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Over the years we have grown particularly fond of certain brands that have braved the capitals clubbing scene, the reasons for our attractions as varied as the clubs themselves, although certain common denominators kind of tie them together, the music & the music makers two perfect examples, although with certain clubs, it can also be said that the promoters are just as important. Indeed, looking at those brands that have achieved a special place in our hearts and those individuals at the helm, the prolific part that promoters play pretty much go without saying, Crash & Wayne Shires, FIST & Suzie Krueger, Trade & Laurence Malice, they all go hand in hand. And whist these three examples made have faded from the scene, they still fill us with misty eyed memories and ones that we miss dearly. And there is another brand that we have missed dearly, one that, like our three other examples, has gained a special place in our hearts, a club that has sported magnificent music players & music of the highest quality, its promoter synonymous with its existence, so seeing it disappear off our radar, having played such an important part in our lives, was a bitter pill to swallow.
Lovechild has, without doubt, been a brand we have followed right from day one, when it launched itself as a Sunday t-dance style soiree, something in the order of Salvation, this being no real surprise as the promoter who had always been the big driving force behind this mega club brand, Alex Erfan, was keen to offer fervent followers of all things Salvation, something similar but different. However, it was clear from the first set of Sunday parties at Pacha, that the bottom had fallen out of t-dance style clubbing, on a Sunday at least, a short break seeing Lovechild reappear as a Saturday offering and at new home Fire, a venue which proved a worthy home for Alex & the club for close on 18 months. Plus, the switch from Sunday’s to Saturday’s allowed the Lovechild team to expand & experiment with the brand, a whole succession of successful parties, including alliances with other clubs such as Delice & Wild Fruit, cemented it as one of the capitals clubbing scene’s big hitters. Notable parties included “Wet”, “Makin Hay” & “Tropicana” (among many more), Alex also drawing on international D.J. talent to boost the appeal, while the creation of the infamous “Contact Room”, the introduction of saucy shows & the distinctly different arena’s of music, all added to the clubs appeal.
However, times they do change and it was becoming all the more clearer that the onetime harmonious working relationship between Lovechild & Fire, Alex Erfan & the Orange group, was beginning to sour, the “1st Anniversary” back in November last year being the first catalyst, Lovechild pretty much shunted into the sidelines while Fire’s main room was given away to a breeder bash. And, from then, it was pretty much a slippery slope for our loveable brand, the final full-on Fire fling being when Lovechild joined forces with Israeli splendour FFF in May, relationships between The Orange Group top brass & Alex straining to breaking point, all meaning something had to give and the withdraw of Lovechild from the Saturday clubbing schedule was the saddening consequence. But, as the saying goes, “you can’t keep a good dog down” and, after a summer break which has seen the brand pick itself up & dust itself off, Lovechild is now ready to start all over again, a new venue, a new look & a new direction the inspiration for its return.
So, what’s the big change?, and what can we expect from the new look Lovechild? Well, first & foremost Alex has forged a new association with Pulse, the state of the art venue that plays host to SuperMartXe, the break away from Vauxhall definitely a new & daring direction which, we hope, will pay dividends, the flexibility with Pulse’s space allowing Alex to manage & manipulate his events to match the crowd & the entertainment. And there is definitely lots of promise for this first event “The Big Blue”, Alex kicking off by saying that “…This incredibly exciting space will allow Lovechild to grow and present the biggest shows and parties to date. New features are being added to the Pulse in the run-up to the party and Lovechild will by then feature the biggest dance floor on the London scene as well as some of the most ‘state of the art’ lights and lasers going in especially for the night…”, while the joining of forces with porn star legend Blue Blake is the inspiration behind the title of the event, the accent very much sex & seduction, a whole host of stars beefing up this branded bash, Alex going on to explain that , “…Lovechild goes blue this Saturday when it celebrates the launch of porn legend Blue Blake?s filthy new film “A Policeman Fucked My Son” andhis new website blueblake.com. There?s not just 1 or 2 super hot pornstars (as seems to be the norm these days) but a veritable “pornucopia” of sensational Blue Blake stars from past and present. Leading the pack is the UK?s most popular porn star Paddy O?Brian, along with French superstar Issac Jones, British internationals Ben Brown, Bruno Knight and Jake Reed. There?s also some American beef jetting in from the USA, the buff and beautiful Cody Miller. And that?s not all, Pulse will be packed with porn stars and purveyors of filth. So the hot studs dancing next to you could be the guys you?d been watching fuck the night before…”
Well, that certainly sets the scene for this “Big Blue” event, the porn element plain for all to see, but what about the music?, Well, with a pretty impressive list of resident D.J.’s both from here in the capital & internationally, Alex has a lot to choose from, Tony English the first major inclusion in an all London line-up, this main man having been with Lovechild from its beginnings and very much the lynch pin in Alex’s armoury, having toured with the brand internationally to destinations that have included Amsterdam, Antwerp, Istanbul & Israel, while he was with Lovechild for their two excursions to Edinburgh over the summer. Moreover , he is the man behind the “Lovechild” single, which gets full release early next year, although Tony has posted the radio edit to his Soundcloud page, check it out at http://soundcloud.com/djtonyenglish/tony-english-feat-kaysee-1, the vivacious vocals of Kaysee looking like this should be a 2012 smash and will no doubt be within Tony’s set on Saturday. Then, there is Alessandro Londra, another dynamic D.J. that has been flying the flag for Lovechild both here in London & across Europe, he never failing to ignite the dancefloor with his full blown tech & progressive house, our Italian bello having laid down a podcast to mark Lovechild’s first party at Pulse, a 62 minute marvel which is as good an indication of what to expect from him on Saturday as anything and a compilation well worth adding to your collection by going to http://soundcloud.com/djalessandrolondra/lovechild-pulse-club-london. But Alessandro is not the only one to mark this “Big Blue” event with a podcast release, impressive Israeli Guy Scheiman (one of Alex’s international residents) also jumping on the compilation bandwagon with his own devotion, perhaps off all the mixes, our favourite & one which you can grab at http://djguyscheiman.podomatic.com/entry/2011-10-05T15_47_54-07_00 although unlike the text on his podcast page, sadly we won’t be seeing Guy at Pulse this time round, although we know Alex has him lined up for a gig real soon. Then London based Aussie Brent Nicholls has also released a compilation dedicated to the party and we can confirm he will be there, although scheduled to play a late set, although surely worth hanging around for, especially given the quality of this podcast, which is worthy of at least a listen by going to http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/2011/09/21/podcast-lovepulse/.
But all that is only part of the music picture, as Alex will also be drawing on the talents of two more Italian’s, Tony Bruno & Gabriele Cutrano, while a second Aussie in the form of Terry Vietheer will also feature, as will both Mattias & Phil Hewson, an impressive notch up of eight stars who will all get a bite at the “Big Blue” main room cherry, while Marco Gee is the final entrant onto the list of prolific players, Marco the latest addition to the residency team, having hugely impressed us at Lovechild’s “Muscle” event back in March and is very much a staple part of this latest outing. Why?, well Marco is responsible for the production of what looks like being a char topping smash, the truly tremendous “Get It On” by Shockalady, a brilliant re-take of the rock classic by T-Rex, this new version very much more disco than rock, camp than vamp, this promotional video giving you a good idea of exactly what we mean, http://youtube.com/watch?v=4VJFzzIMH6M. And, the hot off the press news is that Shockalady will be performing the track live on Saturday, this shaping up to be one of the most entertaining shows we have seen at Lovechild yet and one you definitely won’t want to miss. Plus, with Marco taking charge of the opening set, you can certainly expect a rousing start to this “Big Blue” event, a taste of whats to come available from Mr Gee’s latest podcast, which was lifted direct from another opening set, this time for Lovechild’s “Superlovers”, an gathering held for Soho’s Pink Sunday, Marco playing out to a considerable audience at Lo-Profile, so one worth catching at http://marcogee.podomatic.com/.
So to the all important detail and this Lovechild “The Big Blue” spectacular takes place this coming Saturday (15th October) at Pulse (full address, 1 Invicta Plaza, Off Southwark St, Blackfriars, London, SE1) from 11 p.m. and running through until an advertised 6 a.m. finish, although a little birdie tells us that, subject to numbers, it could run a fair bit later (whoopee!!). Advance tickets have been on sale for a while, the £10 early bird ones having been gobbled up quite quickly, while standard £15 tickets are still available by going online to http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-10/15/lovechild-pulse, while a drop into Prowler, Clone Zone &/or 50 is also an option, tickets also available on the door at the same price. With sponsorship support from Gaydar and live video recor4dings coming from Mirrorballs.tv, the launch of Blueblake.com will also be a feature, more information on the event out at http://alexerfan.com, while new website http://blueblake.com is also worth a sneak preview.
Now, despite a run of SuperMartXe’s at Pulse, due a a range of circumstances, we have yet to see the new venue, so we are just crossing fingers that come Saturday nothing will be in our way, meaning we hope to be there to report on it all, so if you see us, please come say hi, but make sure you don’t miss out on this Lovechild return by ensuring you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Without doubt, the last twelve months or so has seen one of London’s most forward thinking & progressive clubs brands do just that, a whole succession of successful parties having played out across Europe and into the Middle East, destinations like Amsterdam, Lille, Barcelona & Istanbul receiving Lovechild rapturously, promoter Alex Erfan’s latest success story coming out of Tel Aviv just a couple of months ago, the Israeli’s lapping up the captivating concept, the delectable dancers, the marvellous music and the sparkling stage shows that Lovechild has become famous for. So, having established this bond, it was only a matter of time before Mr Erfan re-affirmed connections with the joyous Jewish, this time celebrating Eilat Pride and joining forces with the Israeli capital’s biggest club brand FFF. But not only will Lovechild be celebrating out in Eilat this coming Friday night (13th May), but a double dose of Pride style partying will see London host its own devotion to one of the first Pride events in the world, Eilat only preceded by Gran Canaria & Hawaii.
So, with Pride fever about to sweep London town, what can we expect from this latest Lovechild love-in here in the capital? Well the joining of forces with the FFF group is a further example of Alex Erfan’s extensive connections across the worldwide clubbing community, FFF without doubt Israel’s biggest gay clubbing brand and one that has a solid international reputation. Based in Tel Aviv, their fortnightly parties have incredible synergy with Lovechild, as FFF events are prized for their delectable dancers, magnificent music & spectacular stage shows, the club night welcoming a host of international D.J. stars to play at their parties, names like Juanjo Martin, Carlos Gallardo, Danny Verde, & Ana Paula, while other big clubbing brands have made their presence felt at FFF, Space, SuperMartXe & WE featuring recently. Indeed such was SuperMartXe’s presence at FFF, a video is out to the wider world, taken at last year’s Pride event, giving you a snap shot of FFF in full flow at http://youtube.com/watch?v=cqN6ER2OIvM, while Mirrorballs TV made their own recording of Lovechild’s visit in April, well worth a look at http://clicker.com/web/mirrorballstv/lovechild-fff-group-tel-aviv-1662302/#, both brands working really well with FFF, which incidentally stands for “Friendly Freedom Friday” (what a fabulous title, don’t you think?!).
