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With September slipping away before our very eyes, we thought it high time we delivered to on our promise to put out another music newsletter, in fact one of two this month that aim to pick up on those D.J.’s/producers that have been busy in the recording studio either pressing podcasts or serving up singles and in the process, covering those established stars along with more fresh faced talent that we feel deserve our devotions. But as we often ask you to do, we will also be including those disc spinners who have gone to the trouble to plaster our social networking walls with their productions and thus giving them an equal bite at the cherry pickings of our now notorious newsletters.
So with this first of two September servings let’s get off to a superb start and in the hands of one Brent Nicholls we couldn’t have chosen better, as hardly a month goes by without something quite special bouncing out of the Brent blender, this one being no different and reflective of the fact that he tends to appear in our newsletters with repeated regularity. However, being pretty busy out on the scene keeps this amiable antipodeans’ hand in, regular slots for Profile & Lo-Profile, Rupert St & Hard On! recent features, while with clubbing brand Lovechild having taken a summer siesta, its return for its “Super Love” event this last Sunday saw a trio of turnouts for Mr Nicholls over the weekend, the filling in the sandwich being Hard On!, a club which Brent has been part & parcel with since its launch back in 2003. Indeed, his associations with the club has seen him travel with the brand to exploits in Manchester & over in Gran Canaria this year alone, while a further trip Spanish isle in November looks on the cards, as Hard On! will be part of the “Black & Blue” fetish weekend there, while spin off Hotwired returns to the capital next month, Brent in the thick of the action.
So, Mr Nicholls links with Hard On! go without saying and in recognition of this fabulous fetish club celebrating 8 years in erotic operation, Brent gathered together sixteen towering tunes from across its history, plugging them together into a prolific podcast that is true memory lane majesty. And from the off, especially for those of you who, like us, were around in 2003, the opener does bring those magical memories flooding back, although with tracks “The World Is Mine”, “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit”, “Enjoy The Silence”, “So Strong” & “Downpipe” this is more than just a celebration of the Hard On! sound Brent style, but a journey through some of the most iconic tracks to hit our dancefloors in these last eight years. But the Brent blender has extended to a mini-mix marking the return of Hotwired too, but the intentions of this composition are much more direct, as the combination of electro, progressive, tech, tribal & trance set the scene for this all out orgy of a club happening, the music very much matching the macho feel of this fetish frolic, one track summing it up beautifully, “Fucking House Musik” speaking all the volumes for us, as well as being a damn fine track as well. So, whether your persuasion leans towards fetish or you simply crave a terrific tune, then in “Hard On! 8” 7 “Hotwired” you have two worthy contenders for your collection, both available via multi download options including iTunes, Dropbox, Speedyshare, Mediafire, although all just a click away at http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/.
Now onto our first mini mention which goes to D.J. Luiggi who, it would be fair to say, came in for a bit of stick from us in our Brava review, although in fairness to this Barcelona born Spaniard, we were a bit distracted by the construction site we found both him & ourselves within. However, putting the record straight and from the feedback we got, his performance was much better than we had painted at the time and when you consider the appearances he has made across Europe, Rome’s Muccassassina, Antwerp’s Red & Blue, Lyon’s Le-Bloc & brand Deice, while regular slots in his adopted home city of Valencia remain a feature of his hectic schedule. So, having gone to press on a podcast celebrating the sunset of summer, we thought it highly appropriate that he be included in our “Indian Summer” inspired choices, Luiggi’s compilation, in his own words, sharing “…the best remixes of the greatest artists…” he adding of the mix that it is “…original & energetic…”, a claim we completely agree with, meaning we reckon that his creation is well worth a listen by going to either his podcast page at http://djluiggi.podomatic.com/ or his soundcloud site, http://soundcloud.com/dj-luiggi-1, the latter including previous sets stretching back to 2010.
Right, we head back towards familiar territory with our next inclusion, Hifi Sean a dynamic D.J. that has been cutting a significant stride on the capitals clubbing scene for a while now, residencies having included Juicy, Hard On!, Barcode, & Beyond, while appearances at a long list of events mean that hardly a weekend would go by when he wasn’t spinning somewhere across London, not least having also been included in the illustrious Orange RAW team that plays out to a packed room of party people each & every Monday morning. Add to this his claim to fame a real one, in that he was part of Glasgow based group, The Soup Dragons and you soon realise that Sean’s credentials in the music world are considerable. However, like us, you would be forgiven for thinking that he has fallen off the radar across the summer, although none of it, as whilst it would be true that married life & family commitments have taken up a fair amount of his time, he has been out on the wider scene too, wider in terms of gigs in Amsterdam, Brussels & Madrid, while at this very moment he is savouring the sights & sounds on San Francisco in what has become a yearly homage for the world’s best known bear gathering, “Folsom”.
So San Francisco neatly moves us to Sean’s selections, his continuing series of “Psychedelic House Music” podcasts including to devotions to the city & its music, Hifi having been in the thick of the action for the annual Pride main event, an attraction that makes London’s celebrations look like a village street party and thus meaning Sean’s inclusion in this world renowned gathering shouts significantly for his skills & in demand services. So the first of two mixes simply entitled “San Francisco 2011 – Main Event”, he explaining of his music choices, “…the focus is setting the groove and building the energy…”, something we have seen him perform on many an occasion on Beyond’s main room, while the second on his San Fran sets, “The Afterparty” is very much more akin to his prolific performances in Beyond’s chapel space where, like in this magnificent mix, he “…takes the groove deeper…”. But the Hifi inclusions don’t stop that these two, as his devotion to Amsterdam’s pride event is noteworthy too and is one of our favourites (dare we have one!) as it does exactly what it say’s on the tin, includes “…some old classics remixes, some new future classics & some of my own exclusive remixes too…”. So to grab your slice of Sean stateside & to go dutch with Hifi, simply click on http://hifiseandj.podomatic.com/ and download to your absolute joy.
