Category Archives: Perfect Distractions

From Skint to Priceless

I’m a Gooner. She’s a Hammer. But this month we’ll be strictly blue and white as we support our Seagulls fight for promotion to the Premier League. Nothing would make this city prouder to see the club so many wrote off make it to the big time. Through grit, determination, exile, homelessness Brighton & Hove Albion‘s blue and white army never lost hope. So this April put your hands up for our city, our lovely city and lets get Brighton & Hove Albion were they belong. Come on you Seagulls!!! #together

Check out the no doubt overexcited Albion Roar, your weekly Albion-flavoured gossip-fest, every Saturday on RadioReverb 97.2FM DAB and online at radioreverb.com from 12 noon till 1pm.

Perfect distractions: Watergate 22 – Catz ‘N Dogz

After four days off radar I can’t think of a finer way to chase the black dog away than with some, well, finer sounding Catz ‘N Dogz. Thank you Watergate. The volume control on life’s good bits has just outblasted the bad.

Watergate 22 mixed by Catz ‘N Dogz will be released on CD & digital on March 3rd on, you guessed it, Watergate.

Pre-order CD here  or digitally here Yes buy not steal. Remember kids, home taping is killing music.

Perfect Distraction: COEO’s Mydonna on Toy Tonics

House music brings me joy. End of. Toy Tonics ensure that joy is endless with their constant flow of the good stuff as perfectly illustracted with this beaut from COEO. Mydonna is everything you could want from a groove, subtle yet scorching, deep yet accessible, and yeah, funky as hell. Which seems to be a tradition with Toy Tonics, the Berlin label that’s been rocking my world since 2013. Always in the best of year charts in our house, they constantly deliver right good tunes. Best you get toyed up today.

COEO’s Mydonna Toy Tonics Pre-order ahead of its digital release on 17th February here or buy now on vinyl here Yes buy not steal. Remember kids, home taping is killing music.

 

Perfect Distraction: Kiki The Movie

Paris Is Burning seared into my soul from the moment the title sequence rolled many voguing moons ago. The passion, the pain and the perfect dance moves threw shade over every queer celluloid adventure I’d previously seen. It got me. A achingly honest portrayal of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America that I will always cherish.

Kiki The Movie looks like joining Paris Is Burning in the ranks of unmissable documentary. Promising “a riveting and complex insight into a safe space created and governed by LGBTQ youth of color, who are demanding happiness and political power” it looks set to deliver “an exciting coming of age story about agency, resilience and the transformative artform that is voguing”. Which is all good with me. I’ve always been a sucker for a pop, dip and spin. And I’ve a feeling I’m gonna fall as deep for Twiggy Pucci Garçon,  Chi Chi, Gia, Chris, Divo, Symba and Zariya as hard as I did for Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, Angie Xtravaganza, and Willi Ninja. Because this butch loves a queen or…eleven.

Kiki : a film by Sara Jordenö and Twiggy Pucci Garcon Showing at selected theatres and on demand from February 24th #NotAboutUsWithoutUs Web | Twitter | Facebook

Perfect Distraction: Walking with Eric Ravilious

Yesterday I fell for a guy called Eric. I knew nothing about him. But his thing for Dolly in 1934 and his adventures with Wedgewood have me hooked. His landscapes have made me fall in love with Sussex again as the new found walker in me is awakened once more by the wonders around me.

And then I discovered his service as a WWII war artist before he died when his aircraft was lost off Iceland in 1942. Thanks to the Towner Gallery’s Ravilious Room I have a new passion, another name to add to my list of much-admired WWII witnesses, be they Lee Miller, Stanley Spencer, Robert Capa or Humphrey Jennings. I feel another obsession coming on. I’m off to the bookstore. I’m heading back to the Towner’s Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship come the 27th of May. Why not join me?

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Submarine Dream Series by Eric Ravilious, 1941

 

Perfect Distractions: Lee Garrett’s Mind

Yesterday it was suggested I start keeping a “reasons to be grateful” journal. You can imagine this seasoned cynics response. But then the idea sunk in and I realised what indeed a lucky bugger I am. And I’m feeling truly lucky today as I count this fella amongst my disco mates. The ever gorgeous, ever generous Lee Garrett. Who yet again deserves our dancefloor attention thanks to his latest single Mind on Swerve Digital. A slice of flawlessly produced house that insists on the wiggle – all tribal like. And with remixes from Pete Dorling, A Lister and Fancy Inc it is a package you’ll be happy to go home with. Much like the gorgeous Mr Garrett – if only he wasn’t spoken for. A family man producing house for our clubbing family that will keep you dancing till dawn. All mindful like.

Lee Garrett’s Mind is out on February 20th on Swerve Digital. Pre order and buy here. Yes buy not steal. Remember kids, home taping is killing music.

 

Perfect Distraction: Severino ft. Princess Magnifique ‘Smoking’

There are many steps to happiness. But this Tuesday its real simple to achieve. Simply repeat after me the following words “I do what I want to do, I do what I want to do” then purchase Severino featuring Princess Magnifique Smoking on Classic Music Company. Go for both mixes – be it the life affirming Original mix or Eli Escobar‘s jacked up joyful remix. Download. Press play. Turn it up. Then turn it up again. Happiness ensured. House meets disco meets Severino and Princess Magnifique. It was always gonna deliver. Happy Tuesday people.

Severino featuring Princess Magnifique Smoking is out now on Classic Music Company Buy here Yes buy not steal. Remember kids, home taping is killing music.