Diplo does Azealia Banks

I’m working on a pretty serious article. You know about food insecurity, super poverty and the intractability of the conditions that shape it all. When stuck in such a mindset I kinda feel an urgent need to shake things up a little, restore the balance by injecting a random element from the other end of the extreme. For example the antidote to spending a month working on a paper on the structural vs agency with regards to gender violence was five hours of back-to-back Bill & Giuliana reruns. So wrong but so good.

This time around it’s Azealia Banks, and her latest track with Diplo to be precise. Nothing makes you feel old like realizing the artist you’ve just started raving about was born in the 90s! That’s just damn crazy. This track is hot but pretty filthy too, so be warned. It’s probably quite twisted that this is what it takes to divert my mind from going round in circles over looming food crises…

On another note, this could possible be the best music review ever:

They don’t make ’em like this anymore

This is a bit of a random post but I’m listening to one of Gilles Peterson’s farewell Worldwide shows on iPlayer right now. He’s just played this track by Wookie which I’m compelled to share – it brings back so many memories!

When I was a teenager I was mad about a book called Last Night A DJ Saved My Life. It was about the birth of the electronic music and the rave scene that I’d missed out on by a few years. The tales from clubland enthralled me but I was never quite convinced by the title.

Yet 15 years later Gilles Peterson is undoubtedly the DJ that saved my life. His music is the soundtrack to the highlights and lowlights of my life from my mid teens to my mid twenties. Thinking back now on all the encounters I had with him – discovering him back in the days of Kiss FM, interviewing him for The Herald, checking out his shows at WMC in 2000, sitting in on his BBC Worldwide show, getting a lift in his battered old Mercedes… god it was fun!

Now that I’m older and wiser I’m not so obsessive and definitely don’t stay up until ridiculous o’clock just so that I can listen to his show live. But a bit like bumping into your first crush decades on and finding that they’re just as hot as you originally thought they were, my experience with Gilles has been life-changing (this is not hyperbole – there are so many people I’ve known, places I’ve been and encounters I’ve had which just wouldn’t have happened if it were not for being a Worldwide obsessive).

Anyway I’m beginning to sound like a major geek now (which I am) so shut up. All of this was just so say that I’m really, really gonna miss Gilles Peterson’s radio show.

Vagabundos at Ushuaia

Ouch – I’m still hurting from last night even though I made it home by 11pm. What was supposed to be a quick afternoon cocktail at the Ushuaia Hotel somehow morphed into a full-on evening of dancing, drinking and deviousness.

I bumped into my old mate Alex Picone and hung out with the delightful Errol and his lovely wife Alex who were the perfect dancing companions. Highlights? Obviously Alex P’s set and getting a rare opportunity to DJ Sneak spinning was pretty cool too.

The Ibiza Rocks kids room

I had a rare night out yesterday to the Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Given that Mark Ronson and Zane Lowe were headlining it seemed a good excuse to leave the comfy surrounds of Talamanca and head to San Antonio. Fenech-Soler performed – they were good… sorry, as I’m writing I’m realising that this is starting to sound like a really lame gig review, which it wasn’t my intention.

Basically I found the night, musically, quite underwhelming even though it was my guys acts who held second billing. BUT what I can rave about is the kids room. It is such an ingenious idea to have a room in which you can feel safe and comfortable for your kids to crawl/run around in while enjoying a birds-eye view of a gig at the same time.

Ok, so the rooms are hardly luxurious but it’s San An – what do you expect. With its own bathroom (now queues for the loos ladies) and a full stocked mini-bar I think this might be the only way I roll at Ibiza Rocks for the rest of the season.

And funnily enough the kiddies room turned out to be far more VIP than the designated VIP and VIIP rooms – the family ended up hanging out with owner Andy McKay and his 10-year-old son as well as Judge Jules, his missus Amanda and their too kids – oh so rock and roll!

Usher, David Guetta, Ludacris and stars at Ushuaia Ibiza

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Has Ibiza seen anything like it? I don’t think so. Last Thursday’s event at the newly opened Ushuaia hotel in Playa d’en Bossa was a star-spangled affair which is likely to have been the highlight of the 2011 season.


On the bill were Usher (in his Ibiza debut), The Wire’s Idris Elba (launching his 7 Wallace project) and DJ David Morales. The special guest turned out to be none other than DJ David Guetta but even better were special guest appearances from Taio Cruz and Ludacris.


The night was unbelievable, the production – out of this world and Usher? Well, I know understand why people call him the hardest working man in R&B. His energy was amazing – he gave the performance everything he’s got.


What was even cooler to see was what a great team he has around him – all dedicated to the star but super smart, talented and best of all polite, no diva histrionics to report at all

Ibiza Global Radio app

I have a theory that Ibiza regulars can be divided into those that prefer Ibiza Sonica and those that love Ibiza Global Radio. I have to confess that I’m crazy for Ibiza Global Radio although I do love the guys at Sonica.

It totally is the sound of my summers – driving through open roads with the windows down, the smell of pine trees wafting on the breeze. So I’ve just seen that Ibiza Global Radio has release a new iPhone app. It’s great news for iPhone addicts but what about Android users??

Ibiza closing parties 2009 – full list

Ibiza closing parties. The beautiful thing is that at the end of the season workers and holiday makers alike have one week to forget about the horrors that came before and those that await you.

The Ibiza closing parties are an infamous opportunity to dance your troubles away and say goodbye to the summer in style.

Having tired a little of searching out of date listing sites and being attacked by garish Flash-tastic ravers websites that never actually load, I decided to start my own list. It´s a work in progress so if I missed anything or made mistakes please do let me know.

