Posts Tagged ‘Leeds’

Gorgon City

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The resurgence of dance floor designed music in the UK charts is well documented. Cross over acts like Disclosure, Rudimental and Duke Dumont have shown that popular music doesn’t necessarily have to be pop music anymore. Another act keen to champion this notion is Gorgon City. The Black Butter Records duo have begun to flex their crossover potential with singles Real ft Yasmin and Intentions ft Clean Bandit both achieving Record Of The Week on Radio 1, the former going on to sell over 47,000 copies in the UK. January 20th sees the release of their next single Ready For Your Love ft MNEK which Zane Lowe heralded as the ‘Hottest Record In The World’ on his show this week. You can listen to the record as cut from the show below and pre-order it here.

On November 20th Gorgon City make their We Love debut joining We Love familia Groove Armada, James Zabiela and Marc Roberts for the second of our shows at Leeds’ new super club Control. Last month we enlisted 2mandjs, Cassius, Greg Wilson and The Revenge to bring the noise and they certainly delivered. Check the photo album here to get and idea of what went on. We’re expecting more of the same for this event and along with the hype of perennial favourites Groove Armada and James Zabiela we can’t wait to see what Gorgon City have to offer first hand. For more info about the event and the last remaining tickets head here.

We Love October

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The warm afterglow of what rated as one of our best closing parties ever is starting to subside and with the Space closing party fast approaching it’s clear that Summer is nearly over and Winter is coming. To help keep those acid house smiles fully locked in we have THREE parties coming up in October featuring some of our favourite acts at some amazing venues.

First up it’s a double header on Saturday 19th October with two parties taking place on the same night, one in Amsterdam and the other in Lincoln. For the UK leg we’ve teamed up with long serving We Love Space residents Jaymo & Andy George for a one-off We Love meets Moda warehouse rave. This Summer Jaymo & Andy made the leap from Space’s Sunset Terrace to the neighbouring main Terrace. A large step up by anyone’s standards and the duo did not disappoint, rising to the challenge with great aplomb delivering 2 standout performances. Continuing our relationship with the Moda heads we’re very happy to announce what is sure to be a sell out Warehouse Party where Jaymo & Andy are joined by Eats Everything, Breach and Ben Pearce. Click here for more info and tickets.

On the same night some 240 miles away we have another spectacular party in place, an ADE special at Air Amsterdam. Topping off a year long residency at the fantastic venue we have teamed up with friends of the family Snowbombing and Future Disco to bring you an all star lineup including TEED (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs), Cajmere, special guest Duke Dumont, Benoit and Sergio, Greg Wilson, PBR Streetgang, Sean Brosnan, Matty J and more to be announced. Again this event looks set to sell out early so act fast. Click here for more info and tickets.

Last but by no means least we head north to Leeds on Friday 25th October for our debut event at the all new super club Control. Leeds is a city with huge musical heritage and for this special event we’ve gone all out with the lineup. Headliners and pioneers 2manydjs are joined by French heroes Cassius, the man who started it all Greg Wilson (fresh from our Amsterdam adventure) and Glasgow’s finest The Revenge. Along with a host of local support We Love Space resident Jamie ‘Fatneck’ Low completes the bill. Early birds are already sold out but you can still get tickets here.

Be sure to keep up to date with our Facebook and Twitter accounts for info on all these and many other upcoming tours in 2013 and beyond.

We Love… Detroit Album Tour & Vinyl Release

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Exciting things are happening this week with regards to the We Love… chronicles of Detroit via the medium of music.

Firstly, we are proud to release the full schedule of Jimmy Edgar and Derrick May‘s album tour which sees them traversing the best clubs and venues across the continent, peddling their aural wares whilst representing all that is the Motor City. You can catch Jimmy at a cosy spot like The Faversham in Leeds in May, where the crowds are notoriously up for it, or Derrick at the gloriously cool Cabaret Club in Zurich in April. Or why not see them both together for the final crescendo at We Love… in September?! With 15 dates spread over 14 venues in 11 different countries, there’s absolutely NO excuse to miss them.

