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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!

New Roster Addition – TELEPHONES

Another addition to The Pool family, this time straight out of Norway (via Berlin) the very exciting talents of TELEPHONES

A killer debut release on Full Pupp & more recently 2013’s acclaimed collaboration with DJ Fett Burger on Sex Tags UFO has seen his star very much in the ascendancy..

Again we have an exclusive mix from the man himself, and a quick chat to see where he’s at as of now..

– You are originally from Bergen but now based in Berlin, right?

Correct. Allthough technically I’m from Sotra, at least I grew up there for the most part. It’s an island one hour outside of Bergen. I’ve been based in Berlin since summer 2010.

– Your recent work has featured a healthy amount of collaboration with DJ Fett Burger from Sex Tags. Is collaboration a good way for you to work? Will you look to collaborate with others in the future?

I guess it all depends on chemistry. Earlier I’ve found it hard to work with others as I’m (probably quite annoyingly) picky in the production-phase, but recently I’ve enjoyed it very much. I always have too many ideas and too much recorded raw material, then to have someone help kill your darlings and zoom out can be very productive when you’re on the same page. Had a lot of fun with Fett Burger and we’ve been talking about doing another session soon.

– You recently performed a live show in Norway. How was it? And what can we expect to see when the Telephones live show comes into our discotheque?

The gig was a commissioned hardware-show for EKKO Festival in Bergen, along with my friend Even Brenden aka Chmmr. It was a bit stressy due to the amount of equipment, but much fun. We had about 13 synths, drummachines and boxes running up there. It was all original new material we’d worked on together, stretching from 80s VHS-house and tracky afro/cosmic-stuff to chicago-tingled balearic workouts, ending up at a some sort of pianobar in Detroit. We’re gonna do more shows together, and I’ll probably look into doing some on my own as well.

– You’ve put your hand to some great edits that are up on the web. Any plans for these to be commited to vinyl?

I haven’t been so keen on releasing edits, but a few of them have sneaked their way into the pressing plant. There’s a 12″ EP coming with some edits/reworks, plus a remix I did of Skatebård, on Keyboard Masher’s new label Pleasure Unit any day now. And there’s a polish edit on The Very Polish Cut-Outs vol.2 12″ Sampler that’s also out soon.

– Do you know Pool’s long time Norwegian brother Terje? If so when, where, how, why did you meet?

I am familiar with the Terjebrother yes. I think we first “talked” on the internet in 2006 when I sent him a message on MySpace, asking for a track on a mixtape he did with Dølle Jølle. The track was only released on a danish cd-single, which I went through some hassle to find and order. Then it came out on a 12″ on Eskimo some years later. It was an early dub-version of that “Yes Maam (All Nite Long)”-track by Visti & Meyland, but then from someone called Castor Pollux, I don’t know how that’s all connected. First time we met in person I think was in Berlin 2010 when we both played at Kleine Reise.

– We recently heard that a record label based in the UK, is making a movie about the Norwegian… Cosmic / Balearic / Disco scene. Do you feel that such a scene exists in Norway, if so how do you fit into that jigsaw puzzle? Where there any Norwegian artists that particularly influenced you in the past?

Ooh I don’ know, I’ve never been very good with puzzles.. Maybe I’m this annoying bit you have to bend or break to make fit? Hopefully it’s got a nice motif on it, some fruit or a funny dog at least. In terms of influences I’d definatly have mention Erot and Bjørn “The Codfather” Torske. Those are my long-time heroes since I first accidentally heard Torske’s “Nedi Myra”-album on a borrowed cassette-tape in 98′. Also the crew and local DJ’s around Mikal Tellé’s recordshop in Bergen was a big influence in my formative years.

About the scene, there’s definitely a bunch of talented and devoted DJ’s and producers around but I don’t really know if it’s a scene? If you go to Norway with this vision of the Great Norwegian Disco-scene you might be disappointed. It’s a very small country.. Like two weeks ago playing in Poland a girl told me she was on holiday in Norway and had travelled to Moss, a small city of around 30.000, because her boyfriend told her that’s where Sex Tags Mania are from. So she went there. And slept in a tent outside an abandoned factory, and then went home to Poland.. But there’s a lot of good music and good people around, but it doesn’t really feel like a scene.

– Did you have to twist Prins Thomas’s arm to put your record out? Or was he stalking you for many years?

Haha, he contacted me actually. I had some early demo-stuff up on MySpace, and he somehow heard it and got in touch. I had looked up to him for many years, so I was definitely stoked about that. I was just in the start of developing my music, so it was really a good push which I’m very thankful for.

– Is it right your next release is on Gerd Janson’s Running Forward records? Tell us about how you guys connected? We do love Gerd here.

Forward we go yes! It’s a four track EP due in a couple of months, which I’m super excited about. I had some tracks that I wasn’t sure where to put and Fett Burger gave me Gerd’s email, so I sent him some stuff which luckily he was very into. I still haven’t met him in person actually, but he’s very nice on the email.

– Your favourite local dish from Bergen?

The west-coast classic christmas dish “Pinnekjøtt”. The meat is salted, dried and cured lamb ribs, sometimes also smoked. This is then soaked in water for at least 24 hours, then steamed for about 3 hours. Then you pop it in the oven for them to crisp up and caramelize slightly. Served with good potatoes, a mash of kohlrabi, or swedes I think you call it, and then you do a sauce from the fat/stock left in the steaming-pot. It’s very simple and classic, but there’s all kinds of delicious touches you can do. Give the mash a subtle touch of vanilla, throw in a star-anis or two, some carrot, cream and butter and so on. All served with a mandatory good aquavit and some decent beer on the side.

– Can you tell us a bit about the mix you recorded for us?

It’s a selection of old and new stuff I like and enjoy playing. I like playing somewhat eclectic, so I tried to do this like a compact snapshot of the vibe I’m into, perhaps more about that rather than genres or floor-mindedness.

– Ideal pool party line up? (Dj, Grill Chef, Cocktail Waiter)

DJ: Beppe Loda 7″ bonanza

Grill Chef: Heston Blumenthal

Cocktail Waiter: Peter Sellers

Telephones is available for bookings now.

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