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Thursday, 26 November 2009

MD'S CLUB DATES, DECEMBER 09/ JANUARY '10



































Saturday 28th November
BRIDGE @
The Bridge, Oxford
(10.30pm-3am)

Thursday 3rd December
CHRISTMAS SESSIONS @
Trinity, Bicester
(9pm-1am)

Friday 4th December
CHRISTMAS SESSIONS @
Trinity, Bicester
(9pm-1am)

Saturday 5th December
CHRISTMAS SESSIONS @
Trinity, Bicester
(9pm-1am)

Thursday 10th December
SOUL FUNK & JAZZ @
Piens, Riga, LATVIA

Friday 11th December
CHRISTMAS SESSIONS @
Trinity, Bicester
(9pm-1am)

Saturday 12th December
SMOOVE @
Ministry Of Sound, Papas Beach Club, Hurghada, EGYPT

Wednesday 16th December
BLACK SHEEP MAG CHRISTMAS PARTY @
Ruby Lo, London

Thursday 17th December
THURSDAYS @
Izi, Witney
(9pm-2am)

Friday 18th December
CHRISTMAS SESSIONS @
Trinity, Bicester
(9pm-1am)

Saturday 19th December
CHRISTMAS SESSIONS @
Trinity, Bicester
(9pm-1am)

Thursday 24th December
CHRISTMAS EVE @
Izi, Witney
(9pm-2am)

Saturday 26th December
BOXING DAY @
Mirage, Aylesbury
(10pm-3am)

Sunday 27th December
CHRISTMAS SUNDAY @
Izi, Witney
(9pm-2am)

Thursday 31st December
NEW YEAR'S EVE @
Izi, Witney
(11pm-3am)

Thursday 7th January
THURSDAYS @
Izi, Witney
(9pm-2am)

Saturday 9th January
SATURDAYS @
Mirage Club, Aylesbury
(10.30pm-3am)

Thursday 21st January
THURSDAYS @
Izi, Witney
(9pm-2am)

Saturday 23rd January
SATURDAYS @
Mirage Club, Aylesbury
(10.30pm-3am)

Saturday 30th January
BRIDGE @
The Bridge, Oxford
(10.30pm-3am)

JUST BUGGIN. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 25/11/09














MARK DEVLIN
JUST BUGGIN’ ON OXFORD’S FM107.9 (WWW.FM1079.COM)
PLAYLIST FOR WEDNESDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2009


To listen again (ad-free!), just click on the following Download links:

PART 1 (Includes Pound Sterling interview feature:)


PART 2 (Includes DJ Aiva guest mix:) 


ALICIA KEYS: EMPIRE STATE PART 2 (BROKEN DOWN)

LUCKY DICE: SHAFTING

CHIMA ANYA Featuring SOWETO KINCH: NEW DAY

SO SOLID: SINCE YOU WENT AWAY

OBIE TRICE: GOT HUNGRY

SAVANT OF RAREBREED: TIL DEATH DO US PART

STREET BEAT OF THE WEEK:
THAD REID: SUFFER TOO

SHEEK LOUCH: EVERYDAY

CHUBB ROCK & WORDSMITH: LOVE IS LOVE

MASTA ACE & ED OG: HANDS HIGH

KRS ONE & BUCKSHOT Featuring SMIFF N WESSUN: CONNECTION

OLD TO THE NEW
D.I.T.C: DAY ONE

OC & AG: THINK ABOUT IT

GUEST ARTIST INTERVIEW: POUND STERLING

POUND STERLING: FRESH

POUND STERLING: SO REAL

NEFEW Featuring CONSEQUENCE & CHANJ: BIKO

SAVANT OF RAREBREED: ILLEST YOU'VE NEVER HEARD

IRON BRAYDZ: GOLDEN LEGACY

SKANDAL Featuring LITTLE DEE: THE OTHER SIDE

RAKIM Featuring DESTINY GRIFFIN: MESSAGE IN THE SONG

MR. CHOP: SHUT 'EM DOWN

OC & AG: YOUNG WITH STYLE

GUEST DJ MIX: DJ AI-VA (RIGA, LATVIA)

BIG L: MVP (SUMMER SMOOTH REMIX)

MASTA ACE: THE INC RIDE

WARREN G. & NATE DOGG: REGULATE

DIGABLE PLANETS: REBIRTH OF SLICK (COOL LIKE DAT)

JURASSIC 5: FREEDOM

THE ROOTS: WHAT THEY DO

OC: BORN TO LIVE

COMMON Featuring BILAL: THE LIGHT

2PAC Featuring ERIC WILLIAMS: DO FOR LOVE

LL COOL J: AROUND THE WAY GIRL

COMMON Featuring KANYE WEST: GO!

BLACKALICIOUS: MAKE YOU FEEL THAT WAY

MARK DEVLIN AT MINISTRY OF SOUND, EGYPT, SATURDAY 12th DECEMBER

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

BLACK SHEEP MAG CHRISTMAS PARTY

JUST BUGGIN. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 18/11/09















MARK DEVLIN
JUST BUGGIN’ ON OXFORD’S FM107.9 (WWW.FM1079.COM)
PLAYLIST FOR WEDNESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2009


To listen again (ad-free!), just click on the following Download links:

PART 1 (Includes Cee Rock The Fury interview feature:)

PART 2: 


TIMBALAND Featuring DRAKE: SAY SOMETHIN'

SHEEK LOUCH: EVERYDAY

OBIE TRICE: GOT HUNGRY

KASHA: LONDON STATE OF MIND

AARON JAMES CASHELL Featuring HEATHEN: FIGHTING BACK

DOOM: GAZZILLION EAR

STREET BEAT OF THE WEEK:
LUCKY DICE: SHAFTING

SOULS OF MISCHIEF: PROPER AIM

NEFEW Featuring CONSEQUENCE & CHANJ: BIKO

OC & AG: THE OASIS

OLD TO THE NEW
BIG DADDY KANE, MC SHAN, CRAIG G, ROXANNE SHANTE, BIZ MARKIE, TJ SWAN &
MARLEY MARL: MR. MAGIC TRIBUTE

MARLEY MARL Featuring MASTA ACE, CRAIG G, BIG DADDY KANE, KOOL G RAP & LITTLE DADDY SHANE: THE SYMPHONY PII

GUEST ARTIST INTERVIEW: CEE ROCK THE FURY

CEE ROCK THE FURY: KILL DA KILLIN'

CEE ROCK THE FURY: YOWZAH!

CEE ROCK THE FURY: HIP HOP NO. 5

IRON BRAYDZ: GOLDEN LEGACY

GUEST DJ MIX: PEANUT BUTTER WOLF OLD-SCHOOL ELECTRO MIX PART 2

TRINITY (SADAT X, AG, DJ JAB): RAIDA TRIBUTE

RAKIM: DOCUMENTARY OF A GANGSTER

DJ DEVASTATE Featuring SILVIA: THE MOTION

MR. CHOP: MECCA & THE SOUL BROTHER

FLY GYPSY: 2 STEP

MERLIN Featuring RASCALS: GANGSTER

ARUBA RED Featuring JAH CURE: LIGHT UP LIGHT UP

PRYSLEZZ Featuring SLUM VILLAGE: FIND A WAY

Monday, 16 November 2009

FILM REVIEW: HARRY BROWN















On the surface of it, 'Harry Brown' might make movie fans question whether it's really needed. Grizzled old guy turns vigilante to blow away menacing thugs. Charles Bronson did it in the 'Death Wish' series, and Clint Eastwood more recently in 'Gran Torino.' But 'Harry Brown' is full of surprises.

