Let’s face it, confirmed crate-diggers need little excuse to dust down their prized obscurities and play them in public. There was plenty of this kind of dusty-fingered nerdery on display at the last Ghettospheric party at Cosies on Saturday night. Our good friends Andy Clarkson and Russ ‘PK Music’ Deane were the main culprits, though Jimmy The Twin, the Falling Up boys and the Kelly Twins were just as guilty of this charge. Not that we’re complaining – there’s nothing we like more than getting the party going with records that all but sunk without trace on their original release, or have been criminally overlooked in the decades since they first graced record shop shelves.
To prove the point, we’ll be digging deep and blowing the cobwebs off more obscure disco, funk, soul, electrofunk and boogie gems this coming Saturday, 19th November, at the Big Chill Bar in Bristol (11pm-2am).
The Big Chill Bar is kind of our regular Bristol haunt, a venue we’ve played – and rocked – more than any other over the last two years. It’s always fun playing there, partly because the crowd is easygoing and up-for-it, but also because they allow us to mix it up as we see fit. We normally get top billing downstairs, but this Saturday we’ll be playing records in the venue’s second room, the cosy, snug and intimate space they call The Study. It’s upstairs, has its own bar, boasts easy access to the roof terrace and comes complete with some vintage easy chairs.
Downstairs is a Regrooved night featuring Si from Goodgroove Records and others playing what they call “Ghetto Funk”. While this conjurs images of DJ Funk style booty madness, it’s actually a kind of slowed down version of funk breaks and big beat (to our ears, at least). Upstairs, we’ll be offering a purist counterbalance to this unashamed party silliness. Basically, that means we’ll be digging stupidly deep and entertaining the heads (and anyone who fancies some authentic, vintage music) with all manner of original boogie, disco and electrofunk gems – perhaps with a dash of proto-house, Italo and Balearica thrown in.
It should be a lot of fun. Entrance, as ever, is free, and we should be on the decks from around 11 til 2am – that’s three whole hours of dusty-fingered selections. We might break our ‘vintage material’ rule to drop a few new bits we’ve been working on in the studio with new Bedmo Disco family member AWON. We have big plans for our collaboration, but we won’t reveal too much more just yet – you’ll get to hear the music very soon.
Oh, and once we’ve finished at the Big Chill we’ll be heading down to Timbuk2 to check out our good friends Soft Rocks – they’re DJing in the second room of Dirtytalk alongside a couple of other mates of ours, Matty J and Ben Terry from The Pool Agency/Tirk Records.
Bedmo Disco In The Study takes place at The Big Chill Bar Bristol (Small St, Bristol) on Saturday 19th November