Boiler Room.. The Best Of The Best..

In just five  years, the Boiler Room has become part of the very fabric of underground dance music. The idea is simple. Put a DJ in front of a small crowd and broadcast the results live online. The sets have pulled the most important legends and the most innovative newcomers and showcased them all over the world, streaming from bedrooms, chip shops, …

Illustrations of the worlds best nightclubs..

From Berghain to Razzmatazz, Fabric to La Machine, Spanish graphic designer Pablo Benito has created an illustrated homage to his favourite nightclubs around the world. Benito started creating images of clubs after producing a print of Valencia’s Sala Barraca as a present for his mother – the long-running venue, formerly a country house, opened in …

Fabric CD Collection… 13 years on…

Its not quite the same as collecting vintage fine wine or classic cars but collecting fabric cd’s monthly since its launch in Nov 2001 has been quite the labour of love. The anticipation on receiving each month a shrink wrapped, new cd, in a digital age, whilst not knowing what to expect or with no …

Kenny Hawkes… A Musical Tribute…

Kenny Hawkes, one of the true british techno pioneers, sadly passed away in 2011. As a DJ he was instrumental both locally and abroad, particularly through running and DJing on Girls FM.  With releases on Rekids, Paper, and 2020Vision and Luxuary Service amongst others, Kenny’s music was both current and timeless, as the following selections …

Ibiza’s hedonistic history: New exhibition documents the outrageous club culture of the Eighties

Ibiza has long been Europe’s ‘pleasure island’. The island has a history of hedonism. It was a haven for liberal and alternative Spaniards during Franco’s rule. In the Seventies, it was a key point on the hippy trail. In the Eighties, package holidays, the yacht set and the clubbers arrived.These photographs, which form part of an ICA exhibition, Ibiza, Moments …

Weekend Playlist – A tribute to Burning Man

Goosebump Sunrise-moment with Lee Burridge @Robot Heart .

One of the most charted songs of 2012. A composition by Pachanga Boys, a collaboration between Mexico’s Rebolledo and Germany’s Superpitcher. ‘Time‘ was released on a limited run of 300 vinyl copies back in December. It sold out within a few days and currently a second hand copy will cost you upwards of a hundred pounds sterling, if you can procure one.

Clocking in at just over 15 minutes, ‘Time’ is a sustained and affective journey. Deep, melancholic, expressly progressive and a little trancey-yet not cheesy. Built on a harmonious and melancholy array of gently ascending and cascading elements. The chord progression may have been inspired by Hans Zimmer’s ‘Time’, which you might know as the theme to Inception. Soft vocals chant extrospectively, “lost track of time”, and “time goes by”, perhaps alluding to the asymmetrical and continuous nature of time. More likely they are the words of a satisfied dancer emerging into the daylight after an extended night of revelry. Perfect for sunrises, long drives, and those special bedroom playlists.

Pachanga Boys are Superpitcher and Rebolledo. Time is the B side of their EP Girlcatcher released on Hippie Dance.

To start off the audible good vibes, I thought it appropriate to share Felkon’s funky, deep-house remix of Jamiroquai’s “Too Young To Die”. Jamiroquai’s hope-filled lyrics – “You know we don’t have to suffer” – take on a more cavernous resonance in this hip-wiggling inducing remix, yet in keeping with the band’s feel-good style, the song remains playful. The layered vocals fuse perfectly with the bassy beat, and when the trumpet comes in, you know you’re in for something special. The drop doesn’t disappoint.

Former international aid worker teams up with Icelandic security specialist and former top model to create an international DJ supergroup. Certainly not what you’d expect from a group called Thugfucker – but then Greg Oreck and Holmar Filipsson often do tend to defy expectations.

One a New Yorker transplanted to Europe, the other an Icelander transplanted to New York. Both from a strong musical background with an almost obsessive dedication to the art of wild party instigation.

Growing up on an Icelandic commune full of some of the country’s finest political thinkers, Holmar eschewed his past and all the heady philosophy of his childhood to move to New York and search out more physical and visceral methods of bringing happiness to the masses.

Meanwhile Greg was in the midst of a successful (if short-lived) political career in America when he too became disillusioned with the duplicity and self serving interest of those around him. Disturbed by the void he saw in most people’s lives, it was in the dark depths of the New York underground club scene that he finally found his true calling.

Unbeknownst to each other, Holmar and Greg then propelled themselves along similar paths, throwing parties, honing their musical & studio skills and searching out inspiration from a wide variety of musical sources.

Then one late night, in a cloudy alcohol fueled discussion about the plight of the genetically Rhythm-Blind, Holmar and Greg recognized the depth of their shared passions. Thugfucker was born.

When Thugfucker’s single, “Disco Gnome” was released in 2011 it marked the beginning of the highly respected Life and Death records and very quickly, lots of little gnomes were found in the boxes of some of the best DJs worldwide. It received widespread play in all kinds of clubs around the world from DJs as varied as Seth Troxler & the Visionquest crew, Jamie Jones, Guy Gerber, Loco Dice, Sasha, Pete Tong and many many more. It remains to this day a favorite of clubbers worldwide.

Following this came another collaboration with friends and label mates Tale of Us, this time in the form of an EP for Visionquest. With two tracks, “Morgana” and “Step Aside” (featuring Scott McCloud of Girls Against Boys), this collaboration also got lots of love from DJ’s everywhere, not to mention being named an ‘essential’ track by Pete Tong on his Radio 1 show..

