There are so many good feels coming out of this remix by German Ferdinand Weber. The remix follows his very successful remix of LANY’s ILYSB just last month. Call is a silky smooth deep house groove that’s undoubtedly to keep people dancing late into the night. With the fresh soulful vocals of Francesco Yates (Atlantic Records) intertwining between the driving percussion and bassline, Ferdinand’s remix is one of my end of summer favorites.
Watch out for the release on September 29th.
Dick and Fanny is one of East London’s most prestigious and well respected queer nights, a quarterly party that has played host to some of the scenes most revered DJ’s from all over the world, the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Kim Ann Foxman, Hannah Holland, Severino, Warboy, Dan Beaumont, Jim Stanton, Discodromo, Lauren Flax, Virginia, Kim Anh, DJ Sveta, Jerry Bouthier, Honey Dijon, Dactylo, The Lovely Jonjo, Susanne Bartsch, Duchess Of Pork, Hello Mozart & Holestar among many have graced the decks over the last 5 years.
Launching on Oct 10th 2009 Dick and Fanny has moved home a few times, In the beginning it set up shop at the Star of Bethnal Green, moving on Camp basement when it outgrew it’s birthplace, then when Camp shut the doors for demolition D&F moved to the Shacklewell Arms for several parties before landing at Dance Tunnel it’s final destination. Saturday October 4th, celebrates Dick & Fannys 5th birthday but will also very sadly be the final party, so seems fitting that it returns for one last time to it’s birthplace The Star Of Bethnal Green.
I’ve played a number of the Dick and Fanny parties over the years and i’m honored to have been asked to DJ at the final closing party, I’ll join Lauren Flax, House of Shade and The Lovely Jonjo to ensure Dick and Fanny goes out with a bang and ends on a high.
So of course here at Lipstick Disco, were a team of females, running a music blog, that offers us a platform to get ourselves heard in an otherwise male dominated world, so naturally we’re all for promoting other female DJ’s musicians etc, so when I heard about ’51′ an event that will showcase the talents of 51 of London’s female DJ’s over 7 days, naturally I wanted to be part of it. So I showed an interest and got myself a DJ slot for the opening night. ’51′ is being held 22nd – 28th September at The Big Chill bar just off Brick Lane by Female Dj’s London. Each DJ has an hour to musically seduce us, and each night focuses on a different genre. I’ll be playing the 10-11pm slot on Monday 22nd which offer a mixed musical bag, I’m sandwiched between two friends, Blonde Ambition and Hilit Kolet, you may remember Hilit from our last Lipstick Disco event… (she’ll also be playing at the next one, all will be revealed soon)
The line up for Mondays event:
see the Facebook event HERE
Then the other nights are:
6pm Lady Y-Len
7pm .DJ Lady Eliza
8pm GoodVibe & on vocals E-Marie
9pm DJ Lady V Dubz with MCs Lady Blazer, Starz, Enamie & Dotty
11pm Mrs Magoo
6pm DJ Titania – soul, freakbeat, garage, ska, rocksteady
7pm Anne Frankenstein – Soul, blues, doowop
8pm Christine Indigo – reggae, northern, soul, funk, afro
9pm Abi Clarke – soul, rare groove, lovers rock, funk
10pm Auntie Maureen – Rhythm & blues, jazz, latin
11pm DJ Sue – Rock and Roll
6pm Sistah Cee
7pm Bad Barbie
10pm Marcia Carr
12am- Katie Barber
Soul carnival +
2pm Soxee Sioux
4pm DJ Tricia O’Neal
Hiphop, urban +
5pm Cherry Fly
6pm Miss Vaitea
7pm DJ Fearney
8pm Liz Wheatley
9pm Fuzzilicous Fresh
10pm Elle Andrews
11pm Disco Lucy
check out the Female DJ’s London website for profiles on all the ladies playing over the week. www.femaledjs.london
It’s no secret that one of the major advantages of writing for a music blog, is you get to attend festivals and events of your choice and this weekend just gone, my choice was the brand new ‘Ceremony’ festival, organised by Found. I’ve not attended many UK festivals this year, but this one was def on my ‘must attend list’. I’m an old skool raver, I’ve been waving glowsticks since the mid 90s and the line-up was like being transported back to the glory days of my youth. The programme was Peppered with pioneers from the early House and Garage scenes, the likes of Louie Vega, Lil Louis, Todd Terry, Kevin Saunderson, Roy Davis Jr, Grant Nelson, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Matt Jam Lamont, Robert Owens, Bobby & Steve , Paul Trouble Anderson, Phil Asher, Jazzy M, Todd Terry it reads like the DJ top 100 list of 1995 and anyone who remembers ‘the good ol day’s’ would agree the line-up is second to none. But mixed in among the legends of the scene, were some outstanding newcomers such as Route 94, Kidnap Kid, Just Kiddin & Applebottom as well as some of the scenes more established artists like The Menendez Brothers, Flashmob, Adana Twins and Claptone. For me it was one of the most impressive and well programmed line-ups of any of the dance festivals I’ve seen this year. It wasn’t too commercial, so the people attending the festival were real music lovers, there for one thing only, a damn good rave-up, old skool stylee.
