Semtek /// Style Disco Selection



This week's mix comes courtesy of the brilliant Semtek and is very special indeed, not least because it was recorded especially for Style Disco. Hopefully it will get you in the mood for the weekend very nicely (it's definitely done the trick here), and whatever ghoulish antics you may have in store.

Style Disco Selection:   Download

Tinman - Constant Confusion (Cheap Records)
Dance Disorder - Metallic Italic (Massimigliano Pagliara Remix) (Bpitch Control)
Taron Trekka - Shiroi (Freude Am Tanzen)
Rick Wade - Melancholy (Harmonie Park)
Bender - Evol Peed (Kann Records)
Semtek - Goons (Don't Be Afraid)
Lerosa - Lovers Bleed (MOM)
Wighnomy Twins - My Gloomy Head (Freude Am Tanzen)
STL - Invisible (Something)
Red Rack'em - Kalimba (Philomela)
Andy Weatherall - Fail We May, Dub We Must (Rotters Golf Club)
Bulgari - Everything Is Changing (Soul Jazz)
Supermayer - Hey Hotties (Kompakt)
Kassem Mosse - Untitled (Workshop)
Wbeeza - Hurricane (Third Ear)
Capracara - King Of The Witches (DFA)

5 minutes with Semtek...

Where do you live?

In sunny South London.

What’s your day job?

Pet detective.

Best night you’ve been to recently?

World Unknown.

Nights you’re looking forward to?

Basement Boogaloo at Ryan's in Stokey, Spacebass at Camp, Tief at Corsica Studios.

Favourite London club?

The Athenaeum.

more: http://soundcloud.com/semtek

Mark Pavitt /// Hackney House Skat Vol. 6




This week's Friday mix comes courtesy of lift ^ party's Mark Pavitt.

Hackney House Skat Vol.6:  Download /// Listen

1. ron deacon - untitled 2 //
2. petre inspirescu - emancipare //
3. ybu - soul magic (charles webster dub) //
4. charles webster - charles webster's missive sounds mix //
5. terrence : terry - like a circle (bearweasel rethink) //
6. the rise of the digital technobots - grove with me //
7. bovill - torque 2 //
8. Jenifa mayanja - i wanna hold you //
9. nuyorican soul - the nervous track (runaway gets nervous remix) //
10. laak - solar flare //
11. damon wild - avion (marcel dettmann remix) //
12. slick'n'flash - the descent //
13. testing - subway //
14. fingers inc. - never no more lonely //

5 minutes with Pav...

Where do you live?

Formerly known as Murder Mile I live in the now very gentrified area of Clapton Pond. It's a really good place to live in London, parks all around you and dead easy to get anywhere. I also have the best corner shop in the world next to me, Palm2. Run by the loveliest family it's full of fresh Turkish food, amazing bread, good wines and occasionally lobster?? A year or so ago a Tesco metro opened up pretty much next to it and amazingly it's had the complete opposite effect of what you would expect to happen. Rather than the corner shop suffering, it's become even more popular and its profits went up 35%!! A nice story!

What's your day job?

Marketing. I've been working for agencies and brands for about 10 years now (I didn't go to Uni, I'm not that old…) and currently working at a company called Amplify. I head up the Honda and E4 bits of business we have, amongst other bits and bobs. It's a great place to work, we have a great culture in the office, we're all mates and I have an amazing team!!

Best night you've been to recently?

Looking a little into the future first I'm expecting it to be Warms 12th birthday party on Saturday where Dixon will be playing from start to finish, it should be pretty epic. The last two Electric Minds have been amazing. I was honoured to play at the one with Move D on Aug 6th; at the same one in 2010 with Move D he played arguably one of the best sets I've ever heard. The last one was with Prosumer and he played some amazing music, such a nice vibe and atmosphere in the place as well.

But I reckon the best musical experience I've had for a while was the Sunday at Secret Garden Party. As Amplify we put on the Converse area, which was kind of like the hidden disco. The sun came out and we were blessed with 6 hours of bliss from Nick The Record followed by the three DJs who have later become known as The Dalston Express (Mark Treadwell, Andy Bainbridge and Jake Manders) who absolutely took the place to town. I was pretty much on a podium for most of the day / night.

The Dalston Express (this is a slightly tongue in cheek name by the way) will be playing at my next lift ^ party on Nov 11th.

Nights you're looking forward to?

TOO MANY….Dixon for 8 hours obviously. My next lift ^ party. I love doing them, always a good party and people seem to love them as well. Would like to go to the last ever Sud Electronic in London as they are a party full of class and quality music but I think I might just be a little raved out.

Favourite London club?

Difficult one really as I don't really go to any of the traditional clubs anymore. Fabric obviously has an amazing system, Plastic People is a great little space, Cable has potential….but it’s mainly about the warehouse / pop up spaces. Sometimes they can be rubbish because promoters don't sort the sound properly (nothing more annoying than rubbish sound, yet it happens so often and by a lot of big promoters). A positive example would be the Ostgut Ton night at Red Gallery back in April which for a warehouse space had incredible sound because the promoters took the effort and made the investment to do it properly.

Favourite DJ?

Difficult, so many different DJs have given me so many lasting memories, Move-D, Sancho Panza, Bill Brewster, Jerome Sydenham, Ben Klock…BUT my two regular favourites would be Dixon and Giles Smith. Dixon for me is the epitome of a journey DJ, his sets are so well crafted, music is always so classy that you can just get lost…just the way I like it. Giles is the connoisseurs DJ, his track selections are always impeccable, I love it when he closes parties as for me that's when he comes into his own. I've lost count the amount of times I've bugged him for track IDs

One to Watch?

Keep an eye on Ethyl and Flori


lift ^ party, April 2011. Photo © Style Disco

A Bespoke Scarf /// A Fantastic Home









Following my visit to her studio, Vicki Murdoch of Silken Favours asked me to photograph one of her fabulous bespoke scarf projects. Helen, the very lucky recipient, lives in the most fantastic house in Kensal Rise. I was very kindly allowed to snap away to my heart’s desire in exchange for documenting the beautiful scarf.

View all of the bespoke scarves on Silken Favours here

Leisureware /// Pea Coat Mix



Winter is coming on, so here's a mix from Leisureware, meant for grey skies and train journeys.

Pea Coat Mix:   Download /// Listen

Iron Curtis - That Day
John Roberts - Dedicated
Martyn - Seventy Four
Nick Höppner - Swivel Flick
Jatoma - Little Houseboat (Kenton Slash Demon Remix)
Semtek - Bells
Kassem Mosse - Thalassocalyce
Omar S - U Feat. Don Q
Argy - Ein Lied Fur Popol Vuh (Bostro Pesopeo Remix)
FSK Meets Anthony Shake Shakir - Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
Terre's Neu Wuss Fusion - Love On A Real Train (Risky Business)

5 minutes with Leisureware...

Where do you live? I'm down in Brixton.

What’s your day job? I market books. It's an interesting time to work in publishing...

Best night you’ve been to recently? Feel My Bicep now have a monthly night at Plastic People. The first one was themed One Night In New York City. Lee Douglas played a supremely camp disco set and we danced until closing time!

Nights you’re looking forward to? Feel My Bicep, World Unknown and Rhythm Talk are all awesome regular nights. The Tief lineups are looking pretty nuts. There's another Fill Yer Boots in the works too...

Favourite London club? It's either Plastic People or Corsica Studios right now.

Favourite DJ? Hunee, who headlined the last Fill Yer Boots, has a vast knowledge of music and buckets of energy. He's inspiring to watch.

One to watch? My boys Casino Times are popping up all over the place. Check out their track That's The Truth.

Website: www.fillyerboots.com

A Wardrobe To Die For /// Melancholia







If you had Melancholia in the back of your mind to go and see (as I often do with films), I highly recommend seeing it in a cinema whilst it's still showing.

Not much has been said about the wardrobe but I thought it was understatedly beautiful. Pieces caught my eye through-out, not least the wedding dress - just 'a regular' wedding dress in the end apparently, to fit with the classic princess-bride dream.

Finally, an End Of The World film we can get on board with. It won't be for all tastes (it is Lars after all), but I thought it was pure magic.

Congratulations, You Own a Colour /// Unicef




I was alerted to this brilliant idea when someone lovely bought me my very own colour: “Sparkly Blue”.

According to the Unicef website, there are 16.7 million colours. But before I stop feeling special, I’ll remind myself that if Unicef raise just £1 for each colour sold on their website, that will be £16.7 million raised for those unable to help themselves. (Whoever came up with this idea surely deserves a promotion.)

What are you waiting for? Buy that special someone a unique colour, name it yourself, and feel pretty good in the process: http://www.ownacolour.com/

Blanche in the Brambles /// A/W ‘11










In January I spent the weekend in my favourite city after London, having been asked by Bristol-based accessories label Blanche in the Brambles to shoot their Autumn Winter lookbook. On an appropriately grey winter’s day we ventured to Blaise Castle on the outskirts of the city, where we very kindly had permission to shoot. Despite the freezing temperatures and numb-fingers, the amazing collection and gorgeous model made the shoot a lot of fun.

This season’s pieces are even more scrumptious, featuring the most gorgeous faux-fur hoods and my personal favourites the super-chic capes (gimme now!). I’ve been patiently waiting to post the results ever since I finished the final edit of the photos, and now that the collection has launched I am allowed to do so.

All photos © Blanche in the Brambles and StyleDisco.com

Visit www.blancheinthebrambles.co.uk to view the whole collection.