Ahead of Society’s residents party this Thursday, we asked the collective to pick their quintessential Society tracks, the songs that really sum up their most successful outings taking into account all the acid and Chicago house luminaries that have graced their decks. Not only did they come up with a cracking selection but they also sent us this amazing deep house mix from Joshua Ford who’ll be playing on the night…
Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem)
We brought Marshall Jefferson over for our second big warehouse party a few years ago, ably supported by Superstore’s own Dan Beaumont and Dissident’s Andy Blake. We took over a dirty old car park in Shoreditch and filled it up with lots of acid house lovers – only problem being I misplaced (ahem) the Chicago’an in the middle of Shoreditch on a Friday night. After a frantic search around the whole of Shoreditch, we found him a few roads up from the venue giving two excited guys his autograph. He came in, full of smiles, jumped straight on the decks and played an absolute belter, with this track being the highlight. Lovely, lovely chap, and a pretty damn good DJ/Producer.
Frankie Knuckles Presents Satoshi Tomiie (Vocal by Robert Owens) – Tears
This record is everything. Beautiful simplicity, a heartfelt lyric and haunting vocal sung with such tenderness by Robert Owens. Tears encapsulates everything I love about music and was the genesis that sparked my love of house music. We have been fortunate to host a series of intimate Society happenings with Robert over the last year, a journey that culminated this summer in his set on our stage at Farr Festival. Surrounded by the darkened forest, Robert sang Tears. Wearing a brightly coloured feathered hat, met by a sea of smiling faces, friend, family, the whole tent dance and sang along. It was our second year collaborating with Ransom Note’s Wil Troup, pulling together a fantasy line up to play the small but fantastic Farr festival. It was a night I won’t forget, a record that is everything.
Hannah Holland – Paris’ Acid Ball
When we first came up with the idea for Society we decided that while the focus would always be on a legendary DJ from the era, we would also feature another headliner; a younger DJ influenced by the sound. For our first event at the Metal Works we booked Hannah Holland. Hannah killed it and has since played for us numerous times, always delivering an amazing set. My choice is Hannah’s massive 2010 release “Paris Acid Ball”, her homage to the Jackin’ Chicago sound.
Phuture – Acid Tracks
My pick has to come from The Don himself, DJ Pierre. We brought him over from Chicago for a huge warehouse party celebrating all of his (many) aliases. I remember going to pick him up from the hotel to escort him to the venue (we weren’t going to make the same mistake we did with Marshall!) and feeling pretty nervous about finally meeting him. On the way to the venue he was asking me what we wanted him to play, there was me, telling the inventor of acid house what to play! ‘Acid tracks’ sums up the sound and movement that the man himself started and means so much to me and many, many others.
Tomorrow night sees Terry Farley join us once more both for Society’s Farr Festival Warm Up and for the launch of his new Acid Rain compilation! And ahead of the party we’re giving away a pair of tickets to Farr Festival, which takes place just outside of London in Hertfordshire over the weekend 19-21st July, AND a copy of Terry’s new release!
“It was 25 years ago in 1988 when the Acid House sound created a musical revolution in the UK following the success of London’s Shoom and Hedonism, whilst, at the same time, Manchester was kick starting the movement in the North of England with the Hacienda’s Hot and Nude nights. Acid House continued its corrosive effect on the late 80’s party crowd with new clubs opening up almost every month throughout 1988 – R.I.P., Spectrum, Zoo, The Trip, Apocalypse Now, Legends, the State, Rage, Sunrise to name a few.
By the summer of 1988 aka ‘the second summer of love’, Acid House was something of a national sensation in the UK with the political establishment seeing the movement as a threat to law and order and the tabloid press vilifying the movement and its main symbol, the smiley face.
But what exactly was Acid House?
Internationally renowned DJ and House expert, Terry Farley has painstakingly compiled 5 CD’s which trace the movement’s beginnings and the incredible 6 years when this underground music from Chicago dominated the UK dance floors and spread throughout the world. To accompany this furious aural assault is a 32 page booklet written and curated by Miles Simpson, founder of the influential House Music blog, ‘Beyond the Stars’, interrogator of legendary DJ’s and all-round House expert.Plus, of course, pages of scans, flyers and key photos from the period from the Terry Farley archives.”
