Monday, March 1, 2010

Save Plastic People

I’d like to begin the week with an emergency post that pays respects to the effort overseas in London to save the famed club Plastic People from getting its doors shuttered. Unfortunately there can be resistance to communities grounded in a love for art, like Plato’s fear of the poet, that anarchy will spread like wild fire once the poet breeds passion and devotion from their audience. Please click below to sign a petition to keep the club, and its rotating artists, alive and well. There is also a Facebook group, if that’s your thing.

Shout to Bok Bok over at Lower End Spasm for the call to arms.

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posted by TheCrookedClef at 3:34 pm  

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Breakspoll 2010 Announce Line Up

The Breakspoll 2010 line-up has been announced, and there are some heavy names involved this year, with a lot of back to back and vs performances! You’d never see this line-up at a festival, so make sure you buy tickets as it’s gonna be a roadblock (as all the kids are saying these days)!

With a 4500 capacity, that will be a lot of bald headed goatee beard sporting parka wearing DJs dancing around 12 girls! Yep Breakspoll can be a sausage fest, but with a line up like this, I don’t mind a sweaty cuddle from someone into the scene like me – especially with a line up like this!

I’m shortlisted for two awards this year, Best Radio Show and Best Podcast so if you fancy showing your support, then head over to and vote for me!

Breakspoll 2010 Stats

Two massive events with a huge line up to be held in two of London’s most prestigious venues, Fabric and Matter. Both have killer sound systems and a huge, huge line up!

  • 4500 people
  • 70 artists and
  • 18 awards
  • 2 nights

Breakspoll 2010 at fabric Line-Up (25th Feb 2010)

  • The Breakspoll Awards – presented by Janette Slack & Ken Mac
  • Afghan Headspin vs Pixel Fist ft Stapleton MC
  • Apply The Breaks
  • Ben & Lex
  • Bombstrikes pres. Mooqee & Pimpsoul
  • BSD
  • Cut La Roc vs Peo De Pitte
  • Deekline vs Keith Mackenzie ft Sporty O
  • Elite Force
  • Eshericks
  • Farace
  • Featurecast
  • Flore ft Rodney P & MC Chickaboo
  • Freestylers vs Ctrl-Z
  • Future Funk Squad
  • High Rankin vs Gella
  • Left/Right
  • Karl Sav
  • Krafty Kuts vs A-Skillz (4 decks)
  • NAPT vs Beat Assassins
  • Quadrat Beat
  • Shut Up and Dance
  • Smash Hifi (ft Martin Hoerger & Leeroy Thornhill)
  • Specimen A vs Pyramid ft Miss Trouble & MC Incyte
  • Swifty B & LockUp ft C.A.$.H MC
  • Vent
  • 9B0

Stanton Sessions presents Breakspoll Aftershow at matter, London (Friday 26th February)

Working closely alongside the Stanton Warriors, Breakspoll delivers a line-up of the Worlds freshest producers spanning breaks, dubstep, hip-hop, and house, combined with the powerhouse system at matter providing an all encompassing musical assault.

Breakspoll Afterparty @ matter (Room 1)

  • Stanton Warriors
  • KOOL KEITH (Ultramagnetic MCs / The Black Elvis / the one who done Diesel Power w/ Prodigy)
  • Adam Freeland
  • Bassbin Twins (live)
  • Doorly
  • Sick Rick
  • More TBA

Breakspoll Afterparty @ matter (Room 2)

  • The Freestylers
  • Drummattic Twins
  • Lady Waks
  • Slyde
  • Adsorb
  • Richie Balboa Vs Will Streetwise Feat MC Benny C
  • More TBA
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posted by Keith Wilson at 6:27 pm  

Monday, November 16, 2009

Lot 49 Producer Competition

Are you a dance music producer who wouldn’t mind a plummy record deal? Lot 49, UK dance music label, are looking for the next big thing.

The label, which covers techno, electro, tech-house and breakbeat, already boasts artists such as Dubfire, Lutzenkirchen, AudioJack, Lee Coombs, Robbie Rivera, Marco Bailey, Vandal, Audiofly, Miles Dyson, D.Ramirez, Evil 9, Infusion, Bassbin Twins & Elite Force – you could be next!

One lucky winner wins a three EP deal on Lot 49, mastered at London’s Wired Masters studios with Kev Grainger (Steve Angello, Bjork, Gilles Peterson) plus a heap of software prizes.

14 finalists will have their track featured on Lot49 Recordings “New Lot Compilation”, due out in early 2010.

All entries, which must be original dance tracks, will be judged by a prestigious panel including label owners Meat Katie and Dylan Rhymes and label artists Timo Maas, Orbital, D Ramirez, James Zabiela and Steve Mac.

To enter, register on the Lot 49 website, then submit (up to three tracks) to the competition dropbox at

Last day for submissions is 1 December so get cracking.

All winners will be announced on the website on 14 December 09.

For more details about entering the competition and the prizes, please visit the Lot 49 website. The competition is sponsored by Native Instruments, Loop Masters, Soundcloud, and Wired Masters.

I talked to label boss Meat Katie more about where the idea for the competition came from:

We were just looking for new artists. In music, there’s been so many breakthroughs in technology, so the problem now is getting it heard.

I’d say 99.9% of what I get sent is what I’m not looking for. The thing is you get all these emails and they all blend into one another. We’re getting nowhere with it. Also make it clear to people exactly what we’re about. And hopefully people will listen toe our back catalogue to understand where we’re at creatively.

We’re all checking out and emailing each other – some artist in Venezuela will have a chance to have their track listened to by people who’ve produced before. It’s not just a demo drive – we have prizes as well. It’d be great if someone from the ass end of nowhere got their stuff produced.

As a special bonus, Meat Katie has given us a brand spanking new mix, the Dirty Stop Out mix (November 2009).

Meat Katie – Dirty Stop Out mix

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posted by Amy Riley at 6:24 pm  

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Graffiti Breakz Presents… The Resurrection

Stuck for something to do this Halloween in London? Well somewhere at an undisclosed location, evil scientists have been developing a serum of broken beats, basslines, Digital visual and spray-can art, so potent it will raise the dead. After what has seemed like an age Graffiti Breakz is proud to present the effects of our serum…

…..We give you Graffiti Breakz – The Resurrection.! Sat 31st Oct ’09 (Halloween)

Graffiti Breakz has gained the reputation of being one of the only events in London to successfully combine Breaks, Hardcore Breaks, Drum and Bass’ Live music and Live Graffiti art all under one roof

Now with a larger venue and longer opening hours we will be adding to the mix Dubstep’ Electro/Dubstep, Live Breaks acts, Full Graff art Instillations, Full Graff Art Galleries, More Giveaways, Brighter Lights, and Louder bass to create a vibe re-born; stronger and more electric than any Graffiti Breakz so far..

All 3 rooms will be in session to their full potential. As you enter the rhythm factory you‘ll be met by the artwork of some of London’s leading artists showcasing at the Graffiti Gallery.

As you pass the gallery instillation, and live 6’x4’ Artwork being created in the front bar you arrive in the main room bursting with Live Acts’ DJ Teams, visual displays and much more.

Drifting further into the East London venue, you will find dirty dubstep, kick driven breaks, and the addictive rumble of dark and dirty bass.

Gracing the stages of the 2 Dance floors we have a line up that includes award winning Djs; Apply The Breaks, pioneering producers; Ctrl-z, inspiring funk soul band; Junkyard scientists, and leading the way in the live breaks scene; Diverted. With Duel Calibre’s tear-out sound belting through the 7k rig there’s be something to wake every corpse

Ctrl Z –
Diverted –
Duel Calibre –
Apply the Breaks –
SNC Audio –
DJ Disowned –
Junkyard Scientists –
Flux Pavillion –
Silly Pundit –
The Tank
Ocarina –
Mark T –
DJ Skywalker –
Slugs & Boyson –
London Culture

MC’s / Hosts on the night:

MC Cutter –
Bass 6 –

Check out the Blogs on the face book groups or Graffiti-Breakz website for competitions, and ways to get involved with Graffiti Breakz from the inside!

Just a quick note…there will be GB merchandise giveaways on the night for the Graffiti Breakers with the most Gruesome Halloween outfits!

After 2 years of successful parties at The Purple Turtle in Camden we have taken time out to regroup and come back at the scene ‘which is our passion’ with a fresh and expanded ethos that insists on bringing the best music and the best visual experiences together to produce a night that cant be forgotten.

When: 31st October 2009

Where: Rhythm Factory
16-18 Whitechaple Road
E1 1EW

What Time: 20:00 – 06:00
How Much: £8 B4 9 / £9 in adv / £10 on the door / NUS £9 all night.
Ticket From: Rhythm Factory / / …more tbc.
Phone: 07595 741 731

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posted by Keith Wilson at 3:42 pm  

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Modeselektor’s Fabric SOIREE to celebrate Body Language Volume 8

Next Thursday (22 October), Fabric are hosting a party for Berlin’s Modeselektor latest mixtape offering to the world, Body Language Volume 8.

The 33 track, which was released on the Get Physical label as a CD on 25 September, goes all over the shop on the genre front, moving from grime to techno, from dubstep to house to whatever.

The mix features: Rustie, Untold, Dorian Concept, Moves!!!, Norman Nodge, Peverelist, Horsepower Productions, Robert Hood, Joker, Busta Rhymes, Animal Collective, Dettmann, Siriusmo, Boys Noize, Major Lazer, Alex Cortex, Felix Da Housecat, G-Man, Moderat and Boy 8-Bit.

At the Fabriclive night, Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary will be doing a live set, and they share the stage with Bristol dubstep producer Joker and hip house bass tag-team Patchwork Pirates, with visuals from Pfadfinderei.

To promote the night, Patchwork Pirates have thrown together a mix for you to get your teeth into, affectionally entited Patchwork Pirates HEART MDSLKTR. There’s a couple of Modeselektor and Joker tracks in there for good measures, and as always, PP deliver a booming bass heavy listen.

Patchwork Pirates HEART MDSLKTR

Patchwork Pirates HEART MDSLKTR Tracklisting:

01. Modeselektor – In Loving Memory – Bpitch Control
02. Modeselektor vs. Busta Rhymes – FlipMode (Patchwork Pirates Blend)
03. E-40 – Yay Area – WEA/Reprise
04. Phat Kat – Big Booties – Detroit Barak Records
05. Notorious BIG – Suicidal Thoughts (Lorn Remix) – CD-R
06. Dizz1 – Somewhat – Nod Navigators
07. Big L – The Heist – Rawkus
08. Mr De – Whonleeone – Electrofunk Records
09. Joker vs. Rustie ft. Jams F Kennedy – Women Overseas / Play Doe – CD-R
10. Eprom – Humanoid – CD-R
11. 16bit – ADSL – Southside Dubstars
12. Hudson Mohawke – Twistclip Loop – Warp
13. Red – I Should Tell Ya Mamma on You (Dam-Funk Remix) – HVW8
14. Joker & Ginz – Re-Up – Kapsize
15. Eve & Benga – Me N My – Geffen Records
16. Untold – Don’t Know Don’t Care – Hemlock
17. Bjork – Dull Flame of Desire (Modeselektor Remix) – One Little Indian Remix

9pm-2am, 12 pounds entry

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posted by Amy Riley at 6:39 pm  

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Death Set’s Beau Velasco, Dies in Brooklyn, NYC

Late last night (Sunday 9/27/09) my boyfriend alerted me to a tweet via The Death Set, with some very sad news. “R.I.P. my dear brother, friend and band mate Beau Velasco. For all those who wish to pay their respects I will let know soon.”  “Noo.” I thought. It couldn’t be. Another young and talented individual, gone. Disbelief hits all over again…It’s been a rough couple of months for many.

We’re saddened at the untimely loss of Beau Velasco, one of the founding members of The Death Set. It seems like just yesterday, I had asked Johnny Siera some questions via email, for the feature I was writing, TheMotherFuckinDeathSet. He told me about his journey from Australia to the states with is friend Beau. The hard work, fun and good fortune that they were experiencing with The Death Set, and how it all came to be. Beau’s creativity will forever be heard in the spazzy, electro-punk music we came to love a great deal and seen in his many art forms. Our deepest sympathies to Beau’s family and friends, The Death Set, and those that knew Beau and shared in his life.

“R.I.P. my dear brother, friend and band mate Beau Velasco. We are all so devestated that I will keep this short. We love you and you will be missed. You affected us all so much in the most positive ways. Our lives would not be as is if not for you. We love you. For all those who wish to pay their respects we will let the details known soon.” – via Johnny Siera from The Death Set’s Facebook page

“Beau Velasco, beloved brother and co-founding member of The Death Set, passed away Sunday, September 27, in Brooklyn, New York. Beau co-wrote the Worldwide album with Johnny Siera, with whom his partnership reaches back beyond The Death Set’s beginnings, to Black Panda from Gold Coast, Australia. The Death Set moved from Sydney to the US in 2005, but Beau took a back seat from touring a while later. This original core lineup of the band had recently rejoined to write and record the next record and to resume touring together. At the moment, few details are available about the circumstances of Beau’s passing, but information will be shared as soon as possible, including about immediate plans for The Death Set.” – via The Death Set site

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