Sibson's selections combine jazz, funk and rock & roll sensibilities with a flair for blissed-out global frequencies. At 22, he has DJ'd across the globe, as well as holding up residencies at 2000-capacity clubnights in his original hometown of Leeds. When he is not overseeing the selectors series at his website 45turns.com, you might find Mikey showcasing rare vinyl cuts alongside guests and diggers from London’s thriving world music scene at his own Elevator East club night. His own productions range from the balearic rock & roll chaos of The Alloways to the eclectic, dancefloor ready Elevator Edits imprint, yet a common thread runs through all of Sibson’s work: a desire to challenge the norm, discover new sounds and create unique musical moments wherever he goes. Today, he gives Loose Lips an insight to that unique record collection.
I started playing n bands and putting on nights in Leeds when I was about 15 and the clubs I used to do were spots pretty much dedicated to guitar music, usually very sweaty and underneath something. The energy that I saw in people there reminds me of what’s happening now at off-the-grid raves in East London and all over the country, this sense that it’s the weekend, we’re done with work, we’re pissed off with the way the world is going and we have this absolutely mental music that we’re gonna dance all night to. It’s special and something that people have felt at parties and festivals all over the place since the 50s. Exploring the link between these two worlds in a purely musical way is a personal project of mine, always trying to find that sweet spot where a long-haired scruff with a guitar drops you an 808 boot to the gut.
The tracks I’ve picked are ones which take the groove and whack a massive overdrive on it, rolling all the unbridled pleasure of guitars, drums and four-to-the-floor electronics into a sonic behemoth fit for the dancefloor. Here’s 11 tracks that fit the formula and bring rock & roll to the rave in a big way (because you can always go louder than 10)…
Buddy Holly - Rave On
Probably the best place to start is where it all started. Rave culture comes from Buddy Holly and a time where people went wild in ballrooms all over America. It was the catalyst for a social upheaval called rock & roll and the energy lives on in clubs, fields, arches and warehouses to this day. Rave on…
West Bam - Alarm Clock
Very much the 90s big beat sound with an extra dose of heads-down intensity and a bit less geared towards the radio, ‘Alarm Clock’ is the signal that the DJ is no longer fucking about. Also fits nicely into the 70s cosmic disco spectrum that spawned a lot of wonky band-led electronic adventures.
Lark - Can I Colour In Your Hair (Andrew Weatherall Version)
This is one of Weatherall’s more dub-orientated outings, but the way the screaming overdrive on those guitars envelops the track reminds me of the Madchester scene and his work with Primal Scream in 1992, which was surely the high-water mark of fusing indie rock & roll, the acid sound and balearic feels.
Red Axes - Caminho De Dreyfus
Sharp and cheeky post-punk business from the Israeli duo that are among the biggest ambassadors of this sound today.
Idjut Boys & Laj - Oh La La Teaparty (Crispin J. Glover Remix)
A fucking monster of a track conjured up by Idjut Boys & Laj (Ray Mang) in late 1996. Stormy Detroit-style beats throw you around the room only to warm you up for the beating that Idjut Boys lay down on the guitars. This is a serious weapon that should be deployed with great caution, and probably not before 1am.
Politrio - Psycho Killer (Double Wave Edit)
This Politrio cover from 2013 takes all the sordid grittiness of the Talking Heads classic and amps it up a few notches with pout-inducing slap bass and massive double stops and solos on the guitars. Double Wave on edit duties crafts the tools to raise the room.
Psychemagik - The Trip
Sun-drenched psychedelic dizziness lifted off a rare 45 from a Chicago label recorded, most likely, sometime in the 70s. It’s bold, driving and euphoric, a signature Psychemagik trip that sounds like the world when you’ve been out drinking for a few days straight.
Elleorde - Black Talon
Leftfield cut from a great EP by Elleorde. This sits somewhere between fusion jazz and 70s ELO-style psych with a smoking Tarantino attitude.
Answering Machine - Call Me Mr Telephone (Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas Remix)
With this one the Scandodisco maestros take an Italian funky disco cut from the 80s and turn it into a sweaty, unrelenting driver that just never stops. Found it in a record shop in Paris a couple of years ago and it rarely leaves the bag.
The Orielles - It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)
Those quarter note crash hits have been begging for a guitar band to come in and give a go since Peggy Gou took over the world with that tune earlier this year. Rolling psych-tinged indie rock with a heavily DIY feel.
Marco Dionigi - I Got Your Number
Long-time Daniele Baldelli collaborator Marco Dionigi beefs up this 1980 disco number into a late-night rock & roll trip for the basement jaunts. One of the highlight moments at our Elevator East boat party this summer!