Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 | News, Other | No Comments
Soonnight’s Chris Wan spoke to Frenchman Agoria about his influences, minimal prejudices, and the original and interesting way in which he assembled his track list for this mix.
So, you’ve got your new Balance mix coming out soon; could you tell us a little bit about why you decided to do another compilation and how it came about?
Well I made a long break not producing techno/electronic music during two years as I worked on the soundtrack of “Go Fast” and then I spent few months working on establish my own label InFiné, trying to develop it, searching new artists, helping them to reach their aim…
At the beginning of last year I asked myself if I wanted to start working on a new album or anything else. I wasn’t sure I was ready to create new materials and honestly I was wondering if there was still a relevant reason to make a new mix CD. Every website get his own quality podcast, music is everywhere, I wasn’t sure of the necessity of releasing again a mix CD. But I decided to try. I thought it was relevant to find my own personal and exclusive selection in a time when you can find any single track you look for in less than a minute. How could I excite the desire of the listener one more time with this excessive music offer? First I needed to find by myself the key to discover those tracks… but I guess we’ll speak later about this…
Your ‘At the Controls’ mix from 2007 received quite a bit of critical acclaim and was ranked as the 13th best compilation of the 00s by RA, plus the previous two Balance mixes by Joris Voorn and Will Saul were big successes. Did you feel any pressure in trying to recreate something as good or better? › Continue reading
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 | Other | No Comments
Earlier today i posted how WITC was still going to be fun even without Bjork… Well it looks as though the whole thing has gone down the pan due to poor ticket sales and loss of a key financial backer. A similar scenario happened to the Wax:On Live event earlier this year where their financial backers had to drop out due to the credit crunch. So they weren’t kidding when the papers were saying that the global economic meltdown was going to effect everyone, even the most hedonistic of us.
Anyways, here is the official statement from those at RenHQ
I am really sorry to announce that this years Wild in the Country Festival has been cancelled, please see the below statement:
Wild in the Country Festival Cancelled
Stately Events Ltd is extremely disappointed to announce the cancellation of the Wild in the Country festival at Knebworth Park on Saturday 5th July.
The cancellation is due to lower than expected ticket sales and a key investor withdrawing at the last minute, leaving the event in an unsustainable position.
This is a very sad conclusion to our passionate efforts to develop an
interesting and credible addition to the UK festival market.
Unfortunately, Wild in the Country has become the latest in a series of festivals that have suffered from a unique and well-documented set of market forces this summer.
We did everything possible to make the event happen and would like to apologise to all those who have purchased tickets, and for the inconvenience this cancellation may have caused.
The Organisers will make every effort to ensure that ticket purchases will be refunded.
Monday, June 2nd, 2008 | Album Review, Other | No Comments
For those that don’t know, Mental Overdrive is Per Martinsen a Norwegian producer / DJ and live performer. From his biog it sounds like he’s done everything from releases on R&S ranging from nosebleed techno to electro ballads. Coming from Norway he does have that distinct Scandinavian sound of disco and funk combined house that we hear the likes of Prins Thomas and Lindstrom play and produce.
This album combines the influences of disco, funk, house and electro with various results. Elephantastic kicks the album off with a quirky electronic number where a squelching riff runs over disco beats as big horns attenuate the end of each bar. The result can only be described as a spacey cartoon with charm. Run to the Hills is an interesting take on Iron Maiden’s original, using an synth for the guitar screeching riff and heavily vocodered vocals in place of Bruce Dickinson’s 80s power vocals. Unfortunately the different take does the track justice and sounds a little tacky. Spooks seems the most dancefloor friendly as it fires disco beats through a trickle of electro synths to get the sluggish of people pogoing.
There are two stand out tracks on this album, the first has to be Original Material. It goes straight for the jugular with its simple disco funk loop, distorted synths and some old skool filter action, creating a peak time frenzy set which could fit in amongst the darkest of techno or the lightest of house. The other stand out track is Mysterio. It’s dark and slow electronic melodies with stripped back percussion sets it out from the other tracks instantly.
