Posts Tagged ‘Room Service’
Having stormed the scene some sixteen months ago, while WAR may have called for its own ceasefire in May, its back with a bang and raring to go in June, promoter Kris Di Angelis & his terrific team going to partying battle at East Bloc tonight in spectacular style, so leaving us in no doubt of its deservedness for our “Pick of The Day” choice, event details a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we deliver our own dinky devotion beneath
Having been a follower of clubbing fashion for a far few years now (some would say too many), we can spot a good party when we see one and in WAR we have an excellent event that, by the very nature of the promoter that drives it, attracts the most good looking, trendy and, as Kris would describe them “…hottest boys in town…”. Indeed WAR, since its launch in February 2012, has pretty much been the hottest clubbing ticket in town, turning even the most stiffest of scene heads as it sailed into the sea of success that left its envious competitors coughing & choking in the wings, deciding to hold its monthly meets in the hotbed superb & venue of the moment, East Bloc in Shoreditch playing a prominent part in its amazing appeal, a sizable & stylish clubbing crowd packing out this prolific party from day one, WAR not needing wage anything like such in its prancing party procession that has even swept aside the might of Beyond. And it seems to be the formula it has adopted from Kris’s former club collaboration, MEAT, that wins the way, the difference between the other off shoot, DISH, being that WAR has also imported elements of the super success Room Service, the likes of JJ Clark & Jack on the door bringing their own fervent followers, while with D.J.’s on duty that include the in vogue JoshYouAre, Tim Washington & Kingsley, as well as Mr Di Angelis himself, both the music & the men come flocking akin to the pied piper of Hamlin, such is WAR’S amazing attraction.
So that’s WAR as a brand, but what about tonight’s party? Well for starters it’s dedicated to “The Boys” and with Kris telling us that “…we’ve invited some of the hottest boys we know to throw our party with us, and opened up the third room again for a massive all-night threeway marathon…” the club opens up a third room of fun for the first time, 90′s R&B/Anthems being the name & Miguel Dare & Anton Douglas deliverers of the game, both well known in Shoreditch circles, playing for Truth or Dare & SOS respectively, further new additions for this latest WAR wonder include hosts Conan O’Neill, Mitchell Marrion & Pablo Teixeira. Then, in Kris’ inimitable words, “…there’s Titus Groan! We don’t know if you’ve seen what happens when a bovver boot boy throws on drag and celebrates his birthday, but it’s f*cking epic!!…” while, as if that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite for all the antics that are sure to go down at East Bloc tonight, then his parting line, “…if you’re hot, you’re in…all the way!!…” should seal the deal on this despicably delightful & decadently discerning dance delectation, we stealing no more of the full party promotion thunder, which you can find in all its glory by clicking on https://facebook.com/events/608720765806935/. However, while not strictly words for WAR, we join Kris in also propelling the upcoming Summer Rites In The Park, specially discounted tickets available, how did he put it “…the maaaaad as fuck festival…” he adding “…it’s the first time there has even been a cool thing to do on Pride for ages…” , leaving us to say touché for both Summer Rites & the wonderfully whacky & way-out WAR. (DISCO MATT)
With the momentum making magnificent moves for the upcoming Summer Rites Festival In the Park, a prolific promoter now driving the party planning & organising, it seems that others now want an inclusion piece of the action, the hot off the press news that the mothership of clubbing, Trade, will be playing a prominent part on 30th June has promoted us to propel that cat out of the bag announcement in our latest nifty news nibble.
With the news that the rejuvenated Summer Rites would be marking this third year in its new incarnation with a exemplary London Gay Pride event, securing the rights as the “official” post parade party, this announcement breaking well over three months ago, we were waiting with baited breath for further positives from this fabulous festival’s organisers, a sense of As One In Te Park déjà vous creeping in as we re-emerged from our in-patient illness period to find no news in our inbox. However, while the London Pride P.R. has been pretty paltry, hardly a murmur about the parade & the now seasonal centrally situated stages & entertainment areas finding its way onto social networking sites & other outlets, the Summer Rites promotion machine is marching forward quite smartly, not least with the brilliant news that Steven Sharp has been taken on by the team and is set to stage manage much of the nitty gritty of the various dance arena’s. And, adding to that great proclamation, is the very promising developments on the ticket sales front, our insider informant very bullish about the fact that all early bird options sold out weeks ago and, on last count, the main ticket take-up was already over half way to the permitted park capacity, while with Steven clearly having rolled up his organising sleeves, the broadcast that Atomic Kitten would be headlining a main stage line-up
However, the biggest & best declaration that the mothership of clubbing is joining the Summer Rites In the Park party, has to be the best break for this fabulous festival thus far, Lawrence Malice & his beloved brand Trade having successfully steered clear of what was clearly a fantastic flop in As One In the Park, now sticking their camp neck out with considerable conviction. And there is no doubt that this near legend in our lifetime club has added plenty of clout to the appeal package of this Pride park party, confirmation that Christian Smith will be headlining a “…fierce rulin Trade D.J.’s…” line-up, adds even further weight to the world of Summer Rites, we crossing fingers that some of the current Trade deck meisters like Nick Tcherniak, Pagano & Guy Williams will be included, while it is pretty likely The Sharp Boys will treat us to s special “Lite Lounge” set. Yet while it seems that Trade will, rather than having their own tent, will form part of what has been termed “…The Main Dance Stage…”, our memory recalling that at previous Summer Rites this is the focal point of activity ad one that will see other heavyweight brands in the form of Room Service, Popcorn & Lovechild play their part, meaning that other D.J. stars will include Jodie Harsh, Kris Di Angelis, Paulo Moreno, Adam Turner & Tony English.