Our next min mention goes to D.J. Minx, our original foxy lady that impressed us so much when we heard her play for the first time at The Box in Covent Garden, that we labelled her as the female Brent Nicholls, such were the similarities to musical tastes between us three. And while we miss those fantastic Friday’s in the hands of our foxy lady, slotting into a twice monthly residency at Rupert St certainly makes up for that loss, Minx having also played out for The Shadow Lounge on opposing weekends. But her appearances don’t stop there, as a residency for hero hangout Nob in the smart set of socialising splendour that is Mayfair continues to play a part in her out there performances, while a new gig in trendy Camden Lock kicks in from this week and a new project Sam (that’s her real name) is truly excited about. So having seen her in action just this last Friday at Rupert St reminded us to push Mix’s latest mix, “Rise 2011” crammed with uplifting & happy house that rapturously represents Sam’s superb sound style and one we absolutely adore, as we are sure you will too when you go to http://djminx.podomatic.com/, while it’s well worth checking out her “Work It Out” mix which aims squarely at summer and had us clinging onto the sunshine from the start, both making our collection and helping spin rounds those London roads full of rapture.
Now let’s take a look at another main inclusion and a D.J./Producer that has been making a marked impression on the clubbing scene for many a year, Nick Tcherniak having been involved in the music industry since the tender age of 19, his introduction to D.J.’ing soon seeing him land residencies for iconic clubs Fiction, DTPM & Discotec, while he is inextricably linked to the mother of all clubbing brands, Trade, having been labelled as “The Face Of Trade” in its earlier years, while the transformation from front of house to behind the decks fro Laurence Malice’s legendary club was always on the cards and Nick now finds himself as one of their big stars, having played out for Trade for well over a decade. But the big hitters on Nick’s C.V. don’t stop there as he has featured large for Matinee, has been welcomed as a guest for Monday morning magnificence Orange on numerous occasions, while he remains a firm favourite for followers of all things SuperMartXe, having once again wowed the crowds at the clubs “Blackout” party a couple of Saturday’s ago, the afterhours element in his club calendar also extending to A:M, Nick headlining the D.J. line-up just last weekend.
But this is only half of the terrific Tcherniak turnout, as Nick is feverishly busy in the studio when he isn’t playing out live on the scene, his regular podcast pressings backing up an impressive list of track releases, many mixed & produced with recording partner & fellow Trade D.J. resident Steve Thomas, recent triumphs including “My People”, “Deep Water” & “The Answer”, all having charted high in download charts both here & stateside. So, given the success of these tracks & the partnership with Steve, a further release was very much on the cards, “Day & Night” their latest smash and one that looks set to soar at least as high as its three predecessors and is an absolute corker, already charting well on Beatport & available for download at http://beatport.com/track/day-and-night-original-mix/2423834. Tracks aside and Nick’s podcasts never fail to hit our heavenly mark, his latest release straight out of the Tcherniak top draw and crammed full of towering deep house, tech & progressive beats that shouts out his sound style superbly, the title inspiration taken straight from his “Day & Night” tune with naturally features within this 64 minute marvel and a compilation that went straight into our collection as soon as we, just like the first track suggests, checked it out, so one we think you want to check out too by going to http://nicktcherniak.podomatic.com/.
To another mini mention and an Italian D.J. that has made London his home, although travels back to his motherland as often as he is able, while back here in the capital he continues to experiment with a selection of sounds that range from ambient dance through to tough techno & the smoother more progressive beats that fit neatly between the two, his productions in this style very much taking you on a joyous journey. And with his latest release, “Techno Ambient Sex Mix”, Mr Bruno doesn’t disappoint, the 70 minute mix sending you immediately floating as though on a far away island and one that, for us, is right up there with the best chill-out compilations in our collection. With is skilful use of cool cuts & tougher twists, it is a mesmeric journey that will leave you both rejuvenated & fulfilled and one definitely for escaping the ravages of a hectic lifestyle, at least for the few masterful minutes. So, to track down this tremendous Tony triumph, go now to http://soundcloud.com/tonybruno/techno-ambient-sexy-mix-by and soak up the splendour of this silkiest of selections.
Right, back we head to our main contenders list and to one of the scene’s legends who has been cutting it with the best in the business for a plum period, Gonzalo Rivas having emerged playing for heavy weight brands Salvation & Trade, he proving one of the latter’s great stars in the Turnmills days when either a post Tony De Vit set or a pre Pete Wardman showing would have the place well & truly rocking. Yet, such has been the demand & diversity of this truly towering talent, that he has played at virtually every top ranking club on the capitals circuit, Mr Rivas being behind the Orange RAW room, a key player for Beyond in both its era’s, and A:M ingredient for most if not all of its history, these just a handful of a long list of bars, clubs & events that have benefitted from Gonzalo’s brilliant beats over the years. And having been around for much of his time playing out to the London scene, he never fails to disappoint us with his performances, those halcyon days of Trade living in the memory, as do our awkward encounters of Escape, to the storming sets at Beyond, a place that is as special for him as it is for us.
So when it comes to his podcast productions, it is no surprise that some of these major clubs are not very far away, Gonzalo continuing to draw inspiration from his regular appearances for the RAW room at Orange, along with the indelibly marked music memories from Trade, his latest offering “Cums Deeper & Penetrating” very much a blend of the two and reflective of the style of deep house music that Mr Rivas revels in. That said, we only have to look back a couple of months to find a session mixed live at Beyond for the clubs weekly showing on Gaydar Radio, showing a slightly different side to this majestic mixer’s music, those deep & funky beats still there but revved up a little to suit the Sunday morning vibe which unmistakably from this awesome afterhours. So, in these latest two podcast pressings you have two fine examples of the Rivas rhythms that continue to rocks the dancefloors across the capital, both worthy additions to your compilation collection by going to http://gonzalorivas.podomatic.com/, while his studio works also extend to the odd track here & there, meaning a visit to http://soundcloud.com/gonzalo-rivas would not a amiss either.
To our next mini mention and one for a D.J. talent who continues to float on our radar surface as well as on the capitals clubbing scene, having played out at Matinee on a couple of occasions and more recently for Bear Necessity. But it is his devotion to new brand “Furrvert” that gets our attention, Michel Mizrahi part of the package when the club launched a couple of weeks ago, he laying down a compilation mix to mark the occasion and one that is crammed full of big room beats, euro-style sounds & plenty of funk that make for a superbly sexy soundtrack that reflects the clubs image impressively. We particularly like his choice of an electro tainted remix of the club hit “Pressure” which neatly moves into an dub version what is surely a 2011 chart topper, the wonderful “You’ve Got The Love”, while there are plenty more main room monsters on this 72 minute mix which you can grab now by going to http://michelmizrahi.podomatic.com/.
So to our final big hitter and one that impressed us so much when he cone over to London and played out in Beyond’s main room for the London Global Dance Festival back in May last year, that we have continued to cover his studio works ever since, even if we haven’t had the chance to see him play live. Therefore, including Barcelona based Ivan Gomez here was an easy choice for us, not least as he shares the exact same philosophy as us when he says that “…Music Is The Answer…” and his continuous creations very much echo that sentiment, as does his appearances across a host of club happenings both at home & abroad, the long list extending to the likes of Cockpit & Heroes in Cologne, Odarko & Strong in Madrid, Gay Village & Gorgeous I Am in Rome, Bubu Lounge in Sao Paulo and Fascination & Venial in Valencia, to mention just a few. However, whilst he remains pretty active out on the scene, it is Ivan’s studio productions that stand him out from the crowd, not least being an intrinsic part of the recording label Guareber, while his works often appear on Twisted & Sorry Shoes. The list of releases is so long that we would need to devote a whole post to Mr Gomez, just to include them all, although such are his achievements the topping of the prestigious US Billboard chart with his remix of Yoko Ono’s “Move On Fast” has to ranks as a major highlight in a host of other amazing accolades.
So, let’s take a moment to pick out some of those highlights and point you to Ivan’s latest creations that deserve more than a little attention, the first being his track “You Drive Me Crazy” which got its official release earlier this month, the original cut bridging genres of progressive, tribal & tech and has already been given the remix treatment by three other artists, this being no surprise as its credentials are considerable & very much represent a style of sound that is currently cutting a significant stride across the dancefloors of Europe. That said, Ivan never rests on his laurels, as a further two tracks are already in the pipeline, sneak previews of “Your Love” & “Get Well” very much from the same stable as the former and look like following it its footsteps, racing up the download charts come release day. However for us, there is no better way to sink into the magical musical world of Mr Gomez than checking out his monthly podcast productions, September’s a scorcher and truly evocative of that progressive tech & tribal blend that has Ivan’s name written all over it, so one we cannot recommend enough by going to http://soundcloud.com/ivangomezmusic & picking it out, among a host of tracks & compilations which should surely need adding to your collection.
Well, we are virtually there with our choices, wrapping up with the fifth mini mention which goes to another Spaniard, this time Rafha Madrid who starred at the Cafe Ole party at Fire last weekend, he being one of the brands main residents back in Ibiza. Finding himself in the melting pot of D.J.’s in Barcelona, Rafha certainly rubs shoulders with some of the best in the business, his style of sound not too dissimilar as it intersects genres tech, tribal & progressive that seem to emanate from this part of the word and rate highly with Spanish clubbers along with their European counterparts, if not quite so here in London. That said, we are impressed enough with his compilation release “Summer Heat” to include it here, plenty of vocal injections to back up those tribal, tech & progressive beats having kept us engaged throughout the 63 minutes of this mix and one we think you will like to, by going to http://soundcloud.com/rafhamadrid/rafha-madrid-summer-heat.
Right, that’s just about it for this latest newsletter, although one that hasn’t included any of our track choices, a feature that will return in our next offering “Protégé Producers & Players” which is hot on the heels of this, one which will see coverage of stars including Danny Verde, Javier Medina & Guy Scheiman, along with recent rookies Zack Burns, Junior Moura & Norbert M. However, in the meantime we hope you like our choices here, leaving us to simply say, “sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume and let them play, as music IS the answer”. (DISCO MATT)
With March drawing to a close (actual of going to press its 7th April, oops) and with so much music still to catch up on after our European & South African adventures, it’s time to cut to the chase with this, out third music newsletter of the month, simply entitled “Three’s Company”, but one that will bring well over three times that in music links a-plenty. So, let’s crack on with this whistle stop tour around the D.J.’s of the world, their music & their mixes, a tour that comes in no particular order so don’t be offended if your mot first!
Now talking of first, we did promise to bring you news of more tracks from German born & based Chris Bekker, this Berlin boy having gotten a big mention in our first (that word again) newsletter this month. So, here we give Chris’s track “TrIBIZA” a big shout, not least as it is making big across Europe and particularly in his home city, Berlin, where it is getting tremendous airplay. This incredibly rousing yet progressive tune, compiled alongside another Chris, Chris Montana to be exact, has the makings of a major smash & we love it, while we still await an official release, you can catch a snippet now at http://youtube.com/watch?v=NVwwRSeoH2Y.
Next up is our own “Super Swede” Per Q.X. who, like Chris, was an entry into our first newsletter this month, although having recently celebrated his birthday at Gutterslut (last Saturday 26th March to be precise) we simply had to include him again, along with his special birthday mix devoted to this way out & whacky wonderment, Gutterslut having also recently celebrated their 3rd birthday. Having been banging out brilliant beats for as long as we can remember, Per remains at the cutting edge of electronic, tech & funky house and this latest compilation is proof of that, one which you should grab now by going to http://soundcloud.com/perqx/per-qx-dj-mix-for-guttersluts.
Before we move on from birthday’s we had to give a special mention to another D.J. that has been treading the boards, or should we say spinning the sounds, for a few years now, although looking at hi you would hardly think he has long stepped out of school (jealously will get us nowhere!). However, one Fidel Trotman carries his age extremely well, yet keeps bang up to date with the beats of the moment, forging an alternative way with his music direction, very much like the clubbing circles his mixes within. So, serving up some sounds with a difference is his latest compilation release, “Vinyl Only Mix Vol 2”, harping back to the days of 45’s and one we definitely dig so think you will too by going to http://soundcloud.com/fidel-77
Onward and changing direction a far bit is our next mention, which goes to D.J. producer Max Sanna, the other part of the dynamic recording duo with the one & only Steve Pitron, the twosome have created some real gems in the studio together, many which have made the dancefloors of the world. However, Max is also creative with his regular compilations where he gets the chance to stamp his own style of sound, while carefully choosing tracks from renowned artists, such as Freddie Le Grand, Mark Night & Chris Lake, three whom happen to be in his latest & much awaited “Sessions” release which is out now at http://maxsanna.podbean.com/ and well worth grabbing.
Known lately more for his club promoting & Orange Group associations rather than his grass roots D.J. talent, in the last few weeks we have seen Jonny M return to the booth, more often than not at Friday nighter “Onyx”, although we were pleased to witness a wonderful set of his at Beyond “Erotica” before we headed off to South Africa. So, we are equally pleased that, in between his very hectic schedule, he has also dived into the recording studio to produce a new compilation, like Max, one that has been a long time coming, although well worth the wait. Indeed, it comes a no surprise that it is devoted to the club which he now promotes & play’s in “Beyond Wonderland” well worth a whizz by going to http://jonny_m.podomatic.com/
Now to a chap that is no stranger to our newsletters, indeed we gave Mike Kelly a big shout just a couple before, although such is the extent of his studio work activity that we simply had to include him again. Indeed hardly a month seems to go by without a new track coming out of the Kelly music making machine and while we turned our back on proceedings while in South Africa, Mike has produced not one, but two new remix offerings, “Welcome To The Fiesta” & “Sweet Tribal”, both which have been released on his Sorry Shoes recording label. But our full attention here goes to his two compilation mixes devoted to his appearances at Rome’s Gorgeous I Am club, the first recording from his a back-to-back set with Nino Scarico, while the 2nd is pure Mike magic, both available for download by going to http://soundcloud.com/djmikekelly.
Moving on and it’s been a while since we included this young man in our newsletters, although mentions for Tony English run through many of our other posts & reviews, not least as he is an extremely busy chap, holding down gigs a-plenty for Lovechild both here in London and across Europe. Tony also works with Logan Schmitz on SuperMartXe, masterminding his monthly podcast releases, which act as much like music newsletters on SMX issues, as well as showcasing new sounds. However, sometimes overlooked are Tony’s own compilation creations and in this “catch” up of ours, we give mention to his February edition, like previous ones, very much having a Spanish influence by welcoming Valencian born Coqui Selection into the fray. So to get your slice of Mr English in anglo Spanish mood, go now to http://tonyenglish.podomatic.com/
Next up is a guy who absolutely thrilled us with his tech style yet funky beats when we were in both Paris & Brussels back in February, Ben Manson impressing us at Spyce in the French capital, then making us feel right at home with his heavenly house at La Demence in the Belgian capital. Ben’s charming style and relaxed attitude comes through in his magnificent music choices with gusto and the same goes for his compilation productions and to match his hectic gig schedule around Europe, residencies & guest slots including with Scream, Up at Makkasar, Spyce, La Demence, Greenkohm & Salvation, Mr Manson has mixed not one but five podcasts, lifted from live performances in London, Paris, Brussels & Moscow, all of them tipping our scales, so choosing a favourite is so very difficult. So, if like us you can’t then, like us, simply add all five to your collection by going to http://benmanson.podomatic.com/ although that said, his “From Makassar With Love” is something quite special.
Neatly moving on to another La Demence resident who is also a friend of Ben’s, we give space for the superb Steven Redant, who absolutely bowled us over on that same trip to the Belgian capital in February, not just with a scintillating set, but with his amazing hospitality, so we had to repay the compliment somehow. That said, having devoted plenty a handful of focuses to the man & his music, as well as slotting him into previous newsletters, shouting for Steven & his work comes very easy to us, as well as giving pleasure and sharing the musical love, which all this is about. And Mr Redant definitely shares the musical love with us & the world by releasing regular podcast recordings from his live sets, his “Get It On” series definitely worth following, although it is his “Sydney To Miami” mix, which collects his appearances at both Sydney’s Mardi Gras Festival & Miami’s Winter Music Conference and is brimming with terrific tribal & tech tunes in euphoric Steven style, so well worth grabbing at http://stevenredant.com/. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for our next newsletter, when Mr Redant’s two latest track production works get our attention.
Continuing the long list of entrants for this, our catch up post is D.J. Michel Mizrahi, who first came to our attention in the summer of last year when he appeared for Logan Schmitz’s Matinee “Open Air Summer” parties, very much setting the standard across the inside space and impressing us with his music selections & mixing. Yet, whilst Michel’s recent appearances behind the decks on London’s scene have been a little sparse, he has very much kept his hand in by dipping into the studio to produce a new(ish) podcast titled “Mission 2011”, which kicks off with a roll call of drum beats then blending into bucket loads of rousing raptures, vivacious vocals & uplifting tones that have give you heaps of the feel good factor that we think music is all about. So, all this makes for a must addition to your collection which you can grab by going to http://michelmizrahi.podomatic.com/.
Next up is a first to our music newsletters and comes following his appearance for Lovechild back in Febraury, heading up the new concept room that was the “Tantra Lounge” is Tony Bruno, a guy that has connections with Alex Erfan’s brand stretching back to when it moved to Fire in Nov 2009, yet for some reason has not been given the chance to flex his D.J. skills there until two months ago. So, in doing so, Tony also caught our eye, despite our devotions to Brent Nicholls & Edu De La Torre in the Mirrorarch that night, although we were determined to include him here, shouting for his Lovechild devoted mix which reflects his set on the night which neatly moved from light to progressive, well worth a listen at direct link http://soundcloud.com/tonybruno/progressive-house-by-tony while, like Mr Manson, he has been a busy boy since, laying down no less than seven compilations (including another devoted to Lovechild) and each one available to download or stream by going to his Soundcloud front page at http://soundcloud.com/tonybruno/.
Now, talking of Lovechild, it’s a long while since we shouted for the cute & cuddly Phil Hewson, one of Alex Erfan’s stablemate residents who never fails to impress us with his uplifting & energetic sets, generally kicking Lovechild parties off as they mean to go on. Indeed, we always make a point of catching up with him at each Lovechild event he attends and did just that at “Muscle” when he took charge on Area’s main room and thrilled the audience with a superb set. But it is his compilations that we are pointing towards here, the first recorded following his terrific tour down under back in January, aptly titled “Afterhours Down Under” combining the sounds he played at parties like Rising, Daywash & Rogue, all squeezed in on NYD, while he also represented Lovechild in Sydney, the 13 track mix very much reflection his prolific performances there. Then there is his “Contact” mix from February, one Phil produced with Valentine’s Day in mind but for some reason was overlooked in our special music post devoted to the day (oops). So, making amends, both podcasts are worthy additions to your collection at http://funkylondon.podomatic.com/.
Before we leave Lovechild, we wanted to include a new entrant to our newsletters, Marco Gee having impressed us so much at the brands “Muscle” event three weeks ago. Indeed we went as far as saying our full review “…the task being some serious dancing and the cause being of a show stopping set from the new to Lovechild, Marco Gee, who had The Chapel Room (yes we know that’s a Beyond phrase!) packed & pumping with a glorious collection of new tunes & older tracks rehashed (very vogue!), he looking right at home with his lot and as though he had been playing for Alex’s club for ages. Indeed his neat selections between new, old, re-modelled & re-made hit complete resonance with the cavorting crowd, some atop of the podiums in partying delight, while others like us were happy to spin in serenade to his superb sounds…”. So, need we say more apart from go get his Lovechild devoted podcast now at http://marcogee.podomatic.com/ and watch this space for a full focus coming soon.
Right, we’re on the home straight now as we turn to a final trio of talents that have rocked our musical bots between them for more years than we would like to mention, the first exponent being Elliot J Brown who, back in the glory days of Barcode Soho, was a regular Monday night feature, as well as a weekend wonder on the decks. Moving out east saw Mr Brown immerse himself into the alternative scene that was spurning and along with Per Q.X. was very much a founder force for the way out & whacky Gutterslut. And it was here where Elliot could experiment & enthral with what he aptly calls “Skinny Techno” (does what is say’s on the packet!) which is very much the theme of his latest compilation offering which, if you ask him nicely, you can get hold of via http://myspace.com/djelliottjbrown.
The second of our trio is Berlin based Swede D’Johnny, another young man that was a major feature of those halcyon days at Barcode, not least on a Saturday night, when he and fellow Swede (our super Swede) Per Q.X. often the two going back-to-back and entertaining us from early doors to closing. And our adoration for Johnny’s music has continued through the scene changes, sets at places like Later, Lo-Profile &, naturally, Beyond, very much tipping our enjoyment scales. Indeed we can recall countless performances at Area in particular where he has truly set the place alight, one particular example being last May when he stole the show at Orange’s Bank Holiday bash. So talking of Orange, it came as no surprise that he was added to the select team responsible for the infamous RAW room, inspired by his back-to-back sets with original David Jimenez in Beyond’s Chapel Room, although the duo also went back-to-back at RAW in February, which Johnny recorded for posterity in a podcast, which is a sure-fire (no pun intended) addition to your collection by going to http://djohnny.podomatic.com/.
So we come to our last, but by no means in the stretch of any imagination, the least, as this man is without doubt our original maestro D.J. who, like the two before, hit notoriety for us at Barcode Soho, with resident slots on both Friday’s & Saturday’s in the club downstairs. But Alan X has featured in a whole pile of other prolific scene parties such as Action, Crash, & Ultra, but it is Beyond and the last set in the main room at Colosseum that holds magical memories for us and saw Alan at his brilliant best. All that apart Alan has recently been part of the Gay City Rollers team, a party which returns for its 2nd birthday this Sunday (10th Apr), played for the Beyond B2B concept, for the huge London Global Dance Festival, For Lovechild & for Bear Necessity routed from his regular slots for Tonker. Plus his skill for graphic designing sees him as one of the scene’s leading video viral & production producers, while he is still very much active in the recording studio too. So, Alan is definitely no slouch & continues to produce the odd podcast here & there, he also getting in on the Valentine’s game, another that missed our special report radar, but gets a shout now and deservedly so, as it is crammed with vocal, progressive & much house in-between and entered our collection the second we spotted it and should yours too by going to http://djalanx.podomatic.com//
Phew, we made it, well almost, as no music newsletter of ours should go by without mentioning tip top clubbing website SeenQueen, labelled as “London’s Clubbing Bible”, but a site that also serves up selections of sounds from time to time, their music section including podcast, D.J. web page links and their very own top ten tunes, all a touch of a button away at http://seenqueen.com/web/music. And there you will find a link to D.J. Brent Nicholls’ website (a familiar entry to our music posts) where you can catch Brent’s latest article where he list our very own “Dance-tastic Top 20 Tunes of 2010” compilation as his third most downloaded of the year, no mean feat when you consider he produced a staggering 24 in 2010. So, if you happened to miss out on this mix when Brent compiled it for us back in January, go grab it now at http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/2011/01/14/disco-matts-dancetastic-top-20-of-2010/ as, if we say so ourselves, it is a damn fine collection of tracks that will surely send you into dance-tastic delight.
Right, that’s definitely it now, but with the never-ending music production line in motion, we have already gathered most of our entries for our next newsletter “April Showers Of Sensational Sounds”, but if you fancy your mix, compilation or track getting a shout then drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or plaster our Facebook walls either via our Disco Matt group & page or via our profile at http://facebook.com/discomattlondon.
So, we hope you liked our “catch up choices” here, leaving us to say “sit back, select those sounds, turn up and the volume & let them play as music IS the answer” (DISCO MATT)
It feels absolutely fabulous to be writing on a Saturday morning again and writing about our biggest passion, music & D.J.’s. Yes we adore our clubbing & yes we delight in our dancing, you only have to catch the craze that is spreading across the dancefloors of the capital’s gay scene, “Doing The Disco Matt” in full swing at Lo-Profile just last night and out for all eyes to see in our website launch video viral, which you can check out for yourselves at http://youtube.com/watch?v=RCOqKp9SpgU. But we digress and so focus back on the job in hand, focus being the word as we resume our regular Music Is The Answer format posts, although have decided to break ourselves back in slowly, choosing just one D.J., then running down news on some latest compilation track releases by a host of others, so ending with a mini style DM Does The Music News slot.
