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5 Years Of Body Talk

By Rokk

There’s a track by Randy Crawford called Everything Must Change which I played on a friends radio show recently that has bouncing around my head when I decided to end Body Talk and start afresh.

The night started back in 2009 when Dalston Superstore had been open for a only a few months and the scene that surrounds it today was nowhere to be seen. I’d not run or promoted a night before Body Talk, and so I was a little apprehensive before putting it on, but I knew I wanted to create something. I just wanted to put on a night that had a vibe.
 
Cut to five years later and I’m sat thinking about the time that has passed.
 
Body Talk initially started out with myself, Jon Pleased Wimmin (who I’d always wanted to to work with and who was coming down from Edinburgh) and my best friend Marky Mark, who now lives in Bristol, as our residents and we’d have a special guest each month.
 
I’ll always remember those first months when we were just getting started and me trying to get Leee John from Imagination to come down and sing for us; he never did. I remember him posting on Facebook about Body Talk wishing us all the best for our opening night and saying how honoured he was to have a night named after his song Body Talk, which he’d penned how many years previous. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that we had actually named the night after a line in the Sharon Redd song Can You Handle It.
 

 

I remember the madness that Robyn brought every time she came to play and how chuffed I was when she asked me over lunch if she could name her album after Body Talk.
 
We changed as the years progressed and gained some new residents, namely Tristan Reed, the lovely Charlie Bones and Alejandro Asencio, but we stayed faithful to our musical tastes, keeping the house downstairs and the funk upstairs.
 
Body Talk posters
 
I remember getting the DiY Crew  aka Digs & Whoosh down to play who used to run the free parties in Nottingham back in the late ’80s early ’90s, they absolutely brought the house down. I loved their whole vibe. And Trevor Jackson too, what a legend.
 
It was just great to put on people who I admired or appreciated as my personal pioneers. Mark Moore is also someone I was keen to have play, he actually played twice, again another producer close to my heart.
 
I loved our 1st Anniversary with Robyn and everyone dancing on the bar, our New Years Eve party with Twat Boutique, Tristan Reed with Jessica and Lucy Fizz painted silver, dancing on the bar.
 
NYE BODY TALK
 
Our Whitney night when everyone was singing to the acapella of I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Billie Ray Martin singing in the basement.
 
Come to think of it we actually had a fucking ball. It was always about the music first and foremost. All this reminiscing reminds me of when I first started DJing in a pub in Nottingham called the Dover Castle, when I was 10 yrs old. I used to serve pop and crisps at the same time and got paid a fiver for doing it. I never thought I’d be still doing it 30 years later so thank you, to all the people who have enjoyed themselves at Body Talk, to the music makers, to all the DJs who have played with us over the years, here’s to the next 30 years.
 
Body Talk is Dead, Long Live Body Talk.
 

Body Talk The Finale from Rokk on Vimeo.

A note from Tristan Reed….

Ah Body Talk, five years of joyous, sweaty memories almost impossible to condense. A musical celebration – we straddled genres, grinded hard in the basement with our special guests, we danced danced danced (sometimes half naked on the bar).
 
Body Talk 1st Anniversary
 
 
We paid tribute to our idols, we dressed up as Prince’s, Janet’s! They sang back at us – Lindy Layton, Billie Ray Martin, Robyn. We honoured the spirits of the greats we lost – Donna, Whitney, Amy. We played the b-sides, remixes, rarities with complete abandon… with musical freedom.
 
Why? We did it for our host… Rokk. For his vision, his ability to bring us all so chaotically together to share the music that has informed our lives. So thank you Rokk, thank you for all the amazing DJ’s an unskilled selector like me has had the pleasure of rubbing shoulders with! And thank you to all of our regular faces who have made it such a pleasure over the years! See you dancing somewhere else soon.
 
Join Rokk and Tristan this Saturday 21st June for the Body Talk Finale at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.
 

Lindy Layton

Tomorrow night actual ’90s legend Lindy Layton joins us at Body Talk alongside original clubkid Larry Tee (NYC) and residents Rokk and Tristan Reed at Body Talk! Ahead of the party, Rokk posed a few questions to Lindy about her time with famed British band Beats International and her subsequent solo career…

How did Beats International form and what memories stick out for you after the release of Dub Be Good To Me?

