Friday, 30 April 2010

BIG party tonight!

The Stop Making Sense party train rolls into West London tonight to bring magic and mayhem to the Notting Hill Arts club with a taster of all the good stuff to come at our first festival in Croatia this September.

Flamenco wunderkinds Fran and Josh headline, with Balearic guru Richard Norris of Beyond the Wizards Sleeve fame and SMS resident Madera Verde on the ones and twos.

Oh yes...

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Toy Selectah tracklist!

Just in from Mexico...Toy's tracklist for his Stop Making Sense mix that the man himself is calling RAVERTON WORLDWIDE 1.

And oh boy, is it a goodie, jammed with plenty of exclusives laced through a genre-trashing, speaker-busting mindfuck of cumbia, dancehall, hip-hop, dubstep and plenty of brilliant Toy remixes including a has-to-be-heard-to-be-believed take on the Florence vs XX cut!

Enjoy: SMS mix 05 - Toy Selectah

Interview forthcoming!

Track Listing
Intro / TheNoise+IsmaelMiranda
Muy Pinchi Gansta / Toy Selectah)
Jugo Carioca (Raverton Cut's and Edit's) / Arcade
Plump Bisquit (Nelly + Toy Raverton Cut's) / Femme En Fourrure
Riverside(innaRavertonTrip Edit) / Breakage
El Tra + Snap Ya Dembow + Freestyle / Dj Blass+ Lil Jon + Toy Selectah
Kingston Logic vs El Marranazo / Terry Lynn vs Los Macuanos
Mafu Tama (Raverton Edit) / Mozart La Para feat Villano Sam
Broadway (Raverton Take) / Kid Kaio feat Buiza
Different (Kingdom Remix Ravertoner Take) / Lil Silva feat Jazmin Sullivan
Jugo Carioca (Raverton Cut's and Edit's) / Arcade
Caked (Toy Selectah Raverton Refix) / Harvard Bass
Hablando (Hostage Remix Raverton Take) / Ramirez
Funky Monkey ( Max Le Daron Funky Remix) / Twist it
Sleep (Juan Mclean Remix Raverton Take) / Romy
How Low (Bird Peterson Remix Ravertoner Step) / Ludacris
Four Floors (Diplo's in Cuba On Drugs Refix) / Sunday Girl vs Diplo vs Toy Selectah
Jumbie (Toy Selectah Cosmico Guarachero Remix) / Wildlife
United Groove (1990 Guarachero Remix) / Lvis1990
AudioAdicción Tribal Cosmic Take / Dj Icon
Rumba te Tumba / Dj Joe, Rafi Mercenario & Sancocho
Tu No Sabe Bailar (RaverTra Refix) / Los Negritos
Cancion de Amor (RaverTra Take) / Ñejo & Dj Wassie
Take You (Nadastrom Raverton reRefix) / AC Slater feat. Ninjasonik
Bubblin Down (Slow Take) / Paul Johnson vs Dj Chuckie
You've got the Love (Warachaedo Cosmic Dub) / Florence&TheMachine vs XX vs Toy Selectah
The Cuartetazo (Raverton Take) / Los Wawanco vs JPShuk)
Make it Funky (Dj Punish vs Max Le Daron Remix) / Alvaro
The Only Way Up (Ikonika Remix) / Egyptrix

Raverton, Ravertoners and RaverTra Refixes, Takes and Remixes by Toy Selectah 2010.

Monday, 26 April 2010

SMS mix 05 - Toy Selectah

BIG mix, an exclusive set just in from Diplo-signed, Vampire Weekend-mixing, Cumbia-mashing Mexican hip-hop hero Toy Selectah!

Download: SMS mix 05 - Toy Selectah

A taster for his sure-to-be-special set at Stop Making Sense, Monterrey-based DJ/producer Antonio Hernandez is fast-becoming a Latin American legend, spearheading a new movement that melds bass-heavy reggae/hip-hop/dancehall with traditional cumbia and a sound system vibe that's been cutting up clubs back home and around the world, thanks the quite frankly massive Toy Selectah remix of Vampire Weekend's second album 'Contra'.

