Month: July 2021

You might not be seeing it all even with a video: why the footage of Todd Edwards at his first ever UK appearance in 2003 has more than meets the eye

There are lots of things about Todd Edwards that previously remained unknown. His music, particularly remixes, used to be everywhere until around 2000 - then they trickled down and eventually disappeared a few years later. Why? And how did he get back into music anyway? These questions, and others, are answered in an interview he did with The Guardian - which manages to be interesting and reveal things which weren't known before. We also get…

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The Six On Saturday (That Aren’t From Me!) – 31st July 2021

On the week that a Russian man decided to rob a sex shop but ended up getting beaten up with a dildo instead - to think some people would pay someone to do that, eh? - I go through the records that'll give you more of the pleasure and less of the, ahem, bashing... Wez Whynt Feat. Earl W. Green, Jason Nicholson Porter & Nickson - You Will Know (Raising)This is one of the things about house…

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The Saturday Recap – 31st July 2021

Welcome to the weekend! Your Six On Saturday column is coming up later, but let’s start with a recap of what’s been on this site during the week. There’s something to read every single day… Why was Derrick May asked to play at a birthday party for a club he's never been to before?51st State Festival demands Covid tests to get past the gate - then doesn't.Streams are up, downloads are down and vinyl sales…

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Try not to U-turn just after this blog goes to print this time! 51st State are the latest to announce cashless wristbands – but why ARE festivals so keen to push this right now?

I'd better get this one written up and published as quickly as possible. 51st State Festival have a bit of a habit of changing their minds, as demonstrated on Thursday. It seems they've decided in their wisdom that they don't want your money anymore. Or more specifically, they don't want your Covid-ridden cash. Well, that's the narrative that 51st State Festival - and to be fair, other festivals such as Defected Croatia - are going…

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Derrick May gets booked to appear at Shelter’s 30th birthday – but WHY is a techno DJ who almost never plays house music who’s never performed at the club on the line-up at all?

Traditionally, the birthdays of nightclubs are celebrated with a big line-up. A fair amount of money is often spent on them. Clubs have a lot of adversaries who would rather they didn't exist, so every victory like this must be savoured and enjoyed. And that often means booking DJs who are historically associated with the venue. Club Shelter appear not to have received this memo. They're currently advertising the fact their 30th birthday party is…

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You know that level on Super Mario Bros 3 where the sun is trying to kill you? Now it’s coming after your vinyl records as well!

There are one or two levels in the Super Mario Bros 3 game where the sun is basically your enemy. It chases after you and occasionally takes a swing down to try and catch you. Many an hour during my childhood were spent frustratingly trying to thwart this enemy. Well, at the moment, the sun is killing vinyl records. Or warping them, to be precise. This happened on a smaller scale in the UK last…

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As Northern Ireland eases some Covid restrictions today, why are they the only part of the UK that does NOT mention nightclubs in their plans?

As I've said time and time again on this blog, the dance music press typically only cares about what happens in London - mostly because they're based there and it's easy for them to cover. The most their employer has to cover is the cost of a Tube train or taxi. Anywhere else requires a train, at the least. In recent times, the likes of Mixmag have become more aware of this criticism and have…

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That’s as close to London as you’re ever gonna get! Creamfields announce their 2022 festival is going to be in… Chelmsford, of all places

Back in the 90s, two of the powerhouse clubs were Ministry of Sound, based in London, and Cream, based in Liverpool. Rumours kept persisting throughout the decade that Cream was going to launch a new club in London - claims that reached fever pitch in 1997 when a rumour did the rounds about Cream's owners buying the Ministry. None of this happened in the end, of course. Any DJ worth their salt could tell you…

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51st State Festival caves in to the anti-vaxxer brigade and declares tests to enter the venue optional – but was a rebellion by pampered, egotistical DJs behind the decision?

The news cycle moves quickly sometimes. Late last night, I wrote an article about Hannah Wants and whether she would have a response about the news that 51st State Festival had made it mandatory to show proof of vaccine, a negative test or proof of recent infection in order to gain entry. It was published this morning. Not long after it appeared, 51st State backtracked. It will now be optional. In accordance with the guidelines…

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Problems with two-faced people who say you’re great but are secretly trying to thwart your career? If only there was a blog that could help out…

Now that nightclubs are reopening in various parts of the world again - and closing in others, but I digress - one rather ugly tradition has returned to the dance music scene. And that practice is essentially being two-faced. You know the sort - telling people to their faces that they’re brilliant and deserve to go far whilst behind their backs, you’re conspiring and actively working to thwart them. They exist in many areas of…

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