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Bottom Heavy

On Saturday, the Laurel and Hardy of Dalston and legendary DJ’s, Dan Beaumont & Wes Baggaley,  are joining forces to get you all bumping and thumping to some deep homosexual house with their brand new night: Bottom Heavy! Having both been prominent figures in London’s queer nightlife for over a decade and played some of the most infamous parties around the globe including The NYC Downlow, we are pretty sure that these two bottoms know how to throw a TOP party.

Despite their quite sickening resumés and having been pals for years, its actually the first time they’ve collaborated together! Don’t worry huns, this isn’t the only venture for the duo. Later in the year, Dan and Wes will be playing back-to-back at Farr festival alongside Prosumer, Tama Sumo and Lakuti! 

To get you lubed up and prepared for Bottom Heavy, Dan and Wes had a little chinwag amongst themselves! Read on to find out what these two legends think about the state of London’s LGBTQ+ Nightlife, their most played records and whats on the horizon for them both!

 Dan: Can you remember the point in your life that house music grabbed you?

Wes: I do actually. I was still at school and too young to go clubbing but I remember when Steve Silk Hurley’ ‘Jack Your Body’ and Raze ‘Break For Love’ were in the UK charts and on Top of the Pops. I remember the video for ‘Jack Your Body’ having a bucking bronco in it. Then there was the whole acid house /rave thing in the tabloids. I became mesmerised by it. I used to buy 7-inch singles every week with my pocket money from being really young and I remember buying ‘Jack Your Body’, ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ and Inner City ‘Good Life’ on 7inch. The first house music 12 inch I bought was Lil Louis ‘French Kiss’ in 1989/90 which I still have and still play.

Dan: I remember all those weird cartoon videos they threw together for those Chicago house records that became hits. Also remember thinking ‘who is Steve Silk Hurley and why isn’t he in his video?’ Then I got totally obsessed with Betty Boo.  

Wes: What inspired you to open Dalston Superstore? 

Dan: I met Matt and other Dan (DSS co-owners) when they were running Trailer Trash, and I was doing a party called Disco Bloodbath. As promoters, we often had problems with venues, and talked a lot about starting our own. Eventually we began looking in earnest and around 2008 we found the site that became Superstore. It had been empty for a couple of years before we found it. We just wanted to create a space where the people who came to our parties would feel at home, where the music, drinks and food were all good and our friends could be themselves.

Dan: What sounds are you looking for when you go shopping for records to play out? What are you trying to communicate through DJing?

Wes: That’s a tough one. I like a really wide range of different music and play various styles but when I’m looking for sort of functional dancefloor records I tend to be drawn to quite energetic stuff with lots of percussion. I’m a massive fan of the old Cajual, Relief and Dance Mania Records and always tend to gravitate towards that type of jacking type sound. I also like disco and I’m a sucker for a disco sample but I don’t like playing the same sound all night. I just tend to play what feels right at the time, could be soulful, disco, acid, techno, hypnotic deep stuff, jazzy stuff, ravey breaks type stuff, broken beat, African percussion.

Wes: You’re partly responsible for some of the best LGBTQ+ parties around at the moment including my favourite, Chapter 10. What are your thoughts on LGBTQ+ clubbing in London at the moment, especially with a lot of venue closures in the last 5 years? 

Dan: I personally think that LGBTQ+ clubbing is very inspiring right now. Adonis, Discosodoma, Homodrop, PDA, Femmetopia, Gay Garage and loads of others are all pushing underground queer music and culture to new places. Unfortunately the gay scene is still affected by misogyny, internalised homophobia, body shaming, transphobia and masculine bullshit, but it seems like more interesting voices are starting to come through, which means more creativity and more talent steering queer clubbing. Also it’s exciting to see groups like Friends of the Joiners Arms, Resis’Dance, and London  LGBTQ+ Community Centre (all rooted in queer dancefloors) disrupting the status quo.

Chapter 10 Dan

Dan: What do you think are the positives and negatives of LGBTQ+ clubs right now?

Wes: I also think it’s a very good time for LGBTQ+ clubbing at the moment. In spite of a lot of the recent venue closures there are great nights popping up in non LGBTQ+ clubs. Seems to be a sort of creative DIY culture happening which is great. There same is happening in other cities like Manchester with great nights like Meat Free at the White Hotel and Kiss Me Again at the Soup Kitchen. There’s some great music events and brilliant cabaret stuff going on at the likes of The Glory and The RVT. As you mentioned, the internalised homophobia, transphobia and misogyny needs to be addressed. A lot of the fetish venues have closed down and some of the bigger LGBTQ+ fetish nights in London are struggling to get venues. I do think this is a vital part of the culture that is dwindling. I reckon we need a LGBTQ+ fetish rave with good music. 

