April 16, 2014
Halleluiah! One of our favourite UK producers, Clancy is back this week with an absolute whopper of a tune, “Take It Slow”. Best bit of all is it’s available for free download. What a guy!
Clancy first grabbed our collective attention with his track “How to hold on to you” which is still a staple on most of our personal CTC playlists. Then there was his stellar debut EP release, “Overdue” and a deep, deliciously silky remix of The Magician‘s massive club hit, “When the night is over”. Currently a favourite of achingly cool Parisian house label, Kitsune plus lined up for a slew of enviable party dates throughout the summer, we can’t wait to get reacquainted with Clancy all over again!
Happy Easter House lovers!
April 15, 2014
A self explanatory, semi-regular and slightly self-indulgent blog post from the editor.
1. Chip E | If You Only Knew | 1986
2. Shirley Lites | Heat You Up (Melt You Down) | 1983
3. Lil Louis and The World | I Called U ( The Conversation) | 1989
4. Gwen McCrae | All This Love That I’m Giving | 1979
5. Ejigayehu ‘Gigi’ Shibabaw | Enoralehu | 1996
April 14, 2014
WORDS BY GIACO BRIDGETT OF CHASE THE COMPASS
One time lead singer of indie rock group Bloc Party, Kele Okereke is officially going underground with his new track “Candy Flip” which dropped on worldwide release today. The “Candy Flip” EP marks yet another soon to be hit for Damian Lazarus’s Crosstown Rebels imprint, showing House fans that Kele is capable of playing the part of both indie rock god and techno DJ don. As well as the thundering, vocal heavy “Candy Flip”, the EP also comes with two equally dance-floor-destroying B sides, with “The New Feel” a lighter but no less pumping affair and “Come To Me” more looping and shuffley in its approach.
The most captivating of all however, is the remix of hero track “Candy Flip” from DJ and production team, FCL. Also well known under their solo monikers, Move D and San Soda, FCL garnered a huge commercial response after signing their track “It’s You” to Ibiza loving, bum bag wearing House label, Defected Records last year. This remix for Crosstown continues the Belgian boys winning streak, taking the menacing “Candy Flip” to a more melodic and easily digestible place.
So you want to catch a slice of Crosstown live in action? The label’s famed “Rebel Rave” night is currently out on the road and will culminate later this month in a massive London warehouse event. London fans can expect a set from the ubiquitous label boss himself, as well as Infinity Ink, Deniz Kurtel, Subb-an, Francesca Lombardo, amongst others in support.
Ten Years of Crosstown Rebels | TICKETS
Apr 27, Warehouse SE1, London, UK
Damian Lazarus, Infinity Ink, Deniz Kurtel, Subb-an, Francesca Lombardo, Matthew Styles & Dinky, Kiki & Silversurfer, Pier Bucci, Rob Mello
April 10, 2014
First spinning in clubs at the tender age of 17, London-based DJ and radio presenter Kasra V knows a thing or two about disco. Now 20, Kasra is a staple in the London club circuit having turned his hand to promoting and now running his own party, Tender Love. East Londoners should also look out for Kasra behind the decks at much-loved, underground party series, Love Fever and tune in for his monthly NTS radio show, “The Paradise Show”. Fans can next catch Kasra crate digging at the L.I.P.S Party at Shoreditch hipster hang, The Ace Hotel where he’s set to spin along side fellow Love Fever resident, Andy Bird in the hotel’s basement space. Creating a mix of eclectic cuts and classic throwbacks, Kasra V’s guest mix is a thing of beauty and we know you’ll love it just as much as we do. Roll on Friday!
