Archive for October 2011
If we thought that June was a pretty rocky ride, having landed ourselves in hospital & so out of action for a handful of weeks, even the personal trauma we went through then, kind of pails into insignificance compared with the sequence of setbacks that has besieged our September & October activity across the capitals clubbing scene, as well as the productivity coming out of our website. So, with not one or two, but three serious accidents laying us low, we can’t wait to turn over a new month’s leaf and shake off the effects of our broken bones, torn ligaments & superficial scars, by stepping back out onto the scene & ramping up our reviewing, recommending, reporting & all other aspects of our website writing.
However, before we do that, we thought we would lay our “Indian Summer Setbacks” to rest, by re-capping on what we managed to fit in during September & October, sharing parties we made & missed, as well as picking on the highlights (or otherwise) of our Reviews, Previews, Recommends, Reports, Music & other posts. Then, more importantly, we will be pointing forward to more positive November & December to come, digging up some delectable dates for your dance diary, as well as our own planned partying which should carry us intact into the coming Christmas season.
REVIEWS – With a pretty poor picture of productivity during October, it was September that saw the lions share of club reviews, SuperMartXe’s “Blackout” event getting our Bite Size attention, while full-on devotions to Casa Latina’s “Sugar Daddy” & Beyond’s “10th Birthday” marked our most active weekend of the period. But, having missed out on Trade’s 21st birthday, three forthcoming anniversary’s will definitely be dance diary hits in Nov & Dec, Salvation, WE & SuperMartXe the trio of turns among a sea of other activity kicking off from this weekend (5th Nov).
PREVIEWS – Having been pretty lack-lustre throughout much of the year, we stepped up our activity a little, looking at SuperMartXe’s return to the scene, Beyond’s 10th birthday & Trade’s 21st, the theme looking to continue in this vein into November & December with those three anniversaries, as well as one for the forthcoming Christmas season.
RECOMMENDS – Like a spluttering engine, our weekend newsletters were too infrequent, while more attention was paid to our Focus posts, this section of or website still the most productive of any. So, with the determination to return to producing weekly recommends newsletters on top of those focuses, as well as Extra Bites inclusions, both November & December should see posts a-plenty.
REPORTS – With not one report to reflect upon during September & October, we simply have to look forward rather than back, November beginning with a close look at the events surrounding the temporary closure of Fire, as well as a revamp of our weekly round-up report, now called “That Was The Weekend That Was”. Plus, with plenty of other scene news to cover, including Gigolo’s disappearance, there should be plenty to watch out for.
MUSIC – Having posted just one newsletter during September & October, we are hoping to make it two a month from now on, while the special feature, “Protégé Players & Producers” marked a return to the focuses we used to do weekly in our BlogSpot days & these will be back with a bang.
COMING UP – Apart from the increased activity we have already mentioned, the promises of archive D.J. biog’s, along with that special music feature on Javier Medina will herald a re-enthusiasm for all things music, while Disco Matters will be back with a bang too, an interview with Lovechild’s Alex Erfan due in November, with others lined up too. Plus, our “Lists” section will come to fruition, meaning we have our work cut out. Moreover, we aim to post to our website daily at a minimum, meaning no less than 30 inclusions during November alone, while our daily banner updates will continue unabated (more on that in a mo).
KEEP UP – While our review activity has dipped during October, meaning our “Nibble Size” review tweets have too, these will be one of the best ways to track our activity out on the scene during November & December. Plus, Twitter is a great way to keep up with our other posts too, our notifications hitting our page as soon as the posts go out on our website, all of which you can follow at http://twitter.com/discomatt. Twitter aside, we continue to use Facebook as a major broadcast medium, so why not check our walls via our page at http://facebook.com/pages/Disco-Matt/112730602119746, or our profile at http://facebook.com/discomattlondon, where we post ALL our activity, while we have opened up our group, thus allowing you to post onto our wall by going to http://www.facebook.com/groups/96540615424/. Over & above that, you can head here and watch the home page for the latest postings.
SUPPORTING THE SCENE – Having established the “Supporting” section as an integral part of our website back in the summer, we consider this as a vital part of our activity, the advertising banners giving us an opportunity to we visually support e bars, clubs, events & businesses both in London & internationally. Now updated daily, should you wish your favourite bar, club or event to be included, just drop us an e-mail to us (details follow) and we will do our best to include it.
CONTACT US – Very simply, just drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org , or fill in a contact form which you can find at the bottom of our website, a hint of which can now be found in the main body of our website. That aside, you can send us a message via Facebook, or even more simply, just plaster our walls or send us a tweet.
DISCO DIARY DATES – Now just before we go, some promised dates for your diary in November & December, the first big date being Salvation’s 13th Anniversary which is Sunday 13th Nov, while WE Party London’s 1st Anniversary event, “Disco” is on Saturday 3rd December. Then, looking further forward, SuperMartXe celebrate 3 years in London on Saturday 17th December, special guest George Michael an irresistible draw. These aside, watch this space as Fire’s temporary closure raises some interesting developments, while Lovechild is back during November & Meat looks like a must too.
So, while we may have been off the boil in September & October, the coming two months should see a return to the Disco Matt of old, our best foot now firmly forward and pointing us towards an exemplary end to 2011. (DISCO MATT)
When we look back across our clubbing life in the capital there is no doubt that times have certainly changed since we first arrived on the scene back in 1990 and it would also be fair to say that our tastes in clubs & the music they play has also changed, we not necessarily moving with the times although with ageing comes mellowness, probably like a good bottle of wine. Mind you, sticking with that wine analogy, we certainly seem to be showing no signs of turning to vinegar, rather in our twenty first year of cutting a stride on the scene, we seem to be just as active as we were back then, perhaps even more so, save for the odd debilitating injury that clearly also comes with age. And talking of coming of age, usually, or at least in old money, twenty one years marks that moment, although in the case of this club, which celebrates its 21st birthday this coming weekend, there can be no doubting that it came of age many moons ago, the heyday of existence in its first ten, those heady yet heavenly times at Turnmills, a time when clubbing, especially on a Sunday, was at its most decadently debaucherous and pushing the boundaries, as we did, was packed with excitement & naughtiness.
Trade has left on indelible mark on our lives, along with many others, some who like us, are still cutting that stride on the scene, while others will have long resigned themselves to a life less clubbier, the newer generation of Trade fans possibly not even having witnessed those wonderful times when it found itself at what can only be described as its home sweet home. Yes, there is no mistaking that combination of Trade & Turnmills is the bread & butter, the cheese & biscuits or the strawberry’s & cream marriage of the clubbing scene, hardly any other brand & venue association coming close, save for perhaps Salvation & Cafe De Paris. Yet, interestingly, as Trade turns 21, for nearly half of that time, this mother of all clubbing brands has found itself without a permanent place to lay its hat, venues including The Egg in Kings Cross, Fire in Vauxhall & Ministry Of Sound in Southwark all playing host to occasional events, whether it be the still surviving Christmas Day parties or, naturally, the birthday bashes. Yet while attempting to emulate the feel of Turnmills, The Arches getting the closest, it seems that the clubs ethos has diluted somewhat, not least in the style of music, the crowd it attracts &, of course, the overall atmosphere.
But before we talk about where Trade will be for it’s 21st, we thought it only appropriate, especially for those of you younger folk who were not around in those heady Farringdon days, to give you just a taste of what it was like to take in a Sunday morning at Turnmills, by, as briefly as we can, paint a picture of an a-typical trip to Trade. Generally, it would start with a 3 a.m. wake up call, followed by a 4 a.m. rendezvous with our Trade baby pal Terry in the early nineties, & Chris in the latter nineties, an arrival at Turnmills doors meaning joining a queue, sometimes for an hour or more, although the wait was worth its weight in gold. Then, with fevered anticipation we would descend the stairs into the main space, the bar the first eye catching sight, a wonder under the arches avoiding the packed “muscle mary alley” (so called as all the hunky men would meet here), then up the steps into our spot opposite the D.J. booth door, from where we could survey all the action on the dancefloor as well as casting our eyes on the D.J.’s at work. And it would be here that we would dance pretty much constantly for the next six hours to the likes of Malcolm Duffy, Alan Thompson, Steve Thomas, Rachel Auburn, Lisa German, Ian M, Tony De Vit, Gonzalo & Pete Wardman. And pretty much nothing would move us from our spot, save a short break for a coffee on the first floor around 11 a.m. or the need for refreshments & to refresh ourselves, hardly a week going by when we wouldn’t be there as the lights came up and when Laurence Malice turned them off again, a midday finish going on till 1 p.m., we eventually crawling out of Turnmills, bleary eyed, into a bright Sunday afternoon, happy days indeed. And if you were part of this era of Trade, then this video clip should bring those happy memories flooding back, http://youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=o_OuDT9Jch0, providing a rare piece of footage from the last event at its legendary home, whilst Laurence Malice’s interview in The Independent is a MUST read for all Trade enthusiasts & inquisitors alike, gives you as good an insight to the club & the man behind the club, so one you should absorb in all its glory by going to http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/10/24/laurence-malice-on-after-hours-partying-being-kidnapped-and-turning-away-axl-rose/.
So, looking to the now, where is Trade laying its hat for its birthday this year? Well, interestingly, they have opted for new club Pulse Southwark to house the event, the place, just off the south side of Blackfriars bridge where both SuperMartXe & Lovechild now stage their scene showings, Southwark as a district having been the home for Trade’s 18th & 20th birthdays but a hop, skip & jump down the road at The Arches. Now, following a number of false starts this year, we still have yet to see this new, state of the art clubbing venue, although from what we are told there will be plenty of space to house the hoards of people that will no doubt decide that this 21st birthday bash will be their Saturday night choice of where to be & be seen on the scene. And yes you heard us right, Trade’s birthday this year will be on a Saturday night, as opposed to the traditional Sunday morning, although the so called coming of age also means that life is a little different, not least that the afterhours phenomenon that effectively killed off Trade’s weekly parties, Beyond, will be joining forces with its nemesis, for an afterparty at Fire in Vauxhall, details on this we will be covering in a separate Weekend Focus post coming up. As for Pulse emulating the days of Turnmills, well those days are definitely over, but we are sure that with the planned artwork, Trade Mark style & the usual prolific production, it will be as close as we could wish for.
With the bricks on this birthday bash beginning to build up into a fuller picture, the venue & the night now sorted, what about the most important element of any Trade party, the music? Well, given the line-up it should be top draw Trade style as usual, big hitters of recent times, Pagano & Nick Denton in amongst a sea of stars from those magical days of Turnmills, main room men of that time, Pete Wardman & Gonzalo (he didn’t use Rivas then) also in the mix, while we are sure Steve Thomas & the face of Trade, Nick Tcherniak may surprise us with an impromptu back-to-back performance to match that wonderful one at Fire a couple of years ago. But the list goes as lite lounge originals The Sharp Boys & Fat Tony are there, while the long list extends to the likes of Daz Saund, Leonardo Glovibes (suggesting a Megawoof style room!), to Andy Farley, Rosco & Ross Homson (a hard house room for sure!), while the team also welcome special guests Monika Kruse (check out her interview at http://dontstayin.com/article-14593)& the legendary Smokin Jo who, together with Jon Byrne & James Nardi, complete a line-up that has something for everyone, from Trade babies of old, to lite lounge enthusiasts, through to those more used to the modern face of this 20th century colossus celebrating 21 years making music & now firmly in the 21st century. Plus, judging from the line-up, our guess is that there will be three, maybe four rooms, although as usual, the team are keeping these details very much close to their chests.
