31 July, 2007

Dutch Fidget House!!

Now here's a lad I have been speaking to for a while now, he's called Ricardo Amanupunnjo from Boxmeer, close to Nijmegen in The Netherlands, he goes under the name 'Djago', is 18 years of age and is already producing some cracking tracks. He's really into his dutch house and jackin' stuff, until he got in touch with me I was unaware of 'dutch house', turns out I really like it!

He's also been kind enough to send me over one of his latest tracks 'Scratch Up The Music' and his latest mixtape so check them out below..


Benny Royal - It's On You
Gregor Salto - Mexer
Madskillz - Rip It Up (Sidney Samson Remix)
Etienne De Champfleury - Losing Control (Benny Royal Remix)
Benny Royal - Dance Electric
BR & Robert Feness - Keep On Movin
Benny Royal - Would You Know (Original Mix)
Bas Kunnen - Back Da Funk (Benny Royal & Ludaphunk Remix)
Jaymen - Ooh La Lishious (Skitzofrenix Remix)
Mr V - Put Your Drinks On (Bob Sinclar Remix)
Unknown - Unknown

Head over to Djago's MySpace and or Website to listen to some of his other tracks.

Also check out Buiza's (Buitenlandse Zaken aka Foreign Affairs) MySpace and Website

UPDATE (5th August): Bonus Track

30 July, 2007

Pictures & Video's from Naked @ Rouge with Jesse Rose

Jesse Rose was in Middlesbrough last Saturday @ Rouge for the night 'Naked', and what a night it was!! here's a few video's and lots of pics :D

I Love The Colonel

Bloody hell, how quick is time flying these days!! 2 weeks since I posted last?! Anyway I've been busy getting to grips with Ableton Live producing my own tracks, finished my first one at the end of last week and here it is:

Kernal Pier - Oi (zShare)

Also check out my new MySpace page for future tracks.

15 July, 2007

Off The Cuff

I was given a load of tracks from a mate of mine Karl Frampton, he is 1/3 of “Off The Cuff”, a production team hailing from the North East of England, the other members are Si Liliker and Andy Martin. They DJ and produce quality soulful house right through to quirky electro, worthy of any discerning ear. With previous tracks released on labels such as Silocassa and Soulfuric Records it is their latest releases that are catching my eyes and getting excellent support from all the big DJ’s including Jonathan Ulysess, Buckley, 20/20 Vision, PBR, Street Gang and Yousef to name a few! “This Moment” is a very strong electro track and “I’m Not Hanging Around” featuring Basement Jaxx’s vocalist Katherine Ellis which will be featured on the v2 Compilation album at the end of the year!

Here are some of their recent releases on Sidetrak Records:

"SCREAMING DUB" released 11th March 07
"THIS MOMENT" released 20th April 07
"STREET FREEK" released 24th June 07
"PENGI" released 29th June 07

All above tracks are available here as well as many other online music sites. Buy them all now!!

Off The Cuff’s Upcoming Shows
18th Aug 2007 - NAKED @ Rouge with Oliver Lang & Off The Cuff
29th Aug 2007 - Itaca, IBIZA
31st Aug 2007 - Viper Rooms, IBIZA
1st Sept 2007 - NAKED @ Rouge with Seamus Haji ‘Big Love’ & Karl Frampton aka Off The Cuff
4th Sept 2007 - Pacha Funky Room, IBIZA
15th Sept 2007 - FUTURE @ Rouge with Ralph Lawson (20/20 Vision) & Denney. Area 2: NAKED with J Herd, Off The Cuff & Mr. Pedro
29th Sept 2007 - NAKED @ Rouge with Steve Lawler & Off The Cuff
6th Sept 2007 - NAKED @ Rouge with Off The Cuff & The Whoxton Whores

Next year see’s Off The Cuff touring the far east, Australia and New Zealand starting April.

Now here's a couple of their tracks for your listening pleasure:

Off The Cuff - This Moment (zShare) buy here
Off The Cuff - Switch It On (Sampler) (zShare) - Two minute sampler, release date unknown. If you like the switch sounding shit then you'll love this!

Also check out their MySpace and website.

13 July, 2007

Another day, another interview - Today, Jesse Rose

Jesse Rose comes to Middlesbrough's Rouge on Saturday 21st July so I thought it would be fitting for another interview... think i'll have to chill out on this interviewing lark for a bit or there'll be no one left for me to pester soon! Although I must add Jesse did say "great questions, you should work for a mag." so any music magazine people reading this then my email address is to the right ;) interview is below.Nelly: You have worked with many producers, Dave Taylor, Trevor Loveys, Jamie Anderson to name a few, most seem to be friends? Is this what it is like, just a big bunch of mates who all just happen to be top draw producers?

Jesse: Yeah seems that way, I grew up with Jamie, met Dave & Trevor when I moved back to London, we all get on so it just fell in place to produce together. Nothing better than getting drunk and making beats.

Nelly: You have way too many releases to name them all, a couple of my favourites are “All Over My Head” and “Warehouse Shit” that track just fucks with your head, and I love it! But which 2 have given you the most satisfaction and why?

Jesse: A-sided means a lot to me because it was my first record I heard getting plays in loads of clubs and “How Y’all Funk, well that’s just Dave & me having mad fun in the studio.

Nelly: I was in attendance when you played Shindig’s 15th Birthday Party @ Digital in Newcastle, my first time of seeing you DJ, and you did not disappoint… but was that not the hottest/sweatiest room you’ve ever played in??

Jesse: Nearly, although Panoramabar comes very close..

Nelly: You make your first appearance in Middlesbrough (I think) on the 21st July at a night called Naked @ Rouge, when you come to a place/town you’ve never played before do you do a bit of research or just play what Jesse Rose wants to play and then go with the crowd?

Jesse: If I know the resident then I have a clue but I can normally get the vibe on the night, just roll with the crowd.

Nelly: Where do you get your inspiration from for your own tracks, and when your remixing a song how do you make it your own?

Jesse: I get inspired by everything outside of house (with the exception of Dave ‘Solid Groove’) like hip-hop, grime, folk, hyphy, all those new genres made by 18 year old kids.

Nelly: With production and remix work going into overdrive lately, what is next for Jesse Rose?

Jesse: I just started work on solo album, it’s been a long time coming and I’m really excited by the whole project. Just finishing my final remixes before I fully focus on the album so look out for mixes of Underworld, Simian Mobile Disco & Armand Van Helden coming soon. Lots of bits coming on the labels; the Deadset album & tracks by Oliver $, Riva Starr & Sinister Industry on Made to Play & Front Room.

Nelly: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions and I shall be seeing you on the 21st!!

12 July, 2007

Hervé Interview

His man has to be one of the hottest UK producer's at the minute and is showing no signs of fading away with new remixes and production work surfacing almost every other day. Anyway enough of me trying to be smart, here's the interview..

Nelly: Tell us a bit about yourself, where you’re from, how/why you got into the world of music?

Hervé: My name is Joshua Harvey aka Hervé, Speaker Junk (with Trevor Loveys), Count of Monte Cristal, Dead Soul Brothers (with Seba), Young Lovers and Voodoo Chilli. I’m 27 from Essex, lived in London for many years. When I was a kid I used to make mix tapes of pop music for the family holidays an stuff so it must have been in me from day 1. Music making kinda started when I had my first drum lesson at 8 or 9 and got my hands on an atari with cubase keyboard and a drum machine.

Nelly: Out of all your remix/production work, which has given you the most satisfaction and which has been the biggest pain in the arse to complete?

Hervé: Princess Superstar “Licky” and New Young Pony Club “Ice Cream” are both remixes I loved making and loving playing cos I think they are fresh and maybe even have a hint of uniqueness. I like the fact that people get my Roisin Murphy remix, just goes to show people are up for it! Good Books “The Illness” was a nightmare, it took me so long to do which is unusual cos I work pretty fast, some trax just don’t flick a switch, it was a tough one, but I finally pulled it off!!!

Nelly: You have done a fair few remixes in your time but who would give you the most pleasure of remixing, and why?

Hervé: Hhhhmmmmmmmmmmmm tuff one, I can give u a list of some of the people i’d like to have remixed: Led Zepplin, Cypress Hill, Neptunes, Doors, Muddy Waters, ZZ Top, Coctuea Twins.

Nelly: You have many different aliases which you use to reflect your many loves in music, if you had to choose one, which would you keep, and why?

Hervé: Gotta be Hervé, cos that’s where it all stems from.

Nelly: You have a very distinctive sound, did you take weeks, months to come up with it or was it something that happened by mistake?

Hervé: It just evolved over years out of the desire to do something fresh and new, I had been doing my electro label Tomorrow Records and became disillusioned with all that, I wanted to do something that stood out, was odd, but a lot of fun, so I’m very glad u think I did.

Nelly: I am constantly typing “Hervé” in google and all online record shops just to keep up with all your new releases, give me a head start and tell me what’s round the corner for Hervé and all your other aliases?

Hervé: Dead Soul Brothers Double Pack 8 trax about to drop-my "live" thing with my man Seba singing and writing with me, starting to get our live shit ready.

Speaker Junk re-release of “Scratch Up The Music” and “Run The Track” with new club bangers as well.

Count of Monte Cristal & Sinden album!!!!

Hervé new EP and album (at some point!!!!!!!)

The Young Lovers, “My Headphones and Holidays” album coming on Loungin, I love it, first EP drops in September.

Voodoo Chilli EP is just about to drrrrrrrop with Erol Alkan remix and 2 new trax!

Nelly: Hervé’s current top 10 tune’s?

Hervé: In no particular order:

Hervé - Touch Me I’m Slick
Count of Monte Cristal and Sinden - Afro Jack
Chemical Brothers - Salmon Dance (Hervé Remix)
Ghost Frequency – Nightmare (Speaker Junk Remix)
Speaker Junk - Born Wild
Hervé - Cheap Thrills
Hervé - ? (new one with no name!)
Charlene Dance –Mr. DJ (Speaker Junk Remix)
Dead Soul Brothers -Yeah Yeah Yeah (Dead Soul Records)
Buraka Som Systema – Yah (Count of Monte Cristal ‘Ghetto’ Remix)
Count of Monte Cristal and Sinden feat. Kid Sister – Beeper

Thanks for taking time out to answer some questions for Disturbed Beats, don’t wait too long to get up to the north east and play in Middlesbrough!

Hervé has also sent through a 7 track sampler of his and Seba’s Deal Soul Brothers Album, out soon.

Dead Soul Brothers (7 Track Sampler)

Check out a few of his pages below:
Hervé MySpace
Count of Monte Cristal MySpace
Speaker Junk MySpace
Deal Soul Brothers MySpace

11 July, 2007

Interview with The Bulgarian

I recently got in touch with The Bulgarian who I first came across on MySpace, I then seen his tracks pop up on a number of blogs and none disappointed so I thought, fuck it I'll interview him, so here it is people!

Nelly: Now let me get this straight, you’re originally from Bulgaria then you moved to Cape Town, South Africa then finally moved back to Sofia, Bulgaria? How does the nightlife compare in both capitals?

The Bulgarian: Yes, I was born in Sofia, Bulgaria but moved to Africa with my parents when i was 8. I go back to Sofia regularly as i have family up here but i'm not moving back anny time soon. Actually i'm moving to London in August. As for the party scenes, it's much the same for underground music in both capitals, quite small and not too much happening, hehe. Cape Town has a very strong local rock band culture, but a techno party might only pull 200 people. Sofia on the other hand has massive commercial parties with big name djs and huge pop and rock concerts quite often but again, the underground music culture is still new and small. There are some bold pioneers in both cities though that are fighting hard to change that! ;)

Nelly: What/who made you want to get into producing your own music?

The Bulgarian: Wow, about 15 years ago an older family friend inspired me with his acoustic guitar. After working hard that summer i bought my first guitar, then in 1997, after failing miserably to start my death metal band i combined my geeky love of techology and computers and started making awfull industrial rock on my then fairly decent Pentium 166mmx!

Nelly: Which do you prefer, the dj’ing or producing side, and why?

The Bulgarian: Well i've been a producer from long before i even first set foot in a club, so I consider myself as such first, and a dj second, but i love djing so much as well! There's nothing like seeing people responding live in front of you to your self expression. Its the coolest feeling on earth. You also get to go to a lot of cool places on earth. ;)

Nelly: You have a few dates in your diary for London coming up this year; will they be your first in the UK?

The Bulgarian: Yep, first time in the northern hemisphere actually, playing with the Zombie Disco Squad @ their Get Rude on the 11th (can't wait!), and at the On The Brink showcase with the Crookers @ the Egg in September.

Nelly: What is the one track that has affected you the most in your production/dj career and why?

The Bulgarian: Oh, it would be totally unfair to all the music i've liked from so many genre's over so many years to try to single one track out. However "The Bulgarian" as such now exsists in no small part thanks to tracks like "This is Sick" by Solid Groove and Dave Taylor's early Switch tracks like "A bit patchy".

Otherwise i can point out 2 people that showed me I don't need to be in a band to make music: Trent Reznor of NIN and Liam Howlett of The Prodigy.

Nelly: Where does your inspiration come from when going into the studio to produce your next track?

The Bulgarian: As cheezy as it is: Life! Anything really, from an odd sound on the street or in a club to a good meal. or an inspired chat with friends can make me want to make music. Equally powerfull as an inspiration tool is sheer boredom. ;)

Nelly: You recently had your “Ignition EP” released on UK label “On The Brink”, what other releases are on the horizon?

The Bulgarian: Most excited about my Potty Mouth Music ep: "The Zombie Door", with label mates like Crookers, Dj Fame and Santiago & Bushido (who are on remix duties for me), hell yeah.. ;)

Nelly: What are the 3 tunes getting people to move their feet and scream “Bulgarian, we love you!” on your dance floors lately?

The Bulgarian: Ignition definately, The Other Door and The Zombie Door.

Nelly: Thanks for the interview Dimitre and I look forward to more of your fidget house in the near future!

Now for an exclusive track given to me by the man himself:

The Bulgarian - Barnyard Dance (zShare)

In his own words, "it's new and unsigned and no-one's heard it yet! enjoy ;)"

Check out some of The Bulgarian's other release's and remixes here: Juno, Juno Download, Beatport

Also search for Mr. Elastik, Dimitre's more Minimal inspired alter ego.