Words regurgitated / Essential listening w. Motor City Drum Ensemble

Once again, Ticketarena let me chat about the tunes I love the most. This time, from Motor City Drum Ensemble.

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Once again, Ticketarena let me chat about the tunes I love the most.

Read it in full here. 


On first listen to his Raw Cuts output – a standout collection that no doubt introduced many to Danilo Plessow’s Motor City Drum Ensemble project – you’d be forgiven for thinking that the hands of a seasoned Detroit resident crafted these cuts, not a 20-something man from Germany. Nevertheless, this simultaneously timeless yet refreshing sound and production hallmark has been honed through many years of creating music; Plessow’s been releasing since the age of 16, making him an ‘old soul’ when it comes to experience.

Though the skilfully sampled Raw Cuts series helped to refine Motor City Drum Ensemble’s career they by no means define it, as is clear when taking a listen back to just five of his records from over the years.

Monorail
There’s a certain charm in all things industrial that many electronic music fans are drawn towards. For these people, “Monorail” is the perfect record, hailing from the hands of a producer based in Germany’s own ‘motor city’, Stuttgart. As deep as it gets, the dusty euphoric sound created so well by the strings is accented by harsh synth stabs, adding perfect imperfection to the final, wonderful track.

Eddie Richards gone wild / Zoo Project at Red Bar

Zoo Project is a long running night, born in a disused zoo in Ibiza and it made its way overseas to Nottingham this bank holiday weekend. 

Zoo Project is a long running night, born in a disused zoo in Ibiza and it made its way overseas to Nottingham this bank holiday weekend. 

Even if you’ve never heard of the event, it’s likely you’ve seen snaps of the one-armed bodypaint style synonymous with attendees somewhere on your social media feed before. (I actually spent one summer working at a bodypainting studio in Ibiza, applying this animal print to partygoers…)

This visit comes after partnering with Derby-based Discotech and it saw the two join forces to transform Red Bar on Saturday. Once more, that unassuming basement has been put to good use!

In my opinion, Zoo Project is great in that it’s welcoming to those who perhaps haven’t ventured into the clubbing scene before.  Some can find electronic nights a little intimidating, but with the promise of an unforgettable experience complete with costumes, dancers, smiling faces and a new world to explore, I’m sure many committed house heads were born after diving into the lion pit. And that can only be a good thing!

It also serves as a spot for underground talent to hone their skills and rise through the ranks (Miffy and Miller, anyone?), simultaneously being a melting pot for well-loved names with the likes of Dan Ghenacia, Dungeon Meat and tINI playing the Zoo last year.

Here in Nottingham, house veteran Eddie Richards took to the stage with Milou, Lee Pennington, Jordan Diston, Discotech and Hollow Surface DJs as well as local party starter, Louis Knight . (listen below for anecdontes from the floor and a selection of Evil Eddie’s tracks chosen by the Discotech team).

Someday 

YeYo

Soul Is Life

Eddie Richards & Terry Francis – Helicopter (Eddie’s Smooth Landing Mix)

Feel The Music

Happening last night, this post has slightly missed the boat – but I’m sure the zoo gang are still acting feral somewhere in the city as this is published.

Whatever – my aim is to highlight the happenings in Nottingham and this one couldn’t go undocumented.

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Global grooves that soothe / AfroDisiac

Just a quickie to shine some light on what’s bound to be a mood-boosting eve at one of Nottingham’s finest pubs this weekend.

Just a quickie to shine some light on what’s bound to be a mood-boosting eve at one of Nottingham’s finest pubs this weekend.

AfroDisiac takes over the King Billy tonight (late licence in tow) to showcase its favourite global grooves – with disks selected by local print maniacs, Dizzy Ink.

“We’ve been spending all our Christmas money on new records and can’t wait to spin up some FRESH TUNES for your new year blues.”

As always, records talk best so thankfully the heroes at Plates invited them to their radio show last week.

Take a listen back to the full set below and just try to resist that urge to dance – we’ll see you on the floor.

Find out more about the event here. 

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Free tracks from Leftback / Label turns 4

There’s an excellent deal going down online for fans of Leftback Records that’s so good, it needs to be shared, ahead of the party this weekend.

There’s an excellent deal going down online for fans of Leftback that’s so good, it needs to be shared.

To celebrate its fourth birthday, the label is turning gift-giving on its head and treating us, the listener, to four tasty tracks to devour. Alongside offering up the work of founders Michael McLardy and Dudley Strangeways, friends of Leftback Harry McCanna, Matt Star, Bunny, DTG, TIJN and Szymon Wnuk all feature on this quadruple goody-bag of digital beats.

Stick these in ya pipe:

Offline, the celebrations continue this weekend right here in Notts. Every artist showcased on the birthday giveaway is playing, alongside Chris Boardman and, personal favourite, Annie Errez.

 

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(Image taken by Leftback https://www.facebook.com/leftbackrecords/photos/a.614592301938735.1073741828.570038113060821/1435429409855016/?type=3&theater)

 

With past events held deep in the Malt Cross caves,  this underground crew has surfaced  for its birthday bash. Find them doing what they do best at the Lord Roberts, on Broad Street on Saturday 3rd March.

Grab your tickets here.

Join them this weekend, party hats in tow, and help celebrate this local gem.

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The return of The Groove / Top 5 tunes

This weekend welcomes the triumphant return of fun-time fiasco The Groove, after almost a year in hibernation.

As well as a new night launching this Friday, this weekend also welcomes the triumphant return of fun-time fiasco The Groove, after almost a year in hibernation.

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Brainchild of local party starter Omar Sultani, these intimate events are effectively an organic progression of the all-welcoming house parties he’s been known to host for those closest to him. With The Groove, these feelings have been captured and packaged up into an evening affair for all to enjoy, all night long – and who wouldn’t want to join?

‘The rhythmic allure that pulls you in, moves your feet and puts a smile on your face every single time.

The instinctive feeling that brings people together and ignores social boundaries.

It was here before us, and it will go on long after us…

The Groove.

Preferring not to put a name to the style of music played, we can assure you that our music is about diversity which feels soulful, upbeat and with a lot of love.

Raid your wardrobe and bring your most colourful garms…’

Starting life at The Lacehouse in 2015, then The Lofthouse in later years, (with the odd rooftop afterparty thrown in for good measure), this phoenix rises from the ashes at Jam Cafe this Friday 23rd February.

The name and psychedelic flyers (created by artist, Lily Wales) reflect the atmosphere whipped up by Omar at his nights – a funk-filled, disco dancing affair with smiles as its ultimate goal.

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Once more, we’ve let the music do the talking for those new to the night.

Here are Omar’s top tracks that epitomise The Groove:

Bileo – You Can Win

The Blade Family – Sweet Dream

Teaspoon & the Waves – Oh Yeh Soweto

Rare Pleasure – Let Me Down Easy

Glenn Underground – Shiloh(A King’s Return)

 

The Groove comes to Jam Cafe this Friday 23rd February. Learn more about the event online.

 

Minimal is coming to town / Watercolour Records

If you like things deep, dubby and stripped back, with accents of ridiculously crispy beats and a leftfield flavour, then you’ll probably be excited for the new ‘do that’s about to launch at Red Bar.

If you like things deep, dubby and stripped back, with accents of ridiculously crispy beats and a leftfield flavour, then you’ll probably be excited for the new ‘do that’s about to launch at Red Bar.

Watercolour records is a new label from Paul Gribby (musical alias, Still-Life). As part of the imprint, he’s hosting label showcase parties at the Talbot Street basement, the first happening on 23rd February.

Alongside Still-Life, it’s been announced that Leftback’s Dudley Strangeways will also be resident, with Initial (who’s set to release on the Watercolour Records label soon) headlining. Both Dudley and Initial have provided an exciting promo mix for the night, and Still Life’s recent production output on Kubu have given us a taster of the types of sounds we can expect to hear at the night, and probably from the label too:

I spoke to both Still Life and Dudley Strangeways for Leftlion – read it here for a more in-depth look into the brand.

But ultimately, it’s fantastic to see another output – label and event – offering this delightful sound to Notts, a fresh injection of tunes is always most welcome!

 Way I see it, these Watercolour Records nights look set to fill a wonderful gap recently left by promoters such as South Jack Street (now booking the likes of Steevio and Suzybee in London), nestling nicely beside Leftback, becoming the slightly spacy cousin to its crazy sharp tunes. Excellent.

Young Marco’s Ransom Note takeover was great

Ransom Note recently invited Young Marco (who is playing at Wigflex soon) to take on the role of editor for a week. I felt the urge to write an article about his output.

The Ransom Note really is a cool platform, serving up enjoyable reads based around electronic music culture, but not like you’ve seen before.

It recently invited Young Marco (who is playing at Wigflex soon) to take on the role of editor for a week. What resulted was a series that was so good, I felt the urge to write an article about his output.

Ultimately, a mixture of Wunderground style codswallop and words written with a tongue firmly wedged in one’s cheek was produced. Yet the farce features he commissioned tread on the fine line of what could be true in this weird and wonderful world of repetitive electronic beats.

Yes, although I felt disgruntled, I too believed that Richie Hawtin had actually decided to open STYLEdifferently, his own chain of hair salons, and that Boiler Room had partnered with Greggs. And that’s why they’re so good.

Fake news aside there are also some great interviews in there, with acclaimed music critic Philip Sherburne and ex-journo now DJ Gerd Janson. Whether intentional or not, both follow a theme of interviewing the interviewer, offering insight into the media game that surrounds electronic music. Being an artist who, like many, is often on the other side of it, my guess is that Young Marco decided to utilise his editorial position to give them a grilling for once…probably.

Finally, another notable contribution throughout the takeover took the form of Jay’s Cheese Of The Day. Apparently, Palms Trax (who also touched down on Notts turf recently) used to work in a cheese shop, so YM invited him to share his favourite fromages, alongside some song pairings. I’m not sure if I believe Palms Trax’s CV claim, but as a funny 5 minute read coupled with tune discovery – what’s not to love?

Guest edits open the doors to some excellent reads and R$N has had some awesome takeovers in the past, but this one particularly tickled me. As the electronic music scene lies divided in a state of RA poll controversy, it presents dance music content in a way that is entertaining at its core while still paying homage to the culture, rather than pandering to any press paradigms.

To quote his interview, if you can ‘at least dance to’ Gerd’s music, then at least this guest edit from Young Marco makes you smile, ey. Read the whole thing here.