It starts out as a bleak portrayal of the loneliness of old age, as Michael Caine's eponymous character shuffles and sighs his way through life on his grim London council estate. Once his only friend is brutally murdered by the thugs and hoodies that blight the area, however, our chess-playing, ale-sipping hero decides enough is enough and, drawing on his past as a marine stationed in Northern Ireland, works his way through the protagonists.

The switch is highly implausible, as Harry goes from barely being able to make it up the stairs to kidnapping and tying up villains overnight. Of course it helps that the police, led by idealistic detective Emily Mortimer and arrogant chief Iain Glen, are portrayed as well meaning but inept, giving Harry free rein to exact his brand of street justice.

Plot anomalies aside, former commercials director Daniel Barber has delivered a dark, raw and brooding drama, tinged with shades of grey and brown to evoke the hopelessness of its setting. The violence is extreme, but the pond-life on display are so despicable, that crowds will be hollering 'go on Harry!' at every turn, and ultimately, everyone gets what they deserve. The makers have taken care to incorporate a nice little plot twist at the end, too. Michael Caine puts in a dignified and, on the whole, sympathetic performance, and Ben Drew, otherwise known as the rapper Plan B, makes a particularly loathesome hoodie.

MARK DEVLIN

Thursday, 12 November 2009

JUST BUGGIN. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 11/11/09














MARK DEVLIN
JUST BUGGIN’ ON OXFORD’S FM107.9 (WWW.FM1079.COM)
PLAYLIST FOR WEDNESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2009


To listen again (ad-free!), just click on the following Download links:

PART 1 (Includes Heathen interview feature)

PART 2


KASHA: LONDON STATE OF MIND

BIG DADDY KANE, MC SHAN, CRAIG G, ROXANNE SHANTE, BIZ MARKIE, TJ SWAN &
MARLEY MARL: MR. MAGIC TRIBUTE

TRINITY (SADAT X, AG, DJ JAB): RAIDA TRIBUTE

WARREN G: WEST IS BACK

RAKIM: WALK THESE STREETS

TIMBALAND Featuring DRAKE: SAY SOMETHIN'

STREET BEAT OF THE WEEK:
DOOM: GAZZILLION EAR

SHEEK LOUCH: EVERYDAY

PRYSLEZZ Featuring SLUM VILLAGE: FIND A WAY

DJ MK PRESENTS SKANDAL: SPACESHIP

OLD TO THE NEW
MR. CHOP: THE MAIN INGREDIENT

PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH: THE MAIN INGREDIENT

GUEST ARTIST INTERVIEW: HEATHEN

HEATHEN: LAST HOPE

AARON JAMES CASHELL Featuring HEATHEN: FIGHTING BACK

J COLE: LIGHTS PLEASE

DJ MIX: MARK DEVLIN BUGGED OUR REVIVAL MIX

ANGIE STONE: NO MORE RAIN

DR. DRE Featuring MARY J BLIGE: THE MESSAGE

JOYA: WHEN I BRING THE NEWS

NOTORIOUS B.I.G: ONE MORE CHANCE

MARY J BLIGE: LOVE NO LIMIT

SWV: RIGHT HERE

ADINA HOWARD: FREAK LIKE ME

WHITEHEAD BROTHERS: FORGET I WAS A G

TLC: CREEP

DJ DEVASTATE Featuring SEGERFALK: DON'T STOP

DEEP ROOTED: FADE

ARUBA RED Featuring JAH CURE: LIGHT UP LIGHT UP

KANO: Ns WANT MY OLD ISH FREESTYLE

MERLIN Featuring RASCALS: GANGSTER

KOOLADE Featuring J-RO: GET ADDICTED

FLY GYPSY: 2 STEP

FUNKDOOBIEST: THE HEAVYWEIGHT FUNK

Monday, 9 November 2009

DOWNLOAD 'HEAVY', THE MD MIX CD VOLUME 10















Another month, another vintage mix download. We're up to early 2002 with volume 10. After an assortment of hip-hop and R&B bangers that were current at the time, things move into wicked ragga/ dancehall territory with an excursion into the Rice An' Peas riddim. Then it's organic soul style with the likes of Adriana Evans, Guru and N'Dea Davenport, Bahamadia and a much-forgotten soundtrack rarity from Sunshine Anderson.

