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The council says NO to fabric’s licence

September 7, 2016 • By

The closure of a single establishment will most definitely not combat drug culture, moreover the allocation of blame simply masks the failure of licensing law, policing and drug legislation.

See below the premises upon which fabric‘s licence was revoked in the early hours of this morning:

Flora Williamson of the Licensing Sub-Committee stated:

The following facts were found to have occurred, two patrons have died at the venue this year, after purchasing drugs inside the nightclub.

People entering the club venue inadequately searched, and it was abundantly obvious patrons were under the influence of drugs.

Deaths at the clubs have involved people that are young, with numerous breaches of the licensing agreement, as a culture of drugs exists at the club which management cannot control.

The Licensing Sub-Committee has considered adding more conditions, but it does not feel these would be adequate in tackling the issue.

We therefore decided that a revocation of the licence is appropriate in that regard.

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Operation fabric: Operation Lenor

August 30, 2016 • By

Operation fabric dubbed “Operation Lenor”: Police went undercover into fabric, two witness statements recollecting nights out – two accounts that ring untrue for the countless numbers who have passed through its doors. For starters, anyone entering the venue is subject to checks more stringent than those faced in the majority of venues worldwide. An impressive twist on the reality some would say!

Witness statements: http://democracy.islington.gov.uk/documents/s9099/Appendix%202C.pdf

 

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Get Up! Ettore for Ruzzi

August 30, 2016 • By

Relax after a heavy Bank Holiday weekend with ruzzi‘s new podcast by Pragmatism‘s Ettore. There’s even physical copies available on MiniDisc – Email ruzzirec@gmail.com for orders.

From “jazzy beats”, experimental Aphex Twin sounds and a number of different styles in between… on the obscure side of things but all the while remaining interesting and uplifting.

Although ruzzi only recently shared its first ever podcast, the collectif originating in Genoa, has been around since 2007 as a label dealing with tapes (not-for-profit). Last year in December they released a tape by Bologna based Dumbo Beat which features instrumental hip hop. With the release of tape and CD formats ruzzi‘s keeping 1995 and 2005 alive.

 

*Edited by Kaajal Shah

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Cabaret Recordings: A Hypnotic Lock

August 26, 2016 • By

“We like this hypnotic lock,” DJ Masda writes. “In Japanese we call it hame. If someone asks me what’s the mutual thing connecting our music, it’s this.”

WOW! A Resident Advisor interview with DJ Masda and So Inagawa, the founders behind the celebrated and super hot label Cabaret Recordings. This is certainly a pretty rare occasion as obvious in the few sentences the Cabaret duo liked to share. The author and interviewer Matt Unicomb also manages to string in a few words from two important contributors; Evan Baggs and Tony aka TC 80 who have both released music twice on the label in the past year: Evan shared Not A Story EP in 2015 and most recently Tidelly Locked EP with Katsuya Sano as Ekbox last May, while TC80 produced Phrase EP last year and an album, Vestiges of Fools only last month, the latter which is out now (buy it on Juno here).

The interview comes as a celebration of the label, which has been picked by RA as the label of the month.

Read the feature here.

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And check out the upcoming Cabaret 011 release Box 1 by a mysterious Onigiri.

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Raving Iran

August 25, 2016 • By

“In June [2016], two musicians and one filmmaker started a three-year jail sentence in Iran for distributing underground music that hadn’t been licensed by Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.” They were found guilty of “insulting Islamic sanctities” and “spreading propaganda against the system”. [Electronic Beats]

For you me, friends in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, Rome, Zurich, Kiev, Brussels and Antwerp (to name but a few of our ‘rave’ cities!), the concept of underground music has become our everyday. Whilst we’re all too familiar with licensing problems, the party is still accessible and promotion is a given. In Iran however, a scene has emerged but it’s a scene very different to the one that we know, ‘undercover’, restricted by politics and lived out in the shadows of the desert plains.

German filmmaker Susanne Regina Meures features the past lives of two Iranian artists Anoosh and Arash in her upcoming documentary ‘Raving Iran‘. Now living in Switzerland, the pair (aka Blake and Beard) speak to Berlin-based (Iranian) DJ Namito in an Electronic Beats interview about their experience of the clandestine rave culture, passions that were awakened by ‘Western’ sounds and the search for a life synonymous to music, outside of Iran.

“…most journalists try to drag the subject to a political level. I told them neither my age nor my profession are political. The only thing that might be political is that I wish that I could do what I love in my own homeland…” [Electronic Beats]

‘Raving Iran’ is due to premier at Berlin’s Volksbühne on September 26, [2016].
Full interview here: http://www.electronicbeats.net/raving-iran/

Watch the trailer here!

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Carnival : Big Sound Systems

August 25, 2016 • By

The Carnival starts tomorrow with parties all over Brixton and South London, continuing on to Sunday & Monday to where it all started: Notting Hill. Expect big sound systems from amateur (or not) builders to established artists, parties and stages such as Channel One Sound System, who came under threat in 2014 for “excessive volume” and other tings, and almost did not get granted a license for their annual Carnival party. But it seems they are here to stay, which is obviously great news. 

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Mikey Dread (One half of Channel One)

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Good Times – Notting Hill Carnival 2002

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“drinks” and homemade sound systems

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Actually, Carnival starts early in Peckham with AM Trips‘ gig at the iconic record store Rye Wax. They have invited Junki Inoue (who we love!).

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AM Trips: …excursions with minds & second-hand finds

Photo by Chris

Rye Wax, Peckham  [Photo by Chris Wilson]

East London party Ǝntity will be bringing their own set of sounds to the Carnival and keeping it real in Ladbroke Grove (which we love) on Sunday & Monday. There will be a live video stream via www.hoxton.fm. Speaking of Hoxton FM, don’t forget to tune into Isherwood on the Open Show on Friday from 9pm

 

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Cosmic Convextion

August 22, 2016 • By

Convextion (AKA E.R.P.) does cosmic with another space themed piece following from his Ancient Light EP on SolarOneMusic’s Hubble telescope Series earlier this year. This time it is a LP on Mojuba Records‘ sub-label a.r.t.less. The album titled 2845 is out today and can be bought on sites such as bandcamp and Hard Wax.

The brilliantly illustrated album sleeve is by David A. Hardy: The “space artist who saw Pluto before Nasa” (Nadja Sayej, The Guardian).

2845 brings us back memories of Convextion’s self-titled album on Down Low Music, and of course, of his set at Loud-Contact during Sonar Off Week!

 

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Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick

August 22, 2016 • By

Last chance to see the Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick exhibition at Somerset House, which features works by artists and musicians (including contributions by Carl Craig and Daft Punk‘s Thomas Bangalte) that have been inspired by the iconic director. This includes focus on films such as 2001: A Space OdysseyA Clockwork Orange, The Shining and Lolita. The exhibition is curated by Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder.

The exhibition ran from the 6th of July, and is now on its final week. Whilst one review mentioned that it is a must-see for Kubrick fans, another reviewer called it “pretentious”, but it’s no question that the director has influenced many- including Pink Floyd! Judge for yourself, but hurry, the doors close this Wednesday the 24th of August! Tickets here.

Photo take by Clár Ní HÚilín

Photo taken by Clár Ní HÚilín at Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick