Friday, 4 June 2010

SNATCH! Records LAUNCH PARTY!! 04.05.10

After launching his musical career producing electro house with wobbly bass before swiftly moving onto his own breed of full on tribal tech-house not unlike the sounds of Worthy's Anabatic label or San Francisco's Dirtybird, the now London-based Riva Starr has come round with influences from world music to more techno sounds. The inspirations for his album have allowed him to experiment more and unsatisfied with just stopping there, he has launched his own label Snatch! releasing the likes of France's experimental jazz tech piece dOP, Berlin's Thomas Schumacher, Donk Boys, David Keno, and Santos. Dazed catch up with the Starr before he plays at the Snatch! launch party at T Bar this Friday...

How do you pick your artists?

If the track is good and I play it out and the people go nuts then it’s the right one for Snatch! Again you won’t find just one style released on my label... Everything good can find a seat on the Snatch! train... Obviously I m the boss and the main requirement is that I like the track!

Why the name?

Erm I like the sound.. And I'm a big fun of Guy Ritchie... plus it defines the approach of the label. Open to influences and ready to reinvent sounds and ideas

Is there something in common that runs through all your signings or a sound you're looking for?

Well, sound quality is important... And good arrangements ideas.... funk, freshness, creativity... Mad mood... Surprised faces on the dancefloor while you are playing a Snatch! tune are priceless.

Why T Bar for your launch party?

Because it’s one of my fave London venues... Had such a big fun last time I played there.. Soundsystem is massive and the crowd is open minded!

What were the inspirations that went into your album?

Basically I wanted to produce a club album putting in it all the kind of stuff that I like playing in the club... I listen to a lot of different kind of music.. And you can definitely hear it on my cd... I really love world music and jazz, big deep bass and crazy samples!

What can we expect from Snatch! next

Just slamming tunes! Forthcoming stuff and remixes from Pirupa, Ramon Tapia, Tapesh, Steve Mac, dOP, Thomas Schumacher, Santos, LouLou Players, Remerc and so on...!

This summer, it looks like Riva Starr [a] is going to need to find a new beverage. His debut album, ‘If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade’, has created so much buzz around the Neapolitan producer that, it’s safe to say, not many lemons are coming his way these days. Can you wring something thirst-quenching out of hit records?

Then again, with a batch of records like those he’s chosen for his Weekend Weapons, Riva Starr’s sets are guaranteed to flow like manna from heaven. With his new label Snatch! picking up steam, he was kind enough to share some mixology tips with us:


This Friday 4th June - Snatch! Launch party at T Bar with Snatch! signings Riva Starr (Made to Play), David Keno (Kindisch), and Pirupa (Cecille)

Friday, 28 May 2010


Not content with exposing quality club music to millions of people via her BBC Radio 1 show, the delightful DJ Heidi has launched her own travelling club event series called The Jackathon.

With two successful dates already down at Berlin’s high profile Watergate club, Heidi will showcase the coolest man in dance music, Seth Troxler, at Paris’ Le RĂ©gine’s club this Saturday. The Jackathon (featuring Heidi plus guests Claude VonStroke, Jamies Jones, and Matt Tolfrey) touches down at Manchester’s Sankeys on May 2, and then on May 28, Heidi, Solomun, and Benedict Bull jack their way into London’s T-Bar. (Further dates are listed on Heidi’s MySpace page.)

As Heidi explains, “The idea behind The Jackathon kind of came about through my radio show In New DJs We Trust on Radio 1. I just wanted to showcase the music I played and the DJs I’ve had as guests and bring it to a dancefloor.

“I was tired of going out to clubs and being bored with the music. I just really wanted to see people dancing and freaking out like the people in the video I’ve made.” - From Beatportal


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Joining Heidi at TB/R are:



Benedict Bull

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Heat Heat Heat + TB/SS Presents... ZED BIAS!! - 27.05.10


Zed Bias is Dave Jones: producer, DJ and a prolific innovator from deep within the UK music scene. Zed lurks behind as many production names as he has musical styles. He’s Maddslinky for west London’s Sirkus records and one half of Phuturistix With Injekta . With Italy’s DJ Rocca he’s Daluq and alongside MC Juiceman and Simba has formed The Henchmen. To date Zed’s completed over 65 remixes. It’s all a far cry from his days as a local rare groove DJ.