As ever, download and enjoy.


JA RULE Featuring ASHANTI: ALWAYS ON TIME
RELL: MY BABY
FABULOUS Featuring BLU CANTRELL: TAKE YOU HOME
BLU CANTRELL Featuring FOXY BROWN: OOPS (Remix)
LINA Featuring GANG STARR: IT'S ON
LIL' MO: GANGSTER (Instrumental)
MS. JADE: DREAM
FOXY BROWN Featuring KELIS: CANDY
BABYFACE Featuring MS. STOOSH: THERE SHE GOES
BEANIE SIGEL: BEANIE
PHAROAHE MONCH: F*CK YOU
KRS ONE: GET YOURSELF UP (Remix)
BUSTA RHYMES: BREAK YA NECK
ERICK SERMON: MUSIC (Instrumental)
DE MARVLEST: FREESTYLE
WYCLEF: GANGSTA CAUSE
BEENIE MAN: HANDS UP DEH
PEPPA: HOT GAL
WAYNE MARSHALL: EARTHQUAKE
RICE AN' PEAS RIDDIM
NELLY FURTADO: TURN OFF THE LIGHT (Sunshine Reggae Mix)
SUNSHINE ANDERSON: DON'T BE MAD
GURU Featuring N'DEA DAVENPORT: TRUST ME
ADRIANA EVANS: SEEING IS BELEIVING
BAHAMADIA: UKNOWHOWWEDU
KID FURY: FREESTYLE
AALIYAH: BACK AND FORTH
BLACK MOON: BUCK 'EM DOWN
KEITH MURRAY: THE MOST BEAUTIFULEST THING IN THE WORLD
CAMP LO: LUCHINI

Bonus section:
MD INTERVIEWS ON SOUTH AFRICA RADIO, SUMMER 2001

MD'S TOUR DIARY. CROATIA, NOVEMBER '09












































I'm getting quite familiar with Croatia. This month saw my fourth trip inside of a year to Zagreb, spinning at the ever lively and reliable Maraschino Bar.

Zagreb doesn't feel like a European capital. There are one or two proud statues and a handful of historic municipal buildings dotted around, but on the whole it lacks much of the grandeur of other capitals, and feels more like a large random regional town. I've experienced the city in both the freezing cold (January,) and scorching heat (as early as May.) November's temperature was a moderate 54 degrees, just slightly warmer than London.

I normally hook up for a catch-up chat with the Croatian hip-hop kingpin DJ Phat Phillie, but on this occasion we never made the connection. After spending a few hours taking advantage of the wi-fi at the Laguna Hotel, I set off by foot, armed with a decent street map, to Maraschino. The square directly outside the venue was hosting a Winter wine fair. Rather than detracting from Maraschino's custom, this seemed to have the effect of pulling hordes of punters in once they'd sampled their wares.

The venue is technically a bar, but there can't have been a soul not jigging up with a drink in their hand to some degree. I certainly put the work in, DJing non-stop from 11pm to 4am, the music veering in many different directions, from house to hip-hop to disco and funk, and the session was just as lively as nights at this premium party spot always are.

