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As we lament over what should have been a sortie to the southern hemisphere, we rather finding ourselves lame in London, when it comes to our “Pick of The Day” for today (Sun 10th March), lame simply doesn’t come into the equation as far as our champion choice is concerned, Horse Meat Disco’s near legendary status making our selection simple & straightforward, further club/event details a “Pick of The Day” banner click away opposite or an image one below, while we saddle up to serenade this superb soiree beneath
When it comes to staying the distance, fulfilling every furlong, jumping a clear and cantering over the weekly finishing line with a flourish, there can be no club that fits the bill better than Horse Meat Disco, the marvellous meet that, week in week out, packs in not only its fervent followers, but plenty more looking to end their weekend on a horsin’ around high. And having been in business for a decade, no mean feat in this day & age, Jim Stanton & his superb stable mates have created a club that will, without doubt, go down as one of the greats of the capitals clubbing circuit. Yet the formula has been simple from the start, based on superb sounds and equally stimulating socialising in an environment that engenders fun & frivolity, the cornerstone of this cavorting canter of a club. Indeed with the resident D.J. foursome that is Severino, Luke Howard, James Hillard & Jim Stanton, you could ask for a more terrific team, the funky, nu, Italio, NYC & retro disco mixed in with more upfront house, Horse Meat Disco’s soundtrack & beats of beeches brook build with their brilliance.
Yet, despite all this, it seems that Horse Meat Disco all too often falls below many clubbers radar’s, although if you are Vauxhall bound on a Sunday night, it is by far the best place to be, the massive queues outside host venue The Eagle speaking their own volumes, while scores of customer comments like “…thanks for Sunday – a brilliant, lovely time yet again…” add weight to what is already a real gem capitals clubbing circuit schedule. But the Horse Meat Disco story, as good as it is with this weekly wonder where it is, extends much further, as both Friday’s & Saturday’s see it guesting in a string of Shoreditch shindigs, while Brighton is also a popular annual destination for Jim, James & the HMD team, while back home on Kennington Lane, the clubs bank holiday bashes are, just like Horse Meat Disco itself, are of near legendary status, the numbers flocking to the doors justifying a venue twice the size to accommodate. And our ensuring memories of this magnificent meet lie in the early years of the club when, in the company of Minty, Paul Heron & Guy Williams, we would dance till near dawn with hardly a care for the following day, that’s how captivating the club is and one that richly deserves our horsy title, “Gold Cup Cavorting”, as it is every bit as compelling as the Cheltenham festival we refer to.
So, Horse meat Disco gets our “Pick Of The Day” vote and one we cannot recommend enough, meaning if you want to be & be seen on the scene this Sunday night, then head to The Eagle in Vauxhall, but get there early to avoid the inevitable queues, naturally making sure you “Go There!” “Be There!”. (DISCO MATT)
When it comes to music festivals there are some biggies of the annual calendar, Glastonbury very much setting the scene in June, while Radio One have their say right across the country throughout the summer, a firm favourite of Londoner’s being SW4, which for the last two years, we have found virtually on our doorstep, being a resident of Clapham. But while all these events tip the scales for many, there is one that seems to have gathered recent momentum & following since its launch back in 2004, Lovebox very much capturing the imagination and attracting some massive names in the music & entertainment industry in a three day festival that has grown into something quite special. And, whilst the Friday & Saturday are superb in their own rights, it is Sunday that has created a pretty gigantic gay following, this year seemingly bigger than ever, meaning we simply had to mark the occasion with our own look at this third of three days of prolific music making, entertainment extravaganza’s & outdoor offerings that will see the cream of the partying scene head for East London & a liaison with Lovebox.
So, what sets Sunday aside from the other two day? And what can you expect by way of star players & gay tainted treats? Well, first & foremost, Sunday has the terrific title of “Out & Fierce” the added tagline of “Not Shady Just Fierce” hinting towards the offer & not the weather, that latter looking to dominates people’s minds as the day approaches, as the famed British summer seems to be rearing its ugly head. However when you consider the fabulous line up right across this third day in Victoria Park, even torrential rain doesn’t look like deterring the faithful from flocking to see the likes of The Scissor Sisters, Robyn, Blondie, Kelis, Beth Ditto, & gay crowd favourite, Marc Almond perform on the Lovebox main stage, while a host of peripheral parties will also see a gay swarm of scene faces who will care not if they get a soaking, more wanting to soak up the shows. And with some of the best alternative brands on offer, there will be plenty of choice, Jodie Harsh’s “Circus” probably one of the best fits for this third day, co-promoter Kris Di Angelis having planned a prolific stage show performance, we suspect including a sea of extravert entertainers, headlined by a special appearance by Boy George along with Mel Blatt, while Jim Warboy, Erol Sabadosh, Filthy Dukes & Fred Falke will be charging up the Circus inspired tunes, so a stage not to miss.
However, the gay interest continues with Horse Meat Disco taking a significant slice of the action, Jim Stanton & James Hillard pulling in some of their big named D.J.’s to delight, including Severino & Luke Howard (aka filthy Luka – say no more), while they will be continuing the partying afterwards too, celebrating the conclusion of what is surely to be a fourth year of superb showings at Lovebox, with an afterparty back in Vauxhall, welcoming dynamic duo, Opitmo, to the Disco decks, the duo of JD Twitch and JG Wilkes being quoted as “…renowned and highly respected for their memorable and ecstatic sets. “…exhibiting a unique disregard for genres and musical restrictions in their craft, creating a nightclub experience that strikes out into territories far beyond the accepted boundaries of club music..” so should be a showing to see. But back to Lovebox itself and amazing alternative, Trailer Trash, will also be making an appearance, along with other East end alternative gay/metrosexual meets, Hot Boy Dancing & Disco Bloodbath, the latter taking up a spot in the VIP arena along with Dirtbox, the likes of Tom Stephan, Dan Beaumont, Hannah Holland, Mikki Most, Jonny Woo, Tensnake, & The Lovely Jonjo, flying the gay flag, while a special set D.J. from none other than Peaches, will surely be a main stage draw.
So with the tremendously tempting prospect of catching all those terrific talents in action, added to which there will be scores of stages, cabaret & entertainment arena’s, circus spots and vintage bazaar banks, together with street theatre & art installation attractions , there is much on offer at this latest Lovebox festival. So, what if you haven’t yet booked and want to head out to Victoria Park tomorrow (Sun 17th July), well, while its pretty much last minute in terms of grabbing a ticket, having just glanced at the official Lovebox website (http://lovebox.net/), there are still advanced purchases available, although, having booked, you will need to take your confirmation & relevant ID along with you, in order to pick up the tickets on the gate, while entrance on the day will be strictly limited, so we recommend booking in advance. As for further details, http://lovebox.net is the place to go, while to confirm, gates open at 12.30 p.m. with this third day of the festival running through until 10 p.m.
Now, it goes without saying that we will be there to review & report on it all and having kept a close eye on that all important weather, it looks like showers will dominate the day, so we will definitely be armed with an umbrella & maybe some sturdy boots as it is likely to be damp under foot. So, if you see us sliding or running around, no doubt screaming “…GET OFF ME!!…” as a gregarious girl chases us shouting “…I WANT MY PORDDIGE!!…” then stop us in our tracks & say hi, but moreover make sure you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
Of the two new Soho social soiree’s that we said would soar, the latter launch was the one than very much captured the imagination of the capitals clubbing crowd, as Gigolo opened its door for the first time and were aghast by the huge response that saw host venue Lo-Profile packed to the rafters within the first hour of this new kid on the block. Indeed arriving at the hectic door in the company of close friend Brent Nicholls, along with cougar clubber Stephen & international playboy D.J. Paul Heron, we were lucky we were spotted by David Hart’s significant other, L.a. (as he is known) already having his hands full managing the masses who wanted a piece of this prolific party opener, we being ushered through the entrance & escorted straight into the club. And were we to be blown away by the promised transformation, the Lo-Profile space having been given the Gigolo stamp, with an ample stage area constructed, resplendent Gigolo signage shouting a smart & stylish statement, while soft seating & other additions gave this Wardour Street sophisticate an even more sumptuous feel. And the crowd were certainly lapping up this launch, a veritable feast for familiar & scene faces all making for the who’s who or the social society scene, the swarms of socialites just coming & coming, the list of lovelies now endless leaving us to exclaim “where do we start?”.
