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We at Back In The Dark would like to give you the heads up on an absolute killer of a track due to be released soon. We personally think the production on this is next level stuff. You saw it here first
So here at Back In The Dark we got to thinking after the Wolf Music night in March who could we bring down to blow everyone away? It didn’t take long to make our minds up who so we set about trying to secure the artist we wanted? Que a few phone calls and everything fell into place so it is with great pleasure that we can announce Milton Jackson to play our next party on May 25th Milton has been on our radar for a long time and his bi-monthly podcast on Soundcloud has over 45’000 followers!! What more could you want for a bank holiday Saturday and you even get a extra day to get over it!!
Also joining us for this amazing party is two young up and coming local DJ’s who we have seen out and wanted to get involved Ben Empson & Lee Williams. Lee’s own brand Terminal will also be hosting the back room to do there own thing with there special unique brand of music and partying style.
Milton Jackson got the house music bug aged 18 after receiving an MPC2000 for his birthday. A year later he released his first EP on Stevie Sole’s Tronicsole, picked up by Roger Sanchez for a Mixmag compilation. 3 more EPs for Tronicsole followed and an album for Glasgow Underground entitled ‘The Bionic Boy’ in 2001.
Bionic Boy received plaudits from Tom Middleton, Laurent Garnier and Ashley Beadle. Jockey Slut called Milton ‘the most exciting thing to happen to UK house music’ and awarded the album 5 stars. Bionic Boy spawned some memorable singles; Sunlight even got a review in NME. ‘Dimensional’ tickled Romanthony’s feathers so much he asked to remix it. After the success of Bionic Boy and the accompanying live tour, EPs were completed for the likes of Black Vinyl, Bear Trax (Milton’s own label) and Omid 16B’s Alola. Milton even worked with a young Mylo on their ‘Pretty Boys’ project.
In 2006 a new relationship was formed with Jimpster’s Freerange and saw collaborations with fellow deep house don Shur-i-kan. The 2 released ‘I Want It’ and ‘Special Powers’ (BBC Dance single of the month) to great acclaim. From there EPs followed for the likes of Tsuba, Crack & Speed, Silver Network and Icon.
2007 saw the release of ‘Cycles’, an epic melodic track. It was voted by 200,000 Buzzin Fly radio listeners as one of their top 10 tracks of the year. A remix for Groove Armada’s Andy Cato started to cement Milton’s reputation as someone who consistently provides interesting, melodic, spaced out deep house.
From here Milton started engaged in a frantic DJ schedule worldwide. Venues and countries visited included Womb Tokyo, Goa Madrid, 360 Dubai, Cocoon Frankfurt, Tresor Berlin, Pacha Ibiza, Warehouse 702 Tokyo, Anzu Brazil, Barzilay Tel Aviv and a very special live set at the Sonar Festival in front of 7000 people.
In 2008 Milton’s most successful single to date ‘Ghosts In My Machines’ was released. A firm Miami WMC favourite this track was released as part of Freerange’s 100th release. The biggest selling deep house track of 2008/9 on Beatport, it went on to win a Beatport Award for Best Deep House Track with Milton coming 3rd in the producer contest behind Jimpster and Dennis Ferrer – heady company indeed.
With the success of ‘Ghosts In My Machines’ Freerange were keen for Milton to complete an album. Milton went on to record arguably his most seminal work to date: “Crash”. Uncut Magazine called Crash “’Darkly sophisticated, tech-edged deep house, adding judicious samples of exotica and sci-fi soundtracks to laudably fresh, clean and moodily funky effect“. DJ Magazine said Crash ‘’Reinvents house music for the future’ / ‘where electronic house melts into the darker machinations of the techno spectrum…”
Recently Milton has remixed Recloose for Carl Craig’s Planet E and turned in stellar mixes for Z Records, 8 Bit and Jef K’s hit “In My System” on Silver Network.
A new collaboration with Munich’s SHOW-B “Pattern Select” saw the pair release a critically acclaimed EP on Delusions Of Grandeur and a remix for Huxley’s imprint “Saints & Sonnets”
A Northerner by heart, a Northerner by nature, DJ Mark J oozes friendliness like he’s just been smacked round the face with it. “I’m a very friendly guy, a lot of DJs have big egos. I don’t.” And with this friendly nature comes the kind of ‘go easiness’ that we all could do with a little more of. “My prerogative is, I play cool music, to cool people. And if they like it, then that’s cool too!” Mark J’s definition of cool music is deep , funky, soulful house,
Originating from Hull, Mark J quickly familiarised himself with this kind of music in the early eighties,soul, disco travelling to the big Northern cities where “good all-nighters” were the place to be. “I fell in love with the music, the lifestyle and the people so I wanted to bring a little of it back home.” Dipping into his pockets to fund a hobby, Mark J purchased a set of DJ decks and started his journey. Playing soul funk n disco i soon fell into the early house groove. Playing at Welly Club Hull, then various warehouse parties in and around Yorkshire. “It was all about house music for me. ” I love all styles of house as long as its got a fat bass line and nice vocals. Soho resident 4 years, Deep Blue fm. Bar So, Westleigh Hotel Parties, Endorset Festival, Beatwinus Radio, Afrodisiac Radio, The Winchester. Vocal Booth Spain 2012
A short history to understand where the writer is coming from:
So back in 1987-88 the world of clubbing changed, some say for the better some say for the worse.
For the more youthful reader your parents will tell you how going out originally for a beer and to see your mates, maybe pull or be pulled by a member of the opposite sex, dance to Rick Astley or some other seriously dodgy production by Stock Aitken and Waterman and then sod off home to be in bed (hopefully somebody else’s, but most probably your own) by 2am with a pocket emptied by the price of Beer, kebabs and a taxi…..hangover guaranteed the next morning.
Or perhaps your parents were slightly more in tune to what was going on in the “Underground” side of clubbing.
Perhaps they were part of the Soul revolution….underground warehouse parties that were popping up across the country spinning Soul and Funk, soon be known and forevermore as “Raregroove” and soon to be infiltrated by a new sound from the USA, “Hip-Hop”.
The music was better, there was more of a feeling of community at the events, people who attended went for “The Music”…….but also to (as the less switched on also did in the maintsream clubs of the time) drink alcohol, pull or be pulled by a member of the opposite sex and then sod off home to be in bed (hopefully somebody else’s, but most probably your own) by 2am with a pocket emptied by the price of Beer, kebabs and a taxi…..hangover guaranteed the next morning.
Then came 1987-88 and EVERYTHING changed.
In both camps, the mainstream and the underground another new sound from the USA was coming out of the speakers, a music that has spawned sub-genres such as Jungle/Drum and Bass/Trance/”Rave” (an awful word more of a generalisation than a sub-genre) which then later spawned Dub-step/garage and a multitude of other dance music genres, but back then we knew it only as HOUSE.
HOUSE soon got too big for the clubs, and the clubs were closing too early, the parties moved to the fields of our beautiful country. For some reason that I shall not mention within this blog people wanted to party for a hell of a lot longer, lost in the music.
But fields have no walls, so there was no limit to how many people could go, so rather than a few hundred at a party, the attendance quickly moved to a few thousand.
Because these parties had variable and less stringent licensing (if at all) the parties went on for a lot longer (look up Castlemoreton on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castlemorton_Common_Festival).
Now I could fill pages and pages with the history of this time and bore you to death (if you are still with me on this then well done you) but i won’t. To cut a long story short the Government were not best pleased and used a law called “The Criminal Justice Bill” to close the parties down…. however being such good sports and realising they could get more tax from the sales of alcohol they started allowing the legal nightclubs of the Nineties to open later and later……which has brought us the Superclubs and legal events of nowadays that stay open till the following morning and allows the clubber of today to continue their all night partying in a much safer environment.
So as you can see the scene that your parents enjoyed so much still goes on today, and every so often you will notice people of this first generation wanting to go out for old times sake and have a bit of a dance.
A lot of this older generation are promoters of parties from old, Djs who have yet to hang up their headphones, or just old people still looking for the good time they remember so much…..and like a lot of the “Superstar DJ’s still around they are in their forties, but they are gradually dying off, so your chance of spotting one does become less and less.
I am one of these weird old people that make you feel uncomfortable and look out of place so let me tell you what changes I have seen and what i put myself though to join you on the dancefloor.
Firstly the reason I still go out is because I like throwing parties and playing records at them, I have done so for 26 years and I won’t stop for fear of having to take up Golf or Fishing instead to keep me active. I don’t do it that much, between 8 and 10 times a year on special occasions and to see DJs I want to see, meet new people and try and keep myself and my parties fresh and up-to date.
However to give you an idea of how my head has changed i will now compare how i felt about a night out in my twenties and at my current age.
