Author: Marcus Barnes

Marcus Barnes is a renowned music journalist based in London. As well as manning the good ship Deep House London he contributes to Mixmag, The Independent, Resident Advisor, i-D and many more music outlets.

Mix #040 By Los Suruba

Incoming…! Here’s this week’s firing mix from the mighty duo Los Suruba. Following a great podcast from A1 Bassline last week the Spanish duo come correct with a fantastic contribution to our mix series and taking us all the way up to the big 4-0. Spanish duo Delmar and Alvaro have been spinning and producing records since they formed ‘Los Suruba’ soon after studying design and music engineering together. They have enjoyed a swift rise to the upper echelons of the underground house music scene and along the way have rocked crowds with fluid and versatile house selections. They are ... Read more

Exclusive Interview: Josh Wink

Josh Wink has become synonymous with high quality house and techno. Over a career that has lasted over 20 years he has proven time and again that he is capable of staying relevant and exciting, while also nurturing new talent and keeping his label, Ovum, going for 20 years – a milestone which he celebrated last year with a series of events, and remixes of classic ‘Are You There?’, plus a brand new original composition called ‘Talking To You’. Josh hits the capital this weekend with the Krankbrothers, so we grabbed him for a quick chat… First off, last year ... Read more

Mix #039 By A1 Bassline

This week we bring you a dope new mix from London badman A1 Bassline, who draws on his bass-driven influences to provide us with a romper stomper of a mix ahead of his appearance at NoFitState early next month! Yeah this mix is RUDE, and we’re sure you’ll have it in repeat for a long while to come. We also took a few minutes to grab A1 for a little chat about his history and what’s happening with his live set, elements of which he incorporated into this mixtape! What a legend… How and when did you get into (dance) ... Read more

London Venue Crucifix Lane To Close

It’s been on the cards for a while and, sadly, we can announce today that Crucifix Lane in south-east London, is due to close down next month. Another victim of the capital’s growth and demand for space, Crucifix Lane will be forced to close due to the expansion of nearby London Bridge train station. It’s the second club to fall at the hands of Network Rail, following the demise of Cable not long ago. Crucifix Lane opened in its present guise at the beginning of 2011 but has actually been around for three decades. It’s played host to a long ... Read more

Exclusive Interview: Krystal Klear

Up there in Manchester Krystal Klear has come through as a shining light. After moving to the north-west region from his native Ireland a few years ago, he has quickly established himself as a purveyor of top quality dance music, whether it be disco-leaning cuts, to straight up house bangers. He’s been working closely with the wonderful Yasmin over the last couple of years and the fruits of the labour is out right now on Rinse… the single, called ‘One Night Only’, is a great funky little number that channels the eighties in a big way. We chatted with him ... Read more

Sankeys Announce Their ‘Awakens’ Ibiza Opening Line-Ups

The summer season is fast approaching (yes!) and that means Ibiza openings are just around the corner (double yes!!). Every year the opening parties signal the beginning of the party season over on the White Island and news has landed on our desks of the line-ups at Sankeys’ first couple of events, which take place on May 20th and 21st. The parties will be named ‘Sankeys Awakens’ this time around and feature artwork based around Star Wars, with cartoon versions of the characters from the famous movie emblazoned across the posters for the first two events. It’s now the fifth ... Read more

Dancefair Unveil Their Full Program

Conference fans may remember one of last year’s standout happenings on the events calendar was Dancefair, which took place in Ibiza. This year the event has grown in size and takes place not on the White Island, but across the water from the UK in Holland. On the 21st and 22nd of February 2015 at the Jaarbeurs Utrecht Dancefair will open its doors to the general public with an assorted range of guest artists, industry bigwigs and manufacturers all on hand to share their knowledge and experience. In fact, with over 5000 visitors and more than 200 seminars and workshops ... Read more

Party Tips: January 16/17

New year, new parties, new excuses to go out and party the night away! Here we are in 2015 and it’s the second weekend of the year already… this weekend, as with every weekend, there is a lot to get stuck into. We’ve curated a list of some of the better nights and we hope you’ll appreciated our efforts and visit at least one of them. Friday Fever 105 with Jazzie B Soul II Soul pioneer Jazzie B (OBE no less) will be throwing down a three-hour ‘house party’ set at Fever 105 in Peckham this Friday. We don’t need ... Read more

Mix#029 By Burnski

Here’s the first mixtape of the year from a UK producer who we greatly admire here at Deep House London. Burnski hails from the north of the country, establishing himself within the highly fertile Leeds scene and cracking out some great house music over the years. He’s put together a stellar mix for us and we’re proud to be able to present it as the very first for 2015 – starting the year in style! Burnski is currently residing in Berlin, where he has been slightly dormant of late, slowing down his release schedule and focusing on getting a batch ... Read more

Exclusive Interview: Keith Worthy

If you’re a clued-in type, you’ll no doubt already be aware of Keith Worthy and the spirited, unusual and non-conformist music that he supplies via his Aesthetic Audio imprint. Unsurprisingly, the man himself is as unconventional as the music he produces, and in light of that fact, the title of his brilliant debut album, ‘The Price of Non-Conformance’, is nothing if not apt. A true pioneer of discerning sounds, the Detroit native has long been a reputable go-to man for those in the know. His latest offering however, looks set to elevate his career further still. We quizzed him recently, ... Read more

Mix #022 By &ME b2b Adam Port (5 Years of Keinemusik Special)

This week’s mixtape is a very special affair to celebrate another fifth anniversary. Earlier this week you may remember our special premiere from the ‘5 Years Of Needwant’ compilation, and now we have another amazing label hooking up with us to celebrate their fifth anniversary – it’s the infallible Keinemusik. Known for their deep, emotive productions, beautiful artwork on every release and, of course, superlative DJ sets the Keinemusik family are without a doubt one of the collectives we respect the most out there in the big wide world of house music. In fact, just a couple of months ago ... Read more

Full Premiere: The Mekanism – Can’t Believe (Maxxi Soundsystem Rework)

Here’s a special premiere to celebrate five years of Needwant Records. Yes, the label has been around for that long already! In conjunction with the anniversary, the label has organised a special party at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, east London with a secret line-up. 5 hours, 5 guests and just £5 entry fee! Needwant is the imprint that supported names like Mario Basanov, Ejeca, Maxxi Soundsystem and many more before they really hit the big time. Their A&Ring skills are clearly second to none and they’ve compiled a seriously strong arsenal of tracks for their anniversary compilation, which has ... Read more

Exclusive Interview: Nick Monaco

Nick Monaco is one of the younger members of the always awesome Crew Love outfit. He’s a singer/producer/DJ and all-round nice guy who makes music from the heart, which we definitely fully appreciate here at Deep House London. Having met Nick on a number of occasions over the past year, we thought it was about time we grabbed him for a chat, and with his album ‘Mating Call’ due to drop soon, plus plenty of other stuff to speak about, we had a really nice conversation. Check it out below… So, when we were at Sonar together you told me ... Read more

Magna Carta Announce 3rd Birthday Plans

Magna Carta are one of those party promoters who’ve managed to stay on top of their game by leading the charge when it comes to investing their energy (and money) into new talent – as well as building line-ups that are made up of the bigger, more established names. It’s a policy that has made them one of the most successful recent additions to London’s ever growing, ever changing party landscape. This year it’s the third birthday and they’re planning to celebrate in style with an almighty bash to be held at south London’s excellent Studio 338 venue. The party ... Read more

Review: Sankeys Closing (Ibiza 2014)

Well, Sankeys have well and truly been the talk of Ibiza town this summer. The club has owned it in terms of line-ups, which have married big names with underground stars each and every night of the week. Residencies like Tribal Sessions and CUFF, Fuse, Next Wave and Magna Carta have all offered up the goods but sadly, tonight is the last hurrah of the 2014 season. This is the fourth complete season Sankeys Ibiza has be party to and it is by far the strongest one yet, as evidenced by the massive crowds that turn out for this final ... Read more