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When the words “Beyond” & “Trade” are mentioned individually, one other word immediately springs to mind, “Afterhours”, but when they are mentioned together, one other word now forms part of that eloquent sentence, “Ultimate” a bringing together of these brilliant brands that has its second coming this Sunday, Disco Matt brushing aside his inhibitions in order to throw his weight behind these two clubbing heavyweights.
What we have said about the two most influential brands ever to grace the afterhours scene on the capitals clubbing circuit actually goes without saying, the reviews, the reports, the recommendations & the music pages of our website world filled with references to them both and while there are a handful of others that have influtrated this majestic afterhours market, there is absolutely no doubt that Beyond & Trade top the tree, both evergreen examples of branding & clubbing at its brilliant best. Yet while they have each influenced our lives for née on twenty years now, the mere fact that Beyond toppled Trade from its clubbing thrown, the new boy of the time commending its then nemesis to occasional events rather than weekly meets, always made the combining the two seem a suspicious conflict of interests, strange bedfellows if you like, although with collaborative projects such as As One bringing the marriage of minds to the fore, the promoters of these two towering turns thought why not?! Why not indeed, the joining of forces under the name Ultimate actually proving one of the best parties of 2011, packing out host venue Fire deep in Sunday afternoon, very muck akin to the halcyon Turnmills days of Trade, while the brilliance of Beyond also played a significant part in this most prolific of parties, its devoted room rammed from start to finish, proving that the desire form this diamond dancing devotion remained as strong as ever.
So, with Trade returning to storm the scene with another of its specialists events, “A Tainted Love” looking to hold sway tonight (Saturday 11th Feb), it seemed inevitable that a meet of this magnitude deserved an afterparty of equal excellence, the colossal collision of Trade & beyond the resounding result and Ultimate the production of this party proliferation and one that will follow Brixton Electric at the home of Beyond, Area in Vauxhall, tomorrow morning (Sunday 12th Feb). And with both events looking to dominate the weekend, like the two brands have dominated our clubbing lives for pretty much the whole time we have been stepping out on the capitals clubbing circuit, it goes without saying that Ultimate, despite certain earlier reservations, receives our rapturous recommendation, our coverage of this exceptional event a measure of the might of these two heavyweights joining forces and pushing club partying ahead of club politics. However, we felt right to vocally view our reservations in our report earlier this week, our post “Undeniably Underwhelmed” hinting towards this Ultimate event being unevenly weighted towards Trade, even the lion’s share of the so called Beyond D.J.’s in the line up having harped from the mothership of clubbing, our analysis concluding that the music style would swing in favour of the former, Beyond without headliners like Steve Pitron, Mikey D or Alan K, pretty much left out in the cold.
But with those reservations laid to rest, Beyond’s former promoter and Orange Group director of events Jonny Marsh reassuring us that, in his own words, “…the last party was amazing, we tweaked the music to match the mood & it worked like a dream, pleasing both Beyond & Trade followers…”, plus, with Alan K appearing on the D.J. line-up list following our report, it seems that every effort has been made to ensure that our favourite afterhours gets its fair share both on the music front, as well otherwise, after all, unlike the previous Ultimate event which was hosted by Fire, this second coming of the colossal collision will take place in Beyond’s backyard, Area. So, with our fears of a Trade takeover put to rest, what will this Ultimate event look like in terms of the music? Well, naturally being in Area, the organisers will be making use of all three rooms, we suspect they needing to, not least that the world & his wife look like pitching up to “A Tainted Love Affair”, so will surely then descend on Area for what will undoubtedly be an amazing afterparty. So with the main room seeing Beyond boys D’Johnny & Paul Heron go up against Trade’s Manchester boy Nik Denton, expect the music to be tough tech all the way, although with Alan K taking up the final reigns and sure to be the highlight of the main room for us, it will be Beyond, Beyond, Beyond in his heavenly hands. But with The Chapel space sporting the iconic Lady Bianca Trade’s very own first lady, she squaring up against Beyond beatmaster Paul Christian & Trade new kid Ross Homson, while we suspect the little gem in the crown of this colossal collision will be the terrace space, re-named the “lite lounge” for this Ultimate event and it will be here where Trade & Beyond will collide with captivating conclusion, Trade lite lounge originals The Sharp Boys & Fat Tony holding sway, while Jonny M will be getting an opening set look in so as to give it a bit of a Beyond feel. However, in the might of Steve, George & Tony, we have a true Trade/Beyond combo that is hard to beat and will surely rock the room to its rafters.
