Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Playing Records.... by Shaun Dangerfield

When you go around DJ'ing you meet some great people.... but mostly on the dancefloor.
In my experience a lot of DJ's we meet are quite straight laced & turn up - play - get paid - go home.
The complete opposite as to what me/we are about and don't get me wrong there are those who get on it with you and enjoy it as much as everyone else there.... but there's not that many in my opinion & there is either too much chin stroking going on or it's quite simply just a job.
We played with BICEP new year's eve at one party and they are very like minded lad's, not in music term's as such now as we prefer their older gear with Boogie/Disco, but as people out on the town craving something different. They have however propelled themselves into a completely different world now and mark my word's 2012 will be heavily remembered for BICEP pulling weight.
We played a night with Aeroplane early in the year and for such a high profile DJ on the NuDisco/Electronic scene it was a sight to see this figure behind his laptop not move an inch or acknowledge the crowd that were so eager to see him, he used no headphones and quite simply played and left.... he epitomise's for me what is wrong with a lot of modern DJ's in a world that's getting continually lost within itself, as big named DJ's get paid a hell of a lot more money and continuously further up their own backside's there is the other side of the coin where underground night's are more fun & filled with more clued up people craving something extra.

We we're at a night at Corsica studio's in 2010 seeing Horse Meat Disco take apart the back room like the old bill's 5 o clock knock taking your door off.... pure damage, was amazing and again some top people there and we ended up by chance talking to a group from Southampton.
Leyton introduced me to me Lloyd (half of Nocturnal) and we had a little chat about their release "Southern Nights" & "Love Explosion" on the Disco Deviance label, we didn't speak for long but when you meet people who look smart and are into similar vices to yourself I always take note. We travel in similar circles and some of the Saint's lad's have turned up a couple of time's to Boogie Cartel nights & their attitude's and demeanour speak volume's & I like what they are about.

I have a lot of different side's to me musically as do we all but that deep disco / house sound has to be right if it's going to get played and stand out from the crowd which is getting quite a run out.
Watching Greg Wilson of recent time's (and I know this will go against the grain but...) and a handful of other's it's easy to fall into this slo-mo chugging set that doesn't lead anywhere and you feel like you are hanging on waiting for more so it's important to get that groove in there to keep you on your toes.
We have made various edit's and remixes but as we take it a bit more serious and dive deeper into production you start to take more note on what make's a track and how much goes into it... an appreciation for it.
Which is the reason for this post as I stumbled over Nocturnal's new release previews this week and they tick those boxes that you would crave for. They are only snippets unfortunately but I'll put them up for you to listen to anyway and keep the old ears open for the release date.

Their website is here and you can get some of the mixes from off there too...



As I said earlier in the week I played the Nest and I put everything that I played aside and made a little mix up special for Sinister, mostly Boogie and I'll get that up for you.

I'm not one for all these monthly chart's and new releases because so many now have Juno charts or Resident Adviser charts and I'm sick of seeing "June mix" or "August chart mix" for whatever genre you want to listen to, but I will say one thing and that's when I listen through a few of these NuDisco mixes Faze Action and the C90's always have stuff in there that I like and don't know of.... which deserve's some recognition I think because it's extremely easy to buy the whole top 20 chart's of your favourite genre and put a mix together, so new sound's are always good which is why I'm putting up the C90's and Faze Action's latest mixes.
This is a more electronic NuDisco side of business as you would expect from them and not something I would go out of my way for but I had a listen and I really enjoyed them through work yesterday and I like to put up a bit of stuff music wise from time to time for those that crave a harder sound but isn't a million miles away from some of the stuff we might play, especially Faze Action who have some amazing unreleased gear in every mix they do, usually NuBoogie or a Disco edit as opposed to their newer sound's but as you go through them I think you'll probably spot what I'm talking about....

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