Zed Bias is best known for his single "Neighbourhood", which reached #25 in the UK charts in July 2000. He has remixed artists ranging from Gabrielle, Kosheen, Maxim, Pharoahe Monch and the Streets. He runs the Sidestepper Recordings label. Zed Bias' releases which explore a more experimental or progressive side of the 2-step garage sound have been hailed as a crucial element in the establishment of dubstep as a definable sound or genre.

Also bringing the noise tonight:

Scratcha DVA

Check a mix HERE


Goldsmiths Bass Society


Atticus Harris

Wednesday, 26 May 2010


Free dowloads from Riva Starr's Snatch! Records

Eclectic house hero Riva Starr can do no wrong these days. After unleashing his debut album If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade on Made To Play earlier this year, he was then snapped up by Defected to mix their Miami album and play around the world for them (including at Pacha Ibiza). Not many artists can cover bases like that.

The next step in his plan for world domination is the long-awaited launch of his own label, Snatch! Records, home to housey and techy grooves of all sorts and with that sample-heav ethos that he so loves.

The first two releases are out now from Donk Boys and David Keno, and you can preview all of the tracks in the players below y'all. Support this far from luminaries like Claude VonStroke, Joe Hot Chip, Laurent Garnier, Sinden, Crookers, Thomas Schumacher, M.A.N.D.Y, Brodinski and Zombie Disco Squad.

You can grab a free David Keno cover of Love Shack HERE

P.S. He launches his label at T Bar on Friday 4th June - More details HERE

SNATCH001 A. David Keno - Upside Down by snatchrec

SNATCH001 B. David Keno - Wait For More by snatchrec

SNATCH002 01. Congabonga - Donk Boys Snatch002 by snatchrec

SNATCH002 02. Mogrify - Donk Boys Snatch002 by snatchrec

SNATCH002 03. Geekbox - Donk Boys Snatch002 by snatchrec

Friday, 21 May 2010

T-Bar presents: DJ Pierre, Marshall Jefferson and MORE 21.05.10


DJ Pierre is one of the hardest working men in the music business. After more than a decade of producing innovative and cutting edge underground house music, the master creator is at the height of his burgeoning career, and shows no signs of slowing down.

He has become one of the most in-demand producers and DJ's. He's constantly sought after in Europe, playing regularly in Germany, the UK, Italy and France. And he's a staple at the clubs in New York City.

In the next few months, Pierre plans to launch his own house music label, along with an R&B one. He'll also continue his successful work with Twisted America Records, Strictly Rhythm and the other handful of labels with whom he has become synonymous. And he only expects the pace to continue getting faster, both in his work. With LaVette, who co-writes most of his material, he hopes to focus more on vocal tracks, as well as the house sound for which he has become famous.

Louis Vega Vs DJ Pierre - Da Jungle (Timo Garcia's Wild Pitch Mix) by TimoGarcia

"House is always going to be here. There is always going to be some form of underground dance music. It's not going to snuff out. People will always have a need to express themselves," he says "I get a really spiritual vibe from what I do. With the right beat, the right flow, I get a hypnotic feeling from the music I produce. I could be doing something more commercial, but then it wouldn't be true".

Get DJ Pierre's May mix HERE

This is cool...

DJ Pierre Afro Acid House - Sample Pack Demo by loopmasters


(Sorry for the grainy pic, I just love it too much)

Marshall Jefferson is one of the founding fathers of house music as it is known today. Born in Chicago in 1959, Marshall was a central figure in the development of the Chicago house scene and produced seminal house anthems including ‘Move Your Body’, ‘7 Ways To Jack’ and ‘Open Our Eyes’.

He has worked with the best in the business, from fellow founding father Frankie Knuckles to Roy Davis Jr., Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Felix Da Housecat and Lil Louis. Marshall has had a leading hand in the growth of the acid and deep house movements and even today continues to evolve these genres amid dooms-dayers predicting their collective demise.

Check this live mix from January this year...

Marshall Jefferson Live @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester - 29-01-2010 by R_co

In the words of Ben Starr:

"Come and watch the dance music equivalent of the Big Bang."

Thursday, 13 May 2010

TB/SS Presents... TBEAR - 13.05.10 - with THE TWO BEARS


The Bears – Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard – first began crossing paths in DJ Booths. Straight Outta Brompton (well, Putney) Joe spends his time away from The 2 Bears as a producer, remixer, solo-artist and one fifth of an obscure outfit called Hot Chip; fellow Sarf Londoner Raf divides his time between club promotion, DJ outings as Greco-Roman Soundsystem, radio show hosting and artiste management.

The pairs DJ booth banter, soon led to a shared enthusiasm for house music and vague plans for a musical collaboration. Raf’s existence at the music industry coal face and first hand experience of the business’ financial travails, would make Sade’s When Am I Going To Make A Living a suitably irreverent subject for their first musical foray. So began several months of hanging out, making music ‘for the fun of it’ and ‘portamental’ arguments about obscure synths, that would wind up forming the 'Follow The Bears EP'.

Characterised by the hitherto untapped vocal stylings of Raf himself (Joe: ‘I didn’t know Raf could actually sing!’), the Bears have already received radio support from Annie Mac, Rob da Bank, Giles Peterson and Toddla T, drawn towards The 2 Bears 21st Century take on house, disco and everything in between.

RADIO SHOW – The 2 Bears have a weekly radio show ‘Follow The Bears’ on Ministry Of Sound Radio. During which you can expect to hear ‘Bear’ tunes, ‘bare’ tunes, some ridiculous anecdotes, and some extremely skilled (unskilled) technical radio know-how…!

Here is a mix for your blessed ears, originally for Plan B, by The Two Bears...

PLAN B PODCAST 000 - THE 2 BEARS by Plan B (London)

Gorillaz - Stylo
Debruit - Dalston Airline 149
Plastikman - Plastik
Syleena Johnson - Tonight I'm Gonna Let Go
Lost Generation - Go Bad
The Orb - Perpetual Dawn (Ultrabass mix)
Rihanna - Sexuality
Cutty Ranks - Hustle Hustle
Amp Dog Night - I'm Doing Fine
The 2 Bears - Mercy Time
Riva Starr & Trim - Dance Me (Jesse Rose mix)
Mandy & Booka Shade - Donut (Boy 8 Bit remix)
UR - Transition Remake
Musique - Jazz 008
Urbanworx - Gonna Be Your Number 1 (Todds dub)
Martin denny - The Enchanted Sea


Cooly G (Merrisa Campbell) comes from Brixton. She’s often placed within the growing UK funky movement, and her tracks almost always include a dancefloor-ready bassline. Yet she wouldn’t describe herself as part of the scene, even though she used to rap for funky producer Fingaprint.
Her dad had his own studio which she used to play about with, so she’d learned to DJ at the age of seven and was teaching music technology to men three times her age two months after she left school.

‘I’m more minimal tech, bit of dubstep, bit of this and that. Funky to me sounds fruity; it’s quick little beats and a little bit of vocal. I go deeper, I spend a lot of time on the production’.

Her debut, ‘Narst / Love Dub’ 12”/digital EP is released on Hyperdub records.



Also bringing the noise tonight:

BREACH (Strictly Rhythm)



Sunday, 9 May 2010

09.05.10 - Kubicle Present...


Jamie Jones is best known for the deep minimal track 'Amazon'. Released on Dan Ghenacia's Freak n'Chic output at the start of the year, the 12" has since become the label's biggest-selling single. 'Amazon' proved to be especially popular with the Germans, popping up on Tiesfchwarz's 'Fabric 29', closing out the RA.005 podcast by Kiki, and Steve Bug's 'Bugnology 2' compilations.

As a DJ, Londoners will recognise Jamie from his Sunday afterhours sessions here at TB/R and also his DJsCanDance parties where he plays what he describes as "a mixed bag of mainly deep house and techno", appealing to both the Crosstown Rebels mob and those who like their beats and bleeps served up on M_nus.

These days Jamie is also a regular at Fabric, touted as "one to watch" by the club's booking manager.

Dogging Days - Jamie Jones Edit by emmanuel van der mast

Also on the decks tonight:




Finish the week the right way; FREE BANGERS AT TB/R.