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First there was the shock news of the closure of Gaydar Radio and now, owners QSoft Consulting, have delivered a second crushing blow to the gay scene, this time with the sudden ceasing of trading of its Bar Soho Limited business, meaning that, as of immediate effect, both Profile & Lo-Profile will be no more. So, amidst no warning & no opportunity for its staff, key players & customers to say a fond farewell, we find ourselves picking up the pieces of this pack of cards closure announcement & trying to put them together into a special report reflecting the mood of many for whom this is new news even bigger a shock than the last.
As the collation issues its mid-term report in a period of austerity that is now predicted to grip the UK for an extra four years, it seems that the tough economic times will continue to have an impact of our lives for a long while yet, although with a determination to make 2013 our year of “Positivity”, from day one, a real sense of optimism of bigger better & brighter things to come was sweeping across us, a definite new DM dawn on the near horizon, with the first weekend of 2013 encompassing Paris & PLAY>TIME. However, with the news of Gaydar Radio’s closure having shocked us, we had an inkling that this may be followed by another announcement, our report at the time saying “…this decision that will see Gaydar Radio close its door today, possibly having a knock on effect for QSoft’s bar & restaurant arm, Bar Profile Limited, which has been reported to be carrying a pre-tax loss of £2,195,581 in 2011 and so, purely in financial terms, could also be in danger of a rug pull closure..” we adding, “…however, we guess that announcement is for another day…”. But that other day has come, just four after the shocking news of Gaydar Radio, we find ourselves soaking us the not so shocking but stunningly sudden closure of Profile & Lo-Profile.
Yes you heard us right, Profile & Lo-Profile, as of today Monday 7th January, have ceased trading, the news, as it did with Gaydar Radio, filtering through on Facebook, while it wasn’t long before the official announcement was e-mailed to us, QSoft’s chairman, Henry Badenhorst, saying this, “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Profile & Lo-Profile will be permanently closed from 7th January 2013…” he going on to explain that “…the building is undergoing major refurbishments required by the landlord and an agreement was reached for the lease to be surrendered back to the landlord after various problem areas could not be resolved…”. So, taking this on face value, we can understand that there has clearly been a dispute over the tenancy agreement, although what is not clear is whether that agreement was due for renewal, or whether the landlord had sought a review under the terms of the lease, given those extensive refurbishments that, if you have visited Profile in recent months has been all too evident given the scaffolding that has shrouded the entrance. However, that word “surrender” seems to be key here, as, if we are reading this correctly, it looks like there has been little attempt to fight these agreement complications tooth & nail in defence of a business that has not only become a cornerstone of the Soho scene, but is one over six years established, rather the towel was thrown in for that greater or lesser, whichever side of the fence you sit on, evil of life.
So, lease issues or not, it seems that, as with Gardar Radio, our beloved Wardour Street wonder, the creative combo that is (or was) Profile & Lo-Profile, has lost its fight for survival down to that evil word money, the figures speaking for themselves as that considerable debit the holding company, Bar Profile Limited, was carrying, we suspect too much to continue to bear. Plus, the raw facts are that, save for PLAY>TIME on Friday’s & a sizable chunk of Saturday’s, Lo-Profile was not a viable turnover proposition, one also under continual licensing pressures/issues, while the seven day bar come restaurant operation upstairs, Profile, was surely a real cash drain on QSoft. Indeed, the grandiose plans to push the food side of the business, the first few months seeing it open early doors & serve breakfast, the American diner style menu finding initial favour and it soon outshining many of its round the corner food serving competitors, was all relatively short lived. Indeed, with so much of the bar’s floor plan given over to dining space, must have found itself battling to cover costs, while, like its sister below, Friday’s & Saturday’s proved the singular popular nights of the week in what was always going to be an ever decreasing circle of its fight for survival. Yet, all that said, what Profile as a bar achieved during its now short 3 ¾ years on Wardour St., is something the team can be proud off, raising the Soho sophistication stakes substantially and providing a platform for some amazing D.J.’s tout their talents, who can forget the “ClubNation” Friday’s with Phil Marriott, the Zach Burns sessions & the likes of Nathan Six & Jamie Head, who always seemed to excel in this smart space.
No, it has not shocked us that Profile & Lo-Profile are no more, but what has truly shocked & stunned us is the speed & suddenness that it has both happened & been announced, our trip to PLAY>TIME last Friday now sadly proving to be our last, as with the immediate closure, there has been no opportunity to say a fond farewell to the place, in what would surely have been a much more gracefully & gracious departure from the scene than this. And, that is what has actually angered us, as surely QSoft were aware sometime in advance of today’s announcement, that this day would arrive and so, surely, for the sake of so many fervent fans, loyal customers, key players & staff members old & new, would want to have left on some sort of a, if but sadden tinged, high, a final Friday or Saturday fling surely the fitting end to a brand that has made a huge impact of the social & clubbing lives for many in Soho. Indeed, we would go as far to say that QSoft owe a debt of gratitude to the scores of stars that have helped line its pockets, bringing their wealth of talents to the fore, many of which you would associate with the big boy clubs in London & internationally, the likes of Steve Pitron, Paul Heron, Pagano, D’Johnny, Tony English, Jodie Harsh, Jamie Head, Mikey D, Brent Nicholls & Oliver M, while scores more made Lo-Profile a prolific playing ground, some developing & nurturing terrific talents, Zach Burns forever linked with the place. Then there are the clubbing connections, Gigolo having been born there, SuperMartXe, Lovechild & Salvation having used it as a pre-party platform, while it would feed others, A:M & Beyond always benefactors, although Soho was made so richer by it very presence, meaning that to bow out so ungraciously & without any kind of generous goodbye is nothing short of scandalous.
As for the reactions, well they speak the biggest volumes in terms of the magnitude of the loss that Profile & Lo-Profile’s closure has caused, Facebook having gone viral on the subject, this just a small collection of reactions, the first from one of the clubs Managers’ who spoke out first by saying “…Life is hard and most of the time I feel I’m struggling to get through every day. Today made me look back at my life and see that I have been blessed to have worked with the greatest team of people I could ever have asked for — life is hard and sometimes the happiness you were searching for was right with you the whole time I will miss you all…”, this causing a floodgate, tributes & comments pouring in, this from Zach Burns, “…Sad news, very sad to hear off Profile & Lo Profile closing today. Must thank Paul Beardshaw & Raphael Goes for giving me the chance to join the venue & team of DJs, Lo Profile was one of my favourite clubs, every time spent there has been amazing & a massive boost for me. Over the time there I met many great people from the team, It’s been truly awesome, you won’t be missed because I’ll still see you all but wish you all the best for whatever’s to come next…” while one of its biggest supporters & also a key player there, Seenqueen’s webmaster & scene D.J. Brent Nicholls saying, “…I can’t believe one of London’s best clubs and bars Profile & Lo Profile are closed. I loved djing there, it had a touch of the old school glamour clubbing and was one of the few quality crowds and venues London had. Why are all the ‘great’ places closing? Although there are other quality venues, there is also a lot of sub standard clubs and venues…this is a sad reflection of a gay scene in decline…this is also an opportunity for other venues to step up to the plate, when one door closes another one opens…but there will never be a door like Profile/LoProfile…we were a family that had a home in the heart of vibrant Soho. Goodbye Profile/LoProfile and thank you to all those that made it the fantastic place it was…”.
But with so many more like this from one of its heavenly hosts Andrea Drudikova, “…Such a shame Profile and Lo Profile closed down. Sending good vibes to all the staff. It was a fab place where we always had lots of fun…” and this from one of its most well known Manager’s, Raphael Goes, “…It’s a very very sad day, spent a big part of my time in London inside that venue, so many good moments, so many new friends, can’t believe I won’t be able to go back there to see everyone and have a tequila shot!!!! I’m so sorry guys, hope you are all well, miss you all very much and hope to be able to see you guys somewhere else now… Goodbye Lo-Profile…” sent all the way from Brazil, it is clear that this news is far reaching & affecting so many, meaning we could easily devote another post to the comments along, while what we will be commissioning, is a special review, not just capturing that last PLAY>TIME from Friday, but sharing snippets from reviews across the years in celebration of what D.J. & pal Mikey D exclaimed as “…one of the most fun and exciting places to DJ on the scene…” and one “…sorely missed in Soho…”, while, pictorially, Seenqueen have already come up trumps with their own tribute and one well worth taking a look by going to direct link. http://seenqueen.com/web/club-pix-profile-lo-profile-memories/ while watch this space for some exclusive shots taken just this afternoon, when we were given an opportunity to step inside the venue for the last time ahead of the builders bulldoze, a special few minutes that gave us the chance to say bye to team members & toast what had become our favourite Soho spot ever, a fond farewell.
