Monday, June 14th, 2010 | Event Preview | No Comments
Update – Check out the earPIPE Sonar Disco Map Here.
This weekend Barcelona becomes the centre of attention as Sonar festival rolls into town. The festival itself is a jam packed 3 days and 2 nights of music and art featuring the likes of Plastikman, The Chemical Brothers and Roxy Music. However its not just the festival that garners all the attention, as for the same weekend Barcelona turns into a thriving party city with what are now known as the Off Sonar parties. This year we’re spoilt for choice in terms of party venues. We’ve got parties on beaches, on rooftops, on terraces, on boats and at secret villas. There’s even a few parties happening in them there nightclubs. There’s a lot to pick from so here’s what we think is looking pretty hot for the weekend. › 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.
Sunday, December 6th, 2009 | Single Review | No Comments
Sebo K has been keeping quiet for most of the year with Spirits being his first release for Mobilee since his 2008 smash Diva. Two tracks come on the package, but they’re essentially the same track with two added options. Kind of like picking out the upholstery for a car except with Spirits you chose the hook. You can choose between the bongo-tastic drum version or the basic no extra cost strings and piano riff version. The main body of the track is warm classic house. Deep synth stabs and bulbous beats provide a typical 2009 house backing. On the strings and piano version the beats are a tad hollower to make room for the Strings of Life-esque riff. Its pretty catchy but a bit…well… Strings of Life. Strings of Life strings + standard deep house = meh.
But for the leather interior option, ie the Drums Version of Spirits you get some intricate bongo work from Max Moya. Sebo has beefed up the kick drum to make it punchier whilst Max Moya skits on top with some really infectious bongo rolls. It breathes some life into the track with the bongo skit making it highly addictive. Bongos plus deep house isn’t a 2009 invention, but it does bring out the tribal dancing instincts in you which win over the strings and piano combo any day.
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
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 | Single Review | No Comments
Hector is kind of living the dream at the moment. Firstly he holds down his day job at Phonica probably the best record shop in the country, second he’s DJing here there and everywhere and finally he’s hanging in the right circles to take over from DJs pining for a black pudding roll at Fabric. Now he might be adding a fourth string to that bow by become a credible producer too.
Got Fringe is his first release for Mobilee. The title track takes on your typical in vogue deep house. Some warm basslines, a shuffling beat with a hint of jazz percussion, some conga lines and a Latin American vocal stab. All pretty standard stuff. The digital only track Canaca is more of the same fashionable deep house stuck in a groove. Its pleasurable but not memorable. However it is the B-Side, Taking Me For A Ride which really strikes a chord. It’s pretty much a massive thud of a kick drum with some crisp 909 cymbals which together rumbles up the rawest of grooves. Add a hypnotic vocal stab and acid tweak and you’ve got yourself this ridiculous old style minimal house track which is so simple yet so affective.
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 | Single Review | No Comments
Exercise One return with this teaser ahead of their album In Cars We Rust. No News Today is definitely putting itself in the epic box. They use down tempo broken beats which back bright and multicoloured tones and layers. The result is a meandering sun kissed synth pop track, soothed by Argenis Brito’s vocals.
Deadbeat throw in their two cents by melding the broken beats with dub sensibilities. The once brightly coloured original is transformed into a dark brooding dub house come dub step track. It’s a strange combination with 4/4 beats offset by dubstep percussion which caused great confusion on when I should nod my head. But it works and provides a friendlier adaptation for the clubs.
Friday, February 20th, 2009 | Single Review | No Comments
Mobilee start the year with a double remix package to support Miss Jools forthcoming Back to Back compilation. For her complilation Miss Jools chooses her top Mobilee picks from 2008 on the first CD and then on the second CD she mixes a compilation of Mobilee remixes. And its that second CD which has spurred this double release.
