Saturday 26 June 2010

Beach Partie

If you're free in Sydney tomorrow come to our party at Bondi Social with Slow Blow, Softwar, Charlie Chux (of Discopunx) and Ash & I playing groovy Sunday tunes on the beachfront all evening :) the last couple have been stacks of fun! A fantastic opportunity for all of us to wank over our latest 12" finds and compete over whose record bag (penis) is bigger. Happy hour is 4 - 9pm. Check it out!

Got some seriously amazing new records to share. Seems I've been a bit late picking up on these Sleazy Beats records.. This latest one by Melbourne producer Tornado Wallace aka Lewie Day is my new favourite record, easy. Three impossibly groovy slow burning deepish house tracks that all get me twitching uncontrollably - this is supremely good producing. His release for Delusions of Grandure is also a gem, it comes highly recommended as well. Fucking brilliant.

Tornado Wallace - Tornado Never Dies [buy]

Still can't stop playing the Space Rangers' D-Train edit, and now I can't stop playing the B-side either. Cool laid back funk track with all the same winning elements direct from 1982. The two tracks together make this record the kinda thing you could use in a stack of different situations and emerge a hero. So worth owning!

Space Rangers - Love Don't Come Easy [buy]

I was worried about this Martians record being a really hit-or-miss affair with me, but turns out it's hit big. The Royal Dub of Theme Tune is the real winner for me, taking things down a notch from the original speedy party bash to a more comfortable nu-disco zone. I really like the sci-fi sorta vibe of the whole record! On the flip, the Acid Easy version of Clockwork is a full on acid banger which is especially tasteful. It's a seriously electronic record with an excellent range of feels - another all-purpose affair. I love it more with every listen!

Martians - Theme Tune (Royal Dub) [buy]

Lastly is the latest Past Due release with an amazing remix lineup including James Curd, Nick Chacona and My Cousin Roy. Despite the big names, the original cut by Greyship Daviz is the real standout for me. Big fruity disco funk sound! Aside from that though, James Curd's thick dubby remix is the highlight. The only problem with this record is it sounds a bit gluggy for some reason, i dunno what the deal is there. But a solid piece of wax this is.

Greyship Daviz - This Groove Is On The Loose [buy]

See you tomorrow folks!

Monday 21 June 2010

The Jacques Perspective

Was so great to finally see the man Jacques Renault play some tunes at The Civic the other week after a couple of missed opportunities over the last two years. I'd be tediously repeating myself by noting he's responsible for a stack of beastly edits, he's one half of Runaway, he runs a young label called On The Prowl and he's up with the very best in the disco arena. Clearly I'm no journalist but Jacques, being the sympathetic gentleman that he is, kindly answered a few quick Q's about current happenings.


DD: I hear you started out as a D&B DJ - after being a viola whiz, no less. Was that the first kind of 'dance' music you got into? Where did that initial interest come from?

JR: Growing up I went through quite a few phases. It wasn't until I was 18 and went to this party called Cold Rice -that's where I first heard Soul, Dancehall and Drum & Bass all at the same party and was so excited about it. I started collecting more electronic records and got myself some turntables when I moved to Chicago for school.

DD: Were you into buying records as a kid? What kind of stuff did you dig growing up?

JR: I started buying punk records when I first got into records. I was pretty obsessed with the early DC hardcore stuff and then the early 90s post punk sound. I feel pretty lucky where I grew up and what kind of music was going on at the time.

DD: Hit me with 3 of your most cherished records.

JR: Here are the first 3 that come to mind:
Grauzone - Eisbaer
Loose Joints - Tell You Today
Fred Wesley - House Party

DD: How about all time favourite DJs?

JR: I like to listen to old Ron Hardy Mixes online. Some of them are really amazing, I wish I got to experience that...

DD: Getting down to business: some people I've spoken to feel that, with the current trend of edits and the like, disco is too backward thinking. Do you think it's leading somewhere or are a lot of people really just stuck in the past?