So what can you expect from the music?, Well, house, progressive house, hard house, harder house & techno house, although we were hoping to find a Trade 21st birthday compilation release to promote, while as of going to press we are still waiting for one, but what we can do is share links to podcast pages of some of the stars of this coming Saturday’s show, The Sharp Boys up first with two recent releases that give a nod towards what to expect from their set, both Sharpcast Episode 9” & the special promo edition worth picking out from their page at http://sharpboys.podomatic.com/. Then there is Nick Tcherniak, the so called face of Trade, as, with the exception of Tom Fuller, it would be Nick that Turnmills regulars would see first, although these days, Mr Tcherniak is better known for being behind the decks rather than in front of them, his set on Saturday one not to be missed, an idea of the kind of treats in store available by checking out his latest podcast, “Everybody”, at http://nicktcherniak.podomatic.com/, which includes the track of the same name, recorded with studio partner Steve Thomas (or Janet to his Trade pals) along with vocals from Lizzie France, who performed live at Trade’s birthday last year. Another name pretty synonymous with Trade and one who kind of stepped into the vacant shoes left by the prematurely lost Tony de Vit, is Gonzalo, his main room sets in the latter 90’s, pure memory making magic, we pinning our hopes on Mr Rivas to produce a podcast devoted to Trade’s birthday, although his “Cums Deep & Penetrating” mix is as close to the mark as we can get it, well worth a listen at http://gonzalorivas.podomatic.com/, although like Nick’s, his set on Saturday is one you should be around for.
Now we mentioned that name didn’t we?, Tony De Vit, no preview look at any Trade birthday would be complete without a mention for him and while he may have passed onto a better place 14 years ago now, his memory still lives on in many people’s minds, not least those Turnmills Trade babies that, like us, are still circling the scene, or at least pitching up to these annual birthday bashes. And in terms of giving those of you not accustomed to the full on high speed hard house sets that we used to enjoy week in week out on the Turnmills main room, just check out this video clip that, without visuals, introduces you to a real de Vit anthem, “Are You Ready” (http://youtube.com/watch?v=oWIzTYVUcIM), this track along with a host of unmissable others to be found on his “Global Underground” album & one we will be digging out & dusting off for a few plays before heading out from home on Saturday night. But with a never-ending list of YouTube clips available to mark the memories left by this legendary D.J., here are just a couple that give you an idea of the magic that this man created every time he played, http://youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=dfzkHmCQySQ chronicling another Tony anthem “The Dawn”, while the full 9 minute feature of “I Don’t Care” at http://youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=OWaWPx3hUa8 evokes the pounding & pumping surge of excitement that used to race through our veins while Tony was masterminding a Sunday morning spectacle of a set as he used to do with consummate ease.
Right, with you now surely in the mood for this Trade “A Journey To The Dark Side” event, all we need to do is to run down the detail, we once again stressing (more for Trade enthusiasts of old) that this is a Saturday night, rather than a Sunday morning party, Pulse’s doors opening at 10 p.m. and the event running through to a “superlate” finish. Now, if you haven’t yet got your ticket then best you get on the case pretty quickly, as we expect this to be a sellout, or at least a roadblock affair, advance £15 entry available online by going to http://www.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-10/29/trade-21-a-journey-to-the-dark-side, where you can also grab the joint £25 option which gets entry to the afterparty, “Ultimate”. However, if you prefer grabbing a ticket by hand, then Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & 50 have them on sale, while for the foolhardy, there may be entry on the door, but expect to pay more & wait a long time to get in (so you know what to do!!). And, why not join the Trade mailing list at http://tradeuk.net, as by doing so, you get the chance to be included in the draw for free VIP passes to the party, while with our ticket already in hand, you can expect to see us on the Trade dancefloor come this Saturday night, reporting on it all, so if you do, come say hi, naturally making sure you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
Having been pretty all encompassing with our last few newsletters, we thought it time to divert back to our original feature format & focus on just a handful of what we have called our “Protégé Producers & Players”, a select few that are either internationally based stars that we have seen develop & progress, or fresh faced talents based here in London that we see as the new & rising stars of the scene. Now some of the inclusions will be recognised as talents as close to or at the top of their game, while others are still in that development stage, but what they all have in common is the ability to thrill us with their raw talent, along with a passion for their art. And yes, we can proudly proclaim that they are all, without question, firm friends too, we being privileged to know each & every one of them, hence why we are so proud to promote their achievements & aspirations here.
And we couldn’t think of a better choice to start this extended & special music feature off than Danny Verde, this magnificent Milano having had a truly yardstick year to add to the meteoric rise to the upper echelons of international D.J.’ing circuit that have made him such a draw by so many clubs & their promoters. Indeed, 2011 has seen Danny continue to forge a prolific path of performances across the globe, whether it be mixing in Mexico, spinning in Spain, or impressing in Italy, an army of adoring Latino’s not the only audiences that well & truly delight in his dextrous deliveries. The year has seen appearances for Delice Dream, those Mexican tours, trips across Europe including right here in London, regular slots at home for massive club Muccassassina, even up as far as Finland, or down to Deutschland, hardly any part of the continent untouched by his tremendous talent, while a return to The States is on the cards for next year to follow the trip this, Australia & Africa sure to come too. And such is Mr Verde’s demand, that hardly a week goes by when he is jetting off somewhere, either near to his native Milan or to distant borders. That said, there is no denying that the firm foundation behind Danny’s substantial successes across the globe is in his studio productions, a quick glance at some of his tracks speaking volumes, “Pushin To The Top”, “Let Me See Your Underwear” & “Express Yourself” three that spring to mind, while a whole raft of remixes litter his discography, for us, his re-work of the Pagano & Stewart Who creation “Trapped” right up there.
However this year, the hallowed turf that is his Holab studio has seen the Verde remixing gear definitely hit top, first kicking off with a further re-work of “Express Yourself”, although when we realised that the “Starry Eyed” mix that Steve Pitron was treating us to in Beyond was Danny’s production, we were nothing short of speechless in just how emotionally euphoric it made us feel & how brilliant it is. But, when we enjoyed our third liaison of the year with him in Rome, we were privy to a new project involving Kelly Rowland, the result being his remix of her hit “Motivation”, although nothing could have prepared us for the news of an yet another official production, this time for Lady Gaga, one which has catapulted his name to the top of the biggest music download sites in the world, not least the US Billboard chart. And whilst we have particular affection for “Starry Eyed”, there is no denying that Danny’s version of Lady Gaga’s “You & I” is sure to attain him un-paralleled notoriety compared to the former and one which has already seen Danny plastered across the musical press both at home & abroad. And when you take a listen to the track you will understand just why, as this is undoutably one of his most accomplished productions to date (possibly his most), it blowing our mind & leaving us breathless when we heard it play in a club last Friday, so one you should definitely seek out (along with the other three of course) by selecting his soundcloud site at http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio/. Moreover, as we did today, go get Danny’s “You & I” mix from iTunes, stick it on your smart phone, MP3 player or iPod, and we can pretty much guarantee that, like us, you will become hooked to this heavenly house hit.
To our second inclusion and very much a protégé of ours if ever there was one, the weight of our support being thrown behind Barcelona boy Javier Medina from the minute we saw his name emerge about eighteen months ago, although this belies his extensive experience in the D.J.’ing & production game which spans for many years. The son of a D.J., it was always going to be in Javier’s blood, although a pursuit of design would be his first career path, the creative skills that saw him take this direction soon translating into producing music, not least from inspirers such as Danny Teneglia & Herbie Hancock. So, it was no surprise that his insatiable desire to cut a considerable stride in among his music making peers saw Mr Medina shed his design coat & throw the full weight of his devotions into D.J.’ing & producing, his Barcelona base soon sprouting residencies at clubs like Dboy & Devotion, while European gigs would also soon follow in Germany, Italy & France, Australia also proving a prolific playing ground for him, ties still remaining from his short relocation down under. But cracking the international nut was a tough one, openings here in London for brands Lovechild & As One helping in that process, although it would be his homeland Spain & one of its biggest clubbing brands that would be the breakthrough Javier was looking for.
The name Matinee is synonymous with Spain & with clubbing although it would be fair to say that at first glance, Mr Medina’s definite tribal & tech style of sounds didn’t much fit this global group’s music model, although with the advances competitors SuperMartXe & WE were making in 2010, a fresh injection at Matinee was required. So signing Javier to this Spanish giant was very much that move and one that would mark a massive step change in both his profile as a D.J. on the international stage and a slight shift in his style of sound, the vocal infusions that had been conspicuous by their absence in early productions of his, coming more to the fore within his performances & his podcasts. However, Javier’s musical roots do remain in the tribal & tech camps, although he is reported as calling his current direction as “…happy tech house…” explaining it as “…a hypnotising combination of groovy & percussive beats…”, a style that seems to have won him favour with Matinee and with audiences both at home & when he tours for the brand. And with his 2011 starting in the best possible way, playing live in New York, destinations including, Montreal, Moscow, Paris & Rome are just four among a long list, while he was an intrinsic part of The Circuit Festival back in Barcelona in August, that on top of a superb showing here in London in July. But it is to New York that we look & find Javier’s latest studio release, a podcast plucked from his live performance at the cities District 36 club and one reflective of Mr Medina’s music making & mastery, so one for the collection by going to http://soundcloud.com/javier-medina/tracks, not forgetting to pick up his Circuit compilation too.
Now to another Latino although of the Venezuelan persuasion, Eduardo De La Torre a proud product of this South American country, although a large chunk of his life has been spent here in Europe, bouncing between Spain Germany & London, the capital being the place we first met a befriended our fellow Sagittarian and where his D.J’ing career took a huge leap, his exposure to big brand Matinee very much setting a course in his career that would lead him to laying his hat in Berlin. And it is in the German capital where Edu has really come into his own, the more relaxed feel of the city’s scene allowing him to flex his creative muscles much better than here in London, the firm foundation of a residency with Berlin’s Connection club the platform that allows Mr De La Torre to tour across Europe, Moscow a regular feature of his activity, while Cologne, Hamburg, Vienna &, of course, back to London feature, here being where he has played for clubs & events including A:M, As One, Beyond & Lovechild. That said, Berlin & Germany is his rock, as speaking the language fluently, having studied electronic music production in the city & also being intrinsically involved in the annual Salvation party which took place just last night and was one we were proud to be part of last year, means he feels right at home here, Edu completely in the thick of it all. But his talents behind the decks have also extended to stints on radio shows, his stay in Spain spurting his love for this medium, while beaming the Edu sounds through Radio Ibiza (via Berlin naturally).
But much of his energy also goes into his productions and having formed a recording partnership & studio set up by the name of No-Scene, in the short space of time the duo have been working together, the accomplishments have been substantial, a huge highlight being their nomination to represent Switzerland in the Eurovision song contest, no mean feat when you consider that, despite its reputation, this is one of the biggest & richest music machines in Europe. That aside, a steady stream of track releases mark Edu’s production partnership, the latest being “VIP”, a pumping progressive, come electronic, tech & tribal combo that has the eastern European style of sound written all over it and has just been released on iTunes, remixes from the likes of Tony Jaguar & Andi Cowl on the cards, while Belgian beatmaster Elof De Neve is also associated with the track adding even more prominence to the production. However, for us, it is when Mr De La Torre creates his solo tracks &/or bootlegs that we see the Edu that we came to love & adore back in the days of his time in London, his re-work of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” probably one of our favourites, that underlying connection with Elof De Neve coming through quite strong and a track that we see finding favour across lots of European dancefloors with remix or re-work packages surely on their way. So we need say no more than thoroughly recommending that you select his Soundcloud site at http://soundcloud.com/eduy2k/ where you will find both tracks, while a pop to his podcast page will find full on compilations, the latest from his residency at Connection in his adopted home city.
