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is it possible to get a more thick inky blackness than Sumatran Black ?

His dark Ambient music is truly a thing of rare beauty , I never even knew it was an old friend from my home town making it as he is a happy go lucky guy

I never knew he had such a dark side to him !! anyway enough guff from me check him out

living in Istanbul he makes creepy downtuned smothering waves of sound that are perfect for the living and the dead I realy really hope we can make music together !!

go buy this album

he turned me onto Gas and for that I will be forever grateful


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March 14, 2017 · 8:08 pm


bit  late to blog this but in an effort to get back into life and celebrating music I will note that the ever excellent casper / volte Face / electro survivor has put out out lots of good music on his own BleeD label and the finest one out of many fine ones for me is EP2 and track ,  Rote 3 is the great ‘running through the forrest but not necessarily scared’ track

Im getting Bandulu   Neu /Rother  and Gas  feelings from the very metalic but warm sounding techno and ambient available here

hail the ghost child

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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 ,

” 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

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 )

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

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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Clash Music Uk Special

David James Broughton – Brainlove star
original posted here

A UK special this one and in the words of one Mark E Smith it’s time to leave the capital! …well not just yet but it must be said its over-rated, expensive and there’s no need to paraphrase Marc Riley (more Fall references for you).

Here’s the ever excellent Brainlove Records from that infernal London. Let’s have a lookie at some of their great artists: Brainlove is pretty much a one man army with John Brainlove running the label, managing artists, promoting and DJing and writing articles, when does he sleep?

Three things on BRNLV really caught my ear — a beautiful track from the Bleeding Heart Narrative EP (listen to the cello come in about half way through — incredible).

Ghost Cats Disappear Into the Night by brainlove

And a fantastic piece of looping drone-pop from Bastardgeist – listen to that lovely lolling bass and tell me that isn’t sublime — if you liked twin shadow and their soft melancholic electronic pop you’ll love this…

Bastardgeist – Shift by brainlove

Now for some really odd mad staring eyed folk pop marked by a distinctive low growly Yorkshire burr – David Thomas Broughton. His is a life affirming coo of a voice but not in a grating too fey listen how be-cardiganed and loomy I can be way – I’m hooting and howling over this. It’s way too good to stay in the margins of freak folk — he’s obviously got a sense of humour about himself and it’s a very charming thing he’s made — get to know this mad bastard now!

David Thomas Broughton – Ain’t Got No Sole

Now as promised we are out of LDN and over to the west country to visit some mad West Country bastards — argh! ketamine for breakfast drinking cider out of a dead rooks beak and all that. There’s plenty more to the West Country than free parties and hydroponic cultivation but all that adds up to a heady range of influences which feed into the strange discordant teeth rattling NOISEs coming out of the Hacker Farm.

They first caught my attention when they sent me a mail with just the header HACKER FARM, nervously I opened the email expecting twenty million types of diseases to creep through my computer what I found was a link to their crazed music made in deepest darkest Somerset — specifically the cultural hot bed of Yeovil! (The local football team have a hard as nails casual firm you have been warned Hereford!) Working out of an old dis-used farm the hackers create eerie looping discordant ambient noise shying away from any hype they slowly release their electronic apple saft into the world. And their juice is good!

Already sipping from their appley cup is a hero of mine: Simon Reynolds picked their album as a top release from 2011. Hacker Farm, Pound-land in their own words it’s “A celebration of the home-made, the salvaged and the hand-soldered. DIY electronics performed on obsolete tech and discarded, post-consumerist debris. Make-do and mend. Broken music for a Broken Britain.”

Very west politic very good go buy Poundland direct from the grower:

Here they are freaking out the very excellent Vortex club in the Turkish community / fixie riding handle bar mustache drop out paradise of Dalston (that London again) bringing the spirits of the cow shed to the urban miasma:

….now short pop over the River Severn to Cardiff home to Counter Cultural Heroes Super Furry Animals and a whole host of ambient / noise freaks. One such freak is Justin Toland who records under various names such as Location Baked. and most recently Stuttgarter Strasse

A Deutsche electronische themed tribute to South Wales in his own words: “Stuttgarter Strasse…Road to the future”..

Part homage to a certain legendary German synth quartet, part history lesson at the Isaac Asimov School for Young Robots, Stuttgarter Strasse is the sound of teknologische musik in an era of progress and a spirit of European friendship. “Ansichtskarten aus Wales (“Postcards from Wales”), a 4-track EP based on an imaginary road trip through South Wales by the aforementioned German synth pioneers will be available to download for your listening pleasure in November 2011, with a vinyl release planned for 2012.”

Keep an ear out for this youngster – interesting art and music concepts are bound to flow from his digital hive over the coming years…

Words by Rob Jessup

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wax analysis – Clash Music

original posted here

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 | (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.

