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Friday, 15 November 2013
Butter Side Up..
Now this article could be rather bias as Butter Side Up is run by some very close dear friends.
But that aside, Butter Side Up is on of the freshest underground nights to develop in Leeds for a while, having recently celebrated their 3rd birthday with none other than a 6 hour Theo Parish set just goes to show how far they have come. Floating Points, Hunee, Cottam and that wild card San Proper have all graced the decks of Wire.
They pretty much tick all the boxes for a perfect club night, With the excellent residents and guest selections creating a setting that inspires people to dance and have fun on an engaged dance floor. The small intimate capacity of Wire is also a factor in the success..With BSU Its not about packing as many people in as possible, [which on several occasions could have easily been done] its about letting the dance floor breath & people to vibe, amd also some super cool branding.
It attracts a mixed bunch of clubbers, some are super knowledgeable & some just getting into the music but all wanting to have fun.
BSU could easily see £££'s and move away into a bigger venue within the next year, but somehow I can't see this happening, why take away that intimate, friends vibe they have so carefully created.
Here's to the future,,
Luke Abbott is an producer from my lovable Norwich, had to pick this track out from him which appears on his Holkham Drones album on the super cool Border Community Label.
Brazil has all the Signature Border Community sounds super track!!
We are extremely happy to feature a stellar release from our very own Swedish son Hans Berg on Klasse Recordings. Teamed with fellow Swede native Johanna Knutsson, they have systematically combined forces and created two sublime electronic cuts of the more melodic variety. 'Donka' chugs along like a Scandinavian steam train rolling into a smoke filled techno sweatbox situated in only the grittiest parts of the Warehouse rave community. 'Mosquitoes', on the other hand, fervently blends a hazy concoction of deep, floating synth lines whilst keeping things interesting with a pulsing backbone of percussion and sub-bass goodness. Both are certainly a treat on the eardrums. With two remixes from Bristol native October and another Swedish export in the form of Joel Alter, this will certainly be a worthy addition to anyones record bag. Check the preview right here.. Clear vinyl and digital release will be on 26th October 2013.
Ok so when I got offered a really poor quality teshno t-shirt the other week in a dark underground dancing venue the last person I expected it to be Kristan Caryl handing them out.
But i really thought id give his old blog a shout..the teshcast series [for which I am a past contributor] has really been so solid and for me really sticks out over the drones of standard podcast series that are available for your ears. I did an interview with him earlier in the blog HERE
Well i must say its a proud moment for me, a lot of things coming together to make this release so special , its not often you can work with a very respected genius underground house producer and a personal inspiration through his classic record label.
So for number 007 i introduce again Mr Luke Solomon to Fullbarr
Norm Talley - CrashBeat for me! Soundin Klassic to me:)
Erol Alkan great , thanks!!
Appleblim raw jackin niceness, will defo be playing these out!
Norm Talley CrashBeat for me! Soundin Klassic to me:)
MidlandCrash beat and Hoover Bag for me, got a kind of UK Funky feel which is great.
Toby Tobias this is a BADBOY EP great one Luke x
Droog Heavy beats and wicked bass. Good stuff here.
Gavin Herlihy Very cool release.. all in the bag for club play
Loco Dice - Crash Beat is my fave
Franck Roger -crash beat is my fav, excellent ep
Seth Troxler - hoover bag like woah!!!
Art Department nice one luke good groovy techno
Jacques Renault cool tracks! gonna test these out for sure
Delano Smith Peaktime heaters! Excellent!
Axel Boman really like this!!! especially the crash beat track. thanks!!
OK here is an amazing chance to remix one of Dixon's favorite tracks of 2012, released on Vinyl only last year is the super "MACHINES" track from Hans Berg, also on the package was Ed davenport and the great Immer.
The Winner will feature on a special compilation with some very hot producers indeed.
To enter hit me an email for the parts firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Weiss has long been a favourite of ours with his first two outings on Rush Hour, 'Amsterdam Wave' on the end of year 'All Stars Compilation' and a solo EP, contained some of the finest house and techno cuts that we have leant our ears too over the last couple of years. This third offering, an extremely well crafted 10", encapsulates an air of melancholic beauty drawing inspiration from Fritz Lang's 1920's sci-fi epic 'Metropolis'. Teamed with a group of like-minded photographers and graphic designers, Weiss has managed to create something that not only tells an excellent story of their own views on a dystopian society, it is also extremely innovative and thought provoking. The complete EP also comes with a handprinted photo and graphic blueprint from the other members of the design team...Neat. We wholeheartedly look forward to the future offerings Simon has up his sleeve. Check the full EP below.
A Relatively new name to the scene, MRSK delivers some stomping goodness on Skudge Records...forthcoming March 2013..decent! This guy is certainly one to watch in the coming months!
While you're at it check out this delightful mix as well for TEA. It's an eclectic journey of broken beats with sub-heavy warmth and an added mixture of acid tinged house just to keep things interesting.
Immer - Quite baked as ol' ways it's a lovely balance
Christopher Rau - "yes... i like!!!"
Norm Talley - "Original mix an Kris Wadsworth for me!! "
MR G - "lovely balance in deed solid ep"
Detroit Swindle - "Immer shuffles it sexy."
born Geert Schilder aka Immer has honed in on a raw, intricate sound
over the past few years and has recently signed releases to the likes
of Shewolf Music and his hometown based Klopfgeist, alongside the
likes of Homepark,
Shaun Reeves and Boris Werner, positioning Immer as a strong purveyor
of underground house music.
returns to Fullbarr here following his remix of Hans Berg’s
‘Machines’, The now Leeds based imprint has made a heavy impact
as of late releasing projects from Luke Solomon, LoSoul, Vince Watson
release opens with ‘Quite Baked’, a stripped, low-slung cut that
embraces loose, swung drums and rolling low-end rumbles. The record
adapts to a simplistic hooky structure that allows subtle
transitional periods to keep things captivating,
a blend of gritty elements that gleam with analogue sparkles and
warmth, resulting in a tasteful slice of rough and ready house music.
up is ‘As Ol’Ways’, taking things in a deeper direction with
smooth Rhodes chords driving the melodic movement.
implants his signature shuffled drum patterns on the track with
methodical variations and retractions worked into the layout to
ensure an evolving feel throughout. The latter stages introduce
resonant filter sweeps; reverb bursts and
delays into the background depths further showing Immer’s ability
to push the boundaries of creativity in his productions.
Balance’ follows, a percussive, groove led cut that’s built upon
solid drum sounds and a cleverly sampled organ bass hook. Geert’s
less-is-more approach takes the reins here, applying a fusion of
hats, rim shots and claps to build the
picture, the track builds to a peak where everything becomes filtered
and lo-fi before reverting back to the punchy rhythm and riding out
the rest of the track, simple yet contrastingly intricate at the same
time. Immer delivers stylish house
the release is Detroit born Kris Wadsworth with his ‘Guess Who
Remix’ of ‘As Ol’Ways’. Kris is notably known for
work with Hypercolour, NRK and Get Physical. Here he employs his
signature sound to ‘As Ol’Ways’ creating shuffling,
house with his trademark hooky synth stabs, scratchy chorus and
filter modulations creep in throughout its duration
Every so often, after trawling through hours and hours of monotonous, boring, half assed attempts at what some people list as 'quality electronic music' you will eventually unearth that hidden gem. That tune you have been waiting for that justifies all that wasted time spent listening to mind-numbing synth lines. You know, the one you can't wait to share with your mates and champion it as your discovery until the cows come home. This is how we felt when our ears were introduced to Chicago underground hero Amir Alexander for the first time.
