19th December, 2014

festive-opening

Khidja selects…2nd December, 2014

khidja

Romanian duo Khidja make their Scottish debut this week, brought to the attention of the world by Hardway Brother Sean Johnston, they’ve been gathering momentum ever since with a stunning EP for Emotional Especial and an anthemic remix by Timothy Fairplay. It’s easy to see what all the fuss is about with this selection of tracks ahead of their performance at Out of Orbit this Thursday.

Man Jumping – Jump Cut


In our collection for many years and always a pleasure to rediscover. This is music for serious listeners, no wonder Brian Eno called them “the best band in the world”. They are like a combination between Steve Reich and Fela perhaps. No skipping when listening, please!

Killawattz – Yorugata (People of the Night) (New Beat Re-work)


Killawattz wrote us on our soundcloud and he was kind enough to send us his track Yorugata. We are curently working on remixing it.

Aura – Vorbe de Dragoste


Aura Urziceau is one the most famous Romanian jazz singers. She has tracks in every genre until the 90s, but jazz was her strong point. Her album Seara de Jazz was one of the most sought after records, Japanese record collectors were hunting this down when we where still kids and hoping to find our own copies. This isn’t from that famous album though…

Tsliley Haud – Libi Ha’oev


Found in a dusty record shop in Tel Aviv with our friend Katzi. It has a great vibe to it and kind of reminds of Romanian gypsy music.

Orient Express – Abdullah Dollar (Jean Pierre Massiera ’83)


Very special for us, undefeated at parties.

K-S.h.e – Hobo Train


Terre wrote a big letter asking his fans not to repost music on youtube or via the internet as he feels music should be only on dedicated mediums, we’re sorry for spreading, but it’s just so goooood.

Javier Bergia – Bellenas


The works of the spanish guitar player reissued by Emotional Rescue, pure finesse.

Gesloten Cirkel – Feat. Liette


This is too bizarre to try to explain, house music from 2045 with russian vocals.

Andrew Poppy – The Amusement


Andrew was also a part of The Lost Jockey and Man Jumping, he is a complete musician with a wide range of activities, plenty of stuff to go from here on discogs. A track that defies genres.

Stabil Elite – Krautkamerad (Original Version)


Alles what they touch just turns to gold.

7 Years of Huntleys & Palmers2nd December, 2014

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Ahead of their birthday party with John Talabot and Axel Bowman’s collaborative project, Talaboman. Huntleys + Palmers roll back the years with a blow-by-blow retrospective of the past seven years in the business. The label and parties are always breaking artists, and remain on point to this day, check out any of their upcoming tracks on Jackmaster’s Beats in Space mix recently and you’ll know there’s still more to come.

james-holden

A lot happened in the first year actually. I think in September alone, Kelley Polar, James Holden and Silver Apples all played at different venues. Which, looking back, was quite a lot for a 23 year old to take on without really knowing what he was doing.

James Holden is a huge influence of mine and had been for years, I remember travelling to see him in places prior to his sound blowing up and I guess along with folk like Optimo and Daniele Baldelli (who I discovered around this point) he helped make sense of bringing somewhat disparate strands of music to form something cohesive. That’s something which has always impressed me – he can play something like John Maus at the Panorama Bar and it makes perfect sense to do that. Somewhere therein lies the H+P philosophy.

Anyway, as a big fan, I really couldn’t quite believe that I had managed to book him, especially so early on into promoting. He’s played a few times since, including his last album launch, but the first time will always stick out in my minds eye. Walking past the queue outside of Stereo was a surreal and exciting moment!

four-tet

This probably sticks out in mind as it was the last party I put on in Glasgow before moving to London. Whilst he was a renown producer, Four Tet wasn’t the established DJ he has since became and with only one or two mixes to go on, I wasn’t sure how this would be musically. I enjoyed the way he jumped between the current sounds of UK Funky, techno and Afrobeat (or his dads Bueno Vista Social Club CD as my mate Neil put it). David’s Shrigley & Barbarossa played upstairs too. Good times.

