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Posted By: Cedric On: Nov 4th, 2017 In: Blog Music Comments: 0

Boiler Room Debut

Following on to a Live Resident Advisor appearance earlier this year (note that I wore the same T-shirt!), I was recently invited to appear in a Boiler Room session for the first time, for what was dubbed a ‘psychedelic special’ session where I would play after The Flamingods and before cult Colombian cumbia band The Meridian Brothers. 

We all have our own opinions about BR, some praising the exposure it gives to DJs while others (myself included) moan about its objectivisation of the DJ art form where, because of the cameras, a set becomes more a performance than about the music itself. It is indeed hard to stay still and let the music play when there are 3 cameras permanently in your face. However I took this as an opportunity to reach a wider audience and show what a typical (albeit very condensed) Cedric Woo set would sound like.

 

I had made sure a lot of my friends would be in the audience and hence distract me from the cameras, and indeed they helped. The #1 recipe for a good party is to have your friends in front of you. Then you have the music, and the quality of the sound system. This meant I felt reasonably comfortable considering the circumstances, and was able to do my own thing. Just over one hour is of course very short, especially when you’re trying to play across genres as I always do, but all in all it was a good exercise (which I prepared more than usual) and it went down quite well. The full set is now available on YT below, and also on soundcloud:  if you’re tired of watching my face.

 

 

 

PLAYLIST:

 

Clemenceau Kancel, Edmonde Rusland – Cyclone Hugo Salot
Uele Kalabubu et sa Tribou – Matata
Eric Brouta – Machine A Lanmou
Prins Emanuel – Aquarius
Blackbush Orchestra – Sortez Les Filles (Kay Suzuki remix)
Kiwi – We Are Here
Tapes Meets The Drums Of Wareika Hill Sounds: Datura Mystic Dub
Gotan Project: El Capitalismo Foraneo (Kushite remix)
Wailing Souls – Shark Attack

Tony Allen – Yebre

Xanga – Mi Gusta Mi Cuica

Toquinho & Jorge Ben – Carolina, Carol Bela

Issa Bagayogo – Poye

Sammy Massamba – Azali

Mister Ho & Heap – Feeling Hopeful

Jean Claude Naimro – Avèou Doudou

Leonidas & Hobbes – Web Of Intrigue (Extended Mix)

Andras & Oscar – Music Is My Life

 

Posted By: Cedric On: Nov 27th, 2016 In: Blog Music Comments: 4

David Mancuso – Music Is My Way Of Life

For my inner circle of music friends, there isn’t a lot that hasn’t been said about David already, especially since his passing on Monday the 14th of November, but for my ‘triathlon friends’ I thought this little tribute would be much welcome as I believe most wouldn’t even have heard of him.

 

I won’t do a full biography/music history here, as others are much more qualified and have even done so eloquently already, starting with this exceptional interview of David done by my friend Tim Lawrence, author of the dance music bible Loves Saves the Day (whose title itself comes from an invitation at David’s Loft party in 1970). Rather I will keep these reflections quite personal and link all the relevant tributes along the way.


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Posted By: Cedric On: Nov 21st, 2015 In: Blog Music News Comments: 1

Soundspecies – Balafon Jam (Beauty & the Beat 001)

Here we are, finally, after years of procrastination and a couple of false starts: the first Beauty & the Beat release has landed, just in time to help celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the party. The track “Balafon Jam” by our mates Soundspecies has been a firm favourite since its release on a Boglewaltz comp a few years back, but sadly was never released on vinyl.

 

After asking John Talabot for a remix a couple years ago, and having him agreeing but not failing to deliver, we’ve asked ‘man of the moment’ Wolf Müller to step in…and that turned out to be the right move indeed. The resulting remix is a belter of a tune, deep, tribal, cosmic, a perfect match to the ethos of the party.

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Posted By: cedric On: Nov 12th, 2014 In: Blog Photos X-terra Comments: 0

Xterra Maui 2014

I may have done only one xterra this year (not very successful at that, see my report on xterra Italy) but thanks to some AA flight vouchers I’ve known since February that come October I’d be back in Maui to give this race a (possibly last) shot. My last attempt was in 2011 when I took a wrong turn on the bike and went off course, never to reappear…Someone’s got some unfinished business you see. Admittedly the appeal of a return to Kauai and especially to the majestic Kalalau trail has helped equally to keep my motivation levels pretty (very) high.

 

This time the plan was to stay a week on Maui, to be followed by a week on Kauai straight after the race. I aimed to arrive on race day as relaxed as I could without getting caught up into some unnecessary pressure, and this involved not staying or hanging out with my fellow triathletes. I chose instead to be all cozy with my girlfriend and acclimatise nicely to the tropics, while showing her some of the best spots of the island along the way. Easy. + more

Posted By: Cedric On: Nov 8th, 2013 In: Blog Music Comments: 0

Brilliant Corners

It’s been a long time coming but it is finally here, Brilliant Corners, our new hub for music, food, poetry, wine, and whatever else we fancy. Looking great, sounding amazing, the space is a blank canvas as Amit loves to say, nothing is definite, only quality.

 

For the time being I will be hosting SARAVA ! every Saturday night until the end of the year with members of the Extended Beauty & the Beat family – we’re throwing ‘construction parties’ inna Paradise Garage style every week-end to fund the missing bits such as tables, chairs etc. Very exciting project to say the least ! + more

Posted By: Cedric On: Nov 27th, 2012 In: Blog News Photos Comments: 0

who’s the wildest?

 

Last week-end I was faced with the choice between flying out to Thailand for 70.3 Phuket or…drive down to Surrey for the Wildman duathlon. Guess what I chose… + more

Posted By: Cedric On: Nov 22nd, 2012 In: Blog News Comments: 0

Now I’m a VET…and still running…

…the path is infinite!

 

It was admittedly a bit of a shock to see my name followed by V35 in the category section. Really? Am I already a VETERAN? Didn’t see that one coming at all!, but heh there is still some life in the old dog. At least the winner was also a VET, so things are not that grim Wink

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Posted By: Cedric On: Nov 16th, 2012 In: Blog News Uncategorized Comments: 0

Knees and Elbows Deep in Deadly Mud Bog

First tentative ride of the autumn in Epping forest and it didn’t disappoint. The trails are customary muddy, not a surprise, but the fallen leaves covering the tracks allow for some nice little surprises…like this deadly bog I dove in head first. Invisible until I got right on it, front wheel got stuck right in and next thing I knew I was knees and elbows deep in it…and sinking. + more

Posted By: Cedric On: Nov 6th, 2012 In: Music News Uncategorized Comments: 0

Try To Be Sure Right From the Start…

Truth be told this is not exactly the most ecstatic period in my life. Short cut story in 7 blissfully melancholic tunes

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