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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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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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NEWS: HOT BUTTERED SOUL’S YULETIDE DISCO

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As we inch closer to Christmas, it’s traditional for the party season to ramp up a few notches. There’s tons of goodness coming up over the next couple of weeks in Bristol, starting tonight, Friday 13th December, with the small matter of Hot Buttered Soul’s Non-stop Yuletide Disco.

Those of you in Bristol with a passion for good quality underground disco, electrofunk and boogie (not to mention funk and soul) will no doubt have come across the Hot Buttered Soul crew. We like to think of them as kindred spirits, as, like us, they have a passion for great disco, soul, funk and boogie, record collecting, beard growing and, of course, throwing great parties for like-minded souls. They play many of the same venues as us, with regular parties at Big Chill Bristol, but also do things at the Gallimaufrey on Gloucester Road and at the soon-to-shut (to be replaced by a bar owned by the people behind Team Love and Futureboogie) Bank of Stokes Croft. The HBS crew includes former record shop owner and all round top guy Mike Shawe, Alex Seal and extended Bedmo Disco family member Jimmy The Twin, who continues to make a name for himself in the edits scene (justifiably so, we think).

Tonight sees the now annual Hot Buttered Soul Christmas party take place at the Bank of Stokes Croft. Our own Sell By Dave will be joining ressies Mike and Jimmy, plus the night’s other guest, Good Vibrations and Roasted sort Ben Daley, behind the decks. Given the collective knowledge and love of disco, boogie, funk and soul on show – not to mention something like 75 years of combined DJing experience, give or take the odd decade – it promises to be a hell of a party. These days, the Bank of Stokes Croft is much more like a club than a pub – thanks mainly to the fat soundsystem they’ve installed for their last fling before refurbishment – so it should be a good excuse to lose yourself in the music.

Come down, dance like it’s Christmas morning and you’ve just been given the gift of your dreams, by the person of your dreams, and have a good time – we will be!

If you want more info, check out the event page on Facebook here.

 

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NEWS: BEDMO DISCO GOES DIGITAL

Good news for DJs of a CD/Serato/Traktor persuasion – there’s a whole raft of Bedmo Disco releases dropping digitally over the next few weeks. This includes the launch of a whole new series of download-only singles. We’ll get on to that in a moment.

The first digital release to drop is Jimmy The Twin’s excellent drum machine edits EP, “505 Funk (With an 808 Boom)“. It’s out now and you can get it exclusively from Juno Download by clicking here>>  If you’re unfamiliar with the tracks themselves, take a look at our release page for 505 Funk here >>

Following that, you can expect to see the much-lauded “B-FUNK” by Awon and Bedmo Disco (BEDM006), probably sometime in the next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled. For the record, you can keep track on our new digital releases by bookmarking the Bedmo Disco Records page on Juno Download. Remember, it’s still available on blue vinyl if you prefer wax.

As we mentioned earlier, there’s also the launch of a brand new series of download-only releases, Bedmo Digital, to look forward to. The series will basically showcase goodness from the extended family that we’re not putting out on vinyl. Think of it as a bit of gift to those who still support music, but prefer not to buy vinyl.

The first Bedmo Digital release features scalpel edits from FLX ONE and BEDMO DISCO. Previews of all three of the tracks from “Bedmo Digital 01″ are now up on our Soundcloud profile. You can listen to them below…

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MIX: BEDMOCAST 07 – JIMMY THE TWIN

To celebrate the forthcoming release of Jimmy The Twin’s debut solo 12″ on Bedmo Disco Records, we’ve got the man himself to mix the latest installment of our ongoing BedmoCast series.

Predictably, it’s a bit of a doozy. In his smooth and immaculately soulful style, Jimmy flits between classic, string-drenched soul, rare grooves, simmering disco and slick, dubbed-out electrofunk. As well as a couple of tracks from his new EP for us, you’ll find a bunch of other exclusives – details in the tracklist below.

Anyways, if you want to get cracking (i.e listening), click here (right click and do stuff to download file): BedmoCast 07_ JIMMY THE TWIN

Jimmy’s 12″ for Bedmo Disco Records is called “505 Funk (with an 808 Boom)” and features a hot quartet of heavyweight re-edits made using vintage drum machines. If you you’ve yet to check out the clips or want to know more, check out the “505 Funk” release page on this very website. We obviously love it, but the feedback’s been great, too. Check out these words of wisdom (well, reactions):

“Love it. The version of “Bump & Hustle” is very deftly done and “Going Home” has a real nice Theo Parrish/DJ Nature vibe about it”Soft Rocks
 “Just got round to checkin’ this and there are a couple of crackers on there. “Bump & Boom” is killer. Big ups James!”El Harvo (Futureboogie)
“Thanks for this. Liking “Going Home” best but “Bump & Boom” is also groovy” – Chris Duckenfield
“Really like this. Fave is “Going Home”. Been playing that loads of late.”Solid State, All Out War/All Out War Radio 
“Bump and Boom” for me. Really like the combination of the vintage drum sounds and the funk” Dicky Trisco (Disco Deviance) 
“Really loving James’ work on “Going Home”. The drums and synths work perfectly.” Leftside Wobble 
“Moonspot Rock” and “Going Home” will get many plays from me fo’ sho” – Alkalino
“Nice EP. Really liking “Foolish” – Matty J (Tirk/The Pool London)
“HELL YES! Loving these A LOT!” – Drop Out Orchestra

So there you have it, some people with great taste love it. You should go away and buy it when it hits stores. Not because they say so, of course, but because it’s ace. Incidentally, another of Jimmy’s edits is featured on the forthcoming Retrospective All Stars comp on Retrospective Records (that’s Ruben and Ra’s label). That release is well worth checking also.

Anyways, back to Jimmy’s BedmoCast mix. Tracklist as follows…

1. Jeane Carne – “My Love Don’t Come Easy” (Soulpersona Edit) – Jeane Carne
2. Dave Allison – “Nice to Meet You” **forthcoming on Timewarp Records**
3. Gwen Guthrie –  “Nothing Goin’ On But The Rent” (Rayko Edit)
4. Superbreak – “Your Way” (Superbreak Edit)
5. Jimmy The Twin – “Bump & Boom [JTT Edit]” **from 505 FUNK (with an 808 BOOM), out next week etc etc **
6. Roy Ayers – “Love Will Bring Us Back Together” (JTT Edit) **unreleased bizniz**
7. Superbreak –  “Lovebug” (Unbreakable Edit)
8. Jimmy The Twin -“Going Home [JTT Edit]”  **from 505 FUNK (with an 808 BOOM), buy it kids etc**
9. Michael Jackson – “Rock With You [Reeno Remix]” **more unreleased shizzle**
10. Billy Frazier & Friends – “Billy Who? [Underdog Edit]”
11. The Whispers – “And The Beat Goes On [Applescruffs Edit]”
12. RK Edits – “Getaway” **forthcoming on Bulletproofsonics** 

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Bedmo Disco Mix: Five-Stylez’ Big Screen Favourites

The nights are drawing in, the recession is biting hard and a bunch of large foreheaded Old Etonians are running the country. Truly, things are bad. What you need is a large dose of heartwarming funk, soul and disco to get your toes tapping and hips moving. Things never seem quite so bad when you’ve got some boss tunes booming out of the speakers.

Here at Bedmo Disco HQ, we want to lift the mood of the nation – or at least those who pay attention to what we’re doing. To that end, our own turntable wizard Five-Stylez has put together a 50-minute nix of ‘big screen favourites’ – tracks he loves that appeared in films – for your downloading pleasure, at a recession-busting price (i.e zilch).

It was first aired on our recent Bedmo Disco Radio show on Hivemind.fm, and got favourable reactions. Hopefully you’ll like it too. It’s a fast-paced, fun-packed trawl through classic funk, soul, disco and boogie with a few surprises thrown in. It’s certainly a lot more entertaining than the news, Royal Wedding souvenirs and the Cornish weather. And it features ‘Self Preservation Society’. Job done.

Download/listen to FIve-Stylez Big Screen Favourites

Tracklist to come.

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