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Having set about catching up on lost time incurred during April & May with a series of four newsletters, for the eagle eyed in you, this fourth newsletter in that catch up series has been a long time coming, virtually two months to be exact, this in itself meaning we have catching up on catching up to do (heavens above!) . So, with our music hat firmly back on, as we get close to waving farewell to yet another month in 2011 (where is the year going?!?!), it’s time for that final chapter, as we cover off not just those music makers missing the previous three, but also bring you right up to date with the activities of some of those that did. Therefore, the term “colossal” could not be more appropriate, our most comprehensive newsletter yet pointing you towards a month that will see music come back to our core weekly postings, meaning more focuses, more special features & more newsletters.
So, let’s get to it and to our first catch up star Alessandro Londra, who has certainly had a busy last few months regular residencies at Rupert St, Lo-Profile, Lovechild, A:M & Barcode just a part of the picture, excursions with Alex Erfan’s loveable brand taking him as far as Istanbul & Sydney. So he can be kind of forgiven for the lack of studio work, although (like we are doing) has made up for lost ground with two recent releases. Sporting titles that couldn’t be any different, “Poison” & “Lecca Lecca” (Italian for kiss, kiss), both are representative of the Londra musical genre that has tech & progressive beats as core ingredients, these two podcasts allowing him to express his love for the tougher edged afterhours sound where he truly excels. These two mixes are certainly not mass market in appeal, but nevertheless reflect an emerging style of sound that is seeing alternative clubs sprout up right across Europe & the States, both worth a thorough investigation at http://djalessandrolondra.podomatic.com/.
Now one of those D.J.’s that is right up there serving up what we like to call the “Shoreditch Sound”, this tech, come electro twisted vibes, is Kris Di Angelis and it would be fair to say that his decision to follow this direction with his music has paid huge dividends. From his involvement with the madcap metrosexual club Circus, through to the phenomenon that is Room Service, not to mention the magnificent Meat & the prolific Pooldisco, Kris’s year got even better when he reached an important career landmark after what can only be described as painstaking & solid hard work. And another crowning glory recently was his performance for Circus at Lovebox with an twelve piece orchestra on stage no less. So with all this going on, he would be forgiven too for not being in the recording studio, but none of it, as Mr Di Angelis has been a busy bee and with over 40 tracks, mixes & compilations to choose from, including his “Live” series of podcasts, meaning you can sink into the world of Kris & his hip hop, electro twisted, jazz funk & soul, by going to http://soundcloud.com/krisdiangelis/. Plus watch this space for news on on the return of the stylish & sophisticated “Bachelor Block Party” which Kris will be hosting at Soho house, this most talked about private Soho shindigs back for more this August Bank Holiday Monday with guest D.J.’s including scene queen Jodie Harsh & the priness of Soho, Munroe Bergdorf, both joining our Shoreditch son on the decks.
While we are out Shoreditch way, we couldn’t let the moment pass without taking a brief look at super Swede Per Q.X., who, for those of you that follow these posts regularly will know, has been one of a mere handful of incredible influences on our clubbing career, residencies way back when at Barcode very much sticking in the mind, while we had one of the best New Years days in his hands in 2006. As for more recent times, there is no doubt that his intrinsic involvement with the way out & whacky Gutterslut has elevated this brand close to iconic status, Per seen by many in this alternative scene movement as a bit of a pioneer of what is now quite vogue. That said, he does show his hand back across in Vauxhall every now & then and played at uber chic private party “Up” last month, while showings for Lovechild, Queer Nation, Later and his old stomping ground, Barcode, have been recent features too. However, spreading his wings is very much reflected in his studio works of late, a recording from his live set at Ministry Of Sound high on the list, while gigs across Europe are represented by a slice from a Verona appearance among many others. And while his track “Blow Your Trumpet” very much catapulted his name right across the industry, his latest piece, “Ever Before” is right up there for us too, his long list of releases available by going to http://soundcloud.com/perqx/sets.
Right, time for a quick track interlude and one that is tipping our scales right now, but has been out there for a while, Roy Davis Jnr’s “Enjoy The Ride” is no dancefloor smash, but has considerable resonance with our rollercoaster ride experiences both on those dancefloors & elsewhere in our lives, the lyrics shouting exactly what we need to do. Having been given the James Talk & Ridney remix treatment, this immense track will be fighting for a slot in our year end top ten for sure and is available in full length glory at http://youtube.com/watch?v=yL2hBGwhc4E, while more & more D.J.’s seem to be including it in their performances & podcasts.
Heading away from Shoreditch and more to Sydney, next up in our catch-up collective is Aussie born & bred Terry Vietheer, who has very much laid his hat here in London and to great effect, having landed guest & residency spots that include clubs Lovechild & Popcorn, as well as the recent new smash Gigolo, all three spurning compilation creations, the former following his tour with the brand to Israel, while Popcorn celebrated its 14th birthday recently, Terry in the thick of the action and marking the occasion with a mix. Then of course there is Gigolo, Terry having featured large in three of its parties already, his compilation from their “Do It” event earlier this month very representative of his & the clubs disco house sound, so well worth a listen at http://soundcloud.com/gigolo-disco/gigolo-disco-sessions-mix-5. But compilations aside, Terry is also a fine producer of tracks, alongside recording partner Chris Cooper, their recent bootleg of Annie Lennox’s “Little Bird” one of our favourites, this along with all his others & a selection of those podcasts available at http://soundcloud.com/terryvietheer/.
Sticking with the Sydney & Aussie theme is a new entrant to our newsletters, but a worthy addition none the less, as Alex Taylor has an international reputation that has seen him play across all corners of the world, along the way picking up awards, making appearances at parties of the biggest names in the music industry and, as a result, commanding a C.V. that reads like a who’s who of the clubbing community. Harping from Auckland in New Zealand, Alex has adopted Sydney as his home & base, but is fortunate enough to be able to escape the tardy winters in the southern hemisphere, jetting up to Ibiza & Europe for a summer season that has also seen him land in London occasionally. Indeed Mr Taylor is currently enjoying a bit of summer sun and has laid down a compilation to mark the occasion of his northern hemisphere appearance, his “European Summer Mix 2011” packed with pumping beats & summery sounds including “You’ve Got The Love” & “Stronger” (now where have we seen those?!?!) among 15 others, a compilation well worth adding to your collection via http://djalextaylor.podomatic.com/. Plus, watch this space for a focus on this man from Oz coming up, as there is so much more of this terrific talent to share.
