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The Dance Tunnel departs

Clubs closing is a natural part of the dance music ecosystem. The cold truth is the scene actually needs it; re-invention and freshness are two things that prevent stagnation, and sometimes some of the most special places in time are best preserved as a memory rather than afforded the chance to go bad. Although it is definitely rather nice when you do get the chance to properly say goodbye, as I did when Nation in Liverpool ended.

That said, it’s pretty shit when gentrification and the authorities end something before its time. I’d never been to Dalston disco Dance Tunnel, but I’d heard much about it and it’s just the latest in a spate of closing in the capital that have seen similair spots like Plastic People shut down. A fellow dance journalist Manu Ekanayake wrote a particularly prescient piece about the need for London to get a nightlife mayor, and sooner or later you’ve got to hope that the powers that be recognise the huge role clubs have in keeping people safe and developing our cultural values.

Classic boss Luke Solomon shared a mix he did at the venue back in January earlier this year, with one of the men behind it Dan Beaumont and bass and house siren Hannah Holland with a few simple words, eight of them simply stating “this one will be remembered as being important”.  This is a man who knows a thing or two about clubs, and the trio’s four hour mix is a truly special ensemble of boot shaking house grooves.

B.I.G. Over Premier – DJ Premier And The Notorious B.I.G. Mix By DJ Finesse NYC

This is beyond mega. Preemo instrumentals with Biggie acapellas over the top, cut and spliced together with the right amount of deck technique. There’s nothing worse than a DJ thinjking his skills are more important than the music being played and Finesse lets Biggie’s bragging and Preemo’s pounding do the talking here. The result is astonishing.

Personal highlights include the laconic bounce of ‘Going Back to Cali’ riding deep over arguably Premier’s finest hour, the beat for CNN ‘Invincible’, and the feel-good genius of both Juicy and Nas is Like combining. And then he sacks it all off to let ‘Unbelievable’ sign things off. A fitting tribute to awesome talents.

Grab your dick if you love hip-hop.

DJ Finesse “B.I.G. Over Premier” Mixtape Tracklist:

1. DJ Premier Intro
2. Flava In Ya Ear rmx over I Gave You Power 

3. Big Poppa over Ex To Next Girl 

4. Dead Wrong over 2 Thousand 

5. 10 Crack Commandments over One Day 

6. Who Shot Ya over Come Clean 

7. All About The Benjamins over Supa Dupa Star (1994 Demo Version)
8. One More Chance over Recognize 

9. Long Kiss Goodnight over You Know My Steez 

10. Things Done Changed over The Format 

11. I Got A Story To Tell over Shit Is Real 

12. Real Niggas over Ready 

13. Juicy over Nas Is Like 

14. One More Chance rmx over Freaky Flow 

15. Warning (Freestyle) over Mind Ya Business 

16. ’95 Freestyle (7 Mac 11′s) over Who Got Gunz 

17. Victory over Project Boy 

18. Kick In The Door over Come Get Me 

19. Going Back To Cali over The Invincible 

20. Mo Money Mo Problems over Golden Child 

21. Party And Bullshit over Now Your Mine 

22. Unbelievable

Bambook and Netzell ft Cari Golden ‘What’s the Use’ – review on Pulse

Bambook & Netzell ft Cari Golden - What's The Use

“Rolling effortlessly, it’s juxtaposition of the track’s incessant charm and immediacy with Golden’s spoken word delivery is the key to its success, particularly the similarity her delivery draws with the infamous stalker on Lil Louis’ timeless ‘I called You’. It’s not hard to see why Maceo Plex built many of his stadium slaying sets of last year around it.”

Circus recordings continues a fine run of form with a bamboozler from Bambook and Netzell, Cari Golden delivering a great spoken word vocal. The clubnight has a couple of crackers lined up for Easter Weekend as well, Good Friday at Egg London and then the Camp & Furnace up here in Liverpool for Easter Sunday.

And this recent set from Yousef at Circus is something of an instant classic.

The 2 Bears – Is This Cajmere?

