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havent posted in over a year …new music Fox Shadows …big beaty Tape Of Love remix

 

no blogging in over a year … so I will post my own music

been busy learning ableton and getting the right plug ins and watching terrible youtube instruction videos 😉 tooo busy to fanny around blogging but I will be blogging again some fave artists mates , cos its all mates at the end of the day, making music to me is also making mates and sharing their music

 

this is a remix for austrian dream pop / electronic group Fox Shadows 

they are a group comprised of three and make nice floaty electronic stuff and work with guest vocalists, nice hypnotic stuff , I turned in a big beat remix as I love the sabres   and the chems 

 

 

 

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The Right To Party – London free party recollections & south coast /south west scene

Hello peeps, I want to bring your attention to a much maligned and misunderstood scene, that of the free party scene, yes the same which makes you think of the ( straggly ) dreaded special brew / super strength cider and k crew ; yes there is that but lets reflect on some positive elements and shed light on some novel venues and uses of public places for things other than car boot sales or rotting shells of previous industry.
The lovely and very wise Elissa Brewer reminisces and ponders on the free party scene in London and surrounding areas during 91 – 99 and makes some salient points re self regulating and the damage done by K and other non party enhancers

Sam Blay who runs Roach Material Rave Flyers a visual history of the southern rave/club scene through cataloging all the great and some terrible artistic examples points to the DSS sound system from Bournemouth who provided infamous parties on the south coast and who wisely escaped to Australia and are still running huge systems and making stomachs feel a bit gippy with their nasty D&B and Dubstep

also of note is the Free party People blog which details some of the huge free parties with some vary hazy and nonsensical recollections and a great source for all things free party related from the glory years of 90 – 94 before the criminal justice bill came into effect – linked to them is the fantastic Spannered books a small publishing house who just put out an excellent piece of pulp fiction based in the Bristol Free Party Scene – it captures the frentic pace, the highs and lows in a hazy psychedelic stream of consciousness which could amount to being cobblers but luckily isnt

read a preview here

Over to Elissa ” It seemed to be whoever, was doing something all of the systems would collaborate ( ed> big ones including Spiral Tribe , Circus Warp , Bedlam and ( my fave DiY) you can find loads of anecdotes and party history here http://freepartypeople.wordpress.com/ ,

” Everyone would just get on board in any way they could it was just before everyone used the internet to disseminate information , when there was a lot of creativity involved with people making floro back drops and weird sculptures from whatever they could lay their hands on. Making rudimentary video projections and even cine and super 8 ( now thats considered quite quaint or retro cool given that cheaper digital projectors and video editing and youtube have made it dead easy and cheap to provide visuals ) and also the music was at a point were there was still alot of innocence and you would hear lots of strains of different dance music albeit of the harder variety with the exception of the likes of DiY who played brilliant basic deep house music and deep slower techno
DiY

Simon DK & Digs and Whoosh from Aforementioned DiY ( who celebrated 20 years and still going in illegal raves in 09 )

DIY had a system at the rave that was to be the last straw for huge free parties and would arguably bring on the Criminal Justice Bill – … here’s a simon dk playlist for castlemorton some choice tunes get ready to shock out

apparently this weatherall remix of the Orb was big at castle morton – mustve been amazing to be rocking and shocking to this – dub it up!

Elisa comments on the more common sight of female djs at free parties “the DJ’s I witnessed were amazing! particularly the women , one woman dj I rememebr completely blew the place apart with a mixture of techno and afro beats (possibly Gizelle?) …People often brought their own instruments. One friend of mine from a gypsy spanish background always brought her castanets to parties it wasn’t all terrible bongos and didgeridoos thankfully ” some of the favorite female djs on the scene and in the techno world were people like Gayle San (Final Frontier/ The Omen resident both clubs worthy of their own posting ) and Brenda Russell who would also play in my home town of Bournemouth at a legendary club called the Outer Limits alongside other uk Legends like Colin Dale, Dave Angel and my fave Dave Clarke . you can find out what where the promoter and DJ Paul Edge wound up here – pretty amazing story you can find some of the flyers from classic south coast clubs like Madisons, The Manor,
Sterns (in worthing) and The Academy ( now the Opera House/02 academy ? fuck knows it seems to change every 3 years ) http://geriatricravers.blayboy.co.uk/oldgeriatricravershistory.html
http://www.roachmaterial.co.uk/

A big free party organizer in the south known for their raves in strange places were the DSS sound system who once blagged their way into a church hall by duping the parish vicar much to the chargrin of the villagers .

that event was incredible despite the hall only holding 500 people it went on til mid morning before it finally got busted and I think the organisers managed to keep their rig and were not charged Im proud to say I know the people behind it who put on some amazing parties including cave parties near sandbanks and beach raves along the south coast but primarily in Bournemouth – home of the Blue Rinse and Tory stronghold
DSS are very much still alive and their rig lives on in sydney where they are evading the authorities putting on events of upwards of 3000 people in legal and ileagal spaces this tribute site also links to roach material a paper history through the acid house / raves scene with a south coast bias
http://dodgysoundsystem.blayboy.co.uk/
http://www.roachmaterial.co.uk/

One monumental rave organizer was Fantazia who presented this amazing rave which saw some of the best weather and very strong sweets by the looks of it! There is not one raver kid born before 82 who doesn’t know ratpacks refrain

Now I was standing in the corner ….

Oh just watch the video ! Whistle posse blow !

very interesting to see an appearance by mr Andrew Weatherall in 1990 at Madisons for the Flesh Event with Chad Jackson in room 2 .

Madisons was a classic bournemouth rave den in the mould of a sharon and tracey club loads of mirrors and dodgy interior unfortunately it had to close due to a dangerously unsafe floor due to all the stomping that wouldve meant 500 + ravers could of come crashing through the floor into the miss selfridge below at any of the events … ) also worth a special mention is Boy With Style events at Remix which saw such luminaries as Moby and Carl Cox Play in this brilliant club + nights from Flying records who had a branch in Bournemouth and would provide brilliant club tours inc the junior boys own label connection

Heres a vid of local legend dj dream playing some very hard belgian gear with loads of hoover at Remix – make some fucking noise yeah!

I also remember a bi monthly residency from sasha and digweed (northern exposure ) at the aforementioned Madisons that saw epic prog house tunes such as this and saw people crying, group hugging and generally flying high

….endless car conveys out into the middle of the new forrest and down to bournemouth beach ensued …alas this raver was too young and had to sneak back to mates houses and come down on the patio or in stinky teenage bed rooms heres some vids from john digweeds hastings and brighton parties obviously brighton had a better scene than lil old bournemouth but we had beautiful long sandy beaches !

from the bedrock website “Found this lying around the house and thought I would share it with you.
One of the coach trips from Hastings to The Event in Brighton in 1991 for one of the legendary Passion nights
which followed on from the successful Storm Parties in 1990 nearly 2000 ravers every month having it large.

Also must mention the legend that is Mike Speed local resident at madisons Mike speed moved from his native scotland down to the Bournemouth his sets were legendary and often surpassed the guests at madisons and the manor including a rather moody Sasha when he was going a bit too wafty into the prog / trance stuff in the late 90s . Mikey speed used to work in local record shops and would always be friendly and point out all the best new techno and house releases and get in the best stuff he was an inspiration to many a young DJ from bournemouth and deserves more credit for his work – Mikey i want tae go back tae back wi youse one day ya big yin

one guest who must of played at least 3 times a year bown in btown and who mike speed always warmed up for was Billy Nasty one of the best techno djs in the world his fast cutting and ruthless brutalist yet still funky style. his sets would include classic acid to leeds bleepy stuff to early Hawtin (before it went all tits up for him ) up to early trance and hard house Mrs Woods style
tracks like Robot Man Got To Do The Do really stick in the memory though