So, finding ourselves back in Europe, it’s to Germany that we head now, although interestingly it’s another Aussie that gets our attention, Sydney born & bred Mike Kelly having made Cologne his home, a brilliant base to spread his good musical word right across Europe, although such has been the success of the record label & agency business he launched, a fair chunk of Mike’s time is devoted to Sorry Shoes recordings which boasts a significant stable of artists including Oliver M, Nick Tcherniak, Steve Thomas, Hifi Sean, Guy Scheiman, Ivan Gomez & Nacho Chapado, along with fellow creator Jean Phillips. That said, Mike remains just as busy as ever live, playing across Germany and Spain, while his studio works also leave us breathless with their regularity, whether it be full-on compilations or track releases. So, with much to catch-up on in the Kelly world, the last three months alone having seen no less than seven podcasts & two track pressings, highlights for us have to be his “Bouncin” compilation, a 104 minute marvel that sends superb sparks through the soul to get your feet well & truly tapping, while for the more progressive come techno feel of the Germanic music sound, his “Late Night Steamer” mix is one to savour. However, with so much more to choose, the easiest way is to check out all nine by going to http://soundcloud.com/djmikekelly/ and watch this space for news of a new joint release of Mike’s with Nick Tcherniak’s other half Tom Marchant, featuring the vivacious vocals of Lizzie France.
Sticking with Germany although heading for its capital, next on our list of entrants is Eduardo De La Torre, this vivacious Venezuelan having made Berlin his home just over three years ago and hasn’t looked back, although he still draws on his experiences in both Spain & here in London, both having been bases for Edu during his D.J.’ing career. However, it is the German capital where his production work has really come alive, a studio collaboration known as, No Scene, they having risen to the heights of an entry into The Eurovision Song Contest no less, while Edu’s individual tracks & compilations continue to float our boat. Indeed, since we have been off musical air, Mr De La Torre has remained busy recording as well as playing live across Europe & at his residency spots in Berlin, a never-ending stream of sounds coming out of his stable, making picking out highlights quite tricky, although we do love his “From Berlin To Ibiza” mix which was pressed back in June, while the Ibiza theme continues with his latest podcast, both which you can grab at http://djdelatorre.podomatic.com/. However, the Ibiza theme doesn’t stop there, as No Scene have released their latest track “Step Ibiza” out on Beat port, a production labelled as progressive house but has tribal & tech intentions with uplifting flows & vocal injections that has the white isle written all over it and is sure to make the playlists of D.J.’s not just in Ibiza but right across Europe too, so one to check out at http://www.beatport.com/#track/step-ibiza-2011-original-mix/2066805.
Right, jumping over the border from Germany to Belgium, we find a superstar D.J. that is, for us, the Belgian equivalent to Steve Pitron, such is the terrific talent that is Elof De Neve, an incredible individual that is just as prolific in the studio as he is live. And having first seen him play at Red & Blue in Antwerp on Christmas Day last year no less, we have since been treated to further spectacular sets both back in Antwerp and across in Barcelona for the Delice Dream festival in April. And it would be fair to say that in the few short months we have been following Elof & his music, we have grown to love his sound style nearly as much as the prolific Mr Pitron, although having missed out on a further trip to Antwerp in June, we were robbed of another of his simply superb sets that he pulls out, week in week out at Red & Blue. But we fear not, as we find immediate solace in his compilation’s which give us the Elof fill we need, his aptly named “Finest Selection” series cramming our collection, each edition brimming with that uplifting & energetic sound that we have come to adore, perhaps his “The Summer Feeling Mix” tipping our scales the most. That said, we will leave it up to you to decide which one does it for you the most, by checking each & every one out at http://soundcloud.com/ElofdeNeve.
Now, it time to digress slightly for a moment, our thoughts having been sidetracked slightly when focussing on Elof, as another name always springs to mind when we think of him (apart from our Belgian boy J.d. Ceronnez of course!), Carlos Gallardo a real inspiration of Elof’s, not to mention a good friend to boot. So, it seems appropriate to include a cut of Carlos’s music right here, his “Podcast Music Mix” a nineteen minute snapshot of the sets that have made him one of the most popular Spanish D.J.’s imports London has seen, not least when he appears for the wonderful club brand WE. So, to sample some of his sounds, check out this mix at http://soundcloud.com/carlosgallardo/carlos-gallardo-podcast-music and make a date this coming Saturday (27th Aug) when he returns to headline the “Prison Of Love” event at The Coronet.
Right, back to Belgium and to a pint sized powerhouse that has made considerable waves here in London in recent times, having first come to our attention at the ill fated Matador club that has been the cause of so much upset in our lives. However, far from upsetting us, Andrei impressed us so much back in March last year, that we have been tracking his progress since, regular returns to the capital seeing him play for brands including Beyond & A:M, along with a special party on Halloween weekend, while back home in Brussels, he cuts a considerable stride both at his regular weekly slot with popular club/bar, the Box, while the mighty La Demence draws on his considerable talents, Mr Stan playing out for each of their twice monthly parties, while he was part of their inclusion in the Delice Dream festival back in April & the cruise in July. Add to that a recent tour of Mexico and it is no wonder that we consider this young talent as part of our prestigious protégé list (one of just six), meaning we cannot recommend his studio works enough, all symptomatic of his superb showings & sets, his “promo” mixes as good as any, but his “June Pride” podcast right up there, all available at http://djandrei1.podomatic.com/.
Moving across borders again and into France, we simply couldn’t avoid a mention for our Parisian pal Leomeo Carandang, a D.J. that has been spinning sounds for as long as we have been clubbing (we are talking double years here!), this Philippine turned French national one of the most globetrotting D.J.’s we know, an exhaustive schedule seeing him jet across to The States, Canada, Australasia & all corners of Europe, as well as his adopted country of France, leaving virtually no weekend when he is not live behind the decks. Truly dedicated to his art and to pushing out his music, we simply cannot keep up with his compilation releases, part of the reason why he gets a mention so often, but moreover that we love the way he continues to evolve his sounds, tribal through trance, progressive & tech house always including an uplifting element that is proof of his popular pudding. Having missed out on meeting up with him a week ago when he played for Room Service in London, we are sure it won’t be long before we catch up with Leo again, well when he lands his feet for a while, just this weekend seeing him play across in Ibiza for one of the islands biggest events of the season. So, it comes as no surprise that he has already pressed a mix to mark the occasion, his “Sunset Terraza” compilation as good as they get and a must for your collection at http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/sunset-terraza-mix/.
Right, before we head to shores closer, it’s time for another track mention and one which is very much doing it for us at the moment, partly as it is part of a prolific podcast that we simply cannot put down. So, leaving you to guess just which “Summer” selection this comes from, we look like including it in our next autumn podcast release, David Tort’s “One Look” a tech house triumph that is no better when in the hands of Norman Doray who has remixed it to absolute perfection, a mid track snapshot a worthwhile listen at http://youtube.com/watch?v=kAlszjEQXwI, while watch for its inclusion in the next of our “Dance-tastic” podcast series.
