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This was the second show that Distant Planet residents Louise Plus One and Hughesee were asked to come and play on http://cambridge105.fm/ a legal community FM radio station also playing was Rob Focuz from Apply the breaks also the show was hosted by Johnny 5. Unfortunately Daddy Fingaz could not make it along to this one but many a shoutout was sent his way!

Johnny 5, DG Select, DJs Mikey Wells and DJ Juno have been doing the show every Friday serving the Cambridge community and beyond with the best in Underground music for 6 years now that takes some serious commitment! The show is sandwiched in between talk shows one titled “The weekend waffle”

A big thanks to Rob Focuz & Johnny 5 for the snaps!

Download the sets click HERE

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There are people who don’t want to hide their collection of electronic music hardware away in a pristine studio. There are people who, while plumbing a reserve of patience deeper than the Mariana Trench and going through countless iterations in their set-up, finally get each instrument to trigger in time and play in tune with all the other ones, making sounds they’re happy with in the process. There are people who then risk it all and take it outside. Out into the unkind and dangerous world. And make loads of fucking noise with it.

This photo is of my band TR-33N. It was taken by photographer Nadia Otshudi at the Music Day Festival 2014 in Shoreditch Park, London. I completely love that I’m whooping a rave war cry like some kind of madwoman and inadvertently pointing at a tower block. I’m wearing the finest t-shirt I own (thanks to the screen printing skills of ashes57) and I’ve had the bizarre cockney rhyming foresight to bring a packet of cheesey quavers along in case of a sudden attack of the munchies. At no live appearance have I ever suddenly wanted to eat; it makes no sense!

I’m lucky that our band grew out of the staunchly left-leaning, artistically imaginative and almost determinedly reckless UK sound system culture of the late Nineties and early Noughties. Many of those same energetic and dedicated people are still to be found on the party scene today, only now they’re putting on extraordinary events and festivals that operate within legitimate frameworks as well as outside them. And, if we’re very lucky, sometimes we get asked to come back and be a part of it. So I’d like to say: Thanks for having us.

Those who have experienced the sharp end of rave and squat scene logistics (’gaining access’ through broken windows, hard wiring into the mains by torchlight, lifting bass bins up five flights of stairs without making any noise) are not the kind to be put off by the extra faff it takes to facilitate a bit of hardware in the wild. The fact we need ages to set up, we don’t fit in the DJ booth, we need a proper sound check. The fact, in a nutshell, that we’re not DJs who can plug in a phono to mini-jack and be ready. For our part every time we take the live set out we pack up our entire studio including the rack it stands on, remembering to bring the little allen key that means when we set the rack up again the whole thing doesn’t fall straight down again onto our toes breaking about three and half grand’s worth of gear in the process, drive it a few hundred miles – did I mention get a babysitter for our two kids? – unload it all again, plug 50+ leads in, check every connection, check every instrument is working and is being triggered properly, get the rack into position, make sure we have got enough light and space to operate it all in, gaffer tape the set list to something, do a sound check, trouble-shoot the mix, play an hour and a half’s worth of completely live, inordinately loud and utterly banging techno and then do it all again in reverse to get it home again. All usually just for the cost of our travel. Frankly, considering the effort people have gone to for us all to have a dance back in the day, it’s a doddle: no-one is calling the police.

This photo was taken at the point in the set where finally everything was working as it was supposed to – like most other live acts, it’s usual for some vital bit of gear to immediately malfunction and for one or other of us to spend half the set fire fighting the problem in a blind panic while trying to act like it’s all fine. The sound was incredible. A massive slab of Virus hypersaw was tearing across the park. People were being drawn from all corners of it to see what was going on. People were hitting the dance floor. I was feeling really confident with the material and the machines. By this time there were no 8 year-old kids playing a cool new game of throwing fistfuls of sand and grit from the ground directly onto all the hardware, and no folks boom-bipping away on their djembes ever-so-slightly out of time with the beat, because I’d already told them all to seriously just fuck off now.

This photo shows the raw and happy face of hardware in the wild. I can’t tell you how good it feels.

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Well the time is nearly upon us so we thought we would give you the heads up here at Distant Planet HQ.

You can purchase ticket’s by clicking HERE get them whilst they are available last count there was only 66 tickets left.

