Don’t miss the party line!

Days: getting longer. Mercury: rising. Diary: filling up.

OK so I haven’t quite packed away the winter coat yet (although I have managed to lose most of my hats), but it does finally feel like Summer is just around the corner.

One of the clear highlights of last Summer was Awamu Together, an intimate but perfectly formed party to raise money for Awamu – a project working with mums in the slums of Kampala, Uganda to change the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in their communities. Considering that this was their first event, and pretty much everyone was involved on a voluntary basis, they set the bar incredibly high, and completely smashed it, delivering good times to all while raising a five-figure sum for a great cause into the bargain. Here’s how it went down last year:

It was that good, that tickets are flying already without any line-up even being advertised yet! So, keep it to yourself, but I’m delighted to be “performing” there again this coming Summer, and here’s a little mixtape I made to celebrate.

It’s a groovy FunkSoulReggaeHipHopDisco kind of party throwdown. If you want a download, buy a ticket & send me a message! (contact form at the end of this post)

The party: http://www.awamutogether.co.uk/
The cause: http://awamu.co.uk/

I really hope to see you there. (Assuming I can actually see this time!)
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Late May bank holiday sees the Disco Shed crew return to South Park, Oxford for the second Common People Oxford. I’ll be there on the Sunday, delivering the vibes, and probably collaborating with Sean Paul while I’m at it. Last year was great; here’s hoping for similar weather to last year.

In case you missed them, I recently uploaded a couple of tracks from the vaults, a retake of Dee-Lite’s “What is Love” (featuring Omeron):

https://hearthis.at/2vzyhykj/deee-lite-what-is-love-del-gazeebo-vs-omeron-remix/

…and a refix of “Genius of Love 2002” by The X-ecutioners featuring Tom Tom Club & Biz Markie.

https://hearthis.at/2vzyhykj/genius-of-love-del-gazeebo-refix/

Sorry, I have no idea whatsoever why the player won’t embed for these. Free downloads, for the time being at least.

Loads more to to report, but I know you all have short attention spanOH MY GOOD LOOK AT THAT SQUIRREL!

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Old’s Cool!

Well, that was quite a summer.

As some of you will already know, I wasn’t lying when I said that AwamuTogether was going to be a summer highlight. Not only were good times had by all, but £15,000 was raised for the charity – an amazing feat for a first attempt. All indications are that it will happen again next year too. Hats off to all those that made it happen. The money raised is already being put to good use and changing lives.

Now that they’ve had a good rinsing on Mixcloud, both of my Together promo mixes are now available to download. The first one is on the groovy side, while the second instalment gets to the point quicker & bangs a bit harder!

(finally) Got it Together

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[right-click the links (not the Mixcloud players) & “save as”]

Lots of people have been asking me about the N-Joi refix I threw together for “Twogether”. It was just made on-the-fly and so was a little rough around the edges. I tidied it up, added some extra production and there’s an exclusive blog-only download link here.

Latitude with the Disco Shed was hot, humid, and brilliant as ever. The same can’t be said for Leeds, where the weather presented some challenges, but it was great to sign off the season with Bestival, where, Saturday aside, the weather was much kinder.

Now summer is done & dusted, I have a bit more time for music. Lots of tunes that were “nearly there” are even more nearly there now, so stay tuned for some fresh mixtapes & original sounds in the coming weeks & months…

edit: I’ve just been notified that some of the download links in the mixtape archive (Bangers 1-6 specifically) are dead. I’ll fix those in the coming days.

Summer vibes!

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I know it doesn’t much feel like summer yet, but perhaps this Pluto Shervington refix will do the trick? People have been pestering me for this for a long time now, and the wait is finally over. Downloads are go for a limited time only. You snooze, you lose!

Summer is starting to shape up nicely, and not least because I’ve been asked to get involved with Together – a small, intimate and friendly party in Wiltshire on the first weekend of August. Good times, for a good cause in good company is what it’s all about as far as I’m concerned. I’ve always preferred smaller parties to huge festivals (and unfortunately I’m not getting any younger) so I’m really looking forward to it. Fun for kids of all ages – even my age!

You should come – but don’t sleep, because tickets are strictly limited. Line up, ticket info & everything else you need to know is all on their website, alongside some information about Awamu, the very good cause this event is in aid of. Everyone involved will be volunteering their services free of charge to maximise the charitable benefit. Names continue to be added to the line-up, but regardless of who’s on it, the vibe and company is guaranteed to be spot on.

