In our first interview with Jus-Ed back in 2015 where we first sat down to talk about music and things, he told us that he and his family would be making the transatlantic move from the States over to mainland Europe, from the state of Connecticut over to the city of Berlin. That was also the year that saw him officially tie the knot with his now wife Jenifa Mayanja, after “12 years of togetherness”. Let’s fast-forward to today – Ed’s chatting to us from his Berlin home, together with Jen and it so happens that they’ve just celebrated their second wedding anniversary.
For the 1,167 supporters, the campaign was short of just 333 signatures to make a difference. But perhaps Warp did listen to “the people”… over a year later, the label has today announced that a re-issue of the double vinyl edition is available for pre-order on Bleep.com, hitting the stores as of February 10, 2017 (unfortunate news for the handful of secondhand sellers on Discogs…).
Our latest podcast features PJAY. Not only is the Belgian selector behind the Kontrast concept and record label, he also recently started Futurepast with fellow DJ pals Davy and Laprade. When not engaged with the aforementioned, or digging the countless stocks at Wally’s Groove World, he’s spinning records at some of the best clubs and party destinations around Europe. In the past year highlights include Closer for Reset, Ibiza for Seekers, not forgetting Kontrast and Futurepast. Having recorded a great podcast, we were delighted to sit down and have a little chat with him…
Monday 21st November saw Islington Council, the Metropolitan Police and fabric come to an agreement to re-open the fabric nightclub. Hailing a bitter sweet victory for the London establishment dancers worldwide rejoice.
The decision comes at a crucial time for the city of London that has seen the loss of 50% of its nightclubs since 2008. BIGGER THAN FABRIC – curated by Nathalie Wainwright – explores the demise of a once vibrant club culture, beyond that of a single club and asks the all-encompassing question of whether ‘it’s too late for London’?
“It’s fantastic news that Fabric has its licence back but there’s an awful lot more work to be done to support London’s night time culture and the people who contribute to it”.
[Matt Gooden – Who Wot Why]
“It’s fascinating to explore what’s really going on in London as well as meeting some of the people trying to keep their culture alive in a city that’s changing beyond all recognition”.
[Wayne Holloway – Director]
“Clubland contributes hugely to the culture and economy of London. It’s important that we look at what’s causing its demise, to find a way to protect its heritage and to see it thrive as part of London’s cultural landscape.”
[Nathalie Wainwright – Producer]
Video created by Matt Gooden, Sean Thompson and Ben Walker of Who Wot Why, directed by Wayne Holloway, edited by Spenser Ferszt at Marshall Street Editors, sound design by Wave and post-produced by Absolute.
Producer Nathalie Wainwright tragically lost her brother to an ecstasy overdose in 1997.
To reconsider clubs as last social spaces, youth shelters and creative playgrounds.
To defend London music culture.
To celebrate the diversity and raw energy of the scene.
To create an artists’ platform and network.
Nightlife does matter.
These are just some of the aims set out in Raview’s manifesto, a London-based concept and movement that aims to transcend the notion of hedonism traditionally associated with the culture of clubbing. What it shows (and what we know) is that London’s ‘clubbing scene’ is in fact a community and platform for music, art and fashion.
The acclaimed producer grew up in Treviso, moving to Berlin 4 years ago. His sound has been deeply influenced by his Berlin experience, with a style ranging between dark and emotional techno and electro. After some strong digital productions, he’s gone on to collaborate with Imprints and most recently Berlin label/party/collectif Slow Life – one of the pre-eminent labels attributed to pushing our scene forward – with EPs Vortex and Toxic.
Another Berlin entity that has seen success is Libertine. Not so long ago Saverio joined Yoshi and Sbri on their journey to emerge a sound and concept across the city. Its ever-increasing presence in this subset of electronic music is demonstrated by the reach of its parties, now held across Europe; with the label side most recently attracting the production qualities of Etienne and Onur Ozer for its fourth release (also featuring a collaboration by Saverio and Yoshi).
It’s not unusual to see Saverio Celestri’s name at the top of the DJ charts on underground electronic music outlets Decks.de, Juno and the likes.
To the west of Africa lie the Cape Verdean Islands, a country known for its Creole-Portugese-African culture, coladera music, morna folk (the Islands’ traditional melancholic genre) and Carnaval, not forgetting the hospitality of its people. The São Vicente island merits a particular mention. The party island and culture capital has been compared to the early days of Ibiza, all the while an electronic music scene has been growing…
This year, a festival UNDERGROUND Mindelo Fest (organised by Rotterdam based Liber Artista) will be welcoming international artists one of whom is Jus-Ed, alongside its own DJs. Our friend Ed so happens to be from Cape Verde. Having never had the chance to visit, this is a first for him. And the very fact that music is bringing him back to his origins is something we’re already smiling about.
We catch up with him before he heads out there. But first, Romy (organiser and resident DJ) gives us a sweet introduction to the festival and an insight into what makes São Vicente such a special place to party…
Some would say that it would be quite difficult to understand the true value of Ideograma aka DJ F– online clips of his productions are scarce and his releases are hard to find but dig a little and it is obvious that he is a true electronic artist. A producer, a DJ, a musician who plays live and alongside these elements of music, he has his record store Recycled Music Centre and label Prayers For The Long Life – music is the only job he has known.
The Lize collectif celebrated some final Summer moments on the wooden decks of Club Der Visionaere last Saturday. Patrick Specke, Bruno Schmidt and Ettore joined Sebastian Rudolph and Patrick Poitz for a near to 24 hour marathon.
Here’s a snapshot of Ettore’s set, a first set in Berlin that won’t be forgotten in a hurry!
After solid releases by Isherwood, St. Joseph and Levat, Lize Records is on its way to releasing their fourth release very soon! Keep and eye out…
Cities within our reach that offer great venues, music and vibes…
Belgium – a country known amongst electronic heads for the birth of Popcorn music, R&S techno, stealthy record diggers and highway parties. Even though the country had its heyday back in the 70s, 80s and 90s, the scene today has evolved and most would say it’s definitely back on its feet.
Brussels and most recently Antwerp are now considered in the same line of thought as the exploding scenes of Kiev, Ljubljana, Tbilisi and the more established Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt and London. The Belgian collectives are throwing parties and giving a place to DJs straight out of the club “archeology scene” – diggers that play the old (and new) gems – rave, breakbeat, electro, deephouse, techno, minimal, UK bleep all included!