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Reported by Olly @ Trackitdown on August 28, 2007

“It’s been exciting getting back in the studio again after a hiatus.  I am looking forward to using this new imprint as a vehicle to release my own music as well as signing great forward thinking music from other producers.” (press release)

The world’s slowest producer Sasha unveils his new independent label Emfire.

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“We learned our trade playing on the street, unlike almost every other DJ who cut their teeth playing in pubs, bars, eventually clubs, we didn’t. Back in those days, they never hired black DJs to play in clubs.” (One Week To Live)

Good Times legend Norman Jay looks back on the earliest days of Notting Hill Carnival.

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“Some music industry tit thinks it needs remixing. You would think he had the respect to say no to the job- obviously not.” (Digitalspy.co.uk)

Geoff Barrow from Portishead blasts US house star Mark Ronson for agreeing to remix 60s superstar Boy Dylan.

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New York is so clean now you could eat your dinner off its streets. I'll do London next, but I'll charge this time.” (Independent/ The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations)

Boy George makes the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations, talking about his street sweeping street in New York last year.

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“Hardly anyone bought the Velvets' albums when they were originally released, but everyone who did formed a band.” (Independent/ The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations

As does erstwhile Roxy Music/ Bowie genius Brian Eno.

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“A moment I've been dreading.  George brought his ne're-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida.  The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless.  This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job.”

George W Bush makes his first appearance in the newly published Reagan Diaries (diary entry May 17, 1986)

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“I would do something to please people —it would be something in the serving sector.” (Vue Weekly)

Tiesto outlines what his career choice would be if he wasn’t a DJ.

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"NO Mud, NO Turning Down Sound Systems, NO Warm Beer and NO Finishing Early!”

Kings Cross TDK Festival outline the advantages of staging their 2 day event throughout the (predominantly indoors) Canvas/ Cross/ Key clubbing complex.

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“Effectively [Daniel] was assassinated in front of his friends and others in the club. It does appear to be a gang shooting – this isn’t a hitman – the killer will be part of a gang.” (Camden New Journal)

Detective Inspector Peter Holdcroft comments on the still at large gunman who murdered Daniel Ross, 22, on the dance floor at the Scala, Kings Cross, 12 months ago.

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"I didn't know what to do with it, so I brought it here. I took it to three dumps to try to get rid of it and they told me to get lost."  (Orlando Sentinel)

An unnamed Florida man explains why he successfully swapped a surface-to-air rocket launcher for a pair of trainers, in a recent police gun amnesty.

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1: Riot In Belgium- La Musique (Sinden re-remix) (Relish)

Super-talented fast rising Brit producer Sinden does it yet again, re-energising Riot In Belgium’s La Musique with a glitchy, slamming, dance-floor destroying groove that somehow manages to genuinely enhance the already outstanding original. Guaranteed to destroy dancefloors everywhere, La Musique is sure to be (finally) massive. And Sinden is the new Switch, Wonderful.

2: Butch- On The Line (Sven Weber remix) (Great Stuff)

Unfortunately named Frankfurt producer Butch (aka Trapez aka Bülent Gürler (his real name) goes back to the future or rather the early 90s for inspiration, dropping a dark energetic techno trancer that would have fitted seamlessly on Sven Vath’s Harthouse label of old (at least if was pitched down +10 from Harthouse’s 140 bpm original template.)

Oxia drops a couple of (somewhat minimal-ish) mixes though Craft Music’s Sven Weber’s is the best.

3: Duke Dumont: Lean & Bounce (Turbo)

Former Ministry of Sound staffer Duke Dumont finally follows up his amazing mix of Missy Elliot with a triple EP comprising his Kavinsky style 80s disco anthem Final Anthem and Justice style disco-pop-80s-hip hop anthem When I Hear Music. Though it’s When I Hear Music that’s likely to attract all the plaudits, the best cut is Lean & Bounce, a Switch style cut up club cut with bounce.

4: Danton Eeprom: Confessions Of An English Opium Eater (IF)

French producer Danton Eeprom goes space age techno, dropping a dark, sinister brooding instrumental topped off with scary, swirly deep space sound effects (which he usefully provides as a DJ tool too- a smart move).

http://www.myspace.com/dantonrocks

5: Interpol: The Heinrich Manoevre (Parlophone)

Paul Epworth continues his highly original interpretation of dance music, opening Interpol’s new single with a melodic melancholic pastoral piano intro that lasts for a whole minute before the song kicks in with slamming bass and stuttering, dirty beats. 3 minutes in he’s back with the song’s straight ahead pop song chorus (beatless) before the groove kicks back in. Bold.

http://www.ministryofsound.com/radio (To hear these tunes, tune into the Skrufff Show on Ministry Of Sound Radio, every Sunday from 20.00-22.00 GMT)

Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)