We go in bass heavy for our February date at the Cellar Door welcoming to of our favourite producers of the last year + Hypercolour Records bossman and all round legend Jamie 'Cedric Maison' Russell to the JTC turntables :)
West Norwood Cassette Library
Bob Bhamra aka West Norwood Cassette Library aka No.1 Astronaut, is also one half of Data 70 and another half of Plastic Soul.
He has had releases on Teal Records (Denmark), New Kanada (Canada) as well as his own WNCL Recordings imprint (also home to DJ C, Knowing Looks, Milyoo, Don Froth, Ultramarine and Kevin McPhee) and had his original tracks remixed by the likes of Pearson Sound, Brackles, Quantec, Karenn (Blawan and Pariah) and Pangaea. Recent remix work includes reworkings of tracks by Lakosa (Shifting Peaks), Lakosa & iO (Madtech), South London Ordnance (Teal) and Groove Armada (Hypercolour).
While his DJ schedule is intentionally sporadic, he has played Glade and Fabric in 2012 and supplied guest mixes for Mary Anne Hobb's Radio 1 show, FACT, Boiler Room, DJ magazine and Dazed & Confused
As his name would suggest, Last Magpie picks up, gathers and masterfully combines musical gems from across the board to create and influence his finely tuned house and 2step hybrids. He aims to keep his style quite open and unspecific to any one genre under his Magpie moniker drawing from elements of house, techno, dub and garage (UK & US) with a hint of old school jungle.
Clearly influenced by dub culture and bad-boy bottom ends, Last Magpie covered plenty of ground on his debut ‘No More Stories’ EP, released by Losing Suki .
After the well-received outing on Hypercolour’s sister label the now fast rising Leeds producer stepped up for a full release on the label of the moment. Another stellar EP with a deep house and garage focus, the title track ‘ Who Know’s Where (Love Goes) ’ which quickly became this summer’s feel good track.
For his latest offering, ‘1995’ EP, Last Magpie is back with another sound package on sister imprint, Losing Suki. This time we find the mysterious producer in a slightly heavier, bassier mode, toying with deep house tropes and a myriad of UK influences in equal measure.
As a vastly experienced DJ, his style spans across an equally broad spectrum, expertly throwing together highlights from genres far and wide. A mix of house, techno and garage, new and old, keeps the vibes fresh and interesting. Don’t be surprised to find a throw-back of early Chicago house or Detroit Techno seamlessly sandwiched in-between more modern cuts with a distinctive sound, shaped by earlier influences. An open book, The Last Magpie.
With a father harbouring a deep interest in computer music and the burgeoning rave scene in the provincial South of England, Jamie Russell aka Cedric Maison had a path mapped out for him pretty early on. Late nights listening to ‘borrowed’ mixtapes from his dad’s collection indoctrinated the young lad with some of Chicago and Detroit’s finest output.
Derrick May, Sneak, Todd Terry and Mood II Swing all figured in Russell’s formative education, resulting in the usual unhealthy obsession with vinyl which defines those who now who were sucked into dance music in the 1980s and ‘90s. This early influence paired up with teenage years of Sasha, Eddie Richards and Tyrant can still be heard in Jamie’s sets – hypnotic, groove based house with hints of techno which captivate as much as they motivate dance floors.
Promoting nights was the next stage for the then Oxford based man and his Playground nights grew so quickly that it outgrew Oxford and London became its new home – complete with an army of new regulars checking out the likes of Will Saul, Switch and Paul Woolford at the much lauded party. It was here where Russell rolled out the Cedric Maison moniker and took up the warm up reins, a role which is taken extremely seriously to this day. The night hit most of London’s best venues in The Cross, 333, The Key and Egg before it closed its doors so attention could be focused elsewhere.
That focus was Hypercolour, a label responsible for pushing some of the most relevant and delectable sounds of the day. Boasting such luminaries on his books as Groove Armada, Huxley, Kris Wadsworth, Glimpse, Mark Henning, Tom Demac and Maya Jane Coles, whose ‘Don’t Put Me In Your Box’ EP, the label’s 22nd release cemented Hypercolour’s place at the forefront of the UK Deep House scene
Now well established as an A&R, Promoter and of course a DJ, Mr Maison is a regular fixture on the DJ circuit, not only with official Hypercolour events at the likes of Fabric London, Motion – Bristol & The Warehouse Project in Manchester Aswell as trips to Berlin, Paris & Rio under his belt. And also a regular face on the festival circuit at the Secret Garden Party, and not forgetting Dimensions Festival – Croatia & The Glade where he runs stages with they Hypercolour / Sneaker Social Club crew.