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Saturday, 12 September 2009

Music Is The Answer - "Soho Live Stars"

Hey Folks,

Well, as we enter another hectic weekend which we are sure will be bursting at the seams with magnificent music, Soho Live 09 takes centre stage with all your favourite D.J.'s on duty, including, Steve Pitron, Paul Heron, Per Q.X., Oliver M & Gonzalo Rivas, so we thought it appropriate to give this week's "Music Is The Answer" post, away to Soho Live, focussing on two talents that will be part of the line up.

First up and a newbie to our posts (long overdue we say!) is terrific talent D.J. Mikey D, who has featured across gAylist London's dancefloors for many years now, really carving a name for himself at iconic club Crash, often alongside Steve Pitron on the main floor. With other regular slots at Beyond in the days of Colosseum, Mikey was very much in demand, which spurned a whole host of international appearances, including Muccassasino in Rome, Pacha in Barcelona, Matinee in Madrid, The Temple in San Francisco & even Sydney Mardi Gras, as well as playing across Europe for the massive house music empire Hed Kandi. Back in London, he currently holds down residencies at Fire, Lo-Profile & Beyond (now at Area), performing at the latter amazingly last Sunday and just days afer a phenomenal b2b set with pal Jamie Head at Trade/Orange. So, having savoured so many great performances from the dancefloor, we were excited when news came our way of his new compilation "Get Lifted", a glorious gathering of sizzling summer sounds, very much evoking his musical style, which we love from the first & title track, "Get Lifted", with other favourites "Get Sexy", "Move Your Body" & "Good Life", keeping us hooked right through the mix which ends with the fab "Just Another Sleepless Night". So, if you haven't sampled or been prividledged to any of Mikey's sets, this latest release is a perfect was to do just that, by going to http://mikeyd.podomatic.com and clicking on the "download" option.

Our second choice this week goes to Brent Nicholls, yet another D.J. that cut a stride at Crash & Beyond at Colosseum, but the list of clubs he has played in London is huge, Action, Club Together, Glamourous,Go-Go Brazil, Hustlaball, Lovechild, Revolver, Rome, Sex, Ultra & many more. Whilst this antipodean has made London his home, Brent's talents are often called upon internationally, with apperances across Europe, including, Hamburg, Cologne, Copenhagen and Milan as well as his native Australia, where he played out to thousands of people during the main Mardi Gras 2009 festival in the Horden Pavillion, alongside non other than Paul Oakenfield. So he is no stranger to the big stage as well as the intimate club and his wide range of musical tastes can cater for any occasion. Last year he was in the thick of it at the stupendous Soho Pride, performing to a packed Soho Square, a real highlight and more recently delivered a delectable dance drenched set at Matinee's August Bank Holiday spectacular to a rammed middle room. With other regular residences including Hard On!, Industri & Lo-Profile, we often find it hard to keep up with his musical mood and testament to his diversity, his latest mix has definately kept us on our toes, as he takes us back to not only the seventies, the eighties & the nineties, but even includes some classic's from the naughties, all remixed, rehashed, re-modelled, re-everthing'd, a follow up to his incredibly popular "Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life" mix from about this time a year ago (funny that!). So, to quote the man himself, "Leave your credibility at home, let down your hair and have some fun...you know you want to!", by going to http://djbrentnicholls.com/music, and following the stream instructions.

And the great news is, on top of listening to these fabulous mixes, you can catch Brent & Mikey live at "Soho Live 09" tomorrow (Sun 13th Sept), both playing on the ever popular Q.X. stage in Rupert Street (we can't wait!), Brent on the decks from 1 pm. till 2.30 & Mikey playing out from 4 p.m. till 5.30, both not to be missed. And you never know, they may have copies of their latest mixes on hand!!

Well, thats it for this week, but next time we go all French on you with two amazing artists in their own right, Stephan Gaeten Scott Haler & the gorge Leomeo Carandang.

So we hope you love our music choices, have a great music weekend and maybe catch you at Soho Live.


Saturday, 5 September 2009

Music Is The Answer - "Belief Boys Sean & Steve"

Hey Folks,

Well, after a hectic Bank Holiday weekend which filled our heads with music, we enjoyed some superb sets from Guy Williams, Danny Verde & Brent Nicholls at Matinee, Pagano, Lady Bianca & Pete Wardman at Trade/Orange & two stunning back-to-back sets from Nick Tcherniak & Steve Thomas, then Jamie Head & Mickey D, all of which were testatment to the fact that we have some amazing talent here in London town.

But there were plenty of great D.J.'s on duty last weekend and in celebration we focus on two superb talents.

First up is gAylist scene legend Steve Pitron who continues to thrill across London's dancefloors, injecting that extra special amount of excitment into any event and performed magnificently at Trade/Orange to a stifiling & brimming main room at Fire. He also continues to produce top quality remixes of dance tracks which headline his and many fellow D.J's sets, working on artisits tracks that include Kelly Rowland, Kylie Minogue, Anastacia and dancefloor favourite Therese. With current residencies that include Juicy, Beyond, SuperMartXe and Lo-Profile in London, as well as regular appearances acroos Europe, his poplarity continues, having made a real name for himself at iconic club Crash over 10 years ago. His last series of compilations "Addicted" were extremly popular and we still haven't put Vol 1 down, although we suspect it will soon be superceded by his latest release "Ibiza Vibrations" which is a glorious collection of all the biggest anthems played out on the white isle this summer. Split into two volumes, to get your slice of the Steve Pitron magic go to http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com and make sure you download both volumes (we love the album covers too!).

Our other choice goes to Hi-Fi Sean Dickson who is now a regular face across some of London's most popular clubs, but his roots are in his native Scotland where he began in the D.J. game following his early days as a sonwriter, producer and frontman of non other than The Soup Dragons. He certainly made waves with a 5 year residency at "Burly" as well as co-promoting one of Scotland's biggest underground parties "Record Playerz", which cemented his introduction to the scene in London with appearances at Tonker & XXL before making a massive contribution to the very sucessful and still running Juicy where he remains a resident. He still has a passion for club promoting with his latest forray "Ursus Cave" receiving a very popular welcome launch at Barcode Soho and he really enjoys playing both there and at biiger sister Vauxhall. His style of music is very much on the tougher side of house with a hint towards the funky and he has an amazing ability to pick on tracks that others would overlook, making him one of the freshest talents around at the moment. His series of compiliations, Tech Noir & Psychedelic House continue with latest volume releases 5 & 9 out now at http://hifisean.podomatic.com evoking the "Hi-Fi" style, both which get a massive thumbs up from us.

Well, that's our choice for this time, two great D.J.'s with mixes out well worth a listen and you can catch them both playing this weekend at super afterhours club Beyond, with another "Belief" 12 hour spectacular, Steve on the main floor and Sean in the Terrace bar. Mind you, if you can't make it to Beyond you can be there in spirit by downloading & listening to their mixes.