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Having always planned to produce a special music report to mark our mini European tour, the idea was to create this nod to a handful of talents that we were to touch during our trip to Paris, Brussels, Antwerp & Amsterdam, while we were there enjoying it all. However, having been caught up in the whole emotions of our escapades, Paris particularly sweeping us away in a tide of unforgettable memories, it meant we had precious little opportunity to set aside enough to time concentrate on the task in hand. Yet as we find ourselves back in blighty and tidying up on our trip, we had to follow through on our promise to focus on those D.J.’s that were to provide that Parisian Pleasure To Belgian Brilliance we had anticipated before taking the Eurostar just under two weeks ago, our journey rearing many more magical music moments than we could have expected. So, with planned inclusions & some surprise additions, this is our special anglo French/Belgian look at the music & the music makers that, planned or unplanned, have earned their place in this special post.
So first to Paris and for those of you eagle eyed lot, it was always the intention to devote a segment of this special post to Bruno Kauffmann, a Parisian resident originally the north eastern town of Nancy, although it would be fair to say this prestigious producer come D.J. has laid his hat in a number of principal places in France, most notably St Tropez & Avignon, the south of France his playground for many years. However, it was Paris where Bruno first started his career as a bright eared & bushy tailed radio D.J. for Parisian radio station, NRJ, soon finding himself thrown into the limelight of a burgeoning clubbing scene in the French capital, a residency at “The Club” soon following, Mr Kauffmann spending seven very happy years there. With his reputation in Paris firmly established, the next big step in his career was a resident slot at the famous “Boy” in the city, although it was clear he wanted to spread the good Kauffmann word much further a-filed, his love & association with the south of France forming an indelible bond in 1994, when he moved to the region, residencies at club’s & events including “La Scala”, “Slave Bar”, “Stephano For Ever” & “Dolly Party” keeping him very busy in this part of the world virtually right up to the present day.
With D.J.ing just one strand of Bruno’s talents, his production work & associations with some of the biggest clubs in France has brought him into contact with a list of well known’s in his field that include such greats as David Guetta, Danny Tenaglia, Lurent Garnier & Charles Schillings, while a long list of fellow French stars have touched his life too. So, adding to his continuing radio shows and his occasional D.J. appearances, is his studio work, both on tracks & compilations which definitely keep the Kauffmann name out there and in the limelight, his discography over the years stretching into treble figures, with an amassed 14 tracks (some subject to multiple remix projects) in just the last six months alone. This on top of a collection of compilations, all showcasing Bruno’s very eclectic genre styles, ranging from disco, through electro, progressive to tech & tribal and even deep into minimal house, hardly a style unturned or a direction overlooked.
So, you can imagine that we were keen to hook up with the man while we were in Paris, but timing meant he was away back in the south of France, for a private party in St Tropez no less, although to our delight has laid down a compilation to mark the occasion, titled “The World Of Noise”, which is just on two hours of triumphant progressive & tech house tunes, well worth a listen via http://soundcloud.com/djbrunokauffmann/dj-bruno-kauffmann-mix-the and a mix very much in the Kauffmann superb style. Weeding out other works from the Bruno stable, track releases “Phasing” & “Boy”, featuring vocals from Caisedo & Loreen Chimenti respectively are his most prolific, between them racking up over 10 remixes, while his “Feel Me” track has been treated in the studio by fellow Parisian Leomeo with his own production partner, Fabrice K and is a corker, all these tracks available at Bruno’s soundcloud site via http://soundcloud.com/djbrunokauffmann/. Plus, with a spring in his step, this year looks like being a busy one for this genial gent, so keep your eyes peeled on our forthcoming posts for his next release/releases.
Now, while in Paris, we couldn’t escape with mentioning two guys that really made a difference to our trip, first the lovely Leomeo who was a guide supreme, showing us his city in a way that we could never have imagined, leaving us unforgettably in love with Paris and in deepest gratitude to our Leo Leo for his generous hospitality & fulsome friendship. Now, hardly a music post of ours goes by without giving him a mention and given just how intrinsic he was in our Parisian Pleasure of a stay, we had to pop something in, so a reminder of his fabulous collaborative track “Nirvana Dream” was due, nit least as news on a full release is imminent, so worthy of another mention and definitely a worthy addition to you collection by going to http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/leomeo-javier-medina-presents.
Our other Parisian Pleasure, in the music sense of course, was Ben Manson, this terrific talent blowing our mind with a spectacular set at new bar/club kid on the Paris block, Spyce. In fact we were so impressed, had we known he was playing the 7 a.m. slot at La Demence the following day, we would have made plans to check out of our hotel late and postpone our onward trip to Antwerp, so as to savour a second showing by him, which we were told was just as superb. However, whilst missing out on the latter performance of his, Ben has releived our disappointment on missing out on his Brussels beats, by completing a new mix, titled “From La Demence To Revolver With Love”, Revolver being his third gig in as many days in that weekend and completing a similar triangle of trips to ours, Paris to Brussels to London, making this a must mix in our collection and one for you too, by going to http://benmanson.podomatic.com/.
So, leaving Paris behind and jumping right into some Belgian Brilliance, we also jump from La Demence up to Antwerp and to a D.J. talent that hit us squarely between the eyes with his euphoric & prolific performance at Red & Blue during our mini tour, so just had to get our special focus here. Elof De Neve is, without doubt, an extremely talented D.J. yet clearly one that has been overlooked by the mainstream, missed out by the big club brands and fallen out of the mind’s eye of others, who like us, have been witness to some superb sets of his. That said, through his long standing residency with Antwerp’s finest, Red & Blue, Elof touches the worlds of Matinee, SuperMartXe, Salvation & Lovechild, not just through the special parties these brands hold in the diamond city, but he also gets the chance to play on behalf of them around Europe every now & then (although not often enough in our estimation). Such is his talent & experience, we could spend pages going into detail about the man & his music, but for the purposes of this particular focus, want to concentrate the mind on just what an asset he is to Red & Blue and what he could be to all these major brands.
His set at the “I Wanna F***” event in Red & Blue was one we were so lucky to be part of and was symptomatic of the scintillation & superlatives that flow out of his music selections, lifting any party and any emotional set from flat as a pancake to bouncy as a beachball, dismal to dynamic, monotonous to majestic, his euro-style, vocal drenched & belting beats injecting vitally & vroom rather than doom & gloom. Our review on this Red & Blue outing kind of speaks volumes for Elof’s performance that night, the very rare purple patches that happen in our clubbing experiences, occurring that night, due very much to his spectacular showing. However, as lucky as we were to witness two superb sets, our Christmas trip to Antwerp another example of the De Neve delight, as not everyone gets the chance, there is always his studio compilations to turn to, Elof having a “Finest Selection” series to choose from, Volume 18 getting our attention here and one pretty close to that prolific performance a couple of Saturday’s ago. Mind you with plenty more to choose from, all filled with progressive, vocal tinged & euro-style beats, you can’t go wrong with any of them, seven of his best out at http://soundcloud.com/elofdeneve while more on this man can be found by going to http://www.elofdeneve.com/ and you can even check him out on YouTube at http://youtube.com/elofdeneve.
However, back to that set and we said of him & his performance in our review “…the terrific talent Elof treating us to a storming selection of scintillating sounds, barnstorming beats & vocal infused euphoria that would put many a Matinee D.J. to shame…” adding that “…In Elof De Neve, the Red & Blue team have a terrific talent of a resident D.J. and his performance on this occasion once again impressed immensely…”. Yet, it comes as no surprise to us, that restricting his services to Red & Blue is not in the De Neve rule book, as these next few weeks alone see him spreading his wings form Matinee in Amsterdam, European Gay Ski Week in the French Alpes & the Delice Dream Festival in Barcelona. Plus, we are pleased as punch he will be in London next month for Lovechild, as well as flying the Red & Blue flag at home when Beyond calls in two weeks, all meaning that the world of Elof De Neve couldn’t be better right now.
Staying with Antwerp and another moment of gratitude, as one other person really made the difference to a return visit that had so much expectation in the planning, but little in the way of result, Ruben Winters making that difference. Whilst Paris was always going to be a hard act to follow, Ruben’s last minute absence from Red & Blue not helping either, a day of Belgian Brilliance was to behold us and the chance to get to know Ruben a little better than we already did, his evident passion for D.J.’ing, for music and particularly entertaining his audience, coming through loud & clear in our conversations. As in his sets at Red & Blue, his passion for that journey taking is also neatly diaplayed in the podcasts he produces, a selection of which are available at http://soundcloud.com/d-jayme while there is exciting news on the horizon for this talented rising star, as a new club project in Rotterdam looks set to shine the spotlight on him and elevate his standing in the D.J community. So, we want to be the first to wish him all the best with that & to thank him for his superb hospitality during our stay.
Now, no Belgian Brilliance special post would be complete without mentioning Brussels born Steven Redant, who whilst now firmly based in Barcelona, always sees the Belgian capital as a bit of a homecoming whenever he visits, La Demence the primary reason for his return these days. So, we kind of caught him by surprise when we turned up in his old backyard, but by golly were we glad we did, as his set was something truly breathtaking to behold. Plus, his reception for us was amazing and we were truly honoured to be standing up by the D.J. booth for the whole of his prolific performance, soaking up the splendour of La Demence’s main room in his hands. So, we couldn’t think of a better way of finishing than on a Redant high and by sharing with you the compilation he created following that spectacular showing two Friday’s ago, we needing to say nothing else apart from, go straight to http://stevenredant.podomatic.com/, go grab his Feb 4th La Demence offering and GET IT ON!, as it is the majestic Mr Redant at his brilliant best.
So, that’s it, our look at what made our mini Euro tour so good, the music from all our entrants in this Parisian Pleasure To Belgian Brilliance very worthy of their inclusion, as are the links to their tracks & compilations which we hope you enjoy. But moreover, what they all prove to us, as do so many D.J.’s each & every day, is that “…Music Is The Answer…”. (DISCO MATT)
If there was ever a city to really capture our imagination in such a way that it left us floating on a cloud nine for much longer than we can remember, it was Antwerp, the diamond capital of the Benelux region of Europe and a city steeped in history. Having spent Christmas Day (well Eve & Boxing Day too) submerged in its charms, the substantial snow fall that left the streets & roof tops looking more festive than we could have dreamed for made for an even more enriching experience, however, being on duty along with London’s Lovechild crew, the proverbial jewel in our Antwerp crown was the city’s finest clubbing venue and one that has established a solid reputation, not just in its home city & country, but right across Europe. Connecting with a whole host of major brands from France, Spain Germany & even right here in London, has made it a hotbed of activity and a must visit when in Antwerp, especially on a Saturday, part of the reasons for our rapid if but reactive return.
We kind of fell for Red & Blue on our first visit in December, a little like we had done for the city and one of its inhabitants, the club impressing us from the moment we set eyes upon it, a very stylish affair with sumptuous lighting & decor, intermixed with a brick & steel industrial feel that reminded us of the glory of Fabric back here in London. With multiple levels surrounding the main dancefloor, an ample stage and an impressive D.J. booth, back dropped by a bank of screen’s Red & Blue oozed quality rarely seen in the capital, indeed quite a few clubs back home have followed suit on its style, places like Cable & Fire having adopted the brick look in attracting appeal. So, with this amazing Antwerp venue having attained such greatness in our eyes on just one visit, a return visit was always going to be on the cards, although quite so soon we were not expecting, the emotions we found ourselves caught up within finding plans were made within days of arrival back in London just after Christmas, the question remaining of our return, was it too soon and did it contribute to our almost average Antwerp experience?
With such an unforgettable start to our mini European tour, taking in the French capital with our Parisian pal Leomeo, then riding the crest of this wonderful wave with La Demence in Brussels, our return to Antwerp and to Red & Blue was filled with much anticipation, not least for the reasons we have already gone into, so stepping through its doors at just turned midnight and into the smart & stylish club space would have done a lot to disappoint, this attractive & appealing venue immediately delivering to expectation. Having easily negotiated the entry procedure, handled by the most engaging staff we had seen in out travels thus far, we found Red & Blue as we had left it, a sparkling & sumptuously affair already brimming with hopefuls intent on savouring the extent of the “I Wanna F***” event that was about to unfold. So, winding our way up to the top bar, from where we could get the best view of the rapidly filling dancefloor, we grabbed some energy boosting refreshments, suitably arming ourselves for this sex fuelled and music mounted magnificence.