With that list saved for the full review, our attention was now drawn to the music and the cute yet capable Zach Burns, who was treating the classy crowd to tons of terrific tunes, a magical mixture of old classics re-made, intertwined with up to date floor fillers, the pace & pitch of his performance perfect for this superb Soho society social soiree that was definitely soaring by the minute. And we were soon in seventh heaven when Zach pulled out our favourite tune of now, the awesome “Stupiddisco 2011 Original Mix” by King Richard & Danny Thomas, we finding our favoured spot by the D.J. booth to invoke a mini “Doing The Disco Matt” routine, with others soon joining us in our jovial jaunts, while the gorgeous Gigolo go-go’s were also in full swing, we soon finding ourselves standing right next to one, who was shaking his thang at us, something substantial waggling in his tight shorts, very much eye popping excitement. With our blood pressure reaching boiling point, we sought respite at the bar, the Gigolo cocktails flowing, courtesy of David Hart who was also taking a moment before a catalogue of camera clicking, while great pal Tom Fuller had his hands full with his harem of Brazilian boys, we never been ceased to be amazed by all the cute guys he attracts, asking ourselves “are we jealous?”, you betcha!!, while yet more jealously overspilled when we caught female friend Andrea snogging so many more gorge men than us.
But the night was going from strength to strength, the way out & whacky show by Jeyjon hitting the mark, while incumbent D.J. Luke Howard’s music was pointing this pulsating party in a decidedly different direction, while we found ourselves in an a pseudo D.J. corner, as the likes of Guy Williams, Ben Jamin, Paul Heron, Mikey D & Brent Nicholls were all in close call, even the star of our Gigolo show, Zach Burns swinging by to say hi. So, with the super cool sounds matching the super stylish crowd of the good looking kind which continued to pack out Gigolo’s launch and our captivating company carrying us well into Friday morning, with so much more to say on this spectacular start to the Hart’s heavenly happening, its “…ready, steady, go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
We couldn’t finish this bite sized reflection without two mentions, first for ShootMeUp, the photography outfit that is the driving force behind this new Soho society soiree and for stacks of sizzling shots of the scene, which you can take a good look at http://shootmeup.co.uk, while our man of the Gigolo match, Zach Burns, has not just laid down a corker of a compilation to mark the launch of Gigolo, but has also pressed his podcast page with a copy of his live set from the launch, both available at http://djburns.podomatic.com/ & essential musts for your collection.
For as long as we can remember, Soho has always been the centre of excellence when it comes to a sophistcated social soiree, indeed the list of club events & venues that have cut a stride in the niche sector over the years is pretty extensive, think Salon, Sweet Suite, Soho Revue Bar & Sanctury, to name but a few. That said Industri seemed to break the Soho mould, setting up shop in Vauxhall, although the inevitable draw has even seen it plant its routes in the capitals first & favourite gay village.
That said, recent tough times have limited the former extravagant choices & responses to such social soirees, although with the advent of Room Service, the tide has definitely changed direction, host venue Diu packed out each & every Thursday with a heady mix of sophisticates, scene faces, off duty go-go’s, D.J.’s & the like, the current ream of Jodie Harsh, Kris Di Angelis & crew, doing an absolutely marvellous job in setting & maintaining their stall on this splendid social soiree. And if you haven’t yet been to Room Service, check out what you’re missing by glancing at our recent review via http://discomatt.com/web/2011/03/review-glorious-greek-st-gathering-room-service-thursday-17th-march/
But the Soho social soiree scene is set to soar with two new kids on the block emerging to take a piece of the Room Service action, or at least try to emulate its runaway success, one pitched at the same venue on but on a different night and the other, pitting its wits in direction competition, but across the other side of this West End social hotspot at Lo-Profile. Both have reasonable pedigree’s in the talent of the individual promotions machines, yet both are braving a market that is teetering on the edge of tough times, yet both take their turns this coming week to shout out their social soiree splendour to the Soho society & beyond.
So, the first new kid up on the block is G&T (Glamour & Trash) which launches this coming Tuesday (17th May) at Diu on Greek Street (yes where Room Service is held), brought to the Soho social scene by two veterans of the soiree game and both who spearheaded the substantial success of Salon, hostess with the mostest Minty (that’s Hrh to you!) & Aubrey Dobson who, for this latest venture, have drawn on the talents & equal experience of scene favourite D.J. & clubbing website master Brent Nicholls. Born out of an off the cuff remark about a well known scene celebrity, “…oh her, yes she lives not far from the corner of Glamour & Trash…” and the name became an instant hit with the threesome that have joined forces to create the latest social soiree in Soho and one set to titillate your Tuesday’s.
G&T is a gathering of majestic minds to create a night of fun, it’s about fun first & foremost, but it’s also about funky & disco house and it’s also about being glamorous while teetering ever so close to the edge of being trash, but still keeping your dignity & exposure. Plus it’s about clubbing & socialising with your friends, peers and those you want to club with. Yes, there may be an air of exclusivity around, but we love a bit of that and know you do too. And in host venue Diu, G&T has found the perfect bedfellow, a smart & sophisticated spot on Greet St in the heart of Soho’s smart set, the place oozing glamour from the minute you step into the opulent entrance, then gliding down the stairs you are met with 3D illusionary lighting, plenty of alcoves, seating area’s & dancing spots to compliment the powerful sound system & the mandatory refreshments point.
With the G&T scene set, here comes the devil in the detail, this new social soiree starting this Tuesday (17th May) at Dui (12 -14 Greek St., Soho), doors opening at 9 a.m., hosted by Minty & her masterful man, with free entry before 10 p.m. (you know what to do!) and with Brent Nicholls supplying the funk-tastic, disco drenched & soul fulfilling sounds right through till the 3 a.m. finish. For more info on G&T’s launch, check out the following link, http://seenqueen.com/web/2011/clubbing-there-is-a-thin-line-between-glamour-trash/ and make sure Tuesday at Diu is in your diary.
The other new kid up on the block and one set to create a bit of a storm, having already attracted a buzz of attention, is “Gigolo”, which storms into Soho this coming Thursday (19th May) at host venue Lo-Profile on Wardour Street. The creation of scene photographer David Hart & co of ShootMeUp (http://shootmeup.co.uk), “Gigolo” promises a fusion of the hottest D.J. talent who will set out to spin a heady concoction of retro disco uplifting house & dirty nu-funk beats, while a plethora of go-go stars will pump their parts on the Lo-Profile podiums to please, all added to by show stopping performances & selected audio visual sensations, sounds superb don’t you think?
With the ShootMeUp boys pleased as punch to be returning to the social soiree scene, their aim is most definitely to serve up prolific pieces of their unique sexy & iconic club photography for which they have become famed for (just look at this latest artwork!) and in choosing Lo-Profile as a host, the promise to totally transform this top notch & hip happening hangout into a “…pop-up basement boutique of a discotheque, where you can disco hard on the throbbing dancefloor with Soho’s finest as the flashbulbs pop…” (couldn’t have said it better ourselves), while this latest offering by Mr Hart & co looks set to attract the cream of the social scene, from the East end arty swingers, through the West End society set, with a few gay celebs thrown into the mix for good measure.
