Posts Tagged ‘Carl Bean’

Nikki Lucas

London DJ Nikki Lucas brings her new night Junction to Dalston Superstore next week with a weeknight evening of “heavy house sounds, real techno classics, raw soulful cuts, the deeper side of disco and dubbed out dancefloor workouts.” A multi-genre night of dance such as this is worth rolling into work with a hangover for! 

We asked Nikki to pick her top London tracks for us, the songs that remind her of different times across the capital and why they mean so much to her to get an idea of what we can expect from Junction…

DJ Zinhle ft. Busiswa Gqulu -My Name Is 

DJ Zinhle brings down the house after rocking Miami at the Winter Music Conference. South Africa house is of the hook. I jumped off my seat when I clocked this video early this year.

Lovebirds feat. Stee Downes-Want You In My Soul (Original Mix)

Chilling with me misses with some deep soulful house…this is bliss making you melt away while drenching you soul… “I want you in my soul, your love to me is gold…”

Afefe Iku – Mirror Dance (Yoruba Soul Mix) 

Miss Bailey droping this at Future Fusion back in the day in Greek Street …ohhhhhhh.  A most deadly twelve with marimba motif’s and swinging Yoruba house rhythms. “We are the sons and daughters of the dance revolution.”

Kebekelektrik – War Dance  

Just come back from Italy after finding this in a sales bin… Hitting the decks with this in me club Bitches Brew downtown in Shoreditch way back.

The Aztec Mystic – Jaguar (Knights Of The Jaguar)

Timeless piece of music with Detroit Underground Resistance supersonic revolutionary warriors The Aztec Mystic drop their spellbinding dance-floor frenzy for the masses sweeping you with riveting strings building into magnificent intensifications. This was Soho on a Friday night.

Geoffrey Oryema- Kei Kweyo (The Outlaw demo dub by Joaquin Joe Claussell)

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Aye, a perfect tune… just listen. Sacred Rhythms brings us on a journey through the macro cosmos with Joaquin ‘Joe’ Claussell reworks and orchestrated arrangements, a higher universal language he brings, from the bottomless oceans to the peaks of the tallest mountains, Spiritual Life it is. A sonic force is flowing in the air.

Freaks & 012 – Conscious Of My Conscience (Henrik Schwarz Remix)

An awesome remix of Womack & Womack’s Conscious, this is slowly becoming a Future Fusion classic. “Conscious’ what I want to be Free … Free just to try to be me.”

Carl Bean – I Was Born This Way 

I’m walking through life in nature’s disguise,

You laugh at me and you criticize,

‘Cause I’m happy, carefree and gay”

Picked up this tune in Honest Jons records, dropped the needle on the record full blast… and all the customers laughing and shouting YES Nikki you was born this way. Ladbroke Grove at its best!

Fela Ransome-Kuti –I.T.T

I was blessed to be involved with the Shrine in London and working with Tony Allen. ‘ITT’ International Thief Thief! derides corrupt Africans leaders who are put into power as puppets of foreign companies and European interests to carry shit causing inflation, confusion and oppression. With its message we must fight them bastard motherfuckers and refuse to carry their shit. This is revolutionary music of the highest degree, Music Is a Weapon. Drop this and the dance floor explodes.

Alice Coltrane – Journey in Satchidananda

This is one of my most treasured piece of music in my collection. Transcendental jazz to play as the sun is rising while driving home across London Bridge from a gig.

Nikki Lucas brings her new night Junction to Dalston Superstore on Thursday 22nd November from 9pm – 2:30 am.

Dave Kendrick

Cult homosexualist tea dance Macho City is staging a one-off party next week here at Superstore. We interrogated resident DJ Dave Kendrick who’s impressive pedigree stretches back to Manchester’s Hacienda club.

What is/was Macho City?

It started as an excuse for three grown men to play high-NRG records in the crumbling excess of the Joiners Arms in 2008. What it became was a manly knees-up that a local crowd of brilliant eccentrics could call home every Thursday night.  

What are some of your overriding Hacienda memories?

The club space alone was incredible, like no other I’d ever been to, or probably ever will; the sheer scale of this disused yacht factory turned post-modern fantasy. My Hac debut was the first night of ‘Flesh’ back in ’91, the night that was to become the club’s most decadent. There were foam parties with actual swimming pools, always likely to collapse at some point leaving the club 6 inches in water. There was always a sense of glamour and danger, a very northern glamour that you just didn’t get anywhere else. Once inside the Hacienda you forgot that anywhere else existed. I remember DJing for the first time at Flesh, in that amazing booth right up in the gods overlooking the dancefloor & stage. It was immense yet it always felt intimate. There was no greater sense of sophisticated fun on earth. 

Who would be in your disco supergroup?

This is easy…. Klaus Nomi, Donna Summer and Sylvester on lead vocals; Cher and Dolly Parton on backing vocals; Divine on rap.  Then there’s Blue Weaver on keyboards and behind the scenes Moroder and Belotte on production. It’s a properly gay supergroup.

 Name us 5 Macho City classics!

These five definitely sum up the sound of Macho from its early days to now.

 1.    Donna Summer – MacArthur Park

2.    Mike Simonetti – Hollywood Seven

3.    Sana Doris – Pseudo Wind

4.    Carl Bean – I Was Born This Way

5.    Viola Wills – If You Could Read My Mind

 Macho City takes place on Thursday 24th May with Dave Kendrick, Dan Beaumont and Charlie Porter, from 9pm – 3am.