MORE “INSTRUMENTAL INSTRUMENTS”

Last week, Red Bull Music Academy Daily re-booted their Instrumental Instruments series of features, which concentrates on key pieces of music-making hardware and software. Amongst the flurry of features were two written by yours truly. Some may remember that I previously wrote articles for the series focusing on two pieces of kit with vastly different […]

THE STORY OF THE UK ‘ALL-DAYER’ SCENE

Before I go any further, a quick apology for the lack of site updates of late. Before a much-needed three-week summer break, I spent four months frantically working on a book, which is due for publication in the autumn. I’ll be making a bit of noise about that closer to release day, so you’ll just […]

CLAREMONT 56: 10 PERFECT YEARS

At the tail end of last week, the last vinyl masterwork from Paul Murphy’s Claremont 56 label began appearing in record stores. A sumptuous, brilliantly produced box set boasting five slabs of wax (or six if you bag one of the limited-edition options), housed in bespoke sleeves and accompanied by a slick inner sheet, Claremont […]

THE SOLID DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW

I’ll let you into a secret: these days, not all musicians, producers and DJs are happy to receive media coverage. While I understand the desire to gain coverage only in hyped publications or on websites that they believe will enhance their credentials with a certain type of listener/reader, it’s frustrating to see those in the […]

THE RETURN OF ABILITY II

Bleep connoisseurs have long spoken in hushed tones about Ability II’s “Pressure Dub”, the B-side of the producer’s one and only release on iconic (if short-lived) Leeds label BASSIC. There’s no denying that it’s a thrillingly good track – a 10-minute journey into heavyweight sub-bass and futurist Detroit electronics that remains one of the style’s […]

THE STORY OF “VOODOO RAY”

I remember a DJ friend of mine once berating The Kelly Twins for playing A Guy Called Gerald’s “Voodoo Ray” at a club night. Apparently it was, “too obvious”. Sean and Dan Kelly got into a heated debate with said DJ, extolling the virtues of this most iconic of British house records. Of course, “Voodoo […]

A TRIBUTE TO NORWEGIAN DANCE MUSIC

A week on Friday (20th January), The Cube in Bristol will host a screening of Northern Disco Lights, Ben Davis and Pete Jenkinson’s documentary charting the “rise and rise of Norwegian dance music”. Afterwards, just down the road at The Crofters Rights, one of the founders of the Norwegian scene, Mental Overdrive, will play his […]

CHILL OUT ROOMS, POLISH RAVES & LEGENDARY SYNTHESIZERS

  Happy New Year! As 2017 begins in earnest, I naturally found myself looking back over 2016. From a work perspective, it was a busy 12 months.I was fortunate enough to work on some very interesting projects, resulting in some articles I’m particularly proud of. In a bid to keep track of this – and […]

JJ JECZALIK: FAIRLIGHT MASTER

There are those within music whose work is arguably overlooked, or whose careers are only celebrated only by a handful of enthusiasts – those fans with a intimate knowledge of their discography. I firmly believe that JJ Jeczalik is one of those artists. Most know of his involvement with The Art of Noise, ZTT Records […]

REST IN PEACE, DAVID MANCUSO

With the passing of David Mancuso, DJ culture has not only lost one of its’ founding fathers, but also a man who understood, arguably better than anyone else, the importance of sound and environment in creating the perfect party. Most will know the basic story. From the early 1970s onwards, Mancuso threw parties in a […]