Bigger Deer Recordings presents Lewis Ryder’s “CAPTCHA”, a 10 track Extra-Extended-Player with sounds that are sure to capture your attention. This 10 Track release is not to be labelled an album as the artist had not composed these tracks with an ‘album’ state of mind, but rather a groovy, trippy, intriguing track listing solely intended for this release to capture your dancing soul.
Paul Loraine, a true pioneer, bringing a new edge to a progressing sound…
There are a lot of producers of house music in the world; all catering to different styles, all trying to do different things, desperately trying to be heard. However the hard truth is that the world of house music can be divided into two different types of producers: those willing to compromise what they love for money and those who aren’t. Yes, the people who sell-out and go commercial make more noise in the music industry and yes they usually make more money, but ask me any day of the week and I will tell you that the producers with that rare passion for what they do; that don’t give up on what they love, are the ones who are leaving a legacy behind them that will help it move and grow.
All being said, Paul Loraine is one of those producers, one of those rare few who loves the industry and really lives the music. To many people he may be an unknown, just another south-east London born producer trying to sell records, but I see things differently. To those unfortunate few who don’t know Paul’s work, you don’t have to look far to see that he is well respected in the industry, now an integral part of so many big name DJ’s sets; Dubfire, Laurent Garnier, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Steve Lawler, Magda, Sven Väth, Luciano, Loco Dice and Claude Von Stroke to name a few. He has also worked alongside a host of other artists, producing jaw-achingly good tracks and remixes by so many great labels and artists such as: Four:Twenty, Soma, My Favorite Robot, Lucidflow, Veryverywrongindeed, 1trax, Akbal, Lebensfreude, Foundation, Tonality, Slant and more.
So, from humble beginnings in Bristol where he first truly discovered his talent as an aspiring DJ, building his success in the industry from the ground up to become the well-respected DJ, producer and remix artist comes a 2 track EP with huge mixes from Bigger Deer Recordings top man Lewis Ryder and fellow Barcelona resident Funk D’Void. If past experience is anything to go by, this is gonna’ be something to be savoured.
Envy(Original Mix): Those who know Paul Loriane will recognise the clean-cut tribal baseline instantly, this is the epicentre of the track; its heart and soul lies at in deep minimal house enveloped by precise treble interludes, enchantingly distorted vocals and some out of this world sound overlaying. The track itself is uncompromisingly cool, perhaps maybe a little self-indulgent at times in terms of technicality and lack of actual direction, but that is what makes it cool, that sense that it exists to be pointless.
Envy(Funk D’Void Remix): The highly acclaimed Scotsman who is recognised more and more these days for his powerful remixes produces a very different take on the original track, highlighting the massive versatility behind his talent. Far removed from the minimalist original comes a sound filled extravaganza that pulses and darts from the outset, playing around with a punchy bass-line and stepping up the pace with a medley of tweets and taps, all smothered with synth and dotted with vocals that come together in a haze of complex breakdowns. What this all adds up to is a really spaced out essence and a really busy feel that actually works pretty well, the only slight let-down is the lack of noticeable drop, with there being so much to the track it feels like it never gets where it wants to go.
Envy(Lewis Ryder Remix): The second remix by one of the biggest producers in house right now, creator of Bigger Deer Recordings, Lewis Ryder, whose trademark style of hypnotic basslines and bouncy synth causes this remix to promise a lot. What Lewis brings to the EP is more of a rounded flow to the cutting edge bassline on the original, making it more accessible and generally easier to digest. He does this by looping in the vocals with the base, almost leaning on a garage-house style while he plays around with the rhythm structure. The most interesting thing about this mix is the dropout which sees the track returning to its minimalist roots before the vocals lead the synth and bass back in, filling it with power without the need for a hard-hitting treble. In short it’s experimental, like everything he does, and certainly powerful in terms of its dance-floor playability, as for whether it’s a remix to remember; only time will tell.
Once Again(Original Mix): The second track on the EP is, for my money, the better of the two. It is an echoey, synth enhanced mash-up in its most deep form. Everything a lover of raw progressive tribal house could ever want can be found; the overlays and echoes are pure magic, the bassline throbs and pulses but somehow it remains edgy and distant, mainly through its use of harsh vocals and metallic sounds interspersed sporadically. All of this culminates in a truly epic drop that feels natural rather than rushed, almost like it was inevitable rather than forced. There is no other way to describe the track other than a deep journey into the heart of what people love about house; the feeling of bizarreness, of intimacy and collectiveness and the ever moving consistency of time. Paul Loraine hits the nail on the head with this track, most likely to become a big part of a lot of DJ’s sets over the coming months and for good reason.
