Shoreditch clubbing pioneer Juan Leal from The Diaz Brothers is back in the heart of East London with his monthly party, “I Love You But I’ve Chosen Disco” at the intimate Horse & Groom. Joined on Friday November 18th by Gerrardo, who recently smashed Studio 338 alongside Norman Jay as well as bringing the vibes to parties at Ibiza’s Pikes and to the Wild Corner at #1 Club in the World, Hi Ibiza. Juan’s Ditchcoteque party has been a stalwart of London’s nu disco scene since the 2000’s having hosted residencies at the “Last Days of Shoreditch” at the Red Gallery; Drunken Monkey and the King’s Head Members Club.
“Inspired by disco I play the widest musical styles I can whilst keeping everyone dancing and smiling. It’s a great job and my best takeaways from the parties are when people who’ve been on the dance floor all night tell me that they heard the music being played from the street and came in and then stayed till the end at 4am leaving with huge grins. It’s really inspiring when you get an ovation at the end of a really uplifting party.”
Here’s the Diaz Brothers current 10 Ditchcoteque Playlist.
1. “Feelin “ UN*DEUX Acid Guru mix – Anorakk
UN*DEUX is a young DJ & producer from the Paris’s suburb. His taste in music is broad and is reflected in his own Acid Guru Mix and ooohh love a bit of 303 / 808 action!! Love the vocals too and has been going down really well on promo.
Feelin (UN*DEUX Acid Guru Mix)
2. “The Wrap” – Dam Swindle
Been playing this since I got it on promo and Dam Swindle are just soooo on point with this. The vocals are just proper Deeeeeep HOUSE!!
Detroit Swindle - The Wrap Around (Original Mix)
3. “Esperance” – Adrien Calvet (Pantai People)
French firecracker Adrien Calvet shacks up on those sun-kissed Bali shores providing a luscious EP for Pantai People’s fifth release. Soulful serenity underpinned by bumping house grooves with that distinctive French feel.
Puro Ritmo!! Latin fusion excellence to bring the crowd together…
5. “The System” Original Mix – Sam Holland
Sam Holland is a new name to m any but was previously known as one half of the London duo, Senzala. Previously releasing on the likes of Knee Deep In Sound, Four Thirty Two, No.19, SCI+TEC & Pets Recordings, Sam is now back as a solo artist with releases coming firstly on Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound and Richy Ahmed’s Four Thirty Two imprint.
6 “NY Disco” Original Disco Mixes – Seb Skalski, Dave Mayer
Dave Mayer and Seb Skalski bring you new heat with their ‘NY Disco’ release. Old school grooves, disco breaks and overall house vibes make this a cracker.
7. “ Let Yourself Unwind” Original Mix – Pig & Dan
Disco-esque melodies filter beneath an upbeat, repeating vocal as a choir-like instrumental builds to create the perfect synergy for the dancefloor.
Pig&Dan - Let Yourself Unwind
8. “More Love” – Dam Swindle
A track that takes you back to what has been the centre of the Dam Swindle sound over the past 10 years. Conga loops, vocal chops, synth stabs and a simple setting to keep the tension…it’s all here. Add to that a simple funk bass loop and you’ve got yourself a modern-day Swindle classic.
Dam Swindle - You
9. “Want Me Back” Jimpster Peak Time Deepness Mix – Mistura feat. Gemini (Z Records)
This mix does exactly what it says on the tin…locking you in for some heads-down grooving that will keep you coming back for more. The original from Dave Lee bubbles with a p-funk boogie bassline, tight disco drums, sublime piano work, and heaps of sparkling synth flourishes.
10. “Black Box” – ANOTR
An absolute BELTER of a track.
The Diaz Brothers’ Juan Leal is joined by Gerrardo at“I LOVE YOU BUT I’VE CHOSEN DISCO!”on Friday November 18th at Horse & Groom, 28 Curtain Rd, Shoreditch, EC2A 3NZ. Running from 10pm till 4am, Free entry before 10pm;, £6 after, Friends & Family List – £4.00 all night and check Skiddle for special free tickets and 2 for 1 cocktail offers.