Mind the wet paint! Amateur’s House has a new name, new look – but the same sense of purpose that followers will love and detractors will dread

You might notice that I’ve got the painters in. They’ll be around for a few more days in the background, but some of the bigger changes took place last night. Not least the sign for Amateur’s House, the new name the blog. Some new banners have gone up and will be going up too.

Rest assured that the blog will otherwise remain much unchanged. Expect more about the many flaws in the scene, but you can also expect to start seeing some more positive stories too – even I have to admit there’s not enough of those. And expect more coverage of things that you won’t see covered elsewhere too.

Writing about stuff in dance music that others won’t? It’s what I do. Normal posts resume shortly…

Receiving free music from record labels? Lesson of the day – putting “dope” in the comments box does NOT count as a review, even if Todd Terry says so…

I might possibly be writing this post with a touch of self-interest that I should probably declare in advance. I have a review column on this blog which features my critiques of the best new releases of the week. It’s called The Six On Saturday. And it carries actual reviews of tunes.

Not what large chunks of the promo receiving brigade try to pass off as a review. The other day, Todd Terry posted this tweet…

Clicking the Inflyte link included with the tweet provides a selection of… well, I don’t know what you’d call them but reviews, they are not. Sam Divine writes that it’s “dopppeee” – extra marks have to be added, I depressingly suppose, for the addition of four totally unnecessary letters to the word.

One of the better DJs that Puerto Rico has provided the world – Robbie Rivera – writes that it’s “nice”. Which is the rough equivalent of being invited to someone’s house for a Sunday roast and pretending the roset potatoes are “nice”, even though they’re burnt on the outside and still aren’t cooked inside.

But top marks here has to go to Joachim Garraud. Like a Frenchman who’s decided to go on strike just because it’s what the French sometimes do, he hasn’t even bothered to write a review. He simply wrote “thx” – and in a sign of just how enormously grateful he was to receive this free piece of music, he failed to even write the full word. Full marks for laziness, Joachim!

If you do want to see how a review is done, come onto this page around 1pm UK time tomorrow. That’s usually when the Six On Saturday column is – or you can read these columns from the archive. Todd Terry even appears in a few of them…

Shake your lettuce! The heartwarming story behind the lead track of my new EP, out on May 17th

You might have noticed a banner appearing at the top of this website in recent days, and wondering what it’s all about. Well, it’s the title of my new two track EP, soon to be released on 3rd Way Recordings.

The first record is called “Shake Your Lettuce”. Why the weird name? Well, I’d made this track with a few rhodes chords and a big bassline on it, but wasn’t quite sure what to call it. Around the same time, my 4 year old son started saying “shake your lettuce” a lot. No idea why, but I recorded him saying it and stuck it on the track.

And if that’s not for you, the deeper alternative track will be. “Danny’s Analogous House” is a throwback to the olden days when that organ bass sound was everywhere – although I’m at pains to point out this is not the constantly recurring Korg M1 organ patch!

Track previews and preorder links are now on Traxsource, ahead of the May 17th release…

What’s happening in the world of Amateur At Play?

Good morning and welcome to another week on the blog. It’s been a while since I did one of these posts, so I thought I’d elaborate on what’s going on with me at the moment and what’s coming up soon.

So firstly, I’ve got this out on Traxsource right now. It’s my second collaboration with Morris Revy and it’s all soulful and stuff…

I have a number of remixes that are due for release soon, including for Paolo Maffia, UG Movement, Dwayne W Tyree and quite a few others. Release dates will be made available whenever I know what they are.

Elsewhere, I’m working on more vocal tracks than I’ve ever done before. There’s another one with Morris Revy in the can, alongside a track with Richelle Hicks. I also have yet another one with Morris Revy in production at the moment, and I’m nearly finished on three other things with two singers who I’m contractually barred from naming at this stage!

I’m also trying to clear a sample at the moment for a future release, as well as doing some 2-step remixes. Although anyone reading this ought to know I’m still willing to do the house mixes that I’m known for too!

Finally, I’m also investigating a few things behind the scenes. You’ll be the first to know when they’re published…

Things don’t stop at weekends here!

You might be new to this site, so allow me to explain. Things don’t stop here at the weekends. There’s plenty still going on at this 7-day a week operation.

First of all, here’s a reminder that this is out this week. Lovely soulful house with Morris Revy and a garage dub too!

Tomorrow morning, you’ve got a useful recap coming up just in case you’ve missed anything from another busy week on the blog…

Then in the afternoon, the weekly review of the best tracks to come out the past 7 days…

And Sunday is filled with the usual Sunday stuff. Plenty to see you through to another Monday morning…