Borders what’s up with that? Indeed. More artists need to stand up and make some noise. More artists need to follow M.I.A.’s path and tackle the borders in our minds, the borders we cling to, the borders dividing our world. A must-watch moment I wish there were more of.
It was a time when we had to listen up. A time when we had to Act Up. Our friends were dying. Our governments were turning a blind eye and we were pretty much alone facing a disease that would take way too many of our nearest and dearest. When the HIV/AIDS crisis hit I was young and fuelled with rage. I was sick of hearing stats when those stats were names I knew. I was angry with those who spat and stared and shouted as we tried to have our voices heard. And yet.
And yet there was community. We may have been diminished but there was love and camaraderie even though there were too many gaps on the dancefloors where our friends had once been. The clubs became our churches as our community came together to support, to fundraise, and to face a crisis the like of which I pray we never see again.
So when I was asked to curate a soundtrack for the forthcoming Because Our Friends Are Dying exhibition by local LGBT historian and photographer Alf Le Flohic I knew which part of the record shelves to raid. Tunes from 1998 to 1992. Ballads and ballsy basslines. House and humdingers. Queer pop and even queerer tunes. The love that dare not speak its name sneaking into the mainstream and soundtracking my anger, my sadness, my joy and my friendships. Its not every tune that meant something to everyone but its a good go. A soundtrack for the days we felt too much. For the fight of our lives. For the lives we lost.
World AIDS Day: ACT UP PARIS – Because our friends are dying…
Oxford Street Studio, 19 Oxford Street, Brighton. BN1 4LA
30th November – 1st December.
A series of images taken at an ACT UP demonstration in Paris 1992 by Alf Le Flohic. This two day event will be raising much needed funds for The Sussex Beacon, with limited edition prints, tombola & red ribbons. Kindly sponsored by Nick Ford Photography & Colourstream
Facebook event details here
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‘Tis the season to be jolly. ‘Tis the season to look back at an amazing year, marvel at the achievements our communities have made together, congratulate Pride and its many, many fundraisers and supporters, and yes, shout from the rooftops about the gorgeous music we’ve all had a wiggle to in 2015. Blimey what a wiggle! Have a merry and downright marvellous Christmas and a very fruitful New Year.
Wildblood & Queenie’s Wonders of 2015
1.Butch Dope Play It Say It Quite simply the finest groove of the year laden with joy and disco tendencies. Adored.
2.AKASE Rust !K7 Nothing came close to the beauty of this all year. A must-hear.
3.Maze & Masters Joan Rivers (Original Mix) Vicious Black The ladies do us proud with a slice of diva action we love.
4.La Fleur Make A Move EP Watergate Records A slice of Berlin deep tech action that kept us wiggling till dawn.
5.JammHot Look To The Skies RFBCOLOURS Jamie Trench action from the brilliant must buy Olive EP.
6.Hot Chip Love Is The Future Domino Recording Taken from our album of the year Why Make Sense? This is too hot.
7.Ronnie Spiteri Can’t Stop This Kenja Records Sample heaven as Ronnie ensures we keep going all night.
8.Shaun J. Wright & Alinka Nowhere To Hide (Lil Mark Hot Like 77 Remix) Twirl Records Classy electronica that had us falling for Alinka all over again.
9.Prok & Fitch Tears (Original Mix) Suara Local heroes deliver an international anthem. Standard.
10.Sylvan Esso H.S.K.T (Hercules & Love Affair Bleeps and Vox Mix) City Slang If this doesn’t get your hands in the air nothing will.
11.Maxxi Soundsystem Medicine Culprit Quality tune that ensure we took our medicine with pleasure.
12.Bicep & Hammer Dahlia Feel My Bicep A corker we can’t wait to taste for real at Patterns this NYE.
13.Jaymo & Andy George x Sidney Charles Hip Shots Moda Black Bass bins were invented for tunes like this. Massive.
14.HNNY Solsidan Let’s Play House Sweet grooves that had us seduced from first play.
15.Flash Atkins Levenshulme Orphanage for Boys (Richard Seaborne Mix) Paper Recordings Acid anyone?
16.Doorly It’s Got Me (Original Mix) Cajual Records Deep addictive and sexy groove that’s got me. And her. And us.
17.Waze & Odyssey Ways Of The Underground W&O Double delight as W&O come good with the perfect 4am soundtrack.
18.Severino And Faber Make Me (Original) Fetch Four words. Seve we love you.
19.The Golden Boy The Promise (Walker & Royce Remix) Eton Messy Records Deeply delectable delight it’s easy to declare love for.
20.Purple Disco Machine Where We Belong (Original Mix) Kittball No year is complete without disco balls. Thank you PDM for delivering.
Fancy an hour of the good stuff – with occasional camp banter and regal bits? Then our Home Service on Brighton’s ever glorious RadioReverb will deliver. With upfront tracks by Purple Disco Machine, Will Dawson, La Fleur, and Punks Jump Up, classic wonders from Lawnchair Generals, Jamie xx, John Silver and some disco action from First Choice, you are set for an hour of broadcasting like no other. Literally. Add some barnet love, a not so festive Dear The Evening Argus moment, our tribute to DJ heroine Coco Club wonder and Seven Sins legend Helene Stokes plus Queenie’s Shipping Forecast and you look set to be serviced perfectly by Wildblood and Queenie.
As autumn really gets into full swing with fireworks lighting up the starry sky and piles of leaves just begging to be run through, it must be time to plan some sparkling nights out on those dance floors to keep the night time chills at bay. This month Queenie catches up again with the lovely Lewis Osborne to hear about the rockets he’s setting off in Brighton and Crawley!!!
Remind people of your DJ name: It’s DJ Lewis Osborne!!!
Where can we see you playing these days? Every Tuesday for Trollied Dollies at Bar7 in Crawley, and alternate Saturdays at FunFair in Brighton and 7-Sins at Bar7.
How would you describe your DJing style? A complete and utter mish-mash of pop, house, urban that goes down a treat and just a tad of cheese for good measure!
What’s your favourite song of all time? Too many to choose! But if you push me I guess either Freaks The Creeps (Get On The Dancefloor) or Bodyrox ft Luciana Yeah Yeah.
What tune always fills up (or rescues) your dancefloor? Oh it depends on the night! I’d have to say Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Steve Angello and Sebastien Ingrosso mix) or Christina Aguilera ft Redman Dirrty.
What would be your ultimate dream gig? Well, this year I had the pleasure of DJing on the Bar7 float in the Brighton Pride parade. I think next years goal is to make it onto one of the stages in the park for Brighton Pride, or maybe another pride in this country. Or around the world!!!
Name a tune you wished you’d never played? Oh god, it’s happened a few times! I think every DJ has played a track that’s killed the vibe slightly or maybe a CD that has skipped. But these things happen – it’s how you recover from it that matters.
Guilty pleasure? Definitely Christina Milian AM To PM. Not such a guilty pleasure really, seeing the crowds reaction is always amazing!
What’s been your best ever gig? I actually can’t name one! I just have to say EVERY Tuesday at Trollied Dollies at Bar7 is fabulous. This is my own night, it’s my baby and it’s been amazing to watch it grow as Crawley’s top crew night.
Tell us a secret. I have three kidneys……well, sort of haha!!!
Lewis Osbourne’s Top November Five
Destiny’s Child Jumpin’ Jumpin’ Columbia
City High What Would You Do Interscope
Pia Mia ft Chris Brown, Tyga Do It Again Interscope
Tinie Tempah ft Jess Glynne Not Letting Go (Sammy Porter remix) DL
Calvin Harris and Disciples How Deep Is Your Love Fly Eye Records
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Tis the month to hunker down, revel in the wonders of a cosy session and relax into a season of winter warmth. Let us deliver just that with tunes to make you go ahhh. First up are the Canadian wonder Blond:ish and their cockle warming electronica Welcome To the Present on Kompakt. Beats to revitalise, this will warm you right through winter. As will the excellent Abby Lee Tee’s By Accident on Shash Records with the impish track Drunken Boats, featuring the Bjork like Mimu, worth the purchase price alone and the kooky kool sounds of Wbeeza’s Expression Of Love out on Third Ear.
If you require sunshine through the rain (and sleet and snow) then Andy Compton’s love fuelled Bristol Boogie on Peng will see you through to fair weather whilst the lullaby qualities of en Leise’s Balearic mini album Lingua Franca on International Feel or the enchanting Lazare Hoche’s compilation Access on Lazare Hoche Records will have your rocking to a truly bliss state.
As for our favoured few this November we can’t recommend enough the brilliant Hot Creations presents Summer Jams 2 on, you guessed it Hot Creations. Nothing will beckon the brighter months back sooner than this. As will the exquisite beats of Berlin’s KRTS and his superb longplayer Close Eyes To Exit on Mooncircle. As for our must-hear compilation of the month? It has to be the divine Watergate 19 – Soul Clap on Watergate Records. One of the worlds finest labels delivers a magical live vinyl only set filled with Berlin love ensuring we are all happy to climb aboard the Soul Clap train. Enjoy.
Wildblood and Queenie’s November 12″ Nuggets
La Fleur Make A Move EP Watergate Records Complete and utter brilliance from our top girl. Get acquainted.
AKASE Murmur (Ewan Pearson Remix) !K7 Harry Agius aka Midland and Robbie Redway combine to charm.
John Grant Disappointing (feat. Tracey Thorn) Bella Union Not jealous of those with tickets for Brighton show. Not. One. Bit.
Ronnie Spiteri Don’t Hold Back (Waif & Strays Remix) Kenja Records Nobody does it better than our Ronnie. Class tune from class act.
Will Dawson Love Supreme Big Lucky Music Dawson does disco and we love it. But then what girl wouldn’t?
Apollo 84 Snookies (DeMarzo Remix) MadTech A stand track out from MadTech 2015 EP demanding of love.
Jem Haynes & SOAME Change Colour Series Fall for this gentle electronica and your winter is sorted.
Doc Daneeka What’s It Gonna Be? (Original Mix n Blen) Ten Thousand Yen Dancefloor killer than demands you unleash the queen.
Chemical Surf & P.A.C.O Walking Back (Rework) Kittball Records Filled with attitude, this 7am wonder is all you need.
Jori Hulkkonen Waiting Is All We Have (Musumeci & Lehar Remix) My Favourite Robot Records A slice of beauty from Jori’s Oh But I Am Remixed EP
Catch Wildblood & Queenie’s Home Service on RadioReverb 97.FM radioreverb.com 5pm Sunday 8th November.
Need to get your wiggle on? Wake up those neighbours? Then grab a session with Brighton’s own wonder boy Enzo Siffredi as he delivers a sterling mix to celebrate his forthcoming gig at Ministry Of Sound on Saturday 14th November. Press play and let Enzo wet your appetite for night with Doorly & Friends with Darius Syrossian, Doorly, Doc Daneeka and the ever cute, always able Minimal Kid. It’s too, too good. Just like Enzo.