So, while being a die hard Beyond fan and still not that comfortable that Trade is muscling in on the holy ground that is Area, we cannot escape the fact that this will be one, dare we say it again, colossal collision, advance tickets on sale at the usual Soho outlets, Prowler, Clone Zone & 50, as well as online at http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-02/12/beyond, all priced at £15, while more will be available on the door, although expect to pay £20, those doors opening at 5 a.m. and the event running through to a planned 1 p.m. finish. That said, given the last party in Fire, which ran on into the afternoon, you may be in for an extended treat, while Later will surely beckon as an afterparty to an apfterparty, while in Ultimate the team have promised “…brand new visuals, incredible gogo’s, spectacular stage production and lots more hot surprises…” meaning you should be hot footing it down to Area and witnessing these two brilliant brands blend in perfect harmony. (DISCO MATT)
It ruled the clubbing waves throughout the nineties, continued to make an indelible impression throughout the noughties and, having come of age back in October, Trade starts the Olympic year with a prolific party that looks set to re-write its own unwritten rules, as from the tunnels of Turnmills, the arches of Arcadia & the modesty of Ministry, it hits the enormity of Electric, Disco Matt delving deep into the delectation that is “A Tainted Love Affair” with this brilliant brand.
With the capitals clubbing circuit the magnificent melting pot that it is, with the passing of every year comes a bevy of brands that either sink or swim with the tremendous tide change that seems to continually sweep the scene, all this meaning that a mere handful of hopefuls become semi-permanent placements in the ever changing cycle of clubbing fads & fancies that are an undeniable feature of the diversity that is London. So, looking at those heavenly happenings that occupy a space in our hearts, we obviously count our favourite club of all time, Beyond, right up at the top of our select list, while brands such as Matinee, Orange, Later, A:M, & Hard On! rank neatly below, all having the same thing in common, being brands & events that have stood the test of time. Then, more recent times have seen the likes of Lovechild, SuperMartXe & WE find a prominent place in our dancing devotions, although with two seemingly sidelined, while the third rides a wave crest, the jury is out as to whether they will also attain the test of time status of their clubbing counterparts.
However, there is one club that, undoubtedly has passed that time test with flying colours & also has reached a prominent place, the nineties seeing its occupy virtually every weekend of ours, while the noughties saw it continue to make a splash on the scene with a sequence of special events, just last year the club celebrating a virtually unrivalled 21 years in the business. We are, of course, talking about Trade, also known as the mothership of clubbing, the trendsetter that is, in reality, made the capital’s afterhours clubbing scene what it is today. Yet, having lost its historical seat, the legendary Turnmills in Farringdon, the legendary brand that is Trade has hotfooted it around the capital, landing on the likes of Arcadia, Ministry Of Sound, The Egg & The Renaissance Rooms, even teaming up with Fire for a trio of Orange/Trade treats, while the recently formed brand, Ultimate, has seen our favourite club Beyond, join forces with Trade, the second showing taking place this weekend. But, Trade continues to sport itself on the scene and in Brixton Electric has found a new spot to spin, the much talked about “A Tainted Love Affair” event taking place this Saturday (11th Feb).
So, naturally we could let this momentous moment in the scene schedule pass without focussing on this Trade affair and giving our take on how the change from the tunnels of Turnmills, the arches of Arcadia & the modesty of Ministry will transpose into the enormity of Electric, a theatre style venue that, on paper, is not a natural fit to the Trade style of party pitching. Now, for those of you that were around for Brava back in August will realise, this venue is Brixton, formerly known as The Fridge, didn’t have the most magnificent of starts, the place far from finished, so what was supposed to be the bright new future of clubbing in Brava, a collaborative concept between the promotions teams of Beyond & WE, fell much more that a furlong short of expectations. However, with the Orange Electric event in November, the tenfold improvements were evident for all to see and so it was just a matter of when as opposed to if, that we would see another showing by one brand or another at this iconic venue. So while it came as no surprise that Trade would be the next brand to brave it in Brixton (we actually thought it should have been Matinee), given the venues this mothership of clubbing has chosen before, Electric was a little surprising, not least due to the enormity of the main room & the obstacles that this will clearly present the team when deploying the usual Trade production. That said, in terms of size alone, the fit is perfect, as Trade events usual attract equally enormous numbers and “A Tainted Love Affair” looks like continuing that trend, while the team have promised that as far as Electric is concerned, they will be “…transforming the main room with new state of the art production, effects and visuals…”.
All that said, for us, Trade has always been about the music, yes Trade Mark’s artwork, those mystifying mobiles & other production bits are part of the picture, but without that trademark music, Trade would not be the brilliant brand it is. And for this “Tainted Love Affair” event, the team have pulled in some heavyweights, not least our very own Italian Stallion, Pagano, while other entrants across the two spaces include the legend that is Fat Tony, lite lounge boy Guy Williams & Trade iconess Lady Bianca, while newish boys Ross Homson also features. However, as far as the headlining main room D.J. is concerned, we leave it to the Trade collective in positioning this premier player when they say, “…embodying the club’s forward-thinking music policy Trade has invited special guest Italian Techno DJ UTO KAREM. Who in just a short period of time has produced hit after hit with forward thinking dance tracks that are fast becoming staples of DJ’s everywhere. His productions have found him fans that include the likes of Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, John Acquaviva, Marco Carola, Chis Liebling and many more…”. All sounds impressive & we are sure he will be, but for us, the star of the show looks like being Nick Tcherniak, the man who stole the spotlight at both Orange/Trade on Xmas day & also on the Trade room at As One, but more than that, as for this “A Tainted Love Affair” event, our Mr T has laid down the first official Trade podcast, which is an absolute corker, very much hinting towards what to expect from his set, so well worth a listen & download at http://tradetheoriginal.podomatic.com/entry/2012-01-31T07_29_52-08_00 (apparently also available via Orange Nation’s podcast page, why?????).
That’s the music so now to the detail and this Trade “A Tainted Love Affair” in a nod to Valentine’s Day, takes place this coming Saturday (11th February) at The Brixton Electric, doors opening at 11 pm. and the event running though to a planned 6 a.m. finish. This is a ticketed event, advance $£15 ones available online at http://www.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-02/11/trade-a-tainted-love-affair, while Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & 50 are selling the hard versions at the same price (sadly all early birds went ages ago), while we think you will be able to get entry on the door, although expect to pay much more (we reckon £20), so you know what to do, that is buy before you try. And naturally, this “A Tainted Love Affair” has an afterparty, Ultimate seeing brilliant brand Beyond join forces with its afterhours auntie at Area from 6 a.m. Sunday morning (12th Feb), joint tickets for both events available via that online link and at those Soho outlets. Plus, we have to mention that this event also marks the official launch of Pagano’s “Official” Trade compilation (it’s not a podcast folks!!) “Trade – The Dark Side”, we hoping that a privileged copy will be coming our way, although watch this space for the download link, we suspect via Kult or Beatport. (probably http://toolboxdigitalshop.com/ too), with more info (should you need it, via the events page at http://facebook.com/events/186695398094718/ or a click away at http://tradeuk.net.
So that pretty much sews up the deal of the dynamic do and needless to say, the music is going to be just awesome, the team will surely pull out all the stops and Brixton Electric will be packed, packed, packed, the “…often copied but never equalled…” Trade sure to thrill from start to finish, meaning that you simply have to “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
With a name like Ultimate and the blending of two brilliant brands, we were expecting the ultimate best of both, but with the release of the D.J. line-up that shouts Trade & tech with one possible exception, Disco Matt cannot divert from his disappointment as he focuses in on this Beyond trade off of an event.
