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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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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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