So, that’s FFF, but what can you expect when it meets Lovechild at Fire on Saturday? Well plenty of that spectacular stage show action for a start, the new band of Lovechild dancers having gone down an absolute storm at the last outing & sure to provide bucket loads of eye candy, not to mention the sexy & seductive feel for which both Lovechild & FFF are renowned. Plus with the imported influence of FFF’s producer/promoter, Shirazi, expect plenty of the unexpected throughout the stage appearances, not to mention a plenty of dazzling dancing & creative costumes to impress. Plus, Lovechild’s usual feature, the contact room, will be in action and Mirrorballs TV will be there to film it all, so if you’re planning to take your tops off & dance (we all do don’t we?!?) then a trip down the gym to pump up those pecs would be a good idea. The, host venue Fire will be pulling out all the stops on the lighting & effects front, particular attention being paid to the main room installations which let Lookbetternaked down a little last weekend, although having spoken with Alex, he assures us that Fire are ready & sorted on that score.
Now to the music and FFF will be bringing resident D.J. Tal Cohen with them, this prestigious talent a well know figure back in Tel Aviv, his eclectic mix of sounds definitely aimed at the notoriously fussy Israeli clubbing crowd, who often seem too consumed with everything Offer Nissam. That said, Tad does have a unique sound that sets him apart from his counterpart, the mix of disco, rhythm & blues, blended neatly into up to date electro house sure to please the London audiences ears and deliver something a little different. In fact, to get a feel of what to expect, check out his latest compilation mix at , while you can see Tal in action via this video, recorded direct from one of his performances at FFF, the link being http://youtube.com/watch?v=SbNFpAf0r_4.
Joining Tal will be a host of Lovechild’s resident D.J.’s headlined by Tony English who, we have to say, in on fantastic form at the moment, having treated us tremendously at “Society” last Friday night. Tony has also played over in Tel Aviv, representing Lovechild there, so the fit couldn’t be better and whist we are still patiently waiting for a new compilation from him (Tony is a very busy boy!) it’s always worth checking out his podcast site at http://djtonyenglish.com, although when it comes to his main room performances at Lovechild, lots of vocals, euro & Spanish beats along with the odd anthem thrown in for good measure of the order of the English day. In terms of other stars making a show, Sharon O Love is back for another main room appearance, while it does seem like a return trip for many, Lee Harris, Gabriele Cutrano & Savin, all brought in to spice this Lovechild party up. So given that line-up, you can definitely expects hoards of heavenly house hits to really elevate the atmosphere, while for the tougher edge of the Contact room, who better than the Sicilian duo of Alessandro Londra & Gabriele Cutrano, while the master of ambient to progressive beats, Tony Bruno, will be taking charge of the “love” lounge, and if his performance at Lookbetternaked is anything to go by, this part of the club will be packed. Check our postscript at the foot of this focus for links to all the D.J.’s podcast pages.
So, to the all important detail and Lovechild Meets FFF takes place this Saturday (14th May) at Fire in Vauxhall, doors opening at 11 p.m. and the club running through until a planned 6 a.m. Advanced tickets at just £10 are on sale via the usual outlets in Soho, that is Prowler, Clone Zone & 50, while online options are available at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-05/14/lovechild-presents-fff-group and/or via http://alexerfan.com., where you can also obtain more info (do you need it?!?!) on this event, as well as the host of other parties Mr Erfan presents, including the upcoming As One (Sunday 29th May) and Hustlaball (Saturday 11th June). If you prefer just to turn up, then entry is available on the door but expect to pay a little more and remember that Fire’s drink prices remain pretty reasonable for a club, so this party certainly isn’t going to leave a huge hole in your pocket. And don’t forget you party heads, that beyond kicks off straight after over at Area, the team on hand to release entry tickets & discount passes to the lucky ones sharp enough to get their attention.,
Now all that’s left to say is that this Lovechild meet with Israel’s FFF will surely prove a match made in heaven and be THE place to be seen on the scene this Saturday, so as we love to say…”Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Fancy polishing up on your music before heading down to Lovechild Meets FFF and get a feel of what to expect from the team of terrific talents? Well, look no further, the links to ALL the D.J.’s sites right here & a click away
Tal Cohen :-
Tony English :- http://djtonyeglish.com
Savin :- http://isavin.podomatic.com
Sharon O Love :- http://sharon-o-love.com
Lee Harris :- http://djleeharris.com
Alessandro Londra :- http://djalessandrolondra.podomatic.com
Gabriele Cutrano :- http://soundcloud.com/gabrielecutrano
Tony Bruno :- http://soundcloud.com/tonybruno
Plus, keep your eyes peeled for a handful of free CD giveaway’s, this latest Lovechild compilation, created by Tony Bruno, due out at http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com.
Continuing what is fast becoming the norm for us now, we step into another “Preview The Review”, this time taking our fresh felt & bite sized look at Lovechild, which celebrated its 2nd birthday last night (Sat 12th Feb) at Fire in Vauxhall.
With club brand birthday bashes appearing with monotonous regularity, Lovechild’s 2nd had a much more distinctly exciting prospect about it, not least as Valentine’s weekend love was definitely in the air, Fire in Vauxhall playing host across three rooms of fun. A rapidly filling main room saw a sparkling opening set from D.J. Savin, a mix of tech house & uplifting beats hitting a high with “Release Me”, then Tony English set the standard with a brilliant opener, Rebeka Brown’s “Offshore”, following it up with some scorching selections, although the new styled ambient come progressive lounge, looked after by Tony Bruno & Gabriele Cutrano, received a more muted reaction. With lighting & pyrotechnic effects a-plenty, plus the injection of the drop dead gorgeous Delice Boys on the podiums, the main room was a hard act to follow, but Brent Nicholls took up the mantle in the Mirrorarch brilliantly, with a prolific performance that saw the space packed for the whole of his scintillating set, a string of successive octane fuelled house hits finding favour, heavenly highlights being “The Miracle Of Love”, “Trapped” & our new Doing The Disco Matt track “Now Or Never”, sending us into a spinning frenzy. With the infamous contact room seeing plenty of audacious action, the amazing atmosphere added to by special Berlin boy guest D.J.’s Chris Bekker & Eduardo De La Torre, as well as PA Kaysee, who treated us to her latest smash hit “Lovechild”, this was a birthday celebration complete. However, we have seen Lovechild’s of old busier, perhaps an indication of how tough Saturdays have become in the capital and the piecing sound in the main room resigned us to an earlier than expected bath, although with so much more to lament on, “…its ready steady go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
For those of you devotees to our regular postings (is there anybody there?!) you will have realised that, despite appearances and remarks to the contrary, there are a handful of clubbing brands that top or at least make into a so called favoured list, Beyond naturally being right up there, along with Matinee, SuperMartXe, DTPM and Salvation. However, if there has been one brand that stands out and deserves its place in that list, it is Lovechild, a club that we have supported through thick & thin, along with its promoter, and since its launch in London at Pacha in Victoria two years ago, hardly a month has gone by when we have remained faithful to the club and given it all the support we can. So, whilst by now you will have had a chance to digest a whole load of promotional messages, video clips, adverts, interviews and all sorts of other paraphernalia at a host of other online & promotional vehicle sites, we couldn’t let the moment pass without our own devotion to this loveable brand and its birthday.
So, let’s start by giving you some of the detail on Lovechild’s “The Birthday” event, this Saturday (12th February) being the date and the place, of course, being the fabulous Fire in Vauxhall, a venue that has been hosting Lovechild for just about fourteen months now and, despite depriving the brand of its main room for the landmark 1st Anniversary in November, remains an excellent host venue for promoter Alex Erfan’s charming club. And given the fact that Lovechild is one of very few clubs that has the ability (or is it gumption) to spread across three rooms, perhaps this is testament to the fact that it is one of very few clubs that can still attracts sufficient numbers to swell Fire on a Saturday. Plus, with a D.J. cast that includes two special guest in the form of Chris Bekker & Eduardo De la Torre, joining regular Lovechild residents Tony English, Savin Inout Savin, Gabriele Cutrano & Brent Nicholls, but with the promise of many more, this birthday should prove to be a magnificent musical masterpiece, although more on that in a minute.
Right, so let’s just tale a moment to reflect on Lovechild’s two years in the capital and its other achievements in that time. Starting out as a Sunday t-dance style outfit had mixed fortunes for Lovechild, the switch to Saturday’s and across the river to Vauxhall & Fire, very much setting the club up as one of very few monthly Saturday sorties that still attracted reasonable numbers, a whole succession of prolific parties throughput 2010 cementing its position as a leading light on the clubbing calendar. Indeed such has been the success of Lovechild in London, that it scooped the crown for best monthly club in SeenQueen’s “Your Disco Needs You” poll. But, the Lovechild success story isn’t just about London, as the brand has had an amazing twelve months internationally, parties right across Europe very much spreading the love, destinations including Amsterdam, Antwerp, Paris, Lyon, Rome, Cologne & Istanbul, associations with Delice and Red & Blue among others, cementing its standing across Europe. Plus with an up-coming tour of South Africa and then a splash at “Delice Dream” in Barcelona, just two in a truly exhilarating collection of club nights in its calendar, and the future of Lovechild into 2011 is looking very bright indeed. And, talking of SeenQueen, the guys there have published an exclusive interview with the main behind Lovechild, Alex Erfan, which is well worth a read at
But returning to London and this “The Birthday” event and what can you expect? Well, quite a lot it seems, probably the best way of giving you a taster is to share a tri video viral trailer’s the first two out at http://facebook.com/?sk=video#!/video/video.php?v=1675695266398 & http://facebook.com/?sk=video#!/video/video.php?v=1691882611726, each giving you both some headline info and a feel of what’s to come on Saturday. Then there is the video compiled by clubbing website SeenQueen, a composition that heralds Lovechild’s 2 years in London, capturing clips of the club and events that have marked its prolific path of parties, this two minute marvel out at http://youtube.com/watch?v=qRxVab5I-Q8. And, talking of SeenQueen, they have published an exclusive interview with the main behind Lovechild, Alex Erfan at http://seenqueen.com/web/2011/lovechild_alexerfan/ and is well worth a read. But we digress slightly, so back to this event and what a line up of entertainment, first and foremost being the inclusion of P.A. Kaysee, who stormed Lovechild in London last June and returns having teamed up with resident D.J/Producer Tony English, with what they describe as “…their new 2011 essential club track…” aptly titled Lovechild, which will centrepiece Kaysee’s performance, a preview clip out at http://soundcloud.com/djtonyenglish/tony-english-feat-kaysee, although the full length version live on Saturday should take Fire by storm. Add to that the inclusion of the Delice Boys, back to London following three showings in 2010 and also having hosted Lovechild last week in Lyon and there should be no shortage of stunning stage shows and equally appealing eye candy.
So, what about the music? Well, as we hinted earlier, Lovechild “The Birthday” event will be welcoming two special international guest D.J.’s first Chris Bekker, who last made an impression in the capital at last year’s London Global Dance Festival, with a superb set at Beyond as part of the six support parties for the main LGDF event, Chris arriving on a high, as his track “Upgrade” is not only getting loads of dancefloor attention across Europe, but has just been given the remix treatment by Steven Redant & Lenz Garcia, a video trailer out at http://youtube.com/watch?v=i4jRZzzLkzU, which includes Chris in action at Berlin’s GMF club, although his success with track “Without You”, featuring Australian Idol winner Natalie Gauchi is just as spectacular, soaring to a top five postion in the US Masterbeat charts within days of release and, like the former, is taking Europe by storm. Both tracks are sure to be included in Chris’ headlining set at Lovechild on Saturday, his tech & progressive beats with vocal injections sure to pack out the dancefloor, a taster & selections of Mr Bekker’s sounds available via http://chrisbekker.com.
