So yesterday I did a post on Nottinghill Carnival but I neglected to post about the afterparties… but there’s only one worth mentioning. Perhaps i’m biased because I’m on the line-up, but damn I’m excited because the line up is TOP notch. The action takes place at the Prince Bonaparte, which is ideally situated for Carnival – just off the parade route itself, Carnival will see the west London drinking establishment morphing into the perfect after party venue and turning its open-plan kitchen into an extra large DJ booth, the dining room into an air conditioned, bass woofer heavy dance floor and the main bar area into a colourful circus of all things Carnival!
Here’s what the line-up has to offer.
Terry Farley (Boy’s Own)
Rocky (X-Press 2)
Phil Asher (Restless Soul)
Severino (Horse Meat Disco)
Toby Tobias (Rekids)
Mr Shiver (Size Doesn’t Matter (SDM) UK)
Sophie Lloyd (A&R Edits)
Elie Eidelman (Jackoff Records)
Hilit Kolet (BM Soho)
BLONDE AMBITION (Lovesick)
RUFUS&Bambi (ABATTOIR – The Party)
Michelle Manetti (Lipstick Disco)
As well as me you may recognise a couple of the girls from previous Lipstick Disco parties, we’re all joining together for one damn big bash, so come join us on the dancefloor for a carnival mashup.
80 Chepstow Road W2 5BE
6pm – 11am both days
check the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE for more details
Get your tickets from Resident Advisor HERE there may be a few tickets on the door, but we recommend you buy them or come super early to avoid disappointment.
See you on the dancefloor!!!
Yes peeps, the last bank holiday of the summer is fast approaching and you know what that means… it’s carnival time! I have a confession to make, i’ve actually never been to Notting Hill Carnival before, just like I’ve never been to Glastonbury (shame on me) but there’s a first time for everything and this year I’m popping my carnival cherry and doing it with whistles and feathers. So apparently there’s 38 different static soundsystems, time out have kindly provided us with a downloadable guide and map HERE
We’re heading there on the Monday. Here’s our top tips.
RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY SOUNDSYSTEM
Every year Red Bull Music Academy soundsystem is the one to attend, if your’e one of the lucky few to get tickets, RMBA soundsystem is one of the only arena’s thats ticketed, although the tickets are free they’re given away in a ballot, If you haven’t applied, there’s still a chance as a secondary ballot is open for those that weren’t lucky first time around from 9am – midnight Friday 22nd Aug. Basement Jaxx will be headlining the legendary RBMA Sound System at Notting Hill Carnival this year. Joining them on the line up you’ll find bashment purveyors The Heatwave, Protoje & Yaadcore – the Jamaican reggae/dub cohorts who will be making their Carnival debut; Trappist Brazilians Tropkillaz; RBMA alumnus Kalbata & Mixmonster with MC Clapper Priest; fresh from playing the Red Bull stage at St Pauls Carnival; Bristolian riddim Jus Now with their Soca-fuelled sounds and the bass heavy beats of Mixpak Sound System
BOXFRESH PRESENTS RINSE FM
Over at the Rough but sweet soundsystem Boxfresh and Rinse FM join forces to bring some serious musical talent to the carnival. Line up includes, All About She, Artwork, Billon, Bok Bok, Butterz, Chase & Status, Jess Glynne, Josey Rebelle, Katy B, Metalheadz, Miss Dynamite, Newham Generals, P Money, Route 94, Sasha Keable, Sinead Hartnett, Sir Spyro, Skream, Uncle Dugs, Vic Mensa, Yasmin & Youngsta + more.
DIGITAL SOUNDBOY SOUNDSYSTEM
Over at Sir Lloyds Stage, Digital Soundboy label is taking over on the Monday for some heavyweight musical treats. Line up includes: Shy FX, Chase & Status, Lilly Allen, Mark Ronson & Seb Chew, Gorgon City, Sigma, David Rodigan, Mistajam, B.Traits, Ms. Dynamite, Redlight, Breakage, Dismantle, Jakwob, Melissa Steel, Justin Martin, Bugz In The Attic, Benji B, DJ Randall, Congo Natty, My Nu Leng, Stamina MC + Many more.
