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Review: Still Breathing: The True Adventures of the Donnelly Brothers – by Anthony and Christopher Donnelly (and Simon Spence)

still breathing

Chris and Anthony Donnelly are two likely lads from Wythenshawe, Manchester. Growing up to a backdrop of crime, allegedly part of the the notorious Quality Street Gang, these entrepreneurs became leading figures in the birth of Manchester’s Acid House scene, initiating illegal raves and forging bonds and networks across music from the Hacienda to the launch of their own short-lived crime-ridden Parliament Club, at the peak of The Gunchester headlines when Guns and gangs took hold in Manchester. After heading out of music they entered the world of fashion, launching Gio-Goi. Using a mixture of guerrilla marketing, incorporating their music friends and street buddies, they became a necessity of fashionistas. The brand ultimately became corporate turning over £40 million a year at its height. This tale, interview-style, arranged by Stone Roses biographer, Simon Spence, is a true journey of life’s ups and downs, for a most colourful family. From drug busts, media headlines and jail sentences to filming videos with Pete Doherty and Deadmau5. I especially enjoyed the reminiscences of Old Skool Hacienda DJs, Mike Pickering, Jon Dasilva and Graeme Park. This book has it all. I’m sure that no party is complete without the Donnelly brothers influencing it in some way.

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Sunshine And Showers

It is September already and the summer is almost gone… Sunshine and Showers preside. This rainbow mix of house flavors begins with some fairly light breezy Italian House and simmers to the boil via lush tribal sounds to a boiling hedonistic range of front room electro and banging house. Summer may have gone but the Wez G podcast will keep the weather warm for you wherever you are as we approach the winter months. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Domenico Modugno – Vecchio Frack (Joe T Vannelli Edit) [JTV Recordings] 2. Simone Vitullo & Felipe Puertes – Shingalin (Original Mix) [Go Deeva Records] 3. Argy – Dope Track feat. DJ Said (Original Mix) [Ibadan Records] 4. Nick Curly – Aymara (Original Mix) [8Bit] 5. Garden Bugz – Puttin’ On The Ritz (Original Mix) [JTV Recordings] 6. Santos – Yato Ma (Original Mix) [Saved Records] 7. Addy Van Der Zwan & Koen Groeneveld – Gotta Move (Original Mix) [Abzolut (Spinnin)] 8. Wally Lopez – Noche Sin Luna feat. Hugo (Ismael Rivas Factomania Remix) [The Factoria (Factomania)] 9. Leland McWilliams – Mama Lola (Johnny D Remix) [Monique Speciale] 10. Yousef – The Road to Medellin (Original Mix) [Monique Musique] 11. DJ Wady – Hulk is Back (Original 13cm Mix) [Cr2 Records] 12. Max.Si.Mas – Brighter Days feat. Lady Vale (Leonardo Giovibes & Emanuele Esposito Remix) [Starlight] 13. The Rivera Project – The Tribal Sax (Robbie Rivera Original Mix) [Juicy Music] 14. Deadmau5 – Arguru (Robbie Rivera Juicy Remix) [Songbird] 15. Janelle Monae – Tightrope (Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Big Room Dub) [Bad Boy / Wondaland] 16. Zoo Brazil – Fancy (Popof Remix) [Taste / d Music] Wez G – Sunshine and Showers by Wezg on Mixcloud

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Spinning Around In The Sky

Float off into some loopy tech here as I guide you on a UFO’s journey through the house music galaxy. As a DJ and indeed on the dancefloor it is often difficult to stay grounded. The Music Lifts you Up, it takes you high. Music is the drug that unites us all and takes us into ecstasy. Fly high and let your head spin to the sounds of Wez G. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Way Out West – Tales of the Rabid Monks [Hope] 2. Slam – Variance (Original Mix) 3. Love Tribe – Stand Up (Narcotic Mix) 4. Layo & Bushwacka – Now Is The Time (Emerson Todd Remix) 5. Fuse – Dimension Intrusion (Layo & Bushwacka Fuze Remix) 6. Slam – We Doin’ This Again? (Original Mix) 7. Gui Boratto – No Turning Back (The Mole’s MMD Mix) 8. Julien Chaptal – Mamdaye (Original Mix) 9. Steve Angello – Monday (Original Mix) 10. Melleefresh vs Deadmau5 – Attention Whore [Mau5trap] 11. Saeed Younan – Backroom Honey (Original Mix) 12. PQM – The Flying Song feat Ciara (Renaissance Remix) [Yoshitoshi] 13. UNKLE – In a State (Sasha Mix) 14. Shpongle – My Head Feels Like a Frisbee Wez G – Spinning Around In The Sky by Wezg on Mixcloud

