Friday, 31 July 2009
Monday, 20 July 2009
Kevin Saunderson looked every bit the Detroit techno pioneer as he stepped into Hearn Street Car Park’s limelight last Saturday. Smooth, understated, assured, he slinked his way on and meandered around his old hooks like the cat that had had plenty of the cream but was now willing to share it around. He’s back on the road with a refreshing duality of purpose; not only is he promoting his new ‘History Elevate’ retrospective, the title of which tells its own story, but he’s seeking inspiration for fresh material for his now two decade-old project, ‘Inner City’, which draws back together main vocalist Shanna Jackson (aka Paris Grey) and Kevin’s wife, Ann. This was an extremely rare opportunity to see these three old cats prowl the boards once more, and they didn’t disappoint.
Mr. Saunderson showed a subtle sense of occasion and an excellent sensitivity to the nature of this now regular East London dance venue. He was able to make the car park seem grander than it is with some stadium-worthy rhythms when out on his own, whilst reining the crowd in for the live stuff later on, a transition he skilfully manned without pomp or swagger. Notable was his readiness to communicate with the crowd; up close you could often see a wry smile or a raised eyebrow as he drew the nicely balanced collective on the other side of the decks towards him in more ways than one. This rang true with his recent comments that UK crowds are acutely aware of what’s happening with dance music, and have been for many, many years. Where better to start your inspiration-drawing tour than in a city where you feel you have to set the precedent for what comes afterwards; both in terms of your live performance and for future material.
Paris Grey and Ann Saunderson had a ball as “Good Love” and “Hallelujah” rang out over the Hearn Street crowd, and Ann’s husband looked delighted to have stepped out of the limelight and beamed with pride as he looked on as the fruits of distant labours were picked and juiced readily. There was a lovely moment as Saunderson offered the controls over to one of his chosen remixers, Claude VonStroke. Two big men exchanged a glance and a genuine grin apiece, the like of which you rarely see in today’s booth. VonStroke didn’t disappoint, seamlessly inviting the crowd to spread across the bays once more, but tonight was about Kevin Saunderson and the return of ‘Inner City’ to live prominence. It was a proper treat to see such frontrunners take things back whilst moving things forward with such stature and humility. Hats off Eastern Electrics.
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
SO. Summer if officially upon us (even though the weather now resembles a torrential pissy river of doom).
We're collaborating with AITBF (Adventures in the Beetroot Field) who organise some of the finest live-music events in all the land. We went to STAG AND DAGGER back in May and recorded the likes of Thunderheist, Rusko and Crytal Fighters. On August 1st you'll be able to find us at FIELD DAY doing more of the same, getting the tastiest aural morsels out of musicans and punters alike. We'll be editing these two events together for a 'BEST of AITBF' show...
Next weekend we'll be at SECRET GARDEN PARTY with our spirtual leader Malcome the red caravan. Come and find us! We're so excited we walk around with sodden pants all day. Literally incontinent with anticipation. Expect FUN and GAMES. See below for clues...
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Well, lucky for me I received one of these emails the other day - this was from someone called John Duke, offering me a 40% share in his deceased customers savings! Bingo!
"From Thompson J Duke.
Bank Commerciale Du Burkina Faso (BCB)
I am MR. THOMPSON J DUKE. working in the ACCOUNTING
DEPT OF BANK COMMERCIALE DU BURKINA FASO (BCB).
I know that this message will come to you as a surprise
and I hope that you will not expose or betray this trust
and confident that i am about to repose on you for the
mutual benefit of our both families.
I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum
of($14.5)Fourteen Million five hundred thousand Dollar
to your account. This money has been dormant for years
in our bank without claim. I want the bank to release the
money to you as the nearest person to our deceased
customer, the owner of the account died along with his
supposed next of kin in an air crash since 2003.
I don't want the money to go into our bank treasurer as
an abandoned fund. So this is the reason why I contacted
you so that the bank can release the money to you as the
next of kin to the deceased customer.
Please i would like you to keep this proposal as a top
secret and delete it if you are not interested. Upon
receipt of your reply, I will give you details on how the
business will be executed and also note that you will
have 40% of the above mentioned sum if you agree to
handle this business with me, hoping to hear from you
as soon as possible.
Mr.Thompson J Duke
Sounds good, right? I ask for more information...
Thank you for your response and I am ready to work with you
and strongly assuring you that provided you follow my instructions
perfectly well, we will not have any problem in getting transaction
I am also giving you full guarantee and assurance that you
will never regret anything at last, in the course of realizing
transaction with me, provided that you have clearly brought out
your full mind and trust to work with me, towards our benefit
and interest .I believe that if we are ment to come to know
ourselves through this business relationship, so let it be.
There are opportunities which may come ones way in
a lifetime, but all it takes, is one's personal decision and
principles to forge ahead." Of course, good risks can be taken
to achieve success and that is what i strongly believe ".
I will want you to understand that in the event of death of any of
our clients who does not leave a receiving next-of-kin in his/her form,
an enquiry is usually set up to search out a possible relative to claim
his/her estate and this search has been concluded without us locating
any of his next-of- kin. It is in the course that I have decided to make
use of this opportunity and portray you as the next-of-kin / beneficiary
to the deceased customer for safety and subsequent disbursement
of funds to your nominated account, hence i am very sure that nobody
is coming for it and i don't want my bank to turn this money over to the
state's abandoned-property division or unclaimed property office.
We shall be required to make some financial commitments to actualize this project,
but it will not be much that both of us cannot handle.
I have also arranged on how to obtain the death certificate from the
registrar of the locality in Benin where the death took place and also
on how to translate it here in Burkina Faso, all these arrangements took
me more than one year to completion, (you will now send to me your full
names, contact address such as city, zip or postal code and your date of
birth & tel/fax numbers) so that i will use your detailed information to
complete the process and obtain the kinship certification and translate
the death certificate in your favour.
Once this is done, I will send you this form with back up letter.
It is on this form that you fill out your bank account
information, where you would want funds remittance to be effected to, as
soon as you complete the form, you will send it directly to the foreign
operations department (Head office) with reference to all legal documentations
and entry forms already submitted on your behalf .
If you are afraid of using your present account, then you can open a new
account for this transaction as soon as possible, but one thing assure you
is that nothing will ever happen to your account. I really want us to treat
everything concerning this transaction with uttermost secrecy.
We are not going to breach international financial laws or to
face any anti-money laundering law charges. We would not breach any law that
could land us into problem or process this transaction illegal as all process
will be pure legal.
As you can see that the transaction is risk free and legal, like i have assured you
earlier before now, and on your side, you will be maintaining absolute
information and absolute secrecy throughout the duration of the transaction,
and normally you will be responding like a true next-of-kin who wish to speed
up the release and transfer of his inheritance.
Please you have to provide time for this transaction in our own interest and
also you have been advised to keep this transaction a "top secret" as i am
still in active service and intends to resign honourably from the services of
the bank, as soon as I conclude this transaction with you.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Where do I sign?