So festival season is well and truly in full swing and there’s a plethora of great festivals out there to choose from, it’s quite the mine field, but let us offer you a helpful little suggestion.
The guys over at Found have created a brand new Electronic festival for the close of the season, to ease us into the autumnal hibernation gently. Ceremony will take place on Saturday 13th September at London’s iconic Finsbury Park. Now most festivals have a line up they want to gloat about, but this one is truly is worth boasting.
Ceremony’s tagline is ‘Past / Present / Future’ and they certainly deliver on this front, the line-up features some serious heavy-weight seminal Iconic artists such as Louis Vega, Inner City, Todd Terry, Roy Davis Jr, Robert Owens, Bobby & Steve, Paul Trouble Anderson, Jazzy M, Phil Asher, Kevin Saunderson, DJ Sneak, Grant Nelson, DJ Luck & MC Neat and Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont. For those of you youngsters out there who don’t know who these guys are, do a little google search, many of these guys paved the way for the clubbing scene as we know it today, it reads like the DJ top 100 list from the 90s, back when Ibiza was still cool and God was a DJ.
Alongside these iconic big guns, are some of todays more established artists, such as Claptone, Andana Twins, Flashmob, Skepta, Preditah, Plastician, Cause & Effect, Nick Curly then we’ve got the serious rising stars who will no doubt be the future greats, such as Route 94 and Kidnap Kid.
If you like your music electronic, this is the one for you, there’s no drony indie music in sight, no plastic pop artists to poke fun at, this is serious dance music, gunz blazing, fist pumping, body popping, sweaty dancing action from the word go.
In the words of Inner City it’s going to be ‘Big Fun’
When I pressed play on this at about 10 am this morning, I became more addicted to it than the coffee I was sipping on, it beat my morning blues more successfully than that Latte I was nursing, so I turned it up full blast and did a little shoulder shuffle round the Lipstick disco office. Kyogi’s original is great, but Jean Toniques Remix is just that little bit smoother, a little beefier and just a touch more energetic, the vocals taken from disco classic ‘Trapped’ by Colonal Abrams, it’s a sure-fire floor filler, grab your copy HERE
French producer Darius brings us a stunning remix of Bondax’s newest single - All I See. Darius made some big waves with his “Romance” EP earlier this year (Hot Hands has got to be one of my all time favorites of 2014). Darius remakes All I See into an even sexier piece with a softer sound and slower pace, certainly in line with his style and perfect for any season.
All I See is due out September 7th. (Preorder)
I’ve frequently found there is a ‘lull’ period between the end of the work week and truly getting the weekend started. Especially with the range of choices NYC has to offer, you are almost overwhelmed by all the decisions you need to make at 6pm on a Friday. Should you go straight to the bar? Squeeze in a quick run? Go home to get fancy? Oh and almost forgot, you may need to eat at some point.
But then along came Bounce Boat, a 7pm to 1am boat party that solves all Friday dilemmas. With a solid lineup featuring Nu-Disco power duo Solidisco, R&B remix king Brenmar and a DJ set by the almighty Capital Cities Bounce Boat was the perfect way to set sail into the weekend. After also having the privilege of opening for Solidisco earlier this year and seeing the guys in action multiple times, the decision to get onboard was a no-brainer.
Even though we got in on the ”early side”, Bounce Boat was already alive and kicking with pumping beats, champagne poppers and loud, lively chatter from all corners of the vessel. We decided to climb as high as the security guards would let us (maybe even slightly higher ) and take a moment to breathe in the picture perfect skyline before raging into the night.
Finding our way around the 1,200 person Hornblower Infinity was an adventure in itself. For the first hour we wandered in circles outside, peering through windows to locate the dancefloor and then sheepishly asked the nearest crewmember for directions. After “accidentally” trying to enter multiple restricted areas, we finally settled on the main dancefloor where Solidisco played a killer set. Highlights included their hit original “Top of the World” and a Solidisco Bootleg called “Where’s Your Native Head At.” Everytime we stepped outside for fresh air, we were drawn back in by amazing tunes and an endearing crowd that were just committed to having a good time.
Catch phrases we frequently overheard included “Awesome party…Wonderful music!…Great atmosphere for young people” and my favourite “How are people so friendly here?! No one is nice in NYC!” Some VIPers insisted that hanging out on a suave indoor balcony overlooking the dancefloor was definitely worth the extra $ bust, but others seemed perfectly happy on the first level – just inches away from the DJ booth.
As promised, we were back on shore by 1am – early enough to pursue our later plans and still make the most of a midsummer Friday. If you have not been onboard Bounce Boat yet, we highly recommend you keep an eye on the lineup here and get on it asap. After all, it’s not a complete summer without a solid dance cruise.
A few months ago Danny Nation contacted us sending his US garage vibes, he’s been sending over golden nuggets since so we thought we’d share his latest offering with you. I need That Brooklyn Love, has every classic US garage element you could desire, skipping beat, staccato bassline, choppy looped vocals, lush stabbing piano riffs and classic strings, all glued together to musical perfection, check out this badboy.
And here’s the track that originally grabbed our attention.
and one more for luck. Go check Danny’s soundcloud for more garage treats. HERE
Anyone who follows the blog regularly, will know we’re huge fans of Jetlag and we’ve posted and endorsed every one of their outstanding tracks since their debut edit ‘Every Woman‘ which is a firm fave in my electronic record box. They’ve been a little quiet for a few months, so I was delighted to get a message this afternoon from Miguel Fernandez telling us they have a new EP out on the very credible Anjunadeep. Their usual delicious deep melodic house, with delicate vocals provided by Esther and two great remixes from Martin Roth who gives it a progressive twist and another of Lipstick Disco’s fave producers Celsius creates a heavier Deep Tech House version. The EP came out just today, so grab your copy.
This delightful little six track EP dropped into my inbox from Natural Rhythm records just this morning and filled me with absolute delight instantly. German based duo Zohki & Roozlee are the musical power behind the EP, with three original tracks and then three remixes, one for each original. The Ep is a perfect blend of soulful deep house and techno, with pulsating rhythms which teeter on the edge of garage and ethereal synths. I prefer the three Original tracks to their remix counterparts, but the remixes by Cirillo & Not Found, Sossa and Horatio are by no means to be snubbed, each of them give a darker edge to the more soulful original. My standout track of the EP is ‘All I Feel’ with it’s cheeky pitched vocal sampled, relentless soulful organ loop and shuffling beats. Give the EP a listen here: available to purchase 15th aug.
Event Preview 7/25: A/jus/ted, Man & Woman, and Yomimbi & Friends at Little Miss Whiskey’s (Washington, DC)
Tonight (7/25) in the Capital City, I’ll be DJ’ing as Man & Woman, opening for NYC duo A/JUS/TED at Little Miss Whiskey’s! With Yomimbi and MicahVellian also also be gracing the decks; its going to be a solid night of nu disco and house jams throughout.
I’m really looking forward to catching A/JUS/TED on the decks, and to catch their remix of Blood Orange – Uncle Ace work its magic out on the dance floor.
We recently got our hands on an awesome compilation of disco and funk edits and remixes curated by Funk Hunk from artists all over the world. We’ve had the sampler on repeat and can’t wait until its release – exclusively on Juno Records today (July 25th!).
Brooklyn based DJ and Producer, Dopeshoes, starts the compilation off right with a flawless edit of Archie Bell & The Drells – Strategy. She’ll definitely be on our radar in the future.
Funk Hunk himself also graces the compilation with his presence with an edit of Time Traveler by Chromium.
You can stream the sampler on soundcloud here:
1. Strategy (Dopeshoes edit)
2. Groove On (iMFROMULL edit)
3. You Wanna Get Up (Dr Packer Funkout)
4. A Get Off (Mr.Absolutt Edit)
5. Jam Master – Party Lights
6. Back To Love - Alan Moody’s Edit
7. Shoot Your Shot (Bachteen Re-Boogie)
8. Can You Handle It (DJ Broadhurst Edit)
9. Black Amex - Right Here With Me
10. Time Traveler (Funk Hunk edit)
11. Looking Up To You (Breixo Edit)
12. B-Jam – Last Night
13. She’s a Bad Mama Jama (JR Dynamites‘ Disco Rework)
14. Punches (The Silver Rider edit)
15. Over You! – (SANFRANDISKO edit)
16. Coconut Groove (Cookie-Dough edit)
17. tV (Chewy Rubs edit)
18. Joy And Pain (Marathon edit)
19. Message in Our Music (CBS re-edit)
Released on Juno Records *July 25th, 2014*
We love Hercules & Love Affair and this evening they’re doing a little Boiler Room set, the show starts NOW but catch them from 10pm GMT
For those of you who haven’t heard HALA have just released a new album, it’s good, actually no it’s great!! I was lucky enough to see them at their album launch party in London, they were fabulous as ever. You can stream the whole album here:
And this little stomping Acid number was the B-Side to the first EP off the album ‘Do You Feel The Same’ but wasn’t on the album.
