Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Crookers 'Dr. Gonzo' (Southern Fried)

Crookers 'Dr. Gonzo'
Southern Fried
New album released January 2012 (release date excl UK, Italy, USA, Australia)

Let’s talk about the new Crookers album, “Dr. Gonzo”. Phra and Bot (Crookers) describe it with the Italian word “accrocchio,” that in English can be translated as a “kludge". A kludge is a quick-and-dirty solution, a clumsy, yet effective, way to solve a problem, using parts that are cobbled together. This new album is a combination of completely unrelated and random ideas that came together to produce a different kind of dance music. Just as one might expect, the barrier to a new sound has been broken on Planet Crookers.

Dr.Gonzo has it all. The usual suspects are there: house, hip hop and techno, but they are infused with dance hall, Middle Eastern music, steel drums, classic hardcore squeal, whiny violins filtered through synths, and a clear reference to early 90’s euro dance creates something unexpected.

“Hummus” a track that wonderfully encapsulates the collaboration of Crookers, Hudson Mohawke and Carli (Savage Skulls) is an unusual tribute to the best beach bangers in the history of music. Imagine “Show me Love” if Robin S were a schizo.

Then, another psychotic track, “Bust ‘Em Up” (feat. Savage Skulls), that together with “Springer” (feat, Neoteric & Wax Motif), exemplifies what Robin Murray recently wrote in Clash, “the latest release from the Crookers has a cartoon-like energy which is difficult not to be hooked by.” Try to resist-you’ll find yourself a sweaty but happy loser.

The core of the Crookers club music philosophy is again the base of this album: a good dance track should be as fun to listen to as it was to produce (there’s no better example than “That Laughin Track” feat. Style of Eye & Carli). This is club music that takes risks, and the result pays off in a big way. Infact, the Crookers’ blasphemous structures have won the respect of some of the most influential personalities in modern electronic music: Annie Mac, Sinden, Annie (the legendary Nightingale), Greg James, Huw Stephens, Rob Da Bank, Jaymo & Andy George, Andi Durrant and Eddy Temple-Morris, among others.

Dr. Gonzo features some distinguished collaborations: Carli and the Savage Skulls, two of the best producers of the Italian scene a.k.a. His Majesty Andre and Lazy Ants, the French Bobmo and the Scottish Hudson Mohawke, along with many others. In particular, the collaboration with Hudson came from his surprise with people crowd-surfing at his sets when he would play “Dr. Gonzo Anthem” a well-tested “Crookers effect” that has been proven true at their concerts around the world.

William Faulkner, one of the greatest writers of all time, said, “Read, read, read. Read everything-trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. [...] Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.” If you substitute “read” with “listen” that’s exactly what Crookers have done with Gonzo and the result is not just “good”, but "VERY good". Enjoy the album. Listen to it, play it to your friends, and if you don’t like it, throw it out the window, there will be plenty of people ready to catch it just like a wedding bouquet.

01. Dushi
02. Wake app
03. Dr Gonzo’s Anthem (ft. Carli)
04. Hummus
05. Bust ‘em up (ft. Savage Skulls)
06. Gonzo c.a.m.p (ft Marcus Price & Carli)
07. Carcola (ft. His Majesty Andre & Lazy Ants)
08..Woh a do (ft. Keith & Supabeatz)
09. That laughing track (ft. Style of Eye & Carli)
10. Get the f*^k out my house (ft. Savage Skulls)
11. Springer (ft. Neoteric & Wax Motif)
12. Texx (ft. Surkin & Bobmo)
13. Just the end

Label: Southern Fried Records

Contact: kim@rebelbutterfly.co.uk


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cubenx interview on Ibiza-Voice.com


Scratch Massive review on the Arts Desk


Return To The Future - December 16th - Art Department, Ali Love, Bill Patrick, Alexis Raphael - New London warehouse party

The people behind this night know how to throw a good party! this is not to be missed!

