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When you (I) say the name Miguel Campbell you (I) can’t help feeling he should have changed his surname to De La Sosa or Lopez when applying for his Equity card. He won’t get ANY gigs in Ibiza with his current name. Despite this handicap the young man from England, Great Britain is forging a name for himself in dance music that is as fast-rising as it will no doubt be long-lasting if reviews like this are anything to go by.


When his new MP3, Back In Flight School, dropped on my welcome mat a few months ago I started rubbing my hands together. It was cold and I hadn't put the central heating on. Once I’d got comfortable I looked at the cover of the record and felt instantly hot under the collar AND warm all over. There is a big plane in the sky flying THROUGH the sky on its way to somewhere hot and exotic. To make it even more hot there is an emblem on the wing that looks uncannily like the Hot Creations palm tree logo which is a coincidence because Back In Flight School is ON Hot Creations!! It is a design that is hot as fuck whilst cool as a hot potato at the same time.


Everyone knows that Hot Creations are the best fuc…























…to be honest, I’m getting tired of writing this blog. The last thing I want to write about is a fella who makes Daft Punk-lite, background house music and pretend that it’s the best fucking thing I’ve heard in ages just so that I get more free CDs from the promotions company I suck up to every month. I love dance music LOADS but I'm not that excited about the shit I'm hearing at the moment. This poor period in dance has had a direct effect on the quality of my normally quality writing, and it is for this reason and this reason only that I, and you, should blame DANCE music for the bad - as in bad - posts I'm currently knocking out.




Each Monday night I go to my local internet cafe and order a cup of tea and two slices of internet. On Tuesday morning I sit down on a toilet, open up my copy of Four Four Two and shit out a steaming pile of WRDM before smearing it all over the internet and going to work in an office with people I don't like. It's alright for me to do that because I'm an unpaid blogger with no responsibility to my audience. When you're on a record label getting paid to produce music that people make an effort to seek out and buy you have to do better than sticking a slick fucking cover on the front fucking cover and making stuff Wolf + Lamb would have laughed at two years ago. If you're on Hot Creations you'll get played out by DJs, and your CDs bought by everyone, no matter what the Weekly Review of Dance Music says so I don't even know why the fuck I'm bothering to carry on writing. I have zero influence on anything. Nobody reads this. YOU are the only person reading this blog and YOU have let me down by not promoting ME enough over the last 18 months. I should be at Mixmag or DJ Mag now, looking forward to the office Christmas party at Fabric with people like Seb Wheeler, but I'm sat here in a horrible little internet cafe on the Edgware Road with The Young Apprentice on in the background, and an office party at Southwark Nando's coming up that I can't get out of. Nobody is going to pay for me to go to 2013 Miami Winter Music Conference and it's all YOUR fault. And the current state of dance music.


Saying that, Back In Flight School by Miguel Campbell is a tour de force, it is the future and if you don't queue up outside HMV to buy it you're a vile, brain-dead waste of a human being. Get out of life, you cretin. Now.

Back In Flight School - 10/10

BUY IT FOR TEN POUNDS AND MAKE HIM MONEY: @HMV

I'll probably be back next Tuesday with more stuff and loads of things.

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MASSIVE QUESTIONS to No Regular Play

After Orbital, Change And Status, Wolf + Lamb, Pet Shop Boys, Tidy Boys, Together, Queens Of Noize and The Grey Neon Lampposts, No Regular Play are the best electronic double-act in electronica…the whole of electronica.

After listening to their debut album, Endangered Species, I rushed straight out to the shops to buy a legal copy. I strongly urge you to do the same. Endangered Species flitters and flutters around your head like a robotic butterfly looking for automated honey in space. There are eleven tracks, each containing kick drums, synths and the occasional moody vocal performance or rap.


If I were to review Endangered Species I would confidently give it a 10/10 and say its the best fucking thing I've ever heard in my life, but I'm not reviewing it - this is MASSIVE QUESTIONS...

...No Regular Play were so desperate for me to interview them they chartered a fucking BOAT to pick me up outside the Houses of Parliament and sail me all the way to the Marcy Hotel in Brooklyn for chat and a steaming hot cup of tea.

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Q) For anyone unfamiliar with No Regular Play could you tell THEM who you are, what you do and why you do it?
A) We're just a couple of white dudes from St. Paul, Minnesota, who have known each other since we were 8 years old. Greg has been in New York for 10 years and studied Jazz trumpet for most his life, I moved out to New York 6 years ago and we started to work on music together. We've been releasing music on Wolf + Lamb and a few other labels for 4 years, and we've been lucky enough to produce and play music full time now.

Q) Was establishing yourselves in the music industry an uphill struggle or - because you're both dead good at music - a walk in the fucking park?
A) Haha, it was definitely not a walk in the park and it still isn't. We had day jobs up until about 2 years ago, so were burning the candle from both ends for quite awhile. We were lucky to meet the Wolf + Lamb guys just a few years after we started producing, which really nourished our development and helped us get a leg up. But it's definitely a full time job now between the producing, gigging, traveling, etc., and staying relevant so people don't forget that you even exist.