I was certainly feeling the strain of the five hours by the end, and at that point came another painful departure back to the airport with no sleep. There was the opportunity for an hour, but on this occasion, it really didn't seem worth it, so I grabbed a bite of hotel breakfast as soon as it opened at six, then hit the airport bus. First flights of the day are punishing on the body, but they're often the cheapest, and have to be taken for reasons of professional economy in these challenging times. Goddamit. After routing back to Heathrow with Croatia Airlines, I was crashed out back in my own bed by lunchtime.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

JUST BUGGIN. PLAYLIST & LISTEN AGAIN LINKS FOR 4/11/09














MARK DEVLIN
JUST BUGGIN’ ON OXFORD’S FM107.9 (WWW.FM1079.COM)
PLAYLIST FOR WEDNESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2009


To listen again (ad-free!), just click on the following Download links:

PART 1 (Includes Deep Rooted interview feature)

PART 2 (Includes MD DJ mix recorded live in Norway)


BIG DADDY KANE, MC SHAN, CRAIG G, ROXANNE SHANTE, BIZ MARKIE, TJ SWAN &
MARLEY MARL: MR. MAGIC TRIBUTE

J COLE: LIGHTS PLEASE

RAKIM: WALK THESE STREETS

DJ MK PRESENTS SKANDAL: SPACESHIP

CHIMA ANYA Featuring SOWETO KINCH: NEW DAY

FLY GYPSY: 2 STEP

STREET BEAT OF THE WEEK:
TIMBALAND Featuring DRAKE: SAY SOMETHIN'

KANO: Ns WANT MY OLD ISH FREESTYLE

OLD TO THE NEW

WARREN G Featuring NATE DOGG: REGULATE

WARREN G: WEST IS BACK

KOOLADE Featuring J-RO: GET ADDICTED

KRS ONE & BUCKSHOT Featuring DJ REVOLUTION: SURVIVAL SKILLS

GUEST ARTIST INTERVIEW: DEEP ROOTED

DEEP ROOTED: CELEBRATE

DEEP ROOTED: FADE

DEEP ROOTED: DO IT

DJ MIX: MARK DEVLIN LIVE AT SOUL CITY, BERGEN, NORWAY

FUNKDOOBIEST: THE HEAVYWEIGHT FUNK

HEATHEN: LAST HOPE

KRS ONE & BUCKSHOT Featuring MELANIE FIONA & NALEDGE: PAST PRESENT & FUTURE

FOREIGN BEGGARS Featuring GUILTY SIMPSON: PROVE IT

DJ MK PRESENTS SKANDAL Featuring BRAD STRUT: F*CK A 9 TO 5

MCM: BEEN SO MANY PLACES

BARBIE ANALOGUE: Q & A

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

MARASCHINO BAR PRESENTS MARK DEVLIN


















UK DJ Mark Devlin returns to tear up Croatia's capital.

Network:
Global

Start Time:
Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 11:00pm

End Time:
Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 4:00am

Location:
Maraschino Bar

Street:
Margaretska 1

City/Town:
Zagreb, Croatia

Description

Zagreb's liveliest party spot welcomes back the UK's Mark Devlin, dropping an exciting and varied jump-up selection.

LISTEN TO MARK DEVLIN & TEDDY TOUCH LIVE AT SOUL CITY, BERGEN, NORWAY














This is what happens when two experienced and imaginative DJs are left and trusted to do what they do - no obstruction from management, no annoying b*tches ordering Lady Gaga every five minutes. Just pure, heavy, quickfire quality tuneage.

From 90s boom-bap hip-hop, to ragga dancehall, to a burst of UK Funky and back again ... the results speak for themselves.

Enjoy!

Mark Devlin at Soul City, Bergen, 30/10/09

Teddy Touch at Soul City, Bergen, 30/10/09

MD'S TOUR DIARY. NORWAY, OCTOBER '09










































Any gig where I can get to play tunes as diverse as Michael's Incredible Bongo Band's 'Apache' and Singing Sweet's 'When I See You Smile' - at peak time on a Friday night and with no requirement to go into familiar pop territory - is a very special thing. Sure enough, DJs from all over Norway and beyond look forward to spinning at Teddy Touch's Soul City night in Bergen. I do too, and my return visit on Friday 30th was much anticipated.

Direct flights from London to Bergen are limited, so I spent the whole day routing out first to Stavanger, then on to Bergen. Norway was chillier than the UK, but nowhere near the Arctic temperatures I'd experienced in December a few years before in Oslo, when I could actually feel my brain freezing inside my head.

