Suono are Danny Potts and Tony Daly who have regularly been running Bank Holiday Sunday parties just outside Newcastle at a venue (well pub really) called The Tanners for over seven years now.

Over that time they’ve had as guests such as Moonboots, Balearic Mike, Mudd, Phil Mison, Daniel Baldelli, The Idjut Boys, Kelvin Andrews and Greg Wilson to name a few. Clearly men of taste. This weekend sees the great Mudd making an appearance with some of the Claremont crew in tow (see below for more details). Looks like a good one. Here’s a mix from the chaps. Starts mellow and builds from there…


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Mix: Spencer James/Life!

April 27, 2011

Spencer James has spent more time in clubs than most and has great taste in music from those well spent years so we asked him to do us a mix of his favourite mellow moments. Enjoy.

Image stolen from Dan Holdsworth.


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Sweet video from the Electric Elephant peoples for their forthcoming festival in the summer. Special props for using ‘Like A Ship’ by Pastor T.L. Barrett.

Thanks to Moonboots for the heads up.

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This is an exhibition starting this Thursday (well the private view is then) at The Printspace on Kingsland Road in London’s Shoreditch showcasing the work of photographer Dave Swindells, Nightlife Editor at Time Out Magazine for over 22 years, and someone we have (er) borrowed heavily from over the last few years of Test Pressing (hence feeling obliged to tell anyone within five square miles of the gallery to go take a look). We love what he did and everything he captured. The reason these pictures, and the articles and videos we post, are so invaluable in our opinion is that they capture exactly what was happening rather than someones dusty memories so this one comes recommended. Go check.

Here’s what the website says….

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In this exhibition, Swindells presents a series of images giving us a once in a lifetime view into the Second Summer of Love (a period in 1988-89 when electronic dance music exploded in Britain’s club scene). His images focus on how ‘Balearic Beats’ – a multifaceted and unique fusion of rock, funky reggae, Eurodisco and Chicago house – as well as the ecstasy-fuelled clubbing style of life experienced in Ibiza, gave DJs the inspiration to create a freer and unrestricted club scene in London.

These images show the nightlife of Ibiza in the late ‘80s, with its open-air dance floors for those hot Mediterranean nights, drawing an all-ages, polysexual crowd in an easy-going hippie-inspired atmosphere. This atmosphere was nonetheless self-consciously stylish (unlike many of the dressed-down Brits). The clubbing culture to this time was very different too. ‘In these photos you won’t see people texting or tweeting, videoing their mates or posting on Facebook,’ explains Swindells. ‘Nobody had mobile phones, and the only person likely to be taking pictures was the club’s own photographer. So there was nothing else to do but live in the moment, enjoy the parties or watch other people having fun while dancing the whole night’.

If you are interested in more of what club culture in Ibiza and London was like at this time you should visit ‘Spirit of Ibiza 89′ at theprintspace Gallery from Friday 29 April to Wednesday 18 May 2011. The opening times are from Monday to Friday 9am –7pm at theprintspace Gallery on 74 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London E2 8DL.

The opening night will be on Thursday 28 April from 7pm to 9.30pm. Admission is free and theprintspace hopes to see everyone there.

Afterward the exhibition will continue at the International Music Summit in Ibiza.

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So there you have it, get along if you are in the area.

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Alright we are a bit slow covering this one (blame the sun), but it’s a good one and needs a mention. The work of (producer and true balearic head) Leo Zero, Luke Insect and (acid houser that never stopped moving) Dave Little is on show at the IG Gallery as we speak. What makes it worth a special mention is the online shop is now open with some class prints on sale from the chaps. Check the Spectrum print below from Dave Little from an edition of 25 signed by the artist for a taste of what is available. There is more from all the artists at the shop so click here if you want to see more.

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This one is my favourite Claremont release for some time. I love Crosby Stills & Nash to pieces so the A side ticks the boxes for me with its hippy Laurel Canyon vibes. It’s a lovely song and total grower. With more like this we could have our own balearic Fleet Foxes. On the B side Tiago comes with a twisted fucked up ten minute version excursion taking in kraut and balearic vibes along the way but in a truly modern style. It’s a fine piece of work and I’d love to hear him produce the whole album bringing it in somewhere between his remix and the original. It’s amazing and Tiago if you read this do us a mix of stuff that influenced this as I’d like to hear it right now. It’s a fantastic release for Claremont and ones that show its not all about acoustic guitars in their part of London town. Fine work Mudd. Buy it.

Torn Sail / Birds (Excerpt)

Torn Sail / Birds (Tiago Remix) (Excerpt)

‘Birds’ is out May the 4th on Claremont 56.

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Too Hot To Blog

April 24, 2011

Back in a bit…

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