Posts Tagged ‘Jodie Harsh’
With our reviews in arrears, our previews hardly present, our music devotions derelict and our recommendations rusty, we have decided it is time to take time off, take time to re-charge, take time to re-focus & take time to re-energise, the announcement of our “Scene Summer Sabbatical & Service Scale Down”, deluding to the details of our decision, along with our desires & intentions for a full service resumption/return.
With 2012 already proving to be our own “annus horribilus” on a number of fronts, there can be little or no doubt that the activity that was always the core part of our existence, our reviews, has taken a direct hit, how did we out it?, “…woefully in arrears…”, while it is also true that the year so far has seen a distinct lack of the previews, both in full form & in focus/feature style, along with an absence of our much loved much now maligned recommendations newsletters, ones we used to, devotingly so, issue each |& every week, although this first half of 2012 has seen just half a dozen devotions, hardly the devoting our admiring audiences deserve or indeed expect. But the sorrowful story continues, as one of a major life loves, our music, has also been badly hit, planned special features, D.J. focuses &, yes, our music newsletters, all having pretty much ground to a halt, while there has been a ray of light in the form our newly launched “Picks” section which (well up until the middle of this month that is) has dominated our activity and has proved to be the one inspiration in a year that has been devoid of almost every intrinsic ingredient. So, whether it be recommends, focuses, features or reports, all that have formed part of our success recipe, our package, they have been alarmingly absent, while it is the one element that started it all that remains THE most alarming absentee, that element being our reviews.
So what’s been happening?, Well to put not too fine a point on it, the “Matt” in Disco Matt has been the cause, a whole host of issues that has afflicted Matt, having a knock on effect on Disco Matt (yes we are one & the same), close family illness issues back home in South Africa dominating both January & February, while it is now Matt’s health that is consuming our lives, to the extent that we, all too often, find ourselves so fatigued that there remains little or no energy or dive to pursue our postings with anywhere near the vigour & va va voom of previous times. Then, to compound the problems besieging us, a series of computer failures have influenced our interest & intent to deliver our devotions, we having lurched from one device to the next with little or no resolve or resolution and, in reality, without this essential element/tool, we have been akin to carrying a war wound, a lost limb, or a corroded cog in our writing wheel, a wheel that had become square rather than round and, as the saying goes, has fallen off!! So, those have been the causes and the effects have been plain to see, the figures speaking volumes, a lacklustre six reviews reaped when there should have been four times that, while with just two music newsletters, a handful of recommendations & no previews whatsoever, it certainly is a sad state of affairs we have found ourselves in, while on the positive, our scene step outs have been captured not just in pictures & video’s posted onto social networking sites, but our now infamous “nibble size tweets” have amassed an ever increasing following.
However, the fact remains that, with much of our core activity at a complete standstill and with the heavy weight of expectation of output laying heavily on our, what were, broad shoulders, we have had to look inwardly at the issues that are causing this collapse in our once wondrous writing and in so doing decide to relieve some of that pressure by sending ourselves on a scene summer sabbatical and also scale down our services, the summer sabbatical part of the equation allowing us to “re-charge”, the scaling down of services allowing us to “re-focus” and the two combined allowing us to re-energise & then “re-engage”, hence the title of our report. So what form will all of this take?, Well, as we have hinted, we will be stepping out of the scene spotlight for a few weeks, curtailing our commitments to expectant engagements while possibly continuing to make the odd cameo appearance here & there, these visits seeing a scaling down of our nibble size tweets, which for this summer sabbatical period, will however continue while we re-charge. And the scaling down of services will also impact (it has already) on our website which will hopefully see itself going through some re-charging, with further nip & tuck tweaks and improvements both to the layout & the look, meaning it is possible that the site may go down for this maintenance while we scale down our activity, shifting the focus in the direction of our social networking sites, Tumblr, Twitter & Facebook.
With the re-charging process in place, we will be then re-focussing, predominantly on those core aspects of our activity, so our reviews, our music posts & our regular recommendations, we having already decided to draw a line under the first six months of this “annus horribilus” part of our year and look forward to a remaining six months when we will be re-energised & re-engaged with our writing. So, with the sabbatical period relieving the pressure, the aim will be to roll all these posts back into prominent position, while not forgetting the elements of our activity that have proven quite fruitful in 2012, so our Picks posts & the D.J. focuses & podcast propulsions that have borne fruit through our Pick of The Day” & “Podcast of The Week” choices. But, as the next six months dawn arrives (its 1st July tomorrow) we are determined to re-start all the supporting structure we have been so fervently following in the year so far, so while our website goes through its changes, we will be continuing to update all the banners in our various “Supports” sections, so clubs & events, businesses, publications & music producers, the specialist “Orange Nation” “WE Party” devotions continuing. Moreover, we have set ourselves a weekly schedule which will kick in following the end of our sabbatical which will mark the start of our re-energising & re-engagement period, elements of this beginning to bed in from as early as tomorrow, while we remain determined to under promise on our postings and so over deliver as a result.
So the question remains, when will this summer sabbatical & service scale down end?, Well, as we go to press on our decision, its remains pretty open ended, although we expect to be fully back on stream by the beginning of September, so a sabbatical period of eight or so weeks, we taking this opportunity to apologise to those clubs & club promoters for our absence from a elongated list of events, clubs included (some benefitting from a smattering of showings) being A:M, Beyond, CasaLatina, Dish, Gigolo, Hard On!, Later, Matinee, Orange, PlayTime, Room Service, Salvation, Trade & War, while to club promoters, particularly Craig Elder, Jonny Marsh, Jodie Harsh, Suzi Kruegar, David & L.a. Hart, Tom Stephan and Kris Di Angelis, we will be back supporting but more importantly, reviewing your events as it is our reviews that is the real core of our activity and what we have become famed for & are all about. In addition, to the venues, such as The Shadow Lounge, Profile & East Bloc, we will be continuing (and in places) ramping up our support & our showings from September, while some will benefit from short steps into the scene spotlight during our summer sabbatical, Beyond one such benefactor as soon as tomorrow, while we are sure others will follow.
Well, that’s where we are, while what we have also done, not least following the inspiration drawn from a recent cinema trip, is to mastermind a Disco Matt maxim, one which will underpin the re-charging, re-focusing, re-energising & re-engagement period we now find ourselves in, it seemingly appropriate to end our report by sharing it with you, it chronicling, where we have been, where we are, and where we want to be, and it goes like this
“…The person, who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, but nothing happens unless we first dream. So we came, we dreamed & we tried in our different ways, but now tired, we simply get up in the morning & we try, as nothing else matters. Can we be blamed for feeling too tired to change, too scared of failure to start it all again? Well the only real failure is the failure to try and the measure of our success is how we cope with our failings, as we always must. All we know about the future is that it will be different, but perhaps what we fear is that it will be the same. So we must celebrate the changes, because everything will be alright in the end, and if it’s not alright, then trust us, it’s not yet the end…”
So here’s to our summer sabbatical serenading a new & renewed enthusiasm for what we do & how we do it, here’s to the decided mobilisation of our music devotions, the resumption of our recommendations and, most importantly, the return of our reviews. (DISCO MATT)
Disco Matt plays catch-up as he delves deep into the detail on CasaLatina’s “L.O.V.E. Banana” event, which takes place tonight (Sat 28th April), this marvellous meet having also made it as DM’s pick of the day, all the detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while DM, along with Casa’s crew, share plenty more on this party beneath.
Disco Matt focuses on CasaLatina & the “L.O.V.E. Banana” D.J.’s when he says…
Since launching last March, very much in the shadow of its Brazilian based nemesis, The Week, as the months & events have unfolded, CasaLatina has not just found its feet but has very much captured the imagination of the capital’s clubbers, its “Super Carwash” party last summer very much propelling it into the scene spotlight, further successes with “Sugar Daddy” & “A Space Odyssey” confirming Casa as a circuit favourite, the joint promotions team of Brazilian’s Thiago Drewry & Mauricio Ortiz not only exerting loads of latino influences but also attracting loads of Latino’s themselves, these among the usual crowd of club kids, scene stars & socialites, very much giving the party’s a cosmopolitan feel. Plus, pitching the parties irregularly seems to have secured Casa’s success & popularity, this latest event looking like being no different to the last here, Fire no doubt packing out to the rafters with revellers soaking up the superb sounds of a D.J. line up that has a fresh feel to it, while the sexy gogo’s will be injecting plenty of banana-tastic fun with a set of saucy shows, no doubt featuring plenty of, yes you guessed it, BANANA’S!!!, this short video just a hint of what is to come.
So what of that fresh feeling D.J. line-up? Well, the team have certainly kept hold of the Brazilian element, quite rightly so, although in welcoming Leo Blanco to headline Fire’s main room, they are pointing their Latino finger towards Spain, this terrific talent having been billed by Beatport as “…one of the hottest producers on the Spanish music scene…” his C.V. which includes links to brands, Matinee, Pacha & Space, speaks plenty of volumes, while his studio track productions which extend to “Over You” Caminando” & “Soy Cubano” shout Latino influences, very much making him a Casa choice pick. And in celebration of his appearance at “L.O.V.E. Banana”, Leo has laid down a specially commissioned podcast, well worth a listen at http://orangenation.podomatic.com/entry/index/2012-04-21T10_32_58-07_00, while a trip to his Beatport page will lead you to many of his other track & compilation releases, all giving you a flavour of what to expect tonight. Joining Leo in Fire’s main room will be Casalatina regulars D’Johnny & Doug Silva, while the second lounge space has a Room Service feel to it, as Jodie Harsh & Munroe Bergdorf star, this superb Soho soiree having played host to the “L.O.VE./Banana” pre-party on Thursday.
The Orange Group drill down on the “L.O.V.E. Banana” detail when they say…
CASALATINA: LOVE BANANA
Saturday 28th April
Get ready for the wildest CasaLatina party to date as we get on board the Love Banana.
London’s award-winning best new brand comes steaming into 2012 with a typically over the top, tongue in cheek and sexually charged fashion.
DJs include LEO BLANCO, D’JOHNNY, DOUG SILVA, ARIEL, JODIE HARSH, MUNROE BERGDORF – plus special guests.
Expect massive stage productions and super sexy gogo shows throughout the night.
£10 advance tickets from http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-04/28/casalatina-l-o-v-e-banana, & head for the first 200 include FREE ENTRY to Beyond option!
More info up at http://facebook.com/casalatinaclub
Variety has always been the spice of life & with plenty of spice being served up this Saturday by Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis & his gang, Disco Matt heads east in choosing “War”, which takes place tonight (Sat 14th April) at East Bloc in Shoreditch, as his pick of the day, all the detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while Kris gives his own take on this alternative antic beneath.
Kris says of this enthralling event….
WAR…….HOT BOYS DO IT HARD!
The biggest party East Bloc’s ever known is back!!….Our launch saw absolutely every hot boy in town try to get in….So, this time we’re going in even HARDER…. Get hot, get wet, get licked…
This winning team are here to beat the shit out of East Bloc with its combination of the Incredible DJs, in-demand hosts, the hottest crowd & the cheapest drinks, plus crazy antics including “Spin the Bottle” and “Demented Laughing Gas!”
We’ve taken on our new recruit – Ben Kaye from WE Party to look after the door for those in the know. Plus we have JJ Clark from Room Service looking after only the hottest boys inside, while Alex Collins of Meat fame will be terrorising the dance floor and the unstoppable Alex Palumbo pulling boys left, right and centre into his “Spin The Bottle” booth.
D.J. wise we have JoshyouAre from Circus dropping the first round of bombs in the “Warzone” room 1, followed by the phenomenal Severino (Horse Meat Disco, Room Service), the final wave of attack provided by me, Kris Di Angelis (Meat, Room Service, Circus). In the “Battlefield” Room 2, urban white boy Kingsley slams down a jaw dropping motown soul/funk set for those who know, followed by our super-guest Jodie Harsh, firing shots into the crowd from her specially created ‘Retro Rap Bitches’ set. Closing is our own War legend, Munroe Bergdorf, hitting hard with a classic R&B to 90′s dance vibe.
If that’s not enough you can take yourself to the Gas Station where Mad Dan is waiting for you with happy balloons…..if you were worried you wouldn’t have a good time….you can relax…2 bucks buys you hit of happy at our party!
So if you wanna get in, get on a list with one of the hosts, get there early, or be the hottest soldier in town because when it’s full it’s full and dude, it’s always full.
WAR @ East Bloc, 17 City Road, London, EC1V 1JN (nearest tube Old St)
Sat April 14th – 10.30pm to 6am
£8 before midnight, £12 thereafter.
Limited concession/paying guest lists via hosts
FREE SHOTS THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT
WAR PHOTOGRAPHY BY :ADAM KHADAROO:
As the scene shakes off the hangover resulting from the biggest weekend of the year so far, some sporting the spoils of success, others simply reflecting on what could have been, time rests for no man, victorious or defeated, so the scene steps forward into April, Disco Matt picking out his top of the tree three places to be stepping out on the scene in Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch.
What an Easter weekend that was, a whole host of parties & events recording terrific turnouts, some very much against the form book, while others that had promised so much, failed to deliver, our own weekend reflecting that situation a thrilling Thursday followed by a phenomenal Friday, led a superb Saturday night come Sunday morning , then turned into a soggy rest of a Sunday & a manically depressive Monday (and we aren’t talking weather here folks), Room Service, Society, Play>time, A:M & Beyond our real winners, while WE “Fluro” & As One ended up condemning what could have been a brilliant “big” weekend to our own review rubbish heap. But with the winners still to reap our reflections, it’s our coming weekend recommendations that get our immediate attention, our top of tree three places to be seen on the scene this weekend, our brief look at a trio of best bites across Soho Vauxhall & Shoreditch.
So, let’s get to it and to Soho first, it coming as little or no surprise to you regular readers of our recommendations, that it is Profile & Lo-Profile that gets our Best Bite pick here, having served us superbly well not just last weekend, but for much of March (well the whole year so far to be honest), the captivating combination of bar above & club below, very hard to beat, especially as both venues continue to draw in some of the scene top D.J. names, along with fresh new talent to tantalise & tickle your musical taste buds, while with now firmly established brands that include “Society”, “Play>Time”, “ClubNation” & “Beartrap”, that along with the might of Gaydar behind them, this delightful duo look set to, once again, prove to be the places to be & be seen on the Soho scene this weekend. So, with D.J. regulars Rob Sykes tonight (Fri 13th) and Jamie Head tomorrow (Sat 14th) upstairs in Profile, both kicking off the music from 8.30 p.m. through till the 11.30 p.m. finish, it is downstairs that gets our full if but briefer best bite attention, the award winning “Play>Time” up first, prolific promoter Jay Roberts back after (it has to be said0 probably THE best event in the brands history so far, but will be pulling out all the stops to top last week, not least that he welcomes fellow award winning D.J/producer & all round good egg Steve Pitron to the decks, along with cheeky chappy & a damn fine D.J. in his own right, Steven Artis. Add to that an ashes style porn star shoot out, as Brit boy Marco Sessions squares up to Aussie hunk Tate Ryder in a go-go dance off & back room play off, Jay your referee & you ((if you’re the luck one) caught in this sexy & seductive man hunk of a scrum, further details up in our “Pick Of The Day” post at http://discomatt.com/web/?p=5087. Then, tomorrow (Sat 14th) sees the return of “ClubNation” & also the return of Lee Harris, who will be performing a specially extended five hour set very much in the vein of his similarly named House Nation podcasts, which means you can expect plenty of uplifting, chunky & euphoric house hits, Lo-Profile swinging open its doors on both nights at 10.30 p.m. & running through until 4 a.m., entry & other details available by going to http://loprofile.com.
Onto Vauxhall now and there is lots going in within The Orange Group (or is that Orange Nation?!?) who grab our Best Bites slot this weekend, not least the breaking news that Onyx has been put out to grass for a while, so leaving a pretty vacant gap in the usually hectic schedule, although very much paving the way for A;M to possibly extend its opening hours, although more news on that to follow. However, one club that is definitely extending its hours this weekend & then henceforth, is Beyond, the new starting time of 3 a.m. every week looking like a pretty popular move, although only time will tell how successful a move this will actually be, our hope however, is that it consigns the all too often “Midnight” format to just the occasional & special scheduling. Add to the a mini shake up within the team of resident D.J.’s and as of going to press, we are not sure who will be playing come this Sunday morning (15th Apr), but reckon The Sharp Boys, Alan K, Fat Tony, The Oli & Paul Christian will surely be in situ, while Steve Pitron is taking a rest this weekend after his colossal classics set last, which pretty much stole the “XLsior” show. However, one party that we can be confident about when picking the D.J. & other line up, is the “Easter Thank-You” party at Fire tomorrow night (Sat 14th), as it’s all about award winners, D.J.’s The Sharp Boys, Junior Moura & (naturally) Steve Pitron, stepping into the spotlight, while there will be plenty of other guests, including D’Johnny & Paulo Moreno, to fill out the two rooms of fun, similarly award winning hosts Chrissy Darling & Elektra Paris sharing the duty plaudits, further details on this event out at http://facebook.com/events/356254587759955/, including opening times, door prices & guest list opportunities. But with Later & Orange completing the partying picture, it is another hectic weekend of activity in both Fire & Area, whiles the new jewel in the Orange Nation crown, Covert, prepares for its launch party in three weeks, more on that coming up in a special feature.
So to the third in our trio of top of the tree choices, this time seeing us head across to Shoreditch & to East Bloc, the hip & happening hangout on City Road, masterminded by the one & only Wayne Shires, he, the venue & all the brands its sports very much flying the alternative clubbing scene flag, a stable of showings including Gutterslut, SOS, The Men Who Fell 2 Earth, Paradise 45 & Dish, while regular Friday nighter, Super Electro Party Machine, which once again opens its doors tonight (Fri 13th Apr) from 10 p.m., is a great way to get your weekend going. However, our main focus of attention goes to Saturday night (14th Apr), when our very own Shoreditch son, Kris Di Angelis, rolls out a further instalment in the already soaring success story that is his new venture, “War”, a club that has pretty much be born out of the sad passing of “Meat”, the former club collaboration between Kris & Tom Stephan. And while Tom’s new prolific project, “Dish”, was in the Shoreditch spotlight last weekend, it’s the turn of “War “ this, Kris being joined in the “Warzone” main room by Severino & Joshyouare, while over in the “Battlefield” second space, its Jodie Harsh, Munroe Bergdorf & Kingsley shooting off the sounds. Plus with hosts JJ Clark, Jonathan Beastley, Ben Kaye & Alex Palemo, not only doesn’t it have a pseudo Room Service feel about it, be you can bet your bottom dollar that of cream of the east end girl to west end boy scene set will be out to wage wonderful clubbing & socialising war tomorrow night, doors at East Bloc (217 City Rd, nearest tube Old St.) opening at 10.30 p.m. & the club running through to a planned 6 a.m. finish, entry £8 before midnight & then £12 thereafter (so get there early folks), while free entry passes will be up for grabs at the “War” pre-party at Circa in Soho tonight (Fri 13th), more details on that coming up in our Short Shouts, while further info on “war” itself can be found by going to http://facebook.com/events/404481699576795/.
Now just before we go we thought, having not yet fully paid our respects to the sad loss to the scene of the gentle giant of the club promotions game, Steve Elliot, we would mention our upcoming tribute, “Salvation Star Much Missed”, to the man behind the international success of this brilliant brand in recent years, we looking back on his clubbing career & including fellow friend’s own tributes to this untimely & premature passing. Plus, with news this week that iconic drag queen Adrella has also been taken from us, our thoughts are very much with the families of both of these much treasured & already much missed pillars of the scene and we send our sincere wishes during what can only be the most difficult time for those that were close & dear to both Steve & Peter.
