Posted: March 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: HOT FIZZ, music | No Comments »

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For our next instalment of Hot Fizz – the series in which we showcase the hottest rising talent – is South London DJ & producer Alex Warren, aka Kiwi.

Kiwi has been attracting a lot of attention over the last year with his extended, experimental DJ sets and a number of releases on the likes of Needwant, Days Of Being Wild, Kitsuné & Sneaky. Among supporters of Kiwi’s work are Andrew Weatherall, DJ Harvey, Daniel Avery, Erol Alkan & Duke Dumont – an impressive line up of support!

Kiwi’s penchant for sensual, deep grooves, unadulterated funk, chugging floor-friendly techno and acid house, make him one of our hot favourites right now. See what he had to say when we caught up with him last week.

Hi Alex, thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at Givafizz. How are you doing today and where are you talking to us from?

Hi, thanks for having me, I’m just at home recovering from a pretty hectic weekend :-)

Tell us a bit about your musical background? What did you listen to growing up? What has influenced you along the way?

I went through all sorts of fazes, Punk, Metal, it wasn’t until I was about 17 that I started listening to dance music. I remember listening to Destroy Rock n Roll and Etienne De Crecys Super Discount 2 album. They were catalysts for my love of dance music.

You seem to have a varied output, in terms of your mixes & productions. From disco through to techno and anywhere in-between! Could you attempt to describe your sound or styles?

So difficult, and a question that often pops up. I don’t actually think there is a word to describe all the stuff I’m making. I guess just electronica, keeps it quite borad. But it’s music to dance too.

You’ve had a number of releases & remixes now on the likes of Needwant, Days Of Being Wild, Kitsuné & Sneaky. Is there any of your tracks or releases that stand out for you? Any you are most proud of?

I really love Llama (my first EP on Deep Shit), I still play that one and it still gets a great reaction.

With so many new & upcoming producers – some hot, some not so hot! How do you think you stand out from the crowd? How have you gone about getting noticed?

I just try to make music that people will notice and fall for. I think if you just make great music, and put it in the hands of the right people. The rest will follow. I also put a lot of focus into my DJ sets – I’m a DJ first and foremost, I think I’m quite a brave DJ, and that can sometimes set me apart from the crowd, for better or worse.

I’ve seen you play a few sets at The Nest in London. You tend to go for extended, 3 / 4 hour sets. Is this a preference? Tell us what we can expect from a Kiwi set?

Expect the unexpected, I like to surprise, I like to experiment, and yeh Iike to play for as long as possible. I have so much music, and such a broad range I struggle to feel satisfied when I just play for an hour or 2.

What’s your view on the current state of London clubbing?

Its fantastic, its very broad, and places saturated but theres a fantastic energy in the city, and I think more a more people are going out enjoying themselves and that’s great.

What does the future hold for Kiwi? Plans for 2014 & beyond?

You can look out for a big announcement next week, until then I cant say too much. But its incredibly exciting.  In terms of long term future, I hope to be able to continue doing what im doing and playing in fantastic locations and crowds.

What 5 tracks are doing it for you right now (you can’t say your own!!)?

Ghost Culture – Half Open
FXMCHN – Jackie
The Slightest Touch – Five Star
Drone Logic (Factory Floor Gabe Gurnsey Remix) – Daniel Avery
No 17 Governing – Terron

Finally, you’ve got the chance to curate your dream line up in a club. You can book anyone to play alive or dead – who would you pick?

Larry Levan b2b DJ Harvey all night long.

Big uppps. Thanks for your time man. 


Posted: March 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »


Detroit Swindle are dropping their debut full-length album, Boxed Out at the end of this month. We got a promo copy from the Dirt Crew yesterday and it’s pretty bloody brilliant! Also known as Lars Dales & Maarten Smeets, regular readers of Givafizz will know we are big fans. The Amsterdam-born pairing have caused quite a stir in the world of house since debuting on Dirt Crew Recordings back in 2012.

The album which serves up 13 original cuts has everything you would expect from the Swindles, some slow burners with a hint of disco, some deep house, some banging club monsters and hey, even some leftfield hip hop jams! The album opens with “B.Y.O.”, a track that balances nicely between the DS shuffle and an old school New York style block party. The track is a taste of things to come for the rest of the album, hinting towards a big party vibe, but mellow enough to make it a really interesting listen.

For Boxed Out, the boys came up with some perfect partnerships. Featuring vocal performances from one of America’s finest soul singers: Mayer Hawthorne and Ghanese-Canadian soul singer Sandra Amarie.

So there’s soulful vocals, some slow houser burners and some hip hop, but it just wouldn’t be a Detroit Swindle album without a few bangers on it. “Huh, What!”, “Shotgun”, “The Fat Rat” and “He’s Just This Guy, You Know?” are all relentless dance floor monsters, pushing the tempo to match old school Chicago and New York house cuts from the late 80′s and early 90′s.

