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GALAXIANS @ VAGABONDS BREAKFAST CLUB Summer Pool Party // Ilkley Lido

VBC Pool PartySO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!

Delighted to announce that we have been invited to perform at the following party on June the 8th. Follow the link at the bottom of this post to join the event.

Please read on….

Amazing Outdoor Swimming Pool /// Gourmet BBQ /// Coach Transport /// Cocktails /// Live Band & DJs

Start your day at night
Eat / Drink / Party Hard

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About our POOL PARTY
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When we created the Vagabonds Breakfast Club we set out to bring you new and exciting ways and places to socialize – providing you, our adventurous band of vagabonds, a unique night of partying to look forward to on sparingly spread dates throughout the year. We promise a unique night of great value eating, drinking & partying hard – and after a great first VBC, our Christmas New York Loft Party at Munro House back in December, we think we’ve delivered even BIGGER with this, our next party!

Our desire to be different has lead us to try our best to take you to locations where other Leeds party providers don’t tread… and so here we are… with our second installment of the Vagabonds Breakfast Club – we’re leading the way with a first for Leeds – it’s time to ‘get in there like swimwear’ – for the Vagabonds Breakfast Club Pool Party.

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About our amazing outdoor swimming pool – Ilkley Lido
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The setting – Ilkely Lido is a truly beautiful spot. It is the only outdoor pool in the area and is one of Britain’s last few remaining public outdoor swimming pools. Just minutes from Ilkley town centre, the lido’s beautiful far ranging views across Ilkley Moor and the famous Cow and Calf makes it even more special. It features gorgeous art deco architecture, including the Café building which will become our dancefloor for the night. So… It’s not surprising it ranked highly in the Telegraph’s top 10 lidos in the country.

Included as part of the ticket price, you’ll be whisked away to the Lido by coach from a Leeds city centre pick up – and of course dropped back in Leeds when the pool party closes.

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To swim… or not to swim
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The party will be amazing whether you decide you want to take a plunge in the pool or not! But for those that wish to ‘get in there like swimwear’ – you will be allowed to swim for the first hour and a half of the party before you start eating and drinking.

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Food & drink
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While our swimmers take to the pool we’ll spark up the coals on the BBQ in preparation for a Gourmet Feast of barbequed meats & salads – just the ticket after an icy plunge in the Lido’s beautiful outdoor pool. Vegitarian options will also be available.

A variety of drinks will be available to suit all budgets… and of course there’ll be Vagabonds Breakfast Club suitably themed one-off cocktails to suit our aquatic adventure!

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Our musical backdrop
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It wouldn’t be a Vagabonds Breakfast Club without some great music.

During our early swimming session – poolside music will be provided by a live set from GALAXIANS. Fresh off the back of their UK tour, this will mark a fitting end to the tour for them – and an awesome start to the summer for us!

Taking their cues from 80s NY / Chicago labels such as SAM, Are ‘n’ Bee, TRAX, and Sleeping Bag – expect analog synth driven electro to set the pace while you take to the pool.

As the night progresses there’ll be disco driven DJ sets from Lucy Locket plus more DJs to be announced.

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Coach travel
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Return coach travel will be provided to the Lido from Leeds City Centre – coach pick up will be from the layby next to Leeds train station at 5pm and the coach will depart the Lido at 1am – more info will be provided to those who purchase tickets.

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After party
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For those that want to carry on the party on our return to Leeds we will have a few options for you to choose from… watch this space for more information as June 8th draws closer.

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TICKETS
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Tickets go on sale from 20:00 on May 1st – 1st come – 1st served.
They will be available on a first come first served basis – numbers are very restricted – it’s going to be a sell out – so grab them quick!
They will be available from various online ticketing sites, plus paper tickets will be available – watch this space for info as May 1st draws close.

All tickets are £35

What’s included:
Coach travel to and from Leeds city centre to the Lido (5pm pickup / 1am return)
1.5hrs swimming for those that want to take the plunge!
Drink on entry/exiting the pool.
A belly full of gourmet BBQ nosh.
An evening of entertainment.
Fun. Fun. Fun.

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MORE INFO & ENQUIRIES
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Email vagabondsbreakfastclub@gmail.com for more info & enquiries or call 07866 718196.

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Vagabonds Breakfast Club
Start your day at night
Eat / Drink / Party Hard
www.facebook.com/VagabondsBreakfastClub

GLXNS @ British Wildlife festival – Brudenell Social Club 02.03.13

GALAXIANS @ British Wildlife festival 02.03.13 by No Wave and Francesca Micucci.

British Wildlife festival, hosted by Adam Nodwell and the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, was a ball this year and we were lucky enough to headline day 2, an honour, especially considering the quality of acts playing that day – Bilge Pump, Black Moth, MKBL etc.

Here’s a visual document of our set. These shots were taken by Trent Rampage (No Wave) and Francesca Micucci, and we hope you like them.

Our pal Kate Broughton also took some great shots, you can view the lot here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pro_jection/sets/72157632932054941/

// GHOST TOWN RECORDING SESSIONS – Feb 2013 //

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We’re mightily pleased and excited to announce that we will be returning to the studio this weekend to start work on our next batch of recordings, which will include brand new songs and unrecorded songs from our current live set.

Once again we will be working with Ross Halden at Ghost Town studios in Leeds. Ross engineered our first six tracks in 2012, which you can find on both our Bandcamp and on our website.

The sessions will take us through two weekends in February, plus further weekends recording and mixing in March and April. We’re hoping to have the sessions mastered and available for release in time for our UK and European tour in May and June this year.

Here’s a list of songs for the sessions:

Ducket$z
Visual
Nightlife
Out They Minds
Skydive
My Shit is Custom
Strictly Busin£$$
Blasting Off

Some of these tracks will definitely get a vinyl release in 2013, so watch this space! We’ll also make them available on our Bandcamp as high quality downloads.

If you fancy popping in over the weekend make sure you bring either halloumi or falafel (or both) sandwiches, espresso coffee (Lavazza or Illy please), or Morrison’s doughnuts, or we won’t let you in. Just kidding.

Peace.

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FIRST GLXNS RELEASE OF 2013 AVAILABLE NOW!

‘MERMAIDS OF MIAMI’ RELEASED AS PART OF SMOKY CARROT RECS COMP ‘SMOKY TIMES VOL II’

We’re very pleased to an600x600nounce our first official song release of 2013, available now from iTunes, Amazon and emusic….

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/smoky-times-vol.-2/id586010868

Also available on 12″ vinyl in the coming weeks….

‘Smoky Times Volume II’ (Smoky Carrot Recs) is a compilation of songs by acts and artists from around the UK, USA, and Europe. We’re very happy to appear alongside such great company.

Smoky Carrot is a London-based label founded in 2006 by Pete Dyson and Paul Perrelet. Check out the site here:

http://www.smokycarrot.com/

 

GALAXIANS TOUR MAY 2013

SO, 2013, HERE WE GO! GLX // GP PRODUCTION TEAM HIT THE ROAD!

We’re pretty excited to make our first major announcement of 2013. P1160647

In May and June we will be spreading our wings and flying a little further than we have before. This year we hope to venture across the English channel to European shores, a pretty exciting proposition for us.

On tour we will be accompanied on our UK shows by our pals Game_Program, a new dance act featuring Jon Nash (Hookworms / Nope / Cowtown / formerly of Runners) and Toby Gamlen (also formerly of Runners).

The tour will run from May 23rd to June 2nd, taking in 6 shows in the UK, 4 in Europe.

We are looking to play at club nights, dance parties, art spaces, regular gig venues etc. Wherever people want to dance we want to be there!

We would love to hear from you, so please get in touch.

As the next few months progress we will post regular updates on confirmed tour dates on our ‘shows’ page, and our Facebook and Bandcamp pages, along with news of all other Galaxians shows in the UK and abroad in 2013.

For further info, press, images etc, or to book Galaxians please email or call:

MARIE (Julie Tippex) – marie@julietippex.com

MATT (Galaxians) – mattrapide@hotmail.com // 00 44 (0)7944 649952

JON (Game_Program) – lofidian@hotmail.com

Information on technical specifications and specific PA requirements can be found on our ‘info // tech’ page.

We hope to hear from you and meet you in the not-too-distant future!

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RELEASE YOURSELF II @ Wharf Chambers 15/12/12

What an incredible night!! Difficult to actually express in words how much fun we had at Release Yourself II at our favourite Leeds venue Wharf Chambers on Saturday. Amazing live sets from Runners and Unmade Bed, great DJ sets from Matt, Pat, Henry, Dom, Brigit, and Gav, beautiful dancers, a great vibe, our best decor design yet, and a packed house.