I actually went after Norman, I have always bought records and I had this white label of ‘beats’ which I found out was by one of the nerdy boys from The House Martins so I tracked him down in the hope that he would want a singer, he did and thats how it started. We went around the world about three times together… too many memories to think of one but we had a blast in Tokyo. I love Japan!!

Is it true that Beats International had a Graffiti artist on tour with you, spraying live? 

Yeah we took Req 1 the famous graffiti artist from Brighton around the world with us, every gig we played Req painted a piece. We toured with ColdCut and they took an artist too, so the boys would battle with their pieces, so cool.

What do your children think of your involvement with music?

My kids aren’t massively into music probably because they can never escape it, they’re only interested in skateboards right now.

What was your experience of London nightlife growing up and what music or people influenced you?

I was into hip hop as a kid, I hung with the boys that wrote graffiti and scratched records; I wasn’t your average girl. All I wanted to do was find tunes to mix. Something happened in the early ’90s, all the rules were being broken, the doors flew open, and house music seemed to take over the hip hop beats and breaks we were using. Anything went and did.

You covered the lovers rock track Silly Games by Janet Kay and got Janet to sing on your version, how did that come about?

I signed a solo deal after our last with Beats International. I was a big lovers rock fan and Silly Games was an obvious choice for me but I only wanted to sing it if I had Janet with me, she was bang into it.

You have a radio show on Kane F.M. with your friend Mel Foster and you always seem to be bouncing of each other and having a good laugh, how long have you known each other and have you always shared the same taste in music?

Mel, my partner on Kane FM, is one of my oldest mates. We grew up in Twickenham and were both hugely into music and clubbing from about 14. I always thought was it normal for kids our age to be knowing all the lyrics to Public Enemy and Doug Lazy tunes… we have always been proper anoraks. 

What essential elements would a song need to make you dance to it? 

It’s always a baseline, that’s the sex appeal.

What does singing feel like?

It tends to feel like a road home… that’s as long as I’m in the right key. 

Join Lindy at Body Talk on Saturday 19th April at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Easter Weekend Alert

Easter is nearly upon us which means 4 full days of partying to plan! Here’s our guide to what’s happening here at Superstore…

THURSDAY 17th APRIL: Homoelectric! The London-cum-Manchester party collective host big Thursday and kindly provide your Good Friday hangover. With a DJ set from popstrel Little Boots in the basement alongside Jamie Bull, Luke Unabomber with the MenWhoFell2Earth top floor takeover. Join the Facebook event here.

Homoelectric Thursday

FRIDAY 18th APRIL: Horse Meat Disco! It’s three of the residents- Jim Stanton, James Hillard and Luke Howard over both floors plus Nancy’s resident Fitzgerald in the house for a Good Friday Extravaganza. Join the Facebook event here.

Horse Meat Disco Good Friday

SATURDAY 19th APRIL: Body Talk! DJ Rokk welcomes NYC legend Larry T and Beats International’s Lindy Layton to a special bank holiday edition his long-running party celebrating original house heroes.  Join the Facebook event here.

Body Talk Saturday

SUNDAY 20th APRIL: Sister Pantychrist! The bank holiday Sunday girl-night to end all girls is BACK! And super-awesome DJs Smokin’ Jo and Lakuti will be treating the laser basement to all kinds of amazing house music plus SPC resident Cathal will be joined by Rokk in the top deck disco. Join the Facebook event here.

Sister Pantychrist Easter Sunday

And we’ll be open for teas, coffees, brunch, sandwiches and hangover cures during all four days.

Rocky Vs Terry Farley

This Saturday two legends of house join us in the laser basement for a special Christmas edition of Body Talk in the shape of not only acid house hero Terry Farley but X-Press 2 legend Rocky! Ahead of the party, Rocky sent us this ace warm-up mix plus him and Terry sat down for a chat…

Terry interviews Rocky…

Terry: You worked for the Ministry Of Defence – ever thought of doing a WikiLeaks turnout?

Rocky: To be honest it was so long ago the kind of hardware we were knocking out would be like Dads Army stuff today. 

 …did you get to test cool James Bond style weaponry?

Sadly no. I was a progress chaser and looked after projects that made bits for armaments. 

What was your first DJ gig?

