Saturday, 29 December 2012

Mix: DJ Sotofett on Greta Cottage Workshop Radio

I don’t know much about DJ Sotofett other than he’s from Norway and he’s involved with cult Norwegian label Sex Tags. I stumbled across this mix on soundcloud and it’s really different, properly laid back music for hazy summer nights or lazy winter days hiding under the duvet.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Cool Pics: Delano Smith and Ken Collieer, 1982

This picture shows Detroit beatdown star, Delano Smith playing at the Downstairs Pub in Detroit in 1982. Directly to his left stands the late, great Ken Collier.

Even though Ken may not be the household name that some of the other detroit stars are he may well be the most important of Detroit DJs, as he inspired the techno generation to hit the decks. As Delano Smith told Bleep 43, "...all of us, Norm [Talley], Mike [Huckaby], Derrick [May], Kevin [Saunderson], Theo [Parrish], Kenny[Dixon Jnr], Darryl Shannon, all the Detroit legends, Dwayne Montgomery, Duane Bradley, all those guys, Stacy Hale, Al Ester, all those guys were inspired by Ken Collier. I don’t care what nobody tells you, this music, if it hadn’t been for Ken Collier it would be totally different scene than it is now."

You can check that whole Bleep 43 Beatdown interview >>here<<

Monday, 17 December 2012

Parties: Boys Own with Dixon, Friday 15 February

Boys Own are back in February with another in their series of parties that bring some of the most talented and sought after DJs in the world to play in London. But whereas previously the focus has been of old school legends who still do the business today, like Frankie Knuckles and Lil Louis, this time round, they have secured the musical services of one of the new breed of international house superstars – Dixon.

Having been voted 3rd best DJ in the world recent Resident Advisor poll it would be easy to think that the boys had just plumped for a ‘man of the moment’, but that could not be further from the truth, as Terry Farley explains, “As part of the Faith crew who had Dixon play in London very early on at an amazing party at the infamous Key club alongside Rahaan and Weatherall, we always wanted him back and finally we’ve managed to find the space that does him justice, on a date that suits all parties”.

Terry isn’t joking either, that party was genuinely amazing and Dixon was the star of the show, which is no mean feat considering who else was on the bill. It was also one of the first times many London club goers witnessed the DJing skills of the man who, along with Ame, is also the brains behind prolific Berlin house label, Innervisions. That soon changed though, as Dixon and Ame then took up residency in London’s Plastic People for a series of Innervisions parties, and Faith organised a return leg to play at Dixon’s club night, Innercity – a party took place on the 12th floor of a Berlin tower block and at which Dixon dropped ESP ‘It’s You’ as the sun rose across the Berlin skyline, to magical effect (okay, I thought it was magical and I was little refreshed by that point).

Through these parties, the output of Innervsions and his work as a producer and remixer, Dixon quickly made his mark on London house heads, but he was also making his mark further afield and slowly moving into the premier league of European DJs. Whilst this was just reward for his hard work and talent, it meant that London saw less and less of him, and when he was in town, it wasn’t to play smaller scale parties like those at Plastic People, but invariably in the main room at Fabric, at ├╝ber warehouse raves and the like.

So, getting the right space to make this party special has been of paramount importance to the Boys Own crew too. They have eschewed conventional clubs and ‘secret’ warehouses in hackney, for what is a truly unique space a little off the beaten track. “It’s a lovely photographic studio right next to where Pete and myself had our studio in the 90s and made all our Fire Island and Roach Motel music, so not only is it a well smart gaff but it’s a nostalgic return home for me” Terry says, “we have to put everything in though from the sound to the lights, bar and security so it’s a bit of a labour of love... no running straight off for a month in Miami for us!”.

This really is chance to catch one of the best DJs in the world play at a proper London house party and dance with people that really know the score. As Terry says, it’s labour of love, and those parties are the ones people are talking about for years to comeTickets will only be available from the Boys Own boys in person or from London’s most clued ticket vendor, Ransom Note >HERE<

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Mix: Inner Space (Music for Cold Days & Warm Rooms)

This is mix for frosty mornings, wet days and dark evenings. Lock yourself away from the outside world, put another log on the fire, or at least crank the heating up full blast. Soundtrack to hibernation.

Harold Budd and Brian Eno - First light
Miles Davis - It's About That Time
Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters - Vein Melter
Detroit Escalator Co - Force
Harry Thumann - Sphinx
Mandre - Solar Flight (Opus I)
Underground Resistance - Journey Of The Dragon
Undisputed Truth - Earthquake Shake
Gil Scott Heron - Whitey's On The Moon
Johnny Hammond - Why Can't We Smile
Donald Byrd - Think Twice
Marlena Shaw - Feeling's Good
Nu-Yorican Soul - Black Gold Of The Sun (4 Hero Remix)

Inner Space (Music for Cold Days & Warm Rooms) by Beyond The Stars on Mixcloud

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Video: The Evil Acid Baron Show

This video has pretty much legendary status, released in 1988, as what was apparently the first acid house related VHS.

The project was the brainchild of video artists Mark McClean and Colin Scott, collectively known as Stakker, and was based around what felt like earth shatteringly ground breaking computer generated psychedelic visuals and some of the most exciting and innovative house music around at the time. “The Evil Acid Baron Show" video is the final shoot of this project. It's a 30 minute psychedelic trip along the wildest frontier of acid house, with music like Pierre's Pfantasy Girl ‘Dream Girl’, Tyree ‘Acid Over’, Adonis ‘The Poke’, Cool House ‘Rock This Party Right’, S-Express ‘Superfly Guy Acid Remix’ and Baby Ford ‘Oochy Koochy. Combined with the visuals, more than 24 years ago, this felt like it was beamed direct from another planet.

Stakker also teamed up with Brian Dougans, who went on to find success with Future Sound Of London, to produce British acid house classic, Stakker Humanoid, the video for which also feature the duo’s skills.

The video tapes themselves are rarer than hens teeth these days, so if you ever see one, let me know! It is, howvere, on youtube: