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There is little or no doubt that Spain has had its fair share of say on the music of the capitals clubbing scene in recent years, brands Matinee SuperMartXe, Space & now WE Party, very much the overseas invasion of London that has, along the way, sported some real stars, while also serving up plenty of also rans. However, when Brazilian brand, The Week, landed in London last September, there seemed to be a slight tide change, a few figures popping over the parapet & showing the new way & wave of Latin American beats that have also inspired new club Casa Latina, which has its second coming in two weekends time. However, before all that, two of its shining bright new stars will be playing out at Profile & Lo-Profile and tonight (Friday 1st July) no less, this cool clubbing combo hosting a night of Brazilian boy beats, including a “Carioca” themed Society party that should see plenty of Latino’s & their admirers wend their way to Wardour St to savour stacks of superb sounds. So, we thought we would take a look at the two stars, dipping a little into their past & then linking into their latest music creations to give you a flavour of what to expect both tonight & at Casa Latina later this month.
First up is the delectable D.J. DouGuim, full name Doug Guimaraes, a native of Brazil of course, having grown up in his home city of Sao Paulo, his early steps into D.J.’ing very much being influenced by the city’s sensation The Week, the likes of Leandro Becker & Renato Cecin inspirations for Doug’s decision to pursue a career behind the decks, he making the bold decision to head for the even brighter lights of London. And not having long landed in the capital he was talent spotted in a D.J. competition held at Ku Bar which pretty much launched him onto the gay bar circuit, earning him a regular residency at their Monday nighter “Citric”, although his big break came when Lovechild’s Alex Erfan teamed up with The Week and in so doing so, gave floor space to Doug at the launch party at Fire, he very much proving his worth with an outstanding opening set which was very much the opening he was after.
Now it seemed the floodgates to his career had opened, spots at clubs within the Orange Group quickly following, not least a regular weekly slot at Beyond no less, Doug’s uplifting & funky yet tech & tribal infused sounds suiting his slot at this awesome afterhours superbly. Since then, DouGuim has consolidated his position within the scene, a break back in Brazil & then gigs across Europe including Paris, Rome & Madrid seeing him drop below the radar for a while, although now back in London, his future is looking very bright indeed, as not only has he gained a new residency for Thursday night social “Soho Chic” at Green Carnation, but it seems, with his debut for Lo-Profile tonight (Friday 1st July), more doors will be opening for the delectable Doug, he having also turned his hand to promoting with Tuesday morning outfit “Open”, while Casa Latina will be another opportunity for him to excel with his Latin infused style of sounds and in front of many of his country folk to boot.
And in terms of those sound styles, Doug has been no real slouch in the studio, at least compared to some of his peers, having produced ten podcasts in the last twelve months alone, each one showcasing the broad spectrum of sounds & genres Doug dips into, two out of the ten devoted to his appearances for both the Week & for Beyond. However, it was his Casa Latina inspired compilation that really caught our attention, serving up plenty of those Latin funky tones & tribal beats that underpins Doug’s roots & inspirations, but with sufficient amounts of uplifting & accessible tunes that rank it as one of our favourite works of his. However, in his latest release “Revolution”, we see a DouGuim that has grown further into his art, careful selections of tracks taking us on a magical mystery tour, from funky, through progressive, tech & tribal, with enough accessible tunes to keep us glued from minute one to seventy three, he even dropping in “Offshore” in the middle to leave us truly delighted. Yet, whilst we hold our hat on “Revolution”, you can do no wrong by added all the other nine to your collection, by going now to http://douguim.podomatic.com/ and make sure to come see him in action at Society or at future events across the capital & beyond, as this is one Brazilian boy that is really going places.