Right, what’s the score for Thursday? Well, the list of entertainers & entertainment is enormous, first & foremost the magnificent music being supplied by the cute & competent D.J. Zach Burns, who, in advance of his showing, has laid down a podcast to mark the occasion, this well worth a listen at http://djburns.podomatic.com/entry/2011-05-11T12_00_38-07_00. Zach is joined by a double header of disco dance drenching as Horse Meat Disco boys James Hillard & Luke Howard who are sure to please as they go back-to-back on the decks, while eyes will be averted towards the podiums on those gorgeous go-go’s Petar & Tristan, with live performances by Jeyjon, A Man To Pet & Nando Messias. All this is hosted by international gay porn star icon Jonathan Agassi (yum, yum!), while door slut (not our word!) Constantinos Moustakas will be looking to be impressed by your most outrageous outfit which could get you through what will be a considerable queue, toot sweet, plus, you will want to be looking your best with those ShootMeUp lens pointed on you, so definitely a time to dress to dare!
Now to the all important detail and “Gigolo” takes place this Thursday (19th May) at Lo-Profile in Soho, doors opening at 10 p.m. and the club running through until 3 a.m. Entrance is priced at £8 with concessions at £4 (that’s a flyer, Gigolo or QX ad), table booking also available by e-mailing your requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org, while more info , should you need it, can be found by going to either to http://shootmeup.co.uk or http://gigolodisco.com.
So, the Soho Social Soiree scene certainly looks set to soar from this week, G&T & Gigolo upping the stakes substantially and in the process putting paid to a quite week for us, as we will be n review duty at both launches. So, if you see us, come up and say hi, although if you don’t, you can always follow the action via our “nibble sized review tweets” at http://twitter.com/discomatt. But all that aside, we finish by saying, make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Had we been on top form this last week, we would have lauded a full on preview of a birthday bash that truly deserves our attention, as this clubbing brand has been setting the standard for hip hop & happening nights in the London mixed race, mixed gender & generally mixed music taste crowd that have craved for something a little alternative to the same old, same old gay clubbing, this groundbreaking brand offering that & a whole lot more right from its launch back in 1991, at a time when being a little different in society was still very much frowned upon. Yet, Queer Nation has stood the test of time, survived along with only a handful of the fittest and as it celebrates 20 years in existence, is looking just as fit as it did in its informative days, promoter Patrick Lilley and his band of merry men & women, continuing to cut that edge & step that stride, not just rubbing shoulders with, but giving its bigger brands a real run for their money.
So, tonight (Sat 22nd Jan), Queer Nation has a birthday bash that will blow the mind, as its latest home, Fire in Vauxhall, plays host to one of the biggest parties & one of the most spectacular collections of eclectic people & minds it has seen. And such is the penchant for this party, that Patrick has decided to extend the event across three rooms of fun, starting with the “House Nation” main room, which will sport the likes of regular residents Supadon & Pierre Ned, as well as D.J. Connoisseur and special guest, making a welcome return to the Queer Nation decks, Gutterslut’s head poncho & our very own super Swede, Per Q,X, who is riding his usual ecstatic electro, tech & funky filled house, so will be lavishing lots of that funk on you all tonight. Then we turn to the “Disco Nation” (we love the name!) room, where Jeffrey Hinton will rule the roost, although main man Mr Lilley will be getting an extra special look in on the decks too (something to watch out for), while no Queer Nation would be the same without heaps of modern style rhythm & blues as the “R’n’B Nation” third space will sport the likes of Big John Freeman, Isaac & Jamel.
So, what’s Queen Nation all about and what’s it been doing these past twenty years. Well, let’s pause for a quick delve into their history, to give you an idea just why this has become such an iconic institution. The brainchild of main man Patrick Lilley, this now legendary club started life at The Gardening Club before moving to what, for us, were the heyday’s of its existence at the fabulous Substation South in Brixton, Queer Nation providing a neat alternative for the mixed race & audience that it attracted in huge numbers and a love affair with life by Electric Avenue lasted a good 10 years or so. However, it was a sad day when Mr Lilley called time on the brand, like many suffering from the “Vauxhall strangling effect”, although, ironically, it would be Vauxhall that would be its saviour, Queen Nation’s short life at Pendulum in Soho, seeing it spring back over the river and into life at Barcode, a run of three parties bringing back a sense of the special feel it had developed ay Substation. But, with club politics getting in its way as well this latest venue’s ridiculously stupid miss-placed loyalties, the breakdown a short lived relationship was on the cards and the actions of what was proving to be the perfect home for Mr Lilley’s outstanding outing, risked pushing Queer Nation back into obscurity. As a result, an olive branch hand was needed to see it survive once again, so in stepped The Orange Group and Queer Nation re-established itself in Vauxhall, slotting into the hectic monthly schedule of the group, as well as playing its part on major weekends from time to time, the clubs new home, Fire, giving Patrick & his team the flexibility they needed to offer two, sometimes three separate spaces, catering for the varied styles of music the brand has become renowned for, New York house, funky electro beats, plenty of pop disco & a healthy dose of R’n’B to boot.
So with that quick whizz through time & the “water under the bridge” history laid to rest, what else can you expect from this special 20th birthday bash at Fire tonight?. Well, there will be plenty of exciting performances for a start, not least from Jessica Mitchell, who will be mixing it up with the men in “House & Disco Nation” rooms, while the truly fabulous Total Beur, who will be landing on London direct from gay Paris, this dance troupe braving it with the boys in the R’nB room. Then there is of course Patrick, who is sure to hold fort in all three rooms and when this man gets going with a mic or on the stage, it is a sight to behold. Both Isaac & Jamel are renowned entertainers, so plenty of fun will be had there, while no Queer Nation party would be the same without the influence of Clington Forbes, who will be treating us to a whole heap of dance displays throughout the night. Add to that the inclusion of a special guest, the one & only Luke Howard, who will be playing alongside Patrick & Jeffrey Hinton in the “Disco Nation” room, and this, is one birthday you will not want to miss.
Now to the all important detail and Queer Nation’s 20th Birthday kicks off tonight (Sat 22nd Jan) from 11 p.m. at Fire in Vauxhall, the club running through until 7 a.m. with advance tickets still available online via special link http://fire.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-01/22/queer-nation-20th-birthday priced at a mere £10, but please note folks, this price & availability is EXCLUSIVELY on-line, so get clicking, although should you wish to pay on arrival, more will be available on the door, but priced at £15. However, we highly suspect that discount entry vouchers will be banded around Soho this Saturday evening, so keep your eyes peeled for Tom & his band of flyer boys and see you on the House & Disco dancefloor from 11 p.m., now don’t be late and as we always say, “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Well, January is speeding along at a right old pace, although having been laid low since day three, we haven’t been indulging quite as much as we should or could have done anyway, although with Wednesday just gone was one of a few outings for us , plus an occurrence standing for B, on this occasion, birthday’s, as we indulged at Industri, joining in a right old knees up & good time for Minty’s, Paul Heron’s & Industri’s birthday(s), plus it seems regular Terry’s & guest D.J. Chris Brogan’s too. But with that enthralling event under our belts, but our ear infection yet to be banished, we once again tackle our Best Bites post at the 11th hour, bringing you our top choices in Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere, extending our choices a little & equalling out the exposure too.