The night kicked off with a beautiful set from Sheffield band Unmade Bed, on only their third gig and debut Leeds performance. Hannah, Robert and Dorian describe themselves as “No Wave bedroom disco”. We’d say that’s a good description. James Chance-style abrasive, scratchy guitar playing, raw, glitchy drum machine dance beats, great bass hooks with that warm semi-acoustic tone, and incredible, soulful singing. Not only do they have great songs, a sharp style and look incredibly sexy on stage, they are also friendly, forthcoming and a delight to spend time with. Personally we hope they come back very soon.

Find them here: http://unmadebedthepopgroup.tumblr.com/

We were very sad to hear about the recent demise of one of our favourite Leeds bands and Stargaze Records label pals Runners, so it’s fair to say that we watched their set with heavy hearts. Having said that, it’s impossible to watch Runners without feeling incredibly uplifted by their particular brand of live dance music. For us it’s just a great mix of elements, neatly packaged into a very tasteful and considered whole. It’s part-krautrock – the foreword momentum and motorik style, part-ambient techno – warm, rounded, repetitive bass synth hooks, part-house – euphoric, polyrhythmic synth melodies. What’s not to like?? So, farewell Runners, we shall miss you. On the plus side we have new ex-Runners projects to look forward to, namely Girls Water (Jonathan Nash / Toby Gamlen) and Chrononautz (Leon Carey / Dominic Clare) and we have been informed that Runners plan to record their remaining unreleased tracks before they finally call it a day. This pleases us greatly.

Find them here: http://longdistancerunners.wordpress.com/

The DJ sets all really went off at this RY party, and it was really satisfying to see so many people whooping, hollering, high-fiving, and generally losing their shit on the dancefloor. Beautiful smiling faces and a very well-dressed and friendly crowd, just what we like to see. The sets from Matt, Pat, Henry, Brigit, Dom, and Gav pumped out house, boogie, disco, post-disco, techno, hi-nrg, italo, two-step, garage, electro, krautrock, and no wave. It was LOUD, and we utilized those in-house subs as best we could!

Here’s a selection from Matt’s two sets:

Big Fun – INNER CITY (1988)

Optimo – LIQUID LIQUID (1983)

I Believe (feat. Lindsey Caldwell) – ELI ESCOBAR (2012)

You’re My Number One – RADIANCE feat. ANDREA STONE (1983)

Let’s Do It – CONVERTION (1980)

Inspector Norse – TODD TERJE (2012)

You Can’t Have It – STARGAZE (1982)

From Here To Eternity – GIORGIO MORODER (1977)

Bax – MOSCA (2011)

You Are In My System – THE SYSTEM (1982)

Track 2 – EROS EP (2012)

Walking On Sunshine – ROCKER’S REVENGE feat. DONNIE CALVIN (1982)

Get Off (You Fascinate Me) – PATRICE RUSHEN (1984)

I’m Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair) – INNER LIFE (1979)

Weekend – CLASS ACTION (1983)

Bad Times (I Can’t Stand It) – CAPTAIN RAPP (1983)

Hopscotch (Larry Levan remix) – GWEN GUTHRIE (1983)

Trent was on hand again and took some great shots, here’s a selection of those:

So, on behalf of Release Yourself we would like to say a huge thanks to all the staff at Wharf Chambers who worked both the day and night shifts (Lotte, Andrew, Tommo, Eleanor, Rob, Alex, Anna), everyone who worked on the door for us (Gem, Rachel, Jed, Martha, Jess, George), the bands (Nash, Toby, Leon, Dom, Hannah, Dorian, Robert), our guest DJs (Dom, Gav, Brigit) and everyone who came, danced, hung out, shook hands, held hands, kissed, hugged, drank, and hooked up. We hope you had a chance to release yourself and we hope to see you at the next one!

Matt xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

RELEASE YOURSELF II @ Wharf Chambers 15.12.12.