he was so inspirational to I and many other djs
this radio one essential mix features plenty of legends such as dave clarkes red series , underworld , the aloof , andrew weatherall’s sabres of paradise and conemelt

other huge nights such as Electric Kingdom had Carl Cox , dave angel , Westbam & cj bolland and huge jungle and hardcore nights at the much missed Madisons

another huge event venue was the academy – now the opera house before slinky took over and turned it into a hardhouse nightmare. people like laurent garnier playing broad sets including a drum and bass section which went down very well with the crowds – shouts must go to the cocoshebeen crew and also the much missed Manor nightclub which saw ravers elated with the Destiny and legacy nights with three floors of house , garage and drum and bass and unfortunately for me the dreaded happy hardcore was well represented there as well

anyway enough of my south coast dreaming ! back to Elisa and the free party scene in London.

“an ugly side to the free-party scene that was starting to creep the late 90s was the Ketamine …. the regretamine, which really put a downer on the creativity, and lots of people dependent on it. The older generation were sad to see the effect of it. Also on some occasions problems with drug gangs infiltrating the parties, menacing Yardies who would harass party goers . I personally saw little of it but was aware of stories and heard scary things . But on a whole the party scene was completely self regulated… amazingly peaceful considering the volume of people in such a space… a real sense/ atmosphere of solidarity and needing to be in it together for everyone there. The ultimate point was to go for as long as possible for as many people as possible regardless of who they were and where they came from it was a social experiment there werent the social divisions you see in regular clubs and events
an this is What i really loved was the way free parties broke down alot of social barriers. Living in London, there was so alot of that clubbing experience that could feel very “cattlemarket”, consumer culture driven, sexist, racist, ageist, even at some so called alternative settings such as Glastonbury ( which today is nothing like the edgier and more vibrant beast it was ) . All that was completely broken down at free parties. For me, I think that was one of the things that was most interesting about it. It broke down the normal expectations and social constructs. The experience I had as a woman, was very good, because I felt free from the normal widespread expectations of a woman at a mainstream club or festival , ie, to look as pretty as possible, and attract a man, or be on a man’s arm. At the parties, all that went out of the window. Elements of it sometimes came into play, but I think women felt freer to express themselves as people. After three days at those free parties, the last thing anyone cared about what what they looked like.
Interestingly, I met a lot of women, who worked in the sex trade, in some way or another, either prostitutes, lap/ table dancers, and I think from what I saw anyway, it was an escape from the normal constructs of society that was their normal reality. I suppose there were also drugs there, and a lot of them were obviously fed drugs as part of their work. So they were addicted, but at least I suppose they had the opportunity to feel more connected in the party environment, also to express themselves as people and not be objectified.

That’s just an example, lots of ego stuff was broken down… people didn’t identify so much with themselves, have anything to prove, it was more of a solidarity experience, people went there wanting to feel connected and were more open to that. And weirdly, considering the lack of formal “security” people always felt safer there than in normal clubs. On the rare occasion something would happen, even something as lttle as a comment, there was a firece loyalty and friends stepped in for each other straight away. But actually these moments were rare, there was most of the time a pervasive sense of just wanting to have a good time, connect, dance, get away from the normal constraints of society, quite anarchic, but also with a strong sense of what was not OK . Having said that I was punched once! But thats because I stepped right into the fray to break up a fight and caught a fist in the mouth, but that was the only actual fight I ever saw. And after I understood, that actually one of the men involved had been very out of order and the other one had felt that he was a real threat. The result was a massive verbal onslaught on the guy, people stepped up to work out what had happened, and it turned out the guy, he’d actually been violent towards his girlfriend, had seriously stepped out of line, and he wasn’t seen again at any parties.
From my experience, I thought it was very sad that the K got in the way

Also the other harder drugs and reliance on alcohol were annoying and ground people down . Some drugs were strongly considered unacceptable like crack and heroin , and this was very verbalized on occasions were it entered into the area. People did not want the drug gangs to become part of the situation but it was the drug dealing element that really numbed the creativity, and the connection vibe that ecstasy and acid use brought … With the K, which was the main drug of choice by the late 90s , people talked of the potential to have out of the body experience together.

