Thursday, 19 May 2011

'Noise In My Head' mix from Lexx (Claremont 56/Leng)


A super mellow set from Lexx aka Alex Storrer now, all the way from Zurich, Switzerland.
Lexx's mixes are enough to make you melt and this is no exception. Great late night radio and perfect for the week's end. The bulk of his previous efforts are hosted at Test Pressing (of course!), and are available (along with a whole host of other great mixes) if you have a scroll round here.
Lexx's exquisite taste is also present in his own productions, remixes and edits. Highly active in this department, his output is sprawled across releases on uber trendy labels like Permanent Vacation, Claremont 56, Messalina, Leng etc. His productions and mixes have been a favourite of hours here at Tourist for some time and w'd recommend you looked into his lengthy back catologue when you get the chance. In the meantime though, find a relaxing spot and chill out with this little beauty,,,,,

(Sort of) Tracklist:

Somewhere I Belong
The Other Song
Give Me A Chance
Red Dress
Arthur’s Landing * Lucky Cloud
Black Man At The Shoulder
Don’t Play Me
Detroit Leaning
Put Some Love In What You Do
Stone Cold Cat

Download Lexx's mix for Noise In My Head here.
Mirror download from Megaupload here.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Endless Race with Gatto Fritto & Jamie Blanco.


We at Tourist Towers are very excited about the return of Endless Race this weekend after the brilliant party they threw back in February with DJHistory main man Bill Brewster. We've emptied the bag of plaudits and complements over and over again in the direction of the guys behind the much missed Road To Rimini nights and the second, and much anticipated outing for their new venture looks like they've no intention of taking their foot off the accelerator!
The Star & Shadow Cinema is again the host venue and they'll be keeping the lights on till 5am with a special late license, the reason for this being that the chaps at Endless Race have upped the stakes with no less than 2 superb special guests in the shape of Gatto Fritto and Jamie Blanco!

"Gatto Fritto is Ben Williams and Ben Williams is Gatto Fritto. Everyone from Andrew Weatherall to Harvey have been championing his tracks. So do we, and we’ve been listening closely since hearing his inimitable ‘Invisible College’ track on Dissident Records back in 2007. He’s finally got an album out now on the prestigious International Feel recordings that you might be tempted to describe as a mixture of cosmic disco, Balearic or even synth pop but we’re not getting muddled up in that. The fact is, it’s utterly sublime and been well worth the wait – it’s an odyssey of brilliance.
Not only is Ben one of the most talented electronic music producers in the UK but a superb DJ to match. Bringing a selection of disco, house and other eighties oddities, electronic or otherwise to Endless Race, collected over the past 15 years or so whilst working for various second hand record shops around London (safe to say he knows a thing or two about DJing then), your dancing needs will be lavishly indulged at the next Endless Race. We’re certainly not alone in acknowledging the man’s plentiful talents, with a string of DJ dates across Europe and other fine nights in the UK such as Bad Passion and Lowlife he’s a bit busy. This is his first appearance in Newcastle, don’t miss out!

If that wasn’t enough, we’re equally excited to have a live performance from another extremely talented, if as yet under-acknowledged London based producer to get things kick started on the night. You’d be forgiven for not having heard of Jamie Blanco with only a limited single released to date on Russell Club records, but it’s that damn good, as are oodles of his unreleased tracks on soundcloud that we thought we’d ask if he did a live set. Luckily he said yes, and will be bringing his gloriously rich all-analogue house sound to Newcastle in May.So there you have it. A DJ set, a live set, and , of course, Endless Race’s resident DJs will be warming you up and winding you down in what promises to be another great party, at a brilliant and friendly venue, with a top notch sound system that’s clear as well as loud, and no posing."

For a taster of what to expect:

Download the Gatto Fritto mix for 'Deep Frequency' here, or his podcast for '20jazzfunkgreats' here.

check out Jamie Blanco's Soundcloud page here

,,,, and grab Endless Race resident Pat's excellent 'Burnin' & Yearnin' mix here.

So just to recap, thats,,,,
Endless Race with Gatto Fritto & Jamie Blanco plus residents.
Saturday 14 May
Doors 10pm - 5am
£8 on the door or tickets can be bought here.
(Or there's a £6 special discount entry before 11pm on the night)

We'll see you down the front (or at the bar!)
Big love. Tourist. X

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Cooly G (Hyperdub) @ The Star & Shadow Cinema. Sat 7th May.


Slight change of course for us here at Tourist Towers but a worthwhile diversion never the less. While we're not known for championing Dubstep and the like we're always interested in anything fresh and new so here's a word about an great looking event organised by some of the guys the behind the excellent 'Endless Race' night we had a brilliant time at with Bill Brewster a few weeks back. (They're also hosting Gatto Fritto & Jamie Blanco next weekend, but more on that here in a couple of days,,)

"We are thrilled to have something different for you at the Star & Shadow in the form of Cooly G, one of the finest female (or either gender, for that matter) leftfield Dubstep/UK Funky/ House producers around at the moment, offering an alternative to the usual Newcastle party scene.Cooly G, signed to Hyperdub (Burial, Kode9, Joker, Ikonika), the semi-pro female footballer, producer and DJ from Brixton, describes her sound as having a "deep house tribal dubstep vibe," and you can see why - Cooly G's productions exist in their own hinterland - abstract post-garage beats that slowly shuffle into life, dubbed out, with her own cut up vocal snippets singing painterly half phrases. Terms such as Dubstep and UK Funky immediately come to mind when trying to describe her, but there is an undeniable deep house element that gives her music a smooth edge and makes it all the more difficult to fit into genre clich├ęs. Something of a child prodigy (she learned to DJ at the age of seven and was teaching music technology to men three times her age two months after leaving school), she’s the second female producer on Hyperdub alongside Ikonika. Her first single got people pretty excited, she was single of the week in the Guardian Newspaper, One to Watch in the Independent newspaper, has played with Kode9, got interviewed all over and was immediately snapped up for remixes by the majors as well as starting to get bookings all over the world."

Check out more mixes and info on the party at the Facebook event page here.
Saturday 7th of May at 10:00pm - Sunday at 4:00am
£8 on the door

If you want to check Cooly G's music and DJing style, there's a link to her very smart XLR8 mix from last year for your undoubted aural pleasure.

01 Cooly G "Intro"
02 Cooly G/DVA "Ol' Dirty"
03 DJ Gregory "Traffic"
04 T Williams "Hardcash"
05 Zander Hardy (exclusive)
06 Ben Westbeech & T. Williams (exclusive)
07 Martyn "Megadrive"
08 Artist Unknown "Glow"
09 O.B "ER"
10 Artist Unknown "Get Slapped Up"
11 Artist Unknown "Gain"
12 Artist Unknown "Dougsanna"
13 DJ Gregory "Work Me"
14 Sami Sanchez "Air Raid"
15 MA1 "Samurai Remix"
16 Wbeeza "Deep Underground"
17 Bowly (exclusive)
18 Major Notes "Friend of Mine Dub"

Download Cooly G's XLR8 Mix here.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X