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Tuesday, 7 December 2010

"Big Guns & Baby Boomers" - DM Does....The Music News


On this momentous day in Disco Matt land which has signalled the launch of our new look website, it seemed highly appropriate to also get back into music mode by issuing our latest in the developing series of newsletters, designed to bring you bang up to date with the compilation & track releases from a host of your favourite D.J.’s, as well as news on their forthcoming gigs & events. However, in this issue, we mix up the format slightly, including some upcoming shining stars in amongst the well established names, hence the title, “Big Guns & Baby Boomers” plus, we will be using the opportunity to link in with a handful of tunes that are doing it for us right now.

So, let’s crack on and our first “Big Gun” mention goes to Steve Pitron, who has once again pulled an incredible compilation out of the bag, this one devoted to WE Party, which launched to amazing accolade in London just two day ago, Steve’s performance on the night emulating plenty of elements from his mix, which we simply haven’t been able to put down since its release just under two weeks ago. Now, if you have been following our WE posts over the last few days, not least the two special Music posts we devoted to this new Spanish club brand, you will have a really good idea of just how brilliant we think this latest Pitron podcast is, but if you haven’t, go take a look, but more importantly, make sure you add this compilation to your collection now, by going to http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/.

Now, we have promised for quite a while to hone in on Belgian talent, Ruben Winters and once we have selected seventh gear on our regular Music Is The Answer posts, we will be. However, in the meantime, it seems he has been very busy, not only holding down his regular residency at Antwerp’s Red & Blue club, but has also finalising his sparkling new logo, which he launched not long after our last newsletter. But, moreover he has been busy recording two new compilations, both which were inspired by his live sets at Red & Blue on 6th & then 20th November, as well as producing an experimental track entitled “Staturate”, which shows one of many strings to his talented man’s bow of music genres. So, in advance of our full focus later this week (yes it is coming) go to http://soundcloud.com/d-jayme to get a taste of this Belgium beaut.

Right, back to our next big gun and a rare inclusion in our posts, but well deserved, as Paul Heron has been in the studio and has compiled a full-on 119 minute mix that is absolutely crammed with gems right from the off, progressive by design, but uplifting & vocal tinged in delivery, which Paul neatly explains as “...a collection of some of my favourite tracks from my sets over the past few months...”. And that is truly worldwide, as Paul has been truly globetrotting throughout the summer, from Sydney to Sao Paulo & back again, has starred at both The Circuit Festival & XLsior, has done the business for Delice, and had even treated audiences back here at home in London, with amazing performances at Matinee, Beyond, Orange, Hype, SuperMartXe, as well as holding down regular stints at Lo-Profile, Shadow Lounge &, of course, Industri. So, given how busy he is, this mix if a rare treat indeed so is well worth grabbing while you can at http://soundcloud.com/djpaulheron/dj-paul-heron-november-2010.

Our second, so called “baby boomer” (an affectionate term naturally) is Zach Burns, who stormed onto the scene just over three months ago at A:M and is now part of the roving residency team at fab new Thursday hit, Room Service, he also having guest spotted at Monday nighter Popcorn and is slowly developing a following, not least through his regular podcast releases, which are well worth a listen. Indeed his latest December addition, one which he describes as “...something fresh & uplifting for the horrid winter months ahead...”, is delightfully different, combing bouncy beats with chunky tunes that drift you through the 115 minutes in a tech & vocal dream. So, go check out this latest Burns blast at direct link http://djburns.podomatic.com/entry/2010-12-04T11_00_05-08_00.

Next up is big hitter Gonzalo Rivas, a huge talent that never fails to miss our radar, having been a major tore de force in clubs like Trade, Orange, Beyond & Salvation across the years, although the list of his appearances both home & abroad is both extensive & amazing. Plus, he never fails to disappoint on the studio works front either, his regular compilations always hitting our collection, his “deep” series very much in the Orange RAW mode, while his recording for Manchester’s Gaydio radio station, is more in the vein of his sets at resident spots in the capital, which include Lo-Profile, Barcode & Beyond. However, we cannot recommend enough, his “Retrospek” mix, which looks back across twelve years of huge hits that have made his many performances. With 20 terrific tunes, this mix is an absolute joy and is pure Gonzalo at his superlative best, which you must most definitely add to your collection by going to http://gonzalorivas.podomatic.com/.