But this experience is really quite rare and often people just end up a useless mess in the K hole

and the down sides were too great, sometimes it would look like a mortuary with unable bodies strewn around the party It also left people too vulnerable to thievery although I felt safe there most of the time, there was a limit, I felt, as a person of being able to let yourself be so totally removed from reality in that kind of environment.
But then a certain amount of getting high some way or another, was very much part of the experience, and was personal to each person.

“ I experienced crazy things with people in acting out strange situations These mad ones were in Camden, MI5 building near St Thomas’s hospital, Islington, Old street, Stratford, West London, Hammersmith, Acton, Vauxhall and Brixton. I Remember Zeebedee Boing a DJ and promoter being a key figure and all the Stay up forever crew like Chris liberator D.A.V.E the drummer who was often around at the time playing and pivotal figure in the scene.
D.A.V.E the drummer One Night In Hackney

the people behind the great parties were mainly from Slough and East London . I remember a rave in Acton, which was probably the best one of the best ones ( and there were many!) I went to, massive sound systems, amazing set up lazers strafing the whole place and intense strobes … absolutely brilliant atmosphere possibly around 5000 people there at one point we sat out side the warehouse where there were a load of old smashed computers, we put up an Internet Cafe sign… people just came by and pretended to be at the cafe and started asking for coffee and cakes Very surreal…childlike, fun…Everyone completely loved up.

Loads of Italians in amazing luminous perfect techno gear, like from some kind of manga cartoon, alongside, all the techno kids, travellers and punks, and whoever else wanted to come in…everyone having an excellent time, and being excellent to each other as far as I could see. …the main thing was getting to a point where you totally felt free and became fast friends with people over 2 – 3 days.

if this track from a john peel session doesnt make you want to find the nearest warehouse and go mental then you are dead inside!

As the free party scene has become so rare these days thanks to Michael Howard and the previous Tory Government then the successive Labour government who devolved into the Tony Blair war machine/Gordon Brown Debacle and now our current bunch of Tory twats cutting deep and hard into our grannies and pockets . ably assisted by their lib dem bottom scrapers I feel a bit sad that generations now will maybe never know the feeling of a truly great free party or even a good underground club where people are off their faces and really friendly – of course they are out there but you have to look pretty hard to find proper kicks
stuff like this makes me really sad that people want to pay to see a man steve angello in trackie bottoms playing cds and not really mixing ( prerecorded set ala guetta) and spitting everywhere at huge dry fests like this

… perhaps this summer we will see a resurgence in free parties what with the fuzz distracted by the O-schlimpics – lets hope! come on free party people get organized lets have some huge rigs assembled !

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wax analysis – Clash Music

original posted here http://www.clashmusic.com/feature/wax-analysis-1

Remember when record shopping was still in vogue and not so much a spectator sport?

There was once an age where you had an intimate relationship with your record dealer as a buyer, who you’ve ginned up and sweet talked every day on the off chance that he will get up off his stool, go down to the basement where he keeps his secret record stash and hand you an extra copy of that special edition record (with a holographic sticker to let you know it’s limited) that you’ve been eyeing for days. Memories of anticipation, scanning the whiteboard for a scheduled release date so you can count down the days to finally get your hands on that big fat slice of aural bliss. Added to the fact that you know he reserves that record for his high profile buyers, as a bonus, you get bragging rights along with an exclusive membership to a top tiered class of musical connoisseurs – a class that Discaire is secretly organizing and bringing back to life.

Discaire is born out of a friendship between gay socialites. It’s members are based in 3 cities: San Francisco, London and New York. Some have worked in independent record shops in a previous timeline and know the joys of opening a new record with unique, psychedelic artwork that conveniently goes hand in hand with the music – even to the point that the artwork was made to accompany the sounds you purchased. Feeling nostalgic for the limited edition, glossy, gate fold cover these boys decided to go full speed with their own record label that is currently attracting a cult following through it’s DIY perspective and gay aesthetic.

