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Club Night: An Interview with Jigsaw

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We took some time out to pick the brain of the founder of Jigsaw, Kate Webb, a brand new night coming to Stealth.

- What do you make of the Nottingham dance music scene?
Editted: Since I started studying there has definitely been a rise in the number of nights and promoters. I think the range of club nights on offer now covers genres to suit everyone. I hope my night can be another welcome addition to the established Techno scene. 

- What made you want to start your own night?
I think being so interested and passionate about the music industry made me want to get more actively involved. I DJ and I’ve always enjoyed music based promotion so it seemed like the next logical step for me. I just want to provide entertainment for others to be honest, and I think that there is a gap in the market for Jigsaw!

- What makes you look forward to holding the event in Stealth?
I think that with the sort of night I’m planning on holding it’s all about the sound. The Stealth sound system is unrivalled in Nottingham in my opinion. It’s also a large enough venue for the scale night I am planning and it’s got a good layout. The Stealth name will be an invaluable attachment to the night.

- I see that you are looking to hold events in Nottingham and London? What is it that made you want to take on two cities and those cities in particular?
Nottingham was an easy choice because I love the vibe of it, studied here and have lots of friends here to get on board with the night. As for London, the diversity and competitive market is just too tempting to resist. I’d also like to use the London branch of the night as an opportunity to expand and collaborate with other nights and promoters.

- Where did the name ‘Jigsaw’ come from?
It derives from the fact that the night will be held in other cities so it’s like jigsaw pieces fitting together. The different cities, the different crowds, the different sub cultures are all jigsaw pieces that will hopefully slot together to create the finished outcome.

- Who are you expecting at your event?
I don’t want to aim it specifically at anyone. I just hope that we can get plenty of music enthusiasts along who will appreciate hearing the same music that we love to hear.

Jigsaw will be welcoming Jordan Peak to their launch party on Thursday 24th April. Head over to the Facebook event for more info.

Space Dimension Controller at St Vs R (19/04/14)

The photos from last weekends Stealth Vs Rescued with Space Dimension Controller (19/04/14) are now up. Head over to Facebook for the full album.

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Record Store Day - Interview with Ursa Major

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What was the first record you ever purchased? The first record I ever purchased was a 7" copy of Snow - Informer. I was 8 years old and I learnt it word for word whilst constantly reloading it on my parents hi-fi system. 12 Inches of Snow was purchased some time later - Informer was the stand out track.

The latest record you purchased? World Psychedelic Classics 5 - Who is William Onyeabor? Nigerian Electro Funk from the 70's/80's which sounds just as good as anything out there today!

New release your waiting on? It's not new.... But I'm still trying to get a copy of WOLF10002 for the Medlar remix of Steffi - Your's.

How many records do you have in your collection? Sadly not that many anymore - Multiple house moves resulted in a serious reduction of what I had. Luckily I kept some!

Favourite place to shop for records? Discogs for rare or sold out releases (although some times the prices are ridiculous). Rough Trade and Boomkat for online convenience. Sadly Nottingham really doesn't have any decent record shops....

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Your house is on fire and you can only save one record? Hmmm, probably Cheryl Lynn ‘Got To Be Real’. It’s my most treasured vinyl and one of my favourite tracks ever!

The house is mildly on fire and you have time to save 5 records? Deniece Williams- Let’s Hear It For The Boy, Outlander- The Vamp, Acen- Trip II The Moon Part 2 (Close Your Eyes Optikonfusion!), The Astro Trax team - Energy (Feel the Vibe), Enter The Dragon Soundtrack! (My mum gave it to me!)

If there was a zombie in your garden and you were using your records as weapons what record would you reach for first? Well I’ve got a few Hed Kandi records knocking around still, they would be first to go. Bet they would fly…..

What is your favourite ever record sleeve design? In terms of iconic images, it would have to be Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, however I am always a fan of clear sleeves with coloured/picture vinyl too!

