POSH:funk are absolutely delighted to bring you out first guests of the year and what guests they are, Space and amnesia ibiza residents Layo & Bushwacka will be making their return to the basement, and who could forget what was the gig of the year when they played for us in sproai weekend in 2010.
Layo & Bushwacka! are one of electronic music’s most esteemed duos. Comprising of Matthew ‘Bushwacka’ B - a percussionist in the London School Symphony Orchestra who was converted into a member of the infamous Rat Pack after a warehouse party in ’88. And Layo Paskin - a North Londoner immersed in the acid house scene who met Mr C at one of the legendary Clink Street parties in 1988, before together setting up their world renowned night club, The End, based in London. It was via their mutual friend Mr C that Layo & Bushwacka! first met, whilst Matthew was working at Mr C’s studio, and by the mid 90s the two had started writing music together. Over a decade later, the partnership has yielded three artist albums, three mix albums, internationally renowned club residencies and a superb record label.
By 1999 they’d already composed their debut album, ‘Low Life’, released on End Recordings, the label spawned by The End. The album announced the arrival of the duo as a force in electronic music; with a record that brought together electro, house and breakbeat, fused with blues, dub and downtempo, all underpinned and informed by their collective experience of underground culture. This inclusive and open minded approach to sound became the blueprint for their future work.
Their second album followed in 2002, this time released on the mighty XL Recordings. Entitled ‘Night Works’, the record featured their unforgettable top ten hit ‘Love Story’, and took their sound onto a bigger and broader canvas, selling 100,000 copies in the process. The accompanying live show brought further acclaim with sellout shows from Glastonbury to Sonar, whilst their famous DJ sets had now garnered residencies at some of the world’s finest clubs, including of course The End.
Their End residency, known as All Night Long, became one of London’s most revered nights with Layo & Bushwacka! taking the club through an edifying tour-de-force of electronic music. The night gave birth to their second mix album ‘All Night Long’, which followed the success level of their first ‘The End’, mixed in conjunction with Mr C and released on XL Recordings in the late 90s. ‘All Night Long’ became a perfect reflection of a Layo & Bushwacka! DJ set; inspirational, educational and all encompassing, it slaloms through all manner of house music and includes their own reworks of such timeless classics as Bebel Gilberto’s ‘So Nice’ and Sly & The Family Stone’s ‘Dance To The Music’, all without missing a beat.
2007 saw Layo and Bushwacka! release ‘Global Underground 33: Rio’. Born out of the ongoing love story between the duo and their second home of Brazil. Layo and Matthew have a unique and unshakeable relationship with the world’s most effervescent nation. Disc one saw them scour their record collections, revisiting gems from the past twenty years; flowing through the music that helped shape the DJs they’ve become. Whilst disc two represents the new wave of electronic music with a track listing that includes the most dynamic producers in dance music today.
Since its 2005 beginnings, Olmeto has continued to provide an exclusive outlet for Layo and Matthew’s creativity. All tracks are by only themselves, with key artists invited to give their interpretations to the duo’s work - from Green Velvet and Loco Dice, to Unkle and Nic Fanciulli. Forthcoming Olmeto releases include the edgy soundscapes of Layo and Bushwacka’s ‘The Longest Day’, with remixes from Mirko Loko and Audiofly. Whilst outside of Olmeto, the duo have recently remixed ‘Dimension Intrusion’ by Fuse (Richie Hawtin) on Plus8, as well as Guy Gerber and Ralph Lawson.
Following the closure of The End in January 2009, Layo & Bushwacka! launched ‘Shake It’, a new bi-monthly warehouse party in London. After so many years in one home in London, they felt the freedom to move around would be the perfect antidote - and so it has proved. It not only allows total freedom but is in keeping with the changing times and nightlife landscape.
Layo & Bushwacka!’s reputation as two of the world’s foremost DJ duos is rock solid. Three artist albums have proven them remarkably talented producers - capable of mixing styles, tempos and genres to create enduring and engaging electronic music. Their trio of mix albums and international club residencies have shown they are masters of the turntables; sonic connoisseurs who can guide a dancefloor on an epic journey through the many facets of their sound. Their label Olmeto, meanwhile, has become a bastion for quality, a label that, much like its figureheads, has become a stamped seal of class.
As you can see these lads are highly respected throughout the world and we are delighted to be able to get the chance to bring them back to the basement for the people of Waterford. Support on the night comes from Skelly and Paul Collins and doors will be at the earlier time of 10 o clock, this was an absolute sell out the last time they played, with the basement being a very intimate venue it would be expected to sell out. Admission on the night is 15 euro this is sure to be one of the gigs of the year make sure to be apart of it :)
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I read a real helpful article to help any producers out there.
