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James Priestley and Giles Smith present 10th years of Secretsundaze on a double mix Cd

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2011 by dk

On the eve of its 10th anniversary, secretsundaze are proud to present their 3rd double mix CD mixed by residents and founder members, James Priestley and Giles Smith. As an added bonus for those picking up one of the first 500 copies of the CD, there’s a chance of finding a free ticket inside for a selected number of secretsundaze parties over the summer.

The story is well documented but just to recap secretsundaze has maintained its position as bastion of underground house, techno and disco in London and for many, is considered the godfather of the UK’s daytime events. Started in 2002 by a group of school friends who tired of the lack of parties in east London combining quality electronic music with unique locations. The focus on open-air venues with natural daylight, a rarity at the time, with the forward thinking musical policy, proved to be a heady combination. In just a few years the party was catapulted to notoriety with crowds swelling from a few hundred to a few thousand, initially through word of mouth and then as it became the media’s darling.

10 years on and secretsundaze has spread worldwide with regular shows at European hotspots such as Panorama Bar, Robert Johnson, Fabric, Trouw Amsterdam, Barcelona’s La Terrrazza, infamously in Ibiza and even further afield, in Tokyo and NYC. Not forgetting their regular London events – this year’s opening party having sold out over a week before the event. Fortunately, secretsundaze isn’t just a party these days, their unique sound furthered by both it’s new booking agency, The Secret Agency which looks after almost 20 hand-picked artists and the eponymous record label which has recently begun releasing original EPs.
So having brought the unitiated up to speed, ‘10 years of secretsundaze’ is a both a retrospective and a culmination of what the founders intended the party to be – the music, the energy and its history.

James once again guides the listener from the first moments as the doors open, through the sunny (or not so sunny) afternoons and finally onto those longing closers, always exemplifying his eclectic tastes with it’s strong house sensibility. In this way he comes as close as possible in capturing those Sunday session’s spirit of reckless abandon. The mix begins patiently with recent releases from Mark E and 2010 whiz kid Space Dimension Controller, before picking up the pace, moving into steadier garagey territory, with tracks from George Levings’ (Commix) GHL moniker and Parisian Frank Roger. Being the party’s 10th anniversary celebration, it was only right to include some of James’ favourites, played mostly in the formative years of the club, but still sounding as fresh and relevant in his sets today. There’s the little-known gem ‘Taking Over Me’ by Marcus Intalex + S.T. Files, Recloose’s off kilter broken beat ‘Ain’t Changin’ and the Detroit inspired sub-heavy proto-UK bass ‘Cargo’ from Zed Bias’ alter- ego Maddslinky. Once peaked, the mix heads into more distinctive electronic territory, with contributions from Jimmy Edgar as Xdistrict and the simply stunning ‘Tan Sedan’ from DJ Harvey’s latest project. This is a massive licensing coup as, to this date, only Optimo’s Fabric mix has been granted the use of material from Locussolus. Metope and Steffi are responsible for taking things down into deeper, headier territory, before a sneaky ‘one-more’ with Voyage’s 1980 underground bomb ‘I Love You Dancer’ drawing things warmly to a heartfelt close.

Giles’ love of the sheer craft of a mix is clear to see: his podcasts for Resident Advisor, Audio Families and most recently Little White Earbuds are highly regarded as perfect illustrations of his uncompromising, slow-building style. Just like his contributions to the previous secretsundaze mixes he kicks off with exquisitely warm dubby house from Roosevelt and Charles, Chicago’s Specter and Detroit legend Dan Bell in his KB Project guise. Picking up the tempo slightly Giles weighs in with some bonafide secretsundaze classics in the shape of the Salt City Orchestra remix of ‘Mushrooms’ and Dubtribe’s remix of East West Connection. The dreamy yet insistent ‘Hideaway Lane’ on the excellent Dial subsidiary Laid then makes way for some heavier techno workouts and arguably the mix’s peak with the slamming MRSK remix of Anthony Shakir closely followed by the massive burner, Rolando’s remix of Skudge. Smoothing things out again, Giles’ own ‘Ronin’ deftly appears marking the return of his production duo Two Armadillos with long-term collaborator Martin Dawson. Triumphant Detroit flavours from Steven Tang and Tornado Wallace then permeate, signaling the end is in sight before making way for a return to some very deep and hypnotic closers from the Smallville camp, the aptly titled ‘Life Aquatic’ and ‘Insulate’, an otherworldly groove from US artists Slam Mode.

10 Years of secretsundaze’ is yet another perfect snapshot of the duo’s ability to throw together undiscovered classics with the newest, freshest sounds without ever compromising to trends. With a supporting world tour heading through Berlin, Barcelona, New York, Tokyo and Ibiza to name just a few, the label primed with a whole slew of 12” releases to come and The Secret Agency going from strength to strength, 2011 is set to be yet another blow-out year for secretsundaze’s 10th birthday.

artist: James Priestley + Giles Smith
title: 10 Years of secretsundaze
label: secretsundaze, UK.
format: CD
release: 15.07.11


James Priestley
01. DJ Ageishi & Ackin’ – Rain Parade (Mark E Remix) – Internasjonal
02. Space Dimension Controller – Transatlantic Loading Bay – R&S
03. GHL – Show Me Love – Electric Minds
04. Rootstrax – Harlequin – Deeply Rooted House
05. Marcus Intalex + S.T. Files – Taking Over Me – Hospital Records
06. Franck Roger – My Name Is – FR Production
07. Recloose – Ain’t Changin – Planet E
08. Maddslinky – Cargo – Laws of Motion
09. Ghetto Brothers – Ghetto Disco – Royal Oak
10. Xdistrict – Color Correction (Losoul Rmx) – Playhouse
11. Locussolus – Tan Sedan – International Feel Recordings
12. Metope – I’m So Ready + Cpu-Circus (Ada Remix) – Areal Records
13. Steffi feat. Elif Biçer – Kill Me (Crushed Soul Mix) – Ostgut Ton
14. Voyage – I Love you Dancer – Sirocco

Giles Smith
01. Roosevelt and Charles – Monastery – Mojuba Special Edition
02. Specter – Make Me Feel – Tetrode
03. KB Project – Feel It – Elevate
04. Marshall Jefferson vs. Noosa Heads – Mushrooms (Salt City Orchestra’s Out There mix) – Airtight
05. East West Connection featuring Maiya James – Find a Way (Dubtribe Soundsystem dub) – Chilli Funk
06. Dinky – Polvo – Ostgut Ton
07. RNDM – Hideaway Lane (dub) – Laid
08. Anthony Shakir – Travellers (MRSK remix) – Rush Hour
09. Skudge – Ontic (Rolando Understands remix) – Skudge
10. Two Armadillos – Ronin – Unreleased
11. Steven Tang – Ominous – Emphasis
12. Tornado Wallace – Always Twirling – Delusions of Grandeur
13. Smallpeople and Christopher Rau – Life Aquatic – Smallville
14. Slam Mode – Insualte – Desvio


FabricLive 57: Jackmaster full details(release date,tracklist,cover…)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2011 by dk

In a day and age when all DJs seem to also be producers, actors, singers, or pretty much anything that doesn’t actually involve putting a needle to a record, it’s nice to know that guys like Jackmaster still exist. A genuine home-grown hero, Jack Revill’s rise to fame is about as storybook perfect as is possible. A chance hearing of Model 500’s ‘The Chase’ whilst mopping floors in Glasgow’s legendary Rub-A-Dub record shop opened his eyes to the possibilities of electronic music outside of the chart house he was listening to. Recruiting like-minded friends, he got involved in the city’s vibrant club scene eventually starting the long running Numbers night. Taking their cue from the irreverent selections of the legendary Club 69, the crew went on to form the Wireblock, Dress 2 Sweat and Stuff Records’ imprints, releasing tracks from the likes of Hudson Mohawke and Rustie. As their popularity started snowballing, they made the decision last year to combine forces across the Glasgow scene and form the Numbers collective which has steadily been shaping its post-dubstep sound with a number of landmark releases as well as amassing column inches. Jackmaster has led the charge, spreading their unashamedly full-on party sound to dance floors all over the world and snatching DJ Magazine’s Breakthrough DJ of 2010 award in the process. FABRICLIVE now proudly presents its 57th release with a peek into the Glaswegian mischief-maker’s eclectic record bags.

“The first time I played Fabric was in room 3 with Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and Dom from LuckyMe. It was like a mini Glasgow invasion of Farringdon. Shortly afterwards Tom promoted me to Room 1 and pretty much since then we’ve been doing regular Numbers nights too. I reckon my favourite Fabric night yet was when we brought Todd Edwards over in January 2010. That was such a fucking big night. The place was as packed as I’ve seen it and people were just going crazy all night long right up till 6am. I ended up travelling for something like 10 hours to get there because of severe snow but it was so worth it. Eventually we made it to Fabric with minutes to spare and as soon as we walked in the door you could feel it was gonna be a special one. I played the last slot while Todd Edwards gave out glow sticks in the shape of crucifixes and signed autographs with bible scripture quotations.”