Right, that’s just about it for this Best Bites newsletter, but watch out for our Short Shouts part, “Shimmering Scene Seven”, while if you happen to lay your hat on one of our three here, then it is likely you may catch us too, “Play>Time” definitely on our schedule, while we are currently clearing the decks for either Fire or “War”, so keep your eyes peeled at http://twitter.com/discomatt for the live action as it happens & as we Go There! Be There!. (DISCO MATT)
The most splendid of social soiree’s that has been thrilling your Thursdays like no other gets Disco Matt’s selection, Room Service, which takes place tonight (Thursday 12th April) at Maibella in Soho, DM’s pick of day, all the detail a banner click away opposite, an image click away below, while Jodie gives us her take on this place to be seen on the scene party, beneath
Jodie says of Room Service & tonight’s event…..
Room Service – your weekly fix of the best of London’s gay scene wrapped up in a boutique package, is back with the hottest Go-Go boys and the best underground house music in the city. THIS is the FULL SERVICE.
No other party is SEXY, GAY and COOL, all at the same time. Fact. Sixteen months ago, London was introduced to Room Service as a brand new concept inspired by New York City’s club scenes – the underground mentality of the Lower East Side, the glossy table service vibe in Chelsea’s lounge bars, and the city’s musical roots in house music. Jodie Harsh introduced a whole new formula for London’s contemporary gay scene – midweek becomes the weekend, the VIP club space becomes your playground, It-boy’s and scene celebrity hosts become your friends, Go-Go boys become your eye candy and posing for the hottest photographer in various states of undress becomes your calling card.
This is where your weekend KICKS OFF, and where you GET OFF to the best house music on offer. This is Attitude magazine’s number 1 UK club night. This is Boyz magazine’s best weekday party. This is Room Service, and we are pretty much officially London’s hottest gay night out. You’re heard the buzz…check in and get involved. There is only one way to get “served”….week by week we “serve” it HOT!
Thursday 12th April
This week Steve Pitron and Matt Bogard take to the decks for five hours of pure aural candy while Jodie Harsh, Johanna, Kingsley, Anais Cacherel + Dimitry Strigun keep your glass wet and your body pumping, as will GoGo’s Danny & Jonny, London’s hottest twins!
Check-in to our drinks deal….Our “Serviced” cocktail is £4 all night, and for a limited period of time you can get bottle service for just £150 (Grey Goose vodka).
10pm – 3am, £6 before 11pm, £10 after
Plus, we are team up with Circa, Soho’s newest hotspot, to bring you the Late Check-In Pass. Go down and buy a drink at our favourite neighbourhood bar and you will get a pass which gives you £5 entry between 1am and 2am. Even more reason to keep the party going into the wee hours of Friday morning….
Room Service is at Miabella – 12-13 Greek Street, Soho, W1 4DJ
With all eyes on The Coronet in Elephant & Castle, Disco Matt recommends WE “Fluro”, which takes place tonight (Sunday 8th April) at the t-dance starting time of 6 p.m., as his pick of the day, all the detail a supporting banner selection away opposite, a image click away below or an Orange Group event epilogue underneath. Follow all the action live via DM’s nibble size tweets at http://twitter.com/discomatt. Go There! Be There!
The Orange Group say of this event…
WE PARTY LONDON: WE FLURO
Sunday 8th April 6pm-2am @ Coronet Theatre
After the roadblock success of our last WE T-Dance, London’s number 1 party is back in the afternoon slot offering an unrivalled clubbing experience taking you through Sunday night.
WE Fluro will be the most fluorescent, brightest and most vivid of spectacular club parties ever seen in London – taking WE to another level! So step into WE Party and feel the light inside!
Expect incredible visuals and stage production, mind blowing special effects, cutting edge music from the WE Resident DJs, and more gogos and dancers on stage than ever before.
Main Room Raul Ortiz (WE Party resident), Jamie Head, Steve Pitron & Gonzalo Rivas
Upstairs Lounge hosted by Room Service Fat Tony, Kris Di Angelis, Jodie Harsh, Johanna
Hosted by Ben Kaye and JJ Clarke.
Followed by As One @ Fire.
Advance £18 tickets from Soho outlets and online at http://wepartylondon.com
Disco Matt chooses Room Service “Easter Service”, which takes place tonight (thurs 5th April) at Maibella in Soho, as his pick of the day, all the detail a supports section banner selection away, by clicking on the image below, or by ckecking out what promoter Jodie Harsh & her team have to say beneath. Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Jodie & her team say of Room Service “Easter Service”….
Boyz magazine’s best weekday club night is hotter than ever. Word has well and truly spread that this is THE place to be and be seen. Always striding to deliver the best night out possible, the concierge team is sexing up the start to your Easter Weekend with the best underground house music, the hottest go-go dancers and the most finger lickin’ly tasty crowd around.
For starters we will be dishing up our special Easter Service with the return of Ibiza legend Smokin Jo and residents Kris Di Angelis and Fat Tony. Doors will be opening an hour early to squeeze in that little extra portion of mischief. It’s three days before Easter Sunday’s mammoth WE PARTY and this serves as the official pre-party before the eve. This is where your weekend KICKS OFF, and where you GET OFF to the best house music on offer. This is Room Service.
Aural pleasure from your DJ’s:
KRIS DI ANGELIS
Personal Service by your hosts:
Open 9pm till 3am, entry on the door, £12, Room Service at Miabella – 12-13 Greek Street, Soho, W1 4DJ
For scrumptious starters there is an ample appetiser of awesome afterhours autonomy, followed by a majestic mains mountain of scintillating Spanish supremacy, this three course clubbing colossus picture completed by a dream of a dessert, cream of the crop filled captivating clubbing collaboration. Yes, it’s Easter, which can only mean one thing “The Big Ticket” is back, Disco Matt delving into the detail of this most prolific & popular of packages.
There are a small handful of dates in our disco dance diary across any given year that are just that, a given certainty that we will be stepping significantly out onto the capitals clubbing circuit, Christmas & then New Year naturally close to the top of the tree, while the trio of bank holiday weekends, the two in May & the one in August, generally tugging hard on our house music & scene strutting strings. Then of course, there is Pride weekend, and while it does not boast an extra day off work, we tend to throw ourselves into a packed weekend of parties regardless, while as we cast our eyes into 2012, we see a brace of other examples where stepping out on the scene will be a given, The Queen’s Jubilee one, and, The Olympics another, both sure to prove hedonistic highlights for many, or at least a great excuse to capture a collection of clubs. But when it comes to those special stepping out onto the scene weekends, Easter is difficult to beat & better, not least that the weekend here genuinely starts on a Thursday night and, if you are so inclined, it can carry you through to the flowing Tuesday without your feet touching the homeward bound ground.
