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Saturday, 29 August 2009
With the spotlight on D.J.'s not just being out there playing & entertaining in clubland, but also remixing & producing music, we are proud that the gAylist scene in London sports some great exponents, a whole handfull also having associations both past & present with one of our favourite clubbing brands Matinee, think, Guy Williams, Paul Heron, Nick Tcherniak & Pagano, all who are making waves in the producing market.
So in celebration of D.J. producing, remixing (even mixing) and ofcourse with their Bank Holiday spectacular at Cable this weekend, we are focussing on all things Matinee with two talents that are great exponents of the game.
First up is non other than D.J. Oliver Mohns aka supremo of Evolved Events behind Matinee London as well as spin off clubs Revolver & bpm. With long associations with Matinee over the years, Oliver was out in Barcelona for the Circuit Festival earlier this month, playing at Salvation's VIP pool party and being in the thick of it during Salvation's main party at Space Barcelona, then at the massive Waterpark Festival, the huge Circuit main party in the Olympic Stadium and the incredible La-Leche closing party. His summer has seen a host of other gigs across Europe and moving Matinee London from Colosseum to Cable has been a major part of his focus. But his D.J. talents always shine through & with recent regular appearances at The Box in Covent Garden, our Friday's have never been so good! In celebration of The Circuit Festival, he has released a special mix entitled "Salvation Live at The Circuit Festival" which features some of the summer's biggest house tunes and in his words "Get yourself beamed away again to Barcelona and Ibiza with this compilation before the summer ends". To download go to http://djoliverm.podomatic.com and click on the link. But it doesn't stop there, as Oliver has been busy in the studio producing a new house track "Strings Of Motion", which we were really lucky to priviledge the first public airing in London two weeks ago. Working with D.J/Producer Jean Phillip, this is a truly uplifting house track in true eurostyle fashion which we are sure will become one of 2009's biggest hits, especially when the original vocal version gets released. You can stream the track by going to http://djoliver.com or download at http://download.yousendit.com/MnFqTmZhU1BPSHhFQlE9PQ
The other D.J./Producer to get our attention this week is Italian Danny Verde who has exploded onto the European clubbing scene over the last twelve months, his talents migrating from his native Milan to cities across Europe, including Cologne, Paris, Madrid, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and even here in London where he played at Revolver in February. Danny also starred in the D.J. line up at The Waterpark in Barcelona during the recent Circuit Festival and played a storming set, which resulted in appearances at the iconic DBoy to add to his ever increasing list of venues & gigs. But its in the studio where his meticulous & hard work has really paid off, with some superb tracks produced, including "Pushin To the Top" & "Open Your Heart" which have featured on many D.J.'s playlists across the capital & beyond. He has worked with the likes of Phil Romano & Pagano, his latest collaboration with Phil, "Express Yourself" feat Anna Buckley reaching the top 10 on Masterbeat.com and djdownload.com. Other recent remixes include Pagano & Wayne G feat Peyton "Trapped" and G.Martin & Alex Barroso feat Rebeka Brown "This is my life", to add to Blow Up "Let Me See Your Underwear" and Pagano feat Stewart Who "Back To the Future", which have secured his reputation in the production game. As if that wasn't enough, it looks like he may well make this years top 100 at djmag.com, a true accolade indeed. So, to get your slice of his remixes & music visit http://myspace.com/dannyverde where you can grab download details of his work. What's better, why not hit Matinee at Cable tonight (Sat 29th August) when Danny will headline in the bpm room.
Well, thats our Matinee tainted tip top choices this week, which we hope you will enjoy and don't forget that Oliver M will also be playing at Matinee with a b2b set with Moussa.
Also, don't forget to check out more music choices at http://seenqueen.com/music
Monday, 24 August 2009
Well, after a long break we are back with our music recommendations and by way of catch up we are covering four artists in this post, although the plan will be to concentrate on just two per newsletter, with releases planned for each Saturday. Anyway, lets crack on with our recommendations this time.
