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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

LISTENING SINCE THE PREVIOUS POST:

*THE GLADE FESTIVAL*
SPANK ROCK- 'YO YO'
V/A - 'FEEL THE SPIRIT'
LUCIANO- 'SCI FI HI VOL.2'
DJ HYPE- 'SKA'
ON TOP FM
ROLL DEEP RINSE SET
DIZZEE RASCAL- 'BOY IN DA CORNER'
DIZZEE RASCAL- 'STAND UP TALL'
CHAMILLIONAIRE- 'RIDIN DIRTY'
VITALIC- 'OK COWBOY'
HAPPY HARDCORE ON CHURCH ORGAN, 'SACRED SERMONS': MATT STOKES CD
BONKERS HAPPY HARDCORE
SOUNDMURDERER- 'WIRED FOR SOUND' MIX
V/A- 'POKER FLAT VOL.4'

alright cuzzy? long time no see. i was at the glade festival, you see. and since bishing and boshing it at the glade i've been knocked out with weird dizzy spells and nausea. ooops. we did too much, too young. or may be, we're just getting too old for that kind of malarkey. whatever, i feel rough.

anyway, people writing about how fucked they get is LONG so let's have none of that. on with the music>>>>>>>>>>>

the glade started life as a corner of glastonbury dedicated to bringing back the vibe of the early 90s renegade soundsystems that used to crop up on the outskirts of the festival, before:- as half man half biscuit have it, 'they put out the gun towers to keep the hippies away'.
i actually used to go to glastonbury as a kid and the bits on the edge of the festival were well scary! properly lawless, as i remember.
now the glade is it's very own festival. and, like the organisers say, it's a Proper One. none of that corporate sponsored bollocks. no name prefaced by 'carling'. no slit-yr-wrists-at-the-sheer-nothingness-of-it businessman-'indie'. just loud electronic music, nice people, drugs and sunshine.
now the other side to this great anti-corporate ethos is that there's large swathes of the glade that are, if yr feeling mean (and as it's mid-week, i am), hippy bollocks.
you know the sort: people doing poi, everywhere. fuck loads of 'circus skills'. girls doing that baffling 'techno fairy' thing. people pretending to be native americans when really they're just students from the home counties who have done acid. an impossible amount of psy trance. a scary amount of psy trance with live bongos. a stall called 'funk off n dye' for shit's sake.
ack ack ack!
but, brothers and sisters, let us not dwell on the negative. there are at least two wonderful, even heavenly things about the glade.
first, let's talk about the biggie: the sancho panza tent. i've been to sancho panza at notting hill carnival a few times and, yeah, it's great but nothing you'd want to devote yr life to. too packed, too difficult, a little bit scarily trendy in places. perhaps.
but honestly, i would not be at all surprised if when i die and go to heaven (i am going there, right? RIGHT?), and the gates open, inside it's just the sancho panza tent at glade. forever.
we spent three days there, dancing, swaying, drinking. on the third day, i turned to my friends and said, 'i could do this for weeks, you know...months'. i don't think i've ever been so perfectly happy. the place is turned into a little wonderland, the sun streaming through the purple circus tent, bouncing off the flags and feathers that decorate the place. the crowd is all smiles and open hearted joy. i feel like i'm in some kind of advert. everyone looks so beautiful, and no one looks messy. the crowd is always small and it starts to feel like a family. we exchange smiles regularly. we chat some times. we pop outside to sunbathe with a drink. we discover how good mixing red wine with cranberry juice can be (try it!).

for once, there's such a strong feeling of belonging and acceptance (and i've done sancho panza with no drugs at all on occasion, so it's not what yr thinking!). we're all in it together. we dance more sexily than normal, which isn't much but still. all hips. but innocent hips.

enough about us. the music is stunning. these guys know what they're doing. hour after hour of these marvelously unhurried wiggles and shimmies through balearic, disco, electro house, and a bit of the sexier end of minimal, with little pops like kisses. one tune got played by pretty much everyone in there and i'm desperate to know what it was: a house track with someone whistling a little, almost 'higher states of consciousness' melody over the top. i might go into Phonica and sing it to them for them to identify it. actually, course i won't. that'd be madness. such a scary shop.

best moments of all for me are at the end of saturday night's set, at 4 in the morning, when the DJ drops an etienne de crecy track, one of his really epic, slow-burning ones, and we feel like heroes at the end of a long journey. we get up on to the podium and gaze out of the hands in the air. the sweat drips off the wall, gets in our hair, messes with our gel...(!). the other big moment (much of sancho panza is not a 'moment' but a period of blissed out hazy endless warm bath) is when carl craig's remix of 'fallin up' gets played. the crowd love it, and it's time to reprise those funny marching steps that we did at fabric the other month. it's the perfect track for sancho panza- a tune that feels like it can go on for ever on a soundsystem that feels like it must go one forever.

by the end of the weekend i could swear blind that sancho panza had some special 'softness filter' on their mixer, draping everything with a sparkly fog. i don't know how else they get it all to sound so infinitely gentle, so sensual. this is womb music. (sorry, that hippy bollocks again, yeah?)

so...to say that i recommend going to the the glade for sancho panza is inadequate. it's not just a good weekend. it's the best ever weekend. at the end of one set one of the Stompa Phunk DJs, blows kisses to the crowd and mouths, 'i love you guys!', and, for once, i really feel exactly the same way.

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and the other great thing about the glade? the detroit techno. sadly i missed kenny larkin (it was sancho panza duty calls...), but did get to see kevin saunderson, who was magisterial and magnificent. for the first time, i really appreciate just how elegant and textured detroit techno is. i've loved this music since i first heard it, but there, at the glade, it almost sounded like a modern day version of string quartets- so evenly balanced and harmonious and neat, not overpowering or hard at all. beautiful solutions to perennial problems. everything in its right place.

6 Comments:

Blogger nebbesh said...

coming from brighton, i've always seen the people who go to glade and recoiled. your w/end sounds some kind of wonderful.

was the whistling house tune this?

http://www.phonicarecords.co.uk/detail.aspx?ID=12592

it's a doozy!

2:49 AM  
Blogger simon silverdollar said...

that's the tune! bless your heart!
i can't believe you guessed it from my rubbish description...that's amazing.

10:12 AM  
Blogger nebbesh said...

haha, the josh wink reference threw me off, but there's only one song out at the moment that's so daffy & loveable.

and cz i know how great it is to listen back to the tune you've been out ravin' to.

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=23772C3025351C8F

btw, yr blog's great

ian

2:40 PM  
Blogger simon silverdollar said...

thanks for the mp3!
such a big tune.
a friend of mine heard it on virgin radio of all places the other day, so i reckon this one's going to massive.

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