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Garden Festival 2014

Just back from Tisno, another absolutely belting installment of the Garden Festival..  Huge thanks as ever to Nick, Eddie, Charlotte, Gail, Petra, Damo, Dave and all the festival family who made it such a great few days.

Also great music from Greg & Marco, Tom & Bonar & Justin V, plus:  high fives to Rob, Cecilia, Scandinavian/NYC rave squad, Ben UFO, Dan, Matt & R$N steppers, Duncan, Tiago, team Paqua, the sound guys, the dancers and everyone we met, hugged, tripped over along the way!

The Pool at Wildlife 2014

Wildlife 2014

Over the course of a blisteringly hot weekend in the jungles of Dorset the venerable clubbing institution Lowlife performed the following magic trick…..

With weather on the warm side and everyone in full party prawn mode the Friday started off in the big top with a wonderful set of easy glide disco and some cracking edits from Lowlife’s own Misiu. Live music followed from Sexual Chocolate which saw party staples covered with an unctuous funky coating that the crowd devoured with gusto.

Pool boys Bob the Talc and Spice Route then had the honour of spinning a few; a light and airy spritz taking in PJ’s classic rub of the Orb as well as a few choice platters from the roster. Next up was our man Nice Guy Henning aka Telephones. As well as charming half the festival with his Nordic clemency Henning had packed a strong bag of plump 90’s piano clappers, exotic holiday chuggers and a rather sensuous dub of Marianne Faithful ‘Sex With Strangers’. The crowd were rapt with it and by the end of the two hours everyone was primed for Mr Fulton.

Closing things out in the big top Maurice beamed from ear to ear as he worked through house and disco classics with occasional dalliances with darkness. As the big top closed the throng moved in to the woods to the smaller woodland party hut. Ray Mang held court with aplomb whilst the Pool were in attendance giving a master class in funk energy.

Saturday began with Nancy Noise laying out a delightful aural brunch whilst the Pool leafed through the broadsheets with a frothy. It proved to be a personal highlight with rousing latin numbers rubbing together with Jean Luc Ponty album cuts and smile inducing cover versions. Later in the afternoon Gatto Fritto treated the masses to a suitably catholic collection of afro, disco and pop. Smiles were broad and a dance floor led by the caped crusader Horton Jupiter got loose and limber.

Next up the man with the most Balearic pair of trunks in the world Phil France took to the stage to perform songs from his record the Swimmer. An accomplished live band treated the crowd to a lush sound that left most eyes pricked with tears.

Later in the big top the lowlife overlords took the helm. From Frank Broughton’s buoyant selection of wonky discoid gems through to Mr Brewster’s tender trawl through lowlife classics old and new. The crowd, increasingly feral but nonetheless charming, were in fine voice and some vigorous shapes were cut.

On towards the pleasure hut and Piers H from the Soft Rocks fam sprang open a bulging wallet of house in many different shades. Moving though moments of deep tribalism, jacking territory including the Talc’s fave Armando jam and of course the money shot of Justin V’s mix of Talking Jungle. Mr Tantum took the reigns after this and a similarly bashy selection raged on including Motorbass Ezio.

The Sunday dawned and Mr Cook treated everybody to a sterling set of reggae breakfasters that made every little thing alright. It was at this point that the Pool had to repack the wagon and make haste to Mantua but reports tell us that Matthew & Jolyon put in a wonderful stint to close out- gutted to miss out and something for the to do list next year!

Big thanks to Lowlife for the hospitality!

Justin Vandervolgen – Open dates

Justin Vandervolgen UK/Europe

Available dates on the forthcoming Justin Vandervolgen tour of UK/Europe.

Please get in touch with any enquiries. Mid-Week and Sunday options very welcome.

 

Friday 20th June : Bristol

Saturday 21st June : Open

 

Friday 27th June : Stockholm

Saturday 28th June : Open

 

Friday 4th July : Garden Festival

Saturday 5th July : Garden Festival

 

Friday 11th July : Lisbon

Saturday 12th July : Open

 

Friday 18th July : Open

Saturday 19th July : Open

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For a taster and to hear what Justin has been upto check the links below.

My Rules 02 / J.V Soundcloud / J.V Facebook / J.V Podcast

Greg Wilson Summer Schedule – 2014

Greg’s busy summer kicks off this weekend, catch him at a spot near you over the coming months..

a quick chat with Harri & Dom..

In advance of Harvey dropping in at Sub Club in Glasgow this weekend, we caught up with main men Harri & Domenic for a very quick chat…

 

Hi Guys, thanks for taking a few minutes for this, So… Harvey is in next weekend then. I believe he’s not played in Scotland for nearly 15 years, but have your paths crossed a great deal before?

I met Harvey last time he played the Sub Club and once I think in Plastic People, when it was on Oxford St…..so not a great deal.

I imagine the Californian surf’s a bit different than Greenock!  but have either of you ever had designs on moving somewhere with a slightly less challenging climate/different dancefloors?

Domenic lived in Barcelona for a few years and I stayed in Aberdeen for a few years…does that count ?

Following on from that, how much do you tailor your sets to the guests you have down to the club, as its been a fairly diverse selection over the years?

Just depends on the night really, usually I would try and play an appropriate warm up and not try and steal the guests thunder.

Also (and be honest now) have you had guests through where you’ve thought, ‘hmmm maybe that didn’t really work!’ ?

Most of the guests we have had generally know the score and play well. Its all down to personal taste though….just because I might not perhaps enjoy someone else’s music doesn’t make it rubbish. One mans meats another mans poison.

Obviously you’re famous for holding it down at the Sub Club since time immemorial, but in terms of travelling & playing elsewhere which I know you do pretty consistently, what other spots particularly keep calling you back?

I always enjoy Ireland, festivals in Croatia…Edinburgh was amazing a couple of weeks back. London’s usually good….everywhere really :)

DJ’ing double acts: always seem a good idea to me, enabling you to have a long piss or fall over drunk safe in the knowledge your faithful partner is doing the business in your absence! Do you guys still relish playing back to back & how do you structure it when you play away from Sub Club?

Normally when we go away, we toss a coin to see who starts first, and Domenic always wins….strange.

Obviously Sub Club’s licence is until 3am, I always thought that kind of ‘line in the sand’ (if you like) allows DJ’s to leave them ‘wanting more’ and make real end of night moments that stay with people, rather trying to pump life into a dwindling dancefloor at 9am! What’s your take on that?

I completely agree, its good to see the finishing post ahead and go for it!

You have also been doing some parties at Dance Tunnel in London recently, how’s that been going:  Lots of exiled Scots out on manoeuvres?

Yes, we had a ball at the Dance Tunnel a month or so ago, was like a Scottish reunion. The Nest in Dalston last week was also really good.

I read that the Boiler Room you guys did with Optimo got like 40,000 views or similar, Does the growth in popularity of that medium surprise you at all, and have you checked out many other BR shows online?

My son Jasper introduced me to the Boiler Room, I have only really watched Mr Gs Boiler Room. It is a concept I find hard to grasp or understand, but hey ho, I’m not complaining.

Finally, 20 years of Subculture: can you still remember the first one and any records that might have got played?

No :-P……The saying goes, if you remember it, you weren’t there!

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for whom the bell tolls…

The Pool is delighted to beam in with a couple of bits of news from recent signing Bell Towers.

First up Rohan will be playing alongside UK electronic music guru Andy Blake at the venerable Wavey Tones party tonight at Peckham’s Bussey Building.

Wavey Tones stands out as an exciting prospect in the plethora of clubnights in the capital city. A pleasingly catholic approach to booking from the dance music community has seen previous bookings range from the dubwise frequencies of Glasgow’s  Mungo’ s Hi-fi through to the frenetic rhythmic exploits of Chicago’s DJ Spinn.

In addition to this Friday’s night is being held in the much praised multi level arts space the Bussey Building which promises to have far more visual appeal to it than your arrange Friday night ritzy.

Catch Rohan playing the warm up for Andy alongside Wavey’s residents Tony and The Waves and South London’s Elysia.

Secondly we  are celebrating the fact that Rohan has secured his second release on Berlin’s hotter than a tomcat with four gonads label Public Possesion. As the follow up to last years critically acclaimed Lightrail single this five track EP entitled Territory glows as the distinctive assemblage of genres we know & love BT for. Vocal recordings from 2007 are welded on to beds of swirling dance textures with nods to acid house, italo and new beat.

This should be dropping in to your stores this week…..

 

Garden Festival 2014 – All Aboard

The Garden Festival is back in 2014, with a typically heavyweight line-up.  The Boat party tickets go on sale next Monday (March 17th) at Midday, so if you want to get on board with our voyage, be very prompt!

Lineup this year is: GREG WILSON, YOUNG MARCO & POOL DJ’s 

Thursday 3rd July 2014 

2pm

Ticket Link – Garden & RA

 

 

 

Heavenly Social with Bell Towers

As part of their 15th anniversary celebrations Heavenly have invited us back down into their basement for a one off shindig at The Social in London on Fri 7th Feb.

We have quite a bit of history with Little Portland Street, so really looking forward to this one.

New roster addition Bell Towers will be starting up front, with midfield support coming from Matty, Ben & Thom (or The Pool DJ’s if you will) and of course the legendary Heavenly Jukebox.

please join us if you can, and check out a mix from Bell Towers below:

Greg Wilson : 10 yrs back in the game

So, its a bit of a special one for Greg this weekend, marking as it does the tenth anniversary of his return to DJ’ing.

To celebrate, Ralph Lawson, who was at that night in Manchester a decade back, talked to Greg about his return:

Ralph Lawson – Greg Wilson – When the Legend Returned

Also check out Greg’s take on it at the time below…

and more recently on his blog – 10th Anniversary Flashback

And so tonight to complete the circle, Greg returns to the scene of the crime with fellow killer selectors and all round nice guys; Danny Webb & Solid State.

So if you’re in Manchester get down there and enjoy what’s sure to be a big fun night .

Big up Greg and enjoy the party!

If you can’t make that, then catch Greg at one of the below shows over the festive period & check out a live mix from Berghain in Berlin from last week…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DJ Harvey Tour photo diary

The dust has just about settled on Harvey’s recent European sojourn, so thought we’d share a few images from the tour, and a video from Stockholm, to give you a little sliver of life on the road!

 

 

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