Finding a space just right of the D.J. booth, a spot that have found our favour during our first visit, but then we tend to find purselves close to the D.J. booth whenever we go clubbing, in the capital or otherwise. Yet from this part of Red & Blue, we had probably the best view of the stage, or the various podiums around the place and, of course, the D.J. booth, a quick glance up confirming we were in the majestic musical hands of resident D.J. Elof De Neve, the man pumping out a superb selection of euro-style beats, uplifting vocal sounds and tech house drenches that had the dancefloor delirious with his selections, podiums topped with bare chested guys gyrating, the Red & Blue lighting & effects already at full tilt and the screens behind Elof flashing up images of the club and of the “I Wanna F***” brand for all to see. And see was now the operative word, as a further glance up towards the D.J. booth saw us connect with the effervescently bubbly & beautiful J.d Cerronez and then with Elof himself, both recognising us in an instant, invoking a hop skip and jump round past the stage & up onto the elevated position next to the D.J. booth to say our hello’s, both J.D. & Mr Neve embracing us like long lost friends, we feeling right back at home and as though we had never been away.
What followed can only be described as one of those purple patch moments in clubbing, an hour or so of excited exuberance in the company of J.d & co, seeing us “Doing The Disco Matt”, trading dance moves with the select bunch we found ourselves with, not to mention masses of moments of hilarity with Mr Cerronez, the music matching these priceless & magical minutes perfectly, the terrific talent Elof treating us to a storming selection of scintillating sounds, barnstorming beats & vocal infused euphoria that would put many a Matinee D.J. to shame. Indeed, the roof short of lifted off Red & Blue when he picked out one of our favourite tracks of now, Danny Verde’s vivacious remix of Blake Lewis’s smash “Till We See The Sun”, sending us into a spinning frenzy and the atmosphere in this “I Wanna F***” inspired event, stratospheric. With the first of a few stage & podium shows also adding to the fantastic feel, Spanish porn stars Ivan Alonso & David Korben making a sex fuelled impact with their steamy encounters, their muscled & hairy torso’s entwined in horny activity that certainly helped raise the blood pressure a notch or four, it seemed our encounter was going from strength to strength.
So now our Red & Blue experience was well underway, Elof & J.d especially helping towards this being one exceptional event to remember, but then entered Spanish guest D.J. Luiggi, who from the start of his set seemed a little out of sorts, a guy that, having topped a recent competition back home in Madrid, should have, on paper at least, been prolific in his performance, yet his apparent lack of enthusiasm, coupled with his evident struggle to capture the imagination of the Red & Blue crowd. Indeed his tough espaniol tainted tunes failed to ignite the same reaction as Elof had before, resigning us to return to our first found spot down on the dancefloor, which was distinctly thinning before our eyes. And with the euphoria of Elof’s scintillating set wearing off fast, with the sudden realisation that the usual in-bound final D.J. Ruben Winters, would not in fact be present, the slot having been given up for another “I Wanna F***” guest, on this occasion Frenchman Pier Mills, what was an astounding outing in this amazing Antwerp club, suddenly became almost average, we in fact wandering whether we would be able to stay the distance until the 7 a.m. finish.
With Elof & J.d melting into the night, along with a sizable amount of what had been a packed out Red & Blue, by the time it was Pier’s turn to ascend to the decks, the dancefloor was, at best, a quarter full, Mr Mills’ task to hold the event together an uphill one. However, his attempts to keep it on the rails was very commendable, the sudden spark of energy that had been missing in Luiggi quite evident in Pier, even the music more accessible & rousing, although grabbing our attention was always going to be difficult, our now virtually complete anonymity only broken by a familiar London face who had clearly spotted us around in Vauxhall or the like, all other traces from our Christmas visit markedly absent. So, with this rather uninspiring end to our second visit to Red & Blue, we took our leave of this stylish & sophisticated spot, wending our way back to our hotel to gather our thoughts on the evening and reflect on some of the heavenly highs and the lamentable lows on what could have been another rapturous Red & Blue re-encounter, but ended up being an almost average Antwerp outing.
Having spread our wings across into Europe in recent months, there is no question that we hold Red & Blue in high regard compared with the handful of other clubs we have visited, the whole feel & atmosphere of the club quite special and the people involved equally so. In Elof De Neve, the Red & Blue team have a terrific talent of a resident D.J. and his performance on this occasion once again impressed immensely, definitely further elevating him in our estimation and, as we hinted before, someone who would put many a Matinee D.J. to shame, especially with the truly tremendous set we had the privilege of witnessing. Yet, Elof aside and the exuberance of J.d Cerronez discounted, the rest of this “I Wanna F***” event failed to inject sufficient enthusiasm in us, the succession of stage shows that delivered plenty of x-rated action but didn’t quite impress enough, the performance by D.J. Luiggi, in our estimation, lack lustre and uninspiring sealing its fate. Add to that the absence of a couple of familiar faces, Ruben Winters especially being missed, and we were left with the conclusion that maybe our return visit was too unplanned & too soon, although thanks have to go Elof & J.d for that perfect purple patch moment that will live in our memory for months. (DISCO MATT)
Ever since we first dipped our toe into the international clubbing arena, toe being the optimum word, as it was the Supersized Pool Party in Paris where we did our first bit of international dipping, we have been yearning to fill our clubbing calendar with trips away from London to pastures new. Indeed, brilliant Berlin was to prove one of our most enchanting experiences of the year, capturing not just Hustlaball & Salvation, brands that we have been used to back here in the capital, but also jumped at the opportunity to take in a slice of the breathtaking Berghain. However, as good as both excursions to the German & the French capitals were, it was our Christmas cavorting with the Lovechild crew that was to top our year of outings, Antwerp proving to be the jewel in our crown of clubbing trips abroad. But hang on, this is sounding more like a yearly round up rather than a reflection of our latest trip, one that we had been so looking forward to since the date was announced back in September and a journey that was to prove both emotionally enthralling & enlightening.
