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Monday, 28 February 2011

Greg Wilson @ Disco Deviant - Live Mix 25.2.11 - Brighton


Greg played another packed party for us on Friday night at Audio, Brighton. Whilst Matthew Burgess & I warmed things up, Greg discovered he had an issue with his laptop and controller so had to revert to CD's at the last minute.... not that it had any negative impact on his performance and his trusty Revox B-77 was in full effect throughout.

There was a great crowd in and an amazing atmosphere had built up, a really nice mix from teens through to those of us well into their thirties and beyond. Audio have added some new elements to their sound system and DJ booth and the resulting sound quality was notably better than in 2010.

What followed was a creative and fresh set that really took the roof off. Featuring tracks and edits from DJ Agent 86, Pink Floyd, Odyssey, Keep Schtum, Dimitri from Paris, Prince, Prince Language, Escort, Greg Wilson, Donna Allen, Ron Basejam and many more.

It's safe to say Greg really enjoyed his visit to Brighton and the reception you guys gave him, a top night with an atmosphere and sound that was really up there with the best.

Here's the first hour which was recorded for you to enjoy.
  Greg Wilson @ DISCO DEVIANT BRIGHTON 25.02.11 by Pablo Contraband

First Video from Greg Wilson & Co at Audio on Friday night

Had a chance to recover and sort some bits out this morning, got to say thanks to everyone who came for making Friday such a great night. Brilliant atmosphere and a lot of fun. Loads of new faces and some very good music.

I have some great footage and some audio from Friday night that I'd like to share with you all, I'm going to post a video or a mix each day this week, hopefully be able to do something with the sound on the video clips this week as it's got a lot of bass distortion... we'll see if I can work that out.

I've spoken to Greg he had a blast and commented on how good the atmosphere was and how friendly and receptive the crowd were. I know he loves coming to Brighton, but this stood out. He had to play with CD's due to a problem with his laptop so we were treated to a bit of an exclusive there. He's going to send me an hour recorded from his set later in the week so keep an eye out for that.

Here's the first bit of footage I have featuring Pink Floyd - Another brick in the wall (DJ Agent 86 edit)
video

I will also upload Matthew Burgess and Pablo Contraband on warm up duties later this week for you so there's a few treats ahead.

BIG DISCO NIGHT at QUEEN OF HOXTON - 2nd Birthday featuring Odyssey live


Got a competition to win free tickets to this, plus a free edit from Keep Schtum and it's massive!! Odyssey are playing live at this alongside a plethora of DJ talent including one of our favourites, Cosmic Boogie. 


LINK   Hang Together (Keep Schtum edit) - Odyssey


If you are in London this Saturday get yourselves across to this one, look at the line up!

Saturday 5th March
Queen of Hoxton 2nd Birthday Bash!
Odyssey Live
Yamwho? (ISM)
Cosmic Boogie
Softrocks
Allez Allez
Leftside Wobble
Capita! (Big In Japan)
Jay Karim (Big in Japan)


70's New York Disco legends Odyssey head east to play a very special intimate live show in the basement at the Queen of Hoxton to mark the venue's second birthday celebrations!! With huge hits including Going Back to My Roots, Native New Yorker, Use it up and Wear it Out they are sure to shake things to the ground alongside an all star selection of the venue's favourite DJs. This one is sure to see people queuing round the block!
DJs from 8pm - 4am / £5 before 10pm, £7 after

We have 2 free guest list places to give away - simply email your name over to contrabanddjs@gmail.com by Friday at 12 noon for a chance to win.

There's also an exclusive Leftside Wobble edit available for  first 100 people who give their email's on the night.
  Odyssey - Easy Come, Easy Go (Leftside Wobble Edit) by Leftside Wobble


Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Monday, 21 February 2011

On the Prowl


On The Prowl is a Brooklyn based record label launched by Marcos Cabral and Jacques Renault.

The label’s ‘Party Breaks’ off shoot is now a year old and releases thus far have seen Marcos and Jacques on edit duties, both individually and together as Runaway, along with cuts from Simoncino (aka Nick Anthony) and the UK’s Andy Ash.

The recent release of Party Breaks # 5 confirms the imprint as a reliable stamp of quality. Expect anything from warm, disco flavoured deep house through to boogie, classic house sounds and the odd bit of 80’s R&B.

A taster here from Party Breaks #1. “Lifetime Groove" (Marcos Cabral & Shux Edit) is an edit of the New Edition release from 1986. The result is an epic twelve minute adventure jam packed with balearic overtones and dubbed out feel good vibes.



Go get it.

Buy Here


Disco Deviant with Andrew Weatherall & Pablo Contraband £5 early birds


The Limited Early Bird Tickets are now available for £5 a pop exclusively on RA as of today. Probably gonna go pretty quick I would of thought so don't snooze. LINK


Mix from Ewan Pearson b2b Andrew Weatherall in Milan just to whet the appetite.