So while we remain ravaged by mixed emotions over this awful announcement, anger swinging to sadness & back again, we are determined, even if QSoft aren’t, to mark the moment of Profile & Lo-Profile’s passing with that promised reflective review tribute “Final Lo-Pro Fling” which we aim to publish on Saturday, while you too can say a fond farewell to these Soho splendours, Saturday the day, 7 p.m. the time, & The Yard the place to do it, details up at http://facebook.com/events/244194319045789/, raising a glass to the future to the team, but all toasting that farewell to a brilliant bar/club brand that, just a day after meeting its maker, is so sadly & sorely missed. (DISCO MATT)
In a year that has seen a pitiful amount of review publications, we attempt to end 2012 on a high, looking back at the capital’s circuit clubs & clubbing events that made a big impression not just on us, but packs of party people who pushed aside austerity in favour of fun, while we also chronicle the changes that have swept the scene, this the second in our special “What A Year” review series.
In a year of huge highs & horrendous, mainly health lows, 2012 saw a significant shift in both our personal & vocational lives, the personal part already covered in our first annual address review, while we also touched on some of the clubbing highs that made it an unforgettable year. Yet, the cornerstone and the one constant in our activity over the last few years, our reviews, not only dipped in 2012, but suffered a veritable nose dive, plummeting out of the scene sky & spotlight like a stone, just nineteen completed & published, clearly equating to less than two a month, this far from a truthful reflective record of the events we attended throughout the year. However, with more than a handful started but not finished, along with a plethora of picks posts published, will we attempt to patch together a picturing of the parties that made it big in 2012, like our annual address, splitting the seasons into four separate paragraphs, while eventually selecting our star sets from a select list of scene spinners, also landing on our top five club events of the year from a seasonal section rating, a chart that required alteration as late in the day as yesterday. So, sit back and hold on tight as we speed you through our January to December jamboree of jaunts, hot footing it through a veritable feast of frolics while sifting some select slices from those rare reviews of ours, finishing off with a mention for a myriad of movers, shakers, winners, losers, lost & found in a year that saw a catalogue of changes to the capitals clubbing circuit.
To our first season and to the first day of the year, one which served up a trio of treats the now traditional NYD Beyond taking centre stage, although waiting in the wonderful wings was WE “Safari” which not only surprised but stunned us with the best spectacle this Madrid made meet had showed off in London yet, edging out the former foray in terms of enthralling excellence, the third in the trio a packed out party that inevitably, in comparison with the other two, was always going to have a mountain to climb to reach their divine dizzy heights. So with a start like that, you would have thought we were armed with a spring in our winter step, but it would be February before we put our review boots on, a Saturday/Sunday session of CasaLatina’s “A Space Odyssey” event followed by a Beyond which we labelled as a “Shell Shocking Steve Stunner”, Mr Pitron playing his socks off to a packed out place, all three rooms full, this no special event but had all the tremendous trappings of the terrific “Tokyo” & the exceptional “Erotica” , so was a serious contender for our club event of the year, while it has piped WE to seasonal top spot, Beyond’s NYD event a close behind third. In terms of big come headline hitting happenings, Trade came out to play for Valentine’s on 11th February, while Later was in 9th birthday mode in March, those with a penchant for wig wearing had the “Masked Ball” to parade through, also in March, while Shoreditch splendour East Bloc continued on its rise & rise, although the magnificent MEAT found itself on the chopping block, effectively cut into two, Tom Stephan heading one way with DISH, while previous promotions partner, Kris Di Angelis, headed in another, waging WAR that was to prove a huge 2012 hit.
So, with Beyond’s February foray taking seasonal top spot, here is a conclusive slice from our review that shows you just why. “…Having played witness to some truly brilliant & breathtaking Beyond’s in our time, “Tokyo” &” Erotica” two standouts among a seas of scintillating others, what we experienced this morning was a shell shocking & stunning something else, Steve Pitron exceeding our expectations even more than we could have imagined or hoped for. And having completely absorbed ourselves in the rapturous rollercoaster ride we found ourselves on, those emotional eruptions bigger than ever before, it will be a morning that will remain in our memories for a long time to come…” we adding that “…while in the very capable promotional hands of Steven Sharp, there is no doubt that Beyond continues to ride that wave crest it has found itself on for so long. Plus, while it may have only reached a lowly fifth in a certain scene website’s annual club poll, in the hands of its all-star resident D.J.’s & other invincible ingredients, this brilliant brand showed us why is remains the best club in town, one deserved of a top slot in ANY scene award ceremony and certainly one that gets our vote every single time…” it clearly having risen to the top of our January to March tree the rest of the review at http://discomatt.com/web/?p=4403 showing you why..
To our next seasonal sector now and one that sported clubbing celebration with a real royal connection, this period encompassing the pomp & circumstance around the marriage of Will & Kate, as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. But all that was to come, as it was Easter that stood in the season spotlight first, Beyond going into “XLsior” mode, while London sported another WE party premiere, this time “Fluro” colourfully captivating the capital. Then, just like the colossal combo that it was, As One saw of clubbing & clubbers convergence that was nothing short of a roadblock, although it was to prove the last popular party for this once brilliant brand blend, while another Easter bunny bash that emerged and then disappeared was Discotec. So, while this second biggest weekend of the year lacked a little lustre, there was much anticipation for a diamond jubilee one full of dancing delights, the dynamic developer of the year, Deelooded, grabbing plenty of its own headlines, while we completely sat out the weekend due to ill health. But there was one place that we weren’t going to sit out, the pulsating PLAY>TIME party a prominent part of our prancing in this period, the magnificent meet on 11th May seeing our premier player & our premier protégé player sort the sounds, Steve’s stellar set for once, eclipsed by a Zach Burns performance that has seen him storm into our Y.E. top 5, this Friday frolic also making it to top spot this season, even if it was devoid of an real competition, save for Beyond, which tuned the seasonal tables on WE, beating the June “Fast Food” foray into third, hanging our second place hat this awesome afterhours achiever’s 13th May party, a fabulous frenzy that, purely from a fun-filled perspective, had to be right up there.
The real shocker of this 2012 reflection is that we recorded not one review between March & May, a period that was, without doubt, our toughest, so we thought we would step back to New Year’s Day and share a small slice from our super sized study of “Safari” our summary saying “…So, it pretty much goes without saying that we were immensely impressed with this latest WE event, “Safari” exceeding our expectations by a country mile, the visuals some of the best we have seen anytime & anywhere, while the stage dancers , effects & lighting added to the awesome atmosphere that was evident from start to finish…” along with “…what made it truly spectacular was being on that select stage spot, a privileged position where we could savour every single second of a simply scintillating Steve Pitron set & performance, our prolific pal playing to the extent of our emotions so effectively that we were continually left breathless in admiration…”, we concluding that “…“Safari” in our estimation shot higher into the sky than the largest African Savannah plain tree branches that soar above the reach of the tallest of giraffe’s, a prolific & pulsating party that has set the standard for future WE’s to come, raising the bar brilliantly…” the whole review a worthy read by going to http://discomatt.com/web/?p=4708/
Onwards to the summer season and one that started with our scene sabbatical announcement, although it would be relatively short lived given the immensity of incarnations that were to play their part in this period and drag us, sometimes kicking & screaming, to successive soiree’s in a purple patch August three weeks. However, that was after the Olympics in July, along with what ended up a debacle of a London Pride celebration, clubbing corporation, Orange Nation, rescuing what was an utterly unacceptable maze of mismanagement by the committee responsible for, not just the capital’s celebration, but of the whole “World Pride” proceedings that delivered nothing, rather leaving us and many more disgusted & disappointed. But out of the ashes of a piss poor Pride came another brilliant Beyond on that weekend Sunday and our first review in three months, creating a catalyst for more to follow, that purple patch August period scooping all three seasonal spots in our club event chart, Beyond on 12th sandwiched by two Lo-Profile parties, ClubNation sporting a six hour back-to-back set from Steve Pitron & Max Sanna on 19th, while it was PLAY>TIME that would savour the spoils of seasonal victory, this marvellous meet that fell on first Friday of the month, delivering another Y.E. set chart entrant, this time from Nathan Six who added, in phenomenal fashion, to an already pulsating Pitron performance. This terrific trio apart, there was much more to melt into, boutique clubbing brands WAR, Gigolo, Room Service & new turn Tramp, showing the bigger boys a clean pair of heels, while Lovebox was an a huge highlight for us, there inevitably being low points for some, SuperMartXe’s “Olympiade” event failing to sufficiently ignite its own torch, while former Friday leader of the party pack, Onyx, found itself on the ropes after a battered bruising at the hands of its Soho rival, something it would never recover from. But perhaps the most saddening slump was that of Salvation, its prolific promoter Steve Elliot having suddenly passed away in March, leaving a void that not even his best friend & fellow promoter, Oliver Mohns, could fill, the promise of renewed London fortunes for what had become an global giant in the hands of Mr Elliot, falling at the first hurdle.
