Thursday, 23 December 2010


The Stop Making Sense festival is returning to the idyllic Croatian fishing village of Petrcane on August 12, 13, 14 for three days & nights of music under the sun & stars (and in some cases on the high seas as well!) Dalston Superstore is flying out a crack team of E8 entertainers including Hannah Holland, Nadia Ksaiba, The Lovely Jonjo, Rokk and Superstore guvnors Dan Beaumont & Mikki Most... we're inviting all our friends to come and join us!

To help launch the festival we're throwing a party at Dalston Superstore on January 22nd featuring some festival highlights
* Marcus Worgull (Innervisions)
* Nadia Ksaiba (Say Yes)
* Dan Beaumont (click here for a fantastic mix)
* Mikki Most (Trailer Trash)
* Rokk (Body Talk)

Marcus Worgull is a hugely influential DJ & producer - when he's not making uniquely warm electronic music for labels like Innervisions, DFA & Permanent Vacation he's moving bodies on dancefloors at the finest clubs on the planet. Helping him out are Superstore favourites Nadia Ksaiba (Say Yes), Rokk (Body Talk/Boombox/The Cock), Mikki Most (Trailer Trash) & Dan Beaumont



Friday, 3 December 2010


In the afterglow of our Best New European Festival nomination, Stop Making Sense festival have some hot irons in the fire this month with next year’s festival shaping up to be filled with creative crews and astounding artists! Early bird tickets are on sale at the reduced price of £80 and dates are revealed as the full moon weekend of 12th – 14th August. SMS aims to bring Thai style celebrations of lunar cycles to the shores of Croatia’s beautiful Adriatic coast. Stop Making Sense is an international music festival with an irreverently independent vibe that showcases top quality dance music and live acts and internationally acclaimed DJ’s in the sunshine and under the stars. Early Bird tickets are on sale for a limited time and include a boat party of choice thrown in for FREE!

The first ever Stop Making Sense festival in 2010 featured headliner sets from Carl Craig, The Very Best, Optimo, secretsundaze and Allez Allez amongst others. 2011 will raise the standard even higher with the likes of; Body & Soul from New York, Subclub from Glasgow, BBC Radio 1s Benji B’s Deviation, Favela Chic from Paris and London’s Dalston Superstore.

"An inspired line-up in an utterly beautiful remote location. Listening to Keith Worthy spinning as the sun disappeared into the sea was damn near perfect". Jack, Friendly Fires

Complete with a sterling line up soon to be announced, SMS is curated by music lovers and promoters NEED2SOUL, DEVIATION, SUBCLUB, SECRETSUNDAZE, BRIDGING THE GAP, WARM, FAVELA CHIC, BODY AND SOUL, HYBRID LIFE, and TROUBLE VISION.

More than a music/dance festival, this is a holiday in a beautiful spot. Brought forward by a like minded collective of club & concert promoters, the SMS event presents a broad selection of musical delights over 3 days & nights. With an open air main stage for cutting edge live music under the stars, a tiki bar alfresco dance floor lapped by the waves, and an incredible 70s style nightclub to lose yourself in til dawn, all capped off with raucous twice daily boat parties!


BODY & SOUL’s legacy began in 1996 when British promoter John Davis and DJ/Producer/Remixer Francois-K launched the party at club Vinyl in New York City and were joined by residents Joaquin "Joe" Claussell and Danny Krivit. The Body & Soul Sundays became an international mecca for dance music lovers seeking to enjoy all forms of music with all the freedom of expression granted on a unified dancefloor. The party was a unique place for everyone to feel welcome, regardless of age, sex, color or social attributes.

DEVIATION BBC Radio 1 Benji B is one of the UK's most respected DJs. He has been running his club night Deviation Sessions in the East London's Gramaphone for over 3 years. Each month he installs a bespoke soundsystem on which have played the likes of Flying Lotus, J Davey, Martyn and Skream to Moodymann, Dam-Funk and many more. It is now widely regarded as one of the very best club nights in London.

SECRETSUNDAZE Over its ten-year history secretsundaze has gained a reputation as one of the most innovative, exciting and fun places to be for house and techno heads and party people alike. Over the years, the likes of Ame, Ricardo Villalobos, Carl Craig, Tobi Neumann, Trevor Jackson, Luciano, Dan Ghenacia and Steve Bug have all graced the decks.

NEED2SOUL are dedicated purveyors of raw house, disco, techno, jazz, soul and more. They have proudly been doing their thing since 2004 and are well respected in the industry and a must on the calendar of every house music enthusiast.

BRIDGING THE GAP is a music and art blog curated by a collective of designers, DJs, filmmakers, producers and photographers. Currently producing a bi-monthly night at The Alibi in East London BTG like throwing parties and have recently booked the likes of Edwin Foals, Illa J, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Remarc, Braiden & Martin Kemp

HYBRID LIFE Through a series of showcase events and an online magazine HYBRIDLIFE explores the unsung and underground of dance music culture. In the first year HYBRIDLIFE has featured interviews with Juan Atkins and Nicolas Jaar; podcasts from Kevin Yost and Soul Clap; and events with Theo Parrish and Art Department; consistently shining a light on both established stars and emerging talents.

DALSTON SUPERSTORE opened its doors in 2009 and has been serving up exceptional music, food and drinks to the people of E8 ever since. Brought to you by the people behind Trailer Trash plus Disco Bloodbath's Dan Beaumont; the Superstore is a cafe and gallery by day, and a raucous queer dance bar by night. The roll call of DJs who have been lured to play in the basement includes Optimo, Prosumer, Erol Alkan, Rex The Dog, Hannah Holland, Daniel Wang, Spencer Parker, Horse Meat Disco and many, many more...

FAVELA CHIC is a restaurant, a bar, a club, a bordello and none of the above. It’s a gallery space, a wardrobe and an asylum, a celebration of Brazil and France and London, a rock ‘n’ roll circus “a danser la samba beat”. It’s an anachronism and a play den for the stupid, the funny and le beau. With venues in Paris and in London, Favela Chic are bringing their kaleidoscopic Franco-Brasilian musical vibe to back to the SMS shores.

TROUBLE VISION is Corsica Studios’ genre-ignoring in-house club night. Following our sell-out launch event, Trouble Vision has gone from strength to strength and, over the last 2 years since its launch, has justly earned its reputation for being one of the most exciting and, most importantly, FUN independent parties in London.

Operating with a very open music policy, Trouble Vision pride themselves on the varied nature of the line-ups and have been known to use the strap line "from dubstep to disco with everything in between"

SUBCLUB Glasgow's peerless venue brings a selection of their resident djs and favourite guests once again for pure dancefloor diversity

WARM Warm is a London based DJ agency, management and events company. Established in 2000 the Warm agency is home to some of the world's finest DJ and production talents. The Warm roster includes; Âme, Dixon, Henrik Schwarz, I:Cube, Horse Meat Disco, The Revenge, Tim Sweeney and Tensnake. Warm events are also a firm fixture on the London clubbing calendar, with previous guests including the likes of Carl Craig, Steve Bug, Prosumer Nicolas Jaar and Optimo.

So If the mud has got too much and the price of the UK festivals is breaking the bank, then ditch the wellies and brandish that bikini! Now is the time to gather your mates and get on board at a cheaper rate as a limited amount of early bird tickets are on sale for the handsome price of £80 for 3 days and nights of elation with an epic boat party of your choice thrown in on top! Whether you fancy embarking on a European road trip or incorporating the festival into a summer holiday, Stop Making Sense is here to provide the setting, the soundtrack, the solace and the shenanigans!

Full artist line up will be announced early 2011

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Monday, 8 November 2010

BBC RADIO 1 Croatia Special with DJ Rob Da Bank

Check out this report on the scene in Croatia. We'll be back there Friday 12 to Sunday 15 August, full moon weekend. Early bird tickets will be on sale in December. We cant wait!

Saturday, 30 October 2010

SMS 2010 recordings: cumbia tech meets bumpy house

Some more Summer 2010 recordings for y'all...feel the sunshine!

A cumbia tech fest from Cal Tjader & Russ Jones with a very merry Latin Dub Sound System Corin on MC duties:

Bommpy woompy house from El Doko from Gottfest:

Friday, 15 October 2010


...and be in with a chance of winning one of 4 pairs of tickets to SMS 2011. Just fill in the survey. We'd really like to know what you think. We will draw at random on Tuesday 19 October and notify the winners by e mail. OK?


Here are three links to some fantastic sets from this year's event. Plenty more to come!

The entire Favela Chic boat party soundtrack lives here:

Richard Norris' sublimely blissed out beach bar sunset selection is here:

And Rebolledo's killer Mexican monster mash up on the main stage right here:

Speaking of Rebolledo, his compadre Matias Aguayo will be playing London alongside the rest of the Comeme label gang here on Friday 22 October. Get on the special £8 list here. Muy rico!

Friday, 1 October 2010

DUMMY SMS podcast

DUMMY MAG came, saw and made this rather splendid podcast... featuring views & opinions from SMS stars KYLE HALL, MATIAS AGUAYO, REBOLLEDO, LOOSE FIT, JUAN ATKINS, ALI TILLETT... thanks guys!

Tuesday, 28 September 2010


Thats it. We've arrived! Stop Making Sense flyposter spotted in Albert Square, East Enders... dont miss Ricky & Bianca back to back sunset special at the beach bar next August

Thursday, 23 September 2010


OK people... here is the SMS 2010 SURVEY... we'd really appreciate your comments so we can make SMS 2011 even better. Four respondents will be drawn at random by mid October and get a pair of tickets each to next summer's SMS fest in sunny Croatia for more musical anarchy. Do you feel lucky punk? Well do you...?

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Well well ... here's a thing ... we've been nominated in the BEST OVERSEAS FESTIVAL category of the UK 2010 FESTIVAL AWARDS ... so please vote for us if you think we deserve it... oh and as a massive carrot, the organisers promise that every voter will be entered into a prize draw to win a dream summer - two tickets to every winning festival at this year's award... blimey...

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Monday, 6 September 2010

Stop Making Sense: "Some kind of perfection"

"As the last slither of sunshine dips behind the islands there is a cheer from the dancefloor and the Icarus-like swimmers give up their quest and return one by one, to carry on dancing. This is certainly some kind of beautiful..."

Read the rest of Chris Coco's report from our first festival here...

Thursday, 2 September 2010

SMS mix 21 - Isa GT (Girlcore)

As a final taster of what you can expect from our very first Stop Making Sense festival this weekend we're super-stoked to present a mix from Girlcore resident and all-round cumbia-bass championing Colombian party girl Isa GT.

Isa will be playing our main stage tomorrow (Friday) night from 6-7pm and then again from 8-9pm, while Girlcore is hosting a beach party on Sunday from 8pm. Be there!

Here are a few words from the lady herself - tracklist below - about her Stop Making Sense mix...

"This is a mix to warm up peeps into what it'll be my set at the fest. A few tracks are from the upcoming Man Recordings compilation Valeu! coming out next week. Also as exclusives there's mine and Christian Castagno rmx of 'Genius of Love' by Tom Tom Club, the latest Waya Waya rmx and a collabo between Toy Selectah and J-Wow from Buraka."

