- Published on Thursday, 28 June 2012 15:29
There aren’t too many nights brave enough to plump for only one act and then have them play for eight hours straight. And in turn, there are few acts that could hold it together and hold it tight for such an extended period of time. Lucky for us then that the coupling between showcase clubnight ‘A Night With’ and Bostonian duo Soul Clap was a perfect match.
Having recently released their album, E-Funk, Soul Clap, aka Eli and Charlie, are no stranger to London shows, having just played Plan B in Brixton alongside Wolf + Lamb cohorts No Regular Play, a private party in Shoreditch House, not to mention their upcoming night this weekend YoYoYo ‘90s Rave Edition with living legends Robert Owens, Doc Martin and The Martinez Brothers.
It would’ve been easy to assume that with this many recent dates in the capital, interest might have waned, but the lengthy (and quite frankly exciteable) queue outside Kensal Green’s Loft Studios in deepest darkest northwest London put paid to any notions of A Night With Soul Clap being anything less than a summer sweat-fest.
That is not to say the Loft Studios is a grotty venue. Far from it. It is in fact a beautiful loft space with a large smoking terrace. So it boggles the mind how quickly sweat developed and why the two girls dancing at the front to the sounds of R Kelly thought it was acceptable to whip their long hair back and forth in the faces of the people crammed in behind them.
It’s not too charitable to suggest they were simply lost in the music to give any regard for anyone else’s personal space, as Soul Clap’s expert mix of classic disco (hello Cheryl Lynn’s Got To Be Real!) with more modern electro soul such as recent track Falling Out by Body Language, is most certainly geared towards getting the girls dancing. Which, as every good DJ knows, is a top trick to getting your party pumping.
When it comes down to it a night as long as this one is best remembered in the lovely little moments that Soul Clap themselves created: Charlie waving a desk lamp in the air to the beat of some slow and cheesy r’n’b, Eli telling someone in the crowd that this is best night they’ve had in ages, both of them dancing in the DJ booth and having a very obviously swell time, and in what has to amount to the weirdest merch ever, handing out branded nail files, further underlining the lengths the boys go to keep girls at their gigs happy.
In a city like London where clubbers become jaded from too much choice and the knowledge that most DJs will return eventually, it can be hard to set your night apart from the multitude of others. You either have to pull out all the stops in terms of ridiculous jam-packed line-ups or develop a keen reputation of weirdness and eccentricity to appeal to the more selective patrons. However, A Night With has eschewed all that for quality programming. The thought behind this particular showcase was stunning simple: Soul Clap. And only Soul Clap. For eight hours straight. How many promoters would have the guts to do that and make it work?
- Published on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 14:32
Le Kiff EP
LA VIE EN ROSE
The Le Kiff EP, the fifth instalment in Terence:Terry's emerging La Vie en Rose imprint, arrives courtesy of Remi Mazet, an up-and-coming young Frenchman raised on the vibrant sounds of East London's bustling and burgeoning party scene. With a release on Jamie Jones and Lee Foss's Hot Waves already firmly under his belt, this 3-track affair, incidentally Remi's first as a solo artist, was packed full of promise.
Indeed, it did not disappoint. Moving away from the tougher, techier stylings of their last outing (LVR04 Rafael Murillo Feat. Jaw – Background EP), the Le Kiff EP has both eyes very much trained on the impending, Ibiza-centric summer months. Indeed, the title track is most easily described as a warm, contemporary slice of disco-tinged house. However, that's not to say that it belongs alongside the countless, faceless others residing under the now somewhat clichéd 'disco-house' umbrella. On the contrary, Le Kiff has been beautifully and diligently put together, with each of the track's individual components working in smooth, subtle harmony to give it that rare, very natural feel. At 117 bpm it's slow; perfect for those beach-bound sunset, or sunrise, sets. On the remix, Remi's compatriot Boris Horel injects some bounce and bite into the original, managing to maintain the record's unique, cohesive groove whilst upping the tempo several, considerable notches. If Remi's prototype was all about the pre and after parties, this is definite dance-floor material. Mr Matlar, Remi's partner on last winter's Hot Waves collaboration, returns to the foray on Are You There. While packing arguably the punchiest bassline of the three, it restrains itself from becoming a solely peak time number. Instead, layered over the track's heavy-duty framework is a light, dreamy guitar lick, leaving it to nestle comfortably in-between both of the A side cuts as the perfect transitional link.
