This Pride our favourite happy-go-lucky rave situation HOMODROP is taking you out of the commercial noise of central London and queering Pride with an underground, sweaty rave situation! They’ve roped in a line-up of LGBTQ+ Nightlife trailblazers including Iranian vibe wizard Kasra V!
To get you in the mood for Pride, we thought we’d ask HOMODROP Promoter Cheriii for their top ten Pride Anthems! Honestly huns, this track list is going to get you ready for a big old messy Pride weekend! Slay!
We have to start with the classics! LGBTQ+ History is so intertwined with music and club culture! It’s so important to know where we came came from!
1. Patrick Cowley – Journey Home They were a Pioneer of electronic music in the 70′ in San Francisco! Patrick Cowley was and one of the first artists that died during the AIDS crisis in November 1982 at only 32 years old!
2. Gloria Gaynor – I will survive No words except this is my hymn of happiness!
3. Donna Summer – I feel love Obviously, Donna is here. This track is timeless and the best to end a dj set after a long night dancing.
4. George Michael – Freedom George Michael is the father of our queer generation, the ultimate icon.
The next two are groundbreaking Berlin based Queer Artists. I also have a big crush on them both!
5. Mikey – Paths A queer Artist to know, to follow and to love. So talented and actually was a regular at Superstore before moving to Berlin.
6. Lotic – Hunted One word… TALENT.
Here are some of my favourite contemporary artists that have influenced my experience of LGBTQ+ Culture.
7. The Knife – Pass this on Loooove this track! I can listen to it on repeat for hours! Everyone must have danced to it alone on their room infront of a mirror. Or maybe that is just me?
8. ANOHNI – Marrow Its so hard to choose just one track because the full album, Hopelessness, is just insane. It was the first album that ANOHNI released as a trans women. It is emotive, poignant and very political.
9. Vive la fête – Noir Desir Being French, I had to put this band in. This song is the song I danced to when I first came out. As did many people from my age.
Finally of course…
10. RuPaul – Sissy that walk Whilst I don’t agree with everything RuPaul has said, it’s astounding what he has created in the last few years. To have created a platform to showcase the creativity of Drag and LGBTQ+ people more broadly is important. And more importantly, for young LGBTQ+ people to see themselves on a mainstream TV show is definitely a positive. SO, now Sissy that walk.
Catch Cheriii at HOMODROP this Pride Saturday at Dalston Superstore 9pm-4am
This Saturday, we welcome the wonderful Discosodoma party back to Dalston Superstore. As it’s their first birthday they’ve invited their very first guests Amateurboyz back from Athens, and they’ve invited NYC based DJ and producer Justin Van Der Volgen to play… AND they’ve invited one half of Chateau Flight, Gilb’R to also play! Plus a whole hosts of regular guests including Sanjay Sur, Diet Clinic and Terry Childs. Ahead of the party we caught up with two members of the Elektra Complex collective, Stathis (aka Sex Video Tapes) and Ilias to find out more about what has made Discosodoma such a special party…
Tell us how the idea for the night came about. What’s Discosodoma’s origin story?
Ilias: It all started over nibbles of Greek spinach pie in Stathis’ kitchen talking about how the music we enjoy was misrepresented in London’s queer nightlife. I think I lost a small part of my receding hairline when he dropped the name on the table. I still remember our first meeting with Dan Beaumont, who told us straight away that he loved the name and the concept.
What influence do your Greek roots have on the way you approach throwing parties?
Elektra Complex: Ha! Our last minute approach most probably!
Which guest out of all of your amazing previous guests was the biggest surprise for whatever reason?
Ilias: That’s a tricky one! I would say Timothy J Fairplay. I left the Superstore that night reeling from the experience.
Stathis: I’m gonna say Reza Athar. He played the most ‘DISCOSODOMA’ set.
You guys are crazy ambitious and the parties are getting wilder! What does Year Two have in store?
Elektra Complex: Bigger, better, bolder! Just kidding. Well, we now have a new member in our team, DJ and radio producer, Maria Politi, who will be helping us to grow not only DISCOSODOMA but also launch our new night at Dance Tunnel in August. Stay tuned for more!
What’s one thing you love about queer nightlife in London and one thing you think we could all work on?
Ilias: You can’t beat the diversity and vibrancy of London’s queer nightlife, despite the recent developments of many venues closing down. We will always find ways to persevere, and that’s also a more general comment to the treatment of nightlife economy by the authorities. On the other hand, I would like to see more alternative nights that deviate from the pop, disco, house narrative.