Return To The Future
The Print House, Hackney Downs Studio, London, E8
Friday 16th December
Art Department (Crosstown Rebels), Bill Patrick
(Supplement Facts), Alexis Raphael (Hot creations/lower east),
Ali Love (Hot Creations)
10pm – 6am
£10 early bird / £12.50 advance / £15 on the door
Tickets available at the www.theransomnote.com

Return To The Future launches to up the game in the warehouse party scene. Two cosmic rave specialists – Poundtown and Will H – have been regular heads in the east London club scene for over a decade; promoting parties Nightflight and Private at the beginning of the Shoreditch party scene and were integrally involved in the development of some of the best warehouse parties in the early east London scene – including the early Secretsundaze and mulletover raves and more recently the Hot Natured parties. In addition there’s Pounds producing of various festival stages around the world. Encouraged by close mates Jamie Jones, Lee Foss and Seth Troxler’s Vision Quest crew, the duo have decided it’s time to do their own party and use their experience and contacts to bring something very special to the table…

Friday December 16th is the launch date, with the first party held at The Print House in Hackney Down Studios. Our Canadian friends, Art Department, whose debut album ‘The Drawing Board’ was released early 2011 on Crosstown Rebels, are to headline, bringing their unique blend of tech funk with support from the underground deep techno sounds of Supplement Facts’ Bill Patrick. Adding more weight to the launch is rising talent Alexis Raphael, whose recent releases and Crèche parties have been taking the summer party scene by storm. The cherry on an already amazing cake is a live pa from Ali Love – performing some of his recent collaborations ‘Forward Motion’ with Hot Natured. and 'Different Morals' with Luca C and Brigante. There is an exclusive mix from Luca that can be found on our soundcloud page (http://soundcloud.com/returntothe-future/luca-c-rtf-mix )

“We want to bring something a bit more refined and intimate to what are generally dark, stark and not particularly comfortable events. Cutting edge with comfort replaces the usual warehouse blueprint. The sounds will be the finest in deep electronic; mixing the new skool DJs and Producers with some of the more established. Watch out for high-end production, lasers and lighting installations, as well as loads of goodies to transform the venue into something beyond four concrete walls and pumping beats. A festive rave for the diary. This will be a night not to be missed, or forgotten… x” - Poundtown

Return To The Future launches on Friday December 16th.

What: Return To The Future
Who: Art Department (Crosstown Rebels), Bill Patrick
(Supplement Facts), Alexis Raphael (Hot Creations/Supplemental facts),
Ali Love (Hot Creations)
Where: The Print House, Hackney Downs Studio, Amhurst Terrace. London, E8 3BT
When: Friday December 16th
How Much: £10 early bird / £12.50 advance / £15 on the door

Contact: returntothefuture@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shake It feat. Layo & Bushwacka!, Paco Osuna (Plus 8) - December 3rd

Shake It feat. Layo & Bushwacka!, Paco Osuna(Plus 8)
Saturday December 3rd 2011
10.30pm - 6.30 am
Village Underground
£13 Early Bird Tickets | £15 Limited Advance Tickets | MOTD 

The last Shake It of 2011 is upon us!

An amazing year that has seen the likes of Carl Cox, Magda, Reboot, Damian Lazarus, Art Department, Josh Wink, Nina Kravitz, Gaiser, James Holden, Audiofly, Marco Carola, Yousef, Clive Henry and many more work the decks at Shake It, ends with another unmissable night with Layo & Bushwacka! Joined by Plus 8’s Paco Osuna at Village Underground on December 3rd.

Paco Osuna, signed to Plus 8, impressed Layo & Bushwacka! so much with his set at Amnesia this summer that they booked him straight off the bat to play for Shake It 2011 finale.

One of the most successful producers / DJs to hail from Spain, Paco Osuna has forged a very important position within the top ranks of the European dance community as a whole, it is not easy to summarize his success, but it is possible to derive it from three common denominators: creativity, innovation and evolution. He is signed to the Cocoon DJ agency and has released EPs on Plus 8 (check Crazy and Orbeat), Serial Killer and his own imprints Shake and Mindshake.

Layo & Bushwacka! will also end 2011 with their next release on Olmeto - the Steve Lawler and Minicoolboyz remix of ‘What Do You Say Now’. And some exciting news is that the duo are working on an album, due for release in 2012.

For more press info, contact kim@rebelbutterfly.co.uk

DATE: 03/12/11
VENUE & ADDRESS: Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PQ

LINE UP: Layo&Bushwacka!, Paco Osuna
TIMES: 10.30pm – 6.30am
TICKETS: £13 Early Bird Tickets | £15 Limited Advance Tickets | MOTD 

WEB ADD: www.shakeitlondon.com / www.ticketweb.com /


Innerzone Orchestra Bug in The Bassbin remix contest on beatport


Scratch Massive mix on Dazed Digital


Strummerville winter sessions soundcloud player


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Carl Craig, Friendly Fires, Paul Woolford & Axel Bowman to do Boiler Room on 16th November



Detroit Techno legend Carl Craig announces a Boiler Room takeover with The Friendly Fires. On the night will be also be an exclusive first ever play of Carl Craig's remix of Friendly Fires 'Show Me Lights'...

Both Carl Craig and Friendly Fires have invited a DJ to join them on what will no doubt be an evening of the most cutting edge electronic music.

The invite only event will take place at Corsica Studios, South London on Wednesday 16th November. The entire night will be streamed live (from 8 - 11PM) by weekly cult online streaming project The Boiler Room.

The full line up is as follows.

Carl Craig (69 Live set) / Friendly Fires (DJ set) / Paul Woolford (DJ set) / Axel Boman (DJ set)

This year Carl Craig is celebrating 20 Years of his Detroit imprint Planet-E and, for the first ever time, has taken the show on the road selling out clubs and festivals the world over. Alongside this, he has performed trio shows with Moritz Von Oswald and Francesco Tristano - including ADE and La Gaite Lyrique in Paris - but he's not stopping there. 2012 will be solely focused on his 69 live show, performing a selection of the finest 69 classic releases, infused with masks, darkness and 'retina popping' visuals to stimulate all senses. Planet-E is shortly to release vinyl compilation '20 Fucking Years Of Planet E - We Ain't Dead Yet' in an exclusive box set.

Friendly Fires' love of electronic music is well documented and the band are delighted to be curating this unique event alongside Carl Craig, who also continues the tradition of brilliant Friendly Fires remixes with his version of 'Show Me Lights', which will be debuted on the night. The band have just returned from a extensive tour of the USA, following show-stealing appearances at festivals across the globe. Now back in the UK for their November tour, their biggest to date, which will see the band performing to 36,000 people over thirteen nights, culminating in three consecutive nights at London's 5000 capacity Brixton Academy.

The Boiler Room is a weekly online Ustream broadcast, whereby clubbers are able to experience sets from their favorite DJs in the comfort of their living room. Since it's first incarnation, literally in a boiler room in Hackney, it has grown to become the go-to place for the very cutting edge in electronic music - whether you're lucky enough to be there in person, or logging in from anywhere in the world, the boiler room remains one of the finest communities and shared musical experiences available today. Past shows have seen the likes of Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, Diplo, James Blake and Radiohead streamed to thousands of people.

www.carlcraig.net / www.planet-e.net / www.wearefriendlyfires.com / www.boilerroom.tv

Friday, November 4, 2011

Strummerville Winter Sessions - November 26th - Kai Fish and The Light to headline


With special guest ‘Kai Fish and The Light’

And… Live music from Strummerville supported bands Breadstealers, Gaz Brookfield, Huw Olesker, Hysterical Injury, Leon Fender Walker, She Makes War, The Gun$how and The Promenade…
Saturday November 26th

In the Big Top @ Strummerville Yard, 22a Stable Way, London, W10 6QX
4PM – Midnight

It’s that time of year where Strummerville present some of the fine talent they have been supporting. Strummerville’s bi-annual new music showcases are always highlight events for your musical calendar. Following from a sell-out show with Frank Turner headlining in the spring, Strummerville are very excited to invite Kai Fish (of the Mystery Jets) to headline the Strummerville winter sessions on Saturday November 26th, alongside some excellent new bands to warm your ears for the first time…

“For our winter sessions we are thrilled to have Kai Fish and The Light headlining proceedings. Kai's new album has been one of our favourites here at Strummerville HQ, so we're honoured he's going to come and play down at the yard for us.” - Strummerville

Anyone who has ever been to a Strummerville campfire or previous Strummerville Sessions, will know that at every Strummerville event, there is a unique energy unlike any other. Strummerville’s attitude for events is great music mixed with great people – on stage and off - pure and simple. For this special event, Strummerville are putting up a big top circus tent at the Strummerville yard (the best location ever, as you will see!), with live music from 4pm until the early hours.

“Strummerville's work to help young people find their voice through music is brilliant and it’s an honour to be asked to play their winter party. As well as this I met my wife at the Strummerville campfire a couple of years ago at Glastonbury... There's no doubting the magic it shares!” – Kai Fish

“If you’ve never been to a Strummerville show before, I can honestly tell you that you’re missing something spectacular.” (Glasswerks event review:
http://www.glasswerk.co.uk/reviews/national/9739/Frank+Turner,+Strummerville )

Strummerville, The Joe Strummer New Music Foundation is a registered charity that gives support and hope to aspiring musicians and help to projects that help to change the world through music. – www.strummerville.com

The list of bands performing are included below, with links:


Kai Fish and The Light: http://www.kaifish.co.uk/
Breadstealers: http://www.strummerville.com/breadstealers/
Gaz Brookfield http://www.strummerville.com/gaz-brookfield/
Huw Olesker: http://www.strummerville.com/huw-olesker/
The Hysterical Injury http://www.strummerville.com/the-hysterical-injury/
Leon Fender Walker http://www.strummerville.com/leon-fender-walker/
She Makes War: http://www.strummerville.com/she-makes-war/
The Promenade http://www.strummerville.com/the-promenade/
Breadstealers http://www.strummerville.com/breadstealers/
The Gun$show

Forever Strummer

Hello Dear Friends of Strummerville,

Excited to let you know that we have just announced our FOREVER STRUMMER Calendar for next year which will mark the 10th anniversary of Joe's passing.

The Calendar includes some previously un-seen images and hand-written artifacts from Joe's personal archive along with some of his wonderful words of wisdom and hope.

It's been such a pleasure to put this together and we hope its something that people will treasure.

Due to so many requests we are making Joe's last hand painted Christmas card available again alongside a new design which is a truly beautiful Bob Gruen shot of Joe in the snow, giving some money to a homeless person on the street. Bob said "I never saw Joe pass a needy or homeless person without giving them something" and i guess this shot just captures this in action.

The calendar and Christmas cards are available now for pre-order from our website and will begin to ship on 11.11.11 ~ they can be ordered directly from here →

Obviously, your support as always is much appreciated and by buying our "stuff" you help us to continue our work.

We are currently working on plans for a Strummerville space in Detroit so watch this space for news of that...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tim Deluxe – ‘Transformation’ EP (Get Human)

Press Release
Tim Deluxe – ‘Transformation’ EP
1. Transformation
2. Horizon (New Day) Feat. Ben Onono
3. Lucid Dreams
4.Horizon (New Day) Dub Feat. Ben Onono

Released : 28 November 2011
Get Human - www.gethuman.info

Tim Deluxe launches his own label ‘Get Human’, now the sole outlet for Deluxe’s own productions, with the focus on the label aimed for musical compositions as opposed to throw away loop based tracks.

The first release on the label is the ‘Transformation’ EP – a four track EP, the title track of which – a piano laden dance floor destroyer - is already hyped with big support from Radio Slave, DJ Hell (for which he said ‘Transformation’ is “a masterpiece”), Nic Fanciulli, Carl Cox, Darren Emerson and X-Press 2. Also featuring on the EP is ‘Horizon’ (Original and Dub) – a sentiment written about the tragic events in Japan, on which Ben Onono’s vocals reflect a motion of hope and change, and ‘Lucid Dreams’, a trippy soundscape as the title would depict…

“I feel we are in strange times, (we) humans are almost becoming robotic. Get Human is a reaction to this. The aim will be for me to focus on the musicality of my productions at a deeper level. The emphasis will be on melodies, arrangement, textures and scales, hopefully resulting in music that will stand the test of time a bit more. The emphasis of the label will be on my solo work with an aim to convey artistic freedom, quality and integrity, alongside good old fashioned human frailty.” - Tim Deluxe

From the now classic, garage stormer ‘Rip Groove’ (under the guise Double 99), to the seamless ‘Sirens/We All Love Sax’, to his Latin inspired, house monster: ‘It Just Won’t Do’, to the jumped-up ‘Let The Beats Roll’, to the deep techno builder ‘Espoo’s Rose’ ,or his recent collaborations with X-Press 2 - Tim Deluxe’s productions are renowned for quality, diversity and above all, making dance floors move. His remixes including Layo & Bushwacka’s ‘Love Story’, Basement Jaxx, GusGus,Alter Ego,Tomas Anderson,Booka Shade and his bootleg of the White Stripes have all added testament to this.

Remixes of ‘Transformation’ from Radio Slave and DJ Hell, will follow in early 2012.
‘Transformation’ EP is dedicated to the people of Japan with all proceeds going to Japanese Red Cross Society for the tragic events of 11th March 2011.
Time to Get Human…
For more press info contact: kim@rebelbutterfly.co.uk

Forever Strummer - Joe Strummer 2012 calendar & Christmas


Joe Strummer 10th Anniversary calendar

Joe Strummer 2011 Christmas cards

Strummerville are releasing a 10th anniversary Joe Strummer calendar for 2012. Marking 10 years since Joe Strummer's passing, the calendar will include 12 months of Strummer's most inspirational quotes, previously un-seen images and hand-written artifacts from his personal archive; some that have never been seen…

“ The Future Is Unwritten”

“The way you get a better world is, you don’t put up with sub-standard anything”

“Ignore Alien orders”

“Be mythic and prolific”

“If not I then who”

“Punk Rock means exemplary manners to your fellow human beings”

“People can change anything they want to, and that means everything in the world”

“Everybody has a story to tell”

“Without people you're nothing”

“Everyone has got to realize that you can’t hold on to the past if you want any future. Each second should lead to the next one.”

"We are very excited to present this calendar as our first offering for Joe's 10th anniversary next year. It’s interesting how even ten years after Joe's passing some of his words of wisdom are more pertinent now than ever before and we hope that this is reflected in the calendar and that it will be celebrated by Strummer fans around the world" - Strummerville

Strummerville will also be releasing two Joe Strummer Christmas cards this year. One is Joe's last hand-drawn Christmas card (Strummer would send hand-drawn Christmas cards to his close friends every year) and one is an as yet unseen photo of Strummer, taken by Bob Gruen in New York, when Joe was giving money to a homeless person.

"I never saw Joe pass a needy or homeless person without giving them something" – Bob Gruen

The Joe Strummer 2012 calendar and this year’s Christmas cards and will be available for purchase from 11.11.11

All proceeds from the calendars and Christmas cards will go to the Joe Strummer New Music Foundation: www.strummerville.com

Strummerville is a registered charity, set up in the year after Joe Strummer’s death, by friends and family of Strummer. The charity’s aim is to help people through music, from opening a music room in an orphanage in Malawi (info here: http://www.strummerville.com/strummerville-music-room-at-tilinanu-orphanage-in-milawi/) to giving opportunities for people to record and perform music, that would not usually have the access or means.

Strummerville has continued to keep the Joe Strummer flag flying, with the charity ever giving to music projects and iniatives and support to new music