The Dissident sound of New Cross

Veros Artis - dedicated to the art of making it up as you go along.
Veros Artis - dedicated to the art of making it up as you go along.

Andy Blake, Dissident Distribution

Andy runs one of our favourite dance labels around, Dissident based down in New Cross  but spiritually somewhere between Rimini and Chicago in  1984.  We were hooked after being given a copy of Dissident Vol 1 at the beginning of last year.  It was just what we needed to stoke the fire of the Heavenly Jukebox as we spent the summer playing records out of the back of a Function 1 loaded green Model T Ford on the Rizla festival tour.  Saucy acid minimalism laced with audiophile psych that you can really get stuck into . . . & we most certainly did.

Anyone with the slightest interest or fervor in electronic/dance music should track down Dissident cd 1/2: ‘Veros Artis’ vol 1 & 2 and take it from there.  All the labels releases are beautifully pressed 12″ &  ltd to 100/200 copies and there’s not a dud one amongst them & they’ve got great label artwork as well.  There’s no Dissident website, myspace & pretty much fack all information on the label at the moment but I’m sure that will all change very soon.  You can check the all the releases on Discogs and also Phonica and Juno seem to be on it with stocking their releases. DISSIDENT on DISCOGS

Check out one of the first tunes we bit on from Vol 1 here.  Go jogging with this menacing puppy for the whole 11 mins!


WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET JACKING& if you want to hear a selection of what Andy likes to play when he’s feeling Sevenly here’s a 7″ only mix that he sent us in anticipation of his set @ The Social on the 31st March when we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the release of the first 7″ 45 & we kick off celebrations for The Social’s 10 yr anniversary.

BLAKE 7 – Andy Blake – dissident jukebox vol 2


SEVENLY a celebration of the 45!

It will be 60 years to the day that Eddy Arnold’s ‘Texarkana Baby’ was released by RCA, pressed in translucent green vinyl it was the first ever 45 record released, so never shy of a celebrating anything worth celebrating we’re throwing a birthday party at The Social for the beloved 7″ record.

Djing on the night will be some of our friends who we deemed wholly holy qualified to come down and play you some of their favourite 7’s from the last 60 years.

Digging through their crates to unearth you some gems and provide back to back 3min slices of Sevenly music will be ;

EDWYN COLLINS (7″ label champion!)
EMMY THE GREAT (music sounds better with her)

YOUNG & LOST CLUB (Great label, great 7’s)


(keep your ears posted on here for a Superb &  exclusive 7″ mix that Andy’s done for us, coming v. soon!)

HEAVENLY JUKEBOX ( 7evenly music)
ROUGH TRADE (They sell 7’s, they play 7’s!)

& BOB STANLEY (Vinyl guru, is it you?)


There will also be a mini Rough Trade stall selling 7’s on which you will be able find some exclusively signed  for the early birds and in between sets there will be some Heavenly freebies to give away.

Come celebrate with us & hear some of the finest music ever cut to 7″ of vinyl, doors 7pm & its well free to get in! @ THE SOCIAL, 5 Little Portland St, W1w 7JD

Both Bob and myself managed to pick up a copy of ‘TEXARKANA BABY’ on Gemm for under $10 within minutes of finding out about the track.  I love the fact the first 45 came on translucent green vinyl which was designed to colour

reference musical genres, ahh the innocence of product marketing back in the day . . .  literally!

Until we get set up in the new office and wire up the vinyl/,p3 thing you can make do with a youtube version of Eddy Arnolds 45, which sounds better than my copy in any case.