We at Downtown Science have been big fans of Sheaf Street & Duke Studios for a while now, the venue outside of the city centre offers a different vibe to their more central rivals. We have played their Friday Night Residency slot on a few occasions (joining the likes of Justin Roberston, Ewan Pearson, Mr.C and many more who have also played the Friday sessions) as well as DJ’ing at other events – Andy Hickford played disco at their Nicky Siano ‘Love Is The Message’ film screening as well as various members of the crew playing Saturday afternoon sets as part of the Boogie Monster presents sessions.
A recording of a recent(ish) Friday night residency is available here:
As well as the Grub & Grog kitchen (run by Dan Palmer) the venue has also hosted the Veg Out festivals – again with Downtown Science amongst the roster of guest dj’s.
Duke Street has also hosted some exceptional events with Nicky Siano, Psychemagik amongst the stellar dj’s who have held parties here.
Amongst the upcoming events at Duke Studios sees them and Partyfine presenting Yuksek, Get a room! and Andrew Devine. A night of quality club music, deviant disco, indie and electronica headlined by label boss Yuksek. A serious slice of the French electronic dance music, in Duke Studios warehouse and terrace (The Yarden) spaces.
Yuksek is a French electronic music producer, remixer, composer, label manager and music lover. After releasing several singles, dozens of remix’s and two albums, he created his own label, Partyfine, confirming the his ‘Yuksek’ sound.
Irish born Andrew Devine is the exception to our French Rule – has been making waves in Leeds for the past two years. Already a regular DJ at one of Leeds’ biggest parties Flux as well as holding down his Saturday night weekly residency at Belgrave Music Hall, he is one guy not to be underestimated. Supporting the likes of Crazy P, Detroit Swindle, Optimo, Bradley Zero & Or:la you can be sure you will be seeing a lot of his name in the next year. Opening and closing the night expect funk, disco and a peppering of house along with a big dollop of fun from his sets!
This is my 200th upload to Mixcloud. I wasn’t aware of this until after posting a couple more – maybe I should have done something different to mark the ‘occasion’ like a selection of favourite ever tracks??
That said I have always tried to keep my uploads straight forward – whatever I felt like listening to for an hour or so would be what is recorded. That maybe a general dog through the collection for a cross-genre session, listening to an hour of one artist, playing records associated with a label, a dj or club night, or whatever.
The tracks here were recorded one sunny afternoon and we’re just what I wanted to hear at that point in time. I think I’ll maintain that as the central plan behind what I post – hopefully one or two folk will keep wanting to listen.
Thanks for the eara to those who have listened… I’ll get started on the next 200…
1. Gregory Porter – Musical Genocide (St Germain Version)
2. Koom.H – Mr Cool
3. Antena – Bye Bye Papaye (Lexx Remix)
4. Desmond Williams – Theme For A Dream
5. Georges Vert – Freak D’Escape
6. Soane – Tropical Sandstorm
7. Rollercone – Palais Mascotte
8. Povo – Shahib’s Habit
9. Paul Murphy & Marc Woolford – Jazz Room (Spiritual South Mix)
10. Heritage Orchestra – Skybreak (Jazzanova Remix)
Barefoot In The Head
A few pics from the early years of Ibiza that capture the original Balearic spirt:
I have put together a selection of some of the original Café Del Mar / Balearic classics as played in the early wide eyed days of sound-tracked sunsets on the white isle. Balearic pop, tropical shufflers and more. Before the advent of Café Del Mar rip-off comps and identikit chill out music, these tracks set the tone for what was to follow.
- Art Of Noise – Moments In Love
- Antenna – Camino Del Sol
- Donna Summer – State Of Independence
- Linda Di Franco – TV Scene
- Flash & The Pan – Walking In The Rain
- Carly Simon – Why
- Penguin Café Orchestra – Music For A Found Harmonium
- Sueno Latino – Sueno Latino (The Latin Dream)
- Tullio de Piscopo – Stop Bajon…Primavera
- Richie Havens – Going Back To My Roots
- A Man Called Adam – Barefoot In The Head (Remix)
Saint Etienne are far and away one of my favourite bands. Ever since picking up a copy of Fox Base Alpha in the early 90’s I’ve had a soft spot for their blend of pop, Indie, Balearic and post acid house music. Fox Base Alpha is surely one of the defining albums of the post second summer of love era, it’s blend of come-down atmospherics, positivity, pop and nostalgic references was a perfect counter point to the heavier though similarly influenced Screamadelica.
Fox Base Alpha (1991)
So Tough (1993)
Saint Etienne followed up FBA with anyone slice of beautifully measured nostalgia, deep house inspired grooves, and pop, all held together with carefully selected samples. Taking spoken word from the likes of Peeping Tom and Billy Liar ‘So Tough’ played out like a perfect Sunday afternoon. Memories of music from the night before, washed over with afternoon matinee film references all kicked off with a call for a cup of tea and a bun.
Only Love Can Break Your Heart (1991)
Nothing Can Stop Us Now / Speedwell (1991)
With their latest ‘Home Counties’ album due next month in June; it seems a good time to share this mix I put together a while back. By no means intended as a best of, these are just a few of my favourite tracks by Saint Etienne. These are pretty much all from the period covered by their first three albums.
Early days image
Please check out the band’s website for details of the new album, merchandise and tour information.
Home Counties (2017)
Whilst looking forward to their new work, for me this is the era of classic Saint Etienne.
I don’t re-blog many posts on here, but I have shared a few from Eclectics, their blog has been well worth following for a constant stream of excellent guest mixes. I was also lucky enough to be invited to submit my own mix to their series a little while back.
Eclectics’ mix blog is a carefully curated mix series with a focus on quality and variety and has played host to the likes of DJs including Leo Mas, Simon Peter of Claremont 56 renown, Chris Coco, DJ Rocca, Shawn Lee, Max Essa and Coyote. Anyone with a passing interest in Balearic sounds will know these stellar names.
The Eclectics soundcloud page is here – hours of quality music at your fingertips:
There is now another reason to follow the progress of the Eclectics team now – they have launched their own label & have started with a bang. Their debut release is by none other than Balearic legends Coyote. Well known for their music on the essential ‘Is It Balearic’ label as well as also releasing music on a range of other imprints, such as Balearic Social, their music is always worth checking.
Coyote – Too Late To Be Scared
The first release on Eclectics’ digital label, Coyote’s Too Late to be Scared is available across three mixes which cover a hell of a lot of ground – and at a variety of paces.
The Coyote’s original mix is a laidback treat, its slow, tribal beat and slinky bassline are complimented with layers of percussion while gentle acid lines float by, rising and falling along drifting synths that ebb and flow in the mix.
Next up is the tougher Dark Drift mix, dancefloor focussed and heavier the drums and bass build the foundations for a mid-paced monster. “It’s too late to be scared, it’s time to kill,” Christopher Walken declares in the sample used as a hook as this version tightens its grip with emphasised acid lines that rework the track into more of a mid-paced house anthem.
Lastly the ambient mix, drifts along, drums dispensed with just the cymbals used to progress the track. Spoken samples remain, “Every once in a while,” Walken intones, “the lion has to show the jackals who he is.” Walken preventing this track from drifting aimlessly, giving it a slightly darker hook that requires attention.
It’s Too Late to Be Scared by Coyote is released on Eclectics on 15th of May 2017. I’d suggest that the Eclectics label will be one to watch – if the standard of their mixes is any indication of the quality to come on the label – we are all in for a treat.
Want to find out more? Check out the links below:
Eclectics bandcamp page:
You can follow Eclectics news and activity on their Facebook page too:
My selection for the Eclectics blog is here: