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Billed as London’s hottest midweek party, Disco Matt takes a quick lok into the weekly return of Gigolo to the Soho social soiree scene, this brilliant brand’s business being your pleasure and with hot porn stars, hot latino’s hot D.J.’s & hot action, the heat is definitely on at Shadow Lounge this Wednesday
Having pretty much hit the ground running when Mr & Mr Hart launched their new social clubbing splendour, Gigolo, to an adoring audience back in May last year, it seemed that despite running head to head with competitor club, Room Service, on a Thursday night, there were enough party people to go around and its seemed that the relationship with host venue Lo-Profile looked set to last, not least as both parties were keen to give Gigolo its own identity within this Wardour St wonder. Yet, like so many clubs we know & have seen hit choppy waters, the love affair between Gigolo & Lo-Profile came to an abrupt end in September, both David & L.a. vowing to be back with their brilliant brand, sporting a new home & a significant stride in their boots to boot. And in December with “Cumback” we realised that new home was The Shadow Lounge, while that significant stride saw Gigolo team up with Salvation in what was one of the true success stories of New Year’s Day, like the Thursday’s it had encountered in the past, there being plenty of people to go around, even though WE Party was running at the same time.
So it seemed that Gigolo had once again found its feet, last Wednesday seeing L.a. celebrate his birthday amidst an absolutely packed Shadow Lounge, Gigolo’s tip top resident Zach Burns & Shadow Lounge’s Harvey Adam setting the superb soundtrack, while with porno hosts Tate Ryder & Troy Haydon, along with David’s lovely lens, that on top of the newly formed “porno booth”, it seemed that the dirty disco action that Gigolo had always been famous for was right back on the rails. Yet, we were still unsure whether this return marked Gigolo storming the scene weekly or monthly, although that question was quickly answered when details of the next outing, “Honcho” hit our desks last Friday, The Shadow lounge once again playing host to The Hart’s this coming Wednesday (25th January) in what is being billed as “…London’s hottest midweek party…” that is clearly building on the solid reputation developed in the Lo-Profile days, L.a. & David drawing in their considerable contacts to make this splendid social soiree the success now that it was when it was launched eight months ago.
Now, with “Honcho” the name & pure partying the game, what can you expect from this latest Gigolo gathering? Well, first and foremost, the Hart’s are pleased to welcome D.J. Junior Moura to the fold and what an exciting prospect this young man is, having started out in the game just nine months ago, he has already boasted appearances at Ku-Bar, Profile, Lo-Profile and, most notably, Fire, playing out in the main room no less, for Casa Latina on two occasions. Plus, listing him on our select “protégé players” list along with the likes of Zach Burns, Javier Medina & Guy Scheiman, Junior also finds himself in the illustrious company of Leomeo & Danny Verde, while in his terrific tutor, Junior’s skills behind the decks have been quickly honed and with the pedigree player that is Steve Pitron behind him, we can see this boy going far. So, Junior definitely brings plenty to the Gigolo party and you can expect an uplifting yet disco tinged turn with plenty of vocal infused tracks but with the Brazilian beat influence that marks a Junior jamboree, not forgetting that he will be bringing his bunch of Brazilian bicha’s with him, all who make any event a cavorting carnival. Then, taking up the second slice of sound spinning is admirable Australian Terry Vietheer, a Gigolo veteran, having been involved with the brand from the off and is sure to deliver a ton of towering tech infused tunes to keep the party ball rolling, an indication of what to expect available from his Gigolo devoted podcast, which you can still download or play by going to direct link http://soundcloud.com/gigolo-disco/gigolo-disco-sessions-mix-2-dj.
Music aside and naturally, the porn-tastic element of Gigolo will be very much evident, The Hart’s drawing on the talents of the clubs favourite star, Isaac Jones, while, following Gigolo’s exploits in Los Angeles when they met up with Lucio Saints, they will be flying this handsome hunk in, especially for “Honcho”, so a bevy of brawn not to be missed. Add to that the now popular VIP booth where all sorts of audacious antics carry on, on top of David Hart & his lens capturing tomorrow’s Gigolo stars, he the man behind Shootmeup, London’s most notorious scene shooters, they unashamedly saying “…if you want to get shot by the best, then get sexy or undressed…” and given some of the shots taken from previous parties, that’s exactly what happens. But moreover, for this “Honcho” event only, is the inclusion of a “Fitkit” booth, where you can size up for your “perfect fit condom”, the Gigolo team’s new year resolution to promote safer sex in the community seeing them team up with condom company Theyfit (more info at http://theyfit.co.uk) this booth allowing you size up for that perfect fit with the help of Isaac & Lucio (we bet they want to help!!, while purchases can be made online with Gigolo’s special discount code (we like that!).
So to the detail and this Gigolo “Honcho” event takes place tomorrow (Wednesday 25th Jan) at The Shadow Lounge on Brewer St (full venue details at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk) with doors opening from 10 p.m. & the club running through to a planned 3 a.m. finish, entry a standard £8 on the door, while concessions are up for grabs at just £5, until 11 p.m. via https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGt0NlY1YXV5SE1JeEVNT1dCTW9kYUE6MA. Plus with free shots being handed out by porn stars Isaac & Lucio for the sexiest & sluttiest posers, while you can get your hands on a special Gigolo cocktail for just £5 which will also get you in on the live XXX photoshoot and you can see why London’s hottest midweek party is looking like a truly dynamic draw. And it looks seriously possible that we will be stepping out for this “Honcho” event, no doubt nibble size tweeting our way through the event which you can follow at http://twitter.com/discomatt, so if you see us out come say hi and in the words of the Gigolo boys, his business is your pleasure, so have fun, grab a cocktail, get naked & get f***ed…” or ae we prefer to simply say, Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Having set about catching up on lost time incurred during April & May with a series of four newsletters, for the eagle eyed in you, this fourth newsletter in that catch up series has been a long time coming, virtually two months to be exact, this in itself meaning we have catching up on catching up to do (heavens above!) . So, with our music hat firmly back on, as we get close to waving farewell to yet another month in 2011 (where is the year going?!?!), it’s time for that final chapter, as we cover off not just those music makers missing the previous three, but also bring you right up to date with the activities of some of those that did. Therefore, the term “colossal” could not be more appropriate, our most comprehensive newsletter yet pointing you towards a month that will see music come back to our core weekly postings, meaning more focuses, more special features & more newsletters.
So, let’s get to it and to our first catch up star Alessandro Londra, who has certainly had a busy last few months regular residencies at Rupert St, Lo-Profile, Lovechild, A:M & Barcode just a part of the picture, excursions with Alex Erfan’s loveable brand taking him as far as Istanbul & Sydney. So he can be kind of forgiven for the lack of studio work, although (like we are doing) has made up for lost ground with two recent releases. Sporting titles that couldn’t be any different, “Poison” & “Lecca Lecca” (Italian for kiss, kiss), both are representative of the Londra musical genre that has tech & progressive beats as core ingredients, these two podcasts allowing him to express his love for the tougher edged afterhours sound where he truly excels. These two mixes are certainly not mass market in appeal, but nevertheless reflect an emerging style of sound that is seeing alternative clubs sprout up right across Europe & the States, both worth a thorough investigation at http://djalessandrolondra.podomatic.com/.
Now one of those D.J.’s that is right up there serving up what we like to call the “Shoreditch Sound”, this tech, come electro twisted vibes, is Kris Di Angelis and it would be fair to say that his decision to follow this direction with his music has paid huge dividends. From his involvement with the madcap metrosexual club Circus, through to the phenomenon that is Room Service, not to mention the magnificent Meat & the prolific Pooldisco, Kris’s year got even better when he reached an important career landmark after what can only be described as painstaking & solid hard work. And another crowning glory recently was his performance for Circus at Lovebox with an twelve piece orchestra on stage no less. So with all this going on, he would be forgiven too for not being in the recording studio, but none of it, as Mr Di Angelis has been a busy bee and with over 40 tracks, mixes & compilations to choose from, including his “Live” series of podcasts, meaning you can sink into the world of Kris & his hip hop, electro twisted, jazz funk & soul, by going to http://soundcloud.com/krisdiangelis/. Plus watch this space for news on on the return of the stylish & sophisticated “Bachelor Block Party” which Kris will be hosting at Soho house, this most talked about private Soho shindigs back for more this August Bank Holiday Monday with guest D.J.’s including scene queen Jodie Harsh & the priness of Soho, Munroe Bergdorf, both joining our Shoreditch son on the decks.
While we are out Shoreditch way, we couldn’t let the moment pass without taking a brief look at super Swede Per Q.X., who, for those of you that follow these posts regularly will know, has been one of a mere handful of incredible influences on our clubbing career, residencies way back when at Barcode very much sticking in the mind, while we had one of the best New Years days in his hands in 2006. As for more recent times, there is no doubt that his intrinsic involvement with the way out & whacky Gutterslut has elevated this brand close to iconic status, Per seen by many in this alternative scene movement as a bit of a pioneer of what is now quite vogue. That said, he does show his hand back across in Vauxhall every now & then and played at uber chic private party “Up” last month, while showings for Lovechild, Queer Nation, Later and his old stomping ground, Barcode, have been recent features too. However, spreading his wings is very much reflected in his studio works of late, a recording from his live set at Ministry Of Sound high on the list, while gigs across Europe are represented by a slice from a Verona appearance among many others. And while his track “Blow Your Trumpet” very much catapulted his name right across the industry, his latest piece, “Ever Before” is right up there for us too, his long list of releases available by going to http://soundcloud.com/perqx/sets.
Right, time for a quick track interlude and one that is tipping our scales right now, but has been out there for a while, Roy Davis Jnr’s “Enjoy The Ride” is no dancefloor smash, but has considerable resonance with our rollercoaster ride experiences both on those dancefloors & elsewhere in our lives, the lyrics shouting exactly what we need to do. Having been given the James Talk & Ridney remix treatment, this immense track will be fighting for a slot in our year end top ten for sure and is available in full length glory at http://youtube.com/watch?v=yL2hBGwhc4E, while more & more D.J.’s seem to be including it in their performances & podcasts.
Heading away from Shoreditch and more to Sydney, next up in our catch-up collective is Aussie born & bred Terry Vietheer, who has very much laid his hat here in London and to great effect, having landed guest & residency spots that include clubs Lovechild & Popcorn, as well as the recent new smash Gigolo, all three spurning compilation creations, the former following his tour with the brand to Israel, while Popcorn celebrated its 14th birthday recently, Terry in the thick of the action and marking the occasion with a mix. Then of course there is Gigolo, Terry having featured large in three of its parties already, his compilation from their “Do It” event earlier this month very representative of his & the clubs disco house sound, so well worth a listen at http://soundcloud.com/gigolo-disco/gigolo-disco-sessions-mix-5. But compilations aside, Terry is also a fine producer of tracks, alongside recording partner Chris Cooper, their recent bootleg of Annie Lennox’s “Little Bird” one of our favourites, this along with all his others & a selection of those podcasts available at http://soundcloud.com/terryvietheer/.
Sticking with the Sydney & Aussie theme is a new entrant to our newsletters, but a worthy addition none the less, as Alex Taylor has an international reputation that has seen him play across all corners of the world, along the way picking up awards, making appearances at parties of the biggest names in the music industry and, as a result, commanding a C.V. that reads like a who’s who of the clubbing community. Harping from Auckland in New Zealand, Alex has adopted Sydney as his home & base, but is fortunate enough to be able to escape the tardy winters in the southern hemisphere, jetting up to Ibiza & Europe for a summer season that has also seen him land in London occasionally. Indeed Mr Taylor is currently enjoying a bit of summer sun and has laid down a compilation to mark the occasion of his northern hemisphere appearance, his “European Summer Mix 2011” packed with pumping beats & summery sounds including “You’ve Got The Love” & “Stronger” (now where have we seen those?!?!) among 15 others, a compilation well worth adding to your collection via http://djalextaylor.podomatic.com/. Plus, watch this space for a focus on this man from Oz coming up, as there is so much more of this terrific talent to share.
So, finding ourselves back in Europe, it’s to Germany that we head now, although interestingly it’s another Aussie that gets our attention, Sydney born & bred Mike Kelly having made Cologne his home, a brilliant base to spread his good musical word right across Europe, although such has been the success of the record label & agency business he launched, a fair chunk of Mike’s time is devoted to Sorry Shoes recordings which boasts a significant stable of artists including Oliver M, Nick Tcherniak, Steve Thomas, Hifi Sean, Guy Scheiman, Ivan Gomez & Nacho Chapado, along with fellow creator Jean Phillips. That said, Mike remains just as busy as ever live, playing across Germany and Spain, while his studio works also leave us breathless with their regularity, whether it be full-on compilations or track releases. So, with much to catch-up on in the Kelly world, the last three months alone having seen no less than seven podcasts & two track pressings, highlights for us have to be his “Bouncin” compilation, a 104 minute marvel that sends superb sparks through the soul to get your feet well & truly tapping, while for the more progressive come techno feel of the Germanic music sound, his “Late Night Steamer” mix is one to savour. However, with so much more to choose, the easiest way is to check out all nine by going to http://soundcloud.com/djmikekelly/ and watch this space for news of a new joint release of Mike’s with Nick Tcherniak’s other half Tom Marchant, featuring the vivacious vocals of Lizzie France.
Sticking with Germany although heading for its capital, next on our list of entrants is Eduardo De La Torre, this vivacious Venezuelan having made Berlin his home just over three years ago and hasn’t looked back, although he still draws on his experiences in both Spain & here in London, both having been bases for Edu during his D.J.’ing career. However, it is the German capital where his production work has really come alive, a studio collaboration known as, No Scene, they having risen to the heights of an entry into The Eurovision Song Contest no less, while Edu’s individual tracks & compilations continue to float our boat. Indeed, since we have been off musical air, Mr De La Torre has remained busy recording as well as playing live across Europe & at his residency spots in Berlin, a never-ending stream of sounds coming out of his stable, making picking out highlights quite tricky, although we do love his “From Berlin To Ibiza” mix which was pressed back in June, while the Ibiza theme continues with his latest podcast, both which you can grab at http://djdelatorre.podomatic.com/. However, the Ibiza theme doesn’t stop there, as No Scene have released their latest track “Step Ibiza” out on Beat port, a production labelled as progressive house but has tribal & tech intentions with uplifting flows & vocal injections that has the white isle written all over it and is sure to make the playlists of D.J.’s not just in Ibiza but right across Europe too, so one to check out at http://www.beatport.com/#track/step-ibiza-2011-original-mix/2066805.
Right, jumping over the border from Germany to Belgium, we find a superstar D.J. that is, for us, the Belgian equivalent to Steve Pitron, such is the terrific talent that is Elof De Neve, an incredible individual that is just as prolific in the studio as he is live. And having first seen him play at Red & Blue in Antwerp on Christmas Day last year no less, we have since been treated to further spectacular sets both back in Antwerp and across in Barcelona for the Delice Dream festival in April. And it would be fair to say that in the few short months we have been following Elof & his music, we have grown to love his sound style nearly as much as the prolific Mr Pitron, although having missed out on a further trip to Antwerp in June, we were robbed of another of his simply superb sets that he pulls out, week in week out at Red & Blue. But we fear not, as we find immediate solace in his compilation’s which give us the Elof fill we need, his aptly named “Finest Selection” series cramming our collection, each edition brimming with that uplifting & energetic sound that we have come to adore, perhaps his “The Summer Feeling Mix” tipping our scales the most. That said, we will leave it up to you to decide which one does it for you the most, by checking each & every one out at http://soundcloud.com/ElofdeNeve.
Now, it time to digress slightly for a moment, our thoughts having been sidetracked slightly when focussing on Elof, as another name always springs to mind when we think of him (apart from our Belgian boy J.d. Ceronnez of course!), Carlos Gallardo a real inspiration of Elof’s, not to mention a good friend to boot. So, it seems appropriate to include a cut of Carlos’s music right here, his “Podcast Music Mix” a nineteen minute snapshot of the sets that have made him one of the most popular Spanish D.J.’s imports London has seen, not least when he appears for the wonderful club brand WE. So, to sample some of his sounds, check out this mix at http://soundcloud.com/carlosgallardo/carlos-gallardo-podcast-music and make a date this coming Saturday (27th Aug) when he returns to headline the “Prison Of Love” event at The Coronet.
Right, back to Belgium and to a pint sized powerhouse that has made considerable waves here in London in recent times, having first come to our attention at the ill fated Matador club that has been the cause of so much upset in our lives. However, far from upsetting us, Andrei impressed us so much back in March last year, that we have been tracking his progress since, regular returns to the capital seeing him play for brands including Beyond & A:M, along with a special party on Halloween weekend, while back home in Brussels, he cuts a considerable stride both at his regular weekly slot with popular club/bar, the Box, while the mighty La Demence draws on his considerable talents, Mr Stan playing out for each of their twice monthly parties, while he was part of their inclusion in the Delice Dream festival back in April & the cruise in July. Add to that a recent tour of Mexico and it is no wonder that we consider this young talent as part of our prestigious protégé list (one of just six), meaning we cannot recommend his studio works enough, all symptomatic of his superb showings & sets, his “promo” mixes as good as any, but his “June Pride” podcast right up there, all available at http://djandrei1.podomatic.com/.
Moving across borders again and into France, we simply couldn’t avoid a mention for our Parisian pal Leomeo Carandang, a D.J. that has been spinning sounds for as long as we have been clubbing (we are talking double years here!), this Philippine turned French national one of the most globetrotting D.J.’s we know, an exhaustive schedule seeing him jet across to The States, Canada, Australasia & all corners of Europe, as well as his adopted country of France, leaving virtually no weekend when he is not live behind the decks. Truly dedicated to his art and to pushing out his music, we simply cannot keep up with his compilation releases, part of the reason why he gets a mention so often, but moreover that we love the way he continues to evolve his sounds, tribal through trance, progressive & tech house always including an uplifting element that is proof of his popular pudding. Having missed out on meeting up with him a week ago when he played for Room Service in London, we are sure it won’t be long before we catch up with Leo again, well when he lands his feet for a while, just this weekend seeing him play across in Ibiza for one of the islands biggest events of the season. So, it comes as no surprise that he has already pressed a mix to mark the occasion, his “Sunset Terraza” compilation as good as they get and a must for your collection at http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/sunset-terraza-mix/.
Right, before we head to shores closer, it’s time for another track mention and one which is very much doing it for us at the moment, partly as it is part of a prolific podcast that we simply cannot put down. So, leaving you to guess just which “Summer” selection this comes from, we look like including it in our next autumn podcast release, David Tort’s “One Look” a tech house triumph that is no better when in the hands of Norman Doray who has remixed it to absolute perfection, a mid track snapshot a worthwhile listen at http://youtube.com/watch?v=kAlszjEQXwI, while watch for its inclusion in the next of our “Dance-tastic” podcast series.
So, setting our sights back to blightly, it seems appropriate that we land where most ships used to before those huge iron birds took over as the main mode of intercontinental travel & transport, Portsmouth being the base for one Lee Harris, although it seems he hardly spends anytime there, well at the weekends anyway, his regular Friday residence at Onyx dragging him up to London and often seeing him party right through the rest of Saturday & Sunday with the best of us. However, this is only a small picture of Mr Harris’ performances, as he plays in Brighton every other week and also jets up to Newcastle, as well as across to Southampton, theses two port cities fulfilling monthly residences, meaning that he clearly works as hard as he plays. And that also goes for his studio creations, his compilations popping up at least every four weeks, sometimes more often, August being no exception as Lee has pressed an ep form his live “Housenation” series, as well as a compilation marking his tour of The Circuit Festival in Barcelona, the latter a collection of new & classic tracks, this & another nine of his releases available via http://lharris.libsyn.com/HouseNationUK.
Now, we head to the other end of the country, to Scotland & Edinburgh in fact and to a D.J. that has been skirting our newsletters for a while now but has finally gained his deserved inclusion having laid down a succession of compilations that have caught our attention. Known to his followers as “Dowser”, Michael’s background belies his base in the Scottish capital, as he has connections with The States, Germany & Ibiza, the latter two being destinations where he both played & drawn on influences for a wide range of musical styles, from hard house through electro and now to musical style which he explains as “…London Sound…”, his main inspiration for this current direction being The Sharp Boys. Holding down residencies for Edinburgh’s hotspots GHQ, The Street & Kidology, Mr Dow’s podcast releases are reflective of his appearances & his style of sound, the live recordings from GHQ slanting towards electro, while his latest offering laid down just this last weekend hits resonance with us right from the off, not least as “Enjoy The Ride” sets the scene for a score of funky & disco tainted tracks that make this a compilation to cherish and one you can grab now at http://soundcloud.com/dowzer/.
So, having whizzed from one end of Britain to the other, we head to its capital now, although like many of our inclusions, we look to individuals whose roots are far away, the first being a Brazilian born & bred but one that has made his biggest impression right here in London. Having been spotted in a D.J. competition held in Ku Bar last year, Doug Guimares, better known on the clubbing circuit as DouGuim, has risen meteorically to the dizzy heights of residencies & guest appearances at clubs including Beyond, Casa Latina, Lovechild & Onyx, while his connections with Ku Bar remain as he heads up their weekly Monday nighter “Citric” as well as playing out at “Candy Boys” every Tuesday. Now, we focussed on Doug in our last music post back in July, just ahead of the second Casa Latina event, but simply couldn’t resist including him here too, as literally five days ago to the year marked his first ever D.J. gig, this charming young man remarking on Facebook that “…On this very same day in 2010 my status was: “See you all tonight in Manic Wednesdays @ Arch 635. The bar is open from 7pm, I will be playing from 8 – 12! The address is 15-16 Lendal Terrace / Clapham North Station.” That was my first gig and there were only 20 friends and my love in the whole place and that was it. Look where I am now, what a life change and that’s thanks to each one of you who believed and supported me throughout this journey! A massive thanks to you all, YOU ROCK!…” . And he has been no studio slouch in that short time, a total of eleven podcasts produced, the latest “Sunny Days” right up there as one of his best, as it is packed with a feel good factor that is so Doug’s style of sound, so need we say more than get yourselves onto http://douguim.podomatic.com/ now and click on that download button as we know you won’t be disappointed.
Okay, so we are nearly there, but time for another track interlude and one that caught our eyes & ears just a couple of weeks ago, although has also has seemingly been spotted by a handful of D.J.’s since, some who have included it on their latest podcast releases. And for good reason, as Mark Knight’s “The Future” follows on from his remix smash of the classic track “You’ve Got The Love”, the Florence & The Machine version the best yet, although this new track of his dips back into the Knight style of sound that tips towards tech & progressive beats with minimal vocal interventions that is much more Mark’s trademark and one well worth a listen at http://youtube.com/watch?v=mWbwQL61d-c.
Right to our final three and first to an Italian based in London, Tony Bruno having been treading the D.J.’ing boards for many a moon although having somehow missed out on an inclusion in our newsletters so far, while mini mentions in previews & reviews of his appearances for Lovechild in recent months have ensured he has not been entirely overlooked. And it has been at Alex Erfan’s clubbing brand that Tony introduced a style of sound he calls “…Tantra…”, a mix of trance to tech sounds that of very reflective on the genres he continues to play out in exceptional effect, a mix of dance ambient, tech house, techno & progressive beats that are also displayed through is series of podcast pressings, no less than nine recorded in just five months, a hefty handful of them marked as “crossover” compilations, blending beats that give them a unique flavour. However, having featured in the recent La Demence cruise, Tony has drawn influence from the brand, laying down a mix lifted from a chillout set he played during the six day Mediterranean adventure, while his latest creation, “Music For Main Floors” are two that have grabbed our attention the most, although all nine are well worth a listen at http://soundcloud.com/tonybruno/, especially, if like us, you fancy a change to the norm or like expanding your ears to a variety of aural stimulations.
Now to a dynamic D.J. that has been doing it for us as long as we can remember, from the heady days of Crash, Action & PSP, through to more recent times at Lovechild, Lo-Profile & Hard On!. Brent Nicholls may have made London his home, but remains Australian through & through, his music styles as cosmopolitan as his homeland, although genres of latin & nu-funk very much a two labels he is known for the most. Having said that, virtually no style of sound has escaped the Nicholls treatment over the years, a colossal collection of compilations cramming our collection, many ranking as our all-time favourites, “Disco Electrique”, “Pervert” & “Get On “MyGayFace” right up there among a host of others that continue to fill our ears, while 2011 has already seen his “Groove” double release hit our high notes. But topping the tree this year is his “I Rock, I Sweat, I Dance” podcast, released just over a month ago, but brimming with brilliant Brent beats that include elements of disco, dance, funk, latin & tech, all rolled into 119 minutes of magnificent music that showcases his tremendous talent for stringing these differing styles together in seamless sophistication, this a well deserved addition to your collection by going to http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/2011/07/15/podcast-i-rock-i-sweat-i-dance/. Plus it seems he has been a busy bee while we have been writing about him (literally) as out has come a “mini-cast” that we haven’t listened to yet, although judging by the playlist, it looks like another Nicholls gem, so will let you know what we think in a future newsletter.
That said, we don’t leave Brent for our last mention, rather celebrate a little self indulgence by pushing our latest creation with him in what is becoming an emerging collaboration that we hope will continue into an annual collection of seasonal mixes. This marriage of musical minds has its roots in our last yearly round-up chart when Brent kindly offered to put together a compilation to reflect our top twenty tunes of 2010. That was back in January, since when a second creation followed, much more in the collaborative mould as, while we selected the tracks, Brent gave them his funked up twist, making what was described at the time as “…the biggest collaboration since when Benny met Bjorn and McCartney teamed up with Lennon…” a ten track triumph that was our “Spring Bloomers” podcast. So, a third was sure to follow and once again we went on the selection trail, picking off ten towering tunes to make into a new compilation for the next season in the year, although as Mr Nicholls described, “Summer Scorchers” “…had been the blender for nearly a month with one track or another sabotaging its completion…” before it finally made the grade at the end of July. However, the reaction has since been superb, messages coming in from all quarters saying, how did one person put it, “…fabulicious” it is. And we couldn’t agree more, not least that Brent has once again taken our choices, given them a little twist and crafted them into a 53 minute marvel which we think (well we would) you should be downloading & enjoying by going to http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/2011/07/30/podcast-disco-matts-summer-scorchers-2011/, while watch this space as an Autumn mix is already in mind, our selections creeping towards that ten track milestone ready for the Brent blender.
Now just quickly before we finish, we are excited to announce another collaboration in the making, as we have also teamed up with impressive Israeli, Guy Scheiman, to produce a podcast that is much more of a joint effort in terms of track choices, as the compilation will be a 50/50 split of selections and one that will give a serious nod to all things Ibiza, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Plus, why not pay clubbing website SeenQueen (http://seenqueen.com/web) a visit, as they have just updated their music page with a host of new releases, some mirroring our choices, but others very much in the music making melting pot.
So, that’s it for this final catch-up newsletter and one that will hopefully be the last of this nature, as we plan to post at least one a month from now on, all things being equal the next one out during the first week of September. In the meantime, we trust you like our choices here, leaving us to simply say “sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume & let them play as music is the answer”. (DISCO MATT)
We sit in our study looking out onto a bright & sunny Sunday afternoon, not a hint of rain in the sky, rather a warm July day that we could have done with at the same time last week, rather a shower soaked Sunday & a muddy meet the order of that day. However with another seven to also review & report on, including a pack of prolific parties & some not quite so, it’s time to once again look back on “That Was The Week That Was”, this latest lament also covering our moment, our track & our tweet of the week. But we will also be saving a small space for some of the latest news of upcoming outings to watch out for, as well as providing links to the websites of those bars, clubs & events that we cover.
So, let’s get down to the detail and to Thursday first, Room Service leading the way with their pre-party for Casa Latina, although drawing on the D.J. talents of resident D.J.’s Fat Tony & Kris Di Angelis, who were joined by East End boy Dan Beaumont. However, with Casa’s Mauricio Ortiz & Naomi Ruiz on hand to balance out the Latino influence, it was clear the appearance of George Michael the previous week had attracted attention, Diu absolutely packed to the rafters, a queue of hopefuls outside desperate to get a piece of the audacious action. So, it seems that whatever style of Shindig Jodie & her team turn their hands to, in Room Service they can pretty much guarantee to terrific turnout, this week looking no different Paul Heron kick starts his Room Service residency, Severino picking up the second slot. More info on Room Service in London, as well as their Monday nighter in Ibiza, can be found by going to http://clubroomservice.com. Plus, don’t forget that if you are a Room Service key holder, then complimentary champagne is available until 11.30 p.m. each Thursday, now we like the sound of that!