Starting with Soho, we get straight to the point, Profile & Lo-Profile topping out pile, Friday (21st Jan) seeing an influx of new blood upstairs, as Room Services & up-coming hot shot Zack Black takes to the decks, firing up your Friday in full-on fashion from 7 p.m, while downstairs in Lo-Profile, Nathan Six makes a welcome return, kicking the macho & muscular music, while espaniol lover Tony English sets you steaming into Saturday with a storming selection of sounds. Talking of which, Saturday sees main Profile man Craig Daniels start off the night, then it’s another Beyond pre-party in Lo-Profile, with Nick Evans & D’Johnny trading up the tunes, while fab hostess Chrissy Darling tempts & woos you to Vauxhall with those sort after discount entry vouchers. With fantastic food upstairs & to die for drinks downstairs, Profile & Lo-Profile offer a weekend package that takes a lot of beating, further details available at http://profilesho.com & http://loprofile.com.
Over at the Shadow Lounge, its busy weekend business as usual, the discounted entry for guests on the list still operating, that means if you’re on the list it’s a fiver to get in, but if you’re OFF the list its as much as £10, maybe even more. So, before we tell you what’s on, go join their Facebook group at http://facebook.com/theshadowlounge & message Angel with your details. Now as for tonight (Fri 21st), it’s another “Therapy” sesh, with D.J.’s Minx & Mis-White mixing up classic hits with the latest sounds, while the ever popular “Inferno” takes hold on Saturday, resident D.J. & popular playboy (musically of course) Andrew Elmore selecting the pop-tastic tunes. Plus, having had our ears to the ground, it seems the team at this select spot in Soho have a new night up their sleeves, so with our finger on the pulse, watch this space for more news, although if it’s current Shadow Lounge news you need, then log onto their website, http://theshadowlounge.co.uk for details of these events & much more.
Two other quick mentions go first to Rupert St, who have D.J’s Jc Christopher & Alessandro Londra masterminding the music on Friday & Saturday respectively, while Barcode have another of their hugely successful “The Cave” nights tonight (Fri 21st) downstairs in the club, with Megawoof’s Tim Mcloone on the decks, while upstairs resident new boy Dilmar Brito is joined by the legend that is Jo Publik on the decks, the whole night being free of charge, wow!, as is entry to Rupert St. More details on both bars can be found by going to http://rupertstreet.com & http://bar-code.co.uk
Moving on & down to Vauxhall and its, yet again, another busy weekend for The Orange Group, with theirs already having started with Gravity last night, continues tonight (Fri 21st Jan) at Area with the overhauled Onyx, D.J.’s on duty including Oliver M, Lee Harris, Tasty Tim, & Paul Christian, then switching to Fire for A:M, seeing the return (although as a guest on the main floor), scene favourite D.J. Jamie Head. Saturday & Sunday in the Orange Group world definitely has B as the biggest ingredient, B on Saturday standing for “Birthday”, Queer Nations’ 20th at Fire to be exact, “Bear” as Amsterdam club brand Bear Necessity rolls out at Area, while on Sunday, B stands not just for “Beyond”, but for “Booster” too, Area really taking centre stage for the weekend as both clubs play out there. Now, we have already covered Bear Necessity & Beyond in a special Weekend Focus & our devotion to Queer Nation is coming right up. As for the rest, which also includes Later & Orange, more details are available at, at http://fireclub.co.uk/fire-nightclub-london-gay-parties.php, while guest list inclusions can be sorted by going to http://gayguestlits.com/ & then adding your favoured club after the forward slash, got it?!
Over at The Eagle, it’s a reasonably regular weekend, with Tim Jones & this Tonker tribe are back for more muscular manfest action tonight (Fri 21st), with special guest Alan X turning up the musical volume, while tomorrow (Sat 22nd), the venue takes hold, keeping it simple but saucy, with plenty of men on men marauding but with a fun & friendly feel to it all, music being of the old skool classic variety. Then Sunday sees a right old shindig, as the Horse Meat Disco crew wrap up the weekend with yet more dollops of horsing around action, the dollops not of the manure kind, rather of the mash-up musical sort, with the likes of Jim Stanton, James Hillard & Severino selecting the sounds. Plus, don’t forget that Tim & his Tonker tribe host the second room at Bear Necessity on Saturday, details of Mr Jones’ club available at http://tonker.co.uk while for The Eagle, go to http://eaglelondon.com.
Two other quick Vauxhall mentions go the The RVT for tonight (Fri 21st), when Boogaloo Stu takes over this venerable institution, creating another madcap melay, “Pop Kraft”, as only he knows how, helpers including Sparklemtion & Size Zero Albino (say’s it all), while on Saturday (22nd Jan), Barcode delves into all things “Deviate”, the brand going banana’s on us (literally!), this apparently being their favourite fruit, our Italian stallion, Pagano ruling the musical waves in the main space, while the front bar has Daz Saund along with Bills & Hurr hitting the house heaven. For details on these & other events at the venues, go to http://rvt.org.uk & http://bar-code.co.uk.
Right to our alternatives and first up & back with a bang is The Dalston Superstore (DSS), which hits the ground running tonight (Fri 21st Jan), with the re-launch of “Boy Dem” with D.J’s E-Man, Erol Sabadosh, Oliver Rant & Laurence Matthew, which looks like being a blast, while tomorrow (Sat 21st), Dan, Matt & co have a special night to mark the launch of the SMS (that stands for “Stop Making Sense”) festival in Croatia, which takes place this coming August, the DSS boys starting early (and why not!) with Marcus Wongul, Nadia Ksaiba, Mikki Most & Rokk joining DSS’s Dan Beaumont on the decks, all five a feature of the SMS festival in Petrcane. Then, to polish of the weekend, D.J. Squeaky selects the sounds at the madcap “Tutti Frutti”, on Sunday (23rd Jan) joining the disco dots with a bit of soul & classic house to slide you into next week. Further info on happenings at DSS, can be found by, by following the boys’ tweets at http://twitter.com/dsuperstore, joining their Facebook group, or by dropping them a quick ask at email@example.com.
Back towards Shoreditch, City Road to be exact and it’s the enthralling & entertaining East Bloc that struts its stuff, tonight (Fri 21st) seeing another “Disco Fag Bar” roll into town, the DFB boys very much be ruling the roost as they welcome back both John Sizzle & Luke Howard to the disco decks, the duo being joined by special guest & Gutterslutter, our super Swede Per Q.X., while door hosts Kristoffer Chapman & Diego keep the entrance in order, Wayne Shires & Laurent Chaumet doing the opposite inside (but we like a load of naughtiness Shires style don’t we!?!). Then on Saturday (22nd Jan), it’s monthly night “Dare!”, with resident D.J. guest John Pleased Wimmin & special guest Jon Marsh (he from Beloved) & ASBO’s Alivin C, with a music policy that ensures only “the best new electronic dance sounds alongside those that inspired it”, sounds excitingly electrical in a past, present & future way. With news of a special night next Saturday (29th Jan) which includes the appearance of Shoreditch sons Tom Stephan & Kris De Angelis, both fresh out of the recording studio on a joint production, go check out these & more details about East Bloc at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Finally, a quick alternative attention goes to The Cambria in Camberwell, a typical traditional pub that has been given the classy as opposed to ghastly “Gastro” treatment and plays host to an afternoon of song & socialising with extra entertainment from hostess, the legendary Mz Kimberley & her special guests. Plus, Sunday wouldn’t be Sunday without a roast, the Cambria team serving carvery style between 3 & 5 p.m., with meze style snacks afterwards, making this “Upstairs” alternate affair a successful certainty, more details on the venue to be found at http://thecambrialondon.com/.