Although the first release was from gay duo Discodromo – the second release is C.L.A.W.S from San Francisco. Each release is carefully curated, stuffed with goodies and surprises and comes hand packaged with original artwork, not to mention a record with high quality pressing from the master Dietrich Schoenemann.

As most of the artwork is centered around gay iconography of historical significance, the first release included, as an added layer, an X rated video by Berlin based artist Gold~N~Sour that is accessed through a secret code, granted only to those who purchase the 12″. The shock value of some straight DJ inspecting the packaging and happening upon a video of a gay Berlin after hours is priceless.

Enter their shadowy world here…

Discaire | http://www.discaire.com
http://www.junodownload.com/labels/Discaire/ (although of course you should go to your local shop and demand they stock Discaire!)

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Sex Tags Mania – Norwegian hot wax from a Berlin bunker coming straight at your brain. Sex tags mania is more than your average dance label it works like a giant art project each release is an event in itself to the extent they have contributed to some art festivals with releases acting as conceptual events

Conceived in 2004 by Graffiti obsessed (hence the name sex tags mania) Acid House, golden era hip hop loving guys the label encompasses many sounds with offshoot labels inc sex tags amphibia, acido records and a central portal where they sell their wares and those of labels who are simpatico.

With close links with the Norwegian underground they are actually based in Berlin and have built a reputation for obscure yet immediate dance tracks. Personally the best release is Transylvanian Galaxi which is an alter ego of a guy called Skatebard who can also be found on the label – based on the vocal he is channeling some middle eastern ghost by way of Romanic Italo – play this at 5- 11am in a darkened room with some enlightened beings and you will either unhinge or close minds – undoubtedly a true test of the faithful!

Fiercely anti MP3 they insist on Vinyl and rightly so this is dense music and you need the bass that only vinyl gives most djs don’t have the money and a back of Hercules to lug the black gold but with every release its worth it – sex tags mania press only on really heavy vinyl and the quality of each release means you get great art and a little story about the track with a note (notes are often photo zine art in the style of those send away classified ads that used to appear in viz or the beano for whoopee cushions and such like) about the recording process and the artist. Usually releases are limited to around 300 – 1000 copies and if you like things hand made with a love for the process and appreciation for a good mistake – no abelton made in two minutes bollox here these tracks are raw and rough and you will have to ride the pitch like a real dj! – The finest acid, the eeriest digi dub, the best basic house – get the mania!

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Allen Alexis sit somewhere in the fields of disco and electronic music with a big emphasis on pop – big hooks, pounding beats and distinctive vocals. The duo formed in 2009, garnering a large chunk of euro attention with radio and video play in Austria and Germany and a carefully selected club shows and festival dates. Allen Alexis are DJ and Producer Philip Preuss (Dope Sagittarius / Afro Punk NYC) and Guenther Bernhart. … sounding like a less introspective Underworld and with a slightly sinister performance aspect – which comes as a direct link to his background with working with a god like genius of Industrial and Electronic music …

Said god of electronic music is Frank Tovey (Fad Gadget – who was the first artist to sign to Daniel Miller’s Mute label). A truly unique artist his live shows were legendary and quickly established Fad Gadget as one of the most exciting acts of the time. A consummate showman he used his whole body to convey the pulsating electronic rhythms and utilized a bizarre array of instruments and conventional household tools such as hand drills often his performances would feature a process of lathering up in oil and covering himself in feathers – truly artistic and confrontational yet in a playful way unlike other industrial artists who want to abuse the audience.

