Inspired by Game of Thrones, I tried out sword-fighting for Time Out's weekly 'Whatever Next?' column. Read about my exploits over on the Time Out blog or below.
This article originally appeared in Time Out London, Issue May 14-20 2013.
As decreed by Time Out readers, Kate Hutchinson must face an ordeal by cold steel.
As a proud modern-day feminist, I like to think I’ve got most man-skills nailed. Unblocking a toilet? No sweat. Sinking six pints? Piece of cake! Sword fighting? Ah, that’s something that very few of us, no matter what bits we’ve got, can do. Fencing aside, it pretty much died out a century ago but there are places in London dedicated to keeping the spirit of the flashing blade alive.
I encounter the London Longsword Academy on a Monday night at City YMCA. Their motto promises that ‘one day the bullets will run out’, and when they do, the beefy men attending this class of four will be the equivalent of cruise missiles. Two of them could crush me with a glance and while the other one looks gentle, I’m guessing he has the nimbleness of Legolas from ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Thankfully, the medieval longswords that we are using are blunt, but they’re still Thor-hammer-heavy. ‘I am Brienne of Tarth!’ I think, as I almost drop the thing on my foot.
We launch straight into sparring, without a warm-up, so I soon get used to the feel of holding a sword two-handed. But what I can’t adjust to is the class’s pace. I’ve barely figured out how to advance before I’m swinging the three-foot blade above my head like a granny wielding a walking stick.
‘This is the plow, the food, the ox and day,’ says instructor Dave Rawlins, pointing his sword in different positions as I try to keep up. ‘Now we’re going to do a wrath strike from the right, turning into a feint, with an attack to the ear.’ I’ve no clue what’s going on. Now I must face the bitter realisation that my knowledge of pointy things you can stick into people extends only as far as the workings of the fork.
The next feat we try is even less straightforward, though Rawlins makes it look like ballet with blades. ‘Sorry if this hurts,’ I apologise, as I’m told to strike Legolas, then put my hand on the flat of the sword and push it into his neck, forcing himto the ground. Fortunately for him, I stagger around clumsily like a knight who’s quaffed too much mead. It’s a shame, really. Done properly, that move would kick some serious butt.
Soon our 90 minutes are up. I’m reassured that I did well, but I feel more like the Black Knight from ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ than Uma Thurman in ‘Kill Bill’. For those with more combat savvy, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place for sword practice. The next time I want to get my medieval kicks, though, maybe I’ll try live-action role-play.
Where: Location varies.
When: Six nights a week (not Sat).
How much: £14 per session.
For info, see londonlongsword.com
Record Store Day, the annual international celebration of music on wax, is on April 20, exploding in a shower of limited edition vinyl at more than 850 participating shops worldwide. The day not only highlights new and specially released music, but also the exciting independent record stores that you can buy it from. Coggles takes a look at a few from across the globe that are doing things differently…
It’s lunchtime on Sunday at London’s Rough Trade East and the shop floor is abubble. Eager music fans paw the endless racks of new releases or jostle for space around the staff’s ‘albums of the month’. Others pour over the noticeboard, line up to be snapped in the photo booth and, crucially, purchase things. Elsewhere, well-dressed young girls and guys swig beer on the benches out the front, or sip Monmouth coffee on the slouchy couches inside. Come Record Store Day, there’ll be queues of them snaking along Brick Lane by 7am, ready to get their hands on exclusive vinyl-only releases when doors open at 10.
Now in it’s seventh year, Record Store Day is bigger than ever and has helped fire new excitement around vinyl. Spencer Hickman, who was involved in setting up Rough Trade East, is its UK coordinator. “I managed to get six record shops involved in the first one,” he says, “and now there are 220 shops participating in the UK alone. Most stores report bigger sales on that day than during Christmas week.” The figures speak for themselves: according to a recent official report in America, sales of vinyl records in 2011 made $177 million – their highest profit since 1997.
But what’s really interesting, Hickman continues, is that new shops are opening all the time, spurred on by Record Store Day and by vinyl sales. Despite doom and gloom stories of record shop closures in the media, around 25 to 30 have opened in the UK in the last three years alone. Thanks to the digital age, there’ll never be as many record shops as there once were. You can forget dusty racks of overpriced second-hand vinyl though: the new breed, like Rough Trade East, are serving up something unusual alongside their record collections.