First ever would have been the Sixth Form end of term disco at my school. Our head took us to this deserted store room where they had one of those Citronic double deck suitcase things. It was covered in dust. We dragged it out and set it up. I was hooked. Band Aid was big that year.

Can you remember any records you played?

Deffo Band Aid got played. Also some of the Breakdance movie soundtrack. Aside from those, I have no idea. I think everyone brought in their own tunes. There were a couple of us who just went through the tracks and played them. We were a glorified jukebox.

Which DJ inspired you to take up this life?

In all seriousness, out of everyone, I think you and Andrew back in the day.

What’s been your ‘worst gig ever ‘ and why?

I think recently playing to a restaurant of around 20 diners was pretty poor.

And your best gig ever?

Any time that we’ve ever been to Japan has been amazing. This year, the opening of Pacha was quite special as well.

Is HOUSE a feeling or is it just Diesel’s real name ?

It’s just his name.

Rocky interviews Terry Farley

You’re playing Handsome at East Bloc early next year, a perfect fit – why did they wait so long to ask you?    

A question my Mrs has asked along with “Why have they booked you then?” and “You wont be in the club’s pictures”. I can only say it’s a honour to be playing East Bloc again and such a cool party. I will be visiting a spa before hand and sprucing myself up for the night.

Your fave party/club/one off of 2013? One only please. And what made it so special. 

I loved Farr, playing a three- the hard way- clash with Dan Beaumont and Ms Hannah Holland – I love Farr it’s exactly how I would do a ‘festival’, if I had the know-how and the spare bucks to pull it off.

What was your first DJ gig?

Myself and a mate Paul Mckee put on a night in 1981 and we both DJed (there’s a pic of me on that night that just turned  up all these years later on Facebook) – I played a Le Beat Route style set of ’70s funk and disco, some new electro and some leftfield stuff like Prince Charles and the City Beat Band’s seminal track In The Streets. 

Can you remember any records you played?

Prince Charles – In The Streets, Fatback Band – Wicky Wacky,  Roy Ayers – Running Away and Aurra – When I Come Home on Salsoul – I always played those tracks whenever I got to play in clubs or parties after that for ages. 

If you were ‘invited to the ball’, would you have done a Boys Own pod on the Eye?

Was there money involved ? If “yes” and if “a proper drink”, then maybe, (I know Andrew would have laughed down the phone at me if I had rung him up) as it’s what I do for a living. For free? Fuck that, I thought it was a naff idea (I fully appreciated Red Bull’s contribution to house music over the years) and I’ve been on the Eye twice and never liked it much anyway.

Who was the best dresser of the Slough Soul Boys?

Gary Haisman – who went on to be banned from Radio 1 for his ACCCIIIEDD record with D Mob in 1988. He was skinny and lanky and could pull off red peg trousers from SEX and mohair jumpers while I think sadly I always looked a bit like a young Del Boy.

Define HOUSE in 12 words. 

LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE.

Will you ever go back on the gas? 

I have dreams (nightmares) of being back pipe fitting, and in those dreams I’m always so slow and fucking rubbish at it. So NO thats never gonna happen, and for safety’s sake thank god.

Are you still a gay black man struggling to escape a white gas fitter’s body?

People still quote that line – in fact loads have stolen it… it was honestly how I felt during the early ’90s and being so into the NY gay culture that surrounded the music we were making, the DJs who were playing it and the Sound Factory, a place I adored. My bluff, however, was called one morning just around the corner from the Sound Factory and I failed the ‘ lad fag’ ( Luke Howard’s term for us lot back then) test badly… bottled it haha.

Join Rocky and Terry Farley this Saturday 21st December for Body Talk at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am. 

CVNT TRAXXX Mixtape

Ahead of Saturday’s Body Talk, special guest CVNT TRAXXX dropped this hot mix on us! Featuring tracks from Vjuan Allure, Rushmore, Roxy & Ride Commitee and more, it’s destined to get you pumped for the party! Resident DJ Rokk joins him in the laser basement whilst upstairs Tristan Reed and Alejandro Acensio bring their special blend of original house, Kentucky fried funk and slippery soul. 

