Month: October 2022

DJs Playing Badly: 7th October 2022

Welcome to another installment of our usual weekly column, DJs Playing Badly. Every single Friday, we showcase an example of a DJ set going horribly wrong. Whether it be a crowd simply not responding to a set, a technical failure or something else entirely, this column features the best of DJ fail each week. For this week's edition, we have a little bit of everything - courtesy of Tale Of Us. The music being played…

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Could Lobster Theremin artists end up OWING Jimmy Asquith money?

DJ and producer Jimmy Asquith must be seriously wondering whether this week is going to get any worse. He has already faced multiple allegations from multiple sources of things all the way from drunken behaviour to sexual assault, and had his entire Lobster Theremin label staff resign from the company. And it’s only Thursday. Ears To The House has been told by a reliable source that one of the people who haven’t gone public with…

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Annabel Ross attacks Solomun’s plague raves – but where was she in 2020?

We've all had plenty of fun at the expense of Solomun over the past few days - as Ears To The House covered yesterday - and we somehow doubt that was the last of it. But amidst the deeply sycophantic piece telling us how brilliant this supposed master of his craft is, there were one or two things which were, to say the least, questionable. If this really is the case, Solomon has some kind…

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Wednesday Whisper: 5th October 2022

Which regular DJ on the touring circuit caused his entire team to miss their flights recently due to his heavy sleeping? The DJ in question had completed a number of gigs in Ibiza and surrounding countries across mainland Europe and was due to fly home from the White Isle, alongside their manager and two members of staff. Having completed the last show of a very busy season, they were all due to head back home…

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Amidst sex allegations, a closer look at Asquith’s Lobster Theremin label…

Things aren't going very well in the world of James Drew Asquith right now. Over the weekend, a female Scottish DJ accused him of sexual assault, coercion and grooming - allegations which Asquith himself strongly denies. Since then, more claims have emerged - and Ears To The House understands several others are yet to be made public. We also understand that all of his shows for the next few weeks have been cancelled - which…

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Judge Jules played Amnesia last week – feedback was mixed…

Given the tendency of some people to express themselves in a more visceral manner online, one of the surprising things in the dance music world is how rarely this happens. Every weekend, there are DJs playing excellent sets which deserve praise - in much the same way there are those who don't do so well. Yet this fact is almost never acknowledged on the likes of social media. When a DJ posts on Instagram about…

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Blake Baxter wants to write about Detroit techno’s REAL story

When we’re unhappy with something in life, we generally have two options. We can either complain about it, or we can try to do something about it. This is a philosophy which the editor of Ears To The House tries to follow in life - he wasn’t keen on much of the house music around, so he started making his own. He wasn’t happy with the lack of coverage of certain issues in  the dance…

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Resident Advisor made an absolute mess out of Asquith story

Ears To The House has repeatedly been told in the past, in public and in private, that we're too harsh on Resident Advisor. From journalists contacting our editor behind the scenes urging him to go easy on the self-proclaimed "industry leader" to dance music darling Annabel Ross making ridiculous allegations of misogyny, we've heard it all before. We are, of course, not going to do any such thing. A website which proclaims itself to be…

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UK lottery funding In Pursuit Of Repetitive Beats nostalgia trip

Over the past two years, there seem to have been films and documentaries commissioned into huge numbers of aspects of dance music history. Yet the perverse thing is our understanding of this period has not really been improved by their existence. To cite just the one example - because we really haven’t got all day - God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines says it elaborates on the history of Detroit techno. Yet reviews of the…

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Here’s One They Made Earlier: 3rd October 2022

Ears To The House has spent a lot of time over the past year writing about Detroit techno, its artists and its history. We've learnt about the skulduggery of some of the names behind the genre - but one of the positive things about all this research is we've also encountered a lot of music that we otherwise wouldn't have. One of those people whose discography we've become much more familiar with is Blake Baxter…

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