Right to our focus and as the title of this report indicates, we are heading to Belgium to look at a talent who has been hitting our radar for a while now, so we are pleased as punch to finally get around to delving into his detail & revealing his musical assets to you. Ruben Winters, better known behind the decks as D Jayme, has been slowly but surely developing a name & following for himself, following landing a residency at the Antwerp’s amazing club, Red & Blue, his alliance with the club having pretty much having come full circle, since he first got hooked on house music at the tender age of 18, working at Red & Blue as a barman. Born in Bree, Ruben is Belgian through & through, but can speak French, Dutch & English fluently, this amiable young man, while clearly following his passion, D.J.’ing, also has his feet firmly planted on the ground, currently studying medicine at Antwerp University and soon to graduate & use his acquitted knowledge & skills professionally, So, two different worlds you couldn’t find, a Doctor by day & a D.J. by night, but that is very much the charm of Ruben & his ever broadening appeal. And it terms of his night duties, D.J.’ing has taken him to various destinations, often hopping over the border into Holland, two major highlights being gigs for Rotterdam’s “Queensday” party & Holland’s hugest dance parade, FFF, both attracting well over 40,000 party people. His relatively short career behind the decks has also included a residency at JOXX, one of Rotterdam’s best know gay scene parties, along with requests to play many private parties, both in Rotterdam & back in Antwerp, where Ruben now lives.
So it was natural that Red & Blue would be where D Jayme laid his hat, the club allowing him to follow his passion for house music, something which he experiments through a number of genre forms, whether it be pure dance, electronic or tech. However, the one word that unifies the sounds from his sets is uplifting, his regular Saturday night performances at Red & Blue very much delivering on the uplifting promise and filling the dancefloors from dusk to dawn, well for his four hour stints at least, his performances being reflected in a series of compilations, inspired by his live sets, which give you a flavour of this man’s gift for blending beautiful beats. We particularly like his “November 01” edition, which kicks off with a vivacious version of one of our favourite tracks of now, Chris Montana’s “Don’t Give It Up”, but is 120 minutes of house music bliss, although there are another 11 to choose from, including the hot off the press “December 01” mix, as well as his “Salvation” recording from back in June, all well worth a listen at http://soundcloud.com/d-jayme/.
Mind you, it doesn’t stop there, as Ruben is dipping his toe into the production game too, having released his first track “Saturate” just over a month ago and has a new project in the pipeline, “Onyx”, which he tempts with a sneak preview at http://soundcloud.com/d-jayme/onyx-original-mix-sneak-preview, both giving you an insight into D Jayme’s passion for experimenting with electronic sounds, using the latest missing technology & techniques that is sure to project his profile in the music industry even more. So, all in all, life is looking god for Ruben, with a doctorate on the horizon, and an ever growing D.J. career, the combination of which that will no doubt include some tough decision making, although we are sure will all be taken in his confident stride. Plus, we can’t wait to meet him in person, when we make our first trip to Antwerp for Lovechild’s Christmas day event, so will be reporting back on it all.
Right, focus over and time to whizz through some latest releases, first & foremost from Hifi Sean, who blew us away with a stunning set in the Chapel room at beyond just yesterday, his deep & soulful beats hitting reasonace right from the off. And this can also be said for his latest mix, which he neatly sums up as being full of “…tripped out, dubbed out, future house sounds….”, very much evoking his style of now & the purple patch of perfection he finds himself within. So, go grab your slice of Sean now, buy downloading his Dec Hifi-cast at http://hifiseandj.podomatic.com/.
This kind of neatly moves us onto The Sharp Boys and their brilliant track “Dansen”, which has been given the remix treatment by Mr Dickson, among others, the track riding a bit of a crest of a wave at the moment & getting plenty of airplay across many a dancefloor. Now, two more experienced mix masters you couldn’t find than in George & Steven, with a combined total of over 30 years in the business (they are going to hate us for that!), this latest track another gem from their extensive collection cupboard full. Now, the track is available for downloads at various places, although you can get snippets of this prolific production by going straight to their podcast page at http://sharpboys.podomatic.com/
Moving on an Michel Mizrahi, who has been in our minds eye for a while now, has produced another mix, this one simply entitled “Live Set”, but is very much alive with bombastic beats & magnificent music mixes, inspiring right from the off with a glorious vocal track full of uplifting, trance & dream worthy blends, this followed by a selection of superb sounds that fill us with joy & delight right through the remainder of this 104 minute mix that entered our collection the minute we heard it and should yours too, by going to his podcast page & clicking that download button now at http://michelmizrahi.podomatic.com/.
Our last compilation choice this week goes to birthday boy Eduardo de la Torre, who, like us, has had a bit of a rollercoaster year, so amazing highs followed by terrific lows, but like the best of us, he keeps bouncing back and has been making incredible strides with his production projects, which have included a track entry into The Eurovision song contest on behalf of Switzerland, & a Europe wide smash in the form of “All Around The World”. But, along with production partner, No Scene, in Berlin, they have released their latest creation, a remix of “Cavaliers De Sangreal” (the original featuring in The Da Vinci Code) which is available for download at http://sendspace.com/file/jp6tah, while his latest compilation mix gets more of our attention, as it is Edu in pure tech, progressive & uplifting mood, very much evoking his performances at Berlin’s notoriously sexed up yet popular club, Connection, his December podcast out now at http://soundcloud.com/dj-edu-de-la-torre/dj-edu-de-la-torre/.
Right, quickly to some news and three D.J’s who are busy on the production front, Guy Williams having his head in a number of exciting projects which are coming to the boil. Now we have some detail to hand but have not been given the green light yet, so watch this space for that (we love teasing!). Meanwhile, we are reliably informed that Phil Marriot will be starting regular podcast releases very soon, capturing elements from his live sets at Profile for Clubnation & Onyx, as well as from his Gaydar Radio broadcasts, so will bring you the links as soon as we have them. Our final in a trio of temptations is Danny Verde, our man from Milan, who has kind of broadcast release dates on remixes of both “Pushin To The Top” and “Till We See The Sun” two of our favourites in his ever increasing list of production works, which we expect out by early next year. However, we can’t resist sharing his “radio edit” of the latter, which is very much a tune of now for us, especially given all the nasty weather of late, so go find inspiration like us, at http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio/blake-lewis-till-we-see-the-sun-danny-verde-radio-edit.
So we finish off our improtu music newsletter end to this post with what can only be described as an awesome track and one that has reached the pinnacle of our playlist at the monent, even toppling Chris Montana’s “Don’t Give It Up” & Rebeka Brown’s “Offshore”, that’s how good it is. Sandy Rivera’s track “Hide U” with vocals from Rae, was first brought to our attention by Steve Pitron’s WE podcast, following which we tracked down the full seven minute version, Norman Doray having given an already amazing track infinite appeal & infectiousness and we absolutely love it, so much so we downloaded it from iTunes & have it on repeat on our iPhone. Now, if you don’t want to go to that length, then you can always check it out via http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hvqGjXOjms, or go get Steve’s podcast (yes the seventh plug!) at http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/, as it is the 10th track, about 43 minutes in (to be précis!), and we predict this track to explode London’s clubland dancefloors over the coming weeks.