So, setting our sights back to blightly, it seems appropriate that we land where most ships used to before those huge iron birds took over as the main mode of intercontinental travel & transport, Portsmouth being the base for one Lee Harris, although it seems he hardly spends anytime there, well at the weekends anyway, his regular Friday residence at Onyx dragging him up to London and often seeing him party right through the rest of Saturday & Sunday with the best of us. However, this is only a small picture of Mr Harris’ performances, as he plays in Brighton every other week and also jets up to Newcastle, as well as across to Southampton, theses two port cities fulfilling monthly residences, meaning that he clearly works as hard as he plays. And that also goes for his studio creations, his compilations popping up at least every four weeks, sometimes more often, August being no exception as Lee has pressed an ep form his live “Housenation” series, as well as a compilation marking his tour of The Circuit Festival in Barcelona, the latter a collection of new & classic tracks, this & another nine of his releases available via http://lharris.libsyn.com/HouseNationUK.
Now, we head to the other end of the country, to Scotland & Edinburgh in fact and to a D.J. that has been skirting our newsletters for a while now but has finally gained his deserved inclusion having laid down a succession of compilations that have caught our attention. Known to his followers as “Dowser”, Michael’s background belies his base in the Scottish capital, as he has connections with The States, Germany & Ibiza, the latter two being destinations where he both played & drawn on influences for a wide range of musical styles, from hard house through electro and now to musical style which he explains as “…London Sound…”, his main inspiration for this current direction being The Sharp Boys. Holding down residencies for Edinburgh’s hotspots GHQ, The Street & Kidology, Mr Dow’s podcast releases are reflective of his appearances & his style of sound, the live recordings from GHQ slanting towards electro, while his latest offering laid down just this last weekend hits resonance with us right from the off, not least as “Enjoy The Ride” sets the scene for a score of funky & disco tainted tracks that make this a compilation to cherish and one you can grab now at http://soundcloud.com/dowzer/.
So, having whizzed from one end of Britain to the other, we head to its capital now, although like many of our inclusions, we look to individuals whose roots are far away, the first being a Brazilian born & bred but one that has made his biggest impression right here in London. Having been spotted in a D.J. competition held in Ku Bar last year, Doug Guimares, better known on the clubbing circuit as DouGuim, has risen meteorically to the dizzy heights of residencies & guest appearances at clubs including Beyond, Casa Latina, Lovechild & Onyx, while his connections with Ku Bar remain as he heads up their weekly Monday nighter “Citric” as well as playing out at “Candy Boys” every Tuesday. Now, we focussed on Doug in our last music post back in July, just ahead of the second Casa Latina event, but simply couldn’t resist including him here too, as literally five days ago to the year marked his first ever D.J. gig, this charming young man remarking on Facebook that “…On this very same day in 2010 my status was: “See you all tonight in Manic Wednesdays @ Arch 635. The bar is open from 7pm, I will be playing from 8 – 12! The address is 15-16 Lendal Terrace / Clapham North Station.” That was my first gig and there were only 20 friends and my love in the whole place and that was it. Look where I am now, what a life change and that’s thanks to each one of you who believed and supported me throughout this journey! A massive thanks to you all, YOU ROCK!…” . And he has been no studio slouch in that short time, a total of eleven podcasts produced, the latest “Sunny Days” right up there as one of his best, as it is packed with a feel good factor that is so Doug’s style of sound, so need we say more than get yourselves onto http://douguim.podomatic.com/ now and click on that download button as we know you won’t be disappointed.
Okay, so we are nearly there, but time for another track interlude and one that caught our eyes & ears just a couple of weeks ago, although has also has seemingly been spotted by a handful of D.J.’s since, some who have included it on their latest podcast releases. And for good reason, as Mark Knight’s “The Future” follows on from his remix smash of the classic track “You’ve Got The Love”, the Florence & The Machine version the best yet, although this new track of his dips back into the Knight style of sound that tips towards tech & progressive beats with minimal vocal interventions that is much more Mark’s trademark and one well worth a listen at http://youtube.com/watch?v=mWbwQL61d-c.
Right to our final three and first to an Italian based in London, Tony Bruno having been treading the D.J.’ing boards for many a moon although having somehow missed out on an inclusion in our newsletters so far, while mini mentions in previews & reviews of his appearances for Lovechild in recent months have ensured he has not been entirely overlooked. And it has been at Alex Erfan’s clubbing brand that Tony introduced a style of sound he calls “…Tantra…”, a mix of trance to tech sounds that of very reflective on the genres he continues to play out in exceptional effect, a mix of dance ambient, tech house, techno & progressive beats that are also displayed through is series of podcast pressings, no less than nine recorded in just five months, a hefty handful of them marked as “crossover” compilations, blending beats that give them a unique flavour. However, having featured in the recent La Demence cruise, Tony has drawn influence from the brand, laying down a mix lifted from a chillout set he played during the six day Mediterranean adventure, while his latest creation, “Music For Main Floors” are two that have grabbed our attention the most, although all nine are well worth a listen at http://soundcloud.com/tonybruno/, especially, if like us, you fancy a change to the norm or like expanding your ears to a variety of aural stimulations.
Now to a dynamic D.J. that has been doing it for us as long as we can remember, from the heady days of Crash, Action & PSP, through to more recent times at Lovechild, Lo-Profile & Hard On!. Brent Nicholls may have made London his home, but remains Australian through & through, his music styles as cosmopolitan as his homeland, although genres of latin & nu-funk very much a two labels he is known for the most. Having said that, virtually no style of sound has escaped the Nicholls treatment over the years, a colossal collection of compilations cramming our collection, many ranking as our all-time favourites, “Disco Electrique”, “Pervert” & “Get On “MyGayFace” right up there among a host of others that continue to fill our ears, while 2011 has already seen his “Groove” double release hit our high notes. But topping the tree this year is his “I Rock, I Sweat, I Dance” podcast, released just over a month ago, but brimming with brilliant Brent beats that include elements of disco, dance, funk, latin & tech, all rolled into 119 minutes of magnificent music that showcases his tremendous talent for stringing these differing styles together in seamless sophistication, this a well deserved addition to your collection by going to http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/2011/07/15/podcast-i-rock-i-sweat-i-dance/. Plus it seems he has been a busy bee while we have been writing about him (literally) as out has come a “mini-cast” that we haven’t listened to yet, although judging by the playlist, it looks like another Nicholls gem, so will let you know what we think in a future newsletter.
That said, we don’t leave Brent for our last mention, rather celebrate a little self indulgence by pushing our latest creation with him in what is becoming an emerging collaboration that we hope will continue into an annual collection of seasonal mixes. This marriage of musical minds has its roots in our last yearly round-up chart when Brent kindly offered to put together a compilation to reflect our top twenty tunes of 2010. That was back in January, since when a second creation followed, much more in the collaborative mould as, while we selected the tracks, Brent gave them his funked up twist, making what was described at the time as “…the biggest collaboration since when Benny met Bjorn and McCartney teamed up with Lennon…” a ten track triumph that was our “Spring Bloomers” podcast. So, a third was sure to follow and once again we went on the selection trail, picking off ten towering tunes to make into a new compilation for the next season in the year, although as Mr Nicholls described, “Summer Scorchers” “…had been the blender for nearly a month with one track or another sabotaging its completion…” before it finally made the grade at the end of July. However, the reaction has since been superb, messages coming in from all quarters saying, how did one person put it, “…fabulicious” it is. And we couldn’t agree more, not least that Brent has once again taken our choices, given them a little twist and crafted them into a 53 minute marvel which we think (well we would) you should be downloading & enjoying by going to http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/2011/07/30/podcast-disco-matts-summer-scorchers-2011/, while watch this space as an Autumn mix is already in mind, our selections creeping towards that ten track milestone ready for the Brent blender.
Now just quickly before we finish, we are excited to announce another collaboration in the making, as we have also teamed up with impressive Israeli, Guy Scheiman, to produce a podcast that is much more of a joint effort in terms of track choices, as the compilation will be a 50/50 split of selections and one that will give a serious nod to all things Ibiza, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Plus, why not pay clubbing website SeenQueen (http://seenqueen.com/web) a visit, as they have just updated their music page with a host of new releases, some mirroring our choices, but others very much in the music making melting pot.
So, that’s it for this final catch-up newsletter and one that will hopefully be the last of this nature, as we plan to post at least one a month from now on, all things being equal the next one out during the first week of September. In the meantime, we trust you like our choices here, leaving us to simply say “sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume & 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 email@example.com 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)
With the days of February coming & going quicker than we could say month 28 times, March is already steaming along at break neck speed, although up to now we have been engrossed in South Africa & Cape Town particularly, plenty of extracurricular duties precluding us from devoting time to our writing duties. Yet as amazing as Cape Town was, there was a force blocking us from getting our writing head on, but as we find ourselves into our second full day back in London and back at our creative best, we thought it high time to come back up to music speed. Indeed, since our last newsletter in January, there is now a mass of music to share, so in this first of three posts, this one aptly called, “Catalogue Of Compilations To Choose”, we cast you back to Jan/Feb releases before forging into the month of March.
So let’s crack on and take you back to Lovechild’s birthday which took place on Sat 12th Feb and brought to the London fore, two Berlin based boys as guest D.J.’s for the night, the first being Chris Bekker , who arrived on a high, as his track “Upgrade” was not only getting loads of dancefloor attention across Europe, but had just been given the remix treatment by Steven Redant & Lenz Garcia, and featured large in his storming set in Fire’s main room that night. With a video trailer well worth a look at http://youtube.com/watch?v=i4jRZzzLkzU, which includes Chris in action at Berlin’s GMF club, a taster & selections of Mr Bekker’s sounds are also available via http://chrisbekker.com and we will be sharing his latest track release details in our forthcoming newsletter, “TrIBIZA” already getting lots of attention. Plus, with it being Chris’ birthday tomorrow (at 19th March), his inclusion here seems all the more approriate, so many happy returns Chris, keep up the magnificent music.
The other Berlin based boy was, of course, Eduardo De La Torre, a face familiar to the London scene, not least as he used to live & work here. Jetting across from his latest home last month saw him mark the occasion with a special compilation release dedicated to Lovechild’s “The Birthday” event, and was definitely, as he explained at the time, “…a taste of what you guys will get on Saturday…” With 56 minutes of Mr De La Torre in terrific tech house & euro beat mood, with lots of vocals to inject the sort of vitality that is stand out in his sets, this marvellous mix that is well worth adding to your collection is still available at http://soundcloud.com/dj-edu-de-la-torre/lovechild-the-second-birthday, while like Chris, we have more music of Edu’s to share in our forthcoming newsletter, so watch out for that.
Just before we head away from Lovechild for this music devotion, another talent that caught our eye & impressed at “The Birthday” event was D.J. Isavin, a Romanian born but now London based boy who was spotted & scouted by the clubs promoter Alex Erfan and who made his mark pretty much immediately, the second Saturday of this February being no exception. With a rousing performance that set the standard for this celebratory event, if you happened to miss out on his superb showing, then you can do no wrong by checking out his specially devoted podcast which is still available at http://isavin.podomatic.com/ and watch this space for a special focus on this talent who will be centre stage in Area for this month’s Lovechild event tomorrow (19th March).
Now, moving on and to a terrific talent who all too often slips under our radar yet, having entertained us enthrallingly for many years now, it’s high time this our “Super Swede” got some attention. Per QX is a name synonymous with the scene in London, not least for being an intrinsic link in the way out & whacky Gutterslut, an East End based club that has his style written all over it. Yet aside from club promoting, there are many strings to Per’s bow, his studio production works one of the strongest, a whole raft of track releases catching our eye, the most notable being “Blow My Trumpet” which made it big last year. However, of the many that have passed our eyes recently, the one that gets a shout here is his remix of Daniel Bovie & Roxy Rox’s “My Destiny”, which gets the Per electro/tech twisted treatment and is featured on his compilation “Only For DJ’s Magazine Mix”, both the track & the mix available by going to http://soundcloud.com/perqx/. But like the trio before, there is more from this pint sized producer coming in our next music delectation, a Gutterslut birthday mix no less.
Now to someone who is from a similar mould to Per, not least as he is also East End based, but another guy that has been entertaining us for years and just last night was an incredible host at the resplendently superb Room Service. But like Mr QX, Mr Di Angelis is just as accomplished in the studio as he is out there promoting on the club scene, promotion which includes Circus & new kid on the block “Meat (excuse the pun), while that recording work includes a long list of original productions, set compilations and remix works that are all fabulously electro tainted house music monsters. However, we particularly like his work with Ben Dobe and their “Making Love” track, a re-work of the Phyllis Nelson classic “Move Closer” & is a corker so well worth a listen at http://soundcloud.com/krisdiangelis/sets in the “original productions” section, while there are plenty more mixes & comps to choose from, all of which will please for sure. Plus, watch this space for news on studio works from Kris in collaboration with the mighty Tom Stephan aka Superchumbo.
Next up is yet another scene favourite that has been rocking our boat for years, from Crash through to Beyond and plenty more in-between, recent showings at clubs like later, Lo-profile and even WE party confirming him as one of those delightful D.J.’s that make it high in our rank of all time greats. Jamie Head certainly knows how to cut a considerable stride in music terms, often nodding to the more experimental sounds that push the boundaries & break from the norm, although his WE party devoted podcast filled our ears in our Euro mini tour prior to heading off to South Africa. However, having completed his first podcast ever, we thought our calls for a follow up would not fall on deaf ears, his cutely called “Tech Head” mix, much more in the Jamie style that makes him a hit in the Terrace room at Beyond and is so deserving of a shout here, it, like the former, having made our collection and should yours too by going to http://soundcloud.com/jamie-head, while for the WE party mix, go get it at http://jamiehead2.podomatic.com.
