “Vol 2” addict by going to http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/.
Now, we simply had end with that Pitron/DM anthem we have been talking about and whist it seems that the world & his wife have jumped on this track, some wanting to take ownership of a record that looks set to the THE “Summer Scorcher”, like “Release Me” which has DM’ name all over it, so “Stronger” does too. And, while we missed Mr Pitron playing it for the first time at Lo-Profile two weeks ago and then at Beyond the following weekend, we simply cannot miss out this one, especially as vocalist Shawnee Taylor will be performing the track at WE Heroes this Saturday (3rd July), probably leaving us in a pool of tearful emotions. So, as we recover from our accident and feel “…stronger than yesterday, stronger than what it will take & stronger than what they say…” we cannot think of a more appropriate track & way to finish this beyond inspired “Colossal Composition Catch Up” than with a link to this towering track which is out in full club version glory at http://youtube.com/watch?v=jKu1xXY9ESo.
Right, that is definitely it for this third chapter, we now looking forward to the fourth which will be a whistle stop tour of over twenty D.J.’s/producers and their latest works, thus brining you bang up to date in the most comprehensive way. So, in the meantime we hope you like our Beyond inspired choices here, leaving us to say, “…sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume & let them play, as music is the answer…”. (DISCO MATT)
We can count ourselves lucky to have been part of one of the world’s most vibrant clubbing scenes for close on 20 years now and yes, we can hear you say, “…you don’t look old enough…”, but botox & facelift jokes aside, it was 1991 when we made our first steps on a London scene which was, during that decade, dominated by the likes of Trade, Love Muscle & towards the end of the millennium, by Crash. But times they have changed, the current clubbing landscape very much headed up by Beyond, with a list longer than our arm of those clubs that have come & gone during our time treading the dancefloor boards. Yet as much as many of them had an influence on our clubbing life, Action, Factor 25 & Crash perhaps more than many, we find ourselves having to wave a final & fond farewell to another club that ranks as highly as all those mentioned, not least as it was where we (Disco Matt) were born.
We are of course taking about Industri, the club come splendid social soiree that was born just over three years ago and has seen us not only cement already solid friendships, but build new ones, not to mention mark that Disco Matt birth for which Industri will forever live in our memories. The brainchild of the threesome that was Brent Nicholls, Paul Heron & scentress Minty, during its three years of weekly socialising splendour, Industri has made an not inconsidarble impression on the social scene, having seen some pretty prolific parties, more often than not down in its original & natural home, Barcode Vauxhall. However, Soho did have its say in January when this glorious gathering celebrated its third and what now seems its final birthday, Industri having just a month before traded its south of the river home for what was then seen as new beginnings for Minty Paul & Brent. But with Barcode Soho sold to competitor company Freedom and a wrangle over the ownership of Industri as a brand bringing its three year run to an end, we find ourselves in yet another one of those periods of change as Minty’s marvel graces its exit from our clubbing calendar.
But rather than dwelling on its demise, come this Wednesday (29th June), Industri’s “Last Dance” event will be a pure & unadulterated celebration of everything that was great about this social soiree splendour. Clearly the music played an important part in proceedings across Industri’s stay in the scene spotlight, the duo of Brent Nicholls & Paul Heron occasionally joined by others for special celebration parties. Indeed on Paul’s birthday two years ago, a dozen D.J.’s played under the arches of Barcode Vauxhall, the likes of Alan X, Guy Williams, Jamie Head, Rob Sykes, Severino Oliver M & Alessandro taking turns to spin scores of sounds, while Easter Industri last year saw Paul Coals go back-to-back with Brent. And when Industri celebrated that third birthday, Brent & Paul were joined by Chris Brogan, Oliver Mohns & Alessandro Londra, a special two hour mix recorded to mark the occasion still available to download at http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/2011/01/26/podcast-industri-3rd-birthday/, while the club has been responsible for another nine compilations in our considerable collection.
But the music aside, Industri has been all about the people, so we are hoping that Wednesday will see many faces from the club’s history come to celebrate everything that was splendid about this social soiree. And whilst we cannot guarantee the go-go’s that were a feature of early Industri’s, a handful of delectable dancers supplying plentiful eye candy, even we trading moves with Dilmar on the small but perfectly formed podiums, we probably cannot promise the hoards that used to pack out both front room & back on special Easter & New Year Industri parties in Vauxhall, we also unable to report on a possible successor to this social splendour as it graces it’s farewell. However, we can confirm that Minty will be holding court with her infamous shots, the likes of Sassy Bitches & Slippery Nipples complementing the Tequila & Sambuca, while The Candyman will also be making his delivery, this Industri tradition having been a feature of both Vauxhall & Soho for a fair chunk of the clubs history. Plus, we are hoping fabulous photographer Chris Wilcox will be on hand with the many volumes of pictures he has creatively put together and we are sure a whole load of snaps will be taken by him and by tip top clubbing website SeenQueen.
So, to the detail and this “Last Dance” industry event will be taking place at Barcode Soho this coming Wednesday (29th June), with free entry doors opening at 9 p.m. and the final & fond farewell to Industri running through to a planned 1 a.m. Given that it is the very last Industri, please make sure you come early so as to get pole position for The Candyman’s delivery and those Minty shots, while we will be on review duty all night & out to mention as many as possible in this final Industri fling. So come join in the fun and say bye bye to, in the words of its promotions team, was “…the social soiree that rocked Barcode Vauxhall and seduced Barcode Soho…”, leaving us to simply say “”Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Finding ourselves at last free from the hell that was a six day stay at St Thomas’, just across the water from Big Ben & The Houses Of Parliament, we were clearly in need of much rest, relaxation & convalescing, especially given the injuries sustained both in our serious accident and those that plagued us while in hospital hell, but watching from the tramlines proved pretty tear jerking, especially missing Beyond on the Sunday morning. However, we did have a small slice of social splendour in a week that saw plenty of activity across the scene, our sit out on much of the rest also not stopping us from taking a look at the highlights of what was another busy week in London town without us.
So let’s kick off back looking back to last Thursday and the continual clash of the Soho social soiree titans, Room Service reporting yet another week packing out Diu with residents Mikey D & James Pople proving the superb soundtrack, while the focus was also thrown of the new pre-party at Circa on Fifth St, the team reporting a healthy turnout for this launch, Room D.J. Kingsley taking up the music mantle brilliantly and host Peter Breen keeping everyone happy. Naturally both Jodie Harsh & Kris Di Angelis were mixing in with scene faces aplenty & playing up forthcoming partiers, as with all eyes now towards Ibiza, Room Service launching on the white isle this coming Monday (27th June), as well as London Gay Pride just over a week away, it seems the action will be getting even hotter down at Diu with new resident Paul Heron being joined by Severino next Thursday (30th June) and both Jodie & Kris reporting back on the Ibiza launch, more info on Room Service, both in London & Ibiza available at http://clubroomservice.com.
Onto competitor Gigolo, well a little more like a bedfellow in some ways, as it certainly seems that these two Thursday night frolics seem to feed off each other, although there is no doubt that there are enough socialites to go around, promoters David & L.A. Hart reporting another reasonable turnout for their take on the Room Service recipe, drawing on the talents of super Swede, Per Q.X., who made a welcome return to Soho, having been such a tore de force in the heady days of Barcode on Saturday’s. Indeed, Per’s electro tech & funky edged soundtrack made him a hard act to follow at this latest Gigolo jaunt, Guy Williams taking up the mantle with tons on nu disco dance that had the place pumping right up to the end. With the team continuing to transform host Venue Lo-Profile to give this night an extra special feel, it seems that Gigolo’s future seems pretty secure, more info on upcoming events as well as those stunning photo shoots a click away at http://gigolodisco.com.
Moving on to Friday and while it seemed all quite on the western front in the West End, “Society” at Lo-Profile reporting a pretty quiet night, many other bars around town that would normally be packed, also suffering from the inclement weather. However, south of the river the action was hot, hot hot, as Onyx bathed in the sunshine that was their “Summer Solstice” party, international jetsetter D.J. Wayne G making a rare appearance in London and with wifey Stewart Who to boot, Wayne masterminding the music, while Stewart proved the perfect P.A., wowing the audience with new hit “Bitch” in an exclusive first for anywhere performance, along with the highly acclaimed “Back To The Future”. Plus, with new promoter Verity Mayes taking up the Onyx reigns, we are looking forward to some exciting developments and this coming Friday (1st July) will see the club going head-to-head with afterhours A:M, very much as a London gay pride opener, this hopefully marking our first steps back onto the scene.
Mind you, we did manage to make it out, very much courtesy of fab friend Steve Pitron, who coaxed us away from our four walls down to what is our local, Kazbar in Clapham. And despite criticism waged at us from a fellow friend, Steve’s gesture was not only just what the doctor ordered but allowed us to see exactly what we had been missing for such a long time, as Kazbar proved the perfect spot for a slice of splendid socialising. Mind you, this Saturday, 25th June (today in fact), the picture will be a little different, as half on London will descend onto Edgerley St for the 7th Annual Clapham Street Party, Kazbar no doubt being packed to the rafters. Further details on this suburban spot can be found at http://kazbarclapham.com.
To Saturday and while there seemed to be plenty of man action going down in Vauxhall, with the macho Megawoof & fetish frolic Hard On!, once again it was Beyond that muscled in on the action with another of their extended “Midnight” parties, although this one also signalled a marriage of minds that surprised us, Pagano deciding to dip his toe into the Orange Group ink, bringing club & record label brand Deviate into play, and despite some mixed messages flowing between Beyond & Barcode, the night proved a huge success, Beyond clearly benefitting from the Deviate influence, although with the former’s all star residents shining, not least Steve Pitron who played out the new Pitron/DM anthem “Stronger” to rapturous reception, we were kind of there in spirit, even shedding some of those trademark tears from our study desk as we simulated our spot. And it seems we will be doing it again this weekend, as Beyond continues its summer season on Gaydar Radio, the midnight to 7 a.m. show this Sunday morning including those sets from last week, by Pagano, Gonzalo Rivas & Hifi Sean, while the final hour will be devoted to a slice from Steve Pitron’s set , which is a listening must by tuning in online at http://gaydarradio.com or by adding the Gaydar Radio app to your iPhone.
But while Beyond was carrying many into Sunday, out east Gutterslut was also having its say at East Bloc, celebrating co-promoter Nic Fisher’s birthday, Per Q.X. once again making his super Swede splash on proceedings. And it seems that the penchant for this wayout & whacky wonderment sees no sign of faltering, as there was a queue round the Shoreditch block to get a piece of the outrageous action, special guest D.J. Ilona also storing the show with a spectacular set, while Jeffrey Hinton packed out the second room with bucket loads of soulful & disco house that worked like a dream. And Gutterslut fans will be getting a further fill of this fantastic frolic, as they take centre stage at the upcoming Summer Rites festival in Shoreditch Park on Sunday 10th July, more info out at http://summer-rites.com.
To Sunday and it seemed that Later was the main attraction, the weather being much kinder to promoter Jay Sharp & his team than the previous week which was pretty much a wash-out. And, it seems super Swede Per Q.X. was unstoppable, making yet another welcome return to the mainstream gay scene and to a club where he used to feature so large. Indeed, the memories of his majestic set on NYD back in 2006 still remain vividly clear in our minds and, from what we heard, he stole the show again, fellow Swede D’Johnny also shining bright, this dynamic duo back together and indeed playing an impromptu back-to-back session that had echoes of those Barcode days we mentioned earlier. And with Later looking like being one of the Gay Pride parties to be at next weekend, as they return with another of their infamous “Funfair” events, check out http://allthingsorange.com for more details.
Another Sunday highlight was “Spit Roast” a new night and one for the Shoreditch set, brought to the alternative scene by the team behind S.O.S., a gathering at Blush on Shoreditch High St that saw the like of Jim Warboy, Andy Blake, Liz Bisouk & Ilona International devour the decks with plenty of hiNRG & house classics, while upstairs Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis & Tom Davey served up stacks of superb sounds while Scottee got up to no good on the dancing pole at this knees up within the confines of East End institution The White Horse. And we like a bit of alternative action, S.O.S. back this weekend, tonight (Sat 25th June) in fact, when East Bloc hosts their “Divas To The Dancefloor” Party with a D.J. line up including, Jim Warboy Andy Blake & special guest Tasty Tim, more details on this & other happenings at the star of Shoreditch, East Bloc out at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Rolling Monday through Wednesday into one, highlights included “Citric” at Ku Bar with the delightful DouGuim on the decks, while Popcorn continued to prove that there are plenty of party heads that don’t need to care about work on a Tuesday, or if they do, they push the envelope to its full extent. With the floor having pretty much fallen out of the Tuesday social scene in Soho, G&T consigned to the sidelines, The Eagle in Vauxhall was the place to be, especially if you wanted to see some cute boys stripping down to the all together, while on Wednesday, Ku Bar once again reigned supreme with another “Shinky Shonky” shindig, although transgender bender bash “Trannyshack” built on the success of the previous week when NYC queen Lady Bunny made her mark. More info on events at both Ku-Bar & The Eagle can be found by going to http://ku-bar.co.uk & http://eaglelondon.com, while the websites for Popcorn (http://popcorn-heaven.com) & Trannyshack (http://madamejojos.com/club_nights/tranny_shack/about/) are worth a visit.
However, with our week starting on Friday at Kazbar in Clapham, it also ended in SW4, on Wednesday (22nd June) with a remembrance gathering for the already sadly missed Lucas Von Hoff, the turnout on Clapham Common better than we could have dreamed for, Lizzie France performing a moving track as we all attempted to send off green lanterns in memory of a magnificent man lost so prematurely. But with spirits raised, plenty of spirits were consumed at The Loft on Clapham High St, the specially dedicated “Hoff” cocktails going down delightfully and with scores of friends & familiar faces paying their respects, Lucas would have been proud, while we very much echo the tribute cards handed out which included these amazing words, “…you have touched so many hearts in so many ways and so may your memory & legacy live on in all of us…”, meaning that as we mend our broken bones & head back onto the dancefloor & London’s roads, we will dedicate our return to this fine young man lost and very much live the Lucas dream that was to “…work like you don’t need the money, love like you have never been hurt and dance like nobody is watching….”.
Right, before we end with our moment, our track & our tweet of the week, just time to fit in our usual reminder, that if you want us to shout out for your favourite bar, club or event that rocked & rolled in the coming week, then drop us a line at email@example.com or link into us via our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/discomattlondon and plaster our wall with your details.
So, in concluding our latest “That Was The Week That Was” review round-up and having made some gingerly steps onto the scene, albeit a reasonable sedate affair at Kazbar in Clapham last Friday, we cannot thank Steve Pitron enough for coaxing us out, as it proved just the tonic our mind body & soul had needed after the previous seven days of trauma, meaning that both our moment & or tweet of the week goes to this superb social occasion. The moment?, well it had to be when both Giovanni & Steve grabbed our cheeks (on the face silly!) and exclaimed “Matt has Buddha cheeks, grab them for luck”, the rest of the Brazilian bunch on hand, including Celso & Sophie, quickly following suit.
As for our Tweet of the week, well it simply went like this, “…discomatt has just had some nibble size snacks with Steve Pitron at Kazbar, while he nibble size tweets & begins to feel himself again…”. Now, don’t forget you can follow our “Nibble Sized Tweets”, coming live from a bar, club or event near you, by going to http://twitter.com/discomatt and, with Gay Pride coming up next weekend, we should be out in full tweet force.
But we simply had to end with our track of the week and one that rounds off a prolific podcast that has dominated our ears for the last five days, as the mighty “Stronger” by Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoenick and featuring the incredible vocals by Shawnee Taylor, has to get our vote. A track brought to our attention just a couple of weeks ago, it quickly established itself as the new Pitron/DM anthem, but one that has seen a whole load of other D.J.’s jump on following the news that Shawnie will be the P.A. at WE Heroes next Saturday (2nd July). However, with the lyrics of the track very poignant to our predicament, which finds us on the rocky road to recovery, also pretty much summing up our week of solitude, this superb song including the lines “…don’t you ever forget that you are not alone…”, “…so when you feel like you have lost your way…”, “….something will show you which path to take…”, “…because you’re stronger, stronger than yesterday…”, you can catch this tremendous & tear jerking track in full club length glory at http://youtube.com/watch?v=jKu1xXY9ESo, while make sure to head to WE Heroes next Saturday, when we will no doubt be spilling those trademark tears to this towering tune. As for the podcast, well you will have to wait for the next in our series of “Colossal Composition Catch Up” music newsletters, which we are about to put together. (DISCO MATT)
Finding ourselves on the cusp of the final weekend of the month, whilst the weather is not quite flaming as one would expect in June, it seems that the scattering of showers & unseasonal winds will be behind us as we mark the advent of alfresco antics across the capitals clubbing scene, Gay Pride next weekend followed by a succession of festivals including Summer Rites, Lovebox & SW4, although this weekend is very much the domain of Clapham as it rolls out another street party across an afternoon & evening on Saturday that should see the sun shine right through. But, that aside, there is plenty on offer to pull out the party heads this weekend, so we take a look at our choices of where to be & be seen on the scene across Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere.
So, to Soho first and we cannot find any other to fill our Best Bite slot than the dynamic duo that is Profile & Lo-Profile, this Wardour St spot still tipping the popularity scales, Profile proving a delight of a distraction from the marauding’s of Compton St & co, especially around lunch time (well 11 till 4 to be exact) when their 2 main courses for £10 offer kicks in, while the bargains continue between 4 & 7, when its happy hour (or is that three!?) with outstanding offers on spirits, wine & beer, plus not forgetting that the bar boasts a considerable cocktail menu for you to plough your way through. However, it is when the clock strikes 8 p.m. each Friday & Saturday that the Profile offer really ups the ante, as a host of resident D.J.’s take their turn spin the sounds & warm you into the weekend in the best possible way. And this week the team draw on two veteran residents to do just that, Brent Nicholls making a welcome return to Profile tonight (Fri 24th), while tomorrow (Sat 25th) it’s the turn of the cheeky Craig Daniels to turn up the volume & the terrific tunes heat. But with much more on offer, why not check out http://profilesoho.com & make sure you book a date with Profile this weekend.
Downstairs and Lo-Profile have another fun filled weekend and are still smarting from a gyrating “Gigolo” last night, this new(ish) Soho social splendour having found its feet among the competition, D.J.’ Nathan Six & Jamie Head very much flying the Lo-Profile flag not least as they are residents of both the bar upstairs & the club down. But it’s the weekend we look to and tonight’s session of “Society” which sports another two favourites of Profile that make the transition downstairs and look like packing in the party heads, Nick Evan’s uplifting & vocal beats sure to get “Society” going swimmingly, while the cute yet capable Zach Burns follows up, this young man having come of D.J.’ing age really quickly & proving himself more than equal amongst his peers. With “Society” very much being the place to be seen on the Soho scene, this should prove another successful night for the Lo-Profile team. Then on Saturday (25th ), its straight forward dynamic dancing, as D.J.’s Rob Sykes & Alessandro Londra spin the supercharged sounds, definitely making this Wardour St hangout a hot ticket, more details on the venue available at http://loprofile.com.
Now to some Short Shouts and first news that after much conjecture & delay, the team behind Freedom that bought Barcode on Archer St back in April, will be making considerable changes at the end of this month and turning the venue into a private members club. So, it seems an era in the Soho social scene is finally coming to an end, although we feel it a real shame that the departing Barcode team couldn’t see their way to throwing a farewell party, especially considering the huge amount of loyal customers that have supported it across the years. However, you can wave a fond farewell to club night Industri this coming Wednesday (29th June), more details on that coming up in our weekly round-up.
But while Barcode may be on the way out, Ku Bar is definitely still packing them in, a full weekend of party including their “D.J. Debut” night tonight (Fr1 24th), hosted by The Very Miss Dusty O, while on Sunday (25th), its Lady Lloyd’s turn to sparkle in the spotlight with her “Hit Factory” party. More details on happenings down at Lisle St can be found by going to http://ku-bar.co.uk.
Back into the centre of Soho and The Shadow Lounge find themselves a week or so away from celebrating ten years in the business and have extensive refit plans ahead of the celebrations, meaning their doors will be closed for a couple of days next week. However, its business as usual this weekend, with favourites “Therapy tonight (Fri 24th) & “Inferno” tomorrow, with more info on this sophisticated spot out at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk.
Right onward to Vauxhall and our Best Bite goes to the Orange Group again this week, not least as they are once again treating us to another freebie, this time a Saturday night shindig at Fire, very much as a warm up for their massive Gay Pride schedule of events next weekend. So this Saturday (25th June), the team throw a special Pride warm up party in association with Ku Bar, all in aid of raising funds to help keep London’s Gay Pride free. And masterminding the music at this pre-pride party will be the might of Mikey D, Paul Heron & Leandro Kloppel turning up the heat in Fire’s main room, while the lounge will be a Ku Bar affair with the delightful DouGuim & guests spinning the sounds. Now, as we said, entry is free, but you need to be in between 11 p.m. & 1 a.m. to benefit from this outstanding offer, but it is a night in benefit of Pride, so suggested donations of £1 will be welcomed and given the fact that special drinks offers including £1 shots & £2 beers will be running throughout the night, this is a event that certainly won’t burn a hole in your pockets. However, Saturday night aside, it’s another busy weekend for all things Orange, with club nights Onyx, A:M, Later, Booster &, of course, Orange rolling out their weekly sessions, while Beyond will surely prove popular again this week, after a spectacular showing last when it joined forces with Pagano’s Deviate club & record label brand. For full details of The Orange Group events & details of guest list offers, go to http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties and keep your eyes peeled for our extra special Orange Group focussed Pride preview, covering all the info you need on events stretching from Friday through Monday next weekend.
Now to some Vauxhall Short Shouts and The Eagle have another corker of a weekend, “Tonker” tonight welcoming special guest D.J. Joe Publik to the decks as Tim Jones & his team play homage to all things army with their “Uniform Night”, while they will be making the most of the warming weather with a free bbq in the giant garden space. Then tomorrow (Sat 25th), Eagle takes on a “Carpet Burn” feel with promoter Martyn Fitzgerald headlining a guest list of D.J.’s & performers, while “Horse Meat Disco” is sure to pack them in again this Sunday (26th). More info on The Eagle can be found at http://eaglelondon.com.
Now, the venerable institution that is The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (The RVT) roll out three classics this weekend, the magnificent “Marvellous” back for more tonight (Fri 24th), with D.J. duo Jonny Slut & Dawn Right Nasty serving up a mix of punk, soul, disco & rock rhythms & with Joan Dairy Queen hosting, while on Saturday (25th) Amy Lame is back with the iconic “Duckie”, no weekend being complete without a full-on onslaught of The Dame Edna Experience at “S.L.A.G.S./Chill-out” on Sunday (26th). Further details of these & happenings throughout the week can be found at http://thervt.org.uk.
So to our alternatives and as we hinted at the top of this Recommends report, the attention goes all alfresco for the next few weeks, this coming weekend no exception as The Clapham Street Party takes centre stage tomorrow (Sat 25th)and with the forecast looking quite healthy for, at least, a dry & sunny day if not quite the smeltering Sunday we are expecting, SW4 should see swarms of street party heads make their way down to Edgerley Road, where, if last year is anything to go by, they will be faced with a street bursting at the seams, everyone clamouring to get close to the stage to see a succession of cabaret artists, drag queens & singers perform from the 3 p.m. start through until a dusky 9 p.m. end. And with a line-up that includes Sandra, Rose Garden, Lola Lasagne, Lizzie Drip, Maisie Trollette & Dave Lynn, it will definitely be one for drag queen fans, but with the action actually starting a little earlier than that, as host venue Kazbar opens its doors a 1 p.m., with a list of D.J.’s as long as our arm playing plenty of pop & disco to delight, while the cocktails, Pimms & other refreshments will be flowing from both the bars inside & out. However, this community event, which has slowly grown in stature & is now in its 7th year is also very much about giving, as it supports charity causes The Albert Kennedy & The Eddie Surman Trusts, two HIV causes very close to our hearts, meaning we cannot re-enforce the minimum donation of £1, hoping you will dig even deeper into your pockets, especially given all the exceptional entertainment coming your way for free. With much more to say still, we will be bringing you an Extra Bites post a little later, while for more information you can always visit http://kazbarclapham.com.
Now to some Short Shouts and firstly we have to report that due to issues with inbound guest stars from The States, Circus, which was due to take place tonight (Fri 24th)has had to be postponed. While the team could have found stand-in replacements for Kazaky, who were to headline this hedonistic happening, both Jodie Harsh & Kris Di Angelis agreed that they would prefer to re-schedule in order to get Kazaky across, especially given this will be an extra special party at the super swish Cafe De Paris. So, keep your eyes peeled right here for news on the re-schedule, which as soon as we hear, you will too.
Next up and an alternative spot that sports two new nights in one weekend, The Dalston Superstore never failing to push the envelope of extravertism, especially with “Breed” tonight (Fr 24th) with promoter Rex The Dog introducing two new stars to the scene, Ruff US & Bambi sure to create a Superstore stir, while on Saturday (25th), “Sexy Dogs” welcome the likes of D.J.’s Hunee, Rik Moran & Ian Robinson, serving up synth pop & nu disco, the weekend rounding off with another “Tutti Frutti” Squeaky session. For more details on these Dalston devotions, go take a look at http://thedalstonsuperstore.com.
Our final Short Shout goes to East Bloc who have a real hum dinger of a happening this Saturday (25th June), as the superb S.O.S. returns to its regular monthly slot and this month runs a “Divas To The Dancefloor Party” with a D.J. line up that picks the cream of the alternative scene, Jim Warboy & Andy Blake masterminding the main room music but joined by special guest Tasty Tim, while Jack France makes his rubberised clad debut in room two. With the fabulous “Disco Fag Bar” also back tonight (Fr1 24th), East Bloc is the Shoreditch showstopper for sure and well worth a visit, as is their website http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Right that’s just about it for us for another weekend and one that will see us resting our still fragile & repairing bones, so as to make sure we are fighting fit for London’s massive Gay Pride, although we get the sneaking suspicion that Beyond may be beckoning, as long as we take it nice & easy. But we will be using our rest periods to post plenty of reports, including that Extra Bites shout for The Clapham Street Party & a full-on Orange Group inspired Pride preview, so watch out for those. As for your weekend’s, with the sun looking to shine & with plenty of prolific parties to plunder, we hope you make the most of this last one in June, so whatever you do & wherever it finds you, we hope you have a terrific time, leaving us to simply say, “Go There Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Welcome to the second chapter in this colossal composition catch-up and with the bit between our teeth, it’s all steam ahead as we delve into some of the European D.J.’s that are doing it for us and making magnificent music. But we will also be taking a trip across to the Middle East, giving some deserved attention to an impressive Israeli who recently rocked London with his brilliant beats, while we will also be sharing more of those terrific tracks that are knocking on the door of our top choices of 2011. With no less than eight D.J’s/Producers to cover, we have our work cut out, but having picked on some pretty heavy hitting stars of the international scene to share, the quality as well as the quantity should shine through, so let’s get to it.
First up is a talent who we first spotted in the early part of last year, having stumbled on his name & works while focussing on Parisian pal Leomeo, the associations with Barcelona’s Javier Medina quite strong, not least as they have collaborated on a number of studio projects including the amazing “Nirvana Dream”. Being born & based in the Catalonian capital, Javier, like many of his compatriots, finds himself in a real melting pot of D.J.’s & producers and within a scene that is recognised as one of the most vibrant in both the Spanish & European circuits. With residencies in his career including the cities Dboy & Devotion clubs, Javier’s big break came late last year when he was signed to super club brand Matinee, a move which has seen him play to audiences in The US, right across Europe & even down in Australia, while with the massive Circuit Festival just over a month away, Mr Medina will be playing an intrinsic part in proceedings and one that should thrust him into the spotlight with some of the world’s biggest promoters & music industry figurehead’s.
So, whilst the future is looking bright, this change in stature has not changed Javier in the slightest, he continuing to devote many hours of his spare time into studio projects & recordings, two recent track releases very much in the Medina tribal/tech style, one which we will come onto in a moment, but the other a re-work of Pagano’s track “Perfect World”, Javier’s touch taking the track on those pseudo tribal & trance directions that are so evocative of his style. But it is his two compilation releases that get our major attention, the latest “Neo Tribal” a full-on Medina onslaught that pure & unadulterated tribal, so one very much for the purists, while we are more inclined to his “Happy Tech House” mix that treats us to more uplifting tones & vocal injections within the tribal undertones that are trademark Javier, plus is a mix very reflective of the sets he is playing right now. So, to see what sort of sounds are rocking the Matinee dancefloors & to grab superb successive slices of the Medina magic, go now to http://soundcloud.com/javier-medina/ & take your choice. Plus watch this space for the next in our special music focus features, when Javier will be our name in the frame.
Now to that Leomeo track we promised to cover from chapter one, plus a tune that has been given the remix treatment by a number of stars including, of course, Javier Medina. “The Sound Of C”, first released in January last year, was inspired by the genre of music from Belgium called “New Beats” and one which influenced Leomeo’s style in his informative years. With remix versions released just over a month ago breeding new life into this terrific track, we predict “The Sound Of C” getting the kind of attention it deserved at the outset, Kult Records having given both Tom Stephan’s, Bruno Kaufmann’s & Javier’s versions exposure on their label, samples of which you can grab for yourselves by going to http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/leomeo-the-sound-of-c-1, for Tom’s version, while Bruno’s is out at http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/leomeo-the-sound-of-c-bruno & Javier’s “Congo Mix” version is up at http://soundcloud.com/javier-medina/leomeosoundofcremix. Plus, Leomeo has been at it himself, serving up a “French Riviera” remix which we love & is available at http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/leomeo-the-sound-of-c-french, leaving you with four versions to choose from, fabulous.
Now, onto another D.J. based in Barcelona plus one we have featured a few times in focuses & newsletters and for good reason as Steven Redant is not only an accomplished talent behind the decks, but his recent studio works have been attracting a lot of attention too. Now when we say based in Barcelona, this Belgium born beatmaster is hardly ever there these days, as it seems Steven’s demand is such that he continues to live the jet set life, gigs seeing him tour the globe, recent trips including Australia, Florida & a handful down to Brazil & Mexico. Add to that his European commitments which included a showing at the Beyond vs La Demence party here in London last month and there is absolutely no stopping the radiant Mr Redant as he continues to wow his audiences & impresses us with the versatility & vitality of his sets that make him such a dynamic draw. Plus, he is surely to prove a hot ticket on the forthcoming La Demence cruise, which, as one of the clubs main residents, Mr Redant will feature large.
