To get you in the mood for the White Isle you don’t get much more balearic than the best night at Space and their podcast series, even more Ibizan when you think the main focus is Heritage, the project between legendary DJ Alfredo and his son Jamie. New music from Blondes and Salude also make this delectable ray of sunshine all the more worth while.
Heavy D was found dead last year, there was a slew of tributes that poured in from the world of hip-hop, as well as a bevvy of song related puns across social networking. Standard response to any celebrity death then, you’d think. However what marked his untimely death (he was merely 44) in hip-hop circles was that it was a rare instance of someone within the genre dying from causes not hugely intertwined with the lyrical subject matter of guns and crime. A silver lining on the dark cloud of death perhaps, but one nevertheless to cling onto as the world mourned.
This documentary details the encouraging impact the rapper had others; even his final ever tweet to the world was ‘Be Inspired’, which in itself is indicative not just of his impact on the planet but the way the world has changed to embracing the power of social networking. Watch for an insight into a truly legendary voice who’s impact on the genre was immense, pushing the early ruminations of rnb and hip-hop with his smash hits with Aaron Hall of Guy to the way that one of his dancers inspired the hip-hop classic song to remember the dead.
Even though I love my garbs I did promise that I’d avoid fashion posts on this blog in favour of adding them to another one day that is as of yet unlaunched (and doubtless ever will be) blog, I did just catch a video that was too cool to avoid mentioning. Danish work wear brand Han Kjobenhavn have just dropped this disturbing but rather brilliant short clip to promote their clobber. Considering it’s very rare that old people doing such dastardly things as this are ever used to promote anything, let alone fashion, it’s is worth a mention. The clothes are available here from Oi Polloi (who tipped me in this direction anyway through their rather lovely blog). Slick as you like.
Ooh this is nice. Lovely bit of spacey garage from Mancunian bass sensation Pale. If you’re a fan of this and you’re in London town as well come the end of the month, he heads up a hotbed of young teenage talent at Chew the Fat! meets Church, the flyer of which is below. Also check his Facebook here for further info.
Paul Outlar is boss. I say this not just because he made the best website ever involved in Liverpool clubbing, or because he sucked me off a few times when I lived with him. It’s not even due to the fact that he also pays for the hosting of this very site. No, the real reason he gets loads of verbal reach-a-rounds from my ends is because he is an absolutely wicked DJ.
Seems me (and everyone worth knowing in Liverpool) is not the only person to think that; none other than RA’s Number One DJ of 2011 has also pointed this out. Jamie Jones mentioned on his Facebook page that he was about to spoltight the best ten mixes he had heard during the last ten years, and the above soundcloud link of Paul’s stratospherically funky effort from 2009 was the one he decided to go for. And he’s right; it still sounds amazing.
Birmingham is getting a new venue, and it’s all set to be a bit of a cracker. Gibb Street Warehouse is a new, bespoke clubbing space located in Digbeth, the heartbeat of Birmingham’s electronic music pulse. Occupying the old Space 2 complex of the Custard Factory, it’s got some great names lined up and a pretty good mantra; ‘Twentieth century vibes and values, Twenty first century experience and environment’.
The doors swing open for the first time on Saturday 31st March as House heavyweights Defected roll into Birmingham with Junior Jack and Kid Crème. One of the most successful and influential record labels in the entire history of dance music, they are fully ready to bring their soulful sound to Birmingham ahead of what will be another killer season for them in Ibiza. Hot on the heels of the launch the mighty Renaissance drops by on Easter Sunday to celebrate 20 years of global clubbing. Who else at the helm but the clubs original and most famous resident Sasha, alongside an all-star forward-thinking line-up which thrusts the club into their third decade of activity. A Renaissance Classics room celebrates the past two, as well as satisfying the nostalgic amongst you.
M.A.N.D.Y, Riva Starr, Jesse Rose, and a Diynamic Records showcase starring Solomun and David August are all among the guests etched in for the first month’s set of line ups. Further announcements are due shortly on the breathtaking programme of talent set to continue the club’s ascent throughout the Spring and Summer. And Solomun dropped this absolute corker, just in case you needed reminding of how amazing it was…
Trawl through dance music and you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone with a bad word to say about San Fran native Justin Martin, who I’ve just interviewed for Data Transmission. But what city is he talking about exactly here? Hit the quote to find out more…
Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) delivers a pretty hefty diss to BOTH Jay-Z & Kanye West which goes a lot further than the usual ‘I fucked your Bitch‘ or ‘Suck my Dick‘ refrains that have been the epitome of hip-hop anger and ire in the past. The track leaked a few weeks ago but there’s now a video genuinely sticking the finger; Yasiin has certainly laid his cards out here.
Be an interesting seeing how this one develops. Original video below