Rory Phillips reunites with Nadia Ksaiba for the first time all year in our basement tomorrow night for the next edition of Say Yes! They’ve promised to lay on a non-stop dance marathon with just the dream-team duo taking over the basement, whilst upstairs sees Ian Robinson and Jamie Bull delving into their bulging record bags and combined immense musical knowledge. We spoke to Rory ahead of the party about all manner of things, including his latest Mixed Fortunes label release, touring the US and sandwich puns…
What was the last concert/gig/clubnight you attended that really blew your mind?
The DJ Harvey 8 hour set last year was incredible, I was there from doors, right till the very end.
What was your personal highlight from your recent US tour?
Playing for my friends at A Club Called Rhonda in LA, it might just be the best regular party in the world. Everyone looks fantastic and is also totally into the music, the kind of crowd that wants to be surprised.
Did you get the chance to do any crate-digging? Any special new records that picked up whilst stateside?
I picked up a lot of great records from the relatively new Co-op 87 in Brooklyn, but haven’t given them a proper listen yet.
What’s next for your label Mixed Fortunes?
The fourth 12″ is coming at the end of the month, which includes a collaboration with L-Vis 1990. After that, two more 12″s and then the label self destructs, as was always the plan.
What’s the best non-musical adventure you’ve had recently?
Gawping at dinosaur bones at the Natural History Museum.
Favourite ever musician guest appearance on The Simpsons?
There’s so many great ones but I will always go back to The Ramones singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Mr Burns (“Smithers, have the Rolling Stones killed”).
If you could invent a Superstore Sandwich complete with with food/celebrity pun, what would it be called and what would be in it?
Maybe I should just have my own, Mixed For-Tuna?
What’s the best sleeve cover out of all of your records?
Impossible question but looking around I can see Rock It To Stardom by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy which is definitely up there.
What music (new or old) is getting you most excited at the moment?
Really enjoying everything on Cómeme Records right now, the new Unknown Mortal Orchestra record and Daniel Avery’s show on Rinse.
What one track have you recently acquired that you can’t wait to play out in our laser basement?
Looking forward to testing out the white label of Mixed Fortunes 4!
Join Rory Phillips for Say Yes this Friday 8th March at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.
This Saturday sees two of our favourite parties come to Superstore for an excellent team-up taking place over both floors. The basement plays host to Hot Boy Dancing Spot, where special guest Rory Phillips, fresh from a US tour that even took in a celebrated Beats In Space appearance, will join residents The Lovely Jonjo and Hello Mozart. Meanwhile, upstairs, vinyl-obsessives Drop The Needle return for another journey through the depths of their record bags.
We caught up with DTN guest Goncalo Pereira aka ZNTN from record label and mixtape series How The Other Half Lives to quiz him on all things wax ahead of the party…
Why the cassette tape limitations on the HTOHL mixtapes?
As I didn’t want people to try to use obvious dance music genres or edits I thought that referring to it as a mix-tape would help to put it in perspective. No mixing and a short amount of time will make people only get their favourites and not care if a track is easily mixable or not. Also making a reference to cassettes might bring back memories of old tapes.
Is there much, or any, crossover with tracks that feature on them, to what you play out?
Depends on the night. It’s a great way to find new tracks and I’ve had a couple residencies that worked around the same sort of music selection and mixing style, but I’m mostly booked for more of a club type of night. I do try to mix it up a bit if it’s early enough and bring some weird gems through the night but I suppose this project is an outlet for music I don’t usually play out.
Which one do you find yourself coming back to more often that not?
I try to go over all of them every now and then and my best-of keeps on changing, I think some of them take a while to get to you. I’d suggest as a starting point the mix-tapes by Ivan Smagghe, Bennedict Bull’s four part mix-tape, Romain BNO, Scott Fraser, Justin Robertson, JD Twitch…
What can we look forward to on the record label for the rest of the year?