In the south of England, ‘record café’ Pie & Vinyl, which opened last year, is leading the way. The Southsea shop has 34 types of locally sourced pies and a wallpapered record room at the back. “We started Pie & Vinyl because we had the belief that people still wanted to buy music physically, but we weren’t 100 percent confident that we could just open a record shop,” says Steve Courtnell, who co-owns Pie & Vinyl with Rob Litchfield. “I liked the idea of selling an experience instead. Vinyl records are as old and as traditional as pie and mash, so they work well together.”
Despite the shop’s olden day style, you’ll mostly find new records in their vintage suitcase shelving. Says Courtnell: “We wanted to get away from the connotations of an old second-hand record shop, so we specialise in new vinyl. I think those shops, as in the film ‘High Fidelity’, are the ones that are dying. These days, to start from scratch, you need to offer something else.”
Pie & Vinyl’s point of difference is doing them a roaring trade. They’ve already got their own merchandise range, which even includes moustache wax. It may sound like novelty, but Pie & Vinyl is a hugely important addition to the area. “We seem to be the focal point of the local music community and a lot of bands come in,” says Courtnell. “We have in-stores, we put on shows in bigger venues and we’re soon to launch our own record label.”
Plenty of other record stores around the UK are similarly morphing into new social spaces. Rise in Bristol has a recently opened café/bar concession from local artisan eatery Friska, so you can sip a frothy cappuccino as you sample the new releases. Glasgow’s Monorail also takes food seriously – it’s located in the corner of vegan pub Mono, thus offering tasty grub alongside its vinyl collection. Elsewhere, in Europe, record shops like Copenhagen’s Sort Kaffe & Vinyl are priding themselves on having, not just the best records, but “the best coffee in town” too.
Likewise, in-stores are an important part of creating a social atmosphere. Established London outlets like Phonica in Soho and new ones, like Kristina Records in Stoke Newington have gained a reputation for their brilliant free DJ sets from prolific and discerning turntable talents. Back at Rough Trade East, it has famously hosted gigs by huge names like Radiohead and Blur.
London’s Vinyl Pimp in Hackney Wick, which has been open a year, is also fast becoming a cool ‘live’ hangout. The shop is the physical extension of owner Man Hon Luk’s online Discogs store: he’ll take your unwanted records, ‘pimp’ them for you and pay you when they have sold. Hon has always hosted DJ sets at his east London venue but he is looking to put on more pre-parties for big club nights at warehouse spaces clustered nearby, as well as exhibitions. When the weather is fine, Hon also puts on the Hackney Wick Flea Market. He’s throwing his first Record Store Day event with music from forward-thinking electronic labels Planet Mu and Erased Tapes, plus food from nearby bar, The Hackney Pearl.
Spencer sees these hybrid shops as more of a UK trend, but there are notable mentions around the world, too, mainly in the US. In downtown Los Angeles, composer and Ghostface Killah collaborator Adrian Younge and his wife Sherry Ann run The Artform Studio. Adrian opened up the record shop part in his wife’s beauty salon two years ago and its boutique selection of records forms much of the inspiration for Sherry’s hairstyling. On Record Store Day, they’re hosting vinyl-only DJ sets throughout the day and Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA will be making a special guest appearance.
In New York and Kentucky, meanwhile, baking and records go together like milk and cookies. East Village’s Cake Shop sells records at the front, coffee and cupcakes in the café at the back and, downstairs, has a live music venue. Brooke Vaughn’s Please & Thank You in Louisville shares a similarly sweet tooth and sells everything from homemade vegan muffins to hot apple cider. Its vinyl collection is modest but lovingly curated and there is plenty of room to lounge about in and listen to it.
“The days of the record shop from a purely utilitarian point of view, as a place where people go to buy music is gone,” says DJ and musician Sam Willis, who is performing at RTE for Record Store Day. “But record shops can survive if they follow Rough Trade’s example and create an environment that people can enjoy and spend some time in.” The shop itself is expanding this idea in New York; it’s due to open a massive 10,500sqft space – that’s double the size of Rough Trade East – there in autumn. As well as providing a cornucopia of new releases, the Williamsburg branch will partner with local music institution The Bowery for in-store gigs and will turn into an intimate live venue at night.
Hickman sees shops like these only increasing. “More stores will pop up and will continue to grow because they can offer something you can’t get anywhere else,” he says. “If you go into a record shop that has a café or a reading room, you can experience the atmosphere without feeling like you have to buy anything. And even if you don’t buy something that day, I guarantee that you’ll go back and buy something another time.”
After all, a record shop is for life, not just for Record Store Day.
Record Store Day is on April 20 2013 at participating record shops. For a full list of Record Store Day 2013 events at the record shops mentioned here and more, visit http://recordstoreday.co.uk/
In the latest issue of Wonderland ('The Babes Issue', Feb/Mar), I interviewed the reluctant new poster boys of everything that's great about new alternative music. Tales of burning funeral pyres, designing clothing lines for shoplifting and being young fathers, await…
Books clubs are getting ballsy. Literally. Thanks to EL James’s bondage-lite Fifty Shades trilogy, the new wave of sexual liberation – or, at the very least, a desire to go beyond a night in with a cheap bottle of Shiraz and a copy of The Joy Of Sex – has brought with it a renewed interest in filthy fiction. And in finding a place to discuss it.Read More
Now, I know what you’re thinking: why is Kate, the wuss that didn't get her fire safety badge at Brownies because she was too scared of lighting a match, and who still can't light a hob with one now, doing at a fire workshop? In truth, I wanted to find a daring activity that made Editor-at-Large Alexi Duggins' hot wing challenge look about as extreme as getting the 38 night bus home without earplugs. It had nothing on this: this was real, singe-your-eyebrows-off fire.
Despite my similarly extreme wimp levels, I actually had a hoot finding my inner “Master of Flames” with Red Sarah, who's been teaching these kind of fire workshops for some 15 years. It's an exhilarating – and properly sexy – alternative to fannying around Bethnal Green Working Men's Club with a feather boa between your legs. And, best of all, I no longer wince when a stranger offers to light my cigarette with their Zippo.
Read the full story on Time Out or after the jump.Read More
Afternoon! I'm just back from Vietnam and raring to go. I've been saving this for a special occasion, so here we go. It's my favourite piece of writing so far, so please be gentle, and a profile of the man with the best name in dance music, Orlando Higginbottom, aka the wonderful headdress-sporting Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. The feature originally appeared in Mixmag's July issue and can also be read in full on their website here. Or, as it happens, after the jump.Read More
Oh, nu-rave. Remember that golden genre nugget? A musical atrocity invented by Klaxons and friends as a tongue-in-cheek way to describe their neon-splattered rock ’n’ rave stew but eventually went on to be repackaged as a fluorescent pink-and-yellow range in Topman, comprised of smiley faced Tshirts last seen in Manchester in 1989 and plastic jewellery shaped like boom boxes, lightning bolts and microphones. Thank god they did not think to bring back bandanas, white gloves and parachute trousers.
Anyway, in response to the fact that a load of London DJs were getting lumped into this caustic category, I wrote a piece in Time Out in 2007 to highlight some new talent that was definitely in nowayshapeorform "nu-rave". Recognise any faces here? Bok Bok from Faggatronix went on to start Night Slugs, Kissy Sell Out bagsied his own Radio 1 show and Zezi ended up presenting on Channel 4.
I am posting it for the few people who, along with me, find it totally hilar.
Number two of my articles from the Time Out archive is this (highly embarrassing) colour piece I wrote on Mexican wrestling cabaret troupe Lucha Britannia. Still, I'm proud of it, mainly because there I am, aged 20, jumped on the back of a grisly wrestling bear in shiny pink tights.
It first appeared in Time Out in October 2007 and the Luchas are still going strong. They now hold proper training sessions for genuine new recruits at the Resistance Gallery in Bethnal Green every Monday evening.Read More
I'm shifting all of my favouritist old Time Out columns onto here before they end up in the Internet cemetery. First up: this feature from 2007 on the new wave of clubbing photographers snapping the fashion kidz in east London. It originally appeared in Time Out London in March 2007. Read it after the jump.Read More
The distinctive battle cry of UK garage is unforgettable. But, says Kate Hutchinson, it's more than just a distant dancefloor memory. Whether it's futuristic sounds or old school anthems that you'll hear in London's clubs, garage is back for good.Read More
A new Soul Jazz compilation and book uncovers the music and moves of New York's '80s house ballroom era, the underground nightlife scene immortalised by Madonna in her infamous single 'Vogue' this month. And, though it lives on in the Big Apple, you can find traces of this fascinating polysexual culture in London clubland too…Read More
I interviewed Peaches for Dazed & Confused's Twentieth Anniversary issue in December. I edited most of them out, but everything she has done is a 'feat', you'll be pleased to know. Read the full interview after the jump.Read More
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.
