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Monthly Music Blog - June

June's Monthly Music Blog

My insatiable appetite for discovering music hasn't waned since our fairly dull Life on Lockdown began, tuned in from the COVID capital of Europe here's my summer session of music reviews fresh from the Cloud of Sound.

Hastings Castle Eye Test

Hastings Castle Eye Test

With the UK about to move three months too late whilst introducing quarantine measures for visitors from early June – even though people are much more likely to catch COVID in the UK than to bring it in – I decided to risk a much-needed Hastings Castle Eye Test.

Monthly Music Blog - May

May's Monthly Music Blog

As we start to commence The Reawakening post our fairly dull Life on Lockdown, here's my third session of music reviews fresh from the Cloud of Sound.

The Reawakening

The Reawakening

In line with my efforts to resynch my ludicrously out-of-step body clock, Dubai is about to allow businesses to re-open between 6am and 11pm daily – big news for the F&B sector in the emirate…

Monthly Music Blog - April

April's Monthly Music Blog

For my second round of Life on Lockdown tunage, I've stumbled upon three new (to me) names here including Loot Jockey, Coutel and the Weaver Bros. Tune in and turn it up.

Life on Lockdown - Dubai Style

Life on Lockdown - Dubai Style

So here we are a few weeks (months?) into the current global Lockdown. Here’s how life on lockdown in Dubai – for me anywho – is working out…

Monthly Music Blog - March

March's Monthly Music Blog

During this time of international Life on Lockdown, I manage to do something vaguely productive with my time and put together some Lockdown mixes and tunes for you to enjoy while being holed up under virtual house arrest.

The BrewDog Billionaire

The BrewDog Billionaire

Whilst loving life at my friend’s legendary villa BBQ in what appears to be a Billionaire’s Row in Dubai, I grabbed a bottle of BrewDog from his fridge as we got the party started. As we were all catching up on the last few weeks’ escapades…

Monthly Music Blog - December

December's Monthly Music Blog

For the final SoundCloud Music Review of the decade, I fish out a few classic tracks remixed expertly alongside some epic mixes from Joey Negro and Eli Escobar. The future is just around the corner, let's embrace it.

48 Hours in Berlin

48 Hours in Berlin

It was probably more like 43.5 hours, but whatever – you have to have headlines that grab, and 48 sounds much better than 43.5. Anyways, my wonderful mother was treated to a birthday trip…

Monthly Music Blog - July

July's Monthly Music Blog

Post-operation Killing it in Kazan, I take some minutes/hours out of the hectic lifestyle I'm accustomed to stumble upon some more incredible music for your ears (and mine too).

Killing it in Kazan

Killing it in Kazan

As I followed in the footsteps of Leo Tolstoy and Lenin no less – both of whom studied at Kazan Federal University – I touched down in Russia’s sixth-largest city …

Monthly Music Blog - June

June's Monthly Music Blog

Oooff… as I psychologically prepare for my trip to Kazan I managed to find the time to dig some crates in June: and by crate digging I mean SoundCloud surfing of course. Witness the fitness of the Best of June's SoundCloud tunage.

Kazan Kalling

Kazan Kalling

We’re rapidly approaching the grand opening weekend for our first international expansion of Dubai’s homegrown super-brands Lock, Stock & Barrel and the impeccable Asia Asia restaurant …

Monthly Music Blog - May

May's Monthly Music Blog

Argh! There's too much great music out there at the moment, massively boosted by SoundCloud's change of algorithm - whereby tracks that people you follow / like often are presumably highlighted more aptly; so May was extra tough to choose from. Alas, I made it - here's my SoundCloud reviews for the month of May.

Ramadan in Dubai

Ramadan in Dubai

So what’s it like? With this being my second round of Ramadan action in the UAE; things in Dubai are considerably different from our time in Egypt …

Monthly Music Blog - April

April's Monthly Music Blog

For April's hand-picked blend of tunage, there's a few new artists (for me): Mighty Mouse and Oslo's Soulboss alongside the more familiar vibes of Pete Le Freq and DiscoDaze.

April Showers - Dubai Style

Àpril Showers - Dubai Style

Just over a year into my reign – ahem – in the not-so-subtle beast that is Dubai’s nightlife scene, the recent downpours have been a little on the bizarre side. This city isn’t built to cope with April Showers…

Monthly Music Blog - March

March's Monthly Music Blog

For my rather special birthday month of March, I've kept is as disco-flavoured as possible - naturally. Here you can sample delights from a mysterious French producer, plus a vinyl-only release from Smokecloud Records; these are accompanied by a mix from Vinyl Department and the Pleasure album from BarbWalters. Here's to being forty and funky.