But despite his hectic schedule, Steven does get time to dive into the recording studio every now & then, more to lay down podcasts from the live sets he plays right across the globe, although his latest offering being a slight departure as it marks his appearance on Gaydar Radio, the mix entitled “Los Angeles To Hawaii”, packed with towering tech & tribal tunes ala Steve style so well worth a listen/download at http://stevenredant.podomatic.com/. But he also gets his hands dirty with track remixes too, generally with recording partner Lenz Garcia, although his latest one, Rachel’s “You Don’t Know Me” also includes a collaboration with friend & fellow D.J./producer Phil Romano, this tribal triumph by the trio very evocative of the Steven sound, one we absolutely love and is available in sample form at http://soundcloud.com/stevenredant/rachel-you-dont-know-me-romano. Plus, we know Steven has been back in the studio recently, working on a new track with Lenz Garcia, so keep your eyes peeled right here for news on that.
Now before we leave Barcelona behind, we couldn’t move on without mentioning the incredible Ivan Gomez, who, of all the D.J’s/Producers we know (and we know a lot), seems to be the busiest in the recording studio, turning out track after track & mix after mix that leaves us breathless in admiration of his feverishly hard work & dedication to his art. And being one half of the mighty Guareber Recordings label, we often come across collaborations with Nacho Chapado, although Ivan also works closely with the likes of Fran Ramirez, as well as on solo projects a-plenty. Add to this a long list of gig dates both at home in Spain & across Europe and we can’t quite fathom out just how he finds the time to fit everything in, although he seems to with consummate ease & skill. Mind you, come July, Ivan will be spending lots of time over in Rome for the summer smash, Gay Village, while he will also be an intrinsic part of the bearfest gathering in August, along with continual residency appearances for club, Gorgeous I Am.
However, we simply have to share some of those masses of studio recording releases with you, stand-out tracks for us the simply spectacular “You Drive Me Crazy”, a creative combo of progressive, tech & tribal beats with vocal undertones & uplifting beats that make it hard to beat, while the so called “Guareber Anthem”, the Gomez & Chapado re-work of the Free Radicals Formation track “World”, is another exceptional example of the talents of the immense Ivan. But the list goes on, with no less than eight tracks released since we last featured Mr Gomez on one of our newsletters, along with three compilations too, his latest, a “June Promo Mix”, packed full of pumping progressive tech & tribal tunes that glued from minute one. Add to that tracks “Yejaaa” & Funkagain”, both due for release in the next few days and life in the Ivan Gomez recording world remains non-stop. So, with so many sounds to choose from, the best way to get your complete fill, is to simply go to http://soundcloud.com/ivangomezmusic & take your choice from the rich picking of prolific Gomez productions.
Right, time for a track interlude and like we did in Chapter One, we pick on a track which is very much knocking on the door of top slot in our year-end chart, this one reminding us of the sounds of the underground, at Crash no less, but having been given an up-to-date twist that, for us, makes it superbly stand-out. From the second we heard “You Will Remember”, we were hooked and then when we realised it was a Michael Gray track, we loved it even more, this “original” version at http://youtube.com/watch?v=DCIuQY28b34 giving you a flavour as to how fabulous & fulsome the track is, so making it a sure-fire contender for that top spot in our chart.
Now we trade Spain for Italy and first take a look at a terrific talent that was with us and played out to a packed main room at Muccassassina when we tripped across to Rome at the end of last month, Micky Galliano’s performance there really impressing us and clearly showing that he richly deserves his slot on the residency team. Muccassasina aside, Micky keeps his D.J. hand in back here in London, regular sessions for bear brand Tonker as well as Bear Necessity seeing him suitably exposed to the scene, while he is also part of the team of D.J.’s for Pagano’s club brand & record label, Deviate, a collaboration with awesome afterhours Beyond just last weekend scheduling Micky to play out to a packed Terrace room at Area in Vauxhall. With appearances in Barcode next door also a feature of his D.J. roster, Micky does transcend the scenes, playing on the straight circuit quite often, gigs including those at Ministry Of Sound, while, with Gay Village about to commence its summer season, Micky will be jetting back & forth to Rome, he also being involved in the big bearfest gathering in August.
Micky is also an accomplished producer, having worked with Italian Luca Ricci on various projects under the recording name of “Vibe Junction”, while he is also producing tracks for Pagano’s Deviate record label, stand-out studio works including “My Body & My Soul”, “Flipped” & “Every Gender”. These aside, Micky does also lay down the odd compilation mix here & there, his last composition created for the “Lovelife” event which took place at Cafe De Paris in April, Mr Galliano flying the flag for Muccassassina. And in this mix we have very much the sound & style that sees Micky rock the Mucca dancefloor every time he appears there, an octane fuelled progressive & tech triumph with plenty of funky & banging beats intentions that make it an absolute addition to any collection and available for download at http://mickygalliano.podomatic.com/, while we are expecting another podcast in the making to mark his appearance for club brand Lovechild next month, along with news on a new Pagano track, so keep your eyes peeled for news on those.
Sticking with the Roman, or in this case the Sicilian theme, no newsletter of ours would really be complete without more than a mention for our own Italian Stallion, one Francesco Pagano, the prolific D.J./Producer who has really gone places in recent months & years, very much stepping up to the plate & pursuing a pretty exhaustive schedule that takes him right around the globe & up there with the best in the business. Having made a considerable impact stateside last year, it seems that Francesco’s feet have touched the ground since, regular trips to the US a big feature of his life right now, although not one corner of the world untouched by his live performance musical magic. Indeed just this week he has left London for South America to take in two gigs in Sao Paulo, before jetting back to the UK for a date with Trade in Brighton this coming Friday, then hopping across the channel for an extra special Greenkomm party in Paris. And this is not unlike any week in Pagano land at the moment, the gigs following into July seeing him centre stage the massive WE Heroes on Gay Pride Saturday, before catching up with the Le Demence cruise in the med, after which he heads stateside for D.J.’ing commitments in San Diego & elsewhere.
So given all of that, he would be forgiven for being a bit of a studio slouch, but none of it, as he remains as busy recording as he is D.J.’ing, a latest remix release having the prolific & pumping Pagano stamp all over it. Eva’s “Not My Daddy”, which was released last year, has been brought bang up to date by Pagano, he injecting bucket loads of electronic & progressive beats to this rock/pop pick, the result being a remix, available at http://soundcloud.com/eva-15/not-my-daddy-pagano-remix, that looks set to hit the dancefloors of the world in the coming weeks as its exposure increases and a track that surely featured in his superb set at beyond vs Deviate last Sunday. And this release was on the back of another, the dynamic DT8 Project track, “Destination”, which like the former, is trademark Pagano, although this one with much more vocals that has seen it included in a ten track compilation “Summer Vibes Vol 1”, which is out on download music chart site Beatport (direct link https://beatport.com/en-US/html/content/release/detail/377366/Summer%20Vibes%20Vol.%201), Pagano’s track available to download as a single or part of the album. Indeed, with artists a-plenty getting in on the Pagano act & remixing classics including “Trapped”, “Kissing The Wookie” & “Perfect World”, it seems the spotlight on this superb Sicilian shows no signs of dimming, which means it won’t be long before you see him in another of our newsletters, as well as in a planned special feature coming soon.
Neatly moving on and to another Italian who has been rocking the world recently, as like Pagano, Danny Verde’s globetrotting is of epic proportions, this year alone having seen him touch virtually every corner of Europe, tour gig dates taking him as far as Mexico, Brazil and even Hawaii, while more work in The U.S. is on the cards following his successful tour there last year. However, while tracking down Mr Verde & keeping up with his schedule can prove a little tricky, we have managed to do it three times this year already, two major highlights being Delice Dream in Barcelona in April and then, of course, on his home(ish) turf of Rome for Muccassassina, the delightful 24 hours spent with Danny a real highlight of that terrific trip. Indeed it seems he was centre of attention again the following week for the massive Euro Pride event, while just last weekend he was over in Toronto for the cities infamous club, Fly, when he debuted his new studio release.
And, whilst Danny is now an accomplished international D.J., it is still his studio recordings that stand him in high regard across the industry and with many of his peers, no real surprise when you realise he was responsible for such greats as “Pushin To The Top”, “Express Yourself”, “Open Your Heart”, Let Me See Your Underwear” and the recent Blake Lewis smash, “Till We See The Sun”, a track that a whole host of D.J.’s continue to include in their playlists receiving rapturous reactions. But what of that latest piece of production?, well, still in the final stages of completion, we have been privy to a sneak preview of Danny’s remix of Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation” and have to say, it is yet another corker from the Verde stable of sounds that looks set to steal plenty of limelight this summer, the preview up at http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio/kelly-rowland-motivation-danny and the full version due out sometime early next month. With other studio projects piling up, including the completion of his own 2011 version of “Pushin To the Top”, a preview of which is available at http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio/halmadaxx-danny-verde-pushin-to-the-top-danny-verde-miami-011-remix-preview, Danny has plenty to keep him busy, not least a remix of Eva’s “Ashes”, Pagano’s “The Reflex” & Hector Fonsceca’s “I’m So Addicted”, all meaning its knuckle down time for our man from Milan, the fruits of his labour sure to sparkle like all his others..
However, one project that is complete and a track that quickly ascended to top slot in our 2011 chart was Danny’s resplendent remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Starry Eyed” and another example of Mr Verde at his creative best, this vivacious version not a patch on the original, rather ten times better in our books. And having been a regular feature of a certain D.J.’s sets at Beyond, we have spent more than one or two Sunday morning’s in floods of emotional yet joyful tears to this terrific tune, which continues to move us in every way, plus is, without question, our favourite track of Danny’s so far, even given the considerable collection of his prolific productions at our fingertips. So it is to “Starry Eyed”, which you can take a listen at http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio/ellie-goulding-starry-eyed-1 in full 8 minute glory, that we hail as a track that will go down as a true dancefloor classic & one that looks like continuing to storm D.J. sets for the summer & beyond.
So, leaving Italy behind and heading out to the Middle East, we finish in as prolific a way as possible as we focus the final spotlight on impressive Israeli Guy Scheiman, who was to subject of a full-on focus of our back in February and has been bubbling just under our musical radar ever since, not least as we spent some time with him out in Barcelona for Delice Dream in April and were hoping to be with him for Hustlaball just a couple of weekends ago when he featured large in the main room proceedings of thus porn star themed fetish frolic at Fire in Vauxhall. Indeed, while we were laid up in hospital, it seemed that Guy was very much making magical musical waves and wowing a packed out place with a whole host of heavenly house tunes, many from his own considerable collection, Mr Scheiman being a pretty accomplished producer, having remixed for the likes of Rihanna, Kylie Minogue, Alicia Keyes, Jennifer Lopez, & even Madonna, while works with compatriot, the colourful character that is Offer Nissam, a feature of Guy’s studio creations. But with so much studio credibility, Guy still finds himself within a scene a little remote from the action in Europe, although that is not to say he doesn’t get his chances here & there, building on the solid foundations of weekly residencies back home in Tel Aviv.
However we cannot escape his accomplishments in the studio which have seen him, in the last two months alone, lay down no less than twelve tracks, all showcasing his terrific talent for uplifting yet progressive & tech style productions that made him so popular at Hustlaball and indeed when he last visited London in January. Picking through the twelve, we particularly like his rework of Offer Nissam’s “Heaven In Your Eyes”, a crafty combo of two tracks on one, while the “Summer 2011 mix” of his own track “Feel The Vibe” is also a gem. Then there is Mr Scheiman’s remix of UK vocalist David Jonson’s “Get Down” which definitely has the Guy stamp on it, as does his “Tel Aviv” remix of Kristine W’s “Fade”, both terrific tracks which very much hit our mark. Then we come to the compilation that he laid down for Hustlaball itself and a collection of uplifting, euphoric yet sexy tech & progressive beats that we are sure are very much reflective of the resplendent rhapsodies we were told came out of his prolific performance two Saturday’s ago. So, it goes without saying that his compilation along with all the tracks we mentioned are musts for your collections, all of which are a mere click away at http://soundcloud.com/guyscheiman/, while we know there is more to come from this impressionable Israeli, not least as he will be part of the massive upcoming “Oman 17” FFF Group festival, the biggest gay party in Israel. Plus, being someone who we can call a true friend & a terrific talent to boot, he will be popping up in a newsletter of ours before you know it.
Right that’s it for our second chapter catch-up, this finding us half way to bringing you right up to speed with the magnificent mound of music that has been building up over the last two/three months. However, with much more to come, for our next newsletter, we hit a really exciting phase, as it we will be devoting the whole of chapter three to awesome afterhours club Beyond & its dream team residents, many of whom have been hard at work producing prolific podcasts which we are itching to share. So with lots more to come, for now we hope you like our music choices here, a coverage of no less than 31 tracks & compilations for you choose from, leaving us to say “…sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume & let them play, as music is the answer…” (DISCO MATT)
When the Soho scene jungle drums began to beat late last year, it was clear that there was a new kid on the block that was going to steal loads of the limelight, not just from competing clubs in the area, but the scene in general, Jodie Harsh’s Room Service quickly making an immense impression on a social scene that seemed desperate for something fresh & new but with an air of quality that seemed to have been lacking in London in recent times. And whilst it took us a while to actually pay a visit to Room Service, a number of false starts down to health & other issues, nothing was stopping us when we made it in March, co-promoter Kris Di Angelis aghast that we had actually fulfilled on a promise, yet that visit proving to us just how popular Room Service had become, vindicating everything that had been said in the press & around the scene, not that we disbelieved, but it was good to see exactly what all the buzz was about.
Indeed, Room Service, while being very 22nd century in its clubbing structure, has echoes of the 90’s to it, that air of exclusivity that used to come hand in hand with running a great event & club night, very much in evidence. And whist Room Service’s doors are open for everyone, you cannot escape the fact that that air of exclusivity does make it a truly splendid Soho social soiree that is hard to beat, attracting the cream of the scene set, along with sporting a resident D.J. team that puts many a club to shame, scene stars such as Steve Pitron, Mikey D, Paul Heron, Fat Tony, Ariel, Severino, & Smokin Jo complimenting the east end set headed by Kris Di Angelis & including Tom Stephan, Munroe Bergdorf & James Pople. Plus, when you can boast the likes of Debbie Harry, The Pet Shop Boys & Rosin Murphy (to mention a few) through the doors, you realise that the networking skills of Jodie Harsh have an intrinsic part to play in Room Service’s success, very much the cornerstone of why & where Room Service is today, which has also seen off-shoot “Downtown” attract similar amazing attention & following with a mere two parties under its belt.
So, the story of Room Service is very much one of success and it seems that the buzz of this brilliant bash continues, not just here in London, but over in Ibiza as this superb social soiree takes up weekly residence at the white isle equivalent of Diu, a select & sophisticated spot that, unlike its London counterpart however, boasts luxurious outside areas as well as in, an alfresco bar & restaurant where you can eat & drink under the stars before moving inside where the real party action takes place. And looking at their official website, http://auraibiza.com/, you can see that the venue is going to fit the Room Service offer like a glove, the style that has become synonymous with its set up in Soho, sure to be replicated in San Lorenc, the district of Ibiza where Aura is located, definitely a destination venue, but one well away from the more colourful elements that sometimes give the island its ropey reputation. Plus who can argue with this as an all-round exceptional evenings experience, when they say, “…eat in our magical garden restaurant or in our private dining area, drink fabulous cocktails under the stars, then come inside to party to the sounds of world class D.J.’s…”, meaning Aura has Room Service written all over it.
With the venue scene very much set, what can you expect from Room Service in Ibiza? Well, pretty much the same as in Soho we suspect, so all the style , sophistication & splendour that makes it the most talked about party in town. And launching this coming Monday (27th June), both Jodie Harsh & Kris Di Angelis will be heading out to Ibiza to host & D.J., each amazingly accomplished at both skills, the duo joining a team already established out on the white isle, they having promoted & placed the event in front of the glitterati of the Ibiza social set which should see the cream of the crop make their way for Aura for this lavish launch. Kicking off at 10 p.m. and running through until 3 a.m., expect all the style, sex & seduction that comes with the Soho soiree, plus with special guest Therese performing live throughout proceedings & with entry free all night, this will surely be the hottest ticket on the island. Having lunched with Mr Di Angelis just two days ago, we know how excited both he & Jodie are about this social splendour summer season in the sun, as Room Service Ibiza will be a weekly event taking place each Monday at Aura and, during its run, will see London residents Steve Pitron, Paul Heron, Fat Tony & James Pople flying out to Ibiza and joining local stars & special guests that should make Room Service one of the Ibiza hotspots. Plus, with the smart calling cards that have been circulating the island, as well as back here in London, there is no doubting that the efficient & influential marketing machine that is a trademark of this brilliant brand, which has placed Room Service well and will surely see it being the summer season smash it deserves to be.
Back in London and the team will be marking the launch on the white isle with a special party at tomorrow night (Thursday 23rd June) and welcoming two towering talents to the Diu decks in the form of Fat Tony & Ariel, two legends of the scene who bring a wealth of experience to this exceptional event. Add to that a gaggle of gorgeous go-go dancers supplied by sponsors Manhunt, the team on hand to pass out plenty of merchandise give-aways, while the Room Service crew will be handing out their own goodies in the form of Ibiza t-shirts & hats, although you will need to be nice to Jodie to get your hands on one. And, clearly, the focus will be on all things Ibiza, both Jodie & Kris with one foot each in their suitcases, will still be on hand to mastermind the usual madcap proceedings that make Room Service the prolific party it is, ably assisted this week by hosts & scene aces Biagio, Petter T Breen, Ryan Clifford & Andrew Bannister, while Munroe Bergdorf will also be on hand to help with the heavenly happenings, that extra dollop of lapdance filth added into the mix of deep, dirty, soulful, sexy & chunky house that those naughty boys Tony & Ariel will be dishing up. Add to that, photo snapper supreme, Dimitris Theocharis, who will be pointing his lens at anything gorge that moves, meaning you couldn’t have a better excuse to pump up those muscles & wear something hot for the shoot. Plus, make sure you give the lovely JJ a smile, this magnificent man masterminding Room Service Soho’s check-in which commences from 10 p.m. tonight (Thursday 24th June), the club running through till 3 a.m., entry being a mere £5 before 11 p.m. & £10 afterwards, with the first 20 guests to flash their “Manhunt iPhone app” to JJ getting in for free.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, you can now get your complete Soho pre-party fill at Circa on Frith St (two blocks away from Diu) with the busy as a bee Munroe Bergdorf hosting from 9 p.m. till midnight, Room Service resident Mikey D spinning the sounds, while discount entry passes to the main event are up for grabs, as are the newly created “Serviced” cocktails, yum yum. So, if you fancy a pit stop before the full check-in, then Circa is the spot to savour another slice of superb & spectacular Service, Room style.
So, it’s very much all steam ahead for a Room Service summer season that will surely see this social splendour shine in the sun, with Jodie & her team devoting as much attention to Ibiza as London & back again. And we can’t wait to get our further fill of this most stylish of sophisticates in Soho, even being sorely tempted to trip out to Ibiza too. So, make sure you turn up for check-in tonight & that your reservations at Aura are confirmed, leaving us to simply say, “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Having seemingly had our musical head in the clouds over the last few weeks, it seems to have taken the serious accident we have just suffered to plant our feet back firmly on the ground and in so doing, alerting us to the realisation that we have a colossal amount of catching up to do on the composition front, many of scenes big names having laid down new compilations & tracks that fully deserve our attention. So, we have decided that, rather than look back across April May & June, we would combine this colossal catch up into four newsletter chapters, each one capturing the works & creations of those featured D.J.’s across the last three months, but also sharing with you some of the tracks that have been doing it for us during this time. With so many artists to include, the newsletters may take on a rather eclectic feel, but what they will do is bring you bang up to date & give you an incomparable wealth of choice unseen anywhere, very much hailing the rich diversity of music currently at our fingertips.
So let’s get straight to it and to a D.J. that was subject to the second of our special music focuses and one that remains extremely busy right across the globe. Parisian pal Leomeo certainly doesn’t seem to have the word stop in his vocabulary, as he is constantly on the go, currently over in Australia & Asia on tour. Plus since we last featured him in our newsletter in March, this delectable D.J. has been no slouch in the studio, very much matching his globetrotting, which has included trips to Miami, to Moscow and plenty in between. And in typical Leomeo style, virtually every time he takes in a trip, he comes away with a compilation to mark the occasion, four noteworthy compositions being his “Miami Beach Party Mix”, his “La Leche” comp, taken from Matinee’s infamous party in Paris, his “Alimani Mix” from Moscow & the hot of the press “Extra Dirty Mix” from Sydney, all crammed with a-typical Leo tribal, tech & uplifting house that is symptomatic of his superb style, all worth grabbing by going to http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo.
