- 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
- Published on Wednesday, 04 April 2012 00:02
I distinctly remember watching the 6th Rebel Rave ‘Get Lost’ video from Miami’s 2011 Winter Music Conference. Beautifully shot, edited and sound tracked by Jocie Cox and David Terranova, it visually wriggled itself through dark techno tunnels onto sun drenched disco terraces whilst capturing the plotted madness of a beautiful, blue sky punching crowd. The video’s recap made the hair on the back of my neck prickle to the sounds of Maceo Plex, (who at the time had just exploded under that moniker, was making some serious waves and whose unreleased ‘Her Security’ track had me weak at the knees that entire March) Deniz Kurtel, Dyed Soundorom and a colossal 18 other acts who schmoozily pounded their way through 17 hours of the tracks of 2011 that one simply couldn’t escape – no matter how hard you tried. Topped off with guest vox from Trox at the end of the night it was only natural that upon my first trip to Miami WMC this year, there was one party I wasn’t going to miss...the 7th edition of ‘Get Lost’.
Craig Richards – Photographed by Amin KO Beydoun
- Published on Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:03
If you don’t know the name REJAM by now, you really should. After a year of throwing distinctly underground parties with a distinctly cool crowd to match, REJAM is celebrating their first birthday Bash this weekend. An all-encompassing brand that includes a weekly radio show, REJAM is doing things differently!
- Published on Sunday, 12 February 2012 15:11
When Luke Solomon and Derrick Carter’s The Classic Music Company re-mastered and re-released their epic back catalogue in 2010 there were whoops of joy heard across the globe; from every DJ who had missed the opportunity the first time around through to every classic house music fan who simply wanted to enjoy the decade long discography through the comfort of their own stereos. Whilst the re-release and subsequent re-launch of the label was welcomed with open arms, it came amidst speculation on how the label were going to move forward and re-instate their legacy as one of the most respected and dare I say it, ‘classic’ imprints out there. Re-releasing what they already knew worked was one thing, but moving on and making new waves was another. With the promise of fresh blood injected into the label and a successful European tour proving they were still as popular as ever, The Classic Music Company made their next move – the first edition of a compilation mix CD entitled ‘Through The Eyes Of...’