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Ben Sun feat. Mic Newman- Fall Upon you (Fortchoming on Love Fever Records)
Schatrax- Champagne Dancer (2010 Edit)
Adesse Versions- Modai
Tyson and Sheff ( Son of Sun)- Feel like i feel john Daly remix ( Forthcoming on Voyuerythm)
Francois K- Hypnodelic
Citizen- As One
Silk 86- About You
X-District- Color Correction
Flash And The Pan- Walking In The Rain
April 8, 2014
WORDS BY JESS HOLTON OF I COULD NEVER BE DEAF
I’ve been to London. In fact, I love London more than my own city. But shh! don’t tell Sydney. My sordid love affair with the city by the harbour has taken a turn for the worst. I think we may be heading for a break up. You see, my city doesn’t want to see my face after 1:30am. It refuses to share it’s mojito with me after 3, and it won’t let me buy alcohol from a shop after 10pm. You would think I have a problem, right? My only problem is I am thinking of cheating on my beloved with London. With it’s tasty market food, uninhibited nightlife, and drinks in the park- why wouldn’t I? Living in London for two months brought some of the most debauched evenings in my history with it. Bar hopping all night to kicking on all day, London is my love affair that I will tell a censored version of to my grandchildren. I must tell you of my dysfunctional marriage with Sydney though.
Some of the wildest nights I have had in the thick of Sydney’s CBD have been at the notoriously warbling Spice Cellar located just off Martin Place. What is a busy business hub during the day, turns into the ultimate mecca of Deep House encased in dim lit halls and extremely late (or early?) closing times. Once we ended up catching the Channel Nine morning show broadcast mid-party. Another time, we were out the front as the annual City to Surf marathon began running by. Its times like these that I’ve both shuddered at and yet cherished. Once the option to cease the making of these memories had been brought to the table by the Premier of New South Wales Barry O’Farrell (or also known as, Dad), I began to feel punished for a crime I had not committed.
My love for techno, electro and house began under the starry night sky in Sydney at places like Club 77 where we dressed like goth disney characters, and decadent parties from the people at Motorik. You were able to run free throughout the night, sampling all forms of genres, and even perhaps end up skinny dipping off the wharf at Double Bay at 7am while displeased onlookers tried to choke down their Eggs Benedict at the cafe nearby. These days may be over for us now.
Pictured above: Once rave cave World Bar
To run you through the laws: from 1:30am punters will not be allowed into establishments within the exclusion zone (ranging from Oxford Street to Kings Cross to the CBD and more), 3am is the last call for drinks, 5am is the time drinks may be served again, 10pm is the statewide ban of take away alcohol from liquor shops.
We are literally grounded. Speaking of my beloved Spice Cellar, they have managed to find the coveted loophole in the laws. During the 3-5am dry period, they have launched a fruity Juice Bar, serving magical mocktails for two hours before alcohol may be served again. Other establishments like burger bar Buns & Balls are looking to move outside the exclusion zone to avoid the tough laws. Club 77 alumni, Starfucker DJs have changed their opening time from 9pm to 8pm to combat the laws.
I had a chat with one third of the Starfucker DJs, DJ Hookie also known as Tom Nash who had some interesting insight into how the laws have impacted Sydney’s nightlife.
JH: How have the lockout laws impacted Starfuckers and how have you combated them?
TN: We haven’t seen a decline in numbers really, but I know lots of clubs have. Parties like Starfuckers are lucky enough to have a loyal following, which is realised fully in times such as these. We have started opening an hour earlier than usual, but our reputation as a late night rave den still remains. Some filter in a little earlier, but the lion’s share remain faithful to their habits. We anticipated people would leave after 1:30, but they still stay until they get kicked out at the end, it’s just that the end comes sooner, due to earlier closing times.
Do you agree with the laws, and if not do you have a solution for them?
When horrific incidents occur, such as the assaults in Kings Cross – resulting in murder or GBH – it is natural for the public to put pressure on the government. Unfortunately, governments rarely demonstrate an acute understanding of complex issues relating to human behaviour, and their reactions to an increasing public tension, often reflect that. It became immediately obvious that the state government needed to appear to act swiftly, the result of which was this poorly constructed series of laws, which paid little to no attention to preventions like education or anything that may deal with violence as a cultural product. I’m no expert in this field, however considering the legislative reaction to this predicament, nor are the state government.
Do you think that these laws are impacting the Dance and nightlife scene in Sydney?
