Returned from a whirlwind NYC weekend where we visited Bunker for the indominable Sleeparchive, absolutely essential record store Other Music, Avalon NYC where we saw Feadz (with Uffie!), the Robots crew and much much more.
Probably the most enjoyable event was Leftovers at Love, where our friend DJ Spinoza, Derek Plaslaiko (above by Will Calcutt) and the Wolf and Lamb crew threw down on what Theo Parrish himself called the best sound system in the world.
And it is. The Wolf and Lamb duo have free music available at their website and, even more impressively, the Ableton Live files that make up the track available as well. This way, you can download the code and remix it yourself. I don't think anyone else has ever done this. And as they mentioned to us, they want their netlabel to be all dancefloor music, not digital detritus. Judging by the way the crowd moved, I'd say they succeeded.
Now with its first investor, a new Boston-based editor, a growing industry buzz and a schedule booked to the hilt, Speaking in Code takes off for Miami in a few days. We're tired but looking forward to the challenge.
In addition to filming and speaking at conferences (and buying lots of records from Chris and our friends at Other Music) I wrote two pieces for the Phoenix while we were in NYC. One on the Orb, who play live in Boston Monday 27 March and Hot Chip. The other piece is my weekly Circuits column on Boston superstar DJ Alan Manzi and Reggaeton DJ Hectik. Pick it up if you're in the area. Or, just click above, they're already on-line.
Speaking of Hot Chip (see below) it was a blast to DJ at their show. They spoke with me for the Phoenix article afterwards and asked a number of questions about what was spun before they came on, specifically about Booka Shade, the live electronic duo we plan to catch plenty of in Miami and remarked specifically about this track:
It's from the Kitsune X CD/2LP compilation which never ever leaves my record bag. Kitsune is one of the finer labels on earth. A boutique label from chic Paris. Two other people asked about it as well. So...
The Mogs - "Kelly Blame (Vocal Mix)"
And we're out.
See you in Miami.