Traumfrau and Pink Fringe present Late Summer Back Yard Festival

10382740_597520130360651_2889219018759643951_nThere’s nowt like a grin and a wiggle under the stars and tonight, courtesy of those rather marvellous wonders at Traumfrau and Pink Fringe, Brighton gets the chance to do just that, with a night of live performance, art and DJs. With an impressive line-up that includes The Royal Society for the Pursuit of Love Birds, Hannah Murphy, Project O, Bryony Kimmings and DJ’s Mrs Norman Knows, Solomun Onyemere as well as our good selves Wildblood & Queenie making our Traumfrau disco-tech debut, the Late Summer Back Yard Festival promises to be a night fuelled by stars and love (and a rather impressive yurt apparently!). So there you have it. Far too many reasons to come have a wiggle with some of Brighton’s finest one more time this summer. See you under the stars.

Traumfrau and Pink Fringe present Late Summer Back Yard Festival Saturday September 13. 7:30 pm – 3 am. Wagner Hall, 9 Russell Place Brighton. £7/£9 Grab online here.

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Perfect Distractions: The 2 Bears ‘Not This Time’ Southern Fried Records

Screenshot 2014-09-12 18.35.33Brave, beautiful and addictive. Yep I’ve found my latest perfect distraction. The 2 Bears are back and the boys are dragging up something real decent with a slice of heartfelt pop that will keep you enchanted until the last note.  And with their new album The Night Is Young currently caressing my lugholes I have a feeling I’m gonna be lip syncing (minus the lippy) with the bears for a while. Which is just how I like it.

The 2 Bears The Night Is Young Southern Fried Records 13th October 2014 www.the2bears.co.uk

Happy 10th Birthday Audio!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWithout it Brighton wouldn’t be, well, Brighton. Without it my clubbing history would be less grin filled, groove sorted and decent. Without it where would we put our giant disco ball? Without it my hangover curing chemist would be bust. And without it Brighton today wouldn’t be able to hold its clubbing head up quite so high. From the underground to the proud, from the terrace to the dark depths, Audio has kept me spinning to the right stuff for more years than I care to remember. Escaping into Audio, year after year after year. As the missus would put it, how fucking marvellous. Cheers to John, the glorious managers, staff, door darlings and each and every amazing promoter who’ve delivered the good stuff Brighton night after Brighton night.

Happy 10th Birthday Audio. Keep doing what you do best – putting a grin in Brighton’s soul.

Audio’s 10th Birthday party – Friday 12 September with Ame, Pablo Contraband, Schtumm, Earl J, Martyn Savage, Crazy P, Seamus Haji, Charles Green, Tom Frisco, Dominic Ashton, Paul Budd, A1 Bassline and Enzo Siffredi.  www.audiobrighton.com

Perfect Distraction: Phil Weeks ‘It’s The Inside That Counts’

photoIf there’s one tune that encapsulates the wiggle our Queen Josephine had on this summer it has to be Phil Weeks latest groove ‘Its The Inside That Counts’. I can’t imaging shaking my arse to anything else – and judging by the disco dolls down at DSD this summer neither could anyone else. Proof yet again that a deck diva always needs a diva disco vocal to get a wiggle on. ‘Cos it’s the inside that really does count!

Phil Weeks It’s The Inside That Counts Robsoul Recordings www.facebook.com/philweeksmusic

 

Queenie gets Frank with Missy B

PromoNow that Pride has finished, don’t think it’s time to hang up your dancing shoes for another year. Not when the gorgeous Missy B is still behind the decks waiting to get your arses shaking anyway! This month Queenie caught up with the busy lady to find out where you can find her, what brings out the best in her and why there’s nothing wrong with a bit of Mr Sinatra….

How would you describe your DJing style? Anything with a dirty bass-line, Old Skool Hip Hop and a good vocal house tune, then I’ll mash it all up to get the dancefloor pumping!

What’s your favourite tune of all time? That’s got to be Double 99 Rip Groove. Reminds me of my good old vinyl garage days!!!

Which tune always fills up (or rescues) your dancefloor? Good Feeling by Flo Rider!

What would be your ultimate dream gig? I’d love to play alongside some of the big names at Global Gathering.

Name a tune you wish you’d never played and why! At the time I thought it’d be a great idea to play a bit of Whitney Houston I Wanna Dance With Somebody. About thirty seconds into the song a young lad came running up to the DJ booth sobbing his heart out trying to tell me he’d been to his grandmother’s funeral earlier in the day and that this was her song…..I felt SO bad (gulp).

Guilty pleasure? I LOVE Frank Sinatra – I’ve Got You Under My Skin etc – and anything Rat Pack or big band. Hee hee…….sad but true!

What’s been your best ever gig? Just recently I had the amazing opportunity to play a set in the Women’s Dance Tent at Brighton Pride. I had such an incredible time and the atmosphere was electric. I’ve never been so complimented in my life. It makes me very humble and I realise how lucky I am to have one of the best jobs ever!!!

Tell us a secret! I’m actually not a very confident person and pretty shy too, but as soon as I step behind the decks I become a whole different person. Music brings out the best in me!

Catch Missy B every Thursday at FOMO @ Club Revenge in Brighton, every Friday at Slippery When Wet @ Hampshire Boulevard in Portsmouth, every other Saturday at Sweet Saturdays @ Escape Bar in Soho, every Tuesday at Twisted Tuesdays @ Three in Portsmouth and guest DJ regularly at GSundays @ Chicago’s in Chelmsford.

Missy B’s Top Five

Oliver Heldens ft Becky Hill Gecko (Overdrive) Musical Freedom

R Kelly Bump & Grind (Freejak’s Begged Borrowed & Stolen Remix) White

Second City I Wanna Feel (Alex Ross Remix) Strictly Rhythm

Iggy Azalea ft Charli XCX Fancy Virgin/EMI

Jess Glynne Right Here Atlantic

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Wildblood and Queenie’s September Wonders

09_Gscene_Sep14_Sssh! If you listen real close you can hear the sound of us, dear readers, doing one thing. A September sun dance. Yes as the summer ebbs away we are wishing for some last minute rays to complete a season of Pride wonders, terrace clubbing and seaside loving. Just one more glorious sunshine session will do us.

As will these late summer soundtrack bloomers. First up is Midtown from JAW & Friends on Circus Company. With its languishing beats and lazy days feel, this will keep you kicking back with style way into autumn. As will the extraordinary The Nancy Whang Casablanca Reworks on Gomma. With electro disco beats to die for this keeps the kool more than kooky.

Increasing the beats and the heat this late summer is the divine house of Era Two Mixed By Noah Pred on Thoughtless Music. Compilations don’t get more corking than this. And if its techno you are after than head straight to Cocoon Compilation N on Cocoon for a fix that will keep you wiggling till Xmas.

And speaking of the wiggle this month’s must haves include the stunning Wiggle for 20 Years on Wiggle as Terry Francis, Eddie Richards and Nathan Coles celebrate two decades with a compilation destined to hit the 2014 best of lists and the addictive sounds of Nicolas Jaar’s label stable Other People Work
on Other People. Never have the BPMs been quite as tasty as Jaar makes them. For the decent check out Get Lost VII mixed by Craig Richards on Crosstown Rebels, oh boy is Craig the man!, and if you are after a last blast of sunshine head to Hot Summer Jams on Hot Creations as they squeeze every last drop of summer goodness out of our favourite season. Enjoy.

Wildblood and Queenie’s September Sweeties

Gay Marvine Lost In Music (Original Mix) Solar From Fruit to Calabash via Sundae and DSD this rocked our Pride world.

D.Ramirez & Guy Williams No Guarantees Great Stuff Records Must have house of the class kind we can’t get enough of

Sidney Charles Hurricane Moda Black Dancefloor gold from Moda that insists on a sweaty wiggle

Junia Touche Magnetic Recordings DJ Sneak approved house with jazz beats of the disco kind. Honest

Him_Self_Her feat. Kieran Fowkes Love You Like I Used To (Francesca Lombardo Remix)         Crosstown Rebels She. Can. Do. No. Wrong. (Guess who we are smitten with?!)

Greg Pidcock Connected People Culprit One day all house music will be this classy connected.

Midnight Magic Night Flight Soul Clap Records One of the labels of 2014 deliver yet another sweet wonder

Jonny Cade & Jonjo Williams Get Down Saints & Sonnets Since his Disco Deviant set we’ve been hooked on Jonny

Midland Duster Aus Music Is there anyone putting the grit into house with more style right now?

Arka Severan / You Got Me Blah Blah Blah Records The 3 B’s boys deliver a must hear chunky piano wonder. Nice.

Catch Wildblood & Queenie at DSD, Traumfrau and Radio Reverb

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Lauren Bacall: My Sunday afternoon saviour

Lauren Bacall + To Have and Have Not 5Sunday afternoons. The Mid Seventies. Frinton On Sea. Not the  greatest way to spend a childhood. No video games, no box sets, no distraction from the grey rain and mind blowing bad taste wallpaper that surrounded me.  Just me, my sis and a rented TV. Which it turns out was all I needed. Those grainy black and white or glorious technicolour cinemascope cinematic distractions saved me. And today as we say farewell to one of the stars of those Sunday afternoons, the captivating beauty and sassy style icon that was Lauren Bacall I’m grateful for a childhood before games on thrones or endless Simpsons re-runs. I didn’t need an invite to come dine with me or the desire to play heartless hammering landlords, I had a world of glamour, intrigue, style and grace. I had Bacall. And Bogart and Mills and Munroe and Olivier and Hepburn and Streisand and Howard and Gable and Day and Welles and Douglas and Perkins and Peck and Leigh and Swanson and Davis and O’Toole and Guinness and Kerr. And they in turn had my childhood imagination. And now, although the dressing up box and the dodgy accents and strange ‘playing in the shed’ re-imaginings are long gone, they still have my heart. So rest in peace Ms Bacall. Your were one of my first perfect distractions. Here’s to many more Sunday afternoons fuelled with the imagination you gave me.