:{UA#37: UNPLANNED 3rd BIRTHDAY PARTY @ Passion}: Saturday 22nd March, from 8pm

UA #37: UNPLANNED 3rd BIRTHDAY PARTY ALLNIGHTER
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with Prolix, Spencer & Ruby Rocks, StyleFree [Simon Nash], 2MattGs [The Smackmaster Generale & Ogrizovic], The Cardinal, Arnold Trubshaw, Polyclix and the return of Grizli Ohne Lusch

EASTER SATURDAY 22nd MARCH, 8pm-well past our bedtime
£3 – all proceeds in aid of charity
@ PASSION, 251 Amhurst Road [off Stoke Newington Road], Dalston, N16 7UN
nearest train stations: Rectory Road, Dalston Kingsland
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Now we are three, to show we’re really grown up and ready to wear big boy pants, we’re pushing ourselves up onto our tiny tootsies, waddling out of the afternoon and into the wondrous night, to gaze at all the pretty lights. In order to play all night long, we’ve temporarily moved out of The Eagle and into Passion (the same venue as A ‘Little’ Party @ Passion). And, the Easter weekend comes complete with TWO public holidays, so there’s no excuse not to get RIGHT on it.

I hope your disco trousers are back from the dry cleaners.
Sharpen up yer axminster scissors and let’s cut some rug.
After all, three, that’s the magic number.

12.30am:{PROLIX}:
1. ONE WORLD ORCHESTRA feat. THE MASSED PIPES AND DRUMS OF THE CHILDREN’S FREE REVOLUTIONARY VOLUNTEER GUARD: the magnificent
2. DE LA SOUL: the magic number
3. STEVIE WONDER: superstition
4. DUFFY: mercy
5. DREADZONE: little britain
6. OBIE TRICE: got some more teeth {del gazeebo bootleg}
7. X-PRESS 2 feat. KURT WAGNER: give it
8. MANU CHAO: bongo bong (king of the bongos) {drum & bass mix}
9. LEFTFIELD: afro left
10. HOT CHIP: and i was a boy from school
11. BEETHOVEN: 5th symphony vs KANYE WEST: gold digger {bootleg}
12. ARETHA FRANKLIN: think
13. THE PRODIGY: out of space
14. PIZZAMAN: happiness
15. GOGOL BORDELLO: start wearing purple
16. THE PIXIES: debaser

:{PROLIX @ The Eagle}: Friday 21st March, 7pm-1am

plays Motown, electro, pop, indie, hip hop, bootlegs, downtempo and funk
GOOD FRIDAY 21st MARCH, 7pm-1am
FREE
@ THE EAGLE, 2 Shepherdess Walk, Hoxton, N1 7LB – [020] 7553 7681
www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/14/14725/Eagle/Hoxton
nearest tube: Old Street

8.00pm
1. ONE WORLD ORCHESTRA feat. THE MASSED PIPES AND DRUMS OF THE CHILDREN’S FREE REVOLUTIONARY VOLUNTEER GUARD: the magnificent
2. THE CURE: friday i’m in love
3. THE LETTERMEN: spooky
4. MADONNA: drowned world/substitute for love
5. LEFTFIELD: release the pressure
6. THE SOURCE feat. CANDI STATON: you got the love {now voyager mix}
7. IKE & TINA TURNER: bold soul sister
8. ORBITAL: the girl with the sun in her head
9. DJ SHADOW: midnight in a perfect world
10. CAMILLE: ta douleur {al usher mix}
11. MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS: something
12. MARVIN GAYE: sexual healing vs RADIOHEAD: high and dry {go home productions bootleg}
13. JAMIE LIDELL: multiply

9.00pm
14. M.I.A.: paper planes
15. MARLENA SHAW: california soul
16. HERMAN DÜNE: i wish that i could see you soon
17. THE PRODIGY: 3 kilos
18. TRINI LOPEZ: if i had a hammer
19. OBIE TRICE: got some more teeth {del gazeebo bootleg}
20. SUPERGRASS: coffee in the pot
21. KANYE WEST feat. JAMIE FOXX: gold digger
22. SHAWN LEE’S PING PONG ORCHESTRA: rehab
23. X-PRESS 2 feat. KURT WAGNER: give it {quantic soul orchestra mix}
24. CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL: proud mary
25. IAN BROWN: f.e.a.r. {unkle edit part one}
26. LOU RAWLS: bring it on home to me
27. BLACKSTREET feat. DR DRE: no diggety
28. ROOTS MANUVA: witness the fitness

10.00pm
29. THE ROLLING STONES: she’s a rainbow
30. RECLOOSE: manna’s bounce
31. CANSEI DE SER SEXY: music is my hot hot sex
32. SIA: breathe me {mylo mix}
33. ELVIS PRESLEY: always on my mind
34. SAINT ETIENNE: pale movie
35. THE CHARLATANS: the only one i know
36. NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB: the get go
37. HOT CHIP: and i was a boy from school
38. SOLOMON BURKE: everybody needs somebody to love
39. THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS: the sunshine underground
40. SEAN PAUL: get busy vs GORILLAZ: clint eastwood vs BLACK EYED PEAS: weekend {lenlow bootleg}
41. ERIN McKEOWN: born to hum
42. CHARLES WRIGHT & THE WATTS 103rd STREET RHYTHM BAND: express yourself {mocean worker mix}
43. THAT PETROL EMOTION: big decision

11.00pm
44. AIR: kelly, watch the stars {moog cookbook mix}
45. ALICE RUSSELL: humankind
46. PIZZAMAN: happiness
47. LAURA VEIRS: don’t lose yourself
48. OTIS REDDING: hard to handle
49. FOALS: hummer
50. SEELENLUFT featuring MICHAEL SMITH: manila {cicada mix}
51. FRANK WILSON: do i love you (indeed i do)
52. RHYTHMS DEL MUNDO feat. COLDPLAY: clocks
53. HARRY J ALLSTARS: je t’aime, moi non plus
54. THE ROLLING STONES: honky tonk woman
55. THOSE DANCING DAYS: those dancing days
56. FATBOY SLIM feat. ROLAND CLARK & ROGER SANCHEZ: song for shelter
57. DE LA SOUL: keepin’ the faith
58. RACHEL STEVENS: sweet dreams my la ex
59. THE BEATLES: golden slumbers
60. THE BEATLES: carry that weight

12.00am
61. THE ROLLING STONES: gimme shelter {streetlab mix}

:{TSOTRH}: LIFELIKE & KRIS MENACE: discopolis

A weekly slice of pedigree Pop, guaranteed to send a herd of bison thundering through your underpants at a rate of knots:
LIFELIKE & KRIS MENACE: discopolis [vulture]
www.lifelike-music.com
www.krismenace.com

Last June, a one-sided 12” crept out on Alan Braxe’s Vulture label, but the solitary track on offer was 9 minutes and 20 seconds of ‘Discopolis’. Like Mylo’s mix of ‘No More Conversations’ by Freeform Five, this is a tune that’s enjoyed a slow-burning appreciation and, consequently, refused to lay down and die for over eight months. Vulture’s releases are fairly few and far between and ‘Discopolis’ was only the 12th single in five years; the first being Braxe & Fred Falke’s ‘Running’, which gatecrashed the Top 40 in November 2000. Kris Menace (Christophe Hoeffel) is also the proprietor of the Work It Baby imprint and recently returned the favour by putting out Falke’s ‘Omega Man’. Lifelike is Laurent Ash and, in addition to working with Christophe, he’s part of the 12 Angry Men collective, a collaborative project of 12 artists who release material on Jérémie Mondon’s 20000st label.

‘Discopolis’ is a sublime piece of crafted, melodic, instrumental house music, largely constructed from layers of slightly curious, 80s-sounding synths. This joins the dots back to Braxe & Falke, and makes an interesting companion piece to their recent remix of ‘What’s Your Damage?’ by the Test Icicles (which sounds a bit like an alternate theme to Miami Vice). Neither track made a huge impression on me first time around but, like a small child pestering its mum for sweets, ‘Discopolis’ keeps nagging at you and, once its claws are fixed in your head, doesn’t let go for quite some time. It runs at quite a moderate tempo, without ever needing to break into a sweat, but still manages to feel euphoric. The filters strike to usher in an understated, arpeggiating melody and the smoothest of breakdowns, followed by warm, comforting chords and then the cycle begins again.

‘Discopolis’ was Sander Kleinenberg’s tune of 2005; it was a huge tune at last year’s Global Gathering; and it features on Tokyo Project’s recent compilation, ‘The Collection’. This speaks eloquently of the track’s crossover allure, as ‘Discopolis’ appeals to the funky and progressive ends of the house family, probably because it feels slightly square peg-ish in both. Similarly, the Timo Maas mix of ‘Dooms Night’ by Azzido Da Bass wasn’t identifiably aligned to one specific genre, so DJs from different camps felt comfortable playing it.

Spotting the opportunity to grab ‘Discopolis’ a second bite of the Ibiza cherry, Defected have cunningly signed the track and slated a re-release for 29th May, just in time to rule this summer’s dancefloors. The package will include remixes by Chris Lake and Claude Monnet which Defected are keeping tightly under wraps and, modestly, they claim both are better than the original. The label seems to love a bit of French at the moment and recent releases include work by Bob Sinclar, Dimitri From Paris, Martin Solveig and Julien Jabre. Perhaps they sense that, nearly a decade after the Daft Punk-led ‘French touch’, our Gallic friends can still show us a thing or two when it comes to house music. We await the remixes and, by rights, world domination with interest.

Lifelike & Kris Menace’s single, ‘Discopolis’, is out now on Vulture and will be re-released on 29th May 2006 through Defected.

www.myspace.com/lifelike_vulture
www.myspace.com/krismenace
www.vultureco.com
www.defected.com
www.workitbaby.com

:{MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY @ Glastonbury}:

Michael Eavis and Bob Geldof

Click this link to see what I was up to last Saturday.
Then, click on the ‘Watch the rally’ link.

Bob Geldof made a speech for MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage and, if you watch that video clip, you can see a scrum of paparazzi and TV cameras on the left. Amongst the professional Johnnies from Getty Images and Associated Press, you might spot some cheeky monkey in a white tee shirt barging them out the way with a happy snap digital camera. The picture above is my photo of Sir Bob, Michael Eavis and 60,000 kids [which isn’t that different to the Getty picture in the BBC report].

My mum is so proud.