But, with so much more to share, our upcoming preview “Post Parade Park Partying”, it pretty much leaves us to say that, with this impressive new inclusion in the form of Trade, this is one park party you won;t want to miss, standard advance tickets on sale online by clucking on at https://facebook.com/SummerRitesEvents/app_190322544333196 or by simply heading to http://summerritesevents.com where further details on this fabulous festival will find themselves to your fingertips so sealing your attendance deal on this summer sensation. (DISCO MATT)
With the music river flowing over the rapturous rapids and with a wonderful waterfall of captivating compilations & tremendous tunes, we may have needed to sink our paddle deep to find our latest Podcast & Track of The Week choices, but our two tip toppers soared swiftly into our shimmering selections sky, a truly phenomenal track production along with a duo of dance podcast devotions hitting the highest of our heavenly house music marks, download stream options large image clicks below, while we dish up our devotions beneath
It’s been another week when a wave of marvellous music has landed in our inbox, meaning that we have once again spent a considerable amount of listening hours weeding out the wheat from the chaff, even this thinning out leaving a number of contenders vying for our weekly podcast & track crown, while it soon become clear that our two (or is that three) selected tip toppers were a country mile ahead of the others, having hit the highest of our heavenly house music marks in a magnificent way. And with both producers we have plucked out makes significant waves on the scene, the first very much here in London, while the second continues to cut a significant stride right around the world, we share our usual dinky devotions to each, while also pointing you to those all important download/stream links in this our latest “Podcast & Track of The Week” feature, although in slightly more focussed form this time round.
So, let’s crack on and to our podcast pick first, or should we say two, as our recently crowned “…Premier Protégé Player…” Adam Turner has delighted us so much with his two latest mixes that we simply couldn’t separate them, meaning that both “Room Service Vol. 12” & “In The Mix – Jemmone” have produced a precedent as far as our podcast picks are concerned, the first time that two in one week have made our tip top choice. And both are resplendent reflections of the Turner style of sound, very much uplifting & vocally injected, while also propelling the pumping progressive side of his genre selections, the Room Service mix a little more that the Jemmone release, perhaps reflecting both the differing audiences as well as situ’s. Yet what they both represent, is a burgeoning career that sees Adam landing from an eleven day run of bookings, club wise the likes of Popcorn, A:M, & Beyond (yes you heard us right) as well as, naturally, Room Service, while with gigs at Circa and regular spots & stand-in’s at mover & shaker online DAB radio station, Jemmone, our main man Mr Turner is busier than ever. So, given this solid run of showings, it is little surprise that his studio productions have taken a little bit of a backseat, although a little birdie tells us that he has a new track mix/remix in the making (or at least planned), “Keep On Rising” set to get his 2K13 treatment, while we are more than content with both these podcasts, ones well worth adding to your collection by hitting on https://soundcloud.com/clubroomservice/room-service-vol-12-adam-turner & https://soundcloud.com/adamturnermusic/adam-turner-in-the-mix-jemm, or by simply clicking on the large images above & below.
To our “Track of The Week” now and a production that literally caught us by surprise & then swept us off our feet when it emerged into our world last Wednesday, the phenomenal Pagano remix of the Taylor Square & Peyton track “Run Away With You”, running the fierce completion scurrying for the sidelines as we started to assemble our selections for our tip top weekly choice. And in this towering track, originally conceived back in 2012 by prolifically powerful vocalist Peyton Christopher & Australian D.J./producer Alex Taylor, better known on the circuit as Taylor Square, Pagano has chosen well to perform a production remix, while this thoroughly entertaining video captures Peyton & Alex’s cavorting & a car, speeding around Sydney to simply sensational single of theirs, the to the beat head movements simply hilarious
our fab Fran having done considerable justice to the original at https://soundcloud.com/alex-taylor/taylor-square-peyton-runaway. Described as “…a sexy, melodic groove that takes you around the world and back again in just over 7 minutes, with absolutely no jet-lag!…”, there is certainly no kind of lag in this superbly stratospheric seven minutes of magnificent music, Pagano adding a tough tech edge to both the intro and the exit, as well as running his pumping progressive sound through the rest of the track, cleverly highlighting Peyton’s base-lines to brilliant effect. And while there is no doubt that the original has amazing appeal across a broad range of listening portals, our Italian Stallion’s version is definitely for the dancefloor and will no doubt be in his bag of beats tricks when he hits Tel Aviv this weekend as the city celebrates Pride in a big way. As for the production itself, with the original link cat already out of the bag and one worthy enough as an addition to your collection as it is, we reckon that, just like ours were, your feet will be swept from underneath you with the pumping progressive power of this vivacious version of a track when you when you grab your copy of the truly phenomenal Pagano re-work by clicking on the large image below or by heading to http://beatport.com/track/run-away-with-you-pagano-remix/4445641 the pumping progressive power of this vivacious version of a track definitely doing justice “Track of The Week” selection.