Now to another Jamie, this time Mr Hammond, who continues to carve his own niche in & around the scene, both in London & internationally, Muccassassina in Rome being a regular port of call away from home. With Monday nighther Popcorn still on his schedule here in the capital, recent shakeup’s at Onyx (many we don’t approve of) have seen him being overlooked, although he always entertained us there and is, for us, a force to be reckoned with. So, given that, its comes as no surprise that we find our way to mention him here and a compilation which was pressed at the end of January and explained as one “…made for my gym workouts…” and is a departure from his usual progressive beats, rather a nod to the matinee style, with vocals & euro beats a-plenty. Aptly titled “Matinee Style House”, this is one that found immediate favour with us and will surely you too, especially given the inclusion of a Madonna remix (no need to hang your head in shame Jamie), so is well worth grabbing at http://d-jamie.podomatic.com/ while is usual style of mix for March is also now out.
Neatly dovetailing in is another talent that features large at Muccassasina yet is a true globe trotter, having spent the last few weeks over in Mexico & the Brazil wowing the audiences there with his barnstorming beats & equally appealing good looks. Danny Verde, has in the twenty four months or so he has been on the international D.J. circuit has certainly made a name for himself and has gained scores of followers, although his true pedigree lies in his studio work, with tracks like “Pushin To The Top”, “Express Yourself”, “Open Your Heart” & “Let Me See Your Underwear” just four of a long list of releases from his hallowed Holab turf, while the odd full compilation here & there helps remind us of just what a talent he is, not to mention a damn good friend too. So, with his latest offering which was made for the club of the same name, “Love In Traffic” showcases many of those tracks we mentioned, plus a new(ish) remix with Hector Fonseca of Katy Perry’s smash “Peacock” and made our iPod playlist as soon as we got drift of this 60 minute marvel, which should be filling yours too by going to http://dannyverde.podomatic.com/, while there is much more to come in our next newsletter as he has been busy on a number of new track projects which we want to share.
Now we just want to rattle off a few brief mentions before we bow out with a biggie and a long overdue podcast producer, but more on that in a min. First let’s give mention to new compilations from German based Aussie Mike Kelly of Sorry Shoes fame, who has laid down three “live” mixes, each with two part’s, so well over 6 hours of music and all done in February too. With Greenkomm, Space Of Sound & NightKomm to choose from, check them all out at http://soundcloud.com/djmikekelly. Then another well known name has been busy compiling too, Rob Sykes having served up three podcasts in just over a week, “Happy Horny Guy”, “Beyond Live” & “Dance And Sing, Get Up And Do Your Thing”, all full of vocal thrillers, while it was his “Let Me Tell You Something Deep” offering that was destined to get the proper mention, as like he explains “…it’s really deep & sexy…” and, yes, we do love it as much as you do Rob, and we are sure you will too, taking your choice of his four at http://djrobsykes.podomatic.com/. Then to complete the trio of short shouts, enter stage left Zach Burns, whom we caught up with briefly before we headed off to South Africa and has been a busy bee with no less than three comps out while we have been away, one his regular monthly edition, while to mark his appearance of The Circuit Party pre-party in Brighton on 1st April, as well as his showing at Lo-Profile on 4th March, there are two others to add to this mention, all three available at http://djburns.podomatic.com/.
Right, well that now just leaves us with our final and very special entrant, one we have been itching to include for a while, Gaydar’s own Phil Marriott having been the lynch pin in our Friday frolics down at Profile for much of last year, while its all change this, perhaps giving him the nudge he needed to get those podcasts recorded. That said, it seems, unbeknownst to us, he did record one back in September last year for Onyx, another club he has played for away from the radio. However, it is this year we are concentrating on and one which for our Mr Phil is full of change & promise, gigs at both gay & straight venue’s keeping his live performances fresh, while the is exciting news on the ClubNation front, a live house music mix show he used to beam live from Profile each Friday, but gets a brand new look from tonight (Fri 19th March). But we digress from this equally exciting podcast news, his February offering posted while we were away sunning ourselves, yet is equally as sunny in its make-up with some scorching sounds, not least the Bills & Hurr Mix of Erick Morillio’s “Live Your Life”, Roger Sanchez’s “2gether” which is given the Pitron & Sanna mix treatment, as well as the Alesso mix of Therese’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, three smoulders in amongst 13 tip top tracks in a collection worthy of yours and available at http://djphilmarriott.podomatic.com/. Now, Mr Marriott is a busy bee right now with this new ClubNation show, but has promised us a full up-date and maybe a trip down to Gaydar Towers to see it all in action, so we will bring you news of that as soon as.
So, that kind of begins to fill the February gap of music left in our wake while we swanned around in South Africa, although there is much more to come to get us & you right up to date, not least new compilation releases from the mighty Steve Pitron & Brent Nicholls, along with inclusions for Hifi Sean, Alan X & Jonny M. Plus, with devotions to works from Spaniards Javier Medina & Ivan Gomez, as well as step re-traces on Mike Kelly & Danny Verde and special inclusions for Leomeo & Guy Scheiman, we aiming to bring you all this & more within the next day or so, in what will be the second of three newsletters this month, this upcoming one entitled “March Wind Of Wonderful Music”. And don’t forget that both Chris Bekker & Eduardo De La Torre will get a further shout, planned for our third newsletter, “Three’s Company”, later this month.
However, in the meantime, to get a taster of what is to come, you can always pop across to our friends SeenQueen who have recently updated their music list to include some of the above and a few others too. Plus, with a music links page that reads like a gay scene D.J. who’s who, as well as their very own top 10 jukebox, you can do no wrong by going to http://seenqueen.com/web/music/.
We finish by mentioning, not unashamedly for the first time, a track that saw us on our wending way to Heathrow for our trip to South Africa, having featured large across that departing weekend, not least at Beyond, which, courtesy of a stellar set from Steve Pitron, also sent us on our happy way, we declaring at the time that the truly brilliant Lizzat & Voltaxx remix of the classic “Now Or Never” was the official new Doing The Disco Matt” theme tune. And we also promised a new DM video viral, which we aim to get recorded when our video editor returns from Canada, although in the meantime cannot resist sharing Tom Novy’s video link again, which we never fail to enjoy and hope you do to by going to ! http://youtube.com/watch?v=yFmvB13R_Jc.
