For our next party we are going to be joined by JOE, whose Grimelight EP on Hessle Audio (above) remains my favourite on the label. We are expecting a full range of styles and grooves from him, all of which will sound better than they would in any other club of a similar size in London, because it’s only LIFE BAR that seems to understand the meaning of a proper set up. Equally, KMA understands the meaning of a good party, so you can be sure we will be dancing from early on – we get started just after 9. It’s a free party.
See you on Friday 9th.
Time to offer a big THANK YOU to our DJs from Saturday night – Roger 23 and Eli Verveine, who played four hours of brilliant music – my highlights being Derrick Carter, Salt City Orchestra, Risque III and, as a pleasant surprise towards the end, even a bit of the Cure.
Thanks also to LIFE for providing the best setting and drinks in the city and also huge thank you again to Silke of Straw Books and Design for providing us with not one but 4 different poster designs, all memorable.
Finally, Eli Verveine is today’s RA podcaster, so all of you Londoners who missed the party can commence kicking yourselves now.
We’ll be back in the autumn.
We have a bit of news about the next KISS ME AGAIN in 10 days’ time…the party will now run until 4am with two DJs, Roger 23 (as announced) and, coming over from Zurich, ELI VERVEINE. She’s a resident at Zukunft and plays regularly at Harry Klein and Robert Johnson. Her sets online are very popular, for good reason: superior records mixed well with a real sense of mood. I’m expecting big things from her and Roger on the night.
The next KISS ME AGAIN has been booked at Life at the Barbican end of Old Street. I am super happy to have futurist cowboy ROGER 23 joining us from Saarbrücken. He used to DJ a lot with Swayzak and has released on their record labels, as well as Playhouse, Neurhythmics, Meakusma and so on. I heard him DJ at the Wilde Katz new year’s party in Saarland this year and he was relentless (in a good way). He has about 2 million records, which can be divided into the ones that are amazing, and the ones I haven’t heard yet. He mainly plays on the continent, so it’s brilliant to have him come to London for a KMA.
It’s on Saturday 18 August. A the moment it’s til 2am and the door charge is TBC, but unlikely to be more than a drink.
Here’s a recording of Roger and nd_baumecker playing at Wilde Katz to keep you going until August:
Apologies. We hope you haven’t enjoyed the silence too much, which at least one of our readers noticed. We can’t say that it’s been total radio blackout though, as Joe has continued to mark moments of political import with his show on deepfrequency.com. I also played some records and answered some questions for the nice people at This Is Not Happening.
This Saturday however we go back to doing what we like to think we do best (parties), at the place where we do it best (a little Japanese basement bar). We return to Life on Old Street, which has been soundproofed at no little expense or effort, with Charlie Bennett from To The Bone. Words are very unnecessary – we’ll let his mixes do the talking, and see you Saturday for mean records and meaner cocktails. Kampai!
A quick note about KMA w/Nick Craddock, 17/02/12, i.e. our party next Friday. Sadly the council have imposed restrictions on Life Bar’s musicmaking capabilities, so we have had to decamp at least for now. For my own part I can only hope Kota and the rest of the staff at Life can win the council over because it would be a big loss if Life as a club is finished. It’s a great space with a clear soundsystem (rare these days) and we’ve had several very good nights there over the past year or two.
In its absence, the next KMA will now take place at the Questionmark Bar, 129 Stoke Newington High Street. This is a pleasantly decorated basement space with good sound, a classy mixer and, importantly, big sofas. It also has a licence that means the party will go from 9pm-4am.
Though the venue change means we can’t throw a free party, we are doing our best to avoid charging if we possibly can, so entry will be free as usual before 11pm and only £3 afterwards. Our guest Nick Craddock will make the most of the longer opening hours by playing an extra hour, while Bleimann will be responsible for the warm-up. Sandra 12″s at the ready.
Nick has recorded a mix to give you an idea of what to expect if you didn’t already know (house, techno and unmitigated gall) – right click to download:
Tracklist in the comments. Til Friday…
Time for another KISS ME AGAIN at our favourite Japanese bar-by-the-barbican, Life on Old Street. Joining us this time will be Nick Craddock, resident at the old Süd Electronic parties and a regular both in front and behind the decks at Bleep43, Plex and most of the other parties worth going to in London.
It’s on Friday 17 February. It’s free entry. It’s til 2am. It’s CRAD ME AGAIN.
To tide you over until then, check out the latest Dance Sister radio show with KMA residents Andrew, Gwenan and Joe Delon somehow managing to hold it together for 2 hours of house, garage and one particular new favourite…the MAN MACHINE.