What’s one song that exemplifies the Discosodoma dance floor?
Elektra Complex: That record would be a long edit of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love. A timeless track that unites all dancers.
You always book dreamboat DJs… who else is on the wishlist?
Stathis: Hashtag DreamWishList: DJ Harvey and Daniele Baldelli.
Ilias: Keep dreaming Stathis! But I will have to agree.
What dance floors of the past inspire what you’re trying to achieve with Discosodoma?
Ilias: Not a dance floor per se, but a dance floor moment I like to keep as inspiration is Larry Levan dropping Sylvester’s iconic Over & Over at Paradise Garage.
Stathis: As I have the memory of a goldfish, my inspiration lies in imagining the dance floors of the future.
You have loads of superlative DJs playing at your birthday party. Can you talk us through the programming and why you decided to have three headline worthy Djs on the same bill?
Stathis: As a Gemini, I couldn’t really make up my mind and to save Ilias from a stroke, we decided to book them all. Besides, these guests represent exactly the sound that we wanted to offer for our first birthday.
What’s been your own personal best moment of dance floor ecstasy?
Ilias: Actually a relatively recent one, when nd_baumecker played Sandra’s In The Heat Of The Night at Panorama Bar on a Monday morning. I genuinely lost the plot with that one.
Stathis: Dancing to Talking Heads – Psycho Killer at the last ALFOS party at Corsica Studios. It was such a pleasant WTF moment!
The new artwork is a slight departure from previous posters- who designed it and what was the thinking behind it?
Elektra Complex: The idea came to us one night during a dinner when a friend of ours read the tarot cards for fun on the table. The judgment card stood out and we took its design and gave it a DISCOSODOMA approach with some Greek mythologies references, from the Minotaur to the ecstatic crowd dancing on the top of the column. We are very lucky to have John Philip Sage as a good friend who understood straight away what we wanted to do and designed this amazing artwork for us.
You’ve also had some spectacularly sexy promo videos- which is your favourite each and why?
Ilias: That would be the last one for me. We asked our friend, Munir Malik, to direct it and he did a great job despite using an iPhone to shoot it in the end.
Stathis: Same for me, even though I had to replace the model that was supposed to be in the video, and ended up being covered in chalk powder for more than three hours. I’m still vacuuming my room!
The resident DJs and regular guests are a big part of what makes the party so special. The individual parts are all amazing DJs but together the family is really something a bit unique- why do you think this is?
Elektra Complex: As true Greeks, family is important as it allows within its ranks to nurture not only our individual aspirations but also to grow and present a common idea. In our family, we all share a similar aesthetic towards the arts and more specifically dance music. We wouldn’t have been able to be here without them.
And HOT GUYS are also a big part of the party’s success! Describe the ideal crowd…
Ilias: The crowd that checks its preconceptions about what makes a good party at the door and embraces the sound we offer every time. Bonus points are given to those losing their shirts in the folly of the dance floor.
Stathis: Come on, Ilias! It’s always a sea of leather daddies dancing to acid disco!
Sum up the ethos of Discosodoma in one sentence…
Elektra Complex: There is no ethos in sodomy. Hahahaha!
Join Ilias and Stathis of Elektra Complex for the Discosodoma One party this Saturday 9th May from 9pm – 5am.
This Friday we welcome a brand new art exhibition, MACHO, to the walls of Dalston Superstore. Straight from the mind of the fabulously talented Ego Rodriguez, the show features his amazing illustrations of handsome men. Following on from the private view, we roll straight into a two-floor Mega Nancy’s, the night which Ego also designs the posters for! Taking to the decks will be Nancy’s residents Hifi Sean, Jeffrey Hinton, The Lovely Jonjo, Johnny Kalifornia, Pep Sanchez and Will Viper with the usual blend of pop, disco, house, soul and more.
Ahead of the private view and party, we caught up with Ego to find out more about the inspiration behind MACHO…
Do you use real models for life drawing for your pieces?
I use sometimes pictures for sketches or get ideas, as a reference and to practice of course.
In this particular case with MACHO, they are all inspired and penciled from images in Playgirl from the late ‘70s to ‘80s. I have made changes to them, because faces were hard to see in the old scans and in order to play around as well with the negative space and composition overall.
And what do you look for in a model?