Across Soho at Lo-Profile and it seemed that Gigolo was also getting its fair share of the action, its “Do It” party attracting a healthy crowd of scene faces & socialites, while the amazing Aussie Terry Vietheer treated the turnout to a terrific set of tunes, this tremendous talent seemingly fitting the clubs style like a glove, he being followed by the mighty Jamie Head, a Lo-Profile/Profile favourite who ensured Gigolo gyrated right through till the 3 a.m. finish. Now, whilst it has been a while since we have made a personal appearance, our undercover reviewer has been making it down virtually every week and it certainly seems that David & L.a. Hart’s creation has found a following that will definitely see it remaining a feature of Thursday’s for a long time to come. And the next event on the calendar (Thu 28th) may even see us gracing Gigolo with our presence, as Zach Burns is back, along with Guy Williams, a duo sure to score with the Soho social set, more info on this & much more out at http://gigolodisco.com.
Moving to Friday and the usual suspects swung into action, Onyx drawing breath before a double bill of birthday bashes at Area, celebrating 2 whole years in the business, while up in Soho, it was Society at Lo-Profile with Nick Evans & D’Johnny on the decks that reported the best turnout across a host of other venues making hay now that Barcode has closed. But it was the alternative bights that were really doing the business, all inclusive & generally gender bending gorgeousness Club Wotever, taking over The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, to celebrate its 8th birthday, very much kick starting a weekend of anniversary’s, promoter Ingo telling us that the night went down a storm, especially with the theme being “Carry On Wotever”, everybody did!! Then, sprinting across to the East End and the lads into lads club, Fitladz, made the move from Vauxhall to uber cool underground outfit East Bloc, the switch from west to east attracting a horny set of boys from far & wide, the underground nature & feel of East Bloc working really well, while another club on the move was Bodyshakers, which now finds itself at The Brixton Clubhouse with resident D.J. Steve Thomas, the unique roof top style of this south London gaff adding a new dimension to Steven Geller’s club creation. With the momentum that Friday’s gained earlier on in the year seeming to wax & wane a little, to choice of where to be & be seen has become quite diverse, but as they say, variety is the spice of life, so check out the following websites for info on happenings this coming week, http://loprofile.com, http://eastbloc.co.uk, http://thebrixtonclubhouse.com, http://thervt.org.uk. & http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties, one highlight to watch out for will be the second in Onyx’s “Double Bill” of birthday celebrations, the club being transformed into a beach oasis & welcoming special guest P.A. Kathy Brown.
Saturday saw Vauxhall standing under the scene spotlight the most, not least that there were two birthday celebrations, club of colour Bootylicious celebrating 10 years in business, opening its doors at Colosseum & attracting many of its longstanding regulars along with some new faces too. Then there was Barcode, this venue on Albert Embankment that took the scene by storm when it launched 5 years ago, throwing an anniversary celebration that certainly packed in the punters, although having sent in our undercover reviewer, it seemed that the birthday element was a little lacking (check out our review at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/07/reviews-birthday-bamboozle-barcode-5th-anniversary-saturday-16th-july-bite-size-review/). But the plaudits for us had to go to Casa Latina, which held its second showing at Fire and had the venue absolutely rammo with a magical mix of drop dead gorgeous Latino’s, club kids, muscle hunks & everything else in between. With a Brazilian based main room D.J, team that included Leandro Kloppel, & DouGuim, it was new boy Junior Moura that really tipped our scales with a superb set, while this “Super Carwash” event saw one of the best productions in Fire we have seen, no doubt as a result of in Mauricio Ortiz influence, while the lighting in the hands of Dorn Andrei was simply spectacular. Having had so much more to say about this Casa colossus, we lauded our full review treatment on the night, which you can check out at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/07/reviews-junior-jamboree-casa-latina-super-carwash-saturday-16th-july-full-size-review/.
With Sunday set to be dominated by Lovebox, which in itself was dominated by the good old British summertime, we made our mind rule our heart, so skirted around Beyond which reported an average turnout, many of the Casa lot thinking the same as us, indeed with this third day in the music festival over at Victoria Park having a distinctly gay influence, it seemed that the world & his wife were heading east on Sunday afternoon. However, with a completely rain soaked Saturday leaving the park a Hippo’s haven, it was definitely mud, mud, hideous mud, as slipped & slided around Lovebox while the likes of The Scissor Sisters, Marc Almond, Boy George, Kelis, Robyn & The Sugarbabes performed. But the gay influence also extended to Horse Meat Disco, Trailer Trash and the highlight for us, as Circus pretty much stole the show, not least with that eight piece orchestra on stage, truly amazing. Now, we did report on our account of Lovebox with our special reflection, “Music & Mayhem In The Mud” at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/07/reviews-music-mayhem-in-the-mud-lovebox-sunday-17th-july-special-review-reflection/, while this Sunday we will be swapping the mud for the water, as Later takes to the seas, well the Thames actually, with its “Summer Boat Party” during the afternoon, while its a new club launch in the evening as Blessed takes over from Booster, more details of both coming up in the first of three Weekend Focus posts this week.
Monday through Wednesday was pretty much a case of same old, same old, Popcorn riding the popularity stakes at heaven on Monday night with another packed out student affair, Citrus doing the pseudo Popcorn pre-party bit at Ku Bar, while it was eyes down for a full house at The RVT, as their final bingo session for the summer took place. Tuesday’s were given away to Vauxhall with Ashley Ryder’s “Strip Academy” at The Eagle, while Bar Wotever were still recovering from a severe birthday hangover following the clubs birthday bash the previous Friday, Wednesday being all about the fantabulous “Shinky Shonky”, Boogaloo Stu’s madcap meet gaining popularity by the week, the combination of pop-tastic music, game shows & performances making it one of the most fun-filled parties of the week. However, while it seemed business as usual for many, there was a new club launch, Lo-Profile in Soho playing host to Bear Trap, the creation of Manu Cartegenero of Cafe Ole fame, the evening attracting a smattering of scene faces supporting the launch, filling the gap left by The Cave (also a Manu creation). With D.J. residents Ben Jamin, Phil Marriott & Leonardo Glovibes rotating on a weekly basis, time will tell whether the club will survive the ravages of the current dip in the scene, but with the might of Gaydar behind it, there is no reason to suggest otherwise. For more details on these week night happenings, check out websites http://loprofile.com, http://eaglelodon.co.uk & http://ku-bar.co.uk.
Now to some news and this week, Thursday (28th) in fact, sees The Shadow Lounge celebrate 10 years as one of the Soho scene’s smartest & sophisticated spots with their “official” birthday party which looks like drawing in the who’s who of the gay celebrity scene, very much reflective of its first 10 years. However, with doors re-opening tonight (Monday 25th) when free (yes you heard us right) membership will be on offer, plus a 50% reduction on drinks prices, tomorrow seeing “OMFG” return, those free membership still up for grabs, while new Wednesday night affair “Balearic Beats” completes the mid-week line-up. With more info on their weekend parties coming up in our new “Bar Bites & Club Cuts” newsletter later this week, you can check on all the happenings down at the even smarter & sophisticated new era Shadow lounge at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk.
Casting our eyes forward a few months, to October actually, when The Wig Party takes London by storm once again, although with many more celebrities wanting to get in on the act, it seems the organisers are aiming high with this year’s party, a new much swankier venue already lined up (think Mayfair & you’re getting close) which will fit the bill more than Cafe De Paris. Mind you having been made privy to the details as far back as last November, we have been asked to keep it under wraps for now, although as the wig parade come pageant is likely to be bigger & better than before, the team are already asking for entrants, details along with the £30 ticket purchases available at http://wigparty.org.
Now, we gave a hint towards a new club night down Vauxhall way this coming weekend, “Blessed” being joined by another the following Friday, as Fire kick back with a new men only night called “Le Boy”, the name kind of suggesting a Rudeboiz style shindig, especially when you consider that the co-promoter of this new night is Kian Lee Thompson (aka D.J. Devilish). But none of it to be honest, as the night is much more of a music & macho meet rather than the porn & filth of the former, the D.J. line-up pretty grown up too, Paul Heron, Gonzalo Rivas & Hifi Sean taking up the musical mantles for the launch next Friday (5th August). We will be combining both “Blessed” & “Le Boy” in one of those Weekend Focus reports we deluded to earlier, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
So, we are on the home straight, meaning it’s time for our moment, our track & our tweet of the week, the moment (or is that moments?!?) having to go to the “Porridge Woman”, our Alyson making us jump out of our skin at Mile End tube station on the way to Lovebox last Sunday, it coming as no surprise that Steve Pitron was behind the ploy to get us trapped in her amorous arms & stare, the tweet of the week coming from the same day, a few minutes later in fact when we said “…Disco Matt has arrived at Lovebox & is with Steve, Celso, Pabs, Jess & a very amorous Alyson who keeps undressing us with her eyes. Papa bear is scared…”. For this and many more Nibble Size review tweets, you can tune in live or simply follow us by going to http://twitter.com/discomatt.
As for our track of the week, well there were actually a handful, a couple that made it right here in the last two weeks, so we had to choose another which we hope to include in our “Autumn Arousers” podcast, that is of course if our “Summer Scorchers” release actually gets to a final pressing, two attempts already taking the ten track compilation back to the mixing board or maybe even the scrap heap. However, in the Roy Davis Jr’s hit, “Enjoy The Ride”, we have a track that not only sends superb sensations up our spine, but is really appropriate to our Sunday of fairground fun at Lovebox, the James Talk & Ridney remix so very addictive, not least the amazing vocals by Kaye Fox, the full 6 minute version available to listen to at http://youtube.com/watch?v=yL2hBGwhc4E.
Right, that’s it for another “that Was The Week That Was” review/report, leaving us to remind you that if you want us to shout out for your favourite bar, club or event that rocked & rolled in the coming week, then plaster our Facebook wall with your details at http://facebook.com/discomattlondon or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. As for our upcoming activity, well its Shadow Lounge’s 10th Birthday this Thursday (28th July), which means we might swoop on Gigolo & Room Service too, while Friday sees the second Onyx birthday session, definite other dates being Later’s “Summer Boat Party” on Sunday afternoon (31st July) & then new club launch “Blessed” on Sunday night. So if you see us out, come say hi, but remember it’s good to “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
Following the launch of our new weekly round-up report when we looked that the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, we have given some thought to its positioning and whilst, yes we are reporting on events over the preceding seven days, we are also reviewing them, so henceforth, you will find “That Was The Week That Was” in both our Reports & our Reviews sections.
So, with that cleared up, lets crack on with our review & look back over the last week and it all started on Thursday with a trip down to Room Service at Diu, the now customary queue greeting us, inside justifiably busy & pumping with both Steve Pitron & Kris Di Angelis serving up superb sets. Plus with porn star Francoise Sagat titillating our fancies, along with plenty of familiar faces, check out what we had to say at direct link http://discomatt.com/web/2011/06/reports-delightful-delectations-at-diu-room-service-thursday-2nd-june-preview-the-review/ . Over at Lo-Profile & Gigolo reported a healthy turnout for their “Get Harder” event, D.J.’s Guy Williams & Terry Vietheer making magical music &, having popped in after Room Service, the fact that we crawled out on closing was testament to a good party had by all.
These social splendours go head-to-head again tonight (Thurs 9th), with Room Service hosting the first of three Hustlaball pre-parties, Jim Stanton & Paul Heron on D.J. duty, while over at Gigolo, the cute yet capable Zach Burns who stormed the launch, while eastender Borja Pena debut’s for David & L.a. Go to http://clubroomservice.com & http://gigolodisco.com for more info.
Moving on to Friday and the scene was definitely in recovery mode after the previous weekend, Onyx in particular rolling out its infamous “Recovery Party” with offers a-plenty to get them in & reports were that they did, Area busy from the off. Round the corner & the men were in a raunchy & playful mood as they packed out Tonker, Chris Brogan nailing a superb set that impressed promoter Tim Jones & will see him back for more soon. Up in Soho & the weather certainly pulled people out, Lo-Profile’s “Society” busier than expected, Nathan 6 really showing his worth for the second week in a row, Hugh Stevenson flying the young guns flag & rocking Wardour St till dawn. But it was also a night for a new launch as Phil Marriot donned the promoter gloves to bring out the independent, imaginary & individual Club I (it’s was all about “I”), this new monthly serving up alternative & indie pop & house.
As for this coming Friday, “Society” is very much upping the ante this week as whilst they host the third of Hustlaball’s pre-parties, with both Steve Pitron & Mikey D on disc spinning duty, it could feel more like Beyond, while Tonker have another legendary D.J. in the form of Wayne G sorting the saucy sounds, this dynamic D.J. then hot footing it across to Area for Onyx’s “Summer Solstice” party. Check http://loprofile.com, http://tonker.co.uk & http://fire.co.uk/gayparties for more details.
With A:M marching us deep into Saturday, Guy Williams was absolutely awesome at A:M’s “Residents” event, proving that experience counts for a lot & while we rested, the clubbing scene didn’t, as Fire opened their doors for a fabulous free party, the likes of Mikey D, Gonzalo Rivas, Jamie Head & D’Johnny entertaining a considerable crowd who took advantage of this special spring bank holiday thank you bash. And speaking to a few individuals that made it a night, they were pleasantly surprised just how the “back to basics” feel of the party worked, perhaps a hint towards a selection of new Saturday outings by The Orange Group to come. Out east, to East Bloc in fact, “The Men Who Fell To Earth” made an out of this world impression on what was a packed out & pulsating place, this Shoreditch spot definitely the place to be right now.