However what has really grabbed our attention is his “Music For Dreams” compilation, very much a departure from the Leomeo norm and sending you on a dreamy journey filled with lounge music and electronic beats that is an absolute marvel and rivals any chill-out, lounge music album we have in our considerable collection. And as we find ourselves on our own road to repair, the soothing tones & wholesome feel of the mix has very much hit the spot, showing a side to Leomeo’s creativity that has left us truly inspired by our Parisian pal. So, if you fancy delving into the dreamy journey that this French fancy has fulfilled, then you can do no wrong by grabbing your copy of this magnificent mix at http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/music-for-dreams-by-dj-leomeo, while the Leo story doesn’t end there, as he will be popping up in a chapter two, when we take a look at his track “The Sound Of C”.
Now stepping back across to blighty but retain an anglo French feel is Chris Brogan, a D.J. talent who first came to our attention last year and has since been bubbling around our radar, having made the odd appearance here & there. Chris was part of the team of D.J.s that celebrated Industri turning three in January, has played out at the mighty Ministry Of Sound and has also featured in gigs for fetish brand Recon as well as bear bloke night Tonker, the latter proving highly successful for Chris with a return imminent. But away from the decks and it seems Mr Brogan very much comes into his own, his music mixes never failing to hit the mark, especially when the odd gem of a track pops up to blow our minds. And in his short series of “Baby Cakes” compilations released over the last few weeks, that’s exactly what he has done, a whole collection of toe tapping & hip swaying superb sounds very much doing it for us, but two real gems in the mix being the disco drenched “To Be Real”, this incredible original updated brilliantly by the Disco Darlings, which can be found on “Baby Cakes”, while Bob Sinclair’s “Fuck The Disco” is right up there in our top twenty tunes of 2011 and finds its rightful places on “Baby Cakes 2” among plenty of other terrific tracks. Suffice to say, we reckon both mixes are worthy additions to your collection, which you can download by going to http://djchrisbrogan.podomatic.com/.
Onto our next entrant and a guy that impressed us from the minute we met him a good four years ago now, Venezuelan born boy Eduardo De La Torre having spent a short time based in London, where he managed to get noticed by Spanish clubbing brand Matinee. However, choosing to base himself in Berlin proved to be one of the best decisions in his D.J./Producing career, the city a perfect springboard across Europe and one that spurned a studio partnership (known as “no scene”) that has seen the duo’s production hit the Eurovison Song contest high notes, an accolade indeed. And with a list of track compositions that stretches into double figures, it’s their club remix of Part Of The Art’s “You Have It All” that tips our scales & is very much evocative of the sounds coming out of the German clubbing scene right now, so one well worth a listen at http://soundcloud.com/eduy2k/part-of-the-art-you-have-it, the track due for full release in the next week or so.
As for Edu & his D.J.’ing, a residency at Berlin’s Connection club keeps him busy enough, on top of the gigs across Europe, one which saw him return to London recently for the massive club combo As One, this on top of trips to Cologne, down into Switzerland as well as across to Amsterdam, Mr De La Torre wowing the crowds at the cities club FUXXX in May with his trademark progressive come tech tunes & uplifting electro beats that never fail to score sensationally. And in reflection of his rapturous reception in Amsterdam, Edu marked the occasion with a podcast that is pumping & pulsating with progressive, funky & euphoric beats that, were we able, would have us spinning around our study to the whole 63 minutes of marvellous music in the mix. Now, this is one compilation you will definitely want in your collection, so go grab it now at http://djdelatorre.podomatic.com/ and find your own spot to spin to successive slices of Edu excellence.
Now, time for a track interlude and one that looks like it will be fighting for top spot in our year end chart, the truly awesome “Stupiddisco” getting a 2011 re-work by King Richard & Danny Torrence. Featuring large on two compilations that have already ascended to the top of our pile, the track has also been played out on plenty of dancefloors across the capital in recent week & looks set to be one of those 2011 anthems that will go on & on. So, go take a listen to this towering track at http://youtube.com/watch?v=xkSvhX4TFW0 and lap up the full seven minutes of magic that make “Stupiddisco 2011” a top prize contender.
Right, onwards to more compilations and to a D.J. that never fails to make an entry to our music newsletters and one who has, since our last report, laid down no less than five compilations, on top of continuing residencies across the capital that includes Hard On!, Lovechild, As One, Industri, Gigolo, Lo-Profile, Rupert St & Barcode Soho. We are of course talking about Brent Nicholls, this articulate Antipodean having been treading the capitals clubbing boards for many a year now and, as a result, has a wealth of experience under his belt. Ever the evolutionist, Brent was very much behind the launch of Lo-Profile’s new smash “Society”, which has seen numbers swell substantially, the Friday nighter growing in stature & popularity by the week, although not quite the same could be said about another brand launch “G&T”, a joint venture with scene queen Minty & ex Salon promoter Aubrey Dobson, that failed to ignite the Tuesday following they had hoped. But with his hands pretty full with other projects, not least maintaining tip top clubbing site SeenQueen, Mr Nicholls has plenty to keep him busy, although never too busy to create compilations that burst with a-typical Brent nu-funk, disco & uplifting beats that rank him very high in our list of favourites (yes we do have them!).
So, looking at the five mixes we have been treated to over the last three months, all were added to our collection straight away, the first being his Hard On! mix which spurned a track that made it onto our very own “Spring Bloomers” podcast (more on that in a moment), while his “Society” mix never fails to have us smiling from the off with an opening shocker of a track that simply has to be heard to be believed. Then we come to his “Groove” double volume release, each one packed full of tracks that definitely have plenty of groove in them, whether they aim for “The Heart” or “The Arse”, probably the latter standing out a bit more for us, especially after about 40 minutes in, while in his latest mix, taken from his live set at Gigolo just three weeks ago, we probably have our favourite of his for the year so far, a delightful blend of old & new that had us hooked from the start & rueing the fact that we didn’t make it to Gigolo that night. So, being pretty much spoilt for choice, why not check them all out by going to http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/ and streaming/downloading to your pleasure.
Now, we mentioned that “Spring Bloomers” podcast and one that was very much masterminded by Mr Nicholls, who creatively crafted ten tracks from our already considerable list of top 2011 tunes back in April. And there are some pretty hefty hitters on this 52 minute mix, not least the superb “People Are People” by Housequake, a take on the Depeche Mode classic, while the tough edged version of “Music In My Soul” is stand-out, as is Stefano Noferini’s “Bad Davis”, just one of a stable full of Stefano sounds that are doing it for us right now. So, taking a moment of self indulgence (why not), we cannot recommend this mix enough and one which has already seen impressive download figures, a compilation for the collection by going to http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/2011/04/10/podcast-disco-matts-spring-bloomers/.
Onwards and to a young talent that impressed us from the minute we spotted him in action for Room Service a few months ago and a name that continues to pop up on the schedules for both Profile & Lo-Profile as well as Heaven’s “Popcorn & The Hoxton Pony. Zach Burns is one of only a few from a raft of new breed D.J.’s that is not just rubbing shoulders with the D.J. scene establishment, but impressing his peers with a depth of talent that has made him stand out in the tall poppy field of protagonists playing across London’s clubbing circuit. Indeed having pretty much stole Gigolo launch party show just five weeks ago, it was no surprise that promoters David & L.A. Hart welcomed him back with open arms, Mr Burns once again proving himself as a resident worthy of his position with the likes of Guy Williams, Per Q.X., Jamie Head & Nathan Six. Indeed, Zach continues to pull a crowd at Profile too, we suspect his cute looks helping, but his capabilities behind the decks definitively delivering to superb satisfaction whenever he plays.
But you shouldn’t take our word for it, rather pay a visit to his podcast site, one which is brimming with creative compositions, Zach certainly no slouch in the studio, having laid down no less than four mixes since we last featured him in one of our newsletters, each one bursting with Burns style beats that have disco, funky, vocal & uplifting house as his signature sound, making the choice of which mix to pick a really difficult one, as each of the four are deserved additions to your collection. However if we were to lay our hat on one, it would be his Gigolo mix and one that brings back those magical memories of his superb set at that launch party, the heady mix of classic Hed Kandi style tracks intermixed with some real scorchers, “Stupiddisco 2011” in there with loads of outstanding others that will probably see this mix make it into our top ten of the year for sure.. However, with his April, May & June sessions every bit as good in their own impressive way, you could do far worse than grabbing the lot while you can, by going to http://djburns.podomatic.com/ and soaking up some of the brilliant Burns beats.
To another new-ish kid on the D.J. clubbing scene block, we say new, but Jamie Hammond very much established himself as a force to be reckoned with last year, quickly picking up residencies at clubs including Onyx & Popcorn, as well as being spotted by Italian giant Muccassassina, this on top of a series of regular gigs on the straight clubbing scene that keep Jamie’s hand in. Very much one of those new breeds that can stand shoulder to shoulder with a whole load of peers that have been pushing the envelope for many more years, Mr Hammond’s heavenly style of progressive, tech toned, uplifting vocal & funky intentions with his music choices underpin a talent that, in our view, see’s him way underexposed on London’s gay scene, his sets surely to go down a storm anywhere, as they have in recent appearances for Spanish brand SuperMartXe. So, whilst Jamie may be continuing to fly under the radar of some of the more influential promoters in the capital, gigs for Ministry of Sound & Pacha are testament to his talents and we predict this man to really go places in the next few months.
As for his compilations, Jamie has produced three since we last took a look at him back in March, each very much purveying the progressive intentions of his music mixing, his “Spring Break” compilation very much showing the straighter side of his sound style, perhaps a reflection of the gigs he was holding down at the time. However, in “Summer Sessions Part One”, we have a mix that dips in & out of lots of house genres, from funky, to disco, to progressive & to uplifting, the combination of old & new very much a trend that Jamie had latched onto of late and one that is characteristic of the music clubbing scene right now. And he couldn’t have picked a better track to kick off this compelling compilation than a rapturous re-work of the huge “Sunday’s At Heaven”, that very much melted us to this
105 minute mix from the minute we heard it. So, with “Summer Sessions Part Two” due out soon, why not grab the first one now by going to http://d-jamie.podomatic.com/.