The mix itself brings a taste of the relentless nature of the Numbers dancefloor, where the parties are fast, frantic and intense. With a tracklist running to almost 30 tracks in just 70 minutes, they come short and sharp, running the whole gamut of what’s considered ‘party music’, from Detroit techno classics to the orphaned children of garage, dubstep and grime, the only thing that stays consistent is the upbeat tempo. Kicking things off with a slice of classic disco from The Fantastic Aleems, we head straight into classic ‘hands in the air’ territory with the Inner City anthem ‘Big Fun’. For someone who constantly talks up his love for 90s dance classics, or the music that most resonates from his childhood, it’s no surprise to hear Kim English’s soaring vocals on the proto-garage ‘Nite Life’ emerge out of the robot funk of Model 500. There’s a nod to Jamaica and in turn their grime compatriots down south, with an MC name checking the whole crew on the unreleased calypso bounce of Geiom’s ‘2 4 6’ which swiftly rolls along taking in melodic breakbeat, the staccato stabs of acid yearning in ‘The Sun Can’t Compare’ and Addison Groove’s juke-influenced groove. The middle section is the peak time, full strobe moment presented as a kind of rave sandwich, with the comedy Miami Bass of Splack Pack as the x-rated bread while Mad Mike brings an unusually sensitive side with a cut of euophoric piano house and a Wookie remix leading into the Todd Terry jacker ‘Can You Feel It?’. It’s the sound of 90s rave as channeled through the mind of someone who grew up in the online world with access to all the disparate strands of hardcore influenced music, from the neo-NRG of Fix to frenetic ghetto tech, weaving all the influences into each other with a single-minded purpose, for people to be able to dance without feeling guilty about enjoying moments of unexpected nostalgia. The mix ends with a trio of cuts with AFX’s unsettling acid squelch melded into the jerky vocal patterns from Skepta’s ‘Doin’ It Again’ and finishing up on a high note with that most unexpected of danceable singles, the track which exposed Radiohead’s unashamed electronic genius, the alienation anthem of ‘Idioteque’.

“The reason that I’m not really producing music is because I just think that at the moment, I’d be doing it for the wrong reasons. You shouldn’t make music with the objective of furthering your career as a DJ, or to become famous. Too many people are doing that these days I think. I’ll make music when I feel that I need to do it as a means of expressing myself. I don’t think you could ever call me a heads DJ. It’s always been about the party for me and I think that’s really come through in the mix.”

artist: Jackmaster
title: FABRICLIVE 57
label: Fabric Records, UK.
release: 16.05.11 (USA 21.06.11)


1. The Fantastic Aleems – Release Yourself
2. Inner City – Big Fun (Magic Juan Remix)
3. Gregor Salto – Classic Beat Tool
4. Model 500 – Night Drive (Thru-Babylon)
5. Kim English – Nite Life (Retail Club Mix)
6. Anthony Shakir – Plugged In
7. Martyn – Alldayallnight
8. Geiom feat. Terrible Shock – 2 4 6
9. Doug Willis – Dougswana (Audiowhores Beats)
10. Jook 10 – Emotions
11. Larry Heard presents Mr. White – The Sun Can’t Compare
12. Addison Groove – Make Um Bounce
13. SBTRKT & Sinden – Seekwal
14. Splack Pack – Shake That Ass Bitch
15. Mad Mike featuring Davina – Don’t You Want It
16. Sia – Little Man (Wookie Remix)
17. CLS – Can You Feel It? (In House Dub)
18. DJ Deeon – The Freaks
19. The Outlander – Vamp
20. Splack Pack – Scrub Da Ground
21. Underground Resistance – Jupiter Jazz
22. Thomas Bangalter – What To Do
23. Fix – Flash
24. Hudson Mohawke – Fuse
25. Machinedrum – La Bomba
26. DJ Funk – Pussy Ride
27. AFX – VBS.Redlof.B
28. Skepta – Doin’ It Again
29. Radiohead – Idioteque


NUMBERS – Jackmaster, Hudson Mohawke, SBTRKT (Live), DJ Funk, Benji B, Nelson
AUTONOMIC – Martyn, Afrika Hi Tek (LIVE), dBridge, Instra:mental, Consequence; Hosted by SP:MC
STONES THROW – J Rocc, James Pants, Alex Chase, Kutmah

Alex Nut – FABRICLIVE Promo Mix

Posted in Dubstep, Mix, UK Funky with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2010 by dk

There’s a lot that’s been written about Alex Nut to date. Following the launch of his Eglo Records imprint, his close working relationship with producer savant, Floating Points, and his constantly on point radio show on one of London’s most important radio stations,, he’s become somewhat of a key and vocal figure in underground dance culture.

Download Alex Nut – FABRICLIVE Promo Mix

Seiji – Yesman
Ikonika – Idiot (Altered Natives remix)
Tevo Howard – Move
Mike Dunn – So Let It Be House
Kyle Hall – I’m KMFH Girl
Omar S – Three Blind Rats
Ron Trent – Space Ship
Anthony Shakir – Good Love
Zomby – Tarantula
Roska – The Shepherd
Mizz Beats – My World
Julio Bashmore – World Peace
James Fox – Put It Back
Prince – I’ve Seen The Future
Daryl Wynn – Track 2
Untold – No One Likes A Smart Arse

Exclusive Fabric promo mix ahead of his gig here on Friday (26th March) in Room Two – alongside Geeneus w Katy B & Tippa, Lil Silva and Oneman.