With the country about to enter national lockdown #2, we thought it time to put digital pen to paper…
Things are proper fuk’d. No question. We’re lucky that our loved ones are healthy and we’re (still) working. But we know that’s not the same for many other folks.
Notts tahn nightlife that we’re just loved being part of is in a real bad place. Those independent spaces that we adore like Broadway, JamCafe and Malt Cross are doing their best to react to a situation that’s changing day by day. But it’s a never ending struggle for them and so many others.
If you take one thing from this, please dig deep (if you can) and spend some cash in our peerless indie bars, restaurants and shops.
Try make it a thing to help keep these essential places and spaces alive. We’ve gotta hold onto what makes Notts tahn so damn precious and other cities always green-eyed (hello, Lesta…).
Here’s one on our doorsteps, too. Grace Before Jones at our own Nottingham Contemporary. Really worth popping’ out for. Drills into her many incarnations with a big nod to the disco queen era. We loved it and it’s in Notts tahn. Don’t sleep on it.
Oh, yeah, We’re still spinning lots at DDS HQ. Plenty of juicy DDS Mixcloud action happening these days. Dip into our pick ‘n mix list below.
This poxy year just gets better. So sad to hear of Denise Johnson’s untimely passing.
Heard the news a few days back and thought it was wind up like when the news of Andrew Weatherall’s death hit. It wasn’t.
Just 56, (like The Guvnor) when she died, Denise was the voice of Screamadelica. No question.
She owned those songs on that long player and made the Scream soar – yes, really. It was Denise and Andrew Weatherall who took that band out of the indie ghetto.
Not forgetting how she brought shining soul to A Certain Ratio, whom she collaborated with for nearly three decades. Denise played a critical part in reinstating ACR’s long overdue position as post-punk pioneers.
Would’ve been our 5th year spinnin’ Notts Pride wax at Broadway Cinema, JamCafe and other fab Notts tahn places.
Getting cancelled was such a big blow but we’re all got bigger things to worry about.
Doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate safely by getting stuck in at home and other choice gaffs. Physically distanced, of course…
If ya need some juicy Notts Pride tunes to get the party going, blag some of our special Notts Pride mixtapes over at mixcloud.com/dirtydiscosoundsystem. Few different flavas to choose from – or just nab ’em all.
Whatever ya doing to celebrate Notts Pride, have a damn filthy, fun time. Keep yaselves safe too.
Now that got very emotional but we kinda expected that…
It was beautiful to see many folks at our Goodbye To The Guvnor, Andrew Weatherall celebration at JamCafe, Notts on Saturday 7th March.
Big DDS nods to everyone who boozed, bopped ‘n bunged cash in the pots for Notts Samaritans. Nice to see some bods reppin’ Sherwood too.
Extra special hugs to Bradley Jam ‘n his lovely crew for letting us have their sweet space ‘n keeping The Guvnor juice flowing all night.
And some of The Guvnor’s tunes we dropped (but not all) for those nice peeps who asked and didn’t know. Bless:
Ghosts Again Andrew Weatherall
Dark Heart (Sabres mix) Bomb The Bass
Open Up (AW mix) Leftfield
Trainspotting Primal Scream
A Huge Pulsating Brain… (AW mix) The Orb
Flotation (AW mix) The Grid
Out The Window (AW mix) Confidence Man
In The Heat Of The Moment (AW mix) Noel Gallagher
Separate From The Arc (AW mix) Solar Bears
Wilmot (Red) Sabres Of Paradise
Only Love Can Break Your Heart (AW Mix) St Etienne
Hallujah (AW mix) Happy Mondays
Raise… Bocca Juniors
Come Home (AW mix) James
Soon (AW mix) My Bloody Valentine
Weekender (AW mix) Flowered Up
The World According… (AW mix) Sly And Lovechild
Come Together Primal Scream
Loaded (Dub) Primal Scream.
Since then, life’s taken a right ‘ol diversion. Not gonna ramble on about (enough noise out there…) but maybe – just maybe – The Guvnor knew. Thinking “Fuck this, I’m off to that ALFOS party in the sky’. Who knows?
We’re lined up to spin at Malt Cross on Saturday 21st March, Disco ‘n edits sesh. Still on as we write this. Checking in with our friends there regularly to get a line.
Obviously, bigger things are getting kiboshed all over. Makes sense as this situation gets more serious.
We’ve put our disco ball back in the box for a few months. Far more important stuff at play now. The party can happen another time…
‘Til then please stay healthy ‘n safe, people. Look out for each other too.
And if ya need tunes to keep goin’, jump in below. Working for us. Some of the time…
Yep, new decade’s landing very soon. Damn, those years went quick. Too quick, maybe...
We’re still spinnin’ and we’ll be havin’ one last DirtyDiscoSoundsystem takeover bash at Jam Cafe, Notts on Friday 27th December ’19.
Calling it our Post-Xmas Post Punk Disco. Did same in ’18 ‘n it was a massive blast. Expect Leftfield Disco, New Wave and Post Punk stompers. Get y’all outta of that Chrimbo lull. Get a proper taste below.
Not forgetting: big ups if you bopped or tapped your boots to our tunes in 2019. Much obliged.
Don’t forget our new-ish resi at Malt Cross too. Back there on Saturday 18th January and 3rd Saturday every month throughout ’20.
Hopefully see y’all again very soon. Enjoy that future seasonal downtime…
It’s a social so we want to bring people together away from the workplace. Expect speakers, few stalls and music from 5.30pm ’til 10pm. The bar will open throughout so grab a brew or two.
UCU Nottingham College members have been striking since July ’19 after senior management implemented new contracts for all staff. These changes have resulted in poorer working conditions for everyone while some will have their salaries cut.
Massive thanks to the Rough Trade Nottingham crew for donating their upstairs space and support in helping us host this special evening.
It’s a family friendly night so bring the kids. Even got a Spotify playlist thingy up too – taste of what we might drop that evening,
Few other things happening too. Special Dub ‘n Reggae sash at Broadway Cinema on Friday 13th September to accompany their screening of Inna De Yard that night. Tunes get going 7-ish. Teaser mixtape below, too.
Time for another DDS X Jam Cafe Takeover on Friday 27th September. Jam’s always a sweet place to play. Great vibes ‘n proper dancing, 9 ’til very late.
One more: our resi at The Angel Microbrewery’s now come to an end. Big nod to Ben R for having us these last few years. Good times, indeed. We may be back…