  Andrew Weatherall & Ewan Pearson back to back @ Tunnel, Milan Part One. by Ewan Pearson 


Friday, 18 February 2011

Alan Partridge - Mid Morning Matters

Still laughing at the lastest installment of Mid Morning Matters, I hadn't been totally convinced of the quality of the series done in association with fosters, although good, they lacked some of the spark previously seen on the BBC material. This however hit's the jackpot and pays out massively for any former Partridge nerd such as myself. Brilliant just brilliant.



Wednesday, 16 February 2011

The Shamen - Synergy Live on Colin Favor Kiss 100

Holy shit! I was very excited to finally locate this mix, a big thanks to Mixmaster Morris for pointing it out I have been wanting to hear this beauty again for quite some time, a long lost mix tape we had recorded off the radio and caned time and again... whilst caned on a variety of substances fashionable in the early 90's.

The Synergy Tour and the En tact album were both massively influential and really were something special in the early days of my foray into the dance music scene. I had always been band focussed massively into The Jam, The Cure, FGTH and Happy Mondays so the likes of New Order and The Shamen made sense to me.

  The Shamen - Synergy live on Colin Favor, Kiss 100 FM 1991 by ninjamixdump

Some classic material on ‘In Gorbachev We Trust' an album that caused controversy as The Shamen began to make a name for themselves. In 1990, the band's third album, ‘En-Tact', saw the arrival of rapper and DJ Richard West aka Mr. C. However, it was also marked by the tragic departure of Will Sinnott, who drowned in May 1991 while filming the video to ‘Move Any Mountain' in Tenerife. Reading interviews at the time they had been engaged in massive ecstasy binges and sensory deprivation experimentation in caves whilst on the shoot. He drowned in the midst of all this. A sad accident and a marked change in their sound and ethos soon followed.

The band decided to continue without him and the single 'Move any Mountain' (Watch it on 'Top Of The Pops') became The Shamen's biggest hit to date, peaking at number 4.


After that it all went a bit commercial with some appalling cheesy crowd pleasers and Mr.C playing the court jester and to be honest giving the band a bad name, as the masses took notice of Ebeneezer Goode putting it at the top of the charts for many weeks. By then I had long lost interest and saw it a signal of the demise of acid house culture and a quick cash in on the once underground, now tabloid scene.

The Prodigy made a statement album with Music for the Jilted Generation, commenting on CJA and it's impact on youth and the rave culture it suddenly destroyed. An excellent album with no deliberate mass appeal, it was hugely successful and lead them onto an international headline career, with multiple No.1's and further albums, production commissions and festival appearances worldwide

Have a listen to Possible worlds and imagine hearing it at 6am on a frosty morning in Ascot, courtesy of Spiral Tribe. Nothing is impossible.... quite a long way from TOTP

Monday, 14 February 2011

Blunted Funk - Hunt Up Town


Here's a bit of a treat from an old Maidenhead cohort of mine Blunted Funk aka Ronnie Turner. He was spinning tunes and rolling blunts come to think of it whilst I was still in my teenage guitar band phase, he was more than ready for when a few of us graduated post Glastonbury onto the baggy / rave / club scene.

He was spinning alongside Weatherall, Phil Perry, Rocky & Diesel, Marvin Connors, Farley and all the usual suspects circa 88-93 in London, Windsor, Slough and Maidenhead. Good times, great memories and some wild times were had.

Nice to re-acquaint recently online and see the fire is still burning. A great example of Ronnie's eclectic tastes and experience can be heard in this Blunted Funk track. A real melting pot of styles and sounds fused remarkably well into the mixdown. Starts off sounding quite broken beat, building into a slightly more driving and acidic vibe before finally bursting into a sun kissed horn section after the breakdown. Impressive as none of it sounds forced or out of place. Something a bit different for those craving the summer.

  Blunted Funk hunt up town mixdown by BLUNTED FUNK


Saturday, 12 February 2011

3 Hour Billy Scurry Mix


The last time I was speaking to Billy Scurry it was over a very cold beer at a very warm beach bar on the Adriatic coast during last year's brilliant Electric Elephant Festival. Today I find myself communicating with the same man via e-mail from an occasionally sunny but chilly Brighton.

Hailing from Ireland, Billy has been a lifetime lover of all things musical and over the last 20 years his always eclectic style has seen him hold - now legendary - residencies at Ireland's The Temple of Sound, The Kitchen and The Ormonde.


Digging deep, Billy brings the sunshine back here in the form of his latest 'Fever' mix - a 3 hour excursion into the depths of his record box that takes in Soul, Funk, House, Disco and everything in between. This is very good indeed.

Billy Scurry... Fever Pt II by billyscurry



I'm off to open a beer and stand by the radiator with my shades on.......