Right, that’s it, although just time to mention favourite clubbing site & friends SeenQueen, who have an extensive music page, linking into all your favourite scene D.J.’s, plus have downloaded some 15 or so compilations to their music page in the last month alone, while their SQ top ten features no less than six tracks that are doing it for us. So, go immerse yourselves to some SeenQueen sounds by clicking on http://seenqueen.com/web/music/.
So, with well over 30 tracks & compilations to choose from right here, as well as our very own video, all that’s left to say is “…sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume & let them play, as MUSIC IS THE ANSWER…”. (DISCO MATT)
“BLIGHTY BASED BOYS”
DM DOES THE NEWS (PART ONE) –
SUNDAY 17TH OCTOBER
MUSIC IS THE ANSWER
With life over the last few weeks being topsy turvy to say the least, while we have been holding our own with both reviews & preview (weekend) posts, our much beloved Music Is The Answer reports have taken a back step. But with there being a relentless amount of new music out there, we thought we would get back into gear with not one, but two D.M. Does The News posts, this one concentrating on U.K. based talents and their latest compilations, tracks or simply just news on forthcoming gigs. So, sit back as we rifle through a veritable feast of D.J.’s & their work, giving the all important links to spectacular new sounds, as well as linking into other reports of ours.
Right, so we kick off very much with a Beyond theme, especially given just how good last weekend’s Japanese inspired bash was, “Tokyo” probably our best this year yet in so many ways, although the music did much of the talking, not least from the main floor boys of Steve Pitron, Mikey D & Alan K. So before we dive into them, here’s the link to our review which you can catch at http://discomatt.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post.
Turning to the D.J’s and first Steve Pitron, his set was full of amazing Beyond anthems as well as tunes from his “Summer 2010” which we still cannot put down, so simply can’t resist mentioning it again as it will certainly be vying for top spot in our year end compilation round up. So, go check it out at http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com & for those of you that were at Beyond “Tokyo”, relive some of those magic moments. While we are waiting for a follow up from Steve, he remains busy in the studio with production partner Max Sanna, their latest a pure gem of a remix of Robyn’s single “Indestructible”, which also made his set on Sunday & is well worth grabbing at http://soundcloud.com/maxsanna/sets/robyn-indestructible-max-sanna-steve-pitron-remix. Plus, with Steve’s birthday round the corner, what better way to wish him many happy returns with the first mention here.
Right onto Mikey D, who has also recently released a smashing compilation, “Lose Control” right up there in our rankings & filling our ears virtually every day. Seeing & hearing him performance at Beyond “Tokyo” was like sitting right in this magnificent mix, which has 14 truly amazing tracks on it, virtually all making his set on Sunday, fan-flaming-tastic. So, you just have to grab this compilation which (yes we know) we have mentioned a few times already. So, go to http://mikeyd.podomatic.com, immerse yourself into “Lose Control” & come out well & truly elevated. Plus, while you’re at it, go check out the official video for opening track “Seek Bromance” at http://youtube.com/watch?v=eWUC5Q0RCAA.
Onto Alan K and never have we seen a D.J. with so much effervescent energy behind the decks, he especially coming into his own at Beyond. Having flown the flag for the club in Greece, Holland & France over the summer, we were so pleased to see him last Sunday and savour the majority of his set (we tried to leave twice but couldn’t tear ourselves away), so are as pleased as punch that he has laid down a compilation marking his prolific performance at “Tokyo” on Sunday morning. This amazing mix truly transfixed us from start to finish, as did his set, so we cannot recommend it enough, which you can play & download at http://djalank.podomatic.com.
Now, before we leave the Beyond subject, Hifi Sean gets his own look in, his pulsating performance in the Terrace room truly magical, especially given he had literally landed straight into “Tokyo” from Athens. We referred to his showing as “Sushi Sounds Sean Style”, although he preferred the phrase “teriyaki tech”, the word tech very much the vogue come R.A.W.’s 4th birthday at Orange in a few short hours, Sean having laid down a special mix to mark the occasion, he being very much in the thick of the action. Plus, hot off the press is his latest monthly “hifi-cast” as well as the second in his “Chill” series, all three marvellous mixes available at http://hifiseandj.podomatic.com.
Onward and linking into Nick Tcherniak, who has been a very busy boy indeed, having had a spell out in Spain, in the recording studio with production partner Steve Thomas, the duo still riding high on the back of both “My People” & “Deep Water”, the latter’s remix package still at number one in a host of download charts, Hifi Sean’s mix a particular favourite of ours. Add to that his new EP, “The Answer” featuring vocal from Lizzie France, which has started promo just this week and there is no question Nick is riding high at the moment, he even having had time to lay down two podcasts following his appearances at Matinee & SuperMartXe, both including “The Answer” & the Matinee mix also featuring “Deep Water” & Alan X’s stunning remix of “My People. So these are essentials for your collection which you can get now at http://nicktcherniak.podomatic.com.
Talking of SuperMartXe, Tony English is certainly getting in on the act recently, having starred at the last two parties, as well as playing at Logan Schmitz’s home-grown brand, Hype, back on August Bank Holiday. That apart & he plays for both Lovechild & Puscha in London, as well as connecting with a host of European D.J.’s through his weekly Saturday radio show on Push.FM, which he compresses into monthly podcasts in a series of “Social” releases, that latest featuring WE & Cafe Ole resident Danny Leblack. Tony always manages to dig deep & find a whole host of hits making it big on the continent, so these podcasts are certainly worth a listen, which you can do so at http://tonyenglish.podomatic.com, the man also about to release his SuperMartXe “Porno Star” mix, due out tomorrow.
