Hifi Sean July #5

Queenie is lost without Hifi Sean

Queenie catches up with the fabulous DJ, songwriter & all around hero Hifi Sean as he gets set to release his achingly wonderful new longplaying electronic, psychedelic soulful adventure Ft. on Plastique Recordings……

How are you mister Hifi? I’m in fine fettle despite terrible jet lag! I’ve been in West Coast USA DJing – I even won $1.50 in Las Vegas (living the high life!).

We missed you at Brighton Pride, though your tune ‘Lost Without You’ ft Paris Grey absolutely blew the roof off every time it was played!!! Tell us about your current musical projects? I was in Atlanta that day and kept seeing posts about the track – I felt so far away and wished I had been there to enjoy it all with my friends. The track is from my album released this month called ‘Hifi Sean – Ft.’ where I have collaborated with some of my fave artists Crystal Waters, Yoko Ono, Billie Ray Martin, Fred Schneider (B-52’s), Bootsy Collins , David McAlmont and many more . It has been a huge two year labour of love that has taken me to many cities around the world to record. It is an electronic psychedelic soul album that starts off euphoric and starts to slowly unwind into darker territories. A true concept album from start to finish, rather than just a playlist randomly put together!!!

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How would you describe your djing style? I am great believer that djing should be just an extension of your musical tastes and then its an honest form of love, maybe what I play can be quite eclectic (hate that word) but then again your taste is the one thing that joins all those dots together.

What’s your favourite song of all time? It has to be T-Rex’s Get It On – the first record I loved as a child.  Showing off, I once worked with Mickey Finn from T-Rex and he knew it was my fave record. He gave me his actual pristine picture sleeve 7” – it was second off the pressings to Marc Bolan’s! Such a treasured possession.

Which tune always fills up (or rescues) your dancefloor? Hamilton Bohanon Let’s Start The Dance if you can’t lose it to that then please give up!

What would be your ultimate dream gig (?At the top of the Atomium in Brussels , I wrote a track on the album with Bootsy Collins about the Atomium . To say I am slightly obsessed by the structure is an understatement .And oh yeah Ibiza, crazy thing is I have never spun there.

Name a tune you wish you’d never played ? I found this bootleg remix of a Kylie record and spent hours editing out all the vocal as the backing track was a killer production. Later I was playing a deep sexy house set and dropped it – only to find I’d burnt the wrong version and Kylie was singing one of her pop hits……all 800 people on the floor stopped and stared at me!!!

Describe yourself in 3 words! Up – Middle – Down

Hifi Sean’s September Sizzlers 

Saucy Lady Magic Dust (Yam Who remix) Midnight Riot

Infinity Ink Full Capacity (Nathan Barato mix) Different

Shalvoy & Hifi Sean Darling Midnight Riot

Hifi Sean ft. Jean Honeymoon Monday Morning Sunshine (Sunrise dub) White Label

Gene Farris & Dajae Dance All Night Relief

Find all things Hifi and Sean at hifisean.com His new longplayer Ft. is available now to preorder here Digital Vinyl / CD

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Wildblood + Queenie’s September Wonders

So here it is, that month we’ve been dreading. The post-Pride bump that is September. But fret not Wildblood and Queenie are here with a soundtrack so sizzling you’ll be feeling the Pride summer rays till October. Honest.

First up is the magnificent Gerd Janson as he explores the space between cosmic disco and acid house on fabric 89. An absolute rocket of a compilation that will have you spun out and spacey all month long. As will the superb The Black 80s’ Heart to Art on Sonar Kollektiv with their kooky Canadian house, System of Survival’s Chicago and Detroit infused sounds of D-Votion on Get Physical Music and the muscular disco synth wonder that is Golden Bug’s V.I.C.T.O.R on La Belle. As Soulsearcher kind of put it we can’t get enough.

Also keeping us grinning through the last days of summer are the delights that is Ibized 2016 by David Penn on Urbana Recordings, it’s all about house music don’t you know, and the sweet melodies of Hidden Turn’s The Ride on 31 Recordings. Feeling the love.

As we shall always for these two final beauties. Bryan Ferry’s Avonmore The Remixes on BMG will ensure your Ferry addiction is fed with excellence courtesy of PBR Streetgang, Leftside Wobble and more whilst the divine Hifi Sean’s FT on Plastique Recordings with it’s electronic and psychedelic soul will charm the disco pants off ya as the man reveals his genius touch yet again to create a contender for longplayer of the year. Enjoy.

Wildblood & Queenie’s September Sizzlers

Tensnake Freundchen True Romance The 21st century disco don returns and blows us all away. Again.

AFFKT No Rush Kittball Spaced out breaks and a groove so addictive it has a health warning.

Remi Mazet Paris Is Burning (Man Power Remix) Love Fever Fall for this wonder and your wiggle is guaranteed.

La Fleur Hedione Watergate Records The queen of Berlin delivers again

Snacks Burnin House Of Disco Yes she’s got us burning up – all hot and disco like.

Alexis Raphael Total Confusion Of Unsound Mind A stomper of tune destined to get you sweating till dawn

Kim Ann Foxman It’s You That Drives Me Wild (Maya Jane Coles Remix) Firehouse Records Majestic remix from the queen of intoxicating house.

Mirco Caruso Boxx (Original Mix) Gruvv Tech house delight with a twisted soul. Nice.

Steve Murphy Italolove Hot Haus Records Blood Cake 909 EP action with added space disco action.

Angel Mora & Bonetti Back To Chicago Salted Music  A slice of Balearic Funk Nights EP excellence that won’t disappoint.

Catch Wildblood and Queenie’s Home Service on RadioReverb 97.2FM DAB & online radioreverb.com or listen again at mixcloud.com/wildbloodandqueenie

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Queen Josephine’s Brighton Pride Weather Forecast

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Wildblood + Queenie’s Pride Mixtape

You know what its like. So many tunes, so little time. But somehow between skorchio forecasts, glitter purchasing, outfit planning and goosebumps we’ve knocked up a little Brighton Pride mixtape action for ya. 80 minutes of the tunes making us grin right now – house meets disco meets regalness. All with a salty seaside grin.

And with tracks from Ron Basejam, Lumoon & Rob!n, Deelicious, Inland Knights, POPOF, Loleatta Holloway, Zhut & Kapote, Luke Solomon & Jonny Rock, Doc Daneeka, Purple Disco Machine, Liquid People, J Paul Getto, Diana Ross, Sante Sansone and the ever handsome Hifi Sean it will keep you wiggling till the big weekend. Enjoy.

Catch Wildblood and Queenie at Brighton Pride Preston Park in The Girls Dance Tent 2.30-3.30pm and the Miami Terrace Party at Patterns 8pm-11pm on Saturday 6th August and at the legendary Sunday Sunday Pride Reunion Party at Patterns 3pm-5pm and 7pm – 9pm (in a Guy Williams sandwich!!) on Sunday 7th August. For tickets and more info go to brighton-pride.org

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Queenie gets her Guy (Williams)

Just in case it had escaped your notice, there’s a little celebration coming up in Brighton this month. But with such a marvellous wealth of fun to be found from the streets to the park to the bars and the clubs, deciding where to go and who to see can sometimes leave you feeling a bit discombobulated!!! However, as this Brighton Pride welcomes the return of one of the brightest and best DJs the world has to offer, there’s one gorgeous man you simply have to make the time to hear. Queenie catches up with him……..

Hello Mr Williams, how are you? Very well my dear thank you, just about recovered from the best Glastonbury yet and Croatia playing at Electric Elephant Festival.

Where can we usually see you playing, and where can we catch you at Brighton Pride? My current residencies are Le Coq and Blockheads at East Bloc, Savage Disco, Sketch and Soho House Group all in London. Brighton Pride I’ll be playing at Handsome Vs Queer Nation at the wonderful Patterns and then at Sunday Sundae on the terrace at the same venue.

For the one person who hasn’t heard you, please describe your DJ style! Low slung hip shakin’ jackin funk!

Do you have a favourite Pride track and which tune or tunes will you definitely be playing this year? Mmmmmmmmmm. Not a fave Pride track as such but I will be playing Red Rack‘em Wonky Baseline Disco Banger!

What are you most looking forward to this Pride? I haven’t played for a few years so looking forward to seeing everyone again, bringing some jackin’ handsome vibes at Handsome and you can’t beat that terrace on the Sunday! Our own little bit of DC10 in Brighton!

Do you have any marvellous Brighton Pride memories to share? Playing on the float for Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation for 2 years running was pretty special, and every Wild Fruit Tent and Sunday Sundae gig…..