In other news, the album itself is released on yet another format this week – the much loved and time-transcending vinyl. The album has been split into four limited edition heavy weight slices of wax, a true collectors item and an essential for any lover of techno and beyond from Detroit.

Part One kicks off the series with an exclusive Magda cut ‘Late Night Woodward’ which sets the tone with a warm embracing audio hug, thematic throughout the EP. Coyote Clean Up’s ‘Mount Babe Bricks’ elevates you from Magda’s deep rumbling beats with an infectious soaring riff. Rounding off this must-have release is the young, upcoming Detroit protégé, Darling Farah, who displays his adeptness for elegant simplicity with “Body”.

You can get your hands on one of these coveted EPs from your favourite local vinyl emporium or online by clicking right here.

One more volume will be released each week in March so keep a look out, or miss out…

Ralph Lawson’s Basic Vision

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

image by So Hasegawa

Ralph Lawson is considered an integral part of the We Love family in Ibiza as perennial resident, compilation producer and come closing time an all round force-unto-himself. It’s testament to this affable character that he was a founding father of his own institution of Back to Basics in the heady days of 1991 with Dave Beer and Alistair Cooke in Leeds, West Yorkshire. The resilience of the club speaks for itself with a virtually unopposed claim to being the longest running club night in the world.

To celebrate an astonishing 20 years at the top, Ralph has put together a blog with all the care and attention the moment requires. He will release mixes from different eras at the club, the first of which up is the>music:factory years including the first ever record played at Basics which happened to be auspiciously superb.

The sleeve notes section is the most distinctive part of the blog – more than just a tracklist it’s an encyclopedia of the UK scene told through the records which defined it. This should find favour among heads from back in the day as well as current jocks looking to bring a few bona fide originals into their crates.

Memory can be a strange thing especially in this night life we inhabit. However, Ralph shows here that only with a respect for the past can we look towards our optimistic future. In his own words, “The world doesn’t need another music blog telling you, ‘who the coolest bands are’ or ‘what the coolest new music to download is’ so I won’t bother. I do hope you’ll find it interesting and a useful tool for uncovering lost gems as well finding new experiences.”

The Music Factory Years 91-94 part one by ralphlawson


We Love Winter Parties

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Brand evangelist Andrew Livesey spent his winter with a camera phone, watch out Werner Herzog! Featuring clips from We Love parties in Newcastle, Leeds and London. On collecting his Emmy, he’d like to thank everyone at Jaunt> / Cleer, Asylum / Backtobasics and all at Ministry of Sound, for showing him such a right nice time. The track is Sandwell District – Double Day.

Greg Wilson – Living To Music

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Above you can stream or download Greg Wilson‘s set from our We Love Leeds night held on New Year’s eve. It’s a party mix in the truest sense of the word with exclusive edits a plenty. While you listen, take a read below of Greg’s philosophy of the importance of “living to music”. In our accelerating post-everything age the idea of sitting with friends and listening to an album from start to finish may seem quaint and romantic but Greg puts across a great case for an enriching experience which is both communal and individual. If you make a New Year resolution this year, it should probably be this.


It all started with a quote from a Seattle based underground music paper called Helix in 1967: “I wake up in the morning and do a Masters Voice thing in front of the speakers for a while; then I go outside. Music defines a total environment. Straight musicians understand that kind of involvement, of course; but you can’t really communicate to the outside how a hundred thousand children of muzak freaks who in most cases never bother to study or even think about music, are involved in a single art form to the point where they virtually stake their entire sanity on it. Go to a house and someone hands you a joint in front of a record player and it’s assumed that you’re going to sit for a couple of hours, not talking, hardly moving, living to music.”

Read the rest at Greg’s insightful blog, here

Burnski @ We Love… Asylum / Backtobasics – Leeds 31/12/10

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

By all accounts a great night up North. However, we’re aware that some of you (Fatneck) chose to spend all night the in upstairs room with disco doyen Greg Wilson, the boogie boaters PBR Streetgang and er… Fatneck.