Part 1 sees one of Mobilee’s finest Sebo K remixed by Nick Curly and Efdemin. The 8Bit and Cécile records extravaganza Nick Curly takes on Sebo’s Diva, one of last year’s biggest Mobile releases. The original was a ballsy tribal monster with striking diva vocal snippets. Nick Curly totally transforms the track into his own. He saps out the ballsiness and swaps it for smooth funk. The first half of the track is spent building up to the first kick drum with crisp percussion and a slap bass funk line which slowly comes to the fore. When the kick drum releases all the pieces fall into place. The diva vocals are sparingly used and quite rightly so. The funk riff and crisp percussion is all it needs for the excellent house vibe Nick creates.
Thursday, January 29th, 2009 | Event Preview, Music | No Comments
Surely it’s time to shake of the January blues? There is definitely a fair few options if you do.
Firstly, Cargo on Saturday plays host to Go!Zilla with Joey Negro’s legendary Sunburst Band. In support is Switzlerland’s Agnes doing a live performance and deck duties being done by Benji B and James Priestly of 1Xtra and Secretsundaze fame respectively. Expect fun, soulful house music.
Since Cargo closes so early you can extend the night and head over to Mulletover. The warehouse floor isn’t even cold from New Years Eve yet, but they’re straight back in there with their winter warmer. Anja Schneider the Berlinette of Mobilee fame and Nottingham legend with Matt “Leftroom” Tolfrey are brought in to blow away the January cob webs alongside Geddes. Over in the second room disco reviver Todd Terje heads things up with the Future Boogie folks. House, Tech-House, Techno and everything in between and if that doesn’t keep you entertained there is the cosmic rays of disco in room two. This has sold out, so get there early.
Finally, since we’re getting back into things proper… we might as well power through till the early hours. Fabric seems to think so. Original Detroit techno minimaliser Robert Hood is in town with Arne Weinberg and Convextion, not to mention the rock like Craig Richards. That still Room 2 goes all Français with Jennifer Cardini along with Ivan Smagghe and Tim Paris making their return.
What a Saturday of things to do! Get involved!
To warm you up a little, the kind folks at Fabric sent over a Tim Paris mix… )
Listen below or download from here.
Jaxson ‘Miami Flys’
Chateau Flight ‘La Roquette’
Instant Boys ‘Nya Farger’
Johnny White ‘Musique Noire’ (Jamie Jones edit)
Lexy ‘Get Down’
Marc Houle ‘Selection’
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 | Music, Single Review | No Comments
And.ID is Mobilee’s new signing. He must be a bit wet behind the ears because I can’t find any info about this person/group, plus the name And.ID doesn’t really lend itself to the Google search. So in clichéd style we’ll let his music do the talking.
First we’ll start with the mediocre b-side Acapulco which sees unified tribal beats forming the base as big “Audion Mouth to Mouth” style synths drop in the same haunting manner. It’s well produced but pretty run of the mill and too much like Audion for my liking.
However title track Sand on the Floor totally redeems the release. It has a great South American rhythm to it a la Luciano/Villalobos. The syncopated percussion provides a great urgency as more and more layers bubble to the surface. It simmers away slowly with various subtle layers phasing in and out as the occasional horn cuts through like a knife through butter. Its subtle movements and intricate layers accentuated by the horns make for a hypnotic rolling track. Great track, more of this And.ID less of the other.
Buy And.ID tracks on MP3
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 | Single Review | No Comments
GummiHz comes back with his 5th Mobilee release “Under the Sun”. The title track has a fun rolling beat and rattling percussion before the staccato trumpets echo in to add a splash of sunshine. A round bass compliments the key changes of the trumpets to deliver a full sounding house track for the summer. It is effective but it could do with more of a hook to make it more memorable. On the flip is You and Me which features vocals from Ruxsandra and sounds a little like Size 9’s Are You Ready or Lil Louis’ French Kiss in the way the organ riff continually builds in the background. Ruxsandra’s vocals gently echo and pan around the foreground as a rattling percussion ticks along. It develops slowly to the peak before gently rolling off. A subtle and slow burner for all those warm up moments.
GummiHz – Under The Sun is out now on Beatport
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