Download: SMS mix 21: Isa GT (Girlcore)

Zombie Disco Squad ft. MC Oscar - Danca Do Zumbi
Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love (Isa GT-Castagno's Natural Fun rmx)
Paul Marmota - Cahuin (Waya Waya rmx)
Tensnake - Coma Cat
Amadou & Mariam - Sabali (Uproot Andy rmx)
J Wow + Toy Selectah - Mo Chaxo
Semtek - Key (Isa GT's Bara rmx)
Schlachthofbronx ft. MC Gringo + MC Nem - Fock Me Avontade
Douster - Colegiala 3Ball
DJ Erick Rincon (Remix Pa' DJ Mouse) - Pompi Cadera
DJ Icon - Audioadiccion Tribal
Lewis CanCut - Egg Yolks (Bert On Beats Remix)
Chief Boima - Techno Rumba (Uproot Andy rmx)

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Dobrodosli! Welcome!

Welcome to this beautiful little fishing village called Petrcane; we hope you enjoy your stay! Below are a few bits of information you may find useful whilst you are here.

A few Croatian phrases for the absolute beginner:

Molim – Please / Hvala – Thank You / Da – Yes / Ne – No / Bok – Hello, hi, bye / Oprostite – Sorry, Excuse me / Dobro – Good / Dobar Dan – Good Day / Dobro Jutro – Good Morning / Dobro Vecer – Good evening / Laku Noć – Good Night / Kako ste – How are you / Ja sam – I am / Kada – when / Račun – Bill / Koliko – How much / Pivo – Beer / Vino – Wine

Money: The Croatian currency is Kuna (eg. 10kn), although you will find that most places will now also accept Euros. The conversion rate is current about 8.5kn to £1, or 7kn to 1€.

Cash Machines (Bankomat): There is a cash point outside Hotel Pinja, next to the festival entrance. But the bars on site take credit cards as well as cash. Other than that, the closest can be found just 5 minutes walk away from Villa Lisica, located round towards Punta Scala. The other one is at the Petrol Station on the main road from Zadar, about 25 minutes walk away.

The cost of stuff: Main dishes in restaurants range from 70kn to 150kn / Pizza – 40kn-65kn / Sandwiches – 30kn-50kn / Beer – 20kn
for 0.5Litre (approx a pint) / Spirit & Mixer – Approx 25kn / 20 Cigarettes – 20kn

Food: The Dalmatian coast is famous for its cuisine and the seafood is without doubt some of the finest in the world. Villa Lisica, nestled in a private bay towards Punta Skala has great music, great food and excellent service. Liburna and Pjeroʼs in the centre of the village are also excellent.

Taxis: Cabs have just been regulated in Croatia and must work to a meter so they are now much more affordable than in previous years. A Taxi to Petrčane from Zadar Airport should cost around 180kn (about £20). A taxi from Zadar town centre to Petrčane should cost between 100-120kn (about £12)
Taxi Numbers: Pedrag – 0914728801 & Josip – 0918935674 Minibus Service: Deni: +385 (0) 98 362 740

Internet Access: In Hotel Pinija they have wi-fi and a couple of computer stations. Villa Lisica also has free wi-fi and a computer that is available to use if the restaurant isnʼt too busy. If youʼve forgotten to print off your boarding card then Villa Lisica is happy to help you try and complete the Ryanair Challenge!

Village Shop: The village shop is called Konzum and is located on the promenade in the centre of the village next to the bus stop and tourist information. Next to the shop is a tobacconist. Both are open until around 8pm.

Tourist Information: This is based directly upstairs from Konzum, although the entrance is on the opposite side. Here you can find bus timetables and information on excursions and attractions in the area.

The Bus Stop: The bus stop is just in front of the tourist information. Buses are inexpensive and run regularly between Petrčane & Zadar from early in the morning until about 11pm. There are also regular buses between
Petrčane and Nin.


- Boat Parties. If you havenʼt got a ticket for a boat party then make sure you donʼt miss out, there are the highlight of many peoplesʼ holiday. The FACT magazine & Bumbumbox boat party is gonna be amazing!

- “The Greatest Sunset in The World.”
According to legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock that is exactly what we have here in Zadar. He definitely knew a thing or two about lighting and once you have experienced it we think you may well agree.

- Walk around the seafront. The short walk round the bay towards Punta Skala is quite beautiful, a great way
to spend an hour or so of your day. The sunbathing spots and water are also much less crowded there.

- Late Nights In Barberellas. The circular, seashell shaped nightclub at Hotel Pinija was designed in the 70ʼs by an Italian architect and it screams 70ʼs Italo-disco.

- Recuperate at Villa Lisica. As well as great seafood, grilled meats, pizza and pastas, Villa Lisica also specialises in freshly made fruit smoothies, super-food salads, vegetarian meals and healthy breakfasts for those looking to revitalise. Throw a Full English, a proper brew and one or two Bloody Marys into the mix and youʼve got the perfect spot for anyone in need of a little post-match TLC!

- Sea Organ & Greeting to The Sun. The Sea organ is an experimental musical instrument that performs music by way of the movement of the tide underneath a set of large marble steps. The waves create somewhat random but harmonic sounds. Next to this is the Greeting to the Sun; both were designed by architect Nikola Bašić and are best seen at night.

- The Garden Bar.
By day, The Garden is a beautiful, tranquil oasis where you can chill reading or playing board games, watching the peaceful waterside world go by. By night, this is one of the coolest places in town with fantastic music and beautiful people having a dance or lounging enjoying one of their many cocktails. The Garden now also serves á la carte meals, which are outstanding.

- The Old Town of Zadar. The old town is quite magnificent and well worth spending an afternoon in for a taste of classic Venetian architecture. The Town Square, the Bridge, the Riva and the Lion Gate are all beautiful places to wander around or relax with a coffee and watch the world go by.

- Islands, National Parks & more. . . If your staying for a week or longer then you should definitely look into exploring a bit further a field. With over one thousand islands and many national parks to choose from Croatia has a wealth of things for you to do and places to visit. Villa Lisica has details of organised tours and boat trips.

P.S. The weather forecast is SUNNY. 27/23 (air/water) degrees, from Friday to Monday!

And there are tickets still available!!! Go here the click on BUY TICKETS!

Friday, 27 August 2010

Stop Making Sense: stage times!

With only a week to go - how excited are we?! - we're tickled pink to be able to announce the stage times for our very first Stop Making Sense festival. So, here there are, all the acts, all the stages, when they're on and where...see on pon de beach!

Main Stage
13.00 - 13.30 Shy & The Fight LIVE
13.30 - 14.15 Silky Boys
14.15 - 15.00 Hannah & The Hearbreak  LIVE
15.00 - 16.00 Mixel
16.00 - 16.45 Joana & The Wolf LIVE
16.45 - 18.00 Chris Coco
18.00 -19.00 Isa GT
19.00 -20.00 Django Django LIVE
20.00 - 21.00 Isa GT
21.00 - 22.00 The Very Best LIVE
22.00 - 23.30 Toy Selectah
23.30 - 01.00 Friendly Fires dj set
Beach Bar: Fantasy Island + Sud Electronics
13.00 - 16.00 Chris Coco
16.00 - 18.00 Richard Norris
18.00 - 20.00 Radioclit
20.00 - 22.30 Patrice Scott
22.30 - 01.00 Tama Sumo
Club: need2soul
23.00 - 24.00 Nick Agha
24.00 - 02.00 Kyle Hall
02.00 - 04.00 Juan Atkins
04.00 - 06.00 Keith Worthy
Boat Parties
13.30 - 16.30 movimientos
19.00 - 23.00 Alez Allez
Main Stage
13.00 - 14.00 Blonde Ambition
14.00 - 15.00 Slutty Fringe
15.00 - 15.45 Fran & Josh LIVE
16.00 - 16.45 Loose Fit LIVE
16.45 - 18.30 Allez Allez
18.30 - 19.15 Son Of Dave LIVE
19.15 - 20.45 Rebolledo
20.45 - 22.15 Matias Aguayo LIVE
22.15 - 23.15 Nathan Fake LIVE
23.15 - 01.00 Optimo
Beach Bar: Movimientos + THE CAMP
13.00 - 14.00 The Sea
14.00 - 16.00 Cal Jader
16.00 - 18.00 Russ Jones
18.00 - 19.30 Count Chocula
19.30 - 21.30 James Priestley
21.30 - 23.30 Mark E
23.30 - 01.00 James Priestley & Count Chocula
Club: Deviation
24.00 - 02.00 Benji B
02.00 - 06.00 Theo Parrish
Boat Parties
13.30 - 16.30 FACT/BUMBOX
19.00 - 23.00 Favela Chic
Main Stage
13.00 - 14.00 Leon Lace
14.00 - 15.00 Bodytonic
15.00 - 15.30 Belle LIVE
15.45 - 16.15 LongJohn La Flecha LIVE
16.30 - 17.15 The Worm LIVE
17.15 - 18.00 Latin Dub Sound System LIVE
18.00 - 19.00 El Doko
19.00 - 20.00 Secretsundaze (Giles Smith)
20.00 - 21.00 W Beeza LIVE
21.00 - 23.00 Carl Craig
23.00 - 01.00 Secretsundaze (James Priestly)
Beach Bar: Favela Chic + Girlcore
13.00 - 15.00 Tchicky Al Dente
15.00 - 16.00 Gringo Da Parada
16.00 - 18.00 Matias Aguayo + FACT magazine DJs
18.00 - 19.00 Simon Pure Groove
19.00 - 20.00 Gringo Da Parada
20.00 - 24.00 Girlcore
Club: Swap v Warm
23.00 - 02.00 Swap-a-rama
02.00 - 05.00 Warm
Boat Parties
13.30 - 16.30 Warm
19.00 - 23.00 Sub Club/Sensu

Monday, 23 August 2010

SMS mix 20 - Blonde Ambition

Stop Making Sense's 20th exclusive mix falls into the hands of London party girl and Carnvial-loving promoters the Blonde Amibition DJs. And as you'd expect, it's choc-a-bloc with summer-friendly tunes...

Download: SMS mix 20 - Blonde Ambition

We caught up with the blonde herself to find out more...

Summer's coming, what's on the agenda?
"I'm planning on spending the rest of the summer bare foot frolicking in fields, dancing to wonderful music in this glorious summer we're having! Doing Lovebox, Secret Garden Party, Field Day, a load of lovely London gigs & warehouse parties, skipping off to play for you guys, then boarding a ferry to the Isle of Wight for Bestival to play before heading out to NY!"

Tell us about your latest projects?
"My latest & most exciting project is the my party 'Lovesick' which together my party partner launched at Cargo, Shoreditch last month...twas a huge success, being likened to something from a Bacardi ad, where party goers laden in fancy dress took to the tables, in a room full of hearts & bunting & burst out to the terrace dancing to the summer sounds of myself & our DJ's! The next installment is on the 7th August @ Cargo & we're also hosting all dayers at The Old Queens head, Islington under the same name. Fun times indeed!"

What current artists are you drawing inspiration from right now?
"Mystery Jets, Delphic, Friendly Fires, Loose Cannons. I love big carnival sounds, lots of percussion, music to make you feel good!"

What are you favourite/biggest tunes of the moment?
"I'm a big fan of 'Superbeat' by The Slips, Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP – 'We No Speak Americano', anything from Fenech Soler but generally enjoying anything with a summery beat!"

What can we expect from your show at Stop Making Sense?
"Exactly that...a show! Big bass-lines, big fun, massive sounds, a one girl carnival & a lot of gyrating on the decks!"

Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at the festival?
"Friendly Fires...if they bring their usual cow-bells, I'll be a happy girl!"

Any unusual festival tips?
"Always take a couple of pink wigs, an air horn & plenty of baby wipes..."

Friday, 20 August 2010

Juan 'Magic' Atkins: "Every track I dropped, people cheered"

“We’ve revamped the recordings; we’ve pitched up a couple of the tracks, beefed up the drums a little bit, so it’s different sounding from the previous show. I’m now spending time making it more of an event.”

Ahead of his appearance at our first Stop Making Sense festival this September, the Detroit originator and techno pioneer talks to Dominic Cools-Lartigue about the early days, getting back onto the scene, his recent illness and new live set up. Read the full piece here.

And talking of new Juan Atkins, you can stream his first new track as Model 500 in 11 years, an EP called 'OFI', over at Dummy.

Monday, 16 August 2010

SMS mix 19 - Patrice Scott

This week's exclusive Stop Making Sense mix is a straight up selection of raw, next level Detroit techno courtesy of one of the Motor City's new wave of stars, Patrice Scott, who'll be bringing the sound of the big D to Croatia's coast this September when he touches down to light up our very first festival with fellow techno chums Carl Craig, Juan Atkins and Kyle Hall. We can't wait...

Download: SMS mix 19 - Patrice Scott

Monday, 9 August 2010

SMS mix 18 - The Very Best

This week's SMS mix is a celebration of everything Stop Making Sense is about - amazing, uplifting, innovative, sun-kissed music from around the world - by one of our favourite live acts and headliners of our first festival, The Very Best.

Justly famed for their life-affirming shows, joyous mix of African highlife and crunching beats and eclectic, anything-goes mixtapes, as you'd expect The Very Best's SMS mix is something special...enjoy!

Download: SMS mix 18 - The Very Best


Tinny feat The Very Best, Mo Laudi and Mimitah 'Zingolo'
Los Rakas 'Abrazame' (Uproot Andy remix)
Baaba Mal 'The Miracle' (The Very Best remix)
Manyora 'A Ke Kwisisi'
Amadou & Mariam feat K'Naan 'Africa' (Radioclit remix)
Magnetic Man 'I Need Air'
Afrikan Boy 'Pass Out'
Teachers 'Gold'
Staff Benda Bilili 'Marguerite'

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

SMS mix 17 - Juan Atkins

Our latest exclusive SMS mix is a biggie, courtesy of Detroit techno legend Juan Atkins, the guest star at our Stop Making Sense party this Saturday at Cable (details below) and certain-to-be highlight of our very first festival in Croatia this September. Download below. Oh yes...

Download: SMS mix 17 - Juan Atkins

SMS party @ Cable this Sat w/Juan Atkins, Matias Aguayo, Tama Sumo and more!

You lucky lot of Londoners can get a very special taste of what to expect from our first Stop Making Sense festival this Saturday, 7th August, as Cable plays host to a Stop Making Sense launch party starring Detroit techno legend Juan Atkins.

Atkins headlines the Cable’s Room 1, co-hosted by Need2Soul and Sud Electronic, with additional turns from Tama Sumo (of Panoramabar fame) and Keith Worthy. Sud’s Lakuti brings up the rear.

Room 2 is hosted by BumBumBox, Matias Aguayo‘s South American party collective, in partnership with Allez-Allez. Aguayo himself will spinning his favourite techno, disco and electro-funk jams; the Allez-Allez DJs – including Sam Willis of Kompakt duo Walls – provide support.

More info on the night, which runs 11pm-6am, and tickets (£8/£10/£13), can be found here.

Stop Making Sense Launch Party

Saturday 7 August

33a Bermondsey Street tunnel

Room 1:

Needs2Soul & Sud Electronic
Juan Atkins

Keith Worthy

Tama Sumo


Room 2 (Bar)
BumBumBox & Allez-Allez

Matias Aguayo

Allez-Allez DJs

Monday, 2 August 2010

SMS mix 16 - Rebolledo

Anyone who has been following the exploits of Matias Aguayo’s Cómeme label, or attended one of his infamous Bumbumbox parties, will be familiar with the name Rebolledo.

The Mexican artist – whose sound is a hybrid of house, techno, electro and avant-pop, suffused with Latin flavour – has earned a sizeable cult following for his singles ‘Bo Jack’ and ‘Guerrero’.

Most recently Rebolledo has been collaborating with Superpitcher as Pachanga Boys and with ‘Pitch and Jörg Burger under the name The Three Lions – you can check out the first fruits of these two projects, the tracks ‘Power’ and ‘You’ll Win Again’, on Kompakt’s forthcoming Total 11 compilation.

You’ll be hearing a lot more from Rebolledo in the months ahead: he’s currently writing and recording his debut solo album.  In the meantime, be sure to catch one of his flipped-out live/DJ performance at FACT’s boat party as part of our very own Stop Making Sense festival this summer.

Download: SMS mix 16 - Rebolledo

Track Listing:
1. Solar X – Recitation
2. Von Spar – Collecting natural antimatter
3. Discodeine feat. Matias Aguayo – Singular (Rebolledo’s not accepted remix)
4. Missing Linkkx – Got a minute
5. Rebolledo y Daniel Maloso – Fresh
6. Von Spar – Troops (Rebolledo Remix)
7. Barry de Vorson – Theme from “The Warriors”
8. Siskid – Gun Stubs (Rebolledo Remix)
9. Superpitcher – Rabbits in a hurry (Instrumental version)
10. Cologne Tape – Render 2 (Magazine edit)
11. Pachanga Boys – Power
12. Rebolledo y Daniel Maloso – Morgan
13. Rebolledo y Patricio – Atanavajas

We caught up with Rebolledo to find out more...

Summer’s here. What’s on the agenda?
“The main thing is that Gary Pimiento (who created Bumbumbox and Cómeme with Matias), is coming over to spend a month with me…In this time I’m gonna be working on the first ideas for my album which I want to have ready in about a year from now. Even though Gary is not a musician, producer or DJ, having him close by during any creative process is always great and revitalizing. Also, when we spend time together great ideas always come for new projects or for Cómeme.”

So tell us about your latest projects…
“In the last months I’ve been doing some remixes for different people, this is something I really like to do. It´s a shame sometimes the people that ask for them are expecting something like ‘Guerrero’, or ‘Pitaya Frenesí’, just with their lyrics on top. Also, I’ve been doing some collaborations lately…I’m very glad I’ve found some people with which I have so much fun working with, and that when it comes to the final result, it doesn’t sound like just me, or the other person, but actually both of us. The new Cómeme record is from me and Daniel Maloso together; it’s a 5-track EP called Desierto that reflects my ideas of dark dancefloor momentum and Dany’s musicality. I’ve been working with Superpitcher on new tracks for Pachanga Boys, the little project we have together. One of these tracks, ‘Power’, is included in the new Kompakt Total 11 compilation coming out in August. Also for the same compilation, Superpitcher and Jörg Burger invited me to join them to work on a track called ‘You’ll Win Again’, for which I did some singing. The idea is to continue doing things together every time a cool idea comes up that would fit our taste under the name The Three Lions.”

What current artists are you drawing inspiration from?
“Mmmm… Hard to say, because most of my inspiration doesn’t come from other music…but I like what the guys from Cologne Tape are doing, for example…Also, I’m going a lot through my old record collection, with a special focus on stuff from the end of the 60s and beginning of the 70s,  and there’s a little obsession with the Jacksons in their Motown years.”

What are the big tunes for you right now?
“One of them is actually a remix I did with Matias Aguayo for a guy from London which was not accepted…the label boss said it was too dark and people would leave the dancefloor. A track that I did with Patricio (a friend back in Mexico), called ‘Atanavajas’. Superpitcher’s ‘Rabbits in a Hurry’ (mainly the instrumental). Matias Aguayo´s ‘Niños’, Cologne Tape, ‘Render’. ‘Dense and Home Alone’ an edit of the Jackson 5´s  ‘Hum Along And Dance’).”

What can we expect from your show at Stop Making Sense?
“Action and reaction!”

Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at the festival?
“I’m very curious about Optimo, and Allez Allez…I’ve never seen either of them, but I think their taste fits mine very much…Also I´d like to see Toy Selectah (the other Mexican invited), it’s been a while since the last time I saw him, so I’m curious about what his show is like now. And Theo Parrish. I saw him for the first time in Montreal at the Mutek festival a couple of weeks ago and it was great – for me it was the best of the whole event, but sadly the show was too short, so I want some more of that… ”

Where will we find you at sunrise on Sunday morning?
“In someone’s arms hopefully…A nice beach is the second option…A mix of the two would be even better…”

Monday, 26 July 2010

SMS mix 15 - Pure Groove

Simon Singleton has been running the Pure Groove record shop and its labels for several years now, overseeing some of the best new bands' early releases and hosting famed shows from everyone from Late Of The Pier to Fools Gold, from Friendly Fires to Phenomenal Handclap Band.

Expect to hear next year's best new acts and last year's best singles in his Stop Making Sense set, as his diverse exclusive SMS mix - taking in LCD, Kode 9 and Wilco - testifies...

Download: SMS mix 15 - Pure Groove

Summer's coming, what's on the agenda?
"Staying put as long as the sunshine keeps London warm!"

Tell us about your latest projects?
"New website for Pure Groove, a pile of new releases on various labels I run, and I finally have my own studio so may even try and put down the latest DVD boxset and try and make some new tracks. Plus, developing a unique sound system to take to the festivals in 2011!"

What current artists are you drawing inspiration from right now?
"Memoryhouse, Walls, Wavves, Holy Ghost, John Talabot, Herzog, Junip, How To Dress Well, Tensnake and a million other things that fill my life with sound!"

What are you favourite/biggest tunes of the moment?
"Love the Boys Noize mix of Scissor Sisters that arrived today. The Deloreon mix of John Talabot's Sunshine is what summer should sound like. Ghostape's mix of Swedish act Koralleven is truly odd and really great. The whole Mim Suleiman album produced by Maurice Fulton is incredible. And on the complete flipside, I'm loving the super retro C86-tinged Wild Nothing's album - the perfect one-man band. And he might be hugely irritating but the new Mark Ronson single 'Bang Bang' with Q-Tip is just the business."

What can we expect from your show at Stop Making Sense?
"A short set of good songs. I'll see if I can get my pyrotechnics set on the hand luggage on Easyjet but I suspect I'll have to leave it at home."

Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at the festival?
"Django Django and The Very Best are both amazing bands, plus Allez Allez's parties are always great. I've probably seen Optimo DJ more than anyone else - they're still the best around. I haven't seen Benji B DJ in ages, I'm really looking forward to seeing him too."

Any unusual festival tips?
"All festival tips, however sensible or valid they may be, are forgotten about once you sip that first beer of the day while soaking up a bassline..."

Where will we find you at sunrise on Sunday morning?
"Hopefully not trying to swim to Italy as part of a drunken bet."


