Opening a vinyl-only store in Soho just over 10 years ago was seen as a risky move. The area was, and still is, saturated with independent record shops and at the time, record shops were fighting for survival. But Phonica Records has proven resilient to music industry vagaries, changing formats and consumption habits, and a recession.
Amine Edge & DANCE are on a mission. Coming up from the not-so-mean streets of Marseilles, the production/DJ duo bonded as kids over a shared obsession for hip-hop’s greatest martyrs, Tupac and Biggie. Now, 15 years on, they’re injecting all they know and love about booty popping gangsta shit right into the heart of house music, and taking on the world with the slick, jacking result.
With interest in house and techno higher than ever, the bug is spreading across the Big Smoke. Before it was mostly restricted to a small circle of clubs and covert pockets of the city, but The West End — previously a haven for glitzy VIP haunts — is now beginning to provide for people more interested in tunes dropping than Tequilas. The Qube, a new basement club connected to Pacha London but with its own door policy, is where you'll find it.
In the run up to Italy's new alpine dance festival Vertigo, headline act Uner has prepared an exclusive podcast available for download via our soundcloud.
Situated high above the valleys of Chisone, Vertigo is already causing a stir for its breathtaking location and high calibre of underground DJs on the line up.
Times have certainly changed. These days a cleverly conceived event with an ultra-chic line-up, stacked full of the coolest names of the “underground” universe, is just as likely to spring up at the arse-end of Timbuktu as on the streets of Shoreditch, so it's no surprise the next destination on adventurous dance addicts' wishlist is Peru – a land more associated with its Inca ruins, lush rain forestry and elaborately patterned rugs than its stock of decent dance music festivals.
DJ Mag favorites (helped in no small part by their blinding set at our Bedroom Sessions Party last month), Waze & Odyssey continue their firing form with a release on MadTech.
The three track EP - on Kerri Chandler's superb label - has all the variation you would expect from the versatile duo.
'Be Right There' is a bump and groove gem, 'Found The Rhythm is balls to the wall banger and Citizen closes the EP with a bass reimagining of the title cut.