Neil Barnes, Darren Emerson, Steve Cobby: Psychedelic DiscoTech @ Band on the Wall, Manchester [18 May]

Neil Barnes, Darren Emerson, Steve Cobby: Psychedelic DiscoTech

21:00 - 04:00

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Band on the Wall
25 Swan Street, M4 5JZ Manchester, United Kingdom

Psychedelic DiscoTech are delighted to present the combined talents of Neil Barnes, Darren Emerson and Steve Cobby for one groovy night only at Band on the Wall.

Neil Barnes of Leftfield needs no introduction.

Darren Emerson joined Underworld in 1990 and transported them, through their first three masterful albums, to superstardom.

Steve Cobby, formerly of dearly loved Hull funksters Fila Brazillia and great pal of PDT completes the bill.

This is a standing show.

Some more about Steve (have a brew to hand, it's a lengthy read).

After disbanding his first commercially released band Ashley & Jackson on Big Life records, he co-founded Fila Brazillia with David McSherry in 1990. Together they released 10 critically acclaimed LPs and produced over 70 remixes for artists as diverse as Radiohead, Busta Rhymes, Black Uhuru, Simple Minds, James, A Certain Ratio and Moloko. He formed Pork Recordings with David Brennand in 1990 then 23 Records in '99 with Sim Lister and David McSherry and finally Steel Tiger Records in 2006 with Lister. His other writing and production collaborations include Heights of Abraham; J*S*T*A*R*S and The Cutler.

He's released two solo LPs as The Solid Doctor: How About Some Ether and Beats Means Highs. A third, entitled «Saudade» was released on his own imprint Déclassé in March 2014.
Numerous remixes, from Harold Budd and Theoretics to Jon Kennedy and Yesking have been undertaken in a solo capacity.
Fabric nightclub has played host to many Cobby DJ sets and this was rewarded with an appearance on Fabric 18 alongside fellow Hull alumni Bobby Beige and Bliss.

Cobby has DJ'd in many places around the world including Croatia, Sydney, San Francisco, New York and Tokyo. He has performed live in Europe, Japan and the United States

In 2013 Steve Cobby provided the soundtrack for the Hull 'UK City of Culture 2017' bid film — 'This City Belongs to Everyone', produced by Nova Studios.

Steve has just released, to universal acclaim, his new album Hemidemisemiquaver. A self produced and recorded work of art, that reveals his artistic depth and ambition.

Those of you who have had the joy of tripping the light fantastic at the Psychedelic DiscoTech know how highly we regard and love Steve. Steve has been a guest at PDT for many years. It’s ‘Cobtober’ in our club. 2017 was an amazing year for Steve, he and pal Russ Litten writing and producing the ‘pro Corbyn’ anthem “For the Many.” Steve presented his own unique response to the Hull City of Culture by presenting his “City of Vultures” gigs, starring an amazing line up of talent. Steve continues to produce music of ‘truth and beauty’ respected around the world. Enjoy.


Darren began mixing Hip-Hop records at the age of 14, and by 16 was DJing regularly at local venues. He began to explore House Music and quickly acquired a reputation as one of the top British DJs, and demand for his services saw him playing at top clubs such as The Milk Bar, Limelight, and Venus. Darren has garnered several accolades such as «DJ of the Month» in MixMag, and i-D.

In 1990, Martin Prudence, brother-in-law of Rick Smith, introduced him and Karl Hyde invited him to become the third member of techno band Underworld. Bringing a cool understated musicality to their dated proginess. 1994’s dubnobasswithmyheadman was their commercial breakthrough onto the then burgeoning British electronica scene.

While working on their second album, 1996's Second Toughest in the Infants, they released the single «Born Slippy.NUXX» in 1995, which was then re-released in 1996 and became a hit following its inclusion on the soundtrack to the movie Trainspotting.

During his time with Underworld, Darren also founded his record label, «Underwater» in 1994. It was initially an output for himself and the artists he met along his travels, but it grew to become one of the most influential dance labels of the early nineties. Underwater began as a deep techno label, but when Emerson's taste shifted from techno to a more house/progressive house style, the label followed suit. Its sixth 12" release (Life's Little Pleasures/Mr.Sonic) came from an artist listed only as 'Ned Flanders', but is rumoured to have been Darren himself. Darren also emerged as a much sought-after remix talent, with remixes for acts such as The Chemical Brothers and Björk. Darren parted ways with Underworld in 2000 and then concentrated more on his solo career as a DJ and remixer, and also a label owner.

Fans of Underworld will tell you that subsequent Underworld albums following Darren's departure have nothing of the creative energy, hypnotic groove, textured feeling and sonic architecture he took with him.

«Global Underground: Uruguay» (2000) and «Global Underground: Singapore» (2001) soon followed on the Global Underground label, with «Episode 1» on his new Underwater label following in 2002. He continued to release tracks by himself and new artists on the Underwater records label and eventually gained its own night at super club Pacha, Ibiza alongside fellow DJ Erick Morillo, to hold a joint Underwater/Subliminal Records night. During its second summer at Pacha, his Underwater Records night won 'House Event' of the summer at the DJ Magazine awards. After its success, Emerson decided to host its own full night at Pacha, Ibiza which became an extremely popular night on the island.

Over the past few years, Darren has been busy touring the world whilst preparing for his own solo debut album. He rarely plays in the UK. We are thrilled that Daz is playing for us.

We cannot thank Darren enough for his contribution to dance culture, the gig is a unique opportunity for us all to enjoy being in the company of one of the all time greats.

Which brings us to this fella:

You will need no introduction to Leftfield’s Neil Barnes, one of dance music’s most influential artists of all-time.

As a DJ, Neil plays an eclectic, modern club set with some of the best new house and techno that he’s found in his constant search for great new music.

Throughout the 90s Leftfield were untouchable live and on record. Their debut ‘Leftism’, remains one of the defining statements of 90s dance music, a gloriously inter-woven bombardment of musical styles and immaculate grooves, nominated for a Mercury prize and later voted in the top ten greatest albums of all time by readers of Q magazine.

Having toured the world over with his DJ set, revellers at festivals and clubs can expect a masterclass in current house and techno in an all-encompassing vortex of rich sounds. Neil Barnes says:
«There is so much good music at the moment, I can’t wait to get it in front of some great crowds.”

For the younger readers, without these guys there would not be the transcendent electronic dance culture that you groove your tits off to today. Every aspiring DJ, producer, musician, rapper, hipster, wannabe owes these guys for the hypnotic grooves you are going to make your fortune from.

New music stands on the shoulders of giants. These are they. But hey, like you, they are all just beautiful, cool, creative people living in a crazy world. So come and join your pals, old and new, and tear up the dance floor at Manchester’s legendary BOTW 18 May 2018. See you at the front.
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