1. A lot of deep house's vibe comes from its rhythm. While the drum patterns don't generally deviate much from the 4/4 template, leaving them straight makes them sound too robotic. To give them a more human feel - à la Chris Brann's Ananda Project - you can apply 16th-note swing quantisation or some more sophisticated groove quantisation if your sequencer supports it. Analysing live drum breaks will give you a more human feel than straight quantisation, though you'll probably find that keeping the kicks dead on the beat works best.
2. While programming riffs and chord progressions with a mouse is convenient if you can't play the keyboard - and handy for tricky stuff, of course - you should at least give the old-fashioned live approach a try. Mistakes can always be corrected later using your sequencer's MIDI editor, and you might be surprised at how much better your sequences sound when you've played rather than programmed them. Plenty of top producers swear by the 'human touch' to inject a bit of life and soul into their tracks.
3. A very commonly used sound in deep house music is the electric piano. While it's possible to spend hundreds of pounds on a commercial electric piano emulation, there are some superb free plug-ins out there that are more than capable of doing the job. Check out the latest version of MrRay if you don't believe us.
4. If you want to create an authentic electric piano sound, it's crucial that you use the right effects. Check out the Kjaerhus Classic Series - the Auto-Filter effect in particular can be used to add movement and feeling to an electric piano sound. Start out with the Panning Notch preset and turn the LFO Rate up to around 1.5Hz. Then add the Kjaerhus Delay and Reverb plug-ins in that order. Turn the Dir/Eff level of the reverb down to make it sound more intimate.
5. If your chords don't have enough body, you can make them bigger by doubling them with another instrument. Even if the part you double it with is extremely quiet (you don't want it to overpower the original chords), it can still add character and definition.
6. You need to ensure that you're properly utilising space in the stereo image when you're creating deep house, and a stereo imaging plug-in can make this a lot easier. Try installing mda Image and turning the S Width value up to 200% for an extra wide stereo image that'll give your tracks a widescreen feel.
7. Another thing to try with mda Image is to turn the S Width down to 0%. This will 'mono-fy' the signal and enable you to place it precisely in the stereo panorama using your sequencer's pan control. This can be useful when you want to accurately position percussion sounds in the stereo mix.
8. When using doubled parts in this manner, you can use the stereo space to create different feels. Try doubling the Mr Ray electric piano with something else, using mda Image to increase the stereo spread of Mr Ray and mono-fying the other patch. This will keep the electric piano vibes rolling around the stereo field while retaining a lot of definition in the centre of the mix.
"If your chords don't have enough body, you can make them bigger by doubling them with another instrument."9. Effects are generally used quite sparsely in Deep House, so those that you do use need to be up to scratch or they'll stick out like sore thumbs. Reverbs, then delays are the most commonly used - if you're in need of a high quality reverb try Ambience and for delay, give Big Tick's Dual Delay. Both are free and cross-platform.
10. If you're using reverb or delay send effects on sounds that have a large amount of low end, you can curtail the amount of bass output from the send effect by adding a high-pass filter at any point of the effect chain.
UAP is a synergy between two well-known DJ's born from a passion for music and the need to expand it in different genres and give free rein to their creativity without having to maintain a constant line. Each production will captures the spirit of both DJs while the first release, due out on Paul's Boutique, will contain the remixes of Andre Butano & Miguel Lobo and Allen. Watch out these guys!!
Supported by Danny Tenaglia, Dj Sneak, Karotte, Larsen & Luca Marano, Marco Carola, Paco Osuna, Paolo Martini, Ralf, Miguel Garji (Ibiza Global Radio), Alex Flatner, Arado, Butch, Alex Piccini, Dan Drastic, Daniel Sanchez, David Labeji, Den Ishu, Francisco Allendes, Gel Abril, Lauhaus, Leon, Monika Kruse, Pirupa, Sebastian Roya, El Mundo & Satori, SIS, Doomwork, Hugo, Clio, Dj Kool Dek, Jesse Perez, Luca Agnelli, Mendo, Onno, Tripmastaz, Anhanguera, Keemani, Nice 7, Pizeta, youANDme and many more!
Bought some deluxe house music over the weekend.
I'll be DJing at this next gig. Hope to see you there.
POSH:funk are delighted to be back with another one of their all day summer sessions Sunday September the 11th :) this is going to be the second last one of this year so make sure ye can make it down for a dance.
As always we are going to have a great lineup of local talent and also some talent from outside the county.
The lineup is as follows Skelpy who will make his POSH:funk debut, Steffan Coonan who also makes his POSH:funk debut, Rob Heenean, Conor Doyle who is another dj to make his debut on the day, Owen Begely, Smurf and Stephen Westwood, Nordine Chigara, Soydan, Nic Furlong.
As you can see fro the lineup this has the makings of another brilliant day of top class music on the terrace :)
This all kicks off at 3 till half 10, then we hit the basement for just groove, admission for the whole day is just 5 euro, your getting 11 hours of top class tunes for a fiver cant beat that :)
Hope to cye on the terrace :) :) :)
I thought I'd put my hand to producing a deep techy track and heres were I'm at:
All House Music News from Ireland.