Online video/radio broadcast The Boiler Room is so hot darn exciting it makes me feel funny in my ladyparts. They take some of the best cutting edge DJs from London and beyond, stick ’em in a south London warehouse in front of a webcam to spin their heart out and let lossa dubstep fanboy tweens slate them all on their live feed at the same time. Shazzam.
I did write a serious article about it, though, for Time Out all the way back in April. Do read it here or below.
By Kate Hutchinson. Posted: Mon Apr 18 2011
The biggest nightlife success of the past year blurs the line between an online club and a radio show. Time Out logs on
On a Tuesday night, here's what London's electronic music fraternity in their twenties are up to: they're sitting down on their sofas, firing up their laptops, pouring themselves a drink and tuning in to watch live DJ sets via a webcam hooked up to a warehouse space in Elephant & Castle. They're probably rapid-fire tweeting about it at the same time too. If you squint and don't mind the juddering connection, you can see James Blake at the turntables, or perhaps popstar-in-waiting Yasmin singing over a mix from Jamie XX. Welcome to cult club the Boiler Room.
Since its inception a year ago this month, the Boiler Room has become an internet and dance music - wait for it - phenomenon. It's not strictly a club, but a weekly online Ustream broadcast - the live video facility popularised by Wiley, who likes to use it to show how to make boiled eggs and soldiers, advertise instant noodles and, ditto Kanye West, hold press conferences - in a nightlife environment. Shot on just a 'little Logitech webcam', it is pure voyeurism and allows clubbers to have an uninterrupted view of their favourite DJs without the hollering, drunken moshers and cloudy sound you can get at club nights. And if you miss it, you can just download the podcast and catch up later.
Despite the DIY set-up, Boiler Room has captured the zeitgeist in the same way as Rinse FM; that is, dance music's demand for quality radio programming and futuristic underground beats. Consequently, it's the first place that innovative London record labels, like Young Turks, R&S, Numbers, Swamp81 and Hessle Audio, want their new DJs, performers and music to be seen and heard immediately.
The broadcast was started by notorious hipster Blaise Bellville, who heads up mouthy webzine Platform and used to put on the underage Way Out West gigs, and co-run by Brownswood employee Thristian Richards, who goes by the DJ name The bPm. It began life in a former 1930s boiler room in Hackney (of course!), but it has gotten so big in both virtual and physical terms that they've upsized to Corsica Studios so that they can host a larger live audience.
'We've gone from having 50 of our mates watching online to up to 15,000 or 25,000 people during our most popular shows like the James Blake and the Jamie XX ones,' says Bellville. 'And then there's 100,000 people and upwards reposting and replaying the podcast every month. The space has got bigger - there used to be about 30 people max in the room, and now our guestlist requests exceed 500 each time. It's invite-only, but there's still about 150 people there every week.'
The numbers are unbelievable - their Facebook page exceeds 9,000 fans and counting. Which is why if you're not on the list, you're not getting in. 'It was getting too much like a party for a while,' Bellville continues, 'but it's about getting the right kinds of people down there, people who are there for the music, so that the artists don't feel overwhelmed by it all.'
The artists are, after all, the sole attraction at Boiler Room: attendees are positioned behind the decks in a bedroom DJ style set-up so that the selector is always the main figure in view. Says Bellville: 'The Boiler Room's signature format is that the DJ is always playing with their back to the crowd and is always on the ground level, the same as all the people in the room. People bounce about a bit, but they're coming to watch the show. It's all over by 11 o'clock.'
DJs also embrace it as an opportunity to get more eclectic. 'Boiler Room plays an important part in the type of electronic music that's coming out at the moment, because it's somewhere in-between a radio show and a club night,' says Bellville. 'The DJs get to play music that they wouldn't normally play in a club, where they have to face the audience and make everyone dance.'
He views it as a successful alternative to the dominating radio stations. 'Live radio is in a pretty difficult place, I reckon, right now,' he argues. 'It thrives off its podcasts and you get very few people actually tuning in in comparison. And with Boiler Room, because of the video element, there's more reason to tune in. We've managed to get great people in to play who love that live radio element and the instant feedback that you get from people watching it in real-time, whether it's from Twitter or from the chatrooms.'
Of course, like every musical experiment these days, 'there's not strict genre ties', but you can expect to hear West Coast hip hop - a scene on which they plan to shoot a quarterly documentary in LA later this year - one week and the post-dubstepisms of SBTRKT, Sampha et al the next. Coming up? There's a special Diplo and Red Bull takeover on April 26, a day ahead of his Koko show, and the broadcast's first birthday celebrations this month, which in typical east London style, will be announced at the very last minute. They've also plans to take Boiler Room global - they filmed the Young Turks showcase at South by South West this year, and they'll be covering the Rush Hour stage at the Queen's Day Carnival in Amsterdam at the end of April.
