Thursday, August 27, 2009

New Strummerville T-shirts and jumpers

check the new t-shirt merchandise for strummerville. my favourite is the joe strummer quote "if not I then who" (first one). you can get them from

Monday, August 17, 2009

LIBRARY LIVE - The Kooks to perform secret benefit gig for Strummerville

The Kooks to perform secret benefit gig for Strummerville
Friday August 21st
Doors open 6pm – first come first served

The Kooks will perform a one-off benefit gig for Strummerville on Friday August 21st in a special location under the West Way in West London.

The gig will mark the closing of Mick Jones' Rock & Roll Public library, which runs until August 25th

All proceeds from the event will go to Strummerville - The Joe Strummer New Music Foundation - with the event also being held on the same date as Joe Strummer's Birthday.

The limited 500 capacity location is held in special urban space, directly under the west way (by the covered in bit of Portobello market / next to the Public Library) nearest tube is Ladbroke Grove.

The Kooks plus support from Strummerville acts: Beans On Toast, Smokey Angle Shades, Nat Jenkins and special guests.
Friday 21st August
Limited 500 capacity venue
Tickets: £15 on the door
Doors 6pm – arrive early
Nearest Tube: Ladbrooke Grove


Steve Bug Essential Mix

Boy 8-Bit SINGLE OF THE WEEK and Retro/Grade review in Guardian Guide from Saturday

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Grace Jones - Live at We Love... at Space, Ibiza, in images

retro/grade joe ransom single of the week on Kiss

We Love - august 2nd parts 1 and 2


We Love... Ibiza 2009 Episode 8 - Part 1 from We Love on Vimeo.

We Love... DJ Hell describing the appeal of 60's German Schlager music. Dixon and Hell share a love of the beautiful game and get off-topic with Bayern Munich. Simian Mobile Disco and their more esoteric home listening practices.

Performances from Ian Blevins and Carl Craig.


We Love... Ibiza 2009 Episode 8 - Part 2 from We Love on Vimeo.

We Love... Avoiding major labels with Hell. Simian Mobile Disco think the idiots are winning. Dixon owns a bakery.

Featuring performances from Simian Mobile Disco, Hell and Carl Craig.

DJ Hell feat. P. Diddy 'The DJ'

Press Release
DJ Hell - The DJ feat. P. Diddy
Release date 28th September 2009
International Deejay Gigolo Recordings
Distributed by NEWS

"The DJ, on which P Diddy (yes, him again) shouts a lot about how "motherfuckers" should play the 13-minute versions of tracks is one of the most ridiculous, brilliant things you will have heard in a long time." Tony Naylor in The Guardian.

The latest single taken from the much lauded 'Teufelswerk' long player sees Hell 'hooking-up' once more with hip-hop superstar P. Diddy for the freestyle jack-track 'The DJ'. The pair worked together before on 'Let's Get Ill' and 'Check This', creating two classic dance floor hits. But, for 'The DJ' these two masters wanted to set the techno world straight and send a very clear message 'to the mother fucker plays a 4 minute version.' That you 'can't get even get into your thing with a 4 minute version.' With this in mind Hell is very pleased to present his latest single 'The DJ feat. P. Diddy; one original track, four remixes, over one hour of music! So yes, "This goes out to all the mother fuckers that like 15-20 minute versions of a mother fucking record."

Many of us might wonder what sort of position P. Diddy has commenting on the state of clubs and the forgotten art of playing the full version of a record. This is a man whose own production work with mega-stars such as Notorious BIG redefined East Coast Hip Hop. But for those in the know P. Diddy is no stranger to clubland. Hell himself describes P. Diddy as a man who "knows about techno music... When he was a kid he was going to the Sound Factory to see Junior Vasquez". In the higher-echelons of Dance Music history this was a very important time for US 'Rave' culture, much like the European Halcyon Rave days of the early 90's. The most striking difference being that, as with all great New York clubs from the Paradise Garage to Sound Factory, these parties went on for days and so did the records. But more recently P. Diddy has been ubiquitous in club culture, from Partying with Hell and Claude Von Stroke and Felix Da Housecat in Miami to tearing it up in Ibiza...

P. Diddy has a privileged position, in that he was there then when the art of playing the long version was at its peak and he is here now, a time where blog culture and Rock Star have-a-go DJs line-up en-mass to play low bit-rate MP3s.