If you have not experienced Riverdance and love your oldskool then Distant Planet seriously recommends this event. It is London’s longest running boat party dedicated to the oldskool rave sounds of way back with some serious DJ’s who will be digging deep to deliver only the best in oldskool sounds to everyone on board. This is always a popular sellout event and also there is the after party only for the hardcore! You can catch Louise Plus One & Hughesee playing at the after party here are some details narrated by Riverdance main man Reuben.

Line Up

 FAYDZ

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Many of you have been vocal about getting Steve back on the boat and I totally agree it is about time for him to rock the party once again. For those that don’t know, Faydz is a master on the dex with his fast beat matching, sublime scratching and tune selection. His 1992 mix of made in 70 minutes has been a phenomenal success and is now on Vol 3 which highlights the skill of this man’s talents. Be sure to get a copy on the boat!

DJ SENSE

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Sense is without doubt in the top 5 ranking jungle d+b beat matchers on the circuit every year Sense is in contention for the boat. This year I said to him, “give me the darkest jungle tekno from 92/93 and you are on”. Basically I said not 1 anthem and nothing remotely Moondance (ish). He said no worries and he will unleash a unique dark sense set on us.

DJ VIBES

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Riverdance own lord of the dance mashup of everything good. Riverdance wouldn’t be RD without the likes of vibes and he really does his homework on what to play as he knows the nutbags that attend and dare I say it, spends more time in his luxurious study in his mansion in Essex contemplating what tunes he gonna play.

JEDI

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Part of the Resonance furniture, last year’s massive set to bring us home was again many people’s highlight – proper Jungletekno pre 94 style, his beat matching and understanding on vinyl of what the boat and Riverdance cru represent is beyond reproach.

DJ GERSHWIN

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 As ever we like to introduce new artists on the boat and give DJ’s a spotlight that they wouldn’t normally get in watered down, samey samey events. Gershwin is one of these and this will be his first appearance in London for around 15 years, he has released 2 amazing tunes back in 93/94, his oldskool collection is to die for. He is an unsung hero hailing from the midlands making his debut on the boat.

RANDALL

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 Well I have to be honest here when I tell you he is a personal fav of mine. Randall never fails to deliver when it comes to beat matching and tune selection. He is a bona-fide originator and will be hitting you guys hard with a rare selection on VINYL with breakbeat oldskool d+b. Will the riverdance cru be able to handle the Randall!!!!

MC STRICT

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 Original and best Riverdance host. Each year he drops me in it by publicly asking me to book all the same DJ’s that are playing that year and truth be told I could easily do it. But as ever we do like to mix things up. Strict is Mr riverdance and we love him.

MC MAD P

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 We have all enjoyed his cameos over the years , last year his sets with pilgrim, storm and his 25 year coronation as Top Buzz was a jot to behold. The magic between mad p and strict was electric and had no hesitation to have him fully on the card.

AFTER PARTY– 6pm-midnight (venue tbc)

LOUISE PLUS ONE B2B HUGHESEE

Really happy to have them apart of this year’s event again, great supporters of Riverdance behind the curtain and great back catalogue’s that would envy many. They are amazing people and an honor to have them.

MAVERICK

Proper oldskool d+b set from original don- proper talent, proper nice guy always a pleasure and again beat matching is top draw. He played a few years back and tore the roof off, let’s see him do the same again.

G.MAGIKAL

 I have to say the amount of requests I get from people to have this lady down grows year on year and so this year it’s my pleasure to be able to have her on the card and bring her great skills and tune selection for you all.

RUFFNEK

Will be bringing up the rear, digging deep in the crates with some rare bizznizz of acid , jungle, breakbeat, hardcore techno that rarely gets played out

Once again with YERK AUDIO and WATTS UP that provided you guys with what many people said one of the best sound systems on the boat in a very long time- Indeed these guys are now considered family, they are supreme masters at their work and many artists and ravers commented on how great they are and how good their setups are. Big respects goes out to them.

Here are some sets from past Riverdance parties

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Distant Planet DJ’s Louise Plus One and Hughesee were invited along to play on Cambridge 105FM’s Friday night Urban Baseline Show hosted by Jonny 5 alongside Rob Focuz and Daddy Fingaz representing Apply The Breaks.

You can download the sets and check out the Urban Baseline website by clicking HERE

Below are some video clips and photos from the event.

