Posts Tagged ‘Wayne G’
In times of old, Friday night clubbing was always seen as the poor cousin to Saturdays & Sundays, the lion’s share of the bigger brands on the capitals circuit choosing the latter two as their preferred options when pitching their parties, Friday very much being viewed more as the end to the working week rather than the beginning of the weekend. And whilst there were a smattering of clubs that served the scene, one side of the scale being “Camp Attack” while the other was the iconic “Fiction”, Saturday always proved a much punchier player in the partying picture, a typical week sporting heavyweights such as Action, Crash & Heaven, more latterly also including the likes of Juicy, Matinee & SuperMartXe. However, Friday’s were to take a terrific turn just over two years ago when the then promoter of this new clubbing kid on the block, Steven Geller, created a brand that pretty much took the scene by storm and with the brilliant backing of The Orange Group, coerced & then captivated an audience of admirers at host venue Area in Vauxhall.
Without doubt Onyx has transformed Friday night clubbing beyond recognition compared to what was on offer before it arrived on the scene, not just cementing its position as the most popular outing of any, but also welcoming a host of tip top D.J.’s as both residents & guests, the likes of Boy George, Pagano & Fat Tony having shone in the Onyx spotlight, while the club can boast a residency team that currently includes D.J. icons Tasty Tim, Lisa German & Ariel. But more than that, what Onyx offers in terms of three distinct arenas of sound, as well as one of the most mixed & up for it crowds anywhere, this rapturous recipe is certainly a winning formula and his seen this brilliant brand scoop a number of awards in its short two year history, confirming it as a popular pick among the capitals clubbing crowd, the brand even travelling up as far as Manchester & down to Brighton, spreading its wonderful word outside of London. Plus, with intrinsic inclusions in some of the biggest weekends on the clubbing circuit, as a brand, Onyx has firmly established itself of one of the best around, current promoter, Verity Mayes, continuing to build on the solid foundations cemented by her two predecessors, not least welcoming an international D.J.’ing superstar to the fold, who takes up residency tomorrow night (Friday 4th Nov).
Wayne G has most certainly attained that superstar status across the globe in recent years, his career behind the decks started back in 1996 right here in London, playing to an audience of over 4000 at the infamous “Red Heart” party, although it was his residency at the then top of the pile Heaven club that made him a household name both in the capital & throughout the world, at the time this mecca of clubbing constantly in the spotlight. However, even bigger & better things were to come for Wayne, as tours across all five continents & appearances for some of the biggest festivals on the global calendar have helped secure his position as a true international star, Sydney’s Mardi Gras, San Franscico’s Folsom, Berlin’s Love Parade & The White party circuit of parties across the USA are just four among a long list of achievements, while his residency of Atlantis cruises keeps him stateside for a far proportion of the year. But Wayne’s production & re-mixing skills are also part of his prolific package, accreditations on his work reading like a who’s who of the pop world, Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Christina Aquilera & Kelis, just a handful among a long list of others. Plus with his productions seeing releases on labels such as Hed Kandi, Tommy Boy & Almighty records, there is no doubting this man’s credentials & standing within the industry, while D.J.’ing at The Grammy’s this year ranks as a huge highlight in his quite illustrious career behind the decks.
So, given all of that, it comes as no surprise that Verity Mayes is thrilled to welcome Wayne into the Onyx fold, although this is not the first time the globetrotting Mr G has found himself in front of the clubs cavorters, his last visit to the capital seeing a spectacular showing alongside partner & music maker Stewart Who, while Wayne has been quoted as saying of his return, “…I have loved the club from the first time I played there earlier this year. This will be a great platform for me to bring my new studio sounds directly to the London dancefloor, can’t wait to rock the club again…”. And given his reputation for injecting energetic & vocally infused house music into his performances, mixing in his own productions with current floor fillers & chart topping hits, we are already anticipating a magical musical journey on Onyx’s main room floor tomorrow night, while we hope to hear some of the terrific tunes that Wayne is currently digging out of his vast vaults, as he prepares for the launch of his new digital label. However, for the uninitiated to the Wayne G style of sound, picking out his podcast page at http://wayneg.podomatic.com/ should more than adequately acquaint you in advance of his appearance at Area, the choice extending to over 10 compilations, although his “White Party Springs” mix is probably as close as you will get to a live set of his.