I just released a couple weeks ago a double 12” by The Draughtsman (Alex Egan), that includes six original tracks and remixes by Cosmo Vitelli, Tim Paris, Daniel Avery and Roman Flugel.
Currently I am working on release number four which includes a new project called Herman Brahns (Unlikely and Medlar) with remixes by Scott Fraser and DMX Krew.
Plus getting back on guest mix-tapes and more of my own original material.
What’s currently on your stereo?
Currently on my stereo or piled next to it are Office Of Future Plans, The Asphodells, Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean, Yo La Tengo – Fade, Macadam Mambo 003, Anthony Naples – Moscato, Rogue Edits 003.
What’s your favourite record store ever?
Embarrassed to pick favourites but I make a weekly visit to Rough Trade for my ‘rock’ collection and to Phonica for my ‘electronic’ collection. Kristina and Sounds Of The Universe are also unmissable. Back in Lisbon I’d pick Flur as a mandatory stop.
What was the last record you bought?
You can never buy just one and you can tell how divided I feel about my collection which prompted the mix-tape project.
Last week includes Crackboy – Crackwood, Doubleheart – Roots, Brassica - Temple Fortune, Jawbreaker/Jawbox split, Husker Du – Everything Falls Apart…
Why is wax still so important?
If you’re paying for something it has to count – I completely understand the necessity for digital for it’s portability and accessibility but digital-only releases are disposable. If you’re willing to release a vinyl record or to pay for one then there’s more effort involved and that will keep the quality on another level. The records you buy on vinyl will most likely be your favourites. Plus the obvious higher quality and amazing artwork! Having said that I love when albums come with voucher for digital.
Discogs or crate digging?
I have to say it’s usually Discogs, I do some digging but mostly trying to track down records I’ve missed or are out of print. There are also a lot of American labels that I admire which don’t seem to do particularly well in the UK so it’s impossible to find them in second-hand shops.
And what’s one track we can expect to hear from you at Drop The Needle?
Can I pick two? An upper and a downer?
Fader – Fortunate Alpha
Sophie – Nothing More To Say (Jackmaster Dub)
Join Goncalo in the top bar this Saturday 23rd February for Drop The Needle. Downstairs plays host to Hot Boy Dancing Spot with special guest Rory Phillips.
Next weekend sees new quarterly vinyl-only night Drop The Needle join us for a top bar party and journey through wax. Having launched earliest this year back in September at Ridley Road Market Bar with Phonica Records founder Simon Rigg, they’re dropping in for a session just before their next party in the new year.
With Banjee Boy Realness in the basement featuring residents Josh Caffe and Joe Robots on the same night, you count on the music being of the highest quality. We caught up with DTN’s Sanjay Sur to find out what he loves vinyl quite so much…
What was the first record you ever acquired?
The first record I ever brought for myself was The KLF’s 3AM Eternal. Before that, I acquired vinyl from various family hand-me-downs. My sister once gave me a copy of Culture Club’s Colour By Numbers. It had a pretty big influence on me. I still have it now.
What’s the furthest you’ve ever gone to in order to track down a specific piece of vinyl you wanted?
I have actually been really lucky. I managed to get two records that I had been after for years at Kristina Records in Dalston. Life Without Buildings’ Any Other City
and Electrelane’s The Power Out
The most I’ve spent on a record was £60 for a copy of PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me, but in terms of digging, I am quite happy spending a day rifling through piles and piles of old records at Haggle Vinyl or Lucky Seven. Also, I think with Discogs now, almost nothing is really that hard to find – you just have to pay a ridiculous price for it. I try to keep away from all that nonsense, if I can help it.
What’s the most treasured record in your collection?
I have so many. Off the top of my head, I have a rare copy of an Irdial techno classic, In Sync’s Storm
an original copy of Jacques Dutronc’s first album
and the Life without Buildings LP. I also have the Twin Peaks soundtrack.
What inspired your love of vinyl?
I love the sound, and how tactile it is – I like putting a record on and letting it play all the way through. I always come over a bit ADHD when I listen to things digitally. Maybe it’s because I’m spoilt for choice as there is so much out there, but I also like how I feel when I have saved up some money to go and spend it on a few quality records. It makes me more excited about finding and discovering new music. I value it more.
Who are your favourite vinyl-only DJs?
I think Tama Sumo is one of the best vinyl DJs. I always lose myself when she is playing. Her track selection is always impeccable and I think she is great at mixing past and future classics, always knowing that perfect moment of when to drop the track of the night. I’ll never forget the time she played Never Mind by Red Nail feat Noni
at Sud Electronic and everyone went crazy! I also have love going to see Kyle Hall, Ricardo Villalobos and all the OstGut Ton guys whenever they are in town.
You hold your Drop The Needle parties over at our neighbours Ridley Road Market Bar- why do you think Dalston works well for these type of nights?
I think so many people in Dalston are more musically aware and expect a certain musical standard on a night out. The musical programming of the venues in the area says a lot about Dalston. In one weekend Todd Terje, Optimo, Andrew Weatherall and Steffi can all be playing within walking distance of each other. I think this is a good indicator of the high musical standard of the area and the quality DJs it attracts.
Drop The Needle works because the crowd is up for something different and goes with it. I think the quirkiness of the bar goes well with the vibe of the party and the kind of stuff we play. The fact that we are a vinyl-only night adds to this eclectic nature and what the DJs play out. Generally, the experience is more different, and maybe more interesting when a DJ explores their personal record collection and takes you on a journey. It’s just not the same as an mp3 playlist.
What guests do you have lined up for 2013?
We have a big one in January, with Drums Of Death headlining, supported by ZNTN, who founded and runs local record label and podcast series How The Other Half Lives. They’ll be joined by Savage Beach’s Alex Torrance and DTN resident Milan Onassis. I’ll be playing the odd record too. Later on in the year we have Rory Phillips playing a special 7” only set. I also hope to feature some of the guys from Gays Hate Techno later in the year. Before all that though, I’m all focused on Saturday 22nd. We’ve got a few surprise guests popping in before they shoot off for Christmas.
Why is it important to celebrate the “beauty of wax”?
I think there is peculiar sense of beauty you get when you buy a vinyl: the packaging, the fact that it is by definition limited edition, the smell, and of course, the sound. It’s a sensory overload as opposed to, say, the transience of digital files, which you can’t see, touch, feel, or smell. I think digital files can be quick and convenient, but there is a tendency to take them for granted. I don’t see a record as something disposable. If I really love a track, I want to own something physical. I think people who still buy music nowadays, as opposed to downloading it for free, are starting to feel the same. By celebrating and buying wax you are supporting the artist, independent labels and record shops; something the current corporate music industry has no interest in doing. Also I think it is important that we have a music as a physical object so we can pass things down to future generations. Each record has a story and a legacy.
What one record would you sell your grandma to own?
I wouldn’t sell me nan for anything but I would give her a copy of Joey Beltram’s Energy Flash. She’s 87 but she can still shake a rug!
Join Sanjay in the top bar for Drop The Needle on Saturday 22nd December from 9pm – 3am. Downstairs sees Josh Caffe and Joe Robots return for Banjee Boy Realness.
A few weeks ago we had the immense pleasure of welcoming Dan Terndrup of L.A. duo Cosmic Kids to the Superstore basement for Say Yes with Nadia Ksaiba and Rory Phillips.
He played such an amazing set full of disco gems and house pumpers that we’ve decided to share it as a Tuesday treat. What better way to get through a drizzly day than with a mix taking you from Shalamar to Bicep to Boddika & Joy Orbison all the way through to the likes of Suzy Q and Patrice Rushen.