TRACKLISTING
The Fog – Been A Long Time (CVNT TR4XXX Mix) 
Craig ft Dajae – Mary Mary (Bok Bok Vocal Reconstruction) 
Kelela – Guns & Synths
Rushmore – Bitch Please
Get Em & Sugar Shane – Move To The Light (Acapella) 
Zanojin – Passenger Side
Auntie Flo – Zulu Death March (Weep Weep)
Trumpet & Badman – Go!
Roxy & Ride Committee Get Huh (Kutz Mix) 
DJ Haus & Dedboi – Slip’n’Slide
Vjuan Allure – The Urge
Get Em & Sugar Shane – Move To The Light (Serving Ovahness Remix) 
Lil Mo Ying Yang – Reach (Erick Morillo Remix) 
Roxy & Ride Committee – Synthetic (CVNT TR4XXX Catwalk Mix) 
Rokk Feat Dean Atta – Young Black Gay (Digs BloodSugar Remix) 
The Joy Boyz – Pass It On
Harddrive – No Cure

Listen to more CVNT TRAXXX: soundcloud.com/cunt-traxxx

Join CVNT TRAXXX at Body Talk this Saturday 19th October at Dalston Supertstore from 9pm – 3am.

Young Black & Gay

By Niall Connolly

As is tradition here at Dalston Superstore, we like to get the lowdown on acts we have coming up here (or at Dance Tunnel) with an interview or some kind of feature/article for the website. However, this time we decided to flip the script. I’m the special guest at this Saturday’s Body Talk party,DJing house and ballroom under my CVNT TRAXXX guise, and as a regular contributor to the DSS website, I have already been interviewed here

So instead I’ve turned the tables and interviewed Body Talk’s own resident DJ Rokk, who has just released the director’s cut video for his own track YBG (Young Black & Gay) as Rokk with Dean Atta. The track features a spoken word vocal from Atta about the tribulations of being, yes, young, black and gay, so I took the chance to quiz Rokk about the new video edit and the message behind the music. 

Rokk feat Dean Atta – Y.B.G. (The Directors Cut) from Rokk on Vimeo.

What was the inspiration for the video? 
   
Visually I wanted to keep it simple and respect the lyrical content to ensure the message was delivered loud and clear. Late ’80s, early ’90s videos by C&C Music factory, The Cookie Crew’s Gotta Keep On and Wee Papa Girl Rappers Heat It Up all featured a freestyle dancing that I wanted to capture and they all had a certain attitude. It was important to for me make sure it was enjoyable to watch, that it had atmosphere, free from product placement and sexualised imagery and that it contained people who were actually affected by Dean’s poem. 

It looks great – was it a long shoot/edit process? 

We shot the majority of the footage in one day and any bits that we missed I shot in my flat mates bedroom. Everyone in the video gave their time freely and so with that comes a very hectic schedule, time management is key. Some people could commit to a whole day others to just an hour or so, so it was a challenge to make the most of everyone within their individual time frames. The edit took a while and was unfortunately delayed due to a few shall we say differences of opinion from the label that resulted in me feeling a bit disillusioned. so I insisted that we released a directors cut if I had to compromise. I wouldn’t say that I’m an editor but I do edit and I enjoy it. They wanted a ‘Music Video’ whatever that meant and I wanted it to be anything but that. In hindsight it was worth it because I now have an edit that I’m 100% happy with. 

Where did you film it and where was it edited?

We shot the footage at The Oval in Bethnal Green, just before it started to take off as an event space in February 2011. It was a very cold day too. Thankfully we’d brought some extra heating and some hot food to keep us warm. By the end of the shoot the ground outside was covered in a thick layer of snow. We shot the video with an edit in mind which made it easier to edit and I finished it at home.

How about the song itself, what was the inspiration for the track? 

Dean Atta’s poem is the inspiration for the song. He sent me his album which included an acapella track called Young, Black & Gay and at the time I was working on a photography project about people of colour who defined themselves as gay, so I was particularly in sync with his bold statement. I must have listened to it 20 times on first hearing it. I was extremely moved by his honesty and fearlessness and that encouraged me to do something. 

The weight of his words needed to be presented to a much wider audience and so I thought the easiest way to do that was to put it to music. So I just started to play about with the vocal over some beats and it evolved quite quickly. I wanted to let the words speak for themselves so the music had to be stripped back just enough to sonically support his statement without the message getting lost. Musically, my inspiration came from the early days of dance music, namely house and disco when people would create music to send messages of love and unity to people who were not considered part of mainstream society, specifically other than white and other than heterosexual. It was and is about spreading love and empowerment through music. 

