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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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MUSIC: JUSTIN VAN DER VOLGEN’S GREATEST HITS

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This Friday (20th June), the Bedmo Disco Presents… series at Big Chill Bristol reaches its’ third installment. Having given Amsterdam’s Marcel Vogel his Bristol debut and allowed PBR Streetgang’s Bonar Bradberry to indulge his disco side, this time we’ve looked to New York for inspiration. When we found out that Justin Van Der Volgen was planning a jaunt to Europe this June, we jumped at the opportunity to book the Brooklyn-based DJ/producer.

Justin doesn’t hail from NYC, but he’s become a part of the fabric of the city since his days with Warp-signed punk-funk outfit !!!. Over the last few years he’s built up a reputation as a fearless producer and re-editor, both on his own and alongside friends from the vibrant Brooklyn/Williamsburgh scene. To get you in the mood for his extended set at Big Chill Bristol on Friday, we’ve decided to run down some of his “greatest hits” to date, both on his own and with a variety of collaborators.

Scroll down for our picks of his productions, and don’t forget that Justin headlines Bedmo Disco Presesnts… #003 at Big Chill Bristol this Friday. We’ll be opening until 4am for the first time, with Justin on around 1am. It’s free to get in before 11pm, £3 after. Our old pal Legendary Tone (best before:/Hotel/Wild Honey Sound System) will be mixing it up in the Study, too, if you fancy a break from Justin’s full-throttle NYC madness.

JUSTIN VANDERVOLGEN – THE CLAPPING SONG (Golf Channel Recordings, 2010)

Arguably Justin’s first solo “hit”, this Golf Channel released jam is a humungous chunk of surging electronic disco propelled forwards by incessant handclaps, looped guitars and a booming bassline. It’s the sort of record that it’s impossible not to dance to like an utter lunatic. We secretly hope that he drops this on Friday, Just so that we can see the reaction.

JV – I WANT YOUR LOVE [JV EDIT] (Editchannel XXX, 2012)

Justin’s edits are becoming the stuff of legend. He’s done plenty – both on his own and with others – but this version of Bobby Thurston’s “You Got What It Takes” is arguably his best known. It’s a near perfect example of the art of the re-edit. Thurston’s original is a bit of a banger, but does feature a quite rubbish middle eight and some rather shoddy vocals in parts. Justin stripped those out, emphasizing the amazing groove, righteous horns and select vocal passages. Near perfect in almost every way, and a big tune at Bedmo Disco parties since its’ first release in 2012.

SOFT ROCKS – TALKING JUNGLE [JUSTIN VANDERVOLGEN REMIX] (ESP Institute, 2012)

It says something about a track when everyone remembers the remix, rather than the original. That’s certainly the case with Soft Rocks’ “Talking Jungle”. While the original – a steel drums laden chunk of hazy Balearica full of live drums, groovy organs and sun-kissed guitars – is a fine piece of music, it pales in comparison with Justin’s remix. If you’ve not heard it before, take a listen on the link above – it’s a ten-minute chunk of baggy disco bliss complete with brilliant piano solos and a killer bassline. A superb remix – one of the best of recent years, in our book.

TRY TO FIND ME – GET TO MY BABY [TBD EDIT] (Golf Channel Recordings, 2010)

Back in the late 2000s, Justin took on the Try To Find Me alias as a pseudonym for his re-edit work. He put together a couple of mixes of his own edits, the second of which came out on Phil South’s Golf Channel Recordings label in 2009. A year later, one of the highlights of that second disc – “Get To My Baby” – sneaked on on a single-sided black label 12”. This time round, it had been teased and tweaked into driving, delay-laden disco perfection by Justin and fellow Brooklyn resident Doug Lee (AKA Rong Music regular Lee Douglas) under the TBD moniker. This has been a staple in Bedmo Disco sets since the time, and has lost none of its’ allure.

TBD – OH YES (DFA Records, 2010)

Around the same time that they were re-edited an edit, Justin and Doug Lee sat down and wrote “Oh Yes”, which was the highlight of a thrillingly robust 2010 EP for DFA Records. A rip-snorting acid-meets-Italo disco thumper, it sounds every bit as raw and intense now as it did when it dropped. If you were in any doubt that Justin can bang it hard, look no further.

TBD – I DON’T KNOW (TBD Sounds, 2009)

This early foray into the world of TBD was a little overlooked at the time of release, but still sounds thrilling five years on. Baggier than their DFA release, it married Justin’s punk-funk sensibility and love of cowbells with Doug Lee’s love of wonky electronics and no-holds-barred disco. Certified banger!