The other international guest for this special Lovechild celebration is another Berlin based boy, this time charming Venezuelan Eduardo De la Torre, who was a major feature of parties here in London throughout 2010 and indeed was based here for a few years, starring for Matinee among a host of other clubs. However, with his base now firmly in the German capital, Eddo has been making a name for himself across Europe, dates in Denmark, Russia, Switzerland & Spain to add to those in Germany &, of course London. And in true De La Torre style, Edu has compiled a special podcast to mark Lovechild’s “The Birthday” event, and is “…a taste of what you guys will get on Saturday…” and is 56 minutes of Mr De La Torre in terrific tech house & euro beat mood, with lots of vocals to inject the sort of vitality that is stand out in his sets, this marvellous mix out at http://soundcloud.com/dj-edu-de-la-torre/lovechild-the-second-birthday. As for the rest, well regulars Gabrielle Cutrano & Brent Nicholls, Savin Inout Savin & Tony English complete the currently released line up, although given the line-up the question remains as to whether this special birthday bash will be over two rooms or three.
Anyway, turning to that all important detail on Lovechild “The Birthday”, which takes place this Saturday at Fire in Vauxhall, doors opening at 11 p.m., with the club running through, most likely to an amended 6 a.m. finish. Advanced tickets are on sale at the usual outlets in Soho, as well as online at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-02/12/lovechild priced at £10, although more will be available on the door but for more, while there is the opportunity to roll four parties into one, naturally including Lovechild, as the “Love Ticket” will get you entry to Onyx, Beyond & Orange as well and all for just £25, again tickets available online at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-02/11/the-love-ticket and across Soho’s stores Prowler, Clone Zone & DV8, while if you stick to just the Lovechild ticket option, make sure you are one of the first 100 through the door, as you will get free entry to “I Love Beyond”, which starts over at Area as Lovechild ends. More details of this birthday bash and all events run by Lovechild’s promoter Alex Erfan can be found by going to http://alexerfan.com. Plus, don’t forget that the infamous contact room will be open for business at Lovechild on Saturday, plus lots of sexy strippers on show and plenty of giveaways from the equally sexy Gaydar boys.
So, all that left to do is to wish Lovechild a very happy 2nd birthday and as it looks like being one enthralling & euphoric event, we definitely recommend that you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
As much as our bar, club & event yearly round-up reviews have become a tradition, our look back at any year would not be complete without our full on reflection of the music & the D.J.’s that have made our year, indeed, without the music and without the D.J.’s, the bars, clubs & events would not exist as they do and we would have little to report on, save for our weekly recommends posts & our D.J. focuses, of which there have been many throughout 2010. But it has been an interesting year on the music front, a year that has seen the resurgence of retro-tastic tunes remixed, remodelled or remade, it has been a year with plenty of newcomers, while we have certainly spread our musical wings, focussing on a breathtakingly huge amount of D.J.’s, based both home & abroad. So, amidst a continuing tough global economic & political climate, plus amidst all the controversy that was waged in our world, 2010 more than any other year meant that music was definitely the answer for us, hence this nod to the D.J.’s, their sets, their tracks & their compilations in this our final music review of this year.
So let’s get going and with the best place starting in January, we race through 2010 picking out our D.J. performance highlights, As One sporting our first outstanding achiever, when Alan K simply blew our mind with a superb set, erupting Fire’s main room & leaving us walking away with our first anthem of 2010, Celada’s “Underground”. That was swiftly followed by Phil Marriott, who impressed us hugely with a mammoth 4 hour set at the Onyx afterparty that immediately followed, and it was with Mr Marriott that we were to form a special friendship & bond, not least at Profile Bar on Friday’s. February saw two terrific turnouts by Trade veterans, first Steve Thomas at DTPM’s Valentine party at Jalouise, then Gonzalo Rivas with a sparkling set at Orange’s “Citric Seduction” event, both showing that they haven’t lost their magical touch to move us on the dancefloor.
Forwarding to May, the trio of Leomeo, Danny Verde & Phil Romano, short of stole the London Global Dance Festival show in the Muccasssassina room at the main event, although 2010 was littered with international star performances too, a veritable feast of talent landing in London for that LGDF party, other outstanding highlights being Dikky Vendetta’s performance at Onyx, Chris Bekker at Beyond & Ivan Gomez at the “official” LGDF afterparty, although Berlin based but home-grown talent D’Johnny’s set was superbly standout. Other international stars that did it for us in 2010 included Eduardo De la Torre, who was brilliant at Beyond during the summer, Leandro Becker who shone at The Week in London and then followed it up with another prolific performance in Paris for the Supersized Pool Party, while Andrei Stan stunned us with stonking sets at both Matador & A:M.
Talking of Spanish, a host of Spaniards also had their say too during 2010, with Carlos Gallardo doing it for us at both Hype & WE Party and the steamy & sexy Hugo Sanchez starring spectacularly at more than one SuperMartXe event, showing his raw talent to match his ravenous looks. But it was Javier Medina who was definitely our find of the year, making his impressionable mark in May and soon following it up with personal appearances in London for As One & Lovechild, he ending his year on a high, landing a contract with massive club brand Matinee. But you would be forgiven that we focussed too much on international talent through 2010, as there were plenty of home grown D.J.’s that hit our radar in 2010, some established, some new, Michel Mizrahi, Terry Vietheer, Jc Christopher, Norbert M, Lee Harris, Zach Burns, Dimity K, Chris Brogan and Jamie Hammond included in a long list on new(ish) talent, all making strides & impressions in this terrific twelve months of tunes. However, the established names were definitely rocking our world throughout 2010, the endless list including Paul Heron, Jamie Head, Nick Tcherniak, Phil Hewson, Tony English, Nick Evans, Terry Bryan, Guy Williams, Fat Tony and plenty more that set us in as spin.
2010 also saw us expand our specialist focuses, going all female first with our “Foxy Ladies” special looking at Mis-White & Minx, we looked in on Spain covering Gonzalo Rivas, Ivan Gomez, Nacho Chapado, Steven Redant &, our main man Javier Medina, but also turned Italiano with two specials, including Pagano, Alessandro, Micky Galliano & Gabriele Cutrano, Danny Verde never escaping our attention, while it was another Italian that made his impression on us, first at LGDF & then at Hustlaball in Berlin, Fabio White’s set there one of the big highlights of our five day foray. Our focuses also included a couple of nods to Beyond, homage’s to Lovechild, to new Spanish hit WE Party, as well as spreading our wings with our music newletters which filled most of the last few months of our year, our “Blighty Based Boys” & “Energetic Euro’s” including the biggest names that made our 2010, as did our final post of the year, “Big Guns & Baby Boomers”. But our D.J. bio’s & focuses still remained our single most passion of the year & with the opportunity to focus on plenty of talent for LGDF, we went into overdrive, pieces of our work featuring on official websites & D.J. pages.
But we digress from our hot sets of the scintillating 365 days of sound and whilst so many were memorable, our scales were definitely tipped by The Oli at Lovechild’s “Makin Hay” in July, while Brent Nicholls enchanted us with a full on nu-funk frolic, also in Lovechild, but August, Pagano also doing it for us at the third of Logan Schmitz’ private party UP & then again at Onyx “Digital” in September, while Luke Howard definitely displayed nu-disco dexterity at Paradise 45 in November. Then there was a stunning set from Terry Vietheer at Barcode Vauxhall’s 4th birthday, this south London spot being the scene for a brilliant back-to-back performance from Nick Tcherniak & Hifi Sean, close on the best back-to-back set we had seen all year, although some of our best performers of the year were to come out of the gaff next door, Area being responsible for Orange afterparty’s & Onyx, but of course the biggie, Beyond, pretty much bringing us full circle on our star sets selection, Jamie Head being one of three standouts from a score of others, Mr Head’s performances for Beyond in the Terrace going down as some of our favourites, although his best being at Orange back in May.
But as good all these people were during 2010, it is the duo of Steve Pitron & Mikey D that top our pile, we having been lucky to witness some very special back-to-back performances from them both, a handful at Beyond, but for us, their best at Brazilian import The Week in September. Individually, Steve impressed on countless occasions not just at Beyond, but also at Orange events, at WE party’s launch in December & then delighted us at Lo-Profile in the same month, although his standout set was at Beyond “Tokyo” in October, his anthem filled two hours simply stunning, we reporting on his set at the time in flowing form, including saying “…The man is genius and words cannot describe just how much, our best way to show appreciation of his art is to dance “…in our spot…” knowing that the man knows we are there and, in the words of one anthem, “…let the music pump right through me I can feel it in my bones…” & “…come on now show me pretty ladies how you really like to dance…” as in Steve’s hands do we dance or what…”. But Mikey D was just as prolific on a number of occasions too, like Steve really shining at Beyond, especially in December, when he stepped in for an unwell Mr Pitron, the whole two hours leaving us breathless in admiration and for us edged all his others, making the choice so very difficult. However, it is Steve Pitron that sways top spot for us, that “Tokyo” triumph back in October being our set of the year..
Well, that was the D.J.’s, so what about their compilations and having reported on so many artists during the year, we can count well over 300 that were covered in our focuses & newsletters. There were devotions to a long club brands including Beyond, Hustlaball, Lovechild, Matinee Red & Blue and SuperMartXe, which in turn led to mentions for specific D.J.’s, many of whom have already been mentioned. Yet with so many to wade through, we had to be pretty ruthless, the likes of Paul Heron, Hifi Sean, Terry Bryan, The Oli & Gonzalo coming really close to our top choices, but failing to make it into our final five. From a host of international stars podcasts & mixes, we had so excellent recordings to chose from, which like their domestic counterparts knocked hard on our top five, Leomeo, Eduardo De La Torre Steven Redant, & our find & newcomer of the year, Javier Medina, just missing out from a position in our choice picks. Then there was Pagano, his “Digital Generation” compilation having originally been scheduled for release in September, although with furied negotiations with label producers as to what tracks would make it onto the mix, this incredible collection of tunes has been out just four days, so is sure to feature large in 2011.
So who & what did make it?, well Nick Tcherniak did, landing in at number five with his “Matinee” mix, which included smash hits “The Answer” & “Deep Water”, this glorious 116 minute marvel opening up with a delicious remix of Rino Cabreara’s smash “Creapola”, but included a host of others, not least another Tcherniak & Thomas collaboration, “My People”, which on this compilation was given the Alan X “Peephole” remix treatment, so just had to be in our top choices. The remaining four all held & continue to hold very special memories for us, and whilst some were released much earlier in the year, it was the final four months that sealed all their fate in being our top picks of 2010. And you can still get hold of Nick’s fabulous nod to Matinee by going to http://nicktcherniak.podomatic.com/.
Danny Verde landed our number four spot with his incredible compilation, “Escape From Paradise” which filled our ears on our way to Berlin when we hooked up with him for Salvation there. Indeed from a host of records that included his awesome rework of Madonna’s classic track “Vogue”, a funk-tastic remix of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”, an even more incredible rehash of the dance diva hit “Hideaway”, the two that really made it a truly standout & spectacular composition were Danny’s own records “Let Me See Your Underwear”, which was remixed with breathless results and then the pinnacle of perfection, the uplifting & euphoric “Till We See The Sun” which brings back magical memories of Danny, Berlin and many more whenever we play it. So, we salute Mr Verde for this amazing mix which you can grab at http://dannyverde.podomatic.com/.