Paul Loraine – Once Again
In short Paul Loraine is the definition of a true pioneer of our time, bringing a new edginess to a progressive sound that just goes to show his raw passion for what he believes house music could be in the future.
Limited Yellow Vinyl: 3rd October 2011
Digital: 17th October 2011
This Saturday at the Star of Kings, in King Cross welcomes ‘Bigger Deer’ for a special celebration in aid of Lewis Ryder’s birthday. The man himself will be hitting the decks where he will surely not be holding back in his performance, given the night a bolt of energy. Here is a great chance to soak up the ‘Bigger Deer’ experience where Lewis Ryder will be joined by Huw Lloyd, Luke Webb and Stefano Nicolaou. The atmosphere is likely to be buzzing as this is a recipe for a great night and entry is completely free.
Assemble is a new West London night which promises to be a hit as it presents some of London’s most talented DJs. Along side resident Geshe Ewing, Assemble drafts in a live performance from Saytek, who has has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts to come from the UK in recent times. He has been relentlessly touring the UK and Europe with his fully improvised hardware live shows with headline slots at clubs and parties such as Sankeys, Fabric, Amnesia (Milan), Circo Loco, The Zoo Project (Ibiza), Mr C’s Super Freq (France), Patent Blua Secret Party (Berlin), Circus Festival (Spain) and Cafe d’Anvers (Belgium). He has also had various work released on Intec Digital, Bigger Deer Recordings, Berwick Street Records and many more. Assemble has also lined up Ceri who is not stranger to the London underground scene having played at Ministry of Sound, The Egg, Cargo and also at London’s renowned after hours night, ‘Jaded’.
It’s considerably noticeable that many underground nights are organised from central London out to East London and edging on the London Bridge area. But East London seems to be more predominant and probable due to its character and numerous scruffy locations. But here Assemble aims to bring to West London something which it seems to be lacking. An underground night bring to the surface the true sense of the expression, ‘underground music’, and with Saytek and Ceri joining resident Geshe Ewing, Assemble is sure to be rocking, or as Ceri likes to say ‘screwing’.
@ Raving Buddha
77 Goldhawk Road
For full details you can check out ‘Assemble’ on Resident Advisor or Facebook. And for those of you who are looking for an idea of what to expect check out the following mixes.
Lewis is ready to drop a Bigger Deer bomb at Fabric….
Lewis Ryder brings forth his Bigger Deer label once again for a night of madness. After having previous success hosting room 3 at London’s Fabric and a rocking Bigger Deer NYE night at The Gramaphone, he’s lining up the Bigger Deer ranch to host yet again room 3 at Fabric.
After recently interviewing Lewis Ryder, it was clear he was destind to go even further in 2011 and with Fabric resident and Wiggle member Terry Francis along with Alex Tepper and Lewis Ryder himself, it’s the prefect way to kick of the new year and set the standard for how 2011 is going to be for Lewis Ryder and his Bigger Deer Recordings.
Lewis speaks about cheesy trance memories and Bigger Deer NYE….
Some of you would have heard of Lewis Ryder from when he was running ‘Hindsight’ at London’s Inigo Bar or when he was hosting it with James Talk at The Cross and with Anil Chawla, Miniminds and Neil Quigley at The Egg back in 2007. Many will know him from his appearances at Jaded, AKA/The End and Club Class in Maidstone. But most of you should be familiar with Lewis Ryder from his Bigger Deer night at London’s Fabric or even his residency at the renowned Space on the magical island of Ibiza. None the less, I’m adamant you’ve been a shuffling foot to his techy beats.
Lewis, being what you might call a multi-skilled DJ/Producer has been hard at work getting himself established with a string of remixes for Filth & Splendour plus numerous releases on various labels. but Lewis has already moved to the next level, setting up and developing his own label: Bigger Deer, and with significant results.