So yes, Easter is right up there with the best weekends of the year, probably topping our tree of choices, but with so much going on and four, sometimes five days to soak up the splendours of the scene often means a substantial & sometimes severe hole can be burnt in the pocket, after all its not just the drinks that cause a dent in your dollar, but racking up six, seven or even eight clubs can be a very expensive experience indeed. However, we are pleased to say that one section of the clubbing community has recognised that fact, a corporation that pretty much holds sway on the capitals circuit this Easter, with no less than eight events stretching from Thursday to Tuesday, although acknowledge that Sunday & Monday are the precious prizes in the clubbing calendar on this holy weekend of the year. So, having launched their hugely successful “Big Ticket” package back in 2010, have brought it back with a bang for this coming weekend, combining a trio of clubbing treats into just one entry pass, a ticket that gains you access to three of the biggest bashes in London, not only offering a delightful discount, but negating the need to carry a collection of tickets in your pocket, your purse or your wallet.
Now that’s the concept, but what the “The Big Ticket” offer you this Easter? Well, when we make mere mention of Beyond, WE & As One, you will probably recognise these as the premier picks in any weekend, let alone Easter, ach one having proved, time after time, roadblock events and very much THE places to be & be seen stepping out on the scene. So, with just one ticket, this towering three course clubbing collective is right at your fingertips and all for the singular price of just £40, yes pretty much the deal of the century when you consider just how colossal these clubs brands are, WE riding a worldwide wave crest that has left the likes of its Spanish compatriots SuperMartXe & Matinee very much in the shade, while what we have said about Beyond in the past still holds true, this breathtakingly brilliant brand having ridden its own wave crest for as long as we can remember, proving that, even on regular weeks, all roads lead to its doors. But then we turn to As One, a concept born a little over two years ago, but stormed the scene from the outsight, the bringing together of clubbing minds, spirits & souls the epicentre of its success and, having forged a new path this NYD, sees some of the biggest names in capital clubbing come together in a capitavting combination that, just like this Easter weekend, is hard to beat or better. So with the sales pitch definitely driven home, we know you know that “The Big Easter Ticket” option makes complete sense, meaning its just now a case of clicking on this online link and securing your pass to this towering trio of treats, http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-04/07/the-big-ticket-easter-weekend the place to go and for just £40, it is really a bargain you cannot beat, but this unbeatable bargain it doesn’t stop there, as “The Big Ticket” gets you free entry to both Onyx & A:M (more on that in a mo), meaning that, in reality, it’s a quintet rather than a trio of treats. However, if you prefer to grab one in person, fear not, as the same £40 package is available at Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & 50.
Now that’s “The Big Ticket” itself, what about the trio of treats? Well, in the tradition of a fabulous three course meal, let’s kick off with the starters first, but this is no small portion, rather a most ample appetiser, as Beyond is the brand to kick start this towering three course clubbing collective, the team not only pleased as punch that the brands backyard is back in business, Area already benefitting from some nip & tuck changes, but will be extending the clubs offer this Sunday to their now famed “Midnight” format, that means our (yours too we are sure) favourite & most awesome of afterhours gets going this Saturday (7th April) or as we prefer to call it, zero o’clock on Sunday (8th April), running a full twelve hours till midday on Sunday, showcasing the best that the brand has to offer in is terrific team of London D.J. residents, promoter Steven Sharp having confirmed the line-up exclusively to us, which includes Hafiz Sean & Paul Christian in the “Beyond RAW” room (formerly the Chapel space) with the welcome return of our Seville showstopper, Gonzalo Rivas, But it goes one, as in the “Beyond Da Disco” room (formerly the terrace), we cannot contain our excitement, as Jamie Head makes a welcome return (please not at the same time as Steve Pitron), while The Oli & Fat Tony will rock the space to its foundations, oh and Jonny M will be there too. All that said, the main room will be the main attraction and you better get there early, well before 5 a.m. at least as Steve Pitron makes a resplendent return after a break of over a month with a special classics set to mark his award winning “Ultimate DJ” status and has already warned us to expect complete emotional destruction (you know how it goes…tears, floods & tweets). Then, sandwiching special guest D.J.GSP, who will be flying the XLsior flag with a bunch of euro style & uplifting tunes (check out his podcast at http://orangenation.podomatic.com/entry/2012-03-26T13_16_13-07_00), will be two dynamic duo’s, The Sharp Boys & then Alan K & Paulo Moreno going b2b, this starter segment looking simply spectacular, those without “The Big Ticket” able to grab singular entry either in advance online at http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-04/08/beyond-midnight-easter-saturday-xlsior-pre-party or via Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & 50, more details a click away at http://facebook.com/beyondclub.
To the second instalment or should we call it the magnificent mains meal of this trio of treats and it is the magnificent & massive WE party that takes centre stage with a t-dance style turnout that proved ever so popular on New Year’s Day, hence the team repeating the winning formula that is sure to prove just as popular as last time. And with a D.J. line up that includes the might of Gonzalo Rivas, Jamie Head & Steve Pitron, it should fulfil all expectations, not least that London is once again showcasing the newest concept in the WE Party pack, “Fluro” the theme & one for the senses, as we have been told to expect the best in visuals, effects & lasers that host venue The Coronet has ever seen, this being no mean feat as previous parties “Pharaoh”, Safari” & “Disco” were prolific enough, while “Candy” still remains a high benchmark that keeps both the Spanish & London promotions teams on their toes. And talking of that London tea, with the likes of Tom Fuller, JJ Clark & Ben Kaye on hand, it is strong enough, although with Aaron Elder having very much grasped the nettle in recent events, WE London under his steership is going from strength to strength, the inclusion of Room Service in the prolific package adding to the appeal. But WE Madrid still have their say, promoter Victor Pallas employing his newest resident D.J. Raul Ortiz, a pretty much unknown talent but one that is sure to sparkle under the spotlight. Add to the music magnificence, we have been told to expect “…incredible visuals and stage production, mind blowing special effects, and more gogos and dancers on stage than ever before…” and given just how amazed we were with “Safari” on NY, as well as the fabulous feedback we received about “Pharoah” we can believe it. But it doesn’t stop there as room two is all about Room Service, yes Jodie Harsh & her terrific team are back, the dynamic duo that is Kris Di Angelis & Fat Tony on the decks and Jodie even spinning a few sounds herself, while Johanna will be hosting as only she knows best, leaving the main “Fluro” arena in the very capable hands of Ben Kaye & JJ Clark, these two gems also seeing you guestlist lot in as smoothly as possible on the door. And talking of doors, WE “Fluro’s” open at that t-dance time of 6 p.m. this Sunday (8th April), running through till 2 a.m., single ticket entry available of course, priced at £18 both online at http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-04/08/we-party-london-easter-t-dance & at the usual Soho outlets, Prowler, Clone Zone & 50, as well as Ku Bar (Lisle & Frith St), while entry will be available on the door, naturally magnificently managed by Tom Fuller, but expect to pay more. And don’t forget that every great WE party has a pre-party and its Room Service this Thursday (5th April) that plays host, more info on this out at http://facebook.com/events/305906092809366/, while for further details on “Fluro” itself, go direct to http://wepartylondon.com/.