Frank produced Bernhart’’s first band Temple X in London at the infamous Blackwing Studios (Depeche Mode / Yazoo/ My Bloody Valentine and Ride amongst many to cut albums there) after his girlfriend put them in touch

Frank enjoyed working with Bernhart and Temple X so he asked him and the rest of Temple X to join as his backing band on tour for the Fad Gadget comeback supporting fellow label mates and fellow struggling synth band Depeche Mode on their Exciter Tour in 2001 (only 84 dates the workshy so and so’s!) – It was a grueling schedule besieged with mishap Temple X’s van was involved in a dramatic road accident somewhere in Europe, flipping over and ejecting their drummer out of the back doors and onto the ground outside. The broken collar bone he sustained in the accident meant that he would be unable to play the final, British, shows at Wembley Arena and Manchester’s MEN Arena such a spinal tap style incident only cemented their bond further and after a successful mini euro tour with the invigorated Fad Gadget Frank told them he wanted to record a new album with them however only days after Frank announced this the band were contacted to be told that Frank had passed away at home dying at the age of 45 from a heart condition… Frank had suffered with heart problems all his life and died at home in April 2002. It was a complete fallout for his family his many fans and friends worldwide and especially stinging for Temple X

Time marches on and styles and tastes evolved 7 years later and with various electronic projects under his belt including Collaborations with the Bloody Beetroots as part of previous group Beta Bow and a collaboration with another heavy bass electro producer Felix Cartel & joining as a member of the elusive and bizarre Gelatin Arts Group (recent collaboration with Youngish British Artist Sarah Lucas most noted for being a part of the Saatchi Sensation exhibition) this new project combines elements of performance art, sometimes in drag, dance floor orientated electronic music combined with beautiful modern pop sensibilities with two live shows the Pop version and the darker performance / trans-orientated darker techno set for the dark rooms – yah geiler Scheiße as the kinder say.

http://www.allenalexis.com/

http://www.lastfm.de/music/Allen+Alexis

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Clash Music – wax analysis – italian electronic special

heres some text on italian electronic music – predominately self releasing and vinyl only /small imprints

the original is here with pics and vids … http://www.clashmusic.com/feature/wax-analysis-2

Ciao ragazzi come state?

Today I want to take you on mini tour of the northern Italy dance scene – all the labels featured, are very insistent on pressing vinyl and keeping the dance-floor and your earphones humming with maternal bass. There’s talk of a revival in Italian dance but the truth is it’s always been putting out amazing music, you just have to dig a little to find a wealth of labels and styles all directly fostered by Italians. This is just a tiny selection of some of the best music coming out right now, some of which is as yet unreported by the wider music press – so come now on a magic carpet ride over the alps to the land of endless melody!

First up is a young producer called simply Nicholas from Perugia in Umbria. Perugia is a medium sized city in Italy (you might have heard of the place due to the Knox Trial… But we won’t dwell on that!)

Nicholas was introduced to dance music at a very young age by attending the legendary Red Zone Parties (running since 1989 – at the heart of the Italian house scene – known worldwide). As a result of digging out all the classic tracks he heard there, his style has been shaped directly by the club’s signature old school house sound. As a result of producing and releasing a large volume of tracks that embody this particular sound, he has been invited to play at events like Sonar Festival in Barcelona, Space in Ibiza and the Louche Party in Leeds with Omar S.

His is a sound looking backward while still remaining timeless – seriously irresistible jacking grooves that trace a line from Chicago label Prescription (home to legends like Chez Damier and Ron Trent). Check out the compilation of his reworks from the classic Nu Groove label Back on Track which is available on http://shop.needwant.co.uk/.

Now we head further North to Trento to talk with Mashhh! records boss Luigi. Mashhh! covers anything from dreamy electronic pop to jagged post punk, born in Trento (North Italy) in 2010 during a boozy meeting between label bosses Marco Ricci and Luigi Segnana. “The idea is simple: release what we like by friends we love. Recording our artists using whatever kind of equipment available: analogue, digital, it really depends on the music we release. Each style needs the right format.”

“Mashhh! Records love vinyl, tape and all the vintage stuff, because they are warm and friendly. Usually, when we want to record some bands, we rent a house and we shut ourselves in for a week (or more), working day and night, eating together and only taking cat naps and generally trying to pin down an elusive dreamy sound.”