With many releases by himself featuring remixes from the likes of Terry Francis, Filth & Splendour and Mitch Davis, plus releases by Tom Budden and Tom Reynolds. I think it’s clear to say that his hard work is paying off with DJ more than prepared to put their names to Bigger Deer. Not to mention great support from James Zabiela, Dylan Rhymes, Funk D’Void, John Digweed, Desyn Masielo, Alex Tepper, Eddie Richards, Nathan Coles, Nic Fanciulli, Hernan Cattaneo and Lauren Garnier.
But 2010 has been of some great achievements for Lewis and his label with an array of successful releases; ‘Pullahomer’ mixing industrial downtrodden beats with contrasting light overtones and its upbeat vibe perfect for getting any serious dance floor moving. ‘Crack Pope’ taking the name on face value brings an immediate smile. the jerky electronic stabs creep up on the fast beat laid down by the opening launch. Success has also come in the way of Terry Francis joining the Bigger Deer ranch as well as Lewis making his debut bow at Fabric.
2010 will surely be a difficult year to beat but Lewis is making sure that 2011 is going to smash previous years and to guarantee this he’s kicking off the New Year with the much-anticipated Bigger Deer NYE party at The Gramaphone, Shoreditch, where he will be setting the standard for what 2011 will hold. And you better be taking him seriously because his NYE at The Gramaphone will be swiftly followed by another outstanding Bigger Deer night at Fabric on 8th January, where he will be joined by one-third of Wiggle and Fabric resident Terry Francis, plus Saved Records’ Alex Tepper. Lewis is laying down the gauntlet.
What would you say was the key moment that got you on the road to DJing / Producing? “Well I started playing about with basic music sequencing software around the age of 11 or 12 years old. Throughout my teenage years the idea of getting a pair of record decks became real appealing after discovering pirate radio and underground music. So I guess that picking up on computers from an early age played a big part in the process.
Key influences for you on your road to DJing / Producing?
A really cheesy Trance Nation CD that for some random reason my Dad was playing in his car. I remember a remix of the Braveheart theme tune on there… looking back it is awful! But this was probably the first dance music I’d ever listened to.
DJ EZ Pure Garage mixes were among the early favourites, then musically developing more towards Fatboy Slim and more housey stuff.
But a friend at a record shop pushed me towards the more twisted and techy side of things when I was just about to leave school. Up till then I was buying lots of Funky/Bar Groove House.
If I had to choose a festival that has had a big influence along the way, I’d say Bestival when I was 19 and hanging out with the likes of Ed from the Chemical Brother, Ashley Beedle and Justin Robertson. this really gave me a taste of the industry to say the least!
When you’re not DJing or Producing, what kind of music do you listen to in your spare time? I listen to a lot of stuff I was bought up with, Sting, Tears For Fears, David Bowie, etc. Along with lots of current bands like Radiohead, Blur, Kings of Leon, Zero 7. one of my current favourites is Adele – ‘Rolling In The Deep’. Very soulful track!
Oh and The XX, they’ve done very well in the past year. I used to run a party at Inigo in Clapham Junction when I was at university (‘it Must Be A Monday’), we gave them one of their first gigs and I was their ‘beats man’ (playing/pausing a CD of beats for them). That was back in 2005…. 5 years on and they’ve won the Mercury Music Prize!
What has been the most enjoyable place / club / night you have played so far? It would have to be a toss between my twice weekly residency in 2009 at Space Ibiza, especially the opening and… Fabric back in September for my label, Bigger Deer Recordings, debut party in room 3
The Space opening gig was immense; I was playing the main room inside before Chris Leibing and had to extend my set from 1. hours to 3.5 hours, as there were problems with Chris’ flight. After my set, Guy Gerber took over with a live show. The place was going off!
Imagine you live in a parallel universe where X-Factor is actually considered cool and not just popular entertainment. you just happen to be in the final (the fact that you are in the final implies that you have an amazing voice). What would you sing? Jamie Woon – ‘Night Air’. Maybe my top pick of 2010.
Highlights for you in 2010?
Doing a little 3 week tour of Australia back in March / April, playing alongside Darren Emerson, Fergie and hanging with the Aussie crew.
Having terry Francis join the Deer ranch and getting an EP of my own out on Wiggle.
Debuting at Fabric. This was the first techno club I ever went to, so this was a very special moment!
What do you have planned for yourself and Bigger Deer Recordings in 2011?