Worry not though fellow disco lovers if you missed out on the house house and more house provided by Heidi, Tristan da Cunha, et al in the main room. Backtobasics resident Burnski has recorded his set, featuring his own productions as well as some up-front sounds from the likes of Subb-An. It’s pretty much that quintessential house sound of the moment, looking back whilst always being innovative with labels such as Hypercolour, 2020Vision and even Morris Audio being all over this jackin’ type of racket these days.

Available for stream or download.

Follow @Burnski_ on twitter.

We Love… New Year’s Celebrations

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Traditionally New Year’s Eve serves as a time for reflecting on the year gone by, but also as a chance to look ahead at what’s yet to come. For We Love… this sentiment could not be more true. With a double header of parties over the Hogmanay weekend, in Leeds on New Year’s Eve and London on New Year’s Day, we have invited some of our favourite guests from the summer parties here in Ibiza to kick start our winter activities.

We Love... Leeds

We Love... Leeds

For New Year’s Eve we have teamed up with local party starters Asylum and BacktoBasics for some acid house festivities at Stinky’s Peep House. Headlining the event the Radio One’ “in new djs we trust” and Get Physical heroine Heidi will be bringing her Terrace sounds to the slightly less Balearic vibes of the West Yorkshire Pennines. Having wowed us at Space this summer it’s a pleasure to bring Heidi to this overseas event. Let’s see how her sound translates from the hallowed Space Terraza to the infamous Basics basement. The rest of the main room’s activities will be overseen by We Love… resident Jem Haynes who can’t celebrate too hard as it’s off down to London the day after where he’s bringing his label Loop Recordings to the Ministry of Sound second room. Adding the Basics touch, Buckley will be making his return to the We Love… fold after a 3 year hiatus.

The middle floor of Stinky’s will be taken over by Local lads Burnski, Tristan Da Chuna, James Holroyd Jon Woodall and Frenchy who have proven themselves countless times and are sure to celebrate in style.

Orchestrating proceedings will be PBR Streetgang; having slipped so gracefully into their role as Terrace residents this summer, it is only thanks to their help that we can put this party together. Asylum has been a Leeds institution for over seven years and we cant think of a nicer set of folk to bring in the new year with. Joining PBR Streetgang in the top room will be disco boogie doyen Greg Wilson, something not to be missed. And we are now pleased to announce the special late addition of Kitchen Sink Disco king Jamie Fatneck.

£15 Early Bird tickets here

Then its off to bed, or perhaps not, before jumping on the train, plane or automobile and heading down to London and the Ministry of Sound.

We Love... London

We Love... London

If we are to believe the Mayans, then come New Year’s day we only have one year left to live. What better way to start the year then, than with three of our standout summer residents stacking up in the Ministry Of Sound main room? James Zabiela, Simian Mobile Disco and Joris Voorn have all excelled on the Terrace and in the Discoteca this summer but this is the first time we’ve managed to get them all playing in the same room. Expect a masterclass in house, techno and technical wizardry.

The 103 bar plays host to We Love residents Mat Playford and Jem Haynes along with his Loop Recordings partners Ian C and Martin ‘Smut‘ Wood. Over the summer Mat and Jem went beyond the call of duty at our summer home Space and away on our international events, proving why they are the most in-demand touring residents on the We Love roster. Jem’s closing Terrace set on the night of Spain’s World Cup victory was one of our summer highlights and Mat’s impromptu warm up for Groove Armada at Ministry impressed so much he’s been called back for each and every tour since. This will also serve as a jumping off point for the infant Loop Recordings, the brain child of Jem, Ian and Martin. Having introduced their label to Ibiza on the Sunset Terrace this summer where all three performed side by side, it’s now time for London to see what they have to offer.

£15 Early Bird tickets here

Interview with 2020 Vision’s Ralph Lawson

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

By guest writer Jonty Skrufff.

The one man stag-do

“It’s all about new ideas. Those with the best ones will win.”

Living his entire adult life in club culture and chatting to Skrufff just hours after finishing a three day long Balearic bender, 2020Vision chief Ralph Lawson might be expected to be more than a little grumpy though fizzing with enthusiasm and élan, he’s both energetic and remarkably lucid.

