This week, Moda Black was awarded the title “Dance album of the year by Itunes”, which is pretty good for two lads from Lincoln, DJs Jaymo and Andy George. The album beat such favorites as Ministry of Sound to the top, who have been releasing similar compilations for nearly two decades.
Lincoln Music Scene recently covered a Moda night which featured internationally renound DJ Justin Martin and Rinse FM DJ Doorly, which went down a storm. But it’s not just events, the company also has been producing records for a few years by artists such as Tom Starr and Toy Tigers.
Moda Black is an extension of the Moda Label, focusing on the deeper side of Dance music, and the Moda Black compilation album is a showcase of this style.
The CD is a continuous DJ mix of some of the biggest releases, featuring such artists as Disclosure, The 2 Bears and Mia Dora.
Though I am not usually a fan of continuous mix CDs, the album successfully carries out the purpose of providing a snapshot into the label. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good introduction into deep house music, which seems to be blowing up around the country as we speak.
There are no fancy tricks with the mixing necessarily, but to be honest there isn’t any need for it in this context. The mixing is simple and flawless, which allows each track to breathe.
Probably the stand out track for me is Disclosure-My Intention is War, the track made appearances throughout the sets of DJs across the summer festival circuit, and It is refusing to go away, as the UK garage reminiscent rhythm its just as settled in a nightclub as it is on a sunny afternoon in a field.
Other highlights for me were personal favorite Shadow Child, with his track So High. I feel as a producer he has provided a consistency of good quality tracks since the release of his first EP release earlier this year.
So If your looking for an album with an eclectic choice of UK dance music tracks from this year, Id say this compilation is definatley worth a download. If your looking to use any of these tracks to mix I would recomend purchasing them individually, as mixing songs that are already mixed will not fare you well.
Here’s a taster from the album, enjoy.
Originating from the quiet hills of the Hope Valley, Derbyshire, Drenge are a two man noise-rock outfit, that are tearing up venues across the British gig circuit.
Since laying their first gig to a packed out house party in September of 2010, brothers Eoin (Guitar/Vocals) and Rory Loveless(Drums) have exploded onto the rock scene, earning themselves a support slot on the Mystery Jets November 2012 UK tour.
The pair have also landed themselves a gig at the trendy London HQ of Vice magazine-The Old Blue Last.
Début single “people in love, make me feel yuck” is an aural assault of abrasive guitar licks and chaotic drums, Eoins vocal delivery is incredibly intensive and powerful. It is comparable to the sounds of such classic US punk acts as the Stooges.
The Lo-Fi aesthetic transfers to their DIY videos, which include the lads causing shenanigans in a Sheffield home ware store, and in a phone box.
LMS had the opportunity to speak to drummer Rory Loveless, earlier this week, here is how it went:
How did the band begin?
We’ve played music together since we were young, learning piano, playing Keane covers to empty village halls and got bored enough to start doing our own stuff.
What was your first gig as Drenge, and which gig has been your favorite?
Our first gig was at the Redhouse in Sheffield, which was completely empty except for a space metal enthusiast who dressed like a wizard. It was a baptism by fire.
Favourite gig has to be when we played the Devil’s Arse cavern, this huge cave right outside our house, cos we didn’t have to get on a bus to Sheffield with our gear and it was in a cave!
Who would you say are your main influences musically?
I don’t know, we’re just finding new stuff all the time and now and then a song comes through. I’ve been listening to Goat’s new album, Temples and the SSX Tricky Soundtrack.
You have just finished doing a few dates with the Mystery Jets, how did that go?
I don’t think we were what their crowd was expecting but it was so much fun, we got to play the Ritz in Manchester which is massive!
Could you tell us a bit about your next release?
Hopefully we’ll get the next track up in mid February…. We’re lazy though. But we want to put it up as much as you do or don’t
Finally, any plans to play in Lincoln in the new year?
Nothing in the diary, but I’ve got a lot of time for Lincoln. I heard it’s got the tallest cathedral in the world, which is quite impressive.
The picturesque cathedral city of Lincoln seems an unlikely place to showcase one of the best artists in underground house music. However, Moda have again delivered, as Dirtybird records legend Justin Martin graced decks at the disused cellars.