Now, there is no surprise that Lovechild has been very much one of the biggest success stories of 2010, as not only has it survived the struggling Saturday market back in blighty, but is has well & truly thrived internationally, a whole string of superb showings at destinations that have included Amsterdam, Cologne, Istanbul, Paris, Rome and even Johannesburg & Sydney. However, probably its biggest bash & success was when it joined forces with the might of La Demence on their anniversary weekend, touching down on Antwerp’s Red & Blue club, presenting a special “Gods & Monsters” event which was a sell-out smash, reports coming in after the event that coach loads of people were still arriving at 4 a.m., a staggering five hours after the club had opened, to get a slice of this outrageously extravagant outing. So, with such as success on their hands, it was no surprise that the team from Red & Blue wanted Alex Erfan & his loveable team back for more, choosing Christmas Day as the next event in the emerging affair between Lovechild & Antwerp.
It is fair to say that Christmas now rarely gets us excited, we much preferring New Year as the time to act like we are still a child (well that’s stretching it a little), maybe more like a teenager (even that’s pushing it!) although this year was going to be oh so different as the day arrived with alarming speed and we found our early wakeup call speeding us across (under in fact) the channel to a snow swept Belgium and our rendezvous with Red & Blue, in the captivating company Lovechild’s head poncho Alex Efan and a supporting cast of D.J. Alessandro, host Chrissy Darling, P.A. Lizzie France & stage showsters Bruno Knight & Ben Brown. And with our best Christmas in recent memory already signed sealed & delivered by amazing Antwerp, not least by a welcome in our hotel that surpassed any we had experienced, we found ourselves at Red & Blue’s doors with our Lovechild lot, all ready to prepare for what we later discovered was the clubs first ever Christmas Day event, expectations suitably muted and being echoed by the chilly climate & sporadic snow showers outside, although nothing was going to dampen our spirits on Schipperskapelstraat.
Arriving early as we did, allowed us to take a look around the venue, a very smart and clean affair compared to compatriot clubs back in London, the bare brick wails giving the place a sophisticated feel, as were the modern industrial touches against the luminous lighting & traditional furnishings, all making for one of the most impressive interiors we had seen for a long time, the addition seasonal touches including a three massive Christmas trees suitably positioned for maximum effect, while the already luminous lighting was made even more breathtaking by a dangling display of neon blue lit streamers that made an sparkling statement. And with our first impressions box filled with a massive tick (a trademark of this whole weekend), resident D.J. Ruben Winters arrived to whisk us away for a chat & catch up, leaving the Lovechild lot to prepare for this very special Christmas cracker, while we took the chance to delve deeper on Ruben’s D.J.’ing in the comfortable surroundings of a local bar, before heading back to the lure of Lovechild. Despite expectations of a tepid turnout, the club had actually filled considerably by the early hour of midnight, we finding position at the top bar with Mr. Winters, having dropped our bits & bobs off in the dressing room & catching a moment with Alex, Chrissy & co. From our vantage point with Ruben, we could survey the territory in front of us, the dancefloor already pulsating with party heads, some even up on the stage & podiums, relishing the renditions of heavenly house music from resident D.J. Elof De Neve, we even getting to meet the man in motion behind the decks, Alex giving us an introduction to this charming chap & his crew.
Now we were keen to make the most of this Lovechild affair with Antwerp at Red & Blue, testing out a few spots on the dancefloor before settling on one that fitted the best, although on this occasion to the right rather than spookily was just shy of the D.J. booth on the right as opposed to our usual left, this position giving us a perfect view of the stage & the superb Red & Blue sign that dominated the space, as well as the bank of screens around, spotted by a simple swivel of the head. And it was here where we took in the full extent of not one, two or three, but five sparkling showings by the Lovechild cast of performers, first the delectable go-go dancers, centre-pieced by Bruno & Ben, both dressed to the high pins in suits that would later be stripped off to the delight of the amorous audience, then by host Chrissy Darling, sporting her colossal costume headpiece that has so become her trademark and finally by D.J. Alessandro assuming centre stage behind a smart set of decks balanced atop two massive modelled hands that made a superb statement of their own, the icing on the Lovechild “Christmas Party” cake being the arrival of prolific P.A. Lizzie French, who immediately captivated the crowd with her presence, pounding out a succession of dance tune smashes, including her very own “The Answer” EP release.
With the party in full swing and we having very much found our stride with the magnificent music from by Elof & Ale, mixes of euro-style and tech house beats blended in with uplifting & espaniol vocal master-pieces had us spinning in a dancing dervish just as though we were back in Beyond, the glances from fellow Red & Blue frolickers testament to some of the attention we were attracting with our audacious antics. But our night was only going to go from strength to strength with more introductions to folk from both Alex & Bruno, then, as we headed to the bar for refreshments, being caught by surprise by the small but perfectly formed & beaming Lesley, who had made our welcome in Antwerp so wonderful just a day before, was our cake icing. So, with a gracious return to his hospitality in hand, we spent some special moments with our angelic aide before duty called with a return to our spot to soak up the stream of shows & mesmeric music, which included Mr Knight’s angle grinding display, Lesley even joining us in our escapades for a short while, before retreating to the comfort of his own preferred spot (see we all have them!). Mind you he missed out in the continual plumes of snow & ticker tape that added to the amazing atmosphere, ice cannon blasts keeping the heat down but the party pace up, Chrissy adding her own cannon catapults from the stage to the delight of the dancefloor dudes below.
Such was the extent of our enjoyment, we were now firmly in clubbing overdrive, having very much over indulged in lots of ways, although we really wanted to savour all that Ruben Winters could deliver from his set, we doing our best to hold station for his showing, following the final curtain call from the Lovechild lot, who all assumed the stage for their spectacular serenade by Lizzie France. However, with this curtain call done, so were we, the extent our devotions turned to another, as we attempted to rally the troupes to join us in some magical minutes with Mr Middleton, we trying to grab Ruben’s attention before withdrawing from our spot to be by Lesley’s side. With Alex joining us for a moment, the others were obviously exhausted from their own outrageous escapades, not least Chrissy who had made a connection of her own with the cute cameraman which certainly climaxed her evening exceptionally, as had ours been for reasons & company of our own. So, with this Red & Blue affair coming to a close, we waved goodbye to the splendours of Schipperskapelstraat to wend our way back to our hotel, still floating in the clouds of complete captivation for the amazement of Antwerp Lovechild style.
