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….
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.
So there you have it, get along if you are in the area.
April 1, 2011
Always nice to welcome a new (to us) face to Test Pressing and here’s a good one. Cyril is part of the Beauty and the Beat crew, who alongside our friend Cedric Woo, organises regular parties in London. They are all about lovely sound, great music from across the world (and the board) and good people getting into it. Cyril likes music with a psychedelic soul and I hope this one triggers a few daydreams…
March 25, 2011
March 22, 2011
More new music for you. From bonkers drum tracks to full on syncopated disco and a lovely beatless version excursion this one has it all. If we had a value for money rating Terje would get a hearty 9/10. Running Back now have a tumblr by the way so take a look here if you haven’t seen it yet. Anyway, back to the tracks. I always like the way Gerd of Running Back describes his music so here we go…
“Touched by the hand of Todd…Drumroll, please…New 12-Inch with original productions since…Ragysh, Bonysh and Snooze 4 Love…First edition comes in super nice recycling sleeves, second edition in not so nice sleeves… Trans dance from the Norwegian Chief inspector that is Todd Terje…Greatysh hypnotism, properysh beats and a lovelysh Terjerine dream to round it all off…Vinyl contains some hidden tracks and extra elements… Cannot stop listening to it… …Touched by the hand of Todd…”
Todd Terje: Ragysh (Excerpt)
Todd Terje: Snooze 4 Love (Excerpt)
Todd Terje: Bonysh (Excerpt)
Todd Terje: Snooze 4 Love (Version) (Excerpt)
New Release: The Mythical Beasts ‘Communicate’ (Ft. Remixes By Brennan Green / Permanent Vacation / Alphabet City / Das Volt) (iFeel)
March 21, 2011
It’s a good day for new music. Just got this one and the new Todd Terje on Running Back (more on that later). The Mythical Beasts are Felix Dickinson and Toby Tobias who will be familiar to most of you. Felix has just done the last Originals compilation on Claremont and Toby Tobias has been doing stuff on Rekids amongst other things in recent times.
Both do it for the right reasons so we are happy to hear this one coming out sounding like a super super slow mo disco track in original form. It’s so slow you could almost push it over but it’s all the better for it. All the remixes add a different flavour so check them and make up your own mind. This one comes on 180g vinyl and in a nice sleeve to boot. Not sure when it’s out to be honest. I’ll try and find out.
The Mythical Beasts: Communicate (Excerpt)
The Mythical Beasts: Communicate (Alphabet City Remix) (Excerpt)
The Mythical Beasts: Communicate (Permanent Vacation Remix) (Excerpt)
The Mythical Beasts: Communicate (Brennan Green Remix) (Excerpt)
The Mythical Beasts: Communicate (Das Volt Remix) (Excerpt)
March 18, 2011
November 7, 2010
Once again it’s Savage Sunday, this time with the focus on snakes. As Savage says in the introduction, “They are very beautiful, they hide most of the time and they don’t attack unless you tread on their tails, which is not a bad rule in life”.