Now to our second terrific talent, yet one that came as a tad of a surprise when we heard he was turning his hand to D.J.’ing, although Junior Moura finds himself in distinguished company, as his significant other is none other than superstar Steve Pitron, who has without a shadow of a doubt had a tremendous influence on Mr Moura’s decision to dive behind the decks. Indeed, it was a young Celso who saw his future partner in action for The Week in Brazil, a chance meeting bringing them together & forming a relationship that has seen us observe Steve at his happiest in all the years we have known him. But the road to exposure on the bar & clubbing circuit in the capital has been a slightly trickier one for Junior Moura than his compatriot DouGuim, although with the expert guidance from Steve, as well as a couple of brilliant breaks supported by Doug, the spurning talent that Celso as D.J. Junior, has seen him play at Ku-Bar, at Casa Latina’s launch and just this coming weekend sees him play at two gigs in two days, no mean feat for this fledgling disc spinning star.
Away from the bars, clubs & scene, Mr Moura is a very hard working individual, very much earning his keep & stay in his adopted home, while this engaging & handsome young man is also a sporty individual, having played volleyball to a national level for his country, this coming as no surprise when you stand against him, Celso towering over even our lofty height. So, with a seemingly much work & little play schedule, we are surprised he has found time to not only hone his skills of blending beats, but has also laid down two podcasts in the short three/four months that he has turned his hands to D.J.’ing, his first mix very much inspired by Brazilian beats as well as a handful of his favourite tracks, some out of the Steve stable. And listening to his second offering, Junior (we keep wanting to call him Celso) follows a similar trail of tracks, although with much more of a Latin flavour, lots of drum beats, lots of vocals & tribal influences, while a couple of crowd pleasers are thrown in for good measure, a remix of “Sweet Dreams” one example of a few across the seventy minutes of marvellous music on this “Casa Latina” compilation, which you can grab, along “Episode 1”, at http://djjuniorspodcast.podomatic.com/.
As for this weekend, Junior will be playing for the very first time at Profile Bar tonight (Friday 1st July) from 8 p.m., the team very excited about his first inclusion, having been quoted as saying, “…another of Brazil’s best exports will be making his Profile debut, he’s an amazing D.J. & he is ridiculously hot too!!…”, (say no more), Profile having proved a terrific testing ground for fellow D.J., Zach Burns, his exposure there having created opportunities much further afield, while Mr Moura will also be playing tomorrow night (Saturday 2nd July) at Barcode Vauxhall, among a Gay Pride party line up that will certainly get him noticed by peers & a captive audience alike. Then, of course, there is Casa Latina for Junior on Saturday 16th July, meaning that in just these short few months, he is making good headway with surely bigger & better things to come, meaning that we both wish him well with his endeavours & hope to be close by to see him develop behind the decks. (DISCO MATT)
When, with a huge Florinpinas style fanfare in September last year, Brazilians best & most boisterous brand made it across the Atlantic Ocean and landed on London, the air of anticipation of a Rio carnival style clubbing colossus was on the cards, although no one could have imagined just what sort of an impact it would make, host venue Fire proving a perfect partner, at least in our eyes the place packed to the rafters, many Brazilian born boys having chosen the capital as their place of residence, coming out in force to add to the whole enthralling experience. And with D.J. line up made in heaven, local stars Steve Pitron, Mikey D & Brent Nicholls joining new to London Brazilian DouGuim & the import brands resident jock Leandro Bekker, The Week certainly made ours and proved, with festoons of feathers, incredible LED installations, lighting & pyrotechnics, that Sao Paulo can definitely give Spain’s best a run for their money. So, such was the success of its inaugural outing, The Week was set to return, although this time to the theatre style venue that had hosted SuperMartXe in the past & WE party in the present, the January date sadly clashing with a planned trip to Brighton with D.J. & producer Danny Verde, leaving us unclear as to the substance in the switch. But with another date in the diary, how did our second experience of this Sao Paulo export work out? and was it as we said, a samba short of a shake?
Being keen to see how the switch to The Coronet would fare, our eagerness to attend was boosted by the company of clubbing cougar, Stephen, but moreover the call of our Beyond superstar Steve Pitron, who was in a serious social slot, a very rare free weekend from D.J.’ing allowing him to pop into The Week, especially given his partner’s ties with Brazil & all things Brazilian. So, wanting to get into the spirit of it all, we dived into our wardrobe (not literally) and plucked out an aptly branded & coloured t-shirt we had purchased while in South Africa, donned our green & yellow Adidas high risers and headed down to Elephant & Castle very much in carnival mood, the anticipation of something quite spectacular ahead very much in our minds eye. . And, arriving at just shy of midnight, we were greeted on the door by the ever present Tom Fuller, the queue as always running a smooth as a baby’s bottom, especially given the lack of interference with his superb system. Then, after a quick security check, we were in and knighted with a press pass from Booster’s Romain Lopez, the final formality being the coatcheck, also running really smoothly, although with the scant numbers in the club, this came as no real surprise.