“The weird thing is I have always been able to stay up,” he chuckles. “I have massive adrenaline levels, in fact, I have far more problems going to sleep than staying awake.”

His latest trip to Ibiza has been to headline 2020Vision’s closing party for We Love Space, his last in a season of bashes that have seen him packing out the main dance-floor of the legendary Ibiza superclub each month. After each event, he’s handed out free We Love Space 10 / 2020 Vision mix CDs and label compilation he’s mixed with tracks from 2020Vision signed artists including Crazy P, Simon Baker and Audiojack.

The idea for the giveaway came from We Love (‘I jumped at Mark Broadbent’s offer for the We Love CD’, he admits) and is one of the new concepts he’s hoping will help his label prosper as music sales continually shrink.

“We pressed 11,000 copies and have around 1,000 left still to give out this week and next,” says Ralph, “For a comparison, in 2007 I mixed Fabric 33 which did 12,000 so it’s about the same in terms of numbers. Compilation sales five years ago were in a different league but those days are gone. Mix CDs are lucky to sell 2,000 (units) now. Why would people buy them when they can get podcasts for free? But you have to move with the times rather than get angry about it. It’s like King Canute ordering the sea to go back, it’s not going to happen,” he predicts.

“I gave out a bunch more after my set finished last Sunday and people were biting my hands off for them, if anything I could have done with more,” he laughs.

“I suppose we’ll only start to see the full effect over the next year and see if I am suddenly the next Luciano and We Love is bigger than God. Joking aside I have had amazing feedback both personally and on the internet so I am just glad if people are happy and have a memento of their night to keep for ever.”

Skrufff: What’s been your impression of Ibiza 2010 compared to earlier years?

Ralph Lawson: “I must say I have really enjoyed this summer. I have been lucky to have the monthly We Love residency and every single one has been great although June was perhaps slower due to the World Cup. Personally I love September, my favourite gig was my last one. The crowd are the real deal by this time of year, the hardcore. I went out to DC10 and Cocoon on Monday afterwards and both were packed, with good music as well. I ended up at Ibiza Rocks on Tuesday which was sold out for their closing party. I also played at the Underground in the summer which I love and we did a 2020Vision label show at Zoo Project which went great. So I think overall it’s still very positive for the Island.”

Skrufff: The last time we chatted in 2006, you talked about scaling back from 3 day marathon after-parties (“People don’t realise how much it takes out of you, when you’re partying, time is a different thing, hours pass like minutes and before you know it, it’s fucking Tuesday, then it takes you two days to recover, then it’s the fucking weekend again’): 4 years on, how much does it remain a temptation to get lost in party adventures? When was the last time?

Perfect vision

Ralph Lawson: “Ha Ha, it’s a bad day to ask me as I did go for a full three-nighter this week but hey it was my personal closing party. And yes I feel terrible today. I have been a good boy recently though and mainly concentrating on my work. I have a lot to do in the week. Everyone goes to Ibiza to let their hair down and I’m no exception, if there’s anywhere I will fall off the wagon, it’s there.”

Skrufff: How much has being work focused and less known for being a party animal changed the way people treat you? Have you ever felt not in synch with revellers: or uncomfortable by people caning it around you?

Ralph Lawson: “I think it’s hard to get rid of your reputation, my nickname in Ibiza is ‘stag-do’; because I’m the quiet one who is actually the worst when let out to play. Music keeps me very high. I still love it. As soon as I’m playing music, I’m in the zone and people know that, I don’t have to prove myself by taking every drug on the planet. I know which ones work for me and they are all the mellow ones. I need calming down not revving up. I really don’t mind what anyone else does at all though. The only thing that bothers me is if people try to shove stuff down your neck and get offended if you refuse. People have to respect personal choices.”

Skrufff: Talking about when you were DJing in the early 90s living in a farm outside Leeds, you recalled finding Hopefield Farm when you were homeless, splitting it between 3 of you for £400 in the 90s: sounds like you were quite happy despite being nearly penniless: how broke were you and how long did it take you to turn DJing into a lifelong career?