Soul City's venue, Cafe Opera, is of the small intimate variety, and it's only because of this that its adventurous, but always hip hop-based music policy works. The more expansive a club dancefloor, the more calling there is for the big hits to keep larger throngs entertained. I span between sets from Teddy, kicking off with some 90s boom-bap hip hop and ragga, then, when the time felt right, unleashing some of the more bass-heavy UK Funky sounds on the Norwegian heads, which went down very well indeed.

The only sour point was the relatively early finish, with the lights coming full on at 2.45am in accordance with the city's local law. I'm used to European gigs stretching to 5am and beyond, whereas this cut-off point was far more in keeping with UK culture. The cost of living being as high as it is in Norway, many folk habitually get tanked up on supermarket booze before heading out to the clubs. This had the effect of Cafe Opera only really being busy for the last 90 minutes of the night.

I recorded both mine and Teddy's sets, and they're available to listen back to on the following links if you fancy something different to the usual club set sounds.

Mark Devlin at Soul City, Bergen, 30/10/09

Teddy Touch at Soul City, Bergen, 30/10/09

Back at my hotel, the big dilemma was whether there was any point in going to bed for the two hours until I had to board the dawn airport bus to start heading home, this time via Oslo. I gave in, getting about 90 minutes shut-eye, but feeling worse afterwards than if I'd stayed up. An occupational hazard. I'm so used to flying Ryanair that SAS offering a breakfast came as a real culture shock.

MD'S CLUB DATES, NOVEMBER/ DECEMBER '09


Tuesday 17th November
UWE TUESDAYS @
The Syndicate, Bristol
(10pm-3am)

Saturday 21st November
SATURDAYS @
Mirage Club, Aylesbury
(10.30pm-3am)

Tuesday 24th November
UWE TUESDAYS @
The Syndicate, Bristol
(10pm-3am)



Thursday 26th November
THURSDAYS @
Izi, Witney
(9pm-2am)

Saturday 28th November
BRIDGE @
The Bridge, Oxford
(10.30pm-3am)

Thursday 3rd December
CHRISTMAS SESSIONS @
Trinity, Bicester
(9pm-1am)

Friday 4th December
CHRISTMAS SESSIONS @
Trinity, Bicester
(9pm-1am)

Saturday 5th December
CHRISTMAS SESSIONS @
Trinity, Bicester
(9pm-1am)

Thursday 10th December
AMBER PRESENTS @
Amber Night, Riga, LATVIA

Friday 11th December
CHRISTMAS SESSIONS @
Trinity, Bicester
(9pm-1am)

Saturday 12th December
SMOOVE @
Ministry Of Sound, Papas Beach Club, Hurghada, EGYPT

Thursday 17th December
THURSDAYS @
Izi, Witney
(9pm-2am)

Friday 18th December
CHRISTMAS SESSIONS @
Trinity, Bicester
(9pm-1am)

Saturday 19th December
CHRISTMAS SESSIONS @
Trinity, Bicester
(9pm-1am)

Thursday 24th December
CHRISTMAS EVE @
Izi, Witney
(9pm-2am)

Saturday 26th December
BOXING DAY @
Mirage, Aylesbury
(10pm-3am)

Sunday 27th December
CHRISTMAS SUNDAY @
Izi, Witney
(9pm-2am)

Thursday 31st December
NEW YEAR'S EVE @
Izi, Witney
(11pm-3am)

MD'S TOUR DIARY, OCTOBER '09



































































Some music-makers are a dream to interview. Others are damned hard work. I started the month with phone chats lined up with artist/ super-producer Ryan Leslie and J Dilla's younger brother Illa J. Not sure if I caught him on a bad day, but the Ryan Leslie phoner tested my skills to their limits, leaving me with the impression that the dude just had no interest in being interviewed. Judge for yourself with the following excerpts, which, I swear, have not been doctored in any way!