oni-ayhun

I think this stands out in my mind as it was quite a risky booking at that time and I still remember the enormous relief when it turned out to be packed. I was dead keen to book Oni Ayhun ever since hearing THAT tune. Beyond the music, I didn’t know that much about him at the time, it was only as the date got closer that I discovered he was Olof from The Knife. Veronica Vasicka’s Minimal Wave label was beginning to come draw some attention and the pair of them plus Alex Smoke and TVO was a pretty good match in the end. I was a bit worried about how many folk would turn up, but there seemingly was an early afternoon evening gig, I think it was with someone like Katy B at the Sub Club and a whole bunch of folk came to Stereo straight afterwards. Oni’s set took a while to get going and I wasn’t sure how it would be received, he ended up over-running and still hadn’t played OAR003 by the time he had to finish.

beach-party

This turned out to be a bit of a disaster actually. We spent quite some time planning the event in advance with a local promoter and in the end a lot of the things that could go wrong, did. In short, the driver we’d arranged to collect the guest artists, were late, so they understandably bailed. Then the busses were late to collect punters from the city centre. So we had a fairly empty beach for quite a while.

The reason this stands out so much, is because some guy who I’d commissioned to remix the first Auntie Flo record, played to absolutely no one at the start of the evening, and amid the chaos of cancelled artists, ended up playing again at what was probably peak time. He played live and although no one had ever heard of him before, let alone his music, it sounded so familiar and memorable and he absolutely smashed it! His name was SOPHIE and we signed his debut record shortly after that. His star has very much been on the ascendant ever since and it will always be exciting to see where he ends up next, given this fairly random introduction to him.

actress-rip

It’s a toss up between Daphni or Actress album launches in 2012, there’s some good stories behind both. Here’s the recording of the former. After a period of doing the door at Plastic People in 2010 and running the odd event in 2011, we started a monthly residency at the venue.

The initial plan was to book Auntie Flo as resident along with various guests, it was under this aspiration that we booked Actress, having thoroughly enjoyed a set of his in Glasgow the previous year. Shortly after booking him, it was announced that his album was due out the Monday of that week and with the party on the Friday, I floated the notion of him curating a launch party. He suggested booking this girl called Helena Hauff, who I’d never heard of before and without a Facebook account or website, it took a bit longer to track her down. He also enjoyed the sound of SOPHIE who he had played with at a previous event we’d put on in London and with the line up in place, we announced one of the most in demand parties we’ve thrown. With only a 200 capacity, the queue outside ran down the street long before opening. Actress played live, which was a bit unexpected and we’re very grateful to him for introducing us to Helena, who was a revelation on the night and it’s great to see her career take off from there.

studio-barnhus

2013 was by far the busiest year in terms of events, including our weekly Plastic People Thursdays, the total number was around 60 events over the course of the year, in some cases there was 4 over a weekend, which was a bit daft upon reflection. Again, lots of memorable moments, but the first Studio Barnhus party we hosted with Axel Boman, Kornel Kovacs and Petter playing one track each all night was amazing! The vibe was especially energetic and they never went in any one direction for too long – mixing up jackin’ house-melodic techno-African-Turkish-disco. It was exciting to realise that we shared a very similar ‘if it’s good, it’s good’ attitude and openness to music.

heatsick

Having spent a large part of the year in Berlin to focus on the label, there wasn’t as much happening on the events front compared to the previous year, but that’s probably a good thing. There’s still been plenty happening though. Golden Teacher’s first appearance in London was particularly great, but Heatsick’s Extended Play experience was just that: a very fun experience.

After a few false starts with dates and venues, we settled on the BGWMC’s, which set the scene nicely for something a bit different, unfamiliar and a real sense of occasion. The evening centred around an extended Heatsick set, where he played on stage accompanied by various musicians, an immense lighting rig and a strawberry scented smoke machine. There was specially made cocktails, food from El Salvador, hoola hoops and all the right ingredients for a right good bank holiday Sunday.

