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Rob’s Round-Up 5

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Rob’s Roundup

Massive thanks to all those who joined us for yet another fun NYE party.

Despite the madness going on all around us the one thing that is still in our destiny is having a good time and enjoying the music and style, we are all passionate about. Our team have been working hard on our annual Easter extravaganza in central London.

Le Beat Bespoké attracts pleasure seekers from all over the globe, with only one thing in mind having a real damn good party. So, with that firmly in mind, we have assembled yet another exciting line-up across two fantastic venues in the heart of London.

Check out our brand-new website www.lebeatbespoke.com for all the info you need. We booked ten stellar live bands featuring some of the best up and coming talent alongside two stellar acts from the 20th century.

However live music is just part of what makes Le Beat Bespoké such a fun and unique event. For your dancing pleasure, we have booked a dynamic DJ line-up from across Europe armed with explosive sounds on 100% original vinyl across 3 rooms of clubbing after the live bands.

Our guest club nights for the Rhythm & Blues Weekend include Crossfire, The Pow Wow, Lady Luck & Mousetrap all at the forefront of good times and taste. The menu is served All-night and includes authentic Rhythm & Blues, Northern Soul, Jazz, Latin, Boogaloo and Ska/Reggae.

The Beat Basement hosts the wildest and grooviest Freakbeat, Garage and Psychedelic ‘nuggets’ known to man to a back drop of eye candy visuals and groovy Go-Go girls.

A brand-new location for our daytime treats on Sat & Sunday afternoon is Dingwalls one of London’s most beautiful venues, situated right next to Camden lock in the World-famous Camden market. Expect DJ’s, bands, Easter egg hunt, record fair and market.

Contact drrobert@btinternet.com for trade stand.

But before Easter, we have celebrated an incredible 26 years at Mousetrap in the same venue with the same owner virtually unheard of these days, let alone in the ever-changing landscape of London. All those that attended would have got a free 45 with two rare tracks from the club’s playlist including one that has never been released on 45 before.

Hope to see you all Easter for an epic party!

www.lebeatbespoke.com

Cheers Dr. Robert


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February 21, 2017 By : Category : Articles Bands Clubs DJs Events Front Page Music Picks Reviews Tags:, , ,
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NUTsCast – Sessions – part 14 (episode 23)

NUTsCast December 2016
Join The Baron for a look back at some of the highlights of the last twelve months with live tracks recorded at Le Beat Bespoke, Margate and Crossfire by Graham Day & Forefathers, The Stairs, Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, Wicked Whispers, Dustaphonics, Big Boss Man, Bronco Bullfrog, Paul Orwell, Cat Black and The Mynd Set.

We look ahead to our Nutty New Year’s Eve Party with DJ selections by Irish Greg, Jim Watson, Lee Miller, Peter Feely, Joel Maslin, Ady Lupton & Carolina.

So join The Baron for the last Nutscast Session of 2016.


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AKA ‘The Baron’ - Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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December 4, 2016 By : Category : Bands DJs Front Page Music Picks Tags:, , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Ady Lupton

We recently caught up with DJ Ady Lupton to talk about his musical outlook.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

My older brother went from being a mod to skinhead to punk & then a psycho billy throughout the 80’s so over the years I grew up hearing all sorts, The Kinks, Small Faces, The Who, Motown, Ska, 2 Tone, The Pistols, Stiff Little Fingers, Dexys, The Stingrays, The Meteors & Northern Soul, a fairly mixed bag. Inevitably I also got into all or most of it too & started buying & collecting my own records when I was about 13 or 14. At about 15 I started knocking around with a lot of my brothers mates who were all a few years older & had scooters,that’s when I started going to a lot of gigs & rallies. The record collecting continued albeit nothing major, Motown bits & pieces, reissues, a few cheap originals, Kent & Charly albums. Although I was out hearing all sorts during the late 80’s it was always the Northern Soul that had become my real passion & after being taken to the 100 club for my 1st proper allnighter by my friend Rob Holmes in the early 90’s it felt like I’d found what I’d always been looking for & the deal was sealed so to speak.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

