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Well, it’s been a long time coming, but Disco Matt gets back into the D.J. groove with the first in a regular release of focuses, this one looking at marvellous Milano man Marco Gee. With a detailed picture of his production pedigree, along with links a-plenty to both podcasts & tracks, see why we rate this impressive individual we way we do.
Born in Piacenza, not far from the Italian city of Milan, D.J./Producer Marco Gee found himself within an extremely creative environment to follow his passion, namely house music and at the tender age of 14, developed his own home-grown studio which allowed him to experiment with all sorts of sounds, nurturing the creative elements that would prove valuable in years to come. As a result, Marco soon started D.J.’ing for a string of local clubs & radio stations, while his studio productions remained the real drive, this leading to his first big break in 1992 when he teamed up with fellow Italian, Massimo Paramour & music label Media Records, the latter exposing Mr Gee to some of biggest names in Italian house music of the time, including Cappella, Tito Puente & Zietia Messiah & the band, the 49’ers. However, despite the advances Marco was making within the Italian music scene, he saw London as a much richer playing field, upping sticks & pursuing his career in sound engineering while sinking into the vibrant clubbing scene that was emerging at the time. With pioneering clubs like Crash, Salvation, DTPM & Trade, the inspiration for Marco to further experiment in the studio, London was where he would evolve his style from the distinct 90’s dance music that was a feature of his earlier productions, towards more elaborate blends, genre styles extending into deep & tech, progressive & funky house.
Then, in 2006, Marco was given the incredible opportunity of collaborating with fellow Italian & long time friend, Francesco Pagano, a marriage of musical minds that would not only produce the track “My Body And My Soul” but would see Marco appointed to the record label & clubbing umbrella created by Pagano, namely Deviate. The following year marked a whole raft of house classic adaptations coming out of the Marco Gee recording studio, including Deux’s “Sun Rising Up”, Ce Ce Peniston’s “Finally” & the David Morales hit “How Would You Feel”, while artists such as Stonebridge, Dayeene, & Lonnie Gordon were other features in his work, 2007 also seeing further collaborations with Pagano and with London D.J./producer figurehead Alan X, these crowning a year that saw well over a dozen track productions to Marco’s name. The same year would see Marco head hunted & commissioned by MTV to produce an short track for an online advertisement for sports brand Adidas, one which was taken up my this global brand in Germany and is one among a number of notable Marco achievements. With his productions released on labels such as Almighty, Champion & Stoney Boy, 2008 would mark Marco’s biggest production project to date, his collaboration with De’lacy producing the massive hit, “Bodyswerve”, one which Champion records snapped up, while its release on iTunes made the track go truly global., becoming an iconic house music hit that scored successive inclusions in D.J.’s performances, as well as receiving major airplay on radio stations around the world.
So, having firmly established a reputation in the recording studio, the natural progression for Marco was to break out onto the clubbing scene as a D.J., his associations on the capital’s circuit opening up opportunities for Marco to play for brands Barcode & Lovechild, his debut set at the latter in March 2011 receiving rave reviews. This then produced further guest & resident spots, including Profile/Lo-Profile and more recently, alternative club event Deviate, which re-affirmed the long standing working relationship with one Francesco Pagano, while Lovechild was also to play host to the launch of Marco’s latest production, “Get It On” with artist Shockolady in October 2011. With Marco still very much linked with Lovechild, as well as off-shoot “Superlovers”, his D.J.ing has inspired a series of podcasts, while 2012 has started on a fabulous foot for him, a further collaboration with De’lacy on the cards, while his “Lovechild” mix of Stacey Jackson’s “Is This Love” is set for release on Run Boy Records. Add to that scheduled showings for his Deviate & Lovechild residencies, as well as guest appearances for a handful of other brands, Marco is definitely on the up & up and looking forward to a year packed with new opportunities & developments.
So what of those productions & podcasts, Well, with a discography that extends to over 20 release since 2006 alone, there is much to chew over, stand-out singles including his vocal mix of The Sphinx track “What Hope Have I”, his remix of Dayeene’s hit “And It Hurts”, along with Cluedup’s “Music is My Life” and 7th Heaven’s “Music” all 2007 releases but still available via Beatport at http://beatport.com/artist/marco-gee/18178/tracks. Then there was the massive track “How Did You Know” which he produced & featured the vocals of Mar-shine, released in 2008 on the Big In Ibiza label, which was neatly followed by that huge “Bodyswerve” collaboration with De’Lacy, Soulshaker in tern giving it their own interpretation and one you can catch at http://youtube.com/watch?v=CBe08MUrhyo. But the tracks have continued, remixes of Pagano’s “Drama On The Dancefloor” being released on Kult records in 2010, while teaming up with Shocklady and her track “Get It On”, the official video release at http://youtube.com/watch?v=X-Gr2AN0qm8, saw Marco produce a specially commissioned Lovechild mix which was performed at the clubs re-launch at Pulse in October 2011 and features on his podcast devoted to the event, which you can download via http://marcogee.podomatic.com/entry/2011-10-24T13_02_50-07_00.
And that neatly moves onto his podcast productions, of which there are plenty to choose from over & above that Lovechild “The Big Blue” devotion, Marco having laid down no less than nine production’s during 2011, a pressing from his performance at Deviate in June among a list of others, one marking his set for “Superlovers” in September. But with that rave review set from Lovechild “Muscle” in March included on his podcast page, there is much more to choose from, Mr Gee dipping into deep house with his May podcast, while summer anthems and big room mixes feature in his other captivating compilations. Currently culminating in his latest release this month, Marco explains of his “Gold – Volume 9” podcast, “…like all of my sets, it’s a crescendo of energy, starting a little minimal but then quickly turning into full blown tech house with a touch of electro…”, adding that “…this is the first of a new line of podcasts with a distinctive sound…” very much reflecting his Deviate rather than his Lovechild style, although with such a variety available on his podcast page at http://marcogee.podomatic.com/, we are pretty much spoilt for choice.
So, having delved deep into the life, the music & the achievements of this marvellous Milano man, there is no doubt in our minds that terrific talent that is Marco Gee is one of the production world greats, while we are sure his is a name that will feature more & more on the capital’s clubbing circuit in 2012 and beyond. (DISCO MATT)
Billed as London’s hottest midweek party, Disco Matt takes a quick lok into the weekly return of Gigolo to the Soho social soiree scene, this brilliant brand’s business being your pleasure and with hot porn stars, hot latino’s hot D.J.’s & hot action, the heat is definitely on at Shadow Lounge this Wednesday
Having pretty much hit the ground running when Mr & Mr Hart launched their new social clubbing splendour, Gigolo, to an adoring audience back in May last year, it seemed that despite running head to head with competitor club, Room Service, on a Thursday night, there were enough party people to go around and its seemed that the relationship with host venue Lo-Profile looked set to last, not least as both parties were keen to give Gigolo its own identity within this Wardour St wonder. Yet, like so many clubs we know & have seen hit choppy waters, the love affair between Gigolo & Lo-Profile came to an abrupt end in September, both David & L.a. vowing to be back with their brilliant brand, sporting a new home & a significant stride in their boots to boot. And in December with “Cumback” we realised that new home was The Shadow Lounge, while that significant stride saw Gigolo team up with Salvation in what was one of the true success stories of New Year’s Day, like the Thursday’s it had encountered in the past, there being plenty of people to go around, even though WE Party was running at the same time.
So it seemed that Gigolo had once again found its feet, last Wednesday seeing L.a. celebrate his birthday amidst an absolutely packed Shadow Lounge, Gigolo’s tip top resident Zach Burns & Shadow Lounge’s Harvey Adam setting the superb soundtrack, while with porno hosts Tate Ryder & Troy Haydon, along with David’s lovely lens, that on top of the newly formed “porno booth”, it seemed that the dirty disco action that Gigolo had always been famous for was right back on the rails. Yet, we were still unsure whether this return marked Gigolo storming the scene weekly or monthly, although that question was quickly answered when details of the next outing, “Honcho” hit our desks last Friday, The Shadow lounge once again playing host to The Hart’s this coming Wednesday (25th January) in what is being billed as “…London’s hottest midweek party…” that is clearly building on the solid reputation developed in the Lo-Profile days, L.a. & David drawing in their considerable contacts to make this splendid social soiree the success now that it was when it was launched eight months ago.
Now, with “Honcho” the name & pure partying the game, what can you expect from this latest Gigolo gathering? Well, first and foremost, the Hart’s are pleased to welcome D.J. Junior Moura to the fold and what an exciting prospect this young man is, having started out in the game just nine months ago, he has already boasted appearances at Ku-Bar, Profile, Lo-Profile and, most notably, Fire, playing out in the main room no less, for Casa Latina on two occasions. Plus, listing him on our select “protégé players” list along with the likes of Zach Burns, Javier Medina & Guy Scheiman, Junior also finds himself in the illustrious company of Leomeo & Danny Verde, while in his terrific tutor, Junior’s skills behind the decks have been quickly honed and with the pedigree player that is Steve Pitron behind him, we can see this boy going far. So, Junior definitely brings plenty to the Gigolo party and you can expect an uplifting yet disco tinged turn with plenty of vocal infused tracks but with the Brazilian beat influence that marks a Junior jamboree, not forgetting that he will be bringing his bunch of Brazilian bicha’s with him, all who make any event a cavorting carnival. Then, taking up the second slice of sound spinning is admirable Australian Terry Vietheer, a Gigolo veteran, having been involved with the brand from the off and is sure to deliver a ton of towering tech infused tunes to keep the party ball rolling, an indication of what to expect available from his Gigolo devoted podcast, which you can still download or play by going to direct link http://soundcloud.com/gigolo-disco/gigolo-disco-sessions-mix-2-dj.
Music aside and naturally, the porn-tastic element of Gigolo will be very much evident, The Hart’s drawing on the talents of the clubs favourite star, Isaac Jones, while, following Gigolo’s exploits in Los Angeles when they met up with Lucio Saints, they will be flying this handsome hunk in, especially for “Honcho”, so a bevy of brawn not to be missed. Add to that the now popular VIP booth where all sorts of audacious antics carry on, on top of David Hart & his lens capturing tomorrow’s Gigolo stars, he the man behind Shootmeup, London’s most notorious scene shooters, they unashamedly saying “…if you want to get shot by the best, then get sexy or undressed…” and given some of the shots taken from previous parties, that’s exactly what happens. But moreover, for this “Honcho” event only, is the inclusion of a “Fitkit” booth, where you can size up for your “perfect fit condom”, the Gigolo team’s new year resolution to promote safer sex in the community seeing them team up with condom company Theyfit (more info at http://theyfit.co.uk) this booth allowing you size up for that perfect fit with the help of Isaac & Lucio (we bet they want to help!!, while purchases can be made online with Gigolo’s special discount code (we like that!).
So to the detail and this Gigolo “Honcho” event takes place tomorrow (Wednesday 25th Jan) at The Shadow Lounge on Brewer St (full venue details at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk) with doors opening from 10 p.m. & the club running through to a planned 3 a.m. finish, entry a standard £8 on the door, while concessions are up for grabs at just £5, until 11 p.m. via https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGt0NlY1YXV5SE1JeEVNT1dCTW9kYUE6MA. Plus with free shots being handed out by porn stars Isaac & Lucio for the sexiest & sluttiest posers, while you can get your hands on a special Gigolo cocktail for just £5 which will also get you in on the live XXX photoshoot and you can see why London’s hottest midweek party is looking like a truly dynamic draw. And it looks seriously possible that we will be stepping out for this “Honcho” event, no doubt nibble size tweeting our way through the event which you can follow at http://twitter.com/discomatt, so if you see us out come say hi and in the words of the Gigolo boys, his business is your pleasure, so have fun, grab a cocktail, get naked & get f***ed…” or ae we prefer to simply say, Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
We have covered our track chart, published our podcast picks, so it just remains for us to share our sets of the year in this, the third part of our music review of 2011. So the wait is over as we countdown, from ten to one, our most prolific players & their scintillating sets, revealing who tipped our musical scales the most.
While there is no doubt that 2011 had its huge highs & large lows, very much reflective of the rollercoaster ride references that were so much a part of our journey from January to December, music continuing to be central to or existence, whether it be the terrific tunes or the captivating compilations that filled our ears throughout the year. However, if it wasn’t for the prolific players across the capital’s clubbing circuit, or indeed those inspirational international spinning stars that entertained us during our expeditions across Europe, what we have termed, musically wise at least, as being our “Best Year Yet”, could not have been complete without the scores of superb sets we were so privileged to be part of in 2011. But while we would love to capture each & every entertainer in our lengthy list of dynamic D.J.’s that sparked us to spin on our spot, whether in London & Antwerp, Barcelona & Brussels or Paris & Rome, we had to slice our set selections down to just ten, devoting five to stars here in the capital & five to those based abroad. So, by giving you a flavour of their storming sets through extracts from reviews of the time, we will hopefully demonstrate why these terrific ten made it into our Y.E. chart, but by also pointing you to their Soundcloud sites, Podcast pages or Website windows, so you too will be able to melt into magical music that amassed in our bountiful memory banks..
