The bank holiday season is swiftly upon us and 2022NQ is bringing quite the shindig to celebrate. Continuing their mandate of showcasing the great and good of the North West through all their artistic endeavours, Sunday 26th May will bear witness to one of Manchester’s most loved and revered parties in the shape of El Diablo’s Social Club, who celebrate a decade of debauchery in their own inimitable manner.
El Diablos has built a reputation on providing Manchester’s famously open minded clubbers with a journey through only the finest reaches of dance music. The mantra is simple – create the perfect environ for ‘psychedelic disco deviance’. Raiding everything from wonky italo to alien funk, raw house grooves up to string laden disco, the presence of Piccadilly Records’ Neil Scott and Dave Walker as residents has ensured the city’s personality has remained a core focus throughout.
It’s that Mancunian mandate that makes them a perfect fit for 2022NQ, and with that focus on Balearic attitude if sadly meteorological reality a genuine prospect of, metaphorically speaking, sunshine for the extended weekend. Past guests have included Maurice Fulton, Greg Wilson, Todd Terje, Danny Krivit and Hercules & Love Affair’s Andy Butler, and this time round they will bounce to the beat of Darshan Jesrani.
As one half of disco inspired house music masters Metro Area, Darshan helped reshape the terrain of electronic music in the early stages of the twenty first century. Their self titled debut album stands out as one of the very few bonafide classics house music has ever mustered, gloriously evocative of the greatness of electronic music shorn of vocals and obvious hooks.
On the solo tip Darshaan has just as warmly received, whether delivering difficult to pigeonhole productions and remixes or as a selector du jour behind the decks. As befitting of a man of his standing, his sets transpire the great and good of house, disco, techno and even the more delicious corners of pop music. He’s the perfect guest to bring in ten years of malevolently sordid musical swagger.
Join El Diablo’s Social Club for some Easter raving at this years Garden Festival launch party. A true El Diablo’s hero, Maurice Fulton will be setting the intimate basement of the Soup Kitchen alight with his blunted productions and classic disco joints.
You can catch El Diablo’s Social Club and Maurice this summer in on the beautiful coast of the Adriatic in Tisno at The Garden Festival which takes place between 3rd-10th July.
El Diablo’s Social Club start the first party of their 10 years celebration and kick off with a firm favourite and good friends Crazy P. This time they join us in their soundsystem guise which has toured the globe to great response at huge australian festivals, basement sweatboxes and east london warehouses alike throughout the last year.
The soundsystem comprises of decks, keyboards, effects and samples from main production members Jim Baron and Chris Todd plus some live vocals from the lovely Miss Danielle Moore.
We welcome them to the basement of 2022nq for the first time so come and dance off that christmas pudding!
The next installment of Manchester institution El Diablo’s Social Club’s ‘To Rack & Ruin’ edits series comes from Preston lad Paul Watson AKA Watson.
Paul has been a friend of the El Diablo’s crew for many years since working at Fat City – one of Manchester’s finest record shops which is now sadly defunct. The discovery of the edit however was due to Cottam playing it at a Paper Recordings party in Manchester early in 2012.
Side A is a splendid edit of the massive Millie Jackson track which was sampled for the Carl Craig remix of Tom Trago’s – ‘Use Me Again’ track.
Side B is a sleazy slo number with some lovely layered beats.
Early DJ support comes from Cottam, Crazy P, Eric Duncan and PBR Streetgang.
Here we have a lovely mix to brighten up a miserable day. Max did this for us a couple of months ago which we forgot to put up! oh well its here now.
Max is a busy boy with an abundance of releases out. Check out his remix of ‘Starlight’ by Escort out now on Red Music. New Soiree L.P (with cohort Stevie Kotey) entitled ‘Let’s Play Tennis’ coming soon on Bear Funk. A new 10″ 2 tracker for Is It Balearic? Recordings on it’s way. And is also working on a new single for his great Jansen Jardin label with D.C Mathias who he recorded the ‘How Do You Feel’ track for Needwant with last year…Enjoy!
Manabu Nagayama & Soichi Terada – Low Tension
Classic Man – Keepin’ On
Stupid Human – Clean Up Your Act
Alex Gopher – Super Disco
Sons & Daughters – Marine (Stevie Kotey Discomix)
Justin Harris pres: Arthur Russell – Moon (Rob Mello Remix)
Reverso 68 – Piano 89
Street Players Vol. 1 – Make It Thru The Dub
MJM – My Baby
The Cage feat Nona Hendryx – Do What You Wanna Do
Electronic – Getting Away With It (Greg Wilson Edit)
Jeanne Shy – Night Dancer
After nine years at the forefront of Manchester’s all-conquering underground disco scene, El Diablo’s Social Club take the next logical step on their daredevil journey to rack‘n’ruin with the launch of a brand new original material-focused record label.
The debut release in this auspicious series is ‘Funsick’, a lovely little hip grinder from Italian nu-boogie producer Lup Ino, plus three choice remixes from El Diablo’s stalwarts Ron Basejam (aka Crazy P’s James Baron), Begin (Back to Basics DJ James Holroyd) and EDSC mainman Neil Diablo.
