General Jimmy

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Bicep prep Hot Jamz 2

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!

Vote for Joshua Brooks

Manchester’s snug as a bug small venue Joshua Brooks is up for an award in DJMag’s Best of British poll, an award ceremony that doesn’t tend to get treated with the ludicrous disdain and anger thrown towards it’s sister top 100 poll, which is after all a popularity contest. This is exactly the same, but seeing as it’s voted for mainly by people who share the same values, if not tastes, as the angry pitchfork wielding hordes that get very embattled every Autumn, people don’t get quite as narky. Which is nice; no-one likes being lairy!

Anyway, there’s all sorts of people up for awards including previous incumbents of nice words on these pages Andrew Weatherall, Sankeys, Bicep and Erol Alkan, but I’d definitely implore you to vote for Joshua brooks because it really is great. That’s all I’m going to say. Follow this link to the Facebook app for voting.

Gone Clubbin’ #1: October – on BnB now

“You simply cannot pick a bigger or more influential event to hit clubland in Liverpool than the original superclub, the place where I and thousands of others fell in love with dance music.”

I’ve started a brand new column on Beatsandbeyond.com where I pick the best clubbing picks, in my eyes, each month in Liveprool. I did do this originally on here back in January but this will now be a monthly thing over on BnB – I’ve even got my own Editors profile and everything.

Wasted Heroes & Circus X

There’s an oft forgotten role in clubland. Whilst we move to the sounds of DJs, crowd around in clubs, and give our money to the promoters wily enough to orchestrate it all for us, one role is crucial in garnering our attention in the first place – the graphic designer. One of those who has had a particularly dynamic role in clubland is Russell Reid, who is undergoing something of a furtive period right now. As the lead designer for Circus for nigh on the entirety of their ten years, he’s been responsible for iconic designs such as the following masterpiece:

Russ has a three day epic weekend rolling up for his wares and club involvement, with Circus turning ten with two shows In London and Liverpool and him hosting Space’s El Salon for the We Love closing party on Sunday 30th September. Featuring at the shows are the likes of Seth Troxler, Maceo Plex, Bicep (who headline El Salon at Space), Sascha Dive, Yousef (obviously) and Riva Starr, whilst a gluttony of artists have been pcitured wearing Russ’ eye catching Circus X merchandise in recent months. One of them being a rather well know grinning superstar who appears at the top of this page.

I’ll be posting more details in the upcoming days on some interviews with Russ as well as one or two places you can win some of his clobber. However until then head over to the Wasted Heroes website and the Circus X merchandise mini-site if you want to get your hands on the clothing sooner.

Head here for full details for Circus London with Yousef, Riva Starr, Sascha Dive and more.

The Liverpool counterpart with Sasha, Seth Troxler, Maceo Plex, Yousef, Davide Squillace and Lewis Boardman is via this link.

Peep the below sampler for Yousef’s brand new album ‘A Product of Your Environment’.

BICEP Launch label with Vision of Love (preview EP)

Those lovable doyens of House and disco Bicep have a label out. Anyone who has spent more than five minutes on their blog knows they have impeccable taste worthy of the Greek Gods, as well as a penchant for similarly dressed Adonises (the images on their site are almost as good as the music). I will be amazed if this doesn’t equate to a ridiculously essential label in mere months.

Unsure of their pedigree? check out the below mix they contributed for We Love last year, for whom they have held a residency this summer, which one year on is still the kind of hot and sweaty musical selections that give me a boner. Aural viagra.

WHP Announce line-ups tomorrow

Two weeks ago the ball started rolling for the WHP with the monstrous opening weekend announcements. They fill in the gaps tomorrow, with this video whetting the appetites.

WHP – WTF!

I’ll be honest, I don’t normally subscribe the the open mouthed reactions line-ups get in clubland any more. Call me too long in the tooth, jaded, or just a miserable bellend, but to be honest they never really get me frothing at the mouth any more. The Warehouse Project just changed that.

Their opening weekend is beyond obscene. Friday kicks things off with a Rinse showcase which packs the likes of Katy B , Skream , Diplo, Zinc, Roska and Plastician into a bass music feast, but Saturday is just ridiculous for House and techno fans. Nicolas jaar playing live, Maya Jane Coles back to back with Heidi, Maceo Plex, Four Tet Dj Set, Seth troxler, Julio Bashmore, Bicep and fuckloads more in a ten hour assault on the senses.

Whatever your musical persuasuion, that weekend is HUGE. Beggars belief what the rest of the programme will include.

BICEP | MUSCLE WORX (EXCLUSIVE MIX FOR FADER MAGAZINE NYC)

Those Norn Iron tyrants Feel My Bicep drop another hot, hot, hot mix, this time for NYC mag The Fader. Aural sex.

BICEP – $TRIPPER

I gave up on vinyl a long time ago. Every now and again though, a record comes out that makes me want to start buying it again. This is one of those tracks, an unashamed homage to sweaty 90s garage (the swinging New Jersey sound rather than the London ruffneck riddim) by those bastions of brilliance Bicep.

If you don’t know who these fine purveyors of dance music’s historically fantastic moments (late Seventies Disco, early Acid House, 80s Boogie Funk etc) then you need to get on their blog. The above image is a tribute to the iconography they use on their blog, directly brought to you from my own personal wank-tank. But for when they are really at their finest, dig this amazing mix they did last year for We Love… Space and the Ransom Note. Amazing stuff.

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