To our seasonal select and a piece from our PLAY>TIME review “Pitron & Six Pack A Punch”, our concluding comments leaving us in no doubt that our decision was the right one, the compelling evidence as follows “...In PLAY>TIME the team behind Lo-Profile have certainly found a winner on a number of fronts, it having established itself as a Friday night market leader, even knocking the might of Onyx off its pedestal, promoter Jay Roberts having developed a brand that neatly balances socialising, dancing, music & men in the most marvellous way and like lots of long running clubs on the capitals circuit, it seems this magnificent weekly meet has lengthy legs in it for sure…” our case continuing “…such has been the success of PLAY>TIME here in London, that the club has extended its welcoming arms across Europe, Paris’s Spyce having entertained Jay & his team on a couple of occasions this year already, while with the might of worldwide organisation Gaydar behind it, a little birdie tells us that there are bigger & better plans ahead to achieve the clubs aspirations abroad…”, we couldn’t conclude with championing Steve Pitron & Nathan Six, both propelling us into “…musical seventh heaven, Mr Pitron’s picks particularly pulsating & mesmerising although, to be fair to Nathan, despite having a hard act to follow, more than held his own, in fact, served up a simply spectacular set to savour & show his senior…” the full review out at http://discomatt.com/web/?p=5758.
To the final four months of the year now, we having squeezed September into this 2012 swansong season, a period that from a personal point of view proved to be packed with phenomenal positives, as our annual address illustrates, while a whole host of enthralling events have fallen outside the remit of this review, Brighton Pride, Steve’s 40th birthday party & two colossal concerts, Florence & The Machine & Robbie Williams, four exceptional examples. Yet, from a capital circuit point of view, there was as much to celebrate, a brace of birthday’s in September, one for Onyx which turned three on the 14th, while scene starlet Munroe Bergdorf was just a tad older at Room Service the previous night, November seeing another birthday, this time for Orange who marked their fourteenth on 11th, we unashamedly making mention of ours on 20th December (not a club event but it had to be done). Birthday’s aside, it was all change in November, as Later headed in a “Nu Direction” prolific promoter Steven Sharp now in charge, while A:M went all “Ultra” on us, shifting from a Saturday to a Friday start & gobbling up the already ill fated Onyx. Beyond has its fair share of change during the season too, a new promoter in the form of Ben Kaye shaking up the residency team of D.J.’s, ruffling some feathers along the way, while early October was a patch we would rather forget, WE “Bitches On The Beach” our worst experience ever, although it was to be brilliantly counter-balanced by WE’s own birthday bash, “Formula 2”, which was nothing short of phenomenal, leaving us in no doubt that it rightfully deserves our season top spot, although a decision we did deliberate upon, given in enormity of two breathtaking Beyond events in December, the 9th & the 30th (that’s yesterday!) to be exact. So, you can see what’s coming, these two towering turns taking second & third slots, pushing a captivating ClubNation from 24th November out into the chart cold, while Steve Pitron’s clean sweep of sets was inevitable, although has left us with a delicate dilemma to deal with.
So, before we hit on the movers & shakers, winners & losers of the year, here select slices from the final two paragraphs from our WE “Formula 2” review, starting with “… having experienced virtually every single outing here in London since the launch back in 2010, we can say with confident qualification that this best by a long shot…” then “…we acknowledge that “Formula 2” had some way to go to top “Safari” as our favourite & most fabulous WE party in London, it did in leaps & bounds and in virtually every department…” followed with “…it is the D.J.’s who get the lion’s share of our plaudits, some sets we missed, while others we savoured…” adding “…a superb set from Carlos Gallardo, in any other company would have made it to that premier podium position, he once again proving to us why we hold him in such high regard compared to his Spanish compatriots…” eventually concluding that “…it was Steve Pitron who crossed the chequered flag first, a simply stunning set that left us emotionally enthralled throughout, his choice picks hitting every heavenly house music mark we could mention, highlight ones without doubt “Not Alone” & Beautiful Lie”, while we would go as far to say that, just like this wonderful latest WE event & like his specially devoted podcast, this was the most phenomenal Pitron performance we have witnessed, no more to say…” our super sized showcase a click away at http://discomatt.com/web/?p=6178.
Well that covers of four seasoned 2012 scene step outs & highlight happenings, but what of the ones we may have missed and what of the movers, the shakers, the winners, the losers, the lost & the found? Well, Matinee made a magnificent return with a plethora of parties, a couple of twelve hours spectacles & a Beyond combo that found it return to its first London home, Area, while the scene’s Spanish superstar was undoubtedly WE, both “Pharoah” & “Hi Japan” overlooked above, yet in combination with the rest of their party pack, made it one of the most prominent performers. We briefly mentioned Deeleoded, which was another season on season scene success and sure to be a Y.E. award winner, while As One joined the ranks of losers that included Toybox, Shine, Bearzone, SuperMartXe, Discotec, Detox, Onyx & Circus, the latter sliding off the clubbing calendar quite surprisingly, while many of the others also fall into the lost & found categories, outdoor eventing a real loser in 2012, Pride already covered but a sad Summer Rites not. However on the bright side, there was always Beyond, this awesome afterhours continuing to ride a 2012 wave crest as tall as the previous four seasons, although it did have its fair share of challenges to cope with, a temporary shift to Fire in March one dark patch in a twelve month period that has surely secured another set of awards & accolades. That said, the big winners were the boutique clubbing brands, Room Service, Gigolo, WAR, Gutterslut, Carpet Burn & SOS heading up a long list of others, as like the austerity measures committed by the collation, the capitals clubbing circuit clubbing numbers did see a decline in 2012, paving the way for these more compact & bijou bashes to boost. Yet when we look at our own clubbing chart toppers, it is the big come bigger guns that have dominated the year, while in set terms, the delicate dilemma we faced was answered with an simple & straight forward epiphany, let our heart rule over our head and go with our gut, our podium position places, clubbing wise seeing Beyond secure both third & second spots with WE “Formula 2” standing top tall, while in terms of sets, it’s a podium packed out by Steve Pitron, a better way to finish this second 2012 review we couldn’t think of, as it is this incredible individual that has influenced our clubbing cavorting more than any other. (DISCO MATT)
It was pretty tight with a variety of others to choose from, but here are the final five in both the club event & set chart categories
Club Events Chart Top 5
- WE “Formula 2” – 1st December
- Beyond “Music Is All You Need” – 30th December
- Beyond “Early Disco Doors” – 19th February
- WE “Safari” – 1st January
- PLAY>TIME – 3rd August
Club Sets Chart Top 5
- Steve Pitron – Beyond “Music Is All You Need” – 30th December
- Steve Pitron – Beyond “Early Disco Doors” – 19th February
- Steve Pitron – WE “Formula 2” – 1st December
- Nathan Six – PLAY>TIME – 3rd August
- Zach Burns – PLAY>TIME – 11th May
With a potential podium place position in our Y.E. club review round-up, we had no hesitation in once again choosing PLAY>TIME as our Friday “Pick Of The Day”, not least that our premier protégé player, Zach Burns, is out to play. But with so much more on offer, go check out the event detail, a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we produce a précis preview come 2012 review then propel the PR beneath.
Having amassed both accolades & awards within the first few months, there is no doubt that 2012 has been a purple patch year for PLAY>TIME, this Friday phenomenon having gone from strength to strength, the brilliant blend of barnstorming beats from scene top D.J.’s with the plethora of porn stars & gogo’s that grace the PLAY>TIME podiums, pretty hard to beat. Indeed with the clubbing competition all but fading into the background, the previous ruler of the roost, Onyx, having been absorbed into A:M, promoter Jay Roberts can be very pleased with his PLAY>TIME lot, excursions abroad having featured in this prolific party’s year, while Friday’s is by far & away the busiest night for host venue Lo-Profile, the jewel in its weekly scheduling crown very much in the responsible mix for the resurgence in the popularity of clubbing in Soho. And with PLAY>TIME being one of just two clubbing constants in our 2012 calendar, we have witnessed both that pluming popularity and a whole host of enthralling & entertaining evenings, meaning that it has every chance of being placed on one of the top podium places in our yearly review round-up, we ashamedly open about the fact that it is right up there with our favourite forays, perhaps just one, an awesome afterhours, topping this terrific turn.