Ron Basejam serves up the headline mix – a deep and chunky brain-bugger that will send Croatian coastal boat parties into an unseaworthy frenzy, whilst Begin turns in a much woozier affair – all floating, disembodied vocals and Valium-enhanced washes of synth. Neil Diablo’s own ‘Luv Dub’ is just that: a dubbed-out, loved-up, stripped back version of the original that makes every bass lick and 808 cowbell count.
Limited to 500 copies, ‘Funsick’ will be a big turn on for Dam-Funk followers, fans of the PPF boogie and 80s soul-heads everywhere. Dig in.
EL DIABLO’S SOCIAL CLUB 9TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
SUN 3RD JUNE ERIC DUNCAN DANIELLE MOORE (CRAZY P) NEIL DIABLO / DAVE WALKER 2022 20 Dale St (entrance on Little Lever St) Manchester, UK £8 advance / £10 on the door
It’s hard to believe that El Diablo’s Social Club has now reached its 9th Birthday, but here we are still keeping the disco fire burning! And where better to celebrate our almost-decade than at Manchester’s freshest venue, 2022 – an amazing Berlin/New York-esque basement full of vibes run by members of the EDSC team.
Eric Duncan has been a firm favourite around EDSC since he played as part of Rub ‘N’ Tug with cohort Thomas Bullock for our 3th birthday all those years ago. Since then Eric has played for us nearly every year as Rub ‘N’ Tug or on his own and always rocks the party. He’s been really busy over the last year or so as one half of Still Going (with Liv Spencer). He’s also running the Still Going Records project, hitting the spot with two releases so far. Also Eric’s ‘Dr Dunks’ moniker has been surfacing more recently with a Seahawks remix and his ultra limited Golf Channel releases with the Rhythm Odyssey.
Next up and a late addition to the line up is the lovely Miss Danielle Moore. It’s been hard to pin Danielle over the last year or so as Crazy P reach dizzy new heights with two critically acclaimed albums on the bounce; they’ve been all over the world and back with their amazing live and soundsystem sets. Another El Diablo’s favourite and part-time resident we’re glad Danielle could make it for this one.
Bringing up the rear are as ever are El Diablo’s very own Neil Diablo and Dave Walker.
The heat is growing on a new set of Neil Diablo edits released this week on Kat Records. The limited EP, available now from Piccadilly Records, features four hard-to-find tracks given the classic Diablo stretch-aaaaand-relax treatment.
Kicking things off is ‘Cannae Believe’, an Italo / New York dubbed out-disco slo-mo electro-disco cut with synth stabs and ‘Love Is The Message’-esque pads. Next up is ‘Disco Special’, a ‘walking’ mid-tempo melter which drops guitar-led Balearica, funky bass, arpeggiated synths, syncopated hand claps and space toms a-plenty before lifting off into string-filled ecstasy.
On the flip we have ‘For Your Love’ is a slinky 2-step soul gem originally released in 1982 by the Fats Gaines Band and featuring sublime vox by Zorina. Stretched, diced and strung beautifully back together, this has summer anthem written all over it. Finishing things off is ‘Christina Debs, Behind Bars”. Originally out on Ze Records and produced in Detroit by Don Was in 1984, this nu-wave disco chugger adds another dimension to proceedings and this EP feels all the mightier for it.
Rave reactions from the likes of Dave Harvey, Ashley Beedle, Huw Morgan, Tristan da Cunha, Andy Wilson, Jim Baron aka Ron Basejam, Bonar Bradberry, Red Rack ‘Em, Andy Ash, Sean Brosnan, Kev Beadle, and many more.
Spring is here again, tender age in bloom. And how do we know? Because the ever-prolific Neil Diablo has put together another change-of-season mix CD for gentlemen’s couturier du jour, the wonderful TukTuk clothing. Plotting a fathoms-deep and distinctly nautical course through Balearic groovers old and new, this meditative blend will take you where you need to go, NYCE & SLO. Nicolas Jaar, one of the undisputed stars of 2011, opens the set with his new Darkside alias, before John Martyn’s classic ‘Dealer Version’ and Todd Terje’s ‘Myggsommer’ steer us into gently pacier territory. Fold in a bit of Ta’Boo, Linda Di Franco and Al Usher, and you have the perfect accompaniment to a nap on the bow.
TukTuk Summer is a limited edition and comes handily housed in a denim fabric pocket with button fastening.
01. Darkside – Darkside
02. Someone – Beat
03. Lil Louis – Nyce & Slo
04. Quintus Project – Night Flight (Lexx Edit)
05. Tiedye – Fisherman’s Bend
06. John Martyn – Dealer Version
07. Todd Terje – Myggsommer
08. New Look – Nap On The Bow
09. Ta’boo – Over The Ledge (Rub Dub)
10. Linda Di Franco – My Boss
11. Al Usher – Lullaby For Robert
12. Born Blonde – Radio Bliss (Seahawks Everything So Green Mix)