If you're in Bristol over the weekend, then the only place to be this Friday
is The Kelly Twins' UFO
night down at Dojo
. Those with less taste will be staring at Fanculli and Zabiela (yes, he's a great DJ technically, but he bores me to tears) at Empathy, but there's a veritable treat of dancefloor caviar on down at Bristol's premier late night establishment. With the council cracking down on late night licencing, this is the only intimate space that you can check out music til the early hours (6am in the case of Saturday morning), and even now they're limiting entry to before 2am (you can, however, sign up for free 'membership' that lets you come in until 4) there. The Kelly Twins (if you haven't checked their mix yet then get to it - anyone that ends with Lee Douglas into Ada gets a thumbs up in my book) will be warming things up, indulging their love for 80s electro and assorted business, before wildstyle disco wizards Thumbs Aloft take to the decks. If you haven't picked up their 'Bedmo Disco Volume 1' 12" yet (if only for the cracking take on Paul McCartney's 'Coming Up' - sounds great pitched down a bit by the way), then you better get on it quick sharp, as there's only just over 100 left. One of their members tells me 'not to expect the usual'... Ominous, eh? Headlining the night is young gun cock-er-ney Toby Tobias, who's already had a string of releases on luminary labels such as Bearfunk, Rekids, and has one forthcoming on Tiny Sticks with an accompanying Zeefungk remix. Not heard the latter yet, but the original's a low slung house belter of the highest order. Then it's up to us to take things to an inevitably (of course) thrilling conclusion until it's time to face the sunlight at 6. Bit of dubstep, bit of techno, bit of disco - all geared towards the fellow partiers who always stay til the end. We salute you!
Here are a few records that might be slung in the Saturday morning 'freak box' (if you're wanting audio then check the new show over at Viva - I'm far too lazy to type out the tracklisting now but go to www.viva-radio.com/tape and it'll be there for you):
T++ - Space Break // Erosion
Devastatingly wonky bass heavy workout from Hardwax affiliated techno technician Torsten Profrock.
Quadrant - Infinition // Planet E
Late night Basic Channel bass wonk, pure and simple. Do you see a theme developing here?
Arto Mwambe - Mudhutma! // Brontosaurus
Moodymann via Berlin on the A, and a trancey boogie number on the B. Both are rock solid gems - pick this up in Phonica's sale if they've still got any.
Tiger Stripes - Hooked // Liebe*Detail
The best thing that Tiger Stripes has done in a while, which is saying something. House, techno - who cares? Tune!
Claude Vonstroke - Who's Afraid Of Detriot? (Soultek 's Suckaz Running Scared Mix) // Echospace
The Deepchord mix is all very well and nice on the B-side, but Soultek's strung out yet jacking interpretation is the one that I'll be playing. Spacey sounds envelop this huge, purging bass synth throughout, and I just can't not imagine everyone going for it when this is played. Now if only they'd housed it in an actual sleeve...
Murat Tepeli & Prosumer - What Makes You Go For It? // Ostgut Ton
It's lovely for Ostgut to open up another side to their already staggering catalogue (honestly, there actually hasn't been a bad one) with their latest 12", which sees Tepeli again teaming up with Prosumer after their Playhouse release back in '05. It's a down and dirty freaky vocal anthem (purists beware!), and the b-sides are pretty decent as well.
Philip Sherburne - Lumberjacking (Original/Exercise One Remix) // Lan Muzik
The Sherburnator finally gets into the production game with an epic Berghain banger. It's surprisingly peak time, but I'm sure that in the right place and the right time, it'll do some serious damage. Check the delay/drop breakdown about two thirds of the way through - nice. It's a shame then, that he chose Lan labelmates Exercise One as remixers, as they blow him out of the water with a driving, dark destroyer that's their best work since their remix of Sebo K.
Frivolous - Midnight Black Indulgence sampler // ~scape
This has been at the front of my box all year due to a tip off in a chart from Phonica's Jess. There's two great cuts (annoyingly the second track on both sides) on there - 'Sooo Savvy...' is a great boompty call to arms against the wall hugging hipsters, but 'Goodbye Regrets' is my favourite. It's got a fantastic tropical-trance melody line, before this amazing bassline kicks in - I definitely see this EP riding up high in the 100...
Aril Brikha & Inner City - Winterlife (Edit) // CD-R
'Winter' meets 'Good Life'? Surely not? I'm not going to bang on about how it's in key and amazing like Herr Pearson (that Fabric mix is fucking amazing, however - great selections and fantastically put together), but if this doesn't have everyone in E-fuelled rapture, then the local dealers are obviously doing a bad job.
Mathew Jonson - Stop // Wagon Repair
If you'd said that MJ was going to come out with a dreamily filthy electro-pop ditty (with his own vocals, no less) last year, I would've probably slapped you around the face and told you you'd finally taken too many drugs. How wrong was I? As ever with his solo material, it's all about the wonky bassline.
Und - Race Horse // Trapez Ltd
Crazy track with a bonkers horse loving lady intoning monotonously over an aquatic synth backing. I fucking love Und. Check also their Rodeo/Fox In A Box 12" for some seriously humourous dancefloor workouts.
Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts - Les Gans (Philip Sherburne Remix) // CD-R
Yes, two picks from the Sherburnator. It may seem like I'm doing a bit of backslapping, but I was actually astounded when I heard this for the first time. Gorgeous intertwining brass lines sail through boomptily chirpy basslines and filtered xylophones, whilst the bleeps and blips provide the punctuation that put the cherry on the cake. It does sort of pose the question: when's he going to give up writing for good?
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (Shep Pettibone Extended Dance Mix) // Qwest
Best ending track ever?
Coming soon we've got a mix from ex-Normalise (they're on hiatus, apparently) and West Country Shakedown resident Harry Glazebrook. From what I've heard it's exactly what I love - late night wonk. Also, myself, Dan Kelly, and the ever affable Bloc Weekend DJ/West Country Shakedowner Joe Hart recorded a mix round at his gaff with his records and that should surface in the near future.
On a final note, if you're in the city on Thursday August 8th and like your decent jungle, DMZ's Loefah is going to be doing a 93-94 jungle set at The Tube at Hoedown. I'll be playing a set of, er, italo disco down there as well, along with various other themed sets from local DJs that do other nights. Sounds intriguing, but I have hope that the party troopers will be out showing their love on a weekday - at least to see Loefah getting jiggy on the floor when Koto drops...