French DJ/producer DJ Mehdi has died, aged 34. Best known as part of the Ed Banger collective, Mehdi (real name Mehdi Favéris-Essadi) released two solo albums – including 2006’s excellent Lucky Boy – and a slew of EPs for the French label that combined his love of hip-hop, house and electro. In more recent times he struck up a working relationship with British producer Riton under the Carte Blanche moniker, and the pair toured extensively.
Understandably, the producer’s friends and contemporaries were left in a state of shock at his sudden passing, with tributes pouring in on Twitter and Facebook. The Paris Social Club posted the following statement on its Facebook page (originally in French): “Following the death of DJ Mehdi, we have taken the exceptional decision to close the club tonight. An evening of silence in honor of the artist.” An official statement regarding the circumstances is expected from Ed Banger later this week.
The Outlines remix of Lucky boy is still one of my favourites of the last years
This mix is mostly about Terry Hall, singer of the british 80’s skaband The Specials. After a big fight with Jerry Dammers, he left the Specials and the band moved on as The Special A.K.A. Terry Hal did a lot of projects, of wich The Fun Boy Three and The Colourfield were the most succesful. Terry Hall wrote Our Lips are sealed together with Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin. In 2000 Rolling Stone named it one of the 100 Greatest Pop Songs of all time. Amy Winehouse was a huge fan of the band and added their songs Little rich girl on the setlist of her live-concerts. Terry Hall never wanted a reunion of The Specials, but since 2008 the band is touring again (without Dammers, who is the founder of the Specials!).
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I saw the concert last week in Paradiso and it was great. The crowd was dancing and singing and even Terry, who doesn’t move much, gave a little smile in the end.
I’m in Berlin right now, the city where club culture is a way of life. I dived deeply into the Berlin underground clubs, ignoring the famous Watergate and the even more famous Berghain/Panorama Bar. Friday night i had a nice evening at The Salon zur Wilden Renate, and Saturday i had an even better evening at About:Blank. Both clubs are in Friedrichshain (Eastern part of Berlin) close to the Spree river and not so far from Berghain. The soundsystem and the garden at About:Blank is better than at Renate, but they both ave a great athmosphere and book cutting edge dj’s. They are definitly a good (and cheaper) alternative to the Berlin superclubs.
On this photoblog about Berlin there’s a collection of club entrance doors in the daytime. Sometimes you won’t even recognize where you were last night!
Under the influence of the house-explosion twenty years ago, lots of english bands started to experiment with samples, dance rhythms and party-drugs. No one did this better than indie-rockband Primal Scream. Their album “Screamadelica” from 1991, contained eight tracks produced by Andy Weatherall. Both the album (with the hits Loaded, Come together and Movin’ on up) and the artwork are now classics. Primal Scream in currently on a screamadelica-tour, playing the entire album for the fisrt time. (And guess who’s going to see that tommorow night in Paradiso Amsterdam)