Our next party is fast approaching. The third instalment of our Buyers Club Summer Series brings Medlar and Fantastic Man to the Yard. Early bird tickets are now on sale. We advise getting one now to avoid queueing on the night.
Wolf Music’s Medlar will be headlining the night. The London Dj has gained a serious following with a string of great releases, infusing dusty disco and soul samples into to his stripped back take on the modern house sound.
Following on from our recent trip to the States here are two more record stores that we managed to spend some time in.
For the vinyl junkies the first store really needs no introduction, but for those who don’t spend their afternoons day dreaming of trawling through piles and piles of records in a dank basement we’ll fill you in.
The Thing is a legendary thrift store located in Green Point, Brooklyn NY. The shop itself is packed with second hand delights from old electronics to the latest in trendy vintage clothing. Head towards the back of the store and you start to see a why this place is so famous amongst record collectors. Stacks and stacks of records piled from floor to ceiling dominate the back of the shop. The guy in the shop was showing us around and said that all of the records at the back of the shop were freshly bought collections, he then pointed around the corner and asked us how much time we had on our hands. We promptly answered that we had a few hours to kill, so we followed him down a set of stairs. The Thing has a huge basement with the most mind boggling amount of records we have ever seen!
This labyrinth is as chaotic as it looks, the records are in no particular order. The shop clerks question makes sense now.
Here’s some advice if you do ever find yourself at The Thing;
Know what you want to find: Go there with a clear sense of what you want to find as there are so many records to go through that you can get side tracked. It’s very easy to pick up a load of records that you think could be cool but turn out to be pretty bad! They do have a turntable so you can listen to the records before you buy them but the needle was shot so we could barely hear the ones that we picked out.
Take a dust mask: We spent about five hours in the basement and by the end of it we couldn’t wait to get out of there. The dust is so intrusive that after a while down there you feel like you can’t breathe.
For the five hours we spent in the basement (only going through about 1% of the records down there) we barely got much to show from it, we only managed to pick out four records. This place is hard work but there are definitely untouched treasures down there, and at $2 a record if you do find that special disc then getting caked in dust doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.
Here are a couple of records we got from the basement.
CO-OP 87 Records & Tapes
The second stop of the day took us to CO-OP 87 which was only a short walk from The Thing. This small shop was our favourite of the trip in New York, with a well curated collection and the friendliest staff.
This shop is great if you looking for that classic ‘New York’ sound. With boxes of some of the greatest disco labels to come out of New York, we were like kids in a candy shop. They also sell new records showcasing some of NYC’s newest labels. We managed to find some records that have been sitting in our wishlist on Discogs for a while.
Our next Buyers Club party on 02.07 with Andras + Admin is fast approaching. Therefore we thought we’d introduce you to both DJs that will be gracing the decks on the night.
All early-bird tickets for the event are now sold out but advance tickets are still available.
Tickets will cost more on the door. So we advise buying in advance.
Andras joins us on the first date of his European tour and his first London date for 2 years. A graduate of the Red Bull Music Academy, he is a firm favourite of Boiler Room and was recently named as a ‘Breaking Through’ act by Resident Advisor.
Check out Andras’ Boiler Room mix here. Described by BR as full of “Loony house productions, hooky club jams and VHS instructionals — one of BR’s firm favourites”
We are also joined by Admin who has been receiving support from the likes of BBC 1Xtra & XLR8R as well as releasing on some of the finest underground dance labels including Banoffee Pies, Sleazy Beats and Futureboogie.
Listen to a recent mix he did full of luscious funk, soul and disco here.
Although I’m not a huge fan of the Hot Creations brand of churn-out, party bangers straight from the terrace of Jamie Jones’ Ibiza mansion, it’s good to keep an open mind to a label that’s had such a high hit rate. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see relative unknown Rydim show up in the release calendar. With only a single EP online, this Berlin based producer is about as low profile as it gets. But don’t be fooled by a small digital footprint, Rydim has been rousing dancefloors across the world for over a decade, and has a hand in some of the most raw and functional techno and house on the market, making use of a number of aliases and collaborative projects. Not to mention filling regular spots at Panorama bar/Berghain, Womb, and the late, great Trouw. You don’t walk in the door of those places without earning your stripes.
So on Hot Creations, landing 17th June, Rydim teams up with legendary house vocalist Paris Brightledge to serve up a stripped back vocal, acid-house stomper. Built upon a foundation of the most animal TR-909 beats, hi-hats way up front full of mechanical funk, acid lines squelch away underneath Brightledge’s retro vocal. It’s bold and brash (“Parrrrrrty towwwwwn!”), and toes the line of trashier territory, but Rydim keeps the rawness that saves the track from becoming a complete parody of the whistle-blowing impassioned raver.
It’s not reinventing the wheel in any way, shape or form, but “Gotham City” is a tough tune that you are going to be hearing on some of the world’s best dancefloors this month. You can hear the full stream here.
Jack “Editions” Haighton serves up his third self-released EP, as a tribute to Sasha & Digweed’s Rennaissance. Currently serving as the label manager for the self-proclaimed pantomime villain of dance music, and twitter troll Scuba’s Hotflush label, Jack takes a break from the tech-house 12″s of his day job to deliver a delightful 90’s throwback.
The A-side “Perfect Potion” is a masterclass in breakbeat rhythms, swirling pads, and filtered vocals, all tied together with an unfaltering four bar bass line that propels the whole ensemble along effortlessly.
On the flip we’re treated to “The Age of Bruv (Jam & Tool Mix)”, which uses the inherit brute force of the TR-909 to carry waves of ambiance and that break around a vocoded hook.
So on the 3rd June 2016 we are getting Joakim down to The Yard in Hackney Wick, London. As a producer & DJ with a vivacious career, we are pretty excited about this. We first copped Joakim back in electro days…. but it’s his recent Dancing Is A Visible Action of Lifemix series for Test Pressing, and his close hand skill at editing which has made us reconnect with the artist.
To explain a little bit about our choice of headliner, here’s a brief-but-dense look into his history in the Industry.
Following on from that, he became prolifically busy, running not only Tigersushi but having a hand in the now famous Optimo Singles Club and pushing releases on a variety of sub labels like Pandamaki & Crowdspacer.
Then there is his work under alias’ as Cray76 and Jimi Bazzouka. Former name being the more techno leaning side of things, latter; great edits….
Good. So we hope you can come and party with us and Joakim, in London on Friday 3rd June. Now hear something from the same month in 2015, the incredibly catchy, made-for-summer edit of Black Bloods’ Muko Wapi.
The Brooklyn Flea Record Market returned for its ninth anual fair. Set up along the East River you couldn’t ask for a better backdrop than the Manhattan skyline. The Flea market worked in collaboration with the Red Bull Music Academy to bring in over 50 stalls of record labels, shops and independent traders. RBMA also got local label heads to dj their portfolio.
There was so much to choose from and you would probably need a couple of days to actually go through all the stalls. I stuck to the second hand dealers and got a few gems. The stall that stood out was run by the guys at Sweat Equity Records, an independent online trader that had stacks and stacks of wax. The pricing wasn’t too bad with most records costing between $2 and $4 although some were going for silly money. Sweat Equity had an abundance of house and disco cuts. Here are a few we picked up.
The first stop on our digging trip to the United States brought us to Other Music. Opened in the mid 90’s, Other Music specialises in the sale of closely curated underground, rare and experimental music.
The shop itself isn’t too large and most of their selection was on CD’s but they had a few racks of vinyl that we spent about two hours trawling through. The first section we hit was jazz.
Here we picked up three records. The first from Houston Person called ‘Underground Soul!’
The Second is ‘Soul Sound System’ by Wayne Henderson.
And the last jazz record we picked up was ‘The Common Ground’ by Herbie Mann and the Afro Jazz Sextet.
All jazzed out we spotted boxes full of marked down vinyl. There were about 15-20 boxes full of records. They were in no particular order but were full of disco and house classics.
Here’s a pick of what we found there.
Unfortunately as is the current trend, Other Music will be closing its doors on July 25th due to decreased sales and the increase of rent. New York will be losing one of its longest running record stores so if your in the area be sure to check it out before it goes.