Have you had any strong positive reactions to the track and its message?

Everyone that’s heard it loves it, the response has been amazing and so I’m happy. I was less than pleased but not that surprised at the lack of interest from the mainstream gay press. Out of fifteen gay publications only one reviewed it. But that’s another issue. 

Do you think it is easier or harder now for young black gay people than it was, say, 20 years ago? 

I think it depends on where in the world you are and what your particular circumstances are. In this country we still have an uncomfortable bed of institutionalised racism that hampers a lot of progress and surprisingly within our own community, if we actually have one anymore. And there is the sexual appropriation of people of colour to deal with and many cultural stereotypes still to dismantle. Religion also plays a big part for some and often creates a familiar ostracization which continually makes desert islands out of us. Being anything other than the norm these days is difficult and I think always will be, but as Dean states  “We ain’t there yet but we’re gonna be.”
 
What can we expect from your set at Body Talk?  

Some good shit!! Haha, I play what I feel so I don’t know yet? Erm, I will be playing vinyl and there will be no Gaga.

Join Rokk and Niall aka CVNT TRAXXX at Body Talk this Saturday 19th October at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Read more by Niall: c-v-n-t-y.blogspot.co.uk

Honey Dijon At Body Talk

The weekend Superstore fave Honey Dijon joins us once more in the laser basement for a whole night of house bangers at Body Talk! Joining Rokk, Charlie Bones and Tristan Reed, Miss Dijon will be taking us on a journey through all things H.O.U.S.E. and just listening to this recent Sound Factory inspired mix by her is getting us super-excited to see her again! 

Join Honey Dijon this Saturday 15th June at Dalston Superstore for Body Talk from 9pm – 3am.

Nico De Ceglia

This Saturday sees a special Body Talk guest take to the laser basement in the form of Italian stallion DJ extraordinaire and Radio 1 scout Nico De Ceglia. Armed with an eclectic taste and an expert touch in house music; he’s sure to set Superstore on fire with his tune selections! We just received this lovely, pumpin’ house mix from the man himself so we posed a few of our burning questions to go along with it…

You’re a DJ, journalist, A&R, radio host, promoter… the list goes on. What is your favourite work “hat” so to speak?

I’m also an actor, a scientist, an astronaut, a medium, a pimp… the list really does goes on. I love all the aspects of working in music and after all these years I can’t see one without the other. Because of the interaction with people, I guess DJ is the more fun one, nothing can beat the right crowd creating the right vibe in the right club when you play the right records. Still, I also love doing radio, writing for magazines, working on new music…

What’s been a career highlight for you so far?

Too many to mention. Working as a scout for Pete Tong’s show on Radio 1 for more than 10 years has been a great experience. My little party Codex that ran at the glorious The End until it closed was great fun. Opening for Richie Hawtin at his Mi_Nus party. DJing in unusual venues like Tate Modern and Design Museum. And every single moment I see people enjoying what I play is a highlight for me.

What does an average day work at Radio 1 entail for you?

Checking out new music, a little break enjoying a spoon of Nutella then repeat until forever.

Insider tip please! Who is going to be BIG this year?

Laura Mvula, Angel Haze, AlunaGeorge, Vessel, Artifact, Applescal.

Where is your favourite place in all of London to hear new music?

You can discover some brilliant new music almost everywhere in London so I always keep my eyes and ears open.

Tell us about Hyena Stomp…

Hyena Stomp is a studio project that me and Severino started a few years ago. It’s a parallel project that we have alongside our own stuff and other projects (Photo51 is another one I have, working with Franky Redente). When our schedules match we go and make some music. We’ve just been in studio working on a remix for Mario Basanov. We have done various remixes in the last two years… DJ Hell, The 2 Bears, Tevo Howard & Tracey Thorn, Ali Love and the two most recent ones for Classic Records but we are now starting to work on a new Hyena Stomp release.

What is the most prized record you own?

Tough question. I love all my records and have always looked after them like they are the most prized things I own. Promos of early UR, Strictly, Moodymann, Tribal, R&S, Freetown, Madhouse, Aphex Twin… are all not to be touched by dirty hands.

We hear you have an eclectic taste in music.. If you put your iPod on shuffle what are the first three songs that come up?