Awamu Radio has started featuring some of the artists that will be performing at the party & you can click here for my offering – a 72 minute ride through the good stuff, with the usual disinterest in genres. There’s only one genre I’m interested in – GOOD. With the Bangers series currently on haitus I had a bit of a backlog of good stuff & I did my best to cram in as many of them as I could. As it is, there’s still a crate of stuff waiting to be dropped. Cold this mean a glorious return of the Bangers? We’ll see.

You want a download? Buy a ticket & we’ll talk!

Loads more cool stuff happening this summer too – stay tuned.

Andy Cooper – Do the Charlie Brown (Del Gazeebo Remix)

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I was lucky enough to see Ugly Duckling twice on their current UK tour. I’ve always had a soft-spot for UD, from the moment my old DJ partner Finlaz played me a B-side of theirs called “Lay it on Ya” back in the late 90s, at a time when Hip Hop was in danger of disappearing up its own arse.

We been eatin, breathin, and sleepin hip hop since way back
When shoelaces were fat and Michael Jackson was black”

First up was Oxford, and the turnout was embarassingly disappointing. I’d have been more embarassed if it was my home-town, but I promised them a better showing when they came to Brighton, and while the Brighton scene isn’t exactly thriving these days, I was pleased to see that plenty came out to show their support. They aren’t touring to promote a new album this time, and there are currently no plans to record any more, which I think is a real shame. The three of them bring so much fun, energy & chemistry on stage, and I hope this isn’t the last chance any of us get to see them do their thing live.

Of course they aren’t done with the music scene by any stretch of the imagination. Andy Cooper recently dropped his free EP – 6 tracks in a variety of styles & tempos that are all on point. You can sign up for the EP here.

Here’s my take on one of the tracks from the EP called “Do the Charlie Brown”.

BIG BANGERS NEWS

It’s been quite a journey. 19 journeys & counting in fact. But, for a while at least, I’m calling time on the Bangers mixtapes. If you want one more you best make some NOISE!

I’m looking for YOUR input to make the 20th & final instalment truly special. What are your favourite selections from the series so far? And what tunes should have been included but haven’t been yet?

Number 20 will feature your favourites from the archive, plus the best of your ideas, and I will remix EVERY TRACK that makes the cut.

Use the comment field below to submit your requests & ideas. All participants will get the download link long before the general public do. Not to mention being a part of music history!

I’m not hanging up my headphones, there will be plenty more mixtapes. Just a bit more specialist mostly. I expect. Thanks so much for your support, and if there are any gaps in your collection, you can find download or mixcloud links in the archive.

Massive Set of Bangers (Part 19)

And the bangers just keep on coming! Here’s an hour-long session, which you can stream below, or download here.

While I dearly love taking all the glory, let’s not forget all the amazing artists featured here.  It only takes a few clicks to show them some virtual love, so please, favourite, share, tweet or shout it out the window as you see fit.

If you’ve missed any of these, you can grab the whole set or pick & mix from the archive here.

The Request Line

I’m pleased to be part of a new Thursday night being launched in April at The Book Club in East London. It’s going to a Soul/Funk/Disco/80s kind of affair, where you can actually phone in your requests.  (They didn’t tell me that bit until I was already committed!)  Any requests for any Coldplay shall be dealt with accordingly…

Here’s a promo mix I did for the launch:

Fat Larry‘s Band – Act Like You Don’t Know
Aretha Franklin – Rock Steady
Silver Connection – Get Up & Boogie
Chic – My Forbidden Lover
Cerrone feat. Jocelyn Brown – Hooked on You
Jackson Sisters – I Believe in Miracles
Prince – Kiss
KC & the Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight
Lyn Collins – Think (About It)
Rose Royce – Put your Money Where your Mouth is
Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
Michael Jackson – Rock with You
Blondie – Heart Of Glass (Oliver & Thee Mike B Remix)
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel – White Lines (Don’t Do It)
Shannon – Let the Music Play
Emotions – Best of My Love
Vernon Burch – Get Up
Deee-Lite – Groove is In the Heart (The Reflex Bootsy & Q-Tip Revision)
Earth, Wind & Fire – September
Chaka Khan – I Feel for You
Roxy Music – Love is the Drug
Salt & Pepa – Push It
Rick James – Super Freak
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I’ll be there on Thursday 9th of April & then every 2nd Thursday of the month thereafter, but the night runs every Thursday from 9pm-2am.  Come & get down with some of the finest cocktails in town!