Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 | Event Preview | No Comments
Hola hombre! Long time no speak! It’s been a while since our last posting… But this one is going to put that right, just in time for the weekend. And quite a weekend it is to be reopening the blog post account. So lets get down to it…
Basically if your head has been in the ground for the last month or so, or you happen to be a Chilean miner, then you’d be hard pressed to have bypassed the monstrous weekend happening at fabric. › Continue reading
Friday, May 28th, 2010 | Event Preview | No Comments
It’s a bit late in the day for a weekend run down with it being Friday and all.. So I’m just gonna blast through what’s on this weekend.
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 | Event Preview | No Comments
As always we’re on hand to help you through the plethora of London nights happening this weekend. For the first weekend of Feb we have a selection of birthday celebrations, toilet raves and basement debauchery.
Act Natural @ The Hub (Buy Tickets)
Initially it was just Anthea and Alex Cellar set to headline this Friday night get together, but with 54 losing its license, Product have handed over their headliners Kruse & Nürnberg to set up a now pretty sizeable night. Expect lashings of deep percussive house easing you out of Friday and right into Saturday morning. All is not lost for Product though. They’ll be throwing a free party at the Castle pub round the corner. So if you’re in the area pop down and show some support!
Decked Out 10th Anniversary @ Coronet Theatre
The first of the weekend birthdays comes from Decked Out a London based DJ/artist agency celebrating 10 years in the business. They’ve roped in all their DJs to lay on an extravagant celebration with the likes of Dave Clarke, Justin Robertson, Erol Alkan, Justice’s Xavier, Boys Noise, DJ Mehdi, The Glimmers, Aeroplane and Busy P. Plus all DJs are playing slightly alternative sets and donating their DJ fee to local charity Kids Company. Its gonna be noisy, sweaty but definitely bouncy fun. I hope you got your tickets sorted as this sold out weeks ago! › Continue reading
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 | Event Preview | No Comments
Quick one this weekend… It’s too cold to right too much right now. I can barely feel my fingers let alone think.
But if you can bare the cold, especially up north, then Manchester has yet another surprise for you › Continue reading
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 | Album Review | No Comments
I’m a big fan of Dixon, his ability as a DJ and producer is often unsurpassed and his taste in house music and beyond is often faultless. Dixon’s last outing on a compilation mix was with his Innervisions buddies Henrik Schwarz and Ame. The resulting CD was a masterpiece which knitted together an intricate composition of varied sounds that had a common minimal style to them. The complexity of sounds and the fluidity of the mix made it such an interesting and pleasurable listening experience, which dare I say made it a timeless CD. It’s that winning combination which Dixon has tried to emulate on his solo effort for Temporary Secretary.
The track selection on Temporary Secretary definitely reflects a similar approach that features on The Grandfather Paradox. He’s used tracks which revolve around a house come 4/4 base yet they all have their own diversely individual sounds. Dixon craftily blends each track with such flow and smoothness that the whole mix simply glides.
There’s no rushing this CD with things starting in carefully measured amounts. Fever Ray’s If I Had A Heart sets a deep warm tone with its multi layers of vocals and melodies. From there he melds into the spooky whistles of Roland Bocquet’s Exotique before slowly layering in the vibrating motif from Ame’s Tube Beats. It creates a fine build of tension before brilliantly releasing into a medley of Jazzanova’s Let Me Show Ya and Daniel Paul’s Something About You. Quite a mouthful to describe and that was just for three of the four opening tracks. › Continue reading
Thursday, June 18th, 2009 | Event Preview | No Comments
Its just gone midnight on Wednesday night… so no time for an in depth Sonar preview. So here it is in a business like bullet point format:
Catch Konono No1 blast out some congo riddems. Seen videos and the look fun!
If you’re invited hit the Mobilee rooftop pool party at Hotel Diagonal
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 | Event Preview | No Comments
When most people think of Easter they think the second coming of Christ, Easter eggs, fluffy bunnies and daffodils. For a select few it’s all about Easter weekend and how to run your mind into the ground for four days and nights. I’m in the latter camp.
This year the options seem to be bunched around key days. Thursday night has an all mighty clash. In one corner you’ve got your scenster nights. Secretsundaze do their annual thing at the coronet theatre which will see Ame, Dixon and Henrik Schwarz combine forces to create some ableton improve amalgamation live set where they be as one together. No its not some gay love in between the quartet, it’s actually their new project Critical Mass. The whole thing sounds pretty interesting, especially if its anything along the lines of their recent Granfather Paradox mix. After the live session, Dixon and Ame will be dropping a dj set or two along with the SS and Horse Meat Disco ressies.
However if Secretsundaze all sounds a bit too complex with the live sets and you just want to go and party your ass of to some party tunes, then maybe Disco Bloodbath is for you? They’re celebrating their 2nd birthday and to help them they’ve brought in their Scottish mentors Optimo who have been playing party tunes for countless years. Todd Terje will be headlining the main room for the Bloodbath along with the residents, whilst Optimo residents Twitch and Wilkes will be keeping a handle on things with Gucci Soundsystem.
If that all seems a bit to fashionista and you just want raw big room stuff, then you want to be heading towards Koko or matter. Old Coxy is doing a party at the former with Nic Fanciulli and Yousef, whilst Diggers is doing his Bedrock thang at the latter.
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 | Music, News | 2 Comments
I normally struggle to think what tunes have been and gone in the last month, so trying to remember what I was listening to back in January is a mountainous mission in itself, which is probably why I’m going to write this avoiding any specifics and will talk around the subject pretending I know what I’m talking about like any good politician would do. But from what I can recollect “minimal” became housier (or maybe I became housier?), Dubstep collided with Techno and Disco has undergone a massive revival
So lets start with the shift towards the housier sounds. We noticed a lot of DJs ditching the repetitive and bland “minimal” sounds that were starting to stagnate and instead nudging more towards the house end of the spectrum. This meant a bit more funk and soul embedded into tracks, more vocals and jazzier samples. It may sound like we’re harking back to the funky house days circa 2000-02, but this was slightly different, it was more an amalgamation of what came out of the “minimal-tech” sounds which dominated ’05-’07 with older house music sensibilities as seen from the Chicago deep house days. A perfect example of this is probably My My, their remix of Djuma Soundsytem’s Les Dijnns ’s typifies where the sound was during 2007 whilst their latest release Everybody’s Talkin’ is a glimpse into the house sound doing the rounds at the moment. The same goes for Josh Wink’s Stay Out All Night and Matthew Styles We Said Nothing, both distinctly Chi-town influenced numbers which bebop’s to a fun and funked up skipping rhythm. In a similar vein who could forget Johnny D who’s had a fantastic year. His track Orbitallife was causing raucous everywhere through the summer not to mention all his other releases.
But then it wasn’t all fun funked up house, this year saw a lot of dub style house and techno music with heavy basslines at a relaxed pace. Tracks like Trus’me’s W.A.R Dub particularly stood out as did a lot of the output from Gedde’s new label MurMur which had artists like Bearweasel pumping out deep and hypnotic house. One of the best tracks of the year for me was the highly elusive Wax1001. There was no artist or label, just this white label containing the rawest house track ever. A simple track with clunky beats, classic hi hat patterns and a dark raw bassline made Wax1001 show how less is definitely more.
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 | Event Preview, Events, News | No Comments
Since we’re halfway through December with Christmas right on our doorsteps I guess we should really cover what’s going down on New Years Eve. If you think you can bear the vomit laden streets and tourist clubbers who make it out for their annual party then read on. If not EarPipe recommends a house party or hired venue for you and your friends to get seriously pissed and whatever else you might want to do….
So what is the party to go to for us? Top of our list is Eastern Electrics. You may remember them from August Bank Holiday weekend, maybe for the wrong reasons. Here at Earpipe we had an OK night but it’s true it could have been organised better. But Eastern Electrics has assured us they’re one the case. So we’re definitely going to give it another shot because who could say no to some South London urban space. You may cry that its going to be cold. But fear not as you’ll be donning some kitsch 80s throw back tracksuit because as part of this year’s line-up Eastern Electrics have brought in Tayo and his legendary tracksuit party!! What better excuse to look 80s hip hop cool or more likely in our case Chuckle Brothers retro.
Tracksuits aside you may want to know what’s going on music wise. Well they’ve got three rooms in this warehouse location. The main room will have the formidable Mulletover who have brought in one half of MANDY Phillip Jung, they’ve also got Crosstown Rebeller Damien Lazarus, who might we add played an absolute stormer at the T-Bar closing parties, and to support these heavyweights they’ve got London faithfuls Geddes from Mulletover and Simon Morell form DDD. Tayo and Frank Tope take over room two with their tracksuit party canvassing support from ex Radioslaver Serge Santiago and to round things off those up and coming Man Make Music kids will be delivering the full spectrum of bass heavy dance music. So pretty fantastic if you ask me.
Tickets are still going at £20 from ticketweb here
And you might still be able to get some £16 ones from View London here
Not bad for New Years Eve!
But if bopping around a cold warehouse in a tracksuit doesn’t take your fancy then here are the next best…
Secretsundaze looks particularly good. They’ve taken Village Underground a rough and ready design space in the heart of Shoreditch. The location sounds fantastic and they’ve got a fantastic line-up too. Favourites from the year Omar S and Johnny D will be playing alongside Giles Smith and James Priestley. Expect nothing less than brilliant house music!
Get your tickets from here.
Horse Meat Disco
If you want something a bit off the wall then Horse Meat Disco might be right up your street. They’ve got plenty of delightful disco to see you through the night at Cargo and to give it that Studio 54 edge they’ve brought in show girl Johnny Woo of Gay Bingo fame.
Get your tickets from here.
Now we move on to the big boys. Firstly Fabric has one big New Years Eve melting pot of styles. Its going to be a head on collision of Fabric vs Fabric Live. In room one they’ve got our Innervisions favourites Ame and Dixon along with Nottingham whipper snapper Matt Tolfrey. Of course the New Year wouldn’t be the same if the residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis weren’t present. Then over in room two they’ve got Yoda, Craze and the perverts. If you like hip hop and DnB there’s no point looking anywhere else.
Get your tickets from here
The second big boy is The End. They do their final New Years Eve and who better to bring the club in to the New Year for the final time than the French master Laurent Garnier. All night the French wizard will do what he does best and that’s quality journeys through dance music. He’ll get a little support from Layo too and in the back room the most excellent Jimpster and Milton Jackson will have you buried deep in the ground with their deep deep stylings. Sure to be a fantastic party however you might be left a bit tearful not because it’s closing down but because of the ticket price.
Get your eye watering £40 tickets from here
Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 | Album Review, Music | No Comments
I’ve only ever been to Brussels once and that was when I was a kid on a school trip. In my opinion there was little to see or do. We took a look at the European parliament and then spent the rest of the time getting drunk in a cheesy discotheque due to Belgium’s lax drinking laws. Had I known that the Fuse club existed I might have found the place a little more exciting. They get a good stream of cutting edge talent through their doors and if you’ve ever scoured the internet for DJ sets you’d be sure to come across some great live mixes from this club. And like any big club they have to have the obligatory CD series which has the Swiss born Deetron taking the reins in the next instalment.
For his Fuse Presents mix, Deetron explores the deep, spacey and percussive end of house and techno. The opening tracks such as Salvatore Freda & Volta’s Basic Hood Lobos build slowly through restrained beats. Jackie Idjut’s remix of Fragment Four Love Won’t Leave Me Alone incorporates beautiful violins and slow burning percussion whilst we get a blast of sublime old school with the vocals and bass guitar on Fingers Inc’s A Path.
Through the middle section we see Deetron focus more on the percussive style of house as the mix steps up a gear. Tracks like Gene Hunt’s Inspire and Schwarz, Ame and Dixon’s D.P.O.M.B help the mix hit its peak time step. We also hear various influences from a little injection of dub with Trus’Me’s W.A.R Dub, Shakleton’s Moroccan influenced Death is Not Final and a head nod to Detroit with Redshape’s Warrior.
The mix finishes at the peak of a crescendo with Radioslave’s Eyes Wide Open in a flurry of bongo percussion before finishing out on the ‘91classic Future by Mr Monday to end a well programmed mix. In terms of style there are similarities with Ame’s Fabric 42 in the variety and styles of house used, but Deetron does a great job of giving the CD its own identity.
Buy Fuse Presents Deetron on (CD)
01. Mossa – Body Selector (Swayzak remix)
02. Salvatore Freda & Volta – Basic Hood Lobos
03. Kenneth Bager Feat. Jean Luc Ponty & Nikolaj Grandjean – Fragment Four Love Won’t Leave Me Alone (Jackie Idjut Remix)
04. Iron Curtis – Ass & Cash
05. Dop – I’m Just A Man
06. Jacopo Carreras – One Sentence (Efdemin Remix)
07. Baaz – Something
08. Fingers Inc. – A Path
09. Marcel Dettmann – Plain
10. Spacetime Continuum – Kairo (Carl Craig Mix 1)
11. Gene Hunt – Inspire (Abicah Soul Remix)
12. Jerome Derradji – System Of Survival
13. Henrik Schwarz / Ame / Dixon – D.P.O.M.B. (Version 1)
14. Adam Marshall – Thelon (Todd Sines Remix)
15. Trus’me – W.A.R. Dub
16. Redshape – Warrior
17. Dettmann & Klock – Blank Scenario
18. Matthew Styles – We Said Nothing
19. DXR – Dark Rain
20. Shackleton Feat. Vengeance Tenfold – Death Is Not Final
21. Michel Cleis & Salvatore Freda – Sassicaia
22. The Lost Men – I Cried For You
23. Herb Martin – Soul Drums
24. Radio Slave – Eyes Wide Open
25. Mr. Monday – Future
Friday, October 24th, 2008 | Event Preview, Events, News | No Comments
As the title suggests, there might be an alright night going on at Manchester’s Warehouse Project next weekend. They got a few of those alright house DJs. Dixon, Ame, Jamie Jones and Ewan Pearson to name a few. A perfectly good lineup in itself…. Actually that is a damn fine lineup. However for the folks in Manchester that just doesn’t cut the proverbial mustard. They had to go and add Jeff Mills, one of the greatest techno DJs ever to grace three turntables. What a line up for Halloween. What would make this night even better? Not much really. The only thing that could would be a pair of free tickets from us!
So for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Exhibitionist night at the Warehouse Project on 1st Nov 2008. Just answer the simple question below:
Which Detroit collective was Jeff Mills once a part of?
A. French Resistance
B. Underground Resistance
C. Constipation Resistance
Send your answers with your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Competition closes 29th October 2008.
Monday, September 8th, 2008 | Album Review | No Comments
Another month passes by and another Fabric CD arrives once again. Usually we bang on about how great the CD series has been recently, rattling on about the great DJs that have gone before. This month is no different. House duo of the moment Âme follow on from Luciano’s effort, bringing their Innervision’s sound to the hallowed CD series. The duo recently shot to stellar fame back in 2005 with their unexpected crossover anthem Rej, which opened the mainstream doors to the “German minimal” sound. Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedermann have always maintained that they weren’t “minimal” and just in fact deep house heads. When you look at their pre Rej releases on Sonar Kollectiv you’ll see that they cover an assortment of house flavours which continues through on their own label Innervisions. They explore the deepest darkest depths of house right through to the funk fuelled and soulful. With their label mates and collaborators Dixon and Henrik Schwarz they have carved out a new niche which has seen a lot of the big players follow suit and allowed a whole new set of characters break into the fore. Even Laurent Garnier is getting involved.
On their Fabric release, they do as they do, and that’s play great house music. Âme say, “This is made for a club or at home. It’s a bit more electronic and experimental than some people may expect. People often try to make a stamp on us but this mix shows that our sound is different.” This certainly comes through on the opening half of the CD. Even Tuell’s Untitled B1 is a slow and sleepy track where it pulsates a weighty bass. It’s as if the CD is awaking from a deep and lengthy hibernation. From there it slowly transitions into the Wighnomy Brother’s remix of “That’s A Nice Way to Give Me Feedback”. Its locomotive come tribal rhythm and chant steam ahead into a melee of bongo percussion, adding ever more progression to the opening half of the mix.
The experimentation continues through Jens Zimmerman’s Modmodblubblub layered with spoken word poem Moondog Monologue. The style of the monologue and wind chimes from Modmodblubblub conjures up a Hitchcock-eque horror movie scene. It’s odd but it works well before letting the mix step up a gear into the wobbling basslines of Berlin Dub and the twisted acid lines of Armando’s Don’t Take It.
The mix moves along a theme of dubby house music with a questionable clichéd preachy American Poem and a very raw and tribal Six Ten by 76-79. All this culminates in to the latest Innervision’s release D.P.O.M.B from the big trio Schwarz, Âme and Dixon. Its swirling bassline and funk driven percussion transitions the mix from the dark dub grooves to the more soulful and funk fuelled house of Matthew Styles and the KB Project, before ending on a nice touch of classic 909 techno with LFO Vs Fuse.
A great journey through all the things good about house and techno, Fabric definitely continue to keep the quality high.
01. Linkwood – Hear The Sun
02. Even Tuell – Untitled B1
03. Minilogue & KAB – That’s A Nice Way To Give Me Feedback
[Wighnomy Brothers Quintenzirkel Remikks]
04. Jens Zimmerman – Moddodblubbblub
xx. Moondog – Moondog Monologue
05. Mixworks – Berlin Dub
06. Armando – Don’t Take It [Thomos Edit]
07. STL – Something Is Raw
08. Edward Ft. Justus– Raw Structure
xx. Those Guys Ft Ras Baraka – An American Poem
09. 76-79 – Six Ten
10. Henrik Schwartz/Âme/Dixon – D.P.O.M.B [Version 1]
11. Matthew Styles – We Said Nothing
12. KB Project – The Symphony
13. Gowentgone – M.A.M. (Marcel Dettmann Remix)
xx. Broken Compass – Australiapella 2
14. LFO vs Fuse – Loop [Fuse Mix] – Plus 8
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 | Event Preview, News | No Comments
Just a quick note to let you know those folks in Manchester are at it again. The third season of the Warehouse Project sees them take over the Store Street car park for the final time. For twelve chilly winter weeks you can see the finest lineups ever to hit Manchester in a stunning urban and underground setting. Co Founder Sam Kandel says,
“The programme for this years series is, we think, the best yet. It has been gradually pieced together since last October. This year there will be a second more intimate room of music, which has allowed us to go even deeper with the line-ups, putting on some really underground breaking talent in addition to the huge main room action you are used to. The preparation for the annual series has become a genuine labour of love for all involved – now everything is set its time to get moving… Welcome back to The Warehouse.”
So which nights are EarPipe looking forward to? Well the first one on our radar has to be the Minus Presents night on the 17th October. You would have thought we’d be sick of Richie and his label mates. But no we keep going back for more. Friday will see the Minus gang roll into Manchester ahead of their main Contakt event in London. Support comes from Troy Pierce, Gaiser and Barem. This will no doubt be a road block event, so get your tickets early!
The next big one has to be the Exhibitionist night on 1st November. The alien from Detroit returns to pummel the north with his space aged techno. Joining Jeff Mills will be three of the hottest heads in house music, Ewan Pearson, Ame and Dixon. Definitely not one to be missed.
Sven Vath does his usual stop off with his Cocoon night on 14th November. He’s joined by Extrawelt and Tobi Neumann, both hot property right now, especially after Tobi’s recent Secretsundaze CD release. They’ve also got all three of those Romanians doing the business right now. Raresh, Rhadoo and Pedro will be playing for six hours as the RPR sound system in the intimate backroom.
Finally if Novembers at home don’t mean anything to you the 21st November sees Resident Advisor host John Digweed and Luciano. The cheeky Chilean has also called in support from his label buddies Thomas Melchior, Alejandro Vivanco and Reboot.
So there the nights we think might be a bit alright. Obviously there are the other twenty odd nights which also look fantastic, there just isn’t enough room on these pages.
Don’t forget to check back for competitions to win free tickets to some of the nights we’ve picked out… .Viva Manchester, Viva Warehouse Project!
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