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Andrew Weatherall: 10 of his greatest tracks

Delivered... Gabriel Szatan | Scene | Tue 18 Feb 2020 2:30 pm

From My Bloody Valentine to Saint Etienne and Ricardo Villalobos, Andrew Weatherall sprinkled magic throughout his career

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Andrew Weatherall: lone swordsman who cut new shapes for British music

Delivered... Alexis Petridis | Scene | Mon 17 Feb 2020 6:37 pm

From producing dub symphonies, or DJing ferocious techno, to never losing his insatiable musical curiosity, Weatherall was a truly inspirational figure

There was a point, quite early on in Andrew Weatherall’s career, when vast commercial success appeared to beckon him. Already an acclaimed DJ and remixer, his production work on Primal Scream’s 1991 album Screamadelica had helped turn a middling indie act whose career had given every appearance of being in its terminal phase, into an award-winning, multi-million selling band suddenly at the cutting edge, the epitome of the fruitful interface between rock music and the post-acid house dance scene.

Related: Andrew Weatherall, British producer behind Screamadelica, dies aged 56

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DJ Diaki: Balani Fou review | Ammar Kalia’s global album of the month

Delivered... Ammar Kalia | Scene | Fri 14 Feb 2020 9:30 am

(Nyege Nyege Tapes)
DJ Diaki’s debut is a speeding cascade of sound that skilfully re-creates the pounding atmosphere of Malian street party Balani Show

Recent years have seen some of the most exciting dancefloor-focused music moving further and further away from its spiritual homes of Detroit, Chicago, Berlin or London. Now, styles such as South African gqom or Angolan kuduro-techno are pushing their way into club sound systems with rattling tempos in excess of 200bpm and unpredictable polyrhythms replacing the familiar four-to-the-floor kick.

The work released by Ugandan label Nyege Nyege Tapes is among the most inventive of these styles. Encompassing sounds from the ground-shaking rhythms of Tanzanian singeli to the electro-synths of Ugandan acholi, the label has been challenging a recent trend towards often purposefully punishing “deconstructed” club music with their joyous reimaginings of east African music. Their latest release by Malian DJ Diaki is no less formidable. A stalwart of the Balani Show sound system – a party setup playing electronic, layered versions of the marimba-style instrument balafon – Diaki now releases his debut on Nyege Nyege.

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Austerity, gentrification and big tunes: why illegal raves are flourishing

Delivered... Wil Crisp | Scene | Wed 5 Feb 2020 11:00 am

Amid disillusionment with mainstream clubbing, illegal events are harking back to the original spirit of rave – but police maintain they are as dangerous and criminal as ever

It’s an hour after midnight on New Year’s Day 2020, and a stream of revellers is gathering in an alleyway next to KFC on London’s Old Kent Road. They pass between piles of car tyres and through a gap in a gate where a group, wrapped in hats and scarves, are taking £5 notes from each person who enters the yard of a recently abandoned Carpetright warehouse.

Inside, the lights are on and groups of partygoers are huddled in groups talking, waiting and smoking as a behemoth sound system and makeshift bar are constructed against one wall. Next door, in a larger abandoned warehouse that was formerly an Office Outlet, an even bigger sound system is being built.

I played an illegal rave in a forest last night in Blackburn those kids are brilliant,there love for the music is pure! #dropjaw ⚡️

People are risking arrest to create a space where people can come together, no matter who they are, in a country where social divides are increasing

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‘No philosophy and everybody is welcome’: how Closer catalysed Ukrainian electronica

Delivered... Chris Williams | Scene | Wed 29 Jan 2020 11:19 am

From small beginnings in 2012, the Kyiv club-cum-cultural centre has become an eastern European scene-leader

You get the feeling you’re in for a big night as soon as you exit the taxi outside Closer. Climbing the graffitied staircase that leads to the Kyiv club evokes a childlike sense of adventure; not least at tonight’s Masquerade, an annual marathon session where everyone hides behind a face mask in celebration of the crew’s eighth birthday.

Many of the mystery figures inside will stay glued to the wooden dancefloor from Saturday night until the final glimmers of the party on Sunday evening. It’s not entirely an endurance test: while the main room is all whistles and whooping, the cushion-filled ambient floor has a similarly meditative vibe to Glastonbury’s Green Fields.

Related: 'The vibe was sex, sex, sex': Cocktail D'Amore, Berlin's free-love club night

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One to watch: Obongjayar

Delivered... Tara Joshi | Scene | Sat 25 Jan 2020 2:59 pm

Mixing Afrobeat and electronics, Nigerian-born Londoner Steven Umoh makes music befitting a self-styled ‘king’

Much of London’s recent music output is indebted to west Africa. Whether it’s the way that contemporary Nigerian pop genre Afrobeats has melded with rap and dancehall to create the breezy Afroswing that has become a chart mainstay, or the burgeoning jazz scene that pulses with the euphoria of Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat and Ghanaian highlife, the cross-pollination has created some of the capital’s most vital sounds.

Enter Obongjayar, AKA Steven Umoh. Since his 2016 EP Home, the south London artist, 26, who lived in Nigeria until he was 17, has been carving out a name for himself with music that oozes vitality and spirit, as his contributions to everything from Richard Russell’s Mercury-nominated Everything Is Recorded to rapper Danny Brown’s most recent album attest.

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The month’s best mixes: mutating moods and club-ready wreckers

Delivered... Tayyab Amin | Scene | Wed 22 Jan 2020 5:11 pm

DJ Taj turns on the charm, Stellar OM Source hurtles towards revelation, while Elijah and Skilliam unveil a mix manifesto

Related: The best underground dance music of 2019

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‘No Fiat 500 techno!’: why electronic music in Cork is popping off

Delivered... Colin Gannon | Scene | Wed 22 Jan 2020 1:22 pm

A crop of hyper-imaginative producers like Lighght, Ellll and those on the Flood label all emanate from Ireland’s ‘rebel city’ – but can it hold on to them?

“Messy in the best possible way,” says Cork producer Doubt of the epiphanic experience he had in 2015 at a warehouse rave in Manor House, north London. “It was really relaxed vibes. Security – although I didn’t see many – were sound, and there were heavy bangers all night. I’d never really experienced anything like that in Ireland.”

He was in London because of English producer NKC, one of the originators of the club sound known as hard drum, then just a Soundcloud tag. Doubt (real name Ollie McMorrow) and compatriots Tension (Dylan O’Mahony) and Syn (Reneé Griffin) set up their own label, Flood, a year after their hard drum rendezvous in London. After learning, experimenting and dawdling with friends in Cork, all it took was NKC’s raucous parties to dissolve their collective inhibition.

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Georgia: Seeking Thrills review – a bold British hymn to hedonism | Alexis Petridis’ album of the week

Delivered... Alexis Petridis | Scene | Thu 9 Jan 2020 1:00 pm

The singer and producer has absorbed Chicago house, Robyn-style pop and dub reggae, and refashioned them into an album about being ‘consumed by night’

The photo on the cover of Georgia Barnes’s second album seems telling. At first glance, it looks like one of those classic late 80s/early 90s club shots that get ageing acid house veterans moist-eyed with nostalgia. If you were hopelessly prone to romanticising, you might imagine that the people in it were dancing to a track made by Barnes’s father Neil, one-half of progressive house pioneers Leftfield. But it isn’t anything of the sort. On closer examination, it’s not a vintage photo of a rave but of a kids’ party; a 1988 image by photographer Nancy Honey, titled St Stephen’s School Disco, Bath.

Related: Georgia: the DIY producer zooming up the Radio 1 A-list

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Coachella 2020 announced with headliners Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas | Scene | Fri 3 Jan 2020 11:06 am

Lana Del Rey, Calvin Harris and 21 Savage to also appear at California event that kicks off festival season

Coachella, the most high-profile music festival in the US, has announced its full lineup for 2020.