When we think about afterhours clubbing in London, there are a handful of names that we can conjure up, A:M, Orange, Later, & Ultra, four among a few others that spring to mind, although there is little doubt that these pail in significance when compared to the two colossus clubs that have pretty much dominated Sunday mornings for the last twenty or so years. The 1990’s saw Trade turn clubbing in the capital on its head, attracting amazing attention as it broke the boundaries of normality & convention, this mothership of clubbing opening the doors to another, Beyond, which pretty much unseated Trade from its lofty position, taking up the Sunday morning mantle at the turn of the century and then dominating the noughties, like Trade did in the nineties. So, while on paper these brands were seen as bitter rivals for a while, recent times have seen the clubs come together in collaborations that culminated in the launch of a joint forces clubbing brand called Ulitimate, the ethos being that this joining of forces would bring the best of both to the fore, the Trade musical camp clearly leaning towards tech come techno, while Beyond’s musical direction was more uplifting & euphoric, the combination undeniably a tantalising prospect.
So, our exciting enthusiasm for the brilliant beats of Beyond & the towering tech of Trade was very much a match made in heaven and it seemed that with the first Ultimate party back in October, after Trade’s 21st Birthday to be precise, that was exactly what seemed to have been achieved. With a distinct Trade room offering the tough tech that the club has always been renowned for, there was a Beyond space which sported many of its main room residents who delivered that uplifting & euphoric house music we hinted to. And in so doing, this so-called joining of forces seemed to fulfil every expectation and more, host venue Fire not only giving Ultimate a distinctly different definition, but saw the place packed to the rafters well into Sunday afternoon. Yet, despite the winning formula which clearly succeeded in virtually every department, it seems that in this Ultimate second coming, that winning formula has been worryingly fiddled with, as not only has that distinctly different definition been dissolved by housing Ultimate in Area, but casting our eyes across the D.J. line up for this latest joint venture, it in no way shouts a joint jamboree, rather looks more like a Trade afterparty of players with just a mere smattering of Beyond boys.
So what were we expecting from Ultimate’s music and from the event itself? Well, quoting from the promoters own press release, it was clear that this was supposed to see “…the two undisputed heavyweights of London’s afterhours scene going head to head…”, meaning we were expecting a balance of Beyond & Trade, the former having been noted for main room men that included prominent players such as Steve Pitron, Alan K, & Mikey D, these three very much defining the uplifting & euphoric house music for which this brilliant brand has become famous. But with the likes of The Oli, Jamie Head & Fat Tony also delivering delightful delectations in the terrace, latterly know as the “Beyond Da Disco” space, we were kind of hoping that at least one space would be given away to the brilliance of Beyond. That said, having been a Trade baby throughout the 90’s, when we occupied the Turnmills main room weekly, we also love the Trade style of sound, the likes of Gonzalo Rivas, Pete Wardman, Steve Thomas &, who can forget, the late great Tony De Vit, doing us unbelievable justice with their scintillating super-speed sets. So naturally, with Ultimate billed as a joint project between these two huge heavyweights, we were also hoping that maybe Messrs Rivas & Thomas would have been inclusions, indeed taking heart from further PR parts that included the phrases “… forging distinct musical styles…” & “…DJs across three mind blowing rooms will be selected from the super-talented stable of residents and guests from both leading brands…”, we therefore expected line-up inclusions of at least some of the names we have mentioned. Then, as for the event itself, we were hoping it would bring out the best in both brands, an equal share of the spoils of what will surely be a pumping & pulsating party, but reading between the lines, it fails significantly short of our probable pie in the sky expectations.
So, what do we have in this supposed marriage of magnificent minds? Well, deciding on Area means that Ultimate will, without doubt feel like Beyond, the venue for us being all about the brilliant brand and no other. Yet, in choosing the D.J.’s they have and mixing them up as they will be, in Ultimate at Area, they have created a perceived collaboration that actually leans far further towards Trade than Beyond. Yes, in theory the promoters have included Beyond residents, Fat Tony for one, The Sharp Boys for another (well two of course) and Paul Heron too, but for those like us that harp from the Turnmills days of Trade will realise, these terrific talents were very much part of the picture then and, as a result, will no doubt tilt their musical tendencies towards Trade & not Beyond at Ultimate on Sunday. Why do we say this?, Well let’s look at the Ultimate main room line up for a start, Nik Denton firmly in the Trade camp, while D’Johnny (we love his music by the way) is noted for his tougher tech tendencies, these two being joined by Paul Heron, an incredible international whose musical tastes are as diverse as ours, but will surely be channelled down that tough tech towpath that will undoubtedly be the Ultimate main room experience.
