Back To Basics 21st Birthday Part Two Chez Damier, Luke Solomon, Laura Jones, Maurice Fulton and Full Residents Team
21st Birthday - Chez Damier, Luke Solomon, Laura Jones, Maurice Fulton and Full Residents Team
"Hey party people were pleased to announce our birthday plans to celebrate Back to Basics coming of age. 21 amazingly disgraceful years. We will be hosting two parties as well as screening the Basics documentary "Tales of glamour and excess" and the Flyer art exhibition showing in London. Which we are really excited about.
Part one of our celebrations will be held at The Warehouse leeds original house venue on the 3rd of November. Basement Jaxx will be gracing the decks. They've never forgot ther
e early performance at Basics at the beginning of there career and there looking forward to pulling it out of the bag for us. joining them for the night will be all the Basics residents Ralph Lawson. Buckley. James Holroyd, Tristan Da Cunha, Frenchy and your host Dave beer. The Dress code for the night elegant attire . Think birthday ball.
Part two will be held at leeds freshest venue the Garage on the 24th November and for the the night we will be extending the club to four rooms transformed into a post apocalyptic futuristic playground as we theme the night Back to the future.Again the dj's are close to our hearts Brining back our old friend Chicago legend Chez Damier, Luke Solomon, maurice Fulton, Laura Jones, Burnski Ralph Lawson. Buckley. James Holroyd, Tristan Da Cuhna, Frenchy Dave beer plus for the lades La femme fatale with jasmine featuring Sarah Storey. Dress code Dress for the future... "
4 ROOMS OVER TWO FLOORS
A legendary figure in electronic music, Chez Damier has played close witness to many of the pivotal moments in the history of house and techno. Jointly responsible with partner Ron Trent for both Prescription Records - widely recognised as one of the greatest labels of all time - and The Morning Factory - one of the most ethereal jams ever to rock a room - Chez Damier carries abound the soul of house music.
KMS, The Music Institute, The Bellville three: the Chicago DJ has played pivotal roles in the development of all three hallowed pieces of musical history. However his natural artistry and constant need to out do even himself has led to him passing off such seminal tunes as Can You Feel It as just a stage in his artistic development. For as an artist Chez Damier represents a unique blend; he is as impetuous and daring as now as in 1989 and being able to qualify this with his own unique heritage makes his releases and DJ performances doubly formidable.
When The Music Institute opened in Detroit in the late '80s it provided the home for a developing music scene. It proved just as important for the development of techno in the city as The Warehouse and The Music Box had been for house music in Chicago and the hedonistic experiences in that club have gone onto shape much of Damier's life ever since.
After a few years managing the KMS studio and label for Kevin Saunderson, he returned to his hometown of Chicago and, alongside Ron Trent, created the musical legacy that has guaranteed his legend. Immortal cuts like "Sometimes I Feel Like," "The Choice" and "Be My"-remain unparalleled examples of the genre. After taking an extended break from the music industry either side of the turn of the millennium, the house music impulse returned to Damier. A handful of releases in 2004 and the odd DJ date hinted that a return was on the cards.
In 2009, the last year of the decade Damier found a trusted outlet for his talents. A series of releases for the German label Mojuba signalled that he was on his way back to show the young pretenders the way. Taking up the torch of Prescription, Damier launched Balance Alliance as a home for some of the most forward thinking and talented producers he deems fit to join him on the imprint. With momentum building behind him, Chez Damier will be exploring fresh artistic avenues in the new decade and looking to consolidate his legendary status as a DJ.
LUKE SOLOMON is undeniably one of British house music’s unsung heroes, with an impressive track record of underground success.
Don’t believe us ? Then read on !
No-one could debate Luke Solomon’s dance music credentials. From setting up the seminal label Classic Recordings with Derrick Carter to taking quirky house to the UK Top 10 and international charts, with his band Freaks, to DJing around the globe and performing live, Luke has been there for many of the more interesting 4/4 moments of the last decade.
After kicking off his DJ career at Middlesex University in the early 90’s, it wasn’t long before Luke was moving in the upper reaches of house music. A gig with Derrick Carter led the two to become friends, after which Classic Recordings was born. For 9 years, the label introduced the world to the likes of DJ Sneak, Tiefschwarz, Isolee and Freeform 5 and garnered a cult following until distribution difficulties led to the last single issuing forth in 2006.
Running alongside this was the birth and growth of Freaks, the production team Luke started with Justin Harris in 1996. Under the Freaks moniker, Luke & Justin have turned out a slew of singles and longplayers on their own Music For Freaks imprint to include the albums, The Beat Diaries, Meanwhile Back At The Disco and The Man Who Lived Underground. These albums spawned some of Freaks seminal singles such as Turning Orange, Where Were You When The Lights Went Out and of course their huge underground hit, The Creeps. They have also found themselves remixing the likes of Alison Limerick, Pulp, Damon Alban, Kasabian, The Streets & Duran Duran.