TODDLA T SOUNDSYSTEM
Over at SSP Soundsystem, Toddla T is taking over and bringing Annie Mac & Maverick Sabre, Style G with Diztortion, fuse ODG, Jess Glynn, 2 Bears, Clean Bandit, Benji B, Meridian Dan, Switch, Mele & Slick Don, DJ Die, Madfingers & Donaeo, Martello, Robbo Ranx, Cadenza + Kiko Bun, Andy Nicholson + more
So much choice, such good line-up, but even just mooching the streets will be awesome, kids be good, be safe, have fun and we’ll see you on the other side!!
So the bank holiday is fast approaching and last weekend feels like a distant memory, but I couldn’t let the week pass without giving a mention to the Tetra State party I played at last Friday. I was a last min addition to the bill for what would be only the second Tetra state party, which was being held at Plan B in Brixton. I was delighted to hear the line-up which was a veritable feast of DJ’s, including ‘Russ Yallop‘ of Crosstown Rebels / Hot Creations fame, then Sleazy Deeps‘ main man ‘Rob Made’ female Duo ‘Eli & Fur‘ who are making waves fast, plus one of Lipstick Disco’s faves ‘Von Chill’ and last but not least ‘moi‘ aka yours truly aka ‘Michelle Manetti.
The handsome ‘Von Chill’ returned for one weekend only from his summer Ibiza Chill session to treat us to the early warm up, setting the scene for the evening, I came along with some piano and Jackin house bangers to get the girls on the dancefloor.. and I did delightfully notice there was quite a healthy quantity of girls compared to the usual sausage fest style nights that usually go hand-in-hand with deep house nights. Next up was Rob Made, dropping some G-house and Dirty Sleazy beats, Russ Yallop picked up the pace with some Deep Tech house which he’s so synonymously known for and finally Eli & Fur closed the show with some dirty deep house and bass beats.
The line-up was lush and the DJ’s were all an absolute pleasure to work with, so much fun to be had in the booth and this was mimicked on the dancefloor. The DJ’s were dropping all sorts of bombs, here’s a selection of my faves from the evening:
‘Set it Off’ was Queen Latifahs, title track for the soundtrack of the gritty 1996 American Gangster Crime film which she also starred in, I had the soundtrack on CD, I played that track on repeat, I thought I was the only person who knew that song, apparently not. Tube & Berger have delightfully dusted off the cover of one of my guilty pleasures and breathed a new life into the track. I discovered their version a while back, a mid-tempo G-house kinda vibe, but some additional remixes have been added to the EP which is being released by FFRR and the track is even bigger. Chocolate Puma gives it a dirty electro twist, Christoph takes it Deep, Weiss keeps it Deep but with a more soulful garage vibe, Lugana slows it down for a Dubby Nu Disco vibe, but my fave mix by far is from Panda who turns it into a massive uplifting Piano house stomper. Big Remix package, big tune, big love for this.
This three track EP from Kiwi on Duke Dumonts Blase Boys Club is infectious, kitsch and fun. Two Original Tracks from Kiwi and a remix by label master Duke Dumont himself. The title track is ever so simple, but highly addictive, its steady pumping analogue vintage drums and bass, is the driving force of the track and don’t let up throughout, while a squeeky kitsch monophonic synth resonates throughout the rest of the track and gives it’s character, it should be highly irritating but somehow is entirely lovable. Duke Dumonts remix isn’t too dissimilar to the Original, he’s just changed the tone of the bassline and softened the drums. Gerenuk the other Original track from the EP is a mid tempo pumping Italo style Nu Disco track, another infectious number again with similar driving analogue drums and a relentless synth arpeggiator. Looking forward to testing these on the dancefloor.
Since I first learnt about Cyril Hahn when I heard his remix of Destinys Child ‘Say My Name’ which propelled him into the big game, since then he’s been treating us with some delicious R&B infused house remixes, from the likes of Jeremih, Solange, Haim and most recently Jessie Ware, so it’s a delight for him to hear an original cut from him and this one is really outstanding. Gorgeous R&B style vocals from Rochelle Jordan while Cyril provides a soulful melodic house backing to perfectly compliment Rochelles dreamy voice. It’s highly addictive, see for yourself.
The second track of the EP was previewed yesterday, so we thought we’d tag it on for your listening pleasure.