What’s been your favourite ever gig?  Difficult question but probably closing the terrace at Space for We Love Sundays in 2012!

What would be your ultimate dream gig? DC10 Terrace!

And finally Mr Williams please describe yourself in 3 words. Give. Give. Give.

Guy’s Glorious Five

Red Rack’em Wonky Bassline Disco Banger Stamp The Wax

D Ramirez & Guy Williams Solid Gold Slave Recordings

Cassio Ware and Luke Solomon Dance With Me Classic

D Ramirez Brutal Power Slave Recordings

The Crooked Man Take It All Away Bitter End

Catch Guy Williams at Handsome Vs Queer Nation at Patterns, Brighton on Saturday 6th August and the Sunday Sundae Pride Reunion Party at Patterns on Sunday 7th August 2016.

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Trans Pride 2016: A day to be proud of

From those excited first steps on the 2016 Trans Pride march, filled with pride and hope and joy to the hours spent in the sunshine in Brunswick Square, immersed in the wonder of our wonderful Trans community and the many amazing journeys made, it was the best of days. A day that made me so proud, once again, of my hometown as so many of us came together as a community to support Trans Pride. The hope and determination and the continuing fight for Trans equality was a sight to behold, a sight to humble and a sight that will continue to inspire me long after the suntan fades.

So thank you to the Trans Pride organisers, performers, artists, community groups, stewards (and the ladies with the fine falafels) who made Trans Pride the speakling gem that it was and delivered yet another Pride event Brighton should be so proud of. Trans Pride 2016. Trailblazers one and all, trailblazers for us all.  

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Wildblood + Queenie’s August Wonders

It’s all about the L.O.V.E. this month as we feel the Pride in Brighton. Hot people, hot celebrations and hot tunes await as we get set for our favourite weekend of the year. First up are the sunshine grooves of Go Deeva Ibiza 2016, with scorchers from Todd Terry, Wade, Rasario Galati & Yves Murasca, Go Deeva’s head boy, Simone Vitullo and the ever glorious Bowden (Loving that Body of his!). One for the house heads. As is the must-hear ventures of Kenny Glasgow’s Circus Tales on No.19 Music as the maestro digs deep. Magic.

For those who like their electronic electrifying August won’t disappoint. Be it the charming Balearic tales filling Mark Barrott’s Sketches From An Island 2 on International Feel, the deliciously deep electronic soul of Alan Abrahams’ Portable on !K7 or the summer sensation that is Stee Downes The Bigger Picture on Sonar Kollektiv you’ll soon be musically serviced right and proper.

As for our regal wonders this month we can’t get enough of beachside beauty that is the class compilation Permanent Vacation 4 on the Permanent Vacation label. Delivering smiles all round. As do the various artists present on Knee Deep In Sound’s Ibiza 2016 sampler. One we’ll be bouncing around to this Brighton Pride. Over and over. Happy Pride everyone.

Wildblood and Queenie’s August Angels

Hifi Sean Ft. Paris Grey Lost Without You Plastique Recordings A tune to remind you why we love this thing called house.

Luca Arcangeli We Built This House Jekos Lab Play this beauty and your Pride will go off!!

Ron Basejam The Carrington Spirituals Futureboogie The looping bass delivers a summer vibe that’s too, too lush!

Låpsley Operator (DJ Koze’s 12 inch Extended Disco Version) XL Recordings Get this 12 in your life and all will be disco-tastic.

Cassy Feel (Yoruba Soul Mix) Aus Music A slice of Cassy’s Donna Remixed that will have you spinning.

Doc Daneeka Got Me Ten Thousand Yen Sure to get the Queen (and queens) jumping on the park this Pride.

Professional Gigolo Italians Do It Better Hudd Traxx Tell us something we don’t know. Beeping lovely.

Blaze Lovelee Dae (Bicep Remix) Feel My Bicep Huge remake of the 1997 class that insists you groove this August.

Robbie Rivera Jack Your Body Juicy Music One for the house lovers. One for Jack. One for us.

Trevino Casino Aus Music Four-to-the-floor piano heavy delight that delivers. Over and over.

Catch Wildblood and Queenie at The Girls Dance Tent at Brighton Pride Festival Preston Park & Pride Miami Beach Party at Patterns on 6th August, Sunday Sundae at Patterns on 7th August and Home Service on RadioReverb 14th August 5pm. Where we will mostly playing this tune. Over and over.