JR: The reality is as long as there has been DJs there have been edits. I'd agree that there a lot of people putting out edit 12"s and like anything some are better than others, but at least people are trying new things. As long as there are creative people trying something new with other people's music, the music will sound new. If they just mimic what others have done then it's no fun. There are great producers making something new out of songs we love. If it's for their own DJ sets or for limited vinyl, I'm happy that it's still alive and we're all still buying records.

DD: I know I'm flogging a dead horse here but I always like to hear what people have to say about vinyl vs digital. Personally, aside from sound quality, I have a real romantic connection with holding a song in my hand. What's your reason for sticking with records?

JR: I still enjoy going to the record store and discovering new music but taking a stack of things that look familiar or not and listening to stuff. I used to joke that I listen to more bad music but you always find something you like. I still go to the record shops and I buy online. It's just what we all have to do these days. The digital quality is a ok when you travel and the turntables don't work. There will always be a plus and minus for any medium.

DD: Blogs - another overcooked topic but I have to ask. In your experience as a DJ, producer and now small label manager, have they been handy or harmful? Is free music the future?

JR: It's true it's hard to make money on music these days, but having your own label isn't to make money in our minds. It's about having an idea and following through with it. Marcos & I are releasing a few original artists other than ourselves and it's exciting to have On The Prowl out there. I know a few blogs but I'll be honest I don't really look at too many. I know who some people are and I think it's great to hear their stories and success... the reality is people learn about music this way and that's fine by me. It's nice to see our music online on the blogs and in the shops.

DD: Going back to that question about disco progressing; which producers and labels do you think are really carrying things forward and breaking new ground?

JR: Lots of great stuff happening. I'm a big fan of what The Revenge, Azari & III, TBD, Holy Ghost, Cosmo Vitelli, Andy Ash, Tensnake, are name a few. Labels like Rong, DFA, Golf Channel, Instruments of Rapture, Running Back are a few favs. This is always tough, I feel like I'm forgetting something..

DD: Any chance you like Twin Peaks?

JR: ha yeah I've seen the movie. I like the reference...

DD: Finally, what's on the cards for you in the next 12 months?

JR: More traveling and production of original work and remixes. Plus Marcos & I are working on our Runaway Live set. 2010 is going really well.


For further proof of Jacques' talents, gobble up these tracks. One of the edits from his RVNG of the NRDS which started this snowball rolling; a deep Runaway contribution to the I'm A Cliche catalogue; and some large-but-smooth house from the second OTP record. Big winners.

Jacques Reanult - Tuxedo Dance

Runaway - Your League [buy]

Jacques Renault - Love & Happiness [buy]

Also check out Video 1, Video 2 and Video 3 of a great in-depth interview with Jacques by pals Future Classic. They're heaps better than me. And they're hosting Prince Language this Saturday! Check it out.

Know what else is good? This old Greg Wilson remix of Gary Davis. That's what.

Gary Davis - The Professor's Here (Greg Wilson Remix) [buy]

Could the formatting of this post get any worse? I should stop asking rhetorical questions. Is it irritating? Don't answer that.


Thursday 17 June 2010

In The Flesh

This historics box set especially assembled for RVNG is blowing my mind. I'll just do an extremely brief summary since I would wank on about this for aeons. 10 tracks over 3 records remixed by the likes of Jackpot, Leo Zero, Allez-Allez, Andrew Allsgood, Low Motion Disco, SirBilly, Pink Stallone and MORE. Housed in a beautiful cardboard enclosure with each 12" being wrapped individually in mammoth 32" x 24" posters. The amount of love that has gone into this release is staggering. Read the full story on the RVNG website and snatch up one of the 50 in existence! Musically the package is a lot darker than I'd expected from seeing these names, and there have been a few really pleasant surprises. This is the holy grail for lovers of physical media.

historics - City to City (Pink Stallone High By Foot Remix) [buy]

Another beautiful package is this first release on Pacific Beach Recording Company with a couple of amazing Harvey edits of Doc Severinsen tracks. Heavyweight vinyl, amazingly well engineered, lovely packaging and groovy-as-fuck music. This track has strut written all over it. Can't wait to hear what's next on this label!