Pics by Daddy Fingaz

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Dextrous has been producing as well as DJing for over 2 decades. Starting his career in the late ‘80s, as Dextrous he cut his teeth making Hardcore / Jungle as it was then known. His first release was on ‘Shut Up and Dance Records’ sister label Ruff Quality Recordings with a track entitled Ruffneck Bizznizz back in 1992. From there he started his own label King of the Jungle Records in 1993, where he enjoyed much success with his then partner Rude Boy Keith, flying around the globe DJing and PA’ing. His DJing has taken him to countries such as: Austria, Germany, Canada, America, Holland, Latvia, Belgium, Estonia, Ireland and Italy to name but a few, as well as many locations in his native U.K.

As King of the Jungle was already establishing a particular sound Dextrous decided to start another label where he could concentrate on his own projects. This was the birth of Subliminal Records, (which in December 1994 became Subversive Recordings due to an imprint called Subliminal already being in existence).

By late 1994 Dextrous hooked up with 2 other guys, Paul Brown and Jon Stewart (who then went by the names of Phaze 3 and Klass A respectively) whom he had met whilst DJing on the London pirate station Kool FM. They all shared the same artistic ideas and the frustrations with the way the scene appeared to overlook a more musical approach in Drum & Bass production. So Dextrous decided to start State of the Art Recordings, as a vehicle to release music that wasn’t confined to the ubiquitous styles that club DJs were playing at that time, to allow a little more freedom of expression, and with that, reach a whole new audience. The three of them recorded together under the name Solid State and christened their sound Urban Fusion, which encompassed many elements i.e., Funk, Jazz, Techno, Dub…as well as Drum & Bass. Solid State became known as the one of the pioneers of Drum & Bass Funk Fusion and paved the way for more musical producers such as Calibre and High Contrast, amongst others.

Well as they say “all good things come to an end!”, and by the summer of 2000 the three guys parted company. Their last project together was the album entitled ‘Point of No Return’ (pretty fitting!) on the Renegade Recordings label, which included their most popular track to date: “Just a Vision” featuring Zoe H.

Since then, Dextrous has become heavily involved in composing music for library companies and has had many of his recordings featured on adverts and TV programmes such as Footballer’s wives, The Stepfather, Driven, Trisha, Doctors, London Today, Sky Travel, to name but a few. He was also commissioned to compose the theme tune to ITV’s “The LADS” which was a men’s magazine programme aired a few years back on Friday nights.
In addition to his production of Drum & Bass, Dextrous is slowing down the BPMs from time to time and experimenting in other areas. As ‘Transcendent Minds’ (a project started on Dynamite Joint Recordings and continued on Karma Giraffe) Dextrous has been able to progress with the Urban Fusion sound (also known today as Broken Beats, Electric Soul, Future Jazz) where Solid State left off. Once again highlighting Dextrous musical versatility, as he is always seeking new sounds to fuse together in order to form hybrid genres, which is also evident in his DJ sets as he loves to mix things up!

With this wealth of experience Dextrous was a great choice for scoring the BAFTA winning “Feltham Sings” documentary shown on Channel 4 in 2002. Having a diverse musical background and a passion for working with & being a positive role model for inner city youth, undertaking this project made perfect sense. It was a huge challenge as Dextrous was brought on to the project pretty late on, so was only given 3 months at most to get the whole project completed. But…all was not lost, so successful was Dextrous’ input to this project, that he won a coveted Ivor Novello Award (2002) in the category ‘Best original music for TV’, in addition to the entire team behind “Feltham Sings” winning a BAFTA for Best Documentary (2002). The documentary also received a nomination for The Greison Documentary Award, and Dextrous was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for his musical efforts.

More recently, Dextrous has also been involved with youth work. Together with ‘Stage One’ he has devised a ‘Youth Music Workshop Program’ that has been a success so far. He has helped develop the talents of young people in under privileged areas and those that have criminal backgrounds or have been socially excluded. These programs include basic music technology tuition together with vocal training, song writing, choreography, graphic design, make-up and tutorials on the legal side of the music industry. He has since worked in conjunction with the following organizations: Connexions, Youth Music, Befrienders (Barking and Dagenham), Ladders, Community Links, Crime Concern, Breaking Through, as well as many schools in Waltham Forest freelance. He has also worked for many years with Irish Travellers doing more generic youth work.

Right now his main goals are to get back in the studio to work on some new productions and return to DJing on a more frequent basis. He also plans to continue developing his skills as a photographer, a lifelong passion that he has given much more attention to in recent years.