1. 6th Borough Project – Just a Memory 2. Shalamar – There It Is (Honom Edit) 3. Michael Jackson – Baby Be Mine 4. Joakim – Nothing Gold (Todd Terje Remix) 5. France Joli – Gonna Get Over You (Das Moth Edit) 6. Rayko – Rayko’s Doo Doo 7. Motor City Drum Ensemble – Raw Cuts #2 8. Metro Area – RMM Special Dub 9. Willie Graf & Tuccillo – Set Me Free 10. Weekend Express – 2 the Rhythm 11. Hot Chip – How Do You Do (Todd Terje Remix) 12. The 2 Bears – Work (Oliver $ Remix) 13. Stimming – Funkworm 14. Russ Yallop – Rock Me 15. Cosmic Kids – Reginald’s Groove (Classixx Remix) 16. Bicep – $tripper 17. Prince Club – I Know 18. Adonis – No Way Back 19. Boddika & Joy Orbison – Swims 20. Moodymanc -Joy 21. In Flagranti – Physical Maturity 22. Liquid Liquid – Optimo 23. Locussolus – I Want It (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Remix) 24. Patrice Rushen – Haven’t You Heard 25. Suzy Q – I Can’t Give You More 26. Stephanie Mills – What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ 27. Bob James – Take Me to the Mardi Gras 28. Tammi Terrell – All I Do Is Think About You
This Saturday L.A.’s Cosmic Kids (Throne Of Blood) join us for Say Yes, a one-off night from Durrr resident Rory Phillips and Rhythm Connection’s Nadia Ksaiba, that promises to be a bit of wax spectacular with vinyl specialists Drop The Needle hosting upstairs.
Cosmic Kids, or as their mums call them Ron and Dan, are also analogue lovers, with a taste for all things house, boogie and disco and have remixed Holy Ghost!, The Rapture, Fleetwood Mac and Kindness amongst others. We caught up with Dan to ask about the duo’s unusual quirks, wholesome habits, and favourite cosmic records…
Your Facebook fan page states, rather unusually, as one of your interests being “eating while DJing”. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten in a club?
We almost always go with burgers, although I wouldn’t really consider that “weird” as much as I would consider it “appropriate.” We usually stick to playing vinyl so whenever we play the rooftop of L.A.’s Standard Hotel, we have the luxury of putting our burgers and french fries (chips?) on the CDJ racks. Our friend Juan Maclean really one-upped us though when ordered a pizza and had it delivered to the DJ booth while he was DJing. That man is a legend.
And what’s on the menu for your set at Dalston Superstore for Say Yes?
Shepherd’s Pie. We try not to just stick to one sound. You will probably hear a little bit of boogie, disco, italo, and house. As far as we are concerned, its all dance music.
How did you come to be on your label Throne Of Blood? Did they call you or did you call them?
We finished a demo of our first single and sent it to anyone we thought might be interested, one of which was James Friedman. The very next morning we had an email back from him saying that he loved it. He asked if we wanted to release it on his label Throne of Blood, and that’s pretty much the way it went down. Its great working with TOB because it definitely feel like a family. We’ve become good friends with James through some of the other TOB artists. We definitely have plans of doing more with them in the future.
Tell us a hiking adventure story!
One time we were hiking in the very edge of the Santa Monica Mountains on a trail that ends up at an old wigwam, we didn’t anticipate the time it would take to reach that wigwam and it got dark, we kept going on the trail even though we had tiny flashlights. We ended up turning back when our friend Jason spotted yellow cat-like eyes staring at us from a few feet away. We couldn’t tell what exactly it was, for sure it was not a common house cat. We turned back and took turns walking backwards to the car.
What’s your favourite film soundtrack?
That’s a tough question. Vangelis’ soundtrack for Bladerunner is really amazing. Also worth noting is Angelo Badalamenti’s theme from Twin Peaks and Tangerine Dream’s soundtrack for Risky Business.
Who do you hope to have the opportunity to remix?
It would be awesome to remix someone like Hot Chip. Alexis Taylor’s voice melts me into little pieces. Otherwise it’s always really fun for us to remix our friend’s music and vice versa. We really value having a community of friends making music together.