For your chance to win a copy of the 5-CD compilation Terry Farley Presents: Acid Rain and a pair of tickets to Farr Festival just email the correct answer to email@example.com by 10am Thursday 27th June with the email subject “ACID RAIN/FARR FESTIVAL COMPETITION”.
*Only the winning entrant will be contacted.
What was the summer of 1988 also known as?
a. The second summer of love
b. Another summer of rain
c. The winter of discontent
Terry joins Society’s extra special resident and all-round genuine legend Robert Owens, Thunder’s Miles Simpson, Damon Martin, Jake Manders, Josh Caffe and the Society DJs here at Dalston Superstore for Society’s Farr Festival Warm-Up tomorrow night from 9pm.
A little bit of BBC2’s seminal show Dance Energy will be transposed into the Dalston Superstore laser basement this Thursday night as Normski joins us for Society’s Dance Energy Takeover!
As Kieran from Society tells us, “Dance Energy was a prime-time TV show on BBC2 every Wednesday (just before the Fresh Prince if I remember rightly). It was hosted by Normski – who was genuinely the coolest person on TV at that time – and was a bit like the UK’s very own New Dance Show, but with added gossip and a few more people with curtains. If you bear in mind there was only 4 channels back then (and no internet), Dance Energy was a Godsend.“
With this in mind, ahead of the party we asked five members of the Society collective to pick their personal favourite and inspiring Dance Energy moment to share. And they sent us this hot mix too!
Ciaran: The Ragga Twins – Spliffhead… To this day it still says everything about why I love music. Different cultures, sounds, fashion, people coming together to create something positive, exciting and truly beautiful.
Nicola: Bizarre Inc – Playing With Knives… Gotta Get Up, Got To Feel Good. This song is a personal favourite of mine – it holds lots of fond memories and never fails to put a huge smile on my face. Dance Energy always had the absolute best crowds and in this clip you can see they are absolutely havin’ it! Check out the two guys dancing in sync at 1.30min. This is exactly the sort of dance energy (sorry!) we’re expecting people to bring to the night. This. Tune. Will. Get. Played.
Henry: SL2 – DJs Take Control… Back in ’92 I was given a (copied) mixtape of Slipmatt and Lime recorded at Fantazia. As a former metal head I had never heard hardcore before but completely fell in love with the sound. Little did I know 19 years later Slipmatt would play for us at our first Society warehouse party. A great moment for me and one that I wished I could tell my younger self!
Jamie: The Prodigy – Everybody In The Place… Unfortunately I never actually got to watch Dance Energy, most likely due to over protective parents that had probably read too many Daily Mail headlines. I didn’t even realise dance music existed. But bizarrely it was my mum who introduced me to dance music in the end, when she went to HMV and picked up a couple of CDs of music that ‘the kids were into’. She’d bought me Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust and Prodigy’s Music For A Jilted Generation. I loved the Prodigy album and ended up buying their previous album Experience, and Everybody In The Place is a huge tune. Looking at this video of the Prodigy performing it live, I feel like I missed out, but big up’s to my mum for getting me into their music eventually and making me the wreck I am today.
Kieran: The end of Dance Energy always showed off the dancers in the studio. And this clip shows some of the crowd dancing to Big Daddy Kane. We get to meet Damian from Dover, “H.M.D” who wants “A Baby” and Pierre, who name checks Al Jarreau. Check out the guy in the Chicago tee and dungarees, and the guy in the two tone Karl Kani’s and ‘Do The Right Thing’ medallion – lot of ideas for how to dress (and dance) on the 30th.