To make it three all, next up is Jamie Hammond, who’s meteoric rise to fame was nothing short of spectacular, he being thrown into the limelight at Friday’s favourite, Onyx, although has since laid his hat much more neatly both at London’s Popcorn and (the biggie) Rome’s Muccassassina, the Italians particularly lapping up his tougher edged yet invigorating beats. This international exposure is certainly getting Mr Hammond noticed & is also growing his musical style considerably, very much reflecting in his podcasts, the Muccassasina devoted compilation very good indeed, although his November release proving an absolute corker and, as Jamie rightly say’s, includes some real classics which are also tunes of right now, very much evoking the euphoric energy of his performances. So, enough said, just go grab his extended November mix now at http://d-jamie.podomatic.com/entry/2010-11-21T15_09_35-08_00.

Right, let’s take a little breather from our “Big Guns & Baby Boomers” for a moment or two and bring you up to date with the tunes that are doing it for us right now, the first being a summer smash in Spain which has yet to hit our shores yet, although we are pinning a few hopes on this one appearing sometime soon, Rebeka Brown’s “Offshore”, grabbing us from the second we heard it just a couple of weeks ago. With a couple of You Tube links to share with you, namely http://youtube.com/watch?v=U0pAhuML8fs&NR=1 &
http://youtube.com/watch?v=GQCvVo-7maw, plus with an appearance on Tony English’s podcast devoted to Lovechild’s “Anniversary” party, (available to download at http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com/), Rebeka’s vocals are simply stunning, and this track is right up our street.

But, Rebeka does it again for us with the brilliant “Show Me Your Love”, which first found our favour on Mikey D’s incredible compilation “Lose Control” (if you haven’t got this in your collection, where have you been...grab it at http://mikeyd.podomatic.com/) and has since been taken up by a whole load of D.J.’s, Miguel Picasso’s creation making playlists across this last weekend, from WE’s pre-party on Friday through to Beyond WE on Sunday (and we suspect many other places too) and is one of our favourites of now, which you can also grab a slice of via Mr Pitron’s podcast (we would give you the You Tube video links but they have been removed!!).

Other records that are very much grabbing our attention right now include John Dalback’s “Back To the Dancefloor” which we have had on repeat most of the last two weekend’s (check it out at http://youtube.com/watch?v=Non3nlCpT54), Peter Rauhofer’s remix of the Tears For Fears smash “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”, which you can catch in full eight minute glory at http://youtube.com/watch?v=dr7O4tamqTY, Chris Montana’s “Don’t Give Up”, which is destined for greatness for sure (check out the Good Guy remix at http://youtube.com/watch?v=2IFcT9RSk8E), the love it or hate it (my goodness are we going to get stick from certain quarters) “Happiness” by Alexis Jordan, Dave Aude’s remix probably our favourite version (see why at http://vimeo.com/12782128), and then, for reasons that escape us, Carlos Gallardo’s “Get It Up”, well actually it’s that Eurovision style sound yet incredible production as well as oh, yes, those violins & vocals the radio edit at http://youtube.com/watch?v=7TDfTgpBfu0 really good, but Carlos’s club version even better. But as the list goes on, we can’t so will stop there, well for now at least.

However, before we return to our BG’s & BB’s, a little bit of news and at long last we can confirm the release of the eagerly awaited & anticipated compilation from Pagano, “Digital Generation” first being talked about as far back as August. But, with much debating as to the final fitting of tunes over, Francesco reliably informs us, that 20th December will marks its release (how kind, it’s our birthday!) and we will bring you the necessary beatport links as soon as they hit our desks.

Right, back to BG/BB shouts and next up in our list of lovelies is Brent Nicholls who has been a busy boy, the last ten weeks having seen five, yes five compilation releases, all making our task to give each one the coverage they deserve here, very difficult indeed. So, rather than go in reams of words, lets simply say that each one is worth adding to your collection, whether it be the Lovechild inspired comp, his devotion to World AIDS day, the “Red-Missing” mix, his “Funky Town” collection or the truly superb “Lo-Profile 3rd Birthday” devotion (the ending still cracks us up). Now that’s four, but the fifth is our favourite, “Let’s All Chant” a retro-tastic two hours of tunes that is pushing for top spot in our year end chart, that’s how much we love it. Plus, for all you iTunes officinal’s, Brent is there now too (link http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/djbrentnicholls-com/id401502128) although with his swish looking new website, you can grab all these compilations by simply going to http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/music/.

Now, another person we have been meaning to mention for a while is Luis Silva Carvalho, better known in D.J. mode as Luy G, he having bubbled on the surface of the scene for quite a while now, having made guest appearances at a few events at Laurence Malice’s club The Egg in Kings Cross. His style is very much on the hard house side of tech, in fact the two volume release which has literally just hit our desks, is verging on techno, hinting towards the direction in which he wants to take his music & his D.J.’ing. So, if tech & techno is your thang (and we know there are lots of you out there that love this music genre slant), then Luy G is your man & his mixes your bag, both volumes titled “I Love Tech” out now at http://luyg.podomatic.com/.

Back to our big guns and Micky Galliano is next up, he having had a superb summer out in Italy, then returning to rock Barcode on a number of occasions, both at Friday happening, Funkarama, the Saturday smash “Deviate”, playing alongside his bello Pagano, as well as starring at Patrick Lilly’s highly successful brand, Queer Nation, although he keeps getting drawn back to his homeland & especially to Rome’s Muccassassina, where he is part of the core residency team. And it is this brilliant brand which inspired his latest compilation (you only have to hear the first track to realise) in advance of his gig at their Red party event at the end of last month, which hooked us from start to finish and will do you too, by going to http://mickygalliano.podomatic.com/.

So, to our final “baby boomer” although he is more like a protégé, having first come to our attention following a set earlier this year in Rupert Street, this being followed by a success in a D.J. competition run by Heaven’s “Popcorn” club, sparking guest gigs at both A:M and Gravity, the latter now including him as part of their roving residency team. Therefore, it will be no surprise that Norbert M has marked this occasion by laying down a compilation with Gravity firmly in mind, which is well worth checking out, as is his devotion to A:M, as well as his October creation, “Never Mind The Autumn”, all of which you can download via his podcast page http://norbertmik.podomatic.com/.

Now, we want to end on some exciting news, but before we do, pick out our final “big gun”, D’Johnny, which kind of brings us round circle in terms of compilations, as it is his WE party inspired mix that gets our shout, admittedly for the second time in a week, although having waxed lyrically about it last time, we just can’t help ourselves again this being testament to just how good it is. Cutting straight to the chase, the 118 minute mix getting us right in the mood with the intro track “Get Together”, then neatly following up with the Kathy Brown vocal infused “Trippin”, other biggies including Suzanne Palmer’s “Big Love”, the incredible Javi Reina 2010 mash-up of the classic “I Can’t Stop” and, naturally, WE party’s anthem, We (Eloise), although on this occasion, Danny LeBlack’s version. So, this tech triumph is a must for your collection which you can grab now at http://djohnny.podomatic.com/.

Right we are just about at the end, but before we hit our crescendo, news of what’s coming up between now & the end of the year, the return of our Music is The Answer posts first on the agenda, focuses a plenty including that of Ruben Winters, while expected track & compilation releases from Ivan Gomez, Nacho Chapado, Guy Williams, Nick Tcherniak, Hifi Sean, Eduardo De La Torre & Danny Verde will get our full attention. Plus, we are now linked into both Soundcloud & Podomatic, which means you can share your music with us & by doing so, you will more than likely get a mention & maybe more. Go check out our pages at http://soundcloud.com/discomatt & http://podomatic.com/discomatt or why not simply mail us at matt@discomatt.com.

So, to our last couple of mentions which go to D.J.’s Javier Media & Leomeo who have not only been busy individually, but have collectively worked on a new project “Nirvana Dream”, although more of that in a moment.

First to Javier and the truly exciting news since we last went to press on this Barca boy, is that he has been signed to massive Spanish clubbing brand Matinee, he having successfully rocked their “Vice” party in Barcelona just yesterday (Sun 5th). But his Matinee news gets bigger & better, as he will be starring in their tours of both Miami & New York, on NYE & NYD respectively, marking his first major gigs in the States, although, following this magnificent Matinee news, Mr Medina’s feet have hardly touched the ground, this weekend seeing him play out in Beirut at “Vanity”, followed the next weekend by “Barbarella” in Milan & Matinee’s Paris party, before those huge happenings stateside. No one can be as pleased as us with this news, having followed & nurtured his work since spotting him back in the spring and the progress he has made has been nothing short of spectacular (reminds us of Danny Verde), so we are sure you will join us in hearty congratulations to Javier, the US news being probably the best birthday present he has received in years (it was Sat btw). Now, we just await a new compilation from him, although you can, like us, keep your eyes peeled at either http://soundcloud.com/javier-medina/ or http://javiermedina.podomatic.com/.

As for Leomeo, well, we simply can’t keep up with our favourite Frenchman (sorry had to be said), tours of The US, Canada & Asia taking him away from his beloved Paris for most of the last six months, as have trips closer to home, including Spain, Germany & Belgium as well as his home country France, Lyon often calling on his superb services. Mind you, as busy as he is, it doesn’t stop Leo from dipping into the recording studio to lay down the odd compilation or two, many marking either his trips around the globe or the gigs he has played, three brilliant examples being “Sunday IN NYC”, “Shanghai Halloween” & “Matinee Paris – 1st Anniversary”, all available at http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo. But we get extremely excited when he hits the track recording path, his own “The Sound Of C” earlier this year getting our vote, as does his latest remix work of Shazz’s “Wherever You Are”, which he cutely entitles his “Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi” mix and is another example of Leomeo at his banging beat best.