It isn’t often that the place & the people exceed those of the music & motion in a clubbing event which we visit, whether home or abroad, although with the resounding brilliance of Red & Blue as a venue along with the cosmically captivating company we held throughout the night, they pretty much did & certainly spoke for our volumes. Yes we were immensely impressed with the performances of resident D.J.’s Elof De Neve & Ruben Winters, indeed they would certainly find favour even with the pickiest of party people in London, the contrasting styles of the two working extremely well with the progressive style of the club and Alessandro sandwiching the two like butter to bread. However, as good as they were, as good were the spectacular showings by Bruno & his boys, as well as Chrissy’s cavorting, it was the crowd, the venue and the company that tipped our scales, a more obliging, a more mixed and a more welcoming bunch of beauties we couldn’t have asked for. And whilst the club was never packed, considering it was their first Christmas Day outing & that the weather clearly had taken its toll, both Lovechild and Red & Blue should be well pleased with the outcome, as we know we were. Plus to leave the club & the city with our heads dreamily in the clouds and, five days later, still struggling to pull our feet back to the ground, is an incredible indication of the impression made on us during our amorous amazement in Antwerp, meaning we will be back for more for sure. (DISCO MATT)
We wanted to take this opportunity of thanking the following people, without whom our Christmas in Antwerp would not have been the splendidly special time it was, each and every person making it a Christmas to remember for a very long time to come. The list is in no particular order but cannot be complete without one, who has made an indelible impression us. So to Alex Erfan, Alessandro Londra, Ben Brown, Bruno Knight, Chrissy London Darling, Elof De Neve, J.d. Cerronez, Lesley Middleton, Lizzie Jane France, Patrik Danser, & Ruben Winters, thank you one & all.
Plus, why not get a slice of Lovechild at Red & Blue through the specially commissioned mix by Alessandro London, available to download at http://djalessandrolondra.podomatic.com/ as well as Ruben Winter’s recording of his set live at this “Christmas Ball” event which is out now at http://soundcloud.com/d-jayme/red-n-blue-december-02
It feels absolutely fabulous to be writing on a Saturday morning again and writing about our biggest passion, music & D.J.’s. Yes we adore our clubbing & yes we delight in our dancing, you only have to catch the craze that is spreading across the dancefloors of the capital’s gay scene, “Doing The Disco Matt” in full swing at Lo-Profile just last night and out for all eyes to see in our website launch video viral, which you can check out for yourselves at http://youtube.com/watch?v=RCOqKp9SpgU. But we digress and so focus back on the job in hand, focus being the word as we resume our regular Music Is The Answer format posts, although have decided to break ourselves back in slowly, choosing just one D.J., then running down news on some latest compilation track releases by a host of others, so ending with a mini style DM Does The Music News slot.
Right to our focus and as the title of this report indicates, we are heading to Belgium to look at a talent who has been hitting our radar for a while now, so we are pleased as punch to finally get around to delving into his detail & revealing his musical assets to you. Ruben Winters, better known behind the decks as D Jayme, has been slowly but surely developing a name & following for himself, following landing a residency at the Antwerp’s amazing club, Red & Blue, his alliance with the club having pretty much having come full circle, since he first got hooked on house music at the tender age of 18, working at Red & Blue as a barman. Born in Bree, Ruben is Belgian through & through, but can speak French, Dutch & English fluently, this amiable young man, while clearly following his passion, D.J.’ing, also has his feet firmly planted on the ground, currently studying medicine at Antwerp University and soon to graduate & use his acquitted knowledge & skills professionally, So, two different worlds you couldn’t find, a Doctor by day & a D.J. by night, but that is very much the charm of Ruben & his ever broadening appeal. And it terms of his night duties, D.J.’ing has taken him to various destinations, often hopping over the border into Holland, two major highlights being gigs for Rotterdam’s “Queensday” party & Holland’s hugest dance parade, FFF, both attracting well over 40,000 party people. His relatively short career behind the decks has also included a residency at JOXX, one of Rotterdam’s best know gay scene parties, along with requests to play many private parties, both in Rotterdam & back in Antwerp, where Ruben now lives.
So it was natural that Red & Blue would be where D Jayme laid his hat, the club allowing him to follow his passion for house music, something which he experiments through a number of genre forms, whether it be pure dance, electronic or tech. However, the one word that unifies the sounds from his sets is uplifting, his regular Saturday night performances at Red & Blue very much delivering on the uplifting promise and filling the dancefloors from dusk to dawn, well for his four hour stints at least, his performances being reflected in a series of compilations, inspired by his live sets, which give you a flavour of this man’s gift for blending beautiful beats. We particularly like his “November 01” edition, which kicks off with a vivacious version of one of our favourite tracks of now, Chris Montana’s “Don’t Give It Up”, but is 120 minutes of house music bliss, although there are another 11 to choose from, including the hot off the press “December 01” mix, as well as his “Salvation” recording from back in June, all well worth a listen at http://soundcloud.com/d-jayme/.
Mind you, it doesn’t stop there, as Ruben is dipping his toe into the production game too, having released his first track “Saturate” just over a month ago and has a new project in the pipeline, “Onyx”, which he tempts with a sneak preview at http://soundcloud.com/d-jayme/onyx-original-mix-sneak-preview, both giving you an insight into D Jayme’s passion for experimenting with electronic sounds, using the latest missing technology & techniques that is sure to project his profile in the music industry even more. So, all in all, life is looking god for Ruben, with a doctorate on the horizon, and an ever growing D.J. career, the combination of which that will no doubt include some tough decision making, although we are sure will all be taken in his confident stride. Plus, we can’t wait to meet him in person, when we make our first trip to Antwerp for Lovechild’s Christmas day event, so will be reporting back on it all.
Right, focus over and time to whizz through some latest releases, first & foremost from Hifi Sean, who blew us away with a stunning set in the Chapel room at beyond just yesterday, his deep & soulful beats hitting reasonace right from the off. And this can also be said for his latest mix, which he neatly sums up as being full of “…tripped out, dubbed out, future house sounds….”, very much evoking his style of now & the purple patch of perfection he finds himself within. So, go grab your slice of Sean now, buy downloading his Dec Hifi-cast at http://hifiseandj.podomatic.com/.
