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So first of all, apologies for our absence on the Quest Radio airwaves this week. Unfortunately, the reality of the working world cracked the whip & made us do a real job (BOO!) But fear not, we’ll be back next week for even more new music plus lots of things to tell you!
Plus, this weekend just gone, our resident DJ, Ryan Paul was lucky enough to DJ alongside Chapel Club and regular Gavin & Stacey star & DJ, Mat Horne at his self-titled club night, Session at Queen of Hoxton. Ryan went back to back in a three hour mega set with our latest club night resident DJ, Pawel Blanda! (more about the club night later!)
(He’s not usually this red, the crowd was jam-packed and he was mid-skank, honest!)
If you were there, you may have seen Ryan embarassingly “skanking out” to Mat Horne self-proclaimed tune of the year, Inside My Love. A Redlight remix of Delilah’s recent hit single. Who, by our estimations, is definitely set for big things in 2013. The night as always, was a huge success and each month promises to be banger, thanks to the hard work of music promoter Stuart Whiffen and his team who run Session. You can catch the next one on November 17th where Ryan Paul will supporting his adolescent love, Does It Offend You Yeah? For guest list, email firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively pay £7 on the door! Please note that it does lock out early every month so best get there early, doors open at 8pm!
(Could be a new bro-mance in town, surely?!)
So now for our Tune of the Week, it’s by an artist who we predict is going to explode as much as Frank Ocean since the release of his second album, channel ORANGE earlier this year. And in our opinion, deservedly so. His name? Kendrick Lamar. With the artist being heavily pushed & assisted by “perfectionist” of the production world, Dr. Dre. Surely the boy can do no wrong? Well we think so, his debut album released earlier this week, titled Good Kid, m.A.A.d City and it’s simply incredible. With two hit singles already released, The Recipe & Swimming Pools. We predict this to be the next one cracking the fire. It’s called Black Boy Fly.
So now to some exciting news. after a successful tenure of live events at The Victoria in Mile End, The Racket Club have managed to expand our events and gain our first club night. We’ve called it, ON it because we know all you music lovers love nothing more than a good ole’ fashioned piss-up and a boogie! The event will take place once a month at the hugely prestigious venue for new music, Camden Barfly. We will be launching on Tuesday 6th November, it’s completely free so come down and show your support if you’re into your Old Skool Hip-Hop, R&B, Bass or Garage! The night will be DJ’d by resident DJs Ryan Paul & Pawel Blanda with a special guest appearance from fellow Quest Radio DJ, Nick Moore. If anyone else would be interested in DJ’ing for this, get in touch via Quest Radio or our Facebook page!
And last but not least, Disclosure have finally released their single, Latch. A track we’ve been banging on about for absolutely ages (Radio 1 has nothing on us!) And there’s no doubt it’s a banger, it’s a track in every DJ’s collection, on everyone’s iPod and we even caught a 9 year old little boy bouncing around to it this week, for sure! But we managed to uncover this little gem so our producer of the week is T. Williams and this is his club edit of the much hyped track.
Until next week folks!
The Racket Club Team
Animal Noise - Baddow
Ady Suleiman - What’s The Score?
Everything Everything - Cough Cough
Why? - Sod in the Seed
Psy - Gangnam Style (WORST TUNE OF THE MONTH)
Ninetails - Blue Bottle Flu (TUNE OF THE MONTH)
Last Dinosaurs - Zoom
Seams - The Long Wait (Nzca Lines Remix)
Of Monster’s & Men - Mountain Sound
Frank Ocean - Thinkin Bout You
Errors - Relics
Spector - Friday Night, Don’t Ever Let It End
Van She - Jamaica
Tame Impala - Elephant
Polica - Form
Nas feat. Amy Winehouse - Cherry Wine
TJPN - Excuses (PRODUCER OF THE MONTH)
TJPN - Holding You
Jacques Greene - Tell Me
Applebottom - Girl Cry
Sepalcure - Every Day Of My Life
TJPN - No You Won’t
Luvian - Village Girl
Two Inch Punch - Moonstruck
RYAN PAUL MINI-MIX
Trimbal - Saying (Harmonix)
Starslinger - Ladies in the Back
Fion & Brame - What’s Up
Jay-Z & Kanye West -Niggaz in Paris (mImOsA Remix)
AlunaGeorge - You Know You Like It (Bondax Remix)
TNGHT - Higher Ground
Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger (Vass ‘Twerk It’ Bootleg)
Flosstradamus - Rollup (Baauer Remix)
Locality is the latest EP from Leek-born music producer, Ling. Inspired by a nineties generation of UK Garage & House, Ling has taken his debut project to an underground world of dark serenity. From the very first ghostly chime, you can tell that this producer wants to create imagery with beats and melody. Locality is a project much inspired by the outdoors. And, after a short interview with the unknown producer, he explains, “the concept behind the EP is that all sounds occurred naturally in my day-to-day life, all I had to do was record them.” Who knew you could recycle sound, hey? With a tone of Grime and his tranquil Koreless-esque style, Ling delivers you a yin/yang feel to his music. Each track features an eerie darkness with an over sighting lightness at the end and each one seems to take you on a geographical journey that like a story, has a beginning, middle and end.
With the opening track, Reservoir, the twenty-one year old producer takes you to the underground of an industrial city. As I lay back sinking into my mattress with my headphones on, I couldn’t help but be taken to heart of the East End. Travelling through at pace, being in uniform with the city as streetlights and car buzzed by, over ground, underground like I had to get somewhere with urgency. Until the echo of the wind and the cars in the distance hum by and finally, I had made it to the place I wanted to. For me, this track is my favourite of the EP and definitely an addition to any disc jockey’s collection.
The second track, Integrated Waterhouse, is the anonymously named producer’s most experimental record, it’s a track taken from clippings of a rain storm and there’s definitely a dampness to it. For me, the track is a two-sided take of darkness into the world of blood diamonds. With the tinny distortion and the constant hollow chugging, it tells a story of miners working and as the track progresses, it seems to switch between the positive gain and the negative where people fell ill or were murdered for their refusal to work. But with all these deep imagery, the track ends with a dreamlike state and on first hearing the record, I genuinely thought I had fallen asleep.
The final record, Playground Window is a social play on the sound of a child and how a change in tone or sound can soothe or alarm you. It seems to challenge the current state of “politically correct” the world now is. And although, it is my least favourite track of the EP, it cannot be faulted for its complex shifts and atmospheric vibes. The way the producer starts the record by lulling the listener into a false sense of tranquillity and security is really something worth noting.
The great thing about these records is the scope in the location where I play them and what I visualise which positively supports the EP name, “Locality”. And what’s more, the way the producer has labelled each track with a physical transparent object tells you how open these tracks are to be perceived.
Ling - “Locality EP” will be released late October 2012.
So, Summer 2012? What can I say about it? Rain, rain and even more bloody rain. Nice one world. Someone throw us a frickin’ ray of sunshine will you?! However, there has been some phenomenal tunes out this summer. Some may be commercial (so look away now hipsters!) and some may be soft but there is no doubt you can rule them out as a good Summer banger! You’ll also notice that with my heavy involvement with new and upcoming talent on the alternative side of music, I’ve found myself liking a lot from the Hip Hop/Grime/Rap scene this summer, can’t explain why but it’s happened (oh, and as ever, major bass influence!)
Smiler feat. Professor Green & Tawiah - Top of the World
Nicki Minaj - Bees In The Trap feat. 2 Chainz
Disclosure feat. Ria Ritchie - Control
AlunaGeorge - You Know You Like It (Bobby Tank Remix)
Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments (Star Slinger Remix)
Florence & The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Mix)
Jay-Z & Kanye West - N**gaz in Paris
Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212
Ninetails - Blue Bottle Flu (Acoustic)
So first of all, I must apologize for the long absence since our last post. But at The Racket Club think tank, we have been heavily organising our summer to bring you ultimate coverage of the festivals this summer. So this year kicking off this year’s summer of music, I ventured back to near my hometown, Liverpool. And on doing that, I present you Liverpool Sound City 2012.
The festival took off on the 17th - 19th May and completely took over the city with DJs, producers, artists and bands playing literally everywhere from the streets to art galleries to orchestral halls to the infamous bars and clubs of Liverpool and even a bombed out church (querky or what?!) For me, the festival had it’s ups and downs. The festival organisers heavily focused on it’s headliners which at times lead to leaving up and coming talent (and let me tell you, there certainly was some talent) in the shadows. Notwithstanding this, headliners such as Michael Kiwanuka and James Vincent McMorrow certainly delivered. Not being a punk/rock fan myself, I steered well clear of the likes of Kids in Glass Houses and favoured venues like Screenadelica which was the temporary home of BSM Records (or Big Scary Monsters, not the driving school!)
For this little post, instead of running through the festival play-by-play, I will tell you my best bits, my new finds and the disappointments. But first let’s go back to Thursday night. I arrived with high hopes and there was certainly a big buzz of excitement circulating around the Hilton - the media point for Sound City. Free bottles of Peroni were flowing and lots of tasty nibbles to add but I set off early to rekindle my adolescent youth and watch Mystery Jets. I was intrigued to see what their new sound would be especially with former band member, Kai Fish leaving the band to venture his solo career and Mystery Jet’s latest album, Radlands. But most importantly, I was excited to hear the classics such as Half In Love With Elizabeth and Two Doors Down. Unfortunately, with so much expectation, I was let down and it was a self-realisation that my music tastes had aged. Although I still appreciated the classics, Mystery Jets haven’t really stepped up with a new sound and they’re a sound that will always stay in my teenage years.
So now to my first disappointment. Later that night, I saw Tim Hecker. Now this was a producer that was way too over-hyped by my friends. They had been mentioning his name all day and how talented he was and to be frank, I was left questioning where the talent was. It was evident that he knew his way round producing equipment such as Logic but the sound that came out of the speakers was just regurgitated industrial waste! I couldn’t describe it better than saying it sounded like a lorry screeching round a corner.
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