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United Glasgow F.C.’s Fantasy 1119th November, 2014

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Anti-discrimination and financial inclusion are the dual principles of United Glasgow Football Club. They’ve already worked with hundreds of young people in Glasgow to realise their ambitions of a true community football club which represents all of Glasgow; regardless of background or financial position. They’ve selected their ultimate starting 11 ahead of the club’s fundraiser this Friday with Oi Polloi, AlbaRoma, The Wakes and Scottish footballing legend Pat Nevin.

Volker Ippig
Goalkeeper for the Radical German football club of St. Pauli in Hamburg during the 80’s and 90’s. Ippig was known for his love of the radical left-wing political ideas and action. Ippig interrupted his career as a player on a few occasions, once to go and work in a kindergarten for disabled children. Now a dockworker in Hamburg, Ippig was quoted as saying, ‘Everything I am, I am because of football. My heart beats left. I cherish social and communal values, and this is still the big asset of St Pauli.’

Lilian Thuram
He has won all there is to win in world football and now a great man off the pitch! Thuram is a staunch supporter of the rights of ethnic groups, using his position to tackle racism and highlight the plight of his country’s ignored minorities. He famously once took 70 homeless immigrants expelled from a squat in Paris to France’s game with Italy as a stand against then President Chirac’s immigration policies. Thuram is a migrant himself – born in Caribbean island Guadelop.

Javier Zanetti
Supporter of the struggles of indigenous peoples of Mexico. Zanetti wrote of the radical Zapatista Movement in Mexico; ‘We believe in a better world, in an unglobalised world, enriched by the cultural differences and customs of all the people. This is why we want to support you in this struggle to maintain your roots and fight for your ideals.’ What a guy!

Paul McGrath
Ex Manchester United and Ireland Star supported the Vita Cortex workers in Ireland who occupied their workplace in protest to unpaid redundancy. McGrath visited the factory and urged workers all over Ireland to support them. McGrath is also an active anti-rascism campaigner.

Fabrice Muamba
Fabrice Muamba was a professional footballer at BoltonWanderers and is one of England’s most capped players at Under-21 level. He came to the UK in 1999 as a refugee, aged 11, from war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Suffered a heart attack during a game and was forced to retire early. He spoke no English when he arrived in the UK, he made all his friends playing football.

Pirlo
Probably one of the greatest and an incredibly good looking lad. Pirlo wrote in his autobiography on racists ” They’re a truly horrendous bunch, a herd of frustrated individuals who’ve taken the worst of history and made it their own”.

Casey Stoney
Former England captain and capped 117 times by her nation. Stoney came out as gay in 2012. She is the most high-profile active gay footballer in the UK and an inspiration to a generation of footballers who want to be accepted for who they are.

Fara Williams
England’s most capped player ever with 136 caps. Williams was homelss for 7 years. Trains homeless girls now in her spare time,’ Football never allowed me to (give up hope). I had that focus and belief I was good at something. That’s an incredible thing when it feels like you’ve got nothing else.”

Islam Feruz
Scotland Youth International. Moved from Celtic to Chelsea and currently on loan in Greece. Born in Somalia in 1995, he arrived in Glasgow with his family as a refugee aged 6. They were fleeing the
conflict in Somalia, in which two of his grandparents had been killed. Two quick feet and lightening pace make this guys really quite difficult to play against!

Shefki Kuqi
The big target man famous for his flying celebration has played for numerous clubs in the UK including Newcastle and Blackburn. Kuqi is a Kosovan Albanian who grew up in Kosovo when it was part of the former Yugoslavia. When he was 12, his family moved to Finland to escape the conflict between Serbs and Kosovans, ‘When you have been through what my family has been through, nothing in football gets you down”.

Lucarelli
The Italian target man took 50% pay cut in order to play for his home town Left wing club of Livorno. To make his dream move happen Lucarelli did something almost unheard of in modern professional football, ‘some players buy themselves a Ferrari, or a yacht, for a billion lira. I bought myself a Livorno shirt.’ Big respect!

Brain Clough
The legendary Nottingham Forest manager was a red off the pitch as well as on it. A committed socialist, Old Big ‘Ead could often be found campaigning on picket lines during the miners’ strike, and donated large sums of money to trade union causes. He also signed the founding charter of the Anti Nazi League.