Tonight sees London house producer and DJ Jamie Blanco joins us at Society Presents Robert Owens. Currently releasing much hyped records on the ultra mysterious London Housing Trust label and one-half of atmospheric electronic outfit Figures; Jamie is an ideal person for a lesson in all things H.O.U.S.E. We caught up with him ahead of the party to find out what inspires him and what’s lurking in the depths of his record collection…
How did you come to release on the mysterious London Housing Trust label?
I could tell ya but I’d have to kill ya.
What’s your most loved piece of hardware?
My Roland Juno 60. I don’t think I’ve made a track that it doesn’t feature in.
Who are your house heroes?
Francois Kervorkin is someone I have massive respect for as a DJ and a producer. When I first started going out, I’d have to say the likes of X Press 2, Kahuna Brothers or even MAW gave me some of my favourite wide eyed dance floor experiences.
What was the best DJ set you’ve danced to recently?
Figures played a live gig last Saturday after which a load of us piled back to my mate Chris Stoker’s. Parts of his standard 12 hour mega mix from then on could answer that question, maybe not the five minutes of chiming Chinese water bells though. Other than that Ben ‘Gatto Fritto’ Williams anywhere I’ve seen him play recently.
What do you like, and equally what do you loathe, about London’s house music scene?
Love: the atmosphere when everyone’s enjoying the music and having a good old dance. Loathe: the atmosphere when everyone is there to just stand around in those bennies.
Personal favourite Chicago house gem?
Jump St Man – B-Cause is an amazing track, you either dance or chill to it.
Or Da Posse – In The Heat Of The Night (Acid Mix) always gets everyone moving.
What influences your live outfit Figures?
James and I wanted to make something of a slower tempo and more atmospheric than the house music we were both producing when we met, so we started Figures with the idea of bring others in to guest on tracks, hence the name. Other than that, whatever biscuits he turns up to the studio with as we drink a lot of tea.
What’s the best new music (of any genre) you’ve discovered lately?
I think I’d need some ID’s from last Sunday morning to answer that.
What outside of music creatively inspires you?
All the features on David Attenborough recently.
And finally, be honest, what is the most unexpected record in your collection?
I have Toxic by Britney Spears on 12″, Great track. Would that be classed as unexpected…?
Tonight London based house producer Palms Trax joins us tonight for that monthly lesson in all things acid and Chicago house, Society. With day jobs at both Boiler Room and Phonica Records, a hand in clubnight Streets Of Beige and a healthy love of the Burrell Brothers, he’s a man who knows a thing or two about good music. We caught up with him ahead of the party tonight to talk about his musical roots and underrated house gems…
How was Palms Trax born?
I guess from a desire to make music a bit more spontaneously than how I had been before, timed impeccably well with an unhealthy fascination of the Nu Groove back catalogue – it was just really refreshing to hear all those records after two years of aspiring to be the smooth peanut-butter of bass music so I just got the worst flute sound I could find and mined it for all it was worth.
You’re from Bristol, a city with a prodigious music scene- what influence do your roots have on the music you make now?
Well it was only when I moved to London that I became aware of dance music properly, so not actually all that much to be honest. I did play piano for a long time so that helps in the writing process, but I think it’s always what I’m discovering now that inspires me the most. If it wasn’t too late to play the tambourine for Talking Heads then it would be a different matter altogether, but there’s only so much years of Black Sabbath abuse can do for your drum programming.
You also work part time at Phonica Records- how does this shape your record buying?
Well it’s not so much my record buying that it’s shaping, as it is my overdraft.
You’re releasing on Lobster Theremin which is vinyl-only… why does the UK dance scene need more vinyl only releases?
Well I still buy some music digitally but I think it helps to get away from this disposable relationship that a lot of people have with electronic music, as well as it being a genuinely exciting way to discover it that isn’t always instantly gratifying but constantly rewarding.
What’s one Chicago house underrated gem we can expect to hear from you tonight?
No idea if it’s underrated or not but The Don – Message of Love, heard it on a Delroy Edwards mix somewhere and it’s the best record I’ll ever buy for the price of a Solero.
