The year in review, if you spent all your time in underground nightclubs

The Black Madonna finished her set at Chapter 10 with Floorplan’s ‘Funky Souls’. This has been a tough year for a lot of people, and for a lot of reasons. As a community (and dance floor) was coming to terms with the tragedy in Oakland in which 36 people lost their lives, Marea reminded us that “We need funky souls, sisters and brothers who love each other.”
House music still has the power to be an expression of diversity, defiance, and solidarity.
People were crying on the dance floor.

Louis Haiman – How Free Am I (Marcel Dettmann Remix) 

Isaac Tichauer – Higher Level (Bicep Remix)

Harvey playing Detroit Emerald’s Feel The Need at six am at MoS, and it feeling like the most perfect thing ever.

Ugly Drums and Lady BlackTronika – Change The Key

Honey Dijon featuring Seven Davis Jr – Houze  

Glenn Underground – Contact

Dan Beaumont playing the last set at the last night of Dance Tunnel. No dry eyes... 

Felix da Housecatt featuring Vince Lawrence and Jamie principle – Wanna Touch Your Body

Lounging back on the front of a boat somewhere off the Greek coast on a Wednesday afternoon, listening to Marcellus Pittman and Mike Huckaby play Detroit disco and funk classics at the Odyssia festival - one of those ‘Damn, I live a fine life’ moments .

Urulu – Tochigi Descent EP

Medlar – Body Action

Justin Cudmore – Crystal (Mike Servito's 730 Reshape)

Mr. Fingers – Qwazars

Thatmanmonkz – For Bae

A Band Called Flash – Phantom

Hunee playing his first London all-nighter at Thunder's fifth birthday. Hundreds of 20-somethings dancing to Michelle Freeman as the sun came up...

Powerdance – Powerdance

Paranoid London – We Come To Rock

Omar-S – Heard Chew Single

Floorplan – Tell You No Lie

The Black Madonna – He Is The Voice I Hear

DJ Boring – Winona   

Trying to explain to Tony Humphries at three am that he couldn't play for eight hours, as the club was only open for one more hour and he had turned up 45 minutes late for the start of his set. Then having him say he “Had only just got going in the last half hour” of his three hour set. Great to see he still loves playing.

DJ Wave – Above The Clouds

Virginia – Funkert

Gilles Peterson playing the Boy’s Own tent at Farr Festival, dropping that DJ Nature edit of L’il Louis’ Music Takes You Away and sending the BFC into ecstasy.


Thanks to Dan Beaumont, Miles Simpson, Rob Alldritt, Love Vinyl, Sean Dickson, Wes Baggaley, Spencer Broughton, Severino, Guy Williams, and Bushwacka.

Issue OneSteve Beale