The Whitstable Assembly Rooms. It was an old dance hall with a sprung dance floor, freezing cold & damp, with a make shift bar that you had to hire in (i.e. A bloke with a load of cans through a hole in the wall). I started organising do’s for my club The East Kent Sovereigns there, well we did a few anyway. Unfortunately it’s gone now.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

It’s got to be the 1st time I played the 100 club, “Bricking it” were 2 words that spring to mind.

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Oh blimey, there’s too many to mention:-) It can be demoralising when you play what you think is one good track after another only to have people sit around & stare at you. Still it’s all good fun & character building.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Mick Smith the Governor, always plays the right records for the occasion. Butch goes without saying. Ady Croasdell for continually doing what he’s been doing, need I say more. Also Alan H, Greg & in the early days Lee Miller for sharing their knowledge, showing me the road to righteousness & being bloody good mates.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

The 100 club & that dare I say it, what I think of as a more London soul sound, 6T’s Rhythm & Soul a la Kent. Then the influences of The Capitol soul club & later still Lifeline. When Djing I’ll always try & mix it up in a set, a mixture of quality Detroit pounders, classy Chicago soul, some good rhythm & soul & some nice crossover & 70’s depending on the venue, that normally does the trick. If you play a bit of everything you can normally please most of the people most of the time.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I can’t claim to have ever discovered anything seeing as most of the stuff we like is 60’s/70’s It would be foolish to think I was the 1st to hear it but I believe I was one of the 1st to start playing The Sherrell Bros The Price on Currison & I’ve never heard anyone else play Marva Lee – Old & Grey on Rugby took me 14 years to get that! Was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time when I got Glen Miller on Jamaican Stag. They were all known records just not that well-known.
There’s been a lot of records & still are that I’ve played & people come up & ask what’s that I’ve never heard it before. I’ve never heard anyone else play it either but they must’ve done either on a tape, at someone’s house or at a do, otherwise I wouldn’t have known it.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

Almost anything penned by Sonny Sanders & Don Davis floats my boat. Favourite artists, Barbara Lewis, Fred Hughes, Billy Butler, Jackie Wilson, Brenda Holloway number one’s gotta be The Temptations hasn’t it?

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

No/yes & no/sort of.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

London VaVaVoom NYE 2016 & usually somewhere in Spain.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

I wouldn’t say no to a Lester Tipton, Magnetics-Lady in green, Mello-Souls the list goes on & on.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Current Top 5 Tracks:
1. The Intensions – Feel So Good – Moneytown
2. The Temptones – Girl I Love You – Arctic
3. Benny Harper – My Prayer – Harper-Soul
4. Otis Clay – Baby Jane – Dakar
5. The Royal Imperials – This Heart Of Mine – Mellow Town

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:
1. The Originals – Suspicion
2. Bernie Williams – Ever Again
3. Jack Montgomery – Dearly Beloved
4. The Temptations – Get Ready
5. The Salvadors – Stick By Me Baby
6. Billy Butler -Help Yourself
7. Barbara Lewis – Hello Stranger
8. Jean Carter – I Wanna Know
9. Ben E King – Gettin To Me
10. Kenny Shepard – What Difference Does It Make
11. The Small Faces – Tin Soldier
(If Spinal Tap can go up to 11, so can I).


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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December 7, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Joel Maslin

We recently caught up with DJ Joel Maslin to talk about his musical outlook.

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I got into R&B and soul (and later rocksteady) alongside my best mate Ollie when I was 18 or so, after discovering the Mod scene. We’d previously been into house and drum & bass until then!

