2011’s Top 5 Guilty Pleasures

Okay before I start let’s make one thing clear. Seedy Sonics is ALL about underground dance music. This is list is in NO way representative of what we are about at Seedy Sonics and is not the views of Seedy Sonics as a whole, just one rogue member with a weak spot for cheesy nonsense. I know I shouldn’t like any of these tracks, and when asked by most people I’d say I actually hate them. But in truth I’ve enjoyed every single one of them at some point this year. I feel like a naughty catholic in a confession box with some seedy priest even admitting this, so here we go.

5. LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem

As far as a name for anything goes, ‘LMFAO’ is about the lowest common denominator bullshit I can think of. Closely followed by the disgustingly generic ‘Party Rock Anthem’. Add to that some cringy rapping, a chorus that makes me want to repeatedly smash my head against a wall and overly uplifting chords that could have been written by a deaf 5 year old, I’m actually starting to wonder why this track is even on this list. O ye, the dirty dutch inspired drop that would sound so good in any Afrojack or Chuckie tune and makes my head automatically bop everytime I hear it on daytime radio. Oh the shame!

4. Benny Benassi feat. Chris Brown – Beautiful People

Since producing the ground-breakingly sick ‘Satisfaction’, it is fair to say Benny Benassi has been living off past glories. Meanwhile it’s a miracle that Chris Brown is even allowed to release music anymore, and a shame on society in general that anyone is actually willing to spend money on it. After all, we all know what Chris Brown does to beautiful people! Once again, cheesy overly uplifting chords is order of the day and lyrics so meaningless its an insult to the English language. Yet again though, when the drop comes on daytime radio the urge to throw my hands in the air and scream like some drugged up idiot takes over. Yes, I am ashamed.

3. Flux Pavillion – Bass Cannon

As a fan of real dubstep, as in the dark, moody bass heavy vibes I used to put my hood up to and pretend I was a rudeboy at clubs like Plastic People & The Custard Factory, I’ve recently been boring people to death with my views about ‘brostep’ bullshit. So it’s easy to imagine my surprise and disgust at hearing this ‘omg this is so filthy yah’ screechy bollocks being blasted out on Chris Moyles’s breakfast show. Yet every time I hear it I can’t help but want to jump around like an absolute tool, and maybe even ‘mosh’. O dear!

2. Swedish House Mafia – Save The World

After the success of SHM’s banger ‘One’ last year (before the totally past it Pharrell did his best to ruin it forever), I actually thought that against the odds they might release some credible and decent music this year. Disappointed doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings when listening to ‘Save The World’. An extremely average production with some half-arsed auto-tuned cheesy male vocal on top wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for. Yet over 6 months later, I still find that annoying guys vocal creeping into my head, and the Knife Party remix is hidden away in my CD wallet for when my crowd pleasing instincts get the better of me but I can’t bring myself to be responsible for dropping the original mix. Please don’t judge me!

1. Calvin Harris feat. Kelis – Bounce

Okay my hatred for Calvin Harris is probably a little over the top and unjustified. However every single bit of music he’s released, every answer he’s given in an interview and just everything about the guy makes me angry. Kelis, on the other hand, I’ve always liked. Her music might not be totally up my street but she is very hot and a couple songs like ‘Milkshake’ & ‘Millionaire’, not exactly anything special, are hardly disgraceful either. Unfortunately for me, Kelis’s involvement in this track is fairly minor and isn’t really what makes it good at all. Calvin Harris has just nailed the beat, a nice summer vibe that immediately brings me back to floating around in a sun-kissed Ibiza swimming pool surrounded by beauty. I tried so hard not to like it but it’s only made me like it even more. Damn you Calvin and your excellent production skills!

So there you have it. Narrowly missing the cut were Chase & Status ‘Blind Faith’, Calvin & Rihanna ‘We Found Love’ and the truly dreadful LMFAO ‘Sexy & I Know It’. Maybe in a few months I’ll grow to like them in some twisted sense, but for the time being they are just plain shit.

I’ll leave you with this observation, which anyone dumb enough to actually click the links above might have noticed. These 5 tracks between them have amassed over 100million youtube views! The shame is now so unbearable I’m going to go find a 4-hour minimal techno set to cleanse myself of this shit with. Merry xmas!

Essential Mix of The Year 2011

For those of you who have follow the Essential Mix every week you will already know that Radio 1 are taking votes for their essential mix of the year. All the DJ’s who have graced the decks this year have been incredible in their own right but the nominees for mix of the year have stepped their game up to the next level. With the likes of Seth Troxler, Dimitri From Paris, Brookes Brothers, Eric Prydz live from Creamfields, Eats Everything live at In:Motion, SBTRKT, Pete Tong 20’s years of Broadcasting on Radio 1, Julio Bashmore, Kaskade, Joker, Jamie XX, Carl Craig, Maya Jane Coles, Beardyman & Above & Beyond making the cut you know that some seriously good music has been laid down. You can vote online at Essential Mix Of The Year 2011 Make sure your favourite mix gets the recognition it deserves.