As an internationally revered performer, Hell knows a thing or two about DJing and with his recent releases we see a definite shift towards lengthy mixes. On his long player 'Teufleswerk', two of the poppiest moments clock in at nine+ minutes. The last single to be released from this album, 'Hells Kitchen' featured an 18-minute remix from Playgroup aka. Trevor Jackson. But nothing prepared Gigolo for the package we have here: five tracks, 60+ minutes of music with the Radio Slave mix weighing in at a colossal 28 minutes. Speaking to Resident Advisor Matt Edwards aka Radio Slave said "I'm down with the 20 minute versions! I'm also into DJs playing the whole record! Most producers still make records with a start and an end... I actually wanted to do a 60-minute version and my friend Tom Gandey (Cagedbaby) recorded a lot of piano parts in Bordeaux, which I used in the last 10 minutes... So I guess I just let the track do its thing. I played about 25 minutes at Fabric and it definitely wasn't boring!"

This seems to be an understatement; the next time Radio Slave would play this record would be the following Monday at Cocoon in Ibiza, in the presence of one Pete Tong! So impressed was Tongy that he played it the following week on his BBC Radio 1 'In New Music We Trust' show in the Big Three section. But this is not the first time the record has been played on Pete Tong's Radio 1 show. In fact the original was played by the man himself and also guest DJ Laurent Garnier for the Essential Mix. So it is fair to say that this record is already pretty Hot with most big name DJs!

Speaking about his collaboration Hell has said that P. Diddy "is a provocateur and he likes to do his own thing but at the same time he is a genius business guy... I was doing some music for him and like he said 'You do something for me and I'll do something for you.' I'm very pleased he let me release that song and he's even dissing the DJs on it - you know the crowd pleaser DJs." Which makes you wonder how Hell approached the Remix selection and whether this selection is sympathetic towards the message of the record? This is a question that might never be answered, because Hells approach was very straight forward, he wanted the very best DJs to remix what he sees as a track by a DJ for the DJs. As such the only way to approach this was to send a personal message to each collaborator/remixer. The response was the package. Paul Woolford, Deetron, Jay Haze, Sis and Radio Slave, all presenting diverse remixes that take the original vocal as the lead.

Formats are still being discussed over at Gigolo HQ, but ideas so far include a E2-E4 style vinyl release for the Radio Slave mix, which will see it presented across two sides of a Long Playing vinyl. Another vinyl release is penned strictly for DJs, and then two separate digital packages, which include a Clean Version of the original by DJ Hell and producer &ME. On the subject of this clean version Hell was quoted in the UK Web-zine The Quietus as saying I was told I would have to clean this song before I could release it in America and I didn't know what they meant. But they mean to cut the swearing out; which is funny because I don't need to worry in Germany. In Germany I can say 'motherfucker'." But with such growing anticipation from every corner of the globe Hell stepped up and bleeped his way through P. Diddy's profanities. The result is a 9-minute blooper that has all the energy of the original with an added humor synonymous with DJ Hell. On that note we will let you enjoy the ride.


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Press Release:
Still Going 'Spaghetti Circus'
Released August

Still Going arrived on the scene with "Still Going Theme," a seductive layering of deep, creeping bass, swelling synths and tinkling pianos atop a disco pulse. Along with its hypnotic flipside, "On and On," the single captivated listeners with its
anthemic energy and quickly became a dance floor staple. With the release of "Spaghetti Circus," Olivier "Liv" Spencer and Eric "Dunks" Duncan build on their reputation for creating compelling dance music for compulsive listening.

This record is two years in the making, time the duo spent churning out a steady stream of remixes for an impressive roster of musicians, including The Presets, !!!, Crazy P, Force of Nature, Doves and Low Motion Disco. They've also been busy with their respective DJ projects - Dunks with the infamous duo Rub-N-Tug and Liv as one half of dance favorites House of House. On the heels of these numerous endeavors, Still Going have managed to return with a stellar new release.

"Spaghetti Circus," the title track, pairs rubbery bass with trance-inducing waves of swooning, orchestral keys and dramatic piano. The B-Side, "Untitled Love," changes the mood, settling comfortably into a space-ious, swaggering mid-tempo groove. Set against these lush backdrops are vocals from Reggie Watts, a singer whose performances both live and on record have established him as an immense talent. Watt's urgent, rough-hewn voice serves to propel the driving rhythm of "Spaghetti Circus," while on "Untitled Love," his soulfully smooth vocals anchor the track's languid pace.

Other featured performances on this long-awaited 12" are sure to generate even more enthusiasm for its release. Andrew Raposo, formerly of Hercules & Love Affair and now of Jessica 6, Midnight Magic and Tippy Toes, plays bass on both songs. Jason Rabe of Los Angeles-based band The VLA contributes lead guitar to "Spaghetti Circus" And Tim Lee, founder of noted electronic label Tummy Touch Records, plays the Rhodes on "Untitled Love."

Retro/Grade 'Moda'

Released September
Label: Retro/Grade


Since 2005, Serge Santiago and Tom Neville have been slowly cooking a career-defining album.

What came out of the studio sessions was a perfect modern day Italo/Disco sound, straight off the bat... This was the birth of the group Retro/Grade.

'Moda' is a taster from the new Retro/Grade album forthcoming 2010.

The Hype is building...

Erol Alkan: it's incredible, I love it'

Trevor Jackson: 'Moda' is without a bloody doubt THE record I've been playing over the past year that everyone says 'what the fuck was that' a totally destructive monster of a record that never fails to ignite a crowd into spasms of riotous rapture or force deaf and dumb wallflowers to exit the building

Riton: "This is brilliant"

*Plus MASSIVE support from Simian Mobile Disco, A-Trak, Annie Mac, DJ Hell, Seth Troxler, Ed Bangers and many more!

Inspiration taken from a period between disco and house - the grey zone where synths were first used with disco and when drum machines were used to keep a track in time.

Retro/Grade's sound is a modern day Italo Disco...

Footnote: The two first worked together on a re-edit of Kano's 'It's A War' in 2004, which received stand-up attention in all the right places. This random hook-up led to the idea for an album project, with the intention to create a modern day take on Italo Disco...

Due to their separate schedules - Neville knocked up a remix discography that includes artists from The Ting Tings to The Verve to Britney Spears, whilst Santiago delved deeper into the world of Italo Disco, re-editing the likes of Goblin, Droids and Baciotti, as well as working on his own productions including 'Atto D'Amore' and remixing DFA and Simian Mobile Disco - the project's formation took time... But of course perfect timing.

There are only 500 limited edition vinyl copies available of this release.

Tom Neville Feat Henry Bennett - new EP on Love Minus Zero

Tom Neville feat. Henry Bennett
Release: 14th Sept 09

Love Minus Zero head honcho Tom Neville and opera singer turned electronic-upstart Henry Bennett make a curious team, yet the results are a this very impressive two track EP. The duo first crossed paths in the musical maelstrom of Shoreditch in 2005, and a one-off jam session has spawned four years of on off experimentation.

“NWN” Sees Henry’s harmonized vocals sit alongside Tom’s techno creation that is splattered with haunting synths and a rolling groove. All the elements of this track come together to make stand out release that would rock rooms across the clubbing spectrum.

On the second track entitled “Ray Spalding” Henrys vocals take a support roll to Neville’s epic use of synths. Like most standout tracks simplicity is the key but nether the less this track has hands in the air written all over it!

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Friday, August 7, 2009

serge santiago chart on resident advisor

DJ Hell feature in Dub Magazine Ibiza

"Are you into fetish?
- Who is not? Aren’t you? I guess almost everybody is into fetish, who does not like to dress in leather or latex? I guess it is more like most of the people do not want to talk about it and do it secretly or just dream of it... why not doing it?"

...Check out the recent interview of HELL on Dub Ibiza

Download the magazine PDF here: review of brodinski

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

DJ Hell feat P Diddy 'The DJ'

With remixes coming from Radio Slave, Jay Haze, Deetron and Paul Woolford... and this is Hell's new underwear range!

coming september mo fos

we love august 2nd

We Love... Space, Sunday 2nd August 2009 from We Love on Vimeo.

We Love... july 26th

We Love... Space, Sunday 26th July 2009 from We Love on Vimeo.

Steve Bug feature on Ibiza Voice - Ibiza feature (we love focus)
\\ Ibiza: intro \\ history \\ daytime \\ tips
\\ naughty nightlife \\ clandestine clubbing
\\ We Love club focus \\ Q&As: Hell, Alfredo

Ivano Copolla dj chart

Free Serge Santiago track downloads on RCRDLBL

Shit Robot interview on