DAMON MARTIN (Disco Bloodbath)
9pm - 6am
MUGWUMP & KOLOMBO
Geoffroy & Kolombo are part of the booming Belgian export dance scene and form the Mugwump project (a moniker Geoffroy initiated, initially working with fellow Belgians Spirit Catcher of 20:20 Vision fame and now pursued with prolific producer extraordinaire Olivier Grégoire aka Kolombo: www.myspace.com/kolomboloulou).
Mugwump are simultaneously and succesfully releasing music on the biggest techno labels right now, with a recurrent output on Kompakt and side releases on Cocoon, Gigolo or R&S but they're also keeping disco credentials up high as well with appearances on fledging cosmic/disco imprints such as Eskimo, Permanent Vacation, Endless Flight/Mule Musiq, Misericord or RVNG plus excursions on reference house labels such as Rob Mello's Disco 45 imprint or Sasse's Mood Music label.
The Mugwump sound is genetically Belgian and pleads for a total dance fusion, with an emphasis on the groove and psychedelism and no restrain into the BPM choice... More specifically these days, Mugwump fuses disco aesthetics with modern techno leanings, spiced up by a hint of Belgian New-Beat sometimes and have come up with that brand new 'disco-techno' tag and sound. Something rather fresh in these post-minimal "new" house identikit tracks being unleashed as 'forward-thinking' house music that mostly reproduce classic house without the depth or the sound of the originals.
The wide variety of dj's supporting and charting some of Mugwump's music, so far, is a testimony to this fusion style and include Sven Vath, Ivan Smagghe, Pete Herbert, Ewan Pearson, Sasha, The Glimmers, Sasse, Steve Kotey, Damian Lazarus, MANDY, Kiki, Serge (Clone), Chlöé or more recently Andy Weatherall, Peter Kruder, Michaël Mayer, Dubfire, Mr Scruff, Aeroplane, DJ Hell, Adam Marshall, Freeform Five, Dominik Eulberg, Gregor Tresher, Chymera, Jennifer Cardini, Nick Chacona & Mark E, to name but a really few... As a DJ, GEOFFROY has a long experience of working different crowds, with a CV that includes a 8 year long residency at Belgium's mythic Food club in the end 90's till mid-Noughties and with slots over the years at clubs such as Fuse, Fabric, Robert Johnson, Rex, Batofar, Culture Club, Dirty Dancing, Panorama Bar, Weekend, The End, Basics, Pacha, Privilège, Propaganda and many, many more... He currently plays a broad range of electronic dance music (depending on the style of parties he's booked to) that includes electronic house, new techno, tech-dubstep and cosmic or electro disco, with some classics thrown in at times, while KOLOMBO & GEOFFROY perform their semi-live sessions together, as MUGWUMP DEX n FX, tweaking exclusive new versions of all Mugwump tracks with added keyboards, fx and samples, live in the mix...
Skull Juice are Alex & Ben, a dual headed DJ tag team mascarading behind the name of a rubbish Heavy Metal band. "We are totally metal though" they proclaim, simultaneously decapitating a family of bats, "But just because the power of the Gods of Metal beats like molten Iron through our veins, doesn't mean we can't like Disco more than a room full of leather clad Bears doing Gloria Gaynor impressions", and to reinforce the point, they gesture downwards and I notice for the first time they are both dressed in Identical John Travolta 'Saturday Night Fever' suits covered in tiny, tiny bells. So, I postulate, Skull Juice are a record-playing duo of extreme contrast then? "Not really, I mean you aren't actually likely to find us playing Heavy Metal, followed by a Disco record, we haven't quite broken away from the traditional DJ format of attempting to meld the greatest records you've (n)ever heard into a seamless DJ set that will send your brain into outer space to dance with the ghosts of Sun Ra, Ron Hardy & Armando through sheer exuberant Dance Joy." They both speak at the same time, voices sounding at once like Nina Simone & DJ Assault, Prince & that drunk bloke from Noze. And as they speak, I notice they are tapping out a perfect techno rhythm on the table at which we sit, as if reading my mind they instantly confess to a love of the genre "It's not a genre" they proclaim, standing and raising their voices to the sky (while continuing to beat out the rhythmic pattern on their chests), "It's a way of life, an all pervading and encompasing mindset upon which all other coherent thought must be based!" And with that they were away, concealed rocket boosters in their shoes activating and blasting them swiftly into the stratosphere, as they departing cries faded into the ether I caught their last few words; "Sorry mate, we're late for tea with Jeff Mills..." and with that they were gone.
Damon is one-third of the notorious Disco Bloodbath crew who've been turning heads with their frenetic take on the disco sound in basements across East London and on dance floors around Europe. Just as happy causing peak-time disco damage as he is sound-tracking the early hours with a box of sleaze, he enjoys a well-earned reputation as an impeccably varied selector who can dig deep with the best of them but isn't afraid of dropping a big record or two. In the last year or so Damon has rocked discerning UK dance floors at Bugged Out, secretsundaze, Horse Meat Disco, Fabric, Matter, The Warehouse Project, The Big Chill, Lovebox and Bestival, as well as spinning throughout the world in Japan, Berlin, Ibiza, Paris, Dubai, Barcelona, Oslo, Hamburg and more. Look out for his remixes as part of Disco Bloodbath of, to name a few, Franz Ferdinand, Little Boots, The Aliens and The White Lies.
2009 saw Damon launch Channel 83 - a new label and production project in partnership with Gucci Soundsystem's Ben Rymer. Their first two releases have received plays from the likes of James Murphy (DFA/LCD Soundsystem), Rub n Tug, The Glimmers, Reverso 68 and Mark E.
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