Finding Steve & Celso outside we exchanged greetings and then headed inside and to the bar to grab some refreshments, the reveal of the main room dancefloor yet to take place, although the music was being pumped out by DouGuim who had been given the unenviable task of playing to an empty audience, as the curtains were only drawn back two hours into the audacious activity. So, it was clear that this meet was going to be a slow starter, although with the company we were holding, we were suitably distracted, Steve Pitron & Celso Moura the delightful distraction for the perfect prelude to proceedings, Steve especially in very talkative mood, exchanging views on this and that & also allowing us to reveal our other identity (workwise) which caused a fair amount of amusement & banter. With pal Stephen in close quarters and a myriad of familiar faces passing by to say hi, it wasn’t long before the curtains were drawn back and people decided to descend onto the dancefloor, the D.J. booth positioned right in the middle and the stage extended with a catwalk linking the two, certainly a different look to those we had seen before at this colossus Coronet clubbing captive, although with the numbers present, the party did take a while to build, despite the discerning deliveries of dance & house hits from the decks by DouGuim.
Preferring to hang back at the bar with Mr Pitron, we were also graced with the presence of another off duty D.J., this time Micky Galliano, accompanied by Rome’s Gay Village promoter, who was on a flying visit to London, this The Week event being his first experience of the brand outside of Brazil, although like us, he seemed unimpressed, especially with the music machinations of incumbent jock Leandro Kloppel, who seemed to be missing the mark, a comment coming our way that his sounds were a little dated, what did he say “…so last year…”. So it was down to the stage shows to give this latest instalment of Brazil’s best and they certainly created a head of steam, the full-on & flamboyant dancers filling the elevated space & catwalk, beef & brawn brilliantly balanced with colourful costumes, samba dancing intermixed with fire-eating entertainers, acrobats & more, all creating a suitable splash, as were the LED lighting installations together with plumes of pyrotechnics, all meaning there was no shortage of enticing eye candy. Indeed the cavorting crowd were a good looking bunch too, we now deep down into the thick of the action, the main room at last beginning to fill with beautiful bodies, although no were near the kind of numbers & lookers Logan Schmitz & SuperMartXe used to attract here.
So, with the music leaving us a little underwhelmed, we retreated back to the bar for more refreshments, a move that was to bear fabulous fruit when we bumped into visiting pal Andy along with the bountiful Bailey, a liaison (especially Bailey) that was to prove the icing on our copious cake, a quick visit outside for a sneaky ciggie, seeing us all bump into Tom Fuller once again, this time being the brilliant host that the party was clearly missing, looking after guests as we would expect, proving once again just what an important asset he is to The Orange organisation. With passes for the VIP balcony handed out to our pals, (our press pass giving us all areas access), this was where we headed, some of the group’s figureheads already succumbing to the hospitalities of the select spot, A:M’s promoter Oliver M coming across to say hello, while empire builder & Beyond promoter Jonny Marsh was already looking very happy, accompanied by his boyf, soaking up the shows & the spectacle. But, we were intent on enjoying the company of our own pals, Bailey in particular, who was thrilling us with his dextrous dancing and his carefree & easy going attitude, the sequence of hugs & kisses adding to our excitement, plus hitting the mark magnificently.
By now, down below on the dancefloor, proceedings were in the hands of The Week’s Sao Paulo resident jock Renato Cecin, he very much flexing his musical muscles as well as his pumped up physique to carry us along in waves of wonderment from our elevated spot on the VIP balcony, the first part of his set full of tough tech house very much akin to a Malcolm Duffy set, well a observation by the ever present Tom who was certainly doing a far better hosting job than all of the other Orange Group representatives, well apart from Aaron Elder of course who always does a great job. However as Renato’s set went on, his music became more accessible & the crowd that had pitched & yawed before began to settle down, although, as the stage shows continued his set was over before we knew it, London based international playboy D.J. Paul Heron taking over, we having had an opportunity to catch up with him outside before his set.