Overall, Boxed Out is a solid album with enough variation to keep you interested throughout. Well done lads, well done! You can listen to the first track on the LP below or check out previews on iTunes here.

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Posted: March 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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After smashing 2013 with ‘Requiem‘ and ‘Gotham‘ the mysterious Ten Walls producer returns with another massive tune entitled “Walking With Elephants”. This songs title is absolutely spot on; it captures the slow, majestic nature of the animal, as well as the sublime sensation of walking with such a creature!

It’s getting released on new label called Boso that seems like it will be the home for forthcoming Ten Walls releases. Join their Facebook to be the first to know about the mysterious artists new projects in what is surely to be a forward thinking electronic music imprint.


Posted: March 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: GUESTMIXES, music | No Comments »

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VinylAddicted provides us with #4 in our guestmix series.

We’re big fans of Greece born, VinylAddicted, or Akis to his friends. He has been a lover of all things disco, funk, jazz and soul from a young age and has built up a massive collection of vinyl records over the years (hence the name!).

As well as collecting and playing out his massive collection, he has been producing edits, which have seen releases on the likes of Editorial, Disco Dat and Los Grandes.

He has also rumoured to be the man behind the mysterious Editors Kutz imprint, which boasts disco heavyweights, Late Night Tuff Guy, Get Down Edits, Disco Tech and Fingerman. Impressive!

So as you can see, Akis certainly knows a thing or two about great records; both new & old. This exclusive mix he has put together for us, showcases his talent. A perfect blend of disco, soul & house, with a few unreleased gems for good measure! If you haven’t had a chance to listen over on our soundcloud channel, then it’s time you got involved.

01. Sleazy McQueen – Teeny Lovin’ (Back To The Roots EP) (Whiskey Disco)
02. Cat Miller – I Want You (VinylAddicted Rework) (Love, Peace And Freedom EP) (Funky Town US)
03. VinylAddicted – Your Life (Graceful Edit) (Tales From The City Vol 4) (DiscoDat Records)
04. LTJ – Nass Funk (Disco Tech Edits Vol 2) (DiscoDat Records)
05. Disco Tech – Don’t Let Go (Disco Tech Edits Vol 2) (DiscoDat Records)
06. MAW – Everything She Wants (Leighton Mix) (Dobro Pobedit Bablo EP) (Funky Town US)
07. Jay West – Now That You Know (Editorial #7) (Editorial)
08. Four Walls & Funky Jaws – Love Train (One Night In Grodno EP) (Kolour LTD)
09. Luvless – Deluvation (Editorial #7) (Editorial)
10. Unknown – Untitled 1 (New York Edits Vol 4) (White Label)
11. Noema – The Shake (African Shakedown Vol 2) (African Shakedown)


Posted: March 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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FINA Records marks its fifteenth release this April with Borrowed Identity’s ‘Bang Bang Boogie’, a four-track single of rugged house and disco grooves. Romanian born now Germany based Borrowed Identity has been releasing gradually creeping out his electronic compositions since late 2011.

Title cut is the stand out here – ‘Bang Bang Boogie ft. Mechanical Soul Brother’, a stab fuelled Chicago house number, employing organic piano chords and soulful vocal snippets to create a classic house piece. Nice!

Check out the full EP here, before it’s official release next month.


Posted: March 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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Belgian producer, Lex Newton steps up for a mighty release of 2 originals & 3 remixes. The second original “Take On Me” is the stand out for us, as Mr Newton nails down a chilled out yet incredibly groovy piece. Old school keyboard progressions, similar sounding to Toni Lionni, help to decorate this tune and give it the status of a must-listen sensuous funky house cracker.

In fact, the entire release has a top notch sound and worth listen through. Released on Electronical Reeds. Give it a spin & grab your copy here.


Posted: March 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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The Lithuanian Space Disco Masters Downtown Party Network are putting out a special release on Dirt Crew. The A-side track “In The Air” is a glorious ecstatic dance floor burner with it’s fragile female vocal sample and funky bass line. The B-side “Call On Me” sounds like it could be taken from a mid 80’s cosmic release. We’re loving the laid back Italo groove. Out now, get your copy here.


Posted: March 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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I came across this great little Berlin label called Aim via Moomin late last week. It’s run by DJ and producer, Tristen. Born in 2010, Aim delivers music on record for the sole purpose of its uniqueness and individual beauty. Having released gorgeously crafted house music from the likes of Moomin, Lowtec, Christopher Rau & Oliver Deutschmann, it’s now time for their  12th release. And this one comes from label owner himself. These three tracks are pure quality and out soon. Get involved!

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