Matty J & Ben Terry

The Pool at Number 90

We drop into Number 90 Bar in Hackney Wick later this month for an afternoon/evening of spring sounds…

Free Entry  & music from friends of the family & Pool DJ’s

Pool

The Pool Podcast #002

We’re back with the second installment of our Pool Podcast.

Again hosted by Matty & Ben, this outing features an exclusive guest Selection from Nenad Markovic, a chat with Faze Action’s Simon Lee, and new music from Todd Terje, Richard Sen, MMT, Faze Action & more..

Have a listen, and let us know what you think via twitter…  https://twitter.com/thepool_london

 

The Pool Podcast – TP001

We’re kicking off a new series of recordings featuring chat, tracks from the roster and selected guest mixes.

The first installment is now live, and features an excellent guest mix courtesy of Michael from Noise in My Head

Hope you enjoy…

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!

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:

End of Year Pool Picks…

Here at The Pool we thought we’d throw our collective hat into the ring of end of year charts. We’ve solicited charts from the staff and were given an unsurprisingly across the board selection, ranging from the left of centre jazz inflected pop of Julia Holter through to twisted electronic pan bashing of Fulton’s Syclops.

If that wasn’t enough we even found time to probe three of our roster on what 2014 holds for them as well as asking them for their release of 2013….

 

Gavin Kendrick (Southport, A&R Edits)

Top 3 Singles

Theo Parrish & Tony Allen – Day Like This

Mr Beatnick – Symbiosis

Casbah 73 – Jungle Kitten

Top 3 LPs

Dexter Story – Seasons

Andras Fox feat. Oscar S. Thorn – Embassy Café

Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo – Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo

Favourite DJ Mix of the Year

Psychemagik Presents – Magik Sunrise

Artist of 2013

Vakula

Event of 2013

Rootdown (UK Invasion)

Artist to watch for 2014

Andrew Ashong

 

Tom Govan

Top 3 Singles

Bill Calahan- Expanding Dub

Linda Mirada- Lio En Rio

Bell Towers- Tonight I’m Flying

Top 3 LPs

Kemper Norton- Carn

Finis Africae- A Last Discovery

Cos/Mes- Let’s Get Lost Vol 2

Favourite DJ Mix of the Year

Chris Galloway Soft Rocks ‘Live from the International Bath House’ Mix for Noise in My Head

Artist of 2013

Heatsick

Event of 2013

Highlife Room at Corsica Studios June 2013

Hacker Farm

Artist to watch

Sagan Youth Boys

 

Robert Needham

3 Tracks I liked

Leisure Connection – Jungle Dancing

Tony G – Simple Dreams (Young Marco remix)

Jordan GCZ – Crybaby J

3 Comps I liked

Who is William Onyeabor

Claremont Originals box set

Saada Bonaire

Favourite party

The Motorcycle Showroom closing party

Artist to Watch 2014

33 10 3402

 

Ben Terry

3 Tracks I liked

Andras Fox – Running Late

Mental Overdrive  – Monster

Nenad Markovic – Weather Vibes

Favourite party

Pool Boat Croatia, Harvey at Lovebox & afters, We Love Ibiza August, Maurice Fulton @ Dance Tunnel.

Favourite LP

Steve Mason – Monkey Minds in the Devils Time

Artist of 2013

HNNY

Artist to Watch 2014

Young Marco

 

Matty J

Top 3 Singles

Todd Terje- Strandbar

Syclops – Jump Bugs

Alexander Robotnick – Undicidisco (Justin Vandervolgen Edit)

Top 3 LPs

Julia Holter – Loud City Song

Chk Chk Chk – Thr!!!er

Tully – Sea Of Joy (Re-Issue)

Favourite DJ Mix of the Year

Todd Terje BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, Discodromo Pool Mix, Force Of Nature Lovebox Podcast, Abel Chu Valley Mix

Artist of 2013

Young Marco

Events of 2013

Florence Italy, Harvey’s Discotheque Lovebox, Glastonbury, We Love Ibiza, Music For Dreams Ibiza, The Garden Festival Croatia.

Artist to watch for 2014

Andras Fox, Bell Towers, Josey Rebelle

 

Piers Soft Rocks

What have Soft Rocks got for us in 2014?

We’ll be sharing edit duties on African Shakedown Vol 2 with Axel Boman

And your favourite release of 2013.

Merge – Long Distance

 

Bell Towers

What you got for us in 2014…

I’ve got something sneaky for Ruf Kutz, a follow up 12″ on Public Possession early in the year, a remix for Midnight Magic on Permanent Vacation and then some edits on the soon to be launched Animals Dancing label

And what was your favourite release of 2013…

Max D “House of Woo”

 

Richard Sen

What’s in store for 2014?

I have some nice bits lined up for 2014. In Feb the ‘Ghost Train’ single is out on Especial.

In April there will be an Especial mix cd stitched together by my good self and then I’ve got another single in June hopefully remixed by the Asphodells. Plus I’ve got remixes coming up on Strictly Groove Recordings and Public Release as well as a contribution to an exciting Graffiti compilation on Klasse Recordings.

 And the best release of 2013?

My favourite release this year has been Galarude ‘Cero’ Original mix on Internasjonal.

Mambo Ibiza Mix

Here’s some sunshine Sunday sounds for you to enjoy this weekend…

An extended meander through an afternoon at Cafe Mambo, drinking San Miguel and shooting the breeze. Recorded live in Ibiza for Kenneth Bager’s Music for Dreams event last month.

Ben & Matt DJ Set – Music For Dreams @ Café Mambo Ibiza – 25 August 2013 by Kenneth Bager on Mixcloud

Ibiza – David Phillips Interview

So, we’ve decamped to the white island for a few days, and ahead of our party at Boutique Hostal Salinas this evening we caught up with co-owner, DJ, raconteur, man about town and all round good egg Dave Phillips…

 

– how did Boutique Hostal Salinas come about?

In 2007 I joined up with two of my best friends Dusi and Anita to help run their their bar Lo Cura while they were having babies and we came across a long overlooked place in Salinas. At any given time we could think of 11 people who were here for a visit who we knew. This place has 11 rooms.


– How long have you been in Ibiza?

Since April 24th I think, 1992

– why ibiza, what’s kept you here all this time?

I did my teenage years in Marbella down south, and this is a much more groovy version. If you have a good first summer here it can be life changing. Mine was amazing, working behind the bar at Space and now after lot of traveling around dji-ing, having fun but not actually evolving too much, it’s home.

– is it right you originated from the west country?

Yup, born in Bristol, then Torquay, then Spain.

– do you believe in the power of ley-lines?

Is this the whole magnetic Ibiza thing? Well I’m not a disbeliever I just don’t spend much time thinking about it. There is a special energy here, and I’m sure some of it could be down to things like that but also the look of the place and the cultural history has a lot to do with it.

– what sort of shape is Ibiza in now in 2013?

Depending on where you look at it from, great or wobbly and pear-shaped. It’s doing well in the face of Spain’s predicament but not for everyone. There are the super rich here and the super skint. We are lacking the middle section to be honest which is good healthy tourism and the kind which best spreads lasting love. We will be putting up with Hummers and daftness for a while longer but they may eventually realize they really don’t get this weird music, and move on. We will all still be here then, dancing.

– how difficult is it for place like lo cura to survive in ibiza year on year?

Well we enjoy a lot of love and support from locals and people in the know so although the port at night is having a hard time as everyone runs amok in Playa d’en Bossa we can’t complain. Also off season we are one of the places to be and it’s a social hub for catching up after being busy busy all summer.

– its known amongst us & ours as the ‘lo cura time vortex’  what’s the craziest story (for publication) you can tell us about a night there?

Ok it’s been written about that I set Chris Bones on fire, which although being an accident, is true. One particular vortex forwarded us to 8am next morning where builders were digging up the pavement with deafening pneumatic drills. We were inside doing ‘Volcanoes’ where lit-in-the-mouth Sambuca is doused with cinnamon to create sparkly things in the air. Well worth the risk you may agree, but if said liqueur is spilt down a beardy chin it can and did catch alight. While we howled with laughter poor Bones was not well. He got better, bless him. A surreal exit though.

– you’ve got a day off (unheard of i know) where do you go and what do you do?

Head northeast, eat amazing fish in one of the 2 little local places Pou d’es Lleó or somewhere, find a deserted bay and lie in the sun reading and clearing my head with a bit of amateur freediving.

– what do you look forward to doing in the winter?

More of the above, plus sporty things, get fit, read, watch movies, sleep late, catch up on music, loads of home cooking, travel, go dj-ing, visit my family and get ready for feb / March where we set the whole roller coaster back in motion.

– you’re the longest serving resident at We Love? is that right, and do you still get that buzz from playing at Space?

I think Jason Bye was there before me but still. I used to play in Ibiza 6 or 7 days a week and doing the main room was still amazing. Now I’m not a main room guy but hosting our Lo Cura Lounge and playing a back room knees up with my friends is the last piece of a wonderful ‘full circle’ puzzle with We Love.

– Why are We Love the best firm on the island?

Everyone involved is really into and really good at what they do, that’s how they got the job. It’s also essentially built around a family unit with Darren, Mark, Sarah, Charlotte and Andy all closely related. They party like everyone else here but they also get things done and are incredibly well organized. There are no medals here for going mental partying, that is assumed. The respect comes from what you achieve meanwhile.

– big tunes of the summer so far for you?

I’m not in the clubs much because of busy busy busy but my big tunes aren’t probably that new. I got hold of Phil Kieran’s mix of Bush Tetras ‘Snakes Crawl’ which is kind of Rockabilly techno back room house belter thingy…I love it. Then some amazing edits by Jerome Derradji are bridging the gap between Paradise Garage and 2013 sound technology perfectly.

– is it right you have a new Pool at BHS now?

Yup! We love it. It’s a shallow one for lazy cocktails and a welcome addition in this august heat. Come for a dip and a sip!

GLastonbury & Garden

Just back from a brilliant Glastonbury, superb weather, lovely people and top music.  Thanks to everyone for having us down, Greg, Maurice, Bill, Psychemagik, PBR Streetgang & Soft Rocks all smashing it throughout the weekend, Big mentions especially Carl at Stonebridge, Nick at Beat Hotel, Gideon & co at Block9 & the Crack team! Maz, Team Johnson, Simon Whitehead, Cecilia and everyone else!

You can check out Greg’s Stonebridge Bar mix below:

Next up is another group outing  – The Garden Festival Tisno…  We look forward to this weekend probably like no other, and a great crew heading over this year.

Catch Greg Wilson, Eric Duncan, Matty & Ben on the Pool boat party on friday, with Tiago, Justin V and Eric again doing the business in Barbarella’s the same night.

Greg, Young Marco, Psychemagik, Maurice Fulton, PBR Streetgang all spin during the course of the weekend. full lineup below – raving on the beach!!!