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.
We just couldn’t believe fathom it when we saw the tweet late afternoon on Monday 17th February. Thought it was a wind up. Not the best one either.
We dug in then it hit as the tweets piled in from all over. Not a wind up, Andrew Weatherall had died in the early hours. He was 56 years old. No age.
So much intense love and emotion has been shared throughout this week. Overwhelming. It was beautiful to see so many memories and tales being offered up by so many.
We’ve got our own vivid memories of The Guvnor and his musical legacy. Yep, “Loaded” was the first drop we noticed. When his My Bloody Valentine rework landed then we got hooked.
Followed him hard since then. Backed off around time of Two Lone Swordsmen (too abrasive even for us…) then headed back in early 00s. In the last ten years or so, he was on a massive ride going to all sorts of destinations artistically, musically and thematically. Maybe he knew.
The dubs, remixes and sessions just kept coming. A Love From Outer Space became his church alongside ALFOS partner, Sean Johnston.
Now he’s left us way too soon. No one got near him. No one will ever get near him.
Nearly a week on, we’re still struggling. Had to do something. So we’re collab’g with our big mates at Jam Cafe’ to celebrate his peerless legacy on Saturday 7th March.
Dropping a messy cocktail of his sublime remixes, solo tunes ‘n key connections from 9 ’til late.
Join us as we say goodbye to The Guvnor by raising several glasses and having a dance floor chug or two. Taster of what to expect (or not…) is here.
And one of our favourite Weatherall mixes is just below. Rockabilly vibes drop. Via The Guvnor.
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…
What a bleedin’ year 2017 was, eh!?! Pretty fuk’d up in some ways but fantastic in others.
Some cracking big gigs – LCD Soundsystem at Ally Pally, London. Kraftwerk and Nick Cave, both here right in Notts. All amazing experiences. Not forgetting the mighty Don Letts on rockin’ the ones ‘n twos at Rough Trade too.
Been playing out a few times since we last touched this. Our usual resi at The Angel Microbrewery, Broadway, SoBar and The Lord Roberts to name a few. Pix ‘n blurb are up across our usual social gubbins. You know just where to look.
Gonna be bunkering in for January. Back out spinnin’ for our first resi sesh of 2018 at The Angel Microbrewery on Friday 2nd February. We’ll keep dropping sweet nuggets on the first Friday of every month. Grand. Thanks to Ben and Steve for having us back. Obliged.
We’re also made up to be part of a very special Selectadisc celebration on Sunday 11th February. Site of that legendary record emporium is now home to Ugly Bread Bakery. UBB crew have wanted to pay homage to Selectadisc for ages and now it’s happening. There’ll be DJs doing their thing in tight 30 mins’ mini-slots, vinyl ‘n merch for sale and plenty of food ‘n drink. We’ll be spinning post-punk wax from 1.30 ’til 2pm. Join us.
We’ll be DJ’g again at The Lord Roberts sometime in February too. Hoping to make that a regular thing. More info to come, folks.
Don’t forget, you can get a cheeky taste of our sessions at Mixcloud.com. We’re also dropping mixtapes over at Evermix.fm as well.
That’s it. Take it easy. Hope to see ya’s very soon.
Had a frisky few weeks. All sorts happening at the day job, general elections, Leftfield’s triumphant “Leftism 22” gigs, Talking Heads’ sublime “Stop Making Sense” on the big screen, and plenty more. Same for you guys, no doubt.
Had a grand time at The Angel Microbrewery for our monthly resi session on Friday 2nd June. Mixed Crate Disco vibe that night. Some of what we dropped: Why Can’t we Live Together-Timmy Thomas//Paint It Black-Africa//Safe From Harm-Massive Attack//Slippery People-Talking Heads//T Plays It Cool-Marvin Gaye//Sign Of The Times-Prince//Buffalo Stance(remix)-Neneh Cherry//You Played Yourself-Ice T/Heaven And Hell Is On Earth-20th Century Steel Band//Magnificent Seven-The Clash//Infected-The The//Tiger Stripes-Felix//You Gave Me Love-Crown Heights Affair//For Goodness Sake, Look At Those Cakes-James Brown//Turn This Mutha Out-Idris Muhammad//Grapevine Boogie-Leftside Wobble//People(remix)-Rocket//Still Going Theme-Still Going
Next up is our all-day slot at Sherwood Art Week’s Secret Garden Fair on Saturday 24th June. Dropping tunes all day in and around the acts lined up. Times 10am ’til 6pm. Kinda. If you’ve been, you’ll know the score. Gonna try lift the vibe a wee bit. Well, that’s the plan…
Not forgetting our usual first Friday in month at The Angel Microbrewery on 7th July. Twisted Disco feel that time.
Plus our annual all-day sesh at Blackwood Scouts Beer Festival on Saturday 8th July. Big one, that. Spinnin’ from 2pm ’til 9pm or so. Hope it’s proper sunny, people.
And we may just be doing something for Notts Pride too. More info on that coming soon…
Wotcha. We’ve been out ’n about a bit lately and there’s more to come too.
First off, cheeky thanks to everyone who bopped ’n hung out at The Angel Microbrewery on 5th May. Punk Post Disco vibe, that night. Steaming time, folks. We’re back there again on Friday 2nd June. Mixed Crate Disco sesh pulling in all sorts of cuts.
We made up to be back at Rough Trade Nottingham on Saturday 20th May. Early doors beats ’n treats family friendly 2 ’til 6 sesh. Dropping all sorts. Been nearly two years since our first slot in the cafe bar space so we’ve chuffed to be still spinning there. Nods to Kyle and his crew for their ongoing support. Nice one.
Here’s a new one too. We’ve been asked to spin tunes at Sherwood Art Week’s Secret Garden Fair on Saturday 24th June. If you’ve ever been you’ll know the format. We’ll be playing rock ’n’ roll, r ’n’ b, jazz and more from 11am till 6pm. Hope it’s sunny that day.
Been droppin’ tunes at The Angel Microbrewery for our first Friday each month residency as usual. Great fun. Next sesh on Friday 5th May is gonna have a Post Punk Disco kinda vibe. Long over due sesh, that one. Looking forward to it.
We also had a proper blast playing wax on Record Store Day ’17. We were lucky enough to play at Rough Trade Nottingham, The Bodega and The Angel Microbrewery. Busy one, then. Good to see Hockley ’n Notts buzzin’ so much that day. We even bought a few records too.
One more. Not forgetting our annual all-day sesh at Blackwood Scouts Beer Festival on Saturday 8th July. Big one, that. Spinnin’ all day from 2pm ’til 9pm or so. Hope it’s sunny, people…
A wee taste of what we spun:
Utopia And Visions-Don Cherry//We’ve Live In Brooklyn-Roy Ayers//Moon Germs-Billy Cobham//Brothers-Willie Hutch//Trip To Your Heart- Sly And The Family Stone//Kafty Eple-The Outlaws//It’s Yours-T La Rock//Candyman-Cornershop//Far East-Wookie//Kunta Kinte Dub-Singers And Players//Ghost Town-The Specials//Baby-ColourBox//Smouche-Dennis Bovell//Ring My Bell-Blood Sisters//Face A La Mer-Les Negresses//Nam Myho Renge Kyd-Tee Mac//I Hear Music In The Streets-Unlimited Touch//Love And Happiness-Monsour Sallama//Truth Don Die-Femi Kuti//Thousand Fingered Man-Candido//The Duke Arrives-John Carpenter And Alan Howarth//Magnificent Dance-The Clash//Caught Up-Metro Area//C’Mon C’Mon-Playgroup//Enjoy The Silence-Depeche Mode//Let’s Get Brutal-Nitro Deluxe//Divine-Golden Teacher//The First Night-Moo//Is It All Over My Face-Loose Joints//
Frisky Mixed Crate Disco sesh at The Angel Microbrewery on Friday 3rd March.
Thanks to everyone who bopped, hung out and said hello. We had a blast, people.
Big nods to Ben ’n Steve for the slot and and their crew for looking after us all night. We’re back on Friday 7th April, folks. Twisted Disco vibe that night. Maybe see you then…
A wee flavour of what we dropped:
Hangin’In Outer Space-Tony Wilson//You’ve Made Me-Lou Rawls//Tom Cat-Muddy Waters//Just Kissed My Baby-The Meters//Nobody-Hodges, James Smith And Crawford//I’m Just Like You-6IX//Walk On By-Smith And Mighty//Brothers-Willie Hutch//Straight Outta The Jungle-Jungle Brothers//I Wish-Skeelo//Lost In Music-Stereo MCs//We’ve Got The Funk-Positive Force//Here I Come-Barrington Levy//Stop Your Breaks-Scott//Good Ting Going-Sugar Minott//Do It-Soul Messengers//Going Down Slowly-Pointer Sisters//A Lover’s Holiday-Change//Gangster Boogie-Chicago Gangsters//Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger-Indian Ropeman//I’m A Man-Chicago//Raw Power-The Stooges//Editions Of You-Roxy Music//Shot By Both Sides-Magazine//Come Together-Primal Scream//Open Up-Leftfield//Devotion-Ten City
Bit slack updating our little blog. Been playing out a few times since we last touched this. Been to Alley Cafe, The Angel Microbrewery and Rough Trade a few times. Set lists and other juicy gubbins are all up at facebook.com/dirtydiscosound.
Next up is the first sesh in a wee residency at The Angel Microbrewery on Friday 3rd February (thanks Steve ‘n Ben!). All vinyl night-time sesh. 9pm ’til late. We’ll be dropping sweet nuggets on the first Friday of every month. Handy that. Maybe see ya’s for a cheeky boogie by the dex.