“It leads to a perfect state of mind for making music – half sleepy and tripped out – with our own band Casa Del Mirto we recently got Tjinder Singh from Cornershop to sing on one of our tracks as we are big fans of their lovely grooves – we wrote to him and magically he agreed and wrote this track and laid down one of his lovely thick syrupy vocals – his voice alone can soothe any ailment! His lyrics on this track are pretty bizarre I think he was just riffing on some themes going on in his head. He’s one of the great musicians of our times and it was a real honour to work with him.”

Casa del Mirto feat. Cornershop – Snap Yr Cookies

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Now back To Perugia! ITALO ITALIANS is a small independent label, blog and club project developed by DJ Fab. a.k.a FabMayDay, Giuseppe Trupiano, Marco Mando and Michele Celeschi, all of whom have worked for the Friday night disco electro dance parties “Friday I’m in Rock” organized by Urban Club of Perugia.

In the summer of 2010 they realized the need to create an event and outlet for music, which can thoroughly catalyse the idea of fun dance music without any silly fanfare, and fashionista nonsense that is so prevalent in today’s scene. They have had the honour to host sets by some legends such as Daniele Baldelli, Ajello, Fabrizio Mammarella, so after a successful summer season they were buoyed for a successful winter season – in Italy traditionally clubs close in the summer as its just too hot and the bar and festival scene kicks in.

ANDREW WEATHERALL ITALO ITALIANS URBAN CLUB PERUGIA

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Winter 2010-11 they brought guests such as Andrew Weatherall, (the crowds were literally in tears of ecstasy when Weatherall came to town ..) Sir Norman Jay MBE, The Glimmers , Jacques Renault, Cassian Flight Facilities and Classix. A mix of solid legends and risky new talent. In the process of running the nights , a blog and a label “Italo Italians Records” was spawned (its first release “Disco Verme” is due in January 2012). Branching out they began hosting parties in London collaborating with Campari Safari: Another Island, building a buzz around the city and preparing to find a permanent north London home to expose the good citizens of London to some hot blooded sounds

FabMayday feat Piernilove – Disco Verme

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The first track “Disco Verme” (Disco Worm) is an Afro tainted disco number. The track comes with remixes from nu-disco giants Drop Out Orchestra and one of the bosses of the Italo scene in Amsterdam San Proper.. New releases after January will feature FabMayday and other Italian and Italo-friendly producers at the controls. They are also planning a limited CD run of 300 of hard to find edits of underrated songs from all over the world. (Fab. is a great collector of 60’s 45 records and Northern Soul DJ )…watch out and subscribe for updates and freebies!

For all the info watch the blog: http://italoitalians.blogspot.com/

Last but not least in this Italian Label roundup is Danny Was a Drag King. The aforementioned Ajello (Gomma / Crimea X) team up with Hell Yeah Recordings – the giant Berlin techno and house label for a new disco offshoot label: Danny Was A Drag King.

Their niche is nu disco, neo italo and cosmic collaborations with people like Hard Ton the super size disco diva and performance artiste.

Hard Ton – Tribute to Leigh Bowery

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Also on the label are people like Luminodisco from the south and Dutch Rhythm Combo, another crazy Dutch beat doctor (his works span everything from Latin to Deep House). All releases are available on lovely bassy heavy vinyl and digital for all you square eyes out there!

Next month we are off to Britain for a roundup of the weirdest and most bizarre DIY labels with broad rosters and outsider artists all keen to put their art to life in plastic.

Photo: Nicholas

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SEVERINO (Gomma / Horse Meat Disco ) @ TBA LOVE CLUB 24/3 Market club Vienna


Severino- haling from Mantova, Northern Italy. At the age of 26 he made the move to London where his job was record buyer for Italian Disco Label, Disco Inn.
In 1998 Severino decided to make a step into club promotion. His first venture was with friends Rob Wood (of the legendary dance music magazine Jockey Slut) and Michael Morley (Zomba Records) under the name Happy Families.

