Down With Santa
December 13, 2007, 5:16 pm
Filed under: Diary, Electro, hot chip, Video

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 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.


This Fire is out of Control…
October 9, 2007, 11:07 am
Filed under: Electro, hot chip, MP3, Video

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.


Friendly Fires ‘On Board’ (Nightmoves Mix)
Friendly Fires ‘Photobooth’ (Mock & Toof Mix)
Friendly Fires ‘Bring Out Your Dead (Clark Mix)

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’

Wax Stag – Short Road – Directed by Owls

Hot Chip / Grovesnor – Live at Somerset House
July 23, 2007, 8:14 pm
Filed under: Electro, grovesnor, hot chip, live, MP3

So last Saturday we braved the elements and trooped up to Somerset House to see Hot Chip do their thing, being a self confessed HC fanboy it would of taken more than a spot of rain to put me off but still it wasn’t looking promising.

Luckily by the time we arrived and had had our umbrella (ella-ella) confiscated the skies had cleared and even if it wasn’t exactly balmy at least we weren’t shivering and soaked. Which all set the scene for the ever wonderful Grovesnor. I’d been a little concerned at whether the stage and surroundings would dwarf Rob’s one man show, but from the moment he strode onto the stage all worries evaporated not only was the OG looking quite dapper in the whitest of blazers but he’s gone to the bother of making videos for each song. Videos which we demand find their way onto YouTube in the near future. Continue reading