The Anglo Files

News on Homelands, Kosheen, Schiller, Mr. Bongo.

Homelands To Go Ahead As Planned

Reports that U.K. dance music festival Homelands is the latest event to be canceled due to the current outbreak of foot and mouth disease sweeping the U.K. countryside are apparently hearsay. Official sources confirm the festival is scheduled to go ahead as planned May 26-27 in Hampshire, Southwest England.

Sponsored by Ericsson, the festival is a collaboration between concert promoters Mean Fiddler and super club Home (Sydney/London). In a statement issued last week, Ken Carter, Chairman of Hampshire Council's Licensing And Regulation Committee, said: "The City Council is continuing to work with both Mean Fiddler and the landowner in preparation for Homelands 2001. At the present time, there have been no outbreaks of foot and mouth in Hampshire, and no orders have been issued by MAFF (Ministry Of Agriculture Farming And Fisheries) or the County Council preventing the event taking place."

Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Mean Fiddler, welcomed the Council's statement clarifying the position of all those involved with the planning and organization of the festival, and expressed Mean Fiddler and Home's confidence in the event going ahead as scheduled.

Homelands, which kicks off the growing summer festival circuit, is expected to attract 50,000 revellers. Amongst those scheduled to appear are Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Danny Tenaglia, James Lavelle, and the Orb.

Bosses of Leicester Square-based Home London are already dealing with the repercussions of the club's sudden closure last week. Its doors closed to the public after London's Westminster City Council revoked its entertainment license following undercover police raids.

A statement issued reads, "Management and staff of Home regret that due to action taken by Westminster Council, the club will be unable to open until further notice." The club is now in the process of appealing the decision.

Can Kosheen Save Drum And Bass?

With recent news of London Records terminating its contract with leading U.K. drum and bass artist Goldie and the U.K. music press repeatedly cold shouldering the genre, live drum and bass collective Kosheen are set to inject some much needed revitalization into the scene. "(Slip And Slide) Suicide," the band's third single on Moksha Records, is released this week in the U.K.

Kosheen, who originate from Bristol in Southwest England, are established drum and bass producers Markee Substance and Darren Decoder, in tandem with powerful female vocalist, Sian Evans. The band has had major dancefloor success with its previous two singles, "Hide You" and "Catch," over the last 12 months, but so far mainstream chart success has eluded the group.

Kosheen's unique approach to drum and bass involves drawing on elements bordering on tribal house and trance and mixing them with a traditional sub-bass root. Outside the drum and bass fraternity the group counts house DJ Paul Oakenfold amongst its fans.

"(Slip And Slide) Suicide" is taken from "Resist", Kosheen's forthcoming debut album on Moksha, which will be released in June.

German Trance Continues To Dominate

The German trance explosion continues its mainstream domination throughout Europe with the latest dancefloor smash courtesy of Schiller alias Mike Scandle's track "Das Glockenspiel" (Data). Already a trance anthem in its native Germany, the track will get a U.K. release on April 9, and is receiving huge support from DJs Oakenfold, Pete Tong, and Judge Jules, and has been B-listed on U.K. national radio.

Schiller follows hot on the heels of other German producers including ATB (aka Andre Tanneberger) and Zombie Nation, who have taken the British charts by storm in recent months.

Basement Jaxx Fans of Mr. Bongo

The Mr. Bongo label, formidable masters of Brazilian rhythms, will deliver Sao Benitez's remixes of River Ocean's "Latin Love And Happiness" this month. The track, which appeared on Bongo's definitive "Brazilian Beats Volume 2" compilation released in the U.K. in February, will appear with fresh mixes on a single release on April 9. It is already picking up support from Basement Jaxx and the Body & Soul crew in New York.

Glasgow Underground 50th Release

One of the U.K.'s finest deep house labels celebrates its 50th release in April. Kevin McKay's Glasgow Underground label will deliver its anniversary double-vinyl platter, "Glasgow Underground Fifty," at the end of April (ironically long past the actual 50th release).

The label recently signed Scottish tech house producer DJ Q, and of the four contributors to feature on the release, it is Q who headlines. Also turning in tunes are U.S. producers Mateo and Matos, the elusive Idjut Boys, and label boss McKay himself, who delivers a remix of Mateo and Matos' single from last year, "The Real Thing."