Ibiza Closing parties ‘09
14/9 Monday
Inside / Out closing party – Inside: Luna with Phil Drummond and Paul Jackson Out: Gorgeous and guests (closing party)
Monday´s Calling closing party– Jonathan Ulysses, Camilo Franco, Deep Josh, Paul Darey, Oriol Calvo, Óscar Colorado, Aleksia, Steven Lee (Lee Cabrera), Guest dj
Purple Music closing party– Anthony Romeno, Jamie Lewis

15/9 Tuesday
Armada / Release Yourself closing party– Markus Shulz *8 hour set *, Roger Sanchez
Salvacion and Kidology presents REPUBLIK closing party – David Herrera, Paul Darey, Mark Wilkinson
Clubland closing party

16/9 Wednesday
Deepflight Ibiza closing party – Paul Lomax, Robbie Romero, Stereo Sushi

17/9 Thursday
Twice as Nice closing party– Vibe Honeyz, Dr Psycho, Scottie B Host: Harvey PA: Ms Dynamite / Faith SFX
Pirates Party closing party – Nicola Fasano, Franco Moiraghi, Steve Forest

18/9 Friday

19/9 Saturday

20/9 Sunday
Judgement Sundays closing party – Judge Jules with Marco V, Lisa Lashes, Richard Durand, Vicky Devine, Howard Donald, Rob Tissera, Tristan D, Alex Ellenger
Ibiza Planet closing party – DJ Junior, Drummer Jay, Outwork
21 Monday
Swedish House Mafia closing party– Axwell, Steve Angelo, Sebastian Ingrosso, AN21
Tiesto closing party – Tiesto
22/9 Tuesday
Flamingo Nights – Fedde Le Grand, Funkerman, Mitch Crown (live), Andy & Dorothy Sherman live, Angel Linde

23/9 Wednesday (my birthday!!)
Garlands – Les Calvert & Dave Booth
Luciano closing party – Luciano, Alex Picone and others
Cafe Ole closing party- Superlush DJs, Liz & Baker, Rafa Ariza, Luque, Javi Always, Iordee
Espuma / La Troya closing party
Meganite closing party– Mauro Picotto, Adam Beyer, Technasia, Ricardo Ferri (live), Valentino Kanzyani, Paco Osuna, Gabry Fasano
Waterparty closing party

24/9 Thursday
Be Space closing party – Tom Novy, Wally López, Elio Riso, Óscar Cano, Ramón Castells
Cream Ibiza closing party – Paul Van Dyk, Eddie Halliwell, Gareth Wynn,
DJ Awards and FMIF – DJ Awards Ceremony & F**k Me I´m Famous with David Guetta and Tucillo. Global Room – Andy Baxter and Tonica Islanders

25/9 Friday
Wonderland closing party– Pete Tong, Faithless SoundSystem, Eric Prydz, Rob Marmot, Alex Ellinger, Jo Mills, Thomas Hedberg
El Divino closing party
Kompass closing party – Des Mitchel and MDK

26/9 Saturday
Hed Kandi closing party- Andy Norman, John Jones,With Resident Greg Myers
Featuring The Lovely Laura on Sax / Pav on Percussion, Live PA from Tara McDonald, Hed Kandi presents Nu Disco, Greg Wilson
Amnesia/Matinee closing party – Amnesia DJs, Matinee Allstars, Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Marco Carola, Mar-T
Defected In The House closing party– Bob Sinclar, Simon Dunmore, Miss Divine & Shovell, Julie McKnight, Teddy-O & Mucho Muchacho
The Face of Ibiza closing party– DJ Oliver, Java, Special performance – Baby Marcello
Es Paradis closing party
27 Sunday
We Love… closing party – Steve Lawler, Tiefschwarz, Guy Gerber (Live), Sneaky Sound System, Pendulum (Speed Dj Set & MC Verse), Wally López, Elio Riso, Dan Tait, 2manydjs, Hot Chip djs (Felix & Al), Smokin Jo, Nick Curly, Paul Woolford, Ian Blevins and many many more!
Pacha Classics closing party– Paul Taylor, Sebastian Gamboa, Angel Linde

28/9 Monday
Coccoon closing party – Sven Vath, Loco Dice, Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Zip

29/9 Tuesday

30/9 Wednesday
Subliminal closing party – Erick Morillo, Harry ´Choo Choo´ Romero, Jose Nunez, Juan Diaz

1/10 Thursday
Monza closing party – Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Raresh, Paco Osuna, M.A.N.D.Y, Manu-L, Bruno Monte Verde
F**k Me I´m Famous closing party – David Guetta, Sarah Main, Pachatronica, Andy Baxter and Angel Linde

2/10 Friday
Supermartxe closing party – Juanjo Martin, Pablo Kopanos, Vitti, Hugo Sanches, AB Garcia, Michael Sanchez, Salva di Nobles
Pure Pacha closing party – Sander Kleinenburge, Chus and Ceballos, Jonathan Cowan

3/10 Saturday

4/10 Sunday
Ushuaia Grand Closing party

5/10 Monday
Circoloco closing party

Klaxons @ Ibiza Rocks closing

Looking forward to seeing the Klaxons at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel before popping down to the Reclaim the Dancefloor closing party.

I´m not sure what the band has been up to since the first album stormed the charts but any act that names an LP after a Thomas Pynchon book wins my vote.

To be honest I´m not a massive fan of the venue.

I don´t know if the picture does it justice but from the outside it looks like a prison and on the inside it feels like a mental hospital.

It is, however, a fantastic concept made even greater by the fact that the owners pulled Manumission and promoted the budget clubbing idea in the year of the great crunch.

I tell you, these Spanish working hours are a joy to behold. It´s 6.20pm and only one hour and a half until I scoot out of here – I started at 10am and had a two and a half hour lunch. Long live the siesta!!