Ralph Lawson: “I would never be so glib as to suggest being skint is fun. It’s not at all. We happened to get a great deal on the place at the time and made the most of it. I have definitely missed out on the big money some of my contemporaries have made as I’ve always been a resident at Basics where we started getting £30 a week and trying to get it up from there. I don’t think I’ve had a pay rise for over 10 years there. I think I was naive as to what other DJs were getting paid as I just wasn’t in that scene. Of course now I get paid OK when I guest and can’t complain. I have never had to work outside music since 1991 and I don’t plan to so it’s a constant hustle. Maybe I’ll finally be in the big money in the coming years, I actually believe I deserve it, especially when I hear some the guys who get paid up to 10 times more than me.”

Skrufff: What was the closest you came to quitting music and getting a straight job (was it ever an option you seriously considered?)

Ralph Lawson: “Yes I did consider this at times over the years though never for very long. Usually on days like today.”

Skrufff: What do you see the key role of 2020 Vision is these days: how much is it about marketing- and branding your acts as opposed to selling physical units (digital or otherwise?)

Get it while it's hot

Ralph Lawson: “Our key role is to put out great music. Our job now is to find ways of doing this that still create a revenue stream for the artist. For me it has become more about playing live shows and gigs as that is the only place people can’t steal your work. It’s you up there, doing it. Your experience, your skill, your music. There has always been bootlegging since records were invented but now we have a format that is so easy to copy it has got out of control.

It is possible that in the future someone will invent a format that is harder to copy but right now it doesn’t exist for public use. Until then we are focusing on building 2020Vision live. We recently did a sold out show at Village Underground in London for 1000 people with 300 unable to get in outside. That’s gotta’ be a wake up call that I am heading in the right direction with a good crew of artists.”

Skrufff: How much do you see yourself as a brand?

Ralph Lawson: “I was always uncomfortable with brands as such. It reeks of marketing jargon. I also think kids can see through companies that are all about their brand with no substance. Of course you have to build your name but substance has to come first. I prefer to look at it that way.”

Skrufff: How much do you believe in visualising success? Do you (and have you always) been- and felt- lucky? Well? Do you?

Ralph Lawson: “I was lucky at the start because I was in the right time at the right place with the right records. Everything since then has been hard graft. As I grow older I am more and more believing in the visualising idea you suggest. But what’s more important is not thinking or talking about it but doing it.”

Skrufff: What’s been the greatest mistake you’ve made?

Ralph Lawson: “Not signing Trentemoller when I had the chance. That still pisses me off. I should have listened to my instincts which were right and not the track he sent which was wrong.”

Skrufff: And what’s been the greatest obstacle you’ve overcome?

Ralph Lawson: “The deaths of my girlfriend and DJ partner in 1993.”

We Love Space Sundays 10 / 2020Vision summer 2010: mixed by Ralph Lawson is available from various outlets in Ibiza (and almost certainly at We Love’s closing party this weekend (Sunday September 26th).

If you are not one of the lucky ones being in Ibiza for the closings you can get the cd on beatport as well.

Ralph Lawson DJ Profile

PBR Streetgang – The Cutting Edge Of An Evolutionary Dead End

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

DJ and production duo PBR Streetgang have recorded a mix that despite its title is pretty pioneering in bringing various strands of forward thinking dance and electronica under their home-grown banner of digital disco. They’ve been giving it away to friend and foe alike during their summer residency on the hallowed terrace here at We Love Space, and is a decent representation of what you could have heard from them there. Like last year, the boys tend to hold off producing too many mixes and prefer to put out only two or three maximum per year. This means it’s all about the sound and less about banging out fresh tunes. It’s as perfectly suited to cruising round the salt flats of Salinas at sunset in a Land Rover as it is to boogieing around a swimming pool at dawn with vodka limon in hand.

Darwinian Disco

You can download the mix below, but if you want a copy including this lovely artwork you’re gonna have to show up at one of their shows and ask nicely for the strictly limited promo only copies. We questioned them earlier on the usual stuff… time travel, animal extinction, etc… give it a read while you listen. Enjoy!