Right, with a little less fuss & a few more best bites, that’s just about it for our weekend round-up, but just time to mention our clubbing website friends SeenQueen, who have a hefty weekend weight on their shoulders, as Sunday sees the release of the “Your Disco Needs You Poll”. Now if you are reading this tonight (Fr 21st Jan), then we urge you to check your junk e-mails in case your vote needs verifying, as with the comp as close as can be, your vote could make all the difference. However, if your conscience is clear & you just want to know what’s hot & where to be seen on the scene, check out their new(ish) look website for their choice picks, by going to http://seenqueen.com.
So, all that’s left to say is, have yourselves a wonderful weekend, wherever you are & whatever you are up to, although if you find yourselves at Bear Necessity & Beyond, come say hi, as we plan to be there (ear plug inserted of course) too and as we always say…..”Go There! Be There!”. (DISCO MATT)
As much as our bar, club & event yearly round-up reviews have become a tradition, our look back at any year would not be complete without our full on reflection of the music & the D.J.’s that have made our year, indeed, without the music and without the D.J.’s, the bars, clubs & events would not exist as they do and we would have little to report on, save for our weekly recommends posts & our D.J. focuses, of which there have been many throughout 2010. But it has been an interesting year on the music front, a year that has seen the resurgence of retro-tastic tunes remixed, remodelled or remade, it has been a year with plenty of newcomers, while we have certainly spread our musical wings, focussing on a breathtakingly huge amount of D.J.’s, based both home & abroad. So, amidst a continuing tough global economic & political climate, plus amidst all the controversy that was waged in our world, 2010 more than any other year meant that music was definitely the answer for us, hence this nod to the D.J.’s, their sets, their tracks & their compilations in this our final music review of this year.
So let’s get going and with the best place starting in January, we race through 2010 picking out our D.J. performance highlights, As One sporting our first outstanding achiever, when Alan K simply blew our mind with a superb set, erupting Fire’s main room & leaving us walking away with our first anthem of 2010, Celada’s “Underground”. That was swiftly followed by Phil Marriott, who impressed us hugely with a mammoth 4 hour set at the Onyx afterparty that immediately followed, and it was with Mr Marriott that we were to form a special friendship & bond, not least at Profile Bar on Friday’s. February saw two terrific turnouts by Trade veterans, first Steve Thomas at DTPM’s Valentine party at Jalouise, then Gonzalo Rivas with a sparkling set at Orange’s “Citric Seduction” event, both showing that they haven’t lost their magical touch to move us on the dancefloor.
Forwarding to May, the trio of Leomeo, Danny Verde & Phil Romano, short of stole the London Global Dance Festival show in the Muccasssassina room at the main event, although 2010 was littered with international star performances too, a veritable feast of talent landing in London for that LGDF party, other outstanding highlights being Dikky Vendetta’s performance at Onyx, Chris Bekker at Beyond & Ivan Gomez at the “official” LGDF afterparty, although Berlin based but home-grown talent D’Johnny’s set was superbly standout. Other international stars that did it for us in 2010 included Eduardo De la Torre, who was brilliant at Beyond during the summer, Leandro Becker who shone at The Week in London and then followed it up with another prolific performance in Paris for the Supersized Pool Party, while Andrei Stan stunned us with stonking sets at both Matador & A:M.
Talking of Spanish, a host of Spaniards also had their say too during 2010, with Carlos Gallardo doing it for us at both Hype & WE Party and the steamy & sexy Hugo Sanchez starring spectacularly at more than one SuperMartXe event, showing his raw talent to match his ravenous looks. But it was Javier Medina who was definitely our find of the year, making his impressionable mark in May and soon following it up with personal appearances in London for As One & Lovechild, he ending his year on a high, landing a contract with massive club brand Matinee. But you would be forgiven that we focussed too much on international talent through 2010, as there were plenty of home grown D.J.’s that hit our radar in 2010, some established, some new, Michel Mizrahi, Terry Vietheer, Jc Christopher, Norbert M, Lee Harris, Zach Burns, Dimity K, Chris Brogan and Jamie Hammond included in a long list on new(ish) talent, all making strides & impressions in this terrific twelve months of tunes. However, the established names were definitely rocking our world throughout 2010, the endless list including Paul Heron, Jamie Head, Nick Tcherniak, Phil Hewson, Tony English, Nick Evans, Terry Bryan, Guy Williams, Fat Tony and plenty more that set us in as spin.
2010 also saw us expand our specialist focuses, going all female first with our “Foxy Ladies” special looking at Mis-White & Minx, we looked in on Spain covering Gonzalo Rivas, Ivan Gomez, Nacho Chapado, Steven Redant &, our main man Javier Medina, but also turned Italiano with two specials, including Pagano, Alessandro, Micky Galliano & Gabriele Cutrano, Danny Verde never escaping our attention, while it was another Italian that made his impression on us, first at LGDF & then at Hustlaball in Berlin, Fabio White’s set there one of the big highlights of our five day foray. Our focuses also included a couple of nods to Beyond, homage’s to Lovechild, to new Spanish hit WE Party, as well as spreading our wings with our music newletters which filled most of the last few months of our year, our “Blighty Based Boys” & “Energetic Euro’s” including the biggest names that made our 2010, as did our final post of the year, “Big Guns & Baby Boomers”. But our D.J. bio’s & focuses still remained our single most passion of the year & with the opportunity to focus on plenty of talent for LGDF, we went into overdrive, pieces of our work featuring on official websites & D.J. pages.
But we digress from our hot sets of the scintillating 365 days of sound and whilst so many were memorable, our scales were definitely tipped by The Oli at Lovechild’s “Makin Hay” in July, while Brent Nicholls enchanted us with a full on nu-funk frolic, also in Lovechild, but August, Pagano also doing it for us at the third of Logan Schmitz’ private party UP & then again at Onyx “Digital” in September, while Luke Howard definitely displayed nu-disco dexterity at Paradise 45 in November. Then there was a stunning set from Terry Vietheer at Barcode Vauxhall’s 4th birthday, this south London spot being the scene for a brilliant back-to-back performance from Nick Tcherniak & Hifi Sean, close on the best back-to-back set we had seen all year, although some of our best performers of the year were to come out of the gaff next door, Area being responsible for Orange afterparty’s & Onyx, but of course the biggie, Beyond, pretty much bringing us full circle on our star sets selection, Jamie Head being one of three standouts from a score of others, Mr Head’s performances for Beyond in the Terrace going down as some of our favourites, although his best being at Orange back in May.
But as good all these people were during 2010, it is the duo of Steve Pitron & Mikey D that top our pile, we having been lucky to witness some very special back-to-back performances from them both, a handful at Beyond, but for us, their best at Brazilian import The Week in September. Individually, Steve impressed on countless occasions not just at Beyond, but also at Orange events, at WE party’s launch in December & then delighted us at Lo-Profile in the same month, although his standout set was at Beyond “Tokyo” in October, his anthem filled two hours simply stunning, we reporting on his set at the time in flowing form, including saying “…The man is genius and words cannot describe just how much, our best way to show appreciation of his art is to dance “…in our spot…” knowing that the man knows we are there and, in the words of one anthem, “…let the music pump right through me I can feel it in my bones…” & “…come on now show me pretty ladies how you really like to dance…” as in Steve’s hands do we dance or what…”. But Mikey D was just as prolific on a number of occasions too, like Steve really shining at Beyond, especially in December, when he stepped in for an unwell Mr Pitron, the whole two hours leaving us breathless in admiration and for us edged all his others, making the choice so very difficult. However, it is Steve Pitron that sways top spot for us, that “Tokyo” triumph back in October being our set of the year..