Starting out in the bars of east London it wasn’t long til they were rocking a room at Fabric on a regular basis severino soon met Jim Stanton and was playing venues like Crash and AM legendary gay clubs known as much for their wild non stop debauchery as much as the dj talent from the london scene.

Jim Stanton and James Hillard along with Luke Howard and Severino started Horse Meat Disco proper in 2003 pushing old and new disco, nrg and house plus the deeper and darker disco sound and the cosmic sound of italian disco regualry attracting big names known for their love of disco like Derrick Carter, James Murphy and Dimitri From Paris to name a few. since then it has grown into a huge iconographic Club with world tours festival fields ( Glastonbury and Love Box with NYC Downlow – the best thing to happen to festivals ! the moveable NYC Back Street Nightclub complete with steam , poppers and burley leather daddies !) and mix cds representing the best in London Club Culture keeping its strong gay identity but welcoming to all .

Horse Meat Disco still runs every Sunday at The Eagle In Vauxhall South London packing them into this darkened pub complete with strobes, lazers and a huge sound-system the NY disco sound meets the Rimini Italo sound spliced with the grimy down and dirty London nightlife scene – a winning combination that’s gone round the world from club to festival making people smile and raise it up.

in their own words Horse Meat Disco is dedicated to the industry of human happiness

Severino has plans for more productions check out bounce which was featured on the recent gomma compilation Italian House Now!

severinos sets take in house disco classic house italo and feature a nice amount of piano and chunky house skippy beats – joyful – check out a recent mix from him

We Campari Safari and our friends Club Hot Shit plan to see alot more of Severino in Vienna and more classic acid and disco fiends like him – watch out Vienna! we going to go back! Giant disco balls and joyful piano lines are coming to crush the Minimal tyranny – get ready to get happy , we command you to Jack !

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ONI AYHUN 26 2 11 @ Enix Pratersauna Vienna + Wolfram & Hercules and Love Affair – Fireworks track + Felix The House Rat

posted Oni Ayhun before when he came to play at Bleed Music at XOYO in London back in October but reason to post again is because ENIX another great promoter based in Vienna are putting him on Felix and Wolfram (Marflow) are two disco devil dogs with a great reputation for booking legendary stuff No abelton bores in sight – ive had the pleasure of djing with them and not only are they wise gents but excellent party rockers with a formidable knowledge of dance music and who play a broad spectrum of jacking house , acid, disco , italo and stuff that to my ears is hard to place

Wolfram Amadeus has been putting stuff out on Gomma as Discokaine / Marflow ( i cant keep up!) and now an album and singles on Permanent Vacation and has worked with greats such as Sally Shapiro, Andrew Butler from Hercules and Love Affair and Vienna’s synth daddy Patrick Pulsinger – he actually hooked up the great marriage of Hercules with Pulsinger and you can hear the effects on the new Hercules Album. + theres a certain Mr Haddaway on Wolframs Album – yes what is love Haddaway – gorgeous! here’s Fireworks which sounds like a great end of the nighter to keep you rushing and gnashing ! buy the ep as we all know its better on wax …

here’s a snatch from the press release

“Fireworks” is the first single from the highly acclaimed self titled debut album by Wolfram Eckert aka Wolfram. It features nobody else than one of the biggest disco pop phenomena of recent times on the mic: Hercules and Love Affair. This collaboration is no accident, but a result of a long friendship between Wolfram and Andy Butler from H&LA. Wolfram was also the guy who introduced Andy to Patrick Pulsinger in Vienna, who later coproduced the Hercules and Love affair Album “Blue Songs”. On the Euro Dance infected song “Fireworks”, Andy and his band colleague Kim Ann Foxman present a stunning emotionally charged performance, refurbishing the torch song genre with a contemporary touch of sparkling synthesizer melodies: Once in the ear forever in the heart. ”

buy it here

Anyway back to Oni not that he needs much more promo he’s already pretty well know for the OTHER project – as Oni his stuff is amazing! dreamy a little trancey long build ups soft pads – im no expert but it makes you fly! here’s the best track – now go see! sat 26th pratersauna ( beefed up system!)

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