Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Support Your Local Gunslinger.
In view of the sad news that Liam Maher the erstwhile frontman with 'Flowered Up' died yesterday I decided to start with a quick nod to him and the band and instead of posting something obvious I had a dig about to find something I could put up and remembered I still had this little gem. Released a year after their break up, 'Better Life' was the last ever single from Flowered Up. Recorded at the sessions for their uncompleted second long player, this was a taster for what that album was going to sound. After having a listen back to it makes it all the more disappointing that it was never finished.
Flowered Up * Better Life.
Now then, in my continuing efforts to stop people from betting on when I'm going to be found dead upside down in a pile of bad drugs clutching my record bag in the toilets of some godforsaken boozer I'll skip over the details of the last couple of weekends narcotic fuelled stoopidity and get straight down to business by sorting out your weekends maneuvers first of all. Exciting times here in Newcastle these days as positively spoiled for choice this weekend. Saturday night offers up a positive embarrassment of riches starting with Dada at The Cosmic Ballroom where things continue to be at the cutting edge of the, errrr, cutting edge as their weekly excursions into all things disco, techno and house related bring you a bona-fide local Techno Legend...Binni - the man behind behind two of the North-Easts most forward thinking Techno parties, Error_ and more recently Cleer. There's also support from residents the excellent 'Ward 10'. Upstairs in room 2 expect the usual fun and games from Mick Rolfe & El.Dee.
Should you choose your beats a tad more obscure, don't worry, the city has catered for you too my friend as the Neville's Disco lads pull off the not inconsiderable feat of hosting Mo Morris from A Mountain Of One as well as The Bad Passion Project, what looks like being a cracking night will be going off in one of Newcastle's literally most intimate venue's at the DB Social.
If that's not enough for you then there's also the opening of Newcastle's newest club space theCUT. as the people behind the cities long running 'Jukebox' night continue their carnal lunar activities with the brand spanking 'Dragnet' night. This promises to be an all out celebrations of 'good rocking Sat night music' cutting across new wave, disco, no wave, punk funk, old school hip hop/electro, indie dance and non ironic pop classics - and because of the inspiration behind the wonderful venue - all wrapped around a heavy New York theme.
Next, some tracks from a bunch of producers who I've been repping for a while now. Number 4 in the 'Cliche Breaks' series on Cosmo Vitelli's continually excellent 'I'm A Cliche' label has four belting track on it from the likes of Richard Senn & Cazbee, Pierre Wax, Vitelli himself and Jacques Renault who weighs in with 'Sweet Harmony' which is actually based on his mix of Georgio Moroders 'I Wanna Rock You' which was doing the rounds on bootleg a year or so ago.
Al Usher is more notably known for high profile mixes for artists the likes of Amy Winehouse and Fiest and as being Ewan Pearsons partner in the 'Partial Arts' team than for his own work. I've posted up probably my favourite track of his recent work with the 'Lullaby For Robert' EP which comes loaded with some A+ remixes from Gatto Fritto, Mark Seven and Prins Thomas. A top package.
American producer Levon Vincent is another chap who's output I've been following for a while now, since putting out his debut 'No More Heros' in 2002 in fact. After that he was pretty quiet on the production front choosing instead to concentrate on his DJ work consequently only putting out a handful of well received 12"s untill late 07' when he released the brilliant Invisible Bitchslap E.P. Since then, releases like 'Minimal Soul', 'Six Figures' and 'The Medium Is The Message' along with an excellent Resident Advisor podcast and a raft of great tracks on his own Deconstruct Music label, Vincent has been steadily building a reputation of some note of late. He also teamed up with Jus' Ed for the 'These Games E.P.' which I've posted below. Impeccable, classy house music.
Next, I don't think I really need to write a meandering biog of Maurice Fulton so enough to say that he again proves that he is still king of future soul with his mix of SMD's, 'Cruel Intentions'.
Finally there's 'I Get Deeper' from the unknown 'Late Nite Tuff Guy Edits' EP. I picked this up on white label in Phonica on spec a few months ago on recommendation from the staff. 4 edits, four brilliant tracks. 8 quid well spent! 'I Get Deeper' is a sexy slice of deep Chicago house. Check it!!
Simian Mobile Disco * Cruel Intentions (Maurice Fulton Mix)
Cliche Breaks 4 * Sweet Harmony (Jacques Renault Edit)
Late Night Tuff Guy * I Get Deeper (Original Version)
Al Usher * Lullaby For Robert (Gatto Fritto/Mark Seven/Prins Thomas Mixes)
Levon Vincent & DJ Jus' Ed * These Games E.P.
Couple of mixes to round things off this week. A brilliant bit of work from the afore mentioned Bad Passion chaps who take care of business with their 'Glass Unicorn' Mixtape. In true 'laaahndaaahn' style and there's no bleeding tracklist, however I've had a listen to it and highly recommend you take 10 mins to download it as it's a blinder!! As well as that, we've got a mix that we picked up at the excellent Surround Around Sound blog last month. A good hour and a bit of some of the best forward looking house music about, regarde.
Surround Around Sound September Mix.
1. Free Disco * Odd Summer
2. Yacht * Psychic City (Classixx Remix)
3. Rubber Room * Taliban Discotheque
4. Soiree * It's Disco
5. Lovebirds * Midnight Stalking
6. Jay Shepheard * Absolute Voltage
7. Dutch Rhythm Combo * Bonaire (Al Usher Remix)
8. Chamboche * Ipso Facto (Pete Herbert Remix)
9. Chamboche * Feverish (The Revenge Remix)
10. Maelstrom * Enter The Cosmos (Pete Herbert Remix)
11. Rogue Cat * Magic Journey (Todd Terje Remix)
12. Tucillo * Panorama
13. DMX Krew * Come To Me
14. Leftside Wobble * On & On
Bad Passion Project: Glass Unicorn Mixtape.
(No Tracklist Available.)
Till next time.
Big Love. Moogar X.