So to dessert, but what a plump pudding it is although while we may be billing it as the dessert in this three course clubbing collective, it actually has all the credentials for a massive mains meal of majesty, as the captivating collaboration that is As one, pulls together a band of brilliant brands that includes, Orange, Trade, Casalatina, Megawoof, Onyx, & TheMenWhoFellToEarth, all across the expanse is the duo of club spaces that now form the massive complex on South Lambeth Road that many call Fire, but actually includes the separate club Protocol, this new(ish) addition to the Orange Nation empire proving really popular with our straight cousins, not least that the swanky separate bar space & bespoke services fit the bill perfectly. So with The MenToFellTo Earth boys taking up Protocol’s intimate second space, Megawoof will be doing their best to steal the show in the Lightbox with Daz Saud & special guest Max Sanna, who played brilliantly b2b with studio recording partner Steve Pitron last weekend, so is very much in the groove and while Protocol is considered separate to Fire, it will be very much part of the action come Monday morning. But naturally it will be the three rooms of Fire that will be the main attractions, not least that the might of Trade, Orange Onyx & Casa Latina will be playing their part in this colossal collaboration and when you consider that the D.J. talent extends to the likes of Nick Tckerniak, Guy Williams, & Rosco flying the Trade flag, while rising star of the scene Junior Moura will head up the Casa team, supported by Doug Silva, Orange being represented by Fat Tony The Sharp Boys & Gonzalo Rivas and Onyx has gender bender’s Tasty Tim & Lady Lloyd on the decks. Plus, promoter Steve Sharp keen to point out that across this six room splendour (that includes the Protocol VIP space!) we can expect “…music ranges from pumping house, to deep and techy, commercial anthems, and so much more, with gogos, live performances, fire shows and special As One production…” and given what a simply superb job he did with the last party, giving the As One brand a fresh new feel with these added big & alternative brands, we are very much looking forward to this colossal collaboration to round off our Easter weekend in scintillating style. So, with hosts Chrissy Darling, Elektra Paris, Danny Boyce & Mauricio Ortiz looking after your every whim from doors opening to closing, these timings being from 11 p.m. through till 7 a.m., as with the other two in this trio of “The Big Ticket” treats, singular entry to As One is available, tickets priced at £18 on sale both online via http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-04/08/as-one-easter-sunday or in person by popping into Prowler, Clone, 50 & both Ku-Bar’s and while there will be tickets available on the door, due to the popularity of this event, expect to pay much more. However, we have spotted that online early birds for As One are still available, so get in quick & you can grab one for just £15, more info (should you need it available at http://facebook.com/events/323974380990951/.
So, that’s “The Big Ticket” offer and with brands Beyond, WE & As One in the package for just £40, you know it makes sense, especially when you consider that with free entry to Onyx “Holy Trinity” & A:M “Headliners” too, it’s definitely best to go BIG this Easter, our post “The Pricing Picture” coming up, re-enforcing this truly outstanding Orange Group offer. (DISCO MATT)
Having set the benchmark high enough with its captivating “Candy” colossus a few months ago, WE Party on tour in London exceeded even that excellence with a simply scintillating “Safari” showing on the first day of 2012, meaning all eyes will be on The Coronet this Saturday when the next instalment in the wonderful world of WE rolls into town, DM delving deep into this Spanish super brand & its “Pharaoh” themed event.
We look back on our years immersed in Matinee with fond affection as while it may not have been the first of the so called Spanish armada of clubs to land on the shores of London, it certainly stole our clubbing hearts for a sizeable chunk of its time at the top of the capitals circuit game. But its thunder was to be short of stolen by SuperMartXe which, at its height, seemed to do everything bigger & better than its uncomfortable bedfellow, very much pushing Matinee out of its superb spotlight, although unlike the Barcelona born brand, we never took to SMX in the quite same way. Yes there were some exceedingly good events, yes there were some stunning spectacles and yes, host venue The Coronet proved a perfect place for it to plunder its parties, but while Matinee always seemed to flow with consummate ease, there was always an edge (some would say exciting) to its successor, that along with a sense of seriousness that we never really became accustomed to. So, when the latest wave of wonder from Spain hit our shores here in London, we were wondering what to expect, although with that fun element back with a ban, along with the so called “new formula” of clubbing, the clubbing community took to this new Spanish super club in the spotlight like a duck to water.
We are of course talking about WE party, the Madrid born brand which has set the world alight with its larger than life LED displays that has definitely become its USP, WE’s deployed technology seemingly far in advance of any other we know, while the accompanying stage shows are to the standard we have come to expect from Spanish super clubs. Plus, with the effects, the production & the themes the brand employs always erring towards the fun element that is sometimes missing from clubbing, WE has certainly captured clubbers imagination, incarnations in the capital extending to “Attacks”, “Candy” & “Disco”, while it has mixed in more Matinee & SMX themed events too, “Broadway” & “Prison Of Love” two examples which for us detracted from that fun element that We has become renowned for. But with the We world tour extending to Brazil, Australia & even The States, European playing grounds including Paris, Rome, Ibiza, Barcelona &, of course, its Madrid base, London seems to be the testing ground for Victor Pallas & his terrific team’s newly formed themes, “Safari” having played out here first & on 1st January to boot. And, while “Candy” set a pretty high benchmark, “Safari” took WE to new levels here in the capital, meaning this latest outing has a lot to live up to.
However in “Pharaoh”, which takes place this coming Saturday (3rd March), the London & Madrid teams are once again pushing the boat out, promising “…incredible visuals and stage production, mind blowing special effects, cutting edge music from the WE Resident DJs, and more gogos and dancers on stage than ever before…” that last stake claim hopefully propelling “Pharaoh” into a similar league to “Safari”, although we still reckon they will have to go some to match what we called incredible among a long list of other superlatives that we are hoping to repeat with our reflection of this event. But with “…London’s biggest super-party back with an incredible event dedicated to the mighty Pharaohs of Egypt…” our hopes are high for some creative costumes to match those of the last event, we being told that we will be taken on “…an exciting journey to an ancient civilisation, a land of all powerful gods, pyramids…” which kind of hints towards the staging, this small video clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeVwPezL0F8 giving glimpses of what to expect while we are expectant of exceptional LED displays to match the spectacular staging. That said, the team are keeping much of the detail under wraps, not least the beans spill on a possible PA, although we are pretty confident in saying that it won’t be Peyton (shame!) as we know this superb singer & performer is down under right now, soaking up the sunshine of Sydney & the remnants of Mardi Gras. But someone we can pretty much guarantee being there is main London man that makes everything happen, Aaron Elder, but he will no doubt be missing a certain D.J. who, for us, reigned supreme at “Safari” although is taking a well earned overseas holiday, so won’t be playing at “Pharaoh” as is advertised on certain flyers & posters.