This four track EP from Cera Alba on VIVa has got exactly the right amount of punch and grit that we like. The title track from the EP ‘Synthetic Artistry’ is a 303 lead, energetic deep house track with garage licks, while ‘The Limit’ steps up the garage vibe a little more, ‘The bounce’ borders on G-House with heavy bass and attitude, while ‘Kreuzberg’ as the name would suggest is a Berlin sounding Techno with a thumping relentles energetic punch.
And while we’re talking about releases from VIVa this one from System2 just grabbed my attention. This 5 track EP of uplifting house with Disco undertones, ‘Bad News’ and ‘Desktop Junkie’ and ‘Seven Of Hearts’ especially worth checking out.
So this ones already been around for a little while, Duke Dumont’s ‘Wont look Back’ hit no1 in the Beatport chart, and it’s an undeniably incredible track. It goes out on general release on Aug 24th I’ve absolutely no doubt it will get UK No1 which if it does will be his third successive UK No1.
The track comes with a pretty hefty remix package too, my firm faves are the Piano House stomper from Jax Jones and Special Requests 72 Hour Crack down binge, for some utterly filthy bassline. Whichever version you prefect, there’s no denying Duke Dumont really is the man of the moment right now.
I’ve always been a big fan of Groove Armada, more notably their more upbeat tracks and they’ve certainly been smashing out some big tunes lately. A couple of months ago this track came out on Moda Black Vol III, but the EP including a banging Theo Kottis Remix is due to drop Sep 15th.
And as if that’s not enough, Groove Armadas remix of Drew Hill – Talk to you is a HUGE piano house banger, I played it out for the first time this weekend and it went off.
Looking forward to more GA floor fillers.
This two track EP from Krankbrother just landed in our inbox and grabbed my attention immediately, what a delightful Monday treat. ‘Freak in Motion’ is an 80s disco-funk infused house jam, while ‘One Eyed Jack’ is an Electroboogie monster, both big tunes. This one comes out 29th Sep on Classic Music Company.
It’s no secret, we’re quite partial to a good remix of a 90s R&B Classic here at Lipstick Disco, so when this dropped in my inbox my ears pricked up and I wasn’t disappointed. London based Julien Tritsch AKA ‘Mashed and Confused’ has delivered a Garage tinged Deep House remix, making perfect use of the full Brandy vocal and delivering a modern upbeat version of this fine R&B gem. listen and enjoy.
I couldn’t be more excited to have just secured a DJ set for this Fridays ‘Tetra State’ Party at Plan B in Brixton. So thought I’d shout about it, give you all a heads up, so you can come join me on the dancefloor. Tetra State unleashes the second part in their series of parties at London Brixton’s Plan B, keeping in tune with their optimum party ethos and solid lineups. I’ll be sharing the decks and destroying the dancefloor with, Russ Yallop who has had a string of releases on all the big labels from Crosstown Rebels to Hot Creations, Rob Made owner of Sleazy Deep, up and girl power duo Eli & Fur fresh from their Boiler Room debut and Ibiza resident & Lipstick Disco fave Von Chill.
For more details on the event, head over to the facebook event page HERE:
Tickets can be purchased for a mere £10
RA – http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?580636
RSN – https://www.rsn-tickets.com/events/1477/tetra-state-part-ii
PFTP – https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org.uk/events/397-tetra-state-part-ii (Booking fee donated to charity)
and to whet your whistle and get you warmed up, listen to Tetra State residents Freight Train‘s thumping promo mix.
For those who aren’t familiar, let me introduce you to ‘Miss Annik’ that’s my commercial alter ego. When i’m not playing Deep House, Disco, Techno and other such lush underground music, I earn my pennies by turning my hand to the dark side.. yes commerical music; it’s a dirty word, but we all have to do it sometimes. I also used to work in McDonalds when I was 16, true story Bro. I just compiled a mixtape of what I would consider the cooler side of commercial house, it includes mixes and tracks from the likes of: Gorgon City, Laura Welsh, La Roux, Kiesza, Clean Bandit, Route94, Duke Dumont, John Newman, Pitbull, CeeLo Green, Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, Duck Sauce, Icona Pop, Fatboy Slim, Eric Prydz, Tujamo, Sneakbo, Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Klangkarussell, Stardust, Eat More Cake, Dirty Freek, Freejak, DJ S.K.T, Little Nikki + More mostly Deep piano house type vibes. For those of you who enjoy a good sing-a-long, and don’t mind your music top 40 stylee, this ones def for you.
You can download this for free by heading to my new Miss Annik FB page HERE