Any self-respecting London-based disco dancer knows about Horse Meat Disco. But I have to say, I was a little surprised, pleasantly so, to see them pop up on the Birdhouse podcast.
Regular readers will be familiar with this podcast by now, as I’ve posted several editions of the Claude Vonstroke’s Birdhouse here, and normally its very much at the bass-heavy tech end of the spectrum, whereas HMD are very much more towards the old skool disco end of things.
But you know what, they are both awesome, so why shouldn’t they be together? And this is an awesome mix, a wonderfully eclectic journey through dance music, from the lengthy edits of well known dance-pop standards through to straight out weird, wonky underground dancefloor stuff.
Taken from a live recording of a Birdhouse Stage at a recent show, this is a brilliantly enjoyable and danceable hour.
Andrew Weatherall Essential Mix, 13th November 1993
Andrew Weatherall is a living legend – a genuinely brilliant DJ, and someone who has been at the forefront of high quality underground dance music for as long as I’ve been aware that it exists. He’s probably best known for his role in shaping Primal Scream’s seminal Screamadelica, but also founded the Boy’s Own record label, was a resident at the trailblazing club night Shoom, formed the groups Sabres of Paradise and Two Lone Swordsmen, amongst many other achievements. He’s a thoroughly bloody lovely bloke, a true artist, and someone who deserves every bit of the success he’s had throughout his lengthy career.
Somehow I’d never heard this Essential Mix until today, and surprisingly enough it’s great. Get stuck in and enjoy!
File in the same category as Midland – predictably exceptional, yet somehow flew past my radar without me registering anything. I don’t really have much to say about these guys that hasn’t been said by far more eloquent writers than me. They are brilliant. I went to their fantastic Sunday takeover of Fabric in November 2015, Dixon’s 2013 Essential Mix is one of my all time favourites, their Innervisions label releases gem after gleaming gem.
I’m a little late to the party on this one, and only really because it won Essential Mix of the year, it had somehow completely passed me by! But I got there in the end, and that’s what matters.
Midland has been on my radar for a long time, with a good few purchases of his stuff back around 2011 or thereabouts, but in the last year or two he really seems to have gone up a gear or two in both his production and DJing. Given that he was already miles ahead of most of the competition, that has propelled him to the very front of the pack.
This is a simply superb two hours of thoughtful, moving, brilliant dance music, largely (but not exclusively) drawing on house, techno and disco, the kind of mix the renews your faith in a world that is continually being debased by those who wish reduce it to the lowest common denominator and neatly package it to be sold to the masses. I can’t recommend it highly enough. He’s also well worth a follow over on Twitter.
A regular contributor to my Mixtape Monday posts, we are back to the Beats In Space guys! And this time, a bit of a growing legend from the dance music scene, Jackmaster. Jack is extremely well known both in the UK and globally as a truly excellent DJ, and a real tastemaker. Running his influential record label Numbers, he has built a status as one of the very few famous DJs to not really be known for their production work, rather simply for being dead good at playing records well. And this mix neatly shows that off, on the more underground side of his work (many of you may be familiar with his 80s influenced Tweakaholic mix series that showcases his ear for more catchy, poppy dance tracks).
As you can see from his picture for this mix, and as he mentions in the interview at the end, this is around the time that Fabric received the shattering news that Islington council have revoked their license. Jack had a long and fruitful relationship with Fabric, which in a way encapsulates what made that venue such a special place – they saw his talent and booked him for that reason, and pushed his career forward immeasurably as a result. Funnily enough, the last but one time I saw Jack was a very sweaty embrace at about 8.30am in Room 1 of Fabric at the Acid Future after party (which we’d both performed at for the day time party at Tobacco Dock, Jack carrying on to do Room 2 at Fabric for the afters).
Hard to believe that London is going to lose such a unique and brilliant institution, and in doing so it will become that little bit harder for talents like Jackmaster to emerge – the Columbo Group are doing their bit to maintain that ethos with Phonox‘s Saturday residents, but Fabric had a scale and scope that is difficult to match given it’s opening hours and 3 rooms.
In the meantime, enjoy a fantastic mix from a master of the craft, which really does take the listener on a fantastic voyage.
This is an absolutely masterful mix of all manner of electronic music, on one of the great music podcasts, by one of the great underground DJs, DK. I don’t have a lot to add really, other than that I have had this on repeat for days, absolutely superb mix
It’s still Monday somewhere! I’ve been a bit sloppy with my Monday posts, but this week I’m just outside the right timezone for this to be legit – my excuse, it was my birthday today!
Anyway, to the music. Marcus Marr is someone I’ve long been a fan of, thanks to his superb disco-tinged productions, especially this cracker.
The mix here is superb. I have this habit of screencapping mixes while I’m listening to them so that a couple of times a week I can go and buy the tracks that stood out for me in the music I’ve been listening to. Most mixes you might get 1 or 2, but this mix clocked in at a hefty 7 screencaps! So get your ear’oles round this bad boy, it really is excellent.
Claude VonStroke’s The Birdhouse 48 – Guest Mix J Phlip
Well, this is a day late (Techno Tuesday?), I was suffering the after effects of a thoroughly splendid Sunday wedding yesterday. But I want to share this mix with you lovely people, as I’ve been pretty obsessed with it since giving it a listen, going back to the brilliant J Phlip guest mix over and over again.
Anyway, this is the 2nd time I’ve posted a Birdhouse podcast, in truth I’ve held off posting others to avoid repetition, but this was just too good. The track that starts about half an hour (Shazam informs me it is Kenton Slash Demon – Singla) in has to be the best damn dance music track I’ve heard in years, absolutely addictive!
I’ve not really got a whole lot to add to the write up for this one, enjoy the bassy beaty goodness that is the Birdhouse!
Claude VonStroke presents The Birdhouse – vol 42 with Shiba San
One of my favourite labels is Dirty Bird. One of my favourite DJs is Claude VonStroke. So it’s little surprise that his relatively new Birdhouse podcast is an absolute fixture in my listening schedule!
This latest instalment is especially good, and features a mix from the excellent French producer Shiba San (who, I discovered at Ministry of Sound, also happens to be a demon on the cut!). Enjoy!
Lone has emerged as one of the most consistenly brilliant, exciting and prolific producers in recent years. The creation of Matt Cutler, he first came into my sphere of knowledge as one half of Kids In Tracksuits, who played regularly around my old stamping ground of Nottingham.
This mix brilliantly straddles home listening and something for the club, I’ve already given it 3 listens and I suspect it will get many more in the years to come! Enjoy.