So let’s get to it and to our tremendous tenth first, a Parisian player whom we got to meet properly for the first time back in February when we paid a visit to the French capital, although his work had not gone unnoticed before, his inclusion in the massive LGDF dance festival here in the capital a year earlier got our focus. However, we counted ourselves honoured to meet Ben Manson while shopping with our Parisian pal Leomeo in Le Marais, which prompted a visit to the superb Spyce Bar in this delightful district and it was here where we witnessed the brilliant Ben in action, his lofty position above the impressive & striking LED wall & displays adding to the amazing atmosphere he was creating that night. Treating us to a truck load of towering tunes, we included the following in our review of his prolific performance, “…soaking up the brilliant Ben beats and a better set we couldn’t have wanted for, Mr Manson delightfully blending tech tracks, with tribal beats, infusing these with euro style sounds & uplifting vocals, then taking us back again on this magical musical journey he was carrying us away on. Indeed, a better set we couldn’t have wished for, especially when he selected the heavenly “Hide You” by Sami Kivera, then having dived back into a trio of tech tunes, lifted the already amazing atmosphere with another vocal dream, this time “Show Me Your Love”, the crowd reacting accordingly and showing their appreciation with dextrous dance moves coupled with whoops & cheers, we ourselves succumbing to these scintillating sounds, spinning on our spot as though we were cavorting in a club….”. So, it is no surprise that Mr Manson simply had to make it into our top ten with his Spyce set. But, with superb showings for Salvation, SuperMartXe, Scream, as well as La Demence & Beyond (to name just a few), there were plenty of other reasons why Ben won us over, while you can you can too be won over by the man’s musical magnificence when picking on any of the 20 or so podcasts on his page(s) at http://benmanson.podomatic.com/.
With nine out of ten of our set selections so close to call, nominating our noteworthy ninth was a tricky task, but someone had to make it and so it goes to Brent Nicholls who didn’t feature in our year anywhere near as much as in 2010, although that said, on the few occasions he did, he never failed to score significantly with his superb set showings. With Hard On!, Rupert St & Profile/Lo-Profile considerations, Industri was nowhere near the tour de force it had been, a switch to Soho reducing our weekly institutional visits to just a few occasions while trips abroad were other reasons for not appearing as often as we would have liked. But like Industri, Brent’s other playing ground in our clubbing cavorting, Lovechild, pretty much split our year down the middle, the first half much more a feature of our frolicking, Mr Nicholls pretty much the master of the “love lounge” where we land on his most magical memory making masterpiece from January & Lovechild’s “Snowball” event, our reflection of Brent’s showing including “…it was time for us to find safety & solstice in the lounge space, where Mr Nicholls was firing up what would turn out to be our performance of the night…” along with “…Brent was definitely hitting our musical sweet spot, with one favourite track after the next, “Release Me”, Now Or Never”, “Trapped” & even “Stereo Love” all getting airplay, the latter sending us into an emotional state & floating our thoughts across the miles to a Lovechild inspired experience far away…”, he set showing here, like too many we could mention, delivering delightfully, Mr Nicholls’ distinctive nu-funk style never failing to hook, line & sink us into s pinning frenzy. And, there is plenty of that so called “nu-funk” style of his in his plethora of podcast releases in 2011 alone, so if you haven’t sampled a live set, then the next best thing is to go straight to http://djbrennicholls.com & choose any one of the twenty or so releases from the year.
To our enthralling eighth now and we stick to London and a fellow scene star that has been cutting a significant stride for many a year, our first memories of Jamie Head stretching back to those halcyon days of Crash, the club that started the whole Vauxhall clubbing movement around the turn of the century. However, Jamie has remained a feature of the capitals clubbing circuit since, regular appearances at Beyond, Profile/Lo-Profile, A:M, & Later scoring highly in his schedule, while we look back just a couple of months to WE’s 1st Anniversary, when he set us off on our “Disco” dancing dervishes delightfully. Then there was his set at WE “Attacks” at the beginning of the year which also spurned a rare podcast, leaving us with plenty of choices for his inclusion, this along with a handful of Terrace Room treats at Beyond being edged out by his prolific performance when Later took to the high seas of London, well the Thames actually, Jamie nailing a superb set during this aquatic audacity. And having remarked in our review that “…with many still packing the outside deck, we laid our hat inside and for good reason as Jamie Head was now in charge of the tunes, serving up a set to savour, a whole host of classic hits remixed & rehashed hitting the mark with many, we finding a spot to spin not far from the makeshift D.J. booth, our dancing dervishes increasing with every track he picked, the dancefloor erupting when the truly brilliant “Enjoy The Ride” played out & seemed so appropriate for the terrific time we were having, this ride on the waves in the hands of Mr. Head a huge highlight…”. And it seems that, despite all his other amazing London appearances, Later seems to bring out the best in him, next Sunday (28th Jan) a definite date in to put in your diaries, as Mr Head hits the Later decks for an exclusive back-to-back set with Mikey D, while if you haven’t sampled a Jamie set, then you can do a lot worse than checking out his “Tech Head” compilation (which is pretty close to his Later showings) at http://soundcloud.com/jamie-head/tech-head, while his “WE Attacks” podcast remains one of our firm favourites & his still available to download at http://jamiehead2.podomatic.com/.
Onward to our superb seventh and we switch back to an international globetrotting star, the Belgian born but Barcelona based Steven Redant, who impressed us on more than one occasion during 2011, although is a D.J./Producer we have been tracking for much longer, Steven having hit our radar when he landed on London to guest for Matinee when it moved to Cable in London Bridge, Mr Redant also a feature of the massive London Global Dance Festival a couple of years ago. But global is very much a word that sums up Steven’s activity, hardly a weekend passing by when he isn’t jetting to some corner of the globe, he being noted for saying on many an occasion of his travels, “…it’s relaxing after a week in the studio…” Mr Redant also noted for his production work, recording’s with fellow Barca based boy Lenz Garcia & his major playing partner in crime, Phil Romano, a whole string of sounds coming out of this threesome stable. However, we found ourselves incredibly fortunate to witness a simply spectacular set of Steven’s at La Demence back in February 2011, a trip to this long running & popular club part of our mini hop between Paris, Brussels, Antwerp & Amsterdam, our arrival at Fuse & a spot by the D.J. booth made all the better by the warm welcome & hospitality we received from Mr Redant. But it was his magnificent music that truly won over our mind body & soul that night, our review, “Brilliant Brussels Beats” remarking of Steven’s performance, “…And with Mr Redant truly radiant & on fabulous form, delivering an equally dreamy set of dance, house, tech & uplifting tunes, we were sent into seventh heaven with a succession of scintillating sounds, hard edged hits intermixed with uplifting vocal smashes that was leaving us wanting more & more, not least when the awesome “Till We See The Sun” was rolled out, Steven’s prolific performance seemingly going from strength to strength., we now doing the Disco Matt just like we were at Beyond…” we concluding “…Steven Redant pretty much stole the show with a scintillating set that had us spinning on out spot for the duration…”, hence why it & he simply had to make it into our Y.E. set chart. And the great news is that if you weren’t there, fear not, as Steven produced a podcast to mark the occasion and one you can still download by hitting on the direct link at his podcast page, http://stevenredant.podomatic.com/entry/2011-02-10T04_51_37-08_00.
Now as we move to our spectacular sixth, it’s getting tighter & tighter and virtually to close to call between the next two, both who floated our boat while away in Barcelona in April for Delice Dream, although Carlos Gallardo had treated us to some superb sets at WE Party in London during 2011 too, “Attacks” & “Candy” two huge highlights, we being privileged to get an on-stage intro at the NYD party last year, while we simply had to mention our mini “Doing The Disco Matt” moment with Mr Gallardo at this NYD’s “Safari” event, we once again finding ourselves in the privileged position by Steve Pitron’s side on stage when Carlos arrived to take over with another superb set showing. But all that is for our review still to come, while here we are taking you back to April 2011 and when Carlos represented WE at Delice Dream, the following extracts from our review of the whole festival, focussing on Carlos’s exemplary efforts, we first remarking “…And to then add to this now audacious action, incumbent D.J. Carlos Gallardo began to steal the Delice Dream show, taking the initiative…” neatly followed by “…with the atmosphere now amazing, in the hands of Carlos, the party hit top gear terrifically, track after track wowing the captivating clubbers & seeing us go into “Doing The Disco Matt” overdrive, even the drop dead gorgeous Delice cover boy Mourad dancing in very close quarters, sending our senses skyward, while the night was Mr Gallardo’s who gave the performance of the festival so far, the whole WE party under his steership attacking the minds bodies & souls from start to finish of his simply scintillating set…”. Yet, while we can’t share the sounds of this scintillating set with you, a flavour of the man’s magnificent music is available from a rare podcast pressing that Carlos made in advance of WE’s “Candy” event in London at the end of May, so one very much a must for your collection by going to http://wepartylondon.podomatic.com/entry/2011-05-16T06_26_59-07_00, this on top of a year when Mr Gallardo teamed up with prolific P.A. Peyton at a whole host of WE parties, including at Delice Dream, the product of the partnership a superb single, “Let It Go”, a terrific tune full of vivacious vocals & brilliant beats that showcases Mr Gallardo’s studio talents so one well worth picking out via Carlos’s Soundcloud site at http://soundcloud.com/coar/peyton-carlos-gallardo-let-it.
Onward to our fabulous fifth and our fourth international D.J./Producer to pack it in our top set “The Sets” chart, a man from Milan, Danny Verde, who’s 2011 has been, like our musically wise, his best year yet, tours of The USA, Mexico, & Brazil major features, while he has touched virtually every country in Europe during 2011, not least two showings in the U.K., first in Brighton back in January for club “Kinky Dangerous”, a weekend we were privileged to spend in his company, then just two months later in March, he was right here in London, playing for “The Black Party”, joining at the Beyond which immediately followed and making for a morning packed with magical memories. However, it was our turn to hit his turf a little later in the year, May in fact, when we made the trip across to Rome and to the magnificent Muccassassina. And seeing Danny playing in his own back yard (well almost) was an experience we will savour for a long time to come, the whole 24 hour expedition ranking among a handful of heavenly highlights of our year, although it was one of just a few exceptional events that we missed capturing in a full-on review, or even one of the bite size variety, rather a simple preview the review rapture which summed up Danny’s substantial showing at Mucca in May their “Raffaella event, when we simply said of or Milano Man’s showing, “…we lapped up every tiny morsel of the impressive & uplifting scorcher of a set from Mr Verde, who wowed us from start to finish of his superb stint, a performance packed with favourite anthems among newer tracks, treating us tremendously…”. However, with this proving one outstanding outing among a trio of Danny set showing 2011 treats, Delice Dream the when we declared of his performance on behalf of Mucca in Barca “…and we were not be to disappointed in any respect, the right royal send off we had been hoping for very much delivered from the off, resident D.J. back in Rome, Danny Verde, kicking off the night at Zillion in scintillating style, gloriously gathering an ever increasing crowd with a solid string of superb sounds, some Verde classics, others new tough tech & progressive beats that won him even more fans than he already had…”, it is no surprise that he has been included in our terrific ten, that on top of track remix productions a-plenty including Ellie Goulding’s “Starry Eyed” & Lady Gaga’s “You & I”, both ranking highly in our Y.E. chart, a glance at his Soundcloud site at http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio giving you indication of why this man’s studio reputation is of the magnitude it is.
Now we find ourselves at our fantastic fourth and another international D.J./producer who rocked our 2011, he like the two before him, a feature of our fantastic five days out in Barcelona in April and a time when we got an opportunity to really get to know about the enigmatic Belgian & his work. However, it would be his home country where we would draw his set showing and one that sees him top our chart as best international D.J., despite the overall fourth position, this accolade as our best overseas entrant down to a simply scintillating set at Antwerp’s Red & Blue club back in February, when the club played host to Spanish brand “I Wanna F***”, although rather than its own resident shining the brightest, it was our Belgian beatmaster that would stand in the shimmering spotlight with a pulsating performance. So, letting our review of the event do the talking, this is what we had to say of his stellar set, “…a quick glance up confirming we were in the majestic musical hands of resident D.J. Elof De Neve, the man pumping out a superb selection of euro-style beats, uplifting vocal sounds and tech house drenches that had the dancefloor delirious with his selections…” further references including “…, the terrific talent Elof treating us to a storming selection of scintillating sounds, barnstorming beats & vocal infused euphoria that would put many a Matinee D.J. to shame. Indeed, the roof short of lifted off Red & Blue when he picked out one of our favourite tracks of now, Danny Verde’s vivacious remix of Blake Lewis’s smash “Till We See The Sun”, sending us into a spinning frenzy and the atmosphere in this “I Wanna F***” inspired event, stratospheric…” and “…in Elof De Neve, the Red & Blue team have a terrific talent of a resident D.J. and his performance on this occasion once again impressed immensely, definitely further elevating him in our estimation and, as we hinted before, someone who would put many a Matinee D.J. to shame, especially with the truly tremendous set we had the privilege of witnessing…”. So, that pretty much say’s it all for us, we rating Elof as our international equivalent of Steve Pitron, a truly towering talent that should & is going places, 2012 looking even brighter than 2011, while a visit to his Soundcloud site at http://soundcloud.com/elofdeneve/ will allow you to engross in Elof’s excellence.
So we reach our top three and look to London for all of them, two no strangers to our Y.E. music reviews, while our thumping third is a newish kid on the capital’s clubbing circuit block, although one that made the biggest impression on us in 2011, hence his lofty postion in this chart. Plus, being one of our protégé players, Zach Burns’ inclusion having already been confirmed as our best newcomer of the year, ranking very highly in our podcast part of this music review of the year had to make it into our set chart too, although it was well earned as his set at Gigolo’s launch back in May and then a close on pitch perfect performance in December have secured his third overall position here. However, splitting these two sets was too tough a call, so we decided to include them both, our reflection on Gigolo’s launch having very much a Zach theme, the title, “Brilliant Burns Beats” shouting out enough, while our remarks that included “…our attention was now drawn to the music and the cute yet capable Zach Burns, who was treating the classy crowd to tons of terrific tunes, a magical mixture of old classics re-made, intertwined with up to date floor fillers, the pace & pitch of his performance perfect for this superb Soho society social soiree that was definitely soaring by the minute…” as well as “…we were soon in seventh heaven when Zach pulled out our favourite tune of now, the awesome “Stupiddisco 2011 Original Mix” by King Richard & Danny Thomas, we finding our favoured spot by the D.J. booth to invoke a mini “Doing The Disco Matt” routine…”. But we were even more lyrical of his December delight in saying “…it would all pale in comparison to its & our star turn, the cute yet commandingly capable Zach Burns, his arrival & the assumption of the decks the real lift we had been looking for, this terrific talent who had impressed us from the moment we first saw him play, immediately setting about sorting a selection of sounds that would hook us for the whole heavenly two hours of his spectacular showing….” we adding “…with tracks that included “Music In My Soul”, “Last Night A DJ”, & “Here Comes The Rain”, these along with a magical multi mixing moment when Zach chose to combine “Stupdidsco” & “Don’t Go” with mesmeric effect, we were going nowhere, rather glued but spinning on our spot right next to the D.J. booth…” as well as “…with yet more treats in store, Danny Verde’s track “Open Your Heart among them, it was no surprise we were drawing comparisons of the brilliant Mr Burns to our other top draw D.J. Steve Pitron, the duo having played out pulsatingly just a handful of weeks ago at “Playtime”, even the occasional looks Zach was giving us over The Shadow Lounge decks akin to those we get from our other superstar turn…”. And, in essence, there is not much more to add, these two sets with the only exceptions of another two ahead of them, the most stand-out of our 2011, Mr Burns having laid down a podcast pressing lifted from that “launch” party at Lo-Profile which you can still grab by going to direct download link http://djburns.podomatic.com/entry/2011-05-11T12_00_38-07_00, this coincidentally being the compilation that made it into our podcast chart.
So we come to our spectacular second and, as we hinted, an individual how is no stranger to our year end round-up’s, although 2011 was a year when Mikey D’s impact on our music world was not as extensive as previous years, as like football, it was a year of two halves, the first six months seeing him play out plenty of times at Beyond & at Later to exceptional effect, while the latter six saw just the odd appearance here & there, like so many people, Mikey having to devote his energies more & more to his daytime occupation. However, they say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and it is perhaps this thought that secured his second place, Mikey’s set & reappearance at Beyond in December making an indelible impression, we remarking in our review “…back being an appropriate word as we couldn’t have been happier to see Mikey D at the decks, our short absence nothing compared to his, although in an instant it felt like he hadn’t been away at all…”. Indeed, such has Mikey become part & parcel of what is so brilliant about Beyond, his return definitely stood out head & shoulders above the other entrants in our set chart so far, we going on to say of this pulsating performance, “a glorious mix of tougher tech tunes intermixed with dancefloor delights, “You Better”, “Souk” & “Pressure” among them, while a look in our direction & then a quick chat over the booth confirming that we were nibble size tweeting, made both of us feel right at home…” along with “…Mikey masterminding mounds of majestic music moments, we knew that Beyond in his hands was once again the place to be…”. But the true depth of this stunning set was just how Mikey managed to lift the atmosphere through his spectacular selections and, like only one other, held us spinning on our spot literally from start to finish. So while we look forward to just next Sunday (28th Jan) when Mikey will be playing back to back with his old Crash sparring partner, Jamie Head, we look back on this set showing at beyond with fond reflection & marvellous memories, which, like the man has done for many a year now, fill us with joy & happiness through his magnificent music making, while his rare 2011 appearances are matched by that rare podcast production, “Heavy Baby” from June & still available at http://soundcloud.com/mikedower/heavy-baby, an exceedingly good example of his music diversity.
So to our phenomenal first, 2011 absolutely littered with prolific performances from one Steve Pitron, magical memory making moments at Beyond, Room Service & Lo-Profile a major feature of our year, while London gay Pride was a day we will never forget, Steve being an intrinsic part of the rollercoaster ride that made up our year of heavenly highs & lousy lows, although his music, perhaps like the place where he was always his most magnificent along with he himself, three of the compelling constants that made 2011, as we have indicated in this massive music review, our “Best Year Yet”. Therefore choosing a set showing of his to make our number one was an extremely difficult task, it could easily have been the porridge ridden Room Service showing in July, it could have been the superb send-off he gave us at Beyond Erotica in February, just hours before we flew home to South Africa, or the Beyond that welcomed us back to London in March, first “Muscle” when we & then “Black” leaving us to remark that “…as much as we were missing South Africa, we knew that right here right now, we were at home, Beyond in the hands of the (we love to say it!) pitch & precision perfect Pitron simply “doesn’t get any better than this”…” But while occasional invites up into the Beyond main room D.J. booth made these & many more very special, after much deliberating, we decided that it was his set showing at Orange Electric in November that would get our vote, it marking our return after a six week break, our absence through October having backed into his in September, meaning it had so much poignancy, highlight comments from our “Emotionally Engrossing Euphoria” review including “…another dynamic delivery of dance delectations he delighted us and a now near capacity Electric crowd to, a magnificent mixture of classics, classics rehashed & up to date hits, cleverly interwoven into a scintillating string of sounds, one track after next sending us into a spin behind the stage…” along with “…the track choices Steve was making, first “Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life” (Mr Pitron was definitely doing this tonight!)…” as well as “…balanced by more up to date tracks too, crowd pleasers for sure, “Live Your Dreams” one of them and “Pressure” another, both which, as they always do, sent us headlong into that tearful & emotional rollercoaster ride, while our vantage point right behind Steve was the best we could have asked for…” much more on this a read away at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/12/reviews-emotionally-engrossing-euphoria-orange-electric-saturday-26th-november-full-size-review/. But, while we cannot share a podcast pressing that comes close to this scintillating set, what Steve has produced in his “Jan 2012 Session” compilation is equally as emotionally engrossing as the euphoria he created back in November, so an absolute must for your collection by going to direct link http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/entry/2012-01-18T00_07_36-08_00.
Well, that rounds off the most comprehensive music review of ours to date, a three part epic that covered “The Tracks”, “The Podcasts” & “The Sets” that made 2011, musically, our best year yet and with 2012 starting off in a similar vein with that phenomenal podcast we have just mentioned, it’s now time to look forward to a year full of tremendous tracks, captivating compilations, but more than that, stunning sets that are the core of this rapturous part of our review. (DISCO MATT)
Having heard the preview, seen the track listing & viewed the artwork, Disco Matt, through the excitement, the emotion, & the euphoria of its release, reviews the most anticipated podcast production since the summer of 2011, as Steve Pitron’s “Jan 2012 Session” goes live to an adoring audience.
When it comes to the passions in our lives, we have to list clubbing & cycling pretty much at the top of our list of loves, the common denominator tying the two together being music, no club event or cycle journey complete without a superb set of sounds to accompany them. And having not long completed the podcast part of our music review of 2011, it was evident that one individual dominated our year more than any other, a terrific talent that in that last year, more than the fourteen before it we have known him, played an intrinsically important part in both those loves in our lives. Clubbing wise, from his brilliance at Beyond to his resplendence at Room Service and from his wonderment at WE to his prominence at Lo-Profile, Steve Pitron delivered delightfully & dynamically in making, musically at least, 2011 our best year yet. Then we look at our other large love and not one cycle day in our long & sometimes lousy year on London’s roads has been without a podcast of his playing in our ears & enriching our experiences, whether it be “Afterhours” amazing us or both “Summer’s” scintillating us. Indeed, Steve’s superb sounds have played a prolific part in our playlist’s more than any other, very much reflecting why they made positions one, two & three in our podcast chart of the year, that and the fact that they are, without doubt, a trio of the most accomplished compilations we came across in 2011.
But while we ended the year yearning for a fourth Pitron production to float our musical boat, as we dived into 2012 with both feet, succumbing to more of those simply stunning sets of his at Beyond & WE “Safari”, the year has suddenly gotten even better than we could have wished for with that much anticipated podcast release, one that looks set to further liven up our musical lives & enrich those experiences, whether spinning around the roads, zooming down the shopping aisles or cantering off to the clubs. And while Steve’s “Jan 2012 Session” compilation has been a handful of months in the making, the wait has been well worth it, as from the minute we received that privileged preview, we realised that our prayers for more of that phenomenal podcast production had been answered, but not only that, he emphatically answering the question that this new compilation was always going to beg, could “Summer Vol. 2” be bettered?, that answer a resounding yes, yes, & yes. So given the magnitude of this latest release’s magnificence, we couldn’t let the moment pass without giving you our own insight into what makes this podcast so phenomenal, why it has bettered the one before, and, having been given exclusive access to the man himself, share Steve’s thoughts on what he set out to achieve with this awesome accomplishment. And, naturally, this special devotion would not be complete with the all important link to the podcast itself, along with our commentary of his track choices that dovetail delightfully, making for what we believe is his best podcast production ever.
With the backdrop to this phenomenal podcast production painted, what better way to kick start this insight into Steve’s stunning selection of sounds than by giving you a flavour of what he set out to achieve with this podcast, his initial objective not to give the compilation a particular identity like his 2011 productions, so it wasn’t necessarily going to be about Beyond, or about WE, rather a collection of tunes that, yes he had played at both, but didn’t specifically relate to them. He wanted to reflect, as he aptly put it, “…simplicity & back to basics Pitron…” but what has become clear following completion of the compilation, is that the end result is actually as pretty close to what you can expect from a Steve set at either club, Mr Pitron having played on recent showings at Beyond & WE to construct this colossal composition, drawing on the influences from both, picking on highlights from his sets at these happenings to create something that, near as damn it, matches his live performances. And, for us, he has achieved it brilliantly, not only cleverly choosing tracks that have been major features of his recent sets, but moulding & mixing them in such a way that emulates our enthralling experiences in his hands at both clubs, this latest production including pretty much something for everyone & every taste, whether it be funky, progressive, tech, trance, dance or uplifting house, oh and yes, a superb smattering of classic Pitron-eque anthems remixed, all that had us ecstatically entrapped in its excellence from the first brilliant beat till the last.
So what about the tracks Steve has chosen? Well, he has enlisted a couple of the usual suspects from previous productions, Crazibiza are there and Erick Morillo also features, while a veritable feast of accomplished industry renowned remix artists are included, Taito Tikaro, Avicii, G Martinez & Xavi all playing their part, while familiar names such as Robin S, Nadi Ali, Freemasons, Hoxton Whores, & Bassmokeys add considerable credentials to this colossal celebration of some of the best in the house music business, all making for a pretty unbeatable & irresistible combination of collectives. And in choosing the artists & tracks that he has, Steve say’s “…there were some strong tracks around towards the end of last year that didn’t make it onto a podcast of mine…”, he adding “…so I decided to combine the best of these with some new ones for 2012…” concluding “…I hope you like the end result…”, that end result being better than we could have wished for in our wildest dreams. With the brilliant “You Better” kicking off the podcast as it means to go on, the tempo increases further with “Lady Luck”, which then leads neatly into Copyright’s uplifting “Story Of My Life” before our breath is taken away with Avicii’s brilliant interpretation of the classic, “Rain Down Love” . But there is no resting, as the jubilant journey then tugs hard on our emotional strings with “Shake It” & then “Let You Go” both having invoked those trademark tears that have become so much a part of a Pitron performance for us, while Crazibiza’s “Sunshine Day” sends us soaring & smiling into the euphoric “Gravy” & the prolific “Pressure”, the mesmeric mixing between the two sending sensational shivers up our spines.
But the enthralling experience continues unabated, Kevin Sanderson’s “Beat Me Back” having progressive come tribal intentions while the vocals of the next, Bassmonkey’s “Don’t You Throw It Away” somehow reminds us of Madonna, this leading to a track that we have fallen madly & deeply in love with, the truly trance-tastic “Take Me Higher”, a composition that from the second we heard it, took us right back to our Crash club days, also in the hands of Mr Pitron. With the top gear Steve found from the start showing no signs of slipping, the next track, “Rolling In The Deep” gives way to a mix into & out of the wonderfully funky “World” that is tremendously & tingly towering, especially the blend into dancefloor dream, Avicii’s “Levels”, that followed by a pulsating Plastic Funk remix in the form of W’s “Work” (one of those Pitron-eque anthem’s). Then, as if all that wasn’t enough to erupt all our emotions, Steve hits us with “Track 3”, yes the one we have been mentioning in all our recent reviews but is actually called “I Really Want To Say” (it will forever be “Track 3” for us), we in tears from its 1st second start to its 290th fabulous finish, while next up is a rejoicement of a re-work of Pink Fluid’s “So Much Love”, the original of which topped our track chart of 2011, while “Fusion 2012” adds more of that classic’s remixed feel to this phenomenal Pitron podcast, before “Where Are You Now” combines, tech, tribal, progressive & uplifting in one. Then we arrive at the final scintillating Steve serving, which sneaks up on our emotions effortlessly, David Guetta’s “Titanium” a gushing giant of a compulsive conclusion to this colossal compilation that, a whole thirty three listens in, just gets better and better, we finding no fault with any of the tracks, rather with every replay finding further favour with one different dance dream of a delivery after the next that makes up this stunning “Jan 2012 Session”.
So the end result is a twenty one track triumph that sends us stratospheric on a rollercoaster ride bigger than Alton Towers and one that emulates all those exceptional experiences spinning on our spot at Beyond WE & elsewhere in his heavenly hands, we going as far to say that Steve has captured the brilliance of his set showings with pitch perfect precision. Now if all that wasn’t enough to convince you just how epic this podcast is, then you are just going to have to decide for yourselves by doing one of the following, either hitting the download button at http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com, subscribing to his podcasts via iTunes (the direct link to this mix being http://itnes.apple.om/gb/podcast/steve-pitron-house-sessions) or searching out his Soundcloud site at http://soundcloud.com/stevepitron, where you can also keep up to date with his studio productions with recording partner Max Sanna. Plus, remember that, as Steve quite rightly say’s, “Jan 2012 Session” (along with all his others) is one of the few most downloaded podcasts to still be 100% free, Mr Pitron putting it out for you having purchased ALL the music legitimately through sites such as Beatport & Juno, meaning we urge you to show your support for his generosity by subscribing to, downloading & leaving comments to his sessions on either or all of the above sites, that & making sure you like his music page on Facebook (link http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Pitron-DJMusic-page/138025579592838) where you will find the full track listing for this “Jan 2012 Session” compilation that, as we hinted to before, has a style of sound to suit each & every taste.
Well, that’s just about it for our special feature on this phenomenal podcast production, save for posing one final question, can the perfection that this simply stunning Steve session be improved upon? Well the plain & simple answer to that is, in the hands of Mr Pitron, probably yes, so here’s to the next rapturous release, but not before we have racked up at least another thirty three listens of this one. (DISCO MATT)
Finding ourselves on the cusp of another wonderful weekend within the capital’s clubland circuit, with the New Year now started in earnest, it seems that brilliant brands & birthday’s will be taking centre stage across Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch, Disco Matt picking out his choices of where to be best seen on the scene.
Well, it seemed that a sizable section of our scene were suffering from a post NY dip in their dancing dervishes last weekend as it felt more luke warmish out there compared with the usual heavenly hot happening feeling, we ourselves only managing a nibble size visit to Beyond. But with reports that A:M was amazing, Lo-Profile pumping & East Bloc brimming, there were pockets of the scene that bucked the trend. But as we take a peek into our forthcoming weekend looking glass, we have a couple of real gems along with two usual suspects to include in our Best Bite choices of where to be & be seen on the scene.
So let’s get to it and mosey on down to Soho first and to our usual yet spectacular Best Bite suspects, as in Profile & Lo-Profile we have two of our favourite hip & happening hangouts, not least for the warm welcome we receive from the second we step into their doors, both venues really pressing all our buttons when it comes to music, dance & socialising (oh & drinking on the rare occasion we indulge in a tipple), Profile impressing just as much now as it did when it opened just under three years ago. And with regular D.J. line-ups each weekend, it isn’t just food & drink they have become famed for, although with a menu that ranges from light bar snacks to full bistro brilliances, Profile is a perfect place for that lunchtime stop off, an early evening refuel or even dinner with friends. But is more the music we are talking here and tonight (Fri 13th Jan) sees the o of its favourite residents hit the decks, Zach Burns selecting plenty of uplifting disco drenched dreams to get you in playful mood, this cute yet commandingly capable chap sure to fill your Friday with towering tunes, while on Saturday, the exceptional Nick Evans sorts out the sounds to get you in magnificent mood for the audacious action ahead. Plus with the venue’s superb Sunday roast rounding off their weekend and the venue open daily until 11.30 p.m., catch details of this & all the above by going to http://profilesoho.com.
Let’s head downstairs now and to Lo-Profile, bigger brother of its bar bedfellow and one that continues to pull in the punters while others struggle, both Friday’s & Saturday’s proving particularly popular, although with home-grown brand “Society” having found its Thursday feet & Monday’s “Beartrap” also filling a niche, it is the porn-tastic & pumping “Playtime” that is this Wardour St. wonder’s biggest mover & shaker on the scene, host Jay Roberts bringing a stunning selection of stars to beef up the podium proceedings, while his back room boudoir also gives the lucky few chosen ones a private audience with the weekly porn stars. Then you add in magnificent music and it is no wonder why Lo-Profile has stolen a significant amount of steps on its close completion as well as draining dancers from Vauxhall. So tonight (Fri 13th Jan) should be no different as Mr Roberts drafts in Bruno Knight & Gio Cruz, both handsomely hunky & perfectly playful too, while playing the magnificent music is superstar Steve Pitron, who takes up the reigns from the 10 p.m. start, while the cheeky Steven Artis carries you from 1 till 4 a.m., entry a mere £3 before midnight or £8 thereafter. Then on Saturday, it’s the turn of Crash residents of old but still cutting a significant stride on the scene now, Brent Nicholls & Jamie Head to swing you into Sunday spinning to scores of superb sounds, Mr Head in a purple patch at the moment and still smarting from a trip to the mecca of tech hours & techno, Berghain in Berlin although will be tempering his tunes to fit the Lo-Profile occasion, no doubt begging you to do it all again with him at Later the following day, more info on Lo-Profile, its offers, prices & running times out at http://loprofile.com.
Moving down to Vauxhall and the first of our gems which finds its own individual feet after a sequence of collaborations & parties at a handful of host venues, Deviate sets it stool at Factory this Saturday (14th Jan) in what will hopefully mark its season of solo spectacles in the heart of a venue that started the whole clubbing movement in this part of the capital. So, having headlined at Heaven, barnstormed Barcode & an alliance with Area, promoter Francesco Pagano is keen to deliver a further new dimension to his loyal Deviate disciples as well as broadening the appeal of the club as a standalone entity. Yet, having joined forces with amazing afterhours Beyond on three occasions during 2011, that marriage of musical minds along with other developments in the Vauxhall scene, has resulted in Deviate benefitting from the infrastructure & support from The Orange Group, who now manage Factory as a venue. So that’s the backdrop but what about this event? Well, the team behind this dancing deviation have told us, “…we are thrilled landing back in London with our extravaganza with the ultimate electrifying lurid party concept…” adding of their parties, “…on every occasion the Deviate team delivered a new dimension of clubbing but now we have found a perfect location for our solo spectaculars…” also being proud to state that “…we take music and hedonism very seriously when putting on a party. So we are bringing together some of the freshest talent around as we concentrate not only on the DJs, but also on bringing cutting edge visual art and performance artists to create the craziest party around…”.
So we couldn’t have said it any better really, the reputation of Deviate as a club that breaks from the norm, mentions of banana bending & thrilling theatre all intermixed with hedonistic house music and you have one of the most diversely dynamic dance delectations that is a resounding representation of the superb diversity of a scene that is London. And that diverse Deviate package packs a punch in terms of talent, starting with the D.J. team headed up by Pagano who needs no real introduction, although having made it huge in The US during 2011, he is unquestionably one of the biggest names on the capitals clubbing circuit, so we are honoured to be in his presence, yet our Italian Stallion is humble enough to have deviated from his own usual norm in compiling a podcast (can we use that word?!) to mark Deviate’s new direction & one you can grab now at http://soundcloud.com/pagano/deviate-with-dj-pagano. But the team on Saturday also includes fellow Italian Marco Gee in the main room, along with Nic Fischer (of Gutterslut fame), while over in the second space, the iconic Tasty Tim joins Deviate regulars Massimo Paramour & new to the team Borja Pena, the accent here more on indie dance, nu-disco & electronic, rather than the tech come techno & deep house that marks the main room music. The add in extrovert entertainer Jonny Woo with his Prick Image lot bringing “…muscles, drag queens and dominatrix…” to the party, along with hip host Antonio Gigoltta, and you have Deviate petty much summed up, Factory’s doors opening at 11 p.m. & running through to a planned 7 a.m. finish, advance tickets at just £8 available via http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-01/14/deviate-factory, while entry on the door will be an option too, the party continuing at Beyond, the Deviate team arranging discount passes which will be available during their event, more details out at http://deviateuk.com, leaving the team to simply say “…get ready for a theatrically engineered hot mess with sexy music as we DEVIATE from the norm..”.
Now to Shoreditch & our second gem of the weekend and a new clubbing concept to boot, as “Dish” steps out of the significant shadow left by the marvellous “Meat”, one of our favourite clubs of 2011 (more on that is our club review of the year coming up) and marked the first joint clubbing venture between the D.J./Producer combo that was Tom Stephan & Kris Di Angelis. But while 2012 marks both setting sail with separate parties, Kris heading off with his “Blue Jeans” & “Delirium” (there are more from our own Shoreditch son), Tom has opted to stick with Meat’s venue host, East Bloc, the hip & happening hangout on City Rd that also links Mr Stephan with his promoter pal from the days of Crash, Wayne Shires. But while the winning Meat formula will clearly be running through this new party, what is delicately different is Tom’s promoting partner, Borja Pena stepping into Kris’s shoes and lining up in the “Main Course” room with Mr Stephan where tech house is the dish of the day, while in the “Side Course” space, you can pick through the musical menu that will include old skool house and r&b served up by Scott Webster & El Moreno. Then, with Tom’s usual twist on proceedings including sexy video’s saucy cubby holes & gyrating go-go’s, added to which a tasty trio of host treats in the form of Kane Luke, Melvin & La Pequeña will make sure the service is of sliver quality, in addition to exceptional value drinks prices & a mere £5 entry all night, that being at East Bloc (217 City Rd, Shoreditch, nearest tube Old St.), doors opening at 10.30 p.m. & the club running through till 6 a.m., more details available on their event page at http://facebook.com/events/101830959937889/.
Well, that’s just about it for our Best Bite choices for this second weekend in January, but just time to re-introduce our mention for tip top clubbing website SeenQueen, who are in the depths of their “Your Disco Needs You” poll for 2011, more details on this & their own (as they call them) gAylist choices of where to be & be seen on the scene, along with much more, up at http://seenqueen.com. Plus, we just want to squeeze in a mention for the adorable Andrea (yaaaah!!) who rolls out her now annual “Andrea Fest” (well it started already actually), Deviate, Beyond & Later on the roster, very much marrying our own, although we add Lo-Profile tonight with Steve Pitron erupting our emotions with (no doubt) “track 3” amongst many others. So, with the traumas of the last 36 hours behind us, we will be stepping out in style, so if you see us come say hi, but whatever you do & wherever it finds you this weekend, please be safe, but remember that, to be seen on the scene you need to “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
From prolific to protégé players, 2011 has proven an interesting podcast production playground, some new faces making it big, while a flood of familiar ones captivated us with their compilations. But the choices have been made & from a listing that reads like who’s who, we have chopped our champions down to just ten. But who & what made it into our Podcast chart of the year?
There is no doubting the prolific nature of podcast production in 2011, the plethora of music newsletters we produced, just a small indication of how busy some of the players that have made it into our chart this year have been. Then when we look down our exceptional eight producers that make up the tremendous ten podcasts come compilations , we see a handful of notable names that popped up in our chart last year, while 2011 has also very much been about us promoting our protégé players, whether they be based here in London, or across further reaches of the globe. So while this second part of our 2011 music review is very much about the podcasts, it is also about the producers, whether prolific in their production or simply part of the protégé player list that we hold so dear. But like the tracks review before it, this podcast reflection of 2011 saw us whittle a list of over thirty compilations to just ten, each one getting their own special mention in a music newsletter style format with those all important purchase point, podcast page or soundcloud site link, we taking a brief moment to encourage you to support each & every D.J./Producer & the tracks they use for promotional purposes or otherwise, by buying through legitimate channels such as Beatport & iTunes.
So let’s get straight to it and to the first of our exceptional eight whose year was quite stand-out compared to the last, not least as he landed a major contract with one of the biggest clubbing brands on the globe, Javier Medina securing his place with Matinee Group, this step change in his career seeing him start the year playing in front of capacity crowds in New York, while he was an intrinsic feature in the massive Circuit Festival in his home city of Barcelona, a 12 day event that took place in August. Add to that trips right across Europe for the brand, as well as projects away from matinee, including a guest appearance right here in London for Lovechild’s “Birthday” bash and 2011 has seen our brilliant Barca boy do plenty of travelling, while also continuing his residencies at home, including that for Dboy.
So, it comes as no surprise that his studio work has been playing second fiddle to his live performances, although Javier has been no slouch this year, amassing no less than 6 compilations along with three tracks, one with our Parisian pal Leomeo (more on that shortly), while his remix of Pagano’s “Perfect World” was among our favourites of 2011. However it’s podcasts we are talking here and Javier’s “Happy Tech House” release in May is the one that sees him slot into number 10 spot in our compilation chart, this “Spring” release certainly having that in its sound steps, we pretty much spinning around our study when we first listened to it, Mr Medina mixing in a string of styles that includes tech, progressive & tribal (his true love), while we are even blessed with a sprinkle of vocals, hence why we love it so much and one we are sure you will love to when you go to direct link http://soundcloud.com/javier-medina/happytechhouse2011, while volume 2, released last month is also worth a look.
So we are motoring and to our significant seventh who slots in at number 9 in our compilation chart, although for personal reasons we wanted to pop him in a little higher, but given the competition ahead of him it was difficult. Yet, having added him to our protégé players list (Javier is on there too) following our first meet on New Year’s Day here in London, our impressive Israeli, Guy Scheiman, has been a big part of our year, joining us in Barcelona for Delice Dream, was here in London for Hustlaball & close to our bedside when we were landed in hospital and hardly a week goes by when we don’t speak on the phone or Skype. However, Guy’s year musically has been pretty good too, the two London trips huge highlights, while back home he has re-established residencies to add to those he already has and has played for big brand FFF group too, while he was also part of Tel Aviv’s gay pride event and continues to be scouted by promoters far & wide.
But it is Mr Scheiman in the studio where we find a flurry of activity, his Soundcloud site packed with productions, whether it be track or podcast releases, meaning we would need a whole post to go through the 30 or so releases he has commissioned in 2011. But Guy made a tricky task of choosing which one to lay our Y.E. chart hat on a great deal easier when he gifted us a pulsating podcast back in October, marking the capitals’ clubbing circuit brand Lovechild landing a new home at Pulse, this mix edging out his Hustlaball devotion, as well as what is also an accomplished compilation, his “Dreams From Ibiza” podcast, which was inspired by his trip to the white isle in July. And, while we could have easily chosen our collaborative mix, “From Tel Aviv To London” as our Scheiman star here, it is the Lovechild mix that gets our vote and one you should add to your collection by going to direct link http://soundcloud.com/guyscheiman/guy-scheiman-october-2011-1 while a trip through the various sections of his Soundcloud site http://soundcloud.com/guyscheiman is also a must.
To our superb sixth now and superb is a phrase that truly befits this tremendous talent, a chap that has played across the capitals clubbing circuit for a hefty handful of years, cutting a significant stride for brands including Later, A:M, Orange &, most recently Onyx, his ties to the Orange Group meaning that hardly a weekend goes by without The Oli featuring somewhere in their schedule. But it doesn’t stop there, as he is called upon for specialist parties too, whether they be of the Fire or Area kind, his showing for Orange at the recent Saturday night spectacular at the Brixton Electric, one of the standout sets among a large list of others we have been privileged to witness. But perhaps our most memorable moments in Oli’s musical hands have been at Beyond, he occasionally being called upon to play in the main room (he is definitely main room quality), while he personally prefers in vibe in the terrace room, a smaller space where the atmosphere is a little more edgy and allows Oli to experiment a little, mixing up firm favourites with other bootlegs & remixes that give his sets added dimension.
And it is one of those sets to which we dedicate position 8 in our compilation chart, Oli’s podcast pressing from his performance in that Terrace room at Beyond in June, a two hour recording that does pretty much what we said just now, this music mixing maestro serving up a superb selection of samples, not least “Cross The Line”, “Esta Loca” & “Yalta Groove”, all having other tracks intertwined to give them a fresh appeal, while it also includes some of our top tracks of 2011, “Pressure”, “Enjoy The Ride” & “You Will Remember” , no’s 8, 6 & 2 respectively in our chart. Plus, as it’s a full two hours and has been lifted from Oli’s live set, you can virtually immerse yourselves in the whole Beyond experience, it very much reminding us of that actual day when we were savouring this very set standing close to Oli & the decks that were dishing out this dream of a dance session. So, to grab your piece of Oli at Beyond, head straight for http://theoli.podomatic.com/entry/2011-06-25T07_55_42-07_00 and sink into the sounds of our superb sixth.
Now we focus on our fabulous fifth, this Italian Stallion having had a stampede of a year globetrotting to all corners of the world, while also cutting a significant stride here in the capital, not least with his own club brand Deviate, which joined forces with awesome afterhours Beyond on a handful of occasions. However, breaking into the US market has probably been Pagano’s single most dynamic development, building on the successes he created during 2010, last year saw him play out in front of huge audiences in New York alone, a focus on the fab Francesco in the US’s biggest club circuit rag, Noise Magazine, an exceptional example of what sort of an impact he has made stateside. But back in Europe, we will never forget the reception he received at Delice Dream in May when a towering two hour set was culminated by the captivating crowd literally bowing at his feet & demanding more for this magnificent music maker. But whether it was the Ski Week, the Circuit Festival or Trade’s 21st birthday, our Italian Stallion was rarely out of the scene spotlight both at home & abroad, while his roots in London have seen him play out for brands including Orange & Onyx, the latter a vehicle he used to launch his new compilation back in November and marked a series of specially extended live sets that saw the place packed to the rafters each & every time.
So, given the magnitude of the first, which was released just over a year ago, with “Digital Generation Vol 2” we have number 7 in our chart, like the first, packed with Pagano productions, not least his wonderful re-work of The Freemasons’ “Watchin”, along with remixes of Eva’s “Not My Daddy”, Ralph Rosario’s “Fantasia” & Bjork’s “Big Time Sensuality. But moreover, he included some of his own productions which others have remixed (an accolade indeed) including his latin cum techno track “Hispanicity”, the magnificent “Mr Magic” & “Need” a track specially commissioned for this colossal compilation which is sure to follow in the footsteps of the former which topped Beatport’s charts & was even lusted on the main dance page of iTunes (need we say more). Plus, while we have included Pagano’s 2nd prolific compilation production in our “Podcast” review, we entirely acknowledge that is is a compilation that represents a top class producer at work, meaning this is no simple download, rather a for sale copy composition which you can grab/purchase either in mixed or unmixed versions (or both) from Beatport at direct link http://www.beatport.com/release/digital-generation-volume-2-mixed-and-unmixed/740829, a sneak preview (do you really need it) available at http://soundcloud.com/pagano/digital_generation_vol_2_sampler_preview, while Pagano has started this year with the release of a rare “podcast” devoted to his club brand Deviate, that on top of a Trade “compilation” that is on its way too, the man sure to make it into our 2012 chart as our outstanding professional producer of the year, as he does here.
Onward now and to our fantastic fourth and a new entrant in 2011 on our protégé player list, Celso (aka Junior) Moura turning his talents to the decks with quite remarkable results for one so fresh to the game. Plus, given the stiff competition within the capitals clubbing circuit, which all too often for burgeoning D.J.’s is pretty much a closed shop, Celso not only got a bite at the big club cherry in the form of two spectacular showings for home-grown brand Casa Latina, his prolific performance in the main room at the “Super Carwash” event a sign things to come, he also stamped his sounds on showings for Barcode on London Pride Saturday, along with a huge handful of plays for Profile & Lo-Profile that have set Celso on the road to sure-fire success. But he finds himself benefitting from a terrific tutor who will feature higher in this chart, a mentor who’s playing pedigree along with podcast production has steered Celso superbly and while some would argue that Mr Moura’s style is similar to his master’s, the injection of Brazilian beats & other tougher tunes does stamp Celso’s own signature on his set showings.
So given his protégé player positioning, we simply had to include him in our podcast review of 2011, his compilation created for Casa Latina’s “Super Car Wash” seeing him land position 6 in our chart, which Celso explained at the time of its release “…it includes some of my favourite tracks of the moment and takes influences from the great music coming out of Brazil & London…” the mix pitched perfectly blending those Brazilian come tribal beats with more upfront house to create a podcast worthy of its position in our chart. However, what is equally appealing to us in making this choice, is Celso’s inclusion of a handful of what we call “crowd pleasing plays”, not least a rapturous remix of the Eurythmics classic “Sweet Dreams”, making this a seventy minute mix to marvel at and one you can still grab for your collection by going to http://djjuniorspodcast.podomatic.com/. And in terms of D.J.’ing projects to come, while Celso (like many of us) balances a very busy daytime job with his love for his acquired art, showings for Profile over the NY weekend& just last Saturday seem to have secured his position as one of their favoured residents, while we predict him going places in 2012 and, as one of our few protégé players, we will be supporting him every step of the way.
So we are half way in our podcast chart, reaching our tremendous third and yet another protégé player of ours, although this individual has experience in the D.J./Production game spanning close on 20 years, being a truly international & globetrotting guy who seems to simply go from strength to strength, 2011 proving one of his busiest years yet, hardly a weekend passing by without Leomeo playing somewhere in the world. If we were to list the clubs & the countries he has touched during the year, we would need to devote a whole post to his performances, while with each & every music newsletter we issue, our Leo Leo never fails to miss out being mentioned. Having spent a few days with our Parisian pal in his home city in February, due to his exhaustive schedule, the one thing we haven’t benefitted from in 2011, is seeing him play live, although we are hoping to make amends this year. That said, there were plenty of opportunities before us last, Leomeo playing out right across Europe and even landed here in London, taking up a guest slot for social soiree splendour Room Service, while Canada The USA, Asia & South America were a feature of his considerable clubbing event calendar.
But, despite his hectic schedule, Leomeo never fails to dip into the recording studio, an equally impressive array of compilations marking his movements around the globe, we struggling to keep track of his productions. However, a glance at his Soundcloud site gives us some measure of comfort in our quest, as he has neatly arranged his productions into sections, although when deciding to chart him here, our decision on what to pick as his compilation of the year was already made. And in his “La Leche” mix, marking his superb showing for Matinee when it travelled to Paris over the Easter weekend, is a standout selection of sounds, very much mirroring his prolific performance, the emphasis here very much more on upfront house rather than the tribal intentions that are the natural roots of Leomeo’s style, one which in 2011 has seen him step firmly out of that shadow & mix in a whole load of genres in his performances & productions. So, while we have a catalogue of creative choices, it is his “La Leche” compilation at http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/la-leche-the-mix-by-dj-leomeo which takes position 5 in our podcast chart.
Now we said this 2011 podcast review was as much about our protégé players as anything else and we arrive at our significant second in the form of the incredible Zach Burns who, had it not been for the one person above him, would have topped our chart, not least for the marches he has made during 2011, securing him as our premier protégé player of the year. From humble beginnings & showings for Heaven & Room Service, Zach has established himself as the star turn of social soiree splendour Gigolo, having been in the thick of the action since the launch back in May (more on that in a mo), while both Profile & Lo-Profile are his regular playing grounds, “Society” & “Playtime” forming part of his monthly roster, while a residency at the Edge, appearances at The Hoxton Pony & toe dips into Fire & Protocol for “Casa Latina” & “Le-Boy” also featured in his year. But it is to Lo-Profile that we draw our most memorable Zach moments, Gigolo aside, Mr Burns stepping in for an absent Mikey D & following on from Steve Pitron back in October that was very much a set & a night to remember. And, having tracked his progress, that along with his terrific talent for tantalising us with a tune, “Stupididsco 2011” became a bit of a Burns/DM anthem last year, it is no surprise to us that he has attained that premier protégé player position accolade.
So, choosing a podcast from his fifteen productions in 2011 was a decision that we mulled over for quite some time, as his monthly “House Sessions” are equally attractive in their making, Zach changing his style to suit the time of year, as well as reflecting on some of the set showings he has made across the capital & beyond. And that style is very much upfront & disco, intermixed with more tech yet melodic music masterpieces, we very close to choosing his “House Sessions 2011 (Top 12)” as our choice pick, one which takes a track from each of the 12 monthly compilation releases to create a Burns bonanza which, from the moment we played it, we couldn’t put it down, one which appears on his Soundcloud site at http://soundcloud.com/djzachburns/dj-zach-burns-house-sessions. However, given how much he moved us with his stunning set at Gigolo’s launch, we had to place his devoted podcast, “Gigolo Promo (Disco Sessions)” into position 4 in our compilation chart of the year, a sixty minute marvel that screams disco & Zach in the groove, so one definitely for your collection by going to http://djburns.podomatic.com/entry/2011-05-11T12_00_38-07_00, while there is a full 2 hour version out too.
From our exceptional eighth we reach our phenomenal first, that word beginning with P not used lightly, while the letter P is very much relevant as (you have probably guessed already!) it is Steve Pitron that tops our compilation chart of 2011, not only that, but taking the first three places in our podcast positions, such has been the magnitude & magnificence of his mixes. But before we run down each of the three, we want to give a mention to a fourth and one we overlooked in 2010 but really caught our imagination at the time & since, as his WE Party podcast gets a posthumous mention and one that should have ranked highly then, although somehow missed the boat. And talking of boats, while 2011 was absolutely crammed with magical memories, scores of scintillating sets & outstanding outings in the hands of Mr Pitron, with the possible exception of Gay Pride at Barcode, one of our fondest outing days with the man & a compelling collection of clubbing faces, was on the Later Boat party in the summer, one of many huge 2011 highs, while he, more than many others in our lives, was right there during our lows, not least when we were landed in hospital in June.
So Steve has definitely been a huge part of our 2011, as have been the three podcasts he produced, each one truly towering in their own right, meaning choosing positions 3 to 1 wasn’t easy, not least that, between them, they account for a massive 26 out of our top forty tracks of the year, each one also part of our daily playlists as we spin around London’s roads. But a decision had to be made and in at number 3 is his “Afterhours 2011” mix, one which, for us, marked his podcasts attaining a new level of excellence and packed with brilliant beats from minute one to minute one hundred & one, standout tracks definitely “Live Your Dreams”, “Bitch Lady”, “Catch”, “Stupidisco 2011”, “Music In My Soul” & “Twist In My Sobriety”, while others helped the compilation contribute an unbeatable 11 tunes to our 2011 track chart, so a worthy number 3 & one that is surely in your collection, although if not, a visit to either http://soundcloud.com/stevepitron/steve-pitron-afterhours-march or http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/entry/2011-02-24T02_53_58-08_00 should seal the deal.
Then we come to position number 2 in our chart and this was a close call, not least as this compilation includes some of our favourite tracks of 2011, two that continue to erupt emotional tears whenever we hear them, while the short & sweet nature of “Summer Vol.1” compared to ”Afterhours” is also very appealing. So, you will have gathered this is Mr Pitron’s 2nd release of 2011 and like the first, contributes a fair few tracks to our Y.E. chart, “Starry Eyed”, “Offshore”, “One Look”, “Pressure”, “Fuck the Disco”, “Stupiddisco” (again), our most emotive track of the year, “Waiting For You” and “You Will Remember” which attained number 2 spot, quite appropriate given this podcast’s position. But, with another five terrific tracks apart from these, the podcast ticks all the right boxes & one we still haven’t been able to put down and while we never thought that “Afterhours” could be bettered, Steve certainly pulled a real gem out of the bag, perhaps representative of the purple patch he found himself within at the time of its release in early May, all meaning that it richly deserves it’s 2nd place in our compilation chart and should be in your collection by going to Steve’s Souncloud site at http://soundcloud.com/stevepitron/summer-2011-v1 or Mr Pitron’s Podomatic page at http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/entry/2011-05-28T12_01_35-07_00.
Well we have made it to our number 1 podcast of the year in our compilation chart of 2011 and Steve scoops the prize with what we hailed upon its release as his most accomplished piece of production work to date, a simply scintillating string of towering tunes that show off Steve’s skills for mixing in different genres to create a dynamic dance journey of a podcast. Kicking off with our track number 1 of 2011, “So Much Love”, it continues on that huge high note with another 21 terrific tracks, not least “Enjoy The Ride”, “Turn It Up”, “Nimbus”, “Lift Me Up”, “You’ve Got The Love”, “Diamonds In The Sky” & “Stronger”, all that made our top forty track chart, yet with so many others to savour, some more on the progressive & tech side of Mr Pitron’s playlists, like the brilliant “Sunken Bells Of Ibiza”, “Play This Song” & “Dancing In The Dark”, this scintillating selection of styles in the form of his “Summer Vol. 2” release, does very much take you on that dance journey we mentioned and, like Vol. 1, is one we simply cannot put down. Now some may argue that is not pure Pitron, while we would say it displays his deck spinning dexterity and why he is still at the top of his game, headlining clubbing events & main rooms now as he did when he first stormed the scene. So if you haven’t yet grabbed this significant slice of Pitron perfection, then head straight to http://soundcloud.com/stevepitron/summer-2011-v2, &/or http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/entry/2011-06-21T04_46_56-07_00 and see why it made it to our number 1.
Well that’s just about it for our compilation chart of 2011, well almost, as we couldn’t let the moment pass without a quick mention for our own podcasts, four of which were produced in 2011, although we were hoping it would have been more. Following the creation of our “Dance-tastic” series, the first release blended twenty of our top tunes of 2010, this being followed by our “Spring Bloomers” collection in what was trumpeted at the time as being “…the most anticipated marriage of musical minds since Benny & Bjorn, Lennon & McCartney…” and one where we chose the tunes & he blended them. And it worked extremely well, the next in the series “Summer Scorchers” going down a storm, even if one track ended up the root cause of our fall from grace break-up, the other protagonist possibly being our collaboration with another, creating our fourth compilation of 2011, “From Tel Aviv To London” (still available at http://soundcloud.com/guyscheiman/from-tel-aviv-to-london-disco), although plans to continue or “Dance-tastic series with our original playing partner hit the rocks, meaning both “Autumn Anthems” & “Winter Warmers” were scrapped. So, while all four of these podcast’s are right up there with the other ten in our compilation chart, given the circumstances, it didn’t feel right to rank any of them. However, we look forward to a 2012, which we have hailed as “A Year Of Reconciliation”, that marks our “Dance-tastic” series of selections with our original collaborator back in business.
Now that really is it for part two of our Music Is The Answer Special, rounding off what truly proved, musically anyway, as “The Best Year Yet”. (DISCO MATT)
Disco Matt, having procrastinated, cogitated & deliberated, while fending off floods of requests since the year end, cannot hold back anymore, as he delivers the results of who & what made it into his fabulous forty and which towering tune made it to number one in his track chart of 2011.
Well, what a year of magnificent music it has been and one filled by fabulous tracks, whether delighting us on the dancefloor or playing out on podcasts, not a single day from January one to December thirty passing without us adding to a list that stretches well past a 100. And while we are no experts in naming a tune, we like to think we have a good ear for a great track and one that would make for a worthy contender in our now traditional top forty chart of the year. So, having collected a long list, November saw us begin to collate that list into what became our top forty tracks of 2011, the 21st day of that month marking the beginning of what was a daily track posting on Facebook that ran right to 30th December, that’s forty days incidentally. Yet this was this was merely an indication of what tracks made it into our chart, rather than a forty to one rundown, we holding back on the final decision until now, fending off the floods of requests for us to reveal our number one.
However, the procrastination, the cogitation & the deliberation is done, the decisions have been made and the wait is over, meaning it’s time for that forty to one rundown and a chart that has proven one of the closest in the three years we have been compiling these music reviews, not least as, with virtually no exception, each track has played an important part in some stage of our year, some intrinsically so. Therefore, deciding which would go where, particularly in the upper half of the chart, was very tricky, as it is the top twenty that could easily represent the content of a “Dance-tastic” podcast of 2011, repeating the production last year in what, at the time, was a collaborative partnership that seemed to have legs. But all that is for our “podcast” review, while here we concentrate on the tracks, giving you YouTube, Soundcloud &/or other play/download links to compliment our commentary of why each track made it into our chart, we acknowledging that our chart includes a handful of entrants from before 2011, but ones that nevertheless played an important part in our year, hence the reason their inclusion.
So let’s not keep you in suspense any longer as we take a look at positions forty to thirty five, first up & in at 40 is Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoenick’s “Stronger”, featuring the vocals of Shawnie Taylor & a track that was, at the time of its release in June, hailed as the new Pitron/DM anthem, but fell into relative obscurity as the world & his wife included in their play/favourites list. However, given the poignancy of the title to our troubles at the time, it is included and worth checking out at http://youtube.com/watch?v=C5mfaSeZAcU, while in at 39 is Michael Gray’s “A Piece Of You” the first of a handful of tracks that was destined to be included on our ill fated “Winter Warmers” podcast series, the track link at http://youtube.com/watch?v=njoi_y8Ff1Y hinting towards why we picked it as one of our favourite video’s of the year, while Mr Gray’s collaboration with Danism, who feature on track 38 in our chart, “Rise” with Yasmeen at http://youtube.com/watch?v=ouKpb6EEQlY, ranks considerably higher in our final chart. Then we have Beyonce’s “Run The World” in at 37, the superchumbo (aka Tom Stephan) remix pricking up our ears when we heard it at Room Service in the presence of its creator, so a worthy inclusion & worth checking out at http://youtube.com/watch?v=ouKpb6EEQlY, while position 36 goes to Ultra Nate’s “Turn It Up”, the Ruff Loaders vs. Scott Giles Mix featuring large on our top podcast of the year, its uplifting nature helping spin around London’s roads too, so definitely worth a listen at http://facebook.com/video/video.php?v=168557863197400, leaving us with the of four Whelan & Di Scala chart entrants, Alisa’s “Sine” in at 35, getting the duo’s dynamic remix treatment and another that was due to be included on our “Winter Warmers” podcast, a listen at http://youtube.com/watch?v=H17Dg8Xv2pA revealing why.
Moving straight on, we head to 34 and a track choice that signifies one of the most amazing evenings spent in the company of Tom Fuller & Paul Vlad, when we pitched up at The O2 Arena for the captivating Roger Waters concert, “The Wall”, meaning the Pink Floyd classic “Another Brick In the Wall” had to make it in, the Eric Prydz “Proper Education” remix at http://youtube.com/watch?v=h9gNo-wtjkc our representative choice. Then sitting nicely in at 33 is Antoine Clamaran, an artist that played a big part of the year, his remix of house hit “A Deeper Love” at http://youtube.com/watch?v=JZgil1GDTrg, the first of three entries from this fabulous Frenchman, while at 32 another artist that ends up ranking very highly in our chart, gave us a terrific track in the form of “The Future”, Mark Knight the man & the track at http://youtube.com/watch?v=mWbwQL61d-c proving nearly as powerful as his other chart inclusion. With position 31 taken by an equally powerful track, Neils Van Goch’s mix of Three N One’s “Reflect” at http://youtube.com/watch?v=JMWszKpzzzg representing a period in our year when we were pausing for our own reflection on a close friendship on the ropes, while conversely with Guy Scheiman’s remix of David Jonson’s “Get Down Tonight” at http://soundcloud.com/guyscheiman/get-down-feat-david-jonson-guy, celebrated on new friendship formed on the first day of 2011 that has since grown into a brilliant bond that shows no signs of breaking.
We now point towards our top twenty as we reach 29, Housequake’s “People Are People”, remixed by Nicky Romero at http://youtube.com/watch?v=j8WdbOxdDOQ and was one of a handful of re-works of pop/house hit classics that made our chart, this originally released by Depeche Mode, while in at 28 is another representation of an original remixed, Freddie Le Grand giving the Everything But The Girl hit “Missing” (check it out at http://youtube.com/watch?v=QiOzI3uFlws) a terrific twist and one that has deep meaning & touched our world in a big way in April, Delice Dream & a certain Belgian boy, so had to be included. Then, with Delice & Joeri in mind, we thought it only appropriate to chart the Jan Solo & Taito Tikaro smash “I Surrender” just above at 27, another track with incredible links & meaning, as well as emotions, this also proving to be one of a few that, each time we listen to it, reduces us to tearful (joyful of course) floods, the link to the essence extended mix http://youtube.com/watch?v=oCakKGQGCfg a version which appears on one of our high charting podcasts of 2011. But so does the next track in at 26, “Cross The Line” produced by Chris Lake & Mark Lys also making it to our “Spring Bloomers” compilation, a reflection of how much we liked the track in the early part of the year (and still do), thus sharing the link at http://youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&v=ygFu4cizgzI a joy in itself, our joy extending to entrant 25 in our chart, Bob Sinclair’s “Fuck The Disco” only escaping a top twenty position as a result of the strong competition ahead, a track a version at http://youtube.com/watch?v=iXysR2GcuKQ that was podcast inclusion plentiful during the year, but rarely made it to the dancefloor.
So to 24 in our top forty and a track that grabs the prize as our favourite post clubbing play of 2011, Whelan & Di Scala’s “Teardrops” at http://youtube.com/watch?v=3kr-BKmwwyE, its chill-out qualities, along with that title, finding resonance with our after afterhours (Beyond of course) Sunday afternoons & the magical memories they hold and sure to be a continuing feature in 2012, while in at 23 is a track that will forever be about Beyond, about a certain D.J. & our Brazilian Bel, Kosheen’s “Catch” which was given the 2011 remix treatment by Enry the only one here missing its own link, although can be found on an “Afterhours” compilation that features in our “Podcast” review. Then we come to 22 and to a music maker that played a big part in our year, while having a huge year himself, his remix of Lady Gaga’s “You & I” at http://youtube.com/watch?v=0cancobs6ak making it massive for Danny Verde, although it would be another of his productions that would chart much higher here, a similar story relating to Whelan & Di Scala’s third of four chart entries, “Sunset To Sunrise” (link http://youtube.com/watch?v=e1D1ShteWzM) played out a few times in Beyond in recent weeks, very much vying for a replacement for the tear jerking “Offshore”, so neatly charting just below our top twenty at 21.
Well, we have made it to that top twenty, “No Words” being able to describe how tight a twenty it is, the track of the same name at http://youtube.com/watch?v=jLDWgfOASUs by Ferren Benavent & remixed by Chris Soler & J Louis, making it to 20 & being another example of a track that was not so much of a dancefloor smash, but perhaps should have been, the same being said for the euphoric “Diamonds In The Sky”, a TV Rocks production that was fabulously remixed by fave (well fourth to be exact) Frenchman Antoine Clamaran at http://youtube.com/watch?v=25N2jv21zPg finding its way into our hearts at a similar time to “Stronger” yet charts a full twenty places higher at 19. Then, in at 18 is a Guy Scheiman find from the summer that was included on our collaborative compilation with our impressive Israeli, Geoff M’s “You Better” at http://youtube.com/watch?v=wRPk__KizOg having since found its way to a host of London based D.J.’s playlists and in so doing making it big on dancefloors across the capital, as has our next choice, Avicii’s “Levels”,which was played out plenty of times with exceptional effect, the video a must view at http://youtube.com/watch?v=_ovdm2yX4MA proving our favourite of 2011, while the track in full glory at http://youtube.com/watch?v=gNYL7-Tu6fQ is set to be a continuing feature deep into 2012, its relatively lowly position at 17 in our chart a reflection of the towering tunes to come. And David Tort’s “One Look”, in at 16, marks the beginning of that tremendous tower, Norman Doray giving the track added dimension at http://youtube.com/watch?v=V4UwxisI2qM, yet is another we prayed to be played at our favourite afterhours but only made it to our ears through a daily played podcast.
Leaving “one look” behind, we reach 15 and a track that nearly consigned our “Summer Scorchers” podcast to the rubbish heap, but signalled a step change in a close friendship, although in fairness, the Felix Wenzel dub at http://youtube.com/watch?v=oObmxsLJxEM was a little wide of the mark compared to the version that features large on our top podcast of 2011 and one you would need to search hard to find, while the same could not be said for track 14 in our chart, Whelan & Di Scala’s “Nimbus”, remixed by Manuel De La Mare, the track a simple Soundcloud search as well as a brief Beatport blink away, the former link at http://soundcloud.com/manueldelamare/whelan-di-scala-nimbus-manuel, revealing this terrific track in all its glory. But wrestling position 13 from “Nimbus” is a track that never failed to tip us into tears on the Beyond dancefloor, Antoine Clamaran hitting his highest note in our chart with “Live Your Dreams” at http://youtube.com/watch?v=0bhrLc87b8c proving to us at least that the Junior Caldera & M.O.D.A. remix floated our emotional boat more than any other track in 2011, well with the exception of one. However, it wasn’t choice 12 that was that track, Paul Gardiner’s “Music In My Soul” at http://youtube.com/watch?v=hmUX38dlaCc invoking an opposite reaction that saw us spin on our Beyond spot (and many another club too) virtually right through the year, remaining as fresh at the end of 2011 as it was when it appeared at the beginning, the same being said for the Strobe Club mix of Sebastian Kreig’s “Twist In My Sobriety” at http://youtube.com/watch?v=TIuS-9jrWkI, which squeezes in at number 11 and floats our boat now as it did back in March when it first came to our attention.
So, we reach our top ten and what a ten it is, the Mark Knight 2011 remix of Florence & The Machine’s “You’ve Got The Love”, at http://youtube.com/watch?v=QY3rrKnZ58k looking like it could have been number 1 for a chunk of the year, but due to the tough competition in this tightest of ten, has made it only to number 10, the “Pressure” coming to bear from Starkillers, Alex Kenji & Nadi Ali, whose original version of the track of the same name at http://youtube.com/watch?v=NKfcg85fhTU has seen it make 9 in our chart. But if there was ever a rack that carried the most meaning of our year, it is the prolific Pink Fluid’s “Bitch Lady”, one which charts at number 8 although could have been much higher had it not been for the ones ahead of it, the hidden meaning (only known to a close friend) looking set to remain hidden, while the Craziba remix does no hiding at http://youtube.com/watch?v=ISsU2cGAbVQ. And hiding was certainly not what King Richard & Danny Torrence’s “Stupiddisco 2011” did in this year, another track that was riding high for quite a while, not least due to its Beyond-esque whooshes but lands in at number 7, the original mix at http://youtube.com/watch?v=xkSvhX4TFW0 nevertheless a major tune of DM’s year of “Doing The Disco Matt” on a whole host of dancefloors, while squeezing in at 6 is an equally major mover in our music year, Roy Davis Jnr’s “Enjoy The Ride” in James Talk & Ridney Remix make-up was so close to a top five place, we could hardly split hairs between it and the one just above it in our chart, memories from Later, & Orange pointing to the rides we enjoyed courtesy of this amazing 2011 anthem which you can catch at http://youtube.com/watch?v=xY1CrZw-NPI.
Well that covers thirty five tracks from our top forty chart, so what are our final five? Well, given the magnitude of each, we feel they deserve some extra special attention to the others, Danny Verde’s remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Starry Eyed” the first to get a fuller focus, as it makes it in at number 5, justifiably so, not least that it, for us, it represents our Milano man at his brilliant production best. And while many may claim that “You & I” is a better example of the master at work, “Starry Eyed” seems to have more lengthy appeal legs on it, having featured large in a score of stunning sets at Beyond earlier in the year, was played out by the man himself when we visited Muccasssassina in May and sits proudly on a podcast that has attained second spot in that 2011 chart of ours. But moreover, like all the tracks above it here, “Starry Eyed” holds many magical memories, emotional eruptions centre to those memories, the realisation that it was a Danny Verde production, just as tear flooding as the times we had heard it beforehand. So, we salute “Starry Eyed” for reaching number 5 in our chart and point you in the direction of Danny’s Soundcloud page and the track’s direct link where you can catch it in full 8 minute glory at http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio/ellie-goulding-starry-eyed-1.
To number 4 now and while “Bitch Lady” may have held a hidden meaning, The Shapeshifters & Shermanology track “Waiting For You” could have been further poles apart in that department, a tune that shouted Steve Pitron from the rooftops, the dancefloors & everywhere else we heard it during 2011. Plus, like “Starry Eyed”, this tremendous track often ravaged us with emotions, good ones you understand, the lyrics having incredible meaning to a friendship that grew closer & closer as the year moved on and one that we now treasure more than any other. And while we probably need to be forgiven for displaying our emotions on our sleeves so boldly, it is those lyrics which start the track off, “…if you need me, just call me, I’ll be right here waiting for you, we’ve been through hell & back again, but I was right here waiting for you…” that are as big a reflection of the tough times the year we suffered in 2011, although safe in the knowledge that the close friend in question was indeed, right there virtually every step of our rocky way, not least when we found ourselves landed in hospital back in June. So, with so much prominence, we ranking it as probably the most emotionally evocative & meaningful tunes of the year when we shared the link, http://youtube.com/watch?v=nnB3t51qRBM, back on 30th November, we cannot fail to be moved by its magnificence, that along with the fabulous friendship it represents.
Now talking of emotions, this next track was, without question, responsible for more of those joyful tears than any other during 2011, one that originally was brought to our attention by Tony English, but by March had become its most emotionally evocative when played out by Mr Pitron, whether it be at Beyond, at Room Service or at Lo-Profile, our reaction would be the same, those now characteristic emotional floods of tears that were very much a part of our dervishes on the dancefloors. And in the hands of vocalist Rebeka Brown, who performed the track live at The Logan Presents 3rd Anniversary, “Offshore” (A Little Love) proved yet again to be that tear jerking track that nevertheless also proved a brilliant tune to “Do The Disco Matt” to, as we did so often during 2011. So, given the magnitude of its importance to our year, it is no surprise that it charted in at number 3, the Andre Vicenzzo & Co Silco remix version of Magic Solution’s masterpiece our version choice and one you can check it in all its glory at http://youtube.com/watch?v=Mv4I1Qv3SVw, the track delivering not just “A Little Love” but love in abounds in our books.
So to number 2 and a track that totally captivated us from the moment we heard it and another example of a fantastic find in the hands of Steve Pitron who remarked of the track when he first played it to us at Room Service earlier this year, that “…it had a bit of a Crash feel to it…”. And Michael Gray’s “You Will Remember”, featuring Danism & Rae, does remind us a little of those halcyon days at the underground club that started the whole Vauxhall clubbing movement, but moreover is a tune that appeals to our ears as much if not more than it did when we first heard it, no mean feat when you consider it has made it to our daily playlist since its release. Plus, finding itself in position two pretty much mirror’s the achievement of the prolific podcast that it features on, while it was a foregone conclusion that it would be part of our own “Summer Scorchers” podcast too, the only question remaining just how high would it chart and the answer s right here, “You Will Remember” marking a purple patch in our music year, a click onto http://youtube.com/watch?v=5CzWUwyJWn0 giving you plenty of hints why.
Well, we have made it, thirty nine tracks down and now just one left, one being the single most appropriate word and it is this final track in our top forty that has made it to number 1, a towering tune that tops our chart and, to be honest, always looked like doing so, virtually from that magical moment when an excited Steve Pitron revealed it to us. So, having given us “Bitch Lady” which charted highly, it was Pink Fluid’s fabulously funky & disco drenched dream of a dance delectation that won our hearts over, “So Much Love” every inch a winner in our books, although one that rarely made the dancefloor, rather played out on our number one podcast of the year each & every day since its release. And in it’s creators, Pink Fluid, we have our favourite artists of the year, edging out Whelan & Di Scala, as they also gave us the terrific track “Noise In Da House” although with “So Much Love”, like “Bitch Lady”, getting the Crazibiza mix treatment at http://youtube.com/watch?v=hlwfEtdj8MA we have the undisputed champion of our chart and one that has answered our question “…will it make it to the top?…” with a resounding yes.
So that’s it, our track chart rundown of the year, a tumultuous yet tremendous “Best Year Yet” music wise and while we still have our “Podcasts” & “Sets” posts to come, in this first of three rapturous 2011 music reflections on the movers & shakers in our world, we can once again exclaim that through all the highs, the lows, the emotions & the tears, music has once again proved to be the answer. (DISCO MATT)
We may have suffered major main computer meltdown just 24 hours ago, but we are back & with a significant stride in our step to boot, now paving the way to our much awaited reviews of 2011, this report hinting towards what to expect from our most comprehensive year end reflections to date.
Already finding ourselves deep into the first month of the New Year, we also find ourselves in the unusual position that we have yet to post our Year End club reviews of the last twelve months passed, we having very much been wrapped up in the simply sensational NY weekend which started for us on 30th Dec & didn’t end until 2nd January. So, while we have festive season reviews of Orange/Trade, Profile, We “Safari” & As One still due (Beyond’s NYD reflection is already out at http://discomatt.com/web/2012/01/reviews-colossal-classics-celebration-beyond-nyd-super-party-sunday-1st-january-full-size-review/) our immediate priority is to devote our time & energies to our 2011 Y.E. reviews, reflecting on the prolific & protégé players that, musically wise at least made it our “Best Year Yet”, while our super size 2011 club review, “The Up’s, The Down’s, The High’s The Lows” will take you through the whole year of extraordinary eventing that was our clubbing trip fantastic & one which was every bit the rollercoaster ride the title suggests.
However, with these reviews being our two most sizeable compositions of the year, we have decided to divide them up a little, not least so we can also deliver our festive season reflections in a timely fashion, those along with our regular activity, while we are keen to avoid overwhelming you with the huge content both the music & club devotions will no doubt include. So, music wise, we will be splitting our Y.E. reviews into three, looking separately at “The Tracks”, “The Podcasts” & “The Sets”, while our club review will be also be divided into three, split simply “January To April”, “May To August” & “September To December”. Our aim will be to deliver the music reviews first and then look back on the clubbing year, posting one per weekend from next Sunday (15th Jan) and in so doing complete our most comprehensive year end set of reflections to date. With the results of our self invoked & induced 2011 polls also featuring in our Y.E. music & club reviews, categories including best D.J., best set, best podcast, best club, best event, best promoter & best newcomer, these nominations will pave the way for the round of other scene awards to come at the beginning of February, no doubt resulting in interesting & intriguing comparisons.
So, while the last 24 hours have seen us feel very much “Upside Down & Inside Out” as a result of major IT troubles, the scene is now set, we are back, we are ready & we are raring to go with our 2011 reviews, so cannot wait to share our rapturous reflections with you. (DISCO MATT)
With of first set of 2012 Best Bites done & dusted, we couldn’t let the weekend begin without giving a dozen delectable’s a shot at winning your recovery or resolution affections, meaning it’s time to run down the best of the rest in Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch.
We may find ourselves in the first week of the first month of 2012, one that is traditionally a quiet one for the scene as it recovers from the hectic festive season, along with the very busy New Year weekend just gone, but as one clubbing conglomerate aptly put it, “…we don’t have the January blues, rather it’s all about the good times…”. And it seems that they are not along in this philosophy as there is actually plenty going on this weekend, so, having chosen our “Best Bites”, it now time to give the rest a shot, a dozen or so that we recommend as great places to be & be seen on the scene, whether in Soho, Vauxhall or Shoreditch.
So to Soho first and The Shadow Lounge who are still recovering from their massive New Year’s Eve party, “Greek Gods & Gladiators”, but are back with “Therapy” tonight (Fri 6th Jan) with D.J. Sonathaq on the decks from 10 p.m. entry free until 11 & £10 thereafter, the same applying to Saturday when the ever popular Andrew Elmore sorts the SL sounds at “Inferno”, more info on these two happenings plus the whole weeks activity available a click away at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk.
Next up is Ku (well the two Ku’s actually) who also find themselves in recovery mode after a busy NY weekend, Lisle St leading the way this with “O Zone” tonight (Fri 6th Jan) with who else but The Very Miss Dusty O sorting the sounds, while its another “Fabulous Saturday session tomorrow, pop & disco the name of the game, Sunday rounding off it all with a double dose of do’s “Karaoke & Cabaret” having moved across town for an early (6 till 9) start, then Lady Lloyd’s “Hit Factory” takes you through to a 3 a.m. finish. As for “Little Ku” on Frith St, well the doors are open all weekend, with D.J.’s on duty downstairs each night, more info on both out at http://ku-bar.co.uk.
To Rupert Street and a trio of DJ treats this weekend, tonight seeing Barcode boy Saki spin the sounds, while the brilliant Brazilian Doug Silva tries to woo his own branch of The Brazilian “Biiiicha” bunch (there will be a lot in town) tomorrow night (Sat 7th Jan) meaning we may need to hop between here & Profile, while on Sunday, iconic D.J. Rich B packing a punch, while with a drinks list as long as our arm, nit least the best value for money champers in town (pass the Bolli darling!), much of the detail up at http://rupertstreet.com.
Our fourth Short Soho Shout goes to Circa, fast becoming one of the most popular hang-outs in town, not least due to the style & sumptuousness along with free entry all night until the wee hours of 3 a.m., tonight (Fri 6th Jan) seeing Munroe Bergdorf delight the decks while tomorrow night it’s the turn of the handsome Adam Turner turn out the tunes, the compact & bijou style of this hip & happening hangout ensuring the is always an amazing atmosphere & a glorious gathering to boot, plenty more details a click away at http://circasoho.com.
But we can’t forget The Edge in our shouts, as its less about our themes Recovery & Resolution this weekend, rather “Addiction” which centre stages tonight, Harvey Adam playing out on the ground floor, while upstairs its D.J. Neroli, although Saturday sees “Revelation” take over with our own protégé player & weekly resident Zach Burns shining in the sound spinning spotlight and is one set you won’t want to miss, especially given his recent prolific performances for Gigolo & Profile/Lo-Profile, his services very much in demand, more details on this Soho Square spot available at http://edgesoho.co.uk.
So we move south to Vauxhall now and hot on the venerable institution that is The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT) who shake off the New year blues with a barnstorming weekend, “Rooster” starting it all tonight, D.J.’s ComeAndTurn oing hostess Timberlina & artist extraordinaire JonJo, while no Saturday would be the same without “Duckie”, the irrepressible Amy Lame making sure all those partying resolutions will be met. Then, how could you miss out on another institution in the form of The dame Edna Experience on Sunday (8th Jan), the best cabaret show in town kicking off along with all the S.L.A.G.S. devotee’s from 5 p.m., while the “Chill-out” element starts from 7, more info on the whole seven day schedule out at http://thervt.org.uk.
Moving further down the Kennington Road to The Eagle and to manly meet “Tonker” which is now into its eight year of strutting on the scene, although with welcoming arms rather than attitude, the club attracts a magnificent mix of men, big, small & everything in between, not least due to the superb sounds as eclectic as its following, tonight seeing promoter & resident Tim Jones spin alongside Italian in London, D.J. Astroboy. But Saturday sees the captivating “Carpet Burn” swing into action, D.J.’s Jonny Kalifornia & Severino masterminding the 80’s & 90’s music, while the team acknowledge that the new year may have burned pocket holes so it’s what they call “…it’s madness, its half price madness…” entry from 9 p.m. just £2.50 & drinks prices hemmed to match. Plus with the infamous “Horse Meat Disco” horsing around on Sunday, the weekend is looking good, info up at http://eaglelondon.com.