After a bidding war between the majors for The Creeps, Ministry Of Sound snapped up the 4 year old track and released it into the mainstream with a new quirky vocal from Freaks singer Stella Attar. But as the dance puritans sharpened their claws, what does Luke have to say on achieving a No 9 UK chart hit and potentially being accused of “selling out” ?
“It was a weird one for me. When Ministry picked it up, we said fine but we want to write a new vocal for it which we did. Let’s face it you get bands like Groove Armada, Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx and it’s all credible music which hits the charts and the radiowaves. They all have their own take on what they do and it works and I don’t think there’s any reason why Freaks can’t do that aswell.”
However, besides having chart success throughout the world and running a successful label, Luke really feels like his own career is just beginning. As a solo artist he has had releases on a variety of labels to include the very respected Crosstown Rebels. His 1st artist album “The Difference Engine” was released in 2008 on Radio Slave’s much applauded Rekids label. A sprawling trip of an album, the 13 tracks span all manners of genre and moods with the dancefloor energy offset by an experimental ambience not normally associated with house. While Solomon productions of old were filled with an off kilter sense of fun, there is a serious side to “The Difference Engine” that belies the cheerful confidance of the man behind it. The personal feel of the album is further fuelled by the lyrical content and one of the standout moments is “The Darkest Secret”, a track featuring Earl Gateshead of Trojan Soundsystem and reminiscent of John Cooper Clark, the 70’s punk poet. For Luke, Earl was an obvious choice to work with as he filled the role of the poet perfectly, so they ended up writing the song together in an ice cream shop in Chalk Farm !
Every once in a while on this scene of ours, the stars align and a new name spins out across the cosmos. In 2012 that name is Laura Jones.
A protégé under the Visionquest banner and nurtured under the wings of Leftroom, Laura exploded into the public consciousness in 2011 with her deep and intrinsically melodic vision of house. Her ‘Live A Little’ track was included on the ‘Visionquest Spring’ sampler, and her breakthrough single ‘Love In Me’ stormed the Beatport chart and held the no.1 spot for several consecutive weeks – the second time courtesy of stellar remixes from Maceo Plex, Kate Simko and Eats Everything.
With both her music and DJ sets now resonating across dancefloors worldwide, Laura has laid the groundwork for another year in the limelight. Highlights of the year, so far, include her breakthrough DJ set at Ibiza’s Circoloco Opening Party in May where, returning to the club which first planted the seed of a career in dance music, her energetic and hugely well received set - to a packed main room – saw her instantly rebooked for another set in July. Another dream ticked off. Further highlights of the 2012 tour calendar are a return to club hotspots Fabric, a debut at Riccione’s Cocorico, a debut tour of Latin America (including D-Edge and Warung) and festival performances at SW4, Mysteryland, Decibel and Piknic Electronik.
With a touring schedule which would be the envy of even the most seasoned act, studio time is increasingly hard to find, yet the in-demand producer has a star-spangled release schedule this year, including remixing Hollis P Monroe’s classic ‘I’m Lonely’ on Noir Music, an original releases in the form of ‘Inner Place’ on Crosstown Rebels and a planned follow up EP on Visionquest, unarguably one of the most anticipated Jones releases yet.
A first foray in to the world of mix compilations sees one of the UK’s most exciting acts team up once again with one of its most exciting labels. Scheduled for release in June ‘Leftroom presents Laura Jones’ is a snapshot of the music – past and present, along with some exclusive cuts, which is currently moving her today. Expect a journey as equally exhilarating as her own so far, and one which moves faster with every day that passes.
“Maurice Fulton is probably the most rhythmically inventive producer working in electronic dance music right now.” The Wire
Maverick production genius Maurice Fulton is a man of few words, who is more inclined to let his music do the talking. We know for certain that he comes from Baltimore in the USA and has been DJing since his early teens. Starting on Hip-hop and then moving on to House and Garage at various residencies across the US he played under his nickname DR Scratch.
Maurice began playing organ in church and drums in high school. So when he put his talent to making music it wasn’t long before he was using his skills to produce tracks with The Basement Boys and Ultra Nate. His most famous work was heard on Gypsy Woman by Crystal Waters, one of the most successful house tunes of the early ‘90s.
Maurice went on to become highly prolific in his production work releasing tracks on various labels through the 90’s including Nuphonic and Warp in the UK. Often linked to contemporaries like Carl Craig, Derrick May and Frankie Knuckles, his textured sounds and complexity of production astounded many and grew him a loyal fan base. Some called it weird house others arty disco, his left of centre productions was always on the money.
In his more recent years he has been working for Tirk, Kathy Diamond and DFA. Maurice likes to be known first and foremost as a producer, though for those in the know Maurice is also an extremely accomplished DJ. His sets are firmly routed in Loft and Garage classics that gave New York City its clubbing heritage. These tracks often quietly edited to perfection by his own hand, and presented and eq’ed to maximum effect on the floor.
Maurice Fulton is one of house music’s true originals and his enviable back catalogue will live long in a modern world of disposable downloads.
TRISTAN DA CUNHA
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