I feel attracted to people that look like I could have drawn them myself, exaggerated features, like a comic character, I like strong personalities, big eyes, eyebrows! Noses!
Where in the world do you find the most macho men?
Sadly I think in the current times, in far too many places. We need the alpha male to turn the knob down a bit, and move on from old, ignorant, dated mentalities.
Which artists who depict the male form do you find inspiring?
Stefano Canulli is my greatest crush when it comes to illustration, so it’s his male figure. Henry Scott Tuke, Egon Schiele, Von Stuck also… And I love contemporary cartoony artist like J.Bone and Glen Hanson.
If you had a time-machine and could go back to any dancefloor or party of any era (recent or event ancient) to hang out with the manliest men where and when would we be setting the timemachine dials to?
On my darkest hour it would be to some tribal, wild sacrifice in a top of a volcano or something similar, with drummers and people going crazy in trance.
In an lighter mood maybe some cool ballroom in the ‘20s, all dressed up to the nines, doing Charleston, decadence and spirits.
Do you prefer drawing men over everything else?
Actually I don’t. I’ve always had a weakness for drawing women; men were, for the most part, just a handbag for the characters I’ve drawn. But in the last few years I’ve turned towards drawing men.
Tell us about your background and training…
My parents were pretty arty themselves so my brother and I grew up in that environment, with lots of support, tools and education, so we both ended up on the field, he does comics I am more into illustration.
I never really studied in an art school for it, but I do practice a lot and continuously. I like to work with new ideas or projects that challenge me.
What can we expect from MACHO?
Hmmm, MACHO is my way to approach a broader audience, easily. The idea was to appeal to lots of people for different reasons. They are sexy, they are corny, they are bright and colourful, you shouldn’t expect too much, just enjoy them.
What influence does your Spanish roots have on your work?
That’s a hard one, because I moved away from there over 18 years now… I guess temperament? Energy somehow, I know it’s a bit cliché, but with the distance I can tell as a country everybody is quite nervous, shaky and intense.
And I do carry that with me and it goes into what I do.
The Nancy’s posters have a different feel from the MACHO work… what informs their style?
As much as I like to evolve or create based on previous work, when something is a project per se, like MACHO I don’t like to replicate it in other forms. With Nancy’s the idea was to build an identity for a club night too, the roots and inspiration are similar, the retro soul, the hair, the ambiguity of sex, but the Nancy’s posters should speak of a club. Which is why the colours and lines are brighter, the figures for Macho mean to be coated, plastic whereas Nancy’s seem to be having a disco light inside. They are playful, and animated. They tell us a story.
It’s Mega Nancy’s as well as MACHO. If you were taking to the decks as well, what would be your last song to play?
I would start with Meteor Man by Dee D Jackson and I will have to finish it with Donna Summer’s Last Dance.
Join Ego this Friday for the MACHO private view followed by Mega Nancy’s from 8pm – 3am at Dalston Superstore.
Horse Meat Disco’s Luke Howard has been soundtracking amazing nights out across the country for some time now, including the very first ever Queer Nation (and quite a few after as well), as well as the legendary night Flesh at even more legendary nightclub The Haçienda in Manchester.
In honour of him joining us at Superstore this weekend for Horse Meat Disco East on Good Friday, we’ve asked him to share some meaningful records from all areas of his life…
A record whose vocal gets you every time
I think it’d have to be Was That All It Was by Jean Carne. The vocal is impeccable – without any backing vocals at all Jean gives the performance of a lifetime. Anyone who’s ever had man trouble can relate to the lyrics! It’s ironic that it was never a hit but the track has endured for all these years.
A record that reminds you of coming out
I came out aged 16 and a track that was always being played at The Bell (the gay bar I used to frequent in Kings Cross) was Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order. It still sounds good all these decades later!
A record that you play when you are vacuuming
I tend not to play records when vacuuming as you can’t hear the music over the sound of my vacuum cleaner. However, when I’m tidying up I love listening to Aretha Franklin’s This Girl’s In Love With You album. It contains her version of Let It Be, which always has me blubbing.
A record that goes down surprisingly well at Horse Meat Disco
I guess that would have to be Big Love by Fleetwood Mac, there’s something quite Balearic about this and it’s a one good to dance to.
A record that always did the business at Queer Nation
Masters At Work featuring India – I Can’t Get No Sleep. The dance floor at QN used to live for this one. I still love hearing it as it brings back so many good memories.
A record that is forever Flesh
The record that always reminds me of Flesh is Relight My Fire by Dan Hartman. Tim Lennox used to play it every month and I’m sure it’s where Take That got the idea of doing their cover version.
A record that reminds you of your best dance floor experience
That’s hard. There’s been so many wonderful nights out. Hearing Frankie Knuckles play at The Sound Factory when he had his brief residency there in 1991 was a real highlight. When he played his remix of The Pressure by The Sounds of Blackness, months before it was released, it was absolutely magical. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it.
A record that you can’t listen to because it makes you too sad
For years I couldn’t listen to Last Dance by Donna Summer because it had been played on a loop as we all left the church at Gerlinde Costiff’s funeral – the song was always played at the end of the night at Kinky Gerlinky, the amazing club that Gerlinde ran with her husband Michael. It was too sad for me to hear that song for many years, but as the years have gone by I’ve begun playing it again and I know Gerlinde would be happy that we often finish Horse Meat Disco with Last Dance. It’s still Gerlinde’s song to me though.
Finishing up our bank holiday/birthday mega weekend this Sunday is Mancunian disco institution Homoelectric. They’ve got special guest Justin Robertson playing alongside residents Luke Unabomber, Jamie Bull and Lucy Locket and will be digging through their record bags for their unique blend of disco, house, techno, garage, rock ‘n’ roll trash and outsider pop.
Jamie Bull sent us this HOT MIX ahead of Sunday’s debauchery so we decided to ask him a few questions about it!
You’ve started your mix with Giorgio Moroder. What does Moroder mean to you?
Real simple: Giorgio Moroder’s I Feel Love is ground zero for dance music as we know it.
You’ve plumped for a Fern Kinney track too! Who is your ultimate Diva Of Disco?
I would have said Diana Ross, however I’ve been reading a few books and autobiographies on Motown recently and she sounds like a right cow, so I think I have to hand the crown over to Donna Summer.
Out of all the tracks on the mix which would you say is a record bag staple?
Todd Terje. His stuff always saves the day.
Why do you favour eclecticism? You’ve got everything from Todd Terje to Le Tigre (and even taking in Frank Ocean on the way) on here!
Because I have the attention span of a radio edit! Plus I don’t like to get bogged down with genres, there’s too many. My main criteria with track selection is “does it make me want to dance?” I enjoy taking different sounds and stringing them together in a way which is cohesive and keeps people dancing. Sometimes the blends are as engaging as the tracks themselves. If I played two hours of 128bpm house I think it would get a little one dimensional.
And finally, what is your favourite track by your special bank holiday guest Justin Robertson?
I’ll go for a classic and say his remix of Bjork Big Time Sensuality.
Join Jamie at Homoelectric this Bank Holiday Sunday 5th May at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4:30am.
Continuing the bank holiday fun this weekend on Good Friday is the venerable Horse Meat Disco, who temporarily leave their home at The Eagle in Vauxhall and gallop east for one night of fun at Dalston Superstore. With the night featuring all four residents over both floors, and with all of east London in high spirits for the long weekend, it’s sure to be a total roadblock party.
We caught up with one of the Horse Meat residents, the lovely Luke Howard, ahead of Friday’s fun to ask about how he earned his disco stripes at seminal club nights like Queer Nation and Flesh at the legendary Haçienda, the recent HMD outing to New York and what new music is currently getting him excited…
How did you come to be part of Horse Meat Disco?
I just forced myself on them and the first night at Eagle which was New Year’s Day many moons ago, the DJ after me didn’t show up and I just started playing lots of random things and the crowd seemed to like it.
Sum up in 3 words what we can expect from the Good Friday party…
Fun, Laffs, Good-times.
What’s your favourite non-disco Horse Meat track to play?
Anything you can dance to is disco isn’t it? I guess Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush.
How was HMD NYC? How did it compare?
It was a really great party. Around 800 people, a great crowd. Super fun. I felt so lucky to be a part of HMD. DJing in NYC is like a dream come true.
What’s your best new musical discovery?
It’s not really new but there’s an album by Destroyer called Kaputt that I really like. Nina Kraviz is pretty interesting, and the new !!! track called Slyd is pretty amazing. As far as disco goes Eric Duncan from Rub & Tug has done an amazing new track that sounds like an old skool disco classic.
What are you currently working on?
We’ve just done a HMD remix for S-Express, as Mark Moore is doing a remix album of his back catalogue. We’re also working on an HMD album of original music. We’re a bit slow but we’ve done some great demos and we just need so great singers to finish them off. We’d love to get one of our musical heroes to sing with us.
What and where was your first ever DJ gig?
My first ever ever gig was a squat on Upper Street at this cafe called Molly’s. I can’t remember much but I did play Aint Nothing Going On But The Rent by Gwen Guthrie. It must have been about 1987.
What one track instantly transports you back to Flesh at the Haçienda?
There was a track called Dance All Night by G.I.N.A Stewart that Tim Lennox always used to play (which I also used to play at Queer Nation) that reminds me of Flesh and he always used to play Relight My Fire by Dan Hartman. I once played Enough is Enough by Barbara Streisand & Donna Summer and Sasha ran into the DJ booth and shook my hand and said that’s my favourite record!
What is your favourite ever memory from Queer Nation?
So many great memories. The first time Norman Jay played for us was such a treat as we all really looked up to him and avidly listened to him on the radio, so having him come and play in a gay club really meant a lot to us. Sharon Redd did her last London PA there so that was really special. One night Colonel Abrams did a PA and Pete Burns was up the front really dancing up, which Princess Julia and I thought was most amusing. Puffing on Patrick Lilley’s pot pipe and downing jello shots in the cupboard at the side of the bar! All the queens on the back stairs smoking weed and carrying on were the original Legendary Children! We had such a kiki back then.
Join Luke Howard for Horse Meat Disco East this Friday 29th March from 9pm – 4:30am at Dalston Superstore.
The Sugarlow Boys, aka Jeremy and Panos from clubnight Songs Of Praise, are known for playing a broad mix of electro, pop and dirty disco, which makes them perfect to host a Thursday night here next week at Dalston Superstore so as to kick off your weekend early with an injection of fun. We asked them both to provide their top five quintessential Sugarlow tracks and they sent us everything from Donna Summer to remixes by The Magician!
Jeremy’s Top Five
Amanda Mair – Sense
Donna Summer – This Time I Know It’s For Real
Beatmasters feat. Cookie Crew – Rok Da House
Janet Jackson – The Pleasure Principle
All Saints – Pure Shores
Panos’ Top Five
Yelle – Comme Un Enfant (Second Date remix)
Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (The Magician remix)
Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans (Penguin Prison remix)
Sebastien Tellier – Cochon Ville (The Magician remix)
Jadoo feat. Hard Ton – Voodoo Love
Jeremy and Panos, The Sugarlow Boys, play Dalston Superstore on Thursday 16th August from 9pm – 2:30am.
Cult homosexualist tea dance Macho City is staging a one-off party next week here at Superstore. We interrogated resident DJ Dave Kendrick who’s impressive pedigree stretches back to Manchester’s Hacienda club.
What is/was Macho City?
It started as an excuse for three grown men to play high-NRG records in the crumbling excess of the Joiners Arms in 2008. What it became was a manly knees-up that a local crowd of brilliant eccentrics could call home every Thursday night.
What are some of your overriding Hacienda memories?
The club space alone was incredible, like no other I’d ever been to, or probably ever will; the sheer scale of this disused yacht factory turned post-modern fantasy. My Hac debut was the first night of ‘Flesh’ back in ’91, the night that was to become the club’s most decadent. There were foam parties with actual swimming pools, always likely to collapse at some point leaving the club 6 inches in water. There was always a sense of glamour and danger, a very northern glamour that you just didn’t get anywhere else. Once inside the Hacienda you forgot that anywhere else existed. I remember DJing for the first time at Flesh, in that amazing booth right up in the gods overlooking the dancefloor & stage. It was immense yet it always felt intimate. There was no greater sense of sophisticated fun on earth.
Who would be in your disco supergroup?
This is easy…. Klaus Nomi, Donna Summer and Sylvester on lead vocals; Cher and Dolly Parton on backing vocals; Divine on rap. Then there’s Blue Weaver on keyboards and behind the scenes Moroder and Belotte on production. It’s a properly gay supergroup.
Name us 5 Macho City classics!
These five definitely sum up the sound of Macho from its early days to now.
1. Donna Summer – MacArthur Park
2. Mike Simonetti – Hollywood Seven
3. Sana Doris – Pseudo Wind
4. Carl Bean – I Was Born This Way
5. Viola Wills – If You Could Read My Mind
Macho City takes place on Thursday 24th May with Dave Kendrick, Dan Beaumont and Charlie Porter, from 9pm – 3am.