This Thursday House Of Trax head honcho Rushmore joins us once more for another lesson in all things H.O.U.S.E. with Society. As one of the brains behind the hugely successful parties and now record label Trax Couture, we caught up with him to find out more about his fledgling label, the debut release from himself and more…
Congrats on the first Trax Couture release! Love the artwork, it’s really reminiscent of the Rap Colouring Book stuff- what was thinking behind it and who is the artist?
Hey thanks for taking time to talk. Glad your into the first release. The talent behind all of our artwork is co-boss and resident Fools. He’s a sucker for a good ghetto tinged illustration and Letraset, as you might be able to tell from the flyers. With all of the artwork and what we do with the House Of Trax parties, we reference early Chicago and New York house flyers which were done in a similar vein along with old UK rave flyers. We try to put or own H-O-T twist on things too.
Where do you plan to take things with the label?
Well as it’s a natural extension of the parties, we aim to put out as much music as we can by ourselves [Fools & Rushmore] and people who we’ve become close to through doing the nights. So that’s been the aim from the start. Then if we look at the clothing side then we just want to start with seasonal capsule collections in a very limited number and build from there. Who knows we might have our own totally self built label showing at fashion week and curating the runway music ourselves someday, haha!
What track from last year do you wish you’d signed?
Girl Unit – Ensemble. It was a track I truly rinsed last year and got such a good reaction every time. It would never have happened anyways, as we know those guys and was only ever going to get released on Night Slugs.
Who has been your biggest/most high profile supporter of the label so far?
Our biggest supporter, for us, with the label so far, has to be MikeQ. We’ve had him play at our first party last January and again since. Our first release contains a good portion of tracks that are influenced by modern ballroom that Mike and his Qween Beat label make. It’s a great honour to have his support with a style and culture which he is a leader of, and we enjoy so much.
Besides yourself, what other artists can we expect to see releasing on House Of Trax?
So, without giving too much away you will definitely see a debut from Fools. We’ve lined up some remixes from previous House Of Trax guests. There might be one or two curve balls, maybe something a little different which you may not expect form us too! Don’t really want to disclose more than that right now… wouldn’t want to jinx anything! You will be the first to know when the time is right though!
What existing labels success do you hope to emulate?
Well the first label that comes to mind is Night Slugs. We’re good friends of those guys and have really enjoyed what they’ve done. They have completely built up their own sound within a family of their own. Bosses L-vis and Bok Bok have done an awesome job nurturing what they had and taken it to where it is now: a globally reputable label with really strong individual artists. We’ve been lucky enough to have their support since the beginning of Rhythm Talk and continued through to now with House Of Trax. We would definitely like to achieve that level of success though doing the things we want in our own way, only time will tell.
Tell us about the Trax Couture clothing line!
So, when Fools and I have ever discussed the idea of clothing, it was always in a collection type way. It was never just a case of lets just do standard logo T, it was always in an abundance of ideas which made it easy to decide to do a small collection, seasonally. As long as we were responsible with quantities then it could definitely work. We will retail it through our website, which is having a makeover before it launches. Regarding the concept for each season, it was quite easy for us envisage a starting point, with nearly two seasons pretty much designed. From there we can just evolve and develop each season, with a view to expand it too. So the easiest way for now to sum up the range it’s street wear, club wear, club couture, Trax Couture.
You’re a pretty frequent guest, but in your opinion how does Trax Couture and Rushmore fit into Society?
Haha! Besides all of those words fitting nicely into a society in which we belong! Since Fools and I started running parties together, Rhythm Talk being the first and then now alongside H-O-T, I became friends with Kieran who runs Society. There are similarities in the music policy which can cross over and we’ve since played each others parties. I love playing at Society and Superstore in general as it’s always a great vibe and the people there know how to party too. So to sum it all up it’s a great appreciation between like minded friends and promoters.
What ONE thing would you change about east London’s house music scene?
The one thing I would change is for there to be more adventurousness.
Sum up Trax Couture in 3 words…
“Bitches ( you better ) be ready” Kind of cheated no that one haha.
