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006: Time to Beam Up with the PATCHOULI BROTHERS


At the time of writing, Americans are glued to their TV’s and devices, manically checking for updates, awaiting any news that could provide closure on one of the darkest eras in American history. For many of us here, it seems like the fate of our world is in the balance. While the election is not exactly what we’d hoped for, the results have brought hope of removing the orange stain from the White House so we can begin to repair our damaged Republic.

In these anxiety provoking days, it seems only right we look to our friends north of the border for some positive vibes and a departure from the turmoil. The dj duo of Dylan-Thomas Childs and John McLeod, better known to the world as the Patchouli Brothers, are the perfect men for the mission. If you've experienced the euphoria of a peaktime disco moment over the past several years, it’s likely it was one of their edits sending you to the moon.

Some years ago the Brothers Patchouli started a party in their hometown of Toronto called “Beam Me Up”. The night quickly gained an underground following for its authentic, sweaty, no-rules feel. As the Brothers have said, “(Beam Me Up) began as a venue for us to play some of our favourite underrated disco music”. It started with good music and took off from there. Focused on the unifying and uplifting nature of dance, the night encourages party goers to liberate themselves in any way they see fit.

Soon after Beam Me Up grew in notoriety, the Brothers extended the party's reach to Montreal. They'd been rocking both cities before Covid hit and had just leaned into their first tour of Europe. We won’t ask them to pick favorites, but holding down residencies in two of Canada’s biggest dance hubs is an accomplishment in itself. We have no doubt that when dance floors reopen in 2021, the Patchouli Brothers will continue spreading their authentic groove all over the globe while keeping their local fans happy with new productions and parties.

With their parties temporarily on hold, the duo continues to light up the boogie & disco edit game. The Patchouli’s edits and productions seem to capture the same eclectic feel of their parties, tapping into the primal spirits of funk, disco, soul and house. All Patchouli Brothers productions are known for consistent floor-filler quality. They are a fixture of Chicago’s Star Creature Universal Vibrations Tugboat edits series, contributors to several other respected labels from around the globe such as GAMM, Soundway, Defected and BBE, and are becoming one of the most sought-after pair of producers for all types of edits.

We were excited to invite the Patchouli Brothers to join our O&O series and we weren’t surprised when they delivered an expertly mixed, upbeat set of gospel disco, eclectic, international jazz funk and a few of their own productions. Turn up your speakers, and be swept away from the madness through the soulful power of Patchouli music.

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