In Mexico, Toy is an established key player in the music scene, having produced hip-hop heads Control Machete and indie bands including Café Tacuba. His seminal collaboration with Celso Pina, ‘Cumbia Sobre El Rio’, sealed his status, and remixes for artists as diverse as Morrissey and Santigold have followed.

A tracklisting and interview will follow in the next few days but in the meantime, dig in to this!

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Benji B: deviating from the norm

As an acclaimed Radio 1Xtra DJ and cutting-edge champion of bass-driven club music, Benji B has long since emerged from the shadows of his mentor Giles Peterson to become a mainstay in London's shape-shifting club scene.

Which is why we booked him to bring a little dubstep-fired magick to Stop Making Sense this September. Ahead of that show-stealing experience, we caught up with the man himself to find out a little more...

Summer's coming, what's on the agenda?
"Sunshine, hopefully."

Tell us about your latest projects?
"Deviation Deviation Deviation - we have had some incredible sessions recently and our nights at Gramaphone and Camp have been classics. 2010 heavy so far."

What current artists are you drawing inspiration from right now?
"Kode 9, Theo Parrish.... and all the producers that send us amazing music every week."

What are you favourite/biggest tunes of the moment?
"Zed Bias - Badungdeng, Zomby - Tarantula."

What can we expect from your show at Stop Making Sense?
"No compromise, quality music all night. Deviation style."

Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at the festival?
"Theo Parrish"

Where will we find you at sunrise on Sunday morning?

Monday, 19 April 2010

SMS mix 04 - Chris Coco

The fourth in our series of exclusive Stop Making Sense mixes comes from long-time Balearic stalwart and purveyor of sultry deep house and techno, Chris Coco.

So, what can you expect? Well, according to Chris, "it's more arty party than laidback, more like what I will play on the main stage set at Stop Making Sense I guess."

Spacey, mellow club grooves (tracklisting below) package made for the beach, then...perfect now the sun's finally decided to show it's face in Blighty once more!

Download: SMS mix 04 - Chris Coco

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

Tell us about the mix you’ve recorded for Stop Making Sense...
"It's a sort of spacy, mellow club mix, quite percussive and a little Balearic, the sort of thing i will play in my main stage set at the festival."

Any exclusives or particular favourites on there?
"Nicolas Jaar - Mi Mujer, it's a bizarre tune but all the girls think it's really sexy."

What current artists are you drawing inspiration from right now?
"Oh, there are so many. Moodymanc in the world of house; I like the new Caribou and Glimpse albums; stuff on Full Pupp and Claremont 56 is really cool; 2 Door Cinema Club are my favourite new pop band, it just goes on and on."

Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at SMS?
"The Very Best, I love their album, the mix of electronic and African influences, that should be really special."

Any unusual festival tips?
"Actually, my usual tips are red wine and hiking boots, for this one we will have sun so a hat a bottle of Veuve I reckon."

Where will we find you at sunrise on Sunday morning?
"By the sea listening to the waves."

SMS mix 04 - Tracklisting:
1 Moodymanc - Melanchronic (Soul Minority)
2 Red Rack ‘Em - Exhalt
3 Gadi Mizrahi - I Can Never Get Enough
4 Nicolas Jaar - Mi Mujer
5 Gichy Dan - On A Day Like Today (Todd Terje)
6 Kevin Griffiths - Oh Yeah
7 Snuff Crew - Get High
8 Matthias Tanzmann - Chano
9 Min - Sing And Blow At The Same Time

Stop Making Sense presents...East vs West

Get a flavour of the musical anarchy and sun-kissed freewheelin' spirit of Stop Making Sense next week at our East meets West double-header of sure-to-be riotous London parties.

On Thursday 29th April, SMS mix stars (download below!) Latin Dub Soundsystem and Movimentos' Cal Jader will be bringing their cumbian-latin-dancehall-dubstep soundclash to the good people (er, that's you) at Favela Chic.

The following night, on Friday 30th April, SMS hits the Notting Hill Arts Club with super-talented teenage flamenco troubadours Fran and Josh, who are bringing their genre-trashing musical fusion to our first festival in Croatia in September.

Join us!

Thursday 29th April
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

Friday 30th April
Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JQ
Nearest tube: Notting Hill / Tel: 020 74604459
Free entry before 8pm, £6 before 11pm, £8 after / 7pm – 2am

Monday, 12 April 2010

SMS mix 03 - Cal Jader vs Latin Dub Soundsystem

So, here it is people...the third in our weekly series of exclusive Stop Making Sense mixes is an amazing, riotous soundclash of tropical street styles courtesy of Movimentos' Cal Jader and the appropriately named Latin Dub Soundsystem, both of whom will be mashing it up in a cumbian-dub-dancehall-tropical style at Stop Making Sense this summer.

Download: SMS mix 03 - Cal Jader vs Latin Dub Soundsystem (tracklisting below)

We caught up with the Cal and Corin (LDSS) themselves to find out more...

Tell us about the mix you’ve recorded for Stop Making Sense...
Cal: This mix is the first ever from me, The Sea and Cal Jader.
Corin: We both playout alot together, and thought it was about time we combined our forces as an entity. It's a real mix-up, ranging from more traditional Latin floor fillers, to Cumbia dubstep, with lots of exclusive mashups which you only hear when we're DJ'ing.
Cal: It was a chance to combine loads of stuff that i've been DJing out recently alongside a whole load of Latin Dub exclusives but with And it was nice to do it in the old mixtape style with just 1 or 2min excerpts from each track, so it's just a taster really.

Any exclusives or particular favourites on there?
Corin: Some of my favourites are the Cumbia deathface remix of MIS, and the Dub Killer Combo track. I'm a dub head, what can I say! Also on this mix is a raw mix of one the tracks which will be on the new Latin Dub album due out in the autumn, featuring Malena from Actitud Maria Marta, and a never before heard Latin Dub remix of one of the tracks I produced for Benjamin Zephaniah a while back.
Cal: Yeah very happy about the track with Malena on as she is a friend of mine and it was nice to hook that up and make the link with Argentina and the UK. There's two unreleased Frente Cumbiero (colombian / Argentinian new Cumbia crew) tracks which are total killers. And have to shout the one like Lorenzo for his Latin Dub productions Gnawa and his dub mix of Elvis Crespo's Suavemente.

What current artists are you drawing inspiration from right now?
Corin: At the moment I'm mostly studio bound, but drawing inspiration from some new old reggae I've just been given, not an easy task, and some of new Dubstep bits Daddy Skitz has just passed my way.
Cal: For the dancefloor Colombian act Systema Solar, Argentina's Frikstailers, loads of Cumbia stuff. Some great new material from revolutionary Venezuelan Salsa-Hip Hop act La Redonda. And the most interesting album i've heard lately is by Argentinian artist Axel Krygier (currently unreleased in the UK). And i'm constantly inspired by Fania Records stuff, people like Hector Lavoe, and tradtional Colombian stuff like Toto La Momposina.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at SMS?
Cal: Alongside the tropical rhythms of The Very Best and Toy Selectah i'm a big fan of Theo Parrish. Also one of my favourite bands from the London scene Longjon La Flecha are playing, highly recommended!

Any unusual festival tips?
Corin: My number 1 festival tip is bin bags. For everything. Trust me even in sunny Croatia, you can't go wrong with a couple of em on your person. And lots of gaffer tape, do with it as you wish!

Where will we find you at sunrise on Sunday morning?
Corin: I'm hoping that sunrise Sunday morning will find me floating in the sea, or up a tree, hopefully with some like minded souls! I love watching the sunrise, especially when you're off Daddy duties, bring it on, I say!
Cal: Asleep!