Right, moving from Berlin to Tel Aviv, one which some may find awkward but it is here where we find impressive Israeli Guy Scheiman, terrific talent both behind the decks & in the recording studio, yet one that only came to our attention this year, well New year’s Day to be exact, when he managed a feat few have achieved by playing for rival brands Salvation & Lovechild pretty much back-to-back. Having spent a short time with the man in the capitals clubbing events WE Party & Orange that followed, it became apparent that we would begin to track his playing & production progress, a further five day meet for Delice Dream in Barcelona in April cementing a friendship that has grown in stature & strength since, although we were gutted to miss his showing for Hustlaball here in June when we found ourselves in hospital rather than on the dancefloor. However, that connection we had cemented in Barcelona was manifested in the production of a podcast that was to represent a joint collaboration that, like all good friendships, had is rocky moments, while the central aim of this “From Tel Aviv To London” mix was to promote Guy as a D.J. & producer in the eyes of the European aspiration jewel he is undoubtedly aiming for, that taste of success that he achieved in London still fresh in his mind. So, having chosen tracks between us, but with Guy’s input invaluable to its release, the result is a compilation packed with sunshine sounds of the summer, heaps of Scheiman influences included, not least three of his own remix productions and what is fast becoming our track of the moment (more on that in a sec), so well worth checking out at http://soundcloud.com/guyscheiman/from-tel-aviv-to-london-disco/.
But the Scheiman story is one that still sees his roots firmly planted at home in Israel, his daily occupation as a sports physio still very much part of his life, while he continues to hold down residencies for the city’s club Cat & Dog, appearances for massive brand FFF now also a feature and whilst many would say he probably still stands in the shadow of Israel’s biggest D.J. export, Offer Nissam, for us, Guy’s talents far outweigh his peer. So much so, we see him being our third Danny Verde in the making, a collaboration with one of the world’s most prolific club scene performance artists, Peyton, on the cards, while that goal of playing in London again is a lot closer than he realises, Guy now an international D.J. resident inclusion in Alex Erfan’s Lovechild lot with the likes of Javier Medina, Johan Khoury & Dani Toro, this neatly moving onto what is surely his best compilation to date, his devotion to Lovechild’s return to the capitals clubbing circuit at Pulse last Saturday. And in this promo mix we have a podcast that is as close to a live performance at the club that we could want, this 80 minute marvel kicking off with euphoric energy and in so doing, displaying the raw talent of this dextrous D.J., a resplendent remix of the dancefloor classic “Love On My Mind” leading onto hit after hit that finishes with that Danny Verde Lady Gaga triumph “You & I” which Guy has given his own slight re-work treatment. Now this podcast is definitely looking like being included in our top ten of the year or at least a strong contender, so it goes without saying that we recommend you add it to your collection now by going to http://soundcloud.com/guyscheiman/guy-scheiman-october-2011-1/ & while you’re at it, check out his sea of sounds via tons tracks & compilations to choose on his Soundcloud site.
Now for that track of the moment mention and one that is on our collaborative mix with Guy, but is one that has also recently found its way into the playlists of plenty of D.J.’s on the capitals clubbing circuit, not least Steve Pitron who treated us to it at Beyond & then Lo-Profile in the last two weekends. Geoff M’s “You Better” with the vivacious vocals of Dawn Tallman having been given the magical musical touch up by David Penn, is an absolute corker & has raced up our own 2011 chart, a top 40 that looks tougher to choose than ever before, although this should safely make it in, a link to its brilliant beats in full seven minute glory right here at http://youtube.com/watch?v=wRPk__KizOg.
Right, back to the protégé job in hand and our next two come right here from London, although the first has his roots in Brazil, a country which has come to influence the capitals clubbing circuit in a pretty big way recently, with first The Week making a splash and then home grown brand Casa Latina making its mark and was where one Junior Moura made his club D.J.’ing debut, his main room showing for the superb “Super Car Wash” event back in July a huge highlight. However, the Junior story goes back a little further than that, as his very first appearance behind the decks was for Ku-Bar back in February, one we sadly missed as we were heading off to South Africa at the time, while more recent gigs for both Profile & Lo-Profile, for The Later Boat Party in July, as well as that unforgettable post London Pride play at Barcode Vauxhall are all stand-out stints for an individual whom we tip for further & future success. And his development couldn’t be in more capable hands, as he is one half of the relationship with scene superstar Steve Pitron, a better tutor Junior (better known as Celso) couldn’t ask for, not least that he has that wealth of talent & experience to draw upon, as well as Steve’s connections within the clubbing world & the wider music industry. However, while there is clearly a Pitron palate in Junior’s music making, his desire to strike his own style of sound also runs through his performances, that inescapable Brazilian influence coming into play, while he spends as much of the short amount of spare time he has away from his daytime job to search for new sounds in include in his sets, a devotion that is sure to pay dividends.
So given the tutorial direction Junior has received in his relatively short career to date, as well as given his hectic work ethic & schedule, it is remarkable to see that he has already produced three podcasts, two devoted to Casa Latina, so naturally leaning towards Brazilian beats for their make-up, while his first effort back in March also taking this delightful direction. But listening to all three it is clear how Junior’s talent is developing and how more accomplished his music choices are becoming, the latest devotion to Casa by far our favourite of his three compilations, as it seems to signal that style of sound step that we deluded to earlier, the influences from his tutor still apparent, but tempered in a way that reveals Junior’s composition capabilities. And it is a compilation that includes some colossal choices, not least that Danny Verde remix smash of Lady Gaga’s “You & I”, among a sea of other vocally infused tracks, with Brazilian beats as blends, Junior clearly opting for the Latin influence both with the tracks & their composers, quite rightly so for this devotion to all things Casa Latina, so one for the collection by going to http://djjuniorspodcast.podomatic.com/, while you can do no wrong by picking up the other two either. As for Junior’s D.J.’ing future, well it certainly looks bright, more Profile & Lo-Profile performances surely in the pipeline, while his Casa residency is also assured which will no doubt lead onto bigger brand inclusions and we will be right there supporting his very step in true protégé style.
Looking to London again for our penultimate inclusion in this special music newsletter, we find Zach Burns, a D.J. talent that sprung onto the scene pretty much from nowhere, but impressed from day one, an inaugural set for Room Service quickly followed by a short stint for Heaven’s Popcorn, other brands under his belt including guest appearances for Gravity & A:M, while a recent trip down to Brighton saw him play for the official Circuit Festival pre-party alongside Matinee’s new resident Javier Medina. However, it is Profile & Lo-Profile where Zach has really found his D.J.’ing legs, he part of the Profile roving residency team along with the likes of Jamie Head, Brent Nicholls, Rob Sykes & Craig Daniels, Zach perfectly placed among his more experienced peers, yet more than capably holding his own & indeed shining in the spotlight. And he did just that two weekends ago downstairs in Lo-Profile, standing in for an absent Mikey D and following a scintillating set from Steve Pitron with an equally exceptional performance that was, once again, evidence enough for us to include him here, to rate him as one to watch among a sea of hopefuls & also ran D.J.’s of which Mr Burns is definitely not, rather a star turn for future greatness. With Gigolo boys, the Hart’s, taking him under their wing from the off, while the pressure to peform for the very first set of the clubs launch was immense, Zach pulled it off like a seasoned pro, pitching his performance perfectly and was a sparkling set that still lives vividly in our memories, not least as we have labelled one of this year’s great tracks “Stupiddisco 2011” as a Zach memory maker whenever & wherever we hear it. But with appearances for Casa Latina and now his inclusion in the resident team for new Friday night kid on the block, Le Boy, Zach is on the precipice of a huge step change in his D.J.’ing vocation which could become a career alongside the photography path he is as leading.
In terms of his podcast production, it is clear Zach is discernibly devoted to his art, as not a month goes by without a Burns bag of beats coming our way and not only does he set aside an immense amount of time & energy into creating the compilations, but he also takes time to post them with thoughtful explanations to their compositions, his October offering a perfect example as he is quite rightly explains that “…some people have stressed in the past that they can’t label my podcasts by the month (as he does) when I feature “some” songs that don’t fit that month of release (would be an incredible feat if each one did) but I never promote my podcasts as bursting with “fresh new music” month in, month out…” and in fairness we are glad that they don’t, as each one displays a skill that very few D.J.’s possess and that is the ability to spot a tune that befits the moment & makes plays to the audience in front of them, Zach having this skill in bountiful bundles. And this definitely translates into his live performances as well as his monthly podcasts, each one never failing to impress us with their production quality & choice tune picks, this latest instalment getting the feet tapping and the dancing heart racing right from the off, the Burns beats trademark of rhythm & bass as its foundation, but while starting very much in this vein, it soon moves into more upfront beats including a brilliant remix of a favourite of ours, “Upside Down”, while one of his inspirers, Nacho Chapado, is featured too, “The Hit Part 1” in the thick of this 63 minute marvel, the last few minutes giving way to more vocal & uplifting tones in the form of “Live Your Life” as its core, the whole podcast representing the joyful journey that we enjoy whenever we see him play live. So, go grab your slice of Mr Burns by pressing play on his podcast page at http://djburns.podomatic.com/, or simply add his whole series of releases to your collection as we have done, plus keep an eye out for this rising star of the scene as he cuts a even more significant stride in the coming months.
So to our final D.J./producer and, without doubt, the most established talent in our list of inclusions here, so perhaps not so much a protégé of ours but more a main player, although we couldn’t resist including him as Leomeo is undoubtedly part of this handful of terrific talents his links to one of them most notable, as studio recordings with Javier Medina form a part of this Philippine born but now French national’s resounding repertoire. But where to start in chronicling this exceptional talent’s career behind the decks is a tricky task, as we would need to devote a whole post to his achievements, although with virtually every newsletter in the last twelve including one of his compilation or track releases, it would be fair to say we have covered plenty of ground already. Therefore, focussing on the now, the last few weeks have seen the irrepressible Mr Carandang continue his globetrotting, a mini tour of northern America kicking off with a return to Montreal & the city’s Parking club, the Canadian’s welcoming him like one of their own, while just last night he has played out to audiences in San Francisco, having stopped off in New York on the way. But his beloved Paris will be calling, although hardly a weekend goes by without Leo being elsewhere, whether it be down in Nice, across in Cologne, or even further afield, his surely exhausting schedule hardly seeming to take its toll, probably helped by his rigorous fitness regime and total devotion to his art of music making & mixing which manifests itself in the never-ending podcast productions coming out of the Leomeo factory of features.
With a musical direction that continues to keep us on our tip toes, the clear tribal influences that have earmarked much of his career behind the decks, often give way to more progressive beats, upfront house and even the odd infusion of lounge & chill-out genres that show just how accomplished & rounded is Leo’s talent to befit the occasion perfectly, he also one of those rare breed of D.J.’s that can switch his set in an instant to match the mood or direction of his dancing devotees. So, it comes as no surprise that when we look back across the last five months podcast productions we see, lounge, electronic, club, afterhours, house & underground mixes to take our pick from, although to be honest, we have ended up choosing the lot to add to our collection, as each one reflects in their own wonderful way, the towering talent before our eyes. But, if we had to lay our hat on one particular compilation, it would probably be his “Matinee Peak Time” mix, lifted from his recent performance for the brand in his home city of Paris and one that evokes lots of memories of sets we have seen him play right here in London for Lovechild & LGDF. Mind you, having spent three unforgettable days with (as we affectionately call him) our Leo Leo in the French capital earlier this year, it is this mix that gets our vote. However, his latest “Underground” offering is equally exceptional in its own delightfully different way, both available by selecting the track page at his Soundcloud site via direct link http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/tracks, this also allowing you to dig deeper into no less than five pages of Carandang compositions to choose, meaning the sound of Leomeo is your outstanding oyster.
