Interview: Slide On The Terrace – A Love From Outer Space with Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston

As we near look forward to a spectacularly sunny weekend its time to man up and start the preparations for another big night out… (I’m looking at you Secret Garden Party windgers…) This weekend is all about the very special A Love From Outer Space night with Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston up on the roof at the Brixton Clubhouse. With the weather forecast looking like its going to be sunburn o’clock its set to be another amazing party. The Slide team have also asked SlothBoogie to take over in the club straight after the big boys set upstairs so we’ve been preparing slowmo bass weapons all week ready for launch at midnight.

In the mean time check out this interview with Sean Johnston as he takes us through all things A Love From Outer Space:

What is the musical philosophy behind ‘A Love From Outer Space’ (ALFOS)?

Andrew described it as an oasis of slow in a world of increasing velocity. We just wanted to air some great music that we both liked that we thought wasn’t getting a platform. I guess the sound has evolved since the outset but it’s essentially the pair of us playing music that we find that excites us and doing something that builds in a way that has largely disappeared from the modern discotheque.

Are there any strict rules to the music ALFOS covers?

The speed limit is 122bpm – but apart from that if we like it – it get’s a run out in the mix.

Which ALFOS party’s have been highlights so far?

There were a fair few at The Drop that were crazy for a school night, the Electric Elephant Festival gigs last year, Flow Festival in Helsinki, The first Glasgow ALFOS, The Corsica Studios party with Trickski and The Tunnel Club in Milan.

Have any particular tracks become ‘ALFOS classics’?

I’d say Marcus Marr – Pleasure Moon, the John Talabot mix of Cheaters by Teengirl Fantasy and more recently Der Alte by Kolsch.

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Lovebox Festival 2012 Preview

So the english summer is taking its sweet fucking time in starting and I’m pretty sure that this is having a crappy knock on effect for peoples thoughts of summer London fun. Well Im here to try and get at least a bit of hype with all this gloom lingering about. (Be prepared for lots of positive adjectives.)

So regardless of the weather there are things to look forward this month and one of those yearly moments on the London calendar is the Lovebox Festival which is now in its tenth year. 2012 sees Lovebox’s programming put on an amazing breadth of musical styles across 10 separate stages and over 3 days from 15th until the 17th of June.

Take a look at the flyer above for an exhaustive list of what is on offer… there’s pretty much something for everyone and for every type of dance music enthusiast.

Our biggies though in no particular order are…

Friday:

The Fact Mag presents stage seems pretty on point with 2 Bears, Blondes Live, and those hotter than hot right now boys Disclosure. Their latest EP was just released to a veritable hype tsunami so will be good to see these guys do what they do.



Saturday:

Saturday throws in more credible dance acts than you can possibly cram into a days worth of listening pleasure.

One of our guilty pleasures is up on the mainstage as its hard not to love a Booka Shade show… (they’ve not done anything decent in a while but their back cat is the stuff on legends. In White Rooms always brings the goosebumps)

Probably more exciting though is the Crosstown Rebels stage and is a sure fire winner with the year and a bit they’ve had release wise. The amount of times we’ve written about their releases is crazy and we are really looking forward to catching the dream team of Damien Lazarus, Maceo Plex, Art Department and Amirali.

But the choice will be hard for dance fans on Saturday as the Warm Stage will be providing the real house music line up. Packing some of their top talent on the roster including Dixon, Prosumer, Joy Orbison, Move D, Gerd Janson and Auntie Flo.

Lets revisit Dixon’s Temporary Secretary mix cd for old times sakes…

Sunday:

Sunday is all about the disco for us… with Chaka Khan and Chic up on the mainstage the boogie vibes are definitely set to reach a new high.


Dalston Superstore present Azari & III and then Trailer Trash & Gutter Slut will be presenting Pat Mahoney and James Murphy which we guarantee will be one of the top weekend sets.


Also vying strongly for your attention is the NYC Downlo stage with the Horse Meat Disco crew alongside Andrew Weatherall, Optimo and Tim Sweeney.


Its beyond us how its going to be humanly possible to catch all of our top picks but to give yourself the best chance of getting in the mix we recommend buying a ticket below and shouting a big hearty fuck you to the British Weather and partying come rain or shine.

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Daniel Avery – MOVEMENT EP + TOB Fabric Room 3 Takeover

Throne of Blood are back with a very fierce package courtesy of London’s Daniel Avery who by all accounts has had a pretty exceptional year. All very well deserved of course!
His latest package for the New York label is very large and menacing… like its just been dredged from the bottom of a viscous evil rave pit. Daniel’s relationship with Andrew Weatherall bears fruit in the form of a very oddball remix from the beardy man himself. Expect the Movement EP on the 28th May.

Catch the Throne of Blood team at Fabric this Friday as they take over room 3 with lots of their friends!
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