Tuesday, 1 March 2011

If you build a disco they will come

Ah springtime. Can you feel it? Maybe I'm being a bit premature but I can feel it tickling me in the rude bits what with these lighter nights slowly starting to tease us. We've got lots lined up over the next few months here at Soul Buggin' but before we get into any of that let's break down the beast that was last Saturday night. Now we've had many djs come and play for us over the years and all of them I've admired for various reasons, whether it be their stella productions that I've bought, legendary dj sets or brilliant club nights they've run around the country but the guest dj at our last party just gone was for me pretty much up there as someone who I have the upmost respect for. Ashley Beedle has been an artist I've been following for a good 16 years or so now, collecting twelve after twelve of his fantastic remixes and collaboration projects and he has been a huge influence on my record collection ever since I first heard his Radio One Essential mix in the nineties. To have him come and play at Soul Buggin' was a huge honour and one that I still had to pinch myself was actually happening as the night began.

As soon as we opened the doors we had a great crowd begin to filter in from the get go and come midnight when Ashley took to the decks I think we must of been pretty much at capacity with the joint heaving. Ashley played a great set of new bits, special unreleased exclusives and a few classics (when he dropped one of my favourite Black Science Orchestra records in the form of 'New Jersey Deep' I nearly lost the plot) and over the next few hours he had the place literally jumping. A big thank you to all that made it down, boogied, drank, wobbled and got on the good foot with a special big up to the guy who was loving it so much he started CRYING while dancing. A very special night indeed with a top crowd! The few pics above are courtesy of local roving photograpaher Nic Clague.

So were do we go from there then? Well the guest we've got lined up to come and play at our next party on Saturday 26 March at Moog here in Nottingham has in many ways a shared history with Ashley. As well as being long time friends they have also collaborated on various projects over the years and when it comes to listing some of the unsung heroes of the UK dance scene few can deny that Phil Asher doesn't deserve his place in the history books. With over 200 production credits to his name the Phlasher’s records have been smashing up dancefloors for the best part of two decades now. As one of the founding members of killer outfit Restless Soul he’s forged an impressive back catalogue that has also included various collaboration projects such as Phlash and Friends which drew together a collection of artists such as Mark de Clive Lowe, Dego from 4 Hero, Karizma, Orin Walters, Zed Bias and Benji B. Having djed in every corner of the globe since the early nineties he has also been instrumental in setting up firing club nights Co-Op and Inspiration Information right here in the UK.

He doesn’t really come up here much so this will be one certainly not to miss. Oh, and it’s one of the Soul Buggin’ resident’s birthday so expect some serious party flavours to go down! We kick off at 9pm and go on till 3am and if you get down before 10.30pm you can get in for a mere £3. After it'll be a fiver.

For those wanting to brush up on their Phlasher history I'll be putting together a 2 hour tribute show of some of my favourite productions and remixes that I've collected over the years which will be broadcast on my Noodle Hotpot radioshow on Sunday 13th March 2pm-4pm on
. I'll also upload the mix to my podcast page over here www.beane.podomatic.com soon after.


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