So, that’s its, 12 artist inclusions and well over 20 track & mix link mentions that make up this our “Catalogue of Compilations To Choose”, so we hope you dig our choices here, leaving us to say, “sit, back, select those sounds, turn up the volume and let them play as Music Is The Answer”. (DISCO MATT)
Just when we thought we could get our feet back under the table & to our regular D.J. focuses, up come a veritable feast of compilations & tracks, which have kind of forced our hand (in a good way of course) into filing another newsletter, not two weeks after the last. Indeed, with a pretty hectic February that includes trips to Paris, Brussels, Antwerp & Amsterdam, not to mention the big one, South Africa, we thought it best to get this mountain of mixes to market while they are still fresh in the mind, some which may not have yet made your collections. But just before we do, a reminder to watch out for our first full-on D.J. focus of the year, coming up this week, Tel Aviv’s own Guy Scheiman standing under our spotlight, while February sees an Anglo French special to kick off the month, as well as a special devotion to Lovechild’s music in time for their 2nd birthday.
But back to our mountain and first up is Steven Redant who has had a whirlwind of a time over the last few weeks, having rounded off his 2010 and then kick starting the New Year with a tour of Brazil, followed by trips to Bordeaux, Zurich, & Cologne, not to mention squeezing in his birthday in the first week of this month, meaning that his feet have hardly touched his beloved Barcelona base. So, it is no surprise that his usual stream of compilations have taken a little bit of a nose dive recently, but fear not, as Mr Redant has hit the recording studio to celebrate that Brazilian tour with a 68 minute mix lifted direct from one of his live sets & includes “…full on international tribal house, with exclusive mash-ups & upbeat tracks…” and had us hooked from the start. So, to get your slice of Steven in action, go now to http://stevenredant.com/ and while you’re at it, keep an eye out for his tracks “Naked” & “I Need a Hit”, which are storming up the Billboard dance charts.
Leading on nicely is firm friend of Steven’s, the delectable D.J. Phil Romano, who, like his close pal, was in Brazil for the New Year, mixing business & pleasure in Rio before returning to his Barcelona base & a mossie on down in Madrid on the first weekend of this month. Having had, in his own words, “…one of the best years ever…”, 2011 is not shaping up at all bad either for this Italian stud, with terrific touring trips to Montreal for Valentines, Sydney for Mardi Gras, Hawaii in May & much more besides, let alone the inaugural La Demence cruise, it seeming that the insatiable desires for his services remains just as strong this year as it was last. Plus, Phil is currently working on studio track projects with Steven & Lenz Garcia, not to mention having recently released a new podcast serenading the end to his year, this marvellous mix which is out at http://djphilromano.podomatic.com/ and has already been shared on Sydney Homesexual’s podcast site http://homesexual.podomatic.com/, marking his appearance at club on Mardi Gras weekend in March. So, for this a-typical Phil pulsating & pumping progressive come uplifting splendour a worthy addition to your collection, go click on the links & download away.
Staying with Barcelona boys and a man that really came into his own in 2010, not just landing on London twice in the year, but more importantly having been headhunted by massive club brand Matinee, Mr Medina signing on the dotted line in December & kick starting his Matinee career with parties in Paris, then over in The States for NY, featuring large in Miami & New York and racking up a considerable following Stateside as a result. So, it is most appropriate that, after a drought of nearly four months, our man Javier has laid down a compilation to celebrate his glorious news & mini USA tour, his performance at Pacha in NYC concentrated into a 60 minute mix which is out on his Souncloud page (direct link http://soundcloud.com/javier-medina/pachanyc2011) while two of his track remix works are also Javier jewels, first his remix of Nacho Chapado’s “Aimione”, then another nod to USA with his take on the D.J. Rony & Giese track “Always There For You” which he cutely calls his “I Love America” remix, both out at http://soundcloud.com/javier-medina/. Plus, if you haven’t yet, make sure you grab his “A Night With The Boys In BCN” comp, as it is, in our own estimation, one of his best yet, leaving us to express our hearty congratulations on his magnificent Matinee news & wish him all the best for what looks like a hectic yet fulfilling & fantastic year for him, we proud as punch on his amazing achievement.
Just before we wave farewell to Spain, we kind of thought it would be appropriate to slot in the latest podcast release by Tony English on behalf of Logan presents, Tony as you may have gathered from our previous posts, having a soft spot for all things Spain. And, in terms of tracing tracks & finding out new sounds, there is no-one better connected to do so, this latest compilation come newsletter from Tony very much is THE place to get the hot off the press news on SuperMartXe & other Logan Schmitz projects, let alone all those moovin & groovin tunes that are rocking the European dancefloors. So, with Spanish superstar D.J. Juanjo Martin joining Tony on this January edition, plus with tracks from other Spanish stars, including that rocking release from Steven Redant, “I Need A Hit” kicking off this 81 minute mixed-in music & news issue, go to http://loganpresentspodcast.podomatic.com/ to get right up to date with the L.P. action.
Jumping over the border & into France, we are hoping to do the same next week with a leisurely three day stay in Paris, when we will also be planning a special music post devoted to all things French (& Belgian). However, we couldn’t resist sharing a handful of new releases with you now, the first from Ben Manson, this Paris based D.J. starting his 2011 as he means to go on with an appearance for La Demence’s NYD session In Brussels, while gigs for Thursday night club Urban People at Makassar, Saturday nighter, Spice, as well as legendary club, Scream & the first WE party in Paris, have kept him very busy in his home city since then. So, he could be forgiven for not being in the recording studio, but none of it, as Ben has released a new compilation, shouting for all things Scream which is superb & well worth adding you our collection by going to http://benmanson.podomatic.com/, while track recordings with mixing partner Oliver Malone, gather steam, the latest being a deep house re-work of Jose Diaz’s “Erika”, which is out at http://soundcloud.com/manson-3/jos-diaz-erika-ben-manson-olivier-malone-deep-remix.
Next in our French threesome is Bruno Kauffmann, whom we hope to meet in person in Paris next week, during which time we will be commissioning a fresh new bio & focus on this well established talent, his track release “Feel Me”, which we mentioned in our last newsletter, having been given the remix treatment by fellow Frenchmen, Aurel Devil & Leomeo, links to which we will share in that upcoming bio (oh we are a tease!). However, in advance of our devotion to Bruno, we thought we would share with you, a substantial slice of this man’s style & sound, his latest compilation entitled “I Love Paris”, as good an example as any, his tech house come pumping progressive persuasion, very much reflected here & well worth both listening to & downloading via direct link http://soundcloud.com/djbrunokauffmann/dj-bruno-kauffmann-mix-live-i-love-paris-2011 while we have much more Bruno brilliance coming up in our full focus, so watch out for that.