So, we come to our top three and ones that we found extremely hard to separate, each one marking special moments in our year for varying reasons, but all three filling our ears from the minute they were released. Indeed right up to the wire we couldn’t tear them apart and for good reason, as Steve Pitron, Mikey D & Brent Nicholls produced some amazing work throughout 2010, indeed our top 40 tracks of the year are littered with records they have delighted us across these terrific twelve months of tunes. Steve Pitron stormed into top slot back in the early summer with his aptly named “Summer 2010” mix, but then came out with an absolute corker in his “WE Party Podcast” which exceeded even the might of his previous composition. With tracks “Show Me Your Love”, “Get It Up”, “Dreamer”, Don’t Give Up”, “Back To The Dancefloor”, “Souk” & “Blow Ya Mind”, our mind was well & truly blown by this piece of Pitron perfection, not one of the 28 tracks failing to hit the mark. Having plugged it on no less than eight separate occasions, we will make it nine by saying, if you haven’t got this in your collection then get it now at http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/.
As for Mikey D’s delectation, it is rare for the man to hit the studio’s and compile a full on mix, although when he does the wait is worth its weight in gold, “Lose Control” once again proving just why this man is still at the top of his game behind the decks. This mix dominated our trip to Paris in September and dominated our ears for much the time both before & since and no surprise, as with tracks like “Seek Bromance”, “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough”, “Bodyshine”, “Air Miles” & “Diamond Life” the list of 13 also included remixes of two records that made our top ten, “Happiness” and “Release Me”, while Mikey was definitely the answer by including our tagline tune on his compilation, “Music is The Answer” featuring large. So good is this mix that it held top spot in our minds eye right up to the wire, although with the strength of the other two, made separating it too difficult, but we cannot recommend this to your collection enough, which you can still download by going to http://mikeyd.podomatic.com/.
Then we come to our third and one of a staggering 22 mixes that Brent Nicholls complied in 2010, many which could have made it into our top five, were it not for the other four. His “Let’s Chant” compilation for example was incredible, as was his “Aural” mix & his devotion to his appearance at Beyond Pervert. However, it was his “Get On MyGayFace” mix that made it to our top three, like the others, littered with incredible records from start to finish, the 15 track composition originally created especially for members of the new social networking site , MyGayFace”, hence the title on the mix. However, such was the demand for this amazing mix, Brent released it onto his website for general download, although we were lucky to get our own copy on the day of first release, it immediately pressing all of our musical buttons, not least with records “Upside Down”, “I Just Can’t Hold Back” & “Et Moi”, from two artists that really did it for us in 2010, Audio Jackers and Lissat & Voltaxx. But it would be a mind-blowing remix of “Release Me” and then an even more majestic Mollela version of Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina’s heart wrenchingly stunning “Stereo Love” that ended up securing this compilation in our top three, one which you can get for yourselves by going to http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/music/.
So was it a dead heat three? Well we couldn’t separate Steve Pitron & Mikey D, but at the eleventh hour in our summing up of our year of music, Brent Nicholls edged the other two, not just in recognition for his impressive amount of releases in 2010, but when it came down to the wire, it was the “Stereo Love” track made that essential difference, as more than any other record in our year, it held & continues to hold the most memorable moments in our travels, whether to or from a club or out on our two wheels, but especially during our trips to Berlin & Antwerp for which both “Stereo Love” & “Get On MyGayFace” will always remain synonymous and very much number one.
So we come to our tracks of 2010 and are we glad we took the advice of a close friend at the top of the year, from day one listing down those records that moved us most on the dancefloor & elsewhere. And was the list extensive or what, as we catalogued well over 100 tracks by the most varied of artists and musical genres. There was dance, house, tech, progressive, uplifting, nu-funk, nu-disco, retro-tastic, rehashed & remade, but naturally we had to break the list down, eventually settling on our top 40, which we have listed at the end of this special reflection, although as we did last year, we hone in on our own top ten, a choice that does not include the major dancefloor hits of the year, in fact excepting possibly one or two, the list could not be further away. However, what each track has in common, are floods of memories of our music-tastic year, although before we run down our top ten, just a quick mention goes to some of the tracks that didn’t quite make it, the whole top 40 being a really tight affair.
First to the ones that missed out but still stood out, Chris Montana filling our ears out in Essex in November with “Don’t Give Up”, while the baseline definitely took control for a while thanks to Dr Kucho back in June, Sandy Rivera really capturing our imagination with “Hide U”, while Audio Jackers made quite an impact with their remix of “Just Can’t Hold Back”, as well as their own hits “Upside Down” & “Check It Out”, the latter missing our top ten by just one place. Others that featured large in our year included Leomeo’s amazing “The Sound Of C”& Dennis Christopher’s “No More Lies”, as well as Rebeka Brown with her hits “Offshore” & “Show Me Your Love”, all which would have been worthy of top ten slots, were it not for the strength & importance of our chosen ones, even the brilliance of Lizzatt & Voltaxx failing at the last hurdle, despite both “Et Moi” & the amazing re-work on the classic “Now Or Never” a track that looks like going places in early 2011.
So to our top choices and in at number ten is Danny Verde’s incredible remix of Pagano & Wayne G’s “Trapped” featuring the amazing vocals of Peyton, a record which featured large in Brent Nicholls’ incredible compilation “Let’s All Chant” which was so close to making our top five, this record filling our ears while spinning around the roads of London and also got plenty of airplay in our ears while in Berlin, so deservedly made it into our top choices, consigning his other smash “Till We See The Sun” to 12th place. Next up is the Dave Aude remix of “Happiness”, a track that came in for a lot of stick from some, yet made it (in a different form) onto compilations of our two of our top three and erupted the dancefloors of Beyond & The Week, so rightfully takes in place at number nine. In at eight comes the truly amazing “Let The Love Take Control” by Milk & Sugar, another example of a rehashed tune that had plenty of fresh intentions, hitting our ears as early as March but not really featuring on the dancefloors, although due to its special meaning, made a top ten certainty. Onto number seven and a little known track, yet one with so much meaning in our year, Diagram Of The Heart very much captivating us with their hit “Dead Famous” which was never destined to make the dancefloor, but was enthralling enough to reach the spot it did. Then continuing the melodic & meaningful theme at number six is Medina’s “You & I”, a record that reoccurred right through the year whenever we were faced with controversy, giving us suitable comfort in our time of need, thus making it into our favoured few.
So to our top five and first in is another example of a track that did not have dancefloor credibility in 2010, but had so much meaning for us, as it represented a record that allowed our mind to escape & our frayed nerves to relax, Richard Earnshaw’s remix of Kenne Kursmoshi’s “Take Me Back”, taking us back to those dreamer late spring & summer days when it filled our ears. In at number four is not quite a record of 2010, but one that played a huge part in our year, having rediscovered a Brent Nicholls compilation classic “Disco Electrique”, which includes the tremendously rousing track “All Night Long”, John Dalhback remixing Mousse T’s tune superbly and, was it not for the lack of 2010 credentials, this would have hit the top spot. Then we come to number three and to be honest, as with the last track, it could have come top, as “Release Me” while firmly in 2008/09, still got major dancefloor airplay throughout 2010 and will surely go down as one of the all-time dance anthems, a number of versions making it big this year. However the Mind Electric remix that Brent Nicholls tracked down was our favourite in a crop of others, close on toppling the original as the best, but as good as it was, it only made it to third spot. So to our second and one which was first until our Antwerp trip, Pirupa’s “Sweet Devil” making an immediate impression as far back as January & continued to surface right through the year, a funk-tastic & full on minimal vocal track that gets our feet tapping and our dance juices flowing every time we hear it. “Sweet Devil” marks a style of music which we got completely hooked on during 2010, nu-funk, so modelled by Brent Nicholls throughout the year and a trend that a few others followed, but one that made his offering so fresh & appealing, as is this track which, while number two, is our definite top nu-funker of the year.
So to our number one and by now it should be pretty obvious, as the record which stole our heart & our emotions throughout 2010 was “Stereo Love”, one that, interestingly first came to our attention on Steve Pitron’s compilation “Ibiza Opening Fiesta’s” back in May, the opening & rousing version of Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina’s smash by Dave Ramone right up their, so much so that it has deservedly got the b side to our number one, the Molella remix that will forever be our tune of Berlin & Antwerp but so much more. Indeed it was this record that decided our top compilation, so it has to take top spot in our track chart, a forty record collection which we have included here as a postscript. Plus, watch this space, as we are hopeful of a special mix of our top thirty to come out in the early New Year, so will be sharing that with you as soon as we can.
Well that’s it, our 2010 music reported & reviewed, save for a final mention for our musical moment of 2010 and whilst all of the above, the D.J.’s the compilations and the tracks have meant so much, even the vinyl moment at Berghain (check our review) in Berlin or “Stereo Love” couldn’t topple our best bit, although it did come close with our amazing Antwerp trip. However, being welcomed into the Beyond main room D.J. booth by Steve Pitron for our birthday, and “Doing The Disco Matt” to what will probably be labelled as our record, “Release Me”, did it for us, pure unadulterated enjoyment & ecstasy that we will never forget. So, 2010 we salute twelve terrific months of music and if 2011 is anywhere near as good we will be in heaven. (DISCO MATT)
So, here is out top 40 tracks of 2010, some dancefloor hits others just hits in our books, but all very much worthy of their place in our premier picks.
1. Molella remix of Edward Maya & Vika Jingulina – Stereo Love
2. Pirupa – Sweet Devil
3. Mind Electric remix of Zoe Baldwi TV Rocks – Release Me
4. John Dalhback remix of Mousse T’s – All Night Long
5. Richard Earnshaw remix of Kenne Kursmochi’s – Take Me Back
6. Medina – You & I
7. Diagram Of The Heart – Dead Famous
8. Milk & Sugar – Let the Love Take Over
9. Dave Aude Remix of Alexis Jordan – Happiness
10. Danny Verde remix of Pagano & Wayne G’s – Trapped
11. Audio Jackers – Check it Out
12. Danny Verde Radio Edit of Blake Lewis’ – Till We See The Sun
13. Chocolate Puma vs Bing Players – Disco Electrique Revisited mix
14. Lissat & Voltaxx remix of Tom Novy’s – Now Or Never
15. Norman Dory remix of Sandy Rivera’s – Hide U
16. Denzel Park vs Karina Chavez – World Go Round
17. Dennis Christopher remix of Nightstylers – No More Lies
18. Leomeo – The Sound Of C
19. Miguel Picasso Feat Rebeka Brown – Show Me Your Love
20. Alan X Peephole remix of Tcherniak & Thomas’s – My People
21. Rebeka Brown – Offshore
22. David Amo & Julio Navas remix of Interative’s – Who Is Elvis
23. Dr Kucho – Let The Baseline Take Control
24. Lissat & Voltaxx – Et Moi
25. Gabriel & Castellon – Deep In My Sax
26. Audio Jackers remix of Weekend Players’ – Just Can’t Hold Back
27. SNS – So Alive
28. Audio Jackers – Upside Down
29. Jason Riva – To Start Again
30. Sgt Slick – Back On Black
31. Shapeshifters remix of Candi Station’s – Musical Freedom
32. Peter Rauhofer remix of Zander Bleck’s – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
33. DJ Madskillz remix of Christian Smith & Reset Robot’s – Air Miles
34. Arumba – Filthy Rich
35. Jay C – Souk
36. David Penn- The Miracle of Love
37. Chris Montana – Don’t Give Up
38. Audio Jackers – Party People
39. Juanjo Martin & Albert Neve – Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough
40. Rossini Pain Feat Kaysee – I Will Be
Without doubt, the clubbing scene in the capital has taken quite a beating over the last few months, even some of the biggest brands not being impervious to the ravages of the tough trading climate that businesses see themselves within, so attracting the numbers through their doors that used to be a given, is becoming the single most demanding challenge. However, one brand has quietly & consistently performed where others have either failed, its regular monthly outings never breaking the bank, but filling a much needed gap in the Saturday market that, for reasons beyond us, has become one of the most difficult nights of any weekend. And it was this Saturday slot that seemed to be the making of the brand, its promoter, Alex Erfan, quickly switching from the original Sunday tea-dance format early into its history, also very much bucking the trend that, when you move a club from one venue to another, it generally it signals the end or at least the fall-out of favour, this brand, rather than failing, actually going from strength to strength.
Lovechild has very much become one of the sole Saturday survivors in a market that has seen the demise of some massive brands over the last twelve months, Juicy having had the rug pulled from beneath its feet, Matinee, which had suffered in numbers during 2009 following a fateful move of venues, losing its focus & direction further, while even the might of SuperMartXe has encountered problems, although more due to bad organisation rather than a drop in popularity. So, through all this, Lovechild has forged its own path, continuing to keep its offer as fresh as possible, with imaginatively themed events, coupled with the influx of international D.J. talent to attract, thus giving it the longevity it has developed, the brand also successfully touring around the world, from as far as Australia, to as close as Amsterdam, indeed with this weekend looking one of their busiest, parties in the Dutch capital, as well as in Rome & back here in the capital, we can safely say that the Lovechild story is one of success for sure.
So, with a last minute impromptu visit to Italy quashed, wild horses were not going to keep us away from Fire, even though we were feeling distinctly under the weather, our determination to make it to this latest Lovechild party, spurred on by the arrival of French fancy and friend Leomeo, who was due to headline the sparkling D.J. line up across the three rooms. Mind you, we were also keen to see the new look main space of host venue Fire, as well as supported Nhamo Ball & the “official” launch of his new Mirrorballs website, this Lovechild event having further meaning for us, as it signalled the brands continual support for The National AIDS Trust, a cause & concern close to our hearts. Therefore, it was a given we would be at the “Mirrorballs” party, making plans to meet up with pals Stephen & Benoit beforehand, a liaison at local hostillery Barcode, seeing us arrive at Fire’s doors not long after midnight.
Being greeted by Lovechild’s organisational guru, Andrew Jones, we left our pals to their own devices, while Andrew gave us a guided tour of the new main entrance as well as the upstairs VIP room and the new bar space below, we being immediately taken aback by just how much more modern that changes had made the place feel, adding a smart & sophisticated edge to what had always struck us as a bit council house in complexion, the sleek new brick work, the superbly stated lighting the exuberant VIP space, the brilliant new bar & the modernistic feel helped along by banks of flat screens, on this night projecting Lovechild visuals for all to see. And turning to face the D.J. booth down the other end, we immediately acknowledged that this main room at Fire has definitely come of age, a little tweaking still necessary (more speakers by the bar please!), but the whole new look space a vast improvement on the old & unrecognisable from the original space back in 2001.
But we digress and with friends in two & having been surprised by main man Alex Erfan who caught us gazing down the dancefloor, we moved close to the stage to find our spot, Fire’s main room as yet not yielding a favoured position, although just left of the stage & D.J. booth behind seemed the best option. And from our vantage point, we were close enough to the action, yet able to spot the flood of familiar faces passing us by, like us deciding where to lay their hat at this Mirrorball event, our gaze being caught by incumbent D.J’s Nick Wolanski & Sharon O Love, as well as hostess with the mostest, Chrissy Darling, who was certainly cutting a stride & attracting the camera clicking crowd with her cavorting. However, eyes were now on the stage as the first of a series sex fuelled stage shows began, four fulsome fellows strutting their stuff & flexing their massive muscles to the rapturous reception of the now cramped main room space, a flood of people pouring in from the “love” lounge space where Gabriele Cutrano was masterminding the music.
With the party now in full swing and guest Sharon O Love in situ, the music took on a truly uplifting pace to match the elevated atmosphere, momentarily driven in another direction by new all-Male group Elixir Burlesque, who certainly made a statement with their extrovert yet elegant dancing displays, craftily choreographed by industry star Marcos White, the variety show feel to their performance in stark contrast to the all our pornographic displays of Thiago Drewery’s dancers come strippers, yet this very variety giving Lovechild’s latest outing a new and interesting dimension. With a short break for refreshments over, we were back in the main room and standing right next to our French fancy, Leomeo having arrived to take up his duties behind the decks, the amazing act of Miss O Love a tough one to follow, although if there was anyone to take the music on a tribal, tech & funky filled jubilant journey, it was our man Mr Carandang, his string of selections hitting immediate approval with us and the main room revellers that were lapping up every tasty morsel of Leomeo’s magnificent music.
Venturing for a moment of two into the now opened Mirrorarch room, it was clear Nick Wolanski was stirring up a storm with his superb sounds, tough tech & full on euro-style house that was certainly drawing a crowd, although we felt the pull of our Frenchman in the main room, arriving back in our spot in time for one of the sexiest model strippers we had seen anywhere, slowly peeling off his army clothing & taunting the crowd with his alluring moves, all making for one of the most erotic shows we had seen at any Lovechild party we had witnessed to date. But matching this muscular man fest, was Leomeo with his music, working the crowd like the pure professional he is, mixing in plenty of dance anthems with his trademark tribal & tech beats that had the room pumping to his precision perfect performance. And such was the enthralling extent of this fantastic Frenchman’s magnificent music, that, despite feeling very much under the weather with crippling stomach cramps, we still managed to dance in our usual dervishness for the remainder of his scintillating set, banishing all thoughts of our tumble dry like tummy, rather spinning on our spot in recognition of his brilliant beats.
With Leomeo’s love-in at Lovechild over, we joined our French fancy for a breather outside to make plans for a further liaison during his stay in the capital, before waving farewell to him & companion Franc, we returning to the main room action & Lee Harris now in charge, very much gearing up the pace for Beyond afterwards, plenty of euphoric euro-beats intermixed with heavenly house hits that had the place well & truly pumping, even the might of Pagano struggling to hold a crowd in the Mirrorarch, although our Italian stallion was certainly waving his magical wand as we sped in to say hello, a far from empty room lapping up his progressive & tech tunes with gusto. But, such was our stomach rumblings that we had to grace our leave of this latest Lovechild party, saying our farewells to those that we could find, both Simon Patrick & Andrew Jones seeing us safely out of the club & on our journey home to muster some strength to face a foray to Beyond.
Having been regular visitors to Lovechild parties since they were launched in London, we have seen our fair share of successes and despite the Saturday slot being a difficult one of late, Alex Erfan & his team have to be commended for keeping the brand as fresh as possible and offering up alternative entertainment & themes at every turn. Whilst the numbers weren’t quite a buoyant as the best turnouts, there were certainly plenty of people to go around two of the three rooms, although there is a train of thought that errs towards two rather than three as the best format. That said, the stage shows were certainly superb, the strippers going down extremely well, as did the burlesque performance that added suitable variety to the night. But as is usual for us, the music shone the most and Leomeo’s performance did particularly, he crafting his choices to cater for the crowd and hitting our sweet spot with his selections from start to finish, he finding favour, as we did, with the new look main room at Fire, which is a marked improvement on the old. And, with news that our French Fancy will be back for more in March, we will definitely be there for that, although with Antwerp on our doorstep & then more Lovechild lusciousness at As One on NYD, our affair with Alex Erfan’s outing looks set to continue unabated & we love it. (DISCO MATT)
If you happened to miss out on this latest Lovechild with Leomeo, fear not as our Parisian pal has laid down a special compilation to mark his guest slot set, which is a collection crammed full of tech, tribal & funky inspired dance tunes that had us hooked from the off & will you too we are sure. So to grab your copy of this magnificent mix which includes tracks fromDanny Teneglia, David Penn, Shazz & much more, go to http://soundclound.com/djleomeo.
If there is ever a brand that never ceases to amaze us with its relentless pace it is Lovechild, the creation of one Alex Erfan, which, since its launch just under two years ago, has gone on to prove one of the most successful Saturday events the capital has seen in recent times, yes not necessarily breaking records, but quietly & confidently fulfilling people’s expectations with prolific P.A.’s, superb shows, delicious dancers & magnificent music. Plus, the brand has been flaunting itself right across Europe throughout the summer & autumn, destinations including Antwerp, Amsterdam, & Istanbul, as well as going further a-filed, the team touring down under alongside Sydney’s version of Love Muscle. But back home and the summer season was just as brisk, meaning a short respite was in order, although its once again, full steam ahead as this loveable brand swings into action this weekend, not just here in the capital, but in Rome & Amsterdam too.
So, this coming Saturday (11th Dec), the place to be is Fire in Vauxhall as Alex Erfan and his team once again get us all loved up with their latest instalment, this time being a bit of a double wammy, as not only will it have a charity theme to it (more on that towards the end of this post), but it will also mark the “official” launch of Mirrorballs.tv and their brand new website (http://mirrorballs.tv), Nhamo & his team literally counting down the hours as we go to press here (what is it? 1 day, 9 hours, 28 minutes & 12 seconds to be prcise). Now, naturally more about Mirrorballs will be revealed at the party on Saturday, the team also filming throughout the night & promoting “…Operation W.R.A.P. (We Roll And Play) a safe sex campaign. Having firmly established themselves in the early months of this year, Mirrorballs is business & website designed around the scene, capturing video footage &, Like us< reporting on major gay events across the capital. Now, they say competition is healthy and we are eagerly awaiting their new look site, along with plans for the immediate future & medium term, so will be reporting back to you in due course.
Mirroballs & charity aside (more on that in a mo) Alex Erfan & his team have lined up not only some enthralling entertainment, but a dream D.J. team to satisfy all your musical desires on the night. In terms of the entertainment, on top of Thiago Drewery’s drop dead gorgeous dancers (& my has he got some stunners in his team at the moment) there will be a specially produced show incorporating new all-Male group Elixir Burlesque brought to you by industry star choreographer Marcos White, so a show not to miss, while for all you VIP lovies, the brand new area in Fire’s main room (we haven’t seen it yet!) will be in operation & Alex will be welcoming special guests, Martin Mazza & Tamas Eszterhazy (Chairperson of www.grandsafeshow.com – Hungarian Safe Sex campaign).