Tonight sees Simon Lee, one half of seminal disco act Faze Action, here at Superstore for Chicago house party Society. He and his brother Robin helped define the nu-disco movement coming out of east London with their first EP in 1995, Original Disco. It’s difficult to estimate the influence their band has had on DJs, producers and artists over the years, which frankly makes him an ideal guest for Society’s party celebrating the “Uniting Sounds Of America” as he joins the legendary Robert Owens in the lazer basement with a whole set of NYC disco and Chicago house. We caught up with Simon ahead of his set tonight…
Playing out in London has changed considerably since Faze Action began in the mid ’90s- what do you really miss and what do you feel has changed for the better?
I remember playing disco records in the ’90s and people would come up and ask for something “a bit more pumping!” These days disco has gone from being a slightly special moment in a house set, to the expected or accepted norm, which in my eyes is a great thing!
What one record do you wish you’d made?
Hard question there are loads…The Clash – London Calling, Marshall Jefferson -House Music Anthem, any Chic record and that’s with out even thinking!
What’s the most unusual influence you’ve ever managed to incorporate in your productions?
I think we used half a bottle of Cianti on one record!
Where is your favourite dance floor?
The living room!
Your seminal LP Plans & Designs helped kick-start what we now call nu-disco – how do you feel about having personally had such a huge impact on dance music?
I guess at the time we were just making music we wanted to hear, we didn’t think about it. Looking back there were a few artists doing a similar style and we all got lumped in the nu disco genre.
What do you feel about the term “nu-disco”? Is it unfair of us to blame it on you?
I guess the term “Nu Disco” was a term made up by some journalist back in the day! To name a movement or to put like minded artists together. For me it’s more of an approach to music, in that pretty much anything goes, which is a good thing.
What was the last record you bought?
Gyan Kiki – 24 hrs in a Disco
If you can pick one moment, what would you say has been the ultimate career defining moment for you so far?
Playing live at Glastonbury in 2000.
Who are your musical heroes?
Love all the greats: Stevie Wonder, Chak Khan , Marvin Gaye, Sylvester.
What are you most proud of releasing on Faze Action Records?
Love all the artists we’ve had Guy and Dan Williams as the Shack, Luke Howard as Miss Cheescake, Del Strange as Del Strange!
Rushmore returns to Superstore tomorrow to play Society Presents Robert Owens. Having been a previous guest at the launch of Banjee Boy Realness, and with his own night House Of Trax being the talk of the town, we thought it high time to catch up with the man himself and even get our mitts on an exclusive mix!
Are you named after the mountain or the movie?
Haha! Neither, I first learned to make music on Rushmore Road in Clapton.
What’s the scariest tune you plan to play at the Halloween Society party on Thursday?
I’ve got an exclusive Icy Lake refix by a Night Slugs friend which is pretty spooky and also a special little edit of something I have done myself.
You’ve had some amazing guests at your own party House Of Trax. Who’s been your favourite so far this year for whatever reason?
On the spot! It has been a great year for guests, but I would have to say MikeQ. He played our launch party back in January, which was special, and our most recent party too. He’s great all round DJ, Producer and a great guy. He will be back for us next year too.
We also hear House Of Trax is expanding from a night into a record label- what’s on the cards for the first few releases?
Ohh… news travels quick! We haven’t really told anyone. Well our first vinyl release will be for end of November. That will be three tracks from myself. The second and third releases will be in the first half of next year. We can’t reveal who they will be from, but some very interesting projects and remixes indeed. There’s more than just the vinyl too!
And finally, tell us a bit about the exclusive mix you’ve made up…
Well, I thought of it as The Rushmore Superstore… so I went on a shopping spree with some of my favourite tracks of old and new. An appetizing minimix to whet the palate for this week’s party.