Right, before we hit the home straight for this first chapter in our colossal catch-up, time for another track which is very much knocking on the number one slot door in our 2011 chart. This is a track that very much sets it stool on a classic tune remixed, the Sebastian Krieg & Strobe club mix of “Twist In My Sobriety” having all the delightful depth of original by Tanita Tikaram, yet with the brilliant blend of electro beats & uplifting tones that makes it a real dancefloor delight and one that has worked like a dream for plenty of D.J.’s. Plus with a summer 2011 version due for release shortly, we are sure this track will be featuring large for a few months to come, the full length strobe club mix well worth a listen via http://youtube.com/watch?v=TIuS-9jrWkI.
On the homeward stretch for this newsletter, it’s now the turn of Nick Tcherniak to step into the musical spotlight and a deserved inclusion at that, as he is one of a rare breed of D.J.’s that not only manages to make us laugh & giggle on the dancefloor, but never fails to hit the mark with his musical mastery, his full-on tech style of sound suiting the gigs that he holds down on the scene on a regular basis. Having worked for brands that include Trade, Matinee, SuperMartXe, & DTPM, Nick is no stranger to the big clubbing stage but never shies away from the smaller style gig, such is his love for his art. And that art also extends into the recording studio, recent accomplishments with recording partner Steve Thomas including the magnificent “My People”, along with the delectable “Deep Water”, although being no slouch, can boost, just last week, two back-to-back releases that are also pure gems, “My Desire” another collaboration with Mr Thomas & featured the amazing vocals of Abigail Bailey, but for us, the outstanding of the two, Nick’s 2011 remix of one of our all-time favourite tracks, “Trapped” with the mighty Peyton on vocals. Mind you the former is not shoddy, far from it, in fact the more we listen the more we like, both surely to see huge exposure in the coming weeks, although available now , “My Desire” as a single release on download site Beatport at
https://beatport.com/en-US/html/content/release/detail/378645/my-desire, while “Trapped is part of a 33 track album “Summer Hits” in Kult Records released via https://beatport.com/en-US/html/content/release/detail/383210/Summer%20Hits%202011.
But Nick’s productions don’t stop there as he is a consistent deliverer of top notch podcasts, some representing performances at clubs he plays, his recording from his set at SuperMartXe in March a really good example. while he also pops in the odd more conventional studio created compilation. Indeed, his latest offering “My Desire” leans away from the tech style we are used to seeing live, towards the tribal & trance style of his sound, for this first part at least, the title track midway through then taking you on a more tech fuelled direction, making this a very engaging 78 minute mix that showcases a broad spectrum of styles. However, it is his “Disco Tech” release from April that really hits the mark for us, a glorious gathering of tunes that is pure Tcherniak in the making, one that stands him out from the run of the mill crowd, making it to our collection the moment we heard it and a creation that will grow on you the more you listen to it. So, to grab your fill of Nick Tcherniak in the mix, go now to http://nicktcherniak.podomatic.com/ and follow our lead or take your pick.
So to our final choice for this colossal catch-up chapter and what a way to end with a towering talent that we have admired since that heady days of Crash well over ten years ago, but one who has recently come to the fore for brands such as “Meat”, “Downtown” & “Room Service”, once again opening our eyes to the excellence of Tom Stephan. Indeed, we couldn’t have been more impressed with his performance when we visited “Meat” last month, the first half of his split set very evocative of the underground style we used to enjoy at Crash, yet the second half with all its up to date additions still showing that Tom has not lost his touch in sparkling in the spotlight & turning up the heavenly house music heat. But whilst Shoreditch is his hangout home, Tom’s services remain in demand right across the globe, his pseudonym “Superchumbo” still carrying considerable weight and seeing him currently in the middle of a mini tour of the US, having played to a packed out D36 in New York just last weekend & with gigs in The Hamptons & Chicago still to come, before we see him back in London for the superb Summer Rites Remixed mini music festival in July.
However, it is the studio where Tom remains at his most accomplished, a never ending string of creations coming out wither under the “Superchumbo” label or in close association with recording partner Kris Di Angelis, it being difficult to know exactly where to start as so many of his tracks hit our musical sweet spots for one reason or another. However, when we first heard “Run The World” at Room Service a few weeks ago, we didn’t realise it was a Tom compilation until the man himself popped up to let us know, since when we have heard it hit even the Beyond dancefloor, so can see the track really going places in the next few weeks. That said, we also adore Tom’s work on track “Turn Me On”, one which will be familiar to you as soon as you hear it, while “Jerk It” is right up there too. Then there are his “Radio Chumbo” compilation mixes, No. 30 the latest & a great barometer for those of you who have not had the good fortune of seeing Tom play live, all his creations a mere click away at http://soundcloud.com/tomstephan/ and each one mentioned, contenders for your collection.
Right that it for the first of four catch up newsletters, and with a massive 32 compilations & tracks featured right here, there should be plenty for you to get your musical teeth into. However, with so much more to come, for the next chapter we hop across into Europe, looking at artists that include Steven Redant, Ivan Gomez, Mike Kelly & Danny Verde, while moving further a-field, giving Israeli Guy Scheiman a special slot. Then for our third chapter, it’s very much about Beyond, we picking up on virtually all the superstar residents & their latest works, while we will round up in pure eclectic style with our final catch up chapter. So plenty more music to come, although in the meantime we hope you like our choices here, leaving us to simply say, “….sit back & select those sounds, then turn up the volume & let them play, as music is the answer…” (DISCO MATT)
Well what a week we have had, as you may have gathered from associated posts, that we involved in a serious road accident, which was followed by considerable complications while under the care of St Thomas’ hospital, leaving us very much missing in action for the whole of the week. However, with our contacts rushing to our aid to report on the highlights of happenings across the scene, plus with plenty of news to share, having now returned to the safety & security of our home from that hell hole of a hospital, we thought we would take a look back over the week that we missed, but this time just concentrating on some of the real highlights, as well as bringing you news of forthcoming events and dates to add to your own dance & social diary.
So, let’s crack on a take a look at Thursday (9th June) first, Room Service once again seemingly ruling the roost as they played host to Hustlaball for the first of their pre-parties in advance of the main event on Saturday (11th June) at Fire. And it seemed that everyone was out in force to grab their own piece of porn playfulness, while playing to sexy sounds were new Room Service resident, international playboy D.J. Paul Heron, alongside the fabulous Jim Warboy, the star of Shoreditch, touting his tunes for the first time in the west end & lapping it up. With the likes of Austin Wilde & Ricky Sinz providing the porn candy and Jodie Harsh’s incredible ability to pull in scene faces from far & wide and this was Soho social soiree splendour at its best, to add to the new Room Service pre-party shenanigans at Circa where D.J.s Mikey D & James Pople entertained a considerate crowd. To keep abreast of the happenings down at Diu, why not take a peek at http://clubroomservice.com & keep your eyes peeled for news of a special Gay Pride party next week (Thurs 30th June).
That said David & L.A. Hart’s venture, Gigolo, was also having its say across at Lo-Profile, the cute yet capable Zach Burns once again stealing the show with a superb set, while a little bit of east end energy was provided by Spaniard Borja Pena, who, judging by the crowd’s reaction, will be back to Gigolo for more for sure. Into its fifth week and it seems this Thursday night affair has now firmly established itself on the clubbing calendar and this week (Thurs 25th June) Gigolo brings out some big guns in the form of Nathan Six & Jamie Head, both Lo-Profile favourites to sure to pull in the punters. Check out http://gigolodisco.com for more info.
Fast forwarding to Friday (10th June) and it seemed that Hustlaball were once again getting in on the act, this time across the other side of Soho at Lo-Profile, promoter Alex Erfan & his team taking over social splendour “Society” and injecting bucket loads of hunk, & funk to proceedings, with more of the pumped up porn stars on show and the superb duo of Steve Pitron & Jamie Head on the decks. Indeed, we could feel the emotion & energy right from our hospital bed as Brazilian Bel was tweeting while Steve played our new anthem “Stronger” to a packed out place, Jamie also having his say in keeping “Society” swinging right through till the 4 a.m. finish. To keep up to date with news on Lo-Profile, not just for “Society” but for their whole weekend of wonderment, check out http://loprofile.com.
Other movers & shakers on Friday (10th June) included Ku Bar on Lisle St who held the first of their D.J. Guest slot competition’s, this being the format that found the delectable DouGuim, while down in south London, The Brixton Clubhouse held their first full Friday nighter “Cafe Del Sol” , reporting reasonable numbers through the door, Tonker over in Vauxhall going all “Escort & Porn Star” on us, flying the Hustlaball flag and loving it. Websites to watch for more action in the coming weeks are http://ku-bar.co.uk, http://thebrixtonclubhouse.com & http://tonker.co.uk.
Onto Saturday and it came as no surprise to see Hustlaball once again stand in the scene spotlight, taking over the whole (and we mean whole) of Fire in Vauxhall, the stage shows being played out in the mirrorarch room, while the likes of Pagano, Guy Scheiman & Chris Bekker entertained the troops in the main room. With both Bear Necessity & Hard On! able to spread into their own spaces & Jodie Harsh looking after the Hustlaball top brass in the VIP lounge, no less than six rooms were well & truly packed all night, the brand having seemingly once again found its feet in London after a chequered couple of years across at The Renaissance Rooms. With pumping porn star action, plenty of play area’s & testosterone in plentiful supply, both head honcho Jeffrey Davids & London promoter Alex Erfan couldn’t have been more pleased with the result, so are already looking forward to Hustlaball London 2012. Check out http://hustlaball.com for upcoming events & news.
Elsewhere and Shoreditch saw the return of the magnificent “Meat” at East Bloc, the creation of D.J./Producer duo Tom Stephan & Kris Di Angelis, the boys from Q.X. magazine getting in on the act in room two, while Tom, Kris & James Pople rocked the main room with lector underground house that saw a packed out place dancing till dawn. East Bloc has really established itself as THE alternative hangout in town & with Gutterslut having literally closed its doors on a special birthday bash, check out other happenings at this Shoreditch spot by going to http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Onto Sunday and Beyond didn’t quite seen to sparkle with the Hustlball after effects, the team reporting on a mediocre party that lacked a bit of zing, although they should have been pretty pleased with their first “Beyond On The Radio” show, which went out live on Gaydar Radio from midnight (Sat) until 7 a.m., we tuning into the whole show from our hospital bedside. With sets lifted from the previous week’s party, we enjoyed the likes of Paul Christian, The Sharp Boys, Mikey D &, of course, Steve Pitron, very much transporting us onto the dancefloor and making up for what we had missed. Acting as a brilliant way to warm up for your weekly Beyond fix, why not tune in next weekend by going online at http://gaydarradio.com or by tuning in on your digital radio to DAB frequency 11B.
Other Sunday movers & shakers included “The Jonny Woo Show” over in Shoreditch, “Upstairs” at The Cambria down in Kennington and “S.L.A.G.S./Chill-out” across in Vauxhall, the common theme being cabaret with many trading outdoors for in as the weather was more like autumn than summer and washed out any trace of alfresco activity. With cabaret on a Sunday reporting a resurgence, both The Cambria & The RVT are two great places to pick, detail son both available at http://thecambrialondon.com & http://thervt.org.uk
Rolling the next three days into one and Monday (13th June) saw the two usual suspects draw the biggest response from revellers, Heaven’s “Popcorn” packing the place with club kids that clearly didn’t need to work the following day, with “Citric” at Ku-Bar proved the perfect Popcorn prequel, the delectable DouGuim back behind the decks & delighting as always. Then on Tuesday (14th June) it was a choice of strip down at Ashley Ryder’s “Strip Academy” at The Eagle in Vauxhall, or lap up some tasty boy candy at Candy Bar in Soho, while on Wednesday (15th June), Ku-Bar rolled out another “Shinky Shonky” shindig for the alternative party heads, “Trannyshack” accommodating the gender benders across at Soho Revue Bar, “Industri” at Barcode Soho continuing amidst all the changes due at this Archer St attraction. More info on events at both Ku-Bar & The Eagle can be found by going to http://ku-bar.co.uk & http://eaglelondon.com.
Right, onto some news and as we reported in our Best Bites & Short Shouts report just this weekend, Onyx has a new promoter in the form of Verity Mayes, who brings a wealth of talent & experience with her, having worked in Brighton for a number of years under the helm of the city’s big clubbing brand Wild Fruit. Joining The Orange Group a few weeks ago, Verity has quickly established herself within the tight knit team, although in taking over promoting Onyx, we are hoping this backroom girl will become much more of a frontline figure in the coming weeks. With plans to leave the Onyx winning formula intact, but to add her own identity to the brand, watch this space for some exciting developments to come.
Now to a new(ish) night, also in Vauxhall, although one that pitches itself against the might of both Room Service & Gigolo as it takes place on a Thursday. But that is where the comparison between “Deuces” & its competitor’s ends, as this night is not so much the social soiree sophistication of the other two, but pure & unadulterated music of the house and R&B variety. Now “Deuces” as a brand is established and can already boast a following from many strands of society, from gays, lesbians, straights, students, professionals, black & white, promoter Kartel Brown explaining that “…the concept was always to mix tow different musical scenes together to make one new scene, attracting a very diverse crowd in the process…”. Taking place at Area in Vauxhall each Thursday “Deuces” will be fusing these two musical elements, Kartel will be ably assisted by resident D.J.’s that include Steve Geller (an interesting inclusion given the history with Area), Marlon Goodas, DMS & NG, while the handpicked “Deuces” dancers will be on hand delight. Having launched last Thursday (16th June), watch this space for more news on this latest mover & shaker.
Finally to a date for your diary and one well into July but worth noting now, as the sensational of the early noughties returns with a new look & a new identity. “Summer Rites Remixed” will be an outdoor extravaganza not to be missed, although moves from its historical home of Brockwell Park in Brixton, to Shoreditch Park in (yes!) Shoreditch, this “…boutique gay music festival…” making a resplendent return on Sunday 10th July. With brands already signed & sealed including the mighty Salvation, XXL, Popstarz & Gutterslut, local businesses pledging their support and this park party pulling together some of London’s best D.J. talents, along with P.A.’s & plenty more, to re-create the magic of those park Pride parties that we have loved & missed. Now, we are reliably informed that tickets are already selling fast, limited advance £15 ones still available at Prowler in Soho & Expectations on Old St, as well as online at http://summer-rites.com.
So to our moment, our track & our tweet of the week, both the moment & the tweet falling by the wayside this time round as we were very much missing in action, meaning it’s just our tack of the week that takes the limelight, although it is a corker and one that filled our ears for much of our stay in hospital hell. “Starry Eyed” has been tipping our scales on the Beyond dancefloor for a far few weeks now and further came to our attention following its inclusion on Steve Pitron’s “Summer 2011 Vol 1” release, but we only last week realised (to our embarrassment) that it was the brilliant remix work of one Danny Verde, so we leave you with the link to this terrific track, http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio/ellie-goulding-starry-eyed-1, which has soared into our top 10 of the year & will hopefully tip your musical scales too.
Right, that it for another “That Was The Week That Was” report but just before we go, don’t forget, if you want us to shout out for your favourite bar, club or event that rocked & rolled, then drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or link into us via our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/discomattlondon and watch this space for our next report covering Thursday 16th to Wednesday 22nd June coming up later this week. (DISCO MATT)
Having been literally knocked for six just over a week ago, we find ourselves still very much in the recovery position this weekend, but more importantly, getting back up to speed with the seemingly never-ending offers coming out of our most favourite of clubbing brands, which seems to be forging new clubbing relationships right left & centre. Indeed, having just recently joined forces with Belgium brilliance La Demence, as well as cementing a solid working relationship with its closest neighbour in Vauxhall, Barcode, Beyond is certainly pushing the envelope both at home & abroad. With their world tour already well under way, having just three weeks ago, reported on a prolific party in Paris, there is much more to come, not least the La Demence cruise & the Xlsoir Festival, both framing a summer season bursting with brand alliances & pulsating parties.
Back home in London and it seems that life in the Beyond bottle is is full of bountiful bubbles and shows no sign of going flat at all, as not only do the team have some exciting events up their sleeves in the coming weeks, but just last weekend, Beyond went live on the airwaves, it being a pleasure to behold, we tuning in from our hospital bedside to hear the whole “Beyond On The Radio” show last Sunday morning, this allegiance with Gaydar Radio another example of this brands desire to reach out to an ever increasing audience. But, we were to be even more amazed by this awesome afterhours, when news hit our desks of another allegiance, this time with clubbing brand & record label Deviate, the force behind one Francesco Pagano, our very own Italian Stallion, who, having used the Deviate name on his recordings for some time, also launched a Saturday night clubbing affair of the same name at Beyond’s neighbour Barcode, just a few months ago, following which it has steadily grown into an outing with a cult following, engendering a sense of fun & frivolity that is sometimes a little lacking in the ferociously competitive scene that we find ourselves within.
Now whilst Deviate as a brand continues to stand on its own two feet, the marriage of minds for this “one –off” spectacular will see a heavenly head-to-head extended event play out at Area tomorrow (Sunday 18th June), with Beyond rolling out one of their infamous “Midnight” format’s, so running the club for a full twelve hours and serving up the best of what Beyond has to offer, while Pagano and his merry Italiano mafia of men, fly the Deviate flag and inject their own flavour of music into the mix. And having been privy to the full D.J. line up, you are all certainly in for a treat, as the blending of the two brands brings some of best talents in town to tickle your musical taste buds from start to finish. With a list that includes, naturally, Pagano, who brings his Deviate boys Micky Galliano & Marco Gee with him, you can also expect to see the cream of the Beyond crop of residents, headed up by superstar Steve Pitron, along with Jamie Head, Gonzalo Rivas, The Sharp Boys, Paul Christian, Hifi Sean, D’Johnny, The Oli, & Fat Tony, making this one of the strongest line-ups you will see anywhere.
So, delving a little into the musical detail, after all that’s what this prolific party is all about, proceedings will be kicking off in the newly named Beyond “Classic Terrace” with a pseudo Deviate feel as both Marco Gee & Micky Galliano will be rubbing shoulders with their Beyond counterparts The Oli, Jamie Head & Fat Tony, we expecting the whole spectrum of sounds, from uplifting vocal, through energising euro to more chunky tech & back again, each D.J. bringing their own blend of beats to create a rich& diverse offer that is sure to see the room buzzing right throughout the whole twelve hours of this exceptional event. Then there is the “Future House Chapel”, which will be a bit of a Beyond enclave and one for the die-hard devotees to the edgier more tech infused deep house that this room have become renowned for. And who better to deliver all this than the threesome of Hifi Sean, Paul Christian & D’Johnny, all exceptional exponents of this art and sure to pull in the faithful from afar. Then we come to the main room and where much of the audacious action will take place, Pagano bending the Beyond rules with his Deviate influence, we sure to be treated with a truck load of Francesco classics, intermixed with plenty of new material to keep the place pumping, as will other cast members flying the Beyond flag, Gonzalo Rivas & The Sharp Boys. And all that after the might of Steve Pitron, with whom we held court just last night, when he sneaked a preview of some of the towering tracks he plans to play & that look set to storm the show, not least (if we make it) destroying us on the dancefloor in a pool of emotional tears (you know the score by now!).
With the music deal on this Deviate delight signed & sealed, what about the all important detail of this latest instalment in the Beyond “Midnight” sequence of events? Well it is very much a Beyond vs Deviate show , which runs for a full-on twelve hours, kicking off at Area in Vauxhall from (you guessed it ) midnight, running through to a planned 12 midday on Sunday. Advance tickets are still on sale, which you can grab online by going to direct link
http://area.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-06/18/beyond, or by popping into Soho outlets, Prowler, Clone Zone & 50, or to bars Profile & The Yard, all priced at a very reasonable £10, although you can pay on the door but expect to pay a fair wodge more (like £20). Naturally Tom Fuller & his merry men will be on hand to ensure to smoothest & safest entry to any club in London, the lovely Juliana will be looking after the guestlist and new hosts Naomi & Altina Ha will be doing what they do best inside to make sure your stay is superb. Add to that, lighting queen of the scene Smalls, masterminding the exceptional effects along with promoter Jonny Marsh, who will be on duty throughout the whole affair and this is a Beyond package that is as complete as any.
So, it now time to break out from the norm and make a date with Deviate as it teams up with our favourite club Beyond to create a party extra-ordinaire. Given our recent accident, we will certainly not be spinning on our spot, but may be making a nibble size appearance in the safe hands of Steve Pitron, so if we do actually make it & you see us out, come say hi, but this is one Beyond you won’t want to miss, meaning it’s time to “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)