Smashing Pumpkins – Today

Beastie Boys – So What Cha Want

The Knife – Full Of Fire

What can we expect from your set at Body Talk?

Old, very old. New, very new. Everything in between plus lots of sweat.

What’s the best advice anyone ever gave to you about DJing?

Press start and go and do it for the love of music. The LOVE of music!

Join Nico De Ceglia for Body Talk at Dalston Superstore this Saturday 16th February from 9pm – 3am

New Years Extravaganza!

It’s a New Years Triple Bill kicking off tonight here at Dalston Superstore! Leading the charge will be trans-loving party starters Sink The Pink who’ve recruited a whole troupe of wild “tranimals” to keep their party pumpin’ all night long. We caught up with some of the key Sink The Pinkers, including head honchos Glyn & Amy, to find out their fave tracks and moments of 2012 and got them to explain their New Years Eve look in this cute feature on them. They’ll be kicking things off at 9pm and going on until 5am! Tickets are available in advance for £10 or you can pay £12 on the door.

Check out all the info via the Sink The Pink Presents Tranimals Facebook event.

For those keeping the fire burning, Wet N Wild will be on hand to ensure you start 2013 as you mean to go on! Their all-dayer kicks off at 1pm and takes you all the way through until 8pm. Brighton’s Schtumm! will be in the house for a special DJ set as will Wet N Wild regulars Lee Pattison (Deepgroove), Shay Malt, Nick Gynn, Paul Dragoni, Emma Rudge and Ruth Nichols. They’ve even got a special guest surprise up their sleeve but they say they’re keeping schtumm on that one…

Check out the full details via the Wet N Wild New Years Day Party Facebook event.

Bringing up the rear for those who got their daily disco naps will be Martyn Fitzgerald’s Handsome party. Upstairs sees favourite yesteryears for the New Year, whilst the basement takes on some deep uplifting house, all courtesy of the The handsome Kris Di Angelis, the handsome Rokk, the handsome Dan Beaumont and the handsome Jamie Bull. Proccedings will be free before 7pm but £5 on the door after that.

Check out all the relevant information via the Handsome New Years Day Party Facebook event.

Beige Magazine

Glossy gay mag Beige join us this Saturday for the launch party for their winter issue. They’re teaming up with DJ Rokk and the Body Talk crew to bring one amazing night of  music and celebration of LGBT creativity here in London. Taking to the decks deep down in the lazer basement will be Firecracker Records producer, the enigmatic Linkwood. Whilst his sound is hard to pin down you can be sure it’ll traverse all sorts of house, disco, techno and funk.

Ahead of the party we caught up with Beige’s Publishing Editor Barry Johnston to find out the lowdown on his magazine and why you should already be a regular reader…

What is Beige Magazine’s ethos?

Tagged as ‘The Provocative Cultural Quarterly’ we aim to deliver passionate, creative and diverse coverage to the LGBT community and beyond, in a visually striking and thought-provoking format, destined to be a keep-sake collectors item.

Why did you decide to set up the magazine?

Partly due to our frustration at the misrepresentation of the LGBT community being a one trick pony in the gay press. We felt that this was not doing us any favours, and often portraying a negative image of our lifestyle to the ‘outside’ world. We are part of such a rich tapestry of talent and creative people who deserve to be captured and presented in a clean, crisp format, minus the aspects which would prevent you from being able to read it on public transport or leave it out on the coffee table at home because your mum might find it.

Who has been your favourite cover star so far?

We’re in awe of all of the covers. Having the likes of Patrick Wolf and Marc Almond on previous covers was epic for us. Ana Matronic, who graces our current cover, is our first female cover as well as Ana’s first solo cover. A perfect example of how we are trying to the break boundaries as to what you would expect from a homo magazine, a seductive and gorgeous female cover is just as visually enticing to us as a half naked man would be.

Beige Magazine Winter Issue cover

Who are the Beige Magazine heroes… who inspires you?

We are inspired by people from all walks of life. If you have an interesting story to tell then we’re prepared to listen. We actively seek out new people to feature and collaborate with, not just from our community, but beyond, drawing inspiration from the past and hunting out new ideas for the future.

What and who is on your 2013 wish list?

Like our covers, which don’t give anything away regarding the content of the issue, our content is always a closely guarded secret – we like the element of surprise.

