Tonight I’m keeping it Schtumm. I’m keeping it Schtumm about a decent party thrown by decent people playing very decent music. All secret like. You can find out more by signing up to their mailing list at schtumm.com I wish there were more like Schtumm. Letting you take a punt on a secret no guest-list party where you don’t know the venue or the DJ till it really matters, when your there, when your dancing. The kind of party where you rely on a promoters previous form and taste to entice you in. The kind of party we need more of. Clubbing isn’t about the glam or the glitter, the gifts and the blag, the who’s and the wherefores. Its about the people, the tunes and the dancing. And keeping it Schtumm.
Today is a good day. The sun shone. Spring was definitely in my step. And so it seemed only appropriate that I greeted the news that Hercules & Love Affair were dropping their latest longplayer in May with the hankering for dodgy nightclubs, you know, the kind with sweat dripping from the arches, dark corners full of promise and a dancefloor filled with like-minded dancing souls. Yep all this comes with just one listen of Hercules & Love Affair’s forthcoming album track Do You Feel The Same? Its fuelled with acidic throwbacks, looping vocals, heavenly intentions and that old skool feel when clubbers raised their hands together on dancefloors filled with love. And it feels good.
Add the anticipation that only a longplayer from Butler and Co can bring and, well, I’m stepping with the type of spring only decent house music can bring. Roll on May and more of the heavenly Hercules stuff. It’s time for The Feast of the Broken Heart.
The Feast of the Broken Heart. Out May 26 via Moshi Moshi.
Queenie’s new Strip Service has just made its debut in the March edition of Gscene. Like she does. It’s about me and my persona’s natural resting position come birthday time. Like I do.
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Them mad March hares are about to start leaping about ladies and gentlemen and I’m suggesting you’ll be doing exactly the same once you’ve spent a mere moment of your time in the company of lovely DJ Lil Alex! Whether it’s on the radio or in front of the dancefloor, here’s a fella who just loves to move your dancing feet. I caught up with him to talk tunes, production dreams and errrrr, cheddar in the microwave……
Where can we see/hear you playing? My most exciting gig at the moment is on Gaydio every Friday with Jonesy from 8-10pm. It’s exciting because, audience wise, it’s one of the biggest gigs you can get in the world when it comes to gay scene DJing – 850,000 listeners a month! You can also find me every Saturday night playing an after-hours set at The Bulldog in Brighton (3-7am), plus regular slots at Charles Street Saturdays. I’m also resident DJ for Wild Fruit.
Please describe your djing style. I always describe my style as ‘party house’. It’s four-to-the-floor 128bpm dance music, but twists and turns whenever my attention span runs out. I’m playing a lot of deeper funky house at the moment in line with current trends – Disclosure are really doing it for me along with the bassline movement they’re riding.
What’s your favourite song of all time? Impossible question! Last time Gscene asked me about my favourite tracks I think I went off on one about my love for Sister Act 2, Rage Against The Machine and Les Miserables, so let’s keep it housey this time… Delerium Silence.
Which tune always fills up/rescues your dancefloor? I’ve got this great remix of Mojo’s Lady by a producer called CorruptT that’s got a really thick ‘wompy’ bassline – classic but current, my favourite mix.
What would be your ultimate dream gig (no holds barred!!!)? I dream of playing festivals, but I really need to focus on producing if that’s ever going to happen. Tomorrowland, Sensation White, Snowbombing? Yes please.
Name a tune you wish you’d never played and why! I was in a club in Portsmouth getting hassled non-stop for some Justin Bieber – clearly not anything I would carry. They were really persistent so I YouTubed something on my phone which looked appropriate (I vaguely recognised the remixer) and plugged it into the desk. Not only was I playing Justin Beiber but it turned out to be a horrific mix with hardly any of the vocals. Dancefloor cleared, credibility ruined.
What’s your guilty pleasure? I like melting cheddar in the microwave until it’s burnt – it gets all salty and oily. Try it!
What’s been your best ever gig? That’s easy! I once played in the unisex toilet of a nightclub back-to-back with my best mate DJ Lee Jefferys. They had decks set up opposite the urinals. It was hectic, people dancing in the sinks and falling into cubicles – a great memory.
Tell us a secret! When I was in primary school I found a dirty magazine and sold torn-out pages of it for 20p each. I think that was the first and last time I saw a ladies front bottom!
Lil Alex’s March Top Five
- Disclosure ft. Mary J Blige F For You Universal Island Records
- Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt Shake That (Tom Staar mix) Play It Down
- Mary G. ft Ricardo Munoz You & I (Bodybangers remix) Pulsive
- Merk & Kremont vs Toby Green ft. Lenny Kravitz Are You Gonna Go My Way Whitelabel
- Neon Jungle Braveheart (Patrick Hagenaar Colour Code remix) Sony Music
March is finally with us. Time for bunnies to bounce, spring to, erm, spring, and the tunes to get seriously wonderful. First play in this month’s Ouch house soundtrack goes to the classic soulful grooves of Natasha Watts and her sweet as debut album on Sedsoul. Expect to be spellbound as this mistress of melodies delivers a right bobby dazzler. Also shining this March are the downtempo sounds of Leon Vynehall’s Music for the Uninvited on 3024 and the handily labelled ‘ambient, 808 jack, nineties IDM, Chicago footstep, glitchy bits’ of Hiele’s Essential Oils on Ekster records. Electronica for the discerning ear. We are also rather taken by Shur-I-Kan’s Precious Things EP on Lazy Days. Short but achingly sweet it blasts away the winter cobwebs with style. As does the brilliant new Futurists compilation on Moda Black. Blimey Moda, that house music of yours is right nice.
As for this months must-bloody-have longplayers? Firstly we have the wobble inducing techno of Neun, a Cocoon compilation mixed with real panache by Chris Tietjen. If you want a reason why techno can still move hearts and minds this is it. Glorious. As is the compilation 3 Years Of Fiakun on the, you guessed it, Fiakun label. A real thing of beauty this had us hopelessly hooked from our first listen with its electronica of exciting possibilities. Finally there is the latest stunner from the Wolf + Lamb label stable. PillowTalk’s Je Ne Sais Quoi delivers prime cuts of pop melodies, classic R&B, soul and boogie to create glorious 21st century house music, proving this is a outfit you’ll want whispering sweet musical nothings in your ears till the cops come knocking. Perfection.
Wildblood and Queenie’s March Must-Have 12”s
1. Tom Flynn Hoochie / Mistress Chantelle Hot Creations As Mrs Doyle would say “Down with this type of filth”. Utter dirt!
2. HNNY Tears (Original Mix) Local Talk Neal Schtumm recommended Audio wonder we can’t get enough off
3. SKMK I Can Love Lost My Dog Outstanding house from SKMK’s brilliant Giving Up On You EP.
4. Dorsia Ghana (HNNY Remix) Loft Records If this doesn’t get your arse wiggling, nowt will.
5. Waze & Odyssey Real Good Like (Original Mix) Street Tracks Clubland’s nicest DJ duo deliver a dancefloor bomb.
6. Subb-an feat. S.Y.F. Say No More Crosstown Rebels Deep house anthem that will soundtrack this summer, believe us.
7. Terrence Parker When Loves The Feeling GFY Black Label Fine piano house that makes us yearn for Sunday Sundae’s return.
8. Voyeur Rain Away Madhouse Records Wait patiently and the cheeky disco diva sample will floor you.
9. Jorge Savoretti Bassuka Rogue Society Jackin’ percussive wonder that demands the sweat is has.
10. Lee Daley See The Way (Original Mix) Nordic Trax Deep rumbling house that packs a thrill.
Brighton Pride matters to me because Pride matters to me. And it means so much more than a blow-out in the park or a set of a lifetime in a dance tent or a terrace. It means life. My queer life, your queer life, our queer life. Here’s my take on the reasons why as recently published on Pride Brighton & Hove’s website. Pride matters. Today more than ever.
Recently I was asked by a relative trying to understand my sexuality why does there need to be Pride? Why parade and why, as they so kindly put, flaunt it? My answer? I take part in Pride because I can. Because it’s personal. I enjoy a freedom barely imagined less than fifty years ago. Private homosexual acts between adult males were only decriminalised in 1967, when my missus was 4 years old. The Stonewall Riots happened in 1969, the year I was born, and without them and the social changes they propelled, my life would have been very different.
The first UK Gay Pride marches didn’t happen until the early 1970s and the brave souls who risked their professional and social lives to make a stand for equality deserve not only our unending appreciation but also our proud action. I parade so I can march beside them. Thanks to them equality in the UK is a right, but there are too, too many countries across the globe where it is not. Pride matters to me because I can stand beside those in Russia, Uganda, India, Iran, Nigeria and the 78 others where homosexuality is illegal. The bullied, the frightened, the persecuted, the imprisoned, the hunted.
Pride matters to me because it can be political, it can be campaigning and it, as seen with Pride Brighton & Hove’s support of the Brighton Supports LGBT Russia campaign, can make a difference. It is so much more than a lark in the sun, a dance in the moonlight. It’s a celebration yes, but it’s also a statement of intent that cannot be ignored. A statement I will continue to make until equality is a right, regardless of where one is born. So just like the drag queers and homos and dykes of Stonewall I will parade, campaign and, yes, flaunt it. Because Pride matters. Because Pride is not just for one day, it’s for life. Our global queer lives.
Super early bird tickets for Pride Brighton & Hove 2014 are now on sale. Grab yours before they sell out and ensure everyone knows why Pride matters. £9 Super Early Bird and £12.50 Early Bird ticket prices have been frozen / available while stocks last. Discounted £15 Advance (first release) available for a limited period. Tickets then go up to £15/£17.50/£20. More on the day. £1 of the price of every ticket sold will be ring fenced and donated directly to the Rainbow Fund. Grab them here www.brighton-pride.org/tickets
This week I found myself being asked by Pride Brighton and Hove why Pride Matters. So I wrote. All personal like. Like I do.
Read it here www.brighton-pride.org/pridematters