Now, while we may have given our Vauxhall “Best Bite” away to The Orange Group (OG), it was just Onyx & Fire’s “Recovery” party that filled our focus, there is plenty else going on, not least beyond on Sunday morning, & Later after that, the latter getting the first if three OG Short Shouts, promoter Jay Sharp Vokins launches the clubs programme with this Sunday’s meet, aptly called “2012 – As We Continue”, residents Jamie Head, The Oli & D’Johnny proving a pumping package that is hard to beat, the infamous Later garden still popular even in the chilly winter months, while the chill-out zone also plays its part in this prolific party, doors opening this Sunday (8th Jan) at midday., the club running through till 7.30 p.m., entry a mere £6 and more details up at http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties.
But before that it’s the turn of A: M, the new look artwork to this Saturday morning sensation deluding to the winning formula that current promoter Steven Sharp has established in his relatively short tenure. And that formula focuses on the music, with resident stars including Guy Williams, Paul Heron, Fat Tony & D’Johnny, all four playing out in the club’s main room this weekend (Sat 7th Jan), while other David Jimenez looks after room two, this “Phuture of Saturday Mornings” getting going at 3 a.m. & running through to a normality bending 10.30 a.m. free & discount stamps from previous Orange outing Onyx available, while a trip to http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties will tell you more.
Then, rounding off the weekend & our Short Vauxhall Shouts (well almost) is Orange and our promoter of 2011 (oops we let it slip) Steven Sharp polishes off your weekend with the club that started it all in Fire at the turn of the century, while had to be the star of the Xmas/NY show in terms of both the Orange/Trade meet & that smokin’ main room at As One. But with 2012 firmly focussed now, Steven heralds the Olympic year with the package that keeps them coming, D.J.’s Fat Tony, The Oli, & the Sharp Boys main rooming it, while RAW residents David Jimenez & Hifi Sean go deep every week not just with the music, but carrying you to the 9 a.m. Monday morning finish, that 10 hours after opening at 11 p.m on Sunday, this Sunday in fact (8th Jan) at Fire. Plus, with new host Danny Boyce making a big impression, find out more about Orange at http://orangenation.co.uk.
Now, while this is a Short Shouts newsletter, before we leave Vauxhall & the Orange Group, we have just two tantilising teasers in the form of two of the biggest brands in global clubbing, Matinee & Trade. But all we will be divulging right now are the dates you need to note, Saturday 28th January belonging to Matinee & Saturday 11th February to Trade. So note your diaries now & watch this space for more news & detail in this dynamic duo of dancing delectations.
So to Shoreditch and East Bloc is our sole Short Shout, although what a one it is, as Friday’s now sees exceptional event “Super Electro Party Machine” go weekly, D.J. Larry Tee turning out the tunes along with the freshest new talent around, while sandwiching the weekend is new outing “Sunday Service”, the everything goes policy extending to electro, techno, disco & pure house. But it is Saturday that has a roving commission, this week (7th Jan) seeing “Songs Of Praise” attract a captive congregation as it’s all about pop music in the aptly named “Altar” room, while the cockabilly chapel space has rockabilly 50’s & 60’s sounds (interesting), very much the alternative yet amazing antics we have come to expect from East Bloc, more info out at http://eastbloc.co.uk, while watch this space for a full focus on Tom Stephan’s new night “Dish” which launches next Saturday (14th Jan).
Right that’s it for another weekend and one which will be quite a quiet one for us as we catch up on reviews, reviews & more reviews, although may be escaping the keyboard for a short while tomorrow night to pop into Profile & possibly then Lo-Profile, so if you do see us come say hi. But with plenty of reasons & paces for you yourselves to be seen on the scene, wherever the weekend finds you, have a terrific time, of course making sure that you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
We finished the last year on our recommends newsletter right foot, so had to start the New Year on it too, looking at our best choices for where to be & be seen on the scene across Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch. But who, what & where top our tree in this part one? Well there’s only one way to find out….
Having savoured the best start to a New Year ever, our NY weekend starting with profile on the Friday & also including Beyond, WE “Safari” & As One on NYD, we are most definitely in recovery mode this coming weekend, not least as we catch up on reviews of all four events, along with our 2011 music & club special posts. However, while we may be dipping out of the scene, there is plenty on offer to tempt you out, picking out our top choices across Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch with all the detail you need to know along with those all important website links.
So, with both “recovery” & “resolution” being the bywords of this weekend, we head to Soho first with our top of the tree choice going to Profile & Lo-Profile, both venues very much recovering from a hectic NY weekend, yet having stated as the mean to go on in 2012, have a sparkling line-up of D.J.’s both old & new and experienced & fresh faced, although what they all have in common is descending devotion to their art. And Profile leads the way in both venues three day weekend which starts tonight (Thurs 5th Jan), scene stalwart & swinger Brent Nicholls spinning most likely a blend of beats that includes his trademark nu-funk & disco, while on Friday its new boy to Profile Andy Mac’s turn to trip the tune fantastic, this relative unknown quantity out to prove his Profile worth. However, it is Saturday (7th Jan) that gets our biggest thumbs up as our very own protégé player, Junior (Celso) Moura takes to the decks, this following a superb showing last Friday, he hitting our magnificent mark with a majestic mound of music that packed out Profile from the 8 p.m. spinning start to the extended 11.30 finish, so is sure to do the same this weekend, bringing with him his Brazilian “biiiiicha!” bunch who make any party a carnival, not least the handsome Mhardenn Teixeira who will be celebrating his birthday (we will be there for that alone). Then you add in the drop dead gorgeous bar team, along with some of the best food the scene can offer, not to mention a drinks & cocktails list that is hard to beat and Profile is a brilliant way to both start & finish your weekend in style & sophistication, not forgetting their fab Sunday lunch, served each week from 1 p.m., further details of all these & other yummy pickings available by hitting their website link http://profilesoho.com.
Then we turn to bigger sister Lo-Profile which really came into its own last year, not least helped by superb social soiree Gigolo. Yet while The Hart’s may have moved on, the legacy they have left behind means that Thursday’s in the form of home grown brand “Society” are fitting nicely into this now very popular starting night to the weekend, tonight seeing the delightful Doug Silva joins fellow Brazilian Ale Amaral on the decks, both sure to mix up plenty of Brazilian come euro-style beats with more uplifting house hits. But naturally, the weekend proper begins tomorrow night (Fri 6th Jan) with “Playtime” the saucy, sexy & steamy night hosted by the handsome & hunky Jay Roberts, a night which stepped into “Society’s” shoes just a handful of months ago, but has really transformed Friday’s, record numbers of party people making “Playtime” their preferred choice. And by starting 2012 as they mean to go on, in choosing the cute yet very capable Zach Burns as their anchor D.J., a towering talent that seems to play to enthralling excess in this exceptional event, with our Italian Bello Alessandro Londra kicking off proceedings from 10 p.m., while the eye candy by two porn stars, our own Ben Brown joined by US hunk Race Cooper, both sure to be flaunting their wares both on the podiums & in Jay’s backroom boudoir which, if you play your cards right, can be your special bonus to the bravado. Then on Saturday (7th Jan), we find international playboy D.J. Paul Heron very much in birthday mood, although earning a crust spinning some sounds along with playing & close pal Nick Evans, the two working off each other like an absolute dream, so this is one Saturday session you won’t want to miss. Now, with each night’s doors opening at 10 p.m. & running through to 4 a.m. (3 on Thur’s), entry just £5 before midnight each night & guest list options available, for more details on these nights & other happenings, go to http://loprofile.com.
Right to Vauxhall now and our top tree choice simply had to go to The Orange Group, although wading through the choices of parties in the rick pickings that make up their weekend schedule was pretty tricky, should it be Friday foray Onyx, the refreshed & revitalised A:M, the breathtakingly brilliant Beyond, the afternoon audacity that is Later or the club that started it all, Orange?. Well, while we could have picked on all of them, we just don’t have the room so with both “Recovery” & “Resolution” part & parcel of our post, the choice became quickly clear, Onyx getting first bite at the cherry tomorrow night (Fri 6th Jan) with their, yes you guessed it, “Resolution” party, the team certainly resolute to make 2012 a play & party hard year, starting 2012 as they mean to go on by re-introducing the very popular £1 shots as one of many glorious gambits to get you in that party mood too. And those gambits certainly extend to the music, as the team have had a little shake-up for 2012, welcoming two towering talents in the form of Hifi Sean & The Oli, both sure to pull a crowd as well as you onto the dancefloor with their brilliant beats, both being Beyond boys too which is a good enough excuse in our books. Joining them in the main room is regular Lee Harris, the pint sized powerhouse that has turbocharged tunes to match his mates, room two is all about pop with Lady Lloyd & James St James, while girl power players Lisa German & Verity Mayes steal the show in the terrace space their harder house & tougher tech tones always going down a treat. Add to & the best managed door entry in the land, masterminded by the terrific Tom Fuller, along with larger than life hostess Chrissy Darling, who will be handing out free Smirnoff Vanilla shots to the first 200 customers through those doors, that along with £2.50 drinks offers and you have plenty of excuses to make Onyx one of your first clubbing resolutions of 2012, “Resolution” kick-starting your weekend from 10 p.m., the club running through until 5 a.m., with entry free before 11.30 p.m. with flyer, ad or guest list entry (details at http://gayguestlists.com/onyx), while advance £5 tickets are available at http://orangenation.co.uk.
So with “Resolution” covered, it’s time for “recovery” to take its turn and in Fire on Saturday (7th Jan) we have just that, as not only can we celebrate this iconic venue being well & truly back among us, we can do as they are doing when they say, “…at Fire we don’t have the January blues, rather it’s all about the good times…” the still surely smarting from those so called “good times” following the truly amazing As One, which was the busiest one yet, promoter Steven Sharp pitching the party perfectly, not least pitting Orange against Trade which ended up a marriage of minds that worked like a dream and for the second time in a week at that. So, in what has been become a post bank holiday weekend tradition, Fire will be swinging open its doors for another “Recovery” party, asking you to launch yourselves into 2012 as you mean to go on, D.J.’s The Sharp Boys, D’Johnny, & Jamie Head sure to do just that, while a yet undisclosed guest line-up will add to the superb set of sounds that will surely make this a party to pull in the punters, the lighting, the pyro’s and those sparkling stage shows courtesy of Elektra Paris & Shaun Capewell along with their drove of delectable dancers making their captivating contribution. Plus, in the spirit of caring & sharing in what is always a tight first monetary month of the year, Fire is extending their free guest list offer that usually accompanies their “Recovery” events, a simple click onto http://tinyurl.com/2012recovery sure to secure your entry although you will need to get in fast as they have, naturally, limited the free passes. Mind you, if you weren’t around at any of the NY parties & grabbed a ticket, then watch out for the boys in & around Soho this tomorrow night & Saturday, while you can always just grab a £10 ticket online or at the usual Soho outlets, the online link being http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-01/07/fire-new-year-recovery-party (wow what a big one!), doors opening at 11 p.m., with the event running through till 7 a.m. and don’t forget that a £10 ticket purchase will get you into Beyond for free, yippee!!!
So to Shoreditch and a switch from City Road to Kingsland High Street, at it is The Dalston Superstore (DSS) that gets our Best Bite choice this weekend, and for good reason as our very own Shoreditch son, Kris Di Angelis, is treading the DSS boards on Saturday, while a firm Friday favourite also returns for another madcap meet tomorrow night (Fri 6th Jan), while no Sunday would ever be the same without a trip to “Tutti Frutti” with D.J. Squeaky & friends. But it is the other two that get our focus and Friday first as “Blondie” returns for its inaugural outing of 2012, Liz Bisoux heading up a team of Hi-NRG, electronic & disco D.J.’s downstairs, they also throwing in a bit of garage house music for good measure, while upstairs in the hands of Grizzle, its pop classics all the way, that along with the infamous “Blondie Bar Top Cabaret”, not to be missed, plus, with it being free entry all night, that’s from 9 pm. till 3 a.m., this is no bank breaker by any means. Then on Saturday Kris Di Angelis brings back the debaucherous “Delirium” to the DSS, with, as our angelic (not) Kris saying “…what better place to break your New Year’s resolutions than everyone’s favourite disco honeypot, The Dalston Superstore….” he adding of Delirium itself “…is back with quite frankly a banger of a line up…”, Kris being joined by fellow resident Jaime Ritchie, while guest jock for this outing is Ashley Beedle, all three spinning electro disco come tech. But, as with all DSS parties (well most) this is a two floor affair, upstairs being in the hands of Tony Dunne & Cathal, with special guest Ross Allen. With proceedings kicking off at 9 p.m. Kris adds, “…it’s free before 11pm (£5 after) so even if you’ve blown your load over Christmas and New Year you can still come and join the fun…” and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves, while these events aside, don’t forget that The DSS makes for a great food fuel stop off during the day too, all information on offers, menu’s & other happenings available by going to http://thedalstonsuperstore.com or by watching the boys tweets at http://twitter.com/dsuperstore.
Right, that’s it for our Best Bites on this first full weekend of 2012, but watch out for part two of our newsletter coming up next, when we Short Shout for a dozen or so delights, giving you plenty of other choices of where to lay your partying hat this weekend, whether it be in Soho, Vauxhall or Shoreditch, thereby making sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT).