Published: 17 January, 2013
by ROISIN GADELRAB
EVER thought you could better your club of choice’s resident DJ? Here’s the chance to prove it, as Koko calls the bluff of those hopeful mixmasters who claim superiority. The club is on the hunt for fresh new DJ talent to join Koko’s Club NME residents. Simply throw together a mix that you’d play to warm up before the first band of the night takes to the stage and send a link to your mix to email@example.com
• These pages are generally devoted to the more contemporary offerings the music world has to give. Still, there’s music in Les Miserables and, as the movie has just come out, I say it qualifies. I just wonder if Russell Crowe will take this opportunity to show the UK his “rock” voice – nicely disguised in the movie – by bringing one of his bands to play for us. And if you haven’t been to see the movie yet, go. Just don’t sit in the front row or you risk being swallowed during one of the many tear-jerking ultra-close-up solo spots.
• A little while ago we heard Mercury prize winners Alt-J would play an exclusive DJ set at Propaganda indie night at 02 Academy Islington on January 18. There’s no mention of this on the website. Instead, they seem to have been replaced by a Gaymers cider giveaway – are they keeping things low-key, or has the Mercury curse struck?
• Sometimes a night comes along that is just enticing enough to encourage a minor stray across borough boundaries. Human Writes III, an annual gathering of the UK’s most explosive lyricists, passionate about human rights, returns for the third time. The night, which has become known for being one of London’s most rootsy, underground hip-hop gigs takes place at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, on January 19. Up-and-comers can join the boxfresh open-mic session, competing for studio time, a photoshoot, music video and commercial release of the winning single. Expect performances from Ty, Aruba Red, Native Sun, Flux, Regime Sound, Anthony Anaxagorou, DJ Snuff and more. Full details from www.restlessbeings.org/events/human-writes-iii
• Notable mentions : The Blow Monkeys at Islington Assembly Hall (January 24), and Brunswick Battle of the Blues (The New Crawdaddy Blues Club, Billericay, January 24), when Camden’s The Paul Garner Band will fight their way through the heats to win a place on the main stage of New Brunswick, Canada’s Jazz and Blues Festival in September this year.