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The Devil’s Music @ The Black Dove

Posted in Music Posts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 01/08/2011 by Rich

Several things happened at once on Saturday Night – I was compelled in many different ways to do things; marvellous things, like writing about music AND spread the love about what I found to be a most enjoyable experience at The Black Dove in Kemptown.

Now, I don’t get out much anymore and as this blog would suggest if you care to read back through the posts, I have pretty much hung up my headphones and archived the vinyl in favour of picking up real instrumentation again. Musically, you will now find me rehearsing with a three piece power trio in a very salubrious converted public toilet in the centre of Brighton rather than frequenting the bars of this fair town seeking out disco pleasures. The world is an ever changing place you know…

But I do every now and then surface from the deafening maw of the studio to reconnect with all things sparkly and Saturday gone I had a most pleasurable experience. Partner in crime Johnny Recess was having a birthday bash at The Black Dove, 74 St James St, Kemptown and I have to say it’s been a long time since I enjoyed a pub as much as I did. And get this – I was sober. As a judge. And I STILL really enjoyed myself (it is possible kids).

So, this place is intimate, has a decent sound system, bar staff that know what they’re doing, a brilliantly stocked bar, a cool little downstairs bit which is even more intimate than the upstairs bit, a nice outside bit with tables for smokers and a decor that says “I’ve been travelling the world (and the underworld) for 40 years and everywhere I’ve been I’ve brought a little piece back with me”, either physically, or emotionally I would say…

Perhaps my attraction to the place was the bar or perhaps it was the clientele, who for the most part had made exquisite efforts to dress nice. No, not nice, positively spiffing in a kind of vintage 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s oh who gives a flying fuck what decade it is let’s have a large G&T yes? kind of way.

And the music, provided by the hosts The Devil’s Music, was a real mix of stuff you just don’t hear played out enough – jazz, blues, swing… erm, as they put it themselves: “a low slung night at the best juke joint in town, come down and get your teeth swimmin’ to swinging speakeasy tunes and American Roots debauchery, dress up sharp enough to draw blood and shake a leg!”. Yeah, well, by midnight it was really hotting up and I was sad to leave. Highly recommended.

Also highly recommended is ‘seeing all your friends at once’ (Disco aficionados please note topical reference) in a great place. In the house were Ali ‘Go Bang’ Broadcast and general all round top bloke Tim ‘Acid House’ Rivers. Ali and Affy Go Bang have been ramping things up in their camp this year with regular nights at the Green Door Store just off Trafalgar Street and a little bit of production going on (go fellas – you iz gonna be massiv). The Green Door Store is another of those relatively new venues which I am massively rating and need to make more time to get to. Pride weekend will see some Go Bang shennanigans so check out their website for details (link below). Tim along with Steve KIW of ‘Steve KIW‘ fame (he’s played Royal Festival Hall don’t you know so does not require further introductions!) has been tearing up dancefloors at the ever-loyal-to-the-disco-scene Globe pub on Middle Street so check it OUT brothers and sisters.

Chewing the fat with partners in groove from times gone by was just such a fine way to spend an evening and it was so bloody NICE to find out that people’s projects and creative juices were still flowing and that people were reaping the rewards of their commitment to the higher funk.

I just feel so FUCKING POSITIVE! Summer rocks…

If you have any sense, check out:

  1. The Devil’s Music
  2. The Black Dove
  3. Go Bang
  4. The Green Door Store
  5. The Acid House
  6. The Globe

That is all!

x

Goodbye dull days…Hello sunshine!

Posted in Music Posts with tags , , , , , , , , , on 02/04/2010 by Johnny

Happy Easter to all our readers!

I love this time of year, after the slog of the first half of the year when its a major effort to do much at all, we are blessed with a few days R&R when we can kick back and chill looking forward to the year ahead!

The purpose of this post is to hopefully infiltrate your spring playlists! Warming you up for a (hopefully) glorious summer ahead. We’ve made it through the darkest parts of winter (that in itself deserves a pat on the back), time to start getting into gear for a corking 2010!

TANLINES – SETTINGS (EP)

So first up its time for some dub disco poptronica from the excellent Tanlines. What can I tell you about the band? Not much to be honest…I’m not sure I want to know much more than the fact they have produced an almost flawless slice of dub pop disco that grows and grows on you leaving you craving another listen.

For most, the standout track is Real Life which blends excellent production (often reminiscent of early Knife tracks) with well placed vocals for a quirky jangle of a tune you can hum along and tap your feet to. But for me its the instrumental moments of lush percussion mixed with catchy hooks that light my ring!

See below for a snippet of the EP – you can purchase it from 7Digital for just £1.99 HERE… money well spent in my opinion!

Enjoy the Caribbean percussive belter known as  ‘Reinfo’:

http://www.divshare.com/download/10952210-101

And the multilayered sensibilities of ‘Z’:

http://www.divshare.com/download/10952211-c50

FOUR TET – THERE IS LOVE IN YOU (ALBUM)

Next up we have an offering from master of laptop electonica music Four Tet (real name Kieran Hebden). Now I’m no expert on Four Tet’s music, so I can only speak on my experience of  coming into contact with his particular form of looping and blending samples into multi layered often hypnotic tracks.

My first encounter with a four tet cd was back in 2007 when his brilliant album Pause made its way into my life. I was moving house around the time (a time of great transience and change for anyone)  and Pause was the cd that was permanently in my new housemates ghetto blaster.  Being busy and tired from lugging boxes the cd got play after play on the stereo during times of great activity and also the times of kicking back catching up over a good brew. That was the beauty of the music, it neither grated after ‘one too many listens’ nor did it completely wash over my consciousness like most background music, it just worked its way into head with its clever percussive and always interesting brilliance. Check out Everything is alright for a slice of what I’m talking about.

Needless to say that CD still gets a play on a regular basis, whether on the headphones while I’m working, on the iPod dock  when camping with friends or doing its thing while I’m simply kicking round the house. Its quite simply music for life.

Now, Pause has been enough of the Four Tet sound for me for the last couple of years, but when I heard there was a new album out I thought it was time to catch up and see how the sound has mutated. Needless to say Four Tet’s sound has changed in ‘There is love in you’ significantly. For me it has become a crisper, tighter production in places with less of the homebrewed samples and more of a conforming sound. This isn’t always the case and is by no means a bad thing, as sometimes within we get plenty of revisits to the classic sound  prevalent in pause, but these echo’s of familiar sounds with their rough edged charm sit perfectly alongside well produced more dance based offerings you might expect from current Balearic masters such as Aeroplane. I’ve chosen a track with encompasses both styles, essentially a darker offering with its underlying driving groove that ends in a familiar sounding loop of strings flipped and reversed in that clever way Four Tet does so well!

Get the album here – you wont regret it any time soon!

Behold ‘Love cry’ off the album There is love in you:

http://www.divshare.com/download/10952860-9cc

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – VARIOUS

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM! YES!!! Why am I so excited? because next month I’ll be standing in front on the indie disco crossover maestro that is James Murphy in full effect at Brixton academy catching LCD on their worldwide 2010 tour! Why else?….. LCD have finished their new album!

Before we take a peek  into their new material though, lets first talk about an offering from 2007. I was lucky enough to stumble across the 45:33 EP (above) around the time of its release.  I came across the mysterious vinyl in a record shop in Brighton, having no idea what is was. A simple black sleeve with the band name and the 45:33 text and very little else. What I went on to find out is that it was a composition of LCD material commissioned by Nike for a series of mixes to run to. That discovery blew my mind! a composition specially formulated to run to….what was I in store for? the answer is a brilliantly compiled journey into the aspects that make LCD and James Murphy so special. All the best bits of the disco, indie and electronica sound rolled into 45 mins (actually just over) of breathtaking music.

The segment I’ve chosen to share is something a bit special. The instrumental mix of ‘Someone Great’ from the album The sound of silver. Although lacking the touching vocals from the original (found here) the instrumental still holds the amazing tune that makes it such a special track! On 45:33 it’s sandwiched between the vocal disco opener and the dance floor bound peak of the mix – this track couldn’t have been better selected for the composition!

Check it out here – 45:33 part 3 – Someone Great (instrumental):

http://www.divshare.com/download/10953025-3dc

45:33 available album available here

What I also love about LCD SOUNDSYSTEM is their ability to jump between seemingly touching and sentimental moments to the down right silly but brilliant dancefloor sound. My first encounter with their music was buying a 12″ called ‘Daft Punk is playing at my house’. I had no idea what it was, but how the hell could a track by that name ever be bad?! Needless to say I wasn’t disappointed and the record has had a good bashing at parties  still to this day.

Revisiting this sound is the first release off their next album ‘This is happening’ due out in may this year. The track ‘Drunk Girls’ is a fun sing along  track with plenty of catchy hooks and key changes to keep even the most easily distracted listener locked in for it’s 3:45 mins!

Listen to Drunk Girls here and if you’re in Brixton next month, I’ll see you at the front!:

http://www.divshare.com/download/10953024-c78

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That’s it from me for now! Enjoy the rest of your Easter break and most of all Enjoy the good music!

Peace.X

Johnny Recess DNB summer Mix – Circa 2002

Posted in Music Posts with tags , , , , on 16/03/2010 by Johnny

Not been posting for a while due to a high level of work commitments! zzzzzzzz

However I’m coming back with something with a bit of a different flavour to what you’d usually expect from the Recess Camp!

Long ago in a time when I could still leap around to 175bpm  music til the early hours unaided by anything but a pure love for the music I created a series of mixes showcasing my top drum n bass tracks of the time.

This one was the mix (there was 7 in total) – which stands the test of time to this day, well for me anyway! I still thoroughly enjoy this mix today and listen to it every couple of months to remind me of the music I used to live and breathe…

No tracklisting unfortuntaley but theres tunes from Alex reece, Total science and High contrast amongst others.

I’ve posted this now as its a beautiful sunny day and some of this mix has a summery vibe as well as its more gritty moments.

Viva drum n bass, not now…how it was 8 years ago!

The world was on fire No one could save me but you…

Posted in Music Posts with tags , , , , , on 13/12/2009 by Johnny

Some days you need a tune to get lost in. Something to take you on a strange and interesting Journey, to transport you to a place you didnt even know you were going til you got there.

This is that tune.

Jichael Mackson – The Grass is always greener:

Solar Powered Disco…

Posted in Music Posts with tags , , , , , , on 13/12/2009 by Johnny

Excellent track here which I discovered after reading through a Resident Advisor article on DJ and producer Todd Terje who as it happens visited Brighton recently. The articles  from a couple of years ago: Read it here.

Debbie Jacobs is a female Black American singer born in Baltimore, Maryland who had several Disco hits. Her biggest chart hit was “High on Your Love,” which climbed to #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980.

The track is a true gem and fast becoming a favorite of mine! It combines all the best elements of disco and groove with a fully infectious baseline and starts off with an absolutely stomping beat that grabs that dancing soft spot deep inside us all and gives it a nice big jolt!

As the track builds the percussion grows into a stomping bells and whistles affair and the excellent vocal kicks in, my favorite part of which is “I run on solar power, and my batteries can last for hours!”. What a great lyric, as are the rest of the words which dip in and out of the tune without getting over powering which allows for lots of all out funk driven instrumental action!

Dont take my word for it, dig in and get down!

Dances with Wolves

Posted in Music Posts with tags , , , , , , , on 27/10/2009 by Johnny

The name Wolf Music conjurs up all kinds of thriller style tomfoolery and visions of hairy beats that bite this time of year…

But by no means should this influence your decision to read on, even if you’re suffering from pre haloween ‘over it already’ fever.

Wolf music first came to my attention recently when scouring new releases on the Juno chart. Ooooh I like the name, was my first thought, ooooh they’ve released some mixes of that awesome Atmosfear track! I thought next. And my third and final thought (as I can only usually have 3 in a row before i get a migrane) was…aaaaaaaaaaah they’re from Brighton!

As I dug a little deeper and made contact with the Wolf boys (via hairyface book – groan…) I soon found some chaps not only with an unadulterated raw passion for good dancefloor music but also two people who really care about the quality of their output and strive to keep things diverse by getting other quality names (including The Revenge & coming soon involvement from Ilija Rudman) in on the act while they’re at it! Oh and they’re ever so friendly too.

Heres a few words straight from the Wolfs mouth:

Wolf Music are a Brighton & Southampton based record label created by two music obsessives – Meat & the Wolf. Heavily influenced by underground House, Disco & Soul – we set up Wolf Music so we could have an outlet for the amazing music we were picking up and hearing from friends on the scene.

We are three releases in now and the reception has been incredible. Our current release ‘I Wanna See All My Friends At Once” is out now on vinyl and there will be some digi releases from the EP coming next month (including remixes).

After that we have a belter of an EP from PBR Streetgang (2020 Vision), with remixes courtesy of Soft Rocks & Ilija Rudman. This is a little bit different musical style wise from the previous releases, but it fits nicely into that peaktime pocket and shows we’re no one trick pony.

Party wise – we are guesting all over the place at the moment, but also have a monthly residency in our hometown Brighton. All details will be up on our MySpace Account; Check it here

Hoooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwlllllllllllllllllll

So, there we have it. Not much more to say other than WATCH THIS SPACE. I sure will be…Enjoy!

Taken from Wolf#003 (out now on Vinyl out soon on digital download):

Eddie C – My Woman (Wolf Mix):



Bet you’ve got a neat jukebox

Posted in Music Posts with tags , , , , , , , , , on 21/10/2009 by Johnny

A nice track off the Milky Disco 1.5 comp released end of last year.

Lurifax is an alias of Balearic champ Peter Visti. If you dont know peter, definitely check him out. Hes released great tracks on Eskimo amongst other labels.

I took the track away on holiday with me earlier in the year on the trusty Ipod. Whilst chilling on a sun lounger listening to the Milky Disco release it occurred to me how good it would be to add some samples.
In comes one of my favorite Sci Fi masterpieces of the 80’s. David Cronenberg’s The Fly.

The samples capture the optimism of our main characters at the start of the film but the driving eerie sounds of this track are a firm nod to whats about to go down…

Sit back and soak this one up, its a beauty!