I've also just found the first Mixmag piece I wrote this year on the delightful house DJ Cassy as part of their 'Queens of the Underground' cover feature in May. At some point, I'll post the interview in full because she was quite simply just awesome. But for now, here she is talking about Miami Winter Music Conference, playing at DC10 and how gender boundaries can go fuck themselves.
I interviewed James Priestley and Giles Smith at length about their innovative all-day Sunday rave-up Secretsundaze for Mixmag. It originally appearred in the magazine's August issue, but I've just found it online too. SPECIAL.
Here is a snippet about Carl Craig getting down on his knees: “I’ve made Carl Craig crawl through a fence before on his hands and knees,” chuckles Smith. “We did a huge party at The Arches and there were a few thousand people there. Carl Craig’s taxi arrived a bit late and there was a huge queue of people at the main door, so I got him to crawl through a hole in the fence to get to the decks. I’ve teased him about it every time I’ve seen him since.”
So you'll want to read the rest, right? You can do that here.
Like Hyperdub, Hotflush, Hemlock and other labels beginning with 'H', Hessle Audio is redefining the sound of UK dance music. It procures a futuristic blend of homegrown genres like dubstep, house, garage and jungle - a genreless smörgåsbord represented in mainstream by BBC Sound of 2011 winner James Blake, who released a single on the label last year - and eschews them for a new school of electronic fans.
The imprint is led by young London-based producers Ramadanman (22-year-old David Kennedy), Pangaea (Kevin McAuley, 25) and Ben UFO (Ben Thomson, 24), who met each other at dubstep night FWD>> in London, and named after the road that the latter two lived on during their university years in Leeds. Now in their early twenties, their output is on everyone from minimal superstar Ricardo Villalobos to techno legend Carl Craig's radar.
Read the full interview with the future stars of London nightlife on Time Out London HERE.
I'm not having the best of days: angry emails from jumped-up and ungrateful promoters; listings system crashing on deadline day, that sort of thing. But I'm really looking forward to sinking some serious Mojito-age at East Village tonight.
I've picked some DJs. We've put them on. And I think they're rather ruddy brilliant. So I hope that you all come and jiggle with me.
I interviewed headliner Riva Starr for the magazine this week, talking about his single rerelease on Postiva/Virgin, 'I Was Drunk', in August and being a smash in Ibiza. He makes quirky squelchy beats that make me want to do the Cotton Eyed Joe around the dancefloor.
Batty Bass mistress Hannah Holland is jetting in from Berlin to join him, as is bemasked dubstep voodooist SBTRKT. He's very scary – and so is his music. Upstairs, one of my fave ladies of ’lectro, Captain Magic, who runs Peanut Butter Jelly Time, will be guiding the bassy house ship with a host of guests and live acts, including recent Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs collaborator, Lulu and the Lampshades.
I hope I'm not dancing on my ownsome.