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I Heart Berlin

My last-minute trip to Berlin exceeded my expectations. Everyone I know that’s visited, said I would have an amazing time. But I believe you never really know what a place is like until you’ve immersed yourself in it. So I was taken aback at how right they were.
Berlin Sights
Top 3 things I did
1: I went out, of course (I didn’t do the whole techno/house ‘thing‘ though). It’s my kind of place because everyone goes out late. It’s also very relaxed and I didn’t feel any kind of danger travelling through the city on my own at night. When I wasn’t alone, I was very lucky to have a guide in my old flatmate who now lives in Berlin. It was mainly down to her that I had so much fun. I watched live comedy and drank tea cocktails at t Berlin in Kreuzberg, sat with a black and white straw model at Sameheads in Neukolin and danced to Grandmaster Flash and Maceo from De La Soul at Cassiopeia in Friedrichshain. My stay was made complete by “singing” along to Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’ with the most amazing gay guys at Privatleben in Prenzlauer Berg. I would recommend them all.
Berlin Fun2: East Side Gallery (Berlin Wall). A great living piece of history that gives people the opportunity to actively learn and consider. I have many emotions about it. For me, it raises questions about what life was like on either side and what it means for the city now.
East Side Gallery3: Friedrichshain district. Just walking through this part of East Berlin is very cool. The grafitti, market stalls, cafes and shops are super interesting. It’s a shame I didn’t get to experience more of it in the day time. I definitely will be visiting here when I come back again.
Walking Around

The 3 main things I took away from the trip are:

1: It’s famous history isn’t hidden away and the way Berlin and its people have reacted to it in a positive manner reflects a progressive city which is accepting of lots of different cultures.

2: The people I met were lovely. Straightforward, kind and friendly.

3: I didn’t ever feel like I was anywhere else. Berlin has a very strong identity.

Berlin really did steal my heart. I could go on about it even more but essentially Berlin is an experience to make your own. A must see city and definitely one I have to visit again.

Weekend house vibes

Sy Sez feat. Phoenix Pearle – ‘Send Me High’

 

Sy Sez Dub Mix is my fave.

Aside: It’s really easy to miss the ‘z’ on this keyboard and press ‘x’ instead. So I’ve nearly written Sy Sex several times.

Soul Clap feat. Robert Owens – ‘Misty’ 

 

Really loving this package. At a push, the Louie Vega Roots NYC Mix is the one for me.

Have a good weekend, everyone x

Prepping for Berlin

I’ve booked a last-minute trip to the German capital and I’m pretty excited. When I get the chance to travel, I grab the opportunity with both hands.

Top of my to-do list, of course, is clubbing. House nights to be precise. I might be a bit stuck seen as, according to every travel guide I’ve read, techno is the dominant genre in the city. I don’t mind a bit of it here and there, especially Detroit style, but it’s just not my go-to. I mean, I could just go to a night to ‘experience’ it. But as I’m meeting with up with a friend who’s independent and may have other plans apart from seeing me, the debauchery isn’t exactly suited.

It’s apparent that, after doing a little more research, Berlin’s music scene doesn’t begin and end with techno. I’ve already found 2 deep house nights taking place on the night I arrive.

J.A.W , Floating Points, Sadar Bahar and Andrew Ashong are playing at basement club Prince Charles, while Deep Fried hosts Jovonn and Arnaldo (from Manchester!). Even Berghain, the club many consider to be the utopia of techno, is showcasing dub gods The Bug and Mala while I’m there.

I’ve heard that Salon-Zur wilden Renate is a good club to go to for less techy vibes from Berlin-based DJs. It’s good to check out the local talent and I love this mix from Couleur, who appears to play there quite regularly. If this is anything like what’s in store when I visit Berlin, I’ll be more than happy. Get me there, now.

Introducing: Tanzlife

 

Ahh Stockholm, the home of lots of beautiful things and even more beautiful people. It’s also got a pretty nice party scene going on and Local Talk is a leading name.

I’m loving their latest mix, courtesy of Polish DJ, promoter and producer, Tanzlife. So nice. A great way to keep the house vibes alive after my extended weekend of partying at Southport Weekender’s Camelot party.

Want more? Check out Local Talk and Tanzlife on Soundcloud.

Southport Weekender presents: Camelot – 30/08

 

Camelot, Park Hall Hotel, 2pm to 6am, Saturday 30th August

It was a quiet August bank holiday, filled with grown up things like DIY and free street festivals.  I’m not complaining though, because I’ve energy and money to party this weekend.

I’ll be making the short journey from Manchester to Park Hall Hotel for Camelot, an 18-hour party ran by the organisers of Southport Weekender.

The line up is an impressive mixture of local, national and international names. The likes of The Unabombers, Dimitri From Paris and Ron Trent stand side by side with Afro-Coalition DJs, James Morgan from Liverpool night Hustle and Stretford Dogs Club of Development fame.

Another highlight is Jasper Street Company’s live performance with The Basement Boys, who will no doubt be providing a sequel to their all-conquering Sunday afternoon performance in May. 

It’s a fitting end of summer celebration for the Southport Weekender family, who’ve hosted and enjoyed Minehead’s Southport Weekender and Suncebeat in Croatia this year.

Check the link for the full line up.

Don’t miss out on your ticket, which are available online until 8pm on Friday 29th August and on the door for £5 extra. Hotel rooms are available separately.

Saturday 30th August-Sunday 31st August, 1pm to 6am, Park Hall Hotel, Park Hall Road, Charnock Richard, Lancashire, PR7 5LP, £45 adv, £50 on the door, room prices are separate.

Hot ticket: Now Wave presents FKA Twigs at RNCM – 04/10

Don’t forget, tickets for FKA Twigs at the Royal Northern College of Music are on sale from 12pm on August 15th.

It’s a great venue for a performance from the Young Turks artist, who did a sold out show at the Dancehouse just over 2 weeks ago. She’s also garnered national attention; releasing her debut album, LP1, at the beginning of the week (11/08/14).

I’ve been a bit late to the party; I only heard Two Weeks the other day. But the moment she hits that note, I knew she was worth the hype.

Be quick. Now Wave have a great reputation and in the Manchester gig world, it usually means a sell out.

Buy tickets here.

Saturday 4th October, 7.30pm, Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, M13 9RD, £12 adv.

Wednesday Woe: Silk Rhodes – ‘Pains’

 

Melancholy mid-week vibes from Silk Rhodes, a two piece consisting of vocalist Sasha Desree and producer Michael Collins.

This soulful, stripped-back debut single epitomises the whole concept of beauty is pain, in my opinion. Or is that pain is beauty?

It’s just been released on vinyl by Stones Throw Records.

Find out more about Silk Rhodes, here.

Seven Davis Jr. – ‘Friends’

 

My Monday so far:

Dropped a pot of yogurt on the kitchen floor.

Bad hair.

Demanding individuals.

But it’s all okay. Because I can’t stop listening to ‘Friends’ from Seven Davis Jr’s latest LP, out on Classic Music Company. I think almost everyone can relate to his tale of friendship.

The 3 track release is pretty solid in my opinion, check it out on Soundcloud.

Video

Chuck D feat. Mavis Staples: ‘Give We The Pride’

 

Talent without compromise. It’s a rare occurrence these days but I’m glad these two amazing artists have it nailed with ‘Give We The Pride’.

Chuck D’s observations are on point (as usual) while the legendary Staples’ vocals take it to another level.

It’s a great track. I hope it gets the recognition it deserves.

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