Part 1

Part 2

On Friday 3rd, I headed to Belfast for another welcome spot at Fabulouso, the weekly jam at Mono staged by husband-and-wife DJ Team Ghost and Brown Suga. On this occasion, I chose to fly from 'Bristol Airport'. This made sense as I was playing in nearby Bath the following night, which saved going home in between. I'd only flown from 'Bristol' once before, and I'd forgotten just how bloody far the airport is from the city. Calling it 'Bristol' is pushing it - it's not even in the same county, and, being approachable only by minor roads, must surely be the most inaccessible airport in the UK. Add to that some ludicrous pricing for their parking, which charges by the day of the week rather than per 24-hour period, and I can say that I won't be travelling from Bristol again.

The night at Mono was populated by an up-for-it and enthusiastic crowd, and provided a great deal of musical exorcism of some of the crap I'm forced to play at most of my English gigs. On after me was Brown Suga, who dropped a red hot dancehall selection that kept the place rocking all the way. And me.

The flight back to 'Bristol' took less than 50 minutes on Saturday afternoon. I'd barely turned my laptop on when we'd already started our descent to land. I killed the time before my Bath gig with a visit to some family friends in nearby Calne, crashing out in a spare bedroom to catch my mandatory Saturday disco nap.

The following weekend I played a session at Mirage in Aylesbury. The spot was formerly known as St. James' Club, with a sister venue in Banbury. Both are still 'gentlemens' clubs during the week, revering to mainstream club status at the weekends. I've played in a strip club and a joint with a 'live lesbian sex show' before, and wouldn't be keen to do either again. In the first, the DJs were totally surplus to crowd requirements; in the second, it was just too hard to concentrate.

I'd love to offer some wild and profound travel tales about my visit to Valencia on Saturday 17th. I learned long ago that here's plenty to say about Ryanair when things go wrong, but little to report when things run to routine. I'm not sure if I'm warming to Ryanair, or if it's just been a long time since I last had a bad experience. My last few trips have ben trouble-free and on-time. I guess I shouldn't speak too soon.

I watched the BBC's recent 'Panorama' programme on the airline with interest. Whilst I'm no big fan of Ryanair or its loathsome boss O'Leary, I felt that it presented a very biased and one-sided hatchet job, and few of its 'revelations' would be any great surprise to anyone who travels with them regularly.

I touched down in Valencia at 8.30pm ready to spin that night at Soul, a black music night run by relocated Londoner DJ Cosy O. Due to an on-line map cock-up, Cosy and myself searched for 90 minutes for my hotel in a coastal town miles away .. before realising it was back in the city at the point where we'd started after all. Although it ate into my nap time, I didn't mind as I got some great views of Valencia and its outlying districts during what was otherwise a straight-in straight-out trip. It's certainly a beautiful and impressive city with some stunning new architecture going up, and great beaches. The city is packed and sweltering in Summer. In October, temperatures hover around a very comfortable 70 degrees.

I'd forgotten just how late the Spanish party. We didn't even arrive at the club spot, Gandhara, until 2am, and it was 3.30 before I started playing. I can't remember the last time an overseas gig disappointed, and Soul was no exception. I blasted the crowd with everything from crunk to reggae to UK Funky to revivals from Prince and Chaka Khan, and it all rang off.

The European smoking ban seems to be a very grey area, (literally and metaphorically,) varying in strictness from country to country. I thought Spain had imposed the ban, but this clearly didn't extend to Gandhara as the familiar thick fog hung in the air throughout, and we emerged stinking of the cancer sticks just like in the old days. It was past 7am before I was back at my hotel, and three hours later came the painful return to the airport. Thoughts of my bed carried me through the journey from Stansted. We eventually reunited mid-afternoon.