So while the combination of sexy sounds & saucy shows works for many, it is simply the sounds that tend to float our boat, no surprise when you consider some of the star D.J.’s that have graced the PLAY>TIME decks this year, Nick Evans, Paul Heron & Steven Artis three that have floated our boat, although if we were to choice our podium threesome of the year (maybe a hint to our Y.E. music review of the sets of 2012), the superb Nathan Six is one, a scintillating set back in September that saw us make a rare stay virtually to the end of the event, with a rousing, uplifting & euphoric exhibition that tick so many of our beats boxes. Yet for so many of the myriad of the PLAY>TIME meets we made during 2012, it was Steve Pitron that propelled this party to the podium position it is sure to succeed, a score of Steve sets drenching us with sheer sound delight, not to mention a mound of our trademark tears, only second to our outbursts at Beyond, while this fabulous Friday frolic for us will always be about the brilliant Zach Burns, a terrific talent whose 2012 has reached heavenly heights. Yet while we have stood proudly on the scene sidelines , watching our “Premier Protégé Player” grow in stature with a series of London & international residencies come guest slots, like Nathan, he is one that always manages to keep us at PLAY>TIME till the dying minutes, his stunning set in May as huge highlight that is sure to soar Mr Burns up our Y.E. set chart. And taking of both the Y.E. and the year, ahead of his performance at PLAY>TIME tonight, Zach has released his “House Sessions 2012 – Top 12”, a better accompaniment to this précis preview of PLAY>TIME’s year we couldn’t wish for, one you should get into your collection without delay by going to http://djburns.podomatic.com & clicking on the download button, while of you can’t wait for that, head to permalink http://djburns.podomatic.com/entry/2012-12-28T09_03_18-08_00 where you can stream this towering twelve track timepiece that showcases Zach’s top tunes of 2012 (review on its way).
Well that’s our précis preview planted, but what about the PLAY>TIME promo? Well, this is what Jay & his team have to say about the brand and about tonight’s bash…
“….Every PLAY>TIME Friday from January to December bears the stamp of its remarkable creator, Jay Roberts. Just reviewing what Jay and PLAY>TIME have done this year is astounding! Friday nights are unthinkable without it. However, with Jay hopping around the globe looking for the tastiest boys he can find for you to unwrap during 2013, he is leaving his hosting duties to a man also beloved by night crawlers and Lo-Profile denizens, Martin known to many PLAY>TIME followers, while he also knows exactly what it will take to get all of the rascally rabble frisky and festive!
And taking festive, we reckon that by now, you have drained the eggnog, you’ve seen the family, you’ve decided what items to re-gift and it’s so cold, you are planning your next beach visit. In other words, Christmas is over, bring on New Year’s Eve! And tonight (Fri 28th Dec), that is exactly what PLAY>TIME is doing and we are doing it first. Start with us on Friday night and who knows where you will end up come Monday night? Come for the exotic drinks. Come hug a hot boy rather than giving the boss another handshake. Come twirl under the lights as bright as a cloudless Spanish night.
So who will be up on the boxes tonight?, Well, The wildly popular PLAY>TIME go-go boys! If their clothes get any skimpier and their moves any more suggestive, they may graduate to being porn star guests accidentally and you don’t want to miss that! But you won’t want to miss the cherring tunes from Paul Coals who kicks of this party, while one of our best resident D.J.’s takes PLAY>TIME to a heavenly higher level from1 a.m., Zach Burns’ set one to savour and not to miss.
Let PLAY>TIME be the doorway to your weekend fantasies and dreams for the New Year!…”
….and the dinky detail?…
A Gaydar Club Experience
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So, as we sink into our sofa for a third successive night, we reckon you should be upstanding, sorting your outstanding outfit and heading to Soho for this fabulous final Friday fling of 2012 for the top notch PLAY>TIME, leaving us to simply say, “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
To have Jamie jamming is joyful enough, but to have him joined by the magnificent Mikey is simply marvellous, tonight (Sat 22nd Dec) seeing Head n Dower going back-to-back in a special set for ClubNation that will set the festive frolicking season off in scintillating style, meaning it simply had to be our “Pick Of The Day”, details on the club a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we deliver a special D.J. focus on these to terrific talents beneath.
When two marvellous music makers join forces to wave their combined mixing magical wand, it certainly makes for an epic evening of superb sounds, ClubNation have spearheaded the so called back-to-back set showings that have seen familiar formations between Pitron & Sanna and Evans & Heron, while more unconventional collaborations such as English & Nicholls and Hifi Sean & Harris place ClubNation at the forefront of back-to-back combo clubbing, the two stars of the show tonight (Sat 22nd Dec) an exemplary example of this, Head & Dower, better known on the scene as Jamie Head & Mikey D making their second ClubNation appearance together after their outstanding set showing in October. And while their resplendent reputation speaks volumes of their own, given how this dynamic duo have formed a fabulous playing partnership during 2012, we thought it only right & proper to focus on these two terrific talents & their music making, sharing both personal experiences of both boys that we are privileged to call friends but are equally privileged to have witnessed so many scintillating sets. So sharing this along with a picture of Lo-Profile’s part in these incredible individuals careers behind the decks, we aim to cement our choice for this ClubNation night as our “Pick of The Day”, while we will also deliver some of the dinky detail on what is surely a meet that will set the festive frolicking season off in scintillating style.
So to Jamie Head first and in him we find a D.J. with a wealth of both talent & experience that has seen him play at a whole host of clubbing brands & events across the capitals circuit, the list extending to the likes of A:M, As One, Beyond, Gravity, Horizon, Juicy, Later, Matinee, Orange, Trade & WE Party, while our memories of the man & his music stretch back to the colossal & captivating days of Crash when he played a prolific part in the second space proceedings with a superb string of set showings that very much sowed the seeds of his subsequent success. Yet, for his immense talents, Jamie has been pretty satisfied with his London lot, although we cannot contain the view that he could & should be destined for much more prominent international prizes, his amazing ability to switch genres, from uplifting soulful house to full on tech, tribal & progressive, as well as his ability to channel his choices to suit both the straight & gay clubbing crowds. However, all that said, we are pretty happy that Jamie continues to play at the likes of beyond, Later, A:M, WE & Lo-Profile, as we get the chance to savour his super sets pretty often, as we occasionally do his rare but well worth waiting for mixes via his Podomatic page, http://jamiehead2.podomatic.com/ &/or his Soundcloud site, https://soundcloud.com/jamie-head, his latest devotion to club night “D.J.’s At Work” a deep house dream must to your collection and not a million miles from what he will be playing at ClubNation tonight.
To Mikey D now and another product of the Crash days (albeit the very latter ones) who has followed a similar path to Jamie, having starred form many of the Orange Nation (formerly Orange Group) family of club brands, Later one, while Onyx was another, although without doubt is best known for his Beyond residencies, a captivating collection of set showings a massive feature between 2008 & 2011, while other club appearances have included Room Service, PLAY>TIME & Matinee. However, with a hands full day time occupation working as Ministry of Sound’s chief IT expert, Mikey took time out of his regular Beyond appearances in the latter part of 2011 & for the best part of this year, although we were pleased as punch to see him back behind this awesome afterhours’ decks recently, while we have been lucky to savour a selection of superb sets, which includes his unforgettable & prolific performance at PLAY>TIME in March when he stepped into the vacation absent shoes of Steve Pitron. However, like Jamie, we have had to be patient on the podcast production front, although Mikey very much came up trumps in October with his heavenly “House Music All Night Long” compilation which created a “Podcast of The Week” 2012 precedent, holding the slot for three successive weeks, such was the magnificent magnitude of this marvellous mix, which you can still grab at http://mikeyd.podomatic.com/, he sure to roll out a couple of selections from here during his showing at ClubNation.
So, given the similarities in these two terrific talents style of sounds, plus the fact that they have followed similar club partying paths throughout their careers behind the decks, it is clear that they gel together as a duo, ClubNation very much the vehicle for this formed partnership and while, historically, Mikey has performed back-to-back with Steve Pitron, particularly at Beyond, it seems that 2012 has very much mixed up the marriages of musical minds, Steve having played with Jamie Head on quite a few occasions, the threesome not only really good friends, but both Jamie & Mikey having been steered into D.J.’ing by Mr Pitron who remains very much part of the picture. However, come tonight at ClubNation, which by the way kicks off at Lo-Profile from 10 p.m., it will be the Head n Dower show, a special six hour set certainly one to savour, while in terms of further event detail, entry to ClubNation is priced on the door at just £8 till midnight & then £10 thereafter, further information available via http://loprofile.com &/or http://facebook.com/pages/Lo-Profile/163759593639440 while for those that want to continue the party afterwards & follow Jamie to his next gig, you can grab an advance ticket to Beyond at Lo-Pro’s bar from 3 a.m., this along with tickets for this Wardour St wonder’s New Year’s Eve party which, we are told, are selling like hot cakes, meaning that, just like ClubNation tonight, Lo-Profile is very much the place to be & be seen on the scene this festive season, meaning we reckon you should “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
If you are of the Mayan persuasion, we guess you will be heading for the safety of Mexico as the world is about to end today (Fri 21st Dec), while for those in the real world, tonight will be a time to party, a better place than PLAY>TIME we couldn’t find, meaning it once again ascends to our “Pick of The Day” choice, all the event detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while to propel the P.R. beneath.
Inside Lo-Profile, merriment is a weekly staple. Every Friday, PLAY?TIME in the hands of host & creator Jay Roberts can be counted upon to deliver a party so fun, with a mixture of sounds and sights so sublime, your will wonder how he & this award winning club night does it every Friday.
