“Gonna get high ’til the day I die…”

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Denise Johnson 1963- 2020

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.

So another one gone way too soon.

Rest in power, Denise.

We were so looking forward to Notts Pride ’20…

Notts Pride

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.

See ya at Notts Pride ’21…

Thank you – for The Guvnor.

Andrew Weatherall

Our Andrew Weatherall celebration night seems like ages ago now!

But we’re finally made up to say we and our JamCafe mates raised over £150 for Notts tahn Samaritans that night.

Big ups again to everyone who bunged in some cash and came out to say Goodbye To The Guvnor.

One final cheeky plug for our Andrew Weatherall RIP “#Goodbye To The Guvnor” mixtapes then we’ll shut up. Well, for a bit.

Enjoy. For The Guvnor. RIP.

Stay safe, people.

"These are dark days…"

Broad Street

Wow, it’s changed. All of it. For all of us.

A week or so ago, things were so very different. Notts tahn is now a ghost town while in lockdown mode.

We’ve been bunkered in with our DDS fam for a while. Did have a sneaky wander last weekend before things got really serious.

Sad to see Broad Street bereft of its usual noisy buzz but now essential. No question.

We’ve squeezed out a cheeky mixtape of tunes we bagged for our Malt Cross resi slot. Along with the 2nd instalment “Goodbye To The Guvnor”. We’ll be bunging out more in the coming weeks…

Not much else we can say. Please look after yourselves and loved ones.

Stay home, save lives.

A very emotional goodbye…

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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…

Post-Xmas Post Punk Disco: one more time…

Post Xmas Post Punk Disco

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…

DirtyDiscoSoundsystem X UCU Nottingham College Social landin’…

Back again. Told ya it wouldn’t be so long.

We’re made up to be hosting a special evening on Monday 14th October upstairs at Rough Trade Nottingham for UCU Nottingham College members currently striking along with their family, friends and supporters.

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,

Hope to see you.

Get more info…
https://www.ucu.org.uk/fefightingback
https://twitter.com/UoNUCU
https://instagram.com/nottinghamcollegeucu

Get involved…
Sign the petition over at https://bit.ly/2mxwzL3

Have a DDS X UCU Notts College Social mixtape too…

DirtyDiscoSoundsystem post incomin’…

DirtyDiscoSoundsystem X The Malt Cross session

Shocking, init! We’ve finally updated this wee website. Awful form but we’re back. Kinda.

Big year. All sorts going on. Four Tet at Ally Pally, Nick Cave in Notts, Pride ’19 and more. Plenty DDS DJ gigs too.

Got us a new monthly residency at The Malt Cross. Proper excited. Always wanted to spin here so big hugs to Luke G and TMC crew. Next sesh is Saturday 21st September, 7 ’til late.

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…

That’s it. See y’all next year. Just kidding’…

We’re back. For a bit.

Lit stage at Bonobo concert

Thought we bung down some lines. Must tighten up that slack.

What we been up to? All sorts for sure. DJ gigs at various places including our usual resi at The Angel Microbrewery, some great sessions at Broadway Cinema, The Golden Fleece and others besides.

Recent standouts were a massive Notts Pride ’18 in July (3 slots that day!) and two fundraising sessions in June for Framework – The Get Down with NG83 crew and The Big Spin arranged by Synthetic Pro Audio fellas. Fantastic to be part of all those special bashes.

Also been to some crackin’ gigs in the last few months. Bonobo at Ally Pally, London and A Certain Ratio at Hare and Hounds, Brum. Yep, A Certain Ratio. Both were amazing for very different reasons. Still buzzin’ from those…

Got some long overdue downtime time coming up but we’ll shoehorn our August Angel resi sesh in before that. We’ll be back there in early September too.  We’re also doing a tight dub ‘n reggae slot at the special Punk It Up Rock Against Racism event on September 15th at Rough Trade Nottingham. Really looking forward to that one. Gonna be special, we reckon.

That’s it. Social’s where we make our real noise day in, day out. More fun too. Join us there for a right old chin wag if you fancy.

‘Til next time…

Spring time vibes incomin’…

Selectadisc celebration day

How do. Time for a periodic post thingy. Been ages.

Several months into 2018, how the devil are y’all? Hope y’all well. Just about recovered from Record Store Day in April. Spun loads of fine wax at Rough Trade Nottingham and The Golden Fleece for that one. Possibly the biggest RSD in Notts tahn yet.

Done other fun bits too like playing at the Broadway for a very special Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds themed night. That first Selectadisc celebration at Ugly Bread Bakery few months back was sound as well. Great vibes.

That time of year so we’ve got sweet DDS things stacking up as spring and summer kicks in. Our usual first Friday night monthly resi at The Angel Microbrewery; a special late May bank holiday boogie ‘n disco sesh at The Golden Fleece; soundtracking this year’s Secret Garden Fair for Sherwood Art Week in June. Notts Pride’s happening in July time too. Hoping to be part of that again. Always a cracking day out in the city.

Proper updates on all that and more over at our social gubbins. Plugged into here too. Sorted. Got more mixtapes up at Evermix and Mixcloud. Dip in, why doncha.