Dan: Good point about all the amazing queer parties outside of London!

Wes: Can you tell me some of your favourite producers and record labels at the moment?

Dan: Labels: Lionoil, Let’s Go Swimming, Lobster Theramin, E-Beamz/Hothaus/UTTU, Not An Animal, Ransom Note, Sound Signature, Stillove4music, Dolly, The Corner, Work Them, Mistress. Producers: Telfort, Powder, Mr Tophat & Art Alfie, Jay Duncan, Midland, Jonny Rock, LB Dub Corp, Stephen Brown, Garrett David, Steffi, rRoxymore, Pariah, and everything Luke Solomon touches. Loads more that I’ve forgotten!

 

 Dan: I love it when you find a record that you know intimately from the first bar to the outro, and it does a really long stint in your bag. What are your most played records over the past couple of years?

Wes: I’ve got a few of them. I’d say my absolutely most played record is Braxton Holmes and Mark Grant –The Revival on Cajual, which has never left my bag in 20 years. I actually need to replace it because I’ve almost worn it out. Also the Maurice Fulton Syclops ones, Where’s Jason’s K, Jump Bugs and Sarah’s E With Extra P are go to tracks but luckily he’s just released another album of gems. The man’s a genius. There’s Kinshasa Anthem by Philou Lozolo on Lumberjacks in Hell that came out a couple of years ago that I’ve played a lot, and then there’s that Danny Tenaglia remix of Janet Jackson – The Pleasure Principle that I’ve owned for many years but didn’t know what it was until I heard you play it at Phonox haha

Dan: I’ve totally stolen The Revival off you. It’s pure magic.

Russia Wes

Wes: Tell us a bit about the idea behind Bottom Heavy. What can we expect?

Dan: The main idea is so we can play together all night and I can steel your tunes! Whenever I’ve heard you play, I can hear a sound in between all your records, a sort of energy that I’m always searching for myself. It’s hard to describe, but it exists in the space between that jacking Chicago sound, leftfield Detroit stuff and tribal New York tracks. Plus also jazz, afro, techno, electro and disco elements. As we mentioned earlier, here are loads of great gay nights popping off, but I think what’s missing is a really great HOUSE all-nighter that joins the dots between all those sounds. 

Wes: Haha! Well there’ll be a lot of tune stealing going on because I’ve been known to have a sneaky peek through your bag as well. 

 Dan: Back to your earlier point about Fetish nights. Why are they important to the gay scene? Are there any you remember particularly fondly? If you were to throw a fetish party, what would the vibe be?

Wes: With the fetish thing I thing it’s important to have those spaces where you can dress up and sort of act out your fantasies and do whatever you want within reason. I’m actually not massive into the sexual side of it myself believe it or not, but I do like the spectacle of the whole thing and the dressing up and the fact people are free to express themselves sexually at those nights without judgement. Sadly a lot of the fetish nights are also men only parties that go hand in hand with the whole gay misogyny thing. 

 A few years ago me and my friend Lucious Flajore put on a fetish night at The Hoist which is now closed. The night was open to everybody, gay, bi, trans, heterosexual men and women. The soundtrack was dark disco, slow brooding techno and weird electronics in one room where we also had alternative cabaret and showed art house horror movies and in the other lighter room we played disco and showed John Waters films. 

 The atmosphere was great but we had problems with the sound and there was no dancefloor to speak of then the venue closed. We also had a problem with heterosexual men complaining about gays (I know right? At the Hoist!). I am actually thinking about re-launching the party at a new venue and putting in a good sound system but making it more LGBTQ+ focused and making sure people know that women and trans people are more than welcome 

Dan: That sounds amazing. You need to make it happen!

Dan: OK last one from me. Who is your biggest DJ influence?

Wes: That’s really tough but I have to say Derrick Carter. I first heard him play in about 1995 and became obsessed. I loved the way he seemed to mix different styles with ease and mix the records for ages.

Dan: I used to go to his Classic residency at The End religiously, and would always try and describe tunes that Derrick played to people in record shops the following week. I never had any luck. I was probably trying to describe about three records being played at the same time.

Wes: And for my last one I’m going to fire that question back at you and also ask if you have any music coming out soon?

Dan: I’ve got a bunch of music nearly finished that I need to sort out. I’m going to lock myself away and do that. Arranging tracks does my nut in. 


