Galaxians Summertime Mix

It’s that time again!  Jed’s done some digging with this month’s mix.  Enjoy – and maybe learn something.  We have, for sure!

  1. Stephane Deschezeaux & Enois Scroggins – She Played You (Springbok Records, 2016)

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Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Enois Scroggins has been in the business for over 30 years.

Some of the artists he’s worked with during that time include Ronnie Wilson from The Gap Band, Charlie Singleton, lead singer and guitarist for Cameo, and saxophone player Branford Marsalis.  He’s also had success with several gospel groups and appearances on US religious TV programmes.

This track with producer Stephane Deschezeaux comes from Stephane’s digital release Prime Time, released on French label Springbok Records this year.  Harking back to classic 80s bangers by the likes of Colors or D-Train, Enois’ soulful hooks grab a-hold of that groove and just keep it bumpin’.

  1. Tomorrow’s Edition – In The Grooves (Atlantic Records/RFC, 1982)

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In the GROOVES, plural.  That’s how much funk is in this track.  This was produced by Adil Bayyan, who also wrote for the Chi-Lites, LaToya Jackson, Candela and Richard Jon Smith.  So it’s no mistake that this track has got that unmistakably chunky production you’d associate with those artists.  Plus the album A Song For Everyone (which this track is from) is totally banging, too.

  1. In-Sync – Sometimes Love (Easy Street Records, 1987)

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That’s IN-Sync, who are in all possible ways better than that other similarly named band.  Using that 80s AKAI sampler repeat-voice thing to the max at the start, this track quickly settles into a drum machine-driven groove, backed up with a thick Juno bassline.  Typical of Easy Street’s releases during this period, this track perfectly blends elements of boogie with early ‘garage-style’ house.

  1. Uku Kuut – Ralph (People’s Potential Unlimited, 2013; originally recorded 1989)

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Uku Kuut is the son of Estonian jazz singer Marju Kuut.  During the 80s and 90s, Uku released lots of jams like ‘Ralph’, a good number of which have been collected and re-released by People’s Potential Unlimited.  He also recorded a few tracks with his mother on vocals.  ‘Ralph’ was originally recorded in 1989 and is featured on the PPU compilation and retrospective Grand Hotel.

  1. Universe – Every Single Night (Instrumental) (MBT Records, 1984)

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Formed in 1983, Universe were a British funk band of four young lads, who all seemed in their early twenties to be capable of knocking out a stone-cold classic boogie banger.  This seems to have been their only release – but excellent nonetheless.  You can hear the excellent arranging in this instrumental version.  Some session musicians helped out with their release: assisting with guitar arrangements was J.J. Belle, best known as the guitarist for the Pet Shop Boys, plus notable for working with Grace Jones, George Michael, Madonna and Tina Turner.

  1. The Snapp – You Knock Me Out (Beat Street Records, 1985)

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The Snapp’s ‘You Knock Me Out’ was written by keyboardist Ray Miles, who also wrote some tracks for Con-Funk-Shun.  Lead singer Calvin Tillery was in Bill Summers & Summers Heat and appeared on Coke Escovedo’s 1975 album ‘Coke’, before fronting The Snapp.  Funky dudes.

  1. MSQ II featuring Jeffrey Cheatham – Too Much (Just Enough Mix) (Easy Street Records, 1987)

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Another track with that classic Easy Street vibe.  Produced by Michael Cameron, who also produced Adeva’s classic ‘In And Out Of My Life’.  Before that, he acted as percussionist for George Benson, and wrote Michael Watford’s classic ‘Holidin’ On’ (see Galaxians Mix 8 for details of how much we love that particular track!).  Seems like Michael Cameron is responsible for a range of total classics.

  1. Fonda Rae – Heobah (Hey-O-Bah) (Instrumental) (Posse Records, 1983)

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Fonda Rae’s probably most famous for ‘Over Like A Fat Rat’ (written by Leroy Burgess), but ‘Heobah’ has got that kind of 80s tropical excitement vibe going on.  The instrumental version keeps the groove going with no distractions; dig, if you will, that crisp Linndrum tom in the background, and that chacka-chacka thin guitar riff over the wavy synth lines.  Instant party.

