The joy of music in this day and age is that so much of it sweeps you by; it’s a far cry from the days of realising every hot track when it comes out. So a good year or two after it was created I stumbled upon this absolute gem today, a gorgeous edit from World of Mercury of Marvin Gaye covering the eponymous ‘Sunny’. It’s 11:11am, maybe the world is going to end. if so I want this to be the final track.
The first instalment of Bicep’s Hot Jamz back in September 2011 is one of the best mixes I’ve ever heard, period. Frothing disco jams, cranky electro funk and proper jig tastic brilliance, I’ve blogged about it on these pages twice. Done in conjunction with We Love… Space on the Ransom Note, it was an afterparty staple for ages, one of those mixes you lash on when you’ve stupidly stayed up too late with one or two miscreants.
They dropped part 2 as part of their recent Rinse FM takeover and the results are below. Time will tell if it is as essential as the last one, but on first listen it’s lifted me out of my early week blues with deft ease. Big up Bicep!
circus London closes of 2012 in the capital with a rather natty party on the 22nd December. Naturally Yousef is at the helm, but Hot Creations henchman Lee Foss and techno troubadour Matador will also be featuring. The latter, in case you forgot, was behind this monstrosity of fear last year. Strobetastic techno for those wanting a pre Christmas rave.
We love ol Jessie! And she’s got a new video which follows the Bugsy Malone template of featuring kids in her stead, with a cute Jessie and Julio Bashmore in the mix who produced the cut. Which reminds us of this brilliant way of glossing over the fact Biggie couldn’t appear in the video to single ‘Sky’s the Limit’.
Lovely five tracker on Fiakun from US producer Cesar Coronado with one original, one remix and three detectable edits. The original is Voodoo, and that is a slab of shuffling oh so now house music that is heavy on groove and the kind of whispered, hushed vocals that are the cornerstone of the Visonquest sound. If you like lovely banging deep house and don’t furrow your brow in disgust at bandwagons you will love this.
That gets remixed to decent effect with a deeper focus from Berlin badboy Till von Sein, whilst Edit 2 adds a crunchy electronic backing for use of Robin S’ ‘Show me Love’. If you’re still part of the anti bandwagon brigade this should send you into overload, but as cheeky bits of fun go it’s pretty useable and worth a punt. The remix-cum-cover on Edit #4 of Kylie’s slow is a sleazier take on pop and worth a go, whilst Dixie Youre drops a cooler mix of ‘Edit #2’. Out now and worth checking.
I LOVE Discoteca Poca, I really do. I don;t go out much in Liveprool any more raving due to the fact that being far too embedded beyond the regular raving age of late twenties means I do it less frequently further afield, but when I do it’s usually here. Ewan Pearson and Dyed Soundorom have serenaded my ears there in the past brilliantly and the other guests have been especially stupendous, Andrew Weatherall, Maurice Fulton and Tiger & Woods among them. Berlin badboy Prosumer though might just be the best of the lot.
The now soon to be ex resident of Panoramabar is one of the best house jocks on the planet, and as far as gloriously intimate clubnights soundtracked by the masters go this has some real vintage appeal lavished upon it. He’s something of an educated and eloquent observer of music (check this interview where he retains his elegance despite being given the EDM prefix), particularly given his moniker mines Toffler’s theory of the juxtaposition of producer and consumer in the future, but nowhere is this warmth and intelligence best manifested than his DJ sets. The tickets are flying out for this show understandably but you can catch them while they are still available at Skiddle. Swerve buying your uncle those socks.
Sunday 16th December sees an institution in dance music combine with another, as the WHP showcases a monstrous ten hour set from Laurent Garnier. Taking place in only the second room of the club, it’s to celebrate the 25 year career Laurent has had since upping sticks from France to be a chef in the North West, and the dj gigs he did at the Hacienda under the fledgling name of DJ Pedro, and from the vibes coming back to me of his recent final ever LBS performances suggest, he is still 100% on top of his game.
There isn’t a DJ that comes close to having given me as much joy over the years as Laurent, his DJ sets that I’ve witnessed in Germany, Spain, Manchester, Liverpool and London easily being the best I’ve ever been too. I haven’t spent a sustained period of time with Monsieur Garnier for years and to say I’m ridiculously excited is an understatement, particularly as he is the real Le God, contrary to what some people in Manchester may think the title belongs to. More details here.