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

I was very lucky to be asked to DJ at Shotgun with Vic Ranger and Gav Evans, one of the best mod/rhythm & soul nights in London at the time.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Probably the first time I was asked to DJ at the 100 Club as I was so nervous. I had a fantastic time but I can remember having pretty bad butterflies as I got up onto the stage. Outside of that pretty much all of my experiences DJ-ing in Spain, (particularly Runaway Love in Asturias) have been amazing. The venues, the beautiful scenery, the food but mainly the great friends.

4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

I’ve fallen over, dropped records down the back of stages, broken the mixer, although I did DJ at a big gig a few years back and completely bombed, not sure why but I was trying out a new aftershave at the time so it could have
been that.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Rare soul – Butch, Dave Thorley, Marco Santucci, Keith Money. The incredible unissued records, new sounds and rare 45s that you hear every time they play is what keeps me interested in the music. R&B wise I always like the sounds that Callum Simpson plays.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I’ve been through a number of different ‘sub-genres’ of soul music, from R&B to the odd funk track but I just try to keep my ear to the ground and talk to collectors and other fanatics of this brilliant music to discover new records that I like and I hope will work on the dance floor. Sometimes I try to play more R&B and 60’s orientated sounds, and other times crossover and funkier tracks. Sometimes I even get it right!

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Most records have been ‘discovered’ by one of the manically dedicated diggers on the scene way before my time, so I can’t claim anything there – but I remember being pretty chuffed when I finally got a copy of Little Tommy ‘Baby Can’t You See’ many years ago. And the seller had used a couple of really good R&B records as record stiffeners!

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

Ace Of Bass. Or everyone at Motown.

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

No I’m a bit too haphazard for that!

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

100 Club 6ts Allnighters -London, VaVaVoom – London

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Way too many to mention but I’ve always coveted a copy of Jimmy Gresham ‘This Feelin’ I Have’.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Et White – Got To Find A True Love – Great Potential
2. Charles Smith – You Need Education – Trend
3. Little Soul – Problems – Solid Soul
4. Emanons – Bird Walkin’ – All Brothers
5. Emma Frances – Leave You Runnin’ – De Mo Rr Is

Top 10 Tracks Of All Time:

At The Moment – In No Particular Order:
1. ‘Keni Lewis’ – She’s Not The Marrying Kind – Unissued
2. BB King – Think It Over
3. Lil Major Williams – Girl You’re So Sweet, You’re So Fine
4. Alton Ellis – Breaking Up Or Willow Tree
5. John Bowie – You’re Gonna Miss A Good Thing Baby
6. Jimmy Gresham – This Feelin’ I Have
7. Deon Jackson – Someday The Sun Will Shine – Unissued
8. Guitar Ray – You Gonna Wreck My Life
9. Gwen Owens – Just Say You’re Wanted (And Needed)
10. Parliaments – This Is My Rainy Day

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Next Club Spots:

Friday 7th: Soul Shaker At The Gowlett, Gowlett Road, London SE15 4HT
Dec 3rd: 100 Club
Dec 31st: VaVaVoom NYE, 229 The Venue as part of Nutty New Year!


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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September 26, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , ,
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Arthur Fenn – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Arthur Fenn is based in Selby, Yorkshire, UK and describes himself as a DJ Collector. He took some time out recently to talk
to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I was sixteen and working at our local golf club, I’d always liked soul stuf but on a visit to the local youth club I heard things like The Fuller Bros, Bob Relf & I was blown away.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

About a year later I was buying bits like the Montlairs “Hung Up” & Eddie Foster “never knew” off Bob Cattaneo from Daly City at 75 cents each. I soon had enough records for a “hot box” and started playing records at Leeds Central with a mate before the residents Frank & Twink arrived, I remember so well dropping the first real known copy of The Four Perfections (a $5 buy from Bob) as Frank came down the stairs, his face was a picture. I now had a taste for this djing lark & shortly after (1978) got a break through John Manship to join the team at Cleethorpes Winter Gardens. By the end of the year I was guesting arround the country.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

My most memorable spot! Wow that’s a tuff one, my one & only main room hour at the Casino makes me smile but closely followed by my first gig in Europe which was in Frankfurt, that was so exciting and I still feel the same every time I play outside the UK (and of course the few I do here).

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Worst? Getting the sack from the East Anglian Soul Club for playing too many 60’s newies at St Ives circa 79.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Sam for his never ending enthusiasm in the search for new records & his delivery of them.
Butch, pretty obvious really.
Colin Curtis, his influence in my early years was so important to me.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

The Highland Room 74/75, Arthur.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Early visits to the states had me finding the first Greater Experience, William Powel & such but finding the 3rd known copy of The Inspirations on Breakthrough in St Louis for $1 was a thrill.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favorite artist(s)?

My Mum & fav artist’s would be Len Jewel, Willie Tee and Maxine Brown.

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Not really, could never afford to do that properly but as I’ve got older I adore group harmony.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Residency’s have never been my strong point but of course Maria runs Boomerang 4 times a year & I keep turning up.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

I’d love the Little Ceaser c/up that Steve G & Butch play.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

all time 10 mind blowers?

1. John & Wierdest
2. Mel Britt
3. Sam Williams
4. Willie Hutch (Love runs out)
5. Len Jewel
6. Larry Houston (Lets spend some time)
7. Melvin Moore
8. Maxine Brown (Million)
9. Carstairs (Hurts me girl)
10. Charles Mintz (Lucky guy)

Current Top 5 Spins:

1. Ron Shy- Don’t You Know (Little Star 7″)
2. Bernard Drake – I’ve Been Untrue
3. Alan Harris- Love is the Only Answer
4. Clarence Reid- You Knock Me Out
5. Love Warmth & Affection- Talkin Bout Love

Web Links:

facebook.com/arthur.fenn


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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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December 22, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , ,
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Andy Roseaman – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Andy Roseaman is based in Brighton, UK. He used to host Mojo to Go Go down here in Brighton for around 6 years. Have played the Hipsville weekender, Fuzz for Freaks, Brighton Mod Weekender, Dollyrocker in Bournemouth, a mad night in Pamplona and various gigs supporting bands in London and Brighton. He took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

Some friends of mine collected garage comps back in the 80s, Pebbles, Boulders etc. and I was hooked from then. Saw a lot of garage and trash bands in those, my teenage days.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

Long time ago, back in the 80s at my local college. They had garage/trash nights on a regular basis and I knew the student union guys quite well and they asked me to spin some tunes.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

NUTS New Year’s Eve at 229 last year. I distinctly remember two years ago at the Brighton weekend three ladies from Asturias (you know who you are!) flashed their knickers at me whilst behind the decks! I nearly miscued the next record after that. Should happen more often if you ask me!

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Thankfully I have been very lucky. Met some wonderful people and still do.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Many great Dj’s out there but in particular Rob for championing the bespoke sound. Peter Feely, the Spanish lads at Euro Ye Ye each year (my favourite festival), Fabrice and Ben Jones, also at the EuroYe Ye this year. I like to tune into Gerry Germans monthly radio show to hear some of the more popular tunes across Europe.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Phasing and fuzz. I have always listened to ‘swirly’ tunes, thumping fuzz guitar, and keep an eye on what sounds go down well on the dance floor and looking out for new tracks continually. The best feeling is when someone comes up to you at the decks and says ‘What the hell was that tune you just played?’ That makes my night. As long as the dance floor is busy I’m happy and hopefully the crowd are too. Meeting lots of new, young faces on the scene lately so it is also great to introduce them to tracks.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Not a mega rare track but Palito Ortega – Amanecer Sin Ti. Great Latin psych/funk track which has gone down really well this year.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

I have always liked The Stones, Pretty Things, Yardbirds, Animals and lesser known bands. Many of the 80s garage groups had a huge impact on me then. The Pebbles and Nuggets comps very influential too.