PLAY>TIME knows the holidays can be stressful, running this way and that for gifts, family and cheer. So, come by on 21st December and enter into a world of ease and no worries. The pumping DJ sounds and the gyrations of the hot go-go boys will make any other thoughts simply disappear!
Plus, experienced PLAY>TIME fans know well Jay’s porn star PLAY>MATES, but they also worship the mouth-watering go-go boys just as much. So, on 21st December, two special boys will be dancing and both are stunners. Jack is a muscled and chiselled to perfection, with penetrating eyes that melt you on contact. Ray also has a perfect body, dark features and a smoky attitude, while complimenting their podium performances will be the stunning & sexy uplifting sounds from PLAY>TIME roving resident D.J.’s Steven Artis & Fabio Luigi
A Gaydar Club Experience
Door Tax: £8 before midnight, £10 after
Guest Lists closes at 6pm, entry required before 1am.
Friday nights will never be the same again.
Let PLAY>TIME be the doorway to your weekend fantasies and dreams for the New Year! A Merry Christmas and warm holiday wishes to all from PLAY>TIME.
The 20th December has a certain ring to it, Christmas is just five days away, well that’s if the end of the world doesn’t actually happen tomorrow, but the 20th has significance as it’s a dual birthday celebration, ours of course, but also Society, the swish social Thursday nighter at Lo-Profile, this meaning that we simply had to land on it as our “Pick Of The Day”, all the vent detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we boost this birthday bash below.
If there was ever a date & day in the yearly dairy that has much more meaning to us than any other, it’s the 20th, not least that for the final three months of the year it marks three very special birthdays, the first two for two of our very close & best friends, Steve’s on 20th October & Tom’s on 20th November, while, as if you hadn’t already guessed, it’s ours today, the 2oth December. And while the majority are wrapped up in the run up to Christmas, we take this day as our time to celebrate in our own inimitable style, this year being no different as we find ourselves on a cob web blowing retail therapy trip to Brighton, just what the doctor ordered. However, with London calling tonight, it seems we are not alone in celebrating our birthday today, as the swish social soiree “Society” is also in birthday mode, celebrating a whole year scintillating Soho with its splendidness, a party that originated on a Friday, but soon switched to a Thursday where it has found it niche feet in amongst a classy circuit of club nights in a compact circle that includes Room Service, Baleric at The Shadow Lounge and, of course, Circa, Society making the most of the influx of early starting weekenders who think, like this Lo-Profile party, think Thursday’s are the new Friday’s.
Indeed the promotions team say of this swish Soho soiree “…Society is the hottest weeknight party bringing you not only the vibrant energy from the heart of Soho but the sexiest mix of hot boys you’ll find. Bringing the freshest mix of some of the best DJ’s in London, playing the funkiest, uplifting house music along with an atmosphere like no other place you’ll find. Attitude free where everyone comes together…” they adding “…the party is hosted by our very own John Brooks, a man who needs no introduction having been at the helm of Society since it started, he sure to pander to your every whim during the clubs first birthday, this along with a little helping hand from Martin Princess, while each & every week special guest hosts & sexy go-go boys add to the Society sparkle…”. So, with a prolific picture like that painted, it comes as no surprise that Society has not only survived but thrived in its first year and so has plenty to celebrate, resident D.J. Fabio Luiggi sorting the sounds & masterminding the music policy of “…happy, uplifting tunes that will kick start your pre weekend partying…” while plenty of special guest will be swinging by to mark this celebratory occasion,
So, while we will be celebrating our own birthday with two of our most nearest & dearest of friends over dinner, Soho & Society is the place to head for and join in their first birthday foray where, as the team conclude “…come and experience the freshest, sexiest party on the patch…” leaving us to say, miss this and you will miss out, so make sure you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
As we approach one of the most momentous & meaningful weekends in our year, we thought it wholly appropriate to re-launch our weekly recommends newsletters, this “Best Bites” the first half of the posting picture, where we pick out our three top of the tree event choices of where to be & be seen on the scene in Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch, along with mini mentions for two other hot shots that have featured in our full on focuses.
Well, it’s been a while, not just a few weeks, but a few months, although it feels good to be back in the “Best Bites” recommendations driving seat, that last analogy pretty apt this weekend as one of the hot shot mentions has a driving format of shorts. But the weekend is also momentous & meaningful as Saturday (1st Dec) marks two occasions, first & foremost, World AIDS Day, a cause that is extremely close to our heart, it also marks the first day in our birth month. For others however, while for others, December 1st is the first day of advent, meaning Christmas is, from here on in, very much in focus. However, it is this weekend we are focussing on, picking out our three top choices, one each from Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch, while those two hot shots also get a little look in.
So to our first and to Soho first, as it is the wonder on Wardour Street that steals that top of the tree crown this weekend, the crowning glory for us being Friday frolic PLAY>TIME, the award winning & outstanding outing that has become a firm favourite of ours & many more, promoter jay Roberts having very much made Friday the new Saturday in Soho, even toppling the might of another award winner that was the darling of the clubbing circuit scene on Friday’s, Onyx having gone by the wayside. But PLAY>TIME forges ahead with its fabulousness, this Friday no exception, as the team welcome two terrific talents to the D.J. decks, Kris Di Angelis making his debut for this brilliant brand, while Mikey D makes a welcome return on the back of his prolific new(ish) podcast “House Music All Night Long”. But no PLAY>TIME would be the same without a that significant slice of sexy seduction, Jay introducing Daniel Dias to the PLAY>TIME podium, Mr Roberts also gyrating his booty to the beats, not least that he & Daniel have recently “shot a scene” (you know the sort we mean) together, this along adding to the allure & excitement of this enthralling event. So naturally, with all that on offer, PLAY>TIME is one hot ticket & well deserved of our top of the tree choice, proceedings kicking off this Friday (30th Nov) from 10 p.m., entry a mere £8 before midnight or £10 thereafter, the club running through to a planned 4 a.m. finish, more details available the events page at http://facebook.com/events/498999320134205/.
Now while we are on the subject of Soho & this wonder on Wardour Street, Profile/Lo-Profile’s GM Kerry Chapman & her terrific team are marking World AIDS Day on Saturday with the return of their very popular “strip-a-thon”, the bevy of beauties behind the bar getting the strip down balls (no pun intending) rolling, your donations to charities The Food Chain & National AIDS Trust part of the process, as the more you put in the pot, the more the barmen reveal, while D.J.’s Alessandro Londra, Rob Sykes & Nathan Six will be sharing deck duty, possibly entering into a topless track turn or two. And with red ribbons available along with plenty more to tempt you in from the cold, check out the events page at http://facebook.com/events/295765387202385/ while more info on Profile & its offers can be found at http://facebook.com/profilebar &/or http://profilesoho.com.
Onward to Vauxhall and there has been much change down Orange Nation way recently, a lot of news we need to fill you in on which will have to wait a while, although what cannot wait is our top of the tree choice we have picked form the multi leaved ON offering, A:M having gone “Ultra” on us recently, taking the Friday night helm vacated by a departing Onyx, this amazing afterhours having moved forward its opening time into Friday nights, but still running deep into Saturday morning. Still currently based at Fire, A:M “Ultra” is, however, on the move this weekend, switching to smaller sister venue Covert, although in our view is the smarter sister as it offers two delightful dancefloors, an accessible upstairs space, all sure to fit A:M like a glove. And for the first of a three week run here, promoter Steven Sharp introduces young blood beatmaster Matt Bogard to the D.J. decks, he joined in another A:M newbie, Ania, while the continuity is cornerstoned by A:M favourites Paul Heron & D’Johnny, while Onyx, having given away to its afterhours associate, remains in the picture, hosting the second space, D.J.’s on pop-tastic duty including Tasty Tim & Little Rob. So, while this new “Ultra” format is very much about the music, it’s also about the hosting, the terrific team of Hrh Minty, Danny Boyce & Louise Port making sure your entry & then enjoyment is expedited exceedingly well, that entrance available this coming Friday (30th Nov) from 11 p.m., the club running through till 7 a.m., advance tickets available online at http://orangenation.co.uk, while entry on the door is priced, with flyer/ad discount, a mere £3 before midnight, £6 before 3 a.m., then £8, while for others its £10 before midnight, then £12 (you know what to do!), more detail up at http://facebook.com/events/283665795070260/ while watch this space for news on the new A:M pre-parties at Rupert St coming soon.
Now for that hot shot mention and returning to the World AIDS Day cause and it is Beyond that will be flying the fundraiser flag this Sunday (2nd Dec), this “all roads lead to” audacious afterhours sure to be packed to the rafters, not least that it is the official WE “Formula 2” (more on that in a bit) afterparty. But more than that, promoter Ben Kaye is thrilled to welcome special D.J. guest Brett Henrichsen for the US, joining Beyond all-star roving residents Jamie head, Mikey D, Fat Tony, D’Johnny, David Jimenez & more, while AIDS charity The Terrence Higgins Trust is the donation benefactor, we devoting a Weekend Focus Extra “Brett’s Bag Of Beats” to this beyond event, advance tickets for this awesome afterhours outing a must by hitting on http://orangenation.co.uk , popping into Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & 50 Dean, while bars Ku, Comptons & Rupert St have a stock too, more detail on Beyond & this event out at http://facebook.com/beyondclub.