This Saturday A:M have a real Ibiza theme to its party, while Fire entertain the horny Hustlaball. Out east & it’s the magnificent “Meat” at East Bloc, making our decision of where to be & be seen quite a tough one. But you can decide by going to http://alexerfan.com http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties, &/or http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Sunday started with a “Summer Season Launch” at Beyond, which, despite having supersized its way through the previous weekend, was a really busy affair again, and no surprise as with plenty of new additions to the team, as well as a return of old favourites, it proved another hum dinger, we tearing up our spot virtually till the end, Messrs Pitron & Dower hitting the mark the most. So we decided it was review time again for this awesome afterhours, so see what we had to say in our new style bite size review at direct link http://discomatt.com/web/2011/06/reviews-scorcher-of-a-start-beyond-summer-season-launch-sunday-5th-june-bite-size-review/. Other Sunday highlights included Later which benefited from a busy Beyond, while as the weather turned a bit wet, Sunday roasts were suddenly the order of the day, both Profile in Soho & The Cambria in Kennington reporting healthy numbers, traditional drag style cabaret another winner with the weather, all eyes pointing indoors with “S.L.A.G.S. at The RVT, while The Stag in Victoria & Halfway To Heaven of Traf Sq pulled in the punters.
Beyond is back this Sunday for a “Hustlaball” afterparty, Steve Pitron already confirming he will now be playing, while other Sunday bests worth a visit include S.L.A.G.S./Chill-out at The RVT, & Booster at Area, of course followed by Orange. Go to http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties & http://thervt.org.uk for more info
Rolling Monday Tuesday & Wednesday into one, the week started with the usual hits, as Ku-Bar’s “Citric” pulled in the young set in advance of the ever popular “Popcorn” at Heaven, that reported another boisterous bash, Compton’s in Soho also packing them in for their infamous £2 a pint night to beat the austerity blues into the following week. Then on Tuesday, it was all about The Shadow Lounge, as “OMFG” ruled the Soho waves, although if it was some bear arsed action you were looking for, Ashley Rider’s “Strip Academy” at The Eagle in Vauxhall was the place to be. As for Wednesday, Industri continued its stay of execution at Barcode, the change of hands of this Soho sophisticate still undetermined, while the chic & alternative “Shinky Shonky” was a rip roaring success, as dance diva Katherine Ellis stormed the show. But tipping the scales in a different was new night “Burger Queen” at The RVT in Vauxhall, Scottee attracting a like minded crowd who, as had been predicted, fought back with their rights to be big, bold & beautiful.
If you fancy some week night action, then Ku-Bar, The Shadow Lounge & The RVT should be on your radar, further details of happenings available at http://ku-bar.co.uk, http://theshadowlounge.co.uk & http://thervt.org.uk, while Popcorn is a must for your party heads that don’t need to work on a Tuesday, this coming Monday (12th June) sporting special Aussie D.J. guest Neroli, with a full-on nude performance by porn star Johnny Anglais, more details out at http://popcorn-heaven.com.
Now to some news of a Pride nature and first to Europirde, which takes place in Rome this weekend, Saturday seeing the main event along with a whole load of peripheral parties, we being reliably informed that Lady Gaga will be making an appearance on the events main stage at some juncture, our man in the know promising to report back on it all, so hopefully we can share the spill in next week’s round-up. Back in London and the news that the dance stage for the capital’s annual Pride event, returns to Soho Square is fabulous news indeed, The Orange Group hosting the space. With a sparkling line-up of D.J’s & entertainers, Say 2nd July is an absolute must for lots of reasons, some of which we have been sworn to secrecy, but will keep you posted & hopefully confirm the full line-up in a planned special preview post coming up in the next week or so.
Onto news of another launch and if you happened to miss out on beyond this last Sunday (4th June), the fear not, as the club hits the radio waves this coming Sat/Sun, the new “Beyond Afterhours Show” launching on Gaydar Radio and beaming out recordings from the live sets we were lucky to witness at this “Summer Season Launch” scorcher. So, expect the likes of Steve Pitron, Mikey D & The Sharp Boys to substantiate the show, which you can tune into from midnight on Saturday through till 7 a.m. Sunday morning, either online at http://gaydarradio.com or via digital radio DAB frequency 11B.
Finally on our news front is another newbie, this time at new bar in Soho, Circa, which can be found on Frith St (No 62 to be exact), who up their own ante as they join forces with Room Service, to present a short series of special pre-parties, we guess to soak up the early demand for space at Diu, proceedings kicking off from 9 p.m. each Thursday for June & July & including D.J.’s James Pople & Mikey D amongst others. Launching tonight (Thurs 9th June), further info can be found at http://clubroomservice.com.
So, that was the week & the news for another one, while before we close, just time to run down our moment, our track & our tweet of the week, the moment yet again involving superstar D.J. Steve Pitron, along with the brilliant Brazilian Bel at Beyond, her whistling & the so called “tweeting” leaving both us & Mr Pitron in hysterics, both during all the main room action & then in the bar afterwards, purely priceless, although you had to be there we guess.
Onto our track of the week and we fell for this record from the minute we heard it, not least as it reminded us of those halcyon days of dancing we used to enjoy at iconic underground club Crash, but one that is every bit 2011 in its making. “You Will Remember” came to our notice first on a prolific podcast & then played a large part in more of those rollercoaster ride events, this time at Room Service last Thursday, a link coming our way the following day & this one giving you the full length version of this tremendous track, which can also be found on a certain D.J.’s “Summer 2011” compilation (you know who we mean, right?!). Check out http://youtube.com/watch?v=jkaZ__QD4CU.
To out tweet of the week and this one goes to Mikey D, who was close on scooping our moment of the week too, when he popped his head over the beyond D.J. booth & exclaimed “Matt, where are your tweets??”, to which we tweeted, “…yes Mikey, we are right here tweeting for you…”, that after one of our tweets at Room Service which included “…as the track “Waiting For You” has set us off on a rollercoaster ride…”. Now don’t forget that you can tune in to our live tweeting by going to http://twitter.com/discomatt, this weekend’s transmissions coming from the floors of Lo-Profile, Hustlaball, Beyond & La Demence.
Right, that’s it for our second “That Was The Week That Was” report/review, but don’t forget, if you want us to shout out for your favourite bar, club or event that rocked & rolled, then drop us a line at email@example.com or link into us via our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/discomattlondon, but keep your eyes peeled for our Weekend Best Bites & Short Shouts recommendations due out later & if you see us out at any of the above events, come say hi. (DISCO MATT)
Well, it seems quite a while since we put our music hat of, well apart from our year end round up of course, a mammoth project & report that ended acknowledging over 100 D.J.’s, compilations & tracks, from a staggering 500 plus that got coverage in our posts throughout 2010, making the decision who to include and moreover, who to nominate for top slots, a difficult choice indeed. However our choices were made and our final nod to 2010 completed with both our music round up, “Terrific Twelve Months Of Tunes” & our poll post “Charting A Yardstick Year, both available right here at http://discomatt.com or via direct links http://discomatt.com/web/2011/01/dm-reportsreviews-terrific-twelve-months-of-tunes-2010-year-music-review/ & http://discomatt.com/web/2011/01/dm-reports-charting-a-yardstick-year-disco-matts-bar-club-event-music-charts-special-report-8th-january/ and sealing the end to the year, meaning it’s time to point deep into 2011 and our biggest passion, promoting D.J.’s their tracks & compilations, as well as more features and news than ever before.
Yet, stepping out of the wake of 2010 and into the 2011 spotlight, it seems there are still lots of mopping up to the end of the year to complete, so we thought it best to marry & link the two by bringing you bang up to date with some compilation and track releases that were released in the final days of last year, then steer into the New Year with snippets of news, as well as links to tracks & compilations that hit the ground running this month, also then honing in on a handful of artists that featured large in our NY celebrations and who will get our focus in upcoming reports during January.
And what better way to kick off with a mention for Pagano and his long awaited & anticipated compilation “Digital Generation”, which was finally released on 27th December and has since been racing up the Beatport charts. This comes as now surprise, especially when you consider the wealth of artists who grace this 20 track composition, the likes of Danny Tenaglia, Danny Verde & Stewart Who, as well as the tracks which made it to his final selection, “The Reflex”, “Loca 2011” & “Kissing The Wookie”, all previously unreleased, while “Bodyswerve 2011” and “Push To The Top” also grace this magnificent mix. But with so much more on offer, including some Pagano classics, this is one compilation that you definitely will want to add to your collection, especially given that it is only the fifth officially released mix in his long & illustrious career which started back in the 1990’s. So, it has been given provisional release on Beatport, in both mixed & unmixed versions and is available now, but for a limited period only via link https://beatport.com/en-US/html/content/release/detail/316641/pagano-digital-generation-mixed-and-unmixed#, although if you hang on till the end of January, then this Kult Records produced package will be generally released on digital record store sites including i-tunes.
Now taking of Danny Verde, we know he has been extremely busy in the recording studio of late and has some exciting projects to come in 2011, he having kicked off the year in superb style with a brand new updated version of his smash hit “Pushin To The Top”, which gained almost immediate worldwide recognition when the original was released 18 months ago. This original, compiled in conjunction with artist Halmadaxx, has, for 2011, been given not one or two, but four remix treatments, we having already mentioned one which appears on Pagano’s compilation. Of the other three, two get our attention here, the first from the man himself, Danny calling it his “Miami 011 Rework”, Mr Verde giving the original a quite different & unique feel through this new release, a preview of which was up on his soundcloud site, although speaking with Danny, a few further tweaks made in advance of its formal release in the next couple of weeks (keeping us in suspense or what!). However, in the meantime, Hector Fonsecca’s mix is well worth a listen and one you can grab now by going to http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio/halmadaxx-danny-verde-pushin-to-the-top-hector-fonseca-remix. As for further projects, like Danny, we will keep you in suspense, although on the D.J.’ing front he couldn’t be busier, tours of Brazil & Mexico confirmed for Feb & March, while he also lands on Britain for a whistle-stop couple of days at the end of January.
Moving on and to a man that has been entertaining us under the mirror-ball for good two/three years now and has really found his stride in recently extended & improved Chapel Room at Beyond , as well as being part of the RAW team of residents at citric splendour Orange, both gigs two of his absolute favourites. However, one Hi-Fi Sean Dickson is also busy in the recording studio, amassing monthly compilations in his now substantial series which you can grab at http://hifiseandj.podomatic.com, his January edition an absolute peach. However, he has become more & more active producing tracks, one of which has grabbed our attention although missed our net for a while until we heard the man play it at Beyond on 2nd Jan. “Stand Up” by Loleatta Holloway has been given the deep yet gospel treatment by Mr Dickson and is Beyond Chapel personified (well it’s gospel!), hence why our ears pricked up. But such is the brilliance of the track, it has also made the Gaydar Radio airwaves, so is a must grab, which you can do for free by going to the music section at http://hifisean.com, but be quick as it will be dropping off soon. Talking of Gaydar, Sean has made some special mixes for the radio station, three of them to be exact, which he tells us are only available for a short period too. Having listened to them all, you would be mad to miss out adding them to your collection, although you need to be quick as they will drop off host site Mediafire in the next few weeks. So to grab these special compilations go to the following links, http://mediafire.com/?uz42a4vxv7l06so (Mix 1), http://mediafire.com/?1cr9z84e716brf5 (Mix 2) & http://mediafire.com/?nhqmsla6vyjnc59 (Mix 3).
Now onto a D.J. that had an amazing 2010, this year looking just as busy, French fancy Leomeo’s feet hardly touching the ground in the last twelve months, indeed he only having spent a handful (we are talking single figures here) of weekends in his home city of Paris. Tours, especially of Asia, have left some indelible musical marks on this young man, so much so, he has been in the recording studio to produce a very special compilation that nods to the oriental, but has definite disco undertones, a little bit of a departure from Mr Carandang’s usual tribal & tech styles, but is every bit as good as his previous productions, in some ways better. With tracks including artists such as David Penn, Richard Grey, & Taylor Square, this definitely has dancefloor pedigree, the 58 minute mix hooking us from the start. So, it goes without saying that his “Urban People Makassar Mix” is an absolute must for your collection which you can download at http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/urban-poeple-presents-makassar-mix-by-dj-leomeo while his latest track “Feel Me”, the Leomeo peak time mix, produced with Fabrice K, is a tribal triumph but has also been given the remix treatment by D.J. Bruno Kaufmann (more on him soon) which, with the DJBK influence, can be yours by going to http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo (it’s right at the top).
Next in our selections in Guy Williams, another man who’s 2010 was busy and extremely productive, he breaking into Ibiza in a big way with his club brand, Paradise 45, which did equally as well back home, his D.J.’ing balancing nicely between the gay & metrosexual world’s, Black Rabbit, another of his ventures, going from strength to strength, while regular appearances at DTPM, & A:M, to compliment Trade & SuperMartXe have kept him in the mind’s eye of his gay audience. . However, with the New Year dawned yet more new projects & musically inspired trips to Goa & Dubai loom, before he throws himself back into the world of Ibiza for the summer, which looks set to be even bigger for him. Guy always has projects in the making & studio works bubbling to the surface, his latest collaboration with the D.J./Producer duo Prok & Fitch, “Yalla” a truly terrific track that is sure to hit the dancefloors over the next weeks & months and has been given full release on Stealth Recordings as well as on online record store Beatport. However, for a limited period, you can check out this tech house treat by going to http://soundcloud.com/guy-williams/guy-williams-vs-prok-fitch-yalla. Plus, like Danny Verde, we have an inside track on those projects, but have been sworn to secrecy, so will just have to keep you in suspense, although watch this space for news, as it is here where you will see it first.
Onwards and to Berlin based boy Eduardo De la Torre, who, in some ways, will be glad to see the back of 2010, yet the year having had a truck load of highs, not least a Eurovision Song Contest nomination for one of his studio releases. However, with the chalk line drawn, 2011 couldn’t have got off to a better start for Edu, still smarting from a terrific mini tour taking him to Moscow just a few weeks ago, his residency back home in Berlin, at the cavernous Connection, going extremely well and further dates in his diary that include Siwtzerland’s Mad at the end of January and then a trip to London for a guest appearance at Lovechild’s birthday bash, means he is as busy as ever. But he remains just as busy in the studio too and has lots of projects under construction with recording partner No Scene, which he has promised to send our way, so keep your eyes peeled for news. In the meantime & given his Connection successes, we thought we would share a compilation mix he completed back in September, which somehow missed our net, but is Edu personified, full of progressive & tech beats with vocal drenches that are so characteristic of his style. So the Connection inspired mix is a mere click away at http://djdelatorre.podomatic.com and well worth a listen.