Right, that’s about it for this special feature length look at our “Protégé Players & Producers” and with well over 20 tracks & podcasts as perfect picks, there is plenty of magnificent music to keep you occupied for hours if not days until our next newsletter underpins what has been a labour of love in this post, one that was conceived weeks ago but has, with re-found enthusiasm, at last come to fruition, leaving us to simply say, “sit back, select those sounds and let them play, as music is the answer”. (DISCO MATT)
Looking back on October alone it seems that even Alton Towers has nothing on the rollercoaster ride we have found ourselves on, last weekend a perfect example of huge Friday highs followed by Saturday lows, an amazing “Play Time” at Lo-Profile followed by missing in action absences from The Week & Lovechild. And our expected return to weekly newsletters was also on the rocks, our physical & so mental wellbeing having taken severe dent, although while we may be down & out on circulating the scene, it doesn’t mean that you should be, so it is only right that our recommends show should go on with a selection of Best Bites & Short Shouts tips of where to be & be seen on the scene in Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere this coming weekend.
So, to Soho first and top of our tree has to go to Profile & Lo-Profile, the continuing success story of this bar & club combo attracting plenty of attention, well in our books at least, although it seems across the scene too, especially given a packed out place last Friday, both upstairs & downstairs. And then trend is surely going to continue in the same vein this weekend, with Profile serving up D.J.’s on both Friday & Saturday, while also serving up plenty of mouth watering food & liquid refreshments to wash it all down, all served up by one of the friendliest teams in town. Now, as for the D.J.’s, tomorrow night (Fri 21st) sees Rob Sykes take to the decks, no doubt serving up his usual cocktail of classics & latest hits, while on Saturday, relative unknown (we must find out more on him) Renato Ponto spins the sounds. In terms of that food offer, Profile’s Sunday roast is definitely worth a try, while their tempting daily bistro menu with the weekend lunchtime “2 for £10” offer is a great refuelling value for money temptation to drag you away from those Oxford St shops. And with a happy hour from 4 till 7 p.m. daily & the D.J.’s on show from 8 p.m., there’s every reason to start your night out early, more info on Profile’s offering out at http://profilesoho.com.
Now, downstairs in Lo-Profile, it’s a busy three day weekend, new(ish) night “Play Time” having replaced the former “Society” which has moved back to Thursday’s (more on that in our “Soho Social Soiree Shake-up” report out shortly), this week’s Friday night saucy shindig getting a tad sexier with the influence of home-grown porn star & all round birthday suit enthusiast Ashley Ryder, who brings some of his boys with him, joining handsome host Jay Roberts, while its just as eye candying tasty behind the decks, as the cute yet capable Zach Burns is back (officially this week), taking up the first stint, while Nick Evans completes the “Play Time” picture. Then on Saturday (22nd), it’s Lo-Profile in the raw with resident D.J.’s Nathan Six & Tony English sorting the sounds, the advertised billing that includes Alessandro Londra a tad inaccurate as our Italian bello is actually away in Poland on gig duty this weekend. But Lo-profile’s weekend doesn’t stop there, as the clubs major sponsor Gaydar has another celebration for its radio station’s 10th birthday with main man Phil Marriott hosting another “Secret Sunday’s” session, this event very much living up to its name with the surprise guest still under wraps, although judging from posted reviews, is one not to be missed. With Monday night meet “Beartrap” completing the Lo-Profile weekly package, check out their website at http://loprofile.com for more info on opening times, etc.
To some Short Shouts now and to Ku-Bar first, who have a full weekend of activity both their Lisle & frith St operations, the former sporting the likes of Dusty O, Lady Lloyd & DouGuim on the decks, while their no shortage young blood across on Frith St, more info on both available by going to http://ku-bar.co.uk.
Rupert St have a similarly busy weekend with D.J.’s on all three nights, our original foxy female Minx charging the tunes on Friday (21st), while scene favourite Brent Nicholls will no doubt be leathered up for his Saturday stint before heading down to Hard On! (more on that in a mo), while Alessandro lands back from Poland just in time for his usual Sunday slot, more info out at http://rupertstreet.com.
Onto the Shadow Lounge & firm favourites “Therapy” & “Inferno” fill their weekend, resident’s Sonathaq & Andrew Elmore, respectively, sorting the sounds, although we shouldn’t forget Sunday nights as Sister Dee Chanelle hosts the karaoke, live show & disco bonanza “Confessions Dbyk”, a weeklong list of events plus all you need to know on this Soho splendour out at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk.
Our last Soho Short Shout goes to Circa which all too often gets overlooked, although is a sumptuous & sophisticated little spot on Frith St up the Soho Sq end, which we find a perfect retreat from the manic movements around and has the added advantage of being open till 3 a.m., as well as sporting D.J.’s on all three nights of the weekend, including Munroe Bergdorf & Heidi Liscious, more info available at http://circasoho.com.
Right down to Vauxhall we go and to The Orange group who head up our league table of treats this weekend, a sea of activity encompassing some of your favourite brands around, Onyx, A:M, Beyond, Later, Booster & Orange all having their say, while the centrepiece of the weekend is the “Fire Free Party” on Saturday (22nd) which also serves as the official afterparty for “The Big Gay Lifestyle Show” (watch out for our Extra Bites post on this). And when the team say free, they mean it, although you do need to get into the club before 1 a.m. (no real hardship) with an ad or flyer (it’s £10 without), a superb line-up of D.J.’s on duty including D’Johnny, The Sharp Boys & Leandro Kloppel in the main room, while Ariel takes over the lounge, accompanied with his percussionist, hostess Elektra Paris keeping her gorge go-go’s in check & stage managing the shows as only she knows best. Plus, with selected shots at a mere £2.50 and spirit/mixer’s & beers at £2.90, this is one austerity busting bash that will certainly not burn a whole in your pocket, rather get you in the mood for partying right through till Monday morning, talking of which, Booster, which was shelved a few weeks ago, makes a welcome return to the schedule, guest D.J. Oliver M headlining this Sunday (23rd) at Area in advance of heading off for La Demence’s anniversary weekend, so will be a set & showing not to be missed. As for the other parties, A:M’s promoter Steven Sharp leaves the club in the capable hands of his resident D.J. team while he jets off to Amsterdam, those residents including Guy Williams, Fat Tony, Paul Heron & Jamie Head (top draw or what?!?!), while no weekend would be complete without a squeeze of citric clubbing from Orange, The Oli, Paul Martin & Fat Tony in the main room & RAW residents Gonzalo Rivas & David Jimenez keeping the beats banging till gone 9 a.m., more info on all these outings available at http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties.
So to some Short Shouts and firstly you will see that we left out Le Boy from the line-up above and for good reason, as this is the first regular outing to take residence in new club Protocol which, given all the tongue wagging, is well worth a visit for the decor alone. Now Le Boy, having launched just two weeks ago, is beginning to find its feet, so for a sense of sophistication 7 style in an otherwise more manic Vauxhall world, why not pay Protocol & Le Boy a visit tomorrow night (Fri 21st), more details out at http://protocollondon.com.
Next up is venerable institution The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT) who, as always, have a fun filled weekend kicking off on Friday with a truly alternative night called “Seeing The Red Project”, presented by the Bar Wotever crew, while Saturday sees the infamous” Duckie” roll out another raucous party, Sunday of course set aside for “S.L.A.G.S./Chill-out” who have announced the release of early bird tickets for their NYE “Pink Ball” (early or what!), more info on all of this out at http://thervt.org.uk.
To The Eagle now and a venue down on Kennington Lane very much masculine in it manner as well as its weekend events, not least “Tonker” tomorrow night (Fri 21st), promoter Tim Jones welcoming special guest Ben Jamin (not to be missed) to the decks, while Sunday’s are Sunday’s when its Horse meat Disco. However, these two regular nights sandwich the new to London “Cockette” (the name say’s it all) on Saturday (22nd), this Milan import bringing D.J.’s Max M & Gigi LP with it, so well worth a visit, as is The Eagle’s website at http://eaglelondon.com.
Our fourth & final Short Shout goes to Hard On! which returns this Saturday (22nd) to serve up your fetish fill at Factory, promoter Suzie Krueger supported & sponsored by Invincible Rubber this month, who bring a dirty sleazy rubbered up show to the party, the sounds just as sexy & sleazy in the hands of residents Brent Nicholls, Halo-is & Sharon O Love, while a reminder that this is strict dresscode as well as a members only club, all details of which you can find by going to http://hardonclub.co.uk.
So to our alternative action and we head out east for our Best Bite choice, The Dalston Superstore taking our plaudits this weekend with a full-on schedule that starts off with the return of monthly Friday night frolic “Back To Back”, this gigantic gathering packed with electronic house, disco beats & electro to techno tunes, delivered from a dream team of D.J.’s that includes Attaque, Ian Robinson, Kezokicki, Mr F & James Harris, this hip happening spread across both floors and for good reason as it does get, in the venue’s own words “…absolutely rammo…”, meaning an early doors arrival (we reckon before 10 p.m.) is well advisable. However, its Saturday that steal much more of the limelight as a special one-off night called “Strange Desires” devours DSS, Disco Bloodbath’s Damon Martin marking his own official warm up for Halloween and drawing on the terrific D.J. talents of Dirtbox, Crisco Disco, Jos Gibson and, straight in from Berlin’s Panorama Bar, their star turn Carsten Klemann, meaning the music is sure to be deep & techno based in the basement, while upstairs the feel will be a bit lighter with Londoners Dave Kendrick & Dan Beaumont in charge of the tunes, much more akin to the “Hot Mess” style of sounds that come out of this DSS regular, that being handbag house, disco, Italo & pop. And like Friday, with “Strange Desires” kicking off from 9 p.m., we recommend an early arrival to avoid not getting in or being crushed by the competition for a select spot, although on Sunday, it will not quite be the case, as D.J. Squeaky brings you another “Tutti Frutti” session to soothe you smoothly into the new working week. But the DSS story also extends to a fabulous food offer right across the weekend, this the perfect daytime retreat for a bite to eat and with everything freshly prepared on the premises catering for all tastes from vegetarians to carnivores and all at extremely reasonable prices too, the place is well worth a visit at some point, even if you can’t take in the full extent of their three nights of heavenly happenings, more details on the venue & its offerings out at http://thedalstonsuperstore.com.
Right, to our final round of Short Shouts and we head down the road, to City Rd in fact, where you will find East Bloc, the venue that hosts parties such as “Gutterslut” & “Meat”, although this Saturday (22nd) sees a new night launched called “Songs Of Praise” and before you ask, no they won’t be screening the BBC1 Sunday night programme, rather the team behind “Kimono Krush” (of RVT fame) move across east to deliver a sermon of sounds that include pop classics & future house in the aptly named altar room, while in the chapel (it had to be!) it’s all about indie, a visit to http://eastbloc.co.uk revealing more.
Next up is another east end offering, this time from Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis, who has created yet another event/brand to brave the scene (where will this man’s talents end?!), “Love Below” having a pseudo Room Service feel about it, well in D.J. & hosting terms at least, as Kris is joined on the decks by Dimitry Strigun & Ricardo Borsi, while Munroe Bergdorf adds a touch of glamour to this unabated sex fuelled basement of a venue on Great Eastern St. (the place is GC’s at No. 54), deep house the order of the music. Now, we can’t provide a web link, but can direct you to the event page on for further details, which is http://facebook.com/event.php?eid=161645427262964.
Last but by no means least, although a departure from our usual picks, but keeping it close to home is a Short Shout for the Two Brewers in Clapham, which celebrates a staggering 30 years of strutting its stiletto stuff with a jam packed weekend of top notch cabaret (the stuff it does the best, better than all the rest) Friday (21st) seeing a special Drag Idol bringing back some of the competitions winners from years gone by, while on Saturday it’s the actual birthday bash, Sunday seeing no less than 14 of the cabaret circuit’s best, this the night we would recommend if you have to choose, details of the venue location & other tit bits (no pun intended) available at http://the2brewers.com.
