Four Tet & Friends at the Boiler Room

This was my first chance to go to a Boiler Room, and what better then to see one of my all time favourite producers and DJ’s, Kieran Hebden aka Four tet. For those who are not familiar, the Boiler Room put on intimate, invite-only underground music shows which are live-streamed worldwide, They usually take place in London, New York and Berlin amongst other cities.

For this event they chose one of my favourite spaces at the moment, Corsica Studios, packing out the small room to give you an authentic boiler room vibe.

Boiler Room’s are often criticised on YouTube for attracting a ‘Too cool” crowd, who barely manage a shuffled dance whilst being in the presence of some next-level act’s. This was definitely not the case at Four Tet’s; the whole gang were having it the whole time, start to finish, the energy was unreal!

The decks, matey in th
The decks ready and waiting

 

A few of us post show with the man himself ( in yellow )
A few of us post show with the man himself ( in yellow )

Thai jazz specialist, Chris Menist warmed up the early arrivers (I was too late and missed his set 🙁 )  DJ Barely Legal and DJ Champion got things pumped with some garage, funk and dub heavy hitters.

Catch the full live stream here on loop:

http://boilerroom.tv/recording/four-tet-ldn/


Four Tet Boiler Room London DJ Set by brtvofficial
 

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Paranoid London

Paranoid London recently burst onto the scene with their debut self titled album, in limited vinyl only pressing. After a few super limited LP releases, with little promotion, their album is an instant classic. Featuring stomping minimal acid house beats throughout, it is definitely worth picking up, if you can find a copy!

 

Catch Paranoid London performing live at Seth Troxler’s Acid Future 

A few of my selections from the album are

Eating Glue

 

Paris Dub 1

Trouble Vision – Dark sky, Seven Davis Jr, Love Glove, Daniel Wang @ Corsica Studios

This was my first night at Corsica Studios, making the trip mainly to see Dark Sky who are one of my favourite up an coming acts in the UK bass scene,  really on it with their debut album imagin. They put on a solid 3hr set  and didn’t disapoint!

That being said, I was absolutely blown away by Love Glove in Room 2, a vinyl only DJ crew bringing the disco boogie soul jams.  I am indebted to Trouble Vision for putting these guys on the bill, and introducing me to something special. They had the room bumping with love, positive vibes an cutting shapes; I’m so stoked for these guys, cant’t wait to catch them again.  They were for me the highlight of the night, getting my blood pumping an moves  flowing as soon as I walked into the club.

Big up Corsica crowd

 

Which brings me onto Corsica Studios itself, a truly ‘underground’ club with no frills an honest service from everything to the music acts, door policy and the bar. They know people are coming there for the great music an keep that at the focus of the club, not letting anything else get in the way. It consists of two rooms, room one a nice intimate space with a stage an bar round the corner, with room two round the corner, being slightly smaller, both powered by the funktion one system. More than enough to keep both rooms pumped!!!

The club is a great size, large enough to host a good variety of sounds, yet small enough to really incubate the feel good vibe throughout the crowd. Corsica Studios is a proper club and definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already been, Kompakt records are hosting what looks to be an epic night on the 20th March ft Weval (live) the Dutch due fresh on the scene for their first UK show.

 

Daniel Avery – Knowing We’ll Be Here [PHLP02]

 

“After being signed to the ‘Phantasy’ label, owned by Erol Alkan, Daniel Avery’s debut album, ‘Drone Logic’, was born in Alkan’s back garden studio, made using only analogue equipment. It was created with the intention of locking in the audience and taking them on a journey through sound – definitely the right idea.

Inspired by Chemical Brothers, Underworld and Four Tet, a trippy vibe is created by his rhythmic and psychedelic swirls and space-like aura, leaving an intriguing trail. ” Musical Roundabout, YouTube

Knowing We’ll Be Here is one of my favourite tracks, feature below, but the whole album can be streamed here.

Panama – Its Not Over (Ejeca’s Rave To The Grave Remix)

EJECA brings his pumping garage basslines, notably from Horizons, into this lovely remix of Panama’s latest single. This track takes you on a nicely energetic yet chilled journey, with that underlaying funky bass keeping the pace broken up with a lovely old school piano section.

Enjoy

The last dance at Plastic People

Friday night was a terribly sad day for the London electronic music scene as it saw Plastic People open it’s doors for one last dance after the sudden announcement it was closing. It was a truly special space, some very touching words from Floating Points and the clubs wonder Ake can be read on the Guardian.

I was blessed to have visited that truly super black hole of sound, and it was hands down the best vibes I’ve ever felt at a club. Completely pitch black bar the DJ lights, a set of vinyl decks and glorious sound system, it was such a genuine setup; truly allowing the selectors space to shine with all manner of songs sounding excellent. All is not lost however as the owners are quoted saying “We will not be opening our doors in 2015” hinting at the possibility of a new venue and potential re-opening next year?

To sooth your pain , Floating points and Four tet who played the last dance were nice enough to record the whole set and host it online. Here them tango two tracks each B2B all night, it is something very special indeed…