Well, that was the D.J.’s, so what about their compilations and having reported on so many artists during the year, we can count well over 300 that were covered in our focuses & newsletters. There were devotions to a long club brands including Beyond, Hustlaball, Lovechild, Matinee Red & Blue and SuperMartXe, which in turn led to mentions for specific D.J.’s, many of whom have already been mentioned. Yet with so many to wade through, we had to be pretty ruthless, the likes of Paul Heron, Hifi Sean, Terry Bryan, The Oli & Gonzalo coming really close to our top choices, but failing to make it into our final five. From a host of international stars podcasts & mixes, we had so excellent recordings to chose from, which like their domestic counterparts knocked hard on our top five, Leomeo, Eduardo De La Torre Steven Redant, & our find & newcomer of the year, Javier Medina, just missing out from a position in our choice picks. Then there was Pagano, his “Digital Generation” compilation having originally been scheduled for release in September, although with furied negotiations with label producers as to what tracks would make it onto the mix, this incredible collection of tunes has been out just four days, so is sure to feature large in 2011.
So who & what did make it?, well Nick Tcherniak did, landing in at number five with his “Matinee” mix, which included smash hits “The Answer” & “Deep Water”, this glorious 116 minute marvel opening up with a delicious remix of Rino Cabreara’s smash “Creapola”, but included a host of others, not least another Tcherniak & Thomas collaboration, “My People”, which on this compilation was given the Alan X “Peephole” remix treatment, so just had to be in our top choices. The remaining four all held & continue to hold very special memories for us, and whilst some were released much earlier in the year, it was the final four months that sealed all their fate in being our top picks of 2010. And you can still get hold of Nick’s fabulous nod to Matinee by going to http://nicktcherniak.podomatic.com/.
Danny Verde landed our number four spot with his incredible compilation, “Escape From Paradise” which filled our ears on our way to Berlin when we hooked up with him for Salvation there. Indeed from a host of records that included his awesome rework of Madonna’s classic track “Vogue”, a funk-tastic remix of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”, an even more incredible rehash of the dance diva hit “Hideaway”, the two that really made it a truly standout & spectacular composition were Danny’s own records “Let Me See Your Underwear”, which was remixed with breathless results and then the pinnacle of perfection, the uplifting & euphoric “Till We See The Sun” which brings back magical memories of Danny, Berlin and many more whenever we play it. So, we salute Mr Verde for this amazing mix which you can grab at http://dannyverde.podomatic.com/.
So, we come to our top three and ones that we found extremely hard to separate, each one marking special moments in our year for varying reasons, but all three filling our ears from the minute they were released. Indeed right up to the wire we couldn’t tear them apart and for good reason, as Steve Pitron, Mikey D & Brent Nicholls produced some amazing work throughout 2010, indeed our top 40 tracks of the year are littered with records they have delighted us across these terrific twelve months of tunes. Steve Pitron stormed into top slot back in the early summer with his aptly named “Summer 2010” mix, but then came out with an absolute corker in his “WE Party Podcast” which exceeded even the might of his previous composition. With tracks “Show Me Your Love”, “Get It Up”, “Dreamer”, Don’t Give Up”, “Back To The Dancefloor”, “Souk” & “Blow Ya Mind”, our mind was well & truly blown by this piece of Pitron perfection, not one of the 28 tracks failing to hit the mark. Having plugged it on no less than eight separate occasions, we will make it nine by saying, if you haven’t got this in your collection then get it now at http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/.
As for Mikey D’s delectation, it is rare for the man to hit the studio’s and compile a full on mix, although when he does the wait is worth its weight in gold, “Lose Control” once again proving just why this man is still at the top of his game behind the decks. This mix dominated our trip to Paris in September and dominated our ears for much the time both before & since and no surprise, as with tracks like “Seek Bromance”, “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough”, “Bodyshine”, “Air Miles” & “Diamond Life” the list of 13 also included remixes of two records that made our top ten, “Happiness” and “Release Me”, while Mikey was definitely the answer by including our tagline tune on his compilation, “Music is The Answer” featuring large. So good is this mix that it held top spot in our minds eye right up to the wire, although with the strength of the other two, made separating it too difficult, but we cannot recommend this to your collection enough, which you can still download by going to http://mikeyd.podomatic.com/.
Then we come to our third and one of a staggering 22 mixes that Brent Nicholls complied in 2010, many which could have made it into our top five, were it not for the other four. His “Let’s Chant” compilation for example was incredible, as was his “Aural” mix & his devotion to his appearance at Beyond Pervert. However, it was his “Get On MyGayFace” mix that made it to our top three, like the others, littered with incredible records from start to finish, the 15 track composition originally created especially for members of the new social networking site , MyGayFace”, hence the title on the mix. However, such was the demand for this amazing mix, Brent released it onto his website for general download, although we were lucky to get our own copy on the day of first release, it immediately pressing all of our musical buttons, not least with records “Upside Down”, “I Just Can’t Hold Back” & “Et Moi”, from two artists that really did it for us in 2010, Audio Jackers and Lissat & Voltaxx. But it would be a mind-blowing remix of “Release Me” and then an even more majestic Mollela version of Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina’s heart wrenchingly stunning “Stereo Love” that ended up securing this compilation in our top three, one which you can get for yourselves by going to http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/music/.
So was it a dead heat three? Well we couldn’t separate Steve Pitron & Mikey D, but at the eleventh hour in our summing up of our year of music, Brent Nicholls edged the other two, not just in recognition for his impressive amount of releases in 2010, but when it came down to the wire, it was the “Stereo Love” track made that essential difference, as more than any other record in our year, it held & continues to hold the most memorable moments in our travels, whether to or from a club or out on our two wheels, but especially during our trips to Berlin & Antwerp for which both “Stereo Love” & “Get On MyGayFace” will always remain synonymous and very much number one.
So we come to our tracks of 2010 and are we glad we took the advice of a close friend at the top of the year, from day one listing down those records that moved us most on the dancefloor & elsewhere. And was the list extensive or what, as we catalogued well over 100 tracks by the most varied of artists and musical genres. There was dance, house, tech, progressive, uplifting, nu-funk, nu-disco, retro-tastic, rehashed & remade, but naturally we had to break the list down, eventually settling on our top 40, which we have listed at the end of this special reflection, although as we did last year, we hone in on our own top ten, a choice that does not include the major dancefloor hits of the year, in fact excepting possibly one or two, the list could not be further away. However, what each track has in common, are floods of memories of our music-tastic year, although before we run down our top ten, just a quick mention goes to some of the tracks that didn’t quite make it, the whole top 40 being a really tight affair.
First to the ones that missed out but still stood out, Chris Montana filling our ears out in Essex in November with “Don’t Give Up”, while the baseline definitely took control for a while thanks to Dr Kucho back in June, Sandy Rivera really capturing our imagination with “Hide U”, while Audio Jackers made quite an impact with their remix of “Just Can’t Hold Back”, as well as their own hits “Upside Down” & “Check It Out”, the latter missing our top ten by just one place. Others that featured large in our year included Leomeo’s amazing “The Sound Of C”& Dennis Christopher’s “No More Lies”, as well as Rebeka Brown with her hits “Offshore” & “Show Me Your Love”, all which would have been worthy of top ten slots, were it not for the strength & importance of our chosen ones, even the brilliance of Lizzatt & Voltaxx failing at the last hurdle, despite both “Et Moi” & the amazing re-work on the classic “Now Or Never” a track that looks like going places in early 2011.
