Monday, 17 March 2008



Known around London for playing at club nights like Boombox and 1234 festival, these boys know that they're doing. The above MP3 is a recording from the night, one of their more known tunes, 'single' which is undeniably infectious - definately one of my favourites by them.

Arveene's set last Thursday blew me away - he proved me wrong in my argument for the necessity of laptops for mashing-up and playing with the sound. He'd loop tracks, pile on the effects, drop samples - much like you can with Abelton or Traktor but on CDJ's. It's nothing new - but Arveene seems to do it to an extent I haven't really seen before (other than 2manydjs or Justice etc).

pictures by leoni blue flemming

THE SHOES (LIVE) (06/03/08)

I don't think you could have more fun than watching The Shoes. The energy they give out - how they engange with the audience is certinaly refreshing in the current electro scene. There is no pretention here, these boys just want to have a good time. It helps their tracks are amazing too!

They played 11 tracks, including their single which was released last week (17th March) 'Knock Out'. Other highlights was their remix of Primary 1 which brought them to our attention last year, as well as their remix (better than the original in my opinion) of Hadouken's Leap of Faith.

This was their second gig at Big In Japan, don't be surprised if the next time their in the UK you'll only be able to catch them at festivals or somewhere like Fabric.

Definately one to keep an eye on.

Pictures by Dan Spinney.

Hello Mozart!


Wednesday, 12 March 2008


by Ben Goodbye

photos by Ben Goodbye and Leoni Blue

Fools Gold is now my favourite record label. A label where they can release GLC and Kid Sister side-to-side without it being a stretch
Founded by DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, the two have spent months sharing music and creative projects including Bag Raiders, Chromeo, Jokers Of The Scene, Kavinsky and XXXChange to name a few

Well boys and girls, from Fools Gold I introduce Kid Cudi. Born and raised in Cleveland, currently residing in BK. At the age of 15, Kid Cudi recorded his first song on a karaoke machine in his friend’s basement. It was a freestyle over the beat to Wu-Tang Clan’s “It's Yourz,” an undeniable hip-hop classic. From recording on a karaoke machine in his friend’s basement, he’s now packing out venues all over the US with some of his Fools Gold friends, Kid Sister, A-Trak, and the Cool Kids
His debut single "Day 'N' Nite" is one of the most hypnotic and original tracks to come out of the scene in some time. a spaced out, R&B influenced tale of loneliness and isolation, something not often heard in the world of hip-hop anymore
And tbh the remix done by Italian deejay superstars Crookers is ABSOLUTELY UNFUCKWITHABLE

Kid Cudi - Day 'N' Nite

Tuesday, 11 March 2008


We start this blog with some very special things for you. First up, some music.

JUSTICE - DVNO (La Riots Remix) zShare link. [MP3]

Justice have had more of their songs remixed than anyone else in recent memory. Theres something nice about getting your hands on an amazing remix of a song that you used to have, but maybe overplayed - it breathes new life into something that got too familiar. For the most part the remixes never live up to the originals, especially the case with Justice, but LA Riots seem to deliever killer remixes time after time and this song is no exception.

HOT CHIP - Ready For The Floor (Soulwax Dub) zShare link. [MP3]

Going back a few months now for one of my favourite remixes to come our recently, a remix by Soulwax of Hot Chip's 'Ready for the floor'. Most remembered for last years summer anthem 'Over and Over' and preceding single 'Shake a Fist' this most recent addition is one of my favourite. It's one of those songs you instantly love from the start.

Look out for Soulwax vs. Justice 'Disco Sirens' an AMAZING new tune debuted on Annie Mac's mashup last week. We'll be posting it as soon as we get our hands on it.

THE WHIP - Trash (Crookers Remix) Direct link. [MP3]

This track from The Whip is remixed by Crookers, sharing the same label (Southern Fried Records) it was only a matter of time before they worked together. Trash was one of my favourite songs last summer, it's been remixed by the amazing 'Bloody Beetroots' and Crookers are by far some fo the
most exciting producers to emerge last year. It's quite different to their normal sound, but good none the less.


Now for something really special. You'll all remember the best (and one of the biggest) house parties Bournemouth has seen. 2 Rooms of Music, 400 People, 1 house. Well here are some pictures from it. We are trying to arrange another party that will happen near the end of term.



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THIS WEEK AT BIG IN JAPAN BMTH: Joe and Will Ask (LIVE) and Arveene.

Check them out, seriously!

As always there will be your favourite mix of 80's, retro and rock upstairs. Supplied by none other than Simon 'Le Bon' and residents Iggy and Lee Young.

Hello Mozart!