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GORILLAZ SECRET ALBUM LAUNCH AT PRINTWORKS 🗓

Wednesday 29 March

 ‘’Flat-out one of the greatest gigs we’ve seen in a whole heap of years.’’ – Time Out

On Friday 24th March, to mark the launch of their highly anticipated new album ‘Humanz’, Gorillaz performed a secret one-off show for fans at Printworks, London.

The world’s most successful virtual band announced the release of their new studio album – set for release on 28th April – with an invitation to fans via Gorillaz’ socials to apply for the chance to win tickets to this very special performance of ‘Humanz’. The lucky winners were notified on the day of the gig and given directions to the secret location: Printworks London.

Gorillaz played the complete album live for the first time in a gig supported by Telekom Electronic Beats. The Gorillaz live band – Gabriel Wallace, Mike Smith, Jesse Hackett, Jeff Wootton, Damon Albarn, Karl Vanden Bossche, Seye Adelekan – were joined on stage by a stellar rollcall of talent including (in order of appearance) Peven Everett, Del La Soul, Azekel, Danny Brown, Kelela, Graham Coxon, Anthony Hamilton, Pusha T, Jamie Principle, Zebra Katz, Kali Uchis, Benjamin Clementine, Jehnny Beth (Savages), Noel Gallagher and Jean Michel Jarre.

The band closed this ‘’triumphant comeback gig’’ (NME) with several of their global smash hit tracks including the Grammy Award-winning ‘Feel Good Inc.’ featuring De La Soul, and Gorillaz were joined onstage by Del The Funky Homosapien for a storming performance of ‘Clint Eastwood’.

REVIEW: THOMAS & EVANS NO.1 🗓

Tuesday 21 March

Forest Britvic marked the end of Dry January with the launch of its premium non-alcoholic beverages, Thomas & Evans No.1The immersive event took over the Vanway and Publishing spaces at Printworks.

The night kicked off with a firebowl reception outside the Vanway, before fifty press and PR guests were led into Publishing by lantern-light.

Inside, a birch tree forest awaited, with a wood-chopping showcase and distillery setting the scene for the new drinks. The mythical forest contained a table set for dinner, where guests were served lemon and ginger or grapefruit and rosemary T&E, with food served to compliment each drink.

Inspired by Mr Thomas and Mr Evans business partners of the 1880s, a pair who prospered selling non-alcoholic drinks to public houses, the new brand of drinks pioneers the creation of a modern day ‘zero proof’ sector.

ADAM SHELTON: 10 WAREHOUSE TRACKS 🗓

Tuesady 21 March

Thriving on quality house music from the late 80’s to current date the energy and vibe of Adam’s DJ style is influenced by his love for early US and Acid house and inspired by trips to house music meccas such Robert Johnson and Body & Soul NYC.

“Tracks I hope you can imagine doing something nice to a warehouse party if you have not played them before or come across them in the past. 10 warehouse tracks…”

Warehouse 1: Scan 7 – 21st Century.

“Just the name alone pulls you in.”

Warehouse 2: Alien FM – Infinity (Optic Nerve RMX).

“Anything to do with Keith Tucker and I’m in! This is cool for the early hours, when you can really hear the system at its clear point, the separation of the sounds in this is so tight, imagine this at 7am. Special.”

Warehouse 3: This Side Up – Love Starts With An L

“Killer track on stealth records from the early 90’s, this was a great example of a bargain, I paid around £3 for this record and for me this is pure timeless deep house before that was even a genre.”

Warehouse 4: Stojche – Radical Measure

“Warehouse party, daylight comes in… It’s all over when you play this! Its one of my favourite tracks of late from Stojche, pure class brought to you from Alex Arnout and Darren Nunes’s DMK label.”

Warehouse 5: Planetary Assault Systems – Gated

“One of those tracks the guy that is running the sound system and has been since the early warehouse days looks at you with approval.”

Warehouse 6: Deep Space Orchestra – Hold Me Back – Paranoid London Remix

“In an ideal world it would be hearing this straight from paranoid London themselves live at a warehouse party, Green laser on!”

Warehouse 7: The Children – Freedom (Factory Mix)

“One of my favourite Adonis productions, the message is the reason we go to warehouse parties.”

Warehouse 8: Coco, Steel and Lovebomb – Feel It

“Any track or edit with this vocal works in a warehouse, but none have those drops that kicks it like this, a timeless track that makes me think of raving and only that.”

Warehouse 9: Planetary Assault Systems – Return

“Two words. Real Deal.”

Warehouse 10: ELECTROLINERS – LOOSE CABOOSE (BASSBIN TWINS REMIX)

“I wanted to end on a classic warehouse jam. I’m sure this was made with warehouse parties in mind. This came out the year I started going to proper parties.”

Adam will be joining us at Printworks London for Luciano & Friends this April. Tickets are still available via the website.

Check out the forthcoming split release on One Records from both labels bosses Adam Shelton and Subb-an. Pre-sales now available via Juno. 

 

PREVIEW: ELLEN ALLIEN AT MELT FESTIVAL PRESENTS 🗓

Wednesday 15 March

Ellen Allien will take centre stage at this weekend’s MELT Festival takeover. The Berliner is one of techno most respected selectors, and you can expect a set the warps through time, and touching on everything from industrial to acid.

You have sincere affection for your hometown Berlin but you once lived in London too. What are the differences and similarities between the two capitals party scene?

“Ohhh – London is just fun to play. The parties are shorter than in Berlin where the clubs open for 2 days straight at a weekend. So this makes the crowd run into the club and the party is on immediately! I play from 3:35 till 5:15pm. Let’s rave early and intensely.”

What are you looking forward to about playing at Printworks London?

“The location is fantastic, industrial locations are the perfect match with my sound. My first gig was in a venue like this. I can’t wait!”

What else have you got in the pipeline for 2017 from yourself and label?

“I will soon be able to reveal a big project that I have been working on for a some time that is due ahead of summer.  My label BPitch Control has an EP from Alan Oldham with some very dirty tracks. Also don’t miss our Sunday raves in Berlin at IPSE starting from the 30th of April every two months during the summer.”

How would you describe your sound in three words? 

“Hypnotic, Allien, Dance.”

Name one track that remind you of London…

Aphex Twin ‘Analogue Bubblebath’

Catch Ellen Allien at MELT Festival x Printworks London this Saturday March 18th. Tickets available via the website…

SOUNDTRACK: SOME VOICES PRESENTS STUDIO 54 🗓

Tuesday 14 March

Some Voices have picked out 5 tracks that represent the iconic Studio 54 sound, giving a few clues to what you can expect at  when their 500 strong choir descend on The Press Halls this April.

1. Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson

“Possibly the best intro to any song in the history of music. The musicianship, production and vocal delivery is second to none on this record.”

2. Are You Ready (Do the Bus Stop) – Fatback Band

“Full on dance encouragement vibes. Its great to incorporate some funk and dancing into the night, and this track both things perfectly.”

3. I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross

“One of the most joyous songs we could possibly think of. We feel the music transcends any message that it lyrically may convey, but this is to date the song that Diana Ross opens every show, and the instrumental and vocals have that undeniable Nile Rodgers production. We couldn’t possibly do a show inspired by Studio 54 and not have Diana and Nile feature.”

4. Another Star – Stevie Wonder

“Again, such a celebratory vibe. We love the all the brass parts, and for the first time we’ll have live brass in the band, so its a great opportunity to showcase the musicians, on top of being a fantastic song with plenty of opportunity for singing along.”

5. I Feel Love – Donna Summer

“This encapsulates the sex, drugs and rock n roll ethos behind Studio 54. From the opening synth pads this track takes you straight into the world of the late 70’s, and has all the drama and dynamic to take everyone in the venue on a real journey.”

Some Voices presents Studio 54 to London’s brand new cultural and music space Printworks on April 27th. Final tickets remaining via Printworks.