Friday night was a ripper. Thanks to all that came down danced and talked shite to each other. Follow the links and check the quality gear that Rohan has out there already. He also mixed with us on our radio show prior to the party, this will be available shortly. More events in the pipeline.
“Having recently made the jump from Melbourne to London, Rohan Bell Towers hasn’t wasted anytime making an impression. After releasing two records on Munich imprint Public Possession, delivering an impeccableJuno Plus Podcast and just partaking in the mandatory Boiler Room mix we are in no doubt that Bell Towers is more than qualified to bring the heat.”
Last week climbing up dangerous non compliant ladder of death and into the studio with us were Joe & Si (Farmfest DJs)
So Farmfest Dj’s you may be wondering? Their name comes from the intimate festival they created in the heart of Somerset, showcasing new and old musical talent, spanning a variety of genres. We went last year and we can assure you its well worth a visit if you haven’t already.
“FARMFESTIVAL STARTED AS A PARTY FOR FRIENDS AND HAS STAYED THAT WAY 9 YEARS ON.” You can buy tickets here
The boys played a top notch selection of disco/boogie, freestyle and house. Included in our set were the likes ofHi & Saberhagen, Atlus (see previous posts) and Guised. Make sure you check them all. This friday joining us for a special mix is dear friend Saul Wilkes of the Boogie Cartel. Promises to be good wan.
On the night of Friday the 2nd May, whilst you were busy trying to forget about your jobs, we were stood in a confined space, pushing Lynx Africa to its technical limit and furiously mixing our bi monthly radio show – ‘Crucial & Fresh.’ (bi monthly actually means twice a month and every second month?)
Climbing the ladder and into the studio with us was Belch of theNotsosilent party purveyor crew. Having recently added Leon Vynehall to their roster of residents and throwing parties in three major cities it would seem these chaps have set their sites on nationwide rooftop/club supremacy. For those of you who are in London and have a penchant for an all day affair, you should purchase tickets for their roof top parties HERE.
“notsosilent started throwing parties in Edinburgh in 2012 bringing guests like Midland, Joy Orbison, Roman Flügel and Gerd to the Scottish capital.2013 saw the three-man crew add a monthly Glasgow party to their programming securing Scottish debuts for the likes of FunkinEvil, Moomin and Marquis Hawkes alongside other guests such as Move D, Prosumer, and Tama Sumo.With one third of the crew now in London the party prepares to set up shop in the capital for 2014 with a series of rooftop parties over summer and regular monthly events alongside it’s Scottish program thereafter.”
As for the show, (these are his own words) Belch says he enjoys “employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles,” in other words, he has eclectic taste. His mix does well to show off the extent of his musical knowledge. Apart from that, Belch genuinely looks like hes enjoying himself when he is behind a pair of decks, an aspiration that should always be high on disc jockeys list of priorities regardless of skill or genre.
Expect to weave in out of jazz funk, soul, disco, hip hop and house as Belch takes the reins for the first half with myself taking the second hour playing some Chicago tracks recently picked up in Berlin’s Record Loft and some new chin stroking house cutzzzz from the wall at Kristina. Cheers!
This Friday we will be joined by Steve Lee. Check his recent interview on TEST PRESSING.
It is Friday tomorrow, more importantly it is the second Friday of the month which means it is time for TEESH. Joining myself and DJ Cheers is previous contributor and stalwart friend, young gun DJ Yves. (Check his TPA Mix Here).
We are going totally off piste here, throwing down the standard ‘House & Disco,’ instead it’s Bollywood all night. So here are my top 5 Bollywood tracks, in no particular order,with plenty of misinformation, inaccuracies and preconceived ideas. Get to the event page HERE. Yarrrr?!
Bappi Lahiri – ‘Come Closer’
As sultry as they come, this turbo steamed love hit from the 1984 movie Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki starring Govinda, Juhi Chawla and Raj Kiran should be used with discretion. Not suitable for the dance floor and will probably get anyone in to bed with you. For the sample spotters: ‘ONRA – Come Closer’
Chaalbaaz -‘ Na Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai’
This is absolutely bonkers, the video comes highly recommended. Look out for the ‘Part Time Lover‘parallels and the latin freestyle-esque sample interludes.
“Anju and Manju are twins separated when babies thanks to their mentally retarded nanny. An evil uncle Tribhuvan gets their parents killed in a car accident. He brings up Anju as coy and easily frightened girl. Manju grows up in a basti as a happy-go-lucky stage dancer…..” An absolute classic
Hassan Jehangir – ‘HAWA HAWA E HAWA’
Not strictly Indian (Pakistani in fact) this ones all about the big synth stabs and the drum fills. As usual the video is a top drawer. No doubt this will do the damage down your local discotheque.
Never one to over use the word ‘big’ but this one is, Big. ‘Rahul Dev Burman was an Indian film score composer, who is considered one of the seminal music directors of the Indian film industry.’ This is lazy writing but I’m on my lunch break, my tiffin box awaits. If you are interested in this stuff then use Google. Here is a handy link to Google.Lots of good sound effects, lazers n’that on this one. Getting a War of The Worlds ‘vibe.’
Charanjit Singh – ‘Raga Megh Malhar’
Simply couldn’t leave this out. Close your eyes and pick anyone of the tracks on this album. Listen to the whole thing here.Rather than paraphrase this about sums it up nicely.
‘It was originally made in 1982 by a Bollywood soundtrack composer, intending to capitalise on the disco phenomenon with a combination of centuries-old classical Indian Ragas set to a disco backing. To achieve this Charanjit used a prototypical acid set-up of Roland TB303 bass melody sequencer and TR808 drum computer together with a Jupiter-8 keyboard. He basically created a sound which mirrored, and more importantly, pre-dated the first acid house record – Phuture’s ‘Acid Track’ by five years, and even preceded Chip E’s ‘Jack Trax’ in 1985.’
This track came to me by the will of God. I’d heard it in a a recent BIS mix, had that moment of excitement when you go to check for its ID in the track list and then sadness at the fact it’s been listed as ‘Unkown.’ Which is fair enough I suppose, a DJ has to protect his assets.
What I thought had been lost to the ether has now found its way into my possession through pure luck. Re-issued on Cultures of Soul, Mighty Shadow’s‘Lets Stay Together’ is a mid tempo tropical disco brute. The Trinidad & Tobagonian’s desperate canticle has been given the Whiskey Baron’s treatment on the flip, rendering it club friendly. Much to like here.