So, what about “Nirvana Dream”, the Javier & Leomeo joint project? Well, it’s a collaboration extra-ordinaire, as the two talents fuse their tribal & tech house styles amazingly with sufficient amounts of vocals as well as elements of trance to produce a jaw droopingly elegant & mouth wateringly masterful track, this eight minute marvel neatly matched to visuals in video (check out link http://youtube.com/watch?v=eZzXnIhSHJc) that will hopefully be played out in all its glory at this coming weekend’s Lovechild “Mirrorballs" party, of which Leomeo headlines and is a liaison we cannot wait for, as sadly we can’t be at Matinee Paris the following weekend where both Leomeo & Javier will star together.

Well, that is it, our “Big Guns & Baby Boomers” music newsletter, we having breathlessly covered 14 D.J’s and well over thirty links to compilations, tracks & video’s, leaving us to simply say, “sit back, select those sounds, turn up the volume and let them play, as Music Is The Answer”. (DISCO MATT)

"A New Look, A New Direction" - DiscoMatt.com "Go For Launch"


Well, it has been a long time coming, but the day has arrived when we can, excitingly, announce the launch of our new one-stop website, a momentous day in Disco Matt land and one which we are coining “go for launch”, perhaps not quite as spectacular as the first rocket in space, the first man on the moon or even that first space shuttle mission, but a significant launch & step in our relatively short yet eventful history.

And yes, it has been just under three years since we started putting pen to paper, Disco Matt having been born & developed following publication of his review of Matinee in February 2008, on tip top clubbing website SeenQueen, we having gone on to rack up exactly 200 reviews since then, although as we have broadened our services ,other posts & reports have pushed up that incredible figure to well over 400, adding previews, weekend recommendations, hot dates & music pages to our family of blogs.

But in an ever changing & fast moving world and with our reputation & name established, the time came for us to step out of our “blogging” label, by creating a full-on website to encompass the full range of our work, offering a “one-stop shop” for our regular readers & wider audiences. So, given this momentous change, we have decided to slowly phase out our posts via BlogSpot, with the plan to fully integrate into DiscoMatt.com from the beginning of 2011. However, till then, you will be able to find out posts both here & at the new site.

So, why not take a look at our new look now & our post “A New Look & New Direction” which gives you a complete rundown on the new features, pages & site navigation tools, by simply clicking on http://discomatt.com/. We hope you like our new look and welcome your feedback, good, bad or indifferent. (DISCO MATT)

Friday, 3 December 2010

"Wonderful Ensemble Again" - Music Is The Answer - WE Party Special Take Two


Now, before you wonder and ask, what are we up to?, and what is this take two? Well, if Strictly Come Dancing can do it, so can we (oh that little word is going to be used a lot isn’t it...WE that is), so, “Wonderful Ensemble Again” it is, as despite having pretty much buttoned down both the message & then the music selections in advance of the WE Party launch on Saturday, those naughty D.J.’s have kept us on our toes. Yes, two of the main room stars have, whilst our backs were turned, gone to press with brand new podcasts, dedicated directly to WE’s launch in London. So, in true style, we just had to bring the full details to you & run down a review of both, plus tempt you with a handful of other tunes that we hope will be heading our way at WE courtesy of another main room entrant.

So, let’s get down to it and first up is the much anticipated & awaited compilation for WE’s headlining resident D.J. Carlos Gallardo, who (London airports permitting) will be flying in direct from Madrid to further heat up what is already looking like a red hot Coronet main room of music, with dramatic dance music magic, loads of latin favoured bats and the extra infusion of vocals to his track selections that has sometimes been missing from his compatriots at certain other named Spanish club import parties. That said, there will be no shortage of sexy Spanish tech fuelled & progressive euro sounds that always seem to hit resonance with the theatrical proportions of WE London’s host venue, although, as we have said, the big difference with Carlos’s WE sound compared to those of other parties, is that vocal injection. And from the very minute we started listening to his podcast, we were met with just that, fulsome Spanish styled sounds, vocal drenched yet pumping beats, starting off with the amazing anthem & summer smash"Get It Up" then rolling on into a brilliant adaptation of Cher’s “I Drove All Night”, followed by Carlos’s own “raw” yet rapturous version of “We (Eloise)” which is surely going to be THE song of the weekend (or is that the WEekend?!) , then onward to the fabulous “Fantasy Girl”, which is given the Gallardo grunt and a new twist of the classic Blondie hit “Call Me” among plenty of other brilliant beats. And to be honest, we had to stop dancing around the study during our research of Mr Gallardo’s gorgeous gathering of tunes, for fear of disturbing the neighbours (sadly we are not detached here in Clapham). So, with a mere smidgen of song giveaways, we cannot shout for Carlos’s creation enough and what’s even better is that WE London’s fab promoter, Alex Erfan, has loaded it into a podcast version to make it easy for you, so forget all those half baked download links and go grab some Mr Gallardo now at http://alex888.podomatic.com/entry/2010-12-02T07_32_52-08_00.