So that kind of neatly leads onto the music and while, as we have hinted above, Steve Pitron will not be in pole position for “Pharaoh”, the line up is still pretty stunning, not least that headliner & Spanish WE resident, Carlos Gallardo will be flying in especially for the event. Now, we are hoping to get a quick back stage boogie with him again (like we did at “Safari”) although we would much prefer if his set includes his two recent track releases, the first with fellow WE performer Peyton, “Let It Go” having played out at WE “Disco” in December unbeknownst to us (we were a tad distracted with our Brazilian pal) and is up in studio form at http://youtube.com/watch?v=lgOUCcj4kpQ, although we are not sure it will make it into Carlos’s set, but we will be keeping our ears pricked up in case. However, we are 100% sure that his recording “Feel It Inside” with Rebeka Brown will, this newer & fresher pressing already looking like going places, having made it big in Spain & is one we tip as a spring bloomer here in London, the “official” video release definitely worth checking out at http://youtube.com/watch?v=qAinI_VxzzU , while for a further Carlos fix, take a trip into his website at http://carlosgallardomusic.com/, oh & make sure you are primed & ready for his performance at “Pharaoh” on Saturday.
As for the rest of the music cast, we are definitely being spoiled as big scene hitters Jamie Head & Paul Heron feature large, Jamie riding on a wave crest of late, not least from a string of spectacular sets for Later and he will be getting in 9th birthday party mood as he plays an opulent opener at “Pharaoh”, while Mr Heron is fresh from his exploits down in Brazil for Carnival, so will be brimming with new beats to captivated the clubbing crowd that will surely stick around for his final set slot. But we cannot contain our excitement enough as the Spanish ante is upped by the resplendent return of Gonzalo Rivas, who has been noticeably absent during the last few weeks, well apart from a handful of appearances over NY weekend. However, it is for good reason, as he is now based back home in Seville, so only tripping across to London every other week of so, but is back with a bang this weekend, as not only will he slot in at WE just before Carlos, but will also be headlining A:M as well as barnstorming Beyond, he remarking of his trip, “…really happy about it & can’t wait to rock your waistlines again you bitches…”, while with everything on the up & up for him in Spain, we are sure he will be on his usual fabulous form, so a set at “Pharaoh” to savour. And to get you in the mood (it has us already), why sink into his soundcloud site & select his latest set of sounds, the title “I Get Deep, I Get Deep (Deep Squared Feb 2012 Supersession) hinting towards what to expect, yet a worthy addition to your collection, by hitting the download button at http://soundcloud.com/gonzalo-rivas/i-get-deep-i-get-deep-deep.
Now that’s the music signed sealed & delivered, now what about the detail? Well, this WE “Pharaoh” party takes place this Saturday (3rd March) at the Coronet in Elephant & Castle and certainly looks like being a roadblock event, not least that all the £10 super advance tickets sold out within days of release and having just put the phone down to the man in the know, the £15 early advance ones have all gone too. However, fear not as you can still swoop up a standard £18 option by going online now to http://weparty.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-03/03/we-party-london-we-pharaoh or if you prefer, pop into Soho outlets, prowler, Clone Zone & 50, as well as Ku Bar & Rupert St, while Solarstation are offering a joint ticket & sun tan for just £25, so another consideration if, like us, you are looking a little pale after a long winter out of the sun. Now, naturally advance is the way to go as while we are sure that paying on the door will be an option, you will need to expect to pay much more, those doors opening at 11 p.m. & the club running through to a planned 7 a.m., you assured of a warm welcome from the brilliant Ben Kaye and, of course, the terrific Tom Fuller (no WE party is ever the same without him), while the charming JJ Clark of Room Service fame will be pandering to your every need inside. Oh and that reminds us, we completely forgot to mention Jodie & Fat Tony in our music bit (back track quickly), both representing Room Service in the “Pharaoh” second space and given how they rocked the room at “Safari”, should go down a storm on Saturday. Plus, as no party is a party without a pre-party, “Pharaoh” actually has two, the first at Room Service tomorrow night (Thurs 1st March) and then on Saturday itself at Rupert St, further details on the former available by going to http://facebook.com/events/225570394206157/, while more info on the main event itself can be found via http://wepartylondon.com.
So, while we are still smarting from a stunning “Safari” showing, we will very much be pushing play for “Pharaoh” on Saturday, no doubt nibble size tweeting our way through the whole event and if you see us there, then come say hi, naturally having made sure that you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
Well its seems we overlooked the inclusion of a specially devoted podcast mix to this We “Pharaoh” event, Jamie Head having dived into the studio to produce another gem of a compilation which very much follows in the fabulous footsteps of his production for “Attacks” last January. This one, kicks off in neo tribal & tech style splendour with plenty of vocal injection that are very pleasing on the ear & hint towards the opening set we can expect from Jamie this Saturday (well tonight in fact). With highlight tracks for us including the new remix of “Bad Habit” & the totally towering “Gravy”, along with loads more hot of the press pickings, we cannot think of a better way to get warmed up for the heat of the euphoric Egyptian experience to come at The Coronet, than by heading (no pun intended!) to http://orangenation.podomatic.com/entry/index/2012-02-27T12_21_46-08_00 & either hitting the download or play button to your absolute delight.
While carnival season was well under way back home, it seemed that Brazilian brand Casalatina, which was born in London, decided an inter galactic theme was better suited to celebrating their fourth showing on the scene. But did this “A Space Odyssey” spectacle sparkle like a shooting star or sink scorching into the stratosphere?
There is absolutely no doubt that the international influences that have swept the capitals clubbing circuit in recent times have made for a much more colourful playing field here in London, the green, green grass of home getting a massive splash of red & yellow in the form of the inbound so called Spanish armada back in the noughties (gosh makes us sound old!!!). And while the proverbial torch has been passed from brand to brand to hold high & burn bright, Space, Matinee & SuperMartXe all part of the rapturous relay, run, the current leg in the hands of the wonderful WE, the Spaniards haven’t had it all their own way in our captivating clubbing backyard, as the red in that colour splashed playing field has got a grain of green running right through it, as The Brazilians have definitely landed on London & in a big way. So, with The Week very much the pioneer of the South American dream, a succession of parties both at Fire & at the Coronet in part fulfilling its readymade following, although right on the tail of The Week’s second showing, a new London born brand was to show its Brazilian credentials & cards, very much taking the initiative away from its Sao Paulo prominent player.