 Catch Dan & Wes at Bottom Heavy Saturday 23rd June 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

SPENCER REED

The March edition of Homostash sees an extra special guest joining us all the way from the US via Berlin. Producer and DJ Spencer Reed has seen incredible success since making the move to Berlin in 2012, and we are absolutely thrilled for him to be making his Dalston Superstore debut! We caught up to chat favourite venues to play to, Berlin nightlife, and dream tracks.

Hi Spencer! We are super excited to have you play at Dalston Superstore for Homostash! Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am originally from the USA and my hometown is Washington, DC. I am 33 years old. Music gives me life. I love grungy street art of all kinds. My favourite colour is green and I’m a Sagittarius.

You have played at some of Berlin’s hugest clubs, from Cassiopeia & Weekend Club to Kit Kat & Brunnen70. Which has been your favourite dancefloor to play to?

It’s a hard choice but I think Riter Butzke has been my favourite club to play so far in Berlin. The sound, lighting and atmosphere is amazing. The DJ booth is super and has a really nice monitor system.

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Having moved to Berlin from the US, how has your new home influenced your sound as a DJ?

Absolutely I would say Berlin has been one of the largest influences in my sound. Most of my favorites artist are based in Berlin. But also the vibe of the city has a deep effect on my musical taste.

If you had a time machine and could visit any dance floor anywhere/anywhen, where would you want to go dancing?

I would have to say Crobar in NYC back in the early 2000s. That was some of best clubbing experiences of my life. The club was massive in every proportion. They just don’t make clubs like that anymore.

At our sister venue Voodoo Rays we have pizzas named after Giorgio Moroder and Hot Mix 5…. What base and toppings would a Spencer Reed pizza have on it?

It would have to be deep, spicy, meaty and funky. So I would say a deep dish crust pizza with spicy salami and meatballs, mushrooms and extra cheese.  

If you were taking us on a date in Berlin where would be going to eat, drink and dance?

The choices are easy for me. First we would go eat at Kimchi Princess, a delicious Korean BBQ in Görlitzer Platz. Then we could go for a drink at Haus am See in Rosenthalerplatz for its super delicious cocktails and chill, hip atmosphere. And of course when it’s time to dance we would go to Berghain because that’s a life experience not to be missed. 

If you could collaborate with any producer past or present, who would it be?

I would love to have the chance to get in the studio with Len Faki. I am in love with almost all his productions and he is where I get a lot of my inspirations. I also think he has cool vibe and style.

You’re a big lover of percussion. What’s your favourite drumline in a house track?

 Definitely Are You There by Josh Wink. This is such a cool track with really analogue feeling drums. Every drumline in this whole track just gets me pumped.

Track you wish you’d produced?

 Music is the Answer by Caleda and Danny Tennaglia. More so I would have loved to remix it but it’s been done so many times now.

In five words or less, what do you have in store for Homostash?

 Dirty House and Techno


Catch Spencer Reed at Homostash at Dalston Superstore on Friday 11 March from 9pm-3am.

 

Superstore & Voodoo Ray’s at Glastonbury

We are honoured to back at Glastonbury this year! The Superstore crew take over the Downlow Radio room on Saturday night – expect festival pumpers from Hannah Holland, Josh Caffe, The Lovely Jonjo and Mikki Most.
 
Also in the Downlow over the weekend you can catch Berghain residents Tama Sumo, ND_baumecker, a Frankie Knuckles tribute from David Morales, Luke Solomon, Danny Krivit, Seth Troxler, Jovonn, James Hillard, Luke Howard, Grizzle and loads more.
 
Luke Howard at Glastonbury
 
In case you were wondering the NYC Downlow is the wold’s only travelling gay disco and we think it’s probably the best place in the entire world.
 
If that wasn’t enough, our pizza sisters at Voodoo Ray’s are bringing down their brand new trailer and setting up shop in the Block9 field (right next to The Downlow). ALL your pizza needs will be fulfilled, in fact over the weekend the chefs will be making pizzas until 7am to refuel you and keep your hangover at bay. 
 
VDR at Field Day
 
Dalston Superstore at the NYC Downlow
Hannah Holland, The Lovely Jonjo, Josh Caffe, Mikki Most
Saturday night in the Downlow Radio room, Block9
 
Josh Caffe and The Lovely Jonjo at Glasto
 
Voodoo Ray’s at Block 9
–       Wednesday 19:00-03:30
–       Thursday 15:00-04:00
–       Friday 15:00-07:00
–       Saturday 15:00-07:00
–       Sunday 15:00-07:00
–       Monday 10:00-16:00
 
VDR trailer at night
 
Join us this weekend in the Block9 Field at Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset.

Dance Tunnel

Just down the road (and allegedly via a secret disco underground tunnel) lies our new sister night club Dance Tunnel, underneath your favourite pizza spot Voodoo Ray’s.

As well as hosting joint parties with our friends Disco Bloodbath, Thunder, Kristina Records and more, Dance Tunnel will also be holding its own special nights with a strong emphasis on leftfield house, disco and techno. This weekend sees their party with our very own Dan Beaumont, Kristina Records’s Jason Spinks *and* enigmatic trio ItaloJohnson which is set to cause a roadblock all the way down Kingsland High Street followed by the incredible Tama Sumo the weekend after with Macho City’s Dave Kendrick in support.

Easter is no exception, kicking off with Bicep x Underground Paris, taking in Innerspace Halflife live and Gerd Janson along the way, before finishing off with NTS Radio co-horts on Sunday for Nonsense. And even more parties over the next few months featuring Big Names like Mark E, Tim Sweeney and Lawrence.

Ahead of next week’s party with Tama Sumo, we managed to get our mitts on this hot mix from Mister Dave Kendrick, not that we needed much more excitement for what is sure to be a bangin’ night!

 

Dance Tunnel Mix 001 // Dave Kendrick by Dance Tunnel on Mixcloud

 

Join Dave Kendrick at Dance Tunnel Presents Tama Sumo on Saturday 23rd March from 10pm – 3am.

Voodoo Ray’s

You may have heard some local rumours of late-night cheesy happenings on Kingsland High Street. We are very proud to reveal that we have finally opened Superstore’s brand new sister venue Voodoo Ray’s – a late night pizza spot just down the road from us next to The Rio.

Our chefs bake giant 22” pizzas in an American baker’s oven using the best ingredients we can find including Caputto flour for the dough, Italian plum tomatoes for our Napoli sauce and Fior di Latte mozzarella. Choose a slice (or two) from our selection and we reheat it for you – it’s piping hot in about a minute.

We make refreshing frozen margaritas to accompany your pizza – a house margarita made from top-quality Sauza Hornitos reposado tequila, Cointreau, agave syrup, and citrus juices plus a rotating selection of seasonal specials. They are churned in Ugolini Italian granita machines.

You can also pick up a beer to wash down your slice – at the moment we stock Hobo Czech lager, Punk IPA from Scotland, Brooklyn, Brooklyn East India and Asahi, all in recyclable cans (definitely watch this space for more to come including Maui and Pabst). We have also paired our favourite premium liquor with mixers like Stoli vanilla with Cherry Coke, Jagermesister with Dr Pepper, and Stoli red with San Pelligrino blood orange.

You can take a slice to go or eat inside – some people just like to stop by for a drink.

Voodoo Ray’s opens from 6pm in the week (4pm at the weekend) until the small hours. We stay open until 1am from Sunday through to Thursday and 3am on Friday and Saturday.

Oh, and there’s something downstairs called Dance Tunnel…

The Pizzas…

Regular Slice  3.50
Fior di latte mozzarella, Napoli tomato sauce, herbs

Buffalo Margherita (v)  3.80
Buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomato, basil

Garden Centre (v)  3.80
Mushroom, aubergine, red & green peppers, red onions, mozzarella, tomato sauce

H & M  3.80
Ham, mushroom, mozzarella, tomato sauce
* This might need a better name… all suggestions gratefully recieved  

Green + White (v)  3.80
Ricotta, spinach, pine nuts, grana padano, mozzarella

Giorgio Moroder (v)  3.80
Goats cheese, sun blush tomatoes, zucchini, tomato sauce, mozzarella

Honolulu  3.80
Ham, pineapple, tomato sauce, mozzarella

Cabbage Patch Kid  4.20
Savoy cabbage, bacon, tomato sauce, mozzarella

Cheese Dreams (v)  4.20
Fontina, dolcelatte, grana padano, mozzarella, tomato sauce
*Has been known to actually cause cheese dreams

Hot Mix 5  4.20
Pepperoni, jalapeño, red chillies, red pepper, mozzarella, tomato sauce

Got Beef  4.20
Minced steak, béchamel, aubergine, mozzarella, tomato sauce,

The Meat Is On  4.20
Minced steak, pepperoni, ham, pancetta, mozzarella, tomato sauce

Porky’s  4.20
Cumberland sausage, stilton, red onion, flat leaf parsley, tomato sauce, mozzarella

The Full Moon Slice  4.20
Fresh tomato, mozzarella, bacon dust, mayonnaise
*Only available after midnight!

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