  1. Mtume – C.O.D. (I’ll Deliver) (Instrumental) (Epic Records, 1984)

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James Mtume wrote a lot of what one might now call ‘G-Funk’ and ‘slow jams’.  This is definitely a slow jam.  In fact, some people have possibly been born as a result of this track.  By the way, C.O.D. means ‘cash on delivery’, so we can only speculate as to what exactly is going on here – possibly something rude.  But check out that dub delay over that bass, and those sweet DX7 electric piano chords.  DAYUM.

  1. Tramaine – The Rock (Larry Levan Instrumental Dub) (A&M Records, 1987)

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This is totally Larry Levan.  A Paradise Garage classic, Tramaine’s release also comes with a Shep Pettibone vocal mix, which is nice – but this is better.  Larry’s mix just takes a bit of the groove, ditches most of the vocals, and keeps it banging all the way through.  There’s nothing even wrong with the vocals.  But Larry had the insight – keep the groove going.  In fact, you wonder if it’s ever going to stop.  But, sadly, it does.  And we’re out!

Mixcloud: New Mix, Many Dope Jams

Hey!  We’ve put together another mix for you this month via our Mixcloud channel.  This month, Jed’s been the DJ and has gone for some quite bass-driven, rhythmical jams, moving into early deep/vocal house influenced tracks, before settling on some classic boogie bangers to finish.

1. Chanelle – One Man – Profile Records, 1989
2. Omni – Body Groove (Dub) – Mercury Records, 1983
3. Peewee In The Newz – Keep Dancin’ (Instrumental) – N.A.M.E. Brand Record Company, 1983
4. Tom Noble – Malaco – Future Times, 2011
5. Andras Fox feat. Oscar S. Thorn – What They Say – Dopeness Galore, 2013
6. Michael Watford – Holdin’ On (Original Shelter Mix) – EastWest, 1991
7. Bas Nor – I’m Glad You Came To Me – Nu Groove/10 Records, 1989
8. Lee Prentiss – Love This Way – MSB Records, 1983
9. Mtume – Tie Me Up (Extended Version) – Epic Records, 1984
10. Hot Cuisine – One Night Stand (Dub) – Vinyl Mania, 1986
11. The Whispers – Tonight – Solar, 1983
12. Dayton – Out Tonight – Capitol, 1983
13. Deco – Fresh Idea – Qwest Records, 1983
14. Powerline – Journey – Prelude Records, 1981

 

Some interesting points on the above:

Chanelle’s classic ‘One Man’ was produced by a surprisingly large team, including Bob Blank, Frankie Knuckles and David Morales (later to have huge success in the 90s with ‘Needin’ U’).  Chanelle herself is a native of New Jersey and still releases house tracks.  She remains a powerful house vocalist.

Omni were also known as Unfinished Business and scored a big hit in 1987 on the garage house scene with ‘Out Of My Hands (Love’s Taken Over)’, produced by Frankie Knuckles, which was a cover of their song released as Omni in 1981.

Michael Watford was also in a group produced by Roger Sanchez known as Brotherhood of Soul, and featured fellow soul/house singers Colonel Abrams (Morris Abrams) and Jay Williams.  Strictly Rhythm put out ‘I’ll Be Right There’ in 1995.  Watford’s career has spanned at least 25 years, and ‘Holdin On’ was his first release, originally on EastWest, before being picked up by Atlantic.

Bas Noir‘s name means “black stocking” and is pronounced “bah-nwah”.

Lee Prentiss‘s ‘Love This Way’ was written by Michael Garvin, who has also written for Sister Sledge, Tammy Wynette and George Benson among many others.  This track was mastered by Herb Powers Jr, who worked on our own release ‘Personal Disco Component’ in 2013.

Hot Cuisine was producer Kevin Roberts, who also worked with 80s acts Netwerk and Linda Lewis.

Produced by Quincy Jones, Deco’s ‘Fresh Idea’ is super-tight and contains all the musical wizardry you’d expect from arguably the world’s best producer.  Keyboard player Phillip Ingram is now a session musician and has worked with Janet Jackson, The Commodores and provided backing vocals on a bizarre album by Bruce Willis (yes, Bruce Willis) in 1987 called ‘The Return of Bruno’.

Enjoy!

MR TC (Optimo) // DIE WILDE JAGD (Dusseldorf) // GALAXIANS // XAM // GAME_PROGRAM // 07.05.16 // LEEDS

stargaze (905x1280)Stargaze Records Presents…..