Paul Oakenfold – Planet Perfecto

A review I wrote for
http://spain.partysan.net/music/paul-oakenfold-%E2%80%98we-are-planet-perfecto%E2%80%99-compilation/

There is no denying that Paul Oakenfold entirely deserves his reputation as a living legend in dance music. Bringing Goa trance into the mainstream and taking it to Ibiza changed dance music forever. Since then his domination of the trance scene in the 90s and his successful mainstream re-invention in the noughties has ensured his status as one of the world’s top DJs.

It’s fair to say 2011 is going well for Oakenfold, with headline residencies in Ibiza and Las Vegas and a tour of festivals across the world. His new Planet Perfecto radio show is already reaching 15million listeners a week, showcasing all the styles of the melodic electronic music he is famous for. Now ready to release the first in his ‘We Are Planet Perfecto’ compilation series, Oakenfold looks set to finish the year in style.

Acting as a platform for Oakenfold’s Perfecto & Perfecto Fluoro labels, which make up over 20 of the tracks, ‘We Are Planet Perfectro’ also looks back through the years. Remixes of some of Oakenfold’s top releases, including ‘Southern Sun’ & ‘Faster Kill Pussy Cat’, act as timely reminders of his finest moments.

The 1st CD reflects the glitzier sound that Oakenfold has been exploring since his Las Vegas residency. The summery house and trance beats makes easy listening, with some commercial remixes sitting alongside underground club tracks by up and coming producers like Arty. Reflecting both Oakenfold’s refusal to be restricted by genre and the current diversity of dance music, it is an energetic mix that will appeal to Oakenfold’s mainstream following despite not really enhancing his relevance in today’s scene.

The 2nd CD is a darker journey altogether and a nod to his Goa trance roots. Tracks like Oakenfold’s ‘Full Moon Party’ and ‘I’m Alive’, his collaboration with Infected Mushroom, bring the Goa trance vibe right up to date. Protest Movement’s ‘You Forget’ is the stand-out track from the mix and proof that Oakenfold’s Hollywood years haven’t taken him away from his roots.

Paul Oakenfold is re-launching himself yet again, showing no signs of wanting to rest on his former glories. Keeping his long-held place in DJ Mags top 100 DJs, ranked this year at 69, and with a new artist album expected in 2012, this could be Oakenfold’s renaissance. All this despite being ranked no.1 in LA Weekly’s tongue in cheek ‘Top 5 Douchiest DJs’, there’s clearing no stopping him.

Words by Dave Morris

Jack Beats – End Of Love

Absolute banger from Jack Beats here, this is getting me all excited for the release of their debut album which is due out next year. Keep your eyes peeled for it!!!

Radio 1 Shake Up

For fans of Radio 1’s dance music shows there is set to be a shake up of presenters, out go Gilles Peterson, Kissy Sell Out, Judge Jules & Fabio & Grooverider and in come Skream & Benga, Toddla T, Friction & Charlie Sloth. For more info read read the following article.

Radio 1 DJ Shake Up

Dub Phizix & Skeptikal ft Strategy – MARKA

HEAVY HEAVY HEAVY! Most sought after drum and bass tune at the moment! On pretty much all the latest techy dnb podcasts (shogun, critical, metalheadz) and has gathered a huge following online. First heard this on the Shogun podcast in August, then again at Outlook on 3 occasions. If you’re into your techno, dubstep, grime, DnB or hip hop then you will definitely  enjoy this.

Set for release in 12 days time on the 19th December on Exit Records. Let’s get it to Xmas NUMBER ONE!

This is #Marka.

***

Only uploaded yesterday and already nearly 16,000 views without the help of a well known Youtube channel – That is the power of digital marketing and the societal strength found within the underground music community today.

Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJ’s

Electronic music is a global phenomenon, but for most of us, our perspectives are shaped by the cities in which we go raving. Tastes and trends vary from place to place, and it’s nigh on impossible to keep tabs on the scene at large (unless you’re a DJ and travel the world for a living). That’s what’s so fascinating about our annual poll of your favourite DJs: it’s a rare chance to see the broad spectrum of who people like to see in clubs. It’s like a distillation of countless parties around the world over a 12 month period: the late nights and fuzzy mornings of thousands of punters are funneled into a single list.

In 2010 we had to admit that the top DJs poll wasn’t radically different from the one in 2009. That is definitely not the case in 2011. Take spots #1 and #2, which changed hands for the first time in years. Then you’ve got the inevitable first-timers, one of whom makes his top 100 debut all the way up at #5. There are even a couple of DJs who appear twice (well, sort of). But enough chit chat—let’s scroll down, shall we?

Here’s the link to the top 100 DJ’s for 2011 as voted by the public. This is a true dj list unlike DJ’s mag’s popularity contest!

Resident Advisor Top 100 DJ’s

We here at Seedy Sonics are supporting the Deep house movement that seems to have taken Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJ list this year. People like Solomun, Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Art Department, Tale Of Us and Maya Jane Coles to name but a few have really been pushing this sound this year and this poll shows how this movement has really gathered momentum over the past year. Songs like Jamie Jones’s remix of ‘Hungry for the Power’ and Hot Natured’s – Forward Motion have made it into every professional DJ and aspiring DJ’s Cd wallets, regardless of whether or not they play deep house. Keep a close eye on these artists over the next 12 months, 2012 is going to be a big year for Deep house!