Doc Severinsen - Be With You (DJ Harvey Edit) [buy]

I've had this Meco Star Wars record for ages which has been a prized posession ever since seeing Stacey Hedger bust out a blistering trumpet solo over the top of the A-side. For some reason though I only listened to the other side for the first time last week. It's pretty cool! If you can get past the tedious marching drum breaks that interrupt every couple of minutes it's a pretty hot jam. Who wants to do the edit?

Meco - Other Galactic Funk

Parties parties parties. Next Sunday we're doing another Death Strobe weekend-end at Bondi Social which will be super fab - details to come. This Saturday hit up Adult Disco at The Civic (as usual) and have a goooood time.

Thursday 10 June 2010


More trademark laziness tonight, i'll "let the songs speak for themselves" because I have a sore throat. Beautiful Marcus Marr release here that I should have posted weeks ago. This one's a little bit dubby and chugs away in the darkness. Very groovy stuff. I think there were only 300 of these records pressed and the flip side is a beauty too so hop to it!

Marcus Marr - Pleasure Moon (feat. Helena Ward) [buy]

Quality Ajello edit on the first Italo Deviance record which ties together a bunch of different vibes. Bit jazzy, bit rocky, bit italo, bit disco. A solid stocking filler, you really can't lose.

Ladies Choice - Stars & Muscles (Ajello Re-Edit) [buy]

Far from the iconically irritating chorus of Horny - this is a classic smooth soulful Sunday sound from Mousse T. A proper couchbound jam.

Mousse T. - Brother On the Run [buy]

Yeah yeah, The Revenge/6th Borough Project/OOFT records are like Pokemon, anyone into the current disco happenings has gotta catch 'em all. Nothing new here, however felt I should chuck something up to accompany a bit of a plug for his appearance, along with DJ Spun, at The Civic this Saturday. Another spectacular Picnic party ticked off.

6th Borough Project - Planets (The Revenge Lost Groove) [buy]

Actually this weekend is going to be a monster. Slow Blow are hosting DJ Kaos this Sunday afternoon at The Flinders, followed by Gay Bash's 4th birthday at The Oxford. Prepare for extreme head bendage.

Thursday 3 June 2010

On The Mend

Still recovering from the last two brutal weeks, I'll do my best to pick my tattered self up off the floor and post more music. Thanks to those who came to our Death Strobe party! There are probably one or two of you in the universe who didn't manage to make it down and grab one of the CDs we were handing out and I really want to share this amazing Trus'me tune - big thanks to Willy for sending it to me! Domestic aggression has never sounded so good. This was originally on a Stilove4music release but later put out independently - seems Trus'me was another victim of SL4M's non-paying ways. Dodgy.

Trus'me - Tony Does What Tony Wants [buy]

This gorgeous balearic number was sent in by a lad from Indonesia producing as Midnight Savari. Light and spacey but very very groovy with more depth than it lets on. Check out a broad spectrum of tunes on his SoundCloud, although they're from a different project. Can't wait to hear more!!

Midnight Savari - Pinisi

For the record, Jacques Renault's set on Saturday was a blinder. As is his latest Mystery Meat release with Lee Douglas which I've been holding out on posting. Alas, I can hold on no longer. The A-side, Pump, is featured in his Ones & Twos mix: huge party disco with commanding vocals and some added-synth beefiness. But for me their edit of Love Exchange's 'Got To Find A Disco' is the centrepiece. Granted it needs to be heard LOUD LOUD LOUD but it funks so fucking hard. It's really raw and thumping, totally unrelenting in its grooviness. Definitely one of the best records in the last couple of months.

Jacques Renault & Lee Douglas - Got To Find A Disco [buy]

And for good measure, a classic by Slick which everyone remembers from Erol's original Disco 3000 set. Or that Jeff Mills classics comp. Or from 1979 if you're really legit.

Slick - Space Bass