1/ So your best mate gives you a bell and tells you that theres going to be a bit of an outing to London (we live about 150 miles away) to go and see and meet one of our favourite DJ’s, we have guest list at a venue which has the reputation of one of the best clubs in the world
In my twenties: Excited
Current Age: Excited
2/ The day comes, it’s one of the coldest weekends in January and you know you have a 300 mile round trip with a car full of mates, you are going to be up for around 24 hours. BUT it promises to be a night you will never forget! You’re are out with the boys! Your other half is cuddled up on the sofa under an electric blanket with the fire roaring watching Saturday night TV having a cup of Hot Chocolate.
In my twenties: Looking at my girlfriend thinking i need to change her for more of a party animal who can keep up
Current Age: MAN she looks cosy, I wonder who’s on Jonathon Ross tonight? The roads look a bit dodgy…i need an excuse to get out of this and stay home.
3/ Getting dressed for the party:
In my Twenties: Gotta be my best pair of Levis
Current ages: Gotta be my best pair of Levis
In my twenties: “Where’s my favourite T-Shirt?”
Current Age: “Can’t wear my favourite T-Shirt, I look a prat in it now and its too cold outside, A black top will hide the bulge, Christ did i really eat that much over Xmas?”
In my twenties: “Gotta wear my new Pumas, don’t care if they aren’t worn it they look the nuts!”
Current age: “Better clean my old Pumas, At least they wont rub me feet”
I Look in the mirror:
In my twenties: “That’ll make me stand out!”
Current Age: “God i hope I blend in”
3/ You pick up the boys one pulls out his Ipod/Cd/Cassette (for the times before). Your mate asks if he can put it on and turns it up
In my Twenties: “Parties started!, Turn it up mate i’ll put me foot down”
Current age; “Turn that shit off i’m trying to drive!”
4/ You get to the club and walk to the front of the queue, The girl asks if she can help you. You tell her you’re on the guest list
In my twenties: Big smile from the girl on the door
Current age: Look of disbelief and pity from the girl on the door
5/ You get in the club, put your coat in (which you wouldn’t have bothered with in your twenties and go to have a look around.
In my twenties i think :”This place is HUGE!”
Current age: “Christ how many stairs?
6/ You hit the room of choice, meet up with your mate and its time to blag your way into the Dj Console.
In my Twenties: “Mate can i come in and hangout, got something for ya!”
Current age: “Mate any chance i can come in and sit down? its bloody crowded out there!”
In my Twenties: get in the middle and let’s have it!
Current age: Stand in the corner and make all the kids nervous because they think you are C.I.D.
Looking at Girls:
In my twenties: Notice girl wearing basically nothing, nudge your mates and get them to notice thinking to myself “Now that is Fit!”
Current age: Notice girl wearing basically nothing, turn to your mate and say “thank god i didnt have a daughter if thats how they dress now” then walk in the opposite direction so you dont stand out and look like a pervert for gauping at somebody half your age.
End of the night:
In My Twenties: Right then….Afterparty
Current Age: Leave before the end of the night get in the car and find somewhere to get a coffee so you don’t kill yourself falling asleep at the wheel on the M3.
So there you have it, next time you see the grey haired git in the corner of room 3 of fabric, take a second look, he probably isn’t undercover police, if he smiles at you that doesn’t mean he’s a pervert. He is just a person who still loves his music, and he’s put himself through a hell of a lot more effort to get there than you have and share your experience………right then where’s me cocoa?
Matt Neale and Stu Clark have been lighting fires across the globe on the Deep House scene for the past couple of years (dont believe us just check the singe marks on their beards).
Regular spinners at TIEF/ Corsica Studios London the bearded ones certainly know how to string a track or two together as well as sign them to their label and we are PROUD to have them take over the Deepblue Hifi at The Winchester on Sat 9th March for our 1st party of 2013.
I’ll be honest i can’t explain how good they are, but last time we saw them there were a hell of a lot of “What the fuck is that” moments coming out of the speakers.
TRUST US THESE MAY BE WOLVES BUT THEY HAVE DEFINATELY GOT A PEDIGREE.
Detroit Swindle have rapidly earned a solid spot in the international nightlife we at BITD would like to bring you there latest mix.
01. Soulphiction – Drama Queen
02. Rene Breitbarth – Phunk
03. Roberto Rodriguez – I Keep Thinking Of You
04. Eva Be – Confusion Of A Lady Feat. Ladi6 (Rampa Remix)
05. Mic Newman – The Shelter
06. K Hand – Out Yo Mind
07. Hundred02 – The Whale Minke Congregration
08. Detroit Swindle – Freak Stuff (demo) – Out on Tsuba in April/May 2013
09. Citizen – In My Mind
10. Medlar – Knockard Pearl (Detroit Swindle remix) – Out on Wolf Music
11. Immer & Mr J – Delta 23