Casalatina was the inspiration & idea of dancer come choreographer turned promoter Thiago Drewry who considered that a there was room on the capitals clubbing circuit for a brave new Brazilian brand & being native of this South American country himself, was well positioned to propose the venture to the Orange Group powers that be. And while The Week had established a foothold in the capital, it would be Casa (we often drop the “Latina” bit, oops) that would take up the set the 2011 season alight with its home grown Brazilian charm, the second instalment “Super Carwash” propelling the party into the eyes of the clubbing elite, the involvement of fellow Brazilian Mauricio Ortiz, he of SuperMartXe fame, giving the brand the boost it needed and setting it on course for a season of spectacles that have confirmed it as one of the capitals more prolific parties. With “Sugar Daddy” reaffirming a fervent following, even in the difficult times both the clubbing world & Vauxhall in particular were going through, it was just a question of when as opposed to if that Casa would storm the scene again, the latest & fourth instalments, “A Space Odyssey” flying in the face of calls for the theme to reflect & celebrate the carnival season sweeping across Brazil, meaning we were more than keen to see how it would fair & compare to the “Super Carwash” benchmark.
With initial plans to arrive literally as the doors opened at 11 p.m. somewhat scuppered by an over indulgent disco nap, we were in playful mood before we even left the house, our liason with our near & dear D.J. pal forced into feigned false starts a few times, we probably pushing our luck a little too far when we tried the same on opening Casa spinner Junior Mora, our arrival at not long turned 11.30 p.m., met with a distained look from our Brazilian protégé player. However, all that was after the warm welcome at the entrance by the larger than life Chrissy Darling, looking just the galactic part in her colourful & star spangled costume, while the charming JJ Clark made the smoothest of starts even better than we could have wished for and with the coatcheck staff recognising us in an instant we already knew this evening was going to be one to savour, host venue Fire certainly ticking all of our expectant boxes from the off. But it was an expectant Steve Pitron that was to grab our attention as we sped towards the main room D.J. booth, the space only scantily scattered with selection of scenesters, although our eyes were diverted onto the stage production which was striking to say the least, a phallic like rocket on one side & a full size astronaut moon walking man (not a real man you understand) on the other, a whole stream of stars framing the whole affair and certainly living up to the Casa style of staging. Mind you Mr Marsh was a little if but amusingly disparaging of the efforts, he remarking as he spotted us, “…it’s amazing what a few stars & stage props can do…”, although it was first Mr Pitron and then our protégé player that received our discerning devotions, Junior warming up this “A Space Odyssey” event wonderfully with a captivating collection of chunky upfront house hits, all blended in brilliantly with bits of Brazilian beats to befit the occasion, while Steve was determined to divert Disco Matt from the task in hand, darts in & out of the lounge space interrupting our devotions to Junior’s superb set and a rapidly filling out main room.
So, with earlier doubts that this “A Space Odyssey” take-off would nose dive like an exploding Space Shuttle in the stratosphere, Casa was having none of it, the afterburners on its towering trip into wonderful weightlessness propelling this party proudly, a whole host of familiar faces having flocked to Fire to succumb to their own spot of space dusting & dancing, the list pretty endless, although notable inclusions being Suzana Quentin looking gorgeous as ever, the adorable Andrea, full of beans, our premier protégé player Zach Burns, ready for duty, as was Brazilian beatmaster Doug Silva, accompanied by partner Weverton De Castro, while we managed a brief audience with Jodie Harsh as she swing by, the lovable Lunarde Martins lauding more of his attention on us as we refreshed ourselves with Steve in the lounge, Steven Galo also in the thick of the action, as was Chrissy & Aaaron Elder, while the marvellous Mhardenn Teixeira was very much in playful mood, chasing us round the club although pushed from a few Pitron prompts. But all eyes were on the stage, as the first of a few showings would dazzle the audience, the “A Space Odyssey” theme a little absent from their costumes it has to be said, but their performances & stage presence as sparkling as the sun, pyrotechnic ticker tape explosions & our much loved roof rockets illuminating Fire like never before.
With Junior’s jamboree of a spectacular “A Space Odyssey” set over, for us all too soon, it was time for Doug Silva to assume the decks, an immediate brace of Brazilian beats belting out to a audience that were seemingly lapping up every tiny morsel of his music and while the tribal tones were not particularly doing it for us, Mr Silva was mixing up the music marvellously, a whole host of uplifting house hits making their mark. But when he selected the towering tune “Gravy”, we felt a little more Beyond than Brazilian, a further successive string of sounds affirming our feelings, although we were far from complaining, spinning on our select spot with the marvellous Mhardenn not far away and Junior (oh we can call him Celso now) right by our side, Steve having retired to rest before what would turn out to be a breathtakingly brilliant Beyond to beat all others. But saving that for another review, it was Casa we were concentrating on, not least as the arrival of a camera & microphone, Chrissy Darling the interviewer & we the interviewee, caught us a little off guard & tongue tied, a short series of quizzical questions leaving us a tad tongue tied, yet eloquent enough to pour praise all over this prolific party, while her final on the spot shocker left us hoping that the “husband” humdinger wouldn’t make it further than the film editing & cutting room floor.
With this Odyssey outing going from strength to strength, our premier protégé player Zach Burns mixing up the magnificent music in the second space, that along with the arrival & deck assumption in the Casa main room of Alan K, we were very much spoilt for choice as to where to lay our final music hat of moments. Would it be Mr Burns & his barnstorming beats or Mr K & his euphoric & energetic house heaven?, we deciding to share our dancing devotions between the two although doing so with alarming speed, perhaps due to over indulgence in energy boosting refreshments akin to rocket fuel that kept us firing on all cylinders, while the cavorting crowd were also showing no signs of slowing down, the main room podiums packed, even the stage appearances continuing unabated, from trio’s of females to males, all impressing immensely, making our decision to curtain call this Casa carnival decidedly difficult. However, with Beyond now on the brain & an expectant Pitron performance in mind, it was time to wave a fond farewell to Fire, the need to recharge our own batteries as well as those of our nibble size tweeting toys also paramount in our plans, we gracing our exit after goodbye wishes to our flock of fabulous friends & familiar faces that were seeing this glorious galactic gathering right through till the end, wending our way home to reflect on another Casa club night that made a magnificent mark.
So, in concluding our refection of this brilliant Brazilian brand’s latest impressive instalment, we can say with conviction and answering our original question, that “A Space Odyssey” certainly did sparkle like a shooting star and, once the party got going, showed no signs of sinking into the sub space stratosphere, the music, the effects, the lighting & the production all living up to the high bar benchmark of “Super Car Wash” wonderfully. If we had to pick on one part that fell a little short of expectations, then it would be the dancers costumes, which as we said lacked the space themed spice we would have thought should have been their centre-piece. However, in truth we are nit picking a little, as Casa Latina is much more about the spectacle, the music & the staging, Thiago, Mauricio & Lunarde masterminding all these ingredients impressively to produce a party to be proud of, that music doing much of the talking for us, not least performances from outstanding opener Junior Moura and the blending of beats from Doug Silva two heavenly highlights. But like so many of our meets of late, it was also the people that made this memorable, a big thanks going to each & everyone that came to say hi, along with all those mentioned by name, you made this a space adventure to savour and we cannot wait to walk on the Casalatina wild side again soon. (DISCO MATT)