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Tuesday, 21 January 2014
AN INTERVIEW WITH BOBBY O'DONNELL
For those who don’t Bobby O'Donnell, can you introduce yourself?
My name is Bobby O'Donnell. I live in Leeds, hail from
Blackpool and I'm a Gemini.
have been stalwarts of the music scene in Leeds for some years, how has it
changed musically for you? Has it been a positive shift in direction in terms
I think living in Leeds has introduced me to different
styles of music but nothing has changed, I still like music that is soulful in
its ways and that can cover all genres, tempos etc. It's just the music I make
and play has a certain functionality to it now. That's due to a djing context
more than anything. It's definitely a positive thing.
about your long association with Mint Club? What makes the Mint brand so good?
The Mint Club is pretty much part of the wallpaper in
Leeds now, the club has been going for ages and long may it continue! It's just
one of those special places to go and lose your mind, body and dignity in. I'm
associated with it due to me being good friends with Shane and the people who
run System. They're really sound and they have given me a massive opportunity
by letting me play records there. The Mint brand is so good because they go the
extra mile whenever they put on an event. Both clubs sound systems are
testament to how much they care about getting it right.
have recently started your label, Strobewax apart from Fullbarr what else has
Just Fullbarr mate. Seriously though, I am more inspired
by seeing someone excel in his or her chosen field. While I obsessively listen
to and respect a lot of people who make and release music, I tend to try to not
be inspired too much by other musicians and record labels, as it often breeds
an unhealthy sense of competition and can ultimately lead to imitation. I find
it best to clear my head and try to do my own thing. I'm probably more inspired
by Chris Morris, Steve Coogan and Armando Ianucci.
interesting things have you got coming up?
I have a release on Catch Recordings coming very soon,
which I’m really happy with. It's got a proper nice remix by our good friend
Bob Barker. I'm doing the next Strobewax release, which just went to cut - It
will be out early February - and Fred P has chosen my tune, 'The Shards of Our
Childhood' to put on the 'Selected' compilation for his Boards label, which is
out 28th January. To say that I am happy with that would be a complete
understatement. I have long been into his music, so for him to want to use mine
is completely humbling.
tracks that won’t leave your box?
Rick Wilhite - Vibes - New And Rare Music on Rush Hour VA –
Earth Tones 2 on Soul People Music
Vakula - Leleka 2 on Leleka
tell us a funny story?
My Dad was behind the M.A.R.S./Acid House piss-take/pub
singing cover 'Pump Up The Bitter' as Star Turn On 45 Pints. It bothered the
charts in 1989 and he was on Top Of The Pops. He also wrote a lot of credible
disco stuff. It's more of an amusing anecdote than an incredibly funny story.
Now then...it's been a while since we have done one of these! Considering it's nearly the dawn of a new year we thought it best to give you a little breakdown of some of the beats we have been battering in the last 12 months!
Whether they have been released this fine year or not, they have certainly done unmistakeable damage whenever we have had the pleasure of playing them out.
Vinalog - Rework
Not exactly the tune we wanted to post as it wouldn't let us, but to be fair there is too many bombs from this artist so this will have to do! Basically Anything Vinalog have put out is techno GOLD. Vinalog AKA John Swing has been a mainstay in our record box for tiiiime so it is only right that we include this cheeky little groover.
This is undeniably going to be a future classic...you heard it hear first. Check that bassline. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Ste Waite - James Dean
This unbelievably creative, yet supremely elusive character is someone who you may or may not see a lot more of in 2014...for now though, check this quirky little number...
Abstract Thought - Consequences Of Cloning
The unmistakeable sound of Drexciya...Gerald Donald and James Stinson do their thing. This one has been a mainstay in every set we have played time and time again. Nothing more to say really...BOMB!
Metamatics - Vanishing Point
Finally...this is something that has given a couple of the lads in the Fullbarr camp some serious joy this last year. A serious underground bomb from 1998, yet it still sounds so fresh to this day. Metamatics, take a bow.
From everyone at Fullbarr, we hope you enjoy this little rundown of our favourite beats...whether it be from the present or the past, it is always a pleasure to share the wealth.
Happy new year to you all and keep your eyes and ears peeled in 2014.
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 email@example.com
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!