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CC:DISCO!

Femmesexual disco freakout Mints turns one this Friday, and they’ve invited Melbournian disco doyenne CC:DISCO! to join them for a very special high-camp birthday set in the lazer basement! Having opened for Theo Parrish in Auckland, soundtracked the romantic Adriatic Sea at Dimensions and unleashed her magic on Boiler Room and Meredith’s coveted Supernatural Amphitheatre, she is no stranger to setting dance floors alight with an irresistible blend of boogie, disco and house. We couldn’t think of a better babe to help us ring in their first year of PAK’s lipstick-stained nonsense! We caught up with her to chat thunder storm drama, parting in Melbourne and plans for Mints!

Hey CC! We can’t wait to have you join us this August for Mints! Can you tell us about yourself and how you got to where you are now?

I can’t wait either!  Well I’m a DJ and radio host from Melbourne who plays disco, boogie and house. I’ve been djing out in clubs for about eight years and in radio for a long long time. Getting to where I am now? Probs just set after after set and working me butt off.  It’s a been a great ride.

You started out as a radio DJ at the ripe age of 15, before progressing to clubs and festivals years later. How did you find that transition?

I think it was an easy one for me because I LOVE to go out, and back then I was a club rat for sure so I was super eager and always keen. They are both so different so I can’t even compare them, but it’s great to be able to see people’s faces react to music. With radio you just hope they are loving it and the only way you know is through communication to the station. Both are amazing. 

Can you tell us a bit about your Melbourne club night, Club Coco? 

Club Coco is my little baby, and I guess it follows the ethos of “less chin stroking, more dancing.” It’s open to everyone and the main focus is disco, boogie, soul and having a good time with no bullshit. The first one this year had my faves Rahaan, Frank Book and Rich Medina. It’s a good time with a good vibe. 

Your go-to track to rescue a waning dancefloor?

Shirley Lites – Heat you up (melt you down)

Dead seat classic but it never get olds to me and it always works on the dance floor

What’s the craziest things that’s happened during one of your sets?

Last year I was playing after Moodymann at Strawberry Fields at 2pm on the main stage and it was actually the most beautiful day. Smiles all round, but then in what I swear was two minutes it turned ugly/amazing really quickly. This storm came out of nowhere and wiped out the whole main stage. Basically, the last moment I remember was having a tarp put over me because water starting flooding on to the stage. It was scary as fuck, and then I look down and Move is under me cradling his record bag, as he was supposed to be on next. He was not keen on mother nature ruining his stuff – it was quite cute. The whole system shut down and that was that. But the 40 mins I got to play was heaven!

You’re taking us on a night out in Melbourne – where are we going to eat, drink and dance?

Lets say its an amazing day in Melbourne summer then.

Cheese and wine in Edinburgh Gardens. Then get me that Kingfish Sashimi from Chin Chin. And the most Melbourne thing you could do is drinks and dancing at SECTION 8 which is always amazing.

You have played at some of our dream fesitvals, from Meredith in the Australian bush to the idyllic Dimensions in Croatia – what has been your career highlight?

Meredith will always be the highlight of my life. It was the one thing I aimed to play and was number one on the bucket list. I will never forget having all the people I loved on stage with me, in the front row smiling and all in the Australian bush. There’s something special about having all of your loved ones in one place supporting you that could never compare to anything in life. 

If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/when, where would you go?

Easy, New York 1978-1983 . We are still trying to create what was born there, I wish I could have lived through it. 

Do you have any exciting plans in the pipeline that you can let us in on for the rest of the year and beyond?

I do indeed! Firstly, these shows in Europe are SO SO exciting for me and I have lots of events in Australia in the pipeline, and a couple projects that I can’t talk about but are SUPER exciting .. so stay tuned.

And finally, in six words or less, what are you planning to unleash on the lazer basement at Mints?

SWEAT, BLOOD, DISCO AND HANDCLAPS BABY


Catch CC:DISCO! at Mints this Friday 11 August from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

 

Stop Making Sense Lineup

As we mentioned back at the beginning of the year, we’ll be joining Stop Making Sense Festival out in Croatia this August, alongside some of our favourite people like Durrr, Trouble Vision, Ostgut Ton, Warm, Electric Minds and more. This week sees the first lineup announcement from each crew that’ll be curating part of the festival and all we can say is WOW!!! This year looks set to the best year yet with a high calibre of artists from classic names like Lil’ Louis, Chez Damier and Ron Trent, to underground heroes like Steffi, Deetron and Move D.

We’ll be bringing Superstore bosses Dan Beaumont and Mikki Most, plus Hannah Holland (Batty Bass), Rokk (Body Talk) and Nadia Ksaiba (Rhythm Connection) and keep your eyes peeled because we’ve got even more tricks up our sleeve yet to reveal!

This year will also see on-site accommodation for Stop Making Sense that they tell us is

“Not too close to the stages so you cant hear yourself sleep, yet within crawling distance to all the action!

We’ve got a few £90 Early Bird tickets left so grab one while you can. And it’s worth bearing in mind that the closer we get to August, the more expensive the flights get…

To get a taste of Stop Making Sense, bop along to their launch party with Chez Damier on Saturday 17th March.

Stop Making Sense Festival 2012 will be held at The Garden, Tisno, Croatia from 2-6 August. For more info visit: stopmakingsense.eu

Kristina Records

If you love music (or more specifically records) then you really should be aware of Dalston’s Kristina Records which opened its doors in July 2011; a pristine emporium of sound with a staggeringly diverse variety on offer within its walls. To go through the racks at Kristina is a journey into the record collection of someone with impeccable taste – from vintage punk, disco, soul, new wave, pop, disco, house, techno and garage through to an impressive section of brand new vinyl; it’s not difficult to spend all day there. The project is a joint venture from record shop veterans Jason Spinks, Jack Rollo & Jamie Thornington.