So to our top choices and in at number ten is Danny Verde’s incredible remix of Pagano & Wayne G’s “Trapped” featuring the amazing vocals of Peyton, a record which featured large in Brent Nicholls’ incredible compilation “Let’s All Chant” which was so close to making our top five, this record filling our ears while spinning around the roads of London and also got plenty of airplay in our ears while in Berlin, so deservedly made it into our top choices, consigning his other smash “Till We See The Sun” to 12th place. Next up is the Dave Aude remix of “Happiness”, a track that came in for a lot of stick from some, yet made it (in a different form) onto compilations of our two of our top three and erupted the dancefloors of Beyond & The Week, so rightfully takes in place at number nine. In at eight comes the truly amazing “Let The Love Take Control” by Milk & Sugar, another example of a rehashed tune that had plenty of fresh intentions, hitting our ears as early as March but not really featuring on the dancefloors, although due to its special meaning, made a top ten certainty. Onto number seven and a little known track, yet one with so much meaning in our year, Diagram Of The Heart very much captivating us with their hit “Dead Famous” which was never destined to make the dancefloor, but was enthralling enough to reach the spot it did. Then continuing the melodic & meaningful theme at number six is Medina’s “You & I”, a record that reoccurred right through the year whenever we were faced with controversy, giving us suitable comfort in our time of need, thus making it into our favoured few.
So to our top five and first in is another example of a track that did not have dancefloor credibility in 2010, but had so much meaning for us, as it represented a record that allowed our mind to escape & our frayed nerves to relax, Richard Earnshaw’s remix of Kenne Kursmoshi’s “Take Me Back”, taking us back to those dreamer late spring & summer days when it filled our ears. In at number four is not quite a record of 2010, but one that played a huge part in our year, having rediscovered a Brent Nicholls compilation classic “Disco Electrique”, which includes the tremendously rousing track “All Night Long”, John Dalhback remixing Mousse T’s tune superbly and, was it not for the lack of 2010 credentials, this would have hit the top spot. Then we come to number three and to be honest, as with the last track, it could have come top, as “Release Me” while firmly in 2008/09, still got major dancefloor airplay throughout 2010 and will surely go down as one of the all-time dance anthems, a number of versions making it big this year. However the Mind Electric remix that Brent Nicholls tracked down was our favourite in a crop of others, close on toppling the original as the best, but as good as it was, it only made it to third spot. So to our second and one which was first until our Antwerp trip, Pirupa’s “Sweet Devil” making an immediate impression as far back as January & continued to surface right through the year, a funk-tastic & full on minimal vocal track that gets our feet tapping and our dance juices flowing every time we hear it. “Sweet Devil” marks a style of music which we got completely hooked on during 2010, nu-funk, so modelled by Brent Nicholls throughout the year and a trend that a few others followed, but one that made his offering so fresh & appealing, as is this track which, while number two, is our definite top nu-funker of the year.
So to our number one and by now it should be pretty obvious, as the record which stole our heart & our emotions throughout 2010 was “Stereo Love”, one that, interestingly first came to our attention on Steve Pitron’s compilation “Ibiza Opening Fiesta’s” back in May, the opening & rousing version of Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina’s smash by Dave Ramone right up their, so much so that it has deservedly got the b side to our number one, the Molella remix that will forever be our tune of Berlin & Antwerp but so much more. Indeed it was this record that decided our top compilation, so it has to take top spot in our track chart, a forty record collection which we have included here as a postscript. Plus, watch this space, as we are hopeful of a special mix of our top thirty to come out in the early New Year, so will be sharing that with you as soon as we can.
Well that’s it, our 2010 music reported & reviewed, save for a final mention for our musical moment of 2010 and whilst all of the above, the D.J.’s the compilations and the tracks have meant so much, even the vinyl moment at Berghain (check our review) in Berlin or “Stereo Love” couldn’t topple our best bit, although it did come close with our amazing Antwerp trip. However, being welcomed into the Beyond main room D.J. booth by Steve Pitron for our birthday, and “Doing The Disco Matt” to what will probably be labelled as our record, “Release Me”, did it for us, pure unadulterated enjoyment & ecstasy that we will never forget. So, 2010 we salute twelve terrific months of music and if 2011 is anywhere near as good we will be in heaven. (DISCO MATT)
So, here is out top 40 tracks of 2010, some dancefloor hits others just hits in our books, but all very much worthy of their place in our premier picks.
1. Molella remix of Edward Maya & Vika Jingulina – Stereo Love
2. Pirupa – Sweet Devil
3. Mind Electric remix of Zoe Baldwi TV Rocks – Release Me
4. John Dalhback remix of Mousse T’s – All Night Long
5. Richard Earnshaw remix of Kenne Kursmochi’s – Take Me Back
6. Medina – You & I
7. Diagram Of The Heart – Dead Famous
8. Milk & Sugar – Let the Love Take Over
9. Dave Aude Remix of Alexis Jordan – Happiness
10. Danny Verde remix of Pagano & Wayne G’s – Trapped
11. Audio Jackers – Check it Out
12. Danny Verde Radio Edit of Blake Lewis’ – Till We See The Sun
13. Chocolate Puma vs Bing Players – Disco Electrique Revisited mix
14. Lissat & Voltaxx remix of Tom Novy’s – Now Or Never
15. Norman Dory remix of Sandy Rivera’s – Hide U
16. Denzel Park vs Karina Chavez – World Go Round
17. Dennis Christopher remix of Nightstylers – No More Lies
18. Leomeo – The Sound Of C
19. Miguel Picasso Feat Rebeka Brown – Show Me Your Love
20. Alan X Peephole remix of Tcherniak & Thomas’s – My People
21. Rebeka Brown – Offshore
22. David Amo & Julio Navas remix of Interative’s – Who Is Elvis
23. Dr Kucho – Let The Baseline Take Control
24. Lissat & Voltaxx – Et Moi
25. Gabriel & Castellon – Deep In My Sax
26. Audio Jackers remix of Weekend Players’ – Just Can’t Hold Back
27. SNS – So Alive
28. Audio Jackers – Upside Down
29. Jason Riva – To Start Again
30. Sgt Slick – Back On Black
31. Shapeshifters remix of Candi Station’s – Musical Freedom
32. Peter Rauhofer remix of Zander Bleck’s – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
33. DJ Madskillz remix of Christian Smith & Reset Robot’s – Air Miles
34. Arumba – Filthy Rich
35. Jay C – Souk
36. David Penn- The Miracle of Love
37. Chris Montana – Don’t Give Up
38. Audio Jackers – Party People
39. Juanjo Martin & Albert Neve – Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough
40. Rossini Pain Feat Kaysee – I Will Be
Having missed out on two parties, weren’t we just glad we made the third last weekend, as Beyond “Tokyo” as a truly amazing event, probably one of the best this year so far, so it goes without saying that we gave it our full review treatment, which you can check out now at direct link http://discomatt.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post & don’t forget to check the postscript link to three fabulous podcasts.
Right, moving on and the week seems to have flow by, meaning that another weekend is on our doorsteps, so it’s time once again, to weed through the offerings & pick our Best Bites for the weekend across Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere. But before we do, this post is due to take on a new look & we will also be including a Rest Bites post too, so if you want your event, club or bar mentioned, then get your details across to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now to Soho and what can you expect this weekend in the capital’s premier gay hotspot? Well, Rupert Street comes top of our choices this week as the team are expanding their D.J. offer to all three nights, last Friday having seen a spectacular showing from D.J. Minx, who went down an absolute storm, even the unusually warm October weather that night not tearing them away from inside for out. This Friday (15th Oct) should see a repeat, as the team welcome Terry Vietheer to the D.J. decks, this amiable Aussie sure to serve up plenty of cool house cuts to satisfy Rupert Street discerning crowd that like their weekends warmed up with accessible house & pop. Then, Saturday sees new A:M promoter Oliver M play, he very much familiar with this slot at Soho’s premier bar & will no doubt have the place pumping all night, while resident Alessandro Londra makes it back from Istanbul just in time for a Sunday session from 8 p.m. As for Friday’s & Saturday’s, the D.J.’s get down to it from 9 p.m. & don’t forget the bar closes at midnight, further information available either via the Rupert Street Facebook page or at http://rupertstreet.com.