My regular Tuesday student gig at Syndicate in Bristol got put on hold a couple of nights later to make way for a one-off Silent Disco. I had no idea what one of these was until it was explained to me. Apparently, all punters are given a set of wireless headphones with the option to tune in to one of two radio channels. Each channel is connected to a separate DJ's output from the booth, with each jock trying to outdo the other in terms of how much they can get the crowd singing along and dancing to their tunes. Must be a highly bizarre experience to walk through a club silent except for people's bad singing renditions. Are these really that common, or have I just led a sheltered existence?

The first in what's hoped to be a series of regional launch parties for Black Sheep Magazine came on Friday 23rd, as I linked up with veteran DJ/ promoter and all-round heavy guy Mr Jay. This one took place at The Emporium niterie in Fleet, Hampshire, with sounds ranging from 80s grooves through to the upfront selection. The guest on my radio show that week was Nottingham's Simone, aka C-Mone, part of the city's extended Out Of Da Ville crew. She's just put out an interesting EP project under the pseudonym Barbie Analogue, (a play on RZA's Bobby Digital alter-ego,) with self-produced beats. The tracks are very spaced-out and 80s in feel. You can check them at: http://www.myspace.com/mccmone

Any gig where I can get to play tunes as diverse as Michael's Incredible Bongo Band's 'Apache' and Singing Sweet's 'When I See You Smile' - at peak time on a Friday night and with no requirement to go into familiar pop territory - is a very special thing. Sure enough, DJs from all over Norway and beyond look forward to spinning at Teddy Touch's Soul City night in Bergen. I do too, and my return visit on Friday 30th was much anticipated.

Direct flights from London to Bergen are limited, so I spent the whole day routing out first to Stavanger, then on to Bergen. Norway was chillier than the UK, but nowhere near the Arctic temperatures I'd experienced in December a few years before in Oslo, when I could actually feel my brain freezing inside my head.

Soul City's venue, Cafe Opera, is of the small intimate variety, and it's only because of this that its adventurous, but always hip hop-based music policy works. The more expansive a club dancefloor, the more calling there is for the big hits to keep larger throngs entertained. I span between sets from Teddy, kicking off with some 90s boom-bap hip hop and ragga, then, when the time felt right, unleashing some of the more bass-heavy UK Funky sounds on the Norwegian heads, which went down very well indeed.

The only sour point was the relatively early finish, with the lights coming full on at 2.45am in accordance with the city's local law. I'm used to European gigs stretching to 5am and beyond, whereas this cut-off point was far more in keeping with UK culture. The cost of living being as high as it is in Norway, many folk habitually get tanked up on supermarket booze before heading out to the clubs. This had the effect of Cafe Opera only really being busy for the last 90 minutes of the night.

I recorded both mine and Teddy's sets, and they're available to listen back to on the following links if you fancy something different to the usual club set sounds.

Mark Devlin at Soul City, Bergen, 30/10/09

Teddy Touch at Soul City, Bergen, 30/10/09

Back at my hotel, the big dilemma was whether there was any point in going to bed for the two hours until I had to board the dawn airport bus to start heading home, this time via Oslo. I gave in, getting about 90 minutes shut-eye, but feeling worse afterwards than if I'd stayed up. An occupational hazard. I'm so used to flying Ryanair that SAS offering a breakfast came as a real culture shock.

The early flight home ad been the only way to make it in time to host DJ Cosy O from Valencia, who was arriving in to link with me at The Bridge in Oxford that night. I'd guested at his spot a couple of weeks earlier. Once I'd picked up Cosy from the train station and deposited him at his hotel, I was finally able to reunite with my bed for a couple of blessed hours.

Things were boding well for a heavy night at The Bridge, being both Halloween and payday end of the month. It ended up being the most enjoyable night I've had there in probably five of the eight years I've been doing it. There's a lot to be said for having two DJs on a session - each brings tunes the other wouldn't have thought of, in turn inspiring each other to be ever more rocking. The crowd can only benefit from the resulting selections.

... and that was October.