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12th November
The Horse & Groom, 28 Curtain Road, London EC2A

tickets here

Lasermagnetic’s monthly at the Horse & Groom continues in November on both floors and they much like usat campari safari / ITALO ITALIANS have a HUGE crush on all things italo dance their Italian Special this weekend sees …a rare London appearance by Beppe Loda, one of Italy’s very first generation DJ’s and closely associated with being one of the originators of the AFRO SCENE, which was pioneering the slow motion sound back in the early 80’s in the Northern Italian regions… by embracing a variety of styles…eanging from disco, funk and obscurities via afro rhythms, Brazilian, fusion music and spaced out rock to new wave, a touch of italo, industrial, and the much contested Cosmic, Melody Mecca, Chicago & early 80s experimental synth music such as this by Hideki Matsutake ( now chairman of the japanese synth programmers association)

….Those who have heard the tapes recorded at clubs like Typhoon can hear and see the maestro in action and witness his brilliant mixing and enthusiastic displays-

we can only attest that the style of DJing and presentation was and still is probably the most creative one that has ever existed, as experimental-ism and connecting genres via the mix, slowing down and speeding up records were the main force behind this movement. lets just call it the golden era of club culture! when genres mattered not and dancers wanted to hear a dj taking risks as Beppe attests in this video he would like to be known as an alternative music dj not lazily labelled as a cosmic …

Beppe, associated with the Typhoon Club and the later years at Cosmic club has clearly influenced generations of leftfield music lovers and contemporary DJ’s who embrace what is today labeled as balearic, collectors disco, and even edits!
Beppe made his first Lasermagnetic appearance back in 2008, together with his Typhoon posse…Lucifer Lightjay (who started at Baia degli Angeli with Bob & Tom), Dj Daniele from Les Cigalles & Le Pois…and Dr. Nishimura (Discosessions Japan)…
We are not sure what he’s going to play this time, but be sure to catch master mixer Loda in action, his technical skills are fun to watch, too …

Lasermagnetic invited another Italian contemporary electronic music producer, Fabrizio Mammarella to join the dots between past, present and the future. FM has recorded for like Bear Funk, Rollerboys Recordings & Slow Motion and DJ-ed internationally for a number of years now.

Local support comes from 2 of East London’s finest party crews Pearlflash (this time in the form of Benjamin Lau) & ReviveHER (Bi Bop), who through their parties and taste in music are carrying on the spirit and fashion from where it all started.
Keep an eye out for these guys there’s plenty of more good work to come in the near future…some of their previous guests have included the likes of Casco, TBD (Justin V & Lee Douglas) Lovefingers, Baris K, Chida & COSMES and recently Tim Sweeney. SALUTE !

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Indoor Life – Jorge Socarras – Catholic – Patrick Cowley – Simon Reynolds – Brandt Brauer Frick – Macro Records Berlin – Elektro Guzzi – Eternal Heroes Vienna

what ho ?

totally by chance i Met Jorge Through a very good friend Stavros Kargas ( the nicest bear i ever did meet ) in Barcelona july last year at Razzmataz when i djed with Fab May Day … we fbooked back and forth and he sent me a link to a new project hes working on with Mathias Schaffhauser of hey Little Girl fame but also respected minimal / tech house productions – more on this when they release …

after looking up Jorge i was a bit miffed to find that there is little mention of his work with Patrick Cowley with the group Indoor life and Catholic their collaboration out there – why didnt i know about this beautiful soulful abstract ( yet still funky ) music ? definetly deserves more attention … hopefully if I and other wibblers of the web go on about the greatness of their magnificence resulting in more dues …. which brings me to note after almost finishing reading rip it up and start again and theres no mention in the San Francisco section about Cowley or Jorge – massive oversight ! but an amazing book along side the other Simon Reynolds tome Energy Flash (which is going to get a 2012 update ) and recent Retromania which pretty much nails it in the theory that humanity has pretty much run out of fresh ideas in music – yet to read it but cant wait to nerd out on it – simon reynolds writing style is brilliant he speaks with conviction and doesn’t sound smarmy …

Anyway back to Jorge and his work as Indoor Life and Catholic

Indoor Life was formed in San Franciso and moved to New York and comprised of
J.A. Deane
Bob Hoffnar
Jorge Socarras

with contributions from

Patrick Cowley (first EP)
Sabella (first EP)
Sally Be
Oren Bloedow

Indoor Life Relativity side A stream then search for vinyl on discogs

Sunshine Superman

Indoor Life Indoor Life

Contre Nature

buy the mp3s (in 320 kps naturally ) – buyer beware itunes is shite and gives you 192 which isnt good enough for playing out for all you jocks out there …. speaking of jocks the great Francois K plays out Indoor Life in his sets – FK of the legendary and unpretentious dance parties Body and Soul NY institution and dare i say it dance-floor educator – Body and Soul made it to 15 years this weekend just gone …

I digress !

So Catholic – what a work – Cowley a synth master … Jorge with his distinctive soulful rich voice – I would go so far as saying that this has the sublime qualities of Arthur Russel or even Talking Heads only more reflective and outre – listening to ‘You Laugh At My Face’ you can feel the smarting feeling of unrequited love or at least missing out on a good shag …. Saturday Night Heart Ache in the Castro …. Jorge sounds proud and resilient his voice is really distinct – the eerie synths and pads create a really jarring atmosphere given all the room needed – the album was canned by cowleys label Megatone only to languish for over 30 years and today it sounds completely fresh with its Eno- esque traits – dig up the ep which was made Socarras & Cowley buy mp3s and dig up the vinyl and potentially come and see Jorge In Vienna at Eternal Heroes !

Catholic was unearthed recently in 2009 on the Macro Label from Berlin – Macro also the Home to Electro Guzzi a Viennese Band of rock gypsies making syncopated dance music with live instruments and produced by Patrick Pulsinger – ( theres a lot of it about see also Brandt Brauer Frick who may or may not of nicked Elektro Guzzis ideas ? )

I have to give credit to Fritz Ploeckinger who runs the amazing disco and house haven that is Market Records in vienna for telling me about Elektro Guzzi – proof that going to a record shop is stil the best way to learn about music

feel the Austrian darkness of …Elektro Guzzi

now compare with their German Cousins Brandt Brauer Frick

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