18th February, 2015

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Jon K has spent the past 2 decades spinning, which might explain why his merits as a DJ are so comprehensively respected amongst his peers, fellow Hoya:Hoya residents and the countless others who’ve experienced his sets. Amazingly, from his first DJing experience in a dive basement in Leicester, to playing around the UK and Europe, it’s only now that his first physical mix release has surfaced. Entitled Loukanikos’ Dance, it’s been accurately described as “a labyrinthine lesson in the black art of DJing delivered by a pillar of Manchester dancefloors”. The constant accolade that follows his mixes and sets are his innate ability to seamlessly move a crowd (or listener) through the full tempo spectrum of heady disco dubs, cracked post-punk, hip-hop, astral jazz and all manner of top-shelf body movers.


As an adopted Manc of 20 years, Jon arrived in the city when the Hacienda was still open and City played at Maine Road, but the dominant Manchester music narrative is something he’s keen to debunk: “most people find the way it’s wheeled out pretty cringeworthy [...] what struck me when I moved up here (which was reinforced during my 10 years at Fat City records) was how some of the DJ’s and clubs that were arguably as popular / relevant to how the city developed musically often get overlooked by the mainstream timeline – places like the Gallery, PSV, Thunderdome & Konspiracy as well as DJ’s like Hewan Clarke, Jam MC’s & Andy Madhatter.”

However, he’s not one to be looking in the rear-view: “these days there’s an underground scene in the city that’s as healthy and diverse as ever… [Hoya:Hoya’s] last year of parties match up to any of those in the early days”. Hoya:Hoya still going strong after 7 years and their Fabric residency is certainly proof of that. For Jon it validates that “there’s a space for club nights that don’t wanna just play one tempo all night!”.

Growing up on a skateboard in the late 80s and citing Glen E Friedman’s Fuck You Heroes as a touchstone of his development, he recalls a session at Nottingham Rollersnakes ramp when asked about his musical memories attached to skateboarding “I’ve got a vivid snapshot of skating there to Dead Kennedy’s ‘Police Truck’ and probably being as happy I’ve ever been before and since.” with that in mind it seemed fitting to ask him to give us a slightly nostalgic selection of his favourite tracks used on skate vids.

Jon K's kitchen pinboard - skate pic circa '92

Jon K’s kitchen pinboard – skate pic circa ’92

Real Skateboards – The Real Video (1993)
Loved the Real vid – tbh, at that age I could’ve watched Tommy Guerrero doing his tax return and be stoked but the soundtrack here was strong……nothing super obscure but just different to what you’d hear on other vids at the time + it just worked really well…..Kelly Bird skating to Steppenwolf (4:30) & James Kelch to Cheryl Lynn (12:10) were favourites…..along with Jim Thiebaud to the Wonder Woman theme!

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This is actually only a few years back but if there’s 2 things that resonate with my mid teens skating more than Gonz pissing about to Ciccone Youth I can’t think of them just now…..too good!

Powell Peralta – Public Domain (1988)
From 5:30 to 8:10 – from what I remember this was one of the first times a street section had been the standout scene in a vid (over ramp footage etc)…..I love the way it’s shot + to this day it’s still one of my favourite sections of street skating…..the tune’s by Chuck Treece’s band called McRad who put out stuff on a label called Beware that released skate related music (Caballero’s band Odd Man Out etc) – their LP is toe curlingly cheesy in places yet amazing at the same time.

Girl – Mouse (1996)
Massively stating the obvious too, but this as a whole is Spike Jonze at his finest, ridiculous skating & a killer soundtrack.

Girl Skateboards – Mouse from ekkun on Vimeo.

Jon’s Regular chart on 22Tracks.com

Catch Jon alongside Illum Sphere & Jonny Dub at The Art School this Saturday night.

Night of the Jaguar w/ Christian S. & JG Wilkes10th February, 2015

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Christian S is part of a pan-global family, drawn together by a taste for the nighttime, its rhythms, its stories and soundtracks. Known as Cómeme, the tight-knit and like-minded DJs, producers and visual artists are based in various locations across Russia, Columbia, Romania, Argentina, Mexico, Germany and the UK. Founded in 2009 by Matias Aguayo, it was initially invested in bringing Latin American house music to a wider audience, now Cómeme’s regular compilations showcase the seemingly disparate traditions of its many homes by locating the most sweaty, freaky and grinding music out there.

Cómeme is a firm Glasgow favourite. In 2012, Optimo and Huntley & Palmers co-hosted an all day Cómeme party. Christian S, Daniel Maloso, Alejandro Paz and Matias Aguayo played along side Highlife’s own Auntie Flo and Esa. The party famously ended with the sound-system (literally) setting on fire as Matias Aguayo launched into his last song.

In anticipation of Night of the Jaguar’s first birthday party with Christian S and JG Wilkes this weekend, they caught up with Christian via email and asked Jonnie for his top Cómeme tracks.

JG Wilkes Top 10 Cómeme Tracks (in no particular order)

Night of the Jaguar meet… Christian S.

How do the Cómeme compilations come together? Would you say Cómeme is more than just a record label?
The Cómeme vinyl compilations like The Power Of Now, Nickel Ride, El Untitled or Gasoline are very special. I think suddenly the time is right and a couple of very special tracks, which have been heavily road tested for months, come together and make sense.

Cómeme is a music label but it gives opportunities to do a lot of other stuff also. Like the exhibition/Installation One Night In Cómeme we did 2014 in Berlin or the amazing costumes and textile design of Sarah Szczesny. Right now we are working on a concept for workshops we would like to do next year. It’s about getting people together and communication/transformation through visual art, music, and dancing.

Christian S, Matias Aguayo & Avril Ceballos / Mexico 2014 – Photo and Costumes by Sarah Szczesny

Christian S, Matias Aguayo & Avril Ceballos / Mexico 2014 – Photo and Costumes by Sarah Szczesny

You’ve played in Glasgow in the past. What’s your impression of Glasgow?
I had the impression that’s its wild, straightforward and pure. Very intense and energetic. The amplifiers literally started to burn last time and I am very happy to come back.

What was your first encounter with Optimo and how did you come to know each other?
Actually I only met Jonnie and Twitch only two or three times. We were invited by Optimo and Highlife to play in Glasgow. The next day we played all together in London. That was the first time i really heard them play. A year later we invited them to a Cómeme night in Cologne. Now they are my favourite DJs.

Where is your favourite place to play in the world and why?
There are so many great places and I always enjoy travelling and playing. I also organize Parties with an old friend and Cómeme affiliate, Korkut Elbay, in off locations in Cologne, such as the Rhine Parc or at a Bar/Restaurant called African Drum located in a typical 70s heavy concrete, subway passage/underpass. We do this African Drum party twice a year since 2008 and they are always magic.

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What can we expect from Christian S and Cómeme in 2015?
The next Cómeme artists releasing 12inches will be a Dany F from Columbia and then Carisma from Buenos Aires. Also tracks for the fourth edition of our digital compilation serie One Night In Cómeme are being mastered right now.

Regarding myself I am more than ever busy as DJing and after my EP last year I have done remixes for Little Dragon, Mamacita, Mike Callander and Colder. I hope they will be released soon. I am still working on two more remixes – one for Hivern Disc and one for the Berlin based label Karaoke Kalk. After that I am looking forward to getting my own music out again and to start jamming with the drums again.

Barbara Loisch & Karlie Wu – Comfort Zone10th February, 2015

Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone was a two woman show that confronted the questions: What exactly is a comfort zone? How comfortable is comfort? How does one break out of one’s own comfort zone?

Barbara Loisch – 76 unfulfilled wishes

Barbara Loisch - 76 unfulfilled wishes

Barbara Loisch – Harvest

Barbara Loisch - Harvest

Barbara Loisch – La cerise sur le gâteau

Barbara Loisch - Barbara Loisch - La cerise sur le gâteau

Karlie Wu – selected works

Karlie Wu - Lidl

Comfort Zone – Opening Night

5th February, 2015

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London-based producer and vocalist Throwing Shade came to the fore last year with EP 19 Jewels, one of the stand-out tracks —Sweet Tooth— is a perfect example of her deft ear for skating between sugar-dripping leftfield pop and hard-candied drum workouts with ease. Aside from her small but distinctive recording output, she hosts a fortnightly transglobal aural radio trip on NTS —a bit of Soviet-era Czechoslovakian disco one week, a Muslim jazz special the next!

As she makes her way up to Glasgow on the train to play at our 1st Bday, we asked for a wee insight into her week so far..

1. At the British Museum. Spotted this in the Ancient Mesopotamian gallery. Ishtar, Goddess of Sexual Love and War, sculpture from Babylon, Southern Iraq circa 2000BC


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2. Copenhagen Fashion Week with my boyf Nicholas Daley who was showcasing his AW15 collection. Sick garms! So talented!

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3. DJed at Jolene Bar in Copenhagen which was lots of fun.

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4. Back to London and on a red on red on red photo shoot- all in anticipation of my next record release. Coming sooooon!

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2nd February, 2015

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Astral Black kicked off 2015 with the debut release from 20-year old, Glasgow based producer Dressin Red. The EP introduced listeners to a sound split into two distinct sides, the first 4 tracks were tailored to resonate with the frequencies connected to the head. Whilst Side B, aptly named Body, provides 4 tracks sculpted to vibrate the waves surrounding the listeners core.

Garnering the attention of LuckyMe, Donky Pitch, and Giles Petterson since its release, Dressin Red is definitely one of the most encouraging producers coming out of the lowlands of late. He’s performing at two major shows this month at The Art School, first up is the venue’s first birthday party, One Small Step, followed by a love chapter on Valentine’s day with Astral Black x TOO Nice.

Ahead of these dates we thought we’d share Dressin Red’s 5 party essentials.

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I don’t want any hangers on. If this is my party then I wanna be around people who aren’t gonna be saying shit about me behind my back or tryna squeeze money out of me. It’s hard to know who to trust these days, so I just want my nearest and dearest with me.

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Nothing gets a party going like some of this stuff. This Juicy J guy is cool. He’s fresh and he’s doing something a bit different. I respect that. Trap has got a bit trendy recently but I think Juicy has the same mentality as the guys who created the genre back in 2010, and I trust he’s going to take it somewhere exciting.

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This is my go-to. Ask any of my friends (see figure 1). I don’t really have the stomach for beer (livin’ that gluten free lifestyle now, sort of) so this is my tipple. If you see me chilling by the bar, and you want a selfie with me or for me to sign something or whatever, at least offer to get me one of these.

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If I’m feeling particularly lavish on the day of my party I might opt for something like Kettle Chips and Dip. However as long there are fresh, organic ingredients involved (a cheaper option perhaps being McCoy’s Flame Grilled Steak) then the guests and I will be more than happy.

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The guests of honour. These 2 have been with me since the start. They babysat me, changed my nappies and watched me grow year by year. I have undeniably become one of the world’s most influential producer/DJs, yet they treat me no differently. It would be no party without them.