It isn't quite a club night and it's not quite a radio show, but Boiler Room is one heck of a party for your ears - and, clearly, there's much to tune in for.
On the boil
'I was actually very nervous about playing the Boiler Room, because it was the first time I'd ever done a PA in a nightclub. And it's a very cool place. It's got this weird double dynamic of being on the internet and in front of an audience - physically, they're in opposite directions and as a singer, I found that quite tricky! What was brilliant is that it has an underground feel to it and a casualness, which is really enjoyable.'
Seb Chew, YoYo
'The spirit at the Boiler Room reminded me of dance energy from back in the day, ie taking music and the rave and giving it another dimension without spoiling the reason why you're there in the first place, which is for good new music, played on big speakers.'
'I find it unnerving DJing at Boiler Room, having people behind me. But it works for watching intently. I've just moved to south London so I go there quite a lot to hang out.'
I can't believe I haven't updated since Febs. UGH. But, due to onset of further lazi-nests, here's a linkstastic round-up off things I've liked in late February and March. And when I say liked, I mean, written about.
An interview with Miss Beth Ditto
“Can you give me a minute? I need to do a number two. You can put that in your article – Beth Ditto needs a poo!” the singer in question howls down the corridor after me.
And so, as instructed by Miss Ditto herself, I do. Here you have it. The journalist I greet as I leave her hotel room, however, looks bemused. Whatever he was hoping for, for his first impressions of the popstar, it certainly wasn’t that she washes her hands afterwards.
Read the full interview on Drowned in Sound here.
An article on Lady Gaga's favourite latex couturier, Atusko Kudo
A version of this article first appeared in Time Out's Valentine's Issue, 2011.
It's the weekend before Valentine's Day and everybody is doing it. DJing, we mean. You filthy lot. Like rockland, clubland also has its Gwen Stefanis and Gavin Rossdales (minus the love children, we imagine) and many of them are playing at parties this weekend, just like house duo Bearweasel at Fabric on Saturday and this frisky lot below.
As it happens, I'll also be spinning in, erm, the name of love: in the 'kissing booth' at Nauti.Cool at The Book Club on Friday with my better half, where there will also be couples-only sets from the likes of Zara from Peanut Butter Jelly Time and her beau, Tim of the Filthy Dukes.
But is it all just a good excuse for a grope behind the turntables? Or does the relationship dynamic lend itself to skillz outside the sheets? We grilled four couples to find out what makes them tick…
Read the full piece after the jump or on Time Out's website here.
Valentine's DJs: It takes two baby…
Richard Young and Sophie Ellis-Bextor (above) Pop siren Sophie and her husband Richard, from indie band The Feeling, are resident DJs at Love to Love at The Bathhouse in Liverpool Street.
Sophie 'We have a nocturnal lifestyle, as do many of our friends, so we started a club night, Modern Love, and did whatever DJing we could around that. I've collaborated with many DJs on songs over the years and have picked up tips where I can. Richard and I are still learning, but we've come on a lot since the early days, and now we're always at Love to Love. We once did a Guilty Pleasures night: I took the whole thing a bit too literally and played some Daphne and Celeste. I don't think I'll ever revisit that!' Richard 'We have similar tastes, but I'm more into the heavy stuff, whether that's dubstep or Rage Against The Machine and, when it comes down to it, Sophie can be quite typically girly: she'd rather have something fun to dance to over something clever. We get excited about playing new things very loudly and having a bit of a dance - and if one of us wants to have a boogie on the dancefloor or needs a refill, there's always one of us left to play the next song, which is great. But, like a typical boy, sometimes I hog the mixer and Sophie doesn't get a look-in!'
Top Valentine track Candi Staton's 'Young Hearts Run Free'. See them next at Addicted to Love to Love: The Masked Ball at The Bathhouse on Friday February 11.
Sunta Templeton and Liam Young Sunta, an Xfm host, and her DJ boyfriend Liam can usually be found at the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch and at indie parties across the world.