MR TC (Optimo / Glasgow)
DIE WILDE JAGD (Dusseldorf)
GALAXIANS
XAM
GAME_PROGRAM

Wharf Chambers
23-25 Wharf Street
LEEDS
07.05.16
£6.00
9pm til 3am

MR TC
MR TC aka Thomas Clarke is a DJ and musician based in Glasgow. Another affiliate of the city’s prolific Green Door studio, he has immersed himself in the city’s electronic music scene since arriving 6 years ago, running the Night of the Jaguar parties out of The Art School and DJing around the city.

His music and DJ sets encompass Left-field Disco, Tropical Oddity, House and Techno whilst channelling the spirit of a youth spent playing in psychedelic rock bands in Luxembourg, listening to krautrock and worshipping Lou Reed and David Bowie.

His debut EP ‘Soundtrack For Strangers’ was released on JD Twitch’s Optimo Music Imprint in November 2015, receiving support from the likes of Red Axes, Rebolledo, Ivan Smagghe, Trevor Jackson, Christian S, Hugo Capablanca, and Manfredas and proceeded to sell out all 300 copies of the initial pressing within three weeks. There is a repress on the way.

DIE WILDE JAGD
Ralf Beck and Sebastian Lee Philipp first met in 2006 in Düsseldorf’s Salon des Amateurs, a meeting place for new and established experimental musicians and artists, also known as Germany’s “postpunk Hacienda”.

It seems no coincidence that Düsseldorf is the duo’s founding city: their music is full of subtle references to local acts, such as Kraftwerk, NEU!, DAF, Liaisons Dangereuses, Pyrolator, the Krupps and Propaganda.

GALAXIANS
Fresh, future-boogie duo Galaxians are equal parts Hacienda and Paradise Garage, and, having already released two records on Brooklyn New York’s Dither Down imprint and Atlanta’s Rotating Souls Records respectively, they will present their debut album in 2016. Now a trio, having recruited singer Emma Mason as a result of recent studio collaborations.

XAM
XAM is the solo project of Matt Benn, one Hookworm, whose move to this kind of generative and rigid electronica is not too surprising, given the well-patterned psychedelia of his band. Comprised of three longforms, he stretches out warm tones and lets generous beats synchronise with the gliding atmosphere. Think Jonas Munk’s polished ambient tunes given Harmonia’s meandering but maintained drum machines and you’ve got “Werk & Play”, which does just as its title tells it to: it’s mechanical but wide-eyed.

“Coke Float”, which is easily the best named song of all time no contest (to quote JME, don’t @ me), goes a bit harder, shuffling in with a grittier beat that skitters over a forever kind of melody. The tune’s simplicity doesn’t stop it from being big on the detail, with effects pouring in, creating the feeling of crickets chirping on the moon. Finally we’re left with “Lifer”, whose patiently growling drone becomes both transcendent and loopy, climaxing with the twinkliest of synth sounds, content to wander forever beatless. You’ve had a dance — now be raptured to a place where dancing is sleeping.

GAME_PROGRAM
Jon Nash is primarily known as a talented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from bands like Hookworms, Cowtown, and Nope. But he also does Game_Program, a one-man electronic soundtracker of imaginary 80s high school coming-of-age dramas. GP evokes sun-drenched Miami beaches, palm trees, and teen dreams and evokes sounds reminiscent of College, Giorgio Moroder, and Mr Fingers.

*** Wharf Chambers Co-operative Club is a members’ club, and you need to be a member, or a guest of a member, in order to attend. To join, please visit wharfchambers.org. Membership costs £1 and requires a minimum of 48 hours to take effect ***

GALAXIANS ANNOUNCED FOR LONG DIVISION FESTIVAL // JUNE 2016

Galaxians have been announced, along with acts Gang Of Four, Los Campesinos, Field Music and more, for Wakefield’s Long Division festival in June 2016.

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Long Division is a weekend music and culture festival that takes place in Wakefield City Centre each year in June.

“It was the existence of Long Division that gave me the confidence to bring back Unity Hall as a music venue.” – Chris Hill (Unity Works Developer). 

Since its formation in 2011, Long Division has led the way in develping Wakefield as a respected and revered musical and cultural destination. It is run by a very small but dedicated group of people who wanted to showcase Wakefield’s often overlooked musical talents to a wider audience.

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“Absolutely invaluable to us, the biggest showcase of the year for bands and venues in the city. Makes me proud to tears every year.” – Rob Dee (Philophobia Music, Wakefield). 

Using a range of city centre venues, it now attracts 3000 people each year, showcasing local talent by placing them alongside national artists. It has consistently produced line-ups amongst the strongest and most value for money across the whole country.