Moving on and coming back to our home stomping ground, had it not been for our dreaded ear infection, we would have been in the thick of new(ish) club night, Room Service, on Thursday just gone, when Beyond boys Steve Pitron & Mikey D ruled the musical waves. However, with other residents that include new boy on the block, Zack Black, the learned talents of Fat Tony and stylish Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis, Room Service has quickly established itself as THE place to hangout on a Thursday night, host venue Diu on Greek Street fitting it like a glorious glove. So, whilst a review is still due, there is a compilation mix out, celebrating all things RS, compiled by Kris Di Angelis, which, whilst a departure from his usual style, is very much evocative of the sets he plays at this small yet perfectly formed outfit. So, if you haven’t been down to Diu on a Thursday yet, then like us, it’s about time you did, although in the meantime, you can do no wrong by checking out Kris’s compilation at http://soundcloud.com/clubroomservice/vol-1-kris-di-angelis.
While still on home territory, we simply couldn’t leave him out as birthday boy Jamie Hammond is another talent that got our focus in 2010, but has pointed firmly in the 2011 direction in so many positive ways, not least with is continuing residencies here in London, especially for Monday nighter, Popcorn, but also jets across to Rome on a regular basis for the Italian’s favourite extrovert & excellent club event, Muccassassina. However, despite being a busy boy, Jamie never fails to impress with the regularity of his compilation releases and marked the New Year with not one, but two new mixes, titled “Happy New Year” & “House/Disco 2011”, the former more akin to his live progressive styled sets, while the later is a favourite of ours, as it is crammed with 70’s & 80’s retakes (wonder who inspired that!) as well as some more up to date tracks to keep you hooked. Suffice to say, this disco dream hit our collection the moment we saw it (well it’s in the name innit!?), although both are worthy additions to yours, which you can grab at http://d-jamie.podomatic.com/, simply leaving us to say, Mr Jamie, here’s wishing you a very happy birthday.
Right, our final major mention goes to Spaniard Ivan Gomez, who really wowed us last year when he tripped over to London for LGDF in May, yet, he has kept missing our net in newsletters & mentions since, so we thought we would make amends and bring you bang up to date in the life & times of Mr Gomez. And golly gosh has he been a busy boy or what, having amassed no less than 29 track mixes/remixes since we focussed on him in May, plus having laid down eight full length compilations in that time too. Working with close friends & recording partners Nacho Chapado & Fran Ramirez, Ivan has produced a whole collection of tracks that have gone global & hit the high notes on digital store Beatport, although it is his compilations that really do it for us, a particular favourite being a collection of some of his favourite tracks from 1996 to 2007, which he put together in December and is available at direct link. http://soundcloud.com/ivangomezmusic/ivan-gomez-some-tracks-from-1996-to-2007-free-download, while you will have hours of pleasure, like us, trawling through his Souncloud collection at http://soundcloud.com/. However, Ivan points to 2011 in the best possible way with the latest in his free download compilation series, a rousing collection of progressive & pumping house tunes that grabbed us from minute one through to minute one hundred & seven and is available at http://soundcloud.com/ivangomezmusic/ivan-gomez-promo-mix-january-2011-happy-nye-free-download.
Jumping from compilations to pure tracks, 2011 has started off where 2010 left off, with two tunes dominating our superb stereo sounds airwaves (or should we say our mono ear), Lizzat & Voltaxx’s incredible remix of Tom Novy’s classic “Now Or Never” very much our hot tip of this New Year, we have been truly captivated since hearing the track on Brent Nicholls’ “Industri – Gotta Move” compilation and a week later spinning on our spot as Steve Pitron played it out at Beyond. Indeed it made another double appearance on Jan 2nd, Steve doing it again and Gonzalo playing it to perfection in his Beyond set, and when you check out the video at http://youtube.com/watch?v=yFmvB13R_Jc, you will see where they got their dance moves from, “Doing The Disco Matt” maybe?!?, hence the fact this record is sure to feature on our next viral, due out soon. Incidentally, if you haven’t seen the original go get a look now at http://youtube.com/watch?v=RCOqKp9SpgU. As for the other track, well it’s another Danny Verde quick mention as “Trapped” the Pagano (another shout for him too) & Wayne G smash featured large over NY, not least as featured vocalist, Peyton, put up the most prolific P.A. performance we have seen in months, at WE Attacks, since when we can’t put it down. Now, the video link is pretty rubbish (in our humble opinion), but is a good way to at least hear the track, by clicking on http://youtube.com/watch?v=yi1YOREB8ew, although we may come to its rescue with our own WE inspired attempt (the gauntlet has been laid down!).
Right before we finish with some exciting news, time to whittle through some latest compilation releases from artists that often get our exposure, so need no introductions apart from their links, Nick Tcherniak’s latest offering out at http://nicktcherniak.podomatic.com, Terry Vietheer’s January mix out at http://soundcloud.com/terryvietheer, while Micky Galliano has a brilliant new compilation well worth a listen & download at http://mickygalliano.podomatic.com. One guy that received a new boy focus in 2010 was Norbert M and he has got on the NY bandwagon too, issuing a “Disco House Classic” mix well worth looking at via http://norbertmik.podomatic.com/ and, while you’re at it, grab his 30 minute “Hed Kandi Bar” competition mix too. D’Johnny’s mix from his performance on Beyond’s main room is worth downloading too at http://djohnny.podomatic.com/ and fellow Beyond resident Gonzalo Rivas continues his “deep” series with a Xmas Eve release, out now at http://gonzalorivas.podomatic.com. More mop up’s and Alessandro Londra kicked of the NY in style at As One, laying down a recording in recognition, which you can download now at http://djalessandrolondra.podomatic.com/, while Jamie Head marked his appearance at WE Attacks with a special podcast, which is an absolute corker and has already been marked as one of our favourites of the year, so is well worth grabbing at http://jamiehead2.podomatic.com/, Jamie being one of three folk that will be getting our focussed attention over the next few days as we accelerate our Music Is The Answer posts. So the other two? Well Tel Aviv based boy Guy Scheiman is one, who starred at Salvation “The Return” on NYD and then stormed As One, his “Feel The Vibe” mix our little teaser, which you should have a listen by going to http://djguyscheiman.podomatic.com/2010-10-16T10_52_42-07_00, while Brent Nicholls will be featuring in a special post, coming up in the next day or so (more details in a sec), but marked 2010 with his year end double volume mix “MMX”, both available at http://djbrentnciholls.com/music, both crammed with nu-funk & disco tunes to delight (Vol. 2 is breathtaking!).
Right we are nearly there, but just time to mention that special report, as for the eagle eyed of you that have visited Brent Nicholls’ site already (or in the last day or so), you will have spotted a special compilation he kindly produced, marking our year end music round up in which we included our top 40 tracks of 2010. So, in true Brent style, he has put a 20 track mix together and, given this momentous move, we thought it only appropriate to set aside a special report on both him & the mix, which will form our first “Music Is The Answer” focus style post of 2011.
So, with the New Year now under a full head of steam, music will be taking centre stage in Disco Matt land, with plenty of focuses, plenty of D.J. bio’s & monthly newsletters to compliment all our other posts, also remembering that you need to keep your eyes peeled for music links in our weekend posts & our reviews. Now all that remains to say is, we hope you like our choice picks here and if so, “…sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume & let them play, as music IS the answer…”. (DISCO MATT)
Having had probably one of their best years yet, cementing their monthly parties at Fire in London’s Vauxhall, plus having racked up an impressive amount of tours both domestically & internationally, including Paris, Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Rome, Istanbul & Sydney, Lovechild concentrates firmly on home this Saturday (15th Jan) with their latest monthly party and following on from the huge success that saw their involvement in the New year smash, As One. But, whilst this latest Lovechild love-in is grounded in London, it has a truly international feel to it, as not only are they marking their involvement in the upcoming European Gay Ski week in March, but are contrasting that with a truly Australian feel, flying in two Aussie stars from Sydney to compliment the already antipodean slant to the roving residency team. So, in the style that only Lovechild can do, sand is definitely meeting snow in this latest offering, so will it be the sand dunes or the snowy slopes that will out? or maybe both!
Themed as a snowy event, we have been reliably informed that Fire will be transformed to a sea of white with opulent production, decor & visuals to wow and in the words of Alex Erfan & his team, “…it will be a magical & virginal Fire come Saturday, with a whiter than white look & feel, extravagant costumes, super sexy dancers & performances, all meaning après ski has never been more fun…”. So while the accent will definitely be on snow, ski slopes & everything alpine, the usual hot & horny elements of Lovechild will be there too, as Thiago Drewery will be masterminding the mind-blowing stage shows, including glamorous Ice Queens and saucy snow covered go-go’s in the main room, while the heat will very much be turned up in the contact room, where the real saucy & sexy side of Lovechild will come out to play. As usual, the infamous play area will be open for business again and in the stage shows in the contact room, expect the unexpected and be prepared to be shocked & stunned by the stripped down sex pots of muscle men to match the magnificent music.
And naturally, while it may be après ski in its design, this Lovechild will be sporting a red hot line up of D.J.’s more akin to the sand rather than the snow, as Mr Erfan welcomes a veritable feast of Aussie talent from both home & abroad, to put the surf into the snow and crest both the waves & the slopes with a stack load of scintillating sounds. First up and no stranger the Lovechild in London, is Johan Khoury, who not very much got us wet under the collar with his smouldering sounds & equally hot looks, playing out to a packed contact room at Lovechild’s “Wet” event last April, so is extremely excited about returning to the capital to captivate the crowd once more. So much so, Johan has laid down a specially commissioned compilation to mark his appearance at this après ski splendour, a 41 minute marvel showcasing his broad musical genre styles, from uplifting & funky, to tribal & tech, but with sexy & seductive vocals never far away from his selections, a reason why he is so popular back home & in so much demand, including the massive “Day Wash” which will host this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras harbour party, as well club “Live”, which inspired this mix & played host to Lovechild twice in the last twelve months. So, to get a taste of what to expect from this amorous Aussie on Saturday, go to http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com/ and select episode 17, as it is amazing!
The second Aussie import is D.J. Troy Cox, who, like Mr Khoury, is extremely popular back home in Sydney, in fact right across Australia, including Melbourne, Perth & Brisbane, although his home city is his real playground, playing out at a whole host of venues on the infamous gay strip, as well as at clubs like “Rising Day”, “Love Muscle” (yes it’s still going strong down under), “Day Wash” and “Live”, so often rubs shoulders with his counterpart Johan and will be in the thick of proceedings at this year’s Mardi Gras festival. Like his partner in crime on their tour of London, Mr Cox has laid down a special compilation which is very evocative of his upfront & vocal house style, intermixed with funky, soulful & sexy tech to progressive beats that will fit the Lovechild glove like a dream, so is well worth a preview listen at http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com/entry/2011-01-11T04_56_54-08_00 while he also has his own podcast page, with a collection of mixes that further display is dexterity in dipping between musical styles superbly, so is worth more than just a look at http://djtroycox.podomatic.com/.
So, that’s the Aussie imports, what about the London lads? Well the Lovechild lounge looks like being much more surf than snow, as down under dudes Terry Vietheer & Brent Nicholls rub shoulders on the decks to delight, Terry never failing to disappoint with his deep & delicious offerings, filled with funk & chunk which always goes down a treat in this intimate & enticing space, plus he is charm personified, just one of many reasons to pop in & shake your booty to his beats, greats samples of which you can find at http://soundcloud.com/terryvietheer. As for our other Aussie boy, well this man is always full of beans, very much matching is euphoric uplifting & funky filled sets that often leave us breathless in our “Doing The Disco Matt” dancing style, NYD being a perfect example when we soaked up every morsel of his stupendous three hour showing, so if there is one place we will guarantee to be, is just left of the D.J. booth when Mr Nicholls is in charge. Now, it’s the second week of the New Year and we are expecting a new compilation from him any day, but there are loads to choose from at http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/music, we loving Vol 2 of his MX mixes and come Saturday expect some similar sounds, but with a truck load of new tunes to boot. Aussie’s aside, Lovechild favourites Tony English & Alessandro Londra are back, as is the lovable cute & cuddly Phil Hewson, who has just completed a tour down under, so will be lamenting loads on his terrific trip, but getting this snow covered splendour started in superb style.
Right that’s the music, the men & the movements pretty much sown up, so what about the all important detail? Well, Lovechild “Snowball” kicks off this coming Saturday, 15th Jan (ooh that’s tomorrow) from 11 p.m. at the very virginal looking Fire, the club running through until a planned 7 a.m. finish. Limited advance tickets are still available at the usual Soho outlets, as well as online at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-01/15/lovechild-snowball for an inflation busting £10, while more will be available on the door but for more. However, the Lovechild lot will be circulating your favourite bars both on Friday & Saturday with special concession passes, so keep your eyes peeled for those. But if that wasn’t enough, the first 100 through the door will receive free entry wristbands to beyond and the first 500 will get free Lovechild membership for one year, entitling the holder to discounted entry to all Lovechild events, so a real incentive to get their before the witching hour. Further details of this & other Lovechild relating happenings, go to http://alexerfan.com, by contacting the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by simply joining the Lovechild & iLondon events groups on Facebook.
So, Saturday will definitely be a case of surfing snowboard fun, an après ski inspired event with a genuine Aussie twist and well worth a visit. (DISCO MATT)
Looking back over the last few months, indeed years, there is no doubt that when it comes to Saturday night clubbing, the scene in London has seen some quite dramatic changes in trend, this usually most popular weekend slot having pitched & yawed in popularity, only a handful of brands surviving to tell the tale. Indeed save for some of the major brands, finding somewhere to party like (as the song goes) 1999, is increasingly more difficult, much of the central London locations either having been bulldozed to make way for other uses or filled with club brands that don’t necessarily appeal. So, as a consequence, Saturday’s have become rich pickings for the likes of SuperMartXe and, until recently, Matinee, one other brand showing itself on a monthly basis to make its own mark on a struggling slot when venues such as Barcode & Lo-Profile end up making the most of.