RY / WHARF CHAMBERS PRESENT:

RELEASE YOURSELF II
@ Wharf Chambers

23 – 25 Wharf St, LEEDS
LS2 7EQ
15 / 12 / 12.
9pm – 6am
£4.00
http://www.wharfchambers.org

with:

RUNNERS (LEEDS)
UNMADE BED (SHEFFIELD)
RELEASE YOURSELF DJs
WONKY WONDERS (DJ)
RUNNERS DJs

Feels like it’s been a while, but we cant wait to have you come dance with us again. We were all so pleased with our last party – over the past few months we’ve all been day dreaming about how much fun we had. You dancers really made it for us.

We just hope we can make it for you again.

This time we hope to make Release Yourself even more special.

We’re delighted to have former Long Blondes guitarist Dorian Cox’ new No Wave bedroom disco outfit Unmade Bed, who will make the trip over from Sheffield to play for us. Have a listen here:

http://soundcloud.com/unmade-bed

Our good friends and upfront good hearted Leeds party people Runners will be playing too. In case you don’t know they’re a blend of Krautrock, proto-house and ambient techno, and feature members of Hookworms, Chrononautz, Nope, Charlie Cake etc etc:

http://soundcloud.com/runners

We’re delighted to announce that we asked some friends to come play some records and they said yes. So expect some new faces behind the decks. If you would like to play at the next party just get in touch.

Most of all though expect to dance freely. What we value most of all in putting on nights like this is our belief that anyone of us can come together from any background, even just for the night, to celebrate each other and dance together. We want you to make friends – maybe even fall in love. We’re hoping that you come and make a connection with someone and Release Yourself.

Get your backs off the wall people – let’s go dancing.

PHOTO PROJECT BY NO WAVE / TRENT RAMPAGE @ WHARF CHAMBERS

Poor Trent. Following a long and messy night at Sapphic Traffic we made him get out of bed just at the point when he’d probably only just got in it. He brought his fancy camera, his skillz and a bunch of fun ideas to Wharf Chambers, where we were busy drinking espresso and discussing Ash dieback over the Saturday papers.

Wharf Chambers was the obvious choice. Our friends are there, it feels like something of a spiritual home for us, and they gots all those Seabrook’s crisp flavours you just never seem to see in shops these days.

We think Trent did an incredible job and in return we’ll be loading him up with all of the food he likes. Amazingly, this was Trent’s first project documenting a band visually in a non-performance format. But brother racked that muthafucka like he was a pro, don’t you agree?

Check the gallery to see a selection of the images: http://supergalaxians.com/gallery/

 

LARRY’S LEGACY LIVES ON!!

IT’S 20 YEARS AGO TODAY THAT THE WORLD SAID A FOND FAREWELL TO LARRY LEVAN, but for so many he will always live on! Larry was a one-off, a supreme talent that created some of the most thrilling, unique, organic, sexy mixes we’ve ever heard.

His remixes of Gwen Guthrie tracks in particular are simply jaw-dropping, genre-defining (and genre defying!) classics, full of charm, sexiness, and the kinds of sounds you can’t quite describe in words. We only wish we’d been old enough and bold enough (to fly all the way to NY!) to catch one of his legendary sets at the Paradise Garage way back in the day.

Here’s an interesting piece written about Larry from the Discogs website….

“There’s not much that can be said that hasn’t been said already in dozens of articles, reviews and tribute websites, but I’m compelled to add my two cents. I first heard about the Paradise Garage from an article in NYC’s defunct “SOHO Weekly News”, and I was fascinated. The very well written review was published sometime in 1979 or `80, and my interest was piqued, as my world consisted of clubs, parties and venues that thrived on the anti-disco backlash. My willingness to examine my own irrational prejudice against “Disco” occured one night at The Mudd Club, a cutting-edge post-punk dance club with a sound-system designed by Bryan Eno and a punky-artsy clientele that probably prided itself in never having set foot in a “real” discotheque. I counted myself among that herd until I heard a real Disco DJ upstairs, guesting on the second floor, and my eyes were opened wide and my jaw dropped when I watched and listened to this guy seamlessly blending hot Salsoul, West End and Prelude records. Of course the music was amazing and had nothing in common with my media-inspired, brainwashed aversion to so-called Disco music. I was mesmerized and made it my business to get into the Garage come hell or high-water. I had started DJing in the East Village by then and Bobby Shaw, then the promoter for Warner Brothers records, got me on the guest-list and I finally arrived at Disco Nirvana. But even then, Larry opened my mind and challenged my pre-conceived notions of what he was about. In the course of the night I heard Kraftwerk, The Peach Boys, Yaz, Konk, Mikki, The Temptations, Men At Work, D-Train, and the list of ecclectic twists and turns was mind-blowing to say the least..and that sound system. The best I’d ever heard, albeit too loud for my already sensitive ears. I was a regular there until it closed, and due to Larry’s reputation as a moody and unpredictable soul with a slightly self-destuctive bent (like Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, to name a few), I kept my distance from his inner circle and insisted on paying my yearly membership fee as well as the modest admission price. I never regretted my decision, and only after the Garage closed did I become friendly with the now more accessible and down-to-earth Larry Levan. I feel blessed to have had him share his knowledge and stories with me, and not a day passes when I don’t think about the man or listen to one of his totally unique, trippy and dub-inspired remixes. Literally NO DJ can ever achieve his impact on my life or come close to his skills at sonic reconstruction and open-minded, genius programming. He was a genuine 20th century SHAMAN. I Love you and miss you Larry!”