Unfortunately this album is a mixed bag. Whilst some tracks are good, there are others which takes the disco influence a bit too far, causing tracks to sound tackier than a stick of blackpool rock. 5/10
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5. Run to the hills
7. Original Material
8. Molina’s Theme
10. The Rage
Monday, May 19th, 2008 | Other | No Comments
Start the bank holiday weekend in proper style by getting on it from Thursday. I’ll be playing the finest electronic house and techno known to man all for the great price of nothing. Free entry and it rolls on till 2am. Get yourself down!
Saturday, May 17th, 2008 | Other | No Comments
The Sub Club is Glasgow and Scotland’s Mecca to the underground. Evolving from ancient times, 1987 is ancient in terms of house, the Sub Club has played spectacle and weathered the ever changing landscape of dance music to still stay one of the best clubs of Scotland and the UK. I myself have never been in the 20 years of my 23 that it has existed but I have heard nothing but good words from Scottish friends and acquaintances. If I get over the grim Trainspotting images of crazed wielding Robbie Carlyles and smack injecting Ewan McGregors, then the Sub Club will be the first place I visit in the land of the Scots.
This CD is spread over 2 discs mixed by the long standing residents Sub Culture and Optimo. CD 1 by Sub Culture chronicles the different sounds of house and techno that have passed through the Sub Culture nights. Timeless tracks have been selected to produce a great mix, side stepping genres and the need to be upfront allowing the quality of great music to shine through. It meanders back in time hitting great tracks such as Carl Craig’s epic Mind of a Machine, Derrick May and Stacey Pullen’s mix of Wiggin, Soul Center II’s percussive Psycho Set, Code 6’s piano roller Quad 2, Jimmy Bo Horne’s Spank and Galaxy 2 Galaxy’s Jupiter Jazz.
I’ve listened to a few “history of house and techno” compilations and more often than not they tend to sound corny due to a dated sound. I know that’s contradictory with them being history compilations which generally tend to include old tracks, but some times old tracks are supposed to stay in the past. Its why Sasha and Digweed re-released The Mix Collection and took out all the cheesey M People piano house giving the CD a fresher sound. This CD follows in the similar vein. Sub Culture achieved what they set out to do, which is mix timeless tracks from dance music’s history. And the reasons I like it is because I can still appreciate the tracks with out the pre-requisite of 90s nostalgia which is where the other CDs go wrong for me.
CD 2 showcases the sounds of Optimo and their Sunday shindigs which have notched up over 10 years of service. The second CD goes through what you’d expect from Optimo, down tempo driving beats stopping off everywhere from disco, house and funk right through to techno, punk and acid. It truly is a unique sound that’s edgy, hip and cool, something that very few can pull off.
Stand out tracks on this CD have to be the short blast of Jeff Mills The Bells wound down to set the tempo, Luke Vibert’s acid tweak monster Asheed, Beat Conductor’s Moroccan influenced Marrakech, Ruth’s disco punk Polaroid/Roman/Photo, Lindstrom and Prins Thomas’ epic piano tinged Might Girl, Linkwood Family’s funk oozing Piece of Mind and Junior Byron’s Dance to the Music. It’s the variety and diversity which makes this CD so enjoyable to listen to and probably the more favoured of the two discs for me.