“Made by Music fans, for Music fans.” – Louder Than War. 

 

JUX Features: Independent Leeds & Leeds-List

Matt spoke with Leeds-List and Independent Leeds about JUX festival, which takes place at the Brudenell Social Club on 20th February.

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Matt spoke to Joseph Sheerin…..

“Brudenell Social Club is set to host a day of the best and brightest musical talent from the North as Jux Festival comes to Leeds.

Leeds’ newest all-dayer, Jux Festival is all about, believe it or not, juxtapositions. They like contrasts, placing musical brilliance side by side, just because they can – and with a line up like theirs, they’re doing a pretty bang-up job of making it a must-see.

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It’s curated by two Yorkshire musicians, Matt Woodward of Galaxians, Azores, and the renowned Release Yourself parties, and Michael Ainsley of Yard Wars and The Ainsley Band. They’ll be taking over Brudenell Social Club on Saturday 20th February 2016, bringing some of the North’s finest musical talents under one roof.

Woodward told us just why they’re doing Jux Festival, “A festival is a good way to bring together bands who might never share the same stage, perhaps as a result of not being part of the same genre sphere, belonging to a different creative or communal ideology, or simply having stylistic differences. I think that in very simple terms we’d like to use the festival as a platform for bringing communities together, helping people to make new friends and creating awareness of different cultural movements.”

Topping the bill at Jux Festival is electronic duo Shift Work, who get their mitts on all kinds of weird and wonderful equipment to create addictive jams such as ‘Abandoned Hands’ and ‘SBFM. Having released on both Optimo Music and Houndstooth, their stock is strong, and they’re definitely a group you have to see live.

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They’ll be joined by Woodward’s Galaxians at Brudenell Social Club, a local group that’s played nearly every venue in the city with their infectious brand of live dance, and Sheffield’s finest Blood Sport, who blend punk and afro-beat in a delicious manner you’ve probably not come across before.

Coming across from the other side of the Pennines, in Wigan and Chorley, Cactus Knife will deliver some heavy psychedelia at Jux Festival while Makanitza offer the chance to catch some vibrant Romani and Eastern European tunes, something that likely doesn’t crop up too often.

Milk Crimes is another Leeds band that’s played all over the city, and their irresistible punk hooks will make them a blast at Brudenell Social Club, playing alongside the inimitable Joanne, a live coder, who creates live music using computer software.

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Michael Ainsley’s Yard Wars offer up some indie goodness at Jux Festival, Wakefield’s Mi Mye promise flashes of their remarkable alternative tunes, emerging Leeds group Take Turns show off their burgeoning talent and Jonathan Nash returns to the city with eclectic solo project Game_Project.

It’s easy to see why it’s called Jux Festival. There’s so much going on here that you’re sure to fancy something from what is without doubt an incredible line up of diverse musical talent, from all over the North – here’s hoping it’s the first of many.

INDEPENDENT LEEDS

Matt spoke to Jed Skinner…

“This February will see the launch of JUX, Leeds’ newest festival of music, bringing together active participants of some of the vibrant musical communities across the North and London.

Taking place all day on Saturday 20 February at the Brudenell Social Club, JUX will create a broad palette of music by juxtaposing artists who would be unlikely to play together on the same bill.

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Cactus Knife – one of the acts making up JUX’s bill

Co-organiser Matt Woodward explains the reasons behind putting in the hard work to create a festival which brings such a mix match of artists together;

“We felt tired of generic and unchallenging festival programming: many of the same bands play the same festivals, and only artists who share a common sound are suitable to share a stage or a festival billing.

“We decided to create JUX to juxtapose bands who are musically diverse; to bring together acts that exist in separate communities, but might share some ethics or philosophies about creating art and producing music.

“Also, the word ‘Jux’ is sometimes used as a slang word meaning to rob or steal!  We thought that might serve well as a double meaning, as a cheeky dig at festivals that don’t leave you feeling that they’re worth the ticket price”.

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Shift Works- one of the acts making up JUX’s bill

Just a few of the bands which will be taking to the iconic stage on the day are, Game_Program, Galaxians, Blood Sport and  Shift Work – two guys from London, working on analogue gear out of a studio built in a former stable.  They’ll be bringing hypnotic, looped vocal oddities, spiralled drum machines, strained key stabs and deftly arranged percussion.   It’s a line up which definitely requires you to bring your dancing shoes!

