HOUSE RECORDS – AND HOUSE MOMENTS – OF 2016
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.
Harvey playing Detroit Emerald’s Feel The Need at six am at MoS, and it feeling like the most perfect thing ever.
Dan Beaumont playing the last set at the last night of Dance Tunnel. No dry eyes...
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 .
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...
The Black Madonna – He Is The Voice I Hear
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.
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.