First up is D.J. "Hi-Fi" Sean Dickson, who has cemented a number of residencies across the scene, including Juicy at Fire, Beyond at Area, Hard-On! at Hidden and regualr appearances at Barcode Vauxhall. He performed superbly at the massive Hustlaball party back in May and also featured in the launch of Suzie Kruger's new night "sex" at The Sweatbox. Add to that his forray into club promoting with "Loaded" and it is clear this man has many strings to his bow, not least his reputation for playing out a true mix of tough, raunchy, chunky & funky tech house. His latest two mixes "Pyschedelic House" Vol 8 & "Tech Noir" Vol 4 are trademark Hi-Fi Sean, the latter laid down directly following a recent gig at Beyond, where he played out to an ardent following in the black room. Listening to both mixes transports us back to this magical space where we often "dance under the mirrorball" (camp or what!?!). To get downloads of his compliations go to http://hifisean.podomatic.com and click on the relevant options.
Next up is hard working Italian D.J. talent Micky Galliano who has established a reputation for mixing superb euro style deep & electro house, having been influenced by some of big names in D.J. circles holding down residencies in his home country. Heading to London in 1999, he had the opportunity to play out at clubs including Ministry of Sound, Turnmills, Pacha & Mass, but he really made a name for himself at Vertigo, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Danny Rampling, Pete Heller & David Piccioni, which soon lead to regular appearances at Ibiza's Space & El Divino as well as clubs back in Italy. He has also starred behind the decks of London's clubs recently, most notably at SuperMartXe, where he set the main room alight with his energy and enthusiasm. He continues to tirelessly work in the studio intermixed with trips around the scene across Europe and his mix "Mad Summer 2009" is evocative of his life & music style, being a vibrant mix of everything that is great about euro & deep house at the moment. To grab your slice of Mr Gailliano's music, go to http://mickygalliano.podomatic.com and locate the mix.
Our third choice goes to D.J. Alessandro, another Italian, that has really made a name for himself on the London scene over the last two years and played out regularly at Barcode & Fitladz which secured resident slots at Lo-Profile and Matinee, which have firmly established him a a torre de force in the D.J. scene circles of London. He can be seen playing at premier bar venue Rupert Street every Sunday and is the power behind lining up some great D.J's there on Saturdays, including, Jamie Head, Paul Heron & Robb Sykes. Alessandro is passionate about his style of electro, funky & tech infused house and it is at Matinee where his style has particualr effect, his most recent set at new home Cable being a perfect example. Other apperances include Club Together, Pendulum, & bpm and some of London's biggest club brands are hankering for his services, being testament to this man's talents. He continues to work regularily on compliations and his latest release https://download.yousendit.com/MnFoMFhqQ0NnYU5jR0E9PQ is well worth adding to any collection.
Last up is scene favourite Brent Nicholls who has been busy laying down some new mixes this summer, squeezing this between his D.J. appearances at clubs Industri, Matinee, Hard-On! Sex, Barcode & Lo-Profile, amongst other duties that keep him very busy indeed. To pin down a particular music style within the genre's that this talented D.J. turns his hands to would be difficult, as his mixing skills range from uplifting, comtemporary, dance house, through funky chunky & electro house, to deep & dirty underground house. He seems to have an amazing ability to spot forthcoming dancefloor hits before most others and continues to keep his audiencies instep with the latest sounds. This is definately true of his latest compliation Disco Electrique which parades some superb beats to truly capture the electronic, the uplifiting, the dirty & the disco in us, with surprise 90's pop tracks remodelled, current floor fillers & remixes of recent big house tunes lined up against deep dance tracks, which are blended to perfection. To get a sample of this superb fusion of sounds, spread across two volumes go to http://djbrentnicholls.com/music and follow the stream instructions.
Well, thats our "catch up" choices & some scintilating sounds out while we were on our summer sabactical. Now back on track, our next post will be celebrating everything that is Matinee, with latest single & compilation releases from D.J./Producer Danny Verde & D.J./Club Promoter Oliver M., so keep your eyes peeled for that.
In the meantime download, play or stream our choices and enjoy!