!!! – MUST BE THE MOON [JUSTIN VANDERVOLGEN REMIX] (Warp Records, 2008)

A vintage remix from Justin’s days as part of !!!. Featuring Doug Lee hammering away at the organ, it’s a prime slice of hazy, vaguely Balearic disco-rock with a psychedelic twinge. Let’s all go to the moon!

Justin Van Der Volgen headlines Bedmo Disco Presents #003 at The Big Chill Bar in Bristol on Friday 20th June.

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NEWS: PRODUCT OF BEDMINSTER EP OUT NOW!

Yes, it’s true: Bedmo Disco Records has returned to action. The “Product of Bedminster” EP, featuring Awon’s in-demand “No Return” and the ace “Check It Out” by Awon & Bedmo Disco (check out those synths!), is out now, exclusively (for this week, at least) on Junodownload.

Check out the clips below, and head to Junodownload to buy on various digital file formats.

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NEWS: MARCEL VOGEL MIX AT STAMP THE WAX

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We’re sure you’ve not forgotten, but this Sunday – Easter Sunday, kids – sees the launch of our brand new residency at Big Chill Bristol, Bedmo Disco Presents… More excitingly, Sunday’s party also marks the first appearance in Bristol of Lumberjacks in Hell and Intimate Friends bossman MARCEL VOGEL, a man who should need little introduction to those with a passion for disco, boogie and soul-flecked electronic music.

To get us all in the mood for the party, Marcel has kindly done a mix for the great people at STAMP THE WAX. He’s also spoken to them about re-edits, his labels, and his lack of rapping skills. You can check out the interview and mix here >> We’ve also stuck the Soundcloud link below.

More info about the party can be found on the Facebook event page, here >>

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NEWS: BEDMO DISCO RECORDS IS BACK!

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Bedmo Disco Records is back! After what seems like an eternity (18 months, in fact), we’re returning to (virtual) record stores with a digital-only blast of boogie goodness from Awon & Bedmo Disco entitled “Product of Bedminster”. Full of delay-laden drum machine beats, colourful analogue synths and tactile, booming synth basslines, both tracks have been staples of our sets for a couple of years. We’re delighted to finally be able to share them with you.

Listen to lo-res preview clips below. There’s Awon’s rather smashing “No Return”, and Awon & Bedmo Disco’s “Check It Out”. You can pick up both when the EP makes its way onto digital download stores in April.

 

 

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NEWS: GET READY FOR BEDMO DISCO PRESENTS… AT BIG CHILL BRISTOL

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Those who pay attention to our social media feeds – namely Twitter and Facebook – may have spotted our “big news” of the week: we’ve put together a season of parties with very special guests, called Bedmo Disco presents… at Big Chill Bristol. What’s more, the first party is set to take place on Easter Sunday, April 20th.

 

It goes without saying that we’re rather excited about this. When Big Chill Bristol’s general manager came to us and offered us the opportunity to program a series of parties with special guests, we understandably jumped at the opportunity. We spent a lot of time thinking about DJs who would not only fit our vibe, but also that inspire us. DJs who may also be producers or musicians, but first and foremost can rock a party hard while taking us on a journey. We were interested in booking people from that select band of DJs whose style combines an obsessive crate digging mentality with an ability to educate, entertain and, above all else, get the dancefloor rocking.

 

After spending weeks hammering out emails and chatting to DJs, agents and managers on the phone, we’ve put together what we think is a pretty darn tasty line-up of guests. We’re not going to announce them all at once, but suffice to say that our guests come from around the World, including such hotbeds of disco and dance music talent as New York and Amsterdam. We think you’ll be impressed, and you certainly won’t want to miss any of them. You can find the dates of all the forthcoming Bedmo Disco presents at Big Chill Bristol parties here.

 

We’re particularly excited by the launch party, which will take place on April 20th (Easter Sunday). It features a DJ we’ve long admired, Amsterdam legend MARCEL VOGEL.

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Those who pay attention to the contemporary disco scene will have come across Marcel, possibly through his label, Lumberjacks in Hell. It’s one of the few edit-related labels worth bothering with. With strong links to the original Chicago house and disco DJs, as well as top contemporary talent, Lumberjacks in Hell frequently features edits that blur the boundaries between house, disco, boogie and soul. Other labels do this, of course, but few – if any – do it quite as well as Marcel’s imprint. It’s a clear sign of his A&R skills, but also of his own distinct style, which is so evident in his DJ sets – think percussion by the barrow load, hypnotic loops, celebratory builds and moments of thrilling release. He’ll drop original material, but you’ll also find quality cuts that breathe new life into forgotten and little-known gems. Oh, and expect soulful music in all its other forms, be it hip-hop, house, or raw funk.

 

Marcel first got into music as a kid growing up in Germany, compiling tapes from his mum’s record collection and aspiring to be a B-boy. He got into DJing soon after, and as he got older began to put on parties. After moving to Berlin he promoted and acted as resident DJ at the now legendary LEGACY parties between 2003 and 2007. There, he began to develop his now familiar “soulful groove” style, joining the dots between raw disco, boogie, rare groove and house.

 

After spending three years in Switzerland, he moved to Amsterdam in 2010 to learn audio engineering. He became an integral part of the local scene, DJing regularly, hosting parties and promoting his new label, Lumberjacks in Hell. You should know the rest of the story.

 

As we approach the party we’ll post some of his DJ mixes, including one he’s putting together just for us. You’ll be able to hear that on the April edition of our radio show on Invader.fm.

 

The April party, which Marcel is headlining, will follow the same formula as the rest: the Bedmo Disco crew on the warm up, the guest smashing it, and happy faces all round. We can’t wait.

 

These parties will start at 9pm, and be free to get in before 11pm. After that, it’s three quid in. Arrive early, as we have a feeling these events will be roadblocked – after all, it’s not often you get guests of this quality for free, or less than the cost of a pint.

 

Stay tuned for more information. For now, get the dates in your diary. We have guests from New York in June and July, and you definitely won’t want to miss those!

Bedmo Disco presents #001: Marcel Vogel takes place on Sunday April 20th at Big Chill Bristol.

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WIN TICKETS FOR MAISON PARADISO @ KINGS WESTON HOUSE

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How does dancing the night away in a luscious stately home on the outskirts of Bristol sound to you? Pretty good, eh? Well, you’ve got a chance to do just that this Friday night (February 14th) at the first Maison Paradiso event at Kings Weston House. Oh, and we’ve got ten tickets to give away!

It promises to be a magical evening. Maison Paradiso is a new event from Bristol promoter Keda Breezze, who specialises in putting on imaginative, one-off events that mix music, theatre and cinema in stunning locations.

Friday’s event is in two parts; the first is a cocktail reception and three-course meal from pop-up restaurant specialists Mi Casa. That will be followed by a big old party, with Bedmo Disco DJs (Awon, Five-Stylez and Sell By Dave) providing the soundtrack until the early hours. There’s a cocktail bar (staffed by Bristol’s best cocktail barmen and waitresses, no less) and a silent cinema room, if the sweaty disco and boogie party action gets a bit much. Guests are asked to “dress to impress”, giving you a chance to put on your glad rags.

Seriously, we’re really excited about this. It’s not often you get to dance like mad and sip cocktails in a stately home. And Kings Weston is some stately home; Grade 1 listed, it was recently restored to its 18th century glory (it was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, who also designed Blenheim Palace). It’s located near the Clifton Downs and is just eight minutes by taxi from the city centre.

Sadly, tickets for the dinner and dance are now sold out, but a few tickets are still available for the party, priced at £10. You can get them here.

Now for the exciting bit: we’ve got 10 TICKETS for the party to give away. To be in with a chance of grabbing a ticket (or more), just email us with your name and contact telephone number, stating how many tickets you’re after (perhaps a pair, so you can bring a mate or your partner). We’ll draw the winners at random on Thursday morning (Feb 13th), meaning you’ve got until midnight on Wednesday to get your entries in. Good luck, and hopefully we’ll be seeing you on the dancefloor. Remember: make an effort, it’s going to be a special night!

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MIX: JANUARY’S BEDMO DISCO RADIO SESSION NOW ONLINE

bdradio_invader_smGood news! We’ve finally uploaded this month’s Bedmo Disco radio show (originally broadcast live on Invader.fm on January 7th) for your listening pleasure.

The show features our usual blend of sounds you know, records you don’t, shambolic mic patter and special features (in this instance a live hip-hop throw down from Awon and Five-Stylez, and Sell By Dave babbling on about new, recent and upcoming releases). Check it out on the Soundcloud player below. The next edition of Bedmo Disco Radio will be rolling live on Invader.fm on Tuesday February 4th.

 

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TONIGHT: BEDMO DISCO EASTSIDE III

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Tonight (Friday 10th January) we return to our favourite Bristol boozer, The Plough in Easton, for another Bedmo Disco Eastside session. Free entry, choice beverages, great sound, and ace tunes supplied by Awon, Sell By Dave, Five-Stylez and Darren Oh! 

Join us from 9.30 – you know it makes sense!

 

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