Well, our timing couldn’t have been better as we had already pencilled in reviews of the following two D.J’s for this weekend back at the beginning of the year, such is the scale of compilation releases from the scene’s disc meisters already in 2010. But with news just through that mega afterhours club “Beyond” has come top of the 2009 club poll, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the clubs success, than focussing on two of its resident jocks & their recent mixes.
First up is Johnny Cermann, otherwise known as D’Johnny, who has been making waves across gAylist/land London for quite a few years now. We first came across this man’s talents at Barcode Soho way back when, playing alongside fellow Swede Per Q.X. and immediately recognised his talents for spinning the sounds & injecting some real enthusiasm into his sets. There was always something really fun about those Saturday mash-up’s when BCS was a single floor operation & the raw feel & vibe was characteristic of Johnny’s music & style. Ever since those heady nights in Soho, Johnny has carved a very successful D.J. career for himself, building a solid reputation across the capital, landing superb residencies at some of London’s biggest gAylist club nights, as well as remembering his Barcode roots, although these days he tends to play out more at Barcode Vauxhall rather than in Soho. However, the man always attracts a great crowd at Lo-Profile, where he is a resident, but it is the clubs where he really gets the chance to stretch his legs, current slots including "SuperMartXe", "A.M.", "Juicy" & yes, you guessed it, "Beyond", where, for us, Johnny has really made the Terrace room his own. His style of hard, tech, & electro house with a healthy dose of funk gives his performances a distinctive flavour and he is perfectly at home playing out to a huge audience in a theatre style operation, or to a small intimate crowd in an underground venue. Born in Gothenburg, Mr Cermann currently splits his life away from the decks between London & Berlin and the hours of air miles he racks up is mind-blowing, but is testament to the fact that he has a globetrotting desire within him, which has seen him & his discs travel & play far & wide. But London still remains his roots for regular residency stints & his is now part of the furniture at the afterhours audaciousness that is "A.M." which Johnny never fails to get excited about. So much so, the man has released a compilation edit from his live set back on 9th January which is available now at http://soundcloud.com/djohnny/am-live-2010-01-09 which is a perfect example of the energetic style that is trademark D’Johnny & a must for your collection. Johnny’s upcoming gigs in London include "Beyond Belief" at Area tomorrow morning (Sun 31st) on the main floor from 6 a.m. & also at "A.M.’s" 9th birthday at Fire next Saturday morning, so make sure you are there as we definitely won’t want to miss those & you shouldn’t either.
Our other focus this week goes to “Hifi” Sean Dickson, for us the master of the mirror-balls & a real source of inspiration for us stepping out of the shroud of conformity & strutting a really independent stride. Since moving to London from his native Glasgow, Sean has made a considerable impact on the clubbing scene across the capital, his talents being recognised early by both The Orange Group & by Suzie Kruger, his residencies at "Juicy" & "Hard On!" still notable in amongst a whole string of appearances at venues & clubs across the scene. Sean has been in the music game for many years & was famed for being part of the band “The Soup Dragons” and this musical talent comes through in his sets which have a really tech infused bounce to them, Mr Hifi often dipping into minimal & progressive then coming out the other side with electro & uplifting funk to keep you very much on your dancing toes. Currently playing regularly for Barcode, both at Vauxhall & in Soho, the latter’s Friday nighter “The Cave” really making waves, which seems to have secured BCS’s 2009 best bar crown, it is Area where we know Sean the best, having entertained us brilliantly at the two "Orange Summer of Love" parties there last year, Mr Dickson very much responsible our return to Fire back in September after an absence of nearly two years, when we checked out & reviewed "Tabloid". But it is "Beyond" where we really enjoy this man’s work the most, whether it be in the Black Box middle room, in the Terrace bar or on the main floor, we often choosing him over other big named residents, as we love his music style that much, plus of course all those mirror-ball antics for which we will always remember Hifi affectionately. But away from the clubs, Sean remains extremely busy in the recordin g studio, chalking up a relentless pace of track remixes & continually adding to his now famed “tech-noir” & “psychedelic house” compilation series of mixes, not to mention special dedications to clubs, his “Beyond Black Box Beats” being an absolute corker of a mix, a-typical Hifi & our tip top choice from his collection, which you can catch (along with all his other work) at http://hifsean.podomatic.com/. As for up-coming appearances, he will be playing it tough at "Hard On!" with Brent Nicholls tonight (Sat 30th), & could not possibly miss "Beyond Belief" tomorrow morning, playing in the main room from 6 till 8., although there is hardly a night or a weekend when you can’t catch this man mashing up the dancefloor & thrilling his audience.
Now, to continue the "Beyond" theme, this week has seen the release of a fabulous double disc compilation of the live back-to-back set performed at their NYD party by none other than main floor masters Steve Pitron & Mikey D and if previous mixes & sets are anything to go by, then you simply have to add these to your collection. Sadly, we missed "Beyond" on 1st January but are pleased as punch we can relive it through these two terrific talents podcasts, which you can too. Steve’s part is available at http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/ & Mikey’s at http://mikeyd.podomatic.com/, but it doesn’t stop there as these boys are doing it all again, playing a stupendous b2b set this Sunday morning at "Beyond Belief" from 8 a.m., which is an absolute must and looks like dragging us out from a planned weekend indoors.
Well, that’s about it for our choices this week, although with news that the team behind "Beyond" are planning a classic party soon, next week we focus on two D.J.’s that were there from the start, Alan X & Brent Nicholls & hopefully by then we will have tapped into Craig Elder for more information on this exciting upcoming event.
In the meantime, don’t forget that http://seenqueen.com/music is a brilliant source for a myriad of musical mixes from the scenes top D.J’s, so is well worth a visit.
We hope you enjoyed our picks this week and if we don’t see you down at Area on Sunday, celebrating "Beyond’s" 2009 club crown, have fun listening to our choices, turn up the volume & let the music play.