Then we look at Area’s second space and while the team have adopted the “Chapel” label which is very much all about Beyond, save for Paul Christian, it is Trade in another name, Lady Bianca & Ross Homson dominating the line-up and sure to send the music in a direction that is distinctly different to Beyond & considerably closer to Trade. But it doesn’t stop there as the third room, the terrace, has, for Ultimate, been renamed “the lite lounge”, a space that has Trade written all over it and in The Sharp Boys & Fat Tony, the pioneers of this awesome addition to the Turnmills partying package in the mid nineties, we have a space that will be much more about T than B. So, our analysis of the music direction of Ultimate seems to suggest that it is in fact a Trade afterparty, an extension of the event “A Tainted Love Affair” which will precede it at Brixton Electric and one we cannot contain our excitement for enough, especially having missed out on the brands 21st birthday bash. Yet while we accept that a party deserves an afterparty, what we cannot fathom out is how Beyond plays its part in this head to head encounter. Yes, Area is the home of Beyond, we get that and yes, Fat Tony plays at Beyond, so does Paul Heron & so do the Sharp Boys ( D’Johnny as well), but we cannot escape the fact that the music, an indelible ingredient that makes or breaks a club, is so much more & will be much more about Trade.
All this means that we have been left undeniably underwhelmed by this Ultimate event, our expectations & the excitement we felt just hours ago, akin to a tremendous tower block that has, in a moment of explosive implosion, been reduced to a demolition site of disappointment. That said, while we feel so strongly about voicing our opinion now and stating our case for the Beyond defence, we will be sleeping on our thoughts, we will be considering the Trade prosecutors persuasions & we will be reviewing our reporting on what will undoubtedly be an undeniably exceptional event that, despite our reserved reservations & implied Beyond trade off, will receive our resounding recommendation. (DISCO MATT)
When we look back across our clubbing life in the capital there is no doubt that times have certainly changed since we first arrived on the scene back in 1990 and it would also be fair to say that our tastes in clubs & the music they play has also changed, we not necessarily moving with the times although with ageing comes mellowness, probably like a good bottle of wine. Mind you, sticking with that wine analogy, we certainly seem to be showing no signs of turning to vinegar, rather in our twenty first year of cutting a stride on the scene, we seem to be just as active as we were back then, perhaps even more so, save for the odd debilitating injury that clearly also comes with age. And talking of coming of age, usually, or at least in old money, twenty one years marks that moment, although in the case of this club, which celebrates its 21st birthday this coming weekend, there can be no doubting that it came of age many moons ago, the heyday of existence in its first ten, those heady yet heavenly times at Turnmills, a time when clubbing, especially on a Sunday, was at its most decadently debaucherous and pushing the boundaries, as we did, was packed with excitement & naughtiness.
Trade has left on indelible mark on our lives, along with many others, some who like us, are still cutting that stride on the scene, while others will have long resigned themselves to a life less clubbier, the newer generation of Trade fans possibly not even having witnessed those wonderful times when it found itself at what can only be described as its home sweet home. Yes, there is no mistaking that combination of Trade & Turnmills is the bread & butter, the cheese & biscuits or the strawberry’s & cream marriage of the clubbing scene, hardly any other brand & venue association coming close, save for perhaps Salvation & Cafe De Paris. Yet, interestingly, as Trade turns 21, for nearly half of that time, this mother of all clubbing brands has found itself without a permanent place to lay its hat, venues including The Egg in Kings Cross, Fire in Vauxhall & Ministry Of Sound in Southwark all playing host to occasional events, whether it be the still surviving Christmas Day parties or, naturally, the birthday bashes. Yet while attempting to emulate the feel of Turnmills, The Arches getting the closest, it seems that the clubs ethos has diluted somewhat, not least in the style of music, the crowd it attracts &, of course, the overall atmosphere.