Now, while we are in Logan mode, lets fire through some mixes you should go grab, the Logan presents podcast page worth a look at http://loganpresentspodcast.podomatic.com, the latest edition put together by Tony English, while Matinee’s Michel Mizrahi has also been busy in the studio, his latest “Autumn Beats” mix a fabulous 114 minutes of mixes well worth tapping into at http://soundcloud.com/michel-mizrahi. And before we leave the subject our own Italian stallion, Pagano, will be featuring large at the forthcoming Logan Presents Matinee outing at MOS, but you can catch a slice of his last prolific performance at http://facebook.com/video.php?v=486674111270, while his studio work continues unabated, his latest “Rave Monkey” remix of the track “I Try” by Made By Monkeys, available to listen via http://youtube.com/watch?v=nz_BTVc7_wg, apple tart anyone?! (hilarious!!), plus we will keep you posted on that much anticipated “Digital Generation” compilation release.
Right, switching alliances a little, we head in the direction of Lovechild & a band of residents that have been busy recording, the terrific Terry Vietheer having popped up here there & everywhere recently, his Lovechild mix now fourth in-line with more later releases that include compilations for B2B & Barcode, while he has a new track out too, “East Village” having been released just two days ago & is a corker. Catch all these compilations & this new track at http://soundcloud.com/terryvietheer, while another Lovechild youngster, Jc Christopher, has added Friday night club Onyx to his D.J. roster, as well as laying down a vocal edition in his “House Mix Tapes” series, which has 14 brilliant tracks on it & is a worthy addition to your collection which you can grab at http://jcchristopher.podomatic.com. But Lovechild also have their own podcast site, various D.J.’s taking turns to add their own stamp to the growing series, the latest coming from Gabriele Cutrano who performed perfectly at “Lovechild Meets Delice” at the end of September, this mix very much evoking his superb set, which is well worth checking out at http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com.
But the Lovechild story continues, as resident Alessandro Londra has very much been flying the flag for the brand overseas recently, a tour of Australia a couple of weeks ago, immediately followed by Amsterdam last Saturday and our hard working bello is literally on his way back from Istanbul, where he was representing & promoting Alex Erfan’s outfit at The Otherside club. Yet, having clocked up well over 20,000 air miles in three weeks, he has still managed to lay down a compilation, which was handed out on CD at the party last night, but is also available at http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com.
Now, another Lovechild resident has been feverishly busy in the studio of late, not to mention lauding it around London at a vast array of clubs, from TTD to Hotwired, Hard-On to Sweat, Lo-Profile to Barcode, even making a stunning show at The Week back in September when we were glued to the Latin Lounge for close on three hours. Add to that his web work for SeenQueen & the launch of new social networking site MyGayFace (MGF) and Brent Nicholls just doesn’t know how or when to stop. And he doesn’t stand still in music terms either, three mixes having been released in just over a month, dedications to Hard On’s! 7th birthday & new club T.T.D. two great mixes, although for us, can’t quite match the magic of his “Get On MyGayFace” compilation, which is knocking on the door for top spot in our 2010 chart. Now, we will be going in-depth on MGF in a forthcoming Disco Matt-ers report, but in the meantime, go sample Brent’s latest works at http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/music and watch this space for a new 3 hour mix of re-hashed, re-mixed & re-made classic pop tunes along with some latest hits rolled in for good measure, which we have been privy to for just over a week now (it’s amazing).
Right, we are nearly there, but before we finish up, coming back full circle (ish), quick mentions go to Norbert M who made his A:M debut yesterday morning, having triumphed in a recent D.J. competition at Heaven’s club night Popcorn, his latest podcast very much a reflection of his performance which you can grab at http://norbertmik.podomatic.com, while Popcorn resident Jamie Hammond has just issued his own latest mix “Live Set 08/10” which we think is his best yet, so well worth a listen at http://d-jamie.podomatic.com. Now, sadly, we missed out on The Wig Party last Sunday, but heard it was amazing, Rob Sykes certainly making an impact at both the main event at Cafe de Paris & the afterparty in Area, although it was the after afterparty where he laid down his latest mix in front of friends & family, so is rather special & worth checking out at http://djrobsykes.podomatic.com.
So what was this full circle we were referring to? Well, we started with Beyond & we finish with a Beyond resident, but someone who will be an intrinsic ingredient at R.A.W.’s 4th birthday later tonight, being the lynch pin in the duo that started it all in 2006. Now, he may have proclaimed that Tony De Vit is his greatest D.J. of all time, but Gonzalo Rivas has to be right up there for so many people too. To say his career is littered with plaudits is an understatement and he has featured in some of the biggest parties & club brands around. With yet another birthday (the big one) just around the corner, Gonzalo is definitely in the mood to celebrate, so has, along with Hifi Sean, laid down a new compilation especially for R.A.W’s anniversary which is truly awesome, although we know the Trade one (currently in the making) will be just as good, if not better. Plus, his A;M blast from the past mix is classic Gonzalo too, so while he may be last in our post he is far from least in our estimation, meaning that both mixes are in our collection and should be in yours too, so don’t delay, get downloading at http://gonzalorivas.podomatic.com.
Well, we are out of time & space, but just want to give quick shouts to Per Q.X. who has some fab new tracks out, to Elliot J Brown how has been mixing in the studio, to new talent Zach Burns that amazed at A:M last week, to Nathan 6 who has put out some new music and finally to Glasgow based Michael Dow, all who will be part of forthcoming posts in the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for our “Energetic Euro’s” news post which will be out shortly, but we hope you find favour with the choices here, leaving us to simply say “sit back, turn up the volume, select those sounds & let them play, as music is the answer”. (DISCO MATT)
We started this post with a flavour of Beyond and we simply had to share yet another amazing experience, courtesy of two incredible individuals that went that extra mile with us this morning in Area.
Not only have we known him for close on 14 years now, but the musical journey Steve Pitron has taken us on is immense, a whole variety of clubs & events touching our lives where Steve has been involved. But, we were simply blown away by his comradeship this morning in Beyond, so much so we once again witnessed 2 hours of Pitron perfection in a set that included every anthem you could wish for. 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.
Then, as if our morning wasn’t special enough, were in for a treat or what when Alan K invited us behind the D.J. booth where we witnessed this multi mixing maestro in full flow. His euphoric interpretations of records like “Release Me” (lyrics extracts above) & “Underground” are amazing from the dancefloor, but when you witness him waving his magical wand over them first hand, it is a glorious sight to behold. The energy he develops & what comes back from the crowd is truly remarkable and grovel in gratification of his, another genius in our eyes.
What more is there to say, apart from Beyond should always include an S, a P, an A & a K. You guys are awesome and we are so lucky to know you.