Bits'n'Pieces: Dave Angel, Fabric, Parlophone, Carl Craig
Sunday, July 22, 2001London techno pioneer Dave Angel is launching a campaign to free his brother Richard Gooden, who was recently sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of murder. Angel is holding an event at London club the End on September 19th, and is fighting the conviction on the grounds that his brother acted in self-defence. The gig will feature sets from Carl Cox, Grooverider and Bryan Gee. Angel's sister has also been in and out of the media spotlight over the last decade, and is better known as Monie Love.
London superclub Fabric have become the first clubbing brand to endorse an overtly politically campaign, by throwing their support behind the "Stop Esso" campaign. The campaign, Burn It Blue reported this week, concerns the relationship between the petroleum conglomerate and the donations they gave to Bush for his election and will be focusing on US refusals to sign the Kyoto Protocol, the treaty designed to reduce global warming.
EMI's most successful division Parlophone signed a label deal with seminal UK house label Junior Boys Own this week, emphasising the major label's growing emphasis on dance music. Parlophone boss Keith Wozencroft told Music Week the deal was intended to uncover more artist and album acts alongside their developing acts already signed to sister label Credence (eg the Beta Band and Felix Da Housecat). The move means that Parlophone effectively now handles EMI's credible club acts, leaving EMI's original dance label Positiva to concentrate on one off singles and pop such as the Vengaboys and Spiller. Positiva's most credible signing Adam F, whose forthcoming album Kaos is already attracting ecstatic reviews, left Positiva several years ago and will be releasing his record purely on EMI.
Carl Craig's latest (unmixed) compilation Abstract Funk Theory (volume 7-) is out now and reads like a history lesson on Detroit house. Pre house cuts from Funkadelic mainman George Clinton (no relation to Bill) sit alongside Prince and the B52's both of whom at one time were considered credible disco producers. Fellow Detroit pioneer Juan Atkins makes several appearances as does the unique Derrick May, with his 89 (Rhythm is Rhythm) classic The Dance. Abstract Funk Theory is out now on Obsessive Records.