So we head out to Shoreditch and it is East Bloc that covets our top of the tree choice crown this weekend, Saturday sporting a second birthday bash as TheMenWhoFell2Earth (MWF2E) mark this momentous occasion with a pulsating package that includes special guest D.J. Luke Howard (of Horse Meat Disco, Paradise 45 & Lovebox fame), he joining MWF2E regulars Amp & Deck and Hits&Mrs in the main room, while the second space is sorted by D.J. duo Push The Button, all this hinting towards wayout & alternative action with a capital W & A, this branded party very much for decernists of tech, nu disco & electro. But the bravado doesn’t end at the D.J.’s, oh no, as “…the man with the plan…” host Oly is back and my does he know how to host (to be seen to be believed) while as it’s a MWF2E birthday bash, they have the infamous act Bother Boys back, taking to the stage to serve up “…song beauty & the ridiculous…” meaning that anything could happen here and it probably will. Plus, while the focus with be on birthday, the team recognise that they share their Saturday with World AIDS day, so will be raising funds for the Terrence Higgins Trust, a slice of the door plus bucket donations going to this very worthy cause. Now talking of the door, the MWF2E one opens this Saturday (1st Dec) from 10.30 p.m., the club running through till 6 a.m. entry just £6 before midnight, £9 thereafter, East Bloc at 217/219 City Road, EC1 (nearest tube Old St), directions available at http://eastbloc.co.uk, while a visit to http://themenwhofell2earth.co.uk &/or the events page at http://facebook.com/events/524256870936413/ while fill you out in the info herein. Plus with news just in from the team, they tell us that “…As our special Birthday present to you, we’ll be exclusively screening the new Radio Soulwax / 2ManyDJ’s film ‘Dave’. It’s their usual mash up brilliance, only this time it’s all Bowie records set to a custom made film. We’ll be transforming the mirror ball lounge into Dave’s cinema for the night in conjunction with our friends at Caviar films and it won’t cost you a penny extra…” while check out the MWF2E video clip at http://facebook.com/photo.php?v=572328689207 which completes this recommendation package.
Now for that second hot shot, second an appropriate word as WE party London celebrates its 2nd Anniversary here in the capital on Saturday (1st Dec) and is very much THE place to be & be seen on the scene (unless you’re a MWF2E fanatic of course) this, fabulous “Formula 2” sprinting off the starting grid at the Coronet, D.J. drivers vying for pole position including the Fernando Alonso of WE, Carlos Gallardo, who speeds in from Spain especially for the event, he surely having a task on his hands with the Sebastian Vettel of the London scene, Steve Pitron, while other runners in the race include Paul Heron, & D’Johnny in the main room, the Room Service second space sported by Jodie Harsh, Fat Tony & Ariel. But with much more of this fabulous “Formula 2” foray out in our feature, “Chequered Flag celebration” (direct link http://discomatt.com/web/?p=6114) as well as at http://wepartylondon.com, this is one 2nd birthday you won’t want to miss.
So, that’s it for our re-launched “Best Bites” newsletter for this time, three top of the tree choices & two sure fire hot shots to tantalise your tastebuds, while we will be serving up our “Short Shouts” shortly too, a whole host of other getting a mini mention, all meaning that this weekend is one that you will definitely want to be & be seen on the scene by making sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
When two magical musical minds meet, serving up stacks of superb sounds in the studio it is one thing, but when the rare opportunity to see them perform together live presents itself, it is a tingling temptation too much to resist, Saturday being one such occasion when the recording partnership of Steve Pitron & Max Sanna captivated ClubNation, we in the thick of the beautiful back-to-back beats action to resplendently reflect on it all.
Over the years while cavorting around the capitals clubbing circuit, we have been fortunate to witness a number of prolific partnerships behind the D.J. decks, some which have stood the test of time, The Sharp Boys without doubt the most notable one, while there have been plenty of others, Brent Nicholls & Paul Heron the dynamic D.J. duo that will, for us, be indelibly linked to the superb Thursday night soiree, Industri. But there are plenty more, The Oli & Paul Martin one that many often overlook but were prolific when playing together at Later & Orange, while Bills & Hurr are a duo, like The Sharps Boys, that are hardly ever apart. And more recently we have seen a handful of residents from our beloved Beyond emerge as playing partnerships, David Jimenez & D’Johnny one such, while Verity Mayes & Bryony Masters is an obvious duo as they are partners in life as well as behind the decks, one solid friendship that has also formed the occasionally playing bond is Fat Tony & Boy George, even Alan K not escaping this so called “back-to-back” D.J.’ing format, his recognised partnership with Paulo Moreno having been born in Beyond just under a year ago, Hfi Sean & Severino another that also extends into the recording studio, while a fair few have also fallen by the wayside, Kris Di Angelis & Tom Stephan having gone their separate studio ways.
However, of all these playing partnerships, one that tends to fall under the clubbing circuit radar is that of Steve Pitron & Max Sanna, a studio recording relationship that has been in existence for four years, but has only in 2012 seen the capital clubbing circuit light of day (or is that dark of club night?), the Saturday sortie ClubNation, born out of the Gaydar radio show of the same name, having seen this delightful duo play together back in March, Steve & Max repeating the affair in August. And with a studio recording affair that has produced towering track remixes of huge dancefloor & mainstream hits, Kelly Rowland’s “Commander” one of their biggest, while our all-time anthem, “Release Me” has also been slanted with the Pitron/Sanna sound style, others including Florence & The Machine’s “You’ve Got The Love”, 50 Cent’s “Baby By Me”, Anastasia’s “I Can Feel You”, Robyn’s “Indestructable” & Jessie J’s “Do It Like A Dude” there are more. Then there are the remixes Steve has tapped into with fellow D.J./Producer friend Taito Tikaro, this Spanish superstar having allowed the Pitron/Sanna partnership to work on a couple of his tracks, most notably “Sine On Me”, all this hinting towards a duo that should prove dynamic behind the live D.J. decks, so how did it pan out at Lo-Profile and what made it another marvellous meet to memorise?
Having received the now customary five day warning that our presence in a Pitron playset was required, but with a whole host of added tasty temptations to trap us in his naughty net, not least the third back-to-back outing with Max Sanna, plus the exciting opportunity to once again connect with a new found & formed friendship with our “disco babe” (his phrase not ours) James, this the perfect opportunity for us to make it up to him for the muddled mess of missing meeting him at beyond the previous week, that along with a bevy of the Brazilian bunch & others on Pitron fan following duty, including Celso, Bel, Mhardeen, Waverton, Sophie, Steven & Julia, this was a night we were not going to mess up or miss. Indeed, with our week having been completely consumed by Steve’s new compilation and the promise of a play of some of our favourite tracks of now, like the previous five days, it was very much an event that would had the hallmarks of being emotionally enthralling & erupting, those trademark tears that we have spilled at Lo-Profile on many occasions before, sure to show their hand again. Then there were likely to be incidents of the now infamous chases, which began in Barcode & Beyond, but have been a feature of Lo-Profile (and particularly PLAY>TIME), the nooks & crannies served to heighten our hysteria, this playful Pitron ploy leaving us often squealing (as our pal Zach Burns always says) like a pig.
So with the scene set although with James on hat party duty, we arrived at Profile at just turned 10 p.m., just ahead of Mr Pitron, connecting with Julia first, a packed bar succumbing to the sounds of Rob Sykes, although it wasn’t long before Mr Pitron, true to form, in playful mood, arrived and almost immediately started teasing us with his tickling attacks, even employing the services of Brazilian babe Bel, we on a knife edge of nerves even before we descended into the club space below. But with some technical issues with the D.J. deck equipment, it was to be a good ¾ hour before Mr Pitron would start spinning his sounds, so it was inevitable that, not only would more chases around a virtually empty club space ensue, but we would also partake in the tasty tradition that has become shots of Sambuca with the clubs marvellous manager Fausto De Sordi, this always setting us up for a night full of fun frivolity, emotions & entrapments. And this night was to prove no different, in fact those trademark tears were to tumble on the first Pitron play, a simply stunning & tumultuous tune that gripped us from the minute we first heard it just four days previously, the brilliant “Beautiful Mind”, as enthrallingly emotional here in the club as it is on Steve’s colossal WE compilation.
