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London Weekender

January 27, 2009

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So, on friday I took the Eurostar from Brussels to London, (coming from Amsterdam where I had a night at the famous Jimmy Woo club) and I can’t describe the feeling I have inside when arriving on British soil, but it’s definitely positive.  Calling up the boys from Finsbury Park to eat some pizza then straight to East Village where Simbad invited us to go; Karizma, Afronaught, Ladybugz, Phil Asher, Benji B and of course Simbad on the decks for a very nice night.  I finally had the chance to meet Nik Weston from Mukatsuku and saw TY again, told me about that other night called CDR; should go there next time to discover new talent.  Then on saturday, the reason I came to London town; of course the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards going down at Cargo. The night was sold out and security tight (and the guestlist) and honestly I feel bad for the ones who couldn’t get in because they really missed some major madness.  I was deejaying for Stacy Epps that night and I really enjoyed that, she’s good on stage, a real hiphop attitude.  Crowd wasn’t ready to go completely crazy on her set (it was still early..) but the ones checking her out knew about her music.  Right after, we had a set by Laurent Garnier and I still have to ask him what that french hiphop record was in the beginning, just curious.  What can I say about Jazzanova’s live set with Paul Randolph?  That was a pleasure for the ears.  What can I say about The Mitchell Trio with Marlena Shaw performing “California Soul”? That was a major pleasure for the ears and the eyes.  I was in shock watching her do that song during her soundcheck, like wooooow.
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I’ve seen Mama!Milk do a great set, they are just great people, elegant and sweet; the way they master the contrabass and accordeon is magnificent.  Jazz lives in Japan, and I can’t wait to go back.  After that, I missed a couple of things to see, but enjoyed talking to the different artists backstage.  Had a nice chat with Floating Points, he’s a funny man, and he’s still not on Warp (lol); and the french boys of the Worldwide family were hilarious.  The funniest thing is probably seeing people the day before at East Village dancing all night in front of you and discover the day after at Cargo that they are living right around the corner in Brussels…life is a coincidence sometimes.  Much respect to Gilles and his team for making this possible, I’ve seen him running from here to there, how does he do it?
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