1. Love Juice Intro
2. Raze – Break 4 Love
3. Logic – Blues For You
4. Keri Chandler – Kong
5. Hardrive – Depp Inside (Rushmore Reformed Mix)
6. Gerd – That NY House Track
7. Outhere Brothers – I Wanna Fuck You In The Ass
8. Westside Box Savants – House Program 808
9. Kingdom – Stalker Ha
10. Todd Terry / MikeQ – Samba (Ballroom Mix)
11. KW Griff ft Pork Chop – Bring In The Katz (L-Vis 1990 Dub)
12. Green Velvet – I Want To Leave My Body
13. Lil Louis – French Kiss
14. Nomad – Devotion
Rushmore plays Society Presents Robert Owens this Thursday 24th October with DJ TLR and Josh Caffe from 9pm – 2:30am.
Next week we welcome Perseus Traxx to join us in the Superstore lazer basement for our monthly Chicago house and acid infused Thursday night Society. Self-described as a man who makes “Machine Music using old hardware”, Perseus Traxx’s rich analogue sounds and early house influences make him an ideal act to sit on the same bill as Society’s legendary resident Robert Owens. We caught up with him to shoot the breeze about Greek legends, hardware and music that makes you smile…
What is it about the legendary Greek figure of Perseus that you empathise with enough to name yourself after him… beyond the obvious association of house artists named after mythical Greek characters?
Possibly his persistence and integrity, I’m unsure. He was put on the spot when asked what gift he would present to the King. Everyone said a horse was fitting, but he said nothing less than the head of Medusa. Next day he was ordered by the King to get the head of Medusa, otherwise the King would take Perseus’s mother. An impossible task, he had help from the Gods, but the King raped his mother. So he exacted revenge by turning the King to stone. He also gave away the Kingdom rather than rule in place of the King he had just killed. The films don’t tell this story, and even in ancient mythology there are two slightly different versions. I like the idea that he was kitted up by the Gods to perform an otherwise impossible feat, a mortal using the tools of the immortals. But that doesn’t really answer the question I’m afraid….
Do you think you could take Medusa in a fight like your namesake did?
Medusa was HOT but she lost her looks!! She was the only mortal of the three Gorgons, but I’d probably need the same amount of help defeating her, so Athena would need to show up and hold the polished shield. I’d also need the cap of invisibility to get away, and some trainers that make me fly. As the ancient Greek Gods seem to have retired, I think I’d be pretty much up the creek on this one.
You’re pretty vocal about your love of analogue and basic equipment and hardware. What’s your most loved and most used tool you utilise in your productions?
That’s quite tricky as I use everything equally, the MPC and the desk and effects units always get used, as does the Juno Alpha 1 and the MKS-50 (rack-mounted Alpha Juno). As a rule I write music to record with a mind to performing it, and so I use what I’m able to take out with me. Maybe one or two bits stay at home, but that’s it. I think though, the Juno’s are my favourite….
Why do you feel the need to have quite so many aliases?
It’s not a need as such. There have been different things for different moods. The recent stuff is Perseus, but appropriate sounds go with appropriate names. Nite Vision isn’t just me, N&N Tracks (Neville and Nigel) isn’t just me and Sir Leon Greg is all about edits and jams, so is an anagram (edit) of my own name. Underneath, it’s still me; the names are more about reference points for other people, which is why the first question was a bit tricky.
What one track has had the biggest influence on the music you produce as Perseus Traxx?
I don’t think there can be just one track.
Why is jazz awesome?
I like the moods, it lets my brain unfold and helps me relax and drift. I don’t listen to nearly as much as I should. Quite often I’m locked into what I’m doing and don’t get a chance to relax and listen to other things. I suppose the speed at which my brain races means I feel I have to be occupied to prevent thinking to much about things that otherwise may trouble me.
What do you think of DJs who don’t go to record stores?
I have no problem with that. There isn’t one in York so I can’t go but I can’t really afford much vinyl at the moment. I don’t have a problem with buying online. It’s a shame though; the decline in record sales (despite the recent upwards bump) has meant the closure of record shops all over the world. Though enthusiasts can still get music, a community is lost. Digging in crates and second hand shops has been lost to the “idea” of what the majority thinks it is be a DJ. This is evidenced by the rise of mediocrity and celebrity. The masses buy into it. That’s fine, it doesn’t effect me as I don’t go to those clubs or buy that music. Being a DJ is about searching for tracks, as much as playing, so whether it’s about going to a record shop or tracking down and buying online it doesn’t matter, it’s all about the obsession. This is what differentiates DJ’s from people who are just spoon-fed what they will listen to and buy, and are happy to just accept that.
