Archive for March, 2008
Four day weeks are akin to a delicious chocolate truffle with a poisonous gooey centre. Last weekend was monstrous 4 evenings of nothing but opportunity to pickle the liver for which I grabbed like some crazed person after those silver tokens in the dome contraption on the crystal maze. Tuesday turned up, I felt horrible but finally got back to reality to find the weekend was on my doorstep once again, urgh, but in a rather superficial “do I have to” way. So to understand the mistake I’m going to make by being back at work next Monday in pain, lets recap how I got there the first time round.
Secret Sundaze @ The Coronet Theatre
Thursday saw the weekend kick off with Secret Sundaze. Usually a staple in the
Aside from the ridiculous queue to get into the moderately empty building, Secret Sundaze had a good sizeable crowd in attendance. Both the big rooms were packed out with plenty of dress up fun that only Secret Sundaze can do. The music was good in places, but seemed all a bit same old same old at times, the same house and techno that weren’t really going anywhere which seemed to affect the crowd after a while. There were flashes of inspiration and I did have a “laugh” but all in all it just settled into a usual night with average music from both the main and back room with a subdued crowd. I hope Secret Sundaze go back to their formula of small interesting venues with a more select up for it crowd.
M-Nus 10th Birthday @ Fabric
So the jewel in the weekend crown for most was the M-Nus 10th Birthday. Presale tickets had sold months in advanced, something unheard of for a Fabric Saturday, so it was pretty obvious that only small oily fish in a tomato based sauce would be comfortable. Undeterred I still went. Come on its Richie Hawtin in room 1 and after missing him at the End and being disappointed for the first time at Lost in July, I needed a good dose of Hawtin magic to restore the faith.
On arrival the queue was pretty lengthy even by Fabric standards. It was visible from Farringdon station which isn’t even that close and round a corner! There were rumours flying round of people being camped out since 7pm! That’s dedication to the cause big time! Luckily I didn’t have to wait too long being on some sort of lengthy list thank god. On the inside it was the usual mix of folk all cramped in moving fluidly round the club. If you got caught in the wrong flow you ended up in the toilet hoping sea rescue were going to pull you out.
Anyways I digress, all this talk of queues and people when I should really be talking about the music, which is easily summed up in one word. BRILLIANT. All rooms were rocking. Great techno all round with a real up for it crowd. It was nice to see Magda playing some decent music again. Last few times she had been really dull. Maybe because she’s made for the warm up slot and peak time sets don’t really do her justice? I dunno. But I do know she was rocking room 1. Marco Carola continued his excellent form in room 2 to a packed out crowd. Again the crowd were electric, people cheering and going nuts. Haven’t seen such enthusiasm since…. Urm the last time Hawtin and the gang were down. Gaiser ripped into Room 1 with his Gaiser sound and an entertaining sound at that. I’m pretty sure he laid down some new stuff too.
So to the main event, Hawtin rolls on at 5am with a planned 5 hour set and my god it was a journey that required seat belts. I couldn’t tell you what he played; all I know is that I was extremely happy at hearing that sound, his sound. OK he did go a bit filter- tastic but every time he did it people would go nuts. So I don’t blame him for massaging his ego watching people go mental at a turn of a knob. I did stay right till the end, however someone left an open hole upstairs on the balcony which I fell down and was lost of the last 2 hours of the night. So here ends the M-Nus report.
Circo Loco @ The End
Bank holidays usually mean a little piece of
Like Thursday night it seemed pretty good all round. Good music, good crowd, yet it seemed to lack something, well something in comparison to the mighty M-Nus night which just had it all. It might have been me coming to the end of the line, but there didn’t seem to be the electric atmosphere witnessed the previous night. All the DJs on did a great job, Gavin Herlihy and Dollz at Play working the lounge to great affect and Jose De Divina made mince meat of the main room. Unfortunately I missed Rhadoo, part 2 of the Romanian sound system as I was tucked up in bed!
After all that one would generally want to shoot themselves. But after a few days at work and some second thoughts, it seems like we should wish Mulletover a very happy birthday at Se One this Saturday. And if that’s not enough for you good ol’ Villalobos is tearing Fabric room 1 a hole. Get involved!
PS. 5th April – Time Warp, we’ll be bringing you a full report on this massive big room techno fest known to man!
Another Sub Level Sessions CD Giveaway Bonanza! Miss Kitten –Bat Box, Sascha Funke –Mango, The Glimmers – Are Gee Gee Fazzi
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 | Other | No Comments
Miss Kitten – BatBox
a) Silver Screen Shower Scene
b) TV Bath Scene
C) Accidental Walk in Whilst Someone is Having a Shower Scene
Sascha Funke follows up his debut album Bravo with this fruity number Mango. This album wraps the listener in a warm atmospheric ambient blanket with Sascha Funke’s layered, dare I say minimalistic styled electronic beats awash with breathy synths and pads. This album shifts and slowly moves through hypnotic layers, with stand out tracks such as Take a Chance With Me, We Are Facing The Sun and the excellent Double-Checked which features on Ellen Allien’s forthcoming Boogybytes Vol 4 out on BPitch Control. So it’s definitely all go down at the little Berlin record label with this and Boogybytes.
Which Berlin label is this CD being released on, is it:
The Glimmers – Are Gee Gee Fazzi
The Glimmers, a duo from what must be some indie dance nu rave factory in Ghent Belgium. I say a factory, because nothing can explain why so much talent has come out of this sleepy Belgium town. Soulwax, The Glimmers, urm 2ManyDJs. Ok 2ManyDJs are Soulwax, but hey that’s still 2 massive acts for a small town. Anyways, I’m getting sidetracked. The Glimmers for their album decided to go all Radiohead on us. Well Radiohead and a little bit further. Rather than you deciding whether to buy the album or not, the Glimmers are giving it to you for free if you manage to catch one of their live shows. This just turns the whole CD thing on its head, but by golly I think I could work. You show you support by checking them live and the show their appreciation by giving you their latest album. And what a great album it is. The Glimmers entertain with their quirky retro punk funk sound with amazing bass guitar licks with a smattering of disco, soul and funk elements. This will get any glowstick wielding nu-rave kid wiggling about.
If you cant get yourself to a Glimmers gig anytime soon, fear not as we’re giving away two copies for two lucky readers. So long as you can answer the following easy question and send that in along with your name and address to email@example.com.
Where are the Glimmers from? Is it:
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 | Other | No Comments
well not quite. I’m runner up Raw Talent, which i think is an ok level of rawness to be at this present time. Yes they stuck my face in the magazine looking cat like and talked about how they would pay good money to hear this in a club.. (You listening all your promoters out there?) even Nic of Nic Fanciulli fame thought that it was a “perfectly mixed house set, can’t fault it”. So if you never caught it, you still can HERE:
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 | Other | No Comments
Mark Mendes – ‘Tripped Out’ [Starter]
Lutchenkirchen – ‘Paperboy’ (D-Nox & Beckers rmx) [Great Stuff]
Kiko – ‘Requiem For A Dream’ [Confused]
** GUEST MIX – Makai – ‘Lateral Movement’ **
Sis – ‘Marcha Osura’
Stimming & H.O.S.H – ‘Radar’
Jerome Sydenham & Tiger Stripes – ‘Elevation (pt. 2)’
Tim Deluxe – ‘You Got Tha Touch’ (Martin Buttrich Mix)
Noirdegout – ‘Late Night Cities’ (Oxia & Eric Borgo rmx)
Guido Schneider & Andre Galluzzi – ‘Albertino’
Kenny Hawkes & David Parr – ‘The Booby Trap’
Bart Skills & Anton Pieete – ‘When Midnight Calls’
Luke Solomom – ‘Space Invaders’ (Andomat 3000 rmx)
A Short But Sweet Collection Of Big Tunes From My Time At
The Sublevel Sessions
Piemont – ‘Carbonat’ [MBF]
Spektre – ‘Jade’ [GU]
Dusty Kid – ‘Tsunami’ [Systematz]
Jim Rivers – ‘Restore’ [Saw Recordings]
Lange and Dexter – ‘Step Back’ [Craft Music]
One + One – ‘No Pressure’ [One + One]
‘Keep It Locked’
Friday, March 14th, 2008 | Other | No Comments
That’s right. Nightmare as it is, tonight sees the final regular broadcast of the sublevel sessions
What a journey it’s been for me over the past year and a half and how sad it’ll be to say goodbye, but needs must as they say. Many a night out has sprung from the show and from what I can remember, muchos good times (see Richie Hawtin at Fabric c. this time last year).
Not to mention more awesome tunes and quality guest mixes than you could shake stick at.
Great fun all round, but good things must come to an end, and tonight from 8-9 (and as late after as I can possibly drag it), i’ll be gracefully bowing out. After a year of mixing it up, throwing electro and even prog into the Sublevel Sesh mix, tonight I’m going back to the it’s roots, ending it all with an hour or pure techno, tech house and minimal.
So tune in then, and we’ll go out in style. And keep your ears peeled for the possibility of a show of pure Sessions classics, which if I have anything to say about it will be a definite goer.
It’s been good
(And don’t forget, the site will carry on and on into the future, bringing you mixes, reviews and maybe even the odd podcast. It’s been around for five years and Sublevel isn’t about to die yet!)
Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 | Other | No Comments
For this CD Ellen takes her trademark weird and trippy route. The haunting eerie soundscapes, bug crawling noises and ambient backgrounds keep this CD interesting throughout. The CD opens with a poem from AGF who also produce’s Ellen’s forthcoming longplayer SOOL. The poem is set to the haunting and ambient sounds we’ve come to expect from Ellen. Followed by Vera’s In The Nook, its sonar style blips lay the bed for Villalobos’ Fizpatrick to take hold. From here the mix progresses through all kinds of tripped out noises enough to send the soberest of people into an acid induced schizophrenia state. Sozadam’s Eye Forlon track just epitomises the whole CD, growling heavy bassline, sparse paranoia inducing sounds and freaky pitched down voices that might once have been your conscience.
Lucio Aquilina Magic M makes an appearance on this CD. Whilst I do like the track I feel it doesn’t seem fit neatly within the whole ethos of the CD. Unlike the Buttrich mix of Music is Improper with its strange electronic sounding sirens and repetitive “music” vocal or the haunting chimes of Gaiser’s Withdrawal. It is the trippyness which makes this CD epic, the different elements and ambience just draws you the listener in on Ellen’s winding journey through dark and misty Prague-esque alleyways. There aren’t any big drops and massive hands in there air moments, its just effortless gliding from track to track making this CD sublime and ideal for that wind down afterparty moment when the walls are melting and conversation is at an abrupt end. Definitely on par with Fabric 34 and it will be interesting to see what her album Sool will bring us. 8/10
Saturday, March 8th, 2008 | Other | No Comments
Robert Hood has little to do with Nottingham’s favourite thief Robin Hood, however in terms of legendary status they’re probably on par; well they are if you talk to techno aficionados. One of the founding members of Detroit’s Underground Resistance along with the alien like Jeff Mills and Mad Mike Banks, Robert Hood has been there from the beginning shaping techno into what it is today. Many credit his seminal 1993 release ‘Minimal Nation’ as a pivotal point in techno, laying the blueprint for many to follow and build on. So in short Robert Hood = Legend and unlike Robin Hood, we know he exists.
