Hello Sports fans and Welcome to the Weekend! Your one stop shop to the wondrous things a happening this weekend. I hope you brought your dancing shoes! It may be getting cold and grey here in London, but these events are sure to keep things interesting.
Archive for the After-party Category
We’re hoping to see a lot more of the name Debukas this year. This young Glasweigan first stood out as a talented, interesting producer with his self-titled debut release on 2020 Vision last summer. The track ‘Pointers’ is an immediate attention-grabber that manages to combine hard and soft elements really well. It starts with quite a warm, fuzzy disco-house feel and gradually evolves a sharper, peak time feel before sliding back into a melody-driven groove.
Debukas – Pointers
The 3rd track on the EP, ‘Some Days’, is a darker, slower number, but still definitely tickles your stomp gland. The underlying synth line sounds kinda like Daft Punk’s ‘Da Funk’ meets Detroit techno.
Debukas – Some Days
But proving exactly why this guy could and should be big, his recent remix of on Crazy P’s last EP, ‘Beatbox’, does exactly what a great remix should – outshines the original. A down tempo groove underpins a thoughtful and well-crafted disco soundscape, with some creative re-working of the original vocals. Definitely a nice after party tune to drop. Check it out HERE. And his latest collaboration with another 2020 artist, Simon Baker (following their last collaboration last summer, NO PRESSURE), is another step towards him being a big name on the deep house scene.
Simon Baker ft Debukas – Let Me In
His live sets are supposed to be pretty amazing as well, taking in heavy synth action, late night slo-mo discoid chuggers and the ghosts of techno past. Go check him out supporting Crazy P alongside Horse Meat Disco, it’ll be a belter.
Crazy P live
Horse Meat Disco
March 17th, Koko
More info here
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So a new little basement space has cropped up on Kingsland Road – and they’re doing a cheeky pre-launch party this Saturday (17th Dec 2011). Run by Potty Mouth promoter and long-time friend of WANARB, this 200 capacity venue will be open weekly and promises to become quite a hit on the East London scene. Expect to start hearing a lot more about it in the weeks and months to come (you heard it here first).
The pre-launch is an invite only, friends and family type affair; but the promoter has kindly allowed us to invite you, our loyal readers. You are after all, our friends and family!
It’s guest list only, so please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance, or alternatively, just pipe up that you’re a reader of We Are Not a Rock Band on the door, and they’ll greet you with open arms.
It’s free entry all night and open until 3am.
We Are Not A Rock Band djs
Mikey OK (Lovebullets)
Red Ben (Potty Mouth)
VERY SPECIAL GUEST tbc
Address: 281 Kingsland Road, London E2
See y’all there!
Every now and then a track comes along and manages to sum up everything about an entire genre or movement. Your Everything by Danny Daze, for me, is that track. The genre in question is hard to accurately define; it’s a hybrid of techno – cross pollinated by house and disco – which forms a low-slung, drugged out, yet easy-on-the-ear sound. It’s much more accessible than most other forms of techno/house/nu-disco, hence why it’s so massive on the party circuit at the moment.
Hot Creations (run by Jamie Jones, Lee Foss etc) is the label at the forefront of it, and their latest release is arguably their best to date – which is really saying something. Your Everything, by Miami based talent, Danny Daze gives us big drops which provide the payoff, sinister undertones that unleash the uncontrollable dancing moments, and positive lyrics which bring the accessibility. Wunderbar.
All year this song has been getting rinsed by the big guns (Troxler, Lazarus, Jones, Foss etc), and is widely regarded as one of the hottest tracks of the summer. It was certainly the most notable tune out in Miami over Easter. Danny Daze is due to embark on a European tour very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Your Everything is out now and you can buy it here.
Danny Daze – Your Everything (Feat. Louisahhh)
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Hailing from America (but born in Vienna, Austria), veteran producer John Tejada marks his first release on Kompakt with a real 7am floor burner. It’s nice to see Kompakt releasing a track like this, it’s been a while since they’ve put out some serious techno…
My pick off the EP, ‘Unstable Condition’, is a lazy, ethereal plodder with playful soft synths underpinned by punchy kick drums. Tejada has a knack for making tunes that have a soft feel about them, yet at the same time they manage to cause the necessary level of confusion for the discerning late night party goers. The EP is out on Kompakt now – click here to listen to it in full.
John Tejada – Unstable Condition
Here’s a classic track he made a few years ago. I’d still gladly play it these days.
John Tejada – Sucre [download]
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In Miami last month, the after parties were filled with techno formed around an epic, grumbling, ‘rumblestrip’ bass sound. Having not really been on the techno scene for a while, this sound was all relatively new to me, but upon arriving back the UK I began hunting for these stompers. Siopis (pronounced “See-Your-Piss“) is one of those dudes who makes such grumblers, and he has badass production skills.
He’s signed to Get Physical, and he’s definitely one I plan on keeping an eye on. Big things!
Siopis – Lost Battleships
Siopis – I Try To Fight
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Anyone else think New Years Eve is TOTALLY over rated?? It’s always a case of not being being able to decide where to go until the last minute, get a double fare cab there, pay extortionate entry, get drunk (like any other weekend) then get another double fare cab home. Fuck that. It’s all about New years day raving!
And for us, NYD was pretty darn epic. After mooching around (i.e. getting plastered) all day on Brick Lane, we ventured to Bastard Batty Bass, where Hannah Holland and the crew were seeing in the new year in their own typical avant-garde style. Most of the evening for me was a bit of a blur, however, I do remember Hannah Holland dropping this tech bad-boy and tearing the roof off. This prompted me to play it at Queen Of Hoxton in Shoreditch last Saturday, to exactly the same affect.
Here’s a little cheeky bonus! Lee Foss’s Hot Natured podcast from last month. Enjoy.
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