Archive for November, 2012

Two of our favourite new bands come together for a Friday treat today. Chvrches have remixed Gold Dayzz by Ultraista and it’s predicatably wonderful. Take a listen via The Guardian.

It’s not too late to come down to see Iceage at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen for what we reckon could be a late-runner for one of the year’s best shows. Eagulls and Chain of Flowers support.

Take a listen to the excellent Broken Bone above and grab a ticket via our event page here.

Terrific new video from Local Natives who entertain us at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen on December 6th (sold out) and then again at the Scala on the 14th of February next year.

Here’s a brand new one from Julio Bashmore. Brilliant stuff as ever and we can’t wait for his show on February 16th in London.

Here’s our selection of excellent shows this week that are cheaper than turning the heating on at home. Follow the links to download tickets.

Tuesday: Hundred Waters - Download Ticket

Hundred Waters have caused a bit of a stir stateside, earning an 8.1 review from Pitchfork for their eponymous debut record. Another one from the folkers is (strangely) soon to follow on Skrillex own label. They follow in Skrillex’s own footsteps by playing a show for us at the Shacklewell with Foxygen. Unmissable.

Tuesday: Paradise - Download Ticket

Blue Flower popped up on the internet recently and it’s swiftly becoming one of our favourite songs of the year. Paradise promise an awful lot for 2013 and if their debut single is anything to go by then they won’t be hanging around Dalston pubs much longer.

Wednesday: Pandr Eyez - Download Ticket

Quirky R&B and Pop music is the flavour of Wednesday as Pandr Eyez hit the Shacklewell Arms. They’re celebrating a single on Double Denim Records called Physical Education which picks over the best bits of Salt ‘N Pepa, M.I.A. and much more. Prep for the party season with a dance.

Fancy yourself as a DJ? Somerset House ice rink are looking for budding muso’s to programme an hour long sound track for the 21.15 session on 10th December.

All you need to do is submit your 60 minute mix using Soundcloud to by 3rd December.

What’s in it for you? The chance to have your mix played out over the ice at this prestigious venue and we’ll give the winner 2 pairs of tickets to come along, skate and hear your mix being played out.

Do and Don’ts of a Skate Session Playlist

Pure As Driven Ice - no swearing / or anything that might cause offence.

Nothing Too Niche - without wishing to stifle the creative flow of your playlist masterpiece, consider your audience! Points will go to interesting song choices, but avoid more obscure genres, like Minimal Tech Donk and Bassline Gabba…

Listen to the Masters - preparing music to skate to is a fine art. Skate soundtracks have their roots on rollerskating discos from the 70s and 80s, where Disco tracks would be the DJ’s choice.  As legendary New York DJ Danny Krivit says, “the slightly shuffled clap / snare on the 2 and 4 (as opposed to a steady 4 on the floor beat) is best suited to skaters, who push off on alternate legs to that rhythm. Vaughan Mason’s ‘Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll’ is an obvious example, as is Chic’s classic ‘Good Times’. So, basically, the best music to skate to… is funkier edged Disco”

Pace It - skaters tend to burst with energy at the start of a session, dip (or fall down!) in the middle, and then surge again towards the end of the hour. Your mix can either mirror this, or you can play with it so the music picks people up during the middle (not literally - that’s what our ice marshalls are there for!)

Technical - all recording should be at least 320mp3s, and try and keep the overall level consistent between tracks.

We’ve been playing Gold Dayzz a lot lately. We were pleased, then, to see this excellent remix from Maribou State pop up online yesterday. The debut Ultraista record is out in December.

Really enjoying this one from Temples

Check out this stunning take on James Holden’s remix of Nathan Fake’s classic tune The Sky Was Pink. Vessels play for us this week at the Shacklewell Arms.