What’s your favourite track of your own you’ve done?
I’m not too certain. They all have special resonance for me, and different memories and qualities. There are also 100 or more that are unreleased and some of those mean a lot to me too. It’s like asking a parent to choose their favourite child.
If you *had* to rid the world of one musical genre, in your opinion, what could humanity afford to lose?
Not sure if it has a true genre, but we could all do without the soulless, polished dirge the $wedi$h Hou$e Ma££ia and their ilk “produce” – oh I mentioned being spoon fed before didn’t I…..
What was the last piece of music you listened to that made you outright grin?
I was at a friend’s place the other week and she pulled out a copy of the edits of Don’t Take It by Armando Gallop. It’s the Thomos Edit that I particularly like and was on the Lets Pet Puppies label, which was made up of re-edits of unreleased recordings from back in the day. I don’t have a copy unfortunately and with the lowest price on Discogs being £20 it seems I’m unlikely to get one any time soon which is a cruel cruel shame! I particularly like the Sharvette’s voice on this. It’s just drums, subtle acid, some effects, and her voice. I love it. She sounds like the same person who did the intro of Drexciya’s Bubble Metropolis where a female voice announces, “This is Drexciyan Cruiser Control, bubble 1, to Lardossen cruiser 8-203X, please decrease your speed to 1.788.4 kilobahn, thank you, Lardossen cruiser 8-203X please use extra caution as you pass the aqua construction site on the side of the aquabahn, I repeat, proceed with caution.” I guess that’s the best reference point in terms of the sound of the vocal, though the content and context are very different.
What can we expect from your set at Society?
I haven’t planned a set as such, though I do have some nice bits, old and new, waiting to get played and am eagerly awaiting the postman’s arrival with some new releases. There will definitely be some Legowelt / Chicago Shags in there, maybe some disco. I’ll just have to see how it all goes….
Perseus Traxx plays Society Presents: Robert Owens next Thursday 27th September from 9pm – 2:30am and has a new split EP with Aroy Dee out now on Photic Fields called Hope.
Our friends at the Ransom Note have teamed up with our monthly acid house night Society to host one almighty stage at this month’s Farr Festival and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner. The stunning line-up includes some of our favourite people, and, of course, own very own Superstore boss Dan Beaumont!
With sets from Bicep, Miss Hannah Holland, J D Twitch from Optimo, Terry Farley and Trevor Fung playing a Balearic sunset set; you can see why we think this is one NOT to be missed!
Farr Festival takes place just outside London in Newnham, Hertfordshire in a deserted wood on the 27th and 28th July with other stages from Bristol based night Just Jack and London’s Sancho Panza. Acts over the weekend include Eats Everything, George FitzGerald, Jozif, Miguel Campbell and Waifs & Strays.
To be with a chance to win, tell us in the comments your best festival story! We’ll decide the winner by 2pm Thursday 12th July.
In the meantime, get your ears round this brand new mix from the boys at Bicep!
Bicep join J D Twitch (Optimo) Hannah Holland, Dan Beaumont, Terry Tarley and Trevor Fung on the R$N Vs Society stage at Farr Festival on Saturday 28th July. You can buy tickets for the festival over at The Ransom Note.
London legend Andy Blake returns to Superstore this week for monthly Chicago House dance party Society. With three record labels, a residency at Warboy’s night SOS, his own party World Unknown and a reputation as a DJ’s DJ with a vast musical knowledge and taste, we managed to catch five minutes of his time to talk to him about his many projects and fascinating career…
You’re playing at Society- what gems can we expect from someone with as diverse and broad music knowledge as yourself?
