Last Dance at Plastic People

I have only been to Shoreditch’s Plastic People a handful of times, but from the very beginning I could feel the magic of the place. Many legendary parties took place there, many being synonymous with the rise of a new kind of music. Co-op, FWD, Nonsense, the regular nights by Four Tet, Theo Parrish or Floating Points, even the CDR listening events will be remembered by many, and not only by Londoners. The Last Dance, literally, took place last weekend as the club closes its doors forever. What you can hear above is the 5 hours of music played during that night.

“Although Shoreditch has now become apocalyptic after 1am, Plastic People never changed. We all maintained that it’s a safe haven away from it all. The people coming down to the nights were so nice, and became regulars; suddenly it became a room full of 200 friends. You knew their dance moves, you knew the guy who screams when you played a certain track. It didn’t feel like randoms off the street.”

What you shouldn’t miss is the article the quote is taken from, in which founder Ade Fakile and resident Floating Points share their memories of the club. And there’s even more memories on Twitter under the #plasticpeople hashtag.

Plastic People, we will miss you!

Weekend Mixtapes #42

Recorded live a London’s Plastic People in late January, listen to the second installment of Floating Points’ You’re A Melody mix.

Having impressed us with his debut album released last year, we keep following the doings of Huerco S whenever we can. This week, we came across this 2 hour long mix for Berlin Community Radio.

Next up here are two mixes from the Young Turks label. First it’s the Jamie xx mix for BBC 6music aired in Decemember, then the label’s FBI Radio take-over featuring Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis and once again Jamie xx.

UK techno legend Kirk Degiorgio shared a DJ mix recorded at Amsterdam’s TROUW for the Midnight Shift podcast.

Let’s not forget about those Valentine’s Day specials: Hudson Mohawke continues his annual Slow Jams series, while Peanut Butter Wolf goes over the top with a 24 hour long mix for the FACT podcast.

And lastly, one from the archives. Hessle Audio’s Ben UFO mentioned this on the latest radio show, don’t sleep on this podcast for weareie recorded in 2007!

Update Let’s not forget about the latest Hyperdub show on Rinse.fm (direct link), hosted by label-boss Kode9 himself

Mr Scruff & Floating Points at Plastic People

When I read the subject line in my inbox, I was hoping for some collaboration like that Prime Numbers release in 2009, but I’m not going to complain about a 6 hour DJ set by Mr. Scruff and Floating Points either.

This was recorded only two days ago at Floating Points monthly residency at London’s Plastic People. The download is only available for a limited time only, enter pLaStK as download code and leave your feedback on SoundCloud.

Plastic People Alive (part 1)

By now you should have heard about London’s Plastic People facing a possible shut-down. The fine folks at Spine TV completed the first part of their documentary on the club and its important role in the worldwide scene of underground music.

Among the interviewed are the likes of Tony Nwachukwu & Gavin Alexander (CDR), Eric Lau, Funkin Even and blogger Amelia Ideh.

If you haven’t already, please take the minute it takes to sign the petition to Save Plastic People.

(via Put Me On It)

Save Plastic People

I briefly mentioned the situation London’s Plastic People, one of the most forward thinking clubs in the world, is currently facing. To make it short, the club’s future is currently at stake and the managers have to appeal to the police to keep their license (check this PDF). You don’t have to have attended a party at Plastics to understand the impact a shutdown would have, a look at their programme reads like the who-is-who of underground music. It has been the home to CDR, a night for producers to present their work and share their knowledge. DJs with a regular night include Theo Parrish and Four Tet, the latter even dedicated a Mix CD to the club. FWD or Co-Op are (or were) institutions that promoted their respective sound to an audience all around the world.

Benny Blanco, whose own Nonsense night is resident at Plastics, set up a group on Facebook where you can show your support for Plastic People. Now, a Facebook group alone will not change the situation. But what it can do is raising the awareness and since this weekend it found more than 10,000 supporters. The group is also the platform to keep you updated on the development and once there is a way to actively support the club, you will read it there first!

As I don’t live in London, I only went to Plastics three times in my life. I instantly fell in love with the intimate atmosphere, I met nice people the second I first entered and of course the soundsystems blew me away. There are a lot of people out there who can tell you more stories than I can.  You could start by reading some one-liners on Twitter or dive in a little deeper by reading these posts on Shook and The Arts Desk. If you want to help, start by reading the official statement from Plastic People, join the Facebook group, then -most importantly- educate yourself on taking action.

Lastly, I have a little something for you. This 3-hours-set was recorded at the Co-Op Easter Spesh at Plastics back in 2005, featuring DJs such as Domu, IG Culture, J Da Flex and Benji B.

February 26, 2010 You can now sign a petition here. Do it!

Weekly Bits 7/2010

If you like the music featured on this blog and you’ve been out in London, you know Plastic People as the first address for underground music. Be it the FWD parties, Tony Nwachukwu’s CDR events or IG Culture’s CoOp club, they all take (or in the latter case took) place at the same address in Shoreditch. It now seems Plastic People’s license is currently reviewed by the London Police, threatened to close its doors forever. To stay updated on the events and to learn how you can help, join this group on Facebook.

This is what happens, when you try to ignore Valentine’s Days and any related links passed to you on Twitter: I completely overlooked Hudson Mohawke‘s slow jams mix for LuckyMe.

Stumbled across a couple of interviews this week. No Depression’s Jay Hayes had the rare opportunity to sit down and have a chat with Betty Davis. The Okayplayer forum collected questions for Dego of 4hero and 2000Black fame, you can read it on his blog. While we’re at 4hero, let me also mention Knowledge Mag’s Week In The Life of 4hero with Marc Mac.

Lots of videos from the London Red Bull Music Academy are there to discover on their YouTube page. One of the highlights is the concert of Henrik Schwarz & Bugge Wesseltoft at the Royal Festival Hall.

The all new Armchair Dancefloor mix features a guest-spot from Blue Daisy, one of the names to look out for in this year.

Another free download is taken from the highly recommended Mind Over Matter Remixes from Greymatter. You can grab the TRG Remix of “Believe In Something” from his SoundCloud page.

And lastly, I read this article on FACT Magazine with great interest: Basic Channel‘s Mark Ernestus is about to launch a new label called Dug Out, specialized in reissues of classic reggae records.