For Fabric 39, Robert Hood doesn’t hang about, he rifles through 32 tracks with straight up “balls to the wall” techno from the get go. None of this slow building plod, Robert Hood starts as he means to go on… rude, obnoxious and in your face making it quite a refreshing change to the usual polite inoffensive bleeps we’ve become so accustomed to. The CD builds through a combination of Detroit sounding pads and hypnotic loops before it crescendos into Marco Lenzi’s Taboo firing the mix into a frenzy of funk fuelled disco and carnival influenced techno, enough to make even the most discerning techno crusty wiggle like they’re in Rio.
Robert Hood wanted this mix to take the listener on a trip, which I can empathise with, if this trip were on Tom Hank’s Castaway raft and Wilson the ball floated away a long time ago. Hood carries you to the crest of every wave through his trademark stripped back loops such as Element 23, UK Gold’s Agent Wood and Pacou’s All It Takes before crashing down into relentless beats and symbol crashes through Scorp’s New Energy and John Thomas’ Pulp Funktion 2. The CD manoeuvres up and over many waves to shore up on a Hood classic, The Greatest Dancer showing us his version of disco funk.
This CD is relentless, its pumped up on speed and the hypnotic loops suck you right in. The variety in which Hood moves through genres of techno is nothing short of amazing. OK there are some shaky mixes, but it just adds to the rawness and rudeness of this mix. This is techno the Robert Hood way and it is excellent, unpretentious and raw. 9/10
Release: fabricfirst Members: 03/03/08 UK/R.O.W. Retail: 17/03/08 USA: 04/14/08
01. Monobox – Silicone Fingers – Logistic
02. Element 9
03. Robert Hood – Who Taught You Math – Peacefrog
04. Pacou – X-Factor – Cache
05. Robert Hood – Strobe Light – Music Man/N.E.W.S.
06. Marco Lenzi – Taboo – Molecular
07. Joris Voorn – Fever [Rephrased] – Keynote
08. Fab G – Bust The Vibes [Real Disco Mix] – Grand Prix
09. Dan March – Sand Dune – Meta
10. Element 3
11. Diego – Mind Detergent [Robert Hood Remix] – Kanzleramt
12. Jeff Mills – Skin Deep – Axis
13. Robert Hood – School – Music Man/N.E.W.S.
14. Element 23
15. John Thomas – Mr. Funk – Logistic
16. DJ Skull – Informant – Hypnotic Tones
17. Scorp – One Side – Music Man/N.E.W.S.
18. Pacou – All It Takes – Cache
19. Phase – Mass – N.E.W.S.
20. UK Gold – Agent Wood [Adam Beyer Remix] – New Records
21. Solid Decay – Legalize! – Lessismore
22. Element 7
23. Robert Hood – Side Effect – Music Man/N.E.W.S.
24. Mion- Drop The Filter – Music Man/N.E.W.S.
25. Scorp – New Energy – Music Man/N.E.W.S.
26. UK Gold – Agent Wood [Original Mix] – New Records
27. Robert Hood – Still Here [Los Hermanos Remix] – Music Man/N.E.W.S
28. John Thomas – Pulp Funktion 2 – Logistic
29. Robert Hood – The Greatest Dancer – M-Plant
30. Low Life – Exclamation – Mosaic
31. Robert Hood – And Then We Planned Our Escape – Music Man/N.E.W.S.
32. Element 12
Saturday, March 8th, 2008 | Other | No Comments
So if you tuned into the 11pm show last night, you would have been greated with a fat load of nothing.
Muchos appologies from the Sublevel Sessions. Circumstances out of my control and people
higher up the food chain of life made it impossible.
Stay in touch with the site, though, for news of a special extra show up and coming.
With sick new tunes from Mark Mendes, Lutzenkirchen and that mix from Makai…
Thursday, March 6th, 2008 | Other | No Comments
This Friday night, for a one time only special, the Sublevel Sessions will be moving
from it’s regular slot of 8pm, to the late late howls of 11.
Expect loads of techno finery and an awsome new mix from Stealth and Product’s Makai.
So if your leaving it late to hit the tiles, or getting on it at home, whack on www.urfonline.com
from 11 – 12 and we’ll sort you right out!!
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