JLG – La llave de mi Corazon (Latin Dub edit)
Captain Planet – Fumando
Immortal Technique – Unknown
Latin Dub Soundsystem - Gnawa
Major Lazor – Cashflow (Subskrpt remix)
Frente Cumbiero – Para Todas
Vampire Weekend – Cousins (Toy Selectah remix)
Arcade vs Spank Rock (Villa Diamante edit)
Hijo de La Cumbia – Tu, tu Quien eres?
Latin Dub Soundsystem – Runaway
Alika y Nueva Allianza – Dem Got No Love
Sabo – Currura
Sekreto– Gato (Hijo de La Cumbia remix)
Latin Dub Soundsystem - Quicksilver
Koala ft Paco Mendoza – Vengo
Ska Cubano – No me desesperes (Latin Dub Chan Chan mix)
Celia Cruz – Rumba (Latin Dub re-rub)
Manjinga 7 – Cumbia de Colombiana (Latin Dub edit)
Frente Cumbiero – Guacha Ride
Frikstailers – Mateina
Sonora Dinamita - Mover a la Colita (Edit)
Systema Solar – Quien es el Patron?
EC – Suavamente (Latin Dub Soundsystem remix)
Eric Bobo – Muevelo
EC – Suavamente (Latin Dub remix)
Sergio Mendes - Magdalenha riddim vs Busy Signal - Up in Your Belly
Sabo and Cassady - Muevete
Danny Lenn - El Horoscopo (Latin Dub edit)
Dub Killer Combo – Unknown skank
Bouzou Bajoo ft Top Cat – Killer
Zulu 9.30 – A los Son (Latin Dub bruk mix)
VV ft Julio Padron – Do Me Right
Debruit - Nigeria What?
Malente and Dex - Lions (Douster remix)
Schlatofbronx – Good To Go
Latin Dub Soundsystem ft Malena (Actitud Martia Marta) – Muevete
Mexican Institute of Sound – Cumbia (Deathface remix)
Benjamin Zephaniah – Uptown (Latin Dub mix)
Proyecto Secreto – Olivida Todo

Friday, 9 April 2010

Win tix to see Juan Atkins, Francois K + Benji B @ Need2Soul's 6th birthday party!

That's right, we're offering you lucky lot a chance to see Detroit legend and Stop Making Sense festival headliner Juan Atkins play at Ministry of Sound next weekend as part of Need2Soul's mammoth sixth birthday party celebrations.

Atkins will be joined on Saturday April 17th by fellow club legend Francois K and Jerome Sydenham, plus London's very own rising star Benji B and more.

And you could win a pair of tickets for absolutely nowt. How? Easy...just answer this simple question: Where does the name Stop Making Sense originate from?

Email your answer to:

Good luck!

(Comp closing date: 6pm, Weds April 14th)

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Isa GT's Colombian baile funk party biz

Isa GT "Pela´o" (Crookers Remix) from Man Recordings on Vimeo.

We've long been in love with the baile funk party music of Colombian native Isabel Gonzalez Toro aka London DJ and original Girlcore club nut ISA GT, which is why we invited her to bring her bag of hip-crunching, block-rocking beats to Stop Making Sense's beach party this September.

To whet your appetites for her forthcoming exclusive SMS DJ mix, take a peek at this brand spanking new vid from the lady herself, a remix of Isa's debut single - “Pa´Chikirri” EP - by much-feted Italian bass-lovers Crookers. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Hear SMS headliner Carl Craig in the mix

Dance music legends don't get much more 'legendary' than Detroit techno pioneer Carl Craig, which is why we're just a touch excited to welcome the man himself to play under the stars at our very first Stop Making Sense festival.

That's why we thought we'd take a one-week break from our series of exclusive SMS DJ mixes to bring to your attention a very special new mix from Carl Craig himself, a much treasured rarity these days and a choice selection of the kind of upfront techno and house the revered DJ and producer is likely to drop at Stop Making Sense this September.

Recorded for our friends at Resident Advisor, Carl's mix is, in his own words, lots of "new stuff, mixed with a few old things that I don't play very often that I feel like are worth being rediscovered".

Check it out here!

Monday, 5 April 2010

Wish you were here?

We will be this summer. And we're so stoked about it that we thought we'd share this stunning aerial shot of our festival site (it's down there, on the golden coast on that lush, verdant peninsula) in Petrčane on Croatia's drop-dead gorgeous Adriatic Coast. Come the first weekend of September it'll be home for the three days of anarchic musical madness and unforgettable good times we've called Stop Making, what are you waiting for, join us!