Lovechild very much has established itself as a prime contender for Saturday nights in the capital, making the bold move to change its original Sunday slot in favour of what, at the time, proved a wise choice & & popular decision. Indeed, it hardly seems a year since promoter Alex Erfan decided to move his lovable clubbing brand from its first home, Pacha in Victoria, to Fire in Vauxhall, the move giving him the flexibility he need to broaden both the appeal & dynamic of the monthly parties, a whole host of events having made a considerable splash on the capitals scene, firmly establishing it as one of the venues more popular events, well on a Saturday at least. This move to Vauxhall has also allowed Mr Erfan & his close team to expand into other brands, both home grown & international imports, although it would be fair to say that Lovechild is Alex’s first born in his recent relationship with Craig Elder’s group, so remains close to his heart and one which we have both supported & attended on a regular basis. So, despite certain issues with another scene club promoter, forcing us to take a sabbatical from our review duties, we made an exception for this special Lovechild “Anniversary”.
Another major reason for breaking our embargo on reviewing, was the arrival in London of Barcelona based boy, Javier Medina, whose work we have been promoting since the spring & indeed someone that has become a good friend, we spending time together as recent as September in Paris, as well as having connecting when he played on behalf of Lovechild at the August Bank Holiday As One event. So, whilst up until the actual day, it seemed doubtful we would make it to Fire, as Saturday dawned, we decided to brush aside, or at least dispel for a few hours, the issues that had forced us to suspend our writing & clubbing, the night actually becoming quite busy early on, with a boat party trip on the Thames, followed by a dip into Soho to celebrate both friends Michelle Thornber’s & Tom Marchant’s birthdays. But, a 1 a.m. liaison with Brent Nicholls, who was due on Lovechild duty, saw us arrive at Fire at a little shy of 2 a.m., we eventually finding ourselves at the venues “Lightbox” entrance, the revised arrangements for this anniversary occasion.
Making our way through & around towards the rear entrance (not tradesman’s before you ask) we were greeted by the man himself, Alex Erfan, who was beaming from ear to ear although very much concealing his concerns over the revised set up for this special one year celebration of his lovable brand, he guiding both us & Brent through into the replacement for the usual lounge space, the small “raw” room, which, if we are honest, has never really worked from the day it was opened, the space being very much divorced from the rest of the club. Dropping off our bits & boobs behind the D.J. booth & catching a hello with Terry Vietheer behind the decks, Alex then escorted us through into the Lightbox area and then on into the mirrorarch room, we very keen to catch up with our Catalonian companion, although as we arrived at the D.J. booth, Mr Medina was nowhere to be found, instead, Tony English was in charge of the sounds, Alex advising that a revision to the D.J.’s timings had been necessary due to the change in the club configuration. So, after a brief stop off in the upstairs VIP area, when Alex discussed some issues of the day with us & Brent, we found ourselves back in the raw space where Mr Nicholls acclimatised himself with the change in surroundings & scenery and prepared to commence his set.
Still wanting to catch up with Javier, we soon headed back into the mirrorarch to find him in situ by the D.J. booth, our Barca boy giving us a hearty hug & delving into catch up conversation, we also being introduced to his travelling companion, who was already stripped to the waist & well into the action. Fitting in a sneaking smoke break, we soon found ourselves back in the mirrorarch & getting into the swing of Mr English’s sounds, very much more uplifting & accessible than we normally expect from this talented D.J., his usual style more euro-beat in its make-up, Ibiza & Spanish influences much more his flavour, although with the room packed & Thiagio Drewery’s dancers making the first of many showings, this anniversary event was certainly hitting the spot, the macho & testosterone fuelled feel that Lovechild has come to be known for, back with a bang & even the dancers much more butch & muscular than we had seen of late.
But the best was to come as Mr Medina rose to the decks, immediately upping the pace of the music & taking the crowd on a magical mystery tour through Spanish sounds, tribal tunes & much more hard edged house, the kind that always seems to go down well in this, our favourite space at Fire, Javier really capturing the imagination of the crowd, who soon filled the podiums in front of the D.J. booth & further down the room, whoops & cheers coming with every record selection & a stream of people coming up to our spot to find out who the maestro in charge of the music was. Indeed with scores of people intent on soaking up his superb sounds, the mirrorarch, which had been packed before, saw no signs of receding, rather filling out even further as the waves of go-go dancers delighted & then the superb PA performance by Lizzie France well & truly erupted this exceptional event.
However, in contrast to Mr Medina, who was definitely making his mark, as good as both Mattias in the Lightbox & Brent in the raw room were, they were struggling to capture the crowd & the imagination, even though their music was very much in tune with Lovechild & the moment, Javier rather having the lion’s share of the party people. And the already busy main space filled further when two hunky half naked dancers ascended the stage and began a teasing display, slowly revealing their prone assets for all to see, not least Mr scene photographer himself, Chris Jepson, in perfect position to catch these well endowed muscle men’s posing, even D.J. & pal Phil Hewson looking on in amazement. Now, we were going absolutely nowhere, Mr Medina’s music captivating us with every track selection, we spinning on our spot in a-typical Disco Matt dervishness and loving every minute of it.
But, with an unfortunate encounter with one of our clubbing critics, a protagonist that had become intensely personal following an issue at Beyond a few weeks before, our elevated mood was dented considerably and with Javier’s stint nearly over, although looking like it would continue as Gonzalo Rivas had not yet arrived, we headed for the comfort & security of the raw room & Brent Nicholls, who was still spinning his latin infused & funky sounds, his friendly reassuring smile filling us with the confidence we had lost, even Paul Heron’s impromptu arrival helping tremendously, Brent joining in the joviality which made for an altogether pleasant end to our stay at this special Anniversary Lovechild celebration. However, with the call of Beyond, yet the need to drop our excess baggage off at home, Brent dispatched us to say our farewells to Javier, before we made our way out of Fire and into the Vauxhall early morning to reflect on a party with a difference, some for good reasons, others not so.
There is no doubt that, in the room format that we found it, Lovechild this time round had a distinctly different feel and without both the main room & the lounge spaces, was definitely lacking in overall appeal & satisfaction. However, the mirrorarch space very much made up for the missing elements, not least Javier Medina’s performance, which truly captured the essence of Lovechild for us, euro style sounds & macho mesmeric music that was much more akin to the brand rather than the usual uplifting & energetic genres that seem to feature across the London scene so much. That said, Tony English’s performance went down extremely well, we also hearing that Phil Hewson’s set was superb, plus with the calibre of D.J.’s like Brent Nicholls, Mattias Alessandro Londra, & Terry Vietheer, not to mention the prolific PA Lizzie France, there was no short of terrific talent on this special occasion.
However, as good as all these individuals were, not forgetting the drop dead gorgeous dancers on display f course, we cannot escape the fact that the topsy turvy room set up at compared to previous Lovechild’s in Fire, was not just disruptive to the flow of the party, but made it feel completely different, a shame when this was supposed to be a celebration of Fire being this brilliant brands best home so far. Plus, when we heard the main room had been given away to another event, so as to keep the refurbishments fresh for Revolver the following weekend, we were short of dismayed at this move on many counts, mostly, as being one year on, you would have thought the venues management would have allowed its strongest Saturday night brand the free run of the venue it deserved, rather than reserving some final changes to the main room for a crowd that might not (and indeed failed to) materialise. As for Lovechild itself, with expansions into Europe & beyond, life couldn’t be better for Mr Erfan’s lovable club & with London firmly established, we look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries as well as birthday’s to come. (DISCO MATT)
Postscript – Lovechild Music
There is little doubt that Lovechild has & continues to sport one of the strongest resident line-up’s on the capitals clubbing scene, not to mention a host of guest D.J.’s that make the music it plays not just diverse & interesting, but some of the best you will find anywhere. International talents that have graced the clubs decks in the year it has partied hard at Fire have included Albert Neve, Leomeo Carandang, Justin Ryan, Johan Khoury and, of course, Javier Medina, while London based guests extend to Terry Bryan, The Oli, Alan K & Nick Tcherniak. Yet, as this list wasn’t sparkling enough, you then include the list of residents & it truly becomes awesome, Italian’s Pagano, Gabriele Cutrano & Alessandro Londra, Australian’s, Brent Nicholls & Terry Vietheer, Englishmen, Phil Hewson, Tony English, Lee Harris & Jc Christopher, Scot, Paul Heron and Swede, Mattias, even South African Leroy Tayler, a roll call indeed.
But it gets better, as not only is there a special site dedicated to the music of Lovechild, mixes available from the likes of Nick T, Paul H, Mattias, Alessandro, Gabriele & many more, all 13 episodes which can be downloaded from http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com. But, yet more are available via the D.J.’s direct web pages, all worth a look, http://events.leroytayler.podomatic.com, http://justinryan.podomatic.com, http://soundcloud.com/djalessandrolondra, http://funkylondon.podomatic.com (Phi Hewson’s site) & http://soundcloud.com/gabrielecutrano.
However, marking this 1st Anniversary party as only he can do best, is Brent Nicholls, with his compilation entitled “LoveChildOne – Feels Like Fire Mix”, which he describes as “…a collection of funky flavoured nufunk, tech dipped & disco inspired tunes…” and he is not wrong there, our fave tracks being “C’mon Get Funky”, “Let’s All Chant”, “Sweep The Floor” & “Disco Disco Disco” (there’s a surprise), but with 13 more terrific tunes besides, making for what we would describe as a retro meets modern gem of a compilation with the Nicholls magical twist to it. So, this is truly a gorgeous gift to Lovechild on their 1st Anniversary and can be one to you too, by going to http://djbrentnicholls.com and then either scrolling down the home page, or selecting his “music” section.
Finally, the “official” Lovechild Anniversary mix was pressed onto CD for the party & handed out across the evening, this 44 minute marvel mixed by resident D.J. Tony English, which is a glorious collection of both uplifting vocal tunes & euro-style beats, very much evocate of his superb set on the night and is a MUST for your collection. Now, for those of you that weren’t around & didn’t get a copy, the good news is that it will be released on http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com in the next week or so, although in the meantime, if you fancy a copy, then just drop your details to Disco Matt headquarters via email@example.com & we will arrange to forward a copy to you. Plus, for Tony’s regular podcasts, go to http://tonyenglish.podomatic.com.
So, with well over twenty Lovechild inspired mixes available right here, as we love to say, “…sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume & let them play, as Music Is The Answer…”
In advance of our latest DM Does The Music News post, entitled “Big Guns & Baby Boomers”, due out later this week, we thought we would whet your music appeties with a special devotion to all things Lovechild, the club brand that marked one year at its current home Fire, back on Saturday 13th of this month
In capturing a few clips of recent focus posts & previews, where we looked at the works of D.J.’s and then by honing in on specific Lovechild inspired compilations, this is a special “Music Is The Answer” post, that also marks the end to our sabbatical in advance of a full resumption of services on 6th December. So, we hope you like our indulgence to all things Lovechild and prepare to get busy downloading & listening to some magnificent music.
So let’s crack on with our look back which begins in June, it marking our first real focus on D.J.’s in depth within our Lovechild recommendations posts and whilst the event itself was pretty low key, the music was far from, this being the many reasons why.
“…..Looking at these D.J.’s on offer, the range of house music genres on offer is simply dynamic and the combination will definitely deliver to suit all tastes. Brent Nicholls is in a really pioneering sector of sound at the moment, playing out fresh track, one after the next in the style that he coins “Nu-funk”, the type of music that gets the feet moving, the hips swaying & the bodies gyrating to the funky & disco/electro drenched beats, endless examples available through his LGDF dedicated compilations as well as those pressed for both Hustlaball & Pervert, which you can check out at http://djbrentnicholls.com/music.
Both Terry’s are accomplished deliverers of uplifting yet funky filled house with tech tinges, the antipodean Mr Vietheer making an impact at Heaven’s Popcorn as well as appearing at hip hangouts Barcode, Rupert St, and has literally just released his latest compilation entitled “funky for love” (very appropriate) which is out now at http://soundcloud.com/terryvietheer/funky4love-june-2010-promo, while Mr Bryan continues to make musical waves at clubs that include A.M., Booster, Beyond & Later as well as featuring in Bank Holiday Orange specials, just last week treating us to some storming sets at Beyond & Orange in Area’s fabulous Terrace Bar space, but really tickling our disco & funky fancies in the Vinyl room at A.M., showing the depth in his musical talent, his latest compilation out at http://terrybryan.podomatic.com giving a real flavour of his style.
Then there is the magnificent Mattias, who never fails to impress with his octane fuelled tech & progressive house, making him a favourite attraction wherever he goes, holding down a exhaustive international roster, but popping up in the capital every now & then, Barcode & A.M. included in recent appearances, his irresistible musical flair reflected beautifully in his latest “tech house in your face” mix out at http://djmattias.podomatic.com, while Rupert St favourite Alessandro Londra will be back to Lovechild too, stirring the emotions with his fiery Sicilian passion which shows through in the explosive & exciting music he plays, that has seen him star at Matinee’s both old & new, hangouts including Lo-Profile & Barcode, sexy lads outfits Rudeboiz & Fitladz, not to mention massive clubs As One & Beyond and his latest release “Get Wet”, out at http://soundcloud.com/djalessandrolondra/get-wet will certainly whet your appetite for his music…..”
In July, when London enjoyed the first of two Lovechild parties, the first being “Making Hay” which featured a South African talent that had made waves at the London Global Dance Festival just a few weeks before & we featured him in our focus post, also then mopping up on other’s D.J.’s works in a review postscript.
“…..Making a welcome return to the U.K. is South African Leroy Tayler, who starred at the recent LGDF series of events, landing plenty of new fans at Later’s party that Sunday, so should prove a popular draw again, his distinctly African inspired funky & electro sounds having secured a residency at Cape Town’s premier Crew Club, not to mention being part of Salvation’s touring team. And in celebration of his appearance, Leroy has laid down a specially dedicated compilation which is available at http://events.leroytayler.podomatic.com, the 117 minute mix very reflective of his afro percussive/electro style & sound and is an absolute gem…..”
“……As our review has highlighted, the music at this “Makin Hay” event pretty much stole the show, and the good news is that if you witnessed The Oli’s superb set, you can re-kindle some of that magic via his latest compilation “Long Summer” which is available at http://theoli.podomatic.com. Plus Phil Hewson has laid down a special mix for this “Making Hay” event, which you can download from http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com……”
August saw Lovechild going very summery on us with a beach party in association with Brighton’s Wild Fruit & the strong D.J. resident team certainly delivered on the promise within our “Hot Dates” post.
