Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #12): Makoto & MC Conrad – Golden Girl

“… definitely there’s something about you…”

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Golden Girl (GLR066)

Throwback to the season 2003-04, a happy and eventful period of my life I reminisce about with bittersweet nostalgia. I was living in London at the time immersing myself in the city’s night life like there was no tomorrow, camouflaging the cultural shock of rubbing shoulders with my musical icons. The London drum & bass scene was flourishing, club nights talking place in abundance. From mid-week events like Fabio’s ‘Swerve’ Wednesdays at The End and ‘Movement’ Thursdays at Bar Rumba to the main Friday residencies like Fabric Room 2 label takeovers, Good Looking’s Progression Sessions’, Ram and Renegade Hardware at The End, to the ad hoc d&b parties at Jazz Café, Heaven, Ministry of Sound, Carling Academy, Cargo and Plastic People to Sunday evenings at Herbal with ‘Hospitality’ and Grooverider’s ‘Grace’. There must have been definitely many more I have forgotten to highlight as memories tend to blur after all these years, but there was always something happening to accommodate for every musical taste. It was evident, even then, that it was only a matter of time, before drum & bass would sell out big clubs and headline festivals across the world.

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Count To Ten: Critical Recordings

Critical Recordings

Conceived by D&B visionary Kasra back in 2002, in a front room in north London, the Critical Music name has since blossomed into one of the most successful independent record labels in the UK today. Grown from a simple idea driven by a commitment to putting out the best music the scene has to offer, it has now become one of the most well respected electronic dance music labels in the UK. Nurturing new talent and releasing some of the freshest breaks and beats from the likes of Enei, Foreign Concept, Break, Rockwell, Sabre, Stray, Cyantific, Marcus Intalex, S.P.Y, Calibre, Total Science and many more, it has gone on to build a loyal following around the world driven on by Kasra’s never ending quest to release quality underground bass music.

Not only a record label, the Critical empire now boasts its own highly esteemed club nights with a residency at London’s world-renowned Fabric night spot, as well as regular branded Critical tour nights across the UK and abroad. Drawing in familiar faces from the world of D&B you can be sure each and every Critical event is programmed to perfection, with leagues of fans attending each one in abundance. Continue reading

Cryogenics (Haunted Science, Audio Theory Records, Spaceal Orbeats, Kraak Records) Jumps the Q

Jump the Q

A mini-interview with 22 short questions (some personal, some tricky) looking for equally short answers, addressed to artists, producers, promoters, djs, friends and affiliates of the blog in general.

Today Cryogenics (Haunted Science, Audio Theory Records, Spaceal Orbeats, Kraak Reecords) Jumps the Q

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Haunted Science Radio Show

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Set 1: The man behind the mask

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Blu Mar Ten Jump the Q

Jump the Q

A mini-interview with 22 short questions (some personal, some tricky) looking for equally short answers, addressed to artists, producers, promoters, djs, friends and affiliates of the blog in general.

Today Chris Marigold of Blu Mar Ten Jumps the Q

Blu Mar Ten

Let’s get started:

Set 1: The man behind the mask

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Logical Progression Global Access @ Melkweg, Amsterdam, 18 May, 2012

Good Looking records celebrated the 17th anniversary of the Logical Progression initiative on May 18, 2012 in Amsterdam. It was an impeccable production with special guests for the night the mighty Fabio, EZ Rollers and DJ Marky alongside the one and only LTJ Bukem, hosted by MCs Conrad, Stamina and Moose. It has been a long trip down memory lane; a parade of countless classics from the back catalogues of all the labels that were prominent in the game throughout the second half of the 90’s (Good Looking, Metalheadz, Moving Shadow, Timeless, Skanna, Dee Jay Recordings, Creative Source, Creative Wax just to name a few…)

It is very hard to describe the feelings and the memories unleashed during that night making it almost a religious experience for the lucky attendants. I apologize in advance for the poor quality of my videos attached, but let them give a brief, but in no way conclusive, review of what happened that night.

Logical Progression 17th anniversary poster

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