MUSIC IS THE ANSWER SPECIAL
Well, with a mere three hours to go until The Week, which lands in London and takes Fire in Vauxhall by storm, what better way to get you in the mood for what looks like being THE clubbing event of the weekend, than to share some slices of music that you can expect from this massive carnival inspired party. So, rather than our usual focuses, we take a look at some new compilations, some not so new, but all with one common theme, all laid down by D.J.’s that will be appearing at this carnival splendour.
But first, we have to re-enforce the musical message we delivered via out preview “Sourced In Sao Paulo, Landing In London” at http://discomattpreview.blogspot.com/2010/09/week-event-preview and our weekend focus “Under A Week To The Week” http://discomattweekend.blogspot.com/2010/09/weekend-focus-week, by stating that this amazing event tonight (Sat 18th Sept) has one of the strongest line-ups we have seen in many months, nay years, as megastars & the cream of the crop in Steve Pitron, Mikey D, Gonzalo Rivas, Brent Nicholls & Paul Heron will be joined by The Week resident, Leandro Bekker, as well as upcoming Brazilian star Doug’uim & a special appearance by super Swede Per Q.X., to literally lift the roof off Fire with some of the best sounds around.
So what of these sounds, well Mikey D very much leads the way with his new compilation, “Lose Control”, which has The Week written all over it, as not only does the green & yellow cover shout Brazil, but the terrific tracks in this 73 minute smash do too, especially Mikey’s own mix interpretation of “Happiness” by Alexis Jordan, which has been featured in our other posts, as well as on the official The Week website. From the brilliant opener “Seek” by Bromace, Mikey treats us to a myriad of main room music, many which will be familiar, we even falling on yet another re-work Zoe Baldwin’s “Release Me” in amongst other tracks that include the octane fuelled “Don’t Stop Till You get Enough” and an amazing new version of our own anthem “Music is The Answer”. But to be honest each & every track hits the mark and such is the strength of this compilation, it has already hit our top five of 2010 in just one listen, meaning we cannot recommend it enough, so you simply have to grab it for yourself at http://mikeyd.podomatic.com/, as we concur with Mikey when he say’s “hope it was worth the wait”, and yes, it may be twelve months since the last solo release, but by golly the wait was well worth it.
Onto our next maestro behind the music decks for The Week and who else could it be but Steve Pitron, who will storm Fire’s main room for this mega Brazilian club brand, performing alongside Mikey D in a special back-to-back set that will surely be one of big highlights of a superb evening of music. Now, we have already given Mr Pitron’s latest compilation exposure on these pages, but given his involvement in this event, it is certainly worth mentioning again, as “Summer 2010” is a truly amazing collection of uplifting beats that are so evocative of this man’s scintillating sets that we so often savour. With Steve having starred for The Week over in Sao Paulo on a many occasions, in some ways it will feel a little like a home coming for him at Fire and we suspect he will be pulling out plenty of tremendous tracks to mark the occasion, just like those you can find on his latest compilation offering, highlights being SNS’s “Alive” & Rossini Pain’s “I Will Be” featuring the vocals of Kaysee. So, while it been out for a while, make sure it’s in your collection by going to http://steveptronsessions.podomatic.com/, as “Summer 2010” is very much in our top five of the year and should be in yours too.
Now, we are extremely excited that so many D.J. stars will be under one roof at the same time at The Week tonight, our musical ecstasy extending to Brent Nicholls, who will be reigning supreme in the “Latin Lounge” and will surely be turning out a truck load of his “nu-funk” sounds that both his “Aural” & “No Americano” compilations are crammed with. It certainly goes without saying that both mixes are pushing for a top five slot in our yearly chart, as is his Beyond Pervert mix, all which you can take a listen for yourselves via http://djbrentnicholls.com/music. However, just last weekend, we were treated to a 75 minutes of musical mastery in his “Get On MyGayFace” compilation. Now, such is the diversity of this fantastic mix, from the full-on “Air Miles” to the fabulously swoony “Stereo Love”, from the funk of “Upside Down” to the pop-tasticness of “Add Suv” this will latest Brent release will definitely be in our top five, it’s just a question of where, especially as it includes THE best remix version of “Release Me” we have heard. So, whilst we cannot recommend it enough , here’s the deal, this mix has been produced exclusively for members of new networking site, MyGayFace, so, if you are not a member already, then best you join at http://mygayface.com, not least to grab this specially commissioned compilation, which you can also do via Brent’s website.
But the music doesn’t stop there, as Gonzalo Rivas will be ripping up the Mirrorarch at The Week too and, my, has he been busy in the studio or what, with a whole collection of compilations released in the last few weeks. Latest mix off the block is “Understand This Groove”, a deep & tech fuelled one hour seventeen minute collection of cracking tunes that will surely evoke his set at The Week. From the opener of Jet Project’s “Understand The Groove” through to the finale of “Drumfunk” by Oscar de Rivera & Ismael Rivas, this is Gonzalo at his brilliant best (again!) and one listen will definitely get you understanding his groove and get a feel for his performance at The Week, which you should savour at http://gonzalorivas.podomatic.com/.
Also making an appearance, if but a little brief, will be super Swede Per Q.X., who will, along with stellar saxophonist, Sandra grant, be playing out an exclusive live performance of his hit track “Blow My Trumpet”, which has samba, maraca’s & carnival written all over it. Now, this track has been going down an absolute storm right across the globe and is popping up in all sorts of D.J. sets & compilations and looks set for further success as the year goes on. So, given its exposure, the tune should be familiar to you, but if not, why not get your own preview of tonight’s performance via http://soundcloud.com/perqx/per-qx-blow-my-trumpet
As for the rest, well we would love to share some latest music mixes with you but we can’t, although what we can say is that in bound The Week resident Leandro Bekker has been quoted as saying “...During the party I want to present some Brazilian productions such as “Breathe Again” by Lorena Simpson, a bootleg of “Sexercise” as well as Jeff Valle’s (another The Week D.J.) track “Freefallin”, which features Zoe Baldwin...”, so we will definitely be looking forward to that, as you should know just how big a fan of Ms Baldwin we are. In addition, we are hoping to get an audience with Mr Bekker and then bring you an exclusive interview plus news on planned track & compilation releases, so keep your eyes peeled for that, although we can say with authority that he will surely pack a punch in Fire’s main room after the duo of Dower & Pitron. But there is also The Week regular guest, Paul Heron, who will tempt you into the Mirrorarch with his tougher tech & electro beats, we crossing fingers & toes that a re-work of “Happiness” will be making it to his set and having discussed The Week with him just a few days ago, we know Paul is very excited about playing for the brand, both here in London and then for their upcoming birthday party in Sao Paulo.
So, that’s our special musical look at The Week which looks like being a euphoric event with music being the centre piece, especially with the likes of Messrs Bekker, Dower, Heron, Nicholls, Pitron & Rivas in charge. But for those that cannot make it down to Fire tonight (Sat 18th Sept), why not live the experience through our choices and doing do, as we love to say, “sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume and let them play as music is the answer”, in this case Brazilian Beats By The Best In Our Book. (DISCO MATT)