This kind of neatly moves us onto The Sharp Boys and their brilliant track “Dansen”, which has been given the remix treatment by Mr Dickson, among others, the track riding a bit of a crest of a wave at the moment & getting plenty of airplay across many a dancefloor. Now, two more experienced mix masters you couldn’t find than in George & Steven, with a combined total of over 30 years in the business (they are going to hate us for that!), this latest track another gem from their extensive collection cupboard full. Now, the track is available for downloads at various places, although you can get snippets of this prolific production by going straight to their podcast page at http://sharpboys.podomatic.com/
Moving on an Michel Mizrahi, who has been in our minds eye for a while now, has produced another mix, this one simply entitled “Live Set”, but is very much alive with bombastic beats & magnificent music mixes, inspiring right from the off with a glorious vocal track full of uplifting, trance & dream worthy blends, this followed by a selection of superb sounds that fill us with joy & delight right through the remainder of this 104 minute mix that entered our collection the minute we heard it and should yours too, by going to his podcast page & clicking that download button now at http://michelmizrahi.podomatic.com/.
Our last compilation choice this week goes to birthday boy Eduardo de la Torre, who, like us, has had a bit of a rollercoaster year, so amazing highs followed by terrific lows, but like the best of us, he keeps bouncing back and has been making incredible strides with his production projects, which have included a track entry into The Eurovision song contest on behalf of Switzerland, & a Europe wide smash in the form of “All Around The World”. But, along with production partner, No Scene, in Berlin, they have released their latest creation, a remix of “Cavaliers De Sangreal” (the original featuring in The Da Vinci Code) which is available for download at http://sendspace.com/file/jp6tah, while his latest compilation mix gets more of our attention, as it is Edu in pure tech, progressive & uplifting mood, very much evoking his performances at Berlin’s notoriously sexed up yet popular club, Connection, his December podcast out now at http://soundcloud.com/dj-edu-de-la-torre/dj-edu-de-la-torre/.
Right, quickly to some news and three D.J’s who are busy on the production front, Guy Williams having his head in a number of exciting projects which are coming to the boil. Now we have some detail to hand but have not been given the green light yet, so watch this space for that (we love teasing!). Meanwhile, we are reliably informed that Phil Marriot will be starting regular podcast releases very soon, capturing elements from his live sets at Profile for Clubnation & Onyx, as well as from his Gaydar Radio broadcasts, so will bring you the links as soon as we have them. Our final in a trio of temptations is Danny Verde, our man from Milan, who has kind of broadcast release dates on remixes of both “Pushin To The Top” and “Till We See The Sun” two of our favourites in his ever increasing list of production works, which we expect out by early next year. However, we can’t resist sharing his “radio edit” of the latter, which is very much a tune of now for us, especially given all the nasty weather of late, so go find inspiration like us, at http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio/blake-lewis-till-we-see-the-sun-danny-verde-radio-edit.
So we finish off our improtu music newsletter end to this post with what can only be described as an awesome track and one that has reached the pinnacle of our playlist at the monent, even toppling Chris Montana’s “Don’t Give It Up” & Rebeka Brown’s “Offshore”, that’s how good it is. Sandy Rivera’s track “Hide U” with vocals from Rae, was first brought to our attention by Steve Pitron’s WE podcast, following which we tracked down the full seven minute version, Norman Doray having given an already amazing track infinite appeal & infectiousness and we absolutely love it, so much so we downloaded it from iTunes & have it on repeat on our iPhone. Now, if you don’t want to go to that length, then you can always check it out via http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hvqGjXOjms, or go get Steve’s podcast (yes the seventh plug!) at http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/, as it is the 10th track, about 43 minutes in (to be précis!), and we predict this track to explode London’s clubland dancefloors over the coming weeks.
Right, that’s it, although just time to mention favourite clubbing site & friends SeenQueen, who have an extensive music page, linking into all your favourite scene D.J.’s, plus have downloaded some 15 or so compilations to their music page in the last month alone, while their SQ top ten features no less than six tracks that are doing it for us. So, go immerse yourselves to some SeenQueen sounds by clicking on http://seenqueen.com/web/music/.
So, with well over 30 tracks & compilations to choose from right here, as well as our very own video, all that’s left to say is “…sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume & let them play, as MUSIC IS THE ANSWER…”. (DISCO MATT)
On this momentous day in Disco Matt land which has signalled the launch of our new look website, it seemed highly appropriate to also get back into music mode by issuing our latest in the developing series of newsletters, designed to bring you bang up to date with the compilation & track releases from a host of your favourite D.J.’s, as well as news on their forthcoming gigs & events. However, in this issue, we mix up the format slightly, including some upcoming shining stars in amongst the well established names, hence the title, “Big Guns & Baby Boomers” plus, we will be using the opportunity to link in with a handful of tunes that are doing it for us right now.
So, let’s crack on and our first “Big Gun” mention goes to Steve Pitron, who has once again pulled an incredible compilation out of the bag, this one devoted to WE Party, which launched to amazing accolade in London just two day ago, Steve’s performance on the night emulating plenty of elements from his mix, which we simply haven’t been able to put down since its release just under two weeks ago. Now, if you have been following our WE posts over the last few days, not least the two special Music posts we devoted to this new Spanish club brand, you will have a really good idea of just how brilliant we think this latest Pitron podcast is, but if you haven’t, go take a look, but more importantly, make sure you add this compilation to your collection now, by going to http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com.
Now, we have promised for quite a while to hone in on Belgian talent, Ruben Winters and once we have selected seventh gear on our regular Music Is The Answer posts, we will be. However, in the meantime, it seems he has been very busy, not only holding down his regular residency at Antwerp’s Red & Blue club, but has also finalising his sparkling new logo, which he launched not long after our last newsletter. But, moreover he has been busy recording two new compilations, both which were inspired by his live sets at Red & Blue on 6th & then 20th November, as well as producing an experimental track entitled “Staturate”, which shows one of many strings to his talented man’s bow of music genres. So, in advance of our full focus later this week (yes it is coming) go to http://soundcloud.com/d-jayme to get a taste of this Belgium beaut.
Right, back to our next big gun and a rare inclusion in our posts, but well deserved, as Paul Heron has been in the studio and has compiled a full-on 119 minute mix that is absolutely crammed with gems right from the off, progressive by design, but uplifting & vocal tinged in delivery, which Paul neatly explains as “…a collection of some of my favourite tracks from my sets over the past few months…”. And that is truly worldwide, as Paul has been truly globetrotting throughout the summer, from Sydney to Sao Paulo & back again, has starred at both The Circuit Festival & XLsior, has done the business for Delice, and had even treated audiences back here at home in London, with amazing performances at Matinee, Beyond, Orange, Hype, SuperMartXe, as well as holding down regular stints at Lo-Profile, Shadow Lounge &, of course, Industri. So, given how busy he is, this mix if a rare treat indeed so is well worth grabbing while you can at http://soundcloud.com/djpaulheron/dj-paul-heron-november-2010.