How does playing in your hometown in LA compare to playing here in London- accents and mid-set snacks aside?
We’ve never played in London before. Say Yes will be one of our first London gigs, so I’m excited to see how it compares.
What one record sums up the word “cosmic” for you?
Either Casco’s – Cybernetic Love
Or Rah Band – Messages from the Stars.
And finally, what’s been your proudest moment so far?
It was a proud moment for us to have two remixes released on DFA Records. That label was a paradigm shift for our music tastes in our late teens and early twenties. We are also especially proud when anything we do ends up on vinyl.
Catch Cosmic Kids DJing at Say Yes this Saturday 13th October with Rory Phillips and Nadia Ksaiba with Drop The Needle hosting upstairs from 9pm – 3am.
The Lovely Jonjo joins us this Sunday for another spectacular team up with the JERK! girls for a Bank Holiday bonanza in the form of Hot Boy Carnival Jerk Spot! In the midst of rumours flying about that headliners Bicep will be taking “tops off” to its literal conclusion in the lazer basement, we thought it best to catch up with Sueprstore fave Jonjo (who also kindly provided this amazing mix to get us the mood) and find out how he earned his disco stripes, his best carnival memories and what bands are getting him all hot ‘n’ bothered at the moment…
You’re an actual Londoner! At what discos did you hang out at during your misspent youth?
I started going to a night called Smashing, an amazing night at the Eve Club on Regent Street which is no longer there. It was a proper night out where me and my girly mates would get dressed up at home. They would make a dress each week and we’d go every Friday night and feel like we missed out if we missed one. The club was a super mixed bag of people of trannies, indie kids, and pop stars like Bjork and Oasis. Pulp even filmed their Disco 2000 video down there. Matthew Glamorre, the host, got the crowd to give me birthday bumps for my 15th birthday but he kept shouting “He’s 18! He’s 18!” I used to go to Popstarz when it was at the Paradise Club in Angel and used to sneak into club Labyrnth on Dalston Lane, which had really good drum n bass nights. It was quite rough.
How did you come to be involved with the George & Dragon?
Richard and Lilli, the owners, used to regularly come into a store I was a buyer for, the Japanese brand Superlovers. They’d heard I started DJing at mates’ parties and we got along really well and they asked me to DJ as one of the first weekly residents. Then I started doing the legendary Sundays, which were mental. Lots of drunken dancing on the bar.
You were resident at the legendary Trash club with Erol and Rory… What are your lasting Monday night memories?
God, so many. Soulwax doing their remix album live was mindblowing. These New Puritans and PNAU were also amazing. It really was a family-like tight-knit atmosphere and I just have really good memories of people smiling and going crazy on the dancefloor.
What prompted you to start Hot Boy Dancing Spot?
Partly because of really good memories of Popstarz and the gay boys that were into music other than the recent chart crap, and going to mates’ nights in Berlin that had boys who liked boys but were really into music and the lack of that in London.
If Hot Boy Dancing Spot started a boy band who would be in it? (ps you have a time machine)
Jimmy Edgar, Iggy Pop back in the day, Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Nile Rogers, and Tom Daly now that he’s 18 haha!
Which bands are getting you excited right now?
Loving Disclosure at moment and have had the Tristesse Contemporaine LP on repeat. We have When Saints Go Machine playing at Durrr next month and can’t wait to see them again. What a treat.
What is your best carnival memory?
Ooooooooh so many! My mum used to know a lot of the old Twice As Nice garage crew so I used to go plonk myself by (or on) a speaker at the KCC Sound System. I can remember one really sunny year hearing Gabriel (garage tune not Joe Goddard) for the first time, incredible.
KCC was always amazing, big smiles and never any trouble. Just shuffling along with mates dancing in the streets. London needs more of that actually.
This is not the first time we’ve had a special Hot Boy Jerkin’ Spot, why do you like teaming up with JERK!