Superstore’s Dan Beaumont asked dance buyer Jason what makes Kristina tick…

It’s evident every time I visit that there’s a huge amount of thought behind the music you stock… What is the ethos behind Kristina Records?

We wanted to create a clean, bright and well-designed space with the emphasis on quality stock rather than quantity.  Having worked in record shops over the years we could see that the glory days of huge spaces with racks and racks of great records was pretty much passed and the vinyl market was evolving. Combining new and second hand releases was definitely a strong part of what we wanted to do – to integrate the two rather than them being completely separate, so you can see how the past and the present complement each other

Why open a record shop when people keep writing off vinyl?

Well, we’re all heavily into records and passionate about music and the three of us all had pretty strong ideas about what we thought a record shop should be… and not be! Having bought and sold records in a retail environment for many years we could see there was definitely still a market for a vinyl only shop. You can’t argue that vinyl as a format is now competing with MP3s and lesser so CDs but there are still many people who want the records, the physical thing, even if they have it on MP3 there is something about vinyl that just hooks people. I don’t think it will die to be honest and will certainly outlive the CD, which is slowly becoming obsolete as a format.  

In terms of vinyl’s place in the world of clubs and the DJ, I think there is a bit of a backlash coming against the rise of the whole laptop DJ thing. People really notice the lack of physicality and interaction with the music and the crowd that DJing with vinyl brings. I don’t buy the argument that all this new software frees people up to be more creative – I think it generally does the opposite and makes them more boring. I’m not totally anti laptop – I think there is occasionally room for it to be incorporated into the setup but I’ve seen some footage of these guys playing with Ableton or whatever and it’s shit. Who wants everything perfect and programmed and smooth – no mistakes at all but no passion and that’s the main thing. Watch people like Derrick May, Theo Parrish, sweating their fucking tits off. I recently saw some footage of Terrence Parker killing it with two decks and a mixer and you just can’t replicate that. Detroit obsession evident here but there are loads of  guys still playing vinyl – Sven Weismann is a killer DJ, Move D, and there’s loads of great DJs putting on small nights still playing vinyl.

Why did you open in Dalston?

It seemed like the obvious place to be honest, if anyone was going to open a new record shop this would be the place to do it. We made the decision a while ago to open here, it just took us a while to find the right space.We were actually panicking that someone might get in there before us! So much is happening up this way and it was becoming more and more popular for people to live and hang out here. The area was definitely changing and while there have been lots of small bars and clubs opening, there was a lack of retail in the area catering for this new crowd. It’s really cool to see people like Beyond Retro moving in as it kind of validates our feeling that something was happening in the area – and obviously there’s Pelicans and Parrots and LNCC, who arrived slightly before us and kind of share our ethos.  Also Huh is a great little independent clothes shop thats just moved in up the road too. There’s definitely a little community and it’s really positive. 

Who are your favourite DJs and producers right now?

So many…. 

Max D, Steve Summers and those guys – always interesting to hear what they’re doing.

Legowelt – his output is unbelievable and we just got his epic TEAC life album in on vinyl and not stopped listening to it.

Vakula is really releasing some great stuff too.   

John Heckle – in a short space of time he has released some amazing stuff, really look forward to his records.

Juju & Jordash – always look out for their stuff and they played a great live set for us in December – totally improvised as well. 

Area – Producer from Chicago releasing really good deep house and techno on his label Kimochi.

Omar S – Phenomenal output and I would say I probably feel his older productions more but still, he is the man.  No one can really do what he does he’s made some of the best records of the last few years. 

Fred P – he’s got something….

There’s loads more….. Move D is great, Hieroglyphic Being, Kassem Mosse, Mike Huckaby, D’Marc Cantu. I like Sven Weisemann, Theo Parrish, Specter, Malcolm Moore , Ital, Maria Minerva, Protect – U, Marcello Napoletano, Jus-ed, Jenifa Mayanja, loads of guys who just seem to come and go while dropping a great record, there are too many honestly.

What are your favourite new labels?

Rawax / Housewax / Chiwax stuff is pretty good right now; Shevchenko is really strong and all the Firecracker offshoots; Apartment – only two releases old but very promising so far. L.I.E.S., Future Times, FXHE, UQ, Bumako, Mathematics, Altered Moods, Sound Signature. Sex Tags is pretty cool – kinda mental output but worth checking; WT records – looking forward to a shipment form them soon;  Echovolt – really cool Greek label to watch.  

Again there’s loads – some new labels just pop up all the time with great releases.  I think the scene is pretty healthy, guys just doing it for themselves on their own label, pressing it themselves, it’s cool. 

What is your biggest selling new record?

The biggest sellers have been 

 

 Move D – Workshop 13 

 Marvin Dash – Workshop 14 

Norm Talley – The Paradise Valley Project

A new record with old music.

DJ Assassin – A Face Amongst The Crowd

More old music on new vinyl- this actually sold the most!

Name three second-hand favourites you have in stock 

Beautiful OG copy of the Virgo LP on Radical Records

Theo Parrish – Roots Revisited EP  – Vintage Theo…deep as hell!

Lil Louis – Frequency / How I Feel – amazing raw minimal early house music!

Jovonn – Out All Nite EP – had to include one from the man….all about flutes!

Sorry, that’s 4!

Who is Kristina?

The name actually comes from a someone very special. We like to keep a bit if mystery behind it but she’s an amazing person and does a lot of work behind the scenes. We didn’t want something too obvious or masculine and it just seemed to fit nicely.

 
 
Kristina Records | 020 7254 2130

44 Stoke Newington Road N17 7XJ

http://www.kristinarecords.com