HAPPY MEALS // APOSTILLE // GALAXIANS // XAM // GIRL SWEAT // @ CHUNK, LEEDS 12.02.16

Galaxians will join a host of acts from Glasgow and Leeds at co-operative-run space CHUNK in Leeds on 12 February. Expect lots of sweat and dancing ——>

CHUNK – A night of FUNK

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Happy Meals (Night School Records, Glasgow)
Apostille (Night School Records, Glasgow)
Galaxians
XAM
Girl Sweat

8pm – late
£6 adv/ £8 OTD
18+
BYOB

Independent House, Meanwood Rd, LS7 2JD

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HAPPY MEALS
“Happy Meals is the Glasgow-based duo of Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, life-partners since high school finding expression in cosmic form. Originally from the Scottish borders, Rodden and Cook (also of The Cosmic Dead) began Happy Meals in a flurry of experimentation at Glasgow’s creative hub The Green Door Studio. Both artists operate machines and sing but it’s the dominating Franco-Scottish lingua-franca of Suzanne Rodden that imbues a sense of seductive fun.”

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APOSTILLE
“Apostille is the solo musical guise of Glaswegian DIY protagonist Michael Kasparis. Initially a creative harbour from his groups Please and The Lowest Form, Apostille has grown into an explosive synth-punk project unafraid of both physicality and emotional leakage. Fiercely independent in practice and execution, Apostille’s stated purpose is to bridge the gap between audience and performer, to connect through the fog of power structures and post-modernism; to ferment a direct pop music unconcerned with control.”

https://soundcloud.com/nightschool/lssn034-b2-good-man-ten-eight

GALAXIANS
“Galaxians are Jed Skinner (synths // programming) and Matt Woodward (drum kit // programming). The pair met in Leeds and played their first show as Galaxians in 2012. Their rise to prominence as an exciting live dance act has been swift. In 2014 the band’s vinyl EPs – ‘Personal Disco Component’ and ‘Galaxians’ – released on US dance labels Dither Down (Brooklyn, NYC) and Rotating Souls (Atlanta, GA) respectively, sold out quickly in both Europe and the US. They have also featured on both vinyl releases on upcoming DIY dance label Stargaze (Leeds, UK).”

https://galaxians.bandcamp.com/

XAM
“XAM is the solo project of Matt Benn, one Hookworm, whose move to this kind of generative and rigid electronica is not too surprising, given the well-patterned psychedelia of his band. He stretches out warm tones and lets generous beats synchronise with the gliding atmosphere. Think Jonas Munk’s polished ambient tunes given Harmonia’s meandering but maintained drum machines and you’ve got “Werk & Play”, which does just as its title tells it to: it’s mechanical but wide-eyed.”

https://xammusik.bandcamp.com/

GIRL SWEAT

“Like the bastard lovechild of Mark E Smith & Jon Spencer fronting peak era Cramps after being remixed by early Cabaret Voltaire but with the brutality of early Swans.” Happenin’ sounds from Sweat himself, bringing you noise, swirling through the garage spectrum. Don’t play it well- play it cool.

https://girlsweat.bandcamp.com/

CHUNK has a safe space policy and does not tolerate any sexism, homophobia, racism, transphobia and other behaviours that may exclude people from wanting to get involved. So play nice, we all love it.

JUX // Lineup announced for new Leeds festival

Galaxians have been announced for JUX, a new music festival in Leeds which takes place at the Brudenell Social Club on Saturday 20 February.  Joining them will be Houndstooth / Optimo Music act Shift Work and a host of established and emerging acts from around the UK including Joanne Armitage, Blood Sport, Yard Wars, Game_Program, Milk Crimes, Cactus Knife, and Makanitza.

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Festival co-host Matt Woodward (Galaxians // Azores // Stargaze Records) spoke to Joseph Sheerin from Leeds-List about the event….

How did JUX festival come about?

The initial idea came about because my pal and work colleague Michael Ainsley and I (we both work at Leeds Music & Performing Arts Library at the Central Library in Leeds) were talking about a number of things – our own bands, music festivals, different musical communities which exist in Yorkshire, Lancashire etc. We struck upon the idea of organising something which might bring together people of different communties and bands who normally might never appear on the same bill. Neither of us had ever organised a festival, though we have both been hosting gigs in Yorkshire for a number of years. Michael does a couple of bands – Yard Wars and The Ainsley Band – and I play in the bands Azores and Galaxians and run Stargaze Records with Jon Nash (Hookworms / Cowtown etc).

A festival is a good way to bring together bands who might never share the same stage perhaps as a result of not being part of the same genre sphere, belonging to a different creative or communal ideology, or simply having stylistic differences. I think that in very simple terms we’d like to use the festival as a platform for bringing communities together, helping people to make new friends and creating awareness of different cultural movements.

Can you talk us through some of the bands on the bill, and why you’ve asked them to play?

SHIFT WORK – are a duo, Mark and Johnny, who originally come from down south. They had a record out on Optimo (Glasgow) last year which is how I first heard them. I’m a big Optimo Records fan so I always check out new records on the label. SW do a kind of experimental, organic techno, though putting them in a genre box doesn’t do them justice. They make exciting, soulful modern dance music with character and without pretentions. I put them on last year at a party I co-host in Leeds called Release Yourself and at the time Johnny had his leg in plaster so it made for an interesting live spectacle too. Nice gentlemen and good facilitators of electronic dance music.

JOANNE – I heard about Joanne (Armitage) recently because I read an interview with her online. I wanted Joanne to play because what she does intrigues me in that I don’t understand quite what it is! Joanne is a live coding artist and is part of the ‘Algorave’ community in Leeds, I think. I might be wrong about that last bit, but either way I just thought what she does sounds really interesting and because I don’t know what it means I want to see it for myself. Plus, it’s another thing that is happening here that is important and is an art form and when Michael and myself were programming the lineup we wanted as much totally different stuff as possible.

MAKANITZA – are a trio from Leeds who I first saw a few months ago when one of my own bands, Azores, played with them. They were a bit of a revelation for us really. One of those rare bands that combine a really high, obviously very schooled, level of musicianship with really good, really fun music. My first reaction to seeing them for the first and only time so far was “Wow, where has this band been hiding?” but then you just realise that you’ve not seen them because as people playing music in Leeds you just exist in different communities. It’s one of the great things about this city. Even after almost 20 years of living here I’m still being surprised by stuff like this. In terms of their style they do Eastern European and Roma Gypsy folk music which is wild and hypnotic. The kind of thing that whips people into an actual frenzy and is impossible to sit still to. Again, asking them to play was a no-brainer because we want as much different music as possible, and they’re just really good.

MILK CRIMES – is Ellie, Peter and Simon. I have met them all but haven’t yet seen them play yet. I’m looking forward to that immensely. They are one of a new group of DIY bands coming through in Leeds at the moment, along with bands like Molars and Crumbs. People have described them as “catchy, fun, anti-social queer punk-pop in the same vein as bands like Martha, Trust Fund, and The Spook School etc. I’ve heard only universal praise for them so far and I wanted to invite them on because another thing that is important to me is having a mix of both older and younger bands playing.

There are lots of other really good bands playing – BLOOD SPORT (Sheffield), Michael’s band YARD WARS, MI MYE (Wakefield), GAME_PROGRAM (Leeds), CACTUS KNIFE (Chorley/Wigan), and TAKE TURNS (Leeds). My own band GALAXIANS are playing, too.

Will there be more in the future?

We would definitely like to do more, and as these things often go, you have an idea to do a festival and then you’re already thinking about who you’d like to play the second festival / year. But it depends on one thing really: dollars. I hate that but it’s a fact. If we lose a lot of money on the first one then it’s gonna create reservations and stress attached to any future JUX events. I read somewhere that all music festivals lose money in their first three years so it doesn’t bode well, hah! But y’know, it’s a DIY festival, we’re low-key and we’re not going to lose like £250,000 on it, so it’s okay.

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Galaxians Interview at The Garden Party 2015

Here’s our interview with Leeds Living after our show at The Garden Party in September.

What are your impressions of The Garden Party so far?

J: We just got here at about 4 o’clock; it’s heated up a bit now.

M: It seems like a nice vibe!

How does playing a festival differ from playing your own show?

J: It’s just a lot more people, a lot more atmosphere!

M: I have to confess, I don’t normally like playing festivals; you know you have to get on and get off quite quickly and it can be quite stressful but it’s been really nice here; as long as there’s a nice vibe and people are with us when we play, it’s cool.

What’s been your best live experience in Leeds so far?

M: Well I don’t think there’s one thing that we can say is the best ‘cause every time we play it’s different but when we played the two Beacons festivals that we did were a real highlight. Gigs: we’ve played Wharf Chambers, we like that; they’re intimate and small.

