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NEWS: MORE FROM “B-FUNK” FOR YER EARS!

By now, you probably already know that this month marks five years (yes, five long years) of Bedmo Disco, and that we’re celebrating by releasing a special, limited edition blue vinyl 12″ featuring new, original productions from AWON and BEDMO DISCO. You’ve probably already heard a couple of the tracks; if so, we hope you enjoyed them. 

Above is the latest preview track. It’s the second of AWON’s tracks. It’s called “GOOD LOVIN”. It’s another boogielicious electrofunk re-imagining-slash-re-sub with a modern, rush-inducing twist. We like it loads and have been playing it shedloads of late. It rarely lets us down. Anyways, give it a listen and let us know what you think.

The 12″, entitled “B-FUNK”, will be released on June 25. Keep ’em peeled!

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NEWS: SECOND “B-FUNK” PREVIEW ONLINE

Yes, yes, yes! This morning we posted up the second preview of what you can expect from our fifth anniversary, blue vinyl 12″ – “B-Funk” by AWON and BEDMO DISCO. This is a ludicrously heavy chunk of voodoo boogie that we’re calling “ILLUSION“. It was produced by Five-Stylez for Bedmo Disco, with additional instruments by Awon. Sell By Dave mainly sat around going “this is good” and offering groove-based advice, some of which was rubbish.

Anyway, have a listen on the Soundcloud player above and let us know what you think. The EP will land later in June, so keep ’em peeled for more previews 🙂

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NEWS: AWON & BEDMO DISCO 12″ ON THE WAY!

Regular Bedmo Disco Soundcloud followers may have noticed a new track appearing on our profile on Sunday night. It’s by our studio pal, DJ partner and all round sound geezer AWON. It’s called STARTIME and it’s one of four tracks on the next label release – a split 12″ featuring proper tracks (not edits, actual tracks) from AWON and BEDMO DISCO.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting up each of the tracks so you can have a listen and let us know what you think. All four cuts are heavily influenced by original ’80s electrofunk, boogie and electro dubs, as well as contemporary house (particularly in terms of structure and production techniques) and disco.

The 12″ is called “B-FUNK” – short for “BEDMO FUNK”, what we’ve decided to call our style (this week, at least) – and will be released in June, almost five years to the day since the release of our first ever re-edits 12″, BEDMO DISCO VOLUME 1. It’s being pressed up in limited quantities on blue vinyl and should hit stores around the 24th June.

We’re rather proud of the EP and hope you all like it. Initially, it was born out of a productive, two-month period of work at Awon’s home studio in Totterdown and our North St Sound base. We’d contacted Awon about playing some instruments on a particular track we wanted to make, and ended up spending the next two months working on tracks together. It was enough to inspire each of us to do more work on our own, too, and all four tracks feature various contributions from each of us. Awon played synths, guitars and added percussion to the Bedmo Disco tracks, while Sell By Dave and Five-Stylez offered advice on structure for Awon’s tracks. Five-Stylez brought a near complete track to the studio one night and wowed us all. That’s made it onto the EP, alongside a re-rub of a track produced by both Bedmo Disco DJs (but never released) at the tail end of 2010.

It all adds up to what we think is a strong EP. It was very enjoyable to make. You can listen to the first track from the EP, Awon’s “Startime”, above. More previews to come over the next couple of weeks 🙂

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MIX: BEDMO DISCO ON PASSION RADIO BRISTOL 24/04/12

On Monday, our own Sell By Dave hosted the latest edition of Bedmo Disco Radio on Passion Radio Bristol. We’ve rescued the recording from the Passion archives and thought we’d share it with you. It’s a typically groovy two hour mix-up featuring a range of disco, electrofunk, P-funk, boogie, rare groove, soul, funk and deep house gems old and new. Excitingly, it also features previews of all four tracks from the forthcoming Awon & Bedmo Disco original production EP, “B-Funk”, two cuts from the excellent Jimmy The Twin edits EP we’re releasing in early May, and two yet-to-be-scheduled edits due to be released on our forthcoming sister label, Bedmo Digital.

It’s all mixed together in Sell By’s usual vaguely slick, ‘floor-friendly style, and we think it’s rather good – one of the best Bedmo Disco Radio sessions yet.

Listen/download (right clicking on the link should allow you to select save or download or something) here: Bedmo Disco on Passion Radio Bristol 23 April 2012

Tracklist as follows (forthcoming label material highlighted in bold text)

Passion Radio Bristol stings and commercials

The Orb – Perpetual Dawn [Ultrabass 2] (Big Life)
The Idjut Boys – One For Kenny (Smalltown Supersound)
Jimmy The Twin – Bump & Boom [JTT Edit] (Bedmo Disco Records)
Bedmo Disco – Boogie Down Dub (Bedmo Disco Records) ** EXCLUSIVE **
Graingers – Shine Your Light (BC Records)

Passion Radio Bristol stings and commercials

Pacific Blue – You Gotta Dance [Rune Lindbeak Edit] (Noid)
Traesko – Cubacumba (Madison Production)
Olskool Rider – Living In Another Edit (Foot & Mouth)
Rahaan – Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet (Stilove4music)
Jimmy The Twin – Going Home [JTT Edit] (Bedmo Disco Records)
Fresh Band – Come Back Lover [Dub Mix[ (Are ‘n’ Be Records)
Rocco Raimundo – Turn Me On (Bedmo Disco Records)

Passion radio Bristol stings and commercials

Bedmo Disco – Illusion (Bedmo Disco Records) ** EXCLUSIVE **
Awon – Startime (Bedmo Disco Records) ** EXCLUSIVE **
Pitchben – Stand Up [Tiger & Woods Remix] (Compost Records)
Slackson – Discoedit 1 (Bedmo Digital) ** EXCLUSIVE **
Beard Science – Life Is What You Make It [Twonk’s Edit] (Beard Science)
Matsubara – S.O.S (D&D Records Inc)

Passion Radio Bristol ads and stings

Awon – Good Lovin’ (Bedmo Disco Records) ** EXCLUSIVE **
Bentley Rhythm Ace – How’d I Do Dat? [Chicken Lips 3 Course Dub] (Kingsize)
FLX One – Saviours Of Paradise (Bedmo Digital) ** EXCLUSIVE **
Dream 2 Science – Mystery Of Love (Rush Hour)
John Talabot feat Pional – So Will Be Now (Permanent Vacation)

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UPDATE: Bedmo Disco news belch!

There’s an awful lot happening at Bedmo Disco HQ right now, so we thought we’d update you on forthcoming attractions – new releases, DJ dates, radio appearances, that kind of thing.

BEDMO DISCO ON PASSION RADIO BRISTOL

After a few weeks away, we’re back on the virtual wireless today (Monday 23rd April) for our regular slot on Passion Radio Bristol. From 5pm BST (4pm UTC) we’ll be dropping our usual blend of great music old and new, flitting between genres and giving you a few sneaky previews of forthcoming label material. You can tune in online at http://www.passionradiobristol.co.uk.

We’re always keen to hear what you think, so during the show don’t forget to send us your tweets – shout-outs, requests, what you think of our choices etc. You can tweet at either @bedmodisco or @passionrb – we’ll be keeping tabs on both accounts.

BUY JIMMY THE TWIN’S 505 FUNK 12″

The next Bedmo Disco Records release comes from our pal JIMMY THE TWIN. It’s called “505 Funk (With An 808 Boom)” and features four colossal, heavyweight re-edits in Jimmy’s unique style – all featuring additional percussion from vintage drum machines. The feedback so far has been immense, so we’re hoping this one has legs and will do well. Before you ask, it will also be coming out digitally, but not for ages. Make Jimmy smile (and us, too) and buy a 12″ when it hits stores next Monday, April 30.

You can listen to clips of all four tracks by checking out the BEDM005 Jimmy The Twin release page on this very website, or by checking out the Soundcloud set here >>

Jimmy has recorded a special edition of our BEDMOCAST mix series, which we’ll be sticking online later this week. It’s ace, so keep ’em peeled for the upload!

AWON & BEDMO DISCO’S B-FUNK EP

The big news from Bedmo Disco HQ is that Awon and Bedmo Disco’s new EP of original productions is finally complete, mastered, and ready to be pressed onto heavyweight vinyl. It’s called B-Funk and will be out in early June on blue vinyl – just in time for the summer festival season.

The idea for the EP came about last autumn, when we proposed to Awon the idea of getting together and making some tracks. He was keen, so we spent two or three nights a week for a couple of months working on tunes. Awon played us some things he was working on and we lent a hand on some or offered advice on others. We also wrote a number of tunes together, and he played instruments/MPC on some others we’d been working on. The result is an EP that we’re really proud of. Hopefully other people will enjoy our handiwork, too.

On the A side you’ll find two synth-heavy boogie/electrofunk jams from Awon with a contemporary twist. Heavily inspired by old dubs of original ’80s synth-funk/electrofunk records, both “Startime” and “Good Lovin” revolve around insatiably nagging basslines, dubbed-out synth lines (many played on his trusty Roland JX-3P) and original drum machine percussion. Think Tiger and Woods making 1983 New York boogie dubs, and you’re close. Sort of. Either way, they’re ace.

On the B you’ll find two tracks from ourselves, Bedmo Disco. The first, “Illusion”, was brought to a recording session by Five-Stylez in almost complete form. A few tweaks and additional playing by Awon later, it was finished. We’ve been playing in relentlessly in our sets since then and it’s a bit of a beast – it rarely fails to get a good reaction. We call it “voodoo boogie”, ‘cos it’s chuggy, druggy, intoxicating and features a monster synth bassline. It’ll fit into house sets, and has a house kind of groove and sensibility, but it’s very much an electrofunk record. The other track of ours on the EP is “Boogie Down Dub”, a track originally recorded for a Big Chill Bristol promo video last year. We dusted it down, rearranged it and added a bunch of new percussive elements (mostly played in by Awon, for the record). According to one Bristol-based DJ, it sounds like Yello. We’re not so sure. It’s certainly synth heavy and again features a nagging bassline.

We’ll post preview clips of the whole EP on Soundcloud very soon. In the meantime, we’ll be busting out the masters on Passion Radio Bristol this afternoon.

DJ DATES UPDATE

Finally, we have a few DJ dates to give you a heads up about. Firstly, we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be playing the Shambarber tent/arena/area at Love Saves The Day, a brand new festival which will take place in Castle Park, Bristol, on Sunday, June 3, alongside Behling and Simpson (disco set) and many others. It should be a lot of fun.

Aside from that, you can also catch us upstairs at the Big Chill Bristol on Saturday May 5 and warming up for Cosmic Boogie at the same venue on Saturday June 2. We’ll also be having a special fifth birthday bash in June – stay tuned for more details. If all that wasn’t enough, we’ll also be at Soundwave Croatia from July 19-22, playing an Awon & Bedmo Disco set. Big tings!

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MUSIC: BEDMOCAST 04 – AWON’S SYNTH BOOGIE JAM

For the latest instalment of the BedmoCast series, we’ve enlisted Bedmo Disco studio member, label artist and regular DJ partner AWON. He’s given us a vintage mix recorded this time last year – a slick, ever-changing synth boogie jam that boasts a mix of classic 80s electrofunk flavas, from singalong anthems and bona fide bangers to little-known cuts, obscure dubs and slept-on tracks. We reckon it’s rather ace.

No tracklist this time around, but expect tracks from the likes of I-Level, Freez, Krystol, Donna Allen, Rene & Angela, D-Train and many, many more. Think fat synth basslines, twiddly LFO “funk buttion” action, vintage synths and gorgeous vocals. Plus, of course, a dash of slap bass!

Awon is a firm part of the Bedmo Disco family and has been working with us in the studio, adding his musical skills – keys, guitar, bass, wooden frog, MPC manipulating – to our productions. Two of his tracks – one of which we had a hand in constructing/arranging – will be featured on BEDM006, due for release later this spring, alongside two cuts from Bedmo Disco (which, erm, he also played on). More about that EP soon, so stay tuned for info. There will also be a solo Awon EP later in the year, too, which will probably drop in September or October.

Awon will be joining Sell By Dave and Five-Srylez behind the decks as part of a newly-expanded Bedmo Disco DJ crew at a number of events this year, including Soundwave Croatia, the Globe in Brighton (April 7) and the next label party at Big Chill Bristol (24 March).

Anyway, enough of that – give the mix a whirl and let us known what you think. We reckon it’s lush!

Listen: BEDMOCAST 04 – AWON

(Note: It is possible to download all our mixes – it usually requires right clicking or on Macs, CTRL+ click, then selecting ‘download’ linked file or similar. Check the help section of your browser software for details!)

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505 FUNK/808 BOOM – BDR LABEL PARTY THIS SATURDAY

It’s a rarity that we leave the house, let alone Bedminster, so you know something big’s happening when we agree to hot-foot it into the centre of Bristol on a Saturday night to put on a party. That’s exactly what’s happening this Saturday, January 14, as we up sticks and pitch up at Start The Bus, Bristol’s bar-come-club for hot young things. As it’s January, we’ve made it free to get in – yep, no door tax – and invited some of Bedmo Disco Records’ Bristol-based artists to spin some tunes.

Think of it as a kind of preview of what’s to come in 2012. Both our guests, JIMMY THE TWIN and AWON, have releases due on the label in the coming months. Both are superb DJs with killer crate-digging and mixing skills. Both blend the best of the past – often drawn from the obscure fringes of boogie, electrofunk, disco and rare groove – with the best of the present. With ourselves in support, it should be a killer night.

So you want to know a bit more about our guests, then?

JIMMY THE TWIN is one of Bristol’s most thoughtful, generous and open-minded selectors. While he’s never been given quite as many props from Bristol scenesters than perhaps he deserves, he’s rightfully gaining a much greater reputation elsewhere for the quality of his productions – and most specifically his re-edits. In a scene where re-edits are usually loopy, over-filtered and housey, Jimmy’s faithful, respectful re-cuts stand out like a sore thumb. He does add new bits to his re-edits, but little more than new drum machine parts, tastefully created using his faithful Roland TR-505 drum machine. This month sees his first “official” release (some of his more popular older edits have already been bootlegged) – a specially-commissioned re-edit on the Philadelphia International 40th Anniversary CD. Given that he’s rubbing shoulders with the likes of Todd Terje, that’s pretty big. He’ll be following that up in March with his first 12″ – an EP of hot edits for Bedmo Disco Records called… wait for it… “505 FUNK (…WITH AN 808 BOOM)”. We’ll be posting previews of the mastered versions on the site very soon, but if you’re restless and want to hear some of the tracks, head over to his Soundcloud account. He’s got rather a lot of followers. We should also point out that he’s just become a dad for the first time, so if you pop down on Saturday do buy him a drink to help “wet the baby’s head” (said cherub is called Louie, by the way). Click below to download one of his classic mixes.
JIMMY THE TWIN – WELCOME TO THE BOOGIE CAFE MIX 

AWON is the alter ego of one-time record shop manager turned garage owner Gareth Morgan, a longtime Bristol scene DJ, musician and bearded man-about-town. He once ran a night called Dusted Disco, which flickered brightly for too short a period for our liking. We first met him a few years back, got on quite well but didn’t really follow it up. We then kept bumping into him down at the Big Chill Bristol (where his other half, Katie, used to be a manager) and had long and probably dull conversations about the merits of Dub B-sides of silly synth-funk records. Then, back in the autumn, we asked him to do some bass guitar parts for us. He didn’t, in the end, but instead played us some of his tunes. We got a bit excited and offered to lend a hand mixing and re-arranging them. Within a week we were working on whole new tracks with him, waiting patiently while he changed floppy discs on his vintage AKAI MPC. Since then we’ve been in the studio every week. We also DJ’d together (Bedmo Disco and Awon, that is) on New Year’s Eve and had a blast – even if we were drunkenly flagging by the end. Gareth is a great DJ, an excellent producer and a decent musician – without him, we’d still be fumbling around trying to make four or five samples work together. For the record, there will be an AWON & BEDMO DISCO 12″ in May, and a solo AWON 12″ later in the year. He’ll also be joining us behind the decks at Soundwave in Croatia in July. Expect big things – and seriously heavy, dubbed-out electro-boogie!

So there you go – two reasons why you should get your dancing shoes on (or whatever counts for dancing footwear these days) and head on down to Start The Bus in Bristol on Saturday. The party runs from 10pm until 3am, and entrance – as we’ve already pointed out – is NOWT. ZILCH. GRATIS. FREE. You get the idea.

Feel free to support the event at the following websites:

Resident Advisor event page
Facebook event page 

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Bedmo Disco Radio – Xmas Special

Bedmo Disco Radio will be hitting the (digital) airwaves for the final time in 2011 later this afternoon (Monday 19th December) on Passion Radio Bristiol. The show starts at 5pm GMT and goes on until 7pm.

As this is the last show of 2011, we’re in a celebratory mood. Our studio pal AWON will be joining Sell By Dave behind the turntables to spin some of his faves. Expect some of our faves from 2011, forthcoming label material, unreleased re-edits, classic and dusty gems we found lurking in the back of the record collection. Musically, we’ll cover the usual mix of disco, funk, soul, Balerica, nu-disco, electrofunk, boogie, slow house, disco-rock and anything else that takes our fancy.

If you tune in, remember to give us your thoughts and shout outs – either via @bedmodisco on Twitter, our Facebook page, or email.

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