“…..But raunch aside, the music will be doing it own kind of talking across all three spaces and Lovechild will be bringing back some of its favourite residents who have been missing from recent parties. Alessandro Londra makes a welcome return, having completed a successful tour of Rome since his last Lovechild appearance and he continues to pack a punch at Lo-Profile, Barcode Vauxhall, Rudeboiz (he will know plenty about the contact room!) and, of course, his longstanding residency for Rupert Street. Over & above all of that, Alessandro can count recent gigs for both Beyond & Matinee as highlights, he performing brilliantly at the latter’s “Open Air Summer Party”, which was the Sunday success of the year so far. Young talent and recent Lovechild resident inclusion, Jc Christopher, also makes his return and this will be his third gig for Alex Erfan’s Saturday night outfit, Jc having really got the party going with a brilliant opening set at his last showing in June and will surely be doing the same again.
Then we come to the trio of Aussie’s that we hinted on earlier and first is Terry Vietheer, who like Jc is a recent addition to the Lovechild team, yet deservedly so as the man has been making waves over at Heaven’s Monday nighter, Popcorn, while he also resides for the monthly Shadow Lounge Thursday party, Hola, not to mention popping up at Barcode Vauxhall every now & then, Terry treating us to a terrific tank load of tunes at their 4th birthday bash. But one return we are really looking forward to is Brent Nicholls, who has be a noticeable absentee from the last two Lovechild’s thus making his return all the more enticing. And what can we say about this hugely popular & capable master of his game that we haven’t said before except of his unique genre of house, which he calls “nu-funk” & which is definitely doing it for us at the moment, should feature large in his se, so with the prospect of his performance soaked with these sensational sounds, we cannot wait…..”
September saw us miss out on Alex Erfan’s lovable brand, as we were on a tour of duty in Paris, although Lovechild had their own slice of France, a the Delice boys landed on London and we focussed on the event & an Italian & Englishman that made it the team of resident D.J.’s that time.
“…But, the music is likely to be just as attractive for this special party, not least as the guest slot is filled by the handsome & talented Fabio White, who last entertained us here in gAylist world in the capital at the massive London Global Dance Festival and we know just how excited he is to play at this latest Lovechild event and in Fire’s new look main room to boot. His combination of uplifting, funky & fulsome house will very much find favour with the Lovechild & Fire crowd, Mr White being backed up by a host of resident D.J.’s from promoter Alex Erfan’s extensive stable, the likes of Tony English & Leroy Tayler, both who are familiar with these hot & horny parties and who have just laid down new podcasts that give you more than a hint of the kind of music to expect from their sets. Tony’s latest is crammed with some of the most recent euro style beats to be hitting both the dancefloors & the airwaves, it also adding a touch of Spanish sound as Cafe Ole & Space Ibiza resident Pablo Kopanos features within the 70 minute mix which is well worth a listen by going to http://tonyenglish.podomatic.com…”
Then in October it was the turn of “Hot Muscle” to take centre stage, a musclbound event, with music to match, the team welcoming a special guest from the states, this giving us a chance to conduct a mini bio on this pint sized powerhouse.
“…Alex is proud to welcome Justin Ryan to London, an internationally renowned D.J. that made his debut behind the decks in New York, but soon spread his wings across America, playing an intrinsic part in Miami’s “Winter Party” & the city’s “Out In The Parks” summer tour, also playing out to packed audiences in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta & Fire Island, as well as up in Montreal, Canada. However, spreading wings comes naturally to Justin and he has formed serious foundation in Australia, establishing a residency with one of the top events teams there, which has seen him play at the huge Sydney Mardi Gras, as well as for club brands Love Muscle, MarXe, Big Q Rising, and latterly, Live, the club that co-hosted the Lovechild party we mentioned earlier, Justin playing alongside Sydney based Johan Khoury (also a Lovechild guest D.J.) and London resident Alessandra Londra.
Mr Ryan’s characteristic uplifting vocals & melodic house hits, intermixed with progressive, latin & euro style beats are sure to go down a treat on the Lovechild London main floor and his energy & enthusiasm for his art will definitely come through, he remarking that “…I always try to deliver the highest energy through my performances, I like to feel part of the crowd and lead them through the party…” And, in celebration of his recent Sydney appearance & that for London this Saturday, Alex has laid down a special compilation, simply entitled “Lovechild” which is well worth a listen at http://justinryan.podomatic.com/ & judging by some of the tracks on here, gosh are we in for a treat at Fire (also check out his photo…he & Johan Khoury have to be related, what do you think?!)…”
And that bring us pretty much up to date, we going the extra mile with a full on postscript inclusion to our Lovechild 1st Anniversary review, which kind of speaks for itself & rounds up this special look at Lovechild, save for a final conclusion to come
“……There is little doubt that Lovechild has & continues to sport one of the strongest resident line-up’s on the capitals clubbing scene, not to mention a host of guest D.J.’s that make the music it plays not just diverse & interesting, but some of the best you will find anywhere. International talents that have graced the clubs decks in the year it has partied hard at Fire have included Albert Neve, Leomeo Carandang, Justin Ryan, Johan Khoury and, of course, Javier Medina, while London based guests extend to Terry Bryan, The Oli, Alan K & Nick Tcherniak. Yet, as this list wasn’t sparkling enough, you then include the list of residents & it truly becomes awesome, Italian’s Pagano, Gabriele Cutrano & Alessandro Londra, Australian’s, Brent Nicholls & Terry Vietheer, Englishmen, Phil Hewson, Tony English, Lee Harris & Jc Christopher, Scot, Paul Heron and Swede, Mattias, even South African Leroy Tayler, a roll call indeed.
But it gets better, as not only is there a special site dedicated to the music of Lovechild, mixes available from the likes of Nick T, Paul H, Mattias, Alessandro, Gabriele & many more, all 13 episodes which can be downloaded from http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com. But, yet more are available via the D.J.’s direct web pages, all worth a look, http://events.leroytayler.podomatic.com, http://justinryan.podomatic.com, http://soundcloud.com/djalessandrolondra, http://funkylondon.podomatic.com (Phi Hewson’s site) & http://soundcloud.com/gabrielecutrano.
However, marking this 1st Anniversary party as only he can do best, is Brent Nicholls, with his compilation entitled “LoveChildOne – Feels Like Fire Mix”, which he describes as “…a collection of funky flavoured nufunk, tech dipped & disco inspired tunes…” and he is not wrong there, our fave tracks being “C’mon Get Funky”, “Let’s All Chant”, “Sweep The Floor” & “Disco Disco Disco” (there’s a surprise), but with 13 more terrific tunes besides, making for what we would describe as a retro meets modern gem of a compilation with the Nicholls magical twist to it. So, this is truly a gorgeous gift to Lovechild on their 1st Anniversary and can be one to you too, by going to http://djbrentnicholls.com and then either scrolling down the home page, or selecting his “music” section.
Finally, the “official” Lovechild Anniversary mix was pressed onto CD for the party & handed out across the evening, this 44 minute marvel mixed by resident D.J. Tony English, which is a glorious collection of both uplifting vocal tunes & euro-style beats, very much evocate of his superb set on the night and is a MUST for your collection. Now, for those of you that weren’t around & didn’t get a copy, the good news is that it will be released on http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com in the next week or so, although in the meantime, if you fancy a copy, then just drop your details to Disco Matt headquarters via firstname.lastname@example.org & we will arrange to forward a copy to you. Plus, for Tony’s regular podcasts, go to http://tonyenglish.podomatic.com…..”
Well, that is it, our look back over the last five/six months of mesmeric music from this loveable clubbing brand and apart from saying, happy anniversary Lovechild, we love you, we have to thank ALL the D.J.’s that have graced Lovechild’s decks over these months, as well as thanking Alex Erfan, Roni Inan, Danny Shubert, Thiagio Drewery and the rest of the Lovechild team, without whom, this post would not have been possible.
So, with countless amounts of compilation mixes to download (if you don’t have them already, our parting words on this special musical look at Lovechild simply are, “…sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume & let them play, as Music Is The Answer…”. (DISCO MATT)
“BLIGHTY BASED BOYS”
DM DOES THE NEWS (PART ONE) –
SUNDAY 17TH OCTOBER
MUSIC IS THE ANSWER
With life over the last few weeks being topsy turvy to say the least, while we have been holding our own with both reviews & preview (weekend) posts, our much beloved Music Is The Answer reports have taken a back step. But with there being a relentless amount of new music out there, we thought we would get back into gear with not one, but two D.M. Does The News posts, this one concentrating on U.K. based talents and their latest compilations, tracks or simply just news on forthcoming gigs. So, sit back as we rifle through a veritable feast of D.J.’s & their work, giving the all important links to spectacular new sounds, as well as linking into other reports of ours.
Right, so we kick off very much with a Beyond theme, especially given just how good last weekend’s Japanese inspired bash was, “Tokyo” probably our best this year yet in so many ways, although the music did much of the talking, not least from the main floor boys of Steve Pitron, Mikey D & Alan K. So before we dive into them, here’s the link to our review which you can catch at http://discomatt.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post.
Turning to the D.J’s and first Steve Pitron, his set was full of amazing Beyond anthems as well as tunes from his “Summer 2010” which we still cannot put down, so simply can’t resist mentioning it again as it will certainly be vying for top spot in our year end compilation round up. So, go check it out at http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com & for those of you that were at Beyond “Tokyo”, relive some of those magic moments. While we are waiting for a follow up from Steve, he remains busy in the studio with production partner Max Sanna, their latest a pure gem of a remix of Robyn’s single “Indestructible”, which also made his set on Sunday & is well worth grabbing at http://soundcloud.com/maxsanna/sets/robyn-indestructible-max-sanna-steve-pitron-remix. Plus, with Steve’s birthday round the corner, what better way to wish him many happy returns with the first mention here.
Right onto Mikey D, who has also recently released a smashing compilation, “Lose Control” right up there in our rankings & filling our ears virtually every day. Seeing & hearing him performance at Beyond “Tokyo” was like sitting right in this magnificent mix, which has 14 truly amazing tracks on it, virtually all making his set on Sunday, fan-flaming-tastic. So, you just have to grab this compilation which (yes we know) we have mentioned a few times already. So, go to http://mikeyd.podomatic.com, immerse yourself into “Lose Control” & come out well & truly elevated. Plus, while you’re at it, go check out the official video for opening track “Seek Bromance” at http://youtube.com/watch?v=eWUC5Q0RCAA.
Onto Alan K and never have we seen a D.J. with so much effervescent energy behind the decks, he especially coming into his own at Beyond. Having flown the flag for the club in Greece, Holland & France over the summer, we were so pleased to see him last Sunday and savour the majority of his set (we tried to leave twice but couldn’t tear ourselves away), so are as pleased as punch that he has laid down a compilation marking his prolific performance at “Tokyo” on Sunday morning. This amazing mix truly transfixed us from start to finish, as did his set, so we cannot recommend it enough, which you can play & download at http://djalank.podomatic.com.
Now, before we leave the Beyond subject, Hifi Sean gets his own look in, his pulsating performance in the Terrace room truly magical, especially given he had literally landed straight into “Tokyo” from Athens. We referred to his showing as “Sushi Sounds Sean Style”, although he preferred the phrase “teriyaki tech”, the word tech very much the vogue come R.A.W.’s 4th birthday at Orange in a few short hours, Sean having laid down a special mix to mark the occasion, he being very much in the thick of the action. Plus, hot off the press is his latest monthly “hifi-cast” as well as the second in his “Chill” series, all three marvellous mixes available at http://hifiseandj.podomatic.com.
Onward and linking into Nick Tcherniak, who has been a very busy boy indeed, having had a spell out in Spain, in the recording studio with production partner Steve Thomas, the duo still riding high on the back of both “My People” & “Deep Water”, the latter’s remix package still at number one in a host of download charts, Hifi Sean’s mix a particular favourite of ours. Add to that his new EP, “The Answer” featuring vocal from Lizzie France, which has started promo just this week and there is no question Nick is riding high at the moment, he even having had time to lay down two podcasts following his appearances at Matinee & SuperMartXe, both including “The Answer” & the Matinee mix also featuring “Deep Water” & Alan X’s stunning remix of “My People. So these are essentials for your collection which you can get now at http://nicktcherniak.podomatic.com.
Talking of SuperMartXe, Tony English is certainly getting in on the act recently, having starred at the last two parties, as well as playing at Logan Schmitz’s home-grown brand, Hype, back on August Bank Holiday. That apart & he plays for both Lovechild & Puscha in London, as well as connecting with a host of European D.J.’s through his weekly Saturday radio show on Push.FM, which he compresses into monthly podcasts in a series of “Social” releases, that latest featuring WE & Cafe Ole resident Danny Leblack. Tony always manages to dig deep & find a whole host of hits making it big on the continent, so these podcasts are certainly worth a listen, which you can do so at http://tonyenglish.podomatic.com, the man also about to release his SuperMartXe “Porno Star” mix, due out tomorrow.
Now, while we are in Logan mode, lets fire through some mixes you should go grab, the Logan presents podcast page worth a look at http://loganpresentspodcast.podomatic.com, the latest edition put together by Tony English, while Matinee’s Michel Mizrahi has also been busy in the studio, his latest “Autumn Beats” mix a fabulous 114 minutes of mixes well worth tapping into at http://soundcloud.com/michel-mizrahi. And before we leave the subject our own Italian stallion, Pagano, will be featuring large at the forthcoming Logan Presents Matinee outing at MOS, but you can catch a slice of his last prolific performance at http://facebook.com/video.php?v=486674111270, while his studio work continues unabated, his latest “Rave Monkey” remix of the track “I Try” by Made By Monkeys, available to listen via http://youtube.com/watch?v=nz_BTVc7_wg, apple tart anyone?! (hilarious!!), plus we will keep you posted on that much anticipated “Digital Generation” compilation release.
Right, switching alliances a little, we head in the direction of Lovechild & a band of residents that have been busy recording, the terrific Terry Vietheer having popped up here there & everywhere recently, his Lovechild mix now fourth in-line with more later releases that include compilations for B2B & Barcode, while he has a new track out too, “East Village” having been released just two days ago & is a corker. Catch all these compilations & this new track at http://soundcloud.com/terryvietheer, while another Lovechild youngster, Jc Christopher, has added Friday night club Onyx to his D.J. roster, as well as laying down a vocal edition in his “House Mix Tapes” series, which has 14 brilliant tracks on it & is a worthy addition to your collection which you can grab at http://jcchristopher.podomatic.com. But Lovechild also have their own podcast site, various D.J.’s taking turns to add their own stamp to the growing series, the latest coming from Gabriele Cutrano who performed perfectly at “Lovechild Meets Delice” at the end of September, this mix very much evoking his superb set, which is well worth checking out at http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com.
But the Lovechild story continues, as resident Alessandro Londra has very much been flying the flag for the brand overseas recently, a tour of Australia a couple of weeks ago, immediately followed by Amsterdam last Saturday and our hard working bello is literally on his way back from Istanbul, where he was representing & promoting Alex Erfan’s outfit at The Otherside club. Yet, having clocked up well over 20,000 air miles in three weeks, he has still managed to lay down a compilation, which was handed out on CD at the party last night, but is also available at http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com.
Now, another Lovechild resident has been feverishly busy in the studio of late, not to mention lauding it around London at a vast array of clubs, from TTD to Hotwired, Hard-On to Sweat, Lo-Profile to Barcode, even making a stunning show at The Week back in September when we were glued to the Latin Lounge for close on three hours. Add to that his web work for SeenQueen & the launch of new social networking site MyGayFace (MGF) and Brent Nicholls just doesn’t know how or when to stop. And he doesn’t stand still in music terms either, three mixes having been released in just over a month, dedications to Hard On’s! 7th birthday & new club T.T.D. two great mixes, although for us, can’t quite match the magic of his “Get On MyGayFace” compilation, which is knocking on the door for top spot in our 2010 chart. Now, we will be going in-depth on MGF in a forthcoming Disco Matt-ers report, but in the meantime, go sample Brent’s latest works at http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/music and watch this space for a new 3 hour mix of re-hashed, re-mixed & re-made classic pop tunes along with some latest hits rolled in for good measure, which we have been privy to for just over a week now (it’s amazing).
Right, we are nearly there, but before we finish up, coming back full circle (ish), quick mentions go to Norbert M who made his A:M debut yesterday morning, having triumphed in a recent D.J. competition at Heaven’s club night Popcorn, his latest podcast very much a reflection of his performance which you can grab at http://norbertmik.podomatic.com, while Popcorn resident Jamie Hammond has just issued his own latest mix “Live Set 08/10” which we think is his best yet, so well worth a listen at http://d-jamie.podomatic.com. Now, sadly, we missed out on The Wig Party last Sunday, but heard it was amazing, Rob Sykes certainly making an impact at both the main event at Cafe de Paris & the afterparty in Area, although it was the after afterparty where he laid down his latest mix in front of friends & family, so is rather special & worth checking out at http://djrobsykes.podomatic.com.
So what was this full circle we were referring to? Well, we started with Beyond & we finish with a Beyond resident, but someone who will be an intrinsic ingredient at R.A.W.’s 4th birthday later tonight, being the lynch pin in the duo that started it all in 2006. Now, he may have proclaimed that Tony De Vit is his greatest D.J. of all time, but Gonzalo Rivas has to be right up there for so many people too. To say his career is littered with plaudits is an understatement and he has featured in some of the biggest parties & club brands around. With yet another birthday (the big one) just around the corner, Gonzalo is definitely in the mood to celebrate, so has, along with Hifi Sean, laid down a new compilation especially for R.A.W’s anniversary which is truly awesome, although we know the Trade one (currently in the making) will be just as good, if not better. Plus, his A;M blast from the past mix is classic Gonzalo too, so while he may be last in our post he is far from least in our estimation, meaning that both mixes are in our collection and should be in yours too, so don’t delay, get downloading at http://gonzalorivas.podomatic.com.
Well, we are out of time & space, but just want to give quick shouts to Per Q.X. who has some fab new tracks out, to Elliot J Brown how has been mixing in the studio, to new talent Zach Burns that amazed at A:M last week, to Nathan 6 who has put out some new music and finally to Glasgow based Michael Dow, all who will be part of forthcoming posts in the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for our “Energetic Euro’s” news post which will be out shortly, but we hope you find favour with the choices here, leaving us to simply say “sit back, turn up the volume, select those sounds & let them play, as music is the answer”. (DISCO MATT)
We started this post with a flavour of Beyond and we simply had to share yet another amazing experience, courtesy of two incredible individuals that went that extra mile with us this morning in Area.
Not only have we known him for close on 14 years now, but the musical journey Steve Pitron has taken us on is immense, a whole variety of clubs & events touching our lives where Steve has been involved. But, we were simply blown away by his comradeship this morning in Beyond, so much so we once again witnessed 2 hours of Pitron perfection in a set that included every anthem you could wish for. The man is genius and words cannot describe just how much, our best way to show appreciation of his art is to dance “…in our spot…” knowing that the man knows we are there and, in the words of one anthem, “…let the music pump right through me I can feel it in my bones…” & “…come on now show me pretty ladies how you really like to dance…” as in Steve’s hands do we dance or what.
Then, as if our morning wasn’t special enough, were in for a treat or what when Alan K invited us behind the D.J. booth where we witnessed this multi mixing maestro in full flow. His euphoric interpretations of records like “Release Me” (lyrics extracts above) & “Underground” are amazing from the dancefloor, but when you witness him waving his magical wand over them first hand, it is a glorious sight to behold. The energy he develops & what comes back from the crowd is truly remarkable and grovel in gratification of his, another genius in our eyes.
What more is there to say, apart from Beyond should always include an S, a P, an A & a K. You guys are awesome and we are so lucky to know you.
Having missed out on two parties, weren’t we just glad we made the third last weekend, as Beyond “Tokyo” as a truly amazing event, probably one of the best this year so far, so it goes without saying that we gave it our full review treatment, which you can check out now at direct link http://discomatt.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post & don’t forget to check the postscript link to three fabulous podcasts.
Right, moving on and the week seems to have flow by, meaning that another weekend is on our doorsteps, so it’s time once again, to weed through the offerings & pick our Best Bites for the weekend across Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere. But before we do, this post is due to take on a new look & we will also be including a Rest Bites post too, so if you want your event, club or bar mentioned, then get your details across to email@example.com.
Now to Soho and what can you expect this weekend in the capital’s premier gay hotspot? Well, Rupert Street comes top of our choices this week as the team are expanding their D.J. offer to all three nights, last Friday having seen a spectacular showing from D.J. Minx, who went down an absolute storm, even the unusually warm October weather that night not tearing them away from inside for out. This Friday (15th Oct) should see a repeat, as the team welcome Terry Vietheer to the D.J. decks, this amiable Aussie sure to serve up plenty of cool house cuts to satisfy Rupert Street discerning crowd that like their weekends warmed up with accessible house & pop. Then, Saturday sees new A:M promoter Oliver M play, he very much familiar with this slot at Soho’s premier bar & will no doubt have the place pumping all night, while resident Alessandro Londra makes it back from Istanbul just in time for a Sunday session from 8 p.m. As for Friday’s & Saturday’s, the D.J.’s get down to it from 9 p.m. & don’t forget the bar closes at midnight, further information available either via the Rupert Street Facebook page or at http://rupertstreet.com.
Our other best bite goes to Profile & Lo-Profile, although those naughty boys & girls on Wardour Street very much led us & many astray with their advert last week, we expecting the dynamic duo of Mikey D & Steve Pitron on Friday, although, with SuperMartXe holding their pre-party at this ever increasingly popular Soho destination, a last minute change to the D.J. line up was made, Leandro Kloppel & Tony English doing their bit for Logan Schmitz & his team. So to avoid a repeat this week, we have checked out direct with the venue & can confirm Lo-Profile’s line up as Jamie Head & Paul Heron on Friday & Gonzalo Rivas & Brent Nicholls on Sat (16th Oct), the former duo also being joined by ace percussionist David H. Up in Profile & things are much more orderly, Gaydar radio’s Phil Marriot in regular situ, fizzing up your Friday’s with some heavenly house hits & latest sounds, his set being transmitted live on radio music show clubnation, while on Saturday & after a scorching show at the annual wig party, Rob Sykes selects the sounds in this funky bar, not forgetting that Profile is now open until 11.30 p.m. Plus, the team are pleased to introduce some tasty new dishes to their fabulous Autumn two for £10 food menu, which is well worth a look, especially if you need a fill after or even before a West End shopping spree. Further details of this great menu & much more can be found at http://profilesoho.com.
Other shouts go to Shadow Lounge who on Friday have a special performance from one of New York’s greatest drag queens, Peppermint, joining “Therapy” foxy female D.J.’s Miswhite & Minx, while favourite Andrew Elmore returns on Saturday for a hot “Inferno” session. But Barcode also have their say as it’s the manly “Cave” night on Friday, guest D.J. Daz Saund joining the team of residents, while the busy Brent Nicholls looks after Saturday down in the club bar.
Onto Vauxhall and The Orange Group once again hit the high notes in our Best Bites, their unstoppable juggernaut of jaunts leaving us breathless even now. “Onyx” starts your weekend as it should mean to go on with another ostentatious outing at Area, resident D.J’s Phil Marriot, Lee Harris, Lisa German, Ariel & Jason Prince mixing it up across three rooms of frolicking, new boy DouG’uim also getting in on the act with some superb sounds, this leading onto A:M at Fire on Saturday morning, new(ish) D.J. talent Norbert M celebrating his big break on the main floor, the shakeup in resident jocks seemingly going down well in some quarters, not in others, although undoubtedly the fresh new approach has been received positively. Saturday night means only one thing and that is “Hot Muscle”, this latest Lovechild outing getting out full focus at http://discomattweekend.blogspot.com/2010/10/weekend-focus-lovechild-hot-muscle, while after a truly awesome Beyond “Tokyo” last Sunday (check our review at http://discomatt.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post) it simply has to be on the cards again, especially having gotten all hot with those gorgeous body builders at Fire beforehand. “Later” & “Booster” do their usual thing on Sunday early, but the rest of the weekend has to go to Orange, who have a very special celebration, as it’s “RAW’s” fourth birthday, meaning the whole night will be given away to the tougher side of citric splendour. We will be honing in on the event in full, so watch this space for our upcoming Weekend Focus, although in the meantime, further info & guest list offers can be found via the following sites, http://tinyurl.com/onyxguestlists, http://evolvedevents.co.uk (A;M), http://alexerfan.com (Lovechild) http://tunyurl.com/laterguestlist & http://romainlopez.com (Booster).
With so much domination south of the river, you would be forgiven that Vauxhall isn’t offering up much more, although there you would be wrong as The Eagle makes a fantastic alternative, Friday being sewn up with another testosterone trip with “Tonker”, special guest D.J. Mr Jones, joining the other Jones, Tim that is, for some tough muscular tunes, while on Saturday (16th Oct) “Carpet Burn” roll up for more, this week entertaining guest D.J. Prince Nelly alongside regular Martyn Fitzgerald, with Sunday never being Sunday without the horsin around antics of Horse Meat Disco, Jim Stanton & co making sure Monday remains as distant a thought as possible. More info on The Eagle & its events throughout the week can be found at http://eaglelondon.com.
So, it’s now down to the alternatives to extend the options and The Dalston Superstore once again rises to the top like the cream in the milk, kicking off the weekend with the fabulous “Snap Crackle & Pop” on Friday (15th Oct) with a superb blend of beats, eclectic music, banging bands & delectable D.J’s, guests for this monthly outing being bands, Stop Making Me & O Children, while Harry Jones does his bit on the decks alongside some DSS regulars. Then on Saturday, resident D.J. Dan Beaumont steps into promoter boots with his new outing “Soundstage”, which showcases some of the best alternative D.J.’s on the London scene, this first outing including talents Dave Kendrick, Charlie Trevor & extra special attendee Luke Howard, all taking charge of the basement, while upstairs Jonny Woo & John Sizzle re-enact a mini Gutterball gathering, this looking like being one splendid affair indeed & was it not for our planned trip to Lovechild, we know where we would be for sure with Sunday seeing another “Tutti Frutti” session with W/Squeaky & friends sliding into the following week with consummate ease. Now, whilst there is no official website, the boys are always posting up stuff on Twitter, so why not follow them at http://twitter.com/dsuperstore plus watch this space for an Extra Bites post on upcoming birthday bash for “Body Talk” which takes place next Saturday (23rd Oct).
Our other alternative Best Bite goes to East Bloc, who entertain yet again with “Disco Fag Bar” this Friday, the club gaining an increasing following week on week and no surprise, as not only is the name chic & cool, but the setting at East Bloc is superb, matched by the D.J’s, this week Laurent C, John Sizzle & Borja Pena sharing the plaudits, while the door is masterminded by the delights that are Kristoffer & Diego. Then, on Saturday, this Shoreditch hangout entertains night “Nancy” which tempts in the fashion end of fetishism & fancy dress who want to flirt & flaunt their wares across the three rooms of fun, the sounds served up by David TG of Torture Garden fame, Hot Mess’s Holestar & Scally DanDan in the main space, while the wild & whacky Scottee sorts out the second space with special guests & vintage pop & skool disco is the name of the game in the third room with Princess Julia in charge, Felicity Hayward adding her own vintage colour to the whole affair.
So that’s our Best Bites picks across Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere, further details available either via the direct web links in our post, on the events pages on social networking site Facebook, or failing that in the popular weekly press rags.
Now, just a quick mention, as always, to tip top clubbing website SeenQueen, which has further complemented its new look with a new “What’s Hot” section detailing the hot happenings across the gAylist world, RAW’s 4th birthday & Lovechild “Hot Muscle” getting focus, plus much more. And with plenty more features besides, go check out the new look site & all its fab features at http://seenqueen.com.
Right, that’s about it for this week and as always we wish each & every one of you a splendid weekend, whatever you are up to & wherever you are. As for us, it’s a relatively pedestrian one as we still have much to mull over away from the scene, but all being well, we will make Lovechild, Beyond & Orange, although day by day is our maxim at the moment. But if we make it out, come say hi and as we always say……Go There! Be There!