With Max having arrived by now and the witching hour fast approaching, ClubNation was definitely heating up with hoards of party heads intent on honing in on the heavenly house sounds of this delectable D.J. duo, the boys switching deck duty on a rotational rota of roughly 20/30 minutes, while we were watching our clock a little, simply as we were waiting on the arrival of our “disco babe”, James very much in our mind as we popped upstairs for a calm down Cigarette break, those chases we have already talked about, having carried on without respite, the naughty Mr Pitron having played us with staff & customers alike to huge hilarity & amusement. And we were to be blessed with the text message confirmation that our new found fabulous friend was on his way, we quickly re-engaging with the Lo-Profile proceedings below having caught up with the head door person Hazel whom we have known for many a moon, James’s arrival literally minutes later nevertheless catching us by surprise as he too pounced on us tickling our torso, no doubt pushed on by Pitron, Celso also arrived, Steve & Sophie too, the venue’s General Manager, Kerry Chapman not far & Bel’s Brazilian bunch all in cavorting carnival mood.
So it was now time for us to let down our hair, Max & Steve’s superb sounds hitting our heavenly house music mark with repeated regularity, Mr Pitron particularly playing it our emotional weaknesses with recent renditions such as “Finally I”, “I Do” & “To The Moon & Back”, while firm favourite’s were to send us into a dancing spin, “So Much Love” & “Release Me” among them, James in close call throughout & even persistent with pushing us up onto the podium, a position we rarely indulge in these days, but was a magical moment which many captured on their phones. But the track of the night in amongst many other gems was to prove “Beautiful Lie” Steve serving & treating us to it twice, the second time beckoning us into the D.J. booth and in doing so, exacerbating our emotions to the enth degree, those tears tumbling virtually uncontrollably, Bel by our side as we spilled in the spotlight, this intermixed with plenty more ducking & diving on the dancefloor with our “disco babe”, James playing a prominent part in our Profile proceedings, his close call company driving our dextrous dancing displays more & more. But with this spectacular six hour sortie fast running out of time, we finding ourselves on the last leg as Steve, Celso & our fab friend James melted into the night, we succumbed to the superb singular sounds of Mr Sanna, he going a little deeper into tech tunes to trap us for a marvellous mound of minutes, before we to made our way home to rest & reflect on this, another brilliant bounty of beautiful back-to-back beats.
So what was our verdict on this latest ClubNation outing of ours? And what were the handful of heavenly highlights? Well, while we have to admit that this was not one of the busiest Saturday’s we have seen at Lo-Profile, perhaps due to it falling on the weekend before many people’s pay days, while, having seen little or no advertising for the event, perhaps the team were relying & resting their laurels on the inevitable foot fall that streams around Soho on a Saturday. That said, there were plenty of punters packing out the place to arouse an amazing atmosphere, one that was heightened further by those brilliant beats of the Pitron/Sanna studio partnership which, as with their previous two ClubNation deck duty outings, proved one that worked like a dream live, their hypnotic hits & superb sound selections very much part of our huge highlight package. But as has always been the case in our times on the capitals clubbing circuit, but particularly in a troubled 2012 in our lives, it was the fabulous friends around us that made the party to palatably prolific, special mentions going out, once again, to Celso, Bel, Sophie & Steven, while making up for lost Beyond ground with James, a more enthralling dancefloor engagement we couldn’t have wished for and one we are sure to repeat sometime soon. But the last mention has to go to Steve & max, who masterminded a magnificent meet that will sit in our memory banks for many a moon, meaning we look forward to their next joint jaunt with accelerated anticipation. (DISCO MATT)
Shooting from the hip, we are back shouting from the roof tops, mini size selections of a host of clubs & events to take in across Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch this weekend, the briefest of detail with links to websites making this a nifty newsletter, our shouts syncing superbly below
Having gotten back into the recommendations mode & mood after an altogether atrociously lengthy break, we are raring to go in short shouting for a spree of shindigs across Soho Vauxhall & Shoreditch that have caught our eye this weekend, brevity the name & links to websites & event pages the game, the aim to give you a wider choice of places to lay your clubbing hat to those topping our Best Bites tree, it’s as simple as that.
So to Soho & our first short shout, Saturday (6th Oct) seeing ClubNation roll out another exceptional event at L-Profile with Mikey D & Paul Coals on the decks, doors to this Wardour St wonder opening at 10 p.m. & the club running through till 4 a.m., further details on this outing available at http://facebook.com/pages/Lo-Profile/163759593639440, info on the venue out at http://loprofile.com.
Next Soho shout goes to the Shadow Lounge who roll out another “Therapy” session tomorrow night (Fri 6th Oct) and Paul Heron & MisWhite on the decks, while the ever popular Andre Elmore spins upfront & uplifting house ala “Inferno” style on Saturday, not forgetting “Baleric on Thursday’s weekly, more info on all three out at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk or via their Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/theshadowlounge/
To the Edge now and another fun filled Friday beckoning with the dynamic duo of Andrew Elmore & D.J. Alabastor, while the added draw of vocals from Tonnic is a tasty treat for sure, Saturday seeing another tasty treat in the form of Zach Burns on the decks, hat “Come Play With Me” poster too provocative for words, but it works!! And with plenty more on offer plus late licensing, go check out their group at http://facebook.com/groups/edgebarsoho/ for more info.
Then, just a hop & skip around the corner is the compact & bijou yet superbly stylish Circa, tomorrow night seeing the marvellous Munroe Bergdorf both host & D.J. for the night they call “Discipline”, while another of our protégé players (Zach Burns is one) Adam Turner, spins the superb sounds on Saturday (6th Oct), Sunday seeing “Studio Dusty” of the Miss O variety take hold, all three nights offering free entry & running till 1 a.m. more detail on this brilliant bar out at http://circasoho.com.
So to our fabulous fifth & it goes this week to Rupert St, even though we are shocked by the news that while we have been off air, manager Cathy has moved (or was she pushed!!) onto pastures new, replacement Karl Nixon supposedly ringing the changes although with Alessandro on the decks both Friday (5th) & Sunday (7th) & Brent Nicholls the music meat in the sound sandwich on Saturday, this once packed out place looking to bounce back, more info out at http://facebook.com/groups/130804876996933/.
To Vauxhall now and we hone in on The Orange Group first, splitting four events out from each other, the first being Onyx, which plays proud host to the “Toolbox House 9th Birthday Tour” tomorrow night (Fri 5th Oct), welcoming special guest D.J. Nik Denton to the Covert main room decks, alongside Jonny M & Matt Bogard, while room two sees Munroe Bergdorf, Lady Lloyd & tasty Tim go to play, more info including opening times, entrance fees & drinks offers out via http://facebook.com/onyxlondon.
Following neatly on is A:M, which celebrated its anniversary last weekend, but keeps the house music heavenly heat turned to full on Saturday morning (6th Oct) from 3 a.m., with special guest D.J. Paul Harris, while a star cast extends to residents Fat Tony, Guy Williams, D’Johnny, Paul Heron & Fat Tony, along with a b2b set from Alan K & Paulo Moreno, the usual Fire venue hosting giving away to a joint protocol & Lightbox effort, more info in Mr Harris & the whole event out at http://www.facebook.com/events/428454637202317/
Jumping to Sunday and the later which, now under the capable & safe hands steership of Steven React Sharp is heading in a “Nu Direction”, this his second week at the helm & one that has a birthday feel to it, special guest D.J. Marco gee’s partner celebrating, while after Marco, Jamie Head & then The Oli spin the sounds, this sure to be a packed out affair as post WE party heads will bounce on from Beyond not wishing to stop, this daytime disco delight sure to go from strength to strength now Steven is in charge, more info on this particular outing up at http://facebook.com/events/428454637202317/ .
Then to number four in the Orange stable & to Orange itself, the Monday morning madcap melay that actually starts on Sunday night but takes you deep into the start of the working week, this week being quite special as RAW is back, albeit that original resident Gonzalo Rivas is not, while co-originator David Jimenez is, he taking charge on RAW on its 6th anniversary this Sunday/Monday (7th/8th Oct), while main room men include The Sharp Boys, Fat Tony & The Oli, more detail available by scouting the ON Facebook group page at http://facebook.com/groups/2412805063/ which also links into David’s special devoted RAW podcast.
Elsewhere in Vauxhall there is much happening, not least as Popstarz re-locates to south of the river & Hidden, the legacy left behind by the much missed Simon Hobart continuing in style, the extra space this venue offers, allowing the promoter & his team to deliver the biggest R&B room in Popstarz history, resident D.J.’s Tommy Turntables, Dennis The Menace & Lady Lloyd among those at this launch tomorrow night (Fri 5th Oct) more info up at http://popstarz.org.
Our significant & final sixth south of the river goes to Horse Meat Disco, the Sunday night meet that continues to pull in a considerable crowd week in week out, the relaxed atmosphere of host venue The Eagle contributing to that factor, while promoters James Hillard & Jim Stanton also re cognise the maxim that, “…if it isn’t broke don’t fix it…”, the winning formula hardly changed, that going for the resplendent return on Severino to the HMD decks this weekend (Sun 7th Oct), further detail out at http://facebook.com/groups/horsemeatdisco &/or http://eaglelondon.com.
