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January 13, 2006

'Vapour presents….Steve Angello' on Radio Warwick tonight

Hey y'all

Listen to Radio Warwick tonight - 9-10pm for an exclusive interview with Steve Angello ahead of his headline set at Vapour. Steve says he's really looking forward to the date, but under no circumstances to show anyone this picture...

You can also win guestlist places for both Vapour and Pressure (featuring the Scratch Perverts and Dynamite MC).

Get in!

December 08, 2005

I'm so excited!

Have just finished sorting out the guests for the Vapours for the up-coming term, and they're awesome!

January 19th (Thursday of One World Week) sees Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso hitting the Marketplace stage. These guys have DJed all over the world, have produced Essential Mixes for Radio 1 , and have remixed everyone who is great and good in the dance world. Hailing from Sweden, they promise to give Vapour an international flavour, whilst still banging out some awesome peak-time house music.

And then, better than that, on Saturday 25th February, Vapour pays host to remixer/bootlegger extraordinaire Erol Alkan. Erol really is the king of electro-house. He's remixed the likes of Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Mylo, The Mystery Jets, The Chemical Brothers, Death from Above 1979, Alter Ego, and Ikara Colt, and is resident of both Trash and Bugged Out at London's The End club (probably the most famous club in the city). Erol recently finished an Essential mix for Radio 1 that is widely regarded as one of the finest mixes on the station to date.

Basically – they're all awesome, and they're all here! £4 has never got you so much :o)

November 10, 2005

Madonna – she's back…oh yes!

4 out of 5 stars

What can you say to start a review about Madonna's new album? Rolling Stone has started by harking back to her emergence on the scene in 1985:

'Over the most Eighties-sounding synthesizers imaginable, she proclaimed, "And you can dance — for inspiration." ' (from 'Into the Groove')

Quite the manifesto for (at that time) a chart debutant. Since then, however, Madonna has done much to move away from this wherever possible. Recent albums have shown that, whilst Madonna is as adept at reinvention as Kylie (another in the 'dropping the surname' stakes), this has often come at the expense of the ability to 'make people dance'. There was 'Ray of Light', dark and engaging. Then there was 'American Life', indistinct and poorly produced. It is refreshing to see, then, that dancing comes firmly at the top of the agenda this time around.

In fact, it's so high up the list that at times this album comes across as a dance compilation rather than the latest from the Queen of pop. Bringing in Stuart Price (Jacques lu Cont, Les Rhythmes Digitales) on production credits was definitely a savvy move. The 12 tracks on the album are a whirl of synth and sparkle, bass and bombast (if you will!) Whilst at times this threatens to merge one song into another, Price generally does enough to allow each track to stand on its merit, something which Mirwais was alltogether unable to do on 'American Life'. Samples abound – taking in Abba, Popcorn, and even the odd Madge favourite (Price must have had a whale of a time putting this album together!) to great effect.

Most importantly of all, this album genuinely makes the listener want to dance. The vast majority of these tracks would work in a club and, in building an album in this way, Madonna really has found a recipe for success.

In short? When Madonna is on form, she pisses all over the competition and thankfully this is the case here. Buy this to listen to early on a Friday night. Buy this to remind you of a lost weekend. Buy this for your car. Just buy it – it's awesome, and the perfect way to celebrate 20 years in the business…

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