Sunta 'We met at Xfm's New Year's Eve party in 2008, where we were both booked to DJ. It was gone midnight, I was quite drunk and all my mates were getting a New Year's kiss from somebody, so I went to find the cocky but very-good-looking guy, Liam, that I'd met in the dressing-room earlier. He was wasted, but I got my kiss before he threw up and passed out on a couch. Now we DJ everywhere together: promoters will get us two-for-one because neither of us is very good at staying at home. But Mat Horne's Session at the Queen of Hoxton is our monthly residency: we've celebrated two anniversaries behind the decks there!'
Liam 'According to Sunta, I also pretended that Alex Zane had thrown her CDs out of the window that night! Ourtastes are quite similar, but she likes a lot of Britpop and I don't. Apart from that, we'veintroduced each other to a lot of new stuff, which keeps our sets interesting. I'm quite stubborn and if I don't like a song she plays, I sulk. Also, I throw CDs and don't put them back in the right places. But we have an amazing time together; we only need to take one record bag and we're guaranteed a pull at the end of the night!'
Top Valentine track 'Baby I Love You' by The Ramones. See them next at The 25th Hour at the Queen of Hoxton on Friday February 11.
Christian Nockall and Rachel Barton Christian and Rachel DJ from London to Ibiza and run bi-monthly club night Lively at The Nest in Dalston.
Christian 'We play back to back at Lively, although I have been known to leave Rachel to it so I can get pissed. We don't really argue behind the decks, but Rachel usually ends up asking me where all the vodka has gone! We share an appreciation of quality house music: we both love the jackin', boompty, percussive kind. That's why we decided to start Lively, to showcase those kinds of sounds and book DJs we love.'
Rachel 'We've run sold-out parties at Notting Hill Carnival for the last two years, but in 2010 we ran it under the Lively name and thus our joint club night was born. We work together on it really well: it's very democratic and we'll ask each other about the next track to play as we know all of each other's records. It's rare that Christian won't like something I like and vice versa. But Christian is more into house records that build for a long time, whereas I'm a little less patient and like something to happen more quickly!'
Emergency floor-filler Zombie Disco Squad's remix of Black Box's 'Ride on Time'. See them next at Lively at The Nest on Friday February 11. Rachel is also appearing at Annie Mac Presents at Koko on Saturday February 12.
Angie B and Dogtaniaun Funky house DJ Angie and her MC-host husband Michael (aka Dogtaniaun) play all over London and have a weekly show on Rinse FM.
Angie B 'We were doing a radio show together on Deja Vu for eight years, but after two years it progressed into a relationship. He was very persistent! Even when we met, at a night called Freedom at Bagleys, where I was DJing and he was the MC, he was still talking about me on the mic to the audience while I was walking out of the door and another girl was on the decks. She wasn't impressed! Orlando, our four-year-old son, picks up the mic and sings, but he doesn't quite get it at the moment. We take him to the radio show with us and he always wants to get on the mic, but we have to switch him off after a while!'
Dogtaniaun 'Because we weren't in a relationship first, we'd got our set choreographed already and had figured out the way we worked. It's more than a physical attraction with us: she takes the lead, tells me off when she wants to and then we carry on as normal! Sometimes stuff does come out on air, though: two weeks ago, I got two parking tickets in the space of an hour. When I told her about the first one, she took it quite well; but when it came to the second, she lost it a bit.'
Top Valentine track 'Superman' by Black Coffee featuring Bucie. See them next at The Fridge on Sunday February 13 when Angie B DJs at Persona's Valentine's Edition; Angie B and Dogtaniaun are at Sting at Mustard Bar on Saturday February 19; and catch them every Saturday 3-5pm on Rinse FM (www.rinse.fm).
These days, it’s quite the thing to be in a band and, like, make sweet music with your spouse. But crucially, couples are doing so without a hint of Abba-shaped novelty. Even King Hippy himself, Devendra Banhart, is in on it all: just look at him frolicking around in the nude with his girlfriend in this new “love-in” promo video for Olivers Peoples sunglasses, unafraid of being called a soppy, willy-brandishing hipster. The next thing you know they’ll be writing songs together under an Ayahuasca-inspired moniker and asking for organic massage oil on their tour rider.
OK, we get it. We know you’ve had enough of Valentine’s Day schmaltz already and you’d rather stare into Sarah Palin’s cold, dead eyes than face another playlist to get you in the mood, baby. But these kinds of couples make the cutest kinds of love songs because, well, they really wanna jump each other’s bones all the time. Hopefully our video playlist will make you want to sway from side to side — or at least e-mail it to your object of woo-dom — rather than bend over and retch.
Read the full round-up on Flavorwire HERE.