Q) I've listened to Endangered Species at least 7 times, usually on the way to work (and on the way back) and, I have to say, it really livens up the journey. It's a more than suitable soundtrack to my reading of James Joyce's Odyssey. How do you evaluate your own output once you've delivered it? Are you able to sit back and appreciate it or do you move on down the road quickly?
A) This time i think we've actually been able to sit back and enjoy it! one of the reasons we started producing in the first place was to make a soundtrack for the ride to and from work so the goal has always been to make something we can really enjoy for a long period of time. Also it has to sound damn good in the car.

Q) What is your favourite track from Endangered Species, and why?
A) It's kind of like picking your favorite child, some are winners and some are duds from the start. No, jk, we like listening to all of them some days, and other days can't stand listening to it at all. I think that's normal when you've heard something so many times. But if there was a gun to my head I (Nick) would say
"Won't Quit" is my favorite. Greg tends to like "Never Had Enough" cause it keeps on giving.


Q) Clap or snare?
A) Both at the same time.

Q) What are Wolf and Lamb from Wolf + Lamb really like?
A) Just a couple of nice Jewish boys from Brooklyn. They've been really supportive from the beginning and knew which directions to push us in creatively without being stifling. One of their strong suits is really maintaining a family vibe with everyone on the roster, which makes it enjoyable to work and travel together.


Q) Have you ever sat down and sequenced a 140bpm banger?
A) Ya, it's a project called "Brew Dog Dispensaries Anonymous"

Q) Growing up in Minnesota were there any local influences, club nights, promoters, DJs that made you consider what you do now an option? Or did you look beyond the state border for inspiration?
A) We both left the Twin Cities when we were about 18 and we really didn't know anything about the club nights or DJ scene in the city. There were three jazz clubs that were highly influential: The Artist's Quarter, The Dakota and Brilliant Corners. We didn't really get into dance/electronic music until right before I (Nick) moved out to New York and went to the Decibel Festival in Seattle on the recommendation of a friend from MN who's a great jazz bass player. When we moved out to New York we started to seek out more dance parties, like Wolf + Lamb events and the Bunker. I think that's probably where we got our initial inspiration to make dance music.



Q) Who is the chap who raps on Kickback, and does he have the knack to battle rap the baddest MC? Don't ask who that be...cause that be me, caught checkin' out the bitches with lil Skateboard P. I'm talking 'bout the blog king, you plonkas, grab your glocks and don't step to the Tonka. Muthafuckaz...
A) That's a bad ass rhyme yo. The guys on "Kickback" are Malik and Stimulus who make up The Real Live Show. They are definitely amazing freestyle rappers. Greg met them during his college years sitting in with them at their shows. they would have an insanely great full band and residencies at various venues, namely Nublu in the East Village, and the whole band would improvise new material on many of the gigs. the show's were and still are just amazing.

Q) What's the best time you've ever had in a nightclub?
A) Definitely the times at the Marcy if you can count a house party. doesn't really qualify as a night club, but those parties have spoiled us rotten! Especially the one with Tim Sweeney, Justin Miller, Surahn and Shit Robot.


Q) On 11th May 1858, Minnesota was admitted to the union as the thirty-second state of America, with Saint Paul as the capital. Joe Rolette very famously stole the physical text of an approved bill that voted for St Peter to be capital of Minnesota and went into hiding, thus preventing the move. Have you ever committed a crime that greatly benefited you and your circle of friends but put everybody else's noses out of joint?
A) I (nick) always take the aisle seat at the check in counter, which of course completely screws my best friend into having the middle seat on every flight for the past two years. greg is so stupid he only figured this out last month.

Q) Candice Bergan or Cybill Shepherd?
A) Let's keep it Cybill.


Q) Do you have any advice for any young readers of this blog who are eager to break into dance music?
A) Don't ever read your own reviews! And pay attention to detail.

Q) What were you influenced by whilst writing and recording Endangered Species?
A) The community here in Brooklyn was the big influence. all of our friends who come by to make/listen to records are a huge part of our sound and vibe. we make the music for them.


Q) Stone cold sober or absolutely fucking terminated?
A) Good thing about being in a duo is that you can split those duties. 

Q) As much as I love Biggie, I don't think even he could have matched 2Pac's rage and intensity on Hit 'Em Up. If you had a mac to your back, who would you say won the west coast/east coast/Death Row/Bad Boy gangsta rap war in the 90s?
A) I guess they both kinda lost in the end, didn't they?




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Biggie and 2Pac may have lost but the fuckers who ran Death Row and Bad Boy only wipe their arses on $100 bills now. Such a shame.

No Regular Play are a lovely couple of young men and I'd like to extend my sincere appreciation for their MASSIVE ANSWERS and wish them all the very best in their future endeavours, starting with their album launch at XOYO on Saturday 1 December, even though they haven't invited me to it.

BUY ENDANGERED SPECIES: HERE

BUY TICKETS FOR THEIR ALBUM LAUNCH: HERE

GO TO THE MARCY: NOW

I'll be back sooooooooooon with some other stuff probably.

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