And in the meantime Thugfucker have been busy traveling the globe playing extended back to back DJ sets at some of the best clubs and parties worldwide. From Panorama Bar to Fabric to BPM and Sonar and Coachella to DC10 and Output and Katerholzig and many more. If you haven’t partied with them yet then you probably haven’t been trying hard enough to have a good time. You should definitely try harder and join them.

In addition to music and parties, Greg is also a co-founder of Life and Death alongside partners Manfredi Romano (DJ Tennis) and Matteo Milleri (from Tale of Us).

Holmar has also just founded a new label called YAH! with co-conspirators James Healy and Pete Sung.Thugfucker are currently preparing their next EP for Life and Death due out in the not too distant future.

Mark Knight and Toolroom Records continue celebrated their ten year anniversary in 2008 with the release of a remix EP of the iconic “Man with the Red Face.” The iconic original mix was done back in 2000 by techno legend Laurent Garnier, whose production caught on from the saxophone lead and quick, animated bass line accents and has stayed memorable even in the current house music environment. Mark Knight and Funkagenda teamed up on an award-winning remake of the track in 2008 that would become pivotal for the official Toolroom Ten album. 

Weekend Playlist 21/06/2013… A tribute to 80s american pop synth music….

This week playlist features four tracks from early to mid 80s, when american pop synth music was entering the mainstream, in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument.

Kim CarnesBette Davis Eyes

In 1981, Carnes recorded the Jackie DeShannon and Donna Weiss song “Bette Davis Eyes“. As the first single released from the album “Mistaken Identity“, it spent nine weeks at number one on the US singles charts and became a worldwide hit. The song’s success propelled the album to #1 for four weeks. The single became the biggest hit of the entire year for 1981,[1] and is second only to Olivia Newton-John‘s “Physical” as the biggest hit of the 1980s in the USA, according to Billboard. The song earned both the Record of the Year and Song of the Year awards at the 1982 Grammy Awards. Carnes was nominated for Best Pop Female and “Mistaken Identity” also earned a nomination for Album of the Year. Two follow-up singles were released from the album. The title track reached #60 on the US singles charts, and “Draw of the Cards” reached #28 in the US, #49 in the UK and #64 in Australia.

Phil OakeyTogether in Electric Dreams

Oakey’s career in music has rarely been confined to just the Human League. He has worked on his own, but also with numerous other artists and producers. His first collaboration was producing the Spanish released single “Amor Secreto” by Nick Fury in 1983 for which he also played synthesizer, together with Jo Callis.[10]

His highest profile and most commercially successful collaboration was with producer Giorgio Moroder. In 1984 for the film Electric Dreams, he and Moroder provided the film theme song, “Together in Electric Dreams“. When later released as a single it would go on to become an international hit, actually eclipsing the film it was intended to promote. The song went on to become a bigger hit than some of Oakey’s Human League singles of the same period.[1]

In 1985 Oakey and Moroder released the joint album Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder which generated two further single releases, “Be My Lover Now” and “Good-Bye Bad Times“. Released in both the UK and US these singles were not as successful as “Together in Electric Dreams” and the Oakey/Moroder partnership was effectively ended.[1]

Eddie Murphy – Party All The Time

Party All the Time” is a single originally recorded by comedian and actor Eddie Murphy in 1985, written and produced by Rick James and Kevin Johnston at James’s home studio in Buffalo, New York. The single reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, kept off the top by Lionel Richie‘s “Say You, Say Me“.[1] Rick James also provided some vocals for the song.

n March/April 2009, VH1 listed it as #80 on its 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s countdown (though Murphy had another hit with “Put Your Mouth on Me”, which reached the Top 40 charts in 1989).

On September 11, 2010, Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio ranked the song at #36 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever, stating, “If only Eddie Murphy knew an amazingly sharp, funny, music-loving comedian to help rip this ‘song’ apart…”[2]

Flashdance – What A Feeling

Flashdance… What a Feeling” is a song from the 1983 film Flashdance, written by Giorgio MoroderKeith Forsey, and Irene Cara, and performed by Cara.[1] Despite the title, the word “Flashdance” itself is not heard in the lyrics; however, the line “In a flash, take a hold of my heart” is a reference to the title of the movie. The instrumental backing tracks of the song made extensive use of synthesizers.

Weekend Playlist 15/06/2013…. The 70’s…

This Weekend Playlist is a tribute to 70s Classics, with four favourite tracks before a pre synth, punk, new wave era… Enjoy these classics… Kenny Rodgers & The First Edition – Just checked  in to see what kind of condition my condition was in.. “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” …

The Evolution of The Disco Ball !

DYNAMIC SCULPTURE? PROJECTION MAPPING? INTERACTIVE LIGHT ART? FLUIDIC IS ALL OF THE ABOVE. You walk into a dim room. You become aware of a mass hovering in the distance. As you draw near, you see that it’s a cloud made up of thousands of ping-pong-ball-sized spheres–and you see that it’s hovering over a pool of …

Perfect Weekend Listen – Daft Punk – Get Lucky Feat Pharrell

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We think the latest instalment from Daft Punk will be a feel good factor track universally for the summer. Theve gone safe with this first release as there is pretty much nothing not to like and a song that real die hard fans may take a while to be accustom to but the more you listen to it the more you start to tap your foot and pick out traditional Daft Punk roots.

The song feels timeless and will work in a club and at a wedding reception, pool party, singing in the shower etc etc. ‘Where up all night to get lucky

Get Lucky is out now. Random Access Memories is released on 20 May.