The Last EP ‘I Try To Talk To You which featured. John Grant came out on June 8th and includes the Original, along with 3 delicious Edits from Morgan Geist, Seth Troxler and Ha – Ze Factory’s Mucho Elegante Rework.
HALA havee also been nominated for the Ibiza 2014 DJ Awards in their new ‘electronica’ category. They’re up against some amazing talentin the shape of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Diplo, Jamie xx, John Talabot, Pretty Lights, Todd Terje and Nightmares on Wax, but they get our vote and you can give them your vote HERE: http://djawards.com/vote-now/ you just have to register and sign up, there’s a few awards up for grabs, so get voting for your faves.
There’s Deep House and there’s Progressive House. Then there’s that shady middleground that no one has really defined yet, until Grand & Warren came in guns blazing with their new track “In The House.” With an atypical beat pattern that frequently transitions between soulful vibes and electrohouse, this tune instantly transports us to those exciting moments on the dancefloor when we realize the night could take us just about anywhere. Our bodies do all the talking and we can almost touch the beats pulsing through the air. With delirious synth patterns and a defected sample of Glass Figure’s “I Need You,” this truly invigorating crowd number makes the transition from dusk till dawn almost seamless.
Grand & Warren – In The House (Original Mix)
We are very pleased to announce a new member to the Lipstick Disco crew: Akki will be representing from New York City and bringing us her flavas from the Big Apple. AKKI is a prominent DJ / Producer in the NYC scene known for serving the most upbeat, club bangers. She most recently performed alongside MNDR, Solidisco, Hotel Garuda, Lauren Flax, Dimitry Mak (1/2 of Modern Machines), Jessie Andrews and Stacie Todd. Originally from Australia but now based in NYC, AKKI’s eclectic sets are always inspired by a mix of Deep House, Jungle Rhythms, Nu-Disco, Indie Dance and Bass Heavy Electronica. Along with Lipstick Disco, AKKI also writes for Goldroom’s record label Binary Records and her own blog, Spin Real Tunes. This summer AKKI launched Rebel Bangers, a mix series featuring only the boldest tunes that truly make a statement. She is also due to release her first original later this Fall.
Check out Rebel Bangers #1 to kick start the mix series.
Check out Akki on the following:
Aeroplane is easing us into the week with a huge remix of Boom Clap by Charli XCX. It’s bouncy synth laden chords pair very well with Charli XCX’s vocals to create this feel good dance track. Boom Clap was also remixed by ASTR and Surkin which were released earlier this month, but as a big nu-disco junkie, Aeroplane’s remix really hit the spot. Charli XCX’s Boom Clap is due out July 20th.
In just a few hours, I’m going to be jumping on the Dalston Disco bus, heading to Baldock, to go and rave in the woods with some of my fave DJ’s. Not only this, but I’ll be representing Lipstick Disco behind the decks too. If you haven’t heard of Farr Festival, then let me introduce you, it started 4 years ago and is an intimate boutique music festival, set in Bygrave Woods just outside London. The festival offers an incredible line-up of very niche disco, house and techno music, exactly the kind of vibes we represent here on the blog. This year, Bicep and Waze & Odyssey are heading up their own stages and among some of the DJ’s and acts to play over the weekend is:
Hercules & Love Affair | Mount Kimbie | The Skints | Bicep | Scuba | George FitzGerald | Andrew Weatherall | Daniel Avery | Gentleman’s Dub Club | dBridge | Move D | Optimio | Midland | Waze & Odyssey | Robert Owens | Kim Ann Foxman | Hunee / Tom Trago / Detroit Swindle / Citizen / Justin Robertson / Terry Farley / + More
How’s that for a tasty line-up! i’ll [Michelle Manetti] be playing on the ‘Flying Circus’ stage [headed by Bicep] Friday 2-4pm then between all the acts up until 9pm. Also playing on the Flying Circus stage on Saturday at 9pm is fellow Lipstick Disco DJ Sophie Lloyd come along and give us a rave wave.
There’s still tickets left for the festival and it’s pretty easy to get there from London, so basically you’ve got no excuse!!
To warm you up (as if this heat wave hasn’t got us sweating already) here’s a little disco mix from the Bicep Boys themselves.