But we digress from our main focus, which has to be the D.J.’s an what a line up it is, as the team are pleased as punch to welcome back our very own Italian stallion (he even wore the t-shirt at Trade’s 20th b/day), Pagano, a Lovechild roving resident, who will no doubt storm the Mirroarch with his prolific progressive beats and will be warming you up for the release of his eagerly awaited compilation, “Digital Generation”, which gets released on 20th Dec (that date sounds familiar!). Other Lovechild resident in attendance will be Lee Harris who will be polishing proceedings up the main room, while Gabriele Cutrano takes control of the “love” lounge. Plus a relative newcomer to the residency team will be there as well, the red hot Romanian D.J. Isavin kicking off the main room with plenty of uplifting yet chunky beats, we very much looking forward to his set, especially after this rising star’s recent previous performances have missed our radar (time to get there earlier DM!!), although, if like us, you haven’t yet seen him in action, then why not take a listen to his latest compilation at http://isavin.podomatic.com, “Pure Vibes” kicking off with one of our all time favourite tracks, “Disco Electrique”, very much setting the pace for this prolific podcast. Mind, you, he won’t have it his own way, as guest D.J. Sharon O Love will be mixing it up in the main room too and is sure to make a huge impression, while Nick Wolanski returns to open up & rip up the mirrorarch, although we really hope we get a smile from him this time!.
However, as if all that wasn’t enough for us, the team are flying in French fancy, Leomeo for this final fling before Christmas, Mr C riding on a veritable crest of a wave following tours of The States & Asia and racking up a whole host of guest appearance s along the way. Plus in his imitable style, he recorded compilations to mark his trips, both his “Sunday In New York” & his “Shanghai Halloween”, the latter particularly a-typical Leo style, with plenty of tribal infusions blended into funky house with enough dance & vocals to keep you on your toes. While firmly back on his home territory in his beloved Paris, Mr C just doesn’t stop, having been over in Frankfurt, Brussels & Lyon in just the last three weeks, although was back in the French capital just in time for Matinee & recorded a special mix to mark their first anniversary, which we absolutely love!, which you can catch (along with his others, at http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo. Plus, he continues to excite us when he records the occasional track, The Sound Of C a real favourite, while his latest, a remix of Shazz’s “Wherever You Are” is also doing it for us. However, the most thrilling project for us, has been his recently collaboration with Javier Medina, our Barca boy, the title speaking volumes, as “Nirvana Dream” certainly made us feel delightfully dreamy when we first heard it, the track fusing tribal & tech house styles with glorious vocal hints as well as elements of trance to produce a sensational seven or so minute single, neatly matched to visuals in video which we hope will be played out during Leo’s headlining set in Lovechild’s main room on Saturday, although the video, which as a terrific as the track is well worth check out now at http://youtube.com/watch?v=eZzXnIhSHJc), as will Leomeo & his superb set on Saturday.
Right, with the music front done & dusted, the other major activity across the night will be the support of charity, National Aids Trust (NAT), a vital organisation for those suffering from HIV & AIDS and one that Lovechild are firmly behind, promoter Alex Erfan also heavily involved in supporting them through the annual charity fund raising event, Wig Party. Given the gravity of the HIV/AIDS issue worldwide & the starkling figures here in the U.K., which we revealed in our special World AIDS Day report, “Fight The Good Fight” (direct link http://discomatt.com/web/2010/12/dm-reports-fight-the-good-fight-world-aids-day-special-1st-december/), NAT like many other organisations, desperately need your support to continue their incredible work. The best way of describing them being through their mission statement “…The NAT is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to transforming society’s response to HIV. Their goal is to change the way in which people living with HIV are treated. They believe that these people should be treated as equal citizens with respect, dignity and justice. As well as this they also provide a specialist team to provide an education and understanding of ways in which to protect one’s self and others from HIV infection. In order to help the NAT achieve its vision we need you…” Lovechild will be donating £1 for every undiscounted ticket sold, and will also be taking any extra generous donations on the night…especially from those of you on their V.I.P guest list for which entry is free, so no excuse to dig deep into your pockets for some few extra coffers to add to Lovechild’s fund in aid of NAT.
Now, to the all important detail, so let’s rattle through it, Lovechild “Mirrorballs” kicking off from 11 p.m. this Saturday (4th Dec) at Fire in Vauxhall, the club running through to a planned 7 a.m. finish. Advance tickets are available online at two sources, either http://clubtickets.com or via http://alexerfan.com , while tickets are also on sale across oho at Prowler Clone Zone & DV8 , although NOT at The Box as advertised (it isn’t there anymore peeps!), all at £10, although more will be on sale on the door, but will be more! However, the Lovechild lovelies will be out in force on both Friday & Saturday across Soho & Vauxhall, so make sure you take advantage of the special entry passes. Plus, don’t forget that the infamous contact room will be in full action at “Mirrorballs” as will superb hostess & door whore, Chrissy “Lovechild” Darling, oh and we nearly forgot to mention those 100 free entry passes to Beyond.
So, “Mirrorballs” is the name, NAT is the aim & partying is the game at Lovechild this Saturday, so naturally we will be there to report on it all, no doubt in our usual spot, yes next to the D.J. booth, so if you see us, come say hi and as we always say, “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
In advance of our latest DM Does The Music News post, entitled “Big Guns & Baby Boomers”, due out later this week, we thought we would whet your music appeties with a special devotion to all things Lovechild, the club brand that marked one year at its current home Fire, back on Saturday 13th of this month
In capturing a few clips of recent focus posts & previews, where we looked at the works of D.J.’s and then by honing in on specific Lovechild inspired compilations, this is a special “Music Is The Answer” post, that also marks the end to our sabbatical in advance of a full resumption of services on 6th December. So, we hope you like our indulgence to all things Lovechild and prepare to get busy downloading & listening to some magnificent music.
So let’s crack on with our look back which begins in June, it marking our first real focus on D.J.’s in depth within our Lovechild recommendations posts and whilst the event itself was pretty low key, the music was far from, this being the many reasons why.
“…..Looking at these D.J.’s on offer, the range of house music genres on offer is simply dynamic and the combination will definitely deliver to suit all tastes. Brent Nicholls is in a really pioneering sector of sound at the moment, playing out fresh track, one after the next in the style that he coins “Nu-funk”, the type of music that gets the feet moving, the hips swaying & the bodies gyrating to the funky & disco/electro drenched beats, endless examples available through his LGDF dedicated compilations as well as those pressed for both Hustlaball & Pervert, which you can check out at http://djbrentnicholls.com/music.
Both Terry’s are accomplished deliverers of uplifting yet funky filled house with tech tinges, the antipodean Mr Vietheer making an impact at Heaven’s Popcorn as well as appearing at hip hangouts Barcode, Rupert St, and has literally just released his latest compilation entitled “funky for love” (very appropriate) which is out now at http://soundcloud.com/terryvietheer/funky4love-june-2010-promo, while Mr Bryan continues to make musical waves at clubs that include A.M., Booster, Beyond & Later as well as featuring in Bank Holiday Orange specials, just last week treating us to some storming sets at Beyond & Orange in Area’s fabulous Terrace Bar space, but really tickling our disco & funky fancies in the Vinyl room at A.M., showing the depth in his musical talent, his latest compilation out at http://terrybryan.podomatic.com giving a real flavour of his style.
Then there is the magnificent Mattias, who never fails to impress with his octane fuelled tech & progressive house, making him a favourite attraction wherever he goes, holding down a exhaustive international roster, but popping up in the capital every now & then, Barcode & A.M. included in recent appearances, his irresistible musical flair reflected beautifully in his latest “tech house in your face” mix out at http://djmattias.podomatic.com, while Rupert St favourite Alessandro Londra will be back to Lovechild too, stirring the emotions with his fiery Sicilian passion which shows through in the explosive & exciting music he plays, that has seen him star at Matinee’s both old & new, hangouts including Lo-Profile & Barcode, sexy lads outfits Rudeboiz & Fitladz, not to mention massive clubs As One & Beyond and his latest release “Get Wet”, out at http://soundcloud.com/djalessandrolondra/get-wet will certainly whet your appetite for his music…..”
In July, when London enjoyed the first of two Lovechild parties, the first being “Making Hay” which featured a South African talent that had made waves at the London Global Dance Festival just a few weeks before & we featured him in our focus post, also then mopping up on other’s D.J.’s works in a review postscript.
“…..Making a welcome return to the U.K. is South African Leroy Tayler, who starred at the recent LGDF series of events, landing plenty of new fans at Later’s party that Sunday, so should prove a popular draw again, his distinctly African inspired funky & electro sounds having secured a residency at Cape Town’s premier Crew Club, not to mention being part of Salvation’s touring team. And in celebration of his appearance, Leroy has laid down a specially dedicated compilation which is available at http://events.leroytayler.podomatic.com, the 117 minute mix very reflective of his afro percussive/electro style & sound and is an absolute gem…..”
“……As our review has highlighted, the music at this “Makin Hay” event pretty much stole the show, and the good news is that if you witnessed The Oli’s superb set, you can re-kindle some of that magic via his latest compilation “Long Summer” which is available at http://theoli.podomatic.com. Plus Phil Hewson has laid down a special mix for this “Making Hay” event, which you can download from http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com……”
August saw Lovechild going very summery on us with a beach party in association with Brighton’s Wild Fruit & the strong D.J. resident team certainly delivered on the promise within our “Hot Dates” post.
“…..But raunch aside, the music will be doing it own kind of talking across all three spaces and Lovechild will be bringing back some of its favourite residents who have been missing from recent parties. Alessandro Londra makes a welcome return, having completed a successful tour of Rome since his last Lovechild appearance and he continues to pack a punch at Lo-Profile, Barcode Vauxhall, Rudeboiz (he will know plenty about the contact room!) and, of course, his longstanding residency for Rupert Street. Over & above all of that, Alessandro can count recent gigs for both Beyond & Matinee as highlights, he performing brilliantly at the latter’s “Open Air Summer Party”, which was the Sunday success of the year so far. Young talent and recent Lovechild resident inclusion, Jc Christopher, also makes his return and this will be his third gig for Alex Erfan’s Saturday night outfit, Jc having really got the party going with a brilliant opening set at his last showing in June and will surely be doing the same again.
Then we come to the trio of Aussie’s that we hinted on earlier and first is Terry Vietheer, who like Jc is a recent addition to the Lovechild team, yet deservedly so as the man has been making waves over at Heaven’s Monday nighter, Popcorn, while he also resides for the monthly Shadow Lounge Thursday party, Hola, not to mention popping up at Barcode Vauxhall every now & then, Terry treating us to a terrific tank load of tunes at their 4th birthday bash. But one return we are really looking forward to is Brent Nicholls, who has be a noticeable absentee from the last two Lovechild’s thus making his return all the more enticing. And what can we say about this hugely popular & capable master of his game that we haven’t said before except of his unique genre of house, which he calls “nu-funk” & which is definitely doing it for us at the moment, should feature large in his se, so with the prospect of his performance soaked with these sensational sounds, we cannot wait…..”
September saw us miss out on Alex Erfan’s lovable brand, as we were on a tour of duty in Paris, although Lovechild had their own slice of France, a the Delice boys landed on London and we focussed on the event & an Italian & Englishman that made it the team of resident D.J.’s that time.
“…But, the music is likely to be just as attractive for this special party, not least as the guest slot is filled by the handsome & talented Fabio White, who last entertained us here in gAylist world in the capital at the massive London Global Dance Festival and we know just how excited he is to play at this latest Lovechild event and in Fire’s new look main room to boot. His combination of uplifting, funky & fulsome house will very much find favour with the Lovechild & Fire crowd, Mr White being backed up by a host of resident D.J.’s from promoter Alex Erfan’s extensive stable, the likes of Tony English & Leroy Tayler, both who are familiar with these hot & horny parties and who have just laid down new podcasts that give you more than a hint of the kind of music to expect from their sets. Tony’s latest is crammed with some of the most recent euro style beats to be hitting both the dancefloors & the airwaves, it also adding a touch of Spanish sound as Cafe Ole & Space Ibiza resident Pablo Kopanos features within the 70 minute mix which is well worth a listen by going to http://tonyenglish.podomatic.com…”
Then in October it was the turn of “Hot Muscle” to take centre stage, a musclbound event, with music to match, the team welcoming a special guest from the states, this giving us a chance to conduct a mini bio on this pint sized powerhouse.
“…Alex is proud to welcome Justin Ryan to London, an internationally renowned D.J. that made his debut behind the decks in New York, but soon spread his wings across America, playing an intrinsic part in Miami’s “Winter Party” & the city’s “Out In The Parks” summer tour, also playing out to packed audiences in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta & Fire Island, as well as up in Montreal, Canada. However, spreading wings comes naturally to Justin and he has formed serious foundation in Australia, establishing a residency with one of the top events teams there, which has seen him play at the huge Sydney Mardi Gras, as well as for club brands Love Muscle, MarXe, Big Q Rising, and latterly, Live, the club that co-hosted the Lovechild party we mentioned earlier, Justin playing alongside Sydney based Johan Khoury (also a Lovechild guest D.J.) and London resident Alessandra Londra.
Mr Ryan’s characteristic uplifting vocals & melodic house hits, intermixed with progressive, latin & euro style beats are sure to go down a treat on the Lovechild London main floor and his energy & enthusiasm for his art will definitely come through, he remarking that “…I always try to deliver the highest energy through my performances, I like to feel part of the crowd and lead them through the party…” And, in celebration of his recent Sydney appearance & that for London this Saturday, Alex has laid down a special compilation, simply entitled “Lovechild” which is well worth a listen at http://justinryan.podomatic.com/ & judging by some of the tracks on here, gosh are we in for a treat at Fire (also check out his photo…he & Johan Khoury have to be related, what do you think?!)…”
And that bring us pretty much up to date, we going the extra mile with a full on postscript inclusion to our Lovechild 1st Anniversary review, which kind of speaks for itself & rounds up this special look at Lovechild, save for a final conclusion to come
“……There is little doubt that Lovechild has & continues to sport one of the strongest resident line-up’s on the capitals clubbing scene, not to mention a host of guest D.J.’s that make the music it plays not just diverse & interesting, but some of the best you will find anywhere. International talents that have graced the clubs decks in the year it has partied hard at Fire have included Albert Neve, Leomeo Carandang, Justin Ryan, Johan Khoury and, of course, Javier Medina, while London based guests extend to Terry Bryan, The Oli, Alan K & Nick Tcherniak. Yet, as this list wasn’t sparkling enough, you then include the list of residents & it truly becomes awesome, Italian’s Pagano, Gabriele Cutrano & Alessandro Londra, Australian’s, Brent Nicholls & Terry Vietheer, Englishmen, Phil Hewson, Tony English, Lee Harris & Jc Christopher, Scot, Paul Heron and Swede, Mattias, even South African Leroy Tayler, a roll call indeed.
But it gets better, as not only is there a special site dedicated to the music of Lovechild, mixes available from the likes of Nick T, Paul H, Mattias, Alessandro, Gabriele & many more, all 13 episodes which can be downloaded from http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com. But, yet more are available via the D.J.’s direct web pages, all worth a look, http://events.leroytayler.podomatic.com, http://justinryan.podomatic.com, http://soundcloud.com/djalessandrolondra, http://funkylondon.podomatic.com (Phi Hewson’s site) & http://soundcloud.com/gabrielecutrano.
However, marking this 1st Anniversary party as only he can do best, is Brent Nicholls, with his compilation entitled “LoveChildOne – Feels Like Fire Mix”, which he describes as “…a collection of funky flavoured nufunk, tech dipped & disco inspired tunes…” and he is not wrong there, our fave tracks being “C’mon Get Funky”, “Let’s All Chant”, “Sweep The Floor” & “Disco Disco Disco” (there’s a surprise), but with 13 more terrific tunes besides, making for what we would describe as a retro meets modern gem of a compilation with the Nicholls magical twist to it. So, this is truly a gorgeous gift to Lovechild on their 1st Anniversary and can be one to you too, by going to http://djbrentnicholls.com and then either scrolling down the home page, or selecting his “music” section.
Finally, the “official” Lovechild Anniversary mix was pressed onto CD for the party & handed out across the evening, this 44 minute marvel mixed by resident D.J. Tony English, which is a glorious collection of both uplifting vocal tunes & euro-style beats, very much evocate of his superb set on the night and is a MUST for your collection. Now, for those of you that weren’t around & didn’t get a copy, the good news is that it will be released on http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com in the next week or so, although in the meantime, if you fancy a copy, then just drop your details to Disco Matt headquarters via firstname.lastname@example.org & we will arrange to forward a copy to you. Plus, for Tony’s regular podcasts, go to http://tonyenglish.podomatic.com…..”
Well, that is it, our look back over the last five/six months of mesmeric music from this loveable clubbing brand and apart from saying, happy anniversary Lovechild, we love you, we have to thank ALL the D.J.’s that have graced Lovechild’s decks over these months, as well as thanking Alex Erfan, Roni Inan, Danny Shubert, Thiagio Drewery and the rest of the Lovechild team, without whom, this post would not have been possible.
So, with countless amounts of compilation mixes to download (if you don’t have them already, our parting words on this special musical look at Lovechild simply are, “…sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume & let them play, as Music Is The Answer…”. (DISCO MATT)
Casting our minds back to when we were twenty, finds us frolicking in the clubs in & around Johannesburg, our informative years having been spent in South Africa, but in moving to London when we did, signalled a real step change in the way we clubbed. And the music we listened to, the hi-nrg sounds of the eighties transforming to the hard house tunes of the nineties with one club shinning out over & above the rest as the real trendsetter in this respect. Plus, setting its stool on a Sunday morning was also very much an evolutionary step for the London scene, especially at a time when the only option after the mainstream clubs closed, were illegal raves for clubbers & cruising for others, this now legendary institution quickly establishing itself as THE place to be & be seen, the place being Turnmills & the club being Trade.
Since its launch back in 1990, Trade has assumed that legendary status with consummate ease, along the way bringing us larger than life character’s, not least its creator Laurence Malice, but also other including the amazing artist, known best as Trade Mark, as well as a host of D.J. talents from Malcolm Duffy, Alan Thompson, Steve (Janet) Thomas, Ian M, Pete Wardman, Gonzalo & who can ever forget, the late great Tony De Vit. And these main room D.J.’s really set the trend for the hard edged Sunday morning partying that went on at Turnmills throughout the 90’s, further enhancements including the introduction of the Trade lite lounge, spurning greats like Guy Williams, The Sharp Boys & Fat Tony, while the post weekly Turnmills years have seen the brand choose venues like The Renaissance Rooms, Colosseum, Area, Fire, Egg, & MOS to lay its specialist night hat, never failing to celebrate its birthday in style somewhere, the most memorable of late being the 18th, which was held at The Arches in Southwark. So, celebrating Trade’s 20th birthday was a given and in returning it the place of those memories of two years ago seemed an incredibly popular move, but how did this landmark anniversary in the clubs history turn out? and what were our huge highlights?
With the anticipation for this 20th birthday building to a crescendo, we found ourselves in a lengthy queue at Arcadia’s (formerly The Arches) doors at not long turned 5.30 a.m., the fevered frenzy feel that used to grip us back in the days of Turnmills back with fervent, our hearts tripping a beat as we patiently waited for our turn to be checked in by the extremely overzealous security on the entrance. Mind you, given the incidents at the 18th birthday, it came as no surprise that the checks were somewhat over the top, clearly slowing the process down, as was the woefully undermanned coat check system once we were inside Arcadia’s walls. However, as with those heady days back in the 90’s, we quickly learnt patience needed to be the order of the day, this being rewarded by our release into the club with fellow Trade party goer Benoit, to grab refreshments at the busy main bar, having already in this short time, caught up with a score or more of familiar faces.
Main room bound, we were keen to check on exactly what the D.J. line up would be, the first room by the entrance already having been laid aside for Gabriele Cutrano to warm the crowd into proceedings, we finding the delectable Per QX opening, not necessarily the start we had expected, the usual form of Malcolm Duffy mysteriously absent. However, we quickly warmed to Per’s electro twisted beats, the main room already filled to brimming, even at this early hour, an indication that this commemorative Trade outing was the lions share choice over any other. Establishing our spot, strangely nowhere near the D.J. booth for a change, we soon bumped into yet more friends & faces from clubbing years past & present, Chris Brogan & co lapping up the building main room atmosphere, even old Trade babies Glen & Maz, two iconic individuals from our years in Turnmills, very much in the thick of the developing action, the Arcadia main room having the closest feel to the former Farringdon home we have experienced. And looking around, the team had certainly gone to extra effort to make it feel as much like Trade & Turnmills as possible, the walls blazoned with Trade Mark artwork, classic trade production hanging from the ceilings & just enough laser lighting to give it that truly decadent & rave house feel that we had so loved back in the club’s heydays.
But, we were keen to investigate further & with the other spaces opening, we ventured forth, first checking out the classic room which was about to get going, then the space opposite, interestingly set aside as a darkroom, and eventually finding our way down to the lite lounge where Circus resident Kris Di Angelis was setting the scene with some sordid sounds. Bounding up to say hello, he seemed as pleased to see us, as we him, our encounter temporarily putting him off his stroke, although it wasn’t long before he was back in the groove & stirring up a storm of terrific tunes to tantalise, so, having found our feet across the expanse of the venue, we headed back into the main room where Nick Tcherniak had taken over the decks duty. Finding favour with each & every track selection, his set slowly built from the more melodic classic Trade sounds through to energetic hard hitting house that had us spinning in a dervish in our spot towards the back of the dancefloor, yet with the space now rammed with party heads, we struggled to find room to dance extravagantly as we had so been used to doing both in the Trade of old & the Beyond of new, eventually finding a spot to swing our pants & settle into his set.
So good was Nick’s music, especially when he pulled out & played the fabulous “My People”, we were in absolute heaven & loving every minute of his magical mixing, our pal Benoit struggling to find his own pace with the tough edged tech sounds, but so many old Trade faces lapping up this 20th birthday bash with gusto. Then, as if Nick had been brilliant enough, up stepped recording partner & Trade original resident Steve Thomas (known affectionately as Janet) upped the ante with an octane fuelled string of sounds that well & truly set the room alight, closing our eyes for moments of his magnificent music, transporting us right back to the 90’s & those tremendous times at Turnmills in his hands. So superb were the sounds & so amazing the atmosphere, we were now going absolutely nowhere, even the massive screen in front of the D.J. booth firing up & displaying iconic Trade visuals to add to the incredible laser lighting & other effects that were giving this main space at Arcadia a fantastic Trade-esque feel.