As a whole this CD combo makes it a keeper. Built on quality its been educational with both CDs showing me sounds from back in time within genres I reside in as well as sounds from genres across the board. Its educational without being cheesey, obvious or boring. The folks down at the national curriculum should take a leaf out the Sub Club’s book. 9/10
Buy 20 Years of the Sub Club
Release Date: 26th May
Disc 1 – Sub Culture
1 Carl Craig – Mind of A Machine
2 The Martian – Sex In Zero Gravity
3 Neal Howard – The Gathering
4 Mayday – Wiggin (Stacey Pullen Remix)
5 Quadrant – Q.1.1.
6 Orlando Voorn – The Light
7 Soul Center II – Psycho Set
8 Steve Poindexter – Born 2 Freak
9 Code 6 – Quad 2
10 Round 2 – New Day
11 Induceve – Time To Begin (Henrik Schwarz Dub)
12 Jimmy Bo Horne – Spank
13 Arnold Jarvis – Take Some Time Out
14 Lee Lewis – Atmosphere
15 Galaxy 2 Galaxy – Jupiter Jazz
16 Code 6 – Last Voyage
Disc 2 – Optimo
1 Jeff Mills – The Bells (Section)
2 Leather Nun – FFA
3 Nocturnal Emissions – No Separation
4 The Orb – Ripples
5 Les Georges Leningrad – Missing Gary
6 OP: L Bastards – Spraybeat (Eagle Mix)
7 Alec Empire – Robot L.o.v.e.
8 Luke Vibert – Asheed
9 Beat Conductor – Marrakech
10 Amnesia – Ibiza
11 Ruth – Polaroid / Roman / Photo
12 Front 242 – Take One
13 Baby Oliver – Shot Caller
14 Lindstrom & Prins Thomas – Mighty Girl (feat. Tortuga – Grand Drum)
15 Imps – Almost Live But Definitely Plugged
16 Jay Shepheard – Last Days (of Cou Cou) (feat. Tortuga – Grand Drum)
17 Linkwood Family – Piece of Mind
18 Mugwump – Boutade
19 Junior Byron – Dance To The Music
20 C Cat Trance – Shake The Mind
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 | Other | No Comments
Recent Fabric quality has been on another level. Bug, MANDY and Pearson explored the popular sound of now whilst the other month Robert Hood blasted his way though your senses with his refreshing take on the minimal techno sound. This month Fabric flips the series on its head with Mark Farina approaching the CD series from the other end of the dance music spectrum. Like that timeless bit of art deco furniture round your Nan’s, Mark Farina is a timeless piece of furniture of the Chicago/US house. Farina is house and this release is the epitome of house in the form of a reflective plastic disc.
I have to say this CD makes you wiggle and bop from the very first beat to the last traversing the US house sound from the deep and jazzy right through to the jacking and acid. Like the Robert Hood CD this is a refreshing change from the usual Fabric Room 1 sound. Although refreshing Farina flies in from a completely different angle to Hood, laying down chunky beats, laidback grooves with plenty of funk. The CD just oozes summer time and no better time than the present for this CD to come out. Well Fabric First members would have had the recent mini heat wave to enjoy the CD with but unfortunately normal shoppers on the release week have a plenty of rain ahead. Maybe this CD will help the listener transport to warm climes?
The CD kicks off upbeat with a classic Chi Town vibe with Giom’s Together and JT Donaldson’s Why not Rock? It’s also good to see the Inland Knights on this CD representing the Nottingham/UK scene. I’ve found the Knights have always managed to find the right balance between deep and jacking. Their track “Where Ya At?” acts as a pivotal point as it kicks back into a laidback lounge sound as the round basslines suspend the listener in a hammock of dubby beats and warm synth lines. Johnny Fiasco’s Last Word adds a jazz element as you swirl around the wash of soulful mellow rhythms and melodies.
James Curd’s Pick Up What I’m Putting Down launches the listener out of their hammock as Farina makes his final onslaught to finish the CD on a high. Farina begins to lay down the future sound of house with some abstract sounds, strange samples and quirky acid lines. Carter’s mix of Make Dat Shit, Sneak’s Mumbler and Farina’s Das Shihaya an interesting take on Kraftwerk’s Trans Europe Express squelches and crunches its way through the final furlong of frenzied peak time.
Personally I do love this CD, my only minor gripe is that I wished Farina had released the peak time abstract sounds a little earlier as the last 20 minutes or so of the CD I enjoyed the most; granted this is coming from an electronic minimal house and techno lover. To the die hard Chicago/Deep house follower this CD might not upfront or groundbreaking. I for one can’t comment in that respect as my exposure to this genre isn’t what it used to be. But in terms of the Fabric series and what I’ve been listening to recently this CD is fun and interesting with a particular knack to make you move. With the summer sunshine now here this CD is a must. 8/10
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01 – Giom – Together – Amenti
02 – Chuck Love – Yellow Truth [Atnarko Mix] – Onethirty Recordings
03 – JT Donaldson & Uneaq – Why Not Rock ? – Uneaq
04 – Ricardo Rae – Lead The Way – So Sound
05 – John Larner & Slater Hogan – Gettin’ Ready – Muzique Boutique
06 – Inland Knights – Where Ya At ? – Drop Music
07 – Homero Espinosa – Got This Feeling (LNS Disco Dub) – Yerba Buena Discos
08 – Alexander East – Believe En Me – Nordic Trax
09 – Frank Solano – The Blues Line [Tommy Largo Remix] – Kolour Recordings Digital
10 – Kris G – Feel My Love [Bobby Valentine Remix] – Union Recordings
11 – Non Believers – Stasera – Hudd Traxx
12 – Johnny Fiasco – Last Word – Dae Recordings
13 – Mood II Swing – Closer [Oliver Desmet & Fred Everything Mix] – King Street Sounds
14 – James Curd – Pick Up What I’m Putting Down – A Second Smell
15 – Rylan White Ft. Olly Brunton– There Goes The Neighbourhood – All House Music
16 – Lawnchair Generals – Broke Acid – LCG Music
17 – Jeremy Joshua – Make Dat Shit [Derrick Carter Mix] – Digital Disco
18 – DJ Sneak – Mumbler – Blu Funk Productions
19 – Prztz – Brutality – Jamanta Crew
20 – Mark Farina – Das Shibuya [Cheeba Mix] – Great Lakes Audio21 – King Kooba – Hoose Musik – King Kooba
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 | Other | No Comments
Holy Schmokes! which festival to do? too many options? Do i go abroad? do i stay here? Well i’m not going to help you with this post. Nope i’m just here to tell you what else has been added to make it even harder to decide.
Firstly, our friends at Sonar have decided to add more. If the Richie Hawtin/M-Nus 10th Birthday showcase wasn’t enough, they’ve only gone and added everyone’s favourite Chilean Ricardo Villalobos, deep disher Dubfire and Efdemin! Also Soulwax have been added as part of their “Weekend Never Dies”/”Most of the Remixes” tour. Probably my favourite addition is version 3 of the DJ Yoda audio visual extravaganza, yep the man will be presenting his Magic Cinema Show this year. Can’t wait, every time i’ve seen him do his video thing it has been nothing short of spectacular.
NEW CONFIRMED ARTISTS FOR SÓNAR 2008
Dubfire (DJ set/US)
Ricardo Villalobos (DJ set/CL)
DJ Yoda’s Magic Cinema Show (DJ set/UK)
The Black Dog (live/uk)
Quiet Village (live/UK)
Oscar Mulero (DJ set/ES)
Two PIAS DJs (DJ set/ES)
Dial Records presents:
Pantha Du Prince (live/DE)
Efdemin (DJ set/DE)
More info and tickets from www.sonar.es
A bit closer to home Renaissance are pulling out all the stops on their third attempt on UK festival Wild in the Country. They’ve got a M-Nus arena with Hawtin, they’ve got Sasha, they’ve got Tenaglia and 2ManyDjs. All the big guns are there, plus some big names in small letters such as Carl Craig, MANDY, Ame and Dixon. And to top it there are a load of bands which have ‘The’ at the start of their names which are probably massive on the nu-rave skins house party circuit. This year’s live headliner comes in a tiny little Icelandic package called Bjork whos been getting rave reviews currently, take a look for yourself. So if you’re gonna go to a UK festival Wild in the Country is my recommendation. Apart from the rain last year the festival was spot on. The 3 arenas were decked out immaculately and gave that element of intimacy if you could ever imagine large festival tents doing so. The lineup so far is:
get your tickets from here, all early birds have gone though, better move quick before the normal tickets go. Now time for the Cocoon @ The Warehouse Project ticket winner. The winner correctly answered the question “which country does Ricardo Villalobos come from?”. The answer was of course Chile. Our winner is:
Liv Tickle from Manchester Her tie breaker answer was: “I’ve made a portrait of Ricardo Villalobos using some card, glue and my own toe nail clippings”….. errrr nice girl? Congratulations, however i am now worried about the safety of Mr Villalobos allowing this young woman into the event…
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 | Other | No Comments
These days bank holidays = warehouse rave, be it
For your chance to win tickets to Cocoon at The Warehouse Project on the 3rd May, send your answer to the following questions along with your name to firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition closes 22nd April 2008 and is open to
What country is Ricardo Villalobos from?
Tie breaker question: Josh Wink released the track Superfreak. What makes you a super freak?
Saturday 3rd May /// Cocoon
£17.50 advance ///
9:30 pm – 5am
Monday, April 14th, 2008 | Other | No Comments
This weekend sees a variety of good shindigs happening across the country. Our friends Product in Nottingham celebrate their third birthday. It only seems like yesterday when we covered their opening night at the Bomb with Lee Coombes and Si Begg. This year they celebrate their birthday at Stealth in the company of The Klaxons, MANDY and Hector. A mighty lineup across 3 mighty rooms to see a mighty three years in. Happy Birthday Product!
Product Third Birthday
Stealth Nottingham UK
3 Rooms. 3 International Guests. 3 Nottingham Exports. 1000 Friends.
The Largest Product Event Yet.
Doors 22:00 – 06:00
Tickets from £10 currently available from Rock City box office, Selectadisc, Funky Monkey, UNU Box Office, official pre-bars and online at www.gigantic.com.
Rescue Rooms: Product A
Room 1: Product B
Room 2: Shrink Records
Back in London, Hi Tek Soul rolls back into town. This month features a battle of the Derricks as they battle it out with the Chicago and Detroit tools. Derrick Carter will be dropping his trademark boompty Chicago house whilst Derrick May will deliver his blend of techno from the motor city. What makes it even better is that Stacey Pullen is in support, another American legend! Thank you Jim Masters!
HiTek Soul @ Ministry of Sound
Stacey Pullen (4 hr set)
BABY BOX: (Holic)
Jay & Dom
Where: 103 Gaunt Street, London, SE1 6DP
Nearest Tube: Elephant & Castle
Time: 23:00 – 07:00
If all that isn’t enough. Our very own Chris Wan is playing at Relentless on Saturday too. At a Fortress Studios in Old Street. for more info check the web site on how to get your name on the glist. http://www.jsl-productions.com/
Singles Reviewed: Samim – The Lick, King Unique – Hinode, Subb-an – Corridors EP and Itmar Sagi – Black Gold
Monday, April 14th, 2008 | Other | No Comments
Samim – The Lick
Samim divided opinion last year with his summer gypsy house hit heater with unexpected plays from claude von stroke right through to jo wiley. Some loved its quirky fun sampling which caused them to do hybrid folk/square/gypsy dances. Others hated the track also for the quirky accordion sample which made people do silly hybrid folk/square/gypsy dances. Either way it brought Samim to everyone’s attention. His follow up or more so the next track he’s releasing is also another quirky one. It takes on a wobbly breakbeat with some Justin Timberlake style lyrics. In fact this track could pass for some kind of Justin Timberlake/Missy Elliot collaboration. As it shifts from its starting breakbeat rhythm to a house friendly 4/4, elements of bollywood percussion and strings filter through. It’s a strange combination, but it seems to work. I can’t imagine the
If quirky hip house vocals aint you’re thing, then Derrick Carter is here to save the day. He pumps the track up full of chi-town boompty, placing itself somewhere between the Chicago jacking and the fidget sound that Switch pounds out. Derrick cuts and chops the samples up and rearranges them in a haphazard order which creates a bum shaking groove. For those that don’t like the full on hip house vocals, there is a dub which dials down on the words. So everyone can be pleased. Well apart from the deep house and minimal fans. But the Carter mix is full of so much energy you can’t help but love it. 7.5/10
King unique – Hinode
This is the first I’ve heard from King Unique since their days on the old Junior label. These days the
boys have been putting their tracks out on their own label Curfew with Hinode being the 8th release.
Hinode is a mix of epic synth sweeps combined with your typical crunchy electro minimal sound. The only description that comes to mind about this track is a poor mans Holden remix of The Sky Was Pink. It is nearly identical in its elements, yet King Unique fail to execute correctly. The beat structure just seems run of the mill, whilst the sweeping synths build to a quite corny faithless trance high. Fergie has a fair attempt at salvaging the package with his techno roller which has plenty of groove and fidget to make any dancefloor move. However this track lacks identity with its typical fidgety minimal techno shuffle. It will rock the floors but will most likely be swept away in the wash of all the other “minimal” tracks out there. 5/10
Subb-an – corridors ep
You’d have thought Subb-an and his Corridors EP would be hailing from on the pulse Berlin, but in fact the young whippersnapper is hailing all the way from Birmingham of all places. How is this possible you might ask?
Corridors is made up of four tracks poking in at the house genre from all sides. Moscow Fighting is a winding moody house track laced with random stabs of a piercing piano. The track slowly progresses with the winding siren synths becoming more and more intense, coupled with the piercing piano through the breaks of the synth makes this track a haunting deep house monster.
Quadroon follows a similar formula to
The EP is finished off with Poloma another deep house affair which takes a moody approach with its dubby bassline. Unfortunately I find this track quite forgettable out of the lot, yet I can imagine the bassline could really pulsate through a crowd on a larger sound system. It is this bassline that the Ralph Swilinski mix has picked up on, beefing it up and making it angry. The growling bassline dances around a shifting pattern of percussion samples keeping the track simple but strangely infectious with its groove. A great slice of dub tech house if such a genre exists, making this track the standout on the EP. 7/10
Itmar Sagi – Black Gold
Itmar Sagi drops a ballsy Detroit-esque techno track which bubbles synths over a growling bassline. Funk D’Void used this track to kick of his Sci Fi Hi Fi 4 mix and quite rightly so. The track starts ballsy but slowly elevates through a wispy cloudy foreground created by the string synths.
Sammuel L Sessions transforms the track into a techno roller, looping the strings to hypnotise the listener. The loops work creating a dark Fabric room 2 sound which ticks over nicely, but doesn’t provide enough progression to keep it interesting. On the other hand Chymera’s mix is quirky and off beat. Drip feeding you samples of the strings over a dub style break beat before spitting you out the other end in a wash of breathy sweeps.
All three tracks are different with their own take on techno but all three sound fresh; definitely worth a purchase to bring a breath of fresh air to your sets. 8/10
Sunday, April 13th, 2008 | Other | No Comments
So the entries are in and to emulate Snatch, “all bets are off”. If you can remember back to a few weeks ago we had promised copies of Miss Kitten’s trashy electronic album “Batbox”, The Glimmer’s experimental no money album “Are Gee Gee Fazzi” and Sascha Funke’s fruitly named “Mango”.
So the winners are:
Miss Kitten – Batbox
The Glimmers – Are Gee Gee Fazzi
Sascha Funke – Mango
You’ll be receiving a copy through the post congrats!!
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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