June 30, 2009
Emma Warren, one of the Test Pressing contributors has been producing various radio shows/podcasts for the Red Bull group, so we thought we’d post one here and ask a little about what the shows are about. Over to Emma…
I’ve been doing a monthly podcast for the Red Bull Music Academy since January this year. Each month I make my way up to Clerkenwell Green, clutching a handful of my favourite tunes of the day, ready to step inside the vocal booth and get recording. I’m working with the team who create content for the RBMAradio.com site which means that we get access to amazing people. So far I’ve had interviews with Baaba Maal, William Orbit and a customised jingle from Tippa Irie as well as full access to the catalogue of couch interviews that happen each year at the academy. But anyway, this is the current Wandering Feet podcast. It’s got music from Goldielocks (above) and Mark Pritchard, Sa Ra’s Om’Mas Keith and Debruit plus new school Portuguese techno boys Photonz as well as interviews with Subeena, Dirty Projectors and Baaba Maal. The one before had Musinah and a fab new tunes from kizomba hip hop duo Ritchaz e Keke and the next one, which I recorded this week, will have new music from Little Dragon and a TRG mix of Moderat as well as a super-sweet interview with dubstep’s Mala. Til that goes up next month, here’s Wandering Feet.
(Image courtesy of Debbie Bragg/Everynight)
June 26, 2009
Moonboots will hate me for saying this but as well as being a top bloke he’s a bit of a Manchester legend and along with Phil Mison, Baleric Mike and Jason Boardman has been flying the balearic flag for many a year. From supplying the Dust Brothers with the records that created their sound from behind the counter at Eastern Bloc for Naked Under Leather with Phil South (now Golf Channel in NYC) through to his lovely “Originals” with Mike on Mudd’s Claremont 56 imprint he’s always had an ear for the alternative, good and well very, very balearic.
This is the first in a series of mixes we will be posting from London’s aforementioned Afternoon Sessions. Afternoon Sessions started as Phil Mison and Steve Terry wanted to put on a party as DJ Hugh Herrera was visiting. From there, well, they just carried on really. For an afternoon of mellow music with lovely people it’s a great place to visit. This mix is from a few years back and hasn’t dated a jot. Hopefully Moon will be coming through with a new mix at some point but until then here’s something to keep us going.
June 26, 2009
Steve Terry is the DJ and promoter behind London’s ESP with Nathan Gregory Wilkins and the Afternoon Sessions with Phil Mison. As well as being one of our favourite DJs for his deep melodic style Steve has kindly donated a batch of mixes and flyers from the past years featuring amongst others Moonboots, Balearic Mike, Joel Martin, Gerry Rooney and other London heads so look out for those.
In November 2005, Terry organised an exhibition of club art and flyers featuring work from James Joyce, Fred Deakin and Ali Augur amongst others. To go along with the exhibition Steve asked DJ Alex from London’s Voices Collective to donate a mix and here it is. The Voices Collective is made up of Cedric Woo, John Ramar and DJ Alex. They promote all night parties playing an open selection style with a balearic disco twist. Their next party is on the 3rd of July at London’s Plastic People. Cedric, if you’re reading, get in touch and hit us up with a mix. Good people doing it for the right reasons.
June 21, 2009
Dave Lee has a new CD Sunburst Band album hitting the shops soon so we caught up with him to do a quick interview. The CD brings together all the remixes to date of The Sunburst Band and very good it is too. Anyway, the album is in the shops soon but until then here’s Dave.
What is this new CD you are promoting?
A new CD from The Sunburst Band, with all the best remixes we’ve had done plus a few new ones exclusive to this fantastic double CD. Some of the remixers included are Dennis Ferrer, Milton Jackson, Henrik Schwarz, DJ Meme, Grant Nelson, Idjut Boys, Yam Who, Recloose, IG Culture….as well as a few boring ones I’ve done.
Is it as bent as your other releases?
It’s a bi CD… This CD will have sex with anything. Pretty much like me. But it’s maybe a bit more expensive than I am.
What DJ’s have been supporting it on the scene?
The remixes have been played by Carl Craig, Ashley Beedle, Gilles Peterson Jimpster, Kerri Chandler, Seamus Haji, Groove Armada, Danny Krivit, Fedde Le Grand, Danny Rampling, Dimitri From Paris, DJ Spinna, DJ Spen, Domu, Tony Humphries, Glenn Underground, Roger Sanchez, , Jazzanova, Laurent Garnier, Benji B, Ben Watt, Karizma, Prins Thomas, Quentin Harris, X-Press 2, King Britt, Osunlade, Faze Action…..WOW!!!!!!
Does the scene still exist?
Which scene? For house music, yeah I guess. Though it’s not going through a particularly strong period in terms of crossover success, there is still some good music being made. The problem is there is an awful lot of rubbish out there. Possibly a bigger problem is the fact that a lot of the shit seems to sell pretty well.
Where does the inspiration for the Sunburst Band come from?
My love of disco, boogie, jazz funk and heavily soiled underwear.
If you could take the Sunburst Band back in time where would you like them to play live?
Be nice to have them playing during the Battle of Hastings, though I suspect we’d have problems with the amps.
And who would be your three dream front women to front the project?
Patrice Rushen, Minnie Ripperton and Philip Schofield wearing a bra/panties and blonde wig
Have you been thrown out of any bars recently for inappropriately touching anyone?
Why are you asking me this? You know it was part of the settlement that i can’t talk about it.
You have possibly the best collection of ‘pure’ disco in London. Why are you such a rubbish DJ? I never see your name on posters round Shoreditch.
I don’t know, I often ask myself that. And I’m such an arrogant c**t too!
Why don’t you DJ at some good clubs rather than that Southport Weekender with all those old blokes?
In the next couple of months I’m playing Lovebox, Garden Festival in Croatia, Beachdown Festival Brighton, Zouk Singapore, a couple of decent places in Italy . I guess lots of the trendy London places have gone very electro/minimal/deep house – though I like some of that stuff (not all night) its not what I’m known to play, so I guess I’m not the obvious choice. The other factor is I’m pretty expensive and though I do occasionally play for less I can’t do it too often as its what finances everything really. Also, lots of the well paid gigs are pretty good and on several occasions I’ve done things for nout and they’ve been shit, as though the promoter might love good music he’s crap at organising his night. Anyway, I will always stick up for Southport as it is a wicked event, a mixture of ages and has a great vibe.
June 20, 2009
Gun shots, country-style guitars and the Portland Cement Company are things that don’t normally go together, but for me, this works. The electronics are loud and hack in to the track so play with caution. Or don’t. Turn it up.
Cul De Sac: Portland Cement