last month the music industry was saddened at the news of DJ Rashad's passing at the young age of 34. According to his family, The footwork DJ died as a result of a blood clot in his leg. Since his death, there has been a swarm of tributes in his honour from all over the globe with contributions from the likes of Oneman, Kode9, Addison Groove & many more. This month, Leisure System (label) has uploaded a recording of DJ Rashad's first ever set in Germany at Berlin club Horst Krzbrg & it's available for download! The Chicago juke pioneer's set is an hour & a half long & was accompanied by Addison Groove & Lando Kal on the night.
It is without a doubt that new technology has pushed the DJ-ing market to new frontiers.
This week, we visit our fifth & final installment of 'Clubs That Time Forgot.' Our previous features touched base with The End, Turnmills, The Cross & SEOne. Our final slice will uncover the history & happenings behind the legendary 'Bagleys aka Canvas'; notably recognised as one Britain's most influential dance arenas in the 90's.
This week Trackitdown returns to pay tribute to a venue which boasted a 3,000 capacity license, multiple rooms, LED & moving light rig & some of London's most diverse clubbing experiences. Yes, thats right; we're talking about SeOne. After 8 years of good quality parties and events it officially shut its doors on Monday 22nd February 2010.
Record Store Day is a yearly celebration held on the third Saturday of April. Its objective is to unite fans, artists, record lovers, & music enthusiasts alike to celebrate every inch of culture record stores provide their punters. Initiated in 2007, Record Store Day is now a global celebration where you will find each individual store celebrating in their own fashion; representing their own culture, taste and continued business with live Dj performances, special guests, exhibitions & more. The Record Store Day organisation provides superb opportunities for privatised stores to capitalise on marketing & promotion of their brands. Equally, this special day also allows each venue to really shout about their culture & music style by throwing parties; capturing attention & educating those who experience it with their very own flavour.
Maya Jane Coles's Fabric 75 album is finally out for your very own pleasure. Given that the 26 year old DJ/Producer is one of the most sought after talents today, it is of no surprise that Fabric have approached her to create their latest album. Maya Jane Coles has spearheaded her way through to becoming one of the worlds most respected female artists, specifically in the world of house & techno.
This week we return to speak about another club which highlighted London as the the dance capital of the 90's and 00's. Although its closure was foreseen from the kick-start, its loss still creates a large whole in the capitals nightlife.
'Coffee run' is an online series by Deadmau5. In each episode, the EDM star invites a special guest and quite literally, takes them on a coffee run in his Ferrari to his favourite location.
Sigma hit top spot in the singles charts with their 'Nobody To Love' track. The London duo barged straight past the Brit boy band 'The Vamps' to secure top spot; representing Drum & Bass in the charts. Their track, a remix of Kanye West's 'Bound' tune is a liquid banger perfect for summer weather.
We're back this week to revisit another one of London's great venues; taken away from the devout ravers, all out 9-5ers, techno stompers & first timers. This weeks feature is a flashback to the mill where all electronic music was catered for. Boasting a 24 hour dance license, Turnmills was the driving force behind the UK's all night clubbing scene throughout the 1990's.
Native Instruments has unveiled an ultra portable DJ soundcard, Traktor Audio 2. Positioned as the worlds smallest DJ soundcard for Traktor DJ & Pro 2, the pocket-sized tool lets you pre-listen to your next track before your audience for smooth & precise mixing. According to N.I, the ultra-portable DJ soundcard is the ideal tool for TRAKTOR DJ and TRAKTOR PRO 2. The product has 24-bit/48kHz resolution, compatibility with iPads & iPhone's & its also abe to charge or change the volume when connected. providing good quality sound, high volume & two stereo outputs, the device is ready for you to showboat to crowds anytime, anywhere.
With the DJ market pushing towards digital formats, its revolution is edging ever nearer as the music world just lost one its best Vinyl retail gems, Chemical Records. Unfortunately the battle has officially been lost as on Monday 7th of April 2014 Chemical Records dived firmly into administration.
With just over four months to go until South West Four's festivities kick off at Clapham Common, Trackitdown have been keeping a strong eye on the ever growing lineup which will feature this August. As per usual, the Bank Holiday takeover is looking like another fruitful summer treat. With that they have just announced Loco Dice, Josh Wink (20 years of Oval set), Henry Saiz & Robert Dietz to their outrageous Saturday bill which already consists of high flyers such as:
Over the last decade London has seen a vast array of its iconic clubs shut down. Whether this has been due to the weakened economic climate or personal decisions made by its owners, ravers & late night dance fanatics have had a swift reduction in what has been some of the best platforms for electronic music. Trackitdown has decided to undertake a showcase of some of the most iconic venues credited for pushing the electronic music scene to new heights. With London becoming more & more crippled by the lack of high end club spaces, we wanted to re-live some of the components which inspired & enhanced the British music entertainment sector.
Miami Music Week, renowned for showcasing & hosting some of the most exciting parties world wide just ended. The 6 day festive period which invites well established & underground DJ's alike took place on March 25th - 30th. Curated by some of the best labels across the globe, the week long adventure provides intimate surroundings, rare collaborative moments & beautiful palm trees-adding to the Miami-esc stereotype. Four days have now passed since the event, allowing people time to breathe, regain their memory & no doubt their brain cells too. With that, we decided to have a chat with our friends at Be-at.tv who spent their time filming & streaming some of the most epic party sets of the week. Naturally, our main interest focused on the best sets, memorable moments, crowd atmosphere & so forth. According to the Be-at.tv the arrangement and style of the event changed this year, preferring EDM style music for the day time parties and focusing on the underground sounds in the evening. Unfortunately, some of our sources said the EDM failed to get the party started & that this arrangement should be changed.
Time Warp Festival (2014) is back for another year of techno, Detroit dance, minimal & deep house in Mannheim, Germany. After an astonishing 2013, its hard to imagine it could get any better. However, with this year being its 20th birthday, you know some surprises are in-store!
With the festival season on the way, picking the right acts for 2014 hasn't been too much trouble for SW4. Their only concern is that their staging can support their latest act as they bring on this years dance heavy weight, Daniel Pearce aka Eats Everything on Bank Holiday Sunday.
Its a sad day for House as one of its very own legends, Frankie Knuckles was confirmed to have passed away (Chicago Tribune) at the young age of 59. It has been reported that 'The Godfather' was a victim to Type II Diabetes. A further report is due to come forth today by long term business associate & partner, Frederic Dunson.