Political rap-rock band Rage Against the Machine headline the Friday of the two-weekend festival in April (each weekend featuring the same lineup), as part of their first tour since 2011. The band, which formed in 1991, released four albums before splitting in 2000. They re-formed in 2007, with their first concert at Coachella that year. Two years later, following a fan campaign, they scored an unlikely UK Christmas No 1 with their expletive-filled track Killing in the Name.

Weekend 1 is sold out Register for Weekend 2 presale at https://t.co/x8PRTb12Eh. Presale starts Monday 1/6 at 12pm PT pic.twitter.com/QPRYnJVe9P

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Sugar Sweet: the pilled-up rave that united Belfast during the Troubles

Delivered... Daniel Dylan Wray | Scene | Wed 1 Jan 2020 3:46 pm

Thirty years ago, David Holmes and Iain McCready’s event brought together communities who hated each other but needed to vent their fear: ‘Religion wasn’t a barrier any more’

‘Doing music as a career didn’t even register as something that was possible,” recalls DJ, producer and composer David Holmes. “Growing up in the Troubles, you just never felt things like that happened to people like you.”

Thirty years ago, Holmes was working as a hairdresser in a Belfast salon with fellow music obsessive Iain McCready. Holmes had been booking bands since the age of 15 and McCready was running underground hip-hop nights in the city. “We’re both blessed with a personality of not waiting around for things to happen,” says Holmes. “So we put on our own nights.” On 23 December 1989, the pair launched Sugar Sweet – initially called Base and then briefly The Face – a night that brought acid house and rave culture to Belfast with a mighty thump. Earlier this month, the pair threw a one-off 30th anniversary party to celebrate.

That sense of togetherness, when you’re staring down the barrel of a gun, gives you that extra bit of inspiration

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The best underground dance music of 2019

Delivered... Tayyab Amin and Lauren Martin | Scene | Mon 23 Dec 2019 11:00 am

Whether it was Conducta’s anti-nostalgic UK garage revival or the experimentalism of Shanghai’s SVBKVLT label, 2019 saw dancefloor boundaries staked out in exciting new territory

Gabber Modus Operandi

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‘The vibe was sex, sex, sex’: Cocktail D’Amore, Berlin’s free-love club night

Delivered... Liam Cagney | Scene | Tue 10 Dec 2019 11:50 am

Now celebrating 10 years of hedonism, this staple of Berlin nightlife has become a place for people to escape the drudgery of 9-to-5 existence

The room is dark and teeming when, four hours into his set, Boris drops Patrick Cowley’s remix of I Feel Love. Sweat-scented and balmy with body heat, the room lifts off. As Cowley’s synthesiser solo gets ever more ludicrous, hands throw silhouettes on the rainbow lights; two men make love; a hand-standing Italian woman tries not to topple over.

This is Sunday night at Cocktail d’Amore in Berlin, a friendly, gay, delirious party that is celebrating its 10th birthday this year with, among other things, a compilation and coffee table book. Berlin has a new generation of queer club nights – among them Herrensauna, Lecken and Buttons – but Cocktail d’Amore was the initiator of this wave.

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Burial: Tunes 2011-2019 review

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas | Scene | Fri 6 Dec 2019 10:30 am

The producer’s collected post-Untrue EPs reveal him as one of the most evocative voices in British music

The nights are drawing in and the weather outside is frightful, so it’s the time of year to reach for an old favourite – no, not just Michael Bublé but Burial, the south London producer whose tracks remain the perfect accompaniment to a moody illicit joint in the snow at your parents’ house over Christmas; the sound of cloud covering a 4pm dusk.

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The 50 best albums of 2019: 41-50

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes | Scene | Tue 3 Dec 2019 7:00 am

We begin our pick of the year’s finest albums with gritty electropop, oddball songwriting, tender jazz, louche punk funk. Check in every weekday as we count down to No 1

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