Thursday, 10 February 2011

New mix from Tim - Warm Sounds / The Acid House - Norman Jay Early Birds



A mini mix of the bite sized 30 min variety from Tim over at The Acid House. Features tracks by:   Rotvic, Ulysses, Mike Dunn, Evan Evans, Virgo, Prins Thomas gets it going a bit dark and squelchy in places with plenty of lighter moments too.

Go get some, and why not leave him a comment while your here! Probably a bit too much to ask for as it takes all of 10 secs ;)

  Lunch Break Mini Mix No 2 by Warm Sounds

Also just a heads up Norman Jay is playing disco deviant along with the excellent Greymatter on Friday March 18 at Audio we've put some very limited Early Birds up for grabs at £5 each. Exclusively on RA so if you wanna bargain CLICK

Monday, 7 February 2011

Disco Deviant News


Pretty glad January is out the way seemed to drag a bit, Feb's here and off to a flying start with the Go Bang & Maxxi boys both throwing great parties last Friday. Tensnake was really good.

Ok so down to business, couple of nights I want you to know about in Feb.

First is our monthly session Above Audio - each month I invite a guest to join me for the evening, been pretty good overall with some extra sound, £4 cocktails and free entry complimenting the tunes nicely.

This Friday 11th Feb, I am joined by Alphabet City from 10-3am Above Audio - FREE entry - £4 cocktails

Brighton-based Rob Fahey – AKA Alphabet City – is one of the fastest-rising producers on the nu-boogie/disco scene having been responsible for the brilliant ‘Turn Me Up’/’Lowdown’ single on Finland’s Traveller Records and 'Lay it on the Line' released on Lazy Days Recordings (complete with Fred Everything reworks)... In the coming months he has singles due out on Under The Shade (with remixes from Toby Tobias and Downtown Party Network) and  the brand new edits label from NYC - Alpha Beta.

Looking forward to him joining me for an evening on the decks

Friday 25th Feb - Disco Deviant: Greg Wilson, Pablo Contraband & Matthew Burgess (Lowlife) - Audio

Great line up, exclusive Brighton gig for Greg, introducing Lowlife's Matthew Burgess to the mix, tickets selling fast. Big party on the cards for us to enjoy. Advance tickets are £7 +bf / £10 door and are available from the following:

Online: RA LINK - Skiddle LINK

Shops: Rounder Records 01273 325440, Resident Records 01273 606 312, Dance2 01273 220023
Addict Clothing, Dukes Lane 01273 721 640
Lust, Gardener St, 01273 699 344

Looking forward to seeing loads of you there.

Diary dates :
Norman Jay: Audio - Fri  Mar 18th 
Andrew Weatherall: Audio - Fri Apr 15th
DD basement party @ The Globe - Sat Mar 19th

Here's a link to some tracks that DJ HARVEY took his razor to, if you haven't heard or got them see what you think (Black Cock) edits
password: simplygoodmusic

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Friday Feb 11, Alphabet City. Above Audio

Disco deviant & Under the Shade special

Special guest this time is Brighton-based Rob Fahey – AKA Alphabet City – one of the fastest-rising producers on the nu-boogie/disco scene having been responsible for the brilliant ‘Turn Me Up’/’Lowdown’ single on Finland’s Traveller Records and 'Lay it on the Line' released on Lazy Days Recordings (complete with Fred Everything reworks)... In the coming months he has singles due out on Under The Shade (with remixes from Toby Tobias and Downtown Party Network) and  the brand new edits label from NYC - Alpha Beta.

I (Pablo Contraband) host the monthly session Above Audio and have been lucky enough to have had some great DJ's join me, Rahaan, Cosmic Boogie, Nocturnal to name a few. It's free entry and the £4 cocktails are da bomb!

Join us for a sweet little session in my favourite Brighton venue 10-3, Friday 11 Feb, £FREE

DJ Harvey & Ben Monk mixes



One from Harvey on the Sarcastic Disco tip, worth checking out the man, when's he gonna hit the UK though?!

Correct LINK

Fresh bit of disco selecting from Ben Monk, decent cuts pretty much all on the vocal disco and deep house tip, he's come down from Nottingham to Brighton fairly recently and will soon be contributing to the blog so have a listen to get an idea of his tastes.
  Ben Monk - Love To Love Mix by Ben Monk
1 - Satin Silk & Lace - Your Love
2 - Surface - Falling in Love (InnerWest Soul Tight as you like edit)
3 - The Dead Rose Music Company - Just A Bitter Love
4 - My Pair of Shoes - If You Really Want It (Cosmic Boogie Remix)
5 - Valentine Brothers - Money's Too Tight (To Mention)
6 - Chaz Jankel - You're My Occupation (2007 Remake)
7 - Lord Of The Isles - Miles To My House
8 - Tal M Klein - Unicorn in The Garden
9 - Giulio DJ - Inner Life
10 - Azari & III - Reckless With Your Love (Manuel Tur Remix)