Jan 31, 2014
The Plump Djs are internationally renowned DJ/Producer duo ‘Andy Gardner’ and ‘Lee Rous’ of London. Their unmistakable sound has won them remixes from the likes of Deadmou5, Mark Ronson, Moby and Orbital, whilst their four deck live show has led to countless international and national shows.
They have received worldwide acclaim and relentless cross-genre support for some 15 years now. A compelling history of success, cemented by their musical collaborations with legendary vocalists Gary Numan, Jermaine Jackson and Louise Rhodes of Lamb, a ten year residency at Fabric Nightclub and over 1200 international shows. They are true innovators of sound who proudly co-created the popular break-beat genres of the last decade with their initial releases on Fingerlickn’ Records.
After a bit of a break in releasing their own music, they have recently made a significant return with their latest single ‘SKYLON‘ which we love! Have a LISTEN HERE
As a result, we got into touch with PLUMP DJS and invited them to our Covent Garden store as featured above. Lee wears the FOUNDLING HEATHER BLAZER in ‘Pomengranate’ colour (Buy online HERE) Andy wears the EARL 2.0 POLO SHIRT in a ‘Medium Blue Melange’ colour (Buy online HERE) under our SHANNING WOOL HARRINGTON JACKET in ‘True Black’ (Buy online HERE).
We chatted to the boys about the tracks which inspired their latest single and they kindly compiled an exclusive playlist just for Original Penguin!
Take a listen below and read the notes by the men themselves on the significance of each track.
1) Alex Metric and Mark Yardley – Ilium – OWSLA
Our long term heroes join forces here and create a piece of instrumental dance floor magic. Without any obvious hooks or cheap tricks the record keeps you moving from start to finish. Soothing pads, strings and synth work compliment the repetitive main groove and theme of the record. We had this on repeat from the first day we heard it, it featured as a highlight when we played it to 40,000 people at Glastonbury last summer.
2) The Night Writers – Let the music use you – Jack Tracks
The percussion and atmosphere in the early Chicago house record is deeply imprinted in our souls. We were inspired by this classic greatly when we were making our new SKYLON track. When you incorporate inherited style ideas in a piece, it gives you a familiar platform on which to experiment from. Thus allowing us to play around with an unusual drop and eccentric ideas.
3) The Stanton warriors – Cut Me Up (Cause&Effect remix) - Central Station Records
In our opinion these guys are the world’s best Breakbeat artistes, and consistently deliver. Here they called on C&A’s remix talents and produced a blinder. Heavily supported on Radio One by Annie Mac, Mr Jam and Annie Nightingale. This tune is a peach. Fusing rave stabs and a unique and stripped down bass drop, yet another key tune that inspired us to make SKYLON.
4) Dog Blood – Chella Ride – Boysnoize Records
A second single from the legendary experimental team Skrillex & Boysnoize, who’s production output is oddly low. Only a few singles over the past year or so from this ace team. However no one cares when the releases are this good. A Technobreaks masterpiece, there are very few people in the world making music like this which is a shame.
5) Oliver & A-Trak – Zamboni – Fools Gold Records
A high energy piece of electro from 2 of the world’s foremost dance music producers. It retains its integrity by sticking to a fully instrumental format, managing to retain a repetitive nature without becoming tiresome. This is a tuff thing to do from our experience, and something we have got it wrong many times. Bloody good show chaps, love your work!
6) Plump Djs – Hammerhouse – Grand Hotel Records.
Funnily enough this Moroder inspired recording from us actually came out of nowhere, we made it in a day and it is unfortunately flawed. However sometimes you get ‘the fizz’ when you are in a studio and this was one of those occasions. We loved the results, and making the record helped to fan our flames paving the way for SKYLON. We are releasing a remix of this record by Doc Trashz early in 2014.
7) Baskerville ‘Checker’ Boysnoize Records
An electrical atmosphere is created in the disco the moment this tune drops. Frenetic bass and vocal chops keep the energy high, in this Boysnoize classic slice. The record gave a great account of itself whilst on tour with us in Australia over Christmas/New year period. It fills you with great confidence when you have a tunes like this on file. Long live Boysnoize Records.
8) Carli ‘Look Up’ Fools Gold Records.
Another slab of gold from one of the hottest labels in dance music worldwide at the moment. Huge pianos and pitched up vocals are used to create this ‘end of night’ floor burner. The drop is huge in the bass department, and not for the faint hearted. It’s really hard to not reach for this tune even though it’s a fair few months old. We think it was a little overlooked, and for that reason it has still got the magic!
9) Keys & Krates ‘Treat Me Right (Grand Theft remix) DinMak
A huge release from one of our favourite record labels, Grand Theft on the remix tip delivering one of the best remixes we have heard for a long time. The full energy and emotion of the original female vocal and instrumentation is retained from the original, then all hell breaks loose on the drop. Using a familiar old school bass sound GT lets us fly with his mix, and keeps us up with elaborate drum fills and some skilful arrangement ideas. This tune is being supported by Djs and producers cross genre. This is the mark of a great piece of music in our eyes, the kind of reaction we dream of.
There is so much amazing music out there these days, we just can’t keep ourselves away from the dance floor.
Further to all this PLUMPS DJS have agreed for us to post their latest ‘LIVE MIX’ right here so look out for that in coming weeks.
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