Now, while Wayne is clearly a fabulous feature of Onyx tomorrow night, there is much more on offer, not least as with the temporary closure of Fire, afterhours club A:M joins forces with its Friday night compatriot, making this a combination of clubs that stretches for a full twelve hours, the Onyx flag being held high by residents Lee Harris, Lady Lloyd, Lisa German, Ariel & James St James, while the A:M influence will come from D’Johnny, Fat Tony & David Jimenez, the music spread across Area’s three rooms and, in true Onyx style, serving up that distinctly different & diverse dance music, that ranges from upfront in the main room, to commercial anthems in the chapel space, through to tech grooves in the terrace. Plus with hostess Chrissy Darling doing the rounds in the club, while Tom Fuller looks after Onyx entrants & then hands over to Hrh Minty to manage the A:M adorers, this whole package is definitely one not to be missed. As for the detail, Area’s doors open tomorrow night (Fri 4th Nov) at 10 p.m., free entry available before 11.30 p.m. by going to http://gayguestlists.com/onyx, while standard £8 advance tickets for the whole event are available at http://clubtickets.com as well as at all the usual Soho outlets.
So, as we make our own return to the capitals clubbing circuit, we will be landing on this Onyx vs. A:M, event to report on it all, no doubt nibble size review tweeting through Wayne’s set, our live action from the party available by following us at http://twitter.com/discomatt, although we hope to see you on the dancefloor, meaning that if you do, come say hi, clearly making sure that you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
Having been besieged by a sequence of setbacks during September & October, one of the many casualties included our “That Was The Week That Was” report, the weekly round-up of the movers & shakers on the scene, a report that picked out the highlights and also allowed us to share with you our moment, our tune & our tweet of the week. However, with the dawn of a new month heralding a much more prolific production period, we are pleased to mark this new found fervent with the return of a more focussed report, looking at the weekend just gone & covering Thursday through Sunday. The links to relevant websites will be back too, as will details of dance diary dates coming up, this coupled with our moment tune & tweet picks.
So, with further ado, let’s get back into the groove and take a look at the weekend that was, Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th October and one that kicked off in usual style with Room Service stealing much of the spotlight with their “Boys Night Out” event, deck duty masterminded by regular resident Fat Tony & new(ish) kid on the block, Matt Bogarde, while the hoard of hosts, Josias Souza, Flip Jankovic, Kingsley & Kane Luke shared these delectable duties, reporting on yet another packed out Diu venue full of scene faces, party boys & girls and, of course, Jodie Harsh. And clearly still smarting from a truly tremendous 1st birthday just three weeks before, added to the fact that Gigolo has disappeared off the scene radar (our report on this coming soon), Room Service seems to be the continuing success story of the boutique clubbing scene that has taken Soho by storm this year, this coming Thursday (3rd Nov) looking to keep that trend going as the team welcome Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis to the decks, he being joined by Dmitry Strigun for the second “Sextape Shoot” event, director Thomas Knights back in the club to film the next instalment of the Room Service Sextape, while hosts Kingsley, Johanna, Louis Parson & Maria Fernanda will ensure that is another rip roaring party. Plus, not forgetting the fabulous JJ on the door who, for us, is one of the best reasons to make a date with Diu this & on any Thursday night, more info on Room Service & its events can be found by going to http://clubroomservice.com.
But Room Service aside, Thursday had plenty to offer the scene, particularly in Soho & Vauxhall, two highlights from the former being new(ish) night “XXtra” at The Shadow Lounge, which seemingly wants to grab a piece of this social soiree splendour action and has been making hey while Gigolo is out of action, last Thursday a real ripper as the team held their “Hallow-biza” ball event, resident D.J.’s Sonathaq & Niyi joined by special guest Oliver M, while details on this coming Thursday (3rd Nov) should be out via the XXtra website at http://xxtra.co.uk/ anytime now. As for Lo-Profile, there is no doubt that a huge gap has been left by Gigolo, although the venue has attempted a fill with home-grown brand “Society”, which has been switched from its original Friday night slot, its Thursday appeal still a little difficult to tell as its only been three weeks since it was swapped, details available by going to http://loprofile.com. . Down in Vauxhall and Gravity enjoyed its last Thursday at Fire, well for a few weeks at least, while the venue is closed for refurbishment & to accommodate licensing restrictions (more on that in our report “In The Line Of ….” coming up), so this week you will find Gravity across at Area.
Moving to Friday and Onyx once again took centre stage down Vauxhall way, very much proving its winning formula of three distinctly different rooms of music, the main very much of the upfront & energetic type, while the second space bears fruit in the form of the legendary Tasty Tim & guests, this week’s special entrant being Norbert M who came close to scooping the Ku-Bar D.J. competition crown this year, but has certainly shown his worth with gigs for Popcorn, A:M, Gigolo &, naturally right here at Onyx, this his second appearance for the brand. But with other stars including Lisa German, Ariel, Jonny M & Lee Harris, the theme of “Primal Fear” was very disco bloodbath in its making, plenty of punters making the effort to dress in Halloween costumes & make-up, reflecting that Onyx has one of the most up for it crowds on the clubbing circuit. So, having continued its success story in the hands of its latest promoter Verity Meyes, this week the whole team are pleased as punch to welcome back another iconic D.J., Wayne G returning to the UK for a short stint from his international globetrotting & marking the occasion by announcing an exclusive residency for this fab Friday nighter, Wayne remarking of his decision to lay his hat with Onyx “…I have loved the club from the first time I played there earlier this year. This will be a great platform for me to bring my new studio sounds directly to the London dancefloor, can’t wait to rock the club again…”. And with a raft of studio remix productions as well as a stable of his own tracks, this is one set & residency you won’t want to miss, more details coming up in an Extra Bites recommends post, although its worth visiting http://gayguestlists.com/onyx to get yourselves discounted entry this Friday (4th Nov) .
