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34 HOUSE / ELECTRO BLEEP43 The website, party organizer and record label that's banging the drum for techno in London. GUESTLIST.NET Issue 34 / December 2011 GUESTLIST RECOMMENDS ALEX COULTON These days a young producer is born every minute but this one stands out like Diddy at DC10. If you keep an ear open for just one up and coming producer this year make sure it's honed in on Alex Coulton. The Mancu- nian producer has only recently become old enough to play the clubs but his music's been in them for over a year now and with DJ support coming from the likes of Peverelist, Ben UFO and Blawan he looks to do big things. Have a listen to his Representations EP, released earlier this year on Glasgow's equally fresh All Caps label. It has been ladled with praise across the board, receiving plays on Radio 1 from Gilles Peterson and Benji B. Perhaps the most exciting thing about Coulton is that he represents a new genera- tion of UK producers who are making house music as their staple. Where the refraction of the dubstep scene has meant that some producers have been experimenting with the sound for the past couple of years, this output has often found itself lumped in with that scene for want of a better one to move it forward. Coulton's music is happily very much a product of this and as the synth stabs and wobbly basslines of track 'Omar' demonstrate, Coulton's sound is obviously born in the UK. The hope is that we might start to see a more developed UK house sound that can be the driving force behind our party scene in the future. Hear for yourself at soundcloud.com/alexcoulton Bleep43 seem to be advocates of electronic dance music on almost every level. Founded in 2000 by friends Toby Frith and Emile Facey as an online electronic music database, it has expanded since then into a party organizer and record label. Over the years the organization has operated very much from an underground, mindset, something that is reflected in their choice to move their club night to Corsica Studios in Elephant and Castle in 2006. The guests are also very carefully selected; the likes of Omar-S, Surgeon and Derrick May have graced the decks in the past and with more parties promised soon, let's hope they stay true to form. Despite the pulling power they have in the world of international names they remain dedicated to their local roots. Far fewer recordings by artists on the label such as Jo Johnson and Facey's own Plant43 project made it onto the shelves than were initially intended so take a listen online and if you like what you hear, get down to their next party and show your support. soundcloud.com/plant43 myspace.com/orphantracks EVENT PREVIEW GOURANGA 5TH BIRTHDAY 16th December @ Lightbox THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT The club that put Manchester on the party map enters the last phase of its residency under Piccadilly Station... Hot Creations' Miguel Campbell takes the lead for Gouranga's fifth birthday celebration. Gouranga turns five with house music's man of the moment Miguel Campbell headlining. His awesome 'Something Special' has shot him into the house stratosphere and he's about to release his debut long-player on Hot Creations. Suffice to say, this night is going to absolutely sizzle. Along with Miguel Campbell, they've got Disco Stu, George Barker, Malcolm Murra, Real Nice and Max V Cadenza playing to keep the night popping all the way through. Tickets are priced at just £10 in advance so get booking now! As far as legendary nightclubs go there are very few that are quite as legendary as Manches- ter's Warehouse Project. Doubt- less some of its mystique derives from the fact that it threatens its devotees with closure almost every year. But whether or not you believe these threats to be genuine or just publicity stunts it is hard not to draw lines between the club's seemingly perilous position and its overall concept. It is difficult not to view the club's vibe as being somewhat more in line with the free party culture of the '90s rather than the more concrete club culture we have today. This of course is only an illusion - the club is very much legitimate as the droves of police with dogs outside are evidence of - but there is a definite nod toward old school rave culture cultivated by the fact that the club is con- structed and then taken down again every weekend. The club seemed literally to pop up out of nowhere in 2006 and with this in mind some fans live in fear that it might disappear just as easily. That said, The Guestlist Network can't think of many clubs that have climbed to the summit of the mountain of awesomeness so quickly after it opened its doors. It seemed to nonchalantly skip over the foothills that some are just pleased to reach on its way to being dubbed 'the best club in the UK' by Mixmag in only its second year. It is testament to the clubs resilience that its origi- nal home at the old Boddingtons Brewery in the Strangeways area of the city was demolished in 2007. It will find itself in a rather tricky spot again next year when its lease on the former air raid shelter under Piccadilly Station runs out. So if you haven't yet, you should get your arse up there this season to see what it's all about. Have a look at their listings to find the night best for you at www.thewarehouseproject. com

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