As I’d imagined, the crowd spanned quite a wide age range, the old-skool line-up naturally bought the old-skool ravers out to play and it was great to see an older crowd havin’ it large among the youngsters. The crowd was really friendly and very obviously well musically educated, which always makes for a more enjoyable atmosphere at a festival. There were 6 arenas plus the VIP area, but the site was pretty small so moving from one arena to another was quick and painless, no trudging for miles in soggy mud and thankfully the weather held out too, which is a miracle for a UK Festival, not a single umbrella or emergency poncho in sight. In spite of the site being quite small, it never felt too crowded or packed, there was enough room to dance, breathe and roll your fag without elbowing your neighboring shuffler.
One of the things I most enjoyed about the festival was the staging and lighting, being at a festival you want an all round experience, for your eyes and ears to be simultaneously stimulated and they certainly succeeded in both areas, cannons blazing, LED lighting on the stages and superb visuals, a visual extravaganza, plus the the sound was great too, soo many festivals I’ve been to where the sound quality is poor and it ruins the whole vibe. These guys got it spot on.
Now enough about the logistics, let’s get down to the music. There were so many incredible acts, it’s hard to pick out favorites, but I have to give Inner City a big shout, these were the main reason I wanted to go to the festival and they didn’t disappoint, of course ‘Big Fun’ and ‘Good Life’ were major highlights, but the entire set was flawless. One of the sets I enjoyed the most, was an accidental find, muching away on my pizza while I was in VIP area, Chez Damier’s was bashing out some delicious ‘hands-in-the-air’ style soulful house, seriously happy vibes that made me take my voodoo rays for a shoulder shimmy on the dancefloor. My choice of closing act was Louis Vega, I’ve seen him play a number of times and he’s one of my all time fave DJ’s, his set was hi-energy old skool house anthems, mixed to perfection, throwing down classics like ‘Keep On Jumpin’ to ‘French Kiss’ it was the perfect end to the perfect day.
Will I be going back to Ceremony again next year? Hell yeah, although I’m not sure how they’ll top this one. Don’t miss out next time!
Photo credits: Marc Sethi and thanks to www.listen-up.biz
Trawling through the daily submissions can be a laborious and thankless task for any music blogger, but when a diamond comes through the rough it all seems absolutely worth it and this track is 24 carat gold! PMR, The critically acclaimed London label is launching a new sub label, which will serve to ‘cherry pick fresh sounds by young music makers pushing things in new directions. No set genres. Just good music.‘ The debut release comes from 21 Year old Polish wonderkid Klaves. Admittedly, I’m not familiar with Klaves, but I’m delighted to be introduced to his work. A trawl through his soundcloud has just earned him a very happy new fan. ‘People’ which will be released on Beat Club on 12th October, is quite simply awesome, I might go so far as to say one of the best tracks I’ve heard so far this year. It starts with Balearic disco beats, then in comes some organ stabs, which make your hairs stand on end and strings that take you to a higher place, this is serious feel-good, hands-in-the-air floorfiller fodder. I can’t wait to play this one out and watch the floor go wild.
Now I’m not going to stop there, as I feel Klaves deserves some limelight. So here’s a few other Klaves tracks to get your ears round.
I could quite happily list every one of his tracks, they’re all amazing, but these should kee you going. Head to his soundcloud HERE for more.
Huge choon from Shadow Child and Doorly, the instrumental ‘Piano Weapon’ has been doing the rounds for a while, but the new top line (co-written with MNEK) will no doubt transcend the track to a more commercial status. It’s big, it’s hands in the air, its mega infectious. I love it. This badboy will drop on Polydor in November.
Billion have had a string of heavyweight remixes lately, their official reworking skills have been used by the likes of Route 94, Keisza, Yasmin, Joel Compass, Katy B, All About She + more and have seen their way into many a DJ set by myself. I was delighted to be sent this little Original by them, signature soulful garage vibes I’ve come to love from the London based duo and featuring beautiful vocals from Maxine Ashley. Remixes come from Nu:Tone and Glimpse, but its the original for me all the way. Drops on Rinse on 19th October.
I’m excited to share some music of my own with you. Recently traveling across the country, I had quite some time to work on my productions. Hearing a whole host of new music recently released, I found inspiration from Loveless Music that really helped shape my sound this time around. Music production is such an adventure because there’s always new techniques to be learned. When you’re able to incorporate it into your music it can really add a new dimension to your sound. You can grab a free download through the Facebook link. Let’s get dancing into the weekend!
Sia’s pop ballad ”Chandelier” gets a lush remake by Happy Accidents who have gained attention this year from their feel good remix of Mapei’s “Don’t Wait”. The addition of retro synths and stabbing bassline on top of their sultry vocals turns this track into a piece of heaven on earth. You can grab a free download from their Facebook page.