Late night tales with Timmy Diamond

Enjoying some late night entertainment and silliness after a Jam Street Café session. Timmy Diamond usurps Tim Inserted from his normal place behind the decks … just before the crazy Ibizan liquor came out to finish us all off for the night …

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Pretty in the pink – my birthday at Bare Arts

My 34th birthday celebrations at Bare Arts: enjoying good tunes, good ales and great company in Todmorden’s finest licensed outlet. My mate Tim and I are sharing the laptop to DJ in this shot. I’m quite impressed I was able to shoot this after enjoying the delights of the beer selection for so many hours 🙂

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Katelectro – Plug EP

This is a recent piece for a forthcoming release on the Scots label, Mighty Robot Recordings. It’s an electro EP by a young female producer, with remixes from Ultradyne and Ottomatic. The 3 different plugs were inspired by the combination of a Scottish label, a French producer, and a remix from Detroit’s foremost electro musicians. The idea of the jack came from a design from the artist. As I arranged the plugs on a lightbox and shot away I tried lots of differing angles and layouts, but this reminds me of an evil robot probe closing in on the lonely jack. I feel this is a suitably dark and dystopian vibe for the release.

MRR00000010 Katelectro – Plug EP
Release date 2009

New English Electric 12″ design

Here’s a sneak preview of the forthcoming EE 12″ on Dumb Terminal Records. Iain Thomson aka English Electric has produced a brilliant followup to the critically acclaimed Autobeam EP which was released earlier this year on Mighty Robot Recordings.

It’s a fantastic floor-friendly EP, filled with his characteristic micro-produced beats and textures and shot throughout with addictive harmonies and a solid dose of electronic funk. As usual it’s hard to label with a specific genre, but rest assured it’s more gold from the English Electric studios.

Greg Wilson opens ‘Electrospective: Manchester Pre-Rave ’82-’88’

Seminal north west DJ and producer, Greg Wilson, opens proceedings at the Electrospective event. Held in the artistic hub of Islington Mill in Salford, the event aimed to highlight the creative and cultural importance of Manchester’s dance and music scene during the 80s. Discussions and showcases shone a light on the relatively undocumented period of 1982 to 1988, as new music influences and techniques helped shape a generation of young, mixed audiences; and lay a template for the dj culture/house/rave era which followed.

Greg Wilson opens Electrospective at Islington Mill, Salford

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Greg’s undisguised passion and knowledge of this fertile period of Manchester’s musical history underpinned the event, and he chaired a discussion with four of the major DJs of the time: Hewan Clarke, Colin Curtis, Chad Jackson and Mike Shaft. Their anecdotes, opinions, musical knowledge and sheer enthusiasm gave a fascinating insight into the late 70s and 80s in Manchester. During a few hours genres such as post-punk, jazzfunk, soul, electrofunk, hip hop, electronic disco and proto-house were covered, alongside clubs like the Haçienda, Legends, Rafters, The Gallery, Angels and others.

Two core pillars of B-Boy culture: breaking and graffiti, were also represented by the Broken Glass and Street Machine crews, and Gecko. Unfortunately I had to leave before the breaking and DJing started, but I’d attended the Broken Glass reunion gig in 2004, and expect the floorwork was equally good this time round. Special mention must go to Tim ‘Bones’ Forde, whose documentary ‘The Birth of the British B-Boys’ was shown on rotation at the event. His introduction and tribute to a former crew member added poignacy to the event. You can watch his raw and passionately personal account here on YouTube.

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