Feeling Forty and ...

Feeling Forty and …

Well fuck me, I made it. The big fat and very round 4-0 . A milestone – that at times – I thought I may not make; and one, unfortunately, that not all do. I certainly didn’t imagine getting here so quickly…

Monthly Music Blog - February

February's Monthly Music Blog

For the February tune review section we have some awesome mixes from not one, but two Irish disco dons. Coupled with edits by Russia's Slipenberg and London's Tony Johns. As always, I'm keeping it funky and disco-filled in the month of love.

Erick Morillo @ Q43's 5th Birthday

Erick Morillo @ Q43's 5th Birthday

Hot off the press, we can now proudly confirm Erick Morillo will be debuting at Q43 (in Dubai’s Media One Hotel) this month for our 5th Birthday Party. The house music icon, and Subliminal Records boss, returns …

Monthly Music Blog - January

January's Monthly Music Blog

Welcome to future people. It's 2019 and to kick the year off I've mixed it up with a bit of D&B, some Danish trip-hop, alongside some of the funkiest nu-disco mixes to help you drift off to a more serene place.

The Undiscovered Portuguese Chapters

The Forgotten Blog

For the first time in at least 6/7 years as an expat – my father has just visited me in Dubai, for the first time in his life, with his new chica Nikki. After his legendary visit to see me at the helm – ahem …

Monthly Music Blog - December

December's Monthly Music Blog

For December's tunage we have tracks from the Brazilian Lola Disco, an illusive Serial Thrilla; alonsgide mixes from Soultronic ft KS French, and Switzerland's DJ Wiz.

The Undiscovered Portuguese Chapters

The Undiscovered Portuguese Chapters

When James first joined our family, and as we grew up, our next door neighbours in our hometown of Hastings became our friends for life. James and Stewart were super close (and I’m referring to more than postcodes) and shared many unprintable – and often controversial – moments...

Monthly Music Blog - November

November's Monthly Music Blog

For November's tunage we have tracks from Beerlover, and Navio Bitz's remix of Billy Rae Martin; alonsgide mixes in honour of Keith O'Hanlon, and from the man like Chevals.

A Day at the F1 Races in Abu Dhabi

A Day at the F1 Races in Abu Dhabi

Managing to adopt some complimentary VIP passes to the highly-anticipated F1 in Abu Dhabi – courtesy of my big boss / brother figure Mr Paul Evans – I didn’t quite know what to expect; Formula One racing has never really interested me.…

Monthly Music Blog - October

October's Monthly Music Blog

For October's tunage we have tracks from Concious Thoughts, Vincenzo de Bull; alonsgide mixes from Soul Heaven featuring Brian Power, and Darius Syrossian live in Argentina…

Rolling in the Dubai

Christmas Dinner in Dubai

So, it’s nowhere near that time of year – but nonetheless some mother’s do want to get prepared already. And, alas, we cater to those whims and needs and here I’ll give you a heads up on some of the best places to brunch and enjoy Christmas festive dinners (and drinks) in Dubai.

Monthly Music Blog - September

September's Monthly Music Blog

For September's tunage we have tracks from Dr Packer & Loshmi, Mr.Goldenfold; alonsgide mixes from Glitterbox, and Glasweigan Lamb Oh.

Dubai: Six in the UAE Mix

Dubai: Six in the UAE Mix

So I managed to survive a full-on Ferrari-paced six months in one of the fastest developing cities in the world.

It seems only yesterday I rocked up in Dubai without much of a clue about the metropolis that sprouted from the desert in seemingly record-breaking time. A city that…

Monthly Music Blog - August

August's Monthly Music Blog

For August's tunage we have tracks from Brighton's Wax Worx, & linanthem alonsgide mixes from Darius Syrossian, + Get Down Edits.

Moscow Here We Come

Moscow Here We Come...

Moscow Here We Come is a re-rub of the, as yet un-published, press release titled: International Nightlife Giants Announce Plans for Moscow & Kazan. And it goes a little something like this...

Monthly Music Blog - May

May's Monthly Music Blog

For May's tunage we have tracks from Late Nite Tuff Guy, & Leviticus alonsgide mixes from Steven Richards, and Downunder Disco.

Five Years on the Blog

Five Years on the Blog

So just after my five year anniversary of blogging on the site, I delve deep into the pyscology of a serial scribbler - kind of.

Monthly Music Blog - April

April's Monthly Music Blog

For April's tunage we have tracks from 5 Reasons, & Rayko alonsgide mixes from Flamingosis, and Sophie Llyod via Classic Music Company.

Rolling in the Dubai

Rolling in the Dubai

Having only just managed to escape the UK, in sub-zero temperatures – and with more dramas than an episode of East Enders; the taxi driver taking me to the wrong airport being a major obstacle – I arrived in Dubai slightly bemused, bewildered, and yet immensely relieved...

Monthly Music Blog - March

March's Monthly Music Blog

This month we've got mixes by Groove Tonight (aka Groove 今晩) and Melvo Baptiste ft the legendary Amp Fiddler - plus tracks from Vantage and a lovely disco rehash by the Parisian Chavels.

Dubai or Not Dubai

Dubai or Not Dubai

After my random, and – essentially – pointless trip to Bratislava, I returned to the UK with a much more positive outlook for the future. It was, after all, All About 2018 now.

With that breath of fresh air; I followed up some job opportunities I’d been chasing for some time. Within days of getting back on British soil, I ...

Monthly Music Blog - February

February's Monthly Music Blog

This month we've got a whole lot of stateside funk; tracks by M A R I マリくん x Virginboy, and Whiskey Pickle label boss Silver Rider - plus mixes from Jazz FM's Tony Minvielle and California's Heiro.

North Korea? Jog On...

North Korea? Jog On...

Forget poolside holidays, forget your mini-tour of Europe, head to the Hermit Kingdom to party with Kim Jong-un...

Monthly Music Blog - January

January's Monthly Music Blog

This month we've got some super tasty shiz for you: tracks by Chicago's Destry via his Spanish studio, and Italy's Android Apartment via his London base - plus mixes from Boca 45 & DJ Format and Traxsource Live presents their A&R Sessions #65 with Dan Klokow & Glen Horsborough.

Bratislava by Night

All About 2018

So after yet another gut-wrenching year of hardcore pain and trauma, I’m more than happy leaving all that baggage behind – literally – whilst I’m here in Bratislava on some silly fact-finding mission...

December's Monthly Music Blog

I pluck a couple of top track and mega mixes each month, or when the moment takes, and for this one we have disco treats on SoundCloud by the Italian beats maestro .CASTING, some deft sampling from Assonance, and mixes from Good Vibes Sound's U'We Train and Boston's Mere.

46 Years of Fear & Loathing

46 Years of Fear & Loathing

This month signals the 46th anniversary of a breakthrough moment in the history of literature: a breakthrough moment indeed for all mankind. For way back, almost on this very same retched day a mere 16,790 sleeps ago Dr Hunter S Thompson unleashed his throbbing red beast to the world. And suddenly, nothing would ever be the same again...

Monthly Music Blog - November

November's Monthly Music Blog

I pluck a couple of top track and mega mixes each month, or when the moment takes, and for November we have disco treats on SoundCloud by Future Society Collective's man in Chicago, Escape, the Great Dane iamalex, and mixes from Mexico's Edwick John and the Glasgow-based teen ex.evi.

Open for Business

Open for Business

So, unfortunately, I've had way too much spare time of late and I've been tinkering with a few – super dope – new websites to keep me out of trouble. The live one I can show off about, other than this, is ModaHastings.com (my local bar in Hastings town), and this - by a long, long, way – is the best site I've ever built. And so it should be. I've built some pretty cool sites mind you, but technology is a changing…

Now, before you get carried away – this site update is nowhere near complete, but I was so excited about the new look I couldn't hold back any longer.

Owen's Monthly Music Blog

October's Monthly Music Blog

I pluck a couple of top track and mega mixes each month, or when the moment takes, and for this one we have disco treats on SoundCloud by retro queen Geraldine Hunt, the Parisian sounds of DJ Vas, and mixes from Brighton's Fingerman and reggae dons Rizla Sound.

The Twitter Card Revolution

The Twitter Card Revolution

So I finally caught up with the Twitter Card storm, and - frankly - it changed my life. Slightly dramatic you may feel, but allow me to enlighten you …

Twitter have allowed people to add content when people share your links. You can now for example add pics, videos, and a title description on top of the 140 characters allowance. That's an awful lot more room to get your message across and it also allows you to ensure your brand image is kept in line…



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