For certain. The dance music scene has always been synonymous with the night owls, or those who feel more comfortable partying in the wee hours. Whenever you restrict a businesses trading hours, people suffer all the way down the line. From bar staff, to security, to DJs and promoters. With some of these businesses struggling to turn a profit, it’s doubtful these venues will be going through a renaissance any time in the near future. Having said that, I have nothing but faith in the people who want to go out, have a good and safe night, and dance their asses off. There are enough of them out there, and their actions speak louder than words. You can’t legislate the spirit of Clubbing.
Pictured above: The line up outside Starfuckers
The saddest part about these laws is how live music will be impacted. Especially Sydney’s Dance Music scene. Out of the 220 hotels included under the laws, 143 are classified as live music venues. Smaller venues like Goodgod Small club who have played host to acts such as Cut Copy, will be directly effected by the laws. According to Faster Louder, Goodgod owners and operators Jimmy Sing, Adam Lewis, and Hana Shimada are opposed to the laws citing that,
“it’s become very clear that Sydney wants to be engaged with something much more than just drinking.”
A forum was held in early February at The Metro Theatre to discuss the laws and how they will be changing the music and nightlife scene of Sydney, and what can be done about it. But alas, the forum and the constant petitioning did nothing to sway the decision and the laws were imposed on the weekend of the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Oxford Street.
Doesn’t it sound like someone just slammed your face into your birthday cake? It’s like someone took your glitter and rubbed it into the mud. Its thats feeling when you spill your first drink of the night, or if someone nicked your wallet. Absolutely gutted. Resident Sydneysider, sub editor for Purple Sneakers, and party promoter Tony Kingston weighed in on the lockout laws,
“People are going to party regardless of what time you lock them out of a club. Spending time with your friends listening to music you enjoy, is simply a routine of life for most people after a long, hard weekend at work. By locking people out, it means no appropriate supervision is available so if something terrible happens there will most likely be no sober minds to help.”
Pictured above: The decks at The Spice Cellar
It seems as though it may be too early to tell, we may have to trade our dancing kicks for trainers. For the longevity of our safety and wellbeing as people who party in Sydney, we need to come up with another way to educate the dickheads, reward those who abide by the rules, and find a way to get along responsibly without such tight restrictions.
Frankly, these laws are embarrassing and sully the name of the vivacious and enigmatic nightlife that Sydney has strived to provide. So until then, although our marriage may be on the rocks, I still love you Sydney, but babe we really need to start spending more nights together.
April 7, 2014
WORDS BY JAMIE FERGUSON OF CTC
Question. Have you ever been on public transport listening to a new tune and all of a sudden and seemingly out of nowhere, had an insatiable urge to dance, whole body gyrate and fervently fist pump? Don’t worry party people, I’m here to tell you, you are not alone.
Not long ago, I was rubbing shoulders with London’s city slickers on my way to work, when my headphones offered up an unexpected slice of Monday salvation, a rewind to the weekend and a glimpse into the future of UK house. My dreaded, rat race commute on the London underground had been instantaneously transformed, switching from arduous voyage to party-fuelled adventure, beginning on the long escalator down to the platform and ending with my tardy arrival at my work desk.
The culprits? Cheap Picasso.
“Don’t Play Around” is the break-through EP from Cheap Picasso that’s guaranteed to leave you in an Oliver Twist, asking for more. Offering up an irresistibly catchy vocal hook paired with a warm, padded bass line, it’s the artful combination of groove, climb and crescendo that will have you turning this one up that few extra, ear-ringing notches. Not ever content with making “set filler,” Cheap Picasso pump out pure party vibes from start to finish with no sign of a rave respite in sight. Basically, this will have you shoulder popping on the northern line, switching itunes to repeat and mostly likely narrowly dodging a disciplinary for lateness!
April 4, 2014
WORDS BY EDITOR | INTERVIEW BY GIACO BRIDGETT
Established London party brand, Orlando Boom is set to once again take over east end party haunt, The Queen of Hoxton tomorrow, offering fans an extra special edition of their much-loved monthly residency. The brainchild of promoter and DJ Alex Warren, Saturday’s event will mark the Boom brand’s 5th birthday celebration, offering guests a selection of premier electronic acts across the Queen’s three floors. As well as the usual “house party style” fanfare for which the monthly knees-up is famed, CTC’s very own Giaco Bridgett aka “Joey Remote” will be spinning some fresh cuts at the event, making this one shindig you don’t want to miss!
In the wake of what’s set to be one hell of a party, Giaco sat down with Orlando Boom organiser Henry Fry to talk party promoting, difficult DJ demands and his favourite Orlando Boom anthems.
GIACO: When did Orlando Boom start for you?
HENRY: So… the 1st one I went to was the 2nd birthday. Justin Robertson was playing and I actually remember liking the residence stuff more than him! I dunno, he was good! But yeah, we were quite young. And Alex (Warren – Orlando Boom founder aka Kiwi) was playing hard techno at the time. And I guess it was… the environment was a lot younger. I was working with him (Alex) after two more parties.
I did a couple of my own parties first though called Good Hair, never busy cos it always fell on a day over that three year period where it was always torrential fucking rain in this rubbish little pub opposite my flat in Whitechapel. It was always good. The 1st night, I did this psych’ set and made this couple fall asleep on the sofa. I am still really proud of it ha!
And then Boom kicked in. Favourite bookings?
I suppose it would be Erol (Alkan). One in particular, just a secret show this one, we announced it on Twitter a couple of hours before. It was mental, it was just after Field Day, he’d done something like 4 festivals in 2 days. He was really on form that night… he should probably sleep less! We had to have a bouncer by the booth for him. It was the craziest one I’ve ever done and it was different seeing him in the Queen of Hoxton compared to other bigger venues I’d seen him in like at Durrr. There was a thread on Erol Alkan Forum that went on for weeks.
You and Alex must be constantly fighting off (booking) agents offering acts?
We just book the acts we love. That’s literally it. Also who we can afford, and then who actually wants to do it. We’ve had a few offers and we have to turn a few people down but that’s fine, I guess everyone’s charging far too much… it’s annoying!
There’s a few. The 1st one that springs to mind is our first birthday, we were really worried about it the whole time, we really didn’t think it would sell, we just… it was a really big horrible vibe in the room, it went well by the end and we played the dub of “Don’t You Wont Me Baby” by the Human League and I don’t know how everyone in the room knew what it was, cos it (the instrumental) doens’t sound anything like the vocal version, but every single person knew every single word. It was amazing. Right from the get go…
We also did this Justice after party and we had like Busy P, DVNO and So Me b2b before us and then we came on thinking everyone would leave, but they stayed and we played an old electroclash set. Loved it. They basically had to do a lock in because 2000 kids wouldn’t leave, having a massive sing along. Those two nights happened very close together. It was a good couple of months.
There is a DJ who will remain anonymous. He demanded to use the green room which we never use with his two friends, asking for a bottle of champagne that wasn’t on the rider… he was well behaved after that. Apart from that, everyone else is quite nice!
And you’re nurturing talent?
Oh yeah always! William Earl – he helps out and spins a few tunes. Apart from that… you bring in as many people as you think you need to play but I don’t want some little shit who thinks he’s great and plays whatever…
I guess there’s this little scene that doesn’t have a name at the moment – (Dan) Avery’s involved, people like Andrew Wetheral, Justin Roberston and a few more are just coming into it. Eskimo twins too. People who have kept credibility through all the noisy stuff! I guess there is a family as such but what with Twitter now we don’t all have to know eachother personally.
Lastly, let’s wet the appetite, what are the biggest tracks in your crate that you’ll dust off for tomorrow?
Charles B & Aodnis – Lack of Love
Hot Chip – Boy From School (Erol Alkan extended edit)
Blur – Music Is My Radar
Prince – Erotic City Housequake
…and because we closed Barabarellas in Croatia last year with this…
Sister Sledge – Lost In Music
I also have been playing a LOT of Dolly Parton recently….
Get down to the Orlando Boom 5th Birthday bash tomorrow, Saturday the 5th of April, at the Queen of Hoxton.