Well that’s our picks for where to be & be seen on the scene this weekend, but just before we sign off, just a quick mention for our friends at Seen Queen who have been busy re-packing their shelves with lots of video’s & gallery pics from around the scene over the last few weeks, as well as looking forward to Halloween which is next weekend (ish), that on top of their own tip top choices (any the same as ours?!?), all worth a damn good rummage by going to http://seenqueen.com/.
So, all that’s left to say is to wish you a wonderful weekend wherever it finds you & whatever you end up getting down to, while for us it looks like being a quiet one as the shoulder injury won’t go away, but we are taking it day by day, so anything is possible, meaning if you do see us out, come say hi, naturally making sure you “Go There! Be There” (DISCO MATT)
When it comes to clubbing in the capital, there is little doubt that Vauxhall still pretty much reigns supreme, although with venues like The Coronet & Pulse, it seems that south of the river is where much is happening, the vast majority of the big brands choosing these locations as their preferred choices, whether it be Beyond, Orange, WE Party, SuperMartXe or Lovechild, even Trade re-locating here for the last few birthday parties. And with this shift change in clubbing hotspots, it seems that Soho & Central London having faded somewhat in recent times, not least with the disappearance of venues like Astoria & The Hippadrome, the big brands giving way to the more boutique & bespoke clubs that find favour with the more compact & bijou style venues, while if you are into your pop & are just out of school shorts then, of course, there is G.A.Y. at Heaven, probably the only surviving super scale club offering Central London can boast. However, with so many people converging on the Soho, especially at the weekend, there is one hip & happening hangout that, since its launch four years ago, has done a fine job in filling the gap left by the bigger venues.
Lo-Profile for us, it would be fair to say, took a bit of getting used to, the pretty stark decor & the relatively uninviting feel of the place meaning that our visits would be rare, the ill-fated Rome one of only a small handful of visits during its first couple of years in operation. However, when Profile the smaller sister & bar operation moved in upstairs, the whole complexion & appeal of a night on Wardour street suddenly changed, Lo-Profile beginning to attract some of the scene big name D.J.’s to play its decks, the introduction of specialist nights further enhancing the offer. And this year has seen a real surge in its popularity, not least due to the fabulous Thursday night foray Gigolo, the inspiration of David & Lambros Hart and very much in the style of Room Service, this in itself spurting new Friday night themes, first “Society” and now “Play Time” steering the Soho set into Saturday, both breathing new life into what were faltering Friday’s as other draws such as Onyx in Vauxhall seemed to be steeling much of the spotlight.
So, with a visit somewhat overdue & with Beyond boys Steve Pitron & Mikey D both on deck duty creating a tantalisation treat temptation too much to resist, we made haste from a late finish at work to make it back into the West End in time for a bit of pre clubbing socialising, a quick call into Rupert St preceding our arrival on Wardour St and a swift entry into Lo-Profile in advance of the doors opening. And, within moments of arriving, an energetic Steve Pitron was very much in playful mood (as we were we to be honest), a sequence of chases around the club ensuing, our eccentric behaviour not going unnoticed by the crowd that was beginning to fill Lo-Profile, we both very much befitting the “Play Time” theme of the night, even beautiful Brazilian Bel joining in with our antics, tweeting & whistling, Steve using her as a ploy to trap us on our corner spot by the D.J. booth, squirming & squealing with tickled excitement. However, what our playful antics did highlight was the change in layout of Lo-Profile, the previous roadblock stairwell by the D.J. booth screened off, a more sensible flow through entrance around the upper level making for a much improved arena, spacing out the crowd across the dancefloor & other areas of the club.
However, with Steve now in pole position and we armed with refreshments along with the companionship of the Brazilian bunch, not least the charming Celso, our newly formed spot already proving the place for piles of Pitron pandering, this maestro mixer lined up tremendous track after track to tempt us to spin on our spot, a colossal collection of classic Crash style sounds remixed leaving us breathless with their brilliance. With our shoulder injury now pushed to the back of our mind, we did indeed spin on our spot, ducking & diving as lighting master James manipulated the lasers & effects with exceptional employment, the already amazing atmosphere made even better by Bel’s whistles, Steve’s occasional orations of “MAAAAATTTT!!” and Celso’s cooling blows to our overheating forehead. But with continual fabulously familiar tunes like “So Much Love” and “Bitch Lady” thrown into the mix along with all the brilliant new tunes he was digging out, it was clear Mr Pitron was in his “Play Time” element, we lapping up every magnificent morsel of his masterful music, this already proving one of the best Lo-Profile outings we have had in a long time, perhaps ever.
With the time absolutely flying, as they say it does when you have so much fun, Steve’s stint was already coming to an end, the expectant arrival of back-to-back playing partner Mikey D now firmly planted in our minds, although with 1 a.m. coming & going with no sign of his arrival, Steve’s set looked like extending further than planned, the classic “Here Comes The Rain” continuing what had already been one of those pitch perfect Pitron performances that we have come to adore. However, with still no sign of Mr Dower or even a planned replacement, for a few nail biting moments, it seemed that Steve’s set would end up being a super extended one, his look in our direction saying it all, but with the cute & capable Zach Burns in the house following a spectacular showing in Profile upstairs earlier, this young superstar in the making was to prove the perfect stand in for an absent Mikey D. With the relief on Steve’s face translating into a final threesome of fabulous tunes, Avici’s “Levels”, the rapturous re-make of “Fusion” & then the truly terrific “You Better” rounding off a phenomenal Pitron pampering that had us smiling from ear to ear in absolute adoration of a stunning string of sounds that ranked as one of the best we had experienced in his hands for a very long time indeed, well Beyond excepted of course.
Now it was the turn of Mr Burns to shine under the spotlight and after a momentary catch up with Steve before his & Celso’s departure, we were right back on our spot & soaking up Zach’s equally superb sounds, a wholesome meal of music ranging from disco classics rehashed through up to date heavenly house, all keeping the cavorting crowd on their tingling toes. Plus, with the continual appearances of the sexy studs come go-go dancers on the podiums the enigmatic eye candy, despite our earlier antics with Steve straining our shoulder, we were intent on pursuing this “Play Time” outing to its full extent, Zach’s own pandering helping us along our wonderful way, not least with a new rendition of a favourite tune of ours, “Stupiddisco” never failing to hit our hypnotic mark. And with a host of familiar faces popping up to say hello, along with a complimentary comment coming from a follower of our features, Lo-Profile and its newish Friday nighter was certainly proving the prolific party we had hoped for, its stand in star also proving every inch a match for the might of Mikey D and proof of the pudding that he finds a worthy position within a select list of protégé’s of ours. But as good a time we were having and as spectacular a set Zach was treating us to, our niggling shoulder injury was to eventually take its towel throwing toll, we gracing our exit with just an hour to go, melting into sedate suburbia to reflect on an exceptional evening’s entertainment blueprinted by both Pitron & protégé pampering.
Without question, Lo-Profile has established a solid position within the capitals clubbing circuit, its compact & bijou dimensions never a match for the might of the central London venues no more, yet it remains a refreshing change for those used to venturing down to Vauxhall or braving the bigger brands. And with the club attracting some of the scene’s top D.J. stars, there is no shortage of superb sounds, while recent efforts to improve the lighting & effects, as well as introducing specialist nights like “Play Time” have certainly paid dividends. Moreover, with Profile now positioned right above, the destination package couldn’t be any better, this combination certainly proving a winning one & now the most popular in Soho for sure. As for our latest venture to Lo-Profile, well it was packed with fun & frivolity, not to mention magnificent music, both Steve Pitron & Zach Burns proving their worth & more, a better start to our weekend we couldn’t have wished for, the magical mix of magnificent music, charming company & an amazing atmosphere all adding up to a resounding recipe of rapture that carries our full flavoured recommendation and meaning that we will surely be back for more very soon. (DISCO MATT)
Over the years we have grown particularly fond of certain brands that have braved the capitals clubbing scene, the reasons for our attractions as varied as the clubs themselves, although certain common denominators kind of tie them together, the music & the music makers two perfect examples, although with certain clubs, it can also be said that the promoters are just as important. Indeed, looking at those brands that have achieved a special place in our hearts and those individuals at the helm, the prolific part that promoters play pretty much go without saying, Crash & Wayne Shires, FIST & Suzie Krueger, Trade & Laurence Malice, they all go hand in hand. And whist these three examples made have faded from the scene, they still fill us with misty eyed memories and ones that we miss dearly. And there is another brand that we have missed dearly, one that, like our three other examples, has gained a special place in our hearts, a club that has sported magnificent music players & music of the highest quality, its promoter synonymous with its existence, so seeing it disappear off our radar, having played such an important part in our lives, was a bitter pill to swallow.
Lovechild has, without doubt, been a brand we have followed right from day one, when it launched itself as a Sunday t-dance style soiree, something in the order of Salvation, this being no real surprise as the promoter who had always been the big driving force behind this mega club brand, Alex Erfan, was keen to offer fervent followers of all things Salvation, something similar but different. However, it was clear from the first set of Sunday parties at Pacha, that the bottom had fallen out of t-dance style clubbing, on a Sunday at least, a short break seeing Lovechild reappear as a Saturday offering and at new home Fire, a venue which proved a worthy home for Alex & the club for close on 18 months. Plus, the switch from Sunday’s to Saturday’s allowed the Lovechild team to expand & experiment with the brand, a whole succession of successful parties, including alliances with other clubs such as Delice & Wild Fruit, cemented it as one of the capitals clubbing scene’s big hitters. Notable parties included “Wet”, “Makin Hay” & “Tropicana” (among many more), Alex also drawing on international D.J. talent to boost the appeal, while the creation of the infamous “Contact Room”, the introduction of saucy shows & the distinctly different arena’s of music, all added to the clubs appeal.
However, times they do change and it was becoming all the more clearer that the onetime harmonious working relationship between Lovechild & Fire, Alex Erfan & the Orange group, was beginning to sour, the “1st Anniversary” back in November last year being the first catalyst, Lovechild pretty much shunted into the sidelines while Fire’s main room was given away to a breeder bash. And, from then, it was pretty much a slippery slope for our loveable brand, the final full-on Fire fling being when Lovechild joined forces with Israeli splendour FFF in May, relationships between The Orange Group top brass & Alex straining to breaking point, all meaning something had to give and the withdraw of Lovechild from the Saturday clubbing schedule was the saddening consequence. But, as the saying goes, “you can’t keep a good dog down” and, after a summer break which has seen the brand pick itself up & dust itself off, Lovechild is now ready to start all over again, a new venue, a new look & a new direction the inspiration for its return.