But before we talk about where Trade will be for it’s 21st, we thought it only appropriate, especially for those of you younger folk who were not around in those heady Farringdon days, to give you just a taste of what it was like to take in a Sunday morning at Turnmills, by, as briefly as we can, paint a picture of an a-typical trip to Trade. Generally, it would start with a 3 a.m. wake up call, followed by a 4 a.m. rendezvous with our Trade baby pal Terry in the early nineties, & Chris in the latter nineties, an arrival at Turnmills doors meaning joining a queue, sometimes for an hour or more, although the wait was worth its weight in gold. Then, with fevered anticipation we would descend the stairs into the main space, the bar the first eye catching sight, a wonder under the arches avoiding the packed “muscle mary alley” (so called as all the hunky men would meet here), then up the steps into our spot opposite the D.J. booth door, from where we could survey all the action on the dancefloor as well as casting our eyes on the D.J.’s at work. And it would be here that we would dance pretty much constantly for the next six hours to the likes of Malcolm Duffy, Alan Thompson, Steve Thomas, Rachel Auburn, Lisa German, Ian M, Tony De Vit, Gonzalo & Pete Wardman. And pretty much nothing would move us from our spot, save a short break for a coffee on the first floor around 11 a.m. or the need for refreshments & to refresh ourselves, hardly a week going by when we wouldn’t be there as the lights came up and when Laurence Malice turned them off again, a midday finish going on till 1 p.m., we eventually crawling out of Turnmills, bleary eyed, into a bright Sunday afternoon, happy days indeed. And if you were part of this era of Trade, then this video clip should bring those happy memories flooding back, http://youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=o_OuDT9Jch0, providing a rare piece of footage from the last event at its legendary home, whilst Laurence Malice’s interview in The Independent is a MUST read for all Trade enthusiasts & inquisitors alike, gives you as good an insight to the club & the man behind the club, so one you should absorb in all its glory by going to http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/10/24/laurence-malice-on-after-hours-partying-being-kidnapped-and-turning-away-axl-rose/.
So, looking to the now, where is Trade laying its hat for its birthday this year? Well, interestingly, they have opted for new club Pulse Southwark to house the event, the place, just off the south side of Blackfriars bridge where both SuperMartXe & Lovechild now stage their scene showings, Southwark as a district having been the home for Trade’s 18th & 20th birthdays but a hop, skip & jump down the road at The Arches. Now, following a number of false starts this year, we still have yet to see this new, state of the art clubbing venue, although from what we are told there will be plenty of space to house the hoards of people that will no doubt decide that this 21st birthday bash will be their Saturday night choice of where to be & be seen on the scene. And yes you heard us right, Trade’s birthday this year will be on a Saturday night, as opposed to the traditional Sunday morning, although the so called coming of age also means that life is a little different, not least that the afterhours phenomenon that effectively killed off Trade’s weekly parties, Beyond, will be joining forces with its nemesis, for an afterparty at Fire in Vauxhall, details on this we will be covering in a separate Weekend Focus post coming up. As for Pulse emulating the days of Turnmills, well those days are definitely over, but we are sure that with the planned artwork, Trade Mark style & the usual prolific production, it will be as close as we could wish for.
With the bricks on this birthday bash beginning to build up into a fuller picture, the venue & the night now sorted, what about the most important element of any Trade party, the music? Well, given the line-up it should be top draw Trade style as usual, big hitters of recent times, Pagano & Nick Denton in amongst a sea of stars from those magical days of Turnmills, main room men of that time, Pete Wardman & Gonzalo (he didn’t use Rivas then) also in the mix, while we are sure Steve Thomas & the face of Trade, Nick Tcherniak may surprise us with an impromptu back-to-back performance to match that wonderful one at Fire a couple of years ago. But the list goes as lite lounge originals The Sharp Boys & Fat Tony are there, while the long list extends to the likes of Daz Saund, Leonardo Glovibes (suggesting a Megawoof style room!), to Andy Farley, Rosco & Ross Homson (a hard house room for sure!), while the team also welcome special guests Monika Kruse (check out her interview at http://dontstayin.com/article-14593)& the legendary Smokin Jo who, together with Jon Byrne & James Nardi, complete a line-up that has something for everyone, from Trade babies of old, to lite lounge enthusiasts, through to those more used to the modern face of this 20th century colossus celebrating 21 years making music & now firmly in the 21st century. Plus, judging from the line-up, our guess is that there will be three, maybe four rooms, although as usual, the team are keeping these details very much close to their chests.
