Imagine it. You’re at a party in your mate’s back garden, all your friends are there, spirits are high, the sun’s just setting, your tins actually fit in the fridge and whoever’s been in charge of the aux cable’s been doing a great job of keeping the vibe alive. Roy Ayers was on when you arrived, some nice disco and classic soul came on as the mood settled in and a few Rush Hour gems were even chucked in for good measure as the night progressed.
It’s a divisive topic that has been bounced back and forth repeatedly among DJs over the past couple of years with reasonable arguments being made on both sides. Some have expressed a justified frustration at the idea of a DJ, up and coming or otherwise, using something like the Identification Music Group or Shazam to build a repertoire of tracks that mimics the catalog, style and technique of someone who has worked hard for years to carve their own niche.
The Police were called in to break up an illegal rave in a sewer in Newcastle on Sunday morning after 200 revellers waded through a river to get to the underground location.
The illegal rave took place in a tunnel below a bridge on the River Ouseburn, where around 200 people had to wade through filthy water and cramped conditions to get to the event.
The rave was then raided by Northumbria Police at around 4am after one worried raver contacted authorities over safety fears.
London-based duo Dusky today announced that they will debut their new live show at London’s Village Underground on April 16th.
“Not all of the music we’ve been making necessarily fits into our standard DJ sets,” explained the duo. “But all of it has a deep connection with electronic music and the dancefloor culture that surrounds it, which is what led us to conceive our live show.
“The soundtrack to the promo video is a taste of some of the broader soundworlds that make up the show, but we’ve also been working on live versions of the music we’ve released to date.”
Some things in life are certain: the sun will rise; parking is futile when you’re already late; and Art Basel Miami will be exhausting in the most thrilling way. The annual Basel migration to Miami Beach each winter brings nearly 80,000 aficionados from all walks of life, seeking all types of art, from murals to music. Walls are splattered with paint and battered by beats; sheikhs dock their boats while tattooed kids park their bikes.
Mark Knight is a man on a mission. The Toolroom Records founder brings his signature chunky beats and addictive grooves to Miami wherever he plays, moving floors and filling rooms, be it at Ultra or Space. Tonight, he’s in town to tell a new story. On an unusually humid October evening in South Beach, the veteran readies himself to drive the decks at STORY Miami, a club he has yet to grace.
“Acid house wasn’t a British term to describe the music. Initially, the American producers coined the term and created the music. We embraced the music in the UK and shaped a movement. However, the UK tabloid press believed acid house music to be the work of the devil by sensationalising the biggest thing since punk rock.
The underground party starters take over Work in Angel tonight, bringing an outstanding lineup that includes Rhymos (Junk / Whistleblower Records), Rinse FM’s SAOIRSE, Brokntoys’ Kristopher Hall and Jon Hughes (Ears Have Eyes).
The night will be hosted by co-founders and resident DJs Dan Jury and Andrew Sansom, a pair dedicated to seeking out quality electronic music and bringing through the sharpest new talent.
Come join us later on from 8pm as it’s free (with limited capacity, so make sure you head on down early…)
The trouble with history is that it changes depending on who tells it. So it is that Detroit techno has three main characters, but a whole cast of unsung heroes. For every Juan Atkins, Omar S and Carl Craig over the years, there are tens if not hundreds of people who were there, living the life and making the tunes, that got sadly written out of the story over here in Europe. People like Anthony 'Shake' Shakir and Blake Baxter rarely get talked about in the same tones as Moodymann or Jeff Mills, but they should.
Brighton seafront has long played host to some of the nation's best musical talent, and few places carry such a rich heritage as recently re-established venue, The Arch. Previously known as The Zap, Digital and Coliseum, The Arch opened its doors once again back in March, christened by Berlin duo, Pan-Pot.
When millions tuned into the BBC to watch Mary J Blige cry her eyes out on the Pyramid Stage on the BBC last month — “no more dramaaaa!” — little did they know (or care) that, just a few hundred yards either side of her, there was enough dance debauchery to fill Fabric, SW4 and Secret Garden Party three times over — at least. Or that this jaded dance hack was also in the crowd wearing a poncho, also in tears, blaming it on the rain.