This is my missus. And this is yet another reason why I love her.
July is always about the build-up. Brighton Pride is on its way and we are getting very, very excited. But whilst the deadlines and the glitter and the sequins beckon we need a little sound distraction. And so here are this month’s Wildblood and Queenie Wonders.
First up are two Chris Coco offerings. Well it is summer and you can’t be all Balearic without some Coco. Gecko Beach Club Formentera: Volume Three Compiled and Mixed by Chris Coco and Danny O takes you right back to the best beaches on the planet whilst Coco, Steel and Lovebomb’s The Chillout Album on Melodica Records reminds you why this genre can be the enlightener it is. Class Coco stuff. Again. Also keeping it horizontal and glorious is Sunset Hours at Marini’s On 57 – compiled by Jose Padilla Secret Life Records. Ibiza is calling you.
Also vying for your wiggle attention this July are the sonic house of Cocoon Ibiza mixed by Mathias Kaden & Popof on Cocoon and the slo-baked grooves of Late Night Tales presents Bill Brewster: Nightshift on Late Night Tales. Each will enhance your summer loving and are worthy of your hard earned.
Finally our must-have because life isn’t complete without them albums. First get your ears around the genre-busting free spirited wonder that is Digitaria’s Night Falls Again on Hot Creations. It’s certain to become your favourite addiction. As is Sankeys 20th Anniversary album by Darius Syrossian on Sankeys Music. A blueprint for any house compilation that’s to come, this live adventure is sublime. And if you aren’t smitten by Darius’ remix of Green Velvet’s Bigger Than Prince by first listen we’ll be worried about you. Seriously worried. Enjoy.
Wildblood and Queenie’s Joyous July ones
La Fleur Stella(Arms Around EP) Watergate Just house of the finest nature, this will add quality to your days.
Hercules & Love Affair I Try To Talk To You (Seth Troxler NYC mix) Moshi Moshi Stunning track, stunning rework, stunning vocals. You know the score.
Green Velvet Bigger Than Prince (Darius Syrossian Rmx) Circus Recordings We have three words for you Darius – we love you!
Downtown Party Network Disco Ball Drama Futureboogie Recordings Sweet slo-mo grooves to get your juices flowing.
MK Always (MK Area 10 Remix) Defected / MOS We defy to keep your hands by your side. Get them in the air people.
Luke Solomon The Acid Games (Stop The Riot EP) Classic Back in the day grooves throwback that’s so 2014.
Benedetto & Farina ft Jaw Your Smile (Matt Tolfrey & Francesca Lombarda Reshape) Leftroom Ltd A slice of twisted but most seductive deeply dishy house music.
SKMK What a Night Lost My Dog Deep and jackin’ house to make you move.
Copy Paste Soul Cant Take It From Me 2 Swords Strung out deep disco samples keep this heaven bound.
Billie Ray Martin After All (Mijk van Dijk Remix) Disco Activisto Records Ms Martin keeps on delivering. Year after year after year.
Catch Wildblood and Queenie at DSD, DSD Higher, the Wild Fruit Pride Tent, Sunday Sundae, Calabash, HAW and Striking A Brighton Pose at Jubilee Library. Sssh!
Where can we see you playing? Although our roots are in Brighton we live in London and reside at Beyond & Gravity at Fire club – hear us there weekly! We’re at XOYO on 18 July & 8 Aug, London Pride closing party at Orange on 28th June, Secret Garden Party on 25 July, Girlie Circuit on 13 Aug, Kuala Lumpur tour with Fierce Angels in August and Bestival on 8 Sept. At Brighton Pride we are delighted to be playing in the Wild Fruit Big Top! In the evening we will be at Coalition followed by Beyond at The Haunt, and on the Sunday we’re proud to be joining the Fruity crew’s Sunday party!
How would you describe your djing style? We are pretty spontaneous. We always try to connect with the crowd and then take them where they want to go (even if they didn’t know they wanted to go there!). Musically we push a bumping deep tech house vibe, always with a hint of original grooves inspired by classic 12” house and garage history.