So what can you expect from the music?, Well, house, progressive house, hard house, harder house & techno house, although we were hoping to find a Trade 21st birthday compilation release to promote, while as of going to press we are still waiting for one, but what we can do is share links to podcast pages of some of the stars of this coming Saturday’s show, The Sharp Boys up first with two recent releases that give a nod towards what to expect from their set, both Sharpcast Episode 9” & the special promo edition worth picking out from their page at http://sharpboys.podomatic.com/. Then there is Nick Tcherniak, the so called face of Trade, as, with the exception of Tom Fuller, it would be Nick that Turnmills regulars would see first, although these days, Mr Tcherniak is better known for being behind the decks rather than in front of them, his set on Saturday one not to be missed, an idea of the kind of treats in store available by checking out his latest podcast, “Everybody”, at http://nicktcherniak.podomatic.com/, which includes the track of the same name, recorded with studio partner Steve Thomas (or Janet to his Trade pals) along with vocals from Lizzie France, who performed live at Trade’s birthday last year. Another name pretty synonymous with Trade and one who kind of stepped into the vacant shoes left by the prematurely lost Tony de Vit, is Gonzalo, his main room sets in the latter 90’s, pure memory making magic, we pinning our hopes on Mr Rivas to produce a podcast devoted to Trade’s birthday, although his “Cums Deep & Penetrating” mix is as close to the mark as we can get it, well worth a listen at http://gonzalorivas.podomatic.com/, although like Nick’s, his set on Saturday is one you should be around for.
Now we mentioned that name didn’t we?, Tony De Vit, no preview look at any Trade birthday would be complete without a mention for him and while he may have passed onto a better place 14 years ago now, his memory still lives on in many people’s minds, not least those Turnmills Trade babies that, like us, are still circling the scene, or at least pitching up to these annual birthday bashes. And in terms of giving those of you not accustomed to the full on high speed hard house sets that we used to enjoy week in week out on the Turnmills main room, just check out this video clip that, without visuals, introduces you to a real de Vit anthem, “Are You Ready” (http://youtube.com/watch?v=oWIzTYVUcIM), this track along with a host of unmissable others to be found on his “Global Underground” album & one we will be digging out & dusting off for a few plays before heading out from home on Saturday night. But with a never-ending list of YouTube clips available to mark the memories left by this legendary D.J., here are just a couple that give you an idea of the magic that this man created every time he played, http://youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=dfzkHmCQySQ chronicling another Tony anthem “The Dawn”, while the full 9 minute feature of “I Don’t Care” at http://youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=OWaWPx3hUa8 evokes the pounding & pumping surge of excitement that used to race through our veins while Tony was masterminding a Sunday morning spectacle of a set as he used to do with consummate ease.
Right, with you now surely in the mood for this Trade “A Journey To The Dark Side” event, all we need to do is to run down the detail, we once again stressing (more for Trade enthusiasts of old) that this is a Saturday night, rather than a Sunday morning party, Pulse’s doors opening at 10 p.m. and the event running through to a “superlate” finish. Now, if you haven’t yet got your ticket then best you get on the case pretty quickly, as we expect this to be a sellout, or at least a roadblock affair, advance £15 entry available online by going to http://www.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-10/29/trade-21-a-journey-to-the-dark-side, where you can also grab the joint £25 option which gets entry to the afterparty, “Ultimate”. However, if you prefer grabbing a ticket by hand, then Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & 50 have them on sale, while for the foolhardy, there may be entry on the door, but expect to pay more & wait a long time to get in (so you know what to do!!). And, why not join the Trade mailing list at http://tradeuk.net, as by doing so, you get the chance to be included in the draw for free VIP passes to the party, while with our ticket already in hand, you can expect to see us on the Trade dancefloor come this Saturday night, reporting on it all, so if you do, come say hi, naturally making sure you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)