I love those gals and the JERK! crowd are always up for it and love a wine and grind and a good sing a long. I love r’n’b and ragga but I never play it out so I’ll definitely be joining the girls upstairs for a little set this Sunday.
You’ve got purveyors of the tops off dancefloor Bicep headlining in the basement. What’s your personal tops off track?
Man2Man – Male stripper OBVS.
At the moment Róisín Murphy’s collaboration with Luca C & Brigante – Flashlight Solomun remix is driving me fucking insane.
Durrr’s Rory Phillips has been bringing his signature sound to London’s indie chic and underground cool for the last 10 years with residencies at Erol Alkan’s seminal Monday night Trash, revered east London night Our Disco and now that semi-regular hub of cool Durrr. In addition to his DJing responsibilities Rory is also a noted producer and remixing, making him the ideal candidate to ship off to Croatia to helm the good ship Durrr at Stop Making Sense festival a super person to have play our SMS warm-up party with Body Talk this Saturday. We pinned him down for a five-minute chat ahead the upcoming festival and impending party…
Can you describe Durrr for the uninitiated?
Transient love and dancing with myself, The Lovely Jonjo, and our friends from around the world.
What do you miss most about Trash?
I miss the time more than anything, that excitement of styles colliding for the first time, things that seem very much standard now.
What’s your favourite end of the night track?
Carol King – I Feel The Earth Move
What’s your favourite drum machine?
The Siel MDP 40, an almost toy-like drum machine, think that crunchy Storm Queen clap sound.
What/who are you excited for at this year’s Stop Making Sense festival?
I’m excited for the family feel of it more than anything, us, Superstore and all of the other London crews. I’m looking forward to seeing Lil Louis for the first time and Jimmy Edgar is always great.
Who are you favourite band right now?
I’m currently in a serious relationship with the Chromatics album Kill For Love.
Tell us about the Singles Club!
Glad you asked! It’s called Mixed Fortunes and the simple version is that I am releasing 6 12″ records throughout 2012 of my own original material and you can subscribe to get them delivered straight to your letterbox, along with digital versions, for less than just the WAVs would cost on Beatport. All the info is at: www.mixed-fortunes.com
What’s your one essential item (bar headphones and music) for your Stop Making Sense suitcase?
It’s a tie between sunblock and white loafers.
Rory Phillips plays Body Talk Presents: Stop Making Sense this Saturday 19th May alongside Hannah Holland (Batty Bass, Paris Acid Ball), Mikki Most (Trailertrash) Nadia Ksaiba (Rhythm Connection and Rokk plus the funky fresh Body Talk residents Charlie Bones & Tristan Reed.
This August we’ve been invited back to Stop Making Sense festival, the truly amazing summer gathering on the Adriatic coast! We’re bringing down Superstore favourites Severino, Hannah Holland, Dan Beaumont & Mikki Most, Rokk and Nadia Ksaiba. Elswehere you can catch high-grade music from incredible artists like Lil’ Louis, Ron Trent & Chez Damier, Jimmy Edgar, Rory Phillips, Move D, Deetron, Auntie Flo with arenas and boat parties courtesy of Durrr, Ostgut Ton, secretsundaze, Deviation, Trouble Vision, Electric Minds and Warm…. wow! We are embarking on a boat party and throwing a beachside minirave. For full details including tickets an accommodation tips head to the SMS website: stopmakingsense.eu
We are having a spacial Superstore SMS Warm Up Party in conjunction with Body Talk! Come and dance with us this Saturday 19th May with special guests Hannah Holland, Rory Phillips, Nadia Ksaiba & Mikki Most alongside Rokk and the Body Talk Residents. We can’t promise sea & sunshine but there will definitely be an abundance of excellent music on both floors to keep you on your feet!
SMS WARM-UP: Saturday May 19th, 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore
DALSTON SUPERSTORE BOAT PARTY: August 6th, 2pm-6pm, Tisno, Croatia
DALSTON SUPERSTORE BEACH PARTY: August 6th, 6pm-midnight, Tisno, Croatia