What’s your favourite song of all time? What an evil question! There are many, but one in particular stands out to both of us….. Red Carpet’s Alright. We were both there in the Wild Fruit Tent, Pride 2009 when Dulcie Danger dropped it. It created an epic moment. Dulcie and Alright have been very inspirational to both of us – Bryony even has the lyrics tattooed on her!
Which tune always fills up (or rescues) your dancefloor? Verity: MK Burning (Original Vibe Mix). It never fails, never gets old. Bryony: Right On (Vocal Remix) by Silicone Soul is a guaranteed to send any dancefloor into a nostalgic spin.
What would be your ultimate dream gig? Bryony: Panorama Bar in Berlin. We went for the first time in January, and there is something pretty magical about that place – the music is always unbelievable and the crowd are in a different world, it’s really special. Verity: I feel very lucky because we regularly have those gigs that afterwards we say ‘wow that was the best gig ever’! So the answer is any place there is a perfect balance of love, sweat, tears….and an epic soundsystem.
Name a tune you wish you’d never played? Bryony: I once dropped the Glee version of Don’t Stop Believing. There was a fair amount of tequila and peer pressure involved and I publically apologised the day after!!!
Guilty pleasure? Verity: Bryony likes to feature some diva tune when you least expect it, she is the master of ‘one more song’ and that has become my (not!) guilty pleasure! Bryony: My favourite was M People’s One Night in Heaven at the end of a club night in Vauxhall. I almost got in a trouble for that until they saw everyone singing along! Ha!
What’s been your best ever gig? No brainer. Brighton Pride – Wild Fruit Tent!!!
Maze’s Top 5
Patrick Topping Forget Hot Creation
Redondo & Ferrick Dawn Love Too Deep (Original) White
Dominica Gotta Let You Go (Club) Outland
No Artificial Colours Reach For Me PMR
Karizma 4 The Love (Acapella) Defected
Masters Top 5
Rick Sanders Friends (Dub) Smiley Fingers
Nasser Baker Falling (Original) Objektivity
James Pople I never knew Elektronique
Shonky Cluborama Freak n Chic
Ian Pooley Organic Lo:Rise
As we dance our merry way into June, Queen Josephine catches up with someone who’ll not only be playing the tunes but making them as well. Gather round people – it’s time to hear some words of wisdom from the fabulous Mikalis. But please, try not to mention Paris Hilton…….
Where can we see you playing? At the moment I’m mostly playing for Kidology, which is a London based record label I’m very fortunate to be a part of as DJ/Producer/Label Manager. We played the Buddha Lounge on 17th May, then Sub Audio Festival on Clapham Common on the 24th which was my first experience DJing at a ‘silent disco’! Our pre-Ibiza Tour party Saturday Sessions at the Ministry Of Sound London start on the 7th June with James Zabiela headlining.
And what’s up on the production front? First up in early June is Be Prepared, Understand which is a rework of the classic piano house track Choc The Beat with a bit of diva vocal action added. Then in July the Mark Wilkinson and Mikalis remix of Dolly Rockers Voices will be out, closely followed by another big gay remix which I’ll be giving away in time for Brighton Pride!!!!
How would you describe your djing style? Lovingly blended uplifting house with a heavy influence from the days gone by of house, disco and garage. I enjoy playing with familiarity and presenting much loved sounds in new ways!
Which tune always fills up (or rescues) your dancefloor? Inner City Big Fun ‘We don’t need a crowd to have a party, just a funky beat and you to get it started and oh, we’ll dance the night away’…… pretty much says it all!
What would be your ultimate dream gig (no holds barred and in an ideal world!!!)? I’d love to go back in time and play at Paradise Garage in New York along side Larry Levan with a PA from Loleatta Holloway!
Name a tune you wish you’d never played (and why!)? Oooooh there are so many. One that springs to mind is a remix of Paris Hilton’s Stars Are Blind, mainly because it makes me feel partially responsible for her continuation in the music industry!
Guilty pleasure? Bit of a cop out but I never feel guilty about taking pleasure from music…
What’s been your best ever gig? I’d have to say warming up for Fatboy Slim at Wild Fruit on the night of Brighton Pride a couple of years back! I dropped my remix of Ce Ce Penniston’s Finally and when it got to the breakdown I looked up, all the lights in club were on and most of the club were facing the DJ booth with their hands in the air singing!
Mikalis’ Top 5
Wookie Higher (Jaded Remix) ManChu Recordings
Mark Wilkinson vs Mikalis House Music Baby (Hifi Sean Remix) Kidology London
Nice7 Time To Get Physical (Bontan Remix) DFTD
Control Freakz Higher (Fake Remedy Mix) Discopolis
Shur-I-Kan Won’t Love, Can’t Love Lazy Day Recordings
So summer is officially here. Honest. Even if it’s pouring down, its here, all English like, which means we need to celebrate, open windows and play some good stuff. Which is handy because this months selections are hot, hot, hot.
First up with the eeks and bleeps of Manuel Tur’s Es Cub on the Freerange label. Its mighty, mysterious and mmm. The kind of house and techno music your mother warned you about. Ibiza is calling; make sure you take Manuel on your journey. Also worth a trip out for is the cute compilation that is Sek’s Prime Cuts: 02 on Lost My Dog. House of the jackin’, deep and mind-blowing kind is well represented as Sek keeps it underground and brilliant. Other longplayers you need in your life right now include the deeply cool electronica of Black Frames from Dave Aju on Circus Company and the frankly far too wonderful new compilation on Soul Clap Records Dancing On The Charles Vol. 2. Featuring a smorgasbord of right proper slo-mo grooves and deep house this will make your summer.
Finally our must must-dos of June. First up is the superb new Fabric compilation from Deetron. Fabric76 is a wonder to behold as every beat enchants and makes ones day. We are all a quiver over the divine Deetron. Again. And finally it has to be Hercules & Love Affairs The Feast Of The Broken heart on Moshi Moshi. Andy Butler’s inspired choice of collaborating with vocalist John Grant and his desire to strip back to the jack of it all has produced an stunning follow up to 2011’s Blue Songs. We may fight over the best track – has there been a braver song than I Try To Talk To You? – but we are united in our love for Hercules. The affair ain’t over. It’s just begun. Enjoy.
Wildblood and Queenie’s June Jumpers
1. AB/DC This Feelin (Soul Claps Classic Vox) Southern Fried Records This has two words stamped all over it. Summer anthem.
2. The Smiths This Charming Man (Luis Leon Bootleg) Blankhaus Possibly sacrilegious but bloody lovely nonetheless.
3. The Analogue Cops – Lucretio Denying Hype LTD Jackin’ disco infused proper house that’s a DSD classic in waiting.
4. Snax Up And Coming Children (Per QX & Elias Bravo Rmx) Random Records House to put the heat into those summer dancefloors.
5. Waifs & Strays Dance With Me Madtech You dancing? Cos the boys are still asking.
6. Selvy Gotta Have It Legendary Sound Research Quality soulful disco house of the Queenie kind.
7. Temporary Hero Glitterball (Ashley Beedle’s Heavy Disco Vocal) Anticodon Records Take a whirl under Ashley’s glitterball if you dare.
8. Boxwork Michael Jackson Unconditional Music Simple but effective deep house groove that does MJ proud.
9. Nail Together Robsoul Recordings Disco loops + perfect percussion = happy people
10. Syke’n’Sugarstarr Ticket 2 Ride (Heinrich Matis Remix) Do The Hip! The Sundae classic gets a decent rework courtesy of Mr Matis.
Catch Wildblood and Queenie at DSD, DSD Higher and Have A Word (With Fashion).
Today didn’t start too good. Frustration and fury. But then this dropped and it all melted away. With his Extended NYC Mix of I Try To Talk To You, Seth Troxler has provided yet another reason why you should be getting excited about Hercules & Love affair’s forthcoming album The Feast Of The Broken Heart on Moshi Moshi. Divine doesn’t even begin to cover it. Stripped back and beautiful, Mr Troxler and John Grant make everything okay again. It’s gonna be a good day.