BrumEye

An insightful article from one of our local Birmingham blogs about where to go out clubbing on New Years Eve in Birmingham this year. Keep your eyes peeled for more from this blog…

BrumEye

Next dose of Seediness…

WE’RE BACK!!

After an incredible run of parties during 2011, we figured that the best way to start 2012 was with another huge warehouse party, with our most exciting bookings yet!

We are proud to present FOAMO, a resident for Chew The Fat! & We Love… @ Space Ibiza. He was nominated for best breakthrough producer a couple of years ago, and since then has firmly established himself as one of the electro top dons! With mixes like this http://soundcloud.com/foamo/foamo-celestial-mix and productions like thishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgh1jfxbSPk this man is a serious talent and will be smashing the Warehouse to bits!

Joining him in the warehouse will be the local hero, TOM SHORTERZ. Hes been fundamental to the Rainbow’s and Jackin House’s recent growth in Birmingham. Resident at both Face and 2.31, we at seedy are buzzing to have him and his brilliant dance-floor controlling skill.

Headlining the Garden we have MISTANOIZE. This man is a straight up DnB DJ with incredible talent. He’ll be playing on 3 decks as usual and be giving us a huge dose of noize that has seen him play at the DNB awards, win countless comps, including Ram-Records comp this year, and be tipped to be the freshest mixer since Andy C.

Joining him in the garden is ESCAPE. Hes has been key to the D’n’B in the midlands, having run radio shows with hazard, being fundamental to the success of Kool fm and running the successful label and night, Muzik Hertz.

In the morgue there will be the usual dose of underground ibiza house with a headliner to be confirmed.

And across all the rooms will be your usual seedy residents providing you with a healthy dose of Electro, Drum’n’Bass, Dubstep, Techno, House and a few other unique sounds that you’ve come to expect from our nights.

Well be offering our usual great value drinks £2 Beer and £2 Vodka mixer, aswell as Limited £5 earlybird tickets and £8 Standard tickets (including BF). Tickets available from: https://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/seedy-sonics/10019026

You know what our nights are about, and what makes them unique. Its the Seedy vibe, and our focus on quality underground music.

Keeping it Seedy x

Seedy smash up Hospitality Birmingham @ Rainbow, 2/12/2011

Friday 2nd December 2011 will go down in living memory as one of the best nights I’ve ever experienced. It was one of those nights you wished could last forever and ever. A night which many would agree was simply phenomenal on so many different levels.

‘Hospitality’ is a household name for any DnB head or even any EDM lover. They pulled out a banging showcase on Friday night. Top DJ’s, unbelievable vibes and an all out skankathon. This coupled with the fact that Seedy were on the bill and I got to DJ at it with my partner in crime LFM in the Garden is probably the reason why it enters the prestigious club which is: ‘Brown Bear’s nights he wished lasted forever’ (I will tell you about them another time).

Set of the night has to go to Hospitality’s new signing S.P.Y who is the 4th best export out of Brazil after Pele, DJ Marky and Samba music. He smashed it with some up to date classics such as ‘Gangsta VIP’ turning even the most beautiful of females into a withering, screwface monster…trust me I was with her when it happened. His and Marky’s remix of ‘Atlantis’ went down a treat, as did the extended version of By Your Side (a song I’d like played at my wedding and funeral because of its emotional addictiveness). S.P.Y’s notorious basslinea added to Hospitality’s feel good sounds is a killer combo, and at first it was a signing which surprised me. I’ve realised that it is actually ingenious and has formed a much needed bridge between the darker side of dnb and the well known liquidy edge which Hospitality promote so well. Hats off to you Tony!

DJ Melinki (our competition winner) went in stupidly hard on the decks. He tore the roof off the Garden and Kinsella’s role as MC was equally heart melting. Both put on an excellent show and they deserve the credit for winning the competition with his fiery blend of DnB, House, Dubstep and Garage and her soothing vocals – http://www.facebook.com/djmelinkiofficial

Familiar regulars were out in full force at Hospitality, nice to see so many of you off your rockers…exactly how we like it at Seedy. Even World Champion beatboxer Reeps One decided to turn up for a lil skank out. So random, so funny, so memorable.

Tune of the night was ‘Wilkinson – Tonight’. 

Hands down biggest song at the moment – potential booking? Yes indeed.

Myself and LFM decided to go in very dark and techy for our set dropping deep rollers (see below)…. till I decided to pull out 3rd Degree Gurns. Obviously being Birmingham every person within listening vicinity went insane with one kid demanding a reload. So brummy, so seedy, so good. What a night.

Finally big up to Josh and Chimene from Hospitality for putting on such a quality event and organising the competition with us and of course lots of seedy love to everyone who came down to support and have a good old fashioned knees up.

The Brownest of Bears xoxo