Now, not a newsletter or post seems to go by without friend & French fancy, Leomeo Carandang issuing a new track or mix, such is his dedication to his art & his feverish work in the studio. Mind you, despite gigs dragging him away from his home city on a weekly basis, Leo was actually in Paris a couple of weekends ago & was part of the launch of a new club in the city. But he was back on the road again before you could say kilometre, travelling 364 of them down to Lyon where he played at La Garçionnière on Saturday and upon returning to Paris, laid down a special compilation to mark the occasion which is so hot of the press it is still smouldering, although this tech house triumph is smouldering in itself, with track re-works of classic Moby & Depeche Mode hits among plenty of others, this is Leomeo at his lavish best & a must for your collection by going to http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/la-gar-ionni-re-the-mix. But the news doesn’t stop there as our Parisian pal now has his own channel, which pulls into one site & source, his videos & tracks, but we once again tease, as more news on this will be released in our upcoming “Parisian Pleasure to Belgian Brilliance” special music post.
Our final continental based bloke for this post, although an Aussie by birth, is Mike Kelly who also gets our singular nod to Australia day (today Wed 26th Jan), although he is far from home, having rested his hat firmly in Cologne now for a few years. Since seeing him play live at Hustlaball when we visited Berlin in October, Mike has remained as busy as ever, not just with gigs across Germany & the further reaches of Europe, but he is active in the studio, while also managing record label Sorry Shoes with recording partner Jean Phillips, the label recently celebrating its 30th release as well as two weekly radio shows hosted by Mr Kelly over the airwaves in both Germany & Brazil. That said, Mike was in the recording studio not a week ago, laying down the second part to his “A Nice Day Shopping” mix, a more progressive production compared to the tech infused first, but both excellent examples of his style, so worth grabbing at http://soundcloud.com/djmikekelly. However, it is Mike’s & Jean’s “Bedroom Muzak” mix of the superb “Show Me Your Love” by Miguel Picasso, featuring Rebeka Brown’s vocals, that really does it for us & is a must have by going to http://soundcloud.com/djmikekelly/miguel-picasso-feat-rebeka-brown-show-me-your-love-jean-philips-mike-kelly-bedroom-muzik , plus as it is just five days released, like Leo’s mix, is still smouldering and is indeed smouldering (if you get our drift!)
Right, well time to head home a rattle through news of some latest podcast releases to hit our desks, the smouldering slant continuing as Chris Brogan, who starred at Industri’s birthday bash last Wednesday, has literally just released a new compilation & very much in the New Year vein, especially with a title like “Resolution”, although it’s the music that does the talking & sets a statement here. With favourite tracks of ours including Chris Lake’s remix of Nalim & Kane’s “Beachball” Dr Kucho’s “Sanity” & Funkagenda’s “Past Dreaming”, as well as Mr Brogan’s edit of Martin Solveig’s “Hello”, the mix is jam packed with gems and is worthy of your collection by going to http://soundcloud.com/djchrisbrogan/resolution, as it has already made ours.
Foxy female MisWhite is the next newsworthy entrant, our Emma having stormed Salvation on NYD with a scintillating set, so decided to put together a mix called “Keep On Rising” which she explains as “…a little something to keep you going through the cold winter detox months…” she further exclaiming of the tracks on her mix “…those of you were at the amazing Salvation at Koko on NYD, will recognise a lot of them, and those who weren’t make sure you at the next one!…”, hear, hear and no whispering from us (in house joke) as we sink into the splendour of this superlative set of sounds, this magnificent mix a must, which is out now at http://miswhite.podomatic.com.
Onward and sticking to the rising theme is Zach Burns, very much a rising star and a talent we spotted a few months ago, although have still yet to laud a full focus on, but with plans to chalk a special report covering new & up-coming talent, Zach will certainly get his share in that, However, in the meantime, we want to share his latest compilation release with you and one lifted direct from his live set just over a week ago at mad Monday nighter, Popcorn, when Mr Burns played out alongside percussionist David H, Zach remarking of the experience, “…playing alongside David again was such a buzz & I enjoyed literally every minute of it…” this euphoria very much reflected in his performance and by this recording, so is well worth a listen at http://djburns.podomatic.com/.
Our final mention (well almost) goes to Brazilian Doug Guimarães , better known behind the decks simply as DouGuim, a talent that was spotted by Lovechild top man Alex Erfan and given a big break at the launch of The Week in London back in September. Mind you, he disappeared under our radar at the time, although has since come shining through with outstanding performances at Beyond, as well as having taken guest spots for Onyx & Later, and holding down as a residency at Ku Bar. Plus, along with the so called “Brazilian Mafia”, Doug’s face is becoming very familiar on the scene, partly why he has been elevated to an intrinsic ingredient in the re-launch of afterhours club brand, Open. But just round the corner, Saturday in fact, when Brazil’s best is back, he will take centre stage at The Week alongside fellow Brazilian Leandro Becker, the London based Mr Guimarães having laid down a special compilation to mark the occasion which is an absolute corker so yet another must for your collection, which you can snap up at http://douguim.podomatic.com/.
Right just before we finish, a quick bit of news about Lovechild, which scooped the SeenQueen crown for Best Monthly Club in their “Your Disco Needs You” poll, but moreover celebrates its 2nd birthday next month. So, naturally, we will be giving it the full music attention, focussing on stars Chris Bekker & Eduardo de la Torre, both who jet in from Germany to star in this special birthday bash. But on top of that we will be sharing the brand new “Lovechild” track, currently being pressed in the studio by Lovechild resident Tony English. Featuring vocals from the amazing Kaysee, who will also be starring at the 2nd birthday & performing the track live for the first time. Add to that mentions & nods for the huge Lovechild resident D.J. team (over a dozen of them) & this will be a music special post to top the lot.
Well that’s it, our latest newsletter covering 12 D.J.’s & 19 compilations/tracks, although there is a 20th and one we unashamedly can’t put down, a self indulgent further mention going to our own “Disco Matt’s Dance-tastic Top 20 Of 2010” collection, a compilation mixed exclusively by Brent Nicholls, whom we paoured plaudits on in our first special music post of the year, “Die-Cast Disco Duo”, and well deservedly so, as he has made this mix available on his own website at http://djbrentnicholls.com/music as well as issuing a special download option at http://brentnicholls.mysites.com/-podcasts/1101-discomatt-2010-top-20-128.mp3, so another big thanks to him. Plus, with any luck the mix will eventually make it to our own podcast & soundcloud pages, the latter incidentally, where you can find segments of our newsletter devotions to various D.J.’s at http://soundcloud.com/discomatt. including some metioned right here.
So, with that self indulgent moment over, and plenty of other compilations & tracks to chose from here, 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)
When it comes to combining horny action with disco dancing, it doesn’t come much better than Hustlaball, the club brand that has its origins in New York, but has very much spread its word across in Europe, first touching our lives just over two years ago when it landed on London for the time, taking our breath away at Renaissance rooms, the combination of superbly saucy stage shows & heaps of horny horseplay, very much giving us an appetite for more of the same. Having repeated the affair back in May, even meeting up with the Hustlaball top brass, the club was firmly on our radar, so when a trip to Berlin was planned, it came as no surprise that a second macho meet up, this time in the city’s Mitte district at the new Kitkat club no less, simply had to be on the cards. But, how did our third liaison with this erotic event turn out? Was it bonking in Berlin? or simply monotony in Mitte?