Moving across town to Shoreditch and while having best bitten on the venue, we can’t but give a shout for East Bloc, this time for their Friday frolic, Super Electro Party Machine, promoter & D.J. Larry Tee welcoming three special guests to the decks, such has become the popularity of this prolific party, he joined by Jim Warboy, NYC’s Velissa Yeo & our own protégé player, Adam Turner in what looks like a corker & one we would be at tomorrow night (Fri 5th Oct) for sure if we hadn’t committed to PLAY>TIME, while you may not have that conundrum, more detail up at http://facebook.com/groups/255553057341/.
Then we move just up the road to Dalston & The DSS (Dalston Superstore) which entertains Borja Pena & his B(e)ast crew this Saturday (6th Oct), the Tel Aviv gay party PAG going head to head with the former, no doubt attracting sexy swarms of Israeli men, while the feast of D.J. talent both upstairs & downstairs will be just as much of a draw, Borja naturally flying the B(e)ast flag, he joined by Simon Rigg, founder of Phonica records upstairs, while downstairs, Avihai Partok is the PAG influence, he joined by Berliner come London based D.J. Tom Peters, more info out at http://facebook.com/events/431805860188409/.
Final in our foray East threesome goes to The Joiners Arms which has found a real niche for itself on a Sunday, not only drawing in the Hoxton locals, but with D.J.’s like Paul Heron, Alessandro Londra & Kris Di Angelis having graced the SPRQ (that’s the club night name) decks, this Sunday night shindig is drawing in a much wider audience & is very much becoming the place to be & be seen, particularly if you are after some old that old time decadence & debauchery that was so common place on the scene in times gone by. And amidst the spit & sawdust style of The Joiners (we are told it has had a lick of paint recently though) this Sunday (7th Oct) the extrovert Julian De Apostate spins the sounds, locale details & more available at http://facebook.com/joiners.arms.9.
Right , that’s just about it from us for this edition of Short Shouts save for a reminder that if you fancy your club or event being given a mention, then drop us a line at email@example.com or failing that then plaster either our Facebook group wall at http://facebook.com/groups/discomatt/ or our page at http://facebook.com/pages/Disco-Matt/112730602119746, while, failing a mention here, we will be happy to include you the the promotional banners on our website, so artwork can be forwarded to our e-mail address as above.
So, all that’s left is to wish you all a very happy weekend of clubbing, or whatever else you have planned, while as for us it looks like Lo-Prfile on Friday, WE Party on Saturday & possibly Later on Sunday, so if you see us out please come up & say hi, you may even get a nibble size tweet mention at http://twitter.com/discomatt, although if not simply remember that to be & be seen on the scene you need to “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
It’s been a long time coming, but as part of DM’s “rebuilding programme”, our much beloved recommendations newsletters are back this “Best Bites” edition picking out our three top of the tree choices of where to be & be seen on the scene this weekend, across Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch, dinky detail on each included below.
Well, well, well, hasn’t it been a while since our last recommendations newsletter, we too frightened to actually check exactly when it was, although we are talking months rather than weeks, pretty shocking really. However, with a feeling that you have missed them, we are back and as part of our “rebuilding programme” will be committing to weekly editions from here on in, leaving not much more to say apart from let’s get on with it.
So to our Soho Best Bite choice and it couldn’t really go to anything else this weekend apart from the prolific PLAY>TIME, the saucy sensation that has gone from strength to strength since we have been off newsletter air, while it has scooped no less than 12 “Pick of The Day” choices since we launched that part of our recommendations family in May. And while we will only be re-invigorating our picks from Saturday this week, PLAY>TIME is a deserved choice our Best Bite here, this Friday (5th Oct) seeing the mighty Steve Pitron take to the decks, not two weeks after his last “Gangnam” style outing which was a packed out affair, Steve a big draw & so surely to repeat with another pulsating performance this time round. Then, taking the second slot, although an equally heavyweight London based spinning. star of the scene, is international playboy D.J., Paul Heron, this a rare Friday we finding him not just in the capital, but in Soho, so a set to savour & one not to be missed, his more funky, sexy & tech style of sound contrasting to the uplifting euphoric & colossal club sounds of Steve. But there is more, as PLAY>TIME promoter Jay Roberts brings a bevy of brawn with him, a trio of tottie bearing pretty much all on the podiums, as well as in Jay’s back room boudoir, hunky porn stars Fabio Stallone, Damien Crosse & Goran out to play, while Jay will be dressing every provocatively & the friendliest of bar teams will pamper to your every liquid refreshment desire. So, what more can we say to top this all-star cast than by resoundingly recommending you make PLAY>TIME your Friday date, doors to host venue Lo-Profile on Wardour St opening from 10.30 p.m. & running through till 4 a.m., entrance just £8 before midnight & £10 thereafter, while discounted entry for Profile Bar patrons is available. Further info can be found by going to http://loprofile.com, or by checking out PLAY>TIME’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/PlaytimeProfile.
Onward to Vauxhall and what a choice we have, The Orange group very much at the head of happenings, their family of brands allowing you to party virtually non-stop from Thursday through Monday morning. However, while we could land on A;M, or even Later, it is Beyond that gets our top of the tree best Bite choice this time, not least that it is a WE weekend which pretty much guarantees an rammo Area and an awesome atmosphere to boot. Having been to our favourite afterhours nay club of all time, two weeks in a row, we can certainly vouch for the fact that you will have one of the best times of any club or event across the weekend, this week seeing promoter Ben Kaye continue to mix it up with his sizable team of resident D.J.’s The Sharp Boys back after a few weeks absence in the terrace, while Mikey D makes it to the main room decks, Alan K & Paulo Moreno in the early slot mix, Fat Tony completing the spinning star sandwich here, while Verity Mayes & Bryony masters hot foot it down from WE, with more to be announced. And being the official afterparty for WE “Bitches On The beach” expect the influence to rub off on Beyond this Sunday morning (7th Oct), with a dance troupe swooping in on Area from The Coronet, while the lighting & effects, especially in the main room, doesn’t get any netter, anywhere in our humble opinion. Plus you can expect it to be packed & pulsating from the 5 a.m. start until the midday finish, which means advance tickets are advisable, these available online by going to http://orangenation.co.uk or by selecting the joint ticket option at http://wepartylondon.com. That said, we have it on good authority that a £10 face ticket available at Clone Zone & Comptons in Soho will also get you in, failing which you can still pay on the door, one efficiently & friendly managed by the one the only JJ Clark. Further info on Beyond & this event can be found via the clubs Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/beyondclub.
To our third Best Bite of the weekend and one which sees us heading to Shoreditch, landing on hip & happening hangout East Bloc on City Road. The brainchild of one Wayne Shires of Crash fame, East Bloc plays host to such party brands as Gutterslut, WAR, DISH, Super Electro Party Machine, SOS and, this week, the marvellous TheMenWhoFell2Earth, this electro disco drenched delight blasting back for a upper charged party this Saturday (6th Oct), the team welcoming special guest D.J. Jamie Bull whose roots are both here in London 7 up in Manchester, he renowned to serving to sleazy, twisted electro disco in a hard kind of way, which means he will go down a treat with the MWF2E fervent following, Jamie playing a specially extended set in the main space. Then across in room two Sudha stars, he better know as the percussionist from uber-legendary dance pioneers, Faithless, her set surely to prove something pretty special, not least as she is teaming up with Dick & Fanny regular Pamela Chu (aka De la Ioakim) to present a one-off “Cosmic Disco” devotion. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, in the third “Mirror-Ball” room, watch out for a girl with razorblades hidden in her hair, Sina Sparrow from hot as Stoke Newington all-girl pop, rock & indie club “Debbie” while be the late night turn, Oly your host across the event, from superb start to fabulous finish. And talking of starts, this latest TheMenWhoFell2Earth party opens its doors to an adoring audience from 10.30 p.m., the club running through till 6 a.m., the hot off the press news being that Paul Heron will be spinning a special set in the main room form 4 a.m., so a great reason to stay till the end, while entrance id just £6 before midnight or £9 thereafter (bargain!), more info out at http://themenwhofell2earth.co.uk while we leave the last line to the promoters when they say “…plug in the three phase – crank up the gigga watts – generator maxxed up – we are blasting back for another super charged party…” say no more!
Well, that was pretty painless and by golly it feels good to be back best biting, three choices here that richly deserve their top of the tree positioning so ones very much carrying our full recommendation. Will we be at all three, we suspect not, as its WE for DM on Saturday & outside commitments on Sunday, but you can bet your bottom dollar we will be at PLAY>TIME, nibble size tweeting from our spit, which you can follow at http://twitter.com/discomatt, while tomorrow (Thursday) we will be serving up our “Short Shouts” newsletter extending offers to over 10 other outings that have caught our eyes. (DISCO MATT)