NEWS: WINSTON HAZEL IN THE DANCE TONIGHT

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A year ago today, on Easter Sunday 2014, we kicked off the “Bedmo Disco Presents” series – a programme of events featuring hand-picked guest DJs from the UK, Europe, the US, Australia and, of course, Bristol. Our first guest was Lumberjacks in Hell boss Marcel Vogel, who got the party going in his inimitable way. That day set out the formula for what would come over the next 12 months: extra sound, extended sets from our headline guests, and the now familiar pre-gig meal in the local lebanese restaurant.

Since then, we’ve had some top DJs swing by to play, including Inkswel, Auntie Flo, Alexander Nut, Justin Van Der Volgen, and Bonar Bradberry. Tonight, we toast that first year – and look ahead – in the company of a man who has flown under the radar a little for most in Bristol: Sheffield legend Winston Hazel.

WInston is most famous, of course, for being part of Forgemasters, whose seminal “Track With No Name” – a bleep classic built around loops from Manu Dibango’s “Abele Dance” – was the first record to be released on Warp way back in 1989. By the time that record came out, Winston was already one of the North of England’s most celebrated DJs, having built his reputation via various weekly and monthly residencies in the Steel City, most notably at the now legendary Jive Turkey parties (alongside his old pal Parrot, who retired from DJing many years ago). In recent years, Winston has been entertaining Sheffielders via the Kabal parties he runs alongside a collective that includes old pals Raif Collis, Pipes and, if he’s in town, Todda T (it was the Kabal crew who gave Tom Bell the ‘Toddla’ tag, due his tender years when he started playing for them).

If you’re still unsure as to Winston’s credentials, or want to know more, there’s an extensive interview (with accompanying mix) on the Test Pressing site. The words were penned by our own Sell By Dave.

As usual, we’ll be starting at 10pm, there will be extra sound, and it’s free to get in before 11pm, £3 after. Spread the word – Winston will do a terrific job, and this is a rare chance to see a true master at work in Bristol.

MUSIC: BEDMOCAST PARALLEL DIMENSIONS SPECIAL

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Those who follow us on social media will know that we’re quite excited about the next party we’re playing at, Parallel Dimensions Presents Skyline at Lakota, this coming Friday (27th February). Laila, the woman behind the fast-rising Parallel Dimensions parties, asked us a while back if we wanted to host a room, and we jumped at the chance. We’ve had some great times in Lakota over the years – it’s a legendary Bristol venue, after all – and that third room, the smallest of the lot, is a brilliant little “rave cave”. It’s perfect for an intimate gathering and you can really get the party going.

There was another reason we said yes to her request, though: the main room line-up. It features two legendary figures from the days when Manchester’s Hacienda was arguably the centre of the clubbing universe: 808 State and Graeme Park. Neither should need bigging up; the former were one of the pioneering production/live outfits in the British dance music revolution of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, and were responsible for some stone cold classics during the rave era (“In Yer Face”, “Pacific”, “Cubik” etc). As for the latter, as resident at the “Hac” (alongside Mike Pickering), Park was responsible for putting the venue on the map, providing the soundtrack to the first E generation’s clubbing coming of age. They’ll be joined in the main room by our old pal Deli G, who’s as legendary in our city as 808 State and Graeme are in Manchester.

As for our room, we’ll be joined by another local legend – Tristan B, who has been DJing in clubs and on the radio in Bristol since the mid 1980s – and a long time friend of the family, Legendary Tone. He’ll be playing back-to-back with Sell By Dave (as they often do at best before:) to round of the evening. In association with Parallel Dimensions, we’ll also be making a big effort on the décor, making our room look suitably disco (think The Loft parties in NYC).

We can’t recommend the party highly enough. We hear ticket sales are pretty brisk – if you want to come along (and we’d love you to join in the fun) you can grab tickets from Bristol Ticket shop or Resident Advisor.

As part of the build-up to the party, we offered to do a mix to get everyone in the mood. Sell By Dave laid it down in one-take (as usual) on the spur of the moment. You can stream/download it below. It features a riotous mix of disco, electrofunk, house, proto-house and early US garage dubs, plus the odd rave classic, unreleased Bedmo Disco family cuts/edits/tracks, and some obligatory 808 State towards the end. Hopefully it should get you all in the mood for the party… it’s going to be ace!

 

BEDMOCAST 2015.2: SELL BY DAVE’S PARALLEL DIMENSIONS THROWDOWN

  1. Moton Records Inc – Zoo [Sell By Dave FAC51 Version]
  2. Marcos Cabral – Latin Box
  3. David Bowie – Underground [Dub]
  4. Bedmo Disco – Down Shep
  5. Dutch Rhythm Combo – Bonnaire [Al Usher Remix]
  6. Awon – Saxy Time
  7. Watson – Get It On
  8. Check The Guns – Disco Magic [JT Edit]
  9. Young Pulse – Work 2 Do
  10. Jean Carn – Free Love [Paul Simspon & DJ Romain Remix]
  11. T-Coy – Night Train
  12. Carl & Carol Jacobs – Robot Jam [Nick The Record & Dan Idjut Rerub]
  13. Carolyn Harding – Memories [Bedmo Disco Dub]
  14. LK – Body & Soul
  15. Nick Holder – Summer Daze
  16. Grace Jones – Feel Up [Danny Tenaglia Remix – Bedmo Disco Edit]
  17. 808 State – Cubik [Tomix]
  18. Bent – Always [Ashley Beedle Dub]
  19. Teddy Pendergrass – The More I Get It, The More I Want [Dim’s Super Disco Blend]

NEWS: INKSWEL AT BEDMO DISCO PRESENTS THIS SATUDAY

inkswel By now, you should be used to us blathering on about how excited we are about the latest guest DJ to swing by Bedmo Disco Presents at Big Chill Bristol. Even so, we’re more excited than normal about the visit of INKSWEL tomorrow night (Saturday 7th February).

We’ve been fans of the Australian producer since hearing his 2011 Glass Tear Groove EP on Boogie Bash. Since then, he’s gone on to deliver killer material in his distinctive smooth, soulful, drum machine-heavy style for Unthank, Faces, Dopeness Galore, Wolf Music, People Like Jam, Burek and Hot Shot Sounds, the label he co-founded with another Bedmo Disco fave, Freekwency. He recently signed a deal with BBE, and the much-loved label will be releasing some retrospectives of classic material ahead of a brand new album later in the year. All of those will be worth listening to.

His style is distinctive: hugely influenced by classic boogie, ‘80s electro and electrofunk, of course, but also modern soul, hip-hop and deep house. He recently recorded a guest mix for our BedmoCast series – unveiled on our Invader.fm show earlier in the week – and it was one of the best we’ve been given to date. We’ve stuck it below so you can listen – seriously, it’s excellent.

Being Melbourne-based, Inkswel rarely gets across to Europe. It’s a bit of a coup to get him, so we’re naturally delighted that he’ll be making his Bristol debut on Saturday night. In fact, he’s only doing two UK dates (the other being in London for our pals from Soft Rocks), so it really is a rare chance to see a young master at work.

In addition, we’re delighted to be welcoming DJ Ryu and the Rockit Science crew to the Big Chill. They’ll be hosting the study, and have secured a pretty hot guest in Bristol-based deep house producer James Fox (Futureboogie Recordings, Well Rounded Housing Project, Quintessentials, Needwant etc). Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, we’ll also be adding extra sound to make Inkswel’s set sound extra-heavy. All of this is free if you get down before midnight, and £3 after. It’s a party not to be missed, that’s for sure.

More info about the party is available on Facebook and Resident Advisor

NEWS: THREE MORE CHANCES TO DANCE (LIKE YOU MEAN IT)

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The festive period is upon us, and that means a whole load more chances to “dance like you mean it”, as Bedmo Disco hit the Christmas and New Year period hard. This time, there are no headline guest DJs in tow – just Awon, Sell By Dave and Five-Stylez mixing up the good time grooves, obscure disco and boogie jams, unreleased re-edits and secret weapons.

Here’s what we’re up to over the next few weeks…

FRIDAY 19th DECEMBER – BEDMO DISCO PRESENTS CHRISTMAS PARTY @ BIG CHILL BRISTOL
Six hours of us mixing it up for your drinking and dancing pleasure. Expect a mixed-up, floor-friendly selection of gems from the depths of our ever-growing record collections. There’s free entry to this one all night long… get in!

WEDNESDAY 31st DECEMBER – COLSTON HALL NYE SWING DANCE (MAISON PARADISO COCKTAIL LOUNGE) @ COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL
This New Year’s Eve, we’ll be providing the music in The Lantern, the smaller venue attached to Colston Hall, as part of their “NYE Swing Dance”. We’ve teamed up with Maison Paradiso and will be keeping things lively in their room, dropping a party-friendly mix of disco, boogie, house, classics and occasional random drunken selections.

SATURDAY 3rd JANUARY, 2015 – BEDMO DISCO  @ BIG CHILL BRISTOL
To celebrate the start of our new Saturday night residency at Big Chill Bristol (the first Saturday of every month, kids) we’ll be pitching up at our favourite city centre watering hole-turned-intimate club space and playing lots of great music to get you going in 2015. New Year, new you… same old Bedmo Disco!

Join us at least one of these… we can guarantee great music and good times!

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MUSIC: AUNTIE FLO’S GREATEST HITS

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As you’d expect, we’re rather excited by the prospect of Auntie Flo – AKA Glaswegian DJ/producer/walking font of musical knowledge Brian D’Souza – swinging by Big Chill Bristol for Bedmo Disco Presents 008 this Friday (28th November).

Production-wise, Brian has been on fire for a few years now – ever since the 2011 release of his debut EP Goan Highlife on Huntleys & Palmers. He has some terrific music in the pipeline (some of which he’s promised to drop on Friday night), but in the meantime we thought it would be good to take a quick spin through some of the highlights of his career to date, with the assistance of some handy YouTube links.

AUNTIE FLO – HIGHLIFE

Where it all began. A modern day afro-futurist masterpiece originally created to be played as the final tune at Highlife parties in Glasgow. Still sounds fresh, three years after its’ release.

AUNTIE FLO – LA SAMARITA FEAT. MAMACITA

Taken from 2012’s Future Rhythm Machine, the Auntie Flo debut album (a follow-up is currently in the works). If you’ve not checked that album, you should. This track, featuring vocalists Mamacita, is a dose of percussive South American sunshine.

AUNTIE FLO – KISUMU

Back in 2012 Brian dropped an excellent 12” of globally inspired house and techno tracks on Japan’s Mule Musiq label. Titled “Sun Rituals”, it was designed as a tribute that great big fiery thing in the sky we see all to infrequently in the UK. “Kisumu”, a chunk of rolling, melodious deep house, was arguably the EP’s highlight.

AUNTIE FLO – LUMBALU

We can’t praise the Highlife Edits series highly enough. This densely percussive number – all cowbells, timbale and thunderous kicks, plus looped vocals – helped launch it with a bang back in September 2013.

AUNTIE FLO – SUN RITUAL II

Taken from the second Highlife Edits 12”, Sun Ritual II sounds like the perfect end-of-night darkroom record – a 12-minute opus that begins as a dense, bass-heavy, Afro-techno jam before flowering into a wide-eyed chunk of synth-laden euphoria. If he drops this on Friday night, there’ll be a few people on the dancefloor having a “moment”.

AUNTIE FLO – HEY DON’T MAKE TROUBLE (VIDEO EDIT)

Killer afro-futurism that’s been a staple of Bedmo Disco radio shows and DJ sets all year. Brian’s first outing on Munich’s Permanent Vacation label. It still detonates the dance if dropped at the right time.

AUNTIE FLO – JAS

Brian has previously talked about the influence the early releases from Mathias Aguayo and company’s Comeme label had on the foundation of the Highlife night, and his distinctive global futurist style. “Jas” is taken from Comeme’s Gasoline compilation, and sounds like a pitched-down South American rave record. Late night sleaze par excellence.

DUOLOGUE – PUSH IT (AUNTIE FLO’S REMIX)

A rare remix outing, which originally featured on Innervisions’ offshoot Philomena. An inspired chunk of string-laden, bass-driven deep house peppered with moments of pure Balearic bliss.

AUNTIE FLO – DAABI

JD Twitch’s Autonomous Africa series raises funds for projects in Africa, the idea given being to give Africans a chance to control their own destiny. Brian has contributed to a couple of the EPs, with this killer cut from the third installment in the series being our favourite.

Auntie Flo headlines Bedmo Disco Presents 008 at Big Chill Bristol on Friday November 28th. For more details click on the links below.

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NEWS: AUNTIE FLO NEXT UP AT ‘BEDMO DISCO PRESENTS…’

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The last few Bedmo Disco Presents… sessions at Big Chill Bristol have been pretty special. September’s session with Alexander Nut was memorable for all the right reasons, while Daniel Wang’s set at our Halloween party was a thing of rare beauty – a dance floor disco and house mix that kept us guessing throughout. We think our next event, featuring the one and only AUNTIE FLO, will be one of most memorable yet.

If you’re unfamiliar with the distinctive sound of Glaswegian in London Auntie Flo (AKA DJ/producer/musician Brian D’Souza), then you’re missing out. D’Souza is one of the UK’s foremost purveyors of 21st century global fusion, where rhythms from Africa, South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia are paired with the unmistakable pulse of house, techno and disco. He was instrumental in setting up Glasgow’s acclaimed HIGHLIFE parties, alongside HUNTLEYS & PALMERS label boss Andrew Thompson. The two collaborate on HIGHLIFE EDITS, an offshoot of H&P that delivers shit-hot reworks of obscure Afro-disco, Afro-funk and Middle Eastern records.

As a producer, D’Souza has been on great form for some time. Following his breakthrough single, the brilliant ‘Highlife’/’Goa’, he’s released a superb full-length on Huntleys & Palmers and subsequent singles for Permanent Vacation, Kompakt Extra and others. He’s also a regular contributor to JD Twitch’s Autonomous Africa project, which raises money for projects in sub-Saharan Africa. He also performs impressive Auntie Flo live shows alongside regular studio collaborator Esa.

For his appearance in Bristol, he’ll be taking to the decks and delivering a set that joins the dots between a myriad of global styles and 21st century “Western” dance music. Expect tropical rhythms, heavy basslines and percussion for days. Oh, and plenty of sweaty dancefloor moments!

In addition, we’ve enlisted Rough Draft bossman and all round badman DJ ELDRIDGE to take care of duties in the study. Expect a lesson in crate digging as he drops a vinyl-only selection of jams from across the musical spectrum.

Supporting Auntie Flo downstairs will be Bedmo Disco (that’s Awon, Sell By Dave and Five-Stylez to you).

With our usual sound system tweaks and extra speakers, Big Chill Bristol will be sounding better than ever. The last few parties have been chock-a-block, so arrive early to guarantee entry. Remember: it’s free before 11pm, then £3 after. 

To get you in the mood, here’s a taste of Auntie Flo in action, in the shape of a vintage Boiler Room excursion from 2012…

 

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MUSIC: NEW BEDMO DISCO “WORKOUT” MIX FOR BODYWORK

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It’s been a while since the last Bedmo Disco mix, and even longer since Sell By Dave, Awon and Five-Stylez all contributed to one. Clearly, we needed an excuse, because last week we put one together for our friends at Bodywork Bristol. They uploaded it to their Soundcloud profile earlier today, and you can find it below.

There is, of course, a good reason they asked us to contribute to their “Workout” series (mixes inspired by working out, trips to the gym, that kind of thing). On Saturday (11th October) they’re hosting what looks to be a particularly tasty party at Basement 45 here in Bristol. The headliner is top notch Canadian selector Eddie C (Endless Flight, African Shakedown, Kolour, Crue-L, Common Edit… the list goes on). In support, you’ll find us playing back-to-back with Bodywork residents Hank Champagne and the Prince of Persia. These guys are top DJs with excellent record collections – as anyone who heard them play at Bedmo Disco Presents… a couple of months back will no doubt agree – so we’re particularly excited about sharing the ones-and-twos with them (and, of course, warming up for Eddie).

You can find out more about the party here and buy tickets (recommended) on Resident Advisor here.

As for the mix, we went in hard on the “workout” tip. It features plenty of samples from our little-known collection of ‘80s workout VHS tapes, plenty of original Italo-disco, some forgotten house gems, a smattering of boogie dubs, a slew of unreleased Bedmo Disco dubs and 30 minutes of shirts-off disco at the end. Oh, and Arnie. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

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NEWS: WIN TICKETS TO ALEXANDER NUT AT BIG CHILL BRISTOL

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This Friday sees the mighty ALEXANDER NUT head to Bristol to play the latest instalment of Bedmo Disco Presents. We’ve been making a song and dance about this for a while – we’re genuinely excited about the party. We won’t bore you with the usual spiel, but suffice to say we think it will be one of our best yet.

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Don’t Panic to give away a bunch of tickets (well, guest list, as we’re not printing tickets in advance). You can find out all the details and enter by clicking on the link below. Good luck!

Win Tickets to Alexander Nut with Don’t Panic Online

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NEWS: BUMPER AUTUMN LINE-UP FOR BEDMO DISCO PRESENTS

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Ever since we launched our Bedmo Disco Presents… series back in April. we’ve been working hard to put together a strong line-up of guest DJs for our autumn schedule. We’re excited to finally be able to announce the guests for our next three parties. We’re biased, of course, but we think it’s a killer line-up.

First up, on September 29th, we’ll be welcoming Eglo Records boss, Rinse FM DJ and killer party-starter ALEXANDER NUT to Big Chill Bristol. We’ve been enormous fans of Alex’s mixed-up, anything-goes-as-long-as-it’s-soulful approach to DJing since we first heard him play at UFO in Bristol a few years back. We’ve been lucky to dance hard to his sets on numerous occasions since, and he always kills it. For his appearance at Bedmo Disco Presents, Alex will be playing for three hours, joining the dots between boogie, soul, disco, broken beat, modern soul, house, funk, hip-hop, techno futurism and everything in between. It will be deliciously soulful and dancefloor-friendly. Knowing Alex, he’ll also get on the mic, probably after sinking copious amounts of rum. It will undoubtedly be special. While Alex is rocking it downstairs, our old friend OWAIN K from Cardiff will be joining the dots between styles up in the study. He’s an excellent DJ and a talented producer, too, as anyone who has checked his releases on Dessous Recordings will tell you.

Then, on the final Friday in October, we have a very special treat for anyone who loves disco: a return to Bristol for the effervescent DANIEL WANG. Now based in Berlin after years spent earning his stripes in New York, Danny is without doubt one of the finest disco DJs around. His record collection is absurdly deep, and he always gets a party going. He’s only played in Bristol twice before – at UFO first, then at the Motorcycle Showrooms in 2013 – but both times he absolutely killed it. We’re delighted to have him on board, and look forward to hosting him. He’s something of a legend, all told, having spearheaded the first wave of “nu-disco” in the late ’90s and early 2000s – first with his own label, Balihu, and later on Morgan Geist’s Environ imprint. He’s also released material on Ghostly International, while his latest re-edit 12″ under the Otto Gelb alias (simply titled Volume 3) is – predictably – another killer. We’ll write more about Danny and his long career closer to the time.

Finally, in November, we have Huntley’s & Palmers resident AUNTIE FLO. Those with an interest in the modern wave of African-influenced music – and Afro funk and afro0-disco full stop – will know all about the London-based Glaswegian. He’s released a mixture of killer edits (a number on the excellent Highlife Edits series) and original material for the likes of Permanent Vacation, Autonomous Africa and Kompakt Extra. His original music is particularly exciting, as it blends African rhythms with contemporary electronic styles and all manner of global influences. He’s not played in Bristol before as far as we can make out, so it will be thrilling to give him his debut in our fair city.

For all of these parties, we’ll be addressing the sound issues that some have complained about. We’re going to be tweaking the system and repositioning the speakers, with additional stacks, to get a warm, rich sound befitting the quality of the music. We’re heads, and sound is of massive importance. The venue has given us their blessing to do this, and we’re working with sound engineers to get it right. It should enhance what will be great parties.

Don’t forget we’ll also have a 4am licence for these, special guests in the study, and ourselves warming you up and sending you home happy at the end. Oh, and it’s always going to be £3 in, so you can come and “dance like you mean it” without spending a fortune.

We’ll be talking more about our guests and these forthcoming parties on September’s Bedmo Disco Radio, which takes place tomorrow (Tuesday 2nd September) on www.infader.fm, starting at 8pm.

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NEWS: THE BOOGIE CARTEL ON BEDMO DISCO RADIO

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It’s been a busy month for us here at Bedmo Disco towers, with a memorable trip to Soundwave Croatia – the highlight of which was the unbelievable reaction of the Beach Stage crowd to our Saturday night set – and various gigs leaving us happy but exhausted. We should thank Noah and Rob at Soundwave for having us back for the fourth time, and for all those who came and danced hard. It was a blast!

While we’re thanking people, we should also extend our gratitude to the boys from Bodywork and People Like Us, who played brilliant sets at the latest edition of Bedmo Disco Presents at Big Chill Bristol a couple of weeks back. They got the party pumping, and it was great to see local talent getting an even better reaction than some of our headline guests from overseas.

Tonight (Tuesday 5th August) we return to the virtual airwaves with the latest instalment of Bedmo Disco Radio on www.invader.fm. We kick off at 8pm, and will be reflecting on the past month as well as looking forward to our next big party on 29th August. On that date, we’ll be joined at Big Chill Bristol by the boys from The Boogie Cartel. We’ve been following the progress of Captain Turtle and the rest of the Boogie Cartel guys for a few years, so it seemed the right time to give them their Bristol debut. They put on particularly good parties at the Horse and Groom in Shoreditch (amongst other places) and recently smashed up the Downlow Radio tent at Glastonbury. They’ll no doubt bring the party, as they always do.

You can get a taste of what the Boogie Cartel have to offer on tonight’s edition of Bedmo Disco Radio. We’ll be airing a 30-minute guest mix from Captain Turtle just after 9pm. We’ve been listening to it all morning, and suffice to say you won’t be disappointed.

So tune in to Invader.fm from 8pm, sit back and enjoy our usual selection of ace tunes, idiotic mic banter and pointless references to Awon’s cat, Lionel. Five-Stylez is otherwise engaged, so we probably won’t be playing any INXS or Bobby Brown. Still, it should be a good show nonetheless!

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