Midnight Mike has alerted us to the existence of a new track and video from disco-punk auteur Zongamin. Due for release next year on XL it sounds oddly kind of like the sort of track you reckon the Chemical Brothers would actually like to do if they didn’t have to worry about keeping mini Allen’s in pampers.
Anyway moving on, this Saturday is of course the Warp Records Christmas Party at The Great Eastern Hotel but should you be stuck down south London for the night, you can catch me playing 10 till 4 at the Dogstar in Brixton, it’ll be quite an easy going set, lots of fun, easy to drink and dance to hip-hop, electro and fidgety house. If you’re in the area come say hello.
After that it’s a little break for Christmas and then I’m playing at Cargo on the 28th with people like DJ MK, Mr Thing, Digitonal and many others, just in time to work off a few mince pies on the dancefloor.
And finally Nikhal from the rather good Man Make Music crew sent over this fine mix of bumping tracks to keep you going over the festive period, well worth a download.
Download: DJ Sketchy – Punctuality Problems
Right… time for another infrequent update, what with the real life commitments and a variety of end of year round ups I’ve had to knock out for various odds and sods (writing the Bleep.com top 50 albums of the year nearly killed me, I was surprised to look up when I’d finished and not find the final ten entries just read ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’) I’d somehow managed to miss the new video for Ready For The Floor the new single from probably one of my favouritest bands of recent years Hot Chip.
Anyway for those unable to operate YouTube (yet somehow able to find this murky corner of the internet) I present it here for your pleasure, the track itself is a nice little uptempo number with a vocal from Alexis that harks back to the more emotionally pummelling tracks off Coming On Strong whilst the video, directed by Nima Nourizadeh is one of their best yet, the joker business is a strong look indeed.
If you’re in London next week Greco Roman are throwing an Anti-Christmas party on the 21st at Transit in Shoreditch, which will of course be ace.
Whilst we’re on a video tip I got sent a link to a video of a Kissy Sell Out refix of The Human League’s These Are Things That Dreams Are Made Of. Pretty much sounds exactly as you’d expect it to, the video, an animation by Chris Bianchi is pretty decent, worth a click anyway.
But best of all it allows me to nicely segue into a plug for the Warp Records / Dedbeat Xmas Party which takes place on Saturday the 22nd of December at The Great Eastern Hotel and features a DJ set from the brilliant Martin Rushent, founder member of the League and responsible for the peerless Love and Dancing album that no one who reckons they like music should be without (check your local charity shop you should be able to pick it up for a quid or two). The rest of the lineup is pretty tight too with Weatherall, The Oscillations, Broadcast, Toddla T, Shackleton and loads more playing. Get your tickets from the newly minted Warpmart.
And finally this weekend Allez Allez are hosting Optimo and Grovesnor down at the Amersham Arms, the second best venue in town if you’ve yet to check it out make the effort. Allez Allez is one of the best nights in town, Twitch and Wilkes from Optimo are 2 of the best DJs and Grovesnor, well if you want to get a lady into bed, getting her greased up at a Grovesnor gig is a cheaper and more sure fire way of getting her sexed up than any expensive meal.
Alternatively you could check out the Keston Lodge in Islington, where there no-shit music policy will be tested to the limits as I’m playing a 5 hour set from 9 till 2. If you’re in the area come and say hello and watch the decks for me whilst I make a bid for the bar.
One of this year’s best new labels, People In The Sky, are on a roll right now what with Friendly Fires almost certain to be one of next year’s biggest indie/dance crossover acts and the likes of Wax Stag keeping it ferociously fresh. They’re finishing the year on a high too with the signing of Plugs, one of the many projects out there involving Morgan Quaintance from the shitly named but annoyingly fun Does It Offend You, Yeah?
The EP is out in February but we’ve got an advance taste of it for you now. The lead track That Number is a surprisingly downtempo slice of nicely shambolic disco punk with a nice squelchy acid line running through it and reinforces my belief that 2008 is going to be all about the sub 120 bpms. Yuksek pops up for a mix that takes you into what should be familiar French territory by now and the whole things is finished off with the pleasantly awkaward sounding Transatlantic Air Miles.
Now seriously a gold star to whoever could have predicted so many killer records would have come out of St. Albans this year…
There are few things in life that give me greater pleasure than kicking back and slipping some Queen onto the soundsystem, indisputably the greatest band that ever existed you know when you’re in good company when you meet a fellow fan.
This point was rammed home when I got hold of Minneapolis resident Jonathan Ackerman‘s Double Doggin’ mix, 60 minutes of sublime disco (not disco), penthouse soul and new wave joints with the absolute dancefloor bomb It’s A Kind of Magic right in the middle. It’s a brilliant mix and has soundtracked the last few days morning commute, almost making the journey to work bearable.
Download: Jonathan Ackerman – Double Doggin’
If you like things more upfront and in your face you’re in luck too, as Jonathan is also one half of The Moon Goon‘s who have opened for the likes of Justice on their US jaunts and he sent over another mix Everything is Coming Up Milhouse that’s packed full of proper club bangers, mixing up electro, bmore and baile funk tunes. As he says himself these should make you feel like a hot dog in a bun.
You can also check his Myspace page for news of gigs and shit and it looks like The Moon Goons are throwing a secret Halloween party this Saturday, not much use for those of us living in South East London I guess but if you’re near the Mill City I’d check it out.
Australian’s The Bang Gang are over in the UK to promote their new Modular released mix Light, Sound, Dance a 2CD romp through 69 thoroughly blog friendly tracks. If you’ve yet to grab it then rush out now and do so, it’s been getting well deserved hype from all sorts and really is a perfect snapshot of now and an ex cellent candidate for a 2007 musical time capsule.
They’ve kept this party on the downlow but it still goes without saying that the Showrooms is gonna be rammed and if you’re even going to have a chance of getting in you’ll need to click on the flyer above and RSVP.
And so you can look good whilst jumping up and down on the Showroom’s Saturday Night Fever style dancefloor Modular have given us a very fine little pack including a Modular tote bag, Bang Gang T-shirt, badges and stickers. If you want to get hold of all this then email us the answer to the following question before next Wednesday:
Q: Which of the following is one of the Bang Gang Deejays? Is it Ajax, Hercules or Ulysees
Process Records, the label that seems to have emerged from the ashes of Output (see previous post Output Input) have just sent over the new EP, In Stone, from DK7 (Jesper Dahlback and Mark O ‘ Sullivan), who you may remember them from their 2003 club banger The Difference that got lots of people with short memories excited because of it’s snaking 303 acid bleeps and squeaks.
Anyway the new EP… I’m a little undecided to be honest, the original kicks off with a four four and some nicey droney vocal ahhhhhhhhhhs and to be honest 5 minutes of that would have been nice enough for me, unfortunately they had to throw in a vocal that sounds like Chris De Burgh’s seasonal classic A Spaceman Came Travelling and some dodgy pop goth powerchords, which left me gagging.
There’s plenty of mixes on offer though, Get Shakes mix dirty things up a touch (though not enough for my liking, I’d like to have heard them get proper filthy with the track) and the Chymera mix has a nice stuttering drum pattern that should be a bugger to mix when you’re pissed. But it’s the remix DK7 turn in themselves is probably my pick of the bunch, thrusting the acidic bassline to the front and layering it with shimmering echo’ed effects and breathy pads, I could happily close my eyes and spin out to this on a dark dancefloor at 5 in the morning.
We’re big fans of Friendly Fires here at Hot Sauce dating back to when I was rolling with the Bomb Surprise crew and we put them on at 43. Even at that early stage of their career and despite the fact they were being hampered by a painfully amateur sound engineer (me) they showed more than enough promise for me to be able to tip them for bigger things.
Since then I’ve managed to see them a few more times and with every show they’ve come on leaps and bounds till finally towards the end of this Summer we saw them play on the last night at Bestival backed up with a decent soundsystem and lightshow and it really felt like they were living up to their potential, they had the songs and the confidence to deliver them well and as I’ve said before, in Ed MacFarlane they have a genuinely charismatic frontman (actually I think I called him a potential New Rave Jagger, which is slightly cringeworthy). In fact it’s one of my few regrets in taking a break from promoting that I didnt get a chance to put them on again.
Anyway next week their label (the excellent People In The Sky) are releasing a remix EP which should keep the proverbial iron nice and toasty. To whet your appetite they’ve sent over a couple of the remixes including an absolute ear shredder from fellow St. Albans lad Chris Clark and a brilliant mutant disco rework from DFA signings Mock & Toof, expect to hear these get a good rinsing whenever anyone lets me near a DJ booth in the next few weeks.
The label seems to be on a roll at the moment as they also sent over a track by Wax Stag. Now this really goes to show how distracted I’ve been recently as Wax Stag was a completely new name to me despite the track Short Road featuring on the recent Hot Chip DJ Kicks mix.
Anyway thank god I didn’t miss out on this as it’s an absolutely sublime slice of sparkling digital pop. It would seem others agree as the label are doing the correct thing and giving the track a proper release at the end of this month (Oct 22nd), they’ve even got Owls (one half of whom I only just realised is the embarrassingly talented Hugh ‘Sportsday Megaphone‘ Frost) to put together a gorgeous animated video that captures the playfull and slightly magical mood of the track perfectly.
Check out the video, download the track and buy the record when it’s out.
Wax Stag – Short Road – Directed by Owls