Julio Bashmore – Au Seve

This is Bristolian Julio Bashmore’s first offering on his own label (Broadwalk Records) and by heck is it a stone cold classic in the making. It is indicative of the current bass heavy house trend pumping out of Bristol – a scene heavily fronted by the Futureboogie party crew.

The track sums up 8am ciders in the park, sunglasses firmly set and shoes kicked off after a long sweaty night in some dark grotty underground club.

Bring on summer!!

Buy the vinyl here

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Strength In Numbers – Anthill Films – UK Premier Prince Charles Cinema, London

After the run-away success of Red Bulls Art of Flight – it looks like it’s the world of Mountain Bikes that is about to get an injection of top-end production value. This film is a collaboration between Anthill Films (from Squamish B.C no less) and Redbull (from Thailand or Germany – I can’t quite remember) – so we expect to see plenty of cinematic slo-motion and silhouetted sun set shots.

From the trailer and press release it looks like the producers are trying to capture a snapshot of the current “dirty-bike” culture and lifestyle that revolves around it. Expect terminally fast downhill in Whistler, cross country single track in the mountains (Indian Himalays?), tree dodging north shore, desert hips and dust dirt trails.

Riders will include our very own British crew Danny MacAskill, Gee Atherton and his sister Rachel and a host of US and international riders young and old. From the trailer it looks like the riders will get a chance to talk a bit about what riding means to them and the cultures it allows them to meet – something more than just your average Huck-film.

UK Premier is tonight at Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Sq.
DVD, d/l and other merch from Anthill Films

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Jonquil – Its My Part (T.E.E.D Remix)

Another quality production from the half man, half dinosaur. This time reworking a laid back Jonquil track from their recently released album.
TEED’s playing at KoKo – London on the 23rd May 2012 (plenty more gigs around the country and world if you’re not London based).
Also his Album is planned to be released on Polydor mid-June.

In the meantime get your earholes round this…

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Trevino – Derelict

Oh Mr.Intalex you have been a very naughty boy….

(video is Paris Is Burning – if you havent seen it, stop every thing that is going on in your life and watch it this weekend, then join me on the dance floor for a battle, bitch)

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SBTRKT Hold On (Sisi Bakbak remix)

Released about nowish this is SiSi BakBak’s inaugural remix of SBTRKTs latest single Hold On. Dark, brooding and sonically perfect, has enough punch to play on the dance floor and enough depth to be a bedroom head-nodder.

The worse kept secret of SSBB identity adds even more weight to the already heavy remix and makes me want to hear more from the great man himself.
(if you don’t know who SiSi BakBak is – email me)

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Unknown Artist – Freak For You – Thiller Records

Heavy weight mashed up re-work of the classic the Royalle Delite record.
Out now on Thiller Records, sublabel of Werk Discs

Here’s the original as well

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Lawrence of Belgravia – Dir:Paul Kelly – Heavenly Films

Aired at the London Film Festival a few months ago and now prepping up for a (limited) general release, Paul Kelly’s, 6 years in the making, documentary sheds light on the life of an “almost-was” pop star.

The film follows the daily ups and downs of a true musician, a true artist whose biggest success was a few avant-garde alt indie albums back in the late 80’s early 90s and a thorough dissing from the late great John Peel.

There is no manufactured pomp, entourage or stylists here (apart from the purchase of a new hat from a second hand/vintage shop somewhere in Camden). This is life after near-stardom in its rawest; wrinkles, stains and all.

Lawrence has his own particular style, taste and Birmingham humour that makes him an endearing, if slightly pathetic subject matter. You can’t help but love this ageing pop star, whose love for music, lyrics and poetry is still painfully clear.

There is a message in this film somewhere, but I can’t work out whether it’s; “stick to your dreams and always strive to achieve them” or “if you not a rock star by the time your 25, give up and get on with life”.

You can take Lawrence’s story as a warning or a beacon of hope – either way you’ll learn something valuable from this film.

(and Felt’s tunes aren’t too bad either – apart from Index which is truly shocking – it’s the one John Peel sent back)

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Guy Andrews – Shades – Hemlock

If you like your beats and bass in a spaced out, blissed out future bass style then you are going to love this track from Brightonian Guy Andrews.
With straight programmed beats and an 808 sub bass that rolls underneath sublimely, a tune worthy of a place in any set or playlist.

This will be Hemlocks 14th release and these guys certainly know how to pick ’em – their catalogue boast some impressive artist – Ramamdamman, Comics TRG and James Blake to name a few.

Loving these smaller indy labels at the mo – and so should you – go buy a couple of tracks – you will not be disappointed!

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Art of Flight – IMAX London – 17th November

OMG,OMG, Art of Flight, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, Travis Rice, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, London Premier @IMAX, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, RedBull, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG.

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Red Stripe – Make Something from Nothing – Village Underground – 16th November

Red Stripe – our favourite Jamaican beer synonymous with carnival and warehouse parties – have decided to bring a bit of summer flavour back to us in the coldest depths of winter.
Teaming up with Japanese artist Yuri Suzuki and current futurebass darling Ben UFO, they bring us their latest campaign “Make Something from Nothing” to East London’s Village Underground.
In the spirit of recycle, reuse and reinvent Mr. Suzuki has created a huge (8’ x 8’) speaker stack made primarily from Red Stripe cans and gaffa tape – I told you they were bringing the carnival vibe back!
This is set to be a night of epic proportions with Numbers Record boss – Spencer – a last minute addition to the line up – prepare to have your fillings rattled and your booty shakin.
Just to get you in the mood here is Ben UFOs set at Boiler Room from September.

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