Now the place was swarming, our extravert moves on the dancefloor only rarely traded for refreshment & relieving stops, the whole venue a veritable feast of eclectic & euphoric Trade followers, very much a who’s who of clubbing and clearly the only place to be on this final day of October 2010. And with the morning hardly half way through, there was so much in store, not only from a prolific PA performance from Lizzie France, who, to our delight, ascended the main room podium right next to us to belt out the Tcherniak & Thomas collaborative EP hit “The Answer”, but didn’t stop there, treating us to three other tracks, before making her leave & handing the controls of this colossal commemoration to Trade over to none other than Pagano. In an instant, this disc spinning maestro had the room in his grip, switching the feel, pace & direction delightfully, swarms of Pagano followers surging forward towards the D.J. booth to soak up his sounds, while the podiums were topped with Logan’s muscle-bound go-go dancers to give this Trade party a distinctive edge.
With the heat of the main room beginning to bite and our pal Benoit in need of some lighter edged music, not to mention a truck load of messages on our phone from a sadly missed & absent D.J. friend, we headed into the lite lounge where Fat Tony had taken charge, flanked by the vivacious vocalist Tonnic, ready to take the space by storm. And that they did, the room a wall to wall sea of bare chested bodied man hunks & glorious girls, all intent on non-stop dancing to Tony’s towering tracks, while, like in the main room before, we quickly found our feet re-tuning ourselves to this more uplifting & accessible musical magic, this time positioning ourselves in our favoured spot, yes you guessed it, just left of the D.J. booth, fighting off the perspiration & heat of this lite lounge love-in, as Tonnic delightfully added her vocal infusions to the scintillating sounds been selected. Now Benoit was in his own heaven, the feel more akin to Beyond than Trade, although we knew exactly where we were, memories of two years ago flooding back in our minds, only the stifling heat stopping us in our tracks in favour of respite out on the rain soaked smoking terrace and the occasional dive into the main room.
With morning turning to afternoon & the a list crowd showing no signs of dissipating, we continued to savour the delights of this awesome Trade anniversary, the lite lounge finding favour over the other spaces, many familiar faces also finding their way there, we catching up with the pals Michelle Thornber, Clayton Wright, Tom Marchant, Clington Forbes, Tamsin Roberts, Joel Thomson, Guy Williams & many more, all soaking up the lite lounge sounds, even bumping into yet more faces old & new. Plus, catch up moments out in the terrace, including those with Simon Patrick & Pagano himself, matched by earlier liaisons with Per QX, Lee Yeomans, Mauricio Ortiz, Paul Weller, Adam Barr, Gabriele Cutrano, Ross Patterson & Hassan Hatoum, to mention just a few (we can’t leave out Glen & Maz of course), meant that this party was living up to its billing as not the place to be but the gAylist place to be. Indeed, the constant wave of people either saying their hello’s to us as Matt or as Disco Matt, some recognising us from recent times, others from the past, all combined to make this one of the more memorable events in our clubbing year thus far.
But, as truly terrific this Trade birthday bash was, our decadent delighting had to come to an end, the stifling heat in the lite lounge having drained us of most if not all of our energy, an upsetting encounter in the main room sealing our departure fate, not to nicest end to this prolific party that we had wanted, although the mound of mesmeric minutes we have experienced throughout our nine hour marathon far outweighing this unfortunate end to our day. So, waving farewell to Arcadia & Trade, we sauntered into the West End to recharge our batteries & gather ourselves for the next instalment in our weekend of wonderment at DTPM’s “Eastbenders” bash, yet still full of tremendous moments of Trade magic etched on our mind & in our soul that would mean it would be hours before the euphoria of this epic encounter with the mother of all clubbing brands wear off.
Trade, having dominated our lives throughout the nineties, can be held solely responsible for shaping our clubbing world. Yes there have been so truly ground breaking clubs since that have & still form a major part of our lives, the iconic Crash being one & Beyond undoubtedly the other. Yet, as much as Trade is now only an occasional outing, it still holds all that magic it did back in those heady days of Turnmills. And with its 20th birthday bash, the brand proved that it remains just as decadent, just as debaucherous & just as delightful as it always was. Whilst Arcadia did prove a brilliant host venue, the heat of both the main room & the lite lounge was sometimes too much to bear, plus the overzealous security did put a dampener on the party for some, reports coming in of sporadic checks for no reason, an unfortunate result of issues from two years before, added to the fact that the place was a little on the dirty side for others.
However, that said, Trade’s 20th lived up to our expectations & more, real highlights coming in the shape of scintillating sets from Nick Tchernaik, Steve Thomas & Fat Tony, even the vocal infusions from Lizzie France, Tonnic & friend, adding extra spice to an already enormous event that has to go down as another titanic Trade triumph. But, all the highlights aside, what really made the party were the people, a magnificent mix of old faces & new, all intent on having the best time possible & making the most of this mesmeric mash up as only Trade & a handful of other parties can achieve. Plus, the news that Laurence’s brand will be back for more on a regular basis, should sufficiently shake up the scene & give it the injection of energy it needs, leaving us to raise our glass to Trade & its Tremendous Twenty Turn and may we wish it plenty more. (DISCO MATT)
Having not long returned from Berlin where we sampled a true clubbing legend in the form of Berghain, the byword for techno in this most dazzling of cities, it seems appropriate that we take a preview look at another clubbing legend, which may not have the purist techno base in its music like Berghain, but is definitely on the tougher side of the house music fence. And this coming Sunday marks a special celebration, as one very special clubbing brand turns 20 and looks like partying in true decadent style, like it did all those years ago when it launched itself on an unsuspecting public at Turnmills in Farringdon, going on to become one of the biggest phenomena’s of our time, transfixing everyone & anyone that graced its doors, meaning there is only one club we could be talking about here.
Trade certainly has made a huge impact on the global clubbing scene, yes global, this afterhours audacious event that started as an experiment in 1990 by Laurence Malice & his small team, soon grew into a brand that extended right across the world, regular tours of countries including Australia & South Africa and continents including Europe & Asia, meaning that there is hardly any corner of this wonderful world that this brilliant brand hasn’t touched in some form or other. Plus, Trade when mentioned to any ardent clubber, evokes everything that is exceptional about afterhours clubbing, the foundations of this legend in our lifetime, very much cemented in Sunday mornings, but often extending deep in Sunday afternoon, not quite the 18 hours of Berghain, but plenty long enough to make it one of the longest running afterhours, not just in time but in years.
Those years, 20 of them to be exact, have thrown up a veritable feast of D.J. talents & scene faces that have become inextricably linked with Trade, Laurence Malice without question being top of the pile, this larger than life character always the lynch pin in the success of the brand, both in London & overseas. In the halcyon days of the club at Turnmills, not a week would go by without Miss malice wafting around the club & even quite often diving onto the microphone come midday or 1 a.m., sometimes extending the party deep into Sunday afternoon, meaning that trade is never the same with Laurence in attendance. Other huge character’s in the clubs history include Trade Mark, the man responsible for all that iconic, Andy Warhol inspired art, that was very much the stamp on Trade as a club, the Trade baby probably THE most notable piece of his work, but scores of other creations making the walls of Turnmills at each event, the flyers for the club & the adverts in the press. But if you want to look to one man (apart from Laurence of course) to tell you everything you want to know about Trade, then Tom Fuller is your man, for many THE face of Trade, or at least the first face you would see on entering the club. To say that he has the most memories & the most memorabilia on the club is an understatement and our reflection pales in comparison to what this man could tell you about Trade.
Laurence, Trade Mark & Tom aside, the list of others is endless, but no look back or preview (as this is) of Trade would be complete without listing some of the legendary D.J. talents that were very much Trade in those amazing years from 1990 through 2000, those incredible first ten years, for us meaning names such as Malcolm Duffy, Alan Thompson, Steve (Janet) Thomas, Rachel Auburn, Ian M, Tall Paul, Pete Wardman, Gonzalo & not forgetting the truly legendary Tony De Vit. Yes, plenty of other names have been linked with Trade, both in the latter part of the first 10 years, some more predominate in the second half of the clubs 20 year history, we including The Sharp Boys, Guy Williams, Fat Tony, Nick Tcherniak, Gabriele Cutrano, Lady Bianca, Lisa German & Pagano, to mention a few, but it will always be that original line up in those simply superlative days at Turnmills that will always be Trade.
Plus, in terms of D.J.’s no one can deny that. Like Laurence being the face of Trade, the D.J. most recognisable with the club will always be the late great Tony de Vit, a talent & individual who, without doubt, had the biggest following of any and commanded the most respect from his peers. Tony’s talents were simply incredible and not a week would go by without his sets being the pinnacle of perfection & peaking the club at its brilliant best. Whilst the whole concept on the music was to be a gradual build in pace, from the relative sedate style of Malcolm Duffy through the more rousing & raucous beats of Alan Thompson & Steve Thomas, to the ultimate end of Pete Wardman or Tall Paul, Tony’s music was right in the middle of the jubilant journey of sound that always had the biggest following & the best reaction. So, his untimely death in 1998 was a huge loss to the brand, although the magic of the divine Mr De Vit survives in the myriad of mixes he recorded for both Trade & for his own individual releases, “Global Underground” our most favourite & among the six separate Trade CD compilations he is featured on, represents the greatest memories of this magnificent man’s music.
So, those are some of the clubs legendary people, but what about Trade itself over the years? Well, it has transcended both the gay & straight markets, has attracted mega stars & celebrities through its doors, notable musical figureheads including Grace Jones, Madonna, U2, Boy George, & George Michael, while it has also be featured in a number of T.V. programmes, even a special documentary have been recorded back in 1996, recording for posterity both Trade back in the U.K. and its tour of South Africa with our own legendary Trade team of D.J.’s Malcolm Duffy, Steve Thomas, Alan Thompson, Tony De Vit & Pete Wardman. Moreover the club has featured in all the top music magazines, has been listed in both the gay & straight media as THE afterhours clubbing choice and was always an intrinsic part of the yearly Pride park parties in London, also featuring large on radio stations including Kiss FM and (of course) Radio One. Beyond that, Trade has been featured on virtually every single piece of merchandising you can think of, we even have our very own “Trade” bomber jacket which we continue to wear with pride.
But of anything which connects with Trade the most is Turnmills, a venue has featured large in the clubs history and remains its ancestral home, although with its demise as a clubbing hotspot in 2002, Trade has since found occasional homes at Ministry of Sound, The Arches, Fire & Colosseum & Laurence’s own club The Egg, and whilst weekly parties have given away to more infrequent gatherings, dates such as Christmas Day, Easter &, naturally, their birthday, continue to keep the Trade phenomenon alive. Now nearly 20 years old, the passion for Trade, particularly with those that were around in the early, dare we again call them, halcyon days, these people aptly called “Trade Babies”, remains as strong as ever and whilst they would all say, Trade is never quite Trade unless it is in Turnmills, nevertheless will be making the homage to this awesome afterhours event come Sunday 31st October.
And, of all the parties in recent years, their 18th anniversary at The Arches is probably the most notable, hence the team deciding upon a return for this landmark big two zero turn, the myriad of rooms as close to Turnmills as you could get, recent updates to this Southwark base (now called Arcadia) heightening the appeal and closing the deal as being the place to celebrate Trade turning 20. With the D.J. line up finalised & all other details confirmed, our preview of this brilliant brand is complete, so keeps your eyes peeled for our weekend post coming up, honing in on that all important info on Trade’s 20th Birthday, but make sure 31/10/10 is a date & Trade is the place as if, like us, your clubbing history is steeped in Trade, you simply cannot miss this euphoric event. (DISCO MATT)