Future Disco Vol.8 – Nighttime Networks

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At TBC we love techno, it is our favourite genre of electronic music but our love of electronic music generally means that we cast our net further afield to ensure that we enjoy all flavours of electronic music. In 2009 we encountered the rebirth of a music genre that lies at the foundation of electronic music, the general party/clubbing scene and a genre that we not only love but were brought up on by our parents; Disco. The resurgence of D.I.S.C.O in 2009 was via a few niche labels that reintroduced the genre through deep/funky house and they also promoted their sound with two new amazing CD series; Horse Meat Disco and Future Disco (via Needwant records). Both of these series exploded with the former now up to vol.4 while running a successful label night all over the world and the latter releasing 7 volumes of exquisite disco cuts, also running a successful global franchise and helping rear some of the more successful producers in the scene; Tensnake and Aeroplane to name a couple. Future Disco have now announced their newest edition titled Nighttime Networks which is volume 8 in the series and we have been lucky enough at TBC to get our hands on a promo copy way before its release date on the 20th April, thanks Future Disco and Needwant records.
 
The style of the mix is similar to the previous CDs in the series; quality disco and deep house with cool, classy beats and vocals. You will find yourself tapping your feet all the way through and smiling to the warm vocals and nice mixing style which keeps the flow moving nicely. The first five tracks which lead up to Zoot Woman’s Don’t Tear Yourself Apart are the perfect intro. The Working Elite’s Freedom changes things up with an acid remix and old school house sounds by Tuff City Kids. Bufiman funks it up with Running (The Chase) which features some nice guitar strings and a catchy hand clap. By the time Johannes Brecht’s Another World kicks in the mix takes a new direction into a more uplifting progressive style which is a new direction for the Future Disco series, this tune is just epic. Vimes’ Celestial and Few Nolder’s Clouds then continue the uplifting progressive vibe. These three tracks work together very well. The mix then changes pace again with Fur’s Pulp to bring the mix towards a close but there are still three tracks to go; Hot Chip’s How Do You Do (Zabiela Remix), Portable’s Surrender and Weval’s Something. The final three tracks finish with a more eclectic feel, Surrender is a dreamy vocal track with a blissed out feel and the mix ends with Something which continues in the same vein as the BPM slows and the vocals are echoed to create a chilled, dreamy effect.
 
The standout tracks on the mix are Few Nolder’s Clouds which is one of our favourites over the last 12 months. It is such a versatile track featuring in so many types of dj sets and mixes. The Working Elite’s Freedom and Bufiman’s Running (The Chase) are typical standout Future Disco tracks that also fall into the deep house and disco genre respectively. Johannes Brecht’s Another World should also get a mention as this is a great release on Mario Basanov’s label BOSO.
 
Our overall opinion at TBC is that this is the most alternative of the Future Disco series leaning more towards the Poolside sounds or the most recent All Day Dancing mix series. While the mix works well and you will enjoy it the fact that the disco foundation hasn’t been retained makes volume 8 feel too fragmented and diverse. We hope that the next in the series returns to its roots as we are sorry to say that unfortunately this is the weakest of the 8 volumes.
 
Thanks for reading.
 
TBC
 

TRACKLISTING

CD1 – Mixed

1. Andras Fox – Your Life

2. Musk – Waters (feat. Merveille Mubakemeshi & Avidus)

3. Ron Basejam feat. Danielle Moore – Dippin’ In

4. HNNY – 12.00

5. Zoot Woman – Don’t Tear Yourself Apart (Chopstick & Johnjon Remix)

6. The Working Elite – Freedom (Tuff City Kids Acid Over Remix)

7. Bufiman – Running (The Chase)

8. Krystal Klear – Fumer Tue

9. Johannes Brecht – Another World

10. VIMES – Celestial (Gardens of God Remix)

11. Few Nolder – Clouds (Boso Reversion)

12. Fur – Pulp (Linkwood’s Stargazer Mix)

13. Hot Chip – How Do You Do? (James Zabiela Remix)

14. Portable – Surrender feat. Lcio

15. Weval – Something (Live)

CD2 – Unmixed

1. Bufiman – Running (The Chase)

2. The Working Elite – Freedom (Tuff City Kids Acid Over Remix)

3. Few Nolder – Clouds (Boso Reversion)

4. Johannes Brecht – Another World

5. VIMES – Celestial (Gardens of God Remix)

6. Hot Chip – How Do You Do? (James Zabiela Remix)

7. Musk – Waters (feat. Merveille Mubakemeshi & Avidus)

8. Ron Basejam feat. Danielle Moore – Dippin’ In

9. Weval – Something (Live)

10. Portable – Surrender feat. Lcio

Tramlines Party Hopping Horseplay!

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Well TBCers, that time of year is here again, the weekend when Sheffield becomes one huge party and with the flash of a wristband Sheffielders can party hop from venue to venue in a whirlwind of happiness and electronic beats (with some bands thrown in if you like that kinda thing). What am I banging on about? Yes ……………you guessed it……………. TRAM – TO – THE –LINES!!!!!!!!!

This year sees a line up like no previous year and there is a definite shift towards more electronic artists. The Tramlines team have really done Sheffield proud with the diversity and caliber of artists that they have managed to fly in to South Yorkshire’s marvelous annual party spectacular and all for the price of £28.00 for a full weekend festival wristband! Monsieur with these Tramlines DJs you are really spoiling us! So much so that it is difficult to know which party to go to, which awesome DJ to prioritise and which music to delight your ears with at any one time. Fret no more TBCers, Betty Bitch is here to share with you her meticulously researched, glittery, feathery, Tramlines party plan. Not only will following this ensure you don’t miss out on the best nights Tramlines has to offer, it will also allow you to shimmy on down with the one and only plastic fantastic as she cavorts to Sheffield’s finest Tramlines beats!

Friday

So Friday is a tough one because Tramlines in their infinite wisdom have put ALL the best techno and house nights on the Friday night. The Night Kitchen, Hopeworks, O2 Academy, The Leadmill and The Harley all have parties that TBC wants to go to on the Friday. So the choice is this: do them all, run around in a whirling dervish, get so wasted that you no longer know what city you’re in and consequently don’t venture out for the rest of the Tramlines weekend……….. a possibility. Alternatively, pick a select few of the best and still have some battery life available for a bit of Saturday shimmying. Betty’s choosing the latter and will be in attendance at the following shindigs:

The O2 academy: One word TBCers…………..T – I –G- A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes the Techno Breakfast Club favourite and all round God of our lives is playing in Sheffield! Granted its at the O2 academy but those of you who came to see Dixon there at the Collect weekender will know that as a venue it can actually work pretty well for this type of thing. Tiga is as hot as hell right now after the release of “Plush” and the frankly divine “Let’s Go Dancing” but has been knocking out delicious production work since his debut “Sunglasses at Night” in 2002. If you are into techno and electro and you don’t go and see him you need to have a serious word with yourself as he rarely plays in the North and he is an amazing party DJ. Check out his mix from Panorama Bar:

https://soundcloud.com/tiga/tiga-panorama-bar-live-mix

Following on from the Tigemeister and by the way, find out what time Tiga is playing, arrive exactly as he comes on, watch his set, dance like you’ve never danced before, then leave. We ain’t got time for any of the other artists on that line up. Next you’re headed straight to The Night Kitchen. Jimmy Edgar is headlining this particular danceathon. He’ll be throwing down techno Detroit style and playing hard with a real party, funky vibe going on. His Essential Mix was completely dreamy:

https://soundcloud.com/jimmyedgar/essential-mix-05-10-2014

Medlar and Alex Smoke are also going to be more than worth a listen and if you came to the Faction New Year Party a couple of years ago you’ll remember just how brilliantly Alex Smoke plays when he plays in the Steel City. The Night Kitchen is obviously the best venue for techno and house clubbing in Sheffield so you really would be a damn fool to miss this Tramlines party!

After that dust off your sequined trainers, re-apply your lipstick and find the coolest afterparty in town. Hunt Betty down before you leave – she’ll no doubt be going/hosting it!

Saturday

So once you leave the afterparty, drink a few smoothies, change into another spangly clubbing outfit and mainline berocca, its time for Tramlines Round 2. In the daytime make sure you check out Audiowhores at the Delve Deeper party at Bloo 88. This was Betty’s favourite party of Tramlines 2013 and you would be simply bonkers to miss out on their heavenly house beats on the sunshine terrace.

As night falls side step to the main stage to grab a glimpse of disco legends and all round Queens of the dancefloor – Sister Sledge!

Following that, hotfoot it to The Octogon to catch Lone’s set. This guy’s 2012 album: Galaxy Garden was simply sublime and one of TBC’s favourites that year featuring genres such as acid house, breaks, dubstep and bass. Stopping by for his set will therefore provide you with an interesting hour or 2 and is sure to get your booty shaking!

Now for a late night boogie fest and perfect follow up to the house and disco at Bloo 88 and the Main Stage. Seek out Horse Meat Disco. They are playing at Banana Hill at Queen’s Social Club. So TBCers follow those funky disco beats until you find what has to be the optimum way to finish your Saturday night. DJ sets don’t get much more fun that this and after the hard techno of Friday night this will be a wonderous way to sooth your addled Tramlines brain! Strut your funky, horsey stuff with Betty until the early hours.

Sunday

Pahhhhhhh you know you’re gona be rolling around in post party agony/ecstasy by this point! Don’t even kid yourself that you’re gona make it out to see the Sunday band line up! Betty sure ain’t!

TBCers all that’s left for you to do is purchase your wristband, douse yourself with glitter and join that party line to the best weekend of the Summer!