Just over three weeks ago, I made a little trip down to the FOUND street party in the heart of Shoreditch with house and Techno aficionado’s, Frankie Knuckles and Kevin Saunderson topping the bill. As a follow on from their debut street soiree affair in 2012, this line up really excited me.
Located in the centre of east London’s financial hub, Wilson Street was the perfect spot for this kind of party. We made our way through the ghostly quiet streets, as they always are at the weekend. The anticipation built and we could hear the beats getting louder and louder as we got closer.
On arrival we walked in to Voyeur playing Kerri Chandler’s - Yellow and the crowd was already bumping. The boys played a lovely helping of disco towards the end of their set including, Soulful Session Starring Lyn Lockamy - Hostile Takeover (Directors Cut), Shirley Lites-Heat You Up (Melt you Down) and then threw in a bit of Art of Tones - Myself & my Body, taking things into a more current direction.
Next up was Detroit’s Kevin Saunderson, at this point we made our way to the front and got amongst it. A particular great moment for me was when Kevin played Voices of Love - The Word is Love (Mousse T’s Kinds Deep Mix) from 1998, taking me back to my old school clubbing days and reminding me of a New Year’s eve down at the Chunnel Club (now Hidden in Vauxhall) I was also surprised to hear Kevin play one of my personal favourites and the second Kerri Chandler record of the day and that was Rain.
Sound quality and volume levels were a lot better than last year but I still thought it could have been cranked up a little more. I understand the restrictions, but with such legends on the decks you really need to have the depth in the sound system. I felt there needed to be speakers towards the back, although, when right at the front the sound and atmosphere was electric.
Frankie Knuckles finished off the day with a 2.5 hour set and he really got me reminiscing with some of the tracks he played. You can always rely on Frankie to bring out all the old, vocal, dancefloor classics like Shapeshifters-Back to Basics and Harry Choo Choo Romero Feat. Robert Owens - I Go Back.
In the middle of Frankie’s set, I found myself in a rather long toilet line getting a little upset at missing valuable dancing time when I heard one if his own early seminal releases - Tears with vocals from Santoshi Tomiie. This made my toilet experience a lot more pleasant as I floated away to the familiar melody - perfect timing!
I went back to my group of friends and who like me, by this time were all very much on their way into the clouds and smiling so much that their cheeks must have been aching the next day!
As I looked around I saw such an eclectic mix of people. This is one of the things I love about going to a party with old school legends such as Frankie Knuckles and Kevin Saunderson. There were the older house heads that probably only come out every now and then and choose their events a little more selectively, the regular Found following and younger revellers who were there out of curiosity to see what two such connoisseurs could bring to the floor.
Frankie had me bubbling over with nostalgia as he closed with his own ‘The Whistle Song’, released in 1991. I had not heard this since I was about seventeen years old and myself along with a whole sea of party people had hands in the air. Goose bumps and happy faces all round it was the perfect end to a fun filled afternoon - big thanks to the FOUND crew for smashing another street party!
Photo’s by Kris Cowley, Here & Now Photography
So… the next ‘Dialogue’ party is fast approaching. It’s looking set be another night of amazing music and good vibes that you guys bring to the lully loft.
We’re feeling really honoured and excited here at Dialogue HQ to have both Andrew James Gustav & Gwenan, spinning some super special vinyl for us for the duration of the night.
This will be a rare opportunity to see the couple play B2B together…
Those that know - Know.
Same drill as last time -
THERE WILL BE NO TICKETS ON THE DOOR
CAPACITY IS STRICTLY LIMITED TO 130
This is to leave us all with enough room to enjoy ourselves, our DJ’s and the Martin Audio setup comfortably in our cosy, and rather quirky, intimate east end loft space.
NO TICKET - NO ENTRY
All ticket holders will be given venue details etc. a couple of days before the event.
If you are a lover of underground music, then you will have heard of Ben UFO. As co-founder of Hessle Audio he’s been responsible, alongside Pearson Sound and Pangaea, for some of the most groundbreaking releases of recent years and, as a DJ, for helping to push new producers such as Blawan and Joy Orbison.
Ben has really made a name for himself as one of London’s most cutting edge DJs. Acclaimed for exploring a whole range of sounds throughout his sets including house and garage, jungle, techno, dubstep and grime. Ben’s unique mixing style means that he takes his listeners on a journey from past into present. You never know which direction he is going to go in next!
Make Me are very proud to be hosting Ben UFO for a very special all night set at Autumn Street Studios. The venue has an amazing L’Acoustics rig which is perfect for the space. Ben’s set will run from 11 until 6 and there will be no support DJs on the night.
This is a really rare chance to get a whole night of Ben. It’s going to be a memorable experience and tickets are shifting fast. To get yours click here.
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See you on the the dancfloor!
Filippo Blasi Foglietti is another newcomer on Third Ear. The John Nixon Memorial EP is trippy and dark, deep and grooving. There are four different grooves here, all of which are likely to disconcert and disorientate. Perfect for tripping up and tripping out on the dancefloor.
Mastered by Stefan Betke @ Scape Mastering, Berlin.
Artist: Filippo Blasi Foglietti
Title: John Nixon Memorial EP
Label: Third Ear Recordings
Cat No,: 3EEP-2013_09
Release Date: mid Sept 2013
Pre-order the John Nixon Memorial EP here.
The second in the series of Under the Disco Ball’s exclusive podcasts from London’s Adam Ryan. Adam takes us on a wonderful journey for over 2 hours…get ready for some disco dancing!
Peace & Love
Chloe (Under the Disco Ball)
So, Tumblr was down yesterday up until two minutes ago which stopped me being able to do my weekend top picks…sorry! I can however now give you a few little tips on what to do with your bank holiday weekend.
The first heads up is a free boat party today which is where we are off to…
Check out their mix here:
Sunk - Day/Night Boat Party with Jaime Read, Jade Seatle and Residents at Tamesis Dock
Tamesis Dock/Albert Embankment, London SE17TP
3pm till 1am
£ Free until 8pm then £5
for an August Bank Holiday comeback special of Under the Disco Ball’s ‘Weekend Top Picks’!