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Love International Mix 27 – Jonny Rock

Festivals, remember them? 2020 has been the year that has destroyed the pastime which as dominated the other 20 of this century, with Covid-19 killing off festivals for the time being.

Fortunately, plenty have still been knocking out content, with Love International’s mix series as good as the festival itself. The latest features former Music for Freaks alumni Jonny ROck with sixty minutes of low slung chugging goodness.

I actually booked Jonny way back in 2005 for my clubnight Superfly. His music didn’t really work with our crowd, which was just wild youngsters chewing garies, but I remember enjoying his set. Bit of a self-indulgent booking for me if I’m being honest, but it’s good to see one of the DJs from that era we had still connecting with me musically.

RIP Martin Dawson

House music producer Martin Dawson has sadly passed away after a ten day struggle after suffering an aneurysm. Whether recording under his own name or his King Roc alias, or as a collaborator with the likes of Giles Smith on their Two Armadillos project, he has made house music across the board. The below sounds slightly dated now but was an anthem for me back in my Superfly days, a cracking electro house rethinking of New Order’s ‘True Faith’

The below was also evidence of his more deeper side, remixed to brilliant effect by Sebo K when the two were leading figures in the warmer side of minimal as everyone turned their back slowly but surely on electro house in the latter stages of 2006. Martin’s original wasn’t too shabby either.

Anyway a producer of great talent has sadly passed too young. Condolences go out to all those closest to him.

Carl Craig – Boiler Room

There’s a school of thought that Carl Craig, like another mid 90s techno doyen with a similar geographical leaning, has lost the underground kudos that followed him round for the first fifteen years of his career. 2011 may have been the year that his record label Planet E imprint celebrated Twenty years of releases, but certain Detroit aficionados turned off after his cerebral version of Theo Parrish’s ‘Falling Up’ dropped.

Personally, I think that was arguably his most fertile period, with his remixes and productions hitting a stride where they shone from beyond the underground and gave his arpeggio heavy Detroit sound a more mainstream appeal. Check his remix Tony Allen’s ‘Kilode’ for unerring proof, up there with the best of his output from Paperclip People and Innerzone Orchestra era.

This Boiler Room set is similar in scope to that era of C2, and it’s pretty fucking special to my ears and eyes. There’s a great deal of debate about how much of the equipment assembled for the show he actually used and whether he ‘gives up’ playing live midway through the set. But there’s some genuine moments of spine tingling genius; check the way the Curtis Mayfield sampling ‘Ladies and Gentleman’ by alias 69 ripples through on the half hour mark.

Also worth noting the front row dancers who sometimes come off as a Vice Mag parody too. Click the image at the top to see more, and also check this rather good video from Ibiza dons We Love… Space with Carl and Paul Woolford waxing lyrical about Planet E.

We Love… 20 Years of Planet E from We Love on Vimeo.

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