Nut Records – Barcelona

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On a recent trip to Barcelona, I  stumbled across Nut Records, a small record shop tucked away down an alley in the Gothic District. I happened to be on my way to another record vendor, when I pointed out a vintage store to my girlfriend and this place happened to be next to it. Like all records collectors, I make it a necessity to have a look around the shops wherever I am. I Had just come from a market where I had  hoped of stumbling across some gems but instead spent two hours digging through the worst dregs Spain has to offer. So when I walked into Nut Records and the first thing I saw was Eric Miller’s ep on Sushi Tech, a record I’d bought a month previously, I knew I wasn’t going home empty-handed. The Record stall consisted of 6 or seven milk crates full of records up the

The Record stall consisted of 6 or seven milk crates full of records up the right-hand side and three 1210’s up the right. The reassuring sound of gentle tech house filled the background. I got talking to the guy working there, and it turned how he co-owned the place, We spoke about some of the records and I then asked him to show me some recommendations, to which he didn’t disappoint. I picked out about five records to listen to, he picked me out about 25, at which point I told my girlfriend I’m gonna be a while.

Anyway, Here’s some of the records I got.

 

  Barac – Verniana EP

Released on Frankfurt-based label, Pressure Traxx this time last year, Barac is a rising star in the growing Romanian minimal scene. Here’s a great interview with him, done recently by Resident advisor – https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/2554

 

Domenico Rosa – Roots On Roof EP

 

This was another recommendation from the guy at the shop, and I could see he was really into it by the fifth time it had been played , and I could see why. Rosa has created a real audio identity for himself skewing the border, dipping between deep and minimal house. This is the seventh release on his Imprints label and it’s easy  to see why it’s already sold out on Juno a day after being released.

 

Nima Gorji – Connections EP

Four solid originals for various situations from the veteran of the house / minimal electronic music scene.

 

Harvey Sutherland Bermuda EP

The Aussie must have felt pretty chuffed when he got the call about releasing on MCDE recordings, the self-titled record label of the legendary selector Danilo Plessow aka Motor City drum ensemble. Born Mike Katz, Harvey Sutherland has risen in popularity due to his distinctive cosmic boogie synths. Coming across this was a pleasant surprise and out of the four record featured, was the only one I picked out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another day another London club lost.

Such sad news to hear yet another London club is having to shut its doors due to destructive licensing restrictions. Dance Tunnel, Dalston’s beloved basement boogie venue is yet another club that’s become part of a chain of closures that are beginning to make a real dent upon the vibrant nightlife of London. We were just there this weekend and that’s why it’s even more of a shock to see it closing.

An online petition has been created to challenge Hackney Council on their unfair licensing restrictions, you can sign it here.

You can also read in further detail Dance Tunnel’s reasons for closing in their FaceBook page here.

Preview: Annie Mac Presents Lost & Found

Fast becoming the queen of UK music, Annie mac is working tirelessly to cement this title. Having seen her two weeks ago at the House of Vans Birthday it’s easy to see how she meets the needs of a variety of crowds. Her stature in the UK scene (and worldwide) has culminated in her having the pull to convince thousands of Brits to head to Malta in early April for her very own festival.

We aren’t going to deny, that the lineup isn’t groundbreaking in terms of programming, but it’s a safe, talented bill which will do the job for the audience present.

Here’re our top five sets to see over the festival.

1.Hudson Mohawke b2b Mark Ronson

For us the most exciting set of the festival. Mark Ronson is one of the most prolific producers of our time. He’s a producer that unlike most, presents himself as the artist. He still, however, puts in a strong amount of DJ sets. Accompanying Ronson is another world class producer who has been working with the likes of Drake And Kanye in recent times and that is Hudson Mohawke. This promises to be a memorable set.

2. Martinez Brothers 

One thing for sure the Martinez Bro’s Know how to bring the party. They May be labelled as circuit DJ’s but it’s for a good reason. You can’t go wrong with these guys.

3.  Bicep

The Northern Irish lads have really risen to prominence over the last the couple years, which now see’s them high up on most line up’s in today’s leading electronic music festivals. We are looking forward to hearing them drop some of their rare finds.

4.  Stormzy 

Off the back of multiple performances at SXSW, Stormzy is Gracing Malta with his domineering presence. In what’s a predominantly dance orientated lineup, Stormzy brings the live factor to the festival, showing  some of the best that Britain has to offer.

5. DJ EZ

After Completing his 24 hour set for Cancer Research, we couldn’t not include EZ. Not only that but his incredible mixing style cements him as one of the best DJ’s around. We are looking forward to him gracing the stage with his presence.

We will also be bringing you videos and images, live from the festival Via our Instagram.

Bloc. The Last of an Era

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Attending an electronic music event within the family holiday resort of Butlins is enough to make anyone think twice about their life choices. I can only begin to think what the Butlins staff, accustomed to upstanding citizens enjoying a leisurely weekend next to the pool must think of the absolute carnage that befalls on Butlins once a year. Perhaps it’s the obscurity of Butlins, with its archery range, go-kart tracks and creepy fairground music that actually make it an ideal place to party. There is definitely something about the land of redcoats that gives Bloc an added sense of uniqueness that other events have failed to fully monopolise on. Anyway, to avoid this review seeming like an analytical look into the bizarre world of Butlins, it’s probably best I move onto the music itself.

There were a few really pivotal moments for me at Bloc this year. On Friday night in particular, after many of the nighttime shenanigans had taken place, the Gateway to Zen showcase was 3 straight hours of unforgettable music. Nick Craddock completing the night with the techno anthem, The Bells by Jeff Mills is a moment of Bloc history I won’t forget. Saturday was just as entertaining with sets from Magic Mountain High and Motor City Drum Ensemble being the main talking points for the night. Sunday really reflected the eclectic nature of the Bloc programme, with showcases from Metalheadz and I love acid, really depicting the diversity of bloc’s lineup. Our Sunday was completed with a set by the Detroit grand master himself Omar S, with such an incredible mixing style he really completed the Bloc dynasty with style.

Bloc was always that special event sitting in the weekenders calendar that separates the seasonal winter gloom with the good times of summer. That is why it truly saddens me to have to say goodbye to Bloc in its current capacity, as the organisers will hopefully be moving onto bigger and better things. But overall it’s the little things I’m going to miss most about Bloc; the scandalous smell that each stage had, unique to its own, ranging from old man musk to shaggy wet dog, or the knowledge that someplace somewhere in the crowd snooker legend Steve Davis was getting down to some industrial techno, or perhaps it’s just sitting in front of the peculiar films on Bloc t.v. too messed up from the night before, whatever it is we’re going to miss you Bloc!

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Moodymann DJ Kicks review.

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Moodymanns a person that needs little introduction. A Detroit heavyweight with a knack for providing us with a boundless and unique musical selection. We knew as soon as we got wind of this release that we were going to love his addition to the DJ-Kicks series. Remarkable from start to finish, Moodymanns compilation has helped to bring an element of Detroit soul into our shady east London flat. But aside from our housing woes, Moodymann has again demonstrated his capacity for reaching a wide ranges of audiences with a tracklist that takes us on a musical journey through the realms of soul, hip-hop, house and even more folky tracks such as Jose Gonzalez’s – Remain. Overall, we consider this to be a triumph of unpretentious musical selection that transpires to a cozy 75 minutes of Monday morning listening.

Here’s a youtube link to the album here… and a link to buy the compilation on both vinyl and cd here.

Soichi Terada the Happy DJ

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A person looking into the underground electronic music scene could quite easily mistake the cold faces stamped across many of today’s leading acts as a precondition for appreciating the music that we do. Certainly, to some extent, there’s an element of grouchiness that has come to be bestowed upon the electronic music community as a whole. This has become a noticeable trait in a climate where a longing for distinction and individualism has taken pride of place over principles of togetherness and harmony, (principles it could be argued that electronic music was originally founded upon).

But let us not dwell too much on the unfortunate mental states of others, after all, there are still plenty of artists out there who really relish what they do. One individual who particularly stands out from the crowd is the Tokyo producer Soichi Terada. Soichi is a man who clearly gains ceaseless excitement from his work. Distinguished by a collection of flawless tunes and extravagant shirts his recent recognition has disturbed the industry standard of the miserable DJ.

Soichi is a man that clearly has not forgotten what electronic music is all about and we can only hope that his obvious happiness passes on to others in an industry that is fast losing sight on how to let loose and have a good time. 

As for us, we are super stoked to catch Soichi and Daniel Wang playing at Dance Tunnel on the 8th of April, if you haven’t got your tickets yet, grab them here, don’t sleep though because this one’s bound to sell out with a limited capacity of just 200.