Brudenell Groove's Tracks for the Witching Hour
In the time since we interviewed Brudenell Groove back in February, the charity-focussed party has grown in both scope and stature. Their influence is felt throughout Leeds’ nightlife scene, where their name can be seen on the bill of parties across the city. Furthermore, some of their residents are pursuing further projects, such as Ranyue Zhang’s Equaliser DJ workshops for female, transgender and non-binary people.
Considering the extent of the group’s work rate, one can temporarily forget they are still running monthly parties. Their next party falls just before Halloween, on October 28th. The charity that they have chosen to donate the proceedings from this party to is The Fragile X Society, dedicated to supporting people with the genetically inherited syndrome.
Inspired by David Lynch’s beguiling masterpiece, Twin Peaks, Brudenell Groove are turning Leeds’ Hifi Club into their very own Black Lodge. Inside the dance, they have invited Emotional Response, E Response and E Rescue boss Chuggy as their first guest DJ to weave together some of his frighteningly broad record collection. To give us a snapshot of the chills and thrills that await us on the night, a number of their resident DJs chose some of their favourite records to play in the witching hour…
Oliver Walkden selects White Noise - Love Without Sound
This has to be one of the spookiest tracks ever made. What is more spooky, though, is how sonically advanced it is: it was made in the 1960s. Some of the electronics in this could be from the 1980s, where those techniques really started to take off.
Its makers seem to have used occult powers. David Vorhaus, Brian Hodgson and Delia Derbyshire, veritable wizards and a witch, constitute the BBC Radiophonic workshop, aka White Noise. The creeping melodies, strange samples and darkling beat make it a perfect full-moon tune.
Ranyue Zhang selects E.R.P. - Lunar Ruins
You’d first see the name of this track Lunar Ruins, then hear the swift footstep-ish drum beat - doesn’t it sound like someone is approaching somewhere in a pitch-black night? Get closer to this scene, the bassline kicks in and you find a witch running across the black forest. As the synth comes in, she takes off on her dark broomstick. The short, synthy notes and the weird sounds that flash in the rest of the track are her evil laugh when she casts her dark spell on people. Although she sounds evil, it’s just a naughty spell that makes people lose themselves on dancefloor really. Seriously, if witches love to party, electro will be their anthem.
Tom O’Rourke selects Motohiko Hamase - Invisible City
Chuggy techno from 1993 Japan. Spooky bassline and a string synth that just jumps round and round sounding lost and confused.
From the liner notes: "with Technodrome, I was aiming to express the inverted images, the optical illusions, and the sense of deja-vu that modern persons can get in the city by using the gritty sensation inherent at the core of house music. It was also an attempt to recreate as metaphor the time in our mother's womb".
Andrew Kemp selects LESUS - The Bell (OBI Sunset on Tatooine Remix)
The witching hour is prime time for the weirder side of UKG, so I’m throwing this LESUS effort on Obstacle Records into the bubbling afters cauldron. The signature bell loop bounces off the inside walls of your mind and would send you spinning were it not for the crisp percussion that slices through the chimes, a combination that casts a pretty potent spell at silly-o-clock in the morning.
Zoya Ahmed selects Max Graef & Mic Newman - Soothe Me
Why this one is so spooky is tricky to word, you just have to listen to it and experience the nice deep heebie-jeebies it has to give.
Edi Gordon selects Alex Celler - Hernwarth
For me this track embodies the word sinister. Right from the off, the discordant synth lines put you immediately on edge, whilst the ghostly echoes of minimal percussion hint at the pure seediness the next ten minutes will provide. The track is no standard predictable groove however, Alex Celler has made sure that anyone listening will feel the fright with the thrilling vocal surprises he introduces at the most hair-raising of moments.
Tom McLaughlin selects Bappi Lahiri & Salma Agha - Jeena bhi kya hai Jeena
Not a strictly Halloween one this. However, between the the lo-fi quality of the recording, that ominous rolling bassline, the wet padded drums, and those shrieking off-notes we have one spooky take on Billy Jean. Taken from the film Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki.
Alex Theodossiadis selects Foremost Poets - Reasons To Be Dismal? (Foresight Version)
I usually don't play this track all year round except for October, 'cause there's no other time of year something this spooky could get played. It’s got horribly depressing lyrics and freaky church organ chords that could raise the dead, not to mention the evil bassline underpinning the groove.
Luke Bird selects Ice Cube - Dr Frankenstein
Sat atop a sleazy West Coast drum loop, staccato choir stabs and a suspended triplet bassline riff, Ice Cube’s Dr Frankenstein embraces the rapper’s new found bogeyman status within white America.
Ice Cube raps, “Chrome electroids, connected to my pen. When, blowing motherfuckers ain’t known what we got going through. Spiritually, lyrically showing you. They call me AmeriKKKa’s Most Hated, getting liberated by this monster I created”, with a confrontational flow that only Cube can muster. Complete with tremolo vocal loops ghosting through the track, eery church bells and a spattering of film samples, Dr Frankenstein is a hip-hop banger for any Halloween dance floor.
Words: John Hardy & Brudenell Groove DJs