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Masterpiece mixed by Andrew Weatherall

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2012 by J.D.

Andrew Weatherall is to electronic music what James Brown is to soul. The master of reinvention, the humble godfather and a true leader of our time, this quintessential gentlemen cares so little about following he is light years ahead of the pack. Now he digs deep to share his influences from across the ages for the special Masterpiece series, spanning three discs of inspirational treasures.

Following the likes of Gilles Peterson and Francois K, Masterpiece brings you legends from the world of music. Who else could join the dots between styles so vast a resume as acid house, rockabilly, electronica, techno, post punk, deep house and countless unclassifiable rare cuts than the man who has been collecting records for over three decades with no regard for their origin or trends.

A campaign started by his army of fans to crown him the new John Peeland award him his own BBC Radio show had the media in a spin to support it. That’s because Weatherall is a maverick, never a people pleaser he has made many an unpopular choice during his thirty plus year career, but he stands by them and for that he has been crowned the ultimate music selector and king of the dancefloor.

His colourful past is an entangled mess of flirtations with the underground and the elite. Early involvement at London’s first acid house club Shoom, remixing rock stars such as Bjork, Friendly Fires, My Bloody Valentine, Happy Mondays, and not to forget the illustrious production of Primal Scream’s landmark early 90s album ‘Screamadelica’ has been offset with regular experimental triumphs as Two Lone Swordsman, Sabres of Paradise and others as Weatherall humbly shies away from the limelight and is beckoned into the sub-terrain to develop the dark sounds he has become known and respected for.

Predictably it’s impossible to classify the material Weatherall has picked for Masterpiece. From The Horrors to Kasper BjorkeTornado Wallace to Cut Copy, and Todd Terje to Toddla T, each disc showcases his unique ability to veer between styles and never quite be noticed. Heavily peppered with his own edits and remixes, it’s an honest representation of his imaginative and unpredictable take on a sound that spans generations.

Opening aptly with A Love From Outer Space’, an ode to the heart of this project, the name is also the title of his eclectic all night party alongside Sean Johnston that started in 2010 and became a cult night now found at festivals and clubs worldwide. The aim was to slow things down and never knowingly exceed 122bpm, working through spaced out treats, proto-house, industrial, rare dubs and and slo-mo beats.

The result is seductive and addictive, a must-have for train-spotters and a door opener for the newly converted. But most of all finally marks down the vision of one of the greatest musical innovators of our time.

Label: Ministry Of Sound
Cat no: MOSCD287
Distribution: Various
Released: Monday May 14th, 2012


  1. The Asphodells ‘A Love From Outer Space’
  2. Grinderman ‘Heathen Child’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  3. Timothy J.Fairplay ‘Sleighride’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  4. The Asphodells ‘Lost Cities’
  5. Hardway Brothers ‘Mania’s Theme’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  6. Kalidasa ‘Burstin’ Through’
  7. Craig Batley ‘Birdshell’
  8. Apiento ‘The Orange Place’
  9. Chida ‘Danca’
  10. The Horrors ‘Wild Eyed’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  11. Wooden Shjips ‘Crossing’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  12. Walls ‘Into Our Midst‘
  13. Timothy J.Fairplay ‘The Final Reel’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  14. Scott Fraser ‘A Life Of Silence’
  15. Mario Vierra ‘Cosmic Matter’
  16. Kasper Bjorke ‘Man From Venice’
  17. Bonar Bradberry ‘You Were Away (Space Ranger Hypno Mix)
  18. Rudy’s Midnight Machine ‘Ecstatic Love Machine’
  19. Midnight Savari ‘Phantom Galaction’
  20. Tornado Wallace ‘Insect Overlords’
  21. Sons And Daughters ‘Orion’ (Emperor Machine Remix)
  22. Cut Copy ‘Sun Gold’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  23. Bogdan Irkuk a.k.a. Bulgari ‘My Weakness’ (Prins Thomas Discomiks)
  24. Copyshop ‘Lipps’ (Pete Herbert Dub)
  25. Pacific Horizons ‘Stealing The Fire From Heaven’
  26. The Subs ‘Decontrol’ (Aquarius Heaven Remix)
  27. Black Light Smoke ‘Switchback’
  28. Soft Rocks ‘Magic Mikk’
  29. Martin Brodin ‘Badabing’ (Diskjokker Remix)
  30. Ajello ‘Crystal Babe’
  31. Name In Lights ‘Ur Oskunni’
  32. Brioski ‘Radio Anatomy’ (Emperor Machine Remix)
  33. Toddla T ‘Watch Me Dance’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  34. Todd Terje ‘Ragyshe’
  35. Primal Scream ‘Uptown’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  36. A.R. Kane ‘A Love From Outer Space’

12.04.12 ALFOS @ Berkeley Suite, Glasgow
14.04.12 ALFOS @ The Tunnel, Milan
20.04.12 ALFOS @ Audio, Brighton
21.04.12 Rave On, Annecy, France
27.04.12 La Machine, Paris, France
28.04.12 The Sub Club, Glasgow
04.05.12 ALFOS @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
05.05.12 The Rocking Chair, Switzerland
12.05.12 Plissken festival, Athens, Greece
18.05.12 Bikini, Toulouse, France
19.05.12 Spring festival, Graz, Austria
25.05.12 Robert Johnson, Frankfurt, Germany
26.05.12 Panorama Bar, Berlin, Germany
01.06.12 Distortion festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
17.06.12 Lovebox festival. London
17.07.12 Electric Elephant festival, Croatia
21.07.12 Port Eliot Literary festival, Cornwall
28.07.12 ALFOS @ Dex, London
05.08.12 Les Electros D´Uzes
31.08.12 ALFOS @ Menagerie, Belfast
06.09.12 Dimensions festival, Pula, Croatia

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 J.D.

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