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Darkstarr Album Launch Party with DJ Cosmo & Ashley Beedle photo gallery
Ashley Beedle & Dj Cosmo plus James Morrison all night long
June heralds a move from The Horatia to The Horse & Groom in Shoreditch - Ashley & Cosmo can't wait to get behind those well oiled decks and show East London how it's done.
Once again, the brilliant James Morrison of Udio will be warming things up and taking us on a journey through his record box.. and our minds.
This months DarkStarr party also celebrates the launch of the duo's new compilation album 'Psychedelic Disco-Tech - They Live By The Night'.. the first night of a double launch bonanza which takes concludes at Horse Meat Disco the following week, on Sunday 13th June 2010.
Over to Cosmo, who tells us a bit more about the album:
Psychedelic Disco-Tech: No, its not just another lame ass musical genre coined by a journo for trainspotting anoraks (like ourselves?). As DarkStarr is about melding musical styles and fusing different sounds, Ash and I could not put a label on it. How do we describe the amalgamation of trippy, far-out tunes we play at our nights? What term can depict the variety of moods and emotions we portray without locking us into a certain category? We needed an illustration that was all encompassing and “psychedelic disco-tech” just seemed to cover it.
So forget about the title of this compilation. Don’t trouble yourself where any of this “fits” into the dance music scene of today or how this music all relates to each other. It will become evident in its own organic way. Just press “Play” and let yourself enter another musical stratosphere where there are no genres – just music. COSMO
The compilation features both old and new – highlights include Cosmos own Wild Rumpus ‘Kazan’, Chicago Transit Authority ‘I’m A Man’, Still Going ‘Spaghetti Circus’, Ashleys own Mavis featuring Candi Staton ‘Revolution’ (Exclusive Darkstarr Remix) and Yam Who? ‘The Star Of A Story’.
DarkStarr is the new unit formed of music superheroes Ashley Beedle and Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy.
'Cosmic Disco' 'Acid House' 'Psychedelic' 'Balearic' - these are the overused and misunderstood terms used to hype today’s dance music scene. Every other week we have a new party or DJ cropping up claiming to be experts in this field.
Ashley Beedle and Cosmo give this music the respect it deserves whilst putting the soul back into the party. With their first hand experience Ashley and Cosmo stand in a class of their own. Ashley has been London’s premier Soul Boy for decades.
His work under the monikers of X Press 2 (with Rocky and Diesel), Black Science Orchestra, Heavy Disco and Ballistic Brothers proves Ashley is one the few DJ/producers that can be both diverse and credible at the same time.
Cosmo draws on her heritage from the other side of the pond. Her tutelage by David Mancuso within The Loft is unique within today’s generation of DJs and her New York City radio shows of house, disco and psychedelic rock tuned in and turned on a generation of new listeners from the late 80’s onwards.
DarkStarr sees Ashley and Cosmo reviving celebrated New York / London traditions. Drawing on Cosmo’s experiences at the Loft and Body & Soul, 'DarkStarr' has the DJs playing together as a one-on-one stream of consciousness rather than having specific ego-driven DJ sets that break up and fragment the vibe. They play without boundaries and let the music do the talking, playing records in full and letting them tell a story.
DarkStarr is refreshing and fun, oozing with credibility and heritage, putting the funk and soul back into the party.
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