…invariably end up being spent half in bed and half on the computer, especially when there are a million things to do. last night i played at krash again, though it wasn’t the best night, so i won’t go into it. though i will say that going back to back for a whole set was fun.
tonight i’m playing at sidetracked, which i’m really looking forward to, and after that i’m thinking about heading in to tripod to see sharam. i know he won’t exactly feature on most people’s lists of must-sees right now – although you should bear in mind that his essential mix was voted the best of last year. more importantly, he is (or was i guess) half of deep dish. i think they first really attracted my attention when muzik magazine (rip) carried an interview with them in june 2001 and put the following quote on the cover: “hard house is shit.”
somehow i managed never to see them at their peak, or even slightly after their peak, but these two guys were quite a big presence in my mid-teen obsession with prog house. last night i played hideaway out for the first time to an empty floor, and, hey, two people came along and starting break-dancing and whatnot. so even though it’s not going to be the life-defining set it would have been say, nine years ago, it’s still something i’m keen on experiencing.
i won’t hear any of this tonight, but i might play it at sidetracked.
last night was my second time playing krash in wax with colin perkins. there was a vibrant and appreciative crowd, so it was a good night to play. i had decided earlier in the day to play a new remix of modjo’s lady, but alas it went down like a proverbial lead balloon. the floor emptied. it was a nice challenge though – i had to build it up again from scratch. i remember years ago reading that apparently in his early days sharam used to get told off by promoters/club owners for being so good that clubbers wouldn’t leave the floor and go to the bar. i don’t think i’m quite at that stage yet 😉 it was nice to play stickin’ and amsterdam for the first time, two awesome tracks that i haven’t had the chance to play yet. both went off.
funnily, when i went to the toilet after my set i could hear colin bringing in da funk – i rushed back and asked “which remix?” “schizofonics” was the reply. boom. 2010 is going to be a schizofonic year – mark my words.
DJ Mehdi – Pocket Piano (Joakim Remix)
Major Lazer – Keep It Going Louder (Tom Stevens Remix)
La Roux – Quicksand (Boy 8-Bit Remix)
Laidback Luke & A-Trak – Shake It Down
Surkin – White Knight Two
Daft Punk – Da Funk (Schizofonics Rework)
SonicC – Stickin
Röyksopp – What Else Is There? (Trentemøller Remix)
Modjo – Lady (Taped & Zagross Bootleg)
Joe and Will Ask? – Fabric of Win
Bag Raiders – Fun Punch (Jokers of The Scene Remix)
Cubic Zirconia – Fuck Work (Dances With White Girls Remix)
Jennifer Delano – Amsterdam (RipTidE Found the Spot Remix)
Fever Ray – Seven (Crookers Remix)
whenever big 90s house tracks come on in pubs/clubs i always delight in telling the people i’m with that x or y was involved in this or that track. take de’lacy’s hideaway. a huge track which pretty much everyone knows. what many people don’t know is that it was the deep dish remix, or should i say the ali needs to score mix, that hit the charts back in 95. just the other night i was in preston’s adelphi when the dj put on sandy b’s make the world go round – another 90s classic remixed by deep dish.
so sharam has gone on to define cheese house of the worst order, and dubfire (the aforementioned ali) is now making flavour of the month minimal (why would anyone ever think it necessary to remix spastik?) – the boys have a legacy that nothing they do will ever take away.
so imagine my surprise when i see a track by hoxton whores (awful name dudes) called devil toy on the top of the beatport chart. it pretty much rips off world go round wholesale. it’s a top tune, on the right side of that whole big room minimal electro bleepy stuff, and i think in the right setting it would make a crowd go berserk. that said, credit where credit’s due…
De’Lacy – Hideaway (Ali Needs To Score Mix)
Sandy B – Make The World Go Round (Deep Dish Remix)
Hoxton Whores – Devil’s Toy (Main Mix)