We like to think of ourselves as pretty organised, although for some reason, whenever we travel abroad, however much planning we do, certain elements never turn out as they should expect, our trip to Berlin & Hustlaball being a perfect example. Yes, we knew that it would be on the cards and yes, we had come prepared, packing our leather chaps, boots & accompaniments, although no, we had not done much research as to where & when the main event would take place, an update on our favourite social networking site seemingly indicating the party being scheduled for the Sunday, our minds fixing on this when deciding to devote the whole of Friday to touring around the beauty of Berlin’s superb sights, rather than concentrating on clubbing cavorting. However, fate was to lend us a helping hand as not only did we bump into the familiar face of D.J. & club entrepreneur Fabio White within hours of landing in Germany’s capital, but a well timed text deluded to the fact that we had got our dates seriously wrong & had just three hours to get our act together & head for the Kitkat club in Mitte.
So, with all our leather paraphernalia sorted & us looking very much dressed to impress, we made the relatively straight forward trip across to Kopenicker Street, arriving at Hustlball’s host venue doors at not long turned 10.30 p.m., quite early by Berlin & our own standards, although with news that the party was a sell-out, we didn’t want to be disappointed with missing out in any way. Finding an already healthy queue of people waiting to enter, it wasn’t long before we found ourselves within the Kitkat club, leaving our belongings with the well organised & speedy coatcheck and then sinking ourselves straight into the action, the multi layered & cavernous club opening out in front of us, immediately drawing comparisons in our minds with Turnmills back in London, the Kitkat club a much bigger version, yet with that same decadent & delightful feel that has made Trade’s ancestral home so special.
Indeed, as we wandered around the myriad of rooms, each one having their own character & feel, yet all connected with an air of mystery & intrigue, there was no doubt in our mind that Hustlaball had found the perfect place for pitching their porno party, from the generous outside terrace, to the calm chill-out room with plunge pool, & from the magnificent main room through to the compact yet charming underground bar, the club had it all, save for a sling or two, well at least what we thought, although we were kindly informed the following evening that there were plenty & much activity in them too, damn & blast!! Mind you, such was the labyrinth of nooks, crannies, rooms & passage ways; it wasn’t surprising that we failed to find them, our thoughts more on the main room action, rather than the play areas.
So, finding a spot, surprisingly just left of the D.J. booth (sounds familiar), we watched as the space filled pretty rapidly, Sorry Shoes head poncho, Mike Kelly, in charge of the tunes, pumping out a mix of electro tech & uplifting beats to a crowd that was as nearly eclectic as his record choices, men sporting leather harnesses & the like, dancing right next to guys in sports gear with much in between, but all intent on soaking up the building atmosphere. And it wasn’t long before a bevy of beauties ascended the podiums & bar top not far from where we were standing, adding their own element of saucy sexual intrigue in advance of the main show which was about to come, the arrival of both incumbent D.J., Fabio White & show host Chi Ch La Rue almost simultaneous, all eyes moving towards the stage & Miss La Rue’s gaggle of gorgeous go go’s, while ours were pointed more towards the booth where Mr White was gearing up for his own prolific performance.
With Chi Chi’s rousing of the crowd over & the go-go’s intermixing their displays with the odd porn star here & there, most of the attention swung towards the dancing and no surprise really, as Fabio White certainly took up the mantle marvellously, the height of Mr Kelly’s set, a superb rendition of the Tcherniak & Thomas hit, “My People”, been reached & surpassed with virtually every record choice, Fabio hitting the mark & sending the crowd wild with a glorious mix of funky & chunky tunes to match the raunchy & rocking feel of this Hustlaball Berlin main space, laser lighting at full tilt & the podiums swarming with party heads intent on dancing till dawn & beyond. Indeed, such was the amazing atmosphere, the room continuing to pack out with people, even our relative anonymity smashed by the arrival of Svetlana Queen, whom we had bumped into upon our arrival in Berlin two days previously & were now partying hard once again, even Lovechild’s Dee Crooks popping across to say hello, yet another unexpected yet lovely liaison.
Now we were well into our stride, the familiar spot by the D.J. booth helping us feel at home & an ever attentive barman making our time all the more pleasurable, although it was the magnificent music that Fabio White was serving up that was the epitome of our enjoyment, one track after the next having us dancing in a dervish, in between clicking shots of the action in front of our eyes with our phone camera, even catching the man himself in action, Fabio clearly revelling in the rapturous reception he was receiving. But, as good as the main room was, we had to take a few moments to explore the other spaces, first stopping off to say our hello’s to Chris Bekker in the second space & then made a dart across to the outside area, where we bumped into Mr Hustlaball himself, Jeffrey David, he very much content with his lot and quite rightly so, as reports had come in of a 3000 plus turnout, we not at all surprised as it seemed virtually every square inch was buzzing with party heads.
But it was back to the main room where Fabio was polishing off his prolific performance before handing over to yet another Italian, this time the good yet menacing looking Phil Romano who had not long arrived with fellow D.J. & pal Steven Redant, both deciding that an impromptu back-to-back session was the order of the day, Mr White relinquishing the decks and then disappearing into the madding crowd for a bit of post disc spinning saucery. And, with Messrs Romano & Redant doing their full on tech & progressive stuff, we were soon taken on a much tougher journey of sound, although by now we were completely carefree, such had been the euphoric extent of Fabio’s set, even the uncharacteristic amount of beverages we had consumed not dampening our spirits. However, having pretty much danced our socks off but not having taken anything off (if you know what we mean!), a final investigation around the club was required, before we decided to call it a morning, well it was by now, waving farewell to the Kitkat club, to return to our weekend base to re-charge our batteries (phone & all) for the next instalment in our Berlin bonanza break.
Walking away from this Hustlaball party with a smile as big as a Cheshire cat, pretty much summed up our experience at the Kitkat club, the smile very much representative of our amazement at the venue and the magnificent music, not least from Fabio White who served up a truly stellar set. We have to say that the crowd was not quite the handsome looking lot we have seen at events in London and the mix of sports gear & leather was an interesting combination, but you cannot deny that the whole party had a much more raunchy, intimate & sexy feel than the two Hustlball’s we have witnessed back home which made this Berlin outing all the more enjoyable. Plus, in answering those questions we raised earlier, to say that Hustalball Berlin was simply mundane in Mitte would be a judgement way past the mark, yet whilst, for us it wasn’t quite bonking in Berlin, it could have been had we found those illusive slings (then our cousin Crisco Matt would definitely have been out), but we had a good enough time as it was, meaning that come 2011, we will certainly be considering a re-visit. (DISCO MATT)