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Swine Flesh

Ooh dear… We’re all going to die from Pig Flu… While we wait for the disease to engulf the planet, you can get prepared by listening to the Wez G podcast. House music is like a disease and this dirty, dark, melodic, progressive number will have you rolling around in your sty’s muck… Some old classics thrown in to meet some upfront cutting edge vinyl slices. Corking, Porking House Music, to make your ears bleed… :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Perfecto Allstarz – Reach Up [Papa’s Got A Brand New Pig Bag] (Indian Summer Remix) [Perfecto] 2. Apparat – Arcadia (Sasha Invol2ver Mix) [White] 3. Charlie May – Demons Among Us [5ThirtyWest] 4. Undisputed Truth – Let the Drums Speak (Ground Earth Mix) [Plastica] 5. Bedrock – Beautiful Strange (John Digweed & Nick Muir’s Even Stranger Remix) [Bedrock Records] 6. Sunscreem – Love You More (Band of Gypsies) [S12] 7. Deadmau5 – Cat on a Leash [Mau5trap] 8. The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die (Stereo Mono Remix) [White] 9. Da Hool – Meet Her at the Love Parade (Nalin & Kane Mix) [Manifesto] 10. Kraftwerk – Tour De France (2009 Kraft mix) [White] 11. André Sobota – Self Constructive (Original) [Spectrum] 12. Lexicon Avenue – Psycho Killer [White] 13. Rone – Flesh (Sasha Invol2ver Mix) [White] Wez G – Swine Flesh by Wezg on Mixcloud

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Beautiful Stranger

Beautiful Stranger is about that random woman you cross paths with in the street. The casual glance, the seductive smile, a breath of fresh air in an otherwise dull day. Soundtrack to your mystery encounter, ‘Beautiful stranger’ is melodic, progressive, has some lovely vocals, and finishes with some far out, imaginative guitars and chillout. The tempo of that glare, the heat of the moment, the passion of the parting… Float away into a fantasy of house music… :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Kasper Bjørk – Doesn’t Matter (The Juan Maclean remix) [Plant Music] 2. Cabin Fever Trax – Acid Party [White] 3. The Chameleon Project – Feel [Guerilla] 4. Bedrock – Forge (Tom Middleton Remix) [Bedrock Records] 5. Calvin Harris – I’m not Alone (Herves’s See You at the Festivals Remix) [Fly Eye Records] 6. Infusion – Dog Town (D-Nox & Beckers Remix) [White] 7. Deadmau5 – Brazil (2nd Edit) [Mau5trap] 8. Nootropic – I See Only You (New Nootropic mix) [Hi-Life] 9. Cabin Fever Trax – Beyond Contact [White] 10. Spooky – Candy (Original Version) [Notting Hill Music] 11. Andain – Beautiful things (Gabriel & Dresden Unplugged Mix) [Magik Muzik] 12. Sebastien Tellier – La Ritournelle [Blonde Music] Wez G – Beautiful Stranger by Wezg on Mixcloud

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Fire And Brimstone

A boiling hot mix of upfront house with an electro feel and plenty of reedits of old classics. Showering hellfire! :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Faze Action – In the Trees [NRK] 2. Ladytron – Destroy Everything you Touch (Sasha Invol2ver Remix) [White] 3. Orbital – Belfast (Deadmau5 mix) [White] 4. The Prodigy – Everybody in the Place (Deadmau5 mix) [White] 5. Dumb Dan v Gary Numan – Are Friends Electro? [White] 6. LFO – LFO (The Leeds Warehouse Mix) [NRK] 7. Nick Muir – Ain’t Nobody [White] 8. Eddie ‘Flashin’ Folkes – Let us Pray [NRK] 9. Eddy Cabrera vs Thomas Gold – Losing My Religion [Nero Recordings] 10. Dom Almond feat. Vanessa – Shake it (Philipe De Boyar Remix) [Global Underground] 11. Sasha – Three Little Piggys [EmFire] 12. A.S.H.A. – Ball and Chain (Glenn Morrison & Bruce Aisher mix) [Ego] 13. Pizzaman – Trippin on Sunshine (California Sunshine Mix) [Loaded] Wez G – Fire And Brimstone by Wezg on Mixcloud

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