So, what’s the big change?, and what can we expect from the new look Lovechild? Well, first & foremost Alex has forged a new association with Pulse, the state of the art venue that plays host to SuperMartXe, the break away from Vauxhall definitely a new & daring direction which, we hope, will pay dividends, the flexibility with Pulse’s space allowing Alex to manage & manipulate his events to match the crowd & the entertainment. And there is definitely lots of promise for this first event “The Big Blue”, Alex kicking off by saying that “…This incredibly exciting space will allow Lovechild to grow and present the biggest shows and parties to date. New features are being added to the Pulse in the run-up to the party and Lovechild will by then feature the biggest dance floor on the London scene as well as some of the most ‘state of the art’ lights and lasers going in especially for the night…”, while the joining of forces with porn star legend Blue Blake is the inspiration behind the title of the event, the accent very much sex & seduction, a whole host of stars beefing up this branded bash, Alex going on to explain that , “…Lovechild goes blue this Saturday when it celebrates the launch of porn legend Blue Blake?s filthy new film “A Policeman Fucked My Son” andhis new website blueblake.com. There?s not just 1 or 2 super hot pornstars (as seems to be the norm these days) but a veritable “pornucopia” of sensational Blue Blake stars from past and present. Leading the pack is the UK?s most popular porn star Paddy O?Brian, along with French superstar Issac Jones, British internationals Ben Brown, Bruno Knight and Jake Reed. There?s also some American beef jetting in from the USA, the buff and beautiful Cody Miller. And that?s not all, Pulse will be packed with porn stars and purveyors of filth. So the hot studs dancing next to you could be the guys you?d been watching fuck the night before…”
Well, that certainly sets the scene for this “Big Blue” event, the porn element plain for all to see, but what about the music?, Well, with a pretty impressive list of resident D.J.’s both from here in the capital & internationally, Alex has a lot to choose from, Tony English the first major inclusion in an all London line-up, this main man having been with Lovechild from its beginnings and very much the lynch pin in Alex’s armoury, having toured with the brand internationally to destinations that have included Amsterdam, Antwerp, Istanbul & Israel, while he was with Lovechild for their two excursions to Edinburgh over the summer. Moreover , he is the man behind the “Lovechild” single, which gets full release early next year, although Tony has posted the radio edit to his Soundcloud page, check it out at http://soundcloud.com/djtonyenglish/tony-english-feat-kaysee-1, the vivacious vocals of Kaysee looking like this should be a 2012 smash and will no doubt be within Tony’s set on Saturday. Then, there is Alessandro Londra, another dynamic D.J. that has been flying the flag for Lovechild both here in London & across Europe, he never failing to ignite the dancefloor with his full blown tech & progressive house, our Italian bello having laid down a podcast to mark Lovechild’s first party at Pulse, a 62 minute marvel which is as good an indication of what to expect from him on Saturday as anything and a compilation well worth adding to your collection by going to http://soundcloud.com/djalessandrolondra/lovechild-pulse-club-london. But Alessandro is not the only one to mark this “Big Blue” event with a podcast release, impressive Israeli Guy Scheiman (one of Alex’s international residents) also jumping on the compilation bandwagon with his own devotion, perhaps off all the mixes, our favourite & one which you can grab at http://djguyscheiman.podomatic.com/entry/2011-10-05T15_47_54-07_00 although unlike the text on his podcast page, sadly we won’t be seeing Guy at Pulse this time round, although we know Alex has him lined up for a gig real soon. Then London based Aussie Brent Nicholls has also released a compilation dedicated to the party and we can confirm he will be there, although scheduled to play a late set, although surely worth hanging around for, especially given the quality of this podcast, which is worthy of at least a listen by going to http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/2011/09/21/podcast-lovepulse/.
But all that is only part of the music picture, as Alex will also be drawing on the talents of two more Italian’s, Tony Bruno & Gabriele Cutrano, while a second Aussie in the form of Terry Vietheer will also feature, as will both Mattias & Phil Hewson, an impressive notch up of eight stars who will all get a bite at the “Big Blue” main room cherry, while Marco Gee is the final entrant onto the list of prolific players, Marco the latest addition to the residency team, having hugely impressed us at Lovechild’s “Muscle” event back in March and is very much a staple part of this latest outing. Why?, well Marco is responsible for the production of what looks like being a char topping smash, the truly tremendous “Get It On” by Shockalady, a brilliant re-take of the rock classic by T-Rex, this new version very much more disco than rock, camp than vamp, this promotional video giving you a good idea of exactly what we mean, http://youtube.com/watch?v=4VJFzzIMH6M. And, the hot off the press news is that Shockalady will be performing the track live on Saturday, this shaping up to be one of the most entertaining shows we have seen at Lovechild yet and one you definitely won’t want to miss. Plus, with Marco taking charge of the opening set, you can certainly expect a rousing start to this “Big Blue” event, a taste of whats to come available from Mr Gee’s latest podcast, which was lifted direct from another opening set, this time for Lovechild’s “Superlovers”, an gathering held for Soho’s Pink Sunday, Marco playing out to a considerable audience at Lo-Profile, so one worth catching at http://marcogee.podomatic.com/.
So to the all important detail and this Lovechild “The Big Blue” spectacular takes place this coming Saturday (15th October) at Pulse (full address, 1 Invicta Plaza, Off Southwark St, Blackfriars, London, SE1) from 11 p.m. and running through until an advertised 6 a.m. finish, although a little birdie tells us that, subject to numbers, it could run a fair bit later (whoopee!!). Advance tickets have been on sale for a while, the £10 early bird ones having been gobbled up quite quickly, while standard £15 tickets are still available by going online to http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-10/15/lovechild-pulse, while a drop into Prowler, Clone Zone &/or 50 is also an option, tickets also available on the door at the same price. With sponsorship support from Gaydar and live video recor4dings coming from Mirrorballs.tv, the launch of Blueblake.com will also be a feature, more information on the event out at http://alexerfan.com, while new website http://blueblake.com is also worth a sneak preview.
Now, despite a run of SuperMartXe’s at Pulse, due a a range of circumstances, we have yet to see the new venue, so we are just crossing fingers that come Saturday nothing will be in our way, meaning we hope to be there to report on it all, so if you see us, please come say hi, but make sure you don’t miss out on this Lovechild return by ensuring you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
If we could have predicted just how much one club would have stirred our emotions over the last few months, then we could have at least been a little bit prepared for the series of rollercoaster rides that we have found ourselves on. That said, given the gigantic year that this club has had, its own ride has been more akin to an eagle floating high in the sky on a breeze (there’s a song about that!) a whole succession of prolific parties here in London cementing its position as the capitals number one clubbing choice, while excursions into Europe & South America, as well as a weekly radio station, have spread its wonderful word to all corners of the globe. But back in London, our most favourite club, now of all time, has continued to charm us into seductive submission, no Sunday morning ever feeling quite the same unless we find ourselves spinning on our spot and drawn in by the terrific team of D.J.’s, performers & operational cogs that make this awesome afterhours as amazing as it is, Tom Fuller a shining example of the club at its colossal best, yet so many more people equally deserved of a mention.
Naturally we couldn’t be talking about any other club but Beyond, the brand that captured our imagination and found a special place in our hearts virtually from the day it was launched, a whole series of events in its history marking milestones in ours, a mound of magical memories still fresh in our minds, not least as a result of the music makers that have sported its decks. And having celebrated its 10th birthday just a couple of weeks ago, we once again found ourselves in the grip of its greatness, although that emotional rollercoaster ride wasn’t quite as it should have been, yes the emotions were there, but not for all the right reasons. Plus, while there is no doubt that Beyond has sported some of the capitals most dynamic D.J.’s, many who have very much floated our boat, Alan K, The Sharp Boys, Fat Tony, Paul Heron & Hifi Sean among a lengthy list, within the list of those that fill us with so much joy with their magnificent music, are two that see us over spilling into ecstatic emotions, sending us to tears , one being Mikey D and the other?, well it could only be one person.
Since we first saw him play way back when at Crash and then watch in wonder as he became a staple ingredient in Beyond’s success recipe, we have followed the fabulous footsteps created by Steve Pitron, the undisputed original & longest serving resident of this awesome afterhours, who, like us, was at the very first party back in 2001, although was a noticeable absence from its decade of dance celebration two weeks ago. However, over the years, he has entertained us enthrallingly, a massive mound of magical memories marking some magnificent milestones in our association with the man & the club, although the last nine years cannot quite compare with this latest tenth, a real purple patch period creating what has now become our tearful trademark, that emotional rollercoaster ride that we have so often during 2011 found ourselves on, Beyond, our spot & Steve entirely responsible for these overt reactions. So, it would come as no surprise that with the news of his resplendent return to the decks of this colossal club, even a serious shoulder injury wasn’t going to keep us away from absorbing what would prove to be yet another prolific Pitron performance brimming with brilliant beats.
So, it was Sunday morning and that fantastic feeling that we were once again pushing the boundaries of normality as we made the short journey to Vauxhall and to Area, the heavenly home of the clubbing colossus, the weekend seeing Beyond play host to the official “I Love WE” afterparty, a terrific turnout expected as a result, the actual numbers notched up impressive enough, especially once we found ourselves inside . That said, our later than planned arrival of just shy of 7 a.m. found little or no wait to negotiate the usual considerable queue, the familiar & friendly face of Tom Fuller taking care of door hosting duties in the absence of Naomi & Juliana, his exceptional efficiency accounting for our smooth & swift entry. With just the coatcheck to negotiate, having weaved our way through the Chapel space, Gonzalo Rivas serving up a sermon of stupendous sounds, our mind was rather focussed on Beyond’s main room and its main man who was already well into his stride, very much back where he belonged & in his now favoured first slot, exuding with the energy .
So, deciding to brave it through the masses already gathered, we approached the front of the D.J. booth into the welcoming arms of Steve’s beau Celso, the emotion of it all gripping us as tightly as the hug from our brilliant Brazilian, the beautiful Bel also in close quarters, although the beaming smile of Steve sent us scurrying to our spot, the emotion of the reunion over spilling spontaneously. But with Beyond’s best masterminding the magnificent music, “Pressure” hitting our heavenly mark, a beckon back to the front of the D.J. booth by an excited Mr Pitron was clearly a ploy to trap us in a tearful tumble as he pulled out “Offshore” from his bag of brilliant beats, a sure-fire certainly to get our waterworks in full flow. With Celso’s further reassuring hug helping us reassume a grip on our exaggerated emotions, we returned to our spot to savour what was becoming another brilliant Beyond, the Area lighting amazing, even the much missed pyrotechnic rockets back with a bang, while the towering tunes kept coming, a magnificent mix of classics remixed, notable new ones & all-time anthems that would set us off again, first “Bitch Lady”, then “Live Your Dreams” and “Catch” ramping up the already rip roaring rollercoaster ride we found ourselves on.
Now we were pretty much absorbed by this awesome afterhours, a flock of familiar faces passing us but stopping to say hi, Guy Williams, Aaron Elder, Jonny Marsh, & the marvellous Minty just four in a score or more of party people that were making us feel right at home, although it was the music that was continuing to do the talking, the spectacular “Souk” and them a rapturous remake of the classic “Jumpin” sending us skyward & spinning on our spot. But the best was yet to come, as the occasional glances over the D.J. booth were soon followed by an invitation to join our man behind the Beyond decks, Steve’s smiles saying it all, as were the audiences amazing reactions which we could see all the more clearly from our privileged position, we quickly losing count of the people pitching up in front of the booth to grab a piece of Mr Pitron who was on fantastic form. And with first a re-make of “Fusion” and then the truly terrific track, “Feel The Power (Vibe)” within Steve’s selections, we pretty much lost our breath amidst the enormity of the magical moments we were spending up in the D.J. booth & witnessing a morning’s musical masterclass. However, the tremendous two hours of his scintillating set were fast coming to an end, we feeling well & truly touched to be spending the last magnificent moments of this masterful Steve showing right next to the man in question, his playful pranks extending to a stint out on the dancefloor, Bel’s tweets also combining to pin us in our corner then seek refuge behind Celso & fellow Brazilian boy Giuseppe, he completing the perfect picture of this magnificent morning, our shoulder injury eventually dictating our retirement home to reflect on a short stay that satisfied in all respects.
