Stuart Partterson (East Village/Faith, London)
Kirk Douglas (Souloco)
Ultragroove continues with its fundamentalist mainfesto of house, disco & techno on Saturday September 4th with spesh guests Stuart Patterson & Kirk Douglas joining Gareth Sommerville behind the decks at one of the UK's longest running real house parties.
This is the third and final installment of Ultragroove's 2010 Edinburgh Festival parties and will see the club yet again rocking 'til 5am.
Stuart Patterson biog:
Stuart has been at the forefront of London's cutting edge club scene for over a decade. Through DJing, promoting club nights, fanzines, mix compilations or his record label his profile has continually risen since the 90s and noughties and he now takes bookings from farthest flung spots in the World from those who also crave proper house music, although as you will read Stuart's musical tastes really are all encompassing.
Since the mid-90s those destinations have included Brazil, Russia, Norway, France, Germany, Thailand, America, Portugal, Turkey, Ireland, China, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Hong Kong, Ibiza and South Africa.
But it was in 1998 when Stuart launched Saturday-nighter Soulsonic in London's Subterania with Leo Elstob that his career really started to gather pace. The club pushed the idea of 'real house music' at a time in the UK when it was the era of the superclub and all about branding, similar soundtracks, making money and playing it well safe. The music policy at Soulsonic was always serious but with an absolute hardcore party spirit.
They must have been doing something right as the club constantly pulled over 500 people every Saturday for 2 years and as well inviting all of the UK's finest house jocks had the likes of DJ Pierre, Dimitri From Paris, Kerri Chandler, Maurice Fulton, Mateo and Matos, Murk and Ron Trent traveling in from abroad.
The club spawned Soulsonic - The Mix CD, compiled and mixed by Stuart and released on Barely Breaking Even Records. Greeted with excellent reviews everywhere, those plaudits included Jockey Slut Compilation Of The Month and 7 magazine's Comp Of The Week, plus numerous editorial articles including ID's DJ Of The Month.
Around the same time of this release Stuart started Deviant every Thursday night at The Social, a basement bar in central London that started at 7pm and finished at midnight, but always seemed to feel like 3am on a Saturday due to the full on atmosphere inside. The night was started so Stuart and guest DJs could 'deviate' from their normal sets. A huge collector of music this meant funk, disco, hip-hop, R 'n' b, soul and many left field selections were the order of the day.
The Social is run by the infamous Heavenly Records mob and they liked the vibe so much they invited him to compile and mix the first Social Classics Compilation entitled 'Stuart Patterson Presents Deviant' The mix saw Dubtribe mix shoulders with The Clash and Terry Callier for a truly diverse selection. Once again the album was hugely well received in the press and was again Jockey Slut's and 7's comp of the issue. There where huge editorials plus DJ Of The Month in the highly influential Face mag.
The third compilation Stuart released was at the start of 2002, the first in a series called 'DJs Take Control' - not based around any club night just on the DJ's selections of that time. A deep house mix with a slightly techy feel, it still combines that underlying soulful, funk and jazzy flavour that runs through Stuart's sets and once again gained strong reviews across the board.
All this added up to Stuart being invited to play further afield than London [where he has played over 100 venues and all of any note], regularly guesting at the UK's finest nights including Pressure at The Arches in Glasgow, Basics in Leeds, Stealth in Nottingham, Bugged Out in Manchester, Chibuku in Liverpool and virtually any town in England which has a decent nightclub in.
His global DJing jaunts have come partly from his exposure in the press, plus through Worldwide sales of his record label Transfusion records. The label was launched in 1995 to try and create a house label that took risks and presented a slightly 'off- centre' version of house. Of the 32 releases to date artists like Phil Asher [Restless Soul], Maurice Fulton and Freil who had one of their tracks licensed by Masters at Work's Little' Louie Vega. Eight of the tracks where produced by Stuart himself and time allowing he hopes to get back in the studio really soon. Stuart compiled and mixed ' Sleazy Beats and Dirty Vibes' released [ June 04'] as part of the 'My Salsoul' series which has seen legendary New York Disco label Salsoul's back catalogue,re-packaged,re-edited and rejuvenated for 2004 . The other djs who have compiled My Salsoul are Grandmaster Flash , Danny Krivit and Joe Claussell so needless to say Stuart was blown away to be invited to add his own interpretation alongside these legends.
Stuart is also part of collective Faith who are responsible for dance music's finest fanzine Faith and some of the best and most loyally attended parties London has seen for many a year. The fanzine has now taken website form at www.faithfanzine.com where you can see the parties,read the articles and find out more on the Faith crew [ plus up to date playlist's from Stuart] . Stuart mixed Faith Vol 3 which was available on nrk in 2005 and House Ain't Dead on BBE in 2008. There is also a Faith radio show every Tuesday 6-8pm on ministryofsound radio.
While the Faith events remain one of London's hottest parties in Feb 2008 Stuart launched East Village www.eastvillageclub.com where he is resident dj . The venue invited the cream of the World's dj talent in the opening year and as East Village celebrates its 2nd birthday in Feb 2010 it is established as one of London's premier dance music venues. Stuart is also finding time to head back into the studio so expect the resurgence of Transfusion records in 2010.