Dance music's wheel of fortune, the binary relationship between techno and house is moving again.
House is once again in the ascendancy, with a new generation of producers fusing Chicago textures to bass weight. Thankfully, scene forefathers such as Ashley Beedle are still on hand to keep things real. First sitting behind a pair of Technics in the mid 80s, Ashley Beedle came of age during Acid House.
When so many of that generation turned towards Hardcore, though, the Birmingham born maverick began soaking up the sounds which first inspired house music. Absorbing rare disco and left field re-edits, the subsequent decades would see the DJ tour the world and notch up several hit singles as part of the X-Press 2 project.
Still flying the flag for breaking house sounds, Ashley Beedle recently hooked up with Toddla T's imprint Girls Music. New 'Yardism Vol. 1' EP is the first fruit of this partnership. Out now, it finds Ashley Beedle blazing through four tracks of scorched, sunshine driven house music with plenty of nods towards his illustrious heritage.
Set to play a top secret Girls Music party next Friday (November 30th) Ashley Beedle has kindly supplied us with an exclusive DJ mix. Featuring plenty of party favourites alongside some rare cuts, this is the perfect way to start your Friday.
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Here's a preview of the upcoming Girls Music party...
Friday 30th November sees Radio 1’s Toddla T host a showcase from his label, Girls Music, which will be taking place at undisclosed location. Toddla T’s label has released party-themed cuts from Roska, Lady Chann and DJ Q and is yet another platform for him to manifest his passion for music and nurture new and exciting talents. Joining him on the night will be Southern Fried Records house extraordinaire’s The 2 Bears (comprised of Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell) hot off the back of their 2 Bears 1 Love compilation whilst the resurgent and multi-faceted legend Ashley Beedle will be on hand to preview some forthcoming material from his Modern Artifacts and Out Hear Audio labels. Another one of Sheffield’s contributions to 90s electronic music will be making an appearance when Toddla T’s hometown heroes Forgemasters play a live set. Label-regular Roses Gabor will be on PA duties with some assistance from her DJ Martelo and recent Girls Music signee Walter Ego is set to deliver an enthralling bass-focused set.
The second room is curated by rising promotion outfit Church, who have been setting Elephant & Castle’s beloved Corsica Studios alight with their trailblazing parties that focus on genres below the 130BPM mark – this time is no different. They’ve enlisted the services of techno-stalwart Paul Woolford ,who has been keen to dabble in more bass-led material as direct effect of his appreciation of the UK’s hybrid exploits of recent years. He will be joined by Hypercolour’s house and garage maestro Huxley, the prolific XXXY and one of techno’s rising stars -Landol Kal. Not forgetting Church co-founder Seb Wildblood and resident Apes who are well-versed in setting the vibe for the loyal Church following.