So how can we sum up this slice of a serving from the brilliance of Beyond? Well, to be honest, walking away from the club we felt completely lost for words, such was the splendour of this sliver we savoured, Steve’s superb sound selections marking yet another pitch perfect Pitron performance to add to the long list we have been so fortunate to witness just this year, let alone all the ones from across Beyond’s history both at Area & Colosseum. And while it was clear that we were not alone in missing our man at the helm for the clubs 10th birthday celebration, this magical morning made up for it in every respect, the reactions from the party people in the packed out main room testament to just what a draw this delectable D.J. is. However, we can also take away from this latest terrific turn, the captivating comradeship that the crowd clearly hold dear in the presence of Mr Pitron, we even feeling the affection from the flock of familiar faces that made a point of saying hello, not least the young man that was so complimentary of our last Beyond review. And while our stay was shorter than we would have hoped, we couldn’t have wished for much more from this magical morning, the club, its crowd and everyone involved in bringing brilliance Beyond within our reach week in week out, proving that it continues to ride that wave crest that we deluded to earlier, although nothing will ever compare to that rollercoaster ride that we once again found ourselves on, a jubilant yet emotional journey that we wouldn’t change for the world, a trip fantastique, Steve style. (DISCO MATT)
Postscript – Monday 10th Oct
Having shared ten tracks from Beyond’s history in our “10th Birthday” review, we thought we would continue the trend, although this time pick on five fabulous features from Steve’s set yesterday morning, some looking like making it onto our 2011 list, while others are likely to be included in a forthcoming Pitron podcast pressing.
So, first up is the uplifting & bouncy “Levels” by Avici, minimal vocals but bags of electronic beats that give it a real afterhours feel and a track that is, for us, very Beyond & Steve Pitron. Now, more hot off the press you couldn’t have as its full release is imminent, the Etta James sample having literally just been signed to Universal (wonder who was responsible for that?!?!), so we can see this track doing big things and one which you can check out via http://youtube.com/watch?v=kVk1HOlkq_o.
Next up is one of our favourites and caught our ear as we walked onto the Beyond main room dancefloor yesterday morning, the wave of emotion we were feeling, cut through fabulously by this Geoff M stormer. Released back in August but only now emerging onto the D.J.’s playlists, “You Better” featuring vocals by Dawn Tallman & given the remix treatment by one David Penn is an absolute corker and one you can grab in full glory at http://youtube.com/watch?v=wRPk__KizOg.
Our third pick from a raft of new tunes Mr Pitron played on Sunday (and one that got a mini mention within the main review) is a re-make of a track that was doing it for us on the Beyond dancefloors a few years ago, “Fusion” one of those recognisable tracks that evoke fabulous memories for us and this 2011 version looks like doing the same, especially as we were right by Steve’s side when he selected. With the unmistakable vocals of Kristen Cummings, this Hoxton Whores re-press is sure to have magnificent mileage and one worth checking out at http://youtube.com/watch?v=QWGI2z3nj_0.
Our fourth choice is pretty hot off the press, having been released just over three weeks ago and, given it freshness, pricked up our ears when Steve played it yesterday, a terrific tune that suits the Beyond main room first set superbly, “Don’t Throw It Away” combining vocals, progressive beats & electro intentions exceedingly well, the Bassmonkey’s club mix on this collaborative track with the Dominatorz with vocals from Amanda Wilson out in full glory at http://youtube.com/watch?v=HhUTtokkYB4.
Then, saving the best for last, we come to the powerful “Feel The Vibe” a brilliant Beyond anthem that we overlooked when running down our top ten a couple of weeks ago, but came rushing back when Steve selected this absolute masterpiece of a mix by the brilliant Whelan & Di Scala, Axwell’s original given a new thrilling twist by the dynamic duo that were responsible for the towering track “Nimbus” among many others. Again, we were so fortunate to be standing next to Steve when this was played out yesterday morning and the crowd’s reaction was simply spectacular and yes, our eyes were filling with those emotional joyful tears too. This track has already stormed into our top 40 of the year and when you take a listen at http://youtube.com/watch?v=-9bisoNYhmo you will realise why.
After a pretty topsy turvy summer season which started & ended with hospitalisation, that on top of writing prospect promises that failed to materialise, we point ourselves towards the autumn with renewed vigour, this new found furver in our footsteps seeing the return of our weekly recommends newsletter which we now plan to extend into Thursday’s as it seems the weekend does actually start here for many. Plus, while we did experiment with an all encompassing version “Bar Bites & Club Cuts”, a move dictated by a certain weekly magazine rag, now that ties have been severed, we are pleased that our best format is back & here to stay.
So, let’s crack on and take a look at Soho first, our top of the tree choice here going to Profile & Lo-Profile, that latter having seen a bit of a shuffle while we were off air, but more on that in a minute. As for Profile, well, it’s business as usual down Wardour St way, the ever friendly & gorge bar team making for the most hospitable welcome we know and with plenty of special offers up their sleeves, like the Tuesday “Steak Night”, the Wednesday “Burger Bonanza” & their exemplary Sunday roast, we couldn’t think of a better place to take a snack or even dive into their considerable menu, the lunch offer of two main courses for £10 looking particularly tempting, while it is worth noting that everything is prepared on the premises from fresh local sourced ingredients. Equally appealing is the weekend music entertainment as the bar boasts regular residents that include Jamie Head, Nick Evans, Nathan Six & Zach Burns, while this Friday (7th Oct) the team are banking on new boy James Whalley to pull in the punters, while on Saturday, regular D’Johnny is highly likely to be in WE Party mood as he warms up the WE worshipers before heading down to E&C himself. So, we think there are more than enough reasons there to entice you to pay Profile a visit sometime this weekend, not forgetting their fab happy hour which kicks in from 4 p.m. daily & now includes cocktail pitchers at just £15, further details out at http://profilesoho.com.
Now to Lo-Profile and as we touched on earlier, it’s been all change on Friday’s while we have been out of action, the weekly social splendour “Society” having given way to new night “Play Time”, this very much upping the ante on the raunchy side, with the addition of a bevy of gorgeous go-go’s, plus a roving commission of sponsors, this week seeing English Lads play host, while on the decks the exceptional experience of Jamie Head will be complimented by the fresh faced looks & music of new to Lo-Profile, Renato Porto. However, the clubs weekend will have already started thanks to Thursday night thriller Gigolo, the Hart boys David & Lambros bringing another edition of this increasingly popular boutique style brilliance, this week the theme being “Heat” and the musical heat definitely on max with man of the moment, Zach Burns, kick starting the night, Mykonos Xlsior festival superstar George Spiliopoulos jets in add to plenty of Greek heat to proceedings. Then jumping through to Saturday, Lo-Profile assumes relative normality with Nathan Six & Alessandro Londra serving up the sounds, although the weekend is far from over as Sunday (9th Oct) yet another new night hits town, as Gaydar Radio’s Phil Marriott hosts a sequence of “Secret Sunday” sessions to mark the radio station’s 10th birthday, the night kicking off from 5 p.m. with live shows each week from 6.30 p.m. from house bands, this week Just Like Little People & Ryan Keen featuring, while Mr Marriott will be jumping on the decks too. With advance tickets at just £5 on sale at http://gaydar-radio.clubtickets.com, while entry is also available on the door, this should prove a superb way to end your weekend in superb style, info on this & all happenings out at http://loprofile.com.
Now to a couple of Short Shouts and first, with our extension to include Thursday’s, we give a plug to Room Service, who continue to pull in scene starlets & celebs at host venue Diu, tonight (Thurs 6th) seeing D.J. duo Kris Di Angelis & Tom Stephan give the night a meaty feel ahead of “Meat” which has its monthly meet on Saturday. Also acted as WE’s pre-party, Room Service looks like being another heavenly happening, more details available at http://clubroomservice.com.
Other our Soho Short Shout goes to Rupert St who continue to pull in the punters, despite the current downturn in consumer spending, the pink pound apparently still quite buoyant, either that or a sense of escaping from reality still alive & kicking. And to help the happy mood are its resident D.J’s that play out each Friday, Saturday & Sunday, this week seeing our foxy female D.J. Minx sort the sounds on Friday, while its Alessandro Londra that steers both Saturday & Sunday, more info on the bars food & drinks offers out at http://rupertstreet.com.
Right let’s move down to Vauxhall and with the lion’s share of activity it will come as no surprise that The Orange Group get our Best Bite devotion this week, the launch of new club night Le Boy one of the more exciting prospects and one which we covered in a Weekend Focus post, all the detail out at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/10/recommends-false-start-fixed-le-boy-the-launch-friday-7th-october-weekend-focus/. But while Le Boy steals some of the Friday spotlight, Onyx have their own bite at the
cherry with their “Freshman – Class Of 2011 Freshers Party” very much aiming at drawing in those student types that are about to knuckle down to a term of study but need a Friday fling to get them in the mood, D.J.’s Jonny M & Lee Harris pumping the main room, while Onyx’s own Verity Mayes joins Lisa German & Ariel in The Terrace, The Chapel space all about pop with Lady Lloyd & James St James. Jumping to Sunday and, as usual, all roads will lead to beyond, not least tempting those WE Party boys & girls that want to continue their cavorting, this weekend marking the resplendent return of Beyond’s very own Steve Pitron which can only mean one thing for us, yes you guessed it, that emotional rollercoaster ride, so watch this space for a special Extra Bites post due out on Saturday morning devoted to Steve’s return. But the offer across the weekend also includes Gravity tonight (Thurs 6th Oct), Later on Sunday & Orange on Monday morning, although Booster no longer takes place & Saturday will be given away to WE (more on that in a min). Full details of all these parties can of course be found by going to http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties, as well as adding your preferred club option to http://gayguestlists.com while http://clubtickets.com is also worth a trawl for advance tickets & event details. However, how could we forget Queer Nation who celebrate their 21st birthday on Saturday (8th Oct), pretty much a record on the scene, Fire the venue where it all happens, our second Extra Bites post of the week devoted to this momentous occasion, so watch this space for that.
To a couple of Short Shouts now and the venerable institution that is The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (The RVT) getting our first shout, a weekend packed with entertainment kicking off with “Rooster” on Friday (7th Oct), a night for “…art makers & bedroom porn stars…” and with Jonjo & Timberlina in the driving seat, anything could happen, while regulars “Duckie” on Saturday & “S.LA.G.S./Chill-out” on Sunday will surely find their fabulous followers, more info on the full seven days of activity available by going to http://thervt.org.uk.
For our second Short Shout we venture just down Kennington Lane where we find The Eagle who also have a weekend full of engrossing events, the manly “Tonker” on Friday & the madcap “Horse Meat Disco” on Sunday (9th Oct) sandwiching new(is) night “Goodfellas” on Saturday, a our foursome of fella’s on the D.J. decks sure to hit the mark, Leonardo Glovibes, Micky Galliano & Severino being joined by Nico de Ceglia, plenty of Italian & Latin influence sure to pump up some passionate action in this raunchy resting place, further details of all three nights out at http://eaglelondon.com.
Now, moving onto our alternative choices and whilst not alternative in nature, given its location in Elephant & Castle, WE Party certainly sits here in our rundown of happenings, their “I Love WE” event taking place on Saturday (8th Oct), our Weekend Focus post “Banking On Brand Buoyancy” telling all at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/10/recommends-banking-on-brand-buoyancy-we-party-london-i-love-we-saturday-8th-october-weekend-focus/, leaving a clear path to Shoreditch splendour, East Bloc, to grab our Best Bite slot. And for good reason too, as not only did the venue celebrate its first full year in
operation last Friday, no mean feat in the tricky trading tide its finds itself within, but with big brand Gutterslut now firmly established at this Old Street operation, the venue’s owner & promoter, Wayne Shires, couldn’t be happier, a chance meet on the street just yesterday confirming that. But this weekend, it’s all about another brilliant brand which East Bloc boasts and one home-grown at that, as the magnificence of “Meat” returns for another of its monthly sessions, the theme this time round being “Hanky Panky”, not that they really needed to as plenty of that goes on usually anyway. However, as co-promoter Kris Di Angelis explained to us, “…the deal is that we hand you a hanky and then you have to do whatever the hanky say’s that you are into…”, which in our case could include a multitude of sins, but will certainly throw plenty of extra spice into this already meaty meet. And that “hanky” theme will also extend to those that are familiar with its calling sign, for instance “…if you’re a top, wear it in your left back pocket, if you’re a bottom then it’s the right….” while Kris also adds, “…into oral? light blue is your colour, cross dressing? light lavender, size queen? mustard yellow, military man? Khaki, food play? lime green, no limits? orange, spanking? fuchsia, cigar play? tan…..and so on…”, so it seems the usual hanky panky will be even more so, although the music is also pretty much guaranteed to be top draw, Messrs Di Angelis & Stephan (that’s Tom) will be joined in the main room by James Pople, while over in the “mincemeat” space (we love that!), Jonny Woo & Lee Dalloway entertain. Kicking off at 10.30 p.m., check out all the detail via http://facebook.com/event.php?eid=271734846182429, while take a look that the latest monthly video at http://youtube.com/watch?v=nGjCdTy6s44 which spells out the hanky panky!!
Right to a couple of Short Shouts and firstly to the Dalston Superstore up in, yes you guessed it, Dalston, the team turning out a weekend full of events, Friday seeing “Blonde” take charge, the likes of Jim Warboy & A Man To Pet on the decks, while on Saturday (8th Oct) the Sink The Pink crew are back with the ever popular “Happy Shopper” with one of east end’s best, Prince Nelly, on the decks among a host of others. Then to finish off the weekend, Squeaky pulls in loads of friends for “Tutti Frutti”, details of all three events available by going to http://thedalstonsuperstore.com.
Our final Short Shout for this newsletter goes to Exilio, the Latin niche night that has been going now for an impressive 15 years, such is its fervent following, so the team mark this momentous occasion with a special celebration down at Guy’s Bar on St Thomas St, London Bridge, salsa, meringue, cumbia & plenty more on offer. Plus being relatively early doors, starting at 9.30 p.m. this Saturday (8th Oct), WE enthusiasts can kill two birds with one stone, but be prepared to fork out £10 for this birthday bash.
So that’s just about it for our newsletter return, while as for our weekend, well it looks like Le Boy on Friday, Meat on Saturday and then, without question, Beyond on Sunday morning, we already having been put under starting orders by Mr Pitron so will be on our spot ready for his set. So, if you see us out, come up & say hi, but whatever you do & wherever it finds you, have a great weekend & remember to “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
There is no doubt that WE Party has established itself as a capital clubbing circuit colossus, some would say on the back of the pulsating path that its arch rival SuperMartXe had forged, not least that it short of stole The Coronet from underneath its Spanish super brand competitor’s feet. But then that old record is getting a little worn now, WE having shown SuperMartXe a clean pair of heels with its simply spectacular LED laser & stage shows with the Madrid top brass see as its real strength in London, WE’s creator & promoter top cheese Victor Pallas proud to say that the London parties are only second to the Spanish capital’s. That said, with the influence of The Orange Group, the events in London do occasionally forge their own path of excellence, this coming Saturday (8th October) looking like no exception, as the theme of the latest outing, “I Love WE” looks as though it is not part of the worldwide WE calendar, but London’s decision to through an extra party into the mix and bank on brand buoyancy to pull in the punters.
That said, WE is very much at the top of the Saturday game here in London, especially given the recent parties, “Candy” having set it on that path to gigantic glory, “Heroes” continuing the success story & then “Prison Of Love” once again proving that the clubbers love of all things Coronet & WE were far from waning. So, it comes as no surprise that the team behind the smash of the summer want to continue to ride that wave crest they find themselves on, hence “I Love WE” fitting into the schedule with lots of the staple ingredients that have made the previous three parties so spectacular. That means you can expect the incredible LED stage visuals, a whole host of heavenly drop dead gorgeous dancers, the stunning laser shows that set The Coronet as a venue aside from some of its biggest rivals and all this centre staged by PA Abigail Bailey. Now, you may recognise the name from SuperMartXe, in fact, Abigail has performed for the brand three times here in London, WE obviously wanting to cash in on her considerable talents. Although landing her has cost the brand a pretty penny, although given her performances for SMX at both The Coronet & especially at their “Alice” party at The Brixton Academy, so should prove worthy of every pound paid, not least that she has a dozen singles under her belt, possibly her best known being “Touch Me “ (check it out at http://youtube.com/watch?v=TNjHrvS_4AU) which is sure to feature, although maybe without the Tom & Jerry graphics!!
Moving onto the music and that winning formula we have already hinted towards continues here too, as WE heavyweight and, for us, Spain’s finest, Carlos Gallardo flies in to headline the happening, he still resplendent from a smashing summer representing the brand around Europe and especially having made a huge impact in Ibiza alongside another firm favourite of ours, PA Peyton, while, as we enter the awards season, it seems Mr Gallardo is already being nominated for some big industry prizes which should And it seems that Carlos continues to pack in the studio work too, his GT2 remix of Marcos Rodriquez’ & Estelle Martin’s “A Taste Of Ibiza” an excellent example, although his WE wardrobe is brimming with brilliant beats, meaning he should certainly shine under the spotlight once again. But he will find himself in good company, as the London team have drawn on some towering talent in the form of D’Johnny, Gonzalo Rivas & Jamie Head, to accompany Carlos on The Coronet big stage, all three no strangers to this arena, indeed each one of them having played out here for WE before. And with D’Johnny particularly, the WE connection through Peyton shows its hand with his remix of “Love So Strong”, which has certainly got the vocalist’s seal of approval as it races up the US billboard charts (take a look at http://youtube.com/watch?v=KEXSjMV_zok&feature=share), while he is no stranger to the odd WE devoted podcast here & there, his last offering for the “Heroes” event back in July, a D’Johnny jamboree of terrific tunes, so well worth a listen along with other outstanding offerings at http://djohnny.podomatic.com/. But the music isn’t just confined to the main room as Fat Tony has been pulled in too and will play out to a select gathering in “The Boudoir” upstairs, this space proving more & more popular for those that seek an escape from the mania downstairs and given the form Tony is on at the moment, well worth a pop in or three.
So to the all important details and this WE party London “I Love WE” event takes place this coming Saturday (8th October) at The Coronet in Elephant & Castle, doors opening at 11 p.m. & the club running through until a planned 7 a.m. Now, advance tickets are still available, although you have missed the £10 early bird boat, that said the £15 variety represent really good value for money which you can grab online at http://wepartylondon.com/tickets.html, while similarly priced ones are on sales in Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone, & 50, although should you prepfer to just turn up then more will be available on the door, but expect to pay much more, (at least £20). And no party would be complete without a pre-party, Soho soiree sensation Room Service playing host this Thursday (6th Oct), the WE London team out in force with specially discounted ticket offers & other goodies. But Saturday is the biggie and we are sure The Coronet will be crammed with clubbers wanting to get their latest WE fix, although while, clearly, WE gets our full recommendation, as we are still wearing a significant war wound to our shoulder and are on strict orders to rest, we will be relying on our “SS” undercover reviewer to report on it all, leaving us to simply say, make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Casting our minds back to midsummer, well to July to be precise, we were pretty excited about the launch of a new Friday night club concept aimed at the male market and one that, at the time, was designed to fit neatly between the offers in & around Vauxhall, not least Onyx, which for so long has dominated clubbing south of the river on this start to the weekend. Le Boy was always designed to be a club attracting a slightly more mature, predominantly male crowd who wanted their music a bit more upfront & funky & their night a little more spunky. But, while the promise was there, the club failed to leave the planned 5th August starting block, indecision as it is appeal, along with other priorities, stalling the launch. However, after a further period of consultation & discussion, the launch of Le Boy is back, the concept pretty much the same, but a new boy (or is that Le Boy?!) at its helm and surely to seal the deal on the clubs success, the launch date now set for this Friday (7th October) and at new venue Protocol to boot. But before we go headlong into the detail, let’s share an extract from our original post back in July which will give you a backdrop as to the club & its intentions.
“…Now to Le Boy, a concept born out of the desire for something a bit more macho but without the usual dirty, sleazy feel of some clubs that have run at Fire in the past, this new venture very much a men only club, but one where sex is not the predominant feature, more a club where men can booze, cruise & dance. And when we look across the scene & then cast our minds back, this kind of club has very much being missing & wanted for quite a while, too many offerings falling into the trap that all gay men just want to get their dicks out, watch porn or watch others up to it (yes we know there are lots of you that do, but there are as many who don’t!). In fact Vauxhall has filled itself with clubs like that for too long now, Le Boy marking a refreshing change and in many ways, harping back to those halcyon & pioneer days of Crash, the club more than any other, responsible for putting Vauxhall on the clubbing map. Moreover, Le Boy is aiming to bridge the gap between the vanilla style of Onyx & the sleaze that clubs like Rudeboiz were labelled, get our drift?!…”.
So, that was the concept then, what about now?, Well, the first big change & difference is that Le Boy will play out in the new club space known as Protocol, rather than Fire as originally planned. Now, while we have been privy to some of the initial plans for this new space, we weren’t around to see it launch last week for The Wig Afterparty, but from what we have been told, it is very much up-market compared it its immediate neighbour, the lounge space section of this two roomed triumph, boosting table service, a special VIP area, incredible decor & un-paralleled levels of service (well that’s what it says on the tin at least!), so Le Boy, while holding onto elements of its original brief is, in the words of its promoter, “…aiming to attract London’s clubbing elite…”. And the promoter is the second big difference that this Le Boy concept features, as the magnificence of Mauricio Ortiz has come to bear on the brand, this charming & capable Brazilian have instilled new life into Casa Latina, is slowly making his mark on Beyond and now has landed his own club in Le Boy, he exclaiming to us that “…finally I will be launching my own club, something I have worked and dreamed of for so long…” he further adding that “…I promise that Le Boy is going to be totally new and fresh, awesome and exciting and a place where everyone can relax and enjoy their start to the weekend..”, which pretty much seals the deal for us & means out support goes without saying.
In terms of the music, Mauricio has cherry picked a resident team of D.J.’s that blend experience & ingenuity, Beyond boys Jamie Head & Fat Tony clearly on the experience end of the scale, while Brazilian Leandro Kloppel & an individual straight from our protégé pack, Zach Burns make up the ingenuity ingredient, both boys having made significant strides within a highly competitive D.J.’ing scene here in the capital. With both Zach & Leandro joined by Jamie in Le-Boy’s main room, expect the music to be upfront, uplifting, pumping & progressive, with plenty of tech tones, vocal infusions, the three very distict styles taking you on a joyful journey through all these house music genres, while in the lounge space, Fat Tony will be serving up a superb selection of dance anthems old & new, very much setting the tone for this more laid back bit of Le Boy, a specially extended set for the launch sure to go down a treat. Now, no music mention of ours would pass without a podcast link and it is Zach Burns who gets a mention again, as it is he who has just released a new compilation, simply titled “House Session 15” and one that hints towards the kind of music to expect come Friday night, so one well worth a listen by going to http://djburns.podomatic.com/entry/2011-10-03T18_11_15-07_00.
Now to the all important detail and Le Boy takes place this coming Friday (7th October) at Protocol in Vauxhall, the venue accessed via the old Lightbox entrance on South Lambeth Rd (under the arches, past Starbucks) with full address & other details available on the venue website at http://protocol-london.com. Doors open at 10 p.m., with the club running through to a planned 4 a.m. and entry available on the door, priced at £5 before midnight (with flyer or ad) or £10 otherwise and with special discount entry offers to A:M, which returns to its usual spot & slot at Fire, kicking off just about when Le Boy finishes. And for this launch party, expect the glitterati of the gay clubbing scene to descend onto Protocol, all looked after by the bevy of gorgeous go-go’s that Mauricio has lined up, and if they are anything like the crew at Casa or the Later boat party beauts, you will be in for some real eye candy treats. So, it certainly looks like the Le Boy launch will be quite a show and hopefully, shoulder permitting, we will be there to report on it all, so if you see us come say hi, naturally making sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)