Continuing with releases from some newly found artists and myself. With remixes from the likes of Jamie Stevens, Nathan Coles, Raffertie, Alecs Marta, Javier Orduna…
The next release is ‘Aussdisco’ by myself with a remix from London lad Saytek (who will be playing at the Bigger Deer NYE Party at The Gramaphone, London).
We’ve also got another label party at Fabric on Saturday 8th January, which will feature Terry Francis & Alex Tepper.
So quite a lot already planned to kick start the New Year.
Is there anything in particular you would really like to try musically?
Well I’m starting to work on a live set, incorporating hardware, synths and a computer. This is really the next thing for me…
And non musically?
Well at the moment most of my time is spent thinking about music, indulged fully in it. i run the label on my own and also do all the artwork for events, etc, myself. I think it’s a good way to work if possible, having full creative power, for me, it’s essential.
Favourite dish / food?
Can’t go wrong with good old sausage & mash.
Sonic or Mario?
Robocop or Terminator?
Homer Simpson or Peter Griffin?
That’s a toughy. Used to be Homer, but now I’d say Peter…with Stan Smith popping his head in from American Dad
If you didn’t know who Lewis Ryder was or what he was about then by now you should have a pretty good idea. And if you’re still in doubt, makes ure you gett yourself down to The Gramaphone for the Bigger Deer NYE party for a feel of what he’s really about. And if you already know what Lewis Ryder is all about then you would have already bought your tickets for NYE.
We’d just like to say a big thank you to Lewis for his exclusive ‘G-Sounds’ mix, which we are loving and especially for taking the time to answer our questions.
The Centre Point Tower in London is due for a good old Wiggle….
This Saturday sees the Wiggle crew stirring up a right old Wiggle party in the center of London. The venue, Paramount, Centre Point Tower will be put to the test as Wiggle crew are set to hold an immense party.
As the Paramount Club is situated high up on the 31st floor of the tower, you’ll be able to get some great views of London from all the way up there. And with the party finishing around 8am, sunrise is on the cards!
Wiggle being one of London’s most infamous underground nights, has been around for 16 years, party in numerous locations across the capital including fabric, as well as in Ibiza. And if such a night has managed to keep going for 16 years, it must be because its one of the best nights around.
A Wiggle Party isn’t complete without Nathan Coles, Terry Francis and Eddie Richards, and that’s exactly who will be playing on the night. Joining them will be Circoloco heavy weight and Peace Division member, Clive Henry and from Bigger Deer Recordings, Lewis Ryder.
Not only will the Wiggle party be running from 11pm – 8am, but they have also joined forces with the Jaded crew for and after party at Cable.
Wiggle have a few little surprises up their sleeves by way of joining a few forces to their ammo……
Firstly, theWiggle: Ibiza Part 2night, which was due to smash Aura in Ibiza this weekend has been rescheduled for 19th September, giving way for a massive team up with Spectrafreq.
The joining forces of these two has many reasons for being an immense night, as Spectralfreq will be celebrating the launch of their new label Rogue Recordings, whilst label owner James Kameran will be celebrating his birthday.
So make sure you get yourself down to Aura by 10pm to see Nathan Coles up against James Kameran, Joe Smilovitch and Justin Mallet.
If however, you’re unable to make it to Ibiza for a good old Wiggle, there is always a chance of seeing a bit of Wiggle action back in the capital.
Wiggle are brewing up a bit of a storm for 16th October where they’ll be once again rocking the Paramount at the Centre Point tower in London, where we’ll see a full Wiggle line up.
Nathan Coles, Terry Francis and Eddie Richards (priceless) will be joined by Clive Henry from the infamous Peace Division duo, who have been releasing and remixing incredible music for well over a decade and have been key instigators in helping shape the sound that is loved at Wiggle.
Clive Henry is also a resident at the legendary Circoloco party at DC10 in Ibiza.
To kick the night off in the right way, the guys at Wiggle have called in Lewis Ryder from Bigger Deer Recordings. Lewis has been rapidly building a name for himself as a DJ / Producer and is soon to be releasing an EP on the Wiggle Label in the coming months.
With this lineup you’re sure to wiggle and bounce your way through the night. And if you have doubt that this just may not be enough for you (because you are a super energetic freak), then Wiggle will be joining forces with the guys at Jaded where you can get involved for some after party action down at Cable.