This guy oozes class and has an unbelievably unique style of his own. He has an unbelievable knack to lock you into a trance with his bubbling analogue concoction of neatly programmed beats, hypnotic, twisting basslines and space-age atmospherics all intertwined with the odd exquisitely warped vocal to fuck with your head. He's a pretty incredible DJ too so we've been told! Founder of one of our labels to watch in 2013, Vanguard Sound, just shows how much talent Amir has surrounded himself with. If you get the chance, check them out...seriously, these guys are good! In the last couple of years the Fullbarr camp have spent many an afterparty crowded into a smokey back room vibing off Amir's Chi-town goodness and we felt the need to share the wealth.
We have put together a selection of Amir's slickest offerings for your aural pleasure.
AMIR ALEXANDER - GUTTER FLEX (ARGOT)
AMIR ALEXANDER - WHO ARE YOU? (VANGUARD SOUND)
AMIR ALEXANDER - NECESSARY SANCTUARY (3 A.M. MIX)(BEARATONE RECORDINGS)
LIVIU GROZA & KENNEDY SMITH - COULD BE ANYBODY (AMIR ALEXANDER'S DEEP DIVE REMIX) (REKIDS)
Head on over to Amir's Soundcloud for all his forthcoming releases and his past material, it's well worth the listen.
If you want to catch a rare glimpse of Amir's incredible DJ skills in the UK then you are in luck if you are in the North! Our resident dairy loving, party planners Butter Side Up have managed to tie him down for his Leeds debut with a 3 hour journey of sublime Chicago influenced house and techno cuts. If you haven't been down to one of their legendary parties before, where have you been!? Get yourselves to Wire Club, Leeds, on the 11th January 2013 and we can guarantee you a night of unparalleled underground vibes. Click HERE for the event details!
Well I am proud to announce that we are getting together with Sweatlodge Radio in Berlin to broadcast Live every 2nd and 4th Saturday from various locations not only in Berlin but live from Leeds with Myself & Mike Stockell and even the mountains of Morzine courtesy of Joe White. expect guest takeovers & mixes, drunken jokes, really good music, video streams and probably what sounds like a party going on in the background.
We like sexy talent here at fullbarr and below is a video containing 2 prime examples, already massive fans with the art of stop frame animation with our links to the awesome Nathalie Djurberg & label main stay Hans Berg, check this out from Leeds Dan Ellwood soundtracked by Josh T.
It's that time of year
we generally associate with mince pies, crap jumpers, mulled wine and
little cocktail sausages on sticks. Not outstanding record releases.
Then again Soundstream (aka Frank Timm), is a little more like
Farther Christmas then your average record producer.
Rolling space age disco
is the order of the day for Julie's Theme - accentuated snappy claps
and a solid 4x4 groove bring this blissed out number crashing back
down to the dance floor before whipping you back off to loopy heaven
without a moment to spare.
On the flip, Inferno sits firmly rooted in the funk. The wailing bullhorn is the first
sign that there might be an afro or two lurking - The wah-wah guitars
and bongos go on to confirm that we've been taken back to 1970's. A
hulk of a baseline steadies things before the orchestra brings the
beat home in crescendo of strings.
Paper hats off - Soundstream gone and done it again!
Its Christmas so here at Fullbarr we are feeling festive...and we are going to give vinyls away every day this week, to be in with the chance to win share this on Facebook or try chat up our Joe @ email@example.com.
A few mentions needed from the ever excellent Boiler Room Showcase..firstly buzzing last month as Hans Berg - Machines Original got featured in Ame's & Dixons ADE Hotel Room set, really great set too..
Also catch Luke Solomon's Classic records sessions below..some right tunes!
Right, here we have an interview from two very good friends of Fullbarr! Detroit Swindle is the combination of Lars Dales & Maarten Smeets, two Amsterdam natives, with their musical mindset most definitely set in Detroit, that have very quickly encapsulated the electronic music world with their beautifully crafted, soulful, bass driven house. Already a prominent feature on the European scene with releases on Saints & Sonnets, Dirt Crew and most recently Jimpster's Freerange Records, these guys are continuing to go from strength to strength! Our resident journo caught up with the boys to get an insight into their daily shenanigans and what makes them tick...
Check out the full interview below!
How are things over in the dam? Getting high?
Lars: Considering we
never actually smoke, high as a kite.
Maarten: We are only passively high because
everyone else gets high. Smog has never been better.
was it that you guys first came across each other?
Lars: We met years ago
when we were both working to get a new club running. Maarten didn't have a
moustache and I still liked to play hip-hop.
Maarten: We were both programming a different
section of the weekend. I did the cool stuff and Lars the cheesy stuff. Just
like now actually.
heard you guys are both mean chefs, if I had a serious case of the munchies in
Amsterdam what would you recommend?
Lars: Everyone from
outside of Amsterdam should get a "Kalfskroket" at Van Dobben. A
fried roll filled with meat ragout. Believe me when I say it tastes better than
Maarten: Well, munchies huh? I would recommend a
"Patatje Oorlog" which is French fries with mayonaise (yes we like
it), peanutsauce and chopped onions. Serious after-gig food!
guessing the name has a 'tongue-in-cheek' vibe to it given that neither of you
are from Detroit?
Lars: We actually got a
lot of shit about it, especially from people who are not from Detroit. We
thought the word "swindle" would define the way we think about it…
Maarten: We are faking our way to Detroit man,
that simple…But the weird thing is that since we make house, people only think
about Detroit house. But its Motown that inspired us for the name..
main influences are Motown, jazz, funk and hip-hop...give us your top 5 tunes
that everyone should have in their lives?
After a lot of
deliberation, here we go:
1. Slum Village - Fall In Love
2. Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna
3. The Detroit Experiment - Highest
4. Paperclip People - Throw
5. Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man
But ask us again
tomorrow and we’ll have a different list that’s equally influential.
is a city renowned for its elite house and techno hierarchy (amongst other such
debauchery) with labels like Rush Hour, Delsin and Trouw to name a few; has
this played a big part in your musical output?
Maarten: Actually, no.
It is only now, that we get closer to these labels, musicwise and
connectionwise. Except for Rushhour record store, we didn't have any connection
with any of the three.
Lars: We've actually sent our first EP to
Rushhour but their focus lies more in the electronica side of house. Perhaps
we’ll do a release on any of these labels in the future though. A bit of localism
recently released an EP in Jimpster's Freerange imprint, which is a pretty big
deal! Since your first release what's been the highlight of the last 12 months
for you guys?
Maarten: Well, this is
actually one of the highlights, recordwise. Freerange is one of the most
established deep house labels in the world. It was on our list of ‘one day,
we’d love to …’. So I guess we need a new dream…
Lars: This year we've played live at Panoramabar
in Berlin, which is a huge deal for us. Like it or not, P-bar is the valhalla
of clubs in this genre and we've played there and it was packed. Every DJ’s wet
tell us a bit more about what you have in store in the live show when you visit
the UK in a few weeks time for our good friends at Louche? Is it a full on
Lars: The live set is a neverending story. We
are always looking to make it bigger and better. At the moment we use the Akai
APC-40, Maschine, Macbook Pro with Ableton, Apogee Duet 2, Really Nice Compressor
and a shitload of plugins.
Maarten: We are looking to make it more hardware
heavy though. WE NEED MORE STUFF! Hahaha. But seriously, we are looking into
making it exponentially more difficult for ourselves… It’s important to keep it
interesting for yourself, even after listening to your own tracks for a million
Thanks very much for your time guys! You can catch the boys in Leeds performing their acclaimed live set in the humble surroundings of Mint Club for Louche's 5th birthday celebrations on 17th November alongside Steffi and Move D! We suggest you get involved!