Here’s something you wouldn’t want to miss: a rare chance to see Optimo’s JD Twitch flying solo behind the decks in Bristol. As you can see from the handy graphic above, the party takes place this Friday (October 9th) at The Small Horse Inn on Small Street, the new late night drinking/dancing establishment from Team Love (the people behind The Love Inn, the Love Saves The Day festival, Love International in Croatia, and loads more besides).

When we originally put the event together, it was due to take place at The Doghouse, and some listings may still state this as the location. However, we lost confidence in the management of the Doghouse and decided to switch it to The Small Horse Inn, which opened last weekend. We’re familiar with the space already, as it was previously Native and Big Chill Bristol, where we hosted many other Bedmo Disco Presents parties. To become the Small Horse, the space has had a total makeover, with a freshly tuned and re-built sound system that was sounding particularly impressive on its’ opening weekend. Certainly, we’re excited about the possibilities of the space, and with its’ intimate layout, it should make for a great atmosphere on Friday night.

Twitch himself should need little introduction. Keith McIvor, as his close friends and family call him, began his DJ career in Edinburgh at the turn of the 1990s, where he was resident at now legendary house/techno night Pure. It’s for Optimo [Espacio] and spin-off labels Optimo Music/Optimo Trax that he’s best known. The Optimo parties at Glasgow’s Art School (and these days Sub Club, amongst other places) are the stuff of legend, and feature Keith and DJ partner Jonny Wilkes joining the dots between a multitude of sounds and styles whilst focusing on the dance floor. It’s for this reason that Optimo has attracted a cult following around the world, and why finding a spare date in their packed gig schedule is tricky, to say the least. It’s also why we were so keen to get Keith down to play for us; you know he’ll get it right, get the party going, and play music that makes you go “WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?!” whilst still dancing your ass off.

Upstairs in what the venue is calling “The Lodge”, you’ll find Legendary Tone and Spice Route delivering mellower flavours, whilst keeping an eye on the dance floor. Both have amazing record collections, and will play some killer material.

There are no advanced tickets for this, and it will be first come, first served on the door. Entrance is £3/4, though the venue is open from late afternoon, so those who are really keen could turn up before we start at 10pm for a few free-drinks and avoid the charge. Either way, we’d advise being down before midnight (and ideally 11.30pm) to guarantee entry. It will be worth the effort, though – Keith will absolutely smash it, we’re sure.

Should you want something to get you in the mood for Friday night’s revelry, Sell By Dave has put together an all-vinyl mix of dance floor treats for the Wax Exchange crew. You can stream it via the Soundcloud player below.

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54party_flyerThis Friday, we’re making a guest appearance at what looks to be a killer event at the Cube Microplex. The 54 Director’s Cut Party features a screening of the brand new director’s cut of infamous Steve Rubell/Studio 54 flick 54, polyester-enhanced pansexual performances from a number of local performance artists, a ’70s style buffet and a party until the wee small hours, with People Like Us and ourselves providing the soundtrack. The organisers are keen to “bring some 70s style disco decadence to The Cube”, and we’re happy to oblige. We’ve been to parties there before in the intimate bar space, and it can get pretty rowdy. We’re sure Friday will be no different!

Since a new volume in the BedmoCast mix series is long overdue, Sell By Dave decided to jump on the decks and record a “warm up mix” of disco treats to get everyone in the mood for Friday night. You can check it out below.

More details about the event are available here

Tickets are on sale now, priced £8. You can buy them in advance here (recommeded)



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.



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!



  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]


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 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



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…

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!

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.

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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Facebook Event page
RA event page

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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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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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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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