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

I buy a variety of stuff but do like Texas, Michigan and Florida garage/psych 45s. I am always on the lookout for new tunes from around the world especially those sung in Spanish and Italian. Psych, Garage, Euro beat and Hammond groovers.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

New Year’s Eve in London. I no longer have the time for running a regular club night so I guest at various events. Played the Brighton Weekender several times, in my home city, which is always good fun and a privilege.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Like most of us I have an endless wants list but The Warlords – Real Fine Lady.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

  1. Chevelle V – Come Back Bird
  2. The Haunted – 125
  3. JC Heavy – That Woman’s Mind
  4. The Interns – The Trip
  5. The Rovin Flames – How Many Times
  6. The Quests – Shadows in the Night
  7. Palito Ortega – Amanecer sin ti’
  8. Snapshots – Hip Hip Hurray
  9. The Premiers – Get on this plane
  10. The Rolling Stones – Paint it Black

Current Top 5 Tracks:

  1. The Appleglass Syndrome – Someday
  2. The Shadows of Time – Search Your Soul
  3. Karo – Dans le Ventre d’une enorme baleine
  4. Washington Merry Go Round – Got ta Got ta
  5. The Cords – Aint  That love

Next Club Spots:

NUTs New Year’s Eve Bash, 31st December 2014, London


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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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December 22, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Edu Domingo – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Eduardo Domingo is based in Barcelona, Spain and describes himself as a DJ & Record Dealer. He took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

As a young skinhead, I started collecting reggae, rocksteady and ska, and the progressing to soul via covers was easy. I used to buy tapes (and records) from a skinhead in Cardiff way back in the early 90’s, that’s where I started my rare soul education. Before that, I was attending basic scooterist parties and the music there was not especially inspiring.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

Tiny bar in the Guinardó neighbourhood in Barcelona, a skinhead party. This was the first time I remember to play soul, after that, Soweto Club allnighters and my first “big” spot at Floorshakers Weekender, can’t remember if 1994 or 1995.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Not for me to say, really, but I’ve always enjoyed a lot playing records one on one with David de Santiago from Greenvillage Soulclub. I have really good memories of one of the afternoon sessions we did in Bamberg some years ago.

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Been playing in regular clubs for years, so there’s always been interesting moments. One I remember is playing northern soul at 4 am to a empty dancefloor in suburban Barcelona, well, not totally empty: three hippie punks with skates were doing their thing there. I think they had their dogs with them, too. Not inspiring.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

SOUL SAM for too many reasons to mention, right? Legendary status, enthusiasm, mix of styles.

STEVEN CLANCY makes spotless selections and has an impeccable way of putting those selections together.

LEONA MURPHY because she proves playing quality, not tried-and-tested and being a party DJ can go together.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I’ve always believed that a set should be a logical progression of styles and moods, the old “tell a story” concept. In my mod years, I think Rob Messer was a big influence as he was able to do exactly that: mix some latin, jazzy sounds, some R&B, some killer northern soul and end in style with one or two midtempos. In that sense, I think he shaped the way mods and soulies were djing in Spain in the late 90’s, definitely a big influence way back then.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Can’t say I’ve “discovered” anything (a concept I find sort of debatable). I’ve never tried the C/U game either I would be terribly embarrassed if somebody came up there and said: “Look, here’s your C/U”. I’m happy to play other people’s “discoveries”, no problem about that.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favorite artist(s)?

Two above any others: Sam Dees and The Impressions.

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

I do collect all kinds of black american and jamaican music, both in 45 and in LP format. If I have to be honest, I prefer collecting Lp’s rather than 45’s. I don’t collect any specific label and/or artist though, I only keep what I really like. As a record dealer, I don’t know any other way to be able to make some money! Keeping everything I mildly like is not an option.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Movin’ on Club in Barcelona, first saturday of February, April, June, October and the weekender on the first weekend of December. I also play here and there, but Movin’ On is my main thing.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

If I have to choose one, Fred Williams “Tell her”. Definitely.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. FRED WILLIAMS – Tell her
2. ADMIRATIONS – I want to be free
3. ANTELLECTS – Love slave
4. J.D. BRYANT – I won’t be coming back
5. WILLIE WRIGHT- Right on for the darkness
6. HERBY BROWN – One more broken heart
7. EDDIE BILLUPS – Ask my heart
8. TOMMY RIDGLEY- My love’s getting stronger
9. PAT LEWIS   No one to love
10. GEORGE PEPP- Feeling is real

Current Top 5 Spins:

1. DOC PEABODY – Here without you
2. FELONY THEFT – When you have love
3. DONNELL BROWN- Too late to cry
4. LEONARD ADAIR – The smile upon your face
5. JOSEPH WEBSTER – My love is so strong

Web Links:

facebook.com/MovinOnBarcelona
mixcloud.com/movinon/

Next Club Spots: 

Movin’On Weekender, December 5 – December 7, Barcelona

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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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December 22, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Making a Scene

Making a Scene – Original Underground for Faces Old and New at the New Untouchables Nutty New Year.

It seems like an oddly long time since me and a handful of friends stumbled across our first ‘Mousetrap’ down in Finsbury Park. But suffice to say, as I sit here typing out this article, that particular night those couple years ago left quite an impression on us then unwitting new comers. As the last few years have flown by in a wild blur, so too did the night of December 31st 2011, where the very same little group of us found ourselves dancing relentlessly into 2012 at the New Untouchables Nutty New Year. Truth be told, we’ve always had a storming night at New Untouchables do’s, happy to part with our pounds and our brain cells and dance till dawn- whether it be to vintage soul, R&B, garage, psych or reggae.

Over the course of time we’ve met some top people too amongst the motley crew of characters that attend – with last Saturday’s round of fun being no exception. And if there’s one thing for sure that you can take from a NUTs night it’s that everyone present is here to revel bask in that everlasting decade which refuses to die, the fair old 1960s. Uniting die hard enthusiasts and scene tourists alike, the Nutty New Year was a terrific testament to the decades continued longevity. After attending the 2011 new years bash, I decided to get down with a little bit of Gonzo journalism and give the folks at NUTsMag a few words on how things unfolded at this year’s big farewell.

After what seemed like a life time of waiting for my right hand man Alex to get his act together, and feeling like the world’s sharpest 60’s football manager throw back in my mohair strides and sheepskin coat, I set foot on the local tube platform in wait of the revelry ahead. Inevitably drawing a few interesting looks from the low-jeaned wet look would-be-lotharios of the local Walkabout branch, I reflected to myself that it’s nice to know that whatever alcopop-fuelled orange skinned and ugg-booted distressed denim disaster that would be taking place elsewhere on the streets of England on New Years Eve, would certainly not being taking place inside the walls of 229 this evening. Snobbery aside perhaps, one thing that’s for sure is that an absolute blinder of an evening was laying in wait for me, my good friend Alex, and everyone else in attendance for that matter.

Following more than a couple of rum and cokes at a nearby residence we made our entrance at 229 and the night is already in top gear, the swinging combination of a festive atmosphere and giddy hedonism putting paid to anyone who was planning on having a dull time tonight. A throng of people crowd the bar and the main room dance floor is buzzing. I get a drink in and chew the fat with the assembled crew and take a look around the place.

With the main musical touchstones of the 60’s thoroughly attended to by the DJ’s, every respective scene is out in force. Amidst the bobbing heads you can take your pick of haircuts and get-ups- for the blokes it’s Jones-esque mop-tops bobbing to British beat above roll necks, sharp side partings to finish trim suits cutting moves to vintage R&B, hippyish side-burned fops in flares strut to psych, oxford bags abound out on the floor amongst the numbers here for classic Northern, and more than a few chrome-domed veterans out to show a few of us younger characters how it’s done.

And what about the girls? Well the girls are Fine, and also everywhere. Beehives mingle with bobs and like the chaps it’s no-styles-barred with psych girls in baby doll dresses and skin chicks in skirts and Weejuns; there’s white tights and shift dresses and dolly shoes, plenty of porcelain faces and dark lashes galore adorning dusky eye shadow; floppy hats and bright tunics with splashes of paisley and not to mention the occasional 50’s chick looking delightfully dolled up in red lipstick and curled hair, and generally plenty of oh-so-pretty numbers floating and dancing about looking tip top.

It’s a visual banquet for sure, and then before you’ve had time to take it all in and manage to say all your hellos you’re zipping around fully loaded breathing in the surroundings, bumping into familiars and acquaintances, all to the original hip sound track. It’s a task to keep one foot in the present with a cigarette on the outside before shaking to garage rock in the ‘beat basement’, then hopping to the R&B room to cut a shuffle with some seriously good dancers; ‘Pow Wow’ comes on and everyone’s on the floor dancing to what will incidentally be the only song I will be able to properly remember from the mad fog of  this Saturday night… Bad I know- but there’s just no time to make a note let alone a mental one when things are going this fast and every tune’s a winner.

The continuous rampage through the rotation of rooms inevitably leads me back to the main hall to join the bustling masses dancing to Northern Soul. It’s near on impossible to break the rhythm with everyone putting in the usual monumental shift on the dance floor, and it is hear along with all the familiar faces and friends around that the night drifts effortlessly into the small hours. Demands for one more song are met with everyone moving frenziedly till the very last note. And then just like that, it’s all over. Another night consigned to the scrapbook, although admittedly taking the executive decision to Hunter S. Thompson this night till the very last tune spun out on the turntable, has meant it’s proved rather hard for me to recall the multitude of top tunes I heard throughout the course of the night.

And though this particular bout of alc-zeimers saddens me somewhat I know for sure that the excellency of the music is not up for dispute, and rarely has it ever been at the many New Untouchables nights I’ve been too.  From Charles Sheffield to Chuck Wood through to Cherry Slush and The Seeds then back round to Don Drummond, and while we’re at it Shocking Blue and The Attack, there’s isn’t a stone-cold 60’s gem I haven’t heard at a NUTs all-nighter, not to mention the many rarities that’s had me hurriedly making lists on my phone at the side of the floor in the not-so-distant past.

But don’t leave it to a sift-brained punter like me to tell you how it is, because there’s no substitute for experience. Sharpen up and get yourself along to the next New Untouchable’s date and let the real experts educate your ears and get your feet stepping to the vintage sounds of that old 60s ship that’s showing no signs of sinking any time soon. That’s if you haven’t done already of course.

So for now this has been Arthur Gun for New Untouchables Magazine a.k.a NUTsMag. Happy belated New Year to everyone and I guess I’ll be seeing you at the next one. Until then…


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Arthur Gun

North London son and 23 year old retro-enthusiast freelance aspiring writer/singer/illustrator/anything-goes reporter in the field, Arthur Gun likes to be at the forefront of the revelry on any given night out. After various periods of teenage transgression throughout several scenes he arrived at 'the 60s thing' in the latter half of that mixed-up decade of the so-called Noughties. With an eclectic taste in many things subcultural, it has been the stylistic and musical revolution of the former decade that has captured a permanent corner of his imagination and which continues to live on in the hearts and minds of so many others. Taking a reporter-in-the-field approach to is review writing, Arthur can be seen amongst the thick of the action at New Untouchables events, whilst spending the following days trying to recollect the often incendiary events in the form of words. He hopes that one day words may provide enough income to foot his dry-cleaning bill.

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February 6, 2012 By : Category : Clubs Events Front Page Reviews Tags:, ,
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