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➤ Rusty and Steve raise a storm on the Croisette

Canvas-Club on the beach opposite Carlton Cannes hotel

Canvas-Club on the beach opposite Carlton Cannes hotel

❚ IN CANNES FOR THE FILM FESTIVAL TONIGHT? So are former 80s Blitz Kids, club deejay Rusty Egan and Spandau Ballet’s sax-percussionist Steve Norman, and you can catch their storming double act at the pop-up Canvas-Club on the beach opposite Carlton Cannes hotel, on the Croisette May 17–19… Then the pair move off to Ibiza where they perform fortnightly at the Nassau Beach Club on Playa D’en Bossa from May to Sept.


Our first night was pretty relaxed. Cannes during the film festival feels fantastic. There are full-on business meetings day and night in the Canvas-Club where we’re jamming. The last time I was here was 2009 when Spandau announced we were going to make a film (and that is due out next year). But there was a completely different vibe at the Midem music festival where people do deals all day then let themselves go at night. For the film business it’s all deals. They’re not a club crowd, so we adapt accordingly.

Rusty is brilliant at gauging the audience’s mood, making a seamless transition from dinner table to dancefloor. He warmed up the dinner session lifting the pace gradually, then I rocked up about 10pm vibing on top of his music to kick things off into a Latin fury. We play a soulful mix of house music, quite funky but definitely not retro. Next we’re off to Ibiza – my second home, where I left a little piece of me – and we’re appearing fortnightly on Mondays at Nassau Beach Club from May 27 through till September. These places are springing up all over. It used to be a beach bar and has mushroomed into a nightclub on the sand. People will be chilling by day, then going for it by night.

Rusty Egan, Steve Norman, DJ, Cannes, Ibiza

Rusty and Steve: discs, drums, percussion and sax!

➢ The Canvas-Club in Cannes requires membership – Restaurant service during the day, bar service with star deejays in the evenings.

➢ While he’s away catch Rusty’s Electricity Club radio show broadcast every Friday from midnight till 2am on Mi-Soul.com

➢ Catch up with Rusty’s Electricity Club shows on demand

➢ Catch up with Steve Norman at Facebook

Rusty adds: “I have been very busy writing and recording new music under the title Welcome to the Dancefloor and will be ready to release some stuff very soon. Visit Soundcloud to sample some.”


➤ Playlists to keep us foot-tapping into May

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Back 2 The Wild: Click on pic to run video in a new window

➢ Bedazzling music video for the new Basement Jaxx single Back 2 The Wild is directed by Mat Maitland at Big Active & Natalia Stuyk. Salient points at Popjustice:

  1. Basement Jaxx are Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe and they hail from London, England.
  2. They’ve collaborated with “everyone” from Kele Le Roc to JC Chasez to Dizzee Rascal to Robyn.
  3. If a song of theirs came on in a club it would not be inappropriate to have a bit of a dance.

➢ Double whammy: view the Wild video in super-high quality and visit their own online playlist at jaxxplayer

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➢ Dazed Digital has a vibey May playlist alongside its main feature post-punk stars, Savages. It says:
We’ve got a whole lot of Jeremih from his Cassie mixape collab to Shlohmo, new Gold Panda, Co La’s experimental single on Software, the first release from legendary London establishment Fabric’s Houndstooth label as well as an exclusive stream from Pedestrian’s new EP and more from our recently featured avant-garde electronic duo Diamond Version. Not to mention Jessie Ware.

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Electricity Club Showman Rusty Egan: any kind of music so long as it’s electro

➢ Rusty Egan presents The Electricity Club Show every Friday 00:00 till 02:00 BST … Either take this picturesque catch-up route via the Electricity Club which champions the current electropop scene:

Eins-zwei-drei-vier… the fourth programme in the series Egan Presents The Electricity Club on Mi-Soul Radio can now be heard on catchup. The show starts with Kraftwerk and the other featured artists are fine examples of the Düsseldorf foursome’s legacy. These acts include Felix Da Housecat, Tiga & Zyntherius, Afrika Bambaataa, The Knife, Omd, Junkie Xl Featuring Dave Gahan, Mgmt, Simple Minds, Sin Cos Tan, Daft Punk, Inertia And The Presets.

➢ Or tune in live to Egan playing the best in electronic music at Mi-Soul on Fridays 00:00 till 02:00 BST

Mi-Soul is a soul music broadcast platform, providing everything soul everywhere – online, on mobile app and in due course on FM and digital, and any other future platform yet to be invented. Launched by the team responsible for creating Kiss FM in the 1990s, Mi-Soul continues to be supported by many of the original DJ team, augmented by high-profile presenters in every genre. Mi-Soul occupies a self-contained wing in the in the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust’s iconic building in Deptford, which was designed by the award-winning architect David Adjaye, and opened in 2008.


❏ Rusty Egan says: “If you are in Cannes for the film festival I will be there on the Croisette at “Canvas” on the beach opposite Carlton Cannes hotel May 17–19 … then in Ibiza at Nassau Beach Bar with Steve Norman from Spandau Ballet on sax and percussion, from May to Sept every other Friday … I have been very busy writing and recording new music under the title Welcome To The Dancefloor and will be ready to release some stuff very soon. Visit Soundcloud to sample some.”

♫ Rusty Egan’s Playlist at the Blitz