Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Fred Falke

This dude just keeps coming up with gold. The past two times i've been sent a remix package they've been the standout tracks. Checkout he's remixes of Whitest Boy Alive, Ladyhawke and most recently Little Boots.

golden cage - fred falke remix - whitest boy alive

The sun is out again...

And I'm going to Bournemouth on Friday, i hope the weather stays like this. All i can think of today is this tune. What a roller:

BoaBoa x

Friday, 24 April 2009

Thursday, 23 April 2009


Im getting addicted to UK Funky. I don't know if its because it reminds me of Garage and my youth, or the fact some of the sub bass hits are raw enough to deliver you a hernia. Behind the sing along, chart toppers there are some serious tunes. Check out Lower End Spasm, which have alot of bassy/ guttery house related stuff up, with regular mixes from Bok Bok and other UK heads. In the mean time check this out, and then try and get it out of your head:

Donaeo - Party Hard

Sorry for the (almost) irrelevant picture, i couldnt resist.

BoaBoa x

So with camden crawl approaching.

This years lineup looks amazing, with some cracking headliners the likes of Kasabian, The Yeah Yeah Yeah's and the Maccabees and a whole host of up and coming acts from which Ive selected a few of my favorites.

Chew Lips
a synth pop 3 piece formed in London in 2008. There currently doing the rounds with NME favorites The Virgins having previously toured with the Howling Bells. Also having your first single "Solo" released on the ever trendy Kitsune Maison label has got to be another tick in the box on the chart of success.

a two piece italo-disco combo. Their about to embark on the NME radar tour at the end of this month and have booked both sets at Sonar Festival in Barcelona and at Glastonbury. With their myspace also featuring remixes of La Roux and collaborations with Little Boots the duo are pushing all the right buttons to thrust themselves into the limelight.

Newham Generals, one of the first acts to be signed to Dizzee Rascals Dirtee Stank label are promising to bring something different to the crawl. This year looks to be a big one for the generals with the release of their debut album.

Rich Tea

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Buzz Buzz

I really like everything i've heard from this project, Diplo and Switch aka Major Lazer making some serious tunes. This is the first official track to be leaked from the album, and its on another level. Banjo dancehall ragga bashment mobile phone vibrating goodness. Enjoy:

Major Lazer - Hold The Line

BoaBoa x

Long Live The Dark Party...

Ok so some recent bad news has dampened a few spirits and squashed a few dreams, but we're not letting the loss of our club become the death of us.

The merch, the DJ's and this blog are all continuing, with a Dark Party event to come soon...

In the meantime, something is stirring down on the south coast...

WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS returns early next month with the second installment of their stupidly famous BLOCK PARTY.

November 2008 saw the streets and venues of Bournemouth run amok with 2,300 wide eyed dance music fans all desperate to catch a sound of their favourite producers/artists, including Herve, Alex Metric, Example, Eddy Temple Morris, Man Like Me, Caspa, AC Slater and so so many more.

And so May 2009 has given rise to the 2nd Block Party, in partnership with Rob Da Bank's festival sensation Camp Bestival / Bestival.  The line up includes Brodinski, Jack Beats, Primary 1, Doorly, Rob Da Bank himself, Drums Of Death, Thick As Thieves, Jac The Disco and many many more bands and DJ's, set over 4 venues.

The hype and essence of the early American block parties that bound music and good times together are re-born in the UK. For a tenner. FIRE.

Log on to to nab a ticket, or check out the myspace -  for more info.

Dark Party DJ's will be in and amongst the artists and crowds, so we'll definitely see you there!?

Stay blessed.

Craig Your Skull xxx

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Tropic & Semba

Me, Smith tropical have teamed up with my pal Semba and i'm pround to present to you,Tropic & Semba. Check us out to put you in the mood here is a little bootleg we knocked up.

Jaihem - Just In Case (Tropic & Semba Club Version).

And if you live anywhere near Brighton come check us out at our debut gig at Some Where In The Universe on Friday (The 24th).

Smith Tropical x.

Tote bags. Rip off's. Sad news.

Because all of us at Dark Party are nice we are always giving out freebies. The first big one we did, as you will all remember were the Dark Party tote bags. It was the 1st of November 2008 we had just had a bunch of new flyers printed, free shots, free sweets and a little re-launch party for the 'Bass-ment'. Any way Urban Outfitters have ripped us off. Check out the Urban Outfitters bag £18. You can imagine my surprise as i strolled Oxford Street today looking for a new pair of jeans and was met by this. Gutted. Maybe we should get all legal and get a big bag of money so Dark Party can have it's own club. We need one.

Sadly this leads me on to my sad news. Manhattans the bar/club which Dark Party called home is closing. Simply meaning for now Dark Party as a weekly. Manhattans will not be closing though reopening soon after a re-furb with new owner/manager Crucial Robbie and with this the music policies will be changing and Crucial Robbie will host his own saturday night. Cant really blame him, after all he is buying the place.

As for Dark Party we have two Luton weekly's left. There is a few here and there so watch this space. But for the moment the last two are the:


We will be giving out loads more free stuff, shots, badges, random crap. Some of the downstairs guys are gonna be playing upstairs aswell for a good old fashioned mashup as the 'Bass-ment' wont be open again either. So come out, get wrecked, have fun.

My Party. Your Party, Dark Party.

Monday, 20 April 2009

I've been loving todays weather

and its been accompanied perfectly by some chilled out dubbyness.

This offering from Radikal Guru has proved better than a pena colada and a BBQ.

Rich Tea

Monday Murkage.

Ok something close to home i have been dj'ing a while now and in the time i have got to do some really cool stuff. Aswell as my residency at Dark Party I also hold one in manchester at weekly night Monday Murkage.

