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Review: The Life and Lines of Brandon Block by Matt Trollope

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I was a DJ myself back in the 1990s and although I never played alongside Brandon Block, I had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times. Once, on his father’s birthday in a London bar/club, I had just got out of one of my early mental health hospital stints and I think Brandon was in recovery…. I asked him for some advice and told him about my experiences and he gave me some real pointers about how to deal with my situation, probably moreso than any other professional who works in this industry has given me. Read this book and you read a tale of horror. People believe that DJing is glamorous and fun, but just get stuck into Brandon’s revealing, heartfelt story, and you will immediately see the pain and suffering that comes your way in the murky world of dance music performance. After all the early breaks, once the scene got into full swing and Brandon Block had established a growing reputation, he was pretty soon stuck into an ounce a day cocaine habit. He’s a personality DJ in house music, meaning not that he chats and laughs while playing – his sets are pure banging party rocking professionally done same as may other at the top of their game. Brandon likes to party too much and his notoriety led him well astray. I loved hearing how he began the whole Space Terrace and his fame in Ibiza alongside Alex P is pretty much unrivalled out Ibiza way. The whole Flying and Charlie Chester story was really interesting even if it broke apart slightly. He seems a down to earth good guy, a victim of his own success. Some of the mental health battles after drug addiction took its toll really hit the nail on the head for me. A lot of the venues and clubs were very familiar as indeed many of the characters. The clubscene fraternity is only but a village, even in its global stretches that it reaches nowadays. The 3 gigs a night blasting around the motorways and hitting lines of coke at every red light when the traffic stopped. All seemed absolutely necessary to continue to deliver the acid house that this Big Name DJ believed in. In latter years Mr Block did his fair share of charity work, feeding back into drug rehabilitation centres as a qualified counsellor. He is…

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Flying High

An eagle soaring high above the clouds, blissed out beats ranging around the mountain tops, this mix takes you on a journey through funky and progressive, fresh for 2011. From the soundscape of Dave Seaman’s Global Underground Lithuania album to the European master EDX, from Saeed Younan’s soundbox to a cunning remix of the Everything But the Girl club classic – Missing, Wez G’s Flying High will set you up nicely for the new year ahead…. Enjoy! :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Antix – Box of Birds (Original Mix) [Global Underground] 2. Oliver Koletzki – Hypnotized feat. Fran (Original Mix) [Size Records] 3. Michael Cassette – Ghost in the Machine (Original Mix) [Anjunadeep] 4. Lovebirds – Dancin (Original Mix) [Knee Deep Recordings] 5. Tensnake – Coma Cat (Mark Knight’s Korma Cat Remix) [Defected] 6. Everything But The Girl – Missing (Fedde Le Grand Remix) [One More Tune] 7. Trentemoller – Sycamore Feeling (Gui Boratto Remix) [Global Underground] 8. Bomb The Bass / The Battle of Land & Sea – Up The Mountain (Original Mix) [Global Underground] 9. Supernova – Beat Me Back [Nirvana Recordings] 10. Photon Inc. – Give a Little Love (Photon’s Disco House Mix Ramon Tapia Rerub) [Strictly Rhythm] 11. Pryda – Illusions [Pryda Recordings] 12. Dinka – Elements (EDX Redub) [Unreleased Digital] 13. James Talk – Polar (Original Mix) [Global Underground] 14. Tom Novy – Now or Never feat. Lima (Lissat & Voltaxx Remix) [Kosmo Records] 15. EDX – Szeplo [PinkStar Records] 16. Saeed Younan & DJ Wady – DC 2 MIA (Paolo Mojo Remix) [Younan Music] 17. Glenn Morrison – Triangle & Strings (Tom Middleton Remix Edit) [Global Underground] All tracks available @ :::Beatport::: Wez G – Flying High by Wezg on Mixcloud

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