Our other best bite goes to Profile & Lo-Profile, although those naughty boys & girls on Wardour Street very much led us & many astray with their advert last week, we expecting the dynamic duo of Mikey D & Steve Pitron on Friday, although, with SuperMartXe holding their pre-party at this ever increasingly popular Soho destination, a last minute change to the D.J. line up was made, Leandro Kloppel & Tony English doing their bit for Logan Schmitz & his team. So to avoid a repeat this week, we have checked out direct with the venue & can confirm Lo-Profile’s line up as Jamie Head & Paul Heron on Friday & Gonzalo Rivas & Brent Nicholls on Sat (16th Oct), the former duo also being joined by ace percussionist David H. Up in Profile & things are much more orderly, Gaydar radio’s Phil Marriot in regular situ, fizzing up your Friday’s with some heavenly house hits & latest sounds, his set being transmitted live on radio music show clubnation, while on Saturday & after a scorching show at the annual wig party, Rob Sykes selects the sounds in this funky bar, not forgetting that Profile is now open until 11.30 p.m. Plus, the team are pleased to introduce some tasty new dishes to their fabulous Autumn two for £10 food menu, which is well worth a look, especially if you need a fill after or even before a West End shopping spree. Further details of this great menu & much more can be found at http://profilesoho.com.
Other shouts go to Shadow Lounge who on Friday have a special performance from one of New York’s greatest drag queens, Peppermint, joining “Therapy” foxy female D.J.’s Miswhite & Minx, while favourite Andrew Elmore returns on Saturday for a hot “Inferno” session. But Barcode also have their say as it’s the manly “Cave” night on Friday, guest D.J. Daz Saund joining the team of residents, while the busy Brent Nicholls looks after Saturday down in the club bar.
Onto Vauxhall and The Orange Group once again hit the high notes in our Best Bites, their unstoppable juggernaut of jaunts leaving us breathless even now. “Onyx” starts your weekend as it should mean to go on with another ostentatious outing at Area, resident D.J’s Phil Marriot, Lee Harris, Lisa German, Ariel & Jason Prince mixing it up across three rooms of frolicking, new boy DouG’uim also getting in on the act with some superb sounds, this leading onto A:M at Fire on Saturday morning, new(ish) D.J. talent Norbert M celebrating his big break on the main floor, the shakeup in resident jocks seemingly going down well in some quarters, not in others, although undoubtedly the fresh new approach has been received positively. Saturday night means only one thing and that is “Hot Muscle”, this latest Lovechild outing getting out full focus at http://discomattweekend.blogspot.com/2010/10/weekend-focus-lovechild-hot-muscle, while after a truly awesome Beyond “Tokyo” last Sunday (check our review at http://discomatt.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post) it simply has to be on the cards again, especially having gotten all hot with those gorgeous body builders at Fire beforehand. “Later” & “Booster” do their usual thing on Sunday early, but the rest of the weekend has to go to Orange, who have a very special celebration, as it’s “RAW’s” fourth birthday, meaning the whole night will be given away to the tougher side of citric splendour. We will be honing in on the event in full, so watch this space for our upcoming Weekend Focus, although in the meantime, further info & guest list offers can be found via the following sites, http://tinyurl.com/onyxguestlists, http://evolvedevents.co.uk (A;M), http://alexerfan.com (Lovechild) http://tunyurl.com/laterguestlist & http://romainlopez.com (Booster).
With so much domination south of the river, you would be forgiven that Vauxhall isn’t offering up much more, although there you would be wrong as The Eagle makes a fantastic alternative, Friday being sewn up with another testosterone trip with “Tonker”, special guest D.J. Mr Jones, joining the other Jones, Tim that is, for some tough muscular tunes, while on Saturday (16th Oct) “Carpet Burn” roll up for more, this week entertaining guest D.J. Prince Nelly alongside regular Martyn Fitzgerald, with Sunday never being Sunday without the horsin around antics of Horse Meat Disco, Jim Stanton & co making sure Monday remains as distant a thought as possible. More info on The Eagle & its events throughout the week can be found at http://eaglelondon.com.
So, it’s now down to the alternatives to extend the options and The Dalston Superstore once again rises to the top like the cream in the milk, kicking off the weekend with the fabulous “Snap Crackle & Pop” on Friday (15th Oct) with a superb blend of beats, eclectic music, banging bands & delectable D.J’s, guests for this monthly outing being bands, Stop Making Me & O Children, while Harry Jones does his bit on the decks alongside some DSS regulars. Then on Saturday, resident D.J. Dan Beaumont steps into promoter boots with his new outing “Soundstage”, which showcases some of the best alternative D.J.’s on the London scene, this first outing including talents Dave Kendrick, Charlie Trevor & extra special attendee Luke Howard, all taking charge of the basement, while upstairs Jonny Woo & John Sizzle re-enact a mini Gutterball gathering, this looking like being one splendid affair indeed & was it not for our planned trip to Lovechild, we know where we would be for sure with Sunday seeing another “Tutti Frutti” session with W/Squeaky & friends sliding into the following week with consummate ease. Now, whilst there is no official website, the boys are always posting up stuff on Twitter, so why not follow them at http://twitter.com/dsuperstore plus watch this space for an Extra Bites post on upcoming birthday bash for “Body Talk” which takes place next Saturday (23rd Oct).
Our other alternative Best Bite goes to East Bloc, who entertain yet again with “Disco Fag Bar” this Friday, the club gaining an increasing following week on week and no surprise, as not only is the name chic & cool, but the setting at East Bloc is superb, matched by the D.J’s, this week Laurent C, John Sizzle & Borja Pena sharing the plaudits, while the door is masterminded by the delights that are Kristoffer & Diego. Then, on Saturday, this Shoreditch hangout entertains night “Nancy” which tempts in the fashion end of fetishism & fancy dress who want to flirt & flaunt their wares across the three rooms of fun, the sounds served up by David TG of Torture Garden fame, Hot Mess’s Holestar & Scally DanDan in the main space, while the wild & whacky Scottee sorts out the second space with special guests & vintage pop & skool disco is the name of the game in the third room with Princess Julia in charge, Felicity Hayward adding her own vintage colour to the whole affair.
So that’s our Best Bites picks across Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere, further details available either via the direct web links in our post, on the events pages on social networking site Facebook, or failing that in the popular weekly press rags.
Now, just a quick mention, as always, to tip top clubbing website SeenQueen, which has further complemented its new look with a new “What’s Hot” section detailing the hot happenings across the gAylist world, RAW’s 4th birthday & Lovechild “Hot Muscle” getting focus, plus much more. And with plenty more features besides, go check out the new look site & all its fab features at http://seenqueen.com.
Right, that’s about it for this week and as always we wish each & every one of you a splendid weekend, whatever you are up to & wherever you are. As for us, it’s a relatively pedestrian one as we still have much to mull over away from the scene, but all being well, we will make Lovechild, Beyond & Orange, although day by day is our maxim at the moment. But if we make it out, come say hi and as we always say……Go There! Be There!