Here at GLX HQ we can’t get enough of Larry’s work and we thought we might share with you a short list of some of our favourite Levan mixes.

We strongly recommend that you hook up with LL and let him cement himself in your subconscious. PLAY LOUD and DANCE!!

JIMMY ROSSFirst True Love Affair

TRACY WEBERSure Shot

CENTRAL LINEDon’t Tell Me

GWEN GUTHRIE Hopscotch (vocal and instrumental)

GWEN GUTHRIE – Seventh Heaven

FIRST CHOICE -Double Cross

LOGG I Know You Will

AURRA – When I Come Home

SKYY First Time Around

INSTANT FUNKI Got My Mind Made Up

NEW YORK CITI PEECH BOYSDon’t Make Me Wait

CLASS ACTION Weekend

There’s so many more, but these are some of our biggest faves….hope you dig :)))

<<<< GALAXIANS >>>>

 

 

 

LAST G-FLEX SHOW OF 2012 @ MUSIQUARIUM, OH!

THE COWBELL SOCIAL @ MUSIQUARIUM, LEEDS, NOVEMBER 24th

featuring….

CHRIS DUCKENFIELD // GALAXIANS (live) // DISCO MUMS // COWBELL DJs

Tickets £8 £10 OTD or 4 for £25 on line (limited)

Wyther Lane, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3BT Leeds

10:00pm

SO psyched for this! Come join us and help us SMASH IT!!

We’ll also be having a natter on Cowbell radio before the show, shooting the shiz, playing tracks and generally having a fun time.

P.S. Forget about Sunday, it’s not important ;).

http://www.facebook.com/events/371758122895033/

 

SG 01 – Single of the week at Norman Records!!

STARGAZE RECORDS FIRST RELEASE NAMED SINGLE OF THE WEEK AT NORMAN RECORDS!

Galaxians // Runners Split 12″ – SG 01, released October 25 2012.

Here’s what they said:

“Oh, nice! I don’t know a lot about this Stargaze label but this mysterious and very limited (only 100 in the world!) 12” has some super-fresh cuts from two top new bands with a shared love for live drums and classic synthesizers. Hot dawg! I doubt our copies will last long so I wouldn’t sit on this one.

On the A side we’ve got duo Galaxians dropping ‘Brace Yoself’, with a stomping disco-funk beat alongside some nimble acid squiggles, cosmic arpeggios and slick synth acrobatics that remind our Brian of Daft Punk, and me of ‘Rockit’-era Herbie Hancock with a touch of New York house influence. This track is so classy! The beats are clean and hard-grooving and the vibes are constantly blazing. You’re gonna rip up dancefloors up and down the country with this. I’ve seen these guys live and it’s a total dance party, don’t miss out if you get a chance.

On the other side there’s Runners, whose debut ‘Starting Line’ 12” impressed us all last year. These four chill dudes like to smoke the reefer and play the synthesizers, and the jam on this platter, ‘Tranquility Base II’, may remind you of Inner Tube minus the guitar or perhaps the TV programme ‘Wish You Were Here’. It’s all celestial smooth synths with a soft head-nodding groove for a real driving-into-the-sunset slow groover with silky, insidious melodies. Totally hot offerings on both sides, highly recommended!”