So that’s our two (three) tip top choices for this week, while our eyes are already looking forward to next week as the podcast & track picks are very much lining up & vying for our attention, Matinee possibly looking like playing a big part, while for now & in the majestic music of Adam, Alex, Pagano & Peyton, we have a fabulous come fantastic four who easily prove for us that “Music Is The Answer!” (DISCO MATT)
Just a week after we reported on the spurning Thursday night soiree scene, we are back in the centre of this captivating crime of a compact clubbing hotspot, as Room Service sweeps aside its compatriots to score another “Pick of The Day” selection of ours, full details on tonight’s event an image click below, while we expand on Room Service’s exploits & expeditions abroad beneath.
It hardly seems a week since we were extolling the virtues of Room Service and its responsibilities for spurning a substantial Thursday night social soiree scene from its base in Soho, Friday’s having become the poorer weekend starter of a cousin as a result, while Jodie Harsh & her tight knit team are riding a popularity wave crest that has hardly been tempered by the gathering competition such as Gigolo, revival & Owsat. Indeed, it seems that the brand identity & resounding reputation that Room Service has firmly established in its approaching three year history, has not only cemented its London events as weekly winners, but has seen an expedition expansion to New York, a season of soirees that is well into double figure forays, spreading the Room Service word stateside in superb style. Indeed, with Jodie jet setting between the two virtually each & every week, life in the Room Service fast lane hasn’t looked better, that Ibiza tour last year certainly having borne the networking fruit that has secured, not just the NYC sessions but a sequence of Pride season soiree’s that are sure to further spread the Room Service name & reputation even further afield.
And it all starts next Wednesday (5th June) in Tel Aviv, Miss Harsh & her crew joining forces with local promoter Raul Amit to present a “Pride Edition” event that curtain raises a long weekend of partying in the Israeli capital, scores of performers & D.J.’s flying in to support a significant schedule, La Demence’s cruise also landing to pump up proceedings, while Jodie & London Room Service resident D.J. Ariel fly the UK flag, supported by a Tel Aviv team that extends to no less than three other D.J.’s & four hosts, while a special photo-shoot will surely see shots splattered all across social networking sites within hours of the event opening. But the Room Service motoring machine then moves on to Amsterdam the following Friday (14th June), Jodie again holding up the London end, ably assisted by her special hostess, Amanda Lapore, while host club NYK’s resident Hartog is among four other D.J.’s on duty, spread across the venue’s two rooms.
But back to Tel Aviv and some hot off the press news, as Jodie has enlisted the hosting support of two of her terrific team, porn star Francois Sagat sure to add a squeeze or three of French sauce, while the marvellous Munroe Bergdorf will certainly raise more than a Tel Aviv eyebrow or two with her extrovert endeavours. As for London tonight (Thurs 30th May), PLAY>TIME’S own Jay Roberts joins the hosting fold, no doubt bringing a bevy of beautiful blokes with him, while the barnstorming beats will be bashed out by the brilliance of Hifi Sean & Ariel, Maibella sure to be a sizzling starter to a warm weekend of weather to come, Lucio Saints also sure to warm your cockles & other body bits with his bawdy bravado. So, all in all, the recent & coming weeks for Room Service seem to be reaching purple patch proportions, we sure that following both the Tel Aviv turn & the Amsterdam antic, that more will follow suit, securing this burgeoning brand as one of the big players on the global clubbing scene and we cannot wait to share the exciting news on further expeditions that is sure to come soon. (DISCO MATT)
With the Thursday soiree scene seemingly soaring in Soho, it looks like Shoreditch is following suit with two new starters, we landing our first joint “Pick of The Day” on East Bloc’s “Disco Smack” & The Joiners Arms newbie “Owsat”, event details a rotational banner selection away opposite or image clicks below, while we deliver a dinky devotion on the spurning soiree scene beneath
If ever there was a night on the scene schedule here in the capital that is bucking the times of austerity trend, then it is Thursday’s, a day that used to be considered as still firmly in the working week, is one now that signals the beginning of the weekend ahead, the traditional Friday start having fallen flat as a pancake. And while Thursday night into Friday morning has been no stranger to the scene for a fair few years, Gravity one of its biggest event exponents, the real step change in attitude & appeal was spearheaded by Soho, Room Service leading the way, soon followed by Gigolo & then Society, although this lofty landscape did slide a little when Gigolo switched to Wednesday’s & Society’s home suddenly closed. However, like the positive growth in the economy, Thursday’s of late have seen a resurgence in scene soiree socialising as Gigolo decided to return back to where it belonged and the new(ish) Wednesday night social Revival also grasping the Thursday nettle, making for quite a melting pot of Soho meets for followers to choose from.