As for the other Friday movers & shakers, there were plenty on offer, A:M’s “Scream” event kind off kicking off the Trade theme, welcoming one of its original residents to the decks, Steve (Janet) Thomas bringing the house down with a superb set, although this week, with Fire closed, it looks like A:M will take a back seat or may roll on at Area straight after Onyx, more info available at http://fireclub.co.uk while we will bring you news as soon as we have it. Over the river in Soho, Shadow Lounge held a Halloween “Therapy” session, Jodie Harsh rolled out a “Gothic” Circus party at Cafe De Paris, although it was Lo-Profile that kept it horny with their “Playtime” outing, scene favourite Brent Nicholls sorting the sounds, the eye candy provided by Hustlaball Berlin award winning porn star, JB Dubois, who short of stole the show & attracted plenty of admirers. With “Playtime” gaining mounting momentum, host Jay Roberts has told us that “…every Friday Lo-Profile will be transformed into a red light district wonderland where only the hottest of the hot strut their stuff, while I get to meet & greet all the pimps, hookers, muscle boys, glitterati, disco freaks, gogo boys and creatures of the night that want to party with us in true Gaydar Style, plus I will also be controlling just who gets to party the night away in our special Playtime Bedroom with our Super Hot Stars…”, this Friday (4th Nov) seeing Randyblue.com’s stars Gabriel Cross & Gio Cruz titillate your taste buds, so well worth a trip down Wardour St way, more info on Lo-Profile out at http://loprofile.com.
To Saturday and for once it proved to be the biggest night of the weekend on the club scene, not least as the mother of all clubs Trade took the scene by storm with their 21st (yes you heard it right) birthday down at Pulse in Southwark. Now, we devoted a special preview to the event which is still worth a read by going to http://discomatt.com/web/2011/10/previews-mothership-of-clubbing-re-docks-trade-21-a-journey-to-the-darkside-saturday-29th-october/, while having missed out on this momentous occasion in the clubs history, it seemed we missed the party of the year, as Pulse was well & truly packed with Trade babies old & new, along with a who’s who of the clubbing scene. Plus, with a towering line-up of D.J.’s, we heard special guest Monika Cruz was a huge highlight among a cast that included the likes of Steve Tomas, Pete Wardman, Nick Tcherniak & Pagano in the main room, our Italian stallion having to extend his set as the crowd simply wouldn’t let him finish. Mind you, just like Trade’s 20th birthday a year ago, Fat Tony was very much in the lite lounge spotlight & once again pulled out all the stops with a scintillating set, lie lounge originals The Sharp Boys also doing their brilliant bit. And it seemed that the organisational might of The Orange group also sealed the success of this spectacular showing, main man Tom Fuller certainly making his mark with yet another smoothest of smooth entrance, very much akin to those halcyon days back at Turnmills, while inside, the production was simply spectacular, plenty of Trade mobiles resurrected from days of old & newer to give Pulse a fabulous feel. Now, we know there are already a couple of video’s knocking around, although with no links to hand, we hope to bring you these in next week’s round-up, but it’s worth keeping an eye on the trade website at http://tradeuk.net for these, as well as news on the Christmas day party.
Our other Saturday showstopper was back in Soho, the combo of Logan Presents, Lovechild & Lo-Profile proving irresistible for those not of the Trade persuasion, Alex Erfan reporting on a much healthier turnout for the second “Superlovers” event, this one having been given a tad of a Halloween twist, the theme of the night being “Love Bites”, although the real star of the show being new club P.A. sensation, Lemon, who gave one of the most prolific performances seen in Profile & Lo-Profile ever. Plus, with a dynamic D.J. team that included Tony English, Alessandro Londra, Tony Bruno, Phil Hewson & Marco Gee, both floors of this Wardour St wonder were packed right through till the 5 a.m. finish, this Saturday slot proving a winner for all concerned. So, it is highly likely that we will be seeing “Superlovers” return for more soon, although all eyes are now on Lovechild proper, which comes back at ya in just two Saturday’s time, next weekend (12th Nov) to be exact, Pulse the place to be and a “Roma” theme to the event, we waiting with anticipation for press release details which we will, of course, share with you in a focus post, while its http://alexerfan.com where you can find out more about both Lovechild & “Superlovers”, a quick mention also going to co-promoters of the latter, Logan Presents, who have announced the date for their 3rd Anniversary party as 17th Dec, special guest George Michael no less a definite draw, more info on this available at http://loganpresents.com.