In a scene over-saturated to the point of ridicule, those tracks that belong to a certain 'sound', whilst remaining wholly original and exciting, are increasingly harder to find. At first, the Le Kiff EP might not appear to be doing all that much differently, and yet with time, the release's true potential and delicate artistry shine through. Remi Mazet is a producer who has clearly honed and understands his craft. La Vie en Rose have done well, not only to realise his talent, but to time the release of this EP so that it makes what will undoubtedly be some serious waves on the white isle this summer.
words: Carlos Hawthorn
- Published on Monday, 11 June 2012 18:14
It’s testament to how integrated WetYourSelf! is into the framework of the London club scene that in just five years it’s become one of the capital’s most successful and well-known nights. Few invest as much thought and care into developing their brand as the WYS! promoters/resident DJS Peter, Jacob and Cormac. From their meticulously programmed line-ups to their bank holiday specials with live animations projected onto the walls of Farringdon super-club Fabric, to their instantly recognisable flyers featuring the work of their resident illustrator Martin Wollerstam; you’d be hard-pressed to find a dedicated London clubber who didn’t have a clue what happens in the wee hours of Sunday in the labyrinthine London club.
The vast majority of people, with their Monday to Friday/9-5 lifestyles don’t often have the opportunity to experience WetYourSelf!, so, come a bank holiday weekend, the boys bring out the big guns and it does tend to pack out. With June being treated to an extra special double Jubilee bank holiday, who better to headline than Danish electronic star Trentemøller, a man whose style ranges from techno to progressive house to minimal; a subtle but heady mix suitable for both WYS! veterans and virgins.
Room 2 was given over to rising star night Tief, darling of Corsica Studios and ally of award-winning night Trouble Vision where they had semi-regular guest KRL of Wolf Music and an unfortunate flight-mishap cancellation from headliner KiNK. Luckily London based Wbeeza stepped up to the plate at the last minute but there were more than a few sad faces that weren’t pacified in the knowledge it couldn’t be helped.
Despite Room 3 playing host to Rekids Luke Solomon, and Wbeeza standing in for Room 2’s headlining slot, Trentemøller was always going to be the biggest draw of the night. The man knows exactly what he’s doing and perfectly walked that fine line of a solid danceable set with maintaining coherency between the residents serious style and tone with their typical dark undercurrent. It was exactly what you’d expect and no less disappointing for it.
Weaving recognisable tracks from the past 18 months such as Subb-an’s remix of Lana Del Rey with Eats Everything’s The Size with more underground pulsating tunes such as Stay by Turbo Recording’s Borderline ensured the dance floor remained packed throughout his set. It was good to note that the Dane was not above dropping a note of fun into proceedings as Donna Summer’s I Feel Love also gracing the sound system.
Accompanying Room 1’s sonic adventure was live animations and visuals from Prickimage teaming up with the WYS resident illustrator creating unusual creatures and environments projected onto the walls, adding to the precisely constructed ambience.
Ambience was something that was sadly a bit lacking in Room 2. And that was a real shame, as anyone who’s been to Tief will tell you repeatedly, it is truly a great night full of friendly people who just want to dance. It just didn’t seem to survive its transplantation across the river. Word had it that closer act KRL hit his stride after an hour or so and things really kicked off, but anyone poking their head in at 4am would have been a bit disheartened, especially if they’d previously heard one of this superlative mixes.
Back in the main room WYS! resident Peter Pixzel had the tough task of taking over from Trentemøller but by continuing in the same vein with tracks from previous WYS! guest Martin Dawson (Maceo Plex’s remix of Think About It) and forthcoming guest Chaim (the deliriously trippy Robots On Meth) he took the crowd by the hand and led them happily along their dark electronic journey within the cavernous confines of Fabric.
WetYourSelf! is one of those nights its all too easy to see through to the morning end. As the dawn-mimicking lights came up at 8:30am, those that had danced their way through Cormac and Jacob’s back-to-back closing set cheered rapturously and called for the music’s continuation to no avail, trudging reluctantly out into the bright overcast London Monday morning. You can be sure that anyone who entered the doors new to the night left a convert.
