Friday Bangers #38: Andy ‘Free Hugs’ Campbell

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Since my last Friday Bangers post, there has been a tidal wave of fantastic tunes that I’ve been exposed to, which makes narrowing it down to 3 favourites almost impossible – almost.

I’ve opted for a ‘straight in, no kissing’ approach, not unlike the tracks themselves (or the set I’ll be playing in Gigantic later tonight).
First up, Jessie Ware – Tough Love (Cyril Hahn Remix). This one slipped under the radar somewhat for me, and I’m glad I eventually caught wind of it. Jessie Ware’s ever pleasant vocal over a club-strong indie dance production, what’s not to love?

Next, a great remix of the already esteemed Oliver $ – Pushin’ On by drum and bass veterans Delta Heavy. Everything you already loved about this track just got that extra oomph to transform the original ‘groover’ into a complete banger!

Finally, the crème de la crème… I can’t even begin to explain how excited I’ve been waiting for this song to be in my possession. Arthur Baker teams up Chromeo’s Dave 1, under the alias Slam Dunk’d to grace us with a slice of modern disco perfection – No Price.

Andy ‘Free Hugs’ Campbell

Throwback Thursday #7: Wee bitta MJ

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Earlier this week the Michael Jackson song P.Y.T. popped into my head for no real reason. It made me realise that it really is an unbelievably good tune. Then I remember that I had this remix of it which I have DJ’d out a few times. It’s by the Bixel Boys, and they have a good few other edits on their page too. They don’t mess with it too much, just enough to make it a bit more dance floor. I like it.

And seeing as I’m throwing back to MJ today, I thought I’d share this amazing Disco remix of The Jacksons ‘Blame It On The Boogie’. Again, it doesn’t push anything too much, but the drums are way funkier. I’ve played the entire 7 minutes in the Lavery’s Ballroom before and people have danced for the whole time. Total beast.

Feel free to post your favourite MJ track or remix below too!

Jonny.

Gigantic Recap: 1/08/2014 – FAUX DJs

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Well, that was fun. Gigantic is always an event for us but last night seemed a bit special. When someone is about to make a request but runs to the dance floor when they hear the next song instead you know you’re doing a decent job. We had stupidly good fun playing all manner of tunes from Future Islands, Childish Gambino and Ejeca to Danny Brown & Rustie. It was one of those nights where all the requests just seem to fit in seamlessly with everything we were playing. Well played requesters, well played dancing bar staff and well played smiling punters.

Here’s a bunch of stuff that went down well:

Popped this in early and everything started to accelerate from then on:

This tune had people falling over themselves to run to the dance floor.

Who knew that the intro to this song could be mixed seamlessly with house? Everyone joined in for this one near the end of the night.

Big big love to Nikki, Anna, Zahra, Kim, Dave, Cate, Martina, Leah, Don, William, Tracey, Simone and everyone else who danced.

FAUX

Friday Bangers #37

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You’ll never guess what genre the songs are from today? That’s right, electropop! It’s like I’m on some sort of mission to make everyone listen to as much electropop as possible. You know what though? It’s all great. All of it.

This first track was picked out because this week I had a dream where I was mates with Prince, and he asked me for advice and stuff. One of the best dreams ever. Reality bites. I have no idea why he did this song with Zooey Deschanel, and I could probably find out via the internet, but all that really matters is that the song is really good and it has been floating about my head for months.

Credit for the fact that this next song gets played in Gigantic a lot goes to Cate Walshe. She was the first person to ask for it, and it has been on the playlist ever since. It smells like suncream, and feels like dancing in the sand.

And this last track comes from the largely flawless Ed Banger stable. It has a super funky slappy bassline, and the chorus makes me want to invent a new dance move. If only I was capable.

Hope you enjoy the tunes, and if you are in Belfast tonight you should make your way to the club for some good time booty shaking with the FAUX DJs.

Jonny.

Friday Bangers #36

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OK, this post will be short and sweet as I am rushing out the door to catch a flight, but what it lacks in words it makes up for in tunes. The new SBTRKT track is unstoppable, Edwin Van Cleef has doused Metronomy in magic, and Lemaitre have shown that the shoes Justice left to fill aren’t that big at all.

Throwback Thursday #7: Torgas Valley Reds

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Unless you’re from Northern Ireland, and belong to a particular generation and point in time, there is a strong chance you have never heard of Torgas Valley Reds. This is a tragedy, and one that befalls more great bands than you can possibly imagine. As a brief history lesson, Torgas Valley Reds were a band based in Belfast that existed in the early 2000s. They emerged from the ashes of a reasonably successful indie outfit called Backwater, and in their time they won the hearts of many people via wonderful indie pop tunes infused with soul and verve, and brilliant live shows.

Just as they were about to release their debut album, they broke up. This meant that the record got buried, and for a long time no one got to hear it. For fans of the band, this was a bit of a nightmare. Knowing that those timeless songs were captured somewhere, but unable to heard, was tortuous. The ‘lost’ Torgas Valley Reds stayed buried from 2004 until 2012, when Howl records made it available to buy via (Bandcamp). If you don’t own it yet, you should go and buy it right now.

In case you need any more convincing, and because these songs aren’t already on YouTube, I’ve decided to pick out my three favourite tracks from the album and publish them.

First off is ‘Torgas Valley Blue’, which is their total anthem, and one of the best songs you’ve never heard.

Next up is ‘Actualities’, which is completely in French. Many bonus points.

And finally is ‘Me & My Buddies Would Vote For You’, which would be great if it acted as a call for more good people in Northern Ireland to get involved in politics.

Glory days.

Jonny.

Friday Bangers #35

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Gonna be honest and say that this pic selection for the Gigantic Friday Bangers videos today is pretty darned sweet. The tracks are super too, but flip me look at the pics too. Big ups to the Lavery’s photographers, Filly and Paul, who take the pics at the club week in and week out.

This is the latest Little Dragon track. We’ve loved pretty much everything they have done to date, and are well stoked for the arrival of the new album. It’s due to drop next week, and if this track is anything to go by we’re in for a treat.

As is the norm for the blog, this song is a slice of perfect electro pop. It has been out for a few years, but it just entered the Gigantic set last week. No idea how Jupiter stayed out of our lives for so long, as they really are right up the Gigantic staße.

And this last song is for a bit of fun. We don’t really play any mashups, but this one is a good way to satisfy Katie (pictured) and Rosie’s endless requests for No Scrubs, in a different way.

See you on the dancefloor!

Jonny.

Two For Tuesdays #1: Future Islands

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Kicking off a new style of post today. It’s essentially two tracks from one band that we’re digging right now. As has been documented on this blog, we’ve been big fans of Future Islands for a good while. Their new album ‘Singles’ dropped earlier in the year, and they achieved a fair bit of notoriety off the back of that Letterman performance. The band seem to divide people a bit, with some folks just unable to get into it. This new album album didn’t seem to have the same grab as their earlier records, but it turns out it’s just a slow burner that you need to stick with. After a few listens the songs will burrow their way into your brain and start bedding in. Here are two of the standout tracks that have helped win us over.

Friday Bangers #34

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It’s time I faced up to the facts, I have an unstoppable addiction to electro pop. I just can’t get enough of it, I think I have a genuine problem. I had to include a sort of indie track this week in an attempt to redress the balance, and even that still has an electro bent.

Anyway, on with the tunes. First up is a track by the ever reliable Gigamesh. I’ve been caning Gigamesh remixes for years, and his own tracks are every bit as good as the ones he works on. This is a straight up dancefloor banger.

Next up is Warpaint, and a tune from their new self-titled album. It’s called ‘Disco //Very’, and I do love a wee play on words.

And the last tune is my favourite of the bunch this week. It’s the unstoppable Grum, with the club edit of his tune ‘Can’t Shake This Feeling’. It reeks of the 80s, which is a great smell if you ask me.

See you on the dancefloor.

Jonny.

Friday Bangers #33

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It seems that I make these kinds of posts too often. You know, where I apologise for not blogging often enough, and I promise that things are gonna change and I’ll blog more frequently from now on, and please forgive me, and all that shit. It happens all the time, and I think I just need to face up to the fact that it’s always gonna be like this. I’m not even gonna make excuses or try to explain myself, or tell you what has been keeping me so busy. No, I’m just gonna post up three super sweet bangers and get on with it. So here goes…

First up is a tune that I’ve been loving for a few weeks, and you know why? Because it’s ELECTRO POP! LONG LIVE ELECTRO POP! It’s an absolute belter of a track that reminds me of loads of things that I can’t put my finger on. That’s the sign of a good record, if you ask me (which you just did, in your head).

I have no idea what they are singing about in this song, because it’s all in French. They could be talking about how much they like disembowelling dogs for all I know. It doesn’t really matter what they are saying because everything sounds cool in French. You just can’t beat bit of quality French indie.

Prince has been popping up all over the show lately, doing impromptu gigs, releasing records, and being generally princely. I don’t know how he gets away with being so creepy. Actually, I do. It’s by being sickeningly talented musician and purveyor of incredible songs. Still a bit of a creep though. Here’s a cheeky reedit of a Prince classic. Enjoy!