Why is it important to have a diverse range of LGBT press here in London?

London epitomises diversity and it’s healthy to have press coverage that caters to all tastes and persuasions. 

What is a local issue dear to your hearts?

Helping to give exposure to up and coming artists, designers and performers who deserve a platform and to get their name and work out in the public domain.

Who are Beige Magazines best new discoveries?

We have worked with so many incredibly talented and undiscovered people in producing Beige. In turn we try to utilise that talent again in a way/shape/form that may not be expected, i.e: using an artist as a photographer for a fashion shoot or having a previously featured author interview one of their heroes.

Why did you decide to have your winter issue launch here at Dalston Superstore?

Superstore has always been a favourite hang out spot of ours. We love the transition from cafe/art gallery by day to club by night. The crowd Superstore attracts is always as diverse as our content so it was a no brainer. It is also an honour for us to be working with Body Talk and Linkwood.

And finally who is currently on the Beige stereo?

We are still slightly obsessed with Lana Del Rey and her epic music videos. Needless to say that due to our involvement with Body Talk, Robyn and Linkwood have been on repeat lately in the studio.

Join the Beige Magazine team for their issue launch this Saturday 15th December with Body Talk and Linkwood from 9pm – 4:30am. 

For more info on Beige visit their official site: www.beigeuk.com

Superstore Picks

We’re having a disco swap-shop day here at Superstore, and in the spirit of generosity we decided to extend it to all of you too! We called this weekend’s DJs to ask them what they’re playing, polled the staff and of course, demanded choice picks from the bosses too! Feel free to share your current top tunes in the comments in true swap-shop style…

 

DJ Rokk is really feeling this track from The Rhythm Odyssey. With its funk and soul sounds we would not be surprised if it gets an airing at Saturday’s edition of Body Talk with Digs (DiY) and Alejandro Asencio.

The Rhythm OdysseyRight On Up For Love 

 

Back To Back resident DJ Kezokichi will definitely be playing his choice from Click Box at tonight’s party with Bowski (Wax:On) and IDC as he *really* likes it.

Click BoxSomething’s Wrong (Madato’s Wrong Way remix)

 

Nic Fisher from Gutterslut heard his pick whilst at Panorama Bar last weekend when his “tranny loving, punky-chic” party was in town to play at the CTM Festival.

Róisín MurphySimulation – Mano Le Tough Remix

 

One half of our monthly girl-heat night JERK! Zoe tells us this has been her “Track Of The Week” for the last five weeks! 

Patrick L & DJ NibcCall Me (Mercury remix)

 

Superstore boss Mikki Most is looking forward to scaring ravers with this monster from KiNK at next month’s TrailerTrash Halloween party with Ivan Smagghe and Andrew Weatherall.

KiNKExpress

 

And the final word from Dan Beaumont is: “This is pure Chicago ghetto sleaze amazingness… a mucky disco bumper for the early hours. Will definitely be dropping this at the Nixwax party tonight in Brixton.”

Chris E PantsPass It Around

Alejandro Asencio

This Saturday Rokk is joined by Digs of Digs & Woosh (DiY) fame returning for a solo set and Spanish born DJ Alejandro Asencio. Alejandro helped set up the London version of the legendary Loft Parties and has played some of our favourite venues and clubs including for our good friends Gutterslut! He also runs Luna 42, a monthly radio broadcast… so who better to provide a warm-up mix for Saturday’s Body Talk than Alejandro Asencio!

Tracklisting:

JOHN TALABOT F. PIONAL – DESTINY
CONTRA COMMUNEM OPINIONEM- RADICAL EMANCIPATION
M.A.M.I.- VERANO DEL 2008
MR WHITE F. LARRY HEARD – YOU ROCK ME
CHICKEN LIPS presents THE RHYTHM ODYSSEY – RIGHT ON UP FOR LOVE
DARABI – TRUCKIN’ (THE LOVE SUPREME MIX)
REY & KJAVIK – LISTEN
PHREEK PLUS ONE – PASSION (DJ T REMIX)
HOMENAJE A JUSTINO – EL SOCAVON (KMTR MIX)
MARK E – PLASTIC PEOPLE (MEDIT)

Alejandro Asencio plays Body Talk this Saturday 15th September with Rokk, Digs, Charlie Bones and Tristan Reed from 9pm – 3am.