WetYourSelf! runs every Sunday night at Fabric nightclub
- Published on Friday, 04 May 2012 14:19
For quite some time now, Kevin Griffiths has been filling venues to the brim, with eager House Music enthusiasts. Over the last 10 years, his Issst parties have taken in globetrotters, like Tiefschwarz and Simian Mobile Disco, who came down to play in the underground playground, that Kevin and Bobby Mutraporn created, for London’s sheer delight.
In 2006, Kevin took a side step into label management. He set up his Tsuba imprint, a label that focuses on outings to the Deeper side, of the House Music genre. Releases such as Moodymanc’s “Black Paint” and Ethyl & Huxley’s “Reflections”, have rightfully pushed Tsuba, to the Beatport top tens. Meanwhile, leading Deep House DJs, such as Jimpster and Deetron, consistently show tastemaker support.
But having spread the Tsuba vibe across the digital world, Kevin has been keen to reinstate it’s physical foothold in 2012. So in February, he launched the first in a series of Tsuba label parties, at secret locations, in East London. Fast forward to May and we’re now looking forward, to seeing the label boss play alongside, Huxley and Steffi.
If you haven’t been hiding under a rock for the past 12 months, then you’ll know that Huxley is the man, currently riding the Deep House zeitgeist, with top releases like ’Shower Scene’ and‘Let It Go’. Live, he is known for tight mixing and seamless blends. Next up, Kevin Griffiths is guaranteed to draw on those infamous A&R skills, to pick out tasty Tsuba cuts. And last, but by no means least, Ostgut Ton’s Steffi, will step up to deliver her infinitely deep, hypnotic grooves, that propel punters to jack into an abstract world, of twisted synth licks.
The trio will no doubt hype up the crowd, into a 4/4 frenzy. Revellers can also look forward to an enthusiastic atmosphere, populated by clued up clubbers, if previous Tsuba events, are anything to go by.
Throwing parties at secret locations, may not jettison club nights into the warm light of mystique, in the same way that it has done previously. But something about the raw edge of it, is still irresistible and where better to get your head nod on, than at a Tsuba showcase. This night is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of the month. Not to be missed.
By Carlos Martín
- Published on Sunday, 29 April 2012 11:11
As the Ibiza season fast approaches its opening week, anticipation is beginning to build up and the island’s major promoters and clubs put the finishing touches to their opening fiestas.
Of all the many parties that occur in the opening weeks in Ibiza, one of the most highly-anticipated is DC10/Circo Loco. Without a doubt one of the island’s most lauded parties, Circo Loco has already become the stuff of folklore with last year’s closing party probably their busiest yet.
In fact, it would be safe to say that the entire 2011 season at the world-famous Monday party was their biggest so far. As the world’s house scene flourished, so too did Circo Loco with hundreds of thousands of ravers walking into the former aircraft hangar between May and October. Add to this some of the world’s top DJs, both new and old, gracing the hallowed decks at the party and it’s easy to understand why the brand has such a great reputation.
So the stage is set for this year’s opening party, one which will no doubt feature a ridiculously huge line-up – just like last year’closing party which read like a dream team of DJs.
While the line-up for the 2012 opening party has yet to be announced, a bit of detective work suggests that new residents Soul Clap are sure to be on the bill. Meanwhile, French trio Dyed Soundorom, Dan Ghenacia and Shonky are also likely to make an appearance at the party. German DJ Cassy is also a surefire bet, along with longstanding resident Tania Volcano.
And what would a DC10 party be without Jamie Jones and his Hot Creations family – most of whom spent many a Monday at the club as ravers before they hit the big time. Richy Ahmed, Lee Foss and possibly Robert James will be in attendance along with their Visionquest counterparts, Seth Troxler and co. Maceo Plex rocked DC10 last year on several occasions, paving the way for a return this May and Art Department will no doubt be joining their friends at the party which starts at midday and runs all the way into the early hours in true DC10 style.
With just four weeks to go, tickets are already flying out so make sure you get yours before it’s too late. It’s set to be one of the biggest and best opening parties.
words by Marcus Barnes