From studying music at Oxford University, to starting one of the early live electronic acts (Beat Foundation) in the 90’s with Andy Cato of Groove Armada, to writing a string of underground club hits on his label Playtime, Mike Monday has consistently stood apart from the crowd. His two albums â€˜Smorgasboardâ€™ and â€˜Songs without Wordsâ€™ released on OM records last September, ably demonstrate his power and aptitude for the dancefloor. With his monthly podcast “Monday Club”, a regular blog “The Unanswered Question”, as well as worldwide album tour DJ dates you wouldnâ€™t expect him to have much time for anything else. But he has decided to go back to his performance roots and come up with a live show – that promises to be spontanious and dangerous. Heâ€™s also been collaborating with Simpleâ€™s Will Saul in recent months – their single â€˜Zippoâ€™ is released on Buzzinâ€™ Fly in February and their already hard at work in the studio again for the follow up.
If anyone knows how to lovingly craft a big hook itâ€™s Mike Monday. His single â€˜Bhalobashiâ€™ has been Simpleâ€™s biggest selling single of all time. â€˜Zwivettyâ€™ is seriously infectious, weird and wonky disco absolutely bursting with soul and character, treading the line between organic and electronic perfectly. Drums that sound slightly out of control (in a good way), huge stabs and an ingeniously cut-up string sample. Think Sound Stream on acid. For the dub Mike takes out the stabs and builds the tension around the strings. Played back to back they are devastating combination. â€˜Mr.Goneâ€™ is an altogether different proposition. Undulating techno with de-tuned guitar licks, an evil acid arp-line and perfectly off kilter percussion that all leads to a stunning ‘Squarepusher-esque’ bass-line solo by Mike himself.
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B. Mr Gone