MIX: SOUNDWAVE CROATIA WARM-UP

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This Thursday, we fly out to join in the fun at Soundwave Croatia 2016, which takes place at The Garden, Tisno, from August 4-8. We’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve played at the festival (we think it’s either our sixth or seventh appearance), but every year it’s the undoubted highlight of our summer. Great music, great people, great weather, great location… what more do you need?

Over the last few years, our own Sell By Dave has made a point of putting together a warm-up mix or two (0ne year, he did three) to help get people in the mood for what’s in store. Predictably, he’s done one again this year. We best let him explain what it’s all about:

“I wanted to do something that reflected the quintessential Soundwave experience – watching the sun go down accompanied by some suitable music, followed by an evening spent on the beach stage, the on to Barbarella’s for a session dancing all night until the sun comes up. So, I tried to capture that over two hours, going from sun-kissed slo-mo fare to classic U.S and U.K house, via samba, hip-hop, reggae, disco, and electrofunk. Hopefully you’ll find it entertaining.”

So now you know. For the record, you can find us spinning music at Soundwave at the following locations:

THURSDAY 4th AUGUST: Disco Boat on The Argonaught (w/ Harvey Sutherland & Origins) – 19.30-23.00 (SOLD OUT)
SATURDAY 6th AUGUST: Magnolia Stage (outside the restaurant) – 12.00-14.00 
SUNDAY 7th AUGUST: Pier Stage (AKA The Olive Grove)- 21.00-23.30

You’ll find the tracklist for the mix below the embedded Soundcloud player. The mix is also available on Mixcloud for all the streaming freaks.

Bedmo Disco presents: Soundwave Croatia 2016: From Dusk ‘Til Dawn [mixed by Sell By Dave]

  1. Alaula – Statues [Mudd’s Piano Dub]
  2. Bukky Leo – Why Can’t We Live Together? [Sao Benitez BV Dub]
  3. Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – Viramundo [Danny Krivit Edit]
  4. Turbojazz – Que Pasa
  5. Joutro Mundo – Combo Funk
  6. Eric B & Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em [Mark The 45 King Remix]
  7. Black Sheep – Strobelight Honey [No We Didn’t Mix]
  8. Richard Ace – Jonestown Masacre
  9. Tappa Zukie & The Warriors – Love Dream
  10. Fresh Band – Come Back Lover [Dub Mix]
  11. The Emotions – Love Vibe [Domu Edit]
  12. Chaka Khan – Clouds [Moplen’s Classic Mix]
  13. Soulful Dynamics – Jungle People [Lee Douglas Edit]
  14. Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne – You’re So Good To Me [Vocal Remix]
  15. Serious Intention – Serious [Dub]
  16. Kerrier District – Let’s Dance & Freak
  17. Inkswel – Linoleum
  18. Taana Gardner – What Can I Do For You? [Luv Dub]
  19. DJ Duke – Blow Your Whistle [Original Mix]
  20. Marc Anthony – Ride On The Rhythm [Bedmo Disco Re-Dub]
  21. Coco, Steel & Lovebomb – Summer Rain [Never Like This Dub]
  22. 4 For Money – It’s A Moment In Time [Rising High Dub]
  23. Outlander – Vamp [Prins Thomas Diskomiks]
  24. Crooked Man – Happiness [Bedmo Disco Adriatic Anthem Edit]

NEWS: BEDMO DISCO RADIO IS BACK

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Summer has finally arrived in Bristol (about time etc.), and ahead of a new period of Bedmo Disco DJ gigs, we’re returning to the (virtual) wireless.

This Tuesday (19th July, 2016) we’ll be making our debut on Soultrain Radio, with the first in a series of monthly shows. The team behind the station have been keen to get us involved for a while, to supplement existing shows from fellow West Country disco/boogie crews Feel The Real and Boogie Cafe (the latter helmed by our old pal and occasional label artist Jimmy The Twin).

Tomorrow’s show will feature Awon and Sell By Dave (sadly, Five-Stylez is otherwise engaged playing hip-hop for another radio station), will be broadcast live from the Soultrain studios here in Bristol, and will feature us dropping some killer wax from across the discoid universe.

We’ll also be looking ahead to Soundwave Croatia, which kicks off on 4 August at The Garden, Tisno, and features us lot playing records, as well as loads of other top notch bands, selectors etc.

So do tune in, as we’ll be playing lots of rather good music, and no doubt Sell By will be his usual idiotic self on the mic (“disco’s own Alan Partridge”, as a regular listener to Bedmo Disco Radio once famously described him). That’s got to be worth two hours of your time, right?

Tune in to Bedmo Disco Radio from 10pm-12midnight BST on Tuesday 19th July 2016 on Soultrain Radio.

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NEWS: NYE AT THE CHRISTMAS STEPS

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It’s been another memorable year for the Bedmo Disco family, punctuated by memorable parties, cracking events, hugely enjoyable guest spots and a particularly brilliant boat party at Soundwave Croatia. We also waved goodbye to our regular home of nearly six years, Big Chill Bristol, with a series of parties with guests including Winston Hazel and the brilliant Inkswel.

Naturally, there’s one last Bedmo Disco party of the year: New Year’s Eve. This year, we’ll be celebrating by taking over the decks at one of Bristol’s best boozers, The Christmas Steps. It’s an intimate space, meaning that it should be a cracking party – a bit like an ace house party, but with a better selection of drinks and us lot on the turntables. What’s more, the venue – run by the team from CRACK magazine – has decided not to charge on the door. That means you can get in free… though the limited capacity means that you’ll need to get down early (we start at nine) to guarantee entry.

To get you in the mood, we’ve uploaded a new BedmoCast episode to our Soundcloud account. It’s a live recording of Sell By Dave in the mix at Blue Mountain, here in Bristol, a few weeks back. Enjoy!

 

NEWS: BEDMO DISCO PRESENTS JD TWITCH AT THE SMALL HORSE INN

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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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NEWS: 54 DIRECTOR’S CUT PARTY & MIX

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)

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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