Started In Lincoln by Jaymo and Andy George, events group and record company Moda have gone from a small 200 capacity venue, to filling out legendary venues across the country, in London and Ibiza in just a few short years.
Yet the crew still keep their roots in mind, bringing some of the best quality house artists in the business back to the city, into the intimate setting of a refurbished club basement.
“Iv heard a lot about the venue from Eats Everything and Shadow Child” said Justin, “Its almost like a dungeon, but such a great place.”
The pre party was hosted by local DJ collective “Sunday Club”, a group of local DJs who regularly around Lincoln. I walked in to one of my tech-house favourites, Daniele Papini’s Church of Nonsense. The warping bassline took me back to a rave deep in the forest where I first heard it. I knew this was going to be a banging night.
After the Sunday Club boys smashed the pre party session, the crowd made their way over to the disused cellar venue a few streets across. Moda lads Jaymo and Andy George were up first, and wasted no time getting the party started.
You are always in for a treat when the boys get on the CDJs, on this occasion they selected an eclectic mix of house, with a few cheeky classics thrown in. My favourite from the set was probably Douglas Greed’s When a Man-such an infectious groove and vocal.
After the set the crowd were ready for Justin, he seemed to give off a great positive vibe from behind the decks, beaming from ear to ear the whole way through. It was truly refreshing to see a world class artist enjoying it to such an extent.
The last time I saw Justin, he was joined by Eats Everything and Claude Von Stroke at the Bollywood Tent at Bestival. The settings could not be more contrasting, a massive Indian decorated tent, and a dark nightclub cellar in the North, but both were a great spectacle.
Some of the highlights for me were him dropping some of his newer productions from the Ghettos and Gardens EP, released earlier this year, which have become a staple for many DJ sets. When he mixed in Dusky’s remix of “Don’t go” the room went off. The bass heavy rework through the function one sound system was like nectar for the ravers, and they went mad for it.
Halfway through the crowd were thrown a curve ball, “I hope you guys don’t mind drum and bass” Justin Shouted ecstatically from behind the decks, as he dropped what I believe to be Shadow Child’s old school remix of “Riding spaceships”.
The unexpected change of pace injected the crowd with a burst of 170 bpm energy, before chilling the pace for a phenomenal rework of “Ruff Stuff”. I remember reading about Justin and the Dirtybird crew being heavily into their classic UK drum and bass, even asking Goldie himself to remix one of his old tracks for Ghettos and Gardens (Kemistry). This selection felt like a big shout out to the UK scene from the San Francisco native.
After an hour and a half of Justin’s trademark melodic and gritty style of house, Rinse FM maverick Doorly took over, with more great house selections.
Overall I’d say this was hands down one of the best nights I’ve had in the city. The atmosphere was amazing, everyone seemed to drop their pretensions as soon as they walked through the door, and just enjoy the music.
This night was truly a great night for the underground house and dance music scene in Lincoln. With heavyweights such as Waifs and Strays, Eats Everything and Shadow Child all playing here in the last year, I’d say that’s pretty decent for a place that isn’t necessarily on the UK touring map for big DJs.
I hope there are many more nights like this to come, with seamless mixing and great tunes. The underground scene seems to have really picked up over the last few months, with more independent events supporting decent high quality dance music. If you’re in Lincoln there is really no excuse not to check out the next night.
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You wouldn’t expect to find such a high quality dance music collective in Lincoln, considering the scene is usually dominated by tacky “chart and cheese” tunes.
However, Awooga has managed to expose a valuable niche in the underground market.
Started by a group of friends in early 2011, Awooga is an organisation with a difference. Maintaining a strong visual element to go with the nature of the music, the graphic design work would not look out of place at London’s Fabric.
They also support local talent in the area, and this event was a showcase of some of the best new DJs on the scene. The winners were Jack Drake and Adam Bennett, who “showed enthusiasm and bravery with track selection”.
DJs from the city competed against each other at Dogma, for a slot at the next club event. Punters were treated to a variety of diverse sounds, ranging from soulful deep house, ecstatic electro and abrasive dub-step records.
With the success of other nights promoting underground sounds such as Moda (fronted by respected radio 1 DJs and Ibiza playboys Jaymo and Andy George) it seems as though the Lincoln club scene could soon grow to rival that of music metropolitan heavyweights such as Manchester and Birmingham.
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