Seeing as I'm going to be insanely busy until Monday, this might be my last blog in a long while. However, I promise to fit in my last rock album review on Sunday for the month of Rocktober.
First things first though. Whoever missed last weekend's Indie Pop night at Velo Lounge is a sorry loser! Ouch, that was harsh. No, what I meant to say is that whoever couldn't make it due to unforeseen circumstances must wait a whole bloody year to go again! I'm mean, aren't I? Muhahahahaha. But seriously, Spots and Stripes was a success especially for all Indie Pop enthusiasts and also newcomers to this kind of music. This was my first DJ Bob party, who along with Gustav played a repertoire of delicious indie tunes, french song and a mix of soul, soundtrack and vocal tracks, remixes and covers. The crowd was pop-pop-popping the night away. Score!
Now on to this weekend's events...
My Last Weekend is starting off FRIDAY 24th OCTOBER at 9pm sharp at MINK Bar and Lounge, Level 2, Baystreet. Mink is a new lounge bar specialising in live Jazz acts and DJs spinning deep/soul house, a varied selection of cocktails and platters, and a unique vibe away from the chaotic centre of Paceville. MINK is also trying to promote jackin house which is one of the less popular music genres in Malta with DJs like Dave Brown promoting the style. I've been obsessed with this type of music for a year now. In the UK, jackin and also fidget house are very much in demand. Some people confuse these two genres with the Chicago based funky house rhythms but a study of its origins suggests it may have originated from Dublin, thus explaining its popularity in the UK.
Jackin house is a sub-genre of deep house but can still be classified as a single genre. It carries with it a lot of funky house influences but also the downtempo/lounge sounds so popular with deep house. Jackin house is so called because of its common use of bouncy basslines and beats. These beats are referred to as jackin' beats (beats that make you jack your body...no not that kind of jackin' you filthy mind you!). It also includes a lot of smooth and sexy textures and vocals. A lot of Jackin house artists include vocals from Soul, Funk and Blues songs. Farley Jackmaster Jack is one such artist hailing from Chicago who produces this kind of house. When you think Jackin you think Farley Jackmaster Jack, Sinden, Funkagenda, Derrick L. Carter etc. Here's an example:-
Jackin house is overshadowed by an even greater love of mine...FIDGET HOUSE!!
Fidget House is huge!! I mean, it has definitely got a bigger fanbase than jackin' house. Again, the origins of this genre are unknown but are usually linked to the UK. In fact this music is heavily influenced by UK garage, rave and breakbeat. Fidget house gets its name from the direct, cut-up, glitchy sounds it has mixing various music styles in a dodgy pattern known as FIDGET. I believe both fidget and jackin house were named after general body movements witnessed on the dance-floor as well as the style of music themselves. The prominent basslines bending in pitch along with the crazy embedded sound snippets (from cow moos to sirens to a tv commercial) make fidget a very energetic type of music to dance to. I love this music because it's so eclectic bringing together other favourite genres of mine like progressive, tech-house and trance. When i think of Fidget house I immediately think of the Italian maestros, CROOKERS. Man, do they fidge-it! They call it ghetto-tech though. Actually, a fidget tune is sometimes referred to as glitchy-tech, glitchy electro, bump, switchy house or wonk-house. Fidget remains the proper term. I also love Boyz Noise, Sinden, Kelevra, Switch, Solid Groove, A-Trak, Hervé, Detboi and Micky Slim, all leaders of fidget. Of course, there are many others out there as well as particular labels putting out this music (Sick! Recordings, Crux Records, Pottymouth etc). Here's a little taster:-
Anyway, that's my little feature on fidget/jackin house and some MINK promo. I'm not so sure if fidget house will also be included at the lounge but I have no doubt I will be spending many a countless weekend at this new lounge and you should to!
- ARMANI MANIA at Axis MegaClub
- Rugby World Cup 2011 Qualifier - MALTA vs CROATIA at Hibernians ground. Time: 1 to 5pm
That's pretty much it guys. I hope you enjoy your weekends and do stop me if you see me around. Also, wish me luck for next week!! I'll miss you all but will be back in no time.Chill ;)