Our second, so called “baby boomer” (an affectionate term naturally) is Zach Burns, who stormed onto the scene just over three months ago at A:M and is now part of the roving residency team at fab new Thursday hit, Room Service, he also having guest spotted at Monday nighter Popcorn and is slowly developing a following, not least through his regular podcast releases, which are well worth a listen. Indeed his latest December addition, one which he describes as “…something fresh & uplifting for the horrid winter months ahead…”, is delightfully different, combing bouncy beats with chunky tunes that drift you through the 115 minutes in a tech & vocal dream. So, go check out this latest Burns blast at direct link http://djburns.podomatic.com/entry/2010-12-04T11_00_05-08_00.
Next up is big hitter Gonzalo Rivas, a huge talent that never fails to miss our radar, having been a major tore de force in clubs like Trade, Orange, Beyond & Salvation across the years, although the list of his appearances both home & abroad is both extensive & amazing. Plus, he never fails to disappoint on the studio works front either, his regular compilations always hitting our collection, his “deep” series very much in the Orange RAW mode, while his recording for Manchester’s Gaydio radio station, is more in the vein of his sets at resident spots in the capital, which include Lo-Profile, Barcode & Beyond. However, we cannot recommend enough, his “Retrospek” mix, which looks back across twelve years of huge hits that have made his many performances. With 20 terrific tunes, this mix is an absolute joy and is pure Gonzalo at his superlative best, which you must most definitely add to your collection by going to http://gonzalorivas.podomatic.com/.
To make it three all, next up is Jamie Hammond, who’s meteoric rise to fame was nothing short of spectacular, he being thrown into the limelight at Friday’s favourite, Onyx, although has since laid his hat much more neatly both at London’s Popcorn and (the biggie) Rome’s Muccassassina, the Italians particularly lapping up his tougher edged yet invigorating beats. This international exposure is certainly getting Mr Hammond noticed & is also growing his musical style considerably, very much reflecting in his podcasts, the Muccassasina devoted compilation very good indeed, although his November release proving an absolute corker and, as Jamie rightly say’s, includes some real classics which are also tunes of right now, very much evoking the euphoric energy of his performances. So, enough said, just go grab his extended November mix now at http://d-jamie.podomatic.com/entry/2010-11-21T15_09_35-08_00.
Right, let’s take a little breather from our “Big Guns & Baby Boomers” for a moment or two and bring you up to date with the tunes that are doing it for us right now, the first being a summer smash in Spain which has yet to hit our shores yet, although we are pinning a few hopes on this one appearing sometime soon, Rebeka Brown’s “Offshore”, grabbing us from the second we heard it just a couple of weeks ago. With a couple of You Tube links to share with you, namely http://youtube.com/watch?v=U0pAhuML8fs&NR=1 & http://youtube.com/watch?v=GQCvVo-7maw, plus with an appearance on Tony English’s podcast devoted to Lovechild’s “Anniversary” party, (available to download at http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com/), Rebeka’s vocals are simply stunning, and this track is right up our street.
But, Rebeka does it again for us with the brilliant “Show Me Your Love”, which first found our favour on Mikey D’s incredible compilation “Lose Control” (if you haven’t got this in your collection, where have you been…grab it at http://mikeyd.podomatic.com) and has since been taken up by a whole load of D.J.’s, Miguel Picasso’s creation making playlists across this last weekend, from WE’s pre-party on Friday through to Beyond WE on Sunday (and we suspect many other places too) and is one of our favourites of now, which you can also grab a slice of via Mr Pitron’s podcast (we would give you the You Tube video links but they have been removed!!).
Other records that are very much grabbing our attention right now include John Dalback’s “Back To the Dancefloor” which we have had on repeat most of the last two weekend’s (check it out at http://youtube.com/watch?v=Non3nlCpT54), Peter Rauhofer’s remix of the Tears For Fears smash “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”, which you can catch in full eight minute glory at http://youtube.com/watch?v=dr7O4tamqTY, Chris Montana’s “Don’t Give Up”, which is destined for greatness for sure (check out the Good Guy remix at http://youtube.com/watch?v=2IFcT9RSk8E), the love it or hate it (my goodness are we going to get stick from certain quarters) “Happiness” by Alexis Jordan, Dave Aude’s remix probably our favourite version (see why at http://vimeo.com/12782128), and then, for reasons that escape us, Carlos Gallardo’s “Get It Up”, well actually it’s that Eurovision style sound yet incredible production as well as oh, yes, those violins & vocals the radio edit at http://youtube.com/watch?v=7TDfTgpBfu0 really good, but Carlos’s club version even better. But as the list goes on, we can’t so will stop there, well for now at least.
However, before we return to our BG’s & BB’s, a little bit of news and at long last we can confirm the release of the eagerly awaited & anticipated compilation from Pagano, “Digital Generation” first being talked about as far back as August. But, with much debating as to the final fitting of tunes over, Francesco reliably informs us, that 20th December will marks its release (how kind, it’s our birthday!) and we will bring you the necessary beatport links as soon as they hit our desks.
Right, back to BG/BB shouts and next up in our list of lovelies is Brent Nicholls who has been a busy boy, the last ten weeks having seen five, yes five compilation releases, all making our task to give each one the coverage they deserve here, very difficult indeed. So, rather than go in reams of words, lets simply say that each one is worth adding to your collection, whether it be the Lovechild inspired comp, his devotion to World AIDS day, the “Red-Missing” mix, his “Funky Town” collection or the truly superb “Lo-Profile 3rd Birthday” devotion (the ending still cracks us up). Now that’s four, but the fifth is our favourite, “Let’s All Chant” a retro-tastic two hours of tunes that is pushing for top spot in our year end chart, that’s how much we love it. Plus, for all you iTunes officinal’s, Brent is there now too (link http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/djbrentnicholls-com/id401502128) although with his swish looking new website, you can grab all these compilations by simply going to http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/music/.
Now, another person we have been meaning to mention for a while is Luis Silva Carvalho, better known in D.J. mode as Luy G, he having bubbled on the surface of the scene for quite a while now, having made guest appearances at a few events at Laurence Malice’s club The Egg in Kings Cross. His style is very much on the hard house side of tech, in fact the two volume release which has literally just hit our desks, is verging on techno, hinting towards the direction in which he wants to take his music & his D.J.’ing. So, if tech & techno is your thang (and we know there are lots of you out there that love this music genre slant), then Luy G is your man & his mixes your bag, both volumes titled “I Love Tech” out now at http://luyg.podomatic.com/
Back to our big guns and Micky Galliano is next up, he having had a superb summer out in Italy, then returning to rock Barcode on a number of occasions, both at Friday happening, Funkarama, the Saturday smash “Deviate”, playing alongside his bello Pagano, as well as starring at Patrick Lilly’s highly successful brand, Queer Nation, although he keeps getting drawn back to his homeland & especially to Rome’s Muccassassina, where he is part of the core residency team. And it is this brilliant brand which inspired his latest compilation (you only have to hear the first track to realise) in advance of his gig at their Red party event at the end of last month, which hooked us from start to finish and will do you too, by going to http://mickygalliano.podomatic.com/.
So, to our final “baby boomer” although he is more like a protégé, having first come to our attention following a set earlier this year in Rupert Street, this being followed by a success in a D.J. competition run by Heaven’s “Popcorn” club, sparking guest gigs at both A:M and Gravity, the latter now including him as part of their roving residency team. Therefore, it will be no surprise that Norbert M has marked this occasion by laying down a compilation with Gravity firmly in mind, which is well worth checking out, as is his devotion to A:M, as well as his October creation, “Never Mind The Autumn”, all of which you can download via his podcast page http://norbertmik.podomatic.com/.
Now, we want to end on some exciting news, but before we do, pick out our final “big gun”, D’Johnny, which kind of brings us round circle in terms of compilations, as it is his WE party inspired mix that gets our shout, admittedly for the second time in a week, although having waxed lyrically about it last time, we just can’t help ourselves again this being testament to just how good it is. Cutting straight to the chase, the 118 minute mix getting us right in the mood with the intro track “Get Together”, then neatly following up with the Kathy Brown vocal infused “Trippin”, other biggies including Suzanne Palmer’s “Big Love”, the incredible Javi Reina 2010 mash-up of the classic “I Can’t Stop” and, naturally, WE party’s anthem, We (Eloise), although on this occasion, Danny LeBlack’s version. So, this tech triumph is a must for your collection which you can grab now at http://djohnny.podomatic.com/.
Right we are just about at the end, but before we hit our crescendo, news of what’s coming up between now & the end of the year, the return of our Music is The Answer posts first on the agenda, focuses a plenty including that of Ruben Winters, while expected track & compilation releases from Ivan Gomez, Nacho Chapado, Guy Williams, Nick Tcherniak, Hifi Sean, Eduardo De La Torre & Danny Verde will get our full attention. Plus, we are now linked into both Soundcloud & Podomatic, which means you can share your music with us & by doing so, you will more than likely get a mention & maybe more. Go check out our pages at http://soundcloud.com/discomatt & http://podomatic.com/discomatt or why not simply mail us at email@example.com.
So, to our last couple of mentions which go to D.J.’s Javier Media & Leomeo who have not only been busy individually, but have collectively worked on a new project “Nirvana Dream”, although more of that in a moment.
First to Javier and the truly exciting news since we last went to press on this Barca boy, is that he has been signed to massive Spanish clubbing brand Matinee, he having successfully rocked their “Vice” party in Barcelona just yesterday (Sun 5th). But his Matinee news gets bigger & better, as he will be starring in their tours of both Miami & New York, on NYE & NYD respectively, marking his first major gigs in the States, although, following this magnificent Matinee news, Mr Medina’s feet have hardly touched the ground, this weekend seeing him play out in Beirut at “Vanity”, followed the next weekend by “Barbarella” in Milan & Matinee’s Paris party, before those huge happenings stateside. No one can be as pleased as us with this news, having followed & nurtured his work since spotting him back in the spring and the progress he has made has been nothing short of spectacular (reminds us of Danny Verde), so we are sure you will join us in hearty congratulations to Javier, the US news being probably the best birthday present he has received in years (it was Sat btw). Now, we just await a new compilation from him, although you can, like us, keep your eyes peeled at either http://soundcloud.com/javier-medina/ or http://javiermedina.podomatic.com/.
As for Leomeo, well, we simply can’t keep up with our favourite Frenchman (sorry had to be said), tours of The US, Canada & Asia taking him away from his beloved Paris for most of the last six months, as have trips closer to home, including Spain, Germany & Belgium as well as his home country France, Lyon often calling on his superb services. Mind you, as busy as he is, it doesn’t stop Leo from dipping into the recording studio to lay down the odd compilation or two, many marking either his trips around the globe or the gigs he has played, three brilliant examples being “Sunday IN NYC”, “Shanghai Halloween” & “Matinee Paris – 1st Anniversary”, all available at http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo. But we get extremely excited when he hits the track recording path, his own “The Sound Of C” earlier this year getting our vote, as does his latest remix work of Shazz’s “Wherever You Are”, which he cutely entitles his “Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi” mix and is another example of Leomeo at his banging beat best.
So, what about “Nirvana Dream”, the Javier & Leomeo joint project? Well, it’s a collaboration extra-ordinaire, as the two talents fuse their tribal & tech house styles amazingly with sufficient amounts of vocals as well as elements of trance to produce a jaw droopingly elegant & mouth wateringly masterful track, this eight minute marvel neatly matched to visuals in video (check out link http://youtube.com/watch?v=eZzXnIhSHJc) that will hopefully be played out in all its glory at this coming weekend’s Lovechild “Mirrorballs” party, of which Leomeo headlines and is a liaison we cannot wait for, as sadly we can’t be at Matinee Paris the following weekend where both Leomeo & Javier will star together.
Well, that is it, our “Big Guns & Baby Boomers” music newsletter, we having breathlessly covered 14 D.J’s and well over thirty links to compilations, tracks & video’s, leaving us to simply say, “sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume and let them play, as Music Is The Answer”. (DISCO MATT)