If you have not already heard about Monday Murkage I'm telling you now. Described by Drop The Lime "Manchester's Monday Murkage party is out of this world. Holy shit!!!!"

After a brief easter hiatus, Murkage Cartel are back tonight for more skank-out shenanigans.

From now until the end of the summer term we will be turning the 'Murk-O-Meter' way past the max 'OMG' to 'ARE YOU NUTS'. Expect twice the bass.

And during the summer months there is some rumors that the 'Murkage Cartel' have a last minute Ibiza booking. Things are really looking up.

Monday Murkage has a number of residents, who go under the blanket name of the 'Murkage Cartel'

Murkage Cartel are:

As well as the weekly residence Monday Murkage has weekly guests and the list so far reads like a who's who of utter badmen and women.

Upcoming shows include...
Jack Beats, April 27th. And Tomb Crew, May 11th.

So if your in Manchester on a monday get to Monday Murkage.


If you dont know about this collaberation then where the fuck have you been.

Dizzie Rascal and Armand Van Helden.

Personally i think the track is ok. It is anything but ground breaking but you cant deny that it won't go down well in clubs. It should be better but it isn't. 

This little bootleg is out of this world though.

If you dont know who  Doorly is yet. Then again, where the fuck have you been.

Doorlys Myspace

Check out his calender he is currently on a huge tour playing everywhere in the uk, ibiza etc. etc.

Dizzie Rascal & Armand Van Helden - Bonkers (Doorly Remix)

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Summer heat

Im writing this in April.

Its nowhere near summer, but these tunes have been heating up my morning tube journey. None of them are particularly that new, but they certainly generate some good vibes.

I saw Jack the other day at The Arches, playing mostly his new stuff, and its awesome. The new single is no exception:

Jack Peñate - Tonight's Today

Simian Mobile Disco opened with this at The Wearhouse Project on Sunday. It's a Dark Party favorite and and I love it. When I listen to this I can picture myself sipping on a Stella Artois in a beer garden. Happy days:

Animal Collective - My Girls

Finally this bad boy. It's like a tiny 4 minute and 11 second carnival:

Metronomy - Radio Ladio (Radioclit Remix)

Dust off the flip-flops, button up your white linen trousers and enjoy,

BoaBoa x

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

New Metric Twelves Remix

Great remix of an already cracking track. Have a look at The twelves' Myspace for remixes of The Virgins, Black Kids and La Roux amongst others.

Rich Tea

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Just a couple of bands i've been listening lately.

Firstly The Answering Machine a great little 4 piece from Manchester. They've toured with Rumble strips and are currently doing the rounds with the likes of Twisted Wheel and Bombay Bicycle Club as well as playing Brighton's Great Escape festival. May the 18th holds the release of their next single "obviously cold". The next few months is looking to be a busy period for the band with there debut album also being released.

Here's the video for there next single "Obviously cold"

Secondly There Were Bears a group with a core set of performers who draw on the talents of a number of different friends, so the line ups always varying. They've just made there first E.P. "Morning's" which has a limited release of a 100 hand numbered records and is available from David's music in Letchworth or directly from the band its self. The band have got a few dates lined up which you can see details of on there myspace which is at the bottom of the video if you like your bands with more talented musicians than you can shake a stick at get down and have a look at this lot.

Here's a video of their track "Run Dry The River"

Rich Tea


I love Renaissance Man. I havent really got anything else to say about it. Buy their record, out now on Dubsided.

There isn't a bad track on it. In the mean time, this is fire:

DJ Hell - My Definition Of House Music (Renaissance Man Bootcut)

BoaBoa x

Saturday, 11 April 2009

House Isn't Bad Word.

Electro-clash, Jackin', Fidget, Wonk, etc. etc. at the end of the day it's all house. I love the bass-heavy sound which has breathed new life into dance music but recently i have found myself  listening to tracks without a sub-genre listing in sight, simply just house. And this little diddy by Chris Kaeser has to be one of my favorites.

Dawn On The Lawn Festival

Just got off the phone to night promotion / organising gurus that are the Green twins (Let's Get Analogue - Reading / Bristol) and it turns out they have a one-day dance music festival planned for Saturday, July 25th!

With a line-up that's only just been put together in the past couple of weeks, already including Lee Mortimer (MoS) and Foamo (Chew The Fat), this is promising to be BIG.

The event will be situated within a pissings distance of the Madjeski Stadium, Reading, with the opportunity for would-be punttters to dance into the early hours, camp over night in a parallel field, then scoot back home in t'morning.

Further bands and acts are still tbc, but the Let's Get Analogue boys have promised some serious visuals, a top sound system and non-stop dancing actions from top bands / DJ's.

Visit to keep up to date with all the goings on and to purchase tickets - £22. Bargain. Crack Your Skull will hopefully be making an appearence at the festival, so we'll see you there!?


Craig. xx

Wednesday, 8 April 2009


Quality is certainly the fore-runner to quantity and on-the-ball Dutch house producer, Pitto, is the essence of this.

2 releases in 2008 (Area Remote and Soulrock) demonstrated the Utrecht man's talent in the studio, and with Spring officially here, Pitto has confirmed he is ON the production tip. "Feelin'" has dropped on Rejected, capturing the sound of good weather and smiles, with the use of a cheeky vocal sample.

There's lots of support from the likes of Dubfire, Dave Spoon, Paul Hamill, DJ Hell and Luke Solomon and it definately gets a thumbs up from us house heads at DarkParty. Go kop the release (with a stripped down dub version) over at BEATPORT.COM

Pitto - Feelin'


Craig. xx


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