So now this latest instalment of The Week was entering its final chapter, Mr Heron masterminding a mountain of marvellous music through to the 6 a.m. finish, although for some reason, like Mr Koppel before, he didn’t seem quite on song, the crowd beginning to thin as it appeared news had spread that beyond had opened earlier than planned. Indeed our eyes were being cast in the direction of Vauxhall until a comment from this amazing afterhours promoter somewhat put us off, Jonny Marsh enquiring, “…Will you be going to Beyond?…” yet before we could answer, effectively finishing off out sentence with “…oh no you won’t because Steve Pitron is not there…”. And you know, after that comment our mind was pretty much made up, Tom Fuller close on persuading us otherwise, although when we gracefully left The Week and our pals Stephen, Andy & the better than best Bailey, we ended up pointing ourselves in the way of home to reflect on both The Week and the rather shocking comment regarding Beyond.
So how do we conclude our reflection on this latest instalment of The Week? And did it live up to the elevated expectations we had?, Well, the title of this review does sum up our feelings in a nutshell really, as this event did feel as though it was a samba short of a shake, or in plain English, good but not great. Good, as we were reasonably impressed with the lighting, visuals, pyrotechnics & stage shows, good because Renato Cecin & DouGuim made up for other musical shortfalls and good because of the company we kept, not least Steve Pitron, Celso Moura, Micky Galliano, Miss Cougar Stephen, Andy and, naturally Bailey who had us smiling like a Cheshire cat all the way home. As for the rest, well it is clear that in staging The Week in The Coronet, the sad reality is that comparisons with both WE Party and SuperMartXe will be made, whereas, moving it back to Fire might invigorate the feel of individuality that it lacked, plus we doubt whether there is enough passion & interest for such regular parties, rather making the events less often & more inspiring and in doing so, we will certainly be making a return. (DISCO MATT)
Despite our mounting backlog of reviews, reports, newsletters & the like, given our most recent clubbing escapade in Elephant & Castle, we simply had to put proverbial pen to paper on our fresh felt & bite sized view of the night just savoured, our latest Preview The Review looking like this……
When Brazil’s best clubbing brand made it across the Atlantic Ocean and landed on London in September last year, no one could have imagined just what sort of an impact it would make, host venue Fire proving a perfect partner, at least in our eyes. So, having missed out on the next instalment which saw The Week move from Vauxhall to Elephant & Castle, we were keen to see how the switch to The Coronet would fare. And, arriving at just shy of midnight, the party did take a while to build, but with the company we were holding, we were suitably distracted, Steve Pitron & Celso Moura the delightful distraction for the perfect prelude to proceedings that gathered a sufficient head of steam only when the full-on & flamboyant stage shows swung into action. With beef & brawn brilliantly balanced with colourful costumes together with plumes of pyrotechnics, acrobatic displays & fire eating entertainers, there was no short of enticing eye candy, the cavorting crowd a good looking bunch too. In terms of the music, it was a shame Brazilian boy DouGuim had to play behind a huge black screen, only drawn back two hours into the audacious activity, Leandro Kloppel then attempting to hit, but for us, missing the mark with his music, while Sao Paulo resident jock Renato Cecin flexed his musical muscles as well as his pumped up physique to carry us along in waves of wonderment from our elevated spot on the VIP balcony. However our night was made complete with, not just a myriad of familiar faces popping up to say hello, but by the captivating company of pals Stephen & Andy, but moreover the bountiful Bailey who was definitely the icing on our copious cake, his hugs & kisses hitting the mark magnificently, while his dextrous dancing was as dreamy as his distinguished draw. Our final fling was perfected by Paul Heron who masterminded a mountain of marvellous music through to the 6 a.m. finish, leaving us with so much more to say, meaning its “ready, steady, go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)