I reckon it’ll be a bunch of house from ‘85 til now and maybe a few heavy disco and euro bits that got played in late ‘70s/early ‘80s Chicago when there was house music but no house records.
This is not the 1st time you’ve played Society. What do you like about their parties?
The broad mix of people is excellent; it’s the single most important element of any good club or party. If you’ve got a roomful of people of all different ages and backgrounds all getting on and getting down together you’re in with a very good chance of having a great party.
How did you come to be a resident at SOS?
I used to play at Warboy’s previous night Caligula and I guess it just seemed natural to us both for that to carry on at SOS. I love having a residency at a really pumping house night at a great venue in London and working with people like Warboy and Wayne Shires. None of us may be spring chickens any more but we seem to know what we’re up to and give people a great night out, and we all still have a huge amount of fun doing it.
How do you find time to run both your record labels as well as DJing?
There’s actually three including the World Unknown label. It’s easy enough really and a lot of fun too, especially as I’ve got some good mates mucking in and sharing the load. All I really have to do is keep finding the music and it all rolls on from there.
Tell us about your Boiler Room takeover on the 7th June…
It’s going to be a Cave Paintings and In Plain Sight session. We’ll be getting all the mad South London lot from World Unknown and the other parties round our way to come so it should be a brilliant atmosphere. Myself, Semtek, Joe and Amy will be DJing and we’ve got youngTEE playing live too and that’s always a very special thing.
What was the first record you ever bought and the most recent?
I think first that I actually bought myself could have been a compilation of rock n roll classics from the TV show Happy Days when I was about 6 or 7 – purchased from a branch of Boots if my memory serves correctly.
As for the most recent one, I’ve just got home from a weekend on patrol in Brazil and in the pile of record mailers awaiting me there’s a bunch of DJ Duke records so it’ll be one of those I guess.
What do you prefer putting on- daytime or nighttime parties?
I love going to, playing at and putting on all kinds of parties but there’s definitely something very special about ones with a daytime element, especially if there’s an outdoors. There’s an element of free-spirited transgression to daytime partying that’s not often there at nighttime parties any more.
I haven’t put anything on in the day for ages now but I’m just starting a new thing called Dance Cafe with some mates from Peckham who DJ as Bahamian Moor. The first one is this weekend taking place inside and outside at a local art gallery and we’ll be doing one per month at various interesting South London venues. There’s also going to be a World Unknown daytime free party in an amazing venue very soon as well.
London definitely needs more daytime and 24-hour stuff. Berlin has loads every weekend, summer and winter, so why haven’t we?
You’re playing on the MS Stubnitz at Pleasure Gardens for Bloc- what’s the most unusual venue you’ve ever played and what do you make of Bloc’s venue change?
On Saturday just gone I played at a floating club on a man-made lake in Brasilia. That’s got to qualify as one of the maddest places I’ve done so far and it was a cracking party too. Playing on the Stubby will be loads of fun and the whole Bloc/Pleasure Gardens site looks like it’ll be pretty amazing. I’m looking forward to having a stumble around it in a heightened state of awareness.
What’s your biggest non-musical influence?
All my amazing friends I guess, they’re a very inspiring bunch of people. That may well sound a bit corny and incredibly unhip but it’s 100% true. I can pretend it’s some obscure TV program or a certain length of trouser if you prefer.
You can catch Andy Blake alongside Robert Owens this Thursday 31st May at Society from 9pm – 3am.
The weekend is mere hours away and we bet you, much like us, like to ramp things up sonically for the last few hours of work in order to get in the mood for some serious disco dancing until the dawn hours. Well, we have just the thing for you this fine Friday afternoon. Behold! Sir Trevor Fung’s acid house set recorded live in the lazer pit at last month’s Society!
You can catch Society’s “music for your hearts, not the charts” on the last Thursday of every month with the legendary Robert Owens holding court with his revered residency. This month they’re joined by local hero and “DJ’s DJ” Andy Blake for another lesson in all things H.O.U.S.E. taking place this Thursday 31st May from 9pm-3am.