J: I think the best one for me was probably Tom Tom Club at The Brudenell, about two years ago. That was amazing. Just meeting those guys was amazing.

What up-coming shows have you got in Leeds?

J: We’re playing Headrow House on 23rd October, which we’re excited about because Golden Teacher (who they’re playing with) are fantastic and Headrow House is a new venue.

What influence has the Leeds music scene had on your being a duo?

J: For me, it’s being able to meet people who were musicians first, in bands second, so loads of people that are in more than band; it’s that sense of collaboration, especially around the Hyde Park area; there’s a lot of creativity.

M: I think musically, we’re not necessarily as influenced by Leeds other than its strong club culture, like the DJs. But what I am influenced by is that Leeds has a really strong sense of community and I think that’s a really big thing, especially in dance music. It’s about unifying people and having a shared experience. It’s not about stardom or hierarchy.

What do you have in the pipeline?

J: We have a new album coming with quite a lot of tracks; we have vocalists now like Emma Mason who we’re collaborating with, possibly even live in the future, and we’ve got guitar on the new album from John Nash who’s in Cowtown and Hookworms. A bit more of a disco/house analogue kind of direction too. And a European mini tour!

M: We’ve gone out of our comfort zone a little bit more this time: vocalists, lyrics…

With thanks to Chris Haywood and Ryan Crossland

GALAXIANS at The Garden Party // Tetley Gallery 30.08.15

“By putting local boys Galaxians on your bill, you’re almost guaranteeing a party that shimmers and glitters like a roller disco ramped up to 11. Warbling synths, wobbling bass and beats that’d make even the most resistant of bodies shake, Galaxians are something of a secret weapon. No matter who they’re billed with, from Tom Tom Club to Horse Meat Disco, their modern disco-house vibes are enough to enrapture any and every audience put in front of them.”  The 405 // Garden Party preview: 5 Bands We Want To See

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“I’m personally looking forward to Roisin Murphy, as well as Little Dragon and Todd Terje. On the DJ front it has to be Craig Charles, Joy Orbison and finally having Kerri Chandler play for us. Special shout to Bambooman and Galaxians, two local outfits who will be performing on The Skinny stage.” Matt Long // festival organiser // About To Blow

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“At the Skinny Stage, Galaxians succeed more-so than Craig Charles to counter the mid-day festival blues. As soon as the two-piece Leeds-based outfit takes to the stage, those sitting down take to their feet. Jed Skinner somehow coolly manages to replicate the sound of a four-layer melody section using two synthesisers. Matt Woodward on drums keeps the manic synth output locked to a sleazy groove. The pair’s most recent four track EP, Personal Disco Component, is much appreciated. One or two sporadic rays of sun even get involved in the party.” Review: Sunday At The Garden Party // Skiddle

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Excerpts from ‘Electroads’ by Galaxians

GALAXIANS Boogie Mix I // now on Mixcloud

GALAXIANS Boogie Mix I // compiled by Matt Woodward

The first in a series of mixes of some of our favourite boogie jams.

The term ‘boogie’ was used to describe the soulful, often down-tempo post-disco music, prevelant in US cities such as New York in the early ’80s, and characterized by a blend of acoustic instruments, early synthesizers and drum machines such as the Roland Juno series and TR-808 Rhythm Composer.

For an in-depth look at the boogie genre check the following links:

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/dam_funk_king_of_the_boogie_

http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/2015/01/underground-boogie-1982

1) Word Up – LEGACY // Brunswick 1982
2) Can’t Get Away (From Your Love) (Instrumental Version) – CAROL WILLIAMS // Vanguard 1982
3) Am I Gonna Be The One – COLORS // First Take 1983
4) Hot Summer Nights – LOVE CLUB // West End 1983
5) Infatuation – UP FRONT // Silver Cloud 1983
6) Just In Time – RAW SILK // West End 1983
7) Lay It On The Line (John Morales M&M After Session Mix) – LOGG // BBE // Salsoul 1981
8) Nice And Soft – WISH Featuring LA-RITA GASKIN // Perspective 1981
9) Seventh Heaven – GWEN GUTHRIE (Larry Levan Remix) // Island 1983
10) U Turn Me On – TOMORROW’S EDITION // Atlantic // RFC 1981

GALAXIANS Boogie Mix I by Galaxians on Mixcloud

sounds of the boogiedown universe