1. Drum Eyes - 50-50 

2. Laurent Garnier - Gnanmankoudji (Emperor Machine remix) 

3. Kode 9 – You Don’t Wash 

4. Hundred In The Hands – Tom Tom 

5. In Flagranti – Rabbit Hole (Baldelli & Dionigi Remix) 

6. Mim Suleiman - Bibi Na Mpu 

7. LCD Soundsystem – Hit 

8. Deux – Game & Performance 

9. The Love Supreme – Alles Liebe 

10. Taken By Trees – Anna (CFCF Remix) 

11. Glasser – Learn (John Talbot Remix)

12. Jimmy Edgar – Hot Raw Sex 

13. Wilco – Poor Places (Walls Remix) 

14. Wild Nothing – Summer Holiday

15. Koralleven – The Truest Faith (Ghostape Remix) 

16. Herzog – West Blvd

17. Junip – Loops

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Download: Jade 'Don't Walk Away' (JBS remix)

2010 summer anthem alert! Our friends at Pollinate Records are giving away a free download of their latest track, a dizzying kwaito-style remix of Jade's r&b classic 'Don't Walk Away' by Jumping Black Slash.

Download: Jade 'Don't Walk Away' (JBS remix)

If you want to hear more in a similar vein then join label boss Rob Pollinate as he touches down at our Stop Making Sense party next Thursday at Favela Chic (deets below) with a bag-load of bass-bothering beats.

We can't wait...

Favela Chic, 91-93 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HZ / Tel: 0207 6134228. Nearest tube: Old Street
Entry free before 9pm - £3 after / 7pm – 1am

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Download: Loose Fit 'Caribbean Girls' remix

Specialising in tripped out house, disco and funk, Loose Fit are headlining our Stop Making Sense London party next Thursday night at Favela Chic, a taster for their show at our festival later in the summer.

To celebrate, we've bagged an exclusive free download from the duo, a suitably sun-kissed Loose Fit remix of their track 'Caribbean Girls'.

Download: Loose Fit 'Caribbean Girls' remix

For more details about our party check the post below!

And check back here tomorrow for another free download from another SMS party starter, Rob Pollinate, who'll also be spinning at next week's Favela Chic party...

Monday, 19 July 2010

Allez Allez exclusive SMS mix for Vice

Our pals and blog heroes Allez Allez have compiled a typically diverse and crate-digging selection of dancefloor gems and oddities for an exclusive SMS mix for Vice magazine.

A celebration of summer and a sneak preview of what to expect from their beachside set at our debut Stop Making Sense festival this September, you can stream/download the set from here. Enjoy!


Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds - Bobo Boogie
Bruce Peninsula - Crabapples
James Luther Dickinson - O How She Dances
Dollkraut - Precious Fool
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult - Sexplosion
Joakim - Spiders (The Algorhythmz Remix)
Tiago - Motorcycles
Peter Digital Orchestra - Jeux de Langues
Missing Linkx - Got A Minute
John Talabot - Matilda’s Dream
Joe - Claptrap
Prince - Bob Jones
Dj Koze - The Gekloeppel Continues
Hirnsalbe - Strandspaziergang
Allez-Allez - Weird Science
Kindness - Swingin’ Party

SMS party @ Favela Chic!

A boutique festival without the mud or fairy wings, Stop Making Sense brings you all the music heritage in a stunning location with guaranteed sun.

And next Thursday, July 29th, we're bringing you another chance to sample the delights that await in Croatia a little closer to home, at Shoreditch's Favela Chic...

The live act on the night is Loose Fit, purveyors of tripped out house, disco and funk. Drawing inspiration from New York, Detroit, Cologne and Manchester, with remixes from Greg Wilson and Tom Taylor on their newly released EP, Loose Fit are primed and ready for one almighty 2010..

DJs on the night are Rob Pollinate - the man behindPollinate Records and one half of the Silky Boys - who'll be dropping the next generation of global bass beats from kwaito, cumbia, reggaeton to bashment, funky, bassline & more - plus tropical disco hero and SMS resident Madera Verde.

Be there, or be gutted you weren't...


Favela Chic, 91-93 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HZ / Tel: 0207 6134228. Nearest tube: Old Street
Entry free before 9pm - £3 after / 7pm – 1am

Monday, 12 July 2010

FACT mix: Rebolledo

Anyone who has been following the exploits of Matias Aguayo’s Cómeme label, or attended one of his infamous Bumbumbox parties, will be familiar with the name Rebolledo.

The Mexican artist – whose sound is a pungent hybrid of house, techno, electro and avant-pop, suffused with Latin flavour – has earned a sizeable cult following for his singles ‘Bo Jack’ and ‘Guerrero’, and remixes for Aguayo, Zombie Nation and Von Spar have helped to raise his profile. Most recently Rebolledo has been collaborating with Superpitcher as Pachanga Boys and with ‘Pitch and Jörg Burger under the name The Three Lions – you can check out the first fruits of these two projects, the tracks ‘Power’ and ‘You’ll Win Again’, on Kompakt’s forthcoming Total 11 compilation.

You’ll be hearing a lot more from Rebolledo in the months ahead: he’s currently writing and recording his debut solo album.  In the meantime, be sure to catch one of his flipped-out live/DJ performances – the more travel-hungry among you will find him playing FACT’s boat party as part of our very own Stop Making Sense festival this summer.

Rebolledo’s FACT mix is a charming thing, anchored in house and disco but bucking convention at every turn; it features no less than seven of his own productions!

Download: FACT mix 166: Rebolledo

Friday, 9 July 2010

HAUS music...all night long

Brick Lane may lack the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic but the sun is well and truly here and tomorrow night we'll be bringing more than a little Croatian magic to London's East End as we touch down for a Stop Making Sense party special at 93 Feet East's monthly HAUS night.

Headlining the night are the Mercury and Brit nominated FRIENDLY FIRES. Now generally when bands make an appearance in the DJ booth, we make our excuses and leave, Friendly Fires though are a different proposition altogether. From their very first release featuring an inspired cover of house classic 'Your Love' it's been clear that dance music is in these boys blood, and over the years the band's DJ sets mixing up techno, house, disco and electro have kept them in high demand at clubs all over the world.

Joining them are some of the other highlights of the festival including the criminally good blogging/DJ'ing/label owning duo ALLEZ-ALLEZ, GIRLCORE's Naomi, Brighton's LEON LACE, the SLUTTY FRINGE chaps and a live set of squelchy Balearic acid dub from LOOSE FIT. 

7:00PM - 1:00AM

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

SMS mix 13 - Count Chocula

London DJ and party promoter Claudio Lillo is a well-known nightlife face, helping to book the cutting-edge roster of DJs and live acts that are fast making CAMP one of Shoreditch's best club venues.

For his exclusive SMS mix, Claudio aka Count Chocula showcases his love of 4/4 house, inspired by the likes of Kyle Hall, James Blake and Floating Points. Expect more of the same goodness from his beachside set at our first festival in September...

Download: SMS mix 13 - Count Chocula

Tell us about the mix you’ve recorded for Stop Making Sense...
"It's a collection of tunes that I really dig and that I think would work well on a sunny day. I usually switch up styles more when I play out, but I thought it would be cool to try a "house" mix for once! I also tried to include as many artists that are playing at the festival as possible, just because I the line up is so great."

Any exclusives or particular favourites on there?
"I really love anything MCDE does, so the first track is definitely a favourite. I also really dig "She's Bad", that sexy refix Gadi Mizrahi and Soul Clap collaborated on, which can be found towards the end of the mix - its too much!"

What current artists are you drawing inspiration from right now?
"I buy pretty much every record that Floating Points and James Blake release. And I also really dig Kyle Hall - he's on another level."

Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at SMS?
"Pretty much the whole lineup! Django Django, The Very Best, Theo Parrish, Kyle Hall, Matias Aguayo, Benji B..."

Any unusual festival tips?
"Not unusual, but practical: don't forget to bring a towel."

SMS mix 13 - Tracklisting

Archie Bronson Outfit - Hoola (MCDE remix)
Aardvark - Kutparra
Christopher Wade - Broke (Object Group Dub)
Floating Points - Vacuum Boogie
Wbeeza - Heavy Stuff
Matias Aguayo - Walter Neff
John Talabot - Sunshine
Cottam - 002 B
Gadi Mizrahi - Who's Gonna Love Me Tonight
Gucci Vump - The Boogieman (Downtown remix)
Kyle Hall - Create Your Own Existence
Terrence Parker - Your Love
Bad Rabbits - She's Bad (Gadi Mizrahi & Soul Clap remix)
Cheek - Venus (PePe Bradock's Saucy Precog remix)

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

SMS London party this Thursday!

We'll be bringing a little more heat to central London this Thursday, July 9th, when we takeover The Social bar on Great Portland Street with a truly sun-kissed showcase of some of the bands and DJs playing our very first Stop Making Sense festival this summer.

Live duties fall to latin funk punks Longjon La Flecha manage to mix intricate rhythms, heavy bass, wonky synths and Fall like vocals into a hypnotic experimental maelstrom that shouldn’t work on paper...but in practice delivers every time!

DJ support comes from club slut and disco-lover Slutty Fringe, tropical dude Madera Verde and Rob Pollinate, who'll be dropping next gen global bass taking in the gut-wrenching sounds of kwaito, cumbia, reggaeton, bashment, funky, bassline & more!

Stop Making Sense party
Thursday 8th July
The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London, 0207 636 4992
Nearest Tube: Oxford Street
6pm – 1am

Friday, 2 July 2010

SMS mix 12 - Rob Pollinate (Silky Boys)

Our latest exclusive Stop Making Sense mix is a globe-trotting banger, courtesy of Silky Boys DJ Rob Pollinate, who'll be bringing his bassbin-bothering mix of cumbia, kwaito, reggaeton, bashment, funky and more to our London party next Thursday night (details below, make sure you reach!).

Download: SMS mix 12 - Rob Pollinate (Silky Boys)


1) No no no me amas en la rueda del cumbion - Rahim Selectah
2) Colegie Pon De Floor - Copia Doble Systema vs Major Lazer
3) Mongoloid (Mat Cant Moombahton Edit) - Afrojack
4) Raya Lazer (Reggaeton Mix) - Chico Ye
5) Cumbia Kamisama - Frikstailers
6) Do Ya Think I'm Sexy - Rod Stewart (Criollo Mix)
7) Chicken Run (Max le Daron Ravecumbiaton Refix) - Canblaster
8) Hablanton (Ramirez Remix) - Moombahtron
9) Daft Cumbia - Uproot Andy
10) Ruffcut (Moombahton Edit) - Dave Nada
11) Cartagena - Sonido Del Princepe
12) Turn That Shit Up (Moombahton Edit) - Mu-Gen
13) La Gata Plastica (sabo's Edit)   -   Dave Nada
14) Khattabi Boombah - Moombahton Neotecrico
15) Just an illusion ( Criollo Mix) - Imagination
16) Make it Funky ( Dj Punish Remix ( Max le Daron Ravecumbiaton Refix) - Alvaro
17) La Brasilena ta Montao - Munchi
18) What ( Kaks Bootleg Remix (Max le Daron Ravecumbiaton Refix) - Afrojack
19) Riverside (Moomahton Edit) - Dave Nada
20) Push Am (Left, Right) - Banana Clipz
21) Metel Bellaco - Munchi
22) Aponte o Nao - Heartbreak & Munchi
23) Soltero y Sin Compromiso - Munchi