Month: December 2021

Plague raves, ignoring the Derrick May allegations, club closures and Rebekah not leading her own campaign: good riddance to the cesspit that was 2021!

2021 was a year which started out with so much promise. After months and months of lockdown during 2020 - and more of the same as the new year dawned - there was much talk of a great reset within the dance music scene. There was an acceptance that things could not continue as they were. Things had to change. The money in dance music had to be spread more…

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At least some things never change, eh? Nervous end the year by sticking to tradition – that is, the one where they stick a lady up on Instagram to amuse people who still think it’s 1991…

Nervous Records were very pleased to reach their 30th anniversary this year. And to give them their dues, there are very few dance music labels from 1991 which are still around today - so I certainly don't blame label boss Mike Weiss and the rest for wanting to celebrate the occasion. But one thing that's in little doubt is the sales strategy at the label. Put simply, if Instagram had…

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Japan’s Stokyo are releasing a portable DJ set (based on Columbia GP3 portables from the 1960s) in the New Year with turntables included – but am I the only one who thinks it looks like a Fisher Price toy?

I know a little about music production. I used to be one. But one thing I never fully understood was the obsession in certain quarters with buying copious amounts of hardware for making said music. It costs a small fortune, takes up loads of space and where are you going to find the money to pay for it? Certainly not from streams on Spotify or selling your tracks on Beatport,…

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Five weeks after #ForTheMusic unveiled their rabbit out of the hat – which was a fundraiser for a film – only €2244 has been raised… so what’s gone wrong and where’s your donation, Rebekah?

I'm painfully aware that I'm coming across like a stuck record here - but I shall keep doing it for as long as it takes. I would absolutely love to get behind the #ForTheMusic movement, founded by DJ Rebekah Teasdale. I think it's a brilliant idea and horrendously overdue. And as much as I try to avoid making things personal on this blog, it's becoming increasingly difficult not to ask…

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The Saturday Recap (on Friday!) – 31st December 2021

So that's another week over and done with. And with tomorrow being New Year's Day, your recap of the week is once again a day early. Here's what's been on the blog between Christmas Eve and now... Which 5-star hotels will the DJs going to Saudi like, then?Is Resident Advisor's editor-in-chief using her position to help out a mate?Was a one jab only requirement really the right idea for this…

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Here’s One They Made Earlier: remember THAT piano which E-Smoove used to stick on everything in the early 90s? This is one of the better ones…

It's hard to believe, but the record I'm including in tonight's column is a little over 30 years old now. Yes, this one was made and released all the way back in 1991 - and came out of ID Records, an in-house imprint consisting of Steve "Silk" Hurley, Maurice Joshua and E-Smoove. These days, it's pretty standard for the producer and singer to both headline a track. Not then. This…

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So which 5-star Riyadh hotel shall I stay at next time? The question every business techno DJ will be asking as Saudi Arabia confirms it wants to become a global “cultural hub”…

The Nazï regime was probably the first in the world to truly understand the power of the media. Hitler tasked his propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels with ensuring the media of the time - which mostly consisted of newspapers and the radio - were loyal to the regime and only told the people of Germany what the regime wanted them to know. These lessons have been adopted, albeit to less extreme…

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It’s the sound of da police! About the time Judge Jules was ordered to shut up by none other than South Yorkshire’s boys in blue – read on to find out why…

This time last year, Christmas and New Year celebrations were somewhat more muted than now. Lockdown restrictions across many countries prevented most regular events at this time of year from going ahead. And although things are slightly different this year, we're not exactly back to the heady days of the 1990s. The big name DJs of the late 90s were a seriously greedy bunch - and nothing exemplified this more…

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Where’s Kerri Chandler when you need him? After Northern Ireland’s police disclose they had eight reports of UFO sightings in 2021, perhaps METI’s next trip should be to the Giant’s Causeway…

In days gone by, newspapers went through something that in Britain was called the silly season. Traditionally, this referenced a period in late summer when there was very little news to report. This meant newspapers had to fill their pages with more frivolous stories in order to keep their sales and advertising revenue up. With the advent of the internet, silly season is now a permanent event - but it…

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Is there something you’ve forgotten to tell us, Whitney? Resident Advisor’s editor-in-chief writes a painfully long piece for her site – but all is not as it seems with one of the contributors…

In 1987, British comedy Only Fools and Horses broadcast a scene at Peckham's market. Del Boy was trying to sell these back massagers and used the machine on lovable Uncle Albert to show what it could allegedly do. Albert, who told the crowd he'd had a bad back for years at the beginning, was now dancing merrily. After an unconvinced member of the crowd suggests the two know each other,…

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