Hot (another word we will be using a lot) on Carlos’s heels is D’Johnny, who, along with fellow London superstar Steve Pitron, will be balancing out the Anglo-Spanish mix in the main room, he not just making up the quintet of WE main room qualifiers, but is very much a man on form at the moment, storming recent performances at Lo-Profile’s 3rd birthday, Beyond & Later (to name just a few). So, this smashing Swede’s inclusion in the WE line up was a natural choice for the London promoting team, not least that he is acutely familiar with The Coronet, having played there on a number of occasions in the recent past, both for SuperMartXe & Hype, his depth of talent & experience surely coming into play. And we were hoping he would also lay down a compilation marking WE party’s launch in London, Mr Cermann never failing to please us with his creations, this one another example of just why he is in such demand, the 118 minute mix hitting the ground running with the fab intro “Get Together”, then going all Delicious on us with their Kathy Brown vocal infused “Trippin” track. But the mix continues with selection after selection that prove as scrumptiously sweet as a chocolate selection box, the variety of sounds blending perfectly, meaning that, not only did we disturb the neighbours again while playing Johnny’s creation, but his selection box of sounds was munched up with gusto, other highlight tracks including Suzanne Palmer’s “Big Love”, the incredible Javi Reina 2010 mash-up of the classic “I Can’t Stop” and , naturally, WE party’s anthem, We (Eloise), although on this occasion it's Danny LeBlack’s version, all making up this tech & tribal triumph which, in the words of the man himself, is a collection of “...some of my own edits & bootlegs... (they are good, very good)... together with chunky house & sexy rhythms from other great producers that I am a fan of & support, all to give you an idea of what to expect from me at WE...”. And, if the truth be known, we absolutely love D’Johnny’s WE inspired mix, and we cannot wait to see him play at WE, so we recommend this podcast be an addition to your collection, which you can grab now at http://djohnny.podomatic.com/

Now, for fear of repeating ourselves (oh what the heck) if you haven’t yet grabbed your own copy of Steve Pitron’s devotion to WE then you must surely be in the minority, but just in case you missed the, how many is it now?!, erm...five mentions we have given this faaaabulous compilation, then go to http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/ NOW! And, having very much been the soundtrack of our weekend return to his homeland, when we caught up with old friends over in Essex, we got hooked to a couple of tracks, the first being John Dalback’s “Back To The Dancefloor” which we had on repeat most of the time (check it out at http://youtube.com/watch?v=Non3nlCpT54, the visuals being nearly as good as the track), Steve blending it superbly into JC’s “Souk” (has got to rival one of the best pieces of mixing we have heard all year). As for the other, well, if like us you were a Tears For Fears fan (we are showing our age!) then you will love Peter Rauhofer’s remix of their smash “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”, which you can catch in full eight minute glory at http://youtube.com/watch?v=dr7O4tamqTY. However, in terms of Mr Pitron’s latest work, the list goes on, Kelly Rowland’s “Commander” in yet another rapturous remix, main WE main Carlos Gallardo’s “Get It Up” (it’s on his mix too) ,“David Tort’s “Chase The Sun” and not forgetting the brilliant blockbuster “Show Me Your Love” by Miguel Picasso featuring Rebeka Brown’s incredible vocals, which will surely make a showing on Saturday, as should Tune In Tokyo’s “Dreamer” & Chris Montana’s “Don’t Give Up”, which is destined for greatness for sure (check out the Good Guy remix at http://youtube.com/watch?v=2IFcT9RSk8E) , but stop it Steve, as we can’t take this magnificent music anymore (well we can actually).

Anyway, enough already, we could write on & on about the music of WE, but we have to stop somewhere, don’t we? So, let’s just leave it there shall we and, as we look forward to WE and the launch on London on Saturday, all that’s left to say, as we love to, is “...sit back, select those sounds, turn up and let them play, as Music Is The Answer...”. (DISCO MATT)