Indeed, with the previous trend of hopping between parties pretty evident again, it seems that this perceived increased choice has manifested itself as constructive rather than destructive competition, there seemingly plenty of party people to go around, especially given the compact & bijou nature of these soirees. So, it was inevitable that the other hotspot on the scene, Shoreditch, would want to grab a piece of this action and tonight sees two new club outings launch, both within reasonable distance of each other, East Bloc taking the initiative with its “Disco Smack” devotion, a fresh feeling foray that will appeal to the alternative set, an NYC twist to it too, as Hari Nef treats the crowd to a special drag performance & Zack Krevitt supplies the visuals, sounds coming from Andy Bradin & Josh Quinton. Then, just a hop, skip & jump away is The Joiners Arms, whose “Owsat” outing is also brand new to Thursday’s, although looks like having longer legs than the former, this well known east end boozer renowned for bending the working week rules, the accent with this latest venture however firmly on the music, Joiner’s own D.J. Jairo in charge of the RnB, disco & house sounds.
So with Shoreditch now also upping the Thursday night ante, it looks like all steam ahead for what will inevitably mean an earlier start to the weekend for many, Friday’s very much on notice to pull their party socks up in response. (DISCO MATT)
After one of the quietest January’s on the capitals clubbing circuit we can remember, it seems that February is exploding into action, we sticking with London for our three “Best Bites”, while with plenty still going on internationally, they take prominence in a stack of “Short Shouts”, while some snippets of news & dance diary dates completes our weekend post package.
While our continental compatriots have continued to club & cavort during January without applying any sort of brake, is us, or has there not been much going on here in the capital, well in Vauxhall at least, while closures & a general flat feel may be the fault that leads us to this conclusion. However, there can be little doubt that February is starting as it means to go on, three exceptional events seeing London sweep our “Best Bites” board, while with still such a lot happening abroad, we “Short Shout” for all things international with a couple of mini home mentions too. Plus with news nibbles & diary dates, it’s all go in this our latest & still combined recommends newsletter.
So, to a news nibble first and there has been much confusion today as to where Vauxhall club night Gravity will take place this week, some sources saying it was switching to Area in l, while we can confirm that for this week & beyond, it will remain at its current home, Covert, the event information at https://facebook.com/events/363794247061393/ still standing.
Right to our first “Best Bite” and we head to Electric Brixton, the host venue for Puscha’s “Undercover – Let The Mystery Begin” event, which takes place this Saturday (2nd Feb), a D.J. line up to dream off, while with a distinct 007 theme and the Puscha party pack & faithful notorious for dressing for the occasion, glamour simply isn’t enough to explain just what a flamboyant frolic this is going to be. And having given both Puscha and this event our full preview coverage & exposure just over a week ago, while we shared some of the party detail then, we thought we would elaborate a little more here, first recapping on the D.J. line up which is nothing short of stunning and, as we have said a D.J. dream, each one also prolific music producers in their own right. So when we say that Tom Novy, Paul Gardner & Seamus Haji are three, you can see what we mean, while Tony English is an out & out man for all scene seasons and is on the cusp of a huge record release that we have been sworn to secrecy on, for now at least. As for the rest of the detail, well here it is in a nutshell, “Undercover – Let The Mystery Begin” running from 10 p.m. till 6 a.m., tickets available on the door, while advance ones are too at http://www.clubtickets.com/gb/2013-02/02/pushca-undercover-spy-ball, &.or, http://residentadvisor.net, outlets Prowler & Clone Zone other sources for your standard £20 pass, while for more info, or hit on the Facebook events page at http://facebook.com/events/473672562668215/ or head to the clubs website http://pushca.com. But we can’t let this “Best Bite” mention pass without also propelling the our exclusive interview with Seamus Haji, this enticing insight into his truly compelling & colossal career plus plans for his set on Saturday, all a must read at http://discomatt.com/web/?p=6888, while we are gutting we will be missing him, Tom, Paul & Tony, as prior commitments mean we are away in Antwerp, but if we were in London, this is where we could be and reckon you should be too.
So let’s squeeze in a couple of “Short Shouts” and first that Antwerp attraction that means we can’t be at Puscha, although in Propaganda’s “XL American Dream” event, this Saturday (2nd Feb) at Red & Blue, we have a party that looks like being just as amazing (if not more) than its capital counterpart, gogo’s, drag queens & acrobats creating club theatre like we have never seen before, while with super star D.J./Producer Elof de Neve headlining this exceptional event, the sounds will be simply superb, more info up at https://facebook.com/events/405170699565715/.
Sticking with Saturday we shout out for Scream in Paris, who score a giant goal this Saturday with their “Festival” event, D.J. Ares heading up a team of turntable talent that includes David Judge, Paris Topher & Trippy Gonzales, while with performers on stage pretty much all night, the main room action should be awesome, not forgetting that Scream’s second space propels all out pop and there’s even a naughty room too. And with the festival continuing at official Scream afterparty, Wake Up, with the brilliant Ben Manson, check out either http://scream-paris.com &/or https://facebook.com/groups/53427623634/.
Back to best biting and our next is a new cub that launches this Saturday, the words “Best Bite” fitting Baked like a glove, this planned to be monthly meet throwing its launch this Saturday (2nd Feb) at Green Carnation in Soho, a multi floored venue not dissimilar to The Edge, while we reckon it’s the GC ground floor & basement for Baked on this occasion. That said, we cannot agree more with the PR team when they say “…something is rising in Soho…” which is such good news after that sudden closure notice a few streets away, while we are told the Baked musical recipe is “…200 gram(s) classic house, 300 gram(s) anthems, 1 pinch of disco & 1 extra large dollop of FUN…” , fun clearly the optimum word here, while resident D.J.’s Chris Brogan & Jay Jayman bring plenty of impressive playing ingredients to the Baked music mixing bowl. With Chris having played for big brands Salvation & Love Muscle, while he features regularly for Hed Kandi, Defected & MOS, Jay bringing his residency experience from Bromance, Madhouse, & East Bloc, as well as his own night “Nine Bob Note”, Saturday’s extra D.J. additive comes in the form of special guest Phil Marriott, a man who has anchored a selection of shows for much of the airplay history of the much missed Gaydar Radio, gigs across the UK, but most notably for Popstarz, Onyx & XXL in London, meaning he brings a musical spice variety that should make the Baked mix balloon. Plus with new to the scene host Patrick bringing personality, good time determination & party circuit prominence, there is much to marvel with the already looking brilliant Baked, which kicks off from 9 p.m., entry £8 before midnight, £10 thereafter, while concs are just £5, more info out via this club night’s page at https://facebook.com/bakedsoho as well as at https://facebook.com/events/120509218121845/.
Onwards to some “Short Shouts”, we head over the channel again and back to Belgium as Brussels brilliance La Demence holds its first meet since NYD, celebrating Valentine’s Day early tomorrow night (Fri 1st Feb) with its “Hunting For Love” affair, a dynamic D.J. line up including La D residents Andrei Stan & Steven Redant, while regular guest Paul Heron returns, added to which Dikky Vendetta & Micky Friedman also star, Fuze sure to be packed to the rafters, extensive event info up at https://facebook.com/events/457280457668425/, while head to https://facebook.com/pages/LA-DEMENCE/118510491162 for the clubs March & Easter event disco diary dates, aiming sure you don’t miss the boat on the La Demence cruise either.
Another Friday frolic that gets our “Short Shouts” spotlight is Rome’s Muccassassina which is sure to impress with its “Icon” incarnation, although with a D.J. line up that seems to be missing a little international influence, this is probably a party aimed at resident Romans, while the venue is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular across the global scene, so for that reason alone is well worth a visit. Plus with pop music being the overriding order of this “Icon” day, artistic director Angelo Pellegrino is pandering to his party patriots while for all the detail head to https://facebook.com/events/440879255983991/, while if you happen to be in Rome on 12th Feb (that’s a Tues) Mucca has its extra Carnival caper, so another date for your dance diary.
To our third & final “Best Bite for this weekend and while we still have issues with the venue location, there can be no doubt that on Saturday, the significant talk of the town & one of the hottest places to be & be seen on the scene will be Matinee, which makes a welcome return to London, s short sabbatical seeing its come out of hibernation with its “Pervert” party this Saturday (2nd Feb). Now, we said our piece in our special preview, not least over both host venue Fire not being appropriate and the music policy looking like it will shift significantly with more than a tip of the sound scales slant towards tech & tribal. However, we have today learnt that in addition to Matinee’s Spanish superstar (& fab friend) Javier Medina headlining, Ale Amaral joins a team that also includes a massive name on the global clubbing circuit, Pagano sure to pull considerable crowd, while Lee Yeomans, Massimo Paramour & D’Johnny should also delight, while the set we would have headed for had we have been going, would be Pier Morrocco’s who, like Ale, balances those tech & tribal scales superbly with a more progressive & uplifting bag of beats. Now, the news on the ground is that advance ticket sales have gone crazy in the last few days, so we reckon you need to get in fast by either heading to Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone (both shops), Fifty Dean, Ku-Bar (Frith & Lisle St’s) and Rupert St bar, or going online to http://orangenation.co.uk/events/matinee-pervert/ where the standard £15 options are still available, Plus, the Matinee machine rolls into action tonight at Room Service for their pre-party, the Spanish superclub’s London promoter, Mauricio Ortiz, joined on Greek street by a set of sexy studs in true Matinee style, more info on this out at https://facebook.com/events/531994096822184/, while for the “Pervert” party itself, go to http://facebook.com/events/122467604587638/, Fire sure to be a roadblock on Saturday, so our advice is to get there early & stake your claim close to the main stage as the shows are set to be spectacular, our preview at http://discomatt.com/web/?p=6797 delving deeper into the detail.
So to our final set of “Short Shouts” we aim our arrow, once again, on Rome now and hit the target with Splash which rewards our sharp shooting with its bulls-eye bash, the first 2013, also this Saturday (2nd Feb), the new venue location for this marvellous meet now into its fourth season, the spectacular Saponeria Club, proving popular with the Splash clubbing collective and with regular resident D.J. Simone De Biasio joined by special guest from Madrid, Sredu, plus live acts, acrobats & plenty of performance surprises too, it looks like Splash could be showing off a clean pair of captivating clubbing heels, more detail up at https://www.facebook.com/events/416061151797712/.
Last, but by no means least our weekend recommends blocks is a mini mention for TheMenWhoFell2Earth, we finding ourselves back here in London, east to be precise and East Bloc even for accurate, this barmy bunch returning on Saturday (2nd Feb) too, resplendent resident rhythm reprobates JC Wood, Lil LV Sodomystorm, Cummy Bear joined by special guest, Hard Cock Life’s Rory Phillips, while hosts Oly & Bother got more than a mention in this week’s QX Magazine, TheMenWhoFell2Earth no strangers to press publications either, so certainly a place to hang your alternative happening hat, more detail out at https://facebook.com/events/467328669995719/.
Now just before we sign off, a few dates for your dance diaries, the first being Swallow, another new club launch, although this one taking place this coming Tuesday (5th Feb) in Mayfair, while Deelooded “Eastside” next Sunday (10th Feb) is a must visit event in our books, so should be in yours too. Them the following weekend, it’s time for another new clubbing concept, this time the colossal combo, Prohibition, Saturday 16th Feb the date & brands Lovechild, Bear Necessity, Queer Nation & Butch the game, yet more new blood coming at you the previous night (Fri 15th Feb), The Orange Group launching Manic at Area, although the less said about the “Panic” strap-line the better, while WE “Carnival” in Madrid next Saturday (9th Feb) is surely a must diary date.
Right that is it for another weekend of our recommendations and plenty for you to pick out, while for us is Antwerp, Red & Blue and Propaganda our rounds Saturday/Sunday trip meaning we miss out on all three of our “Best Bites” & those string of other “Short Shouts”, although with so much to choose from we are sure that, sometime over this explosion of events first in February, you will surely “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
With a rapidly expanding portfolio of presences & productions, on the back of naming his latest compilation our podcast of the week and just ahead of this burgeoning beatmaster’s birthday, we couldn’t think of a better bloke to devote our first D.J. focus of 2013 to than the amazing & terrific Adam Turner, we dealing a detailed devotion on this marvellous man & his music.
If you have followed our reviews, our recommends and all our other posts & features, whether religiously or not, you will be pretty familiar with the fact that we have been treading the capitals clubbing boards for many a moon (some would say too many), while our informative dancefloor years stretch back to our surrogate South Africa, meaning that we have been there & done that, the real passion within all the clubbing expeditions we have amassed, being the music & the music makers. So it is also true to say that, given our experiences, we are pretty qualified to speak for and spot out terrific talent when we see it and while recently we have dropped our favourite guard, we hang our hat on certain incredible individuals for good reason, not because they have become great friends of ours, but because, most importantly, they are exemplary exponents of their art, some right at the top of the game both here in London & internationally. Yet, while an ever increasing list of D.J.’s & producers that we promote are firmly established within their field, there are a handful that are emerging & relatively fresh faced in what is a highly competitive clubbing circuit, meaning making their mark these days is even tougher than it was when we were young & fresh faced. But there is one such individual that is making his musical mark magnificently, so much so that he has made it into our own coveted category of “protégé players”, the brilliant of this burgeoning beatmaster richly deserving this position as well our focused attention here.
Adam Turner is a talent with whom we only became introduced to formerly under a year ago, yet having seen his name appear on club flyers, in the popular press and on the pages of social networking sites for a while longer, we quickly connected with this chap & his compositions. Indeed, not long after that intro , Adam made a magnificent mark on our musical minds with his “House Of Summer 2012” mix, one which for a while toppled our premier player from his playlist pedestal, a captivating & compelling compilation that would see it split Steve Pitron’s podcasts in our Y.E. top five chart. Yet, the Adam Turner production story goes much deeper than just this podcast, his roots firmly founded in track compsotions, this love of mixing, re-mixing & producing stretching back into his teenage years, his first set of decks purchase at just 13 setting him on a career path both in clubs & the recording studio that was cemented following his graduation from The Guildhall school in London in 2011, sporting a music degree to his name and in just over a year, this emerging talent has made significant strides on the scene, quickly assembling an impressive list of both residencies & guest spots across the capitals clubbing circuit. From Circa in Soho, Popcorn at Heaven, both considerable & constant cornerstones, Adam also boasts roving residencies at A:M/Onyx & Sunday’s at The RVT in Vauxhall, The Kensington Roof Gardens and, most recently for The Shadow Lounge in Soho & Bridge Bar in Clapham, all meaning that Adam is becoming busier with every brimming beat, he now also part of the Room Service residency team on top of tripping to Glasgow regularly to star in the city’s & one of Scotland’s most famous clubs, the Polo Lounge.
So, given that repertoire of residencies & gigs, Adam richly deserves both the burgeoning beatmaster brilliance tag & that coveted protégé player position of ours, while in the relatively short time we have been tracking this tremendous talent, we have become so proud of what Mr Turner has achieved. But the Adam success story doesn’t stop there, as he also hosts a weekly radio show every Friday night on Westside FM, a two hour show split into track devotions during the first half, while he goes into the mix for the second hour, a perfect platform to propel both his own productions & those he plays in his live sets, while his passion for promoting other producers is also evident in the show. Yet, the circle of Adam achievements always leads back to his studio recordings, he having ht the high notes back in the summer of last year with his “Amazing” release, one that features his very own vocals (yes the man can sing too!) and was a collaboration with the dynamic production duo, Mars & Vans, Mr Turner continuing to work closely with them, while also mixing his own mash-up’s & remixes, incredible interpretations of “Don’t Wake Me Up” & “Let Me Love You” added to his superb sample of tracks “Titanium” & “It’s Not Right Buts It’s Ok”. Indeed his latest track project on the latter, which he has called his “State 53 Mix” is hot off the production press (literally a day ago), one that hit our musical mark immediately and is sure to feature in forthcoming live set showings, this & all his track productions out on his Soundcloud site at https://soundcloud.com/adamturnermusic/. However, we still have a penchant for his podcast productions, no less than nine produced in the last year or so, although with a gap between his “Summer Sessions 2012” and his latest, interestingly called “Not Another Fu@king House Session”, we can’t get enough of an Adam Turner compilation, this latest his first in over five months, so the words “not another” perhaps slightly inappropriate, while the podcast itself proves just how he is grown in both stature & musical maturity, so one destined for DM 2013 chart greatness and an essential addition to your collection by going to http://adamturnermusic.podomatic.com/.
So that’s the past & the present in the wonderful musical world of Adam Turner, but what of the future?, well if he continues to rise & rise in the next twelve months as he has in the last, the world will surely become his oyster, we predicting an international emergence along with more capital clubbing circuit residencies. And as this marvellous man prepares to celebrate his birthday, we couldn’t think of a more perfect present than propelling him to our “prime protégé player” position, with even dizzier accolade heights to come for sure. (DISCO MATT)
New for 2013 is this Music/Picks post, propelling our Podcast & Track Of The Week choices, Adam Turner coming up trumps with his “Not Another Fu@king House Session” composition, while our Italian Stallion Pagano goes all “That Disco Fever” on us to scoop our top of the tree track choice for the week, download/stream options image click(s) below, while we deliver our delectation on the duo beneath.
Having only just dipped our toe into the vast lake that could have & should have been the posting propelling of both our podcast & track of the week picks, just a small handful of special music features published on our website, the main focus has been through our Facebook pages, although with 2012 being a challenging year, even these have been affected somewhat. So, with a steadfast determination to make amends in 2013, we are planning a short & sweet weekly special music feature to include both picks, a paragraph (or maybe two) devoted to both, so one for our “Podcast Of The Week” & one for our “Track of The Week”, the plan to publish in line with our weekly music newsletter each Sunday, while to mark the beginning of this new weekly feature, we have purposefully split it away from Sunday, starting our working week as we mean to go on, with marvellous music from two terrific talents.
So let’s crack on and first to our “Podcast Of The Week”, this our second choice of 2013 and one we have been anticipating for a while, Adam Turner having well & truly rocked our world with his “House Of Summer 2012” production, one that made it into our top five chart of the year, no mean feat when pitched against the captivating, colossal & compelling Steve Pitron productions. And 2013 looks like being a second year that Adam will be challenging chart topping position, his “Not Another Fu@king House Session” and interesting title, given that it is his first since that summer release, but one that has been well worth waiting for, he very much kicking off where he left off, the first track a vivacious Shawnie Taylor vocal track that hits the mark magnificently, Adam then taking us on a jubilant journey, a marvellous mixture of progressive & uplifting tune choices sending us skyward just as he did in the summer. But this new session is very reflective of how Adam’s burgeoning & terrific talent has matured & grown over the last few months, the progressive influences in his music coming more to the fore on this compilation, we predict that this production should open new avenues & doors for this impressive individual, Adam already boasting regular residencies at Circa, Room Service, & A:M, with more to come this year we sure to make many more trips to see Adam in action, a trip to http://adamturnermusic.podomatic.com/ will see your safe passage to this latest production, while watch this space for a D.J. focus on Mr Turner, coming up this Saturday.
To our “Track of The Week” now and one that we have been itching to share for a few weeks now, although with the festive season seeing us wrapped up in our year-end music features, we had to put Pagano’s “That Disco Fever” on the back burner, although having soaked up his splendid set at Beyond on NYD, it was just a matter of time before this terrific tune made our track top of the tree slot. And that time is now, “That Disco Fever” coming in two mix versions, we leaning a little more to the house version, although were thrilled when Francesco played the tribal mix for us at Beyond and, if we are honest, one that grows on us with every listen. Indeed, our Italina stallion has been pretty busy in the recording studio, a whole stable of songs being produced in recent months, meaning that while he didn’t make it into our coveted top five producer chart of 2012, this year should see a safe passage for him for sure. And it seems that on top of track productions, Pagano remains busy promoting his own club Deviate, while also featuring in some of the biggest events across the globe, he having hot footed it to beyond on NYD straight from WE’s New year festival in Madrid, while the list of others is endless, his dynamic draw still very much in demand. As for “That Disco Fever”, Pagano has captured the essence of uplifting & energetic house music brilliantly, and without vocals we may add, both versions released on Koolwaters production and for download on Beatport at http://www.beatport.com/release/that-disco-fever/1003139, we having already added our preferred mix to our collection, although both come with the DM recommendation, while to listen right now, just click on the YouTube link below.
So there we have it, our first weekly podcast & track pick post of 2013, the download options we have shared here available via the banners on our website, both Adam’s prolific podcast & Pagano’s tremendous track proving that “Music Is The Answer”. (DISCO MATT)
With a surging sense of enthusiasm for 2013 in what we have called our year of positivity, we set out our plans in the first of a returning “Monthly Message”, sharing recent reviews, reports, recommends & music features, while looking forward to other reporting & reviewing returnees as well as some dates for your disco diary.
There is no shadow of a doubt that 2012 proved a rollercoaster of a ride for our reviewing, reporting & recommending, a fall in features compared to the previous year symptomatic of the challenges we faced and the distractions they caused and while there were plenty of highlights, our activity wasn’t one of them. So, with a determination to restore the status quo to where it was in 2011 and with this year very much one of “positivity”, plus with a real sense of resurgence in our fortunes, we are keen to bring back some reviews & reports that were noticeably absent in 2012, this our monthly message one, while there are others which we will be covering below. But true to our monthly message form, we will run through the sections on our website, picking up on activity for the last month, in this case December and then hinting as to what to expect from the coming month.
December saw a continued return to reviews, WE’s “Formula 2” anniversary event along with two Beyond reflections posted, while towards the end of the month, we reviewed the year in general with our Annual Address, rounding off 2012 with our Clubs review, January starting virtually as we finished, with Beyond NYD getting the super sized review treatment, while our 2012 music reviews, three of them dominated the first week, our trip to Scream just over seven days ago on the cusp of completion while tomorrow’s DISH will be the next in a once a week review delivery, our highlight review from December that final Beyond fling of 2012.
During December we combined our Picks choices with our Extra Bites focuses, Orange’s “Christmas Day”, A:M’s “Boxing Day” Beyond “Midnight” & Splash Roma four, while pure Picks went to Room Service, PLAY>TIME, Muccassassina & ClubNation, while we posted just two Weekend Focus features, one on Beyond & the other on Orange Nation’s festive offerings. As for our newsletters, just one went public, the weekend before Christmas getting our Short Shots attention. As for January, well we have short shouted already, extra bited on WE’s “Vogue” party and focussed on both Scream & DISH, a special focus up on Orange Nations “Free January Clubbing” while our picks choices still get published via Facebook & will be up on our website from next week too, while our highlight recommends/picks post goes to Beyond from 22nd December.
While we had plenty of plans to make our music newsletters weekly, it didn’t happen, although we started publishing our “Track of The Week” choices via Facebook, while a special music feature went up on WE “Formula 2”, we also focussing on D.J.’s Jamie Head & Mikey D. As for January, well it started with our four music reviews of 2012, covering our top 40 track chart, producers, podcasts & sets, while we plan from next weekend to bring back those D.J. focuses, the newsletters, plus our podcast & track of the week postings via our website as well as on Facebook. As for our December highlight, well it could only be that WE special feature.
With no postings to speak of in December, this is one area that we really want to re-propel during January, the returning “That Was The Week That Was” report come review re-commencing from next Friday, while we have already posted three reports this month already, two on Gaydar Radio & the other on Profile/Lo-Profile. But we also want to launch our “Seventh Day Sermon”, while as scene news hits, we aim to report it as we always used to, that first Gaydar report our highlight, even if it was a January rather than December publication.
With nothing to show for in December, we certainly want to get our previews back on stream, the first on Puscha & Matinee Pervert due up in the next week, while Deelooded’s move out east will also get our advance focus. Plus, with a Seamus Hajji interview looking like it could come our way, Disco Matters should be back too.
NIBBLE SIZE TWEETS
A really popular feature of ours which, partly due to technical difficulties, all but halted towards the end of 2012, although following a number of requests to see them back, we will be re-launching these live from the dancefloor transmissions from the beginning of February, beaming our clubbing cavorting all the way from Antwerp, direct to http://twitter.com/discomatt.
With January already having seen us trip across the channel to Paris, while closer to our London home, East Bloc drew us in for DISH, the next couple of weekends will see us forging ahead with our “activity acceleration” plans, before a further trip onto the continent the first weekend of February, Antwerp, Red & Blue & Propaganda calling, while South Africa comes in March & then back to Paris for Easter & Matinee “La-Leche”. But with plenty of parties in-between, we will be attempting some mid-week as well as weekend dancing dervishes, Popcorn, Gigolo, Room Service & new club Swallow on our disco diary radar
Naturally you can tune into all our activity right here, while for posts like our “Pick Of The Day”, Podcast & Track Of The Week” and our “Does…” photo albums, then our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/pages/Disco-Matt/112730602119746 is the place to go, while our group at http://facebook.com/groups/discomatt/ & our personal profile at http://facebook.com/discomattlondon are worth keeping tabs on, while in “Picks” terms, why not check out & follow our Tumblr page at http://discomatt.tumblr.com.
So, with much to do and a stringent schedule set, it’s all steam ahead in 2013 with our “activity acceleration” programme to put us back where we belong, as London’s original party boy independent journalist who’s reviews, reports, recommends & music posts position us as a prominent source of scene clubs, events, music, D.J.’s, news, interviews and much much more. (DISCO MATT)