How do your vinyl sets differ from sets you play on CD or USB? Most of my vinyl is quite old now but the majority of it is quite garage based so would be along those lines.

You get locked in a record store over night, who would you get locked in with to have a soundclash with all night long? Ah there would be so many people! Think I would have to say Oneman, not because I think I would beat him in a clash but I admire his varied sets which would make it very interesting so see what he came up with! He is a real selector in my eyes, not just playing new/obvious tracks all of the time.

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Record Store Day - Interview with Tomb Crew

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- Can you remember the first record you ever purchased? The first record I owned was a flexi-disc that came free with a copy of the magazine Hip Hop Connection. It was by the Muddy Funksters, called I'm the M the B the S the T. I think I still have it.

- What was the latest record you purchased? It was Blak Twang - Queens Head from 1995. One of his early ones. My record buying habits have changed a lot over the last few years. I rarely buy new records these days.

 

- What's your guilty pleasure record? Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody. That record has got me through many a set.

- Any new releases your waiting on? The upcoming Nas and DJ Premier collaboration.
How many records do you have in your collection? Hundreds, maybe verging on thousands of Vinyl, CD's and cassettes.

- Where is your favourite place to shop for records? The Exchange stores in Notting Hill and Reckless records on Berwick Street. I only buy records now that I've loved for years and that I want to invest in. A lot of new music for me is too throw-away to warrant spending the money on.

- Your house is on fire and you can only save one record, what's it going to be? Nirvana - In Utero

- The house is mildly on fire and you have time to save 5 records? Nirvana - In Utero. Wu Tang Clan - Enter The 36 Chambers. Nas - Illmatic. Radiohead - OK Computer. Redman - Dare Iz A Darkside

- If there was a zombie in your garden and you were using your records as weapons what record would you reach for first? I actually have a 7" record that is shaped like a Shuriken. I think that'd do the trick.

- What is your favourite ever record sleeve design? Nirvana - Nevermind. An obvious choice but that album cover really was incredible and the album means so much to me.

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- How do your vinyl sets differ from sets you play on CD or USB? A lot more classics in there with vinyl. I only buy records that I know I'm going to love for years, so generally only buy older records. Digital sets means I can play all the new stuff that I like, and lots of it you can't get on plastic.

- You get locked in a record store over night, who would you get locked in with to have a soundclash with all night long? Would have to be Tim Westwood. I still have his radio 1 shows recorded onto cassette from Friday and Saturday nights back in the 90's. I'd love to go in on the hip hop with him.

Join us on the eve of National Record Store day at OurHouse. An all night long celebration of house music. 

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Record Store Day - Interview with Harrison

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-What was the first record you ever purchased? Apparently ‘chumbawamba - Tubthumping’ when i was about seven unfortunately. Sounds like the funnest record for a seven year old to say though.

- What was the last record you bought? 'OG Anthem - De Sluwe Vos’ has been the latest thing to arrive through the letter box, killer club record right at home on a big system. Massively looking forward to playing this one out! 

- What's your biggest guilty pleasure record? Theres not enough space on the internet . . . 'Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark’ is forever up there with the best, or 'Honeyz -End Of The Line’ has been on glorious rotation lately. However I’d file both under diamond standard so unsure whether they qualify as guilty pleasures? Probably definitely do.

- Any new releases you're waiting on? I’m hugely looking forward to hearing whats going to be coming out on Rhythm Section International, an extension of the Peckham based party, and the label White Asega. They have an amazing ethos and DIY approach when it comes to putting out music which i completely admire.

- How many records do you have in your collection? Probably closing in on 1000 according to my ikea expedit, maybe more including 7"s.

- What's your favourite place to shop for records? Trawling across Soho for records i think is up there with the best ways you can spend an afternoon. You've got all the up to date places like phonica, sounds of the universe, BM, sister ray etc vs plenty of crate digging spots where you never know what you’ll stumble across…

- Your house is on fire and you can only save one record, what's it gonna be? I’ve got a 5inch red see-through record, a split ep between two old hardcore bands where all the tracks have to be about forty seconds as its so small, which is one of the weirdest and best looking things in my collection, but the graphics on the sleeve are based on a book of matches so i might be a bit bummed out if my house was burning down at the time.. I have a cajmere remix 12” which has one of my all time favourite dance tracks on it, and which felt like quite an achievement when i actually got my hands on it after a solo mission to stoke-on-trent, so maybe that’d be a good one to dance round a fire to.

- It's only mildly on fire and you can save five records, which others make the cut? I’d have ample time to put out the fire with syringes of water if i was forced to choose five, i’d definitely perish in the flames taking ages making useless decisions like what my favourite colour serato timecode records were.

- If there was a Zombie in your garden and you were using your records as weapons, which vinyl would you reach for first? I’ve got a picture disc by The Fratellis shaped like the outline of woman which i’d happily throw in the sea, from a musical perspective anyway, and its got a few corners which would slice up any undead nicer than a round record i reckon. If that didn’t finish it off maybe just snap one and stab it? But it’d probably catch me before i decided which one to snap, my gardens smallish .. just smash it in the head with my travel box, that thing nearly kills me every time i have to lug it around.

- What is your favourite ever record sleeve design? Very hard to pinpoint one , but Soulwax - Any Minute Now springs to mind as an incredibly clever, clean and good-looking sleeve. Which doesn’t come as a surprise seeing as their 2manydjs dj sets are easily some of the most entertaining scenes i’ve ever seen with my human eyes with the accompanying live visuals based on animated record sleeves. Pretty impressive to be able to pull off a dj set that’d still have people captivated without any sound. Glassjaw - Worship And Tribute CD and Golden Teacher - Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night on Optimo also deserve honourable mentions.

- How do your vinyl sets differ from the sets you play on CD or USB? If it’s a 100% vinyl set, drink 500% less. I’d like to think they’re a bit more comprehensive as well, as I tend to sift through my collection before hand depending on where i’m playing and think “yeah… definitely play you… no way… maybe… when did i get you?” before taking a heap to a club or whatever. You have to bring enough to cover yourself and enough to allow for spontaneity, not bring an hours worth of records for an hours set, but also have the right records to sort of construct what you’re going for?

- You get locked in a record store over night, who would you get locked in to have a sound clash with all night long? I know Artwork is an advocate for mixing in key, so if that enthusiasm for keys could somehow be translated over to a physical key, maybe we could fashion something out of a turntable cartridge and vinyl brush MacGyver-style to tackle the lock and escape.​

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Join us on the eve of National Record Store day at OurHouse. An all night long celebration of house music. 

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Record Store Day - Interview with Hollick

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- What was the last record you purchased? I usually buy a few at a time, on my latest visit I managed to pick up the Vermont album, Pampa 021, Ten Years of Phonica (Sampler One) and a Kompakt and Tsuba Special 003 on a pretty cool half blue/half white vinyl.

- Guilty pleasure record? A Mark E disco edit of Chaka Khan - I'm Every Woman...

- Any new releases your waiting on? Currently waiting on the re-stock of the new Todd Terje album.

- Where's you favourite place to shop for records? Generally, Phonica but i also enjoy using Boomkat and Discogs online.

- House is on fire and you have to save one record? I really couldn't choose one...

- House is mildly on fire and you have time to save 5 records? The new Leon Vynehall LP on 3024, Daphni - Ye Ye, Mari Kvien Brunvoll - Everywhere You Go (Villalobos Celestial Voice Resurrection Mix), Non-Plus Think and Change box set and a Daft Punk LP.

- If there was a zombie in your garden and you were using your records as weapons what record would you reach for first? Blacknecks - To The Cosmos, lets go! It's a certified dance floor killer so i'm sure it'd make light work of a zombie.

- What is your favourite ever record sleeve design? Of mine, definitely Terron - Whities001 (check it out).

- How do your vinyl sets differ from sets you play on CD or USB?I don't really do vinyl only sets, I like to incorporate them into my sets where possible. Definitely adds something though in a sense you can touch the music I guess, I think a clued up crowd appreciates it too.

- You get locked in a record store over night, who would you get locked in with to have a soundclash with all night long? I'd love to have a sneak peak through MCDE's collection...but Kylie Minogue probably has records too though right?!

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Join us on the eve of National Record Store day at OurHouse. An all night long celebration of house music. 

You can follow Hollick on Facebook, Soundcloud and Twitter.

Record Store Day - Interview with Strike

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- What was the first record you ever bought? It would have been 'White Lines' by Grandmaster Melle Mel, I was 15! 

- What was your most recent record purchase? The last record i bought was 'Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy' by The Tams. An old Motown record i rebaught as my old copy was kaput!

- Any new releases you're waiting on? Anything on Swamp 81! They're still churning out vinyl which is a good thing. I liked Boddika's last vinyl release, anyone on that label really but Boddika is definitely my favourite. 

- How many records do you have in your collection? Now . . . well i used to have over 3000. I used to spend over £100 a week on records. Now i probably own in excess of 700 or 800, Motown and old Hip-hop mainly. I've sold quite a lot and lost quite a few too. 

- Your house is on fire and you can only save one record, what would it be? Skinny Sumo. My old band. We recorded at Maida Vale and mastered it at Abbey Road. I watched someone write my copy there and then onto acetate which i've managed to keep hold of. It's got the Abbey Road logo on the sleeve and everything so it's pretty special. 

- House is mildly on fire and you have time to save 5 records? There's certain Drum & Bass, an Ed Rush & Optical remix of 'French Kiss.' 'White Lies' would be in there. I'd hae to take a lucky grab at some of my old hip-hop stuff, there's too much to pick through at speed!

- If there was a zombie in your garden and you were using your records as weapons, what record would you reach for first? I do have some really cheesy stuff! I know exactly what i'd choose and for some reason it's still in my collection. It's an old happy-hardcore track i've struggled to give away, throw or lose. It's a Hixxy & Sunset Regime remix of a track called 'Follow The Sun' by Triple J. That would be first in the firing line. 

- What is your favourite record sleeve design? Aphex Twin - Window Licker, because it's quite possible the creepiest i've ever seen in my life. Certainly grabs your attention. 

- How do your vinyl sets differ to when you play on USB or CD? The sound! The sound of a record compared to a CD. I mainly play on USB's now but there is no better feeling than hearing that crackle on a record in the right environment. 

- You get locked in a record store all night, who would you get locked in with to have an all night long soundclash? In all honesty it would be DJ Derek. He's not going to be playing gigs anymore so that would be great. Or maybe the Hoff! That would be a good few hours of fun, i'd like tocheck what selection he's got. 

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Join us on the eve of National Record Store day at OurHouse. An all night long celebration of house music.

Curses at Stealth Vs Rescued (12/04/14)

The photos from last weekends Stealth Vs Rescued with Curses(12/04/14) are now up. Head over to Facebook for the full album

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Tourist feat. Will Heard - I Can't Keep Up (Dub Mix)

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Courtesy of the wonderful Annie Mac and her Free Music Monday we have been treated to this gorgeous dub version of 'Can't Keep Up' by the genius Tourist. Listen and enjoy.

You can catch Tourist at Everywhere festival on Sunday 4th May. 

Blonde - Foolish (feat. Ryan Ashley)

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'Foolish' is the latest track out from talented Eton Messy representatives Blonde. The track features silky smooth vocals from Ryan Ashley and is a slightly lower tempo affair than their usual productions while still oozing plenty of feel good sunny vibes. Let that thick bassline take you by the hand and plod you along a hot summers walk.

You can catch them at Everywhere festival on Sunday 4th May 2014 amongst a collosal lineup featuring huge names such as Skream, Route 94, MK, Scuba, Paul Woolford, Hannah Wants and many more.