Saturday 2nd March the 2 Bears will be getting fly with Curtis Jones aka Green Velvet in his Cajmere guise in London for Bugged Out! The gig looks IMMENSE. And to celebrate RAF Daddy and that fella from Hot Chip have done a mix of Cajmere tunes. It’s great.

DT Podcast 292 – Tanner Ross

Happy Valentines Day! Falling back in the mellow warmth of electronics on the day of love, this brand new podcast from Tanner Ross and Data Transmission is the real soundtrack to what you should be getting into, regardless of it just being a winter reflective mix rather than one specifically themed around emotive feeling. Just take a glance at the tracklist; Chilly Gonzales, Atjazz, Kendrick Lamar, Dam-Funk, Toro Y Moi and Bob Marley.

Or you can just smile at the charm of last year’s V-Day mixes from Soul Clap and Breakspear.

Laurent Garnier live at Boiler Room x WHP

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If you visit this blog often you would of caught me waxing lyrical at the end of last year about a DJ set from Laurent Garnier at the Warehouse Project. There was a four hour ‘snippet’ of that set floating around at the time, but another one has since materialised cramming an extra 90 minutes in and crucially, the moment where I pretty much walked in when a fairly famous record from Manchester kicked in.

On top of that there’s also a video from the Boiler Room crew which weighs in at 80 minutes, really getting the magic of the night down. Whilst they have undoubtedly revolutionised the way in which we ‘view’ club sets from afar via the internet, the videos sometimes comes off as a bit sterilised when it’s a small amount of people (although that same forumla is equally memorable when thrown off kilter). This time though they had a genuine contender for greatest DJ of all time playing a retrospective set in one of the best club spaces on the planet; ground-breaking it may not have been but fucking awesome it most certainly was.

Anyway; just enjoy the video/audio.

WUTANGISFORTHECHILDREN by Alexander Nut – Mix for Oki Ni

60 Minutes of Wu, mixed by Rinse FM’s Alexander Nut. The mix is designed to showcase the influence the monolithic hip-hop crew had on his musical upbringing in the mighty Wolverhampton, and is being delivered over on fashion emporium Oki-Ni’s great mixtape series. Amidst the consistent lyrical darts there’s the odd song the crew have sampled, such as Wendy Rene’s ‘After the laughter comes tears’, and lashings upon lashing of that off kilter bass heavy Wu production that makes you want to pull your hood over your head and delve into darkness. Great reminder about why Staten Island’s finest remain so relevant.

WUTANGISFORTHECHILDREN by Alexander Nut by Oki-Ni on Mixcloud

Lewis Boardman Five Hour set in the Shipping Forecast

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Circus resident Lewis Boardman gets the full night focus in the first Circus of 2013 in its native Liverpool, playing five hours in the Hold of the Shipping Forecast tomorrow evening. The below promo mix gives an indication of what to expect. Full details here.

Greg Wilson Mix on Ransom Note

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It’s getting closer and closer to the Bedrock Warehouse party in Camp and Furnace on February 9th, and in preparation those lovely folk down at the Ransom Note have got an exclusive Greg Wilson mix, recorded when he played for Voodoo in Liverpool on Boxing Day. They’re also running a comp for tickets; head here for details how to win them. Failing that, head here if you don’t fancy your chances and want to snaffle one up asap. Stream the mix below.

Greg Wilson – Live @ Voodoo Nouveau 26.12.12 – R$N Exclusive by Theransomnote on Mixcloud

Chris McGee Circus Boxing Night 2012

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We’ve shown love to a tiny Liverpool DJ this week, now it’s time to throw some gushing words towards someone who is the complete opposite, Chris McGee. A bit of a legend on the local scene, his forages into the world of DJing over the past few years ahve seen him play for Hustle, Coco de Mer and now Circus, this recent set a recording of his début there on Boxing Night.

Circus’s next event in the city involves resident Lewis Boardman at the helm for five hours in the Shipping Forecast, whilst down in that there London Yousef invites Circo loco badman DJ W!ld and leftfield funker Jesse Rose up to the platter. Ticket details just here.

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