So to Sunday and with Trade hardly over, the team picked up where they left off, combining forces with awesome afterhours club Beyond, this colossal combo creating a one-off event at Fire in Vauxhall, “Ultimate” perhaps not achieving the roadblock status of certain big Beyond bashes, but by all accounts attracted an up for it crowd that, in the tradition of Trade parties of old, wanted to party deep into Sunday afternoon & way past the 1 p.m. finish. And with the likes of D’Johnny, Hifi Sean, & Alan K flying the Beyond flag, while Nik Denton, Lee Yeomans & Guy Williams traded their Pulse shoes for the Fire variety on behalf of Trade, the jam in the superb sandwich being the star of both clubs, Gonzalo Rivas, treated both Trade & Beyond faithful to a scintillating set that well & truly rocked the place. Plus, with four rooms of fun, this certainly proved a prolific package to accompany the previous birthday bash and to add to the event, Lee Yeomans laid down a podcast which is well worth checking out by going to http://orangenation.podomatic.com/entry/2011-10-26T10_28_44-07_00. Fast forwarding a week and beyond will be back to itself, well in a “Midnight” format over at Area, the impact of Fire’s closure meaning that The Orange Group’s crown jewel of a brand holds an extended event to mark Guy Fawkes Day, no less than 12 D.J.’s across three rooms, treating us to a spectacle in true Beyond style, the team telling us to “…expect massive bangs galore, with rockets, confetti burst, sparks & more…” further hints of what to expect out at http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-11/06/beyond-afterhours and a party we suspect should see us returning to our spinning spot.
With lots of other usual suspects filling out Sunday, S.L.A.G.S/Chill-out at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern one, it was actually Lo-Profile up in Soho that once again received a rapturous reception, as the sequence of “Secret Sunday’s” sessions, celebrating Gaydar Radio’s 10years in operation, continued, although with an extra special guest causing a roadblock queue down Wardour street. So, it came as no surprise that last year’s X Factor winner, Joe McElderry caused a real stir & attracted a considerable crowd, the news having leaked out at the appropriate moment over Gaydar Radio’s waves, making this THE place to be & be seen on the scene, further cementing Lo-Profile’s position as the premier & hip happening hotspot in town, well on a Sunday at least. However, if, like us, you were one of the unfortunate ones to have missed out, fear not as there is a YouTube video out, well worth a look by going to http://youtube.com/watch?v=QHmZf7_JUwg, along with a vox pops video out at http://youtube.com/watch?v=yie79qnyP9s that completes the picture on this special Sunday soiree. And this coming weekend the team do it all again, they already getting us guessing with a silhouetted picture of the next “Secret Sunday” star, although have given us a clue by telling us that “…our next surprise performer has written tracks for Kylie Minogue & Diana Vickers…” (heads already scratching), meaning there’s only one way to find out by making a date with Lo-Profile & having ears glued to http://gaydarradio.com.
With our highlights of last Thursday through Sunday pretty much sown up, we turn to our moment, our track & our tweet of the week, two of the three pretty tricky as, having been laid low again with our stubborn shoulder strain, we have no nibble size review or other tweets to draw on and moments looking at our four walls wouldn’t prove that interesting. So, that leaves our track of the week, this being a simple & straight forward decision, as Danny Verde’s remix of Lady Gaga’s “You & I” gets the vote, outstripping other contenders hands down and in the process zooming up our 2011 chart. We featured it in our Music special feature, “Protégé Players & Producers” and then also shared a superb YouTube video to accompany the track, very much celebrating the male form & the perfect picturescape to this dubbed Danny dream of a track at http://youtube.com/watch?v=Wokw8JMTedc, while you can catch this tremendous track in full vocal remix form by going to t http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio/lady-gaga-you-and-i-danny.
Right that’s just about it for what was originally planned as a shorted & more succinct version of our former That Was The Week That Was round-up, but for this first “Weekend” edition has proved much more lengthy. However, with our planned return to the clubbing circuit, taking in Onyx on Friday (4th Nov) and Beyond on Sunday, coupled with plans to make future round-up’s more inclusive, we should be back into the usual grove by next week, although leave you by saying that you that that if you want us to shout out for your favourite bar, club or event that rocked & rolled over the coming weekend, then link into us via our main Facebook page at http://facebook.com/discomattlondon and plaster our wall with your details or then drop us a line now at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you see us out & about then please do come say hi & join us by making your mark on That Was The Weekend That Was. (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)