Archive for January, 2010

What we Have To Do Right Here Is Go Back

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2010 by steelrat38

If you wanted to hear house music in the London scene in 1986-87, then your best bet was to head to Delirium on the Charing Cross Road. And if you were looking for one of the most sussed DJ’s, then Noel and Maurice Watson were the boys. Schooled at Orangefield Secondary in east Belfast and sometimes residents of Bangor, Co Down, these Irish brothers were so ahead of their game that they almost caused riots during their sets.  

The club was founded on hip hop and rare groove, and many of the London B-Boys hated this new music that was burning up the clubs of Chicago and beyond. The management had to install a cage around the DJ area to protect the Watsons, who were so far into the scheme now that they weren’t going to relent in their mission to convert the capital to house. Maurice was spending much of his time in New York, checking out the Paradise Garage and realising that this house thing was unstoppable.  

When they moved Delirium from The Astoria to the Heaven venue, they brought Frankie Knuckles over for a long stay, building up the roots of the scene even more. One of the regulars was Danny Rampling, who was putting his own vision together. In time a bunch of acolytes came to the Watson camp. People like Phil Asher and a young whippersnapper called David Holmes. Noel taught the latter how to mix.  

Some years later, David paid his dues by dedicating his album Bow Down to the Exit Sign, to the memory of Maurice, who passed away in sad circumstances.

Local legend Noel Watson has kindly given us a short mix for download … its a recent one with some his own productions and edits

You know it makes sense


Worst Name Ever

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2010 by steelrat38

Uk funky is the worst name for a genre ever … the music however is suprisingly good ….. a mish mash of broken beat ,  drum and bass , dubstep and house …..

heres a few gems to peak your interest

Be sure to check out other stuff by these guys …

Fac 51

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2010 by steelrat38


Love this Greg Wilson mix of  the new Simian Mobile Disco single with Beth Ditto   check his site for some great history and bits of trivia like this below

Greg Wilson was the first DJ to host a specialist dance night at Fac 51 The Hacienda, in late 1983. He also played at Legend, to a mainly black audience. He also nearly made it onto the Factory catalogue at FAC 95 with a dance 12″ single but this never happened. In a slight change of direction, the number FACT 95 is allocated to an album by The Royal Family and the Poor.

Heres the track

be sure to buy his credit to the edit series 1 and 2 if you get the chance .. awesome




Hypnotic Hip Hop

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2010 by steelrat38

Just heard that Hypnotic Brass ensemble are playing at SeaSessions festival in Donegal in June . I thoroughly recommend this band and festival , Hypnotic Brass Ensemble played on the Sunday evening in the Body and Soul area of Electric Picnic last year and they blew it clean out of the water. Seasessions is a small ( 5,000 ) capacity festival that attracts a very nice crowd < it has been my favourite festival to DJ at for the last two years …   Some links and a download 🙂

Hold Onto Your Dreams

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2010 by steelrat38

Just got an email from Tim Lawrence , author of the amazing history of Underground dance music called Love Saves the Day .. an amazing read by the way that i would suggest anyone with a passing interest in DJing , Disco, Hip Hop, House music to go out and buy , announcing the launch of his new book Hold Onto Your Dreams .. which is a Biography of Arthur Russell

Hold On to Your Dreams is the first biography of the musician and composer Arthur Russell, one of the most important but least known contributors to the downtown New York music scene during the 1970s and 1980s. With the exception of a few dance recordings, including “Is It All Over My Face?” and “Go Bang! #5,” Russell’s pioneering music was largely forgotten until the release of two albums in 2004 triggered a revival of interest, which gained momentum with the issue of additional albums and the documentary film Wild Combination. Based on interviews with more than seventy of his collaborators, family members and friends, Hold On to Your Dreams provides vital new information about this singular, eccentric musician and his role in the boundary-breaking downtown music scene.

Heres an awesome Arthur Russell track


Hip Hop Survivors

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2010 by steelrat38

Jon Kennedy has kindly given us a mix for download

TYPE – “Baden Drums ” ( nylon )
CLIFFORD GILBERTO – “Soul Bath” ( ninja tune )
PETE ROCK & C L SMOOTH – “Blah Uno ” ( elektra )
PETE ROCK & C L SMOOTH – “Straighten It Out” Remix ( elektra )
BAKER BROTHERS – “Givson” Jon Kennedy Remix ( pedder )
RADIO CITY – “The Hop” ( ubiquity )
FORT KNOX FIVE – “Rastarollarink” thunderball Remix ( fort knox )
HUNDRED STRONG – “Brain Busy” Instrumental ( bpm )
SYNOPTIC – “Keep It Movin” ( traveller records )
TRIBE CALLED QUEST – “Motivators” ( jive )
JURASSIC 5 – “unknown” ( white )
PEPE BRADDOCK – “Ghost” ( atavisme )
UNKNOWN – “Unknown” ( white )

Also heres a great track from his new album 14 , which has killer synths , you know the sort of really phat Roots manuva witness style ones that just sound killer

More info on Jon and album

House Music All Night Long

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2010 by steelrat38

Noticing some really dope House music around at the moment .. last year saw Deep House become incredible in some parts of the world , spreading out of a resurgence in Berlin and cropping up all over the place …

Midtown Blues is an amazing Deep House album from Terre Thaemlitz where he asks

There must be a hundred records with voice-overs asking, “What is house?” The answer is always some greeting card bullshit about “life, love, happiness….” … House is not universal. House is hyper-specific … The contexts from which the deep house sound emerged are forgotten: sexual and gender crises, transgendered sex work, black market hormones, drug and alcohol addiction, loneliness, racism, HIV, ACT-UP, Tompkins Square Park, police brutality, queer-bashing, underpayment, unemployment and censorship—all at 120 beats per minute.

What follows is an album worth of house as deep and as clever as it can get …. check the remix and go buy this album … it won’t dissapoint you

Culoe Du Song is a young South African Deep House Producer doing some amazing stuff … check him

We also include a little gem from Andy Stott .. a prime piece of golden era house-techno .. coming over